Thursday, December 29, 2016

Royal Profile: Savannah Philips

Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips was born the elder of two children to Peter & Autumn Philips on 29 December 2010{Source}. Through her father, she is the first grandchild of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. She has one younger sister:

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

Because she is so young and far down on the ranks for the throne (As of 2016, she is presently at 14th after three great-uncles, six 1st cousins 1x removed, two second cousins, her grandmother, and her father).

Savannah isn't often seen in the public eye. In June 2012, she attended, with her mother, Autumn, and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Cambridge's dog Lupo The Tusk Charity Polo Match At Beaufort Polo Club {Photo}. In 2013, she was also spotted at the Badminton Horse Trials in May and the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse in December {Photos}. Her most recent appearance was during the British Royal Family's outing to church on Christmas morning. At her birth, there were no public photos released.

It is likely she attends school somewhere near her grandmother's estate in Scotland, where she lives

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

Royal Profile: Princess Vittoria of Savoy

Princess Vittoria of Savoy was born 29 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland as the eldest of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau. She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. 

She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Luisa, who was born in 2006.


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

Royal Profile: Princess Kako of Akishino

Princess Kako of Akishino was born 29 December 1994 as the second daughter ofFumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino {Source}. She has an older sister and a younger brother{Source}:



She has been educated in Japan and Ireland. She began her education at Gakushuin Primary School from 2001-2007. She began attending Gakushūin Girls' High School in 2007, graduating in 2012. In 2012, she attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 2013, she attended the entrance ceremony of Gakushūin University. In August 2014, she transferred to International Christian University. On 2 April 2015, she attended the entrance ceremony for International Christian University{Source}.

She began attending to royal duties at a young age. In August 2003, she, along with her parents and sister, attended the celebrations of Queen Sirikit's 72nd birthday attend the conferment ceremony of an honorary doctorate from Ubon Ratchathani University and for joint research on domesticated fowls{Source}.

As a child, she was active in figure skating and handicrafts {Source}. In 2007, she represented the Meijijingu Gaien Figure Skating Club and joined the Spring Cup Figure Skating Competition held by the Japan Skating Federation.Princess Kako ranked top in theShinjuku division (Female Group B - Primary School Year Six or above){Source}.

For her birthday in 2014, like on all the other 20th birthdays in the Japanese Imperial Family, she was awarded the Order of the Precious Crown and donned a tiara for the first time in an official ceremony {Source}.

Royal Profile: 24 Facts about Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight

  1. Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight was born 29 December 1986 as the daughter of John Kreuger and Mrs. Irina Walker {Source}. 
  2. Her maternal grandparents are King Mihai I of Romania and Queen Anne of Romania {Source}. 
  3. She has one older brother{Source}:
    1.  Michael Kreuger de Roumaine (1984)
  4. She is also the sister-in-law of:
    1. Tara Littlefeld Kreuger de Roumaine(m 2011)
  5. She is the aunt of:
    1. Master Kohen Kreuger de Roumaine (2012)
  6. On 31 May 2007, she gave birth to a daughter, Courtney Bianca Knight {Source}. 
  7. Almost two and a half years later, she married her child's father, Richard Robert Knight on 29 October 2009 {Source}. 
  8. In 2011, she gave birth to her second child, Diana.
  9. Upon her birth, she wasn't included in the Romanian succession. 
  10. She was briefly part of succession, according to this site {Source}. 
  11. However, on 29 October 2014, Walker's father altered the line of succession, stripping Irina of her royal titles and removing her and her two children from the line of succession {Source}{Source}.
  12. However, as a distant great grandchild of Queen Victoria, she remains distantly in succession for the British throne.
  13. It's likely that she grew up fairly normally, and lives a relatively normal life.
  14. She shares a birthday with Dr. Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster (1972) and Savanna Anne Kathleen Philips (2010), who are from the United Kingdom. Philips is in the succession for the throne, and The Countess of Ulster is married to someone in succession.
  15. From Japan, she shares a birthday with Princess Kako of Akishino (1994)
  16. From Italy, she shares a birthday with fellow defunct royal, Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003).
  17. She is the maternal niece of:
    1. Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (1949)
      1. Prince Radu of Romania (1960, m. 1996)
    2. Princess Elena of Romania (1950)
      1. Dr. Robin Medforth-Mills (1942-2002, m. 1983-1991)
      2. HE Domnul Alexander Philips Nixon (McAteer) (m. 1998)
    3. Princess Sofia of Romania (1957)
      1. Alain Michael Léone Biarneix de Laufenbourg (1957,  m. 1998-2002)
    4. Princess Maria of Romania (1964)
      1. Casimir Wieslaw Mystkowski (1958, m. 1995-2002)
  18. Her first cousins are:
      1. Mr. Nicholas  Medford-Mills de Roumaine (1985)
      2. Miss Elisabeta-Karina Medford-Mills (1989)
      3. Miss Elisabeth-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix (1998)
  19. Through her great grandfather king Carlo II of Romania, she is a 4x great gramddaughter of Queen Victoria through her son  Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
  20. Through Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, and Angelica's great grandmother, Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, she is Queen Victoria's 4x great granddaughter.
  21. On her grandmother's side, she is King Christian IX of Denmark's greatx3 granddaughter.
  22. She grew up in the United States.
  23. She has an active account on Facebook (don't even THINK about asking for her link).
  24. She is related to the following monarchs:
    1. Spain: King Felipe VI of Spain is her 2nd cousin 1x removed-her grandfather and his mother were first cousins.

Royal Profile: Dr. Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Clotilde d'Orléans

Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans was born 28 December 1968 as the first child of Prince Michel d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux and Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}. She has three younger siblings, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and three nephews and a niece who are{Source}:


  1. Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (1971)
    1. Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (1968)
      1. Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Daily (2003)
      2. Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (2004)
      3. Gaetano Dailly (2009)
  2. Prince Charles-Philippe Marie Louis of Orléans, Duke of Anjou (1973)
    1. Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval (1978)
      1. Princess Isabelle d'Orléans (2012)
    2. Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (1982)
      1. Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel

She married Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy on 26 June 1993{Source}. Together, they have the following children{Source}:


  1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
  2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
  3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
  4. Augustin Marie Crépy(2005)
  5. Éléonore Crépy (2007)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Royal Profile: Cassius Taylor

Cassius Edward Taylor was born 26 December 1996 is the son of The Lady Helen Taylor andTimothy Taylor{Source}

He has an older brother and two younger sisters{Source}:

He is a first cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II via King George V. He is presently 38th in line for the British throne {Source}. At his birth, he was 19th.


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


Other than this, Mr. Taylor is a private citizen, and does not perform any public duties, therefore there is not much information about him. As a youngster, he was a regular with his family at the annual Trooping of Colour parade and balcony appearance. 

Like most young teenagers, he is active on social media (Don't even THINK about asking for his links)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 19-25, 2016

Austria

-Archduchess Katarina celebrated her 2nd birthday on Thursday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este attended a Christmas Concert on Wednesday {Source}.

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde made a Christmas visit to association Buurtwerk Chambéry on Thursday {Source}.

-King Philippe visited the Delta depot on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Brussels metro on Wednesday {Source}
(link is externa on Thursday {
-Queen Mathilde attended the High level policy Summit Europe’s Response to Sustainability Challenges Delivering the 2030 Agenda on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary,  Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Felix, Prince Nikolai , Prince Henrik & Princess Athena attended Christmas morning church service on Sunday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II  received the newly appointed technical officers of the Navy on xxxday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary attended a reception held for the launch of the book Women Empower Business at DI - Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri) on Tuesday {Photos}

Japan

-Emperor Akihito celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh hosted their annual extended family Pre-Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday {Source}

-The Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York,  Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall, Michael James Tindall, Prince George of Cambridge, Mia Grace Tindall, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley, The Lady Sarah Chatto, The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Katharine, The Duchess of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy, The Lady Helen Taylor, Timothy Taylor, The Lady Gabriella Windsor, The Lady Amelia Windsor, Columbus George Donald Taylor, Cassius Edward Taylor, Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor & Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor attended Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}
for the second set of photos use the search box for "Queen Elizabeth II December 20, 2016"

-Queen Elizabeth II relinquished her patronage of Rugby Football League to her grandson Prince Harry of Wales and  her role as patron to The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to her granddaughter-in-law, The Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Sunday, she released a Christmas Day message for 2016 {Video}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall, Michael James Tindall, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips, Isla Elizabeth Philips attended Christmas Morning Church Service on Sunday {Photos}
Queen Elizabeth II did not join the family due to a very bad cold. 

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited with patients, their families, and staff at Ayrshire Hospice on Thursday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a Christmas party for volunteers at The Mix Youth Service on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge joined the Middleton family for Christmas Church Service on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales became patron of Rugby Football League on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York visited The Forget Me Not Children's Hospice's Russell House  on Monday {Photo}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club on Tuesday {Source}
The Duke of Kent will remain president of the AELTC, a post he's held since 1969.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall announced that they had miscarried their second child on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday.

-Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 12th birthday on Wednesday.

-Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the 2016 Yacht Club de Monaco Trophée Credit Suisse Awards on Tuesday {Video}


Morocco

-Princess Lalla Hasnaa chaired the annual diplomatic and charitable Gala dinner for the benefit of African emigrants living in Morocco on Friday {Source}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander released a Christmas Message on Sunday {Video}

-Prince Berhard van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 47th birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-King Harald V awarded Crown Princess Mette-Marit & the Chief of his Military Staff the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav on Tuesday {Source}{Source}

-Queen Sonja visited The Marcus Thrane House on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav Tuesday {Source}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta released a Christmas message on Friday {Source}

Spain

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 53rd birthday on Tuesday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine & Christopher Paul O'Neill attended the Swedish Academy's formal gathering at the Stock Exchange on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Silvia celebrated her 73rd birthday and was admitted to the hospital for observation on Friday{Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle & Prince Oscar sent out Christmas greetings on Monday {Video}

Ed note: To all those who celebrate....Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Royal Profile: Prince Bernhard of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 25 December 1969 as the son of Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has one older brother, and two younger brothers, as well as three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews:
  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
      1. Miss Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      2. Master Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Miss Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Miss Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Master Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
He grew up with his brothers in The Netherlands. He studied his primary education in The Netherlands. For his university years, he attended Georgetown University where he studied Economics, earning a degree in 1988. In 1989, he was back in The Netherlands, studying marketing & marketing research at Groningen University, he received his Masters in Science in Marketing and Marketing research in 1995.

His engagement to Annette Sekrève was announced on 11 March 2000. They were married on 6/8 July 2000 {Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:
In 2013, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma {Source}. Prior to that dianosis, he had been treated for Crohn's disease {Source}

Royal Profile: 25 Facts about Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy

  1. Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy was born on 25 December 1936 as the only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent {Source}. 
  2. She has two brothers, one older and one younger{Source}:
    1. Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent (1935)
    2. Prince Michael of Kent (1942)
  3. She has two sisters-in-law{Source}:
    1. Katharine, The Duchess of Kent (1933, m. 1961)
    2. Princess Michael of Kent (Marie-Christine, 1945, m. 1977)
  4. She has three nephews{Source}:
    1. George, The Earl of St Andrews (1962)
    2. The Lord Nicolas Windsor (1970)
    3. The Lord Fredrick Windsor (1978) 
  5. She has the following nieces:
    1. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
    2. Lady Gabriella Windsor (1980)
  6. She has the following nieces-in-law{Source}: 
    1. Sylvanna Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews (1957, m. 1988)
    2. Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan aka The Lady Nicholas Windsor (1969, m. 2006)
    3. Sophie Winkleman, aka The Lady Fredrick Windsor (1980, m. 2009)
  7. She has the following nephews-in-law:
    1. Mr. Timothy Taylor (1963, m. 1992)
  8. She has the following great nephews{Source}:
    1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
    2. Mr. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
    3. Mr. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
    4. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
    5. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
    6. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)
  9. She has the following great nieces{Source}:
    1. The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (1992)
    2. The Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
    3. Miss Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor(2003)
    4. Miss Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
    5. Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
    6. Miss Isabella Alexandra May Windsor (2016)
  10. When she was just five years old, her father died in a wartime accident {Source}. 
  11. Her mother chose to raise her and her two brothers primarily at the family's country home Choppins in Buckinghamshire{Source}.
  12. Unlike her cousins, Princess Elizabeth & Princess Margaret who were privately tutored at home, she attended a regular school, starting at age five. She attended Heathfield School, Ascot begining in 1947{Source}. 
  13. After graduation, she attended finishing school in Paris, where she studied French and music{Source}.
  14. Upon returning from Paris, she undertook a nursing course at Great Ormond Street Hospital {Source}.
  15. Over the years, Princess Alexandra has taken on many public duties. 
  16. When she was just eleven years old, she appeared as a bridesmaid for her cousin Princess Elizabeth for her marriage to Princess Alexandra's mother's cousin, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh {Source}. 
  17. She has many patronages to date, some of which include {Source}:
    1. Alzheimer's Society (patron)
    2. St. Christopher's Hospice(Patron)
    3. Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (Patron)
    4. CancerBACUP (Patron)
    5. MIND, the Mental Health Foundation (Patron)
    6. Cystic Fibrosis Trust (Patron) 
    7. Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Patron)
    8. British Red Cross Society (Deputy President)
    9. Action for Blind People (Patron)
    10. Sight Savers International (President)
    11. Alexandra Rose Day (President)
    12. She also holds many military affiliations including{Source}:
  18. Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (Air Commandant)
    1. The King's Own Royal Border Regiment (Colonel in Chief until July 2006)
    2. The Light Infantry (Colonel in Chief until February 2007)
    3. The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (Colonel in Chief, 1960-2010, now held by The Duchess of Cornwall)
    4. Canadian Scottish Regiment (Colonel in Chief)
    5. The Queen's Royal Lancers (Deputy Colonel-in-Chief)
    6. The Royal Yeomanry (Honorary Royal Colonel)
  19. In 1960, she represented her cousin ath te Nigerian Independence celebrations {Source}. 
  20. She has also visited Italy, Oman, Hungary, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands, Norway, Thailand and Brunei on her cousin's behalf {Source}. 
  21. She has also acted as head of state as a member of the Queen's privy council on her cousin's behalf in her absence{Source}. 
  22. Her engagement to Angus Ogilvy was announced on 19 November 1962 {Source}. 
  23. They were married five months later on 24 April 1963 at Westminister Abbey {Source}. 
  24. They have two children, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren:
    1. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (1964)
      1. Julia Ogivly(1964)
        1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
        2. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
    2. Mariana Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy (1966)
        1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
        2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)
  25. In her spare time, she enjoys music, swimming, skiing and riding {Source}.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Royal Profile: Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington

Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington was born 24 December 2001 as the only child of The Lady Alexandra Carnegie Etherington and Mark Fleming Etherington {Source}. She is the only granddaughter of The 3rd Duke of Fife and his wife, Caroline, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. She has three cousins from her uncle James, The 4th Duke of Fife {Source}:
  • Charles Duff Carnegie, Lord Carnegie (1989)
  • The Hon. George William Carnegie (1992)
  • The Hon. Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)


Currently, under British law, she is 70th+ in line for the British throne as a great-great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her son, Edward VIII. One of her godparents isThe Countess of Wessex. She is often seen out and about with the Wessexes. In August 2015, she joined the Wessexes for the 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships{Photos}.

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

Friday, December 23, 2016

Royal Profile: Queen Silvia of Sweden

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

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

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


She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich{Source}. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year{Source}. Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of their youngest child, they moved to Drottningholm Palace{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and a daughter in law, as well as two granddaughters, {Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (1977)
    1. Prince Daniel of Sweden (1973, m. 2010)
      1. Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden (2012)
      2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden (2016)
  2. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (1979)
  3. Princess Sofia of Sweden (1984, m. 2015)
    1. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden (2016)
  4. Princess Madeleine (1981)
    1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil (1974, m. 2013)
      1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden (2014)
      2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden (2015)


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


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

Royal Profile: Emperor Akihito of Japan

Emperor Akihito of Japan was born 23 December 1923 as the eldest son and fifth child of Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) and Empress Kōjun {Source}. He had 5 sisters and one brother{Source}:

  1. Princess Teru of Japan (1925-1961)
  2. Princess Hisa of Japan (1927-1928)
  3. Princess Taka of Japan (1929-1989)
  4. Princess Yori of Japan (1931-)
  5. Prince Hitachhi of Japan (1935-)
  6. Princess Suga of Japan (1937-)


He was known as Prince Tsugu as a child (like his granddaughter is Princess Toshi today){Source}. He was educated primarily by private tutors before attending Gakushūin School from 1940-1952{Source}.He briefly studied Political Science at Gakushuin University, but never received a degree{Source}. He has written papers for scholarly journals, namely Gene and the Japanese Journal of Ichthyology{Source}.

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


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

He shares a birthday with Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Together, with his wife, he has the following children and grandchildren:


  1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960, titled Prince Hiro)
    1. Crown Princess Masako of Japan (1963)
      1. Princess Aiko of Japan, Princess Toshi (2001)
  2. Prince Akishino (1965, titled Aya-no-miya or Prince Aya)
    1. Princess Kiko of Japan (1966, m. 1990)
      1. Princess Mako of Japan ( 1991) 
      2. Princess Kako of Japan (1994)
      3. Prince Hisahito of Japan (2006) 
  3. The former Princess Nori ( 1969, titled Nori-no-miya or Princess Nori)
He holds numerous orders from 48 different countries. He also holds several Japanese orders.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Royal Profile: Archduchess Katarina of Austria

Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria was born on 22 December 2014 as the eldest child of Archduke Christoph of Austria & Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria{Source}.

She was baptized on 27 December 2014 with the following as her godparents {Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, The Countess of of Limburg-Stirum (paternal aunt) 
  2. Galdric Drapé-Frisch (maternal uncle)
She was named:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Royal Profile: Estella Taylor

Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor was born on 21 December 2004 as the youngest daughter of The Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor{Source}

She has two older brothers and an older sister{Source}:
  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
  3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)


She is a first cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II via King George V. She is presently 41st in line for the British throne {Source}. At her birth, she was 28th.

She and her family likely live a fairly normal life.Since her mother operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England, it's likely her family lives and goes to school in that area. With her family, she is often a guest at The Trooping of Colour (2011, 2014, 2015) and the Queen's annual pre-Christmas luncheon (2014, 2015).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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

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

  1. Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
    1. Don Iñaki Urdangarín (1968, m. 1997)
      1. Don Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (1999)
      2. Don Pablo de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      3. Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      4. Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)
  2. King Felipe VI (1967)
    1. Queen Letizia of Spain (1972, m. 2004)
      1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
      2. The Infanta Sofia (2007)
Her father would become King of Spain when the young Infanta was only 12 years old. Her godparents were:

  1. Princess María Mercedes, The Countess of Barcelona (paternal grandmother) 
  2. Infante Don Alfonso de Orleans(paternal distant cousin)


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

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

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

  1. Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón(1998)
  2. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón (2000)
On 21 January 2010, it was announced that her marriage to Jaime de Maricharlar was over in divorce by mutual consent.


As for her life today, the Infanta serves as a Director of Cultural & Social Projects of theMapfre Foundation. She also participates in numerous official activities of the Royal Family such as Spain's National Day (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 &2013) and the annual Red Cross Fundraising Day. She serves as honorary president of Spain's Paralympic Committee and attended numerous events in London this year with her two children. In 2014, she attended, alongside her son, the abdication of her father and enthronement of her brother.

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

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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 12-18, 2016

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola visited the King Albert II Institute at the Saint-Luc University Clinics on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Philippe, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore attended Warmathon van Music for Life 2016 on Saturday {Photos}

-King Philippe
attended an awards ceremony for young journalists on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, he attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of CPAS {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited the Mechelen Social House in Antwerp on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este presented the Trophée National du Mérite Sportif 2016 on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 61st birthday on Friday.

-Prince Laurent officially opened the Belgian Bird Championships organized by Belgium's General Ornithological Union on Friday {Video}

-Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric celebrated their 11th birthday on Tuesday.

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel, Queen Jetsun Pema & Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck attended the Nation at the 109th National Day in Trongsa on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Consort Henrik, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim , Princess Marie, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Joesphine, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik & Princess Athena participated in a Christmas service on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Margrethe II held audiences with newly appointed ambassadors from Argentina, Morocco, South Korea & Japan on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II & Crown Prince Fredrik attended a conference at the Department of Earth Sciences and Nature Management on Friday {Photos}
France

-Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly celebrated her 12th birthday on Friday.

Germany

-Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 75th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the funeral service for The Hon. Margaret Rhodes on Monday {Source}
QEII rarely attends funerals, often sending family represntatives, however The Hon. Rhodes was a close childhood friend and her first cousin, so I guess she made an exception.

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

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited Dormition Cathedral on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future monarch visited the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially opened Botanic Cottage on Thursday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attemded a reception to mark the 70th anniversary of Women's Hour on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, the future consort represented Queen Elizabeth II during the Sovreign's Parade at Sandhurst Academy {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge undertook an official visit to a Cub Scout Pack meeting to celebrate 100 years of Cubs on Wednesday {Photos}

-James Arthur Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn celebrated his 9th birthday on Saturday.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended The Christmas Racing At Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on Friday {Photos}

-Flora Alexandra Ogilvy celebrated her 22nd birthday on Thursday.

Italy

-Princess Isabella of Savoy-Aosta celebrated her 3rd birthday on Wednesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania attended the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education (QRAEE) ceremony on Tuesday {Video}{Photos}.

Liechtenstein

-Maximilian Maria von Lattorff celebrated his 6th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duchess Mariea Teresa attended a conference on "Humanitarian status in Syria  on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Stéphanie attended the "Masters of Masters" Prize on Thursday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince, Princess Gabriella, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the Palace Christmas Party for Children on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended the 2016 American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, Monaco's reigning prince attended the 2016 Gala des Ambassadeurs {Video}.

-Princess Charlene visited the Maternelle de la Croix Rouge's Christmas Show and handed out gifts to the children this week {Photo}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the funeral of Daniele Casiraghi on Monday {Source}{Photos}
Daniele Casiraghi was the paternal uncle of Andrea, Pierre and Charlotte Casiraghi. 

-Princess Stephanie, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the 2016 Fight Aids Monaco Christmas party on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended an annual Christmas visit to the elderly at the Cap Fleuri retirement home on Friday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the 75th Anniversary USO Armed Forces Gala on Tuesday {Photos}

-Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh celebrated his 3rd birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantjn, Princess Laurentien & Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau attend the 2016 Prince Claus Awards ceremony on Thursday {Photos}

-King Willem-Alexander held audiences with the ambassadors of the Maldives and Trinidad and Tobago  and swore in a new Councillor of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Wednesday {Photos} {Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch monarch attended the  10th national naturalization day {Photos} On Friday, he held an audience with new Nobel Prize winner Prof. Ben Fefringa and attended Pharos asylum seekers project '' Getting Started '' (Aan de slag){Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Maxmia held an audience with German Minister of Finance to discuss financial affairs on  Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi & Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi during the reception at the Swedish embassy residence in Rome on Thursday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald V & Crown Prince Haakon attended the Church Parade of the Royal Guards on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit  visited the Church City Mission's project the "City Breakfast" at Toyen Church on Monday {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, the future monarch and his wife visited the Haug School and Resource Centre {Photos} {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended  the opening of the child exhibition If I had to be a refugee (Hvis jeg måtte flykte) on Tuesday {Photos} {Source}. On Thursday, she held audiences with members of her patronages {Source}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta,Prince Radu & Princess Maria attended a reception to mark the 150th anniversary of Royal Diplomatic Corps on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, they visited the Romanian Red Cross in Bacau {Source}{Photos}

-Princess Maria visited the Social Center "St. Cristina House" Concordia Humanitarian Organisation on Friday {Source}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia visited the Zeta Editorial Group to celebrate their 40th anniversary on Monday {Photos}{Source}. On Wednesday they presided over a meeting of the Princess of Girona Foundation {Source}

-King Felipe VI  received the 2016 Lord Jakobovits Prize of European Jewry on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he attended a luncheon with the President of Columbia and attended a dinner in honor of winners of the Mariana de Cavia, Luca de Tena and Mingote Prizes {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish monarch attended the opening of the exhibition, Carlos III: Foreign and Scientific Projections of an Enlightened Reign  {Source}

-Queen Letizia attended a Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the UNICEF Foundation Spanish Committee on Friday {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with the President of Columbia on Monday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Princess Estelle accepted Christmas trees for the palace from students studying forestry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Oscar undertook an official visit to Italy starting on Thursday {Photos} {Photos}
Princess Estelle remained in Sweden due to her schooling schedule.

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Women's Voluntary Air Defence Organisation's Christmas vespers on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Daniel attended the seminar The key to a healthy generation  on Monday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip attended preparations for the Bocuse d'Or World Cup 2017 on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited ABB with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences {Photos}

-Princess Sofia attended the 2016 Swedish Heroes (Svenska hjältar) gala on Tuesday {Photos}

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg

Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg  was born 11 December 1954 as the first child of Robert, Archduke of ...