Scandinavian Royal Heirs Arrive in Greenland
The heirs to the three Scandinavian kingdoms have arrived in the Danish territory of Greenland.
Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden are visiting Greenland to see the effects of climate change on the island for five days.
The trio made a similar trip to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in June 2008.
Wednesday saw the royals arrive in Greenland aboard the ship HDMS Ejnar Mikkelsen. They will be accompanied by several renowned scientists during this trip.
One of the places they will go to will be the Ilulissat glacier, a UN heritage site on the west coast which is shrinking due to global warming.
The visit will end on June 1st.
All three royals are good friends. Crown Princess Victoria once said Haakon and Frederik are like brothers to her.
Felipe & Letizia on Official Visit in Colombia
The crown princely couple of Spain arrived in Bogota, Colombia Tuesday afternoon, to begin their four day official visit to the South American country.
Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia were greeted by President Alvaro Uribe, who had been on a state visit to Spain just one month ago.
After the welcoming ceremony, the Spanish guests went to have a private dinner with Uribe, and his wife, Lina at the presidential residence.
Tomorrow, Felipe and Letizia will lay a wreath at the monument to Simon Bolivar. Later, they will receive the keys to the city of Bogota. They will also have a meeting with Colombia’s parliament.
Thursday will see the couple with the Commission of Honor for the Bicentenary of the Independence.
Then on Friday, the prince and princess will move on to Medellin with Uribe as their escort.
Their tour of the country will end Saturday.
Media reports have been touting this visit, as it shows the warm relations between Spain and Colombia.
Michele Bachelet Visits the Netherlands
The President of Chile is on a three day state visit of the Netherlands.
Michele Bachelet arrived Monday morning, and was welcomed by Dutch Queen Beatrix.
After the welcoming ceremony, which was followed by a luncheon, Bachelet went to the University of Leiden, where the Queen and Crown Princess Maxima accompanied her.
There, Bachelet was given the Willem of Orange Medal by the Rector Magnificus of the University. The medal is given to those of high national or international importance.
Later in the evening, the Chilean President was given a state banquet at the Noordeinde Palace in the Hague. Queen Beatrix’s sister, Princess Margriet was in attendance.
During that banquet, the Queen gave a speech in regards to Bachelet’s efforts as President.
“Your visit underscores the growing number of contacts between our two countries. These take place in a wide variety of fields, ranging from cooperation in the area of ports and fisheries, to exchanges of knowledge between academics and researchers. A striking example is the agreements that have recently been signed between a number of Chilean and Dutch universities.
“In visiting several member states of the European Union, you are expressing the importance Chile attaches to strengthening its ties with our continent. For our part, we are equally eager to establish closer links. The Association Agreement your country has concluded with the EU offers numerous opportunities for such contacts. The strong expansion in trade relations seems to anticipate these developments. Moreover, Chile has made an interesting proposal to the EU concerning cooperation in developing alternative, sustainable energy sources.
“Madam President, in recent years we have seen how the people of Chile have managed to place their country’s reborn democracy above their own painful experiences in the past. We have the greatest admiration for this attitude, and for your own efforts to help Chile come to terms with its human rights legacy.”
The purpose of Bachelet’s visit is to have Chile join the International Criminal Court in the Hague. A recent change to the country’s constitution has recognized the court’s jurisdiction.
President Bachelet’s visit will end Wednesday, where she will continue on to France.
Jordanian Royals Celebrate Kingdom’s Independence Day
Monday, May 25th marks the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s 63rd anniversary from the British.
King Abdullah II and the rest of the royal family joined in the celebrations.
Large portraits of the King were placed around the captial of Amman, and at nightfall there were fireworks displays over the King Hussein bin Talal Mosque.
Abdullah received congratulations and praise from around the world, not only for his country’s independence, but for his works for peace in the region over the past 10 years.
Even the Jordanian Times praised its King with “a stronger than ever conviction that the future is bright.
“The country is blessed with the wise leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah whose decade-long reign has brought the country much progress and reinforced its stability.”
The Times also praised Queen Rania for her work in education, saying, “investing in children brings the best returns; it is a logical conclusion and work progresses on this front.”
King Abdullah I established the Hashemite Kingdom in 1921, but Jordan did not receive its full independence until 1946, following the end of British mandate.
Wedding for Hereditary Prince of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha
Saturday saw the wedding for Hubertus, the hereditary prince of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, and American banker, Kelly Rondestvedt in Coburg, Germany.
This was their religious service, as they had done their civil ceremony on Thursday.
Kelly wore a white dress with lace on the sleeves, much like Princess Marie of Denmark. But she wore no tiara. This is unusual as the Saxony-Coburg and Gotha family is quite wealthy, and she was marrying an hereditary prince – which is similar to a crown prince.
There were 400 guests to the wedding. On that guest list was the King and Queen of Sweden, who got thunderous applause as they entered, and Simeon Saxe-Coburg, the former King and Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
After the service at St. Moriz Church, Hubertus and Kelly rode in a coach through the streets of Coburg, where thousands of well-wishers cheered for them.
BBC Prepares Documentary on William & Kate in Case of Engagement
Does the BBC know something the rest of the world doesn’t?
The Beeb is making a documentary about the courtship for Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, called “Their Story”. This despite economic hardships currently going on in the U.K.
The documentary will air the very day the engagement between the couple is officially announced. When that will happen, no one knows for sure.
“Believe me, in these straitened times, we would not be spending money on this program if we had not been assured that they were definitely going to get engaged,” says a senior BBC executive, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Speculation of an engagement announcement has reach fever pitch ever since William and Kate were photographed with their arms wrapped around each other after a polo match two weeks ago. Hello! magazine is claiming a wedding will take place in 2010.
The media has been guessing when William and Kate will finally announce their engagement ever since the two were photographed on the Swiss ski slops five years ago.
In 2006, Woolworths’ created a line of dishware with the couple’s images on them amidst rumors of an engagement.
However, William and Kate called it quits in 2007 – only to get back together six weeks later.
One can expect the engagement speculations to increase as William finishes up his training to be a helicopter pilot. He will complete it in 2010, the year he will turn 28.
The Prince once told a reporter he doesn’t want to get married until he is 28 or 30 years old.
After 7 years, and many ups and downs together, the wedding bells are getting louder and louder for the university sweethearts.