H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco: Her Last Interview and A French Documentary About Her Life

On June 22, 1982, the American television program, 20/20, interviewed H.S.H. Princess Grace of Monaco two and a half months before her death on September 14, 1982.

This in-depth interview with journalist Pierre Salinger is quite interesting to say the least.  The late Princess discussed her life in Monaco, her family, the United States, her friends, her movie career, and much, much more.

So, if you have never seen this interview please click these links and enjoy:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five, and Part Six.

And, finally here is the French documentary, Grace Kelly: Princess of Monaco. Click the links to watch:  Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart Eleven, and Part Twelve

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Edward VIII: A Documentary about the Edward, Duke of Windsor

Besides His Majesty King George III, King Richard III, and Queen Elizabeth I, the history of Edward, Duke of Windsor has always fascinated me.  Any way, here is an eleven part biased documentary entitled, Edward VIII: The Traitor King. Enjoy!

Here is a clip whereupon Edward, Duke of Windsor recalls his first encounter with his soon-to-be wife, Wallis Simpson.  Click to watch:  Duke and Duchess of Windsor

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the Queen Mary Memorial Unveiling in 1967.

Finally, if you have never read the book, A King\’s Story by HRH The Duke of Windsor I highly recommend you do.

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A Documentary About Charlene Wittstock and Miss Catherine Middleton

There is a semi-new documentary about the future Princess of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock, and the future Queen of England, Catherine Middleton, that perhaps some of you have may never seen.

La Monarchie: Le Fabuleux Destin de Kate et Charlene recently aired on French television and now it is available on Daily Motion. Unfortunately, the French commentator, Stéphane Bern (yeah, he’s a total tool, a wannabe Historian, and a brown noser from Hell), is apart of the series.  Barf.  Any way, please click the link to watch: Part One (begins at the 4:24 mark) and Part Two

The series is quite interesting so enjoy!   🙂

Also, there is a nice radio interview with Charlene Wittstock from Talk Radio 702.co.za (South Africa).  Click to listen:  Interview with Charlene Wittstock

Photos courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Handout/Getty Images Europe and Mario Testino/Clarence House

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A Televised Interview With Miss Charlene Wittstock, The Future Princess of Monaco

While in South Africa, these past few weeks, Charlene Wittstock sat down with journalist Derek Watts from the news program, Carte Blanche.

In a special two-part interview Miss Wittstock discusses her life in Monaco, how she met HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, her swimming career, and much more.

Overall, she did a great job.  Charlene looked completely relaxed and calm, and essentially came off as being a nice person.

To watch the two-part interview with Charlene please click the link: Carte Blanche

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The Investiture of The Prince of Wales At Caernarfon Castle: A Video

For those of you who have never seen the historic televised investiture of Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in Caernarfon, Wales on July 1, 1969… well now you can.

Click the link to watch:  Video

To learn more about the investiture please click the link to the official site of The Prince of Wales: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

Also, here is the first interview with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales in 1969:  Video

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Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four). A Documentary by the Awesome Historian Dr. David Starkey

Monarchy: The Royal House of Windsor (Series Four) is a brilliant documentary by the awesome, yet dry, Professor David Starkey.

Any way, the series is available via Amazon and Border’s Books, but thankfully you won’t have to pay to watch it since it’s now available on You Tube.

Click the links to watch the entire series: Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart Nine, and Part Ten

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A Documentary About Burg Hohenzollern: A Modest Home in Germany

Ah, Burg Hohenzollern.  What a magnificent castle!

Located south of Stuttgart, Germany, this modest pad is the family seat for the House of Hohenzollern.  Per the official site of the castle:

The first personal related reference of the Hohenzollern House dates back to 1061 (“Wezil et Burchardus de Zolorin”). First direct mention of the Castle complex (“Castro Zolre”) was in 1267. Appearance, size and furnishing of the original Castle are unknown, but presumably it was in the first decade of the 11th century. At that time it must have been a vast and artistically valuable furnished complex. Contemporary sources praised it as “Crown of all Castles in Swabia” and as “the most fortified House in Germany”. However in 1423, the Castle was completely destroyed.

From 1454 the second Hohenzollern Castle was constructed bigger and even more fortified than before. Later, during the Thirty Years War, the Castle was converted into a fortress with repeatedly changing owners. Since the maintenance of the building was neglected, it dilapidated and turned into ruins at the beginning of the 19th century.

In 1819 Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia decided to have the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern House reconstructed. In 1844, being King Frederick William IV, he wrote in a letter: “The memories of the year 1819 are exceedingly dear to me and like a pleasant dream, it was especially the sunset we watched from one of the Castle bastions, … now this adolescent dream turned into the wish to make the Hohenzollern Castle habitable again…”

From 1850 he put his long lasting dream into reality and created one of Germany’s most imposing Castle complexes in a neo-Gothic style. With its many towers and fortifications, it is an acclaimed masterpiece of military architecture in the 19th century. Additional civil architectural elements make it to a unique attraction. The location on the most beautiful mountain in Swabia, gives the Castle a picturesque appearance.

Any way, I recently found an interesting documentary on You Tube, from 1992, which discusses the brilliant history and construction of this magnificent castle.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy!    🙂

Part OnePart Two, and Part Three

Source: Burg Hohenzollern

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A Mini Documentary About Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

As you may know by now today, January 5, 2011 is Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg’s birthday.  So in honor of his 90th birthday RTL.lu, a Luxembourg television network, aired a lovely documentary about his life thus far.

Click the link to watch the 14 minute clip from RTL.lu but you need to scroll down in order to watch the documentary.


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An Interview with Miss Charlene Wittstock: The Future Princess of Monaco from the Documentary, ‘Prince Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince’

Several months ago France 2 journalist, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, interviewed HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Miss Charlene Wittstock, at the Palais Princier de Monaco.  In the documentary entitled,  Prince Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince, Prince Albert II discusses his life as well as in detail his first five years as the sovereign Prince of Monaco.

In part seven of the series, Miss Charlene Wittstock appears alongside Prince Albert II.  The interview is quite interesting for those who want to know more about the couple. Click the links below to watch, Albert II de Monaco: L’Autre Prince.

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