Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Royal Profile: Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre

Infanta María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre was born 30 July 1936 is the eldest daughter of Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies {Source}. She also has two younger siblings, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Infanta Margarita of Spain {Source}.

The majority of her early years was spent in exile in Portugal. Infanta Pilar renouced her rights to the Spanish throne upon her marriage, but due to it being before the Constitution it is debated whether or not it holds today.  It is long debated whether or not she and her family have Spanish succession rights or not  as the Spanish Constitution section 57 states:
The Crown of Spain shall be inherited by the successors of H. M. Juan Carlos I de Borbón, the legitimate heir of the historic dynasty. Succession to the throne shall follow the regular order of primogeniture and representation, the first line always having preference over subsequent lines; within the same line,the closer grade over the more remote; within the same grade, the male over the female, and in the same sex, the elder over the younger.{Source}

To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".

From 1994-2005, she served as president of the International Equestrian Federation, until Princess Haya of Jordan succeed her. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain from 1996-2006, and now acts as an honorary member of the IOC {Source}. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Spanish Olympic Committee {Source} and President of Europa Nostra from 2007-2009 {Source}. The Infanta speaks several languages fluently, including: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course, Spanish.

When her younger brother married Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, Infanta Pilar was a bridesmaid {Source}. She married  a few years later on 5 May 1967 in Portugal to Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain. Together, they have five children and 9 grandchildren:
  • Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
  • Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969)
    • Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013) {Source}
  • Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    • Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 5 November 2004)
    • Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 23 November 2005)
    • Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (born 30 May 2011)
  • Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    • Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    • Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
  • Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)

Royal Profile:Carlos Morales y de Grecia

Carlos Morales y de Grecia was born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona the third child and only son of Princess Alexia of Greece & Carlos Morales {Source} He has two older sisters and a younger sister {Source}.

His godparents were{Source}:
  • Infanta Elena of Spain (his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece (his maternal uncle)
  • Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (his maternal uncle)

At the age of 5, he attended his maternal uncle's wedding in Greece with his parents and sisters {Source}.

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

Although 8th in line for the Greek throne after two uncles, his mother and several cousins, he seems to lead a relatively normal life and little is known about him.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand  was born 28 July 1952 the only son of  Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit {Source}.

He had a worldly education, spending his primary years in Thailand, before moving on to England and Australia for his upper educational studies. The Prince undertook military training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia, and also completed an arts degree at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. He also took a period of time as a Buddhist monk {Source}.

In 1977, he married his maternal first cousin Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara {Source} , a year later his first child was born {Source}. He and Princess Soamsvali Kitiyakara were divorced sometime in the 1980s {Source}.  His second marriage produced four illegitimate children as they were born prior to the 1994 marriage {Source}. In 2001, he married again, to HRH Princess Srirasmi, who has since given him a son {Source}

His children are:
  • HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha (1978)
  • HSH Prince Juthavachara Mahidol(1979)
  • HSH Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  • HSH Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  • HSH Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (1985)
  • HRH Princess Siriwanwari Nariratana (1987)
  • HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (2005)


n 3 January 1977 Vajiralongkorn married  (born 1957), a first cousin on his mother's side. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn started living with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth in the late 1970s and had five children with her. Although Princess Soamsavali had refused divorce for many years, Vajiralongkorn was finally able to sue for divorce in the Family Court in January 1993. In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsavali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. The divorce was finalized in July 1993.[22] Princess Soamsavali and her daughter continue to play a significant role in royal ceremonies.

Royal Profile:Samuel David Benedict Chatto

Samuel David Benedict Chatto  was born 28 July 1998 in London, the elder of two sons of The Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto {Source}. One of his godparents was Prince Charles {Source}.

He is currently 20th in line to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom after his mother {Source}.

For his younger years, he attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School {Source}. He is believed to now be following Prince William and Prince Harry's footsteps and attending Eton College{Source}.

Although he performs no official royal functions, he has attended a few in recent years. He and his family typically attend Christmas at Sandringham {2006, 2008}. He along side his family, aunt and uncle and cousins, attended the service of Thanksgiving in honor of his late grandmother and great-grandmother in 2012 {Photos}. Also in 2012, he alongside his parents and brother, attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at Goodwood Festival of Speed {Photos} and attended day 1 of the Goodwood Races {Photos}.

It is presumed that Samuel leads a relatively normal life, in spite of being a great-nephew to the Queen.

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

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore posed for the press for the family's annual photo shoot while on holiday on Île d'Yeu, France  on Wednesday{Photos}

-King Philippe held an audience with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, and attended two receptions with Belgian government officials on Tuesday {Video}

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire viewed the exhibit Weg van Vlaanderen: Hedendaagse Vlaamse Landschappen (Away From Flanders: Contemporary Flemish Landscapes)  at the Maison de la Culture De Warande on Tuesday {Source}

Denmark

-Prince Felix celebrated his 11th birthday on Monday.

-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann celebrated his 3rd birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception for the winners of the 2013 Queen’s Award for Enterprise on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Mallar steam locomotive with a visit to the National Railway Museum on Tuesday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the  50th Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex  officially opened the newly restored Torquay Academy on Tuesday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal opened the exhibit  Go Mining!  at the  National Coal Mining Museum for England on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's only daughter attended a service of dedication for the Puritan Path Tourism Project at St. Botolph’s Church {Source}. On Saturday, she attended the  Betfair Weekend King George Day and Summer Garden Party {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex met with members of the British Wheelchair Basketball team on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Queen's daughter-in-law attended the 2013 Border Union Show {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales  attended the opening of the exhibition, Sentebale: Stories of Hope on Thursday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a 8 pound, 6 oz baby boy on Monday {Source}

-Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on Monday!!! the 8 pound, 6 oz baby went home with mummy and daddy on Tuesday. The baby's name was released on Wednesday.

-Samuel David Benedict Chatto celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II  visited the Public Security Department in Jordan and opened the new Forensic Science Laboratory Department building on Monday {Source}

-Queen Rania participated in a meeting with "..the comittee in charge of devloping the Foster Care Guidebook..." and toured a foster home run by Al Hussein Social Institute and met a foster family on Tuesday {Photo}{Photo}

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday.

Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina celebrated her 8th birthday on Tuesday

Monaco

-Prince Albert II,  Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended the Love Ball on Saturday {Photos}

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a service in remembrance of the victims of the July 22, 2011, terrorist attacks on Monday {Source}

Thailand

-Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn celebrated his 61st birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I presided over a meeting of the Consejo de Jefes de Estado Mayor on Monday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia visited with families and victims of Wednesday's horrific train accident on Thursday {Video}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias &  Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the IX Edition of the Premio Luis Carandell de Periodismo Parlamentario on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece

Princess Maria-Olympia was born 25 July 1996 in New York, NY USA the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. She has four younger brothers:
  • Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
Her godparents were {Source}:
  • Princess Alexia of Greece (her paternal aunt)
  • Prince Michael of Greece (her 1st cousin 2x removed)
  • Prince Charles of Wales(her 2nd cousin 2x removed)
She has grown up mostly in the US and Europe. She was born in the US, and likely lived here until she was at least two, before the family temporary went back to England, where her brother Odysseus-Kimon was born in 2004. Four years later, she was back in the US, this time on the "left coast", where her youngest brother was born in Los Angeles in 2008. 

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, she still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins  on London's West End with her paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005,  she attended her new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, she was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, she was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos} and attended the annual ARK Gala Dinner with her parents {Photos}. In 2012, along side her mother and grandfather, she attended a dinner and private view of 'Valentino: Master Of Couture' {Photos}. In 2013, she attended  Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}.

She is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.

It is really unknown where she attended/attends school. It's likely she speaks English and Greek.

 She is related to the following monarchies:
  • Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is her great-aunt.
  • Spain: Queen Sofia is her Great-Great aunt.  King Juan Carlos is her 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  • Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is her 1st cousin 2x removed.
  • Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is her 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is her 1st cousin 3x removed.
  • Norway: King Harald is her 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Royal Profile:Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann

Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann was born 24 July 2010 the first child of Nathalie, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and  Alexander Johannsmann{Source}.

He was named for various relatives {Source}:


  • Konstantin: for her father's middle name and his great-uncle Constantine of Greece
  • Gustav: for her brother/his godfather
  • Heinrich: for his father
  • Richard: for her father

His godparents were{Source}:

  • Crown Princess Mary (his mother's cousin's wife)
  • Ann-Kathrin Joannasmann (his paternal aunt)
  • Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (his maternal uncle)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein was born 23 July 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the middle child and only daughter of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and his wife, Princess Marie{Source}. She has one older brother and one younger one:

Her brother Prince Moritz was born in New York, NY USA and her younger brother was also born in Vienna, like she was {Source}.

She is the 4th granddaughter (and 10th grandchild overall) of Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, Princess Marie.


Because Liechtenstein is ruled under Agnatic primogeniture law, meaning male-only succession, Princess Georgina is not line line for the throne. If for some reason the laws were to change, she would be no higher than 7th after her father today.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark{Source}. He has an older brother, Prince Nikolai, a younger half-brother, Prince Henrik and a younger half-sister, Princess Athena{Source}..

Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}.  At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.

His godparents are:
  • Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  • Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  • Damian Sibley
  • Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  • Annick Boel
He was named:
  • Felix is a name his parents liked, that means "Happy And Prosperous."
  • Henrik is after his paternal grandfather, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.
  • Valdemar is a common royal Danish name; his father and his cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark, also have Waldemar/Valdemar as one of their names.
  • Christian is a common royal Danish name, as most Kings of Denmark are either Christian or Frederik; it could also be for one of his godparents, Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.

Prince Felix attended pre-school at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen. Upon turning six years old, he followed in the footsteps of his father, brother and uncle at Krebs School in Østerbro, of which he presently attends.


He is presently 8th in line for the Danish throne after his uncle, four cousins, father, and older brother. He is also distantly in line for the British throne as a great x5 grandchild of King Christian XI of Denmark and greatx4 grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

This Week's Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 15-21

Austria

-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 6th birthday on Saturday.

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola attended the unveiling of two new bronze busts of themselves and a reception at the Belgian Sénat Buliding on Tuesday {Video} {Photos}

-King Albert II,Queen Paola, Prince Philippe, The Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathlide, The Duchess of Brabant attended a luncheon for members of the Belgian government on Monday {Photos}. On Saturday evening, the double royal pair of Belgium attended Le Bal Nationale {Photos}

-King Albert II,Queen Paola, Queen Fabiolia, Prince Philippe, The Duke of Brabant, Princess Mathlide, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Laurent, Princess Claire, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended the National Day Te Deum Mass on Sunday {Photos}

-King Albert II,Queen Paola, Queen Fabiolia, Prince Philippe, The Duke of Brabant, Princess Mathlide, The Duchess of Brabant,  Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmaneul, Princess Eléonore, Prince Laurent, Princess Claire, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended the abdication ceremony of King Albert II on Sunday {Photos} During the ceremony, King Albert II signed over to Prince Philippe, making him King Philippe and his eldest child/heiress apparent Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant.

-Princess Mathlide, The Duchess of Brabant visited House of Colours on Tuesday {Video}{Photos}. On Wednesday, the future Belgian Queen attended the 'Fashion@EgmontPalace' exhibition at the Egmont royal Palace {Photos}

Bhutan

-Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday.

Denmark

-Henrik, Prince Consort attended the opening of the art exhibition entitled, Kunst på Fad on Tuesday {Source}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception for the 50th anniversary of the Community Service Volunteers on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended Day 1 of the England vs Australia 2nd Investce Ashes Test {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Lake Windermere, Bowness Pier and The Lake District Visitor Centre, as well as met representatives of the Brockhole Estate, voluntary rangers and National Park Rangers on Wednesday {Photos}{Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated her 66th birthday on Wednesday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited the Army's  Cawdor Barracks on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's sole daughter inaugurated a new office building known as The Plaza {Source}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II attended the launch of the Disi Water Conveyance Project on Wednesday {Source}.

-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II  hosted their own banquet for “...senior officials and officers as well as clerics and members of diplomatic missions in the Kingdom" on Thursday {Photo}

-Queen Rania met with volunteers from the "...Ramadan initiative, Tasbeeret May Wa Tamr..." on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, she hosted a banquet for “...Iftar banquet at the royal court for representatives and volunteers of civil society organizations in recognition of their efforts and work...” {Photo}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended  a private viewing of the exhibition, Amazing Planet: Best of 2013  on Thursday {Source}

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 15th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover celebrated her 14th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Ernst August of Hanover celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday.

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I arrived in Morocco for an official visit on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias met with participants in the 8th edition of the "Scholarship Europe" at the University Francisco de Vitoria {Source} and with representives of the National Commission for the Rationalization of Spanish Schedules on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of AsturiasOn Thursday, the future Spanish Monarch presented the 2nd edition of the "Premio Camino Real" Award {Source} and met with the young participants in the cultural program "Ruta Quetzal BBVA 2013" {Source}. On Saturday, he attended a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union{Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the opening of the summer courses of the International School of Music of the Prince of Asturias Foundation on Thursday {Source}

-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 15th birthday on Wednesday 

The Netherlands

-Prince Constanijn & Princess Laurentien celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday.

United Arab Emirates

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 64th birthday on Monday.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin von Habsburg

Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria von Habsburg was born 20 July 2004, the only son of Georg von Habsburg amd Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters {Source}:
He is a grandchild of Otto von Habsburg {Source}. He is presently 3rd in line for the defunct Austro-Hungarian throne.

Other than that, not much is known about him. It's likely he leads a fairly normal life, given the family's royal status is defunct {Source}. He resides in Hungary with his family, and likely attends school there.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sojna. He has one elder sister, Princess Martha Louise{Source}.

The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}.. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}.. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

He is the patron of a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra{Source}..

In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015{Source}.. In this capacity he has traveled to Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana{Source}..

Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum{Source}. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009{Source}. The Crown Prince’s term ended in 2010, and he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community{Source}. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members{Source}.

As for his personal life, he married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Mette-Marit has one biological son from a previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby, but he spends the majority of his time with the Crown Princely Family, so it's logical that the future king would consider him like a son-he is even listed as a member of the family of the official website of the Royal Family, biography and all {Source} Together, The Crown Prince and Princess have two biological children{Source}:
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004) 
  • Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005) 

In what spare time he has, the future King enjoys winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music{Source}. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Hanover

Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in  Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his wife, Princess Caroline of Hanover. She has a host of much older siblings:
  • Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983), from her father's 1st marriage, who had just has his 16th birthday
  • Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who had recently celebrated his 15th birthday
  • Prince Christian of Hanover (1985), from her father's 1st marriage, who had recently celebrated his 14th birthday
  • Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who was about to celebrate her 13th birthday
  • Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who would celebrate his 12th birthday in just a few short weeks after her birth.Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria. 

The princess's godparents are:
  • Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen, her paternal aunt 
  • Charlotte Casiraghi, her half-sister
  • Ulrike Ulmschneider, a friend of her parents
  • Maryam Sachs, a friend of her parents
  • Virginia Gallico, a friend of her parents, who is also her mother's madame d'honneur
  • George Condo, a friend of her parents
  • Eric Maier, a friend of her parents
Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her six godmothers.



A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referned to as Monacan becasue she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished 6e (equal to the 8th grade in the US System) this year, and should be beginning 7e (equal to the 9th grade in the US System) this fall.


Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else.

She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (her mother is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy. The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). The dynamic duo can also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'IFANB) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.

She is presently 5th in line for the Monégasque throne, after her sister Charlotte. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to every current reigning monarch.

For the most part, she has led a normal childhood of going to school, hanging with friends, going to the beach with her siblings, and the occasional ice skating competitions. With the few exceptions of course, having to appear with the family on Monaco's national day (2002,2004, 2006, 2007), at the circus festival (2003, 2008, 2012), the annual Palace Christmas Party (2009), the annual show jumping competition (2010, 2012), the annual St. Devote Ceremony (2012)and her uncle's 2005 enthronement, and 2011 wedding ceremonies. Plus the occasional intrusion of the paparazzi when walking the streets with her mother!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Ernst August of Hanover

 Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli. He was born  19 July 1983, and has an younger brother Prince Christian. He also has a younger half sister, Princess Alexandra, two stepbrothers (Andrea  & Pierre) and a stepsister (Charlotte).

 He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents: 
  • Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle)
  • Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  • Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  • Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Felipe, Prince of Asturias
  • Constantine II of Greece
  • Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  • Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  • Stephan von Watzdorf
He grew up primarily in England. He attended Malvern College and New York University, studying finance. He allegedly was caught experimenting with marijuana and hanging around with the "bad boys" during his time at Malvern, and his parents decided to send him to live with his father for a while to finish out his education. At the time, the blended Casiraghi-Grimaldi-Hanover family was residing in Fontainebleau, France, where there is a German School, which is the school he likely attended for at least one semester or he could've joined Andrea at The International School of Paris. For sure, I don't really know.

After graduating from NYU in the mid-2000s (2005/2006? latest 2007?), he returned to London to work in the field of finance. 

Sometime in 2004, his father signed over the German property of the House of Hanover, in which a few years later he sold off Calenberg Manor and held a controversial auction of some of the family's belongings (not all the family was thrilled with the idea!).

Since his title is technically no longer valid, he rarely performs public duties. However, since his father's remarriage in 1999 to Princess Caroline of Monaco, he has had a more public life as part of the Monégasque  Princely Family, frequently appearing at their events such as Prince Rainier's funeralthe 2005 Princess Grace Awards in NYC, Prince Albert's enthronement and wedding ceremonies. He also joined his stepmother in the winter of 2011 during one of his youngest sibling's ice skating competitions {Photo}

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Royal Profile: Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla Rosemary Shand was born the eldest child of Maj. Bruce Shand and The Hon. Rosalind Shand on 17 July 1947 {Source}. She has two younger siblings, Annabel and Mark {Source}. She grew up in East Sussex, England  {Source}. She attended Dumbrells School and Queen's Gate School before attending finishing school in Switzerland and the Institut Britannique in Paris  {Source}.


In 1973, she marred Andrew Parker-Bowels, with whom she has two children{Source}. They divorced in 1995 {Source}. Ten years after her divorce, sh married the future King of England  in a civil ceremony on 9 April 2005{Source}. Both of her children married in 2005 and 2006 and have five children between them {Source}.


When her husband becomes King, it is her intention to be known as HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen Camilla {Source}.

Royal Profile: Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón was born 17 July 1998, the eldest son of Infanta Elena and Don Jaime de Marichalar. He has one younger sister, Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón. He is in 5th line for the Spanish throne after his mother. His godparents were his grandfather, King Juan Carlos of Spain and his grandmother, Doña Concepción Sáez de Tejada.

He was named:
  • Felipe after his uncle, The Prince of Asturias 
  • Juan after his great-grandfather the Count of Barcelona 
  • Froilán after the patron saint of Lugo (his parents are the Duke and Duchess of Lugo) 
  • Todos los Santos as it is customary among the Bourbons
Felipe Juan Froilán currently attends the Santa Maria del Pilar School in Madrid {Source}.

On April 9, 2012 Felipe, while he was on a farm of his father's family in Garray (Soria), accidentally shot himself himself in his left foot{Source}. His father had to declare to the Civil Guard because Spanish law does not permit to use firearms to people under 14{Source}. The judge dismissed the case against Don Jaime de Marichalar, considering it not negligence but a misdemeanor {Source}.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was born 16 July 1984 as the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, which makes him second in line for the Bhutanese throne and is a half brother to the present Bhutantese King. In addition to the King, he also has one full (and older) sister, and three other half brothers and three half sisters.

Like his brother, the young prince had a worldly education, being educated in Bhutan, the United States,  and in England. He attended Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School before moving to the United States to attend Choate Rosemary Hall until 2003 (during which time the school was also attended by Ivanka Trump and James Lee Schroeder Jr, who graduated a few years ahead of the Prince). After graduation, he moved to England to attend St. Peter's College, Oxford to earn a degree in history and politics in 2007.

Like his other siblings, he takes responsiblity for Bhutan, and is often traveling to represent his elder half brother. In 2008, he was his brother's representative at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, delivering an speech, touring the festival and interacting with the festival's visitors {Source}. He is his brother's representative for the Bhutanese Olympic Committee {Source}.

Along with his brothers, he has interests in sporting activities such as archery, basketball and cycling {Source}. Together with his sister Princess Sonam Dechan, he is a member of the Excutive Board of the
 Tarayana Foundation.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Royal Profile: Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb

Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb was born on 15 July 1998 in Monaco, the third child and second daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and supposedly the only child of former palace body guard, Jean-Raymond Gottlieb-Princess Stephanie has never made who her father is public information. From her mother, she has two half-siblings, Louis and Pauline Ducruet.

She is considered one of the "lucky" ones of the royal illegitimate children. She is fully acknowledged by her mother, a princess, and is rarely hidden from family events (her uncle Albert's enthronement, the circus festivals of 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012, and her uncle's civiland religious wedding ceremonies).

Her name is Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb.
  • Camille-likely a name her mother liked, however it could also be speculated that it is after Prince Honoré Camille Léonor Grimaldi de Goyon de Matignon
  • Marie-likely, a name Princess Stephanie liked, but it could also be speculated that the name could be after her great-grandmother, Marie Juliette Louvet. Marie is a common name, too, in general and in the Grimaldi family. Camille's cousin Charlotte is Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi. 
  • Kelly-in honor of her late grandmother, Grace Patricia Kelly.

While she was young, her mother picked up her, and her older half-siblings and whisked them off to travel with the circus from 2001 to early 2004. It was during these years that Camille was home-schooled by Princess Stephanie and she discovered an interest in gymnastics and theatre.

Upon their return to Monaco in 2004, she continued to attend local public schools for elementary and middle schools. However, it has been recently discovered, perhaps because of her media-shy father or the fact that numerous of her cousins (Princess Alexandra,Christine, Alexia, Vittoria and Andrea Knecht) attend the school as well, she has been enrolled in Lycée François d’Assise Nicolas Barré.

As a youngster, due to her media shy father, she was often registered as Camille Marie Kelly Grimaldi.

Illegimate children are nothing new to Monaco's Princely courts. She is preceded by her great-grandmother Princess Charlotte of Monaco, three of her mother's paternal cousins (Elisabeth-Anne, Christian-Louis and Christine-Alix), two older half siblings, and 5 cousins. The Catholic Church did not consider her older Casiraghi cousins illegitimate until 1992 due to her mother's previous marriage to Phillipe Junot not being annulled. However, once Princess Caroline's marriage to Junot was annulled after the death of Stefano Casiraghi (father of Princess Caroline's older children) in 1992. Her uncle Prince Albert II of Monaco’s two older children, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste, are also illegitimate. Her older maternal half-siblings, Louis and Pauline Ducruet, were both born prior to the marriage of their parents, were legitimized after the marriage in 1995. Her mother's cousins were, like her older brother and sister, legitimatized by marriage in 1951 (however, with the change of succession laws of 2002, the two surviving de Massy children lost their claims to the throne with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005).Her great-grandmother, Princess Charlotte was the only child of Prince Louis II and Marie Juliette Louvet, and had been adopted later by Prince Louis II, placing her in line for the throne of Monaco. However, in the case of Camille, Jazmin and Alexandre, due to the 2002 changes of the constitution of Monaco it is not possible for Princess Stephanie to adopt her (or for Prince Albert to adopt Jazmin or Alexandre) in order to place them in line for the throne. The only way Camille would be in line for the throne is that if her father was confirmed to be Jean-Raymond Gottlieb and he and Princess Stephanie were to marry. If that were to happen, Camille would be placed in line after her older sister, Pauline, in the 9th position for the throne. However, due to the passage of time and the fact that Princess Stephanie and Jean-Raymond broke up many years ago, this does not seem likely.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland was born 14 July 1977, and is the eldest child and oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She has two younger siblings-Prince Carl Phillip (1979), and Princess Madeline (1982) {Source}.

She was baptized at the Palace Church on 27 September 1977 and given the names Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée. Her godparents are:
  • Ralf Sommerlath (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (paternal aunt)
  • King Harald V of Norway
  •  Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
She was named in honor of various relatives- Her first name comes primarily from her great-great-grandmother, Victoria of Baden, the queen-consort of Sweden as wife of King Gustaf V. The same name also glorifies her (twice-over paternally) great-great-great-grandmother, Victoria of the United Kingdom. Her other names honour her great-aunt Ingrid of Denmark; her maternal grandmother, the Brazilian Alice Sommerlath (née de Toledo); and her ancestorDésirée Clary, the queen-consort of Charles XIV John and a former fiancée of Napoleon I of France.

She began attending school at Västerled Parish Pre-school from 1982-84{Source}. In the fall of 1984, she began to attend Smedslättsskolan in Bromma, where she completed her junior level{Source}. She completed her intermediate level at Ålstenskolan in Bromma and went on to pursue senior studies, following a Science and Social Studies programme, at Enskilda Gymnasiet upper secondary school in Stockholm{Source}. She graduated from upper secondary school in June 1996. She spent that summer gaining knowledge of foreign languages by taking trips to the US and Germany{Source}. During the 1996-97 academic year, The Crown Princess studied French at the Centre International D'Études Françaises at the Université Catholique de L'Ouest in Angers, France{Source}. In 1997-1998, she followed a specially designed programme in order to gain a general insight into the workings of the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Swedish Government and began academic studies in Political Science and History at Yale University in the USA in the spring of 1998{Source}.

She has tried to keep her private life-boyfriends and a battle with Anorexia- away from the public eye. Because of this, we are only aware of two confirmed boyfriends. The first was in the mid-1990s to 2001, Daniel Collert. The second was her now-husband, Daniel Westling in 2002. As for her eating disorder, she began suffering from Anorexia around 1996, and was confirmed in 1997. She moved to the United States in early 1998 to study at Yale University and receive professional help for her disorder away from the media.

Her engagement to Daniel Westling was approved and announced by the Swedish Courts on 24 February 2009{Source}. She married Daniel Westling, who became Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland on 19 June 2010{Source}. On 17 August 2011, it was announced that she and Prince Daniel were expecting their first child in March of 2012. The new baby girl was born 23 February 2012 at 4:26am, local time{Source}. The new princess of Sweden's name and duchary was announced on 24 February 2012 by her grandfather: Her Royal Highness Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland{Source}. She was probably named after Count Folke Bernadotte's American born wife Estelle Romaine Manville, both of her grandmothers (2nd and 3rd names), and her godmother,Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

She has twelve godchildren, including four future monarchs. Many of which served as bridesmaids or pageboys at her wedding in June 2010. These children include:

  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, daughter of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway.
  • Prince Christian of Denmark, son of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark.
  • Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, daughter of the Prince of Orange and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands.
  • Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Brabant.
  • Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark, son of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece.
  • Leopold Sommerlath, son of Victoria's cousin Patrick Sommerlath and Camilla Lundén.
  • Diana Engsäll, daughter of Victoria's friends Andrea Brodin Engsäll and Niclas Engsäll.
  • Ian Persson, son of Karl-Johan and Leonie Persson.
  • Baroness Madeleine von Dincklage, daughter of Victoria's cousin Baroness Sybilla Ambler von Dincklage and Baron Cornelius von Dincklage.
  • Vivien Sommerlath, daughter of Victoria's uncle Jörg Sommerlath and Simone Sommerlath.
  • Giulia Sommerlath, daughter of her cousin Thomas Sommerlath and Susanne Sommerlath.
  • Isabella Chloé Nilsson, daughter of one of her closest friends Caroline Kreuger Nilsson and Jesper Nilsson.

The Royals You Love: July 8-14

Belgium

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant hosted a luncheon for "...Minister-Presidents of the Regions and Communities...” on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II held audience with The King & Queen of The Netherlands on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex spent a leisurely afternoon together aboard the Royal Barge, Gloriana, cruising the Thames River on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall,  Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, James, Viscount Severn, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Peter Mark Andrew Philips,  Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips-Tindall, The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones attended the Royal Preview Day of the Coordination Festival on Wednesday {Photos}
Also in attendance were the Middletons-Pippa, James and Michael Middleton

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception in the gardens at Clarence House in London for supporters of the charity, The Elephant Family on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited the Prince's School of Traditional Arts on Wednesday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex toured the “...Hinton Community Centre and the Kindle Centre, visited the Hereford Academy and the Oval in Newton Farm...” on Friday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  opened the Hambledon Vineyard’s new winery on Tuesday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex opened the Hampton Court Flower Show on Monday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a garden party to celebrate the work of the volunteers of the organization Hearing Dogs for Deaf People on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall played in the Rundle Cup polo match on Saturday{Source}{Photos}{Photos}
Zara's husband, Mike Tindall was there watching as well.

-Princess Beatrice of York & Princess Eugenie of York attended the  Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala Dinner on Monday evening {Photos}{Photos}.
Their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York was also in attendance.

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Mike Tindall announced they are expecting their first child in early 2014 on Monday {Source}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester & Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent officially opened the new joint cadet centre for Army Cadets and Air Cadets at the Cadet Centre and visited SRA Developments Limited and Flybe Training Academy on Wednesday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II met with on the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for the protection of the planet on Wednesday {Photo}. The Sovreign prince visited his sister's new "pets" Baby and Nepal on Saturday {Source}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the Million Dollar Super Four Final boxing match on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie's elephants, Baby and Nepal, arrived in Monaco on Saturday {Source}

Morocco

-King Mohammed VI & Princess Lala Salma celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Friday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima visited the Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam (Jewish Congregation of Amsterdam) on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, they visited Windsor Castle in England {Photos}. 

-Queen Maxima visited Emma's Hof, a city garden run by volunteers{Photos} and met with Best Buddies Netherlands Foundation {Photos} on Tuesday .

-Prince Friso was removed from the care he had been receiving in London to spend the summer on his mother's estate with his family in The Netherlands on Monday {Source}

Norway

-Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon , Crown Princess Mette-Marit & Princess Ingrid Alexandra
attended the opening of Queen Sonja's own art exhibition  on Saturday {Photos}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I  meeting of the Board of the Foundation for Technological Innovation Cotec on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he met with the president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE) on Tuesday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia presided over the presentation of 120 scholarships for postgraduate studies abroad on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias visited the Spanish National Park,
Sierra de Guadarrama on Wednesday {Source}
-Prince Felipe of Asturias   presided over the ceremony shipments to new NCOs on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the 'Buero' Youth Theater Awards 2013 on Monday {Photos} {Source}

Sweden

-Prince Daniel attended a football match between Sweden and Denmark on Wednesday {Photo}

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 36th birthday on Sunday.

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 ...