Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Royal Profile:Don Miguel Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y Bórbon was born 30 April 2002, the third son of the Duchess and Duke of Palma de Mallorca, Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín. 

Seven weeks after his birth at Barcelona's Teknon Clinic, the young royal was baptized on 23 June 2002 in the chapel of the city's Palace of Zarzuela. His godparents are:
  •  The Prince of Austrias (maternal uncle)
  •  Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (maternal aunt) 
  •  Lucía Urdangarín (paternal aunt)

He lives with his parents and two older brothers and younger sister in Barcelona. Previously, the family spent a few years residing in Washington, DC. 

He was educated at the Carles Riba preschool before moving to Washington, DC in 2009. Since the family's return to Spain in 2011, he attends the same school as his brothers, The French School. 
During  where he was enrolled in the and will subsequently join his older brothers at the French School. In early April 2013, his father was offered a new position in Qatar, it is unclear at this point, whether or not Princess Christina and her children will join him there at the end of this school year{Source}.

He is presently 10th in line for the Spanish throne.

Royal Profile: King Carl XVI Gustaf

Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, King of Sweden, Duke of Jämtland was born 30 April 1946, the son of Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf (who died in a plane crash when his son was a year old) and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha{Source}. When his great-grandfather King Gustaf V died in 1950, the four-year-old Prince became the heir apparent of Sweden {Source}. 

In an interview in 2005, his sister Princess Birgitta explained how growing up without their father around by commenting that their mother and the strict Swedish royal court of the time did not consider the emotional needs of Prince Gustaf Adolf's children. In that era, she said, tragedy was seldom discussed with children. "Children's questions were met with silence, children's anxiety and fear with the same silence."As a result, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf was seven years old before he had been told about his father's death. "It was Mother's way of handling the situation, to handle living her life. Of course it was not good for us children. It would have been much better to be able to speak about Father's death", continued Princess Birgitta. She said it had been difficult for the future King to come to grips with not having a father and of not having the same memories of him as his older sisters had.

After graduating from high school, the Crown Prince completed two and a half years of education in the Royal Swedish Army, the Royal Swedish Navy, and the Royal Swedish Air Force{Source}. He received his commission as an officer in all three services in 1968, and he eventually rose to the rank of captain (in the army and air force) and lieutenant (in the navy), before he ascended to the throne{Source}. He has also completed his academic studies in history, sociology, political science, tax law, and economics at Uppsala University and Stockholm University{Source}.

After completing his formal education, in order to prepare him for his future role as the leader of Sweden, he followed a broad program of studies on the court system, social organizations and institutions, trade unions, and employers' associations{Source}. In addition, he closely studied the affairs of the Parliament of Sweden, Government, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs{Source}. The Crown Prince also spent time at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), worked at a bank in London, at the Swedish Embassy in London, at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France, and at the Alfa Laval Company factory in France{Source}. 

He became King of Sweden on 13 September 1973, at the death of his grandfather{Source}. He was invested on 19 September 1973{Source}. He chose to end the centuries old tradition of being styled as By the Grace of God King of the Swedes, the Goths/Geats and the Wends by choosing to be known simply as King of Sweden{Source}.

According to the 1974 Instrument of Government, his role within the political aspect of the monarchy is purely a figure head and representative of Sweden{Source}. He is the Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation, and often participates in Scout activities both in Sweden and abroad{Source}.

He is very passionate about the environment, technology, agriculture, trade, and industry. He, like most of his family has interest in automobiles-he owns several different types of cars{Source}. 

He met a Brazilian-German Silvia Sommerlath at the 1972 Muinch Olympics, where she was working as a interpreter and hostess and he was attending to support the Swedish athletes{Source}. Four summers later, on 19 June 1976, they married and began to start their family, with the birth of their daughter, Princess Victoria of Sweden, (who on 1 January 1980, would become the King's heir apparent when the succession laws changed) just after their 11 month wedding anniversary{Source}. Their only son, Prince Carl Phillp would join her in 1979, and Princess Madeline in 1982{Source}. He became a grandfather for the first time in 2012, when his eldest daughter gave birth to her heir apparent, Princess Estelle{Source}.

In a 1997 documentary, after years of it being speculated, his wife publicly admitted: "When he was little, people did not pay attention to the problem," she said. "He didn't get the help he needed." She also noted that the couple's children have "a bit of" dyslexia themselves{Source}.

He has four sisters: Princess Birgitta of Sweden & Hohenzollern, Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, and Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson{Source}. 

He is directly related to all of Europe's current reigning monarchies:

  • Queen Margarethe II, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg are his first cousins: his father was their uncle/their mother was his aunt. 
  • Queen Elizabeth II and King Juan Carlos of Spain are his third cousins twice, by both Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 
  • Queen Beatix is his third cousin through George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau. 
  • Grand Duke Henri is also his third cousin, only through King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway and Princess Sophia of Nassau. 
  • Prince Hans-Adam II is his sixth cousin, via Prince Karl Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Countess Amalie of Solms-Baruth. 
  • Prince Albert II is his seventh cousin via Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden and Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt

Monday, April 29, 2013

Royal Profile: Infanta Sofia of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón Ortiz was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the daughters of the Prince and Prinesss of Austrias, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos. She was born at 4:50 pm in the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid by means of a cesarean section, two days after Letizia's due date. She weighed 3.3 kg (7 lbs. 4 oz.) and was 50 cm (19.6 inches) long at birth.

She is third in line for the Spanish throne after her father and sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia. 

 Her godparents are:
  •  Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  • The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)


She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her third year at the school.


Through her grandparents, she is related to the British (through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Sofia is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter), Greek (her grandmother is King Constantine's sister), Denmark (she is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side) monarchies.

Royal Profile: Maud Angelica Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003, in Olso, Norway, the eldest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, and the eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. 

She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:
  • King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's  3rd  cousin 1x removed)
  •  Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  • Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  • Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and  best man at his wedding)
  • Trond Giske (friend of her father)

At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. She has two younger sisters, Leah, and Emma. Her cousins are future Norweigen Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attends this school. Presently, Maud is in her fourth year at the school.

Royal Profile: Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1946, the middle child of King Fredrick XI and Queen Ingrid. She has two sisters-Queen Margarethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece {Source}.


Her godparents were {Source}:
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf V of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Count Sigvard Beradotte of Wisborg (maternal uncle)
  • Sir Alexander Ramsay (maternal cousin)
  • Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
  • Princess Caroline-Mahilde of Denmark 
  • Princess Maragaret of Denmark
  • Princess Ingeborg of Sweden

Princess Benedikte is very much involved in the scout/guide organization in Denmark as well as internationally. When she was a child, a special scout unit was created, so that she could join the guides. Now her involvement is more at the organisational level as she is chairman for Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark). She is protector for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association). In addition she is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS), a support organisation for the international girl guide/scout organisation WAGGGS. She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007 she was awarded with a prize of honor by this Scout association for adults.


She married on 3 February 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}. Together, they have three children, and three grandchildren:

  1.  Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
  2. Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
    2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
  3. Princess Nathalie Xenia Margarete Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg,(1975) 
    1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: April 22-28

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola visited the Hôpital Militaire Reine Astrid (HMRA) on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este visted Japan & Cambodia this week. Check back soon for a full recap.

-Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 10th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Claire attended  "...an exposition of amaryllis flowers..." at Château de Beloeil on Friday {Source}
Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort welcomed and attended a luncheon with the President of Bulgaria on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended a "Sport for All" Confrence in Peru this week {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary participated in the re-dedication of the Finn Juhl Chamber at the UN {Source}{Photos} and participated in the  launch of the High-Level Task Force ICPDs' (International Conference on Population and Development) recommendations for 'ICPD Beyond 2014'{Source} on Thursday. On Friday, the future Queen Consort attended the second meeting of the High-Level Task Force ICPDs' (International Conference on Population and Development) recommendations for 'ICPD Beyond 2014'{Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended the investiture ceremony on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Royal Garden at Langley Park Primary School and Glendene Arts Academy on Wednesday {Video}{Source}. On Friday, he arrived in Canada for a three-day visit {Source}. Check back soon for a full recap.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the 5th Anniversary of the charity 'First Story''s tea party on Tuesday {Photos} On Wednesday, the future consort launched British Food Fortnight 2013 school initiative Bring Home the Harvest {Photos} and visited a Community Centre run by Elmbridge Borough Council {Photos}

-Prince Harry visited the Russel Youth Club, opened the Confetti Television Institute at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, opened the new headquarters of Headway in Nottingham on Thursday {Photo}{Photo}{Photo}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex attended a Gala Dinner for Creative Youth on Thursday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a meeting of the Royal Bath and West of England Society on Thursday  {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Rudyard Sailablity Boathouse and toured Beacon Park on Wednesday {Video}{Source}{Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex opened a Jubilee Arboretum at Buckland Monachorum on Tuesday {Source} On Wednesday, she opened the new Whiston Hospital facility {Photos}{Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge launched a new school counselling program  to help combat drug & alchol addiction at The Willows Primary School on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she attended a reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday {Photos}

-Daniel St. George Chatto celebrated his 56th birthday on Monday.

-Lord Frederick Windsor & Lady Frederick Windsor (AKA Sophie Winkleman) attend the BritWeek Los Angeles Red Carpet Launch Party with Official Vehicle Sponsor Jaguar on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent has canceled several engagements through mid-May due to being diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. {Source}
According to The Mayo Clinic, polymyalgia rheumatica  "...is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness. The pain and stiffness often occur in your shoulders, neck, upper arms and hips. Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (pol-ee-my-AL-juh roo-MA-ti-kah) usually begin quickly, within two weeks....."

Greece

-Prince Philippos celebrated his 27th birthday on Friday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito attended a book party for the 3rd edition of the book, Fishes of Japan with Pictorial Keys to the Species on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Naruhito met with Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este on Tuesday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako boarded their plane for the 12 hour flight to The Netherlands on Sunday {Photos}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II  attended a luncheon meeting with members of the U.S.-Jordan Business Alliance on Wednesday {Photo}. The Jordanian King is presently visiting WAshington DC for various meeting this week. Check back for a full recap.

Luxembourg

-Prince Guilleaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess visited Mersch on Friday {Source}

-Prince Felix the Royal Court announced the dates for his wedding to Claire: the civil will take place on 17 September in Königstein im Taunus, Germany and the religious will take place on 21 September at Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint Maiin-la-Sainte-Baume basilica in France {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II  attended the inauguration of the newly renovated Unité de Psychiatrie et de Psychologie Médicale La Roseraie on Thursday {Source}

Norway

-Queen Sonja visited the Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America in NYC, where she opened the new exhibition entitled Munch/Warhol and the Multiple Image on Wednesday{Photo}

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix opened the  Huygens Exhibition on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Beatrix, Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje, Princess Maxima, Princess Margriet, Princess Christina, Princess Princess Irene, Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma & Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma attended the Queen's Day Concert on Tuesday {Photos}
Prince Carlos, Prince Jaime & Princess Margarita are the children of Princess Irene from her marriage to Prince Carlos Hugo. Princess Annemarie is the wife of Prince Carlos.

-Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje officially open the new “...International Willem-Alexander Rowing Course in the Eendragtspolder at the rowing course in Zevenhuizen..” on Friday {Photos}
On Saturday, the very near to it King celebrated his 46th birthday.

-Princess Máxima launched the nationwide ‘Girlsday’ for natural sciences and technology on Thursday {Photos}.

-Princess Margriet officially opened the Oranjefietsroute in Diepenheim on Thursday {Photos}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia held an audience  with Mr. José Manuel Caballero Bonald and his wife  on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias presided over the Miguel de Cervantes Literature Prize Ceremony{Photos}{Source} and attended a luncheon in Mr. José Manuel Caballero Bonald's honor on Tuesday .

-Prince Felipe of Asturias inaugurate the Spanish-Japanese demonstration project, Zero Emissions Mobility to All (Zem2All) on Thursday {Video}.

Sweden

-Crown Princess Victoria  attended the Swedish Association of Environmental Managers’ Sustainability Day on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Daniel met with students at Skvaderns gymnasium and Mid Sweden University to talk about the Prince Daniel Fellowship on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine & Mr. Christopher O'Neil attended the Childhood Project Seminar welcoming reception on Tuesday {Photo}. 

-Princess Madeleine attended a Childhood Project Seminar titled "Trama " on Wednesday{Photo}.

Yugoslavia

-Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Alexander, Nicholas Garfunkle &  Amanda Garfunkle attended a charity dinner for a Lifeline NY on Thursday {Source}

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Williem-Alexander of Orange (Soon to be King Williem-Alexander I of The Netherlands)

Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange was born 27 April 1967, the eldest child of Queen Beatix and Prince Claus{Source}. He has two younger brothers, Prince Friso and Prince Constanjn of The Netherlands{Source}. He was baptized as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church on 2 September 1967 in Saint Jacob's Church in The Hague. His godparents are{Source}:

Prince Willem-Alexander attended Nieuwe Baarnse Elementary School in Baarn from 1973 to 1979{Source}. He went to three different high schools{Source}: 
 After high school he performed military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987{Source}. He received his training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, where he was an ensign{Source}. In 1988, he received additional training at the ship HNLMS Van Kinsbergen and became a lieutenant (junior grade){Source}. 

From 1987-1993, the heir to the Dutch throne attended Leiden University, where he studied history{Source}. 

Since the announcement of his mother's abdication, he has renounced several of his international responsibilities in order to focus on being the first king of The Netherlands in 100 years. He held several national and international positions, including{Source}:
  • Honorary member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century 
  • Patron of the Global Water Partnership
  • Chairperson of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, Raad van State
  •  He holds commissions in the Dutch Army (as brigadier), Navy (as commandeur) and Air Force (as commodore)
  • He was patron of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee until 1998 until he was inducted as a member of the International Olympic Committee. 

He is an avid sportsman. Using the name "W.A. van Buren", one of the less well-known titles of the House of Orange-Nassau, he has participated in the New York City Marathon, where his aunt, Princess Christina, and several cousins live{Source}. In the Netherlands, he was a participant in the Frisian Eleven Cities ice skating marathon, aka the Elfstedentocht. The Prince was seen cheering on the Netherlands' national football team during their hosting year, at Euro 2000, always wearing an orange vest. Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife traveled to South Africa to support the national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup{Photos}.

He married Argentine Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971) at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 2 February 2002. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark

Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark was born 26 April 1986 in London, the youngest son of King Constantine II of Greece & Queen Anne-Marie of Greece{Source}. He has two older brothers, Crown Prince Pavlos & Prince Nikolas{Source} and two older sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Theodora {Source}. His godparents were Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (his 1st cousin 1x removed) & Princess Diana of Wales (his 2nd cousin in law) {Source}

He spent the majority of his education at the Hellenic College of London (1992-2002, GCSE){Source}. He also attended United World College in New Mexico, USA before attending Georgetown University, where he studied foreign relations {Source}.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Anna Maria Foundation, along side his mother (president) and siblings{Source}

He has a passion for almost everything. He is an avid sportsman, especially when it comes to roller blading, swimming,  and Football (he supports UK's Arsenal and the Greek Club Panathinaikos) {Source}. He also enjoys computers, history, and music.

He is presently 8th in line for the deposed Greek throne, after his two elder brothers, three nephews, and a niece.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Royal Profile:10 Facts about Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

  1. She was born on 24 April 2003 at  Clinique Saint-Jean in Brussels, weighing 3.8 kg and measuring 52 cm, she was the fifth child and third daughter of Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz.{Source}
  2. Like her elder siblings, she is attending Sint-Jan-Berchmans School in Brussels, where she is in the 4th grade of primary school (2012-2013) {Source}.
  3. She joined her mother and sister Princess Luisa Maria for the world premiere of The Adventures of Tintin on October 22, 2011 {Source
  4. She has  4 siblings, including, two sisters and two brothers:
    1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
    3. Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
    4. Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
  5. She is in 11th postition for the throne of Belgium after her uncle, four cousins, mother, two brothers and two sisters.
  6. Her godparents are her brother Prince Joachim and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein{Source}.
  7. Her full name is: Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita.
  8. Her full title and style is: Her Royal and Imperial Highness Princess Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este.
  9. She speaks both French and Belgian.
  10. She is the middle granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola. Her sisters Maria Laura & Luisa Maria, and cousin Elisabeth are all older, while her cousins Louise and Eléonore are both younger.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden visit Croita

Day 1 (April 16)

King Carl XVI & Queen Silvia arrived to Croatia where they were welcomed by the President and First Lady {Photos}. That afternoon, the King and his delegation met with the President and his delegation "...held a bilateral meeting..."{Source}, while their wives visited Croiatian State Archives, where  they toured the library and the conservation and restoration laboratory {Source}. Afterward, the King attended a working lunch with Speaker Josip Leko  {Source}.

They also attend a meeting with the Prime Minister and his wife {Source} before heading over to the  {Source}Meštrović Museum for the opening of the Meštrović — Milles exhibition{Source}, where they attended the opening ceremony and toured of the exhibit, and attended a reception {Source}. After the visit to the museum, they concluded their day with a dinner ath the Presidential Palace {Source}

Day 2 (April 17)

They started their second day in Croita with a meeting with their business delegation{Source}. Afterward, they visited the University of Zagreb, where they toured classrooms and spoke with students {Source}.

After leaving the university, they immediately went to visit Ericsson Nikola Tesla {Source}. Then it was time for lunch with their business delegation and representatives from Croatian businesses which was hosted by Croatian Employers' Association and Business Sweden {Source}.


In the afternoon, the Swedish monarch and consort met back up with the President and First Lady for a busy afternoon of separate activities {Source}. The Queen and First Lady visited  the Silver Rehabilitation Centre,  while their husbands attended a seminar entitled "Croatia, the new EU Market — How can Sweden be a Business Partner?" {Source}. After the seminar, the King accompanied the Minister for Foreign Affairs to a visit to the family-run DOK-ING {Source}.

At the end of the day, the King and Queen hosted a reception and concert by Elin Rombo,  for the Croatian Presidential couple  {Source}.

Day 3 (April 18)

On their final day in Croatia, the Queen and King continued to be very busy. Their first stop was to the town of Zadar, to meet with the mayor and other local officials {Photos}. After the meeting, they took a tour of the city and visited a museum {Photos}. After their tour and museum visit, they attend a luncheon in their honor and visited an organic farm and vineyard in Nedin




Monday, April 22, 2013

Royal Profile: Daniel St. George Chatto

Daniel St. George Chatto was born 22 April 1957 as Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule {Source}. He is the son of  the late actor Thomas Chatto Sproule (stage name Thomas Chatto) and the theatrical agent Ros Chatto  {Source}. He has one brother, James {Source} In 1987, using Deed poll, Chatto legally changed his name from Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule to Daniel St. George Chatto. At the same time, his mother, also using Deed Poll, abandoned her surname Sproule in favor of Chatto.{Source}.

He attended Bedales Boarding school {Source}.

Before marrying into the royal family, he was an actor, like his father. He appeared in several films throughout the 1980s. His most notable role is probably Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1988, Prince Andrew){Source}

He began a romance in 1983, with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones while working on Heat and Dust  in India, in which he played  a party guest and Sarah was working in the wardrobe department {Source}. Fast forward to 14 July 1994, at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, where they were married. Together, they have two sons
  • Samuel Chatto (1996)
  • Arthur Chatto (1998)

Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visit Austria

Day 1 (April 15)

They arrived in Austria, where they recieved an official welcome with military honors before The Grand Duke attended a meeting with the President of Austria {Source}, while the ladies of Luxembourg and Austria met {Source}.  In the evening, the royal pair attended a state dinner hosted by the President and his wife{Source}{Photos}

Day 2 (April 16)

First thing on the Grand Duke's agenda was a meeting with the Austrian President of National Council {Source}. Afterward, he was joined by his wife to  participate in the Austro-Luxembourg Economic Forum{Source} At lunchtime, they attended an official luncheon hosted by the President of National Council {Source}. After lunch, they met with the Director-General of the UN at the UN offiice in Vienna {Source}. They hosted a reception for the President and First Lady of Austria in one of the "...presitious rooms of the Albertina..."{Source}.

Day 3 (April 17)

On the final day of their visit, they began their day with a visit to the Abey of Melk in Lower Austria {Source}. They attended a wreath-laying ceremony at hte Mauthausen concentration camp{Source}. They visited voestalpine AG {Source}. They also visited "Ars Electonica"{Source}.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Royal Profile: Queen Elizabeth II

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York (today known as Queen Elizabeth II) was born 21 April 1926  at 4:20am in London, the oldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth, Duchess of York {Source}. 
She was named for{Source}:
 Elizabeth: her mother
Alexandra: her paternal great-grandmother
Mary: her paternal grandmother.

 Princess Lilibet as she was known became a big sister to Princess Margaret of York on 21 August 1930{Source}. 

She and her sister were educated in history, language, literature and music by their mother and governess as children{Source}. Princesss Elizabeth received private tuition in constitutional history from Henry Marten, Vice-Provost of Eton College, and learned French from a succession of native-speaking governesses{Source}. A Girl Guides company, the 1st Buckingham Palace Company, was formed specifically so she could socialize with girls her own age{Source}. Later she was enrolled as a Sea Ranger.

At her birth, she was third in line for succession, after her uncle, Prince Edward (later King Edward), and her father{Source}. Growing up, it was unexpected that she would ever become queen as the world expected that her uncle would marry and have a family of his own{Source}. In 1936, her grandfather died and her uncle succeed the throne{Source}. Later that same year, her uncle would abdicate to marry an American divorcee socialite, leaving her father to become King, and she to become first in line{Source}. 

In the mid 1920s and 1930s, Princess Elizabeth's parents took on many tours of duty to the United Kingdom's overseas territories. More often than not, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret remained in the care of governesses in England as their father thought they were too young to undertake public tours abroad. In 1927, her parents toured Australia and New Zeland, and in 1939, they toured Canada and the United States.

During the second world war, Princess Elizabeth spent much of her time traveling throughout England to the families various estates. It was suggested by senior politicians that the young princesses be evacuated to Canada, but Queen Elizabeth (their mother), dismissed that idea claiming they would not go without her, and she would not go with out their father-who would never leave England. In 1940, the 14-year-old Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast during the BBC's Children's Hour, addressing other children who had been evacuated from the cities{Source}.

In 1942, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. She took on her first solo public appearance on a visit to the Grenadier Guards in 1943{Source}. When the budding ruler began to reach her 18th birthday in April of 1944, laws were changed so that she could act as one of five Counsellors of State in the event of her father's incapacity or absence abroad{Source}. In February 1945, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, as an honorary Second Subaltern with the service number of 230873, where she trained as a driver and mechanic, and five months later in July 1945, she was promoted to honorary Junior Commander{Source}.

Her father feeling that the title "the Princess of Wales" was more suited for the wife of the heir apparent, chose not to give Princess Elizabeth the title on her 18th birthday. Instead, she was inducted into the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1946.

Before her marriage, she met her future husband several times. The first time she met the love of nearly sixty years now was in 1934, when he was 13 years old and she was only 8 years old at a mutual cousin Princess Marina of Greece & Denmark's wedding {Source}. The pair would meet again later in 1937 when he was 16 years old and she was 11 years old{Source}. However the sparks began to fly after Princess Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth (where Prince Philip was a cadet at the time) in 1939{Source}. Upon sight of him, she immediately fell in love and the two began to exchange letters{Source}. The pair dated for six years before being secretly engaged in 1946{Source}. The formal announcement of their engagement took place on 9 July 1947, a few months after Princess Elizabeth's 21st Birthday{Source}. The Royal pair wed on 20 November 1947, and would go on to have four children, and eight grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters (and another great-grandbaby on the way!) {Source}. 

In 1951, her father was declining in health, so she was more frequently seen standing in his place at events{Source}. In October 1951, she toured Canada and the United States{Source}. On that trip, her secretary carried a drafter of the accession declaration for use in case of the death of Princess Elizabeth's father{Source}. Early in 1952, when her children were young (Prince Charles was only 4 years old, and Princess Anne was only two years old at the time), she and her husband began a tour of Kenya, Australia and New Zeland{Source}. They never made it to Australia or New Zeland. Shortly after their arrival in Kenya, they received word of the death of King George V, her father{Source}. Prince Phillip broke the news to the new queen{Source}. They returned to the United Kingdom quickly, where they moved into Buckingham Palace{Source}. 

Today, the Queen remains a popular figure in The United Kingdom and commonwealth realms, as well as abroad. She is mother to four, grandmother to eight, great-grandmother to (almost) three, aunt to 21, godmother to 29.

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark



Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark was born 21 April 2007, the second child and oldest daughter of the Crown Princely Couple of Denmark. She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Margarethe and Prince Henrik, and their fourth grandchild. After her father and older brother, she is presently third in line for the Danish throne. She also has two younger siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine.

The infant Princess' birth coincided with the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the Danish throne of her great-grandfather, Frederick IX. She shares her birthday with third cousin-twice removed,Queen Elizabeth II.




Isabella's christening took place on 1 July 2007, at the chapel of Fredensborg Palace. She wore the same christening gown her older brother, Prince Christian, had worn at his christening the year before and that Glücksborg princes and princesses in the main line had worn since the christening of Christian X in 1870. Her name was announced as:
  •  Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  •  Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother
  •  Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  •  Margrethe: for her grandmother

 Her godparents are:
  • The Duchess of Brabant
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  • Christian Buchwald (friennd of her father's)
  • Peter Heering (family friend)
  • Marie Louise Skeel (family friend)

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home). As of August 2013, she began attending the same school her brother attends, Tranegård School{Source}.

She may only be six years old, but she's already done a few royal tours, performed several royal duties and has several royal honors. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee.  She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007, 2008,2011, 2012, 2013). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}.

The Recap of the Royals You Love: April 15-21

Belgium

-King Albert II visited the Civil Protection Services base on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant celebrated his  53rd birthday on Monday.

Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant attended a  Fondation Roi Baudouin Charity Gala  on Tuesday {Photos} The Belgian Royal Court also announced that they will attend Prince Williem-Alexander & Princess Maxima's investiture at the end of the month {Source}. On Friday, the future King and Queen Consort  visited La Petite Plante, Magolux the foundry, and participating in a meeting and reception {Source}{Source}

-Princess Eléonore celebrated her 5th birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este  attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Scandinavian School Brussels École Reine Astrid on Thursday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II celebrated her 73rd birthday on Tuesday {Source}.

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nickolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik & Princess Athena celebrated Queen Margarethe II's 73rd birthday with the family's annual balcony appearance on Tuesday {Photos}

-Henrik, Prince Consort participated in the opening of the 2013 Ordkraft Literary and Culture Festival on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Isabella celebrated her 6th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Marie attended a charity gala dinner  for the National Association for Autism on Friday {Source}

-Princess Benedikte presided over a meeting of Dressurens Venner on Tuesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended the Newbury Races on Friday{Photos}. On Sunday, she celebrated her 87th birthday.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Turing Centre at Bourne Grammar School on Thursday {Source}{Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Sarah, Duchess of York attended the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday{Photos}{Photos}

-The Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh  officially opened the Turning Center Computing Systems and Control Building at the Bourne Grammar School on Thursday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay met with the Chairman and Chief Executive of Scottish Land and Estates and viewed a demonstration of woodland management techniques by teams of horse loggers on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York visited St. Pauls Way Transformation Project at St. Paul's Way Trust School, met with the Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Royal National Orthopædic Hospital, met with members of the executive committee of Tesco Plc., held a meeting with  the Open University Future Learn Project, and attended a dinner for the University Research Fellows of the Royal Society on Friday {Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York became patron of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre on Friday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex opened South Cheshire College's new "...£74m campus.." on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, he attended a meeting for the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award committee, attended the Education Committee meeting at Haberdashers' Hall and held a meeting with the Worshipful Company of Gardeners  {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited the Royal Mint to strike a £5 coin commemorating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, she visited  Greenfield Special School {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Elephant House at the Blair Drummond Safari Park on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-Prince Harry attended the launch for Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied challenge on Friday {Source}{Source}{Photos} On Sunday, he attended the London Marathon {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended The National Review of The Queen's Scouts on Sunday {Source}

-Brigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester visited Cirencester Young Neighbours on Friday{Source}
-Prince Michael of Kent arrived in Jamaica for a 5-Day visit on Monday {Source} Check back for a full recap.

-Princess Michael of Kent attended the 3rd annual Asia Awards in London on Tuesday {Source}

Germany 

-Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis
 celebrated his 38th birthday on Friday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko attended a spring garden party on {Photos}.

-Princess Sayako Kuroda celebrated her 44th birthday on Friday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II  visited the “...recently established Royal Artillery Corps...” on Monday {Source} On Thursday, the Jordanian monarch met with the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the UAE Foreign Minister {Source}

-Queen Rania visited the Al Ma’mounieh Secondary School for Boys on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}
Liechtenstein 

-Prince Georg celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri
celebrated his 58th birthday on Wednesday.

Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited Austria for a three-day state visit this week. Stay tuned for a full recap soon. 


-Prince Sébastien  celebrated his 21st on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II met with   the Council of Europe Commissioner on Thursday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 1st annual Board meeting of the Princess Charlene Foundation on Monday {Source} On Thursday, the royal couple attend the opening of the 2013 Top Marques Monaco {Photos}{Photos}, attended day 6 of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament {Photos} .

-Prince Albert II, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antointte de Massy attended Day 3 of the 2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament  on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene& Melanie-Antointte de Massy attended Day 7 of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament on Saturday{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antointte de Massy attended Day 7 of the  Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament on Sunday{Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Melanie-Antonitte de Massy attended the 'Grande Nuit Du Tennis' event in Monaco on Friday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Charlene made a surprise visit to Chef Garcia at FNAC dedication during the sequence in which he participated on Sunday {Photo}

-Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antointte de Massy attended the preview session of the 2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament on Monday {Photos}

-Vittoria Knecht de Massy  celebrated her 6th birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-Queen Beatrix held an audience with the President & First Lady of Tanzania on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje attend the official opening of the European Heinz Innovation and Research Center on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Maxima met with the President of Tanzania on Monday {Source}

-Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the galadiner ''Night of the Stars'' on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Irene presented the   Bronzen Spreeuw to the VARA program, Vroege Vogels at a symposium on Friday{Photos}.

Norway

-King Harald V visited the RS Horn Flyer search and rescue boat on Thursday {Video}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit  visited “...Arbeidsinstituttet "...a local labor institute which offers courses in a number of subjects for young people...” on Friday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 2013 Co-Op Environmental Awards on Tuesday {Photos}

Spain

-Queen Sofia attended a board meeting of UNICEF España on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias attended the 7th European Jurists Forum on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) and an exhibition at the Fundación Telefónica on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, the future consort attended a"....concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the implementation of social and educational services for families of the press..."{Source}{Source}. On Friday, she attended a  working meeting at Madrid’s Institute of Advanced Food Studies (IMDEA){Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended a three-day State Visit to Croatia this week. Check back for a full recap.

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Sverige-Amerika Stiftelsen’s annual meeting on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Daniel attended the Emerich Fund Awards on Monday {Source} On Tuesday, the future prince consort visited the Transplantation Surgery unit at Karolinska University Hospital {Source}

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 ...