Royally Mad: A New Show From BBC America (I Pray It Won’t Be Royally Embarrassing for the Cast)

With less than one month until the big day in lovely London, England royal wedding fever is almost at its peak around the world.  As a result the television network, BBC America, decided to develop a program about uber-fanatical royal watchers from the United States and their royal fantasy adventures in England entitled, Royally Mad hosted by, Cat Deeley (you know… that lady who hosts the crapfest of a show on the FOX network called, So You Think You Can Dance on American TV.)

Here is the breakdown about this new reality show:

From an air steward to a wedding planner, the finalists come from all over the U.S. and include two life-long friends who live on opposite sides of the country and haven’t seen one another in 10 years. The one thing they ALL have in common – they ADORE the Royal Family. BBC AMERICA’s Royally Mad will give them the chance of a lifetime: to visit places associated with the Royal Family and the Royal Wedding and meet some of the people who know Kate and William and who are involved in the upcoming nuptials. Press


Look, I’ll be very blunt here: After watching the “Meet the Cast” clips on BBC America’s website, I have to admit that… I … um… well… cringed.

Seriously.

Now, I am sure the people on the show like Allison, Holly, Rich, Karen, and some other lady whose name escapes me at the moment are really lovely people, but I don’t know.   Judging the “Meet the Cast” clips alone… something tells me this show is going to embarrass the hell out of these lovely people three years from now. Honestly, I hope the editors and producers of this show will refrain from making fun of these ardent royal watchers.  I’m hoping for the best so… let’s see what happens when the show finally premieres on April 12, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT.

To watch the “Meet the Cast” clips please click the link:  Meet the Cast of Royally Embarrassed, err, Royally Mad!

I know I am going to receive a hellva lot of angry mail from TRC readers for expressing thoughts about the “Meet the Cast” clips from the show Royally Mad aka Royally Embarrassed/A Royally Stupid Idea For a Reality Show but Hey We At BBC America Are Desperate to Milk the Crap Out of the Upcoming British Royal Wedding Because Our Ratings Suck On Our Network, but whatever.  I can take it.   🙂

OH!  One more thing:  If you haven’t heard by now BBC America will broadcast the royal wedding live and commercial-free on April 29, 2011.

Sources: Variety and BBC America (source and photo courtesy of)

 

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H.R.H. Prince Harry (Henry) of Wales Freezing His Cojones Off in the Arctic For a Good Cause

So, H.R.H. Prince Harry of Wales is currently hanging out in the Arctic with some amazing and admirable men.   Who are these men and why is Prince Harry in the Arctic you may ask?  Well, the red-headed and not always bright prince decided to part-take in an “…expedition to the North Pole…” with a group of wounded soldiers known as the Walking With the Wounded.

According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph:

The 26-year-old royal attended a briefing after he was greeted by the team from Walking With The Wounded, and heard about his training for the next three days. He is expected to play a full part in the final preparations for the expedition, including sleeping out on the ice and dragging a 100kg sled.

On Friday the prince will fly out to the start point of the 200-mile trek. Asked if he was ready for the challenge, he said: ‘Not as ready as these guys are, but I’m just here to give them as much support as possible. I haven’t had as much time to train.’

He added, jokingly: ‘But today, to their huge amusement, they’re going to see me on a pair of, whatever they’re called, skis, this afternoon.  So it should be entertaining for all of us.’

The prince is patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity which aims to raise £2 million from the unaided trek to help other injured servicemen and women find work, peace of mind and security.

During the briefing in Longyearbyen on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, team leader Inge Solheim said polar bears are known to be in the area. One had been chased away from the town just two days ago.

The team will today ski for seven and a half miles (12kms) pulling sleds known as pulks, weighing around 220lbs (100kg). Mr Solheim told the team: ‘It’s going to be around -25C today, so it’s quite mild and good, nothing like we’re going to get in the polar ocean. Hopefully out there we’ll get -35C to -40C with good stable high pressure.’

Harry winced as he heard the extreme temperatures. ‘It’s a little bit cold but the sun’s been quite nice” he said, during a break in the afternoon’s skiing. To be honest with you, I’ve got two working legs and two working arms – although it doesn’t feel like they are working.’

Basically, Prince Harry is doing this arduous and dangerous trek  for a good cause.  So, well done, Harry!   Good luck and don’t make a fool out of yourself whilst in the Arctic there, bud.

To read the rest of the article and to watch a video of Prince Harry in the Arctic please click the link:  The Telegraph

To view photos please click the link:  Photos galore

Source: The Telegraph Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe

Upcoming Royal Events for April 2011

Now that the month of March is almost over, I thought I would give you, the lovely readers of TRC, a brief look as to what royal events will happen during the month of April.  To say that the upcoming month is a big one is an understatement.     🙂

Also, I made a small list of the upcoming royal and princely weddings beginning with that small and otherwise unknown marriage ceremony between some dude named Prince William and his fiancée, Catherine Middleton.

Upcoming Royal Events in April.

April 4-6

Monaco:

H.S.H Prince Albert II and Charlene Visit Ireland (Dublin and Galway)

April 5-6

Norway:

State Visit from Lithuania

April 12-14

Norway:

H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit Visit Ghana

April 12-15

Netherlands:

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince W-A and Crown Princess Maxima Visit Germany (Berlin, NWF, and Sachsen)

April 14

Denmark:

Danish Royal Twins Christening (Copenhagen)

April 29

England:

The Royal Wedding

H.R.H. Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton

April 30

Sweden:

King Carl XVI Gustaf’s birthday

 

Upcoming Royal and Princely Weddings:

April 29

England:

H.R.H. Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton

June 18

Germany (SWB):

HH Princess Natalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein- Berleburg and Mr. Alexander Johannsmann

Italy:

Lady Matilde Borromeo and H.S.H. Prince Antonius zu Furstenberg

July 1 and 2

Monaco:

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

August 27

Germany (Potsdam):

H.I.R.H. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and H.S.H. Princess Sophie von Isenberg

 


H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock to Visit Ireland

It was announced this afternoon that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, will visit the lovely country of Ireland starting on April 4 – 6, 2011.

The couple will visit Dublin and Galway to “…mark the 50th anniversary of the visit (to Ireland) of his late parents, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III and H.S.H. Princess Grace.” (The Journal.ie)

According to the Irish newspaper, Drogheda Independent:

Officials said the programme for the visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco and will underline the potential for future co-operation in the areas of business, the environment, research, education, tourism and culture.

President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese will formally welcome Prince Albert to Ireland and will host a state dinner in his honour.

He will also have meetings with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Environment Minister Phil Hogan, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Gerry Breen.

During his time in Ireland, the Prince will visit Trinity College in Dublin, tour the redeveloped Docklands area in the city, and the Irish Marine Institute in Oranmore, County Galway.

He will also inaugurate an exhibition in honour of the late Princess Grace at Farmleigh House, where he will host a reception to highlight Irish literature and art.

Prince Albert will be accompanied by a delegation from the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development during certain events.

More information is coming through the newswire so stay tuned.

Source: DFA.ie,  Drogheda-Independent.ieIndependent.ie, and The Journal.ie Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Pool/Getty Images Europe

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands in Vietnam

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands are currently in Vietnam for an official visit.  The couple’s schedule is a hectic yet interesting one. The purpose of the visit, according to the official website for the Dutch royal house:

The visit is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, with emphasis on economic cooperation. Vietnam is an emerging market in a dynamic region, where opportunities for the Netherlands. In the trade mission are the water, delta technology, agro technology, maritime, oil and gas and transportation and logistics center.

Their first stop will be Hanoi where they will meet with various business men, local dignitaries, and of course the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet.  Discussions will be about economics, agriculture, and much more.  Then the couple will travel to Ho Chi Minh City.  The visit will end on March 31, 2011.

To watch a video of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima’s arrival please click the link: News clip

To view photos please click the link:  Photos galore, more, and more.

For more information about the visit to Vietnam and to see photos as well as to read the speech by H.R.H. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands please click the link: Het Koninklijk Huis

Source and Photo courtesy of: Het Koninklijk Huis by ANP Photo: Robin Utrecht.

Weekly Video News and Activities With All Your Favorite Royals

Once again here is the royal weekly wrap-up from the Dutch program, Blauw Bloed.  In this segment the series covers the Monaco Rose Ball, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, H.R.H. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Laurentein of the Netherlands, Princess Marilene and Prince Maurits of the Netherlands, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and finally a special segment about Crown Princess Maxima.  The latter segment is pretty good and includes interviews with the Princess that I have never seen before.

So click the link where it says 10 Jaar Maxima in Nederland and enjoy!  To watch previous Blauw Bloed programs please click this link: videos

Also, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima are currently in Vietnam for an official state visit which begins tomorrow, March 28 and ends on March 31, 2011.  The royal couple will visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  More information about this official visit will be posted tomorrow so please stay tuned.  🙂

 

Another Royal Couple to Attend the British Royal Wedding

The Belgian royal court recently announced that Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium will attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011.

So, here is the list of royals who have confirmed their attendance thus far:

  1. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock
  2. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and H.R.H. Prince Henrik of Denmark
  3. Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway
  4. Ex-King Constantine and Ex-Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  5. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
  6. Sheikha Mozah of Qatar
  7. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Catherine of Serbia
  8. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

Source: SkyNet.be Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin

H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco: Her Last Interview and A French Documentary About Her Life

On June 22, 1982, the American television program, 20/20, interviewed H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco two and a half months before her death on September 14, 1982.

This in-depth interview with journalist Pierre Salinger is quite interesting to say the least.  The late Princess discussed her life in Monaco, her family, the United States, her friends, her movie career, and much, much more.

So, if you have never seen this interview please click these links and enjoy:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five, and Part Six.

And, finally here is the French documentary, Grace Kelly: Princess of Monaco. Click the links to watch:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart Eleven, and Part Twelve

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in Athens, Greece

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was in Greece yesterday to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the arrival of troops of the Crown of Aragon to the Duchy of Athens.

According to Casa de su Majestad el Rey (the official website for the Spanish royal house), Her Majesty Queen Sofia had a full schedule in front of her on day One:

 

In the morning, Her Majesty visited the Acropolis along with Miguel Fuertes, and the director of the Institute Cervantes, Carmen Caffarel, Toured the Proplylaea, the latest restoration of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.
In the afternoon, Her Majesty accompanied by the director of the Cervantes Institute, and Institute director Cervantes in Athens, Eusebi Ayensa, chaired the opening of the exhibition ‘A Sea of Laws’ in the Institute headquarters of the Greek capital, Athens.
This exhibition, organized with the European Institute Mediterranean, reflecting on the formation of the cultural legacies in the Mediterranean, showing that beyond the violence, others forms of interaction between the peoples have left a long legacy more peaceful and lasting as in the case of imprint of the Catalan legal tradition in navigation and trade.  The exhibition comprises of books, documents, and items from the 14th to the 16th centuries that reflect the cultural and diplomatic relations between Spain and Greece during this period.
To watch a video of Her Majesty Queen Sofia at the Acropolis please click the link:  RTVE.es To view photos please click the link here and here.
Source: Casareal.es Photo courtesy of: Hola.com and Noticias.terra.es

Matilde Borromeo and H.S.H. Antonius zu Fürstenberg on holiday in St. Moritz

Since their announcement of their engagement interest in Countess Matilde Borromeo and her fiancé, H.S.H Prince Antonius zu Fürstenberg, has peaked for many royal watchers.

With that being said, the couple are currently featured in this month’s Italian Vanity Fair magazine whereupon the press found the couple on holiday in St. Moritz, Switzerland. There is a semi-lengthy article, in Italian obviously, with many photos so click the link to view and read:  Vanity Fair

H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg in Turkey

Recently, as in today,  H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg was in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.  The reason why he was there:  To discuss trade and economics with various politicians from Turkey.

According to the Luxembourg government’s official website:

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke and the Minister Jeannot Krecke also had a working meeting with Minister of State in charge of Foreign Trade, Mehmet Zafer. The two sides stressed the great potential that exists in developing economic and trade relations between the two countries. While criticizing the stalled negotiations with his country’s accession to the European Union, the Minister Zafer praised Luxembourg’s support for his candidacy.

During the interview with the finance minister, Mehmet Simsek, the excellent political relations between Luxembourg and Turkey have been highlighted. It is therefore necessary to ensure that entrepreneurs of both countries meet more often. Jeannot Krecke regretted that insufficient attention has expressed a Luxembourg industrial world for this mission. According to Minister Simsek, Istanbul has the ambition to become a regional financial center, and in this context, the Luxembourg financial center can serve as a model.

To learn more about this trip as well as to see photos please click the links: Article One and Article Two

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

The Funeral for the Late H.S.H Princess Antoinette of Monaco

On March 24, 2011, at 10am inside the Cathédrale de Monaco, the funeral for the late H.S.H. Princess Antoinette took place.  The entire Princely family of Monaco was there including the de Massy family as well as friends and dignitaries of Monaco.

The Roman Catholic funeral service, led by Monsignor Bernard Barsi, was a lovely one and the speech by H.S.H. Princess Antoinette’s granddaughter, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, was touching.  A lovely tribute to her late grandmother.

After the service, at 12pm, the family travelled to the Chapelle de la Paix (Chapel of Peace) where H.S.H. Princess Antoinette’s private burial was held.

There are many photos from the funeral service as well as a video; however, I do not feel comfortable posting photos of a grief-stricken family.  With that being said, if you would like to see the images from today please click the links: Paris MatchZimbio.com ,  DayLife,  and a Video

Source: Nice-Matin

A Post for A Legend

RIP, Ms. Taylor.  😦

For those of you who live in Los Angeles, CA, LACMA is having an exhibit entitled Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: Photographs by Firooz Zahedi.

In 1976 Elizabeth Taylor visited Iran for the first and only time. Accompanying her was Firooz Zahedi, today a successful Hollywood photographer but then a recent art school graduate just learning his craft. Iran provided an exotic and engaging locale for Taylor, a tireless global wanderer still at the height of her fame. For Zahedi, who had left Iran as a child, this was a reintroduction to his own country, which he experienced not only through the camera lens but through Taylor’s eyes. It was a remarkable journey for both as documented by Zahedi’s vivid photographs, shown together here for the first time. The pair traveled to the main tourist sites: ancient Persepolis, where the Tent City erected in 1971 for the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire was still standing, Shiraz home of poetry and wine, and Isfahan renowned for its beautiful tile-clad buildings.

The exhibit runs through June 12, 2011… you shouldn’t miss it.

For more information please visit the website for LACMA