Archive | April, 2012

Members of the Dutch Royal Family Celebrate Koninginnedag 2012 in Rhenen and Veenendaal (VIDEOS)

On April 30, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, and other members of the lovely Dutch royal family celebrated Koninginnedag 2012 in the Utrecht province of Rhenen and Veenendaal.

Sadly, His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso did not attend nor did his wife, Princess Mabel.  The prince is still at Wellington Hospital in London where he is in treatment following his accident in Lech, Austria in February 2012.

For more information about Koninginnedag 2012 please click here (in English; more articles to come.)

Click the links below to watch several videos as well as to view photos from today’s event.

Source: RVD

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Loves His Bicycle!

On Sunday, April 29, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco enjoyed his leisurely day off by participating in a “charity bicycle race” to raise money for the Princesse Charlene de Monaco Fondation.

The sovereign prince along with “…thirty high-profile racers cycled from St.Tropez to the principality…”  At this time it is unknown how much money was raised for the Princess Charlene’s personal foundation which helps disadvantaged youths around the world.

Click here to view photos.

Source: Cozycot.com

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Meets Faux Survivalist Bear Grylls (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was at Windsor Castle on Sunday, April 29, 2012, where she met “600 youngsters from the 
the Annual Scouting Review” and faux Survivalist, Bear Grylls.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein Vows to Quit His Princely Duties

According to AFP news, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein and his family vowed to quit their princely duties, “…if Liechtenstein passes a referendum eliminating the prince’s veto, a power enshrined in the constitution.”

Last month the prince stated:

The royal family is not willing to undertake its political responsibilities unless the prince… has the necessary tools at his disposal…  But if the people are no longer open to that, then the royal family will not want to undertake its political responsibilities and will completely withdraw from political life.

Click here to read more from France 24.

Source: AFP News

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco Visits L’Exposition Canine Internationale de Monaco

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco attended L’Exposition Canine Internationale de Monaco held at the Espace Fontevielle in Monaco.

The two-day event, organized by the Societe Canine de Monaco, was also attended by Baroness Elizabeth-Anne de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, and the princess’s brother, Mr. Gareth Wittstock.

According to the newspaper, Monaco Matin, the baroness “resumed” the L’Exposition Canine Internationale de Monaco in honor of her late mother, Princess Antoinette, and her grandmother Princess Charlotte:

My mother was quite passionate about dogs, but unfortunately in recent years she participated less and less for health reason.

 Today, I believe that the event is truly in need of the young. The objective is to revive this event to a high level internationally as it once was…

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Source and old photo courtesy of: Monaco Matin

His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy: The Engagement Press Conference and Reception (VIDEOS)

On April 27, 2012, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and his lovely fiancée, Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy, attended a luncheon held at the Palais Grand-Ducal to celebrate their engagement.   Also in attendance were Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, the Comtesse’s parents, and a host of national dignitaries.

Afterward, the newly engaged couple posed for photographers at Château de Berg as well as spoke to the numerous journalists explaining to them how happy they are.

Yay!   :)

For more information about today’s activities please click here.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Visit Wales: Day Two (VIDEOS)

On April 27, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh continued their visit to Wales as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

During today’s tour Her Majesty and the duke opened the Ynysowen Community Primary School where the queen unveiled a new plaque.  From there the royal couple open the Works General Office and Archives, attended a Thanksgiving service at Christ Church in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and much more.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

Source: Royal.gov.uk

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Back in the Hospital… Again. (VIDEO)

Last evening His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain — the man who loves Elephants — was sent back to San José University Hospital for hip surgery… again.  According to the royal court of Spain, the old king, “… was operated on this evening for a dislocated right hip which he suffered in the afternoon as a result of a wrong movement…”  

Apparently, the old king is “recovering well” and will remain in the hospital until tomorrow.

Click here to watch a video news report. (in Spanish)

Sources: Lavanguardia and RTVE

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Hold Audiences at Zarzuela Palace. Plus, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Goes Back to Work… and Nobody Cares. (VIDEO)

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias held audiences with representatives from DIRCOM, members of the FEDEPE as well as the winners from the XXth Edición de los Premios de Dicha Federación.

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I (the Elephant Killer) of Spain is currently hiding out at his lovely palace in Madrid. But, thankfully he’s not lounging on his luxurious leather sofa, wearing his pajama’s, whilst sucking soup and watching telenovelas. Nope, the old king is back hard at work.

This afternoon at Zarzuela palace His Majesty held an audience  with the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Afterward, the old king met with the director of the Instituto Cervantes, Mr. Víctor García de la Concha.

Source and photo courtesy Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Meet with Soldiers and Attend a Reception (VIDEOS)

On April 26, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in London this afternoon where they attended a reception honoring “…a group of British soldiers who recreated the famous Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole.”

Afterward, the royal couple were at the Imperial War Museum in London where they participated in a reception to “…help launch the Imperial War Museum Foundation’s First World War Galleries: Centenary Campaign…”

Click he links below to watch videos as well as to view a gallery of photos.

Sources: Telegraph and Daylife

Random Royal News Regarding the Beau Sancy Diamond (Owned by H.I.R.H. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia) and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. (VIDEO)

As you may or may not know by now the famous Beau Sancy diamond, currently owned by His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, is about to be sold at auction via Sotheby’s in Geneva next month.  In the video above, Mr. David Bennett discusses the history of the diamond and much more.

Meanwhile, at the Palais Princier de Monaco, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II held a meeting with the President of the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Naser.

And, that’s it.   :)

Source and photo courtesy of: Palais Princier de Monaco

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Visit Wales. Plus, Other News.(VIDEOS)

On April 26, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Wales as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The queen and the duke toured Llandaff Cathedral, visited the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, attended a luncheon held in their honor at the Margam Country Park and much more.

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

And, finally, it was announced that the fantastic channel, PBS, will air two documentaries regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the history of Britain.

Beginning on July 1, 2012, the four-part documentary, Queen and Country, hosted by Mr. Trevor McDonald will air.  Afterward, the series, Michael Wood’s Story of England, will make its début.

Click here for more information from the Daily Variety.

Source: Royal.gov.uk and the Daily Variety

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Visit the World’s Tallest Broadcasting Tower

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Tokyo Sky Tree aka world’s tallest “freestanding broadcasting” tower in Tokyo, Japan on April 26, 2012.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, “The imperial couple viewed the sight of Tokyo on the 450-meter second deck after hearing an explanation about the 634-meter tower.”

The Tokyo Sky Tree will be opened to the public beginning on May 22, 2012.  For more information about this amazing structure please visit the Tokyo Sky Tree’s official website here. (in English)

Click here to view photos.

Click here to watch a short video clip.

Source: Imperial Household Agency via Mainichi Daily News

Photo courtesy of China Daily