On Monday, May 16, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a cocktail party at the Palais Princier in Monaco-Ville ahead of the 3rd Meeting of the Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco. The two-day meeting will take place on June 4-5, 2022 and will welcome the Mayors of the:
“…former fiefdoms la Manche, avec Saint-Lô, Hambye, Torigni-Sur-Vire, Granville, Moyon, Percy en Normandie et Cherbourg, le Territoire de Belfort avec Belfort et Giromagny, ainsi que Cagnes-sur-Mer, la Turbie, Antibes Juan les Pins, Puget-Théniers et Peille dans les Alpes Maritimes. Each of these towns have ties to the Grimaldi Dynasty.”
On Monday, May 16, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the semi-finals of the Concours Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition) held at the Flagey Cultural Venue in Brussels.
According to the Belgian royal court, 24 semi-finalists first performed a “…concerto by Joseph Haydn with the Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and then held a recital accompanied by a pianist…”
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Mr. Pierre Casiraghi — representing HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco — attended the welcoming ceremony of the 1st Edition of the Blue Climate Summit in Papeete, Tahiti. Mr. Casiraghi is the youngest son of HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, HSH Princess of Monaco and the late Mr. Stefano Casiraghi.
The purpose of the week-long Blue Climate Summit is to accelerate ocean-related solutions to climate change, launch major announcements, galvanize task forces, present impact investment opportunities, and provide an international forum for Pacific Islanders to spearhead action on ocean and climate issues.
The summit will bring together over 200 scientists, environmental activists, business leaders, policymakers, financial experts, community leaders, influencers, and youth leaders to accelerate solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing humankind.
The Blue Climate Summit is an endorsed action of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and is co-hosted with the Government of French Polynesia alongside other public and private institutions.
Though Prince Albert II was unable to attend the Blue Climate Summit he did participate in a live video call with Mr. Casiraghi introducing him. In his message, the sovereign prince noted that “…our determination must continue more than ever [to protect our oceans]…”
During yesterday’s event, the Blue Climate Initiative, which organized the Blue Climate Summit, awarded prizes to six community projects from Tanzania, the Philippines, Palau, Peru, the Bahamas, and Moorea as well as the $1 million Ocean Innovation Prize which was divided between three projects in Indonesia, Guadeloupe, and the United States.
On the morning of Monday, May 16, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark made a surprise visit to Campus Bornholm in Bornholm, Denmark. The purpose of the visit was to cheer on hundreds of students who are participating in the One Mile Campus pre-Royal Run.
“Exercise provides oxygen to body and brain, so you remember the exam material better and are clearer…” that’s the purpose and overall message from the One Mile Campus pre-Royal Run.
According to the Danish television network, TV2 Bornholm, today’s fun run also:
“…marked the start of the holidays for the students. [The One Mile Campus run hopes to] strengthen thestudents’ desire for physical activity and promote the community around exercise among the young people on Campus Bornholm. It is the ambition that the students will discover the benefits of putting digital devices aside and go offline for the benefit of physical activity during their holiday.
The One Mile Campus route is on trails and bike paths around the entire Campus, and students are sent off in groups, where they are invited to run or walk as many laps (one miles) as possible – without time calculation – until the event ends at 3:45 P.M.
The 2022 Royal Run will take place on June 6 in the cities of Aalborg, Aarhus, Kolding, Næstved, København/Frederiksberg and Bornholm.
On the morning of Monday, May 16, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the Capital of Children (CoC) Playful Minds 10th anniversary celebrations in Billund.
According to a press release, the CoC Playful Minds organization works to:
“…fulfill a vision that Billund, Denmark should be the Children’s Capital. The vision of making Billund into the Capital of Children was developed in a unique public/private partnership between Billund Municipality and the LEGO Foundation.
The work consists, among other things, of creating projects, supporting initiatives, inviting collaboration, and creating a common direction for activities and initiatives in this connection.”
On Monday, May 16, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opened the Swedish Climate Symposium: Showcasing Sweden’s Contribution to Climate Research held at the Louis De Geers Konsert & Kongress in Norrköping.
Organized by the BECC and MERGE, the Bolin Center for Climate Research and SMHI, the three-day Swedish Climate Symposium will bring together leading researchers and experts in the field of science and climate research.
The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the cutting edge and breadth that exists in Swedish climate research. Moreover, the conference will offer an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and experience, both within the academy and between the academy and the surrounding society.
On Monday, May 16, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to convey their condolences to the new Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the State of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s half-brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan, passed away on May 13, 2022 at the age of 73.
Other monarchs and heads of state have also presented their condolences to the new Emir including His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan, and Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimur Al Said of Oman to name a few.
Upon hearing the news of Sheikh Khalifa’s passing, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent her condolences stating, “I am saddened to hear of the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan… He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause…”
Immediately after the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin al-Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates government announced 40 days of mourning for the late ruler, who had been in power for 18 years, after succeeding his father in 2004.