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The Royal Forums Anniversary: March 2002-2011

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As we reported in January, October 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of The Royal Forum’s launch as Les Tribunes Royales. In 2004, the forums was sold to its current owner, and its name changed to The Royal Forums. In 2007, The Royal Forums launched its Article division, followed in 2009 by a Blog division. Growing yearly at a steady pace, The Royal Forums currently has over 53,000 members and over 1,150,000 posts in over 14,000 threads.

As part of The Royal Forums’ tenth anniversary, each month the blog will take a look-back at royal events that occured in that month over the period 2002-2011. This month we look at March 2002-2011. January 2002-2011 can be found here, while February 2002-2011 can be found here.

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March 21, 2002: Marriage of H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Miss Salma Bennani
The marriage of King Mohammed VI and Miss Salma Benani took place on March 21st, 2002 in a private ceremony at the Royal Palace in Rabat. The couple’s nikah ceremony had previously taken place on October 12th, 2001. During the celebrations on July 12th following their zifaf ceremony, the bride wore a white and gold embroidered houb, with a diamond tiara. The celebrations were attended by hundreds of the couple’s family, friends and dignitaries. King Mohammed and Princess Lalla Salma have two children: T.R.H. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (b. 2003) and Princess Lalla Khadija (b. 2008). The family resides in Rabat.

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March 30, 2002: Death of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on March 30th, 2003. Queen Elizabeth died in her sleep at her residence The Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park at 3:15pm. Her health had been in deteriorating over the last years of her life, and the death of her youngest daughter, H.R.H. Princess Margaret, eight weeks prior was a heavy blow. The Queen Mother’s body laid in state at Westminster Hall for three days, with hundreds of thousands filing past to pay their respects. Her four grandsons – T.R.H. The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex and Viscount Linley – offered a Vigil of the Princes in the afternoon of April 8th, mounting the catafalque for twenty minutes. A state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey the following day, April 9th, with over one million people filling the streets in front of the Abbey and lining the route to Windsor Castle. Her coffin was interred ito the King George VI Memorial Chapel following the fuenral service, alongside her husband, H.M. King George VI, and their youngest daughter’s ashes; and the wreath of camellias from atop her coffin was placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in the Abbey. She was survived by her eldest daughter, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The Queen Mother was one hundred and one years old when she passed.

March 11, 2004: Madrid Train Bombings
On the morning of March 11th, Spain was rocked by a series of co-ordinated bombings in the Madrid commuter train system, three days before the nation’s general election. 191 people were killed and 2,050 injured; making the bombing the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history. Bystanders and local residents rushed to assist the Spanish emergency services who were quickly on the scene, and thousands donated blood for transfusions. Demontrations took place over the coming days by over 11,000,000 Spaniards, protesting against terrorism – T.R.H. The Prince of Asturias, Infanta Elena and Infanta Cristina each took part in the demonstrations. The Royal Family were quick to provide their public support for the victims of the bombings, visiting hospitals where the injured were being treated only hours after the bombings took place. A state funeral was held for the victims on March 26th at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, which was attended by the entire Spanish Royal Family. The wedding celebrations on May 24th of The Prince of Asturias and Miss Letizia Ortiz were scaled down out of respect for the victims of the bombings.

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March 20, 2004: Death of H.R.H. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands
Queen Juliana passed away in her sleep at 5:50am on March 20th, 2004 at her home of Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The Queen had had pnuemonia for several weeks prior to her death. Her body laid in state for four days at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, with 50,000 people filing past to pay their respects. The Queen’s funeral took place on March 30th, 2004 at the Neuwe Kirke in Delft, where her coffin was interred into the church’s royal vaults, beside her mother, H.M. Queen Wilhelmina. In accordance with the late Queen’s wishes, her four daughters each wore white outfits to symbolise hope and happiness. The female members of the Dutch Royal Family each had white accents on their outfits as well. Queen Juliana was survived by her husband, H.R.H. Prince Bernhard, the couple’s four daughters, H.M. Queen Beatrix, T.R.H. Princesses Irene, Margriet and Christina, and fourteen grandchildren. She was ninety-four years old when she passed.

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March 21, 2004: Birth of H.E. Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau
Count Claus-Casimir is the second child of T.R.H. Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. He was born on March 21st, 2004, at the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. His christening took place on October 10th, 2004 at the chapel of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, and was given the names Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max, with H.R.H. The Prince of Orange, H.H. Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, Mr Ed P. Spanjaard and Countess Tatiana Razumovsky as his godparents. He is the only grandson of H.M. Queen Beatrix and H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands. Claus-Casimir lives with his parents and siblings, T.E. Countess Eloise and Countess Leonore, in Brussels, Belgium. He is seventh in line to the Dutch throne.

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March 26, 2005: Birth of H.E. Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau
Countess Luana is the eldest child of T.R.H. Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau. She was born at 7:19pm on March 26th, 2005, in London, England. Her christening took place on December 18th, 2005 at the Huis Ten Bosch Palace in Amsterdam, and was given the names Emma Luana Ninette Sophie, with H.R.H. Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Ms Eveline Wisse Smit, Baroness Sophie von der Recke and Ms Emma Bonino as her godparents. Luana lives with her parents and younger sister, H.E. Countess Zaria, in London. She is not in line for the Dutch throne.

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March 12, 2006: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Gabriel de Nassau
Prince Gabriel is the eldest child of T.R.H. Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. He was born on March 12th, 2006, at the Clinic des Grangettes in Geneva, Switzerland. His christening took place on April 22nd, 2006 in Gilsdorf, and was given the names Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny, with H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg and Mr Ronny Antony as his godparents. As his parents were not married at the time of his birth, Gabriel was initial given the name Gabriel de Nassau, with no royal privileges. His grandfather, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri, gave him the title H.R.H. Prince of Nassau on June 23rd, 2009. Gabriel lives with his parents and younger brother, H.R.H. Prince Noah, in London, England. He is not in line for the Luxembourgish throne.

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March 03, 2007: Marriage of H.E. The Countess of Frederiksborg and Mr Martin Jørgensen
The engagement of H.H. Princess Alexandra of Denmark and Mr Martin Jørgensen was announced on February 7th, 2007 by the Danish Royal Court. It was announced the marriage would take place on March 3rd, 2007 and following the marriage, Princess Alexandra would be known as H.E. Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, losing her H.R.H. status and her position in the Danish Royal Family. The wedding ceremony took place at the Øster Egede Kirke in Fakse, Region Sjælland and was attended by around 90 guests. The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her two sons, T.H. Princes Nikolai and Felix, and wore a champagne-coloured gown. Following the ceremony, which did not have any media access, Alexandra and Martin spent some time posing for photographs before heading to a private dinner nearby. The couple live in Copenhagen with the Countess’ two sons.

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March 14, 2007: Birth of Simeon Hassan Muñoz
Simeon Hassan Muñoz is the only child of H.R.H. Princess Kalina of Bulgaria and Mr Kitín Muñoz. He was born on March 14th, 2007, at the Lozenets Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria. His christening took place on April 25th, 2008 at the chapel of Tsarska Bistritsa, the royal residence in Bulgaria, and was given the names Simeon Hassan, with H.M. King Mohammed VI of Morocco and H.R.H. Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark as his godparents. Simeon lives with his parents in Rabat, Morocco. He is not in line for the defunct Bulgarian throne.

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March 17, 2007: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Abdul Muntaqim of Brunei
Prince Abdul Muntaquim is the eldest child of T.R.H. Crown Prince Billah and Princess Sarah of Brunei. He was born on March 17th, 2007 at 3:50pm in Bandar Seri Begawan. He received the names Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda’Abdul Muntaqim Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah from his grandfather, H.M. The Sultan of Brunei. Abdul Muntaquim lives with his parents and younger sister, H.R.H. Princess Muneerah Madhul, in Bandar Seri Begawan. He is second in line for the Brunei throne.

March 19, 2007: Birth of H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Ali of Jordan
Prince Abdullah is the second and youngest child of T.R.H. Prince Ali and Princess Rym of Jordan. He was born on March 19th, 2007. Abdullah lives with his parents and older sister, H.R.H. Princess Jalilia bint Ali, in Jordan. He is sixth in line for the Jordanian throne.

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March 12, 2008: Birth of Benjamin van Vollenhoven
Benjamin van Vollenhoven is the third and youngest child of T.H. Prince Bernhard and Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau. He was born at 8:30am on March 12th, 2008, at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Hospital in Amsterdam. His christening took place on November 2nd, 2008 at the chapel of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, and was given the names Benjamin Pieter Floris, with H.H. Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven, Mrs Claudine Verhulst-van der Ven, Mrs Isabel Schouten-van Eys and Mrs Claire Folkerts-Drabbe as his godparents. Benjamin lives with his parents and siblings, Isabella and Samuel, in Amsterdam. He is not in line for the Dutch throne.

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March 18, 2009: Marriage of H.R.H. Prince Jean of Luxembourg and Ms Diane de Guerre
The marriage of Prince Jean and Ms Diane de Guerre took place on March 18th, 2009  at the Roermondm City Hall in the Netherlands. The civil ceremony was presided over by Mr H. van Beers, the Mayor of Roermondm. The marriage was only attended by a small number of the bridal couple’s family and friends, with the only member of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family in attendance being H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, the groom’s younger brother. This was the second marriage for Prince Jean. The couple reside in the Netherlands.

March 15, 2010: Death of H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth passed away on March 15th, 2010 at her home in Munich, Germany. An official memoial service was held in Munich to honour Elisabeth’s life. She was interred in the Commanders Garden at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Thuringia. The Hereditary Grand Duchess was born on January 16th, 1912 to Baron Othmar von Wangenheim-Winterstein and Baroness Maud von Falkenstein. In 1944, she married H.RH. Hereditary Grand Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach; the couple went on to have three children: H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth (b. 1945), H.R.H. Prince Michael (b. 1946) and H.R.H. Princess Beatrice-Marie (b. 1948). She was ninety-eight years old when she passed.

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March 31, 2010: H.M. King Mihai I of Romania creates his grandson H.R.H. Prince Nicholas of Romania
On March 31st, 2010, Mr Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills celebrated his 25th birthday and received a birthday gift which very few others in the world can claim: his grandfather, King Mihai (or King Michael) created him a Prince of Romania with the style His Royal Highness. The decision was made in 2005 when King Mihai created the Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania to ensure the Romanian Throne (defunct since 1947) remained with King Mihai’s descendants (he has five daughters and no sons). The Fundamental Rules, which took effect in 2007, placed Prince Nicholas in third position in the line of succession to the defunct Romanian throne. He is the only son of H.R.H. Princess Elena of Romania and her first husband, the late Dr Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills.

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March 11, 2011: Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
At 2:46pm local time on Friday March 11th, a magnitute nine earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, sending shockwaves through the country for several minutes before tsnuami warnings were issued. A tsunami several metres high struck the coastal town of Sendai a short time later, destroying all in its path and travelling kilometres inland. The devestation was followed by fears of a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima I and II Nuclear Power Plants nearby, which suffered damage in the earthquake and tsunami causing the cooling system to fail and cease circulating coolant to keep temperatures at an appropriate level. Over 15,000 were killed in the disaster, almost 27,000 were injured and over 3,000 are still missing. Whole towns in coastal regions were destroyed. T.I.M. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko toured evacuation centres and the hardest hit regions in the days following the disaster. The Emperor took to national television five days after the earthquake struck, urging his people to “never give up hope”.

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March 18, 2011: Death of Princess Antoinette of Monaco
The death of HSH Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, took place on March 18, 2011. 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. Princess Antoinette married 3 times, first to Alexandre Noghès,  with whom she has 3 children, all 3 born out of wedlock, she then married Jean-Charles Rey and finally, she married John Gilpin. She left behind her children and grandchildren.

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 King and Queen at XXIX International Journalism Awards 2012

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Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the Eighth “Don Quijote” and XXIX International Journalism Awards 2012 ceremony at Casa de America on Wednesday March 28th in Madrid.

The King and Queen were accompanied to the awards ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minister and several other leading dignitaries. The awards recognize and highlight quality reporting published either in Spanish or Portuguese from across Latin America and the wider world.

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King Juan Carlos during a speech stressed the “importance of journalistic excellence in the world today.”

Spanish journalist Ricardo Cantalapiedra Moro recieved the Don Quixote Award for Journalism, while the Bolivian journalist and writer Fernando Molina recieved the King of Spain award.

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Princess of Asturias Presides Over CNSE Awards Ceremony 2011

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March 15, 2012 – Madrid

 

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Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias presided over the CNSE Foundation Awards Ceremony in Madrid on Thursday March 15th, 2012.

The CNSE, which was founded in 1936, is the Spanish National Confederation for Deaf People, which both “defends and serves the interests of people with hearing impairments and their families.” The CNSE Awards recognize both public and private work and initiatives that improve the quality of life for people with hearing impairments.

Prior to the awards ceremony, Doña Letizia firstly chaired a meeting of the CNSE Foundation.

During the ceremony, the Princess delivered a speech where she encouraged the teaching of “bilingual speech and sign”. The Princess of Asturias also distinguished herself by displaying her use and knowledge of Spanish sign language during her closing speech at the end of the awards ceremony.

 

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IL BALLO DELLA ROSA

 

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Il Ballo della Rosa ha aperto   la stagione dello charme benefico ieri  24 marzo nella Salle des Etoiles allo Sporting Club.  La scelta della rosa di quest'anno di S.A.R. la Principessa Hannover  selezionato per l'organizzazione dell'SBM   ha un sapore "english" perché esprime  un indimenticabile movimento culturale, lo "swinging London" sviluppatosi a Londra negli anni '60. L'immagine fotografica del periodo "swinging Monaco" che il nostro giornale ha scelto è appunto quella della Principessa Grace, che resterà eternamente un simbolo di bellezza ed eleganza.
Era l'epoca in cui i grandi stilisti e coiffeurs meritavano la nostra ammirazione perché vestivano e acconciavano  superbamente le capigliature delle donne del mondo, attrici, principesse ed imperatrici! E la Principessa Grace era sempre e meravigliosamente presente e discretamente con le sue pettinature e maquillages con un portamento impeccabile in ogni circostanza. Lo chic, la classe, infatti, è stata una qualità innata soprattutto in questa "donna" dallo sguardo e sorriso caloroso. Una principessa indimenticabile, Grace, che lascia il suo scettro ad una dolcissima e bellissima Charlène.

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Il Ballo della Rosa è anche una istituzione benefica i cui proventi sono devoluti alla Fondazione Princesse Grace.
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Le Bal de la Rose le mois dernier a ouvert la saison du charme bénéfique dans la Salle des Etoiles au Sporting Club. Le choix de cette année de SAR Princesse de Hanovre qui a sélectionné pour l’ organisation de l'SBM, a aquis un  goût d’ "anglais" parce qu'il a exprimé un mouvement culturel inoubliable, le «Swinging London» développé à Londres dans les années 60. L'image photographique de cette période de "Swinging Monaco» que notre journal a choisi est bien celui de la Princesse Grace, qui restera à jamais un symbole de beauté et d'élégance.
C'était l'époque où les grands stylistes et coiffeurs méritaient l'admiration de tout le monde car ils habillaient et  coiffaient superbement  les "têtes" des Dames du jet set: actrices, impératrices et princesses! Et la Princesse Grace était toujours  merveilleusement et discrètement présente avec ses coiffures et maquillages combinés avec un comportement et une attitude irréprochable en toutes circonstances. Le style, la classe, en fait, était une qualité innée en particulier dans cette "Femme" au regard et au sourire chaleureux. Une mémorable Princesse Grace, qui a quitté son sceptre à une très douce et belle Charlene .

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Queen Silvia in Germany

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Queen Silvia was in western Germany over the weekend, to officially open a centre for dementia sufferers and to accept an award for her charity work.

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On Friday March 16th, the Queen was in Bottorp, where she opened a centre to be used as a meeting place for people suffering from the first stages of dementia. The centre has been funded by the Malteser International group, and utilises the philosophy of the Silviahemmet (Silvia Home), which aims to provide support for dementia sufferers to allow them to be able to control their own lives.

The Queen, who founded the Silviahemmet in 1996 after witnessing her mother’s own struggle with dementia, said that she was “pleased and proud” to be able to open the first meeting place for dementia sufferers run by Malteser. Inside the centre, the Queen spoke with some of the first people to take advantage of the facility.

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The following day, Queen Silvia attended the Steiger Awards at the Bochum Centennial Hall. She was presented with the Steiger Award in the charity division for her work to reduce the exploitation of children worldwide, which she highlighted in her speech: “250 million children must work every day. One percent of them, 2.5 million, below ground,” in reference to the Steiger Awards’ values, traditionally represented by miners – responsibility, honesty, openness and hard work.

The Steiger Awards, which translates to ‘The Miner’, presents the recipients with a statuette featuring a piece of coal inside a glass dome. Other recipients this year were German Federal President Horst Köhler, fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, German actress Christine Neubauer and US musician Lou Reed, who did not attend the ceremony due to illness.

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  LE CENTRE DE SECOURS DE FONTVIEILLE INAUGURE PAR SAS LE PRINCE SALBERT II DE MONACO

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S.A.S le Prince Albert II a inauguré le Centre de Secours de Fontvieille aux cotés du Chambellan et Commandant Supérieur de la Force publique, le colonel Luc Fringant, à 11h, le lundi 19 mars 2012. A Son arrivée, une prise d'armes s'est déroulée sur la place du Campanin.

Le Souverain a visité ensuite les locaux de ce centre avec le Lieutenant-colonel Tony Varo, Chef de corps de la compagnie des sapeurs pompiers de Monaco.

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Lors de cette manifestation, S.E. M. Hugues Moret, Ambassadeur de France à Monaco, a remis les médailles pour actes de courage et de dévouement aux onze sapeurs pompiers de la Principauté qui se sont rendus au Japon après la catastrophe du 11 mars 2011.

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Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola were present yesterday at the Melsbroek Military Airport, where they were part of an official delegation which saw the departure of the parents of the students involved in the Swiss bus crash on Tuesday.

 

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The King and Queen were greeted upon their arrival by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem. The group then went inside the airport, away from the media’s glare, to console the families of the twenty-two children and six adults who were killed in the bus crash.

Prime Minister Di Rupo called the day “a black day for all of Belgium,” while King Albert said his thought and prayers were with the victims’ families. The Prime Minister joined the families on the government-issued aircraft for the journey to Switzerland, where the families were taken to the morgue to identify their children and then also to the scene of the accident.

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Late Tuesday, a coach carrying fifty-five passengers was returning to Belgium following a school skiing trip to Switzerland. While travelling through the Sierre Tunnel on Switzerland’s A9 Motorway, the coach crashed into a wall, crushing the front end of the bus. Rescuers worked for hours to free the survivors of the crash, who were taken to hospitals in Sion, Bern and Lausanne for surgery and treatment. Twenty-four of the passengers survived the crash. Eight of the survivors have already returned home to Belgium.

Tomorrow has been declared a day of national mourning in Belgium.

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The British Royal Family today marked Commonwealth Day, which is held each year on the second Monday of March to celebrate the British Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth II led the celebration at the multi-faith service held at Westminster Abbey. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester. The royal family all appeared to be in high spirits, with smiles and laughs a plenty upon arrival and throughout.

Performances at the service were given by a Canadian and a South African, in the spirit of Commonwealth inclusion and this year’s theme – Connecting Cultures.

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The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall both chose bright shades for their ensembles – fuschia and purple, respectively. Their outfits were completed by matching hats from Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal couturier, and Philip Treacy. The Countess of Wessex went the opposite route and wore a silk coat in taupe over  a black dress. Her hat was the most flamboyant of the three – featuring both a sky-high vertical brim and a headpiece of feathers.

Earlier in the day, the Queen’s annual Commonwealth Day address was released by Buckingham Palace.

In the speech, Queen Elizabeth spoke of the way today’s technology allows members of the Commonwealth to connect with each other – “to see, hear and enter into the experience of people in communities and circumstances far removed from our own.” She also encouraged the members of the Commonwealth to “share and strengthen” the citizenship of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day began as Empire Day in 1898, implemented in Canadian schools. It moved to the United Kingdom in 1904, with local fireworks and bonfires. It became Commonwealth Day in 1958 to signify the new era following post-colonial times.

 

Message from HM Queen Elizabeth II

Day, 12 March

HRH Queen Elizabeth

One of the great benefits of today’s technology-based world is the range of opportunities it offers to understand and appreciate how others live: we can see, hear and enter into the experience of people in communities and circumstances far removed from our own.

A remarkable insight we gain from such windows on the world is that, however different outward appearances may be, we share a great deal in common.

Our circumstances and surroundings may vary enormously, for example in the food we eat and the clothes we wear, but we share one humanity, and this draws us all together. The joys of celebration and sympathy of sadness may be expressed differently but they are felt in the same way the world over.

How we express our identities reveals both a rich diversity and many common threads. Through the creative genius of artists – whether they be writers, actors, film-makers, dancers or musicians – we can see both the range of our cultures and the elements of our shared humanity.

“Connecting Cultures”, our Commonwealth theme this year, encourages us to consider the special opportunities we have, as members of this unique gathering of nations, to celebrate an extraordinary cultural tapestry that reflects our many individual and collective identities. The Commonwealth treasures and respects this wealth of diversity.

Connecting cultures is more, however, than observing others and the ways in which they express themselves. This year, our Commonwealth focus seeks to explore how we can share and strengthen the bond of Commonwealth citizenship we already enjoy by using our cultural connections to help bring us even closer together, as family and friends across the globe.

To support this theme, a special song has been composed for the Commonwealth, ‘Stronger as One’. There are any number of ways in which that single piece of music alone can be played or sung anywhere in the Commonwealth. And by sharing the same music with our own personal interpretations and contributions, the wonderful human attribute of imagination is nourished, and we gain insights of understanding and appreciation of others.

The Commonwealth offers a pathway for this greater understanding and the opportunity to expand upon our shared experiences in a wider world. A world in which paths to mutual respect and common cause may also be explored and which can draw us together, stronger and better than before.

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12 March 2012

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Princess Charlène Opens Grace Kelly Exhibition

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Princess Charlène of Monaco has been in Australia this week, to officially open the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria.

 

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Arriving in Melbourne earlier this week, the Princess spent some down-time out of the public eye which included a private dinner with the Lady Mayoress of Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall on March 9th.

The same day, Princess Charlène paid a visit to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), where she was given a brief tour and got to chat with some little ones and their parents who were having a swim class. It is not the first time that the Princess has visited MSAC – she competed in the 2002 FINA World Cup Swim meet which was held at MSAC that December, in which she won the 100m Women’s Backstroke.charlene-420x0-copie-1.jpg

 

Then yesterday, it was time for Charlène to make the hour and a half car ride north to Bendigo for the purpose of her visit – the opening of the exhibition on her late mother-in-law. Wearing a custom-made dress by an Australian designer (more about the Princess’ fashions later today), Princess Charlène was greeted by a crowd of over 700 upon arrival at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

 

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Accompanied by Victorian Premier Ted Ballieau and Prince Albert II’s first cousin, John Kelly (nephew of Princess Grace), the Princess toured the exhibition and delivered a speech in which she praised Princess Grace’s sense of style, “Her beautiful style was a reflection of her natural elegance, taste and character…it remains an inspiration to all across generations and culture.”

VIDEO: Princess Charlène’s Speech at the Opening of the Grace Kelly: Style Icon Exhibition

The exhibition, which opened today March 11th, will run until June 17th.

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I was able to head up to Bendigo and view the Grace Kelly exhibition today. The Bendigo Art Gallery is a charming little gallery a short walk away from the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and on the same street as the Queen Elizabeth Ova, just outside the main city centre.

The first segment of the exhibition focuses on Grace’s acting career (Grace – The Actress) – dresses from High Society, The Swan (the white lace dress which was loaned from the V&A Museum in London specifically for the Bendigo exhibition) and Rear Window all feature alongside movie stills. The seafoam evening gown and coat (love!) worn to the 1954 Academy Awards takes pride of place next to the Princess’ own Oscar. The dress and coat are displayed on two seperate mannequins, unlike in Canada, and the dress is angled to allow the viewer to see the ties which make up the back of the gown – exquisite work by Edith Head.

Moving into the second segment, Grace – The Bride, the centre of the first room focuses on the ‘shirtwaist dress’ (a word used heavily throughout the descriptions around the exhibition) Grace wore when her engagement to Prince Rainier III was announced, accompanied by one of her original Hermès Kelly bags. A series of photographs from the couple’s first meeting in France lines the wall, with a replica of the black floral dress in the display opposite.

Also in this room are several of the outfits the bride-to-be wore in the lead-up to her wedding, beginning with the navy blue dress and coat worn when arriving in Monaco. My first reaction to the arrival dress was, “Where’s the hat?!” Outloud. Yes, the gigantic white hat which kept the Monaquese from seeing their future Princess’ face is not part of the exhibition. Jess was sad. The fellow next to me joked the hat was back at his house.

Then, it’s on to the centrepiece of the exhibition – the gown. Grace’s wedding gown. Because of age and fragility, a replica of the wedding gown is shown in the exhibition (the real gown is tucked away safely in Philadelphia museum’s storage facility). Seeing the gown in person is so much better than seeing it in photographs – the intricate detailing of the lace packs more of a punch when you are less than a metre away, seperated by glass. Personally, while I find Grace’s wedding gown one of the best royal wedding gowns ever, if I had to make a choice between the gown worn for the religious ceremony and the suit worn for the civil ceremony, the civil ceremony would win, hands down, every time. While everyone else went straight for the gown, I was drawn like a magnet to the civil ceremony outfit. The skirt, the jacket, the little hat. Grace Kelly-becomes-Princess Grace to a T. It’s probably a good thing that all the pieces were behind glass, otherwise I may have not been able to restrain myself from attempting to vacate the premises with the civil outfit non-subtley tucked into my purse.

This segment ends with a  20-odd minute long video, showing the three stages of Grace’s life featured in the exhibition – actress, bride, princess. You’ve got silent clips for her movies, her short Oscar acceptance speech, the engagement and wedding ceremonies, and Prince Albert and Princesses Caroline and Stephanie peeling potatoes on a yacht.

The final segment is again split in two and showcases the style of Princess Grace. Outfits from Balenciaga and Dior are present, respresenting both the Princess’ daytime wear and her evening wear. Gowns she wore in the 1970s are distinguishable immediately, if not for their brighter colours, then most definately by the frill that runs as a hem around the bottom. This segment also has the jewel case – mostly produced by Cartier, there is earrings, a necklace, ring and braclet. Throw in a diamond and pearl diadem and a gold, diamond and ruby Monaquese coat of arms brooch and you’ve got a complete set. Oddly enough, Grace was never seen wearing the diadem on show in the exhibition, so I question why it was included in a Grace exhibition. But hey, who’s going to complain too much when you’ve got sparkly things laid out in front of you?

Other gowns include the purple tafetta, typically ’80s number the Princess wore in London when she met with the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer – which looks much better in real life than in photographs, but still not one of my favourites by a long shot; the white and black panelled gown worn for a photoshoot, which looks much better in photographs than in person; the Palace stairs gown – which I disliked up close as it there is too much ‘in-your-face’ going on with the skirt, the tulle and the flower; and a pale blue chiffon maternity gown. A special display is set aside for the Princess’ hats, gloves, shoes, sunglasses and handbags.

The exhibition ends with gigantic proportions – I almost died when I rounded the corner of the last display and saw the gigantic puff ball that is the pink Centenary Ball evening gown Grace wore in 1966. How Grace was able to walk, sit, stand in that gown is beyond me – I don’t doubt that six people could fit under its skirt!

Overall, the exhibition is a lovely showcase of the style that made Grace, Grace. The simple, similarly cut outfits worn in the lead-up to her marriage highlight the 1950s essence which evokes memories of Grace Kelly. The progression of the exhibition allows you to see the transformation she went through as she got more comfortable in her role as Princess of Monaco, allowing herself to experiment with different designs and colours – bolder as we got into the 1960s and 1970s and into the Parisian haute couture.

Grace Kelly: Style Icon? Without a doubt. And very few others, from the past and in the present, will ever be able to create such a style and image which says some much, with so little and has the overwhelming ability to have people of different generations, cultures and social groups each pull back to the same point to describe who was Grace Kelly. Elegant. Classic. Unique. Grace.

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Participation de SAS le Prince Albert II au 6 ème Forum Mondial de l’Eau à  Marseille

 

    S.A.S.  le Prince Albert II participera au 6ème Forum Mondial de l'Eau les  12 et 14 mars prochains, au parc Chanot, à Marseille.

Le 12 mars, le Souverain prononcera une allocution lors de la session d’ouverture de ce forum. De nombreuses personnalités comme le Premier ministre, M. François Fillon, et l'ex-président soviétique, Mikhaïl Gorbatchev seront présentes.

Le 14 mars, le Prince prendra part à un side event, co-organisé par la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, le Plan Bleu, Veolia Environnement, l’Office international de l’eau et Unitar. Les travaux conduits par le Water Think Tank Méditerranée seront présentés à cette occasion.

Les thèmes portant sur la gestion de l'eau, publique ou privée, seront largement abordés dans les ateliers qui se tiendront du 12 au 17 mars. Plus  de 20 000 participants sont attendus.

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The Travelling Windsors

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Well-received: A casual Prince Harry was cheered by crowds as he arrived on Harbour Island in The Bahamas

 

As was announced earlier, the British Royal Family will be undertaking a series of official visits this year to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Currently, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Harry are in the Caribbean, visiting various Commonwealth countries in the region.

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s trip began on February 21st, in St Lucia. The couple spent two days on the small island, visiting schools and meeting with officials. It was then on to Barbados, where Edward and Sophie paid a visit to the Parliament building in Bridgetown, and the University of the West Indies on February 23rd. During the university visit, Edward and Sophie were given the chance to speak with the university’s student leaders. The following day, Prince Edward presented The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Golden Standard Awards to several youths at a reception at Barbados’s Goverment House. While in Barbados, a visit to a Jewish synagogue and a state dinner hosted by the Governor-General were also on the agenda. On to St Vincent and the Grenadines on February 25th, and the Earl was charged with opening the Jubilee Garden in Port Elizabeth.

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In Grenada on February 27th, the Earl and Countess unveiled a plaque at the Botanic Gardens in St David to mark the Jubilee visit, before being guests of honour at a state lunch held on Spice Island by the Governon-General of Grenada, Sir Carlyle Glean. For the two following days, the duo were in Trinidad and Tobago. Edward and Sophie attended a luncheon at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s Port. The Earl then visited the Belmont Boys School, while the Countess visited the Princess Elizabeth Centre for Physically Handicapped Children. Prince Edward presented some more Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Awards to students while in the Port of Spain. Also on February 29th, the Earl and Countess were present at a military parade.

On March 3rd, the Earl and Countess were welcomed by the Governor-General of St Kitts and Nevis, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, in Port Zante. Following an official welcoming ceremony, Edward and Sophie presided over the renaming ceremony of the St Kitts National Capital Park, now called the Royal Basseterre Valley Park. Cultural performances and hospital visits filled the remainder of the day.

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Prince Harry began his trip in Belize last Friday, where he was greeted at the airport by the Governor-General of Belize, before heading to the Governor-General’s residence. Harry attended a street party in the evening, where he mixed with locals and enjoyed samples of local rum and beer, before joining in on the daning. In a short speech, he said “the Queen of Belize” sent her warmest wishes and was sorry she could not come herself – therefore leaving everyone stuck with him. The following day, March 3rd, the Prince toured the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, which were abandoned by its citizens around AD 950-1000. In the afternoon, Prince Harry launched a Jubilee Canoe on the Mopan River and met with World War II veterans at the Price Barracks. He then headed over to the Bahamas in the evening.

VIDEO: Prince Harry at the Xunantunich ruins

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On March 4th, Prince Harry began his visit to the Bahamas with a church service at the Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau decked out in his dashing No. 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals. Later, he toured an art exhibition in Rawson Square, where he was presented with a portrait of himself. A walkabout allowed Harry to meet locals. A visit to the Royal Bahamian Defence Force concluded the day’s events. Then yesterday, Harry visited the National Athletics Stadium where he attended a youth rally.

Prince Harry will continue on to Jamiaca and Brazil in the coming days.

LINK: Prince Harry’s Jubilee tour

For the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales has traveled to Belize. After climbing to the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich, he is beaming with great things to say about Belize.

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Déplacement de S.A.S. le Prince Albert II à Milan

 

S.A.S. le Prince Albert II de Monaco participera à une conférence scientifique à l'Université de ‘Milan – Bicocca’ sur le thème de la protection de la Mer Méditerranée contre la pollution, en présence du professeur Marcello Fontanesi, Recteur de l’université, du professeur Tullio Scovazzi, et des professeurs Tommaso Vitale et  Lucien Chabason de Sciences Po Paris, le mardi 6 mars 2012.

Le Prince assistera ensuite à la signature d’un accord entre la branche italienne de Sa Fondation et le groupe de communication Finelco, créateur du programme Mr PLANET.

En parrainant ce dernier diffusé sur RMC, Virgin Italy et Radio 105, la Fondation informera  les auditeurs sur les nombreuses actions qu’elle mène en faveur de l’environnement.

Enfin, en début de soirée, le Souverain Se rendra  à une soirée de gala organisée au profit de la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.

 

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 PRINCES OF MONACO AT THE OSCARS

   

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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing an Akris Spring 2012 runway outfit which was modified for the Princess. Princess Charlene’s modified version was in white, see here and here.

 

The Telegraph fashion section has named Charlene among the best dressed list.

 

 

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Death of Infanta Maria Adelaide de Bragança van Uden

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Maria Adelaide Manuela Amélia Micaela Rafaela de Bragança van Uden was born on January 31st, 1912 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France to Dom Miguel II Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, her godparents where Dom Manuel II, King of Portugal and his mother Dona Amelia, Queen of Portugal. The Infanta passed away Friday February 24th, 2012, only 24 days after celebrating her 100th birthday.

The Infanta passed away peacefully in her home, where a private funeral mass was held. A special mass is to be celebrated remembering her life in the Monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon on Thursday March 1st at 6 PM.

The Infanta was raised in Austria in relatively poor conditions during World War I where her family lived as common people, not as typical royals. When she was older she studied nursing in Vienna, where she lived during the time of the Nazi Invasion. The Infanta worked with the Nazi Resistance movement and also helped victims of the Nazi bombings, which caused her to be arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced her to death. Only with the help of Antonio Salazar, the Portuguese Prime Minister, was she set free as he declared her “National Heritage”.

The Infanta married Dr. Nicolas Van Uden on October 12th 1945, they had six children together: Adrian Sergio (b. 1946), Nuno Miguel (b. 1947), Francisco Xavier (b. 1949), Filipa Teodora (b. 1951), Miguel Inacio (b. 1953), Maria Teresa  (b. 1956), all with the surname “de Brangança van Uden”. The Infanta always spent her life helping others especially orphaned children and poor pregnant women, through her foundation “Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira” foundation.

On the day of her 100th birthday, she was conceded by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Cavaco Silva, the Civil Order of Merit in honor of her dedication and hard work for the help of other people.

The Infanta was the last surviving grandchild of King Miguel I of Portugal, and the last aunt of Dom Duarte Pio. Infanta Maria Adelaide is survived by her six children, 21 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Emperor Akihito’s Heart Surgery Successful

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The Imperial Household Agency has reported that Emperor Akihito is recovering well from his heart bypass operation yesterday, Saturday February 18th.

“As far as operations go, it probably could not have proceeded any better,” Doctor Minoru Ono said during a press conference following the operation’s completion at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Doctors from the Juntendo University Hospital also assisted in the operation, in which doctors used a blood vessel from the Emperor’s body to repair the blocked artery.

Doctors said that the Emperor is expected to start his rehabilitation mid-week, and should be able to return home in approximately two to three weeks, barring any complications. Doctor Ono reported that the Emperor was in good spirits, and enjoyed the visit of his wife, Empress Michiko, and daughter, Sayako Kuroda (formerly Princess Nori).

The Emperor, who turned seventy-eight in December, had to undergo heart surgery after an angiogram performed last weekend revealed the narrowing of two branches of his left coronary artery. His health has been an issue for the past decade, after he suffered from prostate cancer in 2003. Ailments in the following years include pneumonia and stomach bleeds.

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Prince Friso in Critical Condition following Avalanche

  February 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm by  

 

UPDATE 19/02/12 at 07:46: Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel have begun their morning with a trip east to Innsbruck, to be by Prince Friso’s bedside. They arrived at the hospital around half an hour ago. The rest of the family is still in Lech, keeping the children busy with ski school.

A bulletin is expected later today, local time, providing an update on the Prince’s condition.

UPDATE 18/02/12 at 21:53: The latest RVD update, from 15:00 local time, states that there has been no change in Prince Friso’s condition. Princess Mabel returned to the hospital in the late afternoon, accompanied by Prince Constantijn and her sister, Nicoline Wisse-Smit. It is believed that the Princess’s mother has also arrived in Austria.

UPDATE 18/02/12 at 07:59: Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel have left the hospital in Innsbruck and are heading back to Lech. The RVD said that the medical staff has requested limitations on the number of visitors to the Prince. Reports state that Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn are still at the hospital.

A press conference will take place at 16:00, local time, with the leader of the rescue operation, Mr Markus Amann.

Contradictory reports are being published by the Dutch media, citing the Innsbruck hospital and another journalist as sources, relating to the Prince’s injuries – we will wait for confirmation from the RVD regarding Prince Friso’s injuries and condition, likely to be within the next few days.

UPDATE 18/02/12 at 03:07: Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel have arrived at the hospital in Innsbruck to be with Prince Friso this morning (February 18th, central European time). Other members of the family are expected to arrive shortly as well.

In a brief statement to the press earlier this morning from Lech, the Prince of Orange said that the family did not have any updates on the Prince’s condition, and that while the family appreciates all the attention from the media and public, they wish to be left alone during this initial period.

17/02/12 at 22:36: Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau is currently in a critical but stable condition in an Innsbruck hospital following an avalanche in the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg earlier today, local time.

The prince was skiing with a friend when freshly fallen snow gave way and caused an avalanche. Prince Friso, second son of Queen Beatrix, was buried underneath the snow for approximately fifteen minutes while rescue workers attempted to free him. He was flown to a hospital in nearby Innsbruck, during which he had to be resuscitated.

Dutch media reports that Prince Friso suffered a fractured skull and is in a coma, however nothing has been confirmed by the Dutch Royal Court apart from the Prince being in a critical but stable condition, with further diagnosis expected in several days time.

Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel, wife of the Prince, have been by his bedside. Brothers Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn flew into the area with their families in the evening.

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Déplacement de S.A.S. le Prince en Afrique de l’Ouest

 

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S.A.S. le Prince Albert II Se rendra en Afrique de l’Ouest pour une visite d’Etat au Mali, du 13 au 15 février, et une visite officielle au Burkina Faso, du 15 au 17 février.

Dès Son arrivée à Bamako, le Souverain rencontrera Mme Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, Premier Ministre, et M. Dioncounda Traoré, Président de l’Assemblée Nationale. Il  S’entretiendra ensuite avec le Président de la République, M. Amadou Toumani Touré, qui avait effectué un déplacement officiel en Principauté les 30 et 31 octobre derniers.

Les 14 et 15 février, S.A.S. le Prince visitera le Centre de lutte contre la Drépanocytose, le Centre de football « Yeleen » et le Centre Mérieux, structures co-financées par la Coopération Internationale Monégasque.
La Coopération intervient au Mali depuis 6 ans, principalement dans les secteurs de la santé et de l’éducation. Plus de 16.000 personnes bénéficient directement de ces projets.

 

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Le Prince inaugurera également le Consulat Honoraire de Monaco au Mali.

A Ouagadougou, le Souverain accueilli par M. Luc Adolphe Tiao, Premier Ministre du Burkina Faso, aura une réunion de travail avec M. Blaise Compaoré, Président du Burkina Faso. Il sera reçu de nouveau au Palais présidentiel le 17 février.

Durant Son séjour au Burkina Faso, S.A.S. le Prince visitera la Brigade nationale des Sapeurs-pompiers et le Samu social ainsi que le village de Guié dans lequel des actions sont menées par la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Mission Enfance et la Coopération Internationale de Monaco.

Une délégation de la Chambre de développement économique suivra le déplacement du Souverain au Mali et au Burkina Faso.



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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait

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The British Royal Court has published two new portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession, which occurs tomorrow, February 6th.

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The portraits were taken in December by Mr John Swannell, who has photographed members of the Royal Family on multiple occassions, including the Golden Jubilee portrait in 2002. One portrait shows the Queen alone, and then with her husband. They were taken in the Centre Room of Buckingham Palace.

In the background of the Queen’s individual portrait, the Victoria Memorial outside the Palace can be seen. Queen Victoria is the only other British monarch to have reached her Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth wears Queen Victoria’s Collet Necklace in the portrait, in another detail to link the two jubilees (Queen Victoria herself wore the necklace in her Diamond Jubilee portrait).

Queen Elizabeth released a statement in conjunction with the portraits, reiterating that she will serve as Queen for the rest of her life. As has been the case since 1952, abdication is not an option for the 85-year-old. The Queen also said that both she and Prince Philip were “deeply moved to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee” and that she hopes this year will allow everyone “to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart.”

Tomorrow, the anniversary of her accession (and the anniversary of her father, King George VI’s death), Queen Elizabeth will attend a private mass in Sandringham before undertaken some small engagements in the area.

Click here to read more about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Service de Presse
Palais Princier,
Vendredi 3 février 2012



Visite de travail de S.E. M. Johnson TORIBIONG,
Président de la République des PALAOS
- du 5 au 8 février -

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S.E. M. Johnson TORIBIONG, Président de la République des PALAOS, effectuera une visite de travail à Monaco, du 5 au 8 février.

Le 5 février, le Président de la République des Palaos et le Souverain assisteront au concert « La Création du monde » avec au programme Darius Milhaud, Dmitri Chostakovitch, Igor Stravinsky, sous la Direction de Kristjan Järvi, à l’auditorium Rainier III.

Le lendemain, S.E. M. Johnson TORIBIONG sera reçu par S.A.S. le Prince Albert II au Palais princier. Après une réunion de travail entre les deux Chefs d’Etat, l’ensemble des deux délégations déjeuneront au Palais princier. Le Président des Palaos assistera ensuite, en présence du Souverain, à une présentation des activités de la Fondation Prince Albert II, à l’Hôtel de Paris.

En fin de journée, Ils se rendront à la Conférence de M. Michel ROCARD, organisée par la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, au Théâtre des Variétés.

Le mardi 7 février, le Président et sa délégation participeront à des réunions de travail avec le Gouvernement princier puis ils inaugureront le Consulat des Palaos.

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Palais Princier,
Jeudi 2 Février  2012


Visite du Couple princier au Conseil National
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Lors de Son mariage, S.A.S. le Prince Albert II avait émis le Souhait de faire connaître à S.A.S. la Princesse Charlène le lieu où s’écrit depuis des décennies l’histoire législative de la Principauté.
Le Couple princier a ainsi effectué une visite au Conseil national le jeudi 2 février.

A l’occasion de cette visite exceptionnelle*, M. Jean-François Robillon, Président du Conseil national, a prononcé un discours auquel le Souverain a répondu (discours en PJ).
Le Prince et la Princesse ont ensuite signé le Livre d’Or de cette institution et se sont rendus au cocktail organisé sur la terrasse de l’édifice afin de partager un moment de convivialité avec les conseillers nationaux accompagnés de leurs épouses.

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* Les visites princières au Conseil national sont, par nature, rares, voire exceptionnelles. En effet, les articles 3, 4, 5 et 6 de la constitution du 17 décembre 1962 consacrent la séparation des pouvoirs : le pouvoir exécutif relève de la haute autorité du Prince ; le pouvoir législatif est exercé par le Prince et le Conseil national. Aux termes de l’article 64, le Prince communique avec le Conseil par des messages qui sont lus par le Ministre d’Etat. Le Prince Rainier III l’a fait à deux reprises dans les dernières années de son règne : le 25 juin 2001, pour souligner l’importance pour la Principauté de ne pas rester à l’écart du Conseil de l’Europe, et le 28 octobre 2002 pour informer l’assemblée de le teneur du nouveau traité franco-monégasque, signé le 24 octobre.

Visites du Souverain au Conseil national :
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- S.A.S. le Prince Albert II se rend pour la première fois de Son regne le 23 juin 2006 au Conseil national. Il y donne sa vision des équilibres institutionnels définis par la Constitution : « J’entends quelquefois, ici ou là, évoquer, parfois implicitement, l’éventualité d’un changement de régime politique ou constitutionnel. Il ne saurait en être question. Et les réformes engagées, dans le cadre européen en particulier, ne peuvent et ne pourront tenir lieu de prétexte à une atteinte aux fondements même de la Principauté, pas plus qu’à un quelconque renoncement à notre identité profonde. […] Garant ultime de la Constitution, il m’appartient de veiller à ce qu’elle soit respectée sous tous ces points de vue. […] La collaboration harmonieuse entre les pouvoirs suppose […] une claire délimitation entre la fonction législative et l’action gouvernementale. Le Gouvernement, sous mon autorité et sur la base des orientations que je définis, a […], seul, la charge de l’administration du pays ». Pour conclure, le Souverain réaffirme « avec force le principe constitutionnel de l’indépendance des juges, dans le cadre du système de justice déléguée, sous le contrôle de nos hautes juridictions ».

    Une deuxième fois, le 5 janvier 2011, le Souverain est reçu au sein de l’assemblée, à l’occasion du centenaire de la première constitution. Le président du Conseil national, Jean-François Robillon, rappelle alors le caractère exceptionnel des visites princières, du fait même du texte fondamental : « Si cette visite officielle auprès de notre Assemblée, n’est que la deuxième depuis l’accession au trône de Votre Altesse Sérénissime, il ne faut pas y voir le signe d’un désintérêt pour le Parlement, mais bien au contraire la marque d’une lecture profondément respectueuse de nos institutions qui consacre la séparation des fonctions ».

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