Last weekend royals gathered in Rome for the beatification of HH Pope John Paul II. Among those on hand at the Vatican for the event (which attracted record crowds not seen since the funeral of the late, beloved pontiff) were representatives of most of the Catholic royal houses of Europe such as HSH Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, Their Majesties King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians and Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. A notable absentee was HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (one of the few remaining officially Catholic monarchies in the world). Perhaps wedding preparations are taking up all of his spare time. Also on the Mediterranean front, America had an Italian royal visit. On Thursday, April 28, HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Venice and Piedmont was in the United States, showing up in Hollywood, California at Graumanâs Chinese Theatre for the TCM Classic Film Festival opening night gala and the world premiere of the newly restored movie “An American in Paris”.
California is a hot place for royals this year it seems. HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden visited San Francisco, California recently in connection with her charity work. St James Palace announced that the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting the Golden State July 8-10. In June HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and HRH Prince Henrik will visit the United States, stopping at Washington DC and New York City. And, German royal fans can take cheer that the invitations to the August wedding of HIRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and HSH Princess Sophie of Isenberg have gone out which promises to be a very happy event. Some 1500 people have been invited.
April 30 was National Day in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and HM Queen Beatrix and the rest of the Royal Family turned out, as did much of the country, for all sorts of celebrations. The Dutch public was awash in Orange as the crowds celebrated the official birthday of their Queen. There were also events on May 5 to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands by American and Canadian Allied troops from Nazi occupation at the end of World War II. The Dutch underground, inspired by Queen Wilhelmina, played a key role in the Allied offensive on the continent and Prince Bernhard (father of the current monarch) was also heavily involved in the conflict as a wing commander in the Royal Air Force and later as commander of the Dutch armed forces in the liberation campaign.