Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: March 23-29, 2015

Austria

-Archduchess Gabriella celebrated her 21st birthday on Thursday.

Belgium

-Queen Mathilde succeeded Queen Fabiola as Honorary President of the King Baudin Foundation on Thursday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Prince Michael of Kent visited the National Memorial to the Few on Friday {Photos}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended a Pitch@Palace event on Monday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester attended the re-internment of Richard III on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre, met with young people on the top deck of the XLP Mobile recording Studio, visited the XLP-Christ Church on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a memorial service for Richard Meade on Friday {Source}{Source}.

-Princess Eugenie of York celebrated her 25th birthday on Monday.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended the Six Nations Review on Wednesday {Source}

-Isla Elizabeth Philips celebrated her 3rd birthday on Sunday.

Germany

-Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 33rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Hereditary Prince Mortiz of Hesse celebrated his 8th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Paulina of Hesse celebrated her 8th birthday on Thursday.

Jordan

-Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Sara bint Al Faisal celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Badiya bint El Hassan celebrated her 41st birthday on Friday.

Italy

-Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice and Piedmont attended the 2015 Rose Ball on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Castro & Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Castro attended the 2015 Rose Ball on Saturday {Photos}.


Liechtenstein

-Philipp von Lattorff celebrated his 47th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the 2015 Rose Ball on Saturday {Photos}
Princess Charlene did not attend due to one of the twins being ill, also in the company of the family were Beatrice Borromeo and her mother Paola Marzotto, and Karl Largfeld.

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended  the 2015 UJA Federation of New York Excellence in Theater award dinner on Monday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima visited the MFC Het Kristal on Tuesday {Photos}

-Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 10th birthday on Thursday.

Portugal

-Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday.

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta celebrated her 66th birthday on Thursday.

Spain

-Queen Sofia presided over the inauguration of the exhibition Teresa de Jesús: maestra de oración on Monday {Source}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf met with Sweden's Foreign Minister on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish monarch visited Hagastaden and City Line {Source}.

-Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine attended a meeting of the International Committee of the World Childhood Foundation on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel began a 3-day tour of South Korea on Monday {Source}{Source}{Source}.
Check back soon for a full recap.

-Princess Madeleine attended a national conference on human trafficking and sexual exploitation on Monday {Source}.

Royal Profile: Isla Elizabeth Philips

Isla Elizabeth Philips was born 29 March 2012 {Source}. At the time of her birth, because her father holds no royal title and they are only distantly in line for the British throne, only an announcement was released by Buckingham Palace, without photos of the newborn {Source}. At birth, she weighed 7lbs and 4oz {Source}.

She is the younger of two daughters of Peter Mark Andrew Philips and Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips {Source}. She has one older sister, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips{Source}.

She is currently 14th in line for the British Throne after her father, elder sister, her grandmother, and her father's three uncles and six cousins {Source}.

Due to her age and distance for the Brititsh throne, it's almost safe to say that Miss Phillips will lead a fairly normal life. Little Isla made her public debut when the family gathered in Gloucestershire for a polo match in June 2012{Source}. Her christening took place in Gloucestershire in July 2012 {Source}, there was no announcement of who the godparents were.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Royal Profile:Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan

Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan was born 28 March 1974 as the daughter of Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal and his wife, Princess Sarvath El Hassan. She is a first cousin of Jordan's present King. 

She began her education at Amman Baccalaureate School, before moving to England to continue her education at Sherborne School for Girls, Oxford University (where she earned a BA in History) and London School of Economics (earning a LL.M in International Law).

The Princess is a member of and has collaborated with various international organizations. Her work focuses on promoting interfaith and cross-cultural understanding, human rights and the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She is presently the Chairman of Mosaic, a mentoring program founded by Prince Charles. She married Khaled Edward Blair in 2008.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan

Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan was born 27 March 1997 as the daughter of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Alia Tabba{Source}. She has a twin sister, and two older siblings {Source}:
  • Princess Ayah (11 February 1990).
  • Prince Omar (1993)
  • Princess Aisha (twin, 1997)
She attends Amman Baccalaureate School.

Royal Profile: Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal of Jordan

Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal of Jordan was born 27 March 1997 as the daughter of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Alia Tabba{Source}. She has a twin sister, and two older siblings {Source}:
  • Princess Ayah (11 February 1990).
  • Prince Omar (1993)
  • Princess Sara (twin, 1997)
She attends Amman Baccalaureate School.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Moritz Ludwig Georg Wolf, Hereditary Prince of Hesse

Moritz Ludwig Georg Wolf, Hereditary Prince of Hesse was born on 27 March 2007 as the son of Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse and Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell{Source}.

As his family is a defunct German territorial monarchy, it's likely that he and his siblings live fairly normal lives.

He is the paternal grandson of  Moritz, Landgrave of Hesseand his former wife, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}.

Royal Profile:Princess Paulina of Hesse

Princess Paulina Elisabeth Adelheid Tatiana Suzanne of Hesse was born on 27 March 2007 as the daughter of Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse and Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell{Source}.

As her family is a defunct German territorial monarchy, it's likely that she and her brothers live fairly normal lives.

She is the paternal granddaughter of  Moritz, Landgrave of Hesseand his former wife, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}.

Royal Profile:Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg

Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg was born 26 March 2006 as the elder of two daughters of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau and Princess Mabel of orange-Nassau {Source}. She has one older sister:
  • Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005)
When she was 8 months old, she was christened with the following godparents:
  • Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (her paternal uncle)
  • Eveline Wisse Smit (a former Dutch hockey player and half sister to her mother)
  • Baroness Sophie von der Recke (her father's cousin)
  • Emma Bonino (presumably a friend of her parents-she was also a bridesmaid at her parent's wedding)
Because her father did not seek parlimentary approval before marrying her mother, she is not in line for the throne of The Netherlands. By Royal Decree of 19 March 2004, nr. 126 is determined that all children of the couple will bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. The titles are hereditary in male lineage {Source}. She is also distantly in line for the British throne, via her ancestor William the Silent (I think-if anyone knows the connection, feel free to let me know).

Due to her parents controversial marriage, she and her sister were primarily raised in London. However, since their father's accident in 2012 and subquent death in 2013, I believe Princess Mabel has returned with her daughters to The Netherlands.

She was named:
  • Emma: for her godmother, Emma Bonino
  • Luanna: Likely a name her parents liked
  • Ninette: Not sure
  • Sophie: for her godmother, Baroness Sophie von der Recke

Royal Profile:Archduchess Gabriella of Austria

Archduchess Gabriella of Austria was born 26 March 1994 as the youngest child of Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has an older sister, two older sister-in-laws, three older brothers, two nephews and two nieces {Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
  3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Arcduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina of Austria (2014)
  4. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)

She has made several appearances as a royal bridesmaid over the years. Some of the weddings include:
  • Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (2008)
  • Archduke Imre of Austria to Miss Kathleen Walker (2012)

Royal Profile:Crown Princess Margareta of Romania

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania was born on 26 March 1949 as the first child of King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania, born in exile, after King Michael was forced to abdicate in 1947, and is the Princess Heir Apparent of Romania{Source}. She is the eldest of four daughters, and has several nieces, nephews, a great nephew, and two great-nieces {Source}{Source}:

  1. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Prince Nicholas (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta-Karina Metford-Mills (1989)
  2. Princess Irina, Mrs. Walker (1953)
    1. Mr. Michael Torsten Kreuger de Roumaine (1984)
      1. Master Kohen Kreuger de Roumaine (born 2012)
  3. Mrs. Angelica-Margaretta Kreuger de Roumaine (1986)
    1. Miss Courtney Kreuger de Roumaine (2007)
    2. Miss Diana  Kreuger de Roumaine(born 2011)
  4. Princess Sofia (1957)
    1. Miss Elisabeth-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix(1998)
  5. Princess Maria (born 1964)

Princess Margareta grew up in Great Britan and Switzerland{Source}. She would also frequent Italy to visit her maternal grandmother, and visit Denmark to see her maternal grandparents {Source}. Much of her memories of Romania are based on stories and photographs she has seen over the years from her father and grandmother{Source}. She grew up learning the Romanian language from her father, starting with the Lord's Prayer {Source}. 

The young princess attended schools in Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britian{Source}. She attended a French Lycée in Switzerland{Source}. Her favorite subject was Philosphy {Source}. After earning her Frech Bac, she spent a year residing in Italy with her grandmother{Source}. At the encouragement of her grandmother, she decided to attend university and pursue a career in the United Nations{Source}. She moved to Scotland to attend Edinburgh University, where she would earn a Masters Degree in Sociology, Political Science and International Public Law in 1974 {Source}. 

From 1974-1983, she resided in Great Britain, where she worked as a research in a number of British universities, specialising in medical sociology and public health{Source}. She worked with agencies  within the United Nations Organisation, in particular the O.M.S. and the United Nations Population Fund (U.N.F.P.A.){Source}.  In 1983, she moved to Italy, where she had obtained a post with the UN in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.){Source}. She then became a member of  the International Fund for Agricultural Development (I.F.A.D.){Source}. In August 1989, when it became clear that there were at last going to be changes in Eastern Europe, Princess Margareta left the United Nations Organisation to devote herself to the cause of Romania, working alongside her father{Source} .

The date 18 January 1990 will forever remain in the Princess’s memory, as well as the emotion she felt that day, stepping onto Romania soil for the first time, onto that up until then ''forbidden planet'' which was, in fact, her homeland. Nor will she ever forget the sadness she felt when she visited, together with her sister Sophie, orphanages and old people’s home, in which children and the aged lived in squalid conditions{Source}. .

He response to these grim realities was the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, a charitable organisation which she founded in 1990 together with her father, H.M. King Michael{Source}.  Through the Foundation, the Princess set out with courage and idealism to contribute to a change for the better in the lives of the most vulnerable Romanians – old people, abandoned children, families in difficulty – and to provide extra opportunities for talented young people. Today, the Foundation can boast twenty four years of experience, good deeds and successful projects, thousands of people who have been helped, and immense capital of credibility{Source}. 

Throughout the 1990s, Princess Margareta’s main concern was fund-raising for her Foundation abroad and involvement in a series of public events and engagements in which she often represented her father{Source}.  In 1997 and 2002, Princess Margareta was at the King’s side during his tours of numerous European countries, as well as the United States of America and Canada, to support Romania’s integration into N.A.T.O.{Source}.

In 1994, at one of the orphanages she was visiting, Princess Margareta met Radu, now Prince Radu of Romania, who was at that time co-ordinating an art therapy project run by Ion Caramitru and supported by the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation{Source}. . The two married in 1966, spending the first years of their marriage between Romania, Switzerland, and a number of other European countries, to which they traveled to support Foundation projects, the cause of Romania at the level of international diplomatic relations, and on the occasion of the Prince’s artistic tours{Source}. 

Since 2001, Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania have lived at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, and undertake public engagements in the capital, around Romania, and abroad, contributing to the successful modernisation of Romania, reconciliation with the past, and linking the country to the European and trans-Atlantic family of nations{Source}.

In 2008, the Princess experienced, alongside her parents and Prince Radu, two emotional moments: the return of His Majesty King Michael to Castle Peles, after an absence of sixty years, and the Diamond Wedding of King Michael and Queen Anne{Source}.

She serves on many boards and committes, including{Source}:

  • The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation (President)
  •  Savarsin Association for Sustainable Development (President)
  • Royal Hospitality Management Foundation (President)
  • The Romanian Athletics Foundation(Honorary President)
  • The Enesco Society of London (Royal Patron)
  • The MaiMultVerde Ecological Association (Royal Patron)
  • Queen Marie Fairytale Competition (Patron)
  • The EUROPAfest International Festival (Patron)
  • The Architectural Heritage Specialist Restoration Centre (Spiritual Patron)
In her spare time, she enjoys movies, reading and photography{Source}. She is an avid animal lover. Princess Margareta likes films, reading, Interior Design, Italian cuisine and photography{Source}. She is an animal lover, enjoys swimming and other summer sports{Source}. In her youth, she practised horsemanship and played tennis and hockey{Source}. She also is a music lover {Source}/

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Royal Profile:Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Raphael, Prince of Beira

Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Raphael, Prince of Beira was born 25 March 1996 as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Braganza.

At barely three months old, on 1 June 1996, he was baptized with the following as his godparents:


  • Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  • Afonso Miguel de Herédia (his maternal uncle)

He has two younger siblings:



He is presently is heir-apparent to the Portuguese throne, that is presently defunct. His full title/style is:
His Royal Highness the August and Most Serene Prince Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael, 16th Prince of Beira and by Mercy of the King D. Sebastian I, 18th Duke of Barcelos


He is reportedly currently being educated in England.

Royal Profile: Philipp von Lattorff

Philipp von Lattorff was born 25 March 1968 as the son of Claus-Jürgen von Lattorff & Countess Julia Batthyány de Német-Újvár{Source}.

He married Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein on 5 June 1999{Source}. Together, they have six children{Source}:


Lukas von Lattorff (2000)
Elisabeth von Lattorff (2002)
Marie von Lattorff (2004)
Camilla von Lattorff (2005)
Anna von Lattorff (2007)
Sophie von Lattorff (2009)



Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis

Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis aka Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis was born 24 March 1982 is the middle child abd second daughter of Countess Gloria of Schonborn-Glauchau and Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. She has one older sister, Princess Maria Theresia (1980) and a younger brother, Prince Albert (1983). When she was only 8 years old, her father died after two failed heart surgeries {Source}.

She was educated at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the 1990s. She also attended the American University of Paris.

Because of her mother's jet-set lifestyle, she and her siblings were frequent guests of Michael Jackson. After the music superstar's 2009 death, she defended his not-so stellar reputation saying that she: "Couldn't imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend"{Source}

She has frequently been featured in socialite diaries and on various Vanity Fair pieces. In 2009, she was featured in Vanity Fair's piece titled "Fortune's Children", a list that includes fellow royals Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco). {Source}.

Elisabeth "works" as a writer and a blogger. She has written for the British Catholic Herald{Source} She was Features Editor for the Finch’s Quarterly Review. She also has written for NY based Quest, Germany based Monopol.

The princess was made a Dame of the Order of Malta in 2009, in which capacity she has several times accompanied the disabled and elderly on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In her free time, she pratices a form of Pilates known as "True Pilates"{Source}, and is a fan of kitesurfing & waterskiing.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York

Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York was born on 23rd March, 1990 as the second daughter of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York {Source}. As of 2014, she is presently 7th in line for the British Throne after her uncle, two cousins, a first cousin 1x removed, father and sister {Source}.

She was educated in the United Kingdom {Source}. She attended the Upton House School, Coworth Park School and St. George's School, Ascot for her prepatory education {Source}. She attended Marlborough College for her A-Levels, earning A-Levels in Art, English Literature and History of Art in 2008 {Source}. In September 2009, Princess Eugenie started a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University. Princess Eugenie graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 degree {Source}.

In 2002, she underwent back surgery to correct a scoliosis condition {Source}. As a result of her experience, she is keen to support others going through similar treatments {Source}.

As a member of the British Royal Family, she often takes part in charitable acts. In April 2012, Princess Eugenie agreed to become Patron of the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal {Source}. In June 2012, Princess Eugenie was one of around 3,000 cyclists to take part in Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through London , where she raised money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation{Source}. Princess Eugenie is a Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador and a member of the Committee of the Young Marlburian Foundation {Source}.

Princess Eugenie is pursuing a career in the art world and completed a three month cookery course in 2012 {Source}. Currently, the young princess is residing in the United States, where she is working at the online auction house, Paddle 8{Source}.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: March 16-22, 2015

Belgium

-King Philippe  visited the European Space Agency (ESA) ground station on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este attended the performance of Rigoletto by Verdi at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie on Sunday {Photos}.

-Princess Léa organized a gala to raise funds for the Children's Aid on Sunday {Video}
Princess Léa is the widower of Prince Alexandre de Belgique, thus a half-sister in law to King Albert II and aunt to King Philippe.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary. Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended an official state dinner in honor of the state visit from The Netherlands on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Margarethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim & Princess Benedikte attended the funeral of Peter Heering on Monday {Photos}


Great Britian

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new Mary Tealby kennels at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge held an audience with the newly appointed Ambassador of Austria and his wife on Wednesday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall undertook an official tour of the US this week. Check back for a full recap.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Irish Guards at Mons Barracks on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Brookhill Children’s Centre

-Prince Harry of Wales announced his intentions to leave the army on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the soon-to-be 4th in line for the throne announced at a press conference, that he will participate in the upcoming Walking With The Wounded 1,000 mile trek, Walk Of Britain {Photos}


Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of OMEGA90 on Wednesday {Source}

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated her 59th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Claire celebrated her 30th birthday on Saturday.


Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the conference The Arctic as an Early Warning Sentinel of Climate Change in Paris and the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between AS Monaco and Arsenal on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover visited an art exhibition at Villa Sauber on Thursday {Photos}


The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima undertook an official state visit to Denmark from Tuesday to Thursday. Check back soon for a full recap. On Friday, they attended the final concert by conductor Mariss Jansons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra {Photos}

-Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg celebrated his 11th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Margriet  attended the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from Monday to Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Pieter-Christiaanu celebrated her 43rd birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended opening of the Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) conference on Monday {Source}


Spain

-Queen Letizia attended the opening of an exhibition of 170 contemporary and modern artworks from the Kunstmuseum Basel on Tuesday {Photos}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore, Christopher O'Neil, Sofia Helvqist, Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, Gustaf Magnuson, Vicky Magnuson, Désirée Magnuson, Victor Magnuson, Frida Louise Bergström & Edmund Bengt Lennart Magnuson attended the baptism of Désirée Magnuson on Sunday {Source}

Royal Profile: Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 22 March 1972 as the third son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three brothers, two older and one younger {Source}:
    1. Prince Maurits (1968)
    2. Prince Berhard (1969)
    3. Prince Floris (1975)
His five godparents are:
  • Pieter van Vollenhoven (his paternal grandfather)
  • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (his maternal aunt),Archduke Michael of Austria-Este
  • Jonkheer J. Reuchlin
  • Mr. Drabbe

On 24 July 2010 Prince Pieter-Christiaan was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands.


His childhood was spent at an estate nearthe Het Loo Palace. He attended to his primary educations in The Netherlands. After graduation, he began a career in the military. His military career began with enlisting in the Royal Marechaussee, where he remains a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel today. He also managed to find time to undertake a degree in LL. M. in Law at Utrecht University, which he earned in 1999.In 2003, he successfully completed a MBA in Internation Institute for Manage Development. Begining in 2004, he started working as a marketing strategist for the ICT-company Shopservices. In September 2004, he became a Lieutenant Colonel at the Operations Department of the Central Office of the Royal Marechaussee.

From 2000-2003, he resided in London and worked for Equity Capital Markets.



He married Anita van Eijk in a civil ceremony on 25 August 2005 in a  religious ceremony on 27 August 2005.  Since he did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, due to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, Pieter-Christiaan lost his place in the succession to the Dutch throne when he married Anita. Together, they have two children:

  • Emma Fracosca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  • Pieter Anton Marits Erik van Bollenhoven (2008)

Royal Profile: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla (aka HRH Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg) was born 22 March 1956, the daughter of José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre in Mariano, Havanna, Cuba.

During Cuba's revolution in the late 1950s, Maria and her parents left Cuba for the United States. While growing up in New York, NY, she studied at the Marymount School and took ballet, voice, skiing, water sports and ice-skating. At the age of 5, she began to study at theLycée Français de New York. At 9 years old, she and her family moved to Santander, Spain and then to Geneva, Switzerland. During the family's stay in Switzerland, she attended Institut Marie-José in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she successfully passed the French Baccalaureate in June 1975. She then attended University of Geneva, where in 1980 awarded she the degree in Political Science. While at University, she was part of a group taking care of visiting elderly in nursing homes. She has also taught catechism in a classroom of children in Geneva. His social commitment becomes a passion, continues and is growing again, after installation in the Grand Duchy.

During her youth, she kept with her family's tradition of being interested in social and humanitarian problems and having civic involvement. On 10 June 1997, she becomes Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the fight against poverty, to promote microcredit and education of girls. In the field of microfinance and more recently through the concept of Social Business, she worked for many years closely with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and in collaboration with key players in Luxembourg. In April 2007, the Grand Duchess is named "Eminent Advocate for Children", UNICEF, focusing its first Action for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.

Many sponsorships and commitments in socio-cultural and charitable organizations such as Luxembourg the Luxembourg Red Cross with the Grand Duchess took the Chair and the Cancer Foundation of which she assumes the Presidency of honor.

The Gramd Duchess has recieved numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts. In 1999, she was given an honorary doctoral degree from Seton Hall University (USA) {Source}. In 2003, she was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Leon (Nicaragua){Source}. In 2006, she was awarded with the UN's Path to Peace Award{Source}. In 2008, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malata {Source}

While at UoG, she met her future husband the Hereditary Grand Duke Henri{Source}. On Valentine's Day 1981, they were married. Together, they have 5 children, three daughters-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter. They are:



After 19 years and 9 months as the Hereditary Grand Duchess, she became the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Royal Profile: 30 Facts about Princess Claire of Luxembourg

  1. Princess Claire Margareta of Luxembourg  was born Claire Margareta Lademacher  on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany {Source}
  2. She was the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher{Source}. 
  3. Princess Claire has an older brother, Felix Lademacher{Source}.
  4.  She grew up in Usingen,Hochtaunuskreis, Germany{Source}
  5. On 13 December 2012, Claire Lademacher had been engaged to  Prince Félix of Luxembourg, whom she married on September 2013{Source}. 
  6. On the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Félix of Luxembourg, she became Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg{Source}.
  7.  On 15 June 2014, their daughter, Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa, was born in Luxembourg{Source}.
  8. She is the daughter-in-law of Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg {Source}.
  9. She is the sister-in-law of{Source}:
    1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
      1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
    2. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
      1. Princess Tessy de Nassau (1985)
    3. Princess Alexandra (1991)
    4. Prince Sébastien (1992)
  10. She is the aunt of:
    1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
    2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  11. She has been educated in Germany, The USA, Switzerland, France {Source}
  12. She attended primary school in Germany{Source}.
  13. At 11 years old, Princess Claire moved with her family to Atlanta, USA{Source}.
  14. She attended the Atlanta International School from 1996-1999{Source}.
  15. In 1999, the Lademacher family returned to Germany{Source}.
  16. There, Claire was enrolled in the Frankfurt International School{Source}.
  17. She completed her formal education at  the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil", where she received the Prize of Excellency in 2003{Source}.
  18.  After receiving her baccalaureate, which focused on History, English, German, Psychology and Art, Claire decided to major in International Communications at the American University of Paris{Source}.
  19. After graduating from university in 2007, she took her first steps into a professional career at the advertising department of the Condé Nast publishing house in New York and Munich{Source}.
  20. She also worked as a project manager at IMG World in Berlin{Source}
  21. At the end of 2011, Claire decided to continue her studies and begin a Masters in Bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which she received with summa cum laude{Source}.
  22.  Alongside her studies, she has been working for the Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights at UNESCO since 2009, in particular in the fields of research, event coordination and communication{Source}.
  23.  Currently, Princess Claire works on her PhD on the ethical aspects of organ donation consent{Source}.
  24. As part of her studies, Claire has spent 2012 as a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.{Source}
  25. She speaks German, English. French and Italian (and likely at least some Luxembourgish!) {Source}.
  26.  From a young age, Princess Claire has had a passion for dance{Source}.
  27.  She is very athletic and enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, badminton and skiing{Source}.
  28. She has close ties to nature and has been interested in photography and music since she was a teenager{Source}.
  29.  Inspired by her parents, she takes an interest in social and cultural issues{Source}. 
  30. In addition, Princess Claire has traveled widely, getting involved in humanitarian projects, in particular in Tirupur, India in the autumn of 2002{Source}.

Royal Profile:Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg was born 21 March 2004 as the only son of Prince Constantjn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands{Source}. He is the only grandson of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands{Source}
He has two sisters{Source}:
  • Countess Eloise (2002)
  • Countess Leonore (2006)
He lives in Belgium{Source}
He is presently 6th in line for the Dutch throne after his three cousins, father and elder sister{Source}
He is called 'Clausimir' by his family and the press.
He is named for:
  • Claus: his paternal grandfather
  • Casimir:distant ancestor Henry Casimir II, Count of Nassau-Dietz
  • Bernhard: paternal great-grandfather
  • Marius: maternal uncle
  • Max: father's godfather
His birth was overshadowed by the death of his paternal great-grandmother, Princess Julianna, the day before his birth.

By Royal Decree of 11 May 2001, nr. 227, it was determined that all children and male-line descendants of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands would bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. Therefore, his official title is Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Maruys Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkeervan Amsberg

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: March 9-15, 2015

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited the Vatican City and had an audience with Pope Francis on Monday {Photos}

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary attended the 2015 Champions For Change Awards, where she presented the 2015 Champions for Change Award on Friday{Photos}

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 Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent & Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester attended the Afghanistan Service of Commemoration on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended a reception to mark Commonwealth day at Marlborough House on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex celebrated his 51st birthday on Tuesday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended the 2015 Cheltenham Festival on Friday{Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall & Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall attended the first day of Cheltenham Races on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Turner Contemporary Gallery on Wednesday {Source}.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended the 2015 Cheltenham Festival on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden celebrated his 8th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Prince Max Emmanuel of Thurn &Taxis & Princess Christa Ingeborg of Thurn & Taxis celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on Sunday.
Prince Max is the heir presumptive to Prince Albert II.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Ranina attended an official visit to Morocco on Monday {Photos}.

-King Abdullah II met with the Egyptian President i, Palestinian President  and US Secretary of State  on the sidelines of the Egypt Economic Development Conference on Friday {Source}.
Liechtenstein

-Prince Constantin celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Gabriel de Nassau celebrated his 9th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday.

-Pierre Casiraghi attended the Moncler Gamme Rouge show on Wednesday {Photos}.

Morocco

-King Mohammed VI, Princess Lalla Salma & Prince Moulay Rachid attended a welcome ceremony for the Jordanian Royals on Monday {Photos}.
Prince Moulay Rachid is presently 2nd in line for at the Morroccan throne after Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and is the younger brother of the current king.

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima attended the kick off ceremony of the Week of Money (Week van het Geld) at the OBS West Primary School on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, she attended a class on economics at Deloitte Ámsterdam {Source}

-Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau attended the 2015 Champions For Change Awards, where she was presented with the 2015 Champions for Change Award on Friday{Photos}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia visited the city of Zaragoza, attended the opening of the exhibition Ferdinand II of Aragon. The King would imagine Spain and opened to Europe and viewed the exhibitation Goya and Zaragoza 1746-1775: His Aragonese roots on Tuesday {Source}{Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, they attended the opening of the exhibition Teresa of Jesus: The proof of my truth {Source}. On Thursday, they attended a concert for victims of terrorism in Spain {Source}. On Friday, they attended a performance of the opera, El Público {Source}

-King Felipe VI presdied over the awards ceremony for the National Award for Sociology and Political Science 2014 on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he received credentials from ambassadors Dominican Republic, Albania, Monaco, Senegal, South Africa and Ethiopia {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the first concert of the Second Cycle Chamber Music in the Cities Heritage on Friday {Source}

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria & Princess Estelle attended Victoria Day on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with the President of the Republic of Kiribati on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Carl Philip attended a hearing on dyslexia in Special Needs Education Authority on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, he met with representatives from the Swedish Royal Academy of Naval Sciences {Source}

Yugoslavia

-Prince Sergius  celebrated his 52nd birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Helene celebrated her 52nd birthday on Thursday.

Royal Profile:Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein

Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein was born 15 March 1972 as the third son and second to youngest child of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}.


On 14 May 1999, he married Countess Maria von Köröspatak and together, they have three children {Source}:
  • Prince Moritz Emauel Maria of Liechtenstein (2003)
  • Princess Georgina Maximilinan Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
  • Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hurbertus Maria of Liechtenstein (2008)

He is currently 7th in line for the throne of Liechtenstien after two older brothers and four nephews. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, he leads a very private lifestyle.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Albert II of Monaco

Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco was born on 14 March 1958 as the only son of
Prince Rainier and Princess Grace {Source}. He has two sisters{Source}:
He has studied various topics in various capacities over the years. He attended to his primary education in Monaco, receiving his French baccalauréat with honors from Lycée Albert 1er in Monaco in 1976 {Source}. After a year of gaining familiarity with the affairs of the government in Monaco, he headed off to university in the United States, attending UMASS Amerherst, where he studied topics ranging from political science, economics, psychology, English Literature, Art History, sciences, German and music{Source}.During his time at UMASS Amherst, he was a participant in the universitiy's Glee Club, with whom he toured Europe and the Middle East with{Source}. He received a degree in political science from UMASS Amherst in 1981{Source}.


After graduating university, he returned to Europe, where he made a brief stint in the French Navy. The future leader of Monaco trained on board the French Navy's helicopter-carrier "Jeanne d'Arc", with the rank of Ship-of-the-Line Ensign (2nd class){Source}. Presently, he serves as a reserve Lieutenant Commander{Source}.


From January 1983 to late 1985, the young prince took part in training courses with various international groups in the United States and Europe in the fields of communication, financial management and marketing{Source}.


The Prince has also had many honors and awards bestowed upon him over the years. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Pontifical University of Maynooth in Ireland{Source}. In 2000, he became an Honorary Professor of International Studies at Tarrant County College, Forth Worth, Texas, United States{Source}. In 2009, he received the distinction of Commander of the Order of the Academic Palms{Source}. He also was awarded The Teddy Roosevelt Medal at the United States Congress, the « Roger Revelle » prize at the University of California in San Diego and The Docteur Honoris Causa Insignia of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis University{Source}. In 2010, he was made an Honorary Member of the Geographical Society of Russia, an Honorary Member of the Ligurian Academy of Science and Letters and of the Italian Geographical society, was elevated to the rank of Grand Cross of the National Order of the Lion by the President of the Replublic of Senegal{Source}. In 2011, he was awarded The Docteur Honoris Causa Insignia at The Portalis Law and Political Science Institute of Aix en Provence{Source}.Monaco's Soverign Prince has traveled to many countries, as well as received many international awards and credentials {Source}.'


Since 28th May 1993, the Prince has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations{Source}. Since the opening of the 48th Session in September 1993 in New York, he has regularly taken the floor on behalf of the Principality of Monaco{Source}. Since September 2001, he has chaired the Commission for the Plenary Assembly of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) {Source}.

In April 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo 120 kilometres away{Source}. In June 2006, H.S.H. the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment{Source}. In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a three week scientific journey in the Antarctic{Source}. During his visit, he visited a large number of scientific stations and rejoined the South Pole in the company of the explorer Mike Horn{Source}. They made a film of this journey "Antarctique 2009, Terre en Alerte" [Antarctic 2009, Earth on Alert] which was presented to the Principality's inhabitants in April 2009{Source}.


In Monaco, as sovereign, he has been committed to the economic growth, development of ethics and transparency, is committed to a policy of developing facilities and conducting major works, the creation of community facilities (hotel school, new secondary school) on "abandoned" railway tracks and the launch of many operations, accommodating social housing and offices{Source}.Various initiatives have been conducted with a view to promoting economic activity and making company operations more transparent while maintaining a high level of ethics{Source}:

  • creation of the legal status of Limited Liability Company,
  • introduction of the offence of tax fraud into Monegasque criminal law,
  • introduction of the general principle of the criminal liability of people,
  • adoption of systems to combat money laundering, organised crime and corruption.
  • Prince Albert is committed to carrying out an exemplary policy in his country in terms of the environment, by favoring the development of public transport, ecological vehicles, renewable energies and high environmental quality buildings{Source}.


The Prince is committed to human rights, and has inacted several legislative modifications, in particular{Source}:

  • the introduction and regulation of custody, the establishment of a judicial system for telephone taps, the restructuring and rationalisation of temporary detention procedures and the reorganisation of the in absentia procedure,
  • the strengthening of the judicial protection of individuals, their personal data and their private life, as part of the exponential growth in new technologies,
  • the reaffirmation of the principle of freedom of expression for the media and the organisation of a system of responsibility within the respect of basic human rights and public order,
  • the modernisation of the law on education (integration of handicapped children) and the increased protection of child rights,
  • the introduction of the principle of freedom of association and different laws on the transfer of nationality aimed at perfect equality between men and women.

Prince Albert II has been an active sportsman for most of his life. The Prince has participated in five winter Olympics,as a member of Monaco's bobsleigh team{Source}. He participated in the 1988, 1992, 1994,1998 and 2002 Olympics{Source}. He has been a member of the International Olympic Comittee since 1985, and has been President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee{Source}. He is Honorary President of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon and the International Athletics Foundation and a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee{Source}.

He is the godfather of two of his nephews, one of his nieces, one of his 1st cousins 1x removed and a great-nephew:
  • Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy (1974)
  • Mr. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
  • Mr. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
  • Miss Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
  • Master Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)

Like many other royals, Prince Albert has had his share of scandals. Robert Eringer, Albert II’s intelligence adviser from 2002 to 2008, alleges the prince, as president of Monaco's Olympic Committee, accepted expensive gifts from Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, and Sergei Pugachev, a Russian banker, in return for voting for Russia to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. He would have received a dacha, a Polar trip, a fishing trip and a state dinner. In 1986, he was accused of fathering a son with Bea Fiedler, an accusation that was proven false after a blood test was performed. He has confessed to fathering two children with two different women, neither of whom he married. His two known illegitimate children are:
  • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992, with former waitress turned real estate agent tuned model Tamara Jean Rotolo of Palm Desert, California, USA)
  • Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi (2003,with Togolese-French former Air France flight attendant Nicole Coste)
With his wife, Princess Charlene of Monaco, he became a father to legitimate children on 10 December 2014:
  • Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès (twin, older by two minutes)
  • Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis de Baux (younger by 2 minutes, but by Monegasque laws, he is heir)
Just prior to his July 2011 wedding to long-time girlfriend Charlene Lynette Wittstock, there was a rumor that he had fathered another illegitimate child from another woman while dating Wittstock. The Palace Princier extensively denied that rumor and there has been no news of the incident since his marriage to Wittstock.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Royal Profile:Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden

Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden was born 12 March 2007 as the son of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Dr. Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster{Source}. He has one younger sister, Lady Cosima (2010){Source}.

With the birth of Baby Cambridge #2 in 2015, he will be 26th in line for the throne {Source  ed note: due to the not yet born baby Cambridge, Lord Culloden remains 25th}

As his parents do not perform public duties or receive any public funding, and maintain private careers (his mother is a doctor and lecturer, his father is a Director of Transnational Crisis Project), little is known about him. He does not perform any public duties either.

Lord Culloden is currently 2nd in line for the Dukedom of Gloucester, after his father. Once his father succeeds the dukedom, he will receive the title Earl of Ulster.

Royal Profile: Prince Sergius Vldimir Emanuel Maria of Yugosalvia

Prince Sergius Vladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia was born 12 March 1963 as the youngest son of Prince Alexander of Yugoslaiva and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy {Source}. He has four brothers and a sister, one of who is his twin and a younger brother who is his half-brother {Source}:
On his mother's side, he has the following stepsiblings:
  • Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    • Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  • Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    • Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
    • Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
    • Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
    • Prince Michel Knud John Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
    • Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  • Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
  • Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
  • Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    • Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
    • Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
    • Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
    • Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
  • Ms. Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    • Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)
He married Sophia de Toledo on 6 November 1985, and they were divorced the following year without issue {Source}.



Royal Profile: Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia

Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia was born 12 March 1963 as the only daughter of Prince Alexander of Yugoslaiva and his first wife,  Princess Maria Pia of Savoy {Source}. She has four brothers, one of who is her twin and a younger brother who is her half-brother as well as several nieces and nephews:
  • Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (1958)
  • Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958)
  • Prince Sergius Wladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia (1963)
  • Prince Dushan Paul of Yugoslavia (1977, half brother)
On her mother's side, she has the following stepsiblings and stepnieces and nephews:
  • Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    • Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  • Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    • Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
    • Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
    • Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
    • Prince Michel Knud John Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
    • Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  • Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
  • Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
  • Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    • Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
    • Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
    • Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
    • Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
  • Ms.  Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    • Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)
She married Thierry Gaubert on 12 January 1988 and together, they have the following children{Source}:
  • Miss Mliena Maria-Pia Gaubert (1988)
  • Miss Natasha Marie-José Gaubert (1991)


Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau

Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau was born 12 March 2006, as the elder of two sons of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy de Nassau at a private hospital in Switzerland {Source}. He was the first grandchild of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.


His godparents were his paternal aunt, Princess Alexandra and maternal uncle Ronny.

He was named:

  • Gabriel: Likely a name his parents liked
  • Michael: likely for his maternal uncle Michael Antony
  • Louis: For his father
  • Ronny: For his maternal uncle and godfather 
On Luxembourg National Day 2009 (23 June), his grandfather issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Bourbon-Parma with the style Her Royal Highness, and gave he and his younger brother (and that of any potential future children) the title Prince of Nassau and the style His/Her Royal Highness {Source}.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Royal Profile: The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex


The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis  was born on 10 March 1964 as the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II & The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}
His godparents were {Source}:
  • The Duke of Gloucester (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine (paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • The Earl of Snowdon (maternal uncle)
  • The Duchess of Kent (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed by marriage)
  • Princess George William of Hanover (paternal aunt, Princess Sophie of Greece & Denmark)
He is the 2nd of four British Royal Babies born in 1964. The others are{Source}:
  • Mr. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (29 February, his maternal 2nd cousin via George V and paternal 2nd cousins 1x removed via George I of Greece. Ogilvy and Lady Helen are 1st cousins)
  • The Lady Helen Mariana Lucy Windsor (28 April, his maternal 2nd cousin though George V, and paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed via George I of Greece and his godmother's daughter)
  • The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (1 May, his maternal first cousin and his godfather's daughter)
Prince Edward's first public appearance was after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1964 when The Queen, carrying him in her arms, stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and showed her youngest son to the crowd outside{Source}.

He began his education with a private governess at Buckingham Palace, where he remained until the age of 7{Source}. He attended The Gibbs School, Kensington{Source}. In September 1972, he began attending Heatherdown Preparory School, Ascot{Source}. At the age of 13, he began attending Gordonstoun School{Source} He is the only one of his siblings to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme{Source. During his schooling, he participated in rugby, squash, took gliding lessons, skiing, and was an avid sailor{Source}. In his final year at Gordonstoun, he was elected Guardian (Head Boy) for his final term{Source}. In 1982, he obtained A-Levels in History, English Literature, and Economics & Political Studies{Source}. During his GAP year, he spent time as a house tour at the Collegiate School in Wanganui, New Zealand, where he taught English and history, as well as supervised student activities such as Drama and The Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions{Source}.

 He obtained his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 1986 by{Source}. His Expedition component involved planning and executing, with a group, a 60-mile, four-day trek from Blair Atholl to Tomintoul through the Cairngorms. Like all DofE expeditions, it was supervised but unaccompanied. He completed his Volunteering and Skills sections at school. For his Volunteering, he helped run the Air Training Corps Squadron of which he was a member. For the Skills component, he was part of team trying to build a sailing hydrofoil to challenge a speed record.The Earl of Wessex was able to fulfil the requirements of the Residential element by undertaking a flying course with the Air Training Corps at RAF Cranwell, during which he achieved his private pilot's licence. He completed the Physical section when he took up real tennis at university.In the summer of 1986 His Royal Highness received his Gold DofE from The Duke of Edinburgh at a St James's Palace presentation along with some 350 fellow achievers.

Upon returning to England, he attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1986{Source}. During his university years, he enjoyed taking part in theatrial productions and learned to play Real/Royal Tennis{Source}. Prince Edward spent three years in the Royal Marines as a University Cadet but, after graduating from Cambridge, left to pursue a career in theatrical production{Source}. He worked for two theatrical production companies, notably Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company{Source}.Here he looked after Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express and Cats, as well as being involved with the production ofAspects of Love{Source}. Prince Edward wrote and narrated two films about The Duke of Edinburgh’s’ Award shown on BBC television in 1987{Source}.In 1993, Prince Edward formed Ardent Productions, an independent television production company. Programmes produced in the United Kingdom included ‘Edward on Edward’, thirty half-hour programmes of ‘Crown and Country’; the ‘Cater Street Hangman’; and a programme on the restoration of Windsor Castle after the fire in 1993{Source}. In March 2002 The Earl of Wessex announced that both he and The Countess of Wessex would withdraw from their respective companies, Ardent Productions and R-JH Public Relations, in order to focus on supporting The Queen during the Golden Jubilee and beyond, and to support and promote many organisations, charities, individuals and companies who deserve to be recognised for their efforts, initiative and entrepreneurship{Source}.

Prince Edward and Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones announced their engagement on 6 January 1999{Source}. They were married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on 19 June 1999{Source}. In keeping with the tradition of using Welsh gold for Royal wedding rings, the gold for the wedding rings of they came from The Prince Edward mine in Trawnsfynydd, Gwynedd, North Wales{Source}.
The bridesmaids and pageboys at his wedding consisted of{Source}:
  • Miss Camilla Hadden (his goddaughter) {Photo}
  • Miss Olivia Taylor (daughter of longtime friends of his bride) 
  • Master Felix Sowerbutts (son of one of the Prince's aides)
  • Master Harry Warburton (son of a friend of his brides)
The Earl and Countess have two children{Source}:
  • Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (8 November 2003) 
  • James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn(17 December 2007)
The couple decided, with The Queen's agreement, that their children would use the courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an Earl rather than the style Prince or Princess{Source}. On the occasion of their marriage, he and his bride founded The Wessex Youth Trust, a grant making organization to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people{Source}. The Earl of Wessex carries out a busy schedule of official and working engagements in the UK and overseas both in support of The Queen and the large number of charities and organisations with which he is involved{Source}. He is passionate about organisations that provide opportunities for young people{Source}.  He has been deeply committed to the work of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme ever since he achieved his Gold Award in 1986{Source}.
His duties as a United Kingdom and International Trustee mean that he travels widely in Britain and overseas promoting and supporting the Award. He also presents Gold Awards to achievers across the globe{Source}.

The Earl also has a strong personal interest in the Arts and is Patron of a number of organisations within this area, some of which include {Source}:
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
  • London Mozart Players
  • Windsor Festival
  • Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society
  • Northern Ballet
  • National Youth Theatre of Great Britain
  • National Youth Orchestras of Scotland 
  • The Orpheus Centre Trust
As well as these patronages, The Earl is associated with a number of sporting bodies, which include{Source}:
  • Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation 
  • Patron of Paralympics GB
  • Patron of BadmintonScotland
  • Patron of The Tennis and Rackets Association 
  • Patron of The International Real Tennis Professionals Association
  • President of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
  • He is also involved with a number of City Livery Companies including{Source}:
  • The Worshipful Company of Fuellers
  • The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
  • Coopers of Glasgow
  • Coopers of London 
  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
The Earl of Wessex supports the work of the Armed Forces both in the United Kingdom and abroad{Source}.His Royal Highness holds a total of eight Military appointments{Source}. In 2007, The Earl of Wessex became Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion The Rifles following the reorganization of the Infantry{Source}. He regularly visits the Battalion at their base in Northern Ireland and has visited them on several occasions while on operational duties, including in Afghanistan{Source}.
The Prince Edward is Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and The London Regiment and meets servicemen and their families whenever possible{Source}.In 2006, The Earl was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Waddington{Source}.The Earl has an active role in his position as Colonel-in-Chief of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Prince Edward Island Regiment and the Saskatchewan Dragoons, all of which are based in Canada{Source}.

In 1987, he convinced his older brother and sister, as well as his sister-in-law to take part in a charity television event, titled It's a Royal Knockout. View it on Youtube here.
He is godfather to several children including:
  • The Lady Rose Victoria Brigitte Louise (Windsor) Gilman (1980) (his godfather's daughter, who is also is his 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  • Miss Camilla Hadden (1991)
  • Mr. Harry Warburton (1993)
  • Miss Jessica Kate Mary Margaret Roche (1995)
  • Miss Ella Louise Georgina Mountbatten (1996)
  • Prince Nikolai of Denmark (1999)
In November 2013, it was announced that he has been appointed as Lord High Comissioner to to General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2014{Source}
He and his family take annual holidays to Switzerland for skiing{Source} It has been said amongst royal watching circles that he will gain the title Duke of Edinbugh upon the death of both his parents (if whomeever is monarch at that time sees fit to give it to him, whether it be Charles, William or George...who knows). He shares a birthday with American actress Katharine Houghton (best known as Johanna Drayton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and as Katharine Hepburn's niece and closest relative)

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