Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 18-24, 2017

Belgium

-King Philippe held a surprise audience with the okan-Class (Brussels) of the Magdalena Maria Institute on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Philipppe & Queen Mathilde visited the Belgian provence of Namur on Thursday{Source}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday.

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary participated in the event Deliver for Good: Inspiring SDG Action for Girls and Women,   participated in a lunch meeting at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) research center, attended the UNFPA page event Rebuilding Shattered lives and Communities - the case of the Chibok and Yazidi girls,  participated in the UNFPA's book launch event of the book #Childmothers, attended the opening of a new Shamballa flagship store and held an audience with Danish health concept Dr. Smood on Monday {Photos}{Source}{Photos}. On Friday, the future Danish Queen Consort attended the global millennium goals world cup {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with aGovernor-General designate of Canada on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited The Royal Wessex Yeomanry in training in Germany this week {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended We Day at the UN on Wednesday {Photos}

-Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor celebrated his 10th birthday on Friday.

-The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday.

Greece

-King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Monday.

Italy

-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duke of Castro, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Castro, Princess Maria Carolina, The Hereditary Princessof Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Calabria & Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Capri undertook an official visit to Noto on Friday and Saturday {Source}

-Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 83rd birthday on Sunday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein held an audience with the Prime Minister of Japan on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, Jordan's royal duo held an audience with the United States President {Photos}

-King Abdullah II began a working visit to New York to participate in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the Jordanian King held an audience with the Italian Prime Minister, the Fedral President of Austria {Photos}{Photos}. On Tuesday, Jordan's moanrch attended a luncheon at the UN for the world's leaders and their delegates {Photos}

-Queen Rania  presented a Global Citizen Award to the Prime Minister of Canada on Tuesday{Photos}. On Wednesday, the Jordanian consort attended the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2017 Goalkeepers meeting{Photos}{Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday {Video}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri visited the European Central Bank on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, he held an audience with newly appointed ambassadors from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Peru, India, and Brunei {Photos}

-Prince Felix & Princess Claire celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Prince Noah de Nassau celebrated his 10th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Guillaume & Princess Sibilla celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Monaco

-Princess Charlene attended the Giorgio Armani show and the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II took part in the 2017 UN General Assembly opening debate and visited the US Military Academy, West Point on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the diploma of promotion 2014/2017 of the nursing training Institute on Thursday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the opening gala of the Paris Opera 2017-2018 season on Thursday {Source}

-Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi attended the UN Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Luncheon while an interview for Vanity Fair Italy was released on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}{Read her interview in Italian here}.

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 16th birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn,Princess Laurentien & Princess Beatrix attended Prinsjesdag 2017 on Tuesday {Photo}{Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander opened the new home of the Provincie Gelderland on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the first Dutch king in 100 years visited Omnizorg-Apeldoorn {Photos}

-Julián Jorge Guillermo celebrated his 6th birthday on Thursday.
Julián is the grandson of Princess Christina, and son of Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo

Norway

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 46th birthday on Friday.

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta held an audience with the French Ambassador to Romania on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Maria attended the launch of the book, Istoria Monarhiei din România (History of the Monarchy of Romania) on Tuesday {Source}

Spain

-Queen Letizia attended the opening of the 2017-2018 school year at St. Matthias Educational Center on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Sofia attended the opening of the "World Summit for research and Alzheimer's Care Foundation on Tuesday {Photos}

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a Swedish dinner on Friday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore & Prince Nicholas visited Princess Leonore's horse, Heidi of Gotland on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Silvia attended the diploma ceremony for the Mayflower on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel participated in Sport's day on Wednesday {Source}

-Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold celebrated her 49th birthday on Wednesday.

Royal Profile: Princess Maria PIa of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy on 24 September 1934 as the first child of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.She was the eldest of four children {Source}:


  1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
    1. Marina, Princess of Naples (1935, m. 1971)
      1. Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice (1972)
        1. Clotilde, Princess of Venice (1972)
          1. Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003)
          2. Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)
          3. two adopted sons
  2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
    1. Robert Zellinger de Balkany (1931-2015, m. 1969, div 1990)
      1. Marie Elizabeth Zellinger de Balkany (1972)
        1. Olivier Janssens (1964, m. 2002)
          1. Gabriella Luise Maria Janssens (2004)
          2. Tommaso Janssens (2005)
          3. Louis Janssens (2009)
  3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
    1. Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon(1939-1999, m. 1970)
      1. Rafael Humberto Lupo Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1970-1994)
        1. Margaret Beatty Tyler (1966, engaged, never married) 
          1. Uriel Tyler (1994)
      2. Patrizio Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1971–1971)
        1. Azaea Beatrice Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1973)
          1. Arturo Pando y Mundet (1973, m. 1996, div)
            1. Marie José Pando y Corvalán-Reyna (1996)


She married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia on 12 February 1955{Source}.Together, they have four children, two sets of twins{Source}:



She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:


  1. Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    1. Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  2. Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    1. Countess Lydia af Holstein-Ledreborg (d. 1999)
      1. Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
      2. Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
      3. Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
      4. Prince Michel Knud John Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
      5. Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  3. Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
    1. Craig Richards (m. 1997)
  4. Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
    1. Baron Ernst von Gecmen-Waldek (1974-1988, div)
      1. Baroness Tatiana von Gecmen-Waldek (1974)
        1. Michael Berger-Sandhofer (m. 1995)
      2. Baron Vincent Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
  5. Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    1. Constance de Ravinel (m.1991)
      1. Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
      2. Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
      3. Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
      4. Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
  6. Ms. Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    1. Igor Bogdanoff (m. 2009)
      1. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)

She is a cousin of King Albert II of Belgium-King Albert's father (Leopold III) was the elder brother of Princess Maria Pia's mother, Princess Marie-José of Belgium. Upon the abolishment of the Italian monarchy, she and her family first fled to Portugal, then to Switzerland.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Luis Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:

  1. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  2. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 25 year old.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Albert Windsor

Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor was born 22 September 2007 as the first son of  Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lady Nicolas (Paola) Windsor {Source}

He has the following brothers:
He is the 8th grandchild of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.


He is named:

  • Albert:He is the first child to carry the name Albert since King George VI, but his parents say he is named for St. Albert the Great. 
  • Louis: for his maternal grandfather
  • Edward: For his paternal grandfather
  • Philip: in honor of St. Philip Neri

An Early Day Motion in the House of Commons welcomed the Baptism of Albert as the first Royal child to be Baptised a Catholic since 1688 {Source}.

Due to becoming Catholic, he is not in succession for the British throne. He shares a birthday with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Royal Profile: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one brother, a sister-in-law, a step-nephew and a niece and nephew{Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Haakon (1973)
    1. Crown Princess Mette-Marit (1973, m. 2001)
      1. Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (1997, Haakon's stepson)
      2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
      3. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

She grew up along side her younger brother at their parent's Skaugum Estate, with fairly normal childhoods{Source}. The young princess took part in several after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, taking part in a folk dancing troupe, and horse-riding {Source}. As a youngster, she attended local schools in Norway until 1990{Source}. In the autumn of 1990, the 19 year old Princess moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford{Source}. She later moved to Area UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper {Source}. Two years later, she returned to Norway to study at Bjørknes Privatskole before attending Oslo University College, and earning a degree in physiotherapy education{Source}. After completing her degree, she moved to The Netherlands to complete her final years of practical training, which she completed in December 1997{Source}. She qualified as a Rosen practitioner in 2000{Source}. During this time, she also pursued a career as a equestrian show jumper, often competing with Norway's National Team{Source}. She retired from show jumping completely in 2000{Source}.

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
In August 2016, She and Behn filed for divorce and they will share joint custody of their daughters {Source}.

In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:


  • Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  • The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  • The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  • Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  • The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  • The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norwegian fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norwegian television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Noah de Nassau

  1. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau was born 21 September 2007{Source}
  2. He is the younger son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and then Princess Tessy of Luxembourg{Source}. 
  3. He has an older brother{Source}:
    1. Prince Gabriel (2006)
  4. His godparents are:
    1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
    2. Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)
  5. Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendants, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. 
  6. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}.
  7.  The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .
  8. He resided in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. 
  9. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.
  10. His parents divorced in January 2017 {Source}.

Royal Profile: Julián Guillermo

Julián Jorge Guillermo was born 21 September as the son of Bernardo Guillermo and his wife Eva Prinz {Source}. He has one sister{Source}:

  1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
He is a grandchild of Princess Christina of The Netherlands. He shares a bithday with: 

  • Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001) (Monaco)
  • Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 18-24, 2017

Belgium -King Philippe  held a surprise audience with the  okan-Class (Brussels) of the Magdalena Maria Institute on Tuesday { Photos } ...