(VIDEOS) The Norwegian Government Hosts a Gala Dinner in Celebration of HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s Official Day.

On the evening of Thursday, June 16, 2022, the Norwegian government hosted a gala dinner in celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway’s official day at the Deichman Hovedbibliotek Bjørvika in Oslo. The gala dinner was due to be held on January 21, 2022, but due to the pandemic, the event was canceled.

According to a press release, over 200 guests attended this evening’s celebrations including members of the Norwegian government and Supreme Court as well as “…Young representatives of sports, cultural life, community life, politics and organizational life from all over the country were invited to the gala dinner.”

Naturally, members of the Norwegian royal family were in attendance including Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, His Highness Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, Her Highness Princess Martha Louise of Norway accompanied by her fiancé, Shaman Durek, Her Highness Princess Astrid of Norway, and though not an official royal, Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (step-brother of Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus).

During this evening’s celebrations, Princess Ingrid Alexandra — who will become Norway’s first female monarch when she ascends to the throne — gave a wonderful speech. Here is what she had to say:

President of the Storting
Prime Minister
Justitiarius
Dear all,

I would like to start by saying thank you for this wonderful celebration. Being received by the Torshov Corps and the girls’ choir was so nice, and you were incredibly good. It was really magical to listen to Delara and Ina Svenningdal downstairs.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this evening an experience both for me and everyone who is here today. I would also like to thank all the guests who have traveled from all over the country. The experience becomes even more valuable when I have so many to share it with.

I’m very grateful to have us here at Deichman tonight. Here people come in day in and day out to borrow books, work with school, and be social. I myself have been here several times and it has become such a nice place.

I would very much like to say thank you for last. Both to you Prime Minister, to the President of the Storting and to the Attorney General. You received me so well when I visited the three powers in connection with my day of authority. It was an educational day, and I got to meet many nice and nice people.

The visits were really a reminder of how lucky we are here in Norway. A reminder of our democracy and the secure governance system we have. What we Norwegians have built up over a long period of time, and which we continue to develop, and protect, every day.

I feel very lucky to have grown up in a country where we trust each other, and where we together try to find good solutions. Solutions that allow as many people as possible to have the best possible. This is a principle that it is important that we in Norway uphold.

Trust is not created by individuals, politicians or institutions alone. It is created by all of us – together. I am glad to share that with all of you who are here today, and all who live in our country.

Again, I want to say thank you so much for the gift. I wish everyone a continued good evening. At least I’m looking forward to it.

Thank you very much.”

Please click here and here to watch video clips from this evening’s gala dinner.

TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Watch the Fête-Dieu Procession.

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 16, 2022, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by their daughter, Her Serene Highness Princess Gabriella of Monaco, watched the Fête-Dieu procession from the balcony at the Palais Princier de Monaco in Monaco-Ville.

The Fête-Dieu, aka Corpus Christi or Corpus Domini, is known as the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  This feast day is celebrated on the Thursday following Holy Trinity, sixty days after Easter, as a reminder of the Institution of the Eucharist which takes place on Holy Thursday of Holy Week.  It commemorates the real presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine that is traditionally consecrated during the Mass.

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Gives a Speech at the Opening of the 19th EMN Annual Conference.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium gave a speech during the 19th European Microfinance Network’s annual conference in Brussels. The EMN organization’s goal is to promote microfinance’s role in the fight against social and financial exclusion.

Held under the theme, Financial Inclusion and the Future of Work, the focus of the two-day is:

“…how financial inclusion practitioners can serve this (missing entrepreneurs) major societal shift that will see less salaried employment, more self-employment, and the urgent need to take into account all vulnerable groups and the challenges brought by climate change.

Photos courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEO) His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Inaugurates a New Elevator Factory in San Sebastián.

On Thursday, June. 16, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain inaugurated the new 17,000 square meters OTIS Elevator Factory in San Sebastián.

The new elevator factory, with an investment of 17 million Euros, will target high-rise buildings, single-family homes, and the marine sector. OTIS specializes in the manufacture of machines, motors, and safety elements for elevators.

According to an OTIS press release, the new factory in San Sebastián will offer:

“…more sustainable and modern facilities for colleagues and will take on new strategic projects to benefit customers. For example, improvements in space management and manufacturing processes made it possible to expand the range of machines produced at the factory. As a result, the factory will start to manufacture the Electronic Safety Actuator for the new, connected Gen360TM platform, the latest generation of OTIS elevators.

The new San Sebastián factory was built with sustainable construction materials – such as steel, prefabricated concrete and aluminum – to reduce environmental impact. Like all OTIS factories in Spain, the factory is powered by 100% renewable (zero carbon) energy. It is designed for high energy efficiency with a project underway to install solar panels producing the equivalent of up to 25% of the baseload electricity demand for the site. The factory aims to be certified LEED Gold before year end with a target to become LEED Platinum soon after.”

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Celebrates the 100th anniversary of CFM Indosuez Wealth Management Company.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended a gala dinner in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the CFM Indosuez Wealth Management company at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco in Monaco-Ville.

According to the newspaper, Monaco Tribune, during the gala dinner, held on the roof top of the Musée Océanographique, the sovereign prince gave a speech whereupon he:

“…congratulated the bank for its contribution in the economic development of the Principality since its creation and for its commitment to sustainable development and responsible finance over the last 20 years.”

(VIDEO) HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Co-Hosts a Roundtable Discussion on the Importance of Early Childhood Development.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the importance of early childhood development. Also, participating in today’s discussion included representatives from the early years sector, the Secretary of State for Health, Mr. Sajid Javid, the Minister for Families, Mr. Will Quince, and officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education. 

According to a press release, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood:

“…unveiled findings of new research into early childhood development. Conducted by Ipsos UK on behalf of The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, the research comes two years after The Duchess’s landmark survey – ‘5 Big Questions on the Under-Fives’ – which attracted the largest ever response to a public survey of its kind with over 500,000 responses in one month, sparking a national conversation on the early years.  

The research published today delves even deeper into public perceptions of early childhood, focusing on three key areas: the prioritisation of the early years, the link between the first five years of life and lifelong outcomes for mental health and wellbeing and the support parents seek when raising young children.  

Key findings in detail:

  1. A societal issue: There is near unanimous agreement (91%) that the early years are important in sharing a person’s future life, but only 17% recognise the unique importance of the 0 – 5 period relative to other age brackets. That being said seven in ten (70%) believe it should be more of a priority for society as a whole.
  2. Mental health and wellbeing: Over half (55%) of the public recognise a person’s future mental health and wellbeing is most likely to be affected by their development in the early years, followed by their ability to make and maintain relationships (51%) and their future happiness (40%). 
  3. Communities of support: Informal sources of support are key support mechanisms for parents, with more than a half of parents of children 0-5 (56%) citing family or friends as key sources of information on emotional and social development.
  4. Information and advice: Parents are more likely to seek out information and advice on key aspects of their child’s physical wellbeing (for example 35% on nutrition, 34% vaccinations, 33% on health) than they are on their social (21%) and emotional development (23%).  

Speaking about the research, The Duchess of Cambridge said:

‘Our experiences in early childhood fundamentally impact our whole life and set the foundation for how we go on to thrive as individuals, with one another, as a community and as a society.

The findings published today present us with a huge opportunity and demonstrate there is real appetite from the public to bring this issue up all of our agendas. There is more we can all do – every member of society can play a key role, whether that is directly with a child or by investing in the adults around them – the parents, the carers, the early years workforce and more.

If we come together to raise the importance of early childhood development, we’ll soon see that healthy, happy individuals make for a healthier, happier world. Which is why every second we spend with a child, is an investment in our collective future.'”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood and its recent findings please click here.

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Attends the 175th Anniversary Celebration of a Tobacco Company.

On June 15, 2022, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg accompanied by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel, the Minister of Economy, Mr. Franz Fayot, and the Mayor of Luxembourg City, Mrs. Lydie Polfer, attended the 175th-anniversary celebrations of the Heintz van Landewyck tobacco company.

According to the official website for Heintz van Landewyck the company sends:

“…master tobacco blenders travel to the farthest reaches of the globe to hand-select the best leaves. Hence ensuring the unique flavor of our tobacco products – and all so our customers can enjoy the ultimate in smoking pleasure.”

Yuck.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale