Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Royal news, September 2nd 2014

The King and Queen of Norway welcomed the President of Estonia, Toomas Henrik Ilves, on a state visit which began with an official welcome at the Royal Palace in Oslo with the Crown Prince and Princess also in attendance.

Norway's monarchs and heirs with the President of Estonia

The president then inspected the guard, accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon, before posing for official photos in the palace - Princess Astrid joined the group for this part of the morning. The king and queen joined the president at the national monument at Akerhuus Fortress where they laid wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives in World War Two. After an official lunch, the president visited the Norwegian Parliament and the king and queen then accompanied him to the University of Oslo before returning to the Royal Palace in the evening for a gala dinner in his honour.

The official photo for the visit of the President of Estonia to Norway

The Princess Royal opened the new marina at Lochmaddy in norther Uist.  Later the princess visited the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie to mark its 40th anniversary. Princess Anne fed the park's Polar Bears and met its pack of grey wolves during her visit which she undertook as patron of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Princess Anne at Lochmaddy Marina
(photo @direcleit Twitter)

The King of Sweden presented a new standard to the Norrbotten Wing of the Swedish Air Force - it had last been presented with one in 1944 by Gustav V, great grandfather of the present monarch.  The Norrbotten Wing is responsible for rapid response units.

King Carl XVI Gustaf presents a new standard to the Norrbotten Wing to replace the one, given in 1944, which is now worn through

Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine visited Ersta Child Rights Bureau in Stockholm which has been providing advice and help to children on issues linked to their welfare since 2011.

Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine arrive at the Children's Rights Bureau in Stockholm

King Felipe of Spain held two audiences at the Zarzuela Palace.  He met the President of the Court of Auditors, Ramon Garcia Alvarez de Miranda, and the President of the State Council, Jose Manuel Romay Beccaria.

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended a reunion of some of the Engelandvaarders, the people who left the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation and headed to England to join the Allied Forces. The reunion has been taking place annually for forty years and this year it as held in Hilversum.

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands with some of the Engelandvaarders she met in Hilversum

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark continued their summer tour by yacht, landing in the port of Hivde Sande for a visit to Ringkobing.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark arrives for her visit to Ringkobing

Crown Prince Frederik inaugurated the Energy Tower at Roskilde which is designed to provide heat and power for the area in a more eco friendly way.  The prince got the chance to try his hand at being a crane operator during his visit.

Crown Prince Frederik tries out a crane at the Roskilde Energy Tower 

King Philippe of the Belgians held an audience at the Royal Palace with Andre Flahaut who has just completed four years as the President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.  Prince Laurent attended commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Rumes in Hainault.

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