A 2021’s Retrospective

Last year was extremely challenging for all of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Royal House of Ghassan had numerous achievements.

Even The Royal House being an apolitical and secular organization, completely independent and sovereign, sometimes has to position itself in face of pressing events. Through its head, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII had issued a few official statements:

Regarding the January 6th’s Capitol riots:

About the coup attempt in the Kingdom of Jordan:

Regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict:  

The Kingdom of Sefwi Obeng-Mim is a ruling subnational monarchy in the Northwestern region of the Republic of Ghana. In February, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII and His Majesty King Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II signed an agreement of mutual recognition and friendship between the Royal House of Ghassan and the Royal House of Sefwi Obeng-Mim. https://royalblog.org/2021/02/24/royal-house-of-ghassan-recognized-by-subnational-monarchy-of-ghana/

In March, it was officially announced that HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Nu’man VIII was appointed as the Secretary-General of the FIMO (International Monarchical Forum) Since 2020, the prince was already representing the forum as the head to the United States and Lebanon delegations. The Forum’s initiative was founded by the Monarchical Union of Spain presided by Don Joaquin Corominas.

The Forum aims to bring together all the world’s monarchists and all the monarchist movements, related Associations, and non-governmental and governmental institutions of all countries. Promoting the Monarchy, its history, and culture, through International Conferences, Forums, and Summits. Currently, FIMO has delegations from over 30 countries. https://royalblog.org/2021/03/02/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-appointed-as-secretary-general-of-the-international-monarchical-forum/

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Below some candid moments with His Eminence and His Excellency Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the WEA – World Evangelical Alliance

In July, HRH Prince Gharios E Chemor joined In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa, for an Ecumenical Prayer Service with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC https://royalblog.org/2021/07/26/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-joins-christian-leaders-praying-for-hagia-sophia/ during the Ecumenical Prayer Service’s reception co-hosted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and In Defense of Christians (IDC),, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, (the eighth Archbishop of America elected since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1922) The event took place at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC https://royalblog.org/2021/07/27/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-meets-the-greek-orthodox-archbishop-of-america/

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with Dr Yahya Cholil Staquf, the former Secretary-General and current President of the Nahdlatul Ulama from Indonesia, the largest Muslim organization in the world with around 100 million members

In the same month, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor joined spiritual leaders representing Christians and Muslims from around the world in the Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque, in Washington, DC on July 13th to discuss relations between the two communities and celebrate the launch of a book titled, God Needs No Defense: Reimagining Muslim – Christian Relations in the 21st Century.

The main organizations behind the event were Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization; and the World Evangelical Alliance, a network of churches which represent 600 million evangelical Christians, led by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General/CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance, currently the second Christian leader in the world, second only to the Catholic Pope.

The signed Nation’s Mosque Statement
HRH Prince Gharios E Chemor signing the Nation’s Mosque Statement with other Christian and Muslim leaders

The event closed with a signing of the Nation’s Mosque Statement by representatives of the three sponsoring organizations, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the only secular Christian leader in the Middle East with historical legitimacy (according to the Global Imams Council, the largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders) and other religious leaders in the audience https://royalblog.org/2021/07/25/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-participates-on-historical-inter-religious-event-in-washington-dc/

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor on the cover of America’s largest Muslim newspaper

The volume 46, number 46 of the Muslim Journal, America’s largest Muslim newspaper, featured the prince’s participation on the aforementioned event https://royalblog.org/2021/07/27/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-featured-on-the-cover-of-the-americas-largest-muslim-newspaper/

from left to right: the president and CEO Antoine Kalaydjian and the members of the board Khalil Melhem, HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor of Ghassan, and Prof. Dr. Joseph Kéchichian

On July 25th, the “One Voice Foundation” was officially launched in Lebanon, created under the Royal House of Ghassan exclusively dealing with inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East https://royalblog.org/2021/07/25/the-one-voice-foundation-is-officially-launched-in-lebanon/

Event in Lebanon

The “One Voice Foundation” had a major event in Lebanon, read about it here:

(1) المركزية- ندوة لـ “وان فويس فوندايشن” عن “لبنان العيش الواحد (almarkazia.com)

(Article in Arabic, please use browser’s translator)

More about the Foundation here: https://onevoicechristians.org/

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received the prestigious AOF Icon Award for his four decades-long martial arts career, his over 25 years entertainment career, and his international humanitarian work
HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with the action star and master Jeff Speakman

At the end of July, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received the prestigious AOF Icon Award for his four decades-long martial arts career, his over 25 years of an entertainment career, and his international humanitarian work. The AOF Icon award was received by many Hollywood stars and world-class martial artists like: David Carradine, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock, Don “the dragon” Wilson, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Art Camacho, Michael Jay White, Nick Mancuso, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Bill Duke, Bob Wall, John Saxson, Kim Coates, etc https://royalblog.org/2021/08/03/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-receives-the-prestigious-aof-icon-award-2021-in-las-vegas/

Cover of the event’s magazine
The 2021 awardees

In the end of the Las Vegas event, the prince was surprised by the legendary Great Grandmaster Ernie Reyes Sr., bestowing a sword and the induction to the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame of the World Martial Arts Masters Association counting on several major names in the international martial arts as Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Ip Man, Royce Gracie, Samuel Kwok, Randy Couture, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Steven Seagal, Don Wilson, Al Dacascos, Cynthia Rothrock, Ron Van Clief, Keith Vitali, etc https://royalblog.org/2021/08/16/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-inducted-in-the-grandmasters-hall-of-fame/

The moment that great grandmaster Ernie Reyes Sr. is bestowing the ceremonial sword on HRH Prince Gharios inducting him in the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame

In August, the prince was inducted to the “Ultimate Warriors Hall of Fame” presided by the great grandmasters Al Dacascos and Ron Van Clief https://royalblog.org/2021/09/09/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-inducted-to-the-ultimate-warriors-hall-of-fame/

During the year, the prince of Ghassan has given several interviews and lectures. Noteworthy, this almost two hours long interview to a Brazilian YouTube channel https://royalblog.org/2021/09/24/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-gives-interview-to-brazilian-channel/

The Texas radio host Veda Loca interviews HRH Prince Gharios

Anna’s House Shelter is based in Dallas, Texas, and assists victims of domestic violence being managed by Dame Eva Miles, DMA. Last October 23rd, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has participated in the annual gala event, hosted by Sir Shefik, KMA, and Veda Loca, a famous radio host in Dallas. The event was virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic https://royalblog.org/2021/11/03/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-participates-on-virtual-gala-event-against-domestic-violence/

His Majesty King KGPAA Mangku Alam Al-Haj Maulana Abdullah Khalifatullah Al-Jawi of the Kingdom of Mangkualaman, Indonesia and Her Majesty the Queen.

The kingdom of Mangkualaman (former Pakualaman) is a Javanese princely state within the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It was created in 1812 when Natakusuma (later Prince Paku Alam I) was rewarded for helping the British quell the conflict in Yogyakarta in June 1812. The kingdom is currently officially recognized by the Indonesian Republic since its inception (1945) under chapter VI, articles 18, 18A, and 18B of the Indonesian constitution.

On October 25th, a royal decree was issued bestowing upon HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor the highest family honor and the title of KPA, “Kangjeng Pangeran Ario”, which is equivalent to prince level, normally bestowed on Heads of State in their capacity as Head of the sovereign country or Head of a Royal House. As it’s usual in the Javanese tradition, Prince Gharios has received an Indonesian name: HRH KPA Indiartonagoro. The prince was also invested in the Most Distinguished Family Order of Mangkualaman https://royalblog.org/2021/11/03/hrh-prince-gharios-el-chemor-receives-princely-title-from-indonesian-kingdom/

Here are our 2020’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2021/01/03/a-2020s-retrospective/

Here are our 2019’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2020/01/01/a-2019s-retrospective/

Here are our 2018’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2018/12/18/a-2018s-retrospective/

Here are our 2017’s achievements https://royalblog.org/2017/12/31/a-2017s-retrospective/

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