Thursday, October 31, 2013

Royal Profile: Infanta Leonor Lenor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain

Infanta Leonor Lenor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz was born the eldest of two daughters of Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia  of Asturias on 31 October 2005{Source}. Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source).

According to the 1978 Spanish Constitution, if her parents fail to produce a male heir, upon her father's succession as King of Spain, she will become Princess of Austrias and later Queen of Spain{Source}. She has one younger sister, Infanta Sofia.

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guard at the Palace of El Pardo in 2007{Source}. She began attending Santa Maria de los Rosales, Arvaca in 2008, where she is presently in her 6th year at the school{Source}.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies including:

  • British: through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Leonor is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter through her grandfather. Through her grandmother, she is greatx4 granddaughter of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal.(Yes, that makes her grandparents 3rd cousins through Queen Victoria)
  • Greek:  her grandmother is King Constantine's sister, making him her great uncle
  • Denmark: She is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side 

As a member of the Spanish royal family, she takes part in a range of public activities. In August 2011, she appeared with other members of the royal family on the yacht "Somni" during the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca {Photos}. She took part in World Youth Day celebrations at the Zarzuela Palace in August 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance {Photos}. She has also attended the traditional Easter Mass in2008, 2009, 2010, 20112012 and 2013.

Royal Profile:Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón  was born 31 October 1968, the eldest of five children of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain {Source}.

She married on 12 September 1990 to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón{Source}. Together, they have three children, two boys and a daughter{Source}:
  • Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 23 September 1991)
  • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 4 May 1995)
  • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 17 January 2000)
She and José were divorced in 2012{Source}


Little is known about Simoneta and her life as she is not considered a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in spite of being a niece of King Juan Carlos. She shares a birthday with Infanta Leonor of Spain, who is her 1st cousin 1x removed.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Royal Profile:Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 in Germany, the eldest son of Prince Gustav Albrecht and Princess Margareta Fouché d'Otrante of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}.

His father was declared missing in 1945 and dead in 1969, leaving him to be raised along side his younger brother and two younger sisters by their mother, who return the family to her native Sweden. He attended the boarding schools Viggbyholm and Sigtuna. The young prince attended University of Göttingen, where he studed forest science, where he obtained a foresty diploma. He also attended some post-graduate training as Forstrferendar and obtained a second degree as an  Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service {Source}.

He has the following children and grandchildren with Princess Benedikte {Source}:

Royal Profile:Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece

Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece was born 29 October 1998 and  is the second child and eldest son of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece, which makes him a grandson of the former King and Queen of Greece{Source}. Among his godparents are{Source}:
He also has several siblings, an elder sister, and three  younger brothers{Source}:

He was born while the family was residing in New York City. 

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, he still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with his paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, he attended his new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, he participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, he was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, he was spotted among the guests at his godfather's wedding {Photos}. In 2013, he attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}.


He is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.


It is really unknown where he attended/attends school. It's likely he speaks English and Greek.


He is related to the following monarchies:

  • Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is his great-aunt.
  • Spain: Queen Sofia is his Great-Great aunt. King Juan Carlos is his 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  • Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is his 1st cousin 2x removed.
  • Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is his 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is his 1st cousin 3x removed.
  • Norway: King Harald is his 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Royal Profile: Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg

Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg {Source}. She has two sisters, a twin and a younger sister Camilla & Fedora  {Source}.

Countess Camilla was married in 1995, and has four children {Source}:

  • Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg (1997) 
  • Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (2000) 
  • Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (2005) 
  • Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (2008)

Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy.  Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral  in May 2013 {Photos}.

Royal Profile:Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg

Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg {Source}. She has two sisters, a twin and a younger sister Camilla & Fedora  {Source}.

Countess Josephine was married on 3 October 1998 to Thomas Christian Schmidt  {Source}. Together they have two children  {Source}:


  • Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (2001)
  • Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (2004)


Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy.  Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral  in May 2013 {Photos}.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg  was born Tessy Antony on 28 October 1985{Source}. She attended a technical high school in Pétange, Luxembourg, prior to following her brother's footsteps and joining the army.

With her career in the Luxembourg Army, she has participated in missions in Yugoslavia and Kosovo. During her mission in Yugoslavia, she met Prince Louis, who was there visiting the Luxembourg troops.

She and Prince Louis were married on 29 September 2006{Source}. Upon their marriage, the prince gave up his succession rights and those of their son Gabriel, and any of the couple's future children, although Prince Louis retains his title of Prince of Luxembourg and the style of Royal Highness while his and Antony's sons were initially given the surname de Nassau with no titles{Source}. On Luxembourg's National Day 2009, Ms. Antony and her two sons were given titles by the Grand Duke{Source}. Her title was Her Royal Highness Princess of Luxembourg, while her sons (and any subsequent children) would be His/Her Royal Highness Prince/ss de Nassu {Source}
Together, they have two sons:
Princess Tessy and her sons were granted the title Prince/ss of Luxembourg during the 2009 National day celebrations. Prior to this, they were Prince/ss de Nassu.

Royal Profile: Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein was born 28 October 1967, the eldest of 5 daughters of Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, and Swedish Countess Elisabeth Dougla{Source}. She grew up in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany in Schloss Romgberg{Source}.


She attended Girls' Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstadt, before moving on the the Girls' Secondard Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggeries{Source}. After completing her primary education, she studied English language and literature at the Catholic University in Eichstätt{Source}.


She married Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein in 19993{Source}. Together, they have four children{Source}:


In early 2006, she founded a foundation titled, Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung für Frau und Kind (Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child){Source}. The goal of her foundation is to give women, who unintentionally became pregnant a more positive life perspective for themselves and their child{Source}.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Oct 21-27, 2013

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended "Joyous Entry" in Brugges, Belgium (GORGEOUS city...been there. :)) on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant celebrated her 12th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este visited the bridge of the new South African Antarctic research ship, the SASAgulhas II during a visit to the ship in Cape Townharbour on Friday {Photos}

Denmark

-Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary began their official visit to Sydney with a tour of the Opera House on Thursday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended the christening of Prince George of Cambridge on Wednesday{Photos}.
Also present were Prince George's maternal grandparents, aunt and uncle and nanny. Among his godparents were:
-Zara Philips Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
-Emilia Jardine-Paterson (friend of his mothers)
-The Hon. Julia Samuel(friend of his grandmothers)
-Oliver Baker (University friend of his parents)
-Jamie Lowether-Pinkerton (former aide to his parents)
-Hugh Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father's)
-William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father's)

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a reception for The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended an audience with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended to a four-day official visit to Canada starting on Wednesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the NSPCC Service Centre on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince William, The a Duke of Cambridge attended The Football Association’s 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince George of Cambridge was christened on Wednesday.

-Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster celebrated his 39th birthday on Thursday. 

German

-Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover celebrated her 76th birthday on Wednesday.
Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover is not to be confused with her great-niece with the same name, Princess Alexandra of Hanover.

Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess  attended an audience with Pope Francis I on Thursday {Video}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the opening of the Grace Kelly: Style Icon, From Philadelphia to Monaco on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 'Promenades d'amateurs' exhibition at the 'New National Museum' on Tuesday {Photos}

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended a French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) vs Lyon (OL) on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}
He was joined by girlfriend Beatrice and his sister's boyfriend Gad.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I recieved members of the Governing Board of the Institute of Spain on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish King held an audience with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco  {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attneded the Prince of Asturias Awards on Friday {Source}

-Queen Sofia attended the opening of the new store Food Bank Foundation of Madrid on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she presided over the Master Action Award 2013 {Source}. On Wednesday, the Spanish Queen attended a presentation of the "Children's Rights and Business Principles" {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended an audience with recepients of the 2013 Prince of Asturias on Thursday and Friday {Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias held an audience with the Early Childhood Center & elementary Bilingual {Source}, attended an audience in honor of the 50th anniversary of the magazine Telva{Source} and attended an audience with representation of the Spanish Federation of Parkinson {Source} on Monday

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf presided over the 2013 New Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish king met with new Abassadors to Sweden from Latavia, Austria, Hungry & Turkey {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended the autumn meeting of WWF on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended a meeting of the World Child & Youth Forum becomes Global Child Forum on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, they met with members of their African nation delegations {Source}

-Queen Silvia attended an audience with the Masonic Home for Children Foundation{Source}  and attend the launch of the book Queen Silvia-An Anniversary {Source}on Wednesday

-Prince Daniel attended the Sweden's Young Entrepreneurs 2013 prize-giving ceremony on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited Blackebergs High School and the Royal Academy to talk about The Prince Daniel Fellowship {Source}
-Princess Madeleine attended the "New York Green Summit - From Farm to Fork" on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine & Christopher O'Neil attended e 2013 New York Green Summit and Royal Gala award dinner on Wednesday{Photos}.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant

Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant was born via C-section the eldest child of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant on 25 October 2001{Source}. She has two younger brothers and a younger sister-Prince Emmanuel, Prince Gabriel &Princess Eléonore.

She was baptized on 9 December 2001, her godparents are:

She is named for the following:

  • Elisabeth is for her great-great grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
  • Thérèse could be for her maternal great-great-grandmother Countess Teresa Sobanska.
  • Marie is for the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
  • Hélène is for her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.

Ten years prior to her birth, a succession law was passed allowing females equal rights to the throne as their male counterparts. This means that once her father takes the throne, Princess Elisabeth will become the heir apparent. When this does happen, she will make Belgian history by becoming Belgium's 1st-ever Queen Regent.

Like her elder cousins, she is enrolled in Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. Again, another historical moment: no future Belgian monarch's education has begun in Dutch. She also attends dance classes that are conducted in Dutch.

She may only be twelve years old, but the young future monarch has already taken on several royal duties. In 2006, she attended the Te Deum in honor of Belgian National Day for the first time{Photos}. In 2007, she attend the opening of a science Museum with her father, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and a presentation of a model of the Belgian Antarctic Station which bears her name, The Princess Elisabeth Base. In 2011, along side her parents, the future Belgian monarch visited the Princess Elisabeth Children Hospital, where she gave a speech{Photos}. In 2013, she attended the abdication and investiture of her father and grandfather, when she became the heir-apparent to the Belgian throne {Photos}

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Royal Profile: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster

Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster was born 24 October 1974, the only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. He has two sisters, Lady Davinia & Lady Rose{Source}.

At four months old, he was baptised {Source} with Prince Charles of Wales among his godparents.

He was educated at Eton College, King's College, London, and Sandhurst Military Academy {Source}.

In 1998, he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the service of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}, and was promoted to captain in 2002 {Source}. He also fought in the campaign in Kosovo in 2002 {Source}. In January 2003, he transferred from a short service commission to an Intermediate Regular Commission {Source}. In April 2008, he was appointed to the Reserve of Officers, and he went into retirement from the British Army as an Acting Major {Source}. After leaving the army, he became Director of the Transitional Crisis Project, as Alex Ulster {Source}.

On 22 June 2002, he married Dr. Claire Booth {Source}.Together, they have two children {Source}:
He and his children are in line for the British Throne (#23-25 respectively). He and his son are also the first two in line for succession for the Dukedom of Gloucester.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover

Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover was born as Alexandra Sophie Cecilie Anna Maria Friederike Benigna Dortha Prinzessin zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and is the second child of Otto Friedrich III Fürst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie Prinzessin Reuss zu Köstritz {Source}. She was born on 23 October 1937{Source}. She has one older brother, and three younger {Source}.

In 1960, she married Prince Welf Henry of Hanover, who was the son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick and his wife Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. Together, they had no children. However, they do have plenty of nieces and nephews and godchildren between them. Alexandra is the maternal aunt of Queen Sofia of Spain (she is Sofia's mother's sister) and King Constantine II of The Hellenes (brother to Queen Sofia). She is also godmother to her great nephew, Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (stepson of Princess Caroline of Hanover). Her great-niece, Princess Alexandra of Hanover is not named after her, but named after her own aunt Princess Alexandra of Leiningen. Princess Alexandra of Leiningen may be Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover's goddaughter, but don't quote me on that one.


She has lived a relatively quiet life, and has been active in politics in Germany. Since 1980, she has represented the Frankfurt district of Nuederrand on the Frankfurt City Council {Source}. She is presently serving as Chairwoman of the Culture and Leisure Committee{Source}

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Oct 14-20, 2013

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended an autumn concert and reception on Thursday {Photo}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited Ghent, Belgium for a one-day visit on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended the launch of the multimedia educational project, Heb Jij ze Wel Alle Vijf? on Monday {Photos} On Wednesday, Queen Mathilde attended   the ‘Fashion Talks Get Inspired’ event{Photos}
-King Albert II attended the 2013 Terre d'Avenir award ceremony on Wednesday {Photo}{Source}

-Queen Paola was released from the hospital on Friday{Source}

-Prince Laurent celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday.

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun attended s celebration of Dasain with the Hindu community on Monday {Photo}

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Queen Jetsun, & other members of the Bhutanese Royal Family attended the wedding ceremony of Prince Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to Yeatso Lhamo on Thursday  {Photo}

-Prince Jigme Dorji Wangchuck married Yeatso Lhamo on Thursday {Photo}

Denmark

-Prince Christian celebrated his 8th birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace  for “...Members of Parliament and Members of European Parliament...” on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Princess Beatrice of York attended a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth, where they met Malala Yousafzai and her father on Friday {Photos}{Photos}. On Saturday, they attended British Champions Day at the Ascot Racecourse {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II received the Italian Ambassador and his wife, the Ambassador of Latavia and his wife, the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in separate audiences on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh held an audience with outgoing Secretary-General of the , Army Cadet Force Association Brigadier Michael Wharmby upon reliquishing his appointment as General Secretary and Brigadier David Short upon his appointment  to the post on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the longest reigning consort in British history made an apperance at the ...renaming ceremony for the City of Adelaide Chipper Ship..."{Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, Duke of York opened Founder's House at Whitgift School, visited Winn and Coales Denso Limited, met with the Deputy Lieutentant of London and CEO of Nominet Trust  on Wednesday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the 2013 Man Booker Prize Award Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, she held an audience with Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands and the Cheif Excutive of Capital Credit Union and attended the  British Food Fortnight Harvest Festival Service{Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Vice Admiral Tim Laurence attended a dinner at the Modern Navy Galleries for the National Museum of the Royal Navy on Wednesday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a Passing Out Parade at HMS Sultan on Friday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended to his first investiture ceremony on his grandmother's behalf on Thursday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Sportaid athlete workshop on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales opened the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London and took part in a rugby coaching session at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester opened Sheffield University Technical College, met with the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, opened the Millowners Arms and visited the Millowners Conservation Centre, opened the Fred and Ann Green Rehabilitation Centre and visited Inditherm plc on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attend the Supreme Grand Chapter of England's Grand Chapter's Bi-Centenary Celebration at Freemasons' Hall on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogvily opened the new Lower School at Rokeby School and met with Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent & Lady Gabriella Windsor attended a book launch party for The Queen of Four Kingdoms by Princess Michael at the Orangery on Thursday {Photo}
The Book is available for the Kindle on Amazon UK  for £8.92

-Princess Michael of Kent attended the PAD Collector's Preview on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, she appeared on the London based television program, Daybreak {Photos}


Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko attended a swimming competition during the 13th National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities on Monday {Video}

-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Hitachi & Princess Hanako attended the 25th Praemium Imperiale Art Awards reception on Wednesday {Photos}
 Prince Hitachi & Princess Hanako are the brother and sister-in-law of Emperor Akihito

-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako presided over the opening ceremony of “...an international conference on the environment in Tokyo hosted by the organization Global Environmental Action...” on Friday {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie Caroline celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended a tennis match on Wednesday {Video} (at 0:22 and again at 1:12)

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke &  Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Saturday and Sunday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II  attended the Sportel Trade Show on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, Monaco's Sovereign Prince attended the Golden Podium Awards  {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the Golden Foot Awards Gala {Photos}. On Friday, Monaco's sovereign Prince attended the 2nd Edition of the Gala de Berne {Source}

-Princess Charlene inaugurated the exhibition that celebrates “Month of Italian culture” at Barclays Bank on Tuesday {Photo}

-Andrea Knecht de Massy celebrated her 5th birthday on Friday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima visited Stockholm, Sweden on Monday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima officially open the new FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre on Wednesday{Photos}. On Thursday, The Dutch Queen attended the opening of the new Isala Hospital {Photos}.


-Princess Laurentien participated in the launch of the new device, Taalmeter on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, she was in London and met with The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}.

-Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Princess Cécilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma on Thursday{Source}.
The baby's father is Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, who is the son of Princess Irene of the Netherlands. Neither the young princesses or their father are in line for the Dutch throne.

Norway

-King Harald V & Crown Prince Haakon  met with members of the "...newly appointed government..." on Wednesday {Photos}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos & Prince Felipe of Asturias attended a meeting with several Spanish governmental officials prior to the conclusion of the Ibero-American Summit XXIII on Monday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias  attended the inauguration of hydroelectric complex "Cortes-La Muela"
on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Spanish monarch inaugurated the Centro de Coordinación de Vigilancia Marítima de Costas y Fronteras {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias visited the Public Center Integrated Training "Pyramid" on Tuesday {Source} On Friday, Spain's future Queen attended the First Latin American Meeting and inauguration of the Sixth National Congress on Rare Diseases {Source}

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the II Premio de Arquitectura Clásica y Restauración de Monumentos Awards Ceremony on Tuesday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip held an audience with the King & Queen of The Netherlands on Monday {Photos} {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf took part in a  workshop with the Young Leadership Foundation on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the World’s Children’s Prize Award Ceremony on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Princess Estelle attended the Swedish Open Tennis Finals on Sunday {Photos}

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Caroline of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg was born 17 October 1996 in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the only daughter of Aios, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has one older brother and two younger brothers. Her brothers are:
Because Liechtenstein's monarchy operates on agnatic primogeniture succession laws (i.e. inherited by the first-born male of the oldest family line, to the total exclusion of females), Princess Marie Caroline is not in line for the throne after her brothers.

Due to the Liechtenstein Princely Family is fiercely private on the international level, little is known about her or her life today. However, other than the occasional low-key Princely Family appearance such as Liechtenstein's National Day, she seems to live a fairly normal life {Photos, Liechtenstein National Day 2012}

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Royal Profile:Andrea Knecht de Massy

Andrea Knecht de Massy was born 16 October 2008 in Monaco, the eldest of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy. She is the paternal granddaughter of Christine-Alix de Massy and paternal great granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Barone de Massy. She has three older sisters:

Because her father, she and her sisters *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. Other than the occasional all family appearance, she's kept away from the media's glare. Because of her age, she did not attend Prince Albert's 2011 wedding with her parents and three older sisters.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her older sisters and second cousins once removed Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until at least 2010 when her family moved to South Africa. She should presently be in the final year of nursery school.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 15 October 2005, the eldest child of Crown Prince Fredrick & Crown Princess Mary, and the grandson of Queen Margarethe II {Source}. He has three younger siblings, two sisters and a brother:
His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were{Source}:
He was named:
  • Christian: for his great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick.
  • Valdemar:  for Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is also a common royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim has Waldemar as one of his names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, has Valdemar as one of his names.
  • Henri: for his paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, whose given name is Henri.
  • John:for his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.

On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House{Source}. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten{Source}. Since August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School{Source}. He may not be a Danish king yet, but he's already made Danish Royal history by being the 1st Danish heir apparent to attend nursery school AND the first Danish Royal to attend a state school.

Although his mother claims that he does not know that he one day will be the Danish King, he has performed several royal duties. In 2008, he participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather{Video}. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria{Photos}. On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, his grandmother and himself{Photos}. He also attended his grandmother's 40th anniversary celebrations {Photos} in 2012. He also attended several London 2012 Olympic events with his family {Photos}. Since 2007, he's been seen during the family's annual photocalls (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 7-13, 2013

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck attended an inauguration ceremony of the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies on Thursday {Photo}

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited the city of Liège for a one day visit on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended a meeting of the Honorary International Paralytic Committee on Tuesday {Source

-Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the “Pas de dux royal” at ArOS on Saturday {Source}

-Crown Prince Frederik visited Danish Bank in Lithuania on Wednesday {Video}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II met with her newly appointed Spanish Ambassador on Friday {Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh met with  residents of the Green Lane View Assisted Living Residence, during a visit to the St Michael's Care Complex on Tuesday {Photo}

-The Prince Andrew, Duke of York attended the Round Square Confrence on Monday {Source}. On Friday, Queen Elizabeth's second son met with E20 {Source}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attended a Breakfast meeting for the  President's Award for Youth Empowerment, and  visited Chris Jan Botha School on Monday  {Source}.
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-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a Royal Command Performance and Dinner  at Toscana Theatre Club on Monday  {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls & Jabulile Secondary School on Monday  {Source}

-The Princess Anne, Princess Royal held a reception for the South Georgia Heritage Trust, held a dinner with members of the University of Edinburgh  on Monday  {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter officially open the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh {Photos}. On Friday, The Princess Royal attended the King's Squad Passing Out Parade, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge honored Grassroots Volunteers on Monday {Video}{Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester celebrated 150 years of the Football Association by hosting a football match at Buckingham Palace on Monday {Source}{Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the Forget Me Not Gala in Dubai, UAE on Monday {Photos}{Source}

-Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester held an audience with the former CEO of the Tennis Lawn Association on Monday{Source}

Greek

-King Constantine II attended the 2013 Round Square International Conference on Monday {Source}
King Constantine II is president of the organization.

Jordan

 -Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan  visited the special exhibition, Petra: Wonder in de Woestijn, at the Rijksmuseum van Ouheden on Tuesday {Photos}
 Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is a 1st cousin of the present King of Jordan

Luxembourg

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a meeting of the Honorary International Paralytic Committee on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie , Hereditary Grand Duchess  participated in the luncheon on the occasion of the European Meeting of Students Luxembourg (REEL) on Saturday {Source}{Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended and took part in a ceremony to kick off the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Torch Relay across Russia on Monday {Photo}{Photo}

-Princess Charlene attended a Ralph Lauren Collection Show and private dinner at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Stéphanie posed for an exclusive set of photos and an interview with her elephants on Saturday {Photos}{Video}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander  opened the United World College Maastricht’s (UWCM) on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima participated in a panel discussion entitled, Igniting Innovation in Financial Access: Public and Private Approaches for Greater Access by 2020 on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrix visited the special exhibitation, Petra Wonder om de Woesteijn at Rijksmuseum van Ouheden on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Constantijn celebrated his 44th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Margriet attended a meeting of the Honorary International Paralytic Committee on Tuesday {Source}

Norway

-King Harald helped celebrate the town Notodden, Telemark county, Norway's 100th anniversary on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Sonja officially opened a new adult education and training center, Quo Vadis, for immigrants on Tuesday {Photo}

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja & Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening session of the 2013-2014 Norwegian Storting on Wednesday {Video}

Spain

-Queen Sofia attended the opening of the exhibition Velázquez y la familia de Felipe IV  on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia & Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria attended a homage to Princess Margarita's husband Carlos Zurita (2R) for his 25th anniversary as president of Prado Museum's Friends Foundation on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended Spain's National Day Royal Reception on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias paid a visit to Spanish companies in Germany during a food and beverage trade fair there on Monday {Source} On Friday, the future King & Queen attended the “StartUp Competition” Award {Source}{Photos}

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria attended a meeting of the Honorary International Paralytic Committee on Tuesday {Source

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