August 21, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Princess Lalla Salma Opens Cancer Center

Posted in: Morocco

The wife of the King of Morocco inaugurated a new cancer center in Casablanca today.  lalla salma2 300x206 Princess Lalla Salma Opens Cancer Center

Princess Lalla Salma opened the Oncology Center at the hospital of Ibn Rochd. This is the latest part of her cancer association, which the princess has worked tirelessly for.

The two-story building will include mainly a hospitalization unit, child cancer, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, in addition to a screening and emergency units.

Having required some six million dollars for this, the center will provide services to about 3,500 patients a year.

It was created in cooperation between the Health Ministry, the Region of Casablanca, the prefecture council of Casablanca and the Lalla Salma Association to fight Cancer (ALCS).

30 year-old Princess Lalla Salma is the wife of King Mohammed VI. She is the first wife of a Moroccan monarch to have a title. She married the King in 2002, and has a son and a daughter with him.

Swedish Queen Wants Internet Ban On Child Pornography

Posted in: Sweden

Queen Silvia is calling for Sweden to expand their anti-child pornography laws, and make systematic viewing of such material on the Internet illegal. sweden queen 230x300 Swedish Queen Wants Internet Ban On Child Pornography

She wants Sweden to follow in the footsteps of neighboring Denmark and Norway.

“It would be excellent if we could have (a ban) in Sweden too…. It would be very important if we could go as far as Norway and Denmark,” the 64-year-old royal told Swedish public radio on Saturday.

Current Swedish law states that it is a criminal offence to store child porn. Anyone who produces, purchases or is in possession of pornographic images featuring children risks up to six years behind bars in Sweden.

But, as Queen Silvia pointed out, “these pictures and images remain on the Internet” where others can continue to look at them.

“This is about children’s suffering. I think the children come first,” she said.

The mother of three has worked for children’s rights of years. Some of her work include child labor and child slavery.

Experts have in the past noted that the number of people in Sweden who look at child pornography has soared due to the rising use of the Internet, where it is readily available.

Princess Maxima’s Latest Financial Work

Posted in: Netherlands

For someone who is a former banker, it shouldn’t be surprising to some for that person to stay devoted to the finance world. Especially if you’re a crown princess looking to make a difference. maxima 204x300 Princess Maximas Latest Financial Work

That is what Crown Princess Maxima of Holland did over the past couple of days, as she carried out finance-related duties throughout the Netherlands.

First on Thursday, Maxima opened “Fairtrade Week” at the Hotel Theater Figi in Zeist. During the Fairtrade week, a national campaign will be launched to introduce companies and consumers with the fair products produced and traded under the Fairtrade conditions.

The Fairtrade Foundation is a British organization dedicated to of course, fair trade. To learn more click here.

The next day, Maxima was at Vrije University in Amsterdam. It was there that the Argentinian-born princess attended the symposium, “‘De vergeten gever” ( The forgotten giver). At this symposium, the study results of philantropical behavior of immigrants were presented.

Later, Maxima went on to the 15th anniversary seminar of the Foreign Bankers Association (FBA), held in the West Indian House in Amsterdam.

The future Queen of the Netherlands spoke to the top executives from international and Dutch banking sites on the activities of the UN consultant group for an accessible financial sector, where it is a member

Prince Charles Meets Gurkha Fighters In Brunei

Posted in: Brunei, United Kingdom

After spending 5 days visiting Japan, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, continued on with their East Asian tour. This time, they went to Brunei. There they met with the Sultan, and the Gurkhas. charles gurkhas ap1 300x193 Prince Charles Meets Gurkha Fighters In Brunei

Meeting the Nepalese fighters was perhaps a highlight for the Prince of Wales. His son, Prince Harry, fought along side of them during his deployment in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Charles dressed in desert combats, inspected the Gurkha troops as Camilla escaped the heat and humidity, along with other guests, in an air-conditioned marquee.

The heir to the British throne met Lance Corporal Bhim Garbuja, 25, from the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR), who had served under Prince Harry in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He said they paid tribute to the young royal officer by presenting him with a Kukri – the Gurkha combat knife – as a token of their esteem.

charles gurkha 300x277 Prince Charles Meets Gurkha Fighters In BruneiCaptain Surya Gurung, from the 1st Battalion, explained that the Kukri was not often given as a gift.

“Those who we give it to, it’s because they have earned it themselves. They gave it to the prince because of his support, friendship and work with us.

“It’s not necessarily because he is a prince, it was because he was so liked by the soldiers. He contributed to the camp and raised the morale of the boys.

“He should consider himself hereafter a Gurkha. I see him as a Gurkha officer because he was there in that particular time of operations in the frontline – that really mattered,”  Gurung said.

Later Charles and Camilla went on to have an audience with the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the wealthies men in the world.

A state banquet was held at his palace in their honor, also attended by the sultan’s two wives, primary spouse Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha and his second partner Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar.

Prince Charles will continue on to Indonesia this weekend on his own. Camilla will fly back to the UK, supposedly because she cannot handle hot, tropical weather.