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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.”

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(VIDEO) Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party.


In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed ‘king of kings’, celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object – a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially created oasis. The world’s top restaurant at the time, Maxim’s, closed its doors for two weeks to cater the event, a five-course banquet served to over sixty of the world’s kings, queens and presidents, and washed down with some of the rarest wines known to man.

Over a decadent five-day period, guests were treated to a pageant of thousands of soldiers dressed in ancient Persian costume, a ‘son et lumiere’ at the foot of Darius the Great’s temple, and the opening of the Azadi Tower in Tehran, designed to honor the Shah himself.

Every party leaves a few hangovers. This one left a country reeling, never to recover. It crystallized the opposition, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. More than any other event, this party marked the break between the king of kings and the people of Iran he reigned over.

 Click here to watch the documentary on Vimeo.

(VIDEOS) Royals Arrive in Paris for the Opening of the COP21.

On Monday, November 30, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, and His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain attended the opening of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris, France.

Government officials, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, and world leaders including the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, and the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, attended today’s important conference.

The overall goal of the twelve-day COP21 conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Please click here to view photos of the arrival of guests to the COP21.

British and Dubai Royals Attend the Races.

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On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh along with Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai and His Highness Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai attended the 2015 Investac Derby Festival held at the Epsom Racecourse in Epsom, England.

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(VIDEOS) European Royals Attend a Ceremony Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp.

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark along with dozens of dignitaries from around Europe as well as survivors of the Holocaust attended a solemn ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland.

(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Has Passed Away.

On the early morning hours of Friday, January 23, 2015, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had passed.  He was 90 years old.

In the afternoon, the funeral prayers were held for His Majesty at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in Riyadh.  According to the newspaper, Al Arabiya, thereafter “…the late king was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave in a Riyadh cemetery where many citizens rest.”


Various European Royals Attend the Opening of the Exhibition, Der Weg zur Krone: Das Koenigreich Hannover und seine Herrscher. (VIDEOS)

bi-bes-ausstellung-heiraten-schloss-marienburg-pattensen-001On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent, Her Royal Highness Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, His Royal Highness Prince Ernst August, Jr of Hanover and a bunch of other European royals — mainly from non-reigning royal houses — that you probably never heard of before attended the opening of the exhibition, Der Weg zur Krone: Das Koenigreich Hannover und seine Herrscher (The Road to the Crown: The Kingdom of Hanover and Its Rulers) at Schloss Marienburg in Germany.

Click here to watch a video from today’s event.

Click here to watch an interview with His Royal Highness Prince Ernst August, Jr of Hanover.

Click here to view a photo gallery.

If you are interested in learning more about the exhibition, Der Weg zur Krone: Das Koenigreich Hannover und seine Herrscher, please click here.

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