I post it in the NL thread, because we don't have a combined royal section for activities attended by current royal houses, and because I associate Max the most with this event.January 22
Royals from all over the world have descended on Davos, Switzerland, to attend the 45. World Economic Forum, among them are Jordan's Queen Rania, ing Phillippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, and Princess Mette-Marit, Spain's Queen Letizia and King Felipe are also expected to attend.
It's the financial event that sees the biggest names in world banking overrun the tiny Alpine town of Davos each year. But while the World Economic Forum is famous for its financiers and politicians, this year has seen a sprinkling of royal stardust as well.
A board member at the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), the Kuwait-born royal has long taken an interest in microfinance initiatives. The royal, who has been tweeting updates from the Forum over the past few days, took a break from this morning to comment on the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
'Arab and Muslim nations grieve loss of HM King Abdullah,' she wrote. 'Our condolences to the Saudi people for HM's sad passing. May he rest in peace.' But although one of the most prominent, Rania isn't the only royal to hobnob with financiers in Davos this week.
One of the most headline-grabbing arrivals was made by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, who arrived by private jet on Wednesday as the event swung into top gear. The couple, who have been on the throne of Belgium since 2013, stayed for just two days but took part in the opening panel discussions before flying home. 42-year-old Mathilde is no stranger to Davos, having attended each year since 2007, and looked at ease while meeting dignitaries, including German financier Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum.
Major political players
President and Founder of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab
Chinese PremierLi Keqiang
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Governor of the Banks of England Mark Carney
Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez
Igor Shuvalov, first deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation
French President Francois Hollande
Andrey L. Kostin, chairman and CEO of VTB Bank
Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke
Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group
Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs,
with Tony Blair, representative of the Quartet on the Middle East.
Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda
Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and business leaders during a reception
And of course Hollywood is in the house too: EMMA WATSON JOINS FINANCIERS TO MAKE A SPEECH ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN DAVOS
She made headlines when she spoke out about women's rights during an impassioned speech made to the UN General Assembly last September. Now Emma Watson has repeated the trick - this time in front of politicians and financiers assembled at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Sitting beside UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the 24-year-old spoke passionately about the HeForShe IMPACT initiative, which she is has championed and which aims to empower women across the world. 'The groundswell of response we have received in support for HeForShe tells us we are tapping into what the world wants: to be a part of change,' she said.
'Now we have to channel that energy into purposeful action. The pilot initiative provides that framework. 'Next we need all country leadership, as well as that of hundreds of universities and corporations to follow HeForShe's IMPACT 10x10x10 so as to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.' World leaders to have signalled their support for the initiative include Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Sweden's new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven.