Today King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain opened the 22nd season of the Royal Theatre Teatro. The season 2018/2019 was inaugurated with an opera performance “Faust”.
The Teatro Real will culminate the celebration of 200 years of its foundation with the 2018-2019 season. Upon arrival, King and Queen were received by the Cultural Minister of Spain and the governing body of the royal theatre.
A video of royal arrival at the theatre.
When the royals took the seat in the royal box of the theatre, the event began with the national anthem. The opening performance “Faust” is the protagonist of a classic German legend, based on the historical Johann Georg Faust reproduced by Charles Gounod a Frenchman.
A view of the royal theatre.
After the performance, Felipe and Letizia went to the backstage to meet the director of the opera, the artists and the music director.
For the artistic and cultural event, Queen Letizia was expected to choose something dazzling and as usual, Letizia did not disappoint.
Letizia chose a navy jumpsuit with cape from Spanish label Pedro Del Hierro. Initially, I thought that the dress is from American label Donna Karan but it was later on confirmed that it is actually Made-in-Spain piece. Big thanks to Nuria Tiburcio for confirmation.
The stunning piece was based on label’s Autumn/Winter 2017 Red Carpet Collection.
The Greek-inspired jumpsuit features palazzo trouser and a one-off shoulder bodice having a long cape at the back with an asymmetric neckline.
Today the Spanish King and Queen, Felipe and Letizia, were in Salmanca for a day undertaking engagements. They visited Pulsed Lasers Center to inaugurate Laser techinique Vega-3 and then University of Salmanca to celebrate the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the “Magna Charta Universitatum”.
Felipe and Letizia arrived at Pulsed Lasers Center in Villamayor in the morning and were received by the President of the center and other dignitaries.
The royal couple along with science minister of the country conducted a board meeting with members of the center. A formal presentation of the new laser technology developed by the center “Vega -3” was presented in the meeting.
Felipe and Letizia toured the center and received a briefing about various scientific projects going on in the center.
Finally King Felipe put the new technology “Vega-3” into operation by pressing the start button. The Vega-3 is the first ever Spanish Laser technology that reaches the limit of petawatt.
The VEGA system is possible to reach intensities in the range of 1019 Wcm-2, which is much higher than the atomic intensity unit (3.5 1016 Wcm-2). Therefore, experiments are being designed in different fields related to proton acceleration. The advantages of all this power that reach the arms of VEGA not only involve the possibility of obtaining very small foci, but also the possibility of having large areas of interaction.
Then the couple received the explanation of the project in detail from the development team about its working and impact.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled by King Felipe to mark the day. The plaque included the mark of first shot of the technology also.
The next stop of the day was University of Salmanca to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of signing of “Magna Charta Universitatum”.
The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document to celebrate university traditions and encourage bonds among European universities it also serves as a universal inspiration and is open to universities throughout the world. It was founded by the University of Bologna and the European Rectors’ Conference (now EUA) on September 18, 1988 and has been signed by 805 universities from 85 countries.
The University is also celebrating its 8th centenary this year. So the event was joined event to celebrate both historical events.
Upon arrival King and Queen were received by the Rector of the Salmanca University and Rector of the University of Bologna. The event took place inside the auditorium of University.
Speaking at the event, King Felipe said, “The principles of the Magna Carta will inspire the fruits of the VIII Centenary of the Salamanca University and will further promote the internationalization and innovation of the Spanish, European, Ibero-American and international university system. Now and in the future, we will be moved by our critical capacity, the union between teaching and research, academic freedom and the interaction of cultures.“
At the end of the event, King Felipe signed the testimony to mark the event in the Alfonso X Classroom of University.
King and Queen toured the university and met the students and staff members.
Before leaving Felipe and Letizia greeted the public, in a short walkabout, who were waiting for the royal couple outside the campus.
Coming to the sartorial details of the day, Queen Letizia kept her look minimal and simple yet extremely regal for the day. She was wearing pleated dress with two tone print from Spanish label Massimo Dutti.
The fully lined dress, coming from label’s 2018 spring summer collection, features an A-line silhouette, a round neckline, side zip fastening, three buttons along the shoulder, 3/4 length sleeves, a side slit at the front.
“I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can” – these were the words of Miss Catherine Middleton on November 16, 2010, during her engagement interview.
Today after almost 8 years, Catherine now the Duchess of Cambridge is turning those words into reality. Catherine who is on her maternity leave is reported to working hard on issues that are close to her heart. A Royal source informed Daily Mail, “Kate had been ‘immersing herself’ in her work over recent months, and could often be seen sitting at home with ‘mountains of paperwork’.”
Rebecca English from Daily Mail yesterday reported that Catherine is set to launch her first “solo long term” project – a campaign to help children failed by ‘Broken Britain’ in 2019. She is bringing together experts from academia, education, health and other fields to work on how to help families tackle anti-social behaviour, addiction and mental health.
Broken Britain – a term used by The Sun Newspaper in 2007 to describe a perceived widespread state of social decay in the United Kingdom. Among other issues, the one was Child neglect.
Since becoming a member of the royal family, Catherine’s patronage focus was on Mental Health and childcare along with Arts. Duchess is working with charities providing support to children and families tackling mental and social issues.
In May 2017 Duchess along with her husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince Harry started a campaign Heads Together under the umbrella of Royal Foundation to tackle the stigma around Mental Health. Today after two years the campaign is a huge success and turning the tides in the UK. As per a study conducted by YouGov on 14000 people a significant change in the public’s approach to mental health was noticed.
In February during the royal forum, Prince William told that Heads Together was actually Catherine’s idea that she suggested after noticing how three of us are working on the same focus i.e. Mental Health in different areas and it would be good to bring it together under one umbrella.
Speaking at the Forum Duchess said, “Since our roles are lifetime roles, our commitment to the work we do through the Foundation is genuinely long term. The work we do can and should have a long-lasting resonance. For this reason, we’re able to support causes we’re passionate about for decades into the future. Like the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales we feel strongly we have to take a long-term view that is measured in generations.”
Now after one successful combined project, Duchess is making her way towards another project that will be her way of making a difference in the long term. As per Rebecca’s report,
“The subject is politically fraught, with some blaming Broken Britain on parents and others blaming budget cuts. But sources say the 36-year-old duchess is determined to push ahead because she sees it as potentially as big an issue as climate change. ‘This is a lifelong project,’ said one royal source. ‘She is looking at what she can do over the next five, ten, 15, 20 years. She wants to be able to look back and see what difference has been made. That’s what her position in public life allows her to do.’ She insists she will steer clear of public policy, instead using her ‘convening power’ to bring together experts, charities and academics in the field under the umbrella of the Royal Foundation, the charity for the younger royals.
According to sources, Kate has acknowledged in private that her detractors are likely to question what she, as a privately-educated and extremely privileged young woman, could possibly know about poverty and lack of family cohesion. She has often spoken of how lucky she feels to be part of a close and loving family who have always supported her. But she maintains that it is her duty as a member of the Royal Family to use her position to look at fundamental issues affecting the nation on a long-term basis.”
As per Daily Mail, “She is getting to know her subject really well as she knows how difficult it can be for someone from the Royal Family to talk about issues like this. People will often accuse them of being “preachy” or judgmental but she has spent the past few years meeting hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues and addiction, and it all seems to come back to childhood”.
Duchess and her expert advisers will also look at how to introduce better mental health support for primary school children, and at teaching parenting and relationship skills to teenagers before they even think of starting a family themselves. The findings will be published in 2019. The team of advisors include Professor Scott Greenhalgh, Professor Jane Barlow, Kate Billingham, Professor Leon Feinstein, Professor Peter Fonagy, Dr Alain Gregroire, Annamarie Hassall, David Holms, Professor Eamon McCrory and Dr Matthew Patrick.
One of the key advisors is Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, patronage of Duchess. Daily Mail talked to Professor Fronagy,
“She came with a very deep interest even then about childhood and the influence of childhood on later development and she was surprisingly well informed about it. She was clearly on a journey of learning but had a good understanding of the importance of early development on the rest of life, there are few greater issues facing the country today. ‘[She] could affect the future of an entire generation with her work”.
‘What we have come to understand is just how important the early years can be in influencing the choices people make in life,’ he said. ‘The duchess can be such an incredibly important advocate for this issue. ‘She has a remarkable position to raise awareness about the importance of early years. I cannot think of anything more important that a person could do in her capacity.’
As expected, Duchess is set to come back from her maternity leave in October. The next three months up to Christmas are set to be busy for Duchess with most of the focus on Mental Health.