Asian RoyalsJapan

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako remotely take part in poignant anniversary of Okinawa returning to Japan

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have taken part remotely in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Okinawa Prefecture returning under Japanese control. The celebrations are bittersweet, as many residents are still feeling the burden of the US occupation. The prefecture currently houses about 70% of the US military bases in Japan, which creates a lot of noise pollution, as well…
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European RoyalsSweden

Queen Silvia marks International Nurses Day with video message

Queen Silvia of Sweden recorded a video message in honour of International Nurses Day, celebrated every year on the 12th of May.  In her message, Her Majesty said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your very own day,” as the role of nurses has gained increasing focus over the past two years.  The Queen too highlighted this point, praising nurses’…
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European RoyalsSpain

King Felipe opens religious exhibition

King Felipe of Spain has opened the 26th edition of the Ages of Men Foundation exhibition, titled “Transitus” (“passage” or “transition” in English) in the St Mary Cathedral in Plasencia.  His Majesty toured the exhibition, which is divided in seven “chapters” plus an epilogue, accompanied by ecclesiastic and local authorities. The seven chapters are a narration of the history…
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The Netherlands

Princess Laurentien marks a sombre Europe Unity Day

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands has given a speech to celebrate Europe Unity Day, which falls every year on 9 May.  Speaking from De Balie, an old tribunal that currently functions as an event space and a café-restaurant, the Dutch Princess talked about Europe and the vast array of sentiments connecting each individual to that idea. Naturally, she also mentioned Ukraine, as the…
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