A New Article About Charlene Wittstock: The Future Princess of Monaco

In the recent edition of the French magazine, Paris Match, there is an interesting yet very sugary article about the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock.  Most of the article contains information that many royal watchers are already familiar with.  For others, the opposite is the case.

Here is what the Paris Match article has to say:

On Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8:00 am. in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa the Midmar Mile, the biggest competition of open water swimming in the world, has begun. The rounded shape lake is located in the hollow of green hills. Under the VIP tent is Charlene, in shorts and t-shirt, talking to her parents and brother. Her friends, all former swimming champions are also there. They are Germany’s Franziska van Almsick, with whom Charlene met three years earlier at a party in Monaco, Roland Schoeman, a South African who said he was delighted be invited to the wedding, Lewis Gordon Pugh, and Terence Parkin, who won the silver medal in Sydney despite his deafness.

At 9 am Charlene dives into the calm waters. The long journey across the lake begins. The five friends swim in perfect harmony. Less than thirty minutes later, they reached the finish. Charlene tells her friend Penny Heyns that, ‘Terence kept making me laugh and I drank the cup!’ The young woman is in her element. After the race, Charlene had  promised return next year, hopefully, with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Last June, when Wayne Riddin, the former Director of the South African team, visits Monaco, her asked Charlene to participate in the Midmar Mile.  She immediately accepted. Ten days before the race begins, Charlene takes the opportunity to see her friends and family at a BBQ.

As president of the Special Olympics in Monaco, it will be opportunity for her to raise funds for the mentally nod physically disabled.  For first time in her own country, Charlene will practice one of the roles as the future Princess of Monaco.   She is proud.

Those who know Charlene well say that since her five years in Monaco she is still the same down to earth person.  They only thing that has changed is her confidence, “Charlene has matured’ says a close friend. ‘Despite her new position, she has remained herself, humble, graceful and spontaneous,’ says another friend.

Two days before the race, Charlene is cheerful.  Dressed in jeans and a high ethnic origin (?) she arrives at an event whereupon she gives Midmar Mile a check for 60,000 Euros, “Charlene has make us the largest donation ever received,’ says Wayne Riddin, facing the congregation. ‘The future Princess of Monaco is a special person who gives its time for a group of special people,’ he said.

Then Charlene embraces all the friends who are present.  After the dinner, Charlene goes from table to table to chat with people. With Penny Heyns, who was her roommate at numerous swimming events abroad her time with Charlene evokes memories that make her laugh. ‘Charlene is always so funny… she has a great sense of humor,” says Penny. ‘She has a beautiful soul,’ adds Graham Hill, Charlene’s former coach in Durban, South Africa for seven years. His reputation as the best coach in the country had grown Charlene to join his training from the age of 16. With good reason. It helped to be among the five best swimmers in the world after the Sydney Olympics 2000.

Excited, the man with craggy face recalls ‘the fairy tale’ that he saw his protegé. He was present when Prince Albert II had invited Charlene to dinner in 2001 during the swimming event “Mare Nostrum” in Monaco. ‘When Wayne and I have willingly Riddin given our consent to this escapade night ever we imagine that this event would lead to a princely marriage, then she who dedicated his life to swimming! He added: ‘Charlene has a mind of steel that will certainly serve her in the future as the Princess of Monaco. I am not worried for her. She has a strong personality. She was always the leader of her group of swimmers, always sincere and honest. She was true, too.’

Since 2010, Charlene is a member of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the great man who has long guided his thoughts and actions, and she had done knowledge in London in January 2005, during a dinner in a restaurant. This Friday, February 11, 2011, she is the guest of honor at the photo exhibition “Intimate Moments With Nelson Mandela.” Despite the rather unglamorous, a shopping mall along the highway, Charlene adorned with a gorgeous black dress. Gesture symbolic image in honor of his mentor. Then She slipped away long before midnight. The next day, 1.6 kilometer race begins. In Monaco, she has trained with her coach, Serbian Branislav Ivkovic, who she had worked with in 2007 to prepare for the Beijing Olympics; however, a shoulder injury had prevented her selection to the South African Olympic team.

Without doubt this journey to the land of her childhood, the last before her marriage in July, it was necessary for Charlene. Now it has accomplished, not only for the connection between the two countries through her charity work, but for unity.

There is more to the article so please click the link to read it in its entirety.

Source courtesy of: Paris Match

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Chelsy Davy and Pippa Middleton Attend a Charity Event in London

Fresh from her short visit to New York City, HRH Prince Harry of Wales’s on again, off again, on again, off again girlfriend, Chelsy Davy along with Catherine Middleton’s sister, Pippa, enjoyed a night on the town last night.

According to the Swedish magazine, Svensk Damtidning, the two woman were at the “Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade” charity event at Club Public in London with their friends.  The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, is speculating that the two were, “Plotting a hen party for Pippa’s sister, Catherine Middleton.”

Yeah, right.

Any way, other attendees at the charity event included Princess Beatrice looking a hot mess as usual, Princess Eugenie, Holly Branson, and a pathetic looking and otherwise desperate of a woman, Sarah Ferguson.

To read and see more photos from last night’s charity event please click the link: Daily Mail

Source and photos courtesy of: Daily Mail and  Svensk Damtidning by IBL


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A Televised Interview With Miss Charlene Wittstock, The Future Princess of Monaco

While in South Africa, these past few weeks, Charlene Wittstock sat down with journalist Derek Watts from the news program, Carte Blanche.

In a special two-part interview Miss Wittstock discusses her life in Monaco, how she met HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, her swimming career, and much more.

Overall, she did a great job.  Charlene looked completely relaxed and calm, and essentially came off as being a nice person.

To watch the two-part interview with Charlene please click the link: Carte Blanche

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Lovely New Photos and An Interview With Charlene Wittstock in South Africa: UPDATES

As you know, Miss Charlene Wittstock, the future Princess of Monaco, has been in South Africa for the past week and a half to raise money for the Special Olympics by participating in the Midmar Dam race.

Whilst in her homeland, Miss Wittstock gave an interview to the South African magazine, YOU, whereupon she discussed her life in Monaco, her family, and her swimming career.

Anyway, there are some new photos of her (wearing a 1940s inspired dress with her hair in a lovely chignon) prior to her interview with YOU magazine.   Click the link to view: Charlene Wittstock

Here’s a snippet from the interview with Talk Radio 702 and a short summary from Channel 24, South Africa:

She also admitted that in the beginning, it was very difficult for her to adapt to Monaco’s culture, food and people, especially since she is a vegetarian (glad to her she doesn’t eat slaughter animals.)

On asking her what she busies herself with in Monaco, she said that she has always been involved with charity work, long before she met “the prince”, as she calls him.

According to Wittstock, she will still do humanitarian work after her wedding.

Charity organisations

A normal day for Wittstock consists of getting a cup of coffee first thing, checking e-mails, studying a thick file which deals with protocol and preparing herself for the upcoming ceremony.

She says she’s presently learning a lot about protocol, they regularly travel to other countries and she also learns what the prince keeps himself busy with.

In the evenings, Wittstock keeps herself busy by spending time at charity organisations.

Wittstock didn’t want to confirm whether she and Prince Albert will be attending the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but she did, however, say that they would send a representative to attend on their behalf if they were not able to make it to the ceremony.


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The Investiture of The Prince of Wales At Caernarfon Castle: A Video

For those of you who have never seen the historic televised investiture of Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in Caernarfon, Wales on July 1, 1969… well now you can.

Click the link to watch:  Video

To learn more about the investiture please click the link to the official site of The Prince of Wales: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

Also, here is the first interview with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales in 1969:  Video

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A Happy Birthday to HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein: He’s 66 Years Old Today

On February 14, 1945, HSH Prince Johannes (Hans) Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein was born in Zurich, Switzerland to HSH Prince Francis Joseph II  and HSH Princess Georgine “Gina” Norberte Johanna Franziska Antonie Marie Raphaela von Wilczek.

Besides speaking four languages fluently, the dashing Prince is highly educated.  In 1969, he graduated from the University of St. Gellen in Switzerland with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics.

In 1967, HSH The Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam married Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.  The couple eventually had  four children, and today they are proud grandparents of fourteen.

On November 13, 1989,  Hans-Adam II ascended to the throne and became the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein.    With a head for business, HSH Prince Hans-Adam is the wealthiest ruler in Europe having amassed a personal fortune over 12.1 billion US dollars (9 billion Euros.)

In 2009, HSH Prince Hans-Adam published a book entitled, The State in the Third Millennium, whereupon he discusses the issue of:

...the centrality of democracy in the modern nation-state and makes the case for limited government: ‘[The United States and Europe] have to free the state from all the unnecessary tasks and burdens with which it has been loaded during the last hundred years, which have distracted it from its two main tasks: maintenance of the rule of law and foreign policy.’ Using the examples of China and Russia to illustrate the difficulty of transitioning from dictatorships to democracy, he asserts the primacy of establishing economic freedom. Finally, he speaks to the importance of America maintaining its preeminent role in world affairs. (Hoover Institution, Stanford University)

I haven’t read the book, but after watching a lengthy interview with the Prince I must say that I am intrigued with his thesis.  To watch the interview with HSH Prince Hans-Adam please click the link:  An Interview with HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Any way, Happy 66th Birthday to Prince Hans-Adam.  You’re awesome!

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A Photo Archive of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg: PHOTO UPDATES

This morning, in Luxembourg, the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg released some lovely photos of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary.

Some of the photos I have never seen before so it is quite a treat.  Please click the link to view: Photos

Another set of rare photos from RTL.lu: Photos

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Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Thirty years ago today on February 14, 1981, a young and dashing fairytale Prince named HRH Hereditary Prince Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg married the beautiful María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla at the gothic Norte Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  Several years prior, the young couple met at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.    Both Henri and Maria Teresa were studying Political Science and somehow they met (I suppose they had the same classes, but who knows.)  In any event, the young couple soon fell in love and decided to marry.  According to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, “The more time we spent together it was more clear to us that we would spend our lives together.”

The soon to be Grand Duchess of Luxembourg wore a silk and fur-trimmed gown custom designed by Pierre Balmain.  Her simple yet lovely tiara was a handed down gift from the late Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg and is known as the Congo Diamond Tiara.

The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri, recently spoke with, Télécran, whereupon he recalls his wedding day:

This day I will always remember as the day that was such great joy. I will not conceal that I was a little excited about the enormous appeal, which had found our wedding in the media. At that moment, but in which my fiancee walked into the cathedral, any nervousness was gone, and I knew that we would now be forever by two for the tasks that would put life and my function to us to overcome together . This moment is one of my best memories.

Practically all members of the major royal  and princely houses attended the wedding including HM Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Olav of Norway, TSHs Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein,  all of the Belgian royal family, and many more.

Today the couple have five children and two grand children.  Moreover, the couple are still head over heels in love with each other.

So, Happy 30th wedding anniversary to the awesome Grand Ducal couple of Luxembourg!

To watch the enthronement of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg please click the link: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

To watch a video clip of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa prepping for Luxembourg’s National Day please click the link:  National Day, 2010

To read more about the couple’s anniversary please click the link:  Wort.lu

Source:  Wort.lu

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Ugly Tiaras: A Hot Mess on Various Royal and Princely Heads

You know, I’ve been thinking… there are many tiaras out there that so many royal watchers go gaga over, yet no one ever dares to say that some tiaras are downright fugly.

So, with that being said, I thought I would post the world’s ugliest tiaras.  Of course, it’s all subjective, but whatever, again, it’s a slow news day.   🙂

Carina Axelsson

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Now, this is a new tiara on the royal and princely scene and I have to be blunt here:  It’s fugly.  No, really it is. It looks cheap like a prom tiara from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21.  I’m going to take a wild guess here, but clearly Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Carina’s permanent boyfriend) was on a budget when he purchased this hot mess of a tiara.  Clearly, the diamonds cannot be real.  Up close they look like Cubic Zirconiums.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, Miss Axelsson is not exactly a princess.  However, she does live in a beautiful and massive castle in Germany with her goofy boyfriend, and his father isn’t — allegedly — all that fond of her.  But, hey, she allegedly redecorated her boyfriend’s castle and allegedly added a capitalistic coffeehouse on site which brings in money so…

FAIL.

HRH Princess Mabel of the Netherlands

Ah, Mabel.  Mabel, Mabel, Mabel.  Your sense of style is a legendary hot mess and your bridal tiara is one too.  The tiara is too boring and cheap looking (though it probably cost a pretty Dutch penny.)   The tiara looks like knives sticking out of her head.

Hate it.

HM Queen Margrethe of Denmark

Gurl… oh no.  Just no.  That infamous Poppy tiara is just one big FAIL.

Hate it!

Princess Astrid of Norway

Le sigh.  It looks like a Burger King tiara made out of gold paper with chewed green, red and white Gummi Bear goo.

No.  Just no.

Fugly.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

I can honestly say that it pains me to put Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg on this list.  Why?  Because I believe she is an awesome woman; however, this tiara is just a one big… No.  It’s too large.  Too ghastly.  Sorry.

Princess Anna of Bavaria

Honestly, I am on the fence about this tiara.  It’s okay, but not brilliant.

HRH I Forget Her Name of Savoy

This tiara is simply too BIG.  Too ostentatious.  Blech!

A kind note to HRH I Forget Your Name of Savoy… if your tiara is ten times bigger than your head… trash it, honey.  You look like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race in a cheaply made Aluminum tiara.

Hate it.

The Hesse Star Tiara

You know, I don’t hate this tiara… I just think it’s too… large.  Kind of tacky like a Miss Universe faux-tiara.

Princess Astrid of Norway: Part Deux

Poor Princess Astrid of Norway.  She is in the unfortunate position whereupon she is given all the crappy tiaras and this weird winged thing sticking out of her head isn’t exactly flattering on her.  It looks like evil hell horns.

Yeah, it’s fugly.

HRH Crown Princess Mary Grey Weird Thingy Tiara

I know I am going to receive a lot of hate mail from readers for adding HRH Crown Princess Mary’s Winter Feather thingy tiara to the list, but in my opinion this tiara is just… blah.  Hate it.

Sorry folks.

Fugly.

HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit and the Amethyst Tiara

Sorry, but this Amethyst tiara looks cheap to me.  It looks like a David’s Bridal tiara or a cheap-o plastic tiara purchased from the 99 Cent store in Reseda, CA.

Fugly.

HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden and the Aquamarine Tiara

You know I’m on the fence about this tiara.  It’s simple yet boring.  And, cheap looking at the same time.  It’s not horrid, just… blah.

Hate it.

So there you have it.  The Royal Correspondent’s First Annual Fuglist Tiaras 2011.

Happy Valentines Day.

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Charlene Wittstock Swims the Midmar Mile Race Today

On February 12, 2011, the soon-to-be Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, swam the 38th aQuelle Midmar Mile Race this morning in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

This there were over 15,000 entries in the race including Miss Wittstock and her friends, Olympic swimming medalists Riaan Schoeman and Franzisca van Almsick.  The purpose of the entering the Midmar race, for Miss Wittstock, is to raise money for the Special Olympics as well as to have fun with her friends.  This is also the first time Miss Wittstock has participated in the Midmar open water race, and hopefully after she is married it won’t be her last.  She did it for a great cause, and that’s pretty cool in my book.

Any way, Miss Wittstock look happy and fit (though a random few scream otherwise.  In my opinion, she look fine.  Basically she doesn’t look like a fat chick trying to stuff herself into a too small bathing suit.)

Video of the race and Charlene talking, swimming and other stuff: Video

To view many photos from the Midmar Race please click the link: Zimbio.com

Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Michelly Rall/Getty Images Europe

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HIM Emperor Akihito of Japan: Diagnosed with Arteriosclerosis

It was announced today February 11, 2011, via the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, that HIM Emperor Akihito of Japan has been diagnosed with Arteriosclerosis.  Currently, the 77 year old Emperor will be “… under medication…” and will continue to carry out his duties as well as activities as usual.

According to the Mainichi Daily News:

The stiffening of the arteries was discovered during a medical check using contrast agent on his artery leading to the heart at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the agency said.

The Emperor will stay the night at the hospital and return to the Imperial Palace on Saturday, according to the agency.

‘The Emperor can continue his official duties and exercise such as tennis and walking’, said Ichiro Kanazawa, imperial household medical supervisor. ‘I asked the emperor to let his personal doctor know immediately if he feels any kinds of symptoms such as pain in the chest,’ Kanazawa said.

It’s good to hear that he will continue his duties as Emperor of Japan, but at the same time I hope he takes it easy for a while.

If any new information shall come through the news wire I will definitely post it for all of you.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

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Charlene Wittstock Attends the ‘Nelson Mandela Intimate Moments Exhibition’ in South Africa

Well, it certainly has been quite a busy day for the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock.  Earlier in the day, she hosted a charity event at the St. John’s Diocesan School whereupon she opened the school’s new swimming pool as well as raised money for the Special Olympics South African chapter.

This evening, February 11, 2011, Miss Wittstock attended an exhibit by Kerry Muldoun entitled, Nelson Mandela Intimate Moments Exhibition, at the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

With her hair slicked back in a tight bun, Miss Wittstock wore a black jumpsuit with a gold-embroidered belt, and black flats.

To view more photos of the event please click the link:  Zimbio.com

Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Michelly Rall/Getty Images Europe

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Charlene Wittstock Attends Her Charity Breakfast in South Africa

On February 11, 2011, the future Princess of Monaco hosted a charity breakfast this morning at the St. John’s Diocesan School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Funds raised during this event were donated to the Special Olympics in South Africa (Charlene is the patron for the Special Olympics, Monaco chapter.)  During the breakfast guests listened to speeches and Miss Wittstock officially opened the St. Diocesan School swimming pool (she basically cut a ribbon.)  She also unveiled a plaque with her name on it.

All in all, it was for a good cause… raising $2,300 for the Special Olympics.

Tomorrow, Miss Wittstock will participate in the Midmar Mile race and by all accounts she seems to be ready.  Click to watch a video of her speaking about the upcoming swim race: Interview) with Charlene Wittstock

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

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com

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