Monthly Archives: September 2011

A BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROYALTY AND AIRPORT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

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.

Crown Prince Olaf of Norway on a Pan American flight at LaGuardia Airport, New York, 1941 (photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II during her royal tour of New Zealand arrives at Wellington Airport, 1954 (photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

A trio of elegant ladies: from left to right, Grace Kelly (the future Princess Grace of Monaco), Elizabeth Taylor and Lorraine Day in New York, 1955 (photo: Keystone/Stringer/Getty Images)

Prince Philip waves goodbye from London at the start of his 35,000 world tour that lasted four-and-a-half months, 1956 (photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco arriving in Rome Airport to visit Pope John XXIII and Italian President Gianni Gronchi, 1959 (Keystone/Stringer/Getty Images)

Princess Alice of Greece (mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II), at London Airport, 1965 (photo: George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

Queen Frederika of Greece (far right) and her daughter, Princess Irene (second from left) are greeted at Madrid's Barajas Airport by her daughter, Princess Sofia (far left) and son-in-law, Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and granddaughter, Infanta Elena of Spain, 1965 (photo: Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)

King Constantine of Greece arrives at Heathrow Airport, London, with his daughter, Princess Alexia, 1968 (photo: George FrestonStringer/Getty Images)

Pan Am's Boeing 707. Pan Am inaugurated the first trans-atlantic jet service between New York and Paris in 1958 (Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

The cast from the television show, "Pan Am" which debuted on America's ABC channel on September 25, 2011 (photo: Bob D/Amico/ABC via Getty Images)

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KING CARL XVI GUSTAF AND QUEEN SILVIA IN FRANCE

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 Silvia attends the 75th Anniversary of the Swedish Club, Paris, France (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Swedish Club, Paris, France, September 22, 2011 (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

Queen Silvia in Compiegne, France, September 22, 2011 (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia with French Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterand and former French President Vilary Giscard d'Estaing (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

Queen Silvia of Sweden at Malmaison, September 23, 2011 (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

The King and Queen of Sweden in front of a portrait of Emperor Napoleon I of France (photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

Queen Silvia is presented with a large bouquet of flowers at Malmaison, September 23, 2011 (photo: Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)

The Chateaux de Malmaison, home of Emperor Napoleon I's first wife, Josephine (photo: Wikicommons)

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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.

Prince Willem Alexander helps his wife, Princess Maxima, descend from the Golden Carriage, September 20, 2011 (photo: Hello)

A view of the elaborately decorated Golden Carriage of the Dutch royal family (photo: Hello)

Princess Maxima in the Golden Carriage, The Hague, Netherlands (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (center) with her sister, Princess Margriet, and daughter-in-law, Princess Maxima (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Princess Maxima with a smile and a wave (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

From left to right: Princess Margriet, Queen Beatrix, Princess Maxima, Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Laurentien, wave to the crowds in The Hague, September 20, 2011 (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

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IN MONACO: PRINCESS CHARLENE, PRINCE ALBERT AND PRINCESS CAROLINE ATTEND OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS

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.

Princess Caroline attends the Artenativelight Exhibit launch in Monaco (photo: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images)

Caroline, Princess of Hanover (nee Monaco), September 20, 2011 (photo: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images)

Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Caroline's daughter, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, September 10,. 2011 (photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

Charlene and Albert of Monaco at the PiqueNique Monegasque. Behind them is the Prince's sister, Princess Caroline, September 10, 2011 (photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Albert II and his wife, Princess Charlene, clutching a bouquet in Monaco's National colors (photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

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QUEEN VICTORIA EUGENIE OF SPAIN’S REMAINS TO BE MOVED TO THE ROYAL PANTHEON AT EL ESCORIAL

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.”

Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (1887-1969), whose remains will be transferred to the Royal Pantheon at El Escorial

The Pantheon of Kings in the Monastery of El Escorial, Spain. Elaborately decorated coffins with the remains of Spains kings and queens are deposited here (photo: Adam Woolfitt/Corbis)

The royal palace and monastery of El Escorial, Spain (photo: Pietro Canali/SOPA/Corbis)

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KING CARL XVI GUSTAF, QUEEN SILVIA AND THEIR CHILDREN ATTEND THE OPENING OF THE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT

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.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attend the opening of the Swedish Parliament, September 15, 2011

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his sister, Princess Madeleine, who resides in New York City, September 15, 2011

Prince Daniel escorts his wife, Crown Princess Victoria

Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel set to attend a performance of the Swedish Royal Opera (photo: Stella Pictures)

Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip (photo: Stella Pictures)

Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Carl Philip (photo: Stella Pictures)

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden attend a performance of the Royal Swedish Opera, September 15, 2011 (photo: Stella Pictures)

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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.

Princess Maxima with her mother-in-law, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and husband, Prince Willem-Alexander, at the 50th Anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Queen Beatrix, Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander, Amsterdam, September 13, 2011 (photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

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