Monday, April 30, 2012

Royal Profile: HM King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden

Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, King of Sweden, Duke of Jämtland was born 30 April 1946, the son of Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf (who died in a plane crash when his son was a year old) and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. When his great-grandfather King Gustaf V died in 1950, the four-year-old Prince became the heir apparent of Sweden. In an interview in 2005, his sister Princess Birgitta explained how growing up without their father around by commenting that their mother and the strict Swedish royal court of the time did not consider the emotional needs of Prince Gustaf Adolf's children. In that era, she said, tragedy was seldom discussed with children. "Children's questions were met with silence, children's anxiety and fear with the same silence."As a result, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf was seven years old before he had been told about his father's death. "It was Mother's way of handling the situation, to handle living her life. Of course it was not good for us children. It would have been much better to be able to speak about Father's death", continued Princess Birgitta. She said it had been difficult for the future King to come to grips with not having a father and of not having the same memories of him as his older sisters had.

After graduating from high school, the Crown Prince completed two and a half years of education in the Royal Swedish Army, the Royal Swedish Navy, and the Royal Swedish Air Force. He received his commission as an officer in all three services in 1968, and he eventually rose to the rank of captain (in the army and air force) and lieutenant (in the navy), before he ascended to the throne. He has also completed his academic studies in history, sociology, political science, tax law, and economics at Uppsala University and Stockholm University.

After completing his formal education, in order to prepare him for his future role as the leader of Sweden, he followed a broad program of studies on the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and employers' associations. In addition, he closely studied the affairs of the Parliament of Sweden, Government, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Crown Prince also spent time at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), worked at a bank in London, at the Swedish Embassy in London, at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France, and at the Alfa Laval Company factory in France.

He became King of Sweden on 13 September 1973, at the death of his grandfather. He was invested on 19 September 1973. He chose to end the centuries old tradition of being styled as By the Grace of God King of the Swedes, the Goths/Geats and the Wends by chosing to be known simply as King of Sweden.

According to the 1974 Instrument of Government, his role within the political aspect of the monarchy is purely a figure head and representative of Sweden. He is the Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation, and often participates in Scout activities both in Sweden and abroad.

He is very passionate about the environment, technology, agriculture, trade, and industry. He, like most of his family has interest in automobiles-he owns several different types of cars.

He met a Brazilian-German Silvia Sommerlath at the 1972 Muinch Olympics, where she was working as a interpreter and hostess and he was attending to support the Swedish athletes. Four summers later, on 19 June 1976, they married and began to start their family, with the birth of their daughter, Princess Victoria of Sweden, (who on 1 January 1980, would become the King's heir apparent when the succession laws changed) just after their 11 month wedding anniversary. Their only son, Prince Carl Phillp would join her in 1979, and Princess Madeline in 1982. He became a grandfather for the first time in 2012, when his eldest daughter gave birth to her heir apparent, Princess Estelle.

In a 1997 documentary, after years of it being speculated, his wife publicly admitted: "When he was little, people did not pay attention to the problem," she said. "He didn't get the help he needed." She also noted that the couple's children have "a bit of" dyslexia themselves.

He has four sisters: Princess Birgitta of Sweden & Hohenzollern, Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson.

He is directly related to all of Europe's current reigning monarchies:
  • Queen Margarethe II, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg are his first cousins: his father was their uncle/their mother was his aunt. 
  • Queen Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos of Spain are his third cousins twice, by both Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 
  • Queen Beatix is his third cousin through George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau. 
  • Grand Duke Henri is also his third cousin, only through King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway and Princess Sophia of Nassau. 
  • Prince Hans-Adam II is his sixth cousin, via Prince Karl Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Countess Amalie of Solms-Baruth. 
  • Prince Albert II is his seventh cousin via Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden and Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt 

Royal Profile: Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon  was born 30 April 2002, the third son of the Duchess and Duke of Palma de Mallorca, Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín. Seven weeks after his birth at Barcelona's Teknon Clinic, the young royal was baptized on 23 June 2002 in the chapel of the city's Palace of Zarzuela. His godparents are The Prince of Austrias, and his aunts Infanta Elena and Lucía Urdangarín.

He lives with his parents and two older brothers and younger sister in Barcelona, where he is enrolled in the Carles Riba preschool and will subsequently join his older brothers at the French School. His parents are very hands on, his father is frequently spotted walking his children to school.

He is presently 10th in line for the Spanish throne.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: April 23-29

Belgium


-King Albert II held an audience with the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Elio Di Rupo on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the King visited the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels headquarters at the invitation of the President of the EP, Mr. Martin Schulz {Video}.


-King Albert II & Queen Paola held an audience with Baron Toots Thielemans and his wife, Huguette, at Château de Laeken. Mr. Thielemans, a well-known jazz musician, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday{Source}

-Prince Philippe visited the Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL) in Brussels on Monday, where he attended an academic session  "... on the 20th anniversary of the creation... " of the university's multilingual training program in collaboration between the FUSL and Hogeschool Universiteit Brussels (HUB) {Source}. On Tuesday, he attended the 1st Annual Masterclass held at the Résidence Palace à Bruxelles...organized for the benefit of the winners of seven editions of the Belgodyssée competition {Source}. On Thursday, the heir to the Belgian throne participated in the European Business Summit held at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre.

-Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde attended a gala dinner hosted by the 10th European Business Summit held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Mathilde presented the 2012 Princess Mathilde Prize from the Princess Mathilde Fund on Tuesday  {Source}.

-Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 9th birthday on Monday.

Denmark


-Queen Margrethe II held public audiences at Christiansborg Slot in Copenhagen on Monday.

-Henrik, Prince Consort participated in a meeting with the members of the Committee for Prince Henrik's medal held at the Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen on Monday.

Germany


-Prince Ernest-August of Hanover(I know, I know: GROAN) is reportedly suing Lucky Strike over a poster showing a beaten-up cigarette packet, with the slogan "Was that Ernst? Or August?"{Source}

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London, England on Wednsday as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour {Photos}{Video}. The royal pair visited Wales on Thursday and Friday as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour {Video}{Video}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited  St.George Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the London premiere of DisneyNature's African Cats on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Video}. They attended the launch of the Imperial War Museum Foundation's First World War Gaeries: Centenary Campaign at the Imperial War Museum in London on Thursday {Photos}. They celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attended the Films Without Borders launch at the St. Regis Hotel on Tuesday in New York City {Photos}{Photos}

-Sophie, Countess of Wessex visited Norden Farm in Maidenhead, England on Wednesday as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations {Source}. Also on Wednesday, she visited  Shooting Star CHASE’s hospice in Hampton where she met and spent time with four families,  visited the Music Therapy room and joined in a sing-a-long session with the children {Source}.

-Princess Eugenie of York pledged to be part of a £15 million appeal to raise money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to build an accommodation unit for the families of child patients, which will be named Princess Eugenie House {Source}.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall & Michael Tindall's plans for a holiday home in Portugal have recently been tabled, at least for now due to financial problems with the construction company {Source}.

-Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended the inaugural launch of Sundance London Film and Music Festival at the US Embassy on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Michael of Kent attended the launch of Orient-Express: A Personal Journey by James Sherwood and Ivan Fallon aboard the British Pullman train at Victoria Station on Wednesday {Photos}.

Japan


-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko visited Toyko Sky Tree, the world's tallest stand-alone communication tower and the city's newest tour attraction on Thursday {Source}.

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa & Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke  began their three-day state visit to Germany on Monday. See Here for a full recap.

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa announced the engagment of their son, Guiillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke to Comtess Stéphanie de Lannoy on Thursday {Source}.

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & his fiancee, Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy attended a luncheon to celebrate their engagement at Château de Berg on Friday {Video}{Source}.

-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & his fiancee, Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy attended a press confrence to answer questions from journalists and pose for photographers at Château de Berg on Friday {Video}{Video}{Source}.

Monaco


-Prince Albert attended the 18th International Hydrographic Conference and held a working lunch with the European Comissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanak on Monday {Photo}{Photo}{Source}. On Sunday, he participated in a bicycle ride from St. Tropez, France to Monaco as a fundraiser for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation {Photos}.


-Princess Charlene inaugurated "Turtle Island"  at the Oceanographic Museum on Tuesday {Photos} {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Video, at 1:00, in French}{Source (with video, in French)}{Source}.

-Princess Charlene, Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy awarded prizes at the International Dog Show in Monaco on Friday {Photo}{Photos}. Princess Charlene's youngest brother also attended.

The Netherlands


-Queen Beatrix opened the Klok & Peel Museum in Asten, The Netherlands on Tuesday {Video}. On Tuesday afternoon, she visited the National Bricklaying and Building Championships in Barneveld, The Netherlands {Photos}{Photos}. On Wednesday, she visited Oranienbaum, Germany where she attended the inauguration of the exhibition,Dutch Design: Huis van Oranje, held at the newly restored Schloss Oranienbaum {Photos}.

-Queen Beatrix,Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, Princess Maxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Margiet, Princess Laurentien, Princess Marilene, Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Aimee, Princess Annette, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, Prince Bernhard celebrated  Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photo}{Photos}

-Prince Friso & Princess Mabel celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Norway


-Hakon, Crown Prince, Princess Mette-Mairit & Prince Sverre Magnus attended the opening of Global Shapers at Skaugum on Friday {Photos}


-Maud Angelica Behn celebrated her 9th birthday on Sunday.

Spain


-King Juan Carlos held an audience with the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and then with director of the Instituto Cervantes, Mr. Víctor García de la Concha {Source}. He also ended up back in the hospital on Thursday evening, due to complications from his hip incident {Source}.


-Queen Sofia visited the town of Rioja Ezcaray to preside over the opening of the Theatre Royal Textile Factory on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia of Asturias held audiences with representatives from DIRCOM, members of the FEDEPE as well as the winners from the XXth Edición de los Premios de Dicha Federación on Wednesday {Video}{Photos}.

-Infanta Sofia celebrated her 5th birthday on Sunday.

-Infanta Elena held an audience with the organizers and contributors to the XII edition of the campaign "A toy, an illusion" on Tuesday {Source}.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustav presided over the Foundation Young Leadership scholarship Ceremony where he presented scholarships  to three leaders in action demonstrated good leadership and who are good role models for others on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, he held audiences at the Royal Palace {Source}.

-Queen Silvia opened the garden exhibition "Garden and gardener at Drottningholm and Ekero - looks good and under 350 years" in the Drottningholm Palace on Friday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel attended 13th National Conference on "Sustainable health care" at Norra Latin in Stockholm on Thursday {Source}.


-Princess Madeleine attended the 7th Annual Opera News Awards on Sunday in New York, NY {Photos}

Royal Profile: Maud Angelica Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003, in Olso, Norway, the eldest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, and the eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of her maternal grandfather, maternal uncle, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth; her mother's cousin Marianne Ulrichsen, Kåre Conradi and Trond Giske.

At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. She has two younger sisters, Leah, and Emma. Her cousins are future Norweigen Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attends this school. Presently, Maud is in her third year at the school.

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1946, the middle child of King Fredrick XI and Queen Ingrid. She has two sisters-Queen Margarethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. 

Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, her maternal grandfather King Gustav V of Sweden, her maternal uncle, Count Sigvard Bernadotte of Wisborg, her maternal cousin Sir Alexander Ramsay, her cousin, The Queen Mum of the United Kingdom, her paternal aunt Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, Princess Margaret of Denmark, and  Princess Ingeborg of Sweden.

Princess Benedikte is very much involved in the scout/guide organization in Denmark as well as internationally. When she was a child, a special scout unit was created, so that she could join the guides. Now her involvement is more at the organisational level as she is chairman for Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark). She is protector for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association). In addition she is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS), a support organisation for the international girl guide/scout organisation WAGGGS. She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007 she was awarded with a prize of honor by this Scout association for adults.

She married on 3 February 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Together, they have three children, and three grandchildren:

1. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
2. Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg  (1970)
          A. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
          B. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
3. Princess Nathalie Xenia Margarete Benedikte  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,(1975) 
          A. Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)

Royal Profile: HRH Infanta Sofia of Spain

Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the daughters of the Prince and Prinesss of Austrias, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos.  She was born at 4:50 pm in the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid by means of a caesarean section, two days after Letizia's due date. She weighed 3.3 kg (7 lbs. 4 oz.) and was 50 cm (19.6 inches) long at birth. 

She is third in line for the Spanish throne after her father and sister. 

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.  Her godparents are Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) and The Prince of Vidin.

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister  at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her second year at the school.

Through her grandparents, she is related to the British (through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Sofia is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter), Greek (her grandmother is King Constantine's sister), Denmark (she is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side) monarchies.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange

Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange was born 27 April 1967, the eldest child of Queen Beatix and Prince Claus. He has two younger brothers, Prince Friso and Prince Constanjn of The Netherlands.  He was baptised as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church on 2 September 1967  in Saint Jacob's Church in The Hague. His godparents are Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck, Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Prince Willem-Alexander attended Nieuwe Baarnse Elementary School in Baarn from 1973 to 1979. He went to three different high schools: the Baarns Lyceum in Baarn from 1979 to 1981, the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague from 1981 to 1983, and the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales near Llantwit Major (1983 to 1985),  where he received his International Baccalaureate.  After high school he performed military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987. He received his training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, where he was an ensign. In 1988, he received additional training at the ship HNLMS Van Kinsbergen and became a lieutenant (junior grade). 

From 1987-1993, the heir to the Dutch throne attended Leiden University, where he studied history. 

He hold several national and international positions, including  honorary member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century and patron of the Global Water Partnership,Chairperson of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation,  Raad van State,  he holds commissions in the Dutch Army (as brigadier), Navy (as commandeur) and Air Force (as commodore), patron of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee until 1998 until he was inducted as a member of the International Olympic Committee. 

He is an avid sportsman. Using the name "W.A. van Buren", one of the less well-known titles of the House of Orange-Nassau, he has participated in the New York City Marathon, where his aunt, Princess Christina, and several cousins live. In the Netherlands, he was a participant in the Frisian Eleven Cities ice skating marathon, aka the Elfstedentocht.  The Prince was seen cheering on the Netherlands' national football team during their hosting year, at Euro 2000, always wearing an orange vest.  Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife travelled to South Africa to support the national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He married Argentine Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971) at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 2 February 2002. Together, they have three daughters:
  1. HRH Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria (2003)
  2. HRH Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien (2005)
  3. HRH Princess Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés (2007)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Royal Profile:Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

After announcing her engagement on Thursday (and making it official on Friday with a reception at the Grand Ducal Palace), I thought you might be interested in knowing more about our latest Royal Bride to be....

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy was born 18 February 1984, the daughter of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Alix della Faille de Leverghem. She grew up with seven older siblings (four brothers, and three sisters) on the family's estate, Château d'Anvaing in Ronse, East Flanders, Belgium.

For her education, the Countess has resided in various parts of the world, including Belgium, France, Germany and Russia. She attended school Sancta Maria de Ronse and Institut de la Vierge Fidèle in Belgium, Collège Saint-Odile in France, Russian Literature and langugae classes in Moscow, Russia, and majored in German Philology at Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium. She also obtained a Masters degree in Berlin, Germany. During her Masters she interned at L'Agence Wallone à l'Exportation in Berlin, Germany.

Like her future husband, she is fluent in several languages, including French, English, German and Russian. She also is an avid sportswoman, with interests in swimming and skiing. She also enjoys music and foreign languages. She plays the violin.

Upon her marriage, she will become Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and likely eventually, Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg.

She is the paternal granddaughter of Count Paul & Princess Beatrice de Ligne, making her a distant cousin of the Princely House of Ligne, Belgium Royal and former Brazilian Royal Families (I haven't found the exact connection yet, so if anyone has it, Please let me know. Thanks. @TheRoyalFanzine on Twitter or on Tumblr. As of right now, I can say that she is a distant cousin on all ends.).

She and the Hereditary Grand Duke have been dating for close to two years. It has been speculated for awhile that they would announce their engagement soon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recap: Luxembourg Royals visit Germany

Day 1 (April 23)


Upon their arrival at Berlin Tegel airport Monday morning, they were greeted by 21 canon volleys. German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt welcomed Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at their home Bellevue Palace with military honours on Monday. In the afternoon, the Grand Ducal couple meet Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit before visiting the Neue Wache, the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny. In the evening they attended  a gala dinner at Bellevue Palace. {Source}. {Photos}.

Day 2 (April 24)


The Grand Duke met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Brandenburg Minister President Matthias Platzeck {Photos}. Meanwhile, the Grandduchess attended a conference on climate change and attended a meeting on micro finance.

Meanwhile, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke,  will join the delegation of German and Luxembourg officials for a talk on the future of the eurozone together.

Day 3 (April 25)

On their last day, members of the Luxembourger delegation, and Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, visited  Hanover, Germany, to attend the Luxembourg day at the industrial fair. Meanwhile, the future Grand Duke's parents will head to eastern German state Thuringia to visit the Fraunhofer research institute, as well as visiting Weimar together with Culture Minister Modert.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Royal Profile: HIRH Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este  was born 23 April 2003 in Brussels, Belgium, the fifth child of Archduke Lorenz and Archduchess Astrid of Austria-Este. She has four older siblings:  Prince Amedeo (b. 1986), Prince Joachim (b. 1991),  Princess Maria Laura (b. 1988) and  Princess Luisa Maria (b. 1995). She is presently 11th in line for the Belgium throne.

She began attending Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in September 2008 {Photos}. Presently, she is in cycle 2, year 4 in her education. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: April 16-22

Belgium

-Princess Eléonore  celebrated her 4th birthday on Monday.


Denmark


-Queen Margerethe II celebrated her 72nd birthday on Monday.

-Queen Margerethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort released new photos of themselves on Thursday {Photos}


-Queen Margerethe, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Felix, Prince Nikolai, Prince Henrik and Princess NN appeared on the Amilemberg Palace balcony in honor of Queen Margerethe's 72nd birthday on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik along Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie attended the funeral of the late Mr. Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller on Saturday {Video}{Photos}.

-Henrik, Prince Consort attended the inauguration of the newly restored Borrebys Theatre in Skælskør, Denmark on Thursday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik participated in the 2012 School Olympics held at the Søndre School in Viborg, Denmark on Tuesday {Video} {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Mary participated in the Children's Aid Day 'Little Brother Prize' event held at the Rådhus in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, She participated in the opening of Research Day 2012 at the University of Copenhagen, where she awarded Dr. Albert Gjedde with the Research Communication Award 2012 {Photos}.

-Princess Isabella celebrated her 5th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception at Windsor Castle, "...for members of the Royal Engineers Association.", where she was "...presented with two park benches to mark her Diamond Jubilee" as a gift from the members of the Royal Engineers Association on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Anne, The Princess Royal arrived in South Africa on Monday as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour where she spent three days before moving on to . Check back for a recap!

Greece


-Queen Anne-Marie attended the funeral of the late Mr. Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller on Saturday {Video}

Japan


-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko attended garden party for "... 2,500 dignitaries and foreign envoys..." at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Thursday {Photos}. 

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri celbrated his 57th birthday on Monday. He held an audience with United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon at the Grand Ducal palace in Luxembourg on Tuesday {Source}.

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa & Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke attended a private dinner in honor of the UN Secretary General on Tuesday {Source}.

-Grand Duke Henri  & Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke held an audience at the Grand Ducal Palace with leaders of diplomatic missions and representatives from the Diplomatic Conference 2012 on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Sébastien celebrated his 20th birthday on Monday.

Lesotho


-Prince Seeiso celebrated his 46th birthday on Monday.


Liechtenstein 


-Prince Georg, Count of Rietberg celebrated his 13th birthday on Sunday.

Monaco


-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy attended day one of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament on Monday {Photos}. The group, along with Prince Albert's best man and his wife Chris and Vickie Le Vine, and the Crown Princely couple of Yugoslavia attended the final match between Nadal and Djokovic attended the finals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Albert attended the award ceremony of the La Prairie Award at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco on Tuesday {Photos}. On Saturday, he played a friendly tennis match as part of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament in Monaco {Photos} before attending the professional match {Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover visited the new exhibit "Group sign 1971-1974" The Art of Street Museum?»» on Friday {Source}.

-Princess Stephanie appeared on Monaco Radio's Jungle Fight show on Thursday {Source} {Photo}{Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy &  Donatella Knecht de Massy attended the Conservation Guardians Rockin' For Rhinos event on Thursday evening, and the Jason Hartman concert on Friday evening {Source} {Photo} {Photo}{Video}

-Vittoria Knecht de Massy celebrated her 4th birthday on Wednesday.

The Netherlands


-Prince Williem-Alexander & Princess Maxima purchased a villa near the Greek town of Kranidi {Source}{Source}


Spain


-King Juan Carlos has been requested to meet with WWF  España in regards to his latest scandal on Monday {Source}. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday, and while leaving he issued a public appology for his recent actions {Video}


-Queen Sofia visited her husband in the hospital for less than a half hour on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she attended the Fundación Mapfre Awards in Madrid {Source}.

-Felipe, Prince of Austrias & Princess Letizia of Austrias hosted a luncheon for the 2012 Cervantes Award at the Royal Palace on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias participated in the 50th anniversary of the Club Internacional de Prensa held at the Jardines de Cecilio Rodriguez in Madrid on Wednesday {Photo}.

-Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón was released from the hospital after his recent accident on Monday into his mother's custody, where he will continue to recover at home {Source}.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustav attended a  foreign relations committee at the Royal Palace on Monday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustav & Queen Silvia toured the Sweden-Finnish schoolKarolinska Institutet and Science For Life Lab and ate lunch on the SS Stockholm on Wednesday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustav, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Phillip attended a gala dinner in honor of Findland's president on Tuesday {Source}{Video}.

-Queen Silvia bought the first Mayflower pin, per tradition on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Carl Philip attended the opening of Forest Industry Week at Norra Latin in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Madeleine visited Washington, D.C. to attend a memorial ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday {Photos}{Source}.

Yugoslavia


-Crown Prince Alexander & Crown Princess Katharine  attended the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tournament on Saturday {Photos} (also, note Athina Onassis attended). They also attended the final match on Sunday {Photos}

{TRF members: Lurking again...a couple of things:

  1. Daniel Ducruet is 100% Italian, not French. Thus why he speaks "good Italian". He grew up in France though.
  2. Louis likely has not yet graduated, and will graduate with a degree in general studies as his present school (SKEMA Business School, not University of Sophia Antipolois)doesn't offer a bachelors in anything else, and it won't be until next year as graduation photos are taken a year in advance and the program is a 3 year program. Afterward, he should be moving on to get his masters in Sports Management from SKEMA, which is a program they offer.
  3. Martine Malbouvier is the mother of Michael Ducruet. She is a former girlfriend of Daniel's, from 1990-1991.}

Royal Profile: HSH Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg was born 22 April 1999 in  Grabs, Switzerland, the second son of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg and Sophie,  Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg. He has two older siblings,  HSH Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg and  HSH Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg, and one younger brother  Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Isabella of Denmark

   Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark was born 21 April 2007, the second child and oldest daughter of the Crown Princely Couple of Denmark. She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Margarethe and Prince Henrik, and their fourth grandchild. After her father and older brother, she is presently third in line for the Danish throne.

The infant Princess' birth coincided with the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the Danish throne of her great-grandfather, Frederick IX. She shares her birthday with third cousin-twice removed, Queen Elizabeth II.

Isabella's christening took place on 1 July 2007, at the chapel of Fredensborg Palace. She wore the same christening gown her older brother, Prince Christian, had worn at his christening the year before and that Glücksborg princes and princesses in the main line had worn since the christening of Christian X in 1870. Her name was announced as Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe. Her godparents are The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Nadine Johnston, Christian Buchwald, Peter Heering and Marie Louise Skeel.

She was named for Isabella for the queen-consort of King Christian II, Henrietta for her late maternal grandmother, Ingrid for her paternal great grandmother and Margrethe for her paternal grandmother.

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil. In January 2011, she began attending  Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Diamond Jubilee 2012: Prince Richard, Duke of Glochester visits Malta

April 13 (Day 1)


Prince Richard, Duke of Glochester paid courtsey visits to President George Abela and Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi {source}.

April 14 (Day 2)


The Duke attended a reception to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's accession to the Throne at the Lower Barrakka Gardens where he planted a tree to commerate his visit and the Diamond Jubilee {Source}.

April 15 (Day 3)


The Duke was present at the re-enactment of the presentation of the George Cross to Malta in the Palace Square where he made a speech and delivered a message on Queen Elizabeth's behalf.


April 16 (Day 4)


The Duke visited the newly resorted war museum in the morning {Source}. The Duke of Gochester also attended an inauguration of a memorial to Private Charles McCorrie at the Msida Bastion garden {Source}

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Royal Profile: Sayako Kuroda

Sayako Kuroda (formerly HIH The Princess Nori) is the only daughter and third child of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. She married a commonor in 2005, thus giving up her Imperial status as required by law.

She was born 18 April 1969. For her education, she studied Japanese Language and Literature at Gakushuin University, graduating in 1992. Later that same year, she became a research associate at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, where she specialized in the study of kingfishers. A few years later, in 1998, she was promoted to researcher at the same institute, where she has continued her research and submitted various articles about birds to various academic journals.

On 30 December 2004, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement of Princess Nori to Yoshiki Kuroda, a 40-year-old urban designer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a longtime friend of Prince Akishino. They were wed on 15 November 2005, at which time the former princess gave up her imperial family status and most of the perks that go along with it.

She often represents her parents and brother around Japan. Recently, it has been reported that she resigned from her job as an ornithologist in order to focus on her family life and potential motherhood. While she will no longer be entitled to an imperial allowance, she reportedly received a dowry of over one million dollars.

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.

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, mostly covered by the watermark) in July 2011.

She is presently in the last year of Instut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré's nursery school division. 

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.

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. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Seeiso of Lesotho

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho was born 16 April 1966, the younger son of the late King Moshoeshoe II (1938–1996) and the late Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso (1941–2003). His brother is presently King Letsie III.

He married Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho. They have three children - Prince Bereng Constantine Seeiso, Princess Masentle Tabitha Seeiso and Prince Maupha David Seeiso.

Presently, he is Lesotho High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

In 2006, along side Prince Harry of Wales, he created a charity called Sentebale to support organizations working with Lesotho's disadvantaged young people and children, particularly those orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS.

Royal Profile: HM Queen Margrethe 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. Her godparents were King Christian X of Denmark, Prince Knud of Denmark, Prince Axel of Denmark, King Gustaf V of Sweden, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. She was named Margrethe after her maternal grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught, Alexandrine after her paternal grandmother, Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Ingrid after her mother.

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

She was educated at Zahles Skole between 1949 and 1955. During 1946-1949, she was educated by tutors from Zahles Skole at Amalienbourg Palace. In the 1955-1956 school year, she was a border at North Foreland Lodge in Hampshire, England. After receiving private lessons, she graduated from Zahles Skole with an upper secondary exam certificiate (language line) in 1959. Between 1960 and 1965, HM The Queen studied at universities in Denmark and other European countries. 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. 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.

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

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

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.

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

The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne but only secondarily. On the occasion of her accession to the throne on 14January 1972, HM Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession. 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.

On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent married Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde deMonpezat, who in connection with the marriage became HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. 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:
1. Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian(26 May 1968)
       a.    Prince Christian  Valdemar Henri John (15 October 2005)
       b.    Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (21 April 2007)
       c.    Prince Vincent Frederick Minik Alexander (8 January 2011)
       d.   Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Matilda (8 January 2011)
2. Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian (7 June 1969)
       a.    Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik (28 August 1999)
       b.    Prince Felix Henrik Valdermar Christian (22 July 2002)
       c.    Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain (4 May 2009)
       d.  Princess Athena  Marguerite Françoise Marie (24 January 2012)

In 2012, Queen Margrethe celebrated her Ruby Jubilee.



Royal Profile: HRH Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie of Belgium is the younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Brabant. She has three older siblings, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel, and Prince Emmanuel.

She was born 16 April 2008 at 4:50am at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. She weighed 3.2 kg (7.055 pounds) and was 50 cm (19.7 inches) long at birth.

She was baptised on 14 June 2008 in the chapel of Ciergnon Castle in the Belgian Ardennes, by Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Her godparents are Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Claire of Belgium, and 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).

Unlike her older siblings, she does not attend school, as she is only four years old! She will likely attend Sint-Jan Berchmanscolleg, which was previously attended by her much older cousins, and presently attended by her older siblings.

Royal Profile:HRH Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1955 at Betzdorf Castle in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, the eldest son of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. His maternal grandparents were King Leopold III of Belgium and Astrid of Sweden. He is a nephew of the current King of the Belgians, Albert II. He has four siblings: Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria (b. 1954), Prince Jean of Luxembourg (b. 1957), Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (b. 1957) and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (b. 1963).

Grand Duke Henri became Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg on 12 November 1964 and was educated in Luxembourg and in France, where he obtained his baccalaureate in 1974. He then studied political sciences at University of Geneva, graduating in 1980. The Grand Duke also undertook military officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England.

While studying in Geneva, he met another political science student,  María Teresa Mestre y Batista, who he would marry on 4 February/14 February 1981 with the previous consent of the Grand Duke, dated 7 November 1980. Together, they have five children and two grandchildren:
  1. Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (11 November 1981)
  2. Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume (3 June 1984)
  3. Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume (3 August 1986)
    1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny of Nassau (born 12 March 2006)
    2. Prince Noah Guillaume of Nassau (born 21 September 2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine (16 February 1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume (16 April 1992)
He became heir apparent to the Luxembourg throne on the abdication of his paternal grandmother, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, on 12 November 1964. From 1980 to 1998, he was a member of the Council of State. On 4 March 1998, Prince Henri was appointed as Lieutenant Representative by his father, Grand Duke Jean, meaning that he assumed most of his father's constitutional powers. On 7 October 2000, immediately following the abdication of his father, Henri acceded as Grand Duke of Luxembourg and took the constitutional oath before the Chamber of Deputies later that day.

As a head to a constitutional monarchy, his powers are limited, primarily to represent Luxembourg, however he has the power to appoint the prime minister and government officials. Grand Duke Henri is Commander-in-Chief of the Luxembourg Army, in which he holds the rank of General. He is also an Honorary Major in the British Parachute Regiment.

Royal Profile HRH Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg was born on 16 April 1992 on his father's 37th birthday in Luxembourg. He is the fifth child, and youngest son of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. He has four older siblings, three brothers and a sister: Guillaume, Félix, Louis and Alexandra. At present, he is forth in line for the Luxembourg throne, after his three older siblings-his brother Prince Louis gave up his rights to the throne in 2006.

He attended St. George's International School Luxembourg, Summer Fields School, Ampleforth College and the International School of Luxembourg, where he earned the International Bacclautate in 2011. Currently, he attends university in the United States where he prepares a bachelor in "Marketing and Communication."

Prince Sébastien fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German and English, and also has knowledge of Spanish.

When he is not attending to his education, he attends official events in Luxembourg. He is patron of the Federation of Luxembourg Swimming and Lifesaving. He is also an active sportsman, he also participates in rock climbing, skiing, swimming and rugby. At his university, he participates in his rugby team and is a holder for Luxembourg's National Team. He is also a passionate traveler and art lover.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: April 9-15

Belgium


-Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant celebrated his 52nd birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Princess Astrid, Achduchess of Austria-Este visited Singapore & Indonesia. Check back here for a full report later.

Denmark


-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort attended the Fakkeltog Ceremony on Monday {Source}

-Queen Margrethe II began her 3 day state visit to Rome, Italy on Wednesday {Photos}.


-Crown Princess Mary visited the KFUM’s Soldatermission (Soldiers Mission) in Fredericia, Denmark on Tuesday, where she was greeted by Secretary-General Per Møller Henriksen, the KRUM’s Soldatermission Home Manager, Ms. Esther Kofoed as well as other military personnel and their families before taking a tour of the facility and attending a luncheon and mingling with families {Photos}

Great Britain


-Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary on Monday.


-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall has been appointed to the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order{Source}.

-Prince Harry attended the end-of-term play of his godson, Master Fred Pettifer {Source}

-Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex opened the new cancer hospital, The Christie, in Manchester on Monday.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex pulled out of assisting with the opening of Manchester's cancer hospital The Christie after her daughter fell from a pony (see below) {Source}. On Friday, she attended  a concert supporting the Transform Housing & Support, performed by the Epworth Choir, at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey {Source}

-Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor fell from a pony in a ridding accident and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. It was revealed later that the young princess has a broken left arm. {Source}.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips attended the Eyton Races on Wednesday {Source}.

Japan


-Emperor Akihito & Emperess Michiko celebrated their 53rd anniversary on Thursday.

-Emperor Akihito held an audience with  King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain at the Imperial Palace before attending a luncheon with various Japanese and Bahrain officials on Thursday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Naruhito held an audience with the Bulgarian Parliament Chairperson Ms. Tsetska Tsacheva at Akasaka Palace. The purpose of the meeting, according to the Bulgarian News Agency, was to"... strengthen ties between Japan and Bulgaria."{Source}. On Friday, he  held an audience with "... Palestinian President, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas at Togu Palace..." in Tokyo {Photos}.

-Crown Princess Masako has recently been suffering an unknown illness that may worsen from fatigue. It will be time before she slowly can resume her duties  {Source}.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Tatjana celebrated her 39th birthday on Tuesday.

Malaysia


-King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah was installed as the 14th king on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}.

Monaco


-Prince Albert visited the WIMA 2012 Event in Monaco on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, he attended and presided over the first meeting of the year of the Prince Albert II Foundation {Photo}.

-Princess Caroline attended the General Conference of AMADE in Monaco on Friday {Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended  Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the 70s Exhibition Preview & Cocktail Reception & the Cartier Juste un Clou After Party at Skylight Studio in New York City on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}. She was also spotted out and about in NYC shopping with a friend {Photos}.


The Netherlands


-Princess Maxima participated at the 1st UN Review Confrence on Micro-Insurance at the University of Twente on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, she visited where she visited the Stichting Piëzo (Foundation Piëzo) in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands {Photo}

-Princess Ariane celebrated her 5th birthday on Tuesday{Source}.

Spain


-King Juan Carlos underwent hip surgery after fall on Saturday {Source}

-Queen Sofia attended the 2011 Reina Sofia Awards held at Zarzuela Palace on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena, Prince Felipe of Austrias, Infanta Leonor & Infanta Sofia visited their son, grandson, nephew and cousin, Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón in the hospital, where he is recovering from an unfortunate accident on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Letizia of Austrias  attends STELA Business Club Annual Dinner at 3 Olivos Center in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday {Photos}

-Don Felipe de Marichalar y Borbón accidently shot himself in the foot on Monday while vacationing with his father during his Easter break {Source}.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustav & Queen Silvia  hosted lunch for the party leader Stefan Löfven on Friday {Source}.

-Queen Silvia visited the Swedish city of Alingsås, while there, she visited an elderly home, before attending  the National medical conference in palliative care and visiting Alingsås Hospital and the palliative care unit there on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel visited AB Volvo in Gothenburg where he attended a presentation and toured the facility {Source}

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant

Prince Philippe Léopold Louis Marie of Belgium, The Duke of Brabant was born 15 April 1960, the eldest son (thus heir-apparent to) of Albert II, King of the Belgians and Queen Paola. His godparents were King Leopold III of the Belgians, and  Donna Luisa, Princess Ruffo di Calabria.

He attended both French and Dutch primary and secondary schools before attending Royal Military Academy from which he graduated in 1981, upon graduation, he qualified as fighter pilot (1982) and as a paratrooper- and commando officer before assuming command over a paratrooper platoon. The Prince's military career further led him to his current rank of Lieutenant-General and Vice Admiral in the Armed Forces (as from March 2010).

He continued his academic career at Trinity College, University of Oxford (UK) and at the Graduate School of Stanford University (USA) where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in political science in 1985. He also has an honorary doctorate from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which was conferred in 2002.

Due to his increased engagements in the early 1990s, he was given his own household in 1992. on 6 August 1993, the Government appointed Prince Phillippe Honorary Chairman of the Belgian Foreign Trade Board, succeeding his father who had held the position since 1962. In June 1994, he was appointed a member of the senate. In May 1997, Prince Philippe was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development, created after the Conference of Rio. 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.On 3 May 2003, Prince Philippe was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Foreign Trade Agency replacing the BFTB.In 2003, Prince Philippe became Honorary Chairman of BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries). Since 2004, Prince Philippe is also Honorary Chairman of the European Chapter of the Club of Rome and of the International Polar Foundation. In May 2004, Prince Philippe obtained his licence as a civilian helicopter pilot.

In his personal life, he spends his leisure moments with his family, reading, and playing sports. He married Miss Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz on 4 December 1999. Together, they have four children, two daughters and two sons:
  1. Princess Elisabeth (24 October 2001)
  2. Prince Gabriel (20 August 2003)
  3. Prince Emmanuel (4 October 2005)
  4. Princess Eléonore (16 April 2008)

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 18-24, 2017

Belgium -King Philippe  held a surprise audience with the  okan-Class (Brussels) of the Magdalena Maria Institute on Tuesday { Photos } ...