Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Royal Profile: Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan was born 31 August 1970 as Rania al Yassin as the daughter of two Palestinians form Tulkarm. During her youth, she attended schools in Kuwait and Turkey, earning a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, she worked for marketing departments for various international banks and computer companies {Source}.

In January 1993, she met her future husband and then Crown Prince of Jordan at a dinner party, and after a brief courtship and engagement, they were married in June 1999{Source}. Together, they have four children{Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Hussein ( 1994)
  2. Princess Iman ( 1996)
  3. Princess Salma (2000)
  4. Prince Hashem (2005)

She once said, “I just wake up and feel like a regular person. At the end of the day you are living your life for the people that you represent. It’s an honour and a privilege to have that chance to make a difference – a qualitative difference in people’s lives – and it’s my responsibility to make the most out of that opportunity.”{Source}. For this reason, she keeps active within the Jordanian and global community. She is often visiting remote villages in Jordan in order to help them improve their livelihoods and prospects of Jordan{Source}. She encourages a national educational system, community empowerment, health care, Youth involvement, diversity (cross-cultural dialogue), among many other things.

In addition to her efforts as Queen of Jordan, she also enjoys water skiing, running and cycling{Source}. Queen Rania is also active in various social media , especially Youtube,Facebook, instagram, and Twitter.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Royal Profile: 30 Facts about Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

  1. Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Greece was born Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark, the third child of King Fredrick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on 30 August 1946 {Source}. 
  2. She has two older sisters{Source}:
    1. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (1940)
    2.  Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1944)
  3. She has two brothers-in-law:
    1. Prince Henrik of Denmark (Margrethe II, m. 1967)
    2. Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Benedikte, m. 1968)
  4. Through her sisters and brothers-in-law, she has the following nieces and nephews:
    1. Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark (1968)
    2. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    3. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, The Countess of  von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1970)
    4. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
    5. Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian of Denmark (1969)
  5. She is also an aunt-in-law to:
    1. Alexandra,  Countess of Frederiksburg (Joachim, 1995-2008)
    2. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Alexandra, 1967, m. 1998)
    3. Alexander Johannsman (Nathalie, 2011)
    4. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (Frederick, 2004)
    5. Princess Marie of Denmark (Joachim, 2008)
  6. She is a great aunt to:
    1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
    2. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark (1999)
    3. Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark (2002)
    4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    5. Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark (2005)
    6. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2007)
    7. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
    8. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2011)
    9. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2011)
    10. Konstantin Johannsmann (2010)
    11. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)
    12. Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
  7. Her first cousins are:
    1. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (maternal, 1934)
    2. Princess Elisabeth of Denmark (paternal,1935)
    3. Princess Brigitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern (maternal, 1937)
    4. Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld (maternal, 1938)
    5. Count Ingolf af Rosenborg (paternal, 1940)
    6. Count Christian af Rosenborg (paternal, 1942-2013)
    7. Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson (maternal,1943)
    8. Count Michael Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg (maternal, 1944)
    9. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (maternal, 1946)
    10. Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (1948, adopted 1951, maternal)
    11. Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (1949, adopted 1950, maternal)
  8. She married Crown Prince Constantine of Greece on 18 September 1964.
  9. With her husband, she has the following children:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
    2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (1967)
    3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
    4. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    5. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark (1986)
  10. She is the mother-in-law of:
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (m. 1995)
    2. Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark (1980, m. 2010)
  11. She is the grandmother of:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark  (1996)
    2. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece & Denmark (1998)
    3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark (1999)
    4. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    5. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    6. Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece & Denmark (2004)
    7. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
    8. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
    9. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece & Denmark (2008)
  12. She is the sister-in-law of:
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain (1938)
      1. King Juan Carlos of Spain (1938)
    2. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (1942)
  13. Through her marriage, she is the aunt of:
    1. The Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
    2. The Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
    3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968)
  14. She is aunt-in-law through her marriage to:
    1. Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada (m. 1995-2010)
      1. Iñaki Urdangarín (1968, m. 1997)
      2. Queen Letizia of Spain (1972, m. 2004)
    2. She is a great aunt through her marriage to:
      1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
      2. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999)
      3. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
      4. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      5. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
      6. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)
      7. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
      8. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
    3. Her godparents were:
      1. King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
      2. Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
      3. King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
      4. Prince Bertil of Sweden (maternal uncle)
      5. King Haakon VII of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
      6. Prince George of Greece (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
      7. Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
      8. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
      9. Princess Dagmar of Denmark (paternal great-aunt)
      10. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
    4. The young princes attended schools in Denmark, and Switzerland. 
    5. She began attending Zahle's School in 1952 until 1961{Source}.
    6. From 1962-1963, she attended the Chatelard School for Girls{Source}.
    7. In 1963-1964, she attended the Institut Le Mesnil {Source}.
    8. She met her double third cousin who would later become her husband when she was 13 during a State Visit from Greece to Denmark{Source}. 
    9. They met again two years later, where Constantine declared his intentions to marry Anne-Marie{Source}.
    10.  They met a third time in 1962, during the wedding of Princess Sophia of Greece to King Juan Carlos of Spain, which Anne-Marie was a bridesmaid, and Constantine was a brother-of-the bride {Source}
    11. They met a fourth time during the centenary of the Greek Monarchy in 1963{Source}.
    12.  In March 1964, her potential future father-in-law died, leaving her potential suitor to be King of the Hellenes{Source}. 
    13. Four months later in July 1964, their engagement was announced, and they were wed in a ceremony on 18 September (two weeks after Anne-Marie's 18th birthday){Source}.
    14.  During her tenure as Queen of the Hellenes, she worked for countless charitable efforts.
    15. In 1967, her husband was forced to flee Greece for Italy{Source}. 
    16. In 1973, they continued their exile, settling in England with their children{Source}.
    17. Currently, the couple resides in Greece.

    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 22-28, 2016


    -Archduchess Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg celebrated her 44th birthday on Monday.


    -Princess Maria-Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 28th birthday on Friday.


    -Prince Nikolai celebrated his 17th birthday on Saturday.

    Great Britain

    -Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Keech Hospice and Youthscape on Thursday {Source}

    -Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday {Source}

    -The Lady Amelia Windsor celebrated her 21st birthday on Wednesday.

    -Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester celebrated his 72nd birthday on Friday.


    -Princess Theodora celebrated her 36th birthday on Sunday.


    -Queen  Noor,Queen Dowager celebrated her 65th birthday on Tuesday.


    -K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy celebrated his 44th birthday on Wednesday.

    -Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste-Grimaldi celebrated his 13th birthday on Wednesday.

    The Netherlands

    -Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Thursday.


    -Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra & Prince Sevrre Magnus attended havmijøfestivalen "Passion for Ocean on Saturday {Source}

    -Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

    -Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a Music Lunch Skaugum on Wednesday {Source}

    Royal Profile: Prince Nikolai of Denmark

    Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 28 August 1999, the elder of the two sons of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg{Source}. His is the oldest of Queen Margarethe II and Henrik, Prince Consort's grandchildren{Source}. At present, he has one younger brother, one younger half brother and a younger half-sister, the half-siblings being from his father's second marriage to Princess Marie{Source}. His siblings are{Source}:
    1. Prince Felix (2002)
    2. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain(2009)
    3. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie (2012)

    Prince Nikolai was christened in chapel of Fredensborg Palace on 6 November 1999. At the christening the musical work Lys på din vej composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Nikolai, was given its first performance.

    His godparents are:
    1. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (his paternal uncle)
    2. Nicola Baird (his maternal aunt)
    3. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex
    4. Peter Steenstrup
    5. Camilla Flint
    He is named for:

    • Nikolai: is after his maternal aunt and one of his godmothers, Nicola Baird.
    • William: is after his maternal great-grandfather William Manley.
    • Alexander: is after his mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
    • Frederik: is a common name for Danish Kings, and is also the name of his uncle and one of his godfathers, Crown Prince Frederik.
    On 16 April 2010, his paternal grandmother's 70th birthday, he received the Commemorative 70th Birthday Medal of Her Majesty The Queen.

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

    Royal Profile: Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

    Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark was born 28 August 1980 as Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik in Venezuela as the daughter of Ladislav Blatnik & Marie Blanche Bierlein {Source}. When she was three years old, her family moved to Switzerland

    When she was six years old, her father died {Source}. Her mother later remarried Attilio Brillembourg {Source}. She was primarially raised by Marie and Attilio Brillembourg in Europe with her elder brother, Boris {Source}{Source}. 

    She was educated in Switzerland, and the United States. Princess Tatiana studied at Aiglon College {Source}. She studied at Georgetown University, receiving her bachelors degree in sociology in 2003 {Source}.

    After graduation, she began to work in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg {Source}.  Princess Tatiana resigned in July 2010 from her position with designer Diane von Fürstenberg to focus on her wedding plans {Source}.Despite the rumors, her wedding gown was not designed by her former boss, but Angel Sanchez, who is an American designer.
    She had become engaged to Prince Nikolas of Greece and Denmark in July 2009 {Source}.  They were married in a ceremony in Greece in August 2010 {Source}.
    Since her marriage, she has made numerous public appearances. She has attended numerous royal weddings including Crown Princess Victoria's, Prince William's, Princess Nathalie's and Princess Madeleine's, numerous Fashion Week Events, Royal Christenings including the Danish Twins. In 2013, she met Princess Charlene of Monaco when they both sat front row during the Armani Fashion Show {Photos}In 2015, she attended the the wedding of Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia, Walkabout Foundation Inaugural Gala.

    Friday, August 26, 2016

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

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

    She has four siblings, one older and three younger,  a sister-in-law and a niece{Source}:
    1. Prince Amedeo (b. 1986)
      1. Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este (1987, m. 2013)
        1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
    2. Prince Joachim (1991)
    3. Princess Luisa Maria (1995)
    4. Princess Laetitia Maria (2003)

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

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

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

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

    Royal Profile: Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester

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

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

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

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

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

    In February 1972, his engagement to Birigitte van Deurs was announced {Source}, they were married five months later on 8 July 1972 at St Andrew's Church {Source}. Together, they have three children, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and a stepgrandson:
    1. Alexander Windsor,The Earl of Ulster
      1. Dr. Claire Windsor. The Countess of Ulster (married 2002)
        1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (2007)
        2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (2010)
    2. Lady Davina Lewis
      1. Gary Lewis (Married July 2004)
        1. Ari Lewis (stepson, 1992)
        2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
        3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)
    3. Lady Rose Gilman
      1. George Gilman (married July 2008)
        1. Lyla Gilman (2010)
        2. Rufus Gilman (2012)
    None of his children or grandchildren carry out official duties, but do make appearances at royal family events and are all in line for the British throne.

    The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests and can be grouped under the following themes{Source}:

    • International humanitarian issues; these can be sub-divided into:
      •  international development
      • disaster prevention and relief
    • Health issues
    • Social welfare, community and youth development 
    • Environmental issues and climate change
    • Social sciences and technology
    • Culture and the arts
    • Heritage and the built environment
    • Military veterans and the disabled community
    • Armed forces

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    Royal Profile: Alexandre Coste Grimaldi

    Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste-Grimaldi was born as Alexandre Éric Stéphane Tossoukpé and later known as Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste  on 24 August 2003 as the son of  of Prince Albert of Monaco and Nicole Coste{Source}. He has two older half brothers from his mother, and an older half sister and two younger half siblings from his father, who are{Source}:
    • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992, also illegitimate)
    • Prince Jacques of Monaco (2014)
    • Princess Gabriella of Monaco (2014)

    He is also the step-son of Princess Charlene of Monaco, and nephew of Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie.

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

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

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

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

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

    Royal Profile: The Lady Amelia Windsor

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

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

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

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

    Royal Profile: Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy

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

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

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

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

    He is a citizen of Monaco, where he resided with his wife Donatella, and four daughters until 2011 or 2012, now the family resides in South Africa. His daughters are:

    1. Christine (2001)
    2. Alexia (2002)
    3. Vittoria (2007)
    4. Andrea (2008)
    Because he and daughters *technically* lost their place in succession with the death of Prince Rainier in 2005, she and her family are known to keep out of the main limelight. However, in more recent years, they have come to a few family events. In 2008,he, his wife, and their two older daughters (who were 6 years old and 7 years old at the time) attended the 32nd annual International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and they sat in the royal box with the rest of the Grimaldis. They also attended the event in 2011. In July 2011, he attended his mother's cousin's wedding ceremonies with his wife and three elder daughters. He also attended the Eagles and JM Jarre concerts (sitting in front of Princess Charlene). That November, he and his wife appeared with the family during the National Day festivities, at the church service, during the honor guard ceremony ( behind his wife, who is across and behind Princess Stephanie) and of course, on the balcony. In 2015, he and his wife were present during the baptism of the Princely Twins and his whole family was present for Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations (Sébastien can be seen dead center, the really tall guy, his two daughters Christine and Andrea can be seen in front of him next to Charlotte Casiraghi, and his 3rd daughter Alexia is to his right between Charlotte and Pierre. I also think that his wife Donatella is directly behind-thus hidden behind-Charlotte.).

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

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Royal Profile: 65 Facts of Queen Noor of Jordan

    1. Queen Noor al-Hussein,Queen Dowager of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951 the daughter of Najeeb Halaby and Doris Carlquist in Washington, DC, USA. 
    2. She has two siblings, brother Christian and sister Alexa{Source}.
    3. She was educated National Cathedral School from fourth to eighth grade, before she briefly attended The Chapin School in New York City. 
    4. She went on to graduate from Concord Academy in Massachusetts{Source}. 
    5. She attended Princeton University with its first coeducational freshman class, and received a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1973{Source}.
    6. After she graduated, Lisa Halaby moved to Australia, where she worked for a firm that specialized in planning new towns. 
    7. She became increasingly interested in the Middle East and immediately accepted a job offer from a British architectural firm that had been employed to redesign the city of Tehran{Source}.
    8.  In 1976, she moved back to the United States{Source}. 
    9. She thought about earning a master's degree in journalism and starting a career in television production{Source}. 
    10. However, she accepted a job offer from Managing Director of Arab Air Services, which was founded by her father, who was commissioned by the Jordanian government to redesign their airlines{Source}.
    11. She became Director of Facilities Planning and Design of the airline he founded{Source}.
    12.  In 1977, she was working for Royal Jordanian Airlines, in which capacity she attended various high-profile social events as the Director of Facilities Planning and Design{Source}.
    13. This is where she met Hussein of Jordan for the first time on the development of the Queen Alia International Airport{Source}. 
    14. The airport was named after Queen Alia, Hussein's third wife, who died in a helicopter crash the same year{Source}. 
    15. Halaby and the king became friends while he was still mourning the death of his wife{Source}. Their friendship evolved and the couple became engaged in 1978{Source}.
    16.  Wearing a Dior gown, she wed King Hussein on 15 June 1978 in Amman, becoming his fourth wife and Queen of Jordan{Source}.
    17. Together, they have four children:
      1. Prince Hamzah (1980)
      2. Prince Hashim ( 1981)
      3. Princess Iman (1983)
      4. Princess Raiyah (1986)
    18. They have the following children-in-law together:
      1. Fahdah Mohammed Abunayyan of Saudi Arabia (Hashim, m. 2006)
      2. Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef (Hamzah, 2003-2009)
      3. Princess Basmah biani Ahamad (Hamzah, 2012)
      4. Zaid Azimi Mirza (Iman, 2013)
    19. They also have the following grandchildren together:
      1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007,Hamzah)
      2. Princess Noor Al Bint Hamzah (2014,Hamzah)
      3. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007,Hashim)
      4. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008,Hashim)
      5. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011,Hashim )
      6. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015,Hashim)
      7. Omar Mirza (2014, Iman)
    20. From this marriage, she also gained 7 stepchildren, and several children-in-law :
      1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
      2. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962)
      3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
      4. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968)
      5. Princess Aisha bint Hussein (1968)
      6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
      7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
    21. She has the following step-children-in-law:
      1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977, div)
      2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (M. 1998)
      3. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
      4. Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan (m. 1989-2008,Faisal)
      5. Princess Sara of Jordan (m 2010-2013,Faisal)
      6. Princess Zeina of Jordan (m. 2015,Faisal)
      7. Mr. Zeid Juma (divorced, Alisha)
      8. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh (Zein)
      9. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2004, Haya)
      10.  Rym Brahimi(2004, Ali)
    22. She also has the following step-grandchildren:
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza bint Al Hussein (1981)
      2. Master Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      3. Princess Ayah bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1990)
      4. Master Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
      5. Prince Omar bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
      6. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      7. Princess Iman (1996)
      8. Princess Sara bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
      9. Princess Aisha bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997)
      10. Princess Salma (2000)
      11. Prince Hashem (2005)
      12. Princess Jalila bint Ali (2005)
      13. Prince Abdullah bin Ali (2007)
      14. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah of Jordan (2007)
      15. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
      16. Sheikha Al Jalila (2007)
      17. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
      18. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
      19. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
      20. Sheikh Zayed (2012)
      21. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
      22. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)
      23. Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan (2016)
      24. Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (2016)
      25. Master Aoun Juma 
      26. Miss Muna Juma
      27. Master Jaafar Al-Saleh
      28. Miss Jumana Al Saleh
      29. Miss Tahani Al Shawan al Saleh (Adopted)
    23. Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament{Source}. 
    24. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues{Source}. 
    25. Her conflict-recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa{Source}.
    26. Queen Noor's work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding{Source}. 
    27. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields{Source}. 
    28. Since 1979, the initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF)  have transformed development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication and sustainable development, women's empowerment, microfinance, health, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the developing world{Source}. 
    29. She is chairwoman of the  Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF)  {Source}. 
    30. She chairs the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI), founded in 1999 to build on her late husband's humanitarian vision and legacy in Jordan and abroad through national, regional, and international programs that promote education and leadership, economic empowerment, tolerance, and cross cultural dialogue and media that enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and across conflict lines{Source}. 
    31. Through KHFI, headquartered in the United States, Queen Noor awards the annual King Hussein Leadership Prize to individuals, groups, or institutions that demonstrate inspiring and courageous leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity, and peace{Source}. 
    32. Queen Noor is co-founder of The Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an unprecedented, not-for-profit initiative formed out of a partnership between private media, the United Nations, and global philanthropists to promote and support media content that enhances mutual understanding and respect within and among different societies and cultures{Source}.
    33. She has traveled extensively throughout the Balkans since her first humanitarian mission in 1996 after the fall of Srebrenica{Source}. 
    34. She is a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) created through the Dayton Accords to promote reconciliation and conflict resolution through the search for, recovery, and identification of missing persons from the armed conflicts in the Balkans{Source}. 
    35. She has supported and overseen the ICMP's groundbreaking forensic DNA identification and families/community reconciliation programs{Source}. 
    36. She has advocated with the leaders of BiH to finalize the establishment of The Missing Persons Institute, critical to resolution of the tragedy of tens of thousands of missing and murdered in the 1990s Balkans conflicts{Source}. 
    37. She has assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and has traveled to Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America to advocate with governments, support NGOs, and visit with landmine survivors struggling to recover and reclaim their lives{Source}. 
    38. She has testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus, appealing for humanitarian assistance and justice for hundreds of thousands of landmine victims worldwide{Source}.
    39. At the invitation of President Andrés Pastrana and President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Queen Noor has undertaken several humanitarian missions to Colombia to try to negotiate a series of humanitarian accords with the leaders of the country's guerilla insurgency on landmines, child soldiers and kidnappings, to promote mine awareness programs in rural and conflict areas with UNDP, to advocate against the use of anti-personnel mines especially in civilian areas, and to oversee the destruction of Colombia's last arsenal of anti-personnel mines{Source}. 
    40. In gratitude, the Government of Colombia granted Queen Noor full Colombian citizenship{Source}.
    41. In 2004 and 2005, as an expert advisor to the United Nations, Queen Noor traveled to Central Asia to advocate for adoption and implementation of the Ottawa Treaty throughout the region and for multi-sectoral commitment to the Millennium Development Goals in Tajikistan, one of the world's poorest countries{Source}. 
    42. She is a board member of Refugees International {Source}.
    43. She is an outspoken voice for the plight of refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world. She has visited Pakistan to assess the Afghan refugee situation and is advocating for international support for the nearly 5 million Iraqis displaced in Iraq and in Jordan, Syria, and other countries after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq{Source}.
    44. Queen Noor is actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery{Source}. 
    45. She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international effort to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, an Advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Seeds of Peace, Council of Women World Leaders, Women Waging Peace, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and International Patron and Honorary Chair of Survivor Corps {Source}.
    46. She is President of the United World Colleges{Source}.
    47. She is a Board Member of the Aspen Institute
    48. She is a part of the Refugees International{Source}.
    49. She is a member of America Near East Refugee Aid{Source}.
    50. She also takes part in Conservation International{Source}.
    51. She is Patron of the International Union for Conservation of Nature,
    52. She is Founding President and Honorary President Emeritus of BirdLife International {Source}.
    53. She is Patron of the SOS Children's Villages - USA in Jordan{Source}.
    54. Queen Noor is on the board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, alongside former President Bill Clinton{Source}. 
    55. She is the International Spokesperson for the McGill Middle East Program of Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP); in this capacity she has twice visited Montréal, Canada, officially and unofficially visited a number of the MMEP's centres in Jordan and Israel, and undertaken a number of fundraising activities, including the establishment of an MMEP program fund in her name{Source}. 
    56. Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters{Source}. 
    57. She received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection and advocacy {Source}. 
    58. She was honored with the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment{Source}. 
    59. In June 2009, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Chapter, honored her with its Healing the Planet Award{Source}. 
    60. She has published two books{Source}: 
      1. Hussein of Jordan (KHF Publishing, 2000) 
      2. Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (Miramax Books, 2003)
    61. She divides her time between Jordan, Washington, D.C., and London. 
    62. She continues to work on behalf of numerous international organizations and makes 70 to 100 speaking appearances annually{Source}.
    63. She holds numerous orders and honors from various countries, including{Source}:
      1. Grand Cordon of the Orders of Hussein ibn 'Ali with collar, Renaissance special class (5.6.1978)
      2. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (26.11.1983)
      3. The Virtues (Nishan al-Kemal) of Egypt (1989)
      4. Member of the Royal Family Order of Brunei (DK) (1984)
      5. Royal Order of the Seraphim of Sweden (15.9.1989)
      6. Knight of the Order of the Elephant of Denmark (27.4.1998)
      7. The Grand Decoration of Honour for Merit in gold with sash of the Republic of Austria
    64. She is active on social media, especially twitter.

    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: August 15-21, 2016


    -Prince Gabriel celebrated his 13th birthday on Saturday.


    -Crown Prince Frederick attended the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany on Friday {Photo}

    -Crown Princess Mary attended the medal ceremony for the winners of the first stages of the FEI European Championships for Ponies and attended the opening of Frederiksbjerg School on Friday {Source}{Source}

    -Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 13th birthday on Tuesday.


    -Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson celebrated her 1st birthday on Sunday.

    Great Britain

    -The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
     celebrated her 66th birthday on Monday.

    -Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor celebrated her 3rd birthday on Monday.


    -Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko attended a memorial service for war victims as well as to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the World War II on Monday {Video}

    -Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 10th birthday on Tuesday.


    -King Mohammed VI celebrated his 53rd birthday on Sunday.

    The Netherlands

    -King Willeim-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane attended the Rio Olympics Equestrian competition on Wednesday {Photos}


    -Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrated her 43rd birthday on Friday.

    -Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended the 100th anniversary commemorations of Studiehjemmet in Olso on Saturday {Source}


    -Elisabeta-Maria Bianca Elena de Roumanie Biarneix
     celebrated her 18th birthday on Monday.


    -King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended the Rio Olympics Equestrian competition on Wednesday {Photos}.

    Royal Profile: Mafalda Wilson

    Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson was born 21 August 2015 as the first child of Maria Theresia Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis & Hugo Wilson {Source}.

    She is the first grandchild of  Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis

    Royal Profile: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

    King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born 21 August 1963 the son of King Hassan II and Lalla Latifa Hammou. He has one older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother:

    1. Princess Lalla Meryem (1962)
      1. Fuad Filali (1957, m.1984-1999)
        1. Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali (1986)
          1. Mohammed El Mehdi Regragui (m. 2013)
            1. Twin (2015)
            2. Twin (2015)
        2. Moulay Idris Filali (1988)
    2. Princess Lalla Asma (1965)
      1. Khalid Bouchentouf (m. 1986)
        1. Moulay Yazid Bouchentouf (1988)
        2. Lalla Nuhaila Bouchentouf (1992)
    3. Princess Lalla Hasna (1967)
      1. Dr. Khalil Benharbit (1959, m. 1991)
        1. Lalla Oumaima Benharbit (1995)
        2. Lalla Oulaya Benharbit (1997)
    4. Prince Moulay Rachid (1970)
      1. Oum Kalthum Boufarès (1987, m. 2014)
        1. Moulay Ahmed (2016)

    He completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College and attained his Baccalaureate in 1981, before gaining a bachelor's degree in law at the Mohammed V University at Agdal in 1985. His research paper dealt with "the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations". He has also frequented the Imperial College and University of Rabat. Also in 1985, he was appointed President of the Pan Arab Games, and was commissioned a Colonel Major of the Royal Moroccan Army on 26 November. He served as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994.

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

    On 21 March 2002, he married Salma Bennani (now HRH Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. . They have two children:
    1. Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (2003)
    2. Princess Lalla Khadija (2007)

    Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

    Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium  was born 20 August 2003 as the eldest son of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. He has one older sister and two younger siblings{Source}:
    1. The Duchess of Brabant(2001)
    2. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium (2005)
    3. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)

    His godparents are{Source}:

    • Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg (Second cousin of his father)
    • Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz (maternal uncle)

    He began his education at age 5, at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (2005-Present)

    He was named:
    1. Gabriel: Continues the tradition of El-/-el names in the family
    2. Baudouin: For his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium.
    3. Charles: For his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz
    4. Marie: For the Virgin Mary, as per tradition with Catholic royalty.

    He is 2nd in line for the Belgian throne after his sister, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of BrabantHe likely speaks Dutch, French and German.He is the 7th grandchild of King Albert II & Queen Paola.

    He has joined the Royal Family during official functions on several occasions including family photo shoots {2003, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013}, National Day Celebrations {2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015}, the funeral of his paternal grandfather {2008}, the official launch of the 34th Floralies of Ghent {2010}, the wedding of his maternal aunt {2011}, the abdication of his grandfather and inauguration of his father/The Belgian National Day celebrations {2013}. He has also attended many family photo calls {2006 Summer Holidays, 2007 Summer Holidays, 2008 Summer holidays, 2009 Summer Holidays,  2012 Skiing Holiday2014 Skiing Holiday2016 Skiing Holiday}

    Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria

    Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria was born 11 November 2013 as the first child of Archduke Imre of Au...