Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the Amber Lounge Fashion Show in Monaco

On May 27, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his lovely fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, attended the 6th Annual Amber Lounge Fashion Show in Monaco.  The purpose of the event is to raise money for various charities in and outside of Monaco.

To view photos please click the link here.   VIDEO!

Photo courtesy of: Daylife by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: The TF1 Televised Interview

The French television network, TF1, recently sat down with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, for a lengthy interview with the couple.

Entitled Les Confidences d’Albert & Charlene, the interview, which is in both French and English, will air on Saturday May 28, 2011, at 6:45pm on TF1.

For now you can watch a 2:16 clip here. 

Photos courtesy of: Palais.mc

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock: Another Interview

The countdown is on in Monaco when legendary bachelor, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco finally marries his lovely longtime girlfriend, Charlene Wittstock, on July 1 and 2, 2011.

In anticipation of their upcoming nuptials the couple have been quite open with the press these past few months and once again they decided to share with others their love story.

In the upcoming issue of Madame Figaro, the couple (mainly Charlene Wittstock) spoke with French journalist, Stéphane Bern about her relationship with H.S.H. Prince Albert II, competitive swimming, her passion for charity work, her life in South Africa, and much more.

Here is what the future princess had to say:

Marriage Is A Fairytale Come True

Mademoiselle, in what state of mind are you in these days? You only have a few weeks before your wedding with H.S.H. Prince Albert?  Do you ever get the feeling you are living in a fairytale?

It’s a very exciting time for me.  I think any woman who has a chance to be loved by the man she loves is living a fairytale.  Marriage is the realization.

What do you remember when you first met the prince?

I met the prince in 2000, in Monte Carlo, in an international swimming competition which I was participating in the backstroke event.  I had a very brief conversation with him.  He was extremely charming and expressed with a  great passion for both sprout and athletes.  Then in December 2005, a mutual friend introduced again.  And it was then that he invited me to join him to attend the Winter Olympic Games in Turin in 2006.

You recently returned to South Africa where you grew up.  What feelings did you experience when you went back?

I went back twice to South Africa.  Once in July 2010 for the World Cup, which was a great success.  As you know I am proud to be South African and very happy for my country.  then in February 2011 I went back to take part in the Midmar Mile swimming race.  It was the first time I took part in the 1600 meter race.  My former teammates encouraged me to swim the raceme and then I thought I should raise money for the Special Olympics whilst there.  The experience was extremely rewarding to swim alongside athletes with disabilities, they have so much courage.  They showed us that man can for far beyond the limits we assume.  I also had the opportunity to meet members of my family and friend that I had not seen for a long time.  We reminisced about all sorts of things.   My friends and I talked about swimming, competitions, all sorts of things.  Some of them still practice, some are now married and now have children.  Beyond the family and friends reunion it was lovely to rediscover the beautiful African sky.

You found your way into the sport of competitive swimming.  What influence has this been in your personal achievements in life?  What values has sports given you and how has it shaped your character?

I began participating in sports at the age of 8 and it was my dream to compete in the Olympics.  But, to reach that level of competitive swimming I needed discipline and determination without any flaws.  After years of perseverance and endurance, I finally reached my goals.  The competitive spirit, humility, compassion, sportsmanship, and the appreciation are values that are deeply rooted in me and will stay with me for my whole life.

I’ve Always Been Involved in Charitable Work

In a few weeks, you’ll be the Princess Sovereign of Monaco. What role do you intend to play alongside H.S.H. Prince Albert? Will you invest in a charitable and humanitarian work?

I have always been involved in charitable works, even before I met the prince.  These missions will always be part of my life, and I do not wish it otherwise.  It is a real blessing for me to have someone in my life sharing my involvement in humanitarian operations.

You Lived for several years in Monaco.  As a South African athlete as you were so successful acclimate in the principality?  The fact that Monaco is a seaside country did it seduce you?  Have you learned French?

I spent most of my life as an athlete in Durban, where there is little difference in climate between the two countries.  I knew the seasons and adjusting to a new style of life wasn’t that hard.  the prince helped me understand the history and the realities of Monaco, and the population has shown me great kindness and benevolence to my place.  As for the French language, it is probably one of the most beautiful languages in the world.  I understand a bit and I can follow most conversations, but I believe it will take time for me to be perfect at it.

As the future Princess of Monaco you will be observed and admired.  What does fashion mean to you?  What designers appeal to you the most?  Do you like jewelry and which ones?  And the accessories?

Before coming to Monaco, I did not need to know fashion.  I didn’t know a thing about fashion.  Most of the time I wore jeans, T-shirts, and sandals.  I am not a slave to fashion and I wear jewelry for large events.

Who are the people you met who are most pronounced (I think he means who are the most famous people you met)?

I had the great fortune to meet high personalities from South Africa that have touched me deeply including three Nobel Laureates of Peace, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and of course Mr. Nelson Mandela.  I was also impressed by the charisma of former South African president, F. W. de Klerk.  I have met so many whose dedication and service to others… it has affected me so much.

The issue hits newsstands on May 28, 2011 if you are interested in buying it.


Source and photos courtesy of: Madame Figaro

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends the Opening of the ArtZuid: The International Sculpture Route in Amsterdam

On May 26, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the opening of the ArtZuid: The International Sculpture Route Exhibit in Amsterdam.

The event showcases many of the great artists from around the world and their works along trail in the city, “The route is a five minute walk from the Museumplain.”  According to the official website for the event, ArtZuid.nl:

In co-operation with Amsterdam Institutions, include the Stedelijk Museum and the State Academy of Fine Arts, the leading writer and artist Jan Cremer compromise present Cashis’ SCULPTURAL – AROUND THE WORLD. Once again, the stately avenues of Berlage’s Plan Zuid and the parks designed in the 1990s by landscape architect Michael van Gessel Will Be the fifty unique setting for sculptures by Internationally renowned artists. The indication, sculptures Will Be Against a backdrop of the exceptionalism of the Amsterdam School architecture. The route is being extended to include the South Axis.

To view photos please click the links here and here.  To watch a video please click the link here. 

Sources: ArtZuid.nl and Nufoto

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis.nl

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Monaco Princely Wedding: More News and 37 Days Until the Wedding!

On May 25, 2011, the Palais Princier de Monaco officially announced, what many already knew, that Mr. Alain Ducasse will “… organize the official dinner…” for the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco.

According to the Palais Princier de Monaco:

This dinner will be prepared in the kitchens of the Louis XV of the Hôtel de Paris with the support of the staff of the establishments of the Société des Bains de Mer de Monte Carlo

The couple would like this moment to celebrate Mediterranean cuisine, using mainly products from the region, in particular those from the Prince’s estate located at Roc Agel.

Over 450 persons will attend this dinner, which will take place on the terraces of the Opéra Garnier on the 2nd of July.

Congratulations to Mr. Ducasse!   🙂

In case you were wondering, only 37 more days until H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco marries his longtime girlfriend, Miss Charlene Wittstock.  Can you feel the excitement?  I can!!   🙂   I’m looking forward to the wedding on July 1 and 2, 2011.

Source and photo courtesy of:  Palais Princier de Monaco

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H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands to Celebrate Her Birthday With a Few of Her Closest Royal Friends

This past May 17, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands turned the big 4-0, and on her day she spent it with her family.  Well, now it’s time for the mega birthday bash with a few of her closest royal friends.

According to the official website for the Dutch royal family, Het Koninklijk Huis, on May 27, 2011 there will be a lovely birthday concert in her honor:

Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will be celebrating her 40th birthday in a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Besides friends, family, members of foreign royal houses there will also be people there with whom she has worked with the for the past 10 years.

Verjaars ontvangst (birthday reception) of the Princess which include the following members of the Dutch Royal Family are expected:

Her Majesty the Queen
H.R.H. The Prince of Orange and H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau
H.R.H. Prince Constantijn and H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Princess Anne and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme
Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme
Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven
Prince Maurits and Princess of Orange-Nassau Marilène
Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau
Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau
Princess Christina of the Netherlands

Members present reigning Royal and Princely Families are: 
Belgium: H.R.H. Prince Philippe and H.R.H.Princess Mathilde
Denmark: H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary
Luxembourg: H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Norway: H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and H.R.H. Princess Martha Louise

Also present:
Aga Khan IV, Karim al-Hussaynī
Bulgaria: Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Preslav and Princess Miriam of Tirnovo
Greece: H.R.H. Crown Prince Pavlos and H.R.H. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Greece: H.R.H. Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana

The concert is attended by some 700 guests of Princess Maxima and 1200 visitors who have bought a ticket.

Besides the concerts this weekend the Princess will celebrate her birthday privately.

Unfortunately, it seems that T.R.H.s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden will not attend along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie).  Nor will H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock.

Source:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

*Photo of H.R.H. Princess Máxima the Netherlands, given to The Royal Correspondent by and published on this site with permission by: AD Magazine/De MediaVilla.*

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The Future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, on the Cover of Hola! Magazine and Interview

In the upcoming issue of Hola! magazine, the future princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, graces (no pun intended) their cover.  Now, if you are thinking to yourself, “Ummm…  This photo looks very familiar!”

Well, my friends, it is.

The image (shot by famed photographer Ruven Afanador) used on the cover, as well as the images accompanying the article, are the same ones used in the infamous December 2010 issue of Tatler magazine.

Anyway, the nice people at Hola!, (thank you, guys 🙂  ),  promised that this issue won’t disappoint their readers and that there are more interesting stuff coming up about the lovely Charlene.

Here is a snippet from the article:

Dressed in white, the future princess has posed the most emblematic of the strength of the Grimaldi, under all the great celebrations of the princely family in the life of Princess Grace. With exceptional ease she poses in haute couture outfits would be her home and confesses: ‘Sometimes I have to pinch myself to verify that this is my life and I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world with the man of my dreams.’

Very much in love with many things in common with her ​​husband to be, including humanitarian causes, sport and the environment, Charlene recounted in this dramatic story how they met, how they fell in love, their commitment and continuous preparation for future Princess.

Source:  Hola.com  Photos courtesy of:  Hola.com and my scanner.  🙂

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H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg In Wiesbaden, Germany

H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was in Wiesbaden, Germany on May 25, 2011, on business with the L’Université du Luxembourg (University of Luxembourg.)

The purpose of the trip, according to the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg website, was to “… explore the possibilities of ‘social business.”  The purpose for this notion of social business is to:

…solve social problems, like charitable organizations, with the difference that they operate according to economic principles and that their profits are reinvested.

This is the area that the City of Wiesbaden claims a leading role and can already boast of many projects that can be used to generate ideas.  The study tour was organized by the Unit for Sustainable Development at the L’Université du Luxembourg under the direction of Dr. Ariane König, in collaboration with the Grameen Creative Lab, and with the support of the Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg as well as with the Ministry of Economy.

The aim of the operation was to gather ideas for projects to be implemented in Luxembourg.

To view photos please click the link here.

Sources:  Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg and Wiesbadener-kurier.de

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H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Has An Audience at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxemourg

H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg had an audience of very special guests on May 23, 2011 at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg.  Apparently, back in February 2011, the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited a children’s hospital in Luxembourg.  Whilst there she met with various doctors, hospital staff, and patients. During her visit she promised the patients a tour of the Grand Ducal Palace and today she kept her word.

According to the official site for the for the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg, Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg:

After an arrival ceremony of the official delegation from the entrance of the Palace, the Grand Duchess wanted personally welcome her guests in the Hall of Honor. On the agenda, was a visit ‘to the discovery of the Palace’ and explained by the Grand Duchess… During this time the children were very interested in learning more about ‘Life at the Palace’ and they seized the moment to ask many questions to the Grand Duchess.

To view photos please click the link here.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

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Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Visits Flevoland

On May 24, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the Dutch province Flevoland this afternoon; moreover, she had a chance to visit the Center of Nature in Oostvaarders.

According to PPE, the Queen visited the, “…the farmschool of the agricultural university of Dronten and the recreation park Brennels Outside.”  

Yeah, I’m confused; nevertheless, judging from the photos it looks like the queen had a great time.  To view the images from today please click here.  To learn more about the nature center preserve please click the link here.  To watch a video please click here.

Source: PPE Photo courtesy of:  Koninklijkhuis.nl

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Chelsea Flower Show

On May 22, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the Chelsea Flower Show in London, England where his country entered the show for the first time.

The garden was designed by “… Sarah Eberle, the award-winning garden designer, aims to capture not only the architecture of the principality but the mundane side of life that visitors and camera crews rarely see.” 

Apparently, the prince has a passion for gardening and he was excited that Monaco had finally entered the show.  The British newspaper, Telegraph, interviewed Roger Shine, a close friend of the prince, who noted that it was the prince’s idea:

… to show at the Chelsea Flower Show. He has always been passionate about gardens, as his mother was. The gardens at the palace have been part of his life. He felt showing at Chelsea would help people’s perception of Monaco and help them see that it’s about real people getting on with their lives. It’s about the new Monaco, rather than the old. It’s not all fast cars and glitzy yachts.

The Chelsea Flower Show runs through May 28, 2011, and this year the show is sold out, according to various sources; however, you can still view the gardens via the RHS Chelsea Flower Show website here.  

To read more about Monaco’s entry at the show please click the link herehere, here,  and here.

To view photos please click the link here.

Sources:  The TelegraphCity Out Monaco and RHS

Photo courtesy of: Yahoo AP

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Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: Extended ZDF and Das Erste Interview

Both ZDF and Das Erste released a semi-extended interview/slightly different with Miss Charlene Wittstock and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.  To watch please click the links:  ZDF and MDR.de 

To be honest with all of you, the interviews are pretty much the same; however, the ZDF asked a couple of questions that was not aired in my previous report about the couple’s interview (if that makes any freaking sense.)   🙂

Photo courtesy of:  Daylife by Francois Durand/GettyImagesEurope

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Finding Sarah: A New Show About, Sarah, Duchess of York, Who is Still Trying to Find Herself and Whining About It

Le sigh… so several months ago I reported about a new documentary show entitled, Finding Sarah, about Sarah, Duchess of York that will air on Oprah Winfrey’s failing network, OWN.

Well, the previews are already out and my heavens Sarah is a whiney twit.  Apparently, on the show she cries a lot, tells the cameramen to stop filming every two minutes, makes up excuses for her behavior, hugs her daughters, and gets a verbal beat down from Dr. Phil.

Any way, for those who are interested in watching this crapfest the documentary premieres on Sunday June 12, 2011 at 9pm.  Here is a preview… try not to roll your eyes too much: Someone call the Whaambulance! 

There are several discussion forums already talking about this show.  If you want to participate in their conversations I highly recommend these two sites:  TWoP and Other Shows That Suck

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