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

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