Saturday, July 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge{Source}. He is also the first grandchild of The Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}. In May 2015, he was joined by a younger sister:

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

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The following were his godparents{Source}:

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

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him {Source}. He also attended his first Trooping of Colour and his sister'schristening in 2015. In 2017, he made a second world tour with his parents, this time with his sister as well, to Germany and Poland {Photos}.

In January 2016, he began attending  Westacre Montessori School Nursery{Source}. In March 2017, it was announced that George would begin primary school in September at the Thomas's Battersea School in September{Source}.

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

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Countess Alexandra of Fredriksburg{Source}. He also has a stepmother and a soon-to-be former stepfather. He has one full brother and two younger half siblings{Source}:
  1. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark (1999)
  2. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
  3. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)

Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}. At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.His godparents are:
  • Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  • Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  • Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  • Damian Sibley
  • Annick Boel

He was named:

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

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

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

Royal Profile: Prince Constantin de Nassau

Prince Constantin Jean Philippe Marie Albert Marc d'Aviano de Nassau was born 22 July 1988 as the son of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his first wife, Hélène Suzanna Vestur{Source}. He has an older sister, a brother-in-law, and two younger brothers {Source}:
  1. Princess Marie-Gabrielle Cécile Charlotte Sophie de Nassau (1986)
    1. Antonius Benedikt Clemens Douglas Emanuel Willms (1988, m. 2017)
  2. Prince Wenceslas François Baudoin Léopold Juraj Marie Marc d'Aviano de Nassau (1990)
  3. Prince Carl-Johan Félix Julien Marc d'Aviano of Nassau (1992)
Due to his parents monogranic marriage and the fact that his father had given up succession rights and succession rights for that of his descendants, he was originally given the title Count de Nassau,  but his uncle Grand Duke Henri elevated him and his siblings to HRH Prince/ss de Nassau  by royal decree in 2004.

He grew up in Paris, and likely leads a normal life.

His paternal grandfather is Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.  In 2004, he gained a stepmother, Countess Diane de Nassau.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin of Austria

Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria of Austria was born 20 July 2004 as the only son of Georg von Habsburg and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters: 
  1. Archduchess Zsófia Mária Tatjana Monika Erzsébet Katalin von Hasburg (2001)
  2. Archduchess Ildikó Mária Walburga von Hasburg (2002)
He is a grandson of Otto von Hasburg {Source}.

He resides in Hungary with his family. Other than this, there is not much known about him. It's likely he lives a fairly normal life.

Royal Profile: 18 Facts about Princess Alexandra of Hanover

  1. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria as the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his second wife, Princess Caroline of Hanover{Source}.
  2.  She has a host of much older siblings, two sisters-in-law, a soon-to-be sister-in-law, and two nephews{Source}{Source}:
    1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
    2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    3. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
      1. Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013)
    4. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
      1. Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, m. 2017)
        1. Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017)
  3. Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.
  4. The princess's godparents are:
    1. Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen (paternal aunt) 
    2. Charlotte Casiraghi(maternal half-sister)
    3. Ulrike Ulmschneider (friend of her parents)
    4. Maryam Sachs (friend of her parents)
    5. Virginia Gallico (friend of her parents, who was also her mother's madame d'honneur for many years)
    6. George Condo (friend of her parents)
    7. Eric Maier (friend of her parents)
  5. Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her six godmothers:
    1. Alexandra: for her paternal aunt
    2. Charlotte: for her half-sister
    3. Ulrike: for her parents' friend
    4. Marym: for her parents' friend
    5. Virginia: for her mother's madame d'honeur
  6. A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referred to as Monacan because she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. 
  7. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. 
  8. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private Catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished her final year, and possibly looking to start university this fall somewhere.
  9. Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. 
  10. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. 
  11. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else. 
  12. Until the births of Prince Jacques & Princess Gabriella of Monaco, she was the only grandchild of Prince Rainier III to hold any sort of title, even if her title isn't Monégasque. 
  13. With the birth of the twins in December 2014, she is in 7th place for the throne of Monaco.
  14. She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (Princess Caroline is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy.
  15.  The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). In 2015 so far, she attended the presentation of her little cousins to the public, her little cousin's baptism, the LGCT Monaco,
  16. The dynamic duo could've also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'FANB until she moved to South Africa a few years ago) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.
  17. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. 
  18. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to nearly every current reigning monarch:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II: 3rd cousins 2x removed via Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark
    2. Queen Margrethe II: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    3. King Carl XVI Gustaf: her paternal 3rd cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria
    4. King Harald V: :her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    5. Grand Duke Henri: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    6. King Philippe: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    7. King Felipe VI: Her paternal 4th cousin via Chrisian IX of Denmark
    8. Prince Albert II: Her maternal uncle
    9. There's also a connection to King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands, that I currently cannot find

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sonja. He has one elder sister, a brother-in-law and three nieces{Source}:

  1. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (1971)
    1. Mr. Ari Behn (1972, div 2016)
      1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
      2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
      3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Ernest-August Andreas of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli on born 19 July 1983 {Source}. He has one full brother, a half-sister, two stepbrothers and a stepsister, as well as a stepsister-in-law, and two stepnephews:

  • Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, stepbrother)
  • Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, full brother)
  • Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, stepsister)
    1. Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013, stepnephew)
  • Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, stepbrother)
    • Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, stepsister-in-law)
      • Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017, stepnephew)
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999, half sister)

He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents:

  • Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle, 1955-1988)
  • Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  • Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  • Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • King Felipe VI of Spain
  • King Constantine II of Greece
  • Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  • Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  • Stephan von Watzdorf

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

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

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

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

His most recent public appearance was at his own wedding to Ekaterina Malysheva, which was attended by his younger siblings and stepsiblings{Source}

Monday, July 17, 2017

Royal Profile: Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua

Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua was born 17 July 2016 as the son of Don Luis Beltrán Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and his second wife, Andra Pascual Vicens {Source}. He has two older half siblings {Source}:

His grandmother is Infanta Pilar of Spain. Not much is known about him nor does he perform public duties on behalf of his father's cousin.

Royal Profile: Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón was born 17 July 1998, the eldest son of Infanta Elena and Don Jaime de Marichalar {Source}. He has one younger sister{Source} :
 Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)

 He is in 5th line for the Spanish throne after his mother. His godparents were:

He was named:

  • Felipe: after his uncle, King Felipe VI
  • Juan: after his great-grandfather the Count of Barcelona 
  • Froilán: after the patron saint of Lugo (his parents were the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, now just his mother retains the title-his father lost it in the divorce in 2009) 
  • Todos los Santos: as it is customary among the Bourbons
He was educated mostly in Spain, and has also attended schooling in the United States. Felipe Juan Froilán attended the Santa Maria del Pilar School in Madrid {Source}. However, it has been reported that he was dismissed from the school after failing his end-of-year exams twice {Source}. He was reportedly sent a boarding school in Sussex, England to complete his education {Source}. However, it was recently reported that he graduated from Blue Ridge School in Virginia, The United States in May 2017 {Source}. In the fall of 2017, he will attend CIS College of International Studies in Spain {Source}.

His parents divorced in 2009.

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

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

Royal Profile: 70 Facts about Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

  1. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was born on 17 July 1947 as Camilla Rosemary Shand to Maj. Bruce Shand and The Hon. Rosalind Shand {Source}.
  2.  She has two younger siblings{Source}:
    1. Annabel Shand Elliot (1949)
    2. Mark Shand (1951-2014)
  3.  Mark passed away in 2014 after a fall in NYC {Source}.
  4. Through her siblings, she is a sister-in-law to{Source}:
    1. Clio Goldsmith (Mark, m. 1990-div prior 2010)
    2. Simon Elliot (Annabel, m. 1972)
  5. Through her siblings, she is an aunt to{Source}:
    1. Ben William Elliot (1975)
      1. Mary-Clare Winwood-Elliot (m. 2011)
    2. Alice Elliot-Irwin (1977)
      1. Luke Irwin
    3. Catherine Camilla Elliot (1981)
    4. Ayesha Shand (1995)
  6. She is a great aunt to the following great nephews{Source}:
    1. Otis Irwin (2005)
    2. Arthur Elliot (2012)
    3. Ike Stephen Mark Elliot (2014)
  7. She grew up in East Sussex, England {Source}. 
  8. She attended Dumbrells School and Queen's Gate School {Source}
  9. She attended finishing school in Switzerland {Source}
  10. She also attended the Institut Britannique in Paris {Source}.
  11. In 1973, she marred Andrew Parker-Bowles , with whom she has two children{Source}.
  12.  They divorced in 1995 {Source}.
  13.  Ten years after her divorce, sh married the future King of the United Kingdom in a civil ceremony on 9 April 2005{Source}. 
  14. Both of her children were married in 2005 and 2006 and have five children between them {Source}.
  15. Her two children are:
    1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowles (1974)
    2. Mrs. Laura Lopes (1978)
  16. Her children-in-law are:
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowles
    2. Mr. Harry Lopes
  17. She has two granddaughters:
    1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowles (2007)
    2. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
  18. She has three grandsons:
    1. Master Freddy Parker-Bowles (2010)
    2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
    3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
  19. She is also a stepmother to:
    1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
    2. Prince Harry of Wales (1984)
  20. She is a stepmother-in-law to:
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
  21. She is a stepgrandmother to:
    1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
    2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
  22. When her husband becomes King, it is her intention to be known as HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen Camilla {Source}.
  23. Her ex-husband, Andrew Parker-Bowles once dated her current sister-in-law, The Princess Royal {Source}
  24. She is the former daughter-in-law of  Derek Henry Parker Bowles and Ann de Trafford {Source}.
  25. She is a former sister-in-law to{Source}:
    1. Simon Humphrey Parker Bowles (1941)
    2. Mary Ann Parker Bowles(1945)
    3. Richard Eustace Parker Bowles (1947-2010)
  26. Through her first husband, she was an aunt to the following nephews{Source}:
    1. Charles Vincent Somerset Paravicini (1968)
    2. Derek Nicolas Somerset Paravicini (1979)
    3. Luke Derek Ian Parker Bowles (1978)
    4. Sam William Francis Parker Bowles (1981)
  27. Her former nieces include{Source}:
    1. Elizabeth Ann Paravicini (1970)
    2. Emma Teresa Parker Bowles (1974)
  28. She shares a birthday with Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (1940).
  29. She shares a birthday with Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1945)
  30. She shares a birthday with Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (1977)
  31. She shares a birthday with  Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
  32. She shares a birthday with  Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua(2016) (Spain)
  33. She is technically, Camilla, The Princess of Wales, but chooses not to refer to herself as that title out of respect for her stepsons and the strong association it has with their mother.
  34. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have undertaken 775 engagements together in the UK alone{Source}
  35. The Duchess of Cornwall has undertaken 832 engagements in the UK and overseas since 2005{Source}
  36. The Duchess of Cornwall has made official visits to 45 countries{Source}.
  37. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have been on 27 official overseas tours together.
  38. The Duchess has taken part in 10 incoming State Visits{Source}
  39. The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron or President of 85 charities{Source}
  40. She  is also Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen {Source}.
  41. The consort of The Prince of Wales is affiliated to 15 other organisations{Source}
  42. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are joint Patrons or Presidents four organisations.
  43. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall share affiliations to 7 other organisations, including{Source}:
    1.  The Bondi Beach Surf Bathers Life Saving Club
  44. The Duchess of Cornwall is affiliated with eight regiments in the UK and the Commonwealth{Source}
  45. The Duchess of Cornwall's official title is{Source}:
    1. Camilla,  The Duchess of Cornwall, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order The Duchess of Rothesay; The Countess of Chester
  46. She was appointed to be a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in April 2012 {Source}
  47. The Duchess also has two Foreign Orders{Source}
    1. Order of the Star of Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, 2012) 
    2.  Grand-Croix, Ordre Nationale du Mérite (France, 2014)
  48. She is a keen supporter of the arts, horses/animals,
  49. She is patron of London Chamber Orchestra {Source}
  50. Along with her husband, she is a joint patron of Georgian Theatre Royal {Source}.
  51. She is a patron of{Source}:
    1. British Equestrian Federation
    2. The Brooke
    3. The Lady Joseph Trust 
    4. Ebony Horse Club
  52. She owns two jack Russell terriers{Source}:
    1. Beth
    2. Bluebell
  53. She rescued her puppies from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London {Source}
  54. She is the daughter-in-law of:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II
    2. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
  55. During tours of Egypt and Pakistan in 2006, she visited the Brooke Hospital for Animals{Source}.
  56. Later that year, The Duchess became President of the Brooke which operates worldwide providing free veterinary treatment for horses and donkeys, and advice for their owners on how to care for them{Source}.
  57. In 2007, the consort to The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the charitable arm of the Kennel {Source}.
  58. She is also Patron of the Animal Care Trust, part of the Royal Veterinary Hospital{Source}.
  59. In October 2010, The Duchess visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where she opened the new cattery, as well as visiting some of the home’s residents{Source}.
  60. In November 2006, The Duchess became Patron of the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare {Source}.
  61. Her father died at the age of 89 in 2010 {Source}
  62. Her mother died at the age of 72 in 1994{Source}
  63. The Duchess is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab, who was prime minister of the Province of Canada before Confederation and the builder of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton{Source}
  64. She is patron of the Dundurn National Historic Site {Source}
  65. To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Duchess of Cornwall created a competition for schools in the UK, ‘Cook for The Queen’, inviting schools to submit menu suggestions which were served at a reception attended by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in June 2012 {Source}
  66. She became Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in January 2011 {Source}
  67. The Duchess of Cornwall has been Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police since 2012{Source}
  68. Both with and without her husband, some of the counties she  has visited include{Source}:
    1. Canada
    2. Papua New Guinea
    3. Australia
    4. New Zealand
    5. India
    6. Sri Lanka
    7. Mexico
    8. Columbia
    9. The United States
  69. In March 2009, with her husband, she visitied Equador and made the first-ever visit to  the Galapagos Islands to learn about the outstanding research being done to protect this unique biosphere which serves as an indicator for wider global environmental trends{Source}
  70. In April 2009, they visited the Vatican and held an audience with The Pope {Source}

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia was born on 17 July 1945 as the only son of Queen Alexandra and King Peter of Yugoslaiva {Source}.

He was baptized shortly after his birth, with the following as his godparents{Source}:

After the end of WWII, his family was illegially prevented form re-entering Yugoslavia by the communist regime {Source}. Thus, Crown Prince Alexander grew up mostly in exile in the United States, France, Italy and England {Source}.

He attended to his education in Switzerland, the United States, Scotland, and England. He attended Marie-José and Le Rosey in Switzerland, Culver Military Academy in the United States, Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Millfield School in England {Source}. Upon his final graduation, he enrolled in the British Royal Military Academy, and thus became a commissioned officer in the British Army in 1966 {Source}.

His military career lead him to become a member of the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers, rising to the rank of Captain. He toured West Germany, Italy, the Middle East and Northern Ireland{Source}. . When he left the army in 1972, he began to pursue a carreer in international business{Source}.

His father died in 1970, but Crown Prince Alexander decided not to use the title King, but made it clear that he was not renoucing his succession, title or dynastic rights to the throne{Source}. He felt that the title King of Yugoslavia meant nothing in the real world as he was in exile{Source}.

In 1991, accompanied by his second wife, and three sons, they arrived in Yugoslavia to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of Yugoslaivians {Source}. Before 5 October 2000's Siberian Revolution, Crown Prince Alexander visited Yugoslavia several times, as well as to Montenegro, Kosovo, and Bosnia{Source}. In July 2001 (on his birthday, in fact), he, his second wife and his now teenage sons moved into the Royal Palace in Belgrade{Source}.

Crown Prince Alexander has always been a very ardent defender of democracy and human rights. In 1989, he took a very active role in helping his people shake off the legacy of decades of dictatorship and the regime{Source}. During the next decade the Crown Prince Alexander conducted numerous meetings and maintained constant contact with the democratic opposition and democrats throughout the former Yugoslavia{Source}. In November 1999, Crown Prince Alexander convened a large conference in Budapest for the representatives of the Democratic Opposition in Serbia{Source}.

Crown Prince Alexander has been married twice. His first marriage was to Princess Maria da Gloria'd Orleans and Bragança, a relationship which resulted in three sons{Source}. Their sons are:

His marrige to the mother of his three sons ended in divorce in 1983{Source}. Two years later, he marred Katherine Batis{Source}.

In his free time, he likes to ski, sail, water ski, scuba dive and play tennis{Source}. In 1972, he was the British Army Ski Champion{Source}. Some of his other interests include music, theatre, information technology and current affiars{Source}.

Royal Profile: Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark

Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark was born 17 July 1940 as Marina Karella to Theodor Karella and Elly Chalikiopous {Source}.

She married Prince Michael of Greece & Denmark on 7 February 1965{Source}. Due to her being a commoner, she was not granted the title and style HRH Princess Mariana of Greece & Denmark, but the courtesy title Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark

Together, they have two daughters, two sons-in-laws, four grandsons and a granddaughter{Source}:

  1. Princess Alexandra of Greece (1968)
    1. Nicolas Mirzayantz (m. 1998)
      1. Tigran Mirzayantz (2000)
      2. Darius Mirzayantz (2002)
  2. Princess Olga of Greece, Duchess of Apulia
    1. Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia (m. 2008)
      1. Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta (2009)
      2. Prince Amadeo of Savoy-Aosta (2011)
      3. Princess Isabella of Savoy-Aosta (2012)
Her husband is the 1st cousin 1x removed of King Constantine II. While Prince Michael obtained the legal authorization to marry, he only did so after he had renounced succession rights to the now defunct Greek throne for himself and his descendants {Source}.

Mariana shares a birthday with:
  • Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1945)
  • Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
  • Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
  • Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua(2016)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 10-16, 2017


-Archduchess Helene of Austria-Este celebrated her 8th birthday on Thursday.


-King Philippe held an audience with members of Yes Europe on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited Sanoma Belgium on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the Belgian consort visited
the missing museum exhibit.  Préfiguration of a contemporary art museum for the capital of Europe {Photos}


-Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck celebrated his 33rd birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg attended the funeral of Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister on Wednesday {Source}

-Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday.


-Prince Charles-Louis d'Orléans, The Duke of Chartes celebrated his 45th birthday on Tuesday.

-Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Corwall, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester attended a viewing of the private collection of Spanish items in the Royal Collection on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Emma Kitchener-Fellowes, Lady Fellowes attended a state dinner in honor of the official visit from Spain on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

Emma Kitchener, Lady Felloews is a lady in waiting to Princess Michael of Kent

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended a reception for winners of the 2017 Queen’s Award on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they attended an official welcoming ceremony of the King and Queen of Spain whom are on an official visit to the United Kingdom and attended an evening gala {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, the royal duo attended the opening of the new headquarters of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales underwent several engagments in Wales this week{Photos}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended the UK-Spanish Business forum at Mansion House on Thursday {Photos}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a garden party  to celebrate a literacy competition that saw 70 children's books distributed to 70 schools around the UK on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended Wimbledon 2017 on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, The Countess of Wessex returned to Wimbeldon {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited RAF Coningsby to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future British monarch hosted a reception at Kensington Palace to wish the Women's England football team good luck in the UEFA Women's Cup {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended a roundtable discussion and visited the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, the younger son of th heir apparent to the British throne attended the world premiere of Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk and met with Dunkirk veterans who shared their experiences of serving in World War II {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the reopening of Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Eugenie of York hosted a birthday tea party for the only daughter of David and Victoria Beckham's 7th birthday on Monday {Source}
The party was hosted and paid for by The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and the event was considered a private affair and The Beckhams and Harper's party friends were considered guests of the York family.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended Wimbeldon on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent  attended Wimbledon 2017 on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, the Queen's cousin attended Wimbledon 2017 {Photos}


-Princess Alexia celebrated her 52nd birthday on Monday.


-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako visited an elementary school in Katagami and visited Prefectural Museum on Tuesday {Source}


-Countess Diane de Nassau celebrated her 55th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Jean de Nassau celebrated his 13th birthday on Thursday.


-Princess Marie celebrated her 42nd birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke attended Wimbeldon 2017 on Wednesday {Photos}


-Prince Albert II gave an emotional tribute to rené borghini and Esther Poggio, arrested in Monaco in July 1944 for resistance and shot on 15 August 1944 in Nice on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Louis Robert Paul Ducuruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended a "birthday party" aka a party to celebrate the 4th year of their rescue for Baby and Nepal on Monday {Photos}{Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the Summer NAMM Show Opening on Thursday {Photos}

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday.


-Princess Maria celebrated her 53rd birthday on Thursday.


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia embarked on an offical state visit to the United Kingdom on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}{Photo}

-King Felipe VI attended the UK-Spanish Business forum at Mansion House on Thursday {Photos}

-King Juan Carlos I attended Wimbeldon 2017 on Saturday {Photos}

-Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari celebrated his 1st birthday on Saturday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, Christopher Paul O'Neill, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Prince Alexander, Princess Leonore & Prince Nicholas attended events to mark Crown Princess Victoria's 40th birthday on Saturday {Photos}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia & Princess Madeleine attended the funeral ofCountess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister on Wednesday {Source}
Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister had been Queen Silvia's lady-in-waiting from 1978-2015

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 40th birthday on Friday.

-Charles Edward Ambler celebrated his 51st birthday on Friday.


-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday

Royal Profile: Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan

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

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

Like his other siblings, he takes responsiblity for Bhutan, and is often traveling to represent his elder half brother. In 2008, he was his brother's representative at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, delivering an speech, touring the festival and interacting with the festival's visitors {a festival that was most recently attended by Monégasque Royal Pauline Ducruet in 2017} {Source}. He is his brother's representative for the Bhutanese Olympic Committee {Source}.

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

Royal Profile: Princess Marie Gabriele of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie Gabriele Franziska of Liechtenstein was born as Countess Marie Gabriele Franziska Kálnoky de Kőröspatak on born 16 July 1975 as the sixth daughter of Count Alois Hugo Alexander Georg Guntram Maria Kalnoky de Korospatak and his wife Baroness Sieglinde Von Oer {Source}.

She married Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein on 14 May 1999 {Source}. Together, they have the following children{Source}:

Upon her marriage, she became Her Serene Highness Princess Marie of Liechtenstein.
She shares a name with her mother in law, Princess Marie.

She and her husband, along with their children have lived in NYC, Austria and Liechtenstein. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, she leads a very private lifestyle.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Royal Profile: Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari

Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari was born 15 July 2016 as the son of Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and his second wife, Nadia Halamandari {Source}.

He was baptized shortly after his birth and many royal relations attended the event-his great aunt, former Queen Sofia, his great aunt and uncle Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria & Hernani & Don Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria, his father's cousins María Zurita y de Bourbon, his  aunts and uncles Beltrán Gómez-Acebo, Andrea Pascual (along with her son), Bruno Gómez-Acebo y Bárbara Cano and his wife Barbara and two of their sons, Simoneta Gómez-Acebo with two of her children, and of course Nicolas's doting grandmother Infanta Pilar {Source}.

It is likely that he will lead a fairly normal life, other than get to tell people that his 2nd cousin (Infanta Leonor) is the Queen of Spain or that his father's cousin (Felipe) is the current king.

Royal Profile: Camille Gottlieb

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

She is considered one of the "lucky" ones of the royal illegitimate children. She is fully acknowledged by her mother, a princess, and is rarely hidden from family events, which over the years have included: her uncle Albert's enthronement, the circus festivals (2009,2010,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), the *NEW GENERATION* Festival (2012, 2014),Monaco Beach Soccer 2013 For Fightaids, her uncle's civil and religious wedding ceremonies, and the Louis Vuitton Cruise Line Show 2015, among other events over the years. In 2015, she took part in her uncle's 10 year succession anniversary concert and assisted her aunt and uncle and older brother with passing out Christmas gifts at the palace. So far, in 2017, aside from the circus, she has attended the "birthday party" for Baby and Nepal and the 2017 Fight Aids Monaco Gala.

She was likely named for:

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

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

Upon their return to Monaco in 2004, she continued to attend local public schools for elementary and middle school. However, it has been recently discovered, perhaps because of her media-shy father or the fact that numerous of her cousins (Princess Alexandra,and the Knecht de Massy girls) attend the school as well, she have been enrolled in Lycée François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, where she *should have*graduated last year.

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

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

Royal Profile: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born 15 July 1948 as the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's four sons {Source}.

He was educated in the UAE, England and

He began his education in the UAE at the age of 4, studying arabic and islamic studies. In 1955, he started his formal education at Al Ahmedia School. In 1958, he started attending Al Shaab School, before moving on to Dubai Secondary School. Along side his cousin, he attended the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School in the United Kingdom {Source}. After graduating from the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School,  he began studying at the Mons Officer Cadet School (which later became part of Sandhurst), before traveling to ITaly to train as a pilot.

On his return from military training to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed's father appointed him head of the Dubai Police Forceand the Dubai Defence Force, which was later to become part of the Union Defence Force. Sheikh Mohammed has been responsible for the creation and growth of a number of businesses and economic assets of Dubai, with a number held by two companies under his ownership, Dubai World and Dubai Holding.

Sheikh Mohammed has twenty-three children, from different wives; nine sons and fourteen daughters, four daughters married into royal families in the Middle East.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Royal Profile: 40 Facts about Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, The Duchess of Västergötland

  1. Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden, The Duchess of Västergötland was born 14 July 1977, and is the eldest child  of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia{Source}.
  2.  She has a younger brother{Source}:
    1. Prince Carl Phillip (1979)
  3. She also has a younger sister{Source}:
    1. Princess Madeline (1982)
  4. She has two siblings-in-law{Source}:
    1. Princess Sofia  (1984, m. 2015)
    2. Mr. Christopher Paul O'Neill (1974, m. 2013)
  5. Through her siblings, she has two nephews{Source}:
    1. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden,The Duke of Angermanland (2015)
    2. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland (2016)
  6. She also has a niece{Source}:
    1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  7. She was baptized at the Palace Church on 27 September 1977 and given the names Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée. 
  8. Her godparents are:
    1. Ralf Sommerlath (maternal uncle)
    2. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (paternal aunt)
    3. King Harald V of Norway 
    4. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
  9. The Crown Princess was confirmed in the summer of 1992 at Räpplinge church on the island of Öland {Source}
  10. She was named in honor of various relatives.
    1. Victoria: For her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Victoria of Baden & for her greatx4 paternal grandmother Queen Victoria
    2. Ingrid: for her paternal great aunt, Queen Ingrid of Denmark
    3. Alice: For her maternal grandmother, Alice Sommerlath
    4. Désirée: for her patenral aunt and godmother, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld & her ancestor, Désirée Clary, the queen-consort of Charles XIV John and a former fiancée of Napoleon I of France
  11. She was educated in Sweden, France, and the United States. 
  12. She began attending school at Västerled Parish Pre-school from 1982-84{Source}.
  13.  In the fall of 1984, she began to attend Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where she completed her junior level{Source}. 
  14. She completed her intermediate level at Ålstenskolan in Bromma and went on to pursue senior studies, following a Science and Social Studies programme, at Enskilda Gymnasiet upper secondary school in Stockholm{Source}. 
  15. She graduated from upper secondary school in June 1996. 
  16. She spent that summer gaining knowledge of foreign languages by taking trips to the US and Germany{Source}. 
  17. During the 1996-97 academic year, The Crown Princess studied French at the Centre International D'Études Françaises at the Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France{Source}.
  18.  In 1997-1998, she followed a specially designed programme in order to gain a general insight into the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Swedish Government and began academic studies in Political Science and History at Yale University in the USA in the spring of 1998{Source}.
  19. She has tried to keep her private life-boyfriends and a battle with Anorexia- away from the public eye.
  20. Because of this, we are only aware of two confirmed boyfriends. 
  21. The first was in the mid-1990s to 2001, Daniel Collert. 
  22. The second was her now-husband, Daniel Westling in 2002. 
  23. As for her eating disorder, she began suffering from Anorexia around 1996, and was confirmed in 1997. 
  24. She moved to the United States in early 1998 to study at Yale University and receive professional help for her disorder away from the media.
  25. Her engagement to Daniel Westling was approved and announced by the Swedish Courts on 24 February 2009{Source}. 
  26. She married Daniel Westling, who became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland on 19 June 2010{Source}. 
  27. On 17 August 2011, it was announced that she and Prince Daniel were expecting their first child in March of 2012. 
  28. In September 2015, they announced they were expecting their second child {Source}. 
  29. Together, they have a son and a daughter, both of whom bear the titles HRH Prince/ss of Sweden and a duchary {Source}:
    1. Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland (2012)
    2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, The Duke of Skåne (2016)
  30. She has 14 godchildren, including three future monarchs, who are:
    1. Princess Catharina-Amalia van Oranje (2003)
    2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    3. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
  31. Many of which served as bridesmaids or pageboys at her wedding in June 2010:
    1. Viven Sommerlath (1995)
    2. Giulia Sommerlath (1996)
    3. Baroness Madeleine von Dincklage (1999)
    4. Hedvig Blom (1999)
    5. Ian de Geer (2002)
    6. Léopold Sommerlath (2003)
    7. Princess Catharina-Amalia van Oranje (2003)
    8. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    9. Vera Blom (2004)
    10. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
  32. Her full list of godchildren include: 
    1. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
    2. Baroness Madeleine von Dincklage (1999)
    3. Princess Catharina-Amalia van Oranje (2003)
    4. Leopold Sommerlath (2003)
    5. Diana Engsäll (2004?)
    6. Ian Persson (2004?)
    7. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    8. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
    9. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
    10. Vivien Sommerlath
    11. Giulia Sommerlath
    12. Isabella Chloé Nilsson
    13. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland (2014)
    14. Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (2014)
  33. She speaks Swedish, English, French and German {Source}.
  34. She shares a birthday with her paternal cousin, Charles Ambler, who is 11 years her senior.
  35. Her astrological sign is cancer.
  36. She has four paternal aunts and uncles:
    1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (1934)
      1. John Ambler (1924-2008)
    2. Princess Brigitta of Hohenzollern (1937)
      1. Johann Georg, Prince von Hohenzollern (1932-2016, m. 1961, sep. 1990)
    3. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
      1. Mr. Tord Gösta Magnuson (1941, m. 1974)
  37. She has the following paternal cousins:
    1. Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
    2. Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (1963)
    3. Baron Carl Otto Silfverschiold (1965)
    4. Baroness Sybilla von Dincklage (1965)
    5. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    6. Mr. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    7. Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (1966)
    8. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)
    9. Mr. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    10. Mr. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
    11. Mr. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
    12. Mr. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnuson (1980)
  38. Crown Princess Victoria has the following paternal cousins-in-law:
    1. Heinrich Graf von Ortonburg (1956, m. 1990, d. 2002/2003?)
      Urusla Mary Shipley (m. 2001)
    2. Gunilla Maria Fredrikson (m. 2005)
    3. Hans Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng (m. 1999)
    4. Nicole Neschitsch (1968, m. 1999)
    5.  Uta Maria König (1964, m. 2000)
    6. Eckbert Bohlen und Halbach (1956, m. 2004)
  39. The future Queen of Sweden's paternal 1st cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Carl Theodor Graf von Ortonburg (1992)
    2. Friedrich-Hubertus Graf von Ortonburg (1995)
    3. Carolina Gräfin von Ortonburg (1997)
    4. Prince Nicolas Johann Georg Maria of Hohenzollern (1999)
    5. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
    6. Prince Lennart Carl Christian of Hohenzollern ( 2001-2001)
    7. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
    8. Lily Elektra Ambler(2003)
    9. Oscar Rufus Ambler (2004)
    10. Fred Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng(2004)
    11. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
    12. Princess Vivianne of Hohenzollern (2009) 
  40. She has visited the following countries in official capacity:
    1. The United States
    2. South Africa
    3. Brazil
    4. Australia
    5. China
    6. Japan
    7. Ethiopia
    8. Uganda
    9. Botswana
    10. Spain
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Turkey
    14. Malaysia
    15. Finland
    16. Japan