(VIDEO) HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Sends a Video Message During the Opening of the Kristiansand Internasjonale Barnefilmfestival.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, as Patron, sent a video message during the opening of the Kristiansand Internasjonale Barnefilmfestival (Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival).

According to the Norwegian royal court, the film festival is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and it is Norway’s largest cultural events for children and young people:

“The program during this year’s festival includes 80 films from 23 different production countries. Both feature films, short films and documentaries are shown. In addition to film screenings, script competitions, seminars and workshops for the film industry are also arranged. The festival’s target group is mainly children aged 6-13, but it is also an important meeting place for everyone who works with the development, production and dissemination of films for children and young people in Norway.”

TRHs Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg View the Project, Moving Lusitalia.

On Monday, April 25, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg attended the opening of the collaborative project entitled, Moving Lusitalia, in Dudelange.

Moving Lusitalia is a collaborative project — essentially Public History — within the framework of Esch 2022: European Capital of Culture and developed by the Documentation Center on Human Migrations (CDMH) in Luxembourg.

The Moving Lusitalia exhibition is devoted to the history of the “Little Italy” district in Dudelange, Luxembourg. The exhibition showcases:

“…recorded personal experiences, documents, and objects provided by its inhabitants, evocations of the Italian periods (between 1880 and 1970) or Portuguese (between 1960 and the 2000s). Since its creation, the district has been transformed by various migratory flows, mainly linked to the rise and then the decline of the steel industry. The Italy Quarter has since become a low-cost housing area, new ways of life are taking shape and new communities are settling there. Over the decades, multiculturalism and living together have taken root.”

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/M. Dassard

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Meets with Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark continued her three-day visit to Bangladesh.

This morning, Crown Princess Mary, as Patron of the Danish Refugee Council, accompanied by the Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen, visited the Cox’s Bazar district, “…where the world’s largest refugee settlement is located. Here, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought refuge in more than 30 camps…” according to a press release from the Danish royal court.

During the month of May, it is Monsoon season as a result the Cox Bazar district is hit with constant flooding and mudslides. The Danish Refugee Council, which has been in Bangladesh since 2013, helps the people in the district by building “…slopes in the camps with the help of cement masonry.”

Later in the afternoon, Crown Princess Mary and Minister Mortensen met with “…representatives of a host community in the Cox’s Bazar. [During their visit] the crown princess heard about their challenges in the area, which is already one of Bangladesh’s most marginalized and vulnerable areas.”

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HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Opens the The UN Environment Program (UNEP) Copenhagen Climate Centre.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark officially opened the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Copenhagen Climate Centre held at UN City in Copenhagen.

The UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre aims to be at the forefront of providing science-based analyses and climate-relevant assessments on achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement as well as Sustainable Development Goals.

After the opening, there was an expert panel discussion held under the theme, Accelerating Energy Transition Pathways in Emerging Economies and Developing Countries: The role of International Climate Action in a Decisive Decade.

Photos courtesy of the UNEPCCC/Twitter

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Unveils the Porsche Taycan Electric Car. Plus, Other News.

On Monday, April 25, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco unveiled the Porsche Taycan electric car, a vehicle perfect for a man who is going through a severe mid-life crisis, in front of the Palais Princier in Monaco-Ville.

According to the newspaper, Monaco Matin, the artwork on the Porsche was created by Mr. Bernard Bezzina. The vehicle will be displayed in various museums, apparently. Why? I have no idea. Why not just simply drive the thing… ugh.

In other news, it was announced that Prince Albert II will unveil yet another fancy toy for billionaires. On June 8, 2022, the sovereign prince will reveal to the world the Jetson One eVTOL, a flying sports car developed by the Swedish tech company, Jetson.

The co-founder of the company, Mr. Peter Ternstrom, proudly noted in a press release that the “…Jetson is built like a Formula One car for the sky and incredibly fun to fly. We can make anyone a pilot in less than five minutes…” Cool! I’m in!!

If you’re interested in purchasing the Jetson One eVTOL it will only set you back a measly $92,000 for the basic cheap-o package.

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Returns to Work After Being Diagnosed with COVID-19.

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium participated in a roundtable discussion with a focus on communication on sustainability issues, with experts and communication professionals. According to the Belgian royal court, the discussions “…relate in particular to the means of making information relating to sustainable development more effective in order to make it accessible to a wide audience.”

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Visits the Headquarters of Sciensano.

On the morning of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium accompanied by the  Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Mr.  Frank Vandenbroucke, visited the headquarters of Sciensano, a research institute and the national public health institute of Belgium, in Ixelles.

According to the Sciensano official website, during today’s visit His Majesty was informed about the:

“…various scientific activities taking place within the company. Among other things, His Majesty took a detailed look at the One Health principle, which is the common starting point for all the institute’s scientific activities.  

His Majesty was also particularly interested in the way in which Sciensano is constantly preparing to face different crisis situations in terms of public health and is at all times ready to assist the Belgian federal and regional authorities and the international authorities on the science so that they can manage a crisis. Some Sciensano scientists have illustrated it with the help of various subjects, such as the monitoring of Avian Flu in our country and the analysis of the risks associated with materials in contact with food sources.

His Majesty was also able to personally discover how Sciensano helps the authorities to control a crisis during a visit to our research laboratory for pathogens in food sources. He, therefore, carried out one of the experiments carried out by our scientists in order to detect Salmonellosis.”