Monthly Archives: January 2014

FEAST OF SAINTE DEVOTE IN MONACO

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene celebrated the feast of Sainte Devote, patron saint of Monaco.  The Corsican virgin was martyred, persecuted under Diocletian and Maximian.  In her memory, a fishing boat is set on fire on the evening of January 26th and on January 27th, her feast day, a Mass is held in Monaco’s cathedral.  Photos by Getty Images.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in Rome

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were in Rome, Italy for a one day official visit.  They were met on January 23, 2014 by Enrico Letta, Italy’s prime minister, and his wife Gianna Fregonara at the Palazzo Chigi (the official residence of Italian prime ministers).  The couple also visited the Palazzo Giustiani and met with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso and his wife.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE ALBERT AND PRINCESS CHARLENE AT THE CIRCUS FESTIVAL IN MONACO

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene attended the 38th Annual Monte Carlo Circus Festival (Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo).  The circus festival, created in 1974 by Prince Albert’s father, Prince Rainier, is considered to be one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world.  The Monegasque royal family continue to lend their enthusiastic support to the festival.  This year Princess Stephanie also attended, along with her daughters, Pauline and Camille.  The photos below are from Day 6 of the circus festival, January 21, 2014.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II AT WOLFERTON CHURCH

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended church services at Wolferton Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on January 19, 2014.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STUDIES AT CAMBRIDGE

Prince William was at St. John’s College at Cambridge University on January 7, 2014 where he is embarking on a ten week course of study to learn about the farming industry, rural management and agricultural policy.  This course  will help prepare the Duke of Cambridge to oversee the Duchy of Cornwall’s empire which includes some 130,000 acres of land, along with investments which the prince will inherit eventually from the Prince of Wales.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY AT THE NEW YEAR’S MILITARY PARADE

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain presided over the New Year’s Military Parade on January 6, 2014 at Madrid’s Royal Palace.  Accompanying the king and queen were Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia.  It looks to be another challenging year for the Spanish royal family.  Two thirds of those asked in a recent poll said that they would like to see the once popular and respected king abdicate in favor of his son and heir, Prince Felipe.  And on January 7th, Infanta Cristina, the king and queen’s younger daughter, was summoned by a judge to appear in court in relation to money laundering and fraud accusations.  Infanta Cristina’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin is under investigation for embezzlement.  Photos by Getty Images.

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