Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 17-23, 2017


-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 13th birthday on Thursday. 


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este attended a pre-national day concert on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Élisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess  Eléonore attended events to mark Belgian's National Day on Friday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant visited Tomorrowland 2017 on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Laurent, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este & Princess Claire attended a festival in a park in honor of Belgium's National Day celebrations on Friday {Video}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the summer exhibits at the palace on Thursday {Photos}


-Prince Felix celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Ernest-August Andreas of Hanover celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Alexandra Charlotte of Hanover celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  visited Canada House in London to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, The Duke of Cornwall & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall undertook a three day tour of Devon and Cornwall this week {Photos}

 -Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated her 70th birthday on Monday.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge undertook an official visit to Poland and Germany this week {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales presented the RAF Regiment with a new Colour at RAF Honington on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince George of Cambridge celebrated his 4th birthday on Saturday.

-The Lady Helen Taylor & Mr. Timothy Taylor celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

-The Lady Rose Louise Gilman & Mr. George Gilman
 celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.


-Mariana, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark celebrated her 77th birthday on Monday.


-Princess Georgina celebrated her 12th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Constantin de Nassau celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Albert II visited the commune of cormicy (Marne) on coast 186 as part of his travels related to the centeniary of WWI on Tuesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima attended the opening of the new monument for the victims of the Flight MH7 on Monday {Photos}


-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 44th birthday on Thursday.


-Prince Radu attended the launch party of his latest book, the launching of the book The Story of the Peles Castle  on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Maria became High Patron of the 42nd Conventus Latin ENO 2017 on Thursday {Source}


-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday.

-Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua celebrated his 1st birthday on Monday.


-Crown Prince Alexander celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein was born 23 July 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the middle child and only daughter of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and his wife, Princess Marie{Source}. She has one older brother and one younger one:

  1. Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein (2003)
  2. Prince Benedikt of Liechtenstein (2008)

Her brother Prince Moritz was born in New York, NY USA and her younger brother was also born in Vienna, like she was {Source}.

She is the 4th granddaughter (and 10th grandchild overall) of Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, Princess Marie.

Because Liechtenstein is ruled under Agnatic primogeniture law, meaning male-only succession, Princess Georgina is not line line for the throne. If for some reason the laws were to change, she would be no higher than 7th after her father today.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince George of Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark

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

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

He was named:

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

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

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

Royal Profile: Prince Constantin de Nassau

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

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

His paternal grandparents are Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg & Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.  In 2004, he gained a stepmother, Countess Diane de Nassau.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin of Austria

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

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

Royal Profile: 18 Facts about Princess Alexandra of Hanover

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

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Ernest-August Andreas of Hanover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Royal Profile: Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua

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

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