Saturday, April 30, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Katharina of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on 30 April 2014 as the first child of Prince Hubertus & Princess Kelly.

She was baptized on 14 September 2014 with the following as her godparents:

  • Countess Katharina of Faber-Castell
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • Duchess Elisabeth in Bravia
  • Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1984)
  • Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin
She is named for:
  1. Katharina: for her godmother, Countess Katharina
  2. Victoria: For her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria
  3. Elisabeth: for her godmother, Ducesss Elisabeth in Bravia
  4. Cheryl: for her maternal grandmother

She is not in succession for the defunct throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, but is distantly in succession for the British throne as a great x4 granddaughter of Queen Victoria via Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. 

In June 2015, she became a big sister to Prince Philipp Hubertus Andreas Christian of Saxe-Coburn and Gotha.

Royal Profile: Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Bórbon

Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Bórbon was born 30 April 2002 as the third son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín {Source}. He has two older brothers and a younger sister {Source}:
  1. Don Juan (1999)
  2. Don Pablo (2000)
  3. Doña Irene (2005)
In June 2002, he was baptized with the following as his godparents:

  1. King Felipe VI of Spain (maternal uncle)
  2. Lucía Urdangarín (paternal aunt)

He has had a global life-residing mostly in Spain, but spending time in the US, before moving to Switzerland. He and his family resided in Washington, DC from 2009-2012, while his father worked for Telefónica. In August 2013 the family, without his father, moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where his mother had taken a job with the Caixa Foundation{Source}. In early April 2013, his father was offered a new position in Qatar, it was unclear whether or not Infanta Christina and her children would join him there at the end of this school year, which in the end, they did not join him in Qatar, but moved to Switzerland instead {Source}.

Due to his parents' global lifestyle, he has also had a worldly education. He began his education at the Carls Riba Preschool before the family's move to the US in 2009. Upon the family's return to Spain in 2011, he began to attend The French School of Spain, which both of his brothers attended. It is unclear where he attends school now.

He is currently 9th in the Spanish line of succession, after four cousins, an aunt, his mother and two older brothers. He does not perform regular duties. With the loss of his parent's title The Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca last summer, it is unclear whether or not he is still entitled to the style Don as a courtesy title of a Spanish Infanta.

Royal Profile: 70 Facts about King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  1. Prince Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus of Sweden, The Duke of  Jämtland was born 30 April 1946 as the youngest child of then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf &  Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha {Source}.
  2. He has four older sisters:
    1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler(1934)
    2. Princess Brigitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern (1937)
    3. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (1938)
    4. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
  3. Thorough his sisters, he has four brothers-in-law:
    1. John Ambler (1924-2008, m. 1964, separated 1996)
    2. Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (m 1963)
    3. Prince Johann of Hohenzollern (m. 1961)
    4. Tord Gösta Magnuson (1941, m. 1974)
  4. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews:
    1. Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
    2. Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (1963)
    3. Sybilla Louise Ambler, Baroness von Dincklage (1965)
    4. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    5. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    6. Prince Hubertus Gustaf of Hohenzollern (1966)
    7. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    8. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (1968)
    9. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    10.  Tord Gosta Magnuson (m. 1974)
    11. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
    12. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
    13. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson(1980)
  5. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews-in-law:
    1. Baron Henning von Dincklage (1971)
    2. Helen Jane Ross
    3. Ursula Mary Shipley
    4. Baroness Maria Fredriksson Silfverschiöld (m 2005)
    5. Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng
    6. Vicky Magnuson
    7. Emma Magnuson (m.2011)
    8. Frida Louise Bergström
  6. Through his sisters, he has several great nieces and nephews:
    1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
    2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning von Dincklage (2000)
    3. Senna Rose Ambler (2000)
    4. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng(2000)
    5. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
    6. India Tani Ambler (2003)
    7. Lily Elektra Ambler(2003)
    8. Oscar Rufus Ambler(2004)
    9. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
    10. Baroness Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
    11. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
    12. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
    13. Albert Magnuson
    14. Baby #2 (child of Tord & Emma)
    15. Baby #2 (child of Victor & Frida)
  7. He is the paternal nephew of:
    1. Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1907-2002)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910-2000)
      1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972)
    3. Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912-1997)
      1. Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland (1915-2013)
    4. Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna (1916-2012)
      1. Countess Gunnila Märtha Louise Wachtmeister af Johannishus (1923)
    5. He is the maternal nephew of:
    6. Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1906-1972)
      1. Feodora Freiin von der Horst (1905–1991, m. 1932)
    7. Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1909-1933)
    8. Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1912-1983)
      1. Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen
    9. Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1918-1998)
  8. Thus, he is a first cousin of:
    1. Count Bertram Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1932) 
      1. Felizitas von Auersperg (m. 1954)
    2. Count Conradin Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1933-2001)
      1. Marta Catharina Lonegren(m. 1961)
    3. Caroline Mathilde Adelheid Sibylla Marianne Erika Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1933)
    4. Countess Viktoria Adelheid of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1935)
      1. Flight Captain Max Schnirring (1895-1944)
    5. Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1935-1996)
      1. Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer
    6. Calma Barbara Schnirring (1938)
    7. Peter Albert Friedrich Josias Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1939)
      1. Roswitha Henriette Breuer (m. 1964)
    8. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1940)
      1. Prince Henrik of Denmark
    9. Dagmar Schnirring (1940)
    10. Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony (1943)
    11. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1944)
      1. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg
    12. Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1944)
    13. Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes (1946)
      1. King Constantine II of the Hellenes
    14. Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (b. 1948, adopted 1951)
    15. Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (b. 1949, adopted 1950)
    16. Princess Maria Claudia Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1949-2016)
    17. Princess Beatrice Charlotte of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1951)
    18. Prince Adrian Vinzenz Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1955-2011)
    19. Through his cousins, he is the 1st cousin 1x removed to:
    20. Sascha Nikolaus Hubertus Berger (1960)
    21. Count Dominik of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1965)
    22. Valesca Walz (1965)
    23. Count Michael of Castell-Rüdenhausen  (1967)
    24. Larissa Walz (1967)
    25. Countess Anne-Charlotte Catharina Victoria of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1962) 
    26. Count Carl-Eduard Friedrich Hubertus of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1964) 
    27. Alice Louise Esther Margot Huntington-Whiteley (1961)
    28. Beatrice Helena Victoria Irene Huntington-Whiteley (1962)
    29. Richard Darrel Berger (1962)
    30. Victor Dean Berger (1964)
    31. Leopold Maurice Huntington-Whiteley (1965)
    32. Samuel Clinton Berger  (1965)
    33. Wesley Berger (1967) 
    34. David Charles (Berger) Cook (1968)
    35. Joi Cook (1981)
  9. He is the 1st cousin 2x removed to:
    1. Count Henrik Michael Frederik of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1982)
    2. Tristan Lee Berger (1984)
    3. Nicole Calma Berger(1984)
    4. Richard Jonathan Ross Wheeler Berger (1985)
    5. Mary Katherine Berger (1985)
    6. Patrick Martin Conradin Rappu (1987)
    7. Henry Alexander Sewell (1988)
    8. Richard Valdemar Rappu (1989)
    9. Benjamin Leopold Sewell (1990)
    10. Fredrik Carl Anton Rappu (1990)
    11. Frederick Francis Thomas Augustus Grant (1999)
    12. Lenz Galambos (1999)
    13. Countess Sarah Carolina Victoria of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1999)
    14. Ludovic William Hubertus Miles Grant (2002)
    15. Rachel Kathryn Faye Berger (2000)
    16. Riley Emily Erin Berger (2001)
    17. Maximilian Elias Berger(2001) 
    18. Count Markus Wilhelm Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (2004)
    19. He is a first cousin 3x removed to:
    20. Fritz Berger (2008)
    21. Zane Berger (2010)
  10. The King's motto is: “For Sweden - With the times"{Source}
  11. His father died when he was only a few months old{Source}.
  12. He and his wife reside at Drottningholm Palace{Source}.
  13. Like his eldest granddaughter and middle grandson are today, he and his sisters grew up in Haga Palace{Source}.
  14. When Gustaf VI Adolf acceded the throne in 1950 after the death of Gustaf V, Prince Carl Gustaf  became Crown Prince Carl Gustaf {Source}.
  15. His grandfather died 23 years later, and Crown Prince Carl Gustaf became King Carl XVI Gustaf{Source}.
  16. He was educated privately at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during his pre-school years{Source}.
  17. He began his education in 1952, attending Broms School, then Sigtuna Boarding School{Source}.
  18. He graduated from upper secondary school in 1966{Source}.
  19. After graduation, he served in the Swedish Military, training in all branches-Army, Navy and Air Force, with a special emphasis on naval training {Source}.
  20. He took part in a long voyage on the mine laying vessel Älvsnabben during the winter of 1966-67{Source}.
  21. The Crown Prince of Sweden passed his Naval Officer Examination in 1968{Source}.
  22. He completed a command course at hte Swedish National Defence College and comlemented his naval training with officer's duties on board various ships of the Swedish Navy{Source}.
  23. In 1968, he began studying a program of History, Sociology, Political Science, Financial Law and Economics,  at the University of Uppsala{Source}.'
  24. He also studied Economics at the University of Stockholm{Source}.
  25. During his studies, he also spent time learning the ways of national and local authorities, industries, factories, laboratories and schools{Source}.
  26. He also studied the Swedish judicial system, social welfare organizations and institutions, trade unions and employer associations, with emphasis on the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs{Source}.
  27. To gain some international experience, he participated in the work of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN in NY in the US{Source}.
  28. He worked with SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) in Africa{Source}.
  29. He worked at the Hambro Bank, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce  in London{Source}.
  30. He also worked at  Alfa Laval Plant in France{Source}.
  31. During this time, he also represented his grandfather on several official occasions{Source}.
  32. In 1970, he headed the Swedish delegation of the World Expostition in Japan{Source}.
  33. During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972, The Crown Prince met Silvia Renate Sommerlath{Source}.
  34. On 19 June 1976, he married Silvia Sommerlath {Source}.
  35. The night before their wedding, during a royal varitey performance, they were serinated by ABBA and the song Dancing Queen  was played-for his Queen {Source}
  36. With Queen Siliva, he has three children{Source}:
    1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
    2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
    3. Princess Madeleine (1981)
  37. They also have three children-in-law:
    1. Prince Daniel (1973)
    2. Mr. Christopher Paul O'Neill (1974)
    3. Princess Sofia (1984)
  38. King Carl XVI Gustaf has three grandsons:
    1. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Ångermanland (2015)
    2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne (2016)
    3. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland (2016)
  39. King Carl XVI Gustaf has two granddaughters:
    1. Princess Estelle Siliva Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland (2012)
    2. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  40. King Carl XVI Gustaf is actively involved with organizations that protect the environment, scouting, and technology {Source}.
  41. He is a Principal Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Association{Source}..
  42. The Swedish Monarch is Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide Scout Council {Source}. 
  43. He has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation since 1977{Source}.
  44. Outside of his royal duties, he has a vast array of interests.
  45. He likes automobiles{Source}.
  46. He is a fan of Nature, Sports and the Outdoors{Source}.
  47. He likes food, the arts and music{Source}.
  48. He also enjoys hunting{Source}.
  49. Every year he participates in Royal hunts at Halle and Hunneberg and in Bergslagen{Source}.
  50. He also participates in the cloven-foot animal hunt at Tullgarn{Source}.
  51. He is a member of the Swedish Academy of Gastronomy{Source}.
  52. The King and his family, in addition to Palaces in Sweden, have private vacation homes in Storlien,Jämtland, Sweden; and Villa Mirage in St. Maxime, France{Source}.
  53. The King is a highly skilled skier{Source}.
  54. He has participated in the Vasa Ski Race three times - in 1977, 1987 and 1997{Source}.
  55. The King likes to drive an old Volvo PV 60 that he received as a present on his 50th birthday{Source}.
  56. He is the godson of:
    1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (paternal uncle)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (paternal aunt)
  57. He is the patron of the following organizations, just to name a few:
    1. African Medical and Research Foundation Sweden (AMREF)
    2. Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK)
    3. Barnens Dags Riksförbund
    4. Centralföreningen för Idrottens Främjande i Sverige
    5. Djurgårdens Hembygdsförening
    6. Friends of the Nationalmuseum
    7. Friends of the Swedish Museum of Natural History
    8. Friluftsfrämjandet
    9. Föreningen Svenska Atheninstitutets Vänner
    10. Föreningen Konstnärernas Vänner
  58. He has made state visits to, among others:
    1. Norway (1974)
    2. Finland (1974)
    3. Denmark (1975)
    4. Iceland (1975)
    5. United Kingdom (1975)
    6. The Netherlands (1976)
    7. Belgium (1977)
    8. USSR (Russia) (1978)
    9. Yugoslavia (1978)
    10. Germany (1979)
    11. Austria (1979)
    12. Japan (1980)
    13. France (1980)
    14. Tanzania (1981)
  59. Through his mother, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  60. Through his father, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  61. Thus his parents are 2nd cousins.
  62. In addition to Swedish National Honors, he holds honors from:
    1. Austria
    2. Belgium
    3. Brazil
    4. Brunei 
    5. Bulgaria
    6. Chilie
    7. Denmark
    8. Egypt
    9. Estonia
    10. Finland
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Greece
    14. Hungary
    15. Iceland
    16. Iran
    17. Italy
    18. Japan
    19. Jordan
    20. Latvia
    21. Lithuania
    22. Luxembourg
    23. Maylasia
    24. Mexico
    25. The Netherlands
    26. Norway
    27. Poland
    28. Portugal
    29. Slovakia
    30. Solvenia
    31. South Africa
    32. South Korea
    33. Spain
    34. Thailand
    35. Turkey
    36. Ukraine
    37. United Kingdom
    38. Yugoslaiva
  63. He is a recipient of the  Philippines: Mount Makiling Award.
  64. He is also a recipient of the World Organization of the Scout Movement: Bronze Wolf Award
  65. Since June 1975, he has been an honorary  Admiral to the British Royal Navy.
  66. His astrological sign is Aries.
  67. The last "Duke of  Jämtland" before him was  Prince Oscar Carl August Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg.
  68. King Carl XVI Gustaf speaks the following languages fluently:
    1. Swedish
    2. English
    3. French
    4. German?
  69. The King shares his birthday with actress Kirsten Dunst, Glee star Dianna Agron and country singer Willie Nelson.
  70. As one of Europe's youngest monarchs and with his modern touch, King Carl Gustaf has been credited with helping continue support and admiration for the Swedish Royal Family.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Heinrich Julius of Hanover

Prince Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter of Hanover was born 29 April 1961 as the youngest child of Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings in laws and nieces and nephews{Source}{Source}:


  1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess of Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael of Houchburg
      1. Hereditary Count Conrad of Houchburg (1985)
      2. Count Georg of Houchburg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Houlichi
      1. Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1983)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover
      1. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999)
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1988)
    1. Princess Isabella
      1. Prince Otto (1988)
  4. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  5. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leinein(1959)
    1. Andreas, Prince of Leinein
      1. Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leinein (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen (1984)
  6. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1986)
He has four children, with two different women:

With Désirée Nick, he fathered an illegitmate son:
  1. Oscar Nick (1996)
With his wife Tyra von Westernhagen, he fathered three children:
  1. Prince Albert (1999)
  2. Princess Eugenia (2001)
  3. Prince Julius (2006)
Heinrich works as a historian and publisher with the firm MatruxMedia.

Royal Profile: Maud Angelica Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 as the eldest of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn's three daughters {Source}.She eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. She has two younger sisters{Source}:

  1. Leah Isadora (2005)
  2. Emma Tallulah (2008)
She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:

  1. King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  2. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  4. Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  5. Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  6. Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and best man at his wedding)
  7. Trond Giske (friend of her father)
At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. Her cousins are future Norwegian Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attended this school. Presently, Maud and her family reside in London.

Royal Profile: Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte Astid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1944 as the second of three daughters of King Federik XI & Queen Ingrid of Denmark {Source}. She has two sisters, two brothers in law, several nieces and nephews, an numerous great nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Queen Margarethe II of Demark
    1. Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
      1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
        1. Crown Princess Mary
          1. Prince Christian (2005)
          2. Princess Isabella(2007)
          3. Prince Vincent (2011)
          4. Princess Josephine (2011)
      2. Prince Joachim of Denmark
        1. Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksburg (m. 1995-2005)
          1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
          2. Prince Felix (2002)
        2. Princess Marie (m. 2008)
          1. Prince Henrik (2009)
          2. Princess Athena (2012)
  2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
    1. King Constantine of Greece
      1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
        1. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana
          1. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
          2. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
          3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
          4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
      2. Crown Prince Pavlos 
        1. Princess Marie Chantal
          1. Princess Maria Olympia (1996)
          2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
          3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
          4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
          5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros(2008)
      3. Prince Nikolas
        1. Princess Tatiana
      4. Prince Theodora
      5. Prince Philippos


She was married to Richard,6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}.Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:

  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
  2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
      1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    2. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      1. Alexander Johannasman
        1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
        2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)

Princess Benedikte is patron of many national organizations, institutions, and foundations in Denmark and abroad {Source}. She also serves as honoray member of various associations and societies{Source}. Princess Benedikte served in a special scout unit created just for her so she could participate as a child. She is chairwoman of Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark) since 2000{Source}.In 1963, she stood in for her mother during the Girl Scouts World Conference{Source}. In 1965, Princess Benedikte became president of the Girl Scouts ' Confederation Denmark{Source}. She is patron for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association){Source}.Princess Benedikte is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS){Source}.She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007, she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.

She is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden {Source}. Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She was not in line for the throne due to succession laws at birth. However, things changed in 1947, allowed the Danish Royal women to succeed, which her sister did in 1972. Presently, the Danish Succession Act allows equal rights to the throne.Upon this change, Princess Benedikte became second in line. Presently she is 10th in line after two nephews, and 8 great-nieces and nephews. Princess Benedikte's children are not in line for succession due to her father ruling that they must be brought up in Denmark in order to have succession rights. However, both her daughters have obtained Danish Citizenship. She was a horse breeder in Germany, something that her youngest child has followed in her footsteps doing.

Royal Profile: The Infanta Sofia of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the two daughters of the King and Queen of Spain, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos {Source}.

She is second in line for the Spanish throne after her elder sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her (Infanta Sofia's great-great grandmother)paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.


She was baptized in July 2007 {Source}, with the following as her godparents:
  1. Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  2. The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)


She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her fifth year at the school.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies, including:

  1. British: TWICE- through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice on her grandfather's side as Princess Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter. She is also a greatx4 grandaughter through Princess Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal
  2. Greek: Her great-uncle is the deposed King Constantine
  3. Denmark: She is the Greatx6 granddaughter of Chistian XI on her grandmother's side


As she is so young, she does not participate in many official functions. However, she makes appearances at formal functions such as the traditional family Easter Mass in Palma de Mallorca {2013, 2014, 2015}, meeting with Spain's national football team after their UEFA World Cup victory in 2012 {Photos}, among other events. In 2013, she was spotted with her family visiting her grandfather in the hospital on numerous occasions (March, September,November) and visiting the family's estate in Palma de Mallorca during August. She attended her parents coronation (and grandparents' abdication) events in June 2014. In October, she joined her parents and older sister for the Spanish National Day Celebrations, and attended the family's annual holiday in Palma de Mallacora in August. In 2015, she attended the annual Easter mass with her grandmother, parents and sister{Photos}.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Royal Profile: The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor

The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor was born 28 April 1964 as the middle child and only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent{Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, 2 nieces, and four nephews {Source} :

  1. George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews (1962)
    1. Sylvanna, The Countess of St. Andrews
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. Lord Nicholas Windsor 
    1. Lady Nicholas Windsor (Paola)
      1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
      2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
      3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)

She is also a first cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II {Source}, thus is distantly in line for the British Throne.
She was baptized on 12 May 1964{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:

  1. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (her father's 1st cousin)
  2. Mrs. David Butler
  3. Sir Angus Ogilvy (her father's cousin's husband)
  4. Sir Philip Hay

She attend schools in Scotland and England which included, Eton End PNEU School, St. Mary's School, Wantage and Gotdonstoun.

She worked with art dealer Karsten Shubert for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She confessed in a television interview once that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.

As the daughter of a Royal Duke and an indirect descendant of the current reigning monarch, she was styled "Lady" at birth, as it is a courtesy title for daughters of Dukes and Earls {Source}. Up until recently, she was the only one of her siblings in line for the throne until the new succession laws took effect this year{Source}.

Her engagement to Tim Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992{Source}.She married Timothy Taylor on 18 July 1992{Source}. They were married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle {Source}. After the ceremony, a reception was held at her parents' country home, Crocker End House {Source}.
Her attendants included {Source}:
  1. Lady Gabriella Windsor (age 11, the brides cousin)
  2. Lord Downpatrick (age 4, the bride's nephew)
  3. She also had two other page boys and bridesmaids.
She and her husband have four children{Source}:
  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
  3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
  4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)

Upon her marriage, she retained her style of "Lady", but took her husband's last name, thus becoming Lady Helen Taylor {Source}. She is presently 35th in line for the throne, soon to be 36th {Source}. At her birth in 1964, she was 8th {Source}. As a minor member of the British Royal Family, she does not receive any government money or perform any official role for her 1st cousin 1x removed {Source}. However, she and her family do attend functions like royal weddings, the Royal Ascot, and the Trooping the Colour and Jubilee celebrations.

She is an ambassador for the CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity {Source}.Her husband is a cancer survivor {Source}. She operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England {Source}.

In 2013, she caught the eye of The Huffington Post for her style sense {Source}. She shares her birth year with a first cousin and two of her first cousins 1x removed:
  1. James Ogilvy (29 February, their parents are siblings)
  2. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (10 March)
  3. The Lady Sarah Chatto (1 May)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Royal Profile: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands

Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of The Netherlands, now known as King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands was born on 27 April 1967, the first child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of The Netherlands {Source}. He was baptized on 2 September 1967, with the following as his godparents {Source}:
  1. Prince Bernhard (maternal grandfather)
  2. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  3. Ferdinand von Bismarck
  4. Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra 
  5. Ms Renée Smith-Roëll
He has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nieces and a nephew:
  1. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (1968)
      1. Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2005)
      2. Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2006)
  2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
    1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (1966)
      1. Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
      2. Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
      3. Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
Alongside his two brothers,  he grew up in his family's residence of Drakensteyn Castle {Source}. When his grandmother, Queen Julianna, abdicated in favor of his mother in 1980, he and his family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace {Source}.

The future Dutch monarch was primarily educated in The Netherlands and Wales, and did graduate studies in the United States{Source}. He began his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, before attended Baarns Lyceum{Source}. He obtained an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College in Wales in 1985{Source}. Upon graduation, the future monarch began a career in the military, where he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987, where he received training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and served on the board of the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen{Source}. In 1988, after a refersher course at the Naval Academy, he began serving as a duty officer aboard the frgate HNLMS Van Kinsbergen {Source}. Upon completion of his service in the military, he began studying history at Lieden University, where he was awarded a bachelors degree in history in 1993 {Source}. After graduation, he returned to the military, this time with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he gained a Military Pilot's license in the Royal Netherlands Air Force{Source}. In 1994, Prince Willem-Alexander spent several months studying aspects of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force at the Netherlands Defense College {Source}. Upon completing his military studies, he began a course to familiarize himself with every facet of Dutch Society, studying the constitutional and legal systems, learning how central government and other authorities function, visiting European institutions, Dutch ministries, and High Councils of State, Dutch business community aspects, before undertaking a program of Advanced Development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA{Source}.

Before succeeding his mother in 2013, he held a number of specific positions in a wide range of areas which reflected his commitment to Dutch society {Source}. His main interests have included water management, infrastructure and ICT, sport and defense {Source}. During his time as Prince of Orange, he became a member of the Council of State upon his 18th birthday in April 1985 {Source}. Upon his assession to the throne, he automatically became President of the Council of State {Source}. During the time prior to his investiture, he was a member of several boards, including {Source}:


De Nederlandsche Bank(the Dutch central bank) (1998-2010)
Kröller-Müller Museum(1999-2010)'
Chair of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust(2002-2013)
Representative of the Royal Family on the management board of the Royal Domains (2002-2013)

In March 2001, his parents announced the engagement of The Prince of Orange to Argentine Maxima
Zorreguieta, which was subsequently approved by the government in July 2001 {Source}. The marriage took place in Februrary 2002 {Source}. Together, they have three daughters {Source}:

Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Royal Profile:30 Facts about Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark

  1. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark was born 26 April 1986 as the third son and youngest child of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece {Source}. 
  2. He has two older brothers and two older sisters, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews{Source}:
    1. Princess Alexia (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos (1967)
    3. Prince Nikolas (1969)
    4. Princess Theodora (1983)
  3. He has the following siblings-in-law:
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (1968)
    2. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana(1970)
    3. Princess Tatiana
  4. He has the following nieces:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
    2. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    3. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    4. Miss Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
  5. He has the following nephews:
    1. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
    2. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark (2000)
    3. Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
    4. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
    5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark (2008)
  6. He was born while the family was in exile in London, England.
  7. His godparents were{Source}:
    1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (his 1st cousin 1x removed)
    2. Diana, Princess of Wales (his 2nd cousin in law) 
  8. He spent the majority of his education at the Hellenic College of London (1992-2002, GCSE){Source}. 
  9. He also attended United World College in New Mexico, USA  {Source}.
  10. He also attended Georgetown University, where he studied foreign relations {Source}.
  11. He is a member of the board of directors of the Anna Maria Foundation, along side his mother (president) and siblings{Source}
  12. He is an avid sportsman, especially when it comes to roller blading, swimming, and Football (he supports UK's Arsenal and the Greek Club Panathinaikos) {Source}. 
  13. He also enjoys computers, history, and music.
  14. He is presently 8th in line for the deposed Greek throne, after his two elder brothers, three nephews, and a niece.
  15. He is the maternal nephew of:
    1. Queen Margrethe II (1940)
      1. Prince Henrik of Denmark (1934)
    2. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1944)
      1. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1934)
  16. His paternal aunts and uncles are:
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain (1938)
      1. King Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938)
    2. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (1944)
  17. His maternal cousins are:
    1. Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark (1968)
    2. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    3. Prince Joachim of Denmark (1969)
    4. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1970)
    5. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
  18. His maternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg (1964, m. 1995-2005)
    2. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1967, m 1998)
    3. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark  (1972, m. 2004)
    4. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann (1977, m 2011)
    5. Princess Marie of Denmark (1972, m. 2008)
  19. His maternal first cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark (1999)
    2. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
    3. Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark (2002)
    4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    5. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
    6. Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark (2005)
    7. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark (2007)
    8. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
    9. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark (2011)
    10. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark (2011)
    11. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)
    12. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
  20. His paternal cousins are:
    1. Infanta Elena of Spain, The Duchess of Lugo (1963)
    2. Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
    3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968)
  21. His paternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Queen Letizia of Spain (1972)
    2. Don Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert (1968)
  22. His paternal cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
    2. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón,(1999)
    3. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
    4. Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
    5. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
    6. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón, (2005)
    7. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
    8. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  23. He speaks English and Greek {Source}.
  24. In 2014, he was #7 in the business insider's list of Most Eligible Royals {Source}.
  25. Through his mother he is the greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria.
  26. Through his father, he is a greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria.
  27. He is the paternal grandson of :
    1.  Paul, King of the Hellenes (1901-1964)
    2. Queen Frederica of the Hellenes (1917-1981)
  28. He is the maternal grandson of:
    1. Queen Ingrid of Sweden (1910-2000)
    2. King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972)
  29. Through his father, he is related to the following monarchs:
    1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: 1st cousin 2x removed
    2. Queen Sofia: paternal aunt
  30. Through his mother, he is related to the following monarchs:
    1. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden: 1st cousin 1x removed through Princess Margaret of Connaught
    2. Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom: 3rd cousin 1x removed through King Christian IX of Denmark

Monday, April 25, 2016

Royal Profile: Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou

Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou was born 25 April 1974 as the son of  the second son of Alfonso de Borbón, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz and Doña María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco{Source}. He has one older brother {Source}:
  1. Don Francisco de Asís Alfonso Jaime Cristóbal Víctor José Gonzalo Cecilio de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú, Duc de Bourbon (1972-1984, car accident)
He also has several step siblings and a half sister from his mother's subsequent marriages:
  1. Mathilda  Rossi (1971-1984, boating accident, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi, twin of below) 
  2. Marella Rossi (1971, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi)
  3. Frederick Rossi (stepbrother from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie, younger brother of Mathilda and Marella)
  4. María Cynthia Francisca Matilda Rossi (half sister, 1985, from his mother's marriage to Rossi)

He attended the Lycėe Français de Madrid, obtaining his COU in June 1992 {Source} He studied economics. He worked several years for BNP Paribas, a French bank in Madrid. Although he regularly visited France, where his mother lived for several years, he continued to live in Spain.

He became engaged to Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella in November 2003. They were married in November 2004{Source}. Together, they have three children:
  1. Princess Eugénie de Bourbon (2007)
  2. Prince Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Burgundy  (2010)
  3. Prince Alfonso de Bourbon, Duke of Berry (2010)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: April 18-24, 2016

Austria

-Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum celebrated his 4th birthday on Monday.

Belgium

-Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 13th birthday on Saturday.

Denmark

-Princess Isabella celebrated her 9th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Prince Philipp von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited the Royal Mail today to mark its 500th anniversary and viewed the newly released stamps to commemorate her 90th birthday, visited Alexandra Gardens,  and there were three new official portraits to mark #TheQueenat90 on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, she celebrated her 90th birthday.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh held a private luncheon with President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday{Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended Shakespeare Live! from the RSC, a special event marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy on Saturday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales toured Holy Trinity Church which houses Shakespeare’s grave, including the new vestry and side chapel, and meets members of the congregation, as well as singers from the choir and volunteers on Saturday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended the 100th anniversary gala of the British-Spanish Society on Wednesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited The Chorister School to mark it's 600th anniversary on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended an event announcing their support for a new campaign called  "Heads Together in partnership with inspiring charities" as the 2017 London Marathon Charity on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the royal trio attended a private dinner with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge Prince Harry of Wales visited the Star Wars film set at Pinewood Studios on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Daniel St. George Chatto celebrated his 59th birthday on Friday.

-The Lady Gabriella Windsor celebrated her 35th birthday on Saturday.

Jordan

-Princess Iman celebrated her 33rd birthday on Sunday.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Georg celebrated his 17th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the launch of the Spanish branch of the Foundation Prince Albert II presided Carol Portabella Settimo, held a private audience with King Felipe VI of Spain and attended a Foundation Prince Albert II Gala dinner on Friday {Photos}.

Norway

-Queen Sonja & Crown Princess Mette-Marit assisted with the picking up of garbage in
Sandefjord on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the 80th anniversary convention of Studentorganisasjonen on Friday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the"Marine Protein & Peptides in functional nutrition Symposium" on Thursday {Source}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia held a luncheon in honor of the 2015 recepient of the
Premio de Literatura Castellana "Miguel de Cervantes" 2015 on Friday {Source}. On Saturday, they attended the Premio de Leteratura Castellana "Miguel de Cervantes" 2015 Award ceremony {Source}.

-King Felipe VI attended the closing meeting of the General Assembly of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE)on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, he held a private audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco {Photo}.

-Queen Letizia presided over the SM de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil Awards ceremony on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish consort presided over the over the closing ceremony of the "Third International Congress on Rare Diseases Education" organized by the Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases (FEDER) {Source}.

-Queen Sofia attended the 100th anniversary gala of the British-Spanish Society on Wednesday{Source}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended a cabinet meeting to announce the new Prince's name and duchary on Thursday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended a te deum mass to mark the birth of Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland on Friday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf awarded gold medals to dairy farmers on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he presented the Vega Medal to Professor Didier Fassin {Source}.

-Queen Silvia participated in meetings on drug prevention and to attend the reception for the UN High Level Meeting on Agenda by 2030 on Tuesday and Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia welcomed their first child into the world on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland was born on Tuesday {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Iman of Jordan

Princess Iman bint al-Hussein of Jordan was born 24 April 1983 as the daughter of King Hussein & Queen Noor {Source}. She has several older half-siblings, two brothers, and a sister{Source}:

  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan (1956, half sister)
    1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977-1988, div)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981)
    2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
      1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962, half brother)
    1. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma (2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1963, half brother)
    1. Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan (m. 1989-2008)
      1. Princess Ayah bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1990)
      2. Prince Omar bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
      3. Princess Sara bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
      4. Princess Aisha bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
    2. Princess Sara of Jordan (m 2010-2013)
    3. Princess Zeina of Jordan (m. 2015)
  4. Princess Aisha bint Hussein of Jordan (1968, half sister)
    1. Mr. Zeid Juma (divorced)
      1. Master Aoun Juma 
      2. Miss Muna Juma
  5. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968, twin of above, half sister) 
    1. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh
      1. Master Jaafar Al-Saleh
      2. Miss Jumana Al Saleh
      3. Miss Tahani Al Shawan al Saleh (Adopted)
  6. Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)
    1. Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan (d. 2009)
      1. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah of Jordan (2007)
    2. Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad bint al Hamzah (m. 2012)
      1. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
      2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
      3. Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan (2016)
  7. Prince Hashim bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1981)
    1. Princess Fahdah (m. 2006)
      1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
      2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
      3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
      4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)
  8. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)


Princess Iman was educated in the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her primary education took place at the Fay School and Maret School in the United States. In the United Kingdom, she attended The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst{Source}. Upon graduation, she was back in the United States, this time studying at the American University to pursue a degree in veterinary science.

In December 2012, the Royal Court announced her engagement to Zaid Azimi Mirza{Source}. They were married on 22 March 2013{Source}. Together, they have one child:
  1. Omar Mirza (2013)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Royal Profile: The Lady Gabriella Windsor

The Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor was born 23 April 1981 as the second child and only daughter of Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent {Source}. She has a brother, sister-in-law and two nieces{Source}:


  1. Lord Fredrick Windsor (1979)
    1. Lady Fredrick Windsor (m. 2009)
      1. Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
      2. Miss Isabella Alexandra May Windsor (2016)

Gabriella was educated in England and the United States {Source}. Her primary education was at Downe House School in England {Source}. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature in 2004 {Source}. In 2012, she obtained a MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford's Linacre College {Source}.

She is currently a freelance journalist.

She is related to both Queen Elizabeth II (through her paternal grandfather, they are 1st cousins 1x removed) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (through her paternal grandmother, who was his first cousin, they are 1st cousins 2x removed).

She is currently 46th in succession for the British throne {Source}. At birth, she was 15th in succession. She shares a birthday with Princess Laetitia Mara of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este.

Royal Profile: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 23 April 2003 as the the fifth child and third daughter of Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz of Belgium {Source}.


She has 4 siblings, including, two sisters and two brothers, as well as a sister-in-law:

  1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
  2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  3. Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
  4. Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
Her godparents are her brother Prince Joachim and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein{Source}. Like her elder siblings before her, she is attending Sint-Jan-Berchmans School in Brussels, where she is in the 7th grade of primary school (2014-2015) {Source}.

As she is 10th and so distantly in line for the throne after her four cousins, mother, two brothers and two sisters, her mother tries to limit her exposure to the press and protect her private life. She joined her mother and sister Princess Luisa Maria for the world premiere ofThe Adventures of Tintin on October 22, 2011 {Source}. She attended her uncle's coorronation in June 2013 with her family, but is rarely seen attending other official events. She is the middle granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola. Her sisters Princess Maria Laura & Princess Luisa Maria, and cousin Princess Elisabeth are all older, while her cousins Princess Louise and Princess Eléonore are both younger.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Royal Profile: Daniel Chatto


Daniel St. George Chatto was born 22 April 1957 as Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule{Source}. He is the son of the late actor Thomas Chatto Sproule (stage name Thomas Chatto) and the theatrical agent Ros Chatto {Source}. He has one brother, James {Source} In 1987, using Deed poll, Chatto legally changed his name from Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule to Daniel St. George Chatto. At the same time, his mother, also using Deed Poll, abandoned her surname Sproule in favor of Chatto.{Source}.

He attended Bedales Boarding School {Source}.

Before marrying into the royal family, he was an actor, like his father. He appeared in several films throughout the 1980s. His most notable role is probably Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1988, Prince Andrew){Source}.

He began a romance with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones while working on Heat and Dust in India in 1983, in which he played a party guest and Lady Sarah was working in the wardrobe department {Source}. Fast forward to 14 July 1994, at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, where they were married. Together, they have two sons:

  1. Samuel Chatto (1996)
  2. Arthur Chatto (1998)
Mr. Chatto does not perform any royal duties on behalf of his wife's aunt, however, like his wife,sons, and his brother-in-law and his family, he is a frequent guest at royal functions. In the past, some of these funtions have included: the Queen's traditional Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace and Christmas a Sandringham, The State Opening Of Parliament (where his younger son has served as a Page of Honour to his great-aunt from 2010-2015), family weddings, VIP art gallery openings.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second child of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark {Source}.

She was christened at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 1 July 2007, with the following as her godparents{Source}:
  1. Princess Mathilde, The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde, a family friend)
  2. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  3. Dr. Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  4. Mr. Christian Buchwald (friend of her father's)
  5. Mr. Peter Heering (friend of her father's)
  6. Mrs. Marie Louise Skeel (friend of her mother's)
Her name was announced as:
  • Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  • Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother (who died in 1997)
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  • Margrethe: for her paternal grandmother
As previously done with her brother, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affiairs formally wrote and signed a hand-written document confirming her postion as third in line for the Danish throne, a document which contained her full name, birth and christening dates, and the names of her Royal Godparents, in accordance dictated by Royal Law of 1799.

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).On 13 August 2013, Princess Isabella started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, the same public school as her older brother {Source}.

At nine years old, she has had already done her share of royal tours and duties, mostly in the company of her family. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee. She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007,2008,2011,2012, 2013, 2014). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}.

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