Anne Boleyn (VIDEOS)

The first documentary is about Anne Boleyn:

“Anne Boleyn is one of the most famous and controversial women in British history. In 1536, she became the first queen in Britain’s history to be executed. The brutal speed of her downfall, and the astonishing nature of the charges against her – treason, adultery, even incest – makes her story shocking even to this day.

Yet whilst we know how Anne died, the story of why she had to go and who authored her violent end has been the subject of fiery debate across six centuries. In a radical new approach to televised history, a stellar cast of writers and historians, including Hilary Mantel, David Starkey, Philippa Gregory and others, battle out the story of her last days and give their own unique interpretations of her destruction.”

The second documentary (part 1-2) is, well, obviously not about Anne Boleyn.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I suggest you watch both videos before they are removed by You Tube.   🙂

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His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani The New Emir of Qatar. (VIDEOS)

Well, it is official.  The super awesome His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar has retired, err, stepped down as the Emir of Qatar.  So, who’s replacing  him?  His son… His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

According to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, via a press conference,  the reason for his abdication was pretty simple.  According to the Emir “…it was time for a new generation to takeover… This is the beginning of a new era in which a young leadership will hold the banner…”  

According to the Qatar News Agency, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will “…receive citizens from 8 AM to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 26 to swear allegiance to the new Emir…”

So, congrats Your Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani!  Good luck, dude.  And, don’t screw up.   🙂

Click the video to watch the announcement on You Tube.

Her Highness Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia Participates in a Plenary Session During the 2013 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (VIDEO)

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, Her Highness Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia participated in the plenary session entitled, The Business Case for Gender Diversity, during the 2013 World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.

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

Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran, Attends the 4th Edition of Salon Art Monaco. (VIDEO)

Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran, was in Monaco on April 25, 2013, to attend the opening of the 4th Edition of the Salon Art Monaco held at the Grimaldi Forum.

The purpose of Empress Farah’s attendance to this great four-day event was to oversee “…an exhibit and sale of artwork for the benefit of the Prince Alireza Pahlavi Fund for Ancient Iran Scholarship at Harvard University…”

According to the official website for the Prince Alireza Foundation several of the  artworks that were auctioned were done “…by Her Imperial Majesty Shahbanou Farah in memory of her late son, His Imperial Highness Prince Alireza Pahlavi…” who passed away on January 4, 2011.

If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation for the Establishment of Prince Alireza Pahlavi Fund for Ancient Iranian Studies please visit the foundation’s official website and Facebook page here and here.

Blauw Bloed: The Royal News From This Past Week. Plus, A Special Segment Regarding His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje. (VIDEO)

QueenBeatrixoftheNetherlandsHere is this week’s edition of the great Dutch program, Blauw Bloed.  Besides covering the royal news from this past week the program also discusses His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje’s upcoming inauguration on April 30.

Please click here to watch the show.   🙂

Photo courtesy of HKH/RVD

His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar Goes to Washington!

EmirofQatarOn the morning April 23, 2013, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar and his delegation arrived at the Naval Observatory for a quaint breakfast meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.  So what did they talk about over coffee and donuts you may ask?  Well, the usual of course: bilateral relations, international issues and perhaps they talked about last Sunday’s NBA game between the Lakers and Spurs in which the Lakers lost 91-79.  Or, maybe they talked about the six Greek Islands His Highness recently purchased for a bargain price of 8.5 million Euros.  Who knows.

Anyway, six hours later His Highness arrived at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama.  Discussions inside the Oval Office focused on the Syrian crisis and bilateral relations between the U.S. and Qatar according to various sources.

European Royals Attend Holy Mass for the Beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis. (VIDEOS)

500px-Flag_of_the_Vatican_City.svgOn March 19, 2013, hundreds of thousands of faithful followers, government officials, various leaders from different faiths, and European royals attended the celebration of Holy Mass for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

So which royals attended today’s fantastic inaugural Mass?

  1. Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
  2. Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco
  3. Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium
  4. Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  5. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
  6. His Royal Highnesses Prince Felix of Luxembourg
  7. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
  8. Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias

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If you are interested in watching the entire inaugural Mass please watch the video below.   🙂

His Holiness Pope Francis meeting world leaders including super awesome Vice President “Uncle” Joe Biden.   🙂

TSHs Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein meet His Holiness Pope Francis.

His Holiness Pope Francis meets TRHs Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and TRHs Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias.

Click here to watch a video news report from Blauw Bloed.

Click here to watch a video clip from De Standaard

Click here to watch a video news report from NOS.