Archive | February 23, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Extends Her Stay in Lech, Austria to Remain by His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso of Oranje-Nassau’s Side.

It was announced by RVD (the Dutch government information service) that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will extend her stay in Lech, Austria to remain by His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso of Oranje-Nassau’s side.  As you know by now, the Prince is in a coma at Innsbruck University Hospital.

As a result of the Queen’s extended stay she has cancelled all of her official appointments for next week.  RVD also announced that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje will represent Her Majesty during the “…70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle in the Java Sea…” on February 27, 2012.   Afterward, the heir to the Dutch throne will return to Lech, Austria to be with the rest of the royal family.

Source: Radio Netherlands via RVD

Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco

It was recently announced that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will “…host a men’s fashion reception to launch London Collections: Men in June…” beginning on June 14, 2012.  To read more about this latest news please click here. 

Meanwhile, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is preparing for her upcoming trip to Australia to officially open the exhibition, Grace Kelly: Style Icon, held at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

In today’s edition of the newspaper, Bendigo Advertiser, it was announced that tickets to view exhibition sold out within three hours.  To read more about this latest news please click here.

His Imperial Majesty Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, “The Emperor Must Reduce His Duties”

Per the Mainichi Daily News:

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan called for a reduction in His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito’s official duties following heart bypass surgery last week, as the first in line to the throne marked his 52nd birthday Thursday.

“Considering the Emperor’s age, it is necessary to cut down on his burden,” the eldest son of the 78-year-old Emperor said at a press conference given prior to his birthday.

“I would be more than happy to do anything if I can be of help to him,” the Crown Prince said.

The Crown Prince also said the Emperor had been complaining of slight heart discomfort for some time prior to the surgery, which was conducted Saturday after an angiogram showed a narrowing of two of his three coronary arteries.

On the introduction of an age limit for Japan’s Emperor, who currently remains on the throne for the rest of his life, the Crown Prince declined to comment specifically, only saying, “I think there are various options available” regarding how to reduce the Emperor’s burden.

The Crown Prince also refrained from clarifying his stance on whether female members of the imperial family should be allowed to create their own family branches so they can retain their imperial status after marriage.

Amid concern that the number of imperial family members will continue to decline given the large number of female members and fewer male members, the government is set to hold the first hearing on the matter later this month.

On the upcoming first anniversary of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami disaster, the crown prince said the catastrophe has constantly been on his mind during the past year.

“I feel truly encouraged by the fact that people affected by the disaster are making efforts hand in hand toward reconstruction despite harsh conditions,” he said.

Referring to Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako, whose official duties have continued to be limited as she has been receiving treatment for stress-induced illness, he expressed hope that she will “gradually expand the range of her activities” while making her recovery “the top priority.”

Regarding their only child Her Royal Highness Princess Aiko, the Crown Prince said his daughter now feels secure at school by taking part in a brass band and field trips. She is now attending school without being accompanied by her mother.

On Thursday morning, the Crown Prince visited University of Tokyo Hospital to greet the emperor who is now recuperating from the surgery and undergoing rehabilitation.

 Photo courtesy of Daylife/Reuters

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Charity Gala ‘Monaco Disease Power’

On February 22, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the charity gala, Monaco Disease Power, held at the Yacht Club de Monaco.

The charity “…works in cooperation and a number of institutes for children and adults with mental disabilities.”  Funds raised during yesterday’s event will help in the construction of a new building that would accommodate over twenty individuals from the “…municipality of Annot.” 

Click here to view photos.

Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco