Saturday, January 20, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia

Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht, Prince of Prussia was born 20 January 2013 as the elder of the two twin sons of The Prince and Princess of Prussia{Source}. He has a twin brother, and two younger siblings{Source}:
  • Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Prussia (2013, twin)
  • Princess Emma Marie Charlotte Sophie of Prussia (2015)
  • Prince Heinrich Albert Johann Georg of Prussia (2016)

He was baptized in June 2013 {Source}.

Very little is known about him, but it is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany.

Royal Profile: Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia

Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Prussia was born 20 January 2013 as the elder of the two twin sons of The Prince and Princess of Prussia{Source}. He has a twin brother, and two younger siblings{Source}:
  • Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht, Prince of Prussia (2013, twin)
  • Princess Emma Marie Charlotte Sophie of Prussia (2015)
  • Prince Heinrich Albert Johann Georg of Prussia (2016)

He was baptized in June 2013 {Source}.

Very little is known about him, but it is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany.

Royal Profile: Prince Tassilo Preslavski of Bulgaria

Prince Tassilo Preslavski of Bulgaria was born 20 January 2002 in London as the thrid child of Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Duke of Saxony and Doña María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster de Puigdórfila {Source}. He has two older sisters {Source}:

  • Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska of Bulgaria (1994)
  • Princess Olimpia Preslavska of Bulgaria (1995)
Not much is known about him. As a youngster, his family vacationed with the Crown Princely Family of Norway {Source}. His paternal grandparents are Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife, Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela {Source}.

Royal Profile: Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme

Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme was born 20 January 1997 as the son of Brigitte Klynstra & Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma{Source}. Through his father's married to Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, he has three younger siblings{Source}:

  • Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
  • Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
  • Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Parma (2016)

In December 2015, the then 18 year old Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra started the legal procedure to attempt to change his surname to that of his biological father, by Royal decree. If Carlos Hugo were to succeed in this procedure he would then be legitimised and would henceforth be known as His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren de Bourbon de Parme{Source}. On the 9th of March 2016 the Minister of Security and Justice declared his request valid and therefore Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra's last name will be changed by Royal decree into "De Bourbon de Parme", and he will be "Prince de Bourbon de Parme" {Source}. The exact date of this Royal Decree is not yet released, but is expected to be released in the usual timespan of 6 months, however, as of January 2018, such decree has yet to be issued.

Royal Profile: 45 Facts About Queen Mathilde of Belgium

  1. Queen Mathilde of Belgium was born on 20 January 1973 as Jonkvrouw Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz {Source}.
  2. She is the daughter of the Count  Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz & Countess Anna Maria  d'Udekem d'Acoz{Source}.
  3. She has three younger sisters {Source}:
    1. Jonkvrouw Marie-Alix Suzanne Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz (1974-1997, car accident)
    2. Countess Elisabeth Marie Hedwige Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz (1977)
    3. Countess Hélène Marie Michele Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz(1979)
  4. She has one brother {Source}:
    1. Count Charles-Henri Marie Ghislain d'Udekem d'Acoz (1985)
  5. Through her siblings, she has the following siblings-in-law {Source}:
    1. Margrave Alfonso Pallavicini (m. Elisabeth in 2006)
    2. Baron Nicolas Janssen (m. Hélène in 2011)
  6. She has the following nieces {Source}:
    1. Margravine Olympia Edoarda Matilde Pallavicini (2008)
    2. Baroness Cordélia Janssen (2012)
  7. Queen Mathilde has the following nephews {Source}:
    1. Margrave Adalberto Domenico Carlo Patrizio Maria Pallavicini ( 2009)
    2. Baron Alistair Janssen (2013)
  8. She was educated in Belgium{Source}
  9. She attended primary school in Bastogne, and attended the "Institut de la Vierge Fidèle" {Source}. 
  10. From 1991-1994, she studied to be a speech therapist at the "Institut Libre Marie Haps" in Brussels, graduating magna cum laude{Source}.
  11. Upon graduation, she embarked on a professional career as a speech therapist, setting up a practice in Brussels{Source}. 
  12.  In 1999, she returned to school for a masters degree in Psychology at the Catholic University of Louvain, graduating cum laude in 2002{Source}.
  13. Queen Mathilde has taken patronage of many organizations, especially children.
  14.  In 2000, just a short year after marrying into the Royal Family, the "Fund Princess Mathilde" was created{Source}. 
  15. In addition, Princess Mathilde has given her patronage to several associations dealing with issues of concern to vulnerable people{Source}.
  16. She also attaches prime importance to educational subjects, the empowerment of women and supports projects to fight illiteracy{Source}.
  17. In May 2002, she was a member of the Belgian delegation at the UN Conference on Children in New York{Source}. 
  18. Since 2009, Princess Mathilde has been the Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium{Source}.
  19. She has been on several humanitarian missions to countries including Niger and Mali {Source}.
  20. She is an UNICEF and UNAIDS special representative for their world campaign for orphans and other vulnerable children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, and has visited Tanzania, China and Senegal on their behalf{Source}.
  21.  Queen Mathilde was also a UN emissary for the International Year of Microcredit 2005 and visited in that capacity projects in China, Mali, India and Washington/USA{Source}.
  22.  In 2007, the Princess became a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum{Source}.
  23. She married Prince Philippe of Belgium, The Duke of Brabant on 4 December 1999, thus becoming Princess Mathilde of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant{Source}.
  24. Upon his succession in 
  25. They have two daughters{Source}:
    1. Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
    2. Princess Eléonore (2008)
  26. They also have two sons{Source}:
    1. Prince Gabriel (2003)
    2. Prince Emmanuel (2005)
  27. She is the daughter-in-law of King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola of Belgium{Source}.
  28. She is the sister-in-law of{Source}:
    1.  Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este (1962)
      1. Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este (1955, m. 1984)
    2. Prince Laurent of Belgium (1963)
      1. Princess Claire of Belium (1974, m. 2003)
    3. Miss Delphine Boel (1968, alleged)
  29. Through her husband, she has the following nephews{Source}:
    1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    2. Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
    3. Prince Nicolas of Belgium (2005)
    4. Prince Aymeric of Belgium (2005)
  30. Through King Philippe, she is the aunt to{Source}:
    1. Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
    2. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
    3. Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
    4. Princess Louise of Belgium (2004)
  31. Through her nephew Amedeo, she is the aunt-in-law of{Source}:
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987, m. 2014)
  32. She is the great aunt of{Source}:
    1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
  33. Queen Mathilde often accompanies her husband abroad for various duties, mostly to promote Belgium for its commercial and economical interests{Source}.
  34. She enjoys classical music, and playing the piano{Source}. 
  35. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and enjoying nature and open-air activities{Source}. 
  36. She is also a fan of literature{Source}. 
  37. She speaks several languages, including French, Dutch, English, Italian and some Spanish{Source}.
  38. She shares a birthday with The Countess of Wessex, who is eight years her senior.
  39. The Belgian consort shares a birthday with  Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme of The Netherlands who is 24 years her junior.
  40. The Queen of Belgium shares a birthday with Prince Tassilo Preslavski of Bulgaria, who is 29 years her junior.
  41. She is also fourty years older than the Prussian Twins, Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia and Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia.
  42. Queen Mathilde is a godmother to:
    1. Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of The Netherlands (2005){Source}
    2. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2007)
    3. Miss Zaineb Tebbi-Sadki (2016) {Source}
  43. She is close friends with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.
  44. Her astrological sign is Aquarius.
  45. Her name Mathilde is a form of Mathilda, which comes from the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle"

Royal Profile: Sophie, The Countess of Wessex

Sophie, The Countess of Wessex was born as Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was on 20 January 1965 in Oxford as the daughter of Christopher and Mary Rhys-Jones{Source}. She has a older brother, a sister-in-law and two nephews {Source}:
  1. David Rhys-Jones (1963)
    1. Zara Louise (Freeland) Rhys-Jones
      1. Oliver Hugh Rhys-Jones (1999)
      2. Harry Christopher Rhys-Jones (2000)
She was named:
  • Sophie: Mrs Rhys-Jones is said to have decided on the name Sophie while shopping for shoes when pregnant. Someone in the shop called out the name - and a pretty little girl turned around, and she immediately liked the name{Source}.
  • Helen: after her paternal Aunt Helen, who died before she was born.She grew up in Kent{Source}. She attended Dulwich College Preparatory School, Kent College School for Girls & West Kent College{Source}. .

After leaving school, Miss Rhys-Jones embarked on a career in public relations working for a variety of firms, including four years at Capital Radio, as well as public relations companies the Quentin Bell Organisation and MacLaurin Communications & Media{Source}. She also worked as a ski representative in Switzerland and spent a year travelling and working in Australia{Source}. In 1996,she launched a public relations agency, R-JH Public Relations, which she ran with a business partner for five years{Source}.

She met her future husband, The Prince Edward, at a tennis event in the summer of 1993{Source}.They announced their engagement in January 1999{Source}. They were wed on 19 June 1999, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle{Source}. On the occasion of their marriage, Their Royal Highnesses founded The Wessex Youth Trust, a grant making organization to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people{Source}. .Together, they have two children{Source}. :

  • The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
  • James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (2007)
She is godmother to Alexandra Nada Victoria Mountbatten, who is her husband's 4th cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria.

As the daughter-in-law of the Monarch, she supports various causes. She supports The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and chairs the Women in Business Group which works to promote the Award among businesses{Source}. The Countess has been the President of Girl Guiding UK since 2003 and supports the work of Tomorrow's People which works to improve opportunities to get young people into employment{Source}. In recent years, The Countess of Wessex has become involved in the world of agriculture and held the position of Show President of the Royal Bath and West Show in 2010 before becoming Vice Patron in 2011{Source}. She is also Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) {Source}. She has accepted patronage of the The Border Union Agricultural Society for its bicentennial year 2013{Source}. The Countess has been a Global Ambassador for the International Agency for Preventative Blindness (IAPB) since 2003{Source}. In 2013 The Countess became the first ever Patron of London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London{Source}. The Countess also works to support the ‘Campaign for Wool’ which was set up by The Prince of Wales and aims to promote the use of British wool{Source}. In 2003, Sophie succeeded the late Queen Mother (who died the previous year) as Royal Patron of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Sophie is only the third Royal Patron of the RCSLT.

However, The Countess of Wessex is not without scandal! In 2001, a News of the World undercover reporter (the same guy who scammed Sarah Ferguson on videotape in May 2010) recorded the Countess making disparaging comments about certain members of the British government. News of the World didn't publish the story itself, but the tape was leaked to other tabloids, first the Mail On Sunday, and it went viral from there. It portrayed the Countess seeming to use her royal status in order to gain clientele. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the reported comments were "selective, distorted and in several cases, flatly untrue."{Source}.

She also supports the United Kingdom's military. In 2006, The Countess of Wessex was appointed Sponsor of HMS Daring{Source}. In 2007, she became Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles following the reorganization of the Infantry{Source}. In 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering{Source}. She is Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Army Music and of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps{Source}.

The Countess holds two military positions in Canada{Source}:

  • Colonel in-Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse
  • Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.
She has been given the following appointments{Source}:

Member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II (2004)
  • Dame of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (DStJ) (2005)
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)(2010)

The Countess of Wessex has the following medals{Source}:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan (2005)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

In her spare time, she enjoys walking, running, riding, sailing, tennis and reading{Source}. Her father reportedly gets along well with Queen Elizabeth II {Source} Mr. Rhys-Jones may often be seen in the Royal Enclosure and in the carriages at the Royal Ascot {Photos spanning from 2007-2014} Like her father, she is too close to Queen Elizabeth II {Source}.

Sophie is left-handed. Her lady-in-waiting is Sarah Sienesi, who is her old flatmate {Source}

Friday, January 19, 2018

Royal Profile: Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, Duchess of Saxony

Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, Duchess of Saxony was born 19 January 1972 as the daughter of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife, Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Kardam, Prince of Turnovo (1962–2015)
    1. Princess Miriam of Bulgaria
      1. Prince Boris, The The Prince of Tarnovo (1997)
      2. Prince Beltrán of Bulgaria (1999)
  2. Kyril, Prince of Preslav (1964)
    1. Doña María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster-Puigdórfila (m. 1989-2009, seperated)
      1. Princess Mafalda-Cecilia of Bulgaria (1994)
      2. Princess Olimpia of Bulgaria (1995)
      3. Prince Tassilo of Bulgaria (2002)
  3. Kubrat, Prince of Panagiurishte (1965)
    1. Doña Carla María de la Soledad Royo-Villanova y Urrestarazu
      1. Prince Mirko of Bulgaria (1995)
      2. Prince Lukás of Bulgaria (1997)
      3. Prince Tirso of Bulgaria (2002)
  4. Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin (1967)
    1. Doña María García de la Rasilla y Gortázar (m. 1994)
      1. Prince Umberto of Bulgaria (1999)
      2. Princess Sofia of Bulgaria (1999)
Princess Kalina grew up in Spain. She was educated at Lycée Francais de Madrid. She speaks Spanish, English, Italian, French, German and some Bulgarian{Source}.

On 26 October 2002, she married Antonio "Kitín" Muñoz y Valcárcel {Source}. Almost exactly four years later, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. Simeon Hassan Muñoz was born 14 March 2007, and he was named for his grandfather and close family friend, King Hassan of Morrocco {Source}.
Since 2015, she and her family have lived in Morocco{Source}.

Royal Profile: Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia

Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht, Prince of Prussia  was born 20 January 2013 as the elder of the two twin sons of The Prince and Princes...