Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 25-31, 2014

Belgium

-Princess Maria-Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik began a visit to the United States on Monday {Source}. Check back for a full recap.

-Crown Princess Mary attended a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert as part of the group's European Tour on Monday{Source}.On Tuesday, the future Danish Queen attended "Advice for Life" for the Crown Princess Mary Foundation{Source}.

-Princess Marie took part in the judging of the "Cooking For Kids" Contest on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Nikolai celebrated his 15th birthday on Wednesday.
Great Britain

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester celebrated his 70th birthday on Tuesday.

-Gary Lewis celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.

Greece

-Queen Anne-Marie celebrated her 68th birthday on Saturday.

 -Princess Tatiana celebrated her 34th birthday on Wednesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania celebrated her 44th birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-King Harald held several military related audiences on Monday {Source}. On Sunday, the Norweigen King attended  the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Seamen's Mission {Source}.

-King Harald & Crown Prince Haakon met with Norway's Prime Minister and attended a Council of State meeting on Friday {Source}.

-Queen Sonja  opened the Offshore Northern Seas on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Crown Prince Haakon attended a Norway Trade Fair on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit opened The Bjørnson Festival on Wednesday {Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI attended the Spanish Basketball Association team's final game before heading to the Basketball World Cup on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish King met with the director of the Global Malaria Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I attended the first match up between Spain and Iran of the World Cup FIBA Basketball 2014 on Saturday {Source}.

-Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo participated in the 59th edition of the National Equestrian Competition on Saturday {Source}.



Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf met with ambassadors to UAE, Norway and France and presented the Polar Music Prize 2014 on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish King met with ambassadors from Zimbabwe and Poland {Source}.

-Queen Silvia welcomed new Silviahemmet Students to the new school year on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish Queen attended De Gamlas Dag (The Ancient Day) and opened the Children's House Stockholm{Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel took part in the celebrations of the Diocese of Skara 1000 years on Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria took part in WWF's International Seminar "Our Seas - Our Future" on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel attended the SNS Tylösand Conference 2014 on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Estelle began pre-school on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Carl Philip took part in Northern Coasts 2014 beginning on Tuesday {Source}

Royal Profile: Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan was born 31 August 1970 as Rania al Yassin and the daughter of two Palestinians form Tulkarm. During her youth, she attended schools in Kuwait and Turkey, earning a degree in Business Adminstration. After graduation, she worked for marketing departments for various international banks and computer companies {Source}.

In January 1993, she met her future husband and then Crown Prince of Jordan at a dinner party, and after a brief courtship and engagement, they were married in June 1999{Source}. Their first child was born a year later in June 1999, followed by baby # 2 two years later, and two more children after that in 2000 and 2004{Source}.

She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity.”{Source}. For this reason, she keeps active within the Jordanian and global community. She is often visiting remote villages in Jordan in order to help them improve their livelihoods and prospects of Jordan{Source}. She encourages a national educational system, community empowerment, health care, Youth involvement, diversity (cross-cultural dialouge), among many other things.


In addition to her efforts as Queen of Jordan, she also enjoys water skiing, running and cycling{Source}. Queen Rania is also active in various social media , especially Youtube,Facebook, instagram, and Twitter (click the link to go to her pages).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Greece was born Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark, the third child of King Fredrick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on 30 August 1946 {Source}. She has two older sisters, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}.


Her godparents were:
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Prince Bertil of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • King Haakon VII of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince George of Greece (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Dagmar of Denmark (paternal great-aunt)
  • Queen Mary of the United Kingdom

The young princes attended schools in Denmark, and Switzerland. She began attending Zahle's School in 1952 until 1961{Source}. From 1962-1963, she attended the Chatelard School for Girls{Source}. In 1963-1964, she attended the Institut Le Mesnil {Source}.


She met her double third cousin who would later become her husband when she was 13 during a State Visit from Greece to Denmark{Source}. They met again two years later, where Constantine declared his intentions to marry Anne-Marie{Source}. They met a third time in 1962, during the wedding of Princess Sophia of Greece to King Juan Carlos of Spain, which Anne-Marie was a bridesmaid, and Constantine was a brother-of-the bride {Source} They met a fourth time during the centenary of the Greek Monarchy in 1963{Source}. In March 1964, her potential future father-in-law died, leaving her potential suitor to be King of the Hellenes{Source}. Four months later in July 1964, their engagement was announced, and they were wed in a ceremony on 18 September (two weeks after Anne-Marie's 18th birthday){Source}. During her tenure as Queen of the Hellenes, she worked for countless charitable efforts.


In 1967, her husband was forced to flee Greece for Italy{Source}. In 1973, they continued their exile, settling in England with their children{Source}.


Today, she has a large family, three sons, a son in law, two daughter-in-laws, two daughters,and four granddaughters, and five grandsons, who are{Source}:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Royal Profile: Gen Z going back to school!

Like most of us, royals must go to school to get their education during their childhood and adolescence, and often into their 20s for university. Each year things remain the same around September-the seasons change, summer ends, and school begins. 2014 is no different. Sure, some royals are attending new schools this year, or attending for the first time, but most often as the seasons change, and school begins, the same royals are going back to the same schools. Here is a list of some of the royals and what they are up to now:

Belgium:
The Children of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde:
  • Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant will be continuing at Sint-Jan Berchman's, in the second year of the Collège division.
  • Prince Gabriel will be continuing his education at Sint-Jan Berchman's, a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Emmanuel will continue his courses at Eureka School, where he became a student in September 2012 after several years with his siblings at Sint-Jan Berchman's {Source}
  • Princess Eléonore began school in 2007 at Sint-Jan Berchman's, therefore is likely entering the first year in the primary cycle of her education {Source}.
The Children of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, The Archduke and Archduchess of Austria-Este:
  • Princess Luisa-Maria, may be undertaking either her final year at Sevenoaks School (where she has been a student since 2009), her first year of university or gap year after graduation.
  • Princess Laetitia-Maria is attending another year at Sint-Jan Berchman's alongside her cousins.

The Children of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire:
  • Princess Louise attended a French-language private school in Tervuren, {Source} where she studied in the French language, and studied English as well, but never learned a word of Dutch. Since the age of six, she has attended Lycée Français de Bruxelles in suburban Uccle. Her parents have been criticized for not sending their children to Dutch-language schools. {Source}
  • Her twin brothers, Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric, who are a year younger than Louise, should have started at LFB in September 2010.

Denmark:


The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:

  • Prince Christian, began school at Tranegårdsskolen in 2011, where he continues his education. 
  • Princess Isabella began attending school at t Tranegårdsskolen in 2013, where she continues her education. 
  • Prince Vincent & Princess Joesphine  will likely attend a pre-school somewhere, perhaps at Queen Louise's Children's House or Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten, both of which were attended by their elder siblings before them.
The Children of Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksberg:
  • Prince Nikolai will begin a new adventure, this time at boarding school, just outside of Copenhagen, Herlufsholm school {Source}.
  • Prince Felix will continue his education at Krebs School. 
  • Prince Henrik will likely begin, if he hasn't already, pre-school somewhere.
  • Princess Athena  will likely begin pre-school next year.
Greece:

The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:
  • Princess Maria-Olympia  is likely entering a GAP year. She previously attended Garden House School and Queen's Gate School in London {Source}.
  • Prince Constantine Alexios is likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas is  likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Odysseus-Kimon  is likely a few years behind his sister.
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros  is likely a few years behind his sister.
The Children of Princess Alexia and Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana:
  • Arrietta Morales y de Grecia is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Ana María Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Carlos Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands
  • Amelia Morales y de Grecia  is likely attending school near her family's residence on the Canary Islands

Great Britain:

The Children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex:
  • The Lady Louise is likely in her final years at St George's School, Windsor Castle.
  • James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn is likely in the first years of primary education.
The Children of Peter and Autumn Philips:
  • Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips is likely attending a pre-school somewhere near her parent's home on her grandmother's estate.
  • Isla Elizabeth Philips  likely will begin school in 2015-2016.

The Children of The Viscount and Viscountess Linely
  • The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones has been attending Eton College since September 2012.
  • The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones finished her final year at Garden House School in 2013-2014 {Source}. 
The Children of The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto:
  • Samuel David Benedict Chatto  attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School until 2009. It is likely he attended Eton College afterword, and is currently entertaining a gap year.
  • Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto  also attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School, until 2012. It is also likely he attended Eton College.

Norway:

The Children of The Crown Princely Couple:

  • Marius Borg Høiby, stepson of the Crown Prince and son of the Crown Princess, is likely in his final year at  Jansløkka school.
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra began the new school year at a new school, Oslo International School, on her mother's 41st birthday {Source}. It has been said that the reason for her attending the school is so that she will be able to fluently think and speak in English as a future Queen of Norway.
  • Prince Sverre Magnus  also began the new school year at a new school, this time at Oslo Montessori school, where he is in the 4th grade {Source}.

The Children of Princess Märtha Louise and Mr. Ari Behrn:
  • Maud Angelica Behn  attends a Waldorf school in London, where her family has resided since 2012 {Source}
  • Leah Isadora Behn attends a Waldorf School in London, where her family has resided since 2012{Source}
  • Emma Tallulah Behn is likely in the first years at the Waldorf School in London {Source}.

The Netherlands:

The Children of King Williem-Alexander and Queen Maxima:
  • Princess Catharina Amalia of Oranje  will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
  • Princess Alexia will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
  • Princess Ariane  will continue her education at Bloemcamp Public School.
The Children of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien:
  • Countess Eloise attends school in Belgium, where the family resides.
  • Countess Leonore  also attends school in Belgium, where the family resides.
  • Count Claus-Casimir  also attends school in Belgium, where the family resides. 
The Children of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel:
  • Countess Zaria likely attends school in either The Netherlands or England.
  • Countess Luanna  likely attends school in either The Netherlands or England.

Spain:

The Children of King Felipe and Queen Letizia:
  • Princess Leonor of Asturias is continuing her education at Santa Maria de los Rosales.
  • Infanta Sofia  is continuing her education at Santa Maria de los Rosales.

The Children of Infanta Elena and Jamie de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada
The Children of Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma de Mallorca:

  • Don Juan Valentin attends school in Switzerland
  • Don Pablo  attends school in Switzerland
  • Don Miguel  attends school in Switzerland
  • Doña Irene attends school in Switzerland

Monaco:

The Children of Prince Albert II with Tamara Rotolo and  Nicole Coste:

  • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi is a recent graduate of Fordham University, this past May. Currently she is residing in New York, and working for the UN World Food Programme.
  • Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi  is currently residing in London with his mother, where he likely attends school.
The Children of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Prince Ernest-August of Hanover
The Children of Princess Stephanie with Daniel Ducruet and Jean-Raymond Gottlieb
  • Louis Robert Paul Ducuret is likely in his final year of a masters degree program in the United States.
  • Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuruet  likely graduated with a bachelors in costume design from a university in Paris this past year.
  • Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb  is continuing her education at Lycee François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, where she should be in Seconde (equal to 10th grade on the US System).
The Children of Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy and Donatella Knecht de Massy

  • Christine de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Alexia de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Vittoria de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
  • Andrea de Massy  attends Ecole Francaise Du Cap in South Africa.
The Children of Christian Louis de Massy and Cecile de Massy:
The Children of Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer and Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer
  • Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer likely attends school in Monaco.
  • Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer  likely attends school in Monaco.
Sweden

The Child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel:

  • Princess Estelle began her education on 25 August 2014 at Äventyret Preschool {Source}

Royal Profile: Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 28 August 1999, the elder of the two sons of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg{Source}. His is the oldest of Queen Margarethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort's grandchildren{Source}. At present, he has one younger brother, one younger half brother and a younger half-sister, the half-siblings being from his father's second marriage to Princess Marie{Source}. His siblings are{Source}:

Prince Nikolai was christened in chapel of Fredensborg Palace on 6 November 1999. At the christening the musical work Lys på din vej composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Nikolai, was given its first performance.

His godparents are:


He is named for:

  • Nikolai: is after his maternal aunt and one of his godmothers, Nicola Baird.
  • William: is after his maternal great-grandfather William Manley.
  • Alexander: is after his mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
  • Frederik: is a common name for Danish Kings, and is also the name of his uncle and one of his godfathers, Crown Prince Frederik.

On 16 April 2010, his paternal grandmother's 70th birthday, he received the Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen.


He attended the Krebs School with his brother until the 2013-2014 school year. As of September 2014, Prince Nikoali will be attending Herlufsholm school  {Source}. On 18 May 2013, he was confirmed as a member of the Danish church {Source}

Royal Profile: Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark

Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark was born 26 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezula but raised primarily in Europe by her mother and stepfather {Source} Tatiana's biological father died when she was six, and she has an older brother {Source}.

She studied at Georgetown University, recieving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}. After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}. Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 to focus on her wedding plans {Source}. She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}. They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}

Since her marriage, she has made numerous public appearances. She has attended numerous royal weddings including Crown Princess Victoria's, Prince William's, Princess Nathalie's and Princess Madeleine's, numerous Fashion Week Events, Royal Christenings including the Danish Twins.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Maria-Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 26 August 1988, the second child and oldest daughter of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium{Source}. She is currently seventh in line to the Belgian throne after her four cousins, mother and elder brother. She has four siblings, one older and three younger, as well as a sister-in-law{Source}:
  1. Prince Amedeo (b. 1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este (according to Belgian law, she has not legally been made a Princess of Belgium as of yet)
  2. Prince Joachim
  3. Princess Luisa Maria 
  4. Princess Laetitia Maria


Her godparents are her paternal uncle Archduke Gerhard of Austria-Este and her elder paternal aunt Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este, Countess von und zu Arco-Zinneberg{Source}.

Until 1993, she resided in Basel, Switzerland, at which point her parents relocated to Belgium{Source}. She was educated at the Jesuit school College Sint Jan Berghmans in Brussels{Source}. She completed her secondary education at the St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium {Source}. She then went to London, like her brother Amedeo (educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science), but attended SOAS in London, where she studied Chinese{Source}. In 2007–2008, she spent time in China as part of her studies {Source}. She then enrolled at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris in 2008, where she is still studying {Source}. The Princess is fluent in French, Dutch, and German, the three official languages of Belgium {Source}.

On 9 September 2005, Maria Laura, along with six other students, were riding home from St. John's International School in Waterloo when the bus collided into three cars and rolled over several times {Source}. All of the students managed to escape before the bus burst into flames {Source}. The princess was unharmed but was taken to the hospital for observation and released to her parents after a few hours {Source}.

Because she is so distantly in line for the throne, her mother has guarded the private lives of her and her siblings, therefore, she and her siblings have rarely made public appearances. She appeared in family photos, at the baptism of her younger sister Princess Laetitia Maria,the wedding of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum and her mother's 50th birthday celebrations

Royal Profile: Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, The Duke of Gloucester

Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, The Duke of Gloucester was born 26 August 1944, the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. He is the youngest grandchild of King George V and a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II{Source}.

It was not anticipated that he would become the Duke of Gloucester as his elder brother Prince William of Gloucester stood in front of him for the role{Source}. However, when his brother was killed in a flying accident on 28 August 1972, that changed {Source}. He succeeded his father in the role of Duke of Gloucester in June 1974 {Source}.

Although distantly in line for the throne, he began taking on a public duty very early on in life. At four months old, he accompanied his parents to Australia while his father served as Australia's Governor General from 1945-1947 {Source}.

His education began as most royals did during that time, at home {Source}. He then attended The Wellesley House, before attending Eton College {Source}. In 1963, he began to attend The University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, studying architecture {Source}. He completed three of five years of his studies before joining what was then known as Offices Development Group of the Ministry of Public Building and Works for a year's worth of practicum {Source}. He returned to Cambridge in 1967, and finished the last two years of his studies, passing all the necessary exams in 1969 {Source}. After completing his training, he began to go into practice as a partner in a London architecture firm {Source}.

Given the likelihood of him ever succeeding the throne or Dukedom, he planned on pursuing a full-time career as an architect, but with the death of his brother, he became his father's heir and his royal duty workload increased{Source}. Therefore, he resigned his partnership and aspirations to be a full-time architect{Source}.


In February 1972, his engagement to Birgitte van Deurs was announced {Source}, they were married five months later on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church {Source}. Together, they have three children, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and a stepgrandson:

  1. Alexander Windsor,The Earl of Ulster--->Married Claire. The Countess of Ulster in Sept. 2001
    1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
    2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
  2. Lady Davina Lewis--->Married Gary Lewis in July 2004
    1. Ari Lewis (stepson)
    2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
    3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)
  3. Lady Rose Gilman--->Married George Gilman in July 2008
    1. Lyla Gilman (2010)
    2. Rufus Gilman (2012)
None of his children or grandchildren carry out official duties, but do make appearances at royal family events and are all in line for the British throne.

The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests and can be grouped under the following themes{Source}:

  • International humanitarian issues; these can be sub-divided into (a) international development and (b) disaster prevention and relief
  • Health issues
  • Social welfare, community and youth development 
  • Environmental issues and climate change
  • Social sciences and technology
  • Culture and the arts
  • Heritage and the built environment
  • Military veterans and the disabled community
  • Armed forces

Monday, August 25, 2014

Royal Profile: Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis was born 25 August 1970, the 2nd of 4 children, with an older sister and two younger brothers, is the son of Larry Lewis & Viki Carr.

He was previously married and has a son from that relationship, Ari {Source} He married Lady Davina Lewis on 31 July 2004 at the Chapel at Kensington Palace {Source}. They met while they were both on vacation in Bali in 2000-she was recovering from her university studies in the US, while he was on a surfing holiday {Source}. Before their wedding ceremony, thirty members of his family were treated to a London sight seeing tour by The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. After their wedding ceremony, the couple moved to New Zeland, anticipating a stay of six months-that was 9 years ago {Source}. Together, they have two children:


Like his wife, he does not carry out any official functions on behalf of the Queen. However, they are invited to family events, such as weddings (they attended THE Royal Wedding of 2011), funerals (Seen here in 2005 at Princess Alice's funeral), and other low-key events such as the Gatcombe Horse Trials (2012). In 2005, they were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks {Source}. Other than this, they tend to live fairly normal lives.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 17-24, 2014

Austria

-Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg celebrated her 42nd birthday on Friday.

Belgium

-Prince Gabriel celebrated his 11th birthday on Wednesday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended a reception in honor of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Hofmarskal (Lord Chamberlain) on Wednesday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the conference, Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins, organized by Women Deliver on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Joachim participated in the inauguration of a crossfit circut on Friday {Source}.

-Princess Marie attended the Copenhagen Jewellery & Watch Show on Sunday {Source}.

Jordan

-Queen Noor celebrated her 63rd birthday on Saturday.

Morocco

-King Mohammed VI
 celebrated his 51st birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday.

-Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi celebrated his 11th birthday on Sunday.

Norway

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 41st birthday on Tuesday.

Sweden

-Queen Silvia attended the 15th anniversary of World Childhood Foundation celebrations on Saturday {Photos}
Also in attendance were Countess Sandra Bernadotte af Wisborg, Count Bjoern Bernadotte af Wisborg, Countess Bettina Bernadotte & Philipp Haug, who are distant cousins of the Swedish Royal family

-Crown Princess Victoria awarded this year's Swedish Swedish Worldwide Award on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Estelle it was announced that she will begin attending a pre-school  institution in the municipality of Danderyd on Monday, 25 August on Friday {Source}.

Royal Profile: Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi

Born Alexandre Éric Stéphane Tossoukpé in Paris, France on 24 August 2003, Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi is the son of Prince Albert of Monaco and Nicole Coste, which makes him the younger half-brother of Jazmin Grace Grimaldi{Source}. He also has two older half-brothers who live with their father, Nicole's ex-husband, in South America. He is also the step-son of Princess Charlene of Monaco, and nephew of Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie of Monaco. His mother Nicole changed their surname to Coste on 10 November 2004, a move in which is believe to be in homage to Prince Albert's lawyer, Thierry La Coste.

His mother owns a villa just outside of Monaco in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and has an apartment in Paris{Source}. It is believed that one of these is their primary residence and that Alexandre attends school in either Paris or Villefranche-sur-Mer. At present, Alexandre should be preparing to enter 7ème, this is equal to the 5th grade in the US system.

Like his elder sister's mother, his own mother fought for years for Prince Albert to publicly acknowledged him as his own. However, Nicole had much more success than Tamara in that department-Prince Albert publicly acknowledged his son in 2005, nearly a year before his sister was acknowledged, and after only about 22 months of fighting it{Source}. Also like his sister, he is rarely seen, the last photos of him were around 2009.

In October 2006, his father was interviewed by Larry King, in which he stated his children would not be in line for the Monégasque throne but that they would be taken care of financially{Source}. They are also an heir to Prince Albert's personal fortune, estimated at more than one billion dollars{Source}. Due to the accession of Monaco to the Council of Europe on 5 October 2004, the European Convention on Human Rights regulates inheritance rights, in addition to the laws of Monaco, which also guarantees familial inheritance for children born out of wedlock.

In 2014, it was revealed that Nicole and Alexandre had moved to London after many years in Paris, where his mother legally added "Grimaldi" to his name (after many years of being unable to do so due to French-Monégasque laws regarding the surname "Grimaldi") {Source}. He shares a birthday with his father's paternal 1st cousin 1x removed,  Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy.

Royal Profile: Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy

Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy, or  Sébastien as he is known by the family,  was born the son of Christine Alix de Massy and Charles Wayne Knecht on 24 August 1971, in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to being a 1st cousin once removed of the present reining Monégasque Princely Family, he is also a distant cousin of the family on their maternal side as his father was a cousin of Princess Grace (I believe Sébastien's grandfather was Princess Grace's uncle on her father's side).

He is a member of his aunt Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy’s organization, All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain) of the tennis tournament. He also serves as founder and director of the board to his wife's organization, ConservationGuardians.

After obtaining his BA in business, Sébastien moved to Lima, Peru to work for Grana y Montero Petrolera. After living in Peru he moved back to Monaco and started his shipping career with the V. Ships Group. This brought him to live in London, Singapore and Paris. In 2005 Sébastien founded Madison Marine and today controls a fleet of merchant vessels.

In 2008 he co-founded Transport & Commodities which is based in Monaco and manages shipping, upstream and mining ventures.


He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resided with his wife Donatella, and four daughters until 2011 or 2012, now t he family resides in South Africa. His daughters are:




Because he and daughters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008,he, his wife, and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011. In July 2011, he attended his mother's cousin's wedding ceremonies with his wife and three elder daughters. He also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Charlene). That November, he and his wife appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony ( behind his wife, who is across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony.

He shares a birthday with the son of his maternal first cousin 1x removed, Prince Albert of Monaco, Alexandre Coste Grimaldi.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Royal Profile: Queen Noor al-Hussein,Queen Dowager of Jordan

Queen  Noor al-Hussein,Queen Dowager of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951 the daughter of Najeeb Halaby and Doris Carlquist in Washington, DC, USA. She has two siblings, brother Christian and sister Alexa{Source}.

She was educated National Cathedral School from fourth to eighth grade, before she briefly attended The Chapin School in New York City. She went on to graduate from Concord Academy in Massachusetts{Source}. She attended Princeton University with its first coeducational freshman class, and received a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1973{Source}.

After she graduated, Lisa Halaby moved to Australia, where she worked for a firm that specialized in planning new towns. She became increasingly interested in the Middle East and immediately accepted a job offer from a British architectural firm that had been employed to redesign the city of Tehran{Source}. In 1976, she moved back to the United States{Source}. She thought about earning a master's degree in journalism and starting a career in television production{Source}. However, she accepted a job offer from Managing Director of Arab Air Services, which was founded by her father, who was commissioned by the Jordanian government to redesign their airlines{Source}. She became Director of Facilities Planning and Design of the airline he founded{Source}. In 1977, she was working for Royal Jordanian Airlines, in which capacity she attended various high-profile social events as the Director of Facilities Planning and Design{Source}.This is where she met Hussein of Jordan for the first time on the development of the Queen Alia International Airport{Source}. The airport was named after Queen Alia, Hussein's third wife, who died in a helicopter crash the same year{Source}. Halaby and the king became friends while he was still mourning the death of his wife{Source}. Their friendship evolved and the couple became engaged in 1978{Source}. Wearing a Dior gown, she wed King Hussein on 15 June 1978 in Amman, becoming his fourth wife and Queen of Jordan{Source}.

Together, they have four children, two girls and two boys, and five granddaughters:

  1. Prince Hamzah (1980)
    1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
  2. Prince Hashim ( 1981)
    1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
    2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
    3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
  3. Princess Iman (1983)
  4. Princess Raiyah (1986)
From this marriage, she also gained 7 stepchildren:
  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
    1. Prince Hussein Mirza al Hussein (1981)
    2. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
    3. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II
    1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
    2. Princess Iman (1996)
    3. Princess Salma (2000)
    4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    1. Princess Ayah (1990)
    2. Prince Omar (1993)
    3. Princess Sara (1997)
    4. Princess Aisha (1997) 
  4. Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein (1968)
    1. Aoun Zeid Saad Edden Juma (1992)
    2. Muna Juma (1996)
  5. Princess Zein bint Al Hussein (1968)
  6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
    1. Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2007)
    2. Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2012)
  7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
    1. Princess Jalilah (2005)
    2. Prince Abdullah (2007)
Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament{Source}. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues{Source}.  Her conflict-recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central andSoutheast Asia, Latin America, and Africa{Source}.

Queen Noor's work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding{Source}.  She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields{Source}.  Since 1979, the initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) (which she chairs) have transformed development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication and sustainable development, women's empowerment, microfinance, health, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the developing world{Source}. NHF provides training and assistance in implementing these best-practice programs in the broader Arab and Asian regions{Source}.

She chairs the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI), founded in 1999 to build on her late husband's humanitarian vision and legacy in Jordan and abroad through national, regional, and international programs that promote education and leadership, economic empowerment, tolerance, and cross cultural dialogue and media that enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and across conflict lines{Source}.  Through KHFI, headquartered in the United States, Queen Noor awards the annual King Hussein Leadership Prize to individuals, groups, or institutions that demonstrate inspiring and courageous leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity, and peace{Source}. 

Queen Noor is co-founder of The Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an unprecedented, not-for-profit initiative formed out of a partnership between private media, the United Nations, and global philanthropists to promote and support media content that enhances mutual understanding and respect within and among different societies and cultures{Source}.

She has traveled extensively throughout the Balkans since her first humanitarian mission in 1996 after the fall of Srebrenica{Source}.  She is a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) created through the Dayton Accords to promote reconciliation and conflict resolution through the search for, recovery, and identification of missing persons from the armed conflicts in the Balkans{Source}.  She has supported and overseen the ICMP's groundbreaking forensic DNA identification and families/community reconciliation programs, and advocated with the leaders of BiH to finalize the establishment of The Missing Persons Institute, critical to resolution of the tragedy of tens of thousands of missing and murdered in the 1990s Balkans conflicts{Source}. She has assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and has traveled to Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America to advocate with governments, support NGOs, and visit with landmine survivors struggling to recover and reclaim their lives{Source}.  She has testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus, appealing for humanitarian assistance and justice for hundreds of thousands of landmine victims worldwide{Source}.

At the invitation of President Andrés Pastrana and President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Queen Noor has undertaken several humanitarian missions to Colombia to try to negotiate a series of humanitarian accords with the leaders of the country's guerilla insurgency on landmines, child soldiers and kidnappings, to promote mine awareness programs in rural and conflict areas with UNDP, to advocate against the use of anti-personnel mines especially in civilian areas, and to oversee the destruction of Colombia's last arsenal of anti-personnel mines{Source}.  In gratitude, the Government of Colombia granted Queen Noor full Colombian citizenship{Source}.

In 2004 and 2005, as an expert advisor to the United Nations, Queen Noor traveled to Central Asia to advocate for adoption and implementation of the Ottawa Treaty throughout the region and for multi-sectoral commitment to the Millennium Development Goals in Tajikistan, one of the world's poorest countries{Source}.  She is a board member of Refugees International and an outspoken voice for the plight of refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world. She has visited Pakistan to assess the Afghan refugee situation and is advocating for international support for the nearly 5 million Iraqis displaced in Iraq and in Jordan, Syria, and other countries after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq{Source}.

Queen Noor is actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery{Source}. She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international effort to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, an Advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Seeds of Peace, Council of Women World Leaders, Women Waging Peace, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and International Patron and Honorary Chair of Survivor Corps {Source}.

She is President of the United World Colleges, Board Member of the Aspen Institute, Refugees International, America Near East Refugee Aid, and Conservation International, Patron of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Founding President and Honorary President Emeritus of BirdLife International, and a Patron of the SOS Children's Villages - USA in Jordan{Source}.

Noor is on the board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, alongside former President Bill Clinton{Source}.  She is the International Spokesperson for the McGill Middle East Program of Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP); in this capacity she has twice visited Montréal, Canada, officially and unofficially visited a number of the MMEP's centres in Jordan and Israel, and undertaken a number of fundraising activities, including the establishment of an MMEP program fund in her name{Source}. 

Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters{Source}.  She received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection and advocacy and was honored with the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment{Source}.  In June 2009, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Chapter, honored her with its Healing the Planet Award{Source}. 

She has published two books: Hussein of Jordan (KHF Publishing, 2000) and Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (Miramax Books, 2003), a New York Times best seller published in 15 languages{Source}.

She divides her time between Jordan, Washington, D.C., and London. She continues to work on behalf of numerous international organizations and makes 70 to 100 speaking appearances annually{Source}.

She holds numerous orders and honors from various countries, including{Source}:
  1. Grand Cordon of the Orders of Hussein ibn 'Ali with collar, Renaissance special class (5.6.1978)
  2. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (26.11.1983)
  3. The Virtues (Nishan al-Kemal) of Egypt (1989)
  4. Member of the Royal Family Order of Brunei (DK) (1984)
  5. Royal Order of the Seraphim of Sweden (15.9.1989)
  6. Knight of the Order of the Elephant of Denmark (27.4.1998)
  7. The Grand Decoration of Honour for Merit in gold with sash of the Republic of Austria

Friday, August 22, 2014

Royal Profile: Duchess Eilika Helene Jutta Clementine of Oldenburg

Duchess Eilika Helene Jutta Clementine of Oldenburg was born 22 August 1972, the daughter of Johann Friedrich Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp , Duke of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka of Ortenbourg {Source}.

She married Archduke Paul of Austria in October 1997 {Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
She resides in Hungary with her family and more than likely leads a fairly normal life.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Royal Profile: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born 21 August 1963 the son of King Hassan II and Lalla Latifa Hammou. He has one older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother:

  • HRH Princess Lalla Meryem (b.1962)
  • HRH Princess Lalla Asma (b.1965)
  • HRH Princess Lalla Hasna (b.1967)
  • HRH Prince Moulay Rachid (b.1970)

He completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College and attained his Baccalaureate in 1981, before gaining a bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". He has also frequented the Imperial College and University of Rabat. Also in 1985, he was appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994.

In 1987, Mohammed obtained his first Certificat d'Études Supérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he obtained a Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) in public law. In November 1988, he trained in Brussels with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission.The King obtained his PhD in law with distinction on 29 October 1993 from the French University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis on "EEC-Maghreb Relations". On 12 July 1994, he was promoted to the military rank of Major General, and that same year he became President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army. On 23 July 1999, he succeeded his father as king, being enthroned in Rabaton 30 July.

On 21 March 2002, he married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. . They have two children:

  • Crown Prince Moulay Hassan(8 May 2003)
  • Princess Lalla Khadija ( 28 February 2007)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003{Source} as the eldest son and second child of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:
  • The Duchess of Brabant(2001)
  • Prince Emmanuel (2005)
  • Princess Eléonore (2008)
His godparents are{Source}:
  • Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
  • Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)
He began his education in 2005 at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (2005-Present).
He was named:
  • Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
  • Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
  • Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
  • Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant. He likely speaks Dutch, French and German. He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II & Queen Paola. He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}.

Royal Profile: Prince Laurent of Belgium

Prince Laurent of Belgium was born 19 October 1963 as the second son and youngest child of  King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium {...