Friday, October 31, 2014

Royal Profile: Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias

Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer was born the eldest of two daughters of King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia on 31 October 2005{Source}. Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source). 

According to the 1978 Spanish Constitution, since her parents have yet to produce a male heir (and likely won't, but you never know...), upon her father's succession as King of Spain in June 2014, she became Princess of Austrias and will later become Queen of Spain{Source}. She has one younger sister, The Infanta Sofia.

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guard at the Palace of El Pardo in 2007{Source}. She began attending Santa Maria de los Rosales, Arvaca in 2008, where she is presently in her 7th year (roughly around the 4th grade or so in the US system...I think.) at the school{Source}.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies including:
  • British: through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Leonor is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter through her grandfather. Through her grandmother, she is greatx4 granddaughter of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal.(Yes, that makes her grandparents 3rd cousins through Queen Victoria)
  • Greek: her grandmother is King Constantine's sister, making him her great uncle
  • Denmark: She is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side 
As a member of the Spanish royal family, she takes part in a range of public activities. In August 2011, she appeared with other members of the royal family on the yacht "Somni" during the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca {Photos}. She took part in World Youth Day celebrations at the Zarzuela Palace in August 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance {Photos}. She has also attended the traditional Easter Mass in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 20122013, and 2014. In 2014, she gained a drastic change in her life-it was announced that her "abuelo" was abdicating in favor of her father...making her first in line.  Since her father's enthronement, she has attended numerous events such as when her grandfather officially signed the abdication papers and her parents were enthroned, and the Spanish National Day military parade.

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

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

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



Little is known about Simoneta and her life as she is not considered a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in spite of being a first cousin to the current King of Spain. She shares a birthday with the future Queen of Spain,  Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer, who is her 1st cousin 1x removed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Royal Profile:Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg

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

Countess Camilla was married in 1995, and has four children {Source}:
  • Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg (1997) 
  • Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (2000) 
  • Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (2005) 
  • Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (2008)

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

Royal Profile:Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg

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

Countess Josephine was married on 3 October 1998 to Thomas Christian Schmidt {Source}. Together they have two children {Source}:
  • Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (2001)
  • Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (2004)

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

Royal Profile: Princess Sofia of Romania

Princess Sofia of Romania, or Sophie de Romanie as she uses as a professional photographer, was born 29 October 1957  as the fourth daughter of King Michai I of Romania & Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. She has three older sisters and a younger sister{Source}:
  1. Princess Margarita (1949)
  2. Princess Elena (1950)
  3. Princess Irina (1953)
  4. Princess Maria (1964)
She studied Fine Arts and photography at the  University of North Carolina, Asheville {Source}. She also studied Graphic Design at the Cocoran College of Art & Design  {Source}.

After graduation, she spent several years working and exhibiting her work on both sides of the Atlantic  {Source}. Her life changed dramatically in 1989 with the fall of communism in Romania  {Source}. She serves as vice president to The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation  {Source}. In addition to her charity work and work as a photographer, she is also a published author of a collection of children's stories that was published in Romania in 1995   {Source}.

She resides in Brittany, France with her teenage daughter, Elisabeta-Maria {Source}{Source}. While residing there, she pursues her craft full time, and often can be spotted photographing the Breton Country side and coast{Source}.

She won 1st place in an online photography contest called 'West of Paris" in May 2011. In the same year, she also won the Public's Favourite vote in her category during her first photographic exhibition. It was help in Brittany, at the Château in the Domaine de Tronjoly, in Gourin (Morbihan). Since this initial success, she has been showing her work regularly.

Royal Profile: 23 Facts about Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

  1. Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 {Source
  2. He is the eldest child of Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and MargaretaFouché {Source}. 
  3. He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen  and at Munich University{Source}.
  4. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.
  5. He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}.
  6. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.
  7. He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}.
  8. When he and his wife married, his new father-in-law decreed that in order for their children to obtain succession rights they must be raised in Denmark...they were raised in Germany (however, his daughters have both obtained Danish citizenship over the years)
  9. They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle. 
  10. Together, they have three children {Source}: 
    1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970) 
    3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
  11. Also with his wife he has three grandchildren and one on the way{Source}: 
    1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999, Alexandra) 
    2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003, Alexandra) 
    3. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010, Nathalie) 
    4. Princess Nathalie is also expecting baby #2 in early 2015 {Source
  12. He shares a birthday with: 
    1. Princess Sofia of Romania (1957) 
    2. Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg (1972) (who is a daughter of his wife's cousin) 
    3. Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg (1972) (who is a daughter of his wife's cousin) 
    4. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark (1998) (who is a son of his nephew) 
  13. Through his wife, he is the brother-in-law to two Queens:
    1. Queen Margarethe II of Denmark
    2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  14. He is father-in-law to:
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Alexandra, 1998)
    2. Alexander Johannsmann (Nathalie, 2010)
  15. He has the three sisters and a brother{Source}:
    1. Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess of Solms-Laubach (1936)
    2. Prince Robin of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg(1938)
    3. Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Landgravine of Hesse (1940)
    4. Princess Pia Margarete of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942)
  16. He has the following nieces and nephews through HIS siblings{Source}{Source}{Source}:
    1. Countess Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958, through Madeleine)
    2. Countess Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958, through Madeleine)
    3. Countess Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960, through Madeleine)
    4. Countess Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962, through Madeleine)
    5. Count Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963, through Madeleine)
    6. Count Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965, through Madeleine)
    7. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965, through Tatiana)
    8. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966, through Tatiana)
    9. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967, through Tatiana)
    10. Countess Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968, through Madeleine)
    11. Countess Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968, through Madeleine)
    12. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970, through Tatiana)
    13. Count Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971, through Madeleine)
    14. Count Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach(1971-1971, through Madeleine)
    15. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971, through his brother Robin)
    16. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973, through his brother Robin)
    17. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980, through his brother Robin)
  17. Prince Richard is involved in several conservation programmes and is the instigator of a project to re-introduce European bison back into Europe{Source}.
  18. Using part of his 30,000 acre estate in North Rhine-Westphalia the bison re-introduction programme has been credited as a success by Rewilding Europe as part of a larger effort to see previously depleted animals restored across Europe{Source}.
  19. By his marriage, he is uncle to:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965, Anne-Marie)
    2. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (1967, Margarethe)
    3. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967, Anne-Marie)
    4. Prince Joachim of Denmark (1969, Margarethe)
    5. Prince Nikolas of Greece (1969, Anne-Marie)
    6. Princess Theodora of Greece(1983, Anne-Marie)
    7. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986, Anne-Marie)
  20. In Denmark, he is a Knight of the Order of the Elephant (R.E.).
  21. In Sweden he is a Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star {Source}
  22. In Spain, he is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (15/03/1980) {Source}
  23. His full title and style is: His Highness Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Royal Profile: 19 Facts about Julia Caroline Ogilvy

  1. Julia Caroline Ogilvy was born 28 October 1964 {Source}.
  2. She is the daughter of Charles Rawlinson {Source}.
  3. She married James Robert Bruce Ogilvy on 30 July 1988 {Source}.
  4. She is the daughter-in-law of Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy & the late Rt. Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy {Source}.
  5. With James, she has two children{Source}:
    1. Miss Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
    2. Mr. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
  6. Through her marriage, she is a first cousin-in-law once removed from Queen Elizabeth II. 
  7. She served as managing director of Hamilton & Inches (Jewlers) {Source}.
  8. She has served as a non-executive director of Lloyds TSB Scotland since 2003 {Source}.
  9. In 1992, she received the Scottish Business Achievement Award from The Princess Royal {Source}.
  10. In 2007, she won the ERnst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work with ProjectScotland {Source}
  11. She is founder and chairwoman of ProjectScotland{Source}.
  12. She was a member of the previous Prime Minister’s Council for Social Action {Source}.
  13. She is the author of Turning Points{Source}. 
  14. Julia is a Trustee of Tearfund{Source}.
  15. She is also trustee of Buttle UK and the Arnold Foundation {Source}.
  16. She is an Elder in the Church of Scotland, focusing on youth work{Source}.
  17. She received the Scottish Business Achievement Award 2001 {Source}
  18. She received the Scottish Businesswoman of the Year 2001 {Source}
  19. She shares a birthday with: 
    1. Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (1967)
    2. Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (1985)


Royal Profile: Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtestein

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


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


She married Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein in 1993{Source}. Together, they have four children{Source}:
  • Prince Joesph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Liechtenstein (1995)
  • Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Lietenstein (1996)
  • Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Lietenstein (1999)
  • Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein (2000)


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

Royal Profile: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

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

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

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

  • Prince Gabriel de Nassu
  • Prince Noah de Nassu

Princess Tessy and her sons were granted the title Prince/ss of Luxembourg during the 2009 National day celebrations. Prior to this, they were Prince/ss de Nassu.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 20-26, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attend the première of Shell Shock on Friday {Photos}.

-King Philippe  attended Erasmus Belgica's 10th anniversary celebrations on Thursday {Photos}.

-Queen Mathilde visited the Music Fund organization on Friday {Photos}.

-Princess Élisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant celebrated her 13th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este undertook a 3 day official tour of Peru starting Thursday {Source}{Source} Check back for a full recap soon.

Germany

-Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover celebrated her 77th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the President & First Lady of Singapore to the United Kingdom on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince Richard, The Duke of of Gloucester, Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy & Princess Michael of Kent attended a gala dinner in honor of the State Visit of the President and First Lady of Singapore on Tuesday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with the President of Ghana on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh chaired a Regimental Council Meeting on Monday {Source}.
-The Prince Charles of Wales, Duke of Rothesay undertook engagements at Dumfries House on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future king attended the launch of Prime's research paper, Economic Barries Affecting the Over-50s at the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York held an audience with the Presidents of Rwanda and Uganda and the Prime Minister of the United Repbublic of Tanzania, and held a luncheon for African Business Leaders,  and attended Pitch@Palace Boot Camp  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's second son held an Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award Board Meeting {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attened HM's Body Guard of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms' Dinner  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest child met with the Ambassador form the Republic of Korea, {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal arrived in Austrialia, where she attended the 26th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference  and a dinner for the Royal Agricultual Society on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's only daughter visited the Save The Children Brisbane office, visited 7th Combat Signal Regiment of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals,  visited Riding for the Disabled Burpengary Group, attended the Commonwealth Agricultural Conference, attended a dinner to mark the closing of the Commonwealth Agricultural Conference {Source}


-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a British Food Fortnight National Harvest Service  on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales
 attended a training day at Eccles Rugby Football Club and visited Stalford Fire Station  on Monday {Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex opened the Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Reseach at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, attended the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Tirbure Dedication Serive and unveiled the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Tribute on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the queen's younger daughter-in-law held a meetign of the National Autistic Society, met with the outgoing and incoming Colonel Commadant of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attemded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 50th Awards Ceremony on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, she attended a gala dinner for Action on Addiction {Source}.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended a service to commerate the 300 years since the Hanoverian Succession  on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's cousin visited PErason Engineering Limited, Siemens, attended the Service of Rededication of the relocated Readhead Memorial, visited Nano-Porous Solutions Limited {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy met with the chairman and principal of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, met with the former and incoming Chairman and Chief Executive of Children and Families Across Boarders on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester attended a luncheon given by the Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom for the Somme Association on Thursday {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended the Big Debate Conference at the Institute of Education  on Tuesday {Source}

-Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday.

Greece

-Amelia Morales y de Grecia celebrated her 7th birthday on Sunday.

Japan

-Princess Mako of Akishino celebrated her 23rd birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander attended the opening of the 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers Meeting on Monday {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix opened the exhibition, Magisch Afrika: Maskers en Beelden uit Ivoorkust (Magic Africa: Masks and Sculptures from the Ivory Coast)  on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the former Dutch Queen attend the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Military Police){Photos}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 13th edition of the International Journalism Awards of El Mundo  on Monday {Source}. On Saturday, the royal couple attended the Award for Exemplary Pueblo de Asturias 2014 {Source}.

-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia & Queen Sofia attended the 2014 Princess of Asturias Awards {Source} {Source}

-King Felipe VI attended the 25th anniversary gala celebration of the telecomunications company, Hispasat, on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the Spanish monarch presided over the presentation of the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award {Source}.

-Queen Letizia presided over the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Transplant Organization on Wednesday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I presided over the re-opening of the newly renovated Ygay Castle on Tuesday {Source}. 

-Infanta Cristina attended a concert by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland on Thursday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended a formal dinner for members of the Swedish Parliament on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI's) 25th anniversary symposium on Wednesday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended a ceremony by Armed Forces Logistics - FMLOG on Tuesday {Source}. From Thursday to Sunday, the Swedish King attended the World Scout Association meeting in Switzerland {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria met with the President of Pakistan on Friday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel attended the symposium and gala dinner in honor of the Swedish Transplantation Society's 50th anniversary on Thursday {Source}
Random fact: Prince Daniel himself is a kidney transplant recipient from his father in 2009.

-Prince Carl Philip announced he will marry Miss Sofia Hellqvist on 13 June 2015 on Thursday {Source}

Royal Profile:Amelia Morales y de Grecia

Amelia Morales y de Grecia was born 26 October 2007 as the youngest daughter of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Carlos Morales y Quintana{Source}. She has two older sisters and an older brother{Source}:
  1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
  2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
  3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)

She resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by her father {Source}.


She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically, she is biologically related to the following monarchs and/or consorts:

  • Queen Elizabeth II (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal)
  • The Duke of Edinburgh (1st cousins 3x removed, through King George I of Greece)
  • Queen Margarethe II of Denmark (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn)
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (2nd cousins 2x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain (3rd cousins 1x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  • Queen Sofia of Spain (great aunt though King Paul and Queen Fredrica-Alexia's grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother)

Technically, she is 10th in line for the Greek throne after her uncle, 4 cousins, mother, brother and two sisters.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Royal Profile:King Mihai I of Romania

King Michai I of Romania was born on 25 October 1921 as the eldest legitimate son of King Carol II & Queen Helen {Source}. He had one older half brother, Prince Mircea Grigore Carol Hohenzollern{Source}.

King Michai (or Michael) reigned in Romania sporadically over the last 60 years. His first reign began at the age of 6, in 1927 after the death of his grandfather, with regency held by his uncle Prince Nicholas{Source}. This reign lasted until  1930, when his father returned to Romania and was proclaimed King{Source}. His second reign began in 1940, and only officially lasted seven years. He was forced to abdicate in 1947 by the Romanian government {Source}.


During the War, he would comfort Romanian soldiers who fought for the unification of the country{Source}. In 1944, His Majesty King opposed with all his might instilling communist authorities (royal strike was the culmination of these attempts){Source}. Eventually, he was forced to abdicate on 30 December 1947, under the threat of killing, in case of refusal, the 1,000 young communist prisoners. Abdication Act signed under threat, is illegal and void. Moreover, the act has never been sanctioned by Parliament{Source}.


He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma on 10 June 1948 {Source}. They began their lives together in exile, in Greece{Source}. From 1949-1956, they traveled extensively while expanding their family, mostly living between Switzerland and England {Source}. During their time in exile, they were not receiving any income from the Romanian govenrment, therefore they opened a chicken farm and small carpentry workshop in order to make ends meet {Source}. Upon the family's return to Switzerland in 1956, Prince Michael signed a contract with Lear Jets, and the family remained there from 1956-2001 {Source}. In 1958, King has stopped working with "Lear" and a year later he founded a company for electronics and automatic mechanisms, called METRAVEL, which sold it five years later{Source}. He currently has two official offices, one in Versoix, Switzerland and Bucharest, Romania  {Source}.

With his wife Queen Anne, he has five daughters, a grandson, two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter:

  1. Princess Margarita (1949)
  2. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Prince Nicholas of Romania (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Princess Irina (1953)
    1. Miss Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger de Romaine Knight(1986)
      1. Miss Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
  4. Princess Sofia (1957)
  5. Princess Maria (1964)

Royal Profile: 13 Facts about Princess Élisabeth of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant

  1. Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant was born via C-section the eldest child of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde on 25 October 2001{Source}.
  2. She has two younger brothers and a younger sister:
    1. Prince Emmanuel
    2. Prince Gabriel
    3. Princess Eléonore
  3. She was baptized on 9 December 2001, her godparents are:
    1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (paternal cousin)
    2. Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt)
  4. She is named for the following:
    1. Élisabeth : her great-great grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
    2. Thérèse: Possibly   for her maternal great-great-grandmother Countess Teresa Sobanska.
    3. Marie: the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
    4. Hélène: her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.
  5. Presently she is the first female heir to the throne, and the will be Belgium's first Queen Regent.
  6. Like her elder cousins, she is enrolled in Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege
  7. Again, another historical moment: no future Belgian monarch's education has begun in Dutch. 
  8. She also attends dance classes that are conducted in Dutch.
  9. A new teenager, and a future monarch has undertaken many royal duties in her short lifetime. 
  10. In 2006, she attended the Te Deum in honor of Belgian National Day for the first time{Photos}. In 2007, she attend the opening of a science Museum with her father, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and a presentation of a model of the Belgian Antarctic Station which bears her name, The Princess Elisabeth Base. 
  11. In 2011, along side her parents, the future Belgian monarch visited the Princess Elisabeth Children Hospital, where she gave a speech{Photos}. 
  12. In 2013, she attended the abdication and investiture of her father and grandfather, when she became the heir-apparent to the Belgian throne {Photos}.
  13. Most recently the future Belgian Queen Regent attended a WWI Torch light memorial ceremony, where she delivered a speech{Source} {Source}{Video}

Friday, October 24, 2014

Royal Profile:18 Facts about Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster

  1. Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster was born 24 October 1974{Source}. 
  2. He is the son of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester{Source}. 
  3. He has two younger sisters{Source}:
    1. Lady Davina Lewis (1977)
    2. Lady Rose Gilman (1981)
  4. He was baptized in 1975{Source}. 
  5. One of his godparents was The Prince of Wales{Source}. 
  6. At birth he was 9th in the line of succession.
  7. Presently, prior to the birth of Baby Cambridge #2, he is 24th in line.
  8. He was educated at Eton College, King's College London, and The Royal Military College, Sandhurst{Source}. 
  9. On 14 April 1997, he became a second Lieutenant  of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}
  10. In 1998, he gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}. 
  11. He became a Captain and fought in the campaign in Kosovo in 2002{Source}. 
  12.  In addition to become a Captain with the King's Royal Hussars and fighting in Kosovo, he got married in 2002.
  13. In addition to serving in Kosovo, he also served in Northern Ireland, and Iraq.
  14. Since leaving the army, he has worked as director of Transnational Crisis Project, and is commonly known as Alex Ulster.
  15. He married Dr. Claire Booth on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel at St. James's Palace{Source}.
  16. Together, they have two children{Source}:
    1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
    2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
  17. Through his little sisters, he has two brothers-in-law{Source}{Source}:
    1. Mr. Gary Lewis
    2. Mr. George Gilman
  18. Through his little sisters, he has two nieces, two nephews{Source}{Source}:
    1. Lyla Beatrix Christabel Gilman (2010)
    2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010, Davina)
    3. Tane Mahuta Lewis (2012, Davina)
    4. Rufus Gilman (2012)



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the first granddaughter of Emperor Aiko and Empress Michiko and the first child and eldest daughter of Furmihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino. She has two younger siblings:
  • Princess Kako (1994)
  • Prince Hisahito (2006)


She was educated at Gakushuin School throughout her primary education {Source}. In 2010, she began residing in Europe, where she began studying English at the University College Dublin {Source}. In 2012, she attended the University of Edinburgh {Source}. She graduated from International Christian University in Toyko in March 2014 with a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage {Source}. In September 2014, she returned to England to begin graduate study work in museology at the University of Leicester {Source}.


In addition to studying in the United Kingdom, Princess Mako has done some extensive travelling. In 2006, she visited Austria for a few weeks on a school sponsored homestay program {Source}. 


As she has grown older, she began to take on official functions in her family. In 2006, she accompanied her father at a religious ceremony at the Ise  Shrine {Source}. In 2011, she became of age in Japan, therefore she was conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown in October. Since October 2011, she has attended official functions as a member of the Imperial Family. She has attended official events such as the New Year's Celebrations {2012}, the  All-Japan High School Cultural Festival {2012}, just to name a few. 



Royal Profile:Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover

Alexandra Sophie Cecille Anna Maria Friederike Benigna Dorothea Prinzessin von Hannover was born as a Princess of Ysenberg and Büdingen on 23 October 1937 as a the second child and only daughter of Otto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen and his wife Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz {Source}.

She married Welf Heinrich Prinz von Hannover, son of Ernst August III Christian Georg Prinz von Hannover and Viktoria-Luise Adelheid Mathilde CharlottePrinzessin von Preußen, on 20 September 1960, in a civil marriage, a religious marriage took place the next day{Source}. Upon marrying into the Royal Family of Hanover, she became an aunt to the present titular Prince of Hanover, Prince Ernest August IV {Source}. Also through her marriage, she is an aunt to Queen Sofia of Spain and King Constantine II as they are children of her husband's sister  Queen Friedrike of Greece{Source}.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Royal Profile: 20 Facts about Emperess Michiko of Japan

  1. Emperess Michiko of Japan was born Michiko Shoda on 20 October 1934 {Source}. 
  2. She was the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shoda {Source}. 
  3. She is honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society {Source}. 
  4. She attended Futaba Elementary School {Source}. 
  5. In her senior year, she was elected, upon nomination by her classmates, president of the student government{Source}. 
  6. Many of her classmates recall that, though very reserved, she won full cooperation from her fellow students and helped to introduce a harmonious spirit into University life{Source}. 
  7. At the ceremony of her graduation in 1957 she was valedictorian{Source}. 
  8. She graduated with a degree in Foreign languages and literature from University of the Sacred Heart in 1957 {Source}. 
  9. Her marriage was approved by Imperial House Council on 27 November 1958 {Source}. 
  10. Her engagement ceremony took place on 14 January 1959 {Source}. 
  11. Her wedding took place on 10 April 1959 {Source}. 
  12. She has three children {Source}: 
    1. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    2. HIH Prince Akishino(Fumihito) (1965) 
    3. HIH Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969) 
  13. She also has four grandchildren {Source}: 
    1. HIH Princess Mako (1991) 
    2. HIH Princess Kako (1994) 
    3. HIH Princess Aiko (2001) 
    4. HIH Prince Hisahito (2006) 
  14. She raised her children herself, with minimal help from staff {Source}. 
  15. Empress Michiko has an extensive interest in art, and is particularly well-read in Japanese classical literature {Source}. 
  16. She has constantly kept up her interest in children's literature and has done work in that field herself {Source}. 
  17. Hajimete no Yamanobori (My First Mountain), a picture book for which the Empress wrote the story, was published in 1991 {Source}. 
  18. She also published a book of poems by Michio Mado, selected, translated and arranged by Empress Michiko and entitled Dobutsu-tachi(THE ANIMALS) in 1992, among other works{Source}. 
  19. She plays the piano, and is a good accompanist to the Emperor who plays the cello and to Crown Prince Naruhito who plays the viola and violin {Source}. 
  20. In her spare time, she enjoys morning walks with her husband, playing tennis and being a mother and grandmother {Source}. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 13-19, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant attended a WWI Torch light memorial ceremony on Friday {Source} {Source}{Video}

-Prince Laurent celebrated his 51st birthday on Sunday.

Denmark

-Prince Christian celebrated his 9th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited Her Majesty's Tower of London and  attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the restoration of the Chapel Royal of Saint Peter ad Vincula,on Thursday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II held several audiences on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II held more audiences {Source}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  attended Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and hosted a Founders' Lunch for members of the Thrombosis Research Institute on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the longest reigning British Consort met with the former and incoming Chairmen of Action Medical Research  and presented County Cricket Championship Medals{Source}

-The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay met with The First Ministed of the Scottish Executive on Thursday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Man Booker Prize for Fiction Award Ceremony on Tuesday{Source}. On Wednesday, the future consort visited Saint Ronan's School, visited Chapel Down Winery {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's daughter-in-law hosted a reception to mark International Credit Union Day {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the 21st Anniversary dinner for Children in Crisis on Wednesday {Source}{Source}{Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented the TeenTech Awards 2014 on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's second child visited Streatham and Clapham High School, attended a Printing Charity Event for Apprentices at Hackney Community College, visited Roli, and held a reception for the SS Great Britain Trust {Source}. On Wednesday, The Duke of York opened the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award Live Pitching Final at Heron Tower,  held a Reception at Buckingham Palace to launch the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 2015 Programme{Source}. On Thursday, he visited Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre with Boeing, Highfield Spring, Catliffe, Rotherham, presented The Duke of York's Community Initiative Annual Awards and attended a business dinner given by Bell Pottinger group {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex held a reception for young people who achieved the Gold standard of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, held a World Fellowship Welcome Luncheon for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, and attended a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest child attended a performance of Macbeth  {Source}.On Thursday, the Queen's youngest son attended the Occupiers' Lunch, given by le Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier United Kingdom, held a meeting for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and attended a reception for the The London Regiment {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a butchery workshop at Cromlix Hous, and visited the  Ayrshire Art Show  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter opened the renovated Institute of Historical Research Headquarters at Senate House, opened the new Stable Block at Vauxhall City Farm Ridding Therapy Centre and met with the former chairman of The Development Trust {Source}. On Wednesday, The Princess Royal met wiht the former incoming Group Captains for the Royal Air Force Brize Norton, attended the "Young Adult Careers-Improving Access to Learning and Work" seminar at the Tomlinson Centre, attended a Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders' Reception at Mansion House, met with the former Chief Executive of the Voluntary Service Overseas, attended the Annual National Service for Seafarers in St. Paul's Cathedral,  a Civic Reception for The Corporation of Trinity House at Guildhall, and attended the annual banquet for the Worshipful Company of Engineers {Source}. On Thursday, she attended the 40th anniversary annual general meeting of the Spinal Injuries Association,  attended a Visitors' Forum for Motor Neurone Disease Association, and attend the UK Excellence Awards Ceremony {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales held a dinner for the Invictus Games on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's grandson attended a dinner for 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthopic Initatives and WellChild's dinner{Source}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester opened Bellrock Close, and visited the Community Safety Offices on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's cousin met with the President and Secretary of International Council on Monuments and Sites-UK and attended a Service at St. Margaret's Church {Source}

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester  opened the rebuilt Glebe Primary School,  attended a Recital by the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral in aid of the St. Paul's Cathedral Chorister Trust and the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended the annual dinner for the P.G. Wodehouse Society on Thursday{Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception for the Partners for Change Ethiopia on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's cousin opened a new building and garden in Battersea Park {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie Caroline celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated their 2nd anniversary on Sunday.

Monaco

-Andrea Knecht de Massy celebrated her 6th birthday on Thursday.


Royal Profile:Prince Laurent of Belgium

Prince Laurent of Belgium was born 19 October 1963 as the second son and youngest child of King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium {Source}.


He attended to his primary education in Belgium, like his elder siblings. For his secondary studies, he studied in both French and Dutch-first in Dutch at Pius X College and secondly in French at the Royal Cadet School{Source}. After completeing his education, he decided to join the Royal Military Academy{Source}. After completing his academic career, he joined the Belgian Navy{Source}.

In September 1985, the young prince was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, and he specialized in becoming a diver and a helicopter pilot {Source}. Four years later, in July 1985, his father awarded him with the diver insignia during the naval parade{Source}. Two months later, he was promoted to Lieutenant {Source}. When he completed his helicopter training, his uncle, who was KIng at the time, handed him his helicopter wings {Source}. In November 1994, Prince Laurent was promoted to Commander{Source}. In June 2004, Prince Laurent was promoted to Captain of the Belgian Navy {Source}.

On completion of his military training, the Prince went to the United States for practical training in various branches of private industries as pharmaceuticals, aerospace and leisure, and at the International Monetary Fund, at the World Bank and at the United Nations, in development and environment programmes{Source}..


Upon his return to Belgium, he spent time as a trainee at the European Commission, primarily being active in a Think Tank about the quality of lie and the environment{Source}. While working there, he was awarded with the Emile Noël Prize for his original contribution to the building of Europe{Source}. In 1994, the young prince became chairman of an institute which seeks to promote the conservation of nature and development of clean technologies{Source}. Currently, Prince Laurent is chairman of the Prince Laurent Foundation, and chairman of the European Research Group for Alternative Toxicity Testing{Source}. According to the Belgian Constitution, Prince Laurent also serves as a Senator, since 2000{Source}. 

He also serves Belgium in a varitey of honorary capacities as well, including as honorary president of the Belgian National Orchestra{Source}
  
He was married to Claire Coombs on 12 April 2003{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Marie Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg

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

She has one older brother and two younger brothers. Her brothers are:

Because Liechtenstein's monarchy operates on agnatic primogeniture succession laws (i.e. inherited by the first-born male of the oldest family line, to the total exclusion of females), Princess Marie Caroline is not in line for the throne after her brothers.


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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Royal Profile: Andrea Knecht de Massy

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

Because her father, she and her sisters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. Other than the occasional all family appearance, she's kept away from the media's glare. Because of her age, she did not attend Prince Albert's 2011 wedding with her parents and three older sisters.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 15 October 2005 at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital) as the first child and eldest son of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary {Source}. He is the grandson of Queen Margarethe II. He has three younger siblings{Source}:

His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were{Source}:
He was named:
  • Christian: for his great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick. 
  • Valdemar: for Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is also a common royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim has Waldemar as one of his names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, has Valdemar as one of his names. 
  • Henri: for his paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, whose given name is Henri. 
  • John: for his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.
On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House{Source}. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten{Source}. Since August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School{Source}. He may not be a Danish king yet, but he's already made Danish Royal history by being the 1st Danish heir apparent to attend nursery school AND the first Danish Royal to attend a state school.

Although his mother claims that he does not know that he one day will be the Danish King, he has performed several royal duties. In 2008, he participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather{Video}. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria{Photos}. On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, his grandmother and himself{Photos}. He also attended his grandmother's 40th anniversary celebrations  in 2012{Photos}. He also attended several London 2012 Olympic events with his family {Photos}. Since 2007, he's been seen during the family's annual photocalls (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

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