Archive | February, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Unveils a Plaque in Front of Buckingham Palace (VIDEO). Plus, Other News!

On February 29, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a new plaque in front of Buckingham Palace.  According to the Telegraph newspaper, the plaque “… marks the start of the 60km (37.5 miles) Jubilee Greenway walking and cycling route.”

Click here to view photos.

Finally, it was announced that Her Majesty will officially open the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London on July 27, 2012.  Per a press release from the British royal court:

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will open the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, 27th July.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will also open the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, 29th August.

Source: Telegraph

The Duke of Palma (Iñaki Urdangarín) “Admits He Defied” His Majesty King Juan Carlo I of Spain’s Orders

Le sigh.  Apparently, The Duke of Palma, Iñaki Urdangarín, “…defied orders from His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain to stop his business dealings,” says the Telegraph newspaper.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco Helps the South African Olympic Swimming Team

According to the South African online newspaper, Times Live, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco has offered to help the South African Olympic Swimming team prepare for the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, England by providing the team accommodations as well as a practice facility in Monaco.

“We only have to cover travel expenses. She will take care of everything else,” says South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee CEO Tubby Reddy.

If the South African Olympic Swimming team accepts the princess’s offer they can start practicing on June 1, 2012.

Well, that’s sweet of her.   :)

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Source: Times Live

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall Hosts a Reception at Clarence House. Plus, News Regarding the Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception today at Clarence House for representatives of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival.

The event celebrates the “…achievements of outstanding women today…”  Guests included Bianca Jagger, Jenni Murray from BBC 4, author Kathy Lette, and many more.

Click here to view photos. 

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that the Duchess of Cambridge will accompany Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to “… kick-start the Diamond Jubilee tour…” of the United Kingdom.  Click here to for more information.

Source: Princeofwales.gov

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales Getting Ready For His Tour of Sexy Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil! Plus, Other News

Beginning on March 2, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales will begin his sexy tropical tour of Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil.  The second son of the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales will represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Here is the rough itinerary via the official website for the Prince of Wales:

  • Belize (including Belize and Cayo Districts) from 2nd – 3rd March
  • The Bahamas (New Providence Island) from 3rd – 5th March
  • Jamaica (including Kingston and Falmouth) from 5th – 8th March
  • Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and the State of Sao Paolo) from 9th – 11th March.

Finally, according to CNN journalist, Max Foster, “…filming has started for a Prince Harry documentary at the Corinthia Hotel in London… “  I’m assuming the documentary crew will follow the prince whilst on his sexy tour to Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil.

Sources: PrinceofWales.gov and Max Foster

Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium

On February 28, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium was in Eke, to visit the educational center, Pedagogisch Centrum Wagenschot.  This center provides support, and in many cases, a home for the youth who have serious emotional as well as behavioral disorders.

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the 2nd Annual Prix Développement Durable Pour la Presse-CFDD Awards held at the Residence Palais in Brussels.

Source: La Monarchie Belge

His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Visits the Köhl AG Company

On February 28, 2012, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg visited the company, Köhl AG.  The heir to the Grand Ducal throne was accompanied by the new Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Etienne Schneider.  During the visit Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume toured the company’s production facilities as well as mingled with Köhl AG employees.

For more information about today’s event please visit the site Luxarazzi Luxembourg. (info should be up soon.)

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia Selling the Historical Diamond, Beau Sancy.

On May 15, 2012, at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland one of the most famous and historical diamonds will be sold.  The 35-caret diamond, known as the Beau Sancy, is owned by His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia.

The Beau Sancy is “…is expected to fetch $2-4 million (1.26 million-2.5 million pounds).”  Wow!

Click here to read a full article about this latest news.

Source: Reuters

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Attends the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea in Den Haag (VIDEOS)

On February 27, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Java Sea held at the Kloosterkerk in Den Haag. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was to attend the event; however, she decided to stay by her son, Prince Johan Friso, side at Innsbruck University Hospital.  As a result, Prince Willem-Alexander replaced the Queen during today’s celebrations.

The Battle of the Java Sea began on February 27, 1942, in which the Allied Forces — Dutch Navy , American Navy and Australian Royal Navy — fought against the Japanese forces.  Over 2,300 men lost their lives.  Click here for more information and here.

During today’s event Prince Willem-Alexander met with survivors from the battle as well as listened to music by the Dutch Royal Navy Marine Band.  According to the website for the Dutch royal family today’s ceremony was :

…organized by the Royal Netherlands Navy Karel Doorman and the Foundation Fund. The Fund was established in 1944 to provide financial support to (former) soldiers of the Royal Navy and their survivors, who by war or service conditions have become financially dependent.

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.

Source: Het Koninklijk Huis

His Majesty King Siaosi (George)Tupou V of Tonga Visits His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican (VIDEO)

On February 24, 2012, His Majesty King Siaosi (George) Tupou V of Tonga met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.  According to the news agency, Rome Reports, the King and Pope discussed, “…social areas that were important both to the government and the Church…” 

Source: Rome Reports

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Attends the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (VIDEO)

On February 27, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the opening of the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The event “…serves as a meeting point for international companies and global leaders in the mobile industry.”  During today’s opening, Prince Felipe presided over the presentation of the Foundation Barcelona Mobile World Capital, “…a joint initiative of Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament of Barcelona, Fira de Barcelona and GSMA.” 

Click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos.

Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Plus, Other News.

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter and held at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, CA.  The princely couple mingled with various guests including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes-Cruise, the Beckhams, Meryl Streep, the Weinsteins, Colin Firth, Jean Dujardin and his wife, and many more.

Click here to view photos. (scroll down)

Meanwhile, the Palais Princier de Monaco announced that there is a new documentary entitled, Chefs des Chefs: Dans les Coulisses du Palais de Monaco, airing on France 3 tonight.

The one-hour program focuses on “…behind the scenes of the kitchens in the palais…” and chef Christian Garcia who has worked for the Princely family of Monaco for 24 years.   Click here for more information (in French).

Chefs des Chefs: Dans les Coulisses du Palais de Monaco will most likely be available to watch online later this week on France 3.

Source: Palais Princier de Monaco

Photos courtesy of Monaco Matin and France 3

Random Royal News Regarding Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg and Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Anjou and the Duchess of Cadaval. Plus, New Photos of the Bikini Princess, Corinna von Hohenzollern.

On February 27, 2012, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg welcomed Red Cross volunteers to the Grand Ducal Palace for a reception.  The purpose of today’s event was to thank as well as honor the more than 70 volunteers who are committed to the Red Cross and to those who are “… the most vulnerable in the Luxembourg and abroad.”  

On February 22, 2012, Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Anjou and the Duchess of Cadaval brought home their daughter, Isabelle, from the hospital.  Click here to watch a video.

Finally, new photos were released of Carl Alexander Prinz von Hohenzollern’s press conference/photo-op/wedding reception held at Château du Bel Air.  The new royal couple looked incredibly happy as they sipped on Andres champagne whilst wearing Lederhosen.

A touching moment during the press conference/photo-op/wedding reception is when Frederic Faux Prince von Anhalt presented Corinna, the bikini princess, with a brand new tiara… from Claire’s Accessories.  Click here to view photos.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg and journalist Manuel Beninger.