April 18, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Princess Caroline Hands Out Prince Pierre Awards

Posted in: Monaco

Monaco’s Princess Caroline was in Paris Thursday for the Prince Pierre Foundation award ceremony held at the Hyatt Place Vendome. As chairwoman of the foundation, the Princess was on hand to present the awards. princess caroline 200x300 Princess Caroline Hands Out Prince Pierre Awards

This evening was for the announcement of the International Contemporary Art Prize.

Winners this year included composer Peter Eotvos, and artist Su-Mei Tse.

“I am very touched by this award. This award is reassuring in a work process often fragile,”said Tse.

These artists’ works would be put on display October 13th. As for Eotvos, his music would be played that night.

The Prince Pierre Foundation is dedicated to the art and literature fields. It began in 1966, and is named after Prince Pierre, the father of Prince Rainier, Caroline’s father.

There are three prizes: the International Contemporary Art Prize, the Grand Literary Prize and the Prince Rainier Prize. Winners of the prizes are recognized for their contemporary work in visual arts, music and literature.

They also receive 15,000 euros as part of their prize.

Dutch Royals Mourn Queen’s Day Victims With Nation

Posted in: Netherlands

Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Maxima and Princess Magriet attended the Friday memorial service for those who died from the Queen’s Day attack on April 30th.

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Radio Netherlands

The event was held in Orpheus Theater in Apeldoorn, the city where the attack took place.

Before entering the theater, the four royals stopped to meet with the survivors of the attack and their families.

The service itself was closed to the public, with big screen TVs being shown in Markt Square, where an estimated 10,000 people gathered to watch.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and members of the Dutch cabinet were also at Orpheus Theater.

Mayor Fred de Graaf praised the people of Apeldoorn for showing “solidarity and resilience in these dark days in our history.”

“We are one in our shock, we are one in our sadness, but we are also one in our determination to carry on,” Prime Minister Balkenende said.

The ceremony ended with two minutes of silence and the playing of the Dutch national anthem.

In all, seven people were killed and ten more were injured when Karst Tates drove his car through crowds gathered to see the royal family on parade. Tates missed the bus carrying the royals by a few meters before crashing into a stone monument. He later died of his injuries.

Four people remain hospitalized. But Friday saw a 9 year-old girl be discharged.

Before he died, Tates did say he was aiming for the royal family. Neighbors said he had recently lost his job and was due to be evicted from his home.

Tates was hastily buried this week, and there is no stone monument to mark his resting place.

In interviews, his parents said Tates had nothing against the royal family, and that he saw the monarchy as a “stable factor.”

Those remembered at Friday’s memorial:

Wilfrido Plantijn (71), Almere
John Veldhuizen (64), Amersfoort
Netty Martens (50), Zutphen
José van den Berg (55), Apeldoorn
Ad Teunissen (52), Apeldoorn
Roel Nijenhuis (55), Apeldoorn

Abdullah & Rania Greet Pope Benedict XVI

Posted in: Jordan

Jordan’s King and Queen welcomed the head of the Roman Catholic Church at Queen Alia airport in Amman Friday. The pontiff is beginning his week long tour of the Mideast, and Jordan was the first Arab country he set foot in.

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The AFP reported Queen Rania has set up a Twitter account just in time for the papal visit.

The tech-savvy Queen “twittered”, “Just choppered to airport to receive the Pope. Husband piloting, he got acrobatic to quiet butterflies in stomach… told u he was action man!”

She later added, “Just listened to Pope’s speech. Our region so needs a message of Peace,”

“Special day here in Amman; not everyday pope drop s by 4 a visit.”

This is not the first time Queen Rania has used the latest technology to reach out to people. Last year, she started her own YouTube channel to combat stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims and to broaden dialogue between the two groups.

During Pope Benedict XVI’s time in the Hashemite Kingdom, he will meet with Muslim leaders, and with Iraqi Christians who living as refugees in Jordan.

After Jordan, the Pope will move on to Israel and the Palestinian territories in hopes of giving spiritual advice to the conflict between the two groups.