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The couple, along with hundreds participants, were celebrating the patron saint of Monaco and of the Grimaldi family. Following the Mass there was a procession to the Palais Princier de Monaco whereupon the Archbishop blessed the Palais for luck, love, and harmony. Afterward, the princely couple appeared on the balcony of the Palais where they waved to the crowds and then said a prayer.
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On January 25, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden attended the 2012 Årets Kock (Chef of the Year) Award held at the Stockholm Waterfront. The winner of the award receives the Gastronomic Academy Dairy Medal and the title of, well, Chef of the Year. The winner this year was Klas Lindberg.
Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy revealed to an Italian magazine that he had a tumor up his nose.
In early December 2011, the Italian prince without a throne was hospitalized in Geneva to remove the problem and as a result the doctors “…removed three quarters of the cartilage in his nose and part of his bone…” Today, Prince Emanuele is doing great and continues to film his reality show which airs in Italy. To read more about the prince’s hospital stay in Geneva please click here.
Sources: Kungahuset and Virgilio
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On January 26, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene along with Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and her daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Hanover, attended the celebration of the Festival of Sainte-Dévote, the patron saint of the Princely Family of Monaco, the Monégasques, and the Diocese of Monaco. Sainte-Dévote is also the patron saint of the island of Corsica.
Here is the story/legend of Sainte-Dévote:
Tradition holds that she was a Corsican woman born around 283 AD at Mariana. A young virgin, she had decided to devote herself fully to the service of God. By order of the prefect Barbarus, she was imprisoned and tortured for her faith. She was martyred at Mariana by being stoned to death.
After her death, the governor of the province ordered for her body to be burnt to prevent its veneration. However, it was saved from the flames by Christians. Her body was placed on a boat bound for Africa. Gratianus (Graziano), the boat’s pilot; Benedict (Benenato), a priest; and Apollinaris, his deacon; believed it would receive proper Christian burial there. However, a storm overtook the boat and a dove flew out from the mouth of the saint. The dove guided the boat to present-day Les Gaumates, today part of the Principality of Monaco, where a chapel dedicated to Saint George already stood.
Her body was discovered by fishermen. In her honor a chapel was built, which stands in Monaco still. Traditionally, flowers are said to bloom before their season on January 27, the saint’s feast day.
This evening the Princely family of Monaco along with the Monégasques and members of the Diocese of Monaco participated in a torchlight ceremony in front of the Sainte-Dévote church. A boat is placed in front of the little church whereupon the Princely family along with other attendees set the boat ablaze and celebrate.
Tomorrow, — per tradition — the princely family will attend a traditional Mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco then a balcony wave from the Palais Princier de Monaco.
To learn more about Sainte-Dévote please click here.
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On January 26, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands participated in the symposium entitled, Leesbevordering: Dat doet de bieb! (Promotion of Reading: The Library Does), in Amsterdam.
As honorary president of the Association of Public Libraries (VOB) the princess gave a speech regarding the importance of libraries which “…improves language development, reading and writing.” Today’s event also honored Professor E. Jurgens who recently retired as the President of the Association of Public Libraries (VOB).
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Source: Nieuws van Nederland
Photo courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis
On January 25, 2012, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium along with His Royal Highness Prince Philippe hosted a reception for the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and Union at the Palais de Bruxelles. Other representatives from various international institutions were also present.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day His Majesty King Albert II held an audience with the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy.
On Friday January 27, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands will attend Amsterdam Fashion Week’s opening of the Green Fashion Competition. To learn more about Amsterdam Fashion Week 2012 please visit their official website here.
Meanwhile, on January 25, 2012, Princess Clothilde of Venice and Piedmont attended the 2012 Valentino Spring/Summer Haute Couture show held at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.
Photo courtesy of Het Koninkjlik Huis