Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
On July 9, HSH Princess Stephanie attended (of course) the Fight AIDS Monaco gala. The theme of the gala was "fiesta" and the dress code was "Gypsy" -hence the Princess' very fetching off-the-shoulder number. Everyone looked to be all-smiles and all for a good cause.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene recently celebrated their one-year anniversary but, as we know, they've been keeping steady company for much longer than that...
What do you think?
They look like the Monegasque flag!
It's possible we may just be 'too cool' for this scene
Don't make eye contact, whatever you do
We're awesome, we know it
Wait till you see this girl jump
Don't look now, someone's taking my picture
They party together...
...and pray together. As every couple should.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
covered it all before; the Grimaldis being stripped of their French titles, Prince Honore III being deposed, Monaco annexed to France, many going to prison (even the little future Sovereign Prince Florestan) and most horribly the wife of Prince Joseph of Monaco being among the last to be sent to the guillotine. But, in France itself, it is worth remembering on a day like today just how little most people know about the actual facts surrounding the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.
Monaco was, of course, much more fortunate than France. Most of the family survived, Monaco was ultimately given back her independence and the Sovereign Prince was restored to his rightful throne. The French monarchy was restored as well but, sadly, the Revolution had done too much damage in France. The mentality of the country had changed and the moral core of the country would never be quite the same again. The traditional monarchy would fall, replaced by another Kingdom of France that tried to reach an accomodation with the revolutionary mindset only to be undone in 1848 and all of this in between the two efforts at empire led by the famous Napoleon and his later nephew. It says something profound that, despite some minor problems, the Principality of Monaco in all that time has continued on in peace and ever-increasing prosperity, secure in the traditions of a centuries old monarchy led by a family everyone knows and loves while France had more revolutions, the Paris Commune and is currently on their fifth effort at a republic. Monaco has long depended on the protection of France but these facts, perhaps, suggest that France might benefit from taking a lesson from the little principality on her southern coast.
Vive le Roi!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Long live the Sovereign Prince!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
It has been one year today that TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene said their "I do's" in the courtyard of the Princely Palace amidst throngs of well-wishers, royal guests and the extended family of all Monegasque. How time flies! The Sovereign Prince was asked about his feelings on his first anniversary and said that, "We are really happy and I have the feeling that it happened yesterday. I am very proud of what my wife has accomplished this past year, creating Her foundation dedicated to children and sport, and being so involved in her new role in Monaco . She is fulfilling a difficult mission in a perfect way and I thank Her for that".
Indeed so. Princess Charlene has, I think it is safe to say, become an accepted and beloved part of the Principality and member of the House of Grimaldi. We wish the Princely Couple a very happy anniversary with many, many more to come. And, on a day like this, it is appropriate to take a look back and remember the happy occasion itself. Here is a photographic post from one year ago today The Princely Wedding - At Last!