Monday, November 30, 2015

21 Facts about Prince Akishino of Japan

  1. Prince Fumihito of Japan was born 30 November 1965 {Source}. 
  2. His parents were The Emperor and Empress of Japan{Source}. 
  3. He is the second of three children{Source}. 
  4. He has a brother and sister{Source}: 
    1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    2. Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969) 
  5. He has a sister-in-law: 
    1. Crown Princess Masako 
  6. He also has a niece: 
    1. Princess Aiko (2001) 
  7. He married Princess Kiko in 1989{Source}. 
  8. Together they have two daughters and a son{Source}: 
    1. Princess Mako (1991) 
    2. Princess Kako (1994) 
    3. Prince Hisahito (2006) 
  9. As a child, his Personal Title was Prince Aya(Aya-no-Miya){Source}. 
  10. His coming of age ceremony took place on 30 November 1985{Source}. 
  11. He holds the following honorary memberships{Source}: 
    1. Imperial House Council 
  12. He is President or Honorary President of the following organizations{Source}: 
    1. Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 
    2. Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
    3. World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (honorary) 
    4. Japan Water Prize Committee (honorary) 
    5. Waksman Foundation of Japan INC (honorary) 
    6. The Siam Society (Honorary Vice President) 
    7. He serves as patron of{Source}: 
    8. Society for the Protection of Mitera Sennyuji 
    9. Social Welfare Organization "Saiseikai" Imperial Gift Foundation Inc 
    10. Agricultural Society of Japan 
    11. The Japan-Netherlands Society (honorary) 
    12. Association for All Nippon Gourd Fanciers (honorary) 
  13. He is a Researcher Extraordinary of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo{Source
  14. He has served as a Guest professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture and the Junior College of Tokyo University of Agriculture{Source}. 
  15. He graduated from the Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Law of Gakushuin University in 1988{Source}. 
  16. He studied abroad at the Graduate School of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK from 1988-1990{Source}. 
  17. He was granted a Ph.D. from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies in 1996{Source}. 
  18. He and his wife often travel on behalf of the Emperor and Empress, representing them at foreign functions{Source}. 
  19. He holds national honors in Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Peru, Spain and Sweden. 
  20. He holds honorary degrees from: 
    1. Kasetsart University (1995) 
    2. Burapha University (1995) 
    3. Khon Kaen University(1999) 
    4. Chulalongkorn University (2001) 
    5. Srinakharinwirot University (2001) 
    6. Ubon Rajathanee University (2003) 
    7. King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (2007) 
    8. Chiang Mai University (2011) 
    9. Kasetsart University (2011) 
    10. Thammasat University (2012) 
  21. In August 2006, he was joined by his eldest daughter at a religious ceremony at the Ise Shrine.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Recap of the Royals You Love: November 23-29, 2015

Belgium

-Queen Mathilde participated in La Semaine de la Lecture (Reading Aloud Week) on Wednesday {Photos}. On Sunday the Belgian Queen attended the Davis Cup Finals {Photos}

Bhutan

-Queen Jetsun Pema attended the slang tendril ceremony for the construction of the new 150 bedded Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital on Friday {Photos}.

Denmark

-Crown Princess Mary attended the Childrens Aid Day and eBoks' tennis event on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the future Danish  attended the DR Ultra Galla {Source}

-Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated her 18th birthday on Tuesday.

-Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg celebrated her 11th birthday on Saturday.

Germany

-Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess von Houchburg celebrated her 63rd birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Désirée Margaretha von Hohenzollern, Countess of Ortenburg celebrated her 52nd birthday on Friday.

-Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis celebrated her 35th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the opening of the 10th General Synod of the Church of England on Tuesday {Photos}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales visited the House of Dorchester chocolate factory on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the 2015 Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony and held an audience with  the winners and finalists of the 2015 Tusk Conservation Awards on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Harry of Wales undertook a series of engagements on behalf of his charity Sentebale in South Africa on Thursday {Source}. On Saturday, the youngest son of The Prince of Wales participated in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended the Davis Cup Finals on Sunday {Photos}.

Jordan

-Queen Rania celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Royal Health Awareness Society(RHAS) on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Jordanian Queen met with the Director-General of the Arab Reading Challenge {Source}


Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the academic evening of the 10th anniversary of the company LuxTrust SA on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Louis & Princess Tessy attended the 55th annual Bazar International de Luxembourg on Saturday {Source}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince & Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès participated in the 2015 Monaco Marche pour le Climat on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended the 4th Edition of the Trophées du Club de l’Éco Monaco award ceremony on Tuesday {Video}. On Wednesday, the Monegasque monarch participated in the 2015 Peace and Sport Walk {Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover participated in a symposium held under the theme, L'adoption Nationale et Internationale  on Monday {Source}.

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix & Prince Constantijn attended the 2015 Erasmusprijs award ceremony on Wednesday {Photos}.

-King Williem-Alexander I participated in the symposium, Moed, Talent en Maatschappelijke Verdiensten (Courage, Talent and Social Merit) on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Maxima attended the launch of De Staat van het MKB on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, the current Dutch Queen attended the closing session of the financial support workshops for women entitled, Kracht On Tour {Photos}.

-Prince Constantijn attended to the opening of Amsterdam Art Weekend on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Beatrix opened the exhibition, Spaanse Meesters uit de Hermitage: De Wereld van El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya (Spanish Masters from the Hermitage: The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya) on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, the former Dutch monarch officially opened the 4th Edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival{Photos}.

-Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven celebrated her 9th birthday on Saturday.


Norway

-Queen Sonja attended the award ceremony for Skoleprisen 2015 on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Norweigan Queen attended the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of  Queen Sonja's School {Source}. On Thursday, she attended a reception for the 10th anniversary of the Queen Sonja's School {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the 2015 Gjestebud på Skaugum on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Märtha Louise met with her patron organizations on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she visited the Ministry of Health in the center{Source}.
Her organizations include:
  1. Society for Muscular Diseases
  2. Norwegian Association for the Blind
  3. Norwegian Deaf Association
  4. Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  5. Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  6. Ridderrennet (for Blind Skiers)
Portugal

-The Infante Dinis, Duke of Porto celebrated his 16th birthday on Wednesday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI & King Juan Carlos I  attend the 2015 COTEC Fundación para la Innovación Tecnológica event on Monday {Video}.

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 15th anniversary celebrations of the newspaper, 20 Minutos on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Letizia  inaugurated the exhibition, Ingres,  on Monday {Photos}

-Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solís celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine & Princess Sofia participated in the 2015 World Childhood Fourm on Thursday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria held a meeting of the Swedish Foreign Relations Committee on Friday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf visited Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, he held audiences with newly appointed ambassadors from Japan, Kuwait, South Korea & Senegal{Source}. 

-Queen Siliva presided over a board meeting of the Silvias Jubileumsfond on Wednesday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel & Princess Estelle visited the Christmas fair at the Royal Mews on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Daniel  visited with inspirers of Prince Daniel Fellowship on Tuesday and Wednesday {Source} {Source}


Royal Profile: Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solís

Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solís was born 29 November 1991 as the younger of two sons of the current Duke and Matilda de Solis y Martinez de Campos {Source}. He has an older brother {Source}:


  1. Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar (1990)


His grandmother was The Duchess of Alba{Source}.

As he is just Spanish Nobility, not very much is known about him. He likely leads a fairly normal life.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn und Taxis

Princess Maria Theresia Ludowika Klothilde Helene Alexandra of Thurn und Taxis was born 28 November 1980 as the first child and elder daughter of Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis and his wife, Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis {Source}. She has two younger siblings{Source}:
She and her siblings grew up on the family's estate, Schloss St. Emmeram, and attended local schools. To get her required German University entrance exams, Gloria sent her to England to complete her secondary education. In 2002, she began studying sociology, psychology and communication in Spain {Source}. In 2004, she returned to London, where she studied media studies with a focus on film and directing {Source}

In 2001, she sued the Bauer Media Group in German's Higher Regional Courts of Hamburg due to fabricated photograph montages in one of their magazines and claims she was to marry Felipe, Prince of Asturias {Source}. Thirteen years later, she marred a British artist based in London named Hugo Wilson on 13 September 2014 in Germany {Source}. Together, she and Hugo Willson are parents to a daughter {Source}:
  1. Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (21 August 2015)

Royal Profile: Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven

Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven  was born 28 November 2006 as the daughter of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven {Source}. She has a younger brother{Source}:
Prior to her great-aunt Beatrix's abdication in 2013, she was distantly in line for the Dutch throne. However, with the abdication, she and her family lost their succession rights. It is likely that she lives a fairly normal lifestyle. She is a granddaughter of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}

Royal Profile: Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg

Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt af Rosenborg was born 28 November 2004 as the daughter of daughter of Thomas Christian Schmidt and Countess Josephine Caroline Elisabeth af Rosenborg {Source}.

She has an older brother {Source}:
  1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt  af Rosenborg (2001)

This youngster holds no royal title, or succession rights, but as a 1st cousin 2x removed, she is kind of part of the Royal Family, but not really. Because she isn't technically part of the Royal Family, little is known about her and she likely leads a normal lifestyle.

In 2013, she was likely among the children during her grandfather's funeral{Photos}

Friday, November 27, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern

Princess Désirée Margaretha Victoria Sibylla Katharina Maria of Hohenzollern was born 27 November 1963 as the second child and only daughter of Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern {Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, two nephews and a niece{Source}:
  1. Prince Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (1962)
    1. Nicole Helene Neschitsch (1968)
      1. Prince Nicolas Johann Georg Maria of Hohenzollern (1999)
  2.  Prince Hubertus of Hohenzollern (1966)
    1. Uta Maria König
      1. Prince Lennart Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (2001-2001)
      2. Vivianne von Hohenzollern (2009, adopted)

She has been married twice. Her first marriage, she marrried Heinrich Graf von Ortonburg in 1990{Source}. They were later divorced, and have three children together{Source}:
  1. Carl Theodor Grad von Ortonburg (1992)
  2. Friedrich-Hubertus Graf von Ortonburg (1995)
  3. Carolina Gräfin von Ortonburg (1997)
She married a second time to  Eckbert Bohlen und Halbach on her 41st birthday in 2004{Source}.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess von Houchberg

Princess Marie Viktoria Luise Hertha Friederike of Hanover, Countess of Houchberg was born 26 November 1952 as the first daughter and eldest child of Prince Ernst August IV of Hanover & Princess Ortrund of Hanover {Source}. She has three younger brothers, two younger sisters, a host of siblings-in-laws and many nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantal Hochuli (1983-1997, sister-in-law)
      1. Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1984)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Hanover (1999-2009, separated, presumably divorced, sister-in-law)
      1. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999)
  2. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1989)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (1987-1988, sister-in-law)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1987)
  3. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1958-)
    1. Andreas, Prince of Leiningen (1981-present)
      1. Prince Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (1982)
      2. Princess Olga of Leiningen (1984)
      3. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1986)
  5. Prince Heinrich of Hanover (1961)
    1.  Thyra Donata Sixtina (1999-present)
      1. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001)
      3. Prince Julius of Hanover (2006)

Princess Marie was married to Count Michael von Hochberg on 5 June 1982 {Source}. Together, they have two sons{Source}:

Royal Profile: Louis Robert Paul Ducruet

Louis Robert Paul Ducruet was born on 26 November 2013 in Monaco as the elder of two children of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet{Source}. He has two sisters and a brother{Source}:
  1. Michael (1992, paternal half brother, about 10 months older)
  2. Pauline (full sister, 1994)
  3. Camille (maternal half sister, 1998)

His maternal aunt and uncle, Princess Caroline and Prince Albert are his godparents (Source: The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy & Scandal, p 254).

He attended local Monaco public schools, until he was uprooted when he, his mother and sisters joined the circus. He has also studied in Switzerland (briefly), France and the USA. He is fluent in several languages, including French, lang Monégasque and Italian. During the early 2000s, along with his mother and two sisters, he traveled with the Kline Circus for a few years. He graduated from Lyccee Prince Albert 1er in 2011, and went on to attend SKEMA Business School, studying sports management.


He rarely appears in public on behalf of the Monégasque Princely Family. However, in 2014, he made very few brief appearances including the Star Team for children and World Stars football match during the Monaco Grand Prix Week and opening of the Monaco Yacht Club in June with his entire family (I mean entire...99% of them were there!). In 2005, along with his little sister, he appeared on the reality television show, La Ferme Célébrités. In 2013, during the Grand Prix Week, he played in a charity football match, and at the end of the summer, he alongside his mother and younger sister appeared at the FIGHT AIDS Monaco Gala. In 2015, he attended the unveiling of his new cousins to the public in January, their christening in May, his uncle's 10 year enthronement celebrations & his cousin Pierre's civil wedding ceremony in July, as well as the 2015 Fight Aids Monaco Gala in July, his cousin Pierre's religious ceremony in August, the 2015 Golden Foot Awards in September and Monaco's National Day celebrations in November

Other recent events he attended were: his mother and sister's circus festivals, his uncle’s2005 Enthronement ceremony, and July 2011 wedding to his new aunt, Princess Charlene,appearing on the balcony after the civil service, arriving with his mother, sisters, aunt and younger cousin at the religious service, and attending the JM Jarre concert after the civil service, and the Eagles Concert prior to the festivities.


Louis, along with little sister Pauline (and most of the rest of the Grimaldis), is a major fan of Monaco’s home football team, AS Monaco FC. When Louis was a youngster, Prince Albert joked that they may have to change the name of the Monégasque stadium to Stade Louis III from Stade Louis II, in his honor.
He was originally to be named something else, but at last minute, he was named Louis for his maternal great-grandfather, Louis II. Presently,  he is 9th in line for the Monegasque throne after his aunt, six cousins, and his mother. Louis does not bear the title HSH Prince of Monaco at his parents' request to give him a semi-normal life, given how far down the line of succession he is in line.


(Ed note: To my American readers: Happy Thanksgiving! :))

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Royal Profile: The Infante Dinis de Herédia de Bragança, Duke of Porto

The Infante Dinis de Santa Maria Miguel Gabriel Rafael Francisco João de Herédia de Bragança, Duke of Porto was born 25 November 1999 the youngest child of Duarte Pio and Isabel Inês, Duke and Duchess of Braganza{Source}.


Among his godparents were Sebastião Castro Curvelo de Herédia, and Princess Anna Cecilia of Bourbon-Sicily {Source}.

He has an older brother and sister{Source}:
  1. Infante Alfonso (1996)
  2. Infanta Maria Fracisca (1997)
Due to the Portuguese throne being defunct, it's likely that Dinis and his elder siblings lead fairly normal lives. Presently, Dinis is 2nd in line for the defunct Portuguese throne after his father and brother.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Royal Profile: Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg

Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg was born 24 November 1997 as the eldest child and only daughter of Countess Camillia Alexandrine Christine af Rosenborg and Mikael Rosanes {Source}. She has three younger brothers{Source}:
  1. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes af Rosenborg (2000) 
  2. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg (2005) 
  3. Theodor Christian Emanuel Rosanes af Rosenborg (2008)
She is distantly related to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark...his grandfather was a cousin of Queen Margrethe II's. She is not in line for succession due to her grandfather not seeking parliamentary approval for his marriage to his commoner grandmother. Therefore, she performs no public functions on behalf of the monarchy and likely lives a relatively normal life and little is known about her. However, she did attend her grandfather's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Recap of the Royals You Love: November 16-22, 2015

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended a ceremony dedicated to those who recieved a title of Belgian nobility on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the royal pair attended a ceremony dedicated to individuals who received a nobility title by Arrêtés Royaux (Royal Decree) {Source}. On Wednesday, they undertook a day of engagements in the province of Hainaut in the region of Walloon, Belgium {Photos}

-King Philippe  attended day two of the Enterprise 2020 Summit: The Future of Europe on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended a viewing the special exhibition entitled, L'Homme, le Dragon et la Mort: La Gloire de Saint Georges (The Man, The Dragon, and The Death: The Glory of Saint George) on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Belgian Queen attended the 2015 Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize {Photos}.

Bulgaria

-Prince Umberto celebrated his 16th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Sofia celebrated her 16th birthday on Friday.

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II & Henrik, Prince Consort attended Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) Annual Celebration on Friday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II attened the Kongellge Livgarde and presented the 2015 Dronningens ur on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Frederik officially opened the 2015 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships on Friday {Photos}
-Princess Marie attended the opening of the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week for the Dansk Industri (Danish Industry) on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Alexandra  of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 45th birthday on Friday. 

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Friday.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex officially opened the new University Technical College at the University of Bolton on Tuesday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal opened the Inverness College, University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) building on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit the British French Embassy to sign a condolences book for the people of France after the attacks on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the royal pair undertook a day of various engagements in North Wales {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended an investiture ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended the England-France Football match {Photos} On Wednesday, the future monarch visited Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust hospital & Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust's Molecular Pathology and West Wing Clinical Research Centre {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Queen's granddaughter-in-law attened the Place2Be Headteacher Conference {Photos}

-The Lady Davina Lewis celebrated her 38th birthday on Thursday.

Greece

-Princess Olga, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia celebrated her 44th birthday on Tuesday.

Italy

-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two-Scilles, The Duke of Castro & Princess Camilla of  Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duchess of Castro attended the church service to celebrate  Fête Nationale de Monaco 2015 on Thursday {Photos}

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito  participated in the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) closing ceremony on Friday {Photos}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II, Queen Rania & Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein attended a dinner in honor of the state visit to Spain of King Abdullah II & Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday{Source}.

-King Abdullah II held an audience with King Felipe VI of Spain, visited the facilities of Airbus Defence and Space,  and visited the C295 Multipurpose on Friday{Source}.

-Queen Rania  attended  a meeting at the Center for Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa"
 and visited the laboratories of the Centre on Friday {Source}.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromero Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Christian Louis de Massy, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer, Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy,  & Melanie Antoinette de Massy attended the  Fête Nationale de Monaco 2015 Cour d'honoeur ceremony, church service and balcony appearance on Thursday {Photos}
Baroness Elisabeth-Anne, Christian Louis, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer, Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy, & Melanie Antoinette de Massy are members of the de Massy family, Elisabeth-Anne and Christian are Prince Albert's 1st cousins.
The family was joined by the 11 month old twins, Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince & Princess Gabriella for the balcony portion of the event.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Princess Alexandra of Hanover led Monaco in a National Moment of Silence in solidarity with France to honor the victims of the attacks on 11/13/15 on Monday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene present gifts to Monaco Red Cross volunteers for Fête Nationale de Monaco 2015 on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Charlene attended the 30th Annual Conference for Healthcare Workers on Friday {Source}

-Princess Stephanie presented gifts to Monaco's elderly citizens as part of the 2015 Fête nationale de Monaco events on Wednesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I participated in the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) closing ceremony on Friday {Photos}.

-Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven celebrated his 7th birthday on Thursday. 

Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma & Piacenza & Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Parma & Piacenza celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary on Friday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon began a Norweigan Business and Relations trip to Brazil on Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus & Marius Borg Høiby attended a memorial service for victims of terrorist attacks in Paris on Tuesday {Source}.

Portugal

-Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza celebrated her 49th birthday on Sunday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended the Premios Nacionales del Deporte 2014 on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the royals attended a dinner in honor of the state visit of King Abdullah II & Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}

-King Felipe VI attended the plenary session of the "European Round Table"on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Spanish monarch presided over the VIII Meeting of the Hispano-German Forum {Source}. On Friday, he held an audience with King Abdullah II,  visited the facilities of Airbus Defence and Space,  and visited the C295 Multipurpose{Source}.

-Queen Letizia presided over the Annual Meeting of the Board of the Foundation for Women in Africa on Tuesday {Source}. On Friday, she attended  a meeting at the Center for Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa"
 and visited the laboratories of the Centre{Source}.

-King Juan Carlos I presented the Fondena X Prize (Fund for the Protection of Nature) on Tuesday {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Maternal and Child Hospital, University Hospital La Paz on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the former Spanish Queen and Greek Princess presided over the delivery of the XXIV edition of the Queen Sofia Ibero-American Poetry Prize
{Source}

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with Ukraine's visiting President on Tuesday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria met with the Swedish Foreign Relations Committee and met with Sweden's Justice & Migration Minister on Tuesday {Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel visited the Värmlands Museum, Karlstad University and Central Hospital, and  visited a home for refugee children on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Madeleine & Princess Leonore attended the Swedish Church in London Christmas Market opening on Friday {Photo}
This is a former task of Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler who also lives in London. Margaretha is King Carl XVI Gustaf's older sister and she continuiously opened the market until 1999-ish. I guess now that Princess Madeleine is in London she will do this with her family every year.

Royal Profile: Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza

Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza was born 22 November 1966 as the daughter of D. Jorge de Heredia, an architect, and Dª Raquel Leonor Pinheiro Curvelo {Source}.

She spent her childhood years residing between Portugal and Angola{Source}. In 1976, her family moved to Brazil{Source}.

She spent her early educational years at the Colégio das Doroteias {Source}. After her family's 1976 move to Brazil, she began studying at S.Paulo, no Colégio de S. Luís, da Companhia de Jesus, graduating in 1988{Source}. From there, she attended the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, where she studied Business Administration, graduating in 1990 {Source}. After graduation, she returned to Portugal to work for the BMF Society of Asset Management, SA{Source}. She remained with this company until 1995 {Source}. 

On May 13, 1995, she married Duarte, Duke of Braganza{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
  1. Infante Alfonso (1996)
  2. Infanta Maria Fracisca (1997)
  3. Infante Dinis (1999)
 After her marriage, she began conducting seminars and conferences in several parts of the world {Source}. She is patron to several organizations including{Source}: 
  1. Aboim Refuge Ascension - Faro 
  2. Help Newborn
  3. Trisomy 21
  4. Myasthenia Portuguese Association of Record and Neuromuscular Diseases
  5. Cradle Help
  6. The Francisquinhos 
The Duchess of Bragança Lady is Grand Master of the Royal Sta Isabel Order, Grand Cross of the Order of Our Lady of Conception of Vila Viçosa and Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Lady Order of Malta Military{Source}

Friday, November 20, 2015

Royal Profile: Prince Umberto of Bulgaria

Prince Umberto of Bulgaria was born 20 November 1999 as the son of Prince Konstantin-Assen of Bulgaria and  Maria Garcia de la Rasilla y de Gortazar {Source}. He has a twin sister, Sofia{Source}.

His godparents are{Source}:
  1.  Ramon Ros Bigeriego 
  2. Queen Margarita of Bulgaria (paternal grandmother)
In additon to his sister, he also shares a birthday with Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.

He likely lives the average life of a 16 year old. Not much is publicly known about him.

Royal Profile: Princess Sofia of Bulgaria

Princess Sofia of Bulgaria was born 20 November 1999 as the daughter of Prince Konstantin-Assen of Bulgaria and  Maria Garcia de la Rasilla y de Gortazar {Source}. She has a twin brother, Umberto {Source}.

Her godparents are{Source}:
  1. King Felipe VI of Spain (friend of her father's)
  2. Maria Gortazar Ybarra (maternal grandmother)
In additon to her brother, she also shares a birthday with Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.

She likely lives the average life of a 16 year old. Not much is publicly known about her.

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 20 November 1970, the 2nd eldest child of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}. She has two siblings{Source}:

  1. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg(1969)
  2. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg (1975)

Under the succession rules set by her grandfather stating that she and her siblings needed to take up permanent residence in order in Denmark in order to succeed the throne{Source}. Due to her being raised in Germany, she is not in line for the Danish throne.

Little is known about her upbringing other than she was raised in Germany. Also because of this, she does not perform any public duties, she occasionally will appear with her family at events such as photocalls, weddings, and christenings. She does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013) and official family events (such as the christening of her 1st cousin 1x removed, Prince Henrik and wedding of her sister). However, she and her children are distantly in line for the British Throne.


She married on 6 June 1998 at the Danish Royal Family's summer residence to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. Together, they have two children:

  1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
  2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003) 


She and her family primarily resided in Paris until this year, when they moved to Germany {Source}.
She is godmother to Maud Angelica Behn (who is her 3rd cousin 1x removed through Frederik VIII of Denmark) {Source}{Source}.

For many years, she has worked for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre om Paris as apart of their Cultural Heriatage Conversvatory Committee for East and South Asia {Source}.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Royal Profile: The Lady Davina Lewis

The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis is the oldest daughter and second child of Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester on 19 November 1977{Source}.

She has two siblings, two siblings-in-law, two nieces, and two nephews {Source}:
  1. Alexander Windsor,Earl of Ulster (1974) 
    1. Dr. Claire Alexandra Windsor, The Countess of Ulster
      1. Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007) 
      2. The Lady Cosima Windsor (2010) 
  2. Lady Rose Gilman (1981)
    1. George Gilman
      1. Rufus Gilman (2012)
      2. Lyla Gilman (2010)
She is first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England on 19 November 1977. She was the second child of the Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. At the time of her birth, she was 11th in line for the throne after her brother, she is now 25th after the birth of several cousins and her niece and nephew.

She grew up with her parents and two siblings in an apartment in Kensington Palace. She attended Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, where she studied Media Studies.

During a vacation in Bali, she met and fell in love with New Zealander carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, Gary Lewis. After a four year courtship, the pair married in a small ceremony at the chapel at Kensington Palace on 31 July 2004, of which the only members of the Royal Family that were present were her parents. It was on this day that Davina became a stepmother to Lewis's son, Ari Lewis, whom which was from a previous relationship. Together, they have two children. as well as Gary's son from a previous relationship:
  1. Ari Gilman (1992)
  2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010, The Gloucester's 3rd granddaughter in a month's timespan!)
  3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)


She, her husband and their young family present live in her husband's native New Zealand, away from the craziness of Royal life and rarely perform public duties. However, she and her family are invited to family events, such as weddings (they attended THE Royal Wedding of 2011), funerals (Seen here in 2005 at Princess Alice's funeral), and other low-key events such as the Gatcombe Horse Trials (2012). In 2005, they were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks {Source}. Other than this, they tend to live fairly normal lives.

Royal Profile: Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven

Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven was born 19 November 2008 as the son of Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita Theodora of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has one older sister {Source}:
  1. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
He is the grandchild of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Olga of Greece, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia

Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia was born 17 November 1971 as the second daughter of Prince Michael of Greece & Denmark and Marina Karella {Source}.

She has an older sister, a brother-in-law, and two nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Alexandra of Greece (1968)
    1. Nicholas Mirzayantz
      1. Tigran Mirzayantz
      2. Darius Mirzayantz
She and her sister grew up in France and the United States, spending summers in Greece. She was educated in England, Italy and the United States. She attended boarding school in England, before studying history in Rome. She graduated Princeton University, and holds a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also studied phalaena and did photography in Panama.

After graduation, she worked as an interior decorator. She worked as a lepidopterist, where she helped set up and worked in the Liquid Jungle Lab in Panama in co-operation with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She now makes a living as a journalist and film maker.

Despite being a Greek Princess by title, she is not in line for the Greek throne because her parents marriage was unequal. She also does not bear Her Royal Highness or is considered a Princess of Denmark. One of her father's first cousins is Prince Philip,The Duke of Edinburgh-Prince Philip's father was Prince Michael's uncle. This would make Olga Prince Charles's (as well as Anne, Andrew and Edward's) second cousin via King George I of Greece. In relation to the present Greek Royal Family, Olga is Constantine's 2nd cousin through George I as well. Constantine is George I's great grandson through Constantine I and Olga is his great granddaughter through Prince Christopher. Also through this way, through Queen Sofia of Spain, she is related to the Spanish Royal Family.


Her engagement to Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia was announced in May 2005. They were married three years later, on 16 September 2008 at the Italian Embassy in Russia. Their religious ceremony took place on 17 September 2008 in Greece. Attendees to their wedding ceremony included: Queen Sofia of Spain, King Constantine II of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark, her parents, her sister, the entire Aosta branch of the House of Savoy (with the exception of 78 year old Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este). 

Three years and some odd months later, they would have a child together. They would go on to have two more children as well. Their children are{Source}:

  1. Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta,  Prince of Piedmont (March 2009)
  2. Prince Amedeo Michele  of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of the Abruzzi (May 2011)
  3. Princess Isabella Vita Marina of Savoy-Aosta (December 2012)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Recap of the Royals You Love: November 9-15, 2015

Austria

-Archduchess Maria-Stella celebrated her 2nd birthday on Wednesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe visited the Police Fédérale on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he took part in the Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony {Photos}. On Thursday, he participated in a climate change meeting {Source}. On Friday, he attended the inauguration of the fourth lock of Lanaye {Photos}

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Archuchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este participated in Fête du Roi on Sunday {Photos}.

-Queen Mathilde attended to a 4-day official visit to Ethiopia with representatives from UNICEF on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday {Photos}

Bhutan

-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck announced they are expecting their 1st child on Wednesday {Source}

-King Jigme Singye Wangchuck celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Dasho Ugyn Jugme Wangchuck celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday.

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II , Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Princess Mary & Princess Marie attended a dinner and concert for representatives of the Danish tourism industry on Tuesday {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited the Home Office building on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the 2015 Royal Variety Performance on Thursday {Photos}

-Peter Mark Andrew Philips celebrated his 38th birthday on Sunday.

-Alexander Charles Ogilvy celebrated his 19th birthday on Thursday.

Italy

-Princess Sofia of Bourbon-Two-Scillies celebrated her 7th birthday on Thursday.

Japan

-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko ,Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko attended the annual Garden Party on Thursday {Source}.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Prince Hashem & Princess Salma visit the tomb of His Majesty Late King Hussein on the occasion of his birthday on Saturday {Photos}

-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania attended a memorial service to mark the 10 year anniversary of the Amman Bombing on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal pair welcomed the President and First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus to Jordan for an official visit {Source}

-Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh celebrated his 23rd birthday on Sunday.

Liechtenstein

-Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff celebrated her 10th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the 2015 International Women In Sport Awards on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Princess Stephanie launched the No Finish Line kickoff ceremonies on Saturday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi  attended the Lily Awards Broadway Cabaret on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Prince of Monaco's eldest child attended the Sierra Club's Act In Paris, A Night Of Comedy And Climate Action  {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander I officially reopened De Resident on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he visited the Dutch cities of Lunetten and Hoograven {Photos}.

-Queen Maxima attended the opening of the 3rd annual IGNITE conference, Doing Business in Fragile States'  on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch Queen officially opened three new operating rooms in the Medical Innovation & Technology expert Center (MITeC) at Radboudumc (Radboud University) {Photos}.

-Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi visited the ‘Save the Children’ Headquarters on Monday {Sourcef}

Norway

-King Harald. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sevvrre Magnus attended the playoff match between Norway and Hungary on Thursday {Source}.

-Queen Sonja visited the MIRA Centre on Monday {Source}. On Friday, Norway's Queen Consort visited the Anna-Eva Bergmann exhibitation at Norway's Museum of Contemporary Art and attended the opening of the Tourist Association TUR-conference {Source}{Source}

Romania

-Princess Irina, Mrs. Walker & John W. Walker celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Spain

-Queen Letizia visited the Escuela Nacional de Policía (National Police School) on Tuesday {Photos}.

Sweden

-Prince Daniel attended a meeting organized by the Royal Academy for Entrepreneurs on Tuesday {Source}

-India Tani Ambler celebrated her 12th birthday on Friday.

Yugoslavia

-Crown Princess Katherine celebrated her 72nd birthday on Friday.

Royal Profile: Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh

Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh was born 15 November 1992 as the son of Princess Alia bint Hussein of Jordan and Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh {Source}. He has an older half-brother and a full brother:
  1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981, older half brother)
  2. Talal Al-Saleh (1989, younger brother)
Not much is publiclly known about him. He is not in line for the Jordanian throne, coming from the maternal side. It is likely that he leads a fairly normal lifestyle. His uncle is the current King of Jordan.

Royal Profile: Peter Philips

Peter Mark Andrew Philips was born the eldest son of The Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Philips on 15 November 1977{Source}. He is the 1st legitimate grandchild of a monarch to be born without a title or courtesy title in 500 years. At the time of his birth, there was a 41-gun salute from the Tower of London. His godparents were:
  1. The Prince of Wales (his uncle, who he nearly shares a birthday with)
  2. the Rt. Rev'd. Geoffrey Tiarks
  3. Captain Hamish Lochore
  4. Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel 
  5. Jane Holderness-Roddam
Peter has no biological brothers, but has one full younger sister and two half younger sisters, as well as a brother-in-law and niece:

  1. Zara Philips (1981)
    1. Mike Tindall
      1. Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
  2. Felicity Tonkin (1985) 
  3. Stephanie Philips (1997)

From 1980-1990, Peter attended Port Regis School. Upon graduating from there, he attended the same school previously attended by his maternal grandfather and uncles, Gordonstun School in Scotland. He attended the University of Exeter, graduating with a Sports Science degree.

After graduating in 2000, Peter worked for various organizations. First, he workedas a corprorate hospitality manager for Jaguar, before moving on to work as a sponsorship accounts manager for WilliamsF1 Racing Team. He worked for Royal Bank of Scotland from 2005-2012. He now works as a managing director for an organization known as SEL UK, where he manages his sister's equestrian career {Source}.

Contrary to his sister's life, Peter leads a very low public profile. He dated a few women before meeting Autumn Philips, and marrying her in 2008. Together, they have two daughters:

  1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
  2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)

In August 2012, he was the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Rugby Leauge Challenge Cup Finals between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos. In June 2013, he participated in the organization of The London Leg of the Global Champions Tour {Video}. Mr. Philips also participated in the event in 2014.

At his birth, he was 6th in line for the throne. Presently, Mr. Philips is 13th after three uncles, six cousins, two 1st cousin 1x removed, and his mother.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Royal Profile: Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff

Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff was born 14 November 2005, and is the daughter of Philip von Lattorff and Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has three brothers and four sisters, two older sisters, an older brother, and two younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}{Source}:
  1. Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Elisabeth Marie Angela Tatiana von Lattorff (2002)
  3. Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
  4. Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
  5. Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
  6. Maximilian von Lattorff (2011)

It is likely given that she is not in line for the Liechtenstein throne due to Male-preference cognatic primogeniture.

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.

Royal Profile: The Prince Charles of Wales

Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor (aka The Prince Charles of Wales) was born on 14 November 1948 weighing 7 lbs 6oz, he was the eldest son and heir apparent to The Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh and Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace{Source}.

His godparents were:
  1. King George V (his maternal grandfather)
  2. King Haakon VIII (his distant cousin)
  3. Queen Mary (his maternal great grandmother)
  4. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (his maternal aunt)
  5. Prince George of Greece (his paternal granduncle)
  6. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (his paternal great-grandmother)
  7. Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (his paternal cousin)
  8. The Hon. David Bowes-Lyon (his maternal granduncle)
When he was just three years old, he became heir-apparent to the throne at his mother's ascendance to the throne in 1952{Source}.

He was 4 years old on his mother's 2 June 1953 Cpronation at Westminister Abbey. Many who watched the Coronation have vivid memories of him seated between his widowed grandmother, now to be known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and his aunt, Princess Margaret. {Source}.

Unlike his mother's upbringing of an education at Buckingham Palace, the young Prince's parents decided to educate him at top private schools in London{Source}. He began his education at the prestigious Hill House school in West London, shortly before his eighth birthday {Source}. After just one school year (10 months to be exact), he became a boarder at the prestigious Cheam School. Like his father previously, Prince Charles attended Gordonstoun School beginning when he was 13 years old{Source}. In 1966, he attended two terms as an exchange student at Timbertop, a remote outpost of the Geelong Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia{Source}.. After two terms in Australia, he returned for a final year at Gordonstoun School, where he was appointed School Guardian (Head Boy){Source}.. Having passed six O Levels, the Prince took a Levels in 1967, where he received a B in History, C in French and a disticition in an optional special history paper. After graduting from Gordonstoun, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he studied archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College, changing to history for the latter half of his degree, and was awarded a 2:2 degree in 1970{Source}..

When he was just 9 years old, his mother created him The Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester{Source}. He was invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen on 1st July 1969 in a colorful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle{Source}. Before the investiture The Prince had spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, learning to speak Welsh.{Source}

In February 1970, he took his seat in the House of Lords. A year later, the Prince began a brief military career. He flew himself to Royal Air Force (RAF) Cranwell in Lincolnshire, to train as a jet pilot. At his own request, The Prince had received flying instruction from the RAF during his second year at Cambridge. In September 1971 after the passing out parade at Cranwell, The Prince embarked on a naval career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and both his great-grandfathers. The six-week course at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, was followed by service on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. He qualified as helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron, which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes. On 9th February 1976, The Prince took command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington for his last nine months in the Navy.

On 29th July 1981, The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul's Cathedral{Source}. The Spencer family had a long standing connection with the British Royal Family-Lady Diana's father had been a equerry to Queen Elizabeth's parents and Lady Diana's maternal grandmother was a close friend and lady-in-waiting to Prince Charles's grandmother{Source}. The Prince's marriage produced two sons, in addition to a daughter-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter{Source}:


  1. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge
      1. Prince George of Cambridge
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
  2. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales


During their marriage, the Prince and Princess of Wales carried out numerous overseas tours and engagements throughout the United Kingdom. In December 1992, it was announced that the Prince and Princess of Wales agreed to separate. The marriage was official dissolved in August 1996. Even with the end of the marriage, the Princess remained a member of the British Royal Family as mother of the heir apparent's heir. She continued to reside at Kensington Palace and carry out work for numerous charities. Upon her death in August 1997, the Prince flew to Paris with his two former sister-in-laws to accompany her body back to England. On the day of her funeral, he accompanied their two sons, who were age 15 and 12 at the time behind the coffin from The Mall to Westminster Abbey, along with the Princess's former father-in-law and her younger brother.

In April 2005, Prince Charles chose to make another change in his familial life. He married Camilla Parker-Bowels at the Guildhall, Windsor. After the ceremony, Camilla became known as The Duchess of Cornwall, which is one of the titles that Prince Charles holds as heir apparent{Source}. She chose this title out of respect for her stepsons and the association the title Princess of Wales had with their mother. From his second marriage, he gained a stepson and stepdaughter, who were later joined by their own spouses and children:

  1. Tom Parker-Bowels
    1. Sara Parker-Bowles
      1. Lola Parker-Bowles (2007)
      2. Freddy Parker-Bowles (2010)
  2. Laura Lopes
    1. Harry Lopes
      1. Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Louis Lopes (2009)
Prince Charles is very active in charity work. He has developed an organization titled The Prince's Charities, which he is patron and President of. The charity reflects his long term and innovated perspectives, and seeks to address areas that have previous unmet needs. The Prince's primary interests are in feilds such as the built of the environment, global sustainability, youth opportunity, education and faith.

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

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