Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco was born 28 February 2007 as the second child of King Mohammed VI of Morrocco and Princess Lalla Salma {Source}. She has an older brother {Source}:

  • Crown Prince Mulay Al-Hasan of Morocco (2003)

In honour of her birth, the king granted a royal pardon to thousands of prison inmates{Source}. Khadija visited Tunisia with her mother Lalla Salma in June 2009.

Royal Profile: Lily Ambler

Lily Elektra Ambler was born 28 February 2003 as the eldest child of James Patrick Ambler & Ursula Mary Shipley Ambler {Source}. She has one younger brother{Source}:
  • Oscar Rufus Ambler (2004)
She is the paternal granddaughter of John Kenneth Ambler and Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler{Source}.

She is not in succession for the Swedish throne, however, she is distantly in succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria through her sons Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany{Source}

Royal Profile: Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy James Hamilton Laurence was born 1 March 1955 the son of Commander Guy Stewart Laurence, who was also a salesman for a marine engine manufacturer, and Barbara Alison Laurence.

During his childhood years, he attended several prep schools and was involved in numerous activities. He began attended The New Beacon Preparatory School, before moving on toSevenoaks School, Kent and attending University College, University of Durham on a naval scholarship, receiving a Bachelors of Science in geography with 2nd upper class honors {Source}. During his university years, he was part of the student newspaper and captain of the cricket team.

In the 1970s, he began serving as a member of the British Navy, working his way up the ranks. He attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth for his initial training. After completing his training, he maintianed a post on the HMS Aurora. In 1973, he was promoted from midshipman. Two years later, he was promoted again, to acting sub-lieutenant. In 1977, he was promoted to lieutenant. In 1978, he served on he HMS Vernon. In 197, he was moved to the HMS Pollingon. In the 1980s, his naval career continued, where he served as a Navagating Officer on the Royal Yacht, HMY Britannia, and on the HMS Sheiffield and HMS Cygnet. In 1985, he took a course in Principal Warefare Officer Training aboard the HMSDryad and was promoted to Lieuenant Commander, and moved to the HMS Alacrity. In 1986, he attended a the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Tactics Course (RANTACCS) at HMAS Watson, Sydney. Upon graduating from that, he was appointed as Equerry to The Queen, and was reported o Commander in 1988. In 1989, he was posted on the HMS Boxer. In the early 1990s, he served as naval staff in the Ministry of Defence in London, and was appointed Military Assistant to the Secretary of State for Defence. In the mid-1990s, he was promoted to Captain and was appointed to the HMS Cumberland. In 1996, he was stationed on the HMSMontrose, where he served as captian of the Plymouth-based F6. Summer 1997, he was found back at the Ministry of Defence working as Naval Staff then as the Commondore as a member of the Implementation Team for the 1998 Strategic Defence Review. In the late 1990s, he served as a Hudson Visiting Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he wrote a paper on the relationship between Humanitarian Assistance and Peacekeeping. After his Fellowship, he was posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College as Commondore as the Assistant Commandant (Navy). In the early 2000s, he found himself back (again) at the Ministry of Defence, this time as the Director of Navy Resources and Programs. In 2004, he was again promoted, this time to Rear Admiral, and made Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, with responsibilities for Resources and Plans. Three years later, he was promoted yet again, this time to Vice Admiral, and made Chief Excutive of Defence Estates (now known as Defence Infrastructure Organisation) {Source}. He also became Head of Profession for the British Government's Property Asset Management community in 2009. He is an Honoary Member of the Royal Institution of Charter Surveyors. By the end of 2010, he had retired from his naval carrer and now pursues a portfolio of mainily non-excutive and charitable interests with emphasis on property and regeneration. He serves on the Board of the project managerment company, Capita Symonds, as well as serving in various organizations in varying capacity. He also serves as a Senior Military Adviser to PA Consulting

During his time serving as Queen Elizabeth's Equerry in the 1980s, he met the woman that would become his wife later on in their lives, her only daughter The Princess Royal. They were married in December 1992, a few months after her divorce was final from her first marriage. Upon their marriage, he received no peerage from his former boss turned mother-in-law, but was Knighted in June 2011 with the Royal Victorian Order. During his marriage to Princess Anne, they leased a flat in the Dolphin Square Complex, as well as maintained her home in Scotland. Today, they still have her home in Scotland, but also maintain an apartment at St. James Palace {Source}.

Royal Profile: Irina Walker

 Mrs. Irina Walker, previously Princess Irina of Romania, was born 28 February 1953 as the third daughter of King Mihai & Queen Anne {Source}. She has the following sisters, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Crown Princess Margarita of Romania (1949)
    1. Radu, Prince of Romania (1960, m. 1996)
  2. Princess Elena of Romania 
    1. Dr. Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills (m 1983, div. 1991, b 1942, d. 2002)
      1. Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills(1985)
      2. Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
  3. Princess Sophie of Romania (1957)
    1. Alain Biarneix (m. 1998, div 2002)
      1. Elisabeth-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix (1998)
  4. Princess Maria of Romania (1964)
    1. Kazimierz Wieslaw Mystkowsk (m 1995, div 2002)
The young princess was educated in Switzerland and the UK{Source}. She studied Secretariat (a horse) in Oxford and London {Source}. In 1973, at the invitation of Lord and Lady Gordon, Princess Irina joined the administration thoroughbred horse farm in Alberta, Canada, where he perfected the principles of animal husbandry and farm management{Source}. After that, she moved to the United States, where she worked at a Welsh pony farm in Middleburg, Virinia, USA{Source}. In the late 1970s, she returned to Switzerland, where she spent a year working for the auction house, Christies in the silverware department, before moving on to sales {Source}.

In 1983, she married a Swedish man John Kreuger{Source}. It was then that Princess Irnina moved back to the United States, where the couple settled on his estate in Oregon{Source}. Together, they have two children, two children-in-law and three grandchildren{Source}:
  1. Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger (1985)
    1. Tara Littlefeld (m. 2011)
      1. Kohen de Roumanie Kreuger (2012)
  2. Angelica Margaretta Bianca de Roumanie Kreuger Knight (1986)
    1. Richard Robert Knight (m 2009)
      1. Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
      2. Diana Knight (2011)
She and her first husband divored in 2003. She remarried in Las Vegas in 2003 to John W. Walker{Source}.

In 2013, she and her husband were arrested for being part of an illegal cockfighting ring, being charged also for operating an illegal gambling business on their ranch near Irrigon, Oregon{Source}. A year after this incident her father striped her of her titles and her and her children and grandchildren's rights to the defunct Romanian throne {Source}.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Royal Profile: Countess Feodora af Rosenborg

Countess Feodora Mathilde Helena af Rosenborg was born 27 Februrary 1975, the youngest of three daughters of Count Christian af Rosenborg and Countess Anne af Rosenborg {Source}. Her two elder sisters were twins who have given her several nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Countess Josephine af Rosenborg (1972)
    1. Thomas Christian Schmidt (1970, m. 1998)
      1. Julius Christian Emil Schmidt(2001)
      2. Clara Dorthe Elisabeth Schmidt (2004)
  2. Countess Camilla af Rosenborg (1972)
    1.  Mikael John Rosanes (1952, m. 1995)
      1. Anastasia Caroline Amalie Rosanes(1997)
      2. Ludwig Christian Mikael Rosanes (2000)
      3. Leopold Christian Ingolf Rosanes (2005)
      4. Theodor Christian John Rosanes (2008)

She has been married twice. She married Eric Hervè Patrice Patte on 31 July 2004, and they divorced in 2006 {Source}. On 26 September 2008, she married Morent Rønnow{Source}. On 1 Februrary 2009, she gave birth to her only child, Caroline-Mathilde Margareth Rønnow {Source}. Her daughter is presumably named for her great-grandmother, Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (wife of Hereditary Prince Knud) and Queen Margarethe II.

Due to her father marrying a commoner and him not seeking parliamentary approval, he lost his succession rights to the throne, as did Countess Feodora, her children, and sisters, as well as her nieces and nephews. Therefore, Countess Feodora and her family perform no public functions on behalf of the monarchy. Little is known about her. However, she did attend her father's funeral in May 2013 {Photos}.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: February 20-26, 2017


-Archduchess Magdalena celebrated her 1st birthday on Friday.


-King Philippe visited the Flemish Parliament on Tuesday {Photos}{Source}. On Thursday, he held an audeince with the Minister of Pensions and Vice-Minister-President of the Government, and held a lunch with Pierre Moscovici{Source}{Source}{Source} On Friday, the Belgian monarch attended a presentation of the oath of office to Zuhal Demir for taking the oath as Federal Secretary of State for Poverty Reduction, Equal Opportunities, People with Disabilities and Science Policy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Interior {Source}

-Queen Mathilde began an official visit to Laos for UNICEF on Monday {Photos}{Photos}{Source}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 31st birthday on Tuesday.


-King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck celebrated his 37th birthday on Tuesday.


-Crown Princess Mary was announced as the new patron of  the European Emergency Medical Services Congress on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the future Danish Queen participates CBS-Case Competition panel about 'Opportunities in Crisis' held at Copenhagen Business School {Source}

-Princess Marie attended the opening of Birkerød Gymnasium Model United Nations Conference 2017 (BIGMUN) on Wednesday {Source}


-Prince Ernest-August V of Hanover celebrated his 63rd birthday on Sunday.

-Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha and Kelly, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Goburg und Gotha welcomed their third child and second daughter Princess Madeleine Aurelia Viktoria Carin of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha  on Wednesday.

-Princess Madeleine Aurelia Viktoria Carin of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II
 presented Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2016 to Gillian Allnutt, hosted a 
reception to recognize the women who have led government departments since 1955 on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, she attended an investiture ceremony {Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh  toured Vantage Power’s base on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with parents and members of the public after taking part in a climate change education program run by Size of Wales at Blenheim Road Primary Community on Friday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception to launch The Great Get Together on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Sir Timothy Laurence attended a Service of Remembrance to commemorate 100 years since the loss of the SS Mendi during WWI on Monday  {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent attended the gala performance of The Girls musical on Monday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales met with representatives from the organization Walking  with the Wounded, ex-servicemen who have received specialist support from Walking  with the Wounded, Gateshead Council and the police, met with represtatives from Team Heads Together, and took part in a Heads Together charity day on Monday{Source}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Multi-disciplinary Intervention Service Torfaen (MIST) as part of Action for Children on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester visited Salters Hill on Monday {Photos}

-Katharine, The Duchess of Kent celebrated her 84th birthday on Wednesday.

-The Lady Amelia Windsor  participated in the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2017 Milan Fashion Week runway on Sunday {Photos}
note: The Lady Amelia's 3rd cousin 1x removed through King George I also participated-Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece


-Princess Maria-Olympia participated in the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2017 Milan Fashion Week runway on Sunday {Photos}
note: Princess Maria-Olympia's 3rd cousin 1x removed through King George I also participated-The Lady Ameilia

-Arrietta Morales y de Grecia celebrated her 15th birthday on Friday.


-Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro celebrated his 54th birthday on Friday.


-Crown Prince Naruhito celebrated his 57th birthday on Thursday.


-Queen Rania visited  Al Bayader Vocational Secondary School for Girls on Tuesday {Photos}


-Prince Albert II & Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended the UEFA Championship Leauge Round of 16: Manchester City FC v AS Monaco game on Wednesday {Photos}
They sat with Monaco's Ambassador to the UK Evelyne Genta, and the President and Vice President of AS Monaco during the game. Ducruet currently works as a scout for AS Monaco, where he has been working in various postitions since 2010 (Intern, marketing intern, opponent analyst, and a scout)

-Princess Charlene attended the 2017 Gala de l’AMREF Flying Doctors on Friday {Photos}. On Saturday, Monaco's Princess Consort attended the 2017 Prix Princess Charlene of Monaco Charity Mile {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the Gucci show and after party during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on Wednesday {Source}{Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima  visited the Krimpen aan den IJssel town on Monday {Photos}

-Queen Maxima opened the 1st Buzinezz Forum at the Social Impact Factory on Wednesday {Photos}

-Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 3rd birthday on Tuesday.

-Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate celebrated her 6th birthday on Saturday.


-King Harald V celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday. On Wednesday,  the Norweigan King awarded Knut Hamre Granvin to Commander of the Royal Physician Norwegian Order of St. Olav {Source}


-Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday.


-King Felipe VI presided over the 75th anniversary of the third epoch of the General Military Academy on Monday {Photos}{Source}.

-Queen Sofia received the 2017 Medalla de Oro del Círculo del Liceoon Monday {Photos}{Source}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill attended an official welcome ceremony and luncheon, and a gala evening to begin the official State Visit from Canada on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, they attended a luncheon in honor of the state visit at Stockholm City Hall and attended a reception at the Vasa Museum {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended a trade seminar on Swedish-Canadian business opportunities, visited the Karolinska Institute for discussions on research on Tuesday{Source}. On Wednesday, they visited Malmö University where they took part in the discussion Diversity in Canadian Cities and Swedish - Maximising the Potential of the Newcomers

-King Carl XVI Gustaf visited European Spallation Source with Canada's Governer-General on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia visited Fryshuset with the Governor-General of Canada's wife on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, she visited ALHVA and Recover with the Governor-General of Canada's wife {Source}

-Princess Estelle celebrated her 5th birthday on Thursday.

-Princess Leonore celebrated her 3rd birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Prince Ernest-August V of Hanover

Prince Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig of Hanover was born on 26 February 1954 as the eldest son of Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick (1914-1987) and his first wife, Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1925-1980) {Source}. He has one older sister, two younger brothers and two younger sisters {Source}:

  1. Princess Marie of Hanover, Countess von Houchberg (1952)
    1. Count Michael von Houchburg (m. 1982)
      1. Count Conrad Hans-Heinrich Ernst-August von Hochberg(1985)
      2. Count George von Hochberg (1987)
  2. Prince Lugwig of Hanover (1955-1988)
    1. Isabella Gräfin von Thurn und Valsássina-Como-Vercelli (m. 1987, d. 1988)
      1. Prince Otto of Hanover (1988)
  3. Princess Olga of Hanover (1958)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen (1959)
    1. Andreas, 8th Prince of Lieningen (m 1981)
      1. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen (1982)
      2. Princess Olga Margarita of Lieningen (1984)
      3. Prince Herman of Leiningen (1986)
  5. Prince Heinrich of Hanover (1961)
    1. Thyra Donata Sixtina (m 1999)
      1. Prince Albert of Hanover (1999)
      2. Princess Eugenia of Hanover (2001)
      3. Prince Julius of Hanover (2004)

He has been married twice. He was married to Chantal Hochuli from 1981-1997, producing two sons {Source}:

  1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983)
  2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)

He married secondly to Princess Caroline of Monaco on 23 January 1999, together, they have one daughter{Source}:

  • Princess Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Marym Virginia of Hanover (1999)

It is rumored (but has never been confirmed) that Prince Ernest and Princess Caroline separated when she moved back to Monaco. They have not been seen together publicly since 2009, however, his sons from his first marriage have been seen with her.

The prince is not without controversy! He was photographed urinating on the Turkish Pavilion at the Expo 2000 event in Hanover, causing a diplomatic incident and a complaint from the Turkish embassy accusing him of insulting the Turkish people. He successfully sued those who published (Bild-Zeitung) the photograph for invasion of privacy, obtaining an award of 9,900 euros, although the paper had previously published a photo of Ernst August urinating outside a hospital in Austria. In 2004, he was convicted of aggravated assault and causing grievous bodily harm after beating a man with a knuckleduster{Source}

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Royal Profile: Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate

Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate was born on 25 Februrary 2011 as the daughter of Tjalling Siebe ten Cate and Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma {Source}. She has an older sister{Source}:
  • Julia Carolina Catharina ten Cate (2008)
Her godparents are:
  • Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (her mother's cousin's wife)
She was named:
  • Paola: not sure
  • Cecila: Not sure
  • Laurentien: For her godmother
She is not in succession for the Dutch throne. She likely leads a fairly normal life.

Royal Profile: Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger

Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger was born as the first child of Mrs. Irinia Walker and Mr. John Kreuger on 25 February 1985{Source}. He has a younger sister, a brother in law and two nieces {Source}:

  1. Angelica Margaretta Bianca de Roumanie Kreuger Knight (1986)
    1. Richard Robert Knight (m 2009)
      1. Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
      2. Diana Knight (2011)
He married a woman named Tara Littlfield in February 2011{Source}. Together, they have a son named Kohen{Source}.

He was born in the United States, and thus is a US citizen. It is likely that he leads a normal private life, despite being a grandson of deposed royalty.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduchess Magdalena of Austria

Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria was born on 24 Februrary 2016 as the second daughter of Archduke Imre of Austria and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria {Source}. She has an older sister{Source}:
  • Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)

Archduchess Magdalena was likely named:
  • Magdalena: for her ancestress Archduchess Magdalena of Austria (1532-1590)
  • Maria: popular name in the Austrian line, for the Virgin Mary
  • Alexandra: likely  for Alexandra Deptula, a friend of her mother
  • Zita: for her great-great grandmother Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma
  • Charlotte: for her great grandmother, Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium
She resides in Luxembourg with her parents and older sister {Source}. Archduchess Magdalena was baptized in April 2016, again, with no word on who her godparents were {Photo}

Royal Profile: Arrietta Morales y de Grecia

Arrietta Morales y de Grecia was born 24 February 2002 in Barcelona, Spain, the eldest of Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark and Carlos Morales's children{Source}. She has two younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}:

  • Ana-Maria Morales y de Grecia(2003)
  • Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
  • Amelia Morales y de Grecia(2007)

She was baptized on 30 June 2002 {Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:

  • Princess Theodora of Greece (maternal aunt)
  • Maria Teresa Morales (paternal aunt)
  • Infanta Cristina of Spain (1st cousin of her mother) 
  • Manuel Cabrera (friend of her father) 
  • and an unknown Greek friend of her mother 
She resides in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands in a house designed by her father {Source}.

She is the granddaughter of Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes & King Constantine II of Greece. Technically, she is biologically related to the following monarchs and/or consorts (current and former):

  • Queen Elizabeth II is her 3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Princess Victoria, The Princess Royal.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh is her 1st cousins 3x removed, through King George I of Greece.
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is 3rd cousin 2x removed, through The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn as well as her great aunt from her grandmother's side.
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is her 2nd cousins 2x removed, through Queen Victoria.
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain is 3rd cousins 1x removed, through Queen Victoria.
  • Queen Sofia of Spain is great aunt though King Paul and Queen Fredrica-Arrietta's grandfather is Queen Sofia's younger brother.

Technically, she is 8th in line for the Greek throne after her uncle, 4 cousins, mother and brother.

Royal Profile: Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Siclles, The Duke of Castro was born 24 February 1963 as the only son of Ferdinand, Duke of Castro and Chantal de Chevron-Villette {Source}. He has He he baptized in France with the name Charles Marie Bernade Gennaro, but he generally uses the Italian form of his name, Carlo {Source}.

The Duke of Castro has two elder sisters, and between them they have four children{Source}:
  1. Princess Béatrice Marie Caroline Louise Françoise of the Two Sicilies (1950)
    1. Princess Caroline Marie Constance Napoléon (1980)
    2. Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon (1986)
  2. Princess Anne Marie Caroline Carmen of the Two Sicilies (1957)
    1. Nicolas Cochin (1979)
    2. Dorothée Cochin (1985)
Prince Carlo was educated firstly at the Institute of the Marist Fathers at Toulon, France{Source}. He went on to study at a namesake of the Collège Stanislas de Paris{Source}. After studying at an international university in Paris, he spent three years working for a public relations firm in New York, NY USA {Source}. He is fluent in Italian, French and English {Source}.

In 2008, Carlo succeeded his father as claimant to the headship of the House of the Two Sicilies. As head of the house, he uses the title Duke of Castro{Source}.

On 31 October 1998, he married Camilla Crocini {Source}. Together, they have two daughters{Source}:

  1. Princess Maria Carolina, Hereditary Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Palermo (2003) 
  2. Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Capri (2005) 
He and his family maintain homes in Monaco, Paris and Rome{Source}.

He is also a Royal Godfather to two children:

  1. Prince Gaston d'Orléans (2009)
  2. Princess Josephine of Denmark (2011) {Source}

In his capacity as Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George promotes and coordinates the activities beneficial - and cultural welfare of this ancient order of knighthood{Source}.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Estelle of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, The Duchess of Östergötland was born 23 February 2012 as the first child of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel {Source}. She has one younger brother{Source}:
  • Prince Oscar Carl Olof of Sweden, The Duke of Skåne (2016)

In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which entered into force on 1 January 1980, Princess Estelle is second in the line of succession, following Crown Princess Victoria{Source}.

Princess Estelle was christened in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace on 22 May 2012{Source}. Her godparents were{Source}:

  • Anna Westling Soderstrom (paternal aunt)
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (friend of her parents, her mother is his eldest child's godmother)
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (friend of her parents, her mother is his eldest child's godmother)
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (friend of her parents, her mother is her eldest child's godmother)

Although she is only four years old, she already has a collection of Swedish Royal medals including:
  1. Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim (23 February 2012, presented 22 May 2012) (received as she is part of the Royal Family){Photo}
  2. Commemorative Ruby Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (15 September 2013){Photo}

She almost shares a birthday with her cousin, Princess Leonore, who is the daughter of Princess Madeleine who was born 20 February 2014 {Source}.

Like her great aunts before her (her grandfather's sisters, Princess Christina, Princess Désirée, Princess Birgitta and Princess Margaretha), she is being raised at the Swedish Haga Palace. She began pre-school in August 2014, and is attending Äventyret Preschool{Source}.

Royal Profile: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan was born 23 February 1960 as the eldest son of the then Crown Princely couple {Source}. During his childhood years, he was known as Prince Hiro-no-Miya {Source}. He was invested as Japan's Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, eleven years after his Coming of Age ceremony in 1980{Source}.

Today he serves as honorary vice president to the Japanese Red Cross and Honorary President of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation{Source}.

Like most of the Japanese Imperial Family, his educational background is extensive. He graduated from Gakushuin University with a degree in History {Source}.From 1983-1985, he studied at Merton College, University of Oxford{Source}. In 1988, he returned to Gakushuin to persue a doctorate degree in Humanities, but never finished{Source}. In 1992, he became a guest researcher for the archives of Gakushuin{Source}.

His engagement was formally announced by the Imperial House Council on 19 January 1993{Source}. His Engagement Ceremony took place on 19 January 1993 to Masako Owada{Source}. He married Owada on 9 June 1993{Source}. Together, they have one daughter{Source}:

  1. Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi-no-Miya (2001)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Katharine, The Duchess of Kent

Katharine, The Duchess of Kent was born Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley on 22 February 1933 as the only daughter of Colonel Sir William Arthington Worsley, 4th Bt. and Joyce Morgan Brunner {Source}. She had three older brothers, three sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Sir William Marcus John Worsley, 5th Bt.(1925-2012)
    1. The Hon. Bridget Assheton (1926, m. 1955)
      1. Sir William Ralph Worsley, 6th Bt.(1956)
        1. Marie-Noëlle Dreesmann (m. 1987)
          1. Isabella Claire Worsley (1988)
          2. Francesca Sylvia Worsley (1992)
          3. Marcus William Bernard Worsley(1995)
      2. Sarah Marianne Worsley(1958)
        1. Martin Stephen Robert Elwes (m. 1984)
          1. James Robert Elwes(1986)
          2. Sophie Bridget Elwes (1988)
          3. Hugo Marcus Elwes(1991)
      3. Giles Arthington Worsley(1961-2006)
        1. Joanna Beaufort Pitman (m. 1996)
          1. Alice Beaufort Worsley(1998)
          2. Emma Sylvia Worsley (2000)
          3. Lucy Jennifer Worsley (2002)
      4. Peter Marcus Worsley(1963)
        1. Catherine Marie Paule Hirtz
          1. Margot Joyce Worsley (2001)
          2. Hector Felix Arthington Worsley (2002)
          3. Matilda Bridget Worsley (2005)
  2. George Oliver Worsley (1927-2010)
    1. Penelope Susanne Fleetwood Fuller (m. 1966)
      1. Georgina Joyce Worsley (1967)
        1. Tjden Lane (m. 1990, later divorced)
          1. Molly Lane (1991)
          2. Marcus Oliver Lane(1993)
      2. David Christopher Worsley (1969)
        1. Victoria Louise Lane (m.2001)
      3. Richard Oliver Arthington Worsley (1972)
      4. Anne Penelope Worsley (1974)
  3. John Arthington Worsley (1928-)
    1. Hon. Carolyn Mary Wynyard Hardinge (m. 1954)
      1. Willa Victoria Worsley (1955)
      2. Henry John Worsley(1958)
        1. Janet deBoer (m. 1988)
          1. Jennifer Worsley (1989)
          2. Nichole Worsley (1990)
          3. Richard Worsley(1993)
      3. Jonathan Hugh Worsley(1960)
        1. Laura Pitfield (m. 1987)
          1. Nicholas Worsley (1988)
          2. Oliver Worsley(1990)
          3. Hugo Worsley(1992)
          4. Charlotte Worsley(1995)
      4. Dickon Carol Worsley(1966)
        1. Catharine Lewis (m. 1994)
          1. Audra Worsley (1995)
      5. Katharine Margot Worsley (1968)
        1. Paul Guthrie (m. 2001)

She married Prince Edward , The Duke of Kent on 8 June 1961 and together, they have the following children and grandchildren{Source}:
  1. George Philip Nicholas Windsor,The Earl of St. Andrews (1962)
    1. Sylvana Windsor, The Countess of St. Andrews
      1. Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (1988)
      2. The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor (1992)
      3. The Lady Amelia Windsor (1995)
  2. The Lady Helen Windsor (1964)
    1. Mr. Timothy Taylor
      1. Mr. Columbus George Donald Taylor (1994)
      2. Mr. Cassius Edward Taylor (1996)
      3. Miss Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (2003)
      4. Miss Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (2004)
  3. Lord NicholasWindsor (1970)
    1. Paola. The Countess Doimi de Lupis
      1. Master Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (2007)
      2. Master Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (2009)
      3. Master Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (2014)
  4. Still born unnamed child (1977)
She preferred to be known as "Katharine Kent" rather than The Duchess of Kent. She often represents Queen Elizabeth II and served as chancellor or patron of many organizations including{Source}{Source}:
  • Leeds University (1965-1998, Chancellor)
  • National Foundation for Youth Music (London) (Trustee)
  • Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) (former board member and past president)
  • Aldeburgh Productions (ambassador)
  • NCH Action For Children (President)
  • Macmillan Cancer Relief (board member and president)
  • London Committee of the Manchester Christie (Cancer) Hospital Appeal (committee chair)'
  • RUC Benevolent Fund (chair)
  • Queensland Conservatorium (patron)

The Duchess of Kent has traveled the world for UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Fund) and VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas), highlighting specific areas of deprivation{Source}. In 1999 she visited Cambodia, Macedonia and Nepal {Source}.She has been Visitor to the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. The Duchess of Kent holds the Honorary Freedom of four of the ancient City companies: the Worshipful Companies of Clothworkers, Dyers, Glaziers, and the Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers{Source}.

In 2004, The Duchess of Kent together with Nicholas Robinson (Headmaster, King's College School, Cambridge) launched Future Talent, a children's music charity dedicated to finding, funding and nurturing exceptionally talented young musicians in the UK{Source}.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma was born 21 February 2014 as the first child of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi & Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Bardi{Source}. She is a granddaughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and late Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma. Shebecame a big sister in 2016 to{Source}{Source}:

  • Princess Gloria Irene of Bourbon-Parma (2016)

Princess Zita was named:

  • Zita: for her great-great aunt Empress Zita Maria delle Grazie Adelgunde Michaele Raphaele Gabriele Josephine Antonie Louise Agnes of Bourbon-Parma
  • Clara: for her maternal great grandmother
She had a double baptism with her cousin, Alaïa-Maria Brenninkmeijer, on October 4, 2014 at Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands{Source}. Her godparents are:

  • King Willem-Alexander I of The Netherlands (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Maria-Teresa of Bourbon-Parma (paternal great aunt)
  • Dorothea ter Riet-Bartos (maternal grandmother)
  • Jacco Eltingh (friend of her parents)

In 2014, her father was appointed ambassador for The Netherlands to The Holy See, therefore it is likely she and her parents reside in or around there{Source}.

Royal Profile: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Prince Amedeo Marie Joesph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary & Bohemia was born 21 February 1986 at the University Clinic of St. Luc in Belgium, the eldest child of Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este {Source}. He has three younger sisters and a younger brother{Source}:

  1. Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  2. Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
  3. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
  4. Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)

His godparents wee his grandmother, Queen Paola, and his maternal uncle, Prince Philippe, The Duke of Brabant {Source}.

He attended Sint Jan Berchmans College for his early education until 2001{Source}. He then moved on to Sevenoaks College in Kent, England from 2001-2004 {Source}. He then went on to attend Belgium's Royal Military Academy from 2004-2005{Source}, and then went back to England to study at the London School of Economics from 2005-June 2008{Source}. Upon graduation from LSE, he took a gap year to travel and better his Spanish language skills {Source}

He is very atheletic. He ran the New York Marathon in 2008, and plays rugby. In September 2009, he moved to New York City to work for Deloitte, a financial services company{Source}.

Presently, he is the hereditary prince of the Archduchary of Austria-Este, 5th in line for the Austro-Hungary throne, and 7th for the Belgian throne.

He is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army, whee he serves as a Second Lieutenant oof the Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn-Grenadiers.

He is became a godfather in 2001, to his cousin, and future monarch, Princess Elisabeth{Source}.

Due to his being so far down on the Belgian throne line, his mother is fiercely private about his life, therefore he makes limited public appearances on behalf of Belgium.

The 31 year old Prince was married on 5 July 2014, and relocated from New York, USA to Belgium after the wedding. Together, they have a daughter:

  • Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)11:59am

At the time of their wedding, no royal decree was issued granting her the title Her Royal Highness Princess of Belgium. However, it has been speculated as to why no such decree has yet to be issued. Some say that is was due to other government matters (such as the current world economic crisis) were taking priority over someone's title matters, other sources say it was because Prince Amedeo did not seek government authorization (as required by Belgian law) for the marriage, therefore he automatically loses his rights to the Belgian throne-however, neither has yet to be confirmed by the Royal Court or Belgian Government. More than a year after the wedding he applied for retroactive approval of their marriage with his uncle and it was approved retroactively.Due to a new royal decree issued by his uncle that entitles only those of the heir and present monarch the title Prince/ss of Belgium, their future children will not hold the title Prince/ss of Belgium.However, due to Prince Amedeo also being a paternal heir to the titles Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary & Bohemia, their children and his wife will hold those titles.

Royal Profile: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born 21 February 1980 as the son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and is the current reigning Druk Gyalpo or Dragon King, of the Kingdom of Bhutan{Source}.

He attended to his primary education in Bhutan, before studying his upper secondary education abroad in the UK and US{Source}. He attended a special program at the National Defense College in India in 2005{Source}. He has also received several honorary doctorates from the following universities including{Source}:
  • University of New Brunswick(Canda)
  • Rangsit University (Thailand)
  • Calcutta University (India)
  • Keio University (Japan)
His father abdicated in 2006, and he became King on 9 December 2006{Source}. A public corranation ceremony was held on 1 November 2008{Source}. In addition to his regular duties as King of Bhutan, he oversees the Royal University of Bhutan as Chancellor; Patron of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Patron of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the European Convention of Bhutan Societies; President, Bhutan India Friendship Association{Source}.

Since the formal coronation, King Jigme Khesar's first landmark project was the launching of the National Cadastral Resurvey in March 2009{Source}.The program is aimed at resolving long-standing land issues of excess land that affects every Bhutanese household{Source}. The King has also been giving land to landless farmers around the country. The on-going project takes the King to remote villages and communities{Source}.

On 20 May 2011, the King announced his engagement to Jetsun Pema{Source}. They Royal Couple were married on 13 October 2011 in the Punakha Dzong{Source}. During the ceremony the King also received the Crown of the Druk Gyal-tsuen (Queen) from the most sacred Machhen temple of the Dzong and bestowed it on Her Majesty Jetsun Pema, hereby formally proclaiming her the Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan{Source}. On 5 February 2016, Queen Jetsun Pema gave birth to the couple's first child, The Gyalsey {Photos} {Source}

Royal Profile: 66 Facts about King Harald V of Norway

  1. King Harald V of Norway was born on 21 February 1937 as the third child and only son of Crown Prince Olav (the future King Olav V, 1903-1991) and Crown Princess Märtha (1901-1954) {Source}. 
  2. He had two older sisters {Source}:
    1. Princess Ragnhild (1930-2012)
    2. Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (1932)
  3. He had two brothers-in-law{Source}:
    1. Erling Lorentzen (1923-)
    2. Johann Martin Ferner (1927-2015)
  4. He has the following nephews:
    1. Haakon Lorentzen (1954)
    2. Ingeborg Lorentzen (1957) 
    3. Ragnhild Lorentzen (1968)
  5. King Harald V has the following nieces{Source}:
    1. Ingeborg Lorentzen Ribeiro (1957) 
    2. Ragnhild Lorentzen (1968) 
    3. Ms. Cathrine Ferner (1962)
    4. Mr. Benedikte Ferner (1963)
    5. Mr. Alexander Ferner (1965)
    6. Mrs. Elisabeth Ferner Beckmann (1969)
    7. Mr. Carl-Christian Ferner (1972)
  6. He has the following nieces and nephews-in-law {Source}:
    1. Martha Carvalho de Freitas (1958)
    2. Martha Carvalho de Freitas (1958, m. 1982) 
    3. Paulo César Ribeiro Filho (m 1982)
    4. Aaron Long (m. 2003)
  7. He has the following great-nephews{Source}:
    1. Olav Alexander Lorentzen (1985)
    2. Christian Frederik Lorentzen (1988)
    3. Mr. Sebastian Ferner Johansen (1990).
    4. Mr. Edward Ferner (1996)
    5. Master Benjamin Ferner Beckmann (1999)
  8. He has the following great nieces{Source}:
    1. Sophia Anne Lorentzen (1994)
    2. Victoria Ragina Ribeiro Sampaio (1988)
    3. Alexandra Long (2007)
    4. Elizabeth Long (2011)
  9. He has the following great nieces and nephews-in-law{Source}:
    1. Felipe Sampaio Falcão (m. 2014)
  10. He has the following greatx2 nieces and nephews{Source}:
    1. Frederik Sven Falcao (2016)
  11. At the time of his birth, the Norwegian Constitution of 1884 stipulated that only male heirs could inherit the throne, this was amended in 1990 to include females and the eldest child regardless of gender{Source}.
  12. He was the first prince born in Norway in 567 years{Source}. 
  13. His early years wehre spent at his parents' estate, Skaugum{Source} (Skaugum would later become his official residence before giving it to his son as his official residence).
  14. However, in April 1940, things changed when the Germans invaded Norway{Source}. The Royal family, members of the government and most members of the Norweigan Storting escaped the country by train{Source}. 
  15. Once the family reached the city of Elverum, his father left the family to continue the journey to safety with their three children{Source}. 
  16. First, he traveled with his mother and sisters to Sweden (where his mother is a birth-right Princess and his maternal grandfather was the son of King Oscar II){Source}. 
  17. After several months there, the royal family continued to the United States, where they remained for the remainder of the war{Source}.
  18. After the war ended in 1945, the Royal Family returned to Norway, where the young prince began school at Smestad School{Source}. 
  19. During his education, he had a security guard stationed outside his classroom, but other than that, his educational experience did not differ from other children{Source}. He completed his upper-secondary education in 1955 at the Olso Cathedral School{Source}.
  20. Upon graduation, he entered the Norwegian Cavalry Officers’ Training School and went on to finish his military education at the Military Academy in 1959{Source}. 
  21. Upon completion of his compulsory military service, the Crown Prince went to Oxford for further study{Source}.
  22.  He attended Balliol College from 1960 to 1962, studying social science, history and economics{Source}.
  23. His grandfather died in September 1957, leaving his father to reign as King and he as Crown Prince{Source}. 
  24. Upon this event, he attended his first Council of State meeting for the first time{Source}. 
  25. After his father reign officially began, he began to increase his number of official tasks, such as travelling with trade delegations to promote Norwegian industry abroad{Source}.
  26.  In 1960, Crown Prince Harald attended his first official state visit abroad, where he attended the 50th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian Foundation in the United States{Source}.
  27. In March 1968, his engagement to commoner Sonja Haraldsen was announced after a nine-year courtship{Source}. 
  28. Reportedly, his father originally did not approve of the match due to her being a commoner, but Crown Prince Harald stood his ground and refused to marry anyone but Sonja. 
  29. They were married on 29 August 1968{Source}. 
  30. Together, they have two children:{Source}:
    1. Princess Märtha Louise(1971)
    2. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (1973)
  31. He has one daughter-in-law and a soon-to-be former son-in-law:
    1. Mr. Ari Behn (1972, m.2002,  separated 2016)
    2. Crown Princess Mette-Marit (1973, m. 2001)
  32. He has the following granddaughters{Source}:
    1. Miss Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
    2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
    3. Miss Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
    4. Miss Emma Tallulah Behn (2008)
  33. He has a step-grandson and a grandson{Source}:
    1. Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (1997, Crown Prince Haakon's step-son)
    2. Prince Severe Magunus of Norway (2005)
  34. His father fell ill in the spring of 1990, Crown Prince Harald began attending to the affairs of the state as Crown Prince Regent{Source}. 
  35. When his father passed away in 17 January 1991, Crown Prince Harald immediately became King Harald, and he swore to oath to uphold the Constitution of Norway in the Storting{Source}. 
  36. The Queen was also present at the ceremony, which was the first time since Queen Maud{Source}.
  37. In accordance with their own wishes, the King and Queen were consecrated in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on 23 June 1991{Source}. 
  38. In connection with the consecration, the King and Queen conducted a 10-day tour of Southern Norway{Source}. The following year, the entire Royal Family conducted a 22-day tour of Norway’s four northernmost counties{Source}. 
  39. Since the introduction of parliamentarism in 1884, the official duties of the King have been primarily ceremonial as the custodian of royal tradition{Source}. 
  40. The King heads the Council of State every Friday, and formally opens the new session of the Storting each year in October{Source}.
  41.  No acts of legislation or decisions approved by the Council of State are valid until sanctioned by the King and countersigned by the prime minister{Source}.
  42.  While the language of the Constitution still states that the executive power is vested in the King, the actual power lies with the Government{Source}. 
  43. The King has an important role to play during a change of government{Source}. 
  44. Usually, the retiring prime minister will advise the King on who should assume the role of the new prime minister{Source}. 
  45. If the parliamentary situation is unclear, however, the King must exercise his own discretion in selecting a new prime minister{Source}.
  46. The King and Queen pay official state visits to other countries, and act as host to foreign heads of state visiting Norway {Source}.
  47.  The King holds official audiences at the Palace for newly-appointed ambassadors of foreign countries who are delivering their credentials{Source}. 
  48. King Harald holds the rank of General in the Army and Air Force, and of Admiral in the Navy.
  49.  He is the nation’s highest-ranking officer.The day-to-day activities conducted at the Royal Palace in Oslo include official audiences, and discussions with the prime minister, foreign minister and representatives from the armed forces{Source}. 
  50. The King frequently pays visits to private and public institutions on his journeys to various parts of the country{Source}.
  51.  Every year the King and Queen pay a visit to a county in Norway, which each visits last 2-3 days, during which time they pay visits to several municipalities{Source}. 
  52. The King and Queen often use the Royal Yacht Norge to travel along the Norwegian coast{Source}. 
  53. Every year in the afternoon of 17 May, the King and Queen visit one of Oslo’s districts{Source}. 
  54. This gives them the opportunity to meet the population and gain an insight into the various activities taking place throughout the capital{Source}. The King receives many invitations to events and commemorative activities all over the country, and tries, as far as his programme will allow, to be present{Source}. 
  55. In recent years the King has also become involved in issues related to welfare and conditions for children{Source}. The King regularly receives letters from children whose everyday lives are difficult, and has on occasion received children and groups of children for talks at the Palace{Source}. 
  56. In the little spare time that King Harald has, he enjoys sports and outdoor receation, and is an active hunter and fisherman{Source}. 
  57. During Olympic years, he and Queen Sonja can often be seen at events, cheering on "their" team{Source}. 
  58. The King and Queen were actively involved in connection with the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer. 
  59. The King served as honorary chair of the Lillehammer Olympic Organising Committee.In 1964 he carried the Norwegian flag during the opening ceremony for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo{Source}.
  60. The King was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1982{Source}. 
  61. During the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo in 2011 he was present as an interested spectator at all the events{Source}. 
  62. In January 2011 the King was awarded the Sports Gala Honorary Award at the annual Sports Gala{Source}. 
  63. The King has distinguished himself on several occasions in national and international sailing competitions{Source}.
  64.  In 1987 King Harald and his crew won the World Championships with his one-tonne yacht, the Fram X, and in 2005 they won the European Championships with the Fram XV{Source}.
  65. The King remains an avid yachtsman, participating in national and international regattas each year{Source}.
  66. He shares a birthday with:
    1. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan (1980)
    2. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    3. Princess Zita Clara of Bourbon-Parma (2014)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Leonore of Sweden

Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, The Duchess of Gotland was born 20 February 2014 as the first child of Princess Madeleine of Sweden & Mr. Christopher O'Neil {Source}. She has a younger brother{Source}:

  • Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, The Duke of Ångermanland (2015)
She was born in the United States, but they celebrated her birth in Sweden anyway! Her birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute, and a Te Deum Thanksgiving service attended by her maternal grandparents, The Crown Princess Couple, and Prince Carl Philip{Source}. From her birth she was eligible to be part of the Swedish succession, however, to remain in line, she must:
  • Be commune with the Church of Sweden (Lutheran)
  • Reside in Sweden at some point during her upbringing
  • Not marry without the consent of the Government (Article 5) 
  • Ascend the throne of another state by election, inheritance or marriage without the consent of the monarch and the Riksdag.
It has been claimed that she is named:

  • Leonore: a name her parents liked after weighing several options. It could also be a nod to previous Swedish Queens (who were named Elenora,and reigned or was consort from 1718-1720,1620-1632,1654-1660,1720-1741).
  • Lilian: for her maternal great aunt, Princess Lilian, The Duchess of Halland who died almost a year to the day before her birth.
  • Maria: for her paternal grandmother, Eva Maria O'Neill.
By technicality, she has no "official" surname, but on her Swedish passport and likely her US birth certificate, her surname is considered Bernadotte O'Neill {Source}. Currently, the little princess is 7th in succession for the Swedish throne after her aunt, uncle, mother, and three cousins.

Her christening took place on her parents' first wedding anniversary, and the following were her godparents {Source}:
  • Crown Princess Victoria (maternal aunt)
  • Tatjana d'Abo (her paternal half-aunt)
  • Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun (her paternal half-uncle by marriage)
  • Mr. Patrick Sommerlath (her maternal first cousin once removed)
  • Mrs. Alice Bamford (childhood friend of her father)
  • Ms. Louise Gottlieb(best childhood friend of her mother) 

Although just celebrating her second year of life, she has already undertaken several royal events and holds several honors. At her christening, her grandfather made her a member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim {Source}. She attended Sweden's National Day Open Palace event with her parents in 2014 {Source}. In December 2014, it was announced that her parents were expecting to make her a big sister in 2015 {Source}. In early 2015, she and her parents moved from the United States to Sweden, and she and her mother were registered as Swedish nationals {Source}. In early 2016, the family of four, now including Prince Nicolas, moved their home base to London. In April 2015, she tagged along with her parents and maternal grandmother when they met The Pope in Vatican City{Photo}. Shortly before becoming a big sister, Little Princess Leonore attended the wedding of her maternal uncle with her parents {Photos}. In October 2015, she attended her brother's christening with her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousin {Photos}. In November 2015, she joined her mother for the opening of the Swedish Christmas Market in London {Photos}. In May 2016, she attended the christening of her cousin, Prince Oscar of Sweden {Photos}. In June, she undertook a visit to her duchary, Gotland for the first time {Photos}. In September, she attended the christening of her cousin Prince Alexander of Sweden {Photos}

Princess Leonore and her family resided in London for several years, but have rumored to have returned to Sweden.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: February 13-19, 2017


-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Marie-Esméralda & Princess Léa attended this morning Mass of the deceased at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken on Friday {Photos}
Princess Marie-Esméralda & Princess Léa are sisters-in-law, and the aunts of King Philippe, Princess Marie-Esméralda is the goddaughter and younger half-sister of King Albert II and Princess Léa is the widow of Prince Alexander of Belgium.

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited Verviers provence on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, they held an audience with Bill Gates {Photos}

-King Philippe held an audience with the Belgian Prime Minister and the Brexit Chief Negotiator for the European Commission on Monday {Source}{Source}. On Tuesday, the Belgian monarch held an audience with the President and CEO of International Crisis Group and attended the inaugural session of the International Conference Mediation: Possibilities and Limits. Recent experiences in favor of peace {Source}{Source}

-Queen Mathilde held an audience with SDGVoices on Tuesday {Source}{Photos}. On Thursday, the Belgian consort visited KTA MoBi school as part of Harassment Week: School and Students Against Harassment! {Photos}. On Saturday, the Belgian Consort attended the 175 Anniversary celebrations of Dordrechts Museum {Photos}

-Queen Paola fell and broke her hip and underwent surgery on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Contantin Foulques d'Orléans celebrated his 14th birthday on Wednesday.


-Princess Olga Sophie of Hanover celebrated her 59th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Alexandra Irene of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen celebrated her 58th birthday on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the   new National Cyber Security Centre on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II held audiences with the High Commissioner for India, andthe High Commissioner for the Seychelles on Wednesday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales took part in filming a documentary on the London Marathon for their mental health charity at St. Mary's University on Monday {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended a Patron's Evening of the group British Exploring on Friday {Photos} On Sunday the Queen's second son celebrated his 57th birthday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Joshua Ellis Cashmere Woolen Mill to celebrate its 250th anniversary on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales visited the England rugby team training session at Twickenham Stadium on Friday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the RAF Air Cadets at RAF Wittering on Tuesday {Photos}


-Princess Maria Olympia attended New York Fashion Week's Michael Kors show on Wednesday {Photos}
another royal also in attendance at NYFW-Pauline Ducruet from Monaco attended Oscar de la Renta on Monday, HOWEVER, her pics are from her personal Instagram, so I won't be posting them.


-Crown Prince Naruhito & Crown Princess Masako visited the exhibition Eternal Treasures of the Kasugataisha Shrine at the National Museum of Tokyo on Thursday {Photos}


-Queen Rania visited the Phi Science Institute on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Alia bint Al-Hussein celebrated her 61st birthday on Monday.

-Prince Abdullah bin al-Faisal celebrated his 1st birthday on Friday.


-Prince Hans Adam II celebrated his 72nd birthday on Tuesday.


-Grand Duke Henri  & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the signing of the international campaign to mobilize action against poverty, social exclusion and the dignity of people for the ADT Foundation on Monday {Photos}

-Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess celebrated her 33rd birthday on Saturday.

-Princess Alexandra celebrated her 26th birthday on Thursday.

-Prince Louis & Tessy Antony have officially divorced after an 8 month separation as of Friday {Source}


-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene attended the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II attended a signing of an an agreement with the Oxford Martin School and the PAII Foundation on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, Monaco's sovereign attended the 22nd Scientific and Technical Committee's working session, held an audience with Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, and attended a screening of the Solar Impulse{Source}{Source}. On Thursday, he attended the opening of the 1st Monaco International Auto Show {Photos}.

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima visited the foundation Emma at Work in the Emma Children's Hospital / Academic Medical Center on Tuesday {Source}


-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sevrre Magnus, Princess Martha Louise, Maud Angelica Behn, Leah Isadora Behn, Emma Tallulah Behn & Marius Borg Høiby took part om a photoshoot to mark the 80th birthdays of their majesties on Thursday {Photos}

 -King Harald V & Queen Sonja had new photos released to mark their 80th birthdays this year on Thursday{Photos}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit  visited Torshov Refugee Reception Centre (Torshov transittmottak) on Wednesday {Photos}{Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon visited  LO og Tine on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the Oslo Life Science 2017 Conference on Thursday {Photos}


-Crown Princess Margareta chaired the meeting of the Managing Committee of the Red Cross National Society on Wednesday {Source}. On Saturday, the Custodian of the Romanian Crown attended a viewing of the documentary of the 223rd edition of the show King of Time {Source}
-Princess Maria visited the National Museum of Romanian History on Tuesday {Source}


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the closure of the Fundación Telefónica project on The economic value of Spanish  on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, they attended the opening of the exhibition  Masterpieces of Budapest from the Renaissance to the Vanguards  {Photos}.

-King Felipe VI attended the inauguration of the sixth edition of the "European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation, Transfers on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Letizia held an audiences with representatives of the Vianorte-Laguna Foundation and the Women's Network of Madrid on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-Infanta Cristina & Inaki Urdangarin learned the outcome of their corruption trial on Friday {Source}
Infanta Cristina was found not guilty, but faces a fine of €265,000, while Inaki was found guilty, facing a fine of €512,000 and six years and 3 months in prison. I suspect this means a divorce is upcoming...but we shall see. If he doesn't appeal his sentence and begins his prison term right away, he would be released when his children are legally adults, ranging  in age between 18 and 24 (if he serves a full term) 


-Princess Madeleine attended the opening of the he "Room for Children" at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday {Photos}

Royal Profile: The Lady Alexandra Etherington

The Lady Alexandra Clare Etherington was born 20 June 1959 as the only daughter of James Caregie, 3rd Duke of Fife and The Hon. Caroline De...