A Lovely Article About the Late H.R.H. Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i

On April 13, 2011, writer Deborah O. Melvin wrote a nice article for the Big Island Weekly newspaper entitled,”The Shattered Vase, A Hula Drama”, about the late H.R.H. Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i and the new hula dance, The Shattered Vase by Kumu Paul Neves.

According to Ms. Melvin the new hula by Mr. Neves, “…focuses on the princess’adult life, her uncle King Kalakaua’s death, her aunt, Queen Lili’uokalani’s imprisonment in ‘Iolani Palace, and her trip from schooling in England to Washington, D.C.”

Please click the link here to read article in its entirety.   🙂

Photo courtesy of: Big Island Weekly

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends an Art Exhibit in Honor of Her Ten Years as Princess. Oh! And, She’s Turning the Big 4-0 on May 17, 2011.

In less than ten days, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, will turn 40 years old; moreover, next year — February 2, 2012 —  the vivacious princess will celebrate ten years as a princess.

So, in honor of her upcoming ten-year mark as well as her birthday an exhibit opened at the stunning Het Loo Palace this afternoon highlighting Princess Maxima’s life.  According to PPE the exhibit, “… highlights the position of the Princess in the Royal family, her various social functions and her fashion style.”  Attendees included Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with — you guessed it — Princess Maxima.  H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange was not present.  He’s in Greenland at the invitation of the World Wildlife Fund.  

To view photos from today’s event please click the links here and here.   To watch a video please click the links here and  here. 

Finally, several weeks ago I reported about the upcoming documentary entitled, Máxima: Portrait of a Princess, that will air on May 16, 2011, and I just wanted to remind my awesome readers from the Netherlands to not miss this program.  It sounds as if it will be an interesting one.

So, yeah, watch it if you can.   🙂

Source: PPE  Photo courtesy of:  Daylife by Mark Renders/Getty Images Europe

The Monaco Princely Wedding: New Information

For the past several months there were rumors swirling around South Africa and Monaco that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, will have a “second” wedding in Durban, South Africa.

Well, those rumors are true.

According to the Times Live newspaper, the princely couple will indeed celebrate their nuptials for a second time.  The event will be held at the “… Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks on July 7, 2011…” just five days after their lavish civil as well as religious ceremony in Monaco.

Wayne Coetser, a spokesperson for the Oyster Box Hotel, recently spoke to Times Live journalist, Brett Horner, whereupon he noted:

‘It’s a lavish affair, with a menu that will feature some South African delicacies,’ said Coetser, adding that only the best champagne would be served to complement the bespoke menu by executive chef Kevin Joseph.  ‘We’re keeping everything under wraps, but I can say it will be a luxurious affair…’

However, the celebrations will not include another religious ceremony; rather, the couple opted to invite 200 of their dearest friends for a mega food fest.  There are also speculations that the new princely couple will honeymoon somewhere in Africa… Kenya perhaps.

Finally, it is still unknown if the two-day civil and religious ceremony, that will take place on July 1 and 2, 2011, will be broadcasted by the major cable networks in the United States (i.e. CNN, MSNBC, etc.)  Nonetheless, as I previously reported those who subscribe to TV5 Monde may be able to view the wedding on their television sets in the United States. Also, France2 will stream the wedding online (only to those living in France) along with Monaco Info de Ligne.  For those living in Germany, the wedding will be available to watch via ZDF.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link here.  To learn more about the Oyster Box Hotel please click the link here. 

Source: Times Live  Photo courtesy of:  Zimbio.com by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe