Zara and Mike: Married

On July 30,2011, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall finally tied the knot at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The bride wore a custom designed gown by London-based designer, Stewart Parvin and the simple Meander Tiara loaned to her by Zara’s mother, The Princess Royal (Princess Anne.)

Click the links below to watch video clips as well as to view photos:

To learn more about the designer of Zara’s wedding gown please click the link here.

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA

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The British Royal Family in Edinburgh, Scotland

On July 29, 2011, members of the British royal family were in Edinburgh, Scotland to attend a pre-wedding cocktail reception for Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Anne and grand-daughter of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II) and rugby player, Mike Tindall.  The event took place aboard the Royal Britannia.  The couple will marry tomorrow, Saturday July 30, 2011, at Cannongate Kirk in Scotland and every member of the British royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will attend.

To view photos please click the links herehere, and here.  To read an article from the BBC News please click here.  

And, finally a video news report from BBC.  Sky News (video)

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Jeff Mitchell/GettyImages

‘Iolani Palace in Search of Missing Items from the Hawaiian Royal Family

For many years now I’olani Palace, once the residence for the Hawaiian royal family, have been desperately searching for thousands of missing items that belonged to the Kings and Queens of Hawai’i.  According to the news site,  Hawai’i News Now, employees at I’olani Palace are:

…specifically targeting furnishings from the bedrooms of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Thousands of items are still out there – either purchased a century ago at palace auctions, sold-off by the territorial and state governments, or handed down in families through the generations.

 Click here to read the story about this ongoing search from Hawai’i News Now.

Photo used with permission from the Hawai’i State Archives.  DO NOT COPY.

H.R.H. Princess Letizia of Asturias in Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain

H.R.H. Princess Letizia of Asturias was in Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain this afternoon to attend a meeting with the Handisport Foundation.

Per the Spanish magazine, Hola!:

…the Handisport Foundation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the social integration of disabled people through sport. The initiative of the Ministry of Tourism of the Govern de les Illes Balears, in collaboration with the Municipality of Calvia and Handisport Foundation, aims to raise awareness of the facilities of Mallorca for adapted sports such as golf, hiking among others.

After the meeting with Handisport Foundation, Princess Letizia visited an exhibition of sports adapted Maioris Golf Club in Llucmajor, Mallorca.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link here.  To watch a video news report please click here and/or here.   To view photos please click here.

If you are wondering where the princess’s husband, H.R.H. Prince Felipe of Asturias, was… well, he is currently in Peru to attend the inauguration of President Ollanta Humala.

Source: Hola! Magazine

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/ Reuters/Enrique Calvo

Prince Ernst August of Hanover in the Hospital While Princess Caroline of Hanover Holidays in Capri

According to the Spanish magazine, Hola!, H.R.H. Prince Ernst August of Hanover, was admitted to a local hospital in Ibiza, Spain Monday evening after experiencing intense stomach pains. Doctors believe the cause is acute pancreatitis.  To read the article from Hola! please click the link here.

Meanwhile his estranged wife, H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, is on holiday in Capri with the couple’s daughter, Princess Alexandra as well as Princess Caroline’s daughter from her marriage to the late Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte.

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

Sources: Hola.com and Virgilio.it

Photos courtesy of: Telegraph via AFP and Repubblica.it

Frederic, Prince von Anhalt: What a Guy!

While his wife, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, spends her golden years bedridden in Los Angeles, CA, her strange husband the faux prince aka Frederic, Prince von Anhalt, continues to piss away her life savings on silly stuff.

So what did he do this time?  Well, he decided to purchase several billboards around Los Angeles to announce to the city that the couple have been happily married for 25 years.  Speaking with the gossip site, TMZ, the prince proudly exclaimed, “[I] spent $68,000 to erect this one 44 foot billboard for one month in the heart of Hollywood…”    

Meanwhile, poor Ms. Gabor continues to deteriorate.

Source and photo courtesy of: TMZ

T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco Visit Antiparos, Greece

Just one day after filing a lawsuit against the French newspaper, L’Express, for invasion of privacy and spreading false rumors, the princely couple of Monaco were already on holiday in the Greek Islands.

According to the online newspaper, Greek Reporter, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II visited Antiparos, Greece to simply, well, chill, “They enjoyed walks along the amazing beaches of Antiparos and were polite to all on-looking admirers.” (source)

South African journalist, Clyde Meela, confirms the couple’s holiday in Greece in his latest article.  Apparently, the beautiful princess sent Mr. Meela an Email last Friday evening whereupon she noted, “…we are off to cruise the Greek Islands tomorrow for a couple of days…”

Fabulous.

The next event for Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be the Monaco Red Cross Ball.

To read the article by Mr. Clyde Meela please click the link here. 

To learn more about the island of Antiparos please click here.

Source: The Greek Reporter and BCT

T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco Sue the French Newspaper, L’Express

Well, it happened.  Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco went ahead and decided to sue the French newspaper, L’Express.

Per AFP news via ABC news:

Monaco’s Prince Albert II and his new wife Charlene have filed a suit against a French magazine they claim spread false rumours of discord ahead of their wedding this month, their lawyer confirmed.

Summons were filed against L’Express magazine at a court in Nanterre, west of Paris, for invasion of privacy and publishing ‘incorrect facts about their private life,’ lawyer Thierry Lacoste told AFP.

The magazine declined comment.

To read the rest of the brief article please click here.  Or, if you would like to read another article, in French, please click here.  Another article from Sky News (United Kingdom)

T.S.H.s Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco Attend the 2011 Herculis International Athletics Competition

Despite the drama that continues to swirl around Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco the couple once again stepped out together this afternoon to attend the 2011 Herculis International Athletics Competition at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.  This world-class event brought out the best of the best in track and field including Allyson Felix, David Rudisha, and Usain Bolt.

To learn more about this event please click the link here.  To view photos please click here.

The Monaco Princely Couple To Sue Over Break-Up Rumors?

According to the news site, AFP, the princely couple intend to sue the “…French magazine for spreading [rumors about] them.”  That French magazine/newspaper is the respected, L’Express.

Per AFP:

‘It is very distressing,’ [Michel] Roger, whose official title is minister of state, told journalists of the gossip that swirled around the wedding held over two days in early July.

Rumours that Charlene Wittstock tried to leave the principality in a huff just days before the royal wedding have already been rejected by the palace, a lawyer for the princely pair, as well as by Albert himself.

‘They are all false,’ added Roger.

L’Express magazine had reported on its website that Wittstock, now Princess Charlene, interrupted preparations for the lavish celebrations and prepared to take a flight for her home country South Africa.

In fact, ‘she left for Greece accompanied by a Monegasque delegation’ for the Special Olympics — a competition for the intellectually disabled that opened in Athens on June 25, said Roger.

As for allegations that Albert fathered a third child out of wedlock while engaged to Charlene, the politician said: ‘We have proof that this is false’.

To read the article in its entirety please click the link here.  Another source. 

Source: AFP News

Photo courtesy of: CBS News

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace

On July 22, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge previewed the exhibit, The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design, in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Besides the Duchess’s wedding dress being the main focal point of the exhibit, other items on display include the bride’s bouquet, shoes, earrings, veil, and the glorious Cartier Halo tiara which was loaned to the Duchess by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

To watch a video please click the link here.  To purchase tickets and to view some of the items please click here.  To view photos please click the link here. 

Photos courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool