His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover View a Photo Exhibition (VIDEO)

On May 29, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover attended a photo exhibition entitled, Food For Hope: Together Against Hunger, held at the Galerie des Pêcheurs.

According to the Gouvernement Princier de Monaco the exhibition, presented by the United Nations World Food Programme, consists of 40 photos which are:

… are a reflection of the particularly harsh life of third world people who are being helped by the WFP.  The government in Monaco continues collaborates with the WFP with emergency aid and more…

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Random Royal News Regarding Members of the Spanish Royal Family. (VIDEOS)

On May 30, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias began their three-day official visit to fantastic Portugal.  The purpose of their visit is to strengthen economic, cultural and bilateral ties.

Upon their arrival to Lisbon the royal couple were met by the Ambassador of Spain in Portugal, Mr. Eduardo Bonet, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Cooperation, Mr. Luis Brites, and a several other government officials as well as local dignitaries.

After a brief visit to a monastery, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were on their merry way to Belém Palace to participate in a boring meeting with the president of Portugal, Mr. Anibal Silva and his wife, Maria.

Soon it was time for lunch with local officials as well as “…young Portuguese people prominent in the arts, science and business.”  When that was all over, the royal couple and their business delegation made a mad dash to:

… the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, where they were greeted by the chairperson, Mr. Assunçao Esteves. After the greeting with the parliamentary delegation, the royal couple attended yet another boring meeting with a bunch of Portuguese government officials.

The day finally ended with a reception at the Ambassador of Spain’s luxurious home in Lisbon.  Guests included members of the Spanish community living in the area.

Meanwhile at Zarzuela Palace, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain is still in hiding. However, the old king is still working.  Today, he held an audience with Mr. Plácido Arias, the President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado and some other dude that you may not be all that interested in.

And, finally, yesterday I tweeted a short article regarding Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain rescuing a tiny dog during Madrid’s Companion Animal Fair this past weekend (the dog was from a local shelter in Madrid).  Any way, the newest member of the Spanish royal family has a name and it is…  Paquita.

Aw.   🙂

Little Paquita will arrive to the luxurious Zarzuela Palace within the next few days.  If you have ever rescued a pet before then you know it is standard process (hence taking several days before the animal can arrive at their new home.)

Click the links below to view photos, watch a video as well as to read and article regarding Queen Sofia.

Sources: Casa de Su Majestad el Rey, El Mundo and the great site Lifewithdogs.tv

Random Royal News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

On May 30, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was at the Caledonian Club in London to participate in a dinner “… with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland…” in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Click here to view photos.

Meanwhile, Their Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were at the St Martin in the Fields Church, in London,  to participate in a service:

… to honor past and present recipients of the Victoria Cross, the military’s highest accolade, and the George Cross, which is awarded for acts of bravery by civilians.

Click here to a view photo.

Afterward, the royal couple attended a reception held at the Naval & Military Club with “… holders of the Victoria Cross  and George Cross…” according to the Press Association.

Also this afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Spitalfields Urban Farm and a women’s group in East London.  Click here and here to read more about these two events.

Sources: Royal.gov.uk, Daylife, and the Press Association

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends a Seminar in Amsterdam.

On May 30, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the Universiteit van Amsterdam to attend a seminar regarding, “… what the effects are of entrepreneurship education in Amsterdam.”

According to the official website for the Universiteit van Amsterdam for the past two years several scholars from the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), who also organized today’s event, researched the “…effects of entrepreneurship…” on young students, the skills they developed, knowledge they acquired and enhanced self-esteem.  “Roughly 2,500 students from 65 different schools in the Netherlands…” participated in the research program according to RVD.

After the seminar, Princess Maxima mingled with attendees as well as with the students who participated in the program and reviewed their presentations.

Click the links below to view photos.

Sources: Universiteit van Amsterdam and RVD

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Holds an Audience with the President of Paraguay. Plus, Other News. (VIDEO)

His Imperial Highness Emperor Akihito of Japan held an audience with the President of Paraguay, Mr. Fernando Lugo, at  the Imperial Palace on May 30, 2012.

According to the Mainichi Daily News via the Imperial Household Agency the emperor, “… expressed his gratitude of Japanese-Paraguayans who sent 1 million blocks of Tofu made using Paraguayan soybeans to the March 2011 disaster hit regions in Japan…” 

Click here to view photos.

And, finally, here is a news report regarding last week’s event, Nights in Monaco.  In the clip, there are brief interviews with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Baroness Elisabeth De Massy and her lovely daughter (in French).

Skip to the 4:06 mark

Source: Mainichi Daily News via the Imperial Household Agency

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends a Unique Performance in Den Haag

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands was at the Montessori Lyceum in Den Haag on May 29, 2012, to attend the “… prologue of an educational and social media project [of] Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni: Master Seducer Comes to Life Again in An Education Pathway, a Real Facebook Opera…” 

 The performance was developed by OPERA2DAY and “… students from the Montessori Lyceum…” 

Click here and here to view photos.  For more information about OPERA2DAY please visit their official website here.

Sources: RVD and OPERA2DAY

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Opens the 15th Edition of Den Haag Sculptuur (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was in Den Haag (the Hague) on May 29, 2012, to open the 15th Edition of Den Haag Sculptuur Festival.

According to the official website for the exhibition and festival, Stichting Den Haag Sculptuur, the theme for this year’s exhibition is:

‘Rainbow Nation: Contemporary Sculpture from South Africa.’ With over fifty sculptures by South African artists from the last 60 years.  From the dark days of Apartheid through the achieved freedom in 1994 – the first elections for all races, with Mandela as president was elected to the current period of transformation. source 

The festival and exhibition ends on September 9, 2012.  For more information about Den Haag Sculptuur please click here.

Click here to watch a video.

Click here to view photos.

Sources: RVD and Stichting Den Haag Sculptuur

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Attends an Oration at held at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen

On May 29, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the oration of Professor, Dr. Gert van Dijk, held at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen.

According to a press release regarding today’s event, Dr. van Dijk was:

… appointed Professor at the University (Cooperative) Micro-financial Services in Developing Economies.  He is first chair holder attached to the Knowledge Centre for Cooperative Financial Services.

The Knowledge Centre for Cooperative Financial Services is decorated based on the results of a conference on micro-insurance and social responsibility of mutual and cooperative enterprises.

Princess Maxima has been invited to the oration in her capacity as a United Nations Adviser to Inclusive Finance and in its function as a member of the Netherlands from Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Financing. source

To view photos from today’s event please click the links below.

Sources: RVD and Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the Gala de L’Automobile Club de Monaco

On Sunday evening, May 27, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Gala de L’Automobile Club de Monaco, in honor of the 2012 Grand Prix de Monaco, held at the Sporting Club de Monte-Carlo.

Guests included Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, actor & director, Mr. Ron Howard, former F1 world champion, Mr. Niki Lauda, director George Lucas and his longtime partner Ms. Melody Hobson, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro and her husband, various F1 racers, and of course the winner of the 2012 F1 Grand Prix de Monaco, Mr. Mark Webber and his lovely wife.

Click the links below to view photos.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco

CORRECTION!:

Sorry, but I make an innocent mistake with regards to Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.  Her correct title is: Princess Camilla, Duchess of Castro.  Her husband is Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro.  You can read more about the couple on their official website here.

And, finally, a reader asked, “Why did you use an old pic of them that has no relevance to the article, when there are plenty of decent photos of them from the event?!!!”

Simple.  Because I did not have permission to use photos from this particular event.   🙂

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

It certainly has been a busy weekend for Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco and on Saturday, May 26, 2012, the princely couple met with staff and people from Association Monégasque des Handicapés Moteurs.  The prince and princess wanted to met with “…people with disabilities…” who were enjoying the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco.

Click here to view photos.

On Sunday, May 27, 2012, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, wearing the spring 2012 Grand Prix-Print crew neckline dress by Akris, along with Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover’s sons, Pierre and Andrea Casiraghi watched the finals of the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco. Afterward, the sovereign prince presented a lovely trophy to the winner of the race, Mr. Mark Webber from Australia.

Click the links below to view photos and to read an article from CNN about the race.

‘Karl Fabergé and the Russian Imperial Family’ (VIDEO)

Here is the 2011 lecture and presentation held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts entitled, Karl Fabergé and the Russian Imperial Family, hosted by Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Archduke of Austria. Overall, the lecture and presentation is quite fascinating… so click the link below and enjoy!   🙂

Karl Fabergé and the Russian Imperial Family

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Attend the 2012 Amber Lounge Fashion Show

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 2012 Amber Lounge Fashion show held at the Le Meridien Plaza Hotel in Monaco on May 25, 2012.

The purpose of this annual event is to raise money for the Special Olympics.  In case you are wondering what the princess is wearing, well, it’s Akris: Spring 2012.

 Yay.

Any way, guests in attendance included mushroom haircut devotee & billionaire, Bernie Ecclestone, actress Jennifer Lawrence, and bunch of extremely tanned people with lots of money.

ISSA London headlined the fashion show with Formula One racers modeling clothes by German designer, Philipp Plein.  Attendees also had a chance to view a new swimwear collection by Nichole de Carle London entitled, Serpentine, in “… recognition of the 2012 London Olympics…”

Fabulous.

Click the links below to view images.

Source: Amber Lounge press release

Photo courtesy of Daylife