Here is the segment from the great documentary series, that all avid royal watchers should have in their personal library, A Royal Family: The Father-In-Law of Europe. Within the series is a section dedicated to the history of the Greek royal family.
Recently, Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme gave an interview to the French newspaper, La Montagne, where he discussed his life and everything else under the sun. Here is a short translated snippet from the article:
The Orleanists consider him to be the heir to the French throne. Prince Jean of France refuses to give up his right to exercise his “responsibilities” as part of the his royal linage. The prince will also host a conference at Avrilly Castle in the coming days.
L’Allier, because of its history, is more accustomed to the house of Bourbon, at the house of Orleans, who sees you as the heir to the throne of France. Do your two families maintain good relations?
Yes, of course, they are excellent (laughs). You know, the Bourbons and the Orleans family ties. Henry IV is especially because he is our common ancestor. I am also know a little Allier.
Your family history has it weighed heavily on you and in your education growing up?
Of course! I was raised in that memory. But, my mother also had the presence of mind to ensure that her children are in direct contact with the world today. She has prepared us to live in our time. So I can say I had a “normal” life when I was young. Also, had to fend alone in my journey as a student, then in my career. In particular, I served in the banking sector. Today, I manage the family forest, bordering south of the Ardennes, an area of 2,500 hectares. I also created my brand, “Prince Jean”, which offers for sale, online, clothes, dishes, crystal, or the tables.
The full interview will be available in tomorrow’s edition of La Montagne.
Finally, it was recently announced that the Duke will attend the princely wedding, on July 1 and 2, in Monaco alongside his wife, the Duchess of Vendôme.
Per the French magazine, Premiere, here is the television schedule for the upcoming princely wedding in Monaco. Click here to read.
For those who do not speak French here is a translation:
French TV channels will broadcast the wedding ceremony live! The festivities will start Friday 1st July 2011 at 17h with the civil wedding of Prince Albert II, 52, and Charlene, 33, in the Throne Room of the Palace.
The next day, Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 17h still, the Archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Bernard Barsi, will conduct their religious union in the courtyard of the Palais.
TF1 will offer a special program on Saturday, July 2 live Monaco from 16h to 19h45. Your hosts will be Jean-Claude Narcy, Sandrine Quétier, Jean-Pierre Foucault, Nikos Aliagas and Denis Brogniart. Claire Chazal offer year a wrap-up edition at 13h and JT LCI Will broadcast another special edition at 16h.
For its part, France 2 will be live from the Palais Square in Monaco on July 2. Three for hours, from 3:45 pm to 6:45 pm, Marie Drucker and Stephen Bern will host a special program with special reporters in Monaco. Together, they will have journalist and writer Jean Cars, and the journalist Philippe Harouard as special guests.
Also, thanks to a special relationship with the Prince Albert, Stéphane Bern, France 2’s lead host, will have an exclusive interview with the royal couple. Bern will also introduce viewers to the behind the scenes and preparations for this event. Finally, Mr. Bern was commissioned by Prince Albert to organize a special exhibit about the marriage entitled ‘The History of the Royal Wedding’. The exhibition will be held at the Musee Oceanographic in Monaco from July to November 2011.
Finally, the second official website for the princely wedding is now available online. The site is a fantastic source of information for those planning on visiting Monaco prior to and during the wedding. For example, there are sections about shopping, restaurants, local culture, hotels, the schedule for the princely nuptials including information about the Jean Michel Jarre as well as Eagles concerts and much more. Please click here to view.