The Official Website for the Upcoming Princely Wedding in Monaco is Finally Here: Try to Contain your Enthusiasm

For those of you who were waiting ever so patiently to gaze upon the official website for the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco, well, you are in luck.

Today, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and then scream like a teenager at a Justin Bieber concert because the website is officially up and running complete with H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock’s giant monogram plastered all over the site.

Well… actually it’s only on the left hand side, but whatever.

Any way, the site contains all the important information for you to know.  For example:

  1. The dates for the civil and religious ceremony
  2. Information about Monaco
  3. Details about the Princely wedding
  4. A bio about the Prince and Miss Wittstock (who apparently loves to surf like yours truly… though I have a feeling Charlene sucks at it.)
  5. FAQ
  6. Useful information (like how to get to Monaco and we all know how important that is.)
  7. Contacts
  8. Press room
  9. Lots of pretty pictures

Overall, the site is quite nice looking; moreover, it is nice to see that someone at the Palais Princier de Monaco FINALLY realized the correct title of the wedding.  For some time now, the official tourism website for Monaco, Visit Monaco, and some dude who works at the Palais Princier de Monaco, kept referring the upcoming wedding as a royal wedding.  It’s not.  It’s a princely wedding.  So, congrats to Visit Monaco and the underpaid Palais Princier de Monaco employee dude who finally realized their past mistake.

To view the website in all its glory please click the link:  Mariage Princier Monaco 2011

Photo courtesy of: by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images

A New Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Unveiled Today

This afternoon a new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled at “… the Scottish Parliament…” according to the BBC.  The image, by 24 year old Shaun Murawski, was taken last summer at the Queen’s residence, Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link: Daily Mail

H.I.M. Emperor Akihito Speaks to the People on Japanese Television

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, H.I.M. Emperor Akihito of Japan made a rare appearance on Japanese national television to share his thoughts and concerns about the aftermath of last week’s 9.0 earthquake and destructive tsunami that followed.

According to the BBC News:

TV stations interrupted programming on Wednesday to show the emperor describing the crisis facing the nation as “unprecedented in scale”.

The 77-year-old – deeply respected by many Japanese – said: “I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times.”

To watch Emperor Akihito’s speech via the BBC please click the link: BBC News

Photo courtesy of: by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images AsiaPac

Historian David Starkey and Curator for the Royal Collections, Jennifer Scott, Discuss Royal Portraiture

On March 14, 2011, the official website for the British monarchy published the discussion about royal portraiture on their official You Tube channel.

The speakers are:  The awesome (in my opinion) Historian Dr. David Starkey and Jennifer Scott, curator for the royal collection.

David Starkey, one of Britain’s finest historians joined Royal Collection curator Jennifer Scott to discuss the fascinating subject of royal portraiture from Holbein to Mario Testino.

This event marked the publication of Jennifer Scott’s new book for the Royal Collection, The Royal Portrait: Image and Impact (2010).

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The discussion is roughly over 56 minutes and is, in my opinion, incredibly fascinating.  So, here you go… please click the link to view:  Royal Portraiture

Also, there is a wonderful discussion with David Starkey regarding the monarchy, its history, and other cool stuff.  Again, the series is roughly 52 minutes, and again incredibly interesting.  Click the link to watch:  Dr. David Starkey