Random Royal News Regarding Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg and Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duke of Anjou and the Duchess of Cadaval. Plus, New Photos of the Bikini Princess, Corinna von Hohenzollern.

On February 27, 2012, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg welcomed Red Cross volunteers to the Grand Ducal Palace for a reception.  The purpose of today’s event was to thank as well as honor the more than 70 volunteers who are committed to the Red Cross and to those who are “… the most vulnerable in the Luxembourg and abroad.”  

On February 22, 2012, Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Anjou and the Duchess of Cadaval brought home their daughter, Isabelle, from the hospital.  Click here to watch a video.

Finally, new photos were released of Carl Alexander Prinz von Hohenzollern’s press conference/photo-op/wedding reception held at Château du Bel Air.  The new royal couple looked incredibly happy as they sipped on Andres champagne whilst wearing Lederhosen.

A touching moment during the press conference/photo-op/wedding reception is when Frederic Faux Prince von Anhalt presented Corinna, the bikini princess, with a brand new tiara… from Claire’s Accessories.  Click here to view photos.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg and journalist Manuel Beninger.

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Random Royal News Regarding Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover and the Duke of Vendôme

According to the Austrian newspaper, Kleine Zeitung, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover is currently in Lech, Austria on holiday with her family.  It is unknown if the beautiful princess met with members of the Dutch royal family whilst at the luxurious ski resort.  Click here to read the full article. (in German).

Meanwhile, the Duke of Vendôme recently spoke to La Toile regarding his interest in preserving the environment.  Click here to read the article. (in French)

‘Versailles, Countdown to Revolution’ A Documentary (VIDEOS)

Here is the documentary, Versailles: Countdown to Revolution.

A Lavish drama-documentary chronicling the final days of the Bourbon dynasty under the ill-fated Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette. Unlike his highly sexed forebears, it takes Louis seven years to consummate his marriage – and his performance as ruler of France is no more distinguished than his efforts in the royal bed chamber.

The French people are starving, but the aristocracy is too busy partying inside the gilded palace of Versailles to take much notice. Louis tries to make a difference, but his every attempt at reform is blocked by his greedy relatives. Marie Antoinette gets much of the blame for the excesses of the rich, even if she never uttered the famous words “let them eat cake”.

As he drifts into depression and madness, Louis and his Queen attempt to stave off a revolution, pleading with the nobility to accept reform. But it is too late – the astonishing extravagance of Versailles, which once served the glory of France so well, backfires into the ending of the monarchy itself.

By the way, some segments of the documentary may not be suitable for those who are, well, prudish.

‘Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen’: A Documentary About the Last Queen of France. Plus, other Films about the French Monarchy

Here is a documentary about the last queen of France entitled, Marie Antoinette: The Scapegoat Queen.  Click the links below to watch this five-part series:

Finally, the French historian, William Beik, from Emory University in the United States gives a lecture about the lives and landscape of the French monarchy   “… [which focuses on] and discusses the lives of the monarchs, including Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, and the transformation of French culture into the pinnacle of art and refinement.”  

Following Mr. Beik is designer and lecturer Christian Duvernois who discusses “… the gardens of Versailles and the two passionate ‘royal landscape designers’ who spent time working on these gardens: Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette.”  

If you loathe listening to dry and otherwise boring university professors chit-chat about detailed history you can skip this program.  If not, click the link here to watch. 

Château de Versailles, King Louis XIV of France, and Le Petit Trianon: Three Documentaries

Well, it’s that time of the week again!  Yes, it’s royal documentary time, my friends.   🙂   Tonight the subject is all things French and royal.

The first documentary is entitled, The Palace of Versailles.  The program is somewhat short, but nonetheless fantastic.  Click the links to watch:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four and Part Five.  

The second documentary is entitled, Versailles: The Dream of a King. The focus is on Louis XIV aka the Sun King and the building of Versailles:

The film recreates the life and loves of France’s most famous king, Louis XIV. Dubbed the Sun King by his admiring court, Louis conquered half of Europe, conducted dozens of love affairs and dazzled his contemporaries with his lavish entertainments. But perhaps his greatest achievement – and certainly his longest lasting love – was the incredible palace he built at Versailles, one of the wonders of the world.

 


 

 

 

Finally, here is a short program, a total of 6:09 minutes, about the restoration of Le Petit Trianon from TV5 Monde Europe.  Yes, it’s in French.  Click here to watch.  And, a program regarding the restoration of the La Galerie des Glaces at Versailles.  Again, it’s in French… sorry about that.   Click here to watch. 

Photo courtesy of:  Wikipedia

An Interview with Prince Jean, The Duke of Vendôme

Recently, Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme gave an interview to the French newspaper, La Montagne, where he discussed his life and everything else under the sun.  Here is a short translated snippet from the article:

The Orleanists consider him to be the heir to the French throne.  Prince Jean of France refuses to give up his right to exercise his “responsibilities” as part of the his royal linage.  The prince will also host a conference at Avrilly Castle in the coming days.

 L’Allier, because of its history, is more accustomed to the house of Bourbon, at the house of Orleans, who sees you as the heir to the throne of France. Do your two families maintain good relations? 

Yes, of course, they are excellent (laughs). You know, the Bourbons and the Orleans family ties. Henry IV is especially because he is our common ancestor. I am  also know a little Allier.

Your family history has it weighed heavily on you and in your education growing up?

Of course! I was raised in that memory. But, my mother also had the presence of mind to ensure that her children are in direct contact with the world today. She has prepared us to live in our time. So I can say I had a “normal” life when I was young. Also, had to fend alone in my journey as a student, then in my career. In particular, I served in the banking sector. Today, I manage the family forest, bordering south of the Ardennes, an area of 2,500 hectares. I also created my brand, “Prince Jean”, which offers for sale, online, clothes, dishes, crystal, or the tables.

The full interview will be available in tomorrow’s edition of La Montagne.

Finally, it was recently announced that the Duke will attend the princely wedding, on July 1 and 2, in Monaco alongside his wife, the Duchess of Vendôme.

Source:  La Montagne.fr

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio by Pascal Segretain/Getty Images Europe