Sunday, January 25, 2015

Breaking: Johan Ferner has died

Johan Ferner was born 27 July 1927 as the son of  Ferner Jacobsen (1885–1964), and  Ragnhild Olsen (1889–1966) {Source}.

He was married twice. His first marriage was from January 1953-1956 to Ingeborg 'Bitte' Hesselberg-Meyer, with whom he had no children. He married for a second time to Princess Astrid of Norway on 12 January 1961 {Source}. With Princess Astrid, he has the following children and grandchildren{Source}:

  1. Cathrine Ferner (1962)
    1. Sebastian Ferner Johansen (1990)
    2. Madeleine Ferner Johansen (1993)
  2. Benedikte Ferner (1963)
  3. Alexander Ferner (1965)
    1. Edward Ferner (1996).
    2. Stella Ferner (1998)
  4. Elisabeth Ferner (1969)
    1. Banjamin Ferner Beckmann (1999)
  5. Carl Christoam Ferner (1972)
He was decorated with the award of the Olympic Silver Medal (in 6m sailing) in 1952 at the Olympic Games in Finland {Source}.

Royal Profile: Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff

Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff  was born 25 January 2002 is the daughter ofPhilip von Lattorff and Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has three brothers and four sisters{Source}{Source}:
  • Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
  • Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
  • Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2005)
  • Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
  • Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
  • Maximilian von Lattorff (2011)

It is likely given that she is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture.

It is likely that she speaks German, the official language of Liechtenstein.

Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight. She shares a birthday with Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Royal Profile:Princess Hélène Sybille Irène of Orléans

Princess Hélène Sybille Irène of Orléans was born 24 January 2001, as the third child and second daughter of Prince Charles-Louis of Orleans, Duke of Chartres and Ileana Manos {Source}. She has one older brother, one older sister, one younger brother and one younger sister  {Source}.

As her royal family is defunct, she likely leads a normal life and next to nothing is known about her. She shares a birthday with Princess Athena of Denmark.

Royal Profile: Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat

Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born 24 January 2012 as the fourth child and first daughter of Prince Joachim and second child and only daughter of Princess Marie {Source}

Due to the 2008 Succession Act, which made Denmark's monarchy an absolute primogeniture monarchy (absolute primogeniture=boys and girls have equal rights to the throne and younger brothers do not displace older sisters), she is in line for the Danish throne and will not be displaced by any possible younger brothers.

She was christened in May 2012{Source}, with the following as her godparents:
  • Gregory Grandet (maternal uncle)
  • Edouard Cavallier (maternal uncle)
  • Carina Axelsson (her father's cousin's girlfriend)
  • Julie Mirabaud(friend of her parents)
  • Diego de Lavandeyra (friend of her parents)
  • Henriette Steenstrup(friend of her parents)
It is likely that she will begin her education as her elder brothers did before her, she will likely attend nursery school at the Garnison Church and Krebs.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Royal Profile:Princess Caroline Louise Margurite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco

Princess Caroline Louise Margurite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco was born 23 January 1957 as the first child of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess Grace{Source}. She has two younger siblings, a sister in law, and seven nieces and nephews{Source}:

  • Prince Albert II (1958)
    • Princess Charlene (1978)
      • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992)
      • Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste (2003)
      • Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco (2014)
      • Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès (2014)
  • Princess Stephanie, The Countess of Polinac (1965)
    • Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
    • Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
    • Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (1998)

She attended to her education in Monaco, England and France. She attended local primary schools before she was sent to St. Mary's School, Ascot{Source}. She received her French Baccalaureat (high school or A level) degree in 1974 with honors and continued her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris where she received a diploma in Philosophy and minors in Psychology and Biology{Source}. During her youth, she took ballet, and studied piano and the flute, as well as participated in the Girls Guides de Monaco {Source}.

She began her public duties at a young age, appearing with her parents at events. In 1979, she was appointed as President of the Monegasque Committee for the International Year of Children{Source}. In 1981, she founded the organization Jeune J'Ecoute{Source}. In April 1983, she became honorary president of the Guides de Monaco (known as Girl Scouts in the US){Source}.She is high patron of the organization Peter Le Marchant Trust {Source}. In December 1982, she was appointed as President of the Monaco Garden Club, President of the Organizing committee of the  Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo (Springtime Arts of Monte-Carlo) Festival, and became President of the Princess Grace Foundation{Source}. In 1985, she founded Les Ballets de Monte Carlo{Source}. In 1994, she was appointed as President of The Prince Pierre Foundation, having served as President of the Literary Board of The Prince Pierre Foundation since 1984{Source}. In 1992 she was appointed the President of the Artistic Board of the Prix International d'Art Contemporain (International Contemporay Art Prize){Source}.In April 1993 Princess Caroline was appointed the President of l'AMADE Mondiale (Association Mondiale des Amis de l'Enfance) or (Worldwide Association of Children's Friends){Source}. In December 2003, she was appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of her comittment to protect children{Source}.

Princess Caroline has been married three times. Her first marriage was in 1978, to Philippe Junot, which ended in divorce in 1982{Source}. She married for a second time to Stefano Casiraghi in 1983, and has three children and a grandson with him, but he died in 1990{Source}. She married a third time, to Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover. Her children and grandchild are:
  1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983, stepson)
  2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, son)
  3. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, stepson)
  4. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, daughter)
    1. Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013, grandson)
  5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, son)
  6. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (daughter, 1999)

She is fluent in five languages-French, English, German, Spanish and Italian (six if you count the local dialect of Monaco, lang monegasque){Source}. In her spare time, she loves to ride horses, swim, go skiining and waterski{Source}. She is godmother to her niece and nephew, Louis Ducruet and Pauline Ducruet.

On 10 November 2005, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco conferred the insignia of Commander of Cultural Merit to HRH the Princess of Hanover for Her contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture in the Principality, her active involvement in the Prince Pierre Foundation, Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opéra, Printemps des Arts, all Monegasque cultural entities over which She presides{Source}. On 3 July 2014,the Grand Chancellor of the Légion d'Honneur, conferred the insignia of Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit upon Princess Caroline {Source}.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BREAKING: King Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz has died

Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz was born 1 August 1924 as the tenth son of King Abdulaziz & Fahda bint Asi Al Shuraim {Source}

In 1963, Abdullah was made commander of Saudi National Guard (SANG). TBeginning by 1985, SANG also sponsors the Janadiriyah festival that institutionalized the traditional folk dances, camel races, and tribal heritage{Source}.

King Khalid appointed Prince Abdullah as second deputy prime minister in March 1975, a reflection of being the second in line of succession to the Saudi throne{Source}. Prince Abdullah was pressured to concede control of SANG in return for his appointment as Second Deputy Prime Minister. In August 1977, this caused a debate between hundreds of princes in Riyadh{Source}. Prince Abdullah did not concede authority of SANG because he feared that would weaken his authority{Source}.

On 13 June 1982 when King Khalid died, Fahd bin Abdulaziz became King, Prince Abdullah became Crown Prince the same dayHe also maintained his position as head of the National Guard. During his years as crown prince, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was described as a supporter of accommodation{Source}. When King Fahd was incapacitated by a major stroke in 1995, Crown Prince Abdullah acted as de facto regent of Saudi Arabia, In May 2001, Crown Prince Abdullah did not accept an invitation to visit Washington due to U.S. support for Israel in the Al Aqsa Intifada. He also appeared more eager than King Fahd to cut government spending and open Saudi Arabia up economically. He pushed for Saudi membership in the World Trade Organization, surprising some{Source}. In August of the same year, he orderd the Saudi Ambassador to the US to return to Washington.  In 2002, he developed an Arab peace initiative, commonly referred to as the "Abdullah plan", to achieve mutually agreed-on resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict {Source}. By late 2003, after the Saudi Arabian branch of al-Qaeda carried out a series of bombings that threatened to destabilize the country, Crown Prince Abdullah together with other decision-making elites began to deal with political concerns. One of such moves was his project to promote more tolerance for religious diversity and rein in the forces of politico-religious extremism in the kingdom, leading to the establishment of National Dialogue. In the summer of 2003, Abdullah threw his considerable weight behind the creation of a national dialogue that brought leading religious figures together, including a highly publicized meeting attended by the kingdom's preeminent Shi'i scholar Hasan al-Saffar, as well as a group of Sunni clerics who had previously expressed their loathing for the Shi'i minority.

Abdullah succeeded to the throne upon the death of his half-brother King Fahd. He was formally enthroned on 3 August 2005. During his reign he had several positive initiatives. In 2005, King Abdullah implemented a government scholarship program to send young Saudi men and women to study abroad in different universities around the world for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. . He has re-shuffled the Ministry of Education's leadership in February 2009 by bringing in his pro-reform son-in-law, Faisal bin Abdullah, as the new minister. He also appointed Nora Al Fayez, a U.S.-educated former teacher, as deputy education minister in charge of a new department for female students.  He created a regulatory body for capital markets. He has promoted the construction of the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology {Source}. In January 2012, King Abdullah dismissed the head of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police, replacing him with a more moderate cleric, state news agency SPA reported without giving reasons. He also made strides in interfaith communication, and was the first Saudi ruler to visit the Pope in November 2007 {Source}. He also made strides in his efforts with strengthening relations with other nations. 

King Abdullah followed his father's (King Abdulaziz's) path in terms of marriage in that he married the daughters of the al Shalan of Anizah, al Fayz of Bani Sakhr, and al Jarbah of the Iraqi branch of the Shammar tribe {Source}. King Abdullah had over 11 wives, and fathered more than 16 children, some of his wives were {Source}:

  1. Alanoud Al Fayez (1972-2003), 4 daughters
  2. Jawahir bint Ali Hussein, two children
  3. Aida Fustuq, two children
  4. Munira Al Otaishan, two sons
  5. Munira bint Abdullah Al Al Shaykh, at least 1 son
  6. Tathi bint Mishan al Faisal al Jarba, at least 1 son

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born on 21 January 2004 the elder of the two children of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway {Source}. She has one older half-brother from her mother's side, Marius Borg Høiby {Source}.

On 17 April 2004, she was christened with the following as her godparents{Source}:
  • The King of Norway (her paternal grandfather)
  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (paternal aunt)
  • Marit Tjessem (her maternal grandmother)
  • Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (close friend of her parents who is also a distant cousin)
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (close friend of her parents who is also a distant cousin)
  • Prince Felipe of Asturias (close friend of her parents, who is also distantly related)
Just before her second birthday, she began attending a day-care centre {Source}. At the age of 6 years and 8 months, she began attending Jansløkka elementary school, which she attended until this school year{Source}. In the 2014-2015 school year, she was transferred to Olso International School {Source}

Even at her young age, she has already participated in several official duties{Source}. She normally joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of the Palace to greet the annual children’s parade on 17 May, Norwegian Constitution Day{Source}. She has also attended the traditional ski jumping tournament at Holmenkollen in Oslo{Source}.