Sunday, July 28, 2013

Love Ball

 Recently there was a special celebration called the "Love Ball" at the Opera of Monte Carlo, appropriately attended by TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene. Ms. Natalia Vodianova (of the Naked Heart foundation) organized the event and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover also attended as part of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit her charity AMADE.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Princess Charlene Reflects on the Wedding

In a recent interview with the Times HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco talked about married life and even addressed the unpleasantness caused by the slanderous gossip rags on the day of her wedding to the Sovereign Prince. She made clear that all the rumors were "categorical lies" which anyone with half a brain should have known from the start, however, the media being as it is, the Princess had to comment on it. Still, she says her wedding was the best three days of her life and seems rather like a dream when looked back on. She said she still sometimes marvels that the Eagles played at her wedding, one of many indications of how far she has come from the simple, girl-next-door in South Africa where she grew up. However, she admitted that the rumors made things difficult and put extra strain on what was already an immense undertaking -as any royal wedding is bound to be. It must have been extremely difficult for her and the Princess related how, at the end of the ceremony, all the worry, all the joy and all the mixed emotions finally came out and tears started to run down her face, which she immediately realized would be seen by everyone and possibly taken the wrong way. Bless her.

The newest Princess of Monaco also talked about how royal life has been treating her since the big day. She talked about her Princess Charlene Foundation, part of which is devoted to teaching Monegasque and French children how to swim, combining her lifelong passion for swimming with her love of children. It really is a perfect fit and she also talked about the fashion show she organized and her goal of bringing the children of all classes together in various ways such as a recent project to have the youngsters design their own school uniforms. In the world of royalty, the Princess of Monaco related that she is very fond of the new Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. Also coming from outside of Europe and marrying into an old royal house, the two have some things in common and Princess Charlene said that the Dutch Queen has been "unbelievably supportive if I need anything". When asked, the Princess also had nothing but kind words for the Duchess of Cambridge and praise for how well she has handled herself since becoming part of the British Royal Family. Since the Duchess is due to give birth shortly this, of course, prompted a question about future children for the Prince and Princess of Monaco. She said that because the two travel so much it is something that will take time, that she is not putting any pressure on herself (good to hear) but that "it will happen". We will be waiting eagerly.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bastille Day

It is that time of the year again. The time when French republicans celebrate their bloody revolution that brought down the Kingdom of France and which saw the invasion and occupation of the Principality of Monaco. Having nothing new to say on this sad subject, I will merely point readers to some past posts on...

The Facts About Bastille Day

Bastille Day

HSH Prince Honore III

Princess Francoise-Therese

HSH Prince Honore IV

Prince Joseph of Monaco

Posts on the French Revolution

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America

 Although I have a character that would have put me among the Tories in 1776 colonial America, I am sure the half-American Princely Family would join in wishing a happy Independence Day to the United States. If the timing had been a little different, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a Grimaldi might have fought for the cause. Many princes of Monaco did serve in the royal French army and France sent troops to aid the American Patriots so...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Jumping Competition in Monaco

Last week TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene visited the grounds of the 18th International Jumping Competition in Monte Carlo; a sport very popular with the Grimaldi family and one Casiraghi lady in particular.

Last Saturday evening the Sovereign Prince and Princess consort arrived to watch the jumping competition.

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