Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Royal news, September 9th 2014

Queen Silvia of Sweden continued with celebrations marking the fifteenth anniversary of the World Childhood Foundation which she helped establish back in 1999. Along with Princess Madeleine, she attended the foundation's annual meeting held at Princess Sybilla's apartments at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  Princess Madeleine made a speech at the meeting.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden speaking at the World Childhood Foundation meeting

Queen Margrethe of Denmark began a two day visit to Berlin where she was welcomed by President Joachim Gaucke.  The queen visited a reconstruction of a Viking ship, Sea Stallion, which is in the city as part of a new exhibition called 'The Vikings'.  Along with her hosts, she tried some honey mead.

Queen Margrethe, from a land that the Vikings called home, on board a reconstruction of a Viking ship

Later, Queen Margrethe visited the exhibition which has been put together by museums in Berlin, Copenhagen and London.  In the evening, President Gaucke and his partner, Daniela Schadt, gave a dinner in honour of the queen at Bellevue Castle.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark with her hosts in Berlin
(photo kongahuset,dk)

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary held a reception at the Amalienborg  Palace ahead of their visit to Canada which gets under way on September 17th.

Prince Frederik and Princess Mary at the Amalienborg Palace

Later on, the Crown Princess attended a ceremony where she handed over the Carlsberg Research Awards.

Crown Princess Mary at the Carlsberg Research Award ceremony

Prince Harry attended the first event of the Invictus Games - the Driving Challenge which took place in Warwickshire which saw the first gold medal go to Australia.  He later attended a welcome reception given by the US Ambassador for the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry at the reception held by the US ambassadors
(photo @clarencehouse Twitter)

Crown Prince and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway began a three day tour of different parts of the country on board the royal yacht.  Their first stop was Leinesfjord where they heard about ecological projects.  The crown princess also saw a taekwondo display.

The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway at the start of their three day tour

In the afternoon, the couple were in Sorfold where they heard about projects to help protect fish. They later hiked to an 18th century croft house and learned about local history.

Injecting fish - Haakon and Mette-Marit on tour

King Harald presented the Kavli Prizes at a ceremony in Oslo - they are given for achievements in science.

King Harald at the Kavli Awards

King Philippe of the Belgians welcomed the flame for the Special Olympics European Summer Games to the Royal Palace in Brussels - he will attend the opening ceremony on September 13th 2014.  Queen Mathilde attended the closing ceremony of the People and Religions International Summit which took place in Antwerp.

King Philippe of the Belgians greets the flame of the Special Olympics European Summer Games
(photo @monarchiebelge Twitter)

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands held farewell audiences with the outgoing ambassadors from Cuba and Hungary at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.  He later heard the oath of the new member of the Council of State for the Kingdom of Aruba before both he and Queen Maxima welcomed the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, at the Noordeinde Palace as part of his visit to the country.  

Queen Maxima with the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, at the Noordeinde Palace

King Willem-Alexander presented the Spinoza Prizes awarded for achievements in science at a ceremony at the Neuwe Kirke in The Hague.

King Willem-Alexander at the Spinoza Prizes

King Felipe VI of Spain chaired a meeting of the Royal Spanish Academy Foundation at the Zarzuela Palace while Queen Letizia chaired a meeting of the Royal Council on Disability, also at the Zarzuela.

The Queen of Spain prepares to chair a meeting at the Zarzuela Palace

Before the meeting, Queen Letizia held an audience with the Spanish Health Minister, Ana Mato, and Susana Camarero who is President of the Royal Board on Disability.

Letizia holds an audience at the Zarzuela Palace

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