Happy Birthday to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

On March 22, 1956, María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla was born  in Havana, Cuba.

The Grand Duchess’s life has been an interesting one to say the least.  When Maria Teresa was just a wee tot she and her family fled Cuba during the revolution in 1959 and moved to New York City.  In time the family moved to Europe.  After graduating high school the lovely Maria Teresa Mestre enrolled at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where she majored in political science.  It was during her time at university that she met and eventually married the handsome and never aging (a then) Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

On February 14, 1981, the couple married in a beautiful Catholic ceremony at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  Today, the couple have five children, two grand-children, and the people of Luxembourg admire her for her compassion, kindness, and warmth.

Yeah, she’s awesome.  🙂

So, Happy Birthday to the lovely Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg!

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News Program About the Princely Family of Monaco

So, last night I posted a link to a news report/panel discussion about H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock.  Well, here is the same program, C Dans L’air, which airs on the French television network, France 5.  This time the panel discusses the princely family of Monaco.

Click to watch:  Video

Monaco Coat of Arms courtesy of:  Wikipedia

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H.S.H.Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock to Attend the British Royal Wedding?

Well, according to the journalist Simon Perry who writes for the American magazine, People, it is true.  It is totally and utterly true that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his beautiful fiancée, Charlene, will attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011.

Are you not uber-excited?!!!

I am…   🙂  lol

Any way, click the link to read this breaking news and try not to scream too loud with excitement… you’ll frighten your cat if you do:  Story

Photo courtesy of: Day Life by VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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A News Report about H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Fiancee, Charlene Wittstock

Here is a nice fluffy news report from a French television network.  It’s actually not bad; moreover, there are some scenes with the couple that I have never seen before.

Click the link to watch: Les fiancailles d\’Albert de Monaco et Charlène Wittstock 2010

Photo courtesy of: Day Life VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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Mourning in Monaco

For many in Monaco it has been an incredible sad four days with the recent passing of the beloved Princess Antoinette of Monaco this past March 17, 2011.

In this morning’s Nice-Matin, there is an article regarding the death of the princess, what the people of Monaco are feeling as well as information about the final private service for the princess on March 24, 2011:

At 8:30 am, a Mass was held at the Cathedral in the presence of the princely family and relatives of the deceased.  In the square, a heavy silence marked the sadness. Flags at half mast, black silhouettes, faces tight … “It’s all our youth who goes with the princess,” said a couple of Monaco. Many older people are actually coming very soon to make their last farewell. Because obviously, the sister of the late sovereign was a symbol of a whole generation. An end of an era that today causes much nostalgia…

Today and tomorrow between 9am and 19 pm, and Wednesday from 9am to 14pm, Monaco residents can visit the palace. They can pay their last respects to the princess and sign a condolence book before the funeral is to be held on Thursday at 10 am at the Cathedral in Monaco.

To read the article in its entirety as well as to view a photo from Monaco today please click the link: Nice-Matin

Source: Nice-Matin Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Getty Images Europe

 

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock Will Not Attend the 2011 Rose Ball

After the death of H.S.H. Princess Antoinette of Monaco on March 17, 2011, the Palais Princier de Monaco has announced that H.S.H. Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, have decided to not attend this year’s Rose Ball.

The ball will go on which will, as always, raise money for the Princess Grace Foundation.

Source:  stars-actu.com

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Samir Hussein/Getty Images Europe

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T.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan Will Not Attend the British Royal Wedding

On March 18, 2011, the Japanese Imperial Household announced that T.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan will not attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England.

I believe it is quite obvious as to why the Crown Princely couple will not attend.  With the horrific devastation that struck Japan and its people last Friday plus the aftermath, to attend a royal wedding, in my opinion, is not that important at all.

To read more please click the link below.

Source: Telegraph Newspaper Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images AsiaPac

 

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Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands to Attend the British Royal Wedding

On March 18, 2011, the RVD announced that H.R.H. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands will attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011.

Unfortunately, it seems, so far, that Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will not attend.

Finally, the lovely Dutch couple are also expected to announce their acceptance to the upcoming Princely wedding in Monaco on July 1 and 2, 2011.

Source: NOS.nl Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

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H.S.H. Princess Antoinette of Monaco Has Died: UPDATES!

The Palais Princier de Monaco announced this morning that H.S.H. Princess Antoinette of Monaco has died peacefully at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre.  She was 90 years old.

Per the French paper, Paris Match:

Born in 1920, Her Serene Highness Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy was the daughter of Princess Charlotte of Monaco and his Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco, Duke of Valentino. During the hours troubles experienced in Monaco during the Second World War, Antony fell in love with a German officer of the army of occupation. It is his grandfather, Prince Louis II, who put a veto on the union. Rainier’s eldest sister, she was his “first lady” when he ascended the throne in 1949, until his marriage to Grace Kelly.

She had three children, Elizabeth Anne, born in 1947, Louis Christian, born in 1949 and Christine Alix, born in 1951 and died in 1989. All three were born outside marriage, and would father the lawyer and tennis champion Alexander Noghès, Monegasque nationals, whom she married in 1951. Divorced in 1954, Antoinette second wife, Jean-Charles Rey, Monaco notary in 1961. She divorced again in 1973 and married ten years later with the British dancer John Gilpin. It will turn off a heart attack, September 5, 1983, six weeks after the wedding.

Resident of Eze-sur-Mer, France, Antoinette was eighth in order of accession to the throne. ‘She was very involved in animal rights, she chaired, including the Humane Society of Monaco’, said the Palace in a statement.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has ordered that all flags in Monaco are now to be flown at half mast.

May you rest in peace, Princess Antoinette.

***UPDATES!

It was announced late this afternoon in Monaco that the late H.S.H. Princess Antoinette of Monaco funeral services will be held on March 24, 2011, at the Cathedral in Monaco. Per the French newspaper, Nice-Matin:

Following the death of Princess Antoinette last night, the Principality of Monaco and particularly the Government of Monaco and the Royal Household will observe a mourning period of fifteen days will run until April 1. The remains of Princess Antoinette of Monaco has been transferred to the Palace Chapel on Friday which is collected in the late afternoon the royal family and members of the Royal Household.

A final tribute will be made to Princess Antoinette of the population. This, Saturday, March 19, only the staff of Prince’s Palace will visit the chapel.

On Sunday, March 20, a Mass will be celebrated in the presence of the Princely family and close at 8:30. The chapel will be open to Monaco and then to residents on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, from 9h to 19h, and Wednesdays from 9 to 14. The condolence books will be open from Sunday, March 20 in the Courtyard.
On Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10am, the funeral will be held at the Cathedral. Interment will follow in the Chapel of Peace, in strict privacy.

Source:  Paris MatchNice-Matin, and Washington Post

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A Lovely Ladies Lunch With Charlene Wittstock: UPDATE!

Today at the Hotel Metropole in Monte-Carlo the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, attended a charity luncheon cleverly entitled, Ladies Lunch.   Miss Wittstock is the honorary President of this organization so it is her duty to show up looking fabulous as always, and to pretend that she is actually interested in talking with the other old ladies at this event.  I don’t know how she does it, but I give her props for having to spend three hours one hour with bored 50+ year-old women whose husbands are probably having affairs with hot Russian supermodels.

I’m kidding.

Well, only slightly.

Anyway, the Ladies Lunch, founded by Baroness Cécile de Massy in 2004, is actually a great charity organization.  You see, they usually raise a significant amount of money for various organizations such as the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace, charities for the children in Monaco and other “…Monegasque charity associations…” At the end of today’s event the Ladies Lunch raised 28,000 Euros (roughly $39,000+) which will be donated to the Académie de Danse Princesse Grace.

To view lots of photos from today’s charity event please click the link: Photos galore

To watch a long video from the event which includes an interview with the future Princess of Monaco please click the link here. Scroll down until you see the title Ladies Lunch.  Miss Wittstock’s interview begins at the 7:40 mark.

To learn more about Ladies Lunch please click the link:  Ladies Lunch Monte Carlo and The Riviera Woman

Photos courtesy of:  Zimbio.com by Photo Agency

**Update and Correction! I have received a lovely email message from The Ladies Luncheon Monte Carlo board member, Madame Celina Lafuente de LaVotha, who kindly informed me that the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, participated at this event for only one hour.  She also informed me that she was none to pleased with the group photo backdrop, either.

So, thank you Madame de LaVotha for your information and may your next Ladies Lunch charity event be just as successful as today’s.  Oh, and since you asked me a very personal question:  Yes, I am taken.   Happily.    🙂

Again, thank you Madame de LaVotha for you inside information.  I appreciate it very much.   🙂

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H.R.H. Prince William of Wales In Christchurch, New Zealand

After last month’s devastating 6.3 earthquake that left Christchurch, New Zealand in shambles H.R.H. Prince William of Wales toured the city, which he described the damage as “unbelievable” on March 17, 2011.

According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, Prince William met with various rescue workers and toured several quake damaged sites:

Driving through the city streets that had been reduced to rubble by the powerful earthquake, the Prince was visibly shocked by the extent of the destruction.

After stopping off at the Christchurch Cathedral, which has lost its spire and is now surrounded by metal scaffolding, and passing the Grand Chancellor Hotel, the city’s tallest building which is leaning dangerously and will have to be demolished, he told Des Bull, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) engineer: ‘It’s just the scale of it is unbelievable.’

‘When you see buildings like that….that’s very very sad. It really does bring it home to see it leaning like that.’

To read the article in its entirety as well as to watch a video clip please click the link: The Telegraph

Another article and video from the BBC News and ABC News Australia

Photo courtesy of: ABC News Australia by AFP

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