Monday, May 28, 2012

Monaco Grand Prix Week 2012

May 22

 Prince Albert, Princess Alexandra and Louis Ducruet played for the All-Star Team in the soccer match against the Formula 1 drivers as a benefit for the Princess Charlene Foundation. Princess Charlene, Princess Stephanie, Pauline Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb watched from the stands and joined the others after the game {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

May 24

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert attended the second practice session of the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix. They mingled with security staff and drivers {Photos}.

May 25

Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, Charlene's younger brother Gareth Wittstock and his girlfriend Irish model Rosin Gavlin attended the 2012 Amber Lounge Fashion Show & Charity Auction {Photos}. The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Castro also attended {Photos}

May 26

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert paid a visit to the special tribune of handicap people association of Monaco {Photos}.

May 27

 Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Pierre Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi, and The Countess of Wessex attended the 70th annual Grand Prix de Monaco {Video}. After the Grand Prix was over, The Prince and Princess, and Countess of Wessex attended the Gala event where they  mingled with the winners {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee luncheon & Gala Dinner May 18, 2012

Attendees included:


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayan


King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa
Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim al-Khalifa


King Albert II
Queen Paola


Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh
Prince Charles of Wales
The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Harry
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Eugenie of York
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex
Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester
The Duchess of Glouchester
Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent
Princess Alexandra of Kent


Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei
Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha


Queen Margarethe II
Henrik, Prince Consort


King Constantine II
Queen Anne-Marie


Emperor Akihito
Empress Michiko


King Abdullah
Queen Rania 


King Letsie III
Queen Mesenate Mohato Seeiso


Grand Duke Henri
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa


Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV


Prince Albert
Princess Charlene


Princess Lalla Meryem


Queen Beatrix
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander
Princess Maxima


King Harald
Queen Sojna


Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned


The Crown Prince
Princess Srirasm

King Tupou VI
The Queen  of Tonga


King Michael I
Crown Princess Margarita


Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud


Inkhosikati LaMbikiza of Swaziland


King Carl XVI Gustav
Queen Silvia


Crown Prince Alexander II
Crown Princess Katherine


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baptism of Princess Estelle of Sweden


Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden
Prince Daniel of Sweden

Place in line: 2nd after her mother

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I predicted the following will be godparents:
  1. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (“Mary” has to come from somewhere + CP V is also her son Christian’s godmother)
  2. Anna Westling
  3. Willem-Alexander, Prince of Oranje (his eldest is her godchild) It was CONFIRMED the night before!
  4. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (his oldest is CP Victoria’s godchild…so why not?+ his father is CP Victoria’s godfather. He is the future king of Norway…so yeah)
  5. Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium (his youngest is CP Victoria’s godchild…so why not?)
  6. And either Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy or The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg or one of Queen Silvia’s or Daniel’s family since a TON of them were invited
I ended up with 4/5 right on this one. See the indicated below.


GOD PARENTS are indicated by a **


King Carl XVI Gustaf
Queen Silvia
Crown Princess Victoria
Prince Daniel
Prince Carl Philip**
Princess Madeleine
Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler
 Princess Birgitta,
Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern
Sir Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach
Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld
Baron Carl Silfverschiöld 
Baroness Maria Silfverschiöld
Baron Hans De Geer 
Baroness Christina Louise De Geer,
Baron Ian de Geer
Hélène Silfverschiöld 
Mr. Frederick Diterle
Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson 
Generals Tord Magnuson
Gustaf Magnuson 
Ms. Vicky Andren
Oscar Magnuson 
Mrs. Emma Magnuson
Mr. Victor Magnuson 
Ms. Frida Bergström
Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg
Countess Gunnila Bernadotte af Wisborg
Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg 
Countess Jill Bernadotte af Wisborg
Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin 
(and of course, Princess Estelle ;)) 

HM The Queen's family

Mr.. Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath
Mrs.. Charlotte de Toledo Sommerlath
Mr. Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath 
Ms.. Bettina Aussems
Mrs. Carmita Sommerlath Baudinet 
Monsieur Pierre Baudinet
Mr. Walther L. Sommerlath
Mr. Patrick Sommerlath 
Mrs. Maline Sommerlath
Mr. Leopold Lundén Sommerlath

Prince Daniel's family

Mr. Olle Westling
Mrs Ewa Westling
Mrs. Anna Westling Soderstrom**
 Michael Westling Soderstrom
Miss Hedvig Flowers
Miss Vera Floral
Mr. Casper Soderstrom
Miss Caisa Soderstrom
Mr. Olle Henriksson
Mrs. Anita Henriksson
Farmers Tommy Henriksson
Hans Henriksson 
Mrs. Marika Henriksson
Mr. Nils Westling 
Mrs. Ann-Catrin Westling
Miss Sara Westling
Mr. Benji Bessemer
Miss Frida Westling
Mr. Robert Tate
Mr. Andreas Westling
Mrs. Amanda Tegner
Mr. Hans Astrom
Mrs. Anna-Britta Åström
Hans Astrom
 Helena Olsson
Mr. Anders Åström\
Mrs. Kety Lund 
Ms. Anna -Karin Åström 
Wigren Christer
Mr. Eric Westling 
Mrs Birgitta Westling
Mr. Ove Westling 
Mrs Yvonne Westling
Mr. Bo Westling
Mrs Carina Westling


Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant
Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant


Queen Margarethe
Henrik, Prince Consort
Crown Prince Fredrik
Crown Princess Mary**


HE President Niinistö
Mrs. Haukio


Mrs. Dorrit Moussaieff


Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke
Comtess Stéphanie de Lannoy


Willem-Alexander, Prince of Oranje**
Princess Máxima


Crown Prince Haakon**
Princess Martha Louise
Mr Ari Behn


The Speaker Per Westerberg and Psychiatrists Ylwa Westerberg
Second Vice President Ulf Holm (mp)
Third Vice President Liselott Hagberg, (fp), and Police Inspector George Hagberg
Parliamentary Director Kathrin Flossing

Party Leader of Sweden

Party Leader Stefan Löfven, (s), and the assistant Ulla Löfven
Gustav Fridolin Spokesman, (mp), and Mrs. Jennie Fridolin
Party Leader Åkesson, (sd), and Miss Louise Erixon


Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, (m)
The Council of State Jan Björklund (Liberal) Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, and Communications Anette Brifalk Bjorklund
Government Beatrice Ask, (m) Justice
Government Maria Larsson (Christian Democrat) Children and the Elderly Minister, and Mr. Gunnar Larsson
Government Eskil Erlandsson, (c) Rural Affairs, and Attorney Susan Adlercreutz
Government Gunilla Carlsson, (m) Cooperation and Veterinarian David Weckner
Government Anders Borg, (m), Finance, and Teacher Susanna Borg
Government Ms Sabuni, (fp) Equality
Government Tobias Billström ( m), Migration, and Environmental consultant Sofia Billström
Government Lena Adelsohn Roth, (m), Culture, and Ex. Governor Ulf Adelsohn
Government Birgitta Ohlsson (Liberal Party), Minister for European Affairs
Government Stefan Attefall, (kd) Civil and Housing Minister, and Officer Cecilia Attefall
Government Ulf Kristersson, (m), Minister for Social Security, and PR consultant Bridget Ed Kristersson
Government Catharina Elmsäter-Sword , (m) Infrastructure Minister, and Mr. Vidar Sword
Government Erik Ullenhag, (Lib) Minister for Integration
Government Anna-Karin Hatt, (c) ICT and Energy
Government Ek, (C) Minister of the Environment
Government Annie Loof, (c) Economic Development and Regional Affairs
Government Karin Enström, (m) of Defence and Col. As Anders Enström

State Secretary Gunnar Wieslander, Prime Minister and State Secretary Bettina Kashefi
Secretary Catherine Areskoug Mascarenhas, Prime Minister's Office, and Sales Manager Michael Mascarenhas
Secretary Minna Ljunggren, Department of Justice
State Secretary Susanne Ackum, Ministry of Finance, and Mr. Gunnar Wetterberg

Fv. Speaker Thage G. Peterson and Librarian Marion Peterson
Fv. Madam Speaker Birgitta Dahl and Editor in Chief Enn Kokk
Fv. The Speaker Björn von Sydow (s), and Chief Madeleine von Sydow

Fv. Prime Minister Ola Ullsten
Fv. Prime Minister Goran Persson and Director Anitra Steen


Archbishop Anders Wejryd and Head of Training Kajsa Wejryd
Court of Appeal President Frederick Wersäll, Svea Court of Appeal, and Director Anna Wersäll
supreme commander General Sverker Goranson, and Leg. Midwife Ann Goranson
General Thomas Norell, National Property Board, and Mrs. Lena Forssén
Chairman Marianne Lundius, the Supreme Court, and lawyer Johan Gernandt
City Council President Margaret Birch, City of Stockholm, and the Scientific Council Hans Björk
Mayor Sten Nordin, Stockholm, and File. Laws. Hannah Hesser Nordin,
Mayor Irene Svenonius, City of Stockholm, and Procurement Manager Jan Svenonius
Bishop Eva Brunne, the Diocese of Stockholm, and Pastor Ms Lindén
court chaplain Dean, Åke Bonnier, Stockholm Domkyrkoförsamling., and social worker Kristina Gustafsson Bonnier
Rikspolischef Bengt Svenson, the National Police, and Mrs. Elisabeth Hallqvist
Over Commandant Lieutenant General in January Sale Strand, Central Office, and Lieutenant Commander Rose-Marie Jernbäcker
Protocol Chief Ambassador Caroline Vicini
Chair Mats Melin, the Supreme Administrative Court,
the National Prosecutor Anders Perklev, Prosecution, and Court of Appeals Council Ingela Perklev
Prime Herald Henry Klackenberg and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Cecilia Klackenberg

Governors of Sweden

Governor Chris Heister, Stockholm County
Governor Peter Egardt, Uppsala County, and Teacher Lena Egardt
Governor Bo Konberg, Södermanland County, and Mrs. Anita Konberg
Governor Elisabeth Nilsson, Missouri, and Mr. Arne Andersson,
County Governor Minoo Akhtarzand, Jönköping County, and Master Khosro Mirnezami
Governor Kristina Alsér, Kronoberg and Engineering January Alsér
Governor Stefan Carlsson, Kalmar, and Skin Care Therapist Eva Carlsson
Governor Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, Gotland County
Governor Berit Andnor Bylund, Blekinge, and Fd. General Bo Bylund
Governor George Tunhammar, Skåne County, and Jur. Laws.Johanna Tunhammar
Governor Lars-Erik Lövdén, Halland, and Lecturer Christina Lövdén
Governor Lars Bäckström, Stockholm County, and Pre-school teacher Ann-Christin Bäckström
Governor Eva Eriksson, Värmland County, and Entrepreneurs Leif Tengroth
Governor Rose-Marie Frebran, Örebro County., and architect Hans Gunnar Frebran
Governor Ingemar Skogö, Västmanland, and File. Laws. Ingrid Forest
Governor Mary Norrfalk, Dalarna County.
County Governor Barbro Holmberg, the county
Governor Bo Källstrand, Västernorrland County, and District Nurse Eva Källstrand
Governor Britt Bohlin, Jämtland
County Governor Birgitta Heijer, Västerbotten
County Governor Per-Ola Eriksson, Norrbotten County, and Mrs. Lena Eriksson,

President Kenneth Bengtsson, Swedish Enterprise
Mrs. Ann-Kristin Bengtsson


Chairman Göran Arrius, SACO, and Superintendent Magnus Hagberg
Chairman Eva Nordmark, TCO
Ph.D. hc Marcus Storch, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, and Mrs. Gunilla Storch
Chairman Karin Mattsson Weijber, Riksidrottsförbundet


Opera Chief Bridget Svendén, Kungl. Opera, and Director Thomas Svendén
Museum Director Berndt Arell, National Museum
Cabinet Chamberlain Concert Stefan Forsberg and Mrs. Els-Marie Forsberg
Tf. Museum Director Ann Green Hammer, Armoury
Director Eva Hamilton, SVT, and Economics, Karl-Johan von Heland
Editor Jonas Eriksson, TT, and Mrs. Cecilia Eriksson
Press Ombudsman Ola Sigvardsson and Editor Kerstin Weyler
Journalist Goran Åhgren, SVT
Journalist Taneli Männikkö, Correspondent STT / FNB
Journalist Mette B. Estep, NTB
Journalist Henry Huldschiner, Dagens Industri
Journalist Snezana Bozinovska, Göteborgs-Posten
Journalist Ritva Rönnberg TV4 News
Journalist Kai-Ove Kessler, ARD German TV
journalist Bengt Hansell, Swedish Radio
Journalist Anna Lena Wallström, TT
Journalist Alistair Scrutton, Thomson Reuters
Journalist Ywonne Sahlberg, Norrköping Newspapers
Journalist Sofia Wike, Arbetarbladet
Journalist Ms Lindell, magazine S
Journalist Johanna Leo, Swedish Women's Weekly
Journalist Mattias Sandberg, Aftonbladet
journalist Daniel Ryden, Sydsvenskan
Journalist Mrs Sandberg, Metro
Journalist Johan T. Lindwall, Expressen
journalist Mats Hedstrom, Gefle Dagblad
Journalist Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press
Journalist Karin Thunberg, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet
journalist Anna-Liina Kauhanen, Helsingin Sanomat
Journalist Evakarin Gyllenberg, Daily News

ROYAL. Academies, M.FL. of Sweden

The Permanent Secretary Professor Staffan Normark and Professor Birgitta Henriques Normark Preses Kerstin Niblaeus, Kungl.Agriculture and Forestry Academy, and General Ulf Dahlsten
Preses Ulla Fries, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and Dr.. Tor-Goran Henriksson
Ruler Vice Admiral Frank Rosenius, rulers, Kungl. War Sciences, and Mrs. Lisskulla Rosenius
Preses Leif Johansson, IVA, and Teacher Eva Johansson

OTHER of Sweden

Associate Professor Lennart Nordström, Karolinska Hospital, and Mrs. Ruth Lothe-Nordstrom
Midwife Cecilia Lind, Karolinska Hospital
Nurse Marianne Hazel Almén, Karolinska Hospital
Hovorganisten Professor Gustaf Sjokvist and Mrs. Ulla-Britt Sjökvist
Court of Appeal President Carl Axel Petri and Over Dentist Brita Petri
Dr. Hans Blix, the Fv. Foreign, and Fd. Ambassador Eva Kettis
University Chancellor Carl-Gustaf Andren and Mrs. Karin Andrén
Echoes. dr. Peter Wallenberg
social worker Anna Örjebo
Kammarrättsassessor Margaret Palmstierna
Mrs. Siv Ekberg


Bishop Anders Arborelius, Catholic diocese in Sweden
Secretary Karin Wiborn, ODF. Christian Council of Sweden, and the Reverend Bengt Ekelund
Imam Abd al Haqq Kielan, the Islamic Society.
Over Rabbi Emeritus Morton H. Narrowe, Jewish Community, and Mrs. Judith Narrowe

CORPS Diplomatique of Sweden

HE the Ambassador Martin Rivera Gómez, El Salvador
Mrs..Patricia Guirola de Rivera
H.E. the Ambassador Jan Edward Craanen, the Netherlands
Mrs. Electrical Annick Georg
H.E. Ambassador Anne K. Lund, Norway
Mr. Erling Magnusson
HE the Ambassador Kirsten Malling Biering, Denmark
Mr..Peter Hänschell Biering
H.E. the Ambassador Aliki Hadji, Greece
H.E. the Ambassador Harry Helenius, Finland
Mrs.. Helenius Barbara
H.E. the Ambassador Gunnar Gunnarsson, Iceland
H.E. the Ambassador Johan Feliciaan Joris Van Dessel, Belgium
Mrs.. Hendrina Petronella Van Deventer 
Ministers Miriam Alvarez de la Rosa, Charge d'Affaires, Spain

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark on Official Visit to South Korea: May 10-16

Day 1 (May 10)

Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary visited the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, Korea. During their visit, they  visited the War Memorial of Korea. During their visit, they burned incense and offered flowers as a sign of respect to South Korean soldiers killed in war {Photos}.

Crown Prince Fredrik met with South Korean Prime Minister at the government complex {Photos}.

Day 2 (May 11)

Crown Prince Fredrik and Crown Princess Mary visited the Finn Juhl Exhibition at Daelim Museum {Photos}. They also attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 Yeosu Expo {Photos}.

Day 3 (May 12)

The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark attended an opening ceremony of the pavilion of Denmark at the 2012 Yeosu Expo in Yeosu {Photos}.

Day 4 (May 13)

The Crown Princely Couple visited the border village of panmunjom between South and North Korea in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) {Photos}.

Day 5 (May 14)

They cooked a meal with Danish chef Ronni Mortensen during Denmark Food and Gastronomy seminar and visited a Danish Export Seminar {Photos}.

Day 6 (May 15)

 They toured a Danish Porcelain Factory, where Their Royal Highnesses made  plates {Photos}

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Princess Athena of Denmark's Baptism

Name revealed: Her Highness Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat

Athena: For the Greek God of Wisdom
Marguerite: French form of Margarethe, for her paternal grandmother
Françoise: For her maternal grandmother
Marie: For her mother


Prince Joachim of Denmark
Princess Marie of Denmark

Place in line for the throne: 10th

Godparents are marked with a **

Queen Margarethe of Denmark
Henrik, Prince Consort
Crown Prince Fredrik  of Denmark
Crown Princess Mary  of Denmark
Prince Christian  of Denmark
Princess Isabella  of Denmark
Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Carina Axelsson**
Prince Nikolai  of Denmark
Prince Felix  of Denmark
Prince Henrik  of Denmark
Count Ingolf of Rosenborg
Countess Sussie of Rosenborg
Alain Cavallier
Marielle Dubern
Christian Grassiot
Madame Christian Grassiot
Charles Cavallier
Edouard Cavallier**
Gregory Grandet**
Jerome Grassiot
Jerome Grassiot
Jennifer Shorto
Grandet Benjamin
Nina Arichi
Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
Countess Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille
Countess Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille
Simon Stansfield Bast
Mary Bast
Le Comte Hadelin the Liedekerke Beaufort
La Comtesse Hadelin the Liedekerke Beaufort
Martin Berner
Conny Johannesen
Henning Boysen 
Malene Boysen
Deputy Chief Midwife Lotte Broberg
Christian Tellefsen
Peter A. Busck 
Inge Busck
Birgit Christiansen
Richard Christiansen
 Jørgen M. Clausen
Chamberlain Inside Clausen
Bitten Clausen
Alastair Bruce of Crionaich
Stephen Knott
Dr. Peter Damm
Lone Nørgaard
Michael Darsberg
Fr. Benedicte Darsberg
Veronique Demon
Wendy Emmersen 
Per rear
Søren Enemark
Fr. Louise Enemark
 Lars Engel
Brigitte Engel
Ditlev Engel
Marianne Engel
Marc Farah
Emma Farah
Francis Fenwick
Peter Flinth
Camilla Bredholt
CEO Philip Foss
Fr. Dida Foss
Iver Gram
Anne Mette Hanne Mose
Danny Gudnitz
Fr. Rikke Gudnitz
Madame Guilioli
Torsten Hansen
Birthe Hansen
Jesper V. Melchior Hansen
 Morten Hedegaard
Birgitte Hedegaard
William Helmbæk
Birgitte Hillerup
Nicolai Grut
Lone Hunderup
Poul Hunderup
Paul Hvelplund
Christine Hvelplund
Jacob Hyldebrandt
Camilla Hyldebrandt
Michael Juel
Désirée Iuel
Carol Jansen
 Hans Michael Jebsen
Hofjægermesterinde Jebsen
Donald Kirk Johansen
Anja Johansen
Dieter Kasprzak
Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak
Mona Knudsen
Richard Knudsen
Dennis Knudsen
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
Vicar Anne Krogh Nielsen
Eyvind Lender
Vivi Kronborg
Dan O. Kronborg
Soren Lassen
Hanne Lassen 
Diego de Lavandeyra**
Gisela Leonhardt
Christian Leonhardt 
Scrooge Lilholt
Ida Maria Davidsen Siesbye
Tina Lindholm
Jens Peter Lindholm
Magnus Lorentzen
Monsieur Nicolas Mirabaud
Madame Nicolas Mirabaud
Mayor Svend Erik Moller
Tove Rosberg
Alex Niemann
Helene Christiansen
Agnes Nørrelund-Madsen
Soren Nørrelund-Madsen
Margit Olesen
Christian Friis
Peter M. O'Neill
Gyrithe Nielsen-Man
Professor Bent Ottesen Smedegaard
Anne Marie Ottesen
Pastor Peter Parkov
Mark Patterson
Mie Egmont-Petersen
Birgit Poulsen
Egon Poulsen
Troels Holch Povlsen
Michael Pram Rasmussen
Anne Kjølbye
Countess Marina of Rosenborg
Portus Ekman
Count Valdemar of Rosenborg
Mayor Laurids Rudebeck
Lene Rudebeck
Christian Scherfig
Agnete Arnø Scherfig
Hans Schlaikier
Wendy Schlaikier
Jonna Schroeder
Mr. Ib Schroeder
 Fritz Schur
Amaury Silvestre de Sacy
Agathe Silvestre de Sacy
Mette Simonsen
Henrik Jacobsen
Charlotte Sparre
Jens Wittrup Willumsen
Peter Steenstrup
Henriette Steenstrup**
Bengt Sundstrøm
Mette Margrethe Rode
Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen
Margit Svendsen
Johanne Sølvhøj
Flemming Hansen
HH Prince Christian zu Schaumburg-Lippe
HH Princess Lena zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Per Sorensen
Susan Sorensen
Birte Elisabeth Toosbuy
Christophe Tschanz
Madame Tschanz
Lt. Col. Erik Wind
Inside Wind
Irene Warncke
Count Wedell
Countess Wedell
Nina Wedell-Wedellsborg
Peter Åndahl
Lone Westensee
Mr. Kim Westensee
Christine Wiberg-Heather
Erik Wiberg-Heather
Bent Richelsen
Mette Kristensen
Jacob Boyschau
Jane Jessen Andersen
Magnus Lorentzen
Peter Murray
Gitte Priest Linnet
Thorkild Jensen
Inge Johnsen
Mogens Mamsen
 Inga Jensen
Martin Petersen
Jan Jannsen
Christina Dyhre Nielsen
Hanne Marie Toft
Arne Buczek
Peter Fält-Hansen
Fylla Tjørnelund Jensen
Lord Chamberlain, Chamberlain, Ambassador Ove Ullerup
Chamberlain Inside Ullerup
Cabinet secretary, law secretary, Chamberlain, Henning Fode
Chamberlain Inside Fode
Countess Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
Lieutenant Colonel Christian Eugen-Olsen
Chamberlain Inside Eugen-Olsen
Colonel Kurt Bache
Chamberlain Inside Bache
Britt Siesbye 
Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
Søren Weiskopf Kruse
Kruse Weiskopf
Lene Balleby
Erik Brink Andersen
Olivier Lesénécal
 HB Ole Jensen
Kirsten Baltzer Kahr
David Kahr
Niels Skovgaard
Doctor Per Høeg
Sara Wiemann
Julie Mirabaud **


MAN...was I way off on this one! I predicted:
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Britt Davidsen Siesbye & Edouard Cavallier as godparents...I only got Edouard Cavallier right! And names, I predicted:
  1. Margarethe for her paternal grandmother (and in honor of her grandmother’s anniversary the year she was born)
  2. Françoise for her maternal grandmother
  3. Ingrid for her paternal great-grandmother
  4. Victoria for her godmother/ greatx4 Grandmother (paternal)
Technically, I got two of the four right...Marguerite is French for Margarethe...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands

HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands was born 17 May 1971, in Buenos Aires, Argentinathe daughter of Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta Stefanini (b. 1928) and his second wife María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart (b. 1944). She has two brothers, a sister and three half-sisters by her father's first wife Marta López Gil.

She attended Northlands School and Universidad Católica Argentina, where she graduated with a degree in Eonomics in 1995. She worked as an investment banker after graduating, she worked for large international Finance companies in Argentina, New York and Europe.

She met the heir to the Dutch throne when they were both attending the Seville Spring Fair: "Feria de abril de Sevilla" in 1999. At the time, she was unaware that he was a prince, as he had introduced himself as simply, Alexander. Apparently, when Alexander confessed that he was a prince, she thought he was joking! After their initial meeting, they agreed to meet again in New York City, where she was working at the time. Their relationship and eventual marriage plans were not met without controversy due to her father's involvement with the Argentine government. Thus, when she and her prince married in Amsterdam on 2 February 2002, her parents were not among the guests. On her 30th birthday, she was granted dual Argentine and Dutch Citizenship by royal decree. By Royal Decree on 25 January 2002, upon the solemnization of marriage Máxima Zorreguieta was taken up into the Dutch nobility and the titlesPrincess of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau, and the predicate Royal Highness, were formally granted to her. By Royal Decree nr. 42 of 25 January 2002, the Princess was granted her own personal coat of arms and a personal standard.On 13 May 2011 the Dutch parliament confirmed that when the Prince of Orange ascends the throne, Princess Máxima will take the style and title of Her Majesty The Queen of the Netherlands. Rather than converting to the Reformed Dutch Church upon marriage, she remained Roman Catholic, agreeing that any of their children would be raised within the religion of the Dutch Royal Family. Together, they have three daughters who are:
  1. HRH Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria (7 December 2003) 
  2. HRH Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien (26 June 2005) 
  3. HRH Princess Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés (10 April 2007) 

She is also godmother to her niece Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg and Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway.

The Princess is active in rights for women and migrants to The Netherlands. She speaks fluent English, Dutch and Spanish. She is often acting as a representative of The Netherlands at conference around the world.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Royal Profile: HSH Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein

HSH Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein was born 16 May 1968, the second son of Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein and Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein. He has one older brother and a younger brother and sister. Alois II, Constantin and Tatjana

He attended Gymnasium Grammar School, The European Business School and Harvard Business School. He graduated from The European Business School in 1993, and completed an MBA degree in 1998.

He married Angela Brown in a civil ceremony in Germany on 21 January 2000. They married religiously in New York City on 29 January 2000. Together they have one son, HSH Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, who was born in London on the 18th of May 2001.

After his graduation, he worked with several economic, business and management companies in New York City and Germany. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Liechtenstein Global Trust.

Presently, he is fifth in line for the throne of Liechtenstein.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Royal Profile: Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall

 Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall was born 15 May 1981, the daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and Capt. Mark Phillips. She has an older brother, Peter Phillips (1977), and two half-sisters, Felicity Tonkin (1985, to her father by his brief affair with Heather Tonkin), and Stephanie Phillips(1997 from her father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.) Among her godparents were:
  • Colonel Andrew Parker-Bowles
  • Mrs Jackie Stewart, wife of the racing driver
During her schooldays, latterly at Gordonstoun, she excelled at many sporting activities. She represented her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics. She later qualified as a physiotherapist specialising in Equine Physiotherapy, from the University of Exeter.

Like both her parents, she is an accomplished equestrian. She collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, making her the reigning Eventing World Champion until 2010. She was set to participate in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, but had to pull out at the last minute due to injury of her horse during training both times.

As a non-titled member of the British Royal Family, she supports many causes, many of which are related to children, spinal injuries or equestrianism. In 2003, she and her mother took part in the first UK double ship-naming ceremony in Southampton. Princess Anne named the P&O Cruises liner Oceana, and Phillips named its sister ship Adonia. In 2005, she auctioned one of her evening gowns (worn at the London premiere of the film Seabiscuit) to raise money for tsunami relief. She also undertook a visit to New Zealand in her role as patron of The Catwalk Trust. From 1998 to 2005 she served as the president of Club 16-24, a group which encourages young people to take an interest in racing. She is linked to INSPIRE, the Salisbury based medical research charity which helps to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, the UK's leading children's cancer charity.

She appears at events for The Caudwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses. She has continued her family's long patronage of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has visited on many occasions. In 2006, she took part in a special charity day for Cantor Index, whose staff were killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks. In 2007, she became patron of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. To help with Sport Relief 2008, she posed for her first official royal portrait by artist Jack Vettriano. In 2009, she attended a celebrity poker tournament in Monaco in aid of Darfur, Sudan. In September 2010, she attended the 2012 London Olympic Ball alongside cousin Prince Harry of Wales. In October of the same year she attended another celebrity poker tournament, this time in London, in aid of Cancer Research UK, of which she is Royal Patron. Zara was appointed as a Member of Order of the British Empire by her grandmother in the annual New Year's Honours list in 2007 for her role in equestiansim.

In 2009, she became a business woman and fashion designer when she began to design her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing. The range is named ZP176 after the team number Zara was given when she first represented her country. The range was officially launched in July 2010.

She is named Zara at the suggestion of her uncle, Prince Charles-it's Greek meaning "radiance", her second and middle names come from her mother and grandmother. At her birth, she was 6th in line for the throne, but after the births of her cousins Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James Viscount Severn, and her nieces Savanah and Isla, she is presently 14th in line of Succession.

She met her now husband, Mike Tindall, through her cousin, Prince Harry at England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003. They lived together near Princess Anne's Scotland estate for several years. Buckingham Palace announced their engagement on 21 December 2010. They were married on 30 July 2011.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik met Australian Mary Donaldson met during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

After the Olympics were over, the new couple began a long-distance relationship communicating via email, phone calls, and discrete visits. In 2001, the royal romance was uncovered by the tabloids, shortly after which Mary moved from Australia to Europe. She began teaching English in Paris in December 2001 where she would make occasional trips to Denmark, often attended public events with Crown Prince Fredrick. In September 2003, their engagement was announced. In October that same year, Queen Maragethe gave her official consent to the marriage at a State Council meeting where they became officially engaged.

The Danish parliament passed a special law "Mary's Law", giving her Danish citizenship upon their marriage. She also signed a prenuptial agreement and converted to the Lutheran religion. The couple resided within the Amalienborg Palace Complex. 
Their wedding took place on 14 May 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen. Her bridesmaids were her two sisters and a good friend,   Jane Alison Stephens, Patricia Anne Bailey and Amber Petty

Today, they are celebrating their 8th wedding anniversary. Together, they have four children:

Royal Profile: HM King Juan Carlos I of Spain & HM Queen Sofia of Spain

The royal pair of Spain met on a Greek cruise in 1954. They dated for several years before marrying at Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dennis in Athens, Greece on 14 May 1962. In doing so, the 24 year old Greek Princess relinquished her and her decedents rights to the Greek throne. She also converted from Greek Orthodox to Roman Catholicism to become the future queen of Spain. At the time of her marriage, her husband was an Infante of Spain. She also chose to change the spelling of her name from Sophia to Sofia, coincidentally, the two names may be spelled differently, but have the same pronunciation.

At his wife's suggestion in 1969, the Spanish State gave her husband he title Prince of Spain as he was the heir to the throne. At his father's death in 1975, her husband ascended the throne as King Juan Carlos I.

Together, they have three children, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They are:

  • Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
    • Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón (1998)
    • Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
  • Infanta Cristina,  Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma de Mallorca)
    • Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (1999)
    • Don Pablo Nicolás Sebastián de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
    • Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
    • Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)
  • Prince Felipe of Austrias (1969) (Princess Letiza of Austrias)
    • Infanta Leonor (2005) (who is also their goddaughter)
    • Infanta Sofia (named in her grandmother's honor)
Even though in recent years their daughters have been in the media for the turmoil of marriages (Elena divorced her husband in 2009, and Cristina's husband has recently been caught in a scandal and banned from royal activities because of it), and their son waited until he was a little older to marry (he was 36 years old when he married), the King and Queen have kept it together for 50 years-since she was 23 years old and he was 24 years old.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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


-King Albert held audiences with ambassadors from South Korea, Poland, Serbia who presented their Lettres de Créance (Letters of Credence) to the king and then posed for photos{Source}. On Thursday, he met with the President of the European Council {Source}.

-Queen Paola marked the 25th anniversary of Palliative Care at Home, the 15th anniversary of the Palliative Care Unit and the 10th anniversary of the "Heidehuis", three sections of the Network Palliative Care "Noord West-Vlaanderen" with a visit to "Palliatief Dagcentrum Heidehuis" (Day Centre for Palliative Care) in Bruges, Belgium {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde visited Turnhout, Belgium to the town's 800th anniversary on Thursday. While there, the Princess visited "Klein Engelandhoeve"-a socio-educational project that combines nature, culture and social integration. Then together, they visited the Museum Taxandria historical exhibition "Terminus Turnhout TurnhoutCentraal" and attended a reception at the Town Hall of Turnhout and a meeting with residents on the Grand Place.{Source}.

-Prince Philippe  was at the Université Libre de Bruxelles to attend the inaugural lecture of the Chaire Internationale d'Histoire de la seconde Guerre Mondiale (International Chair of History of the Second World War) and to present the Prix Baron Velge 2012 (Baron Velge Prize 2012) on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, he attended a presentation and confrence with young entrepreneurs with the theme Financing Growth & Risk Management Straegies in Brussels {Source}.

-Princess Mathilde visited the exhibition The Golden Age of China: Treasures of the Tang Dynasty (610-907 A.D.) in Maaseik on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-Princess Astrid, Archudchess of Austria-Este was in Liège where she visited the non-profit project organization, Caritas Secours Francophone on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Claire attended the show in the evening organized by and for the benefit of the non-profit Children's Home Queen Marie-Henriette on Friday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth attended a tea party for performers of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Friday {Photo}

-Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh attended the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}. On Saturday, they attended The Royal Windsor Horse Show {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Timothy Laurance & Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor attended the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle on Friday {Source} {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Charles, Duke of Rothensay & Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay visited Endinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday. During their visit, they took Royal Salutes to from Armed Forces and Royal British Legion members, during a march at the Palace of Holyroodhouse {Photos}. On Thursday, they visited and toured BBC Scotland's studios, where they took turns delivering the weather forecast {Source}{Source}.

-Prince Charles, Duke of Rothensay visited the North West Youth Project and Community Center on Friday. He also ..".re-opened the Johnnie Walker Bond Building..." and then attended the inauguration of the "... new Anaerobic Digestion Plant..." in North Ayrshire {Video}{Photos}.

-Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (or in this case of Rothesay) visited  the Rosslyn Chapel, where she attended a special service to celebrate the completion of Rosslyn Chapel’s conservation program before touring the chapel and attending a reception on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridges on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}. On Friday attended 'Our Greatest Team Rises' event to celebrate TeamGB and ParalympicsGB at the Royal Albert Hall {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry traveled to Washington, DC where he receive the 2012 Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council "... in recognition of his charitable and humanitarian work supporting servicemen and women" on Monday {Source}{Photos}.

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the Absolute Return for Kids gala at Kensington Palace Gardens {Source} and the RCSF Cricket Dinner {Photo} on Thursday .

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall attended the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Tuesday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended the Rugby For Heroes Charity Gala Dinner at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}


-Queen Margrethe II participated in the Haandværkerforeningens medal ceremon  at the Copenhagen Rådhus on Tuesday {Source}.

-Henrik, Prince Consort visted the Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library) to open a new exhibition of rare books   on Tuesday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary began on Official Visit to six day visit Korea on Thursday. Check back soon for updates!

-Princess Benedikte & Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg attended the documentary première of Passion of Salmon held at the Cinemateket in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Afterward, they attended a reception and auction organized by organized by the Danish Salmon Fund and the Chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund, Mr. Orri Vigfùsson {Source}.

-Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg recently gave an interview with On


-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko welcomed the Peruvian President, Mr. Ollanta Humala, and his wife Nadine, to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday {Photos}.


-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa participated in the 2012 ALFI Responsible Investing Conference: Making a Difference on Thursday{Source}.

-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke visited Canada with Luxembourger officials this week on an economic mission{Source}.


-Prince Albert attended the inauguration of a new exhibition held at the Musée Océanographique entitled, The Littoral Zone on Friday {Source}. Saturday, Prince Albert  attended the gala evening celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cardio Thoracic Centre at the Summer Sporting {Source}.

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene attended a show performed by children on the theme of the rights of the child at the "The Centre of recreation Prince Albert II" on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Video}. On Sunday, they attended an International Military Pilgrimage at Grotte of Lourdes {Source}{Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover  participated in a meeting at the Grand Véfour in Paris, France with the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation Council on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, she was in Baden-baden, Germany to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Margraviate of Baden (became a Grand Duchy in 1806-1918) {Source}.

-Donatella Knecht de Massy celebrated her 40th birthday on Thursday.


-Princess Lalla Salma celebrated her 34th birthday on  Thursday. 

-Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan celebrated his 9th birthday on Tuesday.

The Netherlands

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje visited Epe, The Netherlands, to attend the inauguration of a new high-tech sewage treatment plant on Tuesday {Video}{Video}{Photos}


-King Harald V & Queen Sonja  along with Norway officials visited Poland on a State Visit from  Wednesday to Friday {Source}. See the full recap here.

-King Harald V &  Crown Prince Haakon   held audiences at the royal palace in Oslo where they met with the Chief of Defense and President of the National Assembly of Denmark, Mr Mogens Lykketoft on Monday.


-King Juan Carlos held an audience with the president of the Council of State, Mr. José Manuel Romay Beccaría, at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday{Source}.

-Queen Sofia witnessed the signing of the collaboration agreement between the Fundación Reina Sofía and the Fundación Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Neurológicas (C.I.E.N.) on Tuesday {Source}. It was also announced that she will attend the Queen of the UK's Diamond Jubilee Luncheon next Friday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the inauguration of the Asamblea Nacional Euro-Toques España held at the Caixa Forum in Madrid on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they attended World Red Cross Day in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain {Photos}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the UEFA Europa League final football match between Club Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao on Wednesday {Photos}.


-King Carl XVI Gustav visited the Czech Republic on Thursday, where he visited AERO Vodochodo in Prague {Photo}

-Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine attended the World Childhood Foundation USA Gala Dinner on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the mother-and-daughter attended the World Childhood Foundation USA Symposium In Partnership With Inwood House at NASDAQ MarketSite {Photos}

-Prince Daniel attended the Ice Hockey World Championships on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Carl Phillip gave a rare interview to King Magazine to commemorate his 32nd Birthday this week {Source}. He celebrated his 32rd birthday on Sunday.

Royal Profile: HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland

HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland was born 13 May 1979, the only son of King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia. At the time of his birth, he was considered heir to the throne as Sweden did not adopt Absolute cognatic primogeniture until January 1980. He has two sisters, an older sister, Crown Princess Victoria and younger sister, Princess Madeline. As of Februrary 2012, he is third in line for the Swedish throne after his sister and her daughter, Princess Estelle.

He was christened at the Royal Palace Church on 31 August 1979. His godparents are Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Princess Birgitta of Sweden.

He mostly attended schools in Sweden. He began his education at the Västerled Parish Preschool, which he attended from 1986-1989. He attended the State Schools of Smedslättsskolan, Ålstensskolan, and Enskilda Gymnasiet. In the 1994-1995 school year, he spent it at the Kent School. The Prince continued his studies in a science programme at Lundsbergs upper secondary school. He graduated in the spring of 1999. Recently, he studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design where he worked on a museum identity design project. In 2011, Prince Carl Philip finished his studies in Agricultural and Rural Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp.

In his youth, he was an active outdoorsman and scout. He enjoys swimming, skiing, and football. In 2003, he completed the historic Swedish "Vasaloppet", the longest cross country ski race in the world. He also enjoys car racing and has a licence to compete.

He has served in the the Swedish Navy. He has completed his military service at the Amphibious Battalion at Vaxholm's Coast Artillery Regiment as a combat boat commander (Combat Boat 90) in the autumn of 2000. In December 2002, the Prince was promoted to fänrik (midshipman), and in 2004 to the rank of löjtnant (sub-lieutenant) in the Swedish Navy. In 2007 and 2008 he went to the Swedish National Defense College. The course was divided in three weeks autumn 2007 and three weeks spring 2008. After that course he was appointed kapten in the Swedish Navy (lieutenant).

For his mother's 60th birthday in 2003, he designed a cover for a CD of the music of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, which was released to honor of her landmark birthday, in which the proceeds from it goes to the World Childhood Foundation. In 2004, the Prince created a calendar, together with an advertising agency, that will be sold to benefit the same organisation.

Since 1999, he has been linked with several women. The first, and longest was public relations representative Emma Pernald. They dated for ten years before mutually calling an end to the relationship. Since April 2010, he has been linked with model Sofia Hellqvist. He and Hellqvist have been residing together since April 2011.

He holds several Swedish national honors and international honors. These include:

  • Knight of the Order of Charles XIII (since birth, 13 May 1979) (Sweden)
  • Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (13 May 1997) (Sweden)
  • Commander of the Order of the Crown of Malaysia (2005) (Malaysia)
  • Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (2005) (Norway)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Honour (2008) (Greece)
  • Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, First Class (12 January 2011) (Estonia)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland (17 April 2012) (Finland)
  • Grand Officer of the Order of the Three Stars (Latvia) Grand Cross of the Order of Adolpthe of Nassu (Luxembourg)
As a third cousins once removed from Queen Elizabeth, he is in line for the British throne. In the line for the British throne, he is ahead of his sister and her daughter.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Norwegian Royal Couple Visit Poland May 9-11

Day 1 (May 9)

Upon their arrival in Poland they attended an official welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace{Photos}. The welcoming ceremony consisted of being greeted by the President and First Lady of Poland, an inspection of the Polish Guards. The Royal couple also paid tribute to the Unknown Soldiers by placing a wreath on the grave {Photos}.

In the afternoon, King Harald participated in a series of meetings and discussions with various Poland officials {Photos} while his wife visited the Frédéric Chopin Museum and toured the Presidential Palace's garden with the First Lady of Poland {Photos}.

The evening consisted of a reception the Norwegian trade delegation and a gala dinner in the honor of the King & Queen's visit {Photos}.

Day 2 (May 10)

 King Harald visited Poland's Miltary Base in the company of Poland's Minister of Defence Tomasz Siemoniak {Photo}. Also in the morning, President Komorowski and the King Harld opened the "Polish-Norwegian partnership" conference where they participated in a seminar on "challenges and collaboration in the field of defence and security." {Source}.

Day 3 (May 11)

King Harald witnessed a "successful demonstration of KONGSBERG's Naval Strike Missile" in the morning {Source} before traveling to Krakow, Poland to visit with students of the Jagiellonian University and inaugurated a new Polish-Norwegian research program and scholarship {Source}

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Royal Profile: Donatella Knecht de Massy

Donatella Knecht de Massy is the wife of K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy, who is the grandson of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 May 1972. She grew up mostly in Switzerland, where she attended L'Institut Le Rosey. She also attended Northeastern University, where she earned a BA in Journalism.

Upon recieving her BA, she returned to Switzerland to pursue a career in the media. While in Switzerland, she worked for The Geneva Post. She moved to Monaco to work for the Formula 1 Magazine called Focus One, which is based out of Monaco. She currently works for Transport and Commodities with her husband in Monaco.

She holds Italian citizenship, but is a permanent resident of Monaco. She married K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy, the eldest grandson of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, in 1999. Their first of four daughters, Christine (presumably named for her paternal grandmother who died in 1989), was born on 12 June 2000. Their second daughter, Alexia, was born on 21 September 2001. Their third daughter Vittoria, was born 18 April 2007. Their youngest, Andrea was born on 16 October 2008.

Like the rest of the Grimaldi clan, she plays an active part in charities around Monaco. She has been a part of:
  1. 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.
  2. Ladies Lunch Monaco; who raise funds to support other charitable institutions in the Principality.
  3. Conservation Guardians  (President of the Board); who's mission is to Protect and conserve Wildlife and bring support to the communities.
Because her husband and daughters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight.  However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008, she, her husband and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011 (Seen here between Princess Stephanie and Pauline Ducruet).  In July 2011, she acted as maid-of-honor to now Princess Charlene at her wedding to Prince Albert, where she acted as a witness during both ceremonies (religious), and appeared on the balcony after the civil ceremony. She also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Caroline). That November, she and her husband appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony (across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony.

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco was born 10 May 1978, the daughter of al-Haj Abdel Hamid Bennan Naima Bennan. She is the princess consort of  Mohammed VI. She is the mother of  HRH Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (born 8 May 2003) and  HRH Princess Lalla Khadija (born 28 February 2007).

Her mother died when she was just three years old. She and her sister were raised by her maternal grandmother. She was educated in private schools in Rabat, Morocco.After completing her engineering studies, she worked for a few years between 1999 and 2002 as an information services engineer at ONA Group, the country's largest private holding company (which is also controlled by the Moroccan Royal Family).

She met her husband during a private party in 1999. They began a courtship shortly after, and were married in 2002.

Since becoming Morocco's first lady, she has kept a low-profile. However, unlike her predecessors for the postion, she has kept a more well known profile. She is active in supporting cancer associations and the Fez Sacred Music Festival. Salma has also represented the King and Morocco in meetings and gatherings in Thailand, Japan and France. She also founded a cancer prevention association in Morocco and has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa work. Recently, she visited Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

For foreign honors, she holds orders from Belgium & Spain: 
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium since 5 October 2004
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic of Spain since 17 January 2005

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Op-Ed: Princess Charlene Vs the Daily Mail or as I call it, The Daily Fail.

As some of you may be aware, there have been massive rumors again about Princess Charlene and not keeping her end of the deal…if there WAS a deal….to provide a royal heir. Here’s the article I’m talking about that started the whole thing. The basic premise of the article is that the rumors of her running away were true, and in order to convince her to stay, she and Albert agreed as soon as she provides an heir to the throne and she would get a substantial monetary supplement out of the deal, but she’s having trouble conceiving (which I do believe, but that’s an entirely different story all together) and because of that, she’s getting depressed.

Honestly, given how many FACTS (FACTS folks as in can be proven…) were incorrect in the article itself and how both the Prince and Princess have gone on record numerous times about the issue, I take the whole idea  of Emma Renylods's article with a grain of salt….the incorrect facts (or proof that Emma Renyolds is a complete failure at math, spelling and journalism all together as she can't get ages, spelling of names or facts right):
  1. Jazmin’s mother is NOT Tamara Rotola, but Tamara Rotolo. R-O-T-O-L-O.
  2. Alexandre was born in August 2003, making him presently 8 years old, not 7 as stated in the article.
  3. Charlene was born 25 January 1978, meaning she is 34 years old. The article claims she is 33 years old.
  4. Prince Albert was born 14 March 1958, making him 55 years old, not 54 years old  as the article states.
  5. There was no 3rd child. Albert’s not a cheater. He is a Playboy, but not a cheater. If there was a third child, don’t you think we’d have heard something other than ridiculous rumors that spoiled their wedding about it by now? The palace is good at cover ups, but not good enough to keep it this quiet.
  6. The Princess Grace Awards WAS NOT held in Grace’s honor, but in honor of the recipients of the Princess Grace Awards.
  7. The rumor that she bolted to Nice airport was false.She went to Nice to catch a flight to Paris for a day of shopping with her mother and was back the same evening. Her passport was confiscated because of a lapse of judgement-she was holding two passports at the time, her valid South African one and her not-until-after-the-wedding-was-it-valid Monaco passport, and handed the security agent her not yet valid one, and all it took was a quick look at her personal security guard and call to Albert and they were on their way. Duh. Any moron can figure that one out.
  8. Prince Albert and Charlene met in 2000, were friends for six years before they began to date in 2006. They dated for 5 years, were engaged for one year, and have been married for one almost now. Where’s the four years like it claims in the article? I'm not seeing it...6 years, 5 years, 1 year...1 year. humm...nope. No 4 years.
  9. The wedding was not 10 months ago, but 10 months, one week.
  10. Prince Albert never actually dated Brooke Shields. They are just friends. They are actually distant cousins through  Louis XIV of France. Brooke was  Louis XIV's cousin many generations removed {Source} and he is Prince Albert's something (still working on it).

See? There's no basis to believe it or let it go viral. It's totally ridiculous tabloid gossip. Only a complete moron would be stupid enough to believe it. If they were going to make something so stupid up, the least they could do is get the minor details right. After all, the best lies consist of accurate details.

One royal blogger made an interesting point that actually sparked this op-ed: Each time a negative article appears about the Grimaldis in the Daily Fail (errr...MAIL. The Daily Mail.), a positive one appears about the Duchess of Cambridge (sure enough, shortly after this factucually incorrect article about Charlene appeared, there was a positive one of  a certain duke and duchess).

Another interesting point that  the royal blogger makes is that it could be possible that Charlene's depressive state is due to a miscarriage and it's likely that the media isn't helping her any at all. Quite honestly, given some of the information that I have uncovered about Princess Charlene (of which is information that will remain under wraps, so don't bother asking what it is that I know that's not already public about her. All I'm sayin' is that I have a 6th degree of separation from Princess Charlene...that's more like two degrees.), that prediction would not surprise me at all. If in fact that is true, does it make it fair or even decent to write articles such as the Daily Fail's article? Personally, I've never suffered one, but I know people who have, and it's heartbreaking to watch them recover! If it is true that she suffered a miscarriage, the last thing she needs is the media making the wrong assumptions and spreading rumors!
Bottom line: The people at the Daily Mail...are clueless, inconsiderate and downright rude people, even for tabloid reporters.

Royal Profile: HRH Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan of Morocco

Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan of Morocco is the oldest child of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco. He has one younger sister, Princess Lalla Khadija. He was born on 8 May 2003 at 6:40am at the Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco .

His father named him after his grandfather, King Hassan II (therefore, when and if Hassan succeeds to the throne, he will be Hassan III).

The young prince attends the same school his father did,  Quranic School of Palace. There, he is recieving the "same basis his father had" {Source}.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Royal Profile: Count Carl Johan Bernadotte

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte was born the youngest child of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught on 31 October 1916 in Stockholm, Sweden. He had 3 older brothers and an older sister. He was the uncle of King Carl XVI Gustav (his father was the Count's eldest brother) and Queen Margarethe II, Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes, and Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (their mother was his big sister).

Because he chose to marry outside his royal status, he lost his succession rights. He married in New York, NY on 19 Februrary 1946 to Elin Kerstin Margaretha Wijkmark, who died in 1987. On 29 September 1988, he married Countess Gunnila Märtha Louise Wachtmeister af Johannishus in Denmark. Together with his first wife, he adopted two children, a boy and a girl, Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (5 March 1948, adopted in 1951) and Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (b. 3 December 1949, adopted in 1950). Between them, he has six grandchildren.

He was created Count of Wisborg by Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, on 2 July 1951. He and Grand Duchess Charlotte were distant cousins through King Oscar II of Sweden & Norway and Princess Sophia of Nassau.

He was chairman of Ointroducerad Adels Förening, the association of unintroduced nobility in Sweden, 1948-1963.

Since 2007,  he was the last surviving great-grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.  he surpassed his elder brother, Sigvard (1907-2002), as the longest-lived of Queen Victoria's male descendants in June 2011. 

The Recap of The Royals You Love: April 30-May 6


-King Albert II met with the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday {Photos}{Video}. On Thursday, he visited the Jean Offenberg military airbase in Florennes, where he "... attended several briefings as well as a demonstration of the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)..." and was informed about the Afghanistan & Lybia operations {Source}.

-Queen Paola visited the Kunsthumaniora Brussel to celebrate the school's 40th anniversary,  where she visited various arts classes in session on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Philippe visited the "... precious metals recycling company...", Umicor   on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Mathilde attended a gala dinner organized by the Breast International Group (BIG) in Brussels on Thursday {Photos}


-Queen Margrethe II opened a New Exhibition at the Skagen Museum on Thursday {Video}{Photos}

-Crown Prince Frederik attended a hockey match between Denmark and Italy held at the Rødovre Skøjtehal on Tuesday {Video}. On Friday, he participated in the opening of the Danish Tennis Federation's event, Stay and Play {Source}{Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary opened the 2012 Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Conference held at the Operaen in Copenhagen on Thursday {Video}{Article/Video}.

-Prince Henrik celebrated his 3rd birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh visited Dorset and Wiltshire on Tuesday as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour {Video}{Video}{Photos}. On Wednesday, they visited Exeter {Video}{Video}{Photos}. On Thursday, they visited Windsor Castle, where they presented new colors to "...the 1st Battalion and No. 7 Company the Coldstream Guards..." {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Andrew, Duke of York visited India as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour from Tuesday to Friday {Photos-Wednesday}{Photos-Thursday}{Photos-Friday}

-Autumn Patrica Kelly Phillips celebrated her 34th birthday on Thursday.

-The Lady Sarah Chatto celebrated her 48th Birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Charles of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies & Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies attended the Planet Solar Ship Return Ceremony on Saturday in Monaco {Photos}{Photos}.


-Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako & Princess Aiko spent the last half of the "Golden Week" holiday period at a villa in the local area, where the Crown Princely couple spent time playing tennis doubles with Imperial Agency Staff {Photos}.


-Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the opening of the Spring 2012 Foire Internationale de Luxembourg (International Fair of Luxembourg) held at the LuxExpo {Source}.

-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have announced their wedding date: October 20th, 2012{Source}.


-Prince Albert met with the crew of the catamaran PlanetSolar, the firstexclusively solar-powered boat to sail around the world on Saturday {Source} He also attended their welcoming ceremony.

-Prince Albert, Princess Charlene & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi visited Portugal on Friday to participate in an enthronement ceremony with the Confraria do Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Brotherhood) {Video}{Video}{Video}{Source}.

-Prince Albert & Princess Stéphanie received a new vehicle to the AMAPEI, Monegasque Association for the assistance and Protection of the child unsuited to the home of life Princess Stéphanie on Wednesday {Photo}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 45th International "Concours de Bouquets" Flower Show on Saturday {Photos}

-Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima participated in National Remembrance Day held at Dam Square in Amsterdam on Friday {Video}{Video}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje attended the National Liberation Day service on Saturday{Photos}{Source}.


-Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini graduated with a masters degree in Digital Communication from The University of Sydney {Source}


-King Carl XVI Gustav celebrated his 66th birthday on Monday.

-Count Carl Johan Bernadotte died at the age of 95 on Saturday.

-King Juan Carlos I held an audience at Zarzuela Palace with the President of the Canary Islands, Mr.Paulino Rivero Baute on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, he met with the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr. Pascual Sala, and recieved representative from the Federación Internacional del Automóvilat Zarzuela Palace {Source}.

-Queen Sofia made a surprise private visit to see her grandchildren and daughter in the US for her grandson's 10th birthday on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, she attended "... the Oath of Allegiance of the new Royal Guards at El Pardo Palace..."  {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the inauguration of the new headquarters for the Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (MUNCYT) (National Museum of Science and Technology), where they were given a tour of the new facility on Friday {Video}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias held audiences with representatives from the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra, members of the Red Estatal de Mujeres con Discapacidad (REDM), and representatives from the Siena Group as well as the winners of the Premios Magisterio a los Protagonistas de la Educación on Thursday {Photos}

-Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon celebrated his 10th birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Theodor Rosanes af Rosenborg

Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg was born 19 June 2008, the youngest of four children of Countess Camilla  af Rosenborg and M...