News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

drf-coaAfter a fun-filled day playing on the beach during the 2013 KIA Cold Hawaii Professional Windsurf Association (PWA) World Cup pre-events in Klitmøller, northern Denmark, on Sunday His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is back to doing the usual boring old work.

So what did he do today?  Well, he was in Aalborg where he had the pleasure of opening the State of Green Water Tours Visitors Service according to the Danish royal court.  The crown prince also visited several water technology companies where he hung out with a bunch of really cool people, looked at stuff, played with various thingamabobs, etc, etc, etc.   🙂

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Meanwhile, at Frederik VIII’s Palace in Copenhagen, the lovely Crown Princess Mary of Denmark met with various recipients of the Crown Princess Mary Scholarship.

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain Opens an Exhibit at the Palacio Real de Madrid. (VIDEO)

Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was at the Palacio Real de Madrid this afternoon to inaugurate the exhibit entitled, De El Bosco a Tiziano: Arte y Maravilla en El Escorial.

The exhibit displays works by various artists including the late Alonso Sánchez Coello and Joachim Patinir to name a few.

To learn more about the exhibit, De El Bosco a Tiziano: Arte y Maravilla en El Escorial, please click here (in Spanish).

TRHs Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias Preside Over an Award Ceremony.

SpainOn September 16, 2013, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the 2012 Premios Nacionales de Innovación y Diseño in Valencia.

The awards are granted to businesses and professions that have contributed the most in innovation and design in Spain and aboard.

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Photo courtesy of Casa Real

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

2012acOn Sunday, September 15, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived in Nice, France to attend the closing ceremony of the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie (Francophone Games).  Held every four years the games “…are combination of artistic and sporting events for French speaking countries…” 

This morning Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco made several visits to three schools in Monaco including Lycée Albert 1er de Monaco.  During each visit the lovely princess met with administrative staff, teachers, and students who were delighted to meet her.

Photo courtesy of the Palais Princier

The “Grace of Monaco” Trailer is Out. (VIDEO)

Well, here it is, the trailer for the controversial film, Grace of Monaco, directed by Mr. Olivier Dahan and starring Ms. Nicole Kidman and Mr. Tim Roth.

As you may or may not know by now His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco were — and perhaps still are — not all that happy with the upcoming film.  So much so that after an article about the film which appeared in the French magazine, Paris Match, the Princely family released a statement earlier this year:

“Following the publication of an article in the weekly magazine Paris Match (#3319, pages 70-71), the Palais Princier de Monaco wishes to bring the following clarification.

HSH Prince Albert II, HRH the Princess of Hanover and HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco have no alternative but to clear up any confusion resulting from incorrect statements made by the producers of a feature film, given the temporary or definitive title Grace of Monaco, which claims to be about their parents.

According to these statements, the ‘Palace [sic] ‘ is said to have been ‘reassured by the producers’ unwavering standards with respect to credibility” and ‘did not request any significant changes to the script [sic].’

Having in no way been associated with this project, Their Serene Highnesses were quite surprised when they received the script. The Palais had submitted many requests for changes to the producers of the film, not all of which were taken into consideration.

Consequently, the Princely family wishes to emphasize that this film is by no means a biopic. It recounts one page, rewritten and ‘glamorized’ for no good reason, in the history of the Principality of Monaco and their Family which includes both major historical untruths and a series of purely fictional scenes.

The Palais Princier de Monaco cannot accept that, today, for commercial reasons, the producers of this film imply that they have received Their Serene Highnesses’ support in any way whatsoever, this is not the case.”

In response to the Princely family’s statement director Olivier Dahan spoke to a journalist from the newspaper, Le Journal de Dimanche, in late January 2013:

What do you think of the latest development/statement made by the family of Monaco, it sounds like a denial?
I think there is a misunderstanding. The Paris Match article has been misunderstood. We never asked them to endorse anything. Three weeks after the start of filming, we met Prince Albert and Princess Caroline at the Palace. With respect we also sent them the script. They had made a few remarks. For those who have appeared relevant, we came back to them with corrections, but not all.

For example?
They wanted me not to put too much emphasis on feelings of anti-France Monaco at the time. The film takes place in 1962. France and Monaco were going through a political crisis since General de Gaulle wanted to recover taxes and taxes on French companies residing in the principality. It is a part of the background of the film. I could not respond positively to this type of change.

They also accuse you of having “rewritten and glamorizing” the history of Monaco.
It is not I who ‘glamorizes’ the principality. They
[the principality] do that themselves. But, I do not want controversy. I just be regarded as an artist who claims his freedom and the right to fiction. Of course there are historical inaccuracies. General de Gaulle has never set foot at the ball of the Red Cross. But, I needed it to tell my story.

It is perhaps that is why they are precisely displeased …
I am not a journalist or historian. I am an artist. I have not made a biopic. I hate biopics in general. I did, in any subjectivity, human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career. But, who will give up her career and invent another role. And, it will be painful. When I met the Grimaldi family, that’s what I tried to explain and then I had the feeling of being listened to.

And understood?
Perhaps more by Albert than Caroline. They are attached to the historical side of the story. Since May, we’ve only had good relations. They gave us filming permits. Today, they changed their minds. But, I understand their point of view. After all, it is their mother. I do not want to provoke anyone. Only say that it’s the cinema.”

The film, Grace of Monaco, will have a limited release beginning on November 27, 2013.