Thursday, February 28, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco was born 28 February 2007 and is the second child of Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife, Princess Lalla Salma. She had one elder brother, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan.{Source}

In honor of her birth, the king granted a royal pardon to thousands of prison inmates {Source}.

In her short six years of life, she has accompanied her parents on numerous royal duties. At the age of 2 in June 2009, she accompanied her mother on a visit to Tunisia.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Ernest August of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig of Hanover  was born the second child and oldest son of Ernst August IV, Prince of Hanover, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick, Prince of Great Britain and Ireland and his wife Princess Ortrund on 26 February 1954. He has one older sister, Princess Marie, Countess of Hochberg, and four younger siblings-two sisters and two brothers. 

In August 1981, he married Chantal Hochuli, with whom he had two sons:
  •  Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph, in July 1983
  • Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Wilhelm-Ernst Friedrich Franz, in June 1985
They were divorced in October 1997. Two year later, he married Princess Caroline of Monaco, with whom he has one daughter:
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia, born in July 1999.
Over the last two decades, he has had his share of health and legal controversies. During the Expo 2000, he was photographed "relieving himself"on the Turkish Pavilion, which caused a diplomatic incident and compaint from the Turish Embassy accusing him of insulting the Turkish People. After this incident, he sued the magazines that published the photos on the grounds of invasion of privacy, and was awarded 9.900 euros {Source}. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and causing grievous bodily harm after allegedly beating a man with a knuckleduster in Kenya. It was this incident that he would appeal the ruling to and Princess Caroline would appear in court on his behalf in January 2010 {Source}. Due to various circumstances, Princess Caroline moved back to Monaco from the family's home in France with their daughter in June 2009, and the pair is rumored to have separated as they have not been seen publicly together since.

As for his health concerns, he was diagnosised  with a bought of pancreatitis when his father-in-law fell ill, and died in April 2005. His two elder sons represented him at their step-grandfather's funeral as he was still hosptialized. In July 2011, he was again diagnosed with pancreatitis, but was released from the hospital within days {Source}.

As a distant grandchild of George III, until his marriage to Catholic Princess Caroline, he was 400+ in line for the British throne. As of his marriage to the Catholic Princess, he is permenantly excluded, however his three Protestant children still remain in line.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Feb 18-24

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday. On Thursday, he awarded gallantry & service medials to the 239th Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police & several others {Photo}

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun visited the visited Dechenphodrang Monastic School on Thursday {Photo}

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola visited an exhibition entitled, Hôpital de la Reine: Croix Rouge, L'Océan et la Panne 1914-1918  on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended a special Mass "...to celebrate and remember deceased members of the Royal Family..." held at the l'Église Notre-Dame on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Laurent was injured and released from the hospital during a ski trip in Austria on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary participated in the 2013 International High-Level Meeting on Global Inequality on Tuesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II held a private audience with the High Commissioner of Australia and his wife on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened  the Cardiac Center at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital on Tuesday {Source}

-Charles, The Prince of Wales attended a reception hosted by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust & Canbridge Overseas Trust on Monday {Source}  On Friday, the future monarch visited the Uley Community Stores and Post Office {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall became the new Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future consort visited Bletchley Park to attend a reception for the women who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII {Source}. On Thursday, she visited a fan museum {Photos} and the West Greenwich Library {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal  visited the Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she visited the Medical Research Scotland Showcase at the University of Abertay {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Hope House, an Action on Addiction women's treatment centre on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}.

-Prince Andrew, The Duke of York celebrated his 53rd birthday on Tuesday.

Greece

-Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia celebrated her 11th birthday on Saturday.

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito celebrated his 53rd birthday on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah met with members of a delegation from the US National Defense University on Monday {Source}

-Queen Rania  attended the National Forum on Education Relevance to the Workplace for Youth on Wednesday {Source}

Luxembourg

-Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated her 29th birthday on Monday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the Dental Imagina event on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene toured Monaco's new Technical & Hotel School on Wednesday {Photo}{Photos} {Source}. On Sunday, they were spotted attending the Six Nations Rugby Match {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Princess Marijke Christina celebrated her 66th birthday on Tuesday.

Norway

-King Harald V celebrated his 76th birthday on Thursday.

Spain

-Queen Sofia attended the inauguration of the expansion of the Farmavenix headquarters on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias participated in the opening of the Foro del Empleo 2013 Innovación y Emprendizaje, Motores del Empleo" (XX Edición) {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias  attended a ceremony for the Cultural National Awards for 2010 & 2011 on Monday {Source}

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended the Opening ceremony of "World Championships 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing" on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she attended the Awards Ceremony of the "World Championships 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing" {Source}

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria met with Morocco's Speaker on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland celebrated her 1st birthday on Saturday.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Estelle of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary Duchess of Östergötland was born on February 23, 2012  and is the eldest child and heir to Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel{Source}.

Princess Estelle was christened in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace on 22 May 2012{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (good friend of her parents, also a distant cousin)
  • Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje (good friend of her parents, again a distant cousin)
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (her maternal uncle)
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (good friend of her parents)
  • Mrs. Anna Westling Soderstrom (her paternal aunt)
She was named for{Source}:

  • Estelle: Speculations come up that she was named for Countess Estelle Bernadotte, who was The Crown Princess's great-uncle (I *think* that's right.)'s wife, but nothing has been confirmed.
  • Silvia: Her maternal grandmother
  • Ewa: Her paternal grandmother
  • Mary: one of her godmothers

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Crown Prince Naruhito was born 23 February 1960 the eldest son of Emperor Akihito & his wife Emperess Michiko{Source}. As a child he was known as Prince Hiro(Hiro-no-Miya){Source}.

His coming of age ceremony took place on his 20th birthday in 1980 {Source}. He was official invested as Crown Prince of Japan on his 31st birthday, in 1991 {Source}.

Like most in the Japanese culture, his education was very important to him, and he achieved great levels. In 1982, he graduated from Gakushuin University with a degree in history {Source}. From 1983-1985, he studied abroad at University of Oxford's Merton College {Source}. In 1988, he competeled the first part of his doctoral degree back at Gakushuin{Source}. In 1992, he was a guest researcher in the archives of Gakushuin{Source}.

He married Masako Owada, who was a diplomat at the Japanese Foreign Ministery and a daughter of a International Court of Justice Judge. They were engaged on 19 January 1993 and wed later that year, on June 9th {Source}. Together, they have one daughter:
  • Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001)
He is an honorary member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st century. He is also honoary member and patron of the Global Water Partnership. He served as patron of the Japanese Olympic Games Comittee, until 1998, when he became a member of the International Olympic Committee. He has also represented his father at various events around the world. He is honoary vice-president of the Japanese Red Cross Society since 1994 {Source}. As crown prince,  he has performed duties on his father's behalf during his father's absences, such as when he had heart surgery last year {Source}

Friday, February 22, 2013

Royal Profile:Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia

Arrietta Morales y de Grecia was born 22 February 2002 in Barcelona, Spain, the eldest of Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark and Carlos Morales's children. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother.

She was baptized on 30 June 2002 {Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • Princess Theodora of Greece (maternal aunt)
  • Maria Teresa Morales (paternal aunt)
  •  Infanta Cristina of Spain (1st cousin of her mother) 
  • Manuel Cabrera (friend of her father) 
  • and an unknown Greek friend of her mother 

She resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by her father {Source}.

She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically,  she is 8th in line for the Greek throne after her uncle, 4 cousins, mother and brother.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Royal Profile: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan was born 21 Februrary 1980, the eldest son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and his 3rd wife.  He has 9 siblings-two full siblings (a brother and sister), 4 half sisters and 3 half brothers {Source}.

The young Prince attended to his early education in Bhutan, attending Yangchenphug High School.  He also attended The Philips Academy, and Cushing Academy. He began his higher education career at Wheaton College, before he moved on to Magdalen College,University of Oxford, where he completed the Foreign Service Programme and International Relations {Source}

As a young child, he accompanied his father on visits throughout the kingdom, and official represented Bhutan at several international events. In 2002, he was Bhutan's representative at te 7th UN General Assembly and made his first speech, addressing issues related to welfare of millions of children around the globe {Source}. In 2006, he attended King Bhuminol Aduluadej's 60th Anniversary celebrations{Source}. In 2004, he was insalled as the Trongsa Penlop (loose translation: Crown Prince of Bhutan) {Source}. In 2005, his father announced his intentions to abdicate in his favor in 2008, and would begin immediately handing over duties to his son {Source}.

During a session of parliament in May 2011, he announced his intentions of marrying Miss Jetsun Pema, who was 21 years old at the time. Their traditonal wedding was held six months later, in October 2011.

Royal Profile: King Harald V of Norway

King Harald V of Norway was born 21 February 1937, just outside of Olso, Norway, the only son and youngest child of Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha {Source}. He has two older sisters, Princess Ragnhild (1930) and Princess Astrid (1932). At the time of his birth, the succession laws in Norway were salic, otherwise known as male-only. As of 1990, the succession laws changed so it gives the oldest child, regardless of gender as heir (for example, his granddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra will be the 1st queen regent) {Source}.

When then Prince Harald was just three years old, he and his family fled to Sweden and then to the United States for the remainder of the war. In May (he,his mother & sisters) and June (his father) 1945, the family returned to Norway, which was widely celebrated by the people of Norway{Source}.

After the family's return to Norway, Prince Harald began to attend school at Smestad School, with a security guard stationed in the halls for his protection{Source}. Other than having a security guard follow him everywhere, his school days were relatively typical. He received his school leaving certificate from Oslo Cathedral School in 1955{Source}. After his formal education ended, he began a military career by attending the Norwegian Cavalry Officers’ Training School and went on to finish his military education at the Military Academy in 1959{Source}. From 1960-1962, he studied at Oxford University's Balliol College, where he earned a degree in social science, history and economics{Source}.

When his grandfather, King Haakon VII died in the fall of 1957{Source}, Prince Harald became Crown Prince Harald. It was at this time, that Crown Prince Harald began to attend to affairs of the estate, like attending the Council of State meetings, and acting as regent for his father in his absence{Source}.  When he was 23 years old, he made his first official state visit abroad to the United States to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation{Source}.

In the spring of 1968, after a nine year courtship, his engagement to commoner Miss Sonja Haraldsen from Vinderen, Norway was announced{Source}. The wedding was held in Oslo Cathedral on 29 August 1968{Source}. The newlywed Crown Prince and Crown Princess were received with great jubilation by people throughout the country{Source}. The Crown Princess assumed her share of the official duties. They have two children:
 Princess Märtha Louise, born on 22 September 1971{Source}
Crown Prince Haakon, born on 20 July 1973{Source}

In the spring of 1990, his father fell ill and Crown Prince Harald became regentv. In 1991, his father died, and he ascended the throne {Source}.

In his spare time, he is an avid hunter and fisherman{Source}. He is also an Olympian, having appeared on Norway's behalf for the 1964 Sailing Summer Games in Toyko{Source}. 


Today the King has been married for 43 years (will be 44 years in August), and has two children, two children-in-laws, four granddaughters, a grandson and a step-grandson.

Royal Profile: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Easte

Prince Amedeo Marie Joesph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary & Bohemia was born 21 February 1986 at the University Clinic of St. Luc in Belgium, the eldest child  of Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este {Source}. He has  three younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}. His godparents wee his grandmother, Queen Paola, and his maternal uncle, Prince Philippe, The Duke of Brabant {Source}.


He attended Sint Jan Berchmans College for his early education until 2001{Source}. He then moved on to Sevenoaks College in Kent, England from 2001-2004 {Source}. He then went on to attend Belgium's Royal Military Academy from 2004-2005{Source}, and then went back to England to study at the London School of Economics from 2005-June 2008{Source}. Upon graduation from LSE, he took a gap year to travel and better his Spanish language skills {Source}

He is very atheletic. He ran the New York Marathon in 2008, and plays rugby. In September 2009, he moved to New York City to work for Deloitte, a  financial services company{Source}.

Presently, he is the hereditary prince of the Archduchary of Austria-Este, 5th in line for the Austro-Hungary throne, and 7th for the Belgian throne. His full title and style is: His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Amedeo Marie Joesph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Hereditary Duke of Modena.

He is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army, whee he serves as a Second Lieutenant oof the Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn-Grenadiers.

He is became a godfather in 2001, to his cousin, and future monarch, Princess Elisabeth{Source}.

Due to his being so far down on the Belgian throne line, his mother is fiercely private about his life, therefore he makes limited public appearances on behalf of Belgium.















Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Andrew, The Duke of York

Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, Baron Killyleagh, Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Canadian Forces Decoration, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty{Source} was born 19 February 1960, the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh  At his birth, he was second in line for the throne after his older brother, Prince Charles, but after the birth of two nephews, he is presently fourth in line for the throne.

He was born at Buckingham Palace, and baptized two months later{Source}. His godparents were{Source}:
  • The Duke of Gloucester (his maternal granduncle)
  • Princess Alexandra of Kent (his 1st cousin once removed)
  • The Earl of Euston
  • The Lord Elphinstone (his 1st cousin once removed)
  • Mrs Harold Phillips

He was named after his paternal grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.

One thing that set him apart from his older siblings was that he was the first child born to the reigning monarch since Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Beatrice (coincidentally, his older daughter was named Beatrice){Source}. However, like his siblings, his early education began with governesses at the palace{Source}. He eventually went on to attend Heatherdown Preparatory School and Gordonstoun{Source}. In the spring term of 1977, he attended a study abroad program at Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada {Source}. He graduated from Gordonstoun in 1977 with A-Levels in English, history, economics, and political science{Source}. 

Instead of attending University, he opted for a military career. From 1977-1978, he attended Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth{Source}. In November 1978, Prince Andrew officially joined the Royal Navy the following year, and in December he underwent various sporting tests and examinations at the Aircrew Selection Centre, at RAF Biggin Hill, along with further tests and interviews at HMS Daedalus, and interviews at the Admiralty Interview Board, HMS Sultan. In the spring of 1979, he was enrolled in Royal Naval College Flight, training to become a naval airforce pilot. He was accepted and trained for 12 years in May 1979 as a Naval air-force pilot{Source}. 

After being awarded his "Wings", he moved onto more advanced training on the Sea King helicopter, and conducted operational flying training until 1982, when he joined his first front-line unit, 820 Naval Air Squadron, serving aboard the aircraft carrier, HMS Invincible. He continued his active naval career until 2001{Source}. In February 2010, he was appointed Honorary Rear Admiral{Source}.

He married Sarah Fergeson in 1986{Source}. They had two daughters{Source}:

  • Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)
  • Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York (1990)
They divorced in 1996, but remained friends for their daughter's sakes, often vacationing and doing normal family things together with their daughters{Source}.



The Duke of York carries out a wide range of public duties in the UK and overseas. Many of his duties are in support of his mother and her responsibilities as Monarch, but others are on behalf of his many patronages and Naval career {Source}. He serves as:
He serves as:
  • Trustee of Lakefield College School (1978)
  • President of the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain (1982-Present)
  • Patron for the Jubilee Sailing Trust (1984-Present)
  • Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club (1986-Present)
  • Patron for Defeating Deafness (1986-Present) (now known as The Hearing Research Trust)
  • Patron for Fight For Sight (1989-Present)
  • Patron of Round Square (1990)
  • Visitor of Royal Hospital School Holbrook (1992-Present)
  • Patron of Greenwich Hosptial (1994-Present)
  • President of the Trustee of the National Maritime Museum (1995-Present)
  • Patron of the British Deaf Association (1997-Present)
  • Patron for the Commonweath Society for the Deaf (1997-Present)
  • Excutive Chairman of The Outward Bound Trust (1998-Present)
  • Chairman of the National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s campaign to end child cruelty (1999-Present)
  • Patron of English National Ballet (2001-Present)
  • Patron of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2003-Present)
  • Patron of the Tall Ships Youth Trust (2005-Present)
  • President of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
  • Patron of British Schools Exploring Society and the Sea Cadets


Monday, February 18, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Christina of The Netherlands

Princess Christina of the Netherlands was born Princess Marijke Christina of the Netherlands, is the youngest child of the late Queen Julianna of The Netherlands, thus the youngest sibling of The Netherlands' current reigning monarch, Queen Beatrix. She was born 18 February 1947 in The Netherlands{Source}.

Due to her mother contracting German measles (Rubella) while pregnant with her, the new young princess was left nearly blind from birth. However, due to advances in modern medicine, and special glasses, the princess was able to lead a relatively normal life. She was a happy, smart child that held a passion for languages-once, while attended a state visit by President of the French Republic René Coty, she was delighted to speak fluently with him in French!

She is also talented in music, she recorded several CDs and has a Music Foundation in the Netherlands. She sang at her father's funeral and at her mother's funeral and participated in a tribute concert that the CIMA Festival did in Italy for Queen Juliana, under the direction of Jorge Chaminé.

Due to being a descendant of Electress Sophia of Hanover, the princess could claim British Citizenship.

In 1963, the sixteen year old Princess began using her second name, Christina, rather than her first, Marijke. At 21 years old, she moved to Canada to study classical music. After a few years, she moved to the United States, where she worked as a montesorri teacher in New York as Christina van Oranje. While in the United States, she fell in love with a Havana-born Cuban exile named Jorge Pérez y Guillermo, who was also a teacher.

Her love came with controversy however, because her betrothed was Catholic. Due to this, she renounced her and her descendants rights to the throne and converted to Catholicism in 1975. Her engagement was announced on Valentine's Day, 1975. They were married in June 1975. Then they moved back to New York, and later moved back to The Netherlands. Together, they have two sons and a daughter as well a granddaughter{Source}. She and her husband divorced in 1996 after 19 years of marriage, she and her husband divorced, and she moved back to the United States. Since her sister's succession in 1980, she has lived in England and Italy. It is likely that she will attend her sisters abdication and nephew's investrue in April with rest of the extended Royal Family.

Royal Profile: Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was born 18 February 1984, in Ronse, Belgium  and is the youngest of eight children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and the late Countess
Alix de Lannoy{Source}. 

She attended the Dutch-speaking  Sancta Maria School for her primary education {Source}. After attending Stacta Maria, she moved on to her secondary education, spending two years at  Collège Sainte-Odile in France{Source}, before returning to Belgium to attend Institut de la Vierge Fidèle, to complete her primary education in 2002{Source}. Upon graduation, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she studied Russian language and literature and to further develop her violin skills {Source}. She also studied at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, here she obtained a degree in Germanic philology {Source}. She also studied in Berlin, Germany, where she did a graduation project on the influence of German Romanticism on Russian Romanticism  {Source}.

While in Berlin, she began her career as a trainee with the Walloon Export Agency under the aegis of the Belgian Embassy {Source}. After that, she returned to Belgium to work for an investment fund company{Source}. 

The future Grand Duchess of Luxembourg has a great interest in classical music {Source}. In her youth, she studied both piano and violin {Source}. She also is very passionate about language, and speaks several fluently including French, German, English and is learning Luxembourgish {Source}. 

She is also an active volunteer, mostly working with youth groups {Source}. In her freetime, she enjoys skiing and swimming {Source}.

She began to date the future grand duke of Luxembourg in 2009 or 2010 after meeting through mutual friends.  On 27 April 2012, their engagement was announced {Source}. They were married that fall {Source}.

Since becoming Hereditary Grand Duchess in October 2012, she has made a trip to China in the company of her husband on behalf of Luxembourg {Source}

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Feb 11-17

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck &  Queen Jetsun arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a five-day visit on Friday {Source}. Check back for a full recap.
Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall re-opened the Borough Market in London on Thursday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the RISE Children's Centre to meet with volunteers, join in on story time and meet with Youth Group members on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she attended the inauguration of an exhibit entitled Floruculture: Flowers, Love & Money at the Garden Museum {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal opened the new Bishop Grosseteste University Library on Friday {Source}

Jordan

-Queen Rania inaugurated a new building of the "...Rmeil Charitable Society located in the Al Jeezeh district and dropped by one of the public schools in the area to check on students starting their second semester." on Monday {Source}{Source}. On Tuesday, she met with met with the "...participants and winners of the Intel Science Competition-Arab World 2012, which took place in December in Dubai and drew 130 students from 11 Arab countries..." {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans-Adam II celebrated his 67th birthday on Thursday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated their 32nd Wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess paid a visit to the Luxembourg Air Rescue team on Monday {Photo}

-Princess Alexandra celebrated her 22nd birthday on  Saturday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II released a statement in regards to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday {Source} He also visited Hati on Friday {Source} Check back soon for a full recap of his trip to Brazil and Hati soon!

The Netherlands

-Princess Maxima attended the opening of the 5th edition of the WOMEN, Inc Festival on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

Spain


-King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias held an audience with the world champion handball team, Nacional de Balonmano de España on Monday {Source} On Wednesday, they attended a luncheon & reception for the President of Guatemala & his wife {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the ceremony for new accredited ambassadors at the  5th edition of the Embajadores Honorarios de la Marca España on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they attended the opening of the 32nd Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (ARCOmadrid) {Photos}{Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a  Roundtable discussion on epidemiological research colloquium VI International Congress Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases{Source}  and visited the 34th edition of "WorldSkills UK" (National Vocational Olympics) {Source} on Friday .

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended the opening of the 21st Edition of the AULA Salón Internacional del Estudiante y de la Oferta Educativa on Wednesday {Source}{Source}{Photos}

Sweden

-Princess Madeleine attended a Royal Stockhom Philarmonic Orchestra Concert at Carniegie Hall in NYC {Photos}{Photos}and  paid a visit to Baruch High School with Peer Health Exchange {Photo}on Friday. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg was born 16 February 1991 at Maternity Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in Luxembourg, the only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg {Source}. She has four brothers- Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Prince Louis, Prince Felix & Prince Sébastien, two sisters-in-laws (Princess Stephanie & Princess Tessy, the wives of Prince Guillaume & Prince Louis) and two nephews (the sons of Prince Louis & Princess Tessy) {Source}. 

She attended  primary school at Angelsberg, Luxembourg and finished her secondary education at the Lycée Vauban in Luxembourg, where she received the French Baccalauréat with honors in 2009 {Source}. She presently attends Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, United States, studying history, philosophy and literature, where she should be in her final year in the 2012-2013 {Source}.

Up until summer 2011, Princess Alexandra was NOT in line for the throne of Luxembourg due to agnatic succession, when absolute primogeniture was adopted starting with the descendants of Grand Duke Henri. Therefore, as of February 2013, she is presently 3rd in line, preceding her younger brother, Sébastien since her older brother Louis gave up his and his decedents rights to the throne in 2006 when he married Princess Tessy.

Princess Alexandra speaks fluent French, English, and Spanish, and has good knowledge of German and Italian{Source}..

She is the godmother to her nephew, Prince Gabriel of Nassau. She received the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau on 23 June 2009, during Luxembourg's National Day Celebrations{Source}. Through her father, she is related to every single currently reigning European Monarch{Source}..

When she is not attending school, she participates in official functions such as National Day, Bastille Day, and Octave of the Feast of Our Lady of Luxembourg{Source}. Princess Alexandra is official patron of the Lëtzebuerger Déiereschutzliga (an animal shelter in Luxembourg) and Foundation Lëtzebuerger Blannevereenegung (An association for the Blind & Disabled of Luxemourg){Source}.

Her full official title is: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra Josephine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmina, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma {Source}. Her godparents are Michel de Ligne, 14th Prince of Ligne, and Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, born as Archduchess of Austria.


When she is not in school or performing royal duties, she is an avid sportswoman. Princess Alexandra loves literature and sport. Very athletic, she practices among other tennis, skiing and water skiing{Source}.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Prince Hans-Adam II, Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko of Liechtenstein was born 14 February 1945, the oldest child and son of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein and his wife Countess Georgina von Wilczek. He has three brothers (Princes Phillipp, Franz- Joesph & Nikolaus) and a sister (Princess Nora).


The Prince graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a degree in Business and Economic Studies in 1969. He married his second cousin-once removed, Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau on 30 July 1967. He has four children-Alois, Maximilian, Constantin, and Tatjana. He has 15 grandchildren.


Prince Hans-Adam owns LGT banking group and has a family fortune of $7.6 billion and a personal fortune of about $4.0 billion, making him one of the world's richest heads of state, and Europe's wealthiest monarch. He owns an extensive art collection, which is displayed for the public at theLiechtenstein Museum in Vienna. The Prince has written the political treatise The State in the Third Millennium, which was published in late 2009.



The Prince's native tongue is German, but he also speaks English and French fluently.


In 2004, he formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his eldest son, the Hereditary Prince Alois, as a way of beginning a dynastic transition to a new generation, however, legally, Hans-Adam remains Head of State of Liechtenstein.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: Feb 4-10

Belgium

-Princess Mathilde attended a film presentation of the film, Kinshasa Kids  on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}

-Prince Laurent attended a presentation and met with patients at the Centre pour Maladies Métaboliques Héréditaires at the Hôpital Universitaire d'Anvers on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Louise celebrated her 9th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Léa gave an interview to Place Royale on  Friday {Video}
Princess Léa is the widow of King Albert II's half brother, Prince Alexander.

-Princess Marie-Christine celebrated her 62nd birthday on Wednesday.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II officially opened the new exhibit entitled Danmarks Krige (Danish Wars) on Friday {Source}
-Crown Prince Fredrik participated in the Aarhus 1900 and DGI's Fun Run charity race for the benefit of the Danmarks Indsamling 2013 on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary  attended 2013 Kræftens Bekæmpelses Hæderspris (Cancer Society’s Honorary Award) on Monday{Source} The future Danish Queen celebrated her 41st birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Marie celebrated her 37th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales inaugurated a new building at the Said Business School on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales& Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception to celebrate Waitangi Day on Wednesday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception for victims of rape and sexual abuse on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, she visited Mulberry School for Girls {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a dedication of a memorial to Northamptonshire's fallen firefighters at Brixworth Country Park, and paid a visit to the new Criminal Justice Centre and opened the new Hankook Tyres Warehouse on Thursday {Source}{Source}. On Friday, she inaugurated the new Faculty of Engineering and Computing building at Coventry University {Photos}. On Saturday, she met with "...members of the Royal Scots Boarders..." and their families {Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended a Chinese New Year Party on Monday {Source}
Also in attendance were: their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, boyfriends Dave & Jack, & step-cousin Tom Parker Bowels

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Windsor and Eton "...to see results of the Diamond Jubilee Facelift 2012 Project" on Thursday {Source}

-Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto celebrated his 14th birthday on Tuesday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II made a quick visit to the UAE on Monday {Source}

-Queen Rania visited the elderly home care center at Al Asirra Al Bayda’a Society on Monday {Photos}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri attended the opening of the exhibit, Les Lauréats du Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe de 1946 à Nos Jours, organized by the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL) on Thursday {Source}.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II paid a visit to Rio de Janerio on Thursday {Source}{Source}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover visited the Musée d'Archéologie Préhistorique to view the new exhibit entitled, A la Conquête du Feu, on Friday {Source}{Source}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi competed in the amateur show jumping competition at the Jumping International de Bordeaux , where she competed in the Prix des Partenaires (but was eliminated) on Friday. On Saturday, she competed in the Prix des Partenaires(Placing 64th).

-Princess Stephanie  attended the Monaco Beach Soccer 2013 for Fightaids Monaco on Saturday {Photos}

Norway

-King Harald V met with members of the Norwegian Armed Forces, the chairman from the Skiforeningen (Ski Association) and the Secretary General of the Kongelig Norsk Seilforening on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he attended the 2013 Nasjonalforeningen for Folkehelsens award ceremony {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon opened the 10th Annual Barents Spektakel Festival on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he attended the celebration of Sami National Day {Source}. On Wednesday, the future monarch attended   the opening of the 2013 Ungdommens Bystyremøte (Youth Town Council Meeting) {Photos}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias received the World Champion 2013 National Handball Team  on Sunday {Photos}.

-Queen Sofia  visited the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología on Thursday {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the 2nd edition of the Foro Contra el Cáncer organized by the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer on Monday {Photos}{Photos} On Tuesday, the future Spanish Queen paid a visit to the Rare Diseases Spanish Federation {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf  visited Marine and Water Authority (MWA) in Göteborg on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the King awarded medals {Source}

-Queen Silvia visited the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)  on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the QX Gala on Monday {Source}

-Prince Daniel & Prince Carl Philip attended a soccer match between Sweden and Argentina on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip attended the Chef of the Year Competition on Friday {Source}

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium

Princess Marie-Christine Daphné Astrid Elisabeth Léopoldine of Belgium was born 6 February 1951, the elder daughter of King Leopold III & Princess Lilian in Laeken, Belgium. Her godparents were:

  • King Baudouin I (her elder half brother)
  • Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain 

When she was barely 9 years old, she received her 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation  in May 1962 {Source}.

She has been married several times. First, she married Paul Drucker in May 1981, and it lasted on 40 days, although they weren't formally divorced until 1985. Her second marriage was to   Jean-Paul Gourges in 1989.  Presently, she resides in California with her second husband.

Of all of King Albert II's family, his younger sister has to be the most controversial. She has previously made claims of being raped and beaten, and has lived a jet-set life. When she was a guest in a Belgian Embassy abroad, Marie-Christine refused to drink to her brother Baudouin saying "He is not my King". In 1993, when her brother Baudouin I died, she did not attend the funeral. On 17 April 2007, in a rare interview, she said “abolishing the monarchy might prove to be of benefit to Belgium”{Source}. The princess did not attend the funeral of her brother Alexander in December 2009.

Royal Profile: Princess Marie of Denmark

Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier (aka Princess Marie of Denmark) was born 6 February 1976 in Paris, France, the only child of Alain Cavallier and Françoise Grassiot {Source}. Her parents divorced when she was young{Source}, and both remarried and gave Marie four younger half brothers{Source}. Upon her parents divorce, she moved to Geneva, Switzerland with her mother, where she attended Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil{Source}.

After obtaining her Bacclaurate from Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil, she attended Babson College, studying international relations and economics, however she never graduated from Babson. Instead, after a brief time at Babson, she transferred to a school in Geneva to study Economics, then transferred to Marymount Manhattan College, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts.

After her university years, Marie worked in the field of public relations for Estée Lauder,and ING Numismatic Group SA, and other varying positions for companies such as DoubleClick Inc, Media Marketing, Reuters financial news agency Radianz, REInvest in Geneva, ING Numismatic Group SA.

Princess Marie speaks a variety of languages. Her native tongue is French. She also speaks Spanish, Italian, Danish and English.

She first came to media attention around 2005, when she was spotted vacationing with Prince Joachim. In 2007, she joined her prince and his family for the holiday season and for a skiing trip to Switzerland. It was announced in October of that year that she and Prince Joachim would marry. In May 2008, they were married. This is when Marie became Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat and a naturalized Danish citizen and member of the Church of Denmark (Just like her sister-in-law Crown Princess Mary had a few years earlier).

Princess Marie took her role as Princess of Denmark in stride, becoming a patron of many important organizations in Denmark after becoming a princess. So now she was a princess, a wife, a daughter, a stepdaughter, a half-sister, a niece, an aunt, a sister-in-law, a daughter-in-law, stepmother, what was left? Oh. Right. Motherhood. Princess Marie tackled that too in May of 2009, when she gave birth to her first child, Prince Henrik. In January 2012, she became a mother again, this time to a baby girl, Princess Athena.

Royal Profile: Princess Louise of Belgium

Princess Louise Sophie Mary of Belgium was born 6 February 2003, the first child of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire.

She was christened when she was 8 months old. Her godmothers were:


  • Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (her father's 1st cousin)
  • Ms. Marie-Claude Solvay 


There was no mention of who her godfather was but some reports claim that her godfather was non-catholic Reza Pahlavi.

Her first communion was celebrated in 2011, and was attended by several members of the Belgian Royal Family, including her parents, grandparents  brothers, aunt and uncle Archducess Astrid & Archduke Lorenz, and their daughter, Princess Laetitia Maria (who was also 7 years old at this time), aunt and uncle The Duke & Duchess of Brabant with their children{Source}

In 2005, her parents brought home two young brothers for the little Princess, Prince Nicolas & Prince Aymeric. Because of the  absolute primogeniture, her brothers did not displace her in the Belgian line of succession. Presently, Princess Louise is 13th position for the Belgian throne.

She began attending a private school in Tervuren, before attending Lycee Francais. She also speaks French and is learning English in school {Source}

Because she is so young and so far down in the line of succession, she is primarily kept from the limelight. She is usually photographed with other family members at official family portrait photocall sessions, such as the summer {2008}and Christmas calls {Christmas 2006}


For her education, Princess Louise has attended

Royal Profile: Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the eldest child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino & Kiko, Princess Akishino { Source ...