Friday, August 31, 2012

Royal Profile: HM Queen Rania of Jordan

Rania Al-Yassin aka  Queen Rania of Jordan, was born on 31 August 1970 in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm.

She attended the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait, then received a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from American University, she worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple Inc. in Amman.

Even before becoming Queen of Jordan she was actively involved in some of it's affairs. Her first venture was the establishment of the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) in 1995. The Jordan River Children Program (JRCP) was developed by Queen Rania to place children’s welfare above political agendas and cultural taboos.This led to the launch, in 1998, of JRF’s Child Safety Program, which addresses the immediate needs of children at risk from abuse and initiated a long-term campaign to increase public awareness about violence against children. The deaths of two children in Amman as a result of child abuse in early 2009 led Queen Rania to call for an emergency meeting of government and non-government (including JRF) stakeholders to discuss where the system was failing. In 2009, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her husband's accession to the throne, She launched a community champion award (Ahel Al Himmeh) in March to highlight the accomplishments of groups and individuals who have helped their local communities.

Since becoming Jordan's Queen in 1999, she has been actively involved in numerous organizations. She has been active both domestically in Jordan and internationally. In July 2005, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the King and Queen launched an annual teachers’ award, the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education. In April 2008 the Queen launched “Madrasati” (“My School”), a public-private initiative aimed at refurbishing 500 of Jordan’s public schools over a five-year period.In higher education, The Queen Rania Scholarship Program partners with several universities from around the world. Queen Rania is also Chairperson of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS).

She met Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, who was a Prince at that time, at a dinner party in January 1993. Two months later, they announced their engagement. On June 10, 1993, they were married. The couple has four children:
  1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994) 
  2. Princess Iman (1996) 
  3. Princess Salma (2000) 
  4. Prince Hashem (2005) 

Her husband ascended on 7 February 1999, and proclaimed her Queen on 22 March 1999. Without proclamation she would have been a princess consort, like her mother-in-law, Princess Muna al-Hussein.

The Queen is active in social media, having her own personal Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. She primarily uses these sites to promote her numerous humanitarian issues.

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland

Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, who was born Lillian May Davies on 30 August 1915, was the wife of Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912-1997). She is the aunt to the present King of Sweden, Carl XVI. 

From 1940 to 1945 she was married to British actor Ivan Craig. In World War II, Lilian Craig worked at a factory that made radios for the Royal Navyand at a hospital for wounded soldiers. In 1943 she met the Swedish Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, in London, reportedly at a cocktail party held in honor of her 28th birthday. Soon after their meeting they became lovers, although she was at that time married to her first husband.

Bertil's older brother, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Vasterbotten, was the heir apparent to the Swedish throne, but in 1947 he died. As Gustaf Adolf's son, Carl Gustaf, was less than one year old, it seemed likely that when the king of Sweden died Bertil would have to serve as regent (other heirs having given up their places in the succession because of unacceptable marriages). For this reason Bertil chose not to marry Lilian, so the couple simply lived together discreetly for more than 30 years. In 1946 Prince Bertil acquired a house in Sainte Maxime, France, that became their private retreat. However, Bertil never had to become regent since his father, the king, lived long enough to see his grandson, Carl Gustaf, come of age. Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden ascended the throne in 1973, and, having married a commoner himself, he approved Bertil's and Lilian's marriage. They were married on 7 December 1976 at the church of Drottningholm Palace in the presence of the king and the queen. Her prince died in the early part of 1997, and from 1997 until 2010 she continued to represent the royal family at official engagements and other occasions. She was the protector of many organisations, and also an honorary member of several clubs and societies which belonged to Prince Bertil's areas of interest. In 2000,  Princess Lilian released a biography of her life with Prince Bertil.

In recent years, she has had a host of medical issues that come with advancing age. In 2008, she broke her hip. In 2010, it was revealed that she is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease {Source}.

She and Prince Bertil never had children of their own. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Royal Profile: HH Prince Nikolai of Denmark

His Highness Prince  Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 28 August 1999, the elder of the two sons of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg. His is the oldest of Queen Margarethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort's grandchildren. At present, he has one younger brother, one younger half brother and a younger half-sister, the half-siblings being from his father's second marriage to Princess Marie. His siblings are Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena.

Prince Nikolai was christened in chapel of Fredensborg Palace on 6 November 1999. At the christening the musical work Lys på din vej composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Nikolai, was given its first performance.

His godparents are:
  1.  Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark (his paternal uncle)
  2. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex
  3. Peter Steenstrup
  4. Nicola Baird (his maternal aunt)
  5. Camilla Flint
He is named for:
  • Nikolai: is after his maternal aunt and one of his godmothers, Nicola Baird.
  • William: is after his maternal great-grandfather William Manley.
  • Alexander: is after his mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
  • Frederik: is a common name for Danish Kings, and is also the name of his uncle and one of his godfathers, Crown Prince Frederik.
On 16 April 2010, his paternal grandmother's 70th  birthday, he received the  Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen. 

He attended the Krebs School with his brother. 

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Royal Profile: HIRH Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Maria Laura  Zita Beatrix Gerhard of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este  was born 26 August 1988, the second child and oldest daughter of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. She was born at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium and is currently eighth in line to the Belgian throne after her uncle, four cousins, mother and elder brother.

She has one older brother, Prince Amedeo (b. 1986), one younger brother, Joachim (b. 1991) and two younger sisters: Princess Luisa Maria (b. 1995) and Princess Laetitia Maria (b. 2003). Her godparents are her paternal uncle Archduke Gerhard of Austria-Este and her elder paternal aunt Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este, Countess von und zu Arco-Zinneberg.

Until 1993, she resided in Basel, Switzerland, at which point her parents relocated to Belgium. She was educated at the Jesuit school College Sint Jan Berghmans in Brussels. She completed her secondary education at the St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium.  She then went to London, like her brother Amedeo (educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science), but attended SOAS in London, where she studied Chinese. In 2007–2008, she spent time in China as part of her studies. She then enrolled at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris in 2008, where she is still studying. The Princess is fluent in French, Dutch, and German, the three official languages of Belgium.

On 9 September 2005, Maria Laura, along with six other students, were riding home from St. John's International School in Waterloo when the bus collided into three cars and rolled over several times. All of the students managed to escape before the bus burst into flames. The princess was unharmed but was taken to the hospital for observation and released to her parents after a few hours.

Because she is so distantly in line for the throne, her mother has guarded the private lives of her and her siblings, therefore, she and her siblings have rarely made public appearances. She appeared in family photos, at the baptism of her younger sister Princess Laetitia Maria, the wedding of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum and her mother's 50th birthday celebrations

The Recap of the Royals You Love: August 20-26

Belgium

-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 9th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Maria-Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 24th birthday on Sunday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Frederik  participated in Odense University Hospital's (OUH)"... 100th anniversary arrangement..."  on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, he was in Sweden to participate in the 2012 Nordic Championship Masters in Dragon sailing {Photos}. On Saturday, he  participate in the 2012 Nordic Championship Masters in Dragon sailing event {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary inaugurated a new campus of the Sjælland University College in Roskilde on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, she visited Designmuseum Danmark to preside over the St. Loye Prize and Medals {Photos}.

-Prince Christian attended the 2012 Nordic Championship Masters in Dragon sailing in Sweden on Saturday to cheer his father on {Photos}.

-Prince Joachim attended the opening of the conference entitled, Grow Aboard in Copenhagen on Monday {Source}

-Princess Marie attended 2012 Copenhagen Cooking event on Friday {Source}

Great Britain

-Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh was released from the hospital on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales was spotted vacation in Las Vegas on Monday...the lesson here, not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...NSFW and for Mature audiences only, btw! {Source}

Greece

-Prince Nikolaos & Princess Tatiana celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Jordan

-Noor al-Hussein, Queen Dowager of Jordan celebrated her 61st birthday on Thursday.

Luxembourg


-Countess Alix de Lannoy, mother of the future Luxembourg Hereditary Grand Duchess, passed away due to a stroke on Sunday {Source}


Monaco

-Prince Albert attended the funeral of Patrick Ricard on  French island île des Embiez on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene were spotted vacationing in Lac de Paladru, France on Monday {Source}.

-K. Sebestian Knecht de Massy celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday.

-Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste celebrated his 9th birthday on Friday.

Morocco

-King Mohammed VI celebrated his 49th birthday on Tuesday.

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien attended a concert in Amsterdam entitled, LIFE: A Journey Through Time on Saturday {Photos}.
 
-Queen Beatrix attended the European Youth Orchestra (EYO) concert on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, she attended the closing of the 6th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS2012) held at the Haagse Hogeschool {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald & Queen Sonja attended the première of the film Kon-Tiki at the Opera House  on Thursday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit  celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Saturday {Video}.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I visited the Centro de Emergencias 112 de la Comunidad de Madrid in Pozuelo de Alarcón on Thursday {Photos}

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel visited the island of Djurgården in Stockholm on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Carl Philip visited Hagfors where he toured the "... world leading manufacturer of tool steel..." on Monday {Source}  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Royal Profile: K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy

Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy was born the son of Christine Alix de Massy and Charles Wayne Knecht on 24 August 1971, in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to being a 1st cousin once removed of the present reigining Monégasque Princely Family, he is also a distant cousin of the family on their maternal side as his father was a cousin of Princess Grace (I believe Sébastien's grandfather was Princess Grace's uncle on her father's side).

He is a member of his aunt Elisabeth-Anne de Massy’s organization, All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain of the tennis tournament. He also serves as founder and director of the board to his wife's organization, ConservationGuardians.

After obtaining his BA in business, Sébastien moved to Lima, Peru to work for Grana y Montero Petrolera. After living in Peru he moved back to Monaco and started his shipping career with the V. Ships Group. This brought him to live in London, Singapore and Paris. In 2005 Sébastien founded Madison Marine and today controls a fleet of merchant vessels.

In 2008 he co-founded Transport & Commodities which is based in Monaco and manages shipping, upstream and mining ventures.

He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resides with his wife Donatella, and four daughters: 12-year-old Christine, 11-year-old Alexia, 5-year-old Vittoria and 4-year-old Andrea.

Because he and daughters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008,he, his wife, and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011. In July 2011, he attended his mother's cousin's wedding ceremonies with his wife and three elder daughters. He also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Charlene). That November, he and his wife appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony ( behind his wife, who is across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony.

Royal Profile: Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste

Born Alexandre Éric Stéphane Tossoukpé in Paris, France on 24 August 2003, Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste is the son of Prince Albert of Monaco and Nicole Coste, which makes him the younger half-brother of Jazmin Grace Grimaldi. He also has two older half-brothers who live with their father, Nicole's ex-husband, in South America. He is also the step-son of Princess Charlene of Monaco, and nephew of Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Countess of Polinac. His mother Nicole changed their surname to Coste on 10 November 2004, a move in which is believe to be in homage to Prince Albert's lawyer, Thierry La Coste.

His mother owns a villa just outside of Monaco in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and has an apartment in Paris. It is believed that one of these is their primary residence and that Alexandre attends school in either Paris or Villefranche-sur-Mer. At present, Alexandre should be preparing to enter 9ème, this is equal to the 3rd grade in the US system.

Like his elder sister's mother, his own mother fought for years for Prince Albert to publicly acknowledged him as his own. However, Nicole had much more success than Tamara in that department-Prince Albert publicly acknowledged his son in 2005, nearly a year before his sister was acknowledged, and after only about 22 months of fighting it. Also like his sister, he is rarely seen, the last photos of him were around 2009.

In October 2006, his father was interviewed by Larry King, in which he stated his children would not be in line for the Monegasque throne but that they would be taken care of financially. They are also an heir to Prince Albert's personal fortune, estimated at more than one billion dollars. Due to the accession of Monaco to the Council of Europe on 5 October 2004, the European Convention on Human Rights regulates inheritance rights, in addition to the laws of Monaco, which also guarantees familial inheritance for children born out of wedlock.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Royal Profile: HM Noor al-Hussein, Queen Dowager of Jordan

Noor al-Hussein, Queen Dowager of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951 the daughter of Najeeb Halaby and Doris Carlquist in Washington, DC, USA. She has two siblings, brother Christian and sister Alexa.

She was educated National Cathedral School from fourth to eighth grade, before she briefly attended The Chapin School in New York City. She went on to graduate from Concord Academy in Massachusetts. She attended Princeton University with its first coeducational freshman class, and received a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1973.

After she graduated, Lisa Halaby moved to Australia, where she worked for a firm that specialized in planning new towns. She became increasingly interested in the Middle East and immediately accepted a job offer from a British architectural firm that had been employed to redesign the city of Tehran. In 1976, she moved back to the United States. She thought about earning a master's degree in journalism and starting a career in television production. However, she accepted a job offer from Managing Director of Arab Air Services, which was founded by her father, who was commissioned by the Jordanian government to redesign their airlines. She became Director of Facilities Planning and Design of the airline he founded.In 1977, she was working for Royal Jordanian Airlines, in which capacity she attended various high-profile social events as the Director of Facilities Planning and Design. This is where she met Hussein of Jordan for the first time on the development of the Queen Alia International Airport. The airport was named after Queen Alia, Hussein's third wife, who died in a helicopter crash the same year. Halaby and the king became friends while he was still mourning the death of his wife. Their friendship evolved and the couple became engaged in 1978. Wearing a Dior gown, she wed King Hussein on 15 June 1978 in Amman, becoming his fourth wife and Queen of Jordan.

Together, they have four children, two girls and a boy, and five granddaughters:
  1. Prince Hamzah (1980)
    1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
  2. Prince Hashim ( 1981)
    1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
    2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
    3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
  3. Princess Iman (1983)
  4. Princess Raiyah (1986)

Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues. Her conflict-recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central andSoutheast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Queen Noor's work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields. Since 1979, the initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) (which she chairs) have transformed development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication and sustainable development, women's empowerment, microfinance, health, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the developing world. NHF provides training and assistance in implementing these best-practice programs in the broader Arab and Asian regions.

She chairs the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI), founded in 1999 to build on her late husband's humanitarian vision and legacy in Jordan and abroad through national, regional, and international programs that promote education and leadership, economic empowerment, tolerance, and cross cultural dialogue and media that enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and across conflict lines. Through KHFI, headquartered in the United States, Queen Noor awards the annual King Hussein Leadership Prize to individuals, groups, or institutions that demonstrate inspiring and courageous leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity, and peace.
Queen Noor is co-founder of The Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an unprecedented, not-for-profit initiative formed out of a partnership between private media, the United Nations, and global philanthropists to promote and support media content that enhances mutual understanding and respect within and among different societies and cultures.

She has traveled extensively throughout the Balkans since her first humanitarian mission in 1996 after the fall of Srebrenica. She is a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) created through the Dayton Accords to promote reconciliation and conflict resolution through the search for, recovery, and identification of missing persons from the armed conflicts in the Balkans. She has supported and overseen the ICMP's groundbreaking forensic DNA identification and families/community reconciliation programs, and advocated with the leaders of BiH to finalize the establishment of The Missing Persons Institute, critical to resolution of the tragedy of tens of thousands of missing and murdered in the 1990s Balkans conflicts. She has assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and has traveled to Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America to advocate with governments, support NGOs, and visit with landmine survivors struggling to recover and reclaim their lives. She has testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus, appealing for humanitarian assistance and justice for hundreds of thousands of landmine victims worldwide.

At the invitation of President Andrés Pastrana and President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Queen Noor has undertaken several humanitarian missions to Colombia to try to negotiate a series of humanitarian accords with the leaders of the country's guerilla insurgency on landmines, child soldiers and kidnappings, to promote mine awareness programs in rural and conflict areas with UNDP, to advocate against the use of anti-personnel mines especially in civilian areas, and to oversee the destruction of Colombia's last arsenal of anti-personnel mines. In gratitude, the Government of Colombia granted Queen Noor full Colombian citizenship.

In 2004 and 2005, as an expert advisor to the United Nations, Queen Noor traveled to Central Asia to advocate for adoption and implementation of the Ottawa Treaty throughout the region and for multi-sectoral commitment to the Millennium Development Goals in Tajikistan, one of the world's poorest countries. She is a board member of Refugees International and an outspoken voice for the plight of refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world. She has visited Pakistan to assess the Afghan refugee situation and is advocating for international support for the nearly 5 million Iraqis displaced in Iraq and in Jordan, Syria, and other countries after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Queen Noor is actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery. She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international effort to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, an Advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Seeds of Peace, Council of Women World Leaders, Women Waging Peace, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and International Patron and Honorary Chair of Survivor Corps.

She is President of the United World Colleges, Board Member of the Aspen Institute, Refugees International, America Near East Refugee Aid, and Conservation International, Patron of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Founding President and Honorary President Emeritus of BirdLife International, and a Patron of the SOS Children's Villages - USA in Jordan.

Noor is on the board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, alongside former President Bill Clinton. She is the International Spokesperson for the McGill Middle East Program of Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP); in this capacity she has twice visited Montréal, Canada, officially and unofficially visited a number of the MMEP's centres in Jordan and Israel, and undertaken a number of fundraising activities, including the establishment of an MMEP program fund in her name.

Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters. She received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection and advocacy and was honored with the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment. In June 2009, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Chapter, honored her with its Healing the Planet Award.

She has published two books: Hussein of Jordan (KHF Publishing, 2000) and Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (Miramax Books, 2003), a New York Times best seller published in 15 languages.

She divides her time between Jordan, Washington, D.C., and London. She continues to work on behalf of numerous international organizations and makes 70 to 100 speaking appearances annually.

She holds numerous orders and honors from various countries, including:

  1. Grand Cordon of the Orders of Hussein ibn 'Ali with collar, Renaissance special class (5.6.1978)
  2. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (26.11.1983)
  3. The Virtues (Nishan al-Kemal) of Egypt (1989)
  4. Member of the Royal Family Order of Brunei (DK) (1984)
  5. Royal Order of the Seraphim of Sweden (15.9.1989)
  6. Knight of the Order of the Elephant of Denmark (27.4.1998)
  7. The Grand Decoration of Honour for Merit in gold with sash of the Republic of Austria

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Op-Ed: Prince Harry's Life Lesson

Okay. It’s out there now. And if you've been a regular reader, you know I have something to say about it!

As 90% of us are aware now, the press has caught Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales in Las Vegas out by a pool in his birthday suit.

So, we all thought “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” right?

Not when you are an international celebrity!  Especially a high profile royal like the British Royal Family.
There are two sides of me wanting to respond to this.

First there’s the royal fan-girl in me. Most of us know what that’s like, no? ;-) I say nothing more.
Then there is the PR girl in me that bring out the logic in the situation.
 As a member of the British Royal Family, no matter where or what they may be doing, all members of the family represent the United Kingdom as a whole. I cannot imagine that the British people are too thrilled with his actions as he represents them.

Sure, he’s being a typical 20-something boy. And proving to me once again to me that 20-something boys are too immature for me-even in their late 20s!

But still, having been royal for his entire life, he should’ve known it was highly likely that the press would be lurking somewhere, just waiting for him to do something crazy for it to go viral. IF I were him, I'd be careful not to stir up controversies that could potentially effect my family like this.

It has been reported that Prince Harry is on his way/back in the UK to face the consequences of his actions. I imagine it will be a similar conversation that Queen Clariesse had with her granddaughter Princess Mia in the 1st Princess Diaries film after the Beach party incident. Only Dad Prince Charles will likely also be there.
Somehow, I think Her Majesty will find a little humor in it. As for Prince Charles, I don’t think so.

Bottom line: Harry should've known better, but he thought he could go to the US, be a typical 20-something boy and get away with it....not so much, Harry!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Note from The Editor-in-Chief


To Our Readers:

After months of neglect and focusing on our social media aspects of the blog, I finally got around to checking the email account.
Some interesting emails, that’s for sure!
Some looking for information, looking to contribute articles and even the son of Archduke Felix of Austria wanting to comment on the obituary I wrote for his father last year! (NOT KIDDING. I went a little psycho when I read it. Nat & Aya-READ YOUR EMAIL NOW)

Lesson learned: DO NOT neglect the blog email!

In the future, I will try to check that account more often. However, If I don’t get back to you within a few days, contact me via twitter (@TheRoyalFanzine), or via our Facebook page. 

Thank you!

Marcia
Editor-in-Cheif
The Royal Fanzine

Royal Profile: HM King Mohammed VI of Morrocco

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:
  • HRH Princess Lalla Meryem (b.1962)
  • HRH Princess Lalla Asma (b.1965)
  • HRH Princess Lalla Hasna (b.1967)
  • HRH Prince Moulay Rachid (b.1970)
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(8 May 2003)
  • Princess Lalla Khadija ( 28 February 2007)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Gabriel of Belgium

HRH Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003, the second child and first son of Prince Phillippe and Princess Mathilde. He has one older sister, Princess Elisabeth, and two younger siblings-Prince Emmanuel, and  Princess Eléonore.

His godparents are Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg and his maternal uncle Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz.

His name comes from the following:
  • Gabriel – Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family, and as previously mentioned, because of its religious symbolism..
  • Baudouin is for his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
  • Charles is for his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
  • Marie is for the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
Like his elder sister and younger brother, he likely attends Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: August 13-19

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary officially opened the 2012 Odense Blomsterfestival (Flower Show) on Wednesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Endinburgh visited the Isle of Wight on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he was admitted to the hospital as a "precaution" {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge particpated in a search and rescue of a bunch of teenage girls who were in danger after being caught on a riptide while body-boarding off the Anglesey coast on Thursday {Source}.

-Princess Anne, The Princess Royal celebrated her 62nd Birthday on Wednesday.

-Peter Mark Andrew Phillips & Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall attended the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch party at One Mayfair in London on Wednesday {Photos}

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko  attended a memorial service at Budokan Hall in Tokyo to "... honor the dead on the 67th anniversary of Japan's surrender thus ending World War II on Wednesday {Photos}

Liechtenstein 

-Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie, Prince Aios, Princess Sophie, Prince Joesph, Princess Marie Caroline, Prince Georg, Prince Nikolaus, Prince Maximlian, Princess Angela, Prince Alfons, Prince Constantin, Princess Marie, Prince Mortiz, Princess Georgina, Prince Benedikt, Princess Tatjana, Baron Matthias Claus-Just Carl Philipp von Lattorff Lukas Maria von Lattorff, Elisabeth Marie Angela Tatiana von Lattorff, Marie Theresa von Lattorff, Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff, Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff, Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff & Maximilian von Lattorf attended National Day of Liechtenstein on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}

Monaco

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi was in Prague, Czech Republic with his girlfriend, Beatrice Borromeo where they attended a session of indoor skydiving at the Skydive Arena on Saturday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi participated in the Global Champions Tour Valkenswaard over the weekend. On Friday, she participated with two horses, Carry Duff Z and Rubins Quibelle in the
Special Invitational - 1m20 class, in which she came in 29th with Carry Duff Z and did not start with Rubins Quibelle {Source}. She also participated in the Special Invitational - 1m10 with Rubins Quibelle, where she came in 21st {Source}. On Saturday, she participated in the Special Invitational - 1m15 with  Rubins Quibelle, where she came in 18th {Source} and with Carry Duff Z in the Special Invitational - 1m25 she placed 9th {Source}. Also on Saturday, she attended the Venetian Masked Ball in the Netherlands to celebrate the tour {Source}. On Sunday, she participated in the Special Invitational - 1m35 with Carry Duff Z, placing 38th {Source} and did not start in the Special Invitational - 1m15 with Rubins {Source}.

-Elisabeth-Anne de Massy presided over the summer tennis tournament for players of the 3rd series from August 4 to 16{Photo}

Morocco

-Princess Lalla Amina died on Thursday

The Netherlands

-Prince Willem-Alexander & Princess Máxima opened the  center of Meijendel {Source}

-Prince Willem-Alexander visited Seattle, Washington to attend the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge and Fair  on Wednesday and Thursday{Photos}.
Norway

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 39th Birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I met with Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

Sweden

-Queen Silvia met with Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer with his wife Marcela Temer on Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Princess Estelle attended Princess Estelle's Name Day on Wednesday {Photo}

-Prince Carl Philip presented a design for children at the NK warehouse in Stockholm on Wednesday {Photos}

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Crown Princess Mette-Mairt of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit  of Norway (née Tjessem Høiby) was born 18 August 1973, the daughter of daughter of Sven O. Høiby, who worked as a journalist in a local paper, and Marit Tjessem. Her parents divorced, and her father would later marry Renate Barsgård. She has a sister and two older brothers; her stepbrother Trond Bernsten—by her mother's 1994 marriage to Rolf Berntsen—died in the 2011 Norway attacks.  She grew up in Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. She spent many weekends and holidays in the nearby valley of Setesdal and at the seaside, where she learned to sail. During her youth she was active in the local youth club Slettheia, where she was also an activity leader. As a teenager she played volleyball, qualifying as referee and coach.

After starting at Oddernes upper secondary school in Kristiansand, Mette-Marit spent six months at Wangaratta High School located in North East Victoria in Australia, as an exchange student with the exchange organisation Youth For Understanding. Later, she attended Kristiansand katedralskole, where she passed her final examinations in 1994. After another break from her studies, Mette-Marit attended Bjørknes Private School and then took the examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) at Agder University College.

By her own admission, Mette-Marit experienced a rebellious phase before she met Crown Prince Haakon Magnus. As a part-time student, she took longer than usual to complete her high school education before going on to take preparatory university courses at Agder. She then worked for a year at Cafe Engebret in Oslo.


In the late 1990s, Mette-Marit attended the Quart Festival, Norway's largest rock festival, in her hometown of Kristiansand. She met Crown Prince Haakon at a garden party during the Quart Festival season. Years later, after becoming a single mother she met the prince again at another party related to the festival.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit completed her studies in Development Issues at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in 2003. She also spent three months at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues. She recently earned a Master of Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

When the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit was announced, some Norwegians felt that the Crown Prince’s choice of partner was questionable because of her previous socialization in a milieu "where drugs were readily available". Her first official appearance as the intended bride of the Crown Prince was at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Hall on 10 December 2000, following the announcement of the couple's engagement on 1 December. At the press conference, Haakon said that he and Mette-Marit had been together for about one year. Haakon gave Mette-Marit the same engagement ring as his grandfather King Olav V and his father King Harald V gave to their fiancées. The couple married on 25 August 2001 at the Oslo Cathedral. Upon her marriage she acquired the title Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. They now live at Skaugum estate, outside Oslo.

The Crown Princess has three children. Her first child is Marius Borg Høiby, born on 13 January 1997; Morten Borg is the father. There has been some controversy surrounding the conduct of the press around Marius, and the Crown Princess asked the media to respect her elder son's privacy as he is not a royal. On 21 January 2004, Mette-Marit gave birth to a daughter, HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra, who became second-in-line to the Norwegian throne after her father, Crown Prince Haakon. She gave birth to her third child, Prince Sverre Magnus, on 3 December 2005. He is third in line to the Norwegian throne after his sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra.

The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues. Social inclusion, mental health, youth, education and environmental issues being some of them. Since she married Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in 2001, she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work. In April 2006 the Crown Princess was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. Two years later she was invited by UNAIDS to participate in strategic planning of the future AIDS response. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Humanitarian Fund identifies and supports projects for young people at risk. Over the last ten years, the fund has supported projects in many parts of the world – aiming to provide improved health and education for young people. Crown Princess Mette-Marit has led the Norwegian delegations to the International AIDS conferences in Toronto (2006) and in Vienna (2010). On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, architecture and design, education and humanitarian initiatives.

The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities and art and culture, particularly literature, film and the visual arts. 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.

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco

Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco was born 8 April 1954   in Madagascar, the daughter of Mohammed V from his third wife Lalla Bahia. She was the present King of Morocco's aunt and was the only Princess who was born during the family's exile.  

She has two children that survive her: Lalla Soumaya and Moulay Idriss.

She apparently died after suffering a long illness the last several months on Thursday. Per tradition, her funeral took place on Friday.
She was very active in nuerous activities in her lifetime. She was President of the Fédération Royale Marocaine des Sports Equestres since 1999.  HRH Princess Lalla Amina was a devoted and accomplished equestrian. She was also an adovcate for children's rights as part of her role as President of the Moroccan league for Child Protection. She was a member of the honorary committee of the global movement of mothers, Honorary President of the Hadaf Association for the protection of disabled persons and also chaired the Moroccan Association for promoting arts for the disabled {Source}.

(still researching. Will update when I find more. If you know something else about her, contact me via Twitter)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Royal Profile: The Princess Anne, Princess Royal

Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor  was born 15 August 1950, at the Clarence House, the second child and only daughter of Princess Elizabeth of York, The Duchess of Endinburgh and her husband, Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh. She has one elder brother, Prince Charles of Wales and two younger brothers, Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
She was baptised Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor at Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950. Her godparents were: 
  1. The Queen--later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (her maternal grandmother) (where Elizabeth likely comes from)
  2. The Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (her paternal aunt) (Princess Margarita)
  3. Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark (her paternal grandmother) (where Alice comes from likely)
  4. The Earl Mountbatten of Burma (her paternal granduncle) (Louis)
  5. The Hon. and Rev. Andrew Elphinstone (her mother's cousin, her 1st cousin once removed)
She began her education in a small private class held at Buckingham Palace, where The Queen had moved with her family shortly after her accession. In 1962 Her Royal Highness made a private educational visit to France, and the following year she joined Benenden School, a boarding school in Kent.

Like her mother and aunt had, a Girl Guides company, the 1st Buckingham Palace Company including the Holy Trinity Brompton Brownie pack, was reformed in May 1959, specifically so that, like her mother, Anne could socialise with girls her own age. The Princess Royal was active until 1963, when she went to boarding school. She remained under private tutelage until she was enrolled at Benenden School in 1963, leaving five years later with six O-Levels and two A-Levels.

The Queen's daughter has been a bridesmaid on several occasions. One notable time was during her mother's cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent's wedding when she was 11 years old.

She has several godchildren, including:
  • Philip, Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1970) (Who is her second cousin, I think. His mother was one of her godmothers) 
  • Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway (1973) (distant cousins)
  • Alice McVittie (1976) (her parents were friends of Princess Anne's)
  • Amy Andrews (??)(her parents were friends of Princess Anne's)
  • Prince Peter of Yugoslavia (1980) 
  • Lucy Margot Therese Cameron (1980) (distant cousins)
  • Lady Eloise Anne Elizabeth Anson (1981) (distant cousins)
  • Kelly Louise Doreen Knatchbull (1988)(Distant cousins)
  • Harry Wallace (??)(parents are some of HRH The Princess Royal's oldest friends, his mother was/is one of Anne's Ladies-in-Waiting)
Princess Anne has been styled various ways throughout her life. At birth, until she was almost a year and a half, she was known as Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Endinburgh, as her parents were the Duke and Duchess of Endinburgh. When her mother acceded the throne in Februrary of 1952, she became known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne. When the Princess married Capt. Mark Phillips in 1973, she became known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, Mrs. Mark Phillips. When her mother chose to grant her the style The Princess Royal in June 1987, she became known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Mrs. Mark Phillips. Upon her divorce and remarriage in  1992, she became known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Mrs. Timothy Laurence. 

Her first official boyfriend was Andrew Parker-Bowels, who would later become the husband to her elder brother's mistress and later his second wife, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. The engagement of The Princess Royal to Lieutenant (later Captain) Mark Phillips of The Queen's Dragoon Guards was announced on 29 May 1973, and they were married in Westminster Abbey on 14 November 1973. Her only attendants were her cousin, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (who was 13 at the time) and her brother, Prince Edward, who was only 9 years old at the time. The two had a relatively happy life, approximately three years after they were married, Princess Anne gave birth to her eldest child, Peter. Daughter Zara would follow 4 and a half years later, in May 1981. In 1989, it was announced after several years of their relationship being on the rocks, that the Princess and her Lieutenant would be separating. They were divorced in April 1992, and the Princess would remarry in December of that same year. Her second marriage was to  Timothy Laurence. 

Four months after her first marriage, an unsuccessful attempt was made to abduct The Princess, as she and Captain Phillips were being driven along the Mall on their way back to Buckingham Palace after a charity film show. The Princess was unhurt, but her personal protection officer was shot and wounded during the incident and he was awarded the George Cross for his bravery.

The Princess Royal faced court charges in March 2001, when she pleaded guilty to driving at 150 km/h (93 mph) on a dual carriageway, while on her way to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. She was fined £400 by Cheltenham Magistrate's Court, and had five points added to her driving licence. The following year, she was convicted of an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, after she pleaded guilty to the charge that her dog, Dotty, attacked two boys while she and her husband were taking the dog for a walk in Windsor Great Park. The Princess was fined £500 by Berkshire Magistrates' Court and ordered to give Dotty more training.

Princess Anne's personal interests vary. She is easily the busiest working British Royal. The Princess Royal has a wide range of public roles, and a very busy working schedule. The Princess began to undertake public engagements alone when she was 18 and had left school. She first flew her personal standard in 1969 when she opened an educational and training centre in Shropshire. Her first State Visit was in May the same year, when she accompanied The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to Austria.

From a young age riding was The Princess's great passion, and she soon proved herself an expert horsewoman. She regularly took part in the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley and the Badminton Horse Trials. In September 1971 she won the individual European Three-Day Event at Burghley, and was nominated Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association, the Daily Express newspaper and World Sport (the journal of the British Olympic Association). She was also voted the BBC's Sports Personality of 1971. In 1973 Her Royal Highness was a member of the British team in the European Three-Day Event Championships at Kiev in the Soviet Union. Two years later, in the same contest in Germany, she won silver medals as an individual competitor and as a team member. The Princess also competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games as a member of the British Three-Day Event team. This led in 1983 to her becoming President of the British Olympic Association for five years. In 1986 Her Royal Highness succeeded her father as President of the International Equestrian Federation (IEF), a post which she has since relinquished. In 1988 The Princess became one of the two UK members of the International Olympic Committee. Her Royal Highness has been an enthusiastic supporter of the British Olympic teams at successive games since 1983, including the games in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. The Princess's interest in horses has resulted in her close involvement with many equine and veterinary charitable organisations, most well-known of which is her presidency of Riding for the Disabled, a position she has held since 1969. The Princess has written a book about her love of horses and equestrian career, Riding Through My Life.

The Princess has recieved numerous honors, both by her mother and internationally. Some of these honors include:
  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953)
  • Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (1969)
  • Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (SVR SR) (1969)
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown (1971) (Japan)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the House of Orange (1972)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the Oak Crown (1972)
  • Order of the Yugoslav Flag with Sash, 1st Class (1972-1991)
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (1974)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  • Canadian Forces Decoration (1982)
  • Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (1994)
  • Order of the Thistle (2001)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan (2005)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: August 6-12

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik,  Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Princess Isabella attended the Men's Quarterfinals in Handball on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik,  Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Princess Isabella, Princess Benedikte & Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg attended a reception aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog for various British and Danish personalities on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Margrethe II  & Crown Prince Frederik watched a handball match, on a giant screen at St. Katherine's Dock, between Team Denmark and Team South Korea on Monday {Video}.

-Queen Margrethe II visited the Olympic Village located in Stratford, east London on Wednesday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christan & Princess Isabella arrived in London Monday afternoon. {Photos}.

-Princess Marie  visited the National Association for Autism Elsinore Holiday Village on Wednesday in Helsingor, Denmark {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a Garden Party at   Balmoral Castle on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}

-Anne, The Princess Royal; Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Sir Timothy Laurence attended the Women’s Laser Radials race on Monday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the women's hockey semi-final between Argentina and Britain on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended the Synchronized Swimming event {Photos}. On Friday, she attended the Bronze Medal Match of Women's Hockey between Team GB and New Zealand {Photos}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales & Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the Olympics Closing Ceremony on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter Mark Andrew Phillips & Sarah, Duchess of York attended the Track Cycling event during the London 2012 Olympics on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Harry of Wales,  Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Timothy Laurence  attended the Athletics Finals on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the Beach Volleyball Gold Match on Wendnesday {Photos}.

-Prince Harry of Wales & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Team GB House on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York celebrated her 24th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Edward, The Earl & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visit RFA Mounts Bay on Saturday {Source}.

-Princess Michael of Kent attended the Jumping Grand Prix on Tuesday {Photos}

Greece

-King Constantine II presented medals to the winners of the Men's Laser Single Hand Race (Sailing) on Monday.

The Netherlands

-Prince Williem-Alexander & Princess Maxima attended the individual and Team show jumping event on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Mabel celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sverre Magnus attended the women’s gold medal handball match Norway vs Montenegro on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}. 

-Crown Princess Mette-Mairt earned her master's degree in "Executive Master of Management” from Norwegian Business School BI on Monday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert attended various track & feild events before cheering on Monegeuse Athlete, Brice Etes in the 800m Athletics & Individual and Team Show Jumping events on Monday {Photos {Photos}. Also on Monday, the Sovreign Prince present medals to the winners of the Women's Pole Vault Final. On Tuesday, he attended the Men's Triathlon to cheer on Mr. Herve Banti of Team Monaco. On Wednesday, he attended the Men's Quarterfinals in Handball {Photos}. On Thursday, the Sovereign Prince attended a reception at Maison de Monaco in London {Photos}. On Sunday, the Sovreign Prince attended the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics {Photo}

-Princess Charlene spent time in South Africa this week,  where on Satuday, she visited with fellow Olympic Swimmer Chad Le Clos, at  the Pinetown swimming pool where they both used to train {Photos}. On Sunday,   she surprised her grandmother, Sylvia Wittstock, by attending her 91st birthday party with the rest of the Wittstock family{Source}.

Thailand

-Queen Sirikit celebrated her 80th  birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-Queen Sofia, Felipe, Prince of Austrias & Letizia, Princess of Austrias attended the Men's Basketball Semi-final Match between Spain & Russia on Friday {Photos}


-Felipe, Prince of Austrias, Letizia, Princess of Austrias, Infanta Leonor & Infanta Sofia were spotted in  Port of Soller on the island of Majorca on Monday {Photos}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI & Queen Silvia  attended the Equestrian Show Jumping Finals and Men's Quarterfinals in Handball on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Carl Philip was in an involuntarily fight at a nightclub in Cannes Friday {Source}{Source}.

Royal Profile: HRH Queen Sirikit of Thailand

HRH  Queen Sirikit of Thailand was born 12 August 1932 the eldest daughter and the third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the son of Prince Kitiyakara Voralaksana, and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her name, which was given by King Prajadhipok, means "the Greatness of Kitiyakhon".

She had three siblings; two elder brothers and a younger sister:
  • Prof. Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, M.D. (20 September 1929 – 15 May 1987)
  • Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara (2 November 1930 – 5 May 2004)
  • Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara (born 2 August 1934)
Sirikit was raised by her maternal grandparents for a year after her birth, as her father went to United States to work as the secretary of the Siamese Royal Embassy at Washington D.C. Her mother joined her husband three months later. When she was one year old, her parents returned to Thailand. Sirikit lived together with her family in Deves Palace, near Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.

As a child, Sirikit often had outdoor visits with her paternal grandmother. Once in 1933, she traveled with Princess Absornsaman Devakula following King Prajadhipok's tour in Songkla.

At age 4, Sirikit attended the Kindergarten College at Rajini School. She studied until her first year at the primary level. During that time the Pacific War was being fought; Bangkok was attacked many times, thus making travel unsafe. She then moved toSaint Francis Xavier Convent School, because it was near the palace. She studied at that school from her second year at the primary level to the secondary level.
In 1946, when the war ended, her father moved to the United Kingdom to work as the ambassador to the Court of St. James's, taking his family with him. At that time, Sirikit was 13 and had graduated the secondary level. While staying in England, she learned to play the piano and learned English and French. Because of her father's work as an ambassador, she and her family moved to various countries, including Denmark and France. While living in France, she studied at a music academy in Paris.

Also while in France, Sirikit met King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who at that time had ascended to the throne and had been studying at Switzerland. Both the king and Sirikit (as well as a few other students) were staying at the Thai Royal Embassy in Paris. Sirikit accompanied the king as he visited various tourist attractions. Both the king and Sirikit found much common ground on their likes and dislikes and thus began a relationship. A quiet engagement in Lausanne followed on 19 July 1949, and the couple married on 28 April 1950, just a week before his coronation.The marriage took place at Srapathum Palace. Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother presided over the marriage ceremony. Both the king and Sirikit signed on line 11 of their certificate of marriage (ทะเบียนการสมรส.) As she was not yet 18, her parents also signed, on line 12 directly under her signature. Reproductions of the certificate are popular as souvenirs, and may be found by searching for its common name, "ใบสมรส สิริกิติ์".  She later received the Order of the Royal House of Chakri, and became queen. After the coronation ceremony on 5 May 1950, both went back to Switzerland to continue their studies, and returned to Bangkok in 1952.

When the king undertook a period of service as a Buddhist monk in 1956 (as is customary for all Thai Buddhist males), Queen Sirikit became regent. She performed her duties so satisfactorily that she was made queen regent and given the style of "Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat" by her husband on his birthday, 5 December 1956. Upon this inception, she became the second Siamese queen regent.

The couple has 4 children; 3 daughters and a son:
  • (Formerly HRH) Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (1951)
  • HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (1952)
  • HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (1955)
  • HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak (1957)
Queen Sirikit published the book In Memory of my European Trip in 1964, which described her time in Europe with the king. It was this book that made the people realise that she was a talented writer. Moreover, she composed many songs for performing with The Handsome Band, the music band of the palace.

The songs she composed were:
  • Chao Chom Kwan (เจ้าจอมขวัญ)
  • Thas Ther (ทาสเธอ)
  • Sai Yud (สายหยุด)
  • Nang Yam (นางแย้ม)

Queen Sirikit is well known for her charitable work, where she is the honorary president of the Thai Red Cross, a post she has held since 1956. She gained new prominence in this role in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in southern Thailand in December 2004. She has also been active in relief work for the many refugees from Cambodia and Burma in Thailand.

Many things in Thailand have been named after the Queen:
  • The Queen Sirikit Medical Center building, Ramathibodi Hospital
  • The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, a new 10 storey hospital in Bangkok
  • the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok
  • the Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok
  • the Sirikit Dam on the Nan River, Uttaradit Province
  • the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Chiang Mai Province
  • the Queen Sirikit Arboretum Garden, Pathum Thani Province
  • the Queen Sirikit Cup, an annual Asian-Pacific golf Teams Event
  • the Queen Sirikit Crab (Thaiphusa sirikit)
  • the Queen Sirikit Rose
  • the Queen's Cup, annual football competition

The queen is also active in promoting Thai culture and history, mainly because of her initiative in the making of the Thai movie The Legend of Suriyothai, one of the most lavish and expensive Thai movies ever made.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Royal Profile: Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassu

Mabel Martine Wisse Smit, born Mabel Martine Los aka Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassu was born 11 August 1968.   She is the daughter of   Hendrik Cornelis "Henk" Los and wife Florence Malde Gijsberdina "Flos" Kooman. Her father died when she was 9 years old; when her mother married Peter Wisse Smit  in 1984, Mabel and her sister took their stepfather's surname. Princess Mabel has two younger sisters, Nicoline Los, later Nicoline Wisse Smit (b. 1970) and Eveline Wisse Smit (b. 1982).

She studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam, graduating summa cum laude in 1993. During her study she also finished internships at the United Nations, Shell, ABN AMRO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to Dutch, she speaks fluent English,Spanish and French and also learned Slavic languages during her work in the Balkans. During her university years, she showed special interest in human rights situations around the world, and later specialized in Balkan diplomacy and international relations. In 1995 she was present at the peace conference in Dayton, Ohio.

She has been part of numerous international organizations that promote peace. She was a co-founder of War Child Netherlands in 1995, and served on its board until 1999. She was appointed director of EU affairs of the Open Society Institute in Brussels in 1997, and she was involved in the London branch as International Advocacy Director. She is one of the founding members of the European thinktank European Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the Interpeace Governing Council.

From July 2008 till May 2012 she was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Global Elders, a group of eminent individuals convened by Nelson Mandela to use their wisdom, independent leadership and experience to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. She oversaw the day-to-day operations for the Elders.

She married Prince Friso of The Netherlands in 2004, but the union was not met without controversy. The marriage took place with the necessary approval of Parliament, resulting in Prince Friso (who was second at the time after his elder brother)'s loss of succession to the Dutch throne. The reason was that she had given "incomplete and incorrect information" about the duration and extent of her contacts with known drug lord, Klaas Bruinsma,  and that because of this, the government had decided not to seek permission for the marriage from parliament. In a letter to the Prime Minister dated 9 October, Prince Friso stated that the couple had given some incomplete information, but had not given any incorrect information nor did they lie. The couple admitted that the sailing friendship with Bruinsma was indeed closer than had been mentioned, but denied a love or sexual relationship.

Princess Mabel and Prince Friso have two daughters, neither of which are in line for the Dutch throne. The elder, Emma Luana Ninette Sophie was born in London on 26 March 2005.She is called Luana, a Teutonic name meaning 'graceful warrior' (also 'gracious warrior' or 'female warrior'). The only information the couple released to the press after the birth of their daughter were three official photographs. Luana was christened by Huub Oosterhuis on 18 December 2005, in The Hague.Their second child, a girl named Zaria (full name Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou), was born in London on 18 June 2006.

Since her marriage, Mabel Wisse Smit may use the courtesy titles of Princess of Orange-Nassau, Countess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. Van Amsberg. She was not legally created a princess, but received courtesy titles due to her marriage, since it is customary for wives of members of the royal family to take the titles of their husbands. It was decided that their children each would receive the titles of Count or Countess of Orange-Nassau and Jonkheer or Jonkvrouw van Amsberg.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born 8 August 1988, the elder of the two children of The Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. She has a younger sister, Princess Eugenie. At present, she is the fifth in line for the throne of the United Kingdom & its commonwealth realms, and is the first female.

She was baptized in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace on 20 December 1988, her godparents being:
  • Viscount Linley (her father's cousin)
  • The Duchess of Roxburghe (now Lady Jane Dawnay)
  •  The Hon Mrs John Greenall
  • Mrs Henry Cotterell
She was named after The Princess Beatrice (youngest daughter of Queen Victoria), after Queen Mary (The Queen's grandmother) and after the Duchess' mother's second name.

She began attending school in 1991, at the Upton House School. She then moved onto Coworth Park School, before attending St. George's School. She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a youngster, so she delyayed her GCSE Exams a year as a result. She remained at St. Georges for her A-Levels, where she  gained  grades: A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies. Upon completing her A-Levels, she undertook a gap year, where she spent time in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, the US, and St Barts in the Caribbean. In September 2008, Beatrice began studying History at Goldsmiths, University of London., and graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree (BA) in History and History of Ideas.

In 2006, to mark her 18th birthday, she gave an interview, in which she stated that she wanted to use her position to assist others through charity work; she had already undertaken charitable duties alongside her mother through the various organisations the Duchess supported.  In 2002, Beatrice visited HIV-infected children in Russia, and, in Britain, she supported Springboard for Children  and The Teenage Cancer Trust. During the summer of 2008, Beatrice volunteered as a sales clerk at Selfridges. In April 2010, running to raise money for Children in Crisis, she became the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon.

Over the years, she has taken part of numerous official funtions. She has attended the annual Trooping of Colour and annual Christmas services since childhood. Along with her sister, she represented her father at the 2007 Concert For Diana and Thanksgiving Service. She has attended all of her cousins recent weddings-Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly in 2008, Prince William to Catherine Middleton and Zara Phillips to Mike Tindall in 2011. In May 2011, the hat she wore to her cousin Prince William's wedding in April was offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay with the proceeds going to charity; it was sold for £81,000 ($123,325), with the money split between Unicef and Children in Crisis. Her highest profile Royal Duty to date has been when she attended the Maundy Thursday services atYork Minster with her grandparents where she mingled among parishioners, received flowers from the public, and assisted the Queen as she passed out the official Maundy money to the pensioners. Her next highest profile duty to date was when she received (along with the Earl and Countess of Harewood) the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.

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