Royal Wedding Update: Double Duty for Austria’s No Problem Orchestra

An Austrian band will be quite busy in 2011.  Why?  The orchestra known as No Problem Orchestra will be performing at both the Royal wedding in Britain as well as Princely wedding in Monaco next year.

The eight member world renowned group, consisting of mentally disabled musicians, were asked to play for both weddings and of course they said, YES!  I mean… who wouldn’t, right?

According to the Austrian Times:

The extraordinary band, who have played gigs in the United States and across Europe, gave a private concert to Queen Elizabeth II at Highgrove House in the British county of Gloucestershire eight years ago. Also in 2002, the No Problem Orchestra performed in Monte Carlo for the first time.

The British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011 at Westminister Abbey while the Princely wedding will take place on July 2 and 3 2011.  The venue for the Monaco wedding will be held outside in the Palais du Monaco courtyard.

Source courtesy of the Austrian Times at

Photos courtesy of (Monaco) and  Clarence House/Mario Testino (United Kingdom)

HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco Hands Out Christmas Gifts

On December 14, 2010, HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco handed out various Christmas gifts to the elderly in Cap d’Ail, France.

The princess seemed to be enjoying herself and the people who received these gifts were grateful for the warm gesture by Princess Stephanie.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

HSH Prince Albert of Monaco Visits the Musée D’Anthropologie in Monaco

HSH Prince Albert of Monaco visited the Musée D’Anthropologie in Monaco on December 14, 2010.  The Sovereign Prince was there to view the recent renovations at the museum as well as to view a new display, “…relating the place of man confronted with climate change.”  The Prince also viewed various prehistoric animal bones and other interesting items on display.

In the photo about with Prince Albert is Patrick Simon, the museum’s Prehistoric Anthropology’s director, Yves Coppens, a French anthropologist, and Michel Roger the Minister of State in Monaco.


The Musée D’Anthropologie will reopen its doors on December 15, 2010.  So if you happen to be in the area tomorrow check it out!


Photo courtesy of VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images.

TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia Attend the Patronage of the Foundation Prince of Girona

On December 13, 2010, TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia attended the Patronage of the Foundation Prince of Girona at the El Pardo Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

Crown Felipe gave a speech while Crown Princess Letizia sat and listened… and looked amazing while doing so.

Photos courtesy of

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attend a Show together in Rotterdam, Netherlands

On December 12, 2010, TRH Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Crown Princess Maxima (Messy-ma) went to the theatre in Rotterdam to attend the show The Birthday of King Louis written by Koos Meinderts.  Apparently, the story is about the birthday celebration of King Louis.  Sounds exciting.  No, really it does.

Any way, Crown Princess Maxima continues to look like a mess.  Seriously, could her pants be any tighter?  While Crown Prince Willem-Alexander looks pretty good despite the fact he’s gained about 40 pounds in the past month.




Merry Christmas!

Photos courtesy of Gooddayz Magazine at (photos by Anneke Ruys)

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Attends the Ceremony Decorations at the Red Cross.


On December 12, 2010, HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, attended the ceremony decorations for the Red Cross at the Prince Center Henry Walferdange in Luxembourg.  As the Chairwoman of the Red Cross she also personally congratulated the volunteer blood donors at the Red Cross (if that makes any sense.)

To view more images from this event please visit the official website of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg at

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Prince Albert in Muscat, Oman

On December 13, 2010, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco attended the 2nd Asian Beach Games at Al-Musannah Sports City in Muscat, Oman along with his nephew, Pierre Casiraghi.

Not only did Prince Albert talk to various dignitaries whilst there, he also walked around the media facilities, and attended a various games being played including a Handball match with Pierre (who looks like a robot in the photo below.)  🙂  I’m only kidding.  Well, not really.

Photos courtesy of by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images/AsiaPac.