On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended various seminars during the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
Late yesterday afternoon, the sovereign prince hosted a side event entitled, Polar Oceans: Engine to the Global Ocean, Messages and Messengers, held at the Mar da Palha Auditorium, Oceanário de Lisboa.
According to a press release, via the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, the sovereign prince gave the keynote address stating:
“…the Poles are an essential link in the ocean system both in terms of ocean balances, species balances, currents, and major global flows and in terms of climate preservation.
For my part, I would like to emphasize the extent to which this role is also political, given that the Poles concentrate, like a laboratory, most of the questions we are faced with when it comes to taking action for the oceans.
A laboratory which nevertheless offers prospects for solutions, particularly through a certain number of workstreams whose effectiveness we know.“
On the late afternoon of Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg hosted a lovely garden party at Château de Berg in Colmer-Berg.
Also in attendance were Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg and His Royal Highness Prince Felix of Luxembourg.
The garden party was held on the occasion of Fête Nationale, which was last Thursday, June 23, for over 300 representatives from the political, diplomatic, administrative, economic, and civil society of Luxembourg.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg accompanied by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Joëlle Welfring, visited the Cornelys Millen nature reserve and trail (of the same name) in Troisvierges.
The Cornelys Millen nature trail is 8.5 km and takes the hiker through numerous ponds and wetlands. The nature reserve is one of the last areas of refuge for many threatened animals, such as the Black Stork, and plant species in Luxembourg.
The Cornelys Millen nature reserve and trail are maintained by the Hëllef fir d’Natur Foundation which Grand Duke Henri is a High Patron.
On the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended the Tour de France Team Presentations in Copenhagen.
“It was a great pleasure when I had the opportunity this morning to wish Michael Mørkøv, Mikkel Honoré and Kasper Asgreen good luck with the Tour de France. They are all three riders on Quick-Step, which is the tour team where most Danes have been selected!
Later today I am looking forward to watching this year’s team presentation in Tivoli, where I will have the opportunity to wish the other Danes good luck.
H.R.H. The Crown Prince“
If you’re interested in watching the Tour de France Team Presentations click the video below.
Recently, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, as President of the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature, met with the Secretary-General of the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature, Mr. Bo Øksnebjerg, in the wild garden outside her home of Chancellery House at Fredensborg Slot. Below is a translation of the interview:
“On a summer day, when the sun was shining against dark gray rain clouds, Her Royal Highness invited Crown Princess Mary inside her private garden, which is connected to the Crown Prince Couple’s residence, the Chancellery, at Fredensborg Castle.
Here, the Crown Princess welcomed the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature’s Secretary-General Bo Øksnebjerg. The two accompanied each other on a walk among wildflowers, weeds, felled trees, and insects, while the Crown Princess spoke passionately about the initiatives that contribute to giving biodiversity a helping hand in the private garden.
‘It is fantastic to help give the needy Danish nature a helping hand and create wild oases right here where we live. After the garden has become wilder, I come out here even more. It is incredibly interesting to follow how the wildness unfolds, and I experience something new almost every day,’ says Crown Princess Mary.
THE CROWN PRINCESS HAS AN EYE FOR BIODIVERSITY
As president of the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature, the Crown Princess is committed to creating better conditions for biodiversity.
It is several years since the Crown Princess began the transformation into a wilder garden at home. Today you can, among other things, enjoy the sight of a wildflower meadow with native species such as yarrow, daylight star, and night violet in the private garden that was once founded by Queen Ingrid. Crown Princess Mary has also left felled, dead trees in the garden for the benefit of a large number of insects.
Secretary-General Bo Øksnebjerg was also thrilled to experience the wildness of the royal garden.
‘In the Crown Princess’ garden, people have really managed to think in the context between our native plant and animal life. Many of our most vulnerable bees and butterflies are deeply dependent on very specific plants in order to survive, and this has clearly been the case here in Fredensborg,’ says Bo Øksnebjerg.
THE CHILDREN MUST LEARN ABOUT WILD NATURE
In the Crown Prince Couple’s garden, it is not only the flowers that are allowed to be wild. The Crown Prince Couple’s children can also unfold with football goals, a playhouse and climbing equipment. For Crown Princess Mary, it is also important that the Crown Prince Couple’s children gain an understanding of biodiversity and the importance of wild nature from an early age.
‘After the garden has become wilder, we have seen more butterflies and bees. I believe that when children see, feel and hear nature up close, they are more likely to take care of it – outside the garden and in the future. They have gained a greater understanding of what biodiversity is for a size, and what we can lose in a few generations if we do not take good care of it,’ the Crown Princess explains.
The Crown Princess herself grew up in the immediate vicinity of both the Australian bush and the water, and today it is still a high priority for her to stay as much as possible in the Danish nature close to forest and beach. In other words, nature has been close to Crown Princess Mary’s heart for the rest of her life.
‘It is a pleasure to experience the great commitment that the Crown Princess shows when it comes to Danish nature. It is no secret that our nature is in crisis. Hundreds of animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, but we can all help make a difference. The Crown Princess’ wild garden can hopefully help to inspire the Danes to create more wildness in their own gardens,’ concludes Bo Øksnebjerg.
THE CROWN PRINCESS’ 3 WILD INITIATIVES:
Dead by: ‘In this part of the garden we have left the trees that have fallen due to storm. The tree trunk is home to many insects and fungi, and then I think it decorates and looks beautiful. The tree tells a story. At first it gave a nice shade to the garden, and now it is allowed to fill a new role and lie here and be home to a lot of insects.’
The flower meadow: ‘The flower meadow is another small contribution to increasing biodiversity and creating focus on how important it is that we make room for the wild nature. When we had laid out the meadow, I always invited my friends out here to see it. And I know it has inspired more of them to think about having a wilder garden for themselves.’
Stinging nettles: ‘Many people are angry about stinging nettles, but they have an important function for our butterflies. They lay their larvae on the stinging nettle and eat of the plant. Although we can burn ourselves on them, I think that all the Danish children know well what they look like and avoid them. And it is actually quite beautiful.‘”
Photos courtesy of the WWF for Nature/J.L/Ejderskov
On the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 2022, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium received Letters of Credence from newly appointed ambassadors to Belgium held at the Palais Royal in Brussels.
The newly appointed ambassadors include from the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Georges Singana Maniuri, the ambassador from the Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Asad Majeed Khan, the ambassador from the Principality of Monaco, His Excellency Frédéric Labarrère, and the ambassador from Republic of Nicaragua, Her Excellency Zoila Yanira Müller Goff.