Monday, August 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Mafalda Wilson

Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson was born 21 August 2015 as the first child of Maria Theresia Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis & Hugo Wilson {Source}.

She is the first grandchild of Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis.

Royal Profile: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born 21 August 1963 the son of King Hassan II and Lalla Latifa Hammou. He has one older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother:

  1. Princess Lalla Meryem (1962)
    1. Fuad Filali (1957, m.1984-1999)
      1. Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali (1986)
        1. Mohammed El Mehdi Regragui (m. 2013)
          1. Twin (2015)
          2. Twin (2015)
      2. Moulay Idris Filali (1988)
  2. Princess Lalla Asma (1965)
    1. Khalid Bouchentouf (m. 1986)
      1. Moulay Yazid Bouchentouf (1988)
      2. Lalla Nuhaila Bouchentouf (1992)
  3. Princess Lalla Hasna (1967)
    1. Dr. Khalil Benharbit (1959, m. 1991)
      1. Lalla Oumaima Benharbit (1995)
      2. Lalla Oulaya Benharbit (1997)
  4. Prince Moulay Rachid (1970)
    1. Oum Kalthum Boufarès (1987, m. 2014)
      1. Moulay Ahmed (2016)

He completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College and attained his Baccalaureate in 1981, before gaining a bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". He has also frequented the Imperial College and University of Rabat. Also in 1985, he was appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994.

In 1987, Mohammed obtained his first Certificat d'Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law. In November 1988, he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission.The King obtained his PhD in law with distinction on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on "EEC-Maghreb Relations". On 12 July 1994, he was promoted to the military rank of Major General, and that same year he became President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army. On 23 July 1999, he succeeded his father as king, being enthroned in Rabaton 30 July.

On 21 March 2002, he married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. . They have two children:

Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (2003)
Princess Lalla Khadija (2007)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 14-20, 2017


-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 14th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine began their education at Tranegårdsskolen on Wednesday {Source}{Source}
side note: Prince Christian and Princess Isabella also began school here on the same day, but were not part of the first day of school photo op with their parents and younger siblings. The twins will also be in separate classes for the school year.

-Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil  und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 14th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended  the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Thursday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal celebrated her 67th birthday on Tuesday.

-Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor celebrated her 4th birthday on Tuesday.

-Gary Christie Lewis celebrated his 47th birthday on Tuesday.


-Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 11th birthday on Wednesday.


-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko participated in a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the surrender of Japan during WWII on Tuesday {Photos}


-Prince Carl-Johan de Nassau celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday.


-Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday.


-Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi celebrated her 32nd birthday on Friday.


-Princess Elena & Alexander Philips Nixon McAteer celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix celebrated her 19th birthday on Tuesday.


-King Felipe VI attended a memorial service for victims of the terror attack in Madrid on Friday {Photos}

Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003 as the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:

His godparents are{Source}:
  • Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
  • Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)

He began his education at age 5 in 2008, at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege.

He was named:
  • Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
  • Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
  • Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
  • Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.

He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant. He likely speaks Dutch, French and German.He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II & Queen Paola.

He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005, 2006,2008, 2013, 2014, 2015}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}. He has also attended many family photo calls {2006 Summer Holidays, 2007 Summer Holidays, 2008 Summer holidays,2009 Summer Holidays, 2012 Skiing Holiday, 2014 Skiing Holiday, 2016 Skiing Holiday}.

He is an active musician and sportsman. He plays piano. He is also an active football, bicyclist, tennis player, swimmer, skier, sailor and hockey player {Source}.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{Source}. Her parents divorced when she was young, but remarried{Source} {Source} She has a sister, and two older brothers{Source}. When her mother remarried in 1994, she gained at least a stepbrother.

The Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994{Source}.During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia{Source}. Later the Crown Princess attended Bjørknes Private School {Source}. In 1997 she took Examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College{Source}. In 2000-2002, she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo{Source}.

In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis{Source}. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues{Source}. In autumn 2008, the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012{Source}.The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues randing from social inclusion, mental health, young leadership, global health issues, entrepreneurship and environmental issues being some of them{Source}.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations{Source}.Through the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Foundation, the Crown Princess contributes to projects supporting young people at risk. On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, culture, architecture and design{Source}. Since 2001, the Crown Princess she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work{Source}. In April 2006 she was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. In this capacity she has traveled to Nicaragua, Ukraine and Mali, and on several occasions led the Norwegian delegations to the biennial International AIDS conference{Source}. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response {Source}. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum {Source}. In 2012 she became a member of the international Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community{Source}.
Her engagement to Crown Prince Haakon was announced on 1 December 2000{Source}. She was married to Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Together, they have two children, and she also has a son from a previous relationship:

The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities, physical exercise and literature{Source}.The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities{Source}.

She keeps an active presence on Twitter {Follow Her}. She speaks fluent English & Norwegian at the very least.In 2012, she traveled to India to care for twins who were born to a surrogate mother of a gay palace employee who had been unable to get a travel visa to India {Source}. In the 2011 Norway shooting, her stepbrother was killed {Source} The Crown Princess did not attend his funeral {Source}. No official reason for her not attending was given, but it's likely due to not wanting to make one loss bigger than the others. The Crown Princess did however attend a memorial service for ALL of the victims.She is known for a fear of flying {Source}.In February 2012, she and Crown Prince Haakon were forced to evacuate their commercial flight when it ran into mechanical trouble {Source}.In May 2013, she gave a speech at the The 2013 Impact Awards {Source}
She is a patron of{Source}:

  1. The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
  2. Amandus Film Festival
  3. Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
  4. Risør Festival of Chamber Music
  5. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
  6. The Norwegian Design Council
  7. The Norwegian Red Cross
  8. The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
  9. Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
  10. Oslo International Church Music Festival

She is godmother to:

  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
  • Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
  • Emma Tallulah Behn (2008) (her niece by marriage)

Due to the Succession Act of Succession of 1990, her daughter (and oldest child) will one day be Crown Princess and eventually Queen regent of Norway.
She has been a recipient of orders and decorations from {Source}:

  1. Austria
  2. Brazil
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Estonia
  5. Finland
  6. Italy
  7. Japan
  8. Lithuania
  9. Luxembourg
  10. The Netherlands
  11. Norway
  12. Poland
  13. Portugal
  14. Spain
  15. Sweden

Friday, August 18, 2017

Royal Profile: Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi

Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi was born 18 August 1985 as the youngest child of Don Carlo Ferdinando Borromeo, Count of Arona  and his long-time companion, Countess Donna Paola Marzotto {Source}. She has an older brother, and three older half-sisters, as well as a sister-in-law, and several brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews:

  1. Donna Isabella Brachetti Peretti (1975)
    1. Count Ugo Brachetti Peretti
  2. Donna Lavinia Elkann (1977)
    1. John Elkann (1976, m. 2005?)
      1. Leone Mosé Elkann (2006)
      2. Oceano Noah Elkann (2007)
      3. Vita Talita Elkann (2012)
  3. Carlo Ludovico Borromeo (1982)
    1. Marta Ferri Borromeo (1984, m. 2012){Source}
  4. Donna Matilde Borromeo, Princess von Fürstenberg (1983)
    1. Prince Antoinius von Fürstenberg (1985, m. 2011)
      1. Prince Karl von Fürstenberg (2011) 
She was educated in Italy and the United States. She received a bachelor of laws from Bocconi University in 2010. She also received a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University Journalism School in May 2012{Source}. 

She previously did some teen modeling for several fashion houses, mostly Italian houses like Valentino and Gucci. She now works as a journalist in Italy. She has done articles for publications such as  Newsweek and The Daily Beast and has worked as a full-time reporter for Il Fatto Quotidiano.

She first came into the press spotlight in 2008, when she first began dating Pierre Casiraghi. The pair dated for several years before becoming engaged and eventually getting married in 2015. Together, they have one son:

  • Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi (2017)
In November 2015 she was sanctioned Special Envoy for Human Rights for F4D. She considered herself in 2005 "atheist and leftist".[16]

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