Archive | May 3, 2012

Want to Purchase His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’s 1994 Virage Volante Aston Martin?

It seems that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’s 1994 Virage Volente Aston Martin is about to be auctioned on May 19, 2012 via Bonhams UK.  The car, with a 6.3 liter engine and only 33,960 miles on it, has a “… pre-auction estimated value of $81,000 – $110,00…”  

Now, the car is okay looking, but I would not buy a ’90s Aston Martin.  In my opinion, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage convertible is the way to go.   :)

To learn more about the Prince of Wales’s car please click here.

Click here to view photos.

Source: Bonhams UK and Motor Authority

Random Royal News Regarding the Imperial Family of Japan

On May 3, 2012, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan along with their daughter, Princess Aiko, arrived at the “… JR Nasushiobara Station in the Tochigi Prefecture…” where they will “…spend the latter half of the Golden Week holiday period at the local Nasu Imperial Villa.”  

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And, finally, on Tuesday, May 2, 2012, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Their Imperial Majesties played tennis together for roughly a half an hour.  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko “… teamed up to play doubles against agency staff members…the emperor has also been playing table tennis as part of his rehab exercises.”

Yay!

Sources: Kyodo News and Japan Today

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh Present New Colours at Windsor Castle. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh were at Windsor Castle this afternoon to present new colours to “…the 1st Battalion and No. 7 Company the Coldstream Guards…”

Click the links below to view photos.

Meanwhile, the BBC news is reporting that lovely British National Anthem has been “…rewritten in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.”  The new lyrics were written by Mr. Roger Brooks.

Click here to watch the BBC News video report.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Metro.uk

Random Royal News Regarding His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain held an audience this afternoon at Zarzuela Palace with the President of the Canary Islands, Mr.Paulino Rivero Baute.

Click here to watch a brief news clip. (in Spanish)

Meanwhile, Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias held audiences with representatives from the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra, members of the Red Estatal de Mujeres con Discapacidad (REDM), and representatives from the Siena Group as well as the winners of the Premios Magisterio a los Protagonistas de la Educación.

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Source: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

Royal News Regarding Members of the Belgian Royal Family

On May 3, 2012, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium was in Florennes where he visited the Jean Offenberg military airbase.

According to the Belgian online newspaper, 7Sur7, His Majesty “… attended several briefings as well as a demonstration of the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)…”  He was also informed about the operations in Afghanistan and Libya.

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In Brussels, Her Majesty Queen Paola visited the Kunsthumaniora Brussel to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.  Whilst there the queen toured various classes in session including art education, music, dance and theatre.

And, finally, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde attended a gala dinner organized by the Breast International Group (BIG) in Brussels.  According to the royal court of Belgium, the BIG  organization:

…brings together academic groups who conduct research on breast cancer. It stimulates also the collaboration between its members and other networks around the world, to avoid overlapping in their research activities. The princess has been involved in the fight against breast cancer and to raise awareness for many years..

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Source: La Monarchie Belge

Sheikha Al-Massaya of Qatar Allegedly Purchases Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ for a Record $119.9 Million

According to DPA news agency, Sheikha Al-Massaya of Qatar, the 28-year-old daughter of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, allegedly purchased Edvard Munch’s pastel and crayon drawing known as ‘The Scream’ during last night’s auction at Sotheby’s in New York City.

The bidding started at $40 million and half way through it was “…a dog fight between two phone bidders… The final sale was a record $119.9 million…”  according to CNBC news.

‘The Scream’ is one of four original painting’s by Munch “…created between 1893-1910.”  The others are in museums and a private collection in Norway.

Sources: Dagbladet via DPA and CNBC News

His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy to Marry on October 20, 2012.

It was announced this morning by the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg that His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his lovely fiancée, Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy, will marry on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

The location of the ceremony has yet to be announced, however, there is a 99.9% chance that the newly engaged couple will marry at the beautiful Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City.

Finally, the Luxembourg newspaper, Wort, has released photos of a young Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy which you can view here.

Source and coat of arms courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

‘William & Kate: The First Year’ A Documentary from ITV 1(VIDEO)

Here is the recent ITV1 documentary entitled, William & Kate: The First Year.  The program is, well, okay.  Kind of cheesy at times, but worth viewing.   :)  Click the links below to watch.