15 January 2016

This Week in Princesses

BELGIUM: New Year's Reception, January 7

The New Year's receptions continued. This time the Belgian King and Queen hosted one at their palace in Brussels for all of the members of the diplomatic service in their capitol.

JORDAN: A Visit to 10 Downing Street, January 8

Queen Rania of Jordan paid a solo visit to British Prime Minister David Cameron at his official London residents. I'm always impressed with the high profile of Jordan's queens. They are definitely more visible and publicly active than any other consorts from that region of the world. The next two prominent ladies are Lalla Salma of Morrocco and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar.

SPAIN: Zarzuela Audiences, January 8

Queen Letizia spent her Friday hosting a series of VIPs at Zarzuela Palace. Among her guests were representatives from an NGO that represents the rights of the Roma people in Spain.

UNITED KINGDOM: Gallipoli Commemoration, January 10

The Queen and the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge participated in a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the withdrawal from Gallipoli during World War I. They didn't have to travel far: the ceremony took place in King's Lynn near Sandringham, where William and Kate live in Anmer Hall on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.

SPAIN: The Noos Trial, January 11

After years of legal wrangling the corruption trial of Infanta Cristina and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin finally started. It is expected to last weeks, perhaps months.

JORDAN/BELGIUM: Two Queens, January 12

Queen Rania of Jordan continued her visit to Europe with a stop in Belgium, where she was hosted by Queen Mathilde and met with the prime minister. She later met with the president of the European Commission. Rania is in Europe to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and the impact it is having on her country's health care and education sectors in particular. You can follow her efforts on her website.

THE NETHERLANDS: New Year's Reception, January 12

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima hosted a New Year's reception for a variety of people representing various parts of Dutch society.

MONACO: International Circus Festival, January 12

One of Princess Stephanie's favorite places on earth is the circus, so you can usually find her there when one is nearby. She even ran off with the circus back in 2002, living with in a caravan with an elephant trainer.

SPAIN: Help for Drug Addiction, January 12

Queen Letizia faced the cool Madrid sun in a light pink coat when she attended a meeting of the Fundación de Ayuda contra Drogaddicción (Foundation for Help against Drug Addiction). She is the honorary president of the foundation.

THE NETHERLANDS: Another New Year's Reception, January 13

Queen Maxima and her husband the king attended a reception for the diplomatic corps in Amsterdam. Although Maxima often wears brighter colors, we still see patriotic orange here capped off with a cape, of course. Her mother-in-law Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix also chose a cape for the occasion

UNITED KINGDOM: Women New Portraits Exhibition, January 13

U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz poses in front of a photograph of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a photocall to promote the exhibition 'Women: New Portraits' by Annie Leibovitz in London on January 13, 2016. The exhibition was commissioned by Swiss banking giant UBS and opens to the public on January 16, launching a 10-city international tour.

UNITED KINGDOM: Celebrating the Queen, January 14

The Queen's oldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, staged a photocall in front of Buckingham Palace to promote an event this summer honoring The Queen's 90th birthday. The luncheon will celebrate the 600+ organizations of which she is a patron. (As they mature, I think Peter and his cousin Prince William are starting to look more and more alike.)

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