Happy New Year!!

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year!

May you have 12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun, 365 days of success, 8,760 hours of good health, 525,600 minutes of good luck, and 31,536,000 seconds of joy!


Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco to Visit Australia

As you may or may not know by now Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco will visit Australia next year.  The purpose of the princess’s visit down under is to officially open the exhibition, Grace Kelly: Style Icon, at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

In a recent interview with Rob and Pete from Riviera Radio, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II noted that he would be unable to attend due to a prior commitment (he will participate in an environmental conference in France.) The prince also noted that Princess Charlene will be accompanied by one of her sisters-in-law, Princess Caroline of Hanover or Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

Princess Charlene will open the exhibition, Grace Kelly: Style Icon, on March 10, 2012.

To learn more about the Bendigo Art Gallery and the exhibition please visit their official website here.  If you are interested in seeing this exhibit tickets are now on sale.

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain’s Son-in-Law to Ordered to Testify in Court

On December 29, 2011, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain’s son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, was ordered to appear in court in Palma, Majorca on February 6, 2012 to testify “…as a suspect in a high-profile corruption probe…”

Mr.Urdangarin is “…being investigated over claims he misused public funds given to a foundation he ran” an accusation which he firmly denies.

To read more please click here.

Sources: BBC and the Associated Press

Finances for the Spanish Royal Family Have Been Released

The palace released detailed information regarding the members of the Spanish royal family’s finances on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.  His Majesty King Juan Carlos I earns $382,597 a year and His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias earns $191,297. The palace said that of His Majesty’s gross income, just under half was his personal salary and the rest was designated for expenses. The king pays 40% in tax on the total sum.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia and Their Royal Highnesses Princess Cristina, Princess Elena and Princess Letizia receive $483,553. The palace is assigned an annual budget by Parliament which totaled $11 million in 2011.

Source: The Associated Press

Photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey