TRHs Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Visit the Netherlands.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark began their two-day working visit to the Netherlands.

The purpose of the visit is to lead a Danish business delegation of, “…29 companies to the Netherlands and to the Danish export promotion themed, ‘ Partnering for Green and Smart Solutions.’ ”

The day began with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary along with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, participating in the conference entitled, Partnering for Green and Smart Solutions, held at the  New Babylon Conference Center in Den Haag. During the conference, Crown Prince Frederik gave the opening speech.

Thereafter, Crown Prince Frederik participated in the seminar entitled, Offshore Wind and Power-to-X, which began with a panel discussion on “…how to use the technology of time to store the surplus energy that comes from offshore windmills in the North Sea, which both the Netherlands and Denmark share the coast with…” according to the Danish royal court.

Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary officially opened the seminar entitled, HealthTech and MedTech, whereupon she gave a welcome speech. The Crown Princess, thereafter, participated in a panel discussion regarding “…digitalization in the health sector.” The crown princess also visited the Royal Academy of Art where students work with sustainable textiles and green transition.

In the afternoon, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited the Peace Palace in Den Haag.

In the evening, the crown princely couple accompanied by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended an official dinner at the Grote Kerk in Den Haag.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Opens the Exhibition, Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened the exhibition entitled, Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen, at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

The late Fridtjof Nansen, was a “…Norwegian scientist, polar explorer, diplomat and the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations.” In 1922, Fridtjof Nansen won the Nobel Peace Prize for establishing a “…relief program for millions of Russians affected by the 1921-1922 famine…”

After the opening, Crown Prince Haakon was given a tour of the exhibit by the exhibition director, Ms. Nina Frang Høyum, and Nobel Peace Center Director, Ms. Kjersti Fløgstad. 

The Charity in Practice: The Legacy of Fridtjof Nansen exhibition contains original documents and photos, including Nansen’s own. The late Fridtjof Nansen was one of the first to use photographs to create sympathy and to raise money for individuals in need.

Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Starts the 2022 La Sapaudia Bike Race on the Place du Palais in Monaco-Ville.

On the morning of Monday, June 20, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed hundreds of cyclists participating in the 2022 La Sapaudia Bike Race on the Place du Palais in Monaco-Ville.

The purpose of the race is to raise money and awareness of Bone Marrow disease in children and young adults. Prior to the race, the sovereign prince met with the participants as well as with the organizers of the event.

Thereafter, Prince Albert II officially launched the 600 km race from Monaco-Ville to Albertville, France.

TRHs Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden Attend the Join Sweden Summit 2022.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden attended the Join Sweden Summit 2022 held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm.

According to a press release, the Join Sweden Summit is a:

“…high-level physical event bringing together global changemakers in Sweden to focus on collaborative innovation to drive the digital and green transition.

The Summit brings together leaders and game-changers from academia, politics, industry, and innovative environments to explore Sweden’s investment potential and opportunities to pioneer the possible.”

During today’s summit, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gave the opening speech. Here is what she had to say:

Your Royal Highness,
Prime Minister and Ministers,
Ladies and gentlemen
Welcome to Stockholm and Sweden!

And, also welcome to all of you participating digitally.

I am delighted to see so many companies from all over the world represented here today. Thanks to the efforts of Business Sweden, you have a very interesting program ahead of you. Prince Daniel and I are very happy to be able to participate – but also to meeting you.

But before we dive into this Summit, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a story – the story of my country.

Don’t worry, it’s the short version!

Once upon a time, Sweden was a small country on the very outskirts of Europe. A beautiful country, but quite poor. Cold, sparsely populated and quite far from the center of attention.

But now, tables have turned.

In order to become the prosperous country that we are today, Sweden has had to open up to the world. To knowledge, to ideas and to people.

My ancestor, King Karl XIV Johan, immigrated from France in the early 19th century. And the Royal Palace, that you can see across the water from this hotel, was inspired by the palaces of France and Italy, and built by artists and craftsmen from all over Europe.

Today, after several centuries of successful trade and international cooperation, working with other countries comes natural to Sweden and Swedish companies. Exports account for half of Sweden’s GDP. And half of Sweden’s export value is generated by foreign-owned companies in Sweden.

People who come here to work or to do business soon realize that here in Sweden, cooperation is not just a buzzword. It is simply how we do things: together.

Furthermore, having strict environmental requirements has given Sweden a head start, and put us at the forefront creating scalable solutions in green technology, sustainable industry and transport.

Sweden is ranked as the most innovative country in the EU and second in the world. The green transition that everyone’s talking about? Here in Sweden is where it’s actually happening!

You remember that small, isolated and remote country that I was telling you about? Today, that country – my country – punches well above its weight in research and innovation.

We have both the ambition and the ability to deliver solutions to the great global challenges.

And we are ready to team up to make it happen.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of my country. And I hope that you will be a part of its next chapter.

Once again, a warm welcome. Please Join Sweden, and let’s do this together!

HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Presents the 2022 Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe I to Ms. Catherine Lorent.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, as Patron of the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg, presented the 2022 Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe I held at the Palais Grand-Ducal in Luxembourg City.

According to the Cour Grand-Ducale, the award was established i 1902 by, “…Grand Duke Adolphe I on the initiative of Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide. The objective was to create a platform for the promotion of Luxembourgish artists.” 

The Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe I is presented every two years to an artist for their outstanding work. The recipient of the 2022 Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe I Art Award went to Ms. Catherine Lorent for her piece entitled, 7 Vues Phantastiques Sur la Mer.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale