Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Denmark's Hussar Guards Regiment Celebrates 400 Years

A large military parade greeted Queen Margrethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark when they arrived at Antvorskov Barracks in Slagelse for the 400th anniversary celebration of the Hussar Guards Regiment.

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The royal couple inspected the guard before watching manoeuvres and afterwards attended a service for the regiment at Saint Michaels Church in Slagelse.

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It was a cool and overcast day but Queen Margrethe was well dressed for the occasion in a sleek white coat with matching hat, complemented by grey gloves, shoes and a chain-link bag.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Norway's Crown Princely Couple Discuss Literature at Skaugum

Writers publishers, reviewers and librarians gathered at Skaugum, the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway to talk about literature in the country and debate how best to get more people reading. Guests included famous Norwegian writers Herbjørg Wassmo and January Kjærstad.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit greeted the guests saying:

"Something all of us here gathered have in common is our love of literature and I hope this evening can be about just that: sharing our experiences and talking about what reading has given us. 
For me it is important to use my own literary interest to spread the joy of reading."

Those gathered also discussed their favourite book and what it had given them in their life.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit looked lovely in an almost festive red dress perfect for the season and making a change from the darker and more neutral colours more often worn at this time of year.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dutch Royals Attend Erasmus Prize 2014 Award

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation Erasmus Prize 2014 ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday, where Frie Leysen was awarded the prize for her contribution to arts and culture in Europe.


The Belgian theatre and festival director Frie Leysen was awarded the €150,000 prize for her tireless work promoting unknown artists, writers and new forms of performance arts in the sphere of European theatre, while also creating and managing theatre festivals where work could be showcased.


The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation perfectly sums up its efforts with a quote by the theologian Erasmus, after whom it is named.

"Diverse are the gifts of men of genius and many are the different kinds of ages. Let each one reveal the scope of his competence and let no one be envious of another who in keeping with his own ability and style tries to make a useful contribution to the education of all."

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Spain's Royal Couple Join Families and Friends of Bus Crash Victims at Funeral in Murcia

The King and Queen of Spain attended the funeral of the victims of Saturday's bus crash near Bullas in the south-eastern region of Murcia. The bus was returning from a pilgrimage to Santa María Maravillas de Jesús in Madrid when it left the road and rolled down a steep embankment, killing 14 people and injuring 28.


King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia offered their sympathies and spoke with mourners before thanking rescue workers for their efforts during the horrific tragedy.


Only parish priest Miguel Conesa was not buried at Bullas, being instead buried in his home village of Espinardo.

Dutch Royals Attend Flight MH17 Memorial in Amsterdam

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam yesterday for a memorial ceremony dedicated to the 298 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which crashed in Ukraine in July.


The flight was en route from the Dutch capital Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and 193 of those on board were Dutch nationals. The royals were joined by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and hundreds of relatives of those who died.


Mr. Rutte summed up the sadness of those gathered, saying: "What if the plane had been late? What if I wake up and realise it was all just a dream? But there is no 'what if?' Only the harsh reality of 298 dead. They will not be forgotten."

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Princess Caroline Launches the AMADE Netherlands Gala and Visits Gassan Diamonds

Caroline, Princess of Hanover was in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on Friday for the launch of the Association Mondiale des Amis de L'Enfance (AMADE) benefit gala and auction at the Rijksmuseum, where she spoke with members of the association including Secretary General of AMADE Jerome Froissart and board of directors member Pieter Bogaardt.


In accordance with the wishes of Princess Grace of Monaco, AMADE was founded in 1963 with the aim of creating a world where the fundamental rights of all children are respected. AMADE dedicates itself to protecting children worldwide and providing them with access to proper healthcare and education. Princess Caroline has been President of AMADE since 1993.


The princess toured the museum guided by Rijksmuseum General Director Wim Pijbes and viewed some of the famous artworks on display, including Rembrandt's extraordinary painting commonly known as 'The Night Watch'.


Another part of the AMADE Netherlands launch was a visit to the Gassan Diamonds Factory in Amsterdam, where the princess and members of AMADE met with CEO of Gassan Diamonds Benno Leeser and Choices by DL owner and Gassan Brand Manager Debora Leeser, who guided them through the jewellery collections.


Gassan Diamonds and Debora Leeser kindly donated a Choices by DL diamond jewellery set to the AMADE fundraising auction, which also included a signed Novak Djokovic tennis racket, specially-made artworks and luxury city breaks, to name a few items.


Gassan Diamonds was founded in 1945 by Samuel Gassan and now employs over 500 people. The factory was originally steam powered and a tour of the factory shows visitors how diamonds are cut and polished, with the history of the industry fully showcased. Diamond jewellery can also be purchased in the dedicated store.


It was great to see Princess Caroline for a double engagement, using her star power to promote such a worthy cause.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Crown Princess Mary Opens the UNECE Meeting in Geneva

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was in Geneva Thursday, where she was joined by Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECE Christian Friis Bach to open the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe review of the status of women's rights in its member states.


It's nearly twenty years since the Beijing Platform for Action conference took place - at the time considered a landmark in the women's rights movement world wide - and it was attended by representatives of 189 countries. The current review is designed to see how the Platform has been implemented in member states.


The conference is titled 'Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for sustainable development in the UNECE region' and the meeting will be attended by politicians of the member states as well as leaders from the education and business sectors and human rights groups.


Mary looked ready for business in a navy suit and carried her documents in a leather bag, accessorising with a beautiful matching leaf brooch.

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