Last weekend saw the arrival of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Hanoveria in the Kingdom of Hispania on Friday. This was the first stop of the Hanoverian official State Tour for 2013. The tour includes an official dinner with the Queen of Hispania, talks with relevant Hispanian Government Officials regarding trade and tourism, then continues on to the Principality of Wallachia for the same and finally the climactic and controversial visit to the Natural Gas Power Plant on the border of Wallachia and Serbieski in the Kingdom of Syldavia.
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were received at the airport by the Queen's sister, Princess Isabella of Hispania. They were welcomed by a military brass band and displays of the flags of both countries.
The Castle and Palace of Trono de Seguro outside the capital served as the setting for the State Banquet. These festivities lighten the mood of hard work that is associated with a State Tour. The dress code is normally "ties and tiaras".
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Hanoveria as they arrived at the Hispanian State Banquet.
The official photo of the two Heads of State, Queen Maria of Hispania and Grand Duke George of Hanoveria.
Another function of a State banquet is to serve as the official "photo opportunity" commemorating a State Visit. Here we see at left, included in the photo the heir to the Hispanian throne, the Princess of Cataljone.
Next up the Hanoverian ruling couple flew to the Wallachia on Monday. They were met and formally welcomed at the Princess of Wallachia's city residence by her husband the Baron Bagrazia. The Grand Duchess wore an eye catching ensemble with bold fascinator for the arrival. The Hanoverian flag was flown in honour of the visiting Head of State.
The Princess of Wallachia then entertained the Grand Duke and his wife at her husband's Family Residence, Bagrazia Manor with a State Banquet. Aside from strengthening the friendly diplomatic bonds between Wallachia and Hanoveria, one of the main topics of discussion at the banquet was the controversial Natural Gas Power Plant on the Wallachian border to the Syldavian province of Serbieski. Wallachia has opposed the extraction of the natural gas at the cost of the environment. The power plant promises cheap electricity and vast profits for the people Serbieski and Arc Investments who built and manages its operation. Wallachia also stands to gain but damage to the natural environment has not been fully quantified.
The Princess Xenia of Wallachia poses with the Grand Duke of Hanoveria for this official photo at the State Banquet.
The full contigent of Royalty at the Wallachian State Banquet.
A full tour of the Natural Gas Power Plant is planned for today as the final league of the State Tour. The Grand Ducal couple will be hosted on the tour by the Baron Bagrazia and the Grand Duchess of Serbieski representing the Governor of Serbieski and the Syldavian Kingdom. Due to its media importance we will report on the Power Plant visit as it happens today over the course of the afternoon.