Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Joseph Wenzel of Lienchtenstein

Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Lienchtenstein was born 24 May 1995 as the eldest child of Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein & Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein {Source}. The young prince has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}:
  1. Princess Marie Caroline (1996)
  2. Prince Georg (1999)
  3. Prince Nikolaus (2000)
His name comes from ancestors mostly{Source}:
  1. Joseph Wenzel: For his ancestor, Josef Wenzel, Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1712-1718 and 1748-1772
  2. Maximillian: for his maternal grandfather, Prince Max, Duke in Bravia & paternal uncle (and godfather), Prince Maximillian
  3. Maria: in accordance with Roman Catholic royalty traditions, in honor of the Virgin Mary.
As of 2013, he was attending Malvern College in England, where he had just been joined by his sister Princess Marie-Caroline {Source}{Source}. It is likely that Joesph Wenzel recieved his A-Levels in 2014.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: May 16-22, 2016

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore attended a welcoming ceremony for the official state visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan & Queen Rania of Jordan on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended an official state dinner in honor of King Abdullah II & Queen Rania of Jordan's State Visit on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este welcomed their first child on Tuesday {Source}.

-Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este was born on Tuesday  {Source}.
Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este is the first child of Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este and is named for her father's great grandmothers (deux grands grandmeres =two great grandmothers), Princess Anne d'Orleans and Princess Astrid of Sweden (who her paternal grandmother is also named after). Anna Astrid does not hold the title Princess of Belgium under the new title rules imposed by her great uncle, but is currently in 7th position in succession after her four 1st cousins 1x removed, grandmother, and father.

-Leopoldo Daniel Moncada celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary hosted a dinner for international gallery owners from ‘Art Basel’ on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the Women Deliver Conference on Monday through Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

Germany

-Prince Hubertus, Herditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha & Princess Kelly, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Duke of Lancaster Regiment on Tuesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex officially opened a school for autistic children & visited Cogges Manor Farm on Thursday {Source}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Land Rover BAR And The 1851 Trust on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the 2016 Whitney Museum Gala & Studio Party on Tuesday {Photos}

-Peter Mark Andrew Philips & Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

-The Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor celebrated her 6th birthday on Friday. 

Greece

-Crown Prince Pavlos celebrated his 49th birthday on Friday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Ranina attended to a State Visit to Belgium from Tuesday to Thursday {Photos}{Photos}. On Sunday, they attended Crown Prince Hussein's Georgetown University graduation{Source}

-Crown Prince Hussein graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International History on Sunday {Source}

-Princess Ayah bint Al-Faisal & Mohammad Talal Halawani celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Prince Rashid bin El Hassan celebrated his 37th birthday on Friday.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Maximilian celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday.

-Prince Alfons celebrated his 15th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Benedikt celebrated his 8th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer celebrated her 45th birthday on Monday.

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sevrre Magnus & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended the Norway National Day celebrations on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the attended the opening of The Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park {Photos}.

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima & Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau attended the Women Deliver Conference on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Maxima celebrated her 45th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia  attend a Religious Mass of tribute and remembrance of the victims of the earthquakes that took place in April in Ecuador on Tuesday {Photos}. On Sunday, the royal pair celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary.

-Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 43rd birthday on Friday.

Sorry about the delay with this, this week....my computer was down a couple of days, but its back up and running ,for the time being. Now to spend the next few days catching up on articles! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Royal Profile: Leopoldo Daniel Moncada

Leopoldo Daniel Moncada was born 21 May 2001 in London, England, as the second child and son of Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium and Salvador Enrique Moncada {Source}. He has an older sister {Source}:
  1. Alexandra Leopoldine Moncada (1998)
Through his mother, he is a half-cousin of the current King of the Belgians, King Philippe as King Albert II is Marie-Esmeralda's half brother. He is also related to Grand Duke Henri as Grand Duke Henri's mother is Leopold's mother's eldest half sibling.

Moncada does not have succession rights or perform any public duties, therefore not much is known about him and it is likely he lives a fairly normal life with his family in either Honduras (where his father originated from), England (where he and his sister were born and their parents married) or Belgium (where his mother is a princess and his half-cousin is the king).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Royal Profile: The Lady Cosima Windsor

The Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor was born 20 May 2010, the younger of two children of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Claire, Countess of Ulster {Source}. She has one older brother:
  1. Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)

She is one of 6 grandchildren of The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester.

The little girl is presently 27th in line for the British Throne{Source}.

Due to her age, and distance to the throne, little is known about her and she is primarily kept from the public eye. Her father works as a Director of Transnational Crisis Project and is a former British Army officer {Source} Her mother is a doctor. 

Royal Profile: Prince Rashid bin El Hassan of Jordan

Prince Rashid bin El Hassan of Jordan was born on 20 May 1979 as the son of Prince Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan.

He was educated in Jordan and the United Kingdom. He began his education at Amman Baccalaureate School, before heading off to England. In England, he first attened Port Regis School, before going for his GCSE's at Harrow School. He attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He also attended the University of Cambridge, earning at B.A. Hons. in Oriental Studies.

Upon graduation, he returned to Jordan to begin a career in the Jordanian Armed Forces. He also undertook several military courses in the mid-1990s. In addition to his military career, he also has found time for charity work. He is or was part of the following organizations:
  1. Jordan Amateur Boxing Association (Head, 1999-2007)
  2. The Hasemite Charitable Organization (Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 2002-Present)
  3. Jordan Polo Team (Captain, 2005-Present)
  4. Cooperative Monitoring Center Amman (Chairman, 2006-Present)
  5. Jordan Taekondo Federation (President, 2007-Present)

His engagement to Miss Zeina Shaban was announced on 3 July 2010. They were married just over a year later, on 22 July 2011. Together, they have two children:
  • Prince Hassan bin Al-Rashid of Jordan (2013)
  • Prince Talal bin Al-Rashid of Jordan (2016)
Prince Rashid bin El Hassan is currently 16th in line for the throne, and his cousin is currently the King of Jordan.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark was born in Athens on 20 May, 1967 as the second child of King Constantine & Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes {Source}. At seven months old, he moved with his family to Rome, before settling in London in 1974{Source}. 

His education began in England, finished in the United States. He attended the Hellenic College that was founded by his parents{Source}.The Crown Prince graduated the United World College in 1986 Prince Pavlos graduated the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in international relations, Law and Organisation in 1993 and the Georgetown Masters School of Foreign Service with a Masters Degree in Foreign Relations and Economics - specializing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans{Source}.

After finishing at UWC, he went on to serve as a Lieutenant in the British Army{Source}. He completed his officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and was awarded the position of Commandant' Stick Orderly{Source}.. He was then awarded a Short Service Commission in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, where he served for three years{Source}.

Between 1995 and 1997, Crown Prince Pavlos was employed by the Charles R. Weber Company Inc. in the operation and marketing departments{Source}. In February 1997, he co-founded Griphon Asset Management, an alternative investment fund-of-funds{Source}. In November 1998, he co-founded Ivory Capital Group LLC, an investment firm dedicated to managing private investment partnerships, which include a fundamental value based hedge fund and a fund-of-funds{Source}.

In 2002 he co-founded Ortelius Capital Partners LLC, an alternative asset management group specializing in hedge funds, while in 2003 he co-founded Brigantine, a value based equity fund{Source}.

Crown Prince Pavlos married Marie-Chantal Miller, (HRH Crown Princess Marie-Chantal), in London, in 1995{Source}.

They have 5 children, all of who bear the style HRH Prince/ss of Greece & Denmark {Source}.:
  1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (1999)
  4. Prince Odysseas-Kimon (2004)
  5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008).

Crown Prince Pavlos and his family currently reside in London{Source}.

The Crown Prince of Greece is active on the internet, maintaining his own site and twitter account. You can follow HRH Crown Prince Pavlos' blog, AGORA, hosted on the online magazine Periscope Post, and on twitter (@pavlosgr1){Source}.

Royal Profile: Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 20 May 1973 as the second to youngest child of Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre (1934-1991) {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}:



  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968) 
    1. Don José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1990, div 2012) 
      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 Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, Viscount de la Torre (1969) 
    1. Winston Holmes Carney (m. 2011) 
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013) 
  3. 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) 
  4. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974) 
    1. Mónica Martín Luque in Madrid (m. 2004-2013) 

Not much is known about his upbringing, but it was likely pretty normal. He married Laura Ponte y Martinez in September 2004. Together, they have two children, twins:

  1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005) 
  2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005) 

Luis and Laura separated in 2009, and officially divorced in 2011. He married for a second time to Andrea Pascual Vicenes on 27 February 2016.






It is likely that Luis leads a fairly normal life as he is not considered part of succession. If he was he wouldn't be any higher than 22nd place.