Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Royal Profile:Don Miguel Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon was born 30 April 2002 as the third son of Infanta Cristina, The Duchess of Palma de Mallorca and Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca {Source}. He has two older brothers and a younger sister {Source}:
  • Don Juan (1999)
  • Don Pablo (2000)
  • Doña Irene (2005)
In June 2002, he was baptized with the following as his godparents:
  • Prince Felipe of Asturias (maternal uncle)
  • Lucía Urdangarín (paternal aunt)

He has had a global life-residing mostly in Spain, but spending time in the US, before moving to Switzerland. He and his family resided in Washington, DC from 2009-2012, while his father worked for Telefónica. In August 2013 the family, without his father, moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where his mother had taken a job with the Caixa Foundation{Source}. In early April 2013, his father was offered a new position in Qatar, it was unclear whether or not Infanta Christina and her children will join him there at the end of this school year, which in the end, they did not join him in Qatar, but moved to Switzerland instead {Source}.

Due to his parents' global lifestyle, he has also had a worldly education. He began his education at the Carls Riba Preschool before the family's move to the US in 2009. Upon the family's return to Spain in 2011, he began to attend The French School of Spain, which both of his brothers attended. It is unclear where he attends school now.

As a member of the Royal House of Spain, and as 11th in line for the Spanish throne after his uncle, aunt, four cousins, mother and two older brothers, he holds an official title, as the son of a Duke and Duchess. Also due to his distance to the throne and age, he does not perform public duties on behalf of his grandfather.

Royal Profile:King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was born on 30 April 1946 as the only son of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sidylla{Source}. The young prince has four older sisters{Source}:
  • Princess Margaretha
  • Princess Birgitta
  • Princess Désirée 
  • Princess Christina 
The young prince was christened on 7 June 1946, with the name Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus{Source}. 
When he was barely 9 months of age, his father died in a plane crash, leaving him to be heir to the throne of Sweden after his grandfather took the throne in 1950 {Source}. 

A year after his mother's death in 1972, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf would become the King of Sweden following the death of King Gustaf VI Adolf {Source}. The new Swedish King took  “For Sweden - With the times" as his motto, thereby declaring his intention of meeting the demands of society on a modern monarch{Source}. 


He began his educational persuits at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, before attending Broms School in 1952, followed by the Sigtuna Boarding School, where he graduated from upper secondary school in 1966{Source}. After completing his intial eduation, he began to serve in the military, where he trained in the Army, Navy and Air Force for two and a half years{Source}. The young Crown Prince also took part in a long voyage on the mine-laying vessel Älvsnabben during the winter of 1966-1967{Source}. The Crown Prince passed his Naval Officer examinations in 1968{Source}. He later completed a command course at the Swedish National Defense Colelge, and complemented his naval officer training with officer's duties aboard various Swedish Naval ships{Source}. After serving on the Älvsnabben  in the winter of 1966-1967, the young Crown Prince began his academic carrer with a one year program comprising in History, Sociology, Political Science, Frinancial Law and Economics at the University of Uppsala, and would continue his educational persuits at the University of Stolkhom, studying Economics {Source}. He also spent time in a special program for him, studying the Swedish judicial system, social welfare organisations and institutions, trade unions and employer associations, with a special emphasis on the work of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), the Government and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and spent time visiting national and local authorities, as well as industries, factories, laboratories, and schools{Source}. In order to get international experience, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf participated in work of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York and spent time working with SIDA (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) in Africa, as well as working with banks and the Swedish embassy and Chamber of Commerce in London, and at Alfa Laval plant in France {Source}. The Crown Prince also undertook several major royal duties abroad during this time, most notably heading the Swedish delegation for the World Expostion in Japan in 1970{Source}.

During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972, The Crown Prince met Miss Silvia Renate Sommerlath, who was working as an interperter and hostess{Source}. They began dating shortly there after, and were engaged on 12 March 1976{Source}. Three months later, their wedding took place on 19 June 1976 in Sweden{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws, and two granddaughters{Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
    1. Prince Daniel (who was born on his wedding day, in 1976)
      1. Princess Estelle (2012)
    2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
    3. Princess Madeleine (1981)
      1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil
      2. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria (2014)

Royal Recap: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George of Cambridge visit Australia and New Zealand, April 2014


New Zealand

Day 1 (April 7)

Upon their arrival in New Zealand at the rainy Wellington International Airport, they were greeted by The Prime Minister of New Zealand  before heading to the Governor's House{Source}. Upon their arrival at the Governor's House,  they were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome before taking time to relax after a 30 hour flight {Source}.

Day 2 (April 8th)

No engagements today...time to settle into their new timezone, recover from the 30 hour flight, relax, maybe sight seeing around the local area

Day 3 (April 9th)

 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince George at a baby playgroup at the Government House, where while the young babies played, The Duke and Duchess visited and chatted with local parents whom were in attendance, many of whom use the services of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society {Source}{Video}.

Day 4 (April 10th)

During Day 4 of their tour of Australia and New Zealand, the royal couple visited the town of Blenheim, where they paid their respects to those who died fighting in all of New Zealand's conflicts during a wreath laying ceremony at the town's war memorial {Source}. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess did a walkabout, meeting with the people who had gathered  {Source}.

Day 5 (April 11th)

On the fifth day of their tour, they visited the Royal New Zealand Air Force and their families. During the visit, they took part in a boat race {Source}.

Day 6 (April 12th)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in the town of Cambridge, New Zealand doing both solo and together engagments. While there the royal couple visited a children's hospice, an aerospace company, among other organizations{Source}. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge spoke about his love for flying during a visit to the Pacific Aerospace Company, while Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Rainbow Place Children's Hospital where she spoke with children and families about the help and support they had recieved there and joined a Mad Hatter's Tea Party Event {Source}. Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Avantidrome, a new state of the art cycling arena {Source}. The Royal duo also paid their respects to New Zealand's war dead at the town's elegant memorial {Source}.

Day 7(April 13th)

 To end their first week of their offiicial visit to the Oceania countires of the Commonwealth, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time mixing it up with traditional Kiwi pastimes, including rugby, boat rides and traditional Maori welcomes {Source}.

The Duke and Duchess arrived at Dunedin Airport, where they were greeted by local officials and recieved an traditional Nagi Tahu welcome {Source}. From there, they proceeded to the Palm Sunday service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul {Source}.  The afternoon was spent a little less formally, with a visit to Forsyth Barr Stadium, where they participated in a rugby competition with local children {Source}. After that, it was off to visit Amisfeild Winery  {Source}.

Day 8 (April 14th)

To begin their second week of The Royal Tour, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Christchurch, where they were welcomed by the Ngai Tahu iwi (tribe) {Source}. This would mark the Duke's second visit to the city, the last being after an earthquake in 2011 {Source}. 

During their visit, the future monarch and his wife visited the CTV memorial site, met with families of those who died, and laid memorial stones {Source}.  They then paid a visit to th RNZAF Memorial Wall, where they laid a single red rose in homage {Source}. There, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge made a speech {Source}{Read The Duke's Speech}.

Later on, they participated in a  spontaneous game of cricket during a visit to the 2015 Cricket World Cup ground {Source}.

Day 9 (April 15)


Day off with the family and to travel to Australia
  1. Day 10 (April 16)
  2. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Sydney Opera House for a reception to mark their tour {Source}. Upon arriving at the reception, they took a brief walk-about to greet the thousands of well-wishers{Source}.
  3. Not avoiding controversy on this trip, Australian officials were forced out of an official greeting ceremony due to a political scandal {Source}. {Photos}
  4. Day 11 (April 17)
During a visit to the Three Sisters, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge vowed to return to the spot one day to view its breathtaking views {Source}. The royal pair spent the day touring the Australian Blue Mountains region, which was close to the region of Sydney that suffered devastating brush fires last October{Source}. During the visit, they met with families who were affected by the fires{Source}. They also met with Aborignial elders, whom were representing the indigenous landowners of Echo Point{Source}.

Their Royal Highnesses moved forward to look at the view which attracts more than three million visitors every year and were joined by senior figures from two tourist companies that run attractions in the area. Before leaving The Duke and Duchess went on a short walkabout meeting the crowds who had been patiently waiting to meet them{Source}.

Day 12 (April 18)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their day with a visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, a show that had previously been attended by The Duke's grandfather and father (in 1971 and 1981 respectively) {Source}. During their tour, they visited several exhibits, many of which they were given gifts by the exhibitors ranging from fresh produce to toys and clothes for Prince George{Source}. The Duke and Duchess unveiled a plaque to open the new Southee and Bagery Pavilion, where the show's arts and crafts, fashion and style, and flower and garden displays were displayed{Source}. A particular interest to The Duchess of Cambridge was the photography exhibitation, as well as the crochet exhibit, while Prince William was interested in produce displays{Source}.

Later that same day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited The Bear Cottage Children's Hospice{Source}.  During the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech{Read that here}.

Day 13 (April 19)

Today began with a visit to RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane, Austrialia {Source}. The Duke had previously visited the same base during a tour of Queensland's worst hit flooded areas in 2011 {Source}. During the visit, the future monarch and his wife toured the Suoer Hornet Simulator Facility and met with relatives of four servicemen whom lost their lives in recent conflicts{Source}. Afterward, they attended a reception with vetrans and their families {Source}. Also during the visit, they toured the base's memorial garden and planted a Plunkett Mallee (Eucalyptus curtisii) tree{Source}. During their tour of the base, The Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a boomerang from a set of three year old twins, who explained that it was a gift from them to Prince George {Source}.


Day 14 (April 20)

In the morning, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a Easter Mass at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney {Source}. Afterward, they returned to the Government House to collect Prince George for a royal visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo {Source}. During the visit, Prince George met a bilby named for him  {Source} (FYI: A bilby is a rabbit-like marsupial native to Australia). 

Day 15 (April 21)

Day off

Day 16 (April 22)

The day began for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a visit to Australia's Uluru landmark and Ayers Rock {Source}. The Royal duo also paid a visit to the National Indigenous Training Academy, where they presented recent hospitality and catering graduates with their certificates {Source}. After the ceremony, they did a brief walkabout on the academy grounds  {Source}. During the visit The Duke was presented with a spear by a husband and wife, indigenous couple Kamurin and Sherelle Young, who are students at the Academy and hope to become managers in hotels {Source}.

Day 17 (April 23)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their day with a visit to the Sydney suburb of Elizabeth, which is named for The Duke's grandmother {Source}. While in Elizabeth, they attended a DJ-ing lesson at a Community Music Centre called Northern Sound System  {Source}. Also during their visit to the Music Centre they watched a skateboarding display at a nearby skateboard park, and were presented with a skateboard for their son {Source}. They also made street art, and witnessed a BMX riding display {Source}. After the visit to the center, they visited the garden suburb, and unveiled a plaque  for a planned new office development center to be named Prince George Plaza after their son {Source}. 

Day 18 (April 24)


The Royal Couple spent the day doing engagements in the Australian city of Canberra {Source}. During a visit to the National Arboretum, The Duke gave a speech about the upcoming Anzac Day and he and his wife planted a tree and visited a new playground {Source}. In the afternoon, they attended a reception at the Parliament House{Source}. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra {Source}. After the visit to the National Gallery, they attended a reception given by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove at Government House{Source}.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Royal Profile: 25 Facts about Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

  1. Princess Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark was born 29 April 1944 {Source}.
  2. She is the second daughter of three daughters to King Frederik XI and Queen Ingrid{Source}.
  3. She has two sisters, one older, Queen Margarethe II, and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece{Source}.
  4. She was married to Richard,6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Denmark on 3 Februrary 1968{Source}.
  5. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:
    1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
      1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
        1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
        2.  Lady Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    3. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
  6. Princess Benedikte is patron of many national organizations, institutions, and foundations in Denmark and abroad {Source}.
  7. She also serves as honoray member of various associations and societies{Source}.
  8. She is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden {Source}.
  9. Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark{Source}.
  10. Princess Benedikte served in a special scout unit created just for her so she could participate as a child {Source}.
  11. She is chairwoman of Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark) since 2000{Source}.
  12. In 1963, she stood in for her mother during the Girl Scouts World Conference{Source}.
  13. In 1965, Princess Benedikte became president of the Girl Scouts ' Confederation Denmark{Source}.
  14. She is patron for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association){Source}.
  15. Princess Benedikte is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS){Source}.
  16. She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark.
  17.  In 2007, she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.
  18. The Princess holds honors from:
    1. Denmark
    2. Argentina
    3. Belgium
    4. Finland
    5. Germany
    6. Greece
    7. Holy See
    8. Italy
    9. Luxembourg
    10. The Netherlands
    11. Norway
    12. Spain
    13. Sweden
    14. Tunisia
  19. She was not in line for the throne due to succession laws at birth. 
  20. However, things changed in 1947, allowed the Danish Royal women to succeed, which her sister did in 1972. Presently, the Danish Succession Act allows equal rights to the throne.
  21. Upon this (see #20) change, Princess Benedikte became second in line. 
  22. Presently she is 10th in line after two nephews, and 8 great-nieces and nephews.
  23. Princess Benedikte's children are not in line for succession due to her father ruling that they must be brought up in Denmark in order to have succession rights. 
  24. However, both her daughters have obtained Danish Citizenship.
  25. She was a horse breeder in Germany, something that her youngest child has followed in her footsteps doing.

Royal Profile: The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz of Spain was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the daughters of the Prince and Prinesss of Austrias, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos {Source}.

She is third in line for the Spanish throne after her father and sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her  (Infanta Sofia's great-great grandmother)paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.


She was baptized in July 2007 {Source}, with the following as her godparents:

  • Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  • The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her fourth year at the school.

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

  •  British: TWICE- through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice on her grandfather's side as Princess Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter. She is also a greatx4 grandaughter through Princess Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal
  • Greek: Her great-uncle is the deposed King Constantine
  • Denmark: She is the Greatx6 granddaughter of Chistian XI on her grandmother's side

As she is so young, she does not participate in many official functions. However, she makes appearances at formal funtions such as the tradtional family Easter Mass in Palma de Mallorca {2014}, meeting with Spain's national football team after their UEFA World Cup victory in 2012 {Photos}, among other events. 

Royal Profile: Maud Angelica Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 as the eldest of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn's three daughters {Source}.She eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. She has two younger sisters{Source}:
  1. Leah Isadora (2005)
  2. Emma Tallulah (2008)
She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:
  • King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  • Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  • Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and best man at his wedding)
  • Trond Giske (friend of her father)

At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. She has two younger sisters, Leah, and Emma. Her cousins are future Norweigen Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attended this school. Presently, Maud and her family reside in London.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Royal Profile: 31 Facts About The Lady Helen Mariana Lucy Taylor

  1. The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Windsor was born 28 April 1964 as the middle child and only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent{Source}
  2. She has two brothers:
    1.  George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews
    2. Lord Nicholas Windsor {Source}.
  3. She is a great-granddaughter of King George V{Source}.
  4. Her star sign in Taurus {Source}.
  5. Her birth number is 7{Source}.
  6. Her Chinese Astrology sign is the Wood Dragon {Source}.
  7. She is also a first cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II {Source}
  8. She was baptized on 12 May 1964{Source}.
  9. Her godparents were{Source}:
    1. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (her father's 1st cousin)
    2. Mrs. David Butler
    3. Sir Angus Ogilvy (her father's cousin's husband)
    4. Sir Philip Hay
  10. She attend schools in Scotland and England-Eton End PNEU School, St. Mary's School, Wantage and Gotdonstoun.
  11. She worked  with art dealer Karsten Shubert for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  12. She confessed in a television interview once that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.
  13. As the daughter of a Royal Duke and an indirect descendant of the current reigning monarch, she was styled "Lady" at birth, as it is a courtesy title for daughters of Dukes and Earls {Source}.
  14. She is currently the only one of her siblings in line for the throne, until the rules change in the coming years{Source}.
  15. Her engagement to Tim Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992{Source}.
  16. She married Timothy Taylor on 18 July 1992{Source}
  17. They were married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle {Source}.
  18. After the ceremony, a reception was held at her parents' country home, Crocker End House {Source}.
  19. Her attendants included {Source}:
    1. Lady Gabriella Windsor (age 11, the brides cousin)
    2. Lord Downpatrick (age 4, the bride's nephew)
    3. She also had two other page boys and bridesmaids
  20. She and her husband have four children{Source}:
    1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (6 August 1994)
    2. Cassius Edward Taylor (26 December 1996)
    3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2 March 2003)
    4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (21 December 2004)
  21. Upon her marriage, she retained her style of "Lady", but took her husband's last name, thus becoming Lady Helen Taylor {Source}.
  22. She is presently 35th in line for the throne {Source}.
  23. At her birth in 1964, she was 8th  {Source}.
  24. As a minor member of the British Royal Family, she does not receive any government money or perform any official role for her 1st cousin 1x removed {Source}.
  25. However, she and her family do attend functions like royal weddings, the Royal Ascot, and the Trooping the Colour and Jubilee celebrations.
  26. She is an ambassador for the CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity {Source}.
  27. Her husband is a cancer survivor {Source}.
  28. She operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England  {Source}.
  29. She and her family likely live a relatively normal life.
  30. In 2013, she caught the eye of The Huffington Post  for her style sense {Source}.
  31. She shares her birth year with a frist cousin and two of her first cousins 1x removed:
    1. James Ogilvy (29 February, their parents are siblings)
    2. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (10 March)
    3. The Lady Sarah Chatto (1 May)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Royal Profile: King Williem-Alexander I of The Netherlands

Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of The Netherlands was born on 27 April 1967, the first child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of The Netherlands {Source}. He was baptized on 2 September 1967, with the following as his godparents {Source}:

  • Prince Bernhard (maternal grandfather)
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Ferdinand von Bismarck, former 
  • Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra 
  • Ms Renée Smith-Roëll


Alongside his two brothers, Prince Friso (1968-2013) and Prince Constantijn (1969), he grew up in his family's residence of Drakensteyn Castle  {Source}. When his grandmother, Queen Julianna, abdicated in favor of his mother in 1980, he and his family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace  {Source}.

The future Dutch monarch was primarially educated in The Netherlands and Wales, and did graduate studies in the United States{Source}. He began his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, before attended Baarns Lyceum{Source}. He obtained an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College in Wales in 1985{Source}. Upon graduation, the future monarch began a career in the military, where he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987, where he recieved training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and served on the board of the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen{Source}. In 1988, after a refersher course at the Naval Academy, he began serving as a duty officer aboard the frgate HNLMS Van Kinsbergen {Source}. Upon completion of his service in the military, he began studying history at Lieden University, where he was awarded a bachelors degree in history in 1993 {Source}. After graduation, he returned to the military, this time with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he gained a Military Pilot's license in the Royal Netherlands Air Force{Source}. In 1994, Prince Willem-Alexander spent several months studying aspects of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force at the Netherlands Defense College {Source}. Upon completing his military studies, he began a course to familiarize himself with every facet of Dutch Society, studying the constituional and legal systems, learning how centernal government and other authorities funtion, visiting European instutions, Dutch ministires, and High Councils of State, Dutch business community aspects, before undertaking a program of Advanced Development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA{Source}.

Before succeeding his mother in 2013, he held a number of specific positions in a wide range of areas which reflected his commitment to Dutch society {Source}. His main interests have included water management, infrastructure and ICT, sport and defense  {Source}. During his time as Prince of Orange, he became a member of the Council of State upon his 18th birthday in April 1985 {Source}. Upon his assession to the throne, he automatically became President of the Council of State  {Source}.  During the time prior to his investiture, he was a member of several boards, including {Source}:
  • De Nederlandsche Bank(the Dutch central bank) (1998-2010)
  • Kröller-Müller Museum(1999-2010)'
  • Chair of the  House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust(2002-2013) 
  • Representative of the Royal Family on the management board of the Royal Domains (2002-2013)
In March 2001, his parents announced the engagement of The Prince of Orange to Argentine Maxima Zorreguieta, which was subsequently approved by the government in July 2001 {Source}. The marriage took place in Februrary 2002  {Source}. Together, they have three daughters {Source}:

  • Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
  • Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
  • Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)

The Recap of the Royals You Love: April 21-27, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant attended a performance of the Musical “14-18" on Friday {Source}

-Queen Mathilde presided over the 2014 Prix InBev-Baillet Latour de la Santé on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 11th birthday on Wednesday.

-King Albert III & Queen Paola


Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort began a state visit to China on Thursday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Fredrick & Crown Princess Mary hosted a dinner for leaders in sustainable fashion during the 2014 Copenhagen Fashion Summit on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Isabella celebrated her 7th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 88th birthday on Monday.

-The Prince Charles of Wales held a meeting of the North Highland Initiative on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future monarch held a Rural Skills Meeting,  a Scottish Land and Estates Meeting, and a meeting of the Scottish Business in the Community meeting {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a meeting of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Committee on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's youngest son  opened the Business Hub at Vantage Point  {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the organization Meningitis Now to commemorate World Meningitis Day,  visited Verderers Court, Speech House Hotel, visited St. Mary's Church to mark the renovation of the Church Tower and attended a Reception at the Three Choirs Vineyard on Thursday {Photos} {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attended a Joint Services Awards Dinner on Wednesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  visited The Orchard Trust on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince George of Cambridge wrapped up their tour of New Zealand and Australia on Friday. Check back soon for a full recap.

-Princess Beatrice of York visited Bolingbroke Academy and the ARK Globe Academy on Thursday {Source}

-Daniel St. George Chatto celebrated his 57th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester opened Castle House, visited an exhibition entitled "Rebellion" at the Museum of Somerset, visited the Holburne Museum, and visited Number 1 Royal Crescent on Tuesday{Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's cousin vosoted Oldham College, opened Waterhead Academy, visited Mono Pumps Limited, visited the Monastery, attended a dinner to mark the 120th anniversary of the St. George's Society of New York {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester  met with the Chief Executive of Shine of Thursday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended a reception for the  The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) and a luncheon given by the Regimental Council on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception for the Alzheimer's Society on Wednesday {Source}

Greece

-Prince Philippos celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko attended the 2014 Japan Prize awards ceremony on Wednesday {Source}.On Thursday, the royal pair welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama {Source}

Jordan

-Queen Rania  visited to the Eskan Al Jam’a Mixed Secondary School on Sunday {Photos}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans Adam II, Princess Marie Aglaë, Prince Nikolaus, Princess Margaretha, Princess Maria-Anunciata & Prince Josef Emanuel attended the Canonization Mass of Popes John Paul III & JohnXXIII on Sunday {Photos}

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Louis, Princess Tessy attended the Canonization Mass of Popes John Paul III & JohnXXIII on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}

Monaco

-Princess Stephanie & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the launch of Mumo-a charity art truck-on Thursday {Source}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I  held and audience with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the first Dutch King in a century received the carnation offered by the president of the Anjerveteranendag Foundation {Source}.  On Sunday, the Dutch King celebrated his 47th birthday.

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane & Princess Beatrix attended King's Day Festivities on Saturday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima held an audience with the Secretary-General of the OECD on Thursday {Source}.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I attended the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, he held an audiences with the President of the Republic of Ecuador and the Union of Italian Circles {Source} {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended the Canonization Mass of Popes John Paul III & JohnXXIII on Sunday {Photos}

-King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a luncheon and award ceremony of Spanish Literature "Miguel de Cervantes" 2013 on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended the prize giving ceremony of the Prize for Literature in Spanish Language "Miguel de Cervantes" 2013 on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias held an audience with  a group of generals and admirals brigade after receiving their new destinations on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, the future Spanish monarch held an audience with
the authors of the biography about D. Vicente del Bosque, members of the Board of the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, representatives of the members of the office in Madrid of the firm "Herbert Smith Freehills Spain", LXIII Trade Promotion State Technical and Economists,
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-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the Semifinal first leg of the UEFA Champions League 2014 on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the first day of competitions for children and Cadet Volleyball on Thursday {Source}.

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo held an audience with representatives of the organizers and contributors to the fourteenth edition of the campaign "One toy, one dream" on Thursday {Source}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Siliva attended the premire performance of Emigrants on Sunday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria took part in an international parliamentary conference on population held in the Swedish parliament and met with the head of the UN Population Fund on Wednesday{Source}. On Thursday, the future Swedish Queen held a meeting with researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre {Source}. On Friday, the future Swedish monarch visited the National Museum {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended the Swedish Export Credit seminar on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel visited the industrial company SKF and the fashion company Rut & Circle on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip participated in the  Lilla barnets (Little Baby Race) on Saturday {Source}

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark

Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark was born 26 April 1986 as the third son and youngest child of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece {Source}. He has two older brothers and two older sisters{Source}:

  • Princess Alexia (1965)
  • Crown Prince Pavlos (1967)
  • Prince Nikolas (1969)
  • Princess Theodora (1983)

He was born while the family was in exile in London, England.His godparents were Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (his 1st cousin 1x removed) & Princess Diana of Wales (his 2nd cousin in law) {Source}

He spent the majority of his education at the Hellenic College of London (1992-2002, GCSE){Source}. He also attended United World College in New Mexico, USA before attendingGeorgetown University, where he studied foreign relations {Source}.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Anna Maria Foundation, along side his mother (president) and siblings{Source}

He has a passion for almost everything. He is an avid sportsman, especially when it comes to roller blading, swimming, and Football (he supports UK's Arsenal and the Greek Club Panathinaikos) {Source}. He also enjoys computers, history, and music.

He is presently 8th in line for the deposed Greek throne, after his two elder brothers, three nephews, and a niece.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 23 April 2003 as the the fifth child and third daughter of Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz of Belgium {Source}. 
She has 4 siblings, including, two sisters and two brothers:
  • Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
  • Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  • Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
  • Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
Her godparents are her brother Prince Joachim and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein{Source}. Like her elder siblings before her, she is attending Sint-Jan-Berchmans School in Brussels, where she is in the 5th grade of primary school (2013-2014) {Source}.

As she is 11th and so distantly in line for the throne after her four cousins, mother, two brothers and two sisters, her mother tries to limit her exposure to the press and protect her private life.  She joined her mother and sister Princess Luisa Maria for the world premiere of The Adventures of Tintin on October 22, 2011 {Source}. She attended her uncle's coorronation in June 2013 with her family, but is rarely seen attending other official events. She is the middle granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola. Her sisters Princess Maria Laura & Princess Luisa Maria, and cousin Princess Elisabeth are all older, while her cousins Princess Louise and Princess Eléonore are both younger.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Royal Profile:Daniel St. George Chatto

Daniel St. George Chatto was born 22 April 1957 as Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule {Source}. He is the son of the late actor Thomas Chatto Sproule (stage name Thomas Chatto) and the theatrical agent Ros Chatto {Source}. He has one brother, James {Source} In 1987, using Deed poll, Chatto legally changed his name from Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule to Daniel St. George Chatto. At the same time, his mother, also using Deed Poll, abandoned her surname Sproule in favor of Chatto.{Source}.
Before marrying into the royal family, he was an actor, like his father. He appeared in several films throughout the 1980s. His most notable role is probably Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1988, Prince Andrew){Source}

He began a romance with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones while working on Heat and Dust in India in 1983, in which he played a party guest and Lady Sarah was working in the wardrobe department {Source}. Fast forward to 14 July 1994, at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, where they were married. Together, they have two sons:
  • Samuel Chatto (1996)
  • Arthur Chatto (1998)
Mr. Chatto does not perform any royal duties on behalf of his wife's aunt, however, like his wife,sons, and his brother-in-law and his family, he is a frequent guest at royal functions. In the past, some of these funtions have included: the Queen's traditional Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace and Christmas a Sandringham,  The State Opening Of Parliament (where his younger son has served as a Page of Honour to his great-aunt since 2010), family weddings, VIP art gallery openings.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second child of The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark {Source}.

She was christened at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 1 July 2007, with the following as her godparents{Source}:

  • Princess Mathilde, The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde, a family friend)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Dr. Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  • Mr. Christian Buchwald (friend of her father's)
  • Mr. Peter Heering (friend of her father's)
  • Mrs. Marie Louise Skeel (friend of her mother's)
Her name was announced as:
  • Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  • Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  • Margrethe: for her grandmother
As previously done with her brother, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affiairs formally wrote and signed a hand-written document confirming her postion as third in line for the Danish throne, a document which contained her full name, birth and christening dates, and the names of her Royal Godparents, in accordance dictated by Royal Law of 1799. 

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).On 13 August 2013, Princess Isabella started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, the same public school as her older brother {Source}.

At seven years old, she has had already done her share of royal tours and duties, mostly in the company of her family. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee. She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007, 2008,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}.

Royal Profile: Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York was born 21 April 1926, as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York {Source}. She would be joined by a younger sister, Princess Margaret in 1930{Source}.

The young princess was third in line for the British throne at the time of her birth, after her paternal uncle and father, and was not expected to take the crown{Source}.

She was christened as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary for her mother, paternal great-grandmother and paternal grandmother{Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • King George V (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Mary (paternal grandmother)
  • Princess Mary [Viscountess Lascelles] (aunt)
  • The Duke of Connaught (great-great-uncle)
  • The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (maternal grandfather)
  • Lady Elphinstone
Her earliest years were spent between her parents' private residence in London and White Lodge in Richmond Park, as well as her grandparents' country homes{Source}. When she turned six years old, her parents took over the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home{Source}.

Her relatively normal upbringing and quiet family life came to an abrupt end in January 1936, with the death of her paternal grandfather {Source}. As her uncle was without a family of his own, Princess Elizabeth was now second in line for the British throne{Source}. However, by the end of that year, in December, her uncle would abdicate the throne, leaving her father to become King Geogre VI{Source} and ten year old Princess Elizabeth as first in line for the British throne{Source}.

The young Princess and her sister began their education at home, supervised by governesses {Source}. Upon her uncle's abdication and her father's asccendance to the throne, ten year old Princess Elizabeth began to study constitutional history and law, to prepare her for her future role as Queen {Source}. She studied French with her Belgian and French governesses,studied art and music,  religion, horseback ridding, swimming  {Source}.

She also was part of several extra-curricular activities. In 1939, Princess Elizabeth participated in and won the Children's Challenge Shield at London's Bath Club  {Source}. She was enrolled in Girl Guides at the age of eleven, and became a Sea Ranger {Source}.

During WWII, the young Princess and her sister were moved to the safety of Windsor Castle {Source}. During the Christmas times in the 1940s, the young princess and her sister would  put on pantomimes with the children of members of staff for the enjoyment of her family and employees of the Royal Household{Source}. At the age of 14 in 1940, Princess Elizabeth participated in a live radio broadcast during the BBC Children's programme to the children of Britian and the Commonwealth, especially those whom had been evacuated {Source}. In 1942, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards, and she would perform her first solo public engagement when she inspected the regiment in April of that same year{Source}. A year later, in April 1943, she spent the day with her reigiment in Southern Command{Source}. From then onwards, Princess Elizabeth was actively involved in the roles of the monarchy, much of which involved organizations connected to youth{Source}. She was president of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children (closed in 1998) and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children{Source}. In March 1944, she began to accompany her parents on tours of Great Britain{Source}.

She turned eighteen in March 1944, and was appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's adsence on a tour of the Italian battlefields, and for the first time carried out duties of the Head of State{Source}. In August 1944, with Queen Elizabeth, the Princess received an address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne{Source}. In September, she carried out her first official tour of Scotland with her parents, a tour which included her opening ceremony in October, when she opened the recently reconstructed Aberdeen Sailors' Home{Source}. Her first flight by air was on a tour of Northern Ireland with her parents {Source}. In early 1945 the Princess was made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS){Source}. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver{Source}.

She was married to Sir Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 {Source}. Upon their marriage, her father granted his new son-in-law the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich {Source}.  This made the young Princess Elizabeth the Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth and Baroness Greenwich {Source}. Together, they have four children, eight grandchildren, two granddaughters-in-law, and a grandson-in-law, and four great-grandchildren {Source}:
  1. The Prince Charles of Wales
    1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge
      1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge
      2. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge
    2. Prince Henry of Wales
  2. The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York
    1. Princess Beatrice of York
    2. Princess Eugenie of York
  3. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
    1. Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Philips
      1. Mrs. Autumn Kelly Philips
        1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips
        2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips
    2. Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall
      1. Mr. Michael Tindall
        1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall

Royal Profile: Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

Flora Alexandra Ogilvy was born 15 December 1994 as the first child of James Ogilvy and Julia Ogilvy { Source }.She has one brother{ Source...