Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Duke Of Cambridge Lays Wreath In Memory Of PC Keith Palmer, Who Was Killed In Terror Attack

The Duke Of Cambridge Lays Wreath In Memory Of PC Keith Palmer

The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath in the Police Memorial Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday in memory of the police officer killed in the London terror attack.

PC Keith Palmer was stabbed by a terrorist last week as he was guarding the Palace of Westminster.

On the wreath, Prince William left a message which reads: “For PC Keith Palmer, and all those who have served our community so valiantly, your legacy is our way of life.”

The second-in-line to the throne signed the message off with his signature.

The Duke of Cambridge was at the National Memorial Arboretum to officially open the new Remembrance Centre.

When opening the centre, he was acting in the capacity of Patron of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal.

Forming part of The Royal British Legion, the National Memorial Arboretum has fostered pride in the UK year round since 1997 when it became the nation's centre of Remembrance. The 'living and lasting memorial' stands proudly as a place to honour the fallen and recognise the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who devotes their lives to the defence of UK freedom.

The 'living and lasting memorial' stands proudly as a place to honour the fallen and recognise the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who devotes their lives to the defence of UK freedom.

The Remembrance Centre project received support from many individuals and organisations including lead supporters The Royal British Legion, Staffordshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Rolls Royce and the Westminster Foundation. The new Centre features a cloistered courtyard garden, three new exhibition galleries and a larger restaurant and

The new Centre features a cloistered courtyard garden, three new exhibition galleries and a larger restaurant and a shop for visitors.
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Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium visit The Confederation of Danish Industry

Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium visit The Confederation of Danish Industry

Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium visit The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) on March 29, 2017.

Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium visit The Confederation of Danish Industry

Then Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium made a visit to Bane Danmark.

Crown Prince Frederik and King Philippe of Belgium visit The Confederation of Danish Industry
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

King Willem-Alexander Thanks Argentina For "The Most Beautiful Possible Gift, My Wife"

King Willem-Alexander Thanks Argentina

Last evening, during the state dinner in honour of President Mauricio Macri of Argentina and his wife, Juliana Awada’s two-day state visit to the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander thanked Argentina for Queen Máxima saying, “Argentina is a vibrant, passionate country. And the country, of course, that gave me the most precious of gifts: my wife, our Dutch Queen.”

He went on to say how the Dutch have been able to learn about Argentina through Máxima, “Through her, the Netherlands has got to know Argentina better and to appreciate its culture even more.”

Their Majesties with President Macri and his wife Juliana during the welcoming ceremony
Their Majesties with President Macri and his wife Juliana during the welcoming ceremony. Photo: Casa Rosada (CC 2.5 Argentina)

He praised Argentina’s gorgeous landscapes, hospitality, ambition and strength, “Argentina is a country that has always welcomed people from Europe and other parts of the world with open arms. A country that believes in the importance of ambition and development. I love Argentina’s hospitality. I love the asado, where you will often find me behind the parrilla. I love the creativity and ingenuity of the Argentinian people, which have been a source of strength to them in difficult times.”

He closed with a toast to President Macri and his wife by saying, “To your good health, Mr President and Ms Awada. And to the abiding friendship between la República Argentina and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”

The state visit began yesterday with the laying of a wreath at the National Monument on Dam Square. Queen Máxima also took them to visit the Anne Frank House for a tour. While there, an agreement was signed between the Anne Frank House, the Argentine Ministry of Education and the Centro Ana Frank in Buenos Aires to further cooperation in the education of young people to end discrimination and violence.

President Macri and Juliana at the Anne Frank House
President Macri and Juliana at the Anne Frank House. Photo: Casa Rosada (CC 2.5 Argentina)

As a thank you, President Macri and Ms Awada were presented with a framed photo taken by Maria Austria from the Anne Frank House. Maria Austria took a series of images from the hideout where Frank and her family stayed until being discovered by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps during World War II. Only Anne’s father, Otto survived the Holocaust. The Anne Frank House opened as a museum in 1960.

The day also included meeting back with King Willem-Alexander at the Business Forum in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Furthermore, the group attended training of both Dutch and Argentinean hockey players, as well.

King Willem-Alexander Thanks Argentina For "The Most Beautiful Possible Gift, My Wife"
Photo: Casa Rosada (CC 2.5 Argentina)

Later today, President Macri will meet the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte and other government representatives. Meanwhile, Queen Máxima and Juliana Awada will visit the Mauritshuis museum where they will be given a “guided tour of Dutch masters of the 17th-century Golden Age, including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Paulus Potter,” according to the Royal House of the Netherlands. Their Majesties, President Macri and Ms Awada will join Prime Minister Rutte for lunch, as well.

The Queen will visit the Port of Rotterdam with the President and First Lady where they will take a boat trip through the Port of Rotterdam. During this time, they will listen to “experts and representatives of the business community will describe the various terminals and explain the new integrated logistics solutions provided by the port’s Maasvlakte terminals,” explained the Royal House.

The state visit will conclude this evening with a ballet performance at Theatre Diligentia in The Hague presented by President Macri.

This is not the first meeting for Queen Máxima and the President of Argentina. Last October, Her Majesty, who retained her Argentinean citizenship, travelled home to Argentina for the first time in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance. During her two-day trip, she was received at President Macri’s residence, Casa Rosada, where she held a meeting with the President and other government officials.
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Princess Haya Of Jordan Calls For Political Solution To Solve The Middle East 'Chaos'

Princess Haya Of Jordan Calls For Political Solution

In an interview with Australian current affairs program Lateline, Princess Haya of Jordan spoke about the impact of the war in Syria and the resulting migration crisis, which has left the region in 'chaos'.

The princess, who is the daughter of the late King Hussain and Queen Alia of Jordan, the half-sister of current King Abdullah and the junior wife of United Arab Emirates' Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – said of the devastating situation: 'I remember growing up in Jordan, I was born in 1974 and during the 70s and the 80s Jordan was in a tough neighbourhood, but I never remember it as bad in my life as what the whole region looks like now.'

As chair of Dubai's International Humanitarian City, former United Nations Messenger of Peace, and the founder of food aid foundation, Tkiyet Um Ali, Princess Haya has seen first-hand the struggle of the humanitarian agencies who are working tirelessly to respond to the overwhelming need of the region's citizens.

She said: 'The Middle East is in chaos. We've got extremism reaping the benefits of that chaos and really using the fact that there's insecurity in food that there's widespread poverty, to use it as a recruiting tool, and you've got this whole problem literally spilling over worldwide.'

Oxford-educated Princess Haya has travelled extensively for her humanitarian work and pursues a passion for show jumping, which saw her represent Jordan at the Sydney Olympics. Her equine pursuits also saw her become the first Jordanian woman to be granted a license to drive heavy trucks – a necessity for transporting her horses.

Though she does not officially identify as a feminist, the princess has said: 'I feel that it's more about gender balance than equality, and with balance there is equality…I think change starts from within and I think the best way to drive change is gently.'
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The Queen And Members Of The Royal Family To Attend Lord Snowdon's Memorial Service

The Queen And Members Of The Royal Family To Attend Lord Snowdon's Memorial Service

 
It has been announced that The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of The Royal Family will attend a memorial service for the late Lord Snowdon.

Princess Margaret's former husband died peacefully at the age of 86 in the January of this year.

The service will take place in St Margaret's Church at Westminster Abbey on Friday 7th April.

The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, will conduct the Service of Thanksgiving.

Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret had two children together before they separated, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.

The announcement of his engagement to Margaret, on 26 February 1960, took the press by surprise. Margaret had taken care to conceal the romance from reporters.

On 11 July 1978, the Snowdons' divorce was finalised. It was the first divorce of a senior Royal since Princess Victoria of Edinburgh in 1901. Though her marriage to Lord Snowdon had begun with great happiness, with the addition of their children David and Sarah, their unhappiness began to be well known within the family and eventually in March 1976, an announcement was made regarding their separation.

In December 1978, he was married again, to Lucy Lindsay-Hogg and they had a daughter, Lady Frances, the next year. He continued his womanising ways and had a long affair with journalist Ann Hills, who committed suicide in 1996. At the age of 68, he fathered a son, Jasper, with 33-year-old Melanie Cable-Alexander, also a journalist. After this, he and Lucy finally divorced.

He became increasingly disabled from his childhood polio, although he continued to travel and work as a photographer.
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Breaking News: Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria & Aunt Of King Juan Carlos, Dies At 99

Breaking News: Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria & Aunt Of King Juan Carlos, Dies At 99

 
Infanta Alicia of Spain (née Princess of Bourbon-Parma) died today at 1.30pm at the age of 99 in Madrid. The Infanta was born on 13 November 1917 as the daughter of Elias, Duke of Parma and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. Her father was the youngest son of the deposed Duke Robert I of Parma and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies while her mother was a member of the Teschen branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
 
She married Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, her second cousin, on 16 April 1936 in Vienna, Austria. Infante Alfonso's mother was Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, the sister of Alfonso XIII of Spain. He was heir-presumptive to the Spanish throne until the birth of his cousin, Alfonso, in 1907. His cousin never became King of Spain. Instead, the current Spanish Royal family descends from Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, who was his cousin Alfonso's younger brother.
 
Breaking News: Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria & Aunt Of King Juan Carlos, Dies At 99

 
Alicia and Alfonso had three children together; Princess Teresa María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 6 February 1937) Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria ( born 16 January 1938 – died 5 October 2015) and Princess Inés María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (born 18 February 1940).
She sometimes attended events organised by the Spanish Royal Family,  such as a Mass commemorating the centenary of the birth of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona (King Felipe's grandfather).
 
She is also considered to be the heir general of the Kings of Navarre as well as Edward the Confessor and David I of Scotland. For some, she is considered to be the Jacobite pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland, France and Ireland. The subject under debate is the question of the legality of the marriage of Maria Beatrice of Savoy to her uncle. If it was illegal, Alicia was the heir of Maria Beatrice's sister.
 
No funeral arrangements have been announced at this time, but as an Infanta of Spain, she is entitled to be buried at El Escorial in the Pantheon of the Princes, where her husband and son are also buried.
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Duchess Of Cambridge To Conduct Solo Visit To Luxembourg In May

Duchess Of Cambridge To Conduct Solo Visit To Luxembourg In May

 
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Luxembourg on 11 May at the request of the Foreign Office, Kensington Palace has announced.
 
She will attend the commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London (also called the Second Treaty of London), which reaffirmed the personal union between the Netherlands and Luxembourg under the House of Orange-Nassau and reaffirmed the neutrality of Luxembourg, which was established by the First Treaty of London.
 
To ensure Luxembourg's neutrality the westward fortifications of Luxembourg City were to be demolished and never to be rebuilt. Their neutrality was especially important after the Luxembourg crisis erupted when French Emperor Napoleon III attempted to buy Luxembourg from King William III.
 
An independent Luxembourg was of paramount importance to Prussia. The personal union between the Netherlands and Luxembourg ended in 1890 when Queen Wilhelmina ascended the Dutch throne. Luxembourg still knew, which barred women from the throne and as such, Queen Wilhelmina could not become Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. An older branch of the House of Nassau inherited Luxembourg.
 
The personal union between the Netherlands and Luxembourg ended in 1890 when Queen Wilhelmina ascended the Dutch throne. Luxembourg still knew salic law, which barred women from the throne and as such, Queen Wilhelmina could not become Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. An older branch of the House of Nassau inherited Luxembourg.
 
The Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Luxembourg is added to a schedule of other European engagements, including an official visit to Poland and Germany in July, which she will visit with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge,  at the specific request of the Foreign Office. The couple recently returned from a two-day visit to Paris. They are not the only British to visit Europe, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Romania, The Papal See and Austria.
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Princess Mary visited the Qatar Academy in Doha

Princess Mary visited the Qatar Academy in Doha

On the 2nd day of Qatar visit, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visits the Qatar Academy in Doha on March 3, 2016. The Crown Princess met with two different classes.

Princess Mary visited the Qatar Academy in Doha
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Princess Estelle Meets Newborn Baby Brother


Meet the new Prince of Sweden - Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel son. Princess Estelle of Sweden visited her newborn brother at Karolinska hospital in Stockholm on March 3, 2016.
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