Monthly Archives: February 2013

QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISIT QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on February 27, 2013, visited he National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, at Queen Mary University in London.  The institute is dedicated to the study of human tissue.  While there, the queen met with employees and unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit.  Photos by Bauer Griffin and Getty Images.

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A LOOK BACK AT POPE BENEDICT XVI’S MEETINGS WITH ROYALTY

With the papacy (2005-2013) of Pope Benedict XVI at a close, it’s a fitting time to look back at the pope and other royals.  Here are some photographs of his meetings through the years as pontiff with members of various royal families.  Pope Benedict’s last official audience with a reigning royal took place when Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by his wife, Princess Charlene, visited the Vatican earlier this year.  Below, photos of Pope Benedict XVI with members of the royal families of Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Jordan, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg.  Photos by Corbis and Getty Images.

Pope Benedict XVI greets Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia as he arrives to hold mass in Valencia

Private Audience with Prince and Princess of Monaco

Italy- Vatican - Pope Benedict XVI meets Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

Italy- Vatican - Pope Benedict XVI meets Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

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PRINCE HARRY VISITS LESOTHO

Prince Harry visited the African nation of Lesotho to help promote the charity, Sentebale, which was founded in 2006 by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.  The charity’s goal is to help Lesotho’s vulnerable children, whose lives have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and poverty.  The two princes founded the charity in honor of their late mothers.   On February 27, 2013, Prince Harry, accompanied by Prince Seeiso, visited the Kananelo Center for the Deaf Photos where Harry tried to learn some sign language.  He gamely put on an apron with a teddy-bear print and at the school’s kitchen, tried his hand at making ‘fat cakes.’  He also learned some dance moves to the delight of those watching Harry.  The two princes also paid a visit to St. Bernadette’s School for the Blind in the Lesotho capital.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISITS HOPE HOUSE IN CLAPHAM, LONDON

Looking healthy and showing a slight baby bump, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth in the summer, visited a women’s treatment center, Hope House, in Clapham, London on February 19, 2013.  Catherine is patron of the charity which helps women who are recovering from substance addiction and trying to rebuild their lives.  Photos by PacificCoastNews and Getty Images.

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THE DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY ON THEIR ANNUAL WINTER HOLIDAY

The Dutch royal family posed for photographers on February 18, 2013 at Lech, Austria where they are on their winter skiing holiday.  Present at the photo session were Queen Beatrix, her son and heir, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, his wife, Princess Maxima, and their three daughters, the Princesses Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane.  Queen Beatrix announced last month that she will be abdicating on in April in favor of her son, Willem-Alexander, after reigning as queen for over thirty years.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE PRINCE OF WALES AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISIT BOROUGH MARKET

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall recently visited Borough Market in London, the city’s famous gourmet market, to help celebrate the market’s existence for a thousand years.  The couple rang the market bell to commemorate the restoration of Borough Market.  The well-known market sells high quality food and produce.  Prince Charles was presented with leg of a boar while the Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a bouquet of roses and a large chocolate heart with the message ‘love from Borough Market.’   Charles and Camilla were also recently at the Savoy Hotel in London for a reception for beneficiaries and supporters of the Prince’s Trust Invest In Futures initiative which has raised millions of pounds in support of disadvantaged young people.  Photos by Getty Images.

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SPANISH ROYALS AT THE ZARZUELA PALACE

The Spanish Handball National Team visited the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on February 11, 2013, where they were received in audience by King  Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sofia.  Their son, Prince Felipe, and his wife, Princess Letizia were also present.  Photos by Getty Images.

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