Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: March 25-31


-Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira  celebrated his 16th birthday on Monday.


-Prince Philippe attended the 2013 Lauréat du Fonds Prince Albert on Thursday {Photos}

-Princess Mathilde attended the Womed Award Ceremony where she presented an award to the best female entrepreneur on Wednesday {Source}


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held an audience with “...the class 10 and 12 toppers of 2012..." on Monday {Photos}

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun  attended the “...last day of the Paro Tsechu (annual religious festival)....” {Photos}


-Queen Beatrix met with the President of Bunesrat & Minister-President of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg on Monday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Maundy Thursday service \on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor attended the Easter Service at Windsor Castle on Sunday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended The UK Finals Of The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the future King visited the Kew Gardens, where he planted a tree in memory of  Wangari Maathai{Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the mothers and toddlers group at a community group held at the Brit School for Performing Arts on Wednesday{Photos}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a concert & dinner for the Meningitis Trust on Tuesday {Source}

-Isla Elizabeth Phillips celebrated her 1st birthday on  Friday.


-Prince Akishino,Princess Mako, Princess Kako & Prince Hisahito visited the Ise Grand Shrines in Ise in the Mie prefecture on Monday {Source}


-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein attended 24th Arab Summit on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Rania  participated in the “...4th Meeting and Related Meetings of High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda...” on Wednesday {Photos}


-Philipp von Lattorff celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.


-Prince Albert II attended then Ever 2013 on Wednesday {Photo}. On Thursday, he attended the 2013 Conférence Students on Ice {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended a concert by the Carabiniers du Prince et des Kiwanis on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they visited Club des Résidents Etrangers de Monaco (C.R.E.M) to introduce its members to the missions as well as activities of the Fondation Princesse Charlene de Monaco{Photos}. On Saturday, the royal pair attended the  WBA World Championship and European Championship Junior middleweight {Photos}

-Princess Charlene visited  Lenval Hospital on Wednesday {Source}

The Netherlands

-Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 8th birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Margriet officially opened the Drostenburg on Monday {Source}{Photos}. On Wednesday  she attended the 175th anniversary of the Artis Zoo, where she opened the exhibit  Artis in Bloei {Photos}


-Crown Princess Victoria & Princess Estelle were spotted holidaying in Spain on Monday {Source}


-Queen Sofia attended a concert to benefit Project Man Baleares on Monday {Source}

-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Astruias, Princess Letizia of Asturias, Infanta Elena, Infanta Leonor & Infanta Sofia attended the Easter Mass Church Service on Sunday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip & Princess Elizabeth attended the evening premiere of the documentary "The smell of basil" at the Museum of Yugoslav Film Library {Source}

-Crown Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince Peter & Prince Philip attended the“...‘President’s Club’ award ceremony that marked the end of the first phase of the Tune In project...” on Wednesday {Source}

Friday, March 29, 2013

Royal Profile: Isla Elizabeth Philips

Isla Elizabeth Philips was born 29 March 2012, the younger of two daughters of Peter Philips and Autumn   Philips. At birth, she weighed 7lbs and 4oz {Source}.

At the time of her birth, because her father holds no royal title and they are only distantly in line for the British throne, only an announcement was released by Buckingham Palace, without photos of the newborn {Source}. Little Isla made her public debut when the family gathered in Gloucestershire for a polo match in June 2012{Source}. Her christening took place in Gloucestershire in July 2012 {Source}, there was no announcement of who the godparents were.

It's more than likely that she will grow up with a fairly normal life with limited public duties. She is presently 13th in line for the British Throne, between her sister and aunt.

The Crown Princely Couple of Denmark visits Chile

Day 1 (March 10)

They arrived in the capital of Chile accompanied by their business delegation for an official visit with the intentions of "...strengthening trade relations between Denmark & Chile".

Their first stop on their visit was to pay a visit to Quebrada de Macul Park {Source}. During their visit to the park, they trekked through the park and seemed to have a fabulous time. In the evening, the future rulers of Denmark were joined by their business delegation to attend a gala dinner hosted by the Danish Ambassador to Chile {Source}.

Day 2 (March 11)

In the morning, the Crown Princely Couple laid a wreath at the monument "Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins"{Source}. Afterward,the future monarch and his wife visited with Santiago's mayor and were presented with keys to the city {Source}{Photos}. After their meeting with the Mayor of Santiago, they set off for the Presidential Palace, where they met with the president and first lady of Chile {Source}. Before attending to their afternoon activities, they attended an official luncheon with the Foreign Minister of Chile {Source}
After lunch, the future King of Denmark, paid a visit to  Grundfos Industrial Park in Colina and participate in the inauguration of Grundfos Chile's new machine for quality control of centrifugal pumps{Source}.

Day 3 (March 12)

Today, the future monarch and his consort attended to seprate duties.In the morning, the future Danish King visited with representatives  of Danish Companies from the heath care industry at Clinica Alemana, where he took a tour of the children's wing and was introduced to the Danish companies within the sector {Source}{Photos}. Meanwhile, his wife visited a Spanish School with a "Danish" Library, where she met with school children, and distributed copies of books to school children {Source}. After his visit to the hospital, the Crown Prince paid a visit to Isla Negra, the home of poet Pablo Neuda, where he was presented with a publication of Danish-Chiliean poetry and visited the poet's grave {Source}{Photos}. After, Crown Prince Fredrik visited the  Maersk Container Industry Factory  {Source}. After, he met up with his wife to participate in the opening of the Asger Jorn exhibition at the Museo de Bella Artes before they attended a cultural dinner at the Danish Embassy {Source}

Day 4 (March 13)

Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the conference on human rights and education at Chilie's Museo de la Memoria {Source}{Photos} Crown Prince Fredrik visited the Museo de Bellas Artes {Photos} and a private hospital {Source}


Day 5 (March 14)

The future King & Queen of Denmark visited the ESO Paranal Observatory {Source}

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Royal Profile:Countess Luanna van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg

Countess Luanna van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg was born 26 March 2005, the elder of two daughters of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of The Netherlands.

when she was 8 months old, she was christened with the following godparents:

  • Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (her paternal uncle)
  • Eveline Wisse Smit (a former Dutch hockey player and half sister to her mother)
  • Baroness Sophie von der Recke (her father's cousin)
  • Emma Bonino (presumably a friend of her parents-she was also a bridesmaid at her parent's wedding)
Because her father did not seek parlimentary approval before marrying her mother, she is not in line for the throne of The Netherlands. By Royal Decree of 19 March 2004, nr. 126 is determined that all children of the couple will bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. The titles are hereditary in male lineage {Source}. She is also distantly in line for the British throne, via her ancestor  William the Silent (I think-if anyone knows the connection, feel free to let me know)

She has one younger sister, Countess Zaria, who was born in June 2006.

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium visit Thailand

March 17 (Day 1)

The Prince and Princess of Belgium arrived in Thailand, and proceeded to their hotel, and then to the Residency of the Belgian Ambassador, where they attended a brief welcoming ceremony {Source} Afterward, Prince Philippe innaugarated the bust of Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns {Source}. Once the bust was inaugurated, the future monarch and consort paid a visit to the Wat Pho, Phra Nakhon District {Source}{Photos}{Video}

March 18 (Day 2)

In the morning, the future Belgian monarch and Belgian consort attended a meeting with the Thai Minister of Commerce {Photos}.

After the meeting was over, the royals went their separate ways for a few hours. Prince Philippe attended a AGEAS presentation with the Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, a " power luncheon" with various Prime ministers of Thailand {Source} and a meeting with the Thai Minister of Agriculture & Cooperatives entitled Agro-Food Possibilities in Thailand {Source}

While her husband was in meetings and attending luncheons, Princess Mathilde attended the opening of the exhibit Three Colors of Belgium  at the Bangkok Art & Culture Center {Source}. Like her husband, she also attended a luncheon, only hers was "...with Belgian and Thai business women..." {Source}. After her luncheon, the future Belgian Queen participated in a round-table discussion on microfinance in Thailand {Source}.

After their separate activities, the future monarch and consort of Belgium reconvened together for a meeting with the Prime Minister of Thailand {Source}, before attending an evening gala reception and dinner {Source}.

Photos Day 2

March 19 (Day 3)

Day three of their visit began with an event for Princess Mathilde. She began her busy day by attending a seminar on Women's Empowerment {Source}. Meanwhile, the Prince and his delegation attended the opening of the information session on ‘Infrastructure & Logistics’. After her seminar, the future Belgian Queen attended a meeting with representatives of Thailand's internaational delegations of the UN, World Bank ADB and WHO {Source}. While his wife was meeting with representatives, the future Belgian monarch attended the opening of the 10th anniversary of the Emeritis in Thailand{Source}, a meeting with the Minister of Industry {Source} and an informal luncheon with the Thai Young Global Leaders {Source}. Prince Philippe attended a "power luncheon"  on 'infrastructure' {Source}, while his wife attended an informal meeting with business women of the Belgian delegation {Source}. Then the future monarch met with the Minister of Public Health, before attending the opening of the opening of the information session ‘Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals’, where the Prince and his delegation were joined by his wife {Source}. After the opening, the royal pair went their seprate ways once again: she off to visit the Chancherngsao Province with the delegates from the WHO to visit the comminity health system, and he off to yet another Minstry meeting, this time with the Minister of Energy {Source}. Before returning to their hotel, the future King of the Belgians attended the opening of the information  session ‘Clean technology & Renewable
energy’ {Source} {Photos}{Photos}.

March 20 (Day 4)

They began their day with a visit to the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, where they met with representatives from the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand and toured the Environmental Monitoring and Control Center {Source}.

Later on, Prince Philippe attended the opening of the seminar Port of Zeebrugge: The Role of Eurpope's Leading Automotive Port {Source}, while his wife visited the Vinythai Coral Reef Project {Photos}.

That evening, they attended a gala dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of BELUTHAL {Photos}

March 21 (Day 5)
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended the re-opening ceremony of the Thai-Belgian Friendship Bridge {Photos}. Afterwards, Princess Mathilde visited the Kredtrakarn Protection and Occupational Development Center {Photos}.

March 22 (Day 6)
Before boarding their plane back to Belgium, the future King & Consort paid a visit to the Sea Farm Learning Center, met with King Adulyadej and the press {Source}

Monday, March 25, 2013

Royal Profile:Philipp von Lattorff

Philipp von Lattorff was born 26 March 1968, the son of Claus-Jürgen von Lattorff & Countess Julia Batthyány de Német-Újvár.

He married Princess Tatjana Nora Maria of Liechtenstein on 5 June 1999, in Liechtenstein. Together, they have seven children:

  • Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
  • Elisabeth Marie Angela Tatiana von Lattorff (2002)
  • Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
  • Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2005)
  • Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
  • Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
  • Maximilian von Lattorf (2011)

Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight.

Royal Profile:Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira

Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira was born 26 of March 1996, the eldest son of The Duke & Duchess of Braganza. He has two younger siblings:

In June 1996, he was baptized where he received the name Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael de Bragança. His godparents were:

  • Princess Helene of Bourbon-Two Sicilies 
  • Afonso Miguel de Herédia (his uncle)

He is presently is heir-apparent to the Portuguse throne, that is presently defunct. His full title/style is:
 His Royal Highness the August and Most Serene Prince Dom Afonso de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael, 16th Prince of Beira and by Mercy of the King D. Sebastian I, 18th Duke of Barcelos

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis aka Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis was born 24 March 1982 is the middle child abd second daughter of  Countess Gloria of Schonborn-Glauchau and Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and TaxisShe has one older sister, Princess Maria Theresia (1980) and a younger brother, Prince Albert (1983). When she was only 8 years old, her father died after two failed heart surgeries {Source}.

She was educated at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the 1990s. She also attended the American University of Paris

Because of her mother's  jet-set lifestyle, she and her siblings were frequent guests of Michael Jackson. After the music superstar's 2009 death, she defended his not-so stellar reputation saying that she: "Couldn't imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend"{Source}

She has frequently been featured in socialite diaries and on various Vanity Fair  pieces. In 2009, she was featured in Vanity Fair's piece titled "Fortune's Children", a list that includes fellow royals Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco). {Source}.

Elisabeth "works" as a writer and a blogger. She has written for the British Catholic Herald{Source} She was Features Editor for the Finch’s Quarterly Review. She also has written for NY based Quest, Germany based Monopol.

The princess was made a Dame of the Order of Malta in 2009, in which capacity she has several times accompanied the disabled and elderly on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In her free time, she pratices a form of Pilates known as "True Pilates"{Source}, and is a fan of kitesurfing & waterskiing.

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


-King Albert II visited the Direction des Unités Spéciales de la Police Fédérale (CGSU) on Thursday {Source}

-King Albert II & Queen Paola attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they attended the celebration the 75th anniversary of the Ecole Hôtelière Provinciale {Photos}.

-Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant paid a six day visit to Thailand. Check back soon for a  full recap.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the 2013 European Culture Foundation Award Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}


-Queen Jetsun visited the Ability Bhutan Society on Thursday {Photo}. On Sunday, she visited City Corporation camp {Photos}


-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort attended the inauguration of Den Blå Planet on Friday {Source} {Source}

-Crown Prince Frederik made a surprise visit to the Uglegårdsskolen  on Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary attended a dinner and launch party for the former UK Secretary General, Kofi Annan's memoir entitled Interventions: A Life in War & Peace on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Joachim attended the opening of the new exhibition, Oceaner af Lyd,  at Fjord& Bælt on Thursday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge  paid a visit to The Baker Street Tube Station to make the 150th anniversary of the London Underground  on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the opening of London Zoo’s new Tiger Territory on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchesss of Cornwall finished their 9-day tour of the Mid-east. Check back for a full recap. On Thursday, the future monarch and consort attended the enthronement ceremony of the new Archbishop of Canterbury {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the award ceremony for  The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering on Monday {Photo}. On Thursday, she began a day of engagements in Northern Ireland {Photo}

 -Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Child Bereavement UK's Charity office on Tuesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex's office announced that she has become patron of the London College of Fashion on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, she attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of Ginsters Bakery {Source}

-Princess Eugenie of York celebrated her 23rd birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester & Brigitte, Duchess of Gloucester attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent suffered a stroke on Monday. He is in an undisclosed London hospital, and said to be resting comfortably. Reports say the stroke was mild, and he should make a full recovery {Source}


Thurn und Taxis

-Princess Elisabeth celebrated her 31st birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Irene attended the concert "The Passion According to St. Matthew" on Friday{Source}

-King Abdullah II met with the Prime Minister of Hungary on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Jordian ruler attended the opening of the Ghazzat Hashem Mosque {Source}

-Queen Rania visited the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) on Monday {Photos}


-Prince Aios & Princess Sophie attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa & Prince Felix attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated her 57th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Albert II attended day 1 of the 7th edition of the "International Monaco and the Mediterranean" meeting on Wednesday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II,  Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 2013 Bal de la Rose de Roucher on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the screening of the newly restored film, La Baie des Anges   on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the brother and sister pair met with the Director-General of the UNESCO {Photo}

-Princess Charlene & Cecile de Massy attended the Spring editon of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo on Thursday {Photos}

-Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer  celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday.
(and 98% of you just went WHO?, right? Thought so.  He's the son-in-law of Prince Albert's cousin Christian Louis de Massy Check out his profile here)

Just for the record, yes, I know Tatiana Santo Domingo allegedly gave birth to Andrea's child on Thursday. Allegedly. There's nothing from the palace stating it as fact. The "press release" appears in gossip magazines, but not on the palace press office site-does that make sense? I'm waiting for it to be confirmed from a palace press source, not a tabloid to do a report.

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix met with the Prime Minister & First Lady of Turkey on Thursday {Source}
-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje visited the Science Park Amsterdam on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future King attended "...a multi-stakeholder dialogue..." {Photos}

-Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Maxima  held an audience with the President of Liberia on Wednesday {Source} On Thursday, she began a 2-day official visit to Italy {Photos, day 1}

-Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg celebrated his 9th birthday on  Thursday.

-Princess Laurentien & Princess Margriet attended the 2013 European Culture Foundation Award Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}


-Crown Princess Mette-Marit  visited the Scandic Vulkan Hotel on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, the future Queen visited yet another educational instituation, Ullevålsveien {Source}


-Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Letizia of Asturias & Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo attended a dinner for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Sofia presided over the prize ceremony for the XXX Edition of the Premios Internacionales de Periodismo Rey de España and the IX Edition of the Premio Don Quijote de Periodismo award on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, she attended the concert "The Passion According to St. Matthew" {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias met with the winners of the Fondo de Emprendedores Fundación Repsol and the jury, students and professors from Columbia University Business School who are participating in the 2013 Chazen Study Tour, and representatives from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM España) on Wednesday {Source}{Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Astruias & Princess Letizia of Astruias attended the installation mass of Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf participated in the 600th anniversary celebrations of the city of Landskrona on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia & Prince Carl Philip attended a luncheon for the Minister of Defense on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia participated in "Mentor Latvia" seminar "Investing in Youth, the Future of Latvia" on Wednesday {Source}
-Prince Daniel visited Kungmadsskolan and Linnaeus Universitetet where he discussed the newly formed  Prince Daniel Fellowship program on Monday {Video}

-Prince Carl Philip attended the 10th annual Royal Palace Sprint on Wednesday {Source}


-Crown Princess Katherine addressed the panel in the National Assembly of Serbia on the "...the empowerment and protection of women and children..." on Tuesday{Source}

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York

Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York was born 23 March 1990 the younger child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. At present, she is the sixth in line for the throne of the United Kingdom & its commonwealth realms, and is only the second female.

She was baptized at the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, by the Bishop of Norwich, on 23 December 1990, she was the first royal baby to have a public christening, and her godparents were:
  •  James Ogilvy (her father's third cousin)
  • Captain Alastair Ross (who was unable to attend)
  • Mrs Ronald Ferguson (her maternal grandfather's 2nd wife)
  • Mrs Patrick Dodd-Noble
  • Miss Louise Blacker

She was named after:
  • Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (her 1st cousin 4x removed) (Victoria Eugenie would later on become the Queen of Spain, and was the granddaughter of PrincessBeatrice, and great granddaughter of Queen Victoria)
  •  Princess Helena, Queen Victoria's third daughter.

She began her education at Winkfield Montessori School in 1992, of which she only attended for a year. After Winkfield, she joined her sister at Upton House School, which she attended for two years, from 1993-1995. After The Upton House School, she attended Coworth Park School until 2001. She attended St. George's School, Windsor Castle from 2001-2003. She boarded at Marlborough College from 2003-2008, where she earned A-Levels in Art (Grade: A), English Literature (Grade: A), and History of Art (Grade: B) {Source}. She undertook a gap year, before beginning a degree in Art History, English Literature and Politics at Newcastle University in 2009, and graduated with a 2:1 in English in 2012 {Source}

Her parents divorced when she was six years old {Source}. However, because her parents chose to have joint custody and were amicable with another, it was often like her parents weren't divorced at all{Source}. In an April 2008 interview with Tatler, Princess Eugenie described her parents as "the best divorced couple I know" {Source}.

She's had her medical issues. At the age of 12, she underwent back surgery to correct her scoliosis{Source}. When she was seventeen, she underwent orthodontic treatment, which were removed two years later.

Since her education has taken preference over royal service, Princess Eugenie has undertaken limited royal engagements, often appearing only when the entire family would make appearances. She, along side older sister Princess Beatrice, represented their father at the service of thanksgiving for their late aunt, Diana, Princess of Wales in 2007. Her first official royal engagement was opening the Teenage Cancer Trust's unit for young cancer patients in Leeds in October 2008 {Source}. On 2 June 2011, Princess Eugenie, with her father, visited the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital {Source}. In April 2012, she became patron of the Hospital's redevelopment Appeal {Source}. In December 2012, she paid a special visit to the children who were spending the holidays in the hospital {Source}. In 2013, along with her sister Princess Beatrice, she traveled to Germany on request of the British Government {Source}

Friday, March 22, 2013

Royal Profile:Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer

Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer was born on 22 March 1973, in Anvers, Belgium {Source}. He married Laetizia de Massy y Quintana on 3 September 2006 in Monaco {Source}. Laetizia is the eldest of Christian Louis de Massy's three children.

With his wife, they have four children, three daughters and a son{Source}. They are:

  • Jounkrow Rose de Brouwer (2008, fraternal twin){Source}
  • Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (2008, fraternal twin){Source}
  • Jounkrow Hermine de Brouwer (unknown, but sometime between 2006-2012){Source}
  • Jounkrow Lillah de Brouwer (unknown, but sometime between 2006-2012){Source}

Little is known about his or his family's lives, as technically, along with the rest of the de Massy family, his wife and their children lost their place in line for the throne with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005. I imagine the family lives fairly privately. It was rumored that the family resided in Belgium for some time, and it is now believed that the family is residing in Monaco. Jonkeer Thomas and Jounkrow Laetizia were invited to the 2011 wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco & Miss Charlene Wittsock {Source}, however, unlike the rest of her family (her father, stepmother, two brothers, aunt and cousins), we have no idea what she or her family looks like, therefore we have no way of confirming or denying her attendance.

Royal Profile: HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla (aka HRH Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg) was born 22 March 1956, the daughter of José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre in Mariano, Havanna, Cuba.

During Cuba's revolution in the late 1950s, Maria and her parents left Cuba for the United States. While growing up in New York, NY, she studied at the Marymount School and took ballet, voice, skiing, water sports and ice-skating. At the age of 5, she began to study at the Lycée Français de New York. At 9 years old, she and her family moved to Santander, Spain and then to Geneva, Switzerland. During the family's stay in Switzerland, she attended Institut Marie-José in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she successfully passed the French Baccalaureate in June 1975. She then attended University of Geneva, where in 1980 awarded she the degree in Political Science. While at University, she was part of a group taking care of visiting elderly in nursing homes. She has also taught catechism in a classroom of children in Geneva. His social commitment becomes a passion, continues and is growing again, after installation in the Grand Duchy.

During her youth, she kept with her family's tradition of being interested in social and humanitarian problems and having civic involvement. On 10 June 1997, she becomes Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the fight against poverty, to promote microcredit and education of girls. In the field of microfinance and more recently through the concept of Social Business, she worked for many years closely with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and in collaboration with key players in Luxembourg. In April 2007, the Grand Duchess is named "Eminent Advocate for Children", UNICEF, focusing its first Action for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.

Many sponsorships and commitments in socio-cultural and charitable organizations such as Luxembourg the Luxembourg Red Cross with the Grand Duchess took the Chair and the Cancer Foundation of which she assumes the Presidency of honor.

The Gramd Duchess has recieved numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts. In 1999, she was given an honorary doctoral degree from Seton Hall University (USA) {Source}. In 2003, she was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Leon (Nicaragua){Source}. In 2006, she was awarded with the UN's Path to Peace Award{Source}. In 2008, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malata {Source}

While at UoG, she met her future husband  the Hereditary Grand Duke Henri{Source}. On Valentine's Day 1981, they were married. Together, they have 5 children, two (almost three) daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. They are:
  • Prince Guillaume, Herditary Grand Duke (1981), and who is married to Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess.
  • Prince Felix (1984), who is getting married to Claire Margareta Lademacher sometime in 2013
  • Prince Louis (1986), who married Tessy Antony in 2006 and had two sons, Prince Noah & Prince Gabriel
  • Princess Alexandra (1991)
  • Prince Sébastien (1992)

After 19 years and 9 months as the Hereditary Grand Duchess, she became the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Royal Profile: Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg was born 21 March 2004, the second of three children to Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien, and is their only son {Source}. The 7th in line for the Dutch throne has two sisters, Countess Eloise & Countess Leonore.

At the time of his birth, it was not time for celebrations as his great-grandmother, Queen Juliana had died only the day prior to his birth {Source}. When he was barely a month old, the family moved to Belgium{Source}, where the family primarily resides today.

When he was barely 7 months old, he was christened at the chapel of Het Loo Palace {Source}.
His godparents included:

  • Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje (his paternal uncle)
  • Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (his 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Ed P. Spanjaard (a Dutch concert pianist)
  • Countess Tatjana Razumovsky von Wigstein (no idea of the connection...)
By Royal Decree of 11 May 2001, nr. 227 it is determined that all children of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will bear the title of Count (Countess) of Oranje-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg {Source}. The titles are hereditary in male lineage{Source}. As he is her only male grandchild, Claus-Casimir is currently the only one of Queen Beatrix's grandchildren who will be able to pass this title on to his children{Source}.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Czech Republic

The Prince and his wife were invited by the Czech branch of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation and the British Embassy in Prague. {Source}

March 12 (Day 1)

After their arrival in Prauge, the Prince & Countess met with the president and 1st lady of Czech Republic {Photos}

March 13 (Day 2)

The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & his wife, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a formal gala dinner at the Martinicky Palace, hosted by the BBC in order to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation {Source}{Source}. They also attended a rehearsal of the play A King's Speech {Photos}, attended a fashion show at the British Embassy in Prauge {Photo}. Prince Edward also distributed certificates to The Duke of Edinburgh Award Winners {Photo}{Source} {Photos}

March 14 (Day 3)

The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the Jedlicka Institute for disabled children. During their visit, which was to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary, the youngest child of the Queen {Source}. They also paid a visit to the Czech British School {Source}.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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


-King Albert II & Queen Paola visited the Institut Don Bosco in Woluwé-Saint-Pierre on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Albert II & Queen Fabolia attend the funeral of Princess Lilian on Saturday{Photos}
His mother Princess Astrid was Prince Bertil's 1st cousin 1x removed, making King Albert Princess Lilian's 2nd cousin in law.

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended a musical comedy performance entitled, Colombina on Monday {Photos} {Photos}


-Queen Margarethe II & Princess Benedikte attended the funeral of their aunt, Princess Lilian of Sweden, on Saturday {Photos}

-Henrik, Prince Consort participated in the Danish-Chinese Business Forum's Annual Meeting on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary attended to an official visit to Chilie this week. Check back for a full recap.

-Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended the 2013 Studenterrevyen on Saturday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended the Commonwealth Day reception on Monday {Video}

-Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attended the Commonwealth Day Observance Ceremony at Westminister Abbey on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, he attended a service commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Soldier’s and Airmen’s Scripture Association {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, Duke of York visited the  enterprise social network  ‘Yammer’  on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended to duties on a visit to the Czech Republic this week. Check back for a full recap.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips attended Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Sir Timothy Laurence, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips-Tindall & Mrs. Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips attended the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}
Also in attendance was Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall's former husband, Andrew Parker-Bowels.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge was made a personal aide-de-camp to the Queen on Saturday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a St Patrick's Day parade and handed out shamrocks to soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards  at Mons Barracks on Saturday.{Source}

-Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden celebrated his 8th birthday on Tuesday.


-Queen Anne-Marie attended the funeral of her aunt Princess Lilian of Sweden on Saturday{Photos}.


-King Abdullah II visited the Civil Defense Department, attended the inauguration of the new Public Security Department complex and held an audience with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday {Source}{Source}{Source}.


-Grand Duke Henri held an audience with the Chairperson of the 9th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess began the distribution of their October 2011 wedding gifts with a gift of a car to the Association Luxembourg Alzheimer on Friday {Source}

-Prince Gabriel  de Nassau celebrated his 7th birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Albert II celebrated his 58th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene made an official visit to the Republic of Palau {Source}. Check back for a full recap.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the inauguration of the new pediatric wing of the Princess Grace Hospital on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Stephanie appeared on Radio Monaco, where she recieved her own AS Monaco FC Jersey to symbolize the partnership between them and her organization Fight Aids Monaco  and she also met with students of the new Lycée Hôtelier et Technique de Monte-Carlo on Wednesday {Source} {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix attended the 50th Anniversary of the European School on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the soon-to-be former Queen of the Netherlands spent some time volunteering for the DL Doet {Photos}

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje received the Great Atlas of the Dutch East India Company and the West India Company from the Chairman of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje & Princess Maxima attended the farewell meeting of the Director of the Social and Cultural Planning Office on Monday {Photos}.

-Princess Máxima attended the opening of the international art event “Ja Natuurlijk - How Art Saves the World” on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Constantijn presided over the presentation of the Geuzenpenning Award on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Constantijn, Princess Laruentien, Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg & Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg volunteered at the Museum Gevangenpoort as part of NL DOET (National Volunteer Day) on Saturday {Photos}


-King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended the 2013 Holmenkollen on Sunday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attend the opening of the 2013 Forensisdagene on Monday {Photo}


-Prince Constantin celebrated his 41st birthday on Friday.


-Queen Sofia presided over the gala presentation of the National Dance Company Classic on Thursday {Photos}{Source}
Prince Felipe  of Asturias  & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended a concert organized by the Prince of Girona Foundation on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias visited the Academia de Artillería-Polígono de Baterías on Monday {Source} On Wednesday, he met with organizers of the Comité Organizador del V Congreso Nacional de Auditoría en el Sector Público, the Board of Directors of the Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida "Alicante”, and the organizing committee of the V Foro para la Sostenibilidad Medioambiental del Turismo "Futuralia 2012" {Source}. On Friday, he held an audience with the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee {Photos} {Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the Premios Discapnet de la Fundación ONCE award ceremony {Photos}

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the Youth Social Entrepreneur Awards of the European University of Madrid on Thursday {Source}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Madeleine attended the official welcoming ceremony for the President and First Lady of Turkey on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Christina & Mr.  Tord Gösta Magnuson  attended a gala dinner in honor of the President & First Lady of Turkey on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf &Queen Silvia toured the Swedish Museum of Science & Technology and attended a luncheon at Stockholm City Hall on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the inauguration of the  Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University on Tuesday {Source}

Queen Silvia  visited the Stockholm Public Library on Tuesday {Photos}.
-Crown Princess Katherine  visited Kragujevac and Pirot on Thursday {Source}

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