Saturday, March 25, 2017

Royal Profile: Dom Alfonso, Prince of Beira

Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Raphael, Prince of Beira was born 25 March 1996 as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of Braganza.

At barely three months old, on 1 June 1996, he was baptized with the following as his godparents:
  • Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
  • Afonso Miguel de Herédia (his maternal uncle)

He has two younger siblings:




He is presently is heir-apparent to the Portuguese throne, that is presently defunct. His full title/style is:
His Royal Highness the August and Most Serene Prince Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael, 16th Prince of Beira and by Mercy of the King D. Sebastian I, 18th Duke of Barcelos


He is reportedly currently being educated in England.

Royal Profile: Philipp von Lattorff

Philipp von Lattorff was born 25 March 1968 as the son of Claus-Jürgen von Lattorff & Countess Julia Batthyány de Német-Újvár{Source}.

He married Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein on 5 June 1999{Source}. Together, they have seven children{Source}:

  1. Lukas von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Elisabeth von Lattorff (2002)
  3. Marie von Lattorff (2004)
  4. Camilla von Lattorff (2005)
  5. Anna von Lattorff (2007)
  6. Sophie von Lattorff (2009)
  7. Maximilian von Lattorff (2011)

Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis legally known as Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis was born 24 March 1982 is the middle child and second daughter of Countess Gloria of Schonborn-Glauchau and Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. She has one older sister, a brother-in-law, a niece, and a brother:
  1. Princess Maria Theresia  von Thurn und Taxis(1980)
    1. Hugo Wilson (1982, m. 2014)
      1. Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (2015)
  2. Prince Albert  von Thurn und Taxis (1983).

 When she was only 8 years old, her father died after two failed heart surgeries {Source}.

She was educated at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the 1990s. She also attended the American University of Paris.

Because of her mother's jet-set lifestyle, she and her siblings were frequent guests of Michael Jackson. After the music superstar's 2009 death, she defended his not-so stellar reputation saying that she: "Couldn't imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend"{Source}

She has frequently been featured in socialite diaries and on various Vanity Fair pieces. In 2009, she was featured in Vanity Fair's piece titled "Fortune's Children", a list that includes fellow royals Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco). {Source}.

Elisabeth "works" as a writer and a blogger. She has written for the British Catholic Herald{Source} She was Features Editor for the Finch’s Quarterly Review. She also has written for NY based Quest, Germany based Monopol.

The princess was made a Dame of the Order of Malta in 2009, in which capacity she has several times accompanied the disabled and elderly on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In her free time, she practices a form of Pilates known as "True Pilates"{Source}, and is a fan of kitesurfing & waterskiing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Lord George Carnegie

Lord George William Carnegie was born 23 March 1992 as the second son of David Carnegie, 4th Duke of Fife and Caroline Carnegie, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. He has two brothers {Source}:

  • Charles Duff Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (1989)
  • Lord Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
He shares a birthday with his distantly related cousin, Princess Eugenie of York. He is currently 70th in succession for the British throne as a greatx4 grandson of Queen Victoria through King Edward VII{Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Eugenie of York

Princess Eugenie Helena Victoria of York was born 23 March 1990 as the second daughter of The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York {Source}. She has one older sister {Source}:

  • Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)



As of 2016, she is presently 8th in line for the British Throne after her uncle, two cousins, two first cousins 1x removed, father and sister {Source}.

She was educated in the United Kingdom  {Source}. She attended the Upton House School, Coworth Park School and St. George's School, Ascot for her prepatory education  {Source}. She attended Marlborough College for her A-Levels, earning A-Levels in Art, English Literature and History of Art in 2008   {Source}. In September 2009, Princess Eugenie started a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University. Princess Eugenie graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 degree  {Source}.

In 2002, she underwent back surgery to correct a scoliosis condition  {Source}. As a result of her experience, she is keen to support others going through similar treatments {Source}.

As a member of the British Royal Family, she often takes part in charitable acts. In April 2012, Princess Eugenie agreed to become Patron of the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal  {Source}. In June 2012, Princess Eugenie was one of around 3,000 cyclists to take part in Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through London, where she raised money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation {Source}. Princess Eugenie is a Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador and a member of the Committee of the Young Marlburian Foundation  {Source}.

Princess Eugenie is pursuing a career in the art world and completed a three month cookery course in 2012  {Source}. In 2015, the young princess resided in the United States, where she worked at the online auction house, Paddle 8{Source}. After two years in the United States, she returned to the United Kingdom, where she is working at Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director {Source}.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 22 March 1972 as the third son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three brothers, three sisters-in-law, five nieces, and three nephews {Source}:

  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Berhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
    1. Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
      1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
His five godparents are:
On 24 July 2010 Prince Pieter-Christiaan was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands.


His childhood was spent at an estate nearthe Het Loo Palace. He attended to his primary educations in The Netherlands. After graduation, he began a career in the military. His military career began with enlisting in the Royal Marechaussee, where he remains a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel today. He also managed to find time to undertake a degree in LL. M. in Law at Utrecht University, which he earned in 1999.In 2003, he successfully completed a MBA in Internation Institute for Manage Development. Begining in 2004, he started working as a marketing strategist for the ICT-company Shopservices. In September 2004, he became a Lieutenant Colonel at the Operations Department of the Central Office of the Royal Marechaussee.

From 2000-2003, he resided in London and worked for Equity Capital Markets.

He married Anita van Eijk in a civil ceremony on 25 August 2005 in a religious ceremony on 27 August 2005. Since he did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, due to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, Pieter-Christiaan lost his place in the succession to the Dutch throne when he married Anita. Together, they have two children:

  • Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  • Pieter Anton Marits Erik van Bollenhoven (2008)

Royal Profile: Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold

Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold was born 22 March 1965 as the son of Niels-August Otto Carl Nicolas Silfverschiold & Princess Désirée, Baorness Silfverschiold {Source}. He has the two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a niece and two nephews{Source}:

  1. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Hans Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng (m. 1999)
      1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
      2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
      3. Fred Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng(2004)
  2. Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)
He married Gunilla Maria Fredrikson on 18 June 2005 {Source}. Together, they have one daughter {Source}:
  1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)

Royal Profile: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg was born María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla on born 22 March 1956, the daughter of José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre in Mariano, Havanna, Cuba.

During Cuba's revolution in the late 1950s, Maria and her parents left Cuba for the United States. While growing up in New York, NY, she studied at the Marymount School and took ballet, voice, skiing, water sports and ice-skating. At the age of 5, she began to study at theLycée Français de New York. At 9 years old, she and her family moved to Santander, Spain and then to Geneva, Switzerland. During the family's stay in Switzerland, she attended Institut Marie-José in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she successfully passed the French Baccalaureate in June 1975. She then attended University of Geneva, where in 1980 awarded she the degree in Political Science. While at University, she was part of a group taking care of visiting elderly in nursing homes. She has also taught catechism in a classroom of children in Geneva. His social commitment becomes a passion, continues and is growing again, after installation in the Grand Duchy.

During her youth, she kept with her family's tradition of being interested in social and humanitarian problems and having civic involvement. On 10 June 1997, she becomes Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the fight against poverty, to promote microcredit and education of girls. In the field of microfinance and more recently through the concept of Social Business, she worked for many years closely with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and in collaboration with key players in Luxembourg. In April 2007, the Grand Duchess is named "Eminent Advocate for Children", UNICEF, focusing its first Action for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.

Many sponsorships and commitments in socio-cultural and charitable organizations such as Luxembourg the Luxembourg Red Cross with the Grand Duchess took the Chair and the Cancer Foundation of which she assumes the Presidency of honor.

The Gramd Duchess has recieved numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts. In 1999, she was given an honorary doctoral degree from Seton Hall University (USA) {Source}. In 2003, she was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Leon (Nicaragua){Source}. In 2006, she was awarded with the UN's Path to Peace Award{Source}. In 2008, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malata {Source}

While at UoG, she met her future husband the Hereditary Grand Duke Henri{Source}. On Valentine's Day 1981, they were married. Together, they have 5 children, three daughters-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter. They are{Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
  2. Prince Félix of Luxembourg (1984)
    1. Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg (1985, m. 2013)
      1.  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
  3. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)


After 19 years and 9 months as the Hereditary Grand Duchess, she became the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg was born 21 March 2004 as the only son of Prince Constantjn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands{Source}. He is the only grandson of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands{Source}
He has two sisters{Source}:
  • Countess Eloise (2002)
  • Countess Leonore (2006)


He lives in Belgium{Source}. He is presently 6th in line for the Dutch throne after his three cousins, father and elder sister{Source}\ He is called 'Clausimir' by his family and the press.
He is named for:
  • Claus: his paternal grandfather
  • Casimir:distant ancestor Henry Casimir II, Count of Nassau-Dietz
  • Bernhard: paternal great-grandfather
  • Marius: maternal uncle
  • Max: father's godfather


His birth was overshadowed by the death of his paternal great-grandmother, Princess Julianna, the day before his birth.


By Royal Decree of 11 May 2001, nr. 227, it was determined that all children and male-line descendants of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands would 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. Therefore, his official title is Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Maruys Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkeervan Amsberg

Royal Profile: Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg

Princess Claire Margareta of Luxembourg was born Claire Margareta Lademacher on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany as the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher{Source} Princess Claire has one sibling{Source}:
  • Felix Lademacher
She grew up in Usingen,Hochtaunuskreis, Germany{Source}

On 13 December 2012, Claire Lademacher had been engaged to Prince Félix of Luxembourg, whom she married on September 2013{Source}. On the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Félix of Luxembourg, she became Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:
  •  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
Through her marriage, she became the daughter-in-law of Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg{Source}. She also gained the following sibings-in-law and niece and nephews{Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
  2. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  4. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)
She was educated in Germany, The USA, Switzerland, France {Source}. She attended primary school in Germany{Source}.At 11 years old, Princess Claire moved with her family to Atlanta, USA{Source}. She attended the Atlanta International School from 1996-1999{Source}. In 1999, the Lademacher family returned to Germany{Source}.There, Claire was enrolled in the Frankfurt International School{Source}. She completed her formal education at the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil", where she received the Prize of Excellency in 2003{Source}. After receiving her baccalaureate, which focused on History, English, German, Psychology and Art, Claire decided to major in International Communications at the American University of Paris{Source}. After graduating from university in 2007, she took her first steps into a professional career at the advertising department of the Condé Nast publishing house in New York and Munich{Source}.She also worked as a project manager at IMG World in Berlin{Source} At the end of 2011, Claire decided to continue her studies and begin a Masters in Bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which she received with summa cum laude{Source}.

Alongside her studies, she has been working for the Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights at UNESCO since 2009, in particular in the fields of research, event coordination and communication{Source}. Currently, Princess Claire works on her PhD on the ethical aspects of organ donation consent{Source}. As part of her studies, Claire has spent 2012 as a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.{Source}.

She speaks German, English. French and Italian (and likely at least some Luxembourgish!) {Source}.From a young age, Princess Claire has had a passion for dance{Source}. She is very athletic and enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, badminton and skiing{Source}.

She has close ties to nature and has been interested in photography and music since she was a teenager{Source}. Inspired by her parents, she takes an interest in social and cultural issues{Source}. In addition, Princess Claire has traveled widely, getting involved in humanitarian projects, in particular in Tirupur, India in the autumn of 2002{Source}.