Some royal and noble news

On 23 March the yearly Rose Ball took place in Monaco. Charlotte Casiraghi appeared with her present boyfriend Gad Elmalah. Of course also Prince Albert II, Princess Charlène, Princess Caroline and Pierre Casiraghi were present.

After King Richard I of England it is now time for King Alfred the Great, King of Wessex. On Monday and Tuesday human remains were exhumed at St Bartholomew’s Church in Winchester. It is thought the remains of the Wessex King might have been moved to the church from the ruins of Hyde Abbey in the 19th century. Nobody has given permission yet for a scientific investigation of the remains.

Prince Harry of Wales is to visit the USA from 9 to 15 May. He will visit Washington DC, Denver, Colorado Springs (Colorado), New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Worse news from Great Britain is that the Duke of Kent was admitted to a London hospital on 17 March. He suffered a mild stroke on Sunday night. Although his condition wasn’t said to be serious, he had to postpone or cancel his official engagements for the next three weeks. He was said to feel good and hopes to resume his official engagements as soon as possible.

Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her horse Digby won the Dressage DI 4* Al Shaqub Grand Prix in Qatar this week.

Stacy Gregg has written a novel for children aged 9 and over called “The Princess and the Foal”. The book is to be published on 26 September by HarperCollins Children’s Books. The story is based on the childhood of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan, who was an Olympic show jumper and is presently the president of the FEI.

The engagement ring the later Emperor Napoleon gave to Joséphine de Beauharnais in February 1796 was sold last week for no less than 896.000 euros at the auction house Osenat in Paris. The simple ring with a sapphire and a diamond was thought only to be worth 8000 to 12.000 Euros.

On 1 March 2013 Prince Asfa Wossen Asserate of Ethiopia, who lives in Germany, opened the season of the “Garten der Schmetterlinge” (Butterfly Garden) in the park opposite of the Sayn Castle in Germany. A lovely place to visit.

On 1 March Maria-Theresia Countess von Spee has become the first director of Caritas Hamburg, a Catholic welfare organisation.

Sigmaringen Castle, Germany, is preparing an exhibition running from 12 May to 20 September, showing the fabulous flower motives of Fürstin Antonia, a born Infanta of Portugal. Highlight is her water-colour room.

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