Friday, July 31, 2015

Royal Profile: Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum

Archduchess Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum was born 31 July 1983 as the eldest daughter of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, Archduchess of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has the following younger siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}.

  1. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
  2.  Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  3. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
On 6 December 2008 to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979) {Source}. Together, they have two sons:

  • Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
  • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)





Royal Profile: Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy

Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy was born 31 July 1966 as the second child and only daughter of Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent {Source}. Her godparents were{Source}{Source}:
  • Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Prince Charles of Wales
As a youngster, she was rather rebellious, and tabloids often labeled her the "black sheep". She appeared on the cover of the fetish magazine, Skin Two, wearing a rubber jumpsuit and a crown, surrounded by corgis{Source}. Upon this publication, her relationship with her parents and other royal relations became...strained to say the least {Source}.


She dated painter and decoration Phil Finton before moving on to Paul Mowatt {Source}.

She married Paul Mowatt on 2 February 1990, and they have two children together{Source}:

  1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
  2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)
Marina and Paul were divorced in October 1997{Source}.

Presently, Marina is 53rd in line for the throne after the immediate family of the current reigning monarch, the Gloucester family, her uncle and his family, her mother, her brother, a niece and nephew{Source}. She occasionally attends family and official events, such as weddings and The Trooping of Colour.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Royal Profile: Carlos Morales y de Grecia

Carlos Morales y de Grecia was born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona the third child and only son of Princess Alexia of Greece & Carlos Morales {Source} He has two older sisters and a younger sister {Source}.

His godparents were{Source}:

  1. Infanta Elena of Spain (his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece (his maternal uncle)
  3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (his maternal uncle)

At the age of 5, he attended his maternal uncle's wedding in Greece with his parents and sisters {Source}.

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

Although 8th in line for the Greek throne after two uncles, his mother and several cousins, he seems to lead a relatively normal life and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre

Infanta María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre was born 30 July 1936 is the eldest daughter of Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies {Source}. She also has two younger surviving siblings, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Infanta Margarita of Spain {Source}. Her younger brother, Infante Alfonso died in 1956 {Source}.

The majority of her early years was spent in exile in Portugal. Infanta Pilar renouced her rights to the Spanish throne upon her marriage, but due to it being before the Constitution it is debated whether or not it holds today. It is long debated whether or not she and her family have Spanish succession rights or not as the Spanish Constitution section 57 states:

The Crown of Spain shall be inherited by the successors of H. M. Juan Carlos I de Borbón, the legitimate heir of the historic dynasty. Succession to the throne shall follow the regular order of primogeniture and representation, the first line always having preference over subsequent lines; within the same line,the closer grade over the more remote; within the same grade, the male over the female, and in the same sex, the elder over the younger.{Source}

To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".

From 1994-2005, she served as president of the International Equestrian Federation, until Princess Haya of Jordan succeed her. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain from 1996-2006, and now acts as an honorary member of the IOC {Source}. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Spanish Olympic Committee {Source} and President of Europa Nostra from 2007-2009 {Source}. The Infanta speaks several languages fluently, including: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course, Spanish.

When her younger brother married Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, Infanta Pilar was a bridesmaid {Source}. She married a few years later on 5 May 1967 in Portugal to Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain. Together, they have five children and 9 grandchildren:

  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo ( 1991)
    2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
    3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969)
    1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013) {Source}
  3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 5 November 2004)
    2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 23 November 2005)
    3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 30 May 2011)
  4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
  5. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand was born 28 July 1952 the only son of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit.

He had a worldly education, spending his primary years in Thailand, before moving on to England and Australia for his upper educational studies. The Prince undertook military training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia, and also completed an arts degree at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. He also took a period of time as a Buddhist monk {Source}.

In 1977, he married his maternal first cousin Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara {Source} , a year later his first child was born {Source}. He and Princess Soamsvali Kitiyakara were divorced sometime in the 1980s {Source}. His second marriage produced four illegitimate children as they were born prior to the 1994 marriage {Source}. In 2001, he married again, to HRH Princess Srirasmi, who has since given him a son {Source}

His children are:
  1. Princess Bajrakitiyabha (1978)
  2. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol(1979)
  3. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  4. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  5. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (1985)
  6. Princess Siriwanwari Nariratana (1987)
  7. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (2005)


On 3 January 1977,  Vajiralongkorn married, a first cousin on his mother's side. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn started living with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth in the late 1970s and had five children with her. Although Princess Soamsavali had refused divorce for many years, Vajiralongkorn was finally able to sue for divorce in the Family Court in January 1993. In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsavali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. The divorce was finalized in July 1993. Princess Soamsavali and her daughter continue to play a significant role in royal ceremonies.

Royal Profile: Samuel David Benedict Chatto

Samuel David Benedict Chatto was born 28 July 1998 in London, the elder of two sons ofThe Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto {Source}. One of his godparents was Prince Charles {Source}.

He is currently 20th in line to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom after his mother {Source}.

For his younger years, he attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School {Source}. He is believed to now be following Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry's footsteps and attending Eton College{Source}.

Although he performs no official royal functions, he has attended a few in recent years. He and his family typically attend Christmas at Sandringham {2006, 2008}. He along side his family, aunt and uncle and cousins, attended the service of Thanksgiving in honor of his late grandmother and great-grandmother in 2012 {Photos}. Also in 2012, he alongside his parents and brother, attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at Goodwood Festival of Speed {Photos} and attended day 1 of the Goodwood Races {Photos}.

It is presumed that Samuel leads a relatively normal life, in spite of being a great-nephew to the Queen.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 20-26, 2015

Austria

-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 11th birthday on Monday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathlide, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess  Eléonore, Princess Astird, Archduchess of Austria-Este , Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a military parade to celebrate National Day on Tuesday{Photos}.

-King Philippe, Queen Mathlide, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess  Eléonore  attended a Te Deum Mass held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015 at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Astird, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended a Te Deum Mass held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015 in Antwerp on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a Te Deum Mass at the Collégiale Sainte Waudru  on Tuesday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Joesphine, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth attended the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Gråsten Slot on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, the Danish Royal Family attended the family's annual photo shoot {Photos}.

-Prince Felix celebrated his 13th birthday on Wednesday.

-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann celebrated his 5th birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited Ladock Church of England Primary School & Falmouth Arms Pub on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Monarch attended  the Royal Agricultural University's graduation ceremony {Source}. On Friday, he hosted a garden party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Prince's Countryside Fund (PCF) {Source}. On Saturday, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II  attended the Royal Salute Coronation Cup {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge  & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the rained out

-Prince George of Cambridge celebrated his 2nd birthday on Wednesday.

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II visited the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Jordan on Thursday {Source}.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Georgina celebrated her 10th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the Red Cross Ball on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb
attended the civil wedding ceremony of Pierre Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromeo on Saturday {Photos}{Source}{Photos}{Source}

-Prince Albert II  participated in the Summit of Conscience for the Climate Conference on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the 2nd Annual St. Tropez Gala {Photos}. On Friday, the sovereign Prince of Monaco attended the inauguration of the Esplanade and the Allée Jacques Boissy {Source}.

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromeo celebrated their civil wedding ceremony on Saturday {Photos}{Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover celebrated her 16th birthday on Monday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday.

Spain

-Queen Letizia visited the 2015 Milan Expo on 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark was born 25 July 1996 in New York, NY USA the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. She has four younger brothers:
  1. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  2. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
  3. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
  4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)

Her godparents were {Source}:
  1. Princess Alexia of Greece (her paternal aunt)
  2. Prince Michael of Greece (her 1st cousin 2x removed)
  3. The Prince Charles of Wales(her 2nd cousin 2x removed)

She has grown up mostly in the US and Europe. She was born in the US, and likely lived here until she was at least two, before the family temporary went back to England, where her brother Odysseus-Kimon was born in 2004. Four years later, she was back in the US, this time on the "left coast", where her youngest brother was born in Los Angeles in 2008.

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, she still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with her paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, she attended her new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, she was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, she was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos} and attended the annual ARK Gala Dinner with her parents {Photos}. In 2012, along side her mother and grandfather, she attended a dinner and private view of'Valentino: Master Of Couture' {Photos}. In 2013, she attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}. She has also designed her own handbag for charity called "The Japan Bag", which was sold by her mother's line, Marie Chantal, that was released in September 2013 and will benefit the construction of a new nursery school in the tsunami-devastated town of Minami Sanriku in Japan {Source}. The bag can be purchased in three locations online, at Marie-Chantal's Hawaii store or at the store in Guam {Source}. The bag is still available for purchase on the online for $75+shipping and handling.

It's unknown where she went to school, however, she likely was educated in London. It's likely she speaks English and Greek, if not some Danish and other languages as well.


She is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.

She is related to the following monarchies:

  • Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is her great-aunt on her father's maternal side.
  • Spain: Queen Sofia is her paternal Great-Great aunt. King Juan Carlos is her 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  • Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is her 1st cousin 2x removed.
  • Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is her 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is her 1st cousin 3x removed.
  • Norway: King Harald is her 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Royal Profile: Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann

Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann was born 24 July 2010 as the first child of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann{Source}.

He was named for various relatives {Source}:

  1. Konstantin: for her father's middle name and his great-uncle Constantine of Greece
  2. Gustav: for her brother/his godfather
  3. Heinrich: for his father
  4. Richard: for her father
His godparents were{Source}:

  1. Crown Princess Mary (his mother's cousin's wife)
  2. Ann-Kathrin Joannasmann (his paternal aunt)
  3. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (his maternal uncle)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein was born 23 July 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the middle child and only daughter of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and his wife, Princess Marie{Source}. She has one older brother and one younger one:
  1. Prince Moritz Emanuel Maria of Liechtenstein (2003)
  2. Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hubertus Maria of Liechtenstein (2008)

Her brother Prince Moritz was born in New York, NY USA and her younger brother was also born in Vienna, like she was {Source}.

She is the 4th granddaughter (and 10th grandchild overall) of Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, Princess Marie.


Because Liechtenstein is ruled under Agnatic primogeniture law, meaning male-only succession, Princess Georgina is not line line for the throne. If for some reason the laws were to change, she would be no higher than 7th after her father today.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge {Source}. He is also the first grandchild of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}.

Like his father, he is in line to succeed the British throne after his great grandmother and grandfather {Source}. His birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria, when she, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and George VI were all alive.

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The Following were his godparents{Source}:
  • Mrs. Zara Anne Philips Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Mr. Oliver Baker (university friend of his parents)
  • Mrs. Emilla Jardine-Paterson (childhood friend of his mother)
  • Hugh Grosvnor, Earl Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  • Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his paternal deceased grandmother)
Like with the previous royal christenings, the young prince wore a replica of the christening robe worn by Queen Victoria that was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and water was from the River Jordan. For the first time, the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening.

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him {Source}. He also attended his first Trooping of Colour and his sister's christening in 2015.

Per the British Patent issued by King George V in 1917, Prince George of Cambridge was entitled to inherit the title Prince of Cambridge, however, in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II issued her own patent, granting the rights to all of Prince William's children for the use of Prince/ss of Cambridge. Per the 1917 patent, the rights were to only the eldest son, and all other children would have been either The Lord XXX Mountbatten-Windsor or The Lady YYY Mountbatten-Windsor if born prior to the beginning Prince Charles or Prince William's reign. However, with Queen Elizabeth's patent, all of Prince William's children will be titled Prince or Princess of Cambridge from birth.

He was joined in May 2015 by a little sister, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

Royal Profile: Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Countess Alexandra of Fredriksburg{Source}. He also has a stepmother and stepfather. He has one full brother and two younger half siblings{Source}:


Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}. At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.

His godparents are:
  • Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  • Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  • Damian Sibley
  • Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  • Annick Boel

He was named:
  1. Felix:a name his parents liked, that means "Happy And Prosperous."
  2. Henrik: after his paternal grandfather, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.
  3. Valdemar: is a common royal Danish name; his father and his cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark, also have Waldemar/Valdemar as one of their names.
  4. Christian: is a common royal Danish name, as most Kings of Denmark are either Christian or Frederik; it could also be for one of his godparents, Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.



Prince Felix attended pre-school at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen. Upon turning six years old, he followed in the footsteps of his father, brother and uncle at Krebs School in Østerbro, of which he presently attends.

He is presently 8th in line for the Danish throne after his uncle, four cousins, father, and older brother. He is also distantly in line for the British throne as a great x5 grandchild of King Christian XI of Denmark and greatx4 grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin of Austria

Archduke Karl-Konstantin of Austria was born 20 July 2004 as the son of Georg von Habsburg and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters {Source}:

He is a grandson of Otto von Hasburg {Source}.

He resides in Hungary with his family. Other than this, there is not much known about him. It's likely he lives a fairly normal life. He is presently 3rd in line for the Austro-Hungarian throne, and distantly in line for the British throne.

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Hanover

Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his second wife, Princess Caroline of Hanover{Source}. She has a host of much older siblings{Source}{Source}:

  1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983), from her father's 1st marriage, who had just has his 16th birthday
  2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who had recently celebrated his 15th birthday
  3. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985), from her father's 1st marriage, who had recently celebrated his 14th birthday at the time of her birth
  4. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who was about to celebrate her 13th birthday when Princess Alexandra was born
  5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who would celebrate his 12th birthday in just a few short weeks after her birth.


Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.

The princess's godparents are:
  1. Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen (paternal aunt) 
  2. Charlotte Casiraghi(maternal half-sister)
  3. Ulrike Ulmschneider (friend of her parents)
  4. Maryam Sachs (friend of her parents)
  5. Virginia Gallico (friend of her parents, who was also her mother's madame d'honneur for many years)
  6. George Condo (friend of her parents)
  7. Eric Maier (friend of her parents)

Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her six godmothers:
  1. Alexandra: for her paternal aunt
  2. Charlotte: for her half-sister
  3. Ulrike: for her parents' friend
  4. Marym: for her parents' friend
  5. Virginia: for her mother's madame d'honeur

A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referred to as Monacan because she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private Catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished 2e (equal to the 10th grade in the US System) this year, and should be beginning 1e (equal to the 11th grade in the US System) this fall.


Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else.

Until the births of Prince Jacques & Princess Gabriella of Monaco, she was the only grandchild of Prince Rainier III to hold any sort of title, even if her title isn't Monégasque. With the birth of the twins in December 2014, she is in 7th place for the throne of Monaco.

She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (Princess Caroline is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy. The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). In 2015 so far, she attended the presentation of her little cousins to the publicher little cousin's baptismthe  LGCT Monaco,

The dynamic duo can also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'FANB until she moved to South Africa a few years ago) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.

She is presently 5th in line for the Monégasque throne, after her sister Charlotte. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to nearly every current reigning monarch.
  1. Queen Elizabeth II: 3rd cousins 2x removed via Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark
  2. Queen Margareth II: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  3. King Carl XVI Gustaf: her paternal 3rd cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria
  4. King Harald V:her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  5. Grand Duke Henri: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  6. King Philippe: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  7. King Felipe VI: Her paternal 4th cousin via Chrisian IX of Denmark
  8. Prince Albert II: Her maternal uncle

For the most part, she has led a normal childhood of going to school, hanging with friends, going to the beach with her siblings, and the occasional ice skating competitions. With the few exceptions of course, having to appear with the family on Monaco's national day (2002,2004, 2006, 2007), at the circus festival (2003, 2008, 2012), the annual Palace Christmas Party (2009), the annual show jumping competition (2010, 2012), the annual St. Devote Ceremony (2012)and her uncle's 2005 enthronement, and 2011 wedding ceremonies. Plus the occasional intrusion of the paparazzi when walking the streets with her mother!

In recent years, Princess Alexandra has taken to social media-albeit more quietly and discreetly than her Ducuruet cousins. The only one I am 100% aware that she has is instagram (DO NOT ask for her link, my response is NO, even if her account is private), but she likely has other accounts as well.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sojna. He has one elder sister, Princess Martha Louise{Source}.

The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}.. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}.. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

He is the patron of a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra{Source}..

In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015{Source}.. In this capacity he has traveled to Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana{Source}..

Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum{Source}. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009{Source}. The Crown Prince’s term ended in 2010, and he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community{Source}. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members{Source}.

As for his personal life, he married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Mette-Marit has one biological son from a previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby, but he spends the majority of his time with the Crown Princely Family, so it's logical that the future king would consider him like a son-he is even listed as a member of the family of the official website of the Royal Family, biography and all {Source} Together, The Crown Prince and Princess have two biological children{Source}:

In what spare time he has, the future King enjoys winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music{Source}. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities {Source}.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 13-19, 2015

Belgium

-Queen Mathilde  attended the start of the 5th Edition of the Te Gek?! Tour de France on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she viewed an exhibition entitled, La Salle de Pendus {Photos}. On Friday, the Belgian born Queen inaugurated the exhibition, @yourservice {Photos}.

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck met with the Chairperson, commissioners, and staff of the Anti Corruption Commission on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday he held an audience with the Auditor General and staff of the Royal Audit Authority  {Photos}. On Friday, he held an audience with the Chief Election Commissioner, commissioners, and staff of the Election Commission of Bhutan on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck celebrated his 31st birthday on Thursday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine attended the 2015 Gråsten Horse Parade on Sunday {Source}

Great Britain

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York officially became Chancellor of The University of Huddersfield on Monday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  visited the St. Peter's Eaton Square Church of England Primary School on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, she celebrated her 68th birthday.

-The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor &  Timothy Taylor celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Saturday.

-The Lady Rose Louise Gilman & George Gilman celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

France

-Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday.

Germany

- Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Hubertus, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha & Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha welcomed their second child, a son, on Wednesday {Source}. Their sons name, title and style is: HH Prince Philipp Hubertus Andreas Christian of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie celebrated her 40th birthday on Thursday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Jean de Nassau celebrated his 11th birthday on Monday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II   view the exhibition, Deux Univers pour une Planète,  on Monday {Source}.

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 17th birthday on Wednesday.

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended The Cinema Society And Audi Host A Screening Of Marvel's Ant-Man on Monday {Photos}.

Romania

-Princess Maria celebrated her 51st birthday on Monday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia welcomed the President & First Lady of Romania on Monday {Photos}.

-King Felipe VI presented the 2015 Premio Camino Real on Wednesday {Photos}


-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 17th birthday on Friday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Pricness Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine & Christopher Paul O'Neill attended the 2015 Victoriadagen Concert on Tuesday {Video}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Pricness Victoria, Prince Daniel & Princess Estelle greeted well-wishers for Crown Princess Victoria's 38th birthday on Tuesday {Video}

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 38th birthday on Tuesday.

United Arab Emirates

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 67th birthday on Wednesday.

Royal Profile: Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli on born 19 July 1983 {Source}. He has one full brother, a half-sister, two stepbrothers and a stepsister:
  1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, stepbrother)
  2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, full brother)
  3. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, stepsister)
  4. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, stepbrother)
  5. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999, paternal half sister)
He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents:
  1. Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle)
  2. Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  3. Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  4. Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  5. King Felipe VI of Spain
  6. Constantine II of Greece
  7. Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  8. Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  9. Stephan von Watzdorf

He grew up primarily in England. He attended Malvern College and New York University, studying finance. He allegedly was caught experimenting with marijuana and hanging around with the "bad boys" during his time at Malvern, and his parents decided to send him to live with his father for a while to finish out his education. At the time, the blended Casiraghi-Grimaldi-Hanover family was residing in Fontainebleau, France, where there is a German School, which is the school he likely attended for at least one semester or he could've joined Andrea at The International School of Paris. For sure, I don't really know.


After graduating from NYU in the mid-2000s (2005/2006? latest 2007?), he returned to London to work in the field of finance. He has since moved back to Germany to assist with the running of the estate.


Sometime in 2004, his father signed over the German property of the House of Hanover, in which a few years later he sold off Calenberg Manor and held a controversial auction of some of the family's belongings (not all the family was thrilled with the idea!).


Since his title is technically no longer valid, he rarely performs public duties. However, since his father's remarriage in 1999 to Princess Caroline of Monaco, he has had a more public life as part of the Monégasque Princely Family, frequently appearing at their events such as Prince Rainier's funeral, the 2005 Princess Grace Awards in NYC, Prince Albert's enthronement and wedding ceremonies. He also joined his stepmother in the winter of 2011 during his youngest sibling's ice skating competitions {Photo}. In 2014, he was named as a godfather of Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha {Photo}. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Royal Profile: Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón was born 17 July 1998, the eldest son of Infanta Elena and Don Jaime de Marichalar. He has one younger sister, Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón. He is in 5th line for the Spanish throne after his mother. His godparents were his grandfather, King Juan Carlos of Spain and his paternal grandmother, Doña Concepción Sáez de Tejada.

He was named:

  • Felipe: after his uncle, King Felipe VI
  • Juan: after his great-grandfather the Count of Barcelona 
  • Froilán: after the patron saint of Lugo (his parents were the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, now just his mother retains the title-his father lost it in the divorce in 2009) 
  • Todos los Santos: as it is customary among the Bourbons

Felipe Juan Froilán currently attends the Santa Maria del Pilar School in Madrid {Source}.

His parents divorced in 2009.

On April 9, 2012 Felipe, while he was on a farm of his father's family in Garray (Soria), accidentally shot himself himself in his left foot{Source}. His father had to declare to the Civil Guard because Spanish law does not permit to use firearms to people under 14{Source}. The judge dismissed the case against Don Jaime de Marichalar, considering it not negligence but a misdemeanor {Source}.


He is a member of the Spanish Royal Family, but is no longer considered a member of the Royal House. On occasion, he does appear publicly on behalf of his family, often with his mother and sister, and have included hospital visits after the death of his paternal grandmother in March 2014 and the numerous times King Juan Carlos I was in the hospital in the last few years. Together, with his mother and sister, they attended the 2012 London Olympics {Photos} and the 2011 Bullfighting Autumn Fair {Photos}. In 2014, he was spotted attending his uncle's enthronement and grandfather's abdication ceremony with his mother {Video spotted for the 1st time next to his mother at approximately :31}.

Royal Profile: Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla Rosemary Shand, now known as Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was born the eldest child of Maj. Bruce Shand and The Hon. Rosalind Shand on 17 July 1947 {Source}. She has two younger siblings, Annabel and Mark {Source}. Mark passed away in 2014 after a fall in NYC {Source}.

She grew up in East Sussex, England {Source}. She attended Dumbrells School and Queen's Gate School before attending finishing school in Switzerland and the Institut Britannique in Paris {Source}.

In 1973, she marred Andrew Parker-Bowels, with whom she has two children{Source}. They divorced in 1995 {Source}. Ten years after her divorce, sh married the future King of the United Kingdom in a civil ceremony on 9 April 2005{Source}. Both of her children married in 2005 and 2006 and have five children between them {Source}. Her children, children-in-law, stepsons, stepdaughter-in-law, and grandchildren and step-grandchildren are:
  1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowels (1974)
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowels
      1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowels (2007)
      2. Master Freddy Parker-Bowels (2010)
  2. Mrs. Laura (Parker-Bowels) Lopes (1978)
    1. Mr. Harry Lopes
      1. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
  3. Prince William, The Duke of  Cambridge (1982)
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
      1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
  4. Prince Harry of Wales (1984)


When her husband becomes King, it is her intention to be known as HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen Camilla {Source}.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was born 16 July 1984 as the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, which makes him second in line for the Bhutanese throne and is a half brother to the present Bhutantese King. In addition to the King, he also has one full (and older) sister, and three other half brothers and three half sisters.

Like his brother, the young prince had a worldly education, being educated in Bhutan, the United States, and in England. He attended Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School before moving to the United States to attend Choate Rosemary Hall until 2003 (during which time the school was also attended by Ivanka Trump and James Lee Schroeder Jr, who graduated a few years ahead of the Prince). After graduation, he moved to England to attend St. Peter's College, Oxford to earn a degree in history and politics in 2007.

Like his other siblings, he takes responsiblity for Bhutan, and is often traveling to represent his elder half brother. In 2008, he was his brother's representative at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, delivering an speech, touring the festival and interacting with the festival's visitors {Source}. He is his brother's representative for the Bhutanese Olympic Committee {Source}.

Along with his brothers, he has interests in sporting activities such as archery, basketball and cycling {Source}. Together with his sister Princess Sonam Dechan, he is a member of the Excutive Board of the Tarayana Foundation.

Royal Profile: 15 Facts about Princess Marie Gabriele of Liechtenstein

  1. Countess Marie Gabriele Franziska Kálnoky de Kőröspatak, now known as Princess Marie Gabriele of Liechtenstein was born 16 July 1975 {Source}.
  2. She is the sixth daughter of Count Alois Hugo Alexander Georg Guntram Maria Kalnoky de Korospatak and his wife Baroness Sieglinde Von Oer{Source}.
  3. She married Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein on 14 May 1999 {Source}.
  4. They married civilly in Vaduz,  Liechtenstein on 14 May 1999  {Source}
  5. They married religiously in  ČíčovSlovakia on the 18 July 1999  {Source}
  6. Together, they have the following children{Source}:
    1. Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein (2003)
    2. Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein (2005)
    3. Prince Benedikt of Liechtenstein (2008)
  7. She is the daughter in law of Prince Hans-Adam II & Princess Marie {Source}.
  8. Through her husband,she is the sister-in-law of  {Source}
    1. Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, Princess of Liechtenstein (1967)
    2. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein (1968)
    3.  Baron Matthias Claus-Just Carl Philipp von Lattorff (1968)
    4. Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (1958)
    5. Prince Maximilian Nikolaus Maria of Liechtenstein (1969)
    6. Princess Tatjana Nora Maria of Liechtenstein (1973)
  9. Through her husband, she is the aunt of{Source}:
    1. Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg (1995)
    2. Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg (1996)
    3. Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg (1999)
    4. Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg (2000)
    5. Master Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
    6. Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein (2001)
    7. Miss Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (2002)
    8. Miss Marie Teresa von Lattorff (2004)
    9. Miss Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorf (2005)
    10. Miss Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorf (2007)
    11. Miss Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorf (2009)
    12. Master Maximilian Maria von Lattorf (2011)
  10. Upon her marriage, she became Her Serene Highness Princess Marie of Liechtenstein.
  11. She shares a name with her mother in law, Princess Marie.
  12. Her husband is currently  7th in succession for Liechtenstein's throne.
  13. Thier sons follow their father in succession in 8th and 9th places, respectively.
  14. She and her husband, along with their children have lived in NYC, Austria and Liechtenstein.
  15. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, she leads a very private lifestyle.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Royal Profile: Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb

Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb was born on 15 July 1998 in Monaco, the third child and second daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and supposedly the only child of former palace body guard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb-Princess Stephanie has never made who her father is public information. From her mother, she has two half-siblings, Louis and Pauline Ducruet.

She is considered one of the "lucky" ones of the royal illegitimate children. She is fully acknowledged by her mother, a princess, and is rarely hidden from family events, which over the years have included: her uncle Albert's enthronement, the circus festivals (2009, 2010,2012, 2013), the *NEW GENERATION* Festival (2012, 2014), Monaco Beach Soccer 2013 For Fightaids, her uncle's civil and religious wedding ceremonies, and the Louis Vuitton Cruise Line Show 2015, among other events over the years. Most recently, she attended her uncle's 10 year celebrations concert.

Her name is Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb.

  • Camille: likely a name her mother liked, however it could also be speculated that it is after Prince Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi de Goyon de Matignon
  • Marie: likely, a name Princess Stephanie liked, but it could also be speculated that the name could be after her great-grandmother, Marie Juliette Louvet. Marie is a common name, too, in general and in the Grimaldi family. Camille's cousin Charlotte is Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi and is one of her mother's names. 
  • Kelly: in honor of her late grandmother, Grace Patricia Kelly.

While she was young, her mother picked up her, and her older half-siblings and whisked them off to travel with the circus from 2001 to early 2004. It was during these years that Camille was home-schooled by Princess Stephanie and she discovered an interest in gymnastics and theatre.

Upon their return to Monaco in 2004, she continued to attend local public schools for elementary and middle school. However, it has been recently discovered, perhaps because of her media-shy father or the fact that numerous of her cousins (Princess Alexandra,Christine, Alexia, Vittoria and Andrea Knecht) attend the school as well, she has been enrolled in Lycée François d’Assise Nicolas Barré.

As a youngster, due to her media shy father, she was often registered as Camille Marie Kelly Grimaldi.

Illegimate children are nothing new to Monaco's Princely courts. She is preceded by her great-grandmother Princess Charlotte of Monaco, three of her mother's paternal cousins (Elisabeth-Anne, Christian-Louis and Christine-Alix), two older half siblings, and 5 cousins. The Catholic Church did not consider her older Casiraghi cousins illegitimate until 1992 due to her mother's previous marriage to Phillipe Junot not being annulled. However, once Princess Caroline's marriage to Junot was annulled after the death of Stefano Casiraghi (father of Princess Caroline's older children) in 1992. Her uncle Prince Albert II of Monaco’s two older children, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste, are also illegitimate. Her older maternal half-siblings, Louis and Pauline Ducruet, were both born prior to the marriage of their parents, were legitimized after the marriage in 1995. Her mother's cousins were, like her older brother and sister, legitimatized by marriage in 1951 (however, with the change of succession laws of 2002, the two surviving de Massy children lost their claims to the throne with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005).Her great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte was the only child of Prince Louis II and Marie Juliette Louvet, and had been adopted later by Prince Louis II, placing her in line for the throne of Monaco. However, in the case of Camille, Jazmin and Alexandre, due to the 2002 changes of the constitution of Monaco it is not possible for Princess Stephanie to adopt her (or for Prince Albert to adopt Jazmin or Alexandre) in order to place them in line for the throne. The only way Camille would be in line for the throne is that if her father was confirmed to be Jean-Raymond Gottlieb and he and Princess Stephanie were to marry. If that were to happen, Camille would be placed in line after her older sister, Pauline, in the 9th position for the throne. However, due to the passage of time and the fact that Princess Stephanie and Jean-Raymond broke up many years ago, this does not seem likely.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Royal Profile: Crown Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland

Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland was born 14 July 1977, and is the eldest child and oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two younger siblings, and two siblings-in-law, a niece and a nephew{Source}:
  1. Prince Carl Phillip (1979)
    1. Princess Sofia (1984)
  2.   Princess Madeline(1982)
    1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil
      1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
      2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, The Duke of Angermanland (2015)
She was baptized at the Palace Church on 27 September 1977 and given the names Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée. Her godparents are:
  1. Ralf Sommerlath (maternal uncle)
  2. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (paternal aunt)
  3. King Harald V of Norway
  4. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

She was named in honor of various relatives- Her first name comes primarily from her great-great-grandmother, Victoria of Baden, the queen-consort of Sweden as wife of King Gustaf V. The same name also glorifies her (twice-over paternally) great-great-great-grandmother, Victoria of the United Kingdom. Her other names honour her great-aunt Ingrid of Denmark; her maternal grandmother, the Brazilian Alice Sommerlath (née de Toledo); and her ancestorDésirée Clary, the queen-consort of Charles XIV John and a former fiancée of Napoleon I of France.

She began attending school at Västerled Parish Pre-school from 1982-84{Source}. In the fall of 1984, she began to attend Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where she completed her junior level{Source}. She completed her intermediate level at Ålstenskolan in Bromma and went on to pursue senior studies, following a Science and Social Studies programme, at Enskilda Gymnasiet upper secondary school in Stockholm{Source}. She graduated from upper secondary school in June 1996. She spent that summer gaining knowledge of foreign languages by taking trips to the US and Germany{Source}. During the 1996-97 academic year, The Crown Princess studied French at the Centre International D'Études Françaises at the Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France{Source}. In 1997-1998, she followed a specially designed programme in order to gain a general insight into the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Swedish Government and began academic studies in Political Science and History at Yale University in the USA in the spring of 1998{Source}.

She has tried to keep her private life-boyfriends and a battle with Anorexia- away from the public eye. Because of this, we are only aware of two confirmed boyfriends. The first was in the mid-1990s to 2001, Daniel Collert. The second was her now-husband, Daniel Westling in 2002. As for her eating disorder, she began suffering from Anorexia around 1996, and was confirmed in 1997. She moved to the United States in early 1998 to study at Yale University and receive professional help for her disorder away from the media.

Her engagement to Daniel Westling was approved and announced by the Swedish Courts on 24 February 2009{Source}. She married Daniel Westling, who became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland on 19 June 2010{Source}. On 17 August 2011, it was announced that she and Prince Daniel were expecting their first child in March of 2012. The new baby girl was born 23 February 2012 at 4:26am, local time{Source}. The new princess of Sweden's name and duchary was announced on 24 February 2012 by her grandfather: Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland{Source}. She was probably named after Count Folke Bernadotte's American born wife Estelle Romaine Manville, both of her grandmothers (2nd and 3rd names), and her godmother,Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

She has 14 godchildren, including four future monarchs. Many of which served as bridesmaids or pageboys at her wedding in June 2010. These children include:


  1. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
  2. Baroness Madeleine von Dincklage(1999)
  3. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
  4. Leopold Sommerlath (2003)
  5. Diana Engsäll (2004?)
  6. Ian Persson (2004?)
  7. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
  8. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
  9. Vivien Sommerlath
  10. Giulia Sommerlath
  11. Isabella Chloé Nilsson
  12. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  13. Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (2014)