Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium Visit an Exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

brf-coaOn the morning of December 12, 2012, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium made a private visit to the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels where they viewed the exhibition entitled, Constant Permeke: Retrospective.

For more information about the exhibition please click here (in English).


Belgian Royals

News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

brf-coa Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on December 12, 2012, to watch Tennis star, Ms. Kim Clijsters play against, Ms. Venus Williams.

Ms. Kim Clijsters is retiring from the sport that she loves and tonight’s match was a farewell/adios/ au revoir to all of her fans.

Belgian Royals

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge Attends the Première of the Film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (VIDEOS)


On the evening of December 12, 2012, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge attended the UK première of the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, at the Odeon Leicester Square.


The film is directed by Mr. Peter Jackson and stars Mr. Martin Freeman, Ms. Cate Blanchett, and Mr. Ian McKellen.

Trailer for The Hobbit.  I am so excited to see this epic film!   🙂

British Royals

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Attends the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Founding of the Spanish Olympic Committee. (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias was at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, to attend the 100th anniversary gala celebrations of the founding of the Spanish Olympic Committee.


Spanish Royals

Members of the Dutch Royal Family Attend the 2012 Prins Claus Prijs. (VIDEO)

On December 12, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, and Princess Mabel attended the 2012 Prins Claus Prijs held at the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam.

The recipient of the 2012 Prins Claus Prijs went to the Argentine non-profit publishing house, Eloísa Cartonera.  The company produces:

“… handmade books made of recycled materials.  The materials are collected by Cartoneros, or “cardboard people” who are unemployed and survived Argentina’s political and economic collapse in 2001.  Drawn to Eloísa Cartonera’s social solidarity, emerging and established Latin American writers donated their short stories, novels and other forms of literature to the company.  The collective, small-scale method produces books that are cheaper than conventional paperbacks.”

Dutch Royal Family

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Visits the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. (VIDEO)

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on December 12, 2012.  The purpose of her visit was to “… meet with staff and volunteers, and tour the charity’s facilities.”  

For more detailed information please visit the official website of the Battersea Dogs & Cats home here.

British Royals

News Regarding TSHs Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco. (VIDEO)

Recently, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine in Paris, France to preside over the 2012 Prince Rainier III de Monaco Research Award. This award“…recognize young researchers for their work on the prehistory. The recipients of this years award went to  Ms. Elena Rossoni-Notter and Mr.  Mehmet Cihat Alcicek …”

And, finally, this morning in Monaco, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene distributed gifts to dozens of Monégasque children during the traditional Fête de Noël at the Palais Princier.  Besides receiving lovely gifts the children also had a chance to eat lots of sweets and well as play games.

Monaco Princely Family

Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Host a Christmas Reading at Schloss Callenberg.

HKSCGOn Sunday, December 9, 2012, Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha hosted a fantastic Christmas gathering and reading at Schloss Callenberg in Coburg, Germany.

A rough translation — sorry about that   🙂  — regarding Sunday’s event per Infranken:

“There is something special about being read a story by a Princess. Originally from the United States of America Hereditary Princess Kelly, wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, had opted for “The Night Before Christmas” – a story that was read to her by her mother at Christmas time. ‘In America we celebrate Christmas that is only on the morning of December 25 …’ she told the children who listened spellbound throughout the reading.  

But, it was on this Sunday afternoon at Schloss Callenberg yes especially to the mood and atmosphere. And, that was in the first edition of “Christmas Magic” that was magnificent. Hereditary Prince Hubertus had invited many families to the schloss for the reading.  The guests also brought their sleighs to ride down the adjacent slope. The prince and princess also sang Christmas carols with the visitors, made stars out of construction paper and decorated the big Christmas tree on the main floor. 

In the Red Salon at the schloss there were cookies and tea, coffee and cake. The children played numerous games that were available to them. Of course, the opportunity was also used to get a closer look around the fascinating schloss. 

The main attraction was then the reading of Christmas stories. Hereditary Prince Hubertus also read about the history of Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer. Then, he surprised the children and their families with an appearance by Santa Claus. 

Really beautiful and a real change was a significant spread of peace and quiet on the first floor of the schloss. Christmas is the time but more often marked by hectic rush and bustle of the greatest, so managed the prince and princess with the event, which was aimed primarily at families, a real counter-proposal. Instead of consumer and commercial Christmas spirit and Christmas anticipation was the focus. The visitors enjoyed the time and the atmosphere at the beautiful schloss was clear. Even though the heavy snow and the correspondingly difficult road conditions on Sunday afternoon certainly deterred some visitors from coming to schloss Prince Hubertus showed in the end, very pleased with the première. The prince also happily announced that the “Magic of Christmas” at Schloss Callenberg will be repeated every year.

All proceeds from the Christmas event will benefit the Sterntaler Coburg which supports disadvantaged children in the region.”

Saxe-Coburg and Gotha