Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles as she pays a visit to Smart Works, a charity to which she has become patron, at St Charles hospital in west London on January 10, 2019. (AFP)
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Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Smart Works at St. Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in London, Britain, 10 January 2019. (EPA)
Updated 10 January 2019

Meghan moves into more visible roles in UK royal family

  • The queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child this spring

LONDON: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is taking an increasingly visible role in the British royal family as she becomes the patron of four organizations including the prestigious National Theatre.
Kensington Palace said Thursday that Meghan will take over two roles as patron that have for decades been held by Queen Elizabeth II and is taking two other roles as well.




Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. (EPA)


The palace says the queen "has passed on" the role of patron of the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
In addition, Meghan will become patron of two additional charities: Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women find the skills needed to work, and Mayhew, a grassroots organization active in London and internationally.
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child this spring.


ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

Updated 02 April 2020

ICESCO announces prizes in Remote Culture initiative 

  • Remote Culture is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in fighting COVID-19

RIYADH: The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) has announced the creation of three awards for students in three cultural areas as part of its Remote Culture initiative.

The first prize is $6,000, the second is $4,000 and the third is $2,000, in addition to certificates of appreciation, in the fields of short story writing and painting, the organization said.

National committees in member states will communicate with educational institutions to invite students to take part in competitions, and will select three works of each category to be sent to ICESCO by the end of June 2020.

The organization then will form a specialized international jury to choose the best three works in each branch.

The initiative is part of the “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative launched to support member states' efforts in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to find alternative solutions to ensure the sustainability of its educational, scientific and cultural work.

The new ICESCO initiative includes remote training and capacity-building for heritage frameworks, where the organization will be preparing and broadcasting a series of videos through its website as of April 15.

The videos include training programs in physical and intangible heritage, and documentation of cultural heritage using artificial intelligence techniques and risk-, crisis- and disaster-management in heritage sites and museums.

They will also introduce techniques for registering heritage sites on the lists of Islamic world heritage and world heritage, rehabilitating endangered crafts, promoting the general principles of managing museums in the Islamic world and protecting underwater cultural heritage.

The initiative also offers an invitation for remote reading to take advantage of ICESCO's digital libraries and other sites available.