Monday, February 19, 2018

Royal Profile: The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York

The Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, The Duke of York was born 19 February 1960 as the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}. He has two older siblings and a younger brother, as well as two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, four nephews and three nieces, and two ex-siblings-in-law, two nieces-in-law, a nephew in law four great nieces and a great nephew{Source}:
  1. The Prince Charles of Wales (1948)
    1. Diana, Princess of Wales (m 1981, div 1996, death 1997)
      1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
        1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
          1. Prince George of Cambridge (2013)
          2. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (2015)
    2. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (m. 2005)
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (1950)
    1. Mr. Mark Philips (m 1977, div. 1992)
      1. Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Philips (1977)
        1. Mrs. Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips (1978)
          1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
          2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
      2. Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall (1981)
        1. Mr. Michael James Tindall (1978)
          1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall (2013)
  3. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (1964)
    1. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1965)
      1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
      2. James Arthur Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (2007) 
He was the first child born to a reigning monarch in 103 years, the last being Princess Beatrice in 1857{Source}.

His earliest years were spent residing between Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle{Source}.
He began his education with a governess{Source}. When he was eight years old, he began attending Heatherdown Preparatory School, Ascot{Source}.When he was thirteen years of age, he followed in his father and brother's footseps by attending Gordonstoun School in Scotland{Source}.When he attended Gordonstoun, he was a member of the Air Training Corps and learned to fly gliders{Source}. He spent a year as an exchange student at the Lakefield College School in Ontario Canada in the 1977-1978 school year as part of the Round Square Exchange Programme{Source}. He spent his A-Levels year back at Gordonstoun{Source}.

As a youngster, he watched his father fly helicopters, which peeked his interest in flying {Source}.
He undertook a Parachute Training Course with the RAF in April 1978, where he achieved his Parachute wings {Source}. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training {Source}. He flew solo for the first time in a Chipmonk aircraft in April 1979 {Source}. The Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1979 on a short service commission as a Seaman Officer specializing as a Pilot {Source}.
Midshipman Prince Andrew entered Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and undertook the full range of initial professional training{Source}.

Additionally, he completed the Royal Marine Commando course with the Young Officer's batch of 1979 at the Commando Training Centre, for which he received his Green Beret{Source}. Midshipman Prince Andrew passed out of BRNC Dartmouth in front of The Queen at Lord High Admiral's Divisions in April 1980{Source}. He then undertook initial fixed wing flying training within the Royal Navy Elementary Flying Training Squadron based at Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming in Yorkshire, flying Bulldog aircraft from RAF Topclife{Source}. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew’s helicopter flying training was conducted at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, Cornwall, where he initially learnt to fly the Gazelle helicopter in 705 Naval Air Squadron (NAS){Source}. In April 1981, he was presented with his ‘Wings’ and the award for the best pilot by The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew then converted onto the Sea King helicopter, completing advanced and operational flying training with 706 NAS, before joining his first front-line unit: 820 NAS embarked in HMS INVINCIBLE{Source}. On 5th April 1982, HMS INVINCIBLE sailed as part of the Task Group to the South Atlantic to regain the Falkland Islands. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew embarked along with his squadron, 820 NAS{Source}. Throughout the conflict Prince Andrew, alongside his fellow aviators, flew missions including: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), inter-ship Helicopter Delivery (HDS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and casualty evacuation{Source}. When his ship returned to the Portsmith Naval Base in September 1982, they were greeted by his parents{Source}. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew completed his first front line tour with 820 NAS in July 1983, and was appointed to 702 NAS at RNAS Portland, Dorset, to convert to the Lynx helicopter{Source}. In May 1984, Lieutenant Prince Andrew joined 815 NAS, where he served as the Flight Pilot in the Type 22 Frigate HMS BRAZEN until March 1986{Source}.

Prince Andrew was appointed a personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen in 1984{Source}.
In 1987, after completing the Lieutenant's Greenwich Course and Helicopter Warfare Instructors (HWI) Course, Lieutenant The Duke of York returned to 702 NAS as staff Helicopter Warfare Instructor{Source}. In May 1988, he joined the Type 42 Destroyer HMS EDINBURGH as an Officer of the Watch, in order to earn his Watchkeeping and Ocean Navigation Certificates{Source}. During the year's seagoing appointment, which included a Far East and Australia deployment, Lieutenant The Duke of York was awarded his Certificates{Source}. In September 1989, HRH once again returned to RNAS Portland to form HMS CAMPBELTOWN Flight, joining 829 NAS where he served as Flight Commander HMS CAMPBELTOWN until the Autumn of 1991{Source}. Lieutentant Commander The Duke of York was appointed to the Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley{Source}. Following the Staff Course Lt Cdr The Duke of York was selected to command the Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel HMS COTTESMORE{Source}. Whilst in Command HMS COTTESMORE conducted the full range of duties performed by the MCMV force and as a part of the RN high readiness MCMV force deployed around Europe and into the Mediterranean. HRH completed his time in command in November 1994{Source}.
Lieutenant Commander The Duke of York then returned to flying duties with a refresher course at 702 NAS before taking up the appointment as Senior Pilot of 815 NAS at RNAS Portland, where he served until October 1996{Source}. He was then appointed to the Ministry of Defense in January 1997 as a Staff Officer in the Directorate of Naval Operations, with specific responsibility for Frigate and Destroyer aviation{Source}. Promoted Commander in 1999, Commander The Duke of York took up an appointment within the Naval Staff, with responsibility for Naval Diplomacy with the Rest of the World{Source}.
He concluded this appointment in April 2001 before departing from active service with the Royal Navy at the end of July 2001{Source}. In July 2005, The Duke was promoted Captain and was appointed Commodore in Chief of the Fleet Air Arm in 2006{Source}. In 2001, after a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, The Duke of York left active service to support The Queen as a full time working member of the Royal Family {Source}. In February 2010, HRH was promoted to Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy{Source}.
As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying.

He has been an avid sportsmen for his entire life{Source} . As a youngster, he played rugby and cricket at Hetherdown, rugby, field hockey and was captain of the 1st XI cricket team in his final year{Source}.
He attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, where he was part of various squash teams and was on the hockey team{Source}. During his time as Flight Commander on the HMS CAMPBELTOWN, he developed an interest in golf{Source}.


Today, The Duke’s focus is on assisting the economic success of, and the creation of skilled jobs in, the United Kingdom{Source}. He concentrates his efforts on three core areas where he believes he can have the greatest impact{Source}:

Entrepreneurs and SMEsThe Duke also supports many charitable and not-for-profit organisations and maintains close links with the Military{Source}.Since the age of 17, he has received many honors and awards, among them are {Source}:
  • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  • Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (1979)
  • South Atlantic Campaign Medal for service in the Falklands (1982)
  • Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen (1984)
  • Commodore, Royal Thames Yacht Club (1986)
  • Freedom of the City of York (1987)
  • Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (1988)
  • New Zealand Commemoration Medal (1990)
  • Elder Brother, Trinity House (1991)
  • Canadian Forces Decoration (2001)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Grand Master, The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (2002)
  • Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (2003)
  • Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan (2005)
  • Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (2006)
  • Order of the Federation (UAE) (2010)
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (2011)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Freedom of the City of London (2012)
  • Royal Bencher, Lincoln's Inn (2012)
  • Liveryman, The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights (2012)
  • Royal Fellow, The Royal Society (2013)
The Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were engaged to be married on 19th March 1986{Source}.
The marriage took place on 23rd July 1986, at Westminister Abbey{Source}.
Upon their wedding, the second son of Queen Elizabeth was created The Duke of York{Source}.
Together, they have two daughters and a soon-to-be son-in-law{Source}:
  • Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)
  • Princess Eugenie Helena Victoria of York (1990)
    • Jack Brooksbank (wedding 12 October 2018)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: February 12-18, 2018

Austria

-Archduchess Marie Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg celebrated her 64th birthday on Saturday.

-Archduke Luigi celebrated his 7th birthday on Monday.

-Archduke Emanuel celebrated his 10th birthday on Thursday.

-Maria Anna Astrid Martin Zita Lucia Victoria Czarnocki-Lucheschi celebrated her 16th birthday on Thursday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathidle, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emanuel & Princess Eléonore took part in a winter photocall during the family's annual skiing holiday in Switzerland on Monday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik & Princess Athena attended a ceremony that transferred the coffin of Prince Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark from Christian IX's mansion to Amalienborg Palace on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim & Princess Marie arrived this morning at Prince Jørgens Gård, from where they went to Christiansborg Castle Church to give a visit to Prince Henrik on Friday {Source}

-Prince Henrik, Prince Consort died at the age of 86 on Tuesday {Source}

-Count Ingolf Christian af Rosenberg celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday.

France

-Prince Constantin d'Orléans celebrated his 15th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Princess Olga Sophie of Hanover celebrated her 60th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Alexandra Irene of Hanover celebrated her 59th birthday on Sunday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall & Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended a reception to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Disapora community on Wednesday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camila, The Duchess of Cornwall visiting a number of local organisations and businesses and meeting members of the local community in West and South Yorkshire on Friday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince Harry of Wales attended a discussion with organizations in London on how to work to improve coral reef health on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales & Meghan Markle visited Edinburgh Castle, Social Bite and attended a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate Scotland's Year of Young People 2018 on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales visited Fit and Fed a half-term holiday program for kids on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, the younger son of the heir apparent to the British throne attended  the England Rugby Team Open Training Session {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a classical music concert in honor of the Alzheimer's Society, Wigmore Hall, London philharmonic Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Monday {Photos}

-The Hon. Jeremy Lascelles celebrated his 63rd birthday on Wednesday.

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia attended the Oscar de la Renta show as part of NY Fashion Week on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the only daughter of the heir to the defunct Greek throne attended the Monse launch party {Photos}. On Wednesday, the 21 year old Princess attended the Michael Kors show as part of NY Fashion week {Photos}

Italy

-Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples celebrated his 81st birthday on Monday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II held an audience with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Thursday {Photos}. On Sunday, the King of Jordan visited the Al Hussein Medical Centre to inspect services and check on patients {Photos}

-Queen Rania visited Al-Ashrafieh School on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Alia bint al-Hussein celebrated her 62nd birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Hussein Mirza celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday.

-Prince Abdullah bin al-Faisal celebrated his 2nd birthday on Saturday.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans Adam II celebrated his 73rd birthday on Wednesday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the royal duo visited a photo exhibit in their honor by Jacques Schneider {Photos}

-Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated her 34th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Alexandra celebrated her 27th birthday on Friday.

Monaco

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet presentation during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima spent several days at the winter Olympics this week {Photos}

-Princess Christina celebrated her 71st birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon visited with Norweigan athletes participating in the winter Olympics on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the launch of the Cathedral of Hope on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner celebrated her 86th birthday on Monday.

Romania

-Princess Maria visited the Memorial Museum Nicolae Grigorescu, and Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu Memorial Museum, met with offiicals from Police School "Vasile Lascăr and toured the facility, visited Protoieria Campina and the n Valea Doftanei commune on Wednesday{Source}

Sweden

-Queen Silvia & Crown Princess Victoria attended an International Summit on violence against children on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania's independence on Frday {Source}

-Prince Daniel visited the Red Cross in Malmö on Thursday {Source}

Royal Profile: Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was born 18 February 1984 in Belgium as the youngest of seven children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and the late Countess Alix della Faille Leverghem de Lannoy {Source}. At birth, she was part of Belgian nobility, therefore was titled Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews:
  1. Count Jehan de Lannoy (1966)
    1. Béatrice Spates (m. 1993)
      1. Caroline Gravin de Lannoy(2001)
      2. Louise Gravin de Lannoy (2003)
      3. Antoine Graaf de Lannoy (2005)
      4. Maxime Graaf de Lannoy(2006)
  2. Count Christian de Lannoy (1968)
    1. Luisa Moreno de Porras-Isla-Fdez (2009)
      1. Countess Teresa de Lannoy (2010)
      2. Count Ignace de Lannoy (2012)
      3. Count Jacques de Lannoy (2014)
  3. Countess Nathalie de Lannoy (1969)
    1. Mr. John Hamilton (m 1996)
      1. Antonia Hamilton (1997)
      2. Charlotte Hamilton (1999)
      3. Madeleine Hamilton (2001)
      4. Alix Hamilton
      5. Victoria Hamilton
  4. Countess Gaëlle de Lannoy (1970)
  5. Count Amaury de Lannoy (1970)
  6. Count Olivier de Lannoy (1974)
    1. Jonkvrouw Alice van Havre (m. 2006)
  7. Count Philippe de Lannoy 
    1. Count Gustave de Lannoy (2013)
  8. Countess Isabelle de Lannoy (1976)
    1. Baron Jean-Charles de le Court (1969)
      1. Isaure de le Court (2003)
      2. Aline de le Court (2005)
      3. Lancelot de le Court (2007)
      4. Héloïse de le Court (2010)
      5. Nicodème de le Court (2013)

She began her education at Sancta Maria School Ronse{Source}. She attended College Sainte-Odile in France for two years {Source}.She completed her primary education at l'Institut de la Vierge Fidèle à Bruxelles{Source}.Princess Stéphanie spent a year in Russia, where she studied Russian Language and Literature{Source}.She obtained a Bachelors in Arts degree in Germanic Philology from the Catholic University of Leuven, with honors{Source}.After graduation, she moved to Germany, where she studied the influences of German romanticism on Russian romanticism {Source}.Upon her return to Belgium, she interned at an investment fund company {Source}.Also while in Germany, she completed an internship at the Walloon Export Agency at the Belgian Embassy {Source}.

From an early age, she studied music theory, piano and violin{Source}. She plays the violin{Source}.She speaks French (mother-tongue), German and English fluently{Source}. She is presently learning Luxembourgish{Source}.
Her engagement to The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was announced on 27 April 2012 {Source}.The wedding took place in Luxembourg that October {Source}.
Her Wedding attendants included {Source}:
  • Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (sister of the bridegroom, maid of honor, age 21)
  • Antonia Hamilton (niece of the bride, maid of honor, age 15)
  • Countess Caroline de Lannoy (niece of the bride, age 11)
  • Madeleine Hamilton (niece of the bride, age 11)
  • Countess Louise de Lannoy (niece of the bride, age 9)
  • Isaure de le Court (niece and goddaughter of the bride, age 9)
  • Prince Gabriel de Nassau (nephew of the bridegroom, age 6)
  • Lancelot de le Court (nephew of the bride, age 5)
Upon her marriage, she became HRH Princess Stéphanie, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg {Source}.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess{Source}. In March 2013, she became High Patron of the Association and Foundation " Friends of Art and History Museums Luxembourg {Source}.

Some her her interests include classical music, reading, and foreign languages{Source}.
Princess Stephanie has made numerous trips with youth groups getting involved in volunteering{Source}.

 She enjoys skiing and swimming{Source}.Her full title/style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Countess de Lannoy {Source}

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra Irene of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen

Princess Alexandra Irene Margaretha Elisabeth Bathildis of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen was born 18 February 1959 as the youngest daughter of Prince Ernst August IV of Hanover & Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews {Source}:
 
  1. Princess Marie Viktoria of Hanover, Countess von Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael von Houchburg (m. 1982)
      1. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August von Hochberg(1985)
      2. Count George von Hochberg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Hochuli (m. 1981, d. 1997)
      1. Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1983)
        1. Ekaterina Malysheva (engaged 2016)
          1. Princess of Hanover (2018-due any time now!)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by birth of Monaco (1957, m. 1999)
      1. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989, suicide after his wife's death)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (m. 1987, d. November 1988 of a drug overdose)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988
  4. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989, suicide after his wife's death)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (m. 1987, d. November 1988 of a drug overdose)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988)
  5. Princess Olga of Hanover (practically her birthday twin! Alexandra was born on the 18th, Olga on the 17th!)
  6. Prince Henrich of Hanover (1961)
    1. Thyra Donata Sixtina (m 1999)
      1. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001)
      3. Prince Julius of Hanover (2004
On 5 October 1981, she married Andreas, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen in a civil ceremony, they were married religiously six days later{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
 
  1. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen (1982)
    1. Princess Viktoria-Luise of Prussia (m. 2017)
  2. Princess Olga Margarita of Lieningen (1984)
  3. Prince Herman of Leiningen (1986)
    1. Isabelle Franziska Sophie Heubach (m. 2017)
She is the godmother of her niece, Princess Alexandra of Hanover. She shares a birthday with The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

Royal Profile: Princess M. Christina of The Netherlands

Princess Maria Christina of The Netherlands was born 18 February 1947 as the youngest of four daughters born to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld {Source}. She has three older full sisters, and two younger paternal half-sisters:
  1.  Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands (1938)
    1. Prince Claus of The Netherlands (d. 2004)
      1. King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands
        1. Queen Maxima
          1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
          2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
          3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
      2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands
        1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands
          1. Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
          2. Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
          3. Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau,, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
      3. Prince Friso of The Netherlands
        1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau
          1. Countess Emma Luana van Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005)
          2. Countess Joanna Zaria van Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
  2. Princess Irene of The Netherlands (1939)
    1. Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Piacenza
      1. Prince Carlo, Duke of Parma (1970)
        1. Princess Annemarie, Duchess of Parma (1977)
          1. Carlos Klynstra de Bourbon-Parme (illegitimate, 1997, stepson of Annemarie)
          2. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
          3. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
          4. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    2. Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno (1972)
      1. Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn (m 2001-2006)
      2. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (1975, m. 2008-)
        1. Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
        2. Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
    3. Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi (1972)
      1. Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Bardi (1982, m 2013)
        1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
        2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    4. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (1974)
      1. Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (m. 2012)
        1. Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
        2. Master Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)
  3. Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands (1943)
    1. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven
      1. Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau (1968
        1. Princess Marilène van Oranje-Nassau (1970, m. 1998) 
        2. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
        3. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
        4. Felicia Juliana Benedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven ( 2005)
      2. Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau (1969)
        1. Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassau (1972, m. 2000)
          1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
          2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
          3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
      3. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau  (1972)
        1. Princess Anita van Oranje-Nassau (1969, m. 2005) 
          1. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
          2. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
      4. Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau (1975) 
        1. Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau (1977, m. 2005) 
          1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
          2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
          3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
  4. Alicia de Bielefeld (1952, mother unknown)
  5. Alexia Benedicte Irina Manuella Olivia Grinda (1967, mother is  Hélène Grinda)
 
Princess Christina married Jorg Perez y Guillermo and together they have the following children, children-in-law and grandchildren:

  1. Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (1977)
    1. Eva Marie Valdez Guillermo (1979, m 2009)
      1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
      2. Julián Jorge Guillermo (2011)
  2. Nicolás Daniel Mauricio Guillermo (1979)
  3. Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo (1981)

She and Jorge divorced in 1996.
At the time of her birth, she was fifth in line. She renounced her rights to the throne and for her descendants upon her marriage and conversion to Roman Catholicism.

She was baptized in October 1947 with the following as her godparents {Source}:

  • Queen Wilhelmina (maternal grandmother)
  • Princess Beatrix (eldest sister)
  • Winston Churchill (for whom her father stood proxy)
  • Princess Armgard (paternal grandmother)
  • Felix, Prince Consort of Luxembourg 
  •  Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma
During pregnancy, her mother had contracted German measles and as a result, Christina was born nearly blind. Over time, advances in medicine allowed for treatments that, with the aid of special glasses, brought about an improvement in her vision so that she could attend school and live a relatively normal life {Source}.


Despite her initial handicap, Christina was a bright and happy child, with a considerable talent for music. She recorded several CDs and has a Music Foundation in the Netherlands. She sang at her parents’ funerals, and participated in a tribute concert that the CIMA Festival held in Italy for Queen Juliana, under the direction of Jorge Chaminé. She also had a capacity for languages and as a young girl delighted the visiting President of the French Republic, René Coty, by conversing fluently with him in French. Like her sisters, Christina joined the Scouts as a young girl.
Since her mother's death, she has lived in London and in Monte Argentario, Italy.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Abdullah bin al-Faisal of Jordan

Prince Abdullah bin al-Faisal of Jordan was born 17 Feburary 2016 as the son of Prince Faisal bin Hussein of Jordan and Zeina Lubbadeh. He has the following older half siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Ayah bint Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    1. Mr. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
      1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
  2. Prince Omar bin al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
  3. Princess Sara bint Faisal of Jordan (1997) (twin of Aisha).
  4. Princess Aisha bint Faisal of Jordan (1997) (twin of Sara)
He shares a birthday with Princess Olga Sophie of Hanover, Count Ingolf af Rosenberg & Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Princess by birth of Luxembourg.

Royal Profile: Princess Olga Sophie of Hanover

Princess Olga Sophie Charlotte Anna of Hanover was born 17 February 1958 as the second daughter and fourth child of Prince Ernst August IV of Hanover & Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Princess Marie Viktoria of Hanover, Countess von Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael von Houchburg (m. 1982)
      1. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August von Hochberg(1985)
      2. Count George von Hochberg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Hochuli (m. 1981, d. 1997)
      1. Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1983)
        1. Ekaterina Malysheva (engaged 2016)
          1. Princess of Hanover (2018-due any time now!)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by birth of Monaco (1957, m. 1999)
      1. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999)
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989, suicide after his wife's death)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (m. 1987, d. November 1988 of a drug overdose)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leingen (practically her birthday twin! Alexandra was born on the 18th in 1959, Olga on the 17th of 1955!)
    1. Prince Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen (m. 1981)
      1. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Lieningen (1984)
      3. Prince Herman of Leiningen (1986)
  5. Prince Henrich of Hanover (1961)
    1. Thyra Donata Sixtina (m 1999)
      1. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001)
      3. Prince Julius of Hanover (2004)
She was named for her great-aunt Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland. Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland was the youngest daughter of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover (1845–1923) and Princess Thyra of Denmark. Princess Olga of Hanover and Cumberland died five months before Princess Olga Sophie was born.


Princess Olga Sophie's life mirrors her namesakes in several ways. Like her great aunt, Princess Olga Sophie is currently unmarried-her great aunt never married or had children. Both Olgas grew up in Germany. Both Olgas are the 4th child in her immediate families.


Currently, Princess Olga resides at Calenberg Castle, an estate owned by the Hannover dynasty in Germany.

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