Monday, October 31, 2016

Royal Profile: The Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias

Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer was born the eldest of two daughters of King Felipe VI& Queen Letizia on 31 October 2005{Source}. shehas  one younger sister:


Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source).
According to the 1978 Spanish Constitution, since her parents have yet to produce a male heir (and likely won't, but you never know...), upon her father's succession as King of Spain in June 2014, she became Princess of Austrias and will later become Queen of Spain{Source}.

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guard at the Palace of El Pardo in 2007{Source}. She began attending Santa Maria de los Rosales, Arvaca in 2008, where she is presently in her 9th year (roughly around the 6th grade or so in the US system...I think.) at the school{Source}.
As a member of the Spanish royal family, she takes part in a range of public activities. In August 2011, she appeared with other members of the royal family on the yacht "Somni" during the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca {Photos}. She took part in World Youth Day celebrations at the Zarzuela Palace in August 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance {Photos}.
She has attended the traditional Easter Mass in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015.  In 2014, she gained a drastic change in her life-it was announced that her "abuelo" was abdicating in favor of her father...making her first in line. Since her father's enthronement, she has attended numerous events such as when her grandfather officially signed the abdication papers and her parents were enthroned, and the Spanish National Day military parade. In 2015, she attended her family's summer photocall, the 34th Copa del Rey Mapfre Sailing Cup Awards Ceremony, and the Spanish National Day military parade.

She shares a birthday with her father's 1st cousin (and her 1st cousin 1x removed), Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón andPrincess Margretha of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies including:
  1. British: through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Leonor is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter through her grandfather. Through her grandmother, she is greatx4 granddaughter of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal.(Yes, that makes her grandparents 3rd cousins through Queen Victoria)
  2. Greek: her grandmother is King Constantine's sister, making him her great uncle
  3. Denmark: She is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side
For her 10th birthday, her father awarded her the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece and her own personal standard {Source}. She speaks Spanish, English (with her grandmother and British nanny) and Chinese {Source}. In addition to her academic studies, she is also studying Spanish history, royal protocol, Catalan, among other topics a future Queen would need to know. Royal experts believe that like her father did before her, she will study abroad and undertake some military training at some point, likely in the next few years.
She is only the second female to hold the title Princess of Asturias in her own right-the first was Queen Isabella II of Spain and Maria de las Mercedes, Princess of Asturias.

In October 2014, a wax figure of Leonor was unveiled at the Musea de Cera in Madrid {Source}.On 20 May 2015, Leonor had her first communion.

Royal Profile: Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 31 October 1968, the eldest of five children of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain {Source}.

She married on 12 September 1990 to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons and a daughter{Source}:



She and José were divorced in 2012{Source}



Little is known about Simoneta and her life as she is not considered a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in spite of being a first cousin to the current King of Spain. She shares a birthday with the future Queen of Spain, Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer, who is her 1st cousin 1x removed.

Royal Profile: Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler

Princess Margaretha Désirée Victoria of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler was born 31 October 1934 as the eldest daughter of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha {Source}. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother, as well as several siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Princess Birgitta Ingeborg Alice Bernadotte of Sweden (1937)
    1. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (1938)
      1. Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (m 1963)
        1. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
          1. Baroness Maria Fredriksson Silfverschiöld (m 2005)
            1. Baroness Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
        2. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
          1. Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng
            1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng(2000)
            2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
            3. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
        3. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (1968)
    2. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
      1.  Tord Gosta Magnuson (m. 1974)
        1. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
          1. Vicky Magnuson
            1. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
        2. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
          1. Emma Magnuson (m.2011)
            1. Albert Magnuson
            2. Baby #2
        3. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson(1980)
          1. Frida Louise Bergström
            1. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
            2. Baby #2
    3. King Carl XVI Gustaf
      1. Queen Siliva
        1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
          1. Prince Daniel (1973)
            1. Princess Estelle (2012)
            2. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
        2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
          1. Princess Sofia (1984)
            1. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
        3. Princess Madeleine (1982)
          1. Mr. Christopher O'Neill (1974)
            1. Princess Leonore (2014)
            2. Prince Nicolas (2015)
Although the eldest child, as a female, she was never heir to the throne according to the Swedish constitution current at the time{Source}. She was educated privately at the Haga Palace and then at the Stockholm dressmaking school, Märthaskolan (Martha School) {Source}.


She married John Kenneth Ambler on 30 June 1964 {Source}. Together, they have three children, three children-in-law and several grandchildren{Source}:
  1. Baroness Sibylla Louise Ambler von Dincklage (1965)
    1. Baron Henning von Dincklage (1971)
      1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
      2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning Freiherr von Dincklage (2000)
  2. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    1. Helen Jane Ross Ambler (1969)
      1. Sienna Rose Ambler (2000)
      2. India Tani Ambler (2003)
  3. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    1. Ursula Mary Shipley Ambler (1965)
      1. Lily Elektra Ambler (2003)
      2. Oskar Rufus Ambler (2004)



In June 1960, Margaretha, along with her first cousin Queen Margrethe II of Denmark andPrincess Astrid of Norway, toured the United States. During their visit, the three Scandinavian princesses toured Disneyland and Hollywood and also visited Paramount Pictures, where they met Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley {Source}.


She currently resides in England, and does not perform any official funtions on her brother's behalf. However, you can see her attending weddings, christenings and funerals. Every year, she used to open the annual Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar in London {Source}. However, it has been several years since she's done this.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 24-30, 2016

Austria

-Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum celebrated his 3rd birthday on Tuesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe met with ambassdors fromNew Zealand, Luxembourg, Brunei, Bangladesh and Cap Verde on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the exhibition Op zoek naar Utopia on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Élisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant celebrated her 15th birthday on Tuesday.

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck visited the province of Lunana on Friday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Joachim & Crown Princess Mary attended a reception for the Danish Maritime Forum on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Margrethe II & Princess Marie attended the celebrations of 50th anniversary of opening of Southern Denmark University (SDU-Syddansk Universitet) on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II   attended the Queen Ingrid Honors Award at a Ballet Event on Wednesday {Photos} {Source}

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the first meeting of the Coordination Commission for the Youth Olympic Games 2020 Lausanne on Wednesday and Thursday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the new emergency building at the Regional Hospital of Randers on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, the future Danish Queen attended the launch of State of World Population Report 2016 {Photos}

-Prince Joachim attended the celebrations to mark Denmark's UN Day on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday the younger son of the monarch attended the Maritime Technology Conference 2016{Source}.

-Countess Josephine af Rosenborg celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday.

-Countess Camilla af Rosenborg celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  visited Poundbury on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Royal Maries School of Music to mark the insitution's 352nd anniversary on Friday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales hosted a reception to celebrate the achievement of pre-selected for the Nursing Times Awards on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York held an audience with the counselor of the Chinese state, Yang Jiechi on Thursday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially opened Fermain Academy, opened a new confectionary line at Wright’s Foods and a new production line at Bentley on Monday {Photos}{Source}. On TTTday, the Queen's only daughter held an investiture ceremony {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York  presented award to Dr Ruit at @AsiaSociety's Game Changers Award on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the Conservation Couture - The Animal Ball Collection opening night on Tuesday {Photos

-Julia Caroline Ogilvy celebrated her 52nd birthday on Friday.

-Alexander Windsor, The Earl of Ulster celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday.

Germany

-Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg celebrated his 82nd birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Benedikite of Sayn-Wittenenstein-Berleburg attended the Queen Ingrid Honors Award at a Ballet Event on Wednesday {Photos} {Source}

Greece

-King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie were presented with a double portrait of themselves to mark his 70th birthday earlier this year on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Anne-Marie attended the Queen Ingrid Honors Award at a Ballet Event on Wednesday {Photos} {Source}

-Prince Constantine-Alexios celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday

-Amelia Morales y de Grecia celebrated her 9th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Irene attended the 31st edition of the BMW Painting Prize on 

Japan

-Prince Takahito, Prince Mikasa died at the age of 100 on Thursday {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Hereditary Princess Sophie, Duchess in Bravia celebrated her 49th birthday on Friday.

-Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff celebrated her 7th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Nikolaus celebrated his 69th birthday on Monday.

Luxembourg

-Princess Tessy celebrated her 31st birthday on Friday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 2016 Princess Grace Foundation-USA Awards Ceremony  and paid a visit to the Cartier Salon & Boutique where they attended a reception on Monday{Photos},

-Prince Albert II attended a press conference in regards to his latest purchase, his mother's childhood home, on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, he was back in France, where he visited the World Peace Centre, the new memorial, Fort Douaumont, and visited the city of Vauquois on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene met with held an audience with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg about the Bloomberg Philanthropies and Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline visited  the exhibition Designing Dreams, a tribute to Léon Bakst on Monday {Photos}

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended the SPORTEL Monaco 2016 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima visited Almelo and Northeast Twenthe (Dutch: Twente), Oud Ootmarsun, The Netherlands on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Anita van Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven celebrated her 47th birthday on Thursday.

-Lucas van Lippe-Biesterfeld, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 14th birthday on Wednesday.

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended a dinner for the Norweigan parliement on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margretha, Prince Randu & Princess Maria attended a ceremony to give out Royal House of Romania Awards in honor of King Michai's 95th birthday on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the royal trio attended Romanian Athenaeum 9th edition of Concert Royal charity to mark King Michai's 95th birthday {Source}

-Crown Princess Margetha & Prince Randu visited the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bucharest, to pay tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, the royal pair attended a concert and ceremony to mark King Mihai's 95th Birthday {Source}

-Princess Elena & Alexander Nixon
attended a reception by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London in honor of King Mihai's 95th birthday Thursday {Source}

-King Mihai I celebrated his 95th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Randu attended a ceremony to unveil a statute of King Ferdinand on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Elena took part in the launch of the Royal Victorian Order volume dedicated to the history written by Professor Peter Galloway chaplain on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Sophie celebrated her 59th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Maria met with teachers who participated in Recycling Patrol and  the 2016 From the Heat for the Future Gala on Thursday {Source} {Source}. On Friday, the second youngest daughter of the defunct King visited Railway Technical College{Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI attended the XXV Summit of Heads of State and Government on Thursday {Photos}
-Queen Letizia held several audiences on Thursday {Photos}

Sweden

-Queen Silvia & Princess Sofia held a meeting with children's rights organizations on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with the new governor of Skåne on Monday {Source}

-Queen Silvia took part in the foundation Older Centre's 30th anniversary celebrations on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel attended the Royal. Engineering Sciences (IVA) ceremonial meeting on Friday {Source}

Royal Profile: Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff

Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff was born 30 October 2009 as the daughter of Princess Tatiajna of Liechtenstein and Philipp von Lattorff {Source}. She has an older brother, 4 older sisters and a younger brother {Source}:




It is likely given that she is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture, that she leads a fairly normal life. It is likely that she speaks German, the official language of Liechtenstein.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Takahito of Mikasa

Takahito, Prince Mikasa was born  2 December 1915 as  the fourth and youngest son of Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei and was their last surviving child. He was the last surviving paternal uncle of Emperor Akihito.

He was educated in Japan. He spent 10 years attending Gakushūin (Peers' School), from 1922-1932. When he began secondary school, his eldest brother had already succeed the throne and his other two elder brothers has already begun their carrrers in the Japanese Army and Japanese Navy. In 1932, he enrolled in the Imperial Japanese Army Academy and was subquently commissioned as a sub-lieutentant and assigned to the 5th Cavalry Regiment in June 1936. He was a graduate of the Army Staff College. In 1937, he was promoted to lieutenant and in 1939, to captain. During his army career, he was critial of the Japanese military's conduct in China, where he served for several years. He was later promoted to Commander, then served as a staff officer in the Army Section of the Imerperial General Headquarters, until Japan surrendered in August 1945. After the war, he spoke before the Privy Council, urging his brother, Emperor Hirohito to abdicate and take responsibility for his part in the war-his brother did not take his advice. After serving as a junior cavalry officer in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the prince embarked upon a post-war career as a scholar and part-time lecturer in Middle Eastern studies and Semitic languages.

When he reached the age of majority in 1935,  Emperor Shōwa granted him the title Mikasa-no-miya (Prince Mikasa) and the authorization to form a new branch of the Imperial Family.

On 22 October 1941, Prince Mikasa married Yuriko Takagi (1923). Prince and Princess Mikasa had five children, of whom two are still living. In addition to their five children, they had nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as of 2015:
  1. Yasuko Konoe (1944)
    1. Tadateru Konoe (m. 1966)
      1. Tadahiro Konoe (1970)
        1. Keiko Kuni (m. 2004, three children)
  2. Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (1946-2012)
    1. Nobuko Aso (1955, m. 1980)
      1. Princess Akiko of Mikasa (1981)
      2. Princess Yōko of Mikasa (1983)
  3. Yoshihito, Prince Katsura (1948-2014)
  4. Masako Sen (1951)
    1. Sōshitsu Sen (born 7 June 1956, m. 1983)
      1. Akifumi Kikuchi (1984)
      2. Makiko Sen (1987)
      3. Takafumi Sen (1990)
  5. Norihito, Prince Takamado (1954 -2002)
    1. Hisako Tottori (b. 1953, m. 1984-2002, his death)
      1. Princess Tsuguko (1986)
      2. Noriko Senge (1988)
        1. Kunimaro Senge (m. 2014)
      3. Princess Ayako (1990)
He was predeceased by his parents, three older brothers, three nieces, and his three sons. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, several grandchildren, grandchildren-in-law and great grandchildren, and his nephew's family.

Prince Takahito of Mikasa died at the age of 100 on October 27, 2016. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Royal Profile: Countess Camilla af Rosenborg

Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg {Source}. She has a twin sister, a younger sister, two brothers-in-law, a former brother in law and several nieces and nephews
  1. Countess Joesphine af Rosenborg (1972)
    1. Mikael Rosanes
      1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (2001)
      2. Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (2004)
  2. Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena af Rosenborg (1975)
    1. Eric Hervè Patrice Patte (m.2004-2006, Div)
    2. Morent Rønnow (m. 2008)
      1. Caroline-Mathilde Margareth Rønnow (2009)
Countess Camilla  was married on 20 March 1995 to Mikael Rosanes {Source}. Together they have four children {Source}:
  1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes (1997)
  2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes (2000)
  3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes (2005)
  4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)



Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.


Royal Profile: Countess Josephine af Rosenborg

Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth af Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte af Rosenborg {Source}. She has two sisters, a twin and a younger sister, as well as two brothers in law and several nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Countess Camilla af Rosenborg (1972)
    1. Mikael Rosanes (m. 1995)
      1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes (1997)
      2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes (2000)
      3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes (2005)
      4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)
  2. Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena af Rosenborg (1975)
    1. Eric Hervè Patrice Patte (m.2004-2006, Div)
    2. Morent Rønnow (m. 2008)
      1. Caroline-Mathilde Margareth Rønnow (2009)
Countess Josephine was married on 3 October 1998 to Thomas Christian Schmidt {Source}. Together they have two children {Source}:

  1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (2001)
  2. Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (2004)

Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Royal Profile: Princess Sophie of Romania

Princess Sofia of Romania, or Sophie de Romanie as she uses as a professional photographer, was born 29 October 1957 as the fourth daughter of King Michai I of Romania& Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. She has three older sisters and a younger sister, as well as several brothers-in-law, a niece and nephew-in-law, and numerous great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Crown Princess Margarita (1949)
  2. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Mr. Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Mrs, Irina Walker (1953)
    1. Miss Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger de Romaine Knight(1986)
      1. Richard Robert Knight
        1. Miss Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
        2. Miss Diana Knight (2011)
    2. Mr. Michael Torsten Kreuger (1984)
      1. Tara Littlefield Kreiger
        1. Master Kohen Kreuger (2012)
  4. Princess Maria (1964)

She studied Fine Arts and photography at the University of North Carolina, Asheville {Source}. She also studied Graphic Design at the Cocoran College of Art & Design {Source}.

After graduation, she spent several years working and exhibiting her work on both sides of the Atlantic {Source}. Her life changed dramatically in 1989 with the fall of communism in Romania {Source}. She serves as vice president to The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation {Source}. In addition to her charity work and work as a photographer, she is also a published author of a collection of children's stories that was published in Romania in 1995 {Source}.

She resides in Brittany, France with her teenage daughter, Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix de Laufenbourg {Source}{Source}. While residing there, she pursues her craft full time, and often can be spotted photographing the Breton Country side and coast{Source}.

She won 1st place in an online photography contest called 'West of Paris" in May 2011. In the same year, she also won the Public's Favourite vote in her category during her first photographic exhibition. It was help in Brittany, at the Château in the Domaine de Tronjoly, in Gourin (Morbihan). Since this initial success, she has been showing her work regularly.

You can visit her facebook page here

Royal Profile: Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 as the eldest child of Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and MargaretaFouché {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews:

  1. Princess Madeleine of  Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1936-)
    1. Otto Graf zu Solms-Laubach
      1. Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958-)
        1. Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz
          1. Benjamin Graf von Hochberg (1978-)
          2. Robin Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz (1989-)
          3. Nicolaus-Marianus Graf von Saurma (1991)
      2. Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958-)
      3. Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960-)
      4. Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962-)
      5. Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963-)
      6. Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965-)
      7. Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968-)
      8. Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968-)
        1. Stephan Leopold Justus Richard Prinz zur Lippe
          1. Bernhard Leopold Baptist Ernst George Ludwig Prinz zur Lippe (1995-)
          2. Heinrich Otto Gustav-Adolf Michael Wico Prinz zur Lippe (1997-)
          3. Wilhelm Prinz zur Lippe (1999-)
          4. Luise Prinzessin zur Lippe (2001-)
          5. Mathilde Prinzessin zur Lippe (2003-)
      9. Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-)
      10. Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-1971)
  2. Prince Robin Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1938-)
    1. Marie-Christine Heftler-Louiche
      1. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971-)
      2. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973-)
      3. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980-)
  3. Tatiana Louise Ursula Therese Elsa Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1940-)
    1. Moritz Friedrich Karl Emanuel Humbert Landgrafvon Hessen-Kassel
      1. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965-)
        1. Ferdinando dei Conti Brachetti-Peretti
          1. Tatiana Maria Galdo (1992-)
          2. Polissena Galdo (1993-)
          3. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizo Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000-)
          4. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002-)
      2. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966-2000)
      3. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967-)
        1. Massimo Caiazzo
          1. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999-)
      4. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970-)
        1. Laetitia Johanna Bechtoif
          1. Elena Margherita  Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (2006-)
          2. Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (2008-)
  4. Pia Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942-)
He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen and at Munich University{Source}. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.

He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}. When he and his wife married, his new father-in-law decreed that in order for their children to obtain succession rights they must be raised in Denmark...they were raised in Germany (however, his daughters have both obtained Danish citizenship over the years) They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle.
Together, they have three children, and four grandchildren {Source}:


  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    1. Carina Axelsson (not married)
  2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth 
      1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003) 
  3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
    1. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010) 
      2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)

Royal Profile: Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark

Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark was born 29 October 1998 and is the second child and eldest son of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece, which makes him a grandson of the former King and Queen of Greece{Source}. Among his godparents are{Source}:

He also has several siblings, an elder sister, and three younger brothers{Source}:


He was born while the family was residing in New York City.


Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, he still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with his paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, he attended his new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, he participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, he was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, he was spotted among the guests at his godfather's wedding {Photos}. In 2013, he attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}.


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


It is unknown where he attends school, but his family currently resides in London. It's likely he speaks English and Greek.


He is related to the following monarchies:

  • Denmark: Queen Margrethe II is his great-aunt.
  • Spain: Queen Sofia is his great aunt. King Juan Carlos is his 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  • Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is his 1st cousin 2x removed.
  • Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is his 3rd cousin 2x removed, Prince Philip is his 1st cousin 3x removed.
  • Norway: King Harald is his 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg was born Tessy Antony on 28 October 1985{Source}. She attended a technical high school in Pétange, Luxembourg, prior to following her brother's footsteps and joining the army.

With her career in the Luxembourg Army, she has participated in missions in Yugoslavia and Kosovo. During her mission in Yugoslavia, she met Prince Louis, who was there visiting the Luxembourg troops.

She and Prince Louis of Luxembourg were married on 29 September 2006{Source}. Upon their marriage, the prince gave up his succession rights and those of their son Gabriel, and any of the couple's future children, although Prince Louis retains his title of Prince of Luxembourg and the style of Royal Highness while his and Antony's sons were initially given the surname de Nassau with no titles{Source}. On Luxembourg's National Day 2009, Ms. Antony and her two sons were given titles by the Grand Duke{Source}. Her title was Her Royal Highness Princess of Luxembourg, while her sons (and any subsequent children) would be His/Her Royal Highness Prince/ss de Nassu {Source}.

Together, they have two sons:

  1. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2006)
  2. Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

Princess Tessy and her sons were granted the title Prince/ss of Luxembourg during the 2009 National day celebrations. Prior to this, they were Prince/ss de Nassu.

Royal Profile: Princess Sophie, The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Duchess in Bravia

Princess Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Duchess in Bavaria was born in Bavaria on 28 October 1967 in Munich as the eldest of the five daughters of Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria {Source}. She is a direct descendant of the last King of Bavaria. Ludwig III (1845-1921) was her great-great-grandfather {Source}.

Hereditary Princess Sophie spent her childhood with her parents and sisters in Wildbad Kreuth, where she also attended the first years of the primary school {Source}. From 1978 to 1980 she attended the Girls' Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstatt and then changed to the Girls' Secondary Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggries {Source}. In 1984, she entered the Adolf Weber Gymnasium in Munich and passed the school-leaving examination in 1988 {Source}. During a stay in London, which lasted several months, she attended tutorial classes at the Inchbald School of Interior Design {Source}. She was particularly interested in the various styles of interior furnishings {Source}. Hereditary Princess Sophie studied history and English language and literature at the Catholic University in Eichstätt {Source}.


In 2006, she founded The Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung für Frau und Kind (Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child) with the goal of the Foundation to give women, who unintentionally became pregnant, a more positive life perspective for themselves and their child{Source}.


She married Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein on 3 July 1993{Source}. Together, they have four children {Source}:

Royal Profile: Julia Caroline Ogilvy

 Julia Caroline Ogilvy was born Julia Caroline Rawlinson on born 28 October 1964 as the daughter of Charles Rawlinson{Source}.


She married James Robert Bruce Ogilvy on 30 July 1988 {Source}. Together, they have two children:
  • Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
  • Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)

Ogilvy has had a successful business career, and was involved with the managing director of Hamilton & Inches Jewellers for several years{Source}. She also has served as the non-executive director of Lloyds TSB Scotland{Source}


n 1992, she received the Scottish Business Achievement Award from The Princess Royal. In 2007 she won the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work with ProjectScotland, a charity of which she is the Founder and Chairman. She also works for the Scottish Executive on social and community charity programmes.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Anita van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Princess Anita van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born as Anita Theodora van Eijk on 27 October 1969 as the second daughter of Leonardus van Eijk and J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens {Source}.

She studied in The Netherlands, and Singapore. She earned an international baccalaureate from Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest {Source}. She attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore {Source}. In 1996, she earned a degree in the direction of communication studies from the Univeristy of Amsterdam {Source}.

She married Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Oranje-Nassau,van Vollenhoven on 25 August 2005 in a civil marriage, and on 27 August 2005 in a religious ceremony{Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}:
  • Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  • Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)

Princess Anita works as an independent entrepreneur {Source}. In 1997, she joined Bloomberg in Amsterdam and London {Source}. She has also worked in various marketing and management positions {Source}. Princess Antia's husband lost his place in succession and rights to the throne when Princess Beatrix abdiated in 2013, so it is likely that Anita, her husband and children lead fairly normal lives, with the occasional royal family event (christenings, weddings, funerals) thrown in.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Royal Profile: Lucas van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven

Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven was born 27 October 2002 as the second child and only son of Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Marilène van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has two sisters{Source}:
  1. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau (paternal uncle)
  2. Jeroen Pit
  3. Emilie Pit, nee Jkvr van Karnebeek

With his great-Aunt Beatrix's abdication in 2013, his family (aside from his grandmother) does not have succession rights any longer. It is likely Lucas and his siblings lead normal lives.

Royal Profile: Amelia Morales y de Grecia

Amelia Morales y de Grecia was born 26 October 2007 as the youngest daughter of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Carlos Morales y Quintana{Source}. She has two older sisters and an older brother{Source}:
  1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
  2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
  3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)

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


She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically, she is biologically related to the following monarchs and/or consorts:

  1. Queen Elizabeth II is her 3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal.
  2. The Duke of Edinburgh is her 1st cousin 3x removed, through King George I of Greece.
  3. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is her 3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.
  4. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is her 2nd cousin 2x removed, through Queen Victoria.
  5. King Juan Carlos I of Spain is her 3rd cousin 1x removed, through Queen Victoria. He's also her great uncle through marriage.
  6. Queen Sofia of Spain is great aunt though King Paul and Queen Fredrica-Alexia's grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother.


She and her siblings are not in line for the Greek throne due to their mother renouncing her succession rights upon marrying their Roman Catholic father.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Royal Profile: Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum

Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum was born on 25 October 2013 as the younger son of Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum and Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum {Source}. He has one older brother {Source}:

His maternal grandparents are Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria{Source}. He shares a birthday with The Duchess of Brabant (Belgium) and The King of Romania.

Royal Profile: Princess Élisabeth of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant

Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant was born via C-section as the eldest child of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde on 25 October 2001{Source}.
She has two younger brothers and a younger sister:
She was baptized on 9 December 2001, her godparents are:
  1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (paternal cousin)
  2. Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt)

She is named for the following:

  • Élisabeth : her great-great grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
  • Thérèse: Possibly for her maternal great-great-grandmother Countess Teresa Sobanska.
  • Marie: the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
  • Hélène: her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.

Presently she is the first female heir to the throne, and the will be Belgium's first Queen Regent.
Like her elder cousins, she is enrolled in Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. Again, another historical moment: no future Belgian monarch's education has begun in Dutch. She also attends dance classes that are conducted in Dutch.


The future Belgian monarch has undertaken many royal duties in her short lifetime. In 2006, she attended the Te Deum in honor of Belgian National Day for the first time{Photos}. In 2007, she attend the opening of a science Museum with her father, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and a presentation of a model of the Belgian Antarctic Station which bears her name, The Princess Elisabeth Base. In 2011, along side her parents, the future Belgian monarch visited the Princess Elisabeth Children Hospital, where she gave a speech{Photos}. In 2013, she attended the abdication and investiture of her father and grandfather, when she became the heir-apparent to the Belgian throne {Photos}.In 2014, she attended a WWI Torch light memorial ceremony, where she delivered a speech{Source} {Source}{Video}. In 2015, she has attended the ship launching ceremony of the P902 Pollux ship , which she is its official godmother, at the Zeebrugge Naval Base {Video}{Photos}, and Belgium's National Day festivities {Photos}.