Friday, July 31, 2015

Royal Profile: Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum

Archduchess Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum was born 31 July 1983 as the eldest daughter of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, Archduchess of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has the following younger siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}.

  1. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
  2.  Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  3. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
On 6 December 2008 to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979) {Source}. Together, they have two sons:

  • Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
  • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)





Royal Profile: Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy

Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy was born 31 July 1966 as the second child and only daughter of Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent {Source}. Her godparents were{Source}{Source}:
  • Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Prince Charles of Wales
As a youngster, she was rather rebellious, and tabloids often labeled her the "black sheep". She appeared on the cover of the fetish magazine, Skin Two, wearing a rubber jumpsuit and a crown, surrounded by corgis{Source}. Upon this publication, her relationship with her parents and other royal relations became...strained to say the least {Source}.


She dated painter and decoration Phil Finton before moving on to Paul Mowatt {Source}.

She married Paul Mowatt on 2 February 1990, and they have two children together{Source}:

  1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
  2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)
Marina and Paul were divorced in October 1997{Source}.

Presently, Marina is 53rd in line for the throne after the immediate family of the current reigning monarch, the Gloucester family, her uncle and his family, her mother, her brother, a niece and nephew{Source}. She occasionally attends family and official events, such as weddings and The Trooping of Colour.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Royal Profile: Carlos Morales y de Grecia

Carlos Morales y de Grecia was born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona the third child and only son of Princess Alexia of Greece & Carlos Morales {Source} He has two older sisters and a younger sister {Source}.

His godparents were{Source}:

  1. Infanta Elena of Spain (his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece (his maternal uncle)
  3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (his maternal uncle)

At the age of 5, he attended his maternal uncle's wedding in Greece with his parents and sisters {Source}.

He resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by his father {Source}.

Although 8th in line for the Greek throne after two uncles, his mother and several cousins, he seems to lead a relatively normal life and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre

Infanta María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre was born 30 July 1936 is the eldest daughter of Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies {Source}. She also has two younger surviving siblings, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Infanta Margarita of Spain {Source}. Her younger brother, Infante Alfonso died in 1956 {Source}.

The majority of her early years was spent in exile in Portugal. Infanta Pilar renouced her rights to the Spanish throne upon her marriage, but due to it being before the Constitution it is debated whether or not it holds today. It is long debated whether or not she and her family have Spanish succession rights or not as the Spanish Constitution section 57 states:

The Crown of Spain shall be inherited by the successors of H. M. Juan Carlos I de Borbón, the legitimate heir of the historic dynasty. Succession to the throne shall follow the regular order of primogeniture and representation, the first line always having preference over subsequent lines; within the same line,the closer grade over the more remote; within the same grade, the male over the female, and in the same sex, the elder over the younger.{Source}

To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".

From 1994-2005, she served as president of the International Equestrian Federation, until Princess Haya of Jordan succeed her. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain from 1996-2006, and now acts as an honorary member of the IOC {Source}. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Spanish Olympic Committee {Source} and President of Europa Nostra from 2007-2009 {Source}. The Infanta speaks several languages fluently, including: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course, Spanish.

When her younger brother married Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, Infanta Pilar was a bridesmaid {Source}. She married a few years later on 5 May 1967 in Portugal to Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain. Together, they have five children and 9 grandchildren:

  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo ( 1991)
    2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
    3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969)
    1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013) {Source}
  3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 5 November 2004)
    2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 23 November 2005)
    3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 30 May 2011)
  4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
  5. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand was born 28 July 1952 the only son of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit.

He had a worldly education, spending his primary years in Thailand, before moving on to England and Australia for his upper educational studies. The Prince undertook military training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia, and also completed an arts degree at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. He also took a period of time as a Buddhist monk {Source}.

In 1977, he married his maternal first cousin Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara {Source} , a year later his first child was born {Source}. He and Princess Soamsvali Kitiyakara were divorced sometime in the 1980s {Source}. His second marriage produced four illegitimate children as they were born prior to the 1994 marriage {Source}. In 2001, he married again, to HRH Princess Srirasmi, who has since given him a son {Source}

His children are:
  1. Princess Bajrakitiyabha (1978)
  2. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol(1979)
  3. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  4. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  5. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (1985)
  6. Princess Siriwanwari Nariratana (1987)
  7. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (2005)


On 3 January 1977,  Vajiralongkorn married, a first cousin on his mother's side. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn started living with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth in the late 1970s and had five children with her. Although Princess Soamsavali had refused divorce for many years, Vajiralongkorn was finally able to sue for divorce in the Family Court in January 1993. In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsavali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. The divorce was finalized in July 1993. Princess Soamsavali and her daughter continue to play a significant role in royal ceremonies.

Royal Profile: Samuel David Benedict Chatto

Samuel David Benedict Chatto was born 28 July 1998 in London, the elder of two sons ofThe Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto {Source}. One of his godparents was Prince Charles {Source}.

He is currently 20th in line to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom after his mother {Source}.

For his younger years, he attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School {Source}. He is believed to now be following Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry's footsteps and attending Eton College{Source}.

Although he performs no official royal functions, he has attended a few in recent years. He and his family typically attend Christmas at Sandringham {2006, 2008}. He along side his family, aunt and uncle and cousins, attended the service of Thanksgiving in honor of his late grandmother and great-grandmother in 2012 {Photos}. Also in 2012, he alongside his parents and brother, attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at Goodwood Festival of Speed {Photos} and attended day 1 of the Goodwood Races {Photos}.

It is presumed that Samuel leads a relatively normal life, in spite of being a great-nephew to the Queen.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 20-26, 2015

Austria

-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 11th birthday on Monday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathlide, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess  Eléonore, Princess Astird, Archduchess of Austria-Este , Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a military parade to celebrate National Day on Tuesday{Photos}.

-King Philippe, Queen Mathlide, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess  Eléonore  attended a Te Deum Mass held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015 at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Astird, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended a Te Deum Mass held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015 in Antwerp on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a Te Deum Mass at the Collégiale Sainte Waudru  on Tuesday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Joesphine, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth attended the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Gråsten Slot on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, the Danish Royal Family attended the family's annual photo shoot {Photos}.

-Prince Felix celebrated his 13th birthday on Wednesday.

-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann celebrated his 5th birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited Ladock Church of England Primary School & Falmouth Arms Pub on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Monarch attended  the Royal Agricultural University's graduation ceremony {Source}. On Friday, he hosted a garden party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Prince's Countryside Fund (PCF) {Source}. On Saturday, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II  attended the Royal Salute Coronation Cup {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge  & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the rained out

-Prince George of Cambridge celebrated his 2nd birthday on Wednesday.

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 19th birthday on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II visited the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Jordan on Thursday {Source}.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Georgina celebrated her 10th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the Red Cross Ball on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb
attended the civil wedding ceremony of Pierre Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromeo on Saturday {Photos}{Source}{Photos}{Source}

-Prince Albert II  participated in the Summit of Conscience for the Climate Conference on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the 2nd Annual St. Tropez Gala {Photos}. On Friday, the sovereign Prince of Monaco attended the inauguration of the Esplanade and the Allée Jacques Boissy {Source}.

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromeo celebrated their civil wedding ceremony on Saturday {Photos}{Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover celebrated her 16th birthday on Monday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday.

Spain

-Queen Letizia visited the 2015 Milan Expo on