Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York Attend Maundy Service in York Minster. Plus, Other News. (VIDEOS)

On April 5, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York attended Maundy Service in York Minster.  During today’s event Her Majesty “…handed out traditional Royal Maundy money to 172 people…” during the service at York Minster.

The royal trip also attended a luncheon held at Mansion House as well as visited the exhibition, 1212: The Making of the City, held at the Yorkshire Museum.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as photos from today’s event.

Meanwhile, on the official You Tube channel for the Library of Congress there are several rare films/videos of various royals including Edward the Prince of Wales, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the royal procession during the funeral of King Edward VII and more.  Click the links below to watch.

Source: Royal.gov.uk and BBC News

Photo courtesy of Daylife

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‘The Principality of Seborga’ A Documentary About Some Dinky Nation in Europe That 92% of the World’s Population Has Never Heard Of.

Ah, the Principality of Seborga.  Never heard of it?  Neither have I until today. Apparently, it’s a micro-nation located in the “… northwestern Italian Province of Imperia in Liguria…” and a stones throw from Monaco.

Any way, this dinky nation has a new prince named Marcello, and when you are in his presence you are required to address him as Your Tremendousness Prince Marcello I, Prince of Seborga.

Click the links below to watch a documentary from some Italian network as well as a video of Marcello showing off his regal orders.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Participates in a Meeting with President Susilo Yudhoyono of Indonesia (VIDEO)

On April 5, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands participated in a meeting with President Susilo Yudhoyono of Indonesia at the royal palace in Jakarta.

The princess is currently in region as Special Advisor to the United Nations for Inclusive Finance to discuss “…accessibility of financial services, particularly for lower-income groups.”

Click here to watch a short news clip. (in Dutch)

Sources: RVD/HKH and NOS

Photo courtesy of Daylife

Random Royal News Regarding the Tongan Royal Family. Plus, News Regarding the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai’i.

On March 30, 2012, His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga announced his heir to the Tongan throne at “…his residence Liukava.” Prince ‘Ulukalala, the king’s eldest son, is now known as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga.

On April 5, 2012, members of the Tongan royal family ended their ten days of mourning by participating in the traditional hair-cutting ceremony.  To read more about today’s event as well as to view photos please click here.

Meanwhile in Hilo, Hawai’i, preparations are underway for the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival an event which “… honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts…”

Yay!   🙂 As you may or may not know by now, I am a huge  supporter as well as fan of this week-long celebration… so yeah, I’m going to promote this amazing festival on my silly little blog.   🙂

Any way, if you are interested watching the hula competitions via live stream on KFVE 5  please click here  beginning on April 12-14 at 6pm Hawai’i time.  Or, if you happen to live on the Big Island or will be vacationing there starting April 8 why not check it out?  You won’t regret it.  For more information about the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival please visit their official website here.

Sources: Matangi Tonga Online and Merriemonarch.com

Poster courtesy of Merriemonarch.com

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje Launches the New Campaign, Maatjes: Gezocht M/V, in Utrecht (VIDEOS)

On April 5, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje launched the new campaign, Maatjes: Gezocht M/V, in Utrecht.  The new campaign, supported by the Oranje Fonds:

…seeks to recruit new volunteers who are committed to mentor or coach  youth who need some extra support.  The volunteers will support a youth in need for an extended period of time .  They will also help those in need learn new skills or acquire new knowledge.

The future king of the Netherlands also visited KunstExpress, in Utrecht, “…a buddy project that is intended for youth who have artistic talent but who do not have the financial means to develop.”  If that makes any sense.   🙂

To watch videos from today’s event please click here.

Sources: RTV Utrecht and RVD/HKH

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the new EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam.  Also, in attendance were well-known film director and photographer, Anton Corbijn, actors Monique van de Ven and Barry Atsma to name a few.

According to the Dutch newspaper, Telegraaf, the new complex accommodates:

…four movie theaters, an exhibition space, a permanent interactive exhibit, a shop and a café-restaurant. The museum displays four major exhibitions annually, including about film authors or presentations of film in combination with other art forms.

To watch a video as well as to view photos please click the links below.

Sources: RVD/HKH and Telegraaf

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH