Saturday, August 31, 2013

Royal Profile: Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan was born 31 August 1970 as Rania  al Yassin and the daughter of two Palestinians form Tulkarm. During her youth, she attended schools in Kuwait and Turkey, earning a degree in Business Adminstration. After graduation, she worked for marketing departments for various international banks and computer companies {Source}.

In January 1993, she met her future husband and then Crown Prince of Jordan at a dinner party, and after a brief courtship and engagement, they were married in June 1999{Source}. Their first child was born a year later in June 1999, followed by baby # 2 two years later, and two more children after that in 2000 and 2004{Source}.

She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity.”{Source}. For this reason, she keeps active within the Jordanian and global community. She is often visiting remote villages in Jordan in order to help them improve their livelihoods and prospects of Jordan{Source}. She encourages a national educational system, community empowerment, health care, Youth involvement, diversity (cross-cultural dialouge)

In addition to her efforts as Queen of Jordan, she also enjoys water skiing, running and cycling{Source}. Queen Rania is also active in various social media , especially Youtube, Facebook and Twitter (click the link to go to her pages).

Friday, August 30, 2013

Royal Profile: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Greece was born Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark, the third child of King Fredrick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on 30 August 1946 {Source}. She has two older sisters, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}.

Her godparents were: 
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Prince Bertil of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • King Haakon VII of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Geogre of Greece (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Dagmar of Denmark (paternal great-aunt)
  • Queen Mary of the United Kingdom


The young princes attended schools in Denmark, and Switzerland. She began attending Zahle's School in 1952 until 1961{Source}. From 1962-1963, she attended the Chatelard School for Girls{Source}. In 1963-1964, she attended  the Institut Le Mesnil {Source}.

She met her double third cousin who would later become her husband when she was 13 during a State Visit from Greece to Denmark{Source}. They met again two years later, where Constantine declared his intentions to marry Anne-Marie{Source}. They met a third time in 1962, during the wedding of Princess Sophia of Greece to King Juan Carlos of Spain, which Anne-Marie was a bridesmaid, and Constantine was a brother-of-the bride {Source}  They met a fourth time during the centenary of the Greek Monarchy in 1963{Source}. In March 1964, her potential future father-in-law died, leaving her potential suitor to be King of the Hellenes{Source}. Four months later in July 1964, their engagement was announced, and they were wed in a ceremony on 18 September (two weeks after Anne-Marie's 18th birthday){Source}. During her tenure as Queen of the Hellenes, she worked for countless charitable efforts.

In 1967, her husband was forced to flee Greece for Italy{Source}. In 1973, they continued their exile, settling in England with their children{Source}.

Today, she has a large family, three sons, a son in law,  two daughter-in-laws, two daughters,and several grandchildren, who are{Source}:

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark, was born 26 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezula but raised primarily in Europe by her mother and stepfather {Source} Tatiana's biological father died when she was six, and she has an older brother {Source}.

She studied at Georgetown University, recieving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}. After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department  as an event planner for fashion designer  Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}. Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 to focus on her wedding plans {Source}. She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}. They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}

Since her marriage, she has made numerous public appearances.  She has attended numerous royal weddings including Crown Princess Victoria's, Prince William's, Princess Nathalie's and Princess Madeleine's, numerous Fashion Week Events, Royal Christenings including the Danish Twins.

Royal Profile: Prince Nikolai of Denmark

His Highness Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 28 August 1999, the elder of the two sons of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg{Source}. His is the oldest of Queen Margarethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort's grandchildren{Source}. 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{Source}. His siblings are Prince Felix,Prince Henrik, and Princess Athena{Source}.

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:
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 attends the Krebs School with his brother. On 18 May 2013, he was confirmed as a member of the Danish church {Source}

Monday, August 26, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, The Duke of Gloucester  was born 26 August 1944, the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. He is the youngest grandchild of King George V and a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth {Source}.

It was not anticipated that he would become the Duke of Gloucester as his elder brother Prince William of Gloucester stood in front of him for the role{Source}. However, when his brother was killed in a flying accident on 28 August 1972, that changed {Source}. He succeeded his father in the role of Duke of Gloucester in June 1974 {Source}.

Although distantly in line for the throne, he began taking on a public duty very early on in life. At four months old, he accompanied his parents to Australia while his father served as Australia's Governor General from 1945-1947 {Source}.

His education began as most royals did during that time, at home  {Source}. He then attended The Wellesley House, before attending Eton College {Source}. In 1963, he began to attend The University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, studying architecture  {Source}. He completed three of five years of his studies before joining what was then known as Offices Development Group of the Ministry of Public Building and Works for a year's worth of practicum  {Source}. He returned to Cambridge in 1967, and finished the last two years of his studies, passing all the necessary exams in 1969  {Source}. After completing his training, he began to go into practice as a partner in a London architecture firm  {Source}. 

Given the likelihood of him ever succeeding the throne or Dukedom, he planned on pursuing a full-time career as an architect,  but with the death of  his brother, he became his father's heir and his royal duty workload increased{Source}. Therefore, he resigned his partnership and aspirations to be a full-time architect{Source}. 

In February 1972, his engagement to Birgitte van Deurs was announced {Source}, they were married five months later on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church {Source}. Together, they have three children, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and a stepgrandson:
  • Alexander Windsor,The Earl of Ulster--->Married Claire. The Countess of Ulster in Sept. 2001
    • Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
    • Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
  • Lady Davina Lewis--->Married Gary Lewis in July 2004
  • Lady Rose Gilman--->Married George Gilman in July 2008
    • Lyla Gilman (2010)
    • Rufus Gilman (2012)
None of his children or grandchildren carry out official duties, but do make appearances at royal family events and are all in line for the British throne.

The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests and can be grouped under the following themes{Source}:
  1. International humanitarian issues; these can be sub-divided into (a) international development and (b) disaster prevention and relief
  2. Health issues
  3. Social welfare, community and youth development 
  4. Environmental issues and climate change
  5. Social sciences and technology
  6. Culture and the arts
  7. Heritage and the built environment
  8. Military veterans and the disabled community
  9. Armed forces




Royal Profile: Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard 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 at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium{Source}. She is currently seventh in line to the Belgian throne after her four cousins, mother and elder brother. She has one older brother, Prince Amedeo (b. 1986), one younger brother, Joachim and two younger sisters: Princess Luisa Maria and Princess Laetitia Maria  {Source}.

 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{Source}.

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

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 {Source}. All of the students managed to escape before the bus burst into flames {Source}. The princess was unharmed but was taken to the hospital for observation and released to her parents after a few hours {Source}.

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

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 19-25

Belgium

-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 10th birthday on Tuesday.

Germany

-Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg celebrated her 41st birthday on Thursday.

Great Britian

-Gary Lewis celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday.

Jordan

-Queen Noor celebrated her 62nd birthday on Friday.

Monaco


-K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday.

-Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste celebrated his 10th birthday on Saturday.

Morocco

-King Mohammed VI celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

 -Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 40th birthday on Monday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos attended the XXXV edition Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on Thursday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia visited Örebro County on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, they visited Västra Götaland County {Source}. On Thursday, the Royal Couple visited Värmland County {Source}

-Queen Silvia visited Ancient Day on Friday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria attended a discussion about environmental issues aboard  Götheborg and at the inauguration of South Hamnplan on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel attended the opening ceremony and during the preliminary talks of the Stockholm Digital Health Days on Wednesday {Source}

Royal Profile: Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis was born 25 August 1970, the 2nd of 4 children, with an older sister and two younger brothers, is the son of Larry Lewis & Viki Carr.

He was previously married and has a son from that relationship, Ari {Source} He married Lady Davina Lewis on 31 July 2004 at the Chapel at Kensington Palace {Source}. They met while  they were both on vacation in Bali in 2000-she was recovering from her university studies in the US, while he was on a surfing holiday {Source}. Before their wedding ceremony, thirty members of his family were treated to a London sight seeing tour by The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. After their wedding ceremony, the couple moved to New Zeland, anticipating a stay of six months-that was 9 years ago {Source}. Together, they have two children:
Like his wife, he does not carry out any official functions on behalf of the Queen. However, they are invited to family events, such as weddings (they attended THE Royal Wedding of 2011), funerals (Seen here in 2005 at Princess Alice's funeral), and other low-key events such as the Gatcombe Horse Trials (2012). In 2005, they were invited to attend   the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks {Source}. Other than this, they tend to live fairly normal lives.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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{Source}. 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{Source}. 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 8ème, this is equal to the 4th 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{Source}. 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 Monégasque throne but that they would be taken care of financially{Source}. They are also an heir to Prince Albert's personal fortune, estimated at more than one billion dollars{Source}. 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.

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{Source}. In addition to being a 1st cousin once removed of the present reigning 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 {Source}.

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{Source}.

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

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

He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resides with his wife Donatella, and four daughters: 13-year-old Christine, 11-year-old Alexia, 6-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.

Since we last saw him and his family in 2011 during the National Day ceremonies, he and his wife have since moved their family to South Africa-likely a move to be nearer to her extended family. However, it has come to my attention that the Knect de Massy family is back in Monaco this month, likely attending the A.S.C.O.T. Tennis Championships (which Sébastien is captain of the team)

He shares a birthday with his mother's cousin's illegitimate son, Alexandre Coste.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Queen Noor of Jordan

Queen Noor was born 23 August 1951 as Lisa Najeeb Halaby  {Source}.

She attended Princeton University as part of it's first co-educational class, earning a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1974  {Source}. After graduation, she began a career working  on international urban planning and design projects in Australia, Iran, the United States and Jordan {Source}.

Four years after graduating university, she gave up her American citizenship and converted to the Muslim religion in order to marry King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan  {Source}. Together, they have 2 sons and 2 daughters, as well as 4 children-in-law and 5 granddaughters:
  • Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)-->married secondly to Princess Basma Bani-Ahmad
    • Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007, from his 1st wife)
    • Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012, from his second wife)
  • Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1981)--->married Princess Fahdah
    • Princess Halaah bint Hashim of Jordan (2007)
    • Princess Rayet Al Noor bint Hashim of Jordan (2008)
    • Princess Fatima Al Alia bint Hashim of Jordan (2011)
  • Princess Iman bint Hussein (1983)--->married Zaid Azmi
  • Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)

In 1979, she established the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF), an organization that is focused on national and regional human security in education, conservation, sustaniable developement, humanrights and cross-cultural understanding, among many other issues {Source}.

Queen Noor has had an outspoken voice on many issues, much of which has been peace building work over the years between various nations in the mid-east {Source}. Queen Noor is active on the social networking site twitter, and you can follow her or read her tweets here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Royal Profile: Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg

Duchess Eilika Helene Jutta Clementine of Oldenburg was born 22 August 1972, the daughter of  Johann Friedrich Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp , Duke of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka to Ortenbourg {Source}. 

She married Archduke Paul of Austria in October 1997 {Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:

She resides in Hungary with her family and more than likely leads a fairly normal life.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Royal Profile:50 Facts about King Mohammed VI

  1. King Mohammed VI  was born 21 August 1963 {Source}
  2. He is the eldest son of King Hassan II and his wife Lalla Latifa Hammou{Source}
  3. He has three sisters and a brother{Source}
  4. He was educated primarily in Morocco {Source}
  5. When he was 4 years old, he began attending the Koranic School at the Royal Palace {Source}
  6. He attended to the rest of his primary education at Royal College  {Source}
  7. He earned the bacclaurate in 1981 {Source}
  8. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985{Source}
  9. His B.A. Thesis was entitled The Arabo-African Union and the Kingdom’s strategy in the international relations {Source}.
  10. He earned a First Certificate of High Studies in Political Sciences and a Second Certificate in Public Law in July 1988  {Source}
  11. He interned at the  Commission of the European Economic Communities  {Source}.
  12. In 1993, he received a doctor in law with distinction from University of Nice-Antipolis  {Source}
  13. He was a recipient of a Honoris Causa Doctorate  (honorary doctorate) from the George Washington University  in 2000 {Source}
  14. He is fluent in{Source}:
    1.  Arabic
    2. French
    3. Spanish
    4. English
  15. He is an avid sportsman{Source}
  16. From a young age, he was included in affairs of the State {Source}
  17. When he was 4 years old, he accompanied his father to an official visit to the USA {Source}
  18. At the age of 11, he went on his first official mission on his father's behalf to represent his father during the religious prayer celebrated at the Cathedral “Notre Dame de Paris”, in the memory of the French President, Georges Pompidou{Source}.
  19. In 1989, he again represented his father at the funeral of Emperor Hiro Hito of Japan {Source}.
  20. He has attended numerous summits over the years {Source}
  21. Over the years, he has presided over numerous events, meetings and commissions in Morocco, The USA, and France{Source}
  22. While he was Crown Prince, his father appointed him to the following positions and committees{Source}:
    1. Chairman of the Organizing Committee of IXth Mediterranean Games in Casablanca (March 18th, 1982).
    2. Chairman of the Commission charged of the Organization of Pan-Arab games VI (April 11th, 1985).
    3. Coordinator of offices and services of General Military Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (November 26th, 1985).
    4. He has also been promoted by His Majesty King Hassan II, to the rank of Divisional General, July 12th, 1994.
  23. He became King of Morocco on 23 July 1999, after the death of his father {Source}.
  24. He is president of numerous organizations including {Source}:
    1. Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity
    2. Mohammed VI Foundation for the rehabilitation of prisoners and inmates of the rescue centers for children
  25. King Mohammed VI presents his support for the work of civil society organizations. It is, indeed, the Honorary President of a large number of active associations in various areas of socio-economic development {Source}.
  26. Over the years, he has "collected" numerous national honors from several countries including {Source}:
    1. France
    2. Spain
    3. Italy
    4. Belgium
    5. Tunisia
    6. Mauritania
    7. Libya
    8. Egypt
    9. Jordan
    10. Kuwait
    11. Qatar
    12. Bahrain
    13. Syria
    14. Lebanon
    15. Senegal
    16. Cameroon
    17. Mali
    18. Gabon
    19. Niger
    20. Burkina Faso
    21. Brazil
    22. Peru
    23. Chile
    24. Argentina
    25. Mexico
    26. Dominican Republic
  27. He has also been a recipient of  {Source}:
    1. Trophy of the International Association against Violence in Sport (IAAVS)
    2. Gold medals awarded by the sports magazine (French-English) "African champion" for the years 1988-1989.
    3. Prices for "Grenada 1999" Medal of Honor by the group of radio stations of the chain "SER"...
    4. Medal of high merit of South-American football Confederation.
    5. U.S. Foundation Award "Helen Keller" who works in the social field, particularly in the fight against blindness.
    6. Medals of the Spanish Senate and Congress.
    7. Abderrahmane first prize, awarded by the Spanish city Almunecar to the personalities contributing significantly to strengthening the relations between the Arab world and Europe.
    8. Logo of ISESCO.
    9. High cordon of Abu Bakr Seddik, the highest distinction of the organization of the red crescent and red cross Arab associations.
  28. He married Salma Bennani in March 2002{Source}
  29. Together, they have two children:
    1. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (2003)
    2. Princess Lalla Khadija (2007)
  30. Like his father did for him, King Mohammed VI's son often accompanies him on royal duties, including during state visits from France & Spain.
  31. When child and wife-less King Mohammed VI took over the throne in 1999, he named his brother as Crown Prince.
  32. However, with his marriage and subsequent birth of his own son, he has since relinquished his brother of the title Crown Prince in his son's favor.
  33. He named his son Crown Prince officially on 8 May 2003 {Source}
  34. He named his son after his father{Source}
  35. For his daughter's birth, he released prisioners with a pardon {Source}
  36. As of October 2012, he is one of the richest heads of state {Source}
  37. He is said to be worth $2.5 BILLION (20,918,625 MAD) {Source}
  38. Recently, he regretted pardoning a Spanish Pedeophile, so he un-did the pardon {Source}
  39. He is Morocco’s third king since the country won independence from France in 1956 {Source}
  40. When Mohammed VI became king in 1999, there was some hope that he would distance himself from his father’s more showy megalomania. He hasn’t.{Source}
  41. He recently celebrated the 14th year of his enthronement {Source}
  42. He also recently lost 16 Royal Guards in a bus crash {Source}.
  43. He announced soon after the above accident that he would cover all medical and funeral costs of his former guards {Source}.
  44. On the occasion of the Revolution of the King and People recently, he pardoned 357 {Source}
  45. Royal pardon is customary in the North African Kingdom to mark national and religious holidays  {Source}
  46. He is a High Patron of  Arabian Horse Breeders Alliance {Source}
  47. Recently met The Rev. Jesse Jackson {Source}
  48. Recently met with King Juan Carlos of Spain {Source}
  49. Recently been invited for a US State Visit by President Obama {Source}
  50. A bunch of Moroccan Youths recently rebeled against one of his customs on Facebook {Source}

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Gabriel of Belgium


  1. Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003{Source}
  2. He is the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}
  3. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:
    1. The Duchess of Brabant(2001)
    2. Prince  Emmanuel (2005)
    3. Princess Eléonore (2008)
  4. His godparents are{Source}:
    1. Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
    2. Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)
  5. Education:
    1. Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (2005-Present)
  6. He was named:
    1. Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
    2. Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
    3. Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
    4. Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
  7. He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant
  8. He likely speaks Dutch, French and German.
  9. He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II  & Queen Paola.
  10. He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Royal Profile:40 Facts about Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

  1. Crown Princess Mette-Marit was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{Source}.
  2. Her parents divorced {Source}
  3. Her parents have both since remarried {Source}
  4. She has a sister, and two older brothers{Source}
  5. When her mother remarried in 1994, she gained at least a stepbrother.
  6. The Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994{Source}.
  7. During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia{Source}.
  8. Later the Crown Princess attended Bjørknes Private School {Source}.
  9.  In 1997 she took Examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College{Source}. 
  10. In 2000-2002 she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo{Source}.
  11. In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis{Source}. 
  12. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues{Source}.
  13. In autumn 2008, the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012{Source}.
  14. The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues randing from social inclusion, mental health, young leadership, global health issues, entrepreneurship and environmental issues being some of them{Source}. 
  15. Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations{Source}.
  16. Through the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Foundation, the Crown Princess contributes to projects supporting young people at risk. On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, culture, architecture and design{Source}.
  17. Since 2001, the Crown Princess she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work{Source}. 
  18. In April 2006 she was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. In this capacity she has traveled to Nicaragua, Ukraine and Mali, and on several occasions led the Norwegian delegations to the biennial International AIDS conference{Source}. 
  19. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response {Source}.
  20. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum {Source}.
  21. In 2012 she became a member of the international Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community{Source}.
  22. The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities, physical exercise and literature{Source}.
  23. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities{Source}.
  24. Her engagement to Crown Prince Haakon was announced on 1 December 2000{Source}. 
  25. She was married to Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. 
  26. She keeps an active presence on Twitter {Follow Her}
  27. She speaks fluent English & Norwegian at the very least.
  28. In 2012, she traveled to India to care for twins who were born to a surrogate mother of a gay palace employee who had been unable to get a travel visa to India {Source}
  29. In the 2011 Norway shooting, her stepbrother was killed {Source
  30. The Crown Princess did not attend his funeral {Source}. No official reason for her not attending was given, but it's likely due to not wanting to make one loss bigger than the others. The Crown Princess did however attend a memorial service for ALL of the victims.
  31. She is a patron of{Source}:
    1. The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
    2. Amandus Film Festival
    3. Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
    4. Risør Festival of Chamber Music
    5. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
    6. The Norwegian Design Council
    7. The Norwegian Red Cross
    8. The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
    9. Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
    10. Oslo International Church Music Festival
  32. She is known for a fear of flying {Source}.
  33. In February 2012, she and Crown Prince Haakon were forced to evacuate their commercial flight when it ran into mechanical trouble  {Source}.
  34. She is good friends with other Scandinavian Crown Princesses-Mary & Victoria.
  35. Her family's dog, Milly Kako recent gave birth to five puppies.
  36. She is godmother to:
    1. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
    2. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
    3. Emma Tallulah Behn (2008) (her niece by marriage)
  37. She has three children:
    1. Marius Borg Høiby (1997)
    2. HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    3. HH Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
  38. Due to the Succession Act of Succession of 1990, her daughter (and oldest child) will one day be Crown Princess and eventually Queen regent of Norway.
  39. She has been a recipient of orders and decorations from {Source}:
    1. Austria
    2. Brazil
    3. Bulgaria
    4. Estonia
    5. Finland
    6. Italy
    7. Japan
    8. Lithuania
    9. Luxembourg
    10. The Netherlands
    11. Norway
    12. Poland
    13. Portugal
    14. Spain
    15. Sweden
  40. In May 2013, she gave a speech at the The 2013 Impact Awards {Source}

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 12-18

Denmark

-Princess Isabella started her first day of school at Tranegard school on Tuesday {photos}

-Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended the launch of the new Nydambåd. Nydam yard, Sottrupskov 15, Sønderborg on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Marie visited the H.C. Andersen Børnehospital {Source} and the Espergærde Skole {Source}on Tuesday.

-Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 10th birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh presented the Royal Medals of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Monday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal celebrated her 63rd birthday on Thursday.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Anglesey Agricultural Show on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Lady Fredrick Windsor gave birth to her first child on Wednesday {Source}. Lady Fredrick and Lord Fredrick named their daughter Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor {Source}. Miss Maud Windsor presently holds the 42nd spot in line for the British throne, but does not hold a title as her father's "Lord" title is out of courtesy, however on the unlikely chance her father inherits the dukedom of Kent (of which his father, and several cousins precede him to succeed to, so the likely hood of this is unrealistic), she would be styled as her aunt presently is-The Lady Maud Windsor. However, if her parents choose to have more children, and have a son, this fictitious son would not displace her in line for the British throne, she will also move down once the new rules go into effect and the previously displaced Catholics regain their succession rights (one of which includes Miss Maud's grandpa!) and once Baby Tindall is born in 2013.

-Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Windsor was born at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre on Wednesday {Source}. She presently occupies the 42nd spot in the line of succession. As the present law stands, because she was born stateside to foreign parents, Miss Maud is technically eligible for US citizenship under the 14th amendment, in addition to British citizenship by descent.

Greece

-Prince Achileas-Andreas celebrated his 13th birthday on Monday.

Italy

-Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 7th birthday on Friday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Ariane, Princess Alexia, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien,Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir, Countess Leonore, Princess Mabel, Countess Luana, Countess Zaria, Princess Irene, Princess Christina, Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the funeral of Prince Fiso on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Friso died from complications of the 2012 skiing accident on Monday {Source}. His funeral service took place on Friday {Photos}

Spain

-Queen Sofia visited the offices of the Joana Barceló Foundation on the island of Mallorca on Monday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, she presided over the  5th edition of Menorca Illa del Rei Forum{Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the inauguration of Paraguay's newly elected President on Wednesday {Photos}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia paid a visit to Västernorrland as part of the King's 40th Anniversary on the throne on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the Royal Swedish couple visited Norrbotten  as part of the King's 40th Anniversary on the throne{Source}

-Prince Daniel visited Ockelbolägret (Ockelbo camp) on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. The future Prince Consort began a 2-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday, returning to Sweden Friday{Source}

Friday, August 16, 2013

Royal Profile: Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 16 August 2003 in Denmark, the daughter of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Princess Alexandra  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. She has one older brother, Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth{Source}.

She was christened in Germany in December 2003, with the following as her godparents {Source}:
She is named for:
  • Ingrid: For her maternal great-grandmother Queen Ingrid of Denmark
  • Alexandra: For her mother, Princess Alexandra  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • Irma: no idea (an educated guess: her paternal great grandmother?)
  • Astrid: her paternal grandmother
  • Benedikte: Her maternal grandmother


She is not a member of the Danish Royal Family, does not perform any official duties nor is in line for the throne due to her mother not being raised in Denmark per her great-grandfather's requirements. However, she is distantly in line for the British throne and related to most of Europe's present monarchs. She resides in Paris with her mother, father and brother.  She likely speaks French, Danish and German.

She does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013, she is the one in the white dress with the blue dots) and official family events (such as the christening of her 2nd cousin Prince Henrik and wedding of her maternal aunt and godmother), but other than that she does not perform any official duties or functions for the Danish monarchy and little is known about her.

Royal Profile: Princess Luisa of Savoy

Princess Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria of Savoy is the younger of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and was born 16 August 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland{Source}. She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Vittoria, who was born in 2003 {Source}.


I imagine the family is living a relatively normal life in either France or Switzerland, where she likely goes to school. I also imagine that with a French mother and Italian father, she speaks at least both French and Italian.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Royal Profile: The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal

The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal was born 15 August 1950, the second child and only daughter of The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II {Source}. She has three brothers, one older and two younger{Source}:
In October 1950 at two months old, she was baptized Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor {Source}, with the following as godparents:

  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 was named:
  • Anne: likely a name her parents liked
  • Elizabeth: For her maternal grandmother (and godmother) and mother
  • Alice: For her paternal grandmother
  • Louise: for her great-great-great aunt, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Her schooling began in a small class with her brother at Buckingham Palace, shortly after her mother succeeded the throne{Source}. At the age of 12, she spent time privately being educated in France {Source}, before she attended Benenden School, Kent {Source}.

She was engaged with Lieutenant (later Captain) Mark Phillips of The Queen's Dragoon Guards was on 29 May 1973, and they were married in Westminster Abbey on 14 November 1973 {Source}. They were divorced in 1992{Source}. She remarried in December 1992 to Commander Timothy Laurence, Royal Navy (now Vice Admiral Laurence), at a private ceremony at Crathie Church, near Balmoral Castle in Scotland {Source}.
The Princess Anne has two children, two children in law, two granddaughters and a grandchild due in 2014, all related to her first marriage {Source}:
Four months after her first marriage, there was an unsuccessful abduction attempt made for her  {Source}. She and her husband had been headed back to Buckingham Palace after attending a charity event when the event took place  {Source}. Her Royal Protection Officers sprung into action, and one was shot and wounded trying to prevent the abduction  {Source}, for his heroic efforts, he was awarded the George Cross  {Source}.

Traditionally, the eldest daughter of the monarch is awarded the title The Princess Royal, as the eldest son is The Prince of Wales, but there may be only one holder of the title The Princess Royal at a time. At the time of her mother's succession, The Princess Anne's great-aunt The Princess Mary, Princess Royal ,Countess of Harewood, was holding the title, but The Princess Mary died in 1965. Twenty-two years after the death of her great-aunt, her mother decided that The Princess Anne deserved the title, she was awarded the title in June 1987  {Source}. From June 1987 to 1992, she has been known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs Mark Phillips. Today, she is known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs. Timothy Laurence. Prior to her marriages and receiving the title Princess Royal, she had been known as Princess Anne of Edinburgh (before her mother's succession) and The Princess Anne (after the succession). She is the 7th holder of the title since the title was begun by her distant relative, Charles I for his daughter Princess Mary.

At the age of 18, she began to take on solo engagements, maintaining a very busy working schedule since {Source}. She first flew her personal standard in 1969, when she opened an educational and training centre in Shropshire{Source}. Her first offiicial state visit took place in May 1969, when she accompanied her parents on a visit to Austria {Source}. She maintains a very busy schedule of meetings, patronage visits and other public appearances. She is president of several organizations, some of her most notable duties are{Source}:

  • The Save the Children Fund (President, 1970)
  • The Princess Royal's Trust for Carers, Transaid and Riders for Health
  • Transaid
  • Riders Health
  • The International Olympic Committee


She began riding horses at a young age, and like her mother, it became a great passion for her {Source}. She was a regular participant at in the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley and the Badminton Horse Trials{Source}. In 1971, she won the individual 3-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){Source}. She was also voted the BBC's Sports Personality of 1971{Source}. In 1973, she won silver during the same contest in Germany, and  was a member of the British team in the European Three-Day Event Championships in Kiev, Urkraine (then part of the USSR){Source}. In 1976, she participated in the Olympic Games, which led to her being president of the British Olympic Association for five years from 1983-1988 {Source}. In 1986, she was selected to succeed her father as president of the International Equestrian Federation (IEF), a poist which she has since relinquished{Source}. In 1988, she became one of two British members of the International Olympic Comittee{Source}. In addition to being involved with the sport, she is involved with numerous charities which provide veterinarian care, help for disabled riders (most notable is her president of Riding for the Disabled since 1969) {Source}. She wrote a book about her equestrian career and love of horses titles Riding Through My Life. Presently, the title is out of print, but you might be able to obtain a used copy via amazon.com.

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg

Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg  was born 11 December 1954 as the first child of Robert, Archduke of ...