The Queen led the British Royal Family at the Commonwealth Observance on March 10th 2014 as part of the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations, marking the unity between its nations. The multi-faith service, at Westminster Abbey, was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Observance on March 10th 2014
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went on to host a Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House in London later that day and, as is traditional, Elizabeth II released a special Commonwealth message in which she spoke, this year, of the upcoming Commonwealth Games which will start in Glasgow in July. On March 11th 2014, Queen Elizabeth II received the letters of credentials of the new ambassadors from Cyprus and the Republic of Guinea in ceremonies at Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth II with the new High Commissioner for Cyprus, Euripides Evriviades when he presented his letters of credentials on March 11th 2014
On the same day the Queen, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, held several audiences at Buckingham Palace for members of the regiment. On March 12th 2014, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Royal Commonwealth Society in London to find out more about the organisation's current projects. They went on to visit the offices of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award to hear about its ongoing work.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to the Royal Commonwealth Society on March 12th 2014
On March 13th 2014, the Queen held several audiences for members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland of which she is Colonel-in-Chief. She also held an audience with the outgoing secretary to the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Brigadier John Smedley, who was also made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. In the afternoon, the Queen welcomed the King and Queen of the Belgians to Buckingham Palace as part of their introductory tour of the United Kingdom. The monarchs had lunch together - the Duke of Edinburgh was also present as were the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and King Philippe I of the Belgians during their meeting at Buckingham Palace on March 13th 2014
On March 14th 2014, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Royal Holloway and Bedford New College which is part of the University of London in recognition of the Diamond Jubilee Regius Professorship in Music which has been conferred and during their visit they heard several musical performances as well as meeting staff and pupils.
The Queen during her visit to the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College on March 14th 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on March 12th 2014 and in the evening attended a reception at Fishmonger's Hall in London in his role as patron of the Marine Biological Association. On March 13th 2014, Prince Philip held several audiences at Buckingham Palace and in the evening the prince held a reception at St James' Palace for the Britain-Australia Society of which he is patron. On March 13th 2014, the Duke of Edinburgh held an audience at Buckingham Palace for the National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and later received the Freedom of the Ironmongers' Company in the City of London to mark the affiliation between the company and the Grenadier Guards of which the prince is Colonel-in-Chief. In the evening, the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Duke of Edinburgh during the day of engagements he carried out on March 12th 2014
The Prince of Wales began his week with a series of audiences on March 11th at Clarence House for some of the charities and organisations of which he is patron. In the afternoon he accompanied the Duchess of Cornwall at a reception for the Medical Detection Dogs charity of which the duchess is patron. The royal couple were also given a demonstration of the animals' skills during the event which took place at Clarence House.
The Duchess of Cornwall with medical detection dogs during the reception she hosted for the charity which trains them which was held at Clarence House on March 11th 2014
On the same afternoon, Prince Charles attended a reception in London to mark the 80th anniversary of the British Council of which he is a vice patron. He later received the High Commissioner for New Zealand at St James' Palace and in the evening, he was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall at St James' Palace for a reception for Commonwealth High Commissioners given by the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Prince Charles at the reception he hosted on March 11th at St James' Palace for Commonwealth High Commissioners
The following day, Prince Charles held a number of audiences and meetings at Clarence House linked to his charities which support young people and older members of society as they try to start up their own businesses. In the afternoon, the Prince of Wales was at the United Kingdom Finals of the Celebrate Success Awards held in London. He returned to Clarence House in the evening to host a reception for the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty of which he is patron. On March 13th 2014, the Prince of Wales held an audience with the new Commanding Officer of the Parachute Regiment - he is the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief. The prince then led the royal representation at the service of thanksgiving held at Westminster Abbey for Sir David Frost, who died last year. Prince Charles laid flowers on the stone unveiled to remember Sir David.
Prince Charles arrives at Westminster Abbey on March 13th 2014 for a memorial service for Sir David Frost who died in 2013
The prince was accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of York and his eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, were also in attendance as was the Countess of Wessex and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Later on March 13th 2014, the Prince of Wales met members of the Commonwealth Youth Society at St James' Palace before chairing a meeting of The Prince's Countryside Fund. He went on to hold an audience with the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, before hosting a dinner at St James' Palace for representatives of The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise, In Kind Direct and Mosaic which celebrated 'Transforming Lives Through Enterprise'. On March 14th 2014, the Prince of Wales held an investiture at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen. Among those receiving honours was the soprano, Katherine Jenkins, who was awarded an OBE.
The Prince of Wales with Welsh soprano, Katherine Jenkins, during the investiture at Buckingham Palace on March 14th 2014 at which she was appointed an OBE
The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire on March 12th 2014 and presented the trophy at the Queen Mother Champion's Chase which is always run on Ladies' Day at the Festival. The duchess was later photographed looking very pleased with the money she won in a bet with her son, Tom Parker Bowles.
The Duchess of Cornwall presents the trophy at the end of the Queen Mother Champion's Chase on Ladies' Day at Cheltenham - March 12th 2014
The Duke of York visited Northern Ireland on March 11th 2014 where he spent some time at Kainos Software Limited in Belfast. Prince Andrew then visited the offices of the Belfast Telegraph newspaper in the city where he gave his support to their apprenticeship programme. The prince ended his day with an engagement at the Northern Ireland Science Park on Queen's Island in Belfast. On March 13th 2014, the Duke of York hosted a Financial Services Dinner at Buckingham Palace. The following day, March 14th 2014, Prince Andrew was in the Midlands where he began his engagements opening the Midland Studio College in Nuneaton. The prince went on to open the Samsung School Professional Development Centre in Birmingham and in the afternoon he visited the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham - Prince Andrew is patron of Young Engineers.
The Duke of York gave an interview to the school radio station at the Midland Studio School in Nuneaton during his visit on March 14th 2014
The Earl of Wessex marked his 50th birthday on March 10th 2014 by giving an interview to BBC School Report and by releasing an informal portrait showing him with his wife, Sophie, and their two children, Louise and James.
The Earl of Wessex with his family in a portrait taken to mark his 50th birthday - March 10th 2014
The Countess of Wessex, as patron of England Hockey, visited the England teams at their training ground at Bisham Abbey in Berkshire on March 11th 2014 and took to the pitch for a few minutes, throwing her shoes to one side and donning a pair of trainers for the short game.
The Countess of Wessex playing hockey during her visit to Bisham Abbey to meet the England hockey teams on March 11th 2014
The Princess Royal, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, began her week by attending a National Olympic Committees Meeting in London on March 11th 2014. Later the same day, Princess Anne held an audience for representatives of the Fishmongers' Company at Buckingham Palace - she is a Court Member of the Company. The princess attended a court meeting and luncheon for the Company on March 13th 2014. The princess spent the rest of the week at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire where she was accompanied by her daughter, Zara Phillips, making her first official appearances since giving birth to her daughter, Mia, in January 2014. On March 14th 2014, the Princess Royal attended the running of the Gold Cup at Cheltenham - it was won by outsider, Lord Windermere, ridden by Davy Russell.
The Princess Royal attending the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup Day, March 14th 2014
The Spanish Royal Family at a memorial service for those who died in the Atocha bombings in March 2004. It was held on the tenth anniversary of the bombings - March 11th 2014 - at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
On the following day, March 12th 2014, Queen Sofia attended a concert at that National Auditorium in Madrid in memory of all victims of terrorism in Spain.
Queen Sofia of Spain at the concert 'In Memoriam' held in Madrid on March 12th 2014
King Juan Carlos held a series of audiences throughout the week at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, starting on March 11th 2014 with a meeting with the mayor of Santander, Inigo de Serna Hernaiz, who is also president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces. And on March 13th 2014, he met Abraham Haim who is the president of the Council of the Sephardic Community of Jerusalem.
King Juan Carlos of Spain with Abraham Haim at their audience on March 13th 2014
Queen Sofia attended a Plenary Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Queen Sofia National Museum and Art Centre on March 11th 2014 at their offices in Madrid to discuss past projects and plans for the next four years. On March 12th 2014, the queen held a series of audiences at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Queen Sofia firstly met around twenty citizens of Penascola in Florida who are visiting Madrid to mark the anniversary of the arrival in America of the Spanish soldier, Bernardo de Galvez, who later became governor of Louisiana.
Queen Sofia of Spain at her audience with visitors from Penascola in Florida on March 12th 2014
Later the same day, the queen met the Governing Body of the International Federation of Catholic Universities and held an audience with the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki who were visiting Spain for four days to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco. The students performed for the queen during their audience.
Queen Sofia watches a performance by some of the members of the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki who visited Madrid on March 12th 2014
And on March 14th 2014, Queen Sofia opened an exhibition of work by El Greco which will run until June as events marking the 400th anniversary of his death continue across Spain. The exhibition is at the Santa Cruz Museum in Toledo, where the artist spent a large part of his life, and is the largest display of his work so far.
Queen Sofia of Spain views a work by El Greco which forms part of an exhibition celebrating the artist who died 400 years ago
The Prince of Asturias spent much of the week in South America where he attended the swearing in of the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, who was elected earlier this year. The prince began his visit on March 10th 2014 when he was received by the outgoing president, Sebastian Pinera, who he praised for his work in developing stronger ties between Spain and Chile.
The Prince of Asturias with the outgoing President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, at their meeting on March 10th 2014 in the capital, Santiago
The prince went on to have lunch with members of Chilean society before holding a meeting, on the afternoon of March 10th 2014, with the new President, Michelle Bachelet, where he heard about her government's plans. The prince went on to hold a reception for the Spanish community in Chile at the Spanish embassy in Santiago.
Prince Felipe with Michelle Bachelet, the new President of Chile, on March 10th 2014
That evening, the prince joined leaders from around South America at a banquet given by Sebastian Pinera at the Palacio de la Moneda to mark the end of his presidency
Prince Felipe poses for photographs at the dinner given by Sebastian Pinera as his presidency came to an end. It took place in Santiago on March 10th 2014.
On March 11th 2014, Prince Felipe attended the official swearing in ceremony of President Bachelet which took place in Valparaiso, about 120 kilometres west of Santiago. He was also at an official lunch, given by Michelle Bachelet, at the presidential residence of Cerro Castillo in Vina that afternoon.
Prince Felipe, front row and second from the left, in one of the official photos taken after the swearing in of Michelle Bachelet as President of Chile on March 11th 2014
On March 12th 2014, Prince Felipe visited Sao Paolo in Brazil where he held a meeting with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the country. Later the same day, the prince attended a presentation by the Spain-Brazil Foundation and gave a speech about investment. Prince Felipe also held a meeting with the Governor of Sao Paolo and went on to a reception given by the Jewish Community in Brazil.
The Prince of Asturias during his visit to the Spain-Brazil Foundation in Sao Paolo on March 12th 2014
On his return to Spain, Prince Felipe opened an exhibition at the National Library of Spain in Madrid about the work of the 'Generation of 14' - a group of writers who aimed to make their country more European. On March 14th 2014, the prince was in Barcelona where he took part in the closing session of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum which had been running in the city for three days.
Prince Felipe's image is shown on a giant screen as he gives a speech at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona on March 14th 2014
The Princess of Asturias held three audiences at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on March 14th 2014. Firstly, the princess met representatives of the Spanish edition of Vogue magazine and then held an audience with the organisers of a project called 'Connected Women' which studies the situation facing women and girls in 27 countries around the world. Princess Letizia later met representatives of the Spanish Federation for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.
Princess Letizia of Spain with representatives of Spanish Vogue magazine during their audience on March 14th 2014
On March 13th 2014, Queen Sofia and the Infanta Elena paid a private visit to the Hospital of La Paz in Madrid to spend some time with the infanta's former mother-in-law, the dowager Countess of Ripalda, who suffered a stroke at the beginning of the week. The countess died, aged 85, on March 13th 2014 i Madrid and was buried in Soria on March 15th 2014 with her children, including Jaime de Marichalar, and her grandchildren, including Froilan and Victoria de Marichalar y de Borbon, at the funeral. Queen Sofia visited the Marichalar family on March 14th 2014 to offer her condolences.
The Dowager Countess of Ripalda, former mother in law of the Infanta Elena of Spain, died on March 13th 2014 at the age of 85
King Carl XVI Gustaf was joined by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daneil at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on March 13th 2014 for a lunch the monarch hosted in honour of the Director-General of the National Defence Radio Establishment, Dag Hartelius.
The Swedish royalswith Dag Hartelius at the lunch hosted in his honour on March 13th 2014
Queen Silvia was in Vienna on the same day where she took part in the meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, giving the opening speech. She talked about the importance of reducing the availability of drugs to young people. The queen also spoke about the organisation, Mentor, which she founded 20 years ago and which works to prevent drug abuse.
Queen Silvia of Sweden at the UN meeting about drug abuse she attended on March 13th 2014 in Vienna
Crown Princes Victoria celebrated her name day on March 12th 2014 with a ceremony in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. She was accompanied by Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle. The family heard several special pieces of music and then met the crowds who had gathered to celebrate with the Crown Princess.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is joined by her husband and he daughter at a ceremony to celebrate her name day on March 12th 2014 in Stockholm
On March 13th 2014, the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited TRIS in Uppsala. TRIS is a non profit organisation which works for children's and women's rights. They heard about the Ronja project which aims to help girls aged between 13 and 20 who don't have access to space for physical exercise to practice sports.
Crown Princess Victoria on her visit to the TRIS project in Uppsala on March 13th 2014
The day before, March 12th 2014, Prince Daniel had attended one of the largest conferences on entrepreneurship to take place in Sweden this year - Small Business Days. The event, at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, featured talks and speeches about the business environment.
Prince Daniel at Small Business Days in Stockholm on March 12th 2014
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paid a one day introductory visit to the United Kingdom on March 13th 2014 where they had lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The Belgian king and queen had begun their day at the Houses of Parliament where they were given a tour.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians at their arrival at the Houses of Parliament in London which they visited on March 13th 2014
Later in the day, the royal couple visited Westminter Abbey where they laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
King Philippe of the Belgians prepares to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the visit he made to Westminster Abbey with Queen Mathilde on March 13th 2014
The Belgian king had begun his week with a series of audiences starting with his regular meeting with the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio di Rupo, at the Royal Palace in Brussels on March 10th 2014. On March 11th 2014, he held an audience with minister, Sabine Laruelle, at the Royal Palace and later the same day he held a meeting with Philippe Courard who is Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, again at the Royal Palace. On March 12th 2014, again at the Royal Palace, the king held an audience with Melchior Wathelet, the Secretary of State for the Environment, and later met the Secretary of State for the Civil Service, Hendrik Bogaert. Also on March 12th 2014, the king visited the Saint Luc University Clinics in Brussels where he met experts in the field of palliative home care. He went on to visit the palliative care unit for adults. On March 14th 2014, the king attended Bruxelles-Formation which is responsible for vocational training as it celebrated its 20th anniversary.
King Philippe at Formation Bruxelles on March 14th 2014
Queen Mathilde held an audience with a group of children who had come to the Royal Palace on March 9th 2014 to present her with a prize. The accession of King Philippe had been voted 'Moment of the Year' by the TV programme Karrewiet and Queen Mathilde was given the trophy at the audience.
Queen Mathilde with the children who presented her with the award for 'Moment of the Year' on March 9th 2014
On March 11th 2014, Queen Mathilde met several leading Belgian women in Angers to mark International Women's Day. The queen heard about their latest work and their plans and wishes for the future. On the same day, the King and Queen of the Belgians hosted a lunch for exceptional women at the Laeken Chateau.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a lunch for exceptional women on March 11th 2014
On March 15th 2014, Princess Astrid travelled to the Middle East where she will undertake a seven day economic tour of Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The king and queen of the Netherlands began their week by hosting a lunch at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague for 27 people who have been recognised and celebrated in fields such culture, arts and sport. On March 12th 2014, the king held a farewell audience at the Noordeince Palace for the outgoing ambassador from Spain, Francisco Javier Vallaure Ache and later the same day King Willem-Alexander received the letters of credentials from the new ambassadors of Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. On March 13th 2014, King Willem-Alexander opened the new Rotterdam Central railway station.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opens the new Rotterdam Central station on March 13th 2014
On March 14th 2014, the king was in Zeist where he visited the befriending service, Strong Together, which offers support for people with mental health problems by organising clubs and walks run by volunteers to offer companionship and help.
King Willem-Alexander can just be seen in this photo of his visit to Zeist on March 14th 2014
Queen Maxima opened Money Week on March 10th 2014 at a ceremony in Hilversum. The event, which ran until March 14th 2014, focuses on teaching primary school children about money.
Queen Maxima at the start of Money Week which she launched on March 10th 2014
On March 11th 2014, the queen visited Avoord Care and Housing in Etten-Leur as part of the Dutch National Week of Health and Welfare. The week aims to open the doors of many health and welfare providers across the Netherlands to give a better understanding of what is involved in providing good care for those who need support.
Queen Maxima during her visit to Etten-Leur on March 11th 2014
On March 14th, Princess Beatrix attended a special event at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam to mark her reign where artists from many different fields gave performances to show their thanks for her support for the arts.
King Harald of Norway ended his week by welcoming children from Kapellveien Primary School to the Royal Palace in Oslo where they presented him with their own version of the Norwegian Constitution. Their first law was that 'we shall use our hands kindly'. Their visit, on March 14th 2014, forms part of the celebrations taking place across Norway this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the country's Constitution.
King Harald with the primary school children who presented their version of the Constitution to him at the Royal Palace in Oslo on March 14th 2014
The king held several audiences throughout the week at the Royal Palace. On March 10th 2014, he met the Chief of the Defence and later held an audience with Bishop Ole D. Hagesaether before going on to meet former North Sea Diver Tom H. Engh. On March 13th 2014, King Harald, accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, held an audience with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and on the following day, the king met the Defence Minister before holding an audience with the Norwegian Prime Minister. The king also presided over a Council of State on March 14th 2014 at the Royal Palace in Oslo. Queen Sonja was in the town of Roros, a UNESCO Heritage Site, in the week. She attended the opening of the Winter Chamber Music Festival on March 13th 2014 and on the following day, March 14th 2014, the queen visited Roros Church and was given a tour of the heritage site and visited the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Fund. She also went to Rorosrein where she met South Sami women and children from the South Sami kindergartern and then opened the Hamar Cultural Centre.
Queen Sonja of Norway during her visit to Roros in March 2014
On March 10th 2014, the Crown Prince gave a welcome speech at the annual Pupil Parliament which was held in Oslo until March 14th 2014. And on March 12th 2014, the Crown Prince was accompanied by Prince Sverre Magnus when he opened an exhibition called 'Daddy World Wide' at the International Museum of Children's Art in Oslo.
Prince Sverre Magnus helps his father, Haakon Magnus, open the exhibition 'Daddy World Wide' in Oslo on March 12th 2014
Queen Margrethe II attended a service on March 9th to mark the 100th anniversary of Simeon's Church in Copenhagen. The church which opened in 1914 replaced a movable church which had been used for several years.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark arrives at Simeon's Church in Copenhagen for a service celebrating its centenary on March 9th 2014
The queen and her consort, Prince Henrik, hosted a banquet at the Christiansborg Palace on March 12th for the parliament, government and the Danish members of the European Parliament. The Crown Prince and Princess, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte were also present.
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik lead the Danish Royal Family into the banquet held at the Christiansborg Palace on March 12th 2014
On March 13th 2014, Queen Margrethe presented the honour of the Queen's Watch to Guardsman Ragnar Ingemann Buus. The watch is presented to a Royal Guard who has been selected as among the best in his regiment and the ceremony took place during a parade at the Life Guard's Barracks Copenhagen. The tradition was started in 1969 by the queen's father, Frederik IX.
Margrethe of Denmark presents the Queen's Watch on March 13th 2014
Crown Princess Mary made a three day visit to New York beginning on March 9th 2014 when she attended a dinner organised by the Danish Consulate General. The event was also attended by Chelsea Clinton and the guests discussed issues including health and women's and children's rights.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Chelsea Clinton at their meeting in New York on March 9th 2014
The Crown Princess gave the opening speech at an event called 'Investing in Women and Girls: Everyone Wins' on March 10th 2014. The princess went on to take part in the UN Women's Commission 58 meeting and later that day attended a meeting let by Danish and British delegates on sexism. In the afternoon, Crown Princess Mary visited the UN Populations Fund - she is one of its patrons. And in the evening, the princess was at a dinner also attended by the Danish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the UN Women's Commission 58 event in New York on March 10th 2014
On the following day, March 11th 2014, Princess Mary attended an event organised by the American Haemophilia Society and heard about work to improve opportunities for people with the condition. In the afternoon Princess Mary, who is a member of the High Level Task Force of the ICPD attended a panel discussion on women's and girl's rights. The Crown Princess spent the evening taking part in another discussion about HIV.
Princess Mary at an event organised by the American Haemophilia Association in New York on March 11th 2014
On March 14th 2014, Princess Marie visited a school and childcare centre in Slagelse in east Denmark. The princess began her visit at the Sydbyen child care centre where she heard about work on helping children develop their senses through song. She went on to the Antvorskov School to see their EduTechLab and to hear about the school's involvement in a competition called 'Young Scientists'.
Princess Marie of Denmark during her visit to the Sydbyen child care centre on March 14th 2014
Princess Charlene of Monaco gave an interview this week to Nice Matin to talk about her foundation which aims to help children learn to swim.
Princess Charlene of Monaco in a photo taken to accompany an interview she gave to Nice-Matin newspaper in the week
On March 15th 2014, Prince Albert of Monaco was in Paris to watch the final game of the Six Nations Rugby tournament alongside French president, Francois Hollande. They saw France lose to Ireland who were crowned champions.
Prince Albert of Monaco in Paris on March 15th 2014