Monday, August 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Mafalda Wilson

Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson was born 21 August 2015 as the first child of Maria Theresia Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis & Hugo Wilson {Source}.



She is the first grandchild of Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis.

Royal Profile: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born 21 August 1963 the son of King Hassan II and Lalla Latifa Hammou. He has one older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother:


  1. Princess Lalla Meryem (1962)
    1. Fuad Filali (1957, m.1984-1999)
      1. Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali (1986)
        1. Mohammed El Mehdi Regragui (m. 2013)
          1. Twin (2015)
          2. Twin (2015)
      2. Moulay Idris Filali (1988)
  2. Princess Lalla Asma (1965)
    1. Khalid Bouchentouf (m. 1986)
      1. Moulay Yazid Bouchentouf (1988)
      2. Lalla Nuhaila Bouchentouf (1992)
  3. Princess Lalla Hasna (1967)
    1. Dr. Khalil Benharbit (1959, m. 1991)
      1. Lalla Oumaima Benharbit (1995)
      2. Lalla Oulaya Benharbit (1997)
  4. Prince Moulay Rachid (1970)
    1. Oum Kalthum Boufarès (1987, m. 2014)
      1. Moulay Ahmed (2016)

He completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College and attained his Baccalaureate in 1981, before gaining a bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". He has also frequented the Imperial College and University of Rabat. Also in 1985, he was appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994.

In 1987, Mohammed obtained his first Certificat d'Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law. In November 1988, he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission.The King obtained his PhD in law with distinction on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on "EEC-Maghreb Relations". On 12 July 1994, he was promoted to the military rank of Major General, and that same year he became President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army. On 23 July 1999, he succeeded his father as king, being enthroned in Rabaton 30 July.

On 21 March 2002, he married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. . They have two children:

Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (2003)
Princess Lalla Khadija (2007)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 14-20, 2017

Belgium

-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 14th birthday on Sunday.

Denmark

-Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine began their education at Tranegårdsskolen on Wednesday {Source}{Source}
side note: Prince Christian and Princess Isabella also began school here on the same day, but were not part of the first day of school photo op with their parents and younger siblings. The twins will also be in separate classes for the school year.

-Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil  und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 14th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended  the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on Thursday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal celebrated her 67th birthday on Tuesday.

-Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor celebrated her 4th birthday on Tuesday.

-Gary Christie Lewis celebrated his 47th birthday on Tuesday.

Italy

-Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 11th birthday on Wednesday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko participated in a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the surrender of Japan during WWII on Tuesday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Prince Carl-Johan de Nassau celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday.

Norway

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 44th birthday on Saturday.

Monaco

-Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi celebrated her 32nd birthday on Friday.

Romania

-Princess Elena & Alexander Philips Nixon McAteer celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix celebrated her 19th birthday on Tuesday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI attended a memorial service for victims of the terror attack in Madrid on Friday {Photos}

Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003 as the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:


His godparents are{Source}:
  • Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
  • Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)

He began his education at age 5 in 2008, at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege.


He was named:
  • Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
  • Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
  • Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
  • Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.

He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant. He likely speaks Dutch, French and German.He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II & Queen Paola.

He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005, 2006,2008, 2013, 2014, 2015}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}. He has also attended many family photo calls {2006 Summer Holidays, 2007 Summer Holidays, 2008 Summer holidays,2009 Summer Holidays, 2012 Skiing Holiday, 2014 Skiing Holiday, 2016 Skiing Holiday}.

He is an active musician and sportsman. He plays piano. He is also an active football, bicyclist, tennis player, swimmer, skier, sailor and hockey player {Source}.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{Source}. Her parents divorced when she was young, but remarried{Source} {Source} She has a sister, and two older brothers{Source}. When her mother remarried in 1994, she gained at least a stepbrother.

The Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994{Source}.During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia{Source}. Later the Crown Princess attended Bjørknes Private School {Source}. In 1997 she took Examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College{Source}. In 2000-2002, she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo{Source}.

In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis{Source}. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues{Source}. In autumn 2008, the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012{Source}.The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues randing from social inclusion, mental health, young leadership, global health issues, entrepreneurship and environmental issues being some of them{Source}.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations{Source}.Through the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Foundation, the Crown Princess contributes to projects supporting young people at risk. On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, culture, architecture and design{Source}. Since 2001, the Crown Princess she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work{Source}. In April 2006 she was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. In this capacity she has traveled to Nicaragua, Ukraine and Mali, and on several occasions led the Norwegian delegations to the biennial International AIDS conference{Source}. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response {Source}. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum {Source}. In 2012 she became a member of the international Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community{Source}.
Her engagement to Crown Prince Haakon was announced on 1 December 2000{Source}. She was married to Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Together, they have two children, and she also has a son from a previous relationship:




The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities, physical exercise and literature{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}.

She keeps an active presence on Twitter {Follow Her}. She speaks fluent English & Norwegian at the very least.In 2012, she traveled to India to care for twins who were born to a surrogate mother of a gay palace employee who had been unable to get a travel visa to India {Source}. In the 2011 Norway shooting, her stepbrother was killed {Source} The Crown Princess did not attend his funeral {Source}. No official reason for her not attending was given, but it's likely due to not wanting to make one loss bigger than the others. The Crown Princess did however attend a memorial service for ALL of the victims.She is known for a fear of flying {Source}.In February 2012, she and Crown Prince Haakon were forced to evacuate their commercial flight when it ran into mechanical trouble {Source}.In May 2013, she gave a speech at the The 2013 Impact Awards {Source}
She is a patron of{Source}:

  1. The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
  2. Amandus Film Festival
  3. Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
  4. Risør Festival of Chamber Music
  5. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
  6. The Norwegian Design Council
  7. The Norwegian Red Cross
  8. The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
  9. Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
  10. Oslo International Church Music Festival


She is godmother to:

  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
  • Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
  • Emma Tallulah Behn (2008) (her niece by marriage)



Due to the Succession Act of Succession of 1990, her daughter (and oldest child) will one day be Crown Princess and eventually Queen regent of Norway.
She has been a recipient of orders and decorations from {Source}:



  1. Austria
  2. Brazil
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Estonia
  5. Finland
  6. Italy
  7. Japan
  8. Lithuania
  9. Luxembourg
  10. The Netherlands
  11. Norway
  12. Poland
  13. Portugal
  14. Spain
  15. Sweden

Friday, August 18, 2017

Royal Profile: Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi

Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi was born 18 August 1985 as the youngest child of Don Carlo Ferdinando Borromeo, Count of Arona  and his long-time companion, Countess Donna Paola Marzotto {Source}. She has an older brother, and three older half-sisters, as well as a sister-in-law, and several brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews:

  1. Donna Isabella Brachetti Peretti (1975)
    1. Count Ugo Brachetti Peretti
  2. Donna Lavinia Elkann (1977)
    1. John Elkann (1976, m. 2005?)
      1. Leone Mosé Elkann (2006)
      2. Oceano Noah Elkann (2007)
      3. Vita Talita Elkann (2012)
  3. Carlo Ludovico Borromeo (1982)
    1. Marta Ferri Borromeo (1984, m. 2012){Source}
  4. Donna Matilde Borromeo, Princess von Fürstenberg (1983)
    1. Prince Antoinius von Fürstenberg (1985, m. 2011)
      1. Prince Karl von Fürstenberg (2011) 
She was educated in Italy and the United States. She received a bachelor of laws from Bocconi University in 2010. She also received a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University Journalism School in May 2012{Source}. 

She previously did some teen modeling for several fashion houses, mostly Italian houses like Valentino and Gucci. She now works as a journalist in Italy. She has done articles for publications such as  Newsweek and The Daily Beast and has worked as a full-time reporter for Il Fatto Quotidiano.

She first came into the press spotlight in 2008, when she first began dating Pierre Casiraghi. The pair dated for several years before becoming engaged and eventually getting married in 2015. Together, they have one son:

  • Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi (2017)
In November 2015 she was sanctioned Special Envoy for Human Rights for F4D. She considered herself in 2005 "atheist and leftist".[16]

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Royal Profile: Princess Luisa of Savoy

    Princess Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria of Savoy is the younger of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and was born 16 August 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland{Source}.

    She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Vittoria, who was born in 2003 {Source}.

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

    Royal Profile: Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

    Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 16 August 2003 in Denmark, the daughter of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. She has one older brother{Source}:

    Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
    She was christened in Germany in December 2003, with the following as her godparents {Source}:
    She is named for:

    • Ingrid: For her maternal great-grandmother Queen Ingrid of Denmark
    • Alexandra: For her mother, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
    • Irma: no idea (an educated guess: her paternal great grandmother or just a name her parents liked?)
    • Astrid: her paternal grandmother
    • Benedikte: Her maternal grandmother

    She is not a member of the Danish Royal Family, does not perform any official duties nor is in line for the throne due to her mother not being raised in Denmark per her great-grandfather's requirements. However, she is distantly in line for the British throne and related to most of Europe's present monarchs. She resides in Paris with her mother, father and brother. She likely speaks French, Danish and German.

    She does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013, she is the one in the white dress with the blue dots, 2014 seen here in front of her grandmother and great-aunt in white shortsand in 2015, she is seen wearing orange with her brother and younger 2nd cousin, Prince Vincent . Most recently, in 2016, she is seen standing with her mother behind Crown Prince Fredrick, going for the "casual look") and official family events (such as the christening of her 2nd cousin Prince Henrikand wedding of her maternal aunt and godmother), but other than that she does not perform any official duties or functions for the Danish monarchy and little is known about her. She most recently attended the funerl of her maternal grandfather in March {Photos}

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Royal Profile: Maud Windsor

    Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor was born 15 August 2013 as the eldest daughter of Lord Frederik Windsor and Sophie Winkleman {Source}. She has a younger sister:

    She was named for:

    • Maud: Princess Maud of Wales, who was her great x2 aunt
    • Elizabeth: Queen Elizabeth II
    • Daphne: her maternal great grandmother
    • Marina: her paternal great grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece & Denmark, The Duchess of Kent


    She was baptized at St James Palace in December 2013 and has Princess Eugenie of York among her godparents {Source}.

    Currently, she is 47th in line for the British throne. It's likely she will grow up to lead a normal life.

    Royal Profile: Elisabeta-Maria Biarneix de Roumanie

    Elisabeta-Maria Bianca Elena Biarneix de Roumanie was born 15 August 1998 as the daughter of Princess Sophie of Romania & Alain Michel Léonce Biarneix.

    She has no known siblings and her parents divorced when she was only two years old. She grew up in France with her mother.

    She is currently fifth in succession for the defunct Romaninan throne, after her two aunts, cousin and mother.

    She is considered a private person so not much is known about her. It's likely she leads a fairly normal life, and speaks English, Romanian and French. She likely recently took the French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate exam.


    On Saturday, 13 August 2016, she attended the funeral service of her grandmother, Queen Anne of Romania {Photos}.

    Royal Profile: Gary Christie Lewis

    Gary Christie Lewis was born 15 August 1970, the 2nd of 4 children, with an older sister and two younger brothers, is the son of Larry Lewis & Viki Carr {Source}.

    He was previously married and has a son from that relationship, Ari {Source} He married Lady Davina Lewis on 31 July 2004 at the Chapel at Kensington Palace {Source}. They met while they were both on vacation in Bali in 2000-she was recovering from her university studies in the US, while he was on a surfing holiday {Source}. Before their wedding ceremony, thirty members of his family were treated to a London sight seeing tour by The Duchess of Gloucester  {Source}. After their wedding ceremony, the couple moved to New Zeland, anticipating a stay of six months-that was 11 years ago {Source}. Together, they have two children:


    Like his wife, he does not carry out any official functions on behalf of the Queen. However, they are invited to family events, such as weddings (they attended THE Royal Wedding of 2011), funerals (Seen here in 2005 at Princess Alice's funeral), and other low-key events such as the Gatcombe Horse Trials (2012). In 2005, they were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks {Source}. Other than this, they tend to live fairly normal lives.

    He is the son-in-law of The Duke and Duchess of Glouchester.

    Royal Profile: The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal

    The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal was born 15 August 1950, the second child and only daughter of The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II {Source}.
    She has three brothers, two sisters-in-law, two former sisters-in-law, three nephews, three nieces, a niece in law, a great nephew, a great niece, and several step nieces and nephews{Source}:

    1. The Prince Charles Arthur Phillip George of Wales(1948)
      1. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997, m 1981-1996)
        1. Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
          1. Catherine Elizabeth, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
            1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
            2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
        2. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales (1984)
      2. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947, m. 2005)
    2. The Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, The Duke of York (1960)
      1. Sarah, Duchess of York (1959, m. 1986-1996, div)
        1. Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)
        2. Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York (1990) 
    3. The Prince Edward Anthony Richard Louis, The Earl of Wessex (1964)
      1. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1964, m. 19999)
        1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
        2. James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (2007)
    In October 1950 at two months old, she was baptized Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor {Source}. The following as godparents:

    The Queen--later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (her maternal grandmother) (where Elizabeth likely comes from)
    The Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (her paternal aunt) (Princess Margarita)
    Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark (her paternal grandmother) (where Alice comes from likely)
    The Earl Mountbatten of Burma (her paternal granduncle) (Louis)
    The Hon. and Rev. Andrew Elphinstone (her mother's cousin, her 1st cousin once removed)She was named:

    • Anne: likely a name her parents liked
    • Elizabeth: For her maternal grandmother (and godmother) and mother
    • Alice: For her paternal grandmother
    • Louise: for her great-great-great aunt, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria
    Her schooling began in a small class with her brother at Buckingham Palace, shortly after her mother succeeded the throne{Source}. At the age of 12, she spent time privately being educated in France {Source}, before she attended Benenden School, Kent {Source}.

    She was engaged with Lieutenant (later Captain) Mark Phillips of The Queen's Dragoon Guards was on 29 May 1973 {Source}. They were married in Westminster Abbey on 14 November 1973 {Source}. They were divorced in 1992{Source}. She remarried in December 1992 to  Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence at a private ceremony at Crathie Church, near Balmoral Castle in Scotland {Source}.
    The Princess Anne has two children, two children-in-law and three grandchildren {Source}:
    1. Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (1977)
      1. Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips (1978, m. 2008)
        1. Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips (2010)
        2. Isla Elizabeth Phillips (29 March 2012) 
    2. Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall (1981)
      1. Michael James Tindall (1978)
        1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
    Her godchildren are:
    • Philip, Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1970)
    • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, (1973)
    • Miss Alice McVitti e(1976)
    • Prince Peter of Yugoslavia (1970)
    • Miss Lucy Margot Therese Cameron (1980)
    • The Lady Eloise Anne Elizabeth Anson (1981)
    • Miss Kelly Louise Doreen Knatchbull (1988)

    Four months after her first marriage, there was an unsuccessful abduction attempt made for her {Source}. She and her husband had been headed back to Buckingham Palace after attending a charity event when the event took place {Source}. Her Royal Protection Officers sprung into action, and one was shot and wounded trying to prevent the abduction {Source}, for his heroic efforts, he was awarded the George Cross {Source}.

    Traditionally, the eldest daughter of the monarch is awarded the title The Princess Royal, as the eldest son is The Prince of Wales, but there may be only one holder of the title The Princess Royal at a time. At the time of her mother's succession, The Princess Anne's great-aunt The Princess Mary, Princess Royal ,Countess of Harewood, was holding the title, but The Princess Mary died in 1965. Twenty-two years after the death of her great-aunt, her mother decided that The Princess Anne deserved the title, she was awarded the title in June 1987 {Source}. From June 1987 to 1992, she has been known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs Mark Phillips. Today, she is known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs. Timothy Laurence. Prior to her marriages and receiving the title Princess Royal, she had been known as Princess Anne of Edinburgh (before her mother's succession) and The Princess Anne (after the succession). She is the 7th holder of the title since the title was begun by her distant relative, Charles I for his daughter Princess Mary.

    At the age of 18, she began to take on solo engagements, maintaining a very busy working schedule since {Source}. She first flew her personal standard in 1969, when she opened an educational and training centre in Shropshire{Source}. Her first official state visit took place in May 1969, when she accompanied her parents on a visit to Austria {Source}. She maintains a very busy schedule of meetings, patronage visits and other public appearances. She is president of several organizations, some of her most notable duties are{Source}:

    • The Save the Children Fund (President, 1970)
    • The Princess Royal's Trust for Carers, Transaid and Riders for Health
    • Transaid
    • Riders Health
    • The International Olympic Committee

    She began riding horses at a young age, and like her mother, it became a great passion for her {Source}.She was a regular participant at in the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley and the Badminton Horse Trials{Source}.In 1971, she won the individual 3-day event at Burghley, and was nominated Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association, the Daily Express newspaper and World Sport (the journal of the British Olympic Association){Source}. She was also voted the BBC's Sports Personality of 1971{Source}. In 1973, she won silver during the same contest in Germany, and was a member of the British team in the European Three-Day Event Championships in Kiev, Urkraine (then part of the USSR){Source}.In 1976, she participated in the Olympic Games, which led to her being president of the British Olympic Association for five years from 1983-1988 {Source}. In 1986, she was selected to succeed her father as president of the International Equestrian Federation (IEF), a post which she has since relinquished{Source}. In 1988, she became one of two British members of the International Olympic Comittee{Source}. In addition to being involved with the sport, she is involved with numerous charities which provide veterinarian care, help for disabled riders (most notable is her president of Riding for the Disabled since 1969) {Source}.

    She wrote a book about her equestrian career and love of horses titles Riding Through My Life. Presently, the title is out of print, but you might be able to obtain a used copy via amazon.com.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 7-13, 2017

    Brazil

    -Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza celebrated her 62nd birthday on Friday.

    Belgium

    -King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel . Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore attended the 2017 Salzburg Festival on Saturday {Source}

    Denmark

    -Crown Prince Fredrik visited the Aarhus International Sailing Center on Thursday {Source}

    -Princess Athena began school at level 0 at Sct. Joseph Søstrenes Skole on Friday {Photos}.
    Also starting school this year are Princess Athena's cousins, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine, who will attend level 0 at Tranegårdskolen, where their older siblings attend, in the level 4 and level 6 respectively.

    Germany

    -Ferdinand Heinrich Emich Christian Karl, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen celebrated his 35th birthday on Tuesday.

    Greece

    -Prince Achileas-Andreas celebrated his 17th birthday on Saturday.

    Great Britain

    -Princess Beatrice of York celebrated her 29th birthday on Tuesday.

    -Timothy Taylor celebrated his 54th birthday on Tuesday.

    Jordan


    -King Abdullah II, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Prince Hashem, Princess Iman & Princess Salma attend Crown Prince Al Hussein’s graduation ceremony from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday {Video}{Photos}

    -King Abdullah II visited the West Bank on Monday {Source}

    -Princess Rahma bint El Hassan celebrated his 48th birthday on Sunday.

    Luxembourg

    -Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stephanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Louis & Princess Alexandra attended the graduation ceremony of Prince Sébastien from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on Friday {Photos}

    The Netherlands

    -King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane attended the funeral of Jorge Zorreguieta on Thursday {Source}
    Zorreguieta was Queen Maxima's father, and grandfather to her three daughters he died on Tuesday at the age of 89 from lymphoma and a respiratory infection. Queen Maxima had been at his side since last week, the girls and their father joined her in Argentina on Thursday afternoon.

    -Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau celebrated her 49th birthday on Friday.

    Spain

    --King Felipe VI held an audience with the President of Spain on Monday {Photos}

    -Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón celebrated his 44th birthday on Wednesday.

    Sweden

    -King Carl XVI Gustav & Queen Silvia attended the King Scouta's summer camp Jamboree17 on Friday {Source}

    -Queen Silvia visited IKEA on Friday {Photos}

    Thailand

    -Queen Sirikit celebrated her 85th birthday on Saturday.

    Royal Profile: Princess Rahma bint El Hassan of Jordan

    Princess Rahma bint El Hassan of Jordan was born 13 August 1969 as the eldest child and daughter of Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan and her mother is Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews {Source}:

    1. Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan (1971)
      1. Nasser Judeh (m. 1993?, div. 2007)
        1. Tariq El Sharaf Judeh (1994) 
        2. Zein El Sharaf Judeh (1994)
        3. Ali Judeh (1996)
        4. Sukayna Judeh (1998)
    2. Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan (1974)
      1. Khaled Edward Blair (m. 2008)
        1. Ali Blair
    3. Prince Rashid bint El Hassan of Jordan(1979)
      1. Zeina Shaban (m. 2010)
        1. Prince Hassan bin Al-Rashid of Jordan (2013)
        2. Prince Talal bin Al-Rashid of Jordan (2016)

    She was educated at various schools, primarily in England. Some of her education included{Source}:


    • International Community School (Jordan)
    • Sherborne School for Girls (England)
    • University of Cambridge (BAHons in Oriental Studies, 1991)
    • University of Cambridge (MPhil in International Relations, 1992)


    In July 1997, she married Alaa Batayneh. They have two children together{Source}:

    • Aysha El Batayneh (born 2002)
    • Arif El Batayneh (born 2006)


    She served as director for the Amman Regional Office for the Foundation for Interrlegious and Intercultural Research Dialogue {Source}. She is honorary president of the Yarmouk University Alumni Club{Source}. She has been a member of the international board of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme since 1997{Source}. She is president of the Princess Rhahma Association for Heritiage Revival and Jordanian Gymnastics {Source}.

    She is a recipient of many awards over the years{Source}. She received the Grand Cross of the Order of Independence of Jordan and the Grand Cross of Orange-Nassau from the Netherlands (2006){Source}.
    She is a first cousin of the present King of Jordan.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Royal Profile: Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark

    Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark was born 12 August 2000 as the 3rd child ofCrown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in New York, NY USA {Source}. The teenager has four siblings:

    1. Princess Maria Olympia of Greece & Denmark (1998)
    2. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
    3. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
    4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
    His christening took place at the Greek Cathedral of Saint Sophia in London and his godparents were:


    • Infanta Elena of Spain (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
    • Princess Theodora of Greece (paternal aunt)
    • Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
    • Prince Kardem of Bulgaria
    • Princess Rosario of Bulgaria
    • Prince Alexandre von Furstenberg

    He has resided both in the US (in Los Angels and NYC) and in London with his family. As the family is defunct, little is known about him. However, he is presently in line for the British and Greek (defunct) thrones after his father and brother.

    Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, he still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, he attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with his paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, he attended his new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, he participated in part of the family's appearances inVanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, he was in Greece to attend his uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, he was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos}.

    It is really unknown where he attended/attends school. It's likely he speaks English and Greek.

    He is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. He is presently 5th in line for the Greek throne after his father and brothers.

    He is related to the following monarchies:


    Royal Profile: Queen Sirikit of Thailand

    Queen Sirikit of Thailand was born 12 August 1932 the eldest daughter and the third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the son of Prince Kitiyakara Voralaksana, and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her name, which was given by King Prajadhipok, means "the Greatness of Kitiyakhon".

    She had three siblings; two elder brothers and a younger sister:

    • Prof. Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, M.D. (1929-1987)
    • Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara (1930-2004)
    • Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara (1934)


    Sirikit was raised by her maternal grandparents for a year after her birth, as her father went to United States to work as the secretary of the Siamese Royal Embassy at Washington D.C. Her mother joined her husband three months later. When she was one year old, her parents returned to Thailand. Sirikit lived together with her family in Deves Palace, near Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.

    As a child, Sirikit often had outdoor visits with her paternal grandmother. Once in 1933, she traveled with Princess Absornsaman Devakula following King Prajadhipok's tour in Songkla.

    At age 4, Sirikit attended the Kindergarten College at Rajini School. She studied until her first year at the primary level. During that time the Pacific War was being fought; Bangkok was attacked many times, thus making travel unsafe. She then moved toSaint Francis Xavier Convent School, because it was near the palace. She studied at that school from her second year at the primary level to the secondary level.
    In 1946, when the war ended, her father moved to the United Kingdom to work as the ambassador to the Court of St. James's, taking his family with him. At that time, Sirikit was 13 and had graduated the secondary level. While staying in England, she learned to play the piano and learned English and French. Because of her father's work as an ambassador, she and her family moved to various countries, including Denmark and France. While living in France, she studied at a music academy in Paris.

    Also while in France, Sirikit met King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who at that time had ascended to the throne and had been studying at Switzerland. Both the king and Sirikit (as well as a few other students) were staying at the Thai Royal Embassy in Paris. Sirikit accompanied the king as he visited various tourist attractions. Both the king and Sirikit found much common ground on their likes and dislikes and thus began a relationship. A quiet engagement in Lausanne followed on 19 July 1949, and the couple married on 28 April 1950, just a week before his coronation.The marriage took place at Srapathum Palace. Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother presided over the marriage ceremony. Both the king and Sirikit signed on line 11 of their certificate of marriage (ทะเบียนการสมรส.) As she was not yet 18, her parents also signed, on line 12 directly under her signature. Reproductions of the certificate are popular as souvenirs, and may be found by searching for its common name, "ใบสมรส สิริกิติ์". She later received the Order of the Royal House of Chakri, and became queen. After the coronation ceremony on 5 May 1950, both went back to Switzerland to continue their studies, and returned to Bangkok in 1952.

    When the king undertook a period of service as a Buddhist monk in 1956 (as is customary for all Thai Buddhist males), Queen Sirikit became regent. She performed her duties so satisfactorily that she was made queen regent and given the style of "Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat" by her husband on his birthday, 5 December 1956. Upon this inception, she became the second Siamese queen regent.

    The couple has 4 children; 3 daughters and a son:




    Queen Sirikit published the book In Memory of my European Trip in 1964, which described her time in Europe with the king. It was this book that made the people realise that she was a talented writer. Moreover, she composed many songs for performing with The Handsome Band, the music band of the palace.

    The songs she composed were:

    • Chao Chom Kwan (เจ้าจอมขวัญ)
    • Thas Ther (ทาสเธอ)
    • Sai Yud (สายหยุด)
    • Nang Yam (นางแย้ม)




    Queen Sirikit is well known for her charitable work, where she is the honorary president of the Thai Red Cross, a post she has held since 1956. She gained new prominence in this role in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in southern Thailand in December 2004. She has also been active in relief work for the many refugees from Cambodia and Burma in Thailand.

    Many things in Thailand have been named after the Queen:

    • The Queen Sirikit Medical Center building, Ramathibodi Hospital
    • The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, a new 10 storey hospital in Bangkok
    • the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok
    • the Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok
    • the Sirikit Dam on the Nan River, Uttaradit Province
    • the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Chiang Mai Province
    • the Queen Sirikit Arboretum Garden, Pathum Thani Province
    • the Queen Sirikit Cup, an annual Asian-Pacific golf Teams Event
    • the Queen Sirikit Crab (Thaiphusa sirikit)
    • the Queen Sirikit Rose
    • the Queen's Cup, annual football competition




    The queen is also active in promoting Thai culture and history, mainly because of her initiative in the making of the Thai movie The Legend of Suriyothai, one of the most lavish and expensive Thai movies ever made.

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Royal Profile: Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau

    Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau was born Mabel Martine Los on 11 August 1968, the daughter of Hendrik Cornelis "Henk" Los (1944-1978) and Florence Malde Gijsberdina "Flos" Kooman (1944), and the stepdaughter of Peter Wisse Smit (1939-2000) {Source} When her mother remarried when she was 16 years old, she and her sisters took their stepfather's last name thus, she became Mabel Martine Wisse Smit{Source}. She has two younger sisters{Source}:

    1. Nicoline Wisse Smit (1970) {Source}
      1. First husband
        1. Lotte (age 17)
      2. Robert Jan (m. 2015)
    2. Eveline Wisse Smit (1982){Source}
      1. Husband (m. 2011)


    Mabel met her future husband through his sister-in-law and her good friend, Princess Laurentien in 2000{Source}. The pair dated for three years, mostly long distance, before Prince Friso popped the question during a trip to Mexico {Source}. Their engagement was announced by then Queen Beatrix on 30 June 2003{Source}. They were married on 24 April 2004{Source}.After announcing the engagement of Prince Friso with Mabel in June 2003, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wrote in a letter to parliament that Mabel Wisse Smit had given "incomplete and incorrect information" about the duration and extent of her contacts with known drug lord, Klaas Bruinsmaand that because of this, the government had decided not to seek permission for the marriage from parliament{Source}.

    Together, they have two daughters:

    • Countess Emma Luanna Ninette Sophie, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005)
    • Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)


    In February 2012, her husband was in a skiing accident that left him in a vegetative state since {Source}. In November 2012, he showed small signs of improvement as he woke up, looked at her, smiled and returned to sleep {Source}. On 12 August 2013, he died due to complications from his injuries in the accident {Source}.

    Princess Mabel gained her VWO (pre-university education) exam at the Gemeentelijk Gymnasium in Hilversum in 1986. She studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam, graduating in 1993 {Source}. Princess Mabel attended the International Human Rights Law Summer School at the University of Oxford in 2001 {Source}. She also attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century executive education programme at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008 {Source}.During her university years, she also finished internships at the United Nations, Shell, ABN AMRO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs {Source}.During her university years, she showed special interest in human rights situations around the world, and later specialized in Balkan diplomacy and international relations {Source}. She speaks several languages, including:

    • Dutch
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French

    Princess Mabel is a co-founder of European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans, a position in which she served as Executive director from 1993-1997 {Source}.In 1995, she was a co-founder of War Child Netherlands in 1995{Source}.In 1997, she was appointed as a director of EU Affairs of the Open Society Institute in Brussels {Source}. From 2002-2008, she served as a International Advocacy Director for the London office of Open Society Institute. She was selected as one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.She is a member of the worldwide Forum of Young Global Leaders, a thinktank and lobbygroup that aims to tackle global issues. The Princess is a founding member of the European thinktank called European Council on Foreign Relations{Source}. From 2008-2012 she was the 1st CEO of The Elders {Source}. Princess Mabel is patron of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN){Source}.From 2003 to 2007 the Princess was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe{Source}. She is active in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting international criminal law, including the creation of the International Criminal Court in 2002{Source}.

    Since her marriage, Mabel Wisse Smit may use the courtesy titles of Princess of Orange-Nassau, Countess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. Van Amsberg. Her official courtesy title is HRH Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, Countess of Orange-Nassau, Mrs. Van Amsberg{Source}.She was not legally created a princess, but received courtesy titles due to her marriage, since it is customary for wives of members of the royal family to take the titles of their husbands{Source}.It was decided that their children each would receive the titles of Count or Countess of Orange-Nassau and Jonkheer or Jonkvrouw van Amsberg. Professionally uses the name Mabel van Oranje{Source}.

    For her brother-in-law's investiture in April 2012, she wore a black dress with a white sleeve from her wedding dress to signify that she was in mourning for her husband but had hope for the new monarchy{Source} {Photo}. Her wedding dress reportedly took 600 hours to make for Dutch designers Victor & Rolf {Source}.

    She is active in social media, mostly on Twitter campaigning for rights and causes{Follow her}. She has campaigned for Gay Rights {Source}. And heads up, if you tweet her "happy birthday", she'll probably like your post.

    Prior to her husband's death, she resided in London with her family, however, I believe since his death she has returned to The Netherlands and lives with Princess Beatrix. During the summer months of 2013, she and her family with Princess Beatrix at Huis ten Bosch {Source}. She spent many months living in seclusion with her girls after her husband's accident. She re-emerged onto the Dutch society for a concert in London by the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with her sister-in-law {Photo}. Since her husband's accident, she has seemingly grown close to her mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix.

    Royal Profile: Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza

    Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza was born 11 August 1955 as as Princess Christine de Ligne the daughter of Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne & Princess Alix of Luxembourg {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews{Source}:
    1. Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne (1951)
    2. Princess Elenora of Ligne (1953, m. 1981)
      1. Princess Alix de Ligne, Countess de Dampierre (1984)
        1.  Count Guillaume de Dampierre (m. 2016)
      2. Prince Henri de Ligne (1989)
    3. Prince Wauthier de Ligne (1952)
      1. Regine Gräfin von Renesse (1955, m. 1976)
        1. Prince Philippe de Ligne (1977)
          1. Jonkrouwe Laetitia Rolin (m. 2008)
            1. Prince Jean-Charles de Ligne (2010)
            2. Princess Alienor de Ligne (2012)
        2. Princess Melanie-Yolande of Ligne (1979)
          1. Paul Weingarten (m. 2011)
            1. Felix Weingarten (2013)
        3. Princesse Elizabeth-Eleonore de Ligne(1983)
          1. Baron Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy (m. 2005)
            1. Baroness Marguerite Gillès de Pelichy
            2. Baron Antoine Gillès de Pelichy (2006)
            3. Baron Charles Gillès de Pelichy (2008)
            4. Baroness Philippine Gillès de Pelichy (2010)
    4. Princess Anne-Marie de Ligne (1954)
      1. Oliver Motgat (m. 1981)
        1. Laure Mortgat (1983)
        2. Isabelle-Marie Mortgat (1985)
    5. Princess Sophie de Ligne (1957)
      1.  Philippe de Nicolay, Comte de Nicolay (1955, m. 1982)
        1. François de Nicolay, Comte de Nicolay (1989)
        2. Guy de Nicolay, Comte de Nicolay (1993)
    6. Prince Antoine de Ligne (1959)
      1. Comtesse Jacqueline de Lannoy (1966, m. 2001)
        1. Prince Louis de Ligne (2003)
        2. Prince Marie de Ligne (2004)
        3. Prince Florence de Ligne (2006)
    7. Princesse Yolande de Ligne (1964)
      1. Hugo Townsend (1945, m. 1994)
        1. Marie Townsend (1995)
        2. George Townsend (1997)
        3. James Townsend (1998)
        4. Bartholomew Townsend (2001)
    She married Prince António of Orléans-Braganza,on 25 September 1981 {Source}. Together, they have the following children, children-in-law and grandchildren {Source}:
    1. Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza (1983-2009)
    2. Princess Amelia of Orléans-Braganza, Mrs. James Spearman (1986)
      1. James Alexander Spearman (m. 2014)
        1. Alexander Spearman (2016)
    3. Prince Rafael of Orléans-Braganza(1986)
    4. Princess Maria Gabriela of Orléans-Braganza(1989)

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Royal Profile: Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón

    Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón was born 9 August 1973 as the elder of two children of The Infanta Margarita of Spain, The Duchess of Soria & Hernani and Don Don Carlos Zurita y Delgado, The Duke of Soria & Hernani {Source}. He has one younger sister{Source}:

    • Dona Maria Sofia Zurita y de Borbón (1975)

    Don Alfonso is a younger cousin of King Felipe VI and nephew of King Juan Carlos of Spain.

    Due to current succession laws restricting the monarchy to just the descendants of King Juan Carlos, Don Alfonso is not in succession for the Spanish throne, however, he is in distant succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.

    Royal Profile: Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary, Duchess of Oldenburg

    Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary, Duchess of Oldenburg was born 22 August 1972 as the daughter of Johann Frie...