TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain Participate in the Opening of the AVE High Speed Line in Madrid

TRH Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain attended the opening of the AVE high speed train in Madrid this morning.

The Crown Princely couple along with dignitaries, which included the Minister for Development, José Blanco, the President of Congress, José Bono, and the President of the Madrid region, Esperanza Aguirre, and the Madrid Mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, listened to speeches whilst at the Madrid station prior to boarding the train.

According to the site, Typically Spanish:

The line is part of the new link to the Levante coast, which will be officially opened as far as Valencia this coming Saturday, when it will be up to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía to make the trip.

Prince Felipe said that high speed trains had ‘given us international prestige, and strengthened the image of the Spain brand in a lasting way’.

Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia also had the chance to visit the control center (the driving thingy) within the high speed train as well as spending time with various attendees at the event.



To read more about this event please visit this link below.


Source: and Photos courtesy of Ministerio de Fomento.

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Who Will Design Catherine Middleton’s Wedding Dress?

That is the big question these days.  Designers from around the world have submitted their sketches to the future Queen of England and they have also submitted their work to WWD.

Here are some ideas from the world’s most famous fashion designers.

Karl Lagerfeld believes she should look like a Victorian princess… high boots and all.  He must be on crack or something because this gown is awful!

Monique Lhuillier believes the gown should be “…a modern mix of the traditional and contemporary.”

For designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for the House of Valentino, they believe Catherine should wear, “…a ‘blossoming’ dress because we imagined her as a new Botticellian Venus.”

For Tom Mora he believes, “…hat there will be so many comparisons to the late Princess Diana that her dress should almost be the opposite of what Diana’s was — modern, simple and very elegant.”

Alberta Ferretti notes, “In Kate I see the natural, radiant and self-confident attitude of today’s girls. For this, I can’t help but think of an embroidered, fluid-silhouette dress in precious fabrics that will help her make an everlasting impression.”

For Frida Giannini for the House of Gucci she notes that, “…the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train.”


Yigal Azrouël wants Catherine too look, “…sophisticated, but also a modern-day wedding gown for a young princess. Its elongated silhouette combined with the lace and draping of the skirt is glamorous and elegant, while the neckline and bodice remain modern.
Kimberly Ovitz really didn’t care about her design nor Catherine.  She just scribbled something on a piece of paper and said, “Modern.”  Put a lot of thought into that, eh Kim?

I think Catherine would look amazing in this gown!!  Hello Kitty Wedding dress FTW!!!

In all seriousness, Catherine Middleton will most likely hire a British designer, and many believe the designer will be Bruce Oldfield from London.

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HSH Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock Attend the Arbre de Noel in Monaco

On December 15, 2010, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco along with his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the Arbre de Noel for the children in Monaco.  Also in attendance, of course, was HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

The Arbre de Noel event is a tradition in the tiny principality, and the first time Miss Wittstock participated in the Christmas tree gift giving event.  After a quick photo-op in the courtyard of Palais du Monaco the guests were ushered inside to receive their gifts from the Princely family.   The guests cheered and screamed as Santa Claus entered the room, and the guests were more than happy to receive their presents.

After, the guests spoke with the Princely family and ate yummy food.  Again, many photos were taken and it seems that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Photos courtesy of VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images), and REUTERS/Eric Gaillard at

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The movie A King’s Speech Nominated for Seven Golden Globe Awards

Well, the award season is officially upon us and to kick start the season off are the Golden Globes.

Early this morning, and I mean freaking early this morning, the announcements were made in Hollywood, CA.  Leading the pack was the movie A King’s Speech about HM King George VI speech impediment and the man who helped him overcome his disability (if that is the right word to use.)

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

The film was nominated for Best Film (Drama).

The cast was also nominated and they are:

Colin Firth nominated for Best Actor in a Drama.




Helena Bonham Carter nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Geoffrey Rush nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Tom Hooper nominated for Best Director (Drama)

David Seidler nominated for Best Original Screenplay (Drama)

Best Original Score (Drama)

The Golden Globes Awards ceremony will be held on January 1, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  Ricky Gervais will host.

If you haven’t seen this film… SEE IT! The film is absolutely amazing, and if you live in Los Angeles see this film at the Arclight.  Why?  Because it is the best movie house to see a flick.

Here is the UK trailer for the film, A King’s Speech:


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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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Happy Belated Birthday Crown Princess Masako of Japan

Crown Princess Masako of Japan turned 47 years old this past December 9, 2010.  The little seen Crown Princess of Japan spent the day with her family at the Imperial Palace in Japan.

The life of Japan’s Crown Princess is a sad one.  Ever since she married the awesome Crown Prince Naurhito the once vibrant and outspoken Masako has become a shadow of her former self. Apparently, she suffers from depression as well as anxiety attacks.

To see her smiling and out and about is a real treat for royal watchers.  I sincerely hope she gets well soon.

Photos courtesy of AP Photo/Kyodo News and AP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno via

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