On February 25, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg attended a ceremony in Weilburg an der Lahn to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg. During the ceremony a new statue was unveiled.
Click the links below to read an article, in German, as well as to view photos:
Here is the documentary, Versailles: Countdown to Revolution.
A Lavish drama-documentary chronicling the final days of the Bourbon dynasty under the ill-fated Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette. Unlike his highly sexed forebears, it takes Louis seven years to consummate his marriage – and his performance as ruler of France is no more distinguished than his efforts in the royal bed chamber.
The French people are starving, but the aristocracy is too busy partying inside the gilded palace of Versailles to take much notice. Louis tries to make a difference, but his every attempt at reform is blocked by his greedy relatives. Marie Antoinette gets much of the blame for the excesses of the rich, even if she never uttered the famous words “let them eat cake”.
As he drifts into depression and madness, Louis and his Queen attempt to stave off a revolution, pleading with the nobility to accept reform. But it is too late – the astonishing extravagance of Versailles, which once served the glory of France so well, backfires into the ending of the monarchy itself.
By the way, some segments of the documentary may not be suitable for those who are, well, prudish.
On Saturday, February 25, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain son-in-law, The Duke of Palma (Iñaki Urdangarín), appeared in court in Palma de Majorca regarding allegations of corruption and fraud. The Duke and former business partners are “…suspected of siphoning off money paid by regional governments to the Nóos Institute, a charitable organisation he chaired from 2004 to 2006, for staging sporting events and conferences.”
Click the links below to watch videos as well as to read several articles about the case.