Monthly Archives: September 2013

THE RELIGIOUS WEDDING OF PRINCE FELIX OF LUXEMBOURG AND CLAIRE LADEMACHER IN PROVENCE

Prince Felix of Luxembourg (29), second son of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, married Claire Lademacher (28) on September 21, 2013.  The couple, who have known each other for several years, married earlier this week in a civil ceremony.  The religious ceremony took place at the Basilica Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in  Provence presided by the Archbishop of Luxembourg.  The bride looked elegant and composed in a lace gown by Elie Saab.  Some 370 guests attended the wedding, including a number of European royals.  Photos by Getty Images.

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Prince Felix with his mother, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Prince Felix with his mother, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and his wife, Princess Stephanie

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and his wife, Princess Stephanie

The groom's brothers, Prince Sebastien and Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Princess Tessy, wife of Prince Louis

The groom’s brothers, Prince Sebastien and Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Princess Tessy, wife of Prince Louis

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, sister of the groom and Felix Lademacher, brother of the bride

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, sister of the groom and Felix Lademacher, brother of the bride

The groom's father and the bride's mother

The groom’s father and the bride’s mother

Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi, son of Monaco's Princess Caroline

Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi, son of Monaco’s Princess Caroline

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THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX VISITS KOLKATA, INDIA IN SUPPORT OF ORBIS

The Countess of Wessex is on a visit to India.  On September 18, 2013 she was in Kolkata where she lent her support for the charity ORBIS, dedicated to saving eye sight in developing countries.  The countess was at the ITC Sonar Kolkata Hotel to watch schoolchildren singing.  She also visited medical volunteers and patients undergoing surgery at the the ORBIS Flying Opthalmic Eye Hospital.   On September 20, 2013, the countess attended a reception at the ITC Sonar Hotel in Kolkata for ORBIS volunteers.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE KING & QUEEN OF SPAIN WELCOME THE KING & QUEEN OF THE NETHERLANDS

King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia welcomed King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima to Spain on September 18, 2013.  Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia were at hand at Torrejon Military Base in Madrid to greet the Dutch royal couple upon their arrival.  Both couples then made their way to the Zarzuela Palace where King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, and their daughter, Infanta Elena, awaited them.  Photos by PacificCoastNews and Getty Images.

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KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER OF THE NETHERLANDS AND QUEEN MAXIMA CELEBRATE PRINSJESDAG

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima in a day full of pomp and splendor, presided over Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day) 2013, on September 17, 2013, their first as monarchs.  The couple arrived at the Ridderzaal  in The Hague, Netherlands, having traveled in an ornate carriage.  At the Ridderzaal, King Willem-Alexander addressed Parliament in a speech from the throne  outlining the government’s policies for the coming session.  The king and queen, joined by the king’s brother, Prince Constantijn, and his wife, Princess Laurenteen, then waved to the crowds from the balcony from the Noordeinde Palace.  Queen Maxima chose for the occasion, a dazzling ensemble in gold beading by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE CIVIL WEDDING OF PRINCE FELIX OF LUXEMBOURG AND CLAIRE LADEMACHER

Prince Felix Of Luxembourg (29) and Claire Lademacher (28) were married in a civil ceremony at Villa Rothschild Kempinski in Konigstein im Taunus, Germany on September 17, 2013.   Prince Felix is the second son of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.  Princess Claire was educated in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and France and is currently pursuing a doctorate in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.  In attendance at the civil ceremony were members of the bride and groom’s families.  The religious ceremony takes place in a few days at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in Provence.   Photos by Getty Images.

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SWEDEN MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACCESSION OF KING CARL XVI GUSTAF

In the past recent days, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden commemorated the 40th anniversary of his accession.  A Te Deum Service of Thanksgiving was held at the chapel of The Royal Palace in Stockholm on September 13, 2013.  In attendance were the King and Queen Silvia; their children, Crown Princess Victoria, her her husband, Prince Daniel, with their daughter, Princess Estelle; Prince Carl Philip; Princess Madeleine and her husband, Chris O’Neill.  King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway as well as Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark were also present.  The sixty-seven-year old king ascended the throne on September 15, 1973 upon the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE DAZZLE AT A TUSK GALA DINNER

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner and awards ceremony for the Tusk Foundation on September 12, 2013.   The duke is patron of the charity which  focuses on wildlife conservation in Africa.  The event marks the first time that the couple have appeared at a formal evening function since becoming the parents in July of Prince George.  William admitted that it was the first evening outing for him and Catherine since George’s birth and joked that no one should be surprised if they’re caught checking their cell phones to see that all was fine back home.  William also joked that baby Prince George “has a voice to match any lion’s roar!”  The glamorous event took place at The Royal Society in London.  The duchess dazzled the crowd, looking elegant in a glittering Jenny Packham sequined gown.  Photos by Getty Images, PacificCoastNews and Bauer Griffin.

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