On the evening of May 26, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the screening of the documentary, Stewart. The documentary tells the remarkable story of the life of former Formula 1 race car driver, Sir John Young Stewart OBE.
And, finally, since it’s Monaco’s Grand Prix weekend Prince Albert II along with his new best friend, social media influencer, YouTube mega star, and a man who is built like the Hulk, GMK, took a few “…circuit laps…” in GMK’s uber expensive Mercedes Benz.
On the morning of Thursday, May 26, 2022, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan arrived at the Tokyo National Museum to view the special exhibition entitled, Ryukyu: Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion to Japan.
According to the Japanese newspaper, The Japan Times, the exhibition:
“…displays 180 items, mainly the treasures of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which ruled Okinawa for centuries, and introduces the culture and history of Ryukyu and Okinawa.
The exhibition is being held as part of the Tsumugu Project: Promoting, Restoring and Preserving the Beauty of Japan’s Art, an initiative jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Agency, the Imperial Household Agency and The Yomiuri Shimbun.
The Emperor and Empress examined the Bridge of Nations Bell, which is believed to have announced the hours at Shuri Castle during the Ryukyu Kingdom period, as well as a folding screen depicting flowers and birds.”
On the evening of Thursday, May 26, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain attended the Foreign Policy Association’s Annual Gala Dinner held at the Harvard Club in New York City. Established in 2018, the purpose of the FPA is to “…serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion about US foreign policy and global issues.”
During the gala, His Majesty received the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Medal. The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate responsible internationalism and work to expand public knowledge of international affairs.
Upon receiving the FPA Medal, His Majesty gave a speech:
“It pains me, but I cannot begin my remarks tonight without a word of profound sorrow, disgust, and condemnation in the wake of the violent attacks and killings that have that have taken place in the past days and weeks [referring to the attacks in Buffalo, NY and in Laguna Woods, CA] today out thoughts and hearts and with the 21 victims of the Texas school tragedy. So, I would like to express on behalf of the Spanish people my deepest condolences to their families, friends, to the U.S. authorities at this difficult time.
Upholding freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights and dignity involve a relentless commitment. It seems like an everlasting job, regardless of the transformations the World endures. We cannot take them for granted. Unfortunately, many events are a permanent reminder of that and, therefore, demand our current utmost and generous effort.”
On Friday, May 27, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain officially opened the 81st edition of the Feria del Libro de Madrid (Madrid Book Fair) held at the Parque del Retiro. The theme of this year’s fair, Hojea el Mundo.
During today’s event, Her Majesty met with various publishers and booksellers including the owners of the Reno Bookstore, the Galaxia Gutenberg Publishing House, and the Miraguano Bookstore.
Her Majesty also toured the printing workshop in the Children’s Pavilion and visited the Europe Pavilion which is “…participating in the Madrid Book Fair for the first time…” according to a press release.
The Madrid Book Fair is open to the public until June 12, 2022.