Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain Attends the 2nd Edition of the Premios Retina ECO.

On the evening of Thursday, June 23, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain attended the 2nd Edition of the Premios Retina ECO award ceremony held at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos in Madrid.

The Retina ECO awards are presented to an organization who have made an impact in the fight against climate change and promotes corporate innovation in the field of sustainability. 

The awards are grouped into the following categories: the Green Generation Award, The Efficient Consumption Award, The Intelligent Mobility Award, The Sustainable Ecosystem Award, and The Small and Medium Business Award for Sustainability Innovation.

(VIDEOS) TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit Cambridgeshire.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Cambridgeshire, England.

The day began at the University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum where they unveiled a new joint oil on canvas portrait by British artist, Mr. Jamie Coreth, son of well-known artist and sculptor, Mr.  Mark Coreth.

In a press release via the Fitzwilliam Museum the portrait was:

“…commissioned in 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund, held by the Cambridge Community Foundation, as a gift to the county. With this brief in mind, the artist worked to incorporate the City of Cambridge into the portrait by painting the background with the tones and colours of many of the historical stone buildings that are synonymous with the city. The portrait also includes the use of a hexagonal architectural motif which can be seen on buildings across Cambridge.

Jamie Coreth is a graduate of the Florence Academy of Art and established his artistic career in London in 2015. In June 2016 his portrait, Dad Sculpting Me, was awarded the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Exhibition, a showcase held annually by the National Portrait Gallery. Since then, Coreth’s works have been accepted into the BP Portrait Exhibition on two further occasions. In 2020, Portrait of Fatima was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and later won the Visitors’ Choice with over 1,000 votes.

The portrait will be on display for an initial period of three years, after which the portrait will be exhibited in other community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire. The painting will also be loaned to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 to mark their reopening.

In a statement after the unveiling, Mr. Coreth noted:

It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture. I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified. As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

After the unveiling at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the housing charity, Jimmy’s, in Cambridge. Whilst there, the popular royal duo learned about the crucial support they offer to individuals experiencing homelessness. 

In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Cambridgeshire County Day at Newmarket Racecourse where they met with the locals, played kickball, ate delicious food, and had a great time.

The royal couple also visited the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton on the occasion of Children’s Hospice Week, a national week to raise awareness of the vital work of children’s hospices across the United Kingdom. The Duchess of Cambridge is also the Royal Patron of EACH Hospice.

According to an EACH press release, during today’s visit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

“…toured the hospice, which was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales on 1st August 1989, and met with children, young people, and families who use services through EACH. They were invited to take part in art activities with families, in addition to touring the hospice grounds and meeting long-term staff members and volunteers.

EACH Chief Executive Phil Gormley said: ‘We very much enjoyed welcoming Their Royal Highnesses to Milton. It was The Duchess’s first public visit to Milton and the very first time we had the pleasure of welcoming The Duke to one of our hospices so it was a very special, memorable and momentous day for everyone connected with EACH.

The Duchess met our fantastic staff and volunteers at Milton, who work tirelessly with children and their families needing our services. They had the chance to explain the difficulties they have faced in recent years, particularly in light of the pandemic and the isolation they have felt through shielding.

The visit was the perfect opportunity to celebrate ten years since Her Royal Highness became our Royal Patron. Throughout the decade, The Duchess has been immensely supportive by championing our cause. Her continued support comes with warmth, empathy and understanding, including beyond public view, and her Patronage is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone at EACH.

We are extremely thankful and consider ourselves honored and very lucky  to benefit from her hard work, generosity and support.’ ”

News Regarding Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians met with young interns as well as diplomats at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

The young interns and diplomats were recently assigned their first embassy stations aboard to represent Belgium as well as to assist Belgians living overseas.

In a statement released to the press, Their Majesties told the young interns and diplomats, “We wish you all the best and good luck!”

Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain Visits the City of Santander, Spain.

On the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2022, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain arrived in the city of Santander for a one-day working visit.

The day began with a tour of the port of Santander to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the creation of the Port as well as to present the plans for its expansion. Thereafter, His Majesty, along with the Minister of Defense, Ms. Margarita Robles, visited the training ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano.

In the afternoon, His Majesty King Felipe VI attended the opening ceremony of the Menendez Pelayo International University (UIMP) summer courses at the Palacio de la Magdalena. His Majesty’s attendance at the UIMP summer courses opening coincides with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the institution.

HRH Princess Marie of Denmark Attends the International Symposium on Danish-French Cultural Partnerships

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark attended the International Symposium on Danish-French Cultural Partnerships at the Kulturhus Kappelborg in Skagen.

Upon her arrival, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie was warmly welcomed by the Director of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Mr. Érik Desmazières, and the Director of the Skagen Art Museum, Ms. Lisette Vind Ebbesen.

Today’s symposium took place in connection with the exhibition entitled, Krøyer og Paris: Franske Forbindelser og Nordiske Toner (Krøyer and Paris: French Connections and Nordic Tones), which Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark opened last month.

The exhibition is the culmination of a three-year international research collaboration, under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, between the Skagen’s Art Museum and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.

According to the Danish royal court, the Minister of Culture, Ms. Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, also “…participated in the symposium, which aimed to create fertile ground for even more cultural partnerships across national borders.”

Photos courtesy of the Danish Royal Court/L. Horn,/Baghuset 

Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the VNO-NCW Conference, Financial Health of Employees.

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the VNO-NCW conference held at the Deloitte in Rotterdam.

During today’s conference, held under the theme, Financial Health of Employees, Her Majesty Queen Maxima gave a speech whereupon she spoke about the financial stress amongst employees in the Netherlands and internationally:

“Eight percent of all households in the Netherlands have problematic debts.  Almost half of them have a working breadwinner. And that is very often employees! Four out of five employers have to deal with financial problems among their staff and this is even common in a quarter of the employers!

And this is happening in all sectors. We see the problem in all types of businesses.

The urgency is great. Think of the price increases for energy and food that households are confronted with. They make it even more difficult for many to make ends meet.

Also think of the digitization of the economy and the payment system. Buying is getting easier. The temptations get bigger, the overview gets smaller.

When there are financial problems, households wait an average of five years before they dare to knock on the door for help. Then there are on average 14 different creditors and the debt has risen to an average of 43,000 euros. Of this, 67 percent consists of additional costs and interest!

Early detection is therefore crucial. And you can play an important role in this. In the interest of your employees. And for your own sake!

After all, we know what financial stress does to people’s productivity. It drops by 20 percent. We know the consequences for absenteeism due to illness: seven extra days of absenteeism per year. We also know the mental consequences. Lack of concentration, gloominess, isolation and increased risk of dropout and burnout.

At a time when many companies are struggling with staff shortages, the financial health of employees deserves full attention. You want to keep your people healthy and motivated.

You can do a lot because you are close to your employees. Who does not have a colleague who no longer goes on holiday, or who withdraws from social contacts. Someone to whom you can see that there are concerns. We know the signs: loss of job satisfaction, irritability, less productivity, more frequent calls in sick, up to a wage garnishment.

During this meeting I would like to achieve the following together with you.

First: Awareness. This problem concerns all of you. And you can really do something!

Second, to form a platform that helps each other pick up signals early. That develops data, so that we know whether we are going in the right direction. And above all: in which we learn from each other which interventions work. Think of coaching, or savings options or a quick referral to external care providers.

I know we have to respect the privacy rules. But let’s see what is possible with respect for privacy to support employees more.

I am very pleased that a large number of companies are joining forces and forming a platform to get started with this. Really amazing.

It will be a platform for companies by companies.

My wish is that in a few years’ time I will be able to proudly tell abroad how Dutch companies have made a difference in their own country. How they formulated goals for themselves. And how they arrived at national objectives together.

But above all, I wish you healthy, motivated and productive employees, without financial stress. People who feel committed to your company and who want to continue to work for it.

Thank you.

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Photo courtesy of RVD

HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Gives a Speech During at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands gave a speech during the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Established in 1949, the Council of Europe was founded on the values of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.  Today, there are forty-six member states and six Observer States including the Holy See, Israel, Japan, and the United States to name a few.

The Council of Europe also advocates the:

“…freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority.

The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world.”

In his speech, His Majesty spoke about the ongoing war in Ukraine as well as the importance of protecting journalists and the media stating:

“Another issue that requires fresh focus is the protection of journalists. In 2015 the Council of Europe launched a platform to offer journalists better protection against threats and violence.

Responsible journalism is indispensable in a free and democratic state governed by the rule of law. Journalists who work in good faith to expose wrongdoing deserve our support. It is good to see the Council of Europe standing up for them.”

After his speech, His Majesty met with young adults from the European Youth Center (EYC) whereupon they spoke about their involvement in the work of the Council of Europe and two youth campaigns.

Photos courtesy of RVD/K.van Weel