Archive | December, 2010

Monaco Princely Calendar of Engagements for January 2011

Here are some exciting engagements that will happen in Monaco in January.  I know you are thrilled to pieces, right?   :)

On January 15, 2010, HSH Prince Albert II will attend the XII Archery Cup.

Then on January 19, 2010, Prince Albert will attend the 79th Annual Automobile Rally in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

From January 26-27, 2010 the Princely family will celebrate the Festival of Saint-Devote.

Finally, there are two important birthdays that will be celebrated:

  1. HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and HSH Princess of Monaco celebrates her 54th birthday on January 23, 2010.
  2. Miss Charlene Wittstock celebrates her 33rd birthday on January 25, 2010.

 

A Royal Year: The Top Ten Royal Events of 2010

Right.  Let’s get to it, shall we?   :)

3.) National Day Monaco

I know, I know… you are wondering why I chose this event ahead of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s pregnancy announcement.  The reason why I decided on this particular event is due to one person.  You got it… Miss Charlene Wittstock.

Since the startling announcement that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was engaged to Miss Wittstock it was only a matter of time until we saw her with the rest of the Princely family on the balcony of the Palais Princier de Monaco.  Naturally, it was going to happen.  She is after all Prince Albert’s fiancée.

Miss Wittstock basically stole the show on November 19, 2010, starting with that Eva Peronesque suit she wore during the day.  Let’s not sugarcoat this… she looked ridiculous.   Way too over the top.  Her hat looked like a giant satellite dish, while her skirt was way too tight.  Unfortunately, for her, the skirt flattened her rear-end which, as a result, gave her a massive pancake butt.  The gloves, oh no.  Tsk tsk.  Simply wrong on all levels.

After the church service and balcony wave-a-thon the Princely family of Monaco attended a fancy gala concert.  Everyone looked lovely, including Miss Wittstock (wearing an altered Armani Prive beaded ombre gown.)   HSH Prince Albert II , however, looked like a head waiter at some restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida.

All in all it was a lovely day.

To watch two video clips from Monaco’s National Day please click the links:  TF1.fr and You Tube

Source and Photos courtesy of: Nice-MatinZimbio.com by Frederic Nebinger-Pool/Getty Images Europe, and Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

 

 

2.) HRH Prince William of Wales announces his engagement to Miss Catherine Middleton.

No one is actually that surprised that HRH Prince William of Wales finally asked his college sweetheart, Miss Catherine Middleton, to marry him.  At least, I’m not.

I don’t know what else to say except… congrats to the couple.

The British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, and if you are thinking about traveling to London for the big day… forget it.  It will be a madhouse. First, all hotels within the city are booked.  Solid.  Second, you would probably enjoy watching the wedding on television then being smashed together with screaming and otherwise smelly people only to have a quick two second glance at the new royal couple.

You can watch the interview with HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton by clicking this link: You Tube

Here is the official photo-op and quick Q&A with the press: You Tube

 

Photo courtesy of Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office.

Autumn Phillips Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Girl

On December 30, 2010, Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips and daughter-in-law to the Princess Royal, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Britain.

The baby weighed 8lbs 8oz according to a Buckingham Palace press release.

According to the Daily Mail.co.uk:

‘The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news,’ a spokesman said.

The little girl is the first child for Mr and Mrs Phillips and the first grandchild of the Princess Royal. She is 12th in line to the throne.

Stay tuned for more information as the day unfolds!  And, of course a big congrats to Peter and Autumn!

 

A Royal Year: The Top Ten Royal Events of 2010

Good Evening, Friends!

Continuing on with The Top Ten Royal Events of 2010 list… numbers 8 and 7.  And, the winners, in my opinion, are:

8.) Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani & Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned of Qatar: The State Visit to Britain.

Yeah, okay, I get it some people may be scratching their heads wondering why I picked this event as one of the best moments in 2010 for royal watchers.  There are two reasons why:  First, Sheikha Mozah.  The woman is fierce.  Enough said.  Second, HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Love her.  Again, enough said.

The state visit had all the pomp and circumstance that royal watchers love, and the fact that Sheikha Mozah wore epic Chanel furry shoes with heels that were clear (like Stripper shoes) made this state visit so much fun to watch.

To view more photos from the State Visit to Britain please click the links below.

You can watch the State dinner at Windsor Castle at Official Website for the British Royal Family

Source and Photos courtesy of the Daily MailHello Magazine, Guardian Newspaper UKBBC News,  and Rick Findler.

7.) HIH Emperor Akihito of Japan’s Balcony Birthday Wave-fest.

I don’t care.  I thought this was a great day for royal watchers.  Why?  We finally had a chance to see Crown Princess Masako of Japan.  We rarely see her and when we do… it’s a treat.  So there.  :)

Photos courtesy of KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images and REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon via DayLife

A Royal Year: The Top Ten Royal Events of 2010

As I noted last night, 2010 has certainly been a fantastic year for royal watchers.  And, as promised here is my list of the best events that happened this past year.

Right.  So let’s begin, shall we?

10.) Luxembourg National Day 2010.

For me, this year’s National Day in Luxembourg was the best for royal watchers.  Why?  Well, we finally had a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes in regards to the preparation for the Gala dinner.  RTL.lu was fortunate enough to document the preparations, and best of all… the amazing Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was featured along with Princess Alexandra and Princess Tessy.  All in all, this year’s National Day had a spark… an umph… that I have never seen before.

To view more images from this lovely day please visit the Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg website at Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

Click the link to watch the behind the scenes documentary by RTL.lu

Luxembourg National Day 2010

Photos courtesy of SIP/Nicolas Bouvy and C.Hommel for the official website of the Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg at Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg and RTL.lu by Steve Müller

9.) Nobel Prize 2010, Sweden

The Nobel Prize Awards and Gala Dinner has always been a fantastic and otherwise regal event.

However, this year was special.  The reason:  It was HRH Prince Daniel’s first Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner since marrying into the Swedish royal family. Unfortunately, HRH Princess Madeleine decided not to attend this year; instead she remained in New York City for “work.”  Yes, she was missed by some… but what ever.  There is always next year.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria looked radiant as ever.  Wearing a gown designed by Elie Saab and an amazing tiara to top it off, clearly, she was one of the bells of the ball.


Photos courtesy of NobelPrize.org, Svensk Damtidning,  and Zimbio.com.  Also, CLAUDIO BRESCIANI -Epa/Corbis and Peter Osterberg/Getty


Oprah Winfrey’s New Documentary: Finding Sarah (about Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York)

In this Sunday’s Parade Magazine, media goddess and gazillionaire, Oprah Winfrey discusses her new network, OWN, and the new documentary Finding Sarah… about Sarah Ferguson.

Barf.

Any way, this six-part documentary (to be aired sometime in Spring 2011) follows the embarrassing saga of Sarah, Duchess of York and her ambition to change her pathetic life around.  The idea for the documentary can about after Miss Winfrey interviewed Sarah regarding her shady life and her attempt to receive “… £500,000 [for access to Prince Andrew]” from some dude.

I remember the last thing I said to her when I left the interview: ‘Don’t let me see you on Dancing with the Stars.’  [Then] She started emailing me and at one point asked what did I think of her doing a celebrity chef show.   And I said, ‘That’s not going to help you.  How are you going to rehabilitate yourself?’

Miss Winfrey goes on to discuss her idea of documenting Sarah in hopes that if she sees herself the way others do it might help her change her ways.  Sarah was apparently reluctant at first.  According to Miss Winfrey, Sarah said:

‘Let me think about it…’  She sent me an email about how it’s so difficult to give up going to Spain this year,  And I said, ‘You have no money.  People who don’t have money don’t go to Spain on holiday. HELLO!!!’

Ugh.  I have no respect for Sarah Ferguson and I highly doubt I will watch that crap-fest documentary.   But, if you do, let me know what you think of it.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine (December 26, 2010)  Photo courtesy of TRF

Charlene Wittstock’s Family Spent Christmas in Monaco. Plus More Wedding Information Released

The future Princess of Monaco has been all smiles since the announcement of her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, Prince Albert of Monaco.   And, this week she is even happier.

According to the German magazine, Bild, Miss Wittstock’s family flew in from South Africa to spend Christmas with their daughter and fiancé in the tiny Principality.  Besides her parents attendance, Miss Wittstock’s two brothers, Gareth (who actually moved to Monaco sometime ago) and Sean, were there to celebrated the holidays with their sister.  How long the Wittstock family will be in Monaco is unknown at this time, but I sure hope they have fun.

Meanwhile, more information about the upcoming Princely wedding has been released.   According to the Palais Princier de Monaco:

  1. The wedding will be shot in 3D (why, I have no idea.)
  2. The wedding will be Eco-Friendly éco-compatible including the cars and/or buses that will be used to transport guests.
  3. Revenue, from the networks who bought the rights to air the Princely wedding, will be donated to various foundations in Monaco.
  4. There will be a gala performance at the Monaco Opera.
  5. Lots of booze during the wedding as well pre-wedding gala events.
  6. Fireworks over Monaco (having a fireworks show isn’t exactly Eco-Friendly.  Sounds to me like the Palais Princier de Monaco PR team are freaking confused when it comes down to Environmental issues and crap.  I mean, get it right, people.  Is it or is it not a Eco-Friendly wedding because if it is don’t have a damn fireworks show!)

The magazine, Point de Vue, reports that Miss Wittstock will place her bridal bouquet at the Sainte Dévote church and the state banquet, during pre-wedding events, will be held at the Musée Océanographique.

So there you have it!  You are, once again, up-to-date with information regarding the upcoming Monaco Princely wedding.

Source: www.bild.de  Photos courtesy of DPA via Bild.de andREUTERS/Issei Kato

Catherine Middleton Spends Christmas With her Family in Berkshire, England Sans Prince William

While the members of the British royal family (minus Prince William who had to work) spent their holiday together at the Queen’s modest pad, Sandringham, Miss Catherine Middleton spent the holidays with her family at their home in Berkshire.

The paparazzi once again photographed the future Queen of England as she drove home with her family from somewhere… I don’t know where, but they went somewhere in lovely old England.

Miss Middleton was all smiles, of course, during the quick drive into her parents home (she must have received amazing presents this year thus the mega watt smile.)

Meanwhile, Catherine’s fiance (who seemed to have lost even more hair since the Mario Testino shoot last month :snicker:) was “…on call with his search-and-rescue squadron at RAF Valley on Anglesey” according to the Daily Mail.

 

Photos courtesy of Zimbio by PacificCoastNews.com and www.dailymail.co.uk by Viewfinder Pictures-Chester.

HM Queen Elizabeth II Official Christmas Speech

The Royal Channel, the official You Tube site for the British Monarchy, released HM Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas speech.  Enjoy!  :)

 

Source: The Royal Channel via You Tube

The British Royal Family Attend Christmas Day Church Service

On December 25, 2010, the British royal family attended Christmas Day Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church near their massive home, Sandringham, in Norfolk this morning.

It was freaking cold, according to the weather reports, but despite the temperature several members of the British royal family walked to church.  However,  HM Queen Elizabeth II did not (smart woman.  I wouldn’t walk either.)

Any way, after the service the Queen, looking sweet in a fur hat, black boots and coat, smiled as she exited the church with her husband, Prince Phillip and family.

Also in attendance was Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Wessexes, Prince Andrew and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (looking like a complete hot messes… but what else is new.  They both are completely and utterly hopeless in every way possible.)

Absent this year, were Princess Anne and her family along with Prince William who was working in Wales (he was on duty for the RAF rescue team.)  Meanwhile, as dramatic as it sounds, Miss Catherine Middleton spent her last Christmas as a commoner with her family in Berkshire.  Aw, how touching.

BBC.co.uk has a video clip from this morning of the British royal family; just copy and paste the link below to your browser.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12078971

 

Photos courtesy of www.dailymail.co.uk by GettyImages and Ken Gott from GottPhotos.com

Christmas Speeches From HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM King Albert II of Belgium

This evening a photo was released of HM Queen Elizabeth II giving her annual Christmas speech to the people of the Commonwealth, “…from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.”

Meanwhile, HM King Albert the II of Belgium delivered his Christmas Eve speech from the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Photos courtesy of Daylife.com by REUTERS/Thierry Roge and  REUTERS/John Stillwell

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg: A Christmas Message

 

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg gives a Christmas Eve speech to the citizens of the beautiful country of Luxembourg.  You may watch the video of his speech in Luxembourgish (with a dash of French here and there) at:

http://tele.rtl.lu/waatleeft/replay/v/20101224/15/31217/

Or, if you can read French you may read his message via the official website for the Grand Ducal House of Luxembourg at:

http://www.monarchie.lu/fr/Presse/Discours/2010/12/Discours_Noel_FR/index.html

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Source: www.monarchie.lu and tele.rtl.lu

HSH Prince Albert and Miss Charlene Wittstock: Ceremony Update

I have absolutely no idea why this is considered “new” information (everyone has known about this for some time), but the American magazine, People, finally decided to announce that the Princely religious wedding in Monaco will happen outdoors.

Uh. Duh.

Any way, for those who don’t know HSH Prince Albert of Monaco changed the wedding date a couple of times.  Then when the date was set he decided to change the religious service venue to the courtyard of the Palais Princier de Monaco.  There will be giant TV screens so Monégasques (and perhaps tourists) may watch the wedding.  The guest list will not be released perhaps at least days until the actual two day event.

People magazine is also reporting that Miss Charlene Wittstock is “… considering  [the House of] Christian Dior or Giorgio Armani.” to design her wedding gown.  My guess, between the two, Miss Wittstock will ask Mr. Armani to design her gown.  Though she may shock us all and decide to wear a gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Daylife.com by REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch and Francois Durand/Getty Images.