Friday, November 30, 2012

Royal Profile:Prince Akishino of Japan

Prince Akishino of Japan is the second son the Emperor and Emperess of Japan, thus is second in line for the throne of Japan after his elder brother. He was born 30 November 1965.

He attended elementary and secondary departments of the Gakushuin (Peers School). In 1984, he began studying Law & Biolog a Gakushuin University. Upon graduation from there, he studied taxonomy of fish as St. John's College, Oxford University from 1988-1990. In 1996, he was awarded a PhD from the National University of General Research.

He is a big fan of the Beatles and an avid tennis player.

On 29 June 1990, Prince Fumihito married Kawashima Kiko. Together, they have the following children:
  • Princess Mako (23 October 1991)
  • Princess Kako ( 29 December 1994)
  • Prince Hisahito (6 September 2006)
Prior to his son's birth in 2006, there was a succession controversy as his brother's only child was a female. At present, males can only inherit the throne. Unless the laws change or The Crown Prince has a son, it is likely that Prince Hisahito will reign as Emperor.


Prince Akishino serves as the president of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology and the Japanese Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquariums. He is also the honorary president of the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan, the Japan Tennis Association, and the Japan-Netherlands Association.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Royal Profile: Louis Robert Paul Ducruet


Louis Robert Paul Ducruet is the oldest-and only-son of Princess Stephanie of Monaco with Daniel Ducruet. He is the nephew of Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco, the present reigning prince of Monaco, thus Mr. Ducruet is 7th in line for the throne. At his birth, he was technically 9th in line for the throne (since this was prior to the succession law change of 2002, his illegitimate cousin Jazmin was in line after her father, technically, and his uncle had not yet ascended the throne).

He was born in Monaco's Le Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, in the same room as his older Casiraghi cousins in fact, on 26 November 1992, just a mere 8 months and 22 days after his maternal cousin Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, who is the illegitimate daughter of his uncle, Prince Albert. Today, his is 7th in line for the Monégasque Throne, after his aunt Caroline, cousins Andrea, Pierre, Charlotte and Alexandra and his mother.

He attended local a local Monaco Maternelle division school, and eventually a École élémentaire in Monaco-until Mama decided to pick up her family of four to travel with the circus! While traveling with the circus, little Loulou was taught briefly by his mother, and was briefly enrolled in Le Lycée Français de Zurich before picking up to head out with the circus again. With grand-père’s ill health a major factor in her decision, Louis's mama made the decision to return to the tiny principality in either late 2003 or early 2004, when Louis should have been in the first year at Collège Charles III (Sixième). Louis finished his formal education in Monaco's public school system, earning the French Bac from Lycée Prince Albert Ier, with a grade of admis in 2010. Louis attended SKEMA Business School in Sophia Annapolis, France where he graduated this past spring with his general education baclelor degree, and it is assumed he will continue on to   study sports management.

Louis, along with little sister Pauline (and most of the rest of the Grimaldis), is a major fan of Monaco’s home football team, AS Monaco FC. Louis is also a fan of AS Roma, ETG FC, and Real Madrid FC. When Louis was a youngster, Prince Albert joked that they may have to change the name of the Monégasque stadium to Stade Louis III from Stade Louis II, in his honor.

Like most kids his age, Louis is active in school programs and on social networking sites. He has over 900 friends on Facebook, including his two little sisters, older half-brother, Mika, cousin Jazmin, ex-stepfather Adans Peres, among others. He is a music lover and is a fan of his mom’s old friend, Michael Jackson, among other French artists. He likes action films, hip-hop music, and martial arts. His favorite TV shows include South Park and Greys Anatomy. He was also active on the university community, as he serves as president to SKEMA’s student social group, Suberman, which is in charge of organizing parties on campus and the general satisfaction of the student body.

Due to being so far down in the line for the throne, his parents wanting a “normal” life for their children, and his university studies taking prevalence over royal duties, Louis is rarely seen performing duties on behalf of his uncle. Louis does attend the circus festival every year-often on the days that the cameras are not there, according to his mother. Louis attended his uncle’s 2005 Enthronement ceremony, and July 2011 wedding to his new aunt, Princess Charlene, appearing on the balcony after the civil service, arriving with his mother, sisters, aunt and younger cousin at the religious service, and attending the JM Jarre concert after the civil service, and the Eagles Concert prior to the festivities. More recently, he accompanied his mother to the Golden Foot Awards in October 2012.

Louis speaks fluent French, English and Italian, and according to his Facebook at one point, he even claimed to know some Japanese!

Happy 20th Birthday, LouLou!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Nov 19-25

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola visit the offices of the Flemish newspaper, Het Laaste Nieuws, where they mingled with editors and journalists on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Philippe was on an official visit to Australia. Check back for a full recap.

-Princess Mathilde visited two rehabilitation centers, L'Etoile Polaire and De Poolster on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future Belgian Queen attended the opening of the 2012 Euro Symposium for Family Assistants held at the Atelier des Tanneurs {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort  & Princess Benedikte attended a performance of the première of the ballet, The Nutcracker, held at the Tivoli Concert Hall {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary  launched the Mary Fondens new project entitled, Netwerk on Thursday {Photo}

-Princess Benedikte presided over the 2012 Gudmund Shacks Memorial Prize on Wednesday {Photos}. On Saturday, she attended the opening of the 2012 Svenske Julebasar (Swedish Christmas Bazaar) held at the Svenske Kirke (Swedish Church) {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Endinburgh celebrated their 65th anniversary on Tuesday. On Thursday, the monarch and consort paid a visit to Bristol, England as a part of the Diamond Jubilee tour, where they toured the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, visited the Bailiy of Bristol and Hartcliffe & Withywood Ventures, and attended a luncheon at the M. Shed, Princes Warf {Photos}.


-The Prince Charles of Wales opened the new Anaerobic Digester, toured the Dorset County Hospital, and met with representatives of the Trees for Dorset. The Prince of Wales also planted an Oak tree at Middle Farm in honor of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge met with members of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and attended the Wales vs. New Zealand rugby match held at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday {Photos}. On Thursday, they visited Cambridge, England where they  visited The Guildhall, Peterborough City Hospital, a nightshelter named  'Jimmy's', Manor School among other Cambridge landmarks {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Malata. Check back soon for a full recap.


-Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent & The Lady Gabriella Windsor attended a party for Leonie Frieda’s new book The Deadly Sisterhood on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Michael of Kent attended the launch of East-West: The Art of Dialogue on Thursday {Source}

-The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis celebrated her 35th birthday on Monday.

Greek

-Queen Anne-Marie attended a performance of the première of the ballet, The Nutcracker, held at the Tivoli Concert Hall {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans-Adam II attended the 2012 Monaco National Day Celebrations on Monday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the 2012 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Centenary Gala on Saturday {Source}. On Friday, he attended the St. Andrews Day Gala banquet {Photo}{Source}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Pierre Rainier Stephano Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy attended the 2012 Monaco celebrations, including the church service, Court of Honor ceremony and military parade on Monday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover,  Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi & Pierre Rainier Stephano Casiraghi attended the National Day Gala Performance on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Albert, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended a reception aboard the USS Whitney on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 100th anniversary of the Church of St. Charles's consecration on Sunday {Source}

-Princess Charlene attended the 13th Annual No Finish Line charity race, where she gave out prizes on Saturday {Source} {Video}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover received a check for 8,000 Euros for her charity, AMADE on Saturday

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix held audience with The President and 1st lady of Slovakia on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, she attended a concert of the Slovakian pianist, Mr. Marian Lapšanský, and soprano, Ms. Andrea Vizvári {Photos}.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima were on official visit to Brazil this week. Cheek back soon for a full recap.

-Prince Friso the Royal court issued a statement on Monday regarding Prince Friso's present condition stating that "Prince Friso has recently begun to show signs of limited awareness; a state commonly known as minimal consciousness. The prognosis continues to be very uncertain and the medical team remains gravely concerned. It will take many months to get more clarity." to view the statement in its entirety, click here.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit began a 3 day visit to Indonesia on Sunday. Check back soon for a full recap.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Austrias & Princess Letizia of Austrias held audiences with the President of Brazil on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Juan Carlos I had hip surgery on Friday {Source}

-Queen Sofia visited the  Museo Nacional del Prado, where she opened the exhibition entitled The Young vanDyck on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, she presided over the XXIII Edición del Premio Tomás Francisco Prieto {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Austrias, Princess Letizia of Austrias, Infanta Leonor, Infanta Sofia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina & Don  Juan Pablo Urdangarin visited their husband/father/father-in-law/grandfather, The King in the hospital on Friday evening {Photos}

-Prince Felipe of Austrias attended the Patronato del Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos board meeting held at the Real Instituto Elcano on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Spanish King visited the  Grupo Móvil de Control Aéreo (GRUMOCA) {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Austrias & Princess Letizia of Austrias presided over the XXIX Edición del Premio de Periodismo Francisco Cerecedo held at the Ritz Hotel in Madrid on Tuesday {Photos}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with General Håkan Syrén and attended the the Swedish Foreign Trade Association's 125th anniversary celebrationson Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel visited the municipality of Faagersta on Wednesday {Source}

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fête Nationale Monegu 2012

The National Day celebrations began over the weekend with various ceremonies and gift giving.

Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Princess Stephanie distributed gifts to the elderly Monégasque residents at the Monégasque Red Cross Headquarters on Saturday, 17 November. Also on Saturday, The Sovreign Prince was joined by his youngest sister to start the  'No Finish Line' long distance running race, in aid of charity Children And Future {Photos}.

In the afternoon, Prince Albert awarded his wife, Princess Charlene, the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles {Photo}. Also in attendance at this ceremony were the Prince's two sisters.

On the evening of 17 November, Prince Albert was joined by his wife and elder sister attended a gala dinner  to honor Alain Ducasse {Photos}.

Among other medal ceremonies that took place were ceremonies for physical education awards, Order  of Merit,  Order of the Crown, Order of Grimaldi as well as other Monégasque honors. However, none of these ceremonies were considered public.Here are videos of the various ceremonies: Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, Video 5, Video 6, Video 7, & Video 8

On 19 November, Prince Albert was accompanied by his wife, sisters, cousin Elisabeth Anne de Massy, Elisabeth's daughter Melanie, and his niece and two nephews to the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco for the hour long church service {Photos}. Afterward, they attended the court of honor ceremony {Photos}, military parade and appeared on the balcony {Photos}. In the evening, the Prince and Princess were joined by The Princess of Hanover and her two sons for the evening gala performance {Photos}.

Also joining in on the celebrations was Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, who attended the morning church service, honor guard ceremony, appeared on the balcony with the family and attended the evening gala performance. Notably absent for the 1st time in her 13 years was Princess Alexandra of Hanover. It is believed she was participating in an ice skating competition in Paris today. Also, notably absent were the vast majority of the de Massy family and Princess Stephanie's three children, which is nothing out of the ordinary there.

On Tuesday, November 21st, Prince Albert was accompanied by his sister Princess Caroline and her two sons for a reception aboard the USS Mount Whitney (which currently calls it's homeport Gaeta, Italy, a mere 825 kms/512.6 miles from Monaco) at Port Hercule. Princess Caroline and her boys arrived via an American Military jeep that was once owned by Prince Rainier. During the reception, the American Ambassador to France & Monaco, Charles H Rivkin and Vice-Admiral Frank C Pandolfe presented Prince Albert with a painting of the vessel.  Guests at the reception included members of the diplomatic and local govermant community. Also during the reception, Rivkin spoke of Princess Grace and emphasized the tight bonds between Monaco and the US. Prince Albert also took to the podium, where he thanked the US Navy and ambassador for arranging the visit and also spoke of the tight bonds between the countries and it's similarities in Human Rights and Environmental Campaigns {Source}.

My thoughts:


  • The Hats. REALLY? What are the Grimaldi's trying to do today-pretend to be British? NOOO. BAD IDEA. *headdesk*
  • Not digging Charlotte's hat at all. Totally mismatched with her outfit, and makes her look like she's 10.
  • LOVED Princess Caroline's look. Thought Princess Stephanie's could be a repeat from a few years back-thoughts?
  • THRILLED not to see Tatiana-it just adds more to my theory that there's something fishy going on between her and Andrea. Hate to say it, but I told you so, didn't I?
  • We need an official pic of Princess Charlene with her orders and that tiara...like now.
  • Anyone besides me think that Princess Charlene's dress (minus the jacket)  was similar to Princess Grace's look here?


Royal Profile: The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis

The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis is the oldest daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She is first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England on 19 November 1977. She was the second child of the Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. At the time of her birth, she was 11th in line for the throne after her brother, she is now 24th after the birth of several cousins and her niece and nephew.

She grew up with her parents and two siblings in an apartment in Kensington Palace. She attended Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, where she studied Media Studies.

During a vacation in Bali, she met and fell in love with New Zealander carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, Gary Lewis. After a four year courtship, the pair married in a small ceremony at the chapel at Kensington Palace on 31 July 2004, of which the only members of the Royal Family that were present were her parents. It was on this day that Davina became a stepmother to Lewis's son, Ari Lewis, whom which was from a previous relationship. On 22 June 2010, Davina gave birth to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's third granddaughter (and third grandchild with in a month! Lady Rose's daughter was born 30 May 2010, and the Earl of Ulster's daughter was born 20 May 2010!), Senna Kowhai Lewis. In May 2012, she gave birth to her second child, Tāne Mahuta Lewis.

She, her husband and their young family present live in her husband's native New Zealand, away from the craziness of Royal life. She attend the wedding of her second cousin, Prince William to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Diamond Jubliee: Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visit Papua New Guinea, New Zealand & Australia


Papua New Guinea

Day 1 (November 3)

Upon their arrival in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the future monarch and his wife were  met with by  the Prime Minister, First Lady, other various dignitaries, and school children. After the brief welcome ceremony, Prince Charles inspected the Honor Guard.

Later, Prince Charles was invested with the insignia of a Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu - an honor which carries the title of chief - by governor general Sir Michael Ogio. Meanwhile, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with the insignia of a Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia and they both also received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal.

Day 2 (November 4)

Today, the Royal Couple attended a traditional church service and state dinner. 

Sources:
Day 1 & 2 Photos

Australia

Day 1 (November 5)

Arrival and flight into Australia

Day 2 (November 6)

Prince Charles visited the the Australian Tapestry Workshop {Video} and visited a Cricket Clinic {Source}. The future monarch and his wife attended the 2012 Melbourne Cup {Photos}{Source}.

Day 3 (November 7)

 The Royal couple paid a visit to Kilkenny Primary School, where they toured the school and stopped for mingling and eating with the students and faculty {Source}. Afterward, they headed to the Goverment House to visit with some Kolas {Source}

The future monarch and his wife also paid visits to Penfolds Winery for an exhibition of SA food and wine; Adelaide Convention Centre for a showcase of economic activity; and Adelaide Rowing Club boathouse to meet and greet the public.

After that, they boarded a flight to Melborne.

{Source}

Day 4 (November 8)

The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall arrived for a brief visit in Tasmania. They arrived around lunchtime, and immediately went on a tour of The Woodcraft Shop. Afterward, Prince Charles met with local farmers and agricultural scientists. To end their visit to the area, the Royal Couple planted a tree at St Luke's Anglican Church, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

On their next leg of the tour of Tasmania, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a  luncheon hosted by Premier Lara Giddings at the historic Mill House in Richmond.
{Source}

Day 5 (November 9)

The future Monarch and his wife arrived in Sydney, Australia. First on Prince Charles's agenda was to pay a visit to Sydney Harbor and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Later, he inspected the Royal Guard. 

Meanwhile, his future consort had an adgenda of her own. First, she was appointed as the colonel-in-chief of the Royal Australian Corps of the Military Police during a ceremony at the Victoria Barracks. In the afternoon, she attended the Women of the World reception at the Government House.

In the evening, the future monarch and consort paid a visit to the Sydney Opera House for the Diamond Jubilee Reception before heading off to dinner at the Admiralty House.

{Source}

New Zealand

Day 1 (November 10)

Prior to their departure of Austrlaia for New Zealand,  Prince Charles and his second wife paid a visit to Canberra, Australia where they "...laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial..." as well as met with Australian Prime Minister, Ms. Julia Gillard. {Source}

Afterward, they boarded a flight to New Zealand.

Day 2 (November 11)

As it was Remembrance Day, the future King and his second wife did exactly what they would've done if they were home on this day. They attended a service honoring New Zealand's fallen soilders, and laid a wreath {Source}. Prior to the service, the royal pair toured the Auckland War Memorial Museum and mingled with elders from the city's main tribe Ngati Whatua in the building's Hall of Memories, where the names of Auckland's World War II dead are inscribed and  rubbed noses with their Maori hosts in the traditional greeting.

Day 3 (November 12)

During the day, the couple embarked on a walking tour of Auckland, New Zealand. Prince Charles paid a visit to the AUT Millennium sport institute. Meanwhile, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to East Tamaki Primary School. Afterward, he was joined by his wife for a performance of a Kiwi childhood classic Hairy Maclary.{Source}

In the evening, they attended a dinner for the Diamond Jubilee Trust with people who made significant donations to the trust {Source}.

Day 4 (November 13)

Rest day for the future Monarch and his wife. They performed no official engagements today.
{Source}

Day 5 (November 14)Prince Charles's 64th birthday

The Royal Couple paid a visit to Wellington ,New Zealand. While there, Prince Charles visitedto a Weta Workshop to tour the set and meet with some of the actors from the upcoming film  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

In the evening, the future king and his wife attended a birthday party for the Prince  that was also attended by local dignataries and 64 citizens ranging from 14-101 who also share Prince Charles's birthday{Source}{Source}

Day 6 (November 15)

The future King and his second wife paid a visit to the small town of Feidling, New Zealand. To start their visit, they participated in a walk about at a local farmer's market.{Photos}. Afterward, Prince Charles paid a visit to New Zealand Air Force staff and families at  Ohakea Air Base.{Photos}

Day 7 (November 16)

 The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend the Victoria Clock ceremony where the Prince's letter to the city after the 2010 earthquake was placed in a time capsule on November 16, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Afterward, they attended the Canterbury A&P Show before bording a flight home.

{Photos}

The Recap of the Royals You Love: November 12-18

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola
welcomed Polish President and First Lady to Belgium on Tuesday.

-Prince Phillipe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended the Fête du Roi 2012. celebrations on Thursday {Photos}{Photo}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II attended a press conference for the Danish performance of The Nutcracker at the Tivoli Concert Hall on Thursday. Queen Margarethe designed the sets for this year's production. {Photo}

-Prince Joachim  attended a hunting expedition at Lovrup Skov on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Marie attended the celebration of the  "... 40th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention ..." on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, she visited the exhibition "Master and More" in Germany {Source}

-Princess Benedikte hosted a reception  on the occasion of "... Denmark as the official partner country at the World Equestrian Festival 2012 in Aachen..."  on Thursday {Video}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited the Royal Commonwealth Society on Wednesday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales celebrated his 64th birthday on Wednesday.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a meeting of The Clervaux Trust at Clow Beck Farm, a performance from Escomb Primary School’s choir,  a Britain’s Got Talent style performance from Julia Folland and Kirsty Findeisen with their respective Border Collies and  opened a Forum in Billingham during a visit to the North East of England on Tuesday {Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Princess Michael of Kent attended Marex Spectron Charity Day on Thursday {Source}. The Countess of Wessex is patron of Shooting Star Chase.

-Peter Mark Andrew Philips celebrated his 35th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Eugenie of York, & Sarah, Duchess of York partied at the London club Lou Lou's on Tuesday {Source}

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko arrived in Naha,Okinawa for a four-day visit on Saturday {Source}


Luxembourg

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa held an audience with female executives of Women's World Banking (WWB) on Wednesday {Source}.

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess met with Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the closing of the 10th Congrès de la Fédération Internationale des Corps et Associations Consulaires (FICAC) on Tuesday {Photo}. On Wednesday  he opened the 13th annual Monaco Media Forum {Photo}

-Prince Albert II awarded Princess Charlene with the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles on Saturday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy attended an auction and concert for Monaco Against Autism on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Stephanie attended the No Finish Line event on Saturday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene & Princess Stephanie gave out parcels to Monaco's Seniors and at the Red Cross on Saturday

-Princess Charlene was awarded with the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles on Saturday {Photo}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatix attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Beatix, Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima attended the 2012 Erasmusprijs (Erasmus Prize) on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended the annual conference, ECP, held at the Circustheater on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Maxima participated in the opening of the 3rd Edition of Week van Het Geld {Photos} and participated in the conference entitled, The Future of Banking, held at the Convention Factory on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended the 8th Edition of the Conference: Growing SMEs, Connect, Exchange {Photos}

-Princess Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia, & Princess Ariane attended the arrival of "... Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten..." on Saturday {Photos}

Spain

-Queen Sofia presented the XXI Premio Reina Sofía de Poesía Iberoamericana (Reina Sofia Award for Latin American Poetry) on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Austrias gave a speech during the "... presentation of the Panel on the Realities and Future of Entrepreneurship in connection with Global Entrepreneurship Week Spain"{Source}

-Princess Letizia of Austrias presided over a conference entitled, Importancia de la Investigación en Cáncer on Tuesday{Photos}{Photos}

-Infanta Pilar attended an auction and concert for Monaco Against Autism on Thursday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustav awarded Prince Eugen Medal on Thursday {Source}

-Queen Silvia held an audience with politicians from Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt on Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the World Diabeates Day Dinner & Auction on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine visited GRADS project in Lawrence County, Ohio, USA onWednesday {Source}

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Monaco National Day 2012: The Orders of Monaco

In light of Monaco's upcoming National Day on Monday, I thought some of you might be interested in the different orders of the Principality. Here they are, in orders of Precedence:
Clicking the link will take you to a photograph of what the order looks like.

The Order of St. Charles was created by decree on March 15, 1858, and modified December 23, 1966. This medal rewards merit and acknowledges service to the State or Prince.

There are five categories of merit :
  • Knight-Grand Cross
  • Grand Officer
  • Commander
  • Officer 
  • Knight

Family Members whom have received this order are:
  • Prince Albert II (13 March 1979, Grand Cross) (Grand Master since 6 April 2005)
  • Princess Charlene (17 November 2012, Grand Cross)
  • Princess Caroline of Hanover (Unknown Date, Grand Cross)
  • Prince Rainier (9 May 1949-6 April 2005, Grand Master)
The Order of The Crown was created by decree on July 20, 1960 and modified December 23, 1966. This medal is awarded to those people, who have done something exceptional or by their exceptional conduct.

There are five categories of merit :
  • Knight-Grand Cross
  • Grand Officer
  • Commander
  • Officer 
  • Knight
Family Members who have received this order are:
  • Prince Albert II (6 April 2005, Grand Master)
The Order of Grimaldi was created by decree on November 18, 1954 and modified July 19, 1960 and again on December 23, 1966. This medal is to reward those people who have contributed to the prestige of the Principality with distinction.

There are five categories of merit :
  • Knight-Grand Cross
  • Grand Officer
  • Commander
  • Officer 
  • Knight
Family Members who have received this order are:
  • Prince Albert II (6 April 2005, Grand Master)
  • Princess Caroline of Hanover (19 November 2005, Grand Cross)
  • Princess Stephanie (19 November 2005, Grand Cross)
  • Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy ( Unknown Date/Category, But I'm fairly certain she's received it in the last 5-6 years)
The Order of Cultural Merit was created by decree on December 31, 1952. This medal is to reward those people with distinction, who have participated in the arts, letters and science through their work or teaching in Monaco. Or have contributed in those areas and extended the intellectual influence of the Principality, even outside of Monaco.

There are three categories of merit :
  • Commander
  • Officer 
  • Knight
Family Members who have received this order are:
  • Prince Albert II (6 April 2005, Grand Master)
  • Princess Caroline of Hanover (10 November 2005, Commander)
The Medal of Honor was created by decree on February 5th 1894, and modified April 20, 1925 and again November 13, 1952. This metal is awarded for exceptional devotion to duty in the civil and military service.

There are three categories of reward:
  • Gold
  • Silver 
  • Bronze
The Monaco Red Cross Medal  was created by decree on October 16, 1950. It is awarded to those for their devotion and exceptional service to the Red Cross, either on a national or international level.

There are three categories of reward:
  • Gold
  • Silver 
  • Bronze


Citation for Exceptional Service
This award has been established the April 7, 1951 and modified December 23, 1966. This citation is awarded for exceptional service, acts of courage or for devotion to duty and exceptional service by the military in the service of the Prince. This clip is worn on top of the ribbon on the 'medal of honor' first category.

There are four different categories of clips:
  • Gold
  • Silver gilt
  • Silver 
  • Bronze
The Monaco Blood Donor Medal was created by decree on July 30, 1993. This medal is awarded to those blood donors for their devotion and merits.

There are three categories of merit:
  • Silver gilt
  • Silver
  • Bronze
Side, semi-related note:

Like last year, numerous events can be watched online.

The Schedule:

Sunday, 18 November at  8:30PM Monaco time, 2:30PM US Eastern: Fireworks display
Monday, 19 November:
 10AM Monaco time, 4AM US Eastern: Te Deum Mass
11:30AM Monaco time, 5:30AM US Eastern: Military Parade (family balcony apperance)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Royal Profile: Peter Mark Andrew Philips

Peter Mark Andrew Philips was born the eldest son of The Princess Anne and her first husband, Captian Mark Philips on 15 November 1977. He is the 1st legitimate grandchild of a monarch to be born without a title or courtesy title in 500 years. At the time of his birth, there was a 41-gun salute from the Tower of London. His godparents were:

  • The Prince of Wales (his uncle, who he nearly shares a birthday with)
  • the Rt. Rev'd. Geoffrey Tiarks
  • Captain Hamish Lochore
  • Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel 
  • Jane Holderness-Roddam
Peter has no biological brothers, but has one full younger sister and two half younger sisters-Zara Philips (1981), Felicity Tonkin (1985) and Stephanie Philips (1997). He has one brother-in-law, Mike Tindall, who married his sister Zara in 2011.

From 1980-1990, Peter attended Port Regis School. Upon graduating from there, he attended the same school previously attended by his maternal grandfather and uncles, Gordonstun School in Scotland. He attended the University of Exeter, graduating with a Sports Science degree.


After graduating in 2000, Peter worked for various organizations. First, he workedas a corprorate hospitality manager for Jaguar, before moving on to work as a sponsorship accounts manager for WilliamsF1 Racing Team. He worked for Royal Bank of Scotland from 2005-2012. He now works as a managing director for an organization known as SEL UK, where he manages his sister's equestrian career {Source}.

Contrary to his sister's life, Peter leads a very low public profile. He dated a few women before meeting Autumn Philips, and marrying her in 2008. Together, they have two daughters:
  • Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
  • Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
In August 2012, he was the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Rugby Leauge Challenge Cup Finals between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.

At his birth, he was 6th in line for the throne. Presently, Mr. Philips is 11th after three uncles, six cousins and his mother.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Royal Profile: Prince Charles of Wales

Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 14 November 1948 weighing 7 lbs 6oz, he was the eldest son and heir apparent to Princess Elizabeth of York and Sir Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace. His godparents were:
  • King George V (his maternal grandfather)
  • King Haakon VIII (his distant cousin)
  • Queen Mary (his maternal great grandmother)
  • The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (his maternal aunt)
  • Prince George of Greece (his paternal granduncle)
  • Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (his paternal great-grandmother)
  • Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (his paternal cousin)
  • The Hon. David Bowes-Lyon (his maternal granduncle)
When he was just three years old, he became heir-apparent to the throne at his mother's ascendance to the throne in 1952. 

He was 4 years old on his mother's 2 June 1953 Cpronation at Westminister Abbey.  Many who watched the Coronation have vivid memories of him seated between his widowed grandmother, now to be known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and his aunt, Princess Margaret. {Source}.

Unlike his mother's upbringing of an education at Buckingham Palace, the young Prince's parents decided to educate him at top private schools in London. He began his education at the prestigious Hill House school in West London, shortly before his eighth birthday. After just one school year (10 months to be exact), he became a boarder at the prestigious Cheam School. Like his father previously, Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun School beginning when he was 13 years old. In 1966, he attended two terms  as an exchange student at Timbertop, a remote outpost of the Geelong Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. After two terms in Australia, he returned for a final year at Gordonstoun School, where he was appointed School Guardian (Head Boy). Having passed six O Levels, the Prince took a Levels in 1967, where he received a B in History, C in French and a disticition in an optional special history paper. After graduting from Gordonstoun, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he studied archeology and anthropology at Trinity College, changing to history for the latter half of his degree, and was awarded a 2:2 degree in 1970.

When he was just 9 years old, his mother created him The Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. He was invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen on 1st July 1969 in a colourful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. Before the investiture The Prince had spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, learning to speak Welsh.

In February 1970, he took his seat in the House of Lords. A year later, the Prince began a brief military career. He  flew himself to Royal Air Force (RAF) Cranwell in Lincolnshire, to train as a jet pilot. At his own request, The Prince had received flying instruction from the RAF during his second year at Cambridge. In September 1971 after the passing out parade at Cranwell, The Prince embarked on a naval career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and both his great-grandfathers. The six-week course at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, was followed by service on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. He qualified as helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron, which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes. On 9th February 1976, The Prince took command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington for his last nine months in the Navy.

On 29th July 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul's Cathedral. The Spencer family had a long standing connection with the British Royal Family-Lady Diana's father had been a equerry to Queen Elizabeth's parents and Lady Diana's maternal grandmother was a close friend and lady-in-waiting to Prince Charles's grandmother. The Prince's marriage produced two sons:
During their marriage, the Prince and Princess of Wales carried out numerous overseas tours and engagements throughout the United Kingdom. In December 1992, it was announced that the Prince and Princess of Wales agreed to separate.  The marriage was official dissolved in August 1996. Even with the dissolvement of the marriage, the Princess remained a member of the British Royal Family as mother of the heir apparent's heir. She continued to reside at Kensington Palace and carry out work for numerous charities. Upon her death in August 1997, the Prince flew to Paris with his two former sister-in-laws to accompany her body back to England. On the day of her funeral, he accompanied their two sons, who were age 15 and 12 at the time behind the coffin from The Mall to Westminster Abbey, along with the Princess's former father-in-law and her younger brother.

In April 2005, Prince Charles chose to make another change in his familial life. He married Camilla Parker-Bowels at the Guildhall, Windsor. After the ceremony, Camilla became known as The Duchess of Cornwall, which is one of  the titles that Prince Charles holds as heir apparent. She chose this title out of respect for her stepsons and the association the title Princess of Wales had with their mother. 

Prince Charles is very active in charity work. He has developed an organization titled The Prince's Charities, which he is patron and President of. The charity reflects his long term and innovated perspectives, and seeks to address areas that have previous unmet needs. The Prince's primary interests are in feilds such as the built of the environment, global sustainability, youth opportunity, education and faith. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Recap of the Royals You Love: November 5-11

Belgium

-Princess Mathilde attended the First Child & Youth Finance Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia on Tuesday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort; Crown Prince Fredrick, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie attended a gala concert on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Henrik, Prince Consort participated in the Kongejagt Hunt on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary & Prince Christian attended the funeral of the Crown Princess Mary's friend and forumer chambermaid Ms. Tina Jørgensen on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Joachim participated in the distribution of the King Christian IX and Queen Louise Jubilæumslegat held at the Royal Shooting Society on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Benedikte attended the 2012 Laugenes Fashion Show on Tuesday {Photos}.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory  in Richmond on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh,Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Sir Timothy Laurence attended Remembrance Sunday Services on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the opening of The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday {Photos}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended the First Battalion's Medals Parade and Thanksgiving Service on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign on Thursday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Princess Beatrice of York attended a charity fundraiser at the Burlington Arcade on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended the Bounty Club Gala Dinner on Thursday{Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the Prior's Court School in Berkshire on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor celebrated her 9th birthday on Thursday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Gordon Square Gardens where she unveiled a sculpture of "... World War II heroine, Noor Inayat Khan" on Thursday {Photos}{Source}

-The Lady Gabriella Windsor attended Nicky Haslam’s cabaret performance at Barbarella on Tuesday {Photo}

Greece

-Princess Irene attended the XXVII Premio BMW de Pintura and the "... traditional benefit concert for the Fundación Mundo en Armonía..." {Photos} and presided over the Premios Reina Sofía contra las Drogas {Photos}on Tuesday

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako & Princess Aiko visited Shioshai Park on Wednesday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday.


Monaco

-Prince Albert II officially visited Turkey early this week, see a full recap here. On Friday, he was back in Monaco to attend the 3rd Edition of the Forum Euro-Méditerranéen sur l'efficacité énergétique (Euro-Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum).

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Gucci Masters Press Conference at the Salon France Ameriques on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended the 'Chanel The Little Black Jacket' exhibition launch at the Grand Palais in Paris {Photos}


The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix preside over the "... swearing in of the new centrist Dutch government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte..." on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, she visited various "... local sustainable development[s] and social and technical innovation in central North Brabant..." {Photos}

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje officially opened the Watermanagementcentrum Netherlands (WMCN) of Rijkswaterstaat on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Maxima attended the 8th International Microinsurance Conference on Tuesday, where she gave a speech {Video}. On Thursday, she attended the 5th Edition of the Future Leaders Event of the Foundation Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Netherlands) {Photos}

-Prince Constantijn attended the opening of the European Youth Parliament on Monday {Photos}



Spain

-Queen Sofia attended the XXVII Premio BMW de Pintura and the "... traditional benefit concert for the Fundación Mundo en Armonía..." on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, she gave a keynote speech during the 4th Global Social Business Summit {Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias participated in the joint session of the "... standing committees of the Asamblea Parlamentaria Euro-Latinoamericana (EuroLat)..." on the occasion of the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Constitución de Cádiz {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the inauguration of the Congreso Literario El Canon del Boom on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, they visited the villages of Alcañiz {Photos} and  Caspe{Photos}  to celebrate the 600 years of the Concordia of Alcaniz and Caspe{Source}.

Sweden

-Princess Madeleine attend the 100th Birthday of Raoul Wallenberg and presentation of the Raoul Wallenberg Civic Courage Award held at The Yale Club on Wednesday {Photos}. She was in the company of future husband Chris O'Neil.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Prince Albert of Monaco visits Kazakhstan & Turkey

Kazakhstan

November 2 (Day 1)

Upon his arrival, the Sovereign attended a working meeting with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Prince Albert inaugurated the Epoch of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco Exhibition in the presence of the Mayor of Astana, and organizer of the exhibition, and was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

On this day, a memorandum of cooperation was also signed between the Republic of Kazakhstan's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Principality of Monaco's Chamber of Economic Development.


November 3 (Day 2)

Prince Albert spoke about renewable engery during a visit to the Nazerbayev University School of Science and Technology prior to touring two sports venues: the Alau Ice Palace and the Sary-Arka cycling track. Before departing, the Sovereign attended the inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Monaco with several Kazakhstan authorities.
{Source}



Turkey

November 6 (Day 1)
Upon his arrival, he placed a wreath at the tomb of the late Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, where he participated in a moment of silence, and signed the Aniktabir Special Registry. Afterward, he visited the Atatürk and War of Independence Museum.

After the visit to the Tomb and museum, the prince attended a welcoming ceremony and meeting with the President of Turkey{Photo}.

For lunch, he participated in a working luncheon with the Turkish Prime Minister{Photo}. After lunch he paid a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations.

In the afternoon, Prince Albert attended a meeting with the President of Turkey, the Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, and other local dignitaries. Afterward, he meet with Turkey's president, where they discussed numerous issues.

November 7 (Day 2)

Prince Albert participated in a meeting with members of the Chambers of Economic Development and representatives from his delegation.

After, he attended a luncheon meeting where he gave a speech that stressed the importance of  "... economic and commercial relations..." between Monaco and Turkey. After lunch, the Prince paid a visit to Boğaziçi University, where he again spoke, this time on the environment, before attending a reception organized by the Prince Albert II Foundation.

Royal Profile: The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor

The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor is the elder of two children of The Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex. She was born prematurely on 8 November 2003 via emergency C-Section at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, after her mother was rushed there by ambulance from the couple's home at Bagshot Park, Surrey.

She was baptized in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle on 24 April 2004 and her godparents were:

  • The Lady Alexandra Etherington (her distant cousin)
  • The Lady Sarah Chatto (her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • The Lord Ivar Mountbatten (her distant cousin)
  • Mr. Rupert Elliott
  • Mrs Urs Schwarzenbach
Lady Louise was born with the eye disorder exotropia. In January 2006 it was reported that Lady Louise had undergone a 30-minute operation under general anesthetic to correct the problem, but in 2009 it was once again reported that her parents had decided against this treatment. An eight-year-old Lady Louise broke her left arm when she fell off her pony while riding at the Queen's estate at Windsor on 11 April 2012. She was treated at a hospital, but was released the same day. She was wearing a hard hat and safety back brace at the time of the accident and didn't sustain any other injuries. Doctors said she would not require further surgery. Her mother cancelled her duties for the day to stay with her, but her father continued with his daily schedule after hearing that Lady Louise's injuries were not serious.At 9 years old, she has performed several royal duties. In June 2009, she participated in her 1st Trooping of Colour {Photos}, and in 2011, she rode in the carriage with other British Royals for the 1st time {Photos}. On Easter 2012 Lady Louise accompanied her paternal grandparents, parents and cousin, Princess Eugenie of York, to the Easter service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle {Photos}. In June 2012, Lady Louise attended the Jubilee Thames River Pageant with her parents and younger brother. A few days later Lady Louise accompanied her parents to the Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in honor of the Queen's Diamond jubilee {Photos}. However, her most known royal duty was acting as a bridesmaid at her cousin, Prince William's April 2011 Wedding {Photos}. In 2012, she also made several appearances at the 2012 London Olympics with her parents.

Lady Louise began her education at St. George's School, Windsor Castle in 2007. She is presently in year 4 (equal to 4th grade in the US system). St. George's School, Windsor Castle was previously attended by her cousin Princess Eugenie from 2001-2003.

There is some argument as to what her official title and style actually is. In Letters Patent issued in 1917 by Lady Louise's great-great grandfather, King George V, that still remains in force today, she is legally entitled to the title and style Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex. However, upon the marriage of her parents in 1999, her grandmother released a press release via Buckingham Palace that announced
that her youngest grandchildren would be styled as children of Earl's children in order to avoid some of the burdens associated with royal titles. There are two opposing opinions as to whether or not Louise is "legally" a princess and Her Royal Highness: Some experts consider the Queen's press release to not have enough legal force to override the 1917 letters patent, whereas other experts contend that the Queen's will, however expressed, is law in matters of royal titles and styles. If the latter is the case, then the 1960 letters patent is also applicable and Louise bears (but is seldom styled with) the surname Mountbatten-Windsor. However, either way, she is presently 9th in line for the British Throne after three uncles, four cousins, her father and brother.

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