On August 16, 2011, T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the final evening of the famous 62nd Annual Festival de Musique de Menton.
According to the French newspaper, Nice-Matin, the princely couple were warmly greeted with a round of applause when they arrived to the concert. During the night they, along with thousands of attendees, listened to classical pieces by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.
To view photos from the 62nd Annual Festival de Musique de Menton please click here and here. To learn more about the festival please visit their official website here.
Meanwhile, it is being reported by various news agencies that a certain cranky old blogger dude from California has been found guilty by the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris (a court in Paris, France) for “…publishing false information…” and that his personal blog contains “…libelous and defamatory work…” regarding H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
In June 2011, the cranky old man was:
…ordered to pay 20,000 Euros in damages plus 7,000 Euros in legal fees to Prince Albert for the publication of false and libelous materials. An additional 5,000 Euros per day are applied for each week in which the offending material remains on the blog.
In another case, the old man was ordered to pay 10,000 Euros in damages per infraction, of which there were 6, to Claude Palmero plus 3,000 Euros in legal fees.
He was also ordered to pay 15,000 Euros in damages plus interests to lawyer Thierry Lacoste. He has been ordered to remove the offending materials from his blog or face penalties of 5,000 Euros per week. He was ordered to pay 7,000 Euros in legal fees to Thierry Lacoste.
The old man was ordered to pay 10,000 Euros in damages per infraction, of which there were 2, to Andre Muhlberger plus 3,000 Euros in legal fees.
In 3 additional judgments, the cranky old man was ordered to further pay similar damages for additional infractions to Claudio Marzocco, Thierry Lacoste and Prince Albert, totaling an additional 30,000 Euros in damages plus 9,000 Euros in legal fees. Further judgments for criminal infractions will be rendered in September, October and December 2011.
To read the entire article, which is a good read, please click here.
By the way, this isn’t the first time the cranky old man has been in a legal battle with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and it most likely won’t be the last. The cranky old man likes the attention. To be blunt: He’s an attention whore (which is truly unfortunate because he should be spending his golden years golfing with his friends as well as eating dinner at 3 o’clock in the afternoon not obsessing over some random prince.) There. I said it. I said what everyone on planet Earth has been thinking for years about him. 🙂
Sources: Nice-Matin and Al Bawaba News Agency
Photo courtesy of: Nice-Matin by E.Dulière
Tomorrow (or rather today) in Ireland, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, officially begin their state visit to the emerald island. According to the Press Association, the couple will be officially greeted by:
President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese will formally welcome the Prince at Aras an Uachtarain tomorrow morning and kick-start a series of engagements in Dublin.
After the official greeting, a bunch of air kissing, hand shaking, and head nods the princely entourage and Irish politicians will have a lovely lunch at Iveagh House. After lunch there will be a meeting “…between the Taoiseach and Prince Albert in Government Buildings.” (MS) It is unknown what Miss Wittstock will do, perhaps shopping or meeting the locals, but one this is for sure… there will be loads of photos of her doing something. Or, not.
The purpose of the visit, according to the Irish government news service, Merrion Street, is to:
…strengthen relations between Ireland and Monaco and help to explore the undoubted opportunities for increasing trade, tourism and investment links between the two countries.
Source: Press Asscociation and Merrion Street.ie Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin
It was announced this afternoon that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, will visit the lovely country of Ireland starting on April 4 – 6, 2011.
The couple will visit Dublin and Galway to “…mark the 50th anniversary of the visit (to Ireland) of his late parents, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III and H.S.H. Princess Grace.” (The Journal.ie)
According to the Irish newspaper, Drogheda Independent:
Officials said the programme for the visit will reflect the long-standing ties between Ireland and Monaco and will underline the potential for future co-operation in the areas of business, the environment, research, education, tourism and culture.
President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese will formally welcome Prince Albert to Ireland and will host a state dinner in his honour.
He will also have meetings with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Environment Minister Phil Hogan, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Gerry Breen.
During his time in Ireland, the Prince will visit Trinity College in Dublin, tour the redeveloped Docklands area in the city, and the Irish Marine Institute in Oranmore, County Galway.
He will also inaugurate an exhibition in honour of the late Princess Grace at Farmleigh House, where he will host a reception to highlight Irish literature and art.
Prince Albert will be accompanied by a delegation from the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development during certain events.
More information is coming through the newswire so stay tuned.
Source: DFA.ie, Drogheda-Independent.ie, Independent.ie, and The Journal.ie Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Pool/Getty Images Europe
So, last night I posted a link to a news report/panel discussion about H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock. Well, here is the same program, C Dans L’air, which airs on the French television network, France 5. This time the panel discusses the princely family of Monaco.
Click to watch: Video
Monaco Coat of Arms courtesy of: Wikipedia
Here is a nice fluffy news report from a French television network. It’s actually not bad; moreover, there are some scenes with the couple that I have never seen before.
Click the link to watch: Les fiancailles d\’Albert de Monaco et Charlène Wittstock 2010
Photo courtesy of: Day Life VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
After the death of H.S.H. Princess Antoinette of Monaco on March 17, 2011, the Palais Princier de Monaco has announced that H.S.H. Prince Albert II and his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, have decided to not attend this year’s Rose Ball.
The ball will go on which will, as always, raise money for the Princess Grace Foundation.
Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Samir Hussein/Getty Images Europe
On March 14, 1958, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was born to HSH Princess Grace and HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Today, the former Bobsledding Olympian is 53 years old with two children from two different women, uber-wealthy, slightly overweight, receding hairline, environmentally conscious (though he doesn’t always practice what he preaches), who will finally marry his longtime girlfriend, South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, on July 1 and 2, 2011.
Happy Birthday, dude. You’re old.
To read a long bio about HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco please click the link: Palais Princier de Monaco