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

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

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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.

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.

Click here to view photos. 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/S.Hussein

(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.

Photo courtesy of Schloss Marienburg.de

European Royals Attend the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

2012acOn Friday, February 7, 2014, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony held at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.  The princely couple along with thousands in the stands cheered as athletes from around the world entered the stadium.

Other royals were in attendance during today’s opening ceremony including Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, His Royal Highness Prince Felix of Luxembourg, and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Monarchs and Royals Gather to Remember the Late Nelson Mandela. (VIDEOS)

On a rainy December 10, 2013, thousands gathered at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa to attend a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela.  The former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.

Monarch and royals from around the world attended the moving service including His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan accompanied by the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark accompanied by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium accompanied by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Elio Di Rupo, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by the Dutch Foreign Minister, Mr. Frans Timmermans, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan accompanied by the Prime Minister of Jordan, Mr. Abdullah Ensour, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias accompanied by the Prime Minister of Spain, Mr. Mariano Rajoy, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden accompanied by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway accompanied by the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Erna Solberg.

The late Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday, December 15, 2013.  Royals attending the funeral service include His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco to name a few.

Click the links below to watch videos as well as to view photos.

VIDEO (Denmark), VIDEO 2 (Sweden), VIDEO 3 (Spain), VIDEO 4 (Belgium), VIDEO 5 (Dutch)

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Monarchs and Royals React to the Death of the late Mr. Nelson Mandela. (VIDEO)

NelsonMandelaOn December 5, 2013, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away from a lung infection at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95.

Upon hearing the news various monarchs and royals reacted to the death of the late Mr. Nelson Mandela. 

From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

“The Queen was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today. 

Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr. Mandela and sends her sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time.”

From His Holiness Pope Francis:

“It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the Government and to all the people of South Africa.

In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss.

Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.

With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity.” 

From Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall:

“Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family’s lives, but also in those of all South Africans and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom.

The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

From Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco:

“The Prince and Princess of Monaco were deeply grieved to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela.

HSH The Prince asked that the flags at the Palace of Monaco and the Principality’s public institutions be flown at half-mast and that a mass be celebrated soon in Monaco in memory of this great leader, mourned all over the world.

THS The Prince and Princess plan to attend the funeral of this champion of freedom whom they had the honour of meeting several times and whom they both see as “an example, a symbol of reconciliation, a great man who, through his courage, selflessness and generosity, was able to change the course of history and make his life a fight for justice and respect for human dignity.”

From His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan:

“His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday sent a cable of condolences to President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, in which he expressed his deepest condolences and sympathy over the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who devoted his life to serve his country and realize its freedom and independence. 

The King paid tribute to the international symbol, who devoted his life to defend issues of justice, peace and freedom in the world.

His Majesty noted that the late Mandela was globally recognized, through his sacrifices, as a champion of freedom.

The King added that ‘…we in Jordan recall Mandela’s visit for our country, and his partnership with us for peace and development,’ adding that ‘…we share his sense of responsibility for a global future where all peoples reap the fruits of peace, away from exclusion, poverty and conflict.’”

From Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan:

“From Madiba’s life & legacy we draw faith that goodness can prevail, mindsets can change, & clenched fists can open.”

From Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg:

“Monsieur le Président,

Venant d’apprendre la triste nouvelle du décès du Président Nelson Mandela, la Grande-Duchesse et mes compatriotes se joignent à moi pour vous adresser, ainsi qu’au peuple sud-africain et à la famille du défunt, nos plus vives condoléances et nos sentiments de profonde sympathie.  Nous rendons hommage à la mémoire de cet éminent homme d’Etat, qui avec une détermination exemplaire n’a cessé d’œuvrer contre l’apartheid.

Avec la mort du Président Mandela, le monde entier perd une des figures emblématiques dont l’effort de réconciliation a jeté les bases de l’Afrique du Sud moderne.”

From Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway:

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of President Nelson Mandela. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to his family in their bereavement, as well as to the people of South Africa.

I was fortunate to have met President Mandela several times. He has served as a role model for me. I have admired his leadership, courage and wisdom. In a situation characterized by violence and vengefulness, President Mandela succeeded in bringing out the best in both himself and his fellow citizens. He has shown the world that it is possible to choose reconciliation over revenge, to choose that which uplifts over that which destroys.”

From Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden:

Det är med stor sorg jag och min familj har mottagit beskedet att förre presidenten i republiken Sydafrika, Nelson Mandela, har gått bort.

Som president var han en varmhjärtad, hängiven och beundrad statsman.

Drottningen och jag hade förmånen att träffa honom vid vårt statsbesök till Sydafrika 1997 och det var en stor glädje för oss att se honom och hans fru här som våra gäster två år senare. Vid dessa tillfällen gjorde han djupa, varma och bestående intryck på oss. Jag minns Nelson Mandelas extraordinära karisma.”

From Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands:

“His wisdom, integrity and kindness set an inspiring example.”

His Majesty King Mohammad VI of Morocco:

“…the late Mandela was a man of peace and convictions who tirelessly endeavored for the triumph of the values of peace, dignity and democracy…”

From Lene Balleby, Communications Director for the Danish royal court, via Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark:

“Her Majesty has sent a letter of condolence and she expresses her compassion for the people of South Africa and in particular for Mandela’s family…”

The President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, announced this morning that the late Mr. Nelson Mandela will have a state funeral.  He will be buried in Qunu on December 15, 2013.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends the Opening of Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire. (VIDEOS)

sas-le-prince-albertOn Monday, December 2, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the Salon d’Honneur at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris, France to attend the private opening of the exhibition, Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire, organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais with the support of Vranken-Pommery Monopole.

Guests attending the private gala opening included well-known French historian, journalist, and close friend of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mr Stéphane Bern, British actress, Ms. Kristin Scott-Thomas, and Italian actress, Ms. Monica Bellucci, to name a few.

According to a press release Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire:

“…has been designed as an art history exhibition. As works of art in their own right, the jeweler’s creations are shown in the context of changing usages and styles. The history of the house of Cartier from its foundation in 1847 until the 1970s is an opportunity to open the door to a laboratory of forms and enter into the workings of a sophisticated company which creates jewelry and accessories for their intrinsic beauty as well as for their social function.

Six hundred pieces of jewelry, objects, watches and clocks are teamed up with dresses, coats and accessories, furniture, paintings, advertising photographs, engravings and fashion magazines to give visitors an idea of the art and taste of the time. The exhibition aims to put Cartier’s stylistic choices into perspective. 

Over 200 preparatory drawings, numerous archival documents (stock registers, book of ideas, drawings relating to the shop in the rue de la Paix, photographs, plaster casts…) take visitors behind the scenes.

Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire will be open to the public on December 4, 2013 – February 16, 2014.  For more information about the exhibition please click here.

To view photos from the opening please click the links below.

Photo Gallery and Photo Gallery 2

Click here to watch a video.

Blauw Bloed: Weekly Royal Video News. (VIDEO)

CourGrandeDucaleHere is this week’s edition of the great Dutch royal program, Blauw Bloed.

In this episode your host, Mr. Jeroen Snel, recaps all the top royal events of this past week including highlights from Saturday’s royal wedding between Their Royal Highnesses Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg held at the stunning Basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France (which I missed because, well, I was surfing all day with friends, and frankly that’s more important to me than blogging on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Sorry, to be blunt, but it’s true.   :)).

Anyway, to catch up with all the latest Luxembourg royal wedding news — including photos and videos —  well, you know the drill.  Click here for a full report from Luxarazzi: Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Photo courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg/G.Wolff