Saturday, October 31, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler

Princess Margaretha Désirée Victoria of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler was born 31 October 1934 as the eldest daughter of  Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and  Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha {Source}. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother, as well as several siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Birgitta Ingeborg Alice Bernadotte of Sweden (1937)
    1. Karl Christian Prinz von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1962)
      1. Nikolas Prinz von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1999)
    2. Désirée Margaretha Victoria Sibylla Katharina Maria Prinzessin von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1963)
      1. Carl Theodor Graf von Ortonburg (1992)
      2. Friedrich-Hubertus Graf von Ortonburg (1995)
      3. Carolina Gräfin von Ortonburg (1997)
    3. Hubertus Gustaf Adolf Prinz von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1966)
  2. Princess Desiree Elizabeth Sibylla of Sweden (1938)
    1. Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold (1965)
      1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
      2. Christina Louise Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1966)
      3. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
      4. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
      5. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
    2. Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)
  3. Princess Christina Louise Helen, Mrs. Magnusson (1943)
    1. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnusson (1975)
      1. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
    2. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnusson (1977)
      1. Albert Magnuson (2011)
      2. Expecting a second child soon (2015)
    3. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson (1980)
      1. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
      2. Baby #2 Soon (2015)
  4. King Carl XVI Gustaf (1946)
    1. Queen Siliva of Sweden (1943)
      1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
        1. Prince Daniel (who was born on his parent-in-law's wedding day, in 1976)
          1. Princess Estelle (2012)
          2. Prince/sss of Sweden (2016)
      2. Prince Carl Phillip (1979)
        1. Princess Sofia (1984)
          1. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
      3. Princess Madeline(1982)
        1. Mr. Christopher O'Neil
          1. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland (2014)
          2. Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, The Duke of Angermanland (2015)

Although the eldest child, as a female, she was never heir to the throne according to the Swedish constitution current at the time{Source}. She was educated privately at the Haga Palace and then at the Stockholm dressmaking school, Märthaskolan (Martha School) {Source}.

She married John Kenneth Ambler on 30 June 1964 {Source}. Together, they have three children, three children-in-law and several grandchildren{Source}:
  1. Baroness Sibylla Louise Ambler von Dincklage (1965)
    1. Baron  Henning von Dincklage (1971)
      1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
      2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning Freiherr von Dincklage (2000)
  2. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
    1. Helen Jane Ross Ambler (1969)
      1. Sienna Rose Ambler (2000)
      2. India Tani Ambler (2003)
  3. James Patrick Ambler (1969)
    1. Ursula Mary Shipley Ambler (1965)
      1. Lily Elektra Ambler (2003)
      2. Oskar Rufus Ambler (2004)

In June 1960,  Margaretha, along with her first cousin Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Astrid of Norway, toured the United States. During their visit, the three Scandinavian princesses toured Disneyland and Hollywood and also visited Paramount Pictures, where they met Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley {Source}. 

She currently resides in England, and does not perform any official funtions on her brother's behalf. However, you can see her attending weddings, christenings and funerals. Every year, she used to open the annual Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar in London {Source}. However, it has been several years since she's done this. She shares a birthday with Leonor, Princess of AsturiasDoña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón.

Royal Profile: Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 31 October 1968, the eldest of five children of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain {Source}.

She married on 12 September 1990 to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón, later Fernández-Sastrón{Source}. Together, they have three children, two sons and a daughter{Source}:

  1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
  2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (born 17 January 2000)
She and José were divorced in 2012{Source}

Little is known about Simoneta and her life as she is not considered a member of the Spanish Royal Family, in spite of being a first cousin to the current King of Spain. She shares a birthday with the future Queen of Spain, Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer, who is her 1st cousin 1x removed.

Royal Profile: 31 Facts about Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias

  1. Infanta Doña Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer was born the eldest of two daughters of King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia on 31 October 2005{Source}.
  2.  Her godparents were her paternal grandparents, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia {Source). 
  3. Her maternal grandparents are: Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez &María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez
  4. According to the 1978 Spanish Constitution, since her parents have yet to produce a male heir (and likely won't, but you never know...), upon her father's succession as King of Spain in June 2014, she became Princess of Austrias and will later become Queen of Spain{Source}. 
  5. She has one younger sister, The Infanta Sofia.
  6. She began her education among the children of the Royal Guard at the Palace of El Pardo in 2007{Source}. 
  7. She began attending Santa Maria de los Rosales, Arvaca in 2008, where she is presently in her 8th year (roughly around the 5th grade or so in the US system...I think.) at the school{Source}.
  8. As a member of the Spanish royal family, she takes part in a range of public activities. 
  9. In August 2011, she appeared with other members of the royal family on the yacht "Somni" during the 30th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca {Photos}. 
  10. She took part in World Youth Day celebrations at the Zarzuela Palace in August 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI in attendance {Photos}. 
  11. She has attended the traditional Easter Mass in 200820092010201120122013, 2014 and 2015
  12. In 2014, she gained a drastic change in her life-it was announced that her "abuelo" was abdicating in favor of her father...making her first in line. 
  13. Since her father's enthronement, she has attended numerous events such as when her grandfather officially signed the abdication papers and her parents were enthroned, and the Spanish National Day military parade.
  14. In 2015, she attended her family's summer photocall, the 34th Copa del Rey Mapfre Sailing Cup Awards Ceremony, and the Spanish National Day military parade.
  15. She shares a birthday with her father's 1st cousin (and her 1st cousin 1x removed), Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and Princess Margretha of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler.
  16. Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies including:
    1. British: through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Leonor is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter through her grandfather. Through her grandmother, she is greatx4 granddaughter of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal.(Yes, that makes her grandparents 3rd cousins through Queen Victoria)
    2. Greek: her grandmother is King Constantine's sister, making him her great uncle
    3. Denmark: She is a great x6 granddaughter of Christian XI on her grandmother's side
  17. For her 10th birthday, her father awarded her the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece and her own personal standard {Source}.
  18. She speaks Spanish, English (with her grandmother and British nanny) and Chinese {Source}. 
  19. In addition to her academic studies, she is also studying Spanish history, royal protocol, Catalan, among other topics a future Queen would need to know.
  20. Royal experts believe that like her father did before her, she will study abroad and undertake some military training at some point, likely in the next few years.
  21. She is only the second female to hold the title Princess of Asturias in her own right-the first was Queen Isabella II of Spain and Maria de las Mercedes, Princess of Asturias.
  22. In October 2014, a wax figure of Leonor was unveiled at the Musea de Cera in Madrid {Source}
  23. On 20 May 2015, Leonor had her first communion.
  24. She is the great-niece of
    1. King Constantine II of Greece
    2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
    3. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark
    4. Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre
    5. Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani
    6. Infante Alfonso of Spain (1941-1956)
  25. She is the niece of
    1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
    2. Infanta Cristina of Spain 
    3. Don  Iñaki Urdangarín
    4. Telma Ortiz Rocasolano (maternal, 1973)
    5. Érika Ortiz Rocasolano (maternal, 1975-2007)
  26. Her first cousins are:
    1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
    2. Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
    3. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón (1999)
    4. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón(2000)
    5. Carla Vigo (2000, daughter of Erika)
    6. Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón (2002)
    7. Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón (2005)
  27. Her first cousins 1x removed (her father's cousins) are:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece & Prince of Denmark (1967)
    3. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968, Leonor's birthday twin)
    4. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1969)
    5. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
    6. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971) 
    7. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    8. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    9. Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón (1975)
    10. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    11. Prince Philippos of Greece (1986)
  28. Her second cousins (her father's cousin's children) are:
    1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
    2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
    3. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece (1996)
    4. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece (1998)
    5. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
    6. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece(2000)
    7. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    8. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    9. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
    10. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece (2004)
    11. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano 2005)
    12. Carlos Morales y de Grecia(2005)
    13. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
    14. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
    15. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
    16. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece (2008)
    17. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano ( 2011)
    18. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
  29. She is related to Queen Victoria twice! Both on her grandfather and grandmother's sides:
    1. Her Grandfather is related to Queen Victoria through her  youngest daughter Princess Beatrice. Infanta Leonor is Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter through her grandfather. 
    2. Through her grandmother, she is greatx4 granddaughter of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal.(Yes, that makes her grandparents 3rd cousins through Queen Victoria)
  30. When Leonor ascends the throne, as expected, she will be Spain's first queen regent since Isabella II, who reigned from 1833 to 1868. 
  31. She will likely reign under the name Leonor I of Spain.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Royal Profile: Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff

Sophia Katharina Maria von Lattorff was born 30 October 2009 as the daughter of Princess Tatiajna of Liechtenstein and Philipp von Lattorff {Source}. She has an older brother, 4 older sisters and a younger brother  {Source}:
  1. Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Elisabeth Marie Angela Tatiana von Lattorff (2002)
  3. Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
  4. Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorff (2005)
  5. Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff  (2007)
  6. Maximilian Maria von Lattorff (2011)

It is likely given that she is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture, that she leads a fairly normal life. It is likely that she speaks German, the official language of Liechtenstein.

Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Royal Profile: Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg

Countess Camilla Alexandrine Cristine of Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg {Source}. She has two sisters, a twin and a younger sister Josephine & Fedora {Source}.

Countess Camilla was married in 1995, and has four children {Source}:
  1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg (1997) 
  2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (2000) 
  3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (2005) 
  4. Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (2008)

Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Royal Profile: Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg

Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth of Rosenborg was born 29 October 1972, one of the twin daughters of Count Christian of Rosenborg and Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg {Source}. She has two sisters, a twin and a younger sister Camilla & Fedora {Source}.

Countess Josephine was married on 3 October 1998 to Thomas Christian Schmidt {Source}. Together they have two children {Source}:
  1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt af Rosenborg (2001)
  2. Clara Dorte Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg (2004)
Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Josephine, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Josephine and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Royal Profile: Princess Sofia of Romania

Princess Sofia of Romania, or Sophie de Romanie as she uses as a professional photographer, was born 29 October 1957 as the fourth daughter of King Michai I of Romania & Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. She has three older sisters and a younger sister, as well as several brothers-in-law, a niece andn nephew-in-law, and numerous great nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Crown Princess Margarita (1949)
  2. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Mr. Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Princess Irina (1953)
    1. Miss Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger de Romaine Knight(1986)
      1. Richard Robert Knight
        1. Miss Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
        2. Miss Diana Knight (2011)
    2. Michael Torsten Kreuger (1984)
      1. Tara Littlefield Kreiger
        1. Master Kohen Kreuger (2012)
  4. Princess Maria (1964)
She studied Fine Arts and photography at the University of North Carolina, Asheville {Source}. She also studied Graphic Design at the Cocoran College of Art & Design {Source}.

After graduation, she spent several years working and exhibiting her work on both sides of the Atlantic {Source}. Her life changed dramatically in 1989 with the fall of communism in Romania {Source}. She serves as vice president to The Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation {Source}. In addition to her charity work and work as a photographer, she is also a published author of a collection of children's stories that was published in Romania in 1995 {Source}.

She resides in Brittany, France with her teenage daughter, Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix de Laufenbourg {Source}{Source}. While residing there, she pursues her craft full time, and often can be spotted photographing the Breton Country side and coast{Source}.

She won 1st place in an online photography contest called 'West of Paris" in May 2011. In the same year, she also won the Public's Favourite vote in her category during her first photographic exhibition. It was help in Brittany, at the Château in the Domaine de Tronjoly, in Gourin (Morbihan). Since this initial success, she has been showing her work regularly.

You can visit her facebook page here

Royal Profile: Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 as the eldest child of Gustav Albrecht Alfred Franz Friedrich Otto Emil Ernst Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and MargaretaFouché {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Madeleine of  Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1936-)
    1. Otto Graf zu Solms-Laubach
      1. Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958-)
        1. Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz
          1. Benjamin Graf von Hochberg (1978-)
          2. Robin Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz (1989-)
          3. Nicolaus-Marianus Graf von Saurma (1991)
      2. Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958-)
      3. Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960-)
      4. Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962-)
      5. Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963-)
      6. Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965-)
      7. Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968-)
      8. Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968-)
        1. Stephan Leopold Justus Richard Prinz zur Lippe
          1. Bernhard Leopold Baptist Ernst George Ludwig Prinz zur Lippe (1995-)
          2. Heinrich Otto Gustav-Adolf Michael Wico Prinz zur Lippe (1997-)
          3. Wilhelm Prinz zur Lippe (1999-)
          4. Luise Prinzessin zur Lippe (2001-)
          5. Mathilde Prinzessin zur Lippe (2003-)
      9. Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-)
      10. Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-1971)
  2. Prince Robin Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1938-)
    1. Marie-Christine Heftler-Louiche
      1. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971-)
      2. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973-)
      3. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980-)
  3. Tatiana Louise Ursula Therese Elsa Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1940-)
    1. Moritz Friedrich Karl Emanuel Humbert Landgrafvon Hessen-Kassel
      1. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965-)
        1. Ferdinando dei Conti Brachetti-Peretti
          1. Tatiana Maria Galdo (1992-)
          2. Polissena Galdo (1993-)
          3. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizo Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000-)
          4. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002-)
      2. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966-2000)
      3. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967-)
        1. Massimo Caiazzo
          1. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999-)
      4. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970-)
        1. Laetitia Johanna Bechtoif
          1. Elena Margherita  Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (2006-)
          2. Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (2008-)
  4. Pia Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942-)
He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen and at Munich University{Source}. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.

He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}. When he and his wife married, his new father-in-law decreed that in order for their children to obtain succession rights they must be raised in Denmark...they were raised in Germany (however, his daughters have both obtained Danish citizenship over the years) They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle.
Together, they have three children, and four grandchildren {Source}:

  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
  2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth 
      1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003) 
  3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
    1. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann
    2. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010) 
    3. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)

Royal Profile: Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark

Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece was born 29 October 1998 and is the second child and eldest son of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece, which makes him a grandson of the former King and Queen of Greece{Source}. Among his godparents are{Source}:

  1. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (paternal uncle), 
  2. Princess Alexandra von Fürstenberg (maternal aunt) 
  3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1st cousin 1x removed)
  4. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (1st cousin 1x removed)
  5. The Duke of Cambridge (distantly related cousin-on The Duke's grandmother's side they are 3rd cousins 4x removed, and on the Duke's grandfather's side, they are 1st cousins 5x removed or something like that-if anyone wants to calculate it and leave me a comment, please do! ;))
  6. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (first cousin 3x removed)
  7. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
  8. Doris Robbs. (family friend)
He also has several siblings, an elder sister, and three younger brothers{Source}:
  1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece (1996)
  2. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece(2000)
  3. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece (2004)
  4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece (2008)
He was born while the family was residing in New York City.

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, he still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with his paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, he attended his new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, he participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, he was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, he was spotted among the guests at his godfather's wedding {Photos}. In 2013, he attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}.

He is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.

It is really unknown where he attended/attends school. It's likely he speaks English and Greek.

He is related to the following monarchies:
  1. Denmark: Queen Margrethe II is his great-aunt.
  2. Spain: Queen Sofia is his great aunt. King Juan Carlos is his 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  3. Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is his 1st cousin 2x removed.
  4. Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is his 3rd cousin 2x removed, Prince Philip is his 1st cousin 3x removed.
  5. Norway: King Harald is his 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Duchess in Bavria

Princess Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Duchess in Bavaria was born in Bavaria on 28 October 1967 in Munich as the eldest of the five daughters of Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria {Source}. She  is a direct descendant of the last King of Bavaria. Ludwig III (1845-1921) was her great-great-grandfather {Source}.

Hereditary Princess Sophie spent her childhood with her parents and sisters in Wildbad Kreuth, where she also attended the first years of the primary school {Source}. From 1978 to 1980 she attended the Girls' Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstatt and then changed to the Girls' Secondary Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggries {Source}. In 1984, she entered the Adolf Weber Gymnasium in Munich and passed the school-leaving examination in 1988 {Source}. During a stay in London, which lasted several months, she attended tutorial classes at the Inchbald School of Interior Design {Source}. She was particularly interested in the various styles of interior furnishings {Source}. Hereditary Princess Sophie studied history and English language and literature at the Catholic University in Eichstätt {Source}.

In 2006, she founded The Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung für Frau und Kind (Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child) with the goal of the Foundation to give women, who unintentionally became pregnant, a more positive life perspective for themselves and their child{Source}. 

She married Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein on 3 July 1993{Source}. Together, they have four children {Source}:
  1. Prince Joseph Wenzel (1995)
  2. Princess Marie Caroline(1996)
  3. Prince Georg (1999)
  4. Prince Nikolaus (2000)

Royal Profile: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg was born Tessy Antony on 28 October 1985{Source}. She attended a technical high school in Pétange, Luxembourg, prior to following her brother's footsteps and joining the army.

With her career in the Luxembourg Army, she has participated in missions in Yugoslavia and Kosovo. During her mission in Yugoslavia, she met Prince Louis, who was there visiting the Luxembourg troops.

She and Prince Louis were married on 29 September 2006{Source}. Upon their marriage, the prince gave up his succession rights and those of their son Gabriel, and any of the couple's future children, although Prince Louis retains his title of Prince of Luxembourg and the style of Royal Highness while his and Antony's sons were initially given the surname de Nassau with no titles{Source}. On Luxembourg's National Day 2009, Ms. Antony and her two sons were given titles by the Grand Duke{Source}. Her title was Her Royal Highness Princess of Luxembourg, while her sons (and any subsequent children) would be His/Her Royal Highness Prince/ss de Nassu {Source}.

Together, they have two sons:
  1. Prince Gabriel de Nassu
  2. Prince Noah de Nassu
Princess Tessy and her sons were granted the title Prince/ss of Luxembourg during the 2009 National day celebrations. Prior to this, they were Prince/ss de Nassu.

Royal Profile: Julia Caroline Ogilvy

Julia Caroline Rawlinson, now Julia Caroline Ogilvy was born 28 October 1964 as the daughter of Charles Rawlinson{Source}.

She married James Robert Bruce Ogilvy  on 30 July 1988 {Source}. Together, they have two children:
  1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
  2. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)

Ogilvy has had a successful business career, and was involved with the managing director of Hamilton & Inches Jewellers for several years{Source}. She also has served as the non-executive director of Lloyds TSB Scotland{Source}

n 1992, she received the Scottish Business Achievement Award from The Princess Royal. In 2007 she won the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work with ProjectScotland, a charity of which she is the Founder and Chairman. She also works for the Scottish Executive on social and community charity programmes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Anita Theodora van Eijk aka Princess Anita  of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born on 27 October 1969 as the second daughter of Leonardus van Eijk and J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens {Source}.

She studied in The Netherlands, and Singapore. She earned an international baccalaureate from Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest {Source}. She attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore {Source}. In 1996, she earned a degree in the direction of communication studies from the Univeristy of Amsterdam  {Source}. 

She married Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Oranje-Nassau,van Vollenhoven  on 25 August 2005  in a civil marriage, and on 27 August 2005 in a religious ceremony{Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}:
  1. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  2. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)

Princess Anita works as an independent entrepreneur {Source}. In 1997, she joined Bloomberg in Amsterdam and London {Source}. She has also worked in various marketing and management positions {Source}.  Princess Antia's husband lost his place in succession and rights to the throne when Princess Beatrix abdiated in 2013, so it is likely that Anita, her husband and children lead fairly normal lives, with the occasional royal family event (christenings, weddings, funerals) thrown in.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Amelia Morales y de Grecia

Amelia Morales y de Grecia was born 26 October 2007 as the youngest daughter of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Carlos Morales y Quintana{Source}. She has two older sisters and an older brother{Source}:

  1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
  2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
  3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)

She resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by her father {Source}.

She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically, she is biologically related to the following monarchs and/or consorts:

  1. Queen Elizabeth II (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal)
  2. The Duke of Edinburgh (1st cousins 3x removed, through King George I of Greece)
  3. Queen Margarethe II of Denmark (3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn)
  4. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (2nd cousins 2x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  5. King Juan Carlos I of Spain (3rd cousins 1x removed, through Queen Victoria)
  6. Queen Sofia of Spain (great aunt though King Paul and Queen Fredrica-Alexia's grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother)

She and her siblings are not in line for the Greek throne due to their mother renouncing her succession rights upon marrying their Roman Catholic father.

Royal Profile: Lucas van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven

Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven was born 26 October 2002 as the son of  Prince Mauris of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven and Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven{Source}. He has two sisters, one older and one younger{Source}:
He was baptized on 21 April 2003 with the following as his godparents {Source}:
  1. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau (paternal uncle)
  2. Jeroen Pit (if I have the right one, Pit died in 2012, he was a Dutch businessman and died of GIST)
  3. Emilie Pit (Jeroen's wife)

By Royal Decree of 26 May 1998, the children of Mauris bear the surname "van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven". Wit the abdication of Queen Beatrix in April 2013, Mauris, his children, as well as his brothers and their children, were no longer elligable for the throne and Royal House according to The Membership of the Royal House Act, which specifies that only those within "three degrees of kinship" to the monarch can be in the line of succession. However, this exculsion is not permanent. In the unlikely event that King Wiliem Alexander and his daughters became ineligible for the throne or die, Princess Margriet would become Queen and her children and grandchildren would be back in line. However, that's not likely.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Recap of the Royals You Love: October 19-25, 2015


-Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum celebrated his 2nd birthday on Sunday.


-King Philippe attended the 20th Edition of the Entreprise de l'Annee (Enterprise of the Year) award ceremony on Monday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended the 1st Edition of the European Microfinance Day on Monday {Photos}.

-Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant celebrated her 14th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Laurent celebrated his 52nd birthday on Monday.


-Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou celebrated her 32nd birthday on Wednesday.


-Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen celebrated her 31st birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh viewed a display of Chinese items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent,  Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy & Princess Michael of Kent attended a State Banquet in honor of The President of the People's Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the New Fellows' Dinner for the Royal Academy of Engineering on Wednesday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall  met with The President of the People's Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan on Tuesday {Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with the Chairman and Chief Executive of The British Red Cross and held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on Tuesday  {Source}. On Wednesday, the future king held a Dinner for The Prince's Charities Canada {Source}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York visited Imperial College London, visited the Data Sciences Institute and the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery with The President of the People's Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan on Wednesday {Source}l. On Wednesday, The Duke of York visited Fab Lab London  and attended a board meeting of the  Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a Nominations Committee Meeting and a Digital Steering Committee Group Meeting on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he held a meeting of the The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, attended a meeting of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, visited Vispring Limited,visited Headway Devon   {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's youngest child held a meeting of the Commonwealth Games Federation {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a demonstation of horse-whispering techniques by the Global Ambassador to The Brooke Hospital for Animals and attended a dinner in honor of the 161st birthday of Oscar Wilde on Wednesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex  attended the 15th Anniversary production of the Opera, Tarka the Otter at Exeter Cathedral on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Queen's favorite daughter-in-law visited Vi-Spring {Source}. On Wednesday, she held a meeting  of Women in Business (Promoting The Duke of Edinburgh's Award), attended meetings of the The Duke of Edinburgh's Women's Network Forum and attended the 50th Anniversary Dinner of the Craft Guild of Chefs {Source}. On Friday, she attended The Countess of Wessex Cup hosted by 5 Rifles at Alanbrooke Barracks {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal  visited the HMS ALBION at  HM Naval Base Devonport, opened Holsworthy Agribusiness Centre and Livestock Market, and visited River Cottageon Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Queen's only daughter attended a National Olympic Committee Meeting at Adidas UK Head Office, and met with Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Munro {Source}. On Wednesday, she  attended the  Personalised Technology Conference{Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales visited the Leadenhall Building where they also attended a meeting of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales Foundation on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal duo attended the Autumn Dinner at Sunbeam Studios for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales Foundation{Source}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge held an audience with Mr. Henry Worsley, and the Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, and gave a speech on illegal wildlife trade at the Maugham Library on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the potential future monarch held an audience with  The President of the People's Republic of China {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited the Creative Collaborations: UK and China Event at Lancaster House with The President of the People's Republic of China and Madame Peng Liyuan {Source}. On Wednesday, the heir apparent's heir apparent met with the chairman of Sanpower  {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales joined the Walking for the Wounded Walk of Britain Team on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Eugenie of York officially opened Newcastle University's new London campus on Thursday {Source}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge held an audience with the incoming director of the National Portrait Gallery, and met with the incoming and outgoing Cheif Executives of Action on Addiction on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy held a Reception for the UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust on Monday {Source}.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester met with  Professor Anthony Mellows on Tuesday {Source}

-Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday.


-Empress Michiko celebrated her 81st birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Mako celebrated her 24th birthday on Friday.


-King Abdullah II met with the President of Tunisia on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Omar bin Al Faisal celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday

The Netherlands

-Prince Floris Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Thursday.


-King Mihai I celebrated his 94th birthday on Sunday.


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia presided over the Board of the Cervantes Institute, hosted a luncheon with the Trustees of the Cervantes Institute & the Latin American Ambassadors on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish monarch and consort presided over events to mark the 1st annual Princess of Asturias Awards {Source}{Source}.

-King Felipe VI held an audience with the United States Secretary of State on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, the Spanish monarch presided over the 1st annual Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony {Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I presided over the inauguration of the contemporary exhibition, Art Palace. Painting and sculpture at the Royal Collections on Monday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia was awarded with the Hadrian Award 2015 on Wednesday {Source}.


-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel participated in a State Visit to Columbia & Peru this week{Source}. Check back for a full recap soon.

-Prince Carl Phillip & Princess Sofia attend Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Formal Gathering on Thursday {Photos}{Source}

Royal Profile: Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum

Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum was born on 25 October 2013 as the younger son of Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum and  Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum {Source}. He has one older brother {Source}:
His maternal grandparents are Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria{Source}. He shares a birthday with The Duchess of Brabant (Belgium) and The King of Romania.

Royal Profile: Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant

Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant was born via C-section as the eldest child of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde on 25 October 2001{Source}.
She has two younger brothers and a younger sister:
  1. Prince Emmanuel
  2. Prince Gabriel
  3. Princess Eléonore
She was baptized on 9 December 2001, her godparents are:
  1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (paternal cousin)
  2. Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal aunt)
She is named for the following:
  • Élisabeth : her great-great grandmother Elisabeth of Bavaria.
  • Thérèse: Possibly for her maternal great-great-grandmother Countess Teresa Sobanska.
  • Marie: the Virgin Mary as per tradition with Catholic Royalty.
  • Hélène: her maternal aunt and godmother Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz.
Presently she is the first female heir to the throne, and the will be Belgium's first Queen Regent.
Like her elder cousins, she is enrolled in Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. Again, another historical moment: no future Belgian monarch's education has begun in Dutch. She also attends dance classes that are conducted in Dutch.

The future Belgian monarch has undertaken many royal duties in her short lifetime. In 2006, she attended the Te Deum in honor of Belgian National Day for the first time{Photos}. In 2007, she attend the opening of a science Museum with her father, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and a presentation of a model of the Belgian Antarctic Station which bears her name, The Princess Elisabeth Base. In 2011, along side her parents, the future Belgian monarch visited the Princess Elisabeth Children Hospital, where she gave a speech{Photos}.  In 2013, she attended the abdication and investiture of her father and grandfather, when she became the heir-apparent to the Belgian throne {Photos}.In 2014, she attended a WWI Torch light memorial ceremony, where she delivered a speech{Source} {Source}{Video}. So far in 2015, she has attended the ship launching ceremony of the P902 Pollux ship , which she is its official godmother, at the Zeebrugge Naval Base {Video}{Photos}, and Belgium's National Day festivities {Photos}.

Royal Profile: King Mihai I of Romania

King Michai I of Romania was born on 25 October 1921 as the eldest legitimate son of King Carol II & Queen Helen {Source}. He had one older half brother, Prince Mircea Grigore Carol Hohenzollern{Source}.

King Michai (or Michael) reigned in Romania sporadically over the last 60 years. His first reign began at the age of 6, in 1927 after the death of his grandfather, with regency held by his uncle Prince Nicholas{Source}. This reign lasted until 1930, when his father returned to Romania and was proclaimed King{Source}. His second reign began in 1940, and only officially lasted seven years. He was forced to abdicate in 1947 by the Romanian government {Source}.

During the War, he would comfort Romanian soldiers who fought for the unification of the country{Source}. In 1944, His Majesty King opposed with all his might instilling communist authorities (royal strike was the culmination of these attempts){Source}. Eventually, he was forced to abdicate on 30 December 1947, under the threat of killing, in case of refusal, the 1,000 young communist prisoners. Abdication Act signed under threat, is illegal and void. Moreover, the act has never been sanctioned by Parliament{Source}.

He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma on 10 June 1948 {Source}. They began their lives together in exile, in Greece{Source}. From 1949-1956, they traveled extensively while expanding their family, mostly living between Switzerland and England {Source}. During their time in exile, they were not receiving any income from the Romanian govenrment, therefore they opened a chicken farm and small carpentry workshop in order to make ends meet {Source}. Upon the family's return to Switzerland in 1956, Prince Michael signed a contract with Lear Jets, and the family remained there from 1956-2001 {Source}. In 1958, King has stopped working with "Lear" and a year later he founded a company for electronics and automatic mechanisms, called METRAVEL, which sold it five years later{Source}. He currently has two official offices, one in Versoix, Switzerland and Bucharest, Romania {Source}.

With his wife Queen Anne, he has five daughters, a grandson, three granddaughters, two grandchildren-in-law, and three great-granddaughters:

  1. Crown Princess Margarita (1949)
  2. Princess Elena (1950)
    1. Mr. Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Princess Irina (1953)
    1. Miss Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger de Romaine Knight(1986)
      1. Richard Robert Knight
        1. Miss Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
        2. Miss Diana Knight (2011)
  4. Michael Torsten Kreuger (1984)
    1. Tara Littlefield Kreiger
      1. Master Kohen Kreuger (2012)
  5. Princess Sofia (1957)
    1. Miss Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix de Laufenbourg (1998)
  6. Princess Maria (1964)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Royal Profile: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster

Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, The Earl of Ulster was born 24 October 1974 as the son of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester{Source}.
He has two younger sisters, two brother-in-laws, two nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Lady Davina Lewis (1977)
    1. Mr. Gary Lewis
      1. Miss Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
      2. Master Tane Mahuta Lewis (2012)
  2. Lady Rose Gilman (1981)
    1. Mr. George Gilman
      1. Miss Lyla Beatrix Christabel Gilman (2010)
      2. Master Rufus Gilman (2012)
He was baptized in 1975, with one of his godparents being The Prince of Wales{Source}.
At birth he was 9th in the line of succession.Presently,he is 25th in line.

He was educated at Eton College, King's College London, and The Royal Military College, Sandhurst{Source}. 

On 14 April 1997, he became a second Lieutenant of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}In 1998, he gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the King's Royal Hussars {Source}. He became a Captain and fought in the campaign in Kosovo in 2002{Source}. In addition to serving in Kosovo, he also served in Northern Ireland, and Iraq.

In addition to become a Captain with the King's Royal Hussars and fighting in Kosovo, he got married in 2002. He married Dr. Claire Booth on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel at St. James's Palace{Source}. Together, they have two children{Source}:
  1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
  2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
Since leaving the army, he has worked as director of Transnational Crisis Project, and is commonly known as Alex Ulster.

Royal Profile: Theodor Rosanes af Rosenborg

Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg was born 19 June 2008, the youngest of four children of Countess Camilla  af Rosenborg and M...