Friday, February 28, 2014

Royal Profile: James Robert Bruce Ogilvy

James Robert Bruce Ogilvy is the elder of two children of Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy  and he was born on 29 February 1964** {Source}. He has a younger sister, Ms. Mariana Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy {Source}.

He was the first of four royal babies born in 1964-the others being{Source}:

  •  The Prince Edward (10 March) (his 2nd cousin through his mother)
  • The Lady Helen Windsor (28 April)(his 1st cousin, her father is the present Duke of Kent)
  • The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (1 May)(his second cousin through his mother)

At his birth, he was 13th in line for the throne, as of January 2014 and the birth of Miss Mia Grace Tindall, he is 46th {Source}. 

He was baptized, and one of his seven godparents was Queen Elizabeth II {Source}. He himself became a godfather in 1990, to Princess Eugenie of York {Source} {Source}

He, like his younger second cousins 1x removed (Prince William, and Prince Harry), attended Eton College{Source}. He also attended the University of St. Andrews{Source}. His daughter, Flora would later follow in his footsteps by also attending St. Andrews {Source

In 1996, he launched a new magazine called Luxury Briefing{Source}. However, in 2010, he resigned from his position as publisher and sold the magazine to the Luxury Business Group{Source

He married Julia Caroline Rawlinson on 30 July 1988 and they have two children{Source}:
  • Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
  • Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
Unlike his mother, he does not hold any royal titles or undertake any formal duties on behalf of the Crown. However, like most of the extended family, he was invited to family events such as the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. He also attended The Cambridge Wedding in April 2011.

(**Ed Note: Yes, I am fully aware February only has 28 days this year. Yes, I have double crossed if he in fact was born on 29 February and if such  date existed in 1964, which it in fact was a Saturday)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Royal Profile:Countess Feodora af Rosenborg

Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena af Rosenborg was born 27 Februrary 1975, the youngest of three daughters of Count Christian af Rosenborg and Countess Anne af Rosenborg {Source}. Her two elder sisters were twins who have given her several nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Countess Josephine af Rosenborg (1972)
    1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt(2001)
    2. Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt (2004)
  2. Countess Camilla af Rosenborg (1972)
    1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes(1997)
    2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes (2000)
    3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes (2005)
    4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)
She has been married twice. She married Eric Hervè Patrice Patte on 31 July 2004, and they divorced in 2006 {Source}. On 26 September 2008, she married Morent Rønnow{Source}. On 1 Februrary 2009, she gave birth to her only child, Caroline-Mathilde Margareth Rønnow {Source}. Her daughter is presumably named for her great-grandmother, Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (wife of Hereditary Prince Knud) and Queen Margarethe II.

Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Feodora, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Feodora and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Ernest-August of Hanover

Prince Ernest-August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig of Hanover was born 26 February 1954 as the second child and eldest son of of Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick (1914–1987) and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1925–1980){Source}. He has one older sister, two younger brothers and two younger sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess of Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August von Hochberg (1985)
    2. Count George von Hochberg (1987)
  2. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989, suicide)
    1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988)
  3. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1959)
    1. Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen (1982)
    2. Princess Olga of Leingen (1984)
    3. Prince Hermann of Leingen (1986)
  5. Prince Heinrich of Hanover (1961){Source}
    1. Oskar Heinrich Julius Ferdinand Nick Hanover (illegitimate, 1996)
    2. Prince Albert Thilo Ludwig Arndt of Hanover (1999)
    3. Princess Eugenia Friederike of Hanover (2001)
    4. Prince Julius Eduard Emanuel of Hanover (2006)

In August 1981, he married Chantal Hochuli, with whom he had two sons:

  • Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (1983)
  • Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Wilhelm-Ernst Friedrich Franz of Hanover (1985)
They were divorced in October 1997. Two year later, he married Princess Caroline of Monaco, with whom he has one daughter and three older stepchildren:
  • Mr. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
  • Miss Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
  • Mr. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover (1999)
Over the last two decades, he has had his share of health and legal controversies. During the Expo 2000, he was photographed "relieving himself"on the Turkish Pavilion, which caused a diplomatic incident and compaint from the Turish Embassy accusing him of insulting the Turkish People. After this incident, he sued the magazines that published the photos on the grounds of invasion of privacy, and was awarded 9.900 euros {Source}. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and causing grievous bodily harm after allegedly beating a man with a knuckleduster in Kenya. It was this incident that he would appeal the ruling to and Princess Caroline would appear in court on his behalf in January 2010 {Source}. Due to various circumstances, Princess Caroline moved back to Monaco from the family's home in France with their daughter in June 2009, and the pair is rumored to have separated as they have not been seen publicly together since.

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

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

Monday, February 24, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Siclles, The Duke of Castro

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Siclles, The Duke of Castro was born  24 February 1963 as the only son of Ferdinand, Duke of Castro and Chantal de Chevron-Villette {Source}. He has  He he baptized in France with the name Charles Marie Bernade Gennaro, but he generally uses the Italian form of his name, Carlo {Source}.

The Duke of Castro has two elder sisters, and between them they have four children{Source}:
  • Princess Béatrice Marie Caroline Louise Françoise of the Two Sicilies (1950)
    • Princess Caroline Marie Constance Napoléon ( 1980)
    • Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon (1986)
  • Princess Anne Marie Caroline Carmen of the Two Sicilies (1957)
    • Nicolas Cochin (1979)
    • Dorothée Cochin (1985)

Prince Carlo was educated firstly at the Institute of the Marist Fathers at Toulon, France{Source}. He went on to study at a namesake of the Collège Stanislas de Paris{Source}.  After studying at an international university in Paris, he spent three years working for a public relations firm in New York, NY USA {Source}. He is fluent in Italian, French and English {Source}.

In 2008, Carlo succeeded his father as claimant to the headship of the House of the Two Sicilies. As head of the house, he uses the title Duke of Castro{Source}.

On 31 October 1998, he married Camilla Crocini {Source}. Together, they have two daughters{Source}:

  • HRH Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo (2003) 
  • HRH Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Capri (2005) 
He and his family maintain homes in Monaco, Paris and Rome{Source}.

He is also a Royal Godfather to two children:

In his capacity as Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George promotes and coordinates the activities beneficial - and cultural welfare of this ancient order of knighthood{Source}.

Royal Profile:Arrietta Morales y de Grecia

Arrietta Morales y de Grecia was born 24 February 2002 in Barcelona, Spain, the eldest of Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark and Carlos Morales's children. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother.

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

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

She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically, she is biologically related to the following monarchs and/or consorts:

  • Queen Elizabeth II (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal)
  • The Duke of Edinburgh (1st cousins 3x removed, through King George I of Greece)
  • Queen Margarethe II of Denmark (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn)
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (2nd cousins 2x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain (3rd cousins 1x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  • Queen Sofia of Spain (great aunt though King Paul and Queen Fredrica-Alexia's grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother)

Technically, she is 8th in line for the Greek throne after her uncle, 4 cousins, mother and brother.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Feb 17-23, 2014


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended a one-day official visit to Germany on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, they visited Italy for another one-day official visit {Photos}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening ceremony of the Birkerød Gymnasium Model United Nations (BIGMUN) conference on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Benedikte viewed the exhibition, Pas De Deux Royal: An Artistic Meeting on Thursday {Source}.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception for members of the Dramatic Arts on Monday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Pound Arts Centre on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Andrew, The Duke of York celebrated his 54th birthday on Wednesday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attend the seminar, Higher Education: Improving Access and Opportunities for Mature Students on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's only daughter opened the Bray’s European headquarters expansion {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York stepped out for a London Fashion Week 2014 Party on Monday {Source}


-Crown Prince Naruhito celebrated his 54th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Albert II met with the President of the International Olympic Committee on Monday {Photo}. On Tuesday, he visited  Baku, Azerbaijan {Photo}.

The Netherlands

-Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parme gave birth to a daughter, Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma on Friday {Source}


-King Harald V celebrated his 77th birthday on Friday.


-King Juan Carlos held an audience with the president of the Junta de Andalucía on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he held an audience with his former professor of physical education and sports and his wife {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the opening of the exhibition "The IVAM collection. XXV Anniversary" on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Felipe of Asturias participated in the XVIII Jornadas de Presupuestación, Contabilidad y Control Público on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future Spanish King received an audience a group of twenty-five colonels and captains who have been appointed to take command of various military units {Source}, received in audience the delegates of Defense, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Delegations of Defense {Source} and  he attended a hearing a group of senior NCOs {Source}

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo presided over the opening of the 22th edition of AULA, International Student and Educational Opportunities on Wednesday {Source}.


-Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland celebrated her 2nd birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Madeleine gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday {Source}. The Princess and Mr. O'Neil took their daughter home on Sunday {Photo}

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan was born 23 February 1960 as the eldest son of the then Crown Princely couple {Source}. During his childhood years, he was known as Prince Hiro-no-Miya {Source}. He was invested as Japan's Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, eleven years after his Coming of Age ceremony in 1980{Source}.

Today he serves as honorary vice president to the Japanese Red Cross and Honorary President of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation{Source}.

Like most of the Japanese Imperial Family, his educational background is extensive. He graduated from Gakushuin University with a degree in History {Source}.From 1983-1985, he studied at Merton College, University of Oxford{Source}. In 1988, he returned to Gakushuin to persue a doctorate degree in Humanities, but never finished{Source}. In 1992, he became a guest researcher for the archives of Gakushuin{Source}.

His engagement was formally announced by the Imperial House Council on 19 January 1993{Source}. His Engagement Ceremony took place on 19 January 1993 to Masako Owada{Source}. He married Owada on 9 June 1993{Source}. Together, they have one daughter{Source}:
  • Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi-no-Miya (2001)

Royal Profile: Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland was born 23 February 2012 as the first child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel {Source}.

In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on 1 January 1980, Princess Estelle is second in the line of succession, following Crown Princess Victoria{Source}.

Princess Estelle was christened in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace on 22 May 2012{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:
  • Anna Westling Soderstrom (paternal aunt)
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (friend of her parents, her mother is his eldest child's godmother)
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (friend of her parents, her mother is his eldest child's godmother)
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (friend of her parents, her mother is her eldest child's godmother)
Although she is only two years old, she already has a collection of Swedish Royal medals including:
  • Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (23 February 2012, presented 22 May 2012) (received as she is part of the Royal Family){Photo}
  • Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (15 September 2013){Photo}
She almost shares a birthday with her new baby cousin, who is the daughter of Princess Madeleine who was born 20 February 2014 {Source}. Her new cousin's name and title is expected to be announced on Monday.

Like her great aunts before her (her grandfather's sisters, Princess Christina, Princess Désirée, Princess Birgitta and Princess Margaretha), she is being raised at the Swedish Haga Palace. It is likely that her upbringing will be similar to her mother's, and she will attend local state schools for her education.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Royal Profile:King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born 21 February 1980 as the son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and is the current reigning Druk Gyalpo or Dragon King, of the Kingdom of Bhutan{Source}.

He attended to his primary education in Bhutan, before studying his upper secondary education abroad in the UK and US{Source}. He attended a special program at the National Defense College in India in 2005{Source}. He has also received several honorary doctorates from the following universities including{Source}:

  • University of New Brunswick(Canda)
  • Rangsit University (Thailand)
  • Calcutta University (India)
  • Keio University (Japan)

His father abdicated in 2006, and he became King on 9 December 2006{Source}. A public corranation ceremony was held on 1 November 2008{Source}. In addition to his regular duties as King of Bhutan, he oversees the Royal University of Bhutan as Chancellor; Patron of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Patron of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the European Convention of Bhutan Societies; President, Bhutan India Friendship Association{Source}.

Since the formal coronation, King Jigme Khesar's first landmark project was the launching of the National Cadastral Resurvey in March 2009{Source}.The program is aimed at resolving long-standing land issues of excess land that affects every Bhutanese household{Source}. The King has also been giving land to landless farmers around the country. The on-going project takes the King to remote villages and communities{Source}.

On 20 May 2011, the King announced his engagement to Jetsun Pema{Source}. They Royal Couple were married on 13 October 2011 in the Punakha Dzong{Source}. During the ceremony the King also received the Crown of the Druk Gyal-tsuen (Queen) from the most sacred Machhen temple of the Dzong and bestowed it on Her Majesty Jetsun Pema, hereby formally proclaiming her the Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan{Source}.

Royal Profile: King Harald V of Norway

King Harald V of Norway was born on 21 February 1937 as the third child and only son of Crown Prince Olav (the future King Olav V, 1903-1991) and Crown Princess Märtha (1901-1954) {Source}. He had two older sisters{Source}:
  • Princess Ragnhild (1930-2012)
  • Princess Astrid (1932-)
At the time of his birth, the Norwegian Constitution of 1884 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the throne, this was amended in 1990 to include females and the eldest child regardless of gender{Source}.

He was the first prince born in Norway in 567 years{Source}. His early years wehre spent at his parents' estate, Skaugum{Source} (Skaugum would later become his official residence before giving it to his son as his official residence). However, in April 1940, things changed when the Germans invaded Norway{Source}. The Royal family, members of the government and most members of the Norweigan Storting escaped the country by train{Source}. Once the family reached the city of Elverum, his father left the family to continue the journey to safety with their three children{Source}. First, he traveled with his mother and sisters to Sweden (where his mother is a birth-right Princess and his maternal grandfather was the son of King Oscar II){Source}. After several months there, the royal family continued to the United States, where they remained for the remainder of the war{Source}.

After the war ended in 1945, the Royal Family returned to Norway, where the young prince began school at Smestad School{Source}. During his education, he had a security guard stationed outside his classroom, but other than that, his educational experience did not differ from other children{Source}. He completed his upper-secondary education in 1955 at the Olso Cathedral School{Source}.

Upon graduation, he entered the Norwegian Cavalry Officers’ Training School and went on to finish his military education at the Military Academy in 1959{Source}. Upon completion of his compulsory military service, the Crown Prince went to Oxford for further study{Source}. He attended Balliol College from 1960 to 1962, studying social science, history and economics{Source}.

His grandfather died in September 1957, leaving his father to reign as King and he as Crown Prince{Source}. Upon his event, he attended his first Council of State meeting for the first time{Source}. After his father reign officially began, he began to increase his number of official tasks, such as travelling with trade delegations to promote Norwegian industry abroad{Source}. In 1960, Crown Prince Harald attended his first official state visit abroad, where he attended the 50th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation in the United States{Source}.

In March 1968, his engagement to commoner Sonja Haraldsen was announced after a nine-year courtship{Source}. Reportedly, his father originally did not approve of the match due to her being a commoner, but Crown Prince Harald stood his ground and refused to marry anyone by Sonja. They were married on 29 August 1968{Source}. Together, they have two children, two children-in-law, and five grandchildren:
  • Princess  Märtha Louise(1971)
    • Mr. Ari Behn
      • Miss Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
      • Miss Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
      • Miss Emma Tallulah Behn (2008)
  • Crown Prince Haakon (1973)

His father fell ill in the spring of 1990, Crown Prince Harald began attending to the affairs of the state as Crown Prince Regent{Source}. When his father passed away in 17 January 1991, Crown Prince Harald immediately became King Harald, and he swore to oath to uphold the Constitution of Norway in the Storting{Source}. The Queen was also present at the ceremony, which was the first time since Queen Maud{Source}. In accordance with their own wishes, the King and Queen were consecrated in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on 23 June 1991{Source}.   In connection with the consecration, the King and Queen conducted a 10-day tour of Southern Norway{Source}. The following year, the entire Royal Family conducted a 22-day tour of Norway’s four northernmost counties{Source}. 

Since the introduction of parliamentarism in 1884, the official duties of the King have been primarily ceremonial as the custodian of royal tradition{Source}. The King heads the Council of State every Friday, and formally opens the new session of the Storting each year in October{Source}.  No acts of legislation or decisions approved by the Council of State are valid until sanctioned by the King and countersigned by the prime minister{Source}. While the language of the Constitution still states that the executive power is vested in the King, the actual power lies with the Government{Source}. The King has an important role to play during a change of government{Source}. Usually, the retiring prime minister will advise the King on who should assume the role of the new prime minister{Source}. If the parliamentary situation is unclear, however, the King must exercise his own discretion in selecting a new prime minister{Source}.

The King and Queen pay official state visits to other countries, and act as host to foreign heads of state visiting Norway {Source}. The King holds official audiences at the Palace for newly-appointed ambassadors of foreign countries who are delivering their credentials{Source}. King Harald holds the rank of General in the Army and Air Force, and of Admiral in the Navy. He is the nation’s highest-ranking officer.The day-to-day activities conducted at the Royal Palace in Oslo include official audiences, and discussions with the prime minister, foreign minister and representatives from the armed forces{Source}. The King frequently pays visits to private and public institutions on his journeys to various parts of the country{Source}. Every year the King and Queen pay a visit to a county in Norway, which each visits last 2-3 days, during which time they pay visits to several municipalities{Source}. The King and Queen often use the Royal Yacht Norge to travel along the Norwegian coast{Source}. Every year in the afternoon of 17 May, the King and Queen visit one of Oslo’s districts{Source}.  This gives them the opportunity to meet the population and gain an insight into the various activities taking place throughout the capital{Source}. The King receives many invitations to events and commemorative activities all over the country, and tries, as far as his programme will allow, to be present{Source}. In recent years the King has also become involved in issues related to welfare and conditions for children{Source}.  The King regularly receives letters from children whose everyday lives are difficult, and has on occasion received children and groups of children for talks at the Palace{Source}. 

In the little spare time that King Harald has, he enjoys sports and outdoor receation, and is an active hunter and fisherman{Source}. During Olympic years, he and Queen Sonja can often be seen at events, cheering on "their" team{Source}. The King and Queen were actively involved in connection with the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. The King served as honorary chair of the Lillehammer Olympic Organising Committee.In 1964 he carried the Norwegian flag during the opening ceremony for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo{Source}.
The King was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1982{Source}. During the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo in 2011 he was present as an interested spectator at all the events{Source}. In January 2011 the King was awarded the Sports Gala Honorary Award at the annual Sports Gala{Source}. The King has distinguished himself on several occasions in national and international sailing competitions{Source}.   In 1987 King Harald and his crew won the World Championships with his one-tonne yacht, the Fram X, and in 2005 they won the European Championships with the Fram XV{Source}. The King remains an avid yachtsman, participating in national and international regattas each year{Source}. 

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

Prince Amedeo Marie Joesph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este was born 21 February 1986 as the eldest son of Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este {Source}. He has four younger siblings{Source}:

  • Princess Maria Laura (1988)
  • Prince Joachim (1991)
  • Princess Luisa Maria (1995)
  • Princess Laetitia Maria (2003)
His godparents are his uncle, King Philippe of Belgium and maternal grandmother, Queen Paola of Belgium{Source}. Amedeo himself is godfather to his cousin, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant {Source}.

Due to the succession laws at the time of his birth being semi-Salic succession (male-line only), he was not included in line for the Belgian Throne. However, in 1991, things changed when the Belgian courts adapted Absolute primogeniture begining with the descendents of King Albert II, he was placed in line for the throne {Source}. In 1993, when he was seven years old, he became third in line for the Belgian throne after his uncle and mother and his grandfather's ascendance to the throne. Upon his uncle's 1999 marriage and subquent birth to four children, Prince Amedo's likelihood of ever succeeding the throne have extensively been diminished. At present, he is 6th in line for the throne after four cousins and his mother.

He grew up primarily in Belgium, and spent the majority of his educational years in Belgium. He also studied in England and the United States. The vast majority of his educational career was spent attending Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. In 2001, he was sent to Sevenoaks School in England, where he completed his primary education in 2004 {Source}. After completing his primary education, he spent a year at the  Koninklijke Militaire School / École Royale Militaire (Royal Military Academy) of Belgium. In September 2005, he returned to England to study at London School of Economics, where he graduated in 2008 {Source}. After graduation, he moved to the United States, where he spent several years working for Deloitte {Source}. In 2012, he began an MBA program {Source}. 

Prince Amedeo completed military service and is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army.

As he is so distantly in line for the Belgian throne, not too much was known about the young prince's private life. However, on 15 February 2014 the Belgian Royal Court announced that he was engaged to Italian Nobile Elisabetta "Lili" Maria Rosboch von Wilkenstein after five years of dating {Source}.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Royal Profile: The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York

The Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, The Duke of York was born 19 February 1960 as the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}. He has two older siblings and a younger brother{Source}:

  1. The Prince Charles of Wales
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
  3. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

He was the first child born to a reigning monarch in 103 years, the last being Princess Beatrice in

His earliest years were spent residing between Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, where he began his education with a governess{Source}. When he was eight years old, he began attending Heatherdown Preparatory School, Ascot{Source}. When he was thriteen years of age, he followed in his father and brother's footseps by attending Gordonstoun School in Scotland{Source}. He spent a year as an exchange student at the Lakefield College School in Ontario Canada in the 1977-1978 school year as part of the  Round Square Exchange Programme{Source}. He spent his A-Levels year back at Gordonstoun{Source}.

As a youngster, he had a keen interest in a naval career, thanks to his father The Duke of Edinburgh.As a youngster, he watched his father fly helicopters, which peeked his interest in flying {Source}. When he attended Gordonstoun, he was a member of the Air Training Corps and learned to fly gliders{Source}. He undertook a Parachute Training Course with the RAF in April 1978, where he achieved his Parachute wings  {Source}. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training {Source}. He flew solo for the first time in a Chipmonk aircraft in April 1979 {Source}. The Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1979 on a short service commission as a Seaman Officer specializing as a Pilot {Source}. Midshipman Prince Andrew entered Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and undertook the full range of initial professional training{Source}. Additionally, he completed the Royal Marine Commando course with the Young Officer's batch of 1979 at the Commando Training Centre, for which he received his Green Beret{Source}.Midshipman Prince Andrew passed out of BRNC Dartmouth in front of The Queen at Lord High Admiral's Divisions in April 1980{Source}.He then undertook initial fixed wing flying training within the Royal Navy Elementary Flying Training Squadron based at Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming in Yorkshire, flying Bulldog aircraft from RAF Topclife{Source}.Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew’s helicopter flying training was conducted at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, Cornwall, where he initially learnt to fly the Gazelle helicopter in 705 Naval Air Squadron (NAS){Source}. In April 1981, HRH was presented with his ‘Wings’ and the award for the best pilot by The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew then converted onto the Sea King helicopter, completing advanced and operational flying training with 706 NAS, before joining his first front-line unit: 820 NAS embarked in HMS INVINCIBLE{Source}.On 5th April 1982, HMS INVINCIBLE sailed as part of the Task Group to the South Atlantic to regain the Falkland Islands. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew embarked along with his squadron, 820 NAS{Source}. Throughout the conflict Prince Andrew, alongside his fellow aviators, flew missions including: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), inter-ship Helicopter Delivery (HDS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and casualty evacuation{Source}. When his ship returned to the Portsmith Naval Base in September 1982, they were greeted by his parents{Source}. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew completed his first front line tour with 820 NAS in July 1983, and was appointed to 702 NAS at RNAS Portland, Dorset, to convert to the Lynx helicopter{Source}. In May 1984, Lieutenant Prince Andrew joined 815 NAS, where he served as the Flight Pilot in the Type 22 Frigate HMS BRAZEN until March 1986{Source}. Prince Andrew was appointed a personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen in 1984{Source}. In 1987, after completing the Lieutenant's Greenwich Course and Helicopter Warfare Instructors (HWI) Course, Lieutenant The Duke of York returned to 702 NAS as staff Helicopter Warfare Instructor{Source}. In May 1988, HRH joined the Type 42 Destroyer HMS EDINBURGH as an Officer of the Watch, in order to earn his Watchkeeping and Ocean Navigation Certificates{Source}. During the year's seagoing appointment, which included a Far East and Australia deployment, Lieutenant The Duke of York was awarded his Certificates{Source}. In September 1989, HRH once again returned to RNAS Portland to form HMS CAMPBELTOWN Flight, joining 829 NAS where he served as Flight Commander HMS CAMPBELTOWN until the Autumn of 1991{Source}. Lieutentant Commander The Duke of York was appointed to the Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley{Source}.  Following the Staff Course Lt Cdr The Duke of York was selected to command the Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel HMS COTTESMORE{Source}.  Whilst in Command HMS COTTESMORE conducted the full range of duties performed by the MCMV force and as a part of the RN high readiness MCMV force deployed around Europe and into the Mediterranean. HRH completed his time in command in November 1994{Source}.
Lieutenant Commander The Duke of York then returned to flying duties with a refresher course at 702 NAS before taking up the appointment as Senior  Pilot of 815 NAS at RNAS Portland, where he served until October 1996{Source}. He was then appointed to the Ministry of Defense in January 1997 as a Staff Officer in the Directorate of Naval Operations, with specific responsibility for Frigate and Destroyer aviation{Source}. Promoted Commander in 1999, Commander The Duke of York took up an appointment within the Naval Staff, with responsibility for Naval Diplomacy with the Rest of the World{Source}. He concluded this appointment in April 2001 before departing from active service with the Royal Navy at the end of July 2001{Source}. In July 2005, The Duke was promoted Captain and was appointed Commodore in Chief of the Fleet Air Arm in 2006{Source}. In February 2010, HRH was promoted to Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy{Source}.

As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying. At Gordonstoun, HRH joined the Air Training Corps and learnt to fly gliders.  The Duke undertook Parachute Training with the RAF achieving his Parachute wings in April 1978.  Prior to joining the Royal Navy he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training. HRH flew solo in a Chipmonk aircraft for the first time on Friday 13th April 1979.

As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying. At Gordonstoun, HRH joined the Air Training Corps and learnt to fly gliders.  The Duke undertook Parachute Training with the RAF achieving his Parachute wings in April 1978.  Prior to joining the Royal Navy he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training. HRH flew solo in a Chipmonk aircraft for the first time on Friday 13th April 1979.

As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying. At Gordonstoun, HRH joined the Air Training Corps and learnt to fly gliders.  The Duke undertook Parachute Training with the RAF achieving his Parachute wings in April 1978.  Prior to joining the Royal Navy he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training. HRH flew solo in a Chipmonk aircraft for the first time on Friday 13th April 1979.

As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying. At Gordonstoun, HRH joined the Air Training Corps and learnt to fly gliders.  The Duke undertook Parachute Training with the RAF achieving his Parachute wings in April 1978.  Prior to joining the Royal Navy he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training. HRH flew solo in a Chipmonk aircraft for the first time on Friday 13th April 1979.

As a child, The Duke watched his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, flying helicopters, which stimulated his interest in flying. At Gordonstoun, HRH joined the Air Training Corps and learnt to fly gliders.  The Duke undertook Parachute Training with the RAF achieving his Parachute wings in April 1978.  Prior to joining the Royal Navy he conducted Naval Flying Grading Training. HRH flew solo in a Chipmonk aircraft for the first time on Friday 13th April 1979.
He has been an avid sportsmen for his entire life{Source} . As a youngster, he played rugby and cricket at Hetherdown, rugby, field hockey and was captain of the 1st XI cricket team in his final year{Source}. He attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, where he was part of various squash teams and was on the hockey team{Source}. During his time as Flight Commander on the HMS CAMPBELTOWN, he developed an interest in golf{Source}.

In 2001, after a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, The Duke of York left active service to support The Queen as a full time working member of the Royal Family {Source}.

Today, The Duke’s focus is on assisting the economic success of, and the creation of skilled jobs in, the United Kingdom{Source}. He concentrates his efforts on three core areas where he believes he can have the greatest impact{Source}:
  • Education and Skills
  • Science and Engineering
  • Entrepreneurs and SMEs
The Duke also supports many charitable and not-for-profit organisations and maintains close links with the Military{Source}.

Since the age of 17, he has received many honors and awards, among them are {Source}: 
  • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  • Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (1979)
  • South Atlantic Campaign Medal for service in the Falklands (1982)
  • Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen (1984)
  • Commodore, Royal Thames Yacht Club (1986)
  • Freedom of the City of York (1987)
  • Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (1988)
  • New Zealand Commemoration Medal (1990)
  • Elder Brother, Trinity House (1991)
  • Canadian Forces Decoration (2001)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Grand Master, The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (2002)
  • Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (2003)
  • Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan (2005)
  • Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (2006)
  • Order of the Federation (UAE) (2010)
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (2011)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Freedom of the City of London (2012)
  • Royal Bencher, Lincoln's Inn (2012)
  • Liveryman, The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights (2012)
  • Royal Fellow, The Royal Society (2013)
The Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were engaged to be married on 19th March 1986{Source}. The marriage took place on 23rd July 1986, at Westminister Abbey{Source}. Upon their wedding, the second son of Queen Elizabeth was created The Duke of York{Source}. The Duke and Duchess of York's first child, Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born 13 months after her parents marriage on 8th August 1988{Source}. On 23 March 1990, the young Princess Beatrice was joined by a little sister, Princess Eugenie Helena Victoria of York {Source}. When the girls were young, their parents seperated  and later divorced, but remained friends for their daughters' sakes{Source}.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Royal Profile: 30 Facts about Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

  1. Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess was born 18 February 1984 in Belgium {Source}.
  2. At birth, she was part of Belgian nobility, therefore was titled Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy {Source}.
  3. Her full name is Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine {Source}
  4. She is the youngest of seven children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and the late Countess Alix della Faille Leverghem de Lannoy {Source}.
  5. She has seven older siblings {Source}:
    1. Count Jehan de Lannoy
    2. Count Christian de Lannoy
    3. Countess Nathalie de Lannoy
    4. Countess Gaëlle de Lannoy
    5. Count Amaury de Lannoy
    6. Count Olivier de Lannoy
    7. Countess Isabelle de Lannoy
  6. She is sister-in-law of:
    1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg
    2. Princess Tessy of Luxembourg
    3. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
    4. Prince Félix  of Luxembourg
    5. Princess Claire of Luxembourg
    6. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg
    7. Countess Luisa de Lannoy (her brother Christian's wife)
    8. Mr. John Hamilton (her sister Nathalie's husband, father of her maid-of-honor Antoinia)
    9. Countess Alice de Lannoy (her brother Oliver's wife)
    10. Mr. John-Charles de la Court (her sister Isabelle's husband)
    11. Countess Beatirce de Lannoy (her brother Jehan's wife)
  7. She began her education at  Sancta Maria School Ronse{Source}.
  8. She attended College Sainte-Odile in France for two years {Source}.
  9. She completed her primary education at l'Institut de la Vierge Fidèle à Bruxelles{Source}.
  10. Princess Stéphanie spent a year in Russia, where she studied Russian Language and Literature{Source}.
  11. She obtained a Bachelors in Arts degree in Germanic Philology from the Catholic University of Leuven, with honors{Source}.
  12. From an early age, she studied music theory, piano and violin{Source}.
  13. She plays the violin{Source}.
  14. She speaks French (mother-tongue), German and English fluently{Source}. 
  15. She is presently learning Luxembourgish{Source}.
  16. Her engagement to The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was announced on 27 April 2012 {Source}.
  17. The wedding took place in Luxembourg that October {Source}.
  18. A Belgian citizen by birth, she was granted immediate 
  19. For her wedding, she wore Elie Saab {Source}
  20. Wedding attendants included {Source}:
    1. Antonia Hamilton (niece of the bride, maid of honor)
    2. Countess Caroline de Lannoy (niece of the bride)
    3. Countess Louise de Lannoy (niece of the bride)
    4. Isaure de le Court (niece and goddaughter of the bride)
    5. Lancelot de le Court (nephew of the bride)
    6. Madeleine Hamilton (niece of the bride)
    7. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (sister of the bridegroom, maid of honor)
    8. Prince Gabriel of Nassau (nephew of the bridegroom)
  21. Upon her marriage, she became HRH  Princess Stéphanie, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg {Source}.
  22. She is a member of the board of directors of the  Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess{Source}.
  23. In March 2013, she became High Patron of the Association and Foundation " Friends of Art and History Museums Luxembourg {Source}.
  24. After graduation, she moved to Germany,  where she studied the influences of German romanticism on Russian romanticism {Source}.
  25. Also while in Germany, she completed an internship at the Walloon Export Agency at the Belgian Embassy {Source}.
  26. Upon her return to Belgium, she interned at an investment fund company {Source}.
  27. Some her her interests include classical music, reading, and foreign languages{Source}.
  28. Princess Stephanie has made numerous trips with youth groups getting involved in volunteering{Source}.
  29. She enjoys skiing and swimming{Source}.
  30. Her full title/style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Countess de Lannoy {Source}

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Feb 10-16, 2014


-King Philippe visited the Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling in Beroepsopleiding (VDAB) Center of Maritime Competency on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Mathilde visited Le Relais Social de Charleroi on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este announced the engagement of their eldest child, Prince Amedeo, to Miss Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on Saturday {Source}{Video}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este became officially engaged to Miss Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on Saturday {Source}{Video}

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire attended the inauguration of a building in Brussels renovated by the Renovassitance group on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}

-Prince Laurent attended the Belgian première of the film Saving Mr. Banks on Monday {Photos}

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with the Governor-General of Canada and his wife and attended a dinner to discuss the role of the Capital Markets in Creating a Sustainable Economy on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future King  visited the Classic FM studios at Global Radio {Photo}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall meet staff at LBC radio, meet presenter Toby Anstis at Heart FM during a visit to the headquarters of Global Radio as part of a day of radio-related engagements for Radio Day on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales participated in a illegal Wildlife Trade conference hosted by the UK government on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the 2014 BAFTA Awards Ceremony on Sunday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the BBC at New Broadcasting House on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, Duke of York visited Swindon University Techincal College, Set Squared at Engine Shed, IntoUniversity Bristol East, Bristol Robotics Laboratory on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended receptions for young people who achieved the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and a Young Fellowship Dinner on Monday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence  attended the XXII Olympic Winter Games on Monday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales assisted their colleauges in the armed forces with the flood defenses in Datchet, Berkshire on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge participated in the International Wildlife Trade Symposium on Wednesday {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Princess Beatrice of York attended the 2014 National Portrait Gallery Gala: Collecting to Inspire on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the new ICAP Art Room at Northholt High School on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the Royal Foundation's Track Day held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit and attended the launch of a scholarship for wounded ex-service personnel on Saturday {Photos}{Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  visited the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) clinic at St. Thomas Hospital on Wednesday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Mia Grace Tindall attended the Banbury point-to-point races on Sunday {Source}


-Princess Theodora attend the Leka Show during Nolcha Fashion Week on Wednesday {Photos}


-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Al Hussein met with US Secretary of State on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, they met with the Vice President of the United States{Source}


-Prince Hans Adam II celebrated his 69th birthday on  Friday.


-Princess Alexandra celebrated her 23rd birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Albert II, Princess Alexandra of Hanover & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi attended the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II presented the medals to the winners of the Team Luge Relay on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended an AMADE Charity Dinner on Friday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima attended the opening of the symposium Centrum Gezond Gewicht (Centre for Healthy Weight) on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Beatrix attended the opening of the International Conference on Chinese Buddhism and the Erik Zürcher Scholarship on Wednesday {Photos}


-Crown Prince Haakon attended the 2014 Olympic Games to support the Norwegian Athletes on Monday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the opening of the 6th National Conference on Substance Abuse and Mental Health on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Norwegian consort attended the 2014 Nåløyet award ceremony {Source}. On Thursday, Crown Princess Mette-Marit s presented the award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 {Source}


-King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended a dinner hosted by the Portugese President and First Lady to close the  IX Cotec Europe in the Champalimaud Foundation meeting on Tuesday {Source}

-King Juan Carlos I met with the former Prime Minister of Tunisia on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia toured the new Medicina de la Adolescencia and the Gincologia Adaptada wards at  the Hospital Universitario La Paz on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, she attended th 25th anniversary celebrations of the organization Agencia Servimedia {Source}

-Prince Felipe of Asturias met with the United States Secretary of the Navy on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future Spanish monarch presided over the opening of the 38th edition of the International FIMA 2014 {Source}

-Princess Letizia of Asturias held audiences with representatives from the Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce, the Asociación Española del Síndrome de Wolf-Hirschhorn, and with the Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras and the Federación Portuguesa de Enfermedades Raras on Monday {Source}{Source}{Source}. 


-King Carl XVI Gustav & Queen Silvia attended the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Friday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria opened the newly renovated Central Station in Stockholm on Thursday {Source}. On Friday, Sweden's first future Queen Regent since 1720 visited the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions {Source}

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