Archive | May, 2011

T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend A Concert in Amsterdam

On May 31, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended at concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The purpose of the event/concert was in remembrance of the victims and the devastation of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake  and the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

It is unknown if any money was raised from this event, which would obviously be sent to Japan, but one can only hope.

To view photos please click the links here and here.  To watch a video please click the link here. 

Source: Koninklijkhuis.nl

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

More Information about the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco

According to the French newspaper, Nice-Matin, shiny new trumpets have been custom-made, for the upcoming marriage between H.S.H. Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.  The sole purpose for these new trumpets… they will play a new classical music piece composed especially for the new princess.

Per Nice-Matin:

…the prince has ordered four custom trumpets…

Twenty-four musicians will open at the end of civil marriage.  They will play the Princess Charlene’s anthem (Ode to Princess Charlene) on the Palace Square, where the couple will appear on the balcony in front of the Monaco citizens.

The four-minute piece, arranged and orchestrated by Jean-Christophe Aurnague, organist of the Church of the Sacred Heart, and Christian Escaffre.

Huh.  Well that’s cool.

Source and photo courtesy of:  Nice-Matin by Dulière/Prince’s Palace

 

The Princely Wedding in Monaco: The Official Wedding Stamps and Much More

With less than 31 days until the princely wedding in Monaco the official wedding stamps and postcards will finally be released tomorrow for public consumption.

In the local shops there are a myriad of lovely photo displays of the couple including this miniature gold wedding carriage (it’s supposed to be the couple.)

Finally, on the official site for the princely house of Monaco, Palais Princier de Monaco, new souvenirs have been added to their Marriage Princier page including a token with the couple’s monogram on it, an iPhone holder, a cheesy-looking  dinner plate, and a pocket mirror.

To view some of the latest items for sale please click the link here.

Photo courtesy of: Monaco Matin

Charlene Wittstock Attends a Charity Fundraiser in Monaco

On May 30, 2011, Charlene Wittstock, the future princess of Monaco, attended a charity fundraiser in Monte-Carlo.  The purpose of the event was to raise money for the Special Olympics. The event, entitled “The Road to Athens”, raised a significant amount of money for those participating in the next Special Olympics to be held in Athens, Greece staring on June 25, 2011.

To view photos please click the link here. 

Photo courtesy of:  Isopix

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, July 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on the cover of the July issue (available on June 3) of Vanity Fair magazine just in time for their highly anticipated tour of Canada and California.

The cover is a photo outtake from famed photographer, Mario Testino.

Photo courtesy of: Mario Testino/Vanity Fair

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends the ‘Impact Investing’ Conference in Amsterdam

Days after her gala birthday concert with 500 of her closest friends, the lovely Princess Maxima of the Netherlands got right back to work.  This afternoon, May 30, 2011, the princess attended the Impact Investing conference in Amsterdam.

The purpose of the event is to discuss, what else, investing as well as “…investing in companies and projects with social and environmental objective.”

To view photos please click the link here.  To watch a video please click the link here.  

Sources:  Koninklijkhuis.nl and PPE

Photo courtesy of:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: An Extra Video Clip from the TF1 Television Interview. Plus, the Full Interview (France Only)

With less than one month and three days before the princely wedding in Monaco on July 1 and 2, 2011, between H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Miss Charlene Wittstock, the couple have been quite open with the media about their relationship, their upcoming nuptials, and much more.

As you know by now, the prince and Miss Wittstock recently gave an exclusive interview to French journalist, Jean-Claude Narcy, from the network, TF1, which aired this past Saturday May 28.

Here is an extra video clip from the interview.  Click here to watch.    For those who live in France you may watch the full interview here.

To read the translated article from Madame Figaro please click the link here.

Photo courtesy of: Madame Figaro

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Attend the 69th Annual Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Gala Dinner

On May 28, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended a glamorous gala dinner for the 69th Annual Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco at the Monte-Carlo Sporting in Monaco.

The purpose of this dinner was to celebrate the last day of the famous Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix race.  Anyone who is everyone in Monaco was there.  Furthermore, everyone was happy and cheerful and most likely got wasted as the night progressed.

More information is still coming through the newswire so stay tuned for updates.   :)

To view photos please click the link here and here.  

Photos courtesy of:  Zimbio by Pascal Segretain/Getty Images Europe

H.I.R.H. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg: Wedding Information and Celebrating 950 Years of the House of Hohenzollern

In the recent edition of the German magazine, Bild.de, there is a short and sweet article about H.I.R.H. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and his lovely fiancée, Princess Sophie von Isenburg.

The journalist notes that H.I.R.H. Prince Georg Friedrich would be the Emperor of Germany today if things had been a wee bit different all those long years ago.

Anyway, there is another reason for this article:  On October 1, 2011, Burg Hohenzollern (you know that modest pad just south of Stuttgart, Germany) will celebrate 950 Years of the House of Hohenzollern.

Per the official website for the house:

We celebrate the anniversary “950 Years House Hohenzollern”. We are looking forward to welcome you, your relatives and friends. Enjoy free entrance, entertainment and a piece of birthday cake for everyone!

The interior rooms are open without guided tours at this day – so you can discover them at your own will.  For information feel free to contact our Castle staff in the interior rooms.

Admission: free

Finally, the German newspaper, Zollern-Alb Kurier, notes some interesting details about the upcoming marriage between Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie.  According to the journalist, the priests over-seeing the wedding ceremony will be Father Gregor Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck and Evangelical pastor Michael Wohlrab.  Princess Sophie will wear a veil that is a Isenburg heirloom.  The couple will leave the church in a traditional carriage.  There will be roughly 300 guests at their reception which will be held at the orangery.  The dress code:  For men a dark or cutaway suit.  For women an elegant dress or suit with a hat.

Sources courtesy of: Bild.de by People PictureBurg Hohenzollern and ZAK.de

Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Race and Parties

On May 29, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the final day of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Before the race began the couple decided to whiz around the race track to wave to all the spectators in their black convertible.  Then they hoped into the  VIP stands, the where Charlotte, Pierre, and Andrea Casiraghi as well as other VIPs were waiting.  As the race began and the racers zoomed by in their Formula 1 cares the engaged couple cheered on the racers, laughed, smiled and were oh-so-jolly.

Once the race was over H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Charlene congratulated Sebastian Vettal for winning the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Race along with the second and third place winners whose names escapes me at the moment.

The night before, on May 28, 2011, the future princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, attended the JetSet Party in Monte-Carlo. The party, which raised money for the Special Olympics, was held on a luxurious yacht and attended by glamorous VIPs as well as famous athletes such as Miss Wittstock’s close friend and Olympic swimming champion, Franziska Van Almsick.

To view photos please click the links  here, here,  and here.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Latvia and Estonia from June 1-3, 2011

Just one month shy away from the day of his nuptials with  Miss Charlene Wittstock, it seems that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has decided to visit the countries of Latvia and Estonia beginning on June 1-3, 2011.

According to Ilze Rassa, press secretary to the president of Latvia, the prince was invited to Latvia at the invitation of, ” …President Valdis Zatlers…” whereupon Prince Albert will stay for one day where there will be a:

… meeting between Zatlers and Prince Albert, the two sides will discuss the promotion of business contacts, especially the attraction of investments, as well as environmental protection issues.

The next day, the prince will visit Estonia from June 2-3, 2011.  According to ISRIA:

His Highness the Sovereign Prince of Monaco Albert II will be in Estonia for an official visit. His Highness Prince Albert II will meet with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. He also has a meeting scheduled with director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Toomas Luman. During his visit, Prince Albert will participate in the electric car rally and visit the Old Town Educational College and KUMU Art Museum.

The Prince of Monaco will be accompanied on his visit by Foreign Minister of Monaco Jose Badia, who will meet with Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.

Topics to be discussed during the visit are Estonia-Monaco bilateral relations and opportunities to intensify them, as well as environmental issues.

More information is still coming through the newswire so please stay tuned.

Sources: LETA and ISRIA

Photo courtesy of: Madame Figaro

Charlene Wittstock at the Monaco Grand Prix 2011

On May 28, 2011, in Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, the future princess of Monaco, attended the Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Race this afternoon.  She was accompanied by her friends as well as other VIP people.

To view photos please click the links here and here. 

A Regal Birthday Concert for H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

This evening, May 27, 2011, in Amsterdam there was a regal concert in honor of H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands 40th birthday.

The guest-list was filled with members of the Dutch royal family, various members from other reigning and non-reigning royal houses, the princess’s brother and mother from Argentina, and friends from the Netherlands.  In total, there were over 700 guests at the event.

The concert was held at the beautiful Concertgebouw and the world renowned in house orchestra played various classical pieces from Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and others according to a guest at the concert.

To view photos please click the link here. 

To watch two video clips please click here and here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Parool.nl by ANP