Monday, October 20, 2014

Royal Profile: 20 Facts about Emperess Michiko of Japan

  1. She 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

Belgium

-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.

Denmark

-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}

Liechtenstein

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

Luxembourg

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

Monaco

-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}

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Royal Profile: Andrea Knecht de Massy

Andrea Knecht de Massy was born 16 October 2008 in Monaco, the eldest of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}. She is the paternal granddaughter of Christine-Alix de Massy and paternal great granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Barone de Massy{Source}. She has three older sisters{Source}:

Because her father, she and her sisters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. Other than the occasional all family appearance, she's kept away from the media's glare. Because of her age, she did not attend Prince Albert's 2011 wedding with her parents and three older sisters.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her older sisters and second cousins once removed Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until at least 2010 when her family moved to South Africa. She should presently be in her first year at the elementary school level.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 15 October 2005 at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital) as the first child and eldest son of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary {Source}. He is the grandson of Queen Margarethe II. He has three younger siblings{Source}:

His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were{Source}:
He was named:
  • Christian: for his great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the Danish royal tradition of the heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick. 
  • Valdemar: for Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is also a common royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim has Waldemar as one of his names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, has Valdemar as one of his names. 
  • Henri: for his paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, whose given name is Henri. 
  • John: for his maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.
On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House{Source}. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten{Source}. Since August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School{Source}. He may not be a Danish king yet, but he's already made Danish Royal history by being the 1st Danish heir apparent to attend nursery school AND the first Danish Royal to attend a state school.

Although his mother claims that he does not know that he one day will be the Danish King, he has performed several royal duties. In 2008, he participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather{Video}. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria{Photos}. On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, his grandmother and himself{Photos}. He also attended his grandmother's 40th anniversary celebrations  in 2012{Photos}. He also attended several London 2012 Olympic events with his family {Photos}. Since 2007, he's been seen during the family's annual photocalls (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: October 6-12, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe attended at the opening session of the Solvay Physics Council on Thursday {Photos}.

-Prince Laurent attended the annual meeting of the Intelligence Agents and Action of the Second World War, organized by the State Security on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Claire attended the Terre d’Avenir Awards at the Palais des Academies on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Luisa-Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday.

Bhutan

-Prince Dasho Khamsum Singye Wangchuck celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II, Henirk, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie & Princess Benedikte attended the 2014 Opening of the Danish Parliament on Tuesday {Video}{Photos}.

-Queen Margarethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort attended a press conference on thier upcoming state visit to Croatia on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik hosted a dinner for delegates attending the Danish Maritime Forum on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Mary  visited the Mary Foundation project "Netwerk" at  Tietgem Business College on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, Count Claus-Casmir van Oranje-Nassau & Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau attended a presentation of the book De Sprookjessprokkelaar at the Efteling on Monday {Video}.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II met with the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, and the former High Commissioner for the Republic of Kenya on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the United Kingdom's 2nd longest reigning monarch held several audiences, one of which included with Angelina Jolie{Photos} {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended an Education Committee Meeting of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, attended a performance of Private Peaceful by the National Youth Theatre, hosted a dinner for the University of Bath on Tuesday {Source}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay visited HMS ASTUTE at Queen Elizabeth II Naval Base and met with the former and incoming Commanding Officers  on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Nelson Trust's Isis Women's Centre, opened Ultra Electronics' Precision Air and Land Systems Facility, opened the Library and Science Laboratories at Cirencester Kingshill School, visited Cotswold District Citizens Advice Bureau to celebrate their 75th anniversary, and visited Crossroads Care Central and East Gloucestershire on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's sole daughter attended the Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony of Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society and a Beating Retreat and Dinner for the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland's The Royal Scots Boarders {Source}. On Wednesday, The Princess Royal visited the  1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland of The Royal Scots Boarders, attended a meeting of the Scotland's Churches Trust, and attended an Awards Dinner for Dogs For Deaf People {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  attended a meeting of Women in Business for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and  attended a Presidents' Workshop at St. John's Gate on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's younger daughter-in-law opened the Whiteleaf Centre, unveiled the Stoke Mandeville "Hall of Fame" at WheelPower and visited the National Spinal Injuries Centre {Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the launch of the book  How Google Works on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester visited Summerfield Community Centre, opened the restored Oak House Barns at the Oak House Museum,visited the Black Country Living Museum, opened Lion Health Surgery and presented The Queen's Award for Enterprise to the Hope Centre on Wednesday {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester visited Springhill Hospice to mark its 25th anniversary, and visited Dr. Kershaw's Hospice to mark its 25th anniversary  on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent   visited the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliters on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he  met with the fomer and incoming President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and met with several members of the United Grand Lodge {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited the energy-from-waste facility at Sita United Kingdom Limited,visited Preston Parkand  visited Whitworth Park School {Source}. On Thursday, the Queen's cousin celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy visited Queen Mother's Clothing Guild at St. James's Palace, attended a dinner for the Leeds Castle Foundation on Wednesday {Source}.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II &  Princess Charlene attended  party hosted by Jerry Bruckheimer and his wife on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the royal pair attended the 2014 Princess Grace Awards {Photos} and announced that they are not only expecting ONE child in December, but TWO {Source}. On Saturday the royal couple visited the Barbara Sinatra Children's Centre {Photos}.

The Netherlands

-Prince Constantijn celebrated his 45th birthday on Saturday.

Norway

-King Harald V & Queen Sonja visited Easter Island on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon attended SIKT2014 and attended the kick-off for Telethon 2014 It was also the celebration of the 40th anniversary of NRK's ​​nationwide TV campaign  on Tuesday {Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Satisfaction leaders on Runni school on Monday {Source}.

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated World Sight Day by attending a seminar at the University Aula on Thursday {Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor of Asturias & Infanta Sofia attended the Spanish National Day Military Parade on Sunday {Photos}

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the Spanish National Day Reception on Sunday {Photos}