Monday, 19 September 2016

Royals at the UN

King Felipe of Spain speaking at a UN meeting today
(Espana en la ONU Twitter)

The General Assembly of the United Nations is getting under way in New York with days of high level talks and a particular focus on the refugee and migrant crises in different parts of the world. And there was plenty of regal representation as royals from around the world joined in.

King Felipe of Spain at the UN
(photo CasaReal Twitter)

King Felipe of Spain has a pretty packed agenda in New York over the coming days. The first day included meetings with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The King of Spain also took part in and spoke at the high level meeting on refugees taking place there.

Queen Letizia met with the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan, on her arrival in New York before going on to a meeting with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Director of UN Women.  The royal couple came together to meet the Spanish mission at the United Nations as the day progressed.

Queen Rania of Jordan, who has shown a particular interest  in the refugee crisis, was present for several of the talks on the issue that marked the beginning of this UN meeting.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is also in New York for the UN meeting. Her first day in the Big Apple, September 19th, focused on a reception for Women Deliver. Earlier this year, Mary was heavily involved in a huge conference for the organisation in Copenhagen.  And now she will be involved as the organisation participates in events linked to the United Nations as royals from around the world come to New York for the same purpose.

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