Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 25-31, 2014

Belgium

-Princess Maria-Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik began a visit to the United States on Monday {Source}. Check back for a full recap.

-Crown Princess Mary attended a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert as part of the group's European Tour on Monday{Source}.On Tuesday, the future Danish Queen attended "Advice for Life" for the Crown Princess Mary Foundation{Source}.

-Princess Marie took part in the judging of the "Cooking For Kids" Contest on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Nikolai celebrated his 15th birthday on Wednesday.
Great Britain

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester celebrated his 70th birthday on Tuesday.

-Gary Lewis celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.

Greece

-Queen Anne-Marie celebrated her 68th birthday on Saturday.

 -Princess Tatiana celebrated her 34th birthday on Wednesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania celebrated her 44th birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-King Harald held several military related audiences on Monday {Source}. On Sunday, the Norweigen King attended  the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Seamen's Mission {Source}.

-King Harald & Crown Prince Haakon met with Norway's Prime Minister and attended a Council of State meeting on Friday {Source}.

-Queen Sonja  opened the Offshore Northern Seas on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Crown Prince Haakon attended a Norway Trade Fair on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit opened The Bjørnson Festival on Wednesday {Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI attended the Spanish Basketball Association team's final game before heading to the Basketball World Cup on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish King met with the director of the Global Malaria Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I attended the first match up between Spain and Iran of the World Cup FIBA Basketball 2014 on Saturday {Source}.

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo participated in  the 59th edition of the National Equestrian Competition on Saturday {Source}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf met with ambassadors to UAE, Norway and France and presented the Polar Music Prize 2014 on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish King met with ambassadors from Zimbabwe and Poland {Source}.

-Queen Silvia welcomed new Silviahemmet Students to the new school year on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish Queen attended De Gamlas Dag (The Ancient Day) and opened the Children's House Stockholm{Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel took part in the celebrations of the Diocese of Skara 1000 years on Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria took part in WWF's International Seminar "Our Seas - Our Future" on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel attended the SNS Tylösand Conference 2014 on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Estelle began pre-school on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Carl Philip took part in Northern Coasts 2014 beginning on Tuesday {Source}

Royal Profile: Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan was born 31 August 1970 as Rania al Yassin and the daughter of two Palestinians form Tulkarm. During her youth, she attended schools in Kuwait and Turkey, earning a degree in Business Adminstration. After graduation, she worked for marketing departments for various international banks and computer companies {Source}.

In January 1993, she met her future husband and then Crown Prince of Jordan at a dinner party, and after a brief courtship and engagement, they were married in June 1999{Source}. Their first child was born a year later in June 1999, followed by baby # 2 two years later, and two more children after that in 2000 and 2004{Source}.

She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity.”{Source}. For this reason, she keeps active within the Jordanian and global community. She is often visiting remote villages in Jordan in order to help them improve their livelihoods and prospects of Jordan{Source}. She encourages a national educational system, community empowerment, health care, Youth involvement, diversity (cross-cultural dialouge), among many other things.


In addition to her efforts as Queen of Jordan, she also enjoys water skiing, running and cycling{Source}. Queen Rania is also active in various social media , especially Youtube,Facebook, instagram, and Twitter (click the link to go to her pages).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Greece was born Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark, the third child of King Fredrick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on 30 August 1946 {Source}. She has two older sisters, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}.


Her godparents were:
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Prince Bertil of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • King Haakon VII of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Geogre of Greece (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Dagmar of Denmark (paternal great-aunt)
  • Queen Mary of the United Kingdom

The young princes attended schools in Denmark, and Switzerland. She began attending Zahle's School in 1952 until 1961{Source}. From 1962-1963, she attended the Chatelard School for Girls{Source}. In 1963-1964, she attended the Institut Le Mesnil {Source}.


She met her double third cousin who would later become her husband when she was 13 during a State Visit from Greece to Denmark{Source}. They met again two years later, where Constantine declared his intentions to marry Anne-Marie{Source}. They met a third time in 1962, during the wedding of Princess Sophia of Greece to King Juan Carlos of Spain, which Anne-Marie was a bridesmaid, and Constantine was a brother-of-the bride {Source} They met a fourth time during the centenary of the Greek Monarchy in 1963{Source}. In March 1964, her potential future father-in-law died, leaving her potential suitor to be King of the Hellenes{Source}. Four months later in July 1964, their engagement was announced, and they were wed in a ceremony on 18 September (two weeks after Anne-Marie's 18th birthday){Source}. During her tenure as Queen of the Hellenes, she worked for countless charitable efforts.


In 1967, her husband was forced to flee Greece for Italy{Source}. In 1973, they continued their exile, settling in England with their children{Source}.


Today, she has a large family, three sons, a son in law, two daughter-in-laws, two daughters,and four granddaughters, and five grandsons, who are{Source}:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Royal Profile: Gen Z going back to school!

Like most of us, royals must go to school to get their education during their childhood and adolescence, and often into their 20s for university. Each year things remain the same around September-the seasons change, summer ends, and school begins. 2014 is no different. Sure, some royals are attending new schools this year, or attending for the first time, but most often as the seasons change, and school begins, the same royals are going back to the same schools. Here is a list of some of the royals and what they are up to now:

Belgium:
The Children of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde:
  • Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant will be continuing at Sint-Jan Berchman's, in the second year of the Collège division.
  • Prince Gabriel will be continuing his education at Sint-Jan Berchman's, a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Emmanuel will continue his courses at Eureka School, where he became a student in September 2012 after several years with his siblings at Sint-Jan Berchman's {Source}
  • Princess Eléonore began school in 2007 at Sint-Jan Berchman's, therefore is likely entering the first year in the primary cycle of her education {Source}.
The Children of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, The Archduke and Archduchess of Austria-Este:
  • Princess Luisa-Maria, may be undertaking either her final year at Sevenoaks School (where she has been a student since 2009), her first year of university or gap year after graduation.
  • Princess Laetitia-Maria is attending another year at Sint-Jan Berchman's alongside her cousins.

The Children of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire:
  • Princess Louise attended a French-language private school in Tervuren, {Source} where she studied in the French language, and studied English as well, but never learned a word of Dutch. Since the age of six, she has attended Lycée Français de Bruxelles in suburban Uccle. Her parents have been criticized for not sending their children to Dutch-language schools. {Source}
  • Her twin brothers, Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric, who are a year younger than Louise, should have started at LFB in September 2010.

Denmark:


The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:

  • Prince Christian, began school at Tranegårdsskolen in 2011, where he continues his education. 
  • Princess Isabella began attending school at t Tranegårdsskolen in 2013, where she continues her education. 
  • Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine  will likely attend a pre-school somewhere, perhaps at Queen Louise's Children's House or Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten, both of which were attended by their elder siblings before them.
The Children of Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksberg:
  • Prince Nikolai will begin a new adventure, this time at boarding school, just outside of Copenhagen, Herlufsholm school {Source}.
  • Prince Felix will continue his education at Krebs School. 
  • Prince Henrik will likely begin, if he hasn't already, pre-school somewhere.
  • Princess Athena  will likely begin pre-school next year.
Greece:

The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:
  • Princess Maria-Olympia  is likely entering a GAP year. She previously attended Garden House School and Queen's Gate School in London {Source}.
  • Prince Constantine Alexios is likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas is  likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon  is likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros  is likely a few years behind his sister.
The Children of Princess Alexia and Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana:
  • Arrietta Morales y de Grecia is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Ana María Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Carlos Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Amelia Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands

Great Britain:

The Children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex:
  • The Lady Louise is likely in her final years at St George's School, Windsor Castle.
  • James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn is likely in the first years of primary education.
The Children of Peter and Autumn Philips:
  • Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips is likely attending a pre-school somewhere near her parent's home on her grandmother's estate.
  • Isla Elizabeth Philips  likely will begin school in 2015-2016.

The Children of The Viscount and Viscountess Linely
  • The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones has been attending Eton College since September 2012.
  • The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones finished her final year at Garden House School in 2013-2014 {Source}. 
The Children of The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto:
  • Samuel David Benedict Chatto  attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School until 2009. It is likely he attended Eton College afterword, and is currently entertaining a gap year.
  • Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto  also attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School, until 2012. It is also likely he attended Eton College.

Norway:

The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:

  • Marius Borg Høiby, stepson of the Crown Prince and son of the Crown Princess, is likely in his final year at  Jansløkka school.
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra began the new school year at a new school, Oslo International School, on her mother's 41st birthday {Source}. It has been said that the reason for her attending the school is so that she will be able to fluently think and speak in English as a future Queen of Norway.
  • Prince Sverre Magnus  also began the new school year at a new school, this time at Oslo Montessori school, where he is in the 4th grade {Source}.

The Children of Princess Märtha Louise and Mr. Ari Behrn:
  • Maud Angelica Behn  attends a Waldorf school in London, where her family has resided since 2012 {Source}
  • Leah Isadora Behn attends a Waldorf School in London, where her family has resided since 2012{Source}
  • Emma Tallulah Behn is likely in the first years at the Waldorf School in London {Source}.

The Netherlands:

The Children of King Williem-Alexander and Queen Maxima:
  • Princess Catharina Amalia of Oranje  will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
  • Princess Alexia will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
  • Princess Ariane  will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
The Children of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien:
  • Countess Eloise attends school in Belgium, where the family resides.
  • Countess Leonore  also attends school in Belgium, where the family resides.
  • Count Claus-Casimir  also attends school in Belgium, where the family resides. 
The Children of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel:
  • Countess Zaria likely attends school in either The Netherlands or England.
  • Countess Luanna  likely attends school in either The Netherlands or England.

Spain:

The Children of King Felipe and Queen Letizia:
  • Princess Leonor of Asturias is continuing her education at Santa Maria de los Rosales.
  • Infanta Sofia  is continuing her education at Santa Maria de los Rosales.

The Children of Infanta Elena and Jamie de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada
The Children of Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma de Mallorca:

  • Don Juan Valentin attends school in Switzerland
  • Don Pablo  attends school in Switzerland
  • Don Miguel  attends school in Switzerland
  • Doña Irene attends school in Switzerland

Monaco:

The Children of Prince Albert II with Tamara Rotolo and  Nicole Coste:

  • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi is a recent graduate of Fordham University, this past May. Currently she is residing in New York, and working for the UN World Food Programme.
  • Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi  is currently residing in London with his mother, where he likely attends school.
The Children of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Prince Ernest-August of Hanover
The Children of Princess Stephanie with Daniel Ducruet and Jean-Raymond Gottlieb
  • Louis Robert Paul Ducuret is likely in his final year of a masters degree program in the United States.
  • Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuruet  likely graduated with a bachelors in costume design from a university in Paris this past year.
  • Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb  is continuing her education at Lycee François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, where she should be in Seconde (equal to 10th grade on the US System).
The Children of Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy and Donatella Knecht de Massy

  • Christine de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Alexia de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Vittoria de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Andrea de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
The Children of Christian Louis de Massy and Cecile de Massy:
The Children of Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer and Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer
  • Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer likely attends school in Monaco.
  • Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer  likely attends school in Monaco.
Sweden

The Child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel:

  • Princess Estelle began her education on 25 August 2014 at Äventyret Preschool {Source}

Royal Profile: Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 28 August 1999, the elder of the two sons of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg{Source}. His is the oldest of Queen Margarethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort's grandchildren{Source}. At present, he has one younger brother, one younger half brother and a younger half-sister, the half-siblings being from his father's second marriage to Princess Marie{Source}. His siblings are{Source}:

Prince Nikolai was christened in chapel of Fredensborg Palace on 6 November 1999. At the christening the musical work Lys på din vej composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Nikolai, was given its first performance.

His godparents are:


He is named for:

  • Nikolai: is after his maternal aunt and one of his godmothers, Nicola Baird.
  • William: is after his maternal great-grandfather William Manley.
  • Alexander: is after his mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
  • Frederik: is a common name for Danish Kings, and is also the name of his uncle and one of his godfathers, Crown Prince Frederik.

On 16 April 2010, his paternal grandmother's 70th birthday, he received the Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen.


He attended the Krebs School with his brother until the 2013-2014 school year. As of September 2014, Prince Nikoali will be attending Herlufsholm school  {Source}. On 18 May 2013, he was confirmed as a member of the Danish church {Source}

Royal Profile: Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark

Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark was born 26 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezula but raised primarily in Europe by her mother and stepfather {Source} Tatiana's biological father died when she was six, and she has an older brother {Source}.

She studied at Georgetown University, recieving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}. After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}. Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 to focus on her wedding plans {Source}. She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}. They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}

Since her marriage, she has made numerous public appearances. She has attended numerous royal weddings including Crown Princess Victoria's, Prince William's, Princess Nathalie's and Princess Madeleine's, numerous Fashion Week Events, Royal Christenings including the Danish Twins.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Maria-Laura of Belgium Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 26 August 1988, the second child and oldest daughter of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium{Source}. She is currently seventh in line to the Belgian throne after her four cousins, mother and elder brother. She has four siblings, one older and three younger, as well as a sister-in-law{Source}:
  1. Prince Amedeo (b. 1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este (according to Belgian law, she has not legally been made a Princess of Belgium as of yet)
  2. Prince Joachim
  3. Princess Luisa Maria 
  4. Princess Laetitia Maria


Her godparents are her paternal uncle Archduke Gerhard of Austria-Este and her elder paternal aunt Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este, Countess von und zu Arco-Zinneberg{Source}.

Until 1993, she resided in Basel, Switzerland, at which point her parents relocated to Belgium{Source}. She was educated at the Jesuit school College Sint Jan Berghmans in Brussels{Source}. She completed her secondary education at the St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium {Source}. She then went to London, like her brother Amedeo (educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science), but attended SOAS in London, where she studied Chinese{Source}. In 2007–2008, she spent time in China as part of her studies {Source}. She then enrolled at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris in 2008, where she is still studying {Source}. The Princess is fluent in French, Dutch, and German, the three official languages of Belgium {Source}.

On 9 September 2005, Maria Laura, along with six other students, were riding home from St. John's International School in Waterloo when the bus collided into three cars and rolled over several times {Source}. All of the students managed to escape before the bus burst into flames {Source}. The princess was unharmed but was taken to the hospital for observation and released to her parents after a few hours {Source}.

Because she is so distantly in line for the throne, her mother has guarded the private lives of her and her siblings, therefore, she and her siblings have rarely made public appearances. She appeared in family photos, at the baptism of her younger sister Princess Laetitia Maria,the wedding of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum and her mother's 50th birthday celebrations