Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Albert Windsor

Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor was born 22 September 2007 as the first son of  Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lady Nicolas (Paola) Windsor {Source}

He has the following brothers:
He is the 8th grandchild of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.


He is named:

  • Albert:He is the first child to carry the name Albert since King George VI, but his parents say he is named for St. Albert the Great. 
  • Louis: for his maternal grandfather
  • Edward: For his paternal grandfather
  • Philip: in honor of St. Philip Neri

An Early Day Motion in the House of Commons welcomed the Baptism of Albert as the first Royal child to be Baptised a Catholic since 1688 {Source}.

Due to becoming Catholic, he is not in succession for the British throne. He shares a birthday with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Royal Profile: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one brother, a sister-in-law, a step-nephew and a niece and nephew{Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Haakon (1973)
    1. Crown Princess Mette-Marit (1973, m. 2001)
      1. Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (1997, Haakon's stepson)
      2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
      3. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

She grew up along side her younger brother at their parent's Skaugum Estate, with fairly normal childhoods{Source}. The young princess took part in several after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, taking part in a folk dancing troupe, and horse-riding {Source}. As a youngster, she attended local schools in Norway until 1990{Source}. In the autumn of 1990, the 19 year old Princess moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford{Source}. She later moved to Area UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper {Source}. Two years later, she returned to Norway to study at Bjørknes Privatskole before attending Oslo University College, and earning a degree in physiotherapy education{Source}. After completing her degree, she moved to The Netherlands to complete her final years of practical training, which she completed in December 1997{Source}. She qualified as a Rosen practitioner in 2000{Source}. During this time, she also pursued a career as a equestrian show jumper, often competing with Norway's National Team{Source}. She retired from show jumping completely in 2000{Source}.

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
In August 2016, She and Behn filed for divorce and they will share joint custody of their daughters {Source}.

In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:


  • Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  • The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  • The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  • Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  • The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  • The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norwegian fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norwegian television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Noah de Nassau

  1. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau was born 21 September 2007{Source}
  2. He is the younger son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and then Princess Tessy of Luxembourg{Source}. 
  3. He has an older brother{Source}:
    1. Prince Gabriel (2006)
  4. His godparents are:
    1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
    2. Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)
  5. Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendants, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. 
  6. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}.
  7.  The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .
  8. He resided in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. 
  9. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.
  10. His parents divorced in January 2017 {Source}.

Royal Profile: Julián Guillermo

Julián Jorge Guillermo was born 21 September as the son of Bernardo Guillermo and his wife Eva Prinz {Source}. He has one sister{Source}:

  1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
He is a grandchild of Princess Christina of The Netherlands. He shares a bithday with: 

  • Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001) (Monaco)
  • Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

Royal Profile: Alexia Knecht de Massy

Alexia Knecht de Massy was born 21 September 2001, the second of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}.


She has three sisters, one older and two younger{Source}:
She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the Première year (equal to 11th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. Most recently, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige){Source}, and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo {2008, being held by her father}. In 2015, she was spotted at Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations with her parents and sisters (seen hereto Charlotte Casiraghi's right, wearing pink. Her sisters Christine and Andrea are on Charlotte's other side, and Alexia is standing next to her father).


Alexia, her father and sisters remain part of the "pool" of Grimaldi descendants to inherit the throne if the current line should fail. If she were actually in line for the throne, she would be no higher than 21st place.

Like most pre-teens and teens, she is active on social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram (do not ask me for the links.).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Baroness Hélène Silfverschiöld, Baroness Silfverschiöld

Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld, Baroness Silfverschiöld was born on 20 September 1968 as the daughter of Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld and  Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld{Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    1. Maria Fredriksson (1965, m. 2005)
      1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiöld (2006)
  2. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Baron Hans de Geer af Finspång (1963, 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 Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
Baroness Hélène is likely named for:



Hélène: greek, for "shining light"
Ingeborg: is a Scandinavian feminine given name, derived from Old Norse Ingiborg, Ingibjǫrg, combining the theonym Ing with the element borg "stronghold, protection".
Sibylla: her maternal grandmother, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Not much is known about her. She occasionally attends family events like funerals and weddings. She is currently distantly in succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Royal Profile: The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles

The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles was born 19 September 1978 as the son of David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood and Margaret Rosalind Messenger {Source}. He has one older sister,and two younger brothers, as well as a brother-in-law, two nephews, and a niece {Source}:
  1. Lady Emily Tsering Lascelles ( 1975)
    1. Matthew Shard (m. 2009)
      1. Isaac Shard (2009, twin)
      2. Ida Shard (2009, twin)
      3. Otis Shard (2011)
  2.  Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (1980)
    1. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008, Alexander did not marry Leo's mother)
  3. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)
The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles works as a conservationist. He is Lord Harewood's eldest son, but in unable to inherit the title or be in succession for the British throne due to his parents not marrying until February 1979, approximately 5 months after his birth. His sister Emily is not in succession for this very reason as well. He obtained royal consent to marry from the PRivy Council in Februrary 2009, and wed Carolina Valez Robledo on 18 April 2009{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:

  • Mateo Lascelles (2013)
 His paternal grandmother was The Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King George V and Queen Mary {Source}, thus making him a 1st cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II via George V. 

Royal Profile: Albert Windsor

Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor was born 22 September 2007 as the first son of   Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lady Nicolas (Paola) Windsor...