Saturday, May 31, 2014

Royal Predictions: Princess Leonore of Sweden. Duchess of Gotland's baptism and Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco announce they are expecting their first child at the end of 2014

SO MUCH BABY NEWS right now!

First, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland's baptism is fast approaching. Here are my predictions and information on that so far:


The Date and location: 8 June 2014, Drottningholm Palace Chapel at 12:00 European Central Time {Source}.

Godparents: Apparently, she will have six, that will be officially announced the morning of the baptism itself{Source}. However, I am in the mood for speculating and guessing so...here's my guesses....but first some facts:

Christopher O'Neil has five half sisters (two maternal, three paternal)
Princess Madeline has two siblings. Prince Carl Philip is already godfather of Princess Estelle.
Bridesmaids and Pageboys at their wedding consisted of {Source}:
  • Lillie von Horn, daughter of Katarina von Horn who is one one Princess Madeleine's closest friends
  • Annais Sommerlath daughter of Patrick Sommerlath (her cousin)
  • Chloe Sommerlath,  daughter of Patrick Sommerlath (her cousin, twin of Annais)
  • Count Louis Abensperg und Traun, son of Christopher's sister Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun
  • Countess Chiara Abensperg und Traun, daughter of Christopher's sister Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun
  • Jasper D'Abo, son of Tatjana d’Abo, Christopher's sister
Based on that-both of Christopher's maternal sisters were included in the wedding , along with one of Madeleine's cousins and one of her best friends via their kids...so that says that either they are closer with them or at least one of those will be a godparent, with possibly one of the others included.


So, with all that said, here are my predictions for Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland's godparents:
  • At least one of Christopher's sisters, which I'm not sure, if not one from each side
  • Either Prince Daniel or Crown Princess Victoria (Prince Carl Philip is already Princess Estelle's godfather, remember, so I doubt they'd ask him to do it to another niece so soon)
  • One of (at least): Katarina von Horn, Robert von Horn, Sofia hellqvist (think of that time the Crown Princely couple of Denmark named his cousin's long time live-in girlfriend as a godmother to one of their kids), Louise Gottlieb, Louisa de Geer, Charlotte Kreuger, and/or Emma Pernald
Please note the ceremony can be viewed online, svt.se has the rights to broadcast the event, beginning at 11:15 AM Sweden Time (that's 5:15AM Eastern US!!).

There's that.

 Now my other point for this post, which I have a host of emotions about like you wouldn't believe:

It was announced yesterday by Monaco's Palace Princier, 30 May 2014 {Source}: 

Le Prince Albert II et la Princesse Charlène de Monaco ont l’immense joie d’annoncer qu’Ils attendent un heureux événement. La naissance est prévue à la fin de l’année. 
T.S.H. the Prince and the Princess of Monaco are delighted to announce the pregnancy of H.S.H. Princess Charlène. The birth is expected at the end of the year.

Shocked me.
Surprised me.
Excited me.

I was a mix of emotions on this one.

If I did the calculations and they are running this pregnancy with the right protocols...they are announcing at the end of the 3rd month of the pregnancy...which puts the birth sometime between the end of November and early December, if all goes according to plan. So far, the only international trip for 2014 that was announced was the Princess Grace Awards in Los Angels in October for both, but I doubt she'll go. Him, possibly, but again I doubt it. Princess Caroline will probably attend, given the circumstances. We shall see.

 I don't know about all of you, but I'm REALLY hoping for a little girl, for a variety of reasons (ANOTHER future female monarch folks....can you see it? Victoria, Elisabeth, Catharina-Amalia, Leonore, Estelle...and little Princess Saving Monaco). I'm also hoping that she looks like Grandma Lynette rather than Grandma Grace-it would be a refreshing change on multiple levels. First, the differences in looks would be subtle...sure a hint of Grace would be nice (and perhaps her personality too? too much?). Secondly, if it were a girl, that would mean (providing she is their only child):

  • She would be the first female monarch since 1731 (the last was Louise Hippolyte, from February to December 1731, and she had a regent per the law at the time)
  • She would be the first female monarch without a regent (unless Albert died before she turned 18 years old, then whomever had legal and physical custody of her (likely either her mother or one of her aunts) would act as her regent)

Upon birth, the child would immediately (as a child of the reigning prince) be given the title His/Her Serene Highness Hereditary Prince XYXZ of Monaco or Her Serene Highness Princess XYH , Heiress Presumptive of Monaco

Name wise, I'm predicting something either totally traditionally Grimaldi or totally off the wall. These two could go either way. Some possible names, in no particular order at this point:
For a Girl:
  • Grace (NOT for a first name, but among them...after all, he did suggest calling Jazmin Grace after his mother)
  • Lynette (again, not for a first name, but among them)
  • Charlene (Charlene Lynette for her mom...so why not?)
  • Juliette (for her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Charlotte's mother)
  • Marie  (for her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Charlotte's mother)
  • Victoria (for Albert's cousin Chris LeVine's wife)
For a Boy:

  • Charles (For Charles III)
  • Michael (for her father)
  • Rainier (for his father)
  • either Sean or Garreth are not so (but possible, who knows what these two will pick!) for one of Charlene's brothers.
  • Christopher (for Albert's cousin who was his best man)
When it gets closer to the birth, I'll do another post with name predictions in possible order and possible godparents.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein

Prince Moritz Emanuel Maria of Liechtenstein was born 27 May 2003 in New York City, and is the eldest son of Prince Constantin and Princess Marie{Source}. He has two younger siblings{Source}:

  • Princess Georgina Maximiliane Tatjana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
  • Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hubertus Maria of Liechtenstein (2008)
He is presently 8th in line for the throne after two uncles, four cousins and his father.


The ten year old is likely kept from the limelight due to his distance to the throne and young age.


In 2012, he joined the rest of the Princely family to celebrate Liechtenstein's National Day {Photos}.


It is likely that he speaks German, as it is the official language of Liechtenstein.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Recap of the Royals You Love: May 19-25, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe visited the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) on Wednesday {Photos}.

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde hosted a reception for accredited ambassadors and their spouses on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde   attended the semi-finals of the 2014 Concours Reine Elisabeth on Tuesday {Photos}

-Leopoldo Daniel Moncada celebrated his 13th birthday on Wednesday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Frederik visited the “...Norwegian frigate, KNM Helge Ingstad, in connection with the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution...” and attended the opening of the exhibition, Under Fælles Flag, at the Orlogsmuseet {Source}.

-Princess Marie attended the AIDS Foundation HIV vaccine briefing on Tuesday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited Portsmouth Naval Base and toured the HMS Lancaster on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  attended the 2014 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, they hosted the first garden party of the 2014 season {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to Canada this week {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York visited Kuwait on Monday{Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to Scotland on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales continued his tour with a visit to Italy on Monday{Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, she attended the first Royal Garden Party of the 2014 Season {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester,Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester & Princess Alexandra of Kent attended the 2014 Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show on Monday{Source}.

-The Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor celebrated her 4th birthday on Tuesday.

-Tāne Mahuta Lewis celebrated his 2nd birthday on Thursday.

Greece

-Crown Prince Pavlos celebrated his 47th birthday on Tuesday.

Italy

-Prince Carlos, Duke of Castro & Princess Camilla, Duchess of Castro attended the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Gala on Sunday {Photos}


Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko began a two-day private tour to the Japanese region of Tochigi Prefecture on Wednesday {Photos}

Jordan

-Queen Rania participated in the launch of Edraak on Monday {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Joseph Wenzel celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi,  Pierre Casiraghi & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the 72nd annual Grand Prix de Monaco on Sunday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Gala on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II  attended the signing agreement between the Fragrance Du Bois, the Amber Lounge, and the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, he  attended the "Peace One Day" Gala {Photos}. On Friday, he attended the annual Amber Lounge Fashion Show and Auction {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene met with Monaco Red Cross volunteers for the Grand Prix on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the royal pair attended the qualifying sessions for the 72nd Grand Prix de Monaco {Photos} {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Louis Robert Paul Ducruet participated in the annual Star Team for Children and Formula 1 drivers football match on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Stephanie cheered on her big brother and son at the annual Star Team for Children and Formula 1 drivers football match on Tuesday {Photos}.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima attended the 2014 Appeltjes van Oranje award ceremony on Thursday {Photos}. 

-King Williem-Alexander attended the ceremonial minting of the special 2Euro coin with a double portrait of himself and his mother on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Dutch monarch attended the opening of the newly renovated Museum Prinsenhof {Video}.

-Queen Maxima attended the innaugural lecture of Professor Jomoke Oduwole at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) entitled  International Law and the Right to Development: A Pragmatic Approach for Africa on Tuesday {Photos}On Thursday, the Dutch royal officially opened the ECSITE: Internationaal Congres voor Cultuur en Wetenschapscommunicatie {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix officially opened the Koninkrijksjeugdparlement (Royal Youth Parliament) Sint Maarten on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Laurentien celebrated her 48th birthday on Saturday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of the 2014 Festspillene i Bergen (Bergen International Festival) on Wednesday {Video}.

-Crown Prince Haakon  attended the 2014 Abelprisen on Tuesday {Photos}.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia attended the Delivery of the LXIV Promoting Judicial on Wednesday {Source}. On Saturday, they attended the finals of the UEFA Champions League 2014 {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos attended the presentation of the new industrialization of the Vito and V Class models in the Mercedes-Benz factory on Tuesday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the Social Awards 2013 Mapfre Foundation and presided over the inauguration of the V Biennial of Contemporary Art of the ONCE Foundation on Tuesday {Source}{Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a dinner organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Navigation and the Confederation of Sevilla on Tuesday{Source}. On Thursday, the future Spanish monarch and his wife celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias held a luncheon with the Basque Business Circle  and attended the 6th annual awards ceremony for excellence in professional young people on Monday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, the future Spanish monarch attended the second of the ten scenarios that make up the Joint Exercise of Maritime Safety Armada, named "Marsec 14", with the participation of twenty other state, local and regional agencies with responsibilities in this area{Source}.

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended Running of the Press Association event on Wednesday {Source}. 

Royal Profile:Zenouska May Mowatt

Zenouska May Mowatt was born 26 May 1990 as the only daughter and elder child of Paul Julian Mowatt and Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy {Source}. She is the granddaughter of Rt. Sir Angus James Robert Bruce Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent {Source}. Currently, she is 51st in line for the British throne, after the immediate family of reining monarch, The Gloucester family, her great-uncle (The Duke of Kent) and his family, her grandmother, uncle, two cousins, mother and brother {Source}.

Little is known about her, nor does she hold any official role within the monarchy. As of 2003, she was attending St. George's School, Windsor Castle{Source}. Like most 20-somethings, she is active in social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (NO, do not even think about asking). She is claimed to be good friends with Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York. As children, they were often seen together, mostly with Sarah, Duchess of York {Photos}.

Since graduating school, she has taken up work experience with the office of Sarah, Duchess of York, and currently works as a manager for the company French Sole {Source}.

While Mowatt holds no offical role like that of her grandmother, she does occasionally attend royal events such as Trooping of Colour and royal weddings. On 5 January 2005, she was at her grandmother's side when they attended her grandfather's funeral services {Photos}. In 2013, she attended the Launch of The Beulah London / French Sole Collaboration at George Club {Source}, and arrived with her grandmother for the Queen's annual Christmas luncheon {Photos}. She appeared at the Trooping of Colour at least once, in 2005 {Source}.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

Crown Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, was born on 26 May 1968, the elder of two sons to Queen Margarethe II & Prince Henrik of Denmark {Source}. He is first in line to succeed to the throne and is the regent when HM The Queen is out of the country {Source}.

He was christened at Holmens Kirke (the naval church) on 24 June 1968 {Source}. His godparents were{Source}:

  • Prince Georg of Denmark (his maternal 3rd cousin 1x removed) 
  • Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes (his maternal aunt)
  • Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg
  • Maximilien de Watteville-Berckheim, Baron de Watteville-Berckheim
  • Count Etienne de Laborde de Monpezat
  • Mrs Birgitta Juel Hillingsø.

He was confirmed on 28 May 1981 {Source}.


Denmark's future King attended the Krebs' Skole from 1974-1981. His early years (1974-1976), he was associated with the school via a private tutor {Source}. During the 1982-1983 school year, the future Danish King attended École des Roches in Normandy, France {Source}. In 1986, the Crown Prince graduated from Øregaard Gymnasium{Source}. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Aarhus with a MSc (Political science) {Source}. He also studied at Harvard University during the 1992-1993 school year{Source}.

The Crown Prince has an extensive international business background {Source}. In 1994, the young prince served at the Danish UN Mission and was posted at the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris as a first Secretary of the Embassy {Source}.

The future monarch of Denmark also has an extensive military background. He has taken part in several training courses in the Danish military{Source}. Crown Prince Frederik’s military education began in 1986 as a recruit in the Queen’s Life Guard Regiment{Source}. In 1988, he was appointed as a lieutenant of the reserve{Source}.. After obtaining that rank, the Crown Prince became a platoon commander in the Royal Danish Hussar Guard Regiment in 1988{Source}.. In 1989, he was appointed as a first lieutenant of the reserve{Source}.The Crown Prince completed frogman training with the Royal Danish Navy Frogman Corps in 1995{Source}. The same year, the Crown Prince was appointed as a first lieutenant of the reserve (navy), and he was appointed as a lieutenant commander of the reserve (navy) in 1997{Source}.. Also in 1997, the Crown Prince was appointed as a captain of the reserve (army), and in 2000, he was appointed as a captain of the reserve (air force){Source}. Between 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training step II for leaders at the Royal Danish Defense College, and in 2002, he was appointed as a major of the reserve (army and air force) as well as a commander (navy){Source}.. In 2002 and 2003, Crown Prince Frederik served as a staff officer at Defense Command Denmark, and he also became a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defense College in 2003{Source}. In April 2004, the Crown Prince was appointed as a commander,senior grade in the navy, lieutenant colonel in the army and lieutenant colonel in the air force{Source}.

As a future world leader, the Crown Prince of Denmark speaks many languages {Source}. His native tounge is Danish {Source}. He also speaks his father's native tongue, French {Source}. He also speaks English and German {Source}.

The Prince has participated in numerous expeditions. In 1986, he participated in an expedition to Mongolia {Source}. In 2000, he participated in "Expedition Sirius 2000" (a 4 month 2795 KM dog-sled expedition in the northern part of Greenland) {Source}{Source}.


He met his future bride at an Australian pub during the 2000 Sydney Olympics{Source}. They were wed on 14 May 2004 in Copenhagen Cathedral{Source}. Together, they have four children:


Today, the future monarch resides with his family at the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace and also in Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg Palace {Source}.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst (aka Princess Laurentien) was born in Leiden on 25 May 1966 to Laurens Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa {Source}.

She attended school in The Netherlands, and in Japan{Source}. She received her Baccalauréat from Lycée français in Japan{Source}. She studied history at Groningen University{Source}, earning a foundations degree in 1986{Source}. She then attended Queen Mary College, London University, where she studied political science in 1989{Source}. In 1991, she earned a Master of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley{Source}

She married Prince Constantijn on 17 May 2001 {Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
  • Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
  • Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2003)
  • Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)

The family lives in Brussels{Source}.

In addition to her royal duties, she works as a freelance communications consultant {Source}. Since 2008, she has worked for the European Climate Foundation {Source}. In 2009, she set up the Missing Chapter Foundation{Source}.


One of the Princess's major causes involved the environment and environmential issues{Source}. She is actively involved with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), especially with their "Rewildingn Europe" inititiave{Source}.On 1 November 2012, she was appointed President of Fauna & Flora International (FFI){Source}{Source} A second major cause for the princess is promoting literacy{Source}. She is chair of the Stichting Lezen & Zchrijven {Source}. On 24 March 2009, Princess Laurentien was designated UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development {Source}. Since 1 February 2011 the Princess has been Chair of the European Commission's High Level Group on Literacy {Source}.
Honorary posts

As a member of the Royal House, Princess Laurentien holds a number of honorary posts{Source}:

  • Patron of the Dutch Listening and Braille Library (NLBB)
  • Patron of the Dutch language society Genootschap Onze Taal
  • Honorary Chair of the Association of Public Libraries
  • President of Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
  • President of the European Cultural Foundation

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Lienchtenstein was born 24 May 1995 as the eldest child of Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein & Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein {Source}. The young prince has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}:
  • Princess Marie Caroline (1996)
  • Prince Georg (1999)
  • Prince Nikolaus (2000)
His name comes from ancestors mostly{Source}:
  • Joseph Wenzel: For his ancestor, Josef Wenzel, Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1712-1718 and 1748-1772
  • Maximillian: for his maternal grandfather, Prince Max, Duke in Bravia & paternal uncle (and godfather), Prince Maximillian
  • Maria: in accordance with Roman Catholic royalty traditions, in honor of the Virgin Mary.
As of 2013, he was attending Malvern College in England, where he had just been joined by his sister Princess Marie-Caroline {Source}{Source}. It is likely that Joesph Wenzel recieved his A-Levels in 2014.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Royal Profile:Tāne Mahuta Lewis

Tāne Mahuta Lewis is the son of Gary Lewis and The Lady Davina Lewis on 25 May 2012 {Source}. He is the grandson of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. He has one sister, Senna {Source}, and a much older half-brother, Ari {Source} .

As of 2014, Lewis is 28th in line for the throne {Source}. However once the new laws take effect in regards to succession, he will not precede his elder sister in line for the throne as he currently does {Source}.

He resides in New Zealand with his family, but makes frequent trips back to the United Kingdom for family vacations, official events and to visit his maternal grandparents.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Royal Profile:Leopoldo Daniel Moncada

Leopoldo Daniel Moncada was born 21 May 2001 in London, England, as the second child and son of Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium and Salvador Enrique Moncada {Source}. He has one older sister, Alexandra (1998) {Source}. He is the half-cousin of the current King of the Belgians, King Philippe, as his mother was the King's father's half-sister. 

Moncada does not have succession rights or perform any public duties, therefore not much is known about him and it is likely he lives a fairly normal life with his family in either Honduras (where his father originated from), England (where he and his sister were born and their parents married) or Belgium (where his mother is a princess and his half-cousin is the king). 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece

Crown Prince Pavlos was born in Athens on May 20th 1967 {Source}. At seven months old, he moved with his family to Rome, before settling in London in 1974{Source}. He attended the Hellenic College, founded by his parents, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie{Source}.

The Crown Prince graduated the United World College in 1986 Prince Pavlos graduated the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in international relations, Law and Organisation in 1993 and the Georgetown Masters School of Foreign Service with a Masters Degree in Foreign Relations and Economics - specialising in Eastern Europe and the Balkans{Source}.
After finishing at UWC, he went on to serve as a Lieutenant in the British Army{Source}. He completed his officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and was awarded the position of Commandant' Stick Orderly{Source}.. He was then awarded a Short Service Commission in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, where he served for three years{Source}.

 Between 1995 and 1997, Crown Prince Pavlos was employed by the Charles R. Weber Company Inc. in the operation and marketing departments{Source}. In February 1997, he co-founded Griphon Asset Management, an alternative investment fund-of-funds{Source}. In November 1998, he co-founded Ivory Capital Group LLC, an investment firm dedicated to managing private investment partnerships, which include a fundamental value based hedge fund and a fund-of-funds{Source}.

In 2002 he co-founded Ortelius Capital Partners LLC, an alternative asset management group specializing in hedge funds, while in 2003 he co-founded Brigantine, a value based equity fund{Source}.

Crown Prince Pavlos married Marie-Chantal Miller, (HRH Princess Marie-Chantal), in London, in 1995{Source}.

They have 5 children{Source}.: 
  • Princess Maria-Olympia (b. New York, 1996)
  • Prince Constantine-Alexios (b New York, 1998)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas (b New York, 1999)
  • Prince Odysseas-Kimon (b London, 2004)
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros (b Los Angeles, 2008).

Crown Prince Pavlos and his family currently reside in London{Source}.

The Crown Prince of Greece is active on the internet, maintaining his own site and twitter account. You can follow HRH Crown Prince Pavlos' blog, AGORA, hosted on the online magazine Periscope Post, and on twitter (@ pavlosgr1){Source}.

Royal Profile: The Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor

Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor was born 20 May 2010, the younger of two children of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Claire, Countess of Ulster {Source}.

She is one of 6 grandchildren of The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester.

The little girl is presently 24th in line for the British Throne.

Due to her age, and distance to the throne, little is known about her and she is primarily kept from the public eye. Her father works as a Director of Transnational Crisis Project and is a former British Army officer {Source} Her mother is a doctor. She has one younger brother, Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Recap of the Royals You Love: May 12-18, 2014

Belgium

-Queen Mathilde attended the 2014 Prix Reine Mathilde award ceremony on  Tuesday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort  attended the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Norwegian constitution on Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  met with the Outgoing Commandant General and Brigadier Martin Smith (Incoming Commandant General) of the Royal Marines on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception to mark their upcoming visit to Canada on Wednesday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended the "British Painters in Transylvania" exhibition to mark the opening of the Transylvania Festival on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future King presented awards at the Royal College of Music, attended a meeting of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community  {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the future King attended the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Leadership Confrence and attended a reception for members of the House of Lords {Source}/

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form on Tuesday {Video}. On Wednesday, she attended the 300th anniversary gala dinner for St. John's Smith Square {Source}{Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York  held a Lunch for University Research Fellows of the Royal Society met with the UK Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman and the former and incoming Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited St. George's Bristol, visited Aardman Animation, attended a Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations Luncheon,  visited Bath Abbey, opened the renovated Temple Precinct and attended a reception at the Pump Rooms on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex held a reception for the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, attended a gala dinner for the organization Creative Youth on Thursday {Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex held a meeting of Dyslexia Action, and met with the former and incoming  Commanding Officers of the HMS Darling  on Wednesday {Source}.On Thursday, the Queen's younger daughter-in-law attended The Prince's Countryside Fund Clay Shoot {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal presented The Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force Cosford, and opened the new Bibby Distribution Site on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's only daughter attended day 1 of the Royal Balmoral Show, visited Banbridge and Moira Group, attended the 50th anniversary presentation and reception for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and attended the 2012 British Olympics Associations Commission Dinner {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attend the re-dedication ceremony of the “...only surviving British Second World War-era submarine, HMS Alliance...” on Monday {Photos}{Source}. On Tuesday, the future King attended a dinner  to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden {Photos}{Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales attended a media event for the Invictus Games on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, the young prince began a 3-day official tour of Estonia and Italy {Source}.

-Zara Elizabeth Anne Philips Tindall celebrated her 33rd birthday on Thursday.

-The Hon. Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones celebrated her 12th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester visited Hawkstone Hall on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station,Simulation Systems Limited and Nailsea Joint Cadet Centre on Thursday {Source}.

Greece

-Ana María Morales y de Grecia celebrated her 11th birthday on Thursday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Margaretha celebrated her 57th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Maximilian celebrated his 45th birthday on Friday.

-Lukas Maria von Lattoroff celebrated his 14th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Alfons celebrated his  13th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Benedikt celebrated his 6th birthday on Sunday.

Luxembourg
 
-Prince Jean celebrated his 57th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the inauguration of the Saint John Paul II walkway on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the royal pair visited Carladès, France {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the  Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton Fashion Show on Saturday {Photos} {Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended the inauguration of the 2014 Marché Européen pour la Distribution de Produits Interactifs (MedPi) on Tuesday {Source}.

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended 'The strange city' Exhibition and a gala dinner for the Naked Heart Foundation on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer celebrated her 43rd birthday on Friday.

The Netherlands
 
-Queen Maxima attended the launch of the nationwide fundraising campaign for music education for children on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, she attended the 2014 Koning Willem I Prijs and the Koning Willem I Plaquette voor Duurzaam Ondernemerschap award ceremony and attended the show,  Symfonie voor Angsthazen en Durfals. {Source}{Photos}. On Saturday, the Dutch Queen celebrated her 43rd birthday.

-Princess Beatrix attended the Minerva Twee Eeuwen Concert on Monday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Norwegian constitution on Saturday {Source}.

-King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Princess Astrid attended a meeting of the Parliment to kick off the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Norwegian constitution on Thursday {Source}.

Portugal

-Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza & Isabella, Duchess of Braganza celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

-Duartre Pio, Duke of Braganza celebrated his 69th birthday on Thursday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Sweden
 
-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia visited the Chinese Pavilion on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal pair met with the UN Secretary General {Source}. On Saturday, they attended the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Norwegian constitution {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended the 2nd yearly Swedish Dinner on Friday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with the UN Special Representative for Migration and Development on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, the Swedish King Friday, May 16 King opened the exhibition In the royal kitchen - an exposé by one hundred years of Sollidens castle {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel participated in a seminar on child and adolecent health on Thursday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Princess Estelle inaugurated the fairy tale path at at Tåkern Naturrum on Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria presented the Inspiration Prize at Recycling Day on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future Swedish monarch held an audience with filmmaker and photographer Mattias Klum and Johan Rock Power, professor of environmental science at Stockholm University {Source}. On Wednesday, the King's eldest child participated in the UN Global Forum on Migration and Development{Source}.

-Prince Daniel visited  Richard Steffen secondary school to talk about The Prince Daniel Fellowship program on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Carl Philip celebrated his 35 birthday on Tuesday.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was born 17 May 1971, in Buenos Aires, Argentina the daughter of Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta Stefanini (b. 1928) and his second wife María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart (b. 1944){Source}. She has two brothers, a sister and three half-sisters by her father's first wife Marta López Gil{Source}.

She attended Northlands School and Universidad Católica Argentina, where she graduated with a degree in Economics in 1995{Source}. She worked as an investment banker after graduating, she worked for large international Finance companies in Argentina, New York and Europe{Source}.

She met the heir to the Dutch throne when they were both attending the Seville Spring Fair: "Feria de abril de Sevilla" in 1999{Source}. At the time, she was unaware that he was a prince, as he had introduced himself as simply, Alexander{Source}. Apparently, when Alexander confessed that he was a prince, she thought he was joking! After their initial meeting, they agreed to meet again in New York City, where she was working at the time{Source}. Their relationship and eventual marriage plans were not met without controversy due to her father's involvement with the Argentine government. Thus, when she and her prince married in Amsterdam on 2 February 2002, her parents were not among the guests . On her 30th birthday, she was granted dual Argentine and Dutch Citizenship by royal decree. By Royal Decree on 25 January 2002, upon the solemnization of marriage Máxima Zorreguieta was taken up into the Dutch nobility and the title Princess of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau, and the predicate Royal Highness, were formally granted to her{Source}. By Royal Decree nr. 42 of 25 January 2002, the Princess was granted her own personal coat of arms and a personal standard{Source}.On 13 May 2011 the Dutch parliament confirmed that when the Prince of Orange ascends the throne, Princess Máxima will take the style and title of Her Majesty The Queen of the Netherlands{Source}. Rather than converting to the Reformed Dutch Church upon marriage, she remained Roman Catholic, agreeing that any of their children would be raised within the religion of the Dutch Royal Family. Together, they have three daughters who are:

She is also godmother to:

  • Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (her niece) 
  • Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway {Source}

The Princess is active in rights for women and migrants to The Netherlands{Source}. She speaks fluent English, Dutch and Spanish. She is often acting as a representative of The Netherlands at conference around the world{Source}.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Royal Profile: Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer

Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer is the only daughter of Christian de Massy with his first marriage to María Marta Quintana y del Carril on 16 May 1971 {Source}. She has two brothers, one adopted and the other is a half brother: Brice & Antoine She married Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer on 3 September 2006 {Source}. They have fraternal twins and two other daughters:
  • Jonkvrouw Liliah de Brouwer (2001, her stepdaughter){Source}
  • Jonkvrouw Hermine de Brouwer (2003, her stepdaughter){Source}
  • Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer (b. 2008) {Source}
  • Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (b. 2008) {Source}

She, her father, brothers and children do not have claims to the throne anymore since the death of Prince Rainier. In the unlikely scenario that Prince Rainer's descendants die out, the National Council could elect her or one of her children as a direct Grimaldi descendant to the throne.

Like the rest of her family, she makes rare appearances on behalf of the Princely family. Even rarer than her parents. I don’t think we’ve ever actually seen her, but we may have. She could've attended her grandmother's funeral in April 2011 (possibly her in front of Andrea Casiraghi?) and the Monaco National Day 2011 (on the balcony with Donatella? ). She and her husband were an invited guest to the wedding celebrations of Prince Albert & Princess Charlene in 2011 {Source}, so she may have been among the family there.

She is part of the board of directors of Les Farfadets{Source}

It is believed that she, her husband and their children primarily reside in Belgium, but are often in Monaco.

Royal Profile: Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein was born on 16 May 1969, the second son of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}.

He attended Gymnasium Grammar School in Vaduz, Liechtensten. He attended the European Business School, where he graduated in 1993{Source}. Afterward, he attended Harvard Business School, where he completed an MBA in 1998{Source}.

He has a background mostly working for financial companies, including Chase Capital Partners and Industrie Kapital{Source}. In 2003, he serves as a manager for the German office of JP Morgan Partners. As of 2006, he is CEO of the Liechtenstein Global Trust{Source}

He was married in January 2000 to Angela Brown. Together, they have one son:



Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Ana María Morales y de Grecia

Ana María Morales y de Grecia was born 15 May 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, the second of four children of Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark{Source}. She is a granddaughter of King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:

Crown Prince Pavlos (maternal uncle)
Alejandro Morales (paternal uncle)

The 11 year old resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands with her parents, older sister, and younger siblings in a house designed by her father {Source}. It's likely she attends school there somewhere.

It's also likely that she speaks at least some Greek, Spanish and English.

Through her mother, she is related to most European monarchies:
  • Denmark: Queen Margarethe is her great-aunt
  • Spain: her great-aunt is the present Queen of Spain
  • United Kingdom: The Duke of Edinburgh is her 1st cousin 2x removed

Profile:Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall

Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall was born 15 May 1981, the daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and Capt. Mark Phillips {Source}. She has an older brother, Peter Phillips (1977) {Source}, and two half-sisters, Felicity Tonkin (1985, to her father by his brief affair with Heather Tonkin), and Stephanie Phillips(1997 from her father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger) {Source}. Among her godparents were {Source}:
  • Colonel Andrew Parker-Bowles
  • Mrs Jackie Stewart, wife of the racing driver
During her schooldays, latterly at Gordonstoun, she excelled at many sporting activities {Source}. She represented her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics. She later qualified as a physiotherapist specializing in Equine Physiotherapy, from the University of Exeter {Source}.

Like both her parents, she is an accomplished equestrian {Source}. She collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, making her the reigning Eventing World Champion until 2010 {Source}. She was set to participate in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, but had to pull out at the last minute due to injury of her horse during training both times {Source}.

As a non-titled member of the British Royal Family, she supports many causes, many of which are related to children, spinal injuries or equestrianism. In 2003, she and her mother took part in the first UK double ship-naming ceremony in Southampton. Princess Anne named the P&O Cruises liner Oceana, and Phillips named its sister ship Adonia {Source}. In 2005, she auctioned one of her evening gowns (worn at the London premiere of the film Seabiscuit) to raise money for tsunami relief. She also undertook a visit to New Zealand in her role as patron of The Catwalk Trust. From 1998 to 2005 she served as the president of Club 16-24, a group which encourages young people to take an interest in racing. She is linked to INSPIRE, the Salisbury based medical research charity which helps to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, the UK's leading children's cancer charity.

She appears at events for The Caudwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses. She has continued her family's long patronage of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has visited on many occasions. In 2006, she took part in a special charity day for Cantor Index, whose staff were killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks. In 2007, she became patron of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. To help with Sport Relief 2008, she posed for her first official royal portrait by artist Jack Vettriano. In 2009, she attended a celebrity poker tournament in Monaco in aid of Darfur, Sudan. In September 2010, she attended the 2012 London Olympic Ball alongside cousin Prince Harry of Wales. In October of the same year she attended another celebrity poker tournament, this time in London, in aid of Cancer Research UK, of which she is Royal Patron. Zara was appointed as a Member of Order of the British Empire by her grandmother in the annual New Year's Honours list in 2007 for her role in equestiansim.

In 2009, she became a business woman and fashion designer when she began to design her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing. The range is named ZP176 after the team number Zara was given when she first represented her country. The range was officially launched in July 2010.

She is named Zara at the suggestion of her uncle, Prince Charles-it's Greek meaning "radiance", her second and middle names come from her mother and grandmother. At her birth, she was 6th in line for the throne, but after the births of her cousins Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James Viscount Severn, and her nieces Savanah and Isla, she is presently 14th in line of Succession. With the birth of "Baby Cambridge" in July, she'll be placed 15th in line for the throne.

She met her now husband, Mike Tindall, through her cousin, Prince Harry at England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003. They lived together near Princess Anne's Scotland estate for several years. Buckingham Palace announced their engagement on 21 December 2010. They were married on 30 July 2011. In January 2014, she gave birth to her first child, Miss Mia Grace Tindall, who is in line for the throne.

Royal Profile: Princess Margaretha Antonia Marie Félicité of Liechtenstein, Princess of Luxembourg

Princess Margaretha Antonia Marie Félicité of Liechtenstein, Princess of Luxembourg was born 15 May 1957, the daughter of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.
She has a faternal twin, Prince Jean{Source}. Her godparents are:
  • Prince Felix of Luxembourg
  • Queen Margarethe II of Denmark
The young princess had a global education-she studied in Luxembourg, Belgium, The United Kingdom, an the United States.

She has no official role in Luxembourg (her brother Henri is the Grand Duke), Liechtenstein (her husband is the younger brother to the present Prince Hans-Adam II) or Belgium (her uncle is King Albert II). However, she does attended official weddings and other family events. She attended the weddings of Archduke Imre of Austria to Kathleen Walker {Photos}, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg to Stephanie de Lannoy {Photos} and the wedding of Archduke Christophe to Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch {Photo} She also attended her father's 90th birthday party in 2009 {Photos} and the installation of the new pope in 2013 {Photo}

She is patron of Dyslexia International.

She was married to Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein of 20 March 1982. Together, they have four children, three of which survived infancy{Source}:
  • Prince Leopold of Liechtenstein (1984-1984)
  • Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein (1985)
  • Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (1987)
  • Prince Josef-Emanuel of Liechtenstein (1989)

Royal Profile: Prince Jean of Luxembourg

Prince Jean of Luxembourg was born 15 May 1957, the second son of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. He is the twin brother of Princess Margaretha. His godparents are:

  • Prince Felix of Luxembourg 
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark


The young prince was primarily educated in Luxembourg, Switzerland and France. Upon graduation, he attended The Bell School of Languages in Cambridge England. He attended a university in Geneva.


In 1977, he began military officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was made captain of the Luxembourg Army in 1979.


After completing his university studies, he moved to New York to work as a financial analysist for the
Finance, Planning & Analysis Division of W.R. Grace. Today, the Prince works in the water industry, as an advisor to the GDF-Suez Group, Executive VP of the Suez Foundation and is a member of the Executive Board of Degrémont.

In 1985, he returned to Europe, settling in France, where he attended INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, where he obtained an MBA in 1986.

On 26 September 1986, Prince Jean renounced his right of succession to the Luxembourg throne. He was married on 27 May 1987 to Hélène Suzanna Vestur. His wife and children were granted the titles Count/ess of Nassu. On 27 November 2004, Grand Duke Henri granted Prince Jean, his wife and their children the titles Prince/ss of Nassau, and HRH status, without succession rights. Their children are:

  • Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau (1986)
  • Prince Constantin of Nassau (1988)
  • Prince Wenceslas of Nassau (1990)
  • Prince Carl-Johan of Nassau (1992)





The Prince and Hélène would later divorce, and he would marry Diane De Guerre in 2009 {Source}

Royal Profile:Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza

Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza was born 15 May 1945 the son of Dom Duarte Duno, Duke of Braganza and Princess Fracisca of Orléans-Braganza. His godparents were{Source}:
  • Pope Pius XII
  • Queen Amélie of Orléans 
From 1957 to 1959, Dom Duarte was enrolled in the Colégio Nun'Álvres in Santo Tirso, Portugal. In 1960, he attended Colégio Militar. He also attended Instituto Superior de Agronomia, and later attended the University of Geneva


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he fufilled his military service seriving as a helicopter pilot in the Portuguese Air Force.


On 13 May 1995, he married Isabel Inês de Castro Curvelo de Herédia. Together, they have three children:
  • Infante Afonso de Santa Maria de Bragança of Portugal, Prince of Beira, Duke of Barcelos (b. 1996)
  • Infanta Maria Francisca of Portugal (b. 1997)
  • Infante Dinis de Santa Maria de Bragança of Portugal, Duke of Porto (b. 1999)

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...