Royal News Links (1-20-09)

United Kingdom

* Princess Anne visits green site - “A royal guest will visit an award-winning green project in Wakefield on Friday.” (Wakefield Express)

* Princess Anne’s surprise visit – “Britain’s Princess Anne has shocked a small Scottish charity by agreeing to a last-minute visit.” (M&C)

Europe

* Fresh look for Mary – “Tasmanian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark stepped out in style at her most recent royal engagement, sporting a glamorous sparkling outfit and a wavy new hairstyle.” (The Mercury)

* Frederik moved to tears at Koncerthus – “The Danish royal family came out in full force Saturday night for the festive opening of the new concert hall of the Danish Radio (DR) in Copenhagen.” (RoyalBlognl)

* Dutch royal couple visit Khalifa port project – “The crown prince of the Netherlands has visited one of the UAE’s biggest Dutch construction projects, the Khalifa Port Project and Industrial Zone in Taweelah.” (The National)

* Máxima covered from head to toe in abaya – “Dutch Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima toured the immense Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan Mosque in Abu Dhabi at the start of the second day of their visit to the United Arab Emirates, Monday.” (RoyalBlognl)

* Spain’s Queen visits Dominican Republic’s President – “President Leonel Fernandez received Spain’s queen Sofia in the National Palace today Tuesday, where they spoke on different topics for just over one hour.” (Dominican Today)

* Willem and Maxima get taste of desert life on Abu Dhabi visit – “During a recent three-day trip to Abu Dhabi, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands were treated to an up-close look at local culture in the Emirates state.” (Hello Magazine)

* Dutch Queen and PM congratulate President Obama – “Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Balkenende have congratulated the new president of the United States, Barack Obama, on his inauguration.” (Radio Netherlands)

Asia and the Middle East

* Audience with emperor ends Taoiseach’s visit to Japan – “Taoiseach Briam Cowen described his meeting with Emperor Akihito in Tokyo yesterday as a “wonderful final highlight” of his six-day official visit to Japan.” (Irish Times)

* Empress Michiko’s mosquito ode – “Japan’s royal family paid tribute to small blood-sucking flies at a traditional poetry reading yesterday (15.01.09).” (M&C)

* Japanese crown prince to make first visit to Vietnam – “Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito will make a week-long visit to Vietnam next month to promote bilateral ties while his sick wife stays at home, officials said Tuesday.” (AFP)

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