Sunday, September 30, 2012

Royal Profile: HE Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon was born 30 September 1999, the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín. He is 8th in line for the Spanish throne after his uncle, 4 cousins and mother. His godparents are his maternal aunt Inftanta Elena and paternal uncle Mikel Urdangarín.

He grew up in Spain, until his family moved to Washington, DC for his dad's job in 2009. At present, the family in still based in the US. Just like any other 13 year old, Juan enjoys riding his bike, going to handball games and to Palma de Mallorca for the much-celebrated Spanish Regatta season. He and his brothers are avid fans of FC Barcelona.

Because he and his siblings are so far down the line for the throne and the family lives in the US, he is primarily kept from the limelight, unlike his cousins.

The Recap of the Royals You Love: September 24-30

Belgium

-Prince Philippe attended the opening session of the 27th Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) held at the Palais des Congrès in Liège on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the future King of Belgians visited the A&S Energy company in Oostrozebeke {Photos}{Video}.

-Emma Tallulah Behn celebrated her 4th birthday on Saturday.

-Ari Behn celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrick presided over the opening of the 2012 Carnegie Art Award held at Sophienholm in Lyngby, Denmark{Photo } {Photo}

-Crown Princess Mary participated in the launch of the new project, Why Poverty, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City {Video}.

-Princess Marie participated in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Danish Epilepsy Association on Thursday {Video}.

-Princess Benedikte visited the Great Hall at Christian VIII's Slot, Amalienborg, in Copenhagen where she welcomed various Greenlandic and Danish children from Sermersooq and Gentofte municipalities.
Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited Ballater where she watched "... local school children unveil a plaque marking a special Diamond Jubilee cairn..." {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh  visited Aberdeen, Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth opened the new Sir Duncan Rice library at University of Aberdeen and visited the Marischal College on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited Wales  on Monday{Source}. On Thursday, he visited the Cheltenham College to participate in their 150th anniversary celebrations of the school's Combined Cadet Force {Photos}; he also attended the opening of the "... new Territorial Army Center at Dancox House in Lowesmoor" as well as the Malvern Theatre in Malvern {Source}

-Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Zambia as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour {Source}.

Jordan

-King Abdullah met with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & King Juan Carlos I of Spain in New York City on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Salama celebrated her 12th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Iman celebrated her 16th birthday on Thursday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri met with King Abdullah in New York City on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Louis & Princess Tessy celebrated their 6th anniversary on Saturday.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie &  Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein attended the celebrations of the 150th year of the Landtag of Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Wednesday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II participated in the opening ceremony of Climate Week 2012 held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City on Monday {Photo}. On Wednesday, he was in California, where he participated in the 2012 BLUE Ocean Ocean Film Festival's Conservation Summit.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the South Africa Night Gala Evening on Saturday {Photo}{Photos}. Princess Charlene's South African parents Mike & Lynette Wittstock also attended and the evening was a benefit for the Princess Charlene Foundation.

-Princess Charlene attended the Spring/Summer 2013 Akris Fashion Show in Paris on Sunday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix held audiences with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, & Mr.Charles Mthunzi, at Paleis Huis ten Bosch on Tuesday {Video} {Photos}. On Wednesday, she visited EUROJUST (the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit) in Den Haag {Photos}.

-Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje attend the opening of the 30th International Congress Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences conference on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future Dutch King participated in the launch of Kinderpostzegels 2012 (Children's Stamp) {Video}.

-Princess Maxima attended the 64th United Nations General Assembly held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Tuesday {Photos}{Photo}. On Friday, the future Dutch Queen was back in The Netherlands to visit the new department of Qredits Micro-Finance Netherlands and the Pension Market for Entrepreneurs {Photos}

-Prince Friso celebrated his 44th birthday on Tuesday. It was also reported that he opened his eyes and smiled before sliping back into his coma in front of his wife and Archbishiop Desmond Tutu last week {Souce}.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon  attended "Dignity Day" held at the Atlanten High School in Kristiansund on Monday {Video}.

-King Harald, Queen Sonja,Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Astrid &Princess Martha Louise attended the funeral services of the late Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen on Saturday {Source}{Video}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos met with His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan in New York City on Tuesday {Source}. On Tuesday, he presided over the delivery of the IV Premio Internacional Conde de Barcelona to His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone held at the Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes in Barcelona. On Thursday, he attended the inauguration of a new container terminal at the port of Barcelona.

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia  presided over the opening of the 2012/2013 academic year at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid on Wednesday.

-Queen Sofia visited the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid to attend the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Real Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía on Tuesday. On Thursday, she presided over the 2012 Premio a la Acción Magistral award ceremony. On Friday, she attended the 2012/2013 opening season at the Teatro Real in Madrid {Photos}

-Felipe, Prince of Asturias held audiences with various "... colonels of the Army and the Air Force and captains of the Navy, who have been appointed to take command in various military units" on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia of Asturias   attended the opening of the XXV Asamblea General del Consejo de Municipios y Regiones de Europa (CEMR) held at the Palacio de Congresos de Cádiz on Wednesday {Video}. On Friday, the future Monarch and Consort attended the inauguration of Día Mundial del Turismo 2012 (World Tourism Day 2012) {Photos}. On Thursday, the future Spanish monarch and his consort visited La Gomera in the Canary Islands {Photos} {Source}

-Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon celebrated his 13th birthday on Saturday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustav & Queen Silvia participated in the official opening of the General Synod held at the Uppsala Cathedral on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the King of Sweden visited the Saab Automobile Museum{Photos}.

-Prince Carl Phillip attended the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on Tuesday {Photos}.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Royal Profiles: Emma Tallulah Behn & Ari Behn

Emma Tallulah Behn was born 20 September 2008, the third daughter and youngest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn. She has two older sisters, Maud Angelica & Leah Isadora. Her godparents were Marianne Solberg Behn, The Crown Princess of Norway, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Christian Udnæss, Carl Christian Christensen, Anbjørg Sætre Håtun, and Sigvart Dagsland. She was named after American actress Tallulah Bankhead.

She is the 5th granddchild of Queen Sojna and King Harald. She is 7th in line for the Norweigen Throne after her uncle, two cousins, mother and sisters.
Ari Behn was born 30 September 1972, is an author and husband of Princess Martha Louise of Norway. He is the eldest child of Olav Bjørshol (b. 1952) and Marianne Solberg (b. 1953), and was born in Denmark.

Growing up, he primarily attended Waldorf Schools as both of his parents were Waldorf teachers. He is also baptized in the Christian Community. He holds a bachelor's degree in history & religion from the University of Olso. Today, their school age daughters attend  Bærum Waldorf School in Bærum, Norway. Maud is in her 4th year there, Leah is in her 2nd year. Emma should be joining her sisters next year.

His original surname was Bjørshol. In 1996, he changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother's maiden name. The name Behn has German origin. He has two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina and Espen, neither of whom use the name Behn. In 2009, it was made public that Behn's de jure paternal grandfather Bjarne Nikolai Bjørshol was not his biological grandfather. Ari Behn's father met his biological father, Terje Erling Ingebrigtsen, for the first time, but Ingebrigtsen died before Ari Behn had a chance to meet him.

He has achieved immediate literary success with his first collection of short stories, which received several good reviews and has sold more than 100,000 copies. He subsequently published two novels; however, the reviews of these works were less positive.

Together with his wife, Princess Märtha, he has written a book about their wedding in 2002. With his wife, they have three daughters, Maud Angelica, Leah Isadora & Emma Tallulah Behn.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Recap of the Royals You Love: September 17-23

Belgium

-Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde attended the re-opening of the Théâtre Royal de Liège on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Philippe visited Square Brussels Meeting Center in Brussels to participate in an "...academic session organized by the Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique Forum 2012 in honour of Mr Rudi Thomaes and Pieter Timmermans. Mr Timmermans succeeded Mr. Thomaes as Managing Director of the FEB." on Monday {Source}

-Princess Mathilde was at the Collège Saint-Hubert in Watermael-Boitsfort to participate in a roundtable discussion regarding the"...problems of literacy as well as reading and writing in Europe. The debate takes place in light of a recent publication by the European Commission and a new report from a group of high level literacy experts." on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II  held an audience with the Ambassador of Thailand, Mr. Piyawat Niyomrerks on Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary continued their six-day visit to Brazil on Monday. See here for a full recap.

- attended the 2012 HUSUM WindEnergy Trade Fair in Germany on Wednesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Charles, Prince of Wales visited Shropshire on Monday {Source} {Source}.

-Charles, Prince of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Croydon to see "... how the community has recovered since the August 2011 riots." on Thursday {Source}. Also on Thursday, they attended the inauguration of the new University Center at Croydon College and met with "...local dignitaries..." at the Croydon Voluntary Action Resource Center.{Source}{Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Clarence House to thank the "...Diamond Champions Ambassadors..." on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland  to celebrate their 40th anniversary on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she visited Belwade Farm Rescue in Scotland to open a new indoor arena and visitor center  and visited the  HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is "...currently under construction at Rosyth Dockyard..." and paid a visit to the Scottish School of Forestry at Inverness College{Video}. On Thursday, she attended the 150th anniversary of the Watchet Harbor Lighthouse {Source}. On Friday, she visited a new WWII memorial  at Greenham Common airbase
 {Source}

-Prince William The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their South Pacific Tour on Tuesday. See here for a full recap.

-Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended The Official Launch of the Carlos Acosta International Dance Foundation at The Royal Opera House on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  wrapped up their tour of Canada on Tuesday. See here for a full recap.

Greece

-Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess celebrated her 44th birthday on Monday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa participated in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Luxembourg Central Train Station on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Noah de Nassu celebrated his 5th birthday on Friday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert visited Iqaluit, Canada on Thursday, where he meet with "... Premier Eva Aariak, Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern and students at Nunavut Arctic College" and took a nature walk with Qikiqtani Inuit Association President, Ms. Okalik Eegeesiak and Ms. Alice Joamie {Source}{Photo}. On Friday, he visited the Inuit community of Kuujjuaq located in Nunavik, Quebec.

-Prince Albert, Princess Caroline of Hanover, & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Patti Smith Concert on Monday in Monaco {Source}{Source}.

-Prince Albert & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended a Leigon of Honour Ceremony on behalf of government advisor and former National Council of Monaco president Stéphane Valeri recieved the award on Wednesday {Photos}{Video}

-Princess Charlene spent the day shopping in Paris on Monday {Photos} and attended the Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibition Launch At Musee Des Arts Decoratifs on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 2013 Gucci Fashion show in Milan on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, she competed in the Global Champions Tour Vienna in the Silver Tour with Costa Virgo, where she placed 20th of 40 riders {Source} and she also ran with Carry Duff Z, where she placed 37th with 12 faults{Source}. On Friday, she competed in the Silver Class with Costa Virgio, in which she placed 13th of 28 {Source} and she participated in the Gold Class with Carry Duff Z, in which she placed 40th of 41 riders {Source} On Saturday, she competed in the Silver Class Finals with Costa Virgio, in which she placed 7th out of 41 riders, earning 180 Euros {Source}

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 11th birthday on Friday.

Norway

-King Harald V  held audiences with Ambassadors from Brazil and Israel. The king also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Thursday. On Friday, he attended the opening of the exhibition, Den Lengste Reisen (The Longest Journey) {Source}

-King Harald V & Queen Sonja hosted a luncheon at the royal palace for the Princess Märtha Louise Fund on Thursday.

-King Harald & Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner received the casket of their sister, Princess Ragnhild,  at Oslo Airport Gardermoen on Saturday.

-Crown Prince Haakon visited the Sogndal High School as part of ‘Dignity Day’, where he gave a speech in front of 800  students on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 41st birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, Princess Maxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet  & Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the 2012 Prinsjesdag on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Video}

-Queen Beatrix officially opened the newly renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum on Saturday{Video}
-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje  attended the opening of the new building of the Faculty Campus Hague on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, he participated in the Peace for Humanity in the 21st Century conference{Photos}.

 Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima attended the 7th Annual Burendag (Neighbors Day) gathering on Saturday{Photos}

-Princess Maxima attended the 5th anniversary celebrations of Women on Wings (WoW) in Austerlitz on Monday {Photos}.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I  visited Cuatro Vientos Air Base in Madrid where he was given a test fly in the new NH-90 helicopter on Monday {Video}. On Wendnesday, the King of Spain held an audience with members of the Regimiento de Caballería Acorazado “Alcántara” 10, "... on the occasion of the award of the Distinguished Cross Collective of San Fernando Hunters Regiment "Alcántara" 14th Cavalry."{Source}

-Queen Sofia  visited the Centro de Adopción de la Asociación Nacional de Amigos de los Animales (Center for Abandoned Animals Adoption of the Naional Association of Friends of Animals) outside of Madrid on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, the Queen of Spain inaugurated the 4th Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de la Fundación ONCE held at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid. On Friday, she  presided over the 8th Simposio Internacional "Avances en la Enfermedad de Alzheimer" (8th International Symposium "Advances in Alzheimer's Disease) held at the Centro Alzheimer de la Fundación Reina Sofía {Video}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the opening of the 6th Annual BioSpain Forum on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the opening of the 2012/2013 academic school year and scholarship course at the Tomás Romojaro school on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, they attended the Circulo de Lectores 50th Anniversary commemorative/opening ceremony {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturiasheld audiences with representatives from the Asociación Atrofia de Nervio Óptico de Leber (ASANOL) and the Asociación Pro Personas on Friday {Photos}

Saudi Arabia

-Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz al Saud & Princess Sora of Saudi Arabia attended a gala dinner for the Mentor Foundation International on Thursday {Photos}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience at with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Bildt, at the royal palace in Stockholm on Monday.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Phillip & Princess Madeleine attended the opening of Riksdag (Parliamentary Session) on Tuesday {Photos}{Video}{Source}.

-Queen Silvia visited Washington, DC for a three-day visit this week. On Wednesday, she attended a dinner with Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Jonas Hafström. On Thursday, she met with "... students from Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School..." and visited the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School {Photos}.

-Queen Silvia &  Princess Madeleine attended a gala dinner for the Mentor Foundation International on Thursday {Photos}

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Royal Profile: HH Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise was born on 22 September 1971, at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in the oldest child of King Harald & Queen Sonja, and youngest granddaughter of King Olav V and Princess Märtha. She has one brother, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon. She was named for her paternal grandmother and paternal great grandmother, both of who were prior Queens of Norway. Her godparents are King Olav V of Norway, Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Count Flemming of Rosenborg, Princess Ragnhild of Norway, Dagny Haraldsen, Haakon Haraldsen, Nils Jørgen Astrup and Ilmi Riddervold.

She grew up with her younger brother residing with their parents on the Skaugum Estate, near Oslo. Her parents wanted to give their children the most normal upbringing they possibly could, in spite of their children's status. She attended local schools among other Norweigen children. She also participated in numerous after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, folk dancing lessons, and horseback riding. 

She attended Smestad school in Oslo. She completed her upper secondary education at Kristelig Gymnasium in Oslo in 1990, with an emphasis on languages. That same year, she moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford. She later trained at Arena UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper.

In 1992, Princess Märtha Louise began attending Bjørknes Privatskole in Oslo. She subsequently pursued a physiotherapy education program at Oslo University College. After finishing the program, shecompleted her practical training in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 1997, she was awarded her formal qualification as a physiotherapist, and in 2000 she qualified as a Rosen practitioner.

During her university years, she concentrated on her show jumping and was a member of the national equestrian team for several years. She retired from show jumping in 2000.

Princess Märtha Louise became engaged to  Ari Behn on 13 December 2001. The couple were married in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on 24 May 2002.

The Princess and her husband have three daughters:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (29 April 2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (8 April 2005)
  3.  Emma Tallulah Behn (29. September 2008)

Princess Märtha Louise and her family live in Bærum, near Oslo.

She undertakes numerous patronages and royal duties on behalf of her family. She is very active in  areas concerning persons with disabilities. She is also active as patron of seven organisations, and as Chair of Princess Märtha Louise's Fund. She has long been engaged in cultural work, and especially in disseminating traditional Norwegian fairy tales to a wider audience. Among other activities, she has starred in a storytelling series on Norwegian television. The Princess is the author of several books and audiobooks, and has participated in the production of television programmes for children.

The Princess established a sole proprietorship on 1 January 2002 under which she conducts her independent professional activities in the cultural sphere and as a Rosen therapist. As of that date she has been subject to Norwegian tax laws.

In 2007 The Princess established Astarte Education with Elisabeth Nordeng.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Royal Profile: Alexia Knecht de Massy

Alexia Knecht de Massy  was born 21 September 2001, the second of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and  K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy. She has one older sister, Christine, and two younger sisters, Vittoria and Andrea. As a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, she is untechnically a member of Monaco's Princely Family.

 She attends the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb. She should be in the Sixième year (equal to 6th grade in the US system)at the school. Her sister is a year ahead of her, Princess Alexandra is two years ahead, and Camille is three years her senior at the school.

As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. In recent years, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige), and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in recent years.                              

World Travelers: The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark visit to Brazil

Day 1, September 16


Crown Prince Frederik visited the Asger Jorn exhibition at Tomie Ohtake Institute, where he was  received by the Director Ricardo Ohtake and Museum Director Jacob Thage from Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, showcasing Asger Jorn exhibition.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited the Scandinavian Church in Sao Paulo,which was founded 20 years ago. They also attended a reception at a Danish colony in Brazil. 

Crown Prince Frederik will visit the Danish-owned store Scandinavia Designs. The visit is part ofthe VisitDenmark event “COOL Denmark”, which focuses on Danish lifestyle. For the event five different chefs from Denmark and Brazil will make dishes, combining the Danish and Braziliancuisine.

Day 2, September 17

They met with various Danish companies that are based in Brazil. Crown Prince Fredrick opened and inspected the exhibition "Family Ties: Ethnic Groups in Brazil" at MuBE (Mudeo Brasileiro da Escultura). After, the future King of Denmark met with CEO Gitte P. AaboLeo Pharma a donation to UNAPSO (the Brazilian Psoriasis Association) and ONCOGUIA (Actinic Keratosis). Afterward, the future participated in a seminar entitled "Advanced Biofuels & Novozymes Social Responsibility", where he gave a speech. After the seminar, the Crown Prince met with Brazil's Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin. After a private meeting with Grealdo Alckmin, they proceeded to the opening of a water seminar where the six Danish company Grundfos, Danfoss, Siemens Turbomachinery Solutions, Haarslec Industries, MicroDrop and Liqtech International meet with decision makers from Sao Paulo State and water company SABESP.

Meanwhile, the future Queen of Denmark was visited with battered women at the Cidinha Kopcak, a support center for battered women {Photos}.

That evening the future Danish monarch and consort regrouped for a gala dinner for Danish and Brazilian Companies.

Day 3, September 18


In the morning, the Crown Princely Couple visited Albert Einstein Hospital’s cardiovascular unit.
After their hospital visit, the royal pair briefly separated. The Crown Prince attended the opening of the VisitDenmark event "COOL DENMARK", where Danish companies face Brazilian companies, and he attended a few workshops and mingled with guests. Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary visited the Blind Instute of Dorina Novill Foundation to attend training of visually impaired children.
In the afternoon, Crown Prince Fredrick and Crown Princess Mary participated in the opening of the Fritz Hansen chairs exhibition at MuBE (Mudeo Brasileiro da Escultura). Afterward, she will join the Crown Prince for the next leg of their Brazilian tour to Rio De Janerio.
Later in the afternoon, the Crown Princely couple were present at a reception for the Danish offshore industry  at the Rio Oil and Gas exhibition. 

Day 4, September 19


In the morning, Crown Prince Fredrick, in the company of several members of the Danish Business delegation, visited the Brazilian based oil company, Petrobras in Rio Oil & Gas Exhibition. In the afternoon, the future Danish king opened a water seminar, where six Danish companies meet with decision makers from the Rio de Janeiro state and discuss challenges and solutions for Rio de Janeiro's water supply. After that, he participated in a reception at the Brazilian-based Danish IT company, Danmagi and toured the facility. In the early evening, he visited the official Danish pavilion at the Rio Oil and Gas Exhibitation and inspected various Danish companies’ booths{Photos}.

Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary spent the morning visiting the Cidade de Deus, a youth center, where she toured the facility, viewing children’s activities {Source}. In the afternoon, the future Danish Queen consort visited Pontifical Catholic University where she participated in a seminar on the exchanges and cooperation between Danish and Brazilian universities. In the early evening, the Crown Princess opened the exhibition "A modern Royal Household" and visited the exhibition on the restoration and the decoration of Frederik VIII's Palace, Amalienborg. 
In the evening, they rejoined one another for a reception at the Danish colony, where they met with the President of the Danish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Knud Bach. Afterward, they attended a dinner with Danish and Brazilian companies.

Day 5, September 20

In the morning, Crown Prince Fredrick met with the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, and presented to the city's preparations for the Olympic Games in 2016. Afterward, he opened the VisitDenmarks event "COOL DENMARK" in Rio de Janeiro and makes a speech to the participants in the workshop.  
Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary visited Institutes Fernandes Figueira and toured the Human Milk Bank project {Photos}. 
For lunch, they regrouped for a meeting with the Brazilan Olympic Committee where discussions were primarily about Brazil’s preparations for the games in 2016{Photos}.
In the evening, they attened a dinner with Antonio Anastacia and Danish companies.  

Day 6, September 21

In the morning, the Crown Princess visited PUC University to open the PW Lund seminar. Afterward, the Crown Prince joined her to attended the opening of a water seminar where Danish companies had the opportunity to meet with decision makers from Minas Gerais 'state and discuss challenges and solutions to Minas Gerais' water supply. Afterward, they visited the PW Lund Memorial, where they met with Mayor Rogerio Avelar and the crown prince, along with several other dignitaries, made speeches during the opening. 



Royal Profile: HRH Prince Noah de Nassu

Prince Noah de Nassu was born 21 September 2007, the younger of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his wife, Princess Tessy's two children. He has an older brother, Prince Gabriel, who is a little over a year and a half older. His godparents are his paternal uncle Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and his maternal aunt Patty Antony.

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. The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children.

He resides in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Tour: The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit Asia

Day 1 (September 11)

They arrived quietly without cameras present at Singapore in the mid-afternoon, Singapore time. They immediately proceeded to the Botanical Gardens where an Orchid was named after them. They attended an official dinner with the President of Singapore and his wife among other dignitaries upon their arrival {Photos}. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, reviewed the honor guard {Photos}. The future King & Queen of the United Kingdom also visited the Botanical Gardens where they had an orchid named after them {Photos}

Day 2 (September 12)

The Royal couple’s first engagement on was a visit to the Gardens by the Bay, where they first visited one of the two large glass domes – in effect, huge conservatories – at the Gardens, in which is housed an artificial rainforest mountain. The couple will be accompanied by a guide as they descend the artificial mountain on foot, who will explain the flora and fauna contained in the dome. The couple will then visit the Colonial Garden, which is outside of the dome, where they will be invited to plant a tree.

Day 3 (September 13)


Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery {Photos}. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge also delivered a speech at at Hospis Malaysia {Photos}{Video} They also attended an official dinner hosted by Malaysia's Head of State Sultan Abdul {Photos}

Day 4 (September 14)

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a tea party at the British High Commission {Photos}. They also visited an Assyakirin Mosque {Photos}


Day 5 (September 15)

Prince William and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the  Borneo Rainforest Research Center{Source} before boarding a plane for the next phase of their tour to  Honiara

Day 2 (September 16)

They arrived on the Solomon Islands, where they appeared in a parade {Video}. The future King & Queen visited the Governer-General of the Solomon Islands home, where they wore traditional island dress {Photos}.  Before leaving for the final leg of their tour, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a Women's Reception at the Leaf House, Commonwealth Youth South Pacific Centre {Photos}

Day 3 (September 17)

They participated in a call on Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office before departing for Tuvanipupu Island. The Royal pair arrived on Tuvanipupu Island, where they visited a cultural village. 

After their visit to the cultural village, they split briefly. The Duke attended a conference given for young leaders from the Commonwealth nations in the Pacific, where he gave a few brief remarks and awarded six Duke of Edinburgh gold awards to Solomon Islanders and one awardee from Vanuatu. Meanwhile, The Duchess attended a reception for Solomon Island women’s groups.

After performing their seperate duties, the future rulers of the UK rejoined one another to visit a memorial in Honiara to the Coast Watchers, who were courageous Allied and Commonwealth soldiers and Solomon Islanders who hid along the coast of the nation’s 1,000 islands to pass on intelligence about Japanese military movements during the Second World War. After paying their respects, they attended a lunch reception hosted by the Prime Minister in aid of Solomon Islands charities, including representatives of the Diamond Jubilee Trust. After the luncheon, they boarded a flight to the final leg of their tour.

The Royal couple proceeded  by boat to the island of Marapa, where they first visited a village before travelling on a traditional war canoe the short distance between Marapa and Tavanipupu. On arrival on Tavanipupu, The Duke and Duchess were met by a local musical and dance welcome, before retiring privately for the night at a resort hotel. 

Day 2 (September 18)

Their Royal Highnesses traveled back to Honiara, where they will participate in a departure ceremony at Honiara airport. The couple bid farewell to Solomon Islands and travel to Tuvalu.

The Duke and Duchess were met on their arrival at Funafuti airport by a traditional welcome, where they were  received by the Governor-General and a Guard of Honour – as befitting their status. The Duke and Duchess will be carried off their aircraft to the welcoming ceremony, where The Duke will give a speech on behalf of The Queen to her people in Tuvalu.

Following the welcoming ceremony, the Royal couple proceeded around Funafuti island, where they visited the primary school and the university campus and they  stoped to view a coconut tree planted by The Queen during her 1982 visit. The Duke and Duchess  also viewed a canoe race and watch a local ball game before finally ending up at a mocked-up traditional Tuvaluan village, where the couple will view demonstrations of traditional crafts and cooking.

In the evening, The Duke and Duchess attended a traditional dinner, hosted by the Governor-General, where Their Royal Highnesses will have a chance to sample traditional Tuvaluan food before watching a performance of local dances. The couple subsequently retired privately for the night, the first time that a Member of the Royal Family has stayed overnight on an island of Tuvalu.


Their Royal Highnesses travel back to Honiara, where they will participate in a departure ceremony at Honiara airport. The couple will bid farewell to Solomon Islands and travel to Tuvalu.

The last Royal visit to Tuvalu took place in 1982, when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled on Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia to visit this most striking and remote of nations. The Duke and Duchess feel very honoured to have been asked by Her Majesty to represent her to the people of Tuvalu on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. The Duke and Duchess will be met on their arrival at Funafuti airport by a traditional welcome, where they will be received by the Governor-General and a Guard of Honour – as befitting their status. The Duke and Duchess will be carried off their aircraft to the welcoming ceremony, where The Duke will give a speech on behalf of The Queen to her people in Tuvalu.

Following the welcoming ceremony, the Royal couple will proceed around Funafuti island, where they will visit the primary school and the university campus and they will stop to view a coconut tree planted by The Queen during her 1982 visit. The Duke and Duchess will also view a canoe race and watch a local ball game before finally ending up at a mocked-up traditional Tuvaluan village, where the couple will view demonstrations of traditional crafts and cooking.

The tour round the island will take most of the afternoon, and at various points, Their Royal Highnesses will be accompanied by local guides and dignitaries who will explain a number of issues that are pertinent to the island. Of primary concern to the Tuvaluan Government is the issue of rising sea levels and coastal erosion, which severely threaten the long-term survival of their nation. The Duke studied the effects of rising sea levels on reefs at university, and so the issue is one about which he is very passionate and is keen to learn more.

In the evening, The Duke and Duchess will attend a traditional dinner, hosted by the Governor-General, where Their Royal Highnesses will have a chance to sample traditional Tuvaluan food before watching a performance of local dances. The couple will subsequently retire privately for the night, the first time that a Member of the Royal Family has stayed overnight on an island of Tuvalu.

The following morning, following a departure ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will bid farewell to Tuvalu, and will return home to London via a brief change of aircraft in Brisbane.

Diamond Jubilee Tour: The Earl & Countess of Wessex visit Canda

Day 1 (September 11)

They arrived in Ottawa, Canada. The Earl and Countess will began their two-day visit to Ottawa at Rideau Hall, where they were hosted by Governor General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon {Source}.

That evening, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex addressed members of the Royal Victorian Order Association of Canada {Source}.

Day 2 (September 12)

The royal couple  toured the 1812 exhibition at the Canadian War Museum and then view riding demonstrations at the RCMP Musical Ride Centre {Source}.Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, arrived in Iqaluit Wednesday night. It’s the first royal visit to Iqaluit in 10 years {Source}.


Day 3 (September 13)

The Royals attended an RCMP awards ceremony at the legislative assembly{Source}. During the ceremony, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, gave out Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Long Service medals and Commander’s Commendation awards to 14 RCMP officers{Source}.
Then they took a tour of the newly rebuilt St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral and have tea{Source}.Then they attended a reception at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangiit Museum followed by a community feast at St. Jude’s Parish Hall {Source}.On Friday morning, the countess will tour the nursing program at Nunavut Arctic College{Source}.

Day 4 (September 14)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined an Elders Nature Walk and Lunch in the Sylvia Grinnell Park. The Earl of Wessex visited the Canadian Forces at Sylvia Grinnell Park.  Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended the presentation of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival {Photos}.

Day 5 (September 15)

Today, the Earl and Countess of Wessex attended to their numerous military appointments in Canada. Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a Breakfast Meeting with 8 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force before touring the facilities. The Queen's youngest son also attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of the  Royal Hamilton Light Infantry with a Trooping of the Colour ceremony at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope {Source}.
In the evening he attended  a Canadian Army Working Dinner with the Minister of National Defense.  
The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the Niagara College Teaching Winery and attend a Reception afterward in her honor {Source}.


Day 6 (September 16)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the Aboriginal Celebrations at St. Marie Among the Hurons, in Ontario, Canada. They also attended the Divine Service and Parish Reception at St. James on the Lines Anglican Church, 200 Church Street, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada.

Day 7 (September 17)

In the morning, the royal pair attended a service at St. James-on-the-Lines Anglican Church, where Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex  read Proverbs 1:20 - 33 to the congregation in the 175-year-old garrison church, while more parishioners watched the live feed in the hall across the road {Source}.

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended many events involving his role as a trustee of the International Committee for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. First he attended a Breakfast Meeting at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel for the Young Canadian's Challenge Charter for Business. After breakfast, the Prince attended a Recruiting Event at TD Bank Tower. He also attended a Young Fellows Reception at Bymark Restaurant and a Community Showcase and Reception for Young People who have reached the Gold Standard of the Award, and an International Donor Meeting  at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The Earl of Wessex was later joined by The Countess of Wessex for dinner as part of Prince Edward's role as Honorary Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Canadian's Challenge Charter for Business.

While her husband was busy with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards during the day, the Countess of Wessex didn't just lounge around! She attended a Diamond Jubilee Community Volunteer Roundtable Lunch and a 'Roots of Empathy' Event at Market Lane Primary School prior to meeting up with her husband for dinner with the people from The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Canadian's Challenge Charter for Business.

Day 8 (September 18)

The Royal pair boarded their flight home to the UK and their awaiting children.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

Marie-Chantal Claire Miller (aka HRH Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece)  was born 17 September 1968, the daughter of Ecuadorian born María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra) and Robert Warren Miller. She has two sisters, Pia-Christina, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra-Natasha, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg.

She grew  up as an American citizen, but spent much of her younger years globe trotting. She was born in England,  and spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, Switzerland and France. She graduated from high school and attended University in the US (in NYC).

She began dating Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece in the early 1990s, he proposed during a skiing holiday in 1993. They wed in 1994. Together, they have a daughter and four sons:

  1. HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, (25 July 1996)
  2. HRH Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece (named after his grandfather), (29 October 1998)
  3. HRH. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece, (12 August 2000)
  4. HRH Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece, (17 September 2004)
  5. HRH Prince Aristidis-Stavrosof Greece, (29 June 2008)



Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000. She has also written and illustrated "The Frog Prince", the first in a planned series of fairy-tales.

Marie-Chantal serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and the Animal Medical Centre. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage and the co-chair of World in Harmony

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Royal Profile: HH Princess Ragnhild of Norway, Mrs Lorentzen

Princess Ragnhild of Norway, Mrs Lorentzen was born the eldest daughter of King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden, making her the elder sister of King Harald. She was born on 9 June 1930, the first Norwegian Princess born on Norwegian soil in 629 years, the last being Princess Ingeborg of Norway in 1301.

During World War II, the Princess fled the Nazi invasion with her family, spending the wartime years in exile with her mother and siblings in Washington, DC.

In 1971, her sister-in-law, Queen Sonja gave birth to a baby girl, Princess Märtha Louise, in which Princess Raghild was named a godmother to.

As she was the great-granddaughter of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, she was also in the line of succession to the British throne, and a second cousin to Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. Princess Ragnhild's aunt (her mother's sister) became Queen Astrid of Belgium, which also made Princess Ragnhild a maternal first cousin to Baudouin of Belgium and his successor Albert II of Belgium.

Princess Ragnhild married Erling S. Lorentzen, a commoner of the Norwegian merchant upper-class, in Asker on 15 May 1953, after which the princess is titled Her Highness Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen. There was great controversy when the princess married Lorentzen, a business man and army officer who had served as her bodyguard during the War, as she was the first Norwegian Royal to marry a commoner. Soon after the couple's wedding, it was announced that the flag of Norway would no longer be flown on the princess's birthday (9 June). The couple moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where her husband has substantial business holdings, originally as a temporary residence, but they eventually settled there, and remained her in until her death in 2012. Together, they have three children and six grandchildren:
  1. Haakon Lorentzen (1954)
    1. Olav Alexander Lorentzen (1985)
    2. Christian Frederik Lorentzen (May 1988)
    3. Sophia Anne Lorentzen (1994)
  2. Ingeborg Lorentzen (1957)
    1. Victoria Ragna Lorentzen Ribeiro (December 1988)
  3. Ragnhild Alexandra Lorentzen (1968)
    1. Alexandra Lorentzen Long (2007)
    2. Elizabeth Lorentzen Long (2011)
As a member of the extended Norwegian royal family, Princess Ragnhild carried out no official state duties, but did attend family events such as royal weddings.  A staunch conservative, Princess Ragnhild publicly criticized her niece and nephew, Princess Märtha Louise and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, for their choice of spouses, on TV 2, a Norwegian television network, in 2004. Princess Ragnhild was also Patron of the Norwegian Organisation for the Hearing Impaired.

Throughout her life, Princess Ragnhild has had numerous honors bestoyed upon her. Some of these honors include: a 540 000 km² area in Antarctica is named Princess Ragnhild Coast and The Jahre Line (later Color Line) cruiseferry MS Prinsesse Ragnhild.  She also held numerous honors from Norway, Brazil, The Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, two daughters and son, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, four granddaughters (ranging in ages from a year to 18 years of age), two grandsons (ages 27 & 24), an older sister, a brother-in-law, an older brother, a sister-in-law, four nieces, three nephews,  a stepnephew, six great nieces, four great nephews, three nephews-in-law and two nieces in law.

The Recap of the Royals You Love: September 10-16

Belgium

-Queen Paola celebrated her 75th birthday on Tuesday.

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort hosted a luncheon for the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, and his partner, Ms. Daniela Schadt on Tuesday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Fredrick attended the opening of the Vestvolden Oplevelsescenter, Ejbybunkeren (Vestvolden Science Center, Ejby bunker) on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary visited Malta to participate in the 62nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe on Monday {Source}


Great Britain


-Prince Willaim, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge arrived quietly without cameras present at Singapore in the mid-afternoon, Singapore time. They immediately proceeded to the Botanical Gardens where an Orchid was named after them. They attended an official dinner with the President of Singapore and his wife among other dignitaries upon their arrival {Photos}. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, reviewed the honor guard {Photos}. The future King & Queen of the United Kingdom also visited the Botanical Gardens where they had an orchid named after them {Photos}.

-Prince Harry celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  arrived in Ottawa, Canada on Monday. The Earl and Countess will began their two-day visit to Ottawa at Rideau Hall, where they were hosted by Governor General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon {Source}. That evening, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex addressed members of the Royal Victorian Order Association of Canada {Source}. On Tuesday, the royal couple  toured the 1812 exhibition at the Canadian War Museum and then view riding demonstrations at the RCMP Musical Ride Centre {Source}{Source}.

Japan

-Princess Akishino celebrated her  46th birthday on Tuesday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri held an audience at the Palais Grand-Ducal with students who excelled in their"... examinations of studies of classical secondary and technical secondary education during the 2011/2012 school year." on Tuesday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II received lettres de créance from Ambassadors from the Republics of Moldova, Malta, and Albania on Monday {Source}and attended the 100th anniversary of the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) {Source}. On Saturday, he attended a screening of To Catch a Thief {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the inauguration of the new Conseil National building in Monaco on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the  Opening of The 26th Antique & Arts Biennale on Thursday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the premiere of Homeland  on Thursday {Source}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix was presented with credentials from various ambassadors from Luxembourg, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje met with members of the Nationale Jeugd Waterschapsbestuur (National Youth Water Board) on Tuesday. On Thursday, he visited the Vencomatic company in Eersel {Photos}{Photos}. On Friday, he  attended the opening of the "... 14th International Film Festival 'Film by the Sea'..."{Source} {Photos}.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima participated in the opening of the Dunea water company's new visitor center on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane took part in a photo session by their father for a series of stamps {Source}

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon held an audience with South Korean President, Mr. Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of the 2012 Åpnet Farlig Avfall (Dangerous/Hazardous Waste) conference in Tønsberg. The conference focuses on the "... dangers of hazardous waste to the environment ..." and to raise awareness as well as to find solutions on Tuesday {Photos}. On Saturday, she took part in the christening of  new supply ship and took a guided tour afterwards {Source}{Video}

-Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen died on Sunday after a brief illness at the age of 82 {Source}.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I held an audience  at the Palacio de La Zarzuela with the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Eduardo Torres-Dulce on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he presented the XXIII Premio FIES de Periodismo (journalism prize) to writer and columnist, Mr.Juan Manuel de Prada {Photos}.

-Queen Sofia was at the Biblioteca Nacional España in Madrid to attend the opening of an exhibition by the late photographer, Mr. Juan Gyenes, entitled, Gyenes: Maestro Fotógrafo on Thursday{Source}.

-Felipe, The Prince of Asturias attended the opening of the XV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Española de Americanistas (AEA) held at the University of Deusto in Bilbao on Wednesday {Photos}{Source}. On Friday, he attended the opening of the 2012 Global Alumni Forum organized by the Instituto de Empresa Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I{Video}

-Letizia, The Princess of Asturias toured an exhibition "... organized by National Heritage Board on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the workshop schools and national heritage employment..." on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future Queen of Spain attended the V of Life and the 2012 Aid for Cancer Research Awards in Córdoba, Spain{Photos}.On Saturday, she celebrated her 40th birthday.

Sweden

-Prince Daniel celebrated his 39th birthday on Saturday.

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...