Monday, December 29, 2014

Royal Profile: Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips

Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips was born the elder of two children to Peter & Autumn Philips on 29 December 2010, thus making her the 1st grandchild of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip.

According to The Daily Mail (aka the most reliable source ever...*sense sarcasm*), her christening happened in late April 2011 at the Church of the Holy Cross, near Granny Anne's estate. There was no announcement as to who were selected as her godparents. However, in addition to her parents, her aunt and uncle Zara and Mike were there, along with her great-grandparents and numerous members of the British Royal Family {Source}.

Because she is so young and far down on the ranks for the throne (As of 2014, she is presently at 14th after three great-uncles, six 1st cousins 1x removed, a second cousin, her grandmother, and her father), Savannah isn't often seen in the public eye. The biggest event we probably saw her at last was when she was with her mother, Autumn, and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Cambridge's dog Lupo at The Tusk Charity Polo Match At Beaufort Polo Club in June 2012 {Photo}. In 2013, she was also spotted at the Badminton Horse Trials in May and the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse in December {Photos} At her birth, there were no public photos released.

She shares a birthday with her father's 2nd cousin 1x removed's wife, Claire, The Countess of Ulster.

Royal Profile:Princess Vittoria of Savoy

Princess Vittoria of Savoy is the elder of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and was born 29 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Luisa, who was born in 2006.


I imagine the family is living a relatively normal life in either France or Switzerland, where she likely goes to school. I also imagine that with a French mother and Italian father, she speaks at least both French and Italian.

Royal Profile:Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight

Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight was born 29 December 1986 as the daughter of John Kreuger and Princess Irnia of Romania {Source}. Her maternal grandparents are King Mihai I of Romania and Queen Anne of Romania {Source}. She has one older brother, Michael Kreuger  {Source}.

On 31 May 2007, she gave birth to a daughter, Courtney Bianca Knight {Source}. Almost two and a half years later, she married her child's father, Richard Robert Knight on 29 October 2009 {Source}.

Currently, according to Romanian laws, she is not included in the line of succession {Source}. However, this page on the site about succession includes her in 7th place, so I don't know {Source}.

It's likely that she grew up fairly normally, and lives a relatively normal life.


Royal Profile:Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster

Claire Alexandra Windsor,  The Countess of Ulster  was born 29 December 1977 as the elder child of Robert Booth and Barbra Booth{Source}. She has a sister, Joanne, who is two years younger {Source}.

She attended King's College, London, recieving a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 2001. In 2007, she received a further degree of Masters of Science from University College, London. Lady Ulster qualified as a pediatric specialist registrar, after which she became a Consultant Pediatrician with the General Medical Council{Source}. On 1 September 2012, she was appointed Clinical Training Fellow (Walport Lecturer) at UCL{Source}.

She married the son of The Duke of Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl of Ulster on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel, St. James Palace {Source}. Upon her marriage, she gained the title The Countess of Ulster{Source}. Together, with the Earl of Ulster, she has two children{Source}:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 22-28, 2014

Japan

-Emperor Akihito celebrated his 81st birthday on Tuesday.


Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, Peter Mark Andrew Philips,  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge &Autumn Patrica Kelly Philips attended the annual Christmas morning church service on Thursday {Source}
James, Viscount Severn, Prince George of Cambridge, Savanah & Isla Philips  were left at home due to their being so young.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended the 2014 Sydney To Hobart Yacht Races on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy celebrated her 78th birthday on Thursday.

-Cassius Edward Taylor celebrated his 18th birthday on Friday. 

-Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington celebrated her 13th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II brought home his new family from the hospital in time for Christmas on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Jacques & Princess Gabriella made their public photographic debut on Tuesday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sverre Magnus attended a traditional Christmas Day service on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a memorial service for tsunami victims in Southeast Asia ten years ago on Friday {Source}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia  held audience the Permanent Council and Council of the Greatness of Spain and attended a meeting of the National Heritage Board of Directors on Tuesday {Source}{Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a memorial service for tsunami victims in Southeast Asia ten years ago on Friday {Source}

-Queen Silvia celebrated her 71st birthday on Tuesday.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Royal Profile:Cassius Edward Taylor

Cassius Edward Taylor was born 26 December 199 is the son of The Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor {Source}. He has one older brother and two younger sisters {Source}. He is  the grandson of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester {Source}.

Presently, Mr. Taylor is 37th in line for the British throne {Source}.


When he was 8 years old, his father was diagnosed with cancer, but he survived it {Source}.


Other than this, Mr. Taylor is a private citizen, and does not perform any public duties, therefore there is not much information about him.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Royal Profile: Royal Twins

Twin: n. either of two children or animals brought forth at a birth.{Source}

Royal: adj. a person of royal status or of relation to a King or Queen.

France.
Austria.
Luxembourg.
Yugoslaiva.
The Netherlands.
Ethiopia.
Jordan.
Bulgaria.
Belgium.
Germany.
Denmark.
Monaco.

What do they all have in common?

Royal Twins.

What happens in succession when royal twins are born, you ask?

Depends.

In most cases, the elder of the twins is before the younger twin. In some cases, (for example, The Hereditary Prince of Monaco and his big sister The Countess of Carladès) the son is first in succession due to the succession laws.

Here's a list of the current living sets of Royal Twins around the world:

  1. Jacques, duc d'Orléans & Prince Michael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux (1941), twin sons of Prince Henri of Orléans, Count of Paris & Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Countess of Paris
  2. Archduchess Michaela of Austria & Archduchess Monika of Austria (1954), twin daughters of  Otto von Habsburg and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
  3. Prince Jean of Luxembourg & Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (1957), fraternal twins of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg & Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg
  4. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia & Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958), twin sons of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia & Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma
  5. Prince Sergius of Yugoslavia  & Princess Helene of Yugoslavia (1963), fraternal twins of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia & Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma
  6. Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi & Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma,  Countess of Colorno (1972), fraternal twins of Princess Irene of The Netherlands and The Duke of Parma
  7. Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia & Prince Philip of Yugoslavia (1982), twin sons of The Crown Princely Couple of Yugoslaiva
  8. Prince Sahle Selassie Ermias of Ethopia & Prince Fisseha Tsion Ermias of Ethopia (1992), sons of  Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie & Woizero Gelila Fesseha
  9. Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal & Princess Sara bint Al Faisal (1997), twin daughters of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and Princess Alia
  10. Princess Sofia of Bulgaria & Prince Umberto of Bulgaria (1999), fraternal twins of The Prince and Princess of Vidin.
  11. Prince Léopold  of Nassau & Princess Charlotte  of Nassau, fraternal twins of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (2000)
  12. Prince Aymeric of Belgium & Prince Nicolas of Belgium (2005), twin sons of Prince Laurent & Princess Claire of Belgium
  13. Princess Paulina of Hesse & Hereditary Prince Moritz of Hesse (2007), fraternal twins of The Landgrave and The Landgravine of Hesse
  14. Prince Louis of Bourbon & Prince Alphonse of Bourbon (2010), twin sons of The Duke and Duchess of Anjou 
  15. Prince Vincent of Denmark & Princess Josephine of Denmark (2011), fraternal twins of The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark
  16. Prince Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia & Prince Louis Ferinand of Prussia (2013), twin sons of The Prince and Princess of Prussia
  17. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès & Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, (2014), fraternal twins of The Prince and Princess of Monaco


Royal Profile:Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy

Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy was born on 25 December 1936 as the only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent {Source}. She has one older brother, and a younger brother, as well as two sisters-in-law, three nephews, two nieces, six great nephews and five great nieces{Source}.

When she was just five years old, her father died in a wartime accident {Source}. Her mother chose to raise her and her two brothers primarily at the family's country home Choppins in Buckinghamshire{Source}.
Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire. Her father was killed in a wartime flying accident in 1942 when she was just five years old{Source}.

 Unlike her cousins, Princess Elizabeth & Princess Margaret who were privately tutored at home, she attended a regular school, starting at age five. She attended Heathfield School, Ascot begining in 1947{Source}. After graduation, she attended finishing school in Paris, where she studied French and music{Source}. Upon returning from Paris, she undertook a nursing course at Great Ormond Street Hospital {Source}.

Over the  years, Princess Alexandra has taken on many public duties. When she was just eleven years old, she appeared as a bridesmaid for her cousin Princess Elizabeth for her marriage to Princess Alexandra's mother's cousin, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh {Source}. She has many patronages to date, some of which include {Source}:
  • Alzheimer's Society (patron)
  • St. Christopher's Hospice(Patron)
  • Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (Patron)
  • CancerBACUP (Patron)
  • MIND, the Mental Health Foundation (Patron)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust (Patron) 
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Patron)
  • British Red Cross Society (Deputy President)
  • Action for Blind People (Patron)
  • Sight Savers International (President)
  • Alexandra Rose Day (President)
She also holds many military affiliations including{Source}:
  • Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (Air Commandant)
  • The King's Own Royal Border Regiment (Colonel in Chief until July 2006)
  • The Light Infantry (Colonel in Chief until February 2007)
  • The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (Colonel in Chief, 1960-2010, now held by The Duchess of Cornwall)
  • Canadian Scottish Regiment (Colonel in Chief)
  •  The Queen's Royal Lancers (Deputy Colonel-in-Chief)
  • The Royal Yeomanry (Honorary Royal Colonel)
In 1960, she represented her cousin ath te Nigerian Independence celebrations {Source}. She has also visited Italy, Oman, Hungary, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands, Norway, Thailand and Brunei on her cousin's behalf {Source}. She has also acted as head of state as a member of the Queen's privy council on her cousin's behalf in her absence{Source}.  

Her engagement to Angus Ogilvy was announced on 19 November 1962 {Source}. They were married five months later on 24 April 1963 at Westminister Abbey {Source}. Together, they have two children, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren:
In her spare time, she enjoys music, swimming, skiing and riding {Source}.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Royal Profile:Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington

Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington was born 24 December 2001 as the only child of The Lady Alexandra Carnegie Etherington and Mark Fleming Etherington {Source}. She is the only granddaughter of The 3rd Duke of Fife and his wife, Caroline, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. She has three cousins {Source}:
  • Charles Duff Carnegie, Lord Carnegie (1989)
  • Hon. Geogre William Carnegie (1992)
  • Hon. Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
Currently, under British laws, she is 70th+ in line for the British throne as a great-great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her son, Edward VIII.

Because she is so far down the line, it is likely that she lives a relatively normal life and not much is known about her.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden was born Silvia Renate Sommerlath the daughter of Walter & Alice Sommerlath on 23 December 1943 in Germany{Source}. She spent her pre-teen and early teen years in Brazil where her father held various positions with Swedish companies that were based in Brazil{Source}. When she was 14 years of age, the family returned to West Germany{Source}.

She attended high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she graduated in 1963{Source}. From 1965-1969, she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, with a Spanish major{Source}. Upon graduation, she began working as an interpreter at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich Germany{Source}. 

In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess trainer for the Organizing Committee for the Munich Olympic Games{Source}. Then took a position as Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976{Source}.

She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich{Source}. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year{Source}.  Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of their youngest child, they moved to Drottningholm Palace{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and a soon-to-be daughter in law, as well as two granddaughters and a soon-to-be grandchild{Source}:

Queen Silvia often attends to official trips in Sweden and abroad with her husband{Source}.She is a regular visitor to Sweden's authorities, schools, universities, participant in anniversary events, and openings and closings of major events{Source}. The Queen is fluent in several languages, including: Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese{Source}. 

As a newlywed, The Queen quickly grew to love the Swedish mountains{Source}. She enjoys skiing in the environs of the Royal Family's cottage in Storlien{Source}. Queen Silvia also has interests in gardening, theatre, horseback ridding, and waterskiing {Source}.

Royal Profile: Emperor Akihito of Japan


Emperor Akihito of Japan was born 23 December 1923 as the eldest son and fifth child of Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) and Empress Kōjun {Source}. He had 5 sisters and one brother{Source}:
  • Princess Teru (1925-1961)
  • Princess Hisa (1927-1928)
  • Princess Taka (1929-1989)
  • Princess Yori (1931-)
  • Prince Hitachhi (1935-)
  • Princess Suga (1937-)
He was known as Prince Tsugu as a child (like his granddaughter is Princess Toshi today){Source}. He was educated primarily by private tutors before attending Gakushūin School from 1940-1952{Source}.He briefly studied Political Science at Gakushuin University, but never received a degree{Source}.  He has written papers for scholarly journals, namely Gene and the Japanese Journal of Ichthyology{Source}.

Unlike the emperors before him, he did not receive a commission in the Japanese Army at the request of his father{Source}. When he was 22 years old, he and his brother were evacuated from Japan during the WWII battles with The Americans{Source}. During the American occupation of Japan, he was tutored in English and Western manners{Source}. 

His formal investiture as Crown Prince of Japan took place in November 1952, when he was 28 (a month and some before his 29th birthday) years old{Source}.  In June of the following year, he represented Japan at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and visited Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee again in 2012{Source}. Since then, he along side his wife, then Crown Princess Michiko, who he married in 1959 have visited 37 countries on official visits{Source}.
His father died in January 1989, and he was formally invested as Emperor almost two years later, in November 1990{Source}. In 1998, during a state visit to the United Kingdom, he was invested with The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
Like most "normal people", the Emperor has had a few health scares in his life time.  In January 2003, he underwent treatment for prostate cancer.  In 2011, he suffered pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. In 2012, he underwent heart bypass surgery.
He shares a birthday with Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Together, with his wife, he has the following children and grandchildren:
  • Crown Prince Naruhito ( 1960, titled Prince Hiro)
    • Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001, daughter of the Crown Prince)
  • Prince Akishino (1965, titled Aya-no-miya or Prince Aya)
    • Princess Mako ( 1991) (daughter of Prince Akishino)
    • Princess Kako (1994)(daughter of Prince Akishino)
    • Prince Hisahito (2006) (son of Prince Akishino)
  • The former Princess Nori ( 1969, titled Nori-no-miya or Princess Nori)
He holds numerous orders from 48 different countries. He also holds several Japanese orders.
From birth to today, his titles have consisted of:
  • 23 December 1933 –10 November 1952: His Imperial Highness The Prince Tsugu
  • 10 November 1952–7 January 1989: His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
  • 7 January 1989 – present: His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of Japan

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 15-21, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore attend the annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 59th birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence,  Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall, Michael James Tindall. Prince George of Cambridge, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips, Isla Elizabeth Philips, Mia Grace Tindall, David, Viscount Linley, Serena, Viscountess Linley, The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, The Lady Sarah Chatto, Daniel Chatto, Sameul Chatto, Arthur Chatto, The Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Katharine, The Duchess of Kent,  The Lady Helen Taylor, Tim Taylor, Cassius Taylor, Columbus Taylor, Eloise Taylor, Estella Taylor, Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Prince Michael of Kent,  Princess Michael of Kent & Lady Gabriella Windsor attended the annual pre-Christmas luncheon on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II met with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and First Lord of the Treasury on Wednesday {Source}.On Friday, she met with the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and the High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on Thursday {Source}{Photo}

-The Prince Charles of Wales held a meeting of The Prince's Regeneration Trust and visited Syrian Orthodox Church on Wednesday{Source}. On Thursday, the future monarch visited Brompton Hospital, hosted a reception for the Penny Brohn Cancer Care, and met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Penny Brohn Cancer Care, and  held a board meeting of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation on Thursday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Maggie’s Christmas Carol Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, she attended the London Interantional Horse Show {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Zatchels' Factory, and visited HM Prison Gartree on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn & The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor attended the Christmas Meeting at the Ascot Racecourse on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Dean Street Centre of Centrepoint on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a board meeting of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the wedding of Jamie Murray Wells on Friday {Source}

-James, Viscount Severn celebrated his 7th birthday on Wednesday.

-Flora Alexandra Ogilvy celebrated her 20th birthday on Monday.

-Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II, Queen Rania & Princess Iman attended the Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle on Thursday {Photos}


Liechtenstein

-Maximilian von Lattorff celebrated his 4th birthday on Wednesday


Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the annual Children's Christmas party on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended a performance of  The Taming of The Shrew by the Bolshoi Theatre de Moscow on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie & Louis Robert Paul Ducruet visited the Bellando Castro and Giaume Residences as part of the Christmas Hector Hotto Foundation on Thursday {Photos}

-Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh celebrated his 1st birthday on Wednesday.

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus & Marius Borg Høiby attended the family's annual Christmas photocall on Wednesday {Photos}

Spain

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 51st birthday on Saturday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr. Christopher O'Neil & Miss Sofia Hellvqist attended the Swedish Academy formal gathering of the Stock Exchange on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine & Mr. Christopher O'Neil announced they are adding an addition to their family in 2015 on Friday {Source}


Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor

  1. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor was born on 21 December 2004  {Source}
  2. She is the youngest daughter of The Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor {Source}.
  3. She has two older brothers and an older sister{Source}:
    1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
    2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
    3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
  4. She is a great-great-granddaughter of King George V{Source}.
  5. She is a first cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II via King George V.
  6. She is presently 39th in line for the British throne {Source}. With the birth of Baby Cambridge #2 this spring, she will become 40th  {Source}. At her birth, she was 28th.
  7. Her star sign is Sagittarius. 
  8. Her birth number is 3.
  9. She and her family likely live a fairly normal life.Since her mother operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England, it's likely her family lives and goes to school in that area.
  10. She has a paternal aunt, two half paternal uncles, and two paternal uncles.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Royal Profile: The Infanta Elena of Spain, The Duchess of Lugo

The Infanta Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Greciaof Spain, The Duchess of Lugo was born 20 December 1963 as the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I  & Queen Sofia of Spain {Source}.

Her father would become King of Spain when the young Infanta was only 12 years old. Her godparents were:
  • Princess María Mercedes, The Countess of Barcelona  (paternal grandmother) 
  •  Infante Don Alfonso de Orleans(paternal distant cousin)

She attended Santa Maria del Camino School and trained as a teacher at the ESCUNI University School, where she qualified as an primary education teacher, with a specialization in English in 1986. She then returned to her alma mater, Santa Maria del Camino School, where she worked as a English teacher for one year. After that, she took a sociology and education course at Exeter University, and completed her education at Comillas Pontifical University, earning a degree in Education in 1993.

When the young Infanta became of age in 1981, she began to take part in activities of the Royal Family such as foreign heads of states visits to Spain, traveling officially to places like Germany, England, The USA, Argentina Japan, and the Philippines, more often than not she presided over various cultural events both abroad and in Spain.

In 1995, she married Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, and was granted the duchary of Lugo upon the occasion by her father. Together, they have two children:

On 21 January 2010, it was announced that her marriage to Jaime de Maricharlar was over in divorce by mutual consent.


As for her life today, the Infanta serves as a Director of Cultural & Social Projects of the Mapfre Foundation. She also participates in numerous official activities of the Royal Family such as Spain's National Day (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 20112012 & 2013) and the annual Red Cross Fundraising Day. She serves as honorary president of Spain's Paralympic Committee and attended numerous events in London this year with her two children. In 2014, she attended, alongside her son, the abdication of her father and enthronement of her brother.


She also participated in the 2011 Global Champions Tour event in Valencia, Spain in May 2011.


She also serves as godmother to various members of her extended family. She is godmother to:

  • Don Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos Urdangarian y de Borbón (1999, her nephew via her sister Infanta Cristina) 
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece (2000, son of her 1st cousin, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece)
  • Don Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbon (2002, son of her sister, Infanta Cristina)
  • Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005, son of her 1st cousin, Princess Alexia of Greece)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Royal Profile:Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh

Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh was born 17 December 2014 as the illegitimate son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad  Elmaleh {Source}.

His godparents are his great-aunt and great-uncle, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene {Source}.

Although only a year old, he can frequently be seen out and about with his parents. The little family was spotted vacationing together in France and vacationing in the US.

Currently, as his parents are not married, he is not included in the line of succession, however, if one day his parents were to marry, he would gain succession rights.

Royal Profile: Maximilian von Lattorff

Maximilian von Lattorff was born 17 December 2011 as the youngest child of Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein and Philipp Baron von Lattorff{Source}. He has six older siblings, one brother and five sisters {Source}:
It is likely given that he is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture, he lives a fairly normal life. It is likely that he is learning to speak German, the official language of Liechtenstein. He shares a birthday with:
  • James, Viscount Sevrn (2007)
  • Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)

Royal Profile: James, Viscount Sevrn

James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn was born 17 December 2007 as the only son and youngest child of The Earl and Countess of Wessex {Source}. He has one older sister:



His godparents were{Source}:

  • Denise Poulton ( a friend of his parents)
  • Jeanye Irwin (a former American flatmate of his mother's)
  • Alastair Bruce (a Scots Guard Falklands veteran, who is a friend of his mother's)
  • Duncan Bullivant 
  • Tom Hill

At only a few weeks old, he was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital for what Buckingham Palace called a "minor allergic reaction".


It is believed that he attends St. George's School, Windsor Castle, like his elder sister, where he should be in his 3rd year at the school. 

Because he is so young, and so far down in the line of succession, he rarely makes public appearances or performs public duties. In 2009, he attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. In 2010, he attended the family's 10-day cruise to celebrate the 50th birthday of Prince Andrew and 60th birthday of Princess Anne. However, this summer he made several appearances, including attending the Thames River Pagent with his family in the honor of his grandmother and several London 2012 Olympic events including several Paralympic events. In 2013, he made his first balcony appearnce during the Trooping of Colour {Photos}, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show {Photos}. In 2014, he cheered on his big cousin, Zara at the Festival of British Eventing, joined several members of his family at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este was born 15 December 1955, the second child of HRH Arch-Duke Robert d'Autriche-Este and of HRH Princesse Margherite de Savoie-Aoste.

He attended his secondary education in France. After recieving his high school diploma, he studied at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Innsbruck (Austria), earning a degree in Economics and Social Sciences.

On 22 September 1984, he married Princess Astrid, and they set up a home in Switzerland, from 1984-1993. Then they returned with their children to Belgium. Their five children and daughter-in-law are:




He works full time in the banking industry, as well as takes part in activities of the Royal Family on a regular basis. He often attends ceremonies and official engagements in the company of his wife. He has served as honorary president of the Council of the Association Royale des Demeures Historiques de Belgique since 2004, and is a patron of Europae Thesauri, and served as deputy chairman of the Société des Amis of the Almanach de Gotha.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

Flora Alexandra Ogilvy was born 15 December 1994 as the elder of two children of James Robert Bruce Ogilvy and Julia Ogilvy {Source}. She is a granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy{Source}. She has one younger brother, Alexander {Source}.

She was educated at Rugby School before beginning at St. Andrews University in the fall of 2013  {Source}.

During her gap year in 2013, she appeared in an episode of Downton Abbey {Source}.

Currently, as of December 2014, she is 48th in line for the British throne{Source}. However, when the new succession laws go into effect and with the birth of the Cambridge's second child in 2015, she will be 54th in line.

It is likely that Miss Ogilvy lives a relatively normal life. She has seldom made royal appearances throughout the years, such as appearing at the gala preview of Mary Poppins {Photos}, her grandfather's funeral {Photos} and last year's Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace {Photo}

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 8-14, 2014

Austria

-Archduke Carl Christian & Archduchess Marie Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg a viewing of Queen Fabiola's body on Tuesday {Photos}. They also attended her funeral on Friday {Photos}
Archduchess Marie-Astrid was Queen Fabiola's niece through her marriage to King Baudin and is the daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a viewing of Queen Fabiola's body on Tuesday {Photos}.

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este, Elisabetta “Lili”, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princes Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este, Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Laetia Maria, Arcduchess of Austria-Este,Prince Laurent, Princess Claire, Princess Louise, Prince Nicolas, Prince Aymeric attended Queen Fabiola's funeral on Friday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attend a 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge commemoration ceremony on Sunday {Source}
-Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric celebrated their 9th birthday on Saturday.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with the Ambassador from Romania to the Court of St. James's and the Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, visited with the President and First Lady of the Republic of Albania, and attended the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York held a Trustees meeting of Outward Bound Trust, presented the Outward Bound Trust's Chairman Awards, and hosted a luncheon for the Outward Bound Trust, and  presented The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex  hosted a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme on Monday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Christmas luncheon for those being cared for by the Helen & Douglas House on Thursday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited The Countess of Wessex String Orchestra of the Corps of Army Music and attended a dinner at the Wallace Collection on Monday  {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Friday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a meeting of the Interantional Olympic Comittee in Monaco on Monday  {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended to a three day whirlwind tour of the United States, visiting Washington DC and New York City from Monday to Wednesday  {Source}. See here for a full recap.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the ceremony for the Football Remembers memorial to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce and visited St Basils on Friday {Photos} {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2014 Sentebale Christmas Carol Service on Thursday {Photos}. On Sunday, the younger son of the future King attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York visited The York Royal Theatre on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the St. Andrew's University 600th Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday {Source}.

-Sarah, Duchess of York attended the UK premiere of The Theory Of Everything  on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended the annual Awards Luncheon of the British Racing Drivers' Club on Monday  {Source}. 

Germany

-Princess Christa Ingeborg of Thurn and Taxis celebrated her 73rd birthday on Sunday.

Japan

-Empress Michiko   attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Naruhito viewed the exhibition, Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: Verso una Maniera Moderna on Thursday {Video}.

-Crown Princess Masako celebrated her 51st birthday on Tuesday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Margaretha  attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke , Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke , Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the oath-swearing ceremony of the President of the European Court of Justice on Wednesday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Miss Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret, Miss Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy, Miss Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, Baron Jean Leonard Taubert-Natta & Baroness Suzanne Taubert-Natta attended a mass and a ceremony to witness the Cérémonie “des actes de naissances” *(Ceremony of birth certificates aka the signing of the birth certificates in the palace register) on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended the UEFA Champions League Group C match between AS Monaco FC and FC Zenit Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene gave birth to the royal twins on Wednesday{Source}{Video}.

-Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier & Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie were born on Wednesday {Source}{Video}. The Royal pair will make their debut to their people with their parents on 7 January{Source}.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet,  Mr. Pieter Van Vollenhoven, Prince Floris, Princess Aimée; Prince Bernhard, Princess Annette, Prince Maurits, Princess Marilène; Prince Pieter-Christiaan & Princess Anita attended a gala for the Fonds Slachtofferhulp on Monday {Source}

-King Williem-Alexander I officially opened the Nationaal Militair Museum on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrix attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr. Christopher O'Neil & Miss Sofia Helviqst attended the 2014 Nobel Prize Ceremony on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Royal Profile:Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis was born 14 December 1941 as the daughter of Erich and Ingeburg Heinle{Source}.

She married Prince Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis on 14 March 1973 (civil) and 14 March 1973 (religous) {Source}. Together, they have two sons {Source}:
As her marriage was no equal (she was a commoner, he a royal), their sons do not have succession rights.

As her children grew, she began to take an active role in German charities. For twenty years, from 1985-2005, she served as Vice Chairman of the Bravarian Red Cross for the districts of Ostallgäu (1985-1989) and Swabia (1989-2005) {Source}. Since 1989, she has been a member of the BRK-Land Board and the Committee for Social Services {Source}. Since 1994, she has been a member of the Federal Comittee for Welfare and Social Work in BRK {Source}. From 1993-2001, she was a member of BRK Committee for Readiness {Source}. She was a founding member of the Academy of the German Red Cross in 1995  {Source}. From 1997 to 2000, she was a senator in the Landtag of Bavaria. In November 1999, Christa began serving as Vice President of BRK.On 8 November 2003, she became the first woman to be elected President of the Bavarian Red Cross; she had already led the organization for the past five months after the previous president scaled down his duties due to health problems. Also in 2003, she was a member of the Council Pen (Stiftsratsvorsitzende Jutta Lowag) of the women's pen on Luitpoldpark. 

Her husband is a 1st cousin 1x removed of the current Prince von Thurn und Taxis, and is his heir presumptive.





Saturday, December 13, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Aymeric of Belgium

Prince Aymeric Auguste Marie of Belgium was born on 13 December 2005, the third child of Prince Laurent Princess Claire of Belgium {Source}. He has an older twin brother, Prince Nicolas and an older sister, Princess Louise{Source}.

He and his brother should be attending the same school as their elder sister, Princess Louise, Lycée Français de Bruxelles and they should be in their fifth year at the school. 

Presently, Prince Aymeric is 13th in line for the Belgian throne, after his uncle, aunt, 8 cousins, father and sister. Along with the other Belgian royals, he has appeared at various events, such as Belgian National Day (2012), Princess Astrid's 50th birthday partythe Belgian premiere of The Smurfs, and a performance of Circus Bouglione Show. On 29 May 2014, he and his brother Nicolas made their first communion at Sainte-Catherine Bonlez, with the royal family in attendance {Source}. In December 2014, the day before his birhtday, he attended the funeral service of his great-aunt, Queen Fabiola {Photos}

Royal Profile: Prince Nicolas of Belgium

Prince Nicolas Casimir Marie of Belgium was born on 13 December 2005, the second child of Prince Laurent & Princess Claire of Belgium {Source}. He has a younger twin brother, Prince Aymeric {Source}. Prince Nicolas was named for his maternal grandfather, Nicolas Coombs{Source}.

He and his brother should be attending the same school as their elder sister, Princess Louise, Lycée Français de Bruxelles and they should be in their fifth year at the school. 

Presently, Prince Nicolas is 13th in line for the Belgian throne, after his uncle, aunt, 8 cousins, father and sister. Along with the other Belgian royals, he has appeared at various events, such as Belgian National Day (2012), Princess Astrid's 50th birthday party, the Belgian premiere of The Smurfs, and a performance of Circus Bouglione Show. On 29 May 2014, he and his brother Aymeric made their first communion at Sainte-Catherine Bonlez, with the royal family in attendance {Source}. In December 2014, the day before his birhtday, he attended the funeral service of his great-aunt, Queen Fabiola {Photos}



Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003 as the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde { Source...