Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Nov 28-Dec 4

Belgium


-Princess Astrid spent sometime in Abu Dhabi, where she was part of the delegation for “Roll Back Malaria” (RBM) to raise awareness for the global fight against Malaria, Tuberculosis, and AIDS. She will also visit Kuwait and Qatar this week. Photos

-Prince Philippe attended the closing ceremony of the Internationale de la Chimie 2011 on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium.

Denmark


-Prince Henrik  attended the 90th anniversary of the Copenhagen Rotary Club held at the Odd Fellow Palais on Wendnesday.

-Crown Prince Fredrick began his official visit to Vietnam on Monday. On Monday, he met with the Vice-President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan, at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, where he expressed his interest at the development of friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, especially in economics, trade and investment, development cooperation education and scientific research. (Video/ Gallery). On Tuesday, the future King of Denmark  attended the week-long climate change seminar, Together We Fight Climate Change, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The crown prince also visited a photo exhibition showcasing the impact of climate change in Vietnam. On Wenesday, the heir to the Danish throne gave a speech, visited a library and attended a concert {Photos}. On Thursday, the future King attended the opening of the Cai Mep International Terminal where he gave a speech and then participated in a solar car race.

-Princess Marie was in Gentofte to participate in the DCA Christmas event on Tuesday. On Thursday, She turned on the Christmas lights along Slotsgaden in the town square of Møgeltønder, sang Christmas songs and danced around the town’s Christmas tree with Prince Joachim and little Prince Henrik. On Saturday, she attended a performance of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The event was organized by the National Association for Autism which she is patron of.{Photos}

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh; Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a media dinner party ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth visited Liverpool, England on Tuesday, where she met Beatle Ledgend John Lenon's widow, Yoko Ono. In honor of the queen's trip to Liverpool on Thursday, the band of the Coldstream Guards played a medley of Beatles songs during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London{Source}. On Friday, she attended  the British Military Tournament at Earls Court in London, England {Photos}

-Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal performance of the film Hugo on Monday evening. On Tuesday, they visited the Lincoln Cathedral to view the ongoing restoration work and meet the clergy, volunteers and craftsmen and women.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended a luncheon party at Hale Magna Village Hall for the Lincolnshire South Women's Institute on Tuesday.


-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Prince Harry & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are teaming up to become ambassadors of the British Olympic & Paralympic teams {Source}

-Prince Harry returned to England after receiving military training the the US for nearly two months {Source}. On Thursday, the third in line for the British throne attended a concert for The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, where he bumped into ex-girlfriend Chelsey Davy. Carole and Pippa Middleton also attended. {Source}

-Prince Andrew, Duke of York has been on more trips than last year since quitting as a UK trade envoy. In 2011, He spent 28 days abroad, visiting Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. He covered more than 40,800 miles.{Source}.

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex attended the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ Concert at Winchester Cathedral for a concert in aid of ChildLine on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended a fundraising Reception given by Major General William Lyon in Orange County, California, USA on Thursday. On Friday, the Duke of Kent attended a fundraising Lunch given by the British Consul General in Los Angeles, USA (Source: British monarchy website).

-Alexandra, Duchess of Gloucester officially opened the Extra Care Housing's Alexandra Place in Woodley, Berkshire on Thursday. The Duchess also met with residents of the The Alexandra Place.

-Mike Tindall has been reinstated to the England Rugby Squad and had his fine cut from £25,000 to £15,000 (perhaps a + of being a grandson-in-law of Her Majesty? ;)){Source}.

Greece


-Princess Theodora will make her American television debut on Monday in The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS {Source}.

Japan


- Emperor Akihito was released from the hospital this past week, on Thursday. The 77 year old Emperor spent  three weeks in the hospital with a cold, high fever and had symptoms of bronchitis. While the emperor was ill, his son took over his role duties. It has been said that the emperor will continue to rest for at least another week before returning to his regular schedule.

-Prince Akishino  has called for debate on whether a retirement age should be set for the country's head of state {source}.

-Princess Aiko, Princess Tosi celebrated her 10th birthday on Thursday. She is apparently adjusting to school life at Gakushuin Primary School in Toyko {Source}.

-The Imperial House is said to be considering allowing a law of succession change in order to allow females to rule and keep their succession right upon marriage to commoners. Presently, if a female member of the Imperial House marry a commoner, she too becomes a commoner, loosing her rights to the throne. With the law change, it would allow the female members of the Imperial house to bear heirs to the throne. The reason why this issue is arising in the Imperial family is that of the 23 members, four of the seven males are in their sixties or older. As for the female members, eight of them unmarried. Those eight include Princess Aiko, the nine year old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, and Princesses Mako and Kako, the daughters of Prince Akishino. {Source}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa awarded the 2011 Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe on Saturday, Nov 26.

-Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume  attended the International Chamber of Commerce gala dinner on Tuesday, where he gave a speech. On Thursday, the future Grand Duke attended an academic session organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ducroire.

The Netherlands

- Queen Beatrix held an audience with the President of Slovenia on Monday. On Tuesday, she attended the official welcome ceremony of the president of Mali, Mr. Amadou Toumani Toure and his wife, who are on a three-day visit to The Netherlands.

-Crown Princess Maxima gave out  this year’s Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund Prize 2011 at the Muziekgebouwin Amsterdam Monday. On Tuesday, she visited Zuidhorn, where she was greeted by Mayor Bert Swart and Commissioner Max van den Berg, attended he opening of the new Zonnehuis and visited with the residents of a new housing and care facility for the elderly.

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander & Princess Maxima attended a gala dinner in honor of the President of Mali's official visit at Noordeinde Palace in Den Haag, The Netherlands {Photos} {Video}.

-Princess Laurentien attended the EU Prize for Literature Prize Awards Ceremony on Monday.

Norway


-Queen Sojna gave out The annual Queen Sonja School Award on Friday to Malakoff High School, who won because it “developed a comprehensive training and support program for a diverse group of young people” and “[t]he school places great emphasis on the individual youth are protected from their premises … The effort to provide young people with a diverse multicultural background good future, continues throughout the school’s work program.” Another reason why Malakoff won could be because 11 of its students were present during the Utøya massacre back in late July. One student died while two others were injured. At the same time, Malakoff is located near the government buildings which were bombed on July 22nd. One student lost his mother then.After the ceremony, the Queen toured the school seeing the library, technology & medical classrooms, regular classrooms, and library {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon ended his four-day visit to Nepal on Wednesday where he meet the United Nations Development Program staff and the President of Nepal.

Monaco


-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene & Princess Stephanie participated in he Nuit des Associations (Night of Associations)event held at the Salle des Etoiles du Sporting Club in Monaco on Wenesday. On Thursday, the trio attended a auction for FIGHT AIDS MONACO on World AIDS Day. The auction raised over 462,000 Euros from the sale of 50 art pieces sold including photographs, paintings and sculptures.

-Prince Albert met with Mr. Luiz Figueiredo, under-Secretary for the environment, energy, Science and technology of Brazil, to the Palais Princier on Monday. Also on Monday, Prince Albert participated in the Sustainable Use of Oceans forum/workshop addressing the issue of “…sustainable use of oceans in the context of the green economy and poverty eradication…” held at the Musée Océanographique {Source}. On Tuesday, it was announced that Prince  Albert will receive the ASCAT Grand Prix prize on December 2nd{Source}.

-Princess Charlene, alongside her husband, visited Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France on Monday, where they were greeted by Mayor Patrick Cesari and local dignitaries upon their arrival, and planted an Olive tree and unveiled a commemorative plaque with the inscription stating,“In recognition of the common history and relations of friendship between Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the Principality of Monaco” {Source}.

-Princess Caroline joined older daughter Charlotte Casiraghi at the 2011 Gucci Masters Competition this weekend. The Princess was there to cheer on her daughter and accept the check on behalf of AMADE on Saturday.

-Princess Stephanie spoke on Monaco's Radio Sation for the FIGHT AIDS Monaco show on Saturday, ahead of WORLD AIDS DAY (Dec 1). On Monday, the Princess And Fight Aids Monaco Held Tribute to Deceased of Aids Persons at Stade Louis II.

-Charlotte Casiraghi participated in the 2011 Gucci Masters Competition in Paris, France Dec 2-4. She participated in the  Prix HYATT  (of which, she was eliminated with Carry Duff Z), and attended the opening Gala (along with Athina Onassis)on Thursday, participated in the International Jumping Competition - CSI2* * Table A 1m35 against the clock * on Friday (of which she was also eliminated from with Carry Duff Z), CSI2* * Accumulator 1m35 against the clock with one Joker  on Saturday, the team Style & Competition for AMADE on Saturday.

Spain


- King Juan Carlos attended the opening of the exhibit, La Orden de Toison de Oro (The Order of the Golden Fleece), in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday {Photos}.


-King Juan Carlos & Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the Davis Cup final double match between Spain and Argentina on Saturday {Photos}.

-Queen Sofia attended the 2011 Gold Medal Gala Awards in New York City on Tuesday, where she presented awards to Ferran Adria, Javier Bardem, Mario Testino, and Ken Chennault. The Queen of Spain also presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to the chairman of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, Mr. Oscar de la Renta {Source}.

-The Prince & Princess of Asturias attended the Mariano de Cavia, Luca de Tena y Mingote Journalism Awards on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain {photos}.

-Infanta Elena attended Spanish traditional 'Tapas Bar' on Monday.


Sweden


-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s annual formal gathering in Stockholm where she  handed out medals and prizes to various recipients {Source}.


-Prince Daniel attended the 2011 Gazelle Awards, where he gave a speech and awarded the internet company, Nodeone, the top award on Tuesday evening. On Thursday, he attended the 2011 Golden Gavel Awards.

-Prince Carl Phillip was in South Africa this week. During his South African tour, the second in line (soon to be third!) met with representatives from various Swedish companies. The next day he stopped by the Swedish embassy as well as toured the Ithemba Institute of Technology in Soweto. On Monday, the prince will visit the Volvo assembly plant, attend the Swedish Trade Council Industry event as well as the COP 17 in Durban {Source}.

-Princess Madeline attended American-Scandinavian Society 2011 Christmas Ball in NYC on Friday evening where she accepted the Humanitarian Award which she accepted on behalf of the World Childhood Foundation {photos}

 Toga


-Prince 'Ulukalala announced that his engagement to Hon Sinaitakala Tu'imatamoana Fakafanua. The wedding will be celebrated in Sydeney, Australia, in January 2012. A May 2012 Wedding is being planned {Source}.

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