Friday, April 18, 2014

Royal Profile: Vittoria Knecht de Massy

Vittoria Knecht de Massy was born 18 April 2007 in Monaco, the third of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy{Source}.

She attended Prince Albert's 2011 Wedding with her parents, and two older sisters (Vittoria is the smallest, in the rose colored dress in between her parents) in July 2011. She also attended the events the day before, where she was seen with her mother and Princess Charlene.

She and her family re-located to South Africa sometime in 2011 or 2012, so she likely attends school there.

She is the granddaughter of Christine-Alix Knecht de Massy, the youngest of Princess Antoinette's children, and thus is Princess Antoinette's great-granddaughter, and is a 1st cousin 1x removed from the reigning Prince Albert II{Source}.

Because she is not *technically* in line for the throne of Monaco, she is primarily kept from the limelight and not much is known about her. It is presumed that someday, like the *rest of the de Massy family* (her great-aunt is president of the Monaco Tennis Association, and hergreat uncle and 2nd cousin play tennis, and her father is captain of the tennis team for Monaco's All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain of the tennis tournament)), she'll join in on the "family fun" of tennis and charity work when she's older.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie of Belgium was born 16 April 2008 as the youngest of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde's children {Source}. She has one older sister and two older brothers{Source}:
  • Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
  • Prince Gabriel (2003)
  • Prince Emmanuel (2005)
She was baptized on 14 June 2008, with the following as her godparents {Source}:
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • Princess Claire of Belgium (patental aunt)
  • Count Sébastien von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg
She was named Eléonore because it was a name her parents liked that kept the tradition od El/el names in the family. Her middle names, Fabiola, Victoria, Anne, and Marie come from various relatives and close friends of the family- Fabiola for her great-aunt Queen Fabiola, Victoria for her godmother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Anne for her maternal grandmother Countess Anna d'Udekem d'Acoz and Marie for her the second name of her maternal grandmother (and it's tradition in Catholic Royals after the Virgin Mary).

Royal Profile: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume  of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1992 as the youngest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa {Source}. He has four brothers, two sister-in-laws and a sister, as well as two nephews and  one on the way {Source}:
After attending nursery school in Angelsberg, Luxembourg, Prince Sébastien began his primary
education at St. George's International School in Luxembourg {Source}. He then continued his schooling in 
the United Kingdom, first at Summer Fields School and then at Ampleforth College, where he began his secondary education {Source}. In 2011, the Prince obtained his Baccalaureate at the International School of Luxembourg. {Source}. Currently, he is attending university in the United States, where he is working towards a degree in Marketing and Communication {Source}. The young prince in fluent in several languages including:  Luxembourgish, French, German and English{Source}. He also has a good knowledge of Spanish {Source}.

 When he is home, he often participates in official activities. Dedicated to upholding values promoted through sport, Prince Sébastien has accepted the High Patronage of the "Fédération luxembourgeoise de natation et de sauvetage" (Luxembourg Federation of Swimming and Lifesaving) {Source}. 

In 2010, Prince Sébastien received the Order of the "Lion d’Or" of the House of Nassau {Source}. 

In his free time,  Prince Sébastien is a keen sportsman and enjoys climbing, skiing, swimming and particularly rugby {Source}.  After proudly wearing the colours of his club for several years, he was selected for the Luxembourg national rugby team and also plays for his university team {Source}. Prince Sébastien enjoys travelling and discovering new cultures {Source}. He is also very interested in art {Source}.

Royal Profile: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1955 as the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg {Source}.

He attended secondary school in Luxembourg, but soon after began studying in France. He earned his French baccalaureate in 1974{Source}. Upon graduating from his compulsory education, he began attending the University of Geneva, where he earned a political science degree with honors in 1980{Source}. During his university years, he also visited other countries, most notably, the United States, where he gained practical work experience and studied{Source}. 

In 1974, he attended the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, and was commissoned as an officer in 1975{Source}. In 1989, He was appointed an  Honorary Major of the Royal Parachute Regiment (UK){Source}. As Commander-in-chief of the Luxembourg Armed Forces, he holds the rank of General{Source}.

As Honorary Chairman of the Board of Economic Development, established in 1977, he visited numerous countries around the world in order to promote investment opportunities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (1978–2000){Source}. In 1980, He was appointed a member of the State Council, as a result of which he 
became familiar with the legislative branch of Luxembourg's parliamentary system (until 1998){Source}.  

The Grand Duke holds several honorary doctorates, including{Source}:
  • Dr honoris causa of Human Letters by the Sacred Heart University, 
  • Fairfield, Connecticut (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Law by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Economics by Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • Dr honoris causa of Political Science by the Universities of Trier (Germany) and León (Nicaragua). 
On 14 February 1981, Prince Henri married Miss Maria Teresa Mestre, who he met whilst attending University{Source}. They have four sons and one daughter, as well as two (almost three) grandchildren and three daughters-in-law: 

Royal Profile: Queen Margarethe II of Denmark

Queen Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid of Denmark was born 16 April 1940 at the Amalienborg Palace, the oldest child and daughter of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

She was christened on 14 May 1940 in Holmens Kirke (the Naval Church) and confirmed on 1 April 1955 at Fredensborg Palace {Source}. Her godparents were:

  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Prince Knud of Denmark (her uncle)
  • Prince Axel of Denmark (her 1st cousin 2x removed)
  • King Gustaf V of Sweden (her great uncle)
  • Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (her great uncle)

She was named{Source}:
  • Margrethe after her maternal grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught
  • Alexandrine after her paternal grandmother, Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Ingrid after her mother.

She was joined by younger sisters Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece in 1944 and 1946 {Source}. On 20 April 1947, King Christian X died and Margrethe's father ascended the throne as King Frederick IX {Source}.

She began her education with tutors from the Zahles Skole, where she studied at Amalienbourg Palace {Source}. She began being educated at North Foreland Lodge in Hampshire, England for the 1955-1956 school year  {Source}. After receiving private lessons, she graduated from Zahles Skole with an upper secondary exam certificate (language line) in 1959 {Source}. Between 1960 and 1965, HM The Queen studied at universities in Denmark and other European countries {Source}. After having passed the examination in philosophy at Copenhagen University in 1960, HM The Queen studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge in 1960-61 and earned a Diploma in Prehistoric Archaeology. {Source}.  Subsequently, Her Majesty studied political science at Aarhus University in 1961-1962, at the Sorbonne in 1963 and at the London School of Economics in 1965 {Source}.

She speaks several languages. In addition to her native tongue of Danish, she also speaks French, Swedish, English, and German {Source}.

She performed voluntary service with Women’s Flying Corps from 1958 to 1970 and received comprehensive training in the corps during this period. {Source}. The Queen is the supreme commander of the Danish Defence Forces {Source}. In addition to her relationship with the Danish Defence, she has special connections to particular units of the British Defense {Source}. In 1972, Her Majesty was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen's Regiment, and in 1992, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment. {Source}.

Due to Denmark being a constitutional monarchy, she does not have any political powers other than to sign acts of parliament, after of which the acts only come into force when they have been countersigned by a Cabinet Minister. Her main act for Denamark is to act as a figurehead, and to represent Denmark abroad {Source}.

In 1989, Queen Margrethe was awarded the Mother-Tongue Society’s prize, and received the Adeil Order in 1990 {Source}.

The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne but only secondarily {Source}. On the occasion of her accession to the throne on 14 January 1972, Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession {Source}. On 16 April 1958, the Heir Apparent, Princess Margrethe, was given a seat on the State Council, and she subsequently chaired the meetings of the State Council in the absence of King Frederik IX {Source}.

On 10 June 1967, the Danish Heir Apparent married Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark {Source}. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace. From this marriage, she has two sons and eight grandchildren, who are {Source}:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Royal Profile: King Philippe of Belgium

King Philippe Léopold Louis Marie of Belgium was born on 15 April 1960, as first child of HM King Albert II and Queen Paola {Source}.

At the end of secondary school, which he attended both in French and in Dutch, the Prince continued his education at the Royal Military Academy from which he graduated in 1981 {Source}. He then subsequently qualified as fighter pilot (1982) and as a paratrooper- and commando officer before assuming command over a paratrooper platoon {Source}. The Prince's military career further led him to his current rank of Lieutenant-General and Vice Admiral in the Armed Forces (as from 2010)  {Source}.Prince Philippe completed his academic training at Trinity College, University of Oxford (UK) and at the Graduate School of Stanford University (USA) where he took a “Master of Arts Degree” in political science in 1985 {Source}. The King holds an Honorary Doctorate of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (conferred in 2002) {Source}.

When his royal duties began to increase, the government created the "Household of Prince Phillippe" in 1992  {Source}. In May 1997, Prince Philippe was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development, created after the Conference of Rio {Source}. In 1998, the Prince Philippe Fund was created, with the aim of fostering exchanges between citizens or organisations from all three Communities of our country. {Source}.In 2003, Prince Philippe became Honorary Chairman of BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries) {Source}.Since 2004, Prince Philippe is also Honorary Chairman of the European Chapter of the Club of Rome and of the International Polar Foundation {Source}.In May 2004, Prince Philippe obtained his licence as a civilian helicopter pilot  {Source}. On August 6, 1993, by Government decision, Prince Philippe was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Belgian Foreign Trade Board (BFTB), which was replaced in 2003 by the Foreign Trade Agency (FTA). He succeeded to his father, who had been Honorary Chairman of the BFTB since 1962 {Source}. King Philippe has headed about seventy important economic missions, of which the most recent are India, Brazil, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (2010), Russia, the United States of America, China and Chili (2011), Vietnam, japan , Turkey, Australia and New-Zeeland (2012), Thailand and the United States of Amerika (2013) {Source}.On June 21, 1994 he became a member of the Senate. {Source}. 

On the 4th of December 1999, the Prince married Miss Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz {Source}. Together, they have four children {Source}:
  • Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
  • Prince Gabriel (2003)
  • Prince Emmanuel (2005)
  •  Princess Eléonore (2008)

The King is keenly interested in the situation of young people and their integration in the society of tomorrow {Source}. He therefore visits schools and universities, but also follows closely various social issues such as unemployment and the struggle against poverty and exclusion  {Source}.

He spends his rare leisure moments at home with his family and also likes to read, especially on subjects related to the problems and challenges confronting men and women in today's society  {Source}. He practices sports regularly and is keen to maintain a healthy physical condition {Source}.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Marie of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie of Luechtenstein was born a Countess Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau on 14 April 1940, the daughter of Count Ferdinand Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau and Countess Henriette Caroline of Ledebur-Wichlen {Source}.

During WWII, her family fled to Germany, where she began attending Wald Cloister School {Source}. In 1957, she began traveling thoroughout Europe to perfect her knowledge of languages {Source}. First, she went to England to perfect her English, and then it was off to Paris to perfect her French {Source}. After a few years, she moved back to Germany, where she worked as a commercial artist for a printer until she became engaged to Prince Hans-Adam II in 1965 {Source}.

She married Prince Hans-Adam II on 30 July 1967, and they have 4 children and several grandchildren, who are {Source}:

  • Hereditary Prince Alois (1968)
    • Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg (1996)
    • Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg ( 1999)
    • Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg ( 2000)
    • Prince Maximilian Nikolaus Maria (1969)
    • Prince Alfons Constantin Maria (2001)
  • Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria (1972)
    • Prince Moritz Emanuel Maria (2003)
    • Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria (2005)
    • Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hubertus Maria (2008)
  • Princess Tatjana Nora Maria (1973)
    • Lukas Marie von Lattorff (2000)
    • Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (2002)
    • Marie Teresa von Lattorff (2004)
    • Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorf (2005)
    • Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorf (2007)
    • Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorf (2009)
    • Maximilian von Lattorf (2011)

Over the years, she has had many titles. At birth until her marriage, she was known as Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau {Source}. Upon her marriage, she gain the title Her Serene Highness The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, a title which she kept until 1989 {Source}. Since 1989, she has been known as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Liechtenstein {Source}.