Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: June 24-30

Belgium

-Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant attended a reception for "... president of the 'China Entrepreneurs Club'..."on Monday {Photo}

-Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant attended a concert celebrating the accession of Croatia to the European Union on Monday {Photos}.

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II attended the 2013 Anniversary Parade and presentation of the Dronningens Ur (Queen’s Clock) on Friday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary & Princess Benedikte attended Day 1 and the opening ceremonies of the CHIO Equestrian Festival on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg celebrated her 49th birthday on Sunday.
Alexandra is the 1st wife of Prince Joachim, and mother of his two elder children.

German

-Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception for the 1st annual Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, she paid a visit to the The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) at Howe Barracks {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended a reception honoring the “...Kindertransport refugees to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport..." on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future British King presented operational medals to “...servicemen and women of the Royal Dragoon Guards who have recently completely a tour of duty in Afghanistan...” {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  attended the Day 4 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Thursday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the Engineering: Design for Life exhibition and gala dinner at the University of York on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, the Queen's only daughter participated int the Offender Mental Health Conference {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the Serpentine Gallery summer party on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester & Brigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester met veterans and supporters of Armed Forces Day on Saturday {Photo}

-Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended the 1st day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Monday {Photo}. They celebrated their 35th anniversary on Sunday.

-Prince Michael of Kent attended day 4 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on Thursday{Photos}

Greek

-Prince Aristide Stavros celebrated his 5th birthday on Saturday.

Japan

-Prince Akishino of Japan  & Princess Kiko celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II  held a luncheon meeting with the United States Secretary of State on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday. 

Monaco


-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended a reception for MonacoUSA in which members were awarded the Ordre de Grimaldi on Monday {Photo}

-Prince Albert II participated in the closing session of the 4th edition of the Monaco Blue Initative on Monday {Photos}{Source} On Wednesday, he visited the Haut-de-Cagnes {Source}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Princess Stephanie attended the Fete De La St Jean Procession  on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover,Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Global Champions Tour Monte Carlo on Friday{Photos} {Photos}  {Photo}.{Source} {Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, &  Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended Day 2 of the Global Champions Tour de Monaco on Saturday{Source}{Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Global Champions Tour Monte Carlo on Thursday{Photo}

The Netherlands

-Princess Alexia celebrated her 8th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Beatrix officially open the new exhibition entitled, Het Paleis en de Dam: 400 Jaar Hart van de Amsterdamse Grachten on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the former Queen attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Limburgs Geschied en Oudheidkundig Genootschap (Limburg Historians and Antiquarian Society){Video}

Sweden

-Prince Daniel presented the Heart-Lung Foundation Major Research Grants at a ceremony on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip participated in the closing ceremonies of the Monaco Blue Initiative on Monday {Source}

Royal Profile:Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg was born 30 June 1964 as  Alexandra Christina Manley and would later become Princess Alexandra of Denmark in Hong Kong. She is of British, Chinese, Czech and Austrian ancestry, and is the eldest of three daughters of  Richard Nigel Manley (1924-2010) and Christa Maria Manley (1933-).

She attended to her education primarily in Hong Kong. It has never been made pubic whether or not the former princess attended a degree, but she studied international business at universities in Austria, Japan and the UK. She worked in the sales and marketing industry in Hong Kong from 1990-1995. When she was engaged to Prince Joachim, she studied Danish as a foreign language.

She met her future 1st husband when he was working for a Danish shipping company and they were both attending a party. They had a quick whirlwind romance, and were engaged by the late fall of 1994, where Prince Joachim surprised her while they were holidaying in the Philippines. Their engagement wasn't made for several months, in May 1995. They married on 18 November 1995 in Denmark {Source}. The marriage was not met without sacrifice for the new royal bride. Having grown up as a British citizen, upon her marriage, she renounced her citizenship, gave up her career in marketing, changed her religious affiliation from Anglican to Evangelical Lutheran. Their marriage produced two sons:
  • Prince Nikolai (1999)
  • Prince Felix (2002)
During the summer of 2004, rumors and speculations were beginning that the former princess's marriage was about to end. Sure enough, by the end of summer that year, when their children were fairly young, they announced their intentions to separate and eventually divorce. A Danish Royal divorcing hadn't taken place since 1846. The Folketing (Danish's national Parliament) chose to put her on the civil list for life, independent from a potential future marriage, her yearly allowance began retroactively in October 2004, and was equal to $ 330,000 (equal to 189,0170.70 Danish Krone). Their divorce was finalized in April 2005. 

As a Danish royal, she was popular among the Danish people. She was known for her fashion sense and charity work, and was often referred to as the "Diana of the North". She is a native English and German speaker, so she was able to pick up the Danish language quickly. In spite of being raised in Hong Kong, she never learn Manarin Chinese or Canotnese. Both during and after her marriage she was involved with many charitable efforts including The Children's Red Cross, the Danish Society for the Blind, UNICEF, and the single-mother's organization, Mother Help. She also was a UNICEF ambassador whe nshe traveled to Thailand to visit with HIV/AIDS patients.

She was remarried in 2004.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece

Prince Aristide Stavros was born 29 June 2008 weighing 8 pounds, 10 oz and was 21 inches in length, the youngest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. He has four older siblings{Source}:
  • Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
  • Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas(2000)
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
His baptism was delayed until he was over a year old due to his grandfather being ill. One of his godparents was{Source} {Source}:
  • Stavros Niarchos
  • Infanta Cristina of Spain
  • Prince Kiril of Bulgaria
When he was 2 years old, he attended the wedding of his uncle Nikolas to Tatiana {Photos}

Friday, June 28, 2013

Royal Profile:Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan

Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan is the eldest son of King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife, Queen Rania and was born 28 June 1994, in Aman, Jordan. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}.


In 2007, he was enrolled at the King's Academy, completing his secondary studies in 2012. He is presently studying political science at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service{Source}.


The young Crown Prince also holds the rank of first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces{Source}. Over the last few years, he has accompanied his father on several military missions. 

During his childhood years, he spent most of his time doing just that-being a kid. As he grew older, he began to make appearances on his father's behalf. His first official engagement took place in June 2010, when he stood a representative for his father during the celebrations of the anniversary of the Arab Revolt and the Armed Forces Day. Since then, he has served a regent during his father's absence in Jordan, and was sworn in officially to take on the role on 21 April 2012{Source}.

In his free time, the Crown Prince enjoys reading, sports (especially football), and he shares his father and grandfather's passion for motorcycles{Source}. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Alexia of The Netherlands

Princess Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien of The Netherlands was born on 26 June 2005, the second child of King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands. She has one older sister, Princess Catharina-Amalia of The Netherlands and one younger sister, Princess Ariane of The Netherlands{Source}.

She was born in the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Her baptism took place on 19 November 2005 in Wassenaar. Her godparents were{Source}:
  •  Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant (family friend)
  • Jonkvrouwe Alexandra Jankovich de Jeszenice  (family friend)
  • Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (paternal uncle)
  • Juan Zorreguieta (maternal uncle)
  • Jonkheer Frans Ferdinand de Beaufort (family friend)

She was named for various relatives: 

  • Alexia: comes from her father, Alexander
  • Julianna: for her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Juliana
  • Marcela: for her great aunt Marcela Cerruti, 
  • Laurentien: for her paternal aunt Princess Laurentien

She began school at Bloemcamp School in Wassenaar, The Netherlands in June 2009. Her sisters also attend the school {Source}. In her "kid-time", this young royal likes playing the piano, riding, hockey, tennis and ballet {Source}.


As a distant relative of King George I of The United Kingdom (she is his 8x great granddaughter), she is distantly in line for the British Throne. She is presently 2nd in line for the Dutch throne after her  older sister.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Royal Profile:Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis was born 24 June 1983 in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany the only son of Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis{ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}. He has two sisters { Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Hauser Band XIX. C.A. Starke Verlag, Limburg an der Lahn. 2011. pp.369, 385-386. German. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.}:
  • Princess Maria Theresia (1980)
  • Princess Elisabeth (1982)

His father died when he was 7 years old, after he had had two heart transplants in as many days {Source}. He completed his high school education in Rome, went into the military for a while, then attended the University of Edinburgh, studying economics and theology {Source}.

He is enthusiastic when it comes to race-car driving, and has own many awards doing so.

Over the years, he has had some media attention. In 2008, he was on Forbe's list of The 20 Hottest Young Royals {Source}

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Princess Maria Carolina Chantal Edoarda Beatrice Januaria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was born 23 June 2003 in Rome, Italy. The little Princess is the 1st member of the Royal Family to be born in Italy since her great-great-great grandfather, King Francis II.

She was baptized in Italy,  and her godparents were:
  • Prince Laurent of Belgium (family friend)
  • Prince Pierre d'Arenberg (family friend)
  • Anna Maria Pisanu (wife of the Italian Home Secretary Giuseppe Pisanu)
  • Ines Sastre (friend of her parents)
She was named for:
Maria Carolina: for Queen Maria Carolina of Naples & Sicily (her great x4 grandmother)
Chantal: for her paternal grandmother, Chantal, The Duchess of Castro, who died when she was two
Edorda: For her maternal grandmother, Edorarda Vessel
Beatrice: for her paternal aunt 
Januaria: In honor of   San Gennaro and for the Patorn Saint of Naples


In 2005, she was joined by a younger sister Princess Maria Chiara. They currently reside in Monaco with their parents. It's likely they attend one of Monaco's private schools there.

In the last few years, she has made quite a few public appearances, mostly unofficially.She has a small role in the yet-to-be released film, Grace of Monaco {Source}. Along side her sister and parents, they attended the baptism of Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine of Denmark {Photos}, her father was named as one of the twin's godfathers {Source}. In May 2012, again, along side her family, she attended the  Planet Solar Ship Return Ceremony {Photos}. For her 9th birthday last year, the family visited Capri and then went to the family's former residence in Italy.

The Recap of the Royals You Love: June 17-23

Belgium

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Phillippe, Duke of Brabant & Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant  attended the final concert of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2013 on Monday {Photos}On Tuesday, they met with and attended a reception in honor of new ambassadors and their spouses on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant participated the  in the General Assembly of the Club of the Rome EU chapter’s academic session on Monday {Source}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II attended the opening of the special exhibition entitled,Viking on Thursday {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince Joachim inaugurated the newly renovated Sealarium on Thursday {Source}

-Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated his 5th birthday on Wednesday

German

-Prince Friedrich Leonhard von Thurn and Taxis celebrated his 63rd birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Hubertus Raphael von Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy James Hamilton Laurence, Serena, Viscountess Linley,The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones, The Lady Sarah Chatto, Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent & The Lady Helen Taylor attended the Order of the Garter Service on Monday {Photo}{Photos}{Photos}
Arthur Chatto & The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones acted as Queen Elizabeth II's Pages of Honour and are her great-nephews.

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Serena, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Viscountess Linley, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent. The Lady Helen Taylor attended Day 1 of the Royal Ascot on Tuesday {Photos}
Lady Elizabeth Anson, Queen Elizabeth's maternal first cousin 1x removed was also in attendance {Photo}. Lady Elizabeth is the daughter of  Hon. John Herbert Bowes-Lyon, who was Queen Elizabeth II's maternal uncle. Lady Elizabeth's aunts were known as the "hidden cousins" who were placed in asylums and hidden away for many years, one of whom died in 1986, and the other whom is believed to be alive as of 2012.

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linely, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Brigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Lady Helen Taylor attended Day 2 of the Royal Ascot on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent attended Day 4 of the Royal Ascot on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was released from the hospital on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated their 14th anniversary on Wednesday

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York &Serena, Viscountess Linely attended the wedding of The Lady Melissa Percy to Thomas Van Straubenzee on Saturday {Photos}
Also in attendance were Pippa Middleton, Chelsy Davy, Dave Clark, Cressida Bonas, Holly Branson, among others. Lady Melissa is the youngest daughter of Ralph  Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland.

-Princess Beatrice of York opened the Halifax Trinity Academy &  the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice on Friday {Source}

-Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester celebrated her 67th birthday on Thursday.

-Senna Kowhai Lewis celebrated her 3rd birthday on Saturday.

Italy

-Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday

Japn

-Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko attended the 2013 Japan Academy Prize at the Japan Academy headquarters on Monday {Photos}
Jordan

-King Abdullah II gave a lecture at the British Royal College of Defence Studies  and attended a luncheon with UK leaders on Thursday {Photo}

-Queen Rania met with "...youth volunteers for the Voluntary Iniitiatives Network Society who were participating in workshops aimed to organize their efforts in Jordan on Monday{Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I  attended the Saamhorigheidsdag to launch the 525th anniversary celebrations of the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) on Thursday {Photos}

-Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 7th birthday on Tuesday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guilaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Louis, Princess Tessy, Princess Alexandra attended Luxembourg's National Day events on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Guilaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess visited The Paris Air Show on Tuesday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II visited Montenegro from Wednesday to Friday {Source}

-Prince Albert II,  Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer  attended the event "150 vins, 150 ans, 150 jours" (150 wines, 150 years, 150 days) to mark the 150th anniversary of the Societe des Bains de Mer (SBM) on Saturday{Photos}

-Princess Charlene attended the International School of Monaco's graduation on Tuesday {Photo}. On Wednesday, the Princess Consort of Monaco presented awards to ASM Swimming, ASM Rugby and ASM Dance on the occasion of la  Fête des Sports (The Day of Sports) {Photo}{Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi  attend the 'Liaisons Au Louvre III' Charity Gala Dinner Hosted by American International Friends of Le Louvre on Tuesday {Photos}

Spain

-Queen Sofia attended a presentation of musical study abroad scholarships on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias along side some government officials inaugurated the AVE Madrid-Alicante high-speed train route{Source} and met with new Spanish tax attorneys {Source} on Monday.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias & Princess Letizia of Asturias attended the annual meeting of the Boards of Trustees of the Prince of Austrias on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday the future Spanish monarch and his wife presided over the annual meeting of the Board of the Student Residence {Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia began a official visit to Norway on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, they celebrated their 37th anniversary.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel celebrated their 3rd anniversary on Wednesday.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Royal Profile:Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont

Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont  was born 22 June 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland the only child of Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples & his wife Marina Doria.

He grew up mostly in Switzerland, dreaming about one day returning to Italy as its King. He was set to attend   the Gamma Institute in Lausanne to study architecture, but his knack for finance led him to a career in International banking. During his international banking career, he was led to the US and Switzerland. He established the  Altin Fund, and in 2001, he established the  Prince of Venice Foundation. He left banking in 2002, and shortly thereafter left Switzerland.He also established the  Emanuele Filiberto Charity Fund Foundation.

He began his television career in 1994 in Switzerland, working as a commentor on foreign soccer matches. He took a 15 year hiatus from television to work in banking. In 2009, he embarked on a new career: television personality. He appeared on the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars (aka Ballando con le Stelle) in 2009, and won! {Source}. He now spends the majority of his time trying to make it in the American market by working with American production companies.

He married a French actress, Clotilde Courau in Rome on 25 September 2003, Prince Albert of Monaco was his best man and had introduced the pair {Source}. They attended his 2011 wedding to former South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock. With his wife, they have two daughters:

  • Princess Vittoria of Savoy, born on 29 December 2003
  • Princess Luisa of Savoy, born on 16 August 2006
He and his wife also adopted two sons from Africa {Source}
In January 2011, he was diagnosed with cancer {Source}, and after surgery, he was given a clear bill of health. However, in 2012, the cancer had returned, and again, the pretender to the Italian throne beat it {Source

Royal Profile:Senna Kowhai Lewis

Senna Kowhai Lewis was born 22 June 2010, the elder of the two children of Lady Davina Lewis and Gary Lewis, and is the first granddaughter for the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester {Source}.

Senna is presently 27th in line for the British throne. Once the new succession laws go into place, she will switch places with her brother in line of succession, but with the pending birth of "Baby Cambridge", she will likely remain in 27th postion, only with her brother coming after instead of before her.

She resides with her family in New Zeland, but occasionally makes appearances at events with her family in England. In 2012, she attended the Gatcombe Horse Trials with her then-pregnant mother and father, along with the Philips family {Photos}.

As she is so far down the line for the British throne, and still a toddler, she is primarily kept from the limelight, so little is known about the young Gloucester.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Royal Profile:Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge was born 21 June 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, London, the eldest son of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, The Princess of Wales {Source}. At barely two months old on his paternal great-grandmother's 82nd birthday, he was baptized in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, with the following Godparents{Source}:

  • King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin)
  • Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy (his paternal cousin)
  • The Duchess of Westminster
  • The Lady Susan Hussey
  • Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin)
  • Sir Laurens van der Post.

Today, he himself is godfather to{Source}:
  1. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998) (Grandson of his godfather)
  2. Tom Pettifer (2002) (son of his childhood nanny)
  3. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem (2007)
In 1984, he became a big brother, to Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales{Source}. When his father remarried in 2005, he gained a stepbrother and stepsister, a stepsister-in-law, and a year after their parents' marriage, they were joined by a stepbrother-in-law{Source}. He is also a step-uncle to his step-sibling's  five children, one of which was a bridesmaid in his 2011 wedding to Catherine Middleton {Source}{Source}{Source}

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was name for:
  • William:  for his father's "hero" and maternal cousin, Prince William of Gloucester who died in a 1972 plane crash {Source}
  • Arthur: a traditional British Family name-his father and great-grandfather also have Arthur amongst their names {Source}
  • Philip: For his paternal grandfather {Source}
  • Louis: for his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten of Burma {Source}

For most of his youth, he did typical childhood things, in addition to making numerous royal appearances. As an toddler, he traveled with his parents on an official overseas royal tour to Austrialia and New Zeland in 1983 {Source}. The decision to take him along was his mother's idea, and was considered unconventional due to Prince William being so young and that the first and second in line for the British throne would be travelling together {Source}. The Prince visited attended a  service at St. Paul's Cathedral with his mother and brother to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blitz (the bombing of Britain in the early months of WWII) in October 1990 {Source}. That December, the Prince again joined his mother for a Christmas concert by the London Symphony Chorus, where he signed the guest book, demonstrating that he is left-handed {Source}. His first official public engagment was on 1 March 1991 (Saint David's Day), during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales{Source}. In May 1995, The Duke of Cambridge accompanied his mother, father and brother to the 50th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) commemorations and in August 1995, the future King and his family attended the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of WWII {Source}. In March 1998, he and his brother accompanied their father on a trip to Vancouver, Canada, where the father and son trio carried out a number of official engagements before spending a few days on a skiing holiday {Source}. In 2000, he was again joined by his father and brother for a trip to Wales {Source}. At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed as a Counsellor of State, and began his royal duties by first serving in that capacity when the Queen was abroad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003, in Nigeria.For his 21st birthday, William also accompanied his father on a royal tour of Wales, where they visited the Anglesey Food Fair and opened a centre for the homeless in Newport. By July 2005, he was on his first solo overseas tour, travelling to New Zealand, on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand, to participate in World War II commemorations. In July 2007, Prince William accompanied his grandmother's cousin The Duke of Kent, who is President of the UK Scout Association, in opening the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.In February 2011, he and his future bride-to-be returned to their alma matter  as Patrons of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal{Source}.


Over the years, Prince William has been on many vacations, many of which have been to skiing resorts. The first known trip was in April 1991, to a ski resort in Austria in the company of his mother, brother, first-cousin 1x removed, Viscount Linely and Viscount Linely's lady friend at the time {Source}. In May 1991, the Wales family vacationed in Tresco, one of the Scilly Islands {Source}. Upon returning to school after holidays in Austria and Scilly Islands, the young prince was in a minor accident on his school's putting green, which caused him to be admitted to the hospital for a depressed fracture on his forehead {Source}.He dubbed this scar a "Harry Potter scar". He was reported to have said, "I call it (the scar) that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it-other times they don't notice it at all" {Source}.

After a turmoil of a marriage, his parents separated when he was eleven years old {Source} and were officially divorced in 1996 {Source}. His mother died in an accident in Paris when he was fifteen years old {Source}. At her funeral, The Duke of Cambridge along side his father, brother and grandfather walked behind Diana, Princess of Wales' cortege {Source}.

For his education, he attended independent schools {Source}. He began his education at Jane Mynors' nursery school before attending Wetherby School {Source}. After Wetherby, he attended  Ludgrove School and was privately tutored in the summer months by Rory Stewart  {Source}. He took the entrance exam for Eton College and was admitted  {Source}.While there, he took his A-Level exams, where he studied and obtained grades in  an A in geography, a C in biology and a B in history of art {Source}. After completing his studies at Eton, the Prince took a gap year, during which he took part in British Army training exercises in Belize {Source}, worked within English dairy farms {Source}, visited Africa, and for ten weeks taught children in southern Chile {Source}. As part of the Raleigh International programme in the town of Tortel, the Prince lived with other young teachers, sharing in the common household chores, including cleaning the toilet, and also volunteered as the guest radio jockey for the local radio station {Source}. He returned to the UK in 2001, where he began to study as William Wales at the University of St. Andrews, where he decided to study art history  {Source}. Later on, however, the future King changed his subject to geography and went on to pursue a Scottish Masters of Arts degree with upper 2nd class honors in Geography  {Source}. 

During his days at Ludgrove, he was an active sportsman, participating in football, swimming, basketball, clay pigeon shooting and cross-country running  {Source}. While at Eton, in addition to keeping up his other sports activities,  he took up water-polo  {Source}.While at university, Prince William also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team at the Celtic Nations tournament in 2004 {Source}.

He resides on the estate of Kensington Palace in a small cottage. In 2013, he will move into apartment 1A, his great-aunt's former apartment after it undergoes an extensive renovation.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Royal Profile: Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester

Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester was born 20 June 1946, the younger daughter of Asger Preben Knud Wissing Henriksen, and his wife, Vivian van Deurs {Source}.

She spent most of her life in Denmark. She was educated in Denmark before attending finishing schools in Switzerland and England {Source}. While she was attending finishing school in Cambridge, she met Prince Richard of Gloucester, who was also studying in Cambridge at the time {Source}. After Cambridge, she returned to Denmark to take a three-year course in Commercial and Economic Studies {Source}. In 1971, she returned to England, this time to work as a secretary at the Royal Danish Embassy {Source}.

A year after she returned to England to work at the Danish embassy, her engagement to Prince Richard of Cloucester was announced in February 1972 {Source}. They were married five months later on 8 July 1972 {Source}. At that time, she gained the title Her Royal Highness Princess Richard of Gloucester.  When Prince Richard's brother Prince William died in 1972 without any descendants of his own, followed by his father in 1974, Prince Richard gained the title Duke of Gloucester, thus making Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester{Source}. Together, they have three children, three children-in-law,  and six grandchildren, who are:
  • Alexander Windsor,Earl of Ulster (1974) married to Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster
    • Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007) 
    • Lady Cosima Windsor (2010) 
  • Lady Davina Lewis (1977) married to Gary Christie Lewis
    • Tāne Lewis (2012)
    • Senna Lewis (2010) 
  • Lady Rose Gilman (1980) married to George Gilman
    • Rufus Gilman (2012)
    • Lyla Gilman (2010)

Over the years, The Duchess of Gloucester has taken on many duties on behalf of The Duke of Gloucester's cousin{Source}. Along side her husband, she has taken overseas trips to{Source}:
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel, Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • The Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • The Soloman Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • United States of America

The Duchess has also traveled overseas in support of her own Patronages and military units, including a visit to Iraq in December 2008{Source}.

Some of her patronages include:
The Duchess takes pride in her work with her charities. In her own words The Duchess has said{Source}:
"As members of the Royal Family and in our public life, The Duke and I have the huge privilege of continuously meeting people greatly committed to their work with charitable causes - many individuals being volunteers, doing all kinds of good works, giving of their time, talents and expertise. Some high-powered and greatly skilled, others willing to do the most mundane but essential tasks - all of them enjoying being part of a team supporting a noble cause. It is inspiring and immensely rewarding meeting these volunteers on my varying engagements in London and throughout the country. I meet volunteers in schools, often for children with special needs, medical research projects, hospices, homes for older and frail people, and also in community initiatives for sport, music and the conservation of the Arts. I see so many wonderful places, and it is the people involved who make them so.
Charity work in Great Britain is a tradition. I don’t think I have a friend who has not involved him or herself somehow or other. How far back this tradition goes, I am not sure- it is one of the major aspects which makes me very proud to be British.
There is another facet to voluntary work which I think is very important, and that is the sense of fulfilment and reward in the knowledge of the value of your contribution as a volunteer. In this country there is a firmly grounded tradition, and a freedom, to help one’s fellow men in many different forms, and I think we should be proud of that and grateful for it also."
Queen Elizabeth II must've been fairly fond of her new cousin-in-law as she bestowed awards on her rather quickly {Source}
  • The Duchess of Gloucester received the Family Order from The Queen (1973)
  • She was made a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John (1974)
  • She was created Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (1989)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Royal Profile:Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg

Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg was born 19 June 2008, the youngest of four children of Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg and Mikael Rosanes {Source}. His maternal grandfather was the late Count Christian af Rosenborg. He has one older sister, Anastasia and two older brothers, Ludwig and Leopold

This youngster holds no royal title, or succession rights, but as a 1st cousin 2x removed, he is kind of part of the Royal Family, but not really. Because he isn't technically part of the Royal Family, little is known about him.

He was recently seen at the funeral of his grandfather {Photos}, however, other than this, I do not believe we have seen him.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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

Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg was born 18 June 2006 in London, England, the younger of the two daughters of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel of The Netherlands. 

She is named:
Joanna: After her father
Zaria: The Slavonian goddess
Nicoline: Her maternal aunt and godmother
Milou: For Princess Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) (1688–1765), the wife of Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange, the stadholder of Friesland.

She was christened on 3 February 2007 at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague.

Her godparents are{Source}: 
  • King Willem-Alexander I (her paternal uncle)
  • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Nicoline Wisse Smit (her maternal aunt) 
  • Ruben Ameling (friend of her parents)
  • Maria Luz Luano (friend of her parents)
She resides in London with her mother and sister, and where her father is currently in a rehab facility after a February 2012 accident that left him in a coma {Source}. While they reside in London both she and her sister likely attend school in or around London.

Due to her father not seeking parliamentary approval to marry her mother, she is not a member of the Dutch Royal House nor in line for the Dutch Throne.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Recap of the Royals You Love: June 10-16

Belgium

-King Albert II & Queen Paola attended the Orde van Paardevisser on Thursday {Source}

-Queen Fabiola celebrated her 85th birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Philippe attended the 2013 Prix Francqui on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future Belgian monarch presented the  2013 Prix du Fonds Prince Philippe {Photos}{Source}

-Princess Mathilde attended a performance of the opera, Così Fan Tutte: Ossia La Scuola Degli Amanti on Tuesday{Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margarethe II &Henrik, Prince Consort celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Queen Margarethe II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown  Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary attended the inauguration gala dinner of the Industriens Hus on Monday {Source}

 -Henrik, Prince Consort celebrated his 79th birthday on Tuesday.

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the official opening of the 2013 Skole-OL (School Olympics) on Monday {Source}. On Saturday, the future Danish King participated in the The Specialized Nordic 24 {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mary presented medals at the Fri for Mobberi youth relay on Saturday {Video}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the hosptial after the Trooping of Colour ceremonies on Saturday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence,  Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Katharine, The Duchess of Kent, The Lady Helen Taylor, Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor, Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Lady Amelia Windsor, Edward, Lord Downpatrick, Lady Mariana Windsor & Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews attended the 2013 Trooping of Colour Ceremony on Saturday {Photos}

-The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 91st birthday on Monday.

-The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay & Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay paid a one-day visit to Dundee, Scotland on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York all paid (separate) visits to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the London Clinic on Friday {Photos}{Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York paid a visit to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the London Clinic on Thursday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Rothesay was installed as the 11th chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on Monday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to her father-in-law at the London Clinic {Photos} and attended the opening night of the Art Antiques London held at the Albert Memorial West Lawn {Photos} on Tuesday. On Thursday, the monarch's daughter-in-law took a tour of the newly renovated Royal Oldham Hospital, The Kingsfisher Special School, and many other places in the area {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry participated in the Beaufort Polo Club Charity Day on Sunday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge named a new cruise ship Royal Princess on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final Polo Match on Sunday {Photos}

Germany

-Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday. 

-Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia & Sophie, Princess of Prussia attended a ceremonial laying of the foundation for the rebuilding of  Berliner Schloss on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

Jordan

-King Abdallah II & Queen Rania celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II attended a celebration to mark Army Day and the anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Rania met with beneficiaries of the Poverty Pockets Project Phase III on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince El Hassan bin Talal attended the final day of The 5th West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Forum on Tuesday {Source}

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito paid a visit to Spain this week {Source}. Check back for a full recap.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Alois, Hereditary Prince celebrated his 45th birthday on Tuesday.

Luxembourg

-Princess Sibilla celebrated her 45th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the closing ceremony of the 53rd Monte Carlo Television Festival on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Albert & Princess Charlene attended the opening of the Monacology event on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the princely couple attended a reception for the 53rd Monte Carlo Television Festival {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the opening of the  l'Espace Léo-Ferré on Tuesday {Source}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final Polo Match on Sunday {Photos}

-Christine Knecht de Massy celebrated her 13th birthday on Wednesday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima visited the provinces of Noord-Holland and Fryslân on Friday {Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander I visted Motorcycle Support Nederland (MSN{Source} and the Buurtmoestuin Het Groene Woud (Neighborhood Vegetable Garden) {Photos}{Photos} on Tuesday .

Norway

-King Harald inspected the Royal Guards on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Sonja & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated the life of Norweigen author & feminist Camilla Collett with a performance and visit to the statute honoring Collett on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

Spain

-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended the swearing in of several new judges of the Constitutional Court on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Sofia held an audience with Juan Manuel Martinez {Source}, presided over the presentaion of certificates to students of the School of Music Reina Sofia {Source}, attended the celebration the 10th anniversary of the Fundación Mutua Madrileña on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Spanish Queen met with Nobel Peace Prize participants at the 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Astruias held an audience with representatives of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) {Source} and met with the Rector of the University of Extremadura in honor of the University's 40th anniversary {Source} on Wednesday. On Thursday, the future Spanish monarch participated in the  4th Edition of the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum {Source}.

-Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallora celebrated her 48th birthday on Thursday.

-Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday.

Sweden


-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended the unveiling of a new portrait of Queen Silvia by Swedish artist Urban Larsson on Monday {Photo}{Video}

-Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland celebrated her 31st birthday on Monday.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Royal Profile:Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 15 June 1971, the third child of Infanta Pilar  of Spain and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre{Source}. He has an older sister, an older brother and two younger brothers{Source}.

He was married at the Church of la Incarnación on 5 October 2002 to Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza {Source}. Together, they have three sons {Source}:
  • 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), and was baptized that September, where his godparents were Luis Alfonso de Borbon and Francesca Franco{Source}
As he is *technically* not in the Spanish line of succession, little is known about him. Okay. Maybe technically not, pending on how you'd like to interpret the Spanish Constitution, article 57, which states:

Section 57 of the Spanish Constitution provides that
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".

However, it's likely that no one beyond Infanta Leonor will ascends the throne unless something truly catastrophic happens. Or if you feel that his mother's abdication prior to the adaptation of this constitution is valid, then no, he's not in line for the Spanish throne. If you DO feel he's in line, then he is no higher than 11th position.


He is the director of  Gómez-Acebo Property Consultants SL {Source}

Royal Profile: Luis Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowage...