Saturday, April 30, 2016

Royal Profile: 70 Facts about King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (needs 7 more)

  1. Prince Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus of Sweden, The Duke of  Jämtland was born 30 April 1946 as the youngest child of then Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf &  Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha {Source}.
  2. He has three older sisters:
    1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler(1934)
    2. Princess Brigitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern (1937)
    3. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (1938)
    4. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
  3. Thorough his sisters, he has four brothers-in-law:
    1. John Ambler (1924-2008, m. 1964, separated 1996)
    2. Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (m 1963)
    3. Prince Johann of Hohenzollern (m. 1961)
    4. Tord Gösta Magnuson (1941, m. 1974)
  4. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews:
    1. Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
    2. Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern (1963)
    3. Sybilla Louise Ambler, Baroness von Dincklage (1965)
    4. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    5. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    6. Prince Hubertus Gustaf of Hohenzollern (1966)
    7. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    8. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (1968)
    9. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    10.  Tord Gosta Magnuson (m. 1974)
    11. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
    12. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
    13. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson(1980)
  5. Through his sisters, he has several nieces and nephews-in-law:
    1. Baron Henning von Dincklage (1971)
    2. Helen Jane Ross
    3. Ursula Mary Shipley
    4. Baroness Maria Fredriksson Silfverschiöld (m 2005)
    5. Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng
    6. Vicky Magnuson
    7. Emma Magnuson (m.2011)
    8. Frida Louise Bergström
  6. Through his sisters, he has several great nieces and nephews:
    1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
    2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning von Dincklage (2000)
    3. Senna Rose Ambler (2000)
    4. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng(2000)
    5. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
    6. India Tani Ambler (2003)
    7. Lily Elektra Ambler(2003)
    8. Oscar Rufus Ambler(2004)
    9. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
    10. Baroness Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
    11. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
    12. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
    13. Albert Magnuson
    14. Baby #2 (child of Tord & Emma)
    15. Baby #2 (child of Victor & Frida)
  7. He is the paternal nephew of:
    1. Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1907-2002)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910-2000)
      1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (1899-1972)
    3. Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912-1997)
      1. Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland (1915-2013)
    4. Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna (1916-2012)
      1. Countess Gunnila Märtha Louise Wachtmeister af Johannishus (1923)
  8. He is the maternal nephew of:
    1. Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1906-1972)
      1. Feodora Freiin von der Horst (1905–1991, m. 1932)
    2. Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1909-1933)
    3. Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1912-1983)
      1. Friedrich Wolfgang Otto, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen
    4. Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1918-1998)
  9. Thus, he is a first cousin of:
    1. Count Bertram Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1932) 
      1. Felizitas von Auersperg (m. 1954)
    2. Count Conradin Friedrich of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1933-2001)
      1. Marta Catharina Lonegren(m. 1961)
    3. Caroline Mathilde Adelheid Sibylla Marianne Erika Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1933)
    4. Countess Viktoria Adelheid of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1935)
      1. Flight Captain Max Schnirring (1895-1944)
    5. Ernst Leopold Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1935-1996)
      1. Gertraude Monika Pfeiffer
    6. Peter Albert Friedrich Josias Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1939)
      1. Roswitha Henriette Breuer (m. 1964)
    7. Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1940)
      1. Prince Henrik of Denmark
    8. Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony (1943)
    9. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1944)
      1. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg
    10. Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (1944)
    11. Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes (1946)
      1. King Constantine II of the Hellenes
    12. Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (b. 1948, adopted 1951)
    13. Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (b. 1949, adopted 1950)
    14. Princess Maria Claudia Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1949-2016)
    15. Princess Beatrice Charlotte of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1951)
    16. Prince Adrian Vinzenz Eduard of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha(1955-2011)
  10. The King's motto is: “For Sweden - With the times"{Source}
  11. His father died when he was only a few months old{Source}.
  12. He and his wife reside at Drottningholm Palace{Source}.
  13. Like his eldest granddaughter and middle grandson are today, he and his sisters grew up in Haga Palace{Source}.
  14. When Gustaf VI Adolf acceded the throne in 1950 after the death of Gustaf V, Prince Carl Gustaf  became Crown Prince Carl Gustaf {Source}.
  15. His grandfather died 23 years later, and Crown Prince Carl Gustaf became King Carl XVI Gustaf{Source}.
  16. He was educated privately at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during his pre-school years{Source}.
  17. He began his education in 1952, attending Broms School, then Sigtuna Boarding School{Source}.
  18. He graduated from upper secondary school in 1966{Source}.
  19. After graduation, he served in the Swedish Military, training in all branches-Army, Navy and Air Force, with a special emphasis on naval training {Source}.
  20. He took part in a long voyage on the mine laying vessel Älvsnabben during the winter of 1966-67{Source}.
  21. The Crown Prince of Sweden passed his Naval Officer Examination in 1968{Source}.
  22. He completed a command course at hte Swedish National Defence College and comlemented his naval training with officer's duties on board various ships of the Swedish Navy{Source}.
  23. In 1968, he began studying a program of History, Sociology, Political Science, Financial Law and Economics,  at the University of Uppsala{Source}.'
  24. He also studied Economics at the University of Stockholm{Source}.
  25. During his studies, he also spent time learning the ways of national and local authorities, industries, factories, laboratories and schools{Source}.
  26. He also studied the Swedish judicial system, social welfare organizations and institutions, trade unions and employer associations, with emphasis on the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament), Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs{Source}.
  27. To gain some international experience, he participated in the work of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the UN in NY in the US{Source}.
  28. He worked with SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) in Africa{Source}.
  29. He worked at the Hambro Bank, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce  in London{Source}.
  30. He also worked at  Alfa Laval Plant in France{Source}.
  31. During this time, he also represented his grandfather on several official occasions{Source}.
  32. In 1970, he headed the Swedish delegation of the World Expostition in Japan{Source}.
  33. During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972, The Crown Prince met Silvia Renate Sommerlath{Source}.
  34. On 19 June 1976, he married Silvia {Source}.
  35. With Queen Siliva, he has three children{Source}:
    1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
    2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
    3. Princess Madeleine (1981)
  36. They also have three children-in-law:
    1. Prince Daniel (1973)
    2. Mr. Christopher Paul O'Neill (1974)
    3. Princess Sofia (1984)
  37. King Carl XVI Gustaf has three grandsons:
    1. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf, Duke of Ångermanland (2015)
    2. Prince Oscar Carl Olof, Duke of Skåne (2016)
    3. Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Södermanland (2016)
  38. King Carl XVI Gustaf has two granddaughters:
    1. Princess Estelle Siliva Ewa Mary, Duchess of Östergötland (2012)
    2. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  39. King Carl XVI Gustaf is actively involved with organizations that protect the environment, scouting, and technology {Source}.
  40. He is a Principal Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Association{Source}..
  41. The Swedish Monarch is Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide Scout Council {Source}. 
  42. He has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation since 1977{Source}.
  43. Outside of his royal duties, he has a vast array of interests.
  44. He likes automobiles{Source}.
  45. He is a fan of Nature, Sports and the Outdoors{Source}.
  46. He likes food, the arts and music{Source}.
  47. He also enjoys hunting{Source}.
  48. Every year he participates in Royal hunts at Halle and Hunneberg and in Bergslagen{Source}.
  49. He also participates in the cloven-foot animal hunt at Tullgarn{Source}.
  50. He is a member of the Swedish Academy of Gastronomy{Source}.
  51. The King and his family, in addition to Palaces in Sweden, have private vacation homes in Storlien,Jämtland, Sweden; and Villa Mirage in St. Maxime, France{Source}.
  52. The King is a highly skilled skier{Source}.
  53. He has participated in the Vasa Ski Race three times - in 1977, 1987 and 1997{Source}.
  54. The King likes to drive an old Volvo PV 60 that he received as a present on his 50th birthday{Source}.
  55. He is the godson of:
    1. King Frederick IX of Denmark (paternal uncle)
    2. Queen Ingrid of Denmark (paternal aunt)
  56. He is the patron of the following organizations, just to name a few:
    1. African Medical and Research Foundation Sweden (AMREF)
    2. Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK)
    3. Barnens Dags Riksförbund
    4. Centralföreningen för Idrottens Främjande i Sverige
    5. Djurgårdens Hembygdsförening
    6. Friends of the Nationalmuseum
    7. Friends of the Swedish Museum of Natural History
    8. Friluftsfrämjandet
    9. Föreningen Svenska Atheninstitutets Vänner
    10. Föreningen Konstnärernas Vänner
  57. He has made state visits to, among others:
    1. Norway (1974)
    2. Finland (1974)
    3. Denmark (1975)
    4. Iceland (1975)
    5. United Kingdom (1975)
    6. The Netherlands (1976)
    7. Belgium (1977)
    8. USSR (Russia) (1978)
    9. Yugoslavia (1978)
    10. Germany (1979)
    11. Austria (1979)
    12. Japan (1980)
    13. France (1980)
    14. Tanzania (1981)
  58. Through his mother, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  59. Through his father, he is Queen Victoria's greatx2 grandson.
  60. In addition to Swedish National Honors, he holds honors from:
    1. Austria
    2. Belgium
    3. Brazil
    4. Brunei 
    5. Bulgaria
    6. Chilie
    7. Denmark
    8. Egypt
    9. Estonia
    10. Finland
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Greece
    14. Hungary
    15. Iceland
    16. Iran
    17. Italy
    18. Japan
    19. Jordan
    20. Latvia
    21. Lithuania
    22. Luxembourg
    23. Maylasia
    24. Mexico
    25. The Netherlands
    26. Norway
    27. Poland
    28. Portugal
    29. Slovakia
    30. Solvenia
    31. South Africa
    32. South Korea
    33. Spain
    34. Thailand
    35. Turkey
    36. Ukraine
    37. United Kingdom
    38. Yugoslaiva
  61. He is a receipent of the  Philippines: Mount Makiling Award.
  62. He is also a reciepient of the World Organization of the Scout Movement: Bronze Wolf Award
  63. Since June 1975, he has been an honorary  Admiral to the British Royal Navy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Heinrich Julius of Hanover

Prince Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter of Hanover was born 29 April 1961 as the youngest child of Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings in laws and nieces and nephews{Source}{Source}:

  1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess of Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael of Houchburg
      1. Hereditary Count Conrad of Houchburg (1985)
      2. Count Georg of Houchburg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Houlichi
      1. Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1983)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover
      1. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999)
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1988)
    1. Princess Isabella
      1. Prince Otto (1988)
  4. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  5. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leinein(1959)
    1. Andreas, Prince of Leinein
      1. Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leinein (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen (1984)
  6. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1986)
He has four children, with two different women:

With Désirée Nick, he fathered an illegitmate son:
  1. Oscar Nick (1996)
With his wife Tyra von Westernhagen, he fathered three children:
  1. Prince Albert (1999)
  2. Princess Eugenia (2001)
  3. Prince Julius (2006)
Heinrich works as a historian and publisher with the firm MatruxMedia.

Royal Profile: Maud Angelica Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 as the eldest of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn's three daughters {Source}.She eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. She has two younger sisters{Source}:

  1. Leah Isadora (2005)
  2. Emma Tallulah (2008)
She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:

  1. King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  2. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  4. Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  5. Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  6. Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and best man at his wedding)
  7. Trond Giske (friend of her father)
At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. Her cousins are future Norwegian Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attended this school. Presently, Maud and her family reside in London.

Royal Profile: Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte Astid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1944 as the second of three daughters of King Federik XI & Queen Ingrid of Denmark {Source}. She has two sisters, two brothers in law, several nieces and nephews, an numerous great nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Queen Margarethe II of Demark
    1. Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
      1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
        1. Crown Princess Mary
          1. Prince Christian (2005)
          2. Princess Isabella(2007)
          3. Prince Vincent (2011)
          4. Princess Josephine (2011)
      2. Prince Joachim of Denmark
        1. Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksburg (m. 1995-2005)
          1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
          2. Prince Felix (2002)
        2. Princess Marie (m. 2008)
          1. Prince Henrik (2009)
          2. Princess Athena (2012)
  2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
    1. King Constantine of Greece
      1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
        1. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana
          1. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
          2. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
          3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
          4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
      2. Crown Prince Pavlos 
        1. Princess Marie Chantal
          1. Princess Maria Olympia (1996)
          2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
          3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
          4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
          5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros(2008)
      3. Prince Nikolas
        1. Princess Tatiana
      4. Prince Theodora
      5. Prince Philippos

She was married to Richard,6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}.Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:

  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
  2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
      1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    2. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      1. Alexander Johannasman
        1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
        2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)

Princess Benedikte is patron of many national organizations, institutions, and foundations in Denmark and abroad {Source}. She also serves as honoray member of various associations and societies{Source}. Princess Benedikte served in a special scout unit created just for her so she could participate as a child. She is chairwoman of Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark) since 2000{Source}.In 1963, she stood in for her mother during the Girl Scouts World Conference{Source}. In 1965, Princess Benedikte became president of the Girl Scouts ' Confederation Denmark{Source}. She is patron for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association){Source}.Princess Benedikte is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS){Source}.She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007, she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.

She is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden {Source}. Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She was not in line for the throne due to succession laws at birth. However, things changed in 1947, allowed the Danish Royal women to succeed, which her sister did in 1972. Presently, the Danish Succession Act allows equal rights to the throne.Upon this change, Princess Benedikte became second in line. Presently she is 10th in line after two nephews, and 8 great-nieces and nephews. Princess Benedikte's children are not in line for succession due to her father ruling that they must be brought up in Denmark in order to have succession rights. However, both her daughters have obtained Danish Citizenship. She was a horse breeder in Germany, something that her youngest child has followed in her footsteps doing.

Royal Profile: The Infanta Sofia of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the two daughters of the King and Queen of Spain, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos {Source}.

She is second in line for the Spanish throne after her elder sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her (Infanta Sofia's great-great grandmother)paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.

She was baptized in July 2007 {Source}, with the following as her godparents:
  1. Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  2. The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her fifth year at the school.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies, including:

  1. British: TWICE- through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice on her grandfather's side as Princess Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter. She is also a greatx4 grandaughter through Princess Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal
  2. Greek: Her great-uncle is the deposed King Constantine
  3. Denmark: She is the Greatx6 granddaughter of Chistian XI on her grandmother's side

As she is so young, she does not participate in many official functions. However, she makes appearances at formal functions such as the traditional family Easter Mass in Palma de Mallorca {2013, 2014, 2015}, meeting with Spain's national football team after their UEFA World Cup victory in 2012 {Photos}, among other events. In 2013, she was spotted with her family visiting her grandfather in the hospital on numerous occasions (March, September,November) and visiting the family's estate in Palma de Mallorca during August. She attended her parents coronation (and grandparents' abdication) events in June 2014. In October, she joined her parents and older sister for the Spanish National Day Celebrations, and attended the family's annual holiday in Palma de Mallacora in August. In 2015, she attended the annual Easter mass with her grandmother, parents and sister{Photos}.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Royal Profile: The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor

The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor was born 28 April 1964 as the middle child and only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent{Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, 2 nieces, and four nephews {Source} :

  1. George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews (1962)
    1. Sylvanna, The Countess of St. Andrews
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. Lord Nicholas Windsor 
    1. Lady Nicholas Windsor (Paola)
      1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
      2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
      3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)

She is also a first cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II {Source}, thus is distantly in line for the British Throne.
She was baptized on 12 May 1964{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:

  1. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (her father's 1st cousin)
  2. Mrs. David Butler
  3. Sir Angus Ogilvy (her father's cousin's husband)
  4. Sir Philip Hay

She attend schools in Scotland and England which included, Eton End PNEU School, St. Mary's School, Wantage and Gotdonstoun.

She worked with art dealer Karsten Shubert for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She confessed in a television interview once that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.

As the daughter of a Royal Duke and an indirect descendant of the current reigning monarch, she was styled "Lady" at birth, as it is a courtesy title for daughters of Dukes and Earls {Source}. Up until recently, she was the only one of her siblings in line for the throne until the new succession laws took effect this year{Source}.

Her engagement to Tim Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992{Source}.She married Timothy Taylor on 18 July 1992{Source}. They were married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle {Source}. After the ceremony, a reception was held at her parents' country home, Crocker End House {Source}.
Her attendants included {Source}:
  1. Lady Gabriella Windsor (age 11, the brides cousin)
  2. Lord Downpatrick (age 4, the bride's nephew)
  3. She also had two other page boys and bridesmaids.
She and her husband have four children{Source}:
  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
  3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
  4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)

Upon her marriage, she retained her style of "Lady", but took her husband's last name, thus becoming Lady Helen Taylor {Source}. She is presently 35th in line for the throne, soon to be 36th {Source}. At her birth in 1964, she was 8th {Source}. As a minor member of the British Royal Family, she does not receive any government money or perform any official role for her 1st cousin 1x removed {Source}. However, she and her family do attend functions like royal weddings, the Royal Ascot, and the Trooping the Colour and Jubilee celebrations.

She is an ambassador for the CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity {Source}.Her husband is a cancer survivor {Source}. She operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England {Source}.

In 2013, she caught the eye of The Huffington Post for her style sense {Source}. She shares her birth year with a first cousin and two of her first cousins 1x removed:
  1. James Ogilvy (29 February, their parents are siblings)
  2. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (10 March)
  3. The Lady Sarah Chatto (1 May)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Royal Profile: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands

Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of The Netherlands, now known as King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands was born on 27 April 1967, the first child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of The Netherlands {Source}. He was baptized on 2 September 1967, with the following as his godparents {Source}:
  1. Prince Bernhard (maternal grandfather)
  2. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  3. Ferdinand von Bismarck
  4. Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra 
  5. Ms Renée Smith-Roëll
He has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nieces and a nephew:
  1. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (1968)
      1. Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2005)
      2. Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2006)
  2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
    1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (1966)
      1. Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
      2. Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
      3. Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
Alongside his two brothers,  he grew up in his family's residence of Drakensteyn Castle {Source}. When his grandmother, Queen Julianna, abdicated in favor of his mother in 1980, he and his family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace {Source}.

The future Dutch monarch was primarily educated in The Netherlands and Wales, and did graduate studies in the United States{Source}. He began his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, before attended Baarns Lyceum{Source}. He obtained an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College in Wales in 1985{Source}. Upon graduation, the future monarch began a career in the military, where he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987, where he received training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and served on the board of the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen{Source}. In 1988, after a refersher course at the Naval Academy, he began serving as a duty officer aboard the frgate HNLMS Van Kinsbergen {Source}. Upon completion of his service in the military, he began studying history at Lieden University, where he was awarded a bachelors degree in history in 1993 {Source}. After graduation, he returned to the military, this time with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he gained a Military Pilot's license in the Royal Netherlands Air Force{Source}. In 1994, Prince Willem-Alexander spent several months studying aspects of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force at the Netherlands Defense College {Source}. Upon completing his military studies, he began a course to familiarize himself with every facet of Dutch Society, studying the constitutional and legal systems, learning how central government and other authorities function, visiting European institutions, Dutch ministries, and High Councils of State, Dutch business community aspects, before undertaking a program of Advanced Development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA{Source}.

Before succeeding his mother in 2013, he held a number of specific positions in a wide range of areas which reflected his commitment to Dutch society {Source}. His main interests have included water management, infrastructure and ICT, sport and defense {Source}. During his time as Prince of Orange, he became a member of the Council of State upon his 18th birthday in April 1985 {Source}. Upon his assession to the throne, he automatically became President of the Council of State {Source}. During the time prior to his investiture, he was a member of several boards, including {Source}:

De Nederlandsche Bank(the Dutch central bank) (1998-2010)
Kröller-Müller Museum(1999-2010)'
Chair of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust(2002-2013)
Representative of the Royal Family on the management board of the Royal Domains (2002-2013)

In March 2001, his parents announced the engagement of The Prince of Orange to Argentine Maxima
Zorreguieta, which was subsequently approved by the government in July 2001 {Source}. The marriage took place in Februrary 2002 {Source}. Together, they have three daughters {Source}:

Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)