A happy and blessed Christmas to all from Mad for Monaco
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
here). The focus of the new foundation will be helping the vulnerable, particularly children, through the benefits of sport, with a particular emphasis on those sports the Princess herself is most fond of such as rugby and (of course) swimming. And, with Christmas just around the corner, it was time for Santa Claus to make his appearance at the Princely Palace and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were on hand to help Santa in handing out gifts to all the good little Monegasque girls and boys (which is all of them I'm sure). It is so very loyal and patriotic of Santa Claus to always dress in the Monegasque national colors isn't it?
"Remember kids, only recycled wrapping paper!"
"And what do you want for Christmas?" (besides an heir to the throne...)
"So, what do you think, this many of our own? You up for it?"
Saturday, December 8, 2012
In their first formal meeting, French President Francois Hollande welcomed HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to the Elysee Palace for a 'working lunch' to discuss matters of common interest and boost Franco-Monegasque relations. As I'm sure all regular readers know, the Principality of Monaco has a "special relationship" with the French Republic in that, while remaining a sovereign state, the principality is a protectorate of France and France has traditionally had considerable influence in the micro-monarchy on their southern coast.
"And how about this global warming huh?"
"Well, thanks for the lunch Monsieur, we'll have to have you over to the palace someday"
"Goodbye Frenchie friends, I love ya!"
"See you later guys, I won't be far away"
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Mad for Monaco sends heartfelt congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their upcoming addition! A happy occasion for any Royal Family and any country so fortunate. So...do Your Serene Highnesses have anything you would like to tell us? (looking at watch ... tapping foot) Anything?
Sunday, December 2, 2012
TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene recently attended a benefit gala in the city-state of Singapore for the Prince Albert II Foundation. Quite the stylish affair...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Another undertaking has been Operation "Quilt", the second such event, in which a canvas is covered by images representing people missing from the world because of AIDS. There will be eight canvases sewn together to make each quilt, covering 4m x 4m with the names of people, made by Fight AIDS Monaco, representing people who are victims of AIDS or, for most, living with HIV. This piece of memorial artwork was also displayed at Sainte-Devote Church on Monday. There is also again this year the program "Restauranteers Solidarity" supported by Fight AIDS Monaco which encourages restaurants and cafes to use things like placemats to spread messages on preventing AIDS as well as offering means of prevention to customers, donated by Fight AIDS Monaco. And then there is the auction, done with the support of Barclays Monaco for the last five years, by invitation only, at the Hotel Méridien Beach Plaza on Saturday, 1 December 2012 with over 50 new works of art going up for sale, followed by the Fight AIDS Monaco Summer Gala all of which raise money to support the struggle against HIV/AIDS.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
At St Nicholas Cathedral, in the front row, guest of honor HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, HSH Princess Charlene, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and HSH Princess Stephanie
Trying not to look too uncomfortable, a whiskered Andrea, Charlotte (rocking an awesome retro hat), Pierre and Baroness Elisabeth-Anne
The Princely couple exchange a loving glance
Prince Albert II and big sister compete for 'most serious' look
The Princely Family and their guest take the salute at the palace
The always regal Princess Caroline
Prince Hans-Adam II joins Princess Stephanie and the Casiraghis at the balcony
Charlotte exchanges words with aunt Stephanie
Howdy pardners and welcome to this here evenin' gala
Cowboys and Indians night in Monaco?
The Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein joins the Princely Family in their box, minus Princess Stephanie of course who doesn't usually go in for the ultra-formal occasions
Monday, November 19, 2012
National Day, marking the anniversary of HSH Prince Albert II's succession to the Monegasque throne, began, as usual, with a mass of thanksgiving at St Nicholas Cathedral
Princess Charlene and the Sovereign Prince, backed up by Princess Stephanie, departing the Cathedral to take the salute at the Princely Palace.
HSH Princess Charlene was looking very smart, sporting her new miniature for the Order of Saint-Charles she recently joined.
And the moment everyone waits for; the waves from the balcony by the Princely couple.
Long live the Prince!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The following day there was a joint meeting of the Monaco Chamber of Commerce and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce to discuss closer economic ties between the two countries at near opposite ends of the Mediterranean Sea. The Sovereign Prince also met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I and visited the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Many of us were suspicious when Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo announced their engagement in July after seven years of keeping steady company and acting very much like a couple. Well, it is official, Tatiana herself has confirmed that she is not only a bride-to-be but a mother-to-be as well. HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover will be a grandmother (the first Grimaldi of her generation to reach the rank) and I'm sure she is happy about that. According to Tatiana, the baby is due in January of next year. Now, I'm the old fashioned sort who thinks that the wedding is supposed to come before the baby announcements but I realize I'm a dying breed on that front. All the same, we send our heartfelt congratulations to the expectant parents and I am sure everyone involved is happy to see the family continuing to grow. As for what this means for the monarchy; who can say? All still depends on HSH Prince Albert II doing his duty by Princess Charlene. If he does not, Andrea is next and come January Tatiana may be giving birth to an heir to the Monegasque throne. If he does, the Casiraghi line will be 'in the clear' and the Grimaldi-Polignac line will carry on for another generation. In any event, we wish all the best to Tatiana and Andrea, I'm sure they will be great parents and I'm sure the new addition will be getting all sorts of attention from Aunt Charlotte, Uncle Pierre, Great Aunt Stephanie, Great Uncle Albert and Her Royal Highness the Grandma of Monaco! Congratulations all around!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
as we have discussed) in the title role. The film has a $30 million budget and is scheduled for release sometime in 2014. What did I find most surprising? Tim Roth will be playing Prince Rainier III. I know some were critical of Kidman playing Princess Grace (impossible shoes to fill if ever there were) but, while there might have been better choices, I am willing to give her a chance and see what she can do with the part. However, Tim Roth as Prince Rainier? Could they have found anyone less Franco-Monegasque than Tim Roth? Don't get me wrong, I think Roth is a great actor, I loved him in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" -I didn't love him so much in "Rob Roy" as he was perfectly evil but he still played perfectly evil very well. However, he's just nowhere even close to being at all similar to Prince Rainier. Especially for the period being covered, he seems to old, his build is wrong and his features are far too British and not at all Mediterranean. Well, maybe they are banking on no one paying much attention to anyone other than Kidman/Grace in this movie. We will have to wait and see. I have been reasonable on the choice of Kidman, but Tim Roth...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene were in New York City for the big event...
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Prince Albert II speaking at Jagellon University in Krakow
Meeting the President upon arrival in Poland
At Wawel Castle in Krakow
Princess Charlene with the Polish First Lady at the Museum of Sports and Tourism with the Director of the Museum and Mrs Irina Szewinska, former Olympic champion and IOC member