The award is being given in recognition of the Queen’s commitment and dedication to caring for those most in need. The award is being conferred by the Path to Peace Foundation, an autonomous arm of Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Past recipients of the prestigious award include former UN chief Kofi Annan, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and Polish politician Lech Walesa. (Photos by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
The portrait by David Bailey, released by Buckingham Palace for the monarch’s 88th birthday, shows her looking relaxed and happy, in a refreshing departure from her formal responsibilities. David Bailey said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Queen. She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint. I’ve always liked strong women and she is a very strong woman.”
The Queen is wearing pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, who has served as her personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002. Her brooch, a large pearl button surrounded by diamonds with a pearl pendant, was passed down to her from her great-great-grandmother.
Prince George of Cambridge shows how much he has grown in a touching new official family photograph released on Mother’s Day. It is just the third official official release of photos of Prince George and shows him with his parents aged eight months at their home in Kensington Palace. The Cambridges moved into the property, which had been the home of Princess Margaret, late last year after it had been refurbished. Celebrity portrait photographer Jason Bell took the picture and was also the official photographer for George’s christening last October.
King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album, hardback, 352 pages, Litera Publishing, Bucharest, 19 Nov. 2013.
The book is structured in three main chapters: education and formative years (i.e. school documents, Michael’s herbarium, photographs with his colleagues, at the Baccalaureate etc); ceremonies and solemnities peculiar to the Parliament and the Throne Hall, parades, religious ceremonies, visits and receptions, charity functions, menus and dinners etc; spare time activities such as holidays, hunting or the King’s hobbies. This volume contains a selection of 454 pictures, many of them never published, with detailed captions pointing out in detail aspects of the King’s life and reign, and a multitude of previously unpublished documents sourced from several Romanian archives, including pieces issued by the communist regime and its political police services. The introduction and the text that accompany the images, and also the analyses of the written archive documents, are methodically researched and structured making them easy to read or make reference to.
- Formative years
- Spare time
King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album presents for the first time condensed within 352 pages the life of the monarch for the period starting with 1921 until the communist forced abdication in 1947 and subsequent imposed exile.
Queen Anne of Romania, daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margrethe of Denmark, celebrates today her 90th anniversary!