Friday, June 30, 2017

Royal Profile: Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksburg

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksburg was born 30 June 1964 as the first daughter of Richard Manley and Christa Manley {Source}.

She grew up in Hong Kong, and attended to her early education there. She was educated at the following institutions:
  • Quarry Bay Junior School (1969-1971)
  • Glenealy Junior School (1971-1974) 
  • Island School (1974-1982)
Upon graduating the Island School in 1982, she began studying international business at several different universities, including institutions in Austria, Japan, and England. It is unknown whether or not she actually ever obtained a degree.


In the early to mid-1990s, she was employed by GT Management Asia, where she worked in Sales and Marketing and as a deputy chief executive of the Sales and Marketing Department.


She met her future first husband, Prince Joachim of Denmark during a party in Hong Kong, when he was working for a Danish shipping company. While holidaying in the Philippines, Prince Jochiam proposed, which was made official in May 1995. On 18 November 1995, they were married. Together, they have two sons{Source}:
  • Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark (1999)
  • Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark (2002)
In mid-2004, rumors were beginning to stir that the end of her marriage was near. By mid-September 2004, it was officially announced they would separate with intentions of divorcing. Their divorce was finalized in April 2005.

In mid-2004, rumors began to spark again, when photos surfaced of her with Martin Jørgensen. They were married two years later, on 3 March 2007{Source}. In September 2015, it was reported they were to be divorced {Source}
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During her time as a Princess of Denmark, she was wildly popular, wildly known for her fashion sense and charity work. She speaks several languages-English, German, and she picked up Danish very quickly. She also speaks some Catonese.

During and after her princely marriage, she was involved with several organizations. She was active with the Children's Red Cross, The Danish Society for the Blind, UNICEF and a single mother's advocy group, Mother Help. She was a UNICEF Ambassador when she visited Thailand to visit HIV/AIDS patients. In 2007, she joined the Danish board of directors of Ferring Pharmaceuticals {Source}

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Aristodes-Stavros of Greece & Denmark

Prince Aristides Stavros of Greece & Denmark was born 29 June 2008 as the youngest child of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece{Source}.

He has four older siblings{Source}:

  1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas(2000)
  4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
His baptism was delayed until he was over a year old due to his grandfather being ill. One of his godparents were{Source} {Source}:

When he was 2 years old, he attended the wedding of his uncle Nikolas to Tatiana {Photos}. He is currently 5th in succession for the defunct Greek throne and distantly in succession for the British throne. However, he is not in succession to the Danish throne, even though his great-aunt is the current Queen of Denmark. He attends Wetherby School in England {Photo}

Royal Profile: Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma was born 14 Feburary 1924 as the elder of two daughters of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma & The Hon. Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley{Source}. She has one younger sister, was predeceased by a brother-in-law, and has two nieces, a nephew, five great nieces, and four great nephews{Source}:
  1. The Lady Pamela Hicks (1929)
    1. David Nightingale Hicks (1929-1998, m. 1960)
      1. Edwina Victoria Louise Brudenell (1961)
        1. Jeremy Alexander Rothwell Brudenell (1960, m. 1984, later div)
          1. Maddison May Brudenell (1994)
          2. Jordan Anne Brudenell (1995)
          3. Rowan Michael David Brudenell (2001)
      2. Ashley Louis David Hicks (1963)
        1. Marina Allegra Federica Silvia Tondato (1960, m. 1990-2009, div)
          1. Angelica Hicks (1992)
          2. Ambrosia Hicks(1997)
      3. India Amanda Caroline Hicks (1967)
        1. David Flint Wood (partner since at least 1996)
          1. Felix Austen Flint Wood (1997)
          2. Amory John Flint Wood (1999)
          3. Conrad Lorenzo Flint Wood (2003)
          4. Domino Carmen Flint Wood (2007)

She was educated in Malta, England and the United States. In 1943, at age 19, she entered the Women's Royal Naval Service as a Signal Rating and served in Combined Operations bases in Britain until being commissioned as a third officer in 1945 and serving in the Supreme Allied Headquarters, South East Asia. It was where she would later meet the man who would become her husband, who happened to have been an aide at the time.


This is where she met Lord Brabourne, who was an aide to her father at the time. In 1973 was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Kent; she is also a serving magistrate and is involved with numerous service organisations including SOS Children's Villages UK, of which she was Patron; the Order of St John, of which she is a Dame; and the Countess Mountbatten's Own Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth, of which she was Patron.

In June 1974, she succeeded her distant cousin, Lady Patricia Ramsay as colonel-in-chief of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, she was later succeeded by the Rt. Hon Adrienne Clarkson in 2007{Source}.

Patricia was aboard the boat that had been blown up ny the IRA off the shores of Sligo in August 1979, which killed her 14 year old son, father, mother-in-law and a boat-boy, Paul Maxwell. She, her husband and other son, Timothy, were injured but survived. After recovering, she became patron and later president of The Compassionate Friends, which is an organization for bereaved parents in the UK.
During Queen Elizabeth II's official visit to Ireland in June 2012, The 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma said that the Queen had her full support for meeting Martin McGuinness, who had been a high raking member of the commander of the group that attacked her family in 1979 {Source}. In September 2012, she unveiled a memorial to the work of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties at Hayling Island in Hampshire {Source}

In October 1946, she married John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne (1924-2005). Among her bridesmaids were:
  • The Princess Elizabeth (her first cousin)
  • The Princess Margaret (Elizabeth's sister)
  • Lady Pamela Mountbatten (her younger sister)
  • Princess Alexandra of Kent (her first cousin)
She and her husband would later become one of the few marriages in which both held a peerage in their own right, and their descendants inherited both titles. Together, they have eight children, eight children-in-law, and eighteen grandchildren:
  1. Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1947)
    1. Penelope Eastwood (1953, m. 1979)
      1. Nicholas Louis Charles Norton Knatchbull, Lord Brabourne, Lord Romsey (1981) 
      2. Lady Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull (1982)
        1. Thomas Hooper (2016).
      3. The Hon. Leonora Louise Marie Elizabeth Knatchbull (1986-1991, cancer)
  2. The Hon. Anthony Knatchbull (1952-1952)
  3. Lady Joanna Edwina Doreen Knatchbull (1955) 
    1. Baron Hubert Pernot du Breuil (1956 -2004, m. 1984-1995, div) 
      1. Baroness Eleuthera Roselyne Patricia Pernot du Breuil (1986)
    2. Azriel Zuckerman (1943, m. 1995) 
      1. Alexander Azriel John David Zuckerman (5 October 2002)
  4. Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Knatchbull (1957)
    1. Charles Vincent Ellingworth (1957, m. 1987)
      1. Luke John William Ellingworth (1991)
      2. Joseph William Vincent Ellingworth (1992)
      3. Louis Charles Nicholas Ellingworth (Oct 1995)
  5. The Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull (1961), 
    1.  Atalanta Cowan (1962, m. 1991-1999) 
      1. Daisy Isadora Louise Knatchbull (1992)
      2. Phoebe Knatchbull (1995)
    2. Wendy Amanda Leach (1966, m. 2002)
      1. Frederick Michael Hubert Knatchbull (6 June 2003)
      2. John Robin Rocky Knatchbull (17 July 2004)
  6. The Hon. Nicholas Timothy Charles Knatchbull (1964-1979, killed by an IRA Bomb)
  7. The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull (1964)
    1.  Isabella Julia Norman (1971, m. 1998),
      1. Amber Diana Patricia Knatchbull (2000)
      2. Milo Columbus John Knatchbull (2001)
      3. Ludovic David Nicholas Knatchbull (2003)
      4. Isla Selina Edwina Knatchbull (2005)
      5. Wilhelmina "Willa" Victoria Agatha Knatchbull (2008)


She was one of the eldest surviving five great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The "new" five eldest living great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria are:
  1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921, Patricia's cousin)
  2. King Michael of Romania (1921, 3rd cousins from both sides of Michael's family)
  3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1926, 3rd cousins)
  4. Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks (1929, Patricia's sister)
  5. Anne Mary Sibylla Liddell-Grainger (1932, Patricia's 3rd cousin, Anne is the daughter of Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone)
Her funeral was held on 28 June 2017. Aside from her immediate relations of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews and their families, in attendance were  Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales,  The Duke of York, The Princess Royal,  The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy, and The Lady Helen Taylor{Photos}.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was born 28 June 1993 as the third child of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto & Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo {Source}. He has the following siblings{Source}:



As his royal line is defunct, we don't know much about him. One can likely assume he leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan  was born 28 June 1994 as the eldest son of King Abdullah II of Jordan and  Queen Rania. He has two younger sisters and a younger brother {Source}:
  1. Princess Iman (1996)
  2. Princess Salma (2000)
  3. Prince Hashem (2005)

In 2007, he was enrolled at the King's Academy, completing his secondary studies in 2012. He is presently studying political science at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service{Source}. In 2016, he graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in International History{Source}. After graduation, he began attending The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst {Source}

The young Crown Prince also holds the rank of first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces{Source}. Over the last few years, he has accompanied his father on several military missions.

During his childhood years, he spent most of his time doing just that-being a kid. As he grew older, he began to make appearances on his father's behalf. His first official engagement took place in June 2010, when he stood a representative for his father during the celebrations of the anniversary of the Arab Revolt and the Armed Forces Day. Since then, he has served a regent during his father's absence in Jordan, and was sworn in officially to take on the role on 21 April 2012{Source}.

In his free time, the Crown Prince enjoys reading, sports (especially football), and he shares his father and grandfather's passion for motorcycles{Source}.




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Royal Profile: Christopher O'Neill

Christopher Paul O'Neill was born 27 June 1974, as the son of Paul C. O'Neill and Eva Maria O'Neill {Source}. Between his parents, he has five sisters, a couple of brother-in-laws and several nieces and nephews{Source}{Source}:

  1. Annalisa O'Neill (1959)
  2. Stefanie O'Neill (1961)\
    1. Master Oliver MacNeely (guessing?)
  3. Karen O'Neill (1961)
  4. Tatiana d'Abo
    1. Henry d'Abo (1953)
      1. Anouschka d'Abo (1991)
      2. Celina d'Abo (1996)
      3. Jasper d'Abo (2001)
  5. Countess Natascha von Abensperg und Traun (1968)
    1. Count Ernst Graf von Abensperg und Traun
      1. Countess Milana Maria Tatjana von Abensperg und Traun (1996)
      2. Count Moritz von Abensperg und Traun
      3. Countess Chiara von Abensperg
      4. Count Louis von Abensperg und Trau

He was born in London, but was educated in Switzerland and the United States. He was educated at Institut auf dem Rosenberg, and recieved a BA in International Relations from Boston University, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

He first began dating the Swedish monarch's youngest daughter in 2011, and their engagement was announced in October 2012 {Source}. Their wedding took place in June 2013{Photos}. Together, they have two children:

  1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland (2015)
Unlike Prince Daniel and Princess Sofia, Mr. O'Neil does not hold a formal Swedish title or perform royal duties due to his not holding Swedish citizenship and wanting to continue his business endeavors. However, last fall, the family moved to Sweden ahead of the birth of Prince Nicolas, and moved to London in the fall of 2015. The family traditionally spends the summer months in Sweden, and if I had to guess once the kids become school aged, they will move to Sweden permanently again.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of The Netherlands was born on 26 June 2005 as the middle child of King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands{Source}.. She has two sisters, one older and one younger{Source}.:
Her baptism took place on 19 November 2005 in Wassenaar. Her godparents were{Source}.:
  1. Queen Mathilde of Belgium (family friend) 
  2. Jonkvrouwe Alexandra Jankovich de Jeszenice (family friend) 
  3. Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (paternal uncle) 
  4. Juan Zorreguieta (maternal uncle) 
  5. Jonkheer Frans Ferdinand de Beaufort (family friend) 

She was named for various relatives:
  • Alexia: comes from her father, Alexander 
  • Julianna: for her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Juliana 
  • Marcela: for her great aunt Marcela Cerruti 
  • Laurentien: for her paternal aunt Princess Laurentien

She began school at Bloemcamp School in Wassenaar, The Netherlands in June 2009. Her sisters also attend the school {Source}. In March 2017, it was announced that Princess Alexia will attend Sorghvliet Hague in the fall of 2017{Source} Sorghvliet Hauge is also attended by her elder sister, they will likely be joined by Princess Ariane in a few years, and previously her aunt Princess Laurentien{Source} In her "kid-time", this young royal likes playing horseback ridding, singing, and playing guitar {Source}.

Since her parents took over as King and Queen, she has attended numerous events. In April 2013, she attended her grandmother's abdication ceremony and her parents investiture {Photos}. In July, she attended the family's annual summer photocall {Photos}. In August, she attended her uncle and godfather's funeral services. In October, she attended her father's cousin's wedding {Photos}. In Februray 2014, she was among her family during the annual winter photocall {Photos}. In April, she attended King's Day with her family {Photos}. In 2014, the little Princess was a bridesmaid for her maternal uncle's wedding in Austria with her sisters {Photos}. In 2015, Princess Alexia took part in the family's annual skiing vacation photocall
{Photos}, King's Day 2015 {Photos}, and the annual summer photocall {Photos}. In 2016, she was part of the family's annual skiing photocall {Photos} and attended King's Day celebrations {Photos}. During the winter vacation, she broke her leg {Source}.


As a distant relative of King George I of The United Kingdom (she is his 8x great granddaughter), she is distantly in line for the British Throne. She is presently 2nd in line for the Dutch throne after her older sister.

Royal Profile: Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Noto

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto was born 26 June 1993 as the first child of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria & Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo {Source}. He has the following siblings{Source}:
  1. Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2004)
  2. Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2007)
  3. Princess Sofía of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2008)
  4. Princess Blanca of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2011)
  5. Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2015)

As his royal line is defunct, we don't know much about him. One can likely assume he leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie-Astrid Nora Margarita Veronica of Liechtenstein was born 26 June 1987 as the third child and second daughter of Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess of Luxembourg and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein {Source}. She has the following siblings{Source}:


Until 2010, her father served as an Ambassador from Liechtenstein for Belgium. This worked out well for her mother's sake-her uncle is the present King of Belgium. Therefore, it's almost safe to say that she grew up around the children of her mother's cousin Princess Astrid, Prince Amedeo, Princess Maria Laura, Prince Joachim & Princess Maria Luisa.
She likely speaks German, French, Dutch and English.



She shares a birthday with:
  • George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews (1962)
  • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Capua (1993)
  • Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2004)
  • Princess Alexia of the Netherlands (2005)

Royal Profile: George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews

George Philip Nicolas Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews was born 26 June 1962 as the eldest son of Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent & Katharine, The Duchess of Kent{Source}. He has a younger brother and sister, two siblings-in-law, and five nephews and two nieces{Source}:
  1. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
    1. Timothy Taylor (m. 1992)
      1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
      2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
      3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
      4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
  2. Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970)
    1. Lady Nicolas Windsor (Paola) (1969, m. 2006)
      1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
      2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2008)
      3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)
He was educated in England. He attended Eton College and The University of Cambridge's Downing College.


He, like much of his family, participates in charity work. He is a trustee of the SOS Children's Villages UK. He is a patron of the Association for the International Cancer Research. In April 2012, he joined the board of trustees of the Next Century Foundation. He os a Patron of the Welsh Sinfonia. He is a trustee of the Global eHealth Foundation.


He married Sylvanna, The Countess of St. Andrews on 9 January 1988{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
  1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
  2. The Lady Mariana-Charlotte Windsor (1992)
  3. The Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)


Upon his marriage, due to his wife's catholic faith, he was barred from succession. However, once the new succession rules came into play in 2015, he became 35th in succession. Due to his two eldest children becoming Catholics in their teens, they are still barred from the throne. He is followed in succession by his youngest daughter, The Lady Amelia. He is currently first in succession for the Dukedom of Kent, followed by his son and brother.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: June 19-25, 2017

Brazil

-Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday.

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended a dinner hosted by the former Secretary of State of the United States Henry Kissinger as part of a session of the Brussels-Asia Society Dialogue on Forging a Shared Future: Strategic Cooperation between Asia, Europe and the United States on Wednesday {Source}
Henry was US Secretary of State during the Nixon and Ford Administrations from 1973-1977.

-King Philippe attended a meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and the Belgian Chamber of Commerce to the EU on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, he began an official visit to Switzerland {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended a study day organized by Child Focuson the theme Fuguer: breaking the links to find others on Wednesday {Photos}{Source}

-King Albert II  inaugurated the new Clubhouse of the Royal Yacht Club of Belgium on Wednesday {Source}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Prince Henrik, Prince Consort arrived at aarhus port on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the nordiske havetradition on Wednesday {Photos}

-Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated his 9th birthday on Monday.

France

-Prince Jacques d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday. 

-Prince Charles Louis d'Orléans , Duke of Chartres & Iléana Manos celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

-Prince Michael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux celebrated his 76th birthday on Sunday.

Germany

-Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday.

-Prince Friedrich von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 67th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Hubertus von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 44th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward. The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge,  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips-Tindall, Michael James Tindall, David, The 2nd Earl of SnowdonSerena, The Countess of Snowdon & Lady Gabriella Windsor attended day 1 of the Royal Ascot on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended Day 2 of the 2017 Royal Ascot on Wednesday {Photos}
They were joined by Diana, Princess of Wales's brother-in-law, Robert Fellowes.

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Vice Admril Timothy Laurence, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall attended Day 3: Ladies Day at Royal Ascot on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & The Prince Charles of Wales attended the State Opening of the 2017 Parliament Session on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the hospital as a precautionary measure on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales  visited Muslim Welfare House on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited Everton Football Club's new community centre and one of the oldest buildings in Liverpool, the contemporary art hub The Bluecoat on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 35th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the 2017 V& Summer Party on Wednesday {Source}

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester celebrated her 71st birthday on Tuesday.

-Alexander Windsor, The Earl of Ulster & Dr. Claire Windsor, The Countess of Ulster celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Senna Kowhai Lewis celebrated her 7th birthday on Thursday.

-The Lady Alexandra Clare Etherington celebrated her 58th birthday on Tuesday.

Italy

-Emmanuel Filberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont celebrated his 45th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Calabria celebrated her 14th birthday on Friday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania visited the Jordanian Association for Human Development on Thursday {Photos}

-King Abdullah II & Princess Salma met with newly inaugurated French President Macron on Monday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb
attended the opening of Exposition internationale 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince & Princess Gabriella attended the 2017 Fete du St. Jean on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II supported the bees at the French Observatory of Apidology (OFA) on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, Monaco's sovereign prince awarded the 2017 Monegasque Language Competition 2017 {Video}.

-Princess Charlene visited the pool in la Turbie that bears her name on Thursday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi participated in the 2017 LGCT Monte Carlo this weekend {Source}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima underwent an official visit to Italy this week {Photos} {Photos}

-Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, The Marchioness of Sala celebrated her 43rd birthday on Friday.

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu held an audience with Romania's Ambassador to Canada on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Margareta held an audience with wives of the ambassadors from around the world to Romania on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Radu represented the crown during a ceremony to mark the centennial of the Romanian constitutional reform on Tuesday {Source}  On Thursday, the Prince Consort attended  the National Children's Fencing Championship {Source}

Saudi Arabia

-King Salman appointed his Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday {Source}
Prior to this, the heir was Mohammed bin Nayef, who was King Salman's 1st cousin 1x removed.

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Princess Haya bint Hussein, Sheika of Saudi Arabia & Sheika Al Jalila attended the 2nd day of the Royal Ascot on Thursday {Source}{Source}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia visited with children participating in the "Art of Educating" program at National Museum of the Prado. Madrid on Monday {Photos}

-King Felipe VI  presided over the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of BP on Wednesday {Photos}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary on Monday.

Royal Profile: Prince Michael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux

Prince Michael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux was born on 25 June 1941 as the son of Henri Robert Ferdinand Marie Louis Philippe d'Orléans & Isabelle Marie de Orléans Bragança {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Princess Isabelle Marie Laure Victorie d'Orleans (1932)
    1. Friedrich Karl Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1938)
      1. Damien Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim(1965)
      2. Vincenz Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1966)
      3. Lorraine Gräfin von Schönborn-Buchheim (1968)
      4. Wilhelm-Wilderich Clemens Hubertus Maria Graf von Spee (1963)
        1. August Maria Rafael Gräfin von Spee(1998)
        2. Paul Maria Gabriel Graf von Spee (1999)
        3. Eloise Marie Friederike Gräfin von Spee(2001)
        4. Ludmilla Maria Theresa Gräfin von Spee(2002)
        5. Kosmas Maria Wilhelm Serafin Graf von Spee(2007)
      5. Claire Marie Gräfin von Schönborn-Buchheim(1969)
      6. Melchor Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1977)
  2. Henri Philippe Pierre Marie d'Orléans, Prince d'Orléans(1933)
    1. Maria Theresa Herzogin von Württemberg (1934, m. 1957-1984, div)
      1. Princess Marie Isabelle d'Orleans (1959)
        1. Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein (m. 1989)
          1. Princess Leopoldine of Liechtenstein (1990)
          2. Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1991)
          3. Prince Johann Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1993)
          4. Princess Margarete of Liechtenstein (1995)
      2. Prince François Henri Louis Marie d'Orléans (1961)
      3. Princess Blanche d'Orléans (1962)
      4. Prince Jean Carl Pierre Marie d'Orléans,The Duke of Vendôme (1965)
        1. Maria MagdalenaPhilomena Juliana Johanna de Tornos y Steinhart (m. 2008 civily, married 2009 religiously)
          1. Prince Gaston Louis Antoine Marie d'Orléans (2009)
          2. Princess Antoinette d'Orléans (2012)
          3. Princess Louise-Marguerite d'Orléans (2014)
          4. Prince Joseph d’Orléans (2016)
      5. Prince Eudes Thibaut Joseph Maria d'OrléansDuke of Angoulême (1968)
    2. Micaela Cousino y Quines (m. 1984)
  3. Prince Jean, The Duc d'Orleans (1941, twin)
    1.  Gersende Thérèse Françoise de Sabran-Pontevès (m. 1969)
      1. Princess Diane Marie Laure d'Orléans (1970)
        1. Alexis de Noailles
        2. Victoire de Noailles
        3. Celine de Noailles (2005)
        4. Léontine de Noailles( 2006)
      2. Prince Charles-Louis d'Orléans, The Duke of Chartes (1972)
        1. Princess Ilena d'Orléans, The Duchess of Chartes (m. 1997)
          1. Prince Philippe Jacques Nicolas d'Orléans (1998)
          2. Princess Louise Marie Isabelle d'Orléans (1999)
          3. Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans (2001)
          4. Prince Constantin Foulques Alexandre d'Orléans (2003)
          5. Princess Isabelle Roxane Christine d'Orléans (2005)
      3. Prince Foulques Thibaut d'Orléans(1974)
Before marrying, Prince Michael dated Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark. He eventually married Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu, whom he married on 18 November 1967{Source}. Together they have the following children, children-in-law, and grandchildren {Source}:
      1. Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans (1968)
        1.  Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy (1969, m. 1993) 
          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 Crépy (2005)
          5. Eléonore Crépy (2007)
    1. Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (1971)
      1. Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (1968, m. 2002)
        1. Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly (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 (m. 2008) 
        1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans (2012)
    3. Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (1982)
      1. Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel (1984, m. 2014)
        1. Prince Philippe d'Orléans (2017)
On 29 April 2017, in Paris, Évreux entered a civil marriage with Barbara de Posch-Pastor (b. 1952).

Royal Profile: Prince Jacques d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans

Prince Jacques d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans was born on 25 June 1941 as the son of Prince Henri Robert Ferdinand Marie Louis Philippe d'Orléans & Isabelle Marie de Orléans Bragança {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Princess Isabelle Marie Laure Victorie d'Orleans (1932)
    1. Friedrich Karl Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1938)
      1. Damien Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim(1965)
      2. Vincenz Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1966)
      3. Lorraine Gräfin von Schönborn-Buchheim (1968)
      4. Wilhelm-Wilderich Clemens Hubertus Maria Graf von Spee (1963)
        1. August Maria Rafael Gräfin von Spee(1998)
        2. Paul Maria Gabriel Graf von Spee (1999)
        3. Eloise Marie Friederike Gräfin von Spee(2001)
        4. Ludmilla Maria Theresa Gräfin von Spee(2002)
        5. Kosmas Maria Wilhelm Serafin Graf von Spee(2007)
      5. Claire Marie Gräfin von Schönborn-Buchheim(1969)
      6. Melchor Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (1977)
  2. Henri Philippe Pierre Marie d'Orléans, Prince d'Orléans(1933)
    1. Maria Theresa Herzogin von Württemberg (1934, m. 1957-1984, div)
      1. Princess Marie Isabelle d'Orleans (1959)
        1. Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein (m. 1989)
          1. Princess Leopoldine of Liechtenstein (1990)
          2. Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1991)
          3. Prince Johann Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1993)
          4. Princess Margarete of Liechtenstein (1995)
      2. Prince François Henri Louis Marie d'Orléans (1961)
      3. Princess Blanche d'Orléans (1962)
      4. Prince Jean Carl Pierre Marie d'Orléans,The Duke of Vendôme (1965)
        1. Maria MagdalenaPhilomena Juliana Johanna de Tornos y Steinhart (m. 2008 civily, married 2009 religiously)
          1. Prince Gaston Louis Antoine Marie d'Orléans (2009)
          2. Princess Antoinette d'Orléans (2012)
          3. Princess Louise-Marguerite d'Orléans (2014)
          4. Prince Joseph d’Orléans (2016)
      5. Prince Eudes Thibaut Joseph Maria d'OrléansDuke of Angoulême (1968)
    2. Micaela Cousino y Quines (m. 1984)
  3.  Prince Michael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux (1941, twin)
    1. Béatrice Marie Guillemine Huguette (1941, m. 1969, later div)
      1. Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans (1968)
        1.  Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy (1969, m. 1993) 
          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 Crépy (2005)
          5. Eléonore Crépy (2007)
    2. Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (1971)
      1. Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (1968, m. 2002)
        1. Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly (2003)
        2. Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (2004)
        3. Gaetano Dailly (2009)
    3. Prince Charles-Philippe Marie Louis of Orléans, Duke of Anjou (1973)
      1.  Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval (m. 2008) 
        1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans (2012)
    4. Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (1982)
      1. Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel (1984, m. 2014)
        1. Prince Philippe d'Orléans (2017)

The Duc d'Orleans married Gersende Thérèse Françoise de Sabran-Pontevès on 2 August 1969 {Source}. Together, they have the following children, children-in-law & grandchildren {Source}:

  1. Princess Diane Marie Laure d'Orléans (1970)
    1. Alexis de Noailles
    2. Victoire de Noailles
    3. Celine de Noailles (2005)
    4. Léontine de Noailles( 2006)
  2. Prince Charles-Louis d'Orléans, The Duke of Chartes (1972)
    1. Princess Ilena  d'Orléans, The Duchess of Chartes (m. 1997)
      1. Prince Philippe Jacques Nicolas d'Orléans (1998)
      2. Princess Louise Marie Isabelle d'Orléans (1999)
      3. Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans (2001)
      4. Prince Constantin Foulques Alexandre d'Orléans (2003)
      5. Princess Isabelle Roxane Christine d'Orléans (2005)
  3. Prince Foulques Thibaut d'Orléans(1974)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza

Prince Antônio João Maria José Jorge Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga of Orléans-Braganza was born 24 June 1950 as the sixth son of Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza & Princess Maria of Bavaria{Source}. He has the following older brothers, and younger siblings and their families{Source}:
  1. Dom Luíz Gastão of Orléans-Braganza (1938)
  2. Dom Eudes of Orléans-Braganza (1939)
    1. Ana Maria de Moraes e Carmo (1945, m. 1967-1976, div)
      1. Prince Luíz Felipe of Orléans-Braganza (1969)
      2. Princess Anna Luízaof Orléans-Braganza (1971)
        1.  Paulo Ibrahim Mansour (1996)
    2.  Mercedes Nneves da Rocha (m .1976)
      1. Prince Eudes of Orléans-Braganza (1977)
      2. Princess Maria Antonia of Orléans-Braganza (1979, twin)
      3. Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza (1979, twin)
        1. Bernado Almeida Braga Ratto (m. 2005)
          1. Lucas Orleans e Bragança Braga Ratto (2007)
      4. Prince Guy of Orléans-Braganza (1984)
      5. Princess Maria Manoela of Orléans-Braganza (1989)
  3. Dom Beltrao of Orléans-Braganza(1941)
  4. Dona Isabela  of Orléans-Braganza (1944)
  5. Dom Pedro  of Orléans-Braganza (1945)
    1. Maria de Fátima de Lacerda Rocha (m. 1974)
      1. Princess Maria Pia of Orléans-Braganza (1975)
        1. Rodrigo Broglia Mendes
          1. Antônio Broglia Mendes (2004)
      2. Princess Maria Caroline of Orléans-Braganza(1978)
        1. Nuno de Carvalho Moreira (m. 2005)
          1. Jaquim Pedro de Orleans e Bragança Moreira (2008)
    2. Prince Gabriel Jose  of Orléans-Braganza (1980)
    3. Princess Maria de Fatima  of Orléans-Braganza (1988)
    4. Princess Maria Manuela of Orléans-Braganza (1989)
  6. Prince Fernando  of Orléans-Braganza (1948)
      1. Maria de Graça Baere de Araujo (m. 1975)
        1. Princess Isabel  of Orléans-Braganza (1978)
        2. Princess Maria de Gloria  of Orléans-Braganza (1982)
        3. Princess Luíza of Orléans-Braganza(1984)
  7. Princess Eleanora  of Orléans-Braganza, Princess deLigne (1953)
    1. Michel de Ligne, 14th Prince de Ligne
      1. Princess Alix de Ligne, Countess de Dampierre ( 1984)
        1. Count Guillaume Aymar Emmanuel de Dampierre (1985, m. 2016)
      2. Prince Henri Antoine de Ligne (1989)
  8. Dom Francesco  of Orléans-Braganza (1955)
    1. Claudia Regina Godinho (m. 1980)
      1. Princess Maria Elizabeth of Orléans-Braganza(1982)
      2. Princess Maria Thereza  of Orléans-Braganza (1984, twin)
      3. Princess Maria Eleonora  of Orléans-Braganza (1984, twin)
  9. Prince Alberto of Orléans-Braganza (1957)
    1. Maritza Ribas Bockel (m. 1983)
    2. Prince Pedro of Orléans-Braganza (1988)
    3. Princess Maria Beatriz of Orléans-Braganza (1990)
    4. Princess Ann Tereza of Orléans-Braganza  (1995)
    5. Prince Antonio Alberto of Orléans-Braganza  (1997)
  10. Princess Maria Teresa of Orléans-Braganza (1959, twin)
    1. Jan Hessel de Jong (m. 1995)
      1. Johannes Pedro Michel Marie de Jong (1997)
  11. Dona Maria Gabriela  of Orléans-Braganza (1959, twin)

He was educated in Brazil. He earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering with a specialization in Major Structural Projects from the University of Barra do Piraí in 1976.

In his free time, he is an avid painter. In May 1999 he held an exhibition, "A Herança Portuguesa no Brasil Colonial" (The Portuguese Heritage in Colonial Brazil) at Ipanema Park in Portugal {Source: "Príncipe brasileiro expõe aguarelas no Ipanema", Jornal de Notícias (May 4, 1999).} His work has also been displayed in  the Crystal Palace in Petropolis, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, and the Galeria Quadrante and the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo {Source: "Príncipe brasileiro expõe aguarelas no Ipanema", Jornal de Notícias (May 4, 1999).}.

He married Princess Christine de Ligne, who us his sister Eleanora's sister-in-law, in September 1981 {Source}. Together, he and his wife have the following children {Source}:
  1. Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (1983-2009, died in  the lost Air France 447)
  2. Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza (1984)
    1. Mr. James Spearman (m. 2014)
      1. Master Alexander Joaquim Pedro Spearman (2016)
  3. Prince Raphael of Orléans-Braganza (1986)
  4. Princess Maria Gabriela of Orléans-Braganza (1989)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Calabria, The Duchess of Palermo

Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria, The Hereditary Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Calabria, The Duchess of Palermo was born 23 June 2003 as the eldest daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Castro {Source}. The little Princess is the 1st member of the Royal Family to be born in Italy since her great-great-great grandfather, King Francis II. She has one younger sister{Source}:
She was baptized in Italy, and her godparents were:
  • Prince Laurent of Belgium (family friend)
  • Prince Pierre d'Arenberg (family friend)
  • Anna Maria Pisanu (wife of the Italian Home Secretary Giuseppe Pisanu)
  • Ines Sastre (friend of her parents)
She was named for:

  • Maria Carolina: for Queen Maria Carolina of Naples & Sicily (her great x4 grandmother)
  • Chantal: for her paternal grandmother, Chantal, The Duchess of Castro, who died when she was two
  • Edorda: For her maternal grandmother, Edorarda Vessel
  • Beatrice: for her paternal aunt 
  • Januaria: In honor of San Gennaro and for the Patorn Saint of Naples

She and her family currently reside in Monaco with their parents. It's likely they attend one of Monaco's private schools there.

In the last few years, she has made quite a few public appearances, mostly unofficially.She has a small role in film, Grace of Monaco {Source}. Along side her sister and parents, they attended the baptism of Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine of Denmark {Photos}, her father was named as one of the twin's godfathers {Source}. In May 2012, again, along side her family, she attended the Planet Solar Ship Return Ceremony {Photos}. For her 9th birthday, the family visited Capri and then went to the family's former residence in Italy. In May 2016, her father abolished the Royal House's Salic Law (only permitting men to inherit) in favor of equal gender rights-effectively making Princess Maria Carolina his heir to the throne {Source}. However, the likelyhood that she will actually reign as a monarch is slim to none. As of 2016, she is officially styled:


Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria, The Hereditary Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Calabria, The Duchess of Palermo

Royal Profile: Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis

Prince Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis was born 24 June 1983 in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany the only son of Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis{Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}. He has two sisters {Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}, as well as a brother-in-law and niece:
  1. Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis, Mrs. Hugo Wilson (1980)
    1. Mr. Hugo Wilson (m. 2015)
    2. Miss Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (2015)
  2. Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis (1982)

His father died when he was 7 years old, after he had had two heart transplants in as many days {Source}. He completed his high school education in Rome, went into the military for a while, then attended the University of Edinburgh, studying economics and theology {Source}.

He is enthusiastic when it comes to race-car driving, and has own many awards doing so.

Over the years, he has had some media attention. In 2008, he was on Forbe's list of The 20 Hottest Young Royals {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala

Princess Maria Carolina Christina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala was born 23 June 1974 as the youngest child of Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma & Princess Irene of The Netherlands {Source}. She has two older brothers and an older sister, as well as a former brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and a current brother-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970)
    1. Brigitte Klynstra (never married)
      1. Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme (1997)
    2. Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma (m. 2010)
      1. Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
      2. Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
      3. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  2. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (1972, twin)
    1. Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi (1982)
      1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  3. Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno (1972, twin)
    1. Mr. Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn (1966, m. 2001-2006, div)
    2. Mr. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate(1975)
      1. Miss Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
      2. Miss Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)

Princess Maria Carolina studied in the United States, England, and The Netherlands. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam and Harvard University. She also obtained a M.Sc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. After graduation, she began working for the United Nations. She has been employed in New York, Eritrea, The Gaza Strip, Acheh, Indonesia (after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami). She currently works at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland for the Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In January 2012, her engagment to Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer was announced. They were married in April 2012 civilly, in The Netherlands. They were married religiously in Florence, Italy in June 2012. Together, they have two children:

  • Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
  • Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Royal Profile: Senna Kowhai Lewis

    Senna Kowhai Lewis was born 22 June 2010, the elder of the two children of Lady Davina Lewis and Gary Lewis, and is the first granddaughter for The Duke & The Duchess of Gloucester{Source}. She has one younger brother and an older half-brother:
    • Ari Lewis (1992)
    • Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)
    Senna is presently 29th in line for the British throne. Since the new succession laws went into place in spring 2015, she swapped places with her younger brother{Source}. At her birth, she was 24th.


    She resides with her family in New Zealand, but occasionally makes appearances at events with her family in England. In 2012, she attended the Gatcombe Horse Trials with her then-pregnant mother and father, along with the Philips family {Photos}.

    As she is so far down the line for the British throne, she is primarily kept from the limelight, so little is known about the young Gloucester.

    Royal Profile: Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont

    Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont was born 22 June 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland the only child of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples & his wife Marina Doria.


    He grew up mostly in Switzerland, dreaming about one day returning to Italy as its King. He was set to attend the Gamma Institute in Lausanne to study architecture, but his knack for finance led him to a career in International banking. During his international banking career, he was led to the US and Switzerland. He established the Altin Fund, and in 2001, he established the Prince of Venice Foundation. He left banking in 2002, and shortly thereafter left Switzerland.He also established the Emanuele Filiberto Charity Fund Foundation.

    He began his television career in 1994 in Switzerland, working as a commentor on foreign soccer matches. He took a 15 year hiatus from television to work in banking. In 2009, he embarked on a new career: television personality. He appeared on the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars (aka Ballando con le Stelle) in 2009, and won! {Source}. He now spends the majority of his time trying to make it in the American market by working with American production companies.

    He married a French actress, Clotilde Courau in Rome on 25 September 2003, Prince Albert II of Monaco was his best man and had introduced the pair {Source}. They attended his 2011 wedding to former South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock. With his wife, they have two daughters:

    1. Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003)
    2. Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)

    He and his wife also adopted two sons from Africa {Source}

    In January 2011, he was diagnosed with cancer {Source}, and after surgery, he was given a clear bill of health. However, in 2012, the cancer had returned, and again, the pretender to the Italian throne beat it {Source}. He is also well-known for getting into a spat via twitter with Italian Journalist and his former best man's niece-in-law, Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi {Source}

    Royal Profile: Prince Hubertus von Thurn und Taxis

    Prince Hubertus Raphael Franz Josef Ulrich Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis was born 22 June 1973 as the elder of the two sons of Prince Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis and Princess Christa von Thurn and Taxis {Source}. He has one younger brother{Source}:
    • Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral Prinz von Thurn und Taxis 

    He is a 2nd cousin of the current reigning prince.

    As his parents' marriage was not an equal union, he and his brother do not have succession rights.

    Not much is known about him. He shares a birthday with a distant relative,Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar Thurn and Taxis.

    Royal Profile: Prince Friedrich von Thurn und Taxis

    Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ignatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar von Thurn und Taxis was born 22 June 1950 as the son of Johann Prinz von Thurn und Taxis and Maria Julia Prinzessin von Lobkowicz {Source}. He is known as Prince Fritz. He was their third child, and he has the following siblings  {Source}:

    1. Maria Alexandra Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis (1939)
      1. Rudolf Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld
        1. Antony Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (1964)
          1. Claudia Dorothea Pless
        2. Theresita Gräfin von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (1965)
        3. Nikodemus Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (1969)
        4. Mabel Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (Oct 1978)
    2. Leopold Prinz von Thurn und Taxis (1943-1957)
    3. Karl Ferdinand Prinz von Thurn und Taxis (1952)
      1. Viola Christine Pauen
        1. Alice Maria Stephanie Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis (1985)
        2. Stanislaus Johann Franz Prinz von Thurn und Taxis (1987)
        3. Raphael Prinz von Thurn und Taxis (1992)
    4. Maximilian Anselm Prinz von Thurn und Taxis (1955)
    On 4 June 1977, he marred Beata Bery {Source}.

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Royal Profile: 35 Facts about Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

    1. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, The Duke of Cambridge was born 21 June 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, London, the eldest son of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales {Source}.
    2.  At barely two months old on his paternal great-grandmother's 82nd birthday, he was baptized in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, with the following Godparents{Source}:
      1. King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin)
      2. Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy (his paternal cousin)
      3. The Duchess of Westminster
      4. The Lady Susan Hussey
      5. Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin)
      6. Sir Laurens van der Post
    3. Today, he himself is godfather to{Source}:
      1. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998) (Grandson of his godfather)
      2. Tom Pettifer (2002) (son of his childhood nanny)
      3. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem (2007)
    4. In 1984, he became a big brother, to Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales{Source}. 
    5. When his father remarried in 2005, he gained a stepbrother and stepsister, a stepsister-in-law, and a year after their parents' marriage, they were joined by a stepbrother-in-law{Source}:
      1. Tom Parker-Bowles (1974)
        1. Sara Parker-Bowles (m. 2005)
          1. Lola Parker-Bowles (2007)
          2. Freddy Parker-Bowles (2010)
      2. Laura Lopes (1978)
        1. Harry Lopes (m. 2006)
          1. Eliza Lopes (2008)
          2. Gus Lopes (2011)
          3. Louis Lopes (2011)
    6. He is also a step-uncle to his step-sibling's five children, one of which was a bridesmaid in his 2011 wedding to Catherine Middleton {Source}{Source}{Source}
    7. Through his wife, he is the son-in-law of Michael and Carole Middleton.
    8. Through his wife, he is the brother-in-law of:
      1. Philippa Middleton Matthews
        1. James Matthews (m. 2017)
      2. James Middleton
    9. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was name for:
      1. William: for his father's "hero" and maternal cousin, Prince William of Gloucester who died in a 1972 plane crash {Source}
      2. Arthur: a traditional British Family name-his father and great-grandfather also have Arthur amongst their names {Source}
      3. Philip: For his paternal grandfather {Source}
      4. Louis: for his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten of Burma {Source}
    10. For most of his youth, he did typical childhood things, in addition to making numerous royal appearances. As an toddler, he traveled with his parents on an official overseas royal tour to Austrialia and New Zeland in 1983 {Source}.
    11. The decision to take him along was his mother's idea, and was considered unconventional due to Prince William being so young and that the first and second in line for the British throne would be travelling together {Source}.
    12.  The Prince visited attended a service at St. Paul's Cathedral with his mother and brother to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blitz (the bombing of Britain in the early months of WWII) in October 1990 {Source}. 
    13. That December, the Prince again joined his mother for a Christmas concert by the London Symphony Chorus, where he signed the guest book, demonstrating that he is left-handed {Source}.
    14.  His first official public engagement was on 1 March 1991 (Saint David's Day), during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales{Source}. 
    15. In May 1995, The Duke of Cambridge accompanied his mother, father and brother to the 50th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) commemorations and in August 1995, the future King and his family attended the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of WWII {Source}. 
    16. In March 1998, he and his brother accompanied their father on a trip to Vancouver, Canada, where the father and son trio carried out a number of official engagements before spending a few days on a skiing holiday {Source}.
    17.  In 2000, he was again joined by his father and brother for a trip to Wales {Source}. 
    18. At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed as a Counsellor of State, and began his royal duties by first serving in that capacity when the Queen was abroad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003, in Nigeria.
    19. For his 21st birthday, William also accompanied his father on a royal tour of Wales, where they visited the Anglesey Food Fair and opened a centre for the homeless in Newport. 
    20. By July 2005, he was on his first solo overseas tour, travelling to New Zealand, on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand, to participate in World War II commemorations.
    21. In July 2007, Prince William accompanied his grandmother's cousin The Duke of Kent, who is President of the UK Scout Association, in opening the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.In February 2011, he and his future bride-to-be returned to their alma matter as Patrons of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal{Source}.
    22. Over the years, Prince William has been on many vacations, many of which have been to skiing resorts. 
    23. The first known trip was in April 1991, to a ski resort in Austria in the company of his mother, brother, first-cousin 1x removed, Viscount Linely and Viscount Linely's lady friend at the time {Source}.
    24.  In May 1991, the Wales family vacationed in Tresco, one of the Scilly Islands {Source}. 
    25. Upon returning to school after holidays in Austria and Scilly Islands, the young prince was in a minor accident on his school's putting green, which caused him to be admitted to the hospital for a depressed fracture on his forehead {Source}.
    26. He dubbed this scar a "Harry Potter scar". He was reported to have said, "I call it (the scar) that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it-other times they don't notice it at all" {Source}.
    27. After a turmoil of a marriage, his parents separated when he was eleven years old {Source} and were officially divorced in 1996 {Source}. 
    28. His mother died in an accident in Paris when he was fifteen years old {Source}. 
    29. At her funeral, The Duke of Cambridge along side his father, brother and grandfather walked behind Diana, Princess of Wales' cortege {Source}.
    30. For his education, he attended independent schools {Source}. 
    31. He began his education at Jane Mynors' nursery school before attending Wetherby School {Source}. After Wetherby, he attended Ludgrove School and was privately tutored in the summer months by Rory Stewart {Source}. He took the entrance exam for Eton College and was admitted {Source}.While there, he took his A-Level exams, where he studied and obtained grades in an A in geography, a C in biology and a B in history of art {Source}. After completing his studies at Eton, the Prince took a gap year, during which he took part in British Army training exercises in Belize {Source}, worked within English dairy farms {Source}, visited Africa, and for ten weeks taught children in southern Chile {Source}. As part of the Raleigh International programme in the town of Tortel, the Prince lived with other young teachers, sharing in the common household chores, including cleaning the toilet, and also volunteered as the guest radio jockey for the local radio station {Source}. He returned to the UK in 2001, where he began to study as William Wales at the University of St. Andrews, where he decided to study art history {Source}. Later on, however, the future King changed his subject to geography and went on to pursue a Scottish Masters of Arts degree with upper 2nd class honors in Geography {Source}. 
    32. During his days at Ludgrove, he was an active sportsman, participating in football, swimming, basketball, clay pigeon shooting and cross-country running {Source}. 
    33. While at Eton, in addition to keeping up his other sports activities, he took up water-polo {Source}.
    34. While at university, Prince William also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team at the Celtic Nations tournament in 2004 {Source}.
    35. He resides in an apartment at Kensington Palace with his wife and their two young children{Source}:
      1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2016)