Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Fumihito of Akishino

Prince Fumihito of Akishino was born 30 November 1965, the second son of Emperor Akhito & Empress Michiko of Japan {Source}. The Prince has two siblings, two siblings-in-law, and niece {Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    1. Crown Princess Masako (m. 1993)
      1. Princess Aiko (2001) 
  2. Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969) 
    1. Yoshiki Kuroda (m. 2005)

Like his siblings education, his is also extensive. He holds a Political Studies degree from Gakushuin University{Source}. After that, he moved to England to study at the University of Oxford for two years {Source}. In 1996, he recieved his PhD from the National University for General Research{Source}.

The second son and second in line for the Japanese Imperial Crown holds many honorary postitions. Some of these positions include {Source}:

  • Imperial House Council (Reserve Member) 
  • Yamashina Institute for Ornithology(President) 
  • Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Japan Water Prize Committee
  • Waksman Foundation of Japan INC (honorary President) 
  • Siam Society(honorary Vice President) 
  • Society for the Protection of Mitera Sennyuji & Social Welfare Organization "Saiseikai" Imperial Gift Foundation Inc(patron) 
  • World Wide Fund for Nature Japan
  • Japan Tennis Association (Honorary President)
  • Japan-Netherlands Society
  • Association for All Nippon Gourd Fanciers(Honorary Patron) 
  • Researcher Extraordinary of the University Museum, the University of Tokyo
On 29 June 1990, he married Princess Kiko{Source}. Together they have the following children:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Royal Profile: Don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solís

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

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Royal Profile: Emma van Vollenhoven

Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven was born 28 November 2006 as the daughter of Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven {Source}. She has a younger brother{Source}:

Prior to her great-aunt Beatrix's abdication in 2013, she was distantly in line for the Dutch throne. However, with the abdication, she and her family lost their succession rights. It is likely that she lives a fairly normal lifestyle. She is a granddaughter of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}

Royal Profile: Clara Schmidt af Rosenborg

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


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



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

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

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Maria Theresia Ludowika Klothilde Helene Alexandra von Thurn und Taxis was born 28 November 1980 as the first child and elder daughter of Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis and his wife, Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis {Source}. She has two younger siblings{Source}:


She and her siblings grew up on the family's estate, Schloss St. Emmeram, and attended local schools. To get her required German University entrance exams, Gloria sent her to England to complete her secondary education. In 2002, she began studying sociology, psychology and communication in Spain {Source}. In 2004, she returned to London, where she studied media studies with a focus on film and directing {Source}

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: November 21-27, 2016

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended a reception on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}

-King Philippe  attended a meeting on the production and export of medicines on Tuesday {Photo}

-Queen Mathilde attended the kickoff to Read Aloud Week at De Kleine Wereld and participated in a panel discussion with authors, experts and volunteers on Monday {Source}. On Friday, she attended the opening of Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall (Koningin Elisabethzaal) {Photos}

-Princess Léa attended the 2016 Prince Alexander of Belgium Awards Ceremony on Monday {Photos}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II attended a press conference ahead of the opening performance of Nøddeknækkeren on Thursday {Source}
Queen Margrethe II is this year's production designer.

-Prince Joachim & Princess Marie attended a charity dinner for the organization Stop Madspild on Wednesday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Fredrik officially opened the new wards of Kolding Hospital on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary undertook an official visit to Moldova from Wednesday to Friday {Source}{Photos}.
Crown Princess Mary is patron of  the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the visit primarialy focused on women and children's health, maintaining momentum on immunization and addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

-Prince Joachim opened factories for the production of vegetable proteins "Unibio Groups" on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Marie attended  the DanChurchAid's (Folkekirkens Nødhjælp) Christmas event on Tuesday {Photos} On Sunday, the Queen's younger daughter-in-law attended the 2016 AIDS-Fondets julekoncert {Photos}

-Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated her 19th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Princess Marie of Hanover, The Countess von Houchburg celebrated her 64th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern celebrated her 54th birthday on Sunday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a special service of Thanksgiving in honor of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme's 50th Anniversary on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Michael of Kent attended a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Royal Life Saving Society on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales hosted a reception in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Walk the Walk charity and met with its ambassadors and supporters on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the future king  attended the consecration of the St. Thomas Cathedral Syrian Orthodox Church {Video}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal hosted the first annual Princess Royal Training Awards on Thursday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Southampton Children's Hospital where she opened the Piam Brown Cancer Unit on Thursday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex met with representatives from the organization Defence Medical Welfare Service on Thursday{Photo}
The Countess of Wessex is a new patron of the organization.

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended a reception to mark The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme's 60th anniversary on Thursday {Source}.

-Prince Harry continued his official visit to the Caribbean islands this week {Source}{Source}{Source}{Photos}.

-Catherine, The Duchess of  Cambridge visited the Natural History Museum to attend a farewell ceremony for the beloved exhibit "Dippy" and attended a tea party with  children from Oakington Manor Primary School and attended the Place2Be Awards on Tuesday {Source}{Source}{Photos}.

Japan

-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako held an audience with the Japanese Ambassador to Singapore on Saturday {Photos}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania undertook an official visit to Australia this week {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos} {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

Luxembourg

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended gala dinner of 30th anniversary of establishment of Doctors Without Borders Association-Luxembourg Section (MSF) on Thursday {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II attended the 2016 Grandes Médailles Albert I on Monday {Video}

-Princess Stephanie, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended FIGHT AIDS MONACO's Test in the City event on Wednesday {Photos}
Miss Ducruet was home from studying in NYC for Thanksgiving Break.

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-King Willeim Alexander I visited COC Netherlands on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch monarch visited Almere for a series of engagements {Photos}

-Princess Beatrix & Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma attended opening of the exhibition Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth  on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Beatrix attended a museum symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Dutch Historical Maritime Museum on Friday{Photos}

Norway

-King Harald V & Queen Sonja attended a gala concert in honor of the 90th birthday of Norwegian actor Toralv Maurstad on Sunday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended Zerokonferansen 2016 on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended Brageprisen 2016 on Wednesday {Photos}{Video}{Source}

Portugal

-Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza celebrated her 50th birthday on Tuesday.

The Infante Dinis de Herédia de Bragança, Duke of Porto celebrated his 17th birthday on Friday.

Romania

-Prince Radu hosted a reception for members of the Romanian Federation of Fencing on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Maria visited the photo exhibition titled Regele Mihai I al României, un destin în slujba Ţării hosted by the National Library on Friday {Source}

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 50th anniversary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the royal duo attended the 28th Jaime I Awards ceremony {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, the Spanish monarch and consort attended the centenary celebrations of the Central Market of Valencia  {Source}

 -King Felipe VI participated in Operation Empecinado on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the Spanish monarch held audiences with the Governor of Puerto Rico and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Brazil {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Spanish King visited Burgos {Source}.

-Queen Sofia presided over the delivery of the XXV edition of the Queen Sofia Prize of Ibero-American Poetry on Saturday{Photos}. On Sunday, she attended a religious ceremony to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Ramon Llull {Photos}

-Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo attended the opening of the exhibition Glimpses of Madrid  on Wednesday {Source}

 -Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano celebrated his 11th birthday on Wednesday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf chaired a meeting of the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Fund on Monday {Source}. On Thursday and Friday, the Swedish monarch visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with the Swedish Scouting Association {Source}

-Queen Silvia attended a seminar entitledNarcotics: problems and solutions to this global problem and  attended opening of the exhibition Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth  and met with Pope Francis on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria visited RG Aktiv Rehab on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Daniel visited Skövde School where he spoke of his scholarship program on Tuesday{Photos}{Source}. On Wednesday, the future Prince Consort attended the fall Forum for Welfare {Source}

Royal Profile:Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern

Princess Désirée Margrethe Victoria Louise Sibylla Katharina Maria of Hohenzollern was born on 27 November 1963 as the daughter of  Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern and Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern {Source}. She has the following brothers, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews:

  1. Prince Karl Christan of Hohenzollern (1962)
    1. Nicole Neschitsch (m. 1999)
      1. Nikolas Prinz von Hohenzollern (1999)
  2. 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)


Princess Désirée has been married twice, and has three children {Source}. She married Heinrich Gran von Ortonburg on 21 September 1990, and they were divorced by November 2004, together they have three children {Source}:

  1. Carl Theodor Graf von Ortonburg (1992)
  2. Friedrich-Hubertus Graf von Ortonburg (1995)
  3. Carolina Gräfin von Ortonburg (1997)
She is a niece of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, but is not in succession for the Swedish throne as its restricted to his descendants. However, she is in succession for the British throne, distantly. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Royal Profile: Louis Ducruet

Louis Robert Paul Ducruet was born on 26 November 2013 in Monaco as the elder of two children of Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet{Source}. He has two sisters and a brother{Source}:

  • Michael (1992, paternal half brother, about 10 months older)
  • Pauline (full sister, 1994)
  • Camille (maternal half sister, 1998)
  • Unnamed Paternal half sister (guessing here, 2011?)


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

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


He rarely appears in public on behalf of the Monégasque Princely Family. However, in 2014, he made very few brief appearances including the Star Team for children and World Stars football match during the Monaco Grand Prix Week and opening of the Monaco Yacht Club inJune with his entire family (I mean entire...99% of them were there!). In 2005, along with his little sister, he appeared on the reality television show, La Ferme Célébrités. In 2013, during the Grand Prix Week, he played in a charity football match, and at the end of the summer, he alongside his mother and younger sister appeared at the FIGHT AIDS Monaco Gala. In 2015, he attended the unveiling of his new cousins to the public in January, their christening in May, his uncle's 10 year enthronement celebrations & his cousin Pierre's civil wedding ceremony in July, as well as the 2015 Fight Aids Monaco Gala in July, his cousin Pierre's religious ceremony in August, the 2015 Golden Foot Awards in September and Monaco's National Day celebrations in November. In 2016, he was present at several days of the  40th International Circus Festival and **New Generation** Festival, he joined his aunt and uncle for the Monaco Grand Prix, was joined by his uncle and girlfriend for the closing ceremony of the 2016 56th Monte Carlo TV Festival, attended UEFA Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France, attended day 2 of SPORTEL Monaco 2016 and the Golden Foot Awards, and most recently, he was present during the national day festivities
Other recent events he attended were: his mother and sister's circus festivals, his uncle’s2005 Enthronement ceremony, and July 2011 wedding to his new aunt, Princess Charlene,appearing on the balcony after the civil service, arriving with his mother, sisters, aunt and younger cousin at the religious service, and attending the JM Jarre concert after the civil service, and the Eagles Concert prior to the festivities.


Louis, along with little sister Pauline (and most of the rest of the Grimaldis), is a major fan of Monaco’s home football team, AS Monaco FC. When Louis was a youngster, Prince Albert joked that they may have to change the name of the Monégasque stadium to Stade Louis III from Stade Louis II, in his honor.

He was originally to be named something else, but at last minute, he was named Louis for his maternal great-grandfather, Louis II. Presently, he is 9th in line for the Monegasque throne after his aunt Caroline, six cousins (Andrea, Pierre, Charlotte, Alexandra, Gabriella & Jacques), and his mother Stephanie, however with the pending 2017 birth of Princess Caroline's second grandchild from her son Pierre and daughter-in-law Beatrice, he will move down in succession to occupy 10th Place. Louis does not bear the title HSH Prince of Monaco at his parents' request to give him a semi-normal life, given how far down the line of succession he is in line.

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

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


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

He has an older brother and sister{Source}:

Due to the Portuguese throne being defunct, it's likely that Dinis and his elder siblings lead fairly normal lives. Presently, Dinis is 2nd in line for the defunct Portuguese throne after his father and brother.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Royal Profile: Anastasia Rosanes af Rosenborg

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Royal Profile: Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano

Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano was born on 23 November 2005 as the second son of Don Bruno Alejandro Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon &  Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza {Source}.
He has two siblings {Source}:
  • Alejandro Juan Gomez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
  • Alvaro Gomez-Acebo y Cano ( 2011)

He is currently not in succession nor *technically* eligible for succession, depending on how you see his grandmother's abdication. His grandmother renounced her rights to the Spanish throne upon her marriage, but due to it being before the Constitution it is debated whether or not it holds today. It is long debated whether or not she and her family have Spanish succession rights or not as the Spanish Constitution section 57 states{Source}:


The Crown of Spain shall be inherited by the successors of H. M. Juan Carlos I de Borbón, the legitimate heir of the historic dynasty. Succession to the throne shall follow the regular order of primogeniture and representation, the first line always having preference over subsequent lines; within the same line,the closer grade over the more remote; within the same grade, the male over the female, and in the same sex, the elder over the younger.

To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants". It's likely he will lead a relatively normal life. in 2014, he attended the first communion of his brother with his family {Source}.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Royal Profile: Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza

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

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


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



On May 13, 1995, she married Duarte, Duke of Braganza{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:


After her marriage, she began conducting seminars and conferences in several parts of the world {Source}. She is patron to several organizations including{Source}:

  • Aboim Refuge Ascension - Faro
  • Help Newborn
  • Trisomy 21
  • Myasthenia Portuguese Association of Record and Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Cradle Help
  • The Francisquinhos 
The Duchess of Bragança Lady is Grand Master of the Royal Sta Isabel Order, Grand Cross of the Order of Our Lady of Conception of Vila Viçosa and Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Lady Order of Malta Military{Source}

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: November 14-20, 2016

Belgium

-King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este & Prince Laurent attended the King's Day celebrations on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Phlippe & Queen Mathilde held an audience at the royal palace in Brussels for the persons who received a distinction or noble title in 2016 on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited the Belgian pilots at Al Azraq Air Force Base on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde  visited the exhibition "Ukyo-e. The most beautiful Japanese drawings" on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, she attended  the launch of the new campaign 'Schat je schatje' of missing children center Child Focus (Center for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children) {Photos}

Bulgaria

-Princess Sofia & Prince Umberto celebrated their 17th birthdays on Sunday. 

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary had new official portraits to mark their wedding anniversary released on Monday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mary attend opening of Vesterbro Mothers Help's House (Mødrehjælpen) on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Marie attended local finals in Project Edison at Øster Farimagsgades School on Monday {Source}

-Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg, The Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated her 46th birthday on Sunday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  attended a reception to showcase forestry projects that have been dedicated to the new conservation initiative The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) on Tuesday {Photos}. On Sunday, the royal duo celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

-Queen Elizabeth II met with the newly appointed Ambassador from Hungary and the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the official opening of the new Design Museum on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles  of Wales celebrated his 68th birthday on Monday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially open the Maritime Skills Academy on Wednesday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Princess Michael of Kent attended the memorial service for The Hon. Mark Vesty on Thursday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Portesbery School on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the Queen's younger daughter-in-law visited the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) at the The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst {Photos}
Sophie, The Countess of Wessex is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge undertook a two-day visit to Vietnam starting on Monday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}
During his visit he attended the  3rd International Conference.

-Prince Harry of Wales  visited The Hurlingham Club on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the younger son of the heir apparent attended a reception for Walking for the Wounded {Photos}
During the visit he wore specially made red brooches from a member of the "Joyful Noise" choir, a creation of NAZ, a sexual health charity for minority communities, he was also joined by Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg.

-Peter Mark Andrew Philips celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday.

-The Lady Davina Lewis celebrated her 39th birthday on Saturday.

Greece

-Prince Nikolous & Princess Tatiana attended US President Obama's speech at the  Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Olga, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia celebrated her 45th birthday on Thursday.

Germany

-Prince Georg Freidrich of Prussia & Princess Sophie of Prussia, Princess von Isenburg welcomed their fourth child on Thursday {Source}
The child's name and title is Prince Heinrich Albert Johann Georg of Prussia and he joins almost 4 year old twins Prince Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia & Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and 18 month old big sister Princess Emma Marie of Prussia

Italy

-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duke of Castro & Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchessof Castro attended the Monegasque National Day celebrations on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II visited the Belgian pilots at Al Azraq Air Force Base on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Rania attended a panel discussion on education development on Wednesday {Photos}

-Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday.

Liechtenstein

-Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff celebrated her 11th birthday on Monday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Louis & Princess Tessy visited The Hurlingham Club on Tuesday {Photos}
During the visit they wore specially made red brooches from a member of the "Joyful Noise" choir, a creation of NAZ, a sexual health charity for minority communities and they were joined by Prince Harry of Wales.

-Prince Wenceslas de Nassau celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Gabriella, Prince Jacques, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess Stephanie, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi, Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet,Raphael Casiraghi-Elmaleh,  Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer, Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer, Baron Jean-Leonord Taubert-Natta, Baroness Susanna Taubert-Natta, Antoine de Massy, Melanie-Antoinette de Massy, K. Sebastian Knecht de Massy,  Christine Knecht de Massy, Sylvestre de Brouwer & Rose de Brouwer attended the National Day celebrations on Saturday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}
Also present were Tatiana Santo Domingo and her children Sacha Santo Domingo and India Santo Domingo  and D. Christopher LeVine, Jr and D. Christopher LeVine III. Sylvestre & Rose de Brouwer, Raphael Casiraghi-Elmaleh and Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella only made balcony appearances. Sacha and India Santo Domingo appeared in the honor court and on the balcony. Sylvestre and Rose are the great-grandchildren of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy. 

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover,  Princess Stephanie & Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended the presentation of the Order of Grimaldi and Order of St. Charles on Thursday {Video}
At approximately 1:37 Princess Caroline has an earring malfunction, but recovers quickly. Also seen here is D. Christopher LeVine III who is a holder of the Order of St. Charles as a godparent of Prince Jacques in 2015.

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Princess Caroline of Hanover & Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi attended the 2016 Monaco National Day Gala Performance on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the annual gift giving at the Monaco Red Cross in honor of National Day on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Stephanie & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the annual gift giving to Monegasque senior citizens on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II wrapped up a three day trip to the COP 22 Summit on Tuesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Queen Máxima  visited the Barneveld Social Welfare Organization and attended the 90th anniversary celebrations of Jaardemussen on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}.

-Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane had new portraits released on Thursday {Photos}.

-Princess Beatrix attended the 19th edition of the Ballet Gala Foundation Dancers ’79 on Monday {Photos}

-Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven celebrated his 8th birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma & Piacenza & Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Parma &Piacenza celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon  visited Smart Plants and Innovation Dock on Wednesday {Source}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta held audiences with members of Romania's Red Cross on Wednesday {Source}.

-Princess Elena celebrated her 66th birthday on Tuesday.
ed note:I didn't realize her birthday was this week until after it was already over, thus no Royal Profile this year, however, I have her birthday on the list for next year's royal profiles like her children, father and sisters.

-Princess Maria  officially opened the exhibit Iași, oraș regal  on Saturday {Source}{Source}.

Spain

-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Austrias & The Infanta Sofia attended opening ceremony of the term of office held at the Lower House on Thursday {Photos}

-King Felipe VI attended the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of University of Deusto on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Queen Letizia attended the 'Proyecto Promociona' meeting at BBVA Bank (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA) on Monday {Photos}

Thailand

-Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opened ITU Telecom World 2016 on Monday {Photos}
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the daughter of the recently deceased king and sister of the soon to be enthroned King.

Royal Profile: Prince Umberto of Bulgaria

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


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


He likely lives the average life of a 17 year old. Not much is publicly known about him.

Royal Profile: Princess Sofia of Bulgaria

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

Her godparents are{Source}:

In additon to her brother, she also shares a birthday with Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth.


She likely lives the average life of a 17 year old. Not much is publicly known about her.

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

Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, The Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 20 November 1970, the 2nd eldest child of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}. She has two siblings{Source}:
  1. Gustav, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    1. Carina Axelsson (not married)
  2. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
    1. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010) 
      2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
Under the succession rules set by her grandfather stating that she and her siblings needed to take up permanent residence in order in Denmark in order to succeed the throne{Source}. Due to her being raised in Germany, she is not in line for the Danish throne.

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


She married on 6 June 1998 at the Danish Royal Family's summer residence to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. Together, they have two children:
  1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
  2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)


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

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Royal Profile: Pieter van Vollenhoven

Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven was born 19 November 2008 as the second child of Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven-van Eijk {Source}. He has one sister {Source}:

  • Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
He is the grandchild of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. Due to Dutch law, he is currently not in succession after the abdication of his great-aunt, Princess Beatrix in 2013. It is likely he will lead a fairly normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: The Lady Davina Lewis

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



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

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

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

During a vacation in Bali, she met and fell in love with New Zealander carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, Gary Lewis. After a four year courtship, the pair married in a small ceremony at the chapel at Kensington Palace on 31 July 2004, of which the only members of the Royal Family that were present were her parents. It was on this day that Davina became a stepmother to Lewis's son, Ari Lewis, whom which was from a previous relationship. Together, they have two children. as well as Gary's son from a previous relationship:

  1. Ari Lewis (stepson, 1992)
  2. Senna Kowhai Lewis (2010)
  3. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (2012)

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Wenceslas de Nassau

Prince Wenceslas François Baudoin Léopold Juraj Marie Marc d'Aviano  de Nassau was born 17 October 1999 as the son of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his first wife,  Hélène Suzanna Vestur. He has two older siblings and a younger brother:
  • Princess Marie-Gabrielle de Nassau (1986)
  • Prince Constantin  de Nassau (1988)
  • Prince Carl-Johan de Nassau (1992)

He grew up in Paris with his siblings. His father renounced his succession rights when he married Vestur and renounced the rights to the throne for his children. It's likely he leads a fairly normal lifestyle and not much is known about him.

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

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

She has an older sister, a brother-in-law, and two nephews{Source}:

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

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


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


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

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Royal Profile: Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh

Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh was born 15 November 1992 as the son of Princess Alia bint Hussein of Jordan and Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh {Source}. He has an older half-brother and a full brother:

  1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981, older half brother)
  2. Talal Al-Saleh (1989, younger brother)

Not much is publicly known about him. He is not in line for the Jordanian throne, coming from the maternal side. It is likely that he leads a fairly normal lifestyle. His uncle is the current King of Jordan.

Royal Profile: Peter Philips

Peter Mark Andrew Philips was born the eldest son of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Philips on 15 November 1977{Source}. He is the 1st legitimate grandchild of a monarch to be born without a title or courtesy title in 500 years. At the time of his birth, there was a 41-gun salute from the Tower of London. His godparents were:

  • The Prince of Wales (his uncle, who he nearly shares a birthday with)
  • the Rt. Rev'd. Geoffrey Tiarks
  • Captain Hamish Lochore
  • Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel 
  • Jane Holderness-Roddam

Peter has no biological brothers, but has one full younger sister and two half younger sisters, as well as a brother-in-law and niece:


  1. Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall (1981)
    1. Michael James Tindall (1978, m. 2011)
      1. Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
  2. Felicity Tonkin (1985) 
  3. Stephanie Philips (1997)

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

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

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


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


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

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Royal Profile: Camilla von Lattorff

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

She has three brothers and four sisters, two older sisters, an older brother, and two younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}{Source}:


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

It is likely that she speaks German, the official language of Liechtenstein. Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight.

Royal Profile: The Prince Charles of Wales

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

His godparents were:

  • King George V (his maternal grandfather)
  • King Haakon VIII (his distant cousin)
  • Queen Mary (his maternal great grandmother)
  • The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (his maternal aunt)
  • Prince George of Greece (his paternal granduncle)
  • Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (his paternal great-grandmother)
  • Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (his paternal cousin)
  • The Hon. David Bowes-Lyon (his maternal granduncle)

When he was just three years old, he became heir-apparent to the throne at his mother's ascendance to the throne in 1952{Source}.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


  1. Tom Parker-Bowels
    1. Sara Parker-Bowles
      1. Lola Parker-Bowles (2007)
      2. Freddy Parker-Bowles (2010)
  1. Laura Lopes
    1. Harry Lopes
      1. Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Louis Lopes (2009)

Prince Charles is very active in charity work. He has developed an organization titled The Prince's Charities, which he is patron and President of. The charity reflects his long term and innovated perspectives, and seeks to address areas that have previous unmet needs. The Prince's primary interests are in feilds such as the built of the environment, global sustainability, youth opportunity, education and faith.

Royal Profile: Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the eldest child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino & Kiko, Princess Akishino { Source ...