Random Royal News Regarding Members of the Belgian Royal Family

On Monday, April 23, 2012, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium held an audience with the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Elio Di Rupo.  Later, His Majesty along with Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium held an audience with Baron Toots Thielemans and his wife, Huguette, at Château de Laeken.  Mr. Thielemans, a well-known jazz musician, will celebrate his 90th birthday on April 29, 2012.

Meanwhile, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium visited the Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL) in Brussels. Whilst there the heir to the Belgian throne attended an academic session “… on the 20th anniversary of the creation… “ of the university’s multilingual training program in collaboration between the FUSL and Hogeschool Universiteit Brussels (HUB).

Source: La Monarchie Belge

Photo courtesy of Daylife

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Blauw Bloed: Weekly Royal Video News.

It’s a lazy Sunday and once again it is time for your weekly royal video news from the Dutch program, Blauw Bloed, hosted by Jeroen Snel.  This week’s episode focuses on the recent state visit from Turkey to the Netherlands and more.

Click the video icon below where it says Staatsbezoek Turkije

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

On Sunday, April 22, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2102 Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.  Also in attendance were Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.

The sovereign prince and princess, along with hundreds of tennis fanatics, watched the intense match between Mr. Novak Đoković and Mr. Rafael Nadal.  After the game Prince Albert II awarded a giant tennis cup thingy to Mr. Nadal.  So what was the final score?  Nadal.  6-3 6-1.

Click here to view photos.

Click here to read more about today’s match.

On April 19, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II attended the 5th Edition of the FX Pro Monte-Carlo Beach Volleyball competition.

The event, organized by the Fédération Monégasque de Volleyball and chaired by the sovereign prince, is held on the famous Lavotto Beach, attracts some of the best teams from around the world to compete for a prize worth $10,000. For more information about this event please click here.

And, finally, it was recently announced that on May 23, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II will attend Nights in Monaco charity event to be held at the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo.  The event, also attended by former President Bill Clinton, will benefit the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Sources: Daylife, Fédération Monégasque de Volleyball and Palais Princier de Monaco

Photo courtesy of Daylife

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Random Royal News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in a tennis match with well-known French journalist and friend of the sovereign prince, Mr. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor in Monaco.  The match was “… a part  of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament” held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

Yesterday, the sovereign prince visited the Grimaldi Forum to view the exhibition show, Top Marques Monaco.  Click here to learn more about the event (in French).

Also on Friday, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover visited the exhibition, Groupe Signe 1971-1974, L’Art de la Rue au Musée?, held at the Villa Paloma at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. According to the official website for the musée this exhibition:

… was developed by a collective of group of artists, created and animated after 1968, by Claude Rosticher and Roland Marghieri painters and photographers Michel Cresp and Pierre Lequien, all originating in Monaco or the surrounding area.

The group is identified through its interventions in selected public places, based on themes such as advertising or the creation of more poetic universe. It is therefore the universe created between 1971 and 1974 that the public will be able to find in the showrooms of the Villa Paloma.

Groupe Signe 1971-1974, L’Art de la Rue au Musée? ends on June 17, 2012.  For more information about this new exhibition please click here.

Sources: Palais Princier de Monaco, Grimaldi Forum and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

Photos courtesy of Daylife and the Palais Princier de Monaco

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg. Plus, Sad News Regarding Carl Alexander Prinz von Hohenzollern and Corinna Prinzessin von Hohenzollern.

On April 18, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg held an audience at the Grand Ducal Palace with leaders of diplomatic missions and representatives from the Diplomatic Conference 2012.

Meanwhile, it is with regret to announce that Carl Alexander Prinz von Hohenzollern and his bikini princess bride, Corinna, have announced they have separated.

The regal princely couple were married last February in a lavish wedding held at the  Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada with Frederic faux Prince von Anhalt in attendance.  Days later a glamorous princely wedding reception/press conference/photo-op took place at Château du Bel Air, and by all accounts the beautiful couple, wearing traditional Lederhosen, were deeply in love.  During the wedding reception/press conference/photo-op Princess Corinna was presented with a unique faux gold tiara from Claire’s Accessories.  A gift from her new husband and Frederic faux Prince von Anhalt.

During their honeymoon phase of their relationship the couple spoke to the press many times to announce they were beyond happy.  Carl Alexander even exclaimed that he was excited to start his own family with Corinna and move back to Germany “…once my wife is knocked up!

Soon, the regal princely couple were seen out and about in Europe attending various high society and glamorous events including the 2012 Orange Weiner Filmball held at the Wiener Rathaus in Wien, Austria last March.  Rumors were running rampant that the couple were about to star in their own reality show on the German network, RTL.  Sadly, that will never happen.

So, you are probably wondering to yourself, “I’m so sadden by this news. What happened? Why are they separating?!!”  Well, Carl Alexander explained to his favorite German magazine, Bild, that the couple never had sex.  “I wasn’t even allowed to touch her!” he said in complete frustration “And, I wasn’t allowed to have sex with her nor could I kiss her!!”  

According to Bunte magazine, Corinna flew back to Austria a couple of weeks ago  without her husband.  She then, allegedly, phoned Fredric faux Prince von Anhalt to tell him that she did not love Carl Alexander and will never return to Château du Bel Air. Ever!  Carl Alexander was devastated, “For me, it was love, but she has just used me!”  Von Anhalt was outraged calling Corinna:

… a criminal!  CRIMINAL!! She only wanted the title of ‘princess’.  She even sent her Austrian manager to fly to my house in Los Angeles to fob off Carl Alexander Prince of Hohenzollern with money so that she may continue use the title Prinzessin von Hohenzollern (Princess of Hohenzollern).

Once the sleazy Austrian manager was at Frederic faux Prince von Anhalt’s house, Château du Bel Air, von Anhalt reportedly told them that he would comply with the sleazy Austrian manager’s demands.  Then von Anhalt called the police.

Meanwhile, Carl Alexander was in his room… alone.  Deeply hurt.  Crying.  Crying over the loss of his wife, Corinna.  “I’m sad.  But, I know I will find love again” he said whilst tears flowing down his princely face, “I know I will be married again to a beautiful wife who has great character and nice large tits!”

Ohhh-kay.

As for Corinna, the Bikini Princess von Hohenzollern, well, she is still living it up in Wien, Austria with her fabulous faux gold tiara.  Besides hiring a manager, she started her own website and Facebook fan page.

Frederic faux Prince von Anhalt announced that the marriage between Carl Alexander and Corinna will be annulled.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg, Bild, and Bunte

Photos courtesy of Bild and Frederic Prince von Anhalt   🙂

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Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Host a Garden Party

On April 19, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan hosted a lovely garden party for “… 2,500 dignitaries and foreign envoys…” at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo.  Also, in attendance were His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshihiko Noda to name a few.

Click here to view photos.

Sources: Focus Taiwan and Kyodo News via IHA.

Photo courtesy of Japan Today

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Attends a Reception at Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, “…for members of the Royal Engineers Association.”  During the event Her Majesty was “…presented with two park benches to mark her Diamond Jubilee” a gift from the members of the Royal Engineers Association.

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Sources: Royal.gov.uk and Daylife

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Members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg Host a Private Dinner for U.N. Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Plus, News Regarding My Oh So Favorite Royal at the Moment, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

On April 17, 2012, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg held an audience with United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon at the Grand Ducal palace in Luxembourg.  Afterward, the grand duke along with Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg hosted a lovely private in  for Mr. Ki-Moon and his wife, at Château de Berg.

Meanwhile, the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, is reporting that His Majesty King Juan Carlos’ recent $57,850 elephant killing vacation in Botswana last week was allegedly paid for by a wealthy man named Mohamed Eyad Kayali.  Mr. Kayali is apparently a “…Syrian businessman…”*  who resides between Marbella and Madrid and “…tends to act as a representative for the royal house of Saudi Arabia in Spain, whose business he defends and promotes.”  Now,  El Pais is a reliable and highly respected newspaper in Spain; however, it is unconfirmed by the royal court of Spain as to whether or not El Pais’ reports are true.

Click here to read the article in its entirety. (in Spanish)

*UPDATE*:

Mr. Kayali is of Syrian descent.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg and El Pais

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Random Royal News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain and Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias

On April 18, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attended the Fundación Mapfre Awards in Madrid.  According to the official website for the royal house of Spain the awards, “… grants people and their initiatives of Spain, Portugal and Latin America in areas of general interest to the society in which the institution works.”  What ever that means.

Moving on…

This afternoon Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in the 50th anniversary of the Club Internacional de Prensa held at the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez in Madrid:

These awards are granted to Spanish and foreign journalists whose work throughout the year or career is recognized. The prizes coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Constitution of the International Club of press, that although their historical antecedents go back to the time of Alfonso XIII, was established in 1962, with the purpose of bringing together representatives of the foreign media who developed their professional work in Spain alongside their Spanish journalists colleagues.

During today’s event the princess gave a lovely speech then presented five awards to worthy recipients.

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Source: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey

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His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Leaves the San José University Hospital and Apologizes While Doing So. (VIDEOS)

On April 18, 2012, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain (the Elephant Killer) was discharged from the San José University Hospital in Madrid, Spain after having an emergency hip replacement surgery on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Prior to his departure from the hospital, the old king was met by a select group of Spanish photographers and journalists who politely asked him, “Majesty, how are you today?”  Looking slightly frail the old king responded, “I feel much better.”  The old king immediately apologized for his recent behavior stating, “I am very sorry.  It will not happen again.”  

Juan Carlos I also thanked the San José University Hospital staff for caring for the old king.  Then he hobbled his way out of the mini-press conference.

According to the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, the old king was aware of the media firestorm surrounding his recent $57, 850 luxurious elephant killing vacation he took in Botswana alongside his alleged mistress, Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and several wealthy businessmen.

The luxurious vacation angered the people of Spain not just because the old king slaughtered innocent elephants for fun, but because thousands of Euros were spent on a stupid vacation while the people of Spain are in a serious economic crisis.  As I previously mentioned in another article, unemployment in Spain is at 23.6 % and the ”…youth unemployment rate is at 50%…” according to Reuters.   Spanish debt levels are so high that the country may have to ask the European Union to bail Spain out as the EU recently did for Greece.  It is not certain, however, whether the EU would be willing to do so (or for that matter ableto do so).

Any way, Juan Carlos I is still Honorary President of the WWF España and is expected to hold a meeting in the coming days with the organization’s Secretary General, Mr. Juan Carlos del Olmo, to discuss whether the old king should keep his position.

Click the links below to watch videos, in Spanish, and to view photos.

Sources: El Pais, Reuters, and RTVE

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The WWF España “Requests a Meeting” with Juan Carlos I of Spain.

With the international outcry from thousands of animal rights groups, comments on Twitter, Facebook, newspapers, forums, etc regarding Juan Carlos I of Spain’s recent luxurious elephant killing vacation — which apparently cost $57,850 — in Botswana the WWF España has been under serious pressure to remove the old king as Honorary President of the organization.

As a result, the WWF España Secretary General, Mr. Juan Carlos del Olmo, released a statement on April 16, 2012, announcing that he has sent a letter to the Spanish royal court to request a meeting with Juan Carlos I of Spain when he is available:

I am writing to you to convey the unease and WWF concerns at recent developments related to the involvement of H.M. The King in a hunt for elephants in Africa, which has caused a huge rejection among our partners and the public in general against the hunting of elephants, even when it is in a legal and regulated manner.

For this reason, I consider it to be very urgent to hold a meeting where I can transfer of the signatures [petitions] received, assess the situation and provide a response to the thousands of people that are being directed to the WWF, inside and outside our country.

An example of this unrest are our numerous partners that are requesting his discharge from WWF España and the tens of thousands of people who have already expressed their concerns through different digital platforms to protest and to have H.M. The King resign as Honorary President of WWF España.

This unfortunate event is known worldwide at the moment and we are receiving countless comments of strong protest, which implies a serious harm to the credibility of WWF and the hard work that has been developed during more than fifty years for the protection of elephants and other species.

Click here to read the rest of the press release. (in Spanish)

If you are interested in the latest updates about this issue or if you would like to voice your thoughts, in English if you like, to the WWF España visit either their official website,  Facebook, and /or Twitter.

Source: WWF España

Photos courtesy of the damn Internet.   🙂

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Random Royal News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Plus, News Regarding Pierre Casiraghi and His New BFF Mr. Adam Hock.

After recently dumping their old holiday villa in Mozambique Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands decided it was time to buy a new vacay spot in beautiful southern Greece.  According to BBC News the royal couple purchased their new $5.9 million villa near the village of Kranidi.

Click here to read the BBC News article.

Meanwhile, Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco was recently on holiday in Marbella, Spain.  The princess was seen enjoying the sites in the lovely Spanish town alongside a mildly handsome dude.  At this time it is unknown if this dark haired guy is Princess Stephanie’s new boyfriend or bodyguard.  Click here and here to view photos.

Finally, the New York Post is reporting that “…lawyers for the royals Pierre are firing off legal letters to media in France and Germany…” who wrote about the February 12, 2012, infamous Double Seven brawl between Mr. Pierre Casirahgi and Mr. Adam Hock.  Apparently, Mr. Casiraghi’s attorneys believe that the punching match between Mr. Casiraghi and Mr. Adam Hock is a “private matter.”

Huh.  Oh-kay.

 Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Sources: BBC News, Essential Magazine and Svensk Damtidning

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