On this special day dedicated to the Ocean, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco reminds us of the key issues facing the world’s Ocean and the major meetings that lie ahead, such as the Lisbon Conference (end of June 2022) and COP 15, which will enable the Ocean to be placed at the heart of collective negotiations regarding our future.
“The various deadlines ahead of us must be an opportunity to provide responses adapted to the scale and complexity of the oceans and, above all, must be an opportunity to bring together skills, wills and approaches so that we can collectively respond to the immense challenges facing us. I hope that this day will help us to move forward, so that together we can reconcile humanity and the sea around a more sustainable development model.”
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Little Village Brent, a baby bank charity, in London.
Per a press release via the Little Village Brent:
“The Duchess joined staff, volunteers and supporters at the charity’s Brent hub in the UNCLE building in Wembley Central and helped to pick out clothes and equipment for a family who were also present. The bundle packed by The Duchess was the 20,000th such package to be given out by the charity.
The Duchess learned about Little Village’s work providing essential equipment and clothing to families of under-5s. She also heard about how Little Village volunteers provide emotional support and practical advice over the phone to parents.
Little Village provides pre-loved clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. It is London’s largest baby bank network and was set up in 2016 and has eight locations across capital. It has supported over 22,000 children – including 6,400 children in 2021 alone.
Sophie Livingston MBE, CEO of Little Village said:
‘We were all absolutely delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to Little Village Brent. She met some of our staff and volunteers and helped to pick out some beautiful items of clothing for the family’s two young children.
The Duchess really took her time to talk our staff and volunteers, who all said how down to earth she was and how engaged and interested she was in the work of Little Village.
This is set to be our busiest year yet, and we expect to see a thousand more children than we did in 2021 and we know that baby banks across the country are facing similar demand.
This boost from The Duchess will help to shine a light on the work of baby banks and will hopefully lead to increased support for their much-needed work.’
Mum, Sara* (not her real name), 26, has two children aged three and 18 months, she lives in north London. She said:
‘It was incredible to meet The Duchess of Cambridge, she was really kind and listened to what I had to say. I told The Duchess how much Little Village has helped us, they have been like a second family to me.‘
Volunteer Fouzia Khan, who met also met The Duchess, said:
‘As a mother herself The Duchess really showed a lot of empathy and care about the work Little Village are doing. She was lovely and engaging and was keen to hear about how families feel when they visit our baby bank. She was very interested in hearing about how much thought and care goes into the bundles we prepare for families.‘
Little Village needs volunteers to join its 600-strong volunteer team, you can find out more about volunteering here. To find out how to support Little Village please visit the Little Village website.”
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was presented with the very last replica of the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond 007 in the film, Goldfinger, in 1964 at the Palais Princier de Monaco.
The replica car will go on sale at the Top Marques Show, which opens this evening, in Monte-Carlo. The asking price for the Aston Martin DB5 is 3 million Euros. Prince Albert II is Patron of the Top Marques Show.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden continued her visit to the Netherlands. The purpose of her visit is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands.
This morning, Crown Princess Victoria visited the port of Rotterdam. Upon her arrival, the crown princess was welcomed by the CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Mr. Allard Castelein, the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, and the Swedish Honorary Consul General in Rotterdam, Mr. Ben Vree.
During her visit, Crown Princess Victoria took a boat ride along the Nieuwe Maze whereupon Mr. Castelein informed the Crown Princess about “…the most important sustainability initiatives in the port of Rotterdam…” according to a press release.
Thereafter, Crown Princess Victoria visited the SAAB-Damen booth at the Undersea Defense Technology Trade Fair in Rotterdam. The Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) Trade Fair is the largest global event dedicated to the undersea defense industry and is “…a multi-faceted exhibition and conference reflecting the community’s desire for continuous learning and development.”
The day ended with a visit to the ABB E-Mobility Innovation Lab in Delft.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands opened the Majoor Bosshardthuis (Major Bosshardt House of the Salvation Army) in Amsterdam.
The historic house was the residence of the late Major Alida Bosshardt where she received “…vulnerable people from the center of Amsterdam…” according to RVD.
Major Bosshardt was and is a well-known figure for her dedication to helping people as well as for her work with the Salvation Army:
“…with boundless energy, determination, and creativity, she gave concrete form to her faith by dedicating her life to the service of vulnerable people in our society. Her motto was ‘to serve God is to serve people and to serve people is to serve God’. “
During today’s opening, Her Majesty Queen Maxima attended a meeting in the Oude Kerk in which she learned about the life of Major Alida Bosshardt.
Thereafter, Her Majesty officially opened the Majoor Bosshardthuis and unveiled a wax figure of Major Alida Bosshardt. Her Majesty was also given a tour of the Bosshardthuis where she met with staff and spoke with “…visitors of the center…”
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the Elaad Test Lab for electric vehicles in Arnhem.
In the test lab, electric passenger cars, vans, and trucks are tested with current and new charging machines. According to a press release via the Elaad Test Lab the “…influence on the electricity network, especially for (fast) charging of trucks, is also an important focus of the test lab…”
After the opening ceremony, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander was given a tour of the facility. During the tour, His Majesty was informed about the:
“…smart collaboration between electrical devices, which optimizes energy consumption in and around the house, and on the sustainable charging of vehicles at times when there is a lot of power from sun and wind. Good cybersecurity of charging stations is also discussed in order to guarantee the stability of the power grid.”