Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje

Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria of Oranje was born 7 December 2003 to then The Prince of Oranje and Princess Maxima {Source}. She has two younger sisters{Source}:

She was baptized on 12 June 2004, with the following godparents {Source}:

Since the investiture of the King on 30 April 2013, Princess Catharina-Amalia has borne the title Princess of Orange, and she is the first female to hold it with her own right {Source}. Upon turning 18 years old (on this date in 2021), she will officially become a member of the Council of State{Source}.

Even at the age of 12, she has undertaken several official duties. In 2010, she was a bridesmaid during her godmother's 2010 wedding {Photos}. She has regurally attended events regarding The Netherlands's King Day.

She attends local schools in The Netherlands. She attended Bloemcamp primary school {Source}. In 2013, she began attending Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet {Source}. Her activities and hobbies consist of hockey,  playing piano and riding horses {Source}.

She is presently the third youngest direct heir to the throne.

Royal Profile: Princess Bhajara Kittiyabha of Thailand

Princess Bhajara Kittiyabha of Thailand was born 7 December 1978 as the only child of then-Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn  (currently King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun) with Princess Soamsavali . She has five half brothers and a half sister:
  1. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol (1979)
  2. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  3. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  4. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol(1985)
  5. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana (1987)
  6. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti(2005)

She was educated in Thailand, The United States, and England. She attended elementary and middle school at the Rajini School. For high school she moved to England, where she attended Heathfield School, Ascot and Chitralada School. For her university years, she returned to Thailand where she earned a bachelor's degree in Law at Thammasat University and a political science degree from Sukhothai Thammatirat University. She also earned a masters, and PhD, and J.S. D. degrees from Cornell University and Chicago-Kent College {Source}.

Upon competing her education, she began working at the Thai Permanent mission to the United Nations. In September 2006 she was appointed Attorney of the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, and was appointed to Office of the Attorney General of Udon Thani Province{Source}. In September 2012, she became the Thailand ambassador to Austria.

The eldest granddaughter of the Thai King also is very active in many charities. One of her primary focus is women who are incarcerated. She ran the "Kamlangjai" or "Inspire" project to reach out to Thai women in incarceration including pregnant inmates and their babies, and intends to assure that female and pregnant inmates are given adequate assistance to prepare them to reenter society upon release {Source}. She also worked on a project called "ELFI", "Enhancing lives of Female Inmates", which proposes new rules for the treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders as a supplement to the 1955 Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners {Source}. She is also an active member of her mother's foundation, Princess Pa Foundation. She also serves as patron to the Vienna Ball Bangkok{Source}.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Royal Profile: Éléonore Crépy

Éléonore Crépy was born 6 December 2007 as the youngest child of Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans & Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy in Miami{Source}{Source}. She has four older siblings, who are {Source}:

  1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
  2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
  3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
  4. Augustin Marie Crépy (2005)
Through her mother, she is a grandchild of Prince Michel d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux & Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}.

It is likely she leads a fairly normal lifestyle as her family's throne has been defunct for many years.

Royal Profile: Don Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y Bórbon is the second son of Infanta Cristna of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín was born 6 December 2000{Source}. He has an older brother, and two younger siblings:

His godparents consisted of:
He was named for his maternal-maternal great-grandfather (meaning his mother's mother's father), King Paul of Greece.

Presently, he is 9th in line for the throne, after his uncle, aunt, four cousins, mother and elder brother.

He and his family recently spent a few years in the United States, in the Washington DC area, where he and his siblings attended school {Source}. Prior to moving to the United States, Pablo attended a French school near the family's home. In the 2012-2013 school year, the family returned to Spain{Source}. During the summer of 2013, Infanta Cristina moved with the children to Switzerland {Source}.

Royal Profile: Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein

Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein is the son of The Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein on 6 December 2000{Source}. He has two older brothers and an older sister{Source}:

Like his father and elder brothers, he is in line for the throne of the Principality of Liechtenstein. He is presently fourth in line after his father and two brothers.

One of the 15 year old Prince's godparents is Count Alexander of Quadt.

Through his mother, he is also in line for the Jacobite claims to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France.

Royal Profile: Princess Louise d'Orléans

Princess Louise Marie Isabelle d'Orléans was born 6 December 1999 as the second child and eldest daughter of Prince Charles-Louis d'Orléans and Ileana Manos {Source}. She has an older brother, three younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}:
  1. Prince Philippe Jacques Nicolas d'Orléans (1998)
  2. Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans (2001)
  3. Prince Constantin Foulques Alexandre d'Orléans (2003)
  4. Princess Isabelle Roxane Christine d'Orléans (2005)
As her royal family is defunct, she likely leads a normal life and next to nothing is known about her.

Royal Profile: Princess Sofia of Sweden, The Duchess of Värmland

Princess Sofia of Sweden, The Duchess of Värmland was born as Sofia Hellqvist on 6 December 1984 in Täby, Sweden, but grew up in Älvdalen, Dalarna, Sweden as the daughter of Erik and Marie Hellqvist{Source}.

Sofia studied accounting with computer application, specializing in business development, at the Institute of English and Business in New York {Source}. Sofia has also studied various courses such as global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory and in Swedish practice at Stockholm University{Source}.

During her time in New York, Sofia also studied at YTTP, Yoga To The People, to become a certified yoga instructor. She was also involved in setting up a yoga centre{Source}. During September and October 2009, Sofia carried out voluntary work in Ghana. She visited orphanages and helped build a centre for women{Source}. In 2010, Sofia founded the organisation Project Playground, together with Frida Vesterberg{Source}.

Project Playground is a non-profit organisation that helps vulnerable children and young people in areas and townships outside Cape Town, South Africa, primarily in Langa, which is the oldest township in the area{Source}. Project Playground strengthens children’s personal and social development via support programs and organised activities{Source}. With a focus on children and young people’s leisure time and the individual, Project Playground creates a safe platform and meeting place with activities and programs, run by adults that act as leaders and role models{Source}. The business has a total of 29 employees (26 in South Africa) and is one of the largest employers in the township of Langa{Source}. Sofia is President of Project Playground, and Frida Vesterberg is Vice President{Source}.

In addition to her charitable efforts, she has attended numerous official events. In 2013, she attended Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neil's wedding festivities (pre-wedding dinner,actual wedding ceremony) and In 2014, she was present at her soon-to-be niece's christening {Photos} and her soon-to-be sister-in-law's name day in July {Photos}.

Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip began dating sometime in early 2010. In August 2010, the Swedish Royal Court confirmed the relationship publicly{Source}. She and Prince Carl Philip had moved in together, residing at Villa Solbacken since the death of Princess Lilian last year.

Their engagement was announced on 27 June 2014, and a wedding is being planned for 13 June 2015 {Source}. In October 2015, it was announced that she and Prince Carl Philip are expecting their first child in the spring of 2016{Source}. On 19 April 2016, she gave birth to their first child:

  • Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland (2016)

Royal Profile: Alexander Johannsmann

Alexander Johannsmann was born 6 December 1977 as the son of show jumper Heinrich-Wilheim Johannsmann {Source}.

Nor much is known about his childhood and upbringing. He married Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg in a civil ceremony on 28 May 2010 {Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}:

He resides in Germany with his wife and children, where he and his wife run their own stud farm.

He shares a birthday with the following royals:

  • Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969) (Spain)

  • Sofia Hellqvist (1984) (future Princess of Sweden)
  • Don Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y Bórbon (2000) (Spain)
  • Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (2000)

Royal Profile: Don Juan Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 6 December 1969, the second child and elder son of Infanta Pilar of Spain and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre {Source}. He has one older sister and three younger brothers, as well as six nephews, two nieces and a sister-in-law {Source}:
  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Don José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1990-2012, div)
      1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
      2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
      3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza (m. 2002)
      1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
      2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
      3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2011)
  3. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Laura Ponte y Martinez (m. 2004, div. 2011)
      1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
      2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    2. Andrea Pascual Vicens (m. 2016)
      1. Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (2016) {Source}
  4. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)
    1. Mónica Martín Luque (m. 2004, div. 2013)
    2. Nadia Halamandari (m. 2016)
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (2016)
In April 2013, his American girlfriend gave birth to their first child, Nicolás, in the United States {Source}{Source}. He and his girlfriend were later married in a ceremony at the Spanish Embassy in Miami {Source}.

Little is known about Juan and his life as he is not considered a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in spite of being a nephew of King Juan Carlos and first cousin of King Felipe VI.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: November 28-December 4, 2016


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the signing of the grenscorrectie treaty in The Netherlands during their official visit to The Netherlands on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the duo attended a gala performance in their honor during their official visit to The Netherlands {Photos}. On Sunday, the monarch and his consort celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.

-King Philippe visited the  ESA technical center ESTEC in Noordwijk on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited organizations that benefit from funding from the Oranje Fund on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este attended a reception ahead of her Belgian Economic Mission to the US on Friday {Photo}. On Saturday, she began her Belgian Economic Mission to the US  {Source}

-Princess Léa celebrated her 65th birthday on Friday.


-Queen Jetsun Pema attended celebrations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Saturday {Photos}

-Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck & Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck attended a gala dinner to mark the opening of the exhibit  Royal Bridges on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck celebrated his 35th birthday on Friday.


-King Simeon & Queen Margarita joined members of the Romanian Royal Family Gara Gara Sinaia to Sibiu, Romania on Wednesday and Thursday {Source}{Source} On Thursday, they took part in Romania's National Day Celebrations{Source}


-Princess Norodom Veasna Diva attended a gala dinner to mark the opening of the exhibit  Royal Bridges on Wednesday {Source}


-Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Felix, Prince Nikolai, Alexandra, The Countess of Frederiksborg attended the opening performance of Nøddeknækkeren  on Thursday {Photos}.

-Queen Margrethe II held an audience with memebers of the government on Monday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik held several official audiences on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Danish king attended the 'News XChange' conference and visited the construction site of a new metro station {Photos}{Photos}{Video}{Photos}. On Thursday, he awarded the grants of the  Anders Lassen Foundation {Photos}
 -Clara Borthe Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg celebrated her 12th birthday on Monday.

-Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg celebrated his 15th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception for Princess Alexandra's patronages to mark her 80th birthday on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge,  Princess Eugenie of York, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a memorial service for the late Duke of Westminster on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Fitzwilliam Museum on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II visited Goodenough College on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the United Kingdom's longest reigning monarch held an investiture ceremony {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the Brompton Bicycle Factory on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a dinner for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and undertook a meeting with DoE Award Scheme members in Latvia on Wednesday {Photo}{Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the opening of the Hasbury Housing Partnership Affordable Homes on Friday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge held an investiture at Buckingham Palace and visited the Padley Development Centre  on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the 2016 Tusk Awards {Photos}.

-Prince Harry continued his Caribbean tour this week {Photos}{Photos}{Source}{Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall announced they are expecting a second child in the spring of 2017 on Wednesday {Source}

-Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Prince Pavlos attended a memorial service for the late Duke of Westminster on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Tatiana attended a gala dinner to mark the opening of the exhibit  Royal Bridges on Wednesday {Source}


-Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 36th birthday on Monday.


-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Castro, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Castro, Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of  Calabria & Palermo & Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Capri attended the opening of the exhibit Virtuti & Merito  on Friday {Photos}


-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito , Crown Princess Masako, Fumihito Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko of Akishino, Princess Mako of Akishino & Princess Kako of Akishino attended a state banquet is held in honor of Singapore President & First Lady's official visit to Japan on Wednesday {Photos}

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko attended a welcome ceremony for the President and First Lady of Singapore on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they held an audience with their granddaughter, Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi in honor of her 15th birthday{Photos}

-Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi celebrated her 15th birthday on Thursday {Official Birthday Photos}.

-Fumihito , Prince Akishino celebrated his 51st birthday on Wednesday.


-Queen Rania attended the Foreign Press Association Awards where she received the Foreign Press Association’s Humanitarian Award on Tuesday {Photos}. On Saturday, the Jordanian Queen accepted the Golden Heart Award at the 2016 A Heart for Children' (Ein Herz Fuer Kinder) Gala {Photos}
Previous royal winners of this award include Prince Harry of Wales (2010) & Princess Charlene of Monaco (2011)


-Prince Felix & Princess Claire welcomed their second child, a son, HRH Prince Liam Henri Hartmut de Nassau, on Monday {Source}

-Prince Liam Henri Hartmut de Nassau was born in Switzerland on Monday {Source}

-Prince Paul Louis de Nassau attended the 2016 Bal des Debutantes on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Tessy attended a gala dinner to mark the opening of the exhibit  Royal Bridges on Wednesday {Source}


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Princess Gabriella, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antointte de Massy attended the opening of the 2016 Christmas Village on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Stephanie & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the unveiling quilts of Fight Aids Monaco on tribute to people who died of AIDS on Monday {Photos}. On Friday the mother-daughter duo attended the Fight Aids Monaco auction for World Aids Day{Photos}.

-Princess Charlene attended the 2016 Bal de Noël on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie participated in the UN's high level meeting on ending the AIDS epidemic on Friday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 2016 Longines Paris Masters on Saturday {Photos}
Unlike previous years, when the event was sponsored by Gucci and she was a Gucci rider, she did not participate in the event.

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the Artsy and SoundCloud Present Collective Reality at The Faena Art Dome  on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the eldest daughter of Monaco's monarch attended the 50 Parties Book Launch Hosted by Standard Press and Ryan McGinness {Photo}
random speculation: she's been seen with Ian Mellencamp quite a bit lately...wonder if they are an item? Mellencamp is the nephew of singer John Mellencamp.


-Princess Lalla Salma attended the opening ceremony of the third edition of the World Innovation Summit for Health on Wednesday {Video}.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Margriet & Princess Beatrix attended a gala performance in honor of the Belgian visit to The Netherlands on Tuesday{Photos}{Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima attended the signing of the grenscorrectie treaty in The Netherlands on Monday {Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander visited the  ESA technical center ESTEC in Noordwijk on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima visited organizations that benefit from funding from the Oranje Fund on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday the Dutch consort attended opening of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) {Photos}. On Friday, she visited the De Pracht Community Centre {Photos}. On xxxday, she attended The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds 2016 {Photos}.

-Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven celebrated her 10th birthday on Monday.

-Princesse Zita de Bourbone-Parme attended the 2016 Les Bal de Debutates on Wednesday {Source}
Princess Zita de Bourbon-Parme is the daughter of Prince Charles-Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma who is the son of Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, thus a great-niece of Queen Anne of Romania and a 1st cousin 1x removed. Her escort was her distant cousin, Prince Paul Louis de Nassau.


-Queen Sonja awarded the Queen Sonja's School Prize to Ila skole on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of the Nordic Showcase on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, he opened the seminar Responsibility works {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Maritt met with several representatives from her various patronages on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Queen Consort visited Deichman Public Library, Majorstuen Branch {Photos}{Source}

-Prince Sverre Magnus celebrated his 11th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner awarded the 2016 Princess Astrid International Music Prize on Friday {Source}


-Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Radu & Princess Maria participated in a train ride from Gara Gara Sinaia to Sibiu, Romania on Wednesday and Thursday {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the royal trio took part in Romania's National Day Celebrations{Source}. On Friday, the trio arrived at Sibiu City Hall where they took part in meeting members of the local government {Source}

-Prince Radu visited the Humanitas Bookstore to attended the launch of Royal Christmas  on Friday {Source}

-Princess Sophie attended RoyalBridges as a photographer on Wednesday {Photos}


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended an official visit to Portugal on Monday and Tuesday {Source}.

-King Felipe VI attended the swearing in of the new Attorney General of the State on Monday {Source}

-Queen Letizia attended the International symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition on Friday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I arrived in Cuba to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro on Wednesday {Photos}

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo & Doña Victoria Fredrica de Marichalar de Bourbon attended Horse Week Madrid on Monday {Source}

-Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solis celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a meeting with Sweden's Foreign Minister, attended a luncheon for the President and First Lady of Poland on Wednesday {Source} {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended a seminar at Fryshuset on Friday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended a meeting of the Swedish Forien Relations Committee on Friday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held a meeting with the newly appointed Permanent Secretary to the Swedish Academy on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he held an audience with newly appointed Swedish Ambassadors to Morocco, Canada, and India {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia presided over a meeting of their foundation on Monday {Source}

-Queen Silvia attended the opening of the exhibition Baroque Blomsterjul  on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel & Princess Estelle attended the opening of the European Women's Handball Championship on Sunday {Photos}

-Princess Sofia attended a luncheon on the theme of social entrepreneurship and sustainability on Tuesday {Photos}


-Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was officially proclaimed King of Thailand under the name King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkunon Thursday {Source}{Photos}


-Sheikha Moza bint Nasser attended  the opening ceremony of the third edition of the World Innovation Summit for Health on Wednesday {Video}{Source}