Royal Roundup - Denmark and Monaco



+ Danish Royal Family Annual Summer Photo Shoot at Gråsten Slot
+ T.S.H.s Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco Host Their First Official Visit
+ Prince Albert & Princess Charlene Sue French Newspaper


On August 1, 2011, the members of the Danish royal family, including T.R.H.s Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, and Prince Henrik (younger), gathered to partake in the annual summer photo-call at Gråsten Slot. Also in attendance were H.R.H. Princess Benedikte, Prince Gustav and his partner, Frau Axelsson. Making their début at Gråsten Slot were the twins, T.R.H.s Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. The gathering for the press according to the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, lasted for fifteen minutes.


Queen Margrethe & Prince Henrik with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and their children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine


Queen Margrethe with Prince Vincent


Front: Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine; Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik (the elder); Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix (sons of Prince Joachim)
Back: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with their son, Prince Henrik (the younger); Frau Axelsson, Prince Gustav, and Princess Benedikte


Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their daughter, Princess Josephine


Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, and Princess Josephine


Queen Margrethe and Princess Isabella


Prince Frederik and Princess Mary with Queen Margrethe (holding Prince Vincent) and Prince Henrik (holding Prince Vincent)


Prince Frederik and Princess Mary with Queen Margrethe (holding Prince Vincent) and Prince Henrik (holding Prince Vincent)


Princess Mary with her daughters, Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine


Princess Mary with her daughters, Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine


Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary with their twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine


Princess Mary with Prince Christian and Princess Josephine


L-R: Prince Vincent, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Christian, Princess Josephine, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Isabella, Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Prince Nikolai, and Prince Felix


Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with Prince Henrik


Princess Marie and Crown Prince Frederik with little Prince Henrik and Prince Christian in the front


Prince Joachim and Princess Marie with little Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik with Prince Vincent


Crown Princess Mary with Prince Christian and Princess Josephine


Princess Mary with Princess Isabella


Princess Mary with Princess Isabella


Prince Henrik with Princess Josephine









Fresh from their brief holiday in Antiparos, Greece, Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco, hosted an official visit for the ”… Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing on July 31, 2011.”

According to the official site for the princely family of Monaco, Mr. Festing was:

…welcomed at 11.15 am at the Palais Princier de Monaco by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, H.E. Mr Michel Roger, Minister of State and Colonel Luc Fringant, Chamberlain.

[Mr. Festing] received military honors, and a mass was celebrated led by H.E. Mr Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco and Canon César Penzo in the Palace chapel.

At 12.15 pm, H.S.H. the Prince granted an audience to H.M.E.H. Fra’ Matthew Festing. After, the Grand Master named H.S.H. the Prince as an ‘Honorary Bailiff Grand Cross’. The Sovereign and H.M.E.H. Fra’ Matthew Festing then had a working lunch in the residence of the Minister of State.

At 9.30 pm, H.M.E.H. Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Prince and Princess Charlene attended a benefit concert for the charitable organisations of the Order of Malta in the Prince’s Lodge of the Main Courtyard.


There was also lovely dinner at the Palais Princier de Monaco in honor of Fra’ Matthew Festing’s visit to the tiny principality that evening.





Well, it happened. Their Serene Highnesses Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco went ahead and decided to sue the French newspaper, L’Express.

Per AFP news via ABC news:

Monaco's Prince Albert II and his new wife Charlene have filed a suit against a French magazine they claim spread false rumours of discord ahead of their wedding this month, their lawyer confirmed.

Summons were filed against L'Express magazine at a court in Nanterre, west of Paris, for invasion of privacy and publishing "incorrect facts about their private life," lawyer Thierry Lacoste told AFP.

Rumours that Charlene Wittstock tried to leave the principality in a huff just days before the royal wedding have been rejected by the palace, the country's premier, a lawyer for the royal pair, as well as by Prince Albert himself.

L'Express magazine had reported on its website that Ms Wittstock, now Princess Charlene, interrupted preparations for the lavish celebrations in early July and prepared to flee to her home country South Africa.

The magazine declined comment.


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