Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 21-27, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel,Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore attended the Te Deum at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2014 on Monday {Video}{Video}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este,Prince Laurent & Princess Claire presided over military parade along the Place des Palais on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Laurent attended a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven Airbase to witness the arrival of planes from Ukraine carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) on Wednesday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Henrik, Prince consort, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine,Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nickolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik, Princess Athena, PrincessBenedikte, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth posed for the press during their traditional family holiday at Gråsten Slot on Thursday {Video}{Photos}

-Prince Felix celebrated his 12th birthday on Tuesday.

-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Jogannasmann celebrated his 4th birthday on Thursday.


Great Britain

-Prince Geogre of Cambridge celebrated his 1st birthday on Tuesday.

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko visited the Minamisanriku Sun Shopping Village on Wednesday {Source}.


Liechtenstein

-Princess Georgina celebrated her 9th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Princess Stephanie & Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended the 10th annual FIGHT AIDS Monaco Gala on Friday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended Sundance TV's The Honourable Woman screening hosted by The Cinema Society with Tod's And Elle on Wednesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima  met with the families of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, alongside several Dutch and international officials, the King and Queen of The Netherlands  attended a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven Airbase to witness the arrival of planes from Ukraine carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) {Photos}.

-King Williem-Alexander gave a broadcast speech about the MH17 disaster after meeting with families of the victims on Monday {Video}


Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia met with 200 students who were participating in the Ruta BBVA 2014 program on Monday {Photos}{Source}. On Tuesday, the newly crowned royal pair gave an official introductary visit to Paris, France, where they attended  a luncheon in their honor, a meeting at the Assemblée Nationale with the Président de l'Assemblée Nationale {Photos}


Friday, July 25, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark was born 25 July 1996 in New York, NY USA the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. She has four younger brothers:
  • Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)

Her godparents were {Source}:
  • Princess Alexia of Greece (her paternal aunt)
  • Prince Michael of Greece (her 1st cousin 2x removed)
  • Prince Charles of Wales(her 2nd cousin 2x removed)
She has grown up mostly in the US and Europe. She was born in the US, and likely lived here until she was at least two, before the family temporary went back to England, where her brother Odysseus-Kimon was born in 2004. Four years later, she was back in the US, this time on the "left coast", where her youngest brother was born in Los Angeles in 2008.


Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, she still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with her paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, she attended her new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, she was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, she was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos} and attended the annual ARK Gala Dinner with her parents {Photos}. In 2012, along side her mother and grandfather, she attended a dinner and private view of'Valentino: Master Of Couture' {Photos}. In 2013, she attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}. She has also designed her own handbag for charity called "The Japan Bag", which was sold by her mother's line, Marie Chantal, that was released in September 2013 and will benefit the construction of a new nursery school in the tsunami-devastated town of Minami Sanriku in Japan {Source}. The bag can be purchased in three locations online, at Marie-Chantal's Hawaii store or at the store in Guam  {Source}. The bag is still available for purchase on the online for $75+shipping and handling.

It is really unknown where she attended/attends school. It's likely she speaks English and Greek, if not some Danish and other languages as well.


She is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.

She is related to the following monarchies:

Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is her great-aunt.
Spain: Queen Sofia is her pa Great-Great aunt. King Juan Carlos is her 3rd cousin 1x removed.
Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is her 1st cousin 2x removed.
Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is her 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is her 1st cousin 3x removed.
Norway: King Harald is her 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Royal Profile: Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann

Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann was born 24 July 2010 as the first child of Nathalie, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann{Source}.

He was named for various relatives {Source}:
  • Konstantin: for her father's middle name and his great-uncle Constantine of Greece
  • Gustav: for her brother/his godfather
  • Heinrich: for his father
  • Richard: for her father

His godparents were{Source}:
  • Crown Princess Mary (his mother's cousin's wife)
  • Ann-Kathrin Joannasmann (his paternal aunt)
  • Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (his maternal uncle)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge {Source}. He is also the first grandchild of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  {Source}.

Like his father, he is in line to succeed the British throne after his great grandmother and grandfather {Source}. His birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria, when she, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and George VI were all alive.

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The Following were his godparents{Source}:

  • Mrs. Zara Anne Philips Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Mr. Oliver Baker (university friend of his parents)
  • Mrs. Emilla Jardine-Paterson (childhood friend of his mother)
  • Hugh Grosvnor, Earl Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  • Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his paternal deceased grandmother)
Like with the previous royal christenings, the young prince wore a replica of the christening robe worn by Queen Victoria that was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and water was from the River Jordan. For the first time, the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening.

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket  {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him  {Source}.


Per the British Patent issued by King George V in 1917, Prince George of Cambridge was entitled to inherit the title Prince of Cambridge, however, in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II issued her own patent, granting the rights to all of Prince William's children for the use of Prince/ss of Cambridge. Per the 1917 patent, the rights were to only the eldest son, and   all other children would have been either The Lord XXX Mountbatten-Windsor or The Lady YYY Mountbatten-Windsor if born prior to the beginning Prince Charles or Prince William's reign. However, with Queen Elizabeth's patent, all of Prince William's children will be titled Prince or Princess of Cambridge from birth.

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark{Source}. He has an older brother, Prince Nikolai, a younger half-brother, Prince Henrik and a younger half-sister, Princess Athena{Source}..

Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}. At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.

His godparents are:

  • Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  • Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  • Damian Sibley
  • Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  • Annick Boel

He was named:
  • Felix:a name his parents liked, that means "Happy And Prosperous."
  • Henrik: after his paternal grandfather, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.
  • Valdemar: is a common royal Danish name; his father and his cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark, also have Waldemar/Valdemar as one of their names.
  • Christian: is a common royal Danish name, as most Kings of Denmark are either Christian or Frederik; it could also be for one of his godparents, Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.


Prince Felix attended pre-school at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen. Upon turning six years old, he followed in the footsteps of his father, brother and uncle at Krebs School in Østerbro, of which he presently attends.


He is presently 8th in line for the Danish throne after his uncle, four cousins, father, and older brother. He is also distantly in line for the British throne as a great x5 grandchild of King Christian XI of Denmark and greatx4 grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 14-20, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attend the concert "Prelude to National Day" on Sunday {Source}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde  assist the Bal National on Sunday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of l'asbl Cliniclowns Belgique on Tuesday{Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II,Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception for the winners of The Queens Awards for Enterprise on Monday{Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II attended a luncheon for the Worshipful Company of Drapers to celebrated the group's 650th anniversary on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the second longest reigning British monarch officially opened the Reading Railway Station, and toured the new High Output System before meeting with staff and viewing various displays {Source}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh met with the outgoing and incomming Colonel Commandant pf the Intelligence Corps, and attended the Doggett's Coat and Badge Wager Rowing Race and luncheon on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the second longest reigning British consort visited Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall met members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and visited businesses affected by the floods of winter/spring 2014 in Looe on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future King and his consort visited River Cottage Restaurant Park Farm, visited the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Training Academy {Source}

-Prince Charles of Wales attended the 100th anniversary of the towns of Devonport, Stonehouse and Plymotuth to form the city of Plymouth and visited the Grand Hotel, Plymouth on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future King visited a Duchary Originals Future Farming Field Labratory at Eastbrook Farm, and met with participants of his Food and Farming Summer School  {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Cornish Orchards and opened the new Cider Cellar, attended the 20th anniversary reception of Greymare Farm on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the heir-consort reopened the Exeter Library{Source}. On Thursday, she celebrated her 67th birthday.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of Yorkunveiled the Woodley War Memorial on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's second son  attended the Open Championship of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence attended a dinner for the WWI Centenary Woods Project on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal opened Arrow Vale Academy, opened Ipsley Academy, and  attended a Charity Race Dinner for Carers Trust on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter met with the president of the Canadian Therapeudic Riding Association, attended the annual Catch 22 Awards Ceremony, and attended the Howard League for Penal Reform "Community Sentences Cut Crime" Conference and Awards {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a cricket match in support of United for Wildlife on Monday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Coventry War Memorial Park on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future King officially launched the new First World War Galleries and the new Atrium at the Imperial War Museum{Source}.

-Zara Anne Philips Tindall & Mia Grace Tindall attended the Dauntsey Park Horse Trials on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester met with the current and outgoing Commanding officers of The Royal Anglian Regiment on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's cousin met with the outgoing and incoming Chairmans of the Friends of St. Clement Danes and met with the outgoing and incoming Commanding officers of the 6th Battalion The Rifles, and attended the "Seoul in the City" Concert {Source}. On Thursday, he   visited Rolls Royce Limited,visited Arnos Vale Cemetery to commerate its 175 anniversary, opened the Underwood Centre before laying a wreath at the First World War Memorial, visited the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Project at Avonbridge Trading Estate{Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended a service to mark the 650th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Drapers on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited the Imperial War Museum's new galleries on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's cousin attended the 1st degree ceremonies of the University of Surrey at Guildford Cathedral{Source}. On Thursday, The Duke of Kent attended the WWI Conference and attended a concert for King's Lynn Festival Limited {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy visited the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service Unit at Falmouth Fire Station and visited Seasalt Clothing Limited on Thursday{Source}.

Jordan

-Princess Sumaya bint EL Hassan opened the “Petra Desert Wonder” exhibit on Saturday {Photo}.
Princess Sumaya bint EL Hassan is a first cousin of Jordan's present monarch, King Abdullah II.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Constantin & Princess Marie celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Princess Marie celebrated her 39th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the Bastille Day celebrations on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, Monaco's sovereign prince attended the inauguration of the new exhibition entitled, Art Lovers {Source}{Photos}. On Wednesday, the soon-to-be father of three inaugurated L’Ecole Charles-Imbert in Sainte-Agnès, France{Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover celebrated her 15th birthday on Sunday.

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I held several audiences on Tuesday and Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-King Williem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima signed a condolence card for those affected by the Malaysia airline tragedy on Friday {Source}

-Princess Laurentien attended the opening of the International Congress for the Study of Child Language on Monday {Source}

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 41st birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI presided over the Council of Ministers and met with newly appointed ambassadors from Uganda, Mozambique, Iran, Korea, Chile and Pakistan on Friday {Source}{Source}

-Queen Letizia attended the inauguration of the summer courses of the International School of Music of the Prince of Asturias Foundation on Friday {Source}

-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 16th birthday on Thursday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine & Mr. Christopher Paul O'Neil attended the 2014 Victoriadagen on Monday {Source}{Source}
Also in attendance was the future Princess Sofia of Sweden, Sofia Hellqvist

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 37th birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile:Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sojna. He has one elder sister, Princess Martha Louise{Source}.

The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}.. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}.. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

He is the patron of a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra{Source}..

In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015{Source}.. In this capacity he has traveled to Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana{Source}..

Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum{Source}. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009{Source}. The Crown Prince’s term ended in 2010, and he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community{Source}. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members{Source}.

As for his personal life, he married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Mette-Marit has one biological son from a previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby, but he spends the majority of his time with the Crown Princely Family, so it's logical that the future king would consider him like a son-he is even listed as a member of the family of the official website of the Royal Family, biography and all {Source} Together, The Crown Prince and Princess have two biological children{Source}:


In what spare time he has, the future King enjoys winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music{Source}. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities {Source}.