Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands

Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of The Netherlands was born at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn on 31 January 1938 as the first child of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard{Source}. At her birth, she held the titles of Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld{Source}. She has three younger sisters:

  1. Princess Irene of The Netherlands (1939)
    1. Prince Carlo, Duke of Parma (1970)
      1. Princess Annemarie, Duchess of Parma (1977)
        1. Carlos Klynstra de Bourbon-Parme (illegitimate, 1997, stepson of Annemarie)
        2. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parma (2012)
        3. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
        4. Prince Carlos Enrique, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    2. Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno (1972)
      1. Edwin Karel Willem de Roy van Zuydewijn (m 2001-2006)
      2. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (1975, m. 2008-)
        1. Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
        2. Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
    3. Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi (1972)
      1. Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Bardi (197)
        1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
        2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    4. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, Marchioness of Sala (1974)
      1. Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (m. 2012)
        1. Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
        2. Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)
  2. Princess Margriet of The Netherlands (1943)
    1. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven (m. 1967)
      1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau (1968)
        1. Princess Marilène of Oranje-Nassau (1970, m. 1998) 
          1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
          2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
          3. Felicia Juliana Benedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven ( 2005)
        2. Prince Bernhard of Oranje-Nassau (1969)
          1. Princess Annette of Oranje-Nassau (1972, m. 2000)
            1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
            2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
            3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
        3. Prince Pieter-Christiaan (1972)
          1. Princess Anita of Oranje-Nassau (1969, m. 2005) 
            1. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
            2. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
        4. Prince Floris of Oranje-Nassau (1975) 
          1. Princess Aimée of Oranje-Nassau (1977, m. 2005) 
            1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
            2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
            3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
  3. Princess Christina of The Netherlands (1947)
      1. Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo (1977)
        1. Eva Marie Valdez Guillermo (1979, m 2009)
          1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
          2. Julián Jorge Guillermo (2011)
        2. Nicolás Daniel Mauricio Guillermo (1979)
        3. Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo (1981)

In May 1940, she and her family fled to the United Kingdom during the outbreak of WWII {Source}. Her father and grandmother remained in England, while she, her mother and younger sister continued on to Canada where they would be safer{Source}. Her second younger sister, Princess Margriet, was born in Canada in 1943{Source}. In August 1945, the entire family returned to The Netherlands{Source}. Her youest sister, Princess Christina was born in The Netherlands in 1947{Source}.

The future Queen of The Netherlands attended schools in Canada, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium {Source}. While residing in Canada during WWII, she began attending nursery and primary school{Source}. Upon her return to The Netherlands in 1945, she attended De Weklplaats, Kees Boeke's Progressive School {Source}. In April 1950, she entered the Incrementum, part of the Baarns Lyceum, where she passed her school-leaving examinations in arts subjects and classics in 1956{Source}. After passing her school-leaving exams, she began attending Leiden University, where she was a member of the Leiden Women Students' Association{Source}. In her first years at university, she attended lectures in sociology, jurisprudence, economics, parliamentary history and constitutional law{Source}. Later she also attended lectures on the cultures of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles, the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, international affairs, international law, history and European law{Source}.In the summer of 1959, she passed her preliminary examination in law{Source}.While at university, the Princess visited various European and international organisations in Geneva, Strasbourg, Paris and Brussels{Source}. In 1961 she obtained a combined degree in law and other subjects, including sociology and economics{Source}.

On 28 June 1965, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard announced the engagement of Princess Beatrix and the German diplomat Claus von Amsberg in radio and television broadcasts{Source}. Before the wedding could take place, parliament had to be asked for permission and in autumn 1965, the two houses of parliament passed a bill consenting to the marriage, and granted Claus von Amsberg Dutch citizenship {Source}. Princess Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg on 10 March 1966{Source}. On the same day, Claus von Amsberg received the title of Prince of the Netherlands and the designation Jonkheer van Amsberg{Source}. The royal couple took up residence in Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche, where the Princess had lived since 1963{Source}. They lived at Drakensteyn Castle until 1981, when they moved into Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague{Source}. Since her abdication, Princess Bearix has resided back at Drakensteyn Castle{Source}. Together, they have three sons, three daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren (7 girls and 1 boy){Source}:

  1. King Willem-Alexander (1967)
    1. Queen Maxima
      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
      1. Countess Luana of Oranje-Nassau (2005)
      2. Countess Zaria of Oranje-Nassau (2007)
  3. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
    1. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands
      1. Countess Eloise of Oranje-Nassau (2002)
      2. Count Claus-Casimir of Oranje-Nassau (2004)
      3. Countess Leonore of Oranje-Nassau (2006)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah of Jordan

Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah of Jordan was born 30 January 2005 as the youngest son of King Abdullah II& Queen Rania of Jordan{Source}He has an older brother and two older sisters{Source}:

  • Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
  • Princess Iman (1996)
  • Princess Salma (2000)

At the present time, he is second in line for the Jordian throne after his older brother. During a 2009 working visit to the US, he was spotted out and about with his mother and siblings {Photos}. Also in 2009, he attended an air show which was organized by the military in cooperation with the British Embassy to celebrate his father's 10th anniversary of his succession to the throne {Source}. In June 2009, he along with his parents, attended the awards ceremony for the 2009 King Abdullah II Award for Physical Fitness awards in which his sister won 4th place {Source}.

Royal Profile:Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia

Princess Cornelie-Cecile Viktoria Luise of Prussia was born 30 January 1978 as the daughter of Countess Donata of Castell-Rüdenhausen and the recently deceased Prince Louis Ferdinand Oskar Christian of Prussia {Source}. She has an older brother, a sister-in-law, three nephews and a niece:
  1. Georg Freidrich, Prince of Prussia (1976)
    1. Sophie, Princess of Prussia & Isenburg (1978)
      1. Prince Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Herditary Prince of Prussia (2013)
      2. Prince Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht of Prussia (2013)
      3. Princess Emma Marie Charlotte Sophie of Prussia (2015)
      4. Prince Heinrich Albert Johann Georg of Prussia (2016)
She was largely raised by her single mother after her father's death. When Princess Cornelie-Cecile was 13 years of age, her mother married Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg. It was through this marriage that Princess Conelie-Cecile gained the following step-sibings, stepsibings-in-law, and stepnieces and step-nephews:

  1. Duke Paul-Wladimir Nikolaus Louis-Ferdinand Peter Max Karl-Emich of Oldenburg(1969)
    1. Maria del Pilar Méndez de Vigo y Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1970, m. 2001) 
      1. Duke Kirill Friedrich-August  of Oldenburg (2002)
      2. Duke Carlos Jakobus Leo Wilfried Josef Maria of Oldenburg(2004)
      3. Duke Paul Marie of Oldenburg (2005)
      4. Duchess Maria Assunta of Oldenburg (2007)
      5. Duke Peter of Oldenburg ( 2009)
  2. Duchess Rixa Marie-Alix Kira Altburg of Oldenburg(1970)
    1. Stephan Sanders  (m. 2012)
  3. Duchess Bibiane Marie Alexandra Gertrud of Oldenburg(1974)
    1. Peter Dorner (1972, m. 2004) 
      1. Xenia Dorner 
      2. Rixa Dorner
      3. Alexej Dorner
She rarely attends royal events. One exception however, was her brother's wedding in 2011{Photos}.

She was born developmentally disabled, therefore likely lives a quiet life in the care of either her stepfather or her brother and sister-in-law.

Royal Profile: King Felipe VI of Spain

King Felipe VI of Spain was born as the third child and only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on 30 January 1968{Source}. He has two sisters, a brother-in-law, two nieces and four nephews{Source}:

  1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
    1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
    2. Doña Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
  2. Infanta Cristina of Spain
    1. Iñaki Urdangarín
      1. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999)
      2. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
      3. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
      4. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)

He was named for{Source}:
  • Felipe: in memory of the first Bourbon to reign in Spain
  • Juan: His paternal grandfather, the Count of Barcelona
  • Pablo: His maternal grandfather, King Paul (Pablo in Spanish) of Greece
  • Alfonso: His paternal great-grandfather, King Alfonso XIII of Spain

His godparents were{Source}:

  • Juan de Borbon, Count of Bareclona (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Victoria Eugenia (paternal great-grandmother) 

He attended the Santa Maria de los Rosales School until 1984{Source}. He completed his secondary education, made the last-equivalent school at University Orientation Course-in Lakefield College School in Canada course in 1985{Source}. From September 1985 to July 1988, he undertook military studies at the General Military Academy of Zaragoza, where he served Pledge of Allegiance on October 11, 1985{Source}. He continued his military training at the Naval School of Marín and the General Air Academy in San Javier successively receiving in the month of July 1989 the offices of lieutenant of Infantry, Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant Aviation Weapon{Source}. From October 1988 to June 1993 he studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he graduated in law, also studying various subjects in the degree of Economics in order to complete their training in this area{Source} In September 1993 he began a Masters in International Relations at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (Washington DC) graduated on May 26, 1995{Source}.

He began his public duties when he proclaimed his allegence to his father on 22 November 1975 {Source}. He recieved the titles of Prince of Asturias, along with the Prince of Girona and Prince of Viana on 22 January 1977 {Source}. In 1981, he received the Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece {Source}. On his 18th birthday in 1986, he swore before parliement loyallty to the king, to faithfully perform funtions, observe and enforce the Constitution and laws, and rights of the citizens and the Autonomous Communities, assuming the fullness of its institutional role as successor to the Crown {Source}.

On 1 November 2003, his parents announced his engagement to commoner journalist, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano {Source}. The religous ceremony took place on 22 May 2014 in Spain {Source}. Together, they have two daughters:

  • Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
  • Infanta Sofia (2007)

Royal Profile: King Abdullah II of Jordan

Prince Abdullah bin Al-Hussein (now King Abdullah II of Jordan) was born 30 January 1962 the eldest son of King Hussein and his 1st wife, Princess Muna al-Hussein{Source}. He has one older half sister from his father's 1st marriage, two younger full brothers, and two younger full sisters, as well as 4 younger half sisters, and 3 younger half brothers{Source}.

Under the 1952 Constitution, he was considered heir to his father, but due to the unstable times in the 1960s, his father named his brother, King Abdullah's uncle the heir{Source}.

The future king attended to his education at various institutions around the world{Source}. He attended St. Edmund's School in Hindhead, Surrey, England from 1964-1975{Source}. After that, he moved on to Eaglebrook School and then to Derrfield Academy in the United States{Source}. Upon graduation, he went back to England to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he graduated in 1980, and was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served as a troop commander in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars {Source}. After two years in the military he returned to school, to study Middle Eastern Affairs in a Special one-year studies course at Pembrooke College, Oxford University{Source}. In 1987, he moved to the United States to attend the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C{Source}.Upon his return to Jordan, he would serve in the Jordanian forces and would be promoted to Major-General in 1998{Source}.

Unsure of his eldest son's capabilities as King, his father consider arranging for the throne to pass to his brother then to his son in the 1980s, however, in 1992, something changed his mind{Source}.On his deathbead, on 25 January 1999, he made it clear he wanted his eldest son to inherit the throne{Source}.Therefore, that is what happened{Source}. Upon the death of his father on 7 February 1999, Prince Abullah became King Abullah II{Source}.

Throughout the King's reign there have been many improvements to Jordan. Since his ascendance to the throne, Jordan's economy has grown, and quality of Life of the people of Jordan over all has improved{Source}. In 2008, King Abdullah began his Decent Housing for Decent Living campaign in which all Jordanian citizens, and even Palestinian refugees, will be guaranteed high quality residential housing with easy access to community needs such as health, education, and community activities. The King announced on 2 March 2007 municipal elections in Jordan and in 25 November 2006 in his parliament address, told the parliament to work on reforms of the press and publication law. King Abdullah II has worked for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, attending the Arab Summit in 2002, OIC conferences and having several summits with US, Israeli and Palestinian delegations to find a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
For his personal life, he married Rania al Yassin on 10 June 1993. They have two sons and two daughters:

Crown Prince Hussein (born 28 June 1994)
Princess Iman (born 27 September 1996)
Princess Salma (born 26 September 2000)
Prince Hashem (born 30 January 2005)

On his personal time, he enjoys sky diving, rally racing, scuba diving and science fiction.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: January 23-29, 2017


-King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa celebrated his  67th birthday on Saturday.


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde met with homeless persons and volunteers at shelter 'Pierre d'Angle' on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they attended a New Year's reception for NATO and SHAPE {Photos}


-Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck celebrated her 35th birthday on Monday.


-Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah celebrated her 9th birthday on Saturday.


-Princess Athena celebrated her 5th birthday on Tuesday {Photos}.
As tradition started by her great grandmother and continued by Queen Ingrid's daughters and their girls and daughters-in-law, Princess Athena *should be* sporting a new gold bracelet on Tuesday. Her cousin, Princess Josephine received hers last January. 

-Louisa Johannsmann celebrated her 2nd birthday on Saturday.


-Princess Antoinette d'Orléans celebrated her 5th birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Hélène d'Orléans celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales paid an official visit to Leicester on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended the the opening of the Norwegian pavilion at BETT 2017 on Friday {Source}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex attended a reception for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Monday {Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall was installed as an Honorary Liveryman of The Worshipful company of plumbers on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Harry visited Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Service at Tedworth House on Monday {Photos}. On Thursday, he took a casual jog with homeless teens to raise awareness for their shelter {Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) at Quidenham on Tuesday {Photos}


-Queen Rania visited Al Zarqa Al Zarqa on Monday {Photos}


-Prince Maximilian & Princess Angela celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff celebrated her 15th birthday on Wednesday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander I held audiences with Ambassadors of Bulgaria, Cuba and Vietnam on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, heopened the new construction of the laboratory and met with the management and staff about their activities and developments in the dairy sector at Zuivellaboratorium Qlip on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday, the Dutch King officially opened Thialf for the 2017 Season {Photos}

-Queen Maxima visited National Onderwijstentoonstelling on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Laurentien participated in the closing session of the European Pillar of Social Rights Conference on Monday{Photos}

-Princess Beatrix & Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma attended the 58th edition of the equestrian event Jumping Amsterdam on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, Tjalling Siebe ten Cate, Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate & Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate attended the 58th edition of the equestrian event Jumping Amsterdam on Sunday {Photos}

-Prince Carlos of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma celebrated his 47th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening the Norwegian pavilion at BETT 2017 on Thursday {Source}

-Erling Sven Lorentzen celebrated his 94th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Heredtiary Prince, Marquis de Baux & Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès attended the Sainte Devote ceremony balcony appearance on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the 41st International Circus Festival Gala on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the St. Devote Church Service and traditional burning of the boat ceremony on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Louis Robert Paul Ducuret attended the Ligue 1 Paris-St. Germain vs AS Monaco football match on Sunday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene celebrated her 39th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover celebrated her 60th birthday on Monday.

-Louis Robert Paul Ducruet participated in the friendly football match between Monaco's Circus Festival Compettiors and Monaco's Barbajuans on Monday {Photos}. On Sunday, the only son of The Countess of Polignac attended the 25th IHF Men's World Championship 2017 Final between France and Norway {Photo}


-King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos I & Queen Sofia attended the presentation of the National Sports Awards 2015 on Monday {Source}.

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the opening of the XXIX edition of AGROEXPO on Wednesday {Source} On Thursday, they attended the annual Foreign Ambassadors reception {Photos}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf held farewell audiences with outgoing ambassadors from Norway,Kosovo, Spain, Vietnam and  Ecuador on Tuesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia awarded scholarships from the Queen Silvia of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation on Thursday {Source}


-Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi celebrated his 69th birthday on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Royal Profile: Louisa Johannasman

Louisa Johannsmann was born on 28 January 2015 as the first daughter of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Alexander Johnnsmann {Source}. She has an older brother{Source}:
  1. Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
As she is only a toddler and distantly in line for the British throne, little is known about her.

The little girl resides in Denmark or Germany with her parents and older brother. She is a maternal granddaughter of Prince Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Royal Profile: Princess Antoinette d'Orléans

Princess Antoinette Léopoldine Jeanne Marie d'Orléans was born 28 January 2012 as the daughter of Prince Jean of Orléans, Duke of Vendôme and Maria Magdalena Philomena Juliana Johanna de Tornos y Steinhart. She has the following siblings:

  1. Prince Gaston Louis Antoine Marie of Orléans (2009)
  2. Princess Louise-Marguerite Eléonore Marie of Orléans (2014)
  3. Prince Joseph Gabriel David Marie of Orléans (born 2 June 2016)
Her Godparents consist of:
  • David de Tornos (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Leopoldine of Liechtenstein (first cousin)
  • Count Damian vonSchönborn-Buchheim (father's first cousin)
  • Francesca Lopez de la Osa
  • Leopoldo Gavito and Dominique de Layre
Not much is known about her. Due to her family's throne being long defunct, she will likely lead a normal life.

    Royal Profile: Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah of Brunei

    Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah of Brunei was born as the daughter of Azrinaz Mazhar binti Hakim Mazhar & Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-MarhumSultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien. Through her father, she has the following siblings and stepmothers:

    1. Queen Saleha, The Queen (Raja Isteri) of Brunei (m. 1965)
      1. Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah (1969)
        1. Dr. Kemaluddin Al-Haj
          1. Pengiran Anak Raheemah Sanauk Bolkiah (1997)
          2. Pengiran Anaka Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah (unknown)
          3. Pengiran Anak'Abdul Raqiib (2009)
          4. Pengiran Anak Raqeeqah Raayatul Bolqiah (2009)
      2. Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Muta-0Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah (1971)
      3. Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (1974)
        1. Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (1987, m. 2007)
          1. Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim Bolkiah (2007)
          2. Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah (2011)
          3. Prince Muhammad Aiman (2015)
      4. Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah (1976)
        1. Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Khairul Khalil (1975, m. 2007)
          1. Y.A.M. Pengiran Anak 'Abdu'l Hafeez bin Pengiran Anak Khair ul-Khalil. Born at Istana Nur ul-Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan (2008)
          2. Y.A.M. Pengiran Anak Raiha'anah ul-Bolqiah binti Pengiran Anak Khair ul-Khalil. Born at Istana Nur ul-Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan (2010)
      5. Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah (1980)
        1. Dr. Haji Mohammad Yakub
          1. Pengiran AnakMuhammad Za'eem (2013)
          2. Pengiran AnakMuhammad 'Aamir (2015)
      6. Prince Haji 'Abdul Malik Ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (1983)
        1. Raabiatul Adawiyyah. (m. 2015)
          1. Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak (Princess) Muhee'ah Raayatul Bolqiah (2016)
    2. Hajah Mariam (m. 1982-2002)
      1. Pengiran Muda (Prince) Haji Abdul Azim (1982)
      2. Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess)Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah (1984)
      3. Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess)Fadzillah Lubabul Bolkiah (1985)
      4. Pengiran Muda Abdul Mateen (1991)
    3. Azrinaz Mazhar (2005-2010)
      1. Pengiran Muda (Prince) Abdul Wakeel (2006)

    Royal Profile: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

    King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was born on 28 January 1950 as the son of   Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, then Crown Prince, and Hessa bint Salman Al Khalifa {Source}.

    At the age of 14, he was designated as Crown Prince of Bahrain by his father.

    He was educated early on in Bahrain, before being sent to England to complete his compulsory education before moving on to college in England and the United States. He attended Manama secondary school in Bahrain, Applegarth College in England. After graduating Applegarth, he attended The Leys School, British Army at Mons Officer Cadet School, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College

    He maintains a good releationship with the British Royal Family. He was invited to the Wedding of  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but chose not to attend due to human rights activist protesters.

    He has four wives and twelve children:

    1. Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa (m. 1968) 
      1. Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (1969)
      2. Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (1975)
      3. Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa (1977)
      4. Najla bint Hamad Al Khalifa ( 1981)
    2.  Sheia bint Hassan Al Khrayyesh Al Ajmi 
      1. Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (1987)
      2. Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (1989)
    3. Unamed Wife
      1. Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa (1991-2006, car accident)
      2. Noura bint Hamad Al Khalifa (1993)
      3. Munira bint Hamad Al Khalifa (1995)
    4. Unnamed Wife
      1. Sultan bin Hamad Al Khalifa
      2. Hessa bint Hamad Al Khalifa
      3. Rima bint Hamad Al Khalifa

    Royal Profile: Erling Sven Lorentzen

    Erling Sven Lorentzen was born 28 January 1923 as the one of the five children of  Øivind Lorentzen (1881–1981) and Ragna Nilsen (1883–1976). 

    During WWII, he worked for Norwegian Independent Company 1. He was also a Norweigan businessman, he owned 28% of Aracruz Celulose, which he sold for approximately 1.7 billion USD in July 2008.

    Lorentzen married Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen on 15 May 1953. He is thus the brother-in-law of King Harald V, Queen Sonja and Princess Astrid {Source}. With Princess Ragnhild, he has the following children, children-in-law, and grandchildre and a great grandchildn:

    1. Haakon Lorentzen (1954) 
      1. Martha Carvalho de Freitas (m. 1982)
        1. Olav Alexander Lorentzen (1985)
        2. Christian Frederik Lorentzen (1988)
        3. Sophia Anne Lorentzen (1994)
    2. Ingeborg Lorentzen ( 1957) 
      1. Paulo César Ribeiro Filho (m. 1982)
        1. Victoria Ragna Lorentzen Ribeiro (1988)
          1. Felipe Falcao (m. 2014)
            1. Frederik Sven Falcao (2016)
    3. Ragnhild Alexandra Lorentzen (1968)
      1. Aaron Matthew Long (m. 2003)
        1. Alexandra Lorentzen Long (2007)
        2. Elizabeth Lorentzen Long (2011)

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Royal Profile: Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma

    Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo Sixto María of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma was born 27 January 1970 as the eldest of four children of Prince Carlo Hugo of Borbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma & his wife, Princess Irene of The Netherlands {Source}. His siblings, sibling-in-laws and nieces and nephews are{Source}:

    1. Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, The Count of Bardi (1972, twin)
      1. Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Bardi (1982)
        1. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
        2. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    2. Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Colorno (1972, twin)
      1. Mr. Tjalling Siebe ten Cate(1975)
        1. Miss Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
        2. Miss Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate (2011)
    3. Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma (1974)
      1. Mr. Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (1974)
        1. Miss Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer (2014)
        2. Master Xavier Albert Alphons Brenninkmeijer (2015)
    He was raised throughout Europe. He spent his educational years growing up in countries like The Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and The United States{Source}. When he was 11 years old, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother and siblings back to The Netherlands{Source}. Prince Carlo studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, United States and at the University of Cambridge {Source}.

    When he completed his studies, he returned to The Netherlands. He began working for the company ABN AMRO, where he was involved with the preparations of the introduction of the euro {Source}. Then he moved to Belgium to work as a consultant for public affairs for European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA){Source}. Since 2007, he has been involved with projects related to sustainability in business {Source}.

    Although he is not in succession for the Dutch throne, he has occasionally attends official events. In 2003, with his aunt the former Queen Beatrix, he attended the inauguration of the Prince Claus Leerstoel {Source}. He took a major part in planning his cousin Prince Constantijn's wedding in 2001 {Source}. He also attended his cousin King Williem-Alexander's enthronement ceremonies.

    From his paternal side, he is a prince of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. In September 1996, his father granted him the title Prince of Piacenza{Source}. Also in 1996, his aunt, then Queen Beatrix, granted him the title His Royal Highness Prince of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. In September 2003, he was also awarded the title The Duke of Madrid{Source}. With the August 2010 death of his father, Prince Carlo's official full title and style is:

    His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo Sixto María of Bourbon-Parma, The Duke of Parma, The Duke of Madrid, The Duke of Piacenza.

    He married Countess Annemarie van Gualthérie Weezel on 20 November 2010{Source}. Upon their marriage, she became Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, The Duchess of Parma, The Duchess of Madrid, The Duchess of Piacenza. Together, they have two daughters, and a third child on the way{Source}:

    1. Princess Luisa Irene Constance Anna Maria of Bourbon-Parma (2012).
    2. Princess Cecilia Maria Johanna Beatrix of Bourbon-Parma (2013)
    3. Prince Carlos Enriquem, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma (2016)

    Prince Carlos also has a son, Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme with Brigitte Klynstra{Source}

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Royal Profile: Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff

    Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff was born 25 January 2002 is the daughter of Philip von Lattorff and Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein{Source}.

    She has three brothers and four sisters{Source}{Source}:
    • Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
    • Marie Theresa von Lattorff (2004)
    • Camilla Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2005)
    • Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
    • Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
    • Maximilian von Lattorff (2011)

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

    It is likely that she speaks German, the official language of Liechtenstein.

    Other than that, very little is known about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. They tend to keep out of the limelight. She shares a birthday with Princess Charlene of Monaco.

    Royal Profile: 40 Facts about Princess Charlene of Monaco

    1. Princess Charlene of Monaco was born as Charlene Lynette Wittstock on 25th January 1978 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Africa {Source}.
    2. She was the first child of Michael Wittstock and Lynette Humberstone-Wittstock  {Source}.
    3. When she was aged 12, her family emigrated to South Africa from Zimbabwe {Source}.
    4. At an early age, she developed a passion for swimming {Source}.
    5. In 1996, at 18, She won the South African Championship {Source}.
    6. In 2000, Her team came in fifth at the Sydney Olympic Games {Source}.
    7.  That same year, She won the gold medal for the 200m backstroke event at the "Marenostrum" international swimming meeting in Monaco {Source}.
    8. This is when she met Prince Albert for the first time, He was presiding over the international competition {Source}.
    9. In 2002, She won three gold medals at the swimming World Cup (50m and 100m crawl, 4x100m relay) and the silver medal during the Manchester Commonwealth Games (4x100m medley relay) {Source}.
    10. In 2006, the royal pair was spotted in public for the first time at the Winter Olympics in Turin {Photos}
    11. In 2007, She ceased competing after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics {Source}.
    12. The Princess Consort of Monaco has two younger brothers {Source}:
      1. Gareth Wittstock (1982)
      2. Sean Wittstock (1983)
    13. Through her brothers she is also the sister-in-law of  {Source}:
      1. Rosin Gavin-Wittstock (Garreth, 2015)
      2. Chantell Wittstock (2013, Sean)
    14. Through her two younger brothers and sisters-in-law, she is the aunt to:
      1. Kaia-Rose Wittstock (2013, Gareth) {Source}
      2. Raigen Wittstock (2014, Sean) {Source}
      3. Avia-Grace Wittstock (2016, Sean) {Source}
    15. She is a godmother to {Source}:
      1. Raphael Casiraghi-Elmaleh(2013)
    16. Miss Wittsotock was married to the Prince in a civil ceremony on 1st July 2011 in the Throne Room at the Palace of Monaco{Source}.
    17. The religious ceremony took place on 2nd July 2011 in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace of Monaco{Source},
    18.  She bears the title "HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco" along with all the historical titles vested to the Prince, in the feminine{Source}.
    19. While growing up in Africa, she was well-aware of problems linked to childhood {Source}.
    20. During her career as an Olympic athlete, she also gave swimming lessons to underprivileged children{Source}.
    21. Since 2009, She has been Honorary President of "Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo {Source}.
    22. Since 2010, She has been associated with the "Nelson Mandela Foundation"{Source}.
    23. She regularly participates in fund raising events for charities such as "Amfar"{Source}.
    24. On the 27th of May 2011, H.S.H Princess Charlene was appointed as a Global Ambassador of Special Olympics{Source}.
    25. On 8th of July 2011, Princess Charlene has been appointed as a co-patron of the "Giving Organisation Trust", a group of South African charities that deals with issues ranging from AIDS among underprivileged children to the protection of the environment{Source}
    26. Since June 2012, Princess Charlene has been the patron of AS Rugby Monaco{Source}
    27. In July 2016,She accepted to become the Patron of the "South African Red Cross Society", on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of this association{Source}.
    28. In September 2016, She attended the "World First Aid Day" in Geneva, as the Ambassador of this event{Source}.
    29. She also created Her own Foundation, the "Princess Charlène of Monaco Foundation"{Source}.
    30. In her free time, she enjoys surfing,mountain hiking, reading biographies and ethinic South African poetry and viewing contemporary art{Source}.
    31. She shares a birthday with:
      1. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi(1948)
      2. Miss Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff(2002)(Liechtenstein)
    32. She is the sister-in-law of:
      1. Princess Caroline of Hanover (1957)
      2. Princess Stephanie of Monaco (1965)
    33. Through her husband, she is the aunt of:
      1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
      2. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
      3. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
      4. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
      5. Pauline Grace Maguy (1994)
      6. Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (1998)
      7. Princess Alexandra Charlotte of Hanover (1999)
    34. Through her husband, she is the step-aunt of:
      1. Prince Ernest-August Jr of Hanover (1983)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    35. Through her husband, she is the stepmother of:
      1. Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992)
      2. Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste-Grimaldi (2003)
    36. Through her nieces and nephews, she is the great-aunt of:
      1. Raphael Casiraghi-Elmaleh(2013)
      2. Soon-to-Be Baby Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017)
    37. She is the aunt-in-law to:
      1. Beatrice Casiraghi Borromeo (Pierre, 2015)
    38. She, along with Prince Albert have two children:
      1. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès  (2014, older by two minutes)
      2. Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis de Baux (2014)
    39. Her astrological sign is Aquarius.
    40. For her daughter's godparents, she chose:
      1. Gareth Wittstock (her brother, Gabriella's uncle)
      2. Nerine Pienaar (who is a close friend of Princess Charlene )

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Royal Profile: Princess Athena of Denmark, Countess of Monzepat

    Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born 24 January 2012 as the fourth child and first daughter of Prince Joachim and second child and only daughter of Princess Marie {Source}. She has two older paternal half brothers and an older brother{Source}:

    1. Prince Nikolai of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (1999)
    2. Prince Felix of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2002)
    3. Prince Henrik of Denmark, Count of Monpezat (2009)

    Due to the 2008 Succession Act, which made Denmark's monarchy an absolute primogeniture monarchy (absolute primogeniture=boys and girls have equal rights to the throne and younger brothers do not displace older sisters), she is in line for the Danish throne and will not be displaced by any possible younger brothers.

    She was christened in May 2012{Source}, with the following as her godparents:
    1. Gregory Grandet (maternal uncle)
    2. Edouard Cavallier (maternal uncle)
    3. Carina Axelsson (her father's cousin's girlfriend)
    4. Julie Mirabaud(friend of her parents)
    5. Diego de Lavandeyra (friend of her parents)
    6. Henriette Steenstrup(friend of her parents)
    It is likely that she will begin her education as her elder brothers did before her, she will likely attend nursery school at the Garnison Church and Krebs.

    Royal Profile: Princess Hélène d'Orléans

    Princess Hélène Sybille Irène d'Orléans was born 24 January 2001, as the third child and second daughter of Prince Charles-Louis of Orleans, Duke of Chartres and Ileana Manos {Source}. She has one older brother, one older sister, one younger brother and one younger sister {Source}:
    • Prince Philippe Jacques Nicolas d'Orléans (1998)
    • Princess Louise d'Orléans (1999)
    • Prince Constantin d'Orléans (2003)
    • Princess Isabelle d'Orléans (2005)
    As her royal family is defunct, she likely leads a normal life and next to nothing is known about her. She shares a birthday with Princess Athena of Denmark.

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Royal Profile: 12 Facts about Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan

    1. Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck of Bhutan was born 23 January 1982 {Source}. 
    2. She is the daughter of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem {Source}. 
    3. She has the following siblings {Source}: 
    4. Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck (1980) 
    5. Prince Dasho Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck (1986) 
    6. She has the following half-siblings{Source}: 
    7. King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (1980) 
    8. Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (1981) 
    9. Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck (1981) 
    10. Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (1984) 
    11. Prince Dasho Khamsum Singye Wangchuck (1985) 
    12. Prince Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1986) 
    13. Princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck (1993) 
    14. Prince Dasho Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck (1994) 
    15. Princess Ashi Kesang Choden has the following nieces and nephews{Source}: 
    16. Dasho Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck (2006, Chimi Yangzom) 
    17. Dasho Jamyang Singye Wangchuck (2009, Chimi Yangzom) 
    18. Dasho Jigje Singye Wangchuck (Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen) 
    19. Dasho Truelku Varotsana Jigten Wangchuck (Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen) 
    20. Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, The Gyalsey (2016) 
    21. She has the following siblings-in-law: 
    22. Dasho Sangay Wangchuck (1978) 
    23. Dasho Phub W. Dorji (m. 2009) 
    24. Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan (1990, m. 2011) 
    25. Yeatso Lhamo (m. 2013) 
    26. Dasho Tandin Namgyel 
    27. She studied psychology at Stanford University in the United States, earning a degree. 
    28. On 11 November 2008, she married Dasho Palden Yoeser Thinley{Source}. 
    29. The Princess is currently 13th in succession of the Bhutanese throne. 
    30. She shares a birthday with Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by birth of Monaco. 
    31. Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck was awarded the Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of King Jigme Singye in 2006{Source
    32. In 2008, she was awarded the King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal {Source

    Royal Profile: 60 Facts about Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco

    1. Princess Caroline Louise Margurite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco was born 23 January 1957{Source}.
    2. She was the first child of Prince Rainier II and Princess Grace {Source}.
    3. Princess Caroline has two younger siblings{Source}:
      1. Prince Albert II Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco (1958)
      2. Princess Stephanie Marie Elisabeth of Monaco, The Countess of Polginac (1965)
    4. Through her siblings, she has the following former and current siblings-in-law{Source}:
      1. Mr. Daniel Ducruet (Stephanie, 1995-1996)
      2. Mr. Adans Peres (Stephanie, 2004)
      3. Princess Charlene Lynette of Monaco (2011-present)
    5. She has the following nieces {Source}:
      1. Miss Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992, Prince Albert with Tamara Rotolo)
      2. Miss Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994, Princess Stephanie with Daniel Ducruet)
      3. Miss Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (1998, Princess Stephanie with Jean-Raymond Gottlieb)
      4. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès (2014, Prince Albert II with Princess Charlene)
    6. She has the following nephews {Source}
      1. Mr. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992, Princess Stephanie with Daniel Ducruet)
      2. Master Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste-Grimaldi (2003, Prince Albert II with Nicole Coste)
      3. Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux (2014, Prince Albert II with Princess Charlene)
    7. She has been married three times{Source}:
      1. Mr. Philippe Junot (1940, m. 1978-1980, annulled 1992, no children)
      2. Mr. Stefano Casiraghi (1960-1990, m. 1983-1990, his death, three children, a grandson, one soon-to-be grandchild and a daughter-in-law)
      3. Ernst August, Prince of Hanover (1954, m. 1999, separated 2009, one child, two stepchildren)
    8. She has three children with Casiraghi {Source}:
      1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
      2. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
      3. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
    9. With Casiraghi, she is also the mother-in-law of {Source}:
      1. Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi (1985, m. 2015)
      2. (NO Tatiana Santo Domingo isn't her daughter-in-law nor are Tatiana's children her grandchildren)
    10. She has one grandson and an incoming grandchild in 2017 {Source}:
      1. Master Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013)
      2. Miss/Master Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017)
    11. She attended local schools in Monaco, before boarding at St. Mary's, Ascot{Source}
    12. She received her French Baccalaureat (high school or A level) degree in 1974 with honors {Source}.
    13. Before attending Sorbonne, she briefly attended Universite Dauphine as a political science major {Source}
    14. She was also granted admissions to Princeton and Sorbonne {Source}
    15. In the fall of 1974, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris where she received a diploma in Philosophy and minors in Psychology and Biology{Source}.
    16. She speaks French, English, German, Spanish, and Italian{Source}.
    17. In her free time she loves to ride horses, swim, snow and water ski{Source}.
    18. During her youth she took ballet lessons at the Marika Besobrasova School of Dance in Monte-Carlo {Source}. 
    19. She also studied both piano and flute{Source}.
    20. In 1979 Princess Caroline was appointed by her parents to become the President of the Monegasque Committee for the International Year of Children{Source}.
    21. Princess Caroline is a founder of the association Jeune J'Ecoute in 1981{Source}.
    22. Since April 1983, she has been the Honorary President of the Guides de Monaco, which became the l'Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco in 1992 {Source}.
    23. Outside of Monaco Princess Caroline has also extended her High Patronage to the 'Peter Le Marchant Trust' located in England, which organizes free barge trips for the handicapped{Source}.
    24. Prince Rainier III appointed Princess Caroline by decree from 1982-1984 to several major organizations {Source}:
      1.  President of the Garden Club of Monaco
      2. President of the Organizing Committee of the Festival of Monte-Carlo Arts and later renamed the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo (Springtime Arts of Monte-Carlo) in 1984.
      3. President of the Princess Grace Foundation (Monaco)
    25. During a press conference in Paris in 1985 Princess Caroline officially announced the creation of the Ballet of Monte-Carlo realizing the wishes of her mother Princess Grace{Source}.
    26. Then on March 4, 1988 Prince Rainier III appointed his eldest child by decree as the President of the Board of the "Prince-Pierre Foundation"{Source}.
    27. She has also been the President of the Literary Board of the same foundation since 1988{Source}.
    28.  In 1992 she was appointed the President of the Artistic Board of the Prix International d'Art Contemporain (International Contemporay Art Prize){Source}.
    29. In April 1993 Princess Caroline was appointed the President of l'AMADE Mondiale (Association Mondiale des Amis de l'Enfance) or (Worldwide Association of Children's Friends), Princess Grace created this charitable organization in 1963 to protect children from physical and psychological abuse{Source}.
    30. On December 2nd, 2003, UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura has appointed Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of Her personal commitment to the protection of children and the family, and of Her contribution to the promotion of UNESCO's programmes for the education of girls and women{Source}.
    31. On 2 December 2003, Kōichirō Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, appointed The Princess of Hanover as Goodwill Ambassadress in recognition for Her personal commitment to the protection of children and families and Her contribution to promoting UNESCO programmes for the education of women and girls {Source}.
    32. On 10 November 2005, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco conferred the insignia of Commander of Cultural Merit to his elder sister for her contribution to the development of the Arts and Culture in the Principality, her active involvement in the Prince Pierre Foundation, Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opéra, Printemps des Arts, all Monegasque cultural entities over which She presides{Source}.
    33. On 3 July 2014, Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin, Grand Chancellor of the Légion d'Honneur, conferred the insignia of Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit upon HRH the Princess of Hanover{Source}.
    34. On 20 May 2014, Mrs Aurélie Filippetti, Minister for Culture and Communication, promoted The Princess of Hanover to the rank of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters{Source}.
    35. Her titles from birth to now have been:
      1. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite, Hereditary Princess of Monaco (1957-1958)
      2. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Monaco (1958-1978)
      3. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Monaco, Mrs. Philippe Junot (1978-1980)
      4. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Monaco (1980-1983)
      5. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Monaco, Mrs. Stefano Casiraghi (1983-1990)
      6. Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Monaco (1990-1999)
      7. Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco (1999-2005)
      8. Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Hanover, Hereditary Princess of Monaco (2005-2014)
      9. Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite of Hanover, Princess by Birth of Monaco (2014-present)
    36. She is a godmother to(John Glatt, The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy and Scandal):
      1. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
      2. Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
    37. As a child, she would bite her brother when her mother wasn't looking until one day Princess Grace noticed random bites on her son's arms, and realized it was her daughter doing it-and Princess Grace gave her daughter the same treatment when she wasn't paying attention one day {Source:
      The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour…Gallat, John. P. 48}.
    38. She is a major donor to the Virlanie Foundation {Source}
    39. In the 1960s, her mother told a story how she took a young Caroline to meet The former Queen of Spain, but before leaving, Grace taught Caroline how to curtsy and say "How do you do?" when meeting the Queen. After being taught how to curtsy, she couldn't stop. When she met the Queen, she refused to curtsy, stating that "No, Caroline does not want". A little while later, the young princess gave the former Queen the flowers at the palace {Source: La Véritable Grace de Monaco  by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley (page 228-229)}. 
    40. At the age of 6, she wrote her own biography {Source: La Véritable Grace de Monaco by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley (page 223)}
    41. When she was a young child, she had a dog that she called Lindy, and also had a parrot and rabbit {Source: La Véritable Grace de Monaco by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley (page 223)}
    42. She received the UNICEF Children’s Champion Award in 2006 {Source}.
    43. She served as the ceremonial first lady of Monaco after her mother's untimely death in 1982 until the marriage of her brother in 2011 {Source}
    44. She obtained a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights condemning Germany for not respecting her right to a private life, following publications of photographs depicting the Princess in her daily life (24 June 2004) {Source}.
    45. In 1983, she was engaged to Roberto "Robertino" Rossellini, who is the son of Ingrid Bergman {Source}.
    46. She is a recipient of the 2011 MIE Award {Video}
    47. Her former father-in-law and grandfather to her elder children, Giancarlo Casiraghi, died on her birthday in 1998.
    48. When she was young, on a visit to California, she went with one of her mother's friends to a shopping mall, where she threw a Royal Tantrum and the saleswoman commented to Grace's friend that  "This cannot be your daughter. I can see that your own daughter is well-behaved. Where did you pick up this child?", and Caroline boldly replied: "I'm Caroline, Princess Caroline. And don't you dare speak to me like that." {Source}
    49. Princess Caroline took some flying lessons in the late 1970s {Source}
    50. Princess Caroline was offered to play the leading role of Luchino Visconti film "L'innocente" by Visconti himself in the mid 70's, but Prince Rainier denied his permission, so actress Laura Antonelli was casted for that part{Source}.
    51. She uses the perfume, Fracas by  Robert Piguet {Source}
    52. She was called Max by her classmates as well {Source}
    53. Her mother called her Caro Caline {Source}
    54. She expressed desire to live with her grandmother in Paris while she studied at University {Source}.
    55. Her golf cap is 29{Source}.
    56. She is currently the sister-in-law of:
      1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess von Hochberg (1952)
        1.  Count Michael von Hochberg
      2. Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (1955–1988)
        1. Countess Isabelle von Thurn and Valsassina-Como-Vercelli (1962–1988)
      3. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
      4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1959)
        1. Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen
      5. Prince Heinrich of Hanover (1961)
        1. Thyra von Westernhagen
    57. Through her estranged husband, she has the following nieces 
      1. Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen (1984, Alexandra)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001, Heinrich)
    58. Through her estranged husband, she has the following nephews:
      1. Ferdinand Heinrich Emich Christian Karl, Hereditary Prince of Leiningen (1982, Alexandra)
      2. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August of Hochberg (1985, Marie)
      3. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1987)
      4. Count Georg Karl-Albert of Hochberg (1987, Marie)
      5. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988, Ludwig)
      6. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999, Heinrich)
      7. Prince Julius of Hanover (2006, Heinrich)
    59. During her summer holidays, the family would visit the Kellys, and she and her siblings would attend Pennsylvania summer camps {Source}
    60. During these visits, Caroline would translate English commercials to French {Source}

    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: January 16-22, 2017


    -King Philippe held an audience with American actor Matt Damon during the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday {Photos}

    -Queen Mathilde celebrated her 44th birthday on Friday.

    -Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este attended the Gala evening at the BRAFA Art Fair on Thursday {Photos}

    -Princess Claire celebrated her 43rd birthday on Wednesday.


    -Princess Kalina, Duchess of Saxony celebrated her 45th birthday on Thursday.

    Prince Tassilo Preslavski celebrated his 15th birthday on Friday.


    -Queen Margethe II attended the  opening of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 on Saturday {Source}

    -Prince Henrik, Prince Consort officially opened the  exhibition Himmelsten. H.K.H. Prins Henriks samling af orientalsk jadekunst  on Saturday {Source}

    -Crown Princess Mary attend the presentation of the Danish Heart Foundation (Hjerteforeningen) research grants on Tuesday {Photos}

    -Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg attended the opening of the exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Light in Dark Places  at the Ribe Museum of Art on Friday {Source}


    -Carl Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Prussia & Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia celebrated their 4th birthdays on Friday.

    -Prince Max-Emanuel of Bavaria, Duke in Bavaria celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday.

    Great Britain

    -Queen Elizabeth II attended a Sandringham W.I. meeting on Thursday{Photos}.

    -The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited {Photos}On Tuesday, the Queen's youngest child visited Maidenhead Synagogue and opened the new Community Centre and officially opened the Luckley House School's Whitty Theatre on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}{Video}

    -Sophie, The Countess of Wessex celebrated her 52nd birthday and attended The Devon County Agricultural Association's (DCAA) Annual General Meeting on Friday {Photos}.

    -The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal officially opened a new Spinal Injury Centre in Dorset on Wednesday {Source}

    -Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge,Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended a briefing for Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on Tuesday {Photos}

    -Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales attended the inaugural Endeavor Fund Awards Ceremony on Tuesday {Photos}

    -Princess Beatrice of York attended the World Economic Forum 2017 on Friday {Photos}

    -Mia Grace Tindall celebrated her 3rd birthday on Tuesday.

    -Isabella Alexandra May Windsor celebrated her 1st birthday on Monday.

    -Antony Armstrong-Jones, The 1st Earl of Snowdon 's funeral was held in Wales on Friday {Source}


    -Prince Nayef bin Asem celebrated his 19th birthday on Sunday.


    -Marie-Theresa von Lattorff celebrated her 12th birthday on Wednesday.


    -Grand Duke Henri the Grand Duke of Luxembourg sent a message of congratulations to newly sworn in US President Donald J. Trump  and held an audience with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday {Source} {Source}.

    -Prince Louis & Princess Tessy announced their separation with intentions to divorce on Wednesday {Source}


    -Prince Albert II, Princess Stephanie, Louis Robert Paul Ducruet & Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended the opening performance of the 41st International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo on Thursday {Photos}

    -Prince Albert II & Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi participated in the the festivities of San Sebastian, Patron Saint of the Carabinieri Carabiniers on Friday {Photos}

    -Prince Albert II attended the 2017 Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by the Prince Albert II Foundation on  Monday {Photos}{Source}. On Tuesday, he visited the Aventurier Des Mers Exhibition at Institut du Monde Arabe {Photos}

    -Princess Stephanie, Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the second night of the 41st International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo on Friday{Photos}. The mother-daughter trio attended day 4 of the 41st International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo on Sunday {Photos}
    According to her instagram, Pauline stated that she was wearing one of her personal creations from her studies at Parsons School of Design.

    -Princess Stephanie & Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet attended a photo-call for the 2017 41st International Circus Festival on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

    -Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Montblanc Gala Dinner At The SIHH - Brasserie Des Halles - 27th Salon International De La Haute on Monday {Photos}

    -Christian Louis de Massy celebrated his 68th birthday on Tuesday.

    -Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy celebrated her 31st birthday on Wednesday.


    -Hereditary Prince Boris Petrovic-Njegos of Montenegro, Grand Duke of Grahovo + Zeta celebrated his 37th birthday on Saturday.

    The Netherlands

    -King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix & Princess Margriet attended a New Years Reception on Tuesday {Photos}.

    -King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima & Princess Beatrix attended the New Years reception on Wednesday {Photos}.

    -Princess Margriet celebrated her 74th birthday on Thursday.

    -Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren Klynstra de Bourbon-Parme celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.


    -King Harald V sent a congratulatory message to newly invested US President Trump on Friday {Source}.

    -Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the World Economic Forum in Davos 2017 from Monday to Thursday{Source}.

    -Crown Prince Haakon visited  Brickworks School to  learn more about Norwegian learning technology on Friday {Source}

    -Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 13th birthday on Saturday.


    -King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the opening of the 37th edition of the International Tourism Fair-FITUR on Wednesday {Source}

    -King Felipe VI met with the presidents of the Communities and Autonomous Cities and attended the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Friday, he held audiences with newly appointed ambassadors from Poland, Peru, Nicaragua, Bulgaria, Vietnam and India {Source}

    -Queen Letizia attended the Tomas Francisco Prieto Prize 2017 Awards ceremony on Friday {Source}

    -Maria de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated her 17th birthday on Tuesday.


    -King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia visited the Thielska Gallery exhibition with proposals for the 2004 tsunami disaster memorial on Friday {Source}

    -King Carl XVI Gustav was awarded the Estonia Swedes culture bearer Award  and held a meeting with members of the comittee who are restoring the Royal Palace on Tuesday {Source}{Source}

    -Prince Daniel attended the Swedish Sports Gala on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Prince Consort attended a meeting with Friluftsfrämjandet {Source}

    -Princess Birgitta, Princess of Hohenzollern celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday.


    -Princess Chulabhorn visits flood-stricken people in Surat Thani on Friday {Source}.
    Princess Chulabhorn is the sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

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