(VIDEOS) His Imperial Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan Gives a Speech During the Opening of the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS).

(The Emperor’s Speech in English)

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan virtually attended — from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo — the opening of the 4the Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) held in Kumamoto City, Japan.

According to the official website for the APWS the event will bring together:

“…high-level delegates including heads of states and representatives from international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region will discuss various water-related issues.

The 4th APWS will also share with the world the long-standing efforts of the host city, Kumamoto, in conserving groundwater as well as its recovering efforts from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes.

Under the theme, ‘Water for Sustainable Development: Best Practices and the Next Generation, the outcomes of the 4th APWS discussions on how to implement the recommendations given in the Yangon Declaration are expected to make a great contribution to leading the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

During today’s opening, Emperor Naruhito gave a speech in which he noted, “…We must work together on issues related to the relationship between people and water. It’s an urgent issue…”

If you’re interested in learning more about the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit please visit their official website here.

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Visits Rocca del Garagnone in the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani in Italy.

On April 21, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Rocca del Garagnone in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani in Italy.

The castle ruins were once inhabited by the Grimaldi dynasty all those years ago.

(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the 2022 EuroFlora Show in Genoa, Italy.

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 2022 Euroflora Flower Show in the Parks of Nervi in Genoa, Italy.

The Euroflora Flower Show features 300 leading florists and nursery gardeners from all over the world who have created over 90 gardens, settings, and installations across the over eight hectares of the parks Parco Gropallo, Parco Serra, and Parco Grimaldi.

In 1966, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco attended the 1st Edition of the Euroflora Flower Show. In 1971, HSH Princess Grace returned to the flower show to view the Princesse de Monaco Rose, a creamy white rose with petals gently edged with pink carmine, which grows in the Rose Garden in the Parks of Nervi to this day.

During his visit, the sovereign prince viewed the Jardin Exotique installation which is a lovely garden representing the Principality of Monaco…if that makes any sense.

Later in the afternoon, Prince Albert II arrived at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa where he received Honorary Citizenship of Genoa from the mayor, Marco Bucci, signifying a long-lasting bond between Genoa and Monaco.

HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium in Trouble Again!

Once again, His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium found himself in trouble with the authorities.

So, what did he do this time? Well, it seems the 58-year-old prince — younger brother of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium — failed to update his inspection and registration papers for his classic car, a Porsche, to Belgian version of the DMV. The troubled prince hasn’t done a thing with the vehicle since 2014.

Anyway, the privileged prince thought that it was okay to still drive his car all over Belgium without the proper paperwork. Last June 2021 in Tervuren, Prince Laurent was caught on a traffic-cam driving his Porsche without a license plate, registration and inspection papers. As a result, he was ordered to appear in court.

Yesterday, Prince Laurent appeared in court in Louvain, Belgium, to face the judge and explain why he hasn’t completed his paperwork since 2014. “It was difficult to get an appointment with the technical inspection.  I also have health problems and, with the Covid, I could not go to the inspection agency. It took time, that’s all…” noted the prince. He went on to say, “…I had taken the plates off and it was no longer registered, but I do have insurance on it!”

In the end, the judge ordered Prince Laurent to pay a fine of 200 Euro plus 80 Euros in legal fees, and 22 Euros to the Second Line Legal Aid Fund which was created to allow litigants to call on their Pro-Deo services (Pro-Deo in legal terms means without charge.)

Once the hearing was over, Prince Laurent whined to a journalist from, 7Sur7 News, that “…So much attention for something so small , I do not understand.”


(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Opens the New Gødstrup Regional Hospital and Gødstrup Psychiatry.

On Friday, April 22, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark officially opened the new Regional Hospital Gødstrup and Psychiatry Gødstrup in Herning.

Upon her arrival, Her Majesty was warmly welcomed by the Minister of Health, Mr. Magnus Heunicke, the Regional Council Chairman of the Central Jutland Region, Mr. Anders Kühnau, the mayors of the hospital’s six admission municipalities, and the Nursing Director in Psychiatry, Mr. Claus Graversen and the Hospital Director, Mr. Poul Michaelsen.

After the opening, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II toured the facility, met with staff, doctors, nurses and patients.

Please click here to watch two news clips and to view more photos.

Photos courtesy of the Danish royal court/B.Amstrup/Ritzau