Olivier Dahan, Set to Direct the Movie ‘Grace of Monaco’

If you haven’t heard by now there is a new movie set to be released in 2014 about the late Princess Grace entitled, Grace of Monaco.

Recently, it was announced that French screenwriter and director, Olivier Dahan, has signed on to direct the film.  At this time, casting directors are still searching for the right actress to play the late princess of Monaco.

To read more about Mr. Dahan and the film, Grace of Monaco, please click here.

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Visits Nicaragua to Attend the Inauguration of President Ortega

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias arrived in Nicaragua to attend the inauguration of second-term President Ortega.  Accompanying the prince on this trip were Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America, Jesus Gracia Aldaz, and the deputy director general for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, Jose Antonio Hernandez Perez -Solórzano.

Upon his arrival, Prince Felipe was greeted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua, Samuel Santos Lopez, the wife of Spain’s ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua, Schoenborn Clarisa de la Torre and staff of the diplomatic corps Embassy of Spain.

Later, the prince and his delegation met with President Ortega at the Casa de los Pueblos whereupon they discussed bilateral relations between Spain and Nicaragua.  Afterward, the prince headed on over to the residence of the Embassy of Spain where he had an audience with members of the Spanish community living in Nicaragua.

Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Welcomes New Ambassadors at the Royal Palace

In a traditional ceremony held at the royal palace in Madrid, His Majesty delivered letters accrediting six new ambassadors to Spain recognizing them as representatives of their respective countries.  The new ambassadors come from Andorra, Ecuador, Pakistan, Romania, Sweden, and Tunisia.

To view photos please click here. 

Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey


‘Elizabeth the Queen’ A New Book About Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (VIDEO)

With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming 60th anniversary of the accession to the British throne several books have been published including, Elizabeth the Queen: the Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bendell-Smith.

Making the publicity rounds, Ms. Bendell-Smith spoke with Vanity Fair magazine as well as appearing on the American television morning show, Today.

Click here to watch the Today Show program.  Or, Click here to read the Vanity Fair interview.

Photo courtesy of Random House Publishing

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco On Holiday in Antigua

Honestly, I feel bad for posting this, but since many are interested in the princely couple of Monaco, well, what the hell.   🙂

Any way… over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were in Antigua enjoying the sun as well as other water activities.

According to the newspaper, Caribarena News, Prince Albert II thoroughly enjoyed his stay on the island of Antigua stating, “The environment, the service, and the accommodations at the resort all lend to a remarkable stay…”  Princess Charlene agreed whereupon she noted, “I enjoyed the remarkable music that was produced by the steel band that entertained us at the resort, and I look forward to welcoming to Monaco in the near future a steel band from Antigua & Barbuda for one of our festivals.”  

In a private meeting with Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Winston Baldwin, the prince and princess of Monaco, “…discussed possible ways of Antigua & Barbuda and Monaco collaborating in tourism and sports.”  

Click here to view photos of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco on holiday in Antigua.

Sources Vanity Fair Italy and Caribarena News

Photo courtesy of Caribarena News

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Along With T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visit Oman: Day One (VIDEOS)

On January 10, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands began their three-day state visit to Oman.

Upon their arrival the royal trio were greeted by Sultan Qaboos Bin Said as well as Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al-Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed al-Nu’amani, Royal Office Minister at the Muscat Museum Gate.  From their the Sultan guided Her Majesty to Al Alam Palace Guest House Square, while “…a group of horsemen escorted the motorcade from Muscat Gate up to the Al Alam Palace Gate where the National Anthem of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was played while the artillery fired a 21 gun salute for the Queen.”

Once inside the Al Alam Palace Her Majesty and the Sultan as well as the prince and princess along with the Dutch delegation sat down for a meeting whereupon they discussed “…good relations binding the Sultanate and the Kingdom of the Netherlands…”  Discussions also included the role of women in Oman as well as deepening trade relations with the Netherlands.

Afterward, the royal trio had a chance to visit the Beit Al Zubair museum in Muscat.  In the evening there was a gala dinner at the palace.  Prior to the lavish gala, Sultan Qaboos  conferred the “Renaissance Grand Order” on His Royal Highness Prince William Alexander and the Sultan Qaboos Order “First Class” to Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima. In return, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix also, “conferred orders to the Sultan as well as to various ministers and officials in the Sultanate.”

To watch videos as well as to view photos please click the links below:

Sources OMA News, Oman Observer, NOS and Gulf News 

Photo courtesy of Gulf News

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Receive Audiences. Plus, Other News.

On January 10, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg received audiences at the Grand Ducal Palace this morning.  Meanwhile, the royal couple recently visited the Centre Pompidou-Metz at the invitation of Mr. Frederic Mitterand, Minister of Culture and Communication of the French Republic.  Also in attendance was Mrs. Octavia Modert, Minister of Culture.

Source Cour Grand Ducale