On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco — from the balcony of the Palais Princier — officially presented their precious newborn ...
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(VIDEO) TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend a Special Mass at the Eglise Sainte Dévote.
On the evening of Monday, January 26, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended a special Mass at the Eglise Sainte Dévote in celebration of the Fête de Sainte-Dévote. Sainte-Dévote is the patron Saint of the Princely Family of Monaco, the Monégasques, and the Diocese of Monaco.
Here is the story/legend of Sainte-Dévote:
Tradition holds that she was a Corsican woman born around 283 AD at Mariana. A young virgin, she had decided to devote herself fully to the service of God. By order of the prefect Barbarus, she was imprisoned and tortured for her faith. She was martyred at Mariana by being stoned to death.
After her death, the governor of the province ordered for her body to be burnt to prevent its veneration. However, it was saved from the flames by Christians. Her body was placed on a boat bound for Africa. Gratianus (Graziano), the boat’s pilot; Benedict (Benenato), a priest; and Apollinaris, his deacon; believed it would receive proper Christian burial there. However, a storm overtook the boat and a dove flew out from the mouth of the saint. The dove guided the boat to present-day Les Gaumates, today part of the Principality of Monaco, where a chapel dedicated to Saint George already stood.
Her body was discovered by fishermen. In her honor a chapel was built, which stands in Monaco still. Traditionally, flowers are said to bloom before their season on January 27, the Saint’s Feast Day.
After the Mass the princely couple along with Archbishop Bernard Barsi, members of the Diocese of Monaco, various Monégasque government officials as well as citizens participated in the traditional burning of the boat in front of the Eglise Sainte-Dévote.
Tomorrow — per tradition — the princely family will attend a traditional Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco then a balcony wave from the Palais Princier de Monaco.
If you missed this evening’s Mass you may watch it again here.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images/V.Hache
On Sunday, January 25, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 83rd Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo award ceremony held at the Palais Princier de Monaco.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images/V.Hache
On Thursday, January 22, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the 45th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting debate session entitled, Ocean Matters, held at the Congress Center in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
During Thursday’s session, with the theme focusing on the protection of the marine environment, the sovereign prince noted to attendees that:
“….ocean conservation also involves combating climate change which will be one of the key challenges for 2015. The Paris Conference in December will, I believe, be a “last chance” event in which we all need to become involved. The fight against climate change is now a vital objective for our Planet. We need to create a new development model together as quickly as possible, the only way of ensuring the future of Planet Earth and its oceans…”
Photos courtesy of the WEF 2015
On Friday, January 23, 2015, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden viewed the exhibition, Carl Larsson: Det Goda Livet, at the Ordrupgaard Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The exhibition showcases the works of late Swedish painter, Mr. Carl Larsson:
“…known and loved for his idyllic depictions of family life on his homestead in Sweden. Masterful watercolours where beauty and everyday life go hand in hand. [Overall the exhibition] tells the story of a painter who opened up his home through his art and created an ideal Nordic lifestyle which still stands today.”
Carl Larsson: Det Goda Livet will be open to the public until February 8, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images/P. Hauerbach
On the evening of Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands participated in an “…initiative to speak out all the names of the 102,000 Dutch victims that died in or were deported from the former Westerbork Concentration Camp during World War II…”
(VIDEO) His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands Opens the Akoesticum Training Center in Ede.
On Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened the Akoesticum in Ede. This new national training center is for:
“…amateur and professional in the areas of theater, music and dance. The facility contains 10 rehearsal rooms of various sizes with good acoustics, an auditorium where large groups can rehearse, 148 beds, a kitchen, bar and dining area.”
On the early morning hours of Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had passed. He was 90 years old.
In the afternoon, the funeral prayers were held for His Majesty at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in Riyadh. According to the newspaper, Al Arabiya, thereafter “…the late king was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave in a Riyadh cemetery where many citizens rest.”
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted a reception at Palacio Real de Madrid for diplomatic representatives with accreditation in Spain.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan arrived at the Gakushuin Women’s College and Graduate School in Tokyo to speak to students about the benefits of studying abroad.
Meanwhile, the Imperial Household Agency announced that His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has cancelled all of his engagements on Wednesday due to “…cold-like symptoms…” The IHA also noted that all engagements scheduled for the remaining week are still pending (hence depending on the emperor’s health).
(VIDEO) His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Celebration at the Hôtel Hermitage.
Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération held at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with members of the Carabiniers du Prince celebrated Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco in honor of the Feast Day of Saint Sébastien. The former Roman soldier who died around 288 A.D. is the patron saint of the Carabiniers du Prince.
Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in the 45th Edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting.
The WEF is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. The event “…engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Together with other stakeholders, [the forum] works to define challenges, solutions and actions, always in the spirit of global citizenship.”
Other royals attending this year’s four-day meeting include His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Turki Faisal bin Turki Al Saud to name a few.
On January 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Al Badia Society for Women’s Development in Khashafiet Al Shawabkeh in Sahab District.
According to Petra News, during today’s meeting Her Majesty:
“…met with representatives from three local societies working on women’s empowerment and their economic development. [Her Majesty also] listened to a briefing about Fida Jordan (FJ), a Finnish NGO that has been operating in Jordan since 2004 and supported the establishment of several local societies.
Her Majesty discussed with the beneficiaries their successes that were achieved thanks to local societies’ partnership with organisations such as FJ, which has branches across 30 countries and firmly believes that poverty does not only mean the lack of financial resources but also the lack of knowledge.
Queen Rania also stressed the importance of promoting best practices in economic empowerment for women and discussed ways that encourage them to play an active role in the development of their communities.”