Sunday, January 1, 2017

Royal Recap:Year in Review and 2017 Predictions and Happenings

If I missed anything major or you can fill in one of my unknown dates, please Let me know.

Royal Babies:

Unknown Date:
  • Princess Florence von Preussen & Mr. James Tollemache welcomed their first daughter, Sylvie Tollemache. Princess Florence von Preussen is the great x4 granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.
  • Princess Nejla bint Asem of Jordan & Nasser Talhouni welcomed their first child, Kareemah Talhouni. Princess Nejia is a 3rd cousin of King Abdullah II through King Abdullah I.

  • Isabella Alexandra May Windsor is the daughter of Lord and Lady Fredrick Windsor. She joins big sister Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor. She is presently distantly in succession for the British Throne. 

  • Prince Talal bin Rashid of Jordan, second child and son of Prince Rashid bin Hassan of Jordan and his wife, Princess Zeina bin Hassan of Jordan.

  • The Gyalsey, Crown Prince of Bhutan is the son of the King and Queen of Bhutan. He is first in line for the Bhutanese throne. On 17 April, his name was announced: Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck 

  • Countess Teresa Julie Elisabeth von Ortenburg is the first daughter of Count Friedrich zu Ortenburg & Countess Friedrich zu Ortenburg.
  • Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and Princess Zeina Faisal of Jordan welcomed a son, Prince Abdullah bin al-Faisal. Prince Abdullah is their first child together, and fifth child of Prince Faisal. He joins older paternal half-siblings: Princess Ayah (1990), Prince Omar (1993), Princess Sara (1997) & Princess Aisha (1997)
  • Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria is the second child of Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen. She joins big sister Archduchess Maria Stella. She is named for Archduchess Magdalena of Austria who was the daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, and Anne of Bohemia and Hungary. 

  • Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, The Duke of Skåne is the second child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden. He is currently 3rd in succession after his big sister, Princess Estelle. He is named for his grandfather (Carl) and father (Prince Daniel’s actual name is Olof). His Dukedom was last held by his greatx2 grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf.
  • Prince Abdul Malik al-Bolkiah of Brunei & Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah welcomed their first child, Princess Muhee'ah Raayatul Bolqiah of Brunei


  • Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan is the fourth daughter of Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Princess Basma bint Al-Hussein of Jordan. She joins big sisters:
  1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah of Jordan (2007, half sister, from her father’s 1st marriage)
  2. Princess Zein bint Hamzah of Jordan (2012)
  3. Princess Noor bint Hamzah of Jordan (2014)

  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden & Princess Sofia of Sweden welcomed their first child, a son {Source} The child’s name, title and style is HRH Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland {Source}. He is currently 5th in Swedish succession and distantly for the British succession.

  • Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma & Princess Annemarie, Duchess of Parma welcomed their third child and first son together:Prince Carlos Enrique Leonard of Bourbon-Parma, Hereditary Prince of Parma. He joins big sisters Luisa and Cecilia, and much older paternal half brother who is also named Carlos {Source}.

  • Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma & Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma welcomed their second daughter, Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. Gloria joins big sister, Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma and shares a birthday with her first cousin, Princess Luisa Irene of Bourbon-Parma. 

  • Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este welcomed their first daughter, Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este{Source}. She is currently 7th in succession for the Belgian throne, is the first great granddaughter of King Albert II & Queen Paola, and first grandchild of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. She was named Anna for her paternal greatx2 grandmother (her paternal grandfather’s grandmother), Princess Anne d’Orleans and her paternal grandmother (Princess Astrid)’s grandmother, Princess Astrid of Sweden. Due to recent title laws passed by her great uncle King Philippe, she is not entitled to the title Princess of Belgium, however, she is an Archduchess of Austria-Este through her paternal grandfather.


  • 2nd: Prince Jean d’Orléans, Duke of Vendôme & Princess Maria Magdalena Philomena d’Orléans, Duchess of Vendôme welcomed their 4th child, Prince Joseph Gabriel David Marie d’Orléans. Prince Joseph joins older siblings:
  1. Prince Gaston d’Orléans(2009)
  2. Princess Antoinette d’Orléans (2012)
  3. Princess Louise-Marguerite d’Orléans (2014)
  • 5th: Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and Nadia Halamandari welcomed their first child, a son, Don Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari.
  • 23rd: Prince Moulay Rachid bin Hassan of Morocco and his wife, Oum Kalthum Boufarès, welcomed their first child, Prince Moulay Ahmed.


  • Unknown Date: Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum & Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum welcomed their third son, Count Gabriel of Limburg-Stirum. He joins older brothers Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum and Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum.
  • 17th: Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and his second wife, Andrea Pascual Vicens welcomed a son. {Source}. This son is the 9th grandson of Infanta Pilar of Spain. His son’s name was later revealed to be: Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua

  • 30th: Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza and Alexander James Spearman welcomed their first child, Alexander Joaquim Pedro Spearman. Alexander Joaquim Pedro is presumably for his father (Alexander), Joaquim (the Portugese version of Joachim) and Pedro (for her deceased elder brother, Prince Pedro, who died in a plane accident in 2009)

  • 5th: Count Alexander and Countess Isabel zu Stolberg-Stolberg welcomed a son, Count Lorenz zu Stolberg-Stolberg

  • 17th: Georg, Prince of Prussia & Sophie, Princess of Prussia welcomed baby #4…. Heinrich Albert Johann Georg, Prince of Prussia. He joins almost 4 year old twins Prince Carl Friedrich Franz Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Prussia & Prince Louis Ferdinand Christian Albrecht of Prussia and 18 month old Emma Marie, Princess of Prussia. Little Heinrich is named:
    • Heinrich: likely a name they liked
    • Albert: Likely a name they liked
    • Johann: his maternal greatx2 grandfather Count Johann Wolfgang von Saurma-Jeltsch 
    • Georg: For his father
The little prince is currently 3rd in succession for the defunct kingdom of Prussia after his twin brothers.
  • 28th: Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg welcomed their second child, a son. His title is His Royal Highness Prince de Nassau. He joins big sister Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau and is currently 4th in succession. His name was later revealed to be Prince Liam Henri Hartmut de Nassau
Major Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries


  • 6th: Princess Marie of Denmark celebrated her 40th birthday.
  • 9th: Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan celebrated her 30th birthday.
  • 13th: Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan celebrated her 60th birthday.
  • 15th: Prince Constantin Foulques Alexandre d'Orléans celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 21st: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este  celebrated his 30th birthday.
  • 28th: Miss Lily Elektra Ambler celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 2nd: Miss Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 12th: Prince Gabriel de Nassau turned 10 years old.
  • 22nd: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg celebrated her 60th birthday.
  • 25th: Dom Afonso, Prince of Beira celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • 14th: Prince Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck of Bhutan celebrated his 30th birthday.
  • 18th: Prince Juan of Bourbon-Two Sicilies celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 21st: Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday.
  • 23rd: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 26th: Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark celebrated his 30th birthday.
  • 29th: Miss Maud Angelica Behn celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 30th: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrated his 70th birthday.

  • 8th: Crown Prince Moulay Al-Hassan of Morrocco celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 15th : Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 27th: Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 3rd: Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg celebrated her 10th birthday.
  • 10th: Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia celebrated his 40th birthday.
  • 18th: Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg celebrated her 10th birthday.
  • 19th: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden & Queen Silvia of Sweden celebrated 40 years of marriage.
  • 20th: Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester celebrated her 70th birthday.
  • 23rd: Princess Maria Carolina, The Hereditary Princess  of Bourbon-Two Sicilies,, The Duchess of Calabria, The Duchess of Palermo  celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 13th: Mr. Charles Crépy celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • 14th: Charles Edward Ambler celebrated his 50th birthday.
  • 25th: Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark celebrated her 20th birthday.
  • 28th:  Samuel David Benedict Chatto celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • 30th: Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz,  Dowager Viscountess de la Torre celebrated her 80th birthday.
  • 31st: Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy celebrated her 50th birthday.
  • 3rd: Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi celebrated her 30th birthday.
  • 3rd: Prince Louis of Luxembourg celebrated his 30th birthday.
  • 16th: Princess Luisa of Savoy celebrated her 10th birthday.
  • 16th: Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 20th: Prince Gabriel of Belgium celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 24th Master Alexandre Éric Stéphane Coste celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 30th: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece celebrated her 70th birthday.
  • 3rd: Jonkvrouw Laetitia de Massy de Brouwer &  Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer celebrated 10 years of marriage
  • 6th: Prince Hisahito of Akishino celebrated his 10th birthday.
  • 8th: Princess Marie-Gabrielle de Nassau celebrated her 30th birthday.
  • 11th: Princess Kiko of Japan  celebrated her 50th birthday.
  • 26th: Prince Louis of Luxembourg & Princess Tessy of Luxembourg celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary
  • 27th: Princess Iman of Jordan celebrated her 20th birthday.
  • 29th: Christina-Louise SilfverschioldBaroness Silfverschiold celebrated her 50th birthday.
  • 30th: Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium celebrated her 60th birthday.

  • 17th: Princess Marie Caroline of Liechtenstein celebrated her 20th birthday.
  • 8th: The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 12th:  Alexander Charles Ogilvy celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • 13th: Miss India Tani Ambler celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 20th: Master Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly  celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 22nd: Isabel Inês de Herédia, Duchess of Braganza celebrated her 50th birthday.
  • 28th: Miss Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven  celebrated her 10th birthday.
  • 7th: Princess Catharina-Amalia van Oranje celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 25th: Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy celebrated her 80th birthday.
  • 26th: Mr. Cassius Edward Taylor celebrated his 20th birthday.
  • 29th: Princess Vittoria of Savoy celebrated becoming a teenager.
  • 29th: Mrs. Angelica Kreuger-Knight celebrated her 30th birthday.

Royal Marriages:

Unknown dates:
  • Felipe Corcuera y Habsburgo-Lorena married in a religious ceremony Mariana Gonzalez y Morales.
  • Carl Pacher von Theinburg married Antonia Josepha Edle von Poschinger
  • 27th: Ashraf Banayotti and Princess Aisha bint Hussein of Jordan. Princess Aisha bint Hussien of Jordan is the elder sister of King Abdullah II. They were also later divorced in 2016.
  • 27th: Don Luis Beltran Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon married Andrea Pascual Vicens. Don Luis Gomez-Acebo y de Bourbon is the first cousin of King Felipe VI.
  • 19th: Prince Alexander von Croÿ married Katja Schulz
  • 8th: Prince Maxwell zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg married Courtney Young (civil)
  • 7th: Prince Johannes von Auersperg-Trautson married Countess Maria-Fátima Czernin von und zu Chudenitz
  • 21st: Prince Maxwell zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg married Courtney Young (religious)
  • 2nd: Lopeti Aleamotu'a married the Hon. Lupeolo Halaevalu Tuita 
She is the daughter of Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita and of his wife Princess Royal Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu of Tonga
  • 18th: Count Guillaume de Dampierre married Princess Alix de Ligne
  • 5th  Prince George of Serbia married Fallon Rayman.
  • 9th: Hereditary Prince Franz-Albrecht zu Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg married Baroness Cleopatra Adelsheim von Ernest
  • 30th: Prince Alexander von Croÿ married Katja Schulz in a religious ceremony.

  • 6th: Prince Maximilian zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg married Franziska Balzer in a religious ceremony
  • 31st: Sultan Sharafuddin of Selangor married Norashikin Abdul Rahman.
  • 24th: Nuno Amaral de Freitas married Maria Thereza de Orleans e Bragança Martorell Silva Salgado
The bride is the grandaughter of Princess Thereza d'Orléans e Bragança

Royal Deaths:
Things to look forward to in 2017:

Royal Births:

Spring 2017:
  • Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi & Beatrice Borremerro Casiraghi will welcome their first child, the child will be a second grandchild of Princess Caroline of Hanover and will join their cousin, Raphael Casiraghi-Elmaleh. This child will be the second great-grandchild of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier. (Note: Tatiana Santo Domingo's children Sacha and India are NOT Casiraghis. Never were. Never Will be. Don't even make that comment.)

Royal Weddings:

  • Prince Michel d'Orleans will marry Baroness Barbara von Posch-Pastor
Summer 2017:
  • Princess Bernadette Desirée of Bavaria will marry Carmelo Milici.
  • Prince Ernst August of Hanover will marry Ekaterina Malysheva. I suspect this event will be well attended by the Monegasque Princely Family and have some press interest. 

June 2017:
  • 17th: Princess Tatiana of Leiningen will marry Clayton Reynolds
  • 20th: Princess Sophie of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and Count Constantin Fugger von Babenhausen will marry.

  • Official Divorce Announcement for Andrea and Tatiana...even though they were never married, don't live together and broke up in 2010 either just before the birth of the Casiraghi-Borromeo child or shortly thereafter or around the von Hanover wedding. (#itsaboutdamnedtime)
  • Casiraghi-Borromeo child will be born, a girl (hint was Monaco National Day 2015...Beatrice was wearing pink), to be named an arrangement of Marta Grazia Fernanda Carolina Casiraghi-Borromeo...the Italian form of Marta Grace Fernanda Caroline...for her great grandmothers (Marta, Grace, and Fernanda) and paternal grandmother (Caroline). The child will be 6th in succession for Monaco's throne after his/her father and will likely be born in Italy or Monaco.
  • Death announcement of King Mihai I of Romania, likely in the spring or summer.
  • Possible baby announcement from The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg towards the fall for a baby in 2018.
  • Possible wedding/engagement for Princess Eugenie of York and  Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Possible engagement announcement-around March 2017, with a wedding in September or October 2017.

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