Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge needs links and sources

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's)
  • Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father's)
  • Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  • Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his deceased grandmother's)
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 commerorative 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, 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.

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


-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}.


-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.


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

-Princess Marie celebrated her 39th birthday on Wednesday.


-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}


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


-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.


-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}.

Royal Profile:Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover

Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his wife,Princess Caroline of Hanover. She has a host of much older siblings:

  • Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983), from her father's 1st marriage, who had just has his 16th birthday
  • Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who had recently celebrated his 15th birthday
  • Prince Christian of Hanover (1985), from her father's 1st marriage, who had recently celebrated his 14th birthday at the time of her birth
  • Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who was about to celebrate her 13th birthday when Princess Alexandra was born
  • Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who would celebrate his 12th birthday in just a few short weeks after her birth.

Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.

The princess's godparents are:
  • Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen (paternal aunt) 
  • Charlotte Casiraghi(maternal half-sister)
  • Ulrike Ulmschneider (friend of her parents)
  • Maryam Sachs  (friend of her parents)
  • Virginia Gallico (friend of her parents, who was also her mother's madame d'honneur for many years)
  • George Condo (friend of her parents)
  • Eric Maier  (friend of her parents)
Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her six godmothers:

  • Alexandra: for her paternal aunt
  • Charlotte: for her half-sister
  • Ulrike: for her parents' friend
  • Marym: for her parents' friend
  • Virginia: for her mother's madame d'honeur

A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referred to as Monacan because she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished 3e (equal to the 10th grade in the US System) this year, and should be beginning 2e (equal to the 11th grade in the US System) this fall.

Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else.

Currently, she is the only grandchild of Prince Rainier III to hold any sort of title, even if her title isn't Monégasque. However, with the impending birth of the child(ren...rumors are that it's twins...) of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene this fall/winter, that will change, as will her place in Monégasque succession.

She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (Princess Caroline is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy. The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). The dynamic duo can also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'FANB until she moved to South Africa a year or two ago) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.

She is presently 5th in line for the Monégasque throne, after her sister Charlotte. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to every current reigning monarch.

  • Queen Elizabeth II: 3rd cousins 2x removed via Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark
  • Queen Margareth II: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf: her paternal 3rd cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria
  • King Harald V:her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  • Grand Duke Henri: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  • King Philippe: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  • King Felipe VI: Her paternal 4th cousin via Chrisian IX of Denmark
  • Prince Albert II: Her maternal uncle

For the most part, she has led a normal childhood of going to school, hanging with friends, going to the beach with her siblings, and the occasional ice skating competitions. With the few exceptions of course, having to appear with the family on Monaco's national day (2002,2004, 2006, 2007), at the circus festival (2003, 2008, 2012), the annual Palace Christmas Party (2009), the annual show jumping competition (2010, 2012), the annual St. Devote Ceremony (2012)and her uncle's 2005 enthronement, and 2011 wedding ceremonies. Plus the occasional intrusion of the paparazzi when walking the streets with her mother!

In recent years, Princess Alexandra has taken to social media-albeit more quietly and discreetly than her Ducuruet cousins. The only one I am 100% aware that she has is instagram (DO NOT ask for her link, my response is NO, even if her account is private), but she likely has other accounts as well.

Royal Profile:Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria von Habsburg

Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria von Habsburg was born 20 July 2004, the only son of Georg von Habsburg amd Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters {Source}:
He is a grandchild of Otto von Habsburg {Source}. He is presently 3rd in line for the defunct Austro-Hungarian throne.

Other than that, not much is known about him. It's likely he leads a fairly normal life, given the family's royal status is defunct {Source}. He resides in Hungary with his family, and likely attends school there. He shares a birthday with Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999) and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (1973)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli. He was born 19 July 1983, and has an younger brother Prince Christian. He also has a younger half sister, Princess Alexandra, two stepbrothers (Andrea & Pierre) and a stepsister (Charlotte).

He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents:
  • Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle)
  • Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  • Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  • Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • King Felipe VI of Spain
  • Constantine II of Greece
  • Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  • Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  • Stephan von Watzdorf
He grew up primarily in England. He attended Malvern College and New York University, studying finance. He allegedly was caught experimenting with marijuana and hanging around with the "bad boys" during his time at Malvern, and his parents decided to send him to live with his father for a while to finish out his education. At the time, the blended Casiraghi-Grimaldi-Hanover family was residing in Fontainebleau, France, where there is a German School, which is the school he likely attended for at least one semester or he could've joined Andrea at The International School of Paris. For sure, I don't really know.

After graduating from NYU in the mid-2000s (2005/2006? latest 2007?), he returned to London to work in the field of finance.

Sometime in 2004, his father signed over the German property of the House of Hanover, in which a few years later he sold off Calenberg Manor and held a controversial auction of some of the family's belongings (not all the family was thrilled with the idea!).

Since his title is technically no longer valid, he rarely performs public duties. However, since his father's remarriage in 1999 to Princess Caroline of Monaco, he has had a more public life as part of the Monégasque Princely Family, frequently appearing at their events such as Prince Rainier's funeral, the 2005 Princess Grace Awards in NYC, Prince Albert's enthronement and wedding ceremonies. He also joined his stepmother in the winter of 2011 during one of his youngest sibling's ice skating competitions {Photo}