Charlene Wittstock’s Father Attacked and Robbed Outside of his Home

On February 4, 2011, Charlene Wittstock’s father, Mike, was attacked, beaten, and robbed in front of his home in Rynfield, South Africa.

According to the South African online newspaper, Look Local.za:

The car, a Mercedes Benz C180, belonged to one of Wittstock’s clients, who loaned it to him to go down to Durban to see his daughter.

Wittstock parked the car in his driveway after 10pm and two men approached him coming from his yard and hit him with an AK47 on his face.

According to WO Jannie van Aswegen, communication officer for Benoni SAPS, this was a planned hijacking as the two men waited for Wittstock inside his yard.  After attacking him the two men forced Wittstock to lie down on the ground.

They took his personal items including his watch, a gold chain, his ring, bank cards and cell phones.  Wittstock sustained a broken nose and facial injuries.

The men are still at large with the car.

I sincerely hope Mr. Wittstock is doing okay today; moreover, I hope they finally found those who did such a horrible and otherwise jackass thing to an elderly man.

Source: Look Local.co.za

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A Commemorative Coin in Honor of the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco

On February 10, 2011, a commemorative coin honoring the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco was released today in Paris, France.

The coin was presented by the famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix at the Monnaie de Paris; Mr. Lacroix also designed this medal which has Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock’s name on it as well as the date of the religious ceremony on it.

It’s a nice looking coin… pointless, but nonetheless nice.  I suppose.

Photo courtesy of: Getty

 

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Charlene Wittstock Discusses the Upcoming Midmar Mile Race and Much More

 

In today’s South African newspaper, Benoni City Times, there is an “exclusive” interview with Miss Charlene Wittstock.  The reporter had a chance to sit down with the future Princess of Monaco to talk about her charity event, the Midmar Mile, visiting her grandmother, and much more.

Besides swimming in the Midmar Mile and hosting her own charity event on Friday February 11, 2011, Miss Wittstock will also:

…go to the Nelson Mandela Photographic Exhibition, in Pietermaritzburg, on the Friday evening ahead of the race.  Wittstock hopes she will also have some time to catch up with her friends in Durban.  ‘I am really looking forward to a braai, seeing my friends and, if possible, even going to a Sharks’ match,’ she said.

Charlene talks about her up-coming wedding and Prince Albert. The wedding is due to take place in Monaco on July 1 and 2. ‘I am very happy about the wedding; Monaco is a beautiful country and I love everything about it,’ she said.

‘Some of the interests that the prince and I share are sports, environmental and humanitarian causes.’  With Monaco being her new home, she confessed that there is a lot that she misses about Benoni.  ‘I miss my relatives, the friendly people and the Bunny Park,’ she said.  Some of the foods she craves while in Europe are Ouma rusks, Mrs Balls chutney.  She also misses what has become the prince’s favourite, Zambuk ointment, for cold blisters and the lips.

Many young women view her wedding as a fairytale and to this Wittstock said: “‘f any woman can find someone who truly loves her and is lucky enough to marry him, then that is a fairytale to me.’

Wittstock will return to South Africa on July 11, as the Princess of Monaco, with her prince, for the International Olympic Committee meeting.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link:  Benoni City Times

Source and photos courtesy of: Look Local.co.za via Clyde Meela


 

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Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine Middleton: Together at Last

No, they are not having an affair, but they did have lunch together on February 9, 2011.

According to the Richard Kay, a reporter from the Daily Mail, Britain’s future Queens dined at a new restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.  Catherine wore her hideous trademark black suede books, beige blazer (another trademark… freaking blazers), black tights, a patterned dress, and a globs of black eyeliner (another trademark.)  While Camilla wore a purple plaid number that made everyone dizzy when they looked at her outfit.  Apparently, Catherine’s sister, Pippa, joined the cuddly lunch along with Camilla’s daughter, Laura.

It is unknown what the group talked about during their time together; however, according to the Daily Mail:

A fellow sitting just two tables away, tells me: ‘All four women were talking away like mad and none of the waiters could get a word in edgeways to serve their lunch.

I heard Camilla saying…  ‘if I can give you one bit of advice…’ Kate was really enjoying the moment.

‘I did hear talk of trumpets and someone said ‘we can’t have trumpets, the ceiling is too high’’, which may have been a reference to Westminster Abbey.’

To read the rest of the article and to view several photos please click the link: Daily Mail

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HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Speaks at the Low Carbon Economy Conference in Brussels, Belgium

You know, I’ve always liked HRH Prince Charles, and this afternoon his speech at the European Parliament regarding the environment and climate change just made me like him even more.

Prince Charles was among a panel of VIPs at the Low Carbon Economy conference in Brussels, Belgium.  During the conference the Prince basically called out those who are skeptics regarding climate change and so forth.  Here is a snippet of what HRH Prince Charles had to say:

‘We have to see that there is a direct relationship between the resilience of Nature’s ecosystems and the resilience of our national economies,’ he told Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), business leaders, and other policy makers.

‘If the fabric of the Earth’s life-support system fragments, as it appears it may be starting to do; if those systems become weak or even collapse—essentially, if Nature’s capital loses its innate resilience—then how long does it take for our economic capital and economic systems to lose their resilience too?’

‘I cannot see how we can possibly maintain the growth of GDP in the long term if we continue to consume our planet as voraciously as we are doing.’

BRAVO!  Now, if only Prince Charles would stop wearing leather and consuming slaughtered innocent animals than I would adore him even more.   🙂

To watch a video of his speech please click the link: Prince Charles

Source: Telegraph Newspaper Photo courtesy of: Day Life by REUTERS/Thierry Roge

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Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde of Savoy adopted two sons from Kenya? Appartently

This is a lovely shock if it’s true.  Apparently, Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde of Savoy adopted two sons from Kenya according to the photo site, Profimedia.cz and TRFs.

Per Profimedia.cz:

For Prince Emanuele Filiberto and Princess Clotilde of Savoy were, in the beginning of January, in Kenya.  Not for [on] holiday, but for adopting two sons from an Italian orphanage.

To view the images of the family please click the link:  Photos

At this time there is not much information other than what Profimedia is reporting, and I hope they are correct because if they wrong… oh boy!

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Charlene Wittstock: Breakfast with the Future Princess of Monaco, A Charity Event: UPDATES

Yesterday, I reported that Miss Charlene Wittstock will be attending a charity event at the St. Johns Diocesan in South Africa.  Well, unfortunately, there is not much new information; however, here is a little news regarding the event.

Miss Wittstock will be hosting the charity event come this Friday February 11, 2011.  As you know all the proceeds, during the breakfast charity event, will be donated to the Special Olympics (she is the patron for the Special Olympics Charity Foundation in Monaco.)  Guests will be entertained by the “…international award wining group, Kwa-Zulu Natal Youth Orchestra.” The event begins at 8:30 am, and if you happen to live in the area, you can buy tickets to the charity breakfast and be in the presence of the future Princess of Monaco.

For more information please click the link: MSN ZA

Finally, as you know by now, Miss Wittstock will participate in the Midmar Mile, at the Midmar Dam in Kwazulu Natal, this weekend.  Apparently, this open water race is a tough one, but I’m sure she can handle it.   Here is what she had to say about the event a couple of months ago:

Taking part in the Midmar Mile will allow me to raise funds for the Special Olympics in South Africa and to support those athletes who really need the financial assistance. Being a former South African, taking part in the mile presents me with the opportunity to give back something to the South African charities.

My background as a swimmer, and current position as a future royal [member of a princely family] definitely presents me with a huge platform to give something back. The Special Olympics athletes are really brave and swimmers with disabilities have always been well supported at the Midmar Mile. I simply cannot wait, and this is a huge undertaking for me and its going to be great to eventually give something back by way of swimming the Mile. (Interview)

Also, Charlene’s dear friend, Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman, will also participate in the race to support Miss Wittstock.  How nice.

Any way, good luck, Miss Wittstock!   🙂

Source: MSN ZA and Super Sport by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN/Gallo Images

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HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in Paris, France

This evening at the luxurious Hotel Crillon, in Paris, France, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco received the Codes Monégasques from Lexis Nexis CEO, Philippe Carillon.

Other attendees at the event were some of Monaco’s legal eagle team including Laurent Anselmi and Michel Roger, the Minister of State in Monaco.

To view more images from the event please click the link below.

Source and photo courtesy of: Day Life by Francois Durand/Getty Images.

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Charlene Wittstock, the Midmar Mile, and A Lovely Charity Event in South Africa

On February 11, 2011, the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, will attend a charity event at the St. Johns Diocesan School PMB, in South Africa, whereupon the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Special Olympics.  This event is also in connection with the Midmar Mile race which she will take part in this weekend (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13th.)

More information about the Midmar Mile as well as the charity event at St. Johns Diocesan is still coming in through the newswire… so stay tuned for more information.

Source:  TriBella House and Midmar Mile

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Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four). A Documentary by the Awesome Historian Dr. David Starkey

Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four) is a brilliant documentary by the awesome, yet dry, Professor David Starkey.

Any way, the series is available via Amazon and Border’s Books, but thankfully you won’t have to pay to watch it since it’s now available on You Tube.

Click the links to watch the entire series: Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart Nine, and Part Ten

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HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium Attends the Vaccination of Homeless Pets At a Railway Station

On February 8, 2011, HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium attended the annual Vaccination for Homeless Pets this afternoon in Brussels, Belgium.  This event is sponsored by the Prince’s foundation, cleverly entitled, The Prince Laurent Foundation.

Meanwhile, many people were confused (and some excited) as to why Peter Griffin from the show, Family Guy, was hanging around the railway station in Brussels.  Soon, they were utterly disappointed when they realized it was only the second son of HM King Albert of Belgium and HM Queen Paola, Prince Laurent.

To view the myriad of photos of Peter, I mean, Prince Laurent of Belgium at the annual Vaccination for Homeless Pets please click the link: Photos

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Invitations to the Princely Wedding in Monaco: Who Will Be Invited? Who Will Turn their Invite Down?

In today’s Riviera Times, there is a slightly interesting article about the upcoming Princely wedding in Monaco.

Like the British royal wedding, there is much speculation as to whom will receive an invitation to the princely wedding come July 1 and 2, 2011 in Monaco.  But, the big question (that the writer decided to ignore) is which ruling monarchs will turn down their invite, and which heir or spare will attend the princely wedding in their place.

Now, I know a lot of people are expecting every major royal house to attend HSH Prince Albert II’s wedding, but to be quite honest, I don’t believe all the monarchs will accept his invitation.  Rather, I believe several heirs and many “spares” will attend.

For example, HM Queen Elizabeth II will not attend.  The Queen will send The Earl and Countess of Wessex to represent her.  HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja of Norway may not attend.  Instead, he will send his heir, HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.  It is highly unlikely that HM Queen Margrethe and HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark will attend; moreover, it is likely that the heir to the Danish throne, Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Crown Princess Mary, will trek to Monaco this summer.  Or, HM Queen Margrethe II will send her second son, HRH Prince Joachim and HRH Princess Marie.

The three monarchs that may say YES to Prince Albert’s invitation HM King Carl Gustav and HM Queen Silvia of Sweden, HM King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium as well as HM Queen Sofia of Spain minus HM King Juan Carlos of Spain.  HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden will attend as well as HRH Crown Prince Philipe and HRH Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands may trek to Monaco along with her son, HRH Prince Willem-Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.  The Grand Ducal family without a doubt will attend.

The princely house of Liechtenstein will attend, again, without a doubt as well as all the non-reigning royal and princely houses throughout Europe.

Anyway, to read the article from the Riviera Times please click the link: Riviera Times Article

Meanwhile, on one of my favorite blogs, Monte-Carlo Daily Photo, the writer and photographer took some photos the other day of the Palais Princier de Monaco being prepped for the upcoming princely wedding.  Click the link to view: Monte Carlo Daily Photo

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