Liechtenstein Celebrates National Day 2011

On August 15, 2011, the tiny country of Liechtenstein celebrated its National Day.  In attendance were Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife Princess Marie along with Prince Alois, Princess Sophie, Prince Constantin, Princess Marie and other members of the princely family.  Unfortunately, this year Princess Angela and Prince Maximilian were not in attendance (at least I haven’t seen them).

To watch several videos from today please click the links below:

Source: Volksblatt

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The Dutch Royal Family: Documentaries About State Visits and One Fantastic Royal Wedding

Here are several documentaries about the Dutch royal family.  The first batch of documentaries focuses on several state visits throughout the years.  Then there is a semi-complete documentary about the February 2, 2002, fantastic royal wedding between H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange and a then Maxima Zorreguieta.  Finally, the documentary about H.R.H. Princess Catharina-Amalia’s baptism.

Click the links below and enjoy!   🙂

If you would like to view more documentaries as well as video news reports about the Dutch royal family please visit their official You Tube channel here.

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Van Cleef & Arpels Re-Opening in Monaco

This is old news, but that’s okay.   🙂

On August 4, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the inauguration of the newly renovated Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in Monaco.  The princess unveiled the now famous “Princess Charlene Magic Alhambra” set inside an ultra exclusive section of the boutique known as the Charlène Salon.


Per the Van Cleef & Arpels press release about the jewels on Facebook:

The long necklace consists of White gold, turquoises, approximately 9.1 carats of diamonds.  The earrings consists of White gold, turquoises, approximately 3.4 carats of diamonds.

Alhambra, Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic motif was born in 1968.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Mains d’Or have created a setting technique of the utmost refinement, minimising the amount of metal and emphasising the diamonds. The stones are selected in different sizes so as to enhance their sparkle. The jewel is as exquisite on the front as it is elegant when turned over: the exclusive honeycomb open-work setting has been perfected to let even more light refract into the diamonds.

This collection is a reinterpretation of the iconic Alhambra motif adorned with pavé diamonds and turquoises, evokes the shores of the Principality. A portion of the benefits from the sales will go to the associations and Foundations that have the endorsement of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco. The set is sold exclusively at the Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique in Monaco. (source)


Portrait of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco by Karl Lagerfeld?  Could be.


To view photos please click here.  To learn more about Van Cleef & Arpels please visit their official website here.

Source and photos courtesy of: Van Cleef & Arpels Official Facebook Page and Nice-Matin

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco Bans H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco From Having Contact with His Past Girlfriends… Allegedly.

According to the British newspaper, Telegraph (via the French magazine, Paris Match), H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco has allegedly put her foot down regarding her husband having contact with his ex-girlfriends… specifically the Baby Mama to the prince’s son, Ms. Coste.  Per the Telegraph:

…Charlene is now reported to be stamping her authority on her notoriously wayward 53-year-old husband, who already has two illegitimate children.

Paris Match magazine revealed this week that the former South African Olympic swimmer had one former lover, air hostess Nicole Coste, struck off the guest list to Monaco’s lavish Red Cross Ball.

A source close to the Monaco royal palace (it’s probably a certain cranky and eternally pissed off old man from Santa Barbara, CA) told Paris Match: ‘Charlene had to tolerate the presence of Ms Coste during last year’s Red Cross ball when they were engaged.

But now they are married, she has put her foot down and had Ms Coste struck off the guest list.

She does not want to give her the status of a privileged guest at an official function, and does not want Albert to consort socially with any of his previous lovers.’


… and the drama continues.  Listen, people, this latest bit of “news” is most likely a rumor so just your roll your eyes and laugh.

To read the article in its entirety please click here. 

Source: The Telegraph

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The Duchess of Alba: Giving it All Up for Love

The 18th Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, one of the most famous nobles as well as richest women in the world, is about to marry a man 24 years younger than her.  His name: Señor Alfonso Díez.

It is not the age difference that has every one talking about their upcoming nuptials rather that the Duchess has decided to give up her personal fortune for love… all  €600 million to an estimated €3.5 billion  to her children.

To read an article about this interesting story and why she has decided to give it all up for love please click here.  

Source: The Guardian

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/Carlos Alvarez


Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Attends a Concert in Amsterdam

It’s been quite some time since I posted some news about Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, but now I finally can!  Anyway, the lovely Dutch queen attended a concert in Amsterdam on August 8, 2011 to watch the European Union Youth Orchestra perform various classical pieces.

To view photos please click here. 

Photo courtesy of:

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The Palais Princier de Monaco to be Redecorated by South African Interior Designer, Stephan Falcke

According to the South African newspaper, Times Live, the Palais Princier de Monaco is about to undergo a major renovation.  Famed interior designer, Stephan Falcke, was hand-picked by H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco to redecorate the palace.

To read the article in its entirety please click here.  To learn more about Mr. Falcke please click here. 

Source: Times

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Videos and Photos From the 63rd Annual Red Cross Ball in Monaco.

This years Red Cross Gala Ball may be over, but the photos and videos are still coming in through the news wire. Click here to watch a video from AFP Click here to watch a video from newspaper, Nice-Matin.

Also, the paper is reporting little details about the decor last evening “…5,000 Roses, Hydrangeas, and other 3,000 flowers…” There was a raffle as well and the prize was the “Princess Charlene Alhambra Set” by Van Cleef & Arpels.  The necklace is made up of diamonds and turquoise.

To view photos please click the links below:

Photo courtesy of: MCIT/Luc Bassompierre / Realis

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T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 63rd Annual Red Cross Gala Ball

On August 5, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 63rd Annual Red Cross Gala Ball at the Sporting d’Eté Club in Monte-Carlo.

According to the French newspaper, L’Express (yes, that paper), approximately:

…800 guests  paid 1,000 Euros to attend the fundraiser gala event.  After dinner the guests listened to Joe Cocker, a British singer with the gravelly voice.  The Monaco resident, Shirley Bassey, was responsible for organizing the evening and a raffle with lots of prestige.

The princess looked lovely in a dress by Akris; moreover, it’s nice to see the Océan Tiara (as a necklace) for the for the first time on Princess Charlene.  Oh, yeah, Prince Albert looked nice too. Anyway… Other members of the princely family of Monaco attended including H.R.H. Princess Caroline, H.S.H. Princess Stephanie, and members from the de Massey as well as the Wittstock family.

To view photos of the event please click here and here. 

To read an article about the gala, from Europe, please click here.  Another article here.

Source: L\’Express

Photos courtesy of: Daylife/Reuters/Eric Gaillard

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the ‘Art of Graffiti’ Exhibition

On August 4, 2011, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the exhibition, Art of Graffiti, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Per the website, Visit Monaco, the exhibition:

…presents a world première of a unique panorama of bright, colorful works, accessible to all, created by leading international artists.

“Pressionism,” the latest art movement of the twentieth century, was formerly ephemeral, but is now inscribed in the history of art.

At its first exhibition in Paris, more than 80,000 visitors in five weeks flocked to see the Gallizia collection!  Its creator, Alain-Dominique Gallizia and Yves Saint-Geours, President of the Grand Palais, are pleased to have been able to reach such a wide, diverse audience.

This time, Alain-Dominique Gallizia is presenting 500 paintings in Monaco;  eight collections, including one on the theme of love – a first for all these artists, who have risen to the challenge of working on the same theme for the first time.

This major summer exhibition celebrates the anniversary of the art of Graffiti, gives it an official name and inscribes it in the history of art.

If you happen to be in Monaco at this time why not visit this fantastic show.  It all ends on August 19, 2011.  To learn more about the exhibition please click here.  To view photos please click here.

Source: Visit Monaco

Photos courtesy of: La and Grimaldi Forum

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H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco: Van Cleef & Arpels creates ‘The Princess Charlene Magic Alhambra Set’

In honor of the princely wedding in Monaco last month, the world-famous jewelry design house, Van Cleef & Arpels (the same company that designed the lovely Océan Tiara for the princess), has created a new line of limited edition jewelry entitled, The Princess Charlene Magic Alhambra Set.  Click here to learn more as well as to view a photo.


Photo courtesy of: Channel

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Monaco Gears Up for the 63rd Annual Monaco Red Cross Ball

The 63rd Annual Monaco Red Cross Ball is an event that many, especially royal watchers, look forward to each year and this season will be one to remember.  Why?  Well, it will be H.S.H. Princess Charlene’s first regal event as an official member of the princely family of Monaco.  Though it is highly unlikely, but I would be a fantastic time for the princess to wear the lovely Océan Tiara by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Anyway, the ball will be held tomorrow, August 5, at the Sporting d’Eté Club in the Salle des Etoiles with a special performance from Joe Cocker (the dude who sings the theme song from The Wonder Years television show).  Also, there will be an “…elegantly prepared meal…” and fireworks at the end of the evening.

Overall, the Monaco Red Cross Ball is a great event that raises money for various charities and anyone who is everyone attends this gala event.

Sources: Riviera ReviewRiviera Times and Visit Monaco

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