The 2014 Rose Ball in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation was held at Le Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 29th in Monaco. The glamorous event whose theme this year was Russian art, was presided by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene. In attendance were Princess Caroline, Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo and Charlotte Casiraghi. Photos by Getty Images.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was in Baden-Baden on March 21, 2014 where she attended the German Media Awards which honors achievements in society and politics. King Willem-Alexander accompanied his wife who gave a speech during the event. On March 22nd, in Amsterdam, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander officially welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, on a two-day state visit. Photos by Getty Images.
One of the most astonishing finds in the art world occurred recently with the discovery of an imperial Faberge egg. It has been reported that a scrap metal dealer bought the intricately made golden egg in the American Midwest for $13,000 in a bric-a-brac stall. Unable to re-sell the egg, the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, did an online search, typing in the words ‘egg’ and ‘ Vacheron Constantin,’ the name of the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer (the egg contains a watch made by the firm). The owner then learned that it was possibly an imperial Faberge egg that has been lost for over a century. The Mayfair jewellers Wartski confirmed that it is indeed the long-lost imperial egg, and it is estimated to be worth around $33 million. The egg was last seen in public over a century ago. The Emperor Alexander III gave the egg in Easter 1887 to his wife, the Empress Marie Feodorovna. The Empress Marie Feodorovna was one of the subjects of my book, “From Splendor to Revolution,” which was published in 2011. For more details on the story of this fascinating story and photos of the imperial egg, go to:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2014 by visiting the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot, England. The duke is royal colonel of the Irish Guards. The couple presented Shamrock sprigs to the regiment, and the duchess presented sprigs as well to Domhnall , the Regimental Mascot. In keeping with the spirit of the day, Catherine wore green from head to toe: a coat by Hobbs and a hat by Gina Foster. During the course of their visit the couple sampled some sherry and William drank some Guinness. The couple also posed for the obligatory photograph with the regiment. Photos by Getty Images.
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, turned 50 years old on March 10, 2014. On his birthday, the earl, accompanied by his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visited the Robert Browning Primary School in Walworth, London, during the course of which he was presented with a birthday cake which he duly cut. The earl and countess also joined other members of the royal family at Westminster Abbey where they attended a Commonwealth observance service. Photos by Getty Images.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey on March 10, 2013. Also in attendance were the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The queen is head of the Commonwealth, comprising of fifty-three nations. Photos by Getty Images.
Members of the Greek and Spanish royal families commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of King Paul of Greece. The ceremony was held in Tatoi, Greece, where the late king is buried, alongside his widow, Queen Frederika. Present at the ceremony were King Paul and Queen Frederika’s children, the former King Constantine, (and his wife, Queen Anne-Marie, and their children, and grandchildren); Queen Sofia of Spain (and her children); and Princess Irene. Photos by Getty Images.