Thursday, April 23, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 23 April 2003 as the the fifth child and third daughter of Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz of Belgium {Source}.

She has 4 siblings, including, two sisters and two brothers, as well as a sister-in-law:
  • Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    • Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
  • Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  • Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
  • Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)

Her godparents are her brother Prince Joachim and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein{Source}. Like her elder siblings before her, she is attending Sint-Jan-Berchmans School in Brussels, where she is in the 7th grade of primary school (2014-2015) {Source}.

As she is 10th and so distantly in line for the throne after her four cousins, mother, two brothers and two sisters, her mother tries to limit her exposure to the press and protect her private life. She joined her mother and sister Princess Luisa Maria for the world premiere ofThe Adventures of Tintin on October 22, 2011 {Source}. She attended her uncle's coorronation in June 2013 with her family, but is rarely seen attending other official events. She is the middle granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola. Her sisters Princess Maria Laura & Princess Luisa Maria, and cousin Princess Elisabeth are all older, while her cousins Princess Louise and Princess Eléonore are both younger.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Royal Profile: Daniel St. George Chatto

Daniel St. George Chatto was born 22 April 1957 as Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule {Source}. He is the son of the late actor Thomas Chatto Sproule (stage name Thomas Chatto) and the theatrical agent Ros Chatto {Source}. He has one brother, James {Source} In 1987, using Deed poll, Chatto legally changed his name from Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule to Daniel St. George Chatto. At the same time, his mother, also using Deed Poll, abandoned her surname Sproule in favor of Chatto.{Source}.

He attended Bedales Boarding school {Source}.

Before marrying into the royal family, he was an actor, like his father. He appeared in several films throughout the 1980s. His most notable role is probably Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1988, Prince Andrew){Source}.

He began a romance with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones while working on Heat and Dust in India in 1983, in which he played a party guest and Lady Sarah was working in the wardrobe department {Source}. Fast forward to 14 July 1994, at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, where they were married. Together, they have two sons:
  • Samuel Chatto (1996)
  • Arthur Chatto (1998)
Mr. Chatto does not perform any royal duties on behalf of his wife's aunt, however, like his wife,sons, and his brother-in-law and his family, he is a frequent guest at royal functions. In the past, some of these funtions have included: the Queen's traditional Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace and Christmas a Sandringham, The State Opening Of Parliament (where his younger son has served as a Page of Honour to his great-aunt since 2010), family weddings, VIP art gallery openings.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second child of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark {Source}.

She was christened at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 1 July 2007, with the following as her godparents{Source}:

  • Princess Mathilde, The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde, a family friend)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Dr. Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  • Mr. Christian Buchwald (friend of her father's)
  • Mr. Peter Heering (friend of her father's)
  • Mrs. Marie Louise Skeel (friend of her mother's)
Her name was announced as:
  • Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  • Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother (who died in 1997)
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  • Margrethe: for her paternal grandmother
As previously done with her brother, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affiairs formally wrote and signed a hand-written document confirming her postion as third in line for the Danish throne, a document which contained her full name, birth and christening dates, and the names of her Royal Godparents, in accordance dictated by Royal Law of 1799.

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).On 13 August 2013, Princess Isabella started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, the same public school as her older brother {Source}.

At eight years old, she has had already done her share of royal tours and duties, mostly in the company of her family. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee. She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007, 2008,2011,2012, 2013, 2014). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}.

Royal Profile: Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York now Queen Elizabeth II was born 21 April 1926, as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York {Source}. She would be joined by a younger sister, Princess Margaret in 1930{Source}.

The young princess was third in line for the British throne at the time of her birth, after her paternal uncle and father, and was not expected to take the crown{Source}.

She was christened as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary for her mother, paternal great-grandmother and paternal grandmother{Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • King George V (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Mary (paternal grandmother)
  • Princess Mary [Viscountess Lascelles] (aunt)
  • The Duke of Connaught (great-great-uncle)
  • The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (maternal grandfather)
  • Lady Elphinstone
Her earliest years were spent between her parents' private residence in London and White Lodge in Richmond Park, as well as her grandparents' country homes{Source}. When she turned six years old, her parents took over the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home{Source}.

Her relatively normal upbringing and quiet family life came to an abrupt end in January 1936, with the death of her paternal grandfather {Source}. As her uncle was without a family of his own, Princess Elizabeth was now second in line for the British throne{Source}. However, by the end of that year, in December, her uncle would abdicate the throne, leaving her father to become King Geogre VI{Source} and ten year old Princess Elizabeth as first in line for the British throne{Source}.

The young Princess and her sister began their education at home, supervised by governesses {Source}. Upon her uncle's abdication and her father's asccendance to the throne, ten year old Princess Elizabeth began to study constitutional history and law, to prepare her for her future role as Queen {Source}. She studied French with her Belgian and French governesses,studied art and music, religion, horseback ridding, swimming {Source}.

She also was part of several extra-curricular activities. In 1939, Princess Elizabeth participated in and won the Children's Challenge Shield at London's Bath Club {Source}. She was enrolled in Girl Guides at the age of eleven, and became a Sea Ranger {Source}.

During WWII, the young Princess and her sister were moved to the safety of Windsor Castle {Source}. During the Christmas times in the 1940s, the young princess and her sister would put on pantomimes with the children of members of staff for the enjoyment of her family and employees of the Royal Household{Source}. At the age of 14 in 1940, Princess Elizabeth participated in a live radio broadcast during the BBC Children's programme to the children of Britian and the Commonwealth, especially those whom had been evacuated {Source}. In 1942, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards, and she would perform her first solo public engagement when she inspected the regiment in April of that same year{Source}. A year later, in April 1943, she spent the day with her reigiment in Southern Command{Source}. From then onwards, Princess Elizabeth was actively involved in the roles of the monarchy, much of which involved organizations connected to youth{Source}. She was president of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children (closed in 1998) and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children{Source}. In March 1944, she began to accompany her parents on tours of Great Britain{Source}.

She turned eighteen in March 1944, and was appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's adsence on a tour of the Italian battlefields, and for the first time carried out duties of the Head of State{Source}. In August 1944, with Queen Elizabeth, the Princess received an address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne{Source}. In September, she carried out her first official tour of Scotland with her parents, a tour which included her opening ceremony in October, when she opened the recently reconstructed Aberdeen Sailors' Home{Source}. Her first flight by air was on a tour of Northern Ireland with her parents {Source}. In early 1945 the Princess was made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS){Source}. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver{Source}.

She was married to Sir Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 {Source}. Upon their marriage, her father granted his new son-in-law the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich {Source}. This made the young Princess Elizabeth the Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth and Baroness Greenwich {Source}. Together, they have four children, eight grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and a grandson-in-law, two granddaughters-in-law, and four great-grandchildren, with the 5th great-grandchild on the way {Source}:
  1. The Prince Charles of Wales (1948)
    1. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
      1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
        1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
          1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
          2. Prince/ss of Cambridge (2015)
      2. Prince Henry of Wales (1984)
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (1950)
    1. Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
      1. Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Philips (1977)
        1. Mrs. Autumn Kelly Philips
          1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
          2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
      2. Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall
        1. Mr. Michael Tindall (1978)
          1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
  3. The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (1960)
    1. Princess Beatrice of York (1988)
    2. Princess Eugenie of York (1990)
  4. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (1964)
    1. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1964)
      1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
      2. James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn (2007)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg was born 20 April 1999 as the second son of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg{Source}. He has two older siblings, and a younger brother {Source}:

  • Prince Joesph Wenzel (1995)
  • Princess Marie-Caroline (1996)
  • Prince Nikolaus (2000)

He is the grandchild of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein {Source}, thus is 3rd in line for the throne after his father and elder brother.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love:April 13-19, 2015

Austria

-Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum celebrated his 4th birthday on Sunday.

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde  attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.

-King Philippe celebrated his 55th birthday Wednesday

-Princess Eléonore celebrated her 7th birthday on Thursday.

Bhutan

-Prince Daho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Jochim, Princess Marie,Princess Benedikte & Princess Elisabeth  attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.  On Thursday, they attended a second gala dinner to mark Queen Margarethe II's 75th birthday {Source}{Photos}

-Queen Margarethe II celebrated her 75th birthday on Thursday.

-Crown Princess Mary, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine attended Økodag 2015 on Sunday {Source}{Photos}

-Princess Marie became a member of Christian IV Guild of Jens Bang's House Aalborg on Saturday {Source}

-Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated his 10th birthday on Tuesday.

German

-Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday.

Greece

King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.  On Thursday, they attended a second gala dinner to mark Queen Margarethe II's 75th birthday {Source}{Photos}.

Italy

-Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two-Scilles, The Duke of Castro & Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two-Scilles, The Duchess of Castro attended the 2015 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Finals on Sunday {Photos}


Japan

-Princess Sayako Kuroda celebrated her 46th birthday on Saturday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie celebrated her 75th birthday on Tuesday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.

-Grand Duke Henri celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Sébastien celebrated his 23rd birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the 2015 Top Marques Show on Thursday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy attended the 2015 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Finals on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy attended the 2015 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Day 7 on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene  awarded Novak Djokovic with the 2015 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and visited the Collège Charles III on Tuesday 14 April to witness the exchanges between Monegasque students and the South African rugby team that participated in the Saint Devote Tournament on Tuesday {Photos} {Photos}.

-Princess Stephanie supported the Fight Aids Monaco team for the sixth edition of "Test in the City" and met with the students of the French association ISC Solirace who were spreading prevention messages against AIDS in the streets of Monaco on Monday {Photos}.

-Vittoria Knecht de Massy celebrated her 7th birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-King Wiliem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the 2015 Koningsdagconcert on Tuesday {Photos}.

-King Willem-Alexander I, Queen Máxima,Princess Beatrix & Princess Margriet attended to a Concert in the city of Dordrecht, in the eves of their visit to said city for Koningsdag (King’s Day) on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Willem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima  attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}

-Queen Maxima attended the Guts and Glory network meeting and visited the Steunstichting Voedsel Focus (Foundation Food Focus)  on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Margriet, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Prince Floris & Princess Aimée attended a gala for the ‘Night of the Stars’ on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 47th birthday on Friday.

-Anastasia Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven celebrated her 14th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated her 43rd birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Bardi helped members of the organisation “Save the Children”  to collect coins from the bottom of a fountain at Efteling Theme Park along with secondary students on Monday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald V  attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a second gala dinner to mark Queen Margarethe II's 75th birthday on Thursday{Source}{Photos}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 75th birthday gala for Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source}{Source} {Photos}

-King Felipe VI presided over the 6th edition of Human Rights Award King of Spain on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Spanish monarch attended the opening of the 15th Global Summit of World Travel and Tourism {Source}. On Wednesday he was in Belgium to visit the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission {Source}.

-Queen Letizia visited the Artillery Academy to learn the new curricula for NCOs scale on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she presided over the II Congreso Escolar sobre Enfermedades Poco Frecuentes  {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I presided over the presentation of the Chair of Latin America Universidad Pontificia Comillas on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia visited the exhibit Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, en el corazón de Villaviciosa de Odón  and presided over the Premio Unión Europea de Patrimonio Cultural / Premios Europa Nostra” y de los “Premios Hispania Nostra a las Buenas Prácticas en la conservación del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural” Awards on Friday {Source} {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel  attended the 75th birthday gala dinner of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}.  On Thursday, they attended a second gala dinner to mark Queen Margarethe II's 75th birthday {Source}{Photos}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the annual meeting of the Swedish branch of the Baden-Powell Fellowship on Monday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria & Sofia Hellqvist attended the 2015 Global Childhood Forum on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia bought the first Mayflower Pin on Monday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip presented gold medals to Swedish dairy farmers on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the King's only male heir attended the opening of Forest Industry Week {Source}.

United Kingdom

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a luncheon at Windsor Castle for members of the Order of Merit on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended a dinner party for various dignitaries on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception at the Canada House on Sunday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II held an investiture on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh held a reception to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Guards Polo Club on Thursday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales, The Duke of Rothesay & Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay visited Walker's Shortbread. and opended Ballindalloch Distillery on Thursday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales, The Duke of Rothesay held a Meeting for the North Highland Initiative on Wednesday {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York  visited the offices of AkzoNobel & the Headquarters of Building Services Research and Information Association Limited on Monday {Source} On Tuesday, he held a meeting of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award committee{Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended the annual General Meeting of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association   and visited Easton and Otley College on Thursday {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal  opened Worcestershire Oncology Centre and visited Meadow Birth Centre atWorcestershire Royal Hospital, visited Severn Valley Railway & hosted the Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders Conference Opening Reception on Monday {Source}.On Tuesday, she attended the Commonwealth Study Conferences Leaders Conference Study Tour Meeting at City Hall, attended the South East Supra Regional Conference, and hosted a dinner for the  Gordonstoun Plus Campaign {Source}.On Wednesday, she visited GrowUp Urban Farms, Pocket Living, King's College London, the Thames Tideway Tunnel Offices and Unilever House{Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's only daughter attended a Committee of Wardens' Meeting and General Court Meeting of The Fishmongers' Company and attended the Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders Conference Study Tour visit to Greenwich Digital Enterprise Centre{Source}.

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the 3rd Annual For The Love Of Cinema Gala Dinner on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester presented the British Expertise International Awards
on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's cousin named the Heritage Room at Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works, officially opened Centenary Park,visited Wightman and Parrish Limited &  the Samaritans of Eastbourne and District {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent  he attended the Commonwealth Study Conferences Leaders Conference Study Tour on their visit to Microsoft on Wednesday {Source} On Thursday, the Queen's cousin presided over Higher Degree Conferment Ceremonies for the University of Surrey  on Thursday {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy presented the Alzheimer's Sociert People Awards & attended a concert at Queen Alexandra's House Association on Wednesday {Source}

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester presented The Duchess of Gloucester's Banner to the Royal Canadian Dental Corps on Tuesday {Source}.

    Royal Profile: Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis

    Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis was born 19 April 1975, the younger of the two sons of Christa Ingeburg Heinle & Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis{Source}. 

    Because his parents marriage was unequal, he and his brother Prince Hubertus, have no claim to the throne, a position in which his cousin Albert is presently the Head of House Source}.

    Because he is such a minor royal, little is known about him.