Today most of the Romanian Black Sea shore is, with the exception of the Danube Delta area, a mostly uninteresting flat plain, dotted with large industrial facilities and grey communist era hotel and residential developments. However, the country had between 1913 - 1916 and 1918 - 1940 a southern rocky seaboard with spectacular vistas, which is now part of Bulgaria. In the inter-war period…
The Duke and Duchess of Braganza took part in the Holy Mass at the Church of Santa Luiza, the Portuguese headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, on 15 December 2012. The Assembly of the Portuguese Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta was founded in 1899.
Baptism of Princess Isabelle, daughter of Diana, Duchess of Cadaval and Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, October 21, 2012. Princess Isabelle d’Orléans was christened in Saint John the Evangelist church of the Cadaval Palace in Evora. The Godmother of Princess Isabelle is Princess Dora Lowenstein and her Godfather is Prince Felipe of Spain, Prince of the Asturias.
A number of Romanian orthodox rite historic churches in Bucharest and other places of importance throughout Romania contain ceremonial chairs, named "thrones", dating mostly from the period of the Hohenzollern - Sigmaringen dynasty (1866-1947) destined for the use of the metropolitan/ patriarch and of the chief of state who at one time or another visited, consecrated or re-consecrated that building. The chair destined for the sovereign (there were two chairs if he was accompanied by his spouse) usually displays the cypher of the crowned head who first visited the building, assisted or gave his blessing to those important ceremonies, sometimes also containing other hallmarks of Romanian royalty, such as the crown or coat of arms.
The superlative building of the Romanian Athenaeum, which is rightly considered the architectural symbol of Bucharest, contains a series of five mosaic medallions, each about 1 m in diameter, depicting past glorious rulers of Romanian lands, on its iterior frieze behind the colonade supporting the pediment. The one at the centre is that of King Carol I of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen…
I had the great honour today to show and talk about the historic architecture of central Bucharest to the President of Croatia, His Excellency Mr. Ivo Josipović. There is a year since I started architectural tours of the capital and other Romanian cities and I hope that my explanations gave to the high guest a good round up image about the history of this metropolis' built landscape in its multifaceted aspects, from social, economic, to the geopolitical one.
In a televised address recorded in the Presence Room in Buckingham Palace yesterday before the Jubilee Concert, the Queen said the celebrations to mark her Diamond Jubilee year had been a “humbling experience”.
“It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbours and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere,” the Queen said in her message that was transmitted on television and radio at 6pm in the UK and across the Commonwealth. She added: “I hope that memories of all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.”