Archive | January 9, 2012

‘Diana, Glimpses of a Modern Princess’ An Exhibition of the Late Princess’s Gowns On Display at Kensington Palace

Beginning on March 26, 2012, a new exhibition will premiere at Kensington Palace entitled, Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess. This exhibit showcases some of the late princess’s most memorable gowns.  According to the site, Historic Royal Palaces:

The dresses, which will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, will reflect some important and memorable moments in Diana’s public life – from the famous black strapless evening gown by Emanuel which has never been on public display before to a stunning sleek black cocktail dress by Gianni Versace which she wore several years later. source

To learn more about this exhibition please click here.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Continue Their Visit to the U.A.E.: Day Two (VIDEOS)

On January 9, 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 continued their two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates.

The day began with a visit to Masdar City a “…multifaceted renewable energy company…” in Abu Dhabi.  The purpose of their visit was to attend an economic roundtable meeting to discuss “…possible strategic co-operations in a bid to promote and facilitate mutually beneficial economic relationships…” between the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

After the meeting and presentation the royal trio and their delegation travelled to Dubai where Her Majesty met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at Zaabeel Palace.

Also in attendance were Her Majesty’s Dutch business delegation, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as Dubai’s Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed “… stressed the importance of the royal visit, which paves the way for opening new horizons for cultural, economic and political cooperation.”  Her Majesty agreed.  She also noted her admiration for what the U.A.E. has accomplished in the past 40 years as well as for their leadership.

Afterward, the royal trio took a boat tour around the harbor in Dubai, and as they were about to dock the yacht became stuck due to the low tide.  After twenty minutes all was well.

Tomorrow, the royal trio will visit Oman.

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

Sources: Khaleej Times, Emirates 247, Associated Press

Photo courtesy of Emirates 247

His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium Proposes to Cut the Royal Family’s Allowance

With his country in serious financial debt, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium proposed to cut the royal family’s allowance for 2012 through 2013.  In a statement from the royal palace, His Majesty “…aims to voluntarily contribute to economy measures…” decided by the new government to avoid breaching the EU’s 3% deficit threshold.  According to the Associated Press, the royal family received an allowance of around $13 million (roughly) in 2011. His Majesty also offered to pay for maintenance as well as for the extensive renovations needed on royal residences, which is normally financed by the state.

Sources Associated Press and La Monarchie Belge

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Winter Youth Olympic Games Athletes Presentation

On January 9, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte-Carlo to attend the presentation of athletes who will participate in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

This event begins on January 13 – 22, 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria with athletes from around the world participating.  In a statement, Prince Albert II noted how incredibly proud he is that several athletes from Monaco will participate in the 2012 YOG’s:

In line with the first Summer Youth Olympic Games, I am pleased and proud that the Principality of Monaco can once again take part in this important event.

Beyond the sporting aspect with high-level competitions, the Winter Youth Olympics will teach young people the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, respect for others and social values such as the environment.

A rich cultural and educational program, innovative feature will allow these young people also addressed a number of important issues such as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the dangers of doping and their roles as ambassadors of sport in their respective communities.

This is one of the major strengths of this exciting project YOG, where it is mostly about learning and sharing.

I would hope that Bryan Pelassy, Alpine Skiing, Rudy Rinaldi and Jeremy Torre, Bobsleigh, can enjoy this unforgettable experience full and exciting. I wish them to build fully on what they learn in the YOG, to continue to develop this spirit of joy and self-transcendence, to continue their training and competition in the future.

For more information about the Winter Youth Olympic Games please visit their official website here.
Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco