27 June 2010

This Week in Princesses

If it wasn't for the major announcement of Prince Albert II of Monaco's engagement to Charlene Wittstock, this week's news would have been devoted entirely to sporting events--World Cup, Wimbledon, polo, show jumping, etc. On the whole, princesses seem to be sports mad.

June 22

In this handout image provided by the Palais Princier Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco poses with his fiancee Charlene Wittstock on the announcement of their engagement at the Palais de Monaco. Photo by Amedeo M.Turello/Palais Princier Monaco via ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Prince Albert III of Monaco announced his engagement to Rhodesian-born South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock just days after taking her with him to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s wedding. The day after the announcement it emerged that he had called her dad permission just minutes before a World Cup match, causing the future father-in-law some frustration. The wedding will take place in the summer of 2011. For more on the engagement, read my post The Next Princess: The Long-Awaited Engagement.

June 23

LUXEMBOURG - JUNE 23: Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Prince Louis of Luxembourg, Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg pose for a photo near the cathedral on Luxembourg's National Day on June 23, 2010 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)

The royal family of the grand duchy of Luxembourg celebrated their tiny country’s national day. The young royals lined up in a row from left are Prince Guillaume, Princess Alexandra, Prince Louis and his wife Princess Tessy, and Prince Sebastien. Both princesses look a little severe for their tender ages: Alexandra is 19 and Tessy is 24.

Princess Alexandra of Hanover attending the 'Fete de la St Jean' celebration in Monaco, on June 23, 2010. Photo by Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Every little princess deserves her own balcony. Ten-year-old Princess Alexandra of Hanover enjoyed some time to herself on the balcony of her uncle’s palace in Monaco. The daughter of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Princess Caroline of Monaco, this Alexandra is the granddaughter of Princess Grace, previously the American screen goddess Grace Kelly.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, inspects soldiers from 11 Light Brigade in Winchester, southern England June 23, 2010. The Brigade was formally welcomed home, in the largest event of its kind in Britain, from their tours in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS MILITARY)

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall was present for a large homecoming event honoring service members who have returned home from Afghanistan.

LONDON - JUNE 23: Princess Eugenie arrives for work at Christies on June 23, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie of York started an internship at Christies, the famous auction house this week. On Day 3 of the new job, her outfit is adorable, but the bag seems out of proportion. Was she planning to smuggle some artwork home or did she bring lunch for everyone?

June 24

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 24: Princess Caroline of Hanover (L) and Charlotte Casiraghi (R) attend the 15th Monte-Carlo International Jumping on June 24, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Princess Caroline of Monaco was on hand to cheer on her older daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi at the 15th Monte Carlo International Jumping Competition. Charlotte’s father, Caroline’s second husband Stefano Casiraghi, was tragically killed in speedboat accident when she was very young.

A combination photograph shows Japan's Princess Hisako Takamado using a camera during a 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match between Japan and Denmark at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ROYALS)

In South Africa, Princess Takamado of Japan attended the World Cup match between Japan and Denmark. Her late husband, Prince Takamado, was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito. Since his death in 2002, this Cambridge graduate has raised three daughters alone and has continued to play an important role in representing Japan, especially abroad. Before her marriage, she was Hisako Tottori.

Jun. 24, 2010 - London - The Queen is visiting the Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in 33 years...She watched Britain's number one Andy Murray beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Centre Court...Photo Shows; The Queen with the Duke of Kent.

The brightly outfitted Queen of England picked up some pointers from her first cousin, the Duke of Kent, at a Wimbledon match. In this photo, the Duke looks remarkably like the queen’s oldest son, the Prince of Wales. The strong resemblance may be because the Duke, as a son of Princess Marina of Greece, is also second cousins with Prince Philip, a former Greek prince. Perhaps Prince Charles will look exactly like this in another decade.

June 25

Princess Caroline of Monaco with two little Puppies attends the 15th Monte-Carlo International Jumping in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on June 25, 2010. Photo by Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

The next day at the show jumping event, Princess Caroline developed a double case of puppy love.

June 26

NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Princess Beatrice and Dave Clark pose for a photograph as they attend a reception for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale at Greenwich Country Club on June 26, 2010 in New York, New York. Prince Harry is on a three day trip to New York culmulating on Sunday where he will play in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice of York and her boyfriend Dave Clark turned out at a reception in New York City to support her cousin Prince Harry of Wales’ African charity, Sentebale. Harry spent the weekend in New York promoting the charity and building connections between the British and American armies. He also threw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.

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