Members of the Princely Family in Monaco Attend a Charity Auction.

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On the evening of December 1, 2016, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her daughter, Miss Camille Gottlieb, attended the 2016 Fight AIDS Monaco Auction in Monte-Carlo.

monaco2The money raised — €297,500 — during last evening’s auction were donated to the non-profit organization, Fight AIDS Monaco, which continues to “…develop the actions of information and HIV prevention, but also to continue supporting people living with HIV.” 

Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden Opens an Exhibition at Drottningholms Slott.

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On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden officially opened the floral exhibition, Baroque Blomsterjul, Drottningholms Slott in Stockholm.

Curated by the Swedish court florist, Mr. Claes Carlsson, the exhibition displays:

“…a fragrant and colorful experience in the spirit of Christmas.  The atmospheric arrangement combines decorative elements from Drottningholm Palace Theatre with dramatic lighting, capturing the spirit of the Baroque.

The display can be seen in the magnificent staircase and the adjoining guard’s halls. The staircase is among the grandest of Nicodemus Tessin the Elder’s architectural creations, featuring ornamentation typical of the Baroque period.”

Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court

(VIDEOS) HM Queen Letizia of Spain Participates in a Symposium in Rome, Italy.

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain arrived at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, to participate in the Simposio Internacional Sistemas Alimentarios Sostenibles en favor de unas Dietas Saludables y de la Mejora de la Nutrición (International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition).

Issues discussed during the meeting focused on:

“…policies and program options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges.

The target audience includes government officials with policy-making and program-design mandates from Agriculture, Nutrition, Health and other relevant sectors, as well as parliamentarians and non-state actors from civil society, private sector and research/academic institutions.

The symposium takes a systems approach and will concentrate on three main sub-themes: the supply side policies and measures for increasing access to healthy diets, demand side policies and measures for increasing access and empowering consumers to choose healthy diets and measures to strengthen accountability, resilience, and equity within the food system.”

(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Opens the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science.

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) located in the former Mariënburg convent in Den Bosch.

JADS focuses on analyzing and interpreting big data. Data sets have become so large that organizations and companies can not analyze them themselves and turn to universities for scientific expertise. The results of big data analysis can for example be used for policy-making and innovation of business and society.

The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is a partnership of the Province of North Brabant, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University. Science education, scientific research and innovation come together through cooperation with the (international) business community in the region of Brabant and beyond.

The collaboration of the two universities is unique since big data are studied from technological as well as economic, legal and social perspectives.

During today’s event Her Majesty was given a tour of the new center and met with students as well as staff.

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(VIDEOS) A New King is Proclaimed.

On December 1, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince  Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand officially became His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand, the 10th king of Thailand’s Chakri Dynasty (he will also be known as His Majesty King Rama X) in a succession ceremony at Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

His Majesty formally “…accepted an invitation from parliament on Thursday to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October…” according to Reuters.

Long Live the King!

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark Visits a Construction Site.

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On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited the construction site of the new Marmorkirken metro station in Copenhagen.

According to the Metroselskabet press release during yesterday’s visit the future king of Denmark:

denmark2“…donned a helmet and safety equipment and took a ride down the chute 35 ft underground, after which he walked the almost 700 meters from its upcoming local metro station to the next stop at Kongens Nytorv in the recently drilled tunnel.

It is not the first time that the Crown Prince comes close to the metro project in Copenhagen. In 2007 he opened the new metro line to the airport and was on board when the first official metros drove from Kongens Nytorv directly to the airport in 14 minutes.” denmark3

Photos courtesy of Metroselskabet/Ulrik Jantzen

Royals From Around Europe Attend the Opening of the Exhibition, Convergence, in Dubai.

tessyluxembourgOn the evening of November 29, 2016, Her Royal Highness Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Princess Tatiana of Greece, Her Royal Highness Princess Martha-Louise of Norway, His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan, The Dragon Queen Mother attended the opening of the Royal Bridges exhibition entitled, Convergence, held at the Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Established by His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Royal Bridges is an:

“…artistic forum that challenges the role typically assigned to royalty globally – but as artists themselves – and not merely patrons of the arts.

Royal Bridges is comprised of leading artists from imperial, royal, princely and noble houses from around the globe, who are at the forefront of contemporary art, design, fashion and musical performances.rbexhibtion

Throughout history, art in its various forms has been a pursuit – not merely an avocation for monarchs, princes and princesses – yet their artistic contributions are more often than not, overshadowed by their own lineages.

Royal Bridges steps in to fill in the gap and contend the stereotype of royal patronage with the dearth of artistic talent, which is often associated with ruling houses.
With so many amazing artists hailing from royal and princely houses, Royal Bridges is the platform for dialogue amongst cultures and styles, bridging relationships and gaining a new perspective on contemporary art.”

The exhibition Convergence aims to:

“…bring together for the first time in the history of art, an exceptional mix of royal and princely artists from around the world celebrating contemporary art in the City of Dubai.

greeceFeaturing a plethora of paintings, sculptures, jewelry designs and musical performances, Convergence considers global interchange in modern and contemporary art by providing a firsthand view at the work of twenty-first century royal and princely artists’ across disciplines who have proven professional record and international recognition.

This exceptional exhibition amongst these artists whose own histories are deeply intertwined with rich stories are the product of their unique personalities and circumstances, serving as examples of the magic that befalls when individuals put their passions and ideals into practice. It shall demonstrate how their work is the product of multi-directional global dialogues between their cosmopolitan cultural heritages as well as their colloquy with major art movements of their time and countries of origin.tatianagreece

Convergence demonstrates the passion and vision, that continuously illuminate the possibilities that these artists have to offer not simply as patrons of the arts but as actors themselves: thereby enhancing the viewer’s understanding of modern-day royalty, in exhibition form – a topic that has been underrepresented in the artistic historical discourse.”

Photos courtesy of Instagram

(VIDEOS) Cheesy Movie Time! The Royal Romance Of Charles And Diana and Another Really, REALLY Bad Movie About the Couple.

Here are two incredible cheesy movies from 1983 about the royal romance between The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

The first movie, The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, stars Ms. Catherine Oxenberg and some other guy.  It’s so bad, that it’s good.

The second movie, Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story, stars two people I never heard of before and whose careers have basically died after they starred in this bad made-for-TV movie.

Enjoy!

(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Receives a Humanitarian Award.

On the evening of Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan received the Foreign Press Association’s Humanitarian Award in London, England.

Her Majesty was given the award in recognition of her “…extraordinary humanitarian work addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, and her active and compassionate role in promoting education and championing women…” according to the official website for the queen.

HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway Visits the Realfagsbiblioteket at the Universitetet i Oslo.

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On the morning of November 30, 2016, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visited the Realfagsbiblioteket (Science Library) at the Universitetet i Oslo (University of Oslo) in Oslo, Norway.

According to the Norwegian royal court the Realfagsbiblioteket is “… one of the three candidates up for the Library of the Year award.  The library is also one of the largest research libraries in science and has been a central place for discussion and debate…” 

During her visit the future queen of Norway was given a tour of the fantastic library as well as met with undergraduate students.

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Photo courtesy of the Norwegian royal court

(VIDEOS) Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit Kasteel Heeze.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Kasteel Heeze in the Netherlands.

The royal couple were welcomed to the 17th century castle by its current owner, Baron Tuyll van Serookerken, the Mayor of Heeze-Leende, Mr. Paul Verhoeven, and various Dutch government officials.

Prior to their visit to Kasteel Heeze Their Majesties visited the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven where they participated in a symposium as well as workshops which focused on the “…future of the Dutch and Belgian media…” according to Dutch newspaper, Eindhovens Dagblad.