Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Royal Profile: Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg was born 30 June 1964 as Alexandra Christina Manley and would later become Princess Alexandra of Denmark {Source}. She is of British, Chinese, Czech and Austrian ancestry, and is the eldest of three daughters of Richard Nigel Manley (1924-2010) and Christa Maria Manley (1933-){Source}.

She attended to her education primarily in Hong Kong. It has never been made pubic whether or not the former princess attended a degree, but she studied international business at universities in Austria, Japan and the UK. She worked in the sales and marketing industry in Hong Kong from 1990-1995. When she was engaged to Prince Joachim, she studied Danish as a foreign language.

She met her future 1st husband when he was working for a Danish shipping company and they were both attending a party. They had a quick whirlwind romance, and were engaged by the late fall of 1994, where Prince Joachim surprised her while they were holidaying in the Philippines. Their engagement wasn't made for several months, in May 1995. They married on 18 November 1995 in Denmark {Source}. The marriage was not met without sacrifice for the new royal bride. Having grown up as a British citizen, upon her marriage, she renounced her citizenship, gave up her career in marketing, changed her religious affiliation from Anglican to Evangelical Lutheran. Their marriage produced two sons{Source}:
  • Prince Nikolai (1999)
  • Prince Felix (2002)
During the summer of 2004, rumors and speculations were beginning that the former princess's marriage was about to end. Sure enough, by the end of summer that year, when their children were fairly young, they announced their intentions to separate and eventually divorce {Source}. A Danish Royal divorcing hadn't taken place since 1846. The Folketing (Danish's national Parliament) chose to put her on the civil list for life, independent from a potential future marriage, her yearly allowance began retroactively in October 2004, and was equal to $ 330,000 (equal to 189,0170.70 Danish Krone). Their divorce was finalized in April 2005.

As a Danish royal, she was popular among the Danish people. She was known for her fashion sense and charity work, and was often referred to as the "Diana of the North". She is a native English and German speaker, so she was able to pick up the Danish language quickly. In spite of being raised in Hong Kong, she never learn Manarin Chinese or Canotnese. Both during and after her marriage she was involved with many charitable efforts including The Children's Red Cross, the Danish Society for the Blind, UNICEF, and the single-mother's organization, Mother Help. She also was a UNICEF ambassador whe nshe traveled to Thailand to visit with HIV/AIDS patients.

She was remarried to Martin Jørgensen on 3 March 2007 {Source}. They have no children together. She became a member of the Danish Board of Directors of Ferring Pharmaceuticals in 2007 {Source}.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Aristides Savros of Greece & Denmark

Prince Aristides Savros of Greece & Denmark was born 29 June 2008 weighing 8 pounds, 10 oz and was 21 inches in length, the youngest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. He has four older siblings{Source}:

  1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas(2000)
  4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)

His baptism was delayed until he was over a year old due to his grandfather being ill. One of his godparents was{Source} {Source}:

  1. Stavros Niarchos
  2. Infanta Cristina of Spain
  3. Prince Kiril of Bulgaria

When he was 2 years old, he attended the wedding of his uncle Nikolas to Tatiana {Photos}

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: June 22-28, 2015

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II met with the incoming and outgoing Prime Ministers of Denmark on Monday {Source}.

-Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik & Prince Joachim attended the Midsummer/St John’s Eve celebration on  Tuesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik participated  in the selection of a new unified command for special forces on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary  participated in the inauguration of the new Life-Saving Post on Monday {Source}.

France

-Prince Charles Louis, Duke of Chartes &  Iléana Manos celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Prince Jacques d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans celebrated his 74th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Micael d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux celebrated his 74th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis celebrated his 32nd birthday on Wednesday. Over the weekend, he  participated in the 2nd leg of the Audi Sport TT Cup on Friday & Saturday and Sunday {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince Hubertus Raphael Franz Josef Ulrich Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 42nd birthday on Monday.

-Prince Friedrich Leonhard Ingatius Josef Maria Lamoral Balthasar von Thur und Taxis celebrated his 65th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended to an official visit to Germany from Monday to Friday{Source}. Check back for a full recap.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended to a four day official visit to Scotland on Monday to Thursday {Source}. Check back for a full recap.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a reception for the 2015 Films Without Borders on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended the Cheshire Agricultural Show on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Eugenie of York visited Tara the Elephant at The Duke of York Square on Friday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited Kemp Hospice on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy visited the HMS Kent and HMS Warrior to formally open the Heritage LotteryFunded (HLF) Project on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Alexander Windsor, The Earl of Ulster & Dr. Claire Windsor, The Countess of Ulster celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Senna Kowhai Lewis celebrated her 5th birthday on Monday.

-George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews celebrated his 53rd birthday on Friday.

Italy

-Emanuel Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont celebrated his 43rd birthday on Monday.

-Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies celebrated her 12th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Capua celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday.

-Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies celebrated his 11th birthday on Friday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II held a meeting with a number of British politicians on Thursday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Hussein celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie-Astrid celebrated her 28th birthday on Friday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Felix, Princess Claire, Princess Alexandra, Prince Sebastian, Prince Louis & Princess Tessy attended Luxembourg's National Day Celebrations on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Princess Alexandra & Princess Tessy attended a garden party at Colmar-Berg Castle on Thursday{Photos}

-Prince Guillaume, Herediary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess visited Esch on Monday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended the ‘Fete de la St Jean’ procession on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy attended the premiere of the documentary Rainier III  on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the 2015 LGCT Monaco competition on Thursday{Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the LGCT Monaco competition on Saturday{Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene took part in a visit to Corsica  for an event for the Princess Charlene Foundation on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 2015 LGCT Monaco competition on Friday {Photos}.
Princess Caroline was seen with her only grandchild, Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh.

-Princess Stephanie attended the 5th anniversary celebrations of la maison vie on Friday{Photos}

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi at Day One at the 2015 FIA Formula E Visa London ePrix at the Walkabout Foundation Gala on Saturday {Photo}.

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi participated in the 2nd leg of the Audi Sport TT Cup on Friday & Saturday and Sunday {Source}{Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi participated in the 2015 LGCT Monaco competition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday {Photos}{Photos}{Results}{Results}{Results}.
On Thursday, she participated in the second class event, with two separate horses, coming in at 18th and 44th places respectively. On Friday, she participated in the Class V amateur event with two different horses, coming in 12th and 21st places, respectively. For her 12th place win, she won 200 Euros. She also took part in the Pro-Am Cup in the evening, coming in at 12th place

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I, Queen Máxima, Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet & Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended a diplomatic corps gala dinner on Wednesday {Photos}
-King Willem-Alexander I, Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Aimee  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven attended the opening ceremony of the 2015 Beach Volleyball World Championships on Friday {Photos}.

-King Willem-Alexander I attended Veteranendag 2015 on Saturday{Photos}

-Queen Máxima attended the conference entitled The Future of Farming and Food Security in Africa on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Dutch Queen attended the third edition of Familiebedrijven Awards {Photos}. On Friday, she visited a school in Den Bosch to attend a music education project {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix attended the 70th anniversary celebrations of the 1940-1945 Foundation on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Alexia celebrated her 10th birthday on Friday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 2015 Forum IMPULSA on Friday {Source}.

-Queen Letizia & Queen Sofia attended 2015 UNICEF Awards on Tuesday {Video}.
Queen Sofia was the recipient of the 2015 Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez Award.

-King Juan Carlos I attended Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday {Photos}.

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo attended the gala to celebrate 450 years Spanische Hofreitschule on Friday {Photos}


Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria attended Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday {Photos}.

-Christopher Paul O'Neill celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday.

Royal Profile: Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Capua

Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was born 28 June 1993 as the third child of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto & Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo {Source}. He has the following siblings{Source}:
  1. Prince Jamie of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1992)
  2. Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2003)
  3. Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2007)
  4. Princess Sofia  of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2008)

As his royal line is defunct, we don't know much about him. One can likely assume he leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan is the eldest son of King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania and was born 28 June 1994, in Aman, Jordan. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}.

In 2007, he was enrolled at the King's Academy, completing his secondary studies in 2012. He is presently studying political science at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service{Source}.

The young Crown Prince also holds the rank of first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces{Source}. Over the last few years, he has accompanied his father on several military missions.

During his childhood years, he spent most of his time doing just that-being a kid. As he grew older, he began to make appearances on his father's behalf. His first official engagement took place in June 2010, when he stood a representative for his father during the celebrations of the anniversary of the Arab Revolt and the Armed Forces Day. Since then, he has served a regent during his father's absence in Jordan, and was sworn in officially to take on the role on 21 April 2012{Source}.

In his free time, the Crown Prince enjoys reading, sports (especially football), and he shares his father and grandfather's passion for motorcycles{Source}.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Royal Profile: Christopher Paul O'Neill

Christopher Paul O'Neill was born 27 June 1974, as the son of Paul C. O'Neill and Eva Maria O'Neill {Source}. Between his parents, he has five sisters, a couple of brother-in-laws and several nieces and nephews{Source}{Source}:

  1. Annalisa O'Neill
  2. Stefanie O'Neill
  3. Karen O'Neill
  4. Countess Natascha von Abensperg und Traun
    1. Count  Ernst Graf von Abensperg und Traun
      1. Countess Milana Maria Tatjana von Abensperg und Traun (1996)
  5. Tatiana d'Abo

He was born in London, but was educated in Switzerland and the United States. He was educated at Institut auf dem Rosenberg, and recieved a BA in International Relations from Boston University, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

He first began dating the Swedish monarch's youngest daughter in 2011, and their engagement was announced in October 2012 {Source}. Their wedding took place in June 2013{Photos}. Together, they have two children:
  1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland (2014)
  2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden,The Duke of Angermanland (2015)
Unlike Prince Daniel, Mr. O'Neil does not hold a formal Swedish title or perform royal duties due to his not holding Swedish citizenship and wanting to continue his business endeavors in New York. However, last fall, the family moved to Sweden ahead of the birth of Prince Nicolas, and will be moving to London in the fall of 2015.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Capua

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Capua was born 26 June 1993 as the first child of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto & Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo {Source}. He has the following siblings{Source}:
  1. Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2003)
  2. Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2004)
  3. Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2007)
  4. Princess Sofia  of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2008)

As his royal line is defunct, we don't know much about him. One can likely assume he leads a fairly normal lifestyle.