Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Nov 21-27

Belgium


-Princess Mathilde was in Eupen and Transinne, Belgium to meet with students from two elementary schools participating in the Journée du Changement (Day of Change) proposed by UNICEF Belgium as part of Journée des Droits de l’Enfant (Day of the Rights of a Child) campaign. She spoke with students about the importance of education, among other topics(photo/video). On Thursday, Belgium's future Queen participated in a meeting regarding human trafficking in Liege, Belgium.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended a medical and scientific research awards ceremony managed by the King Baudouin Foundation on Thursday.

Butan


- King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema visited London, England, where they met with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Clarence House on Wednesday.

Denmark




-Crown Prince Fredrick visited the Royal Australian Navy Special Forces (RANSF) in Sydney,  he received a briefing prior to participating in a “…boat ride with members from the 2nd Commando Regiment in Sydney Harbor”, tried on some cool clothes, and mingled with the men and women of the Australian Navy. On Wednesday, the Crown Prince attended the opening of the conference, State of Green: Join the Future. Think Denmark, held at the Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne where he gave a speech.

-Crown Princess Mary visited the Westmead Cancer Centre Monday and along with her husband, Crown Prince Fredrick, participated in a meeting with the Governor of the State of New South Wales,Her Excellency Prof. Marie Bashir, and His Excellency Sir Nicholas Shehadie held at the Government House. Photos /Video

-Prince Henrik & Prince Joachim  hosted the annual royal hunt at Grib Forest on Tuesday. Also joining them were Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Prince Georg Friedrich & Princess Sophie of Prussia, and Baron Otto Reedtz-Thott.

-Princess Benedikte attended the opening of the Christmas Fair held at the Swedish Gustaf Church in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there, the Princess was greeted by organizers of the fair, mingled amongst the merchants and sampled some of the goods that were being offered. Photos

Great Britian


-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh officially welcomed the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, and his wife Hayrunnisa, with a traditional ceremony in London, England. Video, Gallery 1, Gallery 2 On Tuesday, they hosted a banquet in his honor and the queen gave a speech.

-Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinbugh was appointed Lord High Admirial of the Navy at Admiralty House in London, England to mark his 90th birthday. {source} Video/Photos

-Charles, Prince of Wales toured an area of Abertillery, Wales on Monday. The Prince toured the …Guardian of the Valleys memorial statue, in tribute to the 45 souls who lost their lives in the Gleision mining tragedy in the 1960s, before officially opening the community centre in Abertillery. The Prince also met with the President of Turkey, Mr. Abdullah Gül, at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stepped in as a "guest judge" on the British dancing competition show, Strictly Come Dancing when she toured the BBC studios where the show is taped this week and saw the group rehearsing {Source}.

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge: was part of a team that helped save two sailors after their cargo ship  sunk off the Irish Sea {Source and more info}.

-Princess Beatrice of York and her longtime boyfriend Dave Clark were spotted watching  the Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer match at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday.

-Zara Phillips: It was announced that the policing for her July 2011 nuputials cost the UK Taxpayers roughly £400,000 over the three day affair for the management and protection of thirteen members of the British Royal Family (Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, The Earl & Countess of Wessex, The Duke of York and his two daughters, The Duke & Duchess of Rothesay, Anne, The Princess Royal, Timothy Laurance, The Earl & Countess of Strathearn){Source}

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited  l’Atert-Lycée Redange in Luxembourg on Monday, where they toured the school's grounds, met with students and faculty, and ate lunch in the cafeteria.

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa participated in the Développement et Promotion de l’Economie Solidaire au Service du Développement Durable à Luxembourg conference on Thursday, where she gave a speech on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the Grand Duchess attended the 2011 Edward Steichen Award Ceremony.

-Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume  along with the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mr. Jeannot Krecké were in United Arab Emirates and Qatar, where they are a trade mission.

-Princess Elisabeth, aunt of the present Grand Duke, died this on Tuesday {source}. Funeral arrangements were annouced as follows: On December 15th, there will be a mass held at Église Saint Michel. She will be buried in the family vault of the Artstetten castle that belongs to the family of Princess Elisabeth's late husband Duke Franz of Hohenberg. Princess Elisabeth died at the Château de Fischbach where she lived with her brother Grand Duke Jean for the last couple of months. Before she died, she was in frail health as she had suffered a stroke sometime last year. {Source}

Monaco


-Prince Albert attended the unveiling of the new book,  Pirate des Abysses (Pirates of the Abyss), by a well-known free diver, Mr.Pierre Frolla. {Source}. Thursday, The Prince attended the evening organized at the Oceanographic Museum, to celebrate the Lebanon National Day. Over the weekend, the Prince visited  San Sebastien, Spain where he visited the Aquarium de San Sebastián. Video 1, Video 2

-Princess Charlene & Cécile de Massy participated in the Ladies Lunch de Monte-Carlo luncheon on Thursday.{Source}

-Charlotte Casiraghi attended an awards ceremony with her godmother, Albina de Boisrouvray on Monday in Paris, France. {Source} She was also reportedly in Abu Dhabi, UAE this weekend, competing in the final leg of the Global Champions Tour 2011, however she was not listed as a rider at the events. {Photos}

-Louis Ducruet celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday.

Norway


-Crown Prince Haakon began an official visit to Nepal on Monday. While in Nepal, the Crown Prince will visit Nepalgunj to inspect UNDP-supported governance and livelihoods programs, meet with officials from the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to develop the private sector,  meet members of the CA´s Indigenous Peoples´ Caucus, and the Blue Diamond Society and will address students at Kathmandu University, amongst other things. {Source} On Tuesday, the Crown Prince visited a few Nepal area schools-Bheri Technical School as well as at the University of Kathmandu and attended an evening reception. {source}

The Netherlands


- Queen Beatrix visited the High Flux Reactor in Petten on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, she was in Gouda to attend the opening of the exhibition, Schetsen van Schoonheid (Sketches of Beauty).

-Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima, Princess Aimee, Prince Floris, Princess Marilene & Prince Maurits attended the  première of the film, Nova Zembla, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Monday. Gallery 1, Gallery 2 

-Princess Maxima attended a conference organized and held at the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen on Thursday.

Spain


-Queen Sofia & King Juan Carlos attended the a 'Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts' awards ceremony on Thursday

-The Prince & Princess of Asturias began their official visit to Chile on Tuesday. See here for a full recap.

-Infanta Elena attended  Spain's Paralympic equestrian team presentation at the Club de Campo on Friday. On Tuesday, Infanta Elena  Attended a  Special Olympics Espana Awards in Madrid.

Sweden


-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Anders Wall lecture held at the University of Uppsala on Tuesday.

-Princess Madeline will not take part in this year's Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Instead, the princess will attend a ceremony in New York City that:

…celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s second Nobel Prize. The event, organized by The New York Academy of Science and held on December 10, will also pay tribute and other female scientists.{Source}

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Danish Crown Princely Family Goes Down Under-to Australia that is!

Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Fredrick, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine embarked on a trip to Australia on an Official Visit on Sunday, November 20th. The trip will last a week. During their visit, they visited Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne {Source}.

Day 1 (Nov 20)


-The Crown Princely couple visited the Sculpture by the Sea art exhibition in Bondi, Australia.
-They also attended the People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Awards ceremony where they presented the awards. {source}
-The Crown Princely couple gave an interview for the program Kronprinsparrets Priser 2011.
-The Crown Princely couple then went off to Sydney, Australia, where they went to the Customs House to attend the Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen exhibition where they were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers.
-At the end of the day, the Crown Princely couple, along with their business delegates and four children,  attended a BBQ held at the Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island base.
-After the BBQ, the Crown Princely couple met with the Australian Governor-General at Admiralty House
Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3

Day 2 (Nov 21)


-Crown Prince Fredrick & Crown Princess Mary attended the Danish Ambassadors dinner of which also included members of the Danish business delegation traveling with the crown princely couple, Australian business representatives, New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and his wife Rosemary, and celebrity chef Matt Preston. Video, Gallery 1, Gallery 2

Day 3 (Nov 22)


-Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary visited Canberra, Australia today.
-They met and had lunch with the Prime Minister, then met with the leader of the opposition in the Australian Parliament, Tony Abbott.
-Crown Prince Fredrick attended the opening of The Australian: Denmark Green Growth Forum Seminar, in Parliament, where Danish and Australian business leaders will discuss investment opportunities in renewable energy and new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases.
- Later, he was re-joined by his wife where they visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Arboretum Canberra where the crown princely couple will plant a tree. 
 -Their final stop will be a visit to the Australian War Memorial where they will lay a wreath in honor of those who have and continue to serve in the Australian armed forces.
Day 3 Galleries and Videos: Video, Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3

Day 4 (Nov 23)
-Arrival in Melborne
- Crown Prince attended the opening of the conference, State of Green: Join the Future. Think Denmark, held at the Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne where he gave a speech.
-Crown Princess Mary of Denmark participated in the Danish Agriculture and Food Council export promotion event on Wednesday (Video)
-The Crown Princely Couple attended the opening of the Corporate Cultures showroom where Danish design in furniture and lighting are on display and for sale for the Australian market. The day ended with the couple attending a lovely dinner with members of their business delegation as well as Australian business representatives at the Peninsula Docklands.

Day 5 (Nov 24)


-Crown Prince Fredrick visited George Weston Foods where he was given a tour of the facility and saw a presentation about the workings of the company.
-Crown Princess Mary will visit the Pakenham Springs Primary school, attend the SunSmart Summer 2011 forum held at Parliament House. Video/Photos
-In the afternoon, the royal couple attended numerous events inculding:
the opening of the LEO Pharma Pharmaceuticals, visit the Lego competition Build the Change, then name a tugboat in Melbourne Harbor, and finally attended yet another gala dinner at Danfoss with Danish and Australian business representatives.

Day 6 (Nov 26)


-The Royal pair began their day at a luncheon with Australian Business Leaders and the chairman of the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.
-In the evening, they attended a charity event, Starry Starry Night, to raise money for the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.

Day 7 (Nov 27)

-Crown Princess Mary (and likely the children too) will head to Mary's hometown of Hobart, Tasmania for a mini-vacation, and probably so her extended family can meet the adorable twins for the first time.
-Crown Prince Fredrick will say his goodbyes to his family and head to Vietnam to represent his parents at the celebration the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Vietnam.

Royal Profile: Louis Robert Paul Ducruet

Louis Robert Paul Ducruet is the oldest-and only-son of Princess Stephanie of Monaco with Daniel Ducruet. He is the nephew of Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco, the present reigning prince of Monaco, thus Mr. Ducruet is 7th in line for the throne. At his birth, he was technically 9th in line for the throne (since this was prior to the succession law change of 2002, his illegitimate cousin Jazmin was in line after her father, technically, and his uncle had not yet ascended the throne).

He was born in Monaco's Le Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, in the same room as his older Casiraghi cousins in fact, on 26 November 1992, just a mere 8 months and 22 days after his maternal cousin Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, who is the illegitimate daughter of his uncle, Prince Albert. Today, his is 7th in line for the Monégasque Throne, after his aunt Caroline, cousins Andrea, Pierre, Charlotte and Alexandra and his mother.

He attended local a local Monaco Maternelle division school, and eventually a École élémentaire in Monaco-until Mama decided to pick up her family of four to travel with the circus! While traveling with the circus, little Loulou was taught briefly by his mother, and was briefly enrolled in Le Lycée Français de Zurich before picking up to head out with the circus again. With grand-père’s ill health a major factor in her decision, Louis's mama made the decision to return to the tiny principality in either late 2003 or early 2004, when Louis should have been in the first year at Collège Charles III (Sixième). Louis finished his formal education in Monaco's public school system, earning the French Bac from Lycée Prince Albert Ier, with a grade of admis in 2010. Louis now attends SKEMA Business School in Sophia Annapolis, France where he is presently in his second year. He is presently part of SKEMA’s general bachelor’s undergraduate program, but some have said that he intends to continue his education to study sports management.

Louis, along with little sister Pauline (and most of the rest of the Grimaldis), is a major fan of Monaco’s home football team, AS Monaco FC. Louis is also a fan of AS Roma, ETG FC, and Real Madrid FC. When Louis was a youngster, Prince Albert joked that they may have to change the name of the Monégasque stadium to Stade Louis III from Stade Louis II, in his honor.

Like most kids his age, Louis is active in school programs and on social networking sites. He has over 900 friends on Facebook, including his two little sisters, older half-brother, Mika, cousin Jazmin, ex-stepfather Adans Peres, among others. He is a music lover and is a fan of his mom’s old friend, Michael Jackson, among other French artists. He likes action films, hip-hop music, and martial arts. His favorite TV shows include South Park and Greys Anatomy. He is also active on the university community, as he serves as president to SKEMA’s student social group, Suberman, which is in charge of organizing parties on campus and the general satisfaction of the student body.
Due to being so far down in the line for the throne, his parents wanting a “normal” life for their children, and his university studies taking prevalence over royal duties, Louis is rarely seen performing duties on behalf of his uncle. Louis does attend the circus festival every year-often on the days that the cameras are not there, according to his mother. Louis attended his uncle’s 2005 Enthronement ceremony, and July 2011 wedding to his new aunt, Princess Charlene, appearing on the balcony after the civil service, arriving with his mother, sisters, aunt and younger cousin at the religious service, and attending the JM Jarre concert after the civil service, and the Eagles Concert prior to the festivities.

Louis speaks fluent French, English and Italian, and according to his Facebook at one point, he even claimed to know some Japanese!

Happy 19th Birthday, Louis!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Prince & Princess of Asturias on official visit to Chile: Nov 22-24

Day 1 (Nov 22)


-Arrived at Chile’s International Airport in Santiago, Chile, where they were greeted by Chile's Foreign Minister.
-The future rulers of Spain then attended an official reception, hosted by President Sebastian Piñera, at Palacio de La Moneda.
-Then the Prince & Princess paid tribute to late Chilean independence leader by placing a wreath at a monument dedicated to him.
-Prince Felipe gave a keynote speech at the Investment Forum and Business Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel. Then the royal couple visited the National Congress headquarters in Santiago.
-In the evening, the royal couple attended a gala reception.

Day 2 (Nov 23)


-The Future rulers of Spain visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago to attend the inauguration of “… an exhibition of works by the Spanish photographer Chema Madoz…”.
 -In the afternoon, they attended a luncheon, hosted by the Spanish Ambassador, in their honor.
-They ended the day at a state dinner in their honor at the Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago

View a Video, &  photos from day 2

Day 3 (Nov 24)


-The future King & Queen visited the Paranal Observatory of ESO (European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere) in Cerro Paranal, Chile.photos

Obscure Members of Royal Families: Monaco

We know there's more to the monarchies than the Senior Royals, right? Right. A True Monarchist would anyway. You know- the cousins, aunts and uncles of the sovereign who aren't technically in line (at least in Monaco's case), but are still considered as part of the Royal Family as they are blood related.


Let's start with the obvious by pointing out the people you probably already know:
  1. The Sovereign Prince of Monaco is: H.S.H. Prince Albert II Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco. He is the only son of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace (1923-2005, 1929-1982) 
  2. His wife is Princess Charlene. They got married on 2 July 2011. She is a former South African Olympic Swimmer, and daughter of Mike and Lynette Wittstock.
Albert has two sisters:
  1. H.R.H. Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Hanover. She is older than Prince Albert by about fourteen months. She is heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco.
  2. H.S.H. Princess Stephanie Marie Elisabeth of Monaco, Countess of Polinac. She is Prince Albert's younger sister, by about 7 years She is 6th in line for the throne after her niece, Princess Alexandra of Hanover.
Between them, his sisters have three legitimate daughters, three legitimate sons, and two stepsons:
  1. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi is the elder daughter of Princess Caroline. She is fourth in line for the throne after her two brothers. She is a representative of Gucci's Equestrian Team (where she competes as a Monegasque Rider) at many international show jumping competitions throughout Europe. She is 4th in line for the throne of Monaco. Charlotte attended  Lycée François Couperin, enrolled in the hypokhâgne and khâgne course at the Lycée Fénelon; and the University of Paris: Sorbonne IV. She is said to have earned a licence in Philosophy in 2007.
  2. Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet is the elder daughter and middle child of Princess Stephanie. She is eighth, and technically last, in line for the throne of Monaco. Like her older cousin, Charlotte, she represents Monaco in international sporting competitions, only her sport is diving. She came in 12th at the 1st Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 in the ladies 3m Diving competition. Pauline recieved the French Baccalauréat from  Lycée Prince Albert Ier in July 2011. According to her mother, Princess Stephanie, Pauline is presently studying her fourth language at a foreign language school in Monaco. During a January 2011 interview, Pauline claimed that she would like to attend Fashion school to study costume design and wants to tour with a circus again someday.
  3. HRH Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover is the younger daughter of Princess Caroline. She is almost exactly a year younger (1 year, 5 days to be exact!) than her cousin Camille, and nearly a year older than her second cousin Christine Knecht de Massy (10 months, 23 days to be exact!). She is the only blood related niece or nephew of Prince Albert to hold a title. She is in line for both the British (400th+) and Moneguse (5th) thrones. She began her education in Fontainebleau, France, and is presently attending   L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré in Monaco.
  4. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi is the oldest of Princess Caroline’s biological children. He obtained the International Bacclaurate from the International School of Paris in 2002, a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Visual Arts from the American University of Paris in 2007, and a masters in International Affairs from The New School in 2010. 
  5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi is the younger son of Princess Caroline. He is majority shareholder of two of his father’s companies: Engeco S.A. and Monacair since 2009. He is third in line for the Moneguse Throne after his mother and brother. Pierre attended Lycée François Couperin, and Bocconi University, but is not known to have graduated from Bocconi University.
  6. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet is the only son of Princess Stephanie. He received the French Baccalaureate with a result of admis in 2010. He is 7th in line for the Moneguse Throne after his mother. He attended  Lycée  Prince Albert Ier in Monaco and is presently attending SKEMA business school in Sophia-Annapolis, France.
  7. HRH Prince Ernest-August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the older stepson of Princess Caroline, and step-nephew of Prince Albert. He is 400+ in line for the British throne, and heir apparent to the defunct throne of Hanover. He attended Malvern College until 2002, but is rumored to have been pulled from there, finishing his high school years elsewehere, and attended New York University.
  8. HRH Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Wilhelm-Ernest Friedrich Franz of Hanover is the younger stepson of Princess Caroline, and step-nephew of Prince Albert. He is 400+ in line for the British throne. He attended Malvern College, and New York University.
Now for the people who you aren't quite familiar with: The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of of the late Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy, aunt to Prince Albert of Monaco:

    1. Elisabeth-Anne de Massy is the matriarch of the Grimaldi clan, as she is the oldest of her generation. She is known in Monaco for her charity work, and being president of Monaco’s tennis federation, among other organizations. She is the oldest child of Princess Antointette of Monaco, who was the Baroness of Massy. She has been married twice, and has two children, one from each marriage:
              1.   Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy (seen here with a lady friend, who is quite possibly his wife, Baroness Susanna Taubert-Natta de Massy). He was born in 1974, and his father died in 1989. He married a woman named Susanna in 2005. He is technically in line for the throne after his mother.
              2.  Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy. She was born in 1985, and her parents divorced later that year. Mélanie is known as a prominent business woman in Monaco, she has been involved in financial advisory and real estate investments for several years. She is an advisor for Giersch Ventures, a financial advisory boutique, and a co-founder with Luiz Macambira of The Macmas Group. She is also involved in Monaco’s Country Club (an organization in which her mother is president) and the organization of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April. Mélanie speaks fluent English and French, as a well as conversational German and Italian. She is presently Head of Investor Relations for Macdeven Asset Management group.

2. Christian Louis de Massy is the only son of Princess Antoinette. He has been married four times, and has three children and two grandchildren. Who are:

              1.   From his first marriage to Maria Marta Quintana y del Carril, he has one daughter, and faternal twin grandchildren:Leticia de Massy de Brouwer is the only daughter of Christian with his first marriage. She was born 16 May 1971. She and her children are technically 12th, 13th and 14th in line for the throne. She married Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer. They have fraternal twins: 
        1. Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer (b. 2008) 
        2. Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (b. 2008)
From his fourth marriage in 1997 to Cecile Gelabale, he has two sons:

              2.   Brice Souleyman Gelabale-de Massy was born in Abymes, Guadeloupe on 2 Nov 1987. He was adopted after Christian’s marriage to Cecile in 1997.
              3.   Antoine de Massy is the only biological son of Christian and Cecile. He is a tennis player and has a goal of participating in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. He is technically 11th in line for the throne after his father.
3. Christine-Alix de Massy was the youngest of Princess Antoinette’s children. She was married twice, once to Princess Grace’s first cousin once removed, Charles Wayne Knecht from 1971-1974. Through that marriage, she had her only son, Keith Sebestian Knecht de Massy (seen here with his wife Donatella). Chrisitne-Alix married secondly in 1988, to Leon Leroy, and Christine-Alix died less than a year later of leukemia.
              1.    Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy (seen with his wife Donatella) was born in 1972, the only son of Christine-Alix de Massy and Charles Wayne Knecht. He is known in the family as   Sébastien . He, like his aunt and cousin Melanie, is involved in tennis. He serves as captin of Monaco’s tennis team for the All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain of the tennis tournament. He appeared, along with his wife, at the 2011  Fête Monegu  celebrations: attending the church service (behind his aunt Elisabeth-Anne), the honor guard ceremony (behind Princess Stephanie) and appearing on the balcony.  He resides in Monaco with his wife and four children, who are:
    1. Christine Knecht de Massy (seen with Princess Alexandra of Hanover) is the oldest of Sebestien’s children. She was born in June 2000. She attends L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré in Monaco, where she is a year behind Princess Alexandra. 
    2. Alexia Knecht de Massy (seen here behind Lynette Wittstock wearing white-sih beige, next to older sister Christine who is wearing green) was born in September 2001, and is the second oldest of Donatella and  Sébastien's children. Like her older sister and cousin, she also attends L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré in Monaco, where she is two years behind Princess Alexandra. 
    3. Vittoria Knecht de Massy (seen here with her mother,Donatella, and the new Princess of Monaco) is the second to the youngest of Sébastien and Donatella’s daughters. She was born in April 2007. She should be in her second year of Maternelle division at L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré in Monaco. 
    4. Andrea Knecht de Massy is the youngest daughter of  Sébastien and Donatella. She was born in October 2008. She should be in the first year of the Maternelle division at L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré in Monaco.
Other members that might get included in this list are:

  1. Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (seen here with her mother at her 2006 graduation from St. Margaret's Episcopal School), the eldest of Prince Albert's known illegitimate children, who was born in March of 1992 as the daughter of Tamara Rotolo and Albert Grimaldi. She resides in New York, NY where she is studying at Fordham University and in her native Palm Desert, California with her mother. Due to Monégasque laws, she, nor her brother or cousin Camille, may succeed the throne, however the three may inherit some of the money their parents leave behind.
  2. Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste (seen here at a carnival in Monaco in 2009) is the 8 year old son of Prince Albert with Nicole Coste. Like his older sister and cousin,  due to Monégasque succession laws, he may succeed the throne, however he may inherit some of the money his father leaves behind.
  3. Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (seen here arriving with her mother and siblings to her uncle's July 2011 religious wedding) is the younger illegitimate daughter of Princess Stephanie. She can often be seen out and about with her mother. She enjoys the theatre. She is named ("Kelly") in honor of her late grandmother, Princess Grace Kelly. 
  4. Donatella Knecht de Massy (Seen here playing maid-of-honor to  Princess Charlene in July 2011) is the wife of  Sébastien Knecht de Massy and mother to Christine, Alexia, Vittoria and Andrea Knecht de Massy. She was born in Johnannesburg, South Africa on 10 May 1972, but she grew up mostly in Switzerland while attending Le Instut Le Rosey. She earned a degree from Northeastern University in the United States in Journalism, returned to Europe to pursue a career in the media. She started out in Switzerland, then moved to a magazine in Monaco. She married  Sébastien  in 1999. She currently works for Transport and Commodities with her husband. In Monaco, she is known for her charity work. She has been involved with: MOM (Mothers of Monaco who provided funding for children from under-developed countries to be able to come to the Principality for heart surgeries, as well as supplying an orphanage in Tunisia with much-needed supplies), and   Ladies Lunch Monaco (a group who raise funds to support other charitable institutions in the Principality). She is also co-founder and president of the board to ConservationGuardians.
  5. Cecile de Massy is the wife of Christian de Massy, is co-founder and president of   Ladies Lunch Monaco (a group who raise funds to support other charitable institutions in the Principality). She has an adopted son Brice, a biological son Antoine, stepdaughter Leticia, and step-grandchildren Rose & Sylvestre. As the wife of Christian de Massy since 1997, she is the highest ranked black person in Monaco. She was born in Guadeloupe in 1968.
  6. Lynette Humberstone Wittstock (seen here arriving between her sons Sean and Garreth for her daughter's 2011 wedding) is the mother of HSH Princess Charlene. Lynette was born in 1957, and married Mike Wittstock on 27 August 1977. She is a retired swimmer/diver and former swimming and diving coach, and is one of six children.
  7. Michael Kenneth Wittstock (seen here walking his daughter down the aisle at her 2011 wedding) is the father of HSH Princess Charlene. He was born 6 February 1946. He married Lynette on 27 August 1957. He is a business man in South Africa.
  8. Gareth Wittstock (seen here arriving at the 2011 Red Cross Ball with his girlfriend Irish model Roisin Gavlin) is the younger brother of HSH Princess Charlene. He resides in Monaco with his girlfriend.
  9. Sean Michael Wittstock (seen here arriving with his older brother and his girlfriend to the reception for his sister's 2011 wedding) is the youngest of Mike and Lynette's children. He resides in South Africa, and is presently working on getting his helicopter pilot's license.
  10. Roisin Galvin (seen here attending the 2011 Red Cross Ball with her boyfriend) is the girlfriend of HSH Princess Charlene's younger brother Gareth. She is originally from Ireland, and is a model. She resides with Gareth in an apartment in Monaco.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg (1922-2011)

Princess Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Luise, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Hohenberg was born 22 December 1922 at Berg Castle the  daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. She was the second child to Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix, the first being Grand Duke Jean (father of the present Grand Duke). She had three younger sisters and a younger brother-Marie Adalaide (1924-2007),  Marie Gabriele (1925- ), Charles (1927-1977), Alix (1929- ).

To mark her birth, Luxembourg issued a stamp as a souvenir sheet, the world's first such miniature sheet in 1923.

She married Franz Ferdinand, Duke of Hohenberg on 9 May 1956. They had two daughters:


  1. HSH Princess Anita of Hohenberg who was born 18 August 1958 at Berg Castle. She married in 1978to Romée de La Poëze Comte d'Harambure, they were divorced 1998. She remarried in 2005 Graf Andreas von Bardeau.
  2. HSH Princess Sophie of Hohenberg was born 10 May 1960 at Berg Castle. She married in  1983 to Jean-Louis de Potesta.
The funeral will take place in Artstetten in Austria, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was buried. In Luxembourg, later a Mass dedicated to the memory of the princess.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love:Nov 14-20

Belgium


-King Albert II had surgery this week to treat a Basal cell carcinoma on his nose on Thursday. He was released later that same day after the successful opperation, and is resting and recovering at Château du Belvédère {Source}.

-Queen Fabiola,  Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde,  Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Princess Claire and Prince Laurent  celebrated Fête du Roi (King’s Day) in Brussels, Belgium. First, the Royal Family attended a Te Deum Mass at the beautiful Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule with Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard presiding. Then the Royals visited the Palais de la Nation where they participated in a ceremony held by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Federal government on the occasion of Fête du Roi. The day ended a military parade outside the Palais Royal in Brussels. Video, Gallery 1Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4

-Prince Philippe attended the 130th anniversary of the newspaper, L’Echo, in Brussels. During the celebration banquet there were discussions regarding economic affairs.

-Princess Mathilde visited a community center, De Vaartkapen Caleidoscoop, to participate in the literacy project, “A to Z” in Molenbeek-Wersbeek , Belgium on Thursday.

-Princess Astrid attended the 50th anniversary of the Social Space Tele-Service held at the headquarters of the European Social TV service.

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema   arrived in Tokyo, Japan to begin their six-day official visit to the country on Tuesday. They met with Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda and his wife, Hitomi, at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo where they discussed important issues concerning their countries on Tuesday. Wedesday, they met with Crown Prince Naruhito at the Imperial Palace, recieved a salute from a Ground Self-Defense Force Honor Guard, and attended a state banquet. Thursday, the third day of their tour, the royal newlyweds began their day with a visit to Tokyo’s Kodokan Judo gymnasium where they watched the students showed them some judo moves. Then it was off to to Keio University where King Jigme received an honorary doctorate of Economics from the university’s president, Atsushi Seike. The last stop on day three was to the DIET where King Jigme gave a speech in the Lower House. On Friday, the Royal newlyweds visited an elementary school in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, an area affected by the March 2011 disastrous earthquake and tsunami, and met with Crown Prince Naruhito and Empress Michiko of Japan. On Saturday, the Royal pair visited the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan Video, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4


Denmark


-Queen Margrethe II participated in the Queen’s Parade at Gothersgade in Copenhagen, where she also presented the Dronningens Ur (Queen’s Clock/Watch) to the Royal Guards on Wednesday.


-Crown Princess Mary  participated in a conference hosted by the Mary Fonden and held at the Black Diamond in Copenhagen on Monday. Videos, Gallery 1, Gallery 2 On Tuesday, The Crown Princess attended another opening of a conference, the 2011 EGMUN Youth Conference held at the Glyptotek in Copenhagen.


-Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Fredrick, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine will be headed to Australia for an Official Visit next week. Check back here at The Royal FanZine  for a full report next week. {Source}

-Prince Joaichaim & Princess Marie gave an exculusive interview to  the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet  on their final day in Japan. They discussed how much they enjoyed their visit and about Princess Marie's pregnancy. (Thanks to TheRoyalCorrespondent for the rough translation!)

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Knighted one of the most successful English horse trainers, Sir Henry Cecil, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace onTuesday. On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth took part in a ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James I bible, she was accompanied by her husband, and eldest son. On Saturday, she, along with her husband, attended a service at Guildford Cathedral to celebrate its “…50th anniversary of the dedication of the religious building.” and then visited East Surrey College.

-Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh has decided NOT to attend the annual Royal Variety Performance this year, and his wife will not go without him. Instead, Anne, The Princess Royal will attend alone instead, on her parents behalf. {Source}

-Prince Charles celebrated his 63rd Birthday on Monday.

-Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Malta as a guest of the President’s Award Malta, in preparation for the forthcoming International Award Forum. He was greeted at the airport by the parliamentary assistant of the Mistrery of Foreign Affairs, and shortly after called on President George Abela at San Anton Palace, and met with the prime minsiter in the afternoon on Thursday. Pics/Video/Article

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex lost her privileges to a personal protection officer this week. However, her husband and children are still protected, as are the York Princesses (who do not attend to official engagements like the Countess attended to 174 in the UK and 14 overseas in 2011){source}

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are rumored to be moving back to Scotland when Willaim transfers to RAF Lossiemouth sometime in 2013. {source}

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge spent some time at the Royal family's Balmoral Estate over the weekend with her father-in-law's hunting attendant in preparation for her first official Sandringham Boxing Day pheasant shoot as part of the British Royal Family. {source}

-Prince Harry will be at the celebrations of his grandmother's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.  It turns out his military training will take place in Kenya in the last quarter of 2012. It is also expected that Harry will take part in his first solo royal tour next year, to Australia, New Zeland, or Canada. {Source}

-Mike Tindall has been fined and fired from being Team Captian of Team Rugby England. Tindall has been fined £25,000 by the Rugby Football Union and removed from England's elite player squad for his conduct during the Rugby World Cup. His conduct being getting heavily drunk and embracing a former girlfriend, conduct in which the Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew calls "His actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the Code of Conduct. "{Source}

-The Lady Sarah Chatto,  daughter of Princess Margaret & niece of Queen Elizabeth II, attended the Linley Christmas Party hosted by David Linley (her older brother) on Tuesday in London.

-The Lady Davina Lewis, elder daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday. Davina is a first cousin once  removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

-Sarah, Duchess of York attended Tamara Ecclestone's annual fundraising dinner in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity at One Marylebone on Monday in London, England.

Luxembourg


-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Tessy, Prince Noah & Prince Gabriel attended  the Red Cross Bazaar on Sunday.

-Grand Duke Henri held audience with the Board of Directors of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophone (AOMF) at the 7th Congress of the Association in Luxembourg on Thursday

Monaco


-Prince Albert presented the l’Ordre de Saint-Charles (Order of St. Charles) to seven dedicated members of his staff who are now retired. In another ceremony, that same day, the prince presented the Médailles d’Honneur (Medals of Honor) to 14 distinguished men and women for their volunteer services within the principality of Monaco. photo. He also gave an interview to the newspaper, Monaco-Martin, where he discussed his wedding, relationship with his new princess and what he hopes her relationship with the people will become, the economy of Monaco, the SBM leadership changes, among other topics. To read the interview in French, click here.

-Prince Albert. Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, and Charlotte Casiraghi  attended the presentation of the L’Ordre de Saint-Charles et Grimaldi (Order of St. Charles and Grimaldi) on Thursday. Over 50 people received the honors.

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene & Princess Stephanie teamed up on Thursday ahead of Monaco's 2011 National Day on Saturday to present gifts to Monaco's Croix-Rouge.

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline and Princess Alexandra attended the 100th anniversary mass of the St. Michael Church in Monaco on Sunday. Gallery 1, Gallery 2

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene attended the No Finish Line race on Sunday to present the award to the winner. Gallery 1

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Andrea Casiraghi, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, K. Sebestien Knecht de Massy, Donatella Knecht de Massy, and Chris Le Vine attended the 2011 National Day Mass, Court of Honour ceremony, and Balcony apperance on Saturday. See Here  for a full report on the 2011 Fête Monegu Celebrations

-Princess Charlene pledged to donate € 9,7523.57 (R1,080,000) to charity, The Giving Organisation Trust, in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday. Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday was 7 Oct 2011 {Source}. On Friday, Princess Charlene stopped by the No Finish Line Race, where she posed with children from The International School of Monaco and ran a few miles in the race. She was also asked about her recent portrayal (and some  other members of the family) in the hit American CW series, Gossip Girl, where one of the characters went from being a commonor to a Princess of Monaco. Upon hearing of this, the newlywed princess replied, "What's Gossip Girl?" Source


-Princess Caroline chaired  the conference "Building a child-friendly Europe" in Monaco on Nov 20-21.

-Princess Stephanie attended the No Finish Line Event on Nov 13.


Norway


-Crown Prince Haakon attended the ‘Role Model of the Year’ Award Presentation on Monday.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit was in Davie, Florida over the weeken. She attended an invitation-only gala that was attended by people who donated to build the church on Saturday. (Video). On Sunday, she will officially open the church and actively participate in the ceremony, reading Francis of Assisi's prayer (a prayer that was read at both her wedding  and at their 10 anniversary services at the cathedral in Oslo). {Source} {Video}

The Netherlands


-Queen Beatrix attended the re-opening of the Drents Museum in Assen, The Netherlands on Wednesday. On Thursday, she attended the 16th Foundation Ballet Gala of the Dancers ’79 at the Amsterdam Music Theatre's Sixteenth Ballet Gala

-Crown Princess Maxima  as a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance, was in Deventer to visit Entrepreneur House (EH) on Tuesday (Video). Thursday, the Crown Princess attended  the opening of the 6th Annual Amsterdam Market Participation in Meervaart. Video

Spain

-King Juan Carlos held several audiences at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday. He first received Mr. Rafael del Rio Sendino, president of Caritas and Mr. Sebastian Mora Spanish Rosado, Spanish Secretary General of Caritas. Then he received members from the Board of Management of the University Hospital of Navarra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. And finally, he received the board of directors from Bankia. View photos.

-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia meet with the participants from the First International Seminar on Education and Education Policy  at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

-Prince Felipe visited the LHD ship Juan Carlos I, on Thursday, and then he attended a presentation of capabilities of the Strategic Projection Ship that is used as a platform for aircraft.

Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg 

-Prince Gustav &  Carina Axelsson opened their home, Schloss Berleburg, to those who are interested in viewing a variety of Christmas trees and specially designed decorations by Axelsson. To view more events during the month of December, click here.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the Swedish Cancer Society Luncheon Symposium in honor of the society’s 60th anniversary. {Source}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia,Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel  hosted a luncheon for Riksdag party leader, Mr. Håkan Juholt on Tuesday. {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel visited Järfälla, Sweden on Tuesday, where they visited a park and were greeted by many happy people and migled amongst the crowd. Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4

-Prince Daniel attended  the 2011 Leader of the Year Award ceremony in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

National Day: Monaco, November 19, 2011

This week there were numerous events and activities in celebration of Monaco's National Day on November 19, 2011. The festivities kicked off on Saturday, November 12 when Princess Stephanie, along side her daughter Camille Gottlieb and a friend of Camille's, went to Port Hercules to start the “No Finish Line” charity foot race which will run until this upcoming Sunday. This is held every year by the Children & Future Charity and raises money for other charitable causes as well, including Stephanie’s own organization Fight AIDS Monaco. The festivities continued throughout the week with various members of the Princely Family and Government pitching in. Many events were closed to the public, and several were open to the public.

On Tuesday, November 15, Michel Roger, the Minister of State of Monaco presented Medals of Honour at the Oceanographic Museum. Also on Tuesday, Prince Albert II presented Medals and Distinctions in the Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Monaco, followed by a reception.

On Wednesday, November 16, Prince Albert II  presented Medals for Public Service in the morning, including the orders of St. Charles and Medals of Honour. The Orders of St. Charles went to fourteen recently retied members of the palace staff, including: Ansaldi M. Barthelemy, FIA Pierre, and Mr. Jacques Roattino ( former butlers to the Prince's Palace), René Cattalano (former Chief Silversmiths in Palace), Laura M. Antoine(former Silversmiths to the Palace), Mrs. Honorine Rebaudo and Jeanne Pionzo (former private maids to the Palace. In the afternoon, there was a magic show, Les aventures magiques, for children ages 3-10 and a presentation of medals to the Princess Grace Hospital.

On Thursday, November 17, the festivities really began. The first event of the day was when Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie and Princess Charlene presented gifts to Monaco's Croix-Rouge. After that, there was a Ceremony of the Guard and presentation of medals at the Grimaldi Forum. In the afternoon, Prince Albert presented Medals for Physical Education and Medals of the Ministry of Sport, as well as the Orders of St Charles and Grimaldi. Also present at the awards ceremony were Princesses Charlene, Stephanie, and Caroline, and Charlotte Casiraghi. Over fifty people received the honor, for a full list, please click here 

On Friday, November 18, there were several more medal presentations including medals for Blood Donors, Red Cross, Order of Cultural Merit (by Princess Caroline of Hanover), gifts to Monaco's senior citizens (by Princess Stephanie) in the Foyer of the Auditorium Rainier III,  and to the two recipients of La Légion d'Honneur. There was also a  Diplomatic Corps reception, Ambassadorial Dinner, fireworks display, and comedy with Roland Magdane 'Attention c'est show' (Salle du Canton) for children 10+ years of age. Princess Charlene also went down to where the day's No Finish Line event was happening, and met with students from The International School of Monaco and ran a few miles in the race herself.

On Saturday, November 19, the major event of the week began. The Princely Family-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, Andrea, Charlotte & Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, K. Sebastien Knecht de Massy, Dontella Knecht de Massy and American cousin D. Christopher Le Vine attended the Thanksgiving Mass and Te Deum in Monaco Cathedral. After the mass, the family was joined by twelve year old Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the youngest of Princess Caroline's children, and they attended a Ceremony of the Guard in the Court of Honour & presentation of badges and medals to the Police and Security Officers of the palace by Prince Albert. Then the princely family watched the ceremony of the guard from the palace balcony (NOTE: It's 2 seperate photos), attended the official lunch, Cocktail party for Diplomatic Corps, and ended the day with the Gala Soirée at Salle des Princes.

On Sunday, November 20, there will a  Gospel concert for children 10 and above with the Golden Gate Quartet.

Royal Profile: Lady Davina Lewis

The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis is the oldest daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She is first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born at  St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England on 19 November 1977. She was the second child of the Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. At the time of her birth, she was 11th in line for the throne after her brother, she is now 24th after the birth of several cousins and her niece and nephew.

She grew up with her parents and two siblings in an apartment in Kensington Palace. She attended Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, where she studied Media Studies.

During a vacation in Bali, she met and fell in love with New Zealander carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, Gary Lewis. After a four year courtship, the pair married in a small ceremony at the chapel at Kensington Palace on 31 July 2004, of which the only members of the Royal Family that were present were her parents. It was on this day that Davina became a stepmother to Lewis's  then 12 year old son,  Ari Lewis, whom which was from a previous relationship. On 22 June 2010, Davina gave birth to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's third granddaughter (and third grandchild with in a month! Lady Rose's daughter was born 30  May 2010, and the Earl of Ulster's daughter was born 20 May 2010!), Senna Kowhai Lewis.

She, her husband and their young daughter present live in her husband's native New Zealand, away from the craziness of Royal life. She attend the wedding of her second cousin, Prince William to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in April.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Op-Ed: Royal Weddings and Pregnancies

Okay, I have kept silent long enough. Since September on this, and frankly I have had enough. Time to drop my two cents into the pot on the issue.
As many of us die-hard Royal watchers are well aware, there were numerous Royal Weddings this year (two in Great Britain, one in Monaco,  two in Germany, one in Italy, one in Indonesia, and one in Bhutan), which likely means that the next step is “Baby in the baby carriage”, right?
Yes, and no.

  1. Matilde Borromeo (now Princess Matilde von Furstenburg) reportedly had a baby in September. (Italy)
  2. Princess Nathalie had her son shortly after to the civil ceremony to Alexander in 2010. His name is Konstantin, and he was born in July 2010. (Germany)
In recent reports, for both of the MAJOR royal weddings this year-Prince William’s to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Albert’s to former South African swimmer Princess Charlene, it has been rumored that both women are presently pregnant.
Not in my opinion, they are not- either of them. Here’s my reasons why:

  1. People want a Royal Baby. After all, it is what is expected of royals-to get married and have children, continuing the monarchy.
  2. Think about it:
    1. William is VERY busy with his RAF career right now, and if she IS pregnant, he would be leaving her for training in the middle of the pregnancy. Now go find a first-time dad who would leave his wife in that position. Go on. Go. Oh, right-you cannot find one!!
    2. Albert has two children already- 19 year old American Jazmin Grace Grimaldi with Tamara Rotolo and 8 year old French-  Togolese  Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste  with Nicole Coste, neither of which he has been there for as a father, thus he feels guilty and that he failed them, and he’d rather not fail another woman and child at his advancing age. 
    3. It took Crown Princess Victoria a whole YEAR AND A HALF to get pregnant after her 2010 wedding to Prince Daniel. Prince Edward’s wife-and aunt to Prince William-Sophie, Countess of Wessex took 4.5 YEARS to have Lady Louise. It’s FAR too soon for Prince Albert & Princess Charlene or The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge to even be THINKING baby yet this day and age, let alone to actually be pregnant. And like I said in point 2.2- one’s feeling guilty enough about his past, and the other is too busy.
  3. Both women are thin as toothpicks right now, thinner than I’ve EVER seen them…it’s kinda scary how thin they both are actually.

Bottom line in this Royal Reporter's opinion:

There is no Royal Baby from either Great Britain or Monaco, and there won't be anytime soon, so STOP SPECULATING!! It’s a major waste of your time and embarrassment to the various monarchies! How would you feel if someone went around speculating whether or not you and/or your significant other was pregnant, ALL THE TIME? You’d hate it too, I know I would.

So, quit being impatient about a Royal Baby-there'll be plenty of excitement with Princess Marie's baby in January/February, and Crown Princess Victoria's baby in March, and likely others throughout the year. Shut up and wait for the actual official announcement from the royals themselves.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Op-Ed: Sophie of Wessex Loses her Personal Protection Officer

There was a big announcement this week that Sophie, Countess of Wessex has lost her privileges to having a full time security guard-however her children and husband, and the Duke of York and his daughters (all of which were rumored to be losing theirs as well in April) have maintained their personal protection services.
What’s wrong with this? I see the point of trying to save money in this ill-fated economy and to slim down the monarchy, but why do the York daughters have personal protection when they do nothing but follow daddy around and party (often making fools of themselves and the monarchy)?! They don’t perform Royal Duties on their own-they tag along with Dad or when the whole family appears, but other than that all they do is act like high profile socialites with titles. Yet, their aunt, who is said to be a favorite of Her Majesty, has performed 174 domestic duties and 14 overseas in the last year. Yet, SOPHIE is the one losing the protection. Sure, she and Edward live at Bagshot Park, a $30 Million estate and receive $141,000/year as members of the Civil list, but still…It just doesn’t make sense to me.
How does this make any sense? It should be if they perform acts in favor of the monarchy on their own or are minors in custody of someone performing duties on the Queen’s behalf full-time, like Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex;  Anne, The Princess Royal; Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Katherine, Duchess of Kent, and minor grandchildren of Her Majesty James, Viscount Sevren and Lady Louise do on a regular basis. they are entitled to at least minimal protection-if Andrew wants his daughter’s protected, he should use his money that he receives from the civil list to protect them himself.

But that's just me. What do I know? I'm just an American commoner after all.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Recap of The Royals You Love: Nov 7-13

Belgium


-Princess Mathilde visited the House of Parenting in Péruwelz and  the de Bakermat in Leuven. The House of Parenting encourages a process of co-education among parents of children 0-3 years old and social workers, for the development of the child. A collaboration with Le Galion, a unit of Family Education of Péruwelz CPAS, provides services to disadvantaged families.

Denmark


-Crown Princess Mary was at the Odense Steel Shipyard where she had the honor of naming one of the Danish Royal Navy’s last three frigates to be built. after a few speeches form offiicals, she christened the new modern warship, The Niels Juel. See photos. Also this week, the future Queen attended the opening of the photo exhibition,Welcome to the World Citizen No. 7 Billion, held at the Rådhus in Copenhagen.

-Princess Benedikte attended the 2011 Guilds Show held at the Moltke’s palace in Copenhagen

Greece


-Princess Theodora attended the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, USA on Thursday

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth II lead the annual Remembrance Sunday service in Whitehall, England on Sunday, with several of the British Royal Family in attendance: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge & Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Vice Admrial Tim Lawerance (husband of The Princess Royal), Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh and Great Britain's Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Leader of the Labour Party


-Queen Elizabeth II marked the 80th anniversary of Goodenough College on Thursday.


-Prince Phillip, The Duke of Endinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening of the new exhibit, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination, at the British Library. The Royal Couple  visited Margate, England on Friday, where they toured the Turner Contemporary art gallery, a new café, and the RNLI Lifeboat station

-Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy rumors continue with the news that she and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge will be moving into Kensington Palace, into Princess Margaret's old apartment-complete with six bedrooms and a nursery in 2012 after extensive renovations are completed. Prince Harry will move into their two-bedroom apartment at Kensington Palace after they move into their new digs[1]. Another potential renovation is a new statute, in place of the one in the garden directly outside their new place, instead of William III, it would be of Willaim's late mother [4].   Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was named #1 on  UK Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Dressed list )[2]! She and her husband were also praised by film star Roger Moore for their  charity work in Denmark [3]. Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge announced that he will be deployed to the Falkland Islands for RAF training for six weeks in February and March 2012. He, alongside his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception and dinner in aid of the Appeal at St James's Palace

-Charles, Prince of Wales & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 's  African tour continued with a visit to Tanzania. On Sunday, the Royal pair  arrived in Tanzania, where they were greeted by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania watch traditional dancers. On Monday, they visited the Wateraid Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Feri Suburb, Kigambon, where they met with village school children. Then Charles, Prince of Wales inspected the troops during the 50th anniversary of their independence. While her husband was inspecting the troops, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was busy visiting the WAMA Foundation and Read International. On Tuesday, the royal pair visited Wonder Workshop  and attend a State Dinner given by the President of  Tanzania. Wednesday, the future Monarchs visisted the  Kizimbani Spice Plantation. On Thursday it was off to the island of Zanzibar, where the royal couple danced with locals. During their visit, the Royals visited  Arusha National Parka Majengo Maasai Boma.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made it clear that she wishes to be known as Princess Consort rather than Queen if Charles outlives his mother and becomes king. Legally, she will be Queen, however, this does not mean she has to use that title. For example, she is legally the Princess of Wales, but uses the title Duchess of Cornwall to avoid the sensitivities that people may have with Charles's first wife, Diana..

Japan


-Emperor Akihito was hospitalized late last week after suffering  a worsening case of bronchitis and a fever (source) (UPDATE: he was due to be discharged on Friday, but it was decided that he would stay at least another day after his temperature rose)

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri spent two days (Nov 7-8) on an official visit in Vietnam, where he reviewed the honor gaurd  along side Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang on Friday.


-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand-Duke celebrated his 30th birthday on Friday. He celebrated by giving a televised interview. He is the oldest of The Grand Duke and Duchess's children. (part 2)

Monaco


-Prince Albert attended a Gala Event Against Cystic Fibrosis At Cinema Le Sporting on  Tuesday. Wednesday, His Serene Highness attended the 2nd  annual  Monaco International Clubbing Show. On Saturday, he attended the 2011 World Athletics Gala Awards and the opening of the 2011 UIPM Congress. The Prince even took some time out to visit school children with his wife!

-Princess Charlene took sometime out to visit with students at l'école maternelle de Saint-Charles with her husband. After he left to attend to other official engagements (see above!), and she stayed to play with the kids. She left with an assortment of items from the school. (source)

Spain


-Queen Sofia attended the Hermitage at Prado Museum on Monday.

-Felipe & Letizia, The Prince and Princess of Austrias visited London, England on Monday, where they attended  a 'Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain' Gala Dinnervisited the 'World Travel Market' international tourism fair at the ExCeL exhibition centre. They will visit Chile on Nov 22-24, check back for a full report.

Norway


-Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will be releasing a CD in time for Christmas titled “We Light Our Lamps” to help raise funds for disadvantaged children. The Crown Princely couple thought of this unique fundraising opportunity themselves, and recruited some of Norway's top talent for the CD in hopes that the CD would reach out to the younger generation. (source)

Sweden


-Queen Silva viewed the exhibit Under Pressure: Master Prints from Atelje Larsen at the Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Sweden on Thursday.

-Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited Västernorrland CountySweden, where they toured the city of Kramfors, Sweden and were greeted by many of the city's officials. Then it was off to tour the Design Academy for Furniture and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. Later on in the afternoon they returned to Härnösand for important meetings at the governor’s mansion.

The Netherlands


-Crown Princess Maxima participated in the opening of the European Office of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) held at the Pulchri Studio in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Gallery 1 Gallery 2

Aristocratic
Borromeo


-Carlo, Matilde and Matilde's Husband, Prince Antoinious von Fursentburg attended the opening of the Armani Hotel on Thursday. (newscom.com keyword: Matilde Borromeo)

Royal Profile: Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou was born Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella on 21 October 1983 as the daughter of  Víctor José Vargas Iraus...