Saturday, December 3, 2011
Royal News Roundup
In the Low Countries, HM Queen Beatrix and the Prince and Princess of Orange welcomed the President of the African nation of Mali to the Netherlands on Tuesday, the start of a 3-day visit. The President apologized for the kidnapping of a Dutch citizen in Mali only a few days before, for which the Queen was quite appreciative and both shared the hope that the person would be found and the matter resolved. Over in Belgium, Crown Prince Philippe presented a chemistry award while the public continues to wonder if they should become the first country in the world with no official government at all (okay, just kidding but you do have to wonder).
In southern Europe, HM King Juan Carlos of Spain attended the opening of a special exhibit on the Order of the Golden Fleece on Thursday in Madrid. The day before Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of the Asturias presented awards to Spanish journalists on which occasion the Prince made a short speech addressing the importance of good journalism in a functioning democracy. On the same day HM Queen Sofia was in the Big Apple to hand out awards at the “Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2011 Gold Medal Gala”. Gold medals were handed out to a number of individuals and the presented Mr. Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute with the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit. The US Ambassador to Spain was also in attendance.