Saturday, October 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou was born Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella on 21 October 1983 as the daughter of  Víctor José Vargas Irausquín and Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería{Source}.

She has two siblings, a sibling-in-law:
  1. Maria Victoria d'Agostino Casado
    1. Francisco Javier d'Agostino Casado
  2. Victor José Vargas Santaella
She spent her early life in Venezuela.   She studied at the Colegio Merici de las Madres Ursulinas in Caracas and did her degree on pedagogy at the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas.

She married Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou in a civil ceremony on 5 November 2004 and in a religious ceremony the following day at La Romana, Dominican Republic. Together, they have three children{Source}:

Royal Profile: David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood

David Henry George Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood was born 21 October 1950 as the eldest son of George Lascelles, The 7th Earl of Harewood and Marion Stein{Source}. He has two younger brothers, and a younger half brother, several sisters-in-law (both current and former), several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. The Hon. James Lascelles (1953) 
    1. Fredericka Duhrrson(m. 1973-1985, div)
      1. Sophie Amber Lascelles (1973)
      2. Rowan Nash Lascelles (1977)
    2. Lori S. Lee (m. 1985-1996, div) 
      1. Tanit Lascelles (1981)
      2. Tewa Ziyane Robert George Lascelles (1985)
    3.  Joy Elias-Rilwan (m.1999)
  2. The Honourable Jeremy Lascelles 1955)
    1. Julie Bayliss(1957, m. 1981, div) 
      1. Thomas Robert Lascelles (1982)
      2. Ellen Mary Lascelles (1984)
      3. Amy Rose Lascelles (1986)
    2. Catherine Bell (m. 1999)
      1. Tallulah Grace Lascelles (2005)
  3. The Hon. Mark Hubert Lascelles (1964)
    1. Andrea Kershaw (1992-1995, div)
      1. Charlotte Patricia Lascelles (1996)
      2. Imogen Mary Lascelles (1998)
      3. Miranda Rose Lascelles (2000)

He was baptized at All Saints Church, with the following as his godparents:

  1. Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh (1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Queen Mary (his great grandmother)
  3. The Viscountess Boyne
  4. Benkamin Britten
  5. Gerald David Lascelles (paternal uncle)

On 12 February 1979 at St. Mary's Church, Paddington, London, he married Margaret Rosalind Messenger,  they were divorced in 1989{Source}. On 11 March 1990, he married Diane Jane Howse {Source}. His children, children-in-law, and grandchildren are{Source}:

  1. Lady Emily Tsering Lascelles (1975)
    1. Matthew Shard (m. 2009)
      1. Isaac Shard (2009, twin)
      2. Ida Shard (2009, twin)
      3. Otis Shard (2011)
  2. The Hon. Benjarmin Lascelles (1978)
    1. Carolina Valez Robledo (2009){Source}
      1. Mateo Lascelles (2013)
  3. Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (1980)
    1. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008, Alexander did not marry Leo's mother)
  4. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Empress Michiko of Japan

Empress Michiko of Japan was born Michiko Shoda on 20 October 1934 as the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shoda {Source}.

She attended Futaba Elementary School {Source}. In her senior year, she was elected, upon nomination by her classmates, president of the student government{Source}. Many of her classmates recall that, though very reserved, she won full cooperation from her fellow students and helped to introduce a harmonious spirit into University life{Source}. She graduated with a degree in Foreign languages and literature from University of the Sacred Heart in 1957, where she was valedvictorian {Source}.

She is honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society {Source}.

She was engaged to then-Crown Prince Akihito in 1958. Her marriage was approved by Imperial House Council on 27 November 1958 {Source}. Her engagement ceremony took place on 14 January 1959 {Source}. Her wedding took place on 10 April 1959 {Source}.
Her children, grandchildren and children-in-law are {Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    1. Crown Princess Masako (m. 1993)
      1. Princess Aiko (2001) 
  2. Prince Akishino(Fumihito) (1965) 
    1. Princess Kiko of Akishino (1966)
      1. Princess Mako of Akishino(1991) 
      2. Princess Kako  of Akishino (1994) 
      3. Prince Hisahito of Akishino(2006) 
  3. Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969)
    1. Yoshiki Kuroda (m. 2005)

Empress Michiko has an extensive interest in art, and is particularly well-read in Japanese classical literature {Source}. She has constantly kept up her interest in children's literature and has done work in that field herself {Source}. Hajimete no Yamanobori (My First Mountain), a picture book for which the Empress wrote the story, was published in 1991 {Source}. She also published a book of poems by Michio Mado, selected, translated and arranged by Empress Michiko and entitled Dobutsu-tachi(THE ANIMALS) in 1992, among other works{Source}.

She plays the piano, and is a good accompanist to the Emperor who plays the cello and to Crown Prince Naruhito who plays the viola and violin {Source}. In her spare time, she enjoys morning walks with her husband, playing tennis and being a mother and grandmother {Source}.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Laurent of Belgium

Prince Laurent of Belgium was born 19 October 1963 as the second son and youngest child of King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium {Source}. He has two older siblings, as well as two siblings-in-law and several nieces and nephews, a niece-in-law, and a great niece:
  1. King Philippe of the Belgians (1960)
    1. Queen Mathilde of Belgium
      1. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant (2001)
      2. Prince Gabriel of Belgium (2003)
      3. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium (2005)
      4. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
  2. Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este (1962)
    1. Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este
      1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
        1. Archduchess Elisabetta 'Lili' Maria of Austria-Este (1987, m. 2014)
          1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016) 
      2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
      3. Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
      4. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
      5. Princess Maria Laetia of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
He attended to his primary education in Belgium, like his elder siblings. For his secondary studies, he studied in both French and Dutch-first in Dutch at Pius X College and secondly in French at the Royal Cadet School{Source}. After completeing his education, he decided to join the Royal Military Academy{Source}. After completing his academic career, he joined the Belgian Navy{Source}.

In September 1985, the young prince was promoted to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, and he specialized in becoming a diver and a helicopter pilot {Source}. Four years later, in July 1985, his father awarded him with the diver insignia during the naval parade{Source}. Two months later, he was promoted to Lieutenant {Source}. When he completed his helicopter training, his uncle, who was KIng at the time, handed him his helicopter wings {Source}. In November 1994, Prince Laurent was promoted to Commander{Source}. In June 2004, Prince Laurent was promoted to Captain of the Belgian Navy {Source}.

On completion of his military training, the Prince went to the United States for practical training in various branches of private industries as pharmaceuticals, aerospace and leisure, and at the International Monetary Fund, at the World Bank and at the United Nations, in development and environment programmes{Source}..

Upon his return to Belgium, he spent time as a trainee at the European Commission, primarily being active in a Think Tank about the quality of lie and the environment{Source}. While working there, he was awarded with the Emile Noël Prize for his original contribution to the building of Europe{Source}. In 1994, the young prince became chairman of an institute which seeks to promote the conservation of nature and development of clean technologies{Source}. Currently, Prince Laurent is chairman of thePrince Laurent Foundation, and chairman of the European Research Group for Alternative Toxicity Testing{Source}. According to the Belgian Constitution, Prince Laurent also serves as a Senator, since 2000{Source}.

He also serves Belgium in a variety of honorary capacities as well, including as honorary president of the Belgian National Orchestra{Source}

He was married to Claire Coombs on 12 April 2003{Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:

  1. Princess Louise of Belgium (2004)
  2. Prince Nicolas Casimir Marie (2005)
  3. Prince Aymeric Auguste Marie(2005)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Profile: Andrea Knecht de Massy

Andrea Knecht de Massy was born 16 October 2008 as the youngest of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy & K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}. Her older sisters are{Source}:

She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. Most recently, she has been spotted at Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations with her parents and sisters {seen here in the center of the photo, wearing pink, with her arm up towards her sister, Christine}. Unlike her older sisters, she did not attend Prince Albert II's 2011 wedding as she was only 34 months old at the time (2 years, 10 months old....).

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Andrea's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the 9ème year (equal to 5th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

Royal Profile: Princess Aimée van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 18 October 1977 as the daughter of Hans Söhngen and Eleonoor Stammeijer {Source}. She has two siblings {Source}:
  • Hans Söhngen
  • Magali Söhngen

She grew up in The Netherlands. She attended Willem de Zwijger College {Source}. She then attended University of Leiden.

On 20 October 2005, she married Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven{Source}. Together, they have three children:

On her marriage Aimée acquired the title of Her Highness, Princess of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven as a result of her husband's status as a Prince of Orange-Nassau. Since Floris did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, owing to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, he lost his place in line to the Dutch throne when he married Aimée. However, he and his family still participate in family events such as the investiture of his cousin and weddings.

Since 2010, Princess Aimée working for the ANWB (marketing and sales) at its headquarters in The Hague{Source}. Before that, she worked in a bank and Pon Holdings BV on the marketing and communication department{Source}.

She shares a birthday with Andrea Knecht de Massy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto

Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto was born 17 October 2013 as the younger daughter of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma and Piacenza & Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza {Source}. She has three siblings, an older paternal half-brother and older sister as well as a younger brother:
On 5 April 2014, she was baptized with the following as her godparents {Source}:

  • Johan Gualthérie of Weezel (maternal grandfather)
  • Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma (paternal aunt, whom which if she had been born a few days earlier, she would've shared her birthday!)
  • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (great-aunt, from her paternal grandmother's side)
  • Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (great-aunt, from her paternal grandfather's side) 
  • Véronique Kakebeeke-Gualthérie van Weezel (first cousin)

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Caroline of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg

Princess Marie Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg was born 17 October 1996 in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the only daughter of Aios, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein{Source}. She is a paternal granddaughter of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}.

She has one older brother and two younger brothers. Her brothers are:

Because Liechtenstein's monarchy operates on agnatic primogeniture succession laws (i.e. inherited by the first-born male of the oldest family line, to the total exclusion of females), Princess Marie Caroline is not in line for the throne after her brothers.

Due to the Liechtenstein Princely Family is fiercely private on the international level, little is known about her or her life today. However, other than the occasional low-key Princely Family appearance such as Liechtenstein's National Day, she seems to live a fairly normal life {Photos, Liechtenstein National Day 2012}

She was likely named:
  1. Marie: For her paternal grandmother, Princess Marie
  2. Caroline: for her paternal great grandmother, Countess Henriette Caroline von Ledebur-Wicheln
  3. Elisabeth: for her greatx2 grandmother, Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria or for her maternal aunt and godmother, Duchess Elisabeth in Bravia
  4. Immaculata : Latin for The Immaculate Conception.
She attended Malvern College in England {Source}.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Royal Profile: Tigran Mirzayantz

Tigran Mirzayantz was born 16 October 1998 as the son of Princess Alexandra of Greece and Nicolas Mirzayantz{Source}. He is the eldest grandson of Prince Michael of Greece and Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark {Source}.

When he was a young child, he frequented events with his mother {Photos}.

Other than this, not much is known about him and he likely leads a normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Calabria

Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, The Duke of Calabria was born 16 October 1968 as the son of of Infante Carlos of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duke of Calabria (1938–2015) and Princess Anne of Orléans {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Princess Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1966)
    1. Pedro López-Quesada y Fernández Urrutia (1964)
      1. Victoria Lopez-Quesada y de Borbón-Dos Sicilias (1997)
      2. Pedro Lopez-Quesada y de Bórbon-Dos Sicilias (2003)
  2. Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Archduchess of Austria (1967)
    1. Archduke Simeon of Austria (1958)
      1. Archduke Johannes of Austria (1997)
      2. Archduke Ludwig of Austria (1998)
      3. Archduchess Isabel of Austria (2000)
      4. Archduchess Carlota of Austria (2003)
      5. Archduke Philipp of Austria ( 2007)
  3. Princess Inés María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1971)
    1. Nobile Michele Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano(1965)
      1. Nobile Teresa Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (2003)
      2. Nobile Blanca Carrelli Palombi dei Marchesi di Raiano (2005)
  4. Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1976)
    1. Markos Nomikos (1965) 
      1. Anastasios Nomikos (2005)
      2. Ana Nomikos (2006)
      3. Carlos Nomikos (2008)
      4. Simeon Nomikos (2012)
He married Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo on 30 March 2001, and they have the following children {Source}{Source}:
    1. Prince Jaime de Borbón-dos Sicilias y Landaluce, The Duke of Capua (1993)
    2. Prince Pablo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2004)
    3. Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2007)
    4. Princess Sofía of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2008)
    5. Princess Blanca of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2011)
    6. Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (2015)
As his royal line is defunct, we don't know much about him. One can likely assume he leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Oct 9-15, 2017


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde held an audience with  Indonesia's Vice President & First Lady and all four attended the official opening of Europalia Indonesia 2017 on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Paola & Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the 2017 Prix Terre d'Avenir Ceremony on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited Brussels Airport on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited the University of Antwerp and saw research on two new polio vaccines on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Belgian Consort visited The Frankfurter Buchmesse {Source}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the commemoration of New Zealand from the third Battle of Ypres on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 22nd birthday on Wednesday.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Friday.


-Queen Margrethe II officially opened the exhibitation, Fri os fra det onde (Free us from evil) at the  Moesgaard Museum on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the Danish Queen awarded the Queen Ingrid Forskerpris {Photos}

-Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary undertook an official State Visit to Japan this week {Source}{Photos}

-Prince Joachim attended the opening of the DanFish International and DanAqua fishing tackle on WEdnesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the younger son of Queen Margrethe II visited the exhibition  'Smartphonemania' at Danmarks Tekniske Museum {Photos}

-Prince Christian celebrated his 12th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Alexandra celebrated her 49th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke fo Apulia celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended a reception to mark the centenary of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales hosted a reception to honor World Mental Health Day and to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex officically opened the  new development at Jesus College at The University of Cambridge on Wednesday {Photos}
The Earl of Wessex is an alumni of the school, receiving his 2:1 in 1986.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge  attended the New Zealand National Commemoration for the Third Battle of Passchendaele on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales launched a new partnership to improve the mental health of all Armed Forces personnel on Monday {Video}. On Thursday, the younger son of Diana, Princess of Wales accepted an posthumous award on behalf of Princess Diana's HIV and AIDS activism work from Atitlude {Source}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended 2017 Take Home A Nude Art party and auction on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Eugenie of York attended the 25th Anniversary of the Estee Lauder Companies UK's Breast Cancer Campaign on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the younger of The Duke of York's two daughters hosted the Warrior Games Exhibition VIP preview party {Photos}. On Friday, the third of Queen Elizabeth's granddaughters attended the European premiere of Jane at the 61st BFI London Film Festival {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Duke of  Kent celebrated his 82nd birthday on Monday.


-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako officially welcomed the Crown Princely Couple of Denmark to Japan for their official visit on Monday{Source}


-King Abdullah II visited the Public Security Directorate on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he met with the speaker of the House of Representatives and heads of blocs {Photos}

-Queen Rania met with the second cohort of the Teacher Education Professional Diploma during a visit to the Queen Rania Teacher Academy on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Muna al-Hussein hosted a luncheon for the visiting Crown Princess Couple of Romania on Monday {Source}{Source}.
Princess Muna is the former wife of King Hussein and mother of the present King, King Abdullah II.

-Prince Faisal bin al-Hussein held a meeting of the Jordanian Olypic Committee and met with The Crown Princess Couple of Romania on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, he celebrated his 54th birthday.
Prince Faisal is the younger brother of King Abdullah II. 

-Princess Ghida Talal visited the Hussein National Oncology Center with the Crown Princess Couple of Romania on Monday{Source}.
Princess Ghida is a niece-in-law of King Abdullah II and chairwoman of the Cancer Center.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima underwent an official state visit to Portugal this week {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Constantijn celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday.

-Magali van Vollenhoven celebrated her 10th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno celebrated her 45th birthday on Friday.

-Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi celebrated his 45th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Albert II undertook an official visit to Sicily, where he obtained a of doctor honoris causa in Marie Ecology from University of Palermo, attended the gala evening of the Italian branch of the Prince Albert II Foundation, met with hundreds of people during walkabouts in cities related to the Grimaldi dynasty, visited Santa Caterina Villarmosa and Mazzarino where he received honorary citizenship to both cities, visited the Grimaldi Foundation from Monday to Wednesday {Photos}


-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu began an official visit to Jordan on Monday{Source}.

-Prince Radu visited Hashemite University on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Maria visited the National Agency for Equal Opportunities on Wednesday {Source}

-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias & The Infanta Sofia attended Spain's National Day Celebrations on Friday {Photos}

-Infanta Margarita, The Duchess of Soria, The 2nd Duchess of Hernani & Carlpos Zurita y Delgado, Duke Consort of Hernani & Soria celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Thursday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the 2017 WWF Autumn Meeting and held farewell audiences with outgoing ambassadors from Pakistan & Tanzania on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-Queen Silvia opened the  exhibition Lerin's apprentices at the art gallery Sandgrund Lars Lerin on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the Life Below Water Sea Conference, opening the Marine Education Center and visiting World Maritime University on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the future Swedish monarch  took part in the parade tournament of Parishympics in Pyeongchang, and visited Mid University {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Prince Alexander & Prince Gabriel released new family portraits thanking those who wished them well after Prince Gabriel's birth on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip participated in the test day at Gelleråsen in Karlskoga, one day for the winners of Prince Carl Philips Racing Pokal on Tuesday {Source}

Royal Profile: Prince Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat

Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born on 15 October 2005 at Rigshospitalet (Copenhagen University Hospital) as the first child and eldest son of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary {Source}. He is the grandson of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark. He has three younger siblings{Source}:
  1. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2007)
  2. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2011)
  3. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat (2011)

His is second in line for the Danish throne after his father. His godparents were{Source}:

He was named:

  • Christian: For His great-great-grandfather, Christian X of Denmark, continuing the tradition of the Danish royal heir apparent being named either Christian or Frederick.
  • Valdemar: for Valdemar IV of Denmark. It is common to anche royal name. The Prince's uncle Joachim Waldemar has as one of His names. The Prince's cousin Felix, Joachim's second son, Valdemar has as one of his names.
  • Henri: For His paternal grandfather, Prince Henrik, Whose given name is Henri.
  • John: For His maternal grandfather, John Donaldson.
On 27 March 2007 Prince Christian started nursery school at Queen Louise's Children's House{Source}. Shortly prior to the birth of his youngest siblings, he began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten{Source}. Since August 2011, he began his formal schooling at Trane Overgaard School{Source}. He may not be a Danish king yet, but he's already made Danish Royal history by being the 1st Danish heir apparent to attend nursery school AND the first Danish Royal to attend a state school.

Although his mother claims that he does not know that he one day will be the Danish King, he has performed several royal duties. In 2008, he participated in his first official royal duty when he attended the opening of the new elephant house at the Copenhagen Zoo with his grandfather{Video}. In June 2010, he was a page boy at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria{Photos}. On 11 January 2012, he, along his grandmother, revealed a painting of his father, grandmother and himself{Photos}. He also attended his grandmother's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2012{Photos}. He also attended several London 2012 Olympic events with his family {Photos}. Since 2007, he's been seen during the family's annual photocalls (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Royal Profile: Princess Alexandra of Greece

Princess Alexandra of Greece was born 15 October 1968 as the first child of Prince Michael of Greece and Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark {Source}. She has a younger sister, a brother in law and two nephews and a niece:

  1. Princess Olga Isabelle of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia (1971)
    1. Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Apulia (1967)
      1. Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, Prince of Piedmont (2009)
      2. Prince Amedeo Michele of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke of the Abruzzi (2011) 
      3. Princess Isabella Vita Marina of Savoy-Aosta (2012)
She married Nicolas Mirzayantz. Together, they have two sons:

  • Tigran Mirayantz
  • Darius Mirzayantz

In 2012, she was named to Vanity Fair's Top 100 Best Dressed List {Source}. 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 Alexandra 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, Alexandra is Constantine's 2nd cousin through George I as well. Constantine is George I's great grandson through Constantine I and Alexandra is his great granddaughter through Prince Christopher. Also through this way, through Queen Sofia of Spain, she is related to the Spanish Royal Family.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi

Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi was born 13 October 1972 as the son of  Princess Irene of The Netherlands and Prince Carlo, The Duke of Parma {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings in law and nieces and nephews:

  1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon- Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970)
    1. Miss Brigitte Klynstra (1959)
      1. Carlos Klynstra de Bourbon-Parme (illegitimate, legally legitimatized in 2016, 1997)
    2. Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, The Duchess of Parma (1977)
      1. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, The Marchioness of Castell’Arquato (2012)
      2. Princess Cecila of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto (2013)
      3. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  2. Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno (1972, twin)
    1. Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn  (m 2001-2006, div){Source}
    2. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (m. 2008)
      1. Miss Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
      2. Miss Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
  3. Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (1974)
    1. Mr. Albert Brenninkmeijer (1974. m. 2012)
      1. Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
      2. Master Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2016)

His grandfather, Prince Berhard of The Netherlands, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld is one of his godparents. He grew up partially in Spain, and in The Netherlands. When he was 11 years old, her parents divorced, and he moved to The Netherlands with his mother and siblings, into hi=is grandparents' home, later moving to a home nearby.

He was educated in Spain, The Netherlands and the United States. He spent his early years in Spain, before his parents divorce, and finished his formal education in The Netherlands. Upon finishing his formal education, he attended Brown University, earning a degree in International Relations. After finishing his BA, he continued with a masters degree in International Economics and Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins University. During his university years, he did an internships at the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Red Cross.

Upon graduation, he returned to The Netherlands. He began working as the prime secretary of The Netherlands's embassy in Iraq before becoming a political adviser to the peace mission in Afghanistan. Until the summer of 2007, he worked on secondment in the cabinet of the European Commissioner Neelie Kroes. In 2007, he returned to The Netherlands's office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held a position of Special Envoy Natural Resources. In February 2014, his cousin appointed him ambassador to The Holy See for The Netherlands.

Prince Jaime has also worked on several other projects. He was an interviewer for the documentary series, Africa, War is Business. The Prince regularly performs representative tasks for the royal house of the Netherlands and the Ducal House of Bourbon-Parma. He is regularly present as a representative at royal marriages, baptismal ceremonies, and funerals.

Since 2014, he has been the Dutch ambassador to The Holy See on behalf of his cousin, King Willem-Alexander.

On 12 August 2013, his engagement to Viktória Cservenyák was announced. They were wed civilly on 3 October 2013, and religiously two days later. Together they have two daughters:

  1. Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
  2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)

Royal Profile: Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno

Princess Margarita Maria Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno was born 13 October 1972 as the daughter of Princess Irene of The Netherlands and Prince Carlo, The Duke of Parma {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings in law and neices and nephews:

  1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon- Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970)
    1. Miss Brigitte Klynstra (1959)
      1. Carlos Klynstra de Bourbon-Parme (illegitimate, legally legitimatized in 2016, 1997)
    2. Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, The Duchess of Parma (1977)
      1. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, The Marchioness of Castell’Arquato (2012)
      2. Princess Cecila of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto (2013)
      3. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  2. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (1972, twin)
    1. Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
      1. Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
  3. Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (1974)
    1. Mr. Albert Brenninkmeijer (1974. m. 2012)
      1. Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
      2. Master Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2016)

She grew up partially in Spain, and in The Netherlands. When she was 11 years old, her parents divorced, and she moved to The Netherlands with her mother and siblings, into her grandparents' home, later moving to a home nearby.

She attended university in The Netherlands, eventually earning a Cultural Anthropology degree from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and also studied interior architechture in The Hauge. Currently, she works as an interior decorator.

One of her godparents is her maternal aunt, Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands. She is a first cousin of the current monarch of The Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander.

She married on 22 September 2001 and divorced in November 2006 to Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn {Source}. Her second marriage was to Tjalling Siebe ten Cate on 3 May 2008 {Source}. With her first husband, she has no children. From her second marriage, she has the following children {Source}:

Royal PRofile: 13 Facts About Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Apulia

  1. Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Apulia was born 13 October 1967 as the second child and oldest son of Prince Amedeo, The 5th Duke of Aosta and Princess Claude d'Orléans {Source}. 
  2. He has two sisters (one older, one younger), a former brother-in-law, and two brothers-in-law:
    1. Princess Bianca Irene Olga Elena Isabella Fiorenza Maria of Savoy (1966) 
      1. Giberto Carbonello Tiberto Maria, Count Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga at San Giustino Valdarno (m. 1988)
    2. Princess Mafalda Giovanna Shams Maria Fiorenza Isabella of Savoy (1969) 
      1. Don Alessandro Ruffi de Calabria-Santapau deli principi de Palazzolo (1964, m. 1994-prior to 2001)
      2. Nobile Francesco Ferrante Carlo Napoleone, 10th Baron Lombardo di San Chirico (1968, m. 2001)
  3. Prince Aimone has six nieces:
    1. Viola Moreschina Nuschi Adec Nicoletta Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (1991)
    2. Vera Clementina Verde Aimone Elena Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (1993)
    3. Mafalda Violante Giovanna Olga Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (1997)
    4. Maddalena Smeralda Brandolina Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (2000)
    5. Nob. Anna Lombardo di San Chirico (1999)
    6. Nob. Elena Lombardo di San Chirico (2003)
  4. He has two nephews:
    1. Leonardo Amedeo Moreschino Sai Maria Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga (2001)
    2. Nob. Carlo Lombardo di San Chirico (2001)
  5. Prince Aimone attended schools in Italy. 
  6. He upon graduation from his primary studies, he entered the Francesco Morosini Naval Military Academy 
  7. He also attended Bocconi University. 
  8. Upon graduation, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he began to work at JPMorgan Chase.
  9. He served in the Italian Navy's Special Forces. 
  10. Since 2000, Aimone has worked in Russia as president of the Italian company Pirelli.
  11. He married Princess Olga of Greece on 16 September 2008. 
  12. Together, they have three children:
    1. Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, Prince of Piedmont (2009)
    2. Prince Amedeo Michele of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke of the Abruzzi (2011)
    3. Princess Isabella Vita Marina of Savoy-Aosta (2012)
  13. He is the son-in-law of  Prince Michael of Greece & Denmark and Marina Karella{Source}.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

Princess Luisa Maria Anna Martine Pilar of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 11 October 1995 as the second youngest child of Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este{Source}.She has four older siblings and a sister-in-law and a niece{Source}:
  1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987, m. 2014)
      1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
  2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  3. Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
  4. Princess Laetia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
She was educated in Belgium and England. Like her elder siblings and cousins did before her, she attended Sint Jan Berchmans College in Belgium. In 2009, she began to attend Sevenoaks College in England, just like her eldest brother had before her{Source}. She is attending university in McGill University in Montreal, Canada{Source}. In 2017, she traveled through Australia with a group of university friends.

Since her mother is fiercely private about her children's lives, Princess Luisa Maria is rarely seen in the public eye. In recent years as she and her siblings get older, her mother has relaxed a bit, allowing them to attend events. In 2003, she attended her youngest siblings baptism {Photos} and was a flower girl in her uncle Prince Laurent's wedding to Claire Combs. In 2008, she attended her great-aunt, Queen Faboila's 80th birthday celebrations {Photo} Also in 2008, she took part in the Royal Family's annual summer photocall {Photos}.In 2011, she joined her mother and youngest sister for the world premiere of The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg {Photos}{Source}. In 2012, she attended her mother's 50th birthday celebrations {Photo} and the family photocall {Photos}. In 2013, she was among the Royal Family when they attended the abdication ceremony and investiture ceremonies of her grandfather and uncle and National Day celebrations {Photos}. In 2014, she served as a bridesmaid to her sister-in-law in her brother's wedding{Source}.

Princess Luisa Maria is presently 9th in line for the Belgian throne after her four cousins, mother, a brother and sister and niece. She speaks French, Dutch, German and English.

Royal Profile: Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

Prince Constantijn Christof Frederik Aschwin of The Netherlands was born 11 October 1969 as third and youngest son of then Queen Beatrix and the late Prince Claus of the Netherlands {Source}.
He has two older brothers, two sisters in law, and five nieces{Source}:

  1. King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands (1967)
    1. Queen Maxima of The Netherlands (1971, m. 2001)
      1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
      2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
      3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
  2. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    1. Princess Mabel of Oranje-Nassau (1968, m. 2004-2013, his death)
      1. Countess Luana of Oranje-Nassau (2005)
      2. Countess Zaria of Oranje-Nassau (2007)

His godparents were {Source}:

  • King Constantine II of Greece
  • Prince Aschwin zu Lippe-Biesterfeld
  • Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche-Streithorst
  • Max Kohnstamm
  • Mrs. Corinne de Beaufort-Sickinghe

Presently, he is 4th in line for the Dutch throne after his three nieces. If something should happen to his brother and sister-in-law before Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje becomes of legal age, he will act as regent for her {Source}.

He was educated in The Netherlands, France and Italy {Source}.Princess Beatirx's youngest child received his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School {Source}. His secondary education at the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague, where he gained his VWO (pre-university education) certificate in 1987{Source}During the 1987/1988 academic year, Prince Constantijn attended language courses in France and Italy{Source}. He studied law at Leiden University, and became a lawyer {Source}.

He worked in Belgium, for the department of Dutch European Union Commissioner of Foreign Relations {Source}. After that, he was hired by the EU where he worked in various capacities until December 1999 {Source}. In December 2000, he obtained a MBA from INSEAD in France {Source}. He spent that summer working for International Finance Corporation of the World Bank group in Washington, D.C. {Source}. He worked until late 2002 for strategic consultants Booz Allen Hamilton in London {Source}.
Since 2003 he has worked for the RAND Corporation Europe in Brussels {Source}. Furthermore, he has a part-time position at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs {Source}.

Unlike his older brother, he rarely makes appearances on The Netherlands behalf {Source}. Upon the abdication of Queen Beatrix on 30 April 2013, the children of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien ceased to be members of the Royal House, although they continue to be members of the royal family.
He is an avid sportsman, who enjoys Football, tennis, golf and skiing. He also dabbles a bit in the arts, enjoying drawing, cooking and reading {Source}.

He married Laurentien Brinkhorst civilly on 17 May 2001 {Source}. They were religiously married on 19 May 2001 {Source}. Together they have three children, two daughters and a son {Source}:

He holds orders from The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

He is godfather to:

  • Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003) (his niece)\
  • Countess Luana of Oranje-Nassau (2005) (niece)
  • Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014) (his cousin's daughter)

He is chair or honorary chair of several organizations including

  • The Hauge Process on Refugees and Migration{Source}
  • The Prince Berhard Nature Fund {Source}.
  • The Prince Claus Fund{Source} (Honorary)

He is also a:

  • Member of the supervisory board of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam {Source}
  • Patron of the World Press Photo Foundation{Source}.
  • Patron of the National Musical Instrument Fund{Source}.
  • Patron of the Oskar Back Study Foundation for young violinists{Source}.

Royal Profile: Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan

Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan was born 11 October 1963 as the son of of King Hussein and Princess Muna {Source}. He has the following siblings, half-siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews:

  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan (1956)
    1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977, div prior to 1988)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981)
    2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
      1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962). 
    1. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
      1. Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan (1994)
      2. Princess Iman of Jordan (1996)
      3. Princess Salma (2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Princess Aisha bint Hussein (1968).
    1. Mr. Zeid Juma
      1. Aoun Juma 
      2. Muna Juma
  4. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968). 
    1. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh
      1. Jaafar al-Saleh
      2. Jumana al-Saleh
      3. Tahani Al Shawan
  5. Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)
    1. Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan (d. 2009)
      1. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah (2007)
    2. Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad bint al Hamzah (m. 2012)
      1. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
      2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
  6. Prince Hashim bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1981)
    1. Princess Fahdah (m. 2006)
      1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
      2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
      3. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
      4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)
  7. Princess Iman bint al Hussein (1983)
    1. Mr. Zaid Azmi Mriza
      1. Omar Mirza
  8. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)
He attended schools in Jordan, United Kingdom and the United States. His early schooling took place in Jordan. When he was seven years old, he was sent to the United Kingdom to study at St. Edmund's School for a year. At the age of eight, he was sent to the United States, where he attended Bement School and Eaglebrook School and St. Albans School, graduating in 1981. In 1981, he entered Brown University, where he earned a ScB degree in electrical engineering in 1985. During his time at university, he also earned a private pilot's license.

Prince Faisal has also had extensive military training. During his time at Brown Universtiy, he served in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, receiving helicopter training. After graduating Brown, he also received his RJAF wings before undergoing RAF Basic Flying officer training with the Royal Air Force. In 1986, he completed that phase of training and began Advanced Flying training using jets and recieved his RAF wings in 1987. He also did further flight training with the Tactical Weapons Unit. Upon recieving his training, he served various positions in the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He was promoted to Major General in 2001, and assumed the senior Air Force post of Chief of Air Staff in 2002. He reached the rank of Lieutenant General in 2004. He is currently Deputy Supreme Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Prince Faisal married Miss Alia Tabba in August 1987 until April 2008. They have four children, a son-in-law and a granddaughter together:
  1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
      1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
  2. Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan (1993)
  3. Princess Sara (1997)
  4. Princess Aisha (1997)
Prince Faisal was married to Sara Bassam Kabbani from May 2010-September 2013. He then married Zeina Lubbadeh in January 2014. Together, they have one son:

Royal Profile: Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou was born Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella on 21 October 1983 as the daughter of  Víctor José Vargas Iraus...