Monday, September 30, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium

Princess Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine of Belgium, Lady Moncada  was born 30 September 1956 is the younger half-sister of King Albert II from his father's marriage to Lilian, Princess of Réthy{Source}. Princess Marie-Esméralda has two older siblings as well as two older half brothers and an older half sister:
  • Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg (1927-2005)
  • King Baudouin I of Belgium (1930-1993)
  • King Albert II of Belgium (1934)
  • Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942-2009) 
  • Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (1951)
Her godparents were her elder half-siblings, King Albert II & Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.

Princess Marie-Esméralda trained as a journalist and writes under the name Esméralda de Réthy{Source}. In 2001, the Princess teamed up with Jean-Louis Peareau to write Christian Dior: The Early Years:1947-1957 {Source}.

On 4 April 1998, she married Salvador Moncada in London {Source}. Together they have two children{Source}:
  • Alexandra Léopoldine Moncada (4 August 1998, in London)
  • Leopoldo Daniel Moncada (21 May 2001)

For the last decade or so,  Princess Marie-Esméralda seems to be on a quest keeping the memory alive of both her parents{Source}. She has participated in documentaries romancing her father King Leopold III and her mother, the Princess of Réthy{Source}. She has published two books dedicated to her father, Léopold III, mon père and Léopold III photographe{Source}. She is the president of the Fonds Léopold III pour l'Exploration et la Conservation de la Nature{Source}.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Sept 23-29, 2013

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended their ‘Joyous Entry - Blijde Intrede - Joyeuse Entree’ ceremony in Hasselt, Belgium on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they attended a concert organized by Association de la Noblesse du Royaume de Belgique{Photos} and met with former IOC Chair and his wife{Photos}. On Friday, they spent the day visiting the city of Antwerp for a one-day visit {Photos}.

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary christened the new A.P. Møller-Mærsk’s new container ship the  Majestic Mærsk on Wednesday {Photos}{Source}
The future Queen of Denmark was accompanied by her husband Crown Prince Fredrik.

-Princess Marie presented the 2013 Innovation Storm Prizes to five Danish companies on Wednesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay officially opened the new Maggie’s Centre on Monday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge announced the date of the christening for their son, Prince George of Cambridge on Friday {Source}
The Christening will take place 27 October 2013 at St. James Chapel and will be a private affair

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex officially opened the  St. Catherine’s Health Centre, Liverpool Central Library and Wigan University Technical College on Monday {Source}{Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex continued her official visit to Qatar this week. Check back soon for a full recap.

-Prince Harry attended a reception for Mapaction on Thursday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended the re-opening and 60th birthday celebrations of the Zara Stroud Maternity Unit on Friday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited the Attenborough Nature Reserve to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on Monday {Photos}

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako attended a ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Youth Development Exchange Program on Thursday {Video}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II addressed the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Rania attended a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) meeting and a semniar entitled Education Cannot Wait on Monday {Source}.On Wednesday, she attended the Clinton Global Initiative's Citizen Awards Dinner {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended a reception where she received the  Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award {Photo}

-Princess Salma
 celebrated her 13th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Iman celebrated her 17th birthday on Friday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended a reception in honor of the  Fondation Kraïzbierg on Friday {Source}

-Prince Louis & Princess Tessy celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary on  Sunday

Monaco

-Prince Albert II  addressed the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene attended a dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the accession of the Principality at the UN on Tuesday {Photo}

-Princess Charlene attended Akris Fashion show during Paris Fashion week on Sunday {Source}

-Princess Caroline & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended Opera on Ice in Verona on Sunday {Source}
The pair was joined by Pierre's girlfriend, Beatrice.

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended the Monclercs new store opening party in Paris on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover participated in Opera on Ice in Verona on Sunday {Source}

-Princess Stephanie spoke on the radio show JUNGLE FIGHT on Tuesday {have a listen}

-Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet  attended a Alexis Mabile show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, Miss Ducruet attended the Barbara Bui show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Palais de Tokyo {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I attended the opening of the 17th ECCO-38th ESMO-32nd ESTRO European Cancer Congress on Friday {Source}

-Queen Maxima met with the UN Secretary General during  the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday {Photos}

Norway

-Queen Sonja officially opened the new Maggie’s Centre on Monday {Photos}

-Emma Tallulah Behn celebrated her 5th birthday on Sunday

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I held an audience with the Presidents of Chambers of Representatives and Directors of the Kingdom of Morocco{Source}. On Tuesday, Spain's reigning monarch had yet another hip surgery{Source}. Prior to his surgery, the Spanish king met with ambassadors of Lebanon, Macedonia, New Zealand, Portugal, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg, Vietnam, Finland, Qatar, United States & Malta{Source}All went well, and he spent the evening being visited by his wife, eldest daughter, son, daughter-in-law, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency.

-Queen Sofia presided over the official opening of the International Congress for Research and Innovation in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIIIEN) on Monday {Source}. On Friday and Saturday, she took part in Teacher Action Meeting 2013 {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias, Infanta Elena, Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón & Infanta Cristina visited (separately) King Juan Carlos in the hospital where he is recovering from hip surgery earlier this week on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias, Infanta Leonor,Infanta Sofia & Infanta Elena visited King Juan Carlos in the hospital on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias visited No 23 Wing Air Force Air Base on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Spanish monarch visited PSA Peugeot Citroen plant {Photos}. On Friday, he presided over the XXV Anniversary of a Royal delivering the promotion of officers {Source}

-Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon celebrated his 14th birthday on Sunday

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended a farewell audience with Sweden's ambassadors to China and Japan{Source} and opened the "Visit Djurgården Visitor Centre" on Monday{Source}

-Queen Silvia & Crown Princess Victoria attended the opening of the General Synod on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Daniel paid a visit to Polhemskolan and Lunds University to talk about the Prince Daniel Fellowship on Monday {Source}

Royal Profile:Don Juan Urdangarín y de Bórbon

Don Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon was born 29 September 1999 as the eldest of  Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín. He has three younger siblings:
Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon was christened at three months of age in December 1999 {Source}. His godparents were {Source}:
  • Infanta Elena, Duchess Lugo (his maternal aunt)
  • Mikel Urdangarin (his paternal uncle)

He was named:
  • Juan: for his great-grandfather, The Count of Barcelona & his grandfather the King
  • Valentin: for his father's great-granducle  Saint Valentín of Berriochoa, or Berriotxoa
  • Todos los Santos: of All Saints a custom amongst the Bourbons- his mother, her brother, his siblings and his cousins also bear the name.


He has had a worldly education having been educated in Spain, the United States and presently in Switzerland. He began school in 2002 in Spain at the Carlos Riba preschool. He then moved on to The French School. He moved to Washington DC in 2009, where he attended Lycée Rochambeau until the family's return to Spain in 2012{Source}. Upon the family's return to Spain, he returned to the French School. Over the summer of 2013, he relocated with his mother and siblings  to Switzerland, while their father remained in Spain to deal with his little scandal {Source}.

As a member of the Spanish Royal House (he's in line for the throne after his uncle, four cousins, aunt and mother), he occasionally will appear with the Royal Family for events. 

Royal Profile:Emma Tallulah Behn

Emma Tallulah Behn was born on 29 September 2008 the third and youngest daughter of  Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn{Source}. Her two older sisters are:



She was christened in January 2009, and her godparents included{Source}:

  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (maternal aunt)
  • Marianne Solberg Behn (paternal grandmother)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece 
  • Christian Udnæss
  • Carl Christian Christensen
  • Anbjørg Sætre Håtun
  • Sigvart Dagsland
As a granddaughter of the King of Norway, she is presently 7th in line for the Norwegian throne, and as a greatx3 granddaughter of Edward VII she is distantly in line for the British throne as well.

Prior to moving to London in 2012, Emma resided in Lommedalen, Bærum, Norway with her parents and older sisters{Source}. She likely attends the same school as her sisters in London. 

She may be young, but she has frequented several events such as Norway's National Day celebrations (2012 in Norway, 2013 in London). She has also attended her paternal great-grandmother's funeral {Photos}, The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (2011)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint Abdullah

Princess Iman bint Abdullah was born 27 September 1996, the second child and elder daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and a younger brother and sister {Source}:
Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Salma who is 4 years and a day younger. Princess Iman is apparently a keen athlete at the school.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Salma bint Abdullah was born 26 September 2000, the third child and second daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has two older siblings and a younger brother{Source}:
Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Iman who is 4 years and a day older.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 22 year old.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Sept 16-22

Austria

-Archduke Christophe, Archduchess Adelaide, Archduke Imre, Archduchess Kathleen, Archduke Alexander & Archduchess Gabriella, Archduchess Marie Christine, Countess of Limburg-Stirum and Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum attended the religious wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg to Claire Lademacher on Saturday {Photos}

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited the city of Mons in the province of Hainaut on  Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilide attended a side-event co-hosted by  UNICEF and Global Compact Belgium: 'Children's rights are everyone's business' at UNICEF House in NYC on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, Queen Mathilde participated in day two of the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects for a Better World {Photos}

-Queen Fabiola, Prince Laurent, Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este. Princess Maria-Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the religious wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg to Claire Lademacher on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Claire was named an honorary member of the Royal Federation of Surveyors Experts on Friday {Photo}

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on Sunday.


Great Britain

-The Prince Edward. The Earl of Wessex visited the Island of Jersey on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, Queen Elizabeth's "baby" presented the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards{Source}. On Tuesday, he attended a ceremony in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the presentation of the Royal Mace {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex made an official visit to India & Qatar this week. Check back for a full recap.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Peter Marke Andrew Philips, Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips, Isla Elizabeth Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended the Gatcombe Horse Trials on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York,  Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips & Tindall, Michael James Tindall attended the Boodles Boxing Charity Match Ball on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended a training session with the Walking With the Wounded Team in the cold chamber to prepare for their race to the South Pole on Tuesday {Photos}. On Saturday, he attended the wedding of his maternal cousin Alexander Fellowes {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York visited the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on Thursday {Source}
Princess Beatrice is Patron of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation 

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort welcomed Vietnam’s President & First Lady on a state visit to Denmark on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie & Princess Benedikte attended a gala dinner in honor of the Vietnam President and First Lady's state visit to Denmark on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort, Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended a gala concert in honor of the Vietnam President and First Lady's state visit to Denmark on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the 2013 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary held a luncheon with the First Lady of Vietnam and visited a Kindergarten class wit her on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, Denmark's future Queen Consort participated in the 2013 Danske Banks Pris for Social Innovation og Socialt Entreprenørskab (Danish Bank Prize for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship) {Photos}

Greece

-Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her 45th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Odysseas-Kimon celebrated his 6th birthday on Tuesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania attended part of a health open-day held by the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) at Khadeeja Um Il Mo’mineen School for Girls on Monday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stephane, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Princess Alexandra, Prince Sebestian, Prince Louis, Princess Tessy, Prince Noah de Nassu & Prince Gabriel de Nassu attended the civil wedding ceremony of Prince Felix & Claire Lademacher on Tuesday {Photos} On Saturday, they attended the religious ceremony {Photos}

-Prince Felix &Princess Claire married in a civil ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

-Noah de Nassu celebrated his 6th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Jean, Countess Diane de Nassu, Princess Sibilla, Prince Guillaume & Prince Paul-Louis attended the religious ceremony of Prince Felix & Claire Lademacher on Saturday {Photos}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Wenzeslaus,  Princess Isabelle, Princess Margaretha,  Prince Nikolaus attended the religious ceremony of Prince Felix & Claire Lademacher on Saturday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II paid a visit to fencing competitions held in the Salle Garnier of the Opera de Monte-Carlo on Monday {Photo}. On Tuesday, Monaco's sovereign prince was in Dolceacqua, Italy for a one-day official visit {Photos}. On Friday, Monaco's reigning ruler visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and attended a luncheon to announce the Camp Monaco Prize winner {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended a presentation of Venturi’s new electric vehicle on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Charlene visited 3 schools and met with faculty, staff and students on Monday {Photos}

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the religious wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg to Claire Lademacher on Saturday {Photos}
His girlfriend, Beatrice Borromeo was also in attendance, they likely know each other because all four studied at Bocconi University.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casriaghi 's latest ad campaign for GUCCI: Forever Now was released on Thursday {Source}

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 12th birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander officially open the new Paleis van Justitie (Palace of Justice) on Thursday {Source}


-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien attended Prinsjesdag 2013 on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Margriet officially opened the new building of the Gelders Archive on Friday {Source}

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit  made a three-day visit to the county of Vest-Agder on Tuesday to Thursday {Source}

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 42nd birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I presided over the opening of the  Año Judicial on Monday {Source}

-Queen Sofia innaugarated the exhibit De El Bosco a Tiziano: Arte y Maravilla en El Escorial on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen of Spain attended a ceremony in which she was presented with the national ensign {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the 2012 Premios Nacionales de Innovación y Diseño Awards on Monday {Photos}

Royal Profile:Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one younger brother, Crown Prince Haakon {Source}.

She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established  (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

She grew up along side her younger brother at their parent's Skaugum Estate, with fairly normal childhoods{Source}. The young princess  took part in several after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, taking part in a folk dancing troupe, and horse-riding {Source}. As a youngster, she attended local schools in Norway until 1990{Source}. In the autumn of 1990, the 19 year old Princess moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford{Source}. She later moved to Area UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper {Source}.  Two years later, she returned to Norway to study at  Bjørknes Privatskole before attending Oslo University College, and earning a degree in physiotherapy education{Source}. After completing her degree, she moved to The Netherlands to complete her final years of practical training, which she completed in December 1997{Source}. She qualified as a Rosen practitioner in 2000{Source}. During this time, she also persued a career as a equestrian show jumper, often competeing with Norway's National Team{Source}. She retired from show jumping completely in 2000{Source}.
On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:

In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.

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

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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 {Source}. She has one older sister,Christine, and two younger sisters, Vittoria and Andrea. She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not  a member of the Princely Family.

She attended 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 until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the Cinquième year (equal to 7th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

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. Most recently, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige){Source}, and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo {2008, being held by her father}.

Like most pre-teens and teens, she is active on social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram (do not ask me for the links.).

Royal Profile: Prince Noah de Nassau

Prince Noah de Nassu was born 21 September 2007, the younger of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and  Princess Tessy's two children{Source}. He has an older brother, Prince Gabriel, who is a little over a year and a half older{Source}. His godparents are:

  •  Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
  • Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)


Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendents, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}. . The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece

Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece was born 17 September 2004 in London as the  2nd son of  Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal {Source}. He has an older sister, two older brothers and a younger brother, all of who carry the title and style HRH Prince/ss of Greece. They are:

Like his siblings, he's grown up mostly in the US and Europe. As of right now, the family is based in London. He shares a birthday with his mother.

His christening took place in Greece the following summer after his birth {Source}. His godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • Prince Philippos of Greece (paternal uncle)
  • Princess Olga of Greece (paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Alexandra of  Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Nassos Thanopolous (Greek businessman based in England, likely a friend of his parents)
  • Arki Busson
  • Chris Thomsen


Royal Profile: 45 Facts about Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark

  1. Marie-Chantal Claire Miller (aka Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece) was born 17 September 1968 {Source}
  2. She is the daughter of  Ecuadorian born María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra) and Robert Warren Miller {Source}
  3. She is one of the famed "Miller Sisters" socialite trio{Source}
  4. She has two sisters, Pia-Christina & Alexandra-Natasha{Source}
  5. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal is a former sister in law to Christopher Ronald Getty and Alexander von Fürstenberg{Source}
  6. Her sisters have several children between them/ She is aunt to{Source}:
    1. Princess Talita Natasha  von Fürstenberg (1999) (Princess Alexandra-Natasha von Fürstenberg)
    2. Prince Tassilo Egon Maximilian  von Fürstenberg(2001) (Princess Alexandra-Natasha von Fürstenberg)
    3. Isabelle Getty (1993) (Pia-Christina Miller-Getty)
    4. Robert Maximilian Getty (1996) (Pia-Christina Miller-Getty)
    5. Conrad Getty(1998) (Pia-Christina Miller-Getty)
    6. Maximus Getty (2002) (Pia-Christina Miller-Getty)
  7. On her Husband's side, she is aunt to{Source}:
    1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002) (Princess Alexia)
    2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003) (Princess Alexia)
    3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)(Princess Alexia)
    4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007) (Princess Alexia)
  8. She grew up as an American citizen, but spent much of her youth globe trotting{Source}
  9. She gave up her American citizenship in 2011 {Source}
  10. She was born in England, and spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, Switzerland, and France{Source}.
  11. She attended Instute Le Rosey at 9 years old until she was 14 years old {Source}
  12. She finished high school at The Masters School {Source}
  13. In addition to homes in London, New York and Los Angels, they also have a weekend home in Connecticut {Source}
  14. She graduated high school and attended university in NYC, USA{Source}
  15. She attended New York University{Source}
  16. She began dating Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece in the early 1990s{Source}
  17. He proposed in 1993, during a Christmas skiing holiday {Source}
  18. She received a cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond engagement ring from the crown prince{Source}.
  19. Their wedding was planned by the famed wedding planners Lady Elizabeth Anson & Robert Isabell{Source}
  20. They wed in 1994 in London {Source}
  21. Upon her marriage, she gained the title Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark {Source}
  22. Together, they have five children, a daughter and four sons{Source}:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, (25 July 1996)
    2. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece (named after his grandfather), (29 October 1998)
    3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece, (12 August 2000)
    4. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece, (17 September 2004)
    5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece, (29 June 2008)
  23. She designs her own luxury children's clothing line for the self-titled company she founded in 2000{Source}
  24. She has also written and illustrated a book entitled The Frog Prince {Source}
  25. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal served on the board of the School of American Ballet {Source}
  26. She is also on the board of the Animal Medical Centre{Source}
  27. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage {Source}
  28. She is a  co-chair of World in Harmony{Source}
  29. She is godmother to Domino Hicks, daughter of India Hicks {Source} and her nephew, Carlos Morales y de Grecia {Source} 
  30. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal is active on her own blog, and instagram accounts.
  31. Her daughter, Princess Maria-Olympia is following in her mama's footsteps, and already doing charity work and designing accessories under her mama's line {Source}
  32. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal was named to  People's Most Beautiful List (1997){Source}
  33. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal was named to People's Best Dressed list (1998) {Source}
  34. She holds numerous orders and decorations from various countries, including Greecehttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-03/html/2011-19677.htm
  35. She was honored with the honor Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia from Greece {Source}
  36. She is the daughter-in-law of King Constantine of The Hellenes & Queen Anne Marie of Greece{Source}
  37. She is sister-in-law to{Source}:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece
    2. Prince Nikolas of Greece
    3. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark
    4. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark 
  38. She is also sister-in-law to Princess Tatiana of Greece & Carlos Morales Quintana, through their marriages in the Greek Royal Family.
  39. Recently, she attended Baroness Thatcher's funeral on her father-in-law's behalf {Source}
  40. She is the niece in law of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg 
  41. She is the cousin-in-law of:
    1. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark 
    2. Prince Joachim of Denmark
    3. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
    4. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
    5. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
    6. Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo
    7. Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma  de Mallorca
    8. Prince Felipe of Astrurias
  42. There was a Marie-Chantal boutique recently opened in Guam {Source}
  43. Recently, she and Crown Prince Pavlos attended a Vouge Party in London {Source}
  44. At 16, she was working for Andy Warhol {Source}
  45. In spite of popular belief, her father DID NOT help her finance her business endeavors {Source}

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Sept 9-15

Belgium

-King Philippe attended a special dinner & gala concert in honor of the Lithuanian Presidency of the European Union on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended ‘Joyous Entry-Blijde Intrede-Joyeuse Entree’ to present themselves to the public in the different provincial capitals on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited the exhibit  L’Europe de Rubens: 170 Oeuvres de l'Artiste, de ses Modèles et de sees Contemporains on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Paola celebrated her 76th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a gala evening of the “support Committee of the Province of Flanders for the King Baudouin Foundation” on Thursday {Source}

Denmark


-Queen Margarethe II inaugurated the Monument area in Jelling on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Margarethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort took part in King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden's 40th Jubilee celebrations on Saturday{Source}.
Queen Margarethe II is King Carl XVI Gustaf's 1st cousin, his mother and her father were brother and sister.

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the Cold Hawaii PWA Cup on Sunday {Source}

 -Crown Princess Mary  participated in the Home Guard exercise on Friday {Source}
The Crown Princess is a lieutenant in the Home Guard, and has been part of the Home Guard since 2008.

-Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday.
Count Frieddrich is the grandson of Princess Benedikte, and great-nephew of Queen Margarethe II.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended the opening of the Bentley Priory Museum on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception to honor the 21st anniversary of Duchy Originals products on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a catholic requiem mass for Hugh van Cutsem on Wednesday {Photos}
Hugh van Cutsem was the grandfather of Grace van Cutsem, who was in The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 wedding. Hugh was also a good friend of Prince Charles and father to Ed, Nick, William and Hugh van Cutsem who are childhood pals of Prince William and Prince Harry.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge announced that he will be leaving the RAF to focus on royal duties and charity work on Thursday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales took part in a trade on at the BGC Partners trading floor during the BGC Charity Day 2013 at Canary Wharf  on Wednesday {Photos}. On Saturday, the royal brothers attended the wedding of  James Meade and Lady Laura Marsham {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the 1st annual Tusk Awards on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the WellChild Awards on Wednesday {Source}. On Saturday, he celebrated his 29th birthday.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended the judging of the Giving Voice Photography Competition on Tuesday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended The Goodwood Revival Festival on Friday {Source}

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko  attended various swimming competitions on Friday {Video}

-Princess Kiko celebrated her 47th birthday on Wednesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania met with the Director General of the Arab Women’s Organization on Monday {Photo}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans-Adam II attended a catholic requiem mass for Hugh van Cutsem on Wednesday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke attended a reception for French-speaking consuls of Luxembourg from different European countries on Monday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, ,Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy participated in traditional picnic organized by Princess Antoinette Park on Friday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the inauguration of the 11th Edition of Monaco Classic Week and toured a historic boat on Friday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander met with volunteers during his visit to the Jarige Job foundation on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Maxima officially opened the Fries Museum on Friday {Source}

-Princess Beatrix opened the wind farm de Zuidlob on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Friso's memorial service was announced on Monday {Source}

Norway

-King Harald held and audience with the Oldest Norweigen Citizen on Friday {Photo}

-Crown Prince Haakon participated in Global Dignity Day on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit & Princess Ingrid Alexandra attended the he opening of the new Environment House on Friday {Photo}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the exhibit  ‘La mécanique des dessous, une histoire de la indiscrete silhouette” in Musée des Arts Décoratifs on Wednesday {Source}

Spain

-Queen Sofia attended the men's singles final match of the 2013 US Open and the the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Rights Award ceremony at United Nations headquarters on Monday {Photos} {Photos}. On Tuesday, the Spanish consort held an audience with a representation of the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid {Source}

-Princess Letizia of Astrurias met with the winners at the International Festival of Children's Communication "The Pacifier" 2013, a representation of the organizers of the program "The Benefits of Staying in School" and representatives of the Iberoamerican Federation of Down Syndromeon Wednesday {Source}{Source} {Source}On Sunday, the future Spanish Queen celebrated her 41st birthday.

-Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 13th birthday on Monday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip& Princess Madeleine attended the opening of the exhibition 40 År På Tronen: 40 År för Sverige (40 Years on the Throne: 40 years for Sweden)on Friday {Source}. 

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle,  Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine & Mr. Christopher O'Neil attended the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of King Carl XVI Gustf's reign on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson inaugurated the exhibition 40 years on the throne-40 years for Sweden on Friday {Video}

Royal Profile: Princess Letizia of Asturias


Princess Letizia of Asturias was born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano  on 15 September 1972 and is the daughter of Don Jesús Ortiz Álvarez and Dona Paloma Rocasolano Rodriguez{Source}. The future Spanish Queen has two sisters: Telma Ortiz Rocasolano ( 1973) and Érika Ortiz Rocasolano (1975-2007){Source}.

She began his studies in Oviedo, in the public school La Gesta and later at the Institute Alfonso II{Source}.  At age 14 he moved with his parents and sisters to Madrid, where she completed her school at Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu{Source}. She received a degree in Information Sciences, Journalism industry, Complutense University of Madrid{Source}. She holds a Master of Audiovisual Journalism from the Institute of Journalism Media Studies{Source}.. During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE{Source}. She was awarded the Larra Prize by the Madrid Press Association to the year's most outstanding journalist under 30{Source}.

She got engaged to Alonso Guerro Pérez after a 10-year courtship, they were civilly married in 1999, and divorced in 2000 {Source}. Her engagement to HRH The Prince of Asturias was announced on November 1, 2003{Source}. The religious ceremony was held on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena in Madrid{Source}. It was the first royal wedding in this cathedral, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993{Source}. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos{Source}. After the wedding, she moved with her new husband to his residence, a 3,150 square metres (33,900 sq ft) palace built within the Zarzuela Palace grounds{Source}. With the future King of Spain, they have two daughters{Source}:
Her primary duties are to raise her daughters and support the institutional work of the Prince of Asturias. Therefore, she takes care personally of her daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofía, and seeks to harmonize her duties as a mother and her work alongside the Prince of Asturias at certain official events. Since 2007 she has her own agenda, which takes place in the framework of the official activities of the Royal Household of His Majesty The King, and of the Secretariat of His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias. 
Her main areas of work are children and youth, and, most especially, areas related to their education and health. The world of disability is another of the Princess's interests. Throughout these years, she has provided institutional support for different groups within Spanish society, ranging from visually impaired people to those affected by hearing impairments or by autism spectrum disorders, to name only a few.
In September 2010, the Princess assumed the Honorary Presidency of the Spanish Association Against Cancer and of its Scientific Foundation. She has maintained contact with the military by attending Armed Forces Day, presenting Combat Flags to certain Units, and presiding over a Flag Oath ceremony of the Royal Guard. The future Spanish Queen supports Spanish designers, from couturiers such as Felipe Varela and Lorenzo Caprile to Zara and Mango.
In 2006, Letizia received some unfortunate attention over a 'wardrobe malfunction' (a gust of wind blew her skirt up while greeting a crowd atop the Juan Luis Galiardo Theater).
Her interests include: the cinema, the theatre, literature and sports such as ski, sailing (since her wedding to the Prince) and hunting. She hold honors from Spain, Argentina, Chile, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal and Romania.Other Honors she holds are:
  • Favourite Daughter of Oviedo (Hija Predilecta de Oviedo, 2007)
  • Adoptive Daughter of Ribadesella (Hija Adoptiva de Ribadesella, 2004)
  • 'Lazo de Dama' of the Royal Masterhood of Cavalry of Seville, 2008
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Together, they also represented Spain in other countries: the Princess has traveled along with the Prince to Jordan, Mexico, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the United States of America, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, China and Portugal. She also greeted, along with other members of the royal family, international dignitaries. Such as when the Pope visited Spain for World Youth Day 2011
Letizia also attended foreign royalty gatherings in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, for the silver wedding anniversary of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of The Prince of Orange.

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{ Source }. Her parents divorced when she was you...