The program, “… follows Prince Charles and his team as they try to save Dumfries House, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.”
Here are two documentaries regarding the French Revolution “… which abolished the absolute monarchy in France…” The first documentary, produced by the History Channel, is simply entitled, The French Revolution. Overall, the program is okay.
The second documentary by the BBC is entitled, Terror Robespierre and the French Revolution. Here is a synopsis:
The watchwords of the French Revolution were liberty, equality and fraternity. Maximilien Robespierre believed in them passionately. He was an idealist and a lover of humanity. But during the 365 days that Robespierre sat on the Committee of Public Safety, the French Republic descended into a bloodbath.
‘The Terror’ only came to end when Robespierre was devoured by the repressive machinery he’d created. This drama-documentary tells the story of the Terror and looks at how Robespierre’s revolutionary idealism so quickly became an excuse for tyranny, and why a lover of liberty was so keen to use the guillotine.
And, finally, here is the documentary I tweeted earlier. Nonetheless, I decided to add it to this post. The program is entitled, Filthy Cities: Revolutionary Paris.
The host, Dan Snow, kindly informs the viewer that in the 18th century inside the famous Château de Versailles it actually smelled like, well, a garbage dump. Apparently, various writers at the time who visited the palace noted, “… the squalor inside was unspeakable… the corridors acted like public lavatories for courtiers… livestock even defecated in the great gallery…”
If you can stomach watching the program, because it is a tad gross, click here to watch.
… presents a vivid portrait of an age of elegance presided over by a prince of decadence – the infamous Prince Regent himself, a man with legendary appetites for women, food and self-indulgence. Yet this was the same man who would rebuild London, carving out the great thoroughfare of Regent Street and help establish the Regency look as the epitome of British style through his extravagant patronage of art and design.
And, finally, here is a fun and interesting series from the BBC entitled, Filthy Cities: Medieval London, hosted by historian Dan Snow.
If you cannot get enough of Napoleon you can also watch the Discovery Channel’s program entitled, Icons of Power: Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Prince and Princess at ‘Hoe Duur Was de Suiker’ performance.
On June 30, 2012, His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje was in Den Haag to participate in Veteranendag 2012 (Veteran’s Day). The prince was accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte.
According to RVD, Veteranendag is:
… a tribute to the more than 100,000 Dutch veterans-of the second world war to the Mission in Afghanistan-who have deployed in the service of peace. The goal of Veteranendag is to promote recognition and appreciation for the veterans.
In the evening, the prince accompanied Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands to attend a “… theatre performance…” entitled, Hoe Duur Was de Suiker, held at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam.
The performance is based on the historical novel ‘Hoe duur was de Suiker’ by Surinamese author, Ms. Cynthia McLeod. The presentation talks about the role of the Netherlands in historical slavery … which was abolished in the Dutch colonies in 1863.
Could this be the end of the principality of Liechtenstein? Possibly. “The people of Liechtenstein will go to the polls on Sunday in a nationwide referendum aimed at curtailing the political power of the princely family…” the BBC News reports.
If the referendum passes, which would remove the princes veto power over legislation, Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein vowed to “halt their [privileged] princely duties…” Basically, they’re acting like ballerinas with holes in their tights abandoning their stage (country)!
Confused by all this? Well, click the links below to read several articles.
Source: BBC News
After a brief holiday in Malibu, California for Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco and participating in the RIO+20/United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil for His Serene Highness Prince Albert II the princely couple are finally back home in lovely Monaco.
This afternoon, the sovereign prince and princess participated in the 2012 Pique Nique de la Croix Rouge Monégasque held at the Jardins Princesse Antoinette. The purpose of the event was to meet and mingle with the “… volunteers and staff from the Croix Rouge Monaco who thanked him, the prince, for his hard work throughout the year.”
And, finally, here is a report regarding the 2012 Jumping International de Monte-Carlo at Port Hercule (in French).
Begins at the :58 mark
Source and photo courtesy of the Palais Princier de Monaco