Monday, July 31, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum

Archduchess Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum was born 31 July 1983 as the eldest daughter of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, Archduchess of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria {Source}. She has the following younger siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews{Source}.

  1. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
      2. Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
  2. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  3. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)

On 6 December 2008 to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979) {Source}. Together, they have three sons:
  1. Count Léopold  de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
  2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  3. Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)

Royal Profile: Mariana Ogilvy

Marina Victoria Alexandra Ogilvy was born 31 July 1966 as the second child of Rt Hon. Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent {Source}. She has an older brother, a sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew{Source}:
  1. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (1964)
    1. Julia Caroline Rawlinson (m. 1988)
      1. Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (1994)
      2. Alexander Charles Ogilvy (1996)
Her godparents were{Source}{Source}:
  • Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Prince Charles of Wales
As a youngster, she was rather rebellious, and tabloids often labeled her the "black sheep". She appeared on the cover of the fetish magazine, Skin Two, wearing a rubber jumpsuit and a crown, surrounded by corgis{Source}. Upon this publication, her relationship with her parents and other royal relations became...strained to say the least {Source}.  It is said that during her marriage, she had a falling out with her godfather, The Prince of Wales {Source}. In 1989 rebel Marina tore her family apart with scandalous behavior leading to her exile from royal gatherings{Source}. She is said to have grown closer to her mother since her father's death in 2004{Source}.

She dated painter and decoration Phil Finton before moving on to Paul Mowatt {Source}.She married Paul Mowatt on 2 February 1990{Source}.They have two children together{Source}:
Marina and Paul were divorced in October 1997{Source}.
Presently, Marina is 51st in line for the throne after the immediate family of the current reigning monarch, the Gloucester family, her uncle and his family, her mother, her brother, a niece and nephew{Source}. She occasionally attends family and official events, such as weddings and The Trooping of Colour.
She was once on welfare-while living in a grace and favor home by the Queen {Source}.
She once had a career as a composer writing advertising jingles and film soundtracks. {Source}.
Marina enrolled at the Royal Holloway College in Egham, Surrey, to begin a course in orchestration. {Source}.

She was named:
  • Mariana: maternal grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
  • Victoria: Queen Victoria, her 3x great grandmother
  • Alexandra: Her mother
She is related to the following monarchs and consorts:
She is related to the following former monarchs and consorts:
In 2014, she was seen in the public eye raising funds for the British Red Cross {Source}.

Mariana's maternal grandfather died 24 years prior to her birth, her maternal grandmother died when she was two years of age. She shares a birthday with Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess of Limburg-Stirum.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: July 24-30, 2017


-Archduke Bartholomäus ceelbrated his 11th birthday on Wednesday.


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}


-Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann celebrated his 7th birthday on Monday.


-Prince François d'Orléans, Count of Dreux & Princess Theresa d'Orleans, Countess of Dreux celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Sandringham Flower Show  on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres on Sunday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales visited a summer holiday activity session in Newham's Central Park on Friday {Photos}

-Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall & Michael James Tindall celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

 -Samuel David Benedict Chatto celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday.

-Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor
  celebrated his 47th birthday on Tuesday.

-James Robert Bruce Ogilvy & Julia Caroline Ogilvy celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on Sunday.


-Princess Maria-Olympia celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday.

-Carlos Morales y de Grecia celebrated his 12th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Hans Adam II  & Princess Marie celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday. 


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, Prince Jacques, Marquis de Baux & Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès attended the departure ceremony of the ship M / v yersin on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 2017 49th annual Red Cross Gala on Friday {Photos}

-Princess Charlene was named godmother/patron of Life Saving Africa on Wednesday {Photos}


-Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
celebrated his 65th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Radu & Princess Maria attended a Memorial service at the new cathedral the and royal of de argeș on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Maria  visited the OceanFish Plant on Tuesday {Source}On Wednesday, the youngest daughter of the former king visited the National Military Museum's exhibitation King  Ferdinand I on Wednesday {Source}


-Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre celebrated her 81st birthday on Sunday.

Royal Profile: Carlos Morales y de Grecia

Carlos Morales y de Grecia was born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona the third child and only son of Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark& Carlos Morales {Source} He has two older sisters and a younger sister {Source}:
His godparents were{Source}:
  1. Infanta Elena of Spain (his maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (his maternal uncle)
  3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (his maternal uncle)

At the age of 5, he attended his maternal uncle's wedding in Greece with his parents and sisters {Source}.

He resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by his father {Source}.

Although 8th in line for the Greek throne after two uncles, his mother and several cousins, he seems to lead a relatively normal life and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Infanta Pilar of Spain, , Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre

Infanta María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia y Todos los Santos de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre was born 30 July 1936 is the eldest daughter of Infante Juan Carlos, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies {Source}. She also has three younger siblings, two siblings-in-law, several nieces and nephews and their families{Source}:
  1.  King Juan Carlos of Spain (1938)
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain (1938, m. 1962)
      1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
        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 (1965)
        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)
      3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968)
        1. Queen Letizia of Spain (m. 2004)
          1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
          2. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  2. Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani (1939)
    1. Carlos Zurita y Delgado (m. 1972)
      1. Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Bourbon (1973)
      2. Doña Maria Sofia Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Bourbon (1975)
  3. Infante Alfonso  of Spain( 1941-1956)

The majority of her early years was spent in exile in Portugal. Infanta Pilar renouced her rights to the Spanish throne upon her marriage, but due to it being before the Constitution it is debated whether or not it holds today. It is long debated whether or not she and her family have Spanish succession rights or not as the Spanish Constitution section 57 states{Source}:

The Crown of Spain shall be inherited by the successors of H. M. Juan Carlos I de Borbón, the legitimate heir of the historic dynasty. Succession to the throne shall follow the regular order of primogeniture and representation, the first line always having preference over subsequent lines; within the same line,the closer grade over the more remote; within the same grade, the male over the female, and in the same sex, the elder over the younger.

To date, the Spanish government has not seen fit to clarify whether this provision includes anyone beyond the descendants of King Juan Carlos, such as his sisters and their families: "Successors" may not be presumed to be synonymous with "descendants".

From 1994-2005, she served as president of the International Equestrian Federation, until Princess Haya of Jordan succeed her. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee for Spain from 1996-2006, and now acts as an honorary member of the IOC {Source}. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Spanish Olympic Committee {Source} and President of Europa Nostra from 2007-2009 {Source}. The Infanta speaks several languages fluently, including: English, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course, Spanish.

When her younger brother married Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962, Infanta Pilar was a bridesmaid {Source}. She married a few years later on 5 May 1967 in Portugal to Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain. Together, they have five children and 11 grandchildren:

  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Don José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1990-2012, div)
      1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
      2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
      3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, The Viscount de la Torre (1969)
    1. Winston Holmes Carney (m. 2014) 
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
  3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza (m. 2002)
      1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
      2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
      3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2011)
  4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Laura Ponte y Martinez (m. 2004, div. 2011)
      1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
      2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
    2. Andrea Pascual Vicens (m. 2016)
      1. Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (2016) {Source}
  5. Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1974)
    1. Mónica Martín Luque (m. 2004, div. 2013)
    2. Nadia Halamandari (m. 2016)
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (2016)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Royal Profile: 21 Facts about Samuel David Benedict Chatto

  1. Samuel David Benedict Chatto was born 28 July 1998 in London, the elder of two sons of The Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto {Source}. 
  2. He has a younger brother:
    1. Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto (1999)
  3. One of his godparents was The Prince Charles of Wales {Source}.
  4. He is currently 22nd in line to succeed to the throne of the United Kingdom after his mother {Source}.
  5. For his younger years, he attended Westminster Cathedral Choir School {Source}. 
  6. He is believed to have followed Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry's footsteps and attended Eton College{Source}.
  7. Although he performs no official royal functions, he has attended a few in recent years. 
  8. He and his family typically attend Christmas at Sandringham {2006, 2008, 2010, 2015}. He also has attended the State Opening of Parliament {2010}{2013}
  9. He along side his family, aunt and uncle and cousins, attended the service of Thanksgiving in honor of his late grandmother and great-grandmother in 2012 {Photos}. 
  10. Also in 2012, he alongside his parents and brother, attended the Cartier Style & Luxury Lunch at Goodwood Festival of Speed {Photos}, attended day 1 of the Goodwood Races {Photos}.
  11. He is a regular at Queen Elizabeth II's pre-Christmas luncheon {2011 seated between his parents, 2012 sitting behind his brother, 2013, seated behind his parents}
  12. It is presumed that Samuel leads a relatively normal life, in spite of being a great-nephew to the Queen.
  13. His maternal uncles and aunts are:
    1. David Armstrong-Jones, The 2nd Earl of Snowdon (1961)
      1. The Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, The Countess of Snowdon (1970, m. 1993)
    2. The Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (1979, from her father's 2nd marriage)
      1. Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal (m. 2006)
    3. Jasper William Oliver Cable-Alexander (1998, illegitimate son of his grandfather, who is only about 12 weeks older than he is!)
  14. His maternal cousins are:
    1. Charles Patrick Indigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linely (1998)
    2. The Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (2002)
    3. Rex Antony Octavian Hofmannsthal (2008)
    4. Maud Dolores Diamond Hofmannsthal (2009)
    5. Sybil Sabrina Ernestine von Hofmannsthal (2013)
  15. He is related to the following monarchs:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II: his maternal great aunt, his grandmother and she were sisters.
    2. King Carl XVI Gustaf: 3rd cousin 2x removed through Queen Victoria
    3. Queen Margrethe II: 3rd cousins 2x removed through Queen Victoria
    4. King Constantine II: 3rd cousins 1x removed through Queen Victoria
  16. He is related to the following consorts:
    1. The Duke of Edinburgh: his great uncle, he married his great aunt Elizabeth, and they are also 3rd cousins 3x removed through Queen Victoria. 
  17. He is currently enrolled in university at The University of Edinburgh {Source}
  18. He is active on social media (do not ask-the answer is already no, and it's pretty locked down anyway)
  19. His maternal grandparents were The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon & Antony Armstrong-Jones, The 1st Earl of Snowdon{Source}.
  20. His paternal grandparents were Tom Chatto and Rosalind Chatto {Source}.
  21. His paternal uncle is{Source}:
    1. James A. Chatto

Royal Profile: King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of Thailand

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born 28 July 1952 the only son of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit.

He had a worldly education, spending his primary years in Thailand, before moving on to England and Australia for his upper educational studies. The Prince undertook military training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia, and also completed an arts degree at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. He also took a period of time as a Buddhist monk {Source}.

In 1977, he married his maternal first cousin Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara {Source} , a year later his first child was born {Source}. He and Princess Soamsvali Kitiyakara were divorced sometime in the 1980s {Source}. His second marriage produced four illegitimate children as they were born prior to the 1994 marriage {Source}. In 2001, he married again, to HRH Princess Srirasmi, who has since given him a son {Source}.

His children are:
  1. Princess Bajrakitiyabha (1978)
  2. Prince Juthavachara Mahidol(1979)
  3. Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol (1981)
  4. Prince Chakriwat Mahidol (1983)
  5. Prince Vatcharawee Mahidol (1985)
  6. Princess Siriwanwari Nariratana (1987)
  7. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti (2005)

On 3 January 1977, Vajiralongkorn married, a first cousin on his mother's side. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn started living with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth in the late 1970s and had five children with her. Although Princess Soamsavali had refused divorce for many years, Vajiralongkorn was finally able to sue for divorce in the Family Court in January 1993. In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsavali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. The divorce was finalized in July 1993. Princess Soamsavali and her daughter continue to play a significant role in royal ceremonies.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduke Bartholomäus of Austria-Este

Archduke Bartholomäus Karl Robert of Austria-Este was born 27 July 2006 as the eldest of four children of Archduke Martin of Austria-Este and Princess Katharina von Isenburg, Archduchess of Austria-Este {Source}. He has one younger sister, and two younger brothers {Source}:
  1. Archduke Emmanuel of Austria (2008)
  2. Archduchess Helene of Austria (2009)
  3. Archduke Luigi of Austria (2011)
He is the maternal nephew of Princess Sophie of Prussia, Princess von Isenburg & Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia {Source}. He is the paternal nephew of Prince Lorenz of Belgium, The Archduke of Austria-Este & Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este {Source}.

He is named:

  • Bartholomäus: Likely a name his parents liked
  • Karl: likely for his paternal grandfather who was Archduke Robert Karl of Austria, who died in 1996
  • Robert: For his paternal grandfather, Archduke Robert Karl of Austria-Este, who died in 1996.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Royal Profile: 21 Facts about Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark

  1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark was born 25 July 1996 in New York, NY USA the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. 
  2. She has four younger brothers:
    1. Prince Constantine Alexios (1998)
    2. Prince Achileas-Andreas (2000)
    3. Prince Odysseus-Kimon(2004)
    4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros (2008)
  3. Her godparents were {Source}:
    1. Princess Alexia of Greece (paternal aunt)
    2. Prince Michael of Greece (1st cousin 2x removed)
    3. The Prince Charles of Wales(2nd cousin 2x removed)
  4. She has grown up mostly in the US and Europe. 
  5. She was born in the US, and likely lived here until she was at least two, before the family temporary went back to England, where her brother Odysseus-Kimon was born in 2004. 
  6. Four years later, she was back in the US, this time on the "left coast", where her youngest brother was born in Los Angeles in 2008. 
  7. Although a member of the defunct Greek Royal Family, she still participates in numerous appearances.
  8. In 2004, she attended the gala preview of Mary Poppins on London's West End with her paternal grandmother and family {Photos}. 
  9. In 2005, she attended her new brother's christening {Photo}. 
  10. In 2008 and 2009, she participated in part of the family's appearances in Vanity Fair {Photo} {Photos}. 
  11. In 2010, she was in Greece to attend her uncle's wedding {Photos}.
  12.  In 2011, she was spotted in London's West End for a gala performance of Shrek The Musical {Photos} and attended the annual ARK Gala Dinner with her parents {Photos}. 
  13. In 2012, along side her mother and grandfather, she attended a dinner and private view of'Valentino: Master Of Couture' {Photos}. 
  14. In 2013, she attended Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station with her parents and one of her brothers {Photo}. 
  15. She has also designed her own handbag for charity called "The Japan Bag", which was sold by her mother's line, Marie Chantal, that was released in September 2013 and benefited the construction of a new nursery school in the tsunami-devastated town of Minami Sanriku in Japan {Source}. 
  16. In 2016, she attended the opening of 'Women: New Portraits ByAnnie Leibovitz' hosted by Vogue & UBS at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station {Photos}, Dolce & Gabbana Pyjama Party {Photos}, 2016 Foundation Fighting Blindness Gala {Photos}, the 2016 Met Gala, the Balmain and Olivier Rousteing after the Met Gala Celebration, several Paris Fashion Week events, the 7th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York and more Paris Fashion Week events
  17. She was educated in England, and the United States. 
  18. As a youngster, she attended Garden House School in England, graduating in 2007.
  19.  For her upper school years, she attended a creative arts school in London {Source}. 
  20. In September 2015, she began her freshman year at New York University, studying fashion {Source} {Ed Note: NYU and Parsons ARE NOT THE SAME SCHOOL. NYU's fashion school is Gallatin, while Parsons is connected to The New School. Pauline Ducruet  attends Parsons, Maria Olympia does not.}
  21. It's likely she speaks English, if not some Danish and other languages as well. She does not speak Greek {Source}.
  22. She is presently related to most of Europe's monarchies and is in line for the defunct Greek and British throne. She is presently 6th in line for the Greek throne after her father and brothers.
    1. Denmark: Queen Margrethe II is her great-aunt on her father's maternal side.
    2. Spain: Queen Sofia is her paternal great aunt (her grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother). King Juan Carlos I is her 3rd cousin 1x removed.
    3. Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustav is her 1st cousin 2x removed.
    4. Great Britain: Queen Elizabeth II is her 3rd cousin 2x removed. Prince Philip is her 1st cousin 3x removed.
    5. Norway: King Harald V is her 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Royal Profile: Lord Nicholas Windsor

Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor was born on 25 July 1970 as the youngest child of  Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent and Katharine, The Duchess of Kent {Source}. He has an older brother, an older sister, two siblings-in-law,three nephews, and four nieces {Source}:

  1. George, The Earl of St Andrews(1962)
    1. Sylvana Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews (1957. m. 1988)
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. The Lady Helen Taylor (1964)
    1. Timothy Taylor (m. 1992)
      1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
      2. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
      3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
      4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
He was educated at Harrow School in London, England{Source}. He became a Roman Catholic in 2001, thus barring him and his descendants from the throne {Source}.

He married Paola, Countess Doimi de Lupis in November 2006{Source}. Together, they have three sons:

  1. Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
  2. Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
  3. Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Konstantin Johannsmann

Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann was born 24 July 2010 as the first child of Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann{Source}. He has a younger sister {Source}:
  • Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
He was named for various relatives {Source}:
His godparents were{Source}:

It is likely he will lead a fairly normal life in Germany. He is not in succession for the Princely House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg or The Danish Throne, but is distantly in succession for the British throne.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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


-Archduke Karl-Konstantin celebrated his 13th birthday on Thursday. 


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este attended a pre-national day concert on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Élisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess  Eléonore attended events to mark Belgian's National Day on Friday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde & Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant visited Tomorrowland 2017 on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Laurent, Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este & Princess Claire attended a festival in a park in honor of Belgium's National Day celebrations on Friday {Video}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the summer exhibits at the palace on Thursday {Photos}


-Prince Felix celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Ernest-August Andreas of Hanover celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Alexandra Charlotte of Hanover celebrated her 18th birthday on Thursday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  visited Canada House in London to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales, The Duke of Cornwall & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall undertook a three day tour of Devon and Cornwall this week {Photos}

 -Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated her 70th birthday on Monday.

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge undertook an official visit to Poland and Germany this week {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales presented the RAF Regiment with a new Colour at RAF Honington on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince George of Cambridge celebrated his 4th birthday on Saturday.

-The Lady Helen Taylor & Mr. Timothy Taylor celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

-The Lady Rose Louise Gilman & Mr. George Gilman
 celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.


-Mariana, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark celebrated her 77th birthday on Monday.


-Princess Georgina celebrated her 12th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Constantin de Nassau celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 2017 IAAF Diamond League Herculis race on Friday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II visited the commune of cormicy (Marne) on coast 186 as part of his travels related to the centenary of WWI on Tuesday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander & Queen Maxima attended the opening of the new monument for the victims of the Flight MH7 on Monday {Photos}


-Crown Prince Haakon celebrated his 44th birthday on Thursday.


-Prince Radu attended the launch party of his latest book, the launching of the book The Story of the Peles Castle  on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Maria became High Patron of the 42nd Conventus Latin ENO 2017 on Thursday {Source}


-Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y de Borbón celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday.

-Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascua celebrated his 1st birthday on Monday.


-Crown Prince Alexander celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein

Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein was born 23 July 2005 in Vienna, Austria, the middle child and only daughter of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and his wife, Princess Marie{Source}. She has one older brother and one younger one:

  1. Prince Moritz of Liechtenstein (2003)
  2. Prince Benedikt of Liechtenstein (2008)

Her brother Prince Moritz was born in New York, NY USA and her younger brother was also born in Vienna, like she was {Source}.

She is the 4th granddaughter (and 10th grandchild overall) of Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, Princess Marie.

Because Liechtenstein is ruled under Agnatic primogeniture law, meaning male-only succession, Princess Georgina is not line line for the throne. If for some reason the laws were to change, she would be no higher than 7th after her father today.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born 22 July 2013 as the first child of Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge{Source}. He is also the first grandchild of The Prince Charles of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the first step-grandchild of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall {Source}. In May 2015, he was joined by a younger sister:

Like his father, he is in line to succeed the British throne after his great grandmother and grandfather {Source}. His birth marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne are alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria, when she, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and George VI were all alive.

He was baptized on 23 October 2013 {Source}. The following were his godparents{Source}:

  • Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips-Tindall (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Mr. Oliver Baker (university friend of his parents)
  • Mrs. Emilla Jardine-Paterson (childhood friend of his mother)
  • Hugh Grosvnor, Earl Grosvenor (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. William van Cutsem (childhood friend of his father)
  • Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (private secretary to his parents)
  • Mrs. Julia Samuel (friend of his paternal deceased grandmother)
Like with the previous royal christenings, the young prince wore a replica of the christening robe worn by Queen Victoria that was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and water was from the River Jordan. For the first time, the Royal Mint issued a set of commemorative coins to celebrate the christening.

Like when his father was 8 months old, he embarked on his first royal tour-to the same location his father had in 1983, Australia and New Zealand. On 9 April 2014, the young prince did his first public engagment with a playdate at the Goverment House which was organized by the New Zealand parenting organization, Plunket {Source}. During the tour, he made a second official apperance, this time at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, where he met a bilby named after him {Source}. He also attended his first Trooping of Colour and his sister'schristening in 2015. In 2017, he made a second world tour with his parents, this time with his sister as well, to Germany and Poland {Photos}.

In January 2016, he began attending  Westacre Montessori School Nursery{Source}. In March 2017, it was announced that George would begin primary school in September at the Thomas's Battersea School{Source}.

Per the British Patent issued by King George V in 1917, Prince George of Cambridge was entitled to inherit the title Prince of Cambridge, however, in 2012 Queen Elizabeth II issued her own patent, granting the rights to all of Prince William's children for the use of Prince/ss of Cambridge. Per the 1917 patent, the rights were to only the eldest son, and all other children would have been either The Lord XXX Mountbatten-Windsor or The Lady YYY Mountbatten-Windsor if born prior to the beginning Prince Charles or Prince William's reign. However, with Queen Elizabeth's patent, all of Prince William's children will be titled Prince or Princess of Cambridge from birth.

Royal Profile: Prince Felix of Denmark

Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was born 22 July 2002, the younger son of Prince Joachim and his then-wife Countess Alexandra of Fredriksburg{Source}. He also has a stepmother and a soon-to-be former stepfather. He has one full brother and two younger half siblings{Source}:
  1. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Fredrik of Denmark (1999)
  2. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
  3. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)

Prince Felix was christened in Møgeltønder church on 4 October 2002 {Source}. At the christening the musical work Dåbens Pagt composed by Frederik Magle, dedicated to Prince Felix, was given its first performance {Source}.His godparents are:
  • Martina Bent (maternal aunt)
  • Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
  • Oscar Davidsen Siesbye
  • Damian Sibley
  • Annick Boel

He was named:

  • Felix: a name his parents liked, that means "Happy And Prosperous."
  • Henrik: after his paternal grandfather, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.
  • Valdemar: is a common royal Danish name; his father and his cousin, Prince Christian of Denmark, also have Waldemar/Valdemar as one of their names.
  • Christian: is a common royal Danish name, as most Kings of Denmark are either Christian or Frederik; it could also be for one of his godparents, Count Christian Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.

Prince Felix attended pre-school at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen. Upon turning six years old, he followed in the footsteps of his father, brother and uncle at Krebs School in Østerbro, of which he presently attends.

He is presently 8th in line for the Danish throne after his uncle, four cousins, father, and older brother. He is also distantly in line for the British throne as a great x5 grandchild of King Christian XI of Denmark and greatx4 grandchild of Queen Victoria.

Royal Profile: Prince Constantin de Nassau

Prince Constantin Jean Philippe Marie Albert Marc d'Aviano de Nassau was born 22 July 1988 as the son of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his first wife, Hélène Suzanna Vestur{Source}. He has an older sister, a brother-in-law, and two younger brothers {Source}:
  1. Princess Marie-Gabrielle Cécile Charlotte Sophie de Nassau (1986)
    1. Antonius Benedikt Clemens Douglas Emanuel Willms (22 December 1988, m. 2017)
  2. Prince Wenceslas François Baudoin Léopold Juraj Marie Marc d'Aviano de Nassau (1990)
  3. Prince Carl-Johan Félix Julien Marc d'Aviano de Nassau (1992)
Due to his parents morganatic marriage and the fact that his father had given up succession rights and succession rights for that of his descendants, he was originally given the title Count de Nassau,  but his uncle Grand Duke Henri elevated him and his siblings to HRH Prince/ss de Nassau  by royal decree in 2004.

He grew up in Paris, and likely leads a normal life.

His paternal grandparents are Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg & Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.  In 2004, he gained a stepmother, Countess Diane de Nassau.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduke Karl-Konstantin of Austria

Archduke Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria of Austria was born 20 July 2004 as the only son of Georg von Habsburg and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg {Source}. He has two older sisters: 
  1. Archduchess Zsófia Mária Tatjana Monika Erzsébet Katalin von Hasburg (2001)
  2. Archduchess Ildikó Mária Walburga von Hasburg (2002)
He is a grandson of Otto von Hasburg {Source}.

He resides in Hungary with his family. Other than this, there is not much known about him. It's likely he lives a fairly normal life.

Royal Profile: 18 Facts about Princess Alexandra of Hanover

  1. Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia of Hanover was born 20 July 1999 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria as the only child of Prince Ernest August of Hanover and his second wife, Princess Caroline of Hanover{Source}.
  2.  She has a host of much older siblings, two sisters-in-law, a soon-to-be sister-in-law, and two nephews{Source}{Source}:
    1. Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover (1983)
      1. Ekaterina Malysheva (1986, m. 2017)
    2. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
    3. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
      1. Alessandra de Osma (1992, m. 2017)
    4. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
      1. Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013)
    5. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
      1. Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, m. 2017)
        1. Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017)
  3. Princess Alexandra was christened on 19 September 1999, in a ceremony at her father's hunting lodge Auerbach, near Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.
  4. The princess's godparents are:
    1. Alexandra, Princess of Leiningen (paternal aunt) 
    2. Charlotte Casiraghi(maternal half-sister)
    3. Ulrike Ulmschneider (friend of her parents)
    4. Maryam Sachs (friend of her parents)
    5. Virginia Gallico (friend of her parents, who was also her mother's madame d'honneur for many years)
    6. George Condo (friend of her parents)
    7. Eric Maier (friend of her parents)
  5. Per Hanoverian family tradition, she was named for her godmothers:
    1. Alexandra: for her paternal aunt
    2. Charlotte: for her half-sister
    3. Ulrike: for her parents' friend
    4. Marym: for her parents' friend
    5. Virginia: for her mother's madame d'honeur
  6. A German-British-Monacan (German/British from her father, Monégasque from her mother. She is referred to as Monacan because she was born outside Monaco to a Monégasque parent) Princess by birth, she grew up in France, about 40km outside Paris. 
  7. She began attending school in the Le Mée-sur-Seine, France area, before moving back to Monaco with her mother in 2009. 
  8. In the autumn of 2009, she began attending L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, a private Catholic school in Monaco. She recently should have finished her final year, and possibly looking to start university this fall somewhere.
  9. Being royal and holding multi-princess-ships, the young princess speaks several languages fluently, and is likely in the process of learning more. 
  10. She is fluent in English, French & German, and could possibly be learning Spanish, Italian, and Monaco's local dialect, lang Monégasque in school. 
  11. It is said that she speaks English with her father and German-born elder half-brothers, German with her nanny, and French with everyone else. 
  12. Until the births of Prince Jacques & Princess Gabriella of Monaco, she was the only grandchild of Prince Rainier III to hold any sort of title, even if her title isn't Monégasque. 
  13. With the birth of the twins in December 2014, she is in 7th place for the throne of Monaco.
  14. She has a close friend, who is also her second cousin (Princess Caroline is cousins with the girl's namesake and grandmother), Christine Knecht de Massy.
  15.  The pair can often be seen paling with one another at events involving the whole family, whether it be reading at her uncle's wedding (Christine is the redhead in Green), and attending the 2011 Monaco Global Champions Tour (Princess Alexandra has her back to the camera, with the ponytail). In 2015 so far, she attended the presentation of her little cousins to the public, her little cousin's baptism, the LGCT Monaco,
  16. The dynamic duo could've also be seen promoting their school's (Christine is said to be a year behind Princess Alexandra at L'FANB until she moved to South Africa a few years ago) mathematics and science programs throughout the school and local community.
  17. Since she was not raised Catholic, she is 400+ in line for the throne of Great Britain after her two eldest brothers. 
  18. She is the greatx6 granddaughter of King George III, through King George III's son, Prince Ernest August I of Hanover. In her lineage, she is somehow related to nearly every current reigning monarch:
    1. Queen Elizabeth II: 3rd cousins 2x removed via Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark
    2. Queen Margrethe II: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    3. King Carl XVI Gustaf: her paternal 3rd cousin 2x removed via Queen Victoria
    4. King Harald V: :her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    5. Grand Duke Henri: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    6. King Philippe: her paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed via Christian IX of Denmark
    7. King Felipe VI: Her paternal 4th cousin via Chrisian IX of Denmark
    8. Prince Albert II: Her maternal uncle
    9. There's also a connection to King Williem-Alexander of The Netherlands, that I currently cannot find

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was born 20 July 1973, the only son of then Crown Prince Harald and then Crown Princess Sonja. He has one elder sister, a brother-in-law and three nieces{Source}:

  1. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (1971)
    1. Mr. Ari Behn (1972, div 2016)
      1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
      2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
      3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
The future King of Norway attended the Norwegian Naval Academy, graduating in 1995{Source}.. The Prince also attended University of Califorina, Berkley, where he received a BA in Political Science in 1999{Source}. After finishing his education, he participated in the UN's General Assembly as a third delegate{Source}. In 2001, he followed the Foreign Ministry’s trainee programme for diplomats, and completed his education in 2003 at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded an MA in development studies, specializing in international trade and Africa{Source}.

He is the patron of a number of organisations, including the Norwegian International Film Festival, the Norwegian Association against Substance Abuse and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra{Source}..

In 2003, Crown Prince Haakon was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort to cut global poverty in half by 2015{Source}.. In this capacity he has traveled to Tanzania, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Burundi, Mongolia and Botswana{Source}..

Crown Prince Haakon was an active member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) from its launch in 2005 until autumn 2010, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum{Source}. He chaired the YGL work group for the Global Redesign Initiative since 2009{Source}. The Crown Prince’s term ended in 2010, and he has now become a new member of The Foundation Board of the YGL Community{Source}. In 2006, The Crown Prince founded the Global Dignity initiative with two other YGL members{Source}.

As for his personal life, he married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001{Source}. Mette-Marit has one biological son from a previous relationship, Marius Borg Høiby, but he spends the majority of his time with the Crown Princely Family, so it's logical that the future king would consider him like a son-he is even listed as a member of the family of the official website of the Royal Family, biography and all {Source} Together, The Crown Prince and Princess have two biological children, and he has a stepson{Source}:

In what spare time he has, the future King enjoys winter sports, water sports, film, literature and music{Source}. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have an active family life and spend a great deal of time with their young children enjoying indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including sport and cultural activities {Source}.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Ernest-August Andreas of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover is the elder son of Prince Ernest of Hanover and Chantal Hochuli on born 19 July 1983 {Source}. He has one full brother, a half-sister, two stepbrothers and a stepsister, as well as a stepsister-in-law, and two stepnephews:

  • Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984, stepbrother)
  • Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, full brother)
  • Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986, stepsister)
    1. Raphaël Casiraghi-Elmaleh (2013, stepnephew)
  • Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987, stepbrother)
    • Beatrice Borromero-Casiraghi (1985, stepsister-in-law)
      • Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi-Borromeo (2017, stepnephew)
  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999, half sister)

He was christened at almost two months old with the following godparents:

  • Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover (his paternal uncle, 1955-1988)
  • Prince Andreas of Leiningen (his paternal uncle)
  • Princess Welf Henry of Hanover (his paternal great-aunt, first name Alexandra)
  • Philipp-Ernst, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • King Felipe VI of Spain
  • King Constantine II of Greece
  • Maximilian, Margrave of Baden
  • Rolf Sachs (friend of his father's)
  • Stephan von Watzdorf

He grew up primarily in England. He attended Malvern College and New York University, studying finance. He allegedly was caught experimenting with marijuana and hanging around with the "bad boys" during his time at Malvern, and his parents decided to send him to live with his father for a while to finish out his education. At the time, the blended Casiraghi-Grimaldi-Hanover family was residing in Fontainebleau, France, where there is a German School, which is the school he likely attended for at least one semester or he could've joined Andrea at The International School of Paris. For sure, I don't really know.

After graduating from NYU in the mid-2000s (2005/2006? latest 2007?), he returned to London to work in the field of finance. He has since moved back to Germany to assist with the running of the estate.

Sometime in 2004, his father signed over the German property of the House of Hanover, in which a few years later he sold off Calenberg Manor and held a controversial auction of some of the family's belongings (not all the family was thrilled with the idea!).

Since his title is technically no longer valid, he rarely performs public duties. However, since his father's remarriage in 1999 to Princess Caroline of Monaco, he has had a more public life as part of the Monégasque Princely Family, frequently appearing at their events such as Prince Rainier's funeral, the 2005 Princess Grace Awards in NYC, Prince Albert's enthronement and wedding ceremonies. He also joined his stepmother in the winter of 2011 during his youngest sibling's ice skating competitions {Photo}. In 2014, he was named as a godfather of Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha {Photo}.

His most recent public appearance was at his own wedding to Ekaterina Malysheva, which was attended by his younger siblings and stepsiblings{Source}

Royal Profile: Senna Lewis

Senna Kowhai Lewis was born 22 June 2010, the elder of the two children of Lady Davina Lewis and Gary Lewis, and is the first granddaughte...