On the afternoon of Friday, April 22, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, as Patron, attended the opening of the 2022 Forskningens Døgn (Danish Science Festival) held at The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
The week-long Danish Science Festival, organized by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, is “…comprised of more than 700 lectures and events around the country. The festival attracts around 70,000 visitors every year.”
The purpose of the annual Danish Science Festival is to celebrate the fundamental element of research, establish a meeting point between researchers and the general public, showcase how research and innovation contribute to solving social challenges and issues, support public engagement in research and enhance the relationship between researchers and the general public.
Photo courtesy of Roskilde University/Twitter/Danish royal court
On Friday, April 22, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by the Royal Netherlands Army Three-Star General, Mart de Kruif, and a representative from the Invictus Games, attended the Wheelchair Basketball Gold Medal match at the Zuiderpark in Den Haag (The Hague). His Majesty along with General de Kruif, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Oranjg-Nassau cheered and clapped as Team Netherlands competed against Team USA. I have no idea who won, by the way.
Heavily inspired by the Warrior Games — which was developed in 2010 by the United States Department of Defense to celebrate the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members. Hundreds of elite athletes, including those from international allied nations, compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, and wheelchair rugby, among others. The Warrior Games serve as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors by providing them exposure to adaptive sports — the Invictus Games is, well, the exact same thing.
Originally, the Invictus Games were to take place in Den Haag two years ago, but thanks to the pandemic the games were postponed several times.
Tonight, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is expected to attend the closing ceremony of the 2022 Invictus Games. Congrats to all the athletes who participated in the games.
On Friday, April 2, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended the final day of the August Krogh Symposium held at the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Hellerup. The purpose of the two-day symposium is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of August Krogh’s Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1920.
Per a press release via the August Krogh Symposium:
“Professor Schack August Steenberg Krogh was one of the most influential Danish scientists of the 20th century. Among his many contributions to science, he discovered the mechanism of pulmonary gas exchange and the active regulation of blood flow through capillaries.
He also pioneered the study of exercise physiology and the use of radioactive isotopes in physiology, and he founded the production of insulin in Scandinavia. But perhaps most importantly, he established the Danish research tradition within physiology and metabolism that is still active today.
The goal of this symposium is to gather colleagues within the fields of physiology and metabolism in order to share insights from the past, illuminate present knowledge, and provide a glimpse of what may be to come.”
On Friday, April 22, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco continued his visit to Italy. This morning the sovereign prince toured the city of the Sassi di Matera. The visit was a private one hence no official welcoming events or unveiling of plaques.
The day began with a tour of Palombaro Lungo and the Cripta del Peccato Originale. Later in the afternoon, the sovereign prince will make a private visit to the town of Alberobello.
On the morning of Friday, April 22, 2022, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain attended the Miguel de Cervantes Literature Prize ceremony held at the University of Alcalá de Henares.
The winner of the prize went to poet and novelist, Ms. Cristina Peri Rossi, from Uruguay. In a press release, the Miguel de Cervantes jury noted their reason for awarding the prize to Ms. Rossi:
“The jury has highlighted her career as one of the great literary vocations of today in a wide variety of genres and her ongoing commitment to contemporary issues such as the status of women and sexuality. Cristina Peri Rossi’s literature is a constant exercise in exploration and criticism, without shying away from the value of the word as an expression of a commitment to key issues of contemporary conversation such as the condition of women and sexuality. Finally, the jury emphasizes that her work, a bridge between Ibero-America and Spain, must remain as a perpetual reminder of exile and the political tragedies of the 20th century.”
The Miguel de Cervantes Literature Prize is a Spanish-language literature prize awarded annually by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport at the proposal of the Association of Spanish Language Academies. The 2021 Cervantes Prize has an endowment of 125,000 Euros.
On Friday, April 22, 2022, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attend the 10th Edition of the King’s Day Games at the Poptahof School in Delft. The theme of this year’s King’s Games, Feel Fit!
Upon their arrival, Their Majesties were greeted with cheers from students and staff. After attending a healthy breakfast with the students and staff the King’s Games officially began. Their Majesties interacted with the students as well as participated in various sports activities.