Friday, October 24, 2014

Royal Profile:18 Facts about Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster

  1. Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster was born 24 October 1974{Source}. 
  2. He is the son of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester{Source}. 
  3. He has two younger sisters{Source}:
    1. Lady Davina Lewis (1977)
    2. Lady Rose Gilman (1981)
  4. He was baptized in 1975{Source}. 
  5. One of his godparents was The Prince of Wales{Source}. 
  6. At birth he was 9th in the line of succession.
  7. Presently, prior to the birth of Baby Cambridge #2, he is 24th in line.
  8. He was educated at Eton College, King's College London, and The Royal Military College, Sandhurst{Source}. 
  9. On 14 April 1997, he became a second Lieutenant  of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}
  10. In 1998, he gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}. 
  11. He became a Captain and fought in the campaign in Kosovo in 2002{Source}. 
  12.  In addition to become a Captain with the King's Royal Hussars and fighting in Kosovo, he got married in 2002.
  13. In addition to serving in Kosovo, he also served in Northern Ireland, and Iraq.
  14. Since leaving the army, he has worked as director of Transnational Crisis Project, and is commonly known as Alex Ulster.
  15. He married Dr. Claire Booth on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel at St. James's Palace{Source}.
  16. Together, they have two children{Source}:
    1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
    2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
  17. Through his little sisters, he has two brothers-in-law{Source}{Source}:
    1. Mr. Gary Lewis
    2. Mr. George Gilman
  18. Through his little sisters, he has two nieces, two nephews{Source}{Source}:
    1. Lyla Beatrix Christabel Gilman (2010)
    2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010, Davina)
    3. Tane Mahuta Lewis (2012, Davina)
    4. Rufus Gilman (2012)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the first granddaughter of Emperor Aiko and Empress Michiko and the first child and eldest daughter of Furmihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino. She has two younger siblings:
  • Princess Kako (1994)
  • Prince Hisahito (2006)

She was educated at Gakushuin School throughout her primary education {Source}. In 2010, she began residing in Europe, where she began studying English at the University College Dublin {Source}. In 2012, she attended the University of Edinburgh {Source}. She graduated from International Christian University in Toyko in March 2014 with a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage {Source}. In September 2014, she returned to England to begin graduate study work in museology at the University of Leicester {Source}.

In addition to studying in the United Kingdom, Princess Mako has done some extensive travelling. In 2006, she visited Austria for a few weeks on a school sponsored homestay program {Source}. 

As she has grown older, she began to take on official functions in her family. In 2006, she accompanied her father at a religious ceremony at the Ise  Shrine {Source}. In 2011, she became of age in Japan, therefore she was conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown in October. Since October 2011, she has attended official functions as a member of the Imperial Family. She has attended official events such as the New Year's Celebrations {2012}, the  All-Japan High School Cultural Festival {2012}, just to name a few. 

Royal Profile:Alexandra Prinzessin von Hannover

Alexandra Sophie Cecille Anna Maria Friederike Benigna Dorothea Prinzessin von Hannover was born as a Princess of Ysenberg and Büdingen on 23 October 1937 as a the second child and only daughter of Otto Friedrich III, Prince of Ysenburg and Büdingen and his wife Felicitas Anna Eleonore Cecilie, Princess Reuss of Köstritz {Source}.

She married Welf Heinrich Prinz von Hannover, son of Ernst August III Christian Georg Prinz von Hannover and Viktoria-Luise Adelheid Mathilde CharlottePrinzessin von Preußen, on 20 September 1960, in a civil marriage, a religious marriage took place the next day{Source}. Upon marrying into the Royal Family of Hanover, she became an aunt to the present titular Prince of Hanover, Prince Ernest August IV {Source}. Also through her marriage, she is an aunt to Queen Sofia of Spain and King Constantine II as they are children of her husband's sister  Queen Friedrike of Greece{Source}.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Royal Profile: 20 Facts about Emperess Michiko of Japan

  1. Emperess Michiko of Japan was born Michiko Shoda on 20 October 1934 {Source}. 
  2. She was the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shoda {Source}. 
  3. She is honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society {Source}. 
  4. She attended Futaba Elementary School {Source}. 
  5. In her senior year, she was elected, upon nomination by her classmates, president of the student government{Source}. 
  6. Many of her classmates recall that, though very reserved, she won full cooperation from her fellow students and helped to introduce a harmonious spirit into University life{Source}. 
  7. At the ceremony of her graduation in 1957 she was valedictorian{Source}. 
  8. She graduated with a degree in Foreign languages and literature from University of the Sacred Heart in 1957 {Source}. 
  9. Her marriage was approved by Imperial House Council on 27 November 1958 {Source}. 
  10. Her engagement ceremony took place on 14 January 1959 {Source}. 
  11. Her wedding took place on 10 April 1959 {Source}. 
  12. She has three children {Source}: 
    1. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    2. HIH Prince Akishino(Fumihito) (1965) 
    3. HIH Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969) 
  13. She also has four grandchildren {Source}: 
    1. HIH Princess Mako (1991) 
    2. HIH Princess Kako (1994) 
    3. HIH Princess Aiko (2001) 
    4. HIH Prince Hisahito (2006) 
  14. She raised her children herself, with minimal help from staff {Source}. 
  15. Empress Michiko has an extensive interest in art, and is particularly well-read in Japanese classical literature {Source}. 
  16. She has constantly kept up her interest in children's literature and has done work in that field herself {Source}. 
  17. Hajimete no Yamanobori (My First Mountain), a picture book for which the Empress wrote the story, was published in 1991 {Source}. 
  18. She also published a book of poems by Michio Mado, selected, translated and arranged by Empress Michiko and entitled Dobutsu-tachi(THE ANIMALS) in 1992, among other works{Source}. 
  19. She plays the piano, and is a good accompanist to the Emperor who plays the cello and to Crown Prince Naruhito who plays the viola and violin {Source}. 
  20. In her spare time, she enjoys morning walks with her husband, playing tennis and being a mother and grandmother {Source}. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 13-19, 2014


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant attended a WWI Torch light memorial ceremony on Friday {Source} {Source}{Video}

-Prince Laurent celebrated his 51st birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Christian celebrated his 9th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited Her Majesty's Tower of London and  attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the restoration of the Chapel Royal of Saint Peter ad Vincula,on Thursday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II held several audiences on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II held more audiences {Source}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  attended Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and hosted a Founders' Lunch for members of the Thrombosis Research Institute on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the longest reigning British Consort met with the former and incoming Chairmen of Action Medical Research  and presented County Cricket Championship Medals{Source}

-The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay met with The First Ministed of the Scottish Executive on Thursday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Man Booker Prize for Fiction Award Ceremony on Tuesday{Source}. On Wednesday, the future consort visited Saint Ronan's School, visited Chapel Down Winery {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's daughter-in-law hosted a reception to mark International Credit Union Day {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the 21st Anniversary dinner for Children in Crisis on Wednesday {Source}{Source}{Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented the TeenTech Awards 2014 on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's second child visited Streatham and Clapham High School, attended a Printing Charity Event for Apprentices at Hackney Community College, visited Roli, and held a reception for the SS Great Britain Trust {Source}. On Wednesday, The Duke of York opened the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award Live Pitching Final at Heron Tower,  held a Reception at Buckingham Palace to launch the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 2015 Programme{Source}. On Thursday, he visited Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre with Boeing, Highfield Spring, Catliffe, Rotherham, presented The Duke of York's Community Initiative Annual Awards and attended a business dinner given by Bell Pottinger group {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex held a reception for young people who achieved the Gold standard of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, held a World Fellowship Welcome Luncheon for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, and attended a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest child attended a performance of Macbeth  {Source}.On Thursday, the Queen's youngest son attended the Occupiers' Lunch, given by le Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier United Kingdom, held a meeting for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and attended a reception for the The London Regiment {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a butchery workshop at Cromlix Hous, and visited the  Ayrshire Art Show  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter opened the renovated Institute of Historical Research Headquarters at Senate House, opened the new Stable Block at Vauxhall City Farm Ridding Therapy Centre and met with the former chairman of The Development Trust {Source}. On Wednesday, The Princess Royal met wiht the former incoming Group Captains for the Royal Air Force Brize Norton, attended the "Young Adult Careers-Improving Access to Learning and Work" seminar at the Tomlinson Centre, attended a Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders' Reception at Mansion House, met with the former Chief Executive of the Voluntary Service Overseas, attended the Annual National Service for Seafarers in St. Paul's Cathedral,  a Civic Reception for The Corporation of Trinity House at Guildhall, and attended the annual banquet for the Worshipful Company of Engineers {Source}. On Thursday, she attended the 40th anniversary annual general meeting of the Spinal Injuries Association,  attended a Visitors' Forum for Motor Neurone Disease Association, and attend the UK Excellence Awards Ceremony {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales held a dinner for the Invictus Games on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's grandson attended a dinner for 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthopic Initatives and WellChild's dinner{Source}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester opened Bellrock Close, and visited the Community Safety Offices on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's cousin met with the President and Secretary of International Council on Monuments and Sites-UK and attended a Service at St. Margaret's Church {Source}

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester  opened the rebuilt Glebe Primary School,  attended a Recital by the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral in aid of the St. Paul's Cathedral Chorister Trust and the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended the annual dinner for the P.G. Wodehouse Society on Thursday{Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attended a reception for the Partners for Change Ethiopia on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's cousin opened a new building and garden in Battersea Park {Source}


-Princess Marie Caroline celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated their 2nd anniversary on Sunday.


-Andrea Knecht de Massy celebrated her 6th birthday on Thursday.

Royal Profile:Prince Laurent of Belgium

Prince Laurent of Belgium was born 19 October 1963 as the second son and youngest child of King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium {Source}.

He attended to his primary education in Belgium, like his elder siblings. For his secondary studies, he studied in both French and Dutch-first in Dutch at Pius X College and secondly in French at the Royal Cadet School{Source}. After completeing his education, he decided to join the Royal Military Academy{Source}. After completing his academic career, he joined the Belgian Navy{Source}.

In September 1985, the young prince was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, and he specialized in becoming a diver and a helicopter pilot {Source}. Four years later, in July 1985, his father awarded him with the diver insignia during the naval parade{Source}. Two months later, he was promoted to Lieutenant {Source}. When he completed his helicopter training, his uncle, who was KIng at the time, handed him his helicopter wings {Source}. In November 1994, Prince Laurent was promoted to Commander{Source}. In June 2004, Prince Laurent was promoted to Captain of the Belgian Navy {Source}.

On completion of his military training, the Prince went to the United States for practical training in various branches of private industries as pharmaceuticals, aerospace and leisure, and at the International Monetary Fund, at the World Bank and at the United Nations, in development and environment programmes{Source}..

Upon his return to Belgium, he spent time as a trainee at the European Commission, primarily being active in a Think Tank about the quality of lie and the environment{Source}. While working there, he was awarded with the Emile Noël Prize for his original contribution to the building of Europe{Source}. In 1994, the young prince became chairman of an institute which seeks to promote the conservation of nature and development of clean technologies{Source}. Currently, Prince Laurent is chairman of the Prince Laurent Foundation, and chairman of the European Research Group for Alternative Toxicity Testing{Source}. According to the Belgian Constitution, Prince Laurent also serves as a Senator, since 2000{Source}. 

He also serves Belgium in a varitey of honorary capacities as well, including as honorary president of the Belgian National Orchestra{Source}
He was married to Claire Coombs on 12 April 2003{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Marie Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg

Princess Marie Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg was born 17 October 1996 in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the only daughter of Aios, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has one older brother and two younger brothers. Her brothers are:

Because Liechtenstein's monarchy operates on agnatic primogeniture succession laws (i.e. inherited by the first-born male of the oldest family line, to the total exclusion of females), Princess Marie Caroline is not in line for the throne after her brothers.

Due to the Liechtenstein Princely Family is fiercely private on the international level, little is known about her or her life today. However, other than the occasional low-key Princely Family appearance such as Liechtenstein's National Day, she seems to live a fairly normal life {Liechtenstein National Day 2012}