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Harry Does The Haka On Fifth Day in New Zealand

  May 13, 2015 at 9:24 am by

Prince Harry spent his fifth day in New Zealand at the Linton Army Base near Wellington, where he spent time touring the base and speaking with soldiers before being taught the haka. The first part of his visit to the Base was inspecting one of the Defence Force’s armoured cars. Harry climbed in and commented that it felt “familiar” to be back in one of the vehicles. Harry spoke with a … Continue reading

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Christchurch for Prince Harry’s Fourth Day in New Zealand

  May 12, 2015 at 6:34 am by

Prince Harry headed back to mainland New Zealand today for his fourth day in the country, paying a visit to Christchurch. First on the agenda was a ride on the historic 152 tram through the city with Prime Minister John Key, who pointed out some of the areas which were worst hit by the earthquake that struck Christchurch in 2011. Harry got a kick out of seeing a photograph of his … Continue reading

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Day Three in New Zealand For Prince Harry

  May 11, 2015 at 10:35 am by

Prince Harry spent half of his third day in New Zealand still on Stewart Island, where he was on the receiving end of some thoughtful questions from the 24 students at Halfmoon Bay School. After participating in a German class via Skype (because of their remoteness, part of the school’s curriculum is completed online with other schools in remote parts of the country) and helping out with some crown making, Harry … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Visits New Zealand, Day Two

  May 10, 2015 at 7:47 am by

The second day of his visit to New Zealand saw Prince Harry get up close and personal with a 118 year old tuatara named Henry. Prince Harry was able to hold the reptile – a creature native to and only found in New Zealand – while at Invercargill Airport before departing for Stewart Island, the southern-most community of New Zealand. Harry seemed a little apprehensive at first about holding the tuatara, but … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Begins Visit to New Zealand

  May 9, 2015 at 10:52 am by

Prince Harry has begun his week-long visit to New Zealand, arriving in Wellington this afternoon for what is his first visit to the country. He was greeted at the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, before heading to the official welcoming ceremony at Government House. Here, alongside the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, and his wife Lady Janine, Prince Harry watched as the Royal New Zealand Defence Force Tri-Series Maori Cultural … Continue reading

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King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima Visit Bonaire & Aruba

  May 2, 2015 at 9:33 am by

At the invitation of the Governor of Bonaire, Edison Rijna, and of the Governor of Aruba, Fredis Refunjol, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started on Thursday April 30, a three-day visit to Bonaire and Aruba. Upon arriving in Bonaire, the first event for the Royal Couple was a visit to the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation. The Foundation aims to help young people from disadvantaged environments with activities, events … Continue reading

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Emperor and Empress of Japan Visit Palau

  April 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently in Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and a former Japanese colony, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War Two. The purpose of the couple’s visit is to honour the Japanese and American soldiers who died during the Battle of Peleliu between September and November 1944. Almost 11,000 Japanese soldiers and almost 1,600 US soldiers were … Continue reading

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Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel Visit South Korea

  March 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm by

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived in Seoul earlier today for their three-day visit to South Korea. The couple were welcomed at Incheon International Airport by the South Korean Foreign Minister’s Director General for European Affairs, Park Chul-min. Crown Princess Victoria and Mr Park inspected a traditional guard of honour. It was then on to a visit to the Korean Demilitarised Zone in Panmunjom, the border between North and … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Hosts Indonesian President

  March 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm by

The President of Indonesia is currently on an official visit to Japan, where he and his wife were welcomed by the Imperial Family. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greeted President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo at the Imperial Palace earlier today. After an audience between the two couples, Empress Michiko led her guests into the Ninomaru Garden where they fed the carp fishes which live in the garden ponds. … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Visit Kentucky

  March 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have completed their visit to the United States by spending the day in Louisville, Kentucky. Charles and Camilla were welcomed to the state by Kentucky’s Governor, Steve Beshear, at Louisville International Airport before they headed over to the Centre for African American Heritage, where the River City Drum Corp entertained the visitors and crowds upon arrival. The couple participated in a … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Meet with Obama on US Trip

  March 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have met with US President Barack Obama during their four day visit to the United States. A brief meeting and photo opportunity took place in the Oval Office of the White House between the trio, who were also accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden. The President told Prince Charles that “I think it’s fair to say that the American people are … Continue reading

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King and Queen of Jordan Visit Morocco

  March 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm by

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania made an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco on the invitation of Mohammed VI between March 10-13. On March 10, Their Majesties were received at the airport by King Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Rachid and Princess Lalla Salma. One day later, Jordan’s King and Queen were welcomed in a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Casablanca. That night the Moroccan King offered an … Continue reading

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Emperor of Japan Receives Germany’s Chancellor Merkel

  March 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm by

Emperor Akihito today welcomed the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, to the Imperial Palace for an audience during her visit to Japan. During the meeting, which lasted 20 minutes, the pair spoke of their desire for conflicts around the world – namely in Ukraine – to end peacefully, and that the marking of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War would help create an “era free … Continue reading

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King and Queen of the Belgians Visit the Vatican

  March 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm by

Today King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Vatican. They arrived at the Apostolic Palace at 10:30am, greeted by Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household. Then they had a private audience with Pope Francis that lasted half an hour. During the audience, gifts were exchanged. The King and Queen brought to the Pope a set of nativity figurines made by a Belgian artist and an official … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge’s Third Day in Japan

  February 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm by

On his third day in Japan, Prince William began with a visit to the studios of Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK. During the tour of NHK, the Duke – accompanied by the British Ambassador, Tim Hitchens – was shown the sets where the historical drama series Hana Moyu (the current Taiga series) is filmed, as well as the newsrooms. The guests were greeted by the organisations’ mascot, Domo-Ku. William received a mini … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge Meets with Japanese Emperor

  February 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm by

Continuing his visit to Japan, Prince William today met with members of the Imperial Family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. “Your Majesty, very nice to see you again. Thank you for having me,” the Duke said after bowing to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon his arrival for lunch. He then had an audience and tea with Crown Prince Naruhito. Prior to his meetings with the Imperial Family, the … Continue reading

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Duke of Cambridge Spends First Day in Japan

  February 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm by

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tokyo for the start of his visits to Japan and China. Shown around the city by Tokyo’s Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, the rainy weather didn’t appear to dampen the spirits of the royal visitor as he went on a boat cruise across Tokyo Bay to reach his first destination, the site of the 2020 Olympic Games. Dozens of school children and fans waited patiently … Continue reading

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King and Queen of Tonga Visit the Vatican

  February 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm by

The King and Queen of Tonga paid a visit to the Vatican today, where they had an audience with Pope Francis. During their audience at the Apostolic Palace, the Pope and King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho discussed recent political developments in Tonga, as well as the contributions of the Catholic Church to Tongan society (15% of Tonga’s population identify as Roman Catholic). Environmental problems facing the Pacific Islands were also … Continue reading

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Dresden Peace Prize Awarded to the Duke of Kent

  February 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm by

The Duke of Kent was presented with the Dresden Peace Prize today, in a ceremony at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany. The Friends of Dresden Deutschland annually present the prize to an individual who has worked to prevent the escalation of armed conflict, and chose the Duke as this year’s laureate because of his “contribution to the reconciliation of Great Britain and Germany.” The Vice Chairman of the organisation, Dr Günter … Continue reading

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Jordanian King & Queen Meet Visiting Czech President

  February 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm by

Jordanian King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah welcomed Czech President Milos Zeman and his wife at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan. During the meeting, King Abdullah and the Czech President talked about developing relations and ways to support cooperation in political and economic fields between the two countries. His Majesty said: “Our meeting today, and the Jordanian Czech Economic Business Forum, held yesterday, the memoranda of understanding … Continue reading

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