On Thrusday, July 12, 2012, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga married his second cousin, Ms. Sinaitakala Tu’imatamoana ‘i Fanakavakilangi Fakafanua.
The wedding, held at the Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa, was presided over:
… by Rev Dr ‘Ahio, Royal Chaplain and President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. The hymns and anthem were sung by the combined choir of the Maopa and Kolomotu’a districts conducted by Mr Makanesi Tokotaha and Mr Tevita Fifita.
Afterward there was a lovely reception held at the Pangai Si’i. To read more about the wedding as well as to view photos please click here.
On July 12, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of the exhibition, Extra Large:Oeuvres Monumentales de la collection du Centre Pompidou, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
According to the official website for the Grimaldi Forum this unique exhibition is:
… conceived as a voyage through the modern and contemporary collections of the Pompidou Center, focusing on fifty of its most monumental works, some of which are recent acquisitions or have never yet been exhibited in Europe. Goal: to lead the visitor into a head-swimming empathy with the work and enable him or her to discover the great names of 20th century art.
This spectacular journey, sometimes ‘dizzying’, punctuated by the great names of 20th and 21st century art, sheds a light on the concept of monumentality. It presents the very large format works of Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Matta, Pierre Soulages, Frank Stella, Sam Francis, amd Yan Pei-Ming, but also presents sculptures, installations and environments by Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren and including Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor and Bill Viola: masterpieces of modern and contemporary creation brought together in a deliberately ‘non-standard’ presentation.
This project is the result of close cooperation between the Pompidou Center and the Grimaldi Forum Monaco and is the dreamed of occasion for the Grimaldi Forum Monaco to show to best advantage its Espace Ravel jewel box and its 4000 square meters. And to cap it all, the evocation of this monumental approach to art is taking place in a country labeled as ‘the second smallest country in the world!’ And this is far from being the last of the surprises for the public.
The exhibition ends on September 9, 2012. For more information please click here.
On July 12, 2012, His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium was at Château de Laeken where he held audiences and received lettres de créance (letter of credence) from several new ambassadors.
Meanwhile in Ghent, Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited the Vlaamse Diabetes Vereniging on the occasion of the association’s 70th anniversary. During her visit the princess “…took part in a birthday party for children ages 2 to 9 years living with Type 1 diabetes…” according to Vlaamse Diabetes Vereniging’s official website.