Friday, February 5, 2016

Royal Profile: Arthur Chatto

Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto was born 5 February 1999, the younger of the two children of The Lady Sarah Chatto & Mr. Daniel Chatto{Source}. He has an older brother{Source}:
  • Samuel David Benedict Chatto (1998)
 He is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret {Source}.

He was previously a student at the Westminster Cathedral Choir School, which he attended from 2002-2012. It is unknown where he is presently continuing his education. He should be in what is equivalent to year 9 or year 10 in the British Education System.

From 2010-2015, he has served as Third Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II {Source}. His cousin The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones was also a Page of Honour during this time.

Presently, Mr. Chatto is 23rd in sucession for the British Throne. 

Because he is so distantly in line for the throne, his parents want to keep him out of the limelight. However, in recent years, he has been seen joining the family during the Christmas Services {2008, 2010, 2015}, attending the State Opening of Parliament {Pre-Page of Honor duties? {2010}{2013}}, attending the thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel in 2012,  attending the Glorious Goodwood Horse Race at Goodwood. He is a regular at Queen Elizabeth II's pre-Christmas luncheon {2011 seated between his parents2012 sitting behind his brother2013, seated behind his parents}

Royal Profile: Peter, Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia

Peter, Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia was  born on 5 Februrary 1980 as the eldest son of Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Maria da Gloria d'Orléans-Braganza{Source}. He is the stepson of Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia {Source}. He has two younger brothers, and two maternal half-sisters{Source}{Source}:
  1. Prince Philip (1982)
  2. Prince Alexander (1982)
  3. Sol María de la Blanca de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 54th Countess of Ampurias (1986)
  4. Ana Luna de Medina y Orléans-Braganza, 17th Countess of Ricla (1988)
The Hereditary Prince of Yugoslaiva's godfather is Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (his second cousin 2x removed via Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia){Source}.

He spent several years of his childhood abroad. He was born in the United States, where he lived in Chicago and Virginia{Source}. In 1988, his family had moved to London, where he began attending one of London's top preparatory schools {Source}.  Prince Peter graduated from The King’s School Canterbury in England having obtained three A-levels in Art, Spanish and French, and ten GCSE’s {Source}. After completing his primary education, he began attending Camberwell College of Arts at the London Institute where he undertook a foundations course in art foundations {Source}. He also went on to Spain, where he again, studied design and illustration programs{Source}. He spent a year in the United States, where he studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD){Source}.

Upon graduation, Peter, Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia began working in the field of graphic design and art direction. He has worked in New York City and London for many international clients and brands {Source}.  

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born 5 February 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia as the youngest daughter of John D. Donaldson and Henrietta C. H. Donaldson{Source}. She has three older siblings-two sisters and a brother{Source}:
  1. Jane Donaldson
  2. Patricia Donaldson
  3. John Donaldson
As a girl, Mary was heavily involved in sports and other extracurricular activities both at school and elsewhere {Source}. She studied various instruments and played numerous sports{Source}..

The Crown Princess began her education in the United States where her father was working at the time. {Source} She attended several elementary schools including schools in the US and Tasmania. These schools included:
  1. Clear Lake City Elementary School (Houston, TX, USA) (1974-1975) {Source}
  2. Sandy Bay Infants School (Hobart, Tasmania) (1975-77){Source}
  3. Waimea Heights Primary School (1978-1982){Source}
  4. Taroona High School{1983-1986}{Source}
  5. Hobart College (1986-1988){Source}
  6. University of Tasmania (1989-1994) {Source}
The Future Queen of Denmark earned a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom, LLB) at the University of Tasmania {Source}.Between 1994 and 1996, Mary attended a graduate program and qualified with certificates in advertising from The Advertising Federation of Australia (AFA) and direct marketing from the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA){Source}

She is fluent in many languages, including English, Danish and French{Source}. In 2002, she briefly taught English in Paris {Source}Other things she has done throughout her career is that she worked for Australian and global advertising agencies {Source}

She met her future husband during the 2000 Sydney Olympics {Source}. After the Olympics were over, the new couple began a long-distance relationship communicating via email, phone calls, and discrete visits{Source} In 2001, the royal romance was uncovered by the tabloids, shortly after which Mary moved from Australia to Europe {Source}. She began teaching English in Paris in December 2001, where she would make occasional trips to Denmark, often attended public events with Crown Prince Fredrick. On 8 October 2003, their engagement was announced by Queen Margarethe II {Source}. At that day's press conference, Mary Donaldson addressed the Danish people for the first time {Source}. She was able to do so in the nation's own language, Danish, which many have found difficult to access{Source}.In October that same year, Queen Maragethe gave her official consent to the marriage at a State Council meeting where they became officially engaged {Source}. They were married six months after the announcement on 14 May 2004{Source}. The Danish parliament passed a special law "Mary's Law", giving her Danish citizenship upon their marriage {Source} She also signed a prenuptial agreement and converted to the Lutheran religion (Lutheran=Church of Denmark){Source} The couple resided within the Amalienborg Palace Complex with their four children{Source}. Their four children are:

  1. Prince Christian (2005)
  2. Princess Isabella (2007)
  3. Prince Vincent (2011)
  4. Princess Josephine (2011)

In addtion to her own children, Crown Princess Mary also serves as godmother to several children including:

  1. Holger Reedtz-Thott, son of Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott.
  2. Josephine Fleming, daughter of Caroline and Rory Fleming.
  3. Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat, her nephew
  4. Konstantin Johannsmann, son of her husband's cousin Princess Nathalie.
  5. Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland, daughter of close family friend, Crown Princess Victoria

Her official title is: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat{Source}. At the time Crown Prince Frederik inherits the throne, Mary will automatically assume the feminine form of his title and rank, becoming Queen consort of Denmark{Source}. The future Queen supports a wide variety of organizations ranging from cultural organisations, the Danish fashion industry, humanitarian aid,research and science, social, health and humanitarian organisations and sporting organisations{Source}. In September 2007, she announced the establishment of the The Mary Foundation, which aims to improve lives compromised by environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances which can isolate or exclude people socially {Source}. She is also Honorary Life Governor of theVictor Chang Cardiac Research Institutebased at the Garvan Institute/St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney {Source}
She is a member of the International Committee of Women Leaders for Mental Health. In June 2010, it was announced that Crown Princess Mary has become Patron of UNFPA, theUnited Nations Population Fund, "to support the agency’s work to promote maternal health and safer motherhood in more than 150 developing nations" {Source}. Crown Princess Mary lends her support to a number of other 'one-off' Danish causes, industry events and international conferences{Source}. In 2011, the Westmead Cancer Centre at Westmead Hospital in Sydney was renamed the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Care Centre Westmead {Source} She holds honors from Denmark, Brazil{Source}, Bulgaria, Greece, Norway & Sweden {Source}. She also holds numerous decorations from Denmark {Source}. She is patron of Designers’ Nest and the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair {Source}

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 4 February 1970 as the youngest daughter of Hans van den Broek and Josee van den Broek-van Schendel {Source}. She has an older sister, Caroline {Source}.

Her childhood was active with her education {Source}. She graduated from her primary education in 1988 {Source}. She began studying business administration with a specialization in marketing {Source}.Upon obtaining a degree, she worked as a marketing specialist for Koninklijke Ahold NV {Source}.

She met her future husband when they were both working with Vindicat, a Dutch student corps {Source}. In November 1997, the pair announced their engagement. They walked down the aisle on 29th and 30th of May 1998 {Source}. Together, they have three children:
  1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
  2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
  3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Angela of Liechtenstein

Princess Angela of Liechtenstein was born on 3 February 1958 in Bocas del Toro, Panama as Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke. She is the wife of Prince Maximilan of Liechtenstein{Source}.

Presently, she and her son, Prince Alfons are the highest ranked black members of a European reigning dynasty. (Ed. note: I *believe* the next member is Monaco's Cecile de Massy, who is the wife of Christian de Massy, who is the cousin of reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco){Source}.

She was raised primarily in New York, NY USA. She attended local schools, and eventually she began to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design{Source}. During her time at Parsons, she was awarded the Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award{Source}. Upon graduation, she began to work as a designer, and created her own fashion label, A. Brown, a pattern which continued for three years. She then became fashion designer and a fashion director for Adrienne Vittadini{Source}.

On 29 January 2000, she married Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in New York City{Source}. Together, they have one son{Source}:
  1. Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein (2001)
Presently, her husband is the second son of Prince Hans-Adam II, and he is in 5th place for the throne of Liechtenstein, after his brother, and three nephews{Source}. She, her husband and their son reside in Germany, where Prince Maximilian works for a wealth management company{Source}.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Royal Profile:Archduke Christoph of Austria

Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria was born 2 February 1988 as the third child of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold  de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
  2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
      2. Expecting 2nd child
  3. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)

Not much is known about his upbringing or education.

He came to the public limelight when he married Adélaïde Marie Béatrice Drapé-Frisch on 28-29 December 2012 in France {Source}. Together, they have a daughter, Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria {Source}

Monday, February 1, 2016

Royal Profile: Caroline-Mathilde Margrethe Rønnow af Rosenborg

Caroline-Mathilde Margrethe Rønnow af Rosenborg was born 1 February 2009, the daughter of Countess Feodora af Rosenborg and Morten Rønnow {Source}. She was the granddaughter of Count Christian of Rosenborg, and thus is a distant relative of the Danish Royal Family, but is not in line herself.

Given her age and the fact that technically she is not in line for the throne, she does not perform any public duties, and likely that she lives a fairly normal life and not much is known about her. As she gets older, she will likely fufill her mother's role of attending family weddings and other major family events.

She is of similar age to her second cousin, Prince Henrik of Denmark (son of Prince Joachim), and likely attends either a day-care or pre-school somewhere in Denmark or started school this year.