Archive | June, 2012

‘Prince Charles: The Royal Restoration’ Another Documentary

Okay, here is the last documentary post for the day.   :)  Here is the fantastic program entitled, Prince Charles: The Royal Restoration.

The program, “… follows Prince Charles and his team as they try to save Dumfries House, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.”

Click here to watch the documentary.

‘The French Revolution, The Monarchy, and Maximilien Robespierre’ Two Documentaries.

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…”

EW!

If you can stomach watching the program, because it is a tad gross, click here to watch.

‘Warts and All – Portrait of a Prince’ A Documentary Hosted by Historian, Dr. Lucy Worsley.

Yes, it is documentary Saturday and here is yet another program hosted by historian Dr. Lucy Worsley entitled, Warts and All: Portrait of a Prince.  This BBC Four documentary:

… 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.

Click here to watch the documentary.

And, finally, here is a fun and interesting series from the BBC entitled, Filthy Cities: Medieval London, hosted by historian Dan Snow.

Click here to watch the documentary.

‘Napoleon’s Rise to Power’ A Documentary About that Short French Dude who Had a Giant Ego.

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.

Click here to view photos.

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.

Source: RVD/HKH

The Princes vs. The People: A Showdown in the Principality of Liechtenstein

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)!

Brats.

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.”

Click here to view photos.

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

Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover Becomes Patron of the 17th RGP Régiment du Génie Parachutiste. Plus, News Regarding Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

On Friday, June 29, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover became patron of the 17th RGP Régiment du Génie Parachutiste.  The ceremony took place in Montauban, France.  To read more about the princess’s new patronage please click here (in French).

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile, this evening at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde attended the performance of, Sterrendansgala, according to La Monarchie Belge.  Tonight’s performance was:

…held on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Koninklijke Balleschool Antwerpen (Royal Ballet School of Antwerp).  For 60 years, the school has trained outstanding classical [ballet] dancers from various countries.

Sources: Ouest France and La Monarchie Belge

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend the Closing of the 65th Edition of the Holland Festival. Plus, News Regarding Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover. (VIDEOS)

On June 28, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the closing of the 65th Edition of the Holland Festival held at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  During the concert the prince and princess listened to the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.

According to the official website for the 65th Edition of the Holland Festival the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela played:

… Esteban Benzecry’s Rituales Amerindios and Richard Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie. The three parts in Rituales Amerindios refer to nature gods of the Maya, Inca and Aztecs. Nature also features prominently in Eine Alpensinfonie. Strauss piece portrays a mountain climb, moving from an arduous ascent to a magnificent summit view, followed by thunder, lightning and a perilous descent.

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile at Port Hercule in Monaco, the beautiful Princess Caroline of Hanover attended a “…training session prior to…” the  2012 Jumping International de Monte-Carlo.

Click here to view photos.

Brief news clip about the Jumping International de Monte-Carlo

Sources: RVD, Hollandfestival.nl, and Daylife

Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium. Plus, News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent (aka Peter Griffin) and Princess Claire of Belgium.

BRF

On June 28, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium was in the town of Mol where he visited the Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK-CEN) to celebrate their 60th anniversary.  Whilst there the future king of Belgium participated in various meetings as well as “… visited the Guinevere project.”  No idea what that is.  Sorry.   :)

 

Anyway, after that was over, Prince Philippe bolted on over to the headquarters of  l’Organisation Mondiale des Douanes in Brussels where he participated in “… plenary meeting of the council then presented a gift to the organization who is celebrating their 60th anniversary.”  Cool.

And, finally, according to La Monarchie Belge, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent (aka Peter Griffin) and Princess Claire are scheduled to attend the pre-opening of the exhibition, Libramont Exhibition & Congress Center, in Libramont.

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend the Opening of the Exhibition, ‘Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam’ (VIDEO)

On June 28, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the new exhibition, ‘Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam’, at the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam.

According to the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam and RVD, the exhibition:

… focuses on different perspectives of the story of the first king of Holland. Here you will discover the special legacy of his government’s policies.  On the basis of mini-documentaries, art objects and attributes on the building itself is a picture of the way King Louis Napoleon lived at that time.

The town hall  turned into a Royal Palace on 20 April 1808, when it became the residence of the first King of Holland, 29-year-old Louis Napoleon (1778-1846) of France.

Two years later it served briefly as the palace of his brother, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. This period under French rule was a turning point in the history of the building and indeed the Netherlands as a whole.

If you are interested in viewing the exhibition, ‘Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam’, it opens to the public on June 29, 2012, and ends on September 16, 2012.  For more information please visit the official website for the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam here.

Click here to view photos.

 Sources: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam and RVD

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Attend the Unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial (VIDEOS)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh attended the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park on June 28, 2012.

Also in attendance were Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness the Duke of York, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.

After the unveiling there was a luncheon held at the Royal Air Force Club in London.

Click the links below to watch videos, read articles and view photos from today’s event.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk and BBC News

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Cambodia: Day Two

On June 28, 2012, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan continued his three-day visit to Cambodia.  This afternoon the future emperor visited the famous Angkor Wat Temple along with his delegation and a local guide.

Afterward, Crown Prince Naruhito “… visited a local market in the Siem Reap Province where he spoke with Japanese tourists…” and local vendors selling their products.

Click here to view photos.

Click here to learn more about Angkor Wat Temple.