Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

Austria

-Archduchess Marie-Christine, Countess of Limburg-Strum celebrated her

French

-Prince François d'Orléans, Count of Dreux & Princess Theresa d'Orleans, Countess of Dreux celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

-Samuel David Benedict Chatto celebrated his 20th birthday on Thursday.

-The Lady Davina Lewis & Gary Lewis celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-James Robert Bruce Ogilvy & Julia Caroline Ogilvy celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

-Mariana Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday.

-Lord Nicolas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor celebrated his 46th birthday on Monday.

Greece

-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 20th birthday on Monday.

-Carlos Morales y de Grecia celebrated his 11th birthday on Saturday.

Liechtenstein

-Prince Hans-Adam II & Princess Marie celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Thailand

-Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn celebrated his 64th birthday on Thursday.

Spain

-Queen Letizia presided over the 25th edition of the Premios FEDEPE on Tuesday {Source}

-Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday.

Royal Profile :Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum

Archduchess Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum was born 31 July 1983 as the eldest daughter of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, Archduchess of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has the following younger siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}.
  1. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
      2. Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
  2. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  3. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)

On 6 December 2008 to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979) {Source}. Together, they have two sons:
  1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
  2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
They are said to be expecting their third child {Source}.

Royal Profile: 31 Facts about Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy

  1. Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy was born 31 July 1966 as the second child of Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent {Source}. 
  2. She is the only daughter of Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent  {Source}. 
  3. She has an older brother{Source}:
    1. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (1964)
  4. Through her brother, she has a  sister-in-law{Source}:
    1. Julia Caroline Rawlinson (m. 1988)
  5. She has one niece {Source}:
    1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
  6. She has one nephew{Source}: 
    1. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
  7.  Her godparents were{Source}{Source}:
    1. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
    2. Prince Charles of Wales
  8. As a youngster, she was rather rebellious, and tabloids often labeled her the "black sheep". 
  9. She appeared on the cover of the fetish magazine, Skin Two, wearing a rubber jumpsuit and a crown, surrounded by corgis{Source}. 
  10. Upon this publication, her relationship with her parents and other royal relations became...strained to say the least {Source}. 
  11. She dated painter and decoration Phil Finton before moving on to Paul Mowatt {Source}.
  12. She married Paul Mowatt on 2 February 1990{Source}.
  13. They have two children together{Source}:
    1. Zenouska May Mowatt (1990)
    2. Christian Alexander Mowatt (1993)
  14. Marina and Paul were divorced in October 1997{Source}.
  15. Presently, Marina is 51st in line for the throne after the immediate family of the current reigning monarch, the Gloucester family, her uncle and his family, her mother, her brother, a niece and nephew{Source}. 
  16. She occasionally attends family and official events, such as weddings and The Trooping of Colour.
  17. She was once on welfare-while living in a grace and favor home by the Queen {Source}.
  18. It is said that during her marriage, she had a falling out with her godfather, The Prince of Wales {Source}.
  19. In 1989 rebel Marina tore her family apart with scandalous behaviour leading to her exile from royal gatherings{Source}.
  20. She is said to have grown closer to her mother since her father's death in 2004{Source}.
  21. She once had a career as a composer writing advertising jingles and film soundtracks. {Source}.
  22. Marina enrolled at the Royal Holloway College in Egham, Surrey, to begin a course in orchestration. {Source}.
  23. In 2003, she drove a silver Ford Focus{Source}.
  24. She was named:
    1. Mariana: maternal grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
    2. Victoria: Queen Victoria, her 3x great grandmother
    3. Alexandra: Her mother
  25. She is related to the following monarchs and consorts:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II: maternal 1st cousin 1x removed
    2. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: maternal 1st cousin 2x removed
    3. King Felipe VI of Spain: both his 3rd and 2nd cousin 2x removed on either side of his family 
  26. She is related to the following former monarchs and consorts:
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain: maternal 2nd cousins 1x removed
    2. King Juan Carlos of Spain: maternal 3rd cousins 1x removed
    3. King Constantine II of Greece: maternal 2nd cousins 1x removed
    4. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece: maternal 3rd cousins 1x removed
  27. In 2014, she was seen in the public eye raising funds for the British Red Cross {Source}.
  28. She was born under the sign Leo.
  29. Her life path number is 33.
  30. Mariana's maternal grandfather died 24 years prior to her birth, her maternal grandmother died when she was two years of age.
  31. She shares a birthday with Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Royal Profile: Carlos Morales y de Grecia

Carlos Morales y de Grecia was born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona the third child and only son of Princess Alexia of Greece & Carlos Morales {Source} He has two older sisters and a younger sister {Source}:

  1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
  2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
  3. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Infanta Elena of Spain (his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (his maternal uncle)
  3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (his maternal uncle)


At the age of 5, he attended his maternal uncle's wedding in Greece with his parents and sisters {Source}.

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

Although 8th in line for the Greek throne after two uncles, his mother and several cousins, he seems to lead a relatively normal life and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre

Infanta María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre was born 30 July 1936 is the eldest daughter of Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies {Source}. She also has two younger surviving siblings, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Infanta Margarita of Spain {Source}. Her younger brother, Infante Alfonso died in 1956 {Source}.

The majority of her early years was spent in exile in Portugal. Infanta Pilar renouced 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".

From 1994-2005, she served as president of the International Equestrian Federation, until Princess Haya of Jordan succeed her. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain from 1996-2006, and now acts as an honorary member of the IOC {Source}. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Spanish Olympic Committee {Source} and President of Europa Nostra from 2007-2009 {Source}. The Infanta speaks several languages fluently, including: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course, Spanish.

When her younger brother married Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, Infanta Pilar was a bridesmaid {Source}. She married a few years later on 5 May 1967 in Portugal to Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain. Together, they have five children and 11 grandchildren:

  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Don José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1990-2012, div)
    1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
    2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
    3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, The Viscount de la Torre (1969)
    1.  Winston Holmes Carney (m. 2014) 
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
  3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza (m. 2002)
      1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
      2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
      3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2011)
  4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Laura Ponte y Martinez (m. 2004, div. 2011)
      1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
      2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
    2. Andrea Pascual Vicens (m. 2016)
      1. N. Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (2016) {Source}
  5. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)
    1. Mónica Martín Luque (m. 2004, div. 2013)
    2. Nadia Halamandari (m. 2016)
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (2016)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Royal Profile: Samuel Chatto

Samuel David Benedict Chatto was born 28 July 1998 in London, the elder of two sons of The Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto {Source}. He has a younger brother:

  1. Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto (1999)

One of his godparents was Prince Charles {Source}.

He is currently 22nd in line to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom after his mother {Source}.

For his younger years, he attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School {Source}. He is believed to now be following Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry's footsteps and attending Eton College{Source}.

Although he performs no official royal functions, he has attended a few in recent years. He and his family typically attend Christmas at Sandringham {2006, 200820102015}. He also has attended the State Opening of Parliament {2010}{2013}

He along side his family, aunt and uncle and cousins, attended the service of Thanksgiving in honor of his late grandmother and great-grandmother in 2012 {Photos}. Also in 2012, he alongside his parents and brother, attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at Goodwood Festival of Speed {Photos} and attended day 1 of the Goodwood Races {Photos}.He is a regular at Queen Elizabeth II's pre-Christmas luncheon {2011 seated between his parents2012 sitting behind his brother2013, seated behind his parents}

It is presumed that Samuel leads a relatively normal life, in spite of being a great-nephew to the Queen.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand was born 28 July 1952 the only son of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit.

He had a worldly education, spending his primary years in Thailand, before moving on to England and Australia for his upper educational studies. The Prince undertook military training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia, and also completed an arts degree at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. He also took a period of time as a Buddhist monk {Source}.

In 1977, he married his maternal first cousin Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara {Source} , a year later his first child was born {Source}. He and Princess Soamsvali Kitiyakara were divorced sometime in the 1980s {Source}. His second marriage produced four illegitimate children as they were born prior to the 1994 marriage {Source}. In 2001, he married again, to HRH Princess Srirasmi, who has since given him a son {Source}

His children are:

  1. Princess Bajrakitiyabha (1978)
  2. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol(1979)
  3. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  4. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  5. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (1985)
  6. Princess Siriwanwari Nariratana (1987)
  7. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (2005)



On 3 January 1977, Vajiralongkorn married, a first cousin on his mother's side. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn started living with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth in the late 1970s and had five children with her. Although Princess Soamsavali had refused divorce for many years, Vajiralongkorn was finally able to sue for divorce in the Family Court in January 1993. In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsavali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. The divorce was finalized in July 1993. Princess Soamsavali and her daughter continue to play a significant role in royal ceremonies.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Royal Profile: Lord Nicholas Windsor

Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor was born on 25 July 1970 as the youngest child of  Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent and Katharine, The Duchess of Kent {Source}. He has an older brother, an older sister, two siblings-in-law,three nephews, and four nieces {Source}:

  1. George, The Earl of St Andrews(1962)
    1. Sylvana Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews (1957. m. 1988)
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
    1. Timothy Taylor (m. 1992)
      1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
      2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
      3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
      4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
He was educated at Harrow School in London, England{Source}. He became a Roman Catholic in 2001, thus barring him and his descendants from the throne {Source}.

He married Paola, Countess Doimi de Lupis in November 2006{Source}. Together, they have three sons:




Royal Profile: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark was born 25 July 1996 in New York, NY USA the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. She has four younger brothers:

  1. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
  2. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
  3. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
  4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)


Her godparents were {Source}:

  1. Princess Alexia of Greece (paternal aunt)
  2. Prince Michael of Greece (1st cousin 2x removed)
  3. The Prince Charles of Wales(2nd cousin 2x removed)


She has grown up mostly in the US and Europe. She was born in the US, and likely lived here until she was at least two, before the family temporary went back to England, where her brother Odysseus-Kimon was born in 2004. Four years later, she was back in the US, this time on the "left coast", where her youngest brother was born in Los Angeles in 2008.

Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, she still participates in numerous appearances. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with her paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. In 2005, she attended her new brother's christening {Photo}. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. In 2010, she was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}. In 2011, she was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos} and attended the annual ARK Gala Dinner with her parents {Photos}. In 2012, along side her mother and grandfather, she attended a dinner and private view of'Valentino: Master Of Couture' {Photos}. In 2013, she attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}. She has also designed her own handbag for charity called "The Japan Bag", which was sold by her mother's line, Marie Chantal, that was released in September 2013 and will benefit the construction of a new nursery school in the tsunami-devastated town of Minami Sanriku in Japan {Source}. The bag can be purchased in three locations online, at Marie-Chantal's Hawaii store or at the store in Guam {Source}. The bag is still available for purchase on the online for $75+shipping and handling. In 2016, she attended the  opening of 'Women: New Portraits ByAnnie Leibovitz' hosted by Vogue & UBS at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station {Photos}, Dolce & Gabbana Pyjama Party {Photos}, 2016 Foundation Fighting Blindness Gala {Photos}, the 2016 Met Gala, the Balmain and Olivier Rousteing after the Met Gala Celebration, several Paris Fashion Week events, the 7th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York and more Paris Fashion Week events

 
She was educated in England, and the United States. As a youngster, she attended Garden House School in England, graduating in 2007. For her upper school years, she attended  a creative arts school in London {Source}. In September 2015, she began her freshman year at New York University, studying fashion {Source} {Ed Note: NYU and Parsons ARE NOT THE SAME SCHOOL. NYU's fashion school is Gallatin, while Parsons is connected to The New School. Pauline Ducruet of Monaco attends Parsons, Maria Olympia does not.}

 It's likely she speaks English,  if not some Danish and other languages as well. She does not speak Greek {Source}.

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

She is related to the following monarchies:

  1. Denmark: Queen Margarethe II is her great-aunt on her father's maternal side.
  2. Spain: Queen Sofia is her paternal Great-Great aunt. King Juan Carlos is her 3rd cousin 1x removed.
  3. Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is her 1st cousin 2x removed.
  4. Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth is her 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is her 1st cousin 3x removed.
  5. Norway: King Harald is her 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 18-24, 2016

Austria

-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 12th birthday on Wednesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eleonore, Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este attended the 2016 Belgian National Day Celebrations on Thursday {Photos}

Denmark

-Prince Felix celebrated his 14th birthday on Friday.

-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann celebrated his 6th birthday on Sunday.

Germany

-Prince Ernest-August of Hanover celebrated his 33rd birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Prince George of Cambridge celebrated his 3rd birthday on Friday.

-The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor & Timothy Taylor celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-The Lady Rose Louise Gilman & George Gilman celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Georgina celebrated her 11th birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess,Prince Felix, Princess Claire, Princess Alexandra, Prince Sébastien, Prince Louis, Princess Tessy  attended day 1 of Luxembourg's National Day Events on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, they continued with their National Day Celebations {Photos}

Monaco

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 68th Red Cross Ball on Saturday{Photos}.

-Princess Alexandra of Hanover celebrated her 17th birthday on Wednesday.

Norway

-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 43rd birthday on Wednesday.

Royal Profile: Konstantin Johannsmann

Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann was born 24 July 2010 as the first child of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann{Source}. He has a younger sister {Source}:

He was named for various relatives {Source}:

  1. Konstantin: for her father's middle name and his great-uncle Constantine of Greece
  2. Gustav: for his maternal uncle and godfather, Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  3. Heinrich: for his father
  4. Richard: for his maternal grandfather

His godparents were{Source}:

  1. Crown Princess Mary (his mother's cousin's wife)
  2. Ann-Kathrin Joannasmann (paternal aunt)
  3. Gustav Frederik Philip Richard, Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (his maternal uncle)
It is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany. He is not in succession for the  Princely House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg or The Danish Throne, but is distantly in succession for the British throne.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein was born 23 July 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the middle child and only daughter of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and his wife, Princess Marie{Source}. She has one older brother and one younger one:

Her brother Prince Moritz was born in New York, NY USA and her younger brother was also born in Vienna, like she was {Source}.

She is the 4th granddaughter (and 10th grandchild overall) of Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, Princess Marie.


Because Liechtenstein is ruled under Agnatic primogeniture law, meaning male-only succession, Princess Georgina is not line line for the throne. If for some reason the laws were to change, she would be no higher than 7th after her father today.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge {Source}. He is also the first grandchild of Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}. In May 2015, he was joined by a younger sister:
Like his father, he is in line to succeed the British throne after his great grandmother and grandfather {Source}. His birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria, when she, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and George VI were all alive.

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The following were his godparents{Source}:
  1. Mrs. Zara Anne Philips Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Mr. Oliver Baker (university friend of his parents)
  3. Mrs. Emilla Jardine-Paterson (childhood friend of his mother)
  4. Hugh Grosvnor, Earl Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father)
  5. Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father)
  6. Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  7. Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his paternal deceased grandmother)

Like with the previous royal christenings, the young prince wore a replica of the christening robe worn by Queen Victoria that was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and water was from the River Jordan. For the first time, the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening.

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him {Source}. He also attended his first Trooping of Colour and his sister'schristening in 2015.

Per the British Patent issued by King George V in 1917, Prince George of Cambridge was entitled to inherit the title Prince of Cambridge, however, in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II issued her own patent, granting the rights to all of Prince William's children for the use of Prince/ss of Cambridge. Per the 1917 patent, the rights were to only the eldest son, and all other children would have been either The Lord XXX Mountbatten-Windsor or The Lady YYY Mountbatten-Windsor if born prior to the beginning Prince Charles or Prince William's reign. However, with Queen Elizabeth's patent, all of Prince William's children will be titled Prince or Princess of Cambridge from birth.

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Countess Alexandra of Fredriksburg{Source}. He also has a stepmother and a soon-to-be former stepfather. He has one full brother and two younger half siblings{Source}:

Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}. At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.

His godparents are:
  1. Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  2. Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  3. Damian Sibley
  4. Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  5. Annick Boel
He was named:

  • Felix:a name his parents liked, that means "Happy And Prosperous."
  • Henrik: after his paternal grandfather, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.
  • Valdemar: is a common royal Danish name; his father and his cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark, also have Waldemar/Valdemar as one of their names.
  • Christian: is a common royal Danish name, as most Kings of Denmark are either Christian or Frederik; it could also be for one of his godparents, Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.


Prince Felix attended pre-school at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen. Upon turning six years old, he followed in the footsteps of his father, brother and uncle at Krebs School in Østerbro, of which he presently attends.

He is presently 8th in line for the Danish throne after his uncle, four cousins, father, and older brother. He is also distantly in line for the British throne as a great x5 grandchild of King Christian XI of Denmark and greatx4 grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin von Habsburg

Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria von Habsburg was born 20 July 2004, the only son of Georg von Habsburg amd Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters {Source}:

  1. Archduchess Zsofia of Austria (2001)
  2. Archduchess Ildiko of Austria (2002)
He is a grandchild of Otto von Habsburg {Source}. He is presently 3rd in line for the defunct Austro-Hungarian throne.


Other than that, not much is known about him. It's likely he leads a fairly normal life, given the family's royal status is defunct {Source}. He resides in Hungary with his family, and likely attends school there.

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra Charlotte of Hanover

Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his second wife, Princess Caroline of Hanover{Source}. She has a host of much older siblings{Source}{Source}:
  1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983), from her father's 1st marriage, who had just has his 16th birthday
  2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who had recently celebrated his 15th birthday
  3. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985), from her father's 1st marriage, who had recently celebrated his 14th birthday at the time of her birth
  4. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who was about to celebrate her 13th birthday when Princess Alexandra was born
  5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987), from her mother's 2nd marriage, who would celebrate his 12th birthday in just a few short weeks after her birth.


Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.

The princess's godparents are:

  1. Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen (paternal aunt) 
  2. Charlotte Casiraghi(maternal half-sister)
  3. Ulrike Ulmschneider (friend of her parents)
  4. Maryam Sachs (friend of her parents)
  5. Virginia Gallico (friend of her parents, who was also her mother's madame d'honneur for many years)
  6. George Condo (friend of her parents)
  7. Eric Maier (friend of her parents)


Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her six godmothers:
  1. Alexandra: for her paternal aunt
  2. Charlotte: for her half-sister
  3. Ulrike: for her parents' friend
  4. Marym: for her parents' friend
  5. Virginia: for her mother's madame d'honeur


A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referred to as Monacan because she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private Catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished 1e (equal to the 11th grade in the US System) this year, and should be beginning T (equal to the 12th grade in the US System) this fall.


Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else.

Until the births of Prince Jacques & Princess Gabriella of Monaco, she was the only grandchild of Prince Rainier III to hold any sort of title, even if her title isn't Monégasque. With the birth of the twins in December 2014, she is in 7th place for the throne of Monaco.

She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (Princess Caroline is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy. The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). In 2015 so far, she attended the presentation of her little cousins to the public, her little cousin's baptism, the LGCT Monaco,


The dynamic duo can also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'FANB until she moved to South Africa a few years ago) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.

She is presently 5th in line for the Monégasque throne, after her sister Charlotte. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to nearly every current reigning monarch.

  1. Queen Elizabeth II: 3rd cousins 2x removed via Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark
  2. Queen Margareth II: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  3. King Carl XVI Gustaf: her paternal 3rd cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria
  4. King Harald V:her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  5. Grand Duke Henri: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  6. King Philippe: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
  7. King Felipe VI: Her paternal 4th cousin via Chrisian IX of Denmark
  8. Prince Albert II: Her maternal uncle
For the most part, she has led a normal childhood of going to school, hanging with friends, going to the beach with her siblings, and the occasional ice skating competitions. With the few exceptions of course, having to appear with the family on Monaco's national day (2002,2004, 2006, 2007), at the circus festival (2003, 2008, 2012), the annual Palace Christmas Party (2009), the annual show jumping competition (2010, 2012), the annual St. Devote Ceremony (2012)and her uncle's 2005 enthronement, and 2011 wedding ceremonies. Plus the occasional intrusion of the paparazzi when walking the streets with her mother!

In recent years, Princess Alexandra has taken to social media-albeit more quietly and discreetly than her Ducuruet cousins. The only one I am 100% aware that she has is instagram (DO NOT ask for her link, my response is NO, even if her account is private), but she likely has other accounts as well.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sojna. He has one elder sister, a brother-in-law and three nieces{Source}:
  1. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (1971)
    1. Mr. Ari Behn (1972)
      1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
      2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
      3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}.. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}.. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

He is the patron of a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra{Source}..

In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015{Source}.. In this capacity he has traveled to Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana{Source}..

Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum{Source}. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009{Source}. The Crown Prince’s term ended in 2010, and he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community{Source}. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members{Source}.

As for his personal life, he married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Mette-Marit has one biological son from a previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby, but he spends the majority of his time with the Crown Princely Family, so it's logical that the future king would consider him like a son-he is even listed as a member of the family of the official website of the Royal Family, biography and all {Source} Together, The Crown Prince and Princess have two biological children, and he has a stepson{Source}:

  1. Marius Borg Høiby (stepson, 1997)
  2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
  3. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
In what spare time he has, the future King enjoys winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music{Source}. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities {Source}.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Royal Profile: Prince Ernst August of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli on born 19 July 1983 {Source}. He has one full brother, a half-sister, two stepbrothers and a stepsister:
  1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, stepbrother)
  2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, full brother)
  3. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, stepsister)
  4. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, stepbrother)
  5. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999, paternal half sister)
He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents:

  1. Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle)
  2. Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  3. Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  4. Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  5. King Felipe VI of Spain
  6. King Constantine II of Greece
  7. Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  8. Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  9. Stephan von Watzdorf
He grew up primarily in England. He attended Malvern College and New York University, studying finance. He allegedly was caught experimenting with marijuana and hanging around with the "bad boys" during his time at Malvern, and his parents decided to send him to live with his father for a while to finish out his education. At the time, the blended Casiraghi-Grimaldi-Hanover family was residing in Fontainebleau, France, where there is a German School, which is the school he likely attended for at least one semester or he could've joined Andrea at The International School of Paris. For sure, I don't really know.


After graduating from NYU in the mid-2000s (2005/2006? latest 2007?), he returned to London to work in the field of finance. He has since moved back to Germany to assist with the running of the estate.


Sometime in 2004, his father signed over the German property of the House of Hanover, in which a few years later he sold off Calenberg Manor and held a controversial auction of some of the family's belongings (not all the family was thrilled with the idea!).


Since his title is technically no longer valid, he rarely performs public duties. However, since his father's remarriage in 1999 to Princess Caroline of Monaco, he has had a more public life as part of the Monégasque Princely Family, frequently appearing at their events such asPrince Rainier's funeral, the 2005 Princess Grace Awards in NYC, Prince Albert'senthronement and wedding ceremonies. He also joined his stepmother in the winter of 2011 during his youngest sibling's ice skating competitions {Photo}. In 2014, he was named as a godfather of Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha {Photo}.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 11-17, 2016

Bhutan

-Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday.

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II, Prince Henirk, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg, Countess vom Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth attended the Danish RF's annual summer photocall and the changing of the Palace Guards on Friday {Photos}.

-Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine paid a visit to Denmark's LegoLand on Saturday {Source}

-Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 49th birthday on Tuesday.

France

-Prince Charles-Louis d'Orleans
 celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.

-Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy celebrated his 20th birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge  toured of the new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with the former UK ambassador to Sweden on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the United Kingdom's longest reigning monarch held an audience with her newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Teresa May {Source}{Source}.

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended the Responsible Business Awards in the Community on Monday{Source}. On Tuesday, the future monarch visited Christ Church, met with the outgoing Chief Executive of Business in the Community, attended the Accounting for Sustainability project's Measure What Matters Event, attended the Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network Conference  {Source}.


-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the National Osteoporosis Society Awards Ceremony to present The Duchess of Cornwall Award, held a reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The National Osteoporosis Society, visited the HRH Dream Jar as part of the Big Friendly Giant Dream Jar Trail, met with children from Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, met with the Honorary Colonel, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada  {Source}. On Thursday, she hosted a reception for survivors of domestic abuse, those working in the field & charities helping to raise awareness {Source}. On Sunday, the future consort celebrated her 69th birthday.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended Graduation Ceremonies, a Luncheon and a Dinner at the University of Huddersfield and  visited Macbey Industrial Limited  on Monday{Source}. On Tuesday, the younger son of the British monarch attended the Hydromine Symposium at the Royal School of Mines, visited Macbey Industrial Limited {Source}.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a reception for Swinfen Telemedicine on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the British Monarch's only daughter attended a reception for Home of Rest for Horses and held an investiture on her mother's behalf {Source}.

-Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester attended the graduation ceremony of the Royal Academy of Music on Tuesday {Source}.


Greece

-Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark celebrated her 76th birthday on Sunday.

Liechtenstein

-Princess Marie Gabriele celebrated her 41st birthday on Saturday.

Luxembourg

-Prince Jean André de Nassau celebrated his 12th birthday on Wednesday.

Monaco

-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy de Brouwer, K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy & Donatella Knecht de Massy attended a memorial mass for victims of the attacks in Nice on Saturday {Photos}.

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the baptism ceremony of the ship Seven Seas Explorer on Wednesday {Photos}.

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday.
She also recently passed her French Bac exam, with Tres Bien results! Her cousin, Princess Alexandra of Hanover should be taking the exam next year. Camille took the L Series Bac like her sister, Pauline.

Romania

-Princess Maria celebrated her 52nd birthday on Wednesday.

Spain

-King Felipe VI &Queen Letizia  presided over the Delivery of Royal Offices of Employment at the Military Academy on Thursday.{Source}.On Friday, they visited the French Ambassador in Spain's residence to show their solidarity after the attacks in Nice, France {Source}.

-King Felipe VI presided over the XXXIII edition of the International Awards for "King of Spain" Journalism and the XII edition of "Don Quixote" Journalism Prize on Wednesday {Source}

-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle & Prince Oscar attended the celebrations to mark the Crown Princess's 39th birthday on Thursday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended the 2016 CHIO Equestrian Compettion on Monday and Tuesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 39th birthday on Thursday.

-Charles Edward Ambler celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday.

United Arab Emirates

-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum celebrated his 59th birthday on Friday.

Yugoslavia

-Crown Prince Alexander celebrated his 71st birthday on Sunday.

Royal Profile: Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón was born 17 July 1998, the eldest son of Infanta Elena and Don Jaime de Marichalar. He has one younger sister, Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón. He is in 5th line for the Spanish throne after his mother. His godparents were his grandfather, King Juan Carlos of Spain and his paternal grandmother, Doña Concepción Sáez de Tejada.

He was named:
  1. Felipe: after his uncle, King Felipe VI
  2. Juan: after his great-grandfather the Count of Barcelona 
  3. Froilán: after the patron saint of Lugo (his parents were the Duke and Duchess of Lugo, now just his mother retains the title-his father lost it in the divorce in 2009) 
  4. Todos los Santos: as it is customary among the Bourbons
Felipe Juan Froilán attended the Santa Maria del Pilar School in Madrid {Source}. However, it has been reported that he was dismissed from the school after failing his end-of-year exams twice {Source}. He has reportedly been sent a boarding school in Sussex, England to complete his education {Source}.

His parents divorced in 2009.

On April 9, 2012 Felipe, while he was on a farm of his father's family in Garray (Soria), accidentally shot himself himself in his left foot{Source}. His father had to declare to the Civil Guard because Spanish law does not permit to use firearms to people under 14{Source}. The judge dismissed the case against Don Jaime de Marichalar, considering it not negligence but a misdemeanor {Source}.

He is a member of the Spanish Royal Family, but is no longer considered a member of the Royal House. On occasion, he does appear publicly on behalf of his family, often with his mother and sister, and have included hospital visits after the death of his paternal grandmother in March 2014 and the numerous times King Juan Carlos I was in the hospital in the last few years. Together, with his mother and sister, they attended the 2012 London Olympics {Photos} and the 2011 Bullfighting Autumn Fair {Photos}. In 2014, he was spotted attending his uncle's enthronement and grandfather's abdication ceremony with his mother {Video spotted for the 1st time next to his mother at approximately :31}.

Royal Profile: Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla Rosemary Shand, now known as Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was born the eldest child of Maj. Bruce Shand and The Hon. Rosalind Shand on 17 July 1947 {Source}. She has two younger siblings, Annabel and Mark {Source}. Mark passed away in 2014 after a fall in NYC {Source}.

She grew up in East Sussex, England {Source}. She attended Dumbrells School and Queen's Gate School before attending finishing school in Switzerland and the Institut Britannique in Paris {Source}.

In 1973, she marred Andrew Parker-Bowels, with whom she has two children{Source}. They divorced in 1995 {Source}. Ten years after her divorce, sh married the future King of the United Kingdom in a civil ceremony on 9 April 2005{Source}. Both of her children were married in 2005 and 2006 and have five children between them {Source}. Her two children, two children-in-law, two stepsons, a stepdaughter-in-law, and five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren are:


  1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowels (1974)
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowels
      1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowels (2007)
      2. Master Freddy Parker-Bowels (2010)
  2. Mrs. Laura (Parker-Bowels) Lopes (1978)
    1. Mr. Harry Lopes
      1. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
  3. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
    1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
      1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
      2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
  4. Prince Harry of Wales (1984)


When her husband becomes King, it is her intention to be known as HRH The Princess Consort rather than Queen Camilla {Source}.

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 18-24, 2017

Belgium -King Philippe  held a surprise audience with the  okan-Class (Brussels) of the Magdalena Maria Institute on Tuesday { Photos } ...