Archive | May 25, 2011

H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands to Celebrate Her Birthday With a Few of Her Closest Royal Friends

This past May 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands turned the big 4-0, and on her day she spent it with her family.  Well, now it’s time for the mega birthday bash with a few of her closest royal friends.

According to the official website for the Dutch royal family, Het Koninklijk Huis, on May 27, 2011 there will be a lovely birthday concert in her honor:

Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will be celebrating her 40th birthday in a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Besides friends, family, members of foreign royal houses there will also be people there with whom she has worked with the for the past 10 years.

Verjaars ontvangst (birthday reception) of the Princess which include the following members of the Dutch Royal Family are expected:

Her Majesty the Queen
H.R.H. The Prince of Orange and H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau
H.R.H. Prince Constantijn and H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Princess Anne and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme
Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
Prince Maurits and Princess of Orange-Nassau Marilène
Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau
Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau
Princess Christina of the Netherlands

Members present reigning Royal and Princely Families are: 
Belgium: H.R.H. Prince Philippe and H.R.H.Princess Mathilde
Denmark: H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary
Luxembourg: H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Norway: H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H. Princess Martha Louise

Also present:
Aga Khan IV, Karim al-Hussaynī
Bulgaria: Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Preslav and Princess Miriam of Tirnovo
Greece: H.R.H. Crown Prince Pavlos and H.R.H. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Greece: H.R.H. Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana

The concert is attended by some 700 guests of Princess Maxima and 1200 visitors who have bought a ticket.

Besides the concerts this weekend the Princess will celebrate her birthday privately.

Unfortunately, it seems that T.R.H.s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden will not attend along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie).  Nor will H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.

Source:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

*Photo of H.R.H. Princess Máxima the Netherlands, given to The Royal Correspondent by and published on this site with permission by: AD Magazine/De MediaVilla.*

The Future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, on the Cover of Hola! Magazine and Interview

In the upcoming issue of Hola! magazine, the future princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, graces (no pun intended) their cover.  Now, if you are thinking to yourself, “Ummm…  This photo looks very familiar!”

Well, my friends, it is.

The image (shot by famed photographer Ruven Afanador) used on the cover, as well as the images accompanying the article, are the same ones used in the infamous December 2010 issue of Tatler magazine.

Anyway, the nice people at Hola!, (thank you, guys :)  ),  promised that this issue won’t disappoint their readers and that there are more interesting stuff coming up about the lovely Charlene.

Here is a snippet from the article:

Dressed in white, the future princess has posed the most emblematic of the strength of the Grimaldi, under all the great celebrations of the princely family in the life of Princess Grace. With exceptional ease she poses in haute couture outfits would be her home and confesses: ‘Sometimes I have to pinch myself to verify that this is my life and I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with the man of my dreams.’

Very much in love with many things in common with her ​​husband to be, including humanitarian causes, sport and the environment, Charlene recounted in this dramatic story how they met, how they fell in love, their commitment and continuous preparation for future Princess.

Source:  Hola.com  Photos courtesy of:  Hola.com and my scanner.  :)

H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg In Wiesbaden, Germany

H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was in Wiesbaden, Germany on May 25, 2011, on business with the L’Université du Luxembourg (University of Luxembourg.)

The purpose of the trip, according to the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg website, was to “… explore the possibilities of ‘social business.”  The purpose for this notion of social business is to:

…solve social problems, like charitable organizations, with the difference that they operate according to economic principles and that their profits are reinvested.

This is the area that the City of Wiesbaden claims a leading role and can already boast of many projects that can be used to generate ideas.  The study tour was organized by the Unit for Sustainable Development at the L’Université du Luxembourg under the direction of Dr. Ariane König, in collaboration with the Grameen Creative Lab, and with the support of the Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg as well as with the Ministry of Economy.

The aim of the operation was to gather ideas for projects to be implemented in Luxembourg.

To view photos please click the link here.

Sources:  Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg and Wiesbadener-kurier.de