The program, “… follows Prince Charles and his team as they try to save Dumfries House, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.”
Here are two documentaries regarding the French Revolution “… which abolished the absolute monarchy in France…” The first documentary, produced by the History Channel, is simply entitled, The French Revolution. Overall, the program is okay.
The second documentary by the BBC is entitled, Terror Robespierre and the French Revolution. Here is a synopsis:
The watchwords of the French Revolution were liberty, equality and fraternity. Maximilien Robespierre believed in them passionately. He was an idealist and a lover of humanity. But during the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety, the French Republic descended into a bloodbath.
‘The Terror’ only came to end when Robespierre was devoured by the repressive machinery he’d created. This drama-documentary tells the story of the Terror and looks at how Robespierre’s revolutionary idealism so quickly became an excuse for tyranny, and why a lover of liberty was so keen to use the guillotine.
And, finally, here is the documentary I tweeted earlier. Nonetheless, I decided to add it to this post. The program is entitled, Filthy Cities: Revolutionary Paris.
The host, Dan Snow, kindly informs the viewer that in the 18th century inside the famous Château de Versailles it actually smelled like, well, a garbage dump. Apparently, various writers at the time who visited the palace noted, ”… the squalor inside was unspeakable… the corridors acted like public lavatories for courtiers… livestock even defecated in the great gallery…”
If you can stomach watching the program, because it is a tad gross, click here to watch.
… presents a vivid portrait of an age of elegance presided over by a prince of decadence – the infamous Prince Regent himself, a man with legendary appetites for women, food and self-indulgence. Yet this was the same man who would rebuild London, carving out the great thoroughfare of Regent Street and help establish the Regency look as the epitome of British style through his extravagant patronage of art and design.
And, finally, here is a fun and interesting series from the BBC entitled, Filthy Cities: Medieval London, hosted by historian Dan Snow.
Here is the documentary about that infamous short dude who became the emperor of the French entitled, Napoleon’s Rise to Power, hosted by David McCullough.
If you cannot get enough of Napoleon you can also watch the Discovery Channel’s program entitled, Icons of Power: Napoleon Bonaparte.
Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands. (VIDEO)
The Prince and Princess at ‘Hoe Duur Was de Suiker’ performance.
On June 30, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Den Haag to participate in Veteranendag 2012 (Veteran’s Day). The prince was accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte.
According to RVD, Veteranendag is:
… a tribute to the more than 100,000 Dutch veterans-of the second world war to the Mission in Afghanistan-who have deployed in the service of peace. The goal of Veteranendag is to promote recognition and appreciation for the veterans.
In the evening, the prince accompanied Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands to attend a “… theatre performance…” entitled, Hoe Duur Was de Suiker, held at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam.
The performance is based on the historical novel ‘Hoe duur was de Suiker’ by Surinamese author, Ms. Cynthia McLeod. The presentation talks about the role of the Netherlands in historical slavery … which was abolished in the Dutch colonies in 1863.
Thanks to Marianne from the GRMB for finding and posting the link!
Could this be the end of the principality of Liechtenstein? Possibly. “The people of Liechtenstein will go to the polls on Sunday in a nationwide referendum aimed at curtailing the political power of the princely family…” the BBC News reports.
If the referendum passes, which would remove the princes veto power over legislation, Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein vowed to “halt their [privileged] princely duties…” Basically, they’re acting like ballerinas with holes in their tights abandoning their stage (country)!
Confused by all this? Well, click the links below to read several articles.
Source: BBC News
Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend Pique Nique de la Croix Rouge Monégasque. Plus, News Regarding the 2012 Jumping International de Monte-Carlo (VIDEO)
After a brief holiday in Malibu, California for Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco and participating in the RIO+20/United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil for His Serene Highness Prince Albert II the princely couple are finally back home in lovely Monaco.
This afternoon, the sovereign prince and princess participated in the 2012 Pique Nique de la Croix Rouge Monégasque held at the Jardins Princesse Antoinette. The purpose of the event was to meet and mingle with the “… volunteers and staff from the Croix Rouge Monaco who thanked him, the prince, for his hard work throughout the year.”
And, finally, here is a report regarding the 2012 Jumping International de Monte-Carlo at Port Hercule (in French).
Begins at the :58 mark
Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco
Recently, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark visited the Dyreinternatet Tingskoven (it’s an animal shelter) in Tranbjerg. The lovable husband of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II was invited to visit the shelter “… while regent couple are in summer residence at Marselisborg Slot.”
Anyway, the prince consort spent an hour and a half mingling with the staff as well as bonding with various cute dogs, cats, and rabbits during his private tour according to the President of the Dyreinternatet Tingskoven Board of Directors, Lissy Fisker. Afterward, Prince Henrik, again, spent time with the staff drinking cool refreshments and eating yummy foods in “the staff kitchen” before signing the guest book and then heading on home to Marselisborg Slot.
Source and photo courtesy of: Dansk Dyreværn Århus
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Attends the Årsdags Parade. Plus, News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
On June 29, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark attended the 2012 Årsdags Parade at the Royal Life Guards and to present the Dronningens Ur (Queen’s Clock) to the most awesome Danish Royal Life Guard. This year’s recipient was Mr. Henrik Lomholt Klejs. Congrats, dude!
And, finally, it was announced that Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will visit Brazil beginning on September 16-21, 2012. The crown princely couple will visit São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte (aka the Bar Capital of the World) with a “…major Danish business delegation.”
Sources: Kongehuest and BT