Saturday, June 4, 2011
Royal News Roundup
In Europe, it has been a busy week for the royals of the Low Countries. Last weekend Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands celebrated her 40th birthday. Later in the week the Prince and Princess of Orange attended a special concert to benefit the people of Japan. In Belgium, Queen Paola marked the International Day of Missing Children in Brussels on Wednesday by meeting with 300 Belgian children and stressing to them the importance of safety, particular in dealing with strangers, in person or on-line. The Queen was rather shocked by how many chatted on-line with strangers. She also stressed the importance of speaking up when an adult behaves improperly toward them. Also, on a happy note, Princess Louise of Belgium celebrated her first communion on Thursday, an event attended by pretty much the whole Belgian Royal Family. Finally, the Grand Ducal couple of Luxembourg made a state visit to Norway Monday and Tuesday, meeting with their Norwegian counterparts with all the appropriate finery. There are few things better than when royals get together.
Monaco Grand Prix with Charlene congratulating the winners for the first time as she will doubtlessly do many more times in the future. Following that, the Sovereign Prince visited Estonia on a 2-day trip, meeting with government officials and taking some time to walk the streets and meet the locals. In the meantime, Charlene has been focusing on her new role as Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics which looks to be her primary “pet” charity -something quite appropriate for a former Olympian to do. And, of course, the date for the big Princely wedding is rapidly approaching.
In Spain, on Monday, the Prince and Princess of the Asturias met with some high-ranking Catholic clerics at Zarzuela Palace on the preparations for the upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid which will be held August 16-21. However, the big news on the Spanish front continues to be concerns over the health of King Juan Carlos. The King even chided the media for focusing on the issue, wondering if some wished him dead. However, this week it was announced that the King underwent surgery to install an artificial knee to alleviate pain from some old sports injuries. The King was reported as coming through it all perfectly okay. This would explain why the monarch was seen walking with a cane in some of his recent public engagements. Of course, we wish His Catholic Majesty a safe and speedy recovery.