Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Royal Profile: Isla Philips

Isla Elizabeth Philips was born 29 March 2012 as the younger of two daughters of Peter and Autumn Philips {Source}. At the time of her birth, because her father holds no royal title and they are only distantly in line for the British throne, only an announcement was released by Buckingham Palace, without photos of the newborn {Source}. At birth, she weighed 7lbs and 4oz {Source}. She has one older sister{Source}: 
  • Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)

She is currently 14th in line for the British Throne after her father, elder sister, her grandmother, and her father's three uncles, six of her father's cousins and two second cousins {Source}.

Due to her age and distance for the Brititsh throne, it's almost safe to say that Miss Phillips will lead a fairly normal life. Little Isla made her public debut when the family gathered in Gloucestershire for a polo match in June 2012{Source}. Her christening took place in Gloucestershire in July 2012 {Source}, there was no announcement of who the godparents were. In 2016, she attended the Spring Gatcombe Horse Trials {Photos}, the Badminton Horse Trials {Photos}, the 2016 Festival of British Eventing {Photos}, the Fall Gatcombe Horse Trials {Photos}and  the Queen's annual Christmas luncheon and attended church Christmas morning with her family {Photos}

Even more recently, she  attended the Spring Gatcombe Horse Trials with her family in March 2017 {Photos}.

Isla likely started school last year, it was never announced where she is attending school {Source

Royal Profile: Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan

Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan was born 29 March 1980 as the son of King Hussein and Queen Noor {Source}. He has several half siblings, siblings, half-siblings-in-law, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
    1. Lieutenant-Colonel Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977-1988, div)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza al Hussein (1981)
    2.  Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m.1988)
      1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II (1962, half brother)
    1. Queen Rania
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma ( 2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    1. Princess Alia Tabbaa (1987-2008, div)
      1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
        1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
          1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
      2. Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan (1993)
      3. Princess Sara (1997)
      4. Princess Aisha (1997)
    2. Zeina Lubbadeh
      1. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal (2016)\
  4. Princess Zein bint Al Hussein (1968)
    1. Majdi Farid al-Saleh (m. 1989)
      1. Jaafar al-Saleh(1990) 
      2. Jumana al-Saleh
      3. Tahani al-Shahwa (adopted)
  5. Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein (1968)
    1. Zeid Saadedine Juma (m. 1990-? div.)
      1. Aoun Zeid Saad Edden Juma (1992)
      2. Muna Juma (1996)
    2. Ashraf Banayoti (2016-2016)
  6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
    1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,(m. 2004)
      1. Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2007)
      2. Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2012)
  7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
    1. Princess Rym al-Ali (1969, m. 2004)
      1. Princess Jalilah (2005)
      2. Prince Abdullah (2007)
  8. Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1981, full brother)
    1. Princess Fahdah (m. 2006)
      1. Princess Halaah bint Hashim of Jordan (2007)
      2. Princess Rayet Al Noor bint Hashim of Jordan (2008)
      3. Princess Fatima Al Alia bint Hashim of Jordan (2011)
      4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim of Jordan (2015)
  9. Princess Iman bint Hussein (1983, full sister)
    1. Zaid Azmi
      1. Omar Azmi (2014)
  10. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986, full sister)

He was educated in Jordan and England. He attended local elementary schools before attending Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in England {Source}. During his time at Sandhurst, he earned a number of prizes including the Sandhurst Overseas Sword, and The HRH Prince Saud Abdullah Prize {Source}.

He served in the Jordanian Arab Army's 40th Armored Brigade, and attended a number of miltary attachments and courses in Jordan, The UK, Poland, Germany and the United States {Source}. Currently, he holds the rank of Colonel in the Jordan Arab Army {Source}. He served with the Jordan-United Arab Emirates force operating in former Yugoslavia under the umbrella of international peacekeepers {Source}. In 2006, he graduated Harvard University {Source}. Prince Hamzah is a qualified rotor and fixed wing aircraft pilot and enjoys other sports such as Jujitsu and target-shooting {Source}.

The 37 year old has acted for his elder half brother on several occasions in both Jordan and abroad {Source}. He is chair of the Royal Advisory Committee on the Energy Sector, Honorary President of the Jordanian Basketball Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Automobile Museum, President of the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan and President of Al-Shjarah (tree) Protection Society {Source}.

Upon his father's death in 1999, his elder half-brother succeeded their father. At this time, his brother named Prince Hamzah is Crown Prince {Source}. Prince Hamzah held this title until his brother named his eldest son, Crown Prince Hussein, as his rightful heir to the throne in July 1999 {Source}.

Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan has been married twice. He was married to Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef from 2003-2009. He married Princess Basmah biani Ahamad on 12 January 2012. With his two wives, he has four daughters:

  1. Princess Noor (m 2003-2009)
    1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
  2. Princess Basmah bani Ahmad (m 2012)
    1. Prrincess Zein bint Hamzah ( 2012)
    2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
    3. Princess Badiya bint Hamzah (2016)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan

Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan was born 28 March 1974 as the daughter of Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal and his wife, Princess Sarvath El Hassan. She is a first cousin of Jordan's present King.


She began her education at Amman Baccalaureate School, before moving to England to continue her education at Sherborne School for Girls, Oxford University (where she earned a BA in History) and London School of Economics (earning a LL.M in International Law).


The Princess is a member of and has collaborated with various international organizations. Her work focuses on promoting interfaith and cross-cultural understanding, human rights and the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She is presently the Chairman of Mosaic, a mentoring program founded by Prince Charles. She married Khaled Edward Blair in 2008.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan

Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan was born 27 March 1997 as the daughter of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Alia Tabba{Source}. She has a twin sister, and two older siblings, as well as a brother-in-law, niece and younger half brother {Source}:
  1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
      1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
  2. Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan (1993)
  3. Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan (twin, 1997)
  4. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal (2016)
She attended Amman Baccalaureate School. Her uncle is the current King of Jordan.

Royal Profile: Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal of Jordan

Princess Aisha bint Al Faisal of Jordan was born 27 March 1997 as the daughter of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Alia Tabba{Source}. She has a twin sister, and two older siblings and a younger half-brother, brother-in-law and niece {Source}:


  1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
      1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
  2. Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan (1993)
  3. Princess Sara bint Al Faisal of Jordan (twin, 1997)
  4. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal (2016)

She attended Amman Baccalaureate School. Her uncle is the current King of Jordan.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: March 20-26, 2017

Austria

-Archduchess Gabriella celebrated her 23rd birthday on Sunday.

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
held an audience with a victim of the attacks of March 22, 2016 who received treatment in Belgium on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they visited a memorial for the victims of the 22 March 2016 attacks in Belgium {Photos}

-King Philippe
made a surprise visit to the #VUB for a meal and a discussion with students about their tutoring initiatives and associative life on campus on Friday {Photos}
-Queen Mathilde attended the Queen Elisabeth Music Compettion on Monday{Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crwon Princess Mary, Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}

Germany

-Princess Benedikte, Princess of Denmark, Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Carina Axelsson, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, The Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Alexander Johannsmann,  Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann & Louisa Johannsmann attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 35th birthday on Friday.

-Hereditary Prince Mortiz of Hesse & Princess Paulina of Hesse celebrated their 10th birthday on Sunday.

Great Britan


-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2017 on Saturday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited King's College Hospital to meet paramedics, support staff and those injured in the Westminster terrorist incident on Friday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Portsmouth Naval Base to name the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier jetty on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurence, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips, Michael James Tindall, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips, Isla Elizabeth Philips&  Mia Grace Tinall attended the 2017 Spring Gatcombe Horse Trials on Saturday and Sunday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales  attended a ceremony at the Embassy of Nepal to mark the conclusion of celebrations for the bicentenary of bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Nepal on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the younger son of the heir apparent visited Yes You Can, Leicestershire Aids Support Service (LASS) and the Pink Lizard  {Source}

-Princess Eugenie of York celebrated her 27th birthday on Thursday.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of a series of educational films created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges and start conversations about the well being of parents and their children on Thursday {Source}{Video}

-Prince George will attend  Thomas's Battersea School in September 2017 Kensington Palace announced on Friday {Source}

-Lord George William Carnegie celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday.

Greece

-King Constantine II, Queen Anne-Marie & Crown Prince Pavlos  attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}
Prince Richard was Queen Anne-Marie's brother-in-law, thus an uncle of Crown Prince Pavlos.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst graduation ceremony to watch Crown Prince Hussein graduate on Sunday {Photos}
Also graduating in his class was Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg.

-Queen Rania attended the Teacher Skills Forum 2017 on Saturday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein graduated from The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on Sunday{Photos}

-Princess Iman bint Hussein & Zaid Azmi Mirza celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

-Princess Sarvath el-Hassan  attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Nikolaus & Princess Margaretha, Princess of Luxembourg celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Philipp von Lattorff celebrated his 49th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst graduation ceremony to watch Crown Prince Hussein graduate on Sunday {Photos}
Also graduating in his class was Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan.

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated her 61st birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Claire Margaretha celebrated her 32nd birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Sébastien graduated from The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on Sunday {Photos}

of Luxembourg.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II received an honorary doctorate degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, he attended a closing presentation session of the White Paper on the Energy Transition of the Principality of Monaco {Photos}


-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
attended a screening of The Blackcoat's Daughter hosted by A24 and DirecTV with The Cinema Society on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Sovereign Prince's eldest daughter attended the after party for Their Finest screening hosted by STXfilms and EuropaCorp {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima & Princess Beatrix  attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrix opened the exhibition Chapeaux! Hats of Queen Beatrix at Paleis Het Loo on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday.

-Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg celebrated his 13th birthday on Tuesday.

-Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 12th birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon,Crown Princess Mette-Marit & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended a gala dinner for the President and First Lady of Iceland on Monday {Source}


-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a welcome ceremony for the President and First Lady of Iceland on Monday {Source}

-King Harald, Queen Sonja & Crown Princess Mette-Marit held an audience with the director of - Norwegian Literature abroad as well as the President and First Lady of Iceland on Monday {Source}

-King Harald V & Queen Sonja attended a honor guard and wreath laying ceremony in honor of the  President and First Lady of Iceland's official visit to Norway on Monday {Source}

-Princess Martha Louise attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}

Portugal

-Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday.

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta, Custodian of the Crown celebrated her 68th birthday on Sunday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Siliva attended a performance of the show Disguised God on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Tord Magnuson attended a luncheon with the UN envoy to Syria on Tuesday {Source}
Tord is a nephew of King Carl XVI Gustaf and took part in the luncheon as Chairman Inter Peace Sweden.

-Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine  attended the funeral of Richard, 6th Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on Tuesday {Photos}
Richard was King Carl XVI Gustaf's cousin-in-law through his cousin Princess Benedikte.

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia announced they are expecting their second child in September 2017 on Thursday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held a farewell audience with the Ambassador to Italy  and held an audience with the Croatian President on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday the Swedish monarch visited the police station in Skärholme and Karsby International School{Source}

-Queen Silvia attended Silviahemmet Great Inspiration Day on Wednesday {Source}

-Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold celebrated his 52nd birthday on Wednesday.

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Hereditary Prince Mortiz of Hesse

  1. Hereditary Prince Moritz Ludwig Georg Wolf of Hesse was born 26 March 2007 as the elder son of Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse & Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell {Source}. 
  2. The Hereditary Prince of Hesse has two siblings{Source}:
    1.  Princess Paulina of Hessse (2007, twin)
    2. Prince August of Hesse (2012)
  3. She is likely named:
    1. Moritz: paternal grandfather
    2. Ludwig:
    3. Georg:
    4. Wolf:
  4. It's likely that Moritz and his siblings live normal lives.
  5. Through his  grandmother, Princess Tatiana, he is a great nephew of the recently late Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
  6. Through his mother, he is the grandson of Hubertus Graf von Faber-Castell and Adelheid Baronin von der Leyen zu Bloemersheim.
  7. He is the paternal grandson of Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and  Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse.
  8. The young prince is the great grandson of  Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,Margareta Fouché d'Otrante, Princess Mafalda of Savoy &  Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse.
  9. Through his father, she is the nephew of:
    1. Princess Mafalda Margarethe of Hesse (1965)
      1. Enrico dei Conti Marone Cinzano (m. 1989, div before 1991) 
      2. Carlo Galdo (m. 1991)
      3. Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti (m. 2001-2014)
    2. Princess Elena Elisabeth Madeleine of Hesse (1967)
      1. Massimo Caiazzo
    3. Prince Philip Robin of Hesse (1970)
      1. Laetitia Bechtolf (m. 2006)
  10. He has the following cousins:
    1. Tatiana Marie Galdo (1992)
    2. Polissena Galdo (1993)
    3. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999)
    4. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizio Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000)
    5. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002)
    6. Princess Elena Margherita Lotti Christiane Elizabeth of Hesse (2006)
    7. Prince Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick of Hesse (2008)

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Princess Paulina of Hesse

  1. Princess Paulina Elisabeth Adelheid Tatiana Suzanne of Hesse was born 26 March 2007 as the daughter of Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse & Countess Floria Franziska Marie-Luisa Erika von Faber-Castell {Source}. 
  2. She has two brothers {Source}:
    1. Hereditary Prince Moritz of Hessse (2007, twin)
    2. Prince August of Hesse (2012)
  3. She is likely named:
    1. Paulina: her paternal greatx2 grandmother, Pauline Gräfin von Reichenbach-Lessonitz (Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg's maternal grandmother)
    2. Elisabeth: perhaps for her father's cousin, Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968)
    3. Adelheid: her maternal grandmother
    4. Tatiana: her paternal grandmother, Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg 
    5. Suzanne: unsure
  4. It's likely that Paulina and her brothers live normal lives.
  5. Through her grandmother, Princess Tatiana, she is a great niece of the recently late Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
  6. She is the maternal granddaughter of Hubertus Graf von Faber-Castell and Adelheid Baronin von der Leyen zu Bloemersheim.
  7. She is the paternal granddaughter of Princess Tatiana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and  Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse.
  8. She is the great granddaughter of  Gustav Albrecht, 5th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,Margareta Fouché d'Otrante, Princess Mafalda of Savoy &  Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse.
  9. Through her father, she is the niece of:
    1. Princess Mafalda Margarethe of Hesse (1965)
      1. Enrico dei Conti Marone Cinzano (m. 1989, div before 1991) 
      2. Carlo Galdo (m. 1991)
      3. Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti (m. 2001-2014)
    2. Princess Elena Elisabeth Madeleine of Hesse (1967)
      1. Massimo Caiazzo
    3. Prince Philip Robin of Hesse (1970)
      1. Laetitia Bechtolf (m. 2006)
  10. She has the following cousins:
    1. Tatiana Marie Galdo (1992)
    2. Polissena Galdo (1993)
    3. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999)
    4. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizio Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000)
    5. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002)
    6. Princess Elena Margherita Lotti Christiane Elizabeth of Hesse (2006)
    7. Prince Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick of Hesse (2008)

Royal Profile: Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg

Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg was born 26 March 2006 as the elder of two daughters of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau and Princess Mabel of orange-Nassau {Source}. She has one older sister:
  • Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005)
When she was 8 months old, she was christened with the following godparents:

  • Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (her paternal uncle)
  • Eveline Wisse Smit (a former Dutch hockey player and half sister to her mother)
  • Baroness Sophie von der Recke (her father's cousin)
  • Emma Bonino (presumably a friend of her parents-Emma was also a bridesmaid at her parent's wedding)

Because her father did not seek parlimentary approval before marrying her mother, she is not in line for the throne of The Netherlands. By Royal Decree of 19 March 2004, nr. 126 is determined that all children of the couple will bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. The titles are hereditary in male lineage {Source}. She is also distantly in line for the British throne, via her ancestor William the Silent (I think-if anyone knows the connection, feel free to let me know).

Due to her parents controversial marriage, she and her sister were primarily raised in London. However, since their father's accident in 2012 and subsequent death in 2013, I believe Princess Mabel has returned with her daughters to The Netherlands.


She was named:

  • Emma: for her godmother, Emma Bonino
  • Luanna: Likely a name her parents liked
  • Ninette: Not sure
  • Sophie: for her godmother, Baroness Sophie von der Recke

Royal Profile: Archduchess Gabriella of Austria

Archduchess Gabriella of Austria was born 26 March 1994 as the youngest child of Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has an older sister, two older sister-in-laws, three older brothers, three nephews and three nieces {Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
      3. Count Gabriel de Limurg-Stirum (2016)
  2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
      2. Archduchess Magdalena of Austria (2016)
  3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Arcduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina of Austria (2014)
  4. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)


She has made several appearances as a royal bridesmaid over the years. Some of the weddings include:
  • Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (2008) (her eldest sister)
  • Archduke Imre of Austria to Miss Kathleen Walker (2012) (her brother)

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, Custodian of the Crown

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, Custodian of the Crown was born on 26 March 1949 as the first child of King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania, born in exile, after King Michael was forced to abdicate in 1947, and is the Princess Heir Apparent of Romania{Source}. She is the eldest of four daughters, and has several nieces, nephews, a great nephew, and two great-nieces {Source}{Source}:
  1. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Dr. L. Robin Medforth-Mills (m. 1983-1991, div, 1942-2002)
      1. Mr. Nicholas Metford-Mills de Roumaine (1985)
      2. Miss Elisabeta-Karina Metford-Mills (1989)
    2. His Excellency Domnul Alexander McAteer Nixon (1964, 1998)
  2. Mrs. Irinia Walker (1953)
    1. John Kreuger (m. 1983-2003, div)
      1. Mr. Michael Torsten Kreuger de Roumaine (1984)
        1. Mrs. Tara Littlfield Kreuger de Roumaine (m 2011)
          1. Master Kohen Kreuger de Roumaine (2012)
      2. Mrs. Angelica-Margaretta Kreuger de Roumaine (1986)
        1. Richard Robert Knight (m 2009)
          1. Miss Courtney Kreuger de Roumaine (2007)
          2. Miss Diana Kreuger de Roumaine(2011)
    2. John W. Walker (m. 2003)
  3. Princess Sofia (1957)
    1. Alain Biarneix (m. 1998-2002, div)
      1. Miss Elisabeth-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix(1998)
  4. Princess Maria (1964)
    1. Mr. Casimir Mystkowski (m 1995-2003, div)



Princess Margareta grew up in Great Britain and Switzerland{Source}. She would also frequent Italy to visit her maternal grandmother, and visit Denmark to see her maternal grandparents {Source}. Much of her memories of Romania are based on stories and photographs she has seen over the years from her father and grandmother{Source}. She grew up learning the Romanian language from her father, starting with the Lord's Prayer {Source}.


The young princess attended schools in Italy, Switzerland, and Great Britain{Source}. She attended a French Lycée in Switzerland{Source}. Her favorite subject was Philosophy {Source}. After earning her French Bac, she spent a year residing in Italy with her grandmother{Source}. At the encouragement of her grandmother, she decided to attend university and pursue a career in the United Nations{Source}. She moved to Scotland to attend Edinburgh University, where she would earn a Masters Degree in Sociology, Political Science and International Public Law in 1974 {Source}.


From 1974-1983, she resided in Great Britain, where she worked as a research in a number of British universities, specialising in medical sociology and public health{Source}. She worked with agencies within the United Nations Organisation, in particular the O.M.S. and the United Nations Population Fund (U.N.F.P.A.){Source}. In 1983, she moved to Italy, where she had obtained a post with the UN in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.){Source}. She then became a member of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (I.F.A.D.){Source}. In August 1989, when it became clear that there were at last going to be changes in Eastern Europe, Princess Margareta left the United Nations Organisation to devote herself to the cause of Romania, working alongside her father{Source} .

The date 18 January 1990 will forever remain in the Princess’s memory, as well as the emotion she felt that day, stepping onto Romania soil for the first time, onto that up until then ''forbidden planet'' which was, in fact, her homeland. Nor will she ever forget the sadness she felt when she visited, together with her sister Sophie, orphanages and old people’s home, in which children and the aged lived in squalid conditions{Source}. .

He response to these grim realities was the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, a charitable organisation which she founded in 1990 together with her father, H.M. King Michael{Source}. Through the Foundation, the Princess set out with courage and idealism to contribute to a change for the better in the lives of the most vulnerable Romanians – old people, abandoned children, families in difficulty – and to provide extra opportunities for talented young people. Today, the Foundation can boast twenty four years of experience, good deeds and successful projects, thousands of people who have been helped, and immense capital of credibility{Source}.

Throughout the 1990s, Princess Margareta’s main concern was fund-raising for her Foundation abroad and involvement in a series of public events and engagements in which she often represented her father{Source}. In 1997 and 2002, Princess Margareta was at the King’s side during his tours of numerous European countries, as well as the United States of America and Canada, to support Romania’s integration into N.A.T.O.{Source}.

In 1994, at one of the orphanages she was visiting, Princess Margareta met Radu, now Prince Radu of Romania, who was at that time co-ordinating an art therapy project run by Ion Caramitru and supported by the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation{Source}. . The two married in 1966, spending the first years of their marriage between Romania, Switzerland, and a number of other European countries, to which they traveled to support Foundation projects, the cause of Romania at the level of international diplomatic relations, and on the occasion of the Prince’s artistic tours{Source}.

Since 2001, Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania have lived at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, and undertake public engagements in the capital, around Romania, and abroad, contributing to the successful modernisation of Romania, reconciliation with the past, and linking the country to the European and trans-Atlantic family of nations{Source}.

In 2008, the Princess experienced, alongside her parents and Prince Radu, two emotional moments: the return of His Majesty King Michael to Castle Peles, after an absence of sixty years, and the Diamond Wedding of King Michael and Queen Anne{Source}.


She serves on many boards and committees, including{Source}:


  • The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation (President)
  • Savarsin Association for Sustainable Development (President)
  • Royal Hospitality Management Foundation (President)
  • The Romanian Athletics Foundation(Honorary President)
  • The Enesco Society of London (Royal Patron)
  • The MaiMultVerde Ecological Association (Royal Patron)
  • Queen Marie Fairytale Competition (Patron)
  • The EUROPAfest International Festival (Patron)
  • The Architectural Heritage Specialist Restoration Centre (Spiritual Patron)

In her spare time, she enjoys movies, reading and photography{Source}. She is an avid animal lover. Princess Margareta likes films, reading, Interior Design, Italian cuisine and photography{Source}. She is an animal lover, enjoys swimming and other summer sports{Source}. In her youth, she practised horsemanship and played tennis and hockey{Source}. She also is a music lover {Source}.


On 2 March 2016, she became, unofficially, the head of the Royal House of Romanina after her father stepped down from public life due to illness {Source}.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Royal Profile: Dom Alfonso, Prince of Beira

Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Raphael, Prince of Beira was born 25 March 1996 as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Braganza.

At barely three months old, on 1 June 1996, he was baptized with the following as his godparents:
  • Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  • Afonso Miguel de Herédia (his maternal uncle)

He has two younger siblings:




He is presently is heir-apparent to the Portuguese throne, that is presently defunct. His full title/style is:
His Royal Highness the August and Most Serene Prince Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael, 16th Prince of Beira and by Mercy of the King D. Sebastian I, 18th Duke of Barcelos


He is reportedly currently being educated in England.

Royal Profile: Philipp von Lattorff

Philipp von Lattorff was born 25 March 1968 as the son of Claus-Jürgen von Lattorff & Countess Julia Batthyány de Német-Újvár{Source}.

He married Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein on 5 June 1999{Source}. Together, they have seven children{Source}:

  1. Lukas von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Elisabeth von Lattorff (2002)
  3. Marie von Lattorff (2004)
  4. Camilla von Lattorff (2005)
  5. Anna von Lattorff (2007)
  6. Sophie von Lattorff (2009)
  7. Maximilian von Lattorff (2011)

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis legally known as Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis was born 24 March 1982 is the middle child and second daughter of Countess Gloria of Schonborn-Glauchau and Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. She has one older sister, a brother-in-law, a niece, and a brother:
  1. Princess Maria Theresia  von Thurn und Taxis(1980)
    1. Hugo Wilson (1982, m. 2014)
      1. Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (2015)
  2. Prince Albert  von Thurn und Taxis (1983).

 When she was only 8 years old, her father died after two failed heart surgeries {Source}.

She was educated at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the 1990s. She also attended the American University of Paris.

Because of her mother's jet-set lifestyle, she and her siblings were frequent guests of Michael Jackson. After the music superstar's 2009 death, she defended his not-so stellar reputation saying that she: "Couldn't imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend"{Source}

She has frequently been featured in socialite diaries and on various Vanity Fair pieces. In 2009, she was featured in Vanity Fair's piece titled "Fortune's Children", a list that includes fellow royals Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco). {Source}.

Elisabeth "works" as a writer and a blogger. She has written for the British Catholic Herald{Source} She was Features Editor for the Finch’s Quarterly Review. She also has written for NY based Quest, Germany based Monopol.

The princess was made a Dame of the Order of Malta in 2009, in which capacity she has several times accompanied the disabled and elderly on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In her free time, she practices a form of Pilates known as "True Pilates"{Source}, and is a fan of kitesurfing & waterskiing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Lord George Carnegie

Lord George William Carnegie was born 23 March 1992 as the second son of David Carnegie, 4th Duke of Fife and Caroline Carnegie, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. He has two brothers {Source}:

  • Charles Duff Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (1989)
  • Lord Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
He shares a birthday with his distantly related cousin, Princess Eugenie of York. He is currently 70th in succession for the British throne as a greatx4 grandson of Queen Victoria through King Edward VII{Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Eugenie of York

Princess Eugenie Helena Victoria of York was born 23 March 1990 as the second daughter of The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York {Source}. She has one older sister {Source}:

  • Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)



As of 2016, she is presently 8th in line for the British Throne after her uncle, two cousins, two first cousins 1x removed, father and sister {Source}.

She was educated in the United Kingdom  {Source}. She attended the Upton House School, Coworth Park School and St. George's School, Ascot for her prepatory education  {Source}. She attended Marlborough College for her A-Levels, earning A-Levels in Art, English Literature and History of Art in 2008   {Source}. In September 2009, Princess Eugenie started a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University. Princess Eugenie graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 degree  {Source}.

In 2002, she underwent back surgery to correct a scoliosis condition  {Source}. As a result of her experience, she is keen to support others going through similar treatments {Source}.

As a member of the British Royal Family, she often takes part in charitable acts. In April 2012, Princess Eugenie agreed to become Patron of the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal  {Source}. In June 2012, Princess Eugenie was one of around 3,000 cyclists to take part in Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through London, where she raised money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation {Source}. Princess Eugenie is a Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador and a member of the Committee of the Young Marlburian Foundation  {Source}.

Princess Eugenie is pursuing a career in the art world and completed a three month cookery course in 2012  {Source}. In 2015, the young princess resided in the United States, where she worked at the online auction house, Paddle 8{Source}. After two years in the United States, she returned to the United Kingdom, where she is working at Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director {Source}.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 22 March 1972 as the third son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three brothers, three sisters-in-law, five nieces, and three nephews {Source}:

  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Berhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
    1. Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
      1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
His five godparents are:
On 24 July 2010 Prince Pieter-Christiaan was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands.


His childhood was spent at an estate nearthe Het Loo Palace. He attended to his primary educations in The Netherlands. After graduation, he began a career in the military. His military career began with enlisting in the Royal Marechaussee, where he remains a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel today. He also managed to find time to undertake a degree in LL. M. in Law at Utrecht University, which he earned in 1999.In 2003, he successfully completed a MBA in Internation Institute for Manage Development. Begining in 2004, he started working as a marketing strategist for the ICT-company Shopservices. In September 2004, he became a Lieutenant Colonel at the Operations Department of the Central Office of the Royal Marechaussee.

From 2000-2003, he resided in London and worked for Equity Capital Markets.

He married Anita van Eijk in a civil ceremony on 25 August 2005 in a religious ceremony on 27 August 2005. Since he did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, due to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, Pieter-Christiaan lost his place in the succession to the Dutch throne when he married Anita. Together, they have two children:

  • Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  • Pieter Anton Marits Erik van Bollenhoven (2008)

Royal Profile: Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold

Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold was born 22 March 1965 as the son of Niels-August Otto Carl Nicolas Silfverschiold & Princess Désirée, Baorness Silfverschiold {Source}. He has the two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a niece and two nephews{Source}:

  1. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Hans Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng (m. 1999)
      1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
      2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
      3. Fred Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng(2004)
  2. Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)
He married Gunilla Maria Fredrikson on 18 June 2005 {Source}. Together, they have one daughter {Source}:
  1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)

Royal Profile: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg was born María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla on born 22 March 1956, the daughter of José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre in Mariano, Havanna, Cuba.

During Cuba's revolution in the late 1950s, Maria and her parents left Cuba for the United States. While growing up in New York, NY, she studied at the Marymount School and took ballet, voice, skiing, water sports and ice-skating. At the age of 5, she began to study at theLycée Français de New York. At 9 years old, she and her family moved to Santander, Spain and then to Geneva, Switzerland. During the family's stay in Switzerland, she attended Institut Marie-José in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she successfully passed the French Baccalaureate in June 1975. She then attended University of Geneva, where in 1980 awarded she the degree in Political Science. While at University, she was part of a group taking care of visiting elderly in nursing homes. She has also taught catechism in a classroom of children in Geneva. His social commitment becomes a passion, continues and is growing again, after installation in the Grand Duchy.

During her youth, she kept with her family's tradition of being interested in social and humanitarian problems and having civic involvement. On 10 June 1997, she becomes Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the fight against poverty, to promote microcredit and education of girls. In the field of microfinance and more recently through the concept of Social Business, she worked for many years closely with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and in collaboration with key players in Luxembourg. In April 2007, the Grand Duchess is named "Eminent Advocate for Children", UNICEF, focusing its first Action for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.

Many sponsorships and commitments in socio-cultural and charitable organizations such as Luxembourg the Luxembourg Red Cross with the Grand Duchess took the Chair and the Cancer Foundation of which she assumes the Presidency of honor.

The Gramd Duchess has recieved numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts. In 1999, she was given an honorary doctoral degree from Seton Hall University (USA) {Source}. In 2003, she was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Leon (Nicaragua){Source}. In 2006, she was awarded with the UN's Path to Peace Award{Source}. In 2008, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malata {Source}

While at UoG, she met her future husband the Hereditary Grand Duke Henri{Source}. On Valentine's Day 1981, they were married. Together, they have 5 children, three daughters-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter. They are{Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
  2. Prince Félix of Luxembourg (1984)
    1. Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg (1985, m. 2013)
      1.  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
  3. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)


After 19 years and 9 months as the Hereditary Grand Duchess, she became the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg was born 21 March 2004 as the only son of Prince Constantjn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands{Source}. He is the only grandson of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands{Source}
He has two sisters{Source}:
  • Countess Eloise (2002)
  • Countess Leonore (2006)


He lives in Belgium{Source}. He is presently 6th in line for the Dutch throne after his three cousins, father and elder sister{Source}\ He is called 'Clausimir' by his family and the press.
He is named for:
  • Claus: his paternal grandfather
  • Casimir:distant ancestor Henry Casimir II, Count of Nassau-Dietz
  • Bernhard: paternal great-grandfather
  • Marius: maternal uncle
  • Max: father's godfather


His birth was overshadowed by the death of his paternal great-grandmother, Princess Julianna, the day before his birth.


By Royal Decree of 11 May 2001, nr. 227, it was determined that all children and male-line descendants of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands would bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. Therefore, his official title is Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Maruys Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkeervan Amsberg

Royal Profile: Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg

Princess Claire Margareta of Luxembourg was born Claire Margareta Lademacher on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany as the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher{Source} Princess Claire has one sibling{Source}:
  • Felix Lademacher
She grew up in Usingen,Hochtaunuskreis, Germany{Source}

On 13 December 2012, Claire Lademacher had been engaged to Prince Félix of Luxembourg, whom she married on September 2013{Source}. On the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Félix of Luxembourg, she became Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:
  •  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
Through her marriage, she became the daughter-in-law of Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg{Source}. She also gained the following sibings-in-law and niece and nephews{Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
  2. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  4. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)
She was educated in Germany, The USA, Switzerland, France {Source}. She attended primary school in Germany{Source}.At 11 years old, Princess Claire moved with her family to Atlanta, USA{Source}. She attended the Atlanta International School from 1996-1999{Source}. In 1999, the Lademacher family returned to Germany{Source}.There, Claire was enrolled in the Frankfurt International School{Source}. She completed her formal education at the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil", where she received the Prize of Excellency in 2003{Source}. After receiving her baccalaureate, which focused on History, English, German, Psychology and Art, Claire decided to major in International Communications at the American University of Paris{Source}. After graduating from university in 2007, she took her first steps into a professional career at the advertising department of the Condé Nast publishing house in New York and Munich{Source}.She also worked as a project manager at IMG World in Berlin{Source} At the end of 2011, Claire decided to continue her studies and begin a Masters in Bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which she received with summa cum laude{Source}.

Alongside her studies, she has been working for the Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights at UNESCO since 2009, in particular in the fields of research, event coordination and communication{Source}. Currently, Princess Claire works on her PhD on the ethical aspects of organ donation consent{Source}. As part of her studies, Claire has spent 2012 as a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.{Source}.

She speaks German, English. French and Italian (and likely at least some Luxembourgish!) {Source}.From a young age, Princess Claire has had a passion for dance{Source}. She is very athletic and enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, badminton and skiing{Source}.

She has close ties to nature and has been interested in photography and music since she was a teenager{Source}. Inspired by her parents, she takes an interest in social and cultural issues{Source}. In addition, Princess Claire has traveled widely, getting involved in humanitarian projects, in particular in Tirupur, India in the autumn of 2002{Source}.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: March 13-19, 2017

Brazil

-Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza celebrated her 33rd birthday on Wednesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited the new soundstage of Place Royale on Friday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited Gingerbread Vondelmolen on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the federation of Belgian food industry on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, he held an audience with the President of Gambia {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited Weekly Care to discuss good mental health habits of young people at the Day Care and The Exchange association on Thursday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II held an audience with the NATO Secretary General on Friday {Source}
-Crown Prince Fredrik attended an IOC Coordination Commission meeting from Monday to Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening lecture of Brain Week on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the future queen consort attended the world premiere of Jaha's Promise {Source}

-Prince Joachim officially opened the newly renovated Fjord & Belt underwater tunnel on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Marie visited National Hospital Epilepsy Clinic on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she visited Greenland as part of a conference on Autism, which she attended the rest of the week {Source}{Source}

-Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg died suddenly on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, his fueral arrangements were announced {Source}

Germany

-Prince Max Emmanuel von Thurn und Taxis & Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Prince Harry of Wales attended The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a private lunch with the Curator and Head of Royal Academy Schools, Chief Executive of Chartered College of Teaching, the Artistic Director of  English National Ballet,the Chairman of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the Group Head of Technology of BP Plc, the Vice Chairman of the British Deer Society, the National Academy Referee Coah of the Welsh Rugby Union Group, and the Technical Director of Blatchford on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited a soon-to-be opened exhibit at the  National Army Museum on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince Harry of Wales presented Operational Service medals to 154 Gurkha soldiers who served in Kabul last year protecting NATO staff on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales   toured The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano  at the National Gallery on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, the future monarch visited Wadworth Brewery{Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall met staff and volunteers from Boots UK who are taking part in the Wash Bag Project on Tuesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Malawi to see how The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust is working to end avoidable blindness and champion youth leadership this week {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, meet with soldiers and their families, attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade, & visit the Guardsmen's lunch and began a two-day official visit to France on Friday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Harry of Wales visited Epping Forest to view the Wood Pasture Restoration Project which is part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC)  on Wednesday {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the younger son of the heir apparent attended the Veterans' Mental Health Conference{Source}

Jordan

-Queen Rania visited the Design Institute Amman on Monday  {Photos}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Constantin celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Jean & Countess Diane de Nassau celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene & Princess Gabriella attended the "Saint Devote Tournament" organised by the Monegasque Rugby Federation with the support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 2017 bal de Rose on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II celebrated his 59th birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Charlene visited College Charles III as part of the « South Africa – Monaco Rugby Exchange » 2017 on Friday {Photos}

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Louis Robert Paul Ducuret & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the second leg game between AS Monaco FC and Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions Leauge on Satruday {Photos}{Photos}
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Norway

-King Harald V appointed  Stein A. Evensen to the Order of St. Olav on Monday {Source}. On Saturday, the Norwegian King attended an event at the Vikersund jump center {Source}. On Sunday, he attended the consecration of Bishop Ivar Braut in Stavanger Cathedral {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the People First! Conference and attended the World Cup Combined on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 5 year celebrations of the Stella Women's Centre on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Märtha Louise was present at the commemoration of the National revmatikerdagen at the Thief  on Wednesday {Source}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu met with the general manager of the International Festival "George Enescu on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal pair met with the newly appointed German Ambassador to Romania  {Source}.

-Crown Princess Margareta met with representatives of the "The Duke of Edinbourgh Award" Romania on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she held a meeting with the former Romanian Minister of Education {Source}

-Prince Radu held an audience with the Romanian Minister of National Defense and visited rector of the Polytechnic University on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he held an audience with the President and CEO of the Society of Financial Investment Services Dorinvest   {Source}.

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Carl Philip attended a a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of Finland Finland Park with the President of Finland on Monday {Source}

-Freiin Madeleine von Dincklage celebrated her 18th birthday on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein

Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein was born 15 March 1972 as the third son and second to youngest child of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews:
  1. Hereditary Prince Alois (1968)
    1. Princess Sophie in Bravia (married 1993)
      1. Prince Joesph Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1995)
      2. Princess Marie-Caroline of Liechtenstein (1996)
      3. Prince Georg-Antonius of Liechtenstein (1999)
      4. Prince Nikolaus Sebastian of Liechtenstein (2000)
  2. Prince Maximillian (1969)
    1. Princess Angela (Married 2000)
      1. Prince Alfons (2001)
  3. Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein (1973)
    1. Philipp Baron von Lattorff (married in 1999)
      1. Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
      2. Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (2002)
      3. Marie Teresa von Lattorff (2004)
      4. Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorff (2005)
      5. Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
      6. Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
      7. Maximilian Maria von Lattorff (2011)


On 14 May 1999, he married Countess Maria von Köröspatak and together, they have three children {Source}:
  • Prince Moritz Emauel Maria of Liechtenstein (2003)
  • Princess Georgina Maximilinan Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
  • Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hurbertus Maria of Liechtenstein (2008)

He is currently 7th in line for the throne of Liechtenstien after two older brothers and four nephews. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, he leads a very private lifestyle.