Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Royal Profile: Augustin Crépy

Augustin Crépy was born 26 April 2005 as the son of Princess Clotilde d'Orléans& Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy {Source}. He has the following siblings {Source}:
  1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
  2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
  3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
  4. Eléonore Crépy (2007)

Through his mother, he is the grandson of Prince Michel d'Orléans, Comte d'Evreux & Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}.

It is likely he leads a fairly normal lifestyle as his  family's throne has been defunct for many years.

Royal Profile: Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark

Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark was born 26 April 1986 as the third son and youngest child of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece {Source}.He has two older brothers and two older sisters, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Alexia (1965)
    1. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana(1970)
      1. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
      2. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
      3. Miss Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
      4. Master Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
  2. Crown Prince Pavlos (1967)
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (1968)
      1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
      2. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
      3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark (2000)
      4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece and Denmark (2004)
      5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark (2008)
  3. Prince Nikolas (1969)
    1. Princess Tatiana
  4. Princess Theodora (1983)
His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (his 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Diana, Princess of Wales (his 2nd cousin in law) 
He was educated in England, and the United States. He spent the majority of his education at the Hellenic College of London (1992-2002, GCSE){Source}. He also attended United World College in New Mexico, USA {Source}.He also attended Georgetown University, where he studied foreign relations {Source}.

He is active in several charities. He is a member of the board of directors of the Anna Maria Foundation, along side his mother (president) and siblings{Source}
He is an avid sportsman, especially when it comes to roller blading, swimming, and Football (he supports UK's Arsenal and the Greek Club Panathinaikos) {Source}. He also enjoys computers, history, and music.
He is presently 8th in line for the deposed Greek throne, after his two elder brothers, three nephews, and a niece. He speaks English and Greek {Source}.In 2014, he was #7 in the business insider's list of Most Eligible Royals {Source}.
He is related to several European royla families, both reigning and non reigning. Through his mother he is the greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria. Through his father, he is a greatx3 grandson of Queen Victoria.Through his father, he is related to the following monarchs:
  • Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: 1st cousin 2x removed
  • Queen Sofia: paternal aunt
Through his mother, he is related to the following monarchs:
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden: 1st cousin 1x removed through Princess Margaret of Connaught
  • Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom: 3rd cousin 1x removed through King Christian IX of Denmark
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: maternal aunt

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Royal Profile: Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou

Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou was born 25 April 1974 as the son of the second son of Alfonso de Borbón, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz and Doña María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco{Source}. He has one older brother {Source}:
  1. Don Francisco de Asís Alfonso Jaime Cristóbal Víctor José Gonzalo Cecilio de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú, Duc de Bourbon (1972-1984, car accident)
He also has several step siblings and a half sister from his mother's subsequent marriages:
  1. Mathilda Rossi (1971-1984, boating accident, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi, twin of below) 
  2. Marella Rossi (1971, stepsister from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie Rossi)
  3. Frederick Rossi (stepbrother from his mother's marriage to Jean-Marie, younger brother of Mathilda and Marella)
  4. María Cynthia Francisca Matilda Rossi (half sister, 1985, from his mother's marriage to Rossi)

He attended the Lycėe Français de Madrid, obtaining his COU in June 1992 {Source} He studied economics. He worked several years for BNP Paribas, a French bank in Madrid. Although he regularly visited France, where his mother lived for several years, he continued to live in Spain.

He became engaged to Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella in November 2003. They were married in November 2004{Source}. Together, they have three children:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint al-Hussein of Jordan

Princess Iman bint al-Hussein of Jordan was born 24 April 1983 as the daughter of King Hussein & Queen Noor . She has several older half-siblings, two brothers, and a sister:
  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan (1956, half sister)
    1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977-1988, div)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza (1981)
  2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
    1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
    2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  3. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962, half brother)
    1. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma (2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  4. Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (1963, half brother)
    1. Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan (m. 1989-2008)
      1. Princess Ayah bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1990)
      2. Prince Omar bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
      3. Princess Sara bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
      4. Princess Aisha bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
    2. Princess Sara of Jordan (m 2010-2013)
    3. Princess Zeina of Jordan (m. 2015)
      1. Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (2016)
      2. Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (8 April 2017)
  5. Princess Aisha bint Hussein of Jordan (1968, half sister)
    1. Mr. Zeid Juma (divorced)
      1. Master Aoun Juma 
      2. Miss Muna Juma
  6. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968, twin of above, half sister) 
    1. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh
      1. Master Jaafar Al-Saleh
      2. Miss Jumana Al Saleh
      3. Miss Tahani Al Shawan al Saleh (Adopted)
  7. Prince Hamzah bin al Hussein of Jordan (1980)
    1. Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan (d. 2009)
      1. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah of Jordan (2007)
    2. Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad bint al Hamzah (m. 2012)
      1. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
      2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
      3. Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan (2016)
  8. 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)
  9. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986)

Princess Iman was educated in the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her primary education took place at the Fay School and Maret School in the United States. In the United Kingdom, she attended The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst{Source}. Upon graduation, she was back in the United States, this time studying at the American University to pursue a degree in veterinary science.

In December 2012, the Royal Court announced her engagement to Zaid Azimi Mirza{Source}. They were married on 22 March 2013{Source}. Together, they have one child:

  • Omar Mirza (2013)

Royal Profile: Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Parma

Prince Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Parma was born 24 April 2016 as the son of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma and Piacenza & Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma and Piacenza {Source}

He has an older half brother, and two full sisters{Source}:

  1. Mr. Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon de Parme (1997)
  2. Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
  3. Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma (2013)

He was baptized in Parma on 25 September 2016, his godparents are: 
  •  King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (father's first cousin)
  • Princess Marie des Neiges of Bourbon-Parma (great-aunt)
  • Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza (his late grandfather's second cousin)
  • Lodewijk Gualtherie van Weezel
  • Javier Lubelza Roca

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: April 17-23, 2017


-Count Leopold de Limburg-Stirum celebrated his  6th birthday on Wednesday.


-Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 14th birthday on Sunday.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck granted an Audience to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Tuesday {Photos}


-Princess Isabella celebrated her 10th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Philipp vpm Thurn und Taxis celebrated his 42nd birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry of Wales & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together on Thursday {Photos}. On Sunday, the royal trio attended the 2017 London Marathon {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise visit to BBC1 Radio host Adele Roberts, who is running the 2017 London Marathon for Heads Together, on Friday {Source}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge attended a screening of the BBC documentary Mind over Marathon on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, he attended an investiture ceremony {Photos}

-Daniel St. George Chatto celebrated his 60th birthday on Saturday.

-The Lady Gabriella Windsor celebrated her 36th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Sayako Kuroda celebrated her 58th birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois, Hereditary Princess Sophie, Prince Maximillan, Princess Angela, Prince Constantin, Princess Marie, Princess Tatjana, Baron Philipp von Lattorff, Prince Josef-Wenzel, Prince Alfonso, Prince Moritz, Princess Georgina, Prince Benedikt, Lukas von Lattorff, Anna von Lattorff, Camilla von Lattorff, Marie von Lattorff, Elisabeth von Lattorff, Maximilian von Lattorff, Sophie von Lattorff,  Prince Philipp, Princess Isabelle, Prince Alexander, Princess Astrid, Princess Theodora, Prince Wenzeslaus, Prince Rudolf, Princess Laetitia, Princess Tılsım,Prince Karl Ludwig, Princess Margaretha, Prince Nikolaus, Prince Josef-Emmanuel, Princess Marie-Astrid, Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Nora, &  Dona María Teresa Sartorius y de Liechtenstein met with Pope Francis on Saturday {Source}

-Princess Margretha, Prince Nikolaus, Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Marie-Astrid & Prince Josef-Emanuel attended the baptism of Prince Liam de Nassau on Saturday {Source}
Prince Liam de Nassau's godparents were his paternal uncle Prince Sébastien and family friend Anna-Maria Pamin.

-Prince Georg celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.


-Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Gulliaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess, Prince Felix, Princess Claire, Princess Alexandra, Prince Louis, Prince Sébastien, Princess Amalia de Nassau & Prince Liam de Nassau attended the baptism of Prince Liam de Nassau on Saturday {Source}
Prince Liam de Nassau's godparents were his patenral uncle Prince Sébastien and family friend Anna-Maria Pamin.


-Prince Albert II & Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy attended the men's tennis final of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters between Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II  visited the Aisne and the Marne in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Louis II in honor of the centenary of the Battle of the Chemin des Dames on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, Monaco's sovereign prince attended the christening of the new ship by Silversea 's Silver Muse {Source}. On Saturday the only son of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace attended The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament semi-finalbetween  Rafael Nadal and David Goffin {Photo}

-Princess Charlene attended a cocktail function for The Princess Charlene Foundation South Africa and visited Gugulesizwe Primary School and supervised, as a Patron of and in partnership with the South African Red Cross, a first aid and CPR training session for the teachers and the children on Friday. On Saturday Monaco's princess consort attended the inaugural Princess Charlene Ladies Day {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie attended a performance by students from Toust en Piste Circus School in honor of International Circus Day on Friday {Source}

-Vittoria Knecht de Massy celebrated her 9th birthday on Tuesday.

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended a dinner in honor of Geoffrey Bradfield and John Manice by the LHNH on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the Sovrein Prince of Monaco's eldest daughter attended ALFA APARTMENT SESSIONS At 199 Mott In NYC {Photos}

The Netherlands

-Prince Maurits van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 49th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Annette van Oranje-Nassa, van Vollenhoven celebrated her 48th birthday on Tuesday.


-Crown Prince Haakon attended day one of the 2017 SHIFT Conference on Thursday {Source} On Saturday, the future Norwegian King attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of Nature and Youth {Source}.


-Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicillies celebrated his 14th birthday on Tuesday


-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attend a church service in honor of the victims of last week's terror attack on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf presented the 2017 Vega Medal on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia  offifially opened the 2017 Blooming Spring Festival on Tuesday{Source}. On Wednesday, she presented the 2017 Queen Silvia Nursing Award {Source}

-Prince Alexander celebrated his 1st birthday on Wednesday.

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

Princess Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este was born 23 April 2003 as the the fifth child and third daughter of Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz of Belgium {Source}.

She has 4 siblings, including, two sisters and two brothers,  a sister-in-law and a niece:

  1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
      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 Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)

Her godparents are her brother Prince Joachim and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein{Source}. Like her elder siblings before her, she attended Sint-Jan-Berchmans School in Brussel{Source}. In 2016-2017, she began attending Bromsgrove School  {Source}

As she is 10th and so distantly in line for the throne after her four cousins, mother, two brothers and two sisters, her mother tries to limit her exposure to the press and protect her private life. She joined her mother and sister Princess Luisa Maria for the world premiere of The Adventures of Tintin on October 22, 2011 {Source}. She attended her uncle's coronation in June 2013 with her family, but is rarely seen attending other official events. She is the middle granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola. Her sisters Princess Maria Laura & Princess Luisa Maria, and cousin Princess Elisabeth are all older, while her cousins Princess Louise and Princess Eléonore are both younger.

Royal Profile: The Lady Gabriella Windsor

The Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor was born 23 April 1981 as the second child and only daughter of Prince Michael of Kent & Princess Michael of Kent {Source}. She has a brother, sister-in-law and two nieces{Source}:
  1. Lord Fredrick Windsor (1979)
    1. Lady Fredrick Windsor (m. 2009)
      1. Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
      2. Miss Isabella Alexandra May Windsor (2016)
Gabriella was educated in England and the United States {Source}. Her primary education was at Downe House School in England {Source}. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature in 2004 {Source}. In 2012, she obtained a MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford's Linacre College {Source}.

She is currently a freelance journalist.

She is related to both Queen Elizabeth II (through her paternal grandfather, they are 1st cousins 1x removed) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (through her paternal grandmother, who was his first cousin, they are 1st cousins 2x removed).

She is currently 46th in succession for the British throne {Source}. At birth, she was 15th in succession. She shares a birthday with Princess Laetitia Mara of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Royal Profile: 22 Facts about Daniel Chatto

  1. Daniel St. George Chatto was born 22 April 1957 as Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule{Source}.
  2. He is the son of the late actor Thomas Chatto Sproule and the theatrical agent Ros Chatto {Source}. 
  3. He has one brother, James {Source
  4. In 1987, using Deed poll, Chatto legally changed his name from Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule to Daniel St. George Chatto. 
  5. At the same time, his mother, also using Deed Poll, abandoned her surname Sproule in favor of Chatto.{Source}.
  6. He attended Bedales Boarding School {Source}.
  7. Before marrying into the royal family, he was an actor, like his father. 
  8. He appeared in several films throughout the 1980s. His most notable role is probably Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982, Prince Andrew){Source}.
  9. He began a romance with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones while working on Heat and Dust in India in 1983, in which he played a party guest and Lady Sarah was working in the wardrobe department {Source}. 
  10. Fast forward to 14 July 1994, at St. Stephen Walbrook Church, where they were married. 
  11. Together, they have two sons:
    1. Samuel Chatto (1996)
    2. Arthur Chatto (1998)
  12. Mr. Chatto does not perform any royal duties on behalf of his wife's aunt, however, like his wife,sons, and his brother-in-law and his family, he is a frequent guest at royal functions. 
  13. In the past, some of these funtions have included: the Queen's traditional Christmas Luncheon at Buckingham Palace and Christmas a Sandringham, The State Opening Of Parliament (where his younger son has served as a Page of Honour to his great-aunt from 2010-2015), family weddings, VIP art gallery openings.
  14. In the company of his wife, he attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2012 {Source}
  15. Some of his film credits include:
    1. Tip Dorit in Little Dorrit (1987)
    2. Party Guest in Heat and Dust (1983)
    3. Prince Andrew in Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)
  16. He was the son-in-law of The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon and Antony Armstrong-Jones, The 1st Earl Snowdon.
  17. He is the brother-in-law of:
    1. David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (1961)
      1. The Hon. Serena, The Countess of Snowdon (m. 1993)
    2. Lady Frances  von Hofmannsthal (1979)
      1.  Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal (m. 2006)
    3. Jasper Cable-Alexander (1998)
  18. Through his siblings-in-law, his nieces include:
    1. The Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (2002)
    2. Maud Dolores Diamond von Hofmannsthal (2009)
    3. Sybil Sabrina Ernestine von Hofmannsthal (2013)
  19. Through his siblings-in-law, his nephews are:
    1. Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (1999)
    2. Rex Antony Octavian  von Hofmannsthal (2008)
  20. Chatto comes from his father's stage name, Thomas Chatto.
  21. He shares a birthday with:
    1. Amber Heard (Johnny Depp's ex)
    2. Wilie Robertson (Duck Dynasty anyone?)
    3. Jack Nicholson
  22. His astrological sign is Taurus.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second child of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark {Source}. She has one older brother and two younger siblings:

She was christened at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 1 July 2007, with the following as her godparents{Source}:
  • Princess Mathilde, The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde, a family friend)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Dr. Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  • Mr. Christian Buchwald (friend of her father's)
  • Mr. Peter Heering (friend of her father's)
  • Mrs. Marie Louise Skeel (friend of her mother's)

Her name was announced as:
  • Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  • Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother (who died in 1997)
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  • Margrethe: for her paternal grandmother
As previously done with her brother, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affiairs formally wrote and signed a hand-written document confirming her postion as third in line for the Danish throne, a document which contained her full name, birth and christening dates, and the names of her Royal Godparents, in accordance dictated by Royal Law of 1799.

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).On 13 August 2013, Princess Isabella started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, the same public school as her older brother {Source}.

At ten years old, she has had already done her share of royal tours and duties, mostly in the company of her family. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee. She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007,2008,2011,2012,2013, 2014). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}. On the morning of her 10th birthday, new protraits of the young princess were released and she received her own monogram {Photos}

Royal Profile: Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York on born 21 April 1926, as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York {Source}. She had a younger sister, former brother-in-law, a nephew, a niece, three great nephews and a great niece:
  1. The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon (1930-2002)
    1. Antony Armstrong-Jones, The 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017, m. 1960-1978, div)
      1. David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (1961)
        1. The Hon. Serena, The Countess of Snowdon (m. 1993)
          1. Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (1999)
          2. The Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (2002)
      2. Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (1964) 
        1. Mr. Daniel St. George Chatto (m. 1994)
          1. Mr. Samuel David Benedict Chatto (1996)
          2. Mr. Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto (1999)

 She would be joined by a younger sister, Princess Margaret in 1930{Source}.

The young princess was third in line for the British throne at the time of her birth, after her paternal uncle and father, and was not expected to take the crown{Source}.

She was christened as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary for her mother, paternal great-grandmother and paternal grandmother{Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:

  • King George V (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Mary (paternal grandmother)
  • Princess Mary [Viscountess Lascelles] (aunt)
  • The Duke of Connaught (great-great-uncle)
  • The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (maternal grandfather)
  • Lady Elphinstone

Her earliest years were spent between her parents' private residence in London and White Lodge in Richmond Park, as well as her grandparents' country homes{Source}. When she turned six years old, her parents took over the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home{Source}.

Her relatively normal upbringing and quiet family life came to an abrupt end in January 1936, with the death of her paternal grandfather {Source}. As her uncle was without a family of his own, Princess Elizabeth was now second in line for the British throne{Source}. However, by the end of that year, in December, her uncle would abdicate the throne, leaving her father to become King Geogre VI{Source} and ten year old Princess Elizabeth as first in line for the British throne{Source}.

The young Princess and her sister began their education at home, supervised by governesses {Source}. Upon her uncle's abdication and her father's asccendance to the throne, ten year old Princess Elizabeth began to study constitutional history and law, to prepare her for her future role as Queen {Source}. She studied French with her Belgian and French governesses,studied art and music, religion, horseback ridding, swimming {Source}.

She also was part of several extra-curricular activities. In 1939, Princess Elizabeth participated in and won the Children's Challenge Shield at London's Bath Club {Source}. She was enrolled in Girl Guides at the age of eleven, and became a Sea Ranger {Source}.

During WWII, the young Princess and her sister were moved to the safety of Windsor Castle {Source}. During the Christmas times in the 1940s, the young princess and her sister would put on pantomimes with the children of members of staff for the enjoyment of her family and employees of the Royal Household{Source}. At the age of 14 in 1940, Princess Elizabeth participated in a live radio broadcast during the BBC Children's programme to the children of Britian and the Commonwealth, especially those whom had been evacuated {Source}. In 1942, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards, and she would perform her first solo public engagement when she inspected the regiment in April of that same year{Source}. A year later, in April 1943, she spent the day with her reigiment in Southern Command{Source}. From then onwards, Princess Elizabeth was actively involved in the roles of the monarchy, much of which involved organizations connected to youth{Source}. She was president of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children (closed in 1998) and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children{Source}. In March 1944, she began to accompany her parents on tours of Great Britain{Source}.

She turned eighteen in March 1944, and was appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's adsence on a tour of the Italian battlefields, and for the first time carried out duties of the Head of State{Source}. In August 1944, with Queen Elizabeth, the Princess received an address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne{Source}. In September, she carried out her first official tour of Scotland with her parents, a tour which included her opening ceremony in October, when she opened the recently reconstructed Aberdeen Sailors' Home{Source}. Her first flight by air was on a tour of Northern Ireland with her parents {Source}. In early 1945 the Princess was made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS){Source}. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver{Source}.

She was married to Sir Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 {Source}. Upon their marriage, her father granted his new son-in-law the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich {Source}. This made the young Princess Elizabeth the Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth and Baroness Greenwich {Source}. Together, they have four children, eight grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and a grandson-in-law, two granddaughters-in-law, and five great-grandchildren{Source}:

  1. The Prince Charles of Wales (1948)
    1. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997, m. 1981-1996, div)
      1. 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)
      2. Prince Henry of Wales (1984)
    2. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947, m. 2005)
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (1950)
    1. Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
      1. Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Philips (1977)
        1. Mrs. Autumn Kelly Philips
          1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
          2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
      2. Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall
        1. Mr. Michael Tindall (1978)
          1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
  3. The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (1960)
    1. Sarah, Duchess of York (1959, m. 1986-1996, div)
      1. Princess Beatrice of York (1988)
      2. Princess Eugenie of York (1990)
  4. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (1964)
    1. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1964)
      1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
      2. James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn (2007)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Georg of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg was born 20 April 1999 as the second son of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg{Source}. He has two older siblings, and a younger brother {Source}:
  1. Prince Joesph Wenzel (1995)
  2. Princess Marie-Caroline (1996)
  3. Prince Nikolaus (2000)

He is the grandchild of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein {Source}, thus is 3rd in line for the throne after his father and elder brother.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland

Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland was born 19 April 2016 as  the first child of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden {Source}. The little prince will become a big brother for the first time in the fall of 2017 {Source}.

He was baptized in September 2016, with the following as his godparents {Source}:
  • Crown Princess Victoria (paternal aunt)
  • Mrs Lina Frejd (maternal aunt)
  • Mr Victor Magnuson (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Mr Jan-Åke Hansson (friend of his father)
  • Miss Cajsa Larsson (friend of his mother)

Royal Profile: Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum

Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum was born 19 April 2011 as the first child of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum and Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum {Source}. He has two younger brothers {Source}:
  • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  • Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)

He is the first grandchild of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria & Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg. He is cousins with{Source}:

  • Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
  • Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  • Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)

As he is only 6 years old, it is likely that he either has not started school yet or is in the very early stages of his education.

Through his grandmother, he is related to the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, the Royal Family of Belgium and the Princely family of Liechtenstein.

Royal Profile: Prince Philipp von Thurn und Taxis

Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis was born 19 April 1975, the younger of the two sons of Christa Ingeburg Heinle & Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis{Source}.

Because his parents marriage was unequal, he and his brother Prince Hubertus, have no claim to the throne, a position in which his cousin Albert is presently the Head of House {Source}.

Because he is such a minor royal, little is known about him.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Royal Profile: Vittoria Knecht de Massy

Vittoria Knecht de Massy was born 18 April 2007 in Monaco, the third of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and Keith Sébastien Knecht de Massy{Source}.

She attended Prince Albert's 2011 Wedding with her parents, and two older sisters (Vittoria is the smallest, in the rose colored dress in between her parents) in July 2011. She also attended the events the day before, where she was seen with her mother and Princess Charlene.

She and her family re-located to South Africa sometime in 2011 or 2012, so she likely attends school there.

She is the granddaughter of Christine-Alix Knecht de Massy, the youngest of Princess Antoinette's children, and thus is Princess Antoinette's great-granddaughter, and is a 1st cousin 1x removed from the reigning Prince Albert II{Source}.

Because she is not *technically* in line for the throne of Monaco, she is primarily kept from the limelight and not much is known about her. It is presumed that someday, like the *rest of the de Massy family* (her great-aunt is president of the Monaco Tennis Association, and her great uncle and 2nd cousin play tennis, and her father is captain of the tennis team for Monaco's All-sports Country team (A.S.Co.T., Team Monaco captain of the tennis tournament)), she'll join in on the "family fun" of tennis and charity work when she's older.

Royal Profile: Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was born 18 April 2003 as the second child of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabria & Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo{Source}. He has an older brother, two younger brothers, and three younger sisters{Source}:

  1. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto (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)
Prince Juan is currently in succession for the deposed Bourbon-Two Sicilies throne, in 2nd place in the disputed Calabria line.

Royal Profile: Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 18 April 1972 as the daughter of Ulrich Sekrève and his wife Jolanda de Haan{Source}.

She was educated in The Netherlands. She obtained her vwo diploma in 1991 {Source}. She studied from 1991-1996 at Groningen University, where she obtained a MSc degree in psychology {Source}. It was at university that she met her future husband, Prince Bernhard {Source}.

The couple announced their engagement on 11 March 2000. They married on 6/8 July 2000 {Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:

She and her family reside in Amsterdam and lead low profile lives, with attendance only at major royal family events including King's Day.Since 2002, Princess Annette worked as a counsellor at the AGO Foundation from 2002-2011 {Source}. She is a member of the Committee of Recommendation of the Foundation Art as Well / A lot of the Foundation Art and the 'Experience' {Source}. Princess Annette is also a member of the Advisory Board of Papageno Foundation {Source}.

Royal Profile: Sayako Kuroda

Sayako Kuroda (formerly HIH The Princess Nori) was born 18 April 1969 as the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko{Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law and three nieces and a nephew{Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (1960) 
    1. Crown Princess Masako of Japan (1963) 
      1. Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001) 
  2. Prince Fumihito of Akishino (1965) 
    1. Princess Kiko of Akishino (1966) 
    2. Princess Mako of Akishino (1991) 
    3. Princess Kako of Akishino (1994) 
    4. Prince Hisahito (2006)

She married a commoner in 2005, thus giving up her Imperial status as required by law.

For her education, she studied Japanese Language and Literature at Gakushuin University, graduating in 1992. Later that same year, she became a research associate at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, where she specialized in the study of kingfishers. A few years later, in 1998, she was promoted to researcher at the same institute, where she has continued her research and submitted various articles about birds to various academic journals.

On 30 December 2004, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement of Princess Nori to Yoshiki Kuroda, a 40-year-old urban designer with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a longtime friend of Prince Akishino. They were wed on 15 November 2005, at which time the former princess gave up her imperial family status and most of the perks that go along with it.

She often represents her parents and brother around Japan. Recently, it has been reported that she resigned from her job as an ornithologist in order to focus on her family life and potential motherhood. While she will no longer be entitled to an imperial allowance, she reportedly received a dowry of over one million dollars.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Maurits van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 17 April 1968 as the first child of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands and Prof. Pietre van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three younger brothers, three sister-in-laws, as well as several nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Prince Bernhard van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969) 
    1. Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972) 
      1. Miss Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Master Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Master Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  2. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1972)
    1. Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
      1. Miss Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      2. Master Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Miss Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Miss Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Master Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)

His godparents included:
  1. Princess Christina of The Netherlands (maternal aunt)
  2. Prince Alois-Konstantin of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rosenburg
  3. Jhr. G. Krayenhof
  4. The Dutch Merchant Fleet

He was educated in the Netherlands, earning his WVWO diploma from Veluws College in 1987{Source}. After recieving his diploma, he went into the military from August 1987 to January 1989, he was a member of the Marine Corps and the Royal Navy{Source}. He would eventually earn the rant of lieutenant commander of the 2nd class oldest category of the Royal Navy Reserve{Source}. On 1 May 2013, he received two appointments{Source}:
  • The King's Aide in Special Service
  • Promotion to Commander of The Dutch Royal Navy.

In the 1990s, he returned to university, where he study economics at the University of Groningen, obtaining his degree in 1995{Source}. Upon his graduation, he resumed his career working as a Senior Manager Passenger Services at NV Schiphol Airport{Source}. From 2001-2006, he worked as a business manager for Philips DAP BV{Source}. Since May 2006, he became an entrepreneur with a company called The Source{Source}. From November 2009 -March 2012, he served as chairman of the Formula E team an active role in the promotion of electric vehicles in the Netherlands{Source}.

Over the years, Prince Maurits has served on various committees and had numerous honorary appointments, including {Source}:

  • Evening of Science and Society(Foundation board member)
  • The Economics and Business Faculty Association (EBF) from the University of Groningen (Member Advisory Council) 
  • New Holland Foundation (Patron)
  • National Association and Foundation "The Sailing Marine ' (Patron)
  • Royal Military Fencing (Patron)
  • Sailing Foundation (Patron)
  • Foundation Sail Amsterdam (Patron)
  • Friends Rijksacademie 'Cercle des Amis du prix' (Member)
  • Recommendation Committee Ronald McDonald House (Member)

On 29 May 1998, he marred Marilène van den Broek{Source}. Together, they have three children {Source}:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: April 10-16, 2017


-King Philippe celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Eléonore celebrated her 9th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Laurent & Princess Claire celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.


-Prince Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday.


-Queen Margatethe II, Prince Henrik, Prince Consort, Crown Prince Fredrik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Nikolas, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik & Princess Athena attended the traditional balcony apperance to mark Queen Margrethe II's 77th birthday on Sunday {Photos}

-Queen Margrethe II celebrated her 77th birthday on Sunday.

-Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes af Rosenborg celebrated his 12th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  visited ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to officially opened the new Elephant Centre and officicially opened the Priory View on Tuesday {Photos}{Video}. On Thursday, they attended the Royal Maundy  service at Leicester Cathedral {Source}

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Peter Mark Andrew Philips,  Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips attended Easter Service on Sunday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall, Michael James Tindall & Mia Grace Tindall attended the 2017 Burham Market Horse Trials on  Friday {Photos}


-Emperor Akihito & Emperess Michiko celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Monday.


-Princess Marie celebrated her 77th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Tatjana celebrated her 44th birthday on Monday.


-Grand Duke Henri celebrated his 62nd birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Sébastien celebrated his 25th birthday on Sunday.

The Netherlands

-Princess Ariane celebrated her 10th birthday on Monday.

-Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated his 41st birthday on Monday.

-Anastasia Margriet Josephine van Lippe-Biesterfelf van Vollenhoven celebrated her 16th birthday on Saturday


-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor of Austrias, The Infanta Sofia & Queen Sofia attended Easter Mass on Sunday {Photos}


-Sibylla Louise Ambler, Baroness von Dincklage celebrated her 52nd birthday on Friday.

Royal Profile: Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoira Anne Marie of Belgium was born 16 April 2008 as the second daughter and youngest child of King Philippe & Queen Mathilde {Source}. She has an older sister, and two older brothers:
  • Princess Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
  • Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie of Belgium (2003)
  • Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marieof Belgium (2005)

Princess Eléonore attends a Dutch-language primary school in Brussels, but French and English are also part of her education{Source}.

She lives with her parents, and older siblings at Royal Palace of Laeken {Source}. When she isn't in school, she likes to play the violin, read, draw, ride her bicycle, swim and ski{Source}.

At her birth, Princess Eléonore was 5th in succession after her father and older siblings . Upon her father's 2013 succession, she is currently 4th in succession after her sister and two brothers.

She was baptized at almost two months old, with the following as her godparents{Source}:

  • Crown Princess Victoria (family friend)
  • Princess Claire of Belgium (paternal aunt)
  • Count Sébastien von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg 
Like her siblings, she has been doing royal duties from an early age. When she was just a baby, she took part in the family's annual summer photocall {Photos}. In 2009, she was back for the family's summer photocall {Photos}. In 2010, at the age of three, her royal duties repretoire began to pick up-she joined her family at the 34th Floralies of Ghent official launch {Photos}, and visited the children's farm Pierlapont {Photos}. In 2011, along with her older siblings, she took part in the wedding of her maternal aunt, Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz and Nicolas Janssen {Photos}, took part in the family's annual photo session {Photos}, and began her education {Photos}. In 2012, she joined in on her family's annual skiing trip and photo call {Photos}, joined the family's official photocall in the summer {Photos} and attended to another year of her education {Photos}. In 2013, she participated in the National Day celebrations and the enthronement of her father (and abdication of her grandfather) {Photos}, went on the family's annual holiday photocall {Photos} and began school again {Photos}. In 2014, she took part in the family's skiing holiday {Photos}, attended the 35th edition of the Brussels' 20km run {Photos}, attended the first communion of her cousins Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric {Photos}, attended the wedding of her eldest cousin Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este {Photos}, visited Sealife {Photos}, attended National Day Celebrations {Photos}, attended Car Free Day {Photos}, began school again {Photos}, attended the funerla of her great aunt, Queen Fabiola {Photos} and attended a Christmas Concert {Photos}. In 2015, she attended the family's photocall at animal park Pairi Daiza {Photos}, and Belgian National Day {Photos}. In 2016, she was \spotted at a photocall for the family's skiing trip {Photos}.

Royal Profile: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1992 as the youngest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa {Source}. He has four brothers, two sister-in-laws and a sister, as well as two nephews and a niece {Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie , Hereditary Grand Duchess (1984)
  2. Prince Félix (1984)
    1. Princess Claire (1985)
      1. Princess Amalia de Nassau (2014)
      2. Prince Liam de Nassau (2016)
  3. Prince Louis (1986)
    1. Tessy de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Noah de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra (1991)
After attending nursery school in Angelsberg, Luxembourg, Prince Sébastien began his primary
education at St. George's International School in Luxembourg {Source}. He then continued his schooling in
the United Kingdom, first at Summer Fields School and then at Ampleforth College, where he began his secondary education {Source}. In 2011, the Prince obtained his Baccalaureate at the International School of Luxembourg. {Source}.He attended university in the United States, where he earned a degree in Marketing and Communication in May 2015{Source}. In September 2016, he began a 44 week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which he graduated from in March 2017 {Photos}.

The young prince in fluent in several languages including: Luxembourgish, French, German and English{Source}. He also has a good knowledge of Spanish {Source}.

When he is home, he often participates in official activities. Dedicated to upholding values promoted through sport, Prince Sébastien has accepted the High Patronage of the "Fédération luxembourgeoise de natation et de sauvetage" (Luxembourg Federation of Swimming and Lifesaving) {Source}.

In 2010, Prince Sébastien received the Order of the "Lion d’Or" of the House of Nassau {Source}.

In his free time, Prince Sébastien is a keen sportsman and enjoys climbing, skiing, swimming and particularly rugby {Source}. After proudly wearing the colours of his club for several years, he was selected for the Luxembourg national rugby team and also plays for his university team {Source}. Prince Sébastien enjoys travelling and discovering new cultures {Source}. He is also very interested in art {Source}.

Royal Profile: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1955 as the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg{Source}.
He has one older sister, two younger brothers and a younger sister, as well as two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a former sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Princess Marie-Astrid (1954)
    1. Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (1954, m. 1982)
      1. Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, The Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
        1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979, m 2008)
          1. Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
          2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
          3. Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)
      2. Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1985)
        1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986, m 2012)
          1. Archduchess Maria-Stella  of Austria (2013)
          2. Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
      3. Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1988)
        1. Archduchess Adélaïde Marie Béatrice of Austria (1989, m. 2012)
          1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
      4. Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1990)
      5. Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria (1994).
  2. Prince Jean of Luxembourg (1957) 
    1. Ms. Hélène Vestur (born 1958, 1987, by 2009 they had been divorced)
      1. Princess Marie-Gabrielle de  Nassau (1986)
        1. Antonius Benedikt Clemens Douglas Emanuel Willms (1988, engaged)
      2. Prince Constantin de Nassau (1988)
      3. Prince Wenceslas de Nassau (1990)
      4. Prince Carl-Johan deNassau (1992)
    2. Ms. Diane De Guerre, Countess de Nassau (2009-present)
    3. Princess Margaretha (1957)
      1. Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (1947, m. 1982)
        1. Prince Leopold Emmanuel Jean Marie of Liechtenstein (1984-1984)
        2. Princess Maria-Anunciata Astrid Joséphine Veronica of Liechtenstein (1985)
        3. Princess Marie-Astrid Nora Margarita Veronica of Liechtenstein (1987)
        4. Prince Josef-Emanuel Leopold Marie of Liechtenstein (1989)
  3. Prince Guillaume (1963)
    1. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg (1968, 1994-Present)
      1. Prince Paul Louis Jean Marie Guillaume de Nassau (1998)
      2. Prince Léopold Guillaume Marie Joseph de Nassau (2000)
      3. Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine Maria da Gloria de Nassau ( 2000)
      4. Prince Jean André Guillaume Marie Gabriel Marc d'Aviano de Nassau (2004)

He attended secondary school in Luxembourg, but soon after began studying in France. He earned his French baccalaureate in 1974{Source}. Upon graduating from his compulsory education, he began attending the University of Geneva, where he earned a political science degree with honors in 1980{Source}.
During his university years, he also visited other countries, most notably, the United States, where he gained practical work experience and studied{Source}. In 1974, he attended the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, and was commissoned as an officer in 1975{Source}. In 1989, He was appointed an Honorary Major of the Royal Parachute Regiment (UK){Source}. As Commander-in-chief of the Luxembourg Armed Forces, he holds the rank of General{Source}.As Honorary Chairman of the Board of Economic Development, established in 1977, he visited numerous countries around the world in order to promote investment opportunities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (1978–2000){Source}.In 1980, He was appointed a member of the State Council, as a result of which he became familiar with the legislative branch of Luxembourg's parliamentary system (until 1998){Source}.

The Grand Duke holds several honorary doctorates, including{Source}:

  • Dr honoris causa of Human Letters by the Sacred Heart University, 
  • Fairfield, Connecticut (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Law by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Economics by Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • Dr honoris causa of Political Science by the Universities of Trier (Germany) and León (Nicaragua). On 14 February 1981, Prince Henri married Miss Maria Teresa Mestre, who he met whilst attending University{Source}.
Together with his wife, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, he has four sons and one daughter, as well as two daughters-in-law, a former daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and three grandsons:
  1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie , Hereditary Grand Duchess (1984)
  2. Prince Félix (1984)
    1. Princess Claire (1985)
      1. Princess Amalia de Nassau (2014)
      2. Prince Liam de Nassau (2016)
  3. Prince Louis (1986)
    1. Tessy de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Noah de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra (1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien (1992)
He holds numerous honorary appointments, and chairmanships of several charitable organizations. Some of which include:

  • Chairman of Galapagos Darwin Trust Luxembourg{Source}
  • Active member of Mentor Foundation {Source}
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the “Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse” {Source}.
He is a Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.On 4 March 1998, he was appointed Lieutenant-Representative by his father, Grand Duke Jean, in accordance with Article 42 of the Constitution{Source}.On 7 October 2000, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Henri became Grand Duke of Luxembourg, succeeding his father Grand Duke Jean{Source}.
On 7 February 2008, he was appointed Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in the Order of Malta{Source}.Upon his birth, his official title was His Royal Highness Prince Henri of Luxembourg, Nassau and Bourbon-Parma.