Saturday, April 29, 2017

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 sixth 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, 2016, 2017}, 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 (2016 2016 part 2). 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 {2016}, and attended the family's annual holiday in Palma de Mallacora in August. In 2016, she attended, along side her father, the UEFA Champions League semi-final, second-leg football match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, visited the Matdero Cultural Center in Madrid with her father, she and her sister attended the opening ceremony of the 12th legislative session with their parents

Royal Profile: Maud 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}:

  • King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  • Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  • Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and best man at his wedding)
  • 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: 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 Leiningen (1959)
    1. Andreas, Prince of Leinein
      1. Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leinein (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen (1984)
      3. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1986)
He has four children, with two different women:

With Désirée Nick, he fathered an illegitmate son:

  • Oscar Nick (1996)
With his wife Tyra von Westernhagen, he fathered three children:

  • Prince Albert (1999)
  • Princess Eugenia (2001)
  • Prince Julius (2006)

Heinrich works as a historian and publisher with the firm MatruxMedia.

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 (1940)
    1. Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
      1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
        1. Crown Princess Mary (1972, m. 2004)
          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)
  2. Prince Nikolas
  3. 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}. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg died in March 2017. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:

  1. Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    1. Miss Carina Axelsson (partners since 2008)
  2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth(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)
  3. 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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Royal Profile: The Lady Helen Taylor

The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor was born as The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Windsor on 28 April 1964 as the middle child and only daughter of The Duke and The 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}:

  • The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (her father's 1st cousin)
  • Mrs. David Butler
  • Sir Angus Ogilvy (her father's cousin's husband)
  • 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}:

  • Lady Gabriella Windsor (age 11, the bride's cousin)
  • Lord Downpatrick (age 4, the bride's nephew)
  • 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)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Royal Profile: 50 Facts about King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands

  1. 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}. 
  2. 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
  3. He has two brothers:
    1. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
  4. He has two sisters-in-law:
    1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (1968)
    2. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (1966)
  5. King Williem-Alexander has the following nieces:
    1. Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
    2. Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2005)
    3. Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2006)
    4. Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
  6. He has one nephew:
    1. Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
  7. Alongside his two brothers, he grew up in his family's residence of Drakensteyn Castle {Source}.
  8. When his grandmother, Queen Julianna, abdicated in favor of his mother in 1980, he and his family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace {Source}.
  9. The future Dutch monarch was primarily educated in The Netherlands and Wales, and did graduate studies in the United States{Source}. 
  10. He began his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, before attended Baarns Lyceum{Source}. 
  11. He obtained an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College in Wales in 1985{Source}. 
  12. 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}. 
  13. In 1988, after a refersher course at the Naval Academy, he began serving as a duty officer aboard the frgate HNLMS Van Kinsbergen {Source}. 
  14. 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}.
  15.  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}. 
  16. In 1994, Prince Willem-Alexander spent several months studying aspects of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force at the Netherlands Defense College {Source}.
  17.  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}.
  18. 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}. 
  19. His main interests have included water management, infrastructure and ICT, sport and defense {Source}. 
  20. During his time as Prince of Orange, he became a member of the Council of State upon his 18th birthday in April 1985 {Source}.
  21.  Upon his accession to the throne, he automatically became President of the Council of State {Source}.
  22.  During the time prior to his investiture, he was a member of several boards, including {Source}:
    1. De Nederlandsche Bank(the Dutch central bank) (1998-2010)
    2. Kröller-Müller Museum(1999-2010)'
    3. Chair of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust(2002-2013) 
    4. Representative of the Royal Family on the management board of the Royal Domains (2002-2013)
  23. In March 2001, his parents announced the engagement of The Prince of Orange to Argentine Maxima
  24. Zorreguieta, which was subsequently approved by the government in July 2001 {Source}. 
  25. The marriage took place in February 2002 {Source}. 
  26. Together, they have three daughters {Source}:
    1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
    2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
    3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
  27. He is a godfather to:
    1. Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006) (his niece)
    2. Princess Estelle Siliva Ewa Mary of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland  (daughter of a close family friend)
    3. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014) (his cousin's daughter)
    4. Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Parma (2016) (his cousin's son)
  28. His maternal aunts and uncles are:
    1. Princess Irene of The Netherlands (1939)
      1. Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Piacenza (1930-2010, m. 1964-1981, div)
    2. Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands (1943)
      1. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven
    3. Alicia von Bielefeld (illegitimate child of his grandfather, 1952)
    4. Alexia Grinda(illegitimate child of his grandfather,1967)
  29. His maternal cousins consist of:
    1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970) 
    2. Princess Margarita María Beatriz of Bourbon Parma (1972)  
    3. Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon Parma (1972) 
    4. Princess María Carolina Cristina of Bourbon Parma (1974) 
    5. Prince Maurits van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born 17 April 1968) m. Marilène van den Broek (born 4 February 1970) on 29 May 1998. They have three children:
    6. Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
    7. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (22 March 1972)
    8. Prince Floris  van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (10 April 1975) 
    9. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven ( 2007)
  30. His maternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Princess Annette van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born 18 April 1972, m. 2000) 
    2. Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977, m. 2005)
    3. Princess Anita  van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969, m. 2005) 
    4. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970, m. 1998)
    5. Princess Annemarie Cecilia Gualthérie van Weezel  (2010)
      • Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn (m. 2001-2006, div) 
      • Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (2008)
      • Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (2012)
      • Viktoria Cservenyak (2013)
    6. His maternal 1st cousins 1x removed are:
      1. Carlos Hugo Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme( 1997)
      2. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
      3. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      4. Felicia Juliana Benedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
      5. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      6. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      7. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      8. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
      9. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
      10. Julia ten Cate (2008)
      11. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      12. Paola ten Cate (2011)
      13. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parme (2012)
      14. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parme (2013)
      15. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
      16. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      17. Alaïa-Maria Brenninkmeijer (2014)
      18. Xavier Brenninkmeijer (2015)
      19. Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma ( 2016)
      20. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    7. King Williem-Alexander is good friends with:
      1. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (1977)
      2. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
    8. Through his wife, he is a brother-in-law to{Source}:
      1. María Zorreguieta López (1956)
        1.  Adrián Vilov 
      2. Ángeles Zorreguieta López (1958)
      3. Dolores Zorreguieta López (1965)
        1. Harmond Grad Lewis 
      4. Martín Zorreguieta Cerruti (1972)
        1. Mariana Andrés
      5. Juan Zorreguieta Cerruti (1982)
        1. Andrea Wolf (m. 2014)
      6. Inés Zorreguieta Cerruti (1984)
    9. Through his wife, he is an uncle to:
      1. Ana Vojnov Zorreguieta (1996) 
    10. He speaks fluent Dutch, English, German and some Spanish {Source}
    11. When he first met his wife,  she was unaware that he was a prince, as he had introduced himself as simply, Alexander{Source}. 
    12. Apparently, when the future Dutch king confessed that he was a prince, she thought he was joking{Source}!
    13.  After their initial meeting, they agreed to meet again in New York City, where she was working at the time{Source}. 
    14. While they were dating, Maxima didn't tell her family much-a few things here, a few things there, until there was nothing left to say but "oh, by the way, he's a Prince of The Netherlands and heir to the throne."{Source}.
    15. Their relationship and eventual marriage plans were not met without controversy due to her father's involvement with the Argentine government. 
    16. However, this was nothing new for the Dutch government-his mother, her mother and her mother all had controversial marriages. 
    17. Thus, when she and her prince married in Amsterdam on 2 February 2002, her parents were not among the guests.
    18. However, her parents did attend the christening of their granddaughters. 
    19. They were not allowed at the wedding due to it being an official state occasion, while the christenings were considered private.
    20. He is the first Dutch monarch to be King since King William III, who reigned from 1849-1890. Monarchs after him were all women-Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix...the Dutch king's great grandmotehr, grandmother, and mother respectively.
    21. He drank a lot of beer, earning himself the nickname ‘Prins Pils’ {Source}
    22. He once drove his car into a canal in Leiden{Source}
    23. For his 50th birthday, he and his family will dine with 150 guest who also share a birthday with King Williem-Alexander{Source}.
    24. He became King of The Netherlands three days after his birthday in 2013.
    25. In an attempt to strike a balance between privacy for the royal family and availability to the press, the Netherlands Government Information Service (RVD) instituted a media code on 21 June 2005 which essentially states that:
      1. Photographs of the members of the royal house while performing their duties are always permitted.
      2. For other occasions (like holidays or vacations), the RVD will arrange a photo-op on condition that the press leave the family alone for the rest of the activity.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Royal Profile: Augustin Crépy

    Augustin Crépy was born 26 April 2005 as the son of Princess Clotilde d'Orléans& Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy {Source}. He has the following siblings {Source}:
    1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
    2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
    3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
    4. Eléonore Crépy (2007)

    Through his mother, he is the grandson of Prince Michel d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux & Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}.

    It is likely he leads a fairly normal lifestyle as his  family's throne has been defunct for many years.

    Royal Profile: Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark

    Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark was born 26 April 1986 as the third son and youngest child of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece {Source}.He has two older brothers and two older sisters, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews{Source}:
    1. Princess Alexia (1965)
      1. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana(1970)
        1. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
        2. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
        3. Miss Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
        4. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos (1967)
      1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (1968)
        1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
        2. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
        3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark (2000)
        4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
        5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark (2008)
    3. Prince Nikolas (1969)
      1. Princess Tatiana
    4. Princess Theodora (1983)
    His godparents were{Source}:
    1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (his 1st cousin 1x removed)
    2. Diana, Princess of Wales (his 2nd cousin in law) 
    He was educated in England, and the United States. He spent the majority of his education at the Hellenic College of London (1992-2002, GCSE){Source}. He also attended United World College in New Mexico, USA {Source}.He also attended Georgetown University, where he studied foreign relations {Source}.

    He is active in several charities. He is a member of the board of directors of the Anna Maria Foundation, along side his mother (president) and siblings{Source}
    He is an avid sportsman, especially when it comes to roller blading, swimming, and Football (he supports UK's Arsenal and the Greek Club Panathinaikos) {Source}. He also enjoys computers, history, and music.
    He is presently 8th in line for the deposed Greek throne, after his two elder brothers, three nephews, and a niece. He speaks English and Greek {Source}.In 2014, he was #7 in the business insider's list of Most Eligible Royals {Source}.
    He is related to several European royla families, both reigning and non reigning. Through his mother he is the greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria. Through his father, he is a greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria.Through his father, he is related to the following monarchs:
    • Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: 1st cousin 2x removed
    • Queen Sofia: paternal aunt
    Through his mother, he is related to the following monarchs:
    • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden: 1st cousin 1x removed through Princess Margaret of Connaught
    • Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom: 3rd cousin 1x removed through King Christian IX of Denmark
    • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: maternal aunt

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Royal Profile: Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou

    Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou was born 25 April 1974 as the son of the second son of Alfonso de Borbón, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz and Doña María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco{Source}. He has one older brother {Source}:
    1. Don Francisco de Asís Alfonso Jaime Cristóbal Víctor José Gonzalo Cecilio de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú, Duc de Bourbon (1972-1984, car accident)
    He also has several step siblings and a half sister from his mother's subsequent marriages:
    1. Mathilda Rossi (1971-1984, boating accident, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi, twin of below) 
    2. Marella Rossi (1971, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi)
    3. Frederick Rossi (stepbrother from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie, younger brother of Mathilda and Marella)
    4. María Cynthia Francisca Matilda Rossi (half sister, 1985, from his mother's marriage to Rossi)

    He attended the Lycėe Français de Madrid, obtaining his COU in June 1992 {Source} He studied economics. He worked several years for BNP Paribas, a French bank in Madrid. Although he regularly visited France, where his mother lived for several years, he continued to live in Spain.

    He became engaged to Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella in November 2003. They were married in November 2004{Source}. Together, they have three children:

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint al-Hussein of Jordan

    Princess Iman bint al-Hussein of Jordan was born 24 April 1983 as the daughter of King Hussein & Queen Noor . She has several older half-siblings, two brothers, and a sister:
    1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan (1956, half sister)
      1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977-1988, div)
        1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981)
    2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
      1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
    3. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962, half brother)
      1. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
        1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
        2. Princess Iman (1996)
        3. Princess Salma (2000)
        4. Prince Hashem (2005)
    4. Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1963, half brother)
      1. Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan (m. 1989-2008)
        1. Princess Ayah bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1990)
        2. Prince Omar bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
        3. Princess Sara bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
        4. Princess Aisha bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
      2. Princess Sara of Jordan (m 2010-2013)
      3. Princess Zeina of Jordan (m. 2015)
        1. Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (2016)
        2. Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (8 April 2017)
    5. Princess Aisha bint Hussein of Jordan (1968, half sister)
      1. Mr. Zeid Juma (divorced)
        1. Master Aoun Juma 
        2. Miss Muna Juma
    6. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968, twin of above, half sister) 
      1. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh
        1. Master Jaafar Al-Saleh
        2. Miss Jumana Al Saleh
        3. Miss Tahani Al Shawan al Saleh (Adopted)
    7. Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)
      1. Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan (d. 2009)
        1. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah of Jordan (2007)
      2. Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad bint al Hamzah (m. 2012)
        1. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
        2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
        3. Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan (2016)
    8. Prince Hashim bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1981)
      1. Princess Fahdah (m. 2006)
        1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
        2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
        3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
        4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)
    9. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)

    Princess Iman was educated in the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her primary education took place at the Fay School and Maret School in the United States. In the United Kingdom, she attended The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst{Source}. Upon graduation, she was back in the United States, this time studying at the American University to pursue a degree in veterinary science.

    In December 2012, the Royal Court announced her engagement to Zaid Azimi Mirza{Source}. They were married on 22 March 2013{Source}. Together, they have one child:

    • Omar Mirza (2013)