Friday, August 28, 2015

Royal Profile: 35 Facts about Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark

  1. Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark was born 28 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezula
  2.  She was raised primarily in Europe by her mother and stepfather {Source}.
  3. She was the daughter of Ladislav Blatnik & Marie Blanche Bierlein {Source}.
  4. Princess Tatiana's biological father died when she was six years of age  {Source}.
  5. Her stepfather is Attilio Brillembourg {Source}.
  6. She has an older brother, Boris {Source}.
  7. Her maternal grandparents are Ernst Bierlein(1920) and Countess Ellinka von Einsiedel (1922)
  8. Through her maternal grandmother, she is  a descendant of the Prince Elector William II of Hesse {Source}.
  9. Her husband is also a descendant of  the Prince Elector William II of Hesse.
  10. Her father was Slovenian.
  11. Her mother is German.
  12. It's likely she speaks English, Spanish, German at least.
  13. She moved to Switzerland when she was three years old
  14. Princess Tatiana studied at Aiglon College {Source}.
  15. She studied at Georgetown University, receiving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}.
  16. After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}. 
  17. Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 from her position with designer Diane von Fürstenberg to focus on her wedding plans {Source}.
  18. Despite the rumors, her wedding gown was not designed by her former boss, but Angel Sanchez, who is an American designer.
  19. Her husband is approximately 11 years her senior.
  20.  She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}. 
  21. They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}.
  22. 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.
  23. In 2013, she met Princess Charlene of Monaco when they both sat front row during the Armani Fashion Show {Photos}
  24. In 2015, she attended the the wedding of Prince Carl Philip & Princess SofiaWalkabout Foundation Inaugural Gala
  25. Her official title is Her Royal Highness Princess Nikolas of Greece & Denmark.
  26. She is the daughter in-law of King Constantine of Greece & Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
  27. She is the sister-in-law to:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
    3. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece (1968)
    4. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana (1970)
    5. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    6. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)
  28. She is an aunt to:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
    2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
    3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (1999)
    4. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    5. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    6. Prince Odysseas-Kimon (2004)
    7. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)
    8. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
    9. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
  29. She is a niece-in-law of:
    1. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (her mother-in-law's sister)
    2. Henrik, Prince Cosort of Denmark (her mother-in-law's brother-in-law)
    3. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (her mother-in-law's sister)
    4. Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (her mother-in-law's brother-in-law)
    5. Queen Sofia of Spain (her father-in-law's sister)
    6. King Juan Carlos of Spain (her father-in-law's brother-in-law)
    7. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (her father-in-law's sister)
  30. She is a cousin-in-law to:
    1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
    2. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    3. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
      1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
      2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
      3. Prince Joachim of Denmark
      4. Princess Marie of Denmark
      5. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      6. Alexander Johannasman
    4. She is 1st cousin 1x removed in law to:
      1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
      2. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
      3. Prince Felix (2002)
      4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
      5. Prince Christian (2005)
      6. Princess Isabella (2007)
      7. Prince Henrik (2009)
      8. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
      9. Prince Vincent (2011)
      10. Princess Josephine (2011)
      11. Princess Athena (2012)
      12. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
    5. She is the maternal niece of {Source}:
      1. Peter Michael Bierlein (1945)
      2. Karl Alexander Ordway (1962)
    6. She was born on the Virgo - Leo Cusp, but is a Leo by date.
    7. Her name numerology number is 1.
    8. Her birth number is 9.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Royal Profile: Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard 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, Archduchess of Austria-Este at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium{Source}. After her brother renounced his claim to the throne with his 2014 marriage, she is sixth in line to the Belgian throne after her four cousins, and mother. At her birth she was not in line due to the laws at the time, however when the laws changed in 1991, she was placed 4th, eventually moving down the line after the births of her cousins who now occupy the 1st-4th positions for the succession.

     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 was not given the title Princess of Belgium due to Amedeo not seeking approval for the marriage, in courts, she is known as Princess Amedeo of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess of Hungary)
    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{Source}. The Princess is fluent in French, Dutch, and German, the three official languages of Belgium, as well as English {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.

    Royal Profile: Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, The Duke of Gloucester

    Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, The Duke of Gloucester was born 26 August 1944, the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. He is the youngest grandchild of King George V and a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II{Source}.

    It was not anticipated that he would become the Duke of Gloucester as his elder brother Prince William of Gloucester stood in front of him for the role{Source}. However, when his brother was killed in a flying accident on 28 August 1972, that changed {Source}. He succeeded his father in the role of Duke of Gloucester in June 1974 {Source}.

    Although distantly in line for the throne, he began taking on a public duty very early on in life. At four months old, he accompanied his parents to Australia while his father served as Australia's Governor General from 1945-1947 {Source}.

    His education began as most royals did during that time, at home {Source}. He then attendedThe Wellesley House, before attending Eton College {Source}. In 1963, he began to attend The University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, studying architecture {Source}. He completed three of five years of his studies before joining what was then known as Offices Development Group of the Ministry of Public Building and Works for a year's worth of practicum {Source}. He returned to Cambridge in 1967, and finished the last two years of his studies, passing all the necessary exams in 1969 {Source}. After completing his training, he began to go into practice as a partner in a London architecture firm {Source}.

    Given the likelihood of him ever succeeding the throne or Dukedom, he planned on pursuing a full-time career as an architect, but with the death of his brother, he became his father's heir and his royal duty workload increased{Source}. Therefore, he resigned his partnership and aspirations to be a full-time architect{Source}.

    In February 1972, his engagement to Birigitte van Deurs was announced {Source}, they were married five months later on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church {Source}. Together, they have three children, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and a stepgrandson:
    1. Alexander Windsor,The Earl of Ulster
      1. Dr. Claire Windsor. The Countess of Ulster (married 2002)
        1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
        2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
    2. Lady Davina Lewis
      1. Gary Lewis  (Married July 2004)
        1. Ari Lewis (stepson)
        2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
        3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)
    3. Lady Rose Gilman
      1. George Gilman (married July 2008)
        1. Lyla Gilman (2010)
        2. Rufus Gilman (2012)
    None of his children or grandchildren carry out official duties, but do make appearances at royal family events and are all in line for the British throne.

    The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests and can be grouped under the following themes{Source}:
    1. International humanitarian issues; these can be sub-divided into (a) international development and (b) disaster prevention and relief
    2. Health issues
    3. Social welfare, community and youth development 
    4. Environmental issues and climate change
    5. Social sciences and technology
    6. Culture and the arts
    7. Heritage and the built environment
    8. Military veterans and the disabled community
    9. Armed forces

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Royal Profile: Gary Lewis

    Gary Lewis was born 25 August 1970, the 2nd of 4 children, with an older sister and two younger brothers, is the son of Larry Lewis & Viki Carr.

    He was previously married and has a son from that relationship, Ari {Source} He married Lady Davina Lewis on 31 July 2004 at the Chapel at Kensington Palace {Source}. They met while they were both on vacation in Bali in 2000-she was recovering from her university studies in the US, while he was on a surfing holiday {Source}. Before their wedding ceremony, thirty members of his family were treated to a London sight seeing tour by The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. After their wedding ceremony, the couple moved to New Zeland, anticipating a stay of six months-that was 9 years ago {Source}. Together, they have two children:
    1. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
    2. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)

    Like his wife, he does not carry out any official functions on behalf of the Queen. However, they are invited to family events, such as weddings (they attended THE Royal Wedding of 2011), funerals (Seen here in 2005 at Princess Alice's funeral), and other low-key events such as the Gatcombe Horse Trials (2012). In 2005, they were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks {Source}. Other than this, they tend to live fairly normal lives.

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Royal Profile:The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor

    The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor was born 24 August 1995 as the youngest daughter of George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Palma Tomaselli {Source}. She has two older siblings{Source}:
    1. Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
    2. Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor (1992)
    She is a granddaughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent. 

    At her birth in August 1995, she was 19th in line for succession to the British throne, however, with the rule changes and births of several babies, she is currently 36th in succession.

    On 30 November 2013, Lady Amelia made her début into society whilst attending the Ball Des Débutantes in Paris {Source}.

    Like most teens, Amelia is active on Social media, most notably on Facebook (DO NOT ask for her link). She attended St. Mary's School, Ascot.

    Royal Profile: Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi

    Born Alexandre Éric Stéphane Tossoukpé in Paris, France on 24 August 2003, Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi is the eldest son of Prince Albert of Monaco and Nicole Coste, which makes him the younger half-brother of Jazmin Grace Grimaldi{Source}. He is also an older half brother to Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco{Source}. He also has two older half-brothers who live with their father, Nicole's ex-husband, in South America. He is also the step-son of Princess Charlene of Monaco, and nephew of Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie.

    His mother Nicole changed their surname to Coste on 10 November 2004, a move in which is believe to be in homage to Prince Albert's lawyer, Thierry La Coste.

    His mother owns a villa just outside of Monaco in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and has an apartment in Paris{Source}. It is believed that one of these is their primary residence and that Alexandre attends school in either Paris or Villefranche-sur-Mer. At present, Alexandre should be preparing to enter 6ème, this is equal to the 6th grade in the US system.In 2014, it was revealed that Nicole and Alexandre had moved to London after many years in Paris, where his mother legally added "Grimaldi" to his name (after many years of being unable to do so due to French-Monégasque laws regarding the surname "Grimaldi") {Source}.

    Like his elder sister's mother, his own mother fought for years for Prince Albert to publicly acknowledged him as his own. However, Nicole had much more success than Tamara in that department-Prince Albert publicly acknowledged his son in 2005, nearly a year before his sister was acknowledged, and after only about 22 months of fighting it{Source}. Also like his sister, he is rarely seen, the last photos of him were around 2009.

    In October 2006, his father was interviewed by Larry King, in which he stated his children would not be in line for the Monégasque throne but that they would be taken care of financially{Source}. They are also an heir to Prince Albert's personal fortune, estimated at more than one billion dollars{Source}. Due to the accession of Monaco to the Council of Europe on 5 October 2004, the European Convention on Human Rights regulates inheritance rights, in addition to the laws of Monaco, which also guarantees familial inheritance for children born out of wedlock.

     He shares a birthday with his father's paternal 1st cousin 1x removed, K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy.

    Royal Profile: K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy

    Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy, or Sébastien as he is known by the family, was born the son of Christine Alix de Massy and Charles Wayne Knecht on 24 August 1971, in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to being a 1st cousin once removed of the present reining Monégasque Princely Family, he is also a distant cousin of the family on their maternal side as his father was a cousin of Princess Grace (I believe Sébastien's grandfather was Princess Grace's uncle on her father's side).

    He is a member of his aunt Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy’s organization, All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain) of the tennis tournament. He also serves as founder and director of the board to his wife's organization, ConservationGuardians.

    After obtaining his BA in business, Sébastien moved to Lima, Peru to work for Grana y Montero Petrolera. After living in Peru he moved back to Monaco and started his shipping career with the V. Ships Group. This brought him to live in London, Singapore and Paris. In 2005 Sébastien founded Madison Marine and today controls a fleet of merchant vessels.

    In 2008 he co-founded Transport & Commodities which is based in Monaco and manages shipping, upstream and mining ventures.

    He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resided with his wife Donatella, and four daughters until 2011 or 2012, now the family resides in South Africa. His daughters are:
    1. Christine (2001)
    2. Alexia (2002)
    3. Vittoria (2007)
    4. Andrea (2008)

    Because he and daughters *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. However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008,he, his wife, and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011. In July 2011, he attended his mother's cousin's wedding ceremonies with his wife and three elder daughters. He also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Charlene). That November, he and his wife appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony ( behind his wife, who is across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony. In 2015, he and his wife were present during the baptism of the Princely Twins and his whole family was present for Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations (Sébastien can be seen dead center, the really tall guy, his two daughters Christine and Andrea can be seen in front of him next to Charlotte Casiraghi, and his 3rd daughter Alexia is to his right between Charlotte and Pierre. I also think that his wife Donatella is directly behind-thus hidden behind-Charlotte.).

    He shares a birthday with the son of his maternal first cousin 1x removed, the elder son of Prince Albert of Monaco, Alexandre Coste Grimaldi.