Monday, June 30, 2014

Royal Profile: Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg was born 30 June 1964 as Alexandra Christina Manley and would later become Princess Alexandra of Denmark in Hong Kong. She is of British, Chinese, Czech and Austrian ancestry, and is the eldest of three daughters of Richard Nigel Manley (1924-2010) and Christa Maria Manley (1933-).

She attended to her education primarily in Hong Kong. It has never been made pubic whether or not the former princess attended a degree, but she studied international business at universities in Austria, Japan and the UK. She worked in the sales and marketing industry in Hong Kong from 1990-1995. When she was engaged to Prince Joachim, she studied Danish as a foreign language.

She met her future 1st husband when he was working for a Danish shipping company and they were both attending a party. They had a quick whirlwind romance, and were engaged by the late fall of 1994, where Prince Joachim surprised her while they were holidaying in the Philippines. Their engagement wasn't made for several months, in May 1995. They married on 18 November 1995 in Denmark {Source}. The marriage was not met without sacrifice for the new royal bride. Having grown up as a British citizen, upon her marriage, she renounced her citizenship, gave up her career in marketing, changed her religious affiliation from Anglican to Evangelical Lutheran. Their marriage produced two sons:

  • Prince Nikolai (1999)
  • Prince Felix (2002)
During the summer of 2004, rumors and speculations were beginning that the former princess's marriage was about to end. Sure enough, by the end of summer that year, when their children were fairly young, they announced their intentions to separate and eventually divorce. A Danish Royal divorcing hadn't taken place since 1846. The Folketing (Danish's national Parliament) chose to put her on the civil list for life, independent from a potential future marriage, her yearly allowance began retroactively in October 2004, and was equal to $ 330,000 (equal to 189,0170.70 Danish Krone). Their divorce was finalized in April 2005.


As a Danish royal, she was popular among the Danish people. She was known for her fashion sense and charity work, and was often referred to as the "Diana of the North". She is a native English and German speaker, so she was able to pick up the Danish language quickly. In spite of being raised in Hong Kong, she never learn Manarin Chinese or Canotnese. Both during and after her marriage she was involved with many charitable efforts including The Children's Red Cross, the Danish Society for the Blind, UNICEF, and the single-mother's organization, Mother Help. She also was a UNICEF ambassador whe nshe traveled to Thailand to visit with HIV/AIDS patients.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: June 23-29, 2014

Germany

-Albert II, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis celebrated his 31st birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended the ‘Not Forgotten’ Association (NFA) Garden Party on Wednesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, she laid a wreath at the War Memorial during a visit to the British Legion at the Town Hall and met with the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury{Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended a dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of  Churchill College on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre, met with representatives of the Northern Ireland Assembly, before meeting representatives from community organisations, local sporting organisations, schools, business leaders, faith leaders and local health professionals from Northern Ireland, visited the Hurst-MacQuitty Building, visited The Game of Thrones set, attended a luncheon at Belfast City Hall, attended an Afternoon Party in the garden of Hillsborough Castle, met with the former and incomming Director General of the Northern Ireland Office on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, they visited  met experts from the television program, The Antiques Roadshowand viewed artifacts displayed, attended a Reception for the Royal British Legion at the Town Hall and the launch the Council's program of activities to commemorate the centenary of the start of Britain's involvement in the First World War, did a walkabout in Coleraine{Source}{Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a dinner for the Garden Society at White's on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales hosted a reception for medical staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, held a dinner for The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future monarch visited Etruria Industrial Museum,  and visited Middleport Pottery{Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented the Awards for the Peer to Peer Challenge, met with the UK's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and attended a recpetion for the Summer Ball of the Royal Academy of Arts on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's second son attended The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Semi Final at St. George's Hall, attended a Luncheon for Entrepreneurs in the North West, visited the University of Liverpool and attended a Royal Society Advisory Board Dinner{Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a dinner for the Wessex Youth Trust  on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex held a reception for The Duke of Edinbugh's Award for young people who achieved the gold standard, chaired a board meeting of the International Special Projects committee of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest son attended the Royal Norfolk Show Judges and Stewards Dinner {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a Summer Tea Party for Save the Children UK,  attended a Reception and Presentation on "Sepsis - Doing the Simple Things Better" on Tuesday  {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall opened the Welcome Building of Westonbirt Arboretum, opened the renovated headquarters of Wiltshire Council and opened an exhibition of portraits by the British artist Catherine Goodman  at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she  visited the "Voices of the Desert" Exhibition, at La Galleria{Source}. On Wednesday, she attended day 3 of Wimbledon {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  visited the offices of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapistsand signed the International Communication Project 2014 Public Pledge, met with the former Chief Presdient and incoming Chief President of St. John Ambulance in the Priory of England and the Islands  and charied a Charities Forum on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's younger daughter-in-law attended The Countess of Wessex Cup between 5th Battalion The Rifles and Royal Air Force Wittering {Source}. On Wednesday, she officially opened the Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace {Photos}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor attended a tea party to mark the 100th anniversary of the Brownies on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception to mark the work of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry  on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales began an official tour of Brazil and Chile. Check back for a full recap soon. On Tuesday, the young Prince attended the World Cup Match between Costa Rica and England {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester visited the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum,  attended the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony and afterwards unveiled the "To Honour a Promise" Memorial in Castle Yard, attended a Luncheon, and visited the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent  attended the Opening Day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's cousin chaired the Third Guards Club Dinner at Clothworkers' Hall{Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy  attended a Concert to Celebrate the Life of The Earl of Harewood at the London Coliseumon Tuesday  {Source}.
The Earl of Harewood died 11 June 2011 and he was Princess Alexandra of Kent's 1st cousin.

Greece

-Prince Aristides Savros celebrated his 6th birthday on Sunday.

Italy

-Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday.

Japan

-Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko celebrated their 24th wedding aniversary on Sunday

Jordan

-Crown Prince Hussein celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Felix, Prince Sebastian & Prince Louis attended the Luxembourg National Day events on Monday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended he 2014 ‘Fete de la Saint Jean’ Procession on Monday{Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the launch of the 1st Edition United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) High-Level Segment {Photos}  On Friday, he attended the 2014 Pro-Am Cup of the 2014 Global Champions Tour of Monaco {Photo}. On Saturday, he attended the and the Global Champions Tour of the 2014 Global Champions Tour of Monaco {Photos}

 -Princess Caroline of Hanover awarded the prizes during the Pro-Am Cup on Friday {Photo}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi participated in the 2014 Global Champions Tour of Monaco on Thursday, Friday and Saturday {Results}{Results}{Results}.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima visited Poland for a two- day official visit on Tuesday and Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Alexia celebrated her 9th birthday on Thursday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia received the Armed Forces and Guardia Civil on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they attended the 2014 'Principe de Girona' Foundation Awards {Photos}

-Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallacora was officially charged with money laundering and tax evasion on Wednesday {Source}


Sweden

-Prince Carl Philip announced his engagement to Sofia on Friday {Source}.

-Christopher Paul O'Neil celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday.


Royal Profile:Prince Aristides Savros of Greece & Denmark

Prince Aristides Savros of Greece & Denmark was born 29 June 2008 weighing 8 pounds, 10 oz and was 21 inches in length, the youngest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. He has four older siblings{Source}:
  • Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
  • Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas(2000)
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
His baptism was delayed until he was over a year old due to his grandfather being ill. One of his godparents was{Source} {Source}:
When he was 2 years old, he attended the wedding of his uncle Nikolas to Tatiana {Photos}

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan is the eldest son of King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania and was born 28 June 1994, in Aman, Jordan. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}.


In 2007, he was enrolled at the King's Academy, completing his secondary studies in 2012. He is presently studying political science at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service{Source}.


The young Crown Prince also holds the rank of first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces{Source}. Over the last few years, he has accompanied his father on several military missions.


During his childhood years, he spent most of his time doing just that-being a kid. As he grew older, he began to make appearances on his father's behalf. His first official engagement took place in June 2010, when he stood a representative for his father during the celebrations of the anniversary of the Arab Revolt and the Armed Forces Day. Since then, he has served a regent during his father's absence in Jordan, and was sworn in officially to take on the role on 21 April 2012{Source}.


In his free time, the Crown Prince enjoys reading, sports (especially football), and he shares his father and grandfather's passion for motorcycles{Source}.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Royal Profile:Sofia Hellqvist

Sofia Hellqvist was born on 6 December 1984 in Täby, but grew up in Älvdalen, Dalarna, Sweden as the daughter of Erik and Marie Hellqvist{Source}.

Sofia studied accounting with computer application, specialising in business development, at the Institute of English and Business in New York, United States{Source}. Sofia has also studied various courses such as global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory and in Swedish practice at Stockholm University{Source}.

During her time in New York, Sofia also studied at YTTP, Yoga To The People, to become a certified yoga instructor. She was also involved in setting up a yoga centre{Source}. During September and October 2009, Sofia carried out voluntary work in Ghana. She visited orphanages and helped build a centre for women{Source}. In 2010, Sofia founded the organisation Project Playground, together with Frida Vesterberg{Source}.

Project Playground is a non-profit organisation that helps vulnerable children and young people in areas and townships outside Cape Town, South Africa, primarily in Langa, which is the oldest township in the area{Source}. Project Playground strengthens children’s personal and social development via support programs and organised activities{Source}. With a focus on children and young people’s leisure time and the individual, Project Playground creates a safe platform and meeting place with activities and programs, run by adults that act as leaders and role models{Source}. The business has a total of 29 employees (26 in South Africa) and is one of the largest employers in the township of Langa{Source}. Sofia is President of Project Playground, and Frida Vesterberg is Vice President{Source}.

In addition to her charitable efforts, she has attended numerous official events. In 2013, she attended Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neil's wedding festivities (pre-wedding dinner, actual wedding ceremony) and Princess Leonore's christening {Photos}

Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip began dating sometime in early 2010. In August 2010, the Swedish Royal Court confirmed the relationship publicly{Source}. She and Prince Carl Philip had moved in together, residing at Villa Solbacken since the death of Princess Lilian last year.


Upon marriage next summer she will presumably assume the title and style:

Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland

Royal Profile: Christopher Paul O'Neill

Christopher Paul O'Neill was born 27 June 1974, as the son of Paul C. O'Neil and Eva O'Neil {Source}. Between his parents, he has five sisters{Source}{Source}:
  1. Annalisa O'Neil
  2. Stephanie O'Neil
  3. Karen O'Neil
  4. Countess Natascha von Abensperg und Traun
  5. Tatiana d'Abo


He was born in London, but was educated in Switzerland and the United States. He was educated at Institut auf dem Rosenberg, and recieved a BA in International Relations from Boston University, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

He first began dating the Swedish monarch's youngest daughter in 2011, and their engagement was announced in October 2012 {Source}. Their wedding took place in June 2013{Photos}. Princess Madeleine gave birth to their first child, Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland in February 2014 in New York.

Unlike Prince Daniel, Mr. O'Neil does not hold a formal Swedish title or perform royal duties due to his not holding Swedish citizenship and wanting to continue his business endeavors in New York.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Alexia of The Netherlands

Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of The Netherlands was born on 26 June 2005, the second child of King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. She has one older sister, Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands and one younger sister, Princess Ariane of The Netherlands{Source}.

She was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Her baptism took place on 19 November 2005 in Wassenaar. Her godparents were{Source}:
  • Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant (family friend)
  • Jonkvrouwe Alexandra Jankovich de Jeszenice (family friend)
  • Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (paternal uncle)
  • Juan Zorreguieta (maternal uncle)
  • Jonkheer Frans Ferdinand de Beaufort (family friend)

She was named for various relatives:
  • Alexia: comes from her father, Alexander
  • Julianna: for her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Juliana
  • Marcela: for her great aunt Marcela Cerruti, 
  • Laurentien: for her paternal aunt Princess Laurentien


She began school at Bloemcamp School in Wassenaar, The Netherlands in June 2009. Her sisters also attend the school {Source}. In her "kid-time", this young royal likes playing the piano, riding, hockey, tennis and ballet {Source}. 

Since her parents took over as King and Queen, she has attended numerous events. In April 2013, she attended her grandmother's abdication ceremony and her parents investiture {Photos}. In July, she attended the family's annual summer photocall {Photos}. In August, she attended her uncle and godfather's funeral services. In October, she attended her father's cousin's wedding {Photos}. In Februray 2014, she was among her family during the annual winter photocall {Photos}. In April, she attended King's Day with her family {Photos}. Most recently, the little Princess was a bridesmaid for her maternal uncle's wedding in Austria with her sisters {Photos}.

As a distant relative of King George I of The United Kingdom (she is his 8x great granddaughter), she is distantly in line for the British Throne. She is presently 2nd in line for the Dutch throne after her older sister.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Royal Profile:Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis was born 24 June 1983 in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany the only son of Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis{ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}. He has two sisters { Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}:

  • Princess Maria Theresia (1980)
  • Princess Elisabeth (1982)
His father died when he was 7 years old, after he had had two heart transplants in as many days {Source}. He completed his high school education in Rome, went into the military for a while, then attended the University of Edinburgh, studying economics and theology {Source}.

He is enthusiastic when it comes to race-car driving, and has own many awards doing so.

Over the years, he has had some media attention. In 2008, he was on Forbe's list of The 20 Hottest Young Royals {Source}

Monday, June 23, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo is the elder of two daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Castro and was born on 23 June 2003 {Source}. She has one younger sister, Princess Maria Chiara {Source}. She was the first Italian Royal to be born in Italy in 150 years.

She was baptized in Italy, with the following as her godparents:

  • Prince Laurent of Belgium (friend of her parents)
  • Prince Pierre d'Arenberg (friend of her parents)
  • Anna Maria Pisanu (wife of the Italian Home Secretary Pisanu)
  • Ines Sastre (an actress)
She was named for:
  • Maria Carolina: for her ancestress Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily
  • Chantal: for her paternal grandmother
  • Edoarda: for her maternal grandmother
  • Beatrice: for her paternal aunt
  • Januaria: for San Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples

Her parents own homes in Monaco, Italy and Paris, but their primary residence is Monaco. I imagine she and her sister attend one of Monaco's private schools there. I also imagine with Italian parents she speaks Italian, and living in a francophone country, she speaks French. She may speak or be learning English as well.

Even though her family is deposed royals, she occasionally attends official events. When her father was named as a godparent for Princess Josephine of Denmark, she and her family attended the baptism. In May 2012, she and her family attended a Planet Solar Ship Return Ceremony{Photos}. For her 9th birthday in June 2012, the family returned to Italy-first to Capri, then to visit the former Bourbon palace. In January 2014, she and her sister joined their parents for the beatification ceremony of Queen Maria Christina, which took place at Basilica of Santa Chiara in Naples, Italy. Most recently, in May 2014, she and her family attended the first Holy Communion of Belgium's Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric-sons of her godfather{Source}.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: June 16-22, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the World Cup match between Belgium and Russia on Sunday {Photos}
Spoiler: Belgium won, 1-0

-Prince Laurent visited the Centre Hospitalier Neurologique William Lenox on Thursday {Photos}.

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary opened the Danish children’s libraries reading campaign,Sommerbogen, on Friday {Photos}

-Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated his 6th birthday on Thursday.

German
Thurn and Taxis

-Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar celebrated his 64th birthday on Sunday.

Prince Hubertus Raphael Franz Josef Ulrich Maria Lamoral celebrated his 41st birthday on Sunday.

Great Britain

Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with The Premier of the People's Republic of China (Mr. Li Keqiang) and Professor Cheng Hong on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy participated in the held a Chapter of the Most Noble Order of the Garter on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall, Michael James Tindall, Serena Armstong-Jones, Viscountess Linely, Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended Day 1 of the Royal Ascot on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended Day 2 of the Royal Ascot on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York & Peter Mark Andrew Phillips attended Day 3 of the Royal Ascot on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, The Lady Helen Taylor attended Day 4 of the Royal Ascot on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York attended Day 5 of the Royal Ascot on Saturday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York opened the new swimming pool at Bishopsgate School and ttended a Dinner for the China-Britain Business Council on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a reception for the United Kingdom-Caribbean Forum  on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal was elected as a Warden of the Company this afternoon at the Court Meeting at Fishmongers' Hall and afterwards attended the Election Day Service in St. Magnus-the-Martyr, Lower Thames Street, followed by a Dinner at Fishmongers' Hall, London Bridge on Tuesday {Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence  attended a meeting of the Chapter of the Most Noble Order of the Garter on Monday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Beatrice of York officially opened a new facility at the University Academy Holbeach on Wednesday {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Bletchley Park on Wednesday {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester celebrated her 68th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended the inaugural presentation of the PDSA Order of Merit on Tuesday {Source}.

-Senna Kowhai Lewis celebrated her 4th birthday on Sunday.

Italy

-Emanuel Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday.

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Prince Takahito of Mikasa & Princess Yuriko of Mikasa attended the Renso no Gi funeral service for the late Prince Katsura on Tuesday {Video}{Video}
Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko are the younger son and daughter-in-law of the Emperor & Empress of Japan. Princess Mako is the daughter of Akishino & Kiko, thus a granddaughter of the Emperor. Prince Takahito of Mikasa & Princess Yuriko of Mikasa are the paternal uncle and aunt of the Emperor.

Jordan

-Queen Rania attended the launch of Oasis500′s new investment track, Creative Industries Fund on Wednesday {Source}

Luxembourg

-Princess Claire & Princess Amalia were released from a Luxembourg hospital on Tuesday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet, Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer,Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoniette de Massy attended the opening of the Monaco Yacht Club on Friday {Photos}
Baroness Elisabeth is a first cousin of Prince Albert & Princess Caroline, Melanie is her daughter, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer is the niece of Elisabeth and Jonkheer Thomas is Leticia's husband. Also in attendance were Beatrice Borromeo & Gad Elmaleh

-Prince Albert II participated in the 2014 "Our Ocean" Conference on Monday {Photos}.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I officially opened the exhibition, Grandeur: Franse Beeldhouwkunst van Laurens tot Heden (Grandeur: French Sculpture from Laurens until the Present Day) on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, he officially opened the exhibition, In All Their Glory {Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima attended the Group B World Cup game of Australia Vs The Netherlands on Wednesday {Photos}
Spoiler: The Netherlands won, 2-3

-Queen Maxima   attended the opening of the international conference,Innovation in Oversight/Oversight in Innovation on Friday {Video}

-Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 8th birthday on Wednesday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sverre Magnus participated in a friendly match between Røa Unified and Team Norway on Monday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Dronningparkens on Thursday {Video}


Spain

-King FelipeVI, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Princess Leonor of Asturias, Infanta Sofia, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón, Infanta Pilar, Infanta Margarita & Don Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria attended the swearing in ceremony of King Felipe VI on Thursday {Video}{Photos}{Photos}{Video}{Video}
Infanta Cristina and her family did not attend the event due to the court case against her. 

-King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a luncheon for the Spanish government on Tuesday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I officially abdicated on Wednesday.

-King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias, Infanta Leonor, Infanta Sofia, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, Infanta Pilar & Infanta Margarita attended the signing of the abdication papers of King Juan Carlos on Wednesday {Photos}{Video}.
Infanta Cristina and her family did not attend the event due to the court case against her. 

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended a meeting of the Board of the Royal Elcano Institute of International & Strategic Studies on Wednesday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday. 



Royal Profile: Prince Hubertus Raphael Franz Josef Ulrich Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis

Prince Hubertus Raphael Franz Josef Ulrich Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis was born 22 June 1973 as the elder of the two sons of Prince Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis and Princess Christa von Thurn and Taxis {Source}. He has one younger brother, Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral Prinz von Thurn und Taxis {Source}.  He is a 2nd cousin of the current reigning prince.

As his parents' marriage was not an equal union, he and his brother do not have succession rights. 

Not much is known about him. He shares a birthday with a distant relative,Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar Thurn and Taxis.

Royal Profile: Emanuel Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont

Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont was born 22 June 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland the only child of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples & his wife Marina Doria.


He grew up mostly in Switzerland, dreaming about one day returning to Italy as its King. He was set to attend the Gamma Institute in Lausanne to study architecture, but his knack for finance led him to a career in International banking. During his international banking career, he was led to the US and Switzerland. He established the Altin Fund, and in 2001, he established the Prince of Venice Foundation. He left banking in 2002, and shortly thereafter left Switzerland.He also established the Emanuele Filiberto Charity Fund Foundation.

He began his television career in 1994 in Switzerland, working as a commentor on foreign soccer matches. He took a 15 year hiatus from television to work in banking. In 2009, he embarked on a new career: television personality. He appeared on the Italian version ofDancing with the Stars (aka Ballando con le Stelle) in 2009, and won! {Source}. He now spends the majority of his time trying to make it in the American market by working with American production companies.


He married a French actress, Clotilde Courau in Rome on 25 September 2003, Prince Albert of Monaco was his best man and had introduced the pair {Source}. They attended his 2011 wedding to former South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock. With his wife, they have two daughters:

  • Princess Vittoria of Savoy, born on 29 December 2003
  • Princess Luisa of Savoy, born on 16 August 2006
He and his wife also adopted two sons from Africa {Source}.
In January 2011, he was diagnosed with cancer {Source}, and after surgery, he was given a clear bill of health. However, in 2012, the cancer had returned, and again, the pretender to the Italian throne beat it {Source}

Royal Profile: Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar Thurn and Taxis

Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar von Thurn and Taxis was born 22 June 1950 as the third child and second son of Johann von Neepomunk Thurn and Taxis and his wife Maria Julia {Source}. He is a distant realitive of the current Prince von Thurn and Taxis. 

Not much is known about his childhood. 

He began a career in sportscasting in 1971. Since the early 1990s he has been a football commenter on Sky Deutschland. After many years of reporting on the Ice Hockey World Championships, The International Ice Hockey Federation awarded him the IHF Gold Medal. He hosted the sports magazine show Blickpunkt Sport on Bayerischen Rundfunk and moderated the Sportschau on ARD. Beginning in August 1993, Thurn und Taxis began hosting live Fußball-Bundesliga matches on the Munich-based pay television channel Sky Deutschland.

He was married morganatically in 1977 to Beata Béry {Source}




Royal Profile: Senna Kowhai Lewis

Senna Kowhai Lewis was born 22 June 2010, the elder of the two children of Lady Davina Lewis and Gary Lewis, and is the first granddaughter for the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester{Source}.

Senna is presently 28th in line for the British throne. Once the new succession laws go into place, she will switch places with her brother in line of succession.

She resides with her family in New Zeland, but occasionally makes appearances at events with her family in England. In 2012, she attended the Gatcombe Horse Trials with her then-pregnant mother and father, along with the Philips family {Photos}.

As she is so far down the line for the British throne, and still a toddler, she is primarily kept from the limelight, so little is known about the young Gloucester.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, The Duke of Cambridge was born 21 June 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, London, the eldest son of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, The Princess of Wales {Source}. At barely two months old on his paternal great-grandmother's 82nd birthday, he was baptized in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, with the following Godparents{Source}:


  • King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin)
  • Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy (his paternal cousin)
  • The Duchess of Westminster
  • The Lady Susan Hussey
  • Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin)
  • Sir Laurens van der Post


Today, he himself is godfather to{Source}:

  • Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998) (Grandson of his godfather)
  • Tom Pettifer (2002) (son of his childhood nanny)
  • Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem (2007)
In 1984, he became a big brother, to Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales{Source}. When his father remarried in 2005, he gained a stepbrother and stepsister, a stepsister-in-law, and a year after their parents' marriage, they were joined by a stepbrother-in-law{Source}. He is also a step-uncle to his step-sibling's five children, one of which was a bridesmaid in his 2011 wedding to Catherine Middleton {Source}{Source}{Source}


Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was name for:
  • William: for his father's "hero" and maternal cousin, Prince William of Gloucester who died in a 1972 plane crash {Source}
  • Arthur: a traditional British Family name-his father and great-grandfather also have Arthur amongst their names {Source}
  • Philip: For his paternal grandfather {Source}
  • Louis: for his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten of Burma {Source}

For most of his youth, he did typical childhood things, in addition to making numerous royal appearances. As an toddler, he traveled with his parents on an official overseas royal tour to Austrialia and New Zeland in 1983 {Source}. The decision to take him along was his mother's idea, and was considered unconventional due to Prince William being so young and that the first and second in line for the British throne would be travelling together {Source}. The Prince visited attended a service at St. Paul's Cathedral with his mother and brother to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blitz (the bombing of Britain in the early months of WWII) in October 1990 {Source}. That December, the Prince again joined his mother for a Christmas concert by the London Symphony Chorus, where he signed the guest book, demonstrating that he is left-handed {Source}. His first official public engagment was on 1 March 1991 (Saint David's Day), during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales{Source}. In May 1995, The Duke of Cambridge accompanied his mother, father and brother to the 50th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) commemorations and in August 1995, the future King and his family attended the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of WWII {Source}. In March 1998, he and his brother accompanied their father on a trip to Vancouver, Canada, where the father and son trio carried out a number of official engagements before spending a few days on a skiing holiday {Source}. In 2000, he was again joined by his father and brother for a trip to Wales {Source}. At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed as a Counsellor of State, and began his royal duties by first serving in that capacity when the Queen was abroad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003, in Nigeria.For his 21st birthday, William also accompanied his father on a royal tour of Wales, where they visited the Anglesey Food Fair and opened a centre for the homeless in Newport. By July 2005, he was on his first solo overseas tour, travelling to New Zealand, on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand, to participate in World War II commemorations. In July 2007, Prince William accompanied his grandmother's cousin The Duke of Kent, who is President of the UK Scout Association, in opening the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.In February 2011, he and his future bride-to-be returned to their alma matter as Patrons of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal{Source}.

Over the years, Prince William has been on many vacations, many of which have been to skiing resorts. The first known trip was in April 1991, to a ski resort in Austria in the company of his mother, brother, first-cousin 1x removed, Viscount Linely and Viscount Linely's lady friend at the time {Source}. In May 1991, the Wales family vacationed in Tresco, one of the Scilly Islands {Source}. Upon returning to school after holidays in Austria and Scilly Islands, the young prince was in a minor accident on his school's putting green, which caused him to be admitted to the hospital for a depressed fracture on his forehead {Source}.He dubbed this scar a "Harry Potter scar". He was reported to have said, "I call it (the scar) that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it-other times they don't notice it at all" {Source}.

After a turmoil of a marriage, his parents separated when he was eleven years old {Source} and were officially divorced in 1996 {Source}. His mother died in an accident in Paris when he was fifteen years old {Source}. At her funeral, The Duke of Cambridge along side his father, brother and grandfather walked behind Diana, Princess of Wales' cortege {Source}.

For his education, he attended independent schools {Source}. He began his education at Jane Mynors' nursery school before attending Wetherby School {Source}. After Wetherby, he attended Ludgrove School and was privately tutored in the summer months by Rory Stewart {Source}. He took the entrance exam for Eton College and was admitted {Source}.While there, he took his A-Level exams, where he studied and obtained grades in an A in geography, a C in biology and a B in history of art {Source}. After completing his studies at Eton, the Prince took a gap year, during which he took part in British Army training exercises in Belize {Source}, worked within English dairy farms {Source}, visited Africa, and for ten weeks taught children in southern Chile {Source}. As part of the Raleigh International programme in the town of Tortel, the Prince lived with other young teachers, sharing in the common household chores, including cleaning the toilet, and also volunteered as the guest radio jockey for the local radio station {Source}. He returned to the UK in 2001, where he began to study as William Wales at the University of St. Andrews, where he decided to study art history {Source}. Later on, however, the future King changed his subject to geography and went on to pursue a Scottish Masters of Arts degree with upper 2nd class honors in Geography {Source}.

During his days at Ludgrove, he was an active sportsman, participating in football, swimming, basketball, clay pigeon shooting and cross-country running {Source}. While at Eton, in addition to keeping up his other sports activities, he took up water-polo {Source}.While at university, Prince William also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team at the Celtic Nations tournament in 2004 {Source}.


He resides in an apartment at Kensington Palace with his wife and their young son.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Royal Profile: Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester

Birgitte , Duchess of Gloucester was born 20 June 1946, the younger daughter of Asger Preben Knud Wissing Henriksen, and his wife, Vivian van Deurs {Source}.

She spent most of her life in Denmark. She was educated in Denmark before attending finishing schools in Switzerland and England {Source}. While she was attending finishing school in Cambridge, she met Prince Richard of Gloucester, who was also studying in Cambridge at the time {Source}. After Cambridge, she returned to Denmark to take a three-year course in Commercial and Economic Studies {Source}. In 1971, she returned to England, this time to work as a secretary at the Royal Danish Embassy {Source}.

A year after she returned to England to work at the Danish embassy, her engagement to Prince Richard of Cloucester was announced in February 1972 {Source}. They were married five months later on 8 July 1972 {Source}. At that time, she gained the title Her Royal Highness Princess Richard of Gloucester. When Prince Richard's brother Prince William died in 1972 without any descendants of his own, followed by his father in 1974, Prince Richard gained the title Duke of Gloucester, thus making Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester{Source}. Together, they have three children, three children-in-law, and six grandchildren, who are:
  1. Alexander Windsor,Earl of Ulster (1974) married to Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster
    1. Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007) 
    2. Lady Cosima Windsor (2010) 
  2. Lady Davina Lewis (1977) married to Gary Christie Lewis
    1. Tāne Lewis (2012)
    2. Senna Lewis (2010) 
  3. Lady Rose Gilman (1980) married to George Gilman
    1. Rufus Gilman (2012)
    2. Lyla Gilman (2010)


Over the years, The Duchess of Gloucester has taken on many duties on behalf of The Duke of Gloucester's cousin{Source}. Along side her husband, she has taken overseas trips to{Source}:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel, Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • The Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • The Soloman Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • United States of America

The Duchess has also traveled overseas in support of her own Patronages and military units, including a visit to Iraq in December 2008{Source}.


Some of her patronages include:

  1. Guild's Royal Patron( former patronage of Princess Alice, 2005) {Source}
  2. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (honorary member) {Source}
  3. Association for all Speech Impaired Children (AFASIC) (patron){Source}
The Duchess takes pride in her work with her charities. In her own words The Duchess has said{Source}:

"As members of the Royal Family and in our public life, The Duke and I have the huge privilege of continuously meeting people greatly committed to their work with charitable causes - many individuals being volunteers, doing all kinds of good works, giving of their time, talents and expertise. Some high-powered and greatly skilled, others willing to do the most mundane but essential tasks - all of them enjoying being part of a team supporting a noble cause. It is inspiring and immensely rewarding meeting these volunteers on my varying engagements in London and throughout the country. I meet volunteers in schools, often for children with special needs, medical research projects, hospices, homes for older and frail people, and also in community initiatives for sport, music and the conservation of the Arts. I see so many wonderful places, and it is the people involved who make them so.
Charity work in Great Britain is a tradition. I don’t think I have a friend who has not involved him or herself somehow or other. How far back this tradition goes, I am not sure- it is one of the major aspects which makes me very proud to be British.
There is another facet to voluntary work which I think is very important, and that is the sense of fulfilment and reward in the knowledge of the value of your contribution as a volunteer. In this country there is a firmly grounded tradition, and a freedom, to help one’s fellow men in many different forms, and I think we should be proud of that and grateful for it also."
Queen Elizabeth II must've been fairly fond of her new cousin-in-law as she bestowed awards on her rather quickly {Source}

  • The Duchess of Gloucester received the Family Order from The Queen (1973)
  • She was made a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John (1974)
  • She was created Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (1989)

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