Saturday, April 29, 2017

Royal Profile: The Infanta Sofia of Spain

The Infanta Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz of Spain was born 29 April 2007, the younger of the two daughters of the King and Queen of Spain, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos {Source}.

She is second in line for the Spanish throne after her elder sister.

The Infanta was named after her paternal grandmother, Sofía of Greece and Denmark. Likewise, this grandmother, Queen Sofía of Spain, is named after her (Infanta Sofia's great-great grandmother)paternal grandmother, Sophie of Prussia.


She was baptized in July 2007 {Source}, with the following as her godparents:
  1. Paloma Rocasolano (her maternal grandmother) 
  2. The Prince of Vidin (friend of her father's)

She began her education among the children of the Royal Guards at the Palace of El Pardo, a zone in which is restricted by the royal guard in September 2009. In 2010, she joined her older sister at Santa Maria de los Rosales (a school previously attended by her father and aunts, and traditionally attended by the Spanish Royals) {Video}. Presently, the young Infanta is in her sixth year at the school.

Through her grandparents, she is related to several monarchies, including:
  1. British: TWICE- through Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice on her grandfather's side as Princess Beatrice's greatx4 granddaughter. She is also a greatx4 grandaughter through Princess Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, The Princess Royal
  2. Greek: Her great-uncle is the deposed King Constantine
  3. Denmark: She is the Greatx6 granddaughter of Chistian XI on her grandmother's side


As she is so young, she does not participate in many official functions. However, she makes appearances at formal functions such as the traditional family Easter Mass in Palma de Mallorca {2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017}, meeting with Spain's national football team after their UEFA World Cup victory in 2012 {Photos}, among other events. In 2013, she was spotted with her family visiting her grandfather in the hospital on numerous occasions (March,September,November) and visiting the family's estate in Palma de Mallorca during August (2016 2016 part 2). She attended her parents coronation (and grandparents' abdication) events in June 2014. In October, she joined her parents and older sister for the Spanish National Day Celebrations {2016}, and attended the family's annual holiday in Palma de Mallacora in August. In 2016, she attended, along side her father, the UEFA Champions League semi-final, second-leg football match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, visited the Matdero Cultural Center in Madrid with her father, she and her sister attended the opening ceremony of the 12th legislative session with their parents

Royal Profile: Maud Behn

Maud Angelica Behn was born 29 April 2003 as the eldest of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Mr. Ari Behn's three daughters {Source}.She eldest grandchild of King Harald V of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. She has two younger sisters{Source}:
  1. Leah Isadora (2005)
  2. Emma Tallulah (2008)

She was christened at Slottskapellet, The Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway, on 2 July 2003, the one-hundredth birthday of her great-grandfather, King Olav V of Norway. Her godparents consisted of {Source}:


  • King Harald of Norway (maternal grandfather)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (maternal uncle)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg , Countess of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth(her mother's 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • Marianne Ulrichsen (her mother's friend, was maid-of-honor at her wedding)
  • Anja Sabrina Bjørshol (paternal aunt)
  • Kåre Conradi (her father's friend and best man at his wedding)
  • Trond Giske (friend of her father)

At present, she is 5th in line for the throne of Norway, after her uncle, two cousins and mother. Her cousins are future Norwegian Queen, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. She also has a stepcousin, Marius.

In the autumn of 2009, she was enrolled at the Bærum Waldorf School (Norwegian: Steinerskolen i Bærum), a private school in the municipality of Bærum. Her sister also attended this school. Presently, Maud and her family reside in London.

Royal Profile: Prince Heinrich Julius of Hanover

Prince Heinrich Julius Christian Otto Friedrich Franz Anton Günter of Hanover was born 29 April 1961 as the youngest child of Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg {Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings in laws and nieces and nephews{Source}{Source}:

  1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess of Houchburg (1952)
    1. Count Michael of Houchburg
      1. Hereditary Count Conrad of Houchburg (1985)
      2. Count Georg of Houchburg (1987)
  2. Prince Ernst August V of Hanover (1954)
    1. Chantall Houlichi
      1. Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1983)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
    2. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover
      1. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999)
  3. Prince Ludwig of Hanover (1955-1988)
    1. Princess Isabella
      1. Prince Otto (1988)
  4. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  5. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1959)
    1. Andreas, Prince of Leinein
      1. Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Leinein (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen (1984)
      3. Prince Hermann of Leiningen (1986)
He has four children, with two different women:

With Désirée Nick, he fathered an illegitmate son:

  • Oscar Nick (1996)
With his wife Tyra von Westernhagen, he fathered three children:

  • Prince Albert (1999)
  • Princess Eugenia (2001)
  • Prince Julius (2006)

Heinrich works as a historian and publisher with the firm MatruxMedia.

Royal Profile: Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Princess Benedikte Astid Ingeborg Ingrid of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 April 1944 as the second of three daughters of King Federik XI & Queen Ingrid of Denmark {Source}. She has two sisters, two brothers in law, several nieces and nephews, an numerous great nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Queen Margarethe II of Demark (1940)
    1. Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
      1. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
        1. Crown Princess Mary (1972, m. 2004)
          1. Prince Christian (2005)
          2. Princess Isabella(2007)
          3. Prince Vincent (2011)
          4. Princess Josephine (2011)
      2. Prince Joachim of Denmark
        1. Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksburg (m. 1995-2005)
          1. Prince Nikolai (1999)
          2. Prince Felix (2002)
        2. Princess Marie (m. 2008)
          1. Prince Henrik (2009)
          2. Princess Athena (2012)
    2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
        1. King Constantine of Greece
          1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
            1. Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana
              1. Miss Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
              2. Miss Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
              3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
              4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
          2. Crown Prince Pavlos 
            1. Princess Marie Chantal
              1. Princess Maria Olympia (1996)
              2. Prince Constantine-Alexios (1998)
              3. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
              4. Prince Odysseus-Kimon (2004)
              5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros(2008)
  2. Prince Nikolas
  3. Princess Tatiana
  4. Prince Theodora
  5. Prince Philippos



She was married to Richard,6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}. Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg died in March 2017. Together, they have three children, two sons-in-laws and four grandchildren{Source}:

  1. Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    1. Miss Carina Axelsson (partners since 2008)
  2. Alexandra, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth(1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
      1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
  3. Nathalie, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
    1. Alexander Johannasman
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
      2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)


Princess Benedikte is patron of many national organizations, institutions, and foundations in Denmark and abroad {Source}. She also serves as honoray member of various associations and societies{Source}. Princess Benedikte served in a special scout unit created just for her so she could participate as a child. She is chairwoman of Pigespejdernes fællesråd (Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark) since 2000{Source}.In 1963, she stood in for her mother during the Girl Scouts World Conference{Source}. In 1965, Princess Benedikte became president of the Girl Scouts ' Confederation Denmark{Source}. She is patron for De grønne pigespejdere (The Green Girl Guides, Denmark) and Det Danske Spejderkorps (The Danish Guide and Scout Association){Source}.Princess Benedikte is patron of the Olave Baden Powell Society (OB-PS){Source}.She is an honorary member of the St Georges Guilds in Denmark. In 2007, she was awarded with a prize of honour by this Scout association for adults.

She is a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden {Source}. Along with her younger sister, Anne-Marie, Benedikte was a bridesmaid at the 1962 wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain & Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark.

She was not in line for the throne due to succession laws at birth. However, things changed in 1947, allowed the Danish Royal women to succeed, which her sister did in 1972. Presently, the Danish Succession Act allows equal rights to the throne.Upon this change, Princess Benedikte became second in line. Presently she is 10th in line after two nephews, and 8 great-nieces and nephews. Princess Benedikte's children are not in line for succession due to her father ruling that they must be brought up in Denmark in order to have succession rights. However, both her daughters have obtained Danish Citizenship. She was a horse breeder in Germany, something that her youngest child has followed in her footsteps doing.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Royal Profile: The Lady Helen Taylor

The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor was born as The Lady Helen Marina Lucy Windsor on 28 April 1964 as the middle child and only daughter of The Duke and The Duchess of Kent{Source}. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, 2 nieces, and four nephews {Source} :

  1. George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews (1962)
    1. Sylvanna, The Countess of St. Andrews
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. Lord Nicholas Windsor 
    1. Lady Nicholas Windsor (Paola)
      1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
      2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
      3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)


She is also a first cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II {Source}, thus is distantly in line for the British Throne.

She was baptized on 12 May 1964{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:

  • The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (her father's 1st cousin)
  • Mrs. David Butler
  • Sir Angus Ogilvy (her father's cousin's husband)
  • Sir Philip Hay


She attend schools in Scotland and England which included, Eton End PNEU School, St. Mary's School, Wantage and Gotdonstoun.

She worked with art dealer Karsten Shubert for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She confessed in a television interview once that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.

As the daughter of a Royal Duke and an indirect descendant of the current reigning monarch, she was styled "Lady" at birth, as it is a courtesy title for daughters of Dukes and Earls {Source}. Up until recently, she was the only one of her siblings in line for the throne until the new succession laws took effect this year{Source}.

Her engagement to Tim Taylor was announced on 8th January 1992{Source}.She married Timothy Taylor on 18 July 1992{Source}. They were married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle {Source}. After the ceremony, a reception was held at her parents' country home, Crocker End House {Source}.
Her attendants included {Source}:

  • Lady Gabriella Windsor (age 11, the bride's cousin)
  • Lord Downpatrick (age 4, the bride's nephew)
  • She also had two other page boys and bridesmaids.
She and her husband have four children{Source}:

  1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
  2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
  3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
  4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)


Upon her marriage, she retained her style of "Lady", but took her husband's last name, thus becoming Lady Helen Taylor {Source}. She is presently 35th in line for the throne, soon to be 36th {Source}. At her birth in 1964, she was 8th {Source}. As a minor member of the British Royal Family, she does not receive any government money or perform any official role for her 1st cousin 1x removed {Source}. However, she and her family do attend functions like royal weddings, the Royal Ascot, and the Trooping the Colour and Jubilee celebrations.

She is an ambassador for the CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity {Source}.Her husband is a cancer survivor {Source}. She operates an art gallery in Mayfair, England {Source}.

In 2013, she caught the eye of The Huffington Post for her style sense {Source}. She shares her birth year with a first cousin and two of her first cousins 1x removed:

  1. James Ogilvy (29 February, their parents are siblings)
  2. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (10 March)
  3. The Lady Sarah Chatto (1 May)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Royal Profile: 50 Facts about King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands

  1. Prince Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand of The Netherlands, now known as King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands was born on 27 April 1967, the first child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of The Netherlands {Source}. 
  2. He was baptized on 2 September 1967, with the following as his godparents {Source}:
    1. Prince Bernhard (maternal grandfather)
    2. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
    3. Ferdinand von Bismarck
    4. Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra 
    5. Ms Renée Smith-Roëll
  3. He has two brothers:
    1. Prince Friso of Oranje-Nassau (1968-2013)
    2. Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands (1969)
  4. He has two sisters-in-law:
    1. Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (1968)
    2. Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (1966)
  5. King Williem-Alexander has the following nieces:
    1. Countess Eloise van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2002)
    2. Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2005)
    3. Countess Zaria van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouw van Amsberg (2006)
    4. Countess Leonore van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006)
  6. He has one nephew:
    1. Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg (2004)
  7. Alongside his two brothers, he grew up in his family's residence of Drakensteyn Castle {Source}.
  8. When his grandmother, Queen Julianna, abdicated in favor of his mother in 1980, he and his family moved to Huis ten Bosch Palace {Source}.
  9. The future Dutch monarch was primarily educated in The Netherlands and Wales, and did graduate studies in the United States{Source}. 
  10. He began his primary education at the Nieuwe Baarnse School, before attended Baarns Lyceum{Source}. 
  11. He obtained an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College in Wales in 1985{Source}. 
  12. Upon graduation, the future monarch began a career in the military, where he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 to January 1987, where he received training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and served on the board of the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen{Source}. 
  13. In 1988, after a refersher course at the Naval Academy, he began serving as a duty officer aboard the frgate HNLMS Van Kinsbergen {Source}. 
  14. Upon completion of his service in the military, he began studying history at Lieden University, where he was awarded a bachelors degree in history in 1993 {Source}.
  15.  After graduation, he returned to the military, this time with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he gained a Military Pilot's license in the Royal Netherlands Air Force{Source}. 
  16. In 1994, Prince Willem-Alexander spent several months studying aspects of the Royal Netherlands Army and Air Force at the Netherlands Defense College {Source}.
  17.  Upon completing his military studies, he began a course to familiarize himself with every facet of Dutch Society, studying the constitutional and legal systems, learning how central government and other authorities function, visiting European institutions, Dutch ministries, and High Councils of State, Dutch business community aspects, before undertaking a program of Advanced Development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA{Source}.
  18. Before succeeding his mother in 2013, he held a number of specific positions in a wide range of areas which reflected his commitment to Dutch society {Source}. 
  19. His main interests have included water management, infrastructure and ICT, sport and defense {Source}. 
  20. During his time as Prince of Orange, he became a member of the Council of State upon his 18th birthday in April 1985 {Source}.
  21.  Upon his accession to the throne, he automatically became President of the Council of State {Source}.
  22.  During the time prior to his investiture, he was a member of several boards, including {Source}:
    1. De Nederlandsche Bank(the Dutch central bank) (1998-2010)
    2. Kröller-Müller Museum(1999-2010)'
    3. Chair of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust(2002-2013) 
    4. Representative of the Royal Family on the management board of the Royal Domains (2002-2013)
  23. In March 2001, his parents announced the engagement of The Prince of Orange to Argentine Maxima
  24. Zorreguieta, which was subsequently approved by the government in July 2001 {Source}. 
  25. The marriage took place in February 2002 {Source}. 
  26. Together, they have three daughters {Source}:
    1. Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (2003)
    2. Princess Alexia of The Netherlands (2005)
    3. Princess Ariane of The Netherlands (2007)
  27. He is a godfather to:
    1. Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg (2006) (his niece)
    2. Princess Estelle Siliva Ewa Mary of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland  (daughter of a close family friend)
    3. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014) (his cousin's daughter)
    4. Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Parma (2016) (his cousin's son)
  28. His maternal aunts and uncles are:
    1. Princess Irene of The Netherlands (1939)
      1. Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma and Piacenza (1930-2010, m. 1964-1981, div)
    2. Princess Margriet Francisca of The Netherlands (1943)
      1. Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven
    3. Alicia von Bielefeld (illegitimate child of his grandfather, 1952)
    4. Alexia Grinda(illegitimate child of his grandfather,1967)
  29. His maternal cousins consist of:
    1. Prince Carlos of Bourbon Parma, The Duke of Parma (1970) 
    2. Princess Margarita María Beatriz of Bourbon Parma (1972)  
    3. Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon Parma (1972) 
    4. Princess María Carolina Cristina of Bourbon Parma (1974) 
    5. Prince Maurits van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born 17 April 1968) m. Marilène van den Broek (born 4 February 1970) on 29 May 1998. They have three children:
    6. Prince Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
    7. Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (22 March 1972)
    8. Prince Floris  van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (10 April 1975) 
    9. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven ( 2007)
  30. His maternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Princess Annette van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (born 18 April 1972, m. 2000) 
    2. Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977, m. 2005)
    3. Princess Anita  van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969, m. 2005) 
    4. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970, m. 1998)
    5. Princess Annemarie Cecilia Gualthérie van Weezel  (2010)
      • Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn (m. 2001-2006, div) 
      • Tjalling Siebe ten Cate (2008)
      • Albert Alphons Ludgerus Brenninkmeijer (2012)
      • Viktoria Cservenyak (2013)
    6. His maternal 1st cousins 1x removed are:
      1. Carlos Hugo Klynstra de Bourbon-de Parme( 1997)
      2. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
      3. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      4. Felicia Juliana Benedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
      5. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      6. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      7. Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
      8. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
      9. Pieter Anton Maurits Erik van Vollenhoven (2008)
      10. Julia ten Cate (2008)
      11. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      12. Paola ten Cate (2011)
      13. Princess Luisa of Bourbon-Parme (2012)
      14. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parme (2013)
      15. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
      16. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)
      17. Alaïa-Maria Brenninkmeijer (2014)
      18. Xavier Brenninkmeijer (2015)
      19. Carlos Enrique Leonard, Hereditary Prince of Bourbon-Parma ( 2016)
      20. Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)
    7. King Williem-Alexander is good friends with:
      1. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (1977)
      2. Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark
    8. Through his wife, he is a brother-in-law to{Source}:
      1. María Zorreguieta López (1956)
        1.  Adrián Vilov 
      2. Ángeles Zorreguieta López (1958)
      3. Dolores Zorreguieta López (1965)
        1. Harmond Grad Lewis 
      4. Martín Zorreguieta Cerruti (1972)
        1. Mariana Andrés
      5. Juan Zorreguieta Cerruti (1982)
        1. Andrea Wolf (m. 2014)
      6. Inés Zorreguieta Cerruti (1984)
    9. Through his wife, he is an uncle to:
      1. Ana Vojnov Zorreguieta (1996) 
    10. He speaks fluent Dutch, English, German and some Spanish {Source}
    11. When he first met his wife,  she was unaware that he was a prince, as he had introduced himself as simply, Alexander{Source}. 
    12. Apparently, when the future Dutch king confessed that he was a prince, she thought he was joking{Source}!
    13.  After their initial meeting, they agreed to meet again in New York City, where she was working at the time{Source}. 
    14. While they were dating, Maxima didn't tell her family much-a few things here, a few things there, until there was nothing left to say but "oh, by the way, he's a Prince of The Netherlands and heir to the throne."{Source}.
    15. Their relationship and eventual marriage plans were not met without controversy due to her father's involvement with the Argentine government. 
    16. However, this was nothing new for the Dutch government-his mother, her mother and her mother all had controversial marriages. 
    17. Thus, when she and her prince married in Amsterdam on 2 February 2002, her parents were not among the guests.
    18. However, her parents did attend the christening of their granddaughters. 
    19. They were not allowed at the wedding due to it being an official state occasion, while the christenings were considered private.
    20. He is the first Dutch monarch to be King since King William III, who reigned from 1849-1890. Monarchs after him were all women-Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix...the Dutch king's great grandmotehr, grandmother, and mother respectively.
    21. He drank a lot of beer, earning himself the nickname ‘Prins Pils’ {Source}
    22. He once drove his car into a canal in Leiden{Source}
    23. For his 50th birthday, he and his family will dine with 150 guest who also share a birthday with King Williem-Alexander{Source}.
    24. He became King of The Netherlands three days after his birthday in 2013.
    25. In an attempt to strike a balance between privacy for the royal family and availability to the press, the Netherlands Government Information Service (RVD) instituted a media code on 21 June 2005 which essentially states that:
      1. Photographs of the members of the royal house while performing their duties are always permitted.
      2. For other occasions (like holidays or vacations), the RVD will arrange a photo-op on condition that the press leave the family alone for the rest of the activity.

    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

    Austria

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

    Belgium

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

    Bhutan

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

    Denmark

    -Princess Isabella celebrated her 10th birthday on Friday.

    Germany

    -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.

    Japan

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

    Liechtenstein

    -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.

    Luxembourg

    -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.


    Monaco

    -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.

    Norway

    -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}.

    Portugal

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

    Sweden

    -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)