Saturday, September 30, 2017

Royal Profile:The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor

The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor was born on 30 September 1992 as the daughter of George Philip Nicholas Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews{Source}. Mariana-Charlotte is one of three children{Source}:

She is a granddaughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.

At her birth in September 1992, she was in a distant 20th place in line for succession to the British throne, however, with the rule changes and births of several babies and with her confirmed having converted to Catholicism during her teen years, she is no longer in succession. If she were in succession, she would be no higher than 37th place as of 2015.

She shares a birthday with Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium (1956).

She, like her siblings, attended Oxford University.

Royal Profile: Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Lady Moncada

Princess Marie-Esméralda Adelaide Lilian Anna Léopoldine of Belgium, Lady Moncada was born 30 September 1956, as the second daughter and youngest child of King Leopold III of Belgium and his second wife, Lilian, Princess of Réthy {Source}. She has five older siblings, three of whom are from her father's 1st marriage, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium (1927-2005, half-sister)
    1. Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921)
      1. Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg (1954)
        1. Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (1954, m. 1982)
          1. Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum (1983)
            1. Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum (1979, m. 2008)
              1. Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum (2011)
              2. Count Constantin of Limburg-Stirum (2013)
              3. Count Gabriel of Limburg-Stirum (2016)
        2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985) 
          1. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (1986, m. 2012)
            1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
            2. Archduchess Magdalena of Austria (2016)
        3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
          1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1988, m. 2012) 
            1. Archduchess Katarina of Austria (2014)
            2. Archduchess Sophia of Austria (2017) 
        4. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
        5. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria ( 1994)
      2. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (1955)
        1. Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg (1956, m. 1981) 
          1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
            1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
          2. Prince Félix of Luxembourg (1984)
            1. Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg (1985, m. 2013)
              1.  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
              2. Prince Liam Henri Hartmut de Nassau (2016)
          3. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
            1. Tessy Antony de Nassau (1985)
              1. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2006)
              2. Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)
          4. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
          5. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)
      3. Prince Jean of Luxembourg (1957)
        1. Hélène Vestur (1958, m. 1987-2008?) 
          1. Princess Marie-Gabrielle de Nassau (1986)
            1. Antonius Willms (m. 2017)
          2. Prince Constantin de Nassau (1988)
          3. Prince Wenceslas de Nassau (1990)
          4. Prince Carl-Johan de Nassau (1992)
        2. Diane De Guerre (2009)
      4. Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, Princess of Liechtenstein (1957)
        1. Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (1947)
          1. Prince Leopold of Liechtenstein (1984-1984)
          2. Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein (1985)
          3. Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (1987)
          4. Prince Josef-Emanuel of Liechtenstein (1989)
      5. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (1963)
        1. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg (1968, m. 1994)
          1. Prince Paul Louis de Nassau (1998)
          2. Prince Léopold de Nassau (2000)
          3. Princess Charlotte de Nassau (2000)
          4. Prince Jean de Nassau (2004)
  2. King Baudin I of Belgium (1930-1993, half brother)
    1. Queen Fabiola of Belgium (d. 2013)
  3. King Albert II of Belgium (1932-, half brother)
    1. Queen Paola of Belgium (1937, m. 1959)
      1. King Philippe of Belgium (1960) 
        1. Queen Mathilde of Belgium
          1. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium,The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
          2. Prince Gabriel of Belgium (2003)
          3. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium (2005)
          4. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
      2. Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1962)
        1. Prince Laurent of Belgium, Archduke of Asutria-Este (1963)
          1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, 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 of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
          3. Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
          4. Princess Luisa-Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
          5. Princess Laetia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
      3. Prince Laurent of Belgium (1963)
        1. Princess Claire of Belgium (1972)
          1. Princess Louise of Belgium (2004)
          2. Prince Nicolas (2005)
          3. Prince Aymeric (2005)
  4. Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942-2009, full brother)
    1. Princess Lea of Belgium (1951, m. 1991)
  5. Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (1951-, full sister)

Her family ties also make her (in addition to being the aunt of members of the Belgian Royal Family) an aunt to members of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg.

She grew up with her parents and siblings in Belgium and her brother, King Albert II is one of her godparents. Due to her father having an out of order marriage ceremony for his second marriage, Princess Marie-Esméralda and her siblings are not in line for the Belgian Throne. If they were, Princess Marie-Esméralda and her siblings would be no higher than 14th place (currently occupied by her great-nephew Prince Aymeric).

She married Salvador Moncada on 4 April 1998 in London {Source}. Together, they have two children {Source}:
  1. Alexandra Léopoldine Moncada (1998)
  2. Leopoldo Daniel Moncada (2001)

While she has primarily stayed from the limelight, Princess Marie-Esméralda has made it her mission the last decade or so to keep the memories of her parents alive, mostly through documentary films. She has published two books dedicated to her father, Léopold III, mon père and Léopold III photographe{Source}. She is the president of the Fonds Léopold III pour l'Exploration et la Conservation de la Nature{Source}.

In March 2014, Princess Marie-Esméralda took part in a trip to Egypt to document her grandparents' visit to Egypt {Source}. This documentary is slated for release on Belgium television sometime in October {Source}.

Princess Marie-Esméralda trained as a journalist and writes under the name Esméralda de Réthy. In 2001, the Princess teamed up with Jean-Louis Peareau to write Christian Dior: The Early Years:1947-1957 {Source}.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Royal Profile: Emma Behn

Emma Tallulah Behn was born 29 September 2008, the third daughter and youngest child of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and husband Ari Behn{Source}. She has two older sisters{Source}:
Her godparents were:

  • Marianne Solberg Behn (paternal grandmother)
  • The Crown Princess of Norway (maternal aunt)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (likely a friend of her mother's)
  • Christian Udnæss (paternal uncle)
  • Carl Christian Christensen (friend of her parents)
  • Anbjørg Sætre Håtun (friend of her parents)
  • Sigvart Dagsland (friend of her parents)
She was named after American actress Tallulah Bankhead.

She is the 5th grandchild of the King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She is 7th in line for the Norwegian Throne after her uncle, two cousins, mother and sisters. She is also distantly in succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Royal Profile: Don Juan Valentín de Urdangarin y de Borbón

Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Borbón was born 30 September 1999, the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín{Source}. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister{Source}:

His godparents are his maternal aunt Infanta Elena and paternal uncle Mikel Urdangarín{Source}.

He grew up in Spain, until his family moved to Washington, DC for his dad's job in 2009{Source}. He and his family moved to Switzerland in 2012{Source}. Just like any other 15 year old, Juan enjoys riding his bike, going to handball games and to Palma de Mallorca for the much-celebrated Spanish Regatta season. He and his brothers are avid fans of FC Barcelona.

Because he and his siblings are so far down the line for the throne and the family lives in the Switzerland, he is primarily kept from the limelight, unlike his cousins. He is 7th in line for the Spanish throne after his 4 cousins, aunt, and mother.

Royal Profile: Baroness Kristina Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold

Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld was born 29 September 1966  is the middle child and elder daughter of Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld & Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld {Source}

She has two siblings, a sister-in-law, and a niece:
  1. Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold (1965)
    1. Maria Fredriksson (1965, m. 2005)
      1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Désirée Silfverschiöld (2006)
  2. Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)

She married Baron Hans de Geer af Finspång (1963) on 11 September 1999{Source}. Together, they have two sons and a daughter{Source}:
They also have a daughter{Source}:

She is likely named for:
  • Kristina-Louisa: no idea. Possibly just a name her parents liked.
  • Ewa: not really sure here....
  • Madeleine: her paternal grandmother, Madeleine Bennich
She shares a birthday with
  • Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon (1999)
  • Miss Emma Tallulah Behn (2008)
She is not in succession for the Swedish throne due to it being restricted to the descendants of King Carl XVI Gustaf.However, she is in distant succession for the British throne.

Her title at birth, by courtesy was Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld.
Her current title through her marriage, is Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine de Geer af Finspång.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan was born 27 September 1996, the second child and elder daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and a younger brother and sister {Source}:

Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Salma who is 4 years and a day younger. Princess Iman was known to be a keen athlete at the school. Like her brother, she is attending Georgetown University{Source}.

She has accompanied her parents on several official events. On 19 June 2010, Princess Iman accompanied her parents to the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden to Daniel Westling. The princess has also accompanied her parents to visits to the United Kingdom, France, Italy, China and Japan.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan was born 26 September 2000, the third child and second daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and sister as well as a younger brother {Source}:

She attends International Academy, Amman as a 10th grader. She shares a birthday with Archduke Alexander of Austria, who is 10 years her senior.

Royal Profile: Archduke Alexander of Austria

Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria was born 26 September 1990 as the youngest son and second youngest child of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg{Source}. He has the following brothers, sisters, siblings in law, and nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
      3. Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)
  2. 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)
        2. Archduchess Sophia of Austria (2017)
  3. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)

He is related to the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. Other than this, not much is known about him.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 18-24, 2017


-King Philippe held a surprise audience with the okan-Class (Brussels) of the Magdalena Maria Institute on Tuesday {Photos}

-King Philipppe & Queen Mathilde visited the Belgian provence of Namur on Thursday{Source}

-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, The Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday.


-Crown Princess Mary participated in the event Deliver for Good: Inspiring SDG Action for Girls and Women,   participated in a lunch meeting at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) research center, attended the UNFPA page event Rebuilding Shattered lives and Communities - the case of the Chibok and Yazidi girls,  participated in the UNFPA's book launch event of the book #Childmothers, attended the opening of a new Shamballa flagship store and held an audience with Danish health concept Dr. Smood on Monday {Photos}{Source}{Photos}. On Friday, the future Danish Queen Consort attended the global millennium goals world cup {Photos}

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with aGovernor-General designate of Canada on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited The Royal Wessex Yeomanry in training in Germany this week {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York attended We Day at the UN on Wednesday {Photos}

-Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor celebrated his 10th birthday on Friday.

-The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday.


-King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Monday.


-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duke of Castro, Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Castro, Princess Maria Carolina, The Hereditary Princessof Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Calabria & Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duchess of Capri undertook an official visit to Noto on Friday and Saturday {Source}

-Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 83rd birthday on Sunday.


-King Abdullah II & Crown Prince Hussein held an audience with the Prime Minister of Japan on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, Jordan's royal duo held an audience with the United States President {Photos}

-King Abdullah II began a working visit to New York to participate in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the Jordanian King held an audience with the Italian Prime Minister, the Fedral President of Austria {Photos}{Photos}. On Tuesday, Jordan's moanrch attended a luncheon at the UN for the world's leaders and their delegates {Photos}

-Queen Rania  presented a Global Citizen Award to the Prime Minister of Canada on Tuesday{Photos}. On Wednesday, the Jordanian consort attended the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2017 Goalkeepers meeting{Photos}{Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday {Video}


-Grand Duke Henri visited the European Central Bank on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, he held an audience with newly appointed ambassadors from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Peru, India, and Brunei {Photos}

-Prince Felix & Princess Claire celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

-Prince Noah de Nassau celebrated his 10th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Guillaume & Princess Sibilla celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Sunday.


-Princess Charlene attended the Giorgio Armani show and the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on Friday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Albert II took part in the 2017 UN General Assembly opening debate and visited the US Military Academy, West Point on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the diploma of promotion 2014/2017 of the nursing training Institute on Thursday {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the opening gala of the Paris Opera 2017-2018 season on Thursday {Source}

-Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi attended the UN Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Luncheon while an interview for Vanity Fair Italy was released on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}{Read her interview in Italian here}.

-Alexia Knecht de Massy celebrated her 16th birthday on Thursday.

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn,Princess Laurentien & Princess Beatrix attended Prinsjesdag 2017 on Tuesday {Photo}{Photos}

-King Williem-Alexander opened the new home of the Provincie Gelderland on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the first Dutch king in 100 years visited Omnizorg-Apeldoorn {Photos}

-Julián Jorge Guillermo celebrated his 6th birthday on Thursday.
Julián is the grandson of Princess Christina, and son of Bernardo Federico Tomás Guillermo


-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 46th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Princess Margareta held an audience with the French Ambassador to Romania on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Maria attended the launch of the book, Istoria Monarhiei din România (History of the Monarchy of Romania) on Tuesday {Source}


-Queen Letizia attended the opening of the 2017-2018 school year at St. Matthias Educational Center on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Sofia attended the opening of the "World Summit for research and Alzheimer's Care Foundation on Tuesday {Photos}

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Siliva, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a Swedish dinner on Friday {Source}

-Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore & Prince Nicholas visited Princess Leonore's horse, Heidi of Gotland on Thursday {Photos}

-Queen Silvia attended the diploma ceremony for the Mayflower on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel participated in Sport's day on Wednesday {Source}

-Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold celebrated her 49th birthday on Wednesday.

Royal Profile: Princess Maria PIa of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy on 24 September 1934 as the first child of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.She was the eldest of four children {Source}:

  1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
    1. Marina, Princess of Naples (1935, m. 1971)
      1. Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice (1972)
        1. Clotilde, Princess of Venice (1972)
          1. Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003)
          2. Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)
          3. two adopted sons
  2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
    1. Robert Zellinger de Balkany (1931-2015, m. 1969, div 1990)
      1. Marie Elizabeth Zellinger de Balkany (1972)
        1. Olivier Janssens (1964, m. 2002)
          1. Gabriella Luise Maria Janssens (2004)
          2. Tommaso Janssens (2005)
          3. Louis Janssens (2009)
  3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
    1. Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon(1939-1999, m. 1970)
      1. Rafael Humberto Lupo Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1970-1994)
        1. Margaret Beatty Tyler (1966, engaged, never married) 
          1. Uriel Tyler (1994)
      2. Patrizio Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1971–1971)
        1. Azaea Beatrice Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1973)
          1. Arturo Pando y Mundet (1973, m. 1996, div)
            1. Marie José Pando y Corvalán-Reyna (1996)

She married Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia on 12 February 1955{Source}.Together, they have four children, two sets of twins{Source}:

She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:

  1. Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    1. Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  2. Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    1. Countess Lydia af Holstein-Ledreborg (d. 1999)
      1. Princess Antonia Monique Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1981)
      2. Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (1982)
      3. Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Eric Charles Marie of Bourbon-Parma (1985)
      4. Prince Michel Knud John Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1989)
      5. Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
  3. Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
    1. Craig Richards (m. 1997)
  4. Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
    1. Baron Ernst von Gecmen-Waldek (1974-1988, div)
      1. Baroness Tatiana von Gecmen-Waldek (1974)
        1. Michael Berger-Sandhofer (m. 1995)
      2. Baron Vincent Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
  5. Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    1. Constance de Ravinel (m.1991)
      1. Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
      2. Princess Charlotte Alexe Yolande Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1993)
      3. Princess Elizabeth Flore Angélique Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1996)
      4. Princess Zita Angélique Inès Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parme (1999)
  6. Ms. Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    1. Igor Bogdanoff (m. 2009)
      1. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)

She is a cousin of King Albert II of Belgium-King Albert's father (Leopold III) was the elder brother of Princess Maria Pia's mother, Princess Marie-José of Belgium. Upon the abolishment of the Italian monarchy, she and her family first fled to Portugal, then to Switzerland.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Luis Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:

  1. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  2. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 25 year old.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Albert Windsor

Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor was born 22 September 2007 as the first son of  Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lady Nicolas (Paola) Windsor {Source}

He has the following brothers:
He is the 8th grandchild of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.

He is named:

  • Albert:He is the first child to carry the name Albert since King George VI, but his parents say he is named for St. Albert the Great. 
  • Louis: for his maternal grandfather
  • Edward: For his paternal grandfather
  • Philip: in honor of St. Philip Neri

An Early Day Motion in the House of Commons welcomed the Baptism of Albert as the first Royal child to be Baptised a Catholic since 1688 {Source}.

Due to becoming Catholic, he is not in succession for the British throne. He shares a birthday with Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Royal Profile: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one brother, a sister-in-law, a step-nephew and a niece and nephew{Source}:

  1. Crown Prince Haakon (1973)
    1. Crown Princess Mette-Marit (1973, m. 2001)
      1. Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (1997, Haakon's stepson)
      2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
      3. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

She grew up along side her younger brother at their parent's Skaugum Estate, with fairly normal childhoods{Source}. The young princess took part in several after-school activities, such as singing in the choir, playing the flute, taking part in a folk dancing troupe, and horse-riding {Source}. As a youngster, she attended local schools in Norway until 1990{Source}. In the autumn of 1990, the 19 year old Princess moved to England to train at Waterstock House Training Centre and to study literature at the University of Oxford{Source}. She later moved to Area UK to perfect her skills as a show jumper {Source}. Two years later, she returned to Norway to study at Bjørknes Privatskole before attending Oslo University College, and earning a degree in physiotherapy education{Source}. After completing her degree, she moved to The Netherlands to complete her final years of practical training, which she completed in December 1997{Source}. She qualified as a Rosen practitioner in 2000{Source}. During this time, she also pursued a career as a equestrian show jumper, often competing with Norway's National Team{Source}. She retired from show jumping completely in 2000{Source}.

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:
  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)
In August 2016, She and Behn filed for divorce and they will share joint custody of their daughters {Source}.

In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:

  • Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  • The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  • The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  • Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  • The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  • The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norwegian fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norwegian television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Noah de Nassau

  1. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau was born 21 September 2007{Source}
  2. He is the younger son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and then Princess Tessy of Luxembourg{Source}. 
  3. He has an older brother{Source}:
    1. Prince Gabriel (2006)
  4. His godparents are:
    1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
    2. Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)
  5. Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendants, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. 
  6. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}.
  7.  The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .
  8. He resided in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. 
  9. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.
  10. His parents divorced in January 2017 {Source}.

Royal Profile: Julián Guillermo

Julián Jorge Guillermo was born 21 September as the son of Bernardo Guillermo and his wife Eva Prinz {Source}. He has one sister{Source}:

  1. Isabel Christina Guillermo (2009)
He is a grandchild of Princess Christina of The Netherlands. He shares a bithday with: 

  • Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001) (Monaco)
  • Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

Royal Profile: Alexia Knecht de Massy

Alexia Knecht de Massy was born 21 September 2001, the second of four daughters of Donatella Knecht de Massy and K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy {Source}.

She has three sisters, one older and two younger{Source}:
She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She should be in the Première year (equal to 11th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

As she is so young and not technically in line for the throne anymore with the death of her great uncle (Prince Rainier III) in 2005, her parents keep her and her sisters primarily out of the limelight. However, in the last few years, they have been seen out and about at family functions. Most recently, she has been spotted attending Princess Alexandra of Hanover's uncle's 2011 Wedding (behind Lynette Wittstock in beige){Source}, and attending the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo {2008, being held by her father}. In 2015, she was spotted at Prince Albert II's 10 year celebrations with her parents and sisters (seen hereto Charlotte Casiraghi's right, wearing pink. Her sisters Christine and Andrea are on Charlotte's other side, and Alexia is standing next to her father).

Alexia, her father and sisters remain part of the "pool" of Grimaldi descendants to inherit the throne if the current line should fail. If she were actually in line for the throne, she would be no higher than 21st place.

Like most pre-teens and teens, she is active on social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram (do not ask me for the links.).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Baroness Hélène Silfverschiöld, Baroness Silfverschiöld

Baroness Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiöld, Baroness Silfverschiöld was born on 20 September 1968 as the daughter of Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld and  Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld{Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews {Source}:

  1. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    1. Maria Fredriksson (1965, m. 2005)
      1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiöld (2006)
  2. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Baron Hans de Geer af Finspång (1963, m. 1999)
      1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
      2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
      3. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
Baroness Hélène is likely named for:

Hélène: greek, for "shining light"
Ingeborg: is a Scandinavian feminine given name, derived from Old Norse Ingiborg, Ingibjǫrg, combining the theonym Ing with the element borg "stronghold, protection".
Sibylla: her maternal grandmother, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Not much is known about her. She occasionally attends family events like funerals and weddings. She is currently distantly in succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Royal Profile: The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles

The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles was born 19 September 1978 as the son of David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood and Margaret Rosalind Messenger {Source}. He has one older sister,and two younger brothers, as well as a brother-in-law, two nephews, and a niece {Source}:
  1. Lady Emily Tsering Lascelles ( 1975)
    1. Matthew Shard (m. 2009)
      1. Isaac Shard (2009, twin)
      2. Ida Shard (2009, twin)
      3. Otis Shard (2011)
  2.  Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (1980)
    1. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008, Alexander did not marry Leo's mother)
  3. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)
The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles works as a conservationist. He is Lord Harewood's eldest son, but in unable to inherit the title or be in succession for the British throne due to his parents not marrying until February 1979, approximately 5 months after his birth. His sister Emily is not in succession for this very reason as well. He obtained royal consent to marry from the PRivy Council in Februrary 2009, and wed Carolina Valez Robledo on 18 April 2009{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:

  • Mateo Lascelles (2013)
 His paternal grandmother was The Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King George V and Queen Mary {Source}, thus making him a 1st cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II via George V. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 11-17, 2017


-Archduchess Michaela celebrated her 63rd birthday on Wednesday.

-Archduchess Monika, The Duchess of Santangelo celebrated her 63rd birthday on Wednesday.


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmauel & Princess Eléonore took part in A Day without a Car on Sunday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited the morning market in Brussels (Mabru) and meet with young merchants on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Belgian monarch attended the opening ceremony and the first singles meeting of the Davis Cup semi-final {Source}{Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended ErurFleurs 2017 on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-King Albert II & Queen Paola became honorary citizens of Santa Marina Salina on Monday {Source}

-Queen Paola celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Claire, Princess Louise, Prince Aymeric & Prince Nicholas attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Prince Laurent Foundation on Saturday {Source}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este attended the religious ceremony of  Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen on Saturday {Source}


-Queen Margrethe II held an investutre ceremony on Monday {Source}. On Friday, she officially opened   the National Museum's special exhibition Behind the Governor's Mirrors {Photos}

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the IOC Session in Peru from Monday to Saturday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the 67th Regional Committee for Europe and took part in a series of meetings as part of the WHO on Monday {Photos}{Photos}. On Wednesday, the future Danish Queen attended the official opening of the Hempel College at the Technical University of Denmark {Source}. On Sunday, she traveled to NYC to participate in the UN General Assemby and opened Claus Meyer Food School {Source}{Source}.

-Princess Marie participated in the AIDS Foundation's Generation without HIV event on Thursday{Photos}

-Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.


-Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans celebrated her 46th birthday on Monday.


-Hubertus, The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Ernest-August of Hanover,Princess Ernest-August of Hanover & Prince Christian of Hanover attended the religious ceremony of Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen on Saturday {Source}
Prince Ernest August & Prince Christian are first cousins with Hereditary Prince Ferdinand, his father and Ferdinand's mother are brother and sister. Princess Ernest-August o f Hanover is his wife, Ekatria Malysheva. The trio was joined by Prince Christian's fiancee Alessandra de Osma.

-Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia  & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen  married  in a religious ceremony on Saturday {Source}
The groom is a nephew of Prince Ernest-August of Hanover & son of Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen. The bride is a greatx2 granddaughter of the last German emperor, Emperor Wilhelm II. Both are distantly related to Queen Victoria and in succession for the British throne, their eventual children will be behind their father in succession as their father is higher in line {Source}. Ferdinand is currently 124th, and  Viktoria Luise is currently 154th. The bride and bridegroom are 5th cousins through Queen Victoria's daughter Victoria, Princess Royal.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Peru for the IOC Session Lima, visited the International Potato Centre and attended a recepton for the Amazon Hope Medical Project this week {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex took to the trading floor as part of the BGC Charity Day on Monday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge opened the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital and spoke to patients in the Frailty Assessment Unit, visited Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust's Life Rooms, visited the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre and watched an English Schools Swimming Association water polo session on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales visited The Chatham Green Project on Thursday {Photos}.On Friday, he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

-Princess Eugenie of York & Sarah, Duchess of York visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital's Teenage Cancer Trust Ward on Wednesday {Source}

-Lord Fredrick Windsor & Lady Fredrick (Sophie) Windsor celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.


-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her 49th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Odysseus-Kimon  celebrated his 13th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Kiko of Akishino celebrated her 51st birthday on Monday.

-Princess Kako of Akishino boarded a flight from Japan to England to begin her studies at the University of Leeds next week on Tuesday {Source}


-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania attended the opening of the King Hussein Cancer Center’s new expansion on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-King Abdullah II held an audience with the Russian Foreign Minister on Monday {Photos}. On Sunday, he met with the President of the European Council and began a working visit to NYC to take part in the 2017 UN General Assembly{Photos} {Photos}

-Queen Rania undertook several engagements in Al Hallabat area of Jordan on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, she visited the Jordan River Foundation's annual handicrafts exhibition {Photos}

-Talal Al-Saleh celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday.


-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the Chicken Show Dance Association benefit for Fight Aids Monaco on Saturday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet fashion show and the Barragan fashion show on Tuesday {Photos} {Photos}On Thursday, the eldest child of Monaco's sovereign prince attended the premiere of Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards hosted by Manolo Blahnik with The Cinema Society at The Frick Collection {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander visited the devestation of the islands of Saba, St Eustatius and Sint Maarten on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch King attended the celebration of the 50th anniversary ofKoppert NL and opens the experience centre {Photos}. On Saturday, he attended the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Reddingsbrigade Netherlands {Source}

-Queen Maxima attended the LOEY Awards 2017 on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Dutch consort attended the season opener of Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest and visited the Royal Institute of Linguistics, Landscape and Ethnology (KITLV) in Leiden on Thursday {Photos} {Source}


-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu attended a memorial service for Prince Radu's mother on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they attended the funeral service for Prince Radu's mother {Photos}
Prince Radu's mother died on September 10, 2017 {Source}

-Princess Maria attended the opening of the new school year at the "Ferdinand I" Gymnasium School on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, she visited the St. Irina Palliative Care Center {Source}


-Queen Letizia celebrated her 45th birthday on Friday.

-Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 43rd birthday on Thursday.

-Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.

-Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón celebrated her 42nd birthday on Saturday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria,Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Madeleine attended the 2017 opening of Riksdag on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel held an audience with Sweden's Foreign Minister on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Security Conference on Thursday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Prince Carl Philip visited the Aurora 17 Defense Force on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held a farewell audiences with outgoing ambassadors to Dominican Republic,Slovakia, Ethiopia and Turkey on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Silvia attended the International Medical Congress on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with the Minister of Rural Affairs on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Swedish monarch attended the autumn performance at the Finnish National Opera {Photo}

-Prince Daniel celebrated his 44th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Madeleine attended the My Great Day seminar When life does not follow manuscript on Wednesday {Source}

-Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday.
Estelle is a great-niece of King Carl XVI Gustaf

-Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday.
Fred is a great-nephew of King Carl XVI Gustaf

Royal Profile: Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece & Denmark

Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece & Denmark was born 17 September 2004 in London as the 2nd son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece {Source}. He has an older sister, two older brothers and a younger brother, all of who carry the title and style HRH Prince/ss of Greece. They are:

Like his siblings, he's grown up mostly in the US and Europe. As of right now, the family is based in London, where he and his youngest brother attend school. He shares a birthday with his mother.

His christening took place in Greece the following summer after his birth {Source}. His godparents consisted of{Source}:
  • Prince Philippos of Greece (paternal uncle)
  • Princess Olga of Greece, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia (paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Nassos Thanopolous (Greek businessman based in England, likely a friend of his parents)
  • Arki Busson
  • Chris Thomsen

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal Claire of Greece, Princess of Denmark

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark was born as Marie-Chantal Claire Miller on 17 September 1968 as the daughter of Ecuadorian born María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra) and Robert Warren Miller{Source}. She has two sisters{Source}:

  1. Pia-Christina Getty (1966)
    1. Christopher Getty (m. 1992-2005)
      1. Isabelle Getty(1993)
      2. Robert Maximilian Getty (1996)
      3. Conrad Getty (1998)
      4. Maximus Getty (2002)
  2. Alexandra-Natasha von Fürstenberg (1972)
    1. Alexandre Egon von Fürstenberg (m. 1995-2002)
      1. Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg (1999)
      2. Tassillo Egon Maximilian von Fürstenberg (2001)
She grew up as an American citizen, but spent much of her younger years globe trotting{Source}. She was born in England, and spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, Switzerland and France{Source}. She graduated from high school and attended University in the US (in NYC){Source}.

She began dating Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in the early 1990s, he proposed during a skiing holiday in 1993{Source}. They wed in 1994. Together, they have a daughter and four sons, all of who bear the title HRH Prince(ss) of Greece{Source}:

Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000{Source}.She has also written and illustrated "The Frog Prince", the first in a planned series of fairy-tales{Source}.

Marie-Chantal serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and the Animal Medical Centre. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage and the co-chair of World in Harmony{Source}.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Royal Profile: Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng

Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng  was born 16 September 2004 as the youngest son of Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng & Kristina Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold {Source}. He has two older siblings {Source}:

As a grandson of Princess Désirée of Sweden, Baroness Silfverschiöld & Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, he is a great nephew of King Carl XVI Gustaf , but is not in succession for the Swedish throne. However, due to being a descendant of Queen Victoria, he is in succession for the British throne.

It is likely he will lead a normal life.

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria

Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria was born 11 November 2013 as the first child of Archduke Imre of Au...