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Thursday, 31 July 2014 8:34 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess has Irish heritage

PRINCESS CHARLENE: This week Princess Charlene was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage by HE Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France, with her husband, Prince Albert, in attendance. The Certificate of Irish Heritage is an official recognition by the Irish Government of those who are proud of their Irish ancestry and heritage, the Irish Independent reports. Other celebrities to have received a Certificate in recent years include Tom Cruise, former US President  Bill Clinton and actor Daniel Day Lewis…

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:20

Princess honoured by Italy

PRINCESS CHARLENE: HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco has received the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Stella d'Italia dell'Ordine" awarded by the President of the Italian Republic...

Sunday, 1 June 2014 21:18 | Author: Ian Brodie

'It's twins,' says family friend

PRINCESS CHARLENE: A source close to the father of Princess Charlene has said that the Princess is expecting twins. Announcing the good news by twitter, TV journalist Derek Watts said: “My old Bulawayo schoolmate Mike Wittstock has phoned to say his daughter is pregnant with twins. Congrats Princess Charlene and Albert!”...

Friday, 30 May 2014 18:25


PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have announced that they are expecting their first child "before the end of the year," which means that the Princess is at least three months into the pregnancy. In a short statement, the couple - who married in July 2011 - expressed their "immense joy" at the news...

Thursday, 22 May 2014 21:39 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince, Princess, at Grand Prix

MONACO GRAND PRIX, PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The royal couple met volunteers from the Red Cross at the Grand Prix this afternoon. The Prince and Princess were also praised the security personnel working at the event…

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:21 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince, Princess, name Jean Paul II alley

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The royal couple this afternoon inaugurated the Alley Saint Jean Paul II on the Rock in the presence of Archbishop Bernard Barsi and other dignitaries...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:07 | Author: Molly Brown

Prince and Princess to visit Netherlands

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlène will pay an official visit to the Netherlands on June 3 to open an exhibition devoted to his mother, the late Princess Grace. 'Grace Kelly, style icon and Princess of Monaco' will open to the public on June 5 at the Het Loo Royal Palace Museum in Apeldoorn. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will be alongside the princely couple, and will later host a dinner in their honour at Apeldoorn Palace...

Friday, 9 May 2014 2:51 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess visits African art expo

MONACO ARTS, PRINCESS CHARLENE: HSH Princess Charlene on Wednesday visited the exhibition "Myths and Rites" at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery devoted to African art. She is here with Mr and Mrs Ribolzi and Marco Parri, right, co-owner the National Gallery Firenze...

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:20

Princess in Beverly Hills

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene of Monaco will tonight receive the "Champion of Children Award" in Los Angeles at the 26th Annual Spring Luncheon organised by The Colleagues at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel...

Monday, 28 April 2014 17:54 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess takes mission to California

PRINCESS CHARLENE: The Orange County Register reports that Charlene, Princess of Monaco, yesterday gave swimming lessons to youngsters in Tustin, a suburb of Los Angeles. Here she swims with Taylor Timmons, 6, at Blue Buoy Swim School. The Princess's visit is part of her worldwide mission to save children from drowning...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:55 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Guards' beach volleyball team presented

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: A very friendly event was held yesterday by the Prince's Guard at "la Rose des Vents" for the presentation of the Guard's beach volleyball team to the Princely Couple. Ms. Victoria Ravva, volleyball of RC Cannes, Kevin Crovetto, the gymnast Star of Monaco, Pierre Pujol, volleyball of RC Cannes were among those present...

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Monday, 14 April 2014 21:17 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess at charity tennis event

PRINCESS CHARLENE, MONACO CHARITIES: Princess Charlene was invited by Natalia Vodianova to attend a tennis tournament in the framework of the Love Ball, which was held in Monaco in July...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 18:13 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince and Princess open new creche

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene this morning inaugurated the Toddlers' Island, a creche that can cater for 60 youngsters from three months to three years old. The facility, in La Condamine, is described as ultra-spacious and comfortable. Access is from the new precinct at Jardins d'Appiline, close to Starbucks…

Thursday, 3 April 2014 7:34

Palace in blue for autism campaign

MONACO CHARITIES, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Autism affects about 650,000 people in France, 67 million worldwide. To fight against this scourge, the United Nations in 2007 adopted a resolution that April 2 would be World Day for Autism Awareness. The blue colour was chosen as a symbol of the fight against this disease about which too little is known...

Monday, 31 March 2014 7:50 | Author: Ian Brodie

Special weekend for special athletes

MONACO SPORT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Another first for Monaco: the swimming gala of the Special Olympics were held over the weekend at Stade Louis II. Named after Princess Charlene, the games attracted 230 competitors from 25 countries invited by Special Olympics Monaco...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 7:24 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess supports Fukushima victims

PRINCESS CHARLENE: HSH Princess Charlene yesterday gave a warm welcome to young women participating in the programme entitled "Traveling Whale Association, " for survivors of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This initiative, which aims to discover the world of Visual Arts in Monaco, is  supported by the Monaco-Japan Association...

Friday, 21 March 2014 6:54 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess speaks of children, charity

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene has spoken about her desire to have children of her own in a new interview with Italian Vanity Fair. Asked if she wants any children of her own, the Princess said, “I want motherhood very much, but everything is in God's hands. As a couple we have been through many difficult moments and profound changes in our personal lives, but being together has always been a challenge that has brought us together. I have a boundless confidence in our love: Prince Albert is my husband, but he has also always been my best friend, and has been able to help me overcome obstacles that seemed insurmountable..."

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 8:47 | Author: Ian Brodie

Princess hits out at 'unjust' media

PRINCESS CHARLENE: In an extensive exclusive interview with local French daily Monaco Matin today, Princess Charlene hits out at the tabloid press. "For certain media, if I say I am building a swimming pool to help poor children to swim, to save them from drowning, that doesn't interest them..."

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 21:05 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess glows at Vuitton show

PRINCESS CHARLENE: Princess Charlene was at the centre of attention in Paris today when she attended the autumn show of Louis Vuitton. Princess Charlene, 36, posed with designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, fashion's current hottest property, according to the UK's Daily Mail.

Ghesquiere, 42, celebrated his debut ready-to-wear range with France's finest fashionistas supporting him in the front row, including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and her mother Catherine Deneuve...

Sunday, 2 February 2014 18:37 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Busy Princesses miss Casiraghi wedding

MONACO, ANDREA CASIRAGHI, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Second in line to Prince Albert as Prince of Monaco, Andrea Casiraghi and has wife Tatiana Santo Domingo married again in Gstaad, yesterday, in a religious service. Some 300 friends and family were present, with the guests of honour being the couple's ten month-old son Sacha, Andrea's mother Princess Caroline, sister Charlotte Casiraghi, and HSH Prince Albert...

Sir John Gaul, a Monaco resident, made a gift of this unique Delahaye classic to Diana Dors when she was just 17. The car has since won several concours competitions in Europe and the US and was sold to a private collector for $3.3 million by RM Auctions in 2010. The young actress’s motoring career continued with a gift of a Rolls-Royce when she was 20, although she didn’t hold a driving licence.

PHOTO: The magnificent 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster


Seeking memories of Diana...

Dear Sir,
I am putting together a professional scrap-book of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors. Plus a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.
I wondered if anybody has any memories of Diana Dors coming to Monaco during her life and career, which spanned the late 1940s right up to the early 1980s. She sadly died in 1984, after a brave fight with cancer. Did you meet or see her at a fete or shop opening, perhaps you saw her from a distance in the Principality, or at a show in the area or even met her backstage somewhere? If so, I wondered if anybody would like to share/add any of these memories/anecdotes into my non-commercial professional scrap-book? This book will be donated to various Library Archives around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one of a few.
I prefer Diana Dors serious roles in acting and in particular her role as the condemned woman in YIELD TO THE NIGHT [1956] and I have had a contribution from her co-star in that film, Michael Craig. It is true to say that YIELD TO THE NIGHT helped to abolish the death penalty in the UK during the 1960s.
There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century and she certainly earned that status all her life. She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960 Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her SWINGIN’ DORS album, still available on CD I’m told.
In essence I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collection of Memories relating to Diana Dors’ life and career to date. I look forward to any memories your readers may have
Best wishes, Ian Payne

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(PHOTO: A very young Diana Dors)

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