Monday, August 31, 2015

Royal Profile: 18 Facts about Queen Rania of Jordan

  1. Queen Rania of Jordan was born on 31 August 1970.
  2. Her parents were Palestinians from Tulkarm
  3. Her maiden name was Rania al Yassin.
  4.  During her youth, she attended schools in Kuwait and Turkey, earning a degree in Business Administration. 
  5. .After graduation, she worked for marketing departments for various international banks and computer companies {Source}.
  6. In January 1993, she met her future husband and then Crown Prince of Jordan at a dinner party, and after a brief courtship and engagement, they were married in June 1999{Source}. 
  7. Together, they have four children{Source}.:
    1. Princess Iman (1996)
    2. Crown Prince Hussein (1999)
    3. Princess Salma (2000)
    4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  8. She is the daughter-in-law of{Source}:
    1. King Hussein 
    2. Princess Muna al-Hussein
  9. She is the stepdaughter-in-law of:
    1. Queen Noor al Hussein.
  10. She is the sister-in-law of:
    1. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    2. Zeina Lubadeh
    3. Princess Aisha bint Hussein (1968)
    4. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968)
    5. Majdi Al-Saleh
    6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
    7. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
    8. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975). 
    9. Princess Rym al-Ali bin Al Hussein 
    10. Abir Muhaisen, (born 1972, adopted 1976)
    11. His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)
    12. Princess Basma Bani-Ahmad 
    13. Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1981). 
    14. Princess Fahdah bin Al Hashim 
    15. Her Royal Highness Princess Iman bint Hussein (1983)
    16. Zaid Azmi Mirza
    17. Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)
  11. She is an aunt to:
    1. Princess Ayah
    2. Prince Omar,
    3. Princess Sara 
    4. Princess Aisha
    5. Aoun Juma
    6. Muna Juma
    7. Jaafar Al-Saleh
    8. Jumana Al-Saleh
    9. Tahani Al Shawan Al-Saleh
    10. Sheikha Al Jalila of Abu Dubai
    11. Sheikh Zayed  of Abu Dubai
    12. Princess Jalilah bint al Ali 
    13. Prince Abdullah bin Al Ali
    14. Princess Haya bin Al Hamzah
    15. Princess Zein bin Al Hamzah
    16. Princess Halaah bin Al Hashim
    17. Princess Rayet Al Noor bin Al Hashim
    18. Princess Fatima Al-Alia  bin Al Hashim
  12. She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity{Source}."
  13. For this reason, she keeps active within the Jordanian and global community. 
  14. She is often visiting remote villages in Jordan in order to help them improve their livelihoods and prospects of Jordan{Source}. She encourages a national educational system, community empowerment, health care, Youth involvement, diversity (cross-cultural dialogue), among many other things.
  15. In addition to her efforts as Queen of Jordan, she also enjoys water skiing, running and cycling{Source}. 
  16. Queen Rania is also active in various social media , especially Youtube,Facebook, instagram, and Twitter (click the link to go to her pages).
  17. In 2006, she found herself as a member of Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Hall of Fame{Source}.
  18. She is in the royal company of:
    1. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned (2015 inductee)
    2. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (2014 inductee)
    3. Prince Heinrich Von Und Zu Fürstenberg (2012 inductee)
    4. Princess Alexandra of Greece (2012 inductee, eldest daughter of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, 2nd cousin of King Constantine)
    5. The Duchess of Alba (2011 inductee)
    6. Princess Mafalda of Hesse (2010 inductee, daughter of Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse)
    7. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (2008 inductee)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love:August 24-30, 2015

Belgium

-Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 27th birthday on Wednesday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik participated in the 2015 Silkeborg Adventure Race on Saturday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary  officially opened a new Psychiatric Hospital on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the future Danish consort attended the Kærlig Talt (Loving Action) event {Photos}

-Prince Nikolai celebrated his 16th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor attended the Unibet EuroHockey Championships Gold Medal Match between England and  The Netherlands on Sunday {Photos}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester celebrated his 71st birthday on Wednesday.

-Gary Lewis celebrated his 45th birthday on Tuesday.

-The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor celebrated her 20th birthday on Monday.

Germany

-Georg Fredrich, Prince of Prussia & Sophie, Princess of Prussia celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Greece

-Queen Ann-Marie celebrated her 69th birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Tatiana celebrated her 35th birthday on Friday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania & Princess Iman bint Abdullah attended he opening of MEDEF’s youth-themed Summer University on Wednesday {Source}

The Netherlands

-Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau, van Volenhoven celebrated thier 10th anniversary on Tuesday.

Norway


-King Harald & Queen Sonja celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on Saturday.


-Crown Prince Haakon of Norway & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.
Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince, Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès, Baroness Elisabeth Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy attended the annual Pique Nique Monegasque on Friday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II attended an unveiling ceremony of a monument at the Cimetiére de Monaco in remembrance of Jews living in Monaco who were deported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II on Thursday {Video}. On Friday, he attended the 2015 UEFA Stage Draw Ceremony{Photos}.

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


-Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste celebrated his 12th birthday on Monday.

Sweden

-Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia opened the exhibition: Clothes for a Princess - The Lilian Look!  on Friday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia attended a 2 day official visit to the Swedish province of Värmland

Royal Profile: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

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

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

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

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


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


Today, she has a large family, three sons, a son in law, two daughter-in-laws, two daughters,and four granddaughters, and five grandsons, who are{Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece(1967) 
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (1968)
      1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
      2. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
      3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
      4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
      5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
  2. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965) 
    1. Carlos Morales Quintana 
      1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
      2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
      3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)
      4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007) 
  3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (1969) 
    1. Princess Tatiana of Greece in 2010 
  4. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
  5. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)

Friday, August 28, 2015

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

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

  1. Prince Felix (2002)
  2. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain(2009)
  3. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie (2012)
Prince Nikolai was christened in chapel of Fredensborg Palace on 6 November 1999. At the christening the musical work Lys på din vej composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Nikolai, was given its first performance.

His godparents are:


Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (his paternal uncle)
Nicola Baird (his maternal aunt)
The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex
Peter Steenstrup
Camilla Flint
He is named for:
  1. Nikolai: is after his maternal aunt and one of his godmothers, Nicola Baird.
  2. William: is after his maternal great-grandfather William Manley.
  3. Alexander: is after his mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
  4. Frederik: is a common name for Danish Kings, and is also the name of his uncle and one of his godfathers, Crown Prince Frederik.
  5. On 16 April 2010, his paternal grandmother's 70th birthday, he received the Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen. 


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

Royal Profile: 35 Facts about Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark

  1. Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark was born 28 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezula
  2.  She was raised primarily in Europe by her mother and stepfather {Source}.
  3. She was the daughter of Ladislav Blatnik & Marie Blanche Bierlein {Source}.
  4. Princess Tatiana's biological father died when she was six years of age  {Source}.
  5. Her stepfather is Attilio Brillembourg {Source}.
  6. She has an older brother, Boris {Source}.
  7. Her maternal grandparents are Ernst Bierlein(1920) and Countess Ellinka von Einsiedel (1922)
  8. Through her maternal grandmother, she is  a descendant of the Prince Elector William II of Hesse {Source}.
  9. Her husband is also a descendant of  the Prince Elector William II of Hesse.
  10. Her father was Slovenian.
  11. Her mother is German.
  12. It's likely she speaks English, Spanish, German at least.
  13. She moved to Switzerland when she was three years old
  14. Princess Tatiana studied at Aiglon College {Source}.
  15. She studied at Georgetown University, receiving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}.
  16. After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}. 
  17. Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 from her position with designer Diane von Fürstenberg to focus on her wedding plans {Source}.
  18. Despite the rumors, her wedding gown was not designed by her former boss, but Angel Sanchez, who is an American designer.
  19. Her husband is approximately 11 years her senior.
  20.  She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}. 
  21. They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}.
  22. Since her marriage, she has made numerous public appearances. She has attended numerous royal weddings including Crown Princess Victoria's, Prince William's, Princess Nathalie's and Princess Madeleine's, numerous Fashion Week Events, Royal Christenings including the Danish Twins.
  23. In 2013, she met Princess Charlene of Monaco when they both sat front row during the Armani Fashion Show {Photos}
  24. In 2015, she attended the the wedding of Prince Carl Philip & Princess SofiaWalkabout Foundation Inaugural Gala
  25. Her official title is Her Royal Highness Princess Nikolas of Greece & Denmark.
  26. She is the daughter in-law of King Constantine of Greece & Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
  27. She is the sister-in-law to:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
    3. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece (1968)
    4. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana (1970)
    5. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    6. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)
  28. She is an aunt to:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia (1996)
    2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
    3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (1999)
    4. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    5. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    6. Prince Odysseas-Kimon (2004)
    7. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)
    8. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
    9. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
  29. She is a niece-in-law of:
    1. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (her mother-in-law's sister)
    2. Henrik, Prince Cosort of Denmark (her mother-in-law's brother-in-law)
    3. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (her mother-in-law's sister)
    4. Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (her mother-in-law's brother-in-law)
    5. Queen Sofia of Spain (her father-in-law's sister)
    6. King Juan Carlos of Spain (her father-in-law's brother-in-law)
    7. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (her father-in-law's sister)
  30. She is a cousin-in-law to:
    1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
    2. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    3. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
      1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
      2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
      3. Prince Joachim of Denmark
      4. Princess Marie of Denmark
      5. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
      6. Alexander Johannasman
    4. She is 1st cousin 1x removed in law to:
      1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
      2. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
      3. Prince Felix (2002)
      4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
      5. Prince Christian (2005)
      6. Princess Isabella (2007)
      7. Prince Henrik (2009)
      8. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
      9. Prince Vincent (2011)
      10. Princess Josephine (2011)
      11. Princess Athena (2012)
      12. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
    5. She is the maternal niece of {Source}:
      1. Peter Michael Bierlein (1945)
      2. Karl Alexander Ordway (1962)
    6. She was born on the Virgo - Leo Cusp, but is a Leo by date.
    7. Her name numerology number is 1.
    8. Her birth number is 9.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

    Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 26 August 1988, the second child and oldest daughter of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este at the University Clinic St. Luc,Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium{Source}. After her brother renounced his claim to the throne with his 2014 marriage, she is sixth in line to the Belgian throne after her four cousins, and mother. At her birth she was not in line due to the laws at the time, however when the laws changed in 1991, she was placed 4th, eventually moving down the line after the births of her cousins who now occupy the 1st-4th positions for the succession.

     She has four siblings, one older and three younger, as well as a sister-in-law{Source}:
    1. Prince Amedeo (b. 1986)
      1. Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este (according to Belgian law, she was not given the title Princess of Belgium due to Amedeo not seeking approval for the marriage, in courts, she is known as Princess Amedeo of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess of Hungary)
    2. Prince Joachim
    3. Princess Luisa Maria 
    4. Princess Laetitia Maria


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In February 1972, his engagement to Birigitte van Deurs was announced {Source}, they were married five months later on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church {Source}. Together, they have three children, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and a stepgrandson:
    1. Alexander Windsor,The Earl of Ulster
      1. Dr. Claire Windsor. The Countess of Ulster (married 2002)
        1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
        2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
    2. Lady Davina Lewis
      1. Gary Lewis  (Married July 2004)
        1. Ari Lewis (stepson)
        2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
        3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)
    3. Lady Rose Gilman
      1. George Gilman (married July 2008)
        1. Lyla Gilman (2010)
        2. Rufus Gilman (2012)
    None of his children or grandchildren carry out official duties, but do make appearances at royal family events and are all in line for the British throne.

    The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests and can be grouped under the following themes{Source}:
    1. International humanitarian issues; these can be sub-divided into (a) international development and (b) disaster prevention and relief
    2. Health issues
    3. Social welfare, community and youth development 
    4. Environmental issues and climate change
    5. Social sciences and technology
    6. Culture and the arts
    7. Heritage and the built environment
    8. Military veterans and the disabled community
    9. Armed forces

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Royal Profile: Gary Lewis

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

    He was previously married and has a son from that relationship, Ari {Source} He married Lady Davina Lewis on 31 July 2004 at the Chapel at Kensington Palace {Source}. They met while they were both on vacation in Bali in 2000-she was recovering from her university studies in the US, while he was on a surfing holiday {Source}. Before their wedding ceremony, thirty members of his family were treated to a London sight seeing tour by The Duchess of Gloucester {Source}. After their wedding ceremony, the couple moved to New Zeland, anticipating a stay of six months-that was 9 years ago {Source}. Together, they have two children:
    1. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
    2. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)


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

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Royal Profile:The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor

    The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor was born 24 August 1995 as the youngest daughter of George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Palma Tomaselli {Source}. She has two older siblings{Source}:
    1. Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
    2. Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor (1992)
    She is a granddaughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent. 

    At her birth in August 1995, she was 19th in line for succession to the British throne, however, with the rule changes and births of several babies, she is currently 36th in succession.


    On 30 November 2013, Lady Amelia made her début into society whilst attending the Ball Des Débutantes in Paris {Source}.

    Like most teens, Amelia is active on Social media, most notably on Facebook (DO NOT ask for her link). She attended St. Mary's School, Ascot.

    Royal Profile: Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi

    Born Alexandre Éric Stéphane Tossoukpé in Paris, France on 24 August 2003, Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste Grimaldi is the eldest son of Prince Albert of Monaco and Nicole Coste, which makes him the younger half-brother of Jazmin Grace Grimaldi{Source}. He is also an older half brother to Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco{Source}. He also has two older half-brothers who live with their father, Nicole's ex-husband, in South America. He is also the step-son of Princess Charlene of Monaco, and nephew of Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie.

    His mother Nicole changed their surname to Coste on 10 November 2004, a move in which is believe to be in homage to Prince Albert's lawyer, Thierry La Coste.

    His mother owns a villa just outside of Monaco in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and has an apartment in Paris{Source}. It is believed that one of these is their primary residence and that Alexandre attends school in either Paris or Villefranche-sur-Mer. At present, Alexandre should be preparing to enter 6ème, this is equal to the 6th grade in the US system.In 2014, it was revealed that Nicole and Alexandre had moved to London after many years in Paris, where his mother legally added "Grimaldi" to his name (after many years of being unable to do so due to French-Monégasque laws regarding the surname "Grimaldi") {Source}.

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

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

     He shares a birthday with his father's paternal 1st cousin 1x removed, K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy.

    Royal Profile: K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy

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

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

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

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

    He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resided with his wife Donatella, and four daughters until 2011 or 2012, now the family resides in South Africa. His daughters are:
    1. Christine (2001)
    2. Alexia (2002)
    3. Vittoria (2007)
    4. Andrea (2008)

    Because he and daughters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008,he, his wife, and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011. In July 2011, he attended his mother's cousin's wedding ceremonies with his wife and three elder daughters. He also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Charlene). That November, he and his wife appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony ( behind his wife, who is across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony. In 2015, he and his wife were present during the baptism of the Princely Twins and his whole family was present for Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations (Sébastien can be seen dead center, the really tall guy, his two daughters Christine and Andrea can be seen in front of him next to Charlotte Casiraghi, and his 3rd daughter Alexia is to his right between Charlotte and Pierre. I also think that his wife Donatella is directly behind-thus hidden behind-Charlotte.).

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

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love:August 17-23, 2015

    Austria


    -Archduchess Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg, Princess of Austria and Hungary celebrated her 43rd birthday on Saturday.

    Belgium


    -Prince Gabriel celebrated his 12th birthday on Thursday.

    Jordan

    -Queen Noor, Queen Dowager celebrated her 64th birthday on Sunday.

    Norway

    -Queen Sonja attended the finals of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition (QSIMC) on Friday {Source}.

    -Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 42nd birthday on Wednesday. On Saturday, the future Queen Consort of Norway  attended Klimapilegrim 2015  {Source}.

    Morocco

    -King Mohammed VI celebrated his 52nd birthday on Thursday.

    The Netherlands

    -King Willem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane, Princess Beatrix, Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau, Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg & Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg attend Sail Amsterdam on Saturday {Source}.

    Sweden

    -King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended the 90th anniversary show of Swedish Radio on Friday {Source}.

    -King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the 2015 National Water Conference on Wednesday and Thursday {Source}.

    -Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel met with several UN Ambassadors on Monday {Source}. On Friday, the future monarch and her husband attended to engagements in Södertälje{Source}.

    -Crown Princess Victoria attended Klimapilegrim 2015 on Saturday {Source}

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

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

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

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

    Together, they have four children, two girls and two boys, and six granddaughters, and two grandsons:
    1. Prince Hamzah (1980)
      1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
      2. Princess Noor Al Bint Hamzah (2014)
    2. Prince Hashim ( 1981)
      1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
      2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
      3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
      4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)(Same Day as Prince Nicolas of Sweden!!!)
    3. Princess Iman (1983)
      1. Omar Mirza (2014)
    4. Princess Raiyah (1986)
    From this marriage, she also gained 7 stepchildren, and 17 step-grandchildren :
    1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza al Hussein (1981)
      2. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      3. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
    2. King Abdullah II (1962)
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma (2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
    3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
      1. Princess Ayah (1990)
      2. Prince Omar (1993)
      3. Princess Sara (1997)
      4. Princess Aisha (1997) 
    4. Princess Zein bint Al Hussein (1968)
    5. Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein (1968)
      1. Aoun Zeid Saad Edden Juma (1992)
      2. Muna Juma (1996)
    6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
      1. Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2007)
      2. Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2012)
    7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
      1. Princess Jalilah (2005)
      2. Prince Abdullah (2007)
    Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament{Source}. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues{Source}. Her conflict-recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central andSoutheast Asia, Latin America, and Africa{Source}.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    She holds numerous orders and honors from various countries, including{Source}:

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

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

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

    Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary was born 22 August 1972 as the daughter of Duke Johann of Oldenburg and his wife Countess Ilka of Ortenburg {Source}. She has two younger siblings, sister-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}:

    1. Duchess Tatiana von Holstein-Gottorp of Oldenburg (1974)
    2. Duke Constantin Nikolaus von Holstein-Gottorp of Oldenburg (1975)
      1. Alexandra Freiin von Mirbach (1967)
        1. Elisabeth Christine Olga Sophhie Freiin von Erffa(2000)
        2. Nikolaus Hubertus Konstatin Hartmann Freiherr von Erffa(2001)
        3. Ludwig Stephan Carl Ferdinand Hartmann Freiherr von Erffa(2003)
        4. Maximilian Hubertus Wolfram Hartmann Freiherr von Erffa(2005)
    On 18 October 1997, Eilika married Georg von Habsburg in St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary {Source}. Together, they have the following children:
    1. Archduchess Zsofia Erzherzogin von Österreich of Austria (2001)
    2. Archduchess Ildiko Erzherzogin von Österreich of Austria (2002)
    3. Archduke Károly Konstantin Erzherzog von Österreich of Austria (2004)
    She and her family live next to the village of Sóskút, in Pest County in Hungary. Their eldest child was the first Habsburg to be born in Hungary in more than fifty years. While Georg is a Roman Catholic, Eilika has chosen to remain a Lutheran.


    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Royal Profile: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

    King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born 21 August 1963 the son of King Hassan II and Lalla Latifa Hammou. He has one older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother:
    1. HRH Princess Lalla Meryem (b.1962)
    2. HRH Princess Lalla Asma (b.1965)
    3. HRH Princess Lalla Hasna (b.1967)
    4. HRH Prince Moulay Rachid (b.1970)
    He completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College and attained his Baccalaureate in 1981, before gaining a bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". He has also frequented the Imperial College and University of Rabat. Also in 1985, he was appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994.

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

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

    1. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan(8 May 2003)
    2. Princess Lalla Khadija ( 28 February 2007)

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium


    Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium was born 20 August 2003 as  the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:
    1. The Duchess of Brabant(2001)
    2. Prince Emmanuel (2005)
    3. Princess Eléonore (2008)
    His godparents are{Source}:
    1. Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
    2. Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)
    He began his education at age 5, at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (2005-Present)

    He was named:
    1. Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
    2. Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
    3. Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
    4. Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.
    He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of BrabantHe likely speaks Dutch, French and German.He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II & Queen Paola.

    He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}.

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Royal Profile: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

    Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway was born Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby on 19 August 1973{Source}. Her parents divorced when she was young, but remarried{Source} {Source} She has a sister, and two older brothers{Source}. When her mother remarried in 1994, she gained at least a stepbrother.

    The Crown Princess completed her upper secondary education at Kristiansand Katedralskole in 1994{Source}.During her time at upper secondary school, she spent a year abroad as an exchange student at Wangaratta High School in Australia{Source}. Later the Crown Princess attended Bjørknes Private School {Source}. In 1997 she took Examen philosophicum (the preliminary university examination) as well as examinations in chemistry and information technology at Agder University College{Source}. In 2000-2002 she studied ethics at the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo{Source}.

    In 2003 the Crown Princess followed courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she took examinations in Development-Experience, Theories of Development, HIV/AIDS and Development and The Global Refugee Crisis{Source}. The Crown Princess also spent three months as an observer at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), where she focused on HIV/AIDS issues{Source}. In autumn 2008, the Crown Princess began studying part-time at BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, where she completed her Master of Management in 2012{Source}.The Crown Princess is deeply committed to a broad range of national and international issues randing from social inclusion, mental health, young leadership, global health issues, entrepreneurship and environmental issues being some of them{Source}.

    Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations{Source}.Through the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Foundation, the Crown Princess contributes to projects supporting young people at risk. On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, culture, architecture and design{Source}. Since 2001, the Crown Princess she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS-related work{Source}. In April 2006 she was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. In this capacity she has traveled to Nicaragua, Ukraine and Mali, and on several occasions led the Norwegian delegations to the biennial International AIDS conference{Source}. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and form international partnerships in the AIDS response {Source}. In 2010 Crown Princess Mette-Marit was appointed Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum {Source}. In 2012 she became a member of the international Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community{Source}.
    Her engagement to Crown Prince Haakon was announced on 1 December 2000{Source}. She was married to Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Together, they have two children, and she also has a son from a previous relationship:
    1. Marius Borg Høiby (1997)
    2. HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    3. HH Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
    The Crown Princess’s leisure interests include outdoor recreational activities, physical exercise and literature{Source}.The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities{Source}.

    She keeps an active presence on Twitter {Follow Her}. She speaks fluent English & Norwegian at the very least.In 2012, she traveled to India to care for twins who were born to a surrogate mother of a gay palace employee who had been unable to get a travel visa to India {Source}. In the 2011 Norway shooting, her stepbrother was killed {Source} The Crown Princess did not attend his funeral {Source}. No official reason for her not attending was given, but it's likely due to not wanting to make one loss bigger than the others. The Crown Princess did however attend a memorial service for ALL of the victims.She is known for a fear of flying {Source}.In February 2012, she and Crown Prince Haakon were forced to evacuate their commercial flight when it ran into mechanical trouble {Source}.In May 2013, she gave a speech at the The 2013 Impact Awards {Source}
    She is a patron of{Source}:

    1. The Norwegian Guide and Scout Association
    2. Amandus Film Festival
    3. Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
    4. Risør Festival of Chamber Music
    5. FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development
    6. The Norwegian Design Council
    7. The Norwegian Red Cross
    8. The Norwegian Council for Mental Health
    9. Full-rigged Ship Sørlandet
    10. Oslo International Church Music Festival
    She is godmother to:
    1. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
    2. Prince Christian of Denmark (2005)
    3. Emma Tallulah Behn (2008) (her niece by marriage)

    Due to the Succession Act of Succession of 1990, her daughter (and oldest child) will one day be Crown Princess and eventually Queen regent of Norway.
    She has been a recipient of orders and decorations from {Source}:

    1. Austria
    2. Brazil
    3. Bulgaria
    4. Estonia
    5. Finland
    6. Italy
    7. Japan
    8. Lithuania
    9. Luxembourg
    10. The Netherlands
    11. Norway
    12. Poland
    13. Portugal
    14. Spain
    15. Sweden