Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Dec 23-29, 2013

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York,  The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall,  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Autumn Kelly Philips, Mike Tindall, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linely, The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones & The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones attended the traditional Christmas morning church service on Wednesday{Photos}.

-Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips celebrated her 3rd birthday on Sunday 

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy celebrated her 77th birthday on Wednesday.

-Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster celebrated her 41st birthday on Sunday.

House of Savoy

-Princess Vittoria of Savoy celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday.


-Emperor Akihito
celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Kako celebrated her 19th birthday on Sunday. 


-Queen Silvia celebrated her 70th birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Claire Alexandra (Booth) Windsor, The Countess of Ulster

Claire Alexandra (Booth) Windsor, The Countess of Ulster was born 29 December 1977 as the elder child of Robert Booth and Barbra Booth{Source}. She has a sister, Joanne, who is two years younger {Source}.

She attended King's College, London, recieving a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery  in 2001 {Source}. In 2007, she received a further degree of Masters of Science from University College, London {Source}. Lady Ulster qualified as a pediatric specialist registrar, after which she became a Consultant Pediatrician with the General Medical Council{Source}. On 1 September 2012, she was appointed Clinical Training Fellow (Walport Lecturer) at UCL{Source}.

She married the son of The Duke of Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl of Ulster on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel, St. James Palace {Source}. Upon her marriage, she gained the title Countess of Ulster{Source}. Together, with the Earl of Ulster, she has two children{Source}:

Royal Profile: Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips

Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips was born the elder of two children to Peter & Autumn Philips on 29 December 2010, thus making her the 1st grandchild of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip.

According to The Daily Mail (aka the most reliable source ever...*sense sarcasm*), her christening happened in late April 2011 at the Church of the Holy Cross, near Granny Anne's estate. There was no announcement as to who were selected as her godparents. However, in addition to her parents, her aunt and uncle Zara and Mike were there, along with her great-grandparents and numerous members of the British Royal Family {Source}.

Because she is so young and far down on the ranks for the throne (As of 2013, she is presently at 13th after three great-uncles, six 1st cousins 1x removed, a second cousin, her grandmother, and her father), Savannah isn't often seen in the public eye. The biggest event we probably saw her at last was when she was with her mother, Autumn, and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Cambridge's dog Lupo at The Tusk Charity Polo Match At Beaufort Polo Club in June 2012 {Photo}. In 2013, she was also spotted at the Badminton Horse Trials in May and the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse in December {Photos}  At her birth, there were no public photos released.

She shares a birthday with her father's 2nd cousin 1x removed's wife, Claire, The Countess of Ulster.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy

Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent was born 25 December 1936 as the second child and only daughter of Prince George, The Duke and Princess Mariana, The Duchess of Kent{Source}. She has two brothers{Source}:

She spent much of her childhood at her family's estate Choppins in Buckinghamshire {Source}. Her father was killed in a wartime flying accident when she was 5 years old, leaving her and her two brothers to be raised by their mother {Source}.

Princess Alexandra was the first British Princess to attend an ordinary school, when she was enrolled in Heathfield School, Ascot in 1947 {Source}. Upon graduation, she attended a finishing school in Paris, studying French and music {Source}. The young Princess  took a nursing course at Great Ormond Street Hospital before starting to undertake official engagements and completing her primary educational studies {Source}.

She has also made appearances as a bridesmaid several times. In 1947, she was a bridesmaid for her paternal 1st cousin  Princess Elizabeth and her maternal 1st cousin 1x removed (through King George I) {Source}. In 19 she was one of bridesmaids for Princess Sophia of Grecce for her wedding to King Juan Carlos of Spain {Source}. Princess Sophia was her maternal 2nd cousin (through King George I) and King Juan Carlos was her paternal 3rd cousin (through Queen Victoria).

Her engagment to the second son of the Earl of Airlie was announced on 19 November 1962 {Source}. They were married the following spring on 24 April 1963 in Westminster Abbey {Source}. Together, they have two children, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren:
  • James Alexander Ogilvy (1964)
    • Julia Ogilvy (1964)
      • Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
      • Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
  • Mariana Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy (1966)
    • Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
    • Christian Alexander Mowatt (1994)
She became a widow in December 2004 {Source}.

Princess Alexandra is Patron or President of numerous organisations reflecting her wide-ranging interests{Source}. She is patron of{Source}:
  • Alzheimer's Society
  • St. Christopher's Hospice 
  • Queen Alexandra's Royal Navy Nursing Service
  • CancerBACUP 
  • MIND
  • The Mental Health Foundation
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • British Red Cross Society (Deputy President)
  • Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (Patron/Royal Air Commandant)
  • The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Action of Blind People
  • Sight Savers International (President)
  • The Princess Alexandra Rose Day (President)
  • The King's Own Royal Border Regiment (until 1 July 2006)(Colonel-in-chief)
  • The Light Infantry (Colonel-in-Chief)
  • The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and the Canadian Scottish Regiment(Colonel-in-chief)
  • She is also Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of The Queen's Royal Lancers 
  • Honorary Royal Colonel of The Royal Yeomanry
Other royal duties include acting as Counsllor of State in her cousin's absence, and representing her cousin at numerous functions overseas{Source}.

In her spare time, she  enjoys music, swimming, skiing and riding{Source}.

In 2013, she suffered a health scare. She was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica and was not seen in the public eye due to the condition for several months {Source}

Monday, December 23, 2013

Royal Profile: 24 Facts about Emperor Akihito

  1. Emperor Akihito of Japan was born 23 December 1923.
  2. He the eldest son and the fifth child of Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) and Empress Kōjun. 
  3. He had 5 sisters and one brother:
    1. Princess Teru (1925-1961)
    2. Princess Hisa (1927-1928)
    3. Princess Taka (1929-1989)
    4. Princess Yori (1931-)
    5. Prince Hitachhi (1935-)
    6. Princess Suga (1937-)
  4. He was known as Prince Tsugu as a child (like his granddaughter is Princess Toshi today). 
  5. He was educated primarily by private tutors before attending Gakushūin School from 1940-1952.
  6. Unlike the emperors before him, he did not receive a commission in he Japanese Army at the request of his father. 
  7. When he was 22 years old, he and his brother were evacuated from Japan during the WWII battles with The Americans.
  8.  During the American occupation of Japan, he was tutored in English and Western manners. He briefly studied Poltical Science at Gakushuin University, but never received a degree. 
  9. He has written papers for scholarly journals, namely Gene and the Japanese Journal of Ichthyology
  10. His formal investiture as Crown Prince of Japan took place in November 1952, when he was 28 (a month and some before his 29th birthday) years old. 
  11. In June of the following year, he represented Japan at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and visited Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee again in 2012. 
  12. Since then, he along side his wife, then Crown Princess Michiko, who he married in 1959 have visited 37 countries on official visits. 
  13. His father died in January 1989, and he was formally invested as Emperor almost two years later, in November 1990. 
  14. In 1998, during a state visit to the United Kingdom, he was invested with The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
  15. Like most "normal people", the Emperor has had a few health scares in his life time. 
  16. In January 2003, he underwent treatment for prostate cancer. 
  17. In 2011, he suffered pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. 
  18. In 2012, he underwent heart bypass surgery. 
  19. He shares a birthday with Queen Silvia of Sweden.
  20. Together, with his wife, he has the following children and grandchildren:
  21. Crown Prince Naruhito ( 1960, titled Prince Hiro)
    1. Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001, daughter of the Crown Prince)
  22. Prince Akishino (1965, titled Aya-no-miya or Prince Aya)
    1. Princess Mako ( 1991) (daughter of Prince Akishino)
    2. Princess Kako (1994)(daughter of Prince Akishino)
    3. Prince Hisahito (2006) (son of Prince Akishino)
    4. The former  Princess Nori ( 1969, titled Nori-no-miya or Princess Nori)
  23. He holds numerous orders from 48 different countries. He also holds several Japanese orders.
  24. From birth to today, his titles have consisted of:
    1. 23 December 1933 –10 November 1952: His Imperial Highness The Prince Tsugu
    2. 10 November 1952–7 January 1989: His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
    3. 7 January 1989 – present: His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of Japan

Royal Profile: 23 Facts about Queen Silvia of Sweden

  1. Queen Silvia of Sweden was born Silvia Renate Sommerlath the daughter of Walter & Alice Sommerlath on 23 December 1943 in Germany{Source}.
  2. She spent her pre-teen and early teen years in Brazil where her father held various positions with Swedish companies that were based in Brazil{Source}.
  3. When she was 14 years of age, the family returned to West Germany{Source}.
  4. She attended high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she graduated in 1963{Source}.
  5.  From 1965-1969, she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, with a Spanish major{Source}.
  6. Upon graduation, she began working as an interpreter at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich Germany{Source}.
  7. In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess trainer for the Organizing Committee for the Munich Olympic Games{Source}.
  8. Then took a position as Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976{Source}.
  9. She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich{Source}. 
  10. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year{Source}. 
  11. Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of Princess Madeleine, they moved to Drottningholm Palace{Source}.
  12. Their first child, Princess Victoria was born just over a year after they married {Source}.
  13. Their second child, Prince Carl Philip, was born almost 3 years after their marriage{Source}.
  14. Their third child, Princess Madeleine, was born almost 6 years after their marriage {Source}. 
  15. Queen Silvia's title upon their marriage is Her Majesty Queen of Sweden. 
  16. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have three children, two sons-in-law and a granddaughter and another granddaughter on the way{Source}: 
    1. Crown Princess Victoria
      1. Prince Daniel
      2. Princess Estelle
    2. Prince Carl Philip 
    3. Princess Madeleine
      1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil
  17. Queen Silvia often attends to official trips in Sweden and abroad with her husband{Source}.
  18.  She is a regular visitor to Sweden's authorities, schools, universities, participant in anniversary events, and openings and closings of major events{Source}. 
  19. The Queen is fluent in several languages, including: Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese{Source}. 
  20. Her eldest granddaughter, Princess Estelle's second name Silvia is for her{Source}. 
  21. As a newlywed, The Queen quickly grew to love the Swedish mountains{Source}. 
  22. She enjoys skiing in the environs of the Royal Family's cottage in Storlien{Source}. 
  23. Queen Silvia also has interests in gardening, theatre, horseback ridding, and waterskiing {Source}. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Dec 16-22, 2013


-King Philippe  presided over the 2013 Prix Belgodyssée on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde held an audience with theoretical physicist and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics and his wife on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 58th birthday on Monday.


-Jigme Singye Wangchuck,The Fourth Druk Gyalpo & King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck attended the 106th National Day Celebrations on Wednesday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge,  Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linely, Serena, Viscountess Linely, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, The Lady Sarah Chatto, Dainel Chatto, Samuel David Benedict Chatto, Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto,Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, The Lady Davina Lewis, The Lady Rose Gilman, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent. Katharine, The Duchess of Kent, George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews, Slyvanna Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews, The Lady Helen Taylor, Timothy Taylor, Columbus George Donald Taylor, Cassius Edward Taylor, Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor, Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor,  Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederik Windsor, Lady Frederik Windsor, The Lady Gabriella Windsor,  Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy, Flora Alexandra Ogilvy& Zenouska May Mowatt attended Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre on Tuesday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the London Olympia Horse Show on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the Charity Water Ball 2013 on Monday {Photos}
Princess Beatrice of York's boyfriend, Dave Clark, was also in attendance.

-James, Viscount Severn celebrated his 6th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor, Lady Frederick Windsor & Lady Gabriella Windsor attended the christening of Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Mariana Windsor on Monday {Source}
no official word on who her godparents are, but it is rumored that Princess Eugenie was asked and unable to attend due to work in NY.


-Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre on Tuesday {Source}

-Maximilian von Lattorff celebrated his 2nd birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the annual holiday children's party{Photos}{Photos}{Source} and a special memorial mass for Nelson Mandela {Source} on Wednesday

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the Monaco premiere of Weekend of Champion on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene attended a morning Christmas mass at Collège Saint Charles on Thursday {Photo}

-Princess Stephanie gave gifts to Monaco's elderly residents on Wednesday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi gave birth to her first child, a son named Raphael, on Tuesday {Source}


-King Harald V & Crown Prince Haakon attended the 2013 Gardens Kirkeparade (The King's Guard's Church Parade) on Tuesday {Photos}


-Queen Sofia  attended a meeting of the Council of the Royal Board on Disability on Monday {Source}. On Thursday the Spanish Queen attended a meeting of the Board of Trustees Spanish Committee of United World Colleges {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the VIII Gala Anual del Comité Olímpico Español (COE) on Wednesday {Source}

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 50th birthday on Friday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine & Mr. Christopher O'Neil attended a formal gathering of the Stock Exchange Building on Friday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended a reception at the royal palace in Stockholm held on the occasion and ahead of Her Majesty’s 70th birthday. on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria& Princess Estelle met with the Royal College of Forestry's student union for the presentation of Christmas trees on Tuesday {Source}{Source}

-Prince Daniel attended the Year fighter at Swedish Heroes Gala on Friday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine attended a scholarship awarding ceremony  for the Tercentenary Foundation at the Royal Mews on Thursday {Source}

Friday, December 20, 2013

Royal Profile: 28 Facts about Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo

  1. Infanta Elena Maria Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbon y Grecia of Spain was born on 20 December 1963 to then Infante Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sofia of Greece & Denmark
  2. She has two younger siblings:
    1. Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallora (1965)
    2. Prince Felipe of Astrurias (1968)
  3. Her father would become King of Spain when the young Infanta was only 12 years old, in 1975. 
  4. Her godparents were: 
    1. Princess Maria Mercedes, The Countess of Barcelona (her paternal grandmother
    2. Infante Don Alfonso de Orleans (a paternal distant cousin)
  5. She attended Santa Maria del Camino School and trained as a teacher at the ESCUNI University School, where she qualified as an primary education teacher, with a specialization in English in 1986.
  6. She then returned to her alma mater, Santa Maria del Camino School, where she worked as a English teacher for one year. 
  7. After that, she took a sociology and education course at Exeter University, and completed her education at Comillas Pontifical Univserity, earning a degree in Education in 1993.
  8. When the young Infanta became of age in 1981, she began to take part in activities of the Royal Family such as foreign heads of states visits to Spain, traveling officially to places like Germany, England, The USA, Argentina Japan, and the Philippines, more often than not she presided over various cultural events both abroad and in Spain.
  9. In 1995, she married Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, and was granted the duchary of Lugo upon the occasion by her father. 
  10. Together, they have two children:
    1. Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón(17 July 1998)
    2. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón (9 September 2000)
  11. On 21 January 2010, it was announced that her marriage to Jaime de Maricharlar was over in divorce by mutual consent. 
  12. As for her life today, the Infanta serves as a Director of Cultural & Social Projects of theMapfre Foundation
  13. She also participates in numerous official activities of the Royal Family such as Spain's National Day (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) and the annual Red Cross Fundraising Day.
  14. She serves as honorary president of Spain's Paralympic Committee and attended numerous events in London in 2012 with her two children. 
  15. An avid horsewoman, she participated in the 2011 Global Champions Tour event in Valencia, Spain in May 2011.
  16. She also serves as godmother to various members of her extended family. She is godmother to:
    1. Don Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos Yrdangarian y de Borbón (1999, her nephew via her sister Infanta Cristina) 
    2. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece (2000, son of her 1st cousin, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece)
    3. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005, son of her 1st cousin, Princess Alexia of Greece)
  17. She is the eldest grandchild of King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece.
  18. She was only a year old when her maternal grandfather died.
  19. She was 18 years old when her maternal grandmother died.
  20. She was 29 years old when her paternal grandfather died.
  21. She was 37 years old when her paternal grandmother died.
  22. She almost shares a birthday with her paternal grandmother. Almost. Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona's birthday was 23 December.
  23. She has 5 maternal cousins, all children of her uncle King Constantine:
    1. Princess Alexia
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos
    3. Prince Nikolas
    4. Princess Theodora
    5. Prince Philippos
  24. Infanta Elena has 7 paternal cousins:
    1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968, Infanta Pilar)
    2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969, Infanta Pilar)
    3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971, Infanta Pilar)
    4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973, Infanta Pilar)
    5. Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón  (1973, Infanta Margarita)
    6. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974, Infanta Pilar)
    7. Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón  (1975, Infanta Margarita)
  25. She is related to several reigning families:
    1. Greek: King Constantine is her maternal uncle
    2. British: Queen Elizabeth is her 3rd cousin 1x removed via Queen Victoria on the paternal side on the maternal side (Elena's mother) she is also 3rd cousins 1x removed via Queen Victoria (her parents were the great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria's daughters Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal and Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom). She is also related to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh via George I of Greece, and they are 1st cousins 2x removed.
    3. Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf is her 3rd cousin via Queen Victoria 
  26. Infanta Elena holds orders from Spain, Austria, Belgium,  Chile, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Nepal.
  27. In April 1980, a Spanish Naval Ship  was named after her {Source}
  28. She also has a hospital in her name {Source}

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Royal Profile: James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn

James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn was born 17 December 2007 as the only son and youngest child of The Earl and Countess of Wessex {Source}. He has one older sister:

His godparents were{Source}:
  • Denise Poulton ( a friend of his parents)
  • Jeanye Irwin (a former American flatmate of his mother's)
  • Alastair Bruce (a Scots Guard Falklands veteran, who is a friend of his mother's)
  • Duncan Bullivant 
  • Tom Hill
At only a few weeks old, he was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital for what Buckingham Palace called a "minor allergic reaction".

It is believed that he attends St. George's School, Windsor Castle, like his elder sister, where he should be in his 2nd year at the school.

Because he is so young, and so far down in the line of succession, he rarely makes public appearances or performs public duties. In 2009, he attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. In 2010, he attended the family's 10-day cruise to celebrate the 50th birthday of Prince Andrew and 60th birthday of Princess Anne. However, this summer he made several appearances, including attending the Thames River Pagent with his family in the honor of his grandmother and several London 2012 Olympic events including several Paralympic events. In 2013, he made his first balcony appearnce during the Trooping of Colour {Photos}, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show {Photos}

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Dec 9-15, 2013


-King Philippe attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, he visited the headquarters of Bruxelles-Propreté {Video}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended the annual Christmas concert on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde viewed the exhibition, Henry van de Velde: Passion - Fonction - Beauté  on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, she attended a reception for "... the suppliers holding a 'Royal warrant of appointment'..."{Photos}

-Prince Joachim celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday.

-Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric celebrated their 8th birthday on Friday.


-Queen Margarethe II attended a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Vor Frue Kirke on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Frederik attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary visited Lind Care and Activity Centre and the opening of the f 17th LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships on Thursday {Source}{Photos}

-Prince Christian attended a training session of the FC Real Madrid on Monday {Source}

Thurn & Taxis

-Princess Christa Ingeborg celebrated her 72nd birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II held an investiture ceremony on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwallopened the new Barnardo’s Headquarters on Tuesday{Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales  attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday{Source}. On Thursday, the future King attended the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Forum {Photos} and chaired a meeting of the Trustees of the Royal Collection Trust {Source}. On Friday, he attended the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Brecon and Radnor Express, Tredegar House, attended a reception with supporters of the PRIME (Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise) Cymru mentoring program, and toured the Ewenny Priory church{Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended The Sun Military Awards on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge chaired a Meeting of The Prince's Council on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education on Monday  {Source}. On Tuesday, the second son of Queen Elizabeth attended the World Innovation Summit for Health {Source}. On Friday, The Duke of York attended a meeting of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust, held a Patrons' Company Luncheon, presented prizes for the Outward Bound Chairman's Awards, held a tea for newly-appointed University Research Fellows of the Royal Society and attended a Royal Society Advisory Board Dinner at the Royal Society {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex held a meeting and hosted a dinner for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Friday  {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  hosted a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards on Monday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed home the Battalion, and presents Operational Service Medals to those who have recently returned from Afghanistan on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she hosted a gathering for children from the Helen and Douglas House to decorate a Christmas Tree at the Clarence House{Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Jailhouse Café, attended the 10th Anniversary of the Carers' Support Programme, visited Victoria Education Centre and Sports College  on Tuesday {Source}.  On Thursday, she opened the Chantry House Community Hub and  attended the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham this morning to celebrate the Woodland Trust’s Jubilee Woods Project{Source}{Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Vice Admrial Sir Timothy Laurence  attended the annual carol service and reception for  the Mission to Seafarers Limited on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a board meeting of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Foundation and signed the book of condolence at the Africa House for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, they attended a screening of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York met with students performing The Nutcracker on Friday {Photo}. On Saturday, she attended the wedding of Jake Warren and Zoe Stewart {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York & Zenouska May Mowatt attended the launch of the Beulah London / French Sole collaboration in aid of the UN Blue Heart Campaign on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}
Zenouska May Mowatt is the daughter of Mariana Ogilvy, and is presently 50th in line for the British throne, Mowatt works as a PR Manager for French Sole

-Princess Eugenie of York attended a Atlanta Hawks vs New York Knicks game on Saturday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall attended The International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a Carol Service in St. Paul's Cathedral for International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a dinner to mark the 10th Anniversary of Seeing is Believing on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent toured and met staff at the Xtrac factory on Wednesday {Photos}

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended a Carol Service for Missing People on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she met with members of the finance team of Prostate Cancer UK during a visit to the Headquarters of Movember UK {Photos}. On Friday, she opened the new Council Offices, attended a reception   at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and attended  a Concert of Christmas Carols and Readings in Glasgow Cathedral for Cancer Research UK on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Michael of Kent attended a special screening of 'Plot for Peace' at The Curzon Mayfair on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy  opened the newly renovated Inpatients Unit at St. Christopher's Hospice on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, she presented Operation Herrick Campaign Medals to members of Headquarters Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) and attended the New Bridge Foundation Christmas Concert in the Parish Church of St. George on Thursday{Source}


-Crown Prince Narhuhito attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Masako celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday.

-Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko & Prince Hisahito visited the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park on Wednesday {Source}


-Queen Rania  attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}


-Grand Duke Henri  attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the official presentation of the five-volume collection of books on the occasion of the celebration of the century house, Tageblatt, on Wednesday {Source}


-Prince Albert II attended a ceremony to mark the re-opening of the Olympic Museum in Switzerland on Tuesday {Source} {Photos}
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On Friday, the sovereign prince attended the opening of the 6th Edition of the World Policy Conference{Photos}On Friday, he  attended the private funeral service for Nelson Mandela on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-Princess Charlene attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}. 

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Beatrix opened Cultuurgebouw Rozet on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien & Princess Mabel of Oranje-Nassau attended 2013 Prins Claus Prijs on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Harlad & Queen Sonja attended the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Haakon  attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited with soldiers and generals of the Norwegian Air Force and visited the Norwegian Air Force Academy {Video}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the Norad Conference 2013 on Wednesday {Source}


-King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia attended the oath of the new Chief Justice and the General Council of Judicial on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the Medallas de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the future Spanish consort visited the XXXVII Salón del Libro Infantil y Juvenil de Madrid {Source}.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and Gala on Tuesday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Victoria  attended the public memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Princess Estelle attended a performance of Lucia Morning at the Royal Mews on Friday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip attended a medal ceremony for the Swedish Afghanistan strength (FS 25) on Friday {Source}

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Dec 2-8, 2013


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

-King Philippe held a luncheon meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and visited the headquarters of l'Etat-Major de la Défense (General Staff of the Defense) on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Laurent  officially opened Plan Froid on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Léa celebrated her 62nd birthday on Monday.


-Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck celebrated her  32nd birthday on Monday.


-Crown Prince Frederik paid a visit to Danish troops stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Benedikte attended the 40th anniversary of the Aktivitetscenter Benediktehjemmets (Care and Recreation Benedict Home) on Monday {Source}

-Alexander Johannsmann celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a diplomatic reception on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Annual Festival Dinner of the Coal Board Benevolent Association on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Academy of Arts to view the The Australia Exhibition and attended a reception on Thursday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited The Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church in Bedford on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the future King a ttended a reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Disasters Emergency Committee {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal  attend the Household Cavalry Regiment Freedom March and Medals Parade on Wednesday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the ICAP charity day on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the future consort hosted a  reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust {Photos}. On Thursday, The Duchess of Cornwall toured Emmaus Hastings and Rother, meet Companions, visit the shop, café and open the new living accommodation, Emmaus Hastings & Rother  {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the  Royal Performance of the UK Premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Thursday {Source}{Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge met with visitors to Motorcycle Live at the NEC on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the heir's heir to the throne presented operational service medals to the Irish Guards {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Shooting Star Children's House Hospice on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended a private viewing party of Nikolai Von Bismarck’s new photography exhibition ‘In Ethiopia’ at 12 Francis Street Gallery on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the elder daughter of the Duke of York attended Christmas Carols by Candlelight.{Source}

-Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogivily attended a Christmas Concert at St. John's Smith Square on Monday {Source}


-Crown Prince Pavlos & Princess Maria-Olympia attended a private viewing party of Nikolai Von Bismarck’s new photography exhibition ‘In Ethiopia’ at 12 Francis Street Gallery on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Nikolaos & Princess Tatiana attended the 50th anniversary of the Premios Telva Moda (Telva Fashion Awards) on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}
Princess Tatiana received the Premio a la Solidardidada for her charity work in Greece


-Crown Prince Naruhito  held an audience with the Vice President of the United States and United States Ambassador to Japan (VP Joe Biden & Ambassador Caroline Kennedy) on Tuesday {Source}


-King Abdullah II received credentials from six newly appointed ambassadors to Jordan on Tuesday {Source} On Wednesday, he visited Belgium meeting with King Philippe for lunch, visiting the headquarters of the European Council, and met with the President of the European Council {Photos}

-Queen Rania  met with representatives from the Ma’an Charitable Society for Women on Wednesday {Source}


-Prince Nikolaus celebrated his 13th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Albert II attended a private viewing of the exhibition, Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire, on Monday {Photos}  On Thursday, he officially opened the the 2013 MonacoPhil organized by the Club de Monte-Carlo and l'Office des Emissions de Timbres-Poste {Source}.

-Princess Charlene attended the inauguration of “Monte-Carlo Munchkins Club”{Photo}{Source} and a South African Gospel Concert {Source} on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Princess Consort opened Monaco's 1st Starbucks {Source}.

-Princess Caroline attended the 2013 Gucci Masters Paris’s Style & Competition for AMADE on Saturday {Photo}

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended a private viewing party of Nikolai Von Bismarck’s new photography exhibition ‘In Ethiopia’ at 12 Francis Street Gallery on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the French L1 soccer match between Nice and Monaco at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended a press conference  to present the planned sailing challenges for 2014{Source}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander inaugurate the new headquarters of the Applikon Biotechnology company on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje celebrated her 10th birthday on Saturday.


-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the board meeting of their Humanitarian Fund on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Sverre Magnus celebrated his 8th birthday on Tuesday.


-King Rama IX celebrated his  86th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Bhajara Kittiyabha celebrated her35th birthday on Saturday.


-Queen Sofia attended a board meeting of the Queen Sofia Foundation on Monday{Source}. On Tuesday, she presided over the establishment of the Network of Cities for Accessibility REDCA-4ALL {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias & Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo attended the 2013 National Sports Awards on Monday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias presided over the 2013 Premios Arquitectura Española Internacional on Tuesday {Source}

-Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 44th birthday on Friday.

-Don Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y Bórbon celebrated his 13th birthday on Friday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with the Russian Federation Council President on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended an audience with members from honorary consuls active in Central and Eastern Europe on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended a dipolmatic corps dinner on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Daniel visited the Dragon School and Umeå University to talk about the project Prince Daniel's Fellowship and entrepreneurship programs on Monday {Source}.

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