Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Royal Profile: Infante Carlos María Alfonso Marcelo de Borbón-Dos Sicilias y de Borbón-Parma of Spain, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria

Infante Carlos María Alfonso Marcelo de Borbón-Dos Sicilias y de Borbón-Parma of Spain, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria was born 16 January 1938 as the second child and only son of Don Alfonso of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria (1901–1964) and Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. He had two sisters, two brother-in-laws, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Theresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1937-)
    1. Iñigo Moreno y Artega, 12° Marques de Laula
      1. Rodrigo Moreno y de Borbón (1962-)
      2. Alicia Moreno y de Borbón (1964-)
        1. José Luis Hernandez y Eraso
          1. Alejandra Hernandez y Moreno (2000-)
          2. Inigo Hernandez y Moreno (2000-)
      3. Alfonso Moreno y de Borbón (1965-)
        1. Marta Calvo y Molezum
          1. Inigo Moreno y Calvo(2001-)
          2. Lucia Moreno y Calvo (2003-)
      4. Beatriz Moreno y de Borbón (1967-)
        1. Lucas Urquijo y Fernandez-Araoz
          1. Teresa Urquijo y Moreno (1996-)
          2. Juan Urquijo y Moreno (1999-)
      5. Fernando Moreno y de Borbón (1969-)
      6. Clara Moreno y de Borbón (1971-)
      7. Delia Moreno y de Borbón (1972-)
        1. Álvaro de Ledesma y Sánchiz
        2. Name unknown Ledesma Moreno (2009)
  2. Princess Inés María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1940-)
    1. Isabel Ana Maria de Morales y de Borbón (1966-)
      1. Joaquin Galan y Otamendi
        1. Carlota Galan y de Morales (1998-)
        2. Ines Galan y de Morales (2000-)
    2. Eugenia de Morales y de Borbón (1967-)
    3. Sonia de Morales y de Borbón (1969-)
      1. Santiago Romero y Jimenez
        1. Alfonso Romero-Jimenez y de Morales (1989-)
      2. Alejandro Garcia-Atance y Leurquin
        1. Sofia Garcia-Atance y de Morales (2001-)
    4. Manuel de Morales y de Borbón (1971-)
      1. Emma Ruiz de Azcárate y Garcia de Lomas
        1. Luis de Morales y Ruiz de Azcárate
    5. Mencia de Morales y de Borbón (1977-)
He is one of the claimants of the Head of he Royal House of Two Sicilles, the other is his second cousin,  The Duke of Castro. With his death, his title goes to his only son, Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto. Infante Carlos is also one of three claimants of the Grand Magistery of the Sacred Miltary Constantinian Order  of St. George, along with Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma and The Duke of Castro. The "battle" for the claimaints of these thing now goes to their sons-Prince Pedro, Prince Carlos and Prince Carlos, The Duke of Castro. It all depends on which story you believe to be true as to whom the ture claimants are.

Infante Carlos was created an Infante of Spain by his second cousin, King Juan Carlos by royal degree 2412 in December 1994 as the "Representative of a line linked historically to the Spanish Crown" {Source}.

He was born in Switzerland, but when he was a year old,  the family relocated to Spain. When he was 10 years old, he and his distant cousin, King Juan Carlos I where chosen by Juan Carlos's father to enter a special school that the Count and dictator Francisco Franco had prepared for the heir of the crown.

Upon completing his education, he became a Spanish business man. He owned properties in Toledo and Ciudad Real as well as shares in important Spanish companies like Reposol and Telefonica. 

He also held several civic positions. He was Dean-President of the Royal Council of Military Orders of Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa and was Grand Master of the Hispano-Neapolitan branch of
the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Grand Master of the Order of Saint Januarius, Grand Commander of the Military Order of Alcántara, Protector of the Real Cuerpo de la Nobleza of Madrid, Maestrante of Sevilla, Zaragoza, Granada, Valencia and Ronda,{Source}.Member of the Real Cuerpo de la Nobleza of Catalonia, Member of the Cofradía del Santo Cáliz of Valencia, and Patron-President of the Foundation of the Military Order's Hospital of Santiago de Cuenca (Patrono-Presidente de la Fundación de las Ordenes Militares Hospital de Santiago de Cuenca). On 25 February 1964, he was appointed a knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece of which he was the doyen{Source}. He was also decorated with  the Grand Cross of the Spanish Orders of Military Merit with White Distinction, of Naval Merit and of Agricultural Merit, the Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and received the Banda of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle among other Orders.

Infante Carlos was also very philanphorpic. He was a part of several charitable organizations including:
  • President of the Spanish Foundation of the United World College{Source}
  • President of the Patronato of the Naval Museum
  • President of the Spanish Confederation of Foundations {Source}
  • President of the Iberoamerican Confedration of Foundations {Source
  • President of the Foundation of San Benito de Alcántara {Source}
  • President of the Foundation for the Protection of Nature (Fundación Fondo para la Protección de la Naturaleza).
In 1962, he would meet his future wife, Princess Anne d'Orléans at the wedding of Infante Juan Carlos and Princess Sophia of Greece.   In 1965, they were married. Together, they had five children:
  1. Princess Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1966)
    1. Pedro López-Quesada y Fernández Urrutia (1964)
      1. Victoria Lopez-Quesada y de Borbón-Dos Sicilias (1997)
      2. Pedro Lopez-Quesada y de Bórbon-Dos Sicilias (2003)
  2. Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess of Austria (1967)
    1. Archduke Simeon of Austria (1958)
      1. Archduke Johannes of Austria (1997)
      2. Archduke Ludwig of Austria (1998)
      3. Archduchess Isabel of Austria (2000)
      4. Archduchess Carlota of Austria (2003)
      5. Archduke Philipp of Austria ( 2007)
  3. Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto (1968 )
    1. Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo (1973)
    2. Prince Jaime de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce, Duke of Capua (1993)
    3. Prince Juan de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (2003)
    4. Prince Pablo de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (2004)
    5. Prince Pedro de Borbon-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (2005)
    6. Princess Sofia de Borbon-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (2008)
    7. Princess Blanca de Borbon-dos Sicilias y Landaluce (2011)
    8. Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2015)
  4. Princess Inés María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1971)
    1. Nobile Michele Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano(1965)
      1. Nobile Teresa Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (2003)
      2. Nobile Blanca Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (2005)
  5. Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies ( 1976
    1. Markos Nomikos (1965) 
      1. Anastasios Nomikos (born 2005)
      2. Ana Nomikos (born 2006)
      3. Carlos Nomikos (born 2008)
      4. Simeon Nomikos (born 2012)
Infante Carlos of Spain, Prince of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria died on 5 October 2015 after a lengthy illness {Source}. No funeral arrangements have been announced. It is expected that the Spanish royal family, members of the Greek Royal Family, The Duke of Castro, and members of the Bulgarian Royal Family will be in attendance to his funeral. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Recap of the Royals You Love: September 28-October 4, 2015


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited Mediafin NV on Tuesday {Photos}.

-King Philippe attended the Young Talent in Action forum on Thursday {Photos}.

-Queen Mathilde visited Campus D'Hek on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Emmanuel celebrated his 10th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Marie-Christine & Jean-Paul Gourges celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Princess Marie-Esméralda celebrated her 59th birthday on Wednesday.


-Crown Princess Mary participated in the ending of the 70th UN General Assembly Activities on Monday & Tuesday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Prince Harry of Wales participated in Walking For the Wounded's Walk of Britain and attended the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Canada on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Lady Mariana-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor celebrated her 23rd birthday on Wednesday.


-Prince Nikolaos celebrated his 46th birthday on Thursday.


-Prince Albert II visited the Muséum National d'histoire Naturelle on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover presided over the 2015 L'Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI) graduation and promotions ceremony on Monday {Video}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima attended a reception for the heads of missions on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, they met with members of their delgation in preparing for their upcoming state visit to China{Source}

-King Willem-Alexander I addressed the members of the 70th UN General Assembly {Source}.On Friday, the first king of The Netherlands in 100 years held an audience with Dutch members of the European Parliament {Source}.

-Princess Beatrix  opened the exhibition Held op Sokkel  on Friday {Photos}.


-King Harald V, Queen Sonja & Crown Prince Haakon attended the 2015 Opening of Parliament ceremonies on Friday {Source}

-Ari Behn celebrated his 43rd birthday on Wednesday.

-Emma Tallulah Behn celebrated her 7th birthday on Tuesday. 


-Queen Letizia & Queen Sofia presided over the meeting of the Media Commission of the FAD on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, the royal consorts presided over the Día de la Banderita events {Source}.

-King Felipe VI presided over the opening of the 2015-16 Academic year of the University of Murcia on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the Spanish monarch presided over the150th anniversary celebrations of The Valencian  and attended the 2015 Rey Jaime I Awards {Source}{Source}.

-Queen Letizia attended the opening of vocational training school year 2015/16 at the ‘Javier Garcia Tellez’ secondary School on Thursday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the opening of the 2015 Annual Summit of the Human Brain Project on Monday {Source}.

-Leonor, Princess of Asturias was officially commemorated on her first stamp as The Princess of Asturias to commerate her 10th birthday at the end of the month on Friday {Source}

-Infanta Cristina & Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert celebrated their  18th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon celebrated his 16th birthday on Tuesday. 

-Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, 19th Duke of Alba de Tormes celebrated his 47th birthday on Friday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended meetings with government officials ahead of their state visit to Lithuania  and attended a diplomatic reception on Tuesday {Source}{Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf met with the Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the Church of Sweden and Scandinavia on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday and Friday, he attended a technology trip to Ludvika and Västerås {Source}.

-Queen Silvia presided over the presentation of scholarships from the Foundation Masonic Home for Children and presented certificates to winners of the Mayflower fundraising campaign on Wednesday {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the Swedish Queen took part in the conference, Sweden on Drugs and visited a home for unaccompanied youth {Source}.

-Prince Daniel presented grants for promising young researchers, attended the Forum for Welfare and visited the Viking school in Haninge to meet with children and young people who took part in a healthy Generations taekwondo trainingon Wednesday {Source}{Source}{Source}.

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Emmanuel of Belgium

  1. Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie of Belgium was born 4 October 2005
  2. He is the third child and second son of King Philippe& Queen Mathilde{Source}. 
  3. He has two older siblings and a younger sister:
    1. Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant
    2. Prince Gabriel
    3. Princess Eléonore
  4. His godparents were {Source}:
    1. Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg(paternal 2nd cousin, their grandparents were brother and sister)
    2. Countess Elisabeth d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt)
  5. Like his elder siblings and cousins, he began classes at Sint-Jan Berchman's on 1 September 2008 {Photos}. 
  6. In September 2012, he began classes at Eureka, a school for children with learning disabilities in Kessel-Lo {Source}.
  7. His paternal aunts and uncles are:
    1. Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este
    2. Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este
    3. Prince Laurent of Belgium
    4. Princess Claire of Belgium
  8. His paternal cousins are:
    1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
      1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
    2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
    3. Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
    4. Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
    5. Princess Laetia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
    6. Princess Louise of Belgium (2004)
    7. Prince Aymeric of Belgium (2005)
    8. Prince Nicolas of Belgium (2005)
  9. His maternal aunts and uncles and cousins are:
    1. Jonkvrouw Marie-Alix Suzanne Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz (1974-1997)
    2. Countess Elisabeth Marie Hedwige Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz (1977)
      1. Margrave Alfonso Pallavicini
        1. Margravine Olympia Edoarda Matilde Pallavicini (2008)
        2. Margrave Adalberto Domenico Carlo Patrizio Maria Pallavicini (2009)
    3. Countess Hélène Marie Michele Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz (1979)
      1. Baron Nicholas Janssen
        1. Baroness Cordélia Janssen (2012)
        2. Baron Alistair Janssen(2013)
    4. Count Charles-Henri Marie Ghislain d'Udekem d'Acoz (1985)
  10. He is named:
    1. Emmanuel is to continue the El/el tradition.
    2. Léopold is for his great-grandfather, Leopold III of Belgium.
    3. Guillaume is for his godfather, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.
    4. François is for Saint Francis of Assisi, as the prince was born on his feast day.
    5. Marie is for the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Royal Profile: Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, 19th Duke of Alba de Tormes

Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, 19th Duke of Alba de Tormes was born 2 October 1948 as the eldest child of Luis Martínez de Irujo y Artázcoz, (1919-1972), and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, (1926-2014){Source}.

He has the following siblings, sibling in laws and nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Alfonso Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Aliaga, 19th duke of Hijar (1950)
    1. Luis Martínez de Irujo y Hohenlohe (1978)
    2. Javier Martínez de Irujo y Hohenlohe (born 9 January 1981). 
      1. Inés Domecq y Fernández-Govantes
        1. Sol Martinez de Irujo y Domecq(2011)
        2. Alfonso Martinez de Irujo y Hohenlohe-Langenburg (2013)
  2. Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, 23rd Count of Siruela (1954)
    1. Inka Martí Kiemann
      1. Jacobo FitzJames-Stuart y Fernándo de Castro (1981) 
        1. Asela Pilar Pérez Becerri
          1. Asela Fitz-James Stuart y Pérez (2012)
          2. Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Pérez (2015)
      2. Brianda Eugenia FitzJames-Stuart y Fernándo de Castro (1984)
  3. Fernando Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 11th Marquis of San Vicente del Barco (1959)
  4. Cayetano Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 4th Duke of Arjona, 13th Count of Salvatierra (1963). 
    1. Luis Martínez de Irujo y Casanova (2001)
    2. Amina Martínez de Irujo y Casanova (2001)
  5. Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro(1968)
    1. Cayetana Rivera y Martínez de Irujo (1999).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark was born on 1 October 1969, the second son and third child of King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie {Source}. He has two older siblings and two younger siblings, as well as two siblings-in-law and several nieces and nephews, who are{Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece(1967) 
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (1968)
      1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
      2. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
      3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
      4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
      5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
  2. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965) 
    1. Carlos Morales Quintana 
      1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
      2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
      3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)
      4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007) 
  3. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
  4. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)
He was educated in England, The USA. Similar to his siblings, he was educated at home before the opening of the Hellenic College of London {Source}. He then earned an A-Level in Spainish at Collingham Tutorial College before moving to New York in 1987 {Source}. Before returning to his education, Prince Nikolas spent some time working as a market research post with a leading telecommunications company, Metromedia{Source}. He began his studies at Brown University in 1988 {Source}. He took a brief sabatical from his studies in 1990 to undertake a short course at Sandhurst before serving in the British Army in Germany as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and taking part in the major military exercise 'Medicine Man' {Source}. After his stint in the British Army, he returned to Brown to finish his studies {Source}. He received a B.A in International Relations from Brown University in 1993 {Source}.

After graduating, he worked as a TV Production Assistant for Fox News in NYC for two years {Source}. In 1995, he returned to London to work for NatWest Markets, before working for his dad's private office {Source}.

Like his siblings, he is a member of the Board for the Anna-Maria Foundation {Source}.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he was among the royals at the Slip Inn, which included his 1st cousins Fredrik and Joachim, and Princess Märtha Louise {Source}

He was engaged to Tatiana Blatnik in December 2009 after several years of dating {Source}. They were married on 25 August 2010 in Greece {Source}.

Prince Nikolas is directly related to the Spanish, Greek, and Danish Royal families, but also has connections to most of modern Europe's monarchies.
  1. Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is his maternal aunt, which makes her children (Joachim & Fredrik) his first cousins
  2. Greek: His father's family. His father has two sisters, one of who is the Queen of Spain.
  3. Spain: Queen Sofia is his paternal aunt, which makes her children (Felipe, Elena & Cristina) his 1st cousins
  4. Sweden: His maternal grandmother was Ingrid of Sweden, who was the aunt of King Carl XVI, making Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Madeleine his second cousins.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Royal Profile: The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor

The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor was born on 30 September 1992 as the daughter of George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews{Source}. Mariana-Charlotte is one of three children{Source}:
  1. Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Baron Downpatrick (1988)
  2. The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor (1995)
She is a granddaughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.

At her birth in September 1992, she was in a  distant 20th place in line for succession to the British throne, however, with the rule changes and births of several babies and with her confirmed having converted to Catholicism during her teen years, she is no longer in succession. If she were in succession, she would be no higher than 37th place as of 2015.

Royal Profile: Ari Behn

Ari Behn was born 30 September 1972 as the first child of Waldorf teachers Olav Bjørshol and Marianne Rafaela Solberg {Source}.

Behn's original surname was Bjørshol. In 1996, he changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother's maiden name {Source}.

He was educated in Norway. He attended the Waldorf School in Moss. He later attended the University of Olso.  Upon graduation, he became a writer. With his first collection of short stories  titled Trist som faen ("Sad as hell"), he gained a little literary success with several good reviews and selling more than 100,000 copies. After his success with his first book, he wrote two more books that weren't as successful. His first book is sort-of available on Amazon. In 2002, with his wife, he co-wrote a book on their wedding {Source}. He has also dabbled in other creative projects such as  the design of china for Magnor Glassverk, and has been a model for a clothing chain {Source}. 

On 24 May 2002, he married Princess Märtha Louise of Norway {Source}. Together, they have three daughters  {Source}: 
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)