Over the past week, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting was held in Davos, Switzerland. Several royals travelled to Switzerland for the week’s events and meetings. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Beatrice of York, and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were all in attendance. Máxima was there in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance.
The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting welcomed over 3,000 of the world’s elite to the resort town in the Swiss Alps from 17 – 20 January where several panels and discussions were held with the World Trade Organisation, World Bank, NATO, and International Monetary Fund. This year’s theme was Responsive and Responsible Leadership.
It originated as the European Management Symposium under the foundation the European Management Forum in 1971 and changed to the World Economic Forum in 1987.
The King and Queen of the Belgians were in Davos from 17 – 19 January to attend the various meetings. They also participated in the Belgian Power Reception on the 18th to promote Belgium. Several foreign investors and entrepreneurs attended, as well.
Princess Beatrice was photographed with Beatrice Montesi, an international affairs specialist working for the Global Shapers Community, with Ms Montesi saying on Twitter, “Great to meet [Princess Beatrice] at #wef17 & to discover that we share the same passion for child health & nutrition issues!”
The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway travelled with the Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Crown Prince Haakon awarded The Circulars prize for the small and medium enterprises to the company MBA Polymers, which recycles plastic.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit posted a video to her Instagram of the robot Sofia being shown at the forum. The Crown Princess can be heard laughing as Sofia speaks to her with Her Royal Highness saying, “Tutoring anyone? Met Sofia here in Davos. Don’t know if I’m totally ready to let her watch the kids yet but that she is going to contribute in the community forward, there’s little doubt.”
Queen Máxima spoke with government representatives, representatives of central banks and private institutions about inclusive finance. She also spoke at the session “Financial Inclusion in the Digital Economy” on Friday. According to the Royal House of the Netherlands in a press release, “This session highlights the role of big data and technological innovations in improving access to financial services.” The World Bank said there are still two billion people who do not have access to banks, savings accounts, loans, insurance, etc.
Furthermore, the Queen attended various sessions and meetings for financial inclusion. She was also part of the FinTech Session and Finance and Monetary Systems Stewards Meeting. The discussions focused on risks of changes in financial services and positive results.
Her Majesty will give the opening speech at the G20 Summit in Wiesbaden, Germany, on 25 January.