Thursday, June 28, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan is the eldest son of King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania and was born 28 June 1994, in Aman, Jordan. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister. 

He attended the King's High School in Jordan. 

In 2010, he represented his father during the 2010 the Army Day and the Great Arab Revolt Anniversary celebrations. This was his first official duty without his parents at the age of 16.

His father named him as the Crown Prince of Jordan by a Royal Decree issued in July 2009.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Royal Profile: Princess Alexia of The Netherlands

Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of The Netherlands was born on 26 June 2005, the second child of Prince Williem-Alexander of Orange and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands. She has one older sister, Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands and one younger sister, Princess Ariane of The Netherlands.

She was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Her baptism took place on 19 November 2005 in Wassenaar. The godparents to Princess Alexia are: Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant; Jonkvrouwe Alexandra Jankovich de Jeszenice; Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau; Juan Zorreguieta and Jonkheer Frans Ferdinand de Beaufort.

She was named for various relatives. Her first name is after her father (Alexander/Alexia). Her second name is for her great-grandmother, Queen Juliana, after her great-aunt, Marcela Cerruti, and her aunt Princess Laurentien.

She began school at Bloemcamp School in Wassenaar, The Netherlands in June 2009. Her sisters also attend the school {Source}.

As a distant relative of King George I of The United Kingdom (she is his 8x great granddaughter), she is distantly in line for the British Throne. She is presently 3rd in line for the Dutch throne after her father and older sister.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Recap of The Royals You Love: June 18-24

Belgium


-King Albert II was at Château de Laeken where he held an audience with the Secretary of State for the Fight Against Social and Tax Fraud, Mr. John Crombez on Tuesday.

-Prince Philippe attended the 2012 Prix du Fonds Prince Philippe Award ceremony held at the Palais des Academies on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Mathilde  attended the ceremony Prix de la Fondation Futur 21 on Wednesday {Source}

Denmark


-Queen Margrethe II was at Christian IX's Palace where she received the Amabassador of Russia, Mr. Mikhail Valentinovich Vanin on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henrik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie attended a  garden party in the private gardens at Fredensborg Slot for Volunteer Denmark on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Frederik visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to attend a remembrance/condolence service for the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mary was at the University of Copenhagen to present the "Crown Princess Mary Scholarship" to two Australian exchange students, Ms. Stephanie Arrowsmith from the University of Western Australia and Mr. Johanan Ottensooser from the University Technology, Sydney {Source}.

Great Britain


-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; Sophie, The Countess of Wessex; Princess Anne, The Princess Royal; Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra of Kent & The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones attended the Order of the Garter Service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday. The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones attended as page of honor to Queen Elizabeth II {Photos}{Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal,  Princess Eugenie of York, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester attended day 1 of the Royal Ascot on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended day 2 of the Royal Ascot on Wednesday {Photos}. Sophie's dad, Chrstopher Rhys-Jones, and Carole and Michael Middleton also attended.

-Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice of York,  Princess Eugenie of York, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent attended day 3/Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot on Thursday{Photos}{Video}.

-Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Michael of Kent attended day 4 of the Royal Ascot on Friday{Photos}{Video}.

-Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Mark Andrew Phillips & Autumn Patricia Kelly Phillips attended day 5/the final day of the Royal Ascot on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla,The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Clarence House on Wednesday {Video} {Photos}. On Thursday, they welcomed  Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, to the Clarence House in London where they held a private meeting before planting a tree to commerate the visit.

-Prince Charles of Wales celebrated National Insect Week with various students at Clarence House on Friday.

-Prince William, Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday. For his 30th birthday, his grandmother gave him a cottage on her Sandringham Estate {Source}. He also gained access to his share of late mother's estate, which is estimated to be $15.5 Million {Source}

-Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary Tuesday.

-Princess Beatrice of York, David, 8th Earl of Harewood, & Margaret, Countess of Harewood attended the arrival of the Olympic flame at Harewood House on Tuesday {Source}. The Earl of Harewood is the grandson of Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, who was Queen Elizabeth's aunt. He is in line for the throne after the family of Princess Alexandra of Kent.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips attends a press conference at King William Theatre in London with other British Olympic equestrians on Tuesday {Photos}.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko  visited the Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo to offer prayers and pay their respects to the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa on Tuesday {Photos}

Jordan


-Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein & Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum   attendedThe Royal Ascot on Tuesday, Wendesday {Photos}{Photos}

Luxembourg


-Grand Duke Henri,  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa,   Guillaume , Hereditary Grand Duke, Prince Louis, Princess Tessy, Princess Alexandra, Prince Sebastien & Prince Felix attended the Te Deum during the National day celebrations on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}

-Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Alexandra  visited the city of d'Esch-sur-Alzette on Friday as part of the Luxembourg National Day celebrations {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix  was at the Koninklijk Paleis  in Amsterdam to present the Zilveren Anjers (silver carnation) of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund to Mr.Wim Statius Muller on Tuesday {Photos}

-Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 6th birthday on Monday.

Monaco


-Prince Albert  attended the Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week {Photos}. On Thursday, he attended a reception along with "...UNITAR Executive Director, Mr. Carlos Lopes" {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene helped distribute diplomas at the International School of Monaco's graduation ceremony on Tuesday {Photo}. She also visited Los Angels, CA USA with her brother and his girlfriend on Thursday{Photos}{Video}. On Friday, she visited Malibu, where she visited with Drake Hogestyn{Photo}

-Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb visited L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré on Wednesday. The purpose of the Princess's visit was to present awards to young people and attend a picnic, after the students (including Camille) participated in the Challenge Sports, Health and Environment organized by the National Education and the Monegasque Olympic Committee {Source}{Source}{Source}{Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 2012 Fete Du St. Jean Festival and procession on Saturday {Photos}

-Cecile de Massy attended the 2012 Ladies Lunch de Monte Carlo on Thursday {Source}

Spain


-Prince Felipe of Austrias attended the bicentennial of the creation of the Supreme Court on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Felipe & Princess Letizia of Austrias attended the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match between Spain and Croatia at the PGE Arena on Monday {Photo}. Spain won the match 1-0.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI & Queen Silvia celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary Tuesday.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary Tuesday.

-Prince Daniel met with the 6th grade winners of the National Rhetoric contest on Monday {Source}

Thursday, June 21, 2012

30 Facts about Prince William of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge

  1. His full title and style is: His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
  2. He is the heir appaent's heir apparent.
  3. Prince William was born at St Mary's Hospital, London on 21 June 1982. 
  4. He was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August 1982 (the 82nd birthday of his paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. 
  5. His godparents are the former King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin); Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy (his paternal cousin); the Duchess of Westminster; the Lady Susan Hussey; Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin); and Sir Laurens van der Post.
  6. He has three godchildren:
    1. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
    2. Tom Pettifer (2002)
    3. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem (2007)
  7. He has a brother named Prince Henry.
  8. In his 2011 Wedding were:
    1. His brother Prince Harry was his supporter.
    2. His new sister-in-law Pippa was his wife's maid of honor
    3. bridesmaids and page boys were:
      1. William Lowther-Pinkerton
      2. The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
      3. Tom Pettifer
      4. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
      5. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem
  9. He was named after Prince William of Gloucester, his father's 7-years older cousin and personal hero, who died in 1972 in an aeroplane crash. 
  10. His father is Prince Charles of Wales and his mother was Diana, Princess of Wales. His stepmother is Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
  11. He has one younger brother, Prince Harry. He also has two stepsiblings, two stepsiblings-in-law and two siblings-in-law: Tom Parker-Bowels, Sara Parker-Bowels, Laura Lopes, Harry Lopes, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton.
  12. He has two step-nieces and three step-nephews: Louis and Gus Lopes (twins, children of his stepsister Laura), and Eliza Lopes (stepsister Laura's daughter) and Lola and Freddy Parker-Bowels.
  13. His first public appearance was on 1 March 1991 (Saint David's Day), during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales. After arriving by aeroplane, the Prince was taken to Llandaff Cathedral, where he signed the visitors' book, thereby demonstrating that he was left-handed. 
  14. On 3 June 1991, William was admitted to Royal Berkshire Hospital after having been accidentally hit on the side of the forehead by a fellow student wielding a golf club. The Prince did not lose consciousness, but did suffer a depressed fracture of the skull and was operated on at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, resulting in a permanent scar. He dubbed this scar a "Harry Potter scar". He was reported to have said, "I call it (the scar) that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it-other times they don't notice it at all".
  15. William was educated at independent schools, starting at Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London.Following this, he attended Ludgrove School near Wokingham, Berkshire, and was privately tutored during summers by Rory Stewart. At Ludgrove he also participated in football—along with swimming, basketball, clay pigeon shooting, and cross-country running. William sat for the entrance exam to Eton College and was admitted. There he studied geography, biology and history of art at A-Level, obtaining an A in geography, a C in biology and a B in history of art. 
  16. At Eton he continued to play football, captaining his house team, and took up water polo. The decision to place William in Eton went against the family tradition of sending royal children to Gordonstoun (William's grandfather, father, two uncles, and two cousins all attended); it did, however, make the Prince follow in the Spencer family footsteps, as both Diana's father and brother had attended Eton.
  17. It was also agreed between the Royal Family and the tabloid press that William would be allowed to study free of paparazzi intrusion in exchange for regular updates of the Prince's life. Then chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, John Wakeham, said of the arrangement: "Prince William is not an institution; nor a soap star; nor a football hero. He is a boy: in the next few years, perhaps the most important and sometimes painful part of his life, he will grow up and become a man."
  18. After completing his studies at Eton, the Prince took a gap year, during which he took part in British Army training exercises in Belize, worked within English dairy farms, visited Africa, and for ten weeks taught children in southern Chile. As part of the Raleigh International programme in the town of Tortel, the Prince lived with other young teachers, sharing in the common household chores, including cleaning the toilet, and also volunteered as the guest radio jockey for the local radio station.
  19. By 2001, William was back in the United Kingdom and had enrolled, under the name William Wales,at the University of St Andrews. News of this caused a temporary increase in the number of applications to St Andrews, mostly from young women who wanted an opportunity to meet the Prince. The extra attention did not deter him, though, and he embarked on a degree course in art history, later changing his main subject to geography, and going on to earn a Scottish Master of Arts degree with upper second class honours in geography—the best degree of any heir to the throne of Britain and the Commonwealth realms. 
  20. While at university, Prince William also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team at the Celtic Nations tournament in 2004.
  21. He was known as “Steve” by other students to avoid any journalists overhearing and realising his identity.The Prince returned to St Andrews during February 2011 as Patron of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal.
  22. He began to accompany his parents on official visits at an early age; his first overseas royal tour was with his parents to Australia and New Zealand in 1983, a decision made by the Princess of Wales that was considered to be unconventional; not only was William so young, but both the first and second in line for the throne would be travelling together.
  23. However, he accompanied either both parents or his father on subsequent tours, and, upon graduation from university, began to undertake duties of his own, as well as obtaining experience in the private workforce when he worked with land management at Chatsworth House and interned at HSBC.
  24. At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed as a Counsellor of State, and began his royal duties by first serving in that capacity when the Queen was abroad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003, in Nigeria. 
  25. For his 21st birthday, William also accompanied his father on a royal tour of Wales, where they visited the Anglesey Food Fair and opened a centre for the homeless in Newport.
  26. By July 2005, he was on his first solo overseas tour, travelling to New Zealand, on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand, to participate in World War II commemorations. 
  27. In July 2007, Prince William accompanied his grandmother's cousin The Duke of Kent, who is President of the UK Scout Association, in opening the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.
  28. He has a dog with his wife, named Lupo.
  29. He resides on the estate of Kensington Palace in a small cottage. In 2013, he will move into apartment 1A, his great-aunt's former apartment after it undergoes an extensive renovation.
  30. When he was a boy, he and his mother used to free the trapped stray cats at Kensington Palace and replace them with stuffed ones.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Royal Profile: HH Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg

Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg was born 18 June 2006 in London, England, the younger of the two daughters of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of The Netherlands. She is named after her father, the Slavonian goddess, Zaria; her aunt and godmother, and   Princess Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) (1688–1765), the wife of Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange, the stadholder of Friesland.

She was christened on 3 February 2007 at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague.

Her godparents are: her paternal uncle, Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, her father's 1st cousin Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, her maternal aunt Nicoline Wisse Smit, and friends of her parents Ruben Ameling and Maria Luz Luano.

It is believed that she and her sister attend school in or around London, where they reside with their parents.

In February 2012, her father was in an avalanche accident when the family was on a skiing holiday in Austria. She  and her sister were  primarily looked after by her aunt and uncle during this difficult time for her mother and grandmother. Her aunt and uncle took her and her sister skiing with their cousins to keep things normal as possible for them. Since February, her family has returned to London, however her father remains in a coma at a London Hospital.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Royal Profile: Christine Knecht de Massy

Christine Knecht de Massy was born 12 June 2000 in Monaco, the eldest of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and Sébastien Knecht de Massy. She is the paternal granddaughter of Christine-Alix de Massy and paternal great granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Barone de Massy. She has three younger sisters:
She is good friends with her elder second cousin once removed (I *think* that's right: Christine's great-grandmother is Princess Alexandra's great aunt, they share the same great-grandparents/great-great grandparents, Prince Pierre and Princess Charlotte), Princess Alexandra of Hanover. The pair can often be seen attending events together, like reading at Princess Alexandra's uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour. She has also been spotted attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in recent years (2008 (redhead, center)). Because her father, she and her sisters *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. Other than the occasional all family appearance or out and about with Princess Alexandra, she's kept away from the media's glare.

She attends the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her younger sisters and second cousins once removed Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb. Along with Princess Alexandra, she is active in keeping a progressive program to promote maths and science in the school and community. She should presently be a year behind Princess Alexandra at the school.

It is presumed that she is named for her paternal grandmother, who died of leukemia before she was born.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

91 Facts about Prince Phillip, Duke of Endinburgh

  1. He was born in Greece on 10 June 1921. 
  2. At birth, he was a Prince of Greece and Denmark. 
  3. At his birth, he was in line for the Greek throne.
  4. His father died when he was 23 years old.
  5. His mother died when he was 48 years old. 
  6. He met his future wife when he was only 13 years old. 
  7. He had three older sisters, all of which who married to German princes or noblemen.
  8. He has outlived his parents,4 sisters, 7 nephews, and 3 nieces so far.
  9. He was educated throughout Europe during World War I. He attended:
    1.  an American School in Paris
    2. Cheam School
    3. Schule Schloss Salem
    4.  Gordonstoun School
    5. Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
  10. His mother was placed in an asylum after being diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1931. He rarely saw her for the next 10 years. She moved into Buckingham Palace with her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren for the final two years of her life.
  11. After his mother was institutionalized, his father moved to Monaco, and the young prince was bounced around from relative to relative-first to a school that was owned by his sister's husband's family, then off to the school that was attended by his three sons and two eldest grandchildren.
  12. In 1937 and 1938, numerous close relatives of his died: his sister Cecile, her husband, two young sons and mother-in-law were killed in an air crash at Ostend and his uncle and guardian Lord Milford Haven died of bone cancer. 
  13. He left Gordonstoun in 1939, and attended the Royal Naval Academy from 1939-1940, where he graduated as the Top Cadet in his class. 
  14. After graduation, he spent four months on the battleship HMS Ramillies, protecting convoys of the Australian Expeditionary Force in the Indian Ocean, followed by shorter postings on HM Ships Kent, Shropshire and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
  15. The Prince first met the love of nearly sixty years now in 1934, when he was 13 years old and she was only 8 years old at a mutual cousin Princess Marina of Greece & Denmark's wedding. 
  16. The pair would meet again later in 1937 when he was 16 years old and she was 11 years old. However the sparks began to fly after Princess Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth (where Prince Philip was a cadet at the time) in 1939. Upon sight of him, she immediately fell in love and the two began to exchange letters. 
  17. The pair dated for six years before being secretly engaged in 1946. 
  18. The formal announcement of their engagement took place on 9 July 1947, a few months after Princess Elizabeth's 21st Birthday. 
  19. The Royal pair wed on 20 November 1947. 
  20. Prior to their wedding, Prince Phillip renounced his rights to the Greek and Danish thrones (as well as for his descendants).
  21. Prince Philip had two stag parties the night before the wedding - the first at the Dorchester to which the press were invited and the second with his closest friends at the Belfry Club.
  22. He also converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism
  23. He adopted the style Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, and taking the surname of his mother's British family. 
  24. The attendants at their wedding included:
    1. HRH Prince Michael of Kent (age 5)
    2. HRH Prince William of Gloucester (age 6)
    3. HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent ( his wife's first cousin) (age 11)
    4. HRH The Princess Margaret (his wife's younger sister) (age 17)
    5. The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (Philip's first cousin) (age 18)
    6. Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott (daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch) (age 20)
    7. The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone ( his wife's first cousin) (age 22)
    8. Lady Mary Cambridge ( his wife's second cousin) (age 23)
    9. Lady Elizabeth Lambart (daughter of the Earl of Cavan) (age 23)
    10. The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon ( his wife's first cousin) (age 24)
  25. The day prior to the wedding, his future father-in-law bestowed the title His Royal Highness upon him. The morning of the wedding King George IV bestowed the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London on his new son-in-law, therefore giving him the title and style of His Royal Highness Phillip,Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London. 
  26. In 1957, his wife granted her husband the title Prince. From then on, he has been known as His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London.
  27. The Duke is the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice (of Battenberg). 
  28. His grandfather was a Prince of Denmark who became King of Greece. 
  29. The Duke is also related to Kings of Prussia and Emperors of Russia. 
  30. The Duke renounced his Greek royal title in 1947 and became a naturalised British subject following his service in the Royal Navy.
  31. The Duke learned to fly all types of aircraft. He gained his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot's licence in 1959. Prince Philip achieved 5,986 hours in 59 types of aircraft. The Duke's final flight was on 11th August 1997 from Carlisle to Islay, following which he has stopped flying.
  32. The Duke of Edinburgh is a prolific writer on environmental, technological, equestrian and animal subjects. His books include: Selected Speeches 1948-1955 (1957); Birds from Britannia (1962); Down to Earth (1988); and Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment (1989). Down to Earth is even available in Japanese.
  33. The Duke of Edinburgh is only the fifth consort to a reigning queen in British history. Of his predecessors, Philip II of Spain was husband to Mary I. William III was co-Sovereign with Mary II (although she, as daughter of James II, was nearer to the throne). The husband of Queen Anne was not given the title of King, but remained Prince George of Denmark. Prince Albert was created Prince Consort by Queen Victoria in 1857. 
  34. Care of the environment has long been one of The Duke of Edinburgh's greatest interests. 
  35. The Duke was the first President of the World Wildlife Fund-UK from its foundation in 1961 to 1982, was International President of WWF (now World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996, and is now President Emeritus. He has visited WWF projects in over 40 countries on five continents.
  36. The Duke of Edinburgh's official livery colour is dark green, known as 'Edinburgh Green'. It has been used for staff liveries - the Duke of Edinburgh's page at the Coronation wore dark green and silver - and private cars.
  37. Prince Philip lived for seven years in France as a boy, and still speaks the language well. His wife speaks French fluently as well. Sometimes, when they are not around French speakers, they speak in rapid French to each other!
  38. He speaks English, French and German.
  39. The Duke of Edinburgh has served as Chancellor of the Universities of Cambridge (1976-), Edinburgh (1952-), Salford (1967-91) and Wales (1948-76). He is also a Life Governor of King's College, London.
  40. In 1963 The Duke of Edinburgh founded a bag-piping trophy for the Pakistan Army. He offered to present the challenge cup after witnessing a display of massed bands of the Pakistan Army while visiting the country with The Queen in 1961.
  41. The Duke of Edinburgh is a veteran public speaker. His Royal Highness has made 4,632 speeches at meetings, conferences and receptions - an average of around eight speeches a month for 50 years.
  42. The Duke has a particular interest in the use of the English language to promote communication among different countries. Since 1952 he has been President of the English Speaking Union, a society which organized scholarships, exchanges and public speaking events around the world.
  43. In 1958 The Duke of Edinburgh commissioned celebrated British composer Benjamin Britten to produce a setting for the Jubilate and Te Deum for the St. George's Chapel Choir, Windsor. The modern settings were a new departure for the previously traditional choral music used at the Chapel.
  44. Prince Philip is Patron or President of 814 organisations. The longest-standing association is with the Federation of London Youth Clubs, of which His Royal Highness became Patron in 1947. He has been President of the National Playing Fields Association since 1948.
  45.  Together with Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and Sir Evelyn Rothschild, The Duke of Edinburgh some years ago instituted the Inter-Faith Dialogue between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths. This group continues to meet regularly to discuss matters of common interest.
  46.  The Duke of Edinburgh has undertaken 223 solo visits to 67 Commonwealth countries, and 385 visits to 74 other countries; an average of 12 countries per year, over the last 50 years.
  47.  From 1952 to 1999 The Duke of Edinburgh served as President of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the design of coins, seals and medals.
  48.  As President of International Equestrian Federation from 1964 to 1986 Prince Philip was involved in defining the rules and regulations for several equestrian sports. Under the guidance of The Duke, International Rules were created for Carriage Driving, Long Distance Riding and Vaulting, and Veterinary Committee and Veterinary Regulations were introduced.
  49.  The Duke helped to design the interior of HM Yacht BRITANNIA , formerly the floating Royal residence for many UK, Commonwealth and overseas tours. 
  50.  Some 75 prizes and medals are associated with The Duke of Edinburgh. The most unusual is the Silver Wink award. Students at the University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks match in 1958. The Duke of Edinburgh appointed the Goons as his Royal champions. 
  51. The Silver Wink has been awarded by the Duke since 1961 to the winner of the University Tiddlywinks Championships.
  52.  The Duke uses an LPG-powered taxi cab around London to attend engagements, often unrecognised.
  53. The Duke has a strong interest in the welfare of ex-Service men and women. 
  54. Since 1974, he has been Grand President of the British Commonwealth Ex-Services League, which provides practical welfare assistance for ex-servicemen and women of the Crown. The Duke has nominated the charity for donations made by members of the public to mark the Jubilee.
  55. The Duke has been President of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) since 1952. The organisation promotes discussion followed by practical projects or awards within the areas of design, arts, education, environment and business.
  56. The Duke of Edinburgh has his own personal Standard. The first three quarters show Prince Philip's lineage: Denmark (lions and hearts); Greece (white cross on blue); Mountbatten (2 black 'pales' on white). The fourth quarter contains the arms of the City of Edinburgh and represents his title.
  57.  Prince Philip is a Freeman of the cities of Acapulco; Belfast; Bridgetown, Barbados; Cardiff; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Guadalajara; London; Los Angeles; Melbourne; Nairobi.
  58. The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Vanuatu was formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, which Prince Philip visited in 1971. 
  59. The Duke is the oldest living great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.
  60. The Duke designed a bracelet as his wedding present to The Queen. The stones came from a tiara owned by his mother.
  61. The Duke was invited to become Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1948, and one of his first acts was to present his wife, Princess Elizabeth, with an honorary degree.
  62. Although he was the Queen's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh was not crowned or anointed at the Coronation ceremony in 1953. 
  63. He was the first subject to pay Homage to Her Majesty, and kiss the newly crowned Queen by stating "I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks. So help me God."
  64. Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen on all her Commonwealth tours and State visits, as well as on public engagements in all parts of the UK. 
  65. The first of these was the Coronation tour of the Commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954, when the couple visited Bermuda, Jamaica, Panama, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Cocos Islands, Ceylon, Aden, Uganda, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar, travelling a distance of 43,618 miles.
  66. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary in the year of the coronation, with a dance at Clarence House given by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. They left on their Commonwealth tour three days later.
  67. He holds orders from 34 different countries including Greece, Monaco, Norway, Panama, Sweden, Ethiopia, Portugal, Iraq, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Nepal, Finland, Tunisia, Liberia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru, just to name a few.
  68. He hold numerous honorary doctorate degrees, mostly from Universities in England.
  69. He has 22 godchildren.
  70. He is second cousin to Queen Sofia of Spain & King Constantine of Greece (his great-grandfather and their great grandfather were brothers).
  71. He is also distantly related to Queen Margrethe of Denmark & her two sisters as they are greatx4 granddaughters of King Christian IX and he is great-grandson of Christian IX.
  72. Prince Louis of Battenburg (who was Prince Phillip's maternal grandfather) married one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters,  Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Thus, The Queen and Prince Philip both have Queen Victoria as a great-great-grandmother. 
  73. They are also related through his father's side. His paternal grandfather, King George I of Greece, was Queen Alexandra's brother.
  74. On the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen described Prince Philip as her 'strength and stay'.
  75. Although a consort to the present monarch, as a great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, he himself is distantly in line for the British throne in his own right. However, because his wife is the present monarch, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all follow after her. 
  76. The Duke has had a longstanding interest in art, both as an artist and collector. 
  77. He invited the artist Edward Seago to accompany him in HMY Britannia for the Antarctic and later stages of his 1956/57 World Tour. 
  78. A selection of The Duke’s oils have been displayed next to The Prince of Wales’ watercolours at Sandringham House.
  79. Since learning to ride in the late 1920s The Duke has always had an interest in horses. 
  80. As President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1964 to 1986, Prince Philip was involved in defining the rules and regulations for several equestrian sports. 
  81. Under the guidance of the Duke, International Rules were created for Carriage Driving, Long Distance Riding and Vaulting, and Veterinary Committee and Veterinary Regulations were introduced.
  82. After The Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, Prince Philip was asked by Her Majesty to oversee the running of the two private Royal estates at Balmoral and Sandringham. 
  83. The Duke is also Ranger of Windsor Great Park and oversaw the restoration of parts of Windsor Castle after the fire in 1992.
  84. For 30 years he competed in carriage-driving events after giving up polo in 1971. 
  85. He has also been a keen sailor and cricketer. 
  86. The Duke of Edinburgh was the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television. 
  87. The interview took place in May 1961 when Prince Philip was interviewed by Richard Dimbleby, probably on a subject related to the City & Guilds of London, of which His Royal Highness has been President since 1951. 
  88. In 1986 while visiting China, he told a group of Scottish students in the city of Xian that Beijing was "ghastly" and said that if one of the students stayed in China too long, he would return to Scotland with "slitty eyes." Reported in the press, comments such as these earned Philip widespread condemnation.
  89. His apologists have said that such remarks stem from his enduring frustration at perpetually playing second fiddle to his wife.
  90. He holds the following Royal Orders in the United Kingdom:
    1. Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
    2. Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
    3. Grand Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
    4. Member of the Order of Merit
    5. Companion of the Order of Australia
    6. Extra Companion of the Queen's Service Order
  91. He has four children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters who are: 
    1. Prince Charles Arthur Phillip George (14 November 1948)
      1. Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis of Wales (21 June 1982) 
      2. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales (15 September 1984) 
    2. Princess Anne Alice Elizabeth Louise (15 August 1950)
      1. Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (15 November 1977) 
        1. Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips (29 December 2010)
        2. Isla Elizabeth Phillips (29 March 2012) 
      2. Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall (15 May 1981)
    3. Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, The Duke of York (19 February 1960)
      1. Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (8 August 1988)
      2. Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York (23 March 1990) 
    4.  Prince Edward Anthony Richard Louis, The Earl of Wessex (19 February 1960) 
      1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (8 November 2003)
      2. James Alexander Phillip Theo  Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (7 December 2007)

    30 Facts about Princess Madeline of Sweden

    It's Madeline's 30th birthday! 30 year years ago, she was born the youngest daughter of King Carl XVI of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia. She has two older siblings, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Phillip.

    Thirty Facts:

    1. Her full name, title and style are: Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine Thérèse Amélie Joséphine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. 
    2. She is the youngest of King Carl XVI Gustav's and Queen Silvia's three children. 
    3. At her birth, she was 3rd in line for the throne of Sweden. With the birth of her niece, she is presently 4th in line for the throne of Sweden. 
    4. She was christened at The Royal Palace Church on 31 August 1982, her godparents were: 
      1. Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha  (paternal 1 cousin 1x removed)
      2. Walther Sommerlath (maternal grandfather)
      3. Princess Benedikte of Denmark ( her 1st cousin 1x removed)
      4. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (paternal aunt)
    5. As a great-great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she is also distantly in line for the British throne.  
    6. She is related to nearly every current reigning monarch: 
      1. Denmark: Her father is 1st cousins with Queen Margarethe, making her and her siblings 1st cousins once removed, same with Greece as Queen Anne-Marie is Queen Margarethe's sister and the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg royals as Princess Benetikte is Queen Margrethe's sister. 
      2. The Netherlands: Her father is Queen Beatrix's 3rd cousin, making her a 3rd cousin once removed from Princess Madeline. Same with the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family 
      3. Liechtenstein: Her father is Prince Aios's 6th cousin, making her a 6th cousin once removed. 
      4. Monaco: Her father is a 7th cousin of Prince Albert, making her a 7th cousin once removed. 
      5. United Kingdom: Her father is a 3rd cousin of Queen Elizabeth, making Madeline a thrid cousin once removed of the Queen. This is on both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's sides of Queen Elizabeth's family. 
    7. Like her siblings, she mostly attended local state schools in Sweden.
    8. She attended the following schools since 1985: 
      1. Västerled Parish Pre-School 
      2. Smedslättsskolan 
      3. Carlssons School 
      4. Enskilda Gymnasiet 
      5. Stockholm University 
    9. As a youngster, she was an avid equestrian. 
    10. She owned several horses that were housed at the Royal Mews in Sweden. 
    11. She competed in show jumping under the name "Anna Svensson" for several years. 
    12. In recognition of her age of majority in 2001, a scholarship fund was created in her name by the Gävleborg province, which comprises her duchies of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. It encourages and supports young people involved in horse riding. 
    13. In 2001, Princess Madeleine first distributed such awards as 'Pony Rider of the Year with trainer in Gävleborg' and 'Gold Rider'. 
    14. She also enjoys skiing, and is very interested in the cultural world, particularly theatre, dance and art. 
    15. She is the patron of the organisation Min Stora Dag (the Swedish equivalent of Make-A-Wish Foundation, more commonly known as My Big Day, its translation into English). 
    16. She is also affiliated with Europa Nostra, Carl Johan-League and the Royal Motorboat Club. 
    17. In 2010, she moved to New York, NY USA, where she interned for UNICEF for six months in New York City and worked for the division of Child Protective Services. 
    18. She has been engaged and broke it off to Jonas Bergström in 2009. 
    19. Presently, she is residing in New York City, NY with her now boyfriend, Chris O'Neil, where she is working for he mother's organaization, World Childhood Foundation. 
    20. She was included in the "The 20 Hottest Young Royals" as compiled by Forbes Magazine in 2008, at #12. Her brother was ranked at 9th and sister was ranked 7th on the same list. She has also appeared high on several other lists as well. 
    21. She came in 3rd of the "10 Hottest Young Royals of 2010" in a list composed by the website PopCrunch.
    22. In 2011, she was among CEOWORLD magazine's Hottest Royal Women, a list which included Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princes Eugenie of York, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess Letizia of Asturias and Zara Philips.
    23. In 2011, she was placed on the CBS List of World's Most Beautiful Royals, that also includes: Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Grace of Monaco; Diana, Princess of Wales, Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Margaret, Charlotte Casiraghi, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, among others{Source}
    24. She took a basic module in Introduction to Swedish Law and studied for the European Computer Driving Licence in spring 2002. 
    25. She had a dog named Jambo, and Jambo died in 2010. 
    26. She has a dog named Zorro now.
    27. She has repeatedly been criticism for her recent absences from the public in Sweden {Source}. 
    28. According to her mother, she and he siblings all have a mild form of dyslexia, like their father. 
    29. She holds top honors from Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Jordan, Latavia, Luxembourg, Maylasisa, Norway and Romania. 
    30. While living in the USA, she often represents Sweden in it's foreign affairs. For example, she attended the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Pre-Conference gala dinner with her brother in law, Prince Daniel in November 2010 {Photo}

          Friday, June 8, 2012

          Royal Profile: Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi

          Andrea Albert Piere Casiraghi was born 8 June 1984, the eldest son of Princess Caroline and her second husband, Stefano Casiraghi.  He was named for his father's childhood friend who died of meningitis, for his uncle and great-grandfather. His godparents were his maternal aunt Princess Stephanie and his paternal uncle Marco Casiraghi In order to give him a normal life, his mother requested that he not be made a prince at birth by his grandfather. He has one older stepbrother (Prince Ernest-August of Hanover), a younger stepbrother (Ernest's brother Christian), a younger full brother and sister (Pierre and Charlotte) and a younger half-sister, Princess Alexandra. He also has five maternal cousins.

          He began his education in Monaco at Les Dames St. Maur. When his father died when he was six years old, his mother moved him and his younger siblings to their farmhouse just outside of Paris, in St. Remey-de-Provence, where he attended local schools.. He obtained the international baccalaureate from The International School of Paris in December 2002, after failing the spring version in June 2002. He briefly attended McGill University, before attending the American University of Paris. He earned a degree in Visual arts and international politics from there. In September 2007, he began to study at The New School earning a masters in international affairs in 2009. Reportedly, he is working on a second masters degree at the University of Barcelona.

          He is active in civic affairs as well. ince 2004, Casiraghi has been involved, to varying degrees, with the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE). He spent eight months teaching children in Senegal, Togo, and Niger. In August 2006, Casiraghi took his involvement deeper and paid a very serious visit to Manila on behalf of a joint venture of AMADE and the Virlanie Foundation. Since 2007, he has been the patron of the Motrice Foundation, which funds research into cerebral palsy. Casiraghi sponsored the Hospices de Beaune charity auction that was held in November 2009.

          Casiraghi regularly attends important social events in Monaco related to the Monegasque Princely Family, such as the National Day and the Thanksgiving Day celebrations, the Rose Ball,]the Red Cross Ball and the Formula One competition Monaco Grand Prix. In 2011, Casiraghi and his siblings Charlotte and Pierre hosted Monaco's annual Rose Ball, in the absence of Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie who were mourning the sudden death of their aunt Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy, a few days earlier. Casiraghi gave the speech at the start of the event. The same year, he attended the wedding of his uncle Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock, which took place on 1 and 2 July 2011.

          He is fluent in several languages including French, English, Italian and some German. He likes to horse back ride, play water sports, play football, and ski. In recent years, he has dated various women, most recently and the longest relationship has been with Tatiana Santo Domingo.

          Because of his position and social status, he has often been a papatazzi target, often making the tabliods for various unfortunate circumstances. 

          In 2011, he had his license suspended for 5 months after getting caught speeding and recklessly driving in France. 

          Royal Profile: Diego Dailly

          Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly was born 20 November 2003 as the eldest son of Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans & Pierre-Louis Ét...