Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein called off a much anticipated art exhibit at London’s Royal Academy of Arts Thursday, due to a row over a painting taken hold of in Britain.
The Spanish Renaissance artwork at the center of this dispute, “The Infante Don Diego” by Sanchez Coello, was purchased by the Prince in 2006, but due to the British customs, it has been impounded since 2007. Because this problem has not yet been resolved, Hans Adam pulled out of the exhibition which would have shown pieces of art owned by Liechtenstein’s ruling family.
“After many months of planning… we are, of course, very disappointed that the Prince of Liechtenstein has decided to cancel the exhibition,” said the Royal Academy in a statement.
“This is owing to an unrelated criminal inquiry into the export of a group of pictures bought in London by the Prince over three years ago.”
The exhibition was supposed to run from September to December of 2010. The Royal Academy was looking forward to the event, and had hoped for a major success.
“The Prince does not think it is appropriate to proceed with the planned exhibition until the matter of a painting by Sanchez Coello is resolved,” said Johann Kraeftner, director of the Prince of Liechtenstein collections.
“When that happens we will reconsider the idea of a show at the Royal Academy at some future date,” he added.
Today, Spain’s royal family officially released their annual Christmas cards. This year, as every year, those cards include pictures of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia’s grandchildren – the children of Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and Crown Prince Felipe.
Infanta Elena’s two children – Felipe and Victoria – posed for their picture during what looks like the summertime. Both are wearing short sleeved t-shirts and are outdoors. Using summer photos seem to be a theme for Elena. Last year, her children’s Christmas picture had them on a yacht in bathing suits.
Next is Infanta Cristina’s four children: Miguel, Pablo, Juan and Irene. All three boys seem to be up to mischief as they flash wicked grins. Some of their sneakers are noticably untied, so perhaps they were up to something at the time of the photograph! Cristina’s youngest child, Irene, appears to be well protected by her older brothers. Like her sister Elena, Cristina chose a summertime picture. It is unknown if it was taken in Spain or in Washington, DC, where Cristina and her family relocated to over the summer.
Last but not least is the family photo of the Crown Princely couple. Felipe and Letizia posed happily with their two daughters, Leonor and Sofia, who are growing up to be very pretty young girls. Last year, Leonor looked so much like her cousin, Irene. But this year, the little princess appears to be much more different. Sofia’s hair has grown out, and is looking a lot like her mother, the Princess of Asturias.
As for the King and Queen, their Christmas photo was of statues of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the baby Jesus.
To check out the signatures on the cards, click here