The royal delegation from Monaco, including Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene and advisor Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, were guests of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at St. Daniel’s Monastery, Moscow.
St. Daniel’s Monastery, the administrative and spiritual centre of the Russian Church, provided a grand location for the meeting, which created a diplomatic platform, for the parties involved, under the advice and brokerage of Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.
Princess Corinna was seen having lunch with Princess Charlene earlier this year at the UN General Assembly and it is thought her role was instrumental in orchestrating the meeting.
The Holy Patriarch thanked the delegation for their visit and noted a strong link between the two countries as many Russians live in the sovereign state of Monaco, creating a “living human bridge between our two countries.” He then expressed his hope that the Prince and Princess would find success and enjoy their stay in the country. Continue reading
The 48-year-old Countess of Wessex, Sophie, visited an optometry hospital on September 20th, 2013, during her tour of India that lasted a week. She visited the eye hospital on day three of her trip that she has embarked on without the company of her husband, Prince Edward. Sophie had to give up her sense of style a bit as she was asked to wear covers over her shoes in the interest of hygiene upon entering the operating stage of the Susret Eye Foundation in Kolkata, West Bengal. The mother of two children, the Countess was given an in-depth opportunity to learn about the sight-saving activities the advanced eye care unit carries out on their patients. She even was allowed to use a simulator to imitate performing cataract surgery.
Aside from the blue shoe covers, Countess Sophie was attired in an elegant yet simple palm tree patterned dress and a silver jacket. She accessorized by draping a purple pashmina around her neck and carrying a small silver clutch purse that matched the color of her jacket. Her blonde hair was pulled back into an effortless ponytail. Continue reading
23-year-old Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s second youngest granddaughter, is moving to New York in October of 2013. The move is caused by Princess Eugenie being hired to work at Paddle8, an art auction house owned by Alexander Gilkes. Alexander Gilkes and his brother Charlie Gilkes are good friends of the royals.
Princess Eugenie will be leaving behind her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, for a spell but the two are planning to visit whenever possible and the princess will return to London when Paddle8 opens a new office there. Princess Eugenie earned her degree at Newcastle in Art History and English Literature. Previously she has been utilizing her degree during work for auction house Christie’s and at the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace.
The princess is sure to socialize with Hilary Rhoda, Lauren Bush Lauren, and the Hiltons perhaps by getting cocktails at the fashionable SoHo House or The Standard. Pippa Middleton also enjoys hanging out in Manhattan, so Princess Eugenie should have plenty of people to introduce her to New York and keep her busy.
Residents of the island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, met Prince Edward on September 17, 2013 at an event held to celebrate that it had been 350 years since the island of Jersey was given the Royal Mace in 1663 from King Charles II to honor the island for affording him shelter for two brief periods when he needed it before he became King. Sir Michael Birt, the Bailiff, gave the invitation to Islanders to meet Prince Edward at this special sitting, and articulated that the event was an opportunity for Jersey to convey its allegiance to the Crown. Michael Birt also expressed his hope that many Islanders would come out to welcome the Royal Visitor. His hopes were not disappointed. Continue reading