Archive | May 24, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Attends a Reception for the Launch of ‘Queen Victoria’s Journals’ (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2012, to attend a reception for the launch of ‘Queen Victoria’s Journals’.  Also, in attendance were Lady Jane Roberts, curator from the Royal Archives Collections and many others.

According to the Press Association, the project, ‘Queen Victoria’s Journals’, consists of:

More than 40,000 pages of the journals kept by Victoria from the age of 13 until just before her death have been made available online. The Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University and online publisher ProQuest scanned the pages – some in Victoria’s own hand and some edited and then transcribed by her daughter Beatrice after her death – for the six-month project, carried out to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

If you would like to visit the site, ‘Queen Victoria’s Journals’, please click here.  Or, you can follow the site on Twitter here.

To watch videos from today’s event as well as to read articles from BBC news and the Telegraph please click the links below.

Source: Press Association and BBC News

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Visits the Wetsus Water Technology in Leeuwarden. (VIDEO)

On May 24, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje visited the Wetsus Water Technology in Leeuwarden alongside the President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, and several other VIPs.

Per the official website for Wetsus:

… after an introduction, the group started an extensive lab tour. Six research topics were highlighted and the prince interacted with the researchers about their project. The prince was informed about the newest developments in water technology.

Research topics included in the tour were: “The Inner Structure of the Water Bridge”, “Recovery of Energy from Separated Urine”, “Improvements for Blue Energy”, “Water Saving in Households”, “Breakthrough in Desalination” and “Water Harvesting from Air”.   

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Sources: RVD and Wetsus.nl

Their Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Second Practice Session at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Plus, Other News.

On May 24, 2012, Their Serene Highness Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the “… second practice session at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix…”  Whilst there they mingled with attendees as well as the security staff.

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And, finally, if you were wondering why Princess Charlene did not attend the charity gala event, Nights in Monaco, apparently the event was a “gentleman’s evening” only according to the Palais Princier de Monaco.  Click here for more information. (scroll down)

Sources: Daylife and People via the Palais Princier de Monaco

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium Visit the Residential Home, Villa Indigo.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were in Evere on May 24, 2012, to visit the residential home, Villa Indigo.

Upon their arrival the royal couple were greeted by the management of the home, met with residents, and staff who then gave the prince and princess a private tour of the home.

According to the official website for the home, Villa Indigo offers “… the parents of severely ill children a place to receive support and assistance, relax, and heal…”

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Sources: La Monarchie Belge and Villa Indigo

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and former President of the United States Bill Clinton Attend the Charity Gala Event, ‘Nights in Monaco’.

On May 23, 2012, at the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II attended the charity gala event entitled, Nights in Monaco. Accompanying the sovereign prince was former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy and her lovely daughter, Melanie-Antoinette.

Guests included actress Diane Kruger and her actor boyfriend from the television show, Dawson’s Creek, Lydia Fenet, Sagine Archer, actress Rose McGowen, billionaires, models, singers, and that guy from the movie Titanic who played Rose’s fiancé.

The purpose of the charity gala was to raise money for the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the William J. Clinton Foundation which “…will be shared equally…” according to Nights in Monaco organizers.

Guests lucky enough to attend the event paid up to $100,000 to chill with the awesome former President and the sovereign prince.  They, the guests, also participated in an auction where they received some pretty cool gifts including a fun-filled day with Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.  Well, actually, not all day, but a nice private tour of the pretty Palais Princier de Monaco:

[where] you and your guest will be bedazzled by the exquisite Grand Appartements de Reception, including the majestic Throne Room, the elegant and charming Salons and much more. You will also visit the Cour d’Honneur (palace courtyard) where their magnificent princely wedding took place and a visit to the Chapelle Palatine.  Your visit will end in the stunning gardens, around the swimming pool, where you will enjoy some refreshments and finger foods with Their Serene Highnesses.

This experience also includes two VIP places at the prestigious ‘International Jumping of Monte-Carlo’, taking place in June 2013…

Other prizes included a trip to crappy Los Angeles, CA (I can say that, by the way, because I live here   :) ),  a citrine and diamond ring from Guli Collections, attend the Formula One “Meet & Greet”, diamonds from Brazilian jewelry designer, Carla Amorim, and much more.

For more information about the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the William J. Clinton Foundation please visit their official websites here and here. 

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Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco and Nights in Monaco press release