Japanese Royals Head For Summer Holiday
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko waved to well-wishers as they travelled for a summer retreat.
The family made a stop at at Nasushiobara station, Nasushiobara, north of Tokyo. The imperial family has a summer villa in the Japanese highlands.
This is one of the rare times Crown Princess Masako has been seen in public. She has been suffering from a stress-induced illness for several years, and has made little public appearances. Her husband, Naruhito, insists that his wife is doing all she can to overcome her illness.
Queen Rania Dines With Bono, Sarkozys’
She may be royalty but that doesn’t mean Queen Rania cannot hang out with superstars and statesmen such as Bono and Nicolas Sarkozy. That is just one of the perks of being one of the most famous women in the world!
The Jordanian Queen dined with the U2 frontman, Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni at Cap Negre, in the Var region of the French Riviera. A helicopter picked up Queen Rania and Bono from St Tropez to the estate, which belongs to the family of Bruni.
The Sarkozys’ are taking their first real break since February. Bono’s band is taking a break from working on an album said to be due later this year.
As for Rania’s husband, King Abdullah II, he is preparing for a three day trip to Moscow, starting tomorrow. There he would meet with President Dmitri Medvedev on Sunday, August 24th. The two are expected to talk about building tighter relations between Jordan and Russia.
Maria Teresa Attends Opening Of Chinese AIDS Camp
Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess took time away from the Beijing Olympics to go to the official opening of the 5th annual summer camp for children with AIDS/HIV.
Maria Teresa is the Eminent Advocate for Children for charity UNICEF and was honored to be present at the opening ceremony of the annual camp, which was held in Beijing’s Great Palace of the People. The Grand Duchess’ daughter, Princess Alexandra accompanied her mother to the ceremony.
After meeting some of the one hundred children present, Maria Teresa praised the camp and its leader Lou Yin for providing a fun environment for the children – many of who have lost their parents to HIV and AIDS – to live in during the summer. Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa applauded the Chinese efforts. “Deeds speak stronger than words”, she said.
The Grand Duchess urged people to continue their work to end discrimination against children suffering from the disease.
The children, more than 100 of them, will spend one week in the Chinese capital, where they will watch some of the sport events, and where they will be accompanied by over 200 volunteers.
According to UNICEF, China – which has a population of 1.3 billion people – has an HIV prevalence rate of 0.1 percent.
Good News And Bad News For Denmark’s Crown Princely Couple
It appears to be a week of ups and downs for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
First the good news: Frederik is in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia right now to honor Denmark’s economic ties with the Asian country. He will meet with the Mongolian president and prime minister, attend a Mongolian-Danish meeting on the energy sector. Then – and most importantly - he will visit the University of Education, where he will be granted a title of Honorary Doctor.
The latter may bring joy to Frederik and his wife Mary, but there is media trouble back home in Denmark. The Danish tabloid, Seg on Hor, has published pictures of their 2 year old son, Christian nude. The pictures were taken during the family’s trip to the beach last month. The Crown Prince and Princess were aware of the photographers taking pictures of their family, and asked that none of the photos of their naked son be published. Unfortunately, one media outlet did not listen.
Crown Princess Mary was told of this during her flight to her home country of Australia. She is said to be furious about Seg on Hor actions.
The Danish palace’s chief spokeswoman said yesterday “Prince Christian had taken off his bathing shorts and didn’t want to put them back on. The crown princess and crown prince became aware photographers had taken photos. They asked them not to use these photos.
“Just to make sure I called three weeklies in Denmark and asked them not to use those photographs. Two said they would not, but the third said they would.”
Seg on Hor defends its decision, saying the pictures are “innocent” and simply used them in a feature on the royal holiday.
Check back at Royalty In The News for further developments.
Crown Princess Victoria Awards Young Scientist
A young American scientist was awarded $5,000 by Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. The prize is for young people, ages 15 – 20, who work in water related sciences.
Joyce Chai of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, California, received the prize for her work on nanomaterials. In addition to the monetary prize, Chai also got a crystal sculpture and an all expense trip to Stockholm.
The student’s work, “Modeling the Toxic Effects of Silver Nanoparticles under Varying Environmental Conditions,” demonstrated a novel technique to quantifying the potential toxicity of silver nanoparticles to the world’s water sources and the environment as well as repudiated the assertion that consumer products that contain nanosilver are more reliable and less environmentally hazardous.
The award was handed out during World Water Week being held in Stockholm. Crown Princess Victoria is overseeing the Week, while her parents – the King and Queen of Sweden – are cheering on Sweden at the Beijing Olympics. The princess is also patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
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