Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Royal Profile:Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh

Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh was born 17 December 2014 as the illegitimate son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad  Elmaleh {Source}.

His godparents are his great-aunt and great-uncle, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene {Source}.

Although only a year old, he can frequently be seen out and about with his parents. The little family was spotted vacationing together in France and vacationing in the US.

Currently, as his parents are not married, he is not included in the line of succession, however, if one day his parents were to marry, he would gain succession rights.

Royal Profile: Maximilian von Lattorff

Maximilian von Lattorff was born 17 December 2011 as the youngest child of Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein and Philipp Baron von Lattorff{Source}. He has six older siblings, one brother and five sisters {Source}:
It is likely given that he is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture. It is likely that he is learning to speak German, the official language of Liechtenstein. He shares a birthday with:
  • James, Viscount Sevrn (2007)
  • Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)

Royal Profile: James, Viscount Sevrn

James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn was born 17 December 2007 as the only son and youngest child of The Earl and Countess of Wessex {Source}. He has one older sister:

His godparents were{Source}:

  • Denise Poulton ( a friend of his parents)
  • Jeanye Irwin (a former American flatmate of his mother's)
  • Alastair Bruce (a Scots Guard Falklands veteran, who is a friend of his mother's)
  • Duncan Bullivant 
  • Tom Hill

At only a few weeks old, he was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital for what Buckingham Palace called a "minor allergic reaction".

It is believed that he attends St. George's School, Windsor Castle, like his elder sister, where he should be in his 3rd year at the school. 

Because he is so young, and so far down in the line of succession, he rarely makes public appearances or performs public duties. In 2009, he attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. In 2010, he attended the family's 10-day cruise to celebrate the 50th birthday of Prince Andrew and 60th birthday of Princess Anne. However, this summer he made several appearances, including attending the Thames River Pagent with his family in the honor of his grandmother and several London 2012 Olympic events including several Paralympic events. In 2013, he made his first balcony appearnce during the Trooping of Colour {Photos}, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show {Photos}. In 2014, he cheered on his big cousin, Zara at the Festival of British Eventing, joined several members of his family at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este was born 15 December 1955, the second child of HRH Arch-Duke Robert d'Autriche-Este and of HRH Princesse Margherite de Savoie-Aoste.

He attended his secondary education in France. After recieving his high school diploma, he studied at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Innsbruck (Austria), earning a degree in Economics and Social Sciences.

On 22 September 1984, he married Princess Astrid, and they set up a home in Switzerland, from 1984-1993. Then they returned with their children to Belgium. Their five children and daughter-in-law are:

He works full time in the banking industry, as well as takes part in activities of the Royal Family on a regular basis. He often attends ceremonies and official engagements in the company of his wife. He has served as honorary president of the Council of the Association Royale des Demeures Historiques de Belgique since 2004, and is a patron of Europae Thesauri, and served as deputy chairman of the Société des Amis of the Almanach de Gotha.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

Flora Alexandra Ogilvy was born 15 December 1994 as the elder of two children of James Robert Bruce Ogilvy and Julia Ogilvy {Source}. She is a granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy{Source}. She has one younger brother, Alexander {Source}.

She was educated at Rugby School before beginning at St. Andrews University in the fall of 2013  {Source}.

During her gap year in 2013, she appeared in an episode of Downton Abbey {Source}.

Currently, as of December 2014, she is 48th in line for the British throne{Source}. However, when the new succession laws go into effect and with the birth of the Cambridge's second child in 2015, she will be 54th in line.

It is likely that Miss Ogilvy lives a relatively normal life. She has seldom made royal appearances throughout the years, such as appearing at the gala preview of Mary Poppins {Photos}, her grandfather's funeral {Photos} and last year's Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace {Photo}

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 8-14, 2014


-Archduke Carl Christian & Archduchess Marie Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg a viewing of Queen Fabiola's body on Tuesday {Photos}. They also attended her funeral on Friday {Photos}
Archduchess Marie-Astrid was Queen Fabiola's niece through her marriage to King Baudin and is the daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium.


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a viewing of Queen Fabiola's body on Tuesday {Photos}.

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este, Elisabetta “Lili”, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princes Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este, Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Laetia Maria, Arcduchess of Austria-Este,Prince Laurent, Princess Claire, Princess Louise, Prince Nicolas, Prince Aymeric attended Queen Fabiola's funeral on Friday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attend a 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge commemoration ceremony on Sunday {Source}
-Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric celebrated their 9th birthday on Saturday.


-Queen Margarethe II attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with the Ambassador from Romania to the Court of St. James's and the Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, visited with the President and First Lady of the Republic of Albania, and attended the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York held a Trustees meeting of Outward Bound Trust, presented the Outward Bound Trust's Chairman Awards, and hosted a luncheon for the Outward Bound Trust, and  presented The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex  hosted a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme on Monday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Christmas luncheon for those being cared for by the Helen & Douglas House on Thursday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited The Countess of Wessex String Orchestra of the Corps of Army Music and attended a dinner at the Wallace Collection on Monday  {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Friday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a meeting of the Interantional Olympic Comittee in Monaco on Monday  {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended to a three day whirlwind tour of the United States, visiting Washington DC and New York City from Monday to Wednesday  {Source}. See here for a full recap.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the ceremony for the Football Remembers memorial to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce and visited St Basils on Friday {Photos} {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2014 Sentebale Christmas Carol Service on Thursday {Photos}. On Sunday, the younger son of the future King attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York visited The York Royal Theatre on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the St. Andrew's University 600th Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday {Source}.

-Sarah, Duchess of York attended the UK premiere of The Theory Of Everything  on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended the annual Awards Luncheon of the British Racing Drivers' Club on Monday  {Source}. 


-Princess Christa Ingeborg of Thurn and Taxis celebrated her 73rd birthday on Sunday.


-Empress Michiko   attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Naruhito viewed the exhibition, Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: Verso una Maniera Moderna on Thursday {Video}.

-Crown Princess Masako celebrated her 51st birthday on Tuesday.


-Princess Margaretha  attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke , Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke , Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the oath-swearing ceremony of the President of the European Court of Justice on Wednesday {Photos}


-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Miss Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret, Miss Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy, Miss Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, Baron Jean Leonard Taubert-Natta & Baroness Suzanne Taubert-Natta attended a mass and a ceremony to witness the Cérémonie “des actes de naissances” *(Ceremony of birth certificates aka the signing of the birth certificates in the palace register) on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended the UEFA Champions League Group C match between AS Monaco FC and FC Zenit Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene gave birth to the royal twins on Wednesday{Source}{Video}.

-Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier & Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie were born on Wednesday {Source}{Video}. The Royal pair will make their debut to their people with their parents on 7 January{Source}.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet,  Mr. Pieter Van Vollenhoven, Prince Floris, Princess Aimée; Prince Bernhard, Princess Annette, Prince Maurits, Princess Marilène; Prince Pieter-Christiaan & Princess Anita attended a gala for the Fonds Slachtofferhulp on Monday {Source}

-King Williem-Alexander I officially opened the Nationaal Militair Museum on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrix attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}


-King Harald & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}


-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, Mr. Christopher O'Neil & Miss Sofia Helviqst attended the 2014 Nobel Prize Ceremony on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended Queen Fabiola of Belgium's funeral on Friday {Photos}

Royal Profile:Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis was born 14 December 1941 as the daughter of Erich and Ingeburg Heinle{Source}.

She married Prince Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis on 14 March 1973 (civil) and 14 March 1973 (religous) {Source}. Together, they have two sons {Source}:
As her marriage was no equal (she was a commoner, he a royal), their sons do not have succession rights.

As her children grew, she began to take an active role in German charities. For twenty years, from 1985-2005, she served as Vice Chairman of the Bravarian Red Cross for the districts of Ostallgäu (1985-1989) and Swabia (1989-2005) {Source}. Since 1989, she has been a member of the BRK-Land Board and the Committee for Social Services {Source}. Since 1994, she has been a member of the Federal Comittee for Welfare and Social Work in BRK {Source}. From 1993-2001, she was a member of BRK Committee for Readiness {Source}. She was a founding member of the Academy of the German Red Cross in 1995  {Source}. From 1997 to 2000, she was a senator in the Landtag of Bavaria. In November 1999, Christa began serving as Vice President of BRK.On 8 November 2003, she became the first woman to be elected President of the Bavarian Red Cross; she had already led the organization for the past five months after the previous president scaled down his duties due to health problems. Also in 2003, she was a member of the Council Pen (Stiftsratsvorsitzende Jutta Lowag) of the women's pen on Luitpoldpark. 

Her husband is a 1st cousin 1x removed of the current Prince von Thurn und Taxis, and is his heir presumptive.