Here is the 2014 documentary entitled, Habsburg Privat.
The second documentary from ZDF entitled, Die Habsburger, focuses on the history of the Imperial House of Habsburg.
Both programs are in German.
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by their two children, HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques and HSH Princess Gabriella, the Archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Bernard Barsi, the mayor of Monaco, Mr. Georges Marsan, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy and her daughter, Melenie, attended the opening of the Village de Noël at Port Hercule in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
The theme of this year’s Christmas village: Les Douceurs de Noël. The Village de Noël will be open to the public until January 2, 2017.
Later in the evening Princess Charlene attended the Bal de Noël held at the Hôtel de Paris in benefit of the Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco. Over 65,000 Euros was raised during last Saturday’s event.
On the evening of December 1, 2016, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco accompanied by Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her daughter, Miss Camille Gottlieb, attended the 2016 Fight AIDS Monaco Auction in Monte-Carlo.
The money raised — €297,500 — during last evening’s auction were donated to the non-profit organization, Fight AIDS Monaco, which continues to “…develop the actions of information and HIV prevention, but also to continue supporting people living with HIV.”
Photos courtesy of the Palais Princier
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden officially opened the floral exhibition, Baroque Blomsterjul, Drottningholms Slott in Stockholm.
Curated by the Swedish court florist, Mr. Claes Carlsson, the exhibition displays:
“…a fragrant and colorful experience in the spirit of Christmas. The atmospheric arrangement combines decorative elements from Drottningholm Palace Theatre with dramatic lighting, capturing the spirit of the Baroque.
The display can be seen in the magnificent staircase and the adjoining guard’s halls. The staircase is among the grandest of Nicodemus Tessin the Elder’s architectural creations, featuring ornamentation typical of the Baroque period.”
Photo courtesy of the Swedish royal court
On the afternoon of Friday, December 2, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the De Pracht community center in Waalre.
During today’s visit Her Majesty met with volunteers, employees, and individuals who participate in various programs at the center.
On Friday, December 2, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain arrived at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, to participate in the Simposio Internacional Sistemas Alimentarios Sostenibles en favor de unas Dietas Saludables y de la Mejora de la Nutrición (International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition).
Issues discussed during the meeting focused on:
“…policies and program options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges.
The target audience includes government officials with policy-making and program-design mandates from Agriculture, Nutrition, Health and other relevant sectors, as well as parliamentarians and non-state actors from civil society, private sector and research/academic institutions.
The symposium takes a systems approach and will concentrate on three main sub-themes: the supply side policies and measures for increasing access to healthy diets, demand side policies and measures for increasing access and empowering consumers to choose healthy diets and measures to strengthen accountability, resilience, and equity within the food system.”
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) located in the former Mariënburg convent in Den Bosch.
JADS focuses on analyzing and interpreting big data. Data sets have become so large that organizations and companies can not analyze them themselves and turn to universities for scientific expertise. The results of big data analysis can for example be used for policy-making and innovation of business and society.
The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science is a partnership of the Province of North Brabant, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University. Science education, scientific research and innovation come together through cooperation with the (international) business community in the region of Brabant and beyond.
The collaboration of the two universities is unique since big data are studied from technological as well as economic, legal and social perspectives.
During today’s event Her Majesty was given a tour of the new center and met with students as well as staff.
On December 1, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand officially became His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand, the 10th king of Thailand’s Chakri Dynasty (he will also be known as His Majesty King Rama X) in a succession ceremony at Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.
His Majesty formally “…accepted an invitation from parliament on Thursday to succeed his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October…” according to Reuters.
Long Live the King!
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited the construction site of the new Marmorkirken metro station in Copenhagen.
According to the Metroselskabet press release during yesterday’s visit the future king of Denmark:
“…donned a helmet and safety equipment and took a ride down the chute 35 ft underground, after which he walked the almost 700 meters from its upcoming local metro station to the next stop at Kongens Nytorv in the recently drilled tunnel.
It is not the first time that the Crown Prince comes close to the metro project in Copenhagen. In 2007 he opened the new metro line to the airport and was on board when the first official metros drove from Kongens Nytorv directly to the airport in 14 minutes.”
Photos courtesy of Metroselskabet/Ulrik Jantzen
On 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.
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.
Featuring 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.
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
Here are two incredible cheesy movies from 1983 about the royal romance between The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.
The first movie, The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, stars Ms. Catherine Oxenberg and some other guy. It’s so bad, that it’s good.
The second movie, Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story, stars two people I never heard of before and whose careers have basically died after they starred in this bad made-for-TV movie.
Here is the 1973 documentary entitled, Princess Anne: A Royal Romance.
On the evening of Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan received the Foreign Press Association’s Humanitarian Award in London, England.
Her Majesty was given the award in recognition of her “…extraordinary humanitarian work addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, and her active and compassionate role in promoting education and championing women…” according to the official website for the queen.