Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Royal Profile: The Lady Alexandra Etherington

The Lady Alexandra Clare Etherington was born 20 June 1959 as the only daughter of James Caregie, 3rd Duke of Fife and The Hon. Caroline Dewar, Lady Worsley {Source}. She has one younger brother, as well as two step-siblings {Source}{Source}:

  1. David Charles Carnegie, The 4th Duke of Fife (1961)
    1. Caroline Anne Carnegie, The Duchecss of Fife (1961)
      1. Charles Duff Carnegie, The Earl of Southdesk (1989)
      2. Lord  George William Carnegie (1992)
      3. Lord Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
  2. Henry Worsley
  3. Charlotte Worsley

She married Mark Fleming Etherington on 11 May 2001{Source}. They have one daughter{Source}:
  • Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington (2001)

Lady Alexandra is 70+ in the line of succession to the British throne and one of the godmothers of Lady Louise Windsor {Source}.

She shares a birthday with The Duchess of Gloucester.

Royal Profile: Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester

Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester was born 20 June 1946 as the younger daughter of Asger Preben Knud Wissing Henriksen and Vivian van Deurs in Denmark{Source}.
She was educated in Denmark before attending finishing schools in Switzerland and England {Source}.While she was attending finishing school in Cambridge, she met Prince Richard of Gloucester, who was also studying in Cambridge at the time {Source}. She also studied at Bell School of Languages. She speaks Danish and English, at the very least.After Cambridge, she returned to Denmark to take a three-year course in Commercial and Economic Studies {Source}.In 1963, her parents separated, and Brigitte chose to use her mother's maiden name as her own. In 1971, she returned to England, this time to work as a secretary at the Royal Danish Embassy {Source}.
A year after she returned to England to work at the Danish embassy, her engagement to Prince Richard of Gloucester was announced in February 1972 {Source}. They were married five months later on 8 July 1972 {Source}. At that time, she gained the title Her Royal Highness Princess Richard of Gloucester. When Prince Richard's brother Prince William died in 1972 without any descendants of his own, followed by his father in 1974, Prince Richard gained the title Duke of Gloucester, thus making Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester{Source}.
Together, they have three children, three children in law, three grandsons, and three granddaughters:
  1. Alexander Windsor,Earl of Ulster (1974)
    1. Dr. Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster
      1. Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
      2. The Lady Cosima Windsor (2010)
  2. Lady Davina Lewis (1977)
    1. Mr. Gary Christie Lewis
      1. Senna Lewis (2010)
      2. Tāne Lewis (2012)
  3. Lady Rose Gilman (1980)
    1. George Gilman
      1. Lyla Gilman (2010)
      2. Rufus Gilman (2012)
Over the years, The Duchess of Gloucester has taken on many duties on behalf of The Duke of Gloucester's cousin{Source}. The Duchess has also traveled overseas in support of her own Patronages and military units, including a visit to Iraq in December 2008{Source}.
Some of her patronages include:
The Duchess takes pride in her work with her charities. In her own words The Duchess has said{Source}:
As members of the Royal Family and in our public life, The Duke and I have the huge privilege of continuously meeting people greatly committed to their work with charitable causes - many individuals being volunteers, doing all kinds of good works, giving of their time, talents and expertise. Some high-powered and greatly skilled, others willing to do the most mundane but essential tasks - all of them enjoying being part of a team supporting a noble cause. It is inspiring and immensely rewarding meeting these volunteers on my varying engagements in London and throughout the country. I meet volunteers in schools, often for children with special needs, medical research projects, hospices, homes for older and frail people, and also in community initiatives for sport, music and the conservation of the Arts. I see so many wonderful places, and it is the people involved who make them so.Charity work in Great Britain is a tradition. I don’t think I have a friend who has not involved him or herself somehow or other. How far back this tradition goes, I am not sure- it is one of the major aspects which makes me very proud to be British.There is another facet to voluntary work which I think is very important, and that is the sense of fulfilment and reward in the knowledge of the value of your contribution as a volunteer. In this country there is a firmly grounded tradition, and a freedom, to help one’s fellow men in many different forms, and I think we should be proud of that and grateful for it also.Queen Elizabeth II must've been fairly fond of her new cousin-in-law as she bestowed awards on her rather quickly {Source}
The Duchess of Gloucester has received the following orders from her husband's cousin over the years:
  • The Family Order from The Queen (1973)
  • Dame of Justice of the Order of St John (1974)
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (1989)

BREAKING: Princess Elisabeth of Denmark has died

Princess Elisabeth Caroline-Mathilde Alexandrine Helena Olga Thyra Feodora Estrid Margrethe Désirée of Denmark was born 8 May 1935 as the only daughter and eldest child of Hereditary Prince Knud of Denmark & Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark {Source}. She had two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nieces, three former nephews-in-law, a current nephew-in-law, three great-nieces, and five great-nephews:
  1. Count Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik af Rosenborg (1942-2013)
    1. Countess Anne Dorte af Rosenborg (1947-2014, m. 1971-2013)
      1. Countess Camilla af Rosenborg (1972)
        1. Mikael John Rosanes (1952, m. 1995)
          1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg ((1997)
          2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (2000)
          3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (2005)
          4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)
      2. Countess Josephine af Rosenborg (1972)
        1. Thomas Christian Schmidt (1970, m. 1998, div)
          1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt(2001)
          2. Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt (2004)
        2. Kenneth Schmidt
          1. Oscar Christian of Rosenborg (2016)
      3. Countess Feodora af Rosenborg (1975)
        1. Eric Hervè Patrice Patte (m. 2004-2006, div)
        2. Morent Rønnow (m. 2008)
          1. Caroline-Mathilde Margarethe Rønnow (2009)
  2. Count Ingolf Christian Frederik Knud Harald Gorm Gustav Viggo Valdemar Aage af Rosenborg (1940)
    1. Inge Terney (1968-1998)
    2. Sussie Hjorhøy (m. 1998)
Unlike her brothers, she has never married, thus retains her place and title in the Danish Royal Family. She was presently 12th in succession for the Danish throne after Princess Benedikte.
She was employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1956-2001, where she was posted abroad on several occasions.
She never married or had children, however she did live with film director Claus Hermansen for 20 years until his death in 1997 {Source}. She grew up with her brothers at Sorgenfri Palace. She resided there, in a different part of the palace. She is a godmother to her great nephew, Theodor {Source}.
Over the years, she has undertaken many official duties. She is part of several offical ceremonies regarding the Danish Royal Family, including the New Year's Courts {Source}. She is a patron of several organizations, including:
  • Kjæden (the chain).
  • Danish-Brazilian Association (alongside HH Princess Dorrit Romanoff)
  • Danish-Japanese Society
  • Præmieselskabet for Plejemødre af 1861 (award-giving society for foster mothers of 1861)

Princess Elisabeth died on 19 June 2018, quietly surrounded by her family {Source}. Her body will be cremated, and she will be buried beside her longtime companion, Claus Hermansen  {Source}.

Princess Elisabeth was 83 years old and is survived by her youngest brother (Ingolf ), a sister-in-law (Sussie)  three nieces (Feodora, Josephine, Camilla), great nieces (Anastasia, Clara, Caroline-Mathilde), and great-nephews (Oscar, Julius, Ludwig  , Leopold and Theodor ). She died the day after her great-nephew and godson, Theodor's 10th birthday.

Her funeral will likely take place sometime late next week, with many members of the Danish royal family in attendance.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Royal Profile: Theodor Rosanes af Rosenborg

Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg was born 19 June 2008, the youngest of four children of Countess Camilla  af Rosenborg and Mikael Rosanes {Source}. His maternal grandfather was the late Count Christian af Rosenborg. He has one older sister, and two older brothers:

This youngster holds no royal title, or succession rights, but as a 1st cousin 2x removed, he is kind of part of the Royal Family, but not really. Because he isn't technically part of the Royal Family, little is known about him.

In 2013, he was likely among the children during his grandfather's funeral{Photos}. He likely attended the funeral of his grandmother the next year.

Royal Profile: Princess Margarite von Hohenberg, Archduchess of Austria

Princess Margarite Elisabeth Juliana Maria von Hohenberg, Archduchess of Austria was born on 19 June 1963 as the eldest daughter of Prince Albrecht von Hohenberg and Leontine Letitia Gräfin von Cassis-Faraone {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Prince Leo Johannes Prince of Hohenberg (1964)
    1. Rosalind Roque Alcoforado (m. 1994)
      1. Princess Genevieve von Hohenberg (1998)
      2. Prince Adrien Prinz von Hohenberg (2003)
  2. Princess Johanna Sophie Carolina Maria von Hochburg, Grafin von Henckel von Donnersmarck (1966)
    1. Andreas Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck (m. 1995)
      1. Laura Marie Adelaide Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck (1997)
      2. Marie Margarethe Franziska Kunigarde Henckel von Donnersmarck (1998)
      3. Ludwig Henckel von Donnersmarck (2001)
      4. Albrecht Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)
  3. Princess Katharina Aglae Franziska Maria von Hohenberg (1969)
    1. Carlos Manuel Mendez de Vigo y Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1969, M. 1997)
Princess Margarite von Hohenberg married Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria on 28 December 1990, civilly, and 20 April 1991 religiously {Source}. With her husband, she has a daughter and two sons {Source}

Monday, June 18, 2018

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

Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou  van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg was born 18 June 2006 as the second daughter of Prince Friso van Oranje-Nassau & Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau{Source}.

She has one sister:

Her godparents are:
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (paternal uncle)
  • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (her father's maternal first cousin) Nicoline Wisse Smit (maternal aunt)
  • Ruben Amerling (friend of her parents)
  • Maria Luz Luano (friends of her parents)

Because her father did not seek parliamentary 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:

Royal Profile: Countess Margherita von und zu Arco-Zinneberg

Countess Margherita Ginevra Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg was born 18 June 1983 as the second of six daughters of Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess von und zu Arco-Zinneberg Count Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg {Source}. Her one elder sister and four younger sisters are{Source}:
  1. Countess Anna Therese Marie von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1981)
  2. Countess Olympia Elena Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1988)
  3. Countess Maximiliana Aimée Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1990)
  4. Countess Marie Gabrielle Hillary von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1992)
  5. Countess Giorgiana Astrid Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1997)
It's likely she had a worldly education, having been raised in Germany and the United States. It's also fairly likely that she has lived some-what of a normal life. 

She is a niece of Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este.

 She is named:
  • Margherita: for her maternal grandmother
  • Ginevra: the italian form of Juniper, meaning Guinevere (Guenièvre in French), a variant Old French spelling of Gwenhwyfar, which in Welsh is a combination of the word gwen (mod. gwyn) which means "white" or "fair" and hwyfar which means a "spirit" or "fairy".
  • Maria: for her paternal grandmother, Countess Maria Theresia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg

Royal Profile: The Lady Alexandra Etherington

The Lady Alexandra Clare Etherington was born 20 June 1959 as the only daughter of James Caregie, 3rd Duke of Fife and The Hon. Caroline De...