Charlene Wittstock to Return to South Africa

The South African online newspaper, IOL News, is reporting that Miss Charlene Wittstock will return to South Africa next week to spend time with her family, friends, and to compete in a swimming race, the Midmar Mile.

According to the report, the Midmar Mile is the:

…largest open water swim event in the world and is famed for ambience and camaraderie. Wittstock said she had met Midmar race director Wayne Riddin when he was in Monaco and then started thinking about swimming a race at a social level but also to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

Miss Wittstock also noted that even though she is not in “…Olympic condition…” she is looking forward to the race.

Well, good luck to her and others participating in the race.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link: IOL News

Source: IOL News

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HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Attend a Soccer Match in Monaco

On January 30, 2011, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco along with his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock attended the French League One soccer match at the Louis II Stadium in, where else, Monaco.

Looking as if they were freezing their okoles off, the couple cheered on Team Monaco against their opponent, Team Marseille. Not sure who won the game at this time, but when I find out I am sure you will be more than happy, no?

Also, I have to say this because, well, I just do.  That thick coat Miss Wittstock is wearing… yeah… um… it’s not doing her any favors if you know what I mean.

There.  I said it.    🙂

To view more photos from tonight’s event please click the link below.   🙂

Source and Photos courtesy of: Day Life by REUTERS/Eric Gaillard.

***Credit given to Bystander, from Royal Dish, for finding this information and photos first!  Merci!

Happy Birthday to HRH Prince Felipe of Asturias!

On January 30, 1968 Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia was born to HM King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

Born in Madrid, Spain he is the only son to King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and heir to the Spanish throne.  Prince Felipe has two sisters, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina.  After he graduated from Lakefield College in Ontario, Canada the Prince was accepted to the Autonomous University.  From there he earned his Master of Science at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.    Prince Felipe is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Catalan.

On May 22, 2004, he married the beautiful Spanish newscaster, Letizia Ortiz in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena inMadrid, Spain. Today the couple have two daughters, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofia.

 

 

 

 

It is unknown how the Prince will celebrate his day, but I have no doubt in my mind he ill spend part of it with his family and friends.

So, happy birthday Prince Felipe!   🙂

The online Spanish newspaper, Diez Minutos, has a photo special in honor of Prince Felipe’s birthday, so please click the link to view: diezminutos.es

 

Source: Everywhere.  Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in the Bobsleigh Monaco Historic Race: Um, WHY?!

On January 28, 2011, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco along with several of his oh so close and important friends participated in the 3rd Annual Bobsleigh Monaco Historic Race in St. Moritz.  Now, I’m not sure why this race has the word “historic” within the title… I mean, it’s only been going on now… for what? Three years now?

Hardly historic.

Any who, Mr. Monaco decided to dress up in his sexy Bobsledding uniform (though I have to say… it was a bit on the snug side), and take part in the race — again — with his friends in his fancy Bobsleigh (notice the Grimaldi Coat of Arms on the Bobsleigh.  Jealous? I know you are.  I’m kidding.)

Why he is participating in this race… I have no idea.

Yes, I know he was apart of the Monaco Olympic Bobsleigh Team in his younger years… I suppose he still thinks he has “it.”  That he can still compete with the best of the local best. Either that or he’s missing his carefree days as a slightly balding Olympian whereupon slightly hot chicks with teased Eighties hair would throw themselves at him.

It should be noted, that the Monaco Olympic Bobsleigh Team, when Prince Albert was apart of it, never won a medal.  Nor, were they ever that good.

Heck, the Jamaican Bobsleigh team won more medals in Bobsledding than the Monaco team, and Monaco is a hop, skip, and a jump from the Alps.   🙂

So there you have it.  Prince Albert II of Monaco re-lives his youth as a non-medal winning Olympian in Bobsledding.  Oh yeah, Charlene Wittstock was no where to be found.

To view more photos please visit: Day Life and UK.Eurosport.Yahoo.com

Source and Photos courtesy of: Canada.com by Bonny Makarewicz and UK.Eurosport.Yahoo.com by REUTERS/Denis Balibouse,

King Kamehameha IV’s Cape Returns to Kaua’i

This is actually an old yet very interesting article that I read via the Garden Island newspaper months ago.

Anyway, I thought I would share it with all of you since I highly doubt anyone reads this awesome local newspaper from Kaua’i.

Click the link to read the article: The Garden Island newspaper

Photo courtesy of Christine Faye, curator from the Kauai Museum

The Grimaldi Forum Exhibit: The Magnificence and Grandeur of Royal Houses in Europe

This summer the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco will host a special exhibit honoring the many royal houses in Europe.

Per the official website for Monaco:

This summer the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco largest and most versatile event space will showcase three centuries of historic European monarchies with The Magnificence and Grandeur of Royal Houses in Europe exhibition. From July 11 through September 11, 2011, this one-of-a-kind event will provide visitors with a unique glimpse into the imperial homes of Europe’s most powerful and respected leaders and couples.

Never before seen as a collection, more than 600 artifacts will be on display within 2,500 square meters, providing a true ‘tour of Europe,’ which will allow visitors to explore the lives, roles and passions of personalities and couples who have marked the history of their dynasties and their countries.

Royal houses represented include Denmark, Spain, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and much much more.

To read more about this exhibit and the other royal houses, past and present, represented in this exhibit please click the link: Visit Monaco

So, if you happen to live in the area or will be visiting the South of France and/or Monaco check out the exhibit if you can.

Source: Visit Monaco

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Attend the Sainte-Dévote Festivities at the Cathedral of Monaco

On January 27, 2011, HSH Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended mass at the Cathedral of Monaco this mid-morning in celebration of Sainte-Dévote.

The couple, along with hundreds participants, were celebrating the patron saint of Monaco and of the Grimaldi family.  Following the mass there was a procession to the Palais Princier de Monaco whereupon the Archbishop blesses the Palais for luck, love, and harmony.

During the blessing, HSH Prince Albert II and Charlene made a balcony appearance whereupon they prayed, waved to the crowds, and of course smiled.

More information about the Sainte-Dévote festivities are coming in through the news wire so stay tuned for hourly updates.

To view more photos from today’s activities please click the link: Zimbio.com

Photos courtesy of: Day Life by Christian Alminana/Getty Images, REUTERS/Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier, VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Princely Family of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Attend the Celebration of the Festival of Sainte-Dévote

Well, it certainly has been quite busy for the Princely family of Monaco and for Miss Charlene Wittstock these past few days, and for royal watchers it has been a treat.

This evening, January 26, 2011, HSH Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline, and Miss Charlene Wittstock attended the celebration of the Festival of Sainte-Dévote, the patron saint of the Princely Family of Monaco, the Monégasques, and the Diocese of Monaco. Sainte-Dévote is also the patron saint of the island of Corsica.

Here is the story/legend of Sainte-Dévote:

Tradition holds that she was a Corsican woman born around 283 AD at Mariana. A young virgin, she had decided to devote herself fully to the service of God. By order of the prefect Barbarus, she was imprisoned and tortured for her faith. She was martyred at Mariana by being stoned to death.

After her death, the governor of the province ordered for her body to be burnt to prevent its veneration. However, it was saved from the flames by Christians. Her body was placed on a boat bound for Africa. Gratianus (Graziano), the boat’s pilot; Benedict (Benenato), a priest; and Apollinaris, his deacon; believed it would receive proper Christian burial there. However, a storm overtook the boat and a dove flew out from the mouth of the saint. The dove guided the boat to present-day Les Gaumates, today part of the Principality of Monaco, where a chapel dedicated to Saint George already stood.

Her body was discovered by fishermen. In her honor a chapel was built, which stands in Monaco still. Traditionally, flowers are said to bloom before their season on January 27, the saint’s feast day.

Today, the Princely family of Monaco along with the Monégasques and members of the Diocese of Monaco take part in a torchlight ceremony in front of the Sainte-Dévote church.  A boat is placed in front of the church whereupon the Princely family along with the attendees set the boat ablaze and celebrate.

Pretty cool.

Anyway, this was the first time Charlene Wittstock participated in this sacred event, and by all accounts she seemed to have enjoyed herself.

 

Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II of Monaco:A Night at the Circus

So, in a previous post I mentioned that today, January 25, 2011, is Miss Charlene Wittstock’s birthday.  She’s 33 years old.

Any who, Charlene spent the day with family, friends, and Prince Albert.  Later on in the evening, Charlene attended the 35th Annual International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo, Monaco alongside her fiancé, Prince Albert, and HSH Princess Stephanie and her family.

It must have been a great day for the future Princess of Monaco because she was glowing… and I must say… she looks a tad different.  I cannot put my finger on it, but Charlene looks different.

Photo courtesy of: Day Life

Happy Birthday to Charlene Wittstock: The Future Princess of Monaco

On January 25, 2011, Miss Charlene Wittstock will celebrate her 33rd birthday.

Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa the 5’11” blonde would become a swimming star in her native homeland. According to the Palais Princier de Monaco, Charlene, “…developed a passion for swimming at a very early age. In 1996, at 18, she won the South African Championship.”

The dedicated and competitive Miss Wittstock was chosen to be apart of the South African Olympic swimming team. Overall, the South African swimming team came in fifth place.  Individually, Miss Wittstock never won an Olympic gold medal.  However, at the 2000 Marenostrum International Swim Meet in Monaco she did win gold and she gained the attention of one Prince Albert II who was, “…presiding over the international competition.”

Soon, the 5’11” blonde and the Sovereign Prince of Monaco soon began to date.

Seriously.

Six years later she made her first official appearance alongside the Prince at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.  Soon, the couple were attached at the hip… seen together constantly from official events such as the Monaco Red Cross Ball, the Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco Film Festival, and the Swedish royal wedding.

On June 23, 2010, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco announced to the world that he had asked Charlene to marry him.  Of course she said, yes, then he placed a massive diamond ring on her finger and official engagement photos were taken.

It is unknown how Miss Wittstock will spend the day (though she will attend the 35th Annual International Circus Festival in the evening), but what ever she does I am sure she will have a fabulous day with her family, friends, and her fiancé.

So there you have it!  Happy Birthday, Charlene!   🙂

Here are some facts about Charlene Wittstock per the Palais Princier de Monaco

  • Growing up in Africa heightened her awareness of problems linked to childhood.
  • Ms. Wittstock gave swimming lessons to underprivileged children throughout her career.
  • She has frequently accompanied His Serene Highness on his travels to support charitable works.
  • Since 2009, she has been Honorary President of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo.
  • Since 2010, she has been associated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
  • She regularly participates in fund raising events for charities such as Amfar.
  • Surfing is one of her favourite sports as well as hiking up mountains.
  • Reading biographies and ethnic poetry from South Africa
  • Contemporary art

Nice photos of the couple for you to gaze upon:

Here is an interview with Miss Wittstock and Prince Albert.  Click the link to view: You Tube

Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com

HIRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and HSH Princess Sophie von Isenburg: New Engagement Photos

Well, I have to say that I am happy for this lovely couple.   Anyway, the German magazine, Gala, has a new article about Prince Georg and Princess Sophie along with two new engagement photos.  Information contained within the article is nothing really new for the seasoned royal watcher; however, I am sure there are some who are unfamiliar with the couple so the article from Gala is a decent CliffNotes version about Prince Georg and Princess Sophie.

Here is a translation:

Germany, along with England and Monaco, in 2011 will have it’s own magnificent and important Royal Wedding. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the 34-year-old leader of the House of Hohenzollern announced, on Friday (January 21, 2011) his engagement to Sophie Prinzessin von Isenburg. The announcement was made through the official web site of the House of Hohenzollern.

The wedding between the Prince and Princess, who have known each other since childhood, will take place later this year and s expected to take place in Potsdam. The House and is currently celebrating 950th anniversary. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie currently work as business managers. Funny coincidence: While he was training in Freiberg, Germany, she was studying in Freiburg.

The 32-year-old Sophie was born in Frankfurt, the daughter of Franz Alexander, Prince of Isenburg and Christine, Countess of Saurma. She has two brothers – Crown Prince Alexander and Prince Victor – and two sisters, Princess Catherine, who is married to Martin, Archduke of Austria and a son of ex-Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita, and Princess Isabel, a Prince of Wied married.

A potential problem, the young head of the House of Hohenzollern so out of the way: The fact that he married a noble-bred, there is no discussion will be about its position in the House of Hohenzollern. Two older brothers of his father, Louis Ferdinand, Jr could be unethical because of a wedding no successors.A second issue that has not been clarified to the public: Sophie von Isenburg comes from a Catholic family, the Prussian Hohenzollern are traditionally Protestant.

Source: Gala Magazine Photo courtesy of Picture Alliance for Gala Magazine.

HRH Princess Letizia of Asturias Attends the Ballet with her Sister: Now With Video

So, as you know by now, the lovely Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the ballet with her sister, Telma, last evening.

Anyway, in case you haven’t seen the video from last night, well, here you go: Hola.com

Source: Hola.com

****Credit MUST be given to Clara from Royal Dish for finding the video first.  So, Gracias!!!   🙂

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Attends the 150th Anniversary of the Japan-Germany Amity Treaty

This afternoon, January 24, 2011, Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito attended the 150th anniversary of the Amity Treaty between Germany and Japan, “The treaty was signed to establish diplomatic and commercial relations between the two countries.”

During the celebrations Crown Prince Naruhito gave a speech as well as hosted a reception at the National Art Center in Tokyo.  Attendees included German Culture Minster Bernd Neumann and the German Ambassador to Japan, Volker Stanzel.  Unfortunately, Crown Princess Masako was, once again, absent.  Then again, royal watchers never see her unless it’s a balcony appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Such a shame.

To view more images from this event please click the link: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Source and photos courtesy of: Day Life by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images