Monday, July 16, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was born 16 July 1984 as the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, which makes him third in line for the Bhutanese throne after his nephew and is a half brother to the present Bhutantese King. In addition to the King, he also has one full (and older) sister, and three other half brothers and three half sisters.

Like his brother, the young prince had a worldly education, being educated in Bhutan, the United States, and in England. He attended Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School before moving to the United States to attend Choate Rosemary Hall until 2003 (during which time the school was also attended by current first daughter, Ivanka Trump and James Lee Schroeder Jr, who graduated a few years ahead of the Prince). After graduation, he moved to England to attend St. Peter's College, Oxford to earn a degree in history and politics in 2007.

Like his other siblings, he takes responsiblity for Bhutan, and is often traveling to represent his elder half brother. In 2008, he was his brother's representative at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, delivering an speech, touring the festival and interacting with the festival's visitors {a festival that was most recently attended by Monégasque Royal Pauline Ducruet in 2017} {Source}. He is his brother's representative for the Bhutanese Olympic Committee {Source}.

Along with his brothers, he has interests in sporting activities such as archery, basketball and cycling {Source}. Together with his sister Princess Sonam Dechan, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Tarayana Foundation.

Royal Profile: Princess Marie Gabriele of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie Gabriele Franziska of Liechtenstein was born as Countess Marie Gabriele Franziska Kálnoky de Kőröspatak on born 16 July 1975 as the sixth daughter of Count Alois Hugo Alexander Georg Guntram Maria Kalnoky de Korospatak and his wife Baroness Sieglinde Von Oer {Source}.
She married Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein on 14 May 1999 {Source}. Together, they have the following children{Source}:
Upon her marriage, she became Her Serene Highness Princess Marie of Liechtenstein.
She shares a name with her mother in law, Princess Marie.
She and her husband, along with their children have lived in NYC, Austria and Liechtenstein. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, she leads a very private lifestyle.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 9-15, 2018


-Archduchess Helene of Austria-Este celebrated her 9th birthday on Friday.


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Eléonore met with members of Belgium's national football team, The Belgian Red Devils after their third place win in the 2018 World Cup on Sunday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended a memorial service at the Horse Guards Memorial in memory of the Belgians killed during WWI & WWII a an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held an audience with the 23 participants of 2nd batch of the Bhutan Foreign Service Program on Friday {Photos}


-Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine attended the 2018 Gråsten Ringriderforening's parade on Sunday {Photos}


-Prince Charles-Louis d'Orleans, The Duke of Chartres celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Folques d'Orléans celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.

-Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy celebrated his 22nd birthday on Friday.


-Princess Nora zu Oettingen-Spielberg, Lady Percy & Lord Max Percy celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex  Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex,  Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine, Duchess of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended the RAF flypast on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex attended the presentation of new colour to mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, Prince George of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attended the christening of Prince Louis of Cambridge on Monday {Video}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a receptionto mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, The Prince of Wales hosted a reception to mark the end of the WBSummitLondon {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended Day 11 of Wimbledon on Thursday{Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended Day 13 of Wimbledon and released Prince Louis of Cambridge's official christening portraits on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex attended Day 12 of Wimbledon on Saturday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with the "President and First Lady" (yes, I just went there!) of the United States on Friday {Photos}. On Satruday, she held an audience with The King and Queen of Belgium {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Corwnall attended Day 9 of Wimbledon on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented the Chancellor's Prize certificates at the University of Huddersfield, attended the Media and Humanitarian Graduation Ceremonies at the University of Huddersfield, attended the Chartered Management Ceremony to present certificates to University Of Huddersfield staff who have achieved their Chartership in Management, and presented The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II attended Day 11 of Wimbledon {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Timothy Laurence, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, & Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy attend the RAF 100 ceremony on Horse Guards Parade on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Timothy Lawrence viewed the Royal Air Force's Chinook Helicopter and met personnel from the Medical Emergency Response Team mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended the 2018 Air Tattoo to salute the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force on Friday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the Air Tattoo Gala Dinner. Before the dinner HRH will watch a parade of the 48 Queen Colour Squadron Gunners and take the Royal Salute on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex & Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex undertook an official visit to Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester & Birigitte, Duchess of Gloucester met crews of the FGR4 Typhoon and F358 Lightnight II to mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent viewed a series of Royal Air Force aircrafts on display in London and attended a reception to mark the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened on Monday {Video} The following were named as godparents{Source}:
  • Nicholas van Cutsem (friend of his parents-his daughter was in the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding, and his niece Grace was in the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
  • Guy Pelly(friend of his parents)
  • Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (friend of his father's)
  • Lady Laura Meade (friend of his parents, her husband is Princess Charlotte's godfather)
  • Hannah Gillingham Carter (friend of his mother's)
  • Lucy Middleton (his first cousin 1x removed through The Duchess of Cambridge)

-Miranda Rose Lascelles celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Alexia & Carlos Morales celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Princess Alexia celebrated her 53rd birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the inauguration of the exhibition From Portugal to Luxembourg, organized on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the marriage of Grand Duke Guillaume IV to the Grand Duchess Marie Anne on Monday {Source}

-Countess Diane de Nassau celebrated her 56th birthday on Friday.

-Prince Jean de Nassau celebrated his 14th birthday on Friday.

-Prince Wauthier de Ligne celebrated his 66th birthday on Tuesday.


-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 20th birthday on Sunday.
The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess
Alexia & Princess Ariane took part in the annual summer photo call on Friday {Photos}.

-Queen Maxima visited the Nationaal Programma Rotterdam Zuid on Thursday {Photos}


-Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, Prince Radu & Princess visited the Fregata King Ferdinand, the naval vessel of the Romanian Naval Forces on Sunday {Source}

-Princess Maria  celebrated her 54th birthday on Friday.


-Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari celebrated his 2nd birthday on Sunday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle & Prince Oscar attended the 41st birthday celebrations of Crown Princess Victoria on Saturday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 41st birthday on Saturday.

-Charles Edward Ambler celebrated his 52nd birthday on Saturday.
United Arab Emirates

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 70th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Djordje Karadjorddjevic & Fallon Rayman celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Royal Profile: Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari

Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari was born 15 July 2016 as the son of Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and his second wife, Nadia Halamandari {Source}.

He was baptized shortly after his birth and many royal relations attended the event-his great aunt, former Queen Sofia, his great aunt and uncle Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria & Hernani & Don Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria, his father's cousins María Zurita y de Bourbon, his aunts and uncles Beltrán Gómez-Acebo, Andrea Pascual (along with her son), Bruno Gómez-Acebo y Bárbara Cano and his wife Barbara and two of their sons, Simoneta Gómez-Acebo with two of her children, and of course Nicolas's doting grandmother Infanta Pilar {Source}.

It is likely that he will lead a fairly normal life, other than get to tell people that his 2nd cousin (Infanta Leonor) is the Queen of Spain or that his father's cousin (Felipe) is the current king.

Royal Profile: Miranda Lacelles

Miranda Rose Lascelles was born 20 July 2000 as the youngest of three daughters of Hon. Mark Hubert Lascelles and Andrea Kershaw {Source}. She has two sisters{Source}:

She is active on social media (no. Don't waste your time asking, and it took me forever to find it and confirm it was in fact her that I found, so no.).

Miranda is not in succession for the British throne as her grandparents were not married at the time of her father's birth (they were married 31 July 1967, her father was born 5 July 1967). If she were in succession, she would be no higher than 66th today. She is however, distantly related to Queen Elizabeth II-her grandfather was Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin, making Miranda and Queen Elizabeth II first cousins 2x removed.

Miranda attended Gateways School in England.

Royal Profile: 20 Facts about Camille Gottlieb

  1.  Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb was born on 15 July 1998 in Monaco, the third child and second daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and supposedly the e;dest child of former palace body guard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb-Princess Stephanie has never made who her father is public information.
  2. Through her mother, she has two older half-siblings, and a soon-to-be sister-in-law:
    1.  Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
      1. Marie Hoa Chevillier (engaged 2018)
    2. Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
  3.  She is considered one of the "lucky" ones of the royal illegitimate children. She is fully acknowledged by her mother, a princess, and is rarely hidden from family events, which over the years have included: her uncle Albert's enthronement, the circus festivals (2009,2010,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), the *NEW GENERATION* Festival (2012, 2014),Monaco Beach Soccer 2013 For Fightaids, her uncle's civil and religious wedding ceremonies, and the Louis Vuitton Cruise Line Show 2015, among other events over the years.
  4. In 2015, she took part in her uncle's 10 year succession anniversary concert and assisted her aunt and uncle and older brother with passing out Christmas gifts at the palace.
  5. In 2017, aside from the circus, she has attended the "birthday party" for Baby and Nepal and the 2017 Fight Aids Monaco Gala.
  6.  In 2018 she attended two days of the International Circus Festival in January.
  7. She is President of Monaco's "be safe" Association, associated with her mother's association, Fight Aids Monaco{Source}.
  8. She recently gave an interview with Monaco Info.
  9. She was likely named for:
    1.  Camille: likely a name her mother liked, however it could also be speculated that it is after Prince Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi de Goyon de Matignon
    2. Marie: likely, a name Princess Stephanie liked, but it could also be speculated that the name could be after her great-grandmother, Marie Juliette Louvet. Marie is a common name, too, in general and in the Grimaldi family. Camille's cousin Charlotte is Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi and is one of her mother's names.
    3. Kelly: in honor of her late grandmother, Grace Patricia Kelly.
  10.  While she was young, her mother picked up her, and her older half-siblings and whisked them off to travel with the circus from 2001 to early 2004.
  11. It was during these years that Camille was home-schooled by Princess Stephanie and she discovered an interest in gymnastics and theatre.
  12.  Upon their return to Monaco in 2004, she continued to attend local public schools for elementary and middle school.
  13. However, it has been recently discovered, perhaps because of her media-shy father or the fact that numerous of her cousins (Princess Alexandra,and the Knecht de Massy girls) attend the school as well, she have been enrolled in Lycée François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, where she eared her bac in 2016.
  14.  As a youngster, due to her media shy father, she was often registered for school and events as Camille Marie Kelly Grimaldi.
  15.  Illegimate children are nothing new to Monaco's Princely courts. She is preceded by her great-grandmother Princess Charlotte of Monaco, three of her mother's paternal cousins (Elisabeth-Anne, Christian-Louis and Christine-Alix), two older half siblings, and 5 cousins. The Catholic Church did not consider her older Casiraghi cousins illegitimate until 1992 due to her mother's previous marriage to Phillipe Junot not being annulled. However, once Princess Caroline's marriage to Junot was annulled after the death of Stefano Casiraghi (father of Princess Caroline's older children) in 1992. Her uncle Prince Albert II of Monaco’s two older children, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste, are also illegitimate. Her older maternal half-siblings, Louis and Pauline Ducruet, were both born prior to the marriage of their parents, were legitimized after the marriage in 1995. Her mother's cousins were, like her older brother and sister, legitimatized by marriage in 1951 (however, with the change of succession laws of 2002, the two surviving de Massy children lost their claims to the throne with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005).Her great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte was the only child of Prince Louis II and Marie Juliette Louvet, and had been adopted later by Prince Louis II, placing her in line for the throne of Monaco. However, in the case of Camille, Jazmin and Alexandre, due to the 2002 changes of the constitution of Monaco it is not possible for Princess Stephanie to adopt her (or for Prince Albert to adopt Jazmin or Alexandre) in order to place them in line for the throne. The only way Camille would be in line for the throne is that if her father was confirmed to be Jean-Raymond Gottlieb and he and Princess Stephanie were to marry. If that were to happen, Camille would be placed in line after her older sister, Pauline, in the 9th position for the throne. However, due to the passage of time and the fact that Princess Stephanie and Jean-Raymond broke up many years ago, this does not seem likely.
  16. She shares a birthday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is  50 years her senior.
  17. She also shares a birthday with  Miranda Rose Lascelles (she is a niece of  the current Earl of Harewood), who is 2 years Camille's junior.
  18. She shares a birthday with Spanish noble Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (his paternal grandmother is the aunt of the current Spanish king), who was born on Camille's 18th birthday.
  19. Camille speaks French, and English fluently.
  20. She is an avid photographer.

Royal Profile: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born 15 July 1948 as the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's four sons {Source}.

He was educated in the UAE,  and England.

He began his education in the UAE at the age of 4, studying arabic and islamic studies. In 1955, he started his formal education at Al Ahmedia School. In 1958, he started attending Al Shaab School, before moving on to Dubai Secondary School. Along side his cousin, he attended the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School in the United Kingdom {Source}. After graduating from the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School, he began studying at the Mons Officer Cadet School (which later became part of Sandhurst), before traveling to Italy to train as a pilot.

On his return from military training to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed's father appointed him head of the Dubai Police Forceand the Dubai Defence Force, which was later to become part of the Union Defence Force. Sheikh Mohammed has been responsible for the creation and growth of a number of businesses and economic assets of Dubai, with a number held by two companies under his ownership, Dubai World and Dubai Holding.

Sheikh Mohammed has twenty-three children, from different wives; nine sons and fourteen daughters, four daughters married into royal families in the Middle East.

Royal Profile: Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was born 16 July 1984 as the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wan...