Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{Source}.
Her parents divorced when she was young, but remarried{Source} {Source} She has a sister, and two older brothers{Source}. When her mother remarried in 1994, she gained at least a stepbrother.

The Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994{Source}.During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia{Source}. Later the Crown Princess attended Bjørknes Private School {Source}. In 1997 she took Examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College{Source}.  In 2000-2002 she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo{Source}. 

In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis{Source}. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues{Source}. In autumn 2008, the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012{Source}.The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues randing from social inclusion, mental health, young leadership, global health issues, entrepreneurship and environmental issues being some of them{Source}. 

Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations{Source}.Through the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Foundation, the Crown Princess contributes to projects supporting young people at risk. On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, culture, architecture and design{Source}. Since 2001, the Crown Princess she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work{Source}.  In April 2006 she was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. In this capacity she has traveled to Nicaragua, Ukraine and Mali, and on several occasions led the Norwegian delegations to the biennial International AIDS conference{Source}. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response {Source}. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum {Source}. In 2012 she became a member of the international Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community{Source}.
Her engagement to Crown Prince Haakon was announced on 1 December 2000{Source}.  She was married to Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Together, they have two children, and she also has a son from a previous relationship:
The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities, physical exercise and literature{Source}.The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities{Source}.

She keeps an active presence on Twitter {Follow Her}. She speaks fluent English & Norwegian at the very least.In 2012, she traveled to India to care for twins who were born to a surrogate mother of a gay palace employee who had been unable to get a travel visa to India {Source}. In the 2011 Norway shooting, her stepbrother was killed {Source}  The Crown Princess did not attend his funeral {Source}. No official reason for her not attending was given, but it's likely due to not wanting to make one loss bigger than the others. The Crown Princess did however attend a memorial service for ALL of the victims.She is known for a fear of flying {Source}.In February 2012, she and Crown Prince Haakon were forced to evacuate their commercial flight when it ran into mechanical trouble {Source}.In May 2013, she gave a speech at the The 2013 Impact Awards {Source}
She is a patron of{Source}:
  • The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
  • Amandus Film Festival
  • Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
  • Risør Festival of Chamber Music
  • FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
  • The Norwegian Design Council
  • The Norwegian Red Cross
  • The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
  • Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
  • Oslo International Church Music Festival

She is godmother to:
  • Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
  • Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
  • Emma Tallulah Behn (2008) (her niece by marriage)
Due to the Succession Act of Succession of 1990, her daughter (and oldest child) will one day be Crown Princess and eventually Queen regent of Norway.
She has been a recipient of orders and decorations from {Source}:
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: August 11-17, 2014


-Crown Prince Frederik participated in the Made in Denmark Pro-Am golf tournament on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Alexander Johannsmann announced they are expecting their second child together in Februrary 2015 on Wednesday {Source}

-Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 11th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal celebrated her 64th birthday on Friday.

-Prince Henry of Wales attended the British Armed Forces team announcement for the upcoming Invictus Games on Wednesday {Source}.

-Peter Mark Andrew Philips attended the LGCT London on Thursday, Friday and Saturday {Source}


-Prince Achileas-Andreas celebrated his 14th birthday on Tuesday.


-Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 8th birthday on Saturday.


-Princess Rahma bint El Hassan celebrated her 45th birthday on  Wednesday.


-Prince Albert II

The Netherlands

-Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau celebrated her 46th birthday on Monday


-Queen Sirikit celebrated her 82nd birthday on Tuesday.


-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia Princess Leonor of Asturias & Infanta Sofia visited the historic Raixa country estate on Monday {Source}

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Royal Profile: Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 16 August 2003 in Denmark, the daughter of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. She has one older brother, Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth{Source}.

She was christened in Germany in December 2003, with the following as her godparents {Source}:

She is named for:
  • Ingrid: For her maternal great-grandmother Queen Ingrid of Denmark
  • Alexandra: For her mother, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
  • Irma: no idea (an educated guess: her paternal great grandmother?)
  • Astrid: her paternal grandmother
  • Benedikte: Her maternal grandmother

She is not a member of the Danish Royal Family, does not perform any official duties nor is in line for the throne due to her mother not being raised in Denmark per her great-grandfather's requirements. However, she is distantly in line for the British throne and related to most of Europe's present monarchs. She resides in Paris with her mother, father and brother. She likely speaks French, Danish and German.

She does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013, she is the one in the white dress with the blue dots, and in 2014 seen here in front of her grandmother and great-aunt in white shorts) and official family events (such as the christening of her 2nd cousin Prince Henrik and wedding of her maternal aunt and godmother), but other than that she does not perform any official duties or functions for the Danish monarchy and little is known about her.

Royal Profile: Princess Luisa of Savoy

Princess Luisa Giovanna Agata Gavina Bianca Maria of Savoy is the younger of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and was born 16 August 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland{Source}. She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Vittoria, who was born in 2003 {Source}.

I imagine the family is living a relatively normal life in either France or Switzerland, where she likely goes to school. I also imagine that with a French mother and Italian father, she speaks at least both French and Italian.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Royal Profile: The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal

The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal was born 15 August 1950, the second child and only daughter of The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II {Source}. She has three brothers, one older and two younger{Source}:

In October 1950 at two months old, she was baptized Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor {Source}, with the following as godparents:

  • The Queen--later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (her maternal grandmother) (where Elizabeth likely comes from)
  • The Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (her paternal aunt) (Princess Margarita)
  • Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark (her paternal grandmother) (where Alice comes from likely)
  • The Earl Mountbatten of Burma (her paternal granduncle) (Louis)
  • The Hon. and Rev. Andrew Elphinstone (her mother's cousin, her 1st cousin once removed)
She was named:

  • Anne: likely a name her parents liked
  • Elizabeth: For her maternal grandmother (and godmother) and mother
  • Alice: For her paternal grandmother
  • Louise: for her great-great-great aunt, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Her schooling began in a small class with her brother at Buckingham Palace, shortly after her mother succeeded the throne{Source}. At the age of 12, she spent time privately being educated in France {Source}, before she attended Benenden School, Kent {Source}.

She was engaged with Lieutenant (later Captain) Mark Phillips of The Queen's Dragoon Guards was on 29 May 1973, and they were married in Westminster Abbey on 14 November 1973 {Source}. They were divorced in 1992{Source}. She remarried in December 1992 to Commander Timothy Laurence, Royal Navy (now Vice Admiral Laurence), at a private ceremony at Crathie Church, near Balmoral Castle in Scotland {Source}.
The Princess Anne has two children, two children in law, three granddaughters, all related to her first marriage {Source}:

Four months after her first marriage, there was an unsuccessful abduction attempt made for her {Source}. She and her husband had been headed back to Buckingham Palace after attending a charity event when the event took place {Source}. Her Royal Protection Officers sprung into action, and one was shot and wounded trying to prevent the abduction {Source}, for his heroic efforts, he was awarded the George Cross {Source}.

Traditionally, the eldest daughter of the monarch is awarded the title The Princess Royal, as the eldest son is The Prince of Wales, but there may be only one holder of the title The Princess Royal at a time. At the time of her mother's succession, The Princess Anne's great-aunt The Princess Mary, Princess Royal ,Countess of Harewood, was holding the title, but The Princess Mary died in 1965. Twenty-two years after the death of her great-aunt, her mother decided that The Princess Anne deserved the title, she was awarded the title in June 1987 {Source}. From June 1987 to 1992, she has been known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs Mark Phillips. Today, she is known as HRH The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Mrs. Timothy Laurence. Prior to her marriages and receiving the title Princess Royal, she had been known as Princess Anne of Edinburgh (before her mother's succession) and The Princess Anne (after the succession). She is the 7th holder of the title since the title was begun by her distant relative, Charles I for his daughter Princess Mary.

At the age of 18, she began to take on solo engagements, maintaining a very busy working schedule since {Source}. She first flew her personal standard in 1969, when she opened an educational and training centre in Shropshire{Source}. Her first offiicial state visit took place in May 1969, when she accompanied her parents on a visit to Austria {Source}. She maintains a very busy schedule of meetings, patronage visits and other public appearances. She is president of several organizations, some of her most notable duties are{Source}:

  • The Save the Children Fund (President, 1970)
  • The Princess Royal's Trust for Carers, Transaid and Riders for Health
  • Transaid
  • Riders Health
  • The International Olympic Committee

She began riding horses at a young age, and like her mother, it became a great passion for her {Source}. She was a regular participant at in the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley and the Badminton Horse Trials{Source}. In 1971, she won the individual 3-day event at Burghley, and was nominated Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association, the Daily Express newspaper and World Sport (the journal of the British Olympic Association){Source}. She was also voted the BBC's Sports Personality of 1971{Source}. In 1973, she won silver during the same contest in Germany, and was a member of the British team in the European Three-Day Event Championships in Kiev, Urkraine (then part of the USSR){Source}. In 1976, she participated in the Olympic Games, which led to her being president of the British Olympic Association for five years from 1983-1988 {Source}. In 1986, she was selected to succeed her father as president of the International Equestrian Federation (IEF), a poist which she has since relinquished{Source}. In 1988, she became one of two British members of the International Olympic Comittee{Source}. In addition to being involved with the sport, she is involved with numerous charities which provide veterinarian care, help for disabled riders (most notable is her president of Riding for the Disabled since 1969) {Source}. She wrote a book about her equestrian career and love of horses titles Riding Through My Life.Presently, the title is out of print, but you might be able to obtain a used copy viaamazon.com.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Rahma bint El Hassan of Jordan

Princess Rahma bint El Hassan was born 13 August 1969, as the eldest child of Princess Sarvath Bin Talalal and Prince El Hassan bin Talal{Source}. She has three younger siblings{Source}:

  • Princess Sumaya (1971)
  • Princess Badiya (1974)
  • Prince Rashid (1979)
She was educated at various schools, primarily in England. Some of her education  included{Source}:
  • International Community School (Jordan)
  • Sherborne School for Girls (England)
  • University of Cambridge (BAHons in Oriental Studies, 1991)
  • University of Cambridge (MPhil in International Relations, 1992)

In July 1997, she married Alaa Batayneh. They have two children together{Source}:
  • Aysha El Batayneh (born 2002)
  • Arif El Batayneh (born 2006)
She served as director for the Amman Regional Office for the Foundation for Interrlegious and Intercultural Research Dialogue {Source}. She is honorary president of the Yarmouk University Alumni Club{Source}.  She has been a member of the international board of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme since 1997{Source}. She is president of the Princess Rhahma Association for Heritiage Revival and Jordanian Gymnastics {Source}. 

She is a recipient of many awards over the years{Source}. She received the Grand Cross of the Order of Independence of Jordan and the Grand Cross of Orange-Nassau from the Netherlands (2006){Source}. 
She is a first cousin of the present King of Jordan.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark

Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark was born 12 August 2000 as the 3rd child ofCrown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in New York, NY USA {Source}. The teenager has four siblings, an older sister, and two younger brothers. His christening took place at theGreek Cathedral of Saint Sophia in London and his godparents were:
  • Infanta Elena of Spain (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Theodora of Greece (paternal aunt)
  • Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
  • Prince Kardem of Bulgaria
  • Princess Rosario of Bulgaria
  • Prince Alexandre von Furstenberg

He has resided both in the US (in Los Angels and NYC) and in London with his family. As the family is defunct, little is known about him. However, he is presently in line for the British and Greek (defunct) thrones after his father and brother.

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, he still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, he attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with his paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, he attended his new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, he participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, he was in Greece to attend his uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, he was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos}. 

It is really unknown where he attended/attends school. It's likely he speaks English and Greek.

He is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. He is presently 5th in line for the Greek throne after his father and brothers.

He is related to the following monarchies:

Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is his great-aunt.
Spain: Queen Sofia is his Great-Great aunt. King Juan Carlos is his 3rd cousin 1x removed.
Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is his 1st cousin 2x removed.
Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is his 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is his 1st cousin 3x removed.
Norway: King Harald is his 3rd cousin 2x removed.