Busy Days in the Lives of the Royals!
+ The Monegasque Royal Family Celebrates Monaco National Day
+ Prince Frederik & Princess Mary Visit Australia, Mary's Homeland
+ Bhutan's King Jigme & Queen Jetsun Visit Fukushima and Japan's Empress Michiko
Monaco National Day 2011 - Thanksgiving Mass
Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Charlotte Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi and Princess Stephanie attended Thanksgiving Mass and Te Deum at the Cathedrale de Monaco.
Monaco National Day 2011 - Awards Ceremony
After the mass, Albert, Charlene, Caroline, Charlotte, Andrea, Pierre, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, and Stephanie went to the Palace Courtyard to view the presentation of medals to the Police and Security Officers of the Palais Princier by Albert.
Andrea, Charlotte, and Pierre Casiraghi
Princess Caroline of Hanover
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
Monaco National Day 2011 - Parade
The Monegasque Royals watched the military parade from the balcony of the palace.
L to R: Pierre, Princess Stephanie, Charlotte, Andrea, Princess Caroline, Princess Alexandra
Monaco National Day 2011 - Opera
Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Andrea Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi attended an opera performance.
No Finish Line Charity Race
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco walked the 12th Annual No Finish Line charity race, which supports a variety of charities geared towards children in need:
Every kilometre completed, either by running or walking, means 1 euro donated to the nominated charities which include the Cardio-Thorasic Centre in Monaco, Fight AIDS Monaco, Hospital Cheick Zaied in Mauritius and the construction of a new school in Segou in Mali.
Australia: Day One - Sculpture by the Sea
On November 20th, the Crown Prince Frederik and the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Australia: Day One - "Curating Cities" Exhibition
Crown Prince Frederik and his Aussie-born wife Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the opening of the exhibition “Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen” at the Customs House.
Once inside they observed the objects on display, mingled with the guests, and rode stationary bicycles that generates power for making interesting drinks.
Australia: Day One - BBQ on Garden Island
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a barbecue on the Royal Australian Navy's Garden Island base in Sydney. They dined on "...Tasmanian scallops, lamb and mint sausages, king prawns, Sydney rock oysters, barramundi, marinated Atlantic salmon, King Island beef eye fillet and pavlova with King Island cream." They left on an Australian Navy boat and went to the Governor General’s house.
Australia: Day One - Admiralty House
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary met with Her Excellency the Governor General Quentin Bryce and His Excellency Michael Bryce at Admiralty House. They first took a Australian Naval boat to the House, where Mary changed and Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine came out to play!
Australia: Day Two - Hotel Sofitel Wentworth
On Day Two (November 21st) of the Danish Crown Princely Couple’s visit to Australia, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended various events at Hotel Sofitel Wentworth. They inaugurated the State of Green – Join The Future. Think Denmark. campaign, viewed a demonstration from Danish chef Rasmus Kofoed and presented the award Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour and the Danish Export Association’s Diploma.
Take note, Kate!!!
Australia: Day Two - Audience with Premier
At the Hotel Sofitel, Frederik and Mary had an audience with the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, and his wife Rosemary.
Australia: Day Two - Hospital Tour
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark received a tour of the Radiation Oncology care unit at the Westmead Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre today. Actually- it was renamed “The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead” by her today. She unveiled the plaque, too!
Australia: Day Two - Reception at Government House
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were received by Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales, and her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie at Government House in Sydney.
Australia: Day Two - Ambassadors Dinner
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark attended a dinner held by the Danish Ambassadors at Doltone House.
Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan continued their six-day official visit to Japan on November 18, 2011.
The day began with reigning couple visiting an elementary school in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, an area affected by the March 11, 2011 disastrous earthquake and tsunami. During their time at the school the king and queen spoke at length with the students.
The king told the pupils that the royal couple had come to Japan to encourage people suffering from the grave disasters.
The queen said she promises to visit the place again if she has a chance to come to Japan in the future.
The couple then visited the city's Haragama and Obama districts, where the quake and tsunami claimed some 160 lives, and offered prayers for the victims at an altar set up in a parking lot.
Visit to Akasaka Guest House
Later on in the afternoon, King Jigme and Queen Jetsun had a meeting with H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan at the Akasaka guest house in Tokyo. They also had a chance to meet with H.I.M. Empress Michiko of Japan.
The crown prince told the Bhutan royal couple that their trip to Fukushima would lift the spirits of people in the disaster-damaged areas.
Visit to Kinkakuji Temple
The king and queen also visited the Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto:
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