Sunday, March 18, 2012

Recap of The Royals You Love: March 12-18

Belgium


-Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde continued their economic mission to Vietnam this week. They participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the "...mausoleum of the late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh...". On Tuesday, the Prince met with President Truong Tan Sang, while his wife visit a health center before they attended an evening gala dinner {Photos}.

-Prince Laurent opened the Festival of Arts and Culture Calamartes organized by the University of Antwerp on Monday {Source}


Denmark


-Queen Margrethe II was at the Livgardens Barracks at the Gothersgade in Copenhagen to attend the Queen's Parade of the Royal Life Guards on Wednesday {Photos}.


-Crown Prince Frederik attended a reception in Hellerup to commemorate the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that struck on March 11, 2011 on Tuesday {video}. On Monday, he attended the 2012 Tun Byg Building/Construction Trade Fair held at the Fredericia Exhibition Center {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the project,The World's Refugees 2012, held at the Frederiksberg Rådhus (Town Hall) on Tuesday{Photos}. She participates in the Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Time for Joint Action conference held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on Wednesday. On Wendnesday, she visited Holbæk Hospital, as patron of the Heart Foundation {Photos}. On Friday, she attended a conference put on by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) before attending  a gala dinner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the organization in Copenhagen {Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Joachim's unnamed daughter will be baptized on May 20 {Source}. For her, my godparent predictions are as follows:
  1. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  2. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  3. Princess Charlene of Monaco (doubtful, but wishful thinking!)
  4. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
  5. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands 
  6. Edouard Cavallier 
(name prediction: HH Princess Margarethe Françoise Ingrid Victoria of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat)


Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Charles, The Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall & Sophie, Countess of Wessex celebrated Commonwealth Day 2012 by attending an observance service held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the re-opening ceremony of Kensington Palace on Wednesday {Photos}

-Charles, The Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Corwall, & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery, where the Prince introduced the Duchess of Cambridge of the work of The Prince's Foundation for Children and The Arts on Thursday {Photos}.

-Charles, The Prince of Wales opened the 2012 Ideal Home Show in Earl's Court, London on Friday, where he showcased his own design, "The Prince's House", which highlights the:...benefits of sustainable, eco-friendly living, this year’s Arts and Crafts House combines wonderful craftsmanship with the use of the finest local materials. The house, which takes its name after the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement, was designed by a team which included HRH The Prince of Wales, and incorporates energy saving features directly into its design. {Source} {Photos}.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Anne, The Princess Royal and Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall and Mike Tindall attended the Cheltenham Festival's Ladies Day on Wednesday{Photos}.

-Pince Harry attended the England vs. Ireland rugby match at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday {Photos}

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited the Great Britain field hockey team for the Olympics at the Olympic Park on Thursday {Photos}. On Saturday, she presented shamrocks to members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks{Photos}{Video}.

-Prince Andrew, Duke of York spent the day in the Gloucester area of England on Thursday where he visited the Llanthony Warehouse, Emma Willis, 2, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2DH, GE Aviation and Moog Technology  {Source}.

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex spent the day with her patronage, The Lions Club International, where she visited with the group's president at Bagshot Park before attending an evening reception for the organization at the House of Lords on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, she, as trustee of Action for Hearing Loss, attended their meeting {Source}.


-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall attended the Cheltenham Festival this week{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}. The Festival ran from March 13-16.


Luxembourg

-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 6th birthday on Monday.

Liechtenstein



-Hereditary Prince Alois  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Gymnasium in Vaduz on Wednesday {Source}.


-Prince Constantin celebrated his 40th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco


-Prince Albert attended the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France on Monday {Photos} He celebrated his 54th birthday on Wednesday. On Saturday, he attended an Irish Harp concert, organized by the Princess Grace Irish Library, held at the Chapelle de la Visitation {Photos}.

-Prince Albert & Princess Caroline  attended the 75th bazaar in aid of the work of Sister Marie at Chapiteau de Fontvieille on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene traveled from Australia to China on Sunday. On Monday, she was spotted visiting the Shanghai Pudong Special Education School in Shanghai, China {Photos}. She was in China as part of her role as  Global Ambassador to the Special Olympics.

The Netherlands


-Queen Beatrix attended the première of the play, Ongezien, in Wolfheze, on the “… occasion of the 100th anniversary of Het Schild, a center for the blind and visually impaired elderly.” on Saturday {Source}

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander & Princess Maxima participate in NL Doet, National Volunteer Day on Friday {Photos}


-Prince Williem-Alexander attended the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he boarded the new Dutch Royal Naval ship in Amsterdam, HMS Holland, to travel to Greenwich, England {Photos} {Video}. On Friday, he opened the 15th Annual National Career Fair held at the RAI in Amsterdam where he also mingled with attendees {Photos}.

Norway


-King Harald V attended a memorial service held at Evenes (Glasgow) Airbase to remember five servicemen who recently died in a plane crash at Kebnekaise in northern Sweden on Sunday {Source}.

-Princess Maxima  was at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, France on Saturday to attend a concert performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev as well as a post-performance reception {Photos}.
Spain


-King Juan Carlos held an audience at Zarzuela Palace with the founders of the transport company, SUER, on the occasion of their 70th anniversary on Wednesday {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos& Queen Sofia attended  the 'La Caixa' Scholarship Gala on Wednesday {Photos}{Video}


-Queen Sofia attended a gala tribute in honor of legendary Cuban prima ballerina, Ms. Alicia Alonso on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias held an audience at Zarzuela Palace with professors and graduate students enrolled in the MBA program at Columbia University on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in the CNSE Foundation Awards in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Iñaki Urdangarín, The Duke of Palma de Majorca's courruption trial continued this week {video}.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustaf  opened the Royal Palace Sprint on Wednesday {Video}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine & Prince Daniel attended a gala dinner held inside the Charles XI's gallery at the royal palace in Stockholm on Thursday {Photos}.

-Queen Silvia opened the Malteaser Dementia Meeting Place. This new complex was developed in collaboration with the World Childhood Foundation in Bottrop, Germany on Friday {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Victoria is said to be enjoying motherhood, according to The Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet {Source}.

-Princess Estelle will be christened May 16 and is expected to follow Swedish Traditions {Source}{Source}. With that said, I change my predictions of godparents (again):

  1. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark ("Mary" has to come from somewhere + CP V is also her son Christian's godmother)
  2. Anna Westling
  3. Princess Maxima of The Netherlands (again, her oldest is CP Victoria's godchild...so why not?)
  4. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece (her oldest is CP Victoria's godchild...so why not?) 
  5. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (his oldest is CP Victoria's godchild...so why not?+ his father is CP Victoria's godfather. He will be the future king of Norway...so yeah)
  6. Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium (his youngest is CP Victoria's godchild...so why not?)

So instead of the traditional 4, there will be 4 godmothers and two godfathers if my list is accurate {Source}.


-Princess Madeleine visited one of her patronages, My Big Day (the Swedish equal to the Make-A-Wish Foundation) , where she toured offices, and met with staff on Monday{Source}.

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