Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips

Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips was born the elder of two children to Peter & Autumn Philips on 29 December 2010{Source}. She has a younger sister,Isla Elizabeth. Through her father, she is the first grandchild of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

According to The Daily Mail (aka the most reliable source ever...*sense sarcasm*), her christening happened in late April 2011 at the Church of the Holy Cross, near Granny Anne's estate. There was no announcement as to who were selected as her godparents. However, in addition to her parents, her aunt and uncle Zara and Mike were there, along with her great-grandparents and numerous members of the British Royal Family {Source}.

Because she is so young and far down on the ranks for the throne (As of 2014, she is presently at 14th after three great-uncles, six 1st cousins 1x removed, a second cousin, her grandmother, and her father), Savannah isn't often seen in the public eye. The biggest event we probably saw her at last was when she was with her mother, Autumn, and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Cambridge's dog Lupo at The Tusk Charity Polo Match At Beaufort Polo Club in June 2012 {Photo}. In 2013, she was also spotted at the Badminton Horse Trials in May and the Christmas Meeting at Ascot Racecourse in December {Photos} At her birth, there were no public photos released.

She shares a birthday with her father's 2nd cousin 1x removed's wife, Claire, The Countess of Ulster.

Royal Profile: Princess Kako of Akishino

Princess Kako of Akishino was born 29 December 1994 as the second daughter ofFumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino  {Source}. She has an older sister and a younger brother{Source}:

  1. Princess Mako of Akishino (1991)
  2. Prince Hisahito of Akishino (2006)

She has been educated in Japan and Ireland. She began her education at Gakushuin Primary School from 2001-2007. She began attending Gakushūin Girls' High School in 2007, graduating in 2012. In 2012, she attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 2013, she attended the entrance ceremony of Gakushūin University. In August 2014, she transferred to International Christian University. On 2 April 2015, she attended the entrance ceremony for International Christian University{Source}.

She began attending to royal duties at a young age. In August 2003, she, along with her parents and sister, attended the celebrations of Queen Sirikit's 72nd birthday attend the conferment ceremony of an honorary doctorate from Ubon Ratchathani University and for joint research on domesticated fowls{Source}.

As a child, she was active in figure skating and handicrafts {Source}. In 2007, she represented the Meijijingu Gaien Figure Skating Club and joined the Spring Cup Figure Skating Competition held by the Japan Skating Federation.Princess Kako ranked top in the Shinjuku division (Female Group B - Primary School Year Six or above){Source}.

For her last birthday, like on all the other 20th birthdays in the Japanese Imperial Family, she was awarded the Order of the Precious Crown and donned a tiara for the first time in an official ceremony {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Vittoria of Savoy

Princess Vittoria of Savoy is the elder of the two biological children of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont & his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and was born 29 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a great-grandchild of the last King of Italy and the granddaughter of the present pretender to the throne, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and his wife Marina. She also has two adopted brothers who were adopted from Kenya in January 2011, Alan and Moses, and a sister named Luisa, who was born in 2006.

I imagine the family is living a relatively normal life in either France or Switzerland, where she likely goes to school. I also imagine that with a French mother and Italian father, she speaks at least both French and Italian.

Royal Profile: Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight

Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger Knight was born 29 December 1986 as the daughter of John Kreuger and Princess Irnia of Romania {Source}. Her maternal grandparents are King Mihai I of Romania and Queen Anne of Romania {Source}. She has one older brother, Michael Kreuger {Source}.

On 31 May 2007, she gave birth to a daughter, Courtney Bianca Knight {Source}. Almost two and a half years later, she married her child's father, Richard Robert Knight on 29 October 2009 {Source}. In 2011, she gave birth to her second child, Diana.

Currently, according to Romanian laws, she is not included in the line of succession {Source}. However, this page on the site about succession includes her in 7th place, so I don't know {Source}.

It's likely that she grew up fairly normally, and lives a relatively normal life.

Royal Profile: Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster

Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster was born 29 December 1977 as the elder child of Robert Booth and Barbra Booth{Source}. She has a sister, Joanne, who is two years younger {Source}.

She attended King's College, London, recieving a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 2001. In 2007, she received a further degree of Masters of Science from University College, London. Lady Ulster qualified as a pediatric specialist registrar, after which she became a Consultant Pediatrician with the General Medical Council{Source}. On 1 September 2012, she was appointed Clinical Training Fellow (Walport Lecturer) at UCL{Source}.

She married the son of Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Earl of Ulster on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel, St. James Palace {Source}. Upon her marriage, she gained the title The Countess of Ulster{Source}. Together, with the Earl of Ulster, she has two children{Source}:

  1. Xan Windsor, Lord Cullden
  2. Lady Cosima Windsor

Monday, December 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Clotilde d'Orléans

Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans was born 28 December 1968 as the first child of Prince Michel d'Orléans and Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}. She has three younger siblings, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and three nephews and  a niece who are{Source}:
  1. Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans (1971)
    1. Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly (1968)
      1. Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Daily (2003)
      2. Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (2004)
      3. Gaetano Dailly (2009)
  2. Prince Charles-Philippe Marie Louis of Orléans, Duke of Anjou (1973)
    1. Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval (1978)
      1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans (2012)
  3. Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (1982)
    1. Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel
She married Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy on 26 June 1993{Source}. Together, they have the following children{Source}:
  1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
  2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
  3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
  4. Augustin Marie Crépy(2005)
  5. Éléonore Crépy (2007)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 21-27, 2015


-Archduchess Katharia Marie-Christine Fabiola celebrated her 1st birthday on Tuesday.


-Queen Margreth II, Henrik, Prince Consort, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Henrik &  Princess Athena attended the Christmas Service in the Aarhus Cathedral on Friday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor,James, Viscount Severn, The Lady Sarah Chatto, David St. George Chatto,  Samuel David Benedict Chatto,Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto attended the traditional Christmas Day Church Service at Sandringham Church on Friday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales undertook a day of engagements in Cumbria, England on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy celebrated her 79th birthday on Friday.

-Cassius Edward Taylor celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday.

-Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday.

-Amelia Mary Caregie Etherington celebrated her 14th birthday on Thursday.


-Emperor Akihito celebrated his 82nd birthday on Wednesday.


-Princess Stephanie visited with Monegasque seniors who are spending the holiday season hospitalized at
Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace on Monday {Source}.

The Netherlands

-Prince Berhard of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 46th birthday on Friday.


-King Harald V, Queen SonjaPrincess Märtha Louise, Ari Behn, Maud Angelica Behn, Leah Isadora Behn &
Emma Talluah Behn attended Christmas Services at Holmenkollen Chapel on Friday {Source}

-Queen Sonja visited Sofienberg home on Tuesday {Source}.


-Queen Silvia celebrated her 72nd birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia attended a Christmas concert entitled, Jul i Vasastan on Monday {Photos}.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Cassius Edward Taylor

Cassius Edward Taylor was born 26 December 1996 is the son of The Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor{Source}

He has an older brother and two younger sisters{Source}:
  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
  3. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)

He is a first cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II via King George V. He is presently 38th in line for the British throne {Source}. At his birth, he was 19th.

When he was 8 years old, his father was diagnosed with cancer, but he survived it {Source}.

Other than this, Mr. Taylor is a private citizen, and does not perform any public duties, therefore there is not much information about him.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Bernhard Lucas Emmanuel of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 25 December 1969 as the son of Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has one older brother, and two younger brothers, as well as three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews:
  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
      1. Miss Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      2. Master Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Miss Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Miss Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Master Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
He grew up with his brothers in The Netherlands. He studied his primary education in The Netherlands. For his university years, he attended Georgetown University where he studied Economics, earning a degree in 1988. In 1989, he was back in The Netherlands, studying marketing & marketing research at  Groningen University, he received his Masters in Science in Marketing and Marketing research in 1995.

His engagement to Annette Sekrève was announced on 11 March 2000. They were married on 6/8 July 2000 {Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:
  1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
  2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
  3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
In 2013, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma {Source}. Prior to that dianosis, he had been treated for Crohn's disease {Source}

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy

Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy was born on 25 December 1936 as the only daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent {Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nephews, two nieces, six great nephews, and five great nieces and another great niece or nephew on the way{Source}:
  1. Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent (1935)
    1. Katharine, The Duchess of Kent
      1. George, The Earl of St Andrews (1962)
        1. Sylvanna Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews (1957)
          1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
          2. The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (1992)
          3. The Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
      2. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
        1. Mr. Timothy Taylor (1963)
          1. Mr. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
          2. Mr. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
          3. Miss Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor(2003)
          4. Miss Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
      3. The Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970)
        1. Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan aka The Lady Nicholas Windsor (1969)
          1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
          2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
          3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)
  2. Prince Michael of Kent
    1. Princess Michael of Kent (Marie Christine)
      1. Lord Fredrick Windsor (1979)
        1. Lady Fredrick Windsor (Sophie)
          1. Miss Maud Daphne Mariana Windsor (2013)
          2. Miss/Master Windsor (2016)
      2. Lady Gabriella Windsor (1980)

When she was just five years old, her father died in a wartime accident {Source}. Her mother chose to raise her and her two brothers primarily at the family's country home Choppins in Buckinghamshire{Source}.
Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire. Her father was killed in a wartime flying accident in 1942 when she was just five years old{Source}.

Unlike her cousins, Princess Elizabeth & Princess Margaret who were privately tutored at home, she attended a regular school, starting at age five. She attended Heathfield School, Ascot begining in 1947{Source}. After graduation, she attended finishing school in Paris, where she studied French and music{Source}. Upon returning from Paris, she undertook a nursing course at Great Ormond Street Hospital {Source}.

Over the years, Princess Alexandra has taken on many public duties. When she was just eleven years old, she appeared as a bridesmaid for her cousin Princess Elizabeth for her marriage to Princess Alexandra's mother's cousin, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh {Source}. She has many patronages to date, some of which include {Source}:
  1. Alzheimer's Society (patron)
  2. St. Christopher's Hospice(Patron)
  3. Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service (Patron)
  4. CancerBACUP (Patron)
  5. MIND, the Mental Health Foundation (Patron)
  6. Cystic Fibrosis Trust (Patron) 
  7. Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Patron)
  8. British Red Cross Society (Deputy President)
  9. Action for Blind People (Patron)
  10. Sight Savers International (President)
  11. Alexandra Rose Day (President)
She also holds many military affiliations including{Source}:
  1. Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (Air Commandant)
  2. The King's Own Royal Border Regiment (Colonel in Chief until July 2006)
  3. The Light Infantry (Colonel in Chief until February 2007)
  4. The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (Colonel in Chief, 1960-2010, now held by The Duchess of Cornwall)
  5. Canadian Scottish Regiment (Colonel in Chief)
  6. The Queen's Royal Lancers (Deputy Colonel-in-Chief)
  7. The Royal Yeomanry (Honorary Royal Colonel)
In 1960, she represented her cousin ath te Nigerian Independence celebrations {Source}. She has also visited Italy, Oman, Hungary, Gibraltar, The Falkland Islands, Norway, Thailand and Brunei on her cousin's behalf {Source}. She has also acted as head of state as a member of the Queen's privy council on her cousin's behalf in her absence{Source}.

Her engagement to Angus Ogilvy was announced on 19 November 1962 {Source}. They were married five months later on 24 April 1963 at Westminister Abbey {Source}. Together, they have two children, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren:

  1. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (1964)
    1. Julia Ogivly (1964)
      1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
      2. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
  2. Mariana Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy (1966)
    1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
    2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)

In her spare time, she enjoys music, swimming, skiing and riding {Source}.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Royal Profile: Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington

Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington was born 24 December 2001 as the only child of The Lady Alexandra Carnegie Etherington and Mark Fleming Etherington {Source}. She is the only granddaughter of The 3rd Duke of Fife and his wife, Caroline, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. She has three cousins from her uncle James, The 4th Duke of Fife {Source}:
  1. Charles Duff Carnegie, Lord Carnegie (1989)
  2. Hon. George William Carnegie (1992)
  3. Hon. Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
Currently, under British law, she is 70th+ in line for the British throne as a great-great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her son, Edward VIII. One of her godparents is The Countess of Wessex.  She is often seen out and about with the Wessexes, most recently at the 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships in August{Photos}.

Because she is so far down the line, it is likely that she lives a relatively normal life and not much is known about her.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Royal Profile: Queen Silvia of Sweden

Queen Silvia of Sweden was born Silvia Renate Sommerlath the daughter of Walter & Alice Sommerlath on 23 December 1943 in Germany{Source}. She spent her pre-teen and early teen years in Brazil where her father held various positions with Swedish companies that were based in Brazil{Source}. When she was 14 years of age, the family returned to West Germany{Source}.

She attended high school in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she graduated in 1963{Source}. From 1965-1969, she attended the Munich School of Interpreting, with a Spanish major{Source}. Upon graduation, she began working as an interpreter at the Argentinean Consulate in Munich Germany{Source}.

In the early 1970s, she worked as a hostess trainer for the Organizing Committee for the Munich Olympic Games{Source}. Then took a position as Deputy Head of Protocol of the Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976{Source}.

She and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich{Source}. They announced their engagement on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year{Source}. Upon their marriage, they resided in an apartment at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but with the birth of their youngest child, they moved to Drottningholm Palace{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and a soon-to-be daughter in law, as well as two granddaughters and a soon-to-be grandchild{Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
    1. Prince Daniel (1973)
      1. Princess Estelle (2012)
      2. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
  2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
    1. Princess Sofia (1984)
    2. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
  3. Princess Madeleine (1981)
    1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil (1974)
      1. Princess Leonore (2014)
      2. Prince Nicolas (2015)

Queen Silvia often attends to official trips in Sweden and abroad with her husband{Source}.She is a regular visitor to Sweden's authorities, schools, universities, participant in anniversary events, and openings and closings of major events{Source}. The Queen is fluent in several languages, including: Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese{Source}.

As a newlywed, The Queen quickly grew to love the Swedish mountains{Source}. She enjoys skiing in the environs of the Royal Family's cottage in Storlien{Source}. Queen Silvia also has interests in gardening, theatre, horseback ridding, and waterskiing {Source}.

Royal Profile: Emperor Akhito of Japan

Emperor Akihito of Japan was born 23 December 1923 as the eldest son and fifth child of Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) and Empress Kōjun {Source}. He had 5 sisters and one brother{Source}:
  1. Princess Teru (1925-1961)
  2. Princess Hisa (1927-1928)
  3. Princess Taka (1929-1989)
  4. Princess Yori (1931-)
  5. Prince Hitachhi (1935-)
  6. Princess Suga (1937-)

He was known as Prince Tsugu as a child (like his granddaughter is Princess Toshi today){Source}. He was educated primarily by private tutors before attending Gakushūin School from 1940-1952{Source}.He briefly studied Political Science at Gakushuin University, but never received a degree{Source}. He has written papers for scholarly journals, namely Gene and the Japanese Journal of Ichthyology{Source}.

Unlike the emperors before him, he did not receive a commission in the Japanese Army at the request of his father{Source}. When he was 22 years old, he and his brother were evacuated from Japan during the WWII battles with The Americans{Source}. During the American occupation of Japan, he was tutored in English and Western manners{Source}.

His formal investiture as Crown Prince of Japan took place in November 1952, when he was 28 (a month and some before his 29th birthday) years old{Source}. In June of the following year, he represented Japan at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and visited Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee again in 2012{Source}. Since then, he along side his wife, then Crown Princess Michiko, who he married in 1959 have visited 37 countries on official visits{Source}.
His father died in January 1989, and he was formally invested as Emperor almost two years later, in November 1990{Source}. In 1998, during a state visit to the United Kingdom, he was invested with The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
Like most "normal people", the Emperor has had a few health scares in his life time. In January 2003, he underwent treatment for prostate cancer. In 2011, he suffered pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. In 2012, he underwent heart bypass surgery.

He shares a birthday with Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Together, with his wife, he has the following children and grandchildren:

  1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960, titled Prince Hiro)
    1. Crown Princess Masako (1963)
      1. Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001)
  2. Prince Akishino (1965, titled Aya-no-miya or Prince Aya)
    1. Princess Mako ( 1991) 
    2. Princess Kako (1994)
    3. Prince Hisahito (2006) 
  3. The former Princess Nori ( 1969, titled Nori-no-miya or Princess Nori)
He holds numerous orders from 48 different countries. He also holds several Japanese orders.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Royal Profile: Archduchess Katarina of Austria

Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria was born on 22 December 2014 as the eldest child of Archduke Christoph of Austria & Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria{Source}.

She was baptized on 27 December 2014 with the following as her godparents {Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, The Countess of of Limburg-Stirum (paternal aunt) 
  2. Galdric Drapé-Frisch (maternal uncle)
She was named:
  1. Katarina: likely a name her parents liked, a  Greek name meaning pure
  2. Marie-Christine: for her paternal aunt and godmother, Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, The Countess of of Limburg-Stirum
  3. Fabiola: for her great-aunt the late Queen Fabiola of Belgium, who had died only a few weeks before she was born.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Royal Profile: Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor

Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor was born on 21 December 2004 as the youngest daughter of The Lady Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor{Source}

She has two older brothers and an older sister{Source}:
  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
  3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)

She is a first cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II via King George V. She is presently 41st in line for the British throne {Source}.  At her birth, she was 28th.

She and her family likely live a fairly normal life.Since her mother operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England, it's likely her family lives and goes to school in that area. With her family, she is often a guest at The Trooping of Colour (2011, 2014, 2015) and the Queen's annual pre-Christmas luncheon (2014, 2015).

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 14-20, 2015


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eleonore attended the annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday {Photos}.

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited Resto du Coeur on Tuesday {Video}.

-Queen Mathilde attended a viewing the exhibition, Design Derby: België en Nederland 1825-2015 on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Belgian Queen attended a theatre performance of, Histoires is't Waar!? {Photos}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Amedeo, The Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este attended the Roll Back Malaria farewell reception on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema presided over Bhutan's 108th National Day celebrations on Thursday {Photos}

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held an audience with recipients of the Lifetime Service Award and National Order of Merit on Sunday {Photos}


-Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended a screening of new Canal+ Création Originale series, Versailles on Wednesday {Photos}.


-Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 74th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Harry of Wales, Princess Eugenie of York, Peter Mark Andrew Philips, Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips, Michael James Tindall,  Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips, Isla Elizabeth Philips, Mia Grace Tindall, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birgitte,The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Katharine, The Duchess of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, The Lady Helen Taylor, Timothy TaylorLord Frederick Windsor, The Lady Fredrick Windsor, The Lady Gabriella Windsor, The Lady Amelia Windsor, Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor & Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor attended Queen Elizabeth II's annual pre-Christmas luncheon on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a ceremony where The Duke relinquished his position as Air Commodore in Chief, turning over the role of Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets to The Duchess on Wednesday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited Pen-y-dre High School & Keir Hardie University Health Park on Tuesday {Source} {Photos}.

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Christmas luncheon and tree decorating party for children and young people assisted by  the Helen & Douglas House and The London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future Queen Consort attended the 2015 London International Horse Show {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially opened the new Sid Watkins building at the The Walton Center on Tuesday {Source}.

-Prince Harry of Wales visited with hospital staff and HIV Positive patients at the  Mildmay UK Hospital on Monday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party on Tuesday {Photos}.

-James Arthur Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn celebrated his 8th birthday on Thursday.

-Flora Alexandra Ogilvy celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday.


-Princess Isabella Vita Mariana of Savoy-Aosta celebrated her 2nd birthday on Monday.


-Empress Michiko attended a concert performance by the National Philarmonic Society of Ukraine Kiev with violinist, Ms. Yasuko Otani on Saturday {Video}


-King Abdullah II inaugurated a wind power project in the southern Tafila governorate on Thursday {Source}

-Queen Rania attended the 10th Teacher Award and the 4th Principal Award ceremony on Monday {Source}


-Maximilian Maria von Lattorff celebrated his 4th birthday on Thursday.


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the 2015 Le Noël des enfants Monégasques event on Wednesday{Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 2015 Année de la Russie à Monaco closing concert on Thursday

-Prince Albert II attended 20th Annual United Nations Correspondents Association Awards Gala  and met with  the United Nations Secretary-General on Monday {Source}{Photos}. On Tuesday, Monaco's sovereign prince was back in Monaco to attend the 2015 Outward Bound Annual Awards ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

-Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh celebrated his 2nd birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I visited the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on Thursday {Video}

-Queen Maxima  visited the Liduina Primary School on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch Queen attended the 2015 Prix de Rome ceremony {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix attended the première of the theatrical reading of Juliana: Moeder van het Volk, Over Koningschap en Emancipatie on Saturday {Photos}


-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus & Marius Borg Høiby participated in Julefotografering 2015 on Monday {Photos}.

-King Harald V & Crown Prince Haakon participated in Kirkeparade 2015 on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited  Dikemark Reception Center on Tuesday {Source}{Source}.


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia participated in the 13th meeting with board members from the Fundación Princesa de Girona on Monday{Source}. On Tuesday, they attended a funeral service for the two members of the National Police Corps killed during the attack on the Embassy of Spain in Kabul, Afghanistan {Source}.

-King Felipe VI held formal audiences with newly appointed ambassadors to Israel, Gabon, Colombia, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Haiti on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Letizia held an audience with representatives from the Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción on Wednesday {Photos}

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo celebrated her 52nd birthday on Sunday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine & Christopher Paul O'Neill attended the annual  Swedish Academy's formal assembly on Sunday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with the Tunisian National Quartet for dialogue  on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held formal audiences with newly appointed ambassadors to Czech Republic, Cuba & Indonesia on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Silvia presided over the Queen Silvia's Foundation for Research and Education Board meeting on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria presided over the board meeting of the Crown Princess Victoria Foundation for Scientific Research on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia received this year’s Christmas trees at the Royal Palace on Wednesday {Source}.

Royal Profile: The Infanta Elena of Spain, The Duchess of Lugo

The Infanta Elena María Isabel Dominica de Silos de Borbón y de Greciaof Spain, The Duchess of Lugo was born 20 December 1963 as the eldest child of King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia of Spain {Source}.

Her father would become King of Spain when the young Infanta was only 12 years old. Her godparents were:
  1. Princess María Mercedes, The Countess of Barcelona (paternal grandmother) 
  2. Infante Don Alfonso de Orleans(paternal distant cousin)

She attended Santa Maria del Camino School and trained as a teacher at the ESCUNI University School, where she qualified as an primary education teacher, with a specialization in English in 1986. She then returned to her alma mater, Santa Maria del Camino School, where she worked as a English teacher for one year. After that, she took a sociology and education course at Exeter University, and completed her education at Comillas Pontifical University, earning a degree in Education in 1993.

When the young Infanta became of age in 1981, she began to take part in activities of the Royal Family such as foreign heads of states visits to Spain, traveling officially to places like Germany, England, The USA, Argentina Japan, and the Philippines, more often than not she presided over various cultural events both abroad and in Spain.

In 1995, she married Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, and was granted the duchary of Lugo upon the occasion by her father. Together, they have two children:

  1. Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón (17 July 1998)
  2. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón (9 September 2000)
On 21 January 2010, it was announced that her marriage to Jaime de Maricharlar was over in divorce by mutual consent.

As for her life today, the Infanta serves as a Director of Cultural & Social Projects of the Mapfre Foundation. She also participates in numerous official activities of the Royal Family such as Spain's National Day (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 &2013) and the annual Red Cross Fundraising Day. She serves as honorary president of Spain's Paralympic Committee and attended numerous events in London this year with her two children. In 2014, she attended, alongside her son, the abdication of her father andenthronement of her brother.

She also participated in the 2011 Global Champions Tour event in Valencia, Spain in May 2011.

She also serves as godmother to various members of her extended family. She is godmother to:
  1. Don Juan Valentin de Todos los Santos Urdangarian y de Borbón (1999, her nephew via her sister Infanta Cristina) 
  2. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece (2000, son of her 1st cousin, Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece)
  3. Don Miguel Urdangarin y de Borbon (2002, son of her sister, Infanta Cristina)
  4. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005, son of her 1st cousin, Princess Alexia of Greece)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Royal Profile: Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh

Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh was born 17 December 2013 as the illegitimate son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad Elmaleh {Source}.

His godparents are his great-aunt and great-uncle, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene{Source}.

Although only a toddler, he can frequently be seen out and about with his parents. The little family was spotted vacationing together in France and vacationing in the US.

Currently, as his parents are not married, he is not included in the line of succession, however, if one day his parents were to marry, he would gain succession rights. It has recently been rumored that his parents broke up, therefore he will not be eligible for the throne. If his parents had or eventually get married, he would currently be no higher than 6th place.

Royal Profile: Maximilian von Lattorff

Maximilian von Lattorff was born 17 December 2011 as the youngest child of Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein and Philipp Baron von Lattorff{Source}. He has six older siblings, one brother and five sisters {Source}:
  1. Lukas von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Elisabeth von Lattorff (2002)
  3. Marie von Lattorff (2004)
  4. Camilla von Lattorff (2005)
  5. Anna von Lattorff (2007)
  6. Sophie von Lattorff (2009)
It is likely given that he is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture, he lives a fairly normal life. It is likely that he is learning to speak German, the official language of Liechtenstein. He shares a birthday with:
  1. James, Viscount Sevrn (2007)
  2. Raphaël Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)

Royal Profile: James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn

James Arthur Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn was born 17 December 2007 as the youngest child of The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex{Source}.

He has one older sister:
  1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)

His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Denise Poulton (a friend of his parents)
  2. Jeanye Irwin (a former American flatmate of his mother's)
  3. Alastair Bruce (a Scots Guard Falklands veteran, who is a friend of his mother's)
  4. Duncan Bullivant 
  5. Tom Hill
At only a few weeks old, he was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital for what Buckingham Palace called a "minor allergic reaction".

It is believed that he attends St. George's School, Windsor Castle, like his elder sister, where he should be in his 4th year at the school.

Because he is so young, and so far down in the line of succession, he rarely makes public appearances or performs public duties. In 2009, he attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. In 2010, he attended the family's 10-day cruise to celebrate the 50th birthday of Prince Andrew and 60th birthday of Princess Anne. However, this summer he made several appearances, including attending the Thames River Pagent with his family in the honor of his grandmother and several London 2012 Olympic events including several Paralympic events. In 2013, he made his first balcony appearnce during the Trooping of Colour {Photos}, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show {Photos}. In 2014, he cheered on his big cousin, Zara at the Festival of British Eventing, joined several members of his family at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. In 2015, he joined his grandparents and sister during the Trooping of Colour (his parents were away at a wedding in Sweden){Photos}, his family attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and  his family was joined by the Philips Family during the Festival of British Eventing {Photos}.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Royal Profile: 32 Facts about Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este

  1. Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este was born 16 December 1955.
  2. He was the second child of Archduke Robert of Austria-Este (1915-1996) and Princess Margherite of Savoy-Aosta (1930-){Source}.
  3. He has the following siblings & siblings-in-law:
    1. Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg (1954)
    2. Archduke Gerhard of Austria-Este (1957)
    3. Archduke Martin of Austria-Este (1959)
    4. Archduchess Isabella Maria of Austria-Este, Countess Czarnocki-Lucheschi (1963)
  4. His siblings-in-law include:
    1. Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg
    2. Princess Katharina von Isenburg, Archduchess of Austria-Este
    3.  Count Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi
  5. He has the following nieces & nephews from his siblings:
    1. Countess Anna Therese Marie von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1981)
    2. Countess Margherita Ginevra Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1983)
    3. Countess Olympia Elena Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1988)
    4. Countess Maximiliana Aimée Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1990)
    5. Countess Marie Gabrielle Hillary von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1992)
    6. Countess Giorgiana Astrid Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1997)
    7. Count Alvise Marie Lorenz Bronislaw Robert Marcus d'Aviano Czarnocki-Lucheschi (1999)
    8. Count Carlo Amedeo Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2000)
    9. Countess Maria Anna Astrid Martin Zita Lucia Victoria Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2002)
    10. Count Alessandro Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2004)
    11. Archduke Bartholomäus Karl Robert of Austria-Este (2006)
    12. Archduke Emmanuel Achatius Franz Alexander of Austria-Este (2008)
    13. Archduchess Helene Cristina Margherita of Austria-Este (2009)
    14. Archduke Luigi Amedeo Thadeus of Austria-Este (2011)
  6. On 22 September 1984, he married Princess Astrid of Belgium.
  7. Together, they set up a home in Switzerland, from 1984-1993. 
  8. They returned with their children to Belgium in 1993.
  9. He is the son-in-law of King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium
  10. Through his wife, he is brother-in-law and uncle to:
    1. King Philippe (1960) 
    2. Queen Mathilde (1973)
    3. Prince Laurent
    4. Princess Claire (1974)
  11. Thorough his wife, he is an uncle to:
    1. Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
    2. Prince Gabriel of Belgium (2005)
    3. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium (2003)
    4. Princess Louise Sophie Mary of Belgium (2004)
    5. Prince Nicolas of Belgium (2005)
    6. Prince Aymeric of Belgium (2005)
    7. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
  12. With his wife, he is a parent to:
    1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
    3. Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
    4. Princess Laetia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
  13. He is a father-in-law to:
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
  14. He was educated in France, Switzerland and Austria.
  15. He attended the University of St. Gallen in both Switzerland and Austria, earning a degree in Economics and Social Sciences.
  16. He works full time in the banking industry.
  17. He has been associated with  E. Gutzwiller & Cie since 1990 {Source}
  18. He is currently a member of the honorary director board of UCB, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer{Source}.
  19. He was a director of Sita (a worldwide waste management company located in France) and of Ondeo Nalco (a water management company in the United States).
  20. In addition, he takes part in many royal activities in Belgium.
  21. He has served as honorary president of the Council of the Association Royale des Demeures Historiques de Belgique since 2004.
  22. He is a patron of Europae Thesauri
  23. He has served as deputy chairman of the Société des Amis of the Almanach de Gotha.
  24. His astrological sign is Sagittarius.
  25. He holds dual citizenship with Belgium and Austria (Likely Belgian by marriage and Austrian by birth) {Source}.
  26. He was elected as a representative of private banks and bankers and succeeds Christophe Gabriel on the Board of Directors of Six Group {Source}.
  27. Professionally, he goes by the name Lorenz von Habsburg Lothringen {Source}
  28. He was given the title Prince of Belgium by Royal Decree of 10 November 1995{Source}.
  29. He holds honors from:
    1. The House of Habsburg
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. Luxembourg
    5. Montenegrin Royal Family
    6. The Netherlands
    7. Norway
    8. Portugal
    9.  Romanian Royal Family
    10. Spain
    11. Sweden
  30. Since 1980, he has served in the Austrian Armed Forces as a Leutnant Reserves Officer.
  31. He became the head of the House of Austria-Este in Februrary 1996 after his father died.
  32. Presently, his full title and style is: His Royal and Imperial Highness Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Royal Profile: 21 Facts about Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

  1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy was born 15 December 1994{Source}.
  2. She is the daughter of James Robert Bruce Ogilvy and Julia Caroline Ogilvy {Source}.
  3. She has one brother, Alexander Charles Ogilvy {Source}
  4. She is the paternal granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy & Sir Angus James Robert Bruce Ogilvy {Source}.
  5. She is a great x4 granddaughter of Queen Victoria through Edward VIII and her grandmother.
  6. She was educated at Rugby School {Source}.
  7. During her gap year in 2013, she appeared in an episode of Downton Abbey {Source}.
  8. At her birth in 1994, she was 27th in line.
  9. As of May 2015, she is 49th in line for the British throne{Source}. 
  10. She has seldom made royal appearances throughout the years, such as appearing at the gala preview of Mary Poppins{Photos}, her grandfather's funeral {Photos} and the 2014 Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace {Photo}.
  11. Flora is a student at St. Andrews University, which was also attended by her parents and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  12. She is the paternal niece of Marina Ogilvy{Source}.
  13. She is the younger paternal cousin of:
    1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
    2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)
  14. She is the great-niece of:
    1. Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick, The Duke of Kent
    2. Katharine, The Duchess of Kent
    3. Prince Michael of Kent
    4. Princess Michael of Kent
  15. Her father's 1st cousins are:
    1. George, The Earl of St Andrews (1962)
      1. Sylvanna Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews (1957)
    2. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
      1. Mr. Timothy Taylor (1963)
    3. The Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970)
      1. Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan aka The Lady Nicholas Windsor (1969)
    4. The Lord Fredrick Windsor (1979)
      1. The Lady Fredrick Windsor (1980)
    5. The Lady Gabriella Windsor (1980)
  16. Her paternal 2nd cousins (through Prince George, The Duke of Kent, her father's cousins' children) are:
    1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
    2. The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (1992)
    3. Mr. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
    4. The Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
    5. Mr. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
    6. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor(2003)
    7. Miss Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
    8. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
    9. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
    10. Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
    11. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)
    12. New Baby for Lord and Lady Fredrick Windsor (2016)
  17. She is a 1st cousin 2x removed through George V to Queen Elizabeth II.
  18. She is also related to The Duke of Edinburgh through George I of Greece as 1st cousins 3x removed.
  19. Her star sign is Sagittarius.
  20. She has active social media accounts (DO NOT ask for her links-I *will* tell you she's on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, but other than that-you're on your own!)
  21. On 11 June 2015, she took part in the British 'Summer Time 2015' cocktail at the British Embassy in Paris, France {Photos}

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