Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
It is so fun when they get it wrong. Earlier this month, the tabloids were full of stories about poor, lonely Princess Caroline, forced to sail away on her own while all her children were gone. Andrea was with Tatiana, probably going over wedding plans, Pierre was out racing, Charlotte was with her (40 yr old) boyfriend in Los Angeles, California -oh the heartache! But, of course, none of it was true as a later crop of pictures clearly showed. The Caroline family vacation, sailing around the French island of Cosica on the family yacht, was missed by none. Princess Caroline even had a friend along it seems, Andrea and Tatiana were there, as were Charlotte and Gad, Pierre, little Alexandra and what looks like a friend of her's as well. The whole family, enjoying some time off together. This is what happens when the mags try to invent a story that isn't there -they end up with egg on their face.
Tatiana and Andrea. There have been rumors that Tatiana may be "with child" but I can't tell. One source cited her 'flowing' wardrobe as a sign but, as we all know, that common for Tatiana.
Princess Caroline, still looking cute as ever, walking the hot dogs before boarding.
Charlotte has a puff on the bow with her old man. If this works out, I want to see video of him calling Princess Caroline "Mom".
Pierre having a cold drink while Caroline's mystery man picks up in the background.
And just to show everyone really was there, here we see Princess Alexandra who looks oh-so-much like her mother in this shot. Anyway, she seems uninterested in what everyone else is looking at.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monaco is 1.95 square kilometers in size -less than half a square mile.
The motto of Monaco and the Grimaldi family is “Deo Juvante” or ‘with God’s help’. It became so during the reign of Lord Lambert of Monaco in the fifteenth century.
The primary ethnic group in Monaco is not Monegasque but French. Roughly 47% of the population is French, the next largest groups being Italian and then British tax refugees.
Classes at the International University of Monaco (the only university in Monaco) are held exclusively in English.
The York bedroom in the Princely Palace was so named because the Duke of York, brother to King George III of Great Britain and Ireland, died there.
Monte Carlo is the only municipality in Monaco. Meaning “Mount Charles” it was named after HSH Prince Charles III.
Prior to 1861 Monaco was a protectorate of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia and the official language was Italian.
Lord Charles I of Monaco led a corps of Monegasque crossbowmen at the battle of Crecy alongside the French during the Hundred Years War with England.
Some 330,000 square meters of the ward of Fontvieille consists of land that was reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to that, the ground where the heliport and Louis II Stadium sits was under water.
Lord Jean II of Monaco was allegedly murdered by his brother Lucien after he threatened to sell Monaco to the Republic of Venice.
French is the official language of Monaco, not Monegasque though the native tongue is taught in schools. Monegasque is a Ligurian dialect, similar to that spoken in Genoa, Italy.
Lord Hercules I of Monaco, a noted ladies’ man, was supposedly murdered by a gang of irate husbands and fathers.
Lord Rainier II of England, allied with France, led a raiding fleet that sacked Portsmouth, Dartmouth and Plymouth, England.
Monaco has more policemen per person than any other country in the world. Crime is not a problem.
The longest-reigning monarch in Monegasque history was HSH Prince Honore III who reigned as Sovereign Prince of Monaco for 59 years and 73 days.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Flanders was the place the English king looked to. A trading people even then, the blockade of England had hurt the Flemish economy, making them more open to the idea of an alliance with England, and the Flemish were renowned sailors. In 1297 King Edward I and Count Guy of Flanders signed the Treaty of Bruges which granted a monopoly to English and Flemish ships on all trade between Europe and England. This did a great deal to save the situation of England but it took a toll on the French ports in the area, such as Calais and others, and King Philippe IV determined that war was the only answer. He would have to attack England and Flanders on the high seas to break their dominance of Channel trade and restore his proto-Continental system. To do that he would need good warships and a veteran naval warrior to command them and for that he turned to Lord Rainier I of Monaco from the House of Grimaldi which had served French royals so well in the past. Rainier I came with sixteen well-armed galleys to add to the twenty ships the King of France had available but these were poorly built and the crews not experienced. It was up to Rainier I to train them for serious combat and he took a 'hands on' approach, taking them in several small-scale raids against English ships to teach them the ways of naval warfare. This helped them gain the experience they would need to confront the more formidable Flemish ships.
Friday, August 10, 2012
In any event, it is an interesting contrast between France and Monaco. The two countries, simply by being so close together and having such a long history of close association, have a great deal in common. Yet, one is a (very republican) republic with very high taxes on the wealthy while the other is a monarchy (where the monarch still has the last word) with very low taxes for everyone and a more pro-investment environment. Students of economic systems could find a great deal to learn in studying these two very different systems in such close proximity and how each country prospers under the system they have.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Team South Africa was very appreciative of all the help and support Princess Charlene gave them. In an interview, head coach Graham Hill said that the assistance of Princess Charlene and their stay in Monaco had really helped build up the confidence of the team and was very grateful for the hospitality Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene had shown to them. The team psychologist even went so far as to say that the moral support of Princess Charlene, with her experience as an Olympic swimmer, had been the key to their success, citing her presence at the pool during their training, always encouraging them and helping to keep them calm and focused as well as her moral support at the games themselves. The Princess took the time to talk to the swimmers, lift their spirits and give them the reassurance that only a veteran can. In addition to providing for their training and stay in Monaco, the Princess also took care of many other minor things for them and also helped make sure they enjoyed their stay in Monaco and have some fun while in the principality. It is great that Princess Charlene was able to be such a help to Team South Africa and it is great to see how much they appreciated it. Long live the Princess!
Monday, August 6, 2012
|Prince Louis II|
In those days the gaming industry was the primary source of income for the principality and the customer base was almost exclusively the wealthy aristocrats and minor royals of Europe. World War I brought business to a halt and after the war most of the great noble and royal houses who had frequented Monte Carlo were either destitute or had been overthrown. It would also not be long until another world war broke out that would see Monaco occupied and bombed. Prince Albert I had never been fond of the gaming industry himself but tolerated it as something necessary. It would be left to his son, Prince Louis II and even more so his successor Prince Rainier III, to see the Monegasque economy fully recovered and diversified to prevent such hard times in the future.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Yesterday evening TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene attended the Red Cross Ball, one of the most anticipated annual events in the Principality of Monaco. The German band "Scorpions" provided the entertainment which was finished off in the evening by Boy George acting as DJ.
(left to right) Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy, HSH Princess Charlene, HSH the Sovereign Prince, Baronness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, Gareth Wittstock (brother of Princess Charlene) and his girlfriend Roysin Galvin.