Archive | January 8, 2012

His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy Wants to Work for You!

So, what do you do when you are a royal who comes from a deposed royal house and a royal with no real official duties to fulfill like Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II?  Well, you star in your own reality series!

Recently, His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele-Filiberto of Savoy agreed to star in his own reality show whereupon he does ordinary things each episode like making pizza, washing dogs,  as well as handing out flyers in Milan, Italy.

His new show airs on Cielo TV in Italy and currently they are looking for employers willing to hire the Italian prince for a day.  At this time it is unknown if the prince’s new reality show will air in the United States; however, I am sure it will end up on You Tube in the future.

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Invited to Visit Beijing, China

Per the Associated Press:

Beijing has officially invited His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan to visit China this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the two countries normalizing diplomatic ties, sources close to bilateral relations said Saturday.

The visit is also aimed at easing anti-Japanese sentiment in China, which remains strong on account of Japan’s past military aggression, and to strengthen relations between the two countries.

If realized, it would be the 51-year-old Crown Prince’s first visit to China, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration intends to consider China’s request carefully, the sources said.

Some in the ruling coalition and the government expressed caution over the invitation, warning of possible anti-Japan rallies if the Crown Prince and his wife were to visit China.

‘Ensuring a welcoming mood for such a visit is indispensable,’ a government source said.

A multitude of obstacles will have to be overcome if the trip is to go ahead, amid lingering tensions between Tokyo and Beijing after a Chinese trawler rammed Japan Coast Guard cutters near the disputed Senkaku Islands in 2010, sparking a major diplomatic row.

In addition, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan lacks strong ties with the Chinese government, unlike previous Liberal Democratic Party-led administrations that had strong political channels with their Chinese counterparts.

Beijing hopes to realize the visit in autumn, so that its timing coincides with the signing of the Japan-China Joint Communique on Sept. 29, 1972, the sources said. The pact normalized diplomatic ties between the two countries

Various events to commemorate the anniversary will be held in Tokyo and Beijing around that time, and the relations between the two nations will hopefully have improved by then, the sources said.

China previously requested a visit by Crown Prince Naruhito in 2002, to mark the 30th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties, and also in 2008, when the Beijing Olympics were held. Neither visit was realized.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Abu Dhabi: Day One (VIDEOS)

On January 8, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands began their state visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

In the morning, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix along with the prince and princess were officially welcomed to the U.A.E. by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Mushrif Palace. Also, in attendance were Dutch Foreign Minister, Uriel Rosenthal, as well as local and Dutch dignitaries.

During the welcoming meeting between Her Majesty and His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan gifts were exchanged.  The Queen presented His Highness with the most highest and prestigious honours in the Kingdom of Netherlands “…Grand Cross of the Dutch Lion…”    In return, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa presented Her Majesty with the “…Order of Zayed, one of the United Arab Emirates’ highest civil decorations accorded to kings and heads of state…” The Order was also given to T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima.

Later, the royal trio visited the Sheikh Al Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.  During their visit they toured the library as well as resting place of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Afterward, the Queen, the prince and princess along with the Dutch business delegation accompanying the royal trio visited the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).  Upon their arrival they were met by the director of ADNOC, Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi and numerous CEO’s.  From there the royal trio were given a tour of the facility and more.

To watch several videos as well as to view photos from today’s event please click the link below:

Sources: Associated Press, WAM, Khaleej Times

Photo courtesy of Daylife/R.Utrecht/AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend the U.K. Film Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ (VIDEOS)

On January 8, 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the U.K. film première of Steven Spielberg’s WWI drama, War Horse, held at Odeon Leicester Square in London. Also in attendance were Jeremy Irvine, Miranda Richardson, Celine Buckens, Steven Spielberg, and 600 serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families, as well as beneficiaries of military charities.

Adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s novel the film chronicles the unique bond between a dude named Albert and his loyal horse, Joey:

As Albert tames and trains, Joey, they are forcefully parted.  The film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets-British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

Any way, despite the rain every one looked fabulous as they strolled the red carpet and seemed to have had a wonderful time… until the movie was over.  I have no doubt the people watching the film cried their eyes out.  If you haven’t seen War Horse, well, be prepared to cry.  If you had a hard time watching the film Bambi — especially the scene where Bambi’s Mom died — well you might have a hard time watching War Horse.

To watch a video as well as to view photos please click the links below:

Source: Variety and Press Association

Photo courtesy of Daylife/Gavan