Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Royal Profile: The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor

The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katherine Helen Windsor was born on 30 September 1992 as the daughter of George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews{Source}. Mariana-Charlotte is one of three children{Source}:
  1. Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Baron Downpatrick (1988)
  2. The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor (1995)
She is a granddaughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.

At her birth in September 1992, she was in a  distant 20th place in line for succession to the British throne, however, with the rule changes and births of several babies and with her confirmed having converted to Catholicism during her teen years, she is no longer in succession. If she were in succession, she would be no higher than 37th place as of 2015.

Royal Profile: Ari Behn

Ari Behn was born 30 September 1972 as the first child of Waldorf teachers Olav Bjørshol and Marianne Rafaela Solberg {Source}.

Behn's original surname was Bjørshol. In 1996, he changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother's maiden name {Source}.

He was educated in Norway. He attended the Waldorf School in Moss. He later attended the University of Olso.  Upon graduation, he became a writer. With his first collection of short stories  titled Trist som faen ("Sad as hell"), he gained a little literary success with several good reviews and selling more than 100,000 copies. After his success with his first book, he wrote two more books that weren't as successful. His first book is sort-of available on Amazon. In 2002, with his wife, he co-wrote a book on their wedding {Source}. He has also dabbled in other creative projects such as  the design of china for Magnor Glassverk, and has been a model for a clothing chain {Source}. 

On 24 May 2002, he married Princess Märtha Louise of Norway {Source}. Together, they have three daughters  {Source}: 
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)


Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine of Belgium, Lady Moncada

Princess Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine of Belgium, Lady Moncada was born 30 September 1956, as the second daughter and youngest child of King Leopold III of Belgium and his second wife, Lilian, Princess of Réthy {Source}. She has five older siblings, three of whom are from her father's 1st marriage{Source}:
  1. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium (1927-2005, half-sister)
  2. King Baudin I of Belgium (1930-1993, half brother)
  3. King Albert II of Belgium (1932-, half brother)
  4. Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942-2009, full brother)
  5. Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (1951-, full sister)
Her family ties also make her (in addition to being the aunt of members of the Belgian Royal Family) an aunt to members of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg.

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

She married Salvador Moncada on 4 April 1998 in London {Source}. Together, they have two children {Source}:
  1. Alexandra Leopoldine Moncada (1998)
  2. Leopoldo Daniel Moncada (2001)


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



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


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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Royal Profile: Emma Tallulah Behn

Emma Tallulah Behn was born 20 September 2008, the third daughter and youngest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn{Source}. She has two older sisters{Source}:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)

Her godparents were:

  1. Marianne Solberg Behn
  2. The Crown Princess of Norway
  3. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
  4. Christian Udnæss
  5. Carl Christian Christensen
  6. Anbjørg Sætre Håtun
  7. Sigvart Dagsland

She was named after American actress Tallulah Bankhead.


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

Royal Profile:Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón

Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón was born 30 September 1999, the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín{Source}. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}:

  1. Don Pablos Nicolás de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón (2000)
  2. Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón (2002)
  3. Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón (2005)


 His godparents are his maternal aunt Infanta Elena and paternal uncle Mikel Urdangarín{Source}.

He grew up in Spain, until his family moved to Washington, DC for his dad's job in 2009{Source}. He and his family moved  to Switzerland in 2012{Source}. Just like any other 14 year old, Juan enjoys riding his bike, going to handball games and to Palma de Mallorca for the much-celebrated Spanish Regatta season. He and his brothers are avid fans of FC Barcelona.

Because he and his siblings are so far down the line for the throne and the family lives in the Switzerland, he is primarily kept from the limelight, unlike his cousins. He is 7th in line for the Spanish throne after his 4 cousins, aunt, and mother.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Alexandra, Duchess of Croÿ

Alexandra, Duchess of Croy was born 7 July 1960 {Source}

She married Rudolf Carl Rupprecht, Duke von Croÿ  civilly on  23 Oct 1987  and in a religious ceremony on 24 Oct 1987 {Source}. Together, they had the following children {Source}:
  1. Prince Carl Philipp Emmanuel Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria von Croÿ (1989)
  2. Princess Xenia Maria Alexandra Antonia Agnes Gabrielle Camilla von Croÿ (1990)
  3. Prince Marc Emanuel Carl Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria von Croÿ (1992)
  4. Prince Heinrich Carl Rupprecht Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria von Croÿ (1993)
  5. Prince Alexander Carl Rupprecht Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria von Croÿ (1995)
  6. Princess Anastasia Maria Irina Adelgunde Gabrielle Agnes Sophie von Croÿ (1998)

Duchess Alexandra was a very charitable person, often taking part with several charities. She was active as a Maltese lady and member of the board of Bishop Heinrich Tenhumberg Foundation {Source}. She was also patroness of the Dülmener multi-generational house {Source}. With Myrim Baroness von Korff and fashion designer Siggi Spiegelburg, she initated a first-classKleiderbörse {Source}.

Alexandra died after a long illness on 23 September 2015 {Source}. She is survived by her husband and six children, ranging in age from 17-26 years. Her funeral will take place on 3 October  2015 at 11AM in the St.-Jakobus- Church Karthaus{Source}.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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

Austria

-Archduke Alexander celebrated his 25th birthday on Saturday.

Belgium


-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambrdridge met with members of the Welsh Rugby Union and attended the RWC 2015 Welcome Ceremony, and visited Hammersmith Academy to support an anti-bullying campaign set up by the Diana Award's nationwide Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme
on Monday {Photos}{Photos}{Source}{Source}. On Tuesday, the future monarch visited RAF Coningsby to observe the 100th Anniversary Parade of 29 (Reserve) Squadron {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales on Saturday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send on Friday {Photos}

Italy

-Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 81st birthday on Thursday.

Jordan

-Queen Rania attended the World Childhood Foundation's Thank You Gala 2015  on Thursday {Photos}
-Princess Salma celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Iman celebrated her 19th birthday on Sunday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Felix & Princess Claire celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Prince Louis & Princess Tessy celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

-Prince Noah de Nassau celebrated his 8th birthday on Monday.

-Prince Guillaume & Princess Sibilla celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on  Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II  witnessed the signature of convention between the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and the Corsican Scandola Nature Reserve on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, Monaco's sovereign prince attended the 2015 Princess Grace Foundation USA Awards {Photos}. On Saturday, he attended the United Nations General Assembly Sustainable Development Goals Summit {Photos}.

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Milan Fashion Week SS16's Gucci show on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended the 2015 Golden Foot Awards on Monday {Photos}.

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 14th birthday on Monday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn. Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet , Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Beatrix, Princess Irene & Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau attended the final celebrations of 200 years Kingdom of the Netherlands on Saturday {Photos}

-King Willem-Alexander I opened Wehkamp's new distribution center on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima opened the newly restored Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (MOLHS) and officially opened a new visitor center at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix officially opened the exhibition Munch: Van Gogh  on Wednesday {Photos}

Norway

-Queen Sonja officially opened the exhibition Munch: Van Gogh  on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 44th birthday on Tuesday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the opening performance of nueva temporada del Teatro Real con el estreno de la ópera “Roberto Devereux” on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Felipe VI attended the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development 2015 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday {Source}.

-Queen Letizia presided over the opening of the academic year 2015-2016 at the College of Education and Primary "Marqués de Santillana" on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she presided over the V Life 2015 Prize {Source}.

-Queen Sofia attended the opening of the 3rd International Congress of Research and Innovation in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIIIEN) on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she presided over the main event of the 25th anniversary of the ONCE Guide Dog Foundation {Source}.

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia attended the opening of the Synod on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria met with astronauts participating in  Astronaut Congress ASE 2015 on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, Sweden's present and future monarchs attended a Foreign Relations Committee Meeting {Source}. On Thursday, the royal duo visited the Migration Board in Vanersborg and adult education in Uddevalla {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the Foundation for Baltic salmon initiative One night for the Salmon  on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish monarch met with four newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Sweden {Source}.

-Queen Silvia visited Washington, DC and NYC to participate in meetings with Mentor International and World Childhood Foundation, and visit the UN  this week {Source}. On Thursday, she attended the World Childhood Foundation's Thank You 2015 Gala  {Photos}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Swedish Brain Foundation's Memory Evening on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the future Swedish monarch attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control {Photos}. On Wednesday, she visited the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the National City Park {Source}.

-Prince Daniel attended the Entrepreneur Awards and Gala on Thursday {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan was born 27 September 1996, the second child and elder daughter of of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and a younger brother and sister {Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
  2. Princess Salma (2000)
  3. Prince Hashem (2005)
Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Salma who is 4 years and a day younger. Princess Iman is apparently a keen athlete at the school.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria

Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria was born 26 September 1990 as the youngest son and second youngest child of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and  Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg{Source}. He has the following brothers, sisters, siblings in law, and nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
  3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
He is related to the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. Other than this, not much is known about him.

Royal Profile: Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan

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

  1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
  2. Princess Iman (1996)
  3. Prince Hashem (2005)

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

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Royal Profile:Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy  on 24 September 1934 as the first child of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.She was the eldest of four children {Source}:
  1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
  2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
  3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
She married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia on 12 February 1955{Source}.Together, they have four children, two sets of twins{Source}:
  1. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (1958)
  2. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958)
  3. Prince Sergius "Serge" Wladimir Emanuel Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
  4. Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Milena Maria Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
    2. Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
    3. Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)

She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:
  1. Princess Inès of Bourbon-Parma (1952–1981)
    1. Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, technically, stepgrandmother as Marie is the daughter of Ines, but Michael adopted her in 1982)
  2. Prince Eric of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    1. Princess Antonia of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
    2. Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
    3. Princess Alexia of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
    4. Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
    5. Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  3. Princess Sybil of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
  4. Princess Victoire of Bourbon-Parma (1957–2001)
    1. Baroness Tatiana von Grecmen-Waldek (1974)
    2. Baron Vincent-Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
  5. Prince Charles-Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma (1964)
    1. Prince Amaury of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
    2. Princess Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
    3. Princess Elisabeth of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
      Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
She would also become step-grandmother of {Source}:

Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)
She is a cousin of King Albert II of Belgium-King Albert's father (Leopold III) was the elder brother of Princess Maria Pia's mother, Princess Marie-José of Belgium. Upon the abolishment of the Italian monarchy, she and her family first fled to Portugal, then to Switzerland.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:
  1. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  2. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 24 year old.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

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

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

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

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:
  1. Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  2. The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  3. The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  4. Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  5. The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  6. The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  7. The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norweigan fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norweigan television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Royal Profile: Alexia Knecht de Massy

Alexia Knecht de Massy was born 21 September 2001, the second of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}. 

She has three sisters, one older and two younger{Source}:
  1. Christine (2001)
  2. Vittoria (2007)
  3. Andrea (2008)
She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the Troisième year (equal to 9th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. Most recently, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige){Source}, and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo {2008, being held by her father}. In 2015, she was spotted at Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations with her parents and sisters (seen here to Charlotte Casiraghi's right, wearing pink. Her sisters Christine and Andrea are on Charlotte's other side).

Alexia, her father and sisters remain part of the "pool" of Grimaldi descendants to inherit the throne if the current line should fail. If she were actually in line for the throne, she would be no higher than 21st place.

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

Royal Profile: Prince Noah de Nassau

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

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

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

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore participated in events surrounding the 2016 Paralympics during Car Free Sunday on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde participated in the annual meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries on Thursday {Video}{Photos}.

-King Philippe attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of Volvo Car Gent on Friday {Photos}.

-Queen Mathilde participated in the 2015 Council meeting of the UN Human Rights on Tuesday{Video}

-Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant lit the cauldron of the Paralympic flame on Sunday {Photos}

Denmark

-Princess Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg visited the Deutsch-Skandinavische Schule (German-Scandinavan School) on Tuesday {Photos}

-Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 16th birthday on Monday. 

Germany

-Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a service at St. Paul's Cathedral to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Tuesday {Photos}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially opened The Welding Institute's new headquarters on Wednesday {Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2015 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony on Friday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the Tusk Trust's 25th Anniversary Ball on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry celebrated his 31st birthday and attended the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by attending a flypast at the Goodwood Aerodrome on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, he attended the Rugby World Cup Official Welcome Party {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrice of York attended the NYFW's 2015 Tommy Hilfiger show on Monday {Source}{Photos}. On Tuesday, she attended the Markus Lupfer presentation {Photos}. On Wednesday, she attended the Rebecca Minkoff Runway Show {Photos}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Anna Freud Centre on Thursday {Photos}.

Greece

-King Constantine II of The Hellenes & Queen Anne-Marie  celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Friday.

-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her  47th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Odysseas-Kimon celebrated his 11th birthday on Thursday. 

Jordan

-Queen Rania accepted the Walther Rathenau Prize from the Chancellor of Germany on Thursday {Source}

Liechtenstein

-Hereditary Prince Alois & Hereditary Princess Sophie participated in the annual meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries on Thursday {Video}{Photos}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri participated in the annual meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries on Thursday {Video}{Photos}. On Friday, the Grand Duke met with members of COREPER II {Source}.

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke visited the Luxcontrol Company and the SNCH on Thursday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II hosted a state visit from the Republic of Saint Martin on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended the 2nd annual Chicken Show Dance to benefit Fight Aids Monaco on Saturday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien & Princess Beatrix attended Prinsjesdag 2015 on Tuesday {Video}{Photos}.

-Queen Maxima  visited the Instrumentendepot Leerorkest on Wednesday {Photos}.On Thursday, the Dutch Queen attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Molukse community in Alphen aan den Rijn on Thursday {Photos}.

Romania

-Queen Anne celebrated her 92nd birthday on Friday.

-Princess Maria attended events in the Romanian city of Deva on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she paid a visit to the city of Fagaras {Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended an official visit to the US from Monday to Friday {Source}{Source}{Photos}{Photos}. Check back soon for a full recap!

-Queen Letizia celebrated her 43rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón celebrated her 40th birthday on Wednesday.

-Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar celebrated his 25th birthday on Monday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia & Princess Madeleine attended the Opening Session of Parliament and a gala performance to celebrate Riksdag 2015 Opening on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience for European Parliament President on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a Franco-Swedish business forum on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she took part in The International Institute for Democracy and Electorial Assistance's (IDEA) 20th anniversary meeting {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria officially opened the exhibition Fredsmedlaren on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Daniel celebrated his 42nd birthday on Tuesday.

UAE

-Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai died suddenly on Saturday {Source}

Royal Profile: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born 12 November 1981 as the son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum {{Source}. He had many brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews from his fathers many junior wives.

He was educated in Dubai and England. He attended the Rashid School for Boys in Dubai. He also attended the  Sandhurst Military Academy in the United Kingdom and graduated in 2002 {Source}.



In January 2008 Sheikh Rashid was appointed President of the UAE Olympic Committee. However in 2010 he resigned from his position on account of his overloaded work schedule.

Sheikh Rashid was a principal partner or owner in the following listed companies:
  • Noor Investment Group, Principal Partner
  • Noor Islamic Bank, Principal Partner
  • United Holdings Group Dubai, Owner
  • Zabeel Racing International, Owner
  • Dubai Holding Company, Principal Partner
In the UAE, he was a well known sports figure, often representing sports such as equestrian, football and car racing. His greatest achievement was winning two gold medals in the 2006 Asian Games 120 km Endurance individual mixed as well as 120 km Endurance Team Mixed events. As the owner of Zabeel Racing International, Sheikh Rashid led the individual owners list an unprecedented five times with over 428 wins. Sheikh Rashid was also a huge football fan; his favourite club was Manchester United.

On the morning of 19 September 2015, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed died of a heart attack at the age of 33. He never married or had children.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Royal Profile: Queen Anne of Romainia

Princess Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marquerite of Bourbon-Parma, now known as Queen Anne of Romainia was born 18 September 1923 as the only daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark{Source}. Through her mother, she is 2nd cousin 2x removed from Queen Margrethe II and her family through Christian IX of Denmark.

She has four brothers, sister-in-laws, many nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma (1922-1964)
    1. Princess Birgitte of Bourbon-Parma (1922-)
      1. Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Parma (1949-)
        1. Princess Annette of Bourbon-Parma (1955-)
          1. Prince Jacques Carl Christian Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1986)
          2. Prince Joseph Axel Alain Erik Marieof Bourbon-Parma (1989)
        2. Princess Lorraine Charlotte of Borbon-Parma (1951-)
        3. Prince Alain Jean of Bourbon-Parma (1955)
  2. Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma (1926-)
    1. Princess Yolande of Bourbon-Parma (1928-)
      1. Princess Ines of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
        1. Marie Melodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted and raised by her grandfather after her mother's death)
        2. Prince Erik of Bourbon-Parma (1953-)
        3. Princess Lydia of Bourbon-Parma (1955-)
          1. Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981-)
          2. Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982-)
          3. Princess Alexia Therese Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985-)
          4. Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (1989-)
          5. Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991-)
    2. Princess Sybil Marie Joephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954-)
    3. Princess Victoire of Bourbon-Parma (1957-)
      1. Baron Alexis von Gecmen-Waldeck (1943-)
        1. Baroness Tatiana von Gecmen-Waldeck (1974-)
        2. Baron Vincent-Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldeck (1981-)
    4. Prince Charles Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma (1962-)
      1. Princess Constance of Bourbon-Parma (1971-)
      2. Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991-)
      3. Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993-)
      4. Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996-)
      5. Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1999-)
  3. Prince André Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1928-2011)
    1. Princess Marina of Bourbon-Parma (1935-)
      1. Princess Tania Sophie of Bourbon-Parma (1961-)
        1. Mr. Gilbert Silly (?)
          1. Miss Margurite Becaud (1993-)
      2. Princess Astrid  of Bourbon-Parma (1964-)
      3. Prince Axel of Bourbon-Parma (1968-1968)
She grew up mostly in France. In 1939, her family fled from the Nazis to Spain. From Spain, they fled to Portugal then the United States. While in the US, she studied at the Parson's School of Design from 1940-1943{Source}. She worked as a sales assistant at Macy's. In 1943, she volunteered for military service in the French Army {Source}. She served in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Luxembourg and Liberated Germany, where she drove ambulances, and eventually recieved the French Croix de guerre{Source}.

She met her future husband in London, and after only a week courtship, he asked for her hand in marriage {Source}. They were wed on 10 June 1948 in Greece, and have the following children, grandchildren and Great grandchildren{Source}{Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (1949)
  2. Princess Elena of Romania(1950)
    1. Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1985)
    2. Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Princess Irina of Romania (1953)
    1. Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger(1984)
      1. Kohen de Roumane Kreuger (2012)
    2. Angelica-Margaretta de Roumane Kreuger Knight(1986)
      1. Richard Robert Knight
        1. Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
        2. Diana Knight (2011)
  4. Princess Sophie of Romania (1957)
    1. Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix de Laufenbourg (1998)
  5. Princess Maria of Romania (1964)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece

Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece was born 17 September 2004 in London as the 2nd son of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. He has an older sister, two older brothers and a younger brother, all of who carry the title and style HRH Prince/ss of Greece. They are:
  1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece(2000)
  4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece (2008)

Like his siblings, he's grown up mostly in the US and Europe. As of right now, the family is based in London. He shares a birthday with his mother.


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

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

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

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

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


  1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece (named after his grandfather), (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece(2000)
  4. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece (2004) (who she shares a birthday with!)
  5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece (2008)



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

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Royal Profile: 16 Facts about Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón

  1. Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born 16 September 1975 as the daughter of Don Carlos Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria & Hernani and Infanta Margarita of Spain,  Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani{Source}.
  2. She has one brother, Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón{Source}.
  3. She is a niece of King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia.
  4. Thus a first cousin of King Felipe VI and his sisters.
  5. She is a greatx3 grandchild of Queen Victoria.
  6. Even though she is a greatx3 grandchild of Queen Victoria, she is not in line for either the Spanish or British thrones.
  7. She is not in line for the British throne because she is Catholic.
  8. She is not considered to be in line for the Spanish throne for two reasons:
    1. Her mother gave up her succession rights and those of her descendants upon her marriage. However, this occurred prior to the adaption of the current Constitution, therefore it is debated whether or not that was still in effect.
    2. To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".
  9. IF she were to be considered in succession, she would be no higher than 28th position, after her mother, brother, aunt, cousins, and her cousins' children.
  10. She is also a niece of:
    1. Infanta Pilar of Spain, The Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre
  11. As the daughter of a Spanish Duke and Duchess, she is entitled to the style Her Excellency Doña.
  12. She is a Spanish businesswoman, and currently owns her own Translation and Interpreting company {Source}.
  13. She speaks several languages:
    1. Spanish
    2. English
    3. French
    4. Portuguese
    5. Italian
    6. German
  14. Her name likely comes from:
    1. Maria: her maternal grandmother, Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
    2. Sofia: possibly for her maternal aunt, Queen Sofia of Spain? 
    3. Emilia: the Spanish form of Emily, meaning to rival, excel, or emulate 
    4. Carmen: for her paternal grandmother, María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella.
  15. Her mother is blind{Source}.
  16. Her astrological sign is Virgo.

Royal Profile: 16 Facts about Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Duke of Saxony

  1. Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Duke of Saxony born 16 September 1975 as the eldest child of  Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and of his wife, Carin Dabelstein{Source}{Source}.
  2. He has the following siblings{Source}:
    1. Princess Stephanie of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (1972)
    2. Prince Alexander of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (1977)
  3. He studied Law at the University of Würzburg from 1997-1999{Source}.
  4. He attended the London School of Economics from 1999-2000 and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 2000-2003{Source}.
  5. Upon his University graduation, he worked as a lawyer for a bank in NYC, specializing in wealth management {Source}
  6. Prince Hubertus worked as a lawyer for a bank in New York specialising in wealth management{Source}.
  7. At the beginning of 2012 he moved back from New York to Coburg where he is on the board of the family Foundation - the Stiftung der Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha'schen Familie {Source}.
  8. He married Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on 21 May 2009 (Civil) and 23 May 2009 (religious) {Source}.
  9. Together, they have the following children{Source}:
    1. Princess Katharinia Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (2014)
    2. Prince Philipp Hubertus Andreas Chistian of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (2015)
  10. Although, he holds no official role, he does attend certain royal family events, such as the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
  11. He likely speaks fluent English and German.
  12. Through his greatx2 grandfather, he is a decendent of Queen Victoria. (Allow me to save you some googling: His greatx2 grandfather was Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany via his father and grandfather)
  13. Yes, this means he is in line for the British throne-distantly. 
  14. He was also related to Queen Victoria via her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. He was Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld's greatx3 grandchild (I *think*).
  15. He has resided in Germany, England, and the USA.
  16. He is of German and British ancestry.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Harry of Wales

Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales was born as the younger of two sons of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales on 15 September 1984{Source}. He has one older brother, a sister-in-law and a niece and nephew :

  1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
      1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)

Through his father's second marriage to The Duchess of Cornwall, he has two stepsiblings, two stepsiblings-in-law, two step-nieces, and four step-nephews:
  1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowels (1974)
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowels
      1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowels (2007)
      2. Master Freddy Parker-Bowels (2010)
  2. Mrs. Laura (Parker-Bowels) Lopes (1978)
    1. Mr. Harry Lopes
      1. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
At his birth, he was 3rd in line for the throne after his father and brother, but with the births of his niece and nephew, he is presently 5th in succession. 

On 21st December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. His godparents were {Source}:
  1. The Prince Andrew (his paternal uncle)
  2. The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (his paternal second cousin)
  3. Lady Vestey
  4. Mrs. William Bartholomew
  5. Bryan Organ
  6. Gerald Ward

He was educated mostly in England. For two years, from 1986-1989, he attended  Mrs. Mynors School{Source}. From 1989-1992, he attended Wetherby School {Source}. In September 1992, he joined Prince William at Ludgrove School  {Source}. In September 1998, he began attending Eton College, where he undertook both his GCSE's and A-Levels  {Source}.

After completing his A Levels, Prince Harry took a gap year during which he visited Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho{Source}. In May 2005, he returned to the UK, where he began a course at the  Royal Military Academy Sandhurst{Source} .

He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals){Source}.During this period, Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho{Source}.
In February 2008, Prince Harry completed more than two months service with the British Army in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a ‘Forward Air Controller’ for NATO forces{Source} .On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.In January 2009, he began a two-and-a-half year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He remains an officer in the Household Cavalry during the training period{Source}.

Prince Harry’s principal residences are at Clarence House in London and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.A Household Office was set up at St James’s Palace, London, for Prince Harry and for his brother, Prince William, in January 2009 to reflect their growing public lives.
The Prince is currently Patron of a number of charities and organisations (including Sentebale) and he holds two honorary military appointments (in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force){Source}.The Prince focuses much of his charitable activity around the Princes’ Charities Forum, a grouping of organisations with which he and his brother have close links and which assists in promoting ideas and joint initiatives to the benefit of all the members {Source}.

He is godfather of two boys:
  1. Frederick "Fred" Pettifer (born 2001) (son of his former nanny, Alexandra Shân "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke)
  2. Jasper Dyer (born 2012) (son of close friend and former former royal equerry Mark Dyer)

Royal Profile: Prince Daniel of Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 17 August 2011, his life changed once again, when he and his wife announced that they were expecting their first child {Source}. Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Östergötland was born 23 February 2012 {Source}. In August 2015, it was announced that he and his wife are expecting their second child in 2016 {Source}.

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

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

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

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

Royal Profile: Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou was born Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella on 21 October 1983 as the daughter of  Víctor José Vargas Iraus...