Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium

Princess Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine of Belgium, Lady Moncada was born 30 September 1956, as the second daughter and youngest child of King Leopold III of Belgium and his second wife, Lilian, Princess of Réthy {Source}. She has five older siblings, three of whom are from her father's 1st marriage{Source}:

  • Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium (1927-2005, half-sister)
  • King Baudin I of Belgium (1930-1993, half brother)
  • King Albert II of Belgium (1932-, half brother)
  • Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942-2009, full brother)
  • Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (1951-, full sister)
Her family ties also make her (in addition to being the aunt of members of the Belgian Royal Family) an aunt to members of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg.

She grew up with her parents and siblings in Belgium and her brother, King Albert II is one of her godparents. Due to her father having an out of order marriage ceremony for his second marriage, Princess Marie-Esméralda and her siblings are not in line for the Belgian Throne. If they were, Princess Marie-Esméralda and her siblings would be no higher than 14th place (currently occupied by her great-nephew Prince Aymeric).

She married Salvador Moncada on 4 April 1998 in London {Source}. Together, they have two children {Source}:


While she has primarily stayed from the limelight, Princess Marie-Esméralda has made it her mission the last decade or so to keep the memories of her parents alive, mostly through documentary films. She has published two books dedicated to her father, Léopold III, mon père and Léopold III photographe{Source}. She is the president of the Fonds Léopold III pour l'Exploration et la Conservation de la Nature{Source}.

 In March 2014, Princess Marie-Esméralda took part in a trip to Egypt to document her grandparents' visit to Egypt {Source}. This documentary is slated for release on Belgium television sometime in October {Source}.

Princess Marie-Esméralda trained as a journalist and writes under the name Esméralda de Réthy{Source}. In 2001, the Princess teamed up with Jean-Louis Peareau to write Christian Dior: The Early Years:1947-1957 {Source}.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Royal Profile: Emma Tallulah Behn

Emma Tallulah Behn was born 20 September 2008, the third daughter and youngest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn{Source}. She has two older sisters, Maud Angelica & Leah Isadora{Source}.
Her godparents were:

She was named after American actress Tallulah Bankhead.


She is the 5th grandchild of Queen Sojna and King Harald{Source}. She is 7th in line for the Norwegian Throne after her uncle, two cousins, mother and sisters.

Royal Profile: Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon

Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon was born 30 September 1999, the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín. He is 7th in line for the Spanish throne after his 4 cousins, aunt, and mother. His godparents are his maternal aunt Infanta Elena and paternal uncle Mikel Urdangarín.

He grew up in Spain, until his family moved to Washington, DC for his dad's job in 2009. He and his family moved back to Spain in 2012, and to Switzerland in 2013. Just like any other 13 year old, Juan enjoys riding his bike, going to handball games and to Palma de Mallorca for the much-celebrated Spanish Regatta season. He and his brothers are avid fans of FC Barcelona.

Because he and his siblings are so far down the line for the throne and the family lives in the Switzerland, he is primarily kept from the limelight, unlike his cousins.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: September 22-28, 2014

Belgium

-Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant attended attended a ballet Competition on Saturday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II officially opened the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) new headquarters on Tuesday {Source}

Jordan

-Princess Salma celebrated her 14th birthday on Friday.

Italy

-Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 80th birthday on Wednesday.


Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 10th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II attended the Monaco Yacht Show on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene attended the 7th annual World Focus on Autism event on Wednesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima met with (UN) Secretary-General on Tuesday {Photos}

Norway


-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 43rd birthday on Monday.
Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia  presided over the commemoration of the delivery of the Promotion Offices Reales 1989 of the Naval Academy on Friday {Source}.

-King Felipe VI attended a UN Session on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Queen Letizia visited Dos Puentes Elementary School on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Sofia attended the innaugaration of the II International Congress on Research and Innovation in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIIIEN) on Monday {Source}.

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday.

Sweden

-Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine attended the UN Childhood summit on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the mother-daughter child advocates attended the 2014 The World Leaders Forum at Columbia University on Friday {Photos}


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Iman bint Abdullah was born 27 September 1996, the second child and elder daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and a younger brother and sister {Source}:
Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Salma who is 4 years and a day younger. Princess Iman is apparently a keen athlete at the school.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Salma bint Abdullah was born 26 September 2000, the third child and second daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has two older siblings and a younger brother{Source}:

Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Iman who is 4 years and a day older.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Royal Profile: 15 Facts about Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma

  1. Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born 24 September 1934 {Source}.
  2. Her parents were Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.
  3. She was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy {Source}.
  4. She was the eldest of four children {Source}:
    1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
    2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
    3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
  5. She married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia on 12 February 1955{Source}.
  6. Together, they have four children, two sets of twins{Source}:
    1. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
    2. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
    3. Prince Sergius "Serge" Wladimir Emanuel Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
    4. Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
  7. Together, they also have three grandchildren{Source}:
    1. Milena Maria Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
    2. Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
    3. Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)
  8. She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}.
  9. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.
  10. Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:
    1. Princess Inès of Bourbon-Parma (1952–1981)
    2. Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, technically, stepgrandmother as Marie is the daughter of Ines, but Michael adopted her in 1982)
    3. Prince Eric of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    4. Princess Sybil of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
    5. Princess Victoire of Bourbon-Parma (1957–2001)
    6. Prince Charles-Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma (1964)
  11. She would also become step-grandmother of {Source}:
    1. Baroness Tatiana von Grecmen-Waldek (1974)
    2. Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, technically, stepgrandmother as Marie is the daughter of Ines, but Michael adopted her in 1982)
    3. Princess Antonia of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
    4. Baron Nicolas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
    5. Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
    6. Princess Alexia of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
    7. Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
    8. Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
    9. Prince Amaury of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
    10. Princess Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
    11. Princess Elisabeth of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
    12. Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
    13. Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)
  12. She is a cousin of King Albert II of Belgium-King Albert's father (Leopold III) was the elder brother of Princess Maria Pia's mother, Princess Marie-José of Belgium.
  13. Upon the abolishment of the Italian monarchy, she and her family first fled to Portugal, then to Switzerland.
  14. She is a sister-in-law of Queen Anne of Romania. 
  15. She is aunt by marriage to:
    1. Princess Margareta of Romania (1949)
    2. Princess Elena of Romania (1950)
    3. Princess Irina of Romania (1953)
    4. Princess Sophie of Romania (1957)
    5. Princess Maria of Romania (1964)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Royal Profile: Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:

  • Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  • María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 23 year old.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Royal Profile:Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one younger brother, Crown Prince Haakon {Source}.

She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

She grew up along side her younger brother at their parent's Skaugum Estate, with fairly normal childhoods{Source}. The young princess took part in several after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, taking part in a folk dancing troupe, and horse-riding {Source}. As a youngster, she attended local schools in Norway until 1990{Source}. In the autumn of 1990, the 19 year old Princess moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford{Source}. She later moved to Area UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper {Source}. Two years later, she returned to Norway to study at Bjørknes Privatskole before attending Oslo University College, and earning a degree in physiotherapy education{Source}. After completing her degree, she moved to The Netherlands to complete her final years of practical training, which she completed in December 1997{Source}. She qualified as a Rosen practitioner in 2000{Source}. During this time, she also persued a career as a equestrian show jumper, often competeing with Norway's National Team{Source}. She retired from show jumping completely in 2000{Source}.

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:


In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:

  • Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  • The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  • The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  • Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  • The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  • The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norweigan fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norweigan television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: September 15-21, 2014

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde held a meeting with BadDoberan on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe met with the President of the Republic of the Philippines on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Belgian king paid a visit to ActirisBrussels {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited the " Social Relay Pays de Liège " on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Belgian Queen met with Belgian athletes participating in the Special Olympics {Photos}.

-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the closing ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics on Saturday {Photos}


Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Princess Benedikte attended the 2014 Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat on Monday {Source}

-Queen Margarethe II  officially opened the exhibition, 1814: Spillet om Danmark og Norge (1814: The drama of Denmark and Norway)  on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik met with several Danish sailors and members of Team Vestas Wind on Monday {Photos}.

-Princess Benedike met with various youth from Greenland and Gentofte commune on Monday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh visited Gordstoun School,  and met with the former British ambassador to Uruguay on Monday {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Ditidaht First Nation, Namgis First Nation, undertook an Ecological Tour by boat and attended a dinner at Sonora Resort  on Monday {Source}.On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest son and daughter-in-law attended a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and International Foundation {Source}.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited the Regional Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment, and  attended a reception for Regional Forrest Fire First Respondeners on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the "Going Forward: Education Research and the Horse Industry in the Twenty First Century" Conference to open the School of Equine Management and Science at the Royal Agricultural University and attend a Reception at Shetland Museum and Archives on Monday {Source}.On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter opened the Shetland College extension at Gremista, attended the College Graduation Ceremony and University Foundation Day and attended a dinner for the University of Edinburgh  {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday.

-Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended a reception at the Honourable Artillery Company  on Monday {Source}.\

-Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent met with the chairman of the trustees of the  The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (United Kingdom Fund)  on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy met with outgoing and incoming Commanding officers of The Royal Yeomanry, met with Brigadeier and Colonel of Durham Light Infantry Association  and attended a reception for Children and Families Accross Boarders on Tuesday {Source}.

Greece

-Queen Anne-Marie attended the 2014 Dronning Ingrids Hæderslegat on Monday {Source}

-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her 46th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Odysseas-Kimon celebrated his 10th birthday on Wednesday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania visited the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Paris headquarters on Wednesday {Source}

Luxembourg

-Prince Felix & Princess Claire celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on Wednesday (civil) and Sunday (religious).

-Prince Noah de Nassau celebrated his 7th birthday on Sunday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended EXPO Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene attended the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on Sunday {Photos}

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 13th birthday on Sunday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima ,Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien attended the opening of the 2014 Prinsjesdag on Tuesday {Photos}

Spain

-King Felipe VI presided over the opening of the 2014-2015 School Year in Early Childhood Center and Elementary Ben-Cho-Shey on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Letizia celebrated her 42nd birthday and attended the X Exition of the Premio Luis Carandell de Periodismo Parlametario (Luis Carandell Journalism Award) on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Spanish Queen attended an Award ceremony "V of Life" and "Cancer Research Grants" from the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) {Source}.

-Queen Sofia attended the "Mozart Requiem" in the context of the commemoration of the fourth centenary of the death of Greco on Saturday {Source}.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia met with newly appointed ambassadors for Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia during a diplomatic reception on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated a new facility at the dairy in Burträsk and to visit the company in Skellefteå on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, he met with newly appointed Swedish ambassadors and  inspected livbataljonen the Inner Courtyard {Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria held a meeting of the Board of Directors for Crown Princess Margareta's Country Storm Fund and opened the exhibition Pompeii Millesgården on Lidingö on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday, the future Swedish Queen visited the Secretariat for Riga 2014 Latvia's new national library {Source}.

-Prince Daniel celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday. On Wednesday, the future Prince Consort of Sweden visited Sundberg Guitars {Source}.

Royal Profile: Alexia Kencht de Massy

Alexia Knecht de Massy was born 21 September 2001, the second of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}. She has one older sister,Christine, and two younger sisters, Vittoria and Andrea. She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the Quatrième year (equal to 8th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. Most recently, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige){Source}, and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo {2008, being held by her father}.

Like most pre-teens and teens, she is active on social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram (do not ask me for the links.).

Royal Profile:Prince Noah de Nassu

Prince Noah de Nassu was born 21 September 2007, the younger of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Princess Tessy's two children{Source}. He has an older brother, Prince Gabriel, who is a little over a year and a half older{Source}. His godparents are:
  • Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
  • Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)

Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendents, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}. . The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .

He resides in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.

Op-Ed: The Belgian Monarchy vs Delphine Boël (UPDATE)

She's ba-ck. That's right folks, Delphine Boël's battle to prove King Albert II of Belgium is her natural father continues. As I reported in July 2013, Miss Boël began legal proceedings to obtain DNA tests from Princess Astrid and then Prince Philippe (who is now King, and holds legal immunity from the situation). Anyway, before I get too far ahead of myself, allow me to explain some of the background of the situation and what this could potentially mean for the Belgian Royal Family:


The Background of the situation:

Years ago, King Albert & Queen Paola were separated for a while, but remained married. During this time, King Albert had an affair with Sybille, Baroness de Selys Longchamps, which allegedly produced the famed Belgian artist, Delphine Michèle Anne Marie Ghislaine Boël in February 1968.

While Boël and her mother remained in hiding for the majority of her life and she was raised as the legal daughter of Jacques Boël, it was first brought to the public’s attention in 1999, when an unauthorized biography of Queen Paola was published{Source}{Source}. The book contained statements of allegations that there was an existence of a daughter born out of wedlock to King Albert. When the Belgian press got a hold of this idea, the investigations on who she could be and rumors started. Eventually the Belgian press found Boël, and both the Palace and Boël denied the claims at the time. The main element that was considered to be an informal acknowledgement of her existence was during his 1999 Christmas speech, in which he said:
This Christmas feast is also the occasion for each of us to think of one’s own family, to one’s happy periods but also to one’s difficult moments. The Queen and I have remembered very happy periods, but also the crisis that our couple have experienced more than 30 years ago. Together, we could very, long time ago already, surpass those difficulties and find back a deep understanding and love. This period have been recalled to us short ago. We don’t wish to dwell ("nous appesantir" in French) on that subject which belongs to our private lives. But, if certain people who meet today similar problems could get some reasons to hope from our lived experience, we would be so happy.


In May 2005, Boël was interviewed by France 3, where she publicly claimed to be the King’s daughter. after this, she phoned the man she claimed was her biological father, to get some help for her mother who was being harassed by journalists. The king shrugged her off, claiming that he was not her father. Raised as the legal daughter of her mother’s second husband, She was told the truth about her paternal lineage by her mother when she turned 18 in 1986.

For years after this, she kept quiet. In January 2013, it was reported that her mother’s second husband and her legal father disinherited her from his family’s estimated €760m (£650m) fortune. It was then that she, with her mother’s support, made the decision to summon her alleged biological father and two half-siblings to submit to a DNA test{Source}. The Palace has confirmed that a summons was received by The King, Duke of Brabant & Archduchess of Austria-Este (Albert II, Philippe & Astrid). The road block for Boël is that per the Belgian constitution, the King has legal immunity, but his children do not get this privilege.

UPDATE:

With King Albert's abdication, it leaves him, his daughter Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent part of the situation, but legal immunity to King Philippe. Prince Laurent has recently released a statement that he has no interest in submitting a DNA test, and has refused to do so. There has been no public comment from anyone else in the family regarding this matter, and the only thing the Palace will say is that it is "a private matter".


WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR THE ROYAL FAMILY:
Pretty much that King Albert, Prince Phillippe, Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent have a daughter and half-sister they never acknowledged. She nor her descendants can inherit the throne as they are considered illegitimate descendants of Leopold I, even if King Albert & Queen Paola divorce over this (a scenario in which I doubt), and he marries his illegitimate daughter's mother, she will still not be in line for the throne.

However, per the rules of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), she will inherit some of her father’s fortune at his death. As is a similar case with the children of Prince Albert II of Monaco.

My opinion:

Remains the same: She wants money, not acknowledgement. If she really wanted acknowledgement, she would've gone after him in 1986, when she found out the truth from her mother. Do I think she ever will get to know whatever the truth may be? Doubtful. Unless the courts force them, a scenario which I doubt, I doubt the Belgian Royal Family will ever submit to a DNA test

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Marie-Chantal Claire Miller (aka HRH Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece) was born 17 September 1968, the daughter of Ecuadorian born María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra) and Robert Warren Miller{Source}. She has two sisters, Pia-Christina, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra-Natasha, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg{Source}.

She grew up as an American citizen, but spent much of her younger years globe trotting{Source}. She was born in England, and spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, Switzerland and France{Source}. She graduated from high school and attended University in the US (in NYC){Source}.

She began dating Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece in the early 1990s, he proposed during a skiing holiday in 1993{Source}. They wed in 1994. Together, they have a daughter and four sons, all of who bear the title HRH Prince(ss) of Greece{Source}:


Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000{Source}.She has also written and illustrated "The Frog Prince", the first in a planned series of fairy-tales{Source}.

Marie-Chantal serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and the Animal Medical Centre. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage and the co-chair of World in Harmony{Source}.

Royal Profile:Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece

Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece was born 17 September 2004 in London as the 2nd son of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}.  He has an older sister, two older brothers and a younger brother, all of who carry the title and style HRH Prince/ss of Greece. They are:
  • Maria-Olympia (1996)
  • Constantine Alexios (1998)
  • Achileas-Andreas (2000)
  • Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
Like his siblings, he's grown up mostly in the US and Europe. As of right now, the family is based in London. He shares a birthday with his mother.


His christening took place in Greece the following summer after his birth {Source}. His godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • Prince Philippos of Greece (paternal uncle)
  • Princess Olga of Greece (paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Nassos Thanopolous (Greek businessman based in England, likely a friend of his parents)
  • Arki Busson
  • Chris Thomsen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Daniel of Sweden

Prince Daniel of Sweden was born 15 September 1973 in Sweden as the son of Ewa Westlind and Olle Gunnar Westling{Source}. He has a sister, Anna {Source}.

The future Prince Consort attended schools in Sweden, including Rabo Primary School, Perslunda School and Hammargymnasiet upper secondary school {Source}. He graduated upper secondary school in 1991 {Source}.

During his summers, he would work at a home for the elderly{Source}. Prince Daniel was also a member of the Swedish military group 114 in Gävle {Source}. After completing his military service, he worked at a centre for children with special needs {Source}. In 1994, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden to study at the Gymnastics Federation's Folk High School {Source}.During his time at Gymnastics Federation's Folk High School, he studied the youth recreation leader programme {Source}.While studying there, he worked for a fitness company, and after completing his education, he continued to work for the company full time{Source}.

In 1997, he created his own fitness consulting company {Source}. He opened his own fracise gim Master Training shortly thereafter {Source}. The future Consort started up the company Balance in 2006 {Source}. Since becoming the heir's consort, he has given up his business practices as required by law {Source}.

Prince Daniel partakes in many activities in his spare time, many of which are sports related. He is an avid skiier and golfer{Source}. Some of his passions and favorite activities include: social issues, health, sport and entrepreneurship, and enjoys going to the theatre {Source}.

Prince Daniel met his would-be bride in 2001, when he was hired as her personal trainer{Source}. Reportedly, in the beginning, King Carl XVI Gustaf was against his heir's budding romance with her trainer, however, eventually he warmed up to the relationship {Source}. After his engagement was annouced to the future Queen of Sweden, he began tutoring sessions in several languages including English, French and German, Swedish history and political science {Source}. Upon their engagement, royal watchers and the Swedish people began to speculate what-if any-title he would receive upon marriage. It was decided by the Swedish courts that he would receive the male equalivent of Crown Princess Victoria's titles-making his official title  His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland{Source}. On 19 June 2010, he became the first future male consort in Swedish history{Source}.
Over the years, Prince Daniel has "collected" many national and international honors. Upon marrying into the Swedish Royal Family, he was granted the honor of knight of the order of the Seraphim {Source}. Prince Daniel holds numerous honors, both domestically and abroad {Source}{Source}{Photo}. In addition to Sweden, he holds orders from Estonia, and Finland {Source}{Photo}


On 17 August 2011, his life changed once again, when he and his wife announced that they were expecting their first child {Source}. Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland was born 23 February 2012 {Source}.

The Swedish National Archives published an account of Westling's ancestors, most of whom were farmers in the province of Hälsingland {Source}.In June 2010, genealogist Björn Engström published Daniel's ancestors as far back as to the 14th century, and showed that Daniel shares some ancestors in the region of Stora Kopparberget with noble families living today, among these Svinhufvud{Source}.His paternal grandfather Anders Andersson (1900–1980) adopted the surname of Westling from his mother{Source}.

He is the 2nd commoner to marry into the royal family, breaking traditions of royals marrying royals. His mother-in-law was the first.

Since becoming a prince, he has undertaken many patronages, some of which includes International Society of Nephrology, World Transplant Games 2011, UEFA Women's EURO 2013,  patron of the initiative 'Make A Healthy Heart Your Goal' campaign partnership for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 {Source}{Source}{Source}{Source}.

The future Swedish consort has visited Russia, The USA on solo official capacity visits {Source}{Source}{Source}. He shares a birthday with Queen Letizia of Spain & Prince Harry of Wales.

Royal Profile: Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain was born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on 15 September 1972 and is the daughter of Don Jesús Ortiz Álvarez and Dona Paloma Rocasolano Rodriguez{Source}. The future Spanish Queen has two sisters: Telma Ortiz Rocasolano ( 1973) and Érika Ortiz Rocasolano (1975-2007){Source}.

She began his studies in Oviedo, in the public school La Gesta and later at the Institute Alfonso II{Source}. At age 14, she moved with his parents and sisters to Madrid, where she completed her school at Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu{Source}. She received a degree in Information Sciences, Journalism industry, Complutense University of Madrid{Source}. She holds a Master of Audiovisual Journalism from the Institute of Journalism Media Studies{Source}. During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE{Source}. She was awarded the Larra Prize by the Madrid Press Association to the year's most outstanding journalist under 30{Source}.

She got engaged to Alonso Guerro Pérez after a 10-year courtship, they were civilly married in 1999, and divorced in 2000 {Source}. Her engagement to HRH The Prince of Asturias was announced on November 1, 2003{Source}.. The religious ceremony was held on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena in Madrid{Source}. It was the first royal wedding in this cathedral, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993{Source}. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos{Source}. After the wedding, she moved with her new husband to his residence, a 3,150 square metres (33,900 sq ft) palace built within the Zarzuela Palace grounds{Source}. With the King of Spain, she has two daughters{Source}:
Her primary duties are to raise her daughters and support the institutional work of the Prince of Asturias. Therefore, she takes care personally of her daughters, the Infantas Leonor and Sofía, and seeks to harmonize her duties as a mother and her work alongside the Prince of Asturias at certain official events. Since 2007 she has her own agenda, which takes place in the framework of the official activities of the Royal Household of His Majesty The King, and of the Secretariat of His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias.
Her main areas of work are children and youth, and, most especially, areas related to their education and health. The world of disability is another of the Princess's interests. Throughout these years, she has provided institutional support for different groups within Spanish society, ranging from visually impaired people to those affected by hearing impairments or by autism spectrum disorders, to name only a few.
In September 2010, the Princess assumed the Honorary Presidency of the Spanish Association Against Cancer and of its Scientific Foundation. She has maintained contact with the military by attending Armed Forces Day, presenting Combat Flags to certain Units, and presiding over a Flag Oath ceremony of the Royal Guard. The future Spanish Queen supports Spanish designers, from couturiers such as Felipe Varela and Lorenzo Caprile to Zara and Mango.
In 2006, Letizia received some unfortunate attention over a 'wardrobe malfunction' (a gust of wind blew her skirt up while greeting a crowd atop the Juan Luis Galiardo Theater).
Her interests include: the cinema, the theatre, literature and sports such as ski, sailing (since her wedding to the Prince) and hunting. She hold honors from Spain, Argentina, Chile, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal and Romania.Other Honors she holds are:

  • Favourite Daughter of Oviedo (Hija Predilecta de Oviedo, 2007)
  • Adoptive Daughter of Ribadesella (Hija Adoptiva de Ribadesella, 2004)
  • 'Lazo de Dama' of the Royal Masterhood of Cavalry of Seville, 2008. 
Together, they also represented Spain in other countries: the Princess has traveled along with the Prince to Jordan, Mexico, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the United States of America, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, China and Portugal. She also greeted, along with other members of the royal family, international dignitaries. Such as when the Pope visited Spain for World Youth Day 2011
Letizia also attended foreign royalty gatherings in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, for the silver wedding anniversary of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of The Prince of Orange.

Royal Profile: 30 Facts about Prince Harry of Wales

  1. His full name is Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor{Source}.
  2. He is the second son of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.
  3. He has an older brother, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge.
  4. His stepmother is Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
  5. His sister-in-law is Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.
  6. His first nephew is Prince George of Cambridge.
  7. He is the stepbrother of Laura Lopes and Tom Parker-Bowels.
  8. He is the stepuncle of Lola and Freddy Parker-Bowels and Eliza, Gus and Louis Lopes.
  9. At birth, he was 3rd in line for the British Throne...at present, he is 4th, and with the birth of his second niece or nephew next year, he will be 5th.
  10. He was born at 4.20pm on 15th September, 1984 at St Mary's Hospital{Source}.
  11. He weighed  6lb 14oz at birth{Source}.
  12. On 21st December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. 
  13. His godparents were {Source}:
    1. The Prince Andrew (his paternal uncle)
    2. The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (his paternal second cousin)
    3. Lady Vestey
    4. Mrs. William Bartholomew
    5. Bryan Organ
    6. Gerald Ward
  14. He began his education at Mrs. Mynors School in 1987 until 1989{Source}. 
  15. After attending Mrs Mynors School, Prince Harry became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, from September 1987. 
  16. In September 1992, Harry joined his older brother William at Ludgrove School{Source}. 
  17. He then attended Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSE’s and A Levels{Source}.
  18. After completing his A Levels, Prince Harry took a gap year during which he visited Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho{Source}.
  19. Prince Harry entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005{Source} . 
  20. He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals){Source}.
  21. During this period, Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho{Source}.
  22. In February 2008, Prince Harry completed more than two months service with the British Army in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a ‘Forward Air Controller’ for NATO forces{Source} .
  23.  On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.
  24. In January 2009, he began a two-and-a-half year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He remains an officer in the Household Cavalry during the training period{Source}.
  25. Prince Harry’s principal residences are at Clarence House in London and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.
  26. A new Household Office was set up at St James’s Palace, London, for Prince Harry and for his brother, Prince William, in January 2009 to reflect their growing public lives.
  27. The Prince is currently Patron of a number of charities and organisations (including Sentebale) and he holds two honorary military appointments (in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force){Source}.
  28. The Prince focuses much of his charitable activity around the Princes’ Charities Forum, a grouping of organisations with which he and his brother have close links and which assists in promoting ideas and joint initiatives to the benefit of all the members {Source}.
  29. He shares a birthday with Prince Daniel of Sweden and Queen Letizia of Spain.
  30. He is godfather of two boys:
    1. Frederick "Fred" Pettifer (born 2001) (son of his former nanny, Alexandra Shân "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke)
    2. Jasper Dyer (born 2012) (son of close friend and former former royal equerry Mark Dyer)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Royal Recap of The Royals You Love: September 8-14, 2014

Belgium

-Queen Paola celebrated her 77th birthday on Thursday.

-Noblie Elisabetta 'Lili' Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 27th birthday on Monday.

Denmark

-Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 15th birthday on Sunday.

Germany

-Albert II, Prince von Thurn and Taxis, Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis & Princess Elisabeth von Thurn and Taxis attended the wedding of Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis and Hugo Wilson on Saturday {Photos}.

-Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis married Hugo Wilson on Saturday{Photos}


Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on Wednesday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice of York, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent & The Lady Gabriella Windsor attended a memorial service for Mark Shand on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and visited Majeurs Chesterfield London on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future monarch met with the outgoing and incoming  Chiefs of the General Staff, met with the Chief Executive of Historic Royal Places, the Landscape Designer and Landscape architect, met with the winner of the Prince of Britian Achiever of the Year Award,  met with the Minister of State for the Community and Local Government and Minister of State for Transport, attended a Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Reception for Veterans Employment, met with the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officers of the 4th Battalion The Rifles {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall met with the outgoing and incoming Station Commanders and Group Captain of Royal Air Force Halton on Wednesday {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended a luncheon for the Vietnam-UK Bussiness Network for the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, attended a meeting on Apprenticeships with representatives of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, met with The Sultan of Yohyakarta and attended a Financial Services Dinner at Admiralty House on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the British monarch's second son attended a board meeting and luncheon for The Outward Bound Trust, and visited HMS GANNET Serch and Rescue Flight {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex  opened Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, unveiled a WWI Memorial to the Founding Fathers of the British Leigon, and visited Royal Fleet Auxillary Orange Leaf and Fort Victoria at Cammell Laird Shipyard on Monday {Source}.

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex opened the Sanctuary at Thames Hospice, and held a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation on Wednesday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a Citizens Advice 75th Anniversary reception and Awards Dinner  on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter opened the new l'Arche House, opened the Flats for the Frail and Elderly, attended a luncheon at the Merchants' Hall, visited women involved in the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier Project and engeineering and viewed the Charrier at Rosyth Royal Dockyard, and held the Chancellor's Dinner for the University of Edinburgh {Source}. On Wednesday, the second child of Queen Elizabeth opened the Redrow Builders Show Home, visited the North West Save the Children to mark the 50th anniversary, and visited David Moss Boatbuilders at Skippool Creek {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge opened the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building at University of Oxford China Centre on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the Invictus Games Driving Challenge, and The Invictus Games Welcome Reception on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Beatrice of York  attended Annual Charity Day Hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC on Thursday {Photos}. On Saturday, The Duke of York's eldest daughter attended the Markus Lupfer presentation during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015{Photos}.

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the men's final on Day 15 of the 2014 US Open on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Queen's second to youngest granddaughter attended Annual Charity Day Hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC {Photos}. On Sunday, she was back in England to attend The Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester opened John Jay Centre, opened the restored Peniculk House, and visited Dryden Aqua Limited on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's cousin met with the chairman and chief executive of the Japan Society {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester opened the community link footpath at Ford Park Commuinity Group, visited St. Mary's Hospice to mark its 25th anniversary and open the Cavendish Wing, and visited Owen Jones Oak Swill Baskets on Wednesday{Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy officially opened the new offices of the New Bridge Foundation on Wednesday {Source}.

Japan

-Princess Kiko celebrated her 48th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended the wedding of Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis and Hugo Wilson on Saturday {Photos}.

-Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended the 27th 'Biennale des Antiquaires' Pre Opening at Le Grand Palais on Tuesday {Photos}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended a luncheon in honor of the President andMrs. Varela Castle of the Republic of Panama on Monday {Source}.

-King Felipe VI presided over the opening of the Judicial Year 2014/2015 in the Palace of Justice on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, the Spanish monarch visit the Spanish General Motors Plant and met with the Organization of World Sailing Championship{Source}{Source}. On Saturday, the Spanish King met with sailors of the Laser Class and visited the racing area of the World Sailing Championship{Source}.

-Queen Letizia chaired the Council of the Royal Board on Disability on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I attended a meeting of the World Cup FIBA ​​Basketball 2014, between teams from Spain and France on Wednesday {Source}.

-Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 14th birthday on Tuesday.




Royal Profile:Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 14 September 1999, the first child of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. He has one younger sister, Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth{Source}. He is one of three grandchildren (soon to be four! His Aunt Princess Nathalie announced she was expecting baby #2 last month in February 2015)of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Richard, the 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}

His christening took place in Germany in December 1999{Source} and the following were named as his godparents{Source}:
  • Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (maternal uncle)
  • Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (maternal 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Philipp of Hesse (his mother's cousin)
  • Countess Andrea of Pfeil-Haag (his father's cousin)
  • Nadine Kettaneh-Farah (a family friend)

He was named for{Source}:
  • Friedrich: possibly for his mother's cousin, Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark, only in the Geman spelling?
  • Richard: His maternal grandfather
  • Oscar: no idea
  • Jefferson: his father

During his younger years, the family resided in Paris, France making frequent trips to Germany and Denmark to visit family. In 2013, the family moved to Germany{Source}.He is not a member of the Danish Royal Family, does not perform any official duties nor is in line for the throne due to his mother not being raised in Denmark per her great-grandfather's requirements. However, he is distantly in line for the British throne and related to most of Europe's present monarchs. He likely speaks French, Danish and German. He does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013, he is the one in the blue shirt) and official family events (such as the christening of his 2nd cousin Prince Henrik and wedding of his maternal aunt), but other than that he does not perform any official duties or functions for the Danish monarchy and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary, Duchess of Oldenburg

Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary, Duchess of Oldenburg was born 22 August 1972 as the daughter of Johann Frie...