29 August 2010

These Two Weeks in Princesses

Weddings and funerals and memorials. These past two weeks have been filled with joyous and somber gatherings, but some princesses still managed to snatch some vacation time.


Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow as they offer prayers before an altar during a memorial service for those who died in World War Two during a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of Japan's surrender in the war at Budokan Hall in Tokyo August 15, 2010.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS ROYALS)

Empress Michiko and Emperoro Akihito of Japan attended a memorial ceremony honoring those who died in World War II on the 65th anniversary of World War II. The emperor's father, Hirohito, was a young emperor during the war and was still considered to be a living god. The imperial family is still highly honored but not "revered" in the same way.


Jordan's King Abdullah laughs with his wife Queen Rania as they watch the Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh castle, Scotland August 18, 2010. The royal couple's visit to the Tattoo, which runs for three weeks in August on Edinburgh Castle's esplanade and is celebrating its diamond anniversary having first been staged in 1950, marks the first occasion a sovereign from the Middle East has attended. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Do you like my hat? Oh yes, Your Majesty! King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan were all giggles during a visit to Scotland for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Military Tattoo. Living in the Middle East, the king and queen are used to seeing men in longer "skirts" and probably were amused by all the knobby knees under those kilts.


OREBRO, SWEDEN - AUGUST 21: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Daniel of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Madeleine of Sweden attends the bicentennial anniversary of the Parliament session of 1810 in Orebro at Orebro Castle on August 21, 2010 in Orebro, Sweden. (Photo by Torsten Laursen/Getty Images)

Having returned from their honeymoon and dodged bribery accusations for getting it paid for by a rich businessman, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel (in the center) joined King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine for the bicentennial celebration of Sweden's parliament. Carl Philip has been taking heat for dating a reality star who is apparently allergic to wearing clothes and Princess Madeleine has been spending more and more time in the U.S. since her ex-fiancee allegedly cheated on her.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Princess Mary of Denmark arrives at her friend and bridesmaid, Amber Petty's 40th birthday celebration at The Promethian on August 21, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. Princess Mary is in Adelaide visiting longtime friend and bridesmaid Amber Petty, who's celebrating her 40th birthday. She also spent time with family and friends in Hobart, who she hasn't seen since her last Tasmanian visit in 2008. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

On a "solo" holiday Down Under, Australian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is still showing no sign that she is actually a "trio" at the moment since she is due to deliver twins in about five months. She keeps tricking the watching photographers by wearing loose blouses but this ensemble and the skinny jeans she's been wearing around Australia show no sign of baby bumps.


Pauline Ducruet, the daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco competes in the youth women's 3m springboard preliminary round at the Youth Olympic Games 2010 in Singapore on August 23, 2010. Pauline qualified for the final round to be held on August 23. Photo by Frederic Nebinger/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Pauline Ducruet flipped out in Singapore where she was competing in the 2010 Youth Olympics. The 16-year-old daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco is a hopeful for the 2012 London Olympics.


DUNGENESS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Princess Beatrice watches as Richard Branson prepares to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. Richard Branson is making the attempt to become the oldest person to Kite-surf across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice of York got a bit windswept on the English coast where she was watching billionaire Richard Branson unsuccessfully attempt to kite-surf across the English Channel for his 60th birthday. Bea is dating Branson protege Dave Clark.
SPETSES, GREECE - AUGUST 24: (L-R) I aki Urdangarin, Infanta Cristina, Infanta Elena of Spain, Crown Princess Letizia of Spain and Crown Prince Felipe attend a pre-wedding reception at the Poseidon Hotel on August 24, 2010 in Spetses, Greece.The small greek Island, three hours from Athens, is gearing up for the Royal Wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik on Wednesday. Royals from all over Europe and the world are expected to attend the ceremony.Prince Nikolaos is the second son of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie while Tatiana is an events planner for Diane Von Furstenburg in London. Many of the VIP guests are expected to stay in the Poseidon Hotel in the town centre. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The entire Spanish royal family invaded Greece for the wedding celebrations of Prince Nikolaos, whose father King Constantine II is the brother of Queen Sofia of Greece. Apparently, however, Infanta Cristina did not get the notice that they were all supposed to wear white pants to the party! She looks lovely nevertheless standing next to her handsome husband Inaki, sister Elena, sister-in-law Letizia and brother Felipe.


SPETSES, GREECE - AUGUST 25: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (Tatiana Blatnik) kiss after getting married at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) on August 25, 2010 in Spetses, Greece. Representatives from Europe s royal families will join the many guests who have travelled to the island to attend the wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece, the second son of King Constantine of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik an events planner for Diane Von Furstenburg in London. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A flower-draped carriage was just one fantasy moment for Europe's new fairytale princess and her Prince Charming, as the 29-year-old Tatiana Blatnik married 40-year-old Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark on a lovely Greek island surrounded by friends and family who just happen to include most of the crowned heads of Europe.


HELSINGBORG, SWEDEN - AUGUST 26: Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Haakon of Norway commemorate Folke Bernadotte's lifesaving 'White Buses' mission at Ramlosa Brunnspark on August 26, 2010 in Helsingborg, Sweden (Photo by Torsten Laursen/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was a vision in strawberry pink as she and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway led the 65th anniversary commemoration of their common cousin Folke Bernadotte's "White Buses" mission, which rescued more than 30,000 people from German concentration camps.


The King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the opening ceremony for the Chinese terracotta army at East Asian Museum and the most recent archaeological findings will be exhibited in Stockholm during the fall of 2010. The exhibition will be unique since it will be displayed in a spectacular environment and feature several new unique findings from other similar gravesite. This is the second time for the Terracotta soldiers to visit Sweden. The first visit took place in 1984. Photo by Lars Hoglund/Stella Pictures/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

You'll never get this soldier to blink! King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden came face-to-face with some Chinese warriors who have been on sentry duty since the death of the first Chinese emperor. No two of the 8000 terracotta soldiers are the same. They were all part of a huge mausoleum still being excavated in China.

Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) walks with HMS Astute's Commanding Officer Andy Coles as they arrive for the commissioning ceremony of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute at the Clyde Naval Base near Glasgow, Scotland August 27, 2010.  REUTERS/David Moir   (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MILITARY SOCIETY PROFILE)

Meanwhile, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall was looking very "queenly" in this smart cream ensemble: Giant feathery hat? Check. Large brooch? Check. Gloves? Check. Handbag with no money in it? Check. Sensible shoes? Check.


Crown Prince Haakon with his children Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus and Mette's sonMarius attends the Anniversary screening of the Norwegian movie masterpiece Flaaklypa at Klingenberg Cinema in Oslo, Norway, on August 28, 2010. Photo by Glenn Svendsen/Stella Pictures/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

A day out with dad. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway slipped out to the movies with dad, Crown Prince Haakon, and her brothers Marius and Sverre Magnus on Saturday.

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima, arrive at the Santa Maria della Steccata church for the burial of Duke Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma in Parma August 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo(ITALY - Tags: ROYALS OBITUARY)

Things were not as cheerful in sunny Parma, as Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima joined the mourners for the funeral of Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, who died at the age of 80. One of many pretenders to the French throne, Carlos Hugo was married to Willem Alexander's aunt, Princes Irene of the Netherlands for 17 years before they divorced. Irene had to elope with the prince and give up her claim to the Dutch throne because of her groom's Catholicism and his controversial claim to the French throne. Despite that controversy and the divorce, his body laid in state at The Hague in the Netherlands before being transported to Italy for internment.

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  1. Today is also the 75th anniversary of the death of Queen Astrid of Belgium. Her son, Albert II, is supposed to pay tribute to her at her memorial in Küssnacht, Switzerland.