August 28, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Crown Prince Frederik Prepares Copenhagen for Upcoming Summit

Posted in: Denmark

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference a few days away, the Danish capital of Copenhagen is bustling with preparations and events related to the summit. Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark, has been participating in these events during the past couple of days. CP Frederik Belga 300x199 Crown Prince Frederik Prepares Copenhagen for Upcoming Summit

On Thursday, Frederik opened the exhibition e-COLLECTION. It is organized by Design Kolding, Museum of Koldinghus and Trapholt in connection with the Conference. The exhibit includes inovative motorcycles, jewelry and other designs that are green friendly.

Friday saw the Crown Prince at the Climate Consortium and ATP’s international investor conference at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel. It was there he gave a speech on how businesses need to be environmentally conscience.

“I have personally witnessed the melting ice caps and glaciers on my travels to Greenland,” Frederik said. “I have seen how changes in water supply can drive thousands of people on the run. It is a scientific fact, that greenhouse gas emissions are pushing this process. In other words, business as usual is NOT an option – action is needed.”

“People around the world are looking to business and government for leadership on climate change. By sharing your views on climate change and demonstrating your efforts to overcome the climate challenge, you have the opportunity to show the world that through common aspirations and efforts by business and government, we can ensure a bright future for our planet.”

Crown Prince Frederik and the rest of the Danish royal family will be playing host to the heads of state and delegations from 190 countries for the summit. Furthermore, Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, will be taking part in some of the conference’s events.

Also to be in attendance are Britain’s Prince Charles and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Thailand Celebrates King Bhumibol’s 82nd Birthday

Posted in: Thailand

Thailand was in a festive mood on Saturday as it celebrated its beloved King’s 82nd birthday. Thousands donned pink outfits and waved flags in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, but were mindful of his fragile health.

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The world’s longest reigning monarch has been hospitalized since September 19th for inflammation of the lungs. Doctors say the illness is not serious, but the report was enough to make Thailand nervous. King Bhumibol is seen as a great unifier in a politically divided nation.

The King made his first public appearance in over a month at the Grand Palace, where he gave a nationally televised speech to the country. Last year, he was unable to do this due to another illness.

The King told his people that his happiness came from prosperity, security and calm in Thailand. He urged Thais to do socially beneficial works.

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He then met with various members of the royal family, including his son and heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Afterward, Bhumibol returned to Siriraj Hospital, looking very much tired.

Because of the King’s fragile health, Thailand is often worried. When he dies, many expect the monarchy to be thrown into upheaval. This is because the Crown Prince is viewed as not being politically savvy as his father.