April 21, 2015 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Queen Sonja & Mette-Marit’s Night Out for a Good Cause

Posted in: Norway

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The Queen of Norway spent some time with her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mette-Marit on Wednesday night. The two saw the musical, “Mamma Mia!” at the People’s Theater in Oslo.

But this outing wasn’t only for fun and laughs. The performance raised money for breast cancer research. All proceeds went to the Pink Ribbon campaign.

“This is about raising awareness,” Queen Sonja said. “There are very, very many who are affected, and we all know someone who is affected. Who knows when it’s our turn? I think Pink Ribbon action is a great and very great way to meet a challenge on.”

The Queen also revealed that she had already seen “Mamma Mia!” 3 times already – and two of them were in London when Lisa Stokke performed.

“It’s like some of that generation, the dance and the great thing about this. So “Dancing Queen” is not so bad, “she said about the musical.

Philippe & Mathilde in United Arab Emirates

Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde are currently in the United Arab Emirates. They arrived separately yesterday, with Philippe coming from Saudi Arabia and Mathilde arriving from Belgium. Both have different agendas in the UAE, but the main purpose of their trip is to strengthen ties between their country and this Gulf nation.

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First stop was Abu Dhabi, where Mathilde met with the Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak at her palace. The two discussed women’s issues and how women in the UAE are working on the development of their country. Mathilde praised the Sheikha for her works.

Afterward, the Crown Princess stopped by Abu Dhabi Women’s College, where she met with students and educators. Mathilde lauded the college for its high standards and the students’ love of learning.

While that was happening, Crown Prince Philippe was meeting with Health Minister Dr. Hanif Hassan. With him was a Belgian delegation made up of representatives of the investment, trade, public services, business and media sectors, who were there to get an idea of how the UAE is developing its health sectors.

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Philippe also met with Foreign Trade Minister Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, with whom he further discussed Belgian investment with the UAE. Sheikha Lubna encouraged the Belgian delegation to work with her country.

Next, the Crown Princely couple reunited and met with the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Crown Prince Philippe and the Sheikh talked about tightening bilateral ties.

Thursday, the couple moved on to Dubai, where Philippe was welcomed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is both ruler of Dubai and the Vice President of the UAE. During their meeting, the Crown Prince and the Sheikh discussed economic ties between Belgium and the UAE.

Princess Haya Opens Girls School in Dubai

The wife of the Sheikh of Dubai, Princess Haya, opened a school that bears her name Wednesday.

The Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Government Girls School was inaugurated in Rashidiya, Dubai as part of the Haya’s goal to expand educational resources throughout the emirate.

Later on, she visited the pilot project of the Indimaj Foundation in Hatta, Dubai.

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Princess Laurentien Launches Children’s Book

Posted in: Netherlands

It was a big day for Dutch Princess Laurentien yesterday. She was in Rotterdam to launch her children’s book, Mr Finney and the World on its Head, which is about how to be more environmentally aware. Laurentien Book Launch 239x300 Princess Laurentien Launches Childrens Book

“The candid questions from children about how we treat our earth are the starting point of the book. Mr. Finney suggests these questions and go on world tour to find answers, “says the book’s publisher, Querido Books.

The Princess arrived at the event with her husband, Prince Constantijn, the youngest son of Queen Beatrix. Also there was Princess Irene, one of the Queen’s sisters, as well as Sieb Posthuma, the illustrator of Mr Finney.

Both Laurentien and Sieb presented their book to the media and even read from it.

The World on its Head is the first in a series of books by Laurentien starring Mr. Finney.

Princess Marie Opens UNESCO Conference on Climate Change

Posted in: Denmark

Denmark’s Princess Marie opened an Euro-Asian Classroom Network Conference at Sonderborg’s Hotel Comwell on Tuesday. The conference, which was linked to UNESCO, had about 100 teachers from 30 countries discussing projects on climate change.

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“It is a great privilege for me to be allowed to attend the opening of this conference,” said Princess Marie in an opening speech. “The common theme for this year’s conference is climate and sustainability. A very relevant topic because of the climate summit in Copenhagen in December. The goal in the coming days is that I must inspire each other in discussions about climate and sustainability.”

What the Princess was referring to was the summit on climate change taking place in Denmark’s capital in December. It will be at this summit that many nations will sign a treaty that would prevent environmental changes from spreading.

Marie went on to say how students from Asia and Europe should make joint projects on climate change, and it should be done via the Internet.

Mahmoud Abbas Received by King Mohammed VI

Posted in: Morocco

On Monday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Casablanca for a global forum on the Mideast peace process. He was welcomed by Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

The two leaders discussed a number of issues, but most importantly, the Palestinian territories.

Abbas is in Morocco for the Al Quds International Forum, which King Mohammed is the patron of.

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