Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: January 25-31, 2016


-Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the FXB International Association Gala on Saturday {Video}{Source}.


-King Abdullah II celebrated his 54th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Hashem celebrated his 11th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Maximilian & Princess Angela celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on Friday.

-Princess Margaretha attended the 2016 International Forum on Learning Disabilities on Saturday {Photos}

-Elisabeth Maria Angela Tajana von Lattorff celebrated her 14th birthday on Monday.


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa,Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Sébastien, Prince Louis & Princess Tessy attended the 2016 International Forum on Learning Disabilities on Saturday {Photos}


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer & K. Sebastian Knecht de Massy attended the St. Devote Church Service on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie & Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended the opening performance of the 5th New Generation Circus Festival on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Beatrice Borromero Casiraghi participated in the 2016 Walk for Flavin Foundation on Sunday{Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene  attended the St. Devote Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene celebrated her 38th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Stephanie, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret, Louis Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the awards ceremony of the 5th New Generation Circus Festival on Saturday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the FXB International Association Gala on Saturday {Video}{Source}.
Ed note: The foundation was started by Miss Casiraghi's godmother in 1989.

-Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended the final rehearsals of the <> Circus Festival on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the Weinstein Company with The Cinema Society & Serpent's Bite New York premiere of Jane Got A Gun After Party on Wednesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Princess Beatrix celebrated her 78th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Carlo Javier of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma celebrated his 46th birthday on Wednesday

-Louisa Johannsmann celebrated her 1st birthday on Thursday.


-Queen Sonja officially opened the opened Lillehammer Art Museum's new annex and exhibitions Borchgrevink and Weidemann / Haukeland on Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the European launch of the report of the Truth Commission for East Timor on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Crown Prince attended the opening of the exhibition, Det fantastiske Treet at the Norwegian Forestry Museum {Source}On Wednesday, he attended a ceremony to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Konferansen Teknologi og fremtidens Confrence {Source} {Source}. On Thursday, the future Norwegian King visited Stranda {Source}. On Friday, he visited Gründerskolen Oslo University {Source}.


-King Felipe VI celebrated his 48th birthday on Saturday.

Royal Profile: Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands

Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of The Netherlands was born at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn on 31 January 1938 as the first child of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard{Source}. At her birth, she held the titles of Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld{Source}. She has three younger sisters:
  1. Princess Irene (1939)
  2. Princess Margriet (1943)
  3. Princess Christina (1947)

In May 1940, she and her family fled to the United Kingdom during the outbreak of WWII {Source}. Her father and grandmother remained in England, while she, her mother and younger sister continued on to Canada where they would be safer{Source}. Her second younger sister, Princess Margriet, was born in Canada in 1943{Source}. In August 1945, the entire family returned to The Netherlands{Source}. Her youest sister, Princess Christina was born in The Netherlands in 1947{Source}.

The future Queen of The Netherlands attended schools in Canada, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium {Source}. While residing in Canada during WWII, she began attending nursery and primary school{Source}. Upon her return to The Netherlands in 1945, she attended De Weklplaats, Kees Boeke's Progressive School {Source}. In April 1950, she entered the Incrementum, part of the Baarns Lyceum, where she passed her school-leaving examinations in arts subjects and classics in 1956{Source}. After passing her school-leaving exams, she began attending Leiden University, where she was a member of the Leiden Women Students' Association{Source}. In her first years at university, she attended lectures in sociology, jurisprudence, economics, parliamentary history and constitutional law{Source}. Later she also attended lectures on the cultures of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles, the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, international affairs, international law, history and European law{Source}.In the summer of 1959, she passed her preliminary examination in law{Source}.While at university, the Princess visited various European and international organisations in Geneva, Strasbourg, Paris and Brussels{Source}. In 1961 she obtained a combined degree in law and other subjects, including sociology and economics{Source}.

On 28 June 1965, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard announced the engagement of Princess Beatrix and the German diplomat Claus von Amsberg in radio and television broadcasts{Source}. Before the wedding could take place, parliament had to be asked for permission and in autumn 1965, the two houses of parliament passed a bill consenting to the marriage, and granted Claus von Amsberg Dutch citizenship {Source}. Princess Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg on 10 March 1966{Source}. On the same day, Claus von Amsberg received the title of Prince of the Netherlands and the designation Jonkheer van Amsberg{Source}. The royal couple took up residence in Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche, where the Princess had lived since 1963{Source}. They lived at Drakensteyn Castle until 1981, when they moved into Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague{Source}. Since her abdication, Princess Bearix has resided back at Drakensteyn Castle{Source}. Together, they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren (7 girls and 1 boy){Source}:

  1. King Willem-Alexander (1967)
    1. Queen Maxima
      1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
      2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
      3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
  2. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    1. Princess Mabel of Oranje-Nassau
      1. Countess Luana of Oranje-Nassau (2005)
      2. Countess Zaria of Oranje-Nassau (2007)
  3. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
    1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands
      1. Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau (2002)
      2. Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau (2004)
      3. Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau (2006)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Royal Profile: King Felipe VI of Spain

King Felipe VI of Spain was born as the third child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on 30 January 1968{Source}. He has two sisters, a brother-in-law, two nieces and four nephews{Source}:
  1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
    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)
  2. Infanta Cristina of Spain
    1.  Iñaki Urdangarín
      1. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999)
      2. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      3. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
      4. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)

He was named for{Source}:
  • Felipe: in memory of the first Bourbon to reign in Spain
  • Juan: His paternal grandfather, the Count of Barcelona
  • Pablo: His maternal grandfather, King Paul (Pablo in Spanish) of Greece
  • Alfonso: His paternal great-grandfather, King Alfonso XIII of Spain

His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Juan de Borbon, Count of Bareclona (paternal grandfather)
  2. Queen Victoria Eugenia (paternal great-grandmother) 

He attended the Santa Maria de los Rosales School until 1984{Source}. He completed his secondary education, made the last-equivalent school at University Orientation Course-in Lakefield College School in Canada course in 1985{Source}. From September 1985 to July 1988, he undertook military studies at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza, where he served Pledge of Allegiance on October 11, 1985{Source}. He continued his military training at the Naval School of Marín and the General Air Academy in San Javier successively receiving in the month of July 1989 the offices of lieutenant of Infantry, Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant Aviation Weapon{Source}. From October 1988 to June 1993 he studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he graduated in law, also studying various subjects in the degree of Economics in order to complete their training in this area{Source} In September 1993 he began a Masters in International Relations at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (Washington DC) graduated on May 26, 1995{Source}.

He began his public duties when he proclaimed his allegence to his father on 22 November 1975 {Source}. He recieved the titles of Prince of Asturias, along with the Prince of Girona and Prince of Viana on 22 January 1977 {Source}. In 1981, he received the Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece {Source}. On his 18th birthday in 1986, he swore before parliement loyallty to the king, to faithfully perform funtions, observe and enforce the Constitution and laws, and rights of the citizens and the Autonomous Communities, assuming the fullness of its institutional role as successor to the Crown {Source}.

On 1 November 2003, his parents announced his engagement to commoner journalist, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano {Source}. The religous ceremony took place on 22 May 2014 in Spain {Source}. Together, they have two daughters:

  1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (31 October 2005)
  2. Infanta Sofia (29 April 2007).

Royal Profile: Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah of Jordan

Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah of Jordan was born 30 January 2005 as the youngest son of King Abdullah & Queen Rania of Jordan{Source}He has an older brother and two older sisters{Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
  2. Princess Iman (1996)
  3. Princess Salma (2000)
At the present time, he is second in line for the Jordian throne after his older brother. During a 2009 working visit to the US, he was spotted out and about with his mother and siblings {Photos}. Also in 2009, he attended an air show which was organized by the military in cooperation with the British Embassy to celebrate his father's 10th anniversary of his succession to the throne {Source}. In June 2009, he along with his parents, attended the awards ceremony for the 2009 King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness awards in which his sister won 4th place {Source}.

Royal Profile: King Abdullah II of Jordan

Prince Abdullah bin Al-Hussein (now King Abdullah II of Jordan) was born 30 January 1962 the eldest son of King Hussein and his 1st wife, Princess Muna al-Hussein{Source}. He has one older half sister from his father's 1st marriage, two younger full brothers, and two younger full sisters, as well as 4 younger half sisters, and 3 younger half brothers{Source}.

Under the 1952 Constitution, he was considered heir to his father, but due to the unstable times in the 1960s, his father named his brother, King Abdullah's uncle the heir{Source}.

The future king attended to his education at various institutions around the world{Source}. He attended St. Edmund's School in Hindhead, Surrey, England from 1964-1975{Source}. After that, he moved on to Eaglebrook School and then to Derrfield Academy in the United States{Source}. Upon graduation, he went back to England to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he graduated in 1980, and was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served as a troop commander in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars {Source}. After two years in the military he returned to school, to study Middle Eastern Affairs in a Special one-year studies course at Pembrooke College, Oxford University{Source}. In 1987, he moved to the United States to attend the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C{Source}.Upon his return to Jordan, he would serve in the Jordanian forces and would be promoted to Major-General in 1998{Source}.

Unsure of his eldest son's capabilities as King, his father consider arranging for the throne to pass to his brother then to his son in the 1980s, however, in 1992, something changed his mind{Source}.On his deathbead, on 25 January 1999, he made it clear he wanted his eldest son to inherit the throne{Source}.Therefore, that is what happened{Source}. Upon the death of his father on 7 February 1999, Prince Abullah became King Abullah II{Source}.

Throughout the King's reign there have been many improvements to Jordan. Since his ascendance to the throne, Jordan's economy has grown, and quality of Life of the people of Jordan over all has improved{Source}. In 2008, King Abdullah began his Decent Housing for Decent Living campaign in which all Jordanian citizens, and even Palestinian refugees, will be guaranteed high quality residential housing with easy access to community needs such as health, education, and community activities. The King announced on 2 March 2007 municipal elections in Jordan and in 25 November 2006 in his parliament address, told the parliament to work on reforms of the press and publication law. King Abdullah II has worked for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, attending the Arab Summit in 2002, OIC conferences and having several summits with US, Israeli and Palestinian delegations to find a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
For his personal life, he married Rania al Yassin on 10 June 1993. They have two sons and two daughters:

  1. Crown Prince Hussein (born 28 June 1994)
  2. Princess Iman (born 27 September 1996)
  3. Princess Salma (born 26 September 2000)
  4. Prince Hashem (born 30 January 2005)

On his personal time, he enjoys sky diving, rally racing, scuba diving and science fiction.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Royal Profile: Louisa Johannsmann

Louisa Johannsmann  was born on 28 January 2015 as the first daughter of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Alexander Johnnsmann {Source}. She has an older brother{Source}:

  1. Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
As she is only a year old, and distantly in line for the British throne, little is known about her. 

The little girl resides in Germany with her parents and older brother. She is a maternal granddaughter of Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg  & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Carlos of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma

Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo Sixto María of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma was born 27 January 1970 as the eldest of four children of Prince Carlo Hugo of Borbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma & his wife, Princess Irene of The Netherlands {Source}. His siblings, sibling-in-laws and nieces and nephews are{Source}:
  1. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (1972, twin)
    1. Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi (1982)
      1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      2. Prince/ss of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  2. Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno (1972, twin)
    1. Mr. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate(1975)
      1. Miss Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
      2. Miss Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
  3. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma (1974)
    1. Mr. Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (1974)
      1. Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
      2. Master Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)

He was raised throughout Europe. He spent his educational years growing up in countries like The Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and The United States{Source}. When he was 11 years old, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother and siblings back to The Netherlands{Source}. Prince Carlo studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, United States and at the University of Cambridge {Source}.

When he completed his studies, he returned to The Netherlands. He began working for  the company  ABN AMRO, where he was involved with the preparations of the introduction of the euro {Source}. Then he moved to Belgium to work as a consultant for public affairs for European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA){Source}. Since 2007, he has been involved with projects related to sustainability in business {Source}. 

Although he is not in succession for the Dutch throne, he has occasionally attends official events. In 2003, with his aunt the former Queen Beatrix, he attended the inauguration of the Prince Claus Leerstoel {Source}. He took a major part in planning his cousin Prince Constantijn's wedding in 2001 {Source}. He also attended his cousin King Williem-Alexander's enthronement ceremonies.

From his paternal side, he is a prince of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. In September 1996, his father granted him the title Prince of Piacenza{Source}. Also in 1996, his aunt, then Queen Beatrix, granted him the title His Royal Highness Prince of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. In September 2003, he was also awarded the title The Duke of Madrid{Source}.  With the August 2010 death of his father, Prince Carlo's official full title and style is: 
His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo Sixto María of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma, The Duke of Madrid, The Duke of Piacenza.

He married Countess Annemarie van Gualthérie Weezel on 20 November 2010{Source}. Upon their marriage, she became Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma,  The Duchess of Parma, The Duchess of Madrid, The Duchess of Piacenza. Together, they have two daughters, and a third child on the way{Source}:

  1. Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2012).
  2. Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
  3. Prince/ss of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
Prince Carlos also has a son, Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra with Brigitte Klynstra{Source}

Monday, January 25, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene Lynette of Monaco was born as Charlene Lynette Wittstock on born 25 January 1978, as the eldest child and only daughter of Mike and Lynette Wittstock in Zimbabwe{Source}. She has two younger brothers, two sisters-in-law, a niece and a nephew:
  1. Garreth Wittstock (1982)
    1. Rosin GalvinWittstock (m 2015)
      1. Kaia Rose Wittstock (2013)
  2. Sean Michael Wittsock (1983)
    1. Chantell Violet Serfontein (m. 2013)
      1. Raigen Wittstock (2015)
She and her family re-located from Zimbabwe to South Africa when Charlene was 11 years old {Source}.

The future Princess of Monaco attended local schools in Benoni, South Africa, but left school to peruse her passions for swimming. She developed a passion for swimming at a very early age {Source}. In 1996, at 18, she won the South African Championship {Source}. In 2000, her team came in fifth at the Sydney Olympic Games {Source}. That same year, she won the gold medal for the 200m backstroke event at the "Marenostrum" international swimming meeting in Monaco {Source}. This is when she met Prince Albert for the first time; he was presiding over the international competition {Source}. In 2002, she won three gold medals at the swimming World Cup (50m and 100m crawl, 4x100m relay) and the silver medal during the Manchester Commonwealth Games (4x100m medley relay) {Source}. In 2007, she ceased competing after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics {Source}.

Growing up in Africa heightened her awareness of problems linked to childhood {Source}. She has frequently accompanied His Serene Highness on his travels to support charitable works, even prior to their engagment and marriage {Source}. Since 2009, she has been Honorary President of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo {Source}. Since 2010, she has been associated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation {Source}. She regularly participates in fund raising events for charities such as AMFar {Source}. On the 27th of May 2011, H.S.H Princess Charlene was appointed as a Global Ambassador of Special Olympics {Source}. On 8th of July 2011, Princess Charlene has been appointed as a co-patron of the Giving Organisation Trust, a group of South African charities that deals with issues ranging from AIDS among underprivileged children to the protection of the environment {Source}. Since June 2012, Princess Charlene has been the patron of AS Rugby Monaco {Source}. Since November 2012, She has been Honorary President of the MONAA association {Source}.

In her free time, the Princess Consort of Monaco enjoys reading (especially biographies, and books of South African ethnic poems), surfing, hiking and contemporary art {Source}.

When she married Prince Albert II of Monaco in July 2011, she became a stepmother to his two children from previous relationships with Tamara Rotolo (1992) & Nicole Coste (1997-2004):
  1. Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992)
  2. Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi (2003)

On 10 December 2014, she became a biological mother for the first time to twins:
  1. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès 
  2. Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco

Royal Profile: Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff

Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff was born 25 January 2002 is the daughter of Philip von Lattorff and Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has three brothers and four sisters{Source}{Source}:

  1. Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
  2. Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
  3. Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2005)
  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 that she leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

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. She shares a birthday with Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: January 18-24, 2015


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the Opening Concert of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union on Friday {Photo}

-Queen Mathilde attended the 22nd Annual Crystal Awardson Tuesday {Photo} celebrated her 41st birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Claire celebrated her 42nd birthday on Monday.


-Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday.


-Princess Athena celebrated her 4th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans celebrated her 15th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Carl Friedrich of Prussia celebrated his 3rd birthday on Wednesday.

-Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia celebrated his 3rd birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II attended the annual Women's Institute Meeting on Thursday {Source}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Vice Admrial Timothy Laurence continued their official visit to South Georgia on This week{Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated her 51st birthday on Wednesday.


-Queen Rania attended the 2016 World Economic Forum this week {Photos}


-Marie Theresa von Lattorff celebrated her 12th birthday on Monday.


-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 2016 World Economic Forum on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}.


-Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret attended the Gala Performance of the 2016 the International Circus Festival on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene held an audience with Pope Francis I on Tuesday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II attended the celebrations of the Cabineri's patron Saint Sebastian on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, he attended the 2016 World Economic Forum {Photos}. On Sunday, he
 attended the 84th Rallye Automobile of Monte-Carlo {Photos}.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover was insignes de Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres awarded on Thursday {Photos}{Video}. On Saturday, she celebrated her 59th birthday.

-Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended Princess Caroline's insignes de Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres Ceremony on Thursday {Photos}{Video}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended day 1 of the 2016 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie  & the on Monday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy celebrated her 31st birthday on Monday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I & Queen Maxima attended the Opening Concert of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union on Friday {Photo}.

-Queen Maxima attended the 2016 World Economic Forum on Thursday {Photos}.

-Princess Margriet celebrated her 73rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Carlos Hugo Roderick Sybren Klynstra celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday.


-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the World Economic Forum this week {Source}.

-Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 12th birthday on Thursday.


-Princess Birigitta celebrated her 79th birthday on Tuesday.

Royal Profile: Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat

Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born 24 January 2012 as the fourth child and first daughter of Prince Joachim and second child and only daughter of Princess Marie {Source}. She has two older paternal half brothers and an older brother{Source}:
  • Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (1999)
  • Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2002)
  • Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2009)

Due to the 2008 Succession Act, which made Denmark's monarchy an absolute primogeniture monarchy (absolute primogeniture=boys and girls have equal rights to the throne and younger brothers do not displace older sisters), she is in line for the Danish throne and will not be displaced by any possible younger brothers.

She was christened in May 2012{Source}, with the following as her godparents:

  1. Gregory Grandet (maternal uncle)
  2. Edouard Cavallier (maternal uncle)
  3. Carina Axelsson (her father's cousin's girlfriend)
  4. Julie Mirabaud(friend of her parents)
  5. Diego de Lavandeyra (friend of her parents)
  6. Henriette Steenstrup(friend of her parents)

Princess Athena began attending grade 0 

Royal Profile: Princess Hélène d'Orléans

Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans was born 24 January 2001, as the third child and second daughter of Prince Charles-Louis of Orleans, Duke of Chartres and Ileana Manos {Source}. She has one older brother, one older sister, one younger brother and one younger sister {Source}:

  1. Prince Philippe Jacques Nicolas d'Orléans (1998)
  2. Princess Louise d'Orléans (1999)
  3. Prince Constantin d'Orléans (2003)
  4. Princess Isabelle d'Orléans (2005)
As her royal family is defunct, she likely leads a normal life and next to nothing is known about her. She shares a birthday with Princess Athena of Denmark.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan

Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan was born 23 January 1982 as the daughter of  King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem {Source}.

She has the following siblings, half-siblings, and siblings-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (1980)
    1. Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
      1. Child on the way (First Quarter of 2016-rumored to be a son)
  2. Prince Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1986)
    1. Yetsho Lhamo
  3. Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck (1980)
    1. Dasho Sangay Wangchuk
      1. Son (2006)
  4. Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (1981)
    1. Dasho Phub W. Dorji
  5. Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck(1982)
    1. Dasho Tandin Namgyel
  6. Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (1984)
  7. Prince Dasho Khamsum Singye Wangchuck (1984)
  8. Princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck (1993)
  9. Prince Dasho Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck (1994)

She studied psychology at Stanford University in the United States, earning a degree. 

On 11 November 2008, she married Dasho Palden Yoeser Thinley{Source}. 

The Princess is currently 8th in succession of the Bhutanese throne. She shares a birthday with Princess Caroline of Hanover.

Royal Profile: Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco

Princess Caroline Louise Margurite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco was born 23 January 1957 as the first child of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess Grace{Source}. She has two younger siblings, a sister in law, and seven nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Prince Albert II (1958)
    1. Princess Charlene (1978)
      1. Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992)
      2. Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste (2003)
      3. Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès (2014)
      4. Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco (2014)
  2. Princess Stephanie, The Countess of Polinac (1965)
    1. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
    2. Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
    3. Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (1998)

She attended to her education in Monaco, England and France. She attended local primary schools before she was sent to St. Mary's School, Ascot{Source}. She received her French Baccalaureat (high school or A level) degree in 1974 with honors and continued her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris where she received a diploma in Philosophy and minors in Psychology and Biology{Source}. During her youth, she took ballet, and studied piano and flute, as well as participated in the Girls Guides de Monaco {Source}.

She began her public duties at a young age, appearing with her parents at events. In 1979, she was appointed as President of the Monegasque Committee for the International Year of Children{Source}. In 1981, she founded the organization Jeune J'Ecoute{Source}. In April 1983, she became honorary president of the Guides de Monaco (known as Girl Scouts in the US){Source}.She is high patron of the organization Peter Le Marchant Trust {Source}. In December 1982, she was appointed as President of the Monaco Garden Club, President of the Organizing committee of the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo (Springtime Arts of Monte-Carlo) Festival, and became President of the Princess Grace Foundation{Source}. In 1985, she founded Les Ballets de Monte Carlo{Source}. In 1994, she was appointed as President of The Prince Pierre Foundation, having served as President of the Literary Board of The Prince Pierre Foundation since 1984{Source}. In 1992 she was appointed the President of the Artistic Board of the Prix International d'Art Contemporain (International Contemporay Art Prize){Source}.In April 1993 Princess Caroline was appointed the President of l'AMADE Mondiale (Association Mondiale des Amis de l'Enfance) or (Worldwide Association of Children's Friends){Source}. In December 2003, she was appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of her comittment to protect children{Source}.

Princess Caroline has been married three times. Her first marriage was in 1978, to Philippe Junot, which ended in divorce in 1982{Source}. She married for a second time to Stefano Casiraghi in 1983, and has three children and a grandson with him, but he died in 1990{Source}. She married a third time, to Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover. Her children, daughter-in-law, and grandchild are:
  1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983, stepson)
  2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, son)
  3. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, stepson)
  4. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, daughter)
    1. Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013, grandson)
  5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, son)
    1. Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, daughter-in-law)
  6. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (daughter, 1999)

She is fluent in five languages-French, English, German, Spanish and Italian (six if you count the local dialect of Monaco, lang monegasque){Source}. In her spare time, she loves to ride horses, swim, go skiining and waterski{Source}. She is godmother to her niece and nephew, Louis Ducruet and Pauline Ducruet.

On 10 November 2005, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco conferred the insignia of Commander of Cultural Merit to HRH the Princess of Hanover for Her contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture in the Principality, her active involvement in the Prince Pierre Foundation, Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opéra, Printemps des Arts, all Monegasque cultural entities over which She presides{Source}. On 3 July 2014,the Grand Chancellor of the Légion d'Honneur, conferred the insignia of Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit upon Princess Caroline {Source}.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway was born on 21 January 2004 the elder of the two children of The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway {Source}. She has one older half-brother from her mother's side, Marius Borg Høiby {Source}.

On 17 April 2004, she was christened with the following as her godparents{Source}:

  1. The King of Norway (her paternal grandfather)
  2. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (paternal aunt)
  3. Marit Tjessem (her maternal grandmother)
  4. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark (close friend of her parents who is also a distant cousin)
  5. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (close friend of her parents who is also a distant cousin)
  6. King Felipe VI of Spain (close friend of her parents, who is also distantly related)

Just before her second birthday, she began attending a day-care centre {Source}. At the age of 6 years and 8 months, she began attending Jansløkka elementary school, which she attended until 2014{Source}. In the 2014-2015 school year, she was transferred to Olso International School {Source}.

Even at her young age, she has already participated in several official duties{Source}. She normally joins other members of the Royal Family on the balcony of the Palace to greet the annual children’s parade on 17 May, Norwegian Constitution Day{Source}. She has also attended the traditional ski jumping tournament at Holmenkollen in Oslo{Source}. On the eve of her 12th birthday, new photographs were released to commerate the event {Source}.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Royal Profile: Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra

Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra was born 20 January 1997, as the eldest child of Prince Carlo, Duke of Parma and Brigitte Klynstra {Source}. He is the stepson of Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma and elder half-brother of {Source}:
  • Princess Luisa Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
  • Princess Cecilia Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
  • Prince/ss of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
Little is known about his education and upbringing. However, in December 2015, he started legal proceedings to attempt to change his surname to his father's by Royal Decree. If successful, he will automatically be legitimatized and henceforth become His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren de Bourbon de Parme {Source}.

Royal Profile: Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht, Prince of Prussia

Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht, Prince of Prussia was born 20 January 2013 as the elder of the two twin sons of The Prince and Princess of Prussia{Source}.

He was baptized in June 2013 {Source}.

Very little is known about him, but it is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany.

In 2015, his family welcomed a little sister for Carl Friedrich. Her name is Princess Emma Marie of Prussia.

Royal Profile: Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Prince of Prussia

Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Prince of Prussia was born 20 January 2013 as the elder of the two twin sons of The Prince and Princess of Prussia{Source}.

He was baptized in June 2013 {Source}.

Very little is known about him, but it is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany.

In 2015, his family welcomed a little sister for Carl Friedrich. Her name is Princess Emma Marie of Prussia.

Royal Profile: Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Queen Mathilde of Belgium was born on 20 January 1973 Ras the daughter of the Count and Countess Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz {Source}.

She was educated in Belgium, attending primary school in Bastogne, and attending the "Institut de la Vierge Fidèle" {Source}. From 1991-1994, she studied to be a speech therapist at the "Institut Libre Marie Haps" in Brussels, graduating magna cum laude{Source}. Upon graduation, she embarked on a professional career as a speech therapist, setting up a practice in Brussels{Source}. In 1999, she returned to school for a masters degree in Psychology at the Catholic University of Louvain, graduating cum laude in 2002{Source}.

Queen Mathilde has taken patronage of many organizations, especially children. In 2000, just a short year after marrying into the Royal Family, the "Fund Princess Mathilde" was created{Source}. In addition, Princess Mathilde has given her patronage to several associations dealing with issues of concern to vulnerable people{Source}.She also attaches prime importance to educational subjects, the empowerment of women and supports projects to fight illiteracy{Source}. In May 2002, she was a member of the Belgian delegation at the UN Conference on Children in New York{Source}.Since 2009, Princess Mathilde has been the Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium{Source}. She has been on several humanitarian missions to countries including Niger and Mali {Source}. She is an UNICEF and UNAIDS special representative for their world campaign for orphans and other vulnerable children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, and has visited Tanzania, China and Senegal on their behalf{Source}. Queen Mathilde was also a UN emissary for the International Year of Microcredit 2005 and visited in that capacity projects in China, Mali, India and Washington/USA{Source}. In 2007, the Princess became a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum{Source}.

She married Prince Philippe of Belgium, The Duke of Brabant on 4 December 1999, thus becoming Princess Mathilde of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant{Source}. Together, they have four children together, all of whom are titled and in line for the Belgian throne:{Source}
  1. Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
  2. Prince Gabriel (2003)
  3. Prince Emmanuel (2005)
  4. Princess Eléonore (2008)

Queen Mathilde often accompanies her husband abroad for various duties, mostly to promote Belgium for its commercial and economical interests{Source}.

In her spare time, she enjoys classical music, playing the piano, playing tennis, swimming, and enjoing nature and open-air activities{Source}. She is also a fan of literature{Source}. She speaks several langugages, including French, Dutch, English, Italian and some Spanish{Source}.

Royal Profile: Sophie, The Countess of Wessex

Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was  on 20 January 1965 in Oxford as the daughter of Christopher and Mary Rhys-Jones{Source}. She has a older brother, a sister-in-law and two nephews {Source}:
  1. David Rhys-Jones (1963)
    1. Zara Louise (Freeland) Rhys-Jones
      1. Oliver Hugh Rhys-Jones (1999)
      2. Harry Christopher Rhys-Jones (2000)
She was named:
  • Sophie: Mrs Rhys-Jones is said to have decided on the name Sophie while shopping for shoes when pregnant. Someone in the shop called out the name - and a pretty little girl turned around{Source}.
  • Helen: after her paternal Aunt Helen, who died before she was born.
She grew up in Kent{Source}. She attended Dulwich College Preparatory School, Kent College School for Girls & West Kent College {Source}.

After leaving school, Miss Rhys-Jones embarked on a career in public relations working for a variety of firms, including four years at Capital Radio, as well as public relations companies the Quentin Bell Organisation and MacLaurin Communications & Media{Source}. She also worked as a ski representative in Switzerland and spent a year travelling and working in Australia{Source}. In 1996,she launched a public relations agency, R-JH Public Relations, which she ran with a business partner for five years{Source}.
She met her future husband, The Prince Edward, at a tennis event in the summer of 1993{Source}.They announced their engagment in January 1999{Source}.They were wed on 19 June 1999, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle{Source}. On the occasion of their marriage, Their Royal Highnesses founded The Wessex Youth Trust, a grant making organization to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people{Source}
Together, they have two children{Source}:
  1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
  2. James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (2007)
She is godmother to Alexandra Nada Victoria Mountbatten, who is her husband's 4th cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria.
As the daughter-in-law of the Monarch, she supports various causes.  She supports The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and chairs the Women in Business Group which works to promote the Award among businesses{Source}. The Countess has been the President of Girl Guiding UK since 2003 and supports the work of Tomorrow's People which works to improve opportunities to get young people into employment{Source}. In recent years, The Countess of Wessex has become involved in the world of agriculture and held the position of Show President of the Royal Bath and West Show in 2010 before becoming Vice Patron in 2011{Source}.  She is also Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) {Source}. She has accepted patronage of the The Border Union Agricultural Society for its bicentennial year 2013{Source}.The Countess has been a Global Ambassador for the International Agency for Preventative Blindness (IAPB) since 2003{Source}. In 2013 The Countess became the first ever Patron of London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London{Source}.The Countess also works to support the ‘Campaign for Wool’ which was set up by The Prince of Wales and aims to promote the use of British wool{Source}. In 2003, Sophie succeeded the late Queen Mother (who died the previous year) as Royal Patron of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Sophie is only the third Royal Patron of the RCSLT. 

However, The Countess of Wessex is not without scandal! In 2001, a News of the World undercover reporter (the same guy who scammed Sarah Ferguson on videotape in May 2010) recorded the Countess making disparaging comments about certain members of the British government. News of the World didn't publish the story itself, but the tape was leaked to other tabloids, first the Mail On Sunday, and it went viral from there. It portrayed the Countess seeming to use her royal status in order to gain clientele. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the reported comments were "selective, distorted and in several cases, flatly untrue."{Source}.

She also supports the United Kingdom's military. In 2006, The Countess of Wessex was appointed Sponsor of HMS Daring{Source}.In 2007, she became Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles following the reorganization of the Infantry{Source}.In 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Wittering{Source}. She is Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Army Music and of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps{Source}.

The Countess holds two military positions in Canada{Source}: 
  1. Colonel in-Chief of The South Alberta Light Horse
  2. Colonel-in-Chief of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.
She has been given the following appointments{Source}:
  1. Member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II (2004)
  2. Dame of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (DStJ) (2005)
  3. Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)(2010)
The Countess of Wessex has the following medals{Source}:
  1. Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  2. Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan (2005)
  3. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)

In her spare time, she enjoys walking, running, riding, sailing, tennis and reading{Source}. Her father reportedly gets along well with Queen Elizabeth II {Source} Mr. Rhys-Jones may often be seen in the Royal Enclosure and in the carriages at the Royal Ascot {Photos spanning from 2007-2014} Like her father, she is too close to Queen Elizabeth II {Source}.

Sophie is left-handed. Her lady-in-waiting is Sarah Sienesi, who is her old flatmate {Source}

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands was born on 19 January 1943 at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa (Canada) as the third daughter of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands {Source}. She has three sisters, two older and a younger sister, as well as brothers-in-law, and several neices and nephews and their families{Source}:
  1. Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands (1938)
    1. Prince Claus of The Netherlands
      1. King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands
        1. Queen Maxima
          1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
          2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
          3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
      2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands
        1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands
          1. Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
          2. Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
          3. Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau,, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
      3. Prince Friso of The Netherlands
        1. Princess Mabel of ORanje-Nassau
          1. Countess Emma Luana of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2005)
          2. Countess Joanna Zaria of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
    2. Princess Irene of The Netherlands (1939)
      1. Prince Carlo, Duke of Parma (1970)
        1. Princess Annemarie, Duchess of Parma (1977)
          1. Carlos Klynstra (illegitimate, 1997, stepson of Annemarie)
          2. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
          3. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
          4. Prince/ss of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
      2. Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno (1972)
        1. Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn (m 2001-2006)
        2. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (1975, m. 2008-)
          1. Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
          2. Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
      3. Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi (1972)
        1. Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Bardi (197)
          1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
          2. Prince/ss of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
      4. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (1974)
        1. Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (m. 2012)
          1. Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
          2. Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)
    3. Princess Christina of The Netherlands (1947)
        1. Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (1977)
          1. Eva Marie Valdez Guillermo (1979, m 2009)
            1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
            2. Julián Jorge Guillermo (2011)
        2. Nicolás Daniel Mauricio Guillermo (1979)
        3. Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo (1981)
In June 1943, while she and her family were exiled in Canada, she was baptized{Source}. Among her godparents were {Source}:
  1. President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States
  2. The Dutch merchant
After the liberation of The Netherlands in August 1945, she and her family returned (or in her case went to for the first time) to The Netherlands {Source}. 

She studied in The Netherlands, and France {Source}. She was educated primarily in The Netherlands, where she received her high school diploma in 1961{Source}. After completing her high school years, she began attending the  University of Montpellier, where she studied French literature, history and art history {Source}. After that, she attended  University of Leiden, where she studied law and social science {Source}. After that, she trained as a helper First Class of the Red Cross in a hospital in  Amersfoort Lichtenberg {Source}.

While she was studying at the University of Leiden, she met the man who would become her future husband, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven{Source}. Their engagement was announced on 10 March 1965{Source}. They were married almost two years later on 10 January 1967{Source}. Together, they have four sons, four daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren{Source}:
  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Oranje-Nassau (1970, m. 1998) 
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Benedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven ( 2005)
  2. Prince Bernhard of Oranje-Nassau (1969)
    1. Princess Annette of Oranje-Nassau (1972, m. 2000)
      1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Pieter-Christiaan (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau (1969, m. 2005) 
      1. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      2. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
  4. Prince Floris of Oranje-Nassau (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Oranje-Nassau (1977, m. 2005) 
      1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)

One of Princess Margriet's main focus is healthcare. She holds a number of positions in health care and social work fields {Source} In 1966, Princess Margriet began her volunteer work for the Red Cross as a helper First class {Source}. From 1987 to 2011, the year that marked the end of her last term, Princess Margriet in this governing body fulfilled the position of deputy chairman {Source}. As thanks for her commitment to the Dutch Red Cross was founded in 2011 to Princess Margriet Fund, a fund that aims to better prepare people to natural disasters {Source}. She has been an active member of the International Red Cross since 1967, and served as the Chairman from 1995-2003 {Source}.From 2005 until the end of 2013 was Princess Margriet board member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies {Source}. She participated in many international conferences, often as head of the Dutch delegation, as well as board meetings and managing meetings {Source}. She is also active in cultuaral affairs {Source}. From 1984 to 2007, Princess Margriet Chairman of the European Cultural Foundation (formerly the European Cultural Foundation) {Source}. 

She serves as patron, or honorary chair of a number of organizations  {Source}:
  1. Honorary chairman of the Dutch Red Cross
  2. Patroness Foundation National Union of Volunteers;
  3. Patroness Federation of Riding for the Disabled;
  4. Patron Society of Friends The High Street (rehabilitation);
  5. Patroness National Rehabilitation Fund;
  6. Patroness SOS Children's Villages;
  7. Patroness Royal College Zeemanshoop;
  8. Patron Friends of the Marine Band;
  9. Patroness Netherland-America Foundation (New York);
  10. Patroness Netherlands-American Amity Trust (Washington);
  11. Patroness Nautical Technical College Noorderhaaks;
  12. Patroness Natura Artis Magistra;
  13. Patroness Foundation Apenheul Apeldoorn;
  14. Patroness Introdans Arnhem;
  15. Patroness Vision 2020 Netherlands;
  16. Patroness KNCV;
  17. Honorary Chairman Dutch Red Cross;
  18. Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board Global Health Master's degree from MaastrichtUniversity and McMaster University (Canada);
  19. Association honorary chairman Line;
  20. Member Honorary Board International Paralympic Committee;
  21. Member Recommendation Committee Children's Oncology Camps;
  22. Member Recommending Committee Ronald McDonald House Utrecht, Nijmegen and Zwolle;
  23. Member Recommendation Committee Foundation Focal epilepsies in children age.

Royal Profile: Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern

Princess Birgitta Ingeborg Alice of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was born 19 January 1937 as the second daughter to Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Princess of Sweden {Source}. She has an older sister and two younger siblings, as well as three brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews (and nieces and nephews in law and great nieces and nephews) {Source}:
  1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (1934)
    1.  John Ambler (1924-2008, m. 1964, separated 1996)
      1. Sybilla Louise Ambler(1965)
        1. Baron Henning von Dincklage (1971)
          1. Baroness Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage (1999)
          2. Baron Sebastian Eric Henning von Dincklage (2000)
      2. Charles Edward Ambler (1966)
        1. Helen Jane Ross
          1. Senna Rose Ambler (2000)
          2. India Tani Ambler (2003)
      3. James Patrick Ambler (1967)
        1. Ursula Mary Shipley
          1. Lily Elektra Ambler(2003)
          2. Oscar Rufus Ambler(2004)
  2. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (1938)
    1. Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld (m 1963)
      1. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
        1. Baroness Maria Fredriksson Silfverschiöld (m 2005)
          1. Baroness Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)
      2. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
        1. Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng
          1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng(2000)
          2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
          3. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
      3. Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld (1968)
  3. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (1943)
    1.  Tord Gosta Magnuson (m. 1974)
      1. Carl Gustaf Victor Magnuson (1975)
        1. Vicky Magnuson
          1. Désirée Elfrida Christina Magnuson (2014)
      2. Tord Oscar Fredrik Magnuson (1977)
        1. Emma Magnuson (m.2011)
          1. Albert Magnuson
          2. Baby #2
      3. Victor Edmund Lennart Magnusson(1980)
        1. Frida Louise Bergström
          1. Edmund Magnuson (2012)
          2. Baby #2
  4. King Carl XVI Gustaf
    1. Queen Siliva
      1. Crown Princess Victoria (1977)
        1. Prince Daniel (1973)
          1. Princess Estelle (2012)
          2. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
      2. Prince Carl Philip (1979)
        1. Princess Sofia (1984)
          1. Prince/ss of Sweden (2016)
      3. Princess Madeleine (1982)
        1. Mr. Christopher O'Neill (1974)
          1. Princess Leonore (2014)
          2. Prince Nicolas (2015)
Princess Brigitta met her future husband, Prince Johann of Hohenzollern, during a cocktail party in Germany. Their engagement was announced on 15 December 1960{Source}. They were civilly wed five months later on 25 May 1961 {Source}. Their religious wedding took place five days later on 30 May 1961  {Source}. Together, they have three children, three children-in-law, and several grandchildren{Source}:
  1. Prince Karl Christan of Hohenzollern (1962)
    1. Nicole Neschitsch (m. 1999)
      1. Nikolas Prinz von Hohenzollern (1999)
  2. Princess Désirée Margaretha of Hohenzollern (1963)
    1. Heinrich Graf von Ortonburg (m. 1990, divorced)
      1. Carl Theodor Graf von Ortonburg (1992)
      2. Friedrich-Hubertus Graf von Ortonburg (1995)
      3. Carolina Gräfin von Ortonburg (1997)
    2. Eckbert Bohlen und Halbach (m 2004)
  3. Prince Hubertus Gustaf of Hohenzollern (1966)
    1. Uta Maria König (M. 2004)
      1. Prince Lennart Carl Christian of Hohenzollern (10 January 2001-14 January 2001)
      2. Vivianne von Hohenzollern (May 2009, adopted)

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...