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The Royals and Ground Zero: 9/11 Ten Years On

  September 11, 2011 at 6:38 am by

It was the moment which caused the world to stand still – 08:46 local time, September 11th, 2001, New York City. The World Trade Centre’s North Tower is hit by an American Airlines flight from Boston, en route to Los Angeles. The words “hijacking”, “terrorism” and “9/11″ are from that moment forever imprinted in the minds of the world’s population. Less than twenty minutes later, it becomes clear that this … Continue reading

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Prince Albert & Charlene Wittstock’s Religious Wedding

  July 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm by

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco married Charlene Wittstock in a religious ceremony earlier today. The religious wedding took place in the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace. 2500 people were invited to watch the ceremony on larg creens at the Palace Square. After the ceremony, the Bridal couple left the Palace and went to the Sainte Dévote church in order for the Princess to leave her bouquet. Tonight, an … Continue reading

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The Civil Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Monaco

  July 2, 2011 at 4:18 am by

As one might expect, there was much sun and clear skies on Friday, 1 July when the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II, signed the register to become the husband of Charlene Wittstock. Charlene legally took the rank and style of her husband, becoming a Serene Highness and Princess of Monaco — or, if you prefer, Madame Grimaldi. The civil marriage took place in the Palace Throne Room and was … Continue reading

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Flying like The Eagles

  July 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm by

Today, Charlene Wittstock becomes Madame Albert Grimaldi, or Charlene Grimaldi, Princess of Monaco. The new Princess assumes her husband’s rank, per tradition of the patriarchy. From this day forward, people must address Charlene in third person: “How is Her Serene Highness today?” There won’t be anymore, “hey you, how goes it?” Last night, Monaco was awash in the musical harmonies of the legendary rock band The Eagles. Glenn Fry, Don … Continue reading

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Where to Watch the Monaco Princely Wedding

  June 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm by

Where to Watch the Princely Wedding in Monaco The wedding between Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock can be watched online, both 1 July & 2 July, at the Official website for the Princely wedding and at the Official website of the government of Monaco. Several countries all over the world have tv channels that broadcasts the religious wedding on 2 July live. To find out if your country is one … Continue reading

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Guestlist and Prepartions for the Wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock

  June 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm by

The preparations for the wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock are almost finished, with the civil wedding tomorrow and the religious wedding on Saturday. The Prince and his Princess-to-be have inspected the scene of the concert that takes place tonight at the harbor of Monaco. The courtyard has been covered to protect the Bridal couple and their guests against the warm sun in Monaco (or the very small chance … Continue reading

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Charlotte: Pomeline of Caroline’s Eye?

  June 27, 2011 at 8:46 am by

As Charlotte Casiraghi stood on the #2 pedestal with her partner, Edwina Alexander, last Friday night, her mother, Princess Caroline de Hanovre, gazed proudly up at her. Princess Caroline and her brother, the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, were passing out the trophies to the top three winners of the Pro-Am Cup. This event was partially conceived by Charlotte herself one year ago. Professional and amateur jumping riders pair … Continue reading

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Monacology Week!

  June 19, 2011 at 5:29 am by

The past week in Monaco, Monegasques were buzzing about — well, yes, the princely wedding, but also something else, quite different! It was Monacology Week, or the “Eco Village” in the Quai Antoine I. Since 2005, a week has been set aside for what can be considered the Principality’s version of an ecological fair in the Port Hercule. It was started by Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, owners of the … Continue reading

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Monaco Update

  June 8, 2011 at 8:34 am by

There have been a lot of dramatic events in Monaco this year and the year is only halfway over. The worst, of course, came in March – the death of nonagenarian Princess Antoinette, Baroness de Massy. But then Prince Albert, the sovereign, and his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, paid a cheerful visit to Ireland. Among the delights among the Leprechauns: a visit to the old Kelly homestead. Princess Caroline, elder sister … Continue reading

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Princess Lalla Salma Voted Most Elegant Woman at Royal Wedding

  May 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm by

If you watched the recent royal wedding, you might have caught a glimpse of Morocco’s Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohamed VI. Readers of the UK’s celebrity magazine Hello! have voted the Fez-born princess as the most elegant woman at the wedding in London on 29 April. “The North African beauty — dressed in a pale pink and gold caftan, the traditional clothing of her native country — easily … Continue reading

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Springtime in Monaco

  May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am by

Last week, on Saturday, 7 May, while her daughter Charlotte launched a new project in Spain, Princess Caroline de Monaco was presiding over a 44-year-old tradition in Monaco. The Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo was bursting with sensational scents and colors as the Princess inaugurated the 44th International Flower Show (Concours Internationl de Bouquets). And the Princess herself appeared in the mood for springtime. She wore a knee-length floral dress, … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Fuses her Interests

  May 8, 2011 at 9:49 am by

In the years 2005-2008, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco was focused on, first, completing her studies at Lycee Fenelon, and then several internships and collaborations in the print media. But by her own admission in one of her interviews last year, there was “something missing.” That something was her passion for the equestrian jumping sport. Since early 2009, she has been increasingly in the saddle and has been cementing her relationships … Continue reading

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Profile: Melanie-Antoinette de Massy

  April 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm by

Early this month, Caroline de Monaco, Princesse de Hanovre officiated at the opening day lunch for the Rolex Masters Tournament in Monte-Carlo. Caroline’s luncheon with tournament officials and players was covered in this blog. The day was followed by several charitable fundraising events that were not covered in this blog. Most years, Caroline’s cousin Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy has a prominent part in the opening of the tournament and the … Continue reading

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Life Going on in Monaco

  April 15, 2011 at 9:26 am by

Obladi, Oblada, Life goes on! Princess Antoinette, Monaco’s nonagenarian matriarch and last fallen icon of past reigns, was laid to rest in the Chapel of the Peace. March ended. Spring came. Prince Albert and his soon-to-be princess, Charlene, paid a visit to the ancestral land of that other fallen icon, the Prince’s Irish-American mother, Grace Kelly! Three days later, the couple was back in Monaco. The Prince met his neice, … Continue reading

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Monegasque State Visit to Ireland

  April 6, 2011 at 12:25 am by

This week in Dublin, the red carpet was rolled out and the guard of honour stood at Present Arms, or marched at Right Shoulder Arms, for the three-day visit of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II. The Prince was accompanied by his bride-to-be, South African Charlene Wittstock. The couple were greeted by President Mary and Mr. McAleese and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen. Some … Continue reading

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A Sad Rose Ball: Monaco Town and Princess Antoinette

  March 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm by

As per tradition, once again the Rose Ball has been held in the Salle des Etoiles in the Sporting Club of Monte Carlo, but this time, the event was slightly different: with the death of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, elder sister of Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert II and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock and Princess Caroline decided not to attend, due to the mourning period that is surronding the Principality. … Continue reading

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Princess Antoinette of Monaco Passes Away

  March 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm by

HSH Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, died on  March 17, 2011. The funeral will take place on March 24 at 10 a.m. The Princess was the first child and only daughter of Princess Charlotte and Prince Pierre of Monaco, Duke of Valentinois, born Count Pierre of Polignac, and reached the age of 90 last December. Princess Antoinette married 3 times, first to Alexandre Noghès,  with whom she has … Continue reading

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Royal Courts Release Wedding Websites

  March 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm by

A few weeks ago, both the British Royal Court and the Princely Court of Monaco released websites dedicated to the weddings of respectively Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock. Prince William and Catherine Middleton will marry on April 29, there wedding website can be found HERE while Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock will marry on July 1 & 2. Their wedding website can be … Continue reading

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Ice Princess: Alexandra of Hannover Scores Silver (Again)

  March 9, 2011 at 3:56 am by

On Saturday, March 5, Princess Alexandra of Hannover joined about 80 other Monegasque kids for the 10th edition of the Figure Skating Championships on the Principality’s frozen-over Quai d’Albert. The younger daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and fifth in line to the Monegasque throne, is now 11 years old. She has been doing competitive figure skating for at least the past year. At the 9th edition of the Championships, … Continue reading

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Charlene Wittstock’s Visit to South Africa

  February 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm by

Charlene Wittstock is not even married, not even Serene Highness, yet as Prince Albert’s fiancee, set to become the Princess Consort of Monaco in less than five months’ time, she is already in the swing of her first solo diplomatic mission. Granted, the tour she has undertaken is of her homeland, South Africa. The princess-in-training is actually a native of Bulawayo, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) but her family relocated to the … Continue reading

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