The new television series “Pan Am” debuted on ABC in the U.S. on September 25, 2011 and has proven to be popular with audiences, garnering 11 million viewers for its first episode. The stylish series recalls an era when air travel was more elegant, certainly at least where the sartorial choices of passengers are concerned. Here’s a chance for us to step back in time and take a look royals arriving and departing at airports from the past decades.
Monthly Archives: September 2011
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia, visited France where on September 22, 2011, they attended the Swedish Club’s 75th Anniversary in Paris. Also on the 22nd, the couple attended the “Master Art’ Exhibition opening at the Palais Imperial de Compiegne in Compiegne. And on September 23rd, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the Musee National Des Chateaux de Malmaison et Bois-Preau. The Chateaux de Malmaison was the home of Josephine, Napoleon I’s first wife.
QUEEN BEATRIX, PRINCE WILLEM ALEXANDER & PRINCESS MAXIMA ATTEND PRINSJESDAG 2011 – PRINCES’ DAY IN THE NETHERLANDS
On September 20, 2011, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, along with members of the Dutch royal family including her eldest son and heir, Prince Willem Alexander, and his wife, Princess Maxima, attended Prinsjesdag or Princes’ Day in The Hague, Netherlands. This yearly event marks the day that the next year’s budget is announced by the Dutch government. It is a day of ceremony and pomp where the Queen travels in The Hague in the Golden Carriage and delivers her speech to parliament.
Here are some of the latest functions attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco, his wife, Princess Charlene, and sister, Caroline, Princess of Hanover. On September 10, 2011, all three attended the Picnique Monegasque, accompanied by Princess Caroline’s youngest child, Princess Alexandra of Hanover. And on September 20, 2011, Princess Caroline attended the “Artenativelight” Exhibit Launce at the Chapiteau de Fontvielle in Monaco.
The remains of the late Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (1887-1969), grandmother of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and a favorite granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria, are to be transferred to the Royal Pantheon at the monastery of El Escorial. Previously, the Queen’s remains were resting at the decaying chamber known as the ‘Pudridero.’ El Escorial, located some thirty miles north of Madrid, is a royal palace, museum and monastery. The imposing complex was built by King Philip II of Spain and completed in 1548. The Royal Pantheon is the burial site of the kings and queens of Spain. You can read more on Queen Victoria Eugenie’s eventful life in my first book, “Born to Rule.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended the opening of Sweden’s Parliament on September 15, 2011. Accompanying the King and Queen were their children, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine. Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria’s husband, was also present on the day that happens to have been his 38th birthday. Crown Princess Victoria is expecting her first child, due in March 2012. Later that evening, the Swedish royal family attended a performance at the Royal Swedish Opera.
QUEEN BEATRIX, PRINCE WILLEM ALEXANDER AND PRINCESS MAXIMA AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander, and his wife, Princess Maxima, attended the opening performance marking the 50th Anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet on September 13, 2011 at the Amsterdam Music Theatre.