Friday, March 24, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz von Thurn und Taxis legally known as Elisabeth Margarethe Maria Anna Beatriz Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis was born 24 March 1982 is the middle child and second daughter of Countess Gloria of Schonborn-Glauchau and Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. She has one older sister, a brother-in-law, a niece, and a brother:
  1. Princess Maria Theresia  von Thurn und Taxis(1980)
    1. Hugo Wilson (1982, m. 2014)
      1. Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson (2015)
  2. Prince Albert  von Thurn und Taxis (1983).

 When she was only 8 years old, her father died after two failed heart surgeries {Source}.

She was educated at the Sevenoaks School in Kent, England in the 1990s. She also attended the American University of Paris.

Because of her mother's jet-set lifestyle, she and her siblings were frequent guests of Michael Jackson. After the music superstar's 2009 death, she defended his not-so stellar reputation saying that she: "Couldn't imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend"{Source}

She has frequently been featured in socialite diaries and on various Vanity Fair pieces. In 2009, she was featured in Vanity Fair's piece titled "Fortune's Children", a list that includes fellow royals Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco). {Source}.

Elisabeth "works" as a writer and a blogger. She has written for the British Catholic Herald{Source} She was Features Editor for the Finch’s Quarterly Review. She also has written for NY based Quest, Germany based Monopol.

The princess was made a Dame of the Order of Malta in 2009, in which capacity she has several times accompanied the disabled and elderly on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

In her free time, she practices a form of Pilates known as "True Pilates"{Source}, and is a fan of kitesurfing & waterskiing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Lord George Carnegie

Lord George William Carnegie was born 23 March 1992 as the second son of David Carnegie, 4th Duke of Fife and Caroline Carnegie, The Duchess of Fife {Source}. He has two brothers {Source}:

  • Charles Duff Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (1989)
  • Lord Hugh Alexander Carnegie (1993)
He shares a birthday with his distantly related cousin, Princess Eugenie of York. He is currently 70th in succession for the British throne as a greatx4 grandson of Queen Victoria through King Edward VII{Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Eugenie of York

Princess Eugenie Helena Victoria of York was born 23 March 1990 as the second daughter of The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York {Source}. She has one older sister {Source}:

  • Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York (1988)

As of 2016, she is presently 8th in line for the British Throne after her uncle, two cousins, two first cousins 1x removed, father and sister {Source}.

She was educated in the United Kingdom  {Source}. She attended the Upton House School, Coworth Park School and St. George's School, Ascot for her prepatory education  {Source}. She attended Marlborough College for her A-Levels, earning A-Levels in Art, English Literature and History of Art in 2008   {Source}. In September 2009, Princess Eugenie started a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University. Princess Eugenie graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 degree  {Source}.

In 2002, she underwent back surgery to correct a scoliosis condition  {Source}. As a result of her experience, she is keen to support others going through similar treatments {Source}.

As a member of the British Royal Family, she often takes part in charitable acts. In April 2012, Princess Eugenie agreed to become Patron of the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal  {Source}. In June 2012, Princess Eugenie was one of around 3,000 cyclists to take part in Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through London, where she raised money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation {Source}. Princess Eugenie is a Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador and a member of the Committee of the Young Marlburian Foundation  {Source}.

Princess Eugenie is pursuing a career in the art world and completed a three month cookery course in 2012  {Source}. In 2015, the young princess resided in the United States, where she worked at the online auction house, Paddle 8{Source}. After two years in the United States, she returned to the United Kingdom, where she is working at Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director {Source}.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven

Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven was born 22 March 1972 as the third son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has three brothers, three sisters-in-law, five nieces, and three nephews {Source}:

  1. Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1968)
    1. Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1970)
      1. Anastasia (Anna) Margriet Joséphine van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven(2001)
      2. Lucas Maurits Pieter Henri van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2002)
      3. Felicia Juliana Bénedicte Barbara van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2005)
  2. Prince Berhard of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1969)
    1. Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
      1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
      2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)
      3. Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2008)
  3. Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1975) 
    1. Princess Aimée of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (1977) 
      1. Magali Margriet Eleonoor van Vollenhoven (2007)
      2. Eliane Sophia Carolina van Vollenhoven (2009)
      3. Willem Jan Johannes Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven (2013)
His five godparents are:
On 24 July 2010 Prince Pieter-Christiaan was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands.

His childhood was spent at an estate nearthe Het Loo Palace. He attended to his primary educations in The Netherlands. After graduation, he began a career in the military. His military career began with enlisting in the Royal Marechaussee, where he remains a Reserve Lieutenant Colonel today. He also managed to find time to undertake a degree in LL. M. in Law at Utrecht University, which he earned in 1999.In 2003, he successfully completed a MBA in Internation Institute for Manage Development. Begining in 2004, he started working as a marketing strategist for the ICT-company Shopservices. In September 2004, he became a Lieutenant Colonel at the Operations Department of the Central Office of the Royal Marechaussee.

From 2000-2003, he resided in London and worked for Equity Capital Markets.

He married Anita van Eijk in a civil ceremony on 25 August 2005 in a religious ceremony on 27 August 2005. Since he did not seek parliamentary approval for his marriage, due to the remote chance of his succession to the throne, Pieter-Christiaan lost his place in the succession to the Dutch throne when he married Anita. Together, they have two children:

  • Emma Francisca Catharina van Vollenhoven (2006)
  • Pieter Anton Marits Erik van Bollenhoven (2008)

Royal Profile: Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold

Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiold, Baron Silfverschiold was born 22 March 1965 as the son of Niels-August Otto Carl Nicolas Silfverschiold & Princess Désirée, Baorness Silfverschiold {Source}. He has the two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a niece and two nephews{Source}:

  1. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Hans Louis GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng (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 GerardFriherre de Greer af Finspäng(2004)
  2. Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold (1968)
He married Gunilla Maria Fredrikson on 18 June 2005 {Source}. Together, they have one daughter {Source}:
  1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiold (2006)

Royal Profile: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg was born María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla on born 22 March 1956, the daughter of José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre in Mariano, Havanna, Cuba.

During Cuba's revolution in the late 1950s, Maria and her parents left Cuba for the United States. While growing up in New York, NY, she studied at the Marymount School and took ballet, voice, skiing, water sports and ice-skating. At the age of 5, she began to study at theLycée Français de New York. At 9 years old, she and her family moved to Santander, Spain and then to Geneva, Switzerland. During the family's stay in Switzerland, she attended Institut Marie-José in Gstaad, Switzerland, where she successfully passed the French Baccalaureate in June 1975. She then attended University of Geneva, where in 1980 awarded she the degree in Political Science. While at University, she was part of a group taking care of visiting elderly in nursing homes. She has also taught catechism in a classroom of children in Geneva. His social commitment becomes a passion, continues and is growing again, after installation in the Grand Duchy.

During her youth, she kept with her family's tradition of being interested in social and humanitarian problems and having civic involvement. On 10 June 1997, she becomes Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the fight against poverty, to promote microcredit and education of girls. In the field of microfinance and more recently through the concept of Social Business, she worked for many years closely with Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace prize in 2006, and in collaboration with key players in Luxembourg. In April 2007, the Grand Duchess is named "Eminent Advocate for Children", UNICEF, focusing its first Action for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.

Many sponsorships and commitments in socio-cultural and charitable organizations such as Luxembourg the Luxembourg Red Cross with the Grand Duchess took the Chair and the Cancer Foundation of which she assumes the Presidency of honor.

The Gramd Duchess has recieved numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts. In 1999, she was given an honorary doctoral degree from Seton Hall University (USA) {Source}. In 2003, she was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Leon (Nicaragua){Source}. In 2006, she was awarded with the UN's Path to Peace Award{Source}. In 2008, she was made a Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Order of Malata {Source}

While at UoG, she met her future husband the Hereditary Grand Duke Henri{Source}. On Valentine's Day 1981, they were married. Together, they have 5 children, three daughters-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter. They are{Source}:
  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)
  3. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)

After 19 years and 9 months as the Hereditary Grand Duchess, she became the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Count Claus-Casimir van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg

Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg was born 21 March 2004 as the only son of Prince Constantjn and Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands{Source}. He is the only grandson of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands{Source}
He has two sisters{Source}:
  • Countess Eloise (2002)
  • Countess Leonore (2006)

He lives in Belgium{Source}. He is presently 6th in line for the Dutch throne after his three cousins, father and elder sister{Source}\ He is called 'Clausimir' by his family and the press.
He is named for:
  • Claus: his paternal grandfather
  • Casimir:distant ancestor Henry Casimir II, Count of Nassau-Dietz
  • Bernhard: paternal great-grandfather
  • Marius: maternal uncle
  • Max: father's godfather

His birth was overshadowed by the death of his paternal great-grandmother, Princess Julianna, the day before his birth.

By Royal Decree of 11 May 2001, nr. 227, it was determined that all children and male-line descendants of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands would bear the title of Count (Countess) of Orange-Nassau and the honorific Jonkheer (Jonkvrouwe) van Amsberg, and have the surname Van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg. Therefore, his official title is Count Claus-Casimir Bernhard Maruys Max van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkeervan Amsberg

Royal Profile: Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg

Princess Claire Margareta of Luxembourg was born Claire Margareta Lademacher on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany as the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher{Source} Princess Claire has one sibling{Source}:
  • Felix Lademacher
She grew up in Usingen,Hochtaunuskreis, Germany{Source}

On 13 December 2012, Claire Lademacher had been engaged to Prince Félix of Luxembourg, whom she married on September 2013{Source}. On the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Félix of Luxembourg, she became Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:
  •  Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
Through her marriage, she became the daughter-in-law of Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg{Source}. She also gained the following sibings-in-law and niece and nephews{Source}:
  1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
  2. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
    1. Tessy Antony Princess de Nassau (1985)
      1. Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (2006)
      2. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (2007)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
  4. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)
She was educated in Germany, The USA, Switzerland, France {Source}. She attended primary school in Germany{Source}.At 11 years old, Princess Claire moved with her family to Atlanta, USA{Source}. She attended the Atlanta International School from 1996-1999{Source}. In 1999, the Lademacher family returned to Germany{Source}.There, Claire was enrolled in the Frankfurt International School{Source}. She completed her formal education at the Collège Alpin International "Beau Soleil", where she received the Prize of Excellency in 2003{Source}. After receiving her baccalaureate, which focused on History, English, German, Psychology and Art, Claire decided to major in International Communications at the American University of Paris{Source}. After graduating from university in 2007, she took her first steps into a professional career at the advertising department of the Condé Nast publishing house in New York and Munich{Source}.She also worked as a project manager at IMG World in Berlin{Source} At the end of 2011, Claire decided to continue her studies and begin a Masters in Bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which she received with summa cum laude{Source}.

Alongside her studies, she has been working for the Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights at UNESCO since 2009, in particular in the fields of research, event coordination and communication{Source}. Currently, Princess Claire works on her PhD on the ethical aspects of organ donation consent{Source}. As part of her studies, Claire has spent 2012 as a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.{Source}.

She speaks German, English. French and Italian (and likely at least some Luxembourgish!) {Source}.From a young age, Princess Claire has had a passion for dance{Source}. She is very athletic and enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, badminton and skiing{Source}.

She has close ties to nature and has been interested in photography and music since she was a teenager{Source}. Inspired by her parents, she takes an interest in social and cultural issues{Source}. In addition, Princess Claire has traveled widely, getting involved in humanitarian projects, in particular in Tirupur, India in the autumn of 2002{Source}.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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


-Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza celebrated her 33rd birthday on Wednesday.


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde visited the new soundstage of Place Royale on Friday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited Gingerbread Vondelmolen on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the federation of Belgian food industry on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, he held an audience with the President of Gambia {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde visited Weekly Care to discuss good mental health habits of young people at the Day Care and The Exchange association on Thursday {Photos}


-Queen Margrethe II held an audience with the NATO Secretary General on Friday {Source}
-Crown Prince Fredrik attended an IOC Coordination Commission meeting from Monday to Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening lecture of Brain Week on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the future queen consort attended the world premiere of Jaha's Promise {Source}

-Prince Joachim officially opened the newly renovated Fjord & Belt underwater tunnel on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Marie visited National Hospital Epilepsy Clinic on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, she visited Greenland as part of a conference on Autism, which she attended the rest of the week {Source}{Source}

-Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg died suddenly on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, his fueral arrangements were announced {Source}


-Prince Max Emmanuel von Thurn und Taxis & Princess Christa Ingeborg von Thurn und Taxis celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex & Prince Harry of Wales attended The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday {Photos}.

-Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a private lunch with the Curator and Head of Royal Academy Schools, Chief Executive of Chartered College of Teaching, the Artistic Director of  English National Ballet,the Chairman of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the Group Head of Technology of BP Plc, the Vice Chairman of the British Deer Society, the National Academy Referee Coah of the Welsh Rugby Union Group, and the Technical Director of Blatchford on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh & Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent visited a soon-to-be opened exhibit at the  National Army Museum on Thursday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Prince Harry of Wales presented Operational Service medals to 154 Gurkha soldiers who served in Kabul last year protecting NATO staff on Tuesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales   toured The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano  at the National Gallery on Monday {Photos}. On Friday, the future monarch visited Wadworth Brewery{Source}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall met staff and volunteers from Boots UK who are taking part in the Wash Bag Project on Tuesday {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex visited Malawi to see how The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust is working to end avoidable blindness and champion youth leadership this week {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, meet with soldiers and their families, attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade, & visit the Guardsmen's lunch and began a two-day official visit to France on Friday {Source}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}.

-Prince Harry of Wales visited Epping Forest to view the Wood Pasture Restoration Project which is part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC)  on Wednesday {Source}{Source}. On Thursday, the younger son of the heir apparent attended the Veterans' Mental Health Conference{Source}


-Queen Rania visited the Design Institute Amman on Monday  {Photos}


-Prince Constantin celebrated his 45th birthday on Wednesday.


-Prince Jean & Countess Diane de Nassau celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Saturday.


-Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene & Princess Gabriella attended the "Saint Devote Tournament" organised by the Monegasque Rugby Federation with the support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi & Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 2017 bal de Rose on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II celebrated his 59th birthday on Tuesday.

-Princess Charlene visited College Charles III as part of the « South Africa – Monaco Rugby Exchange » 2017 on Friday {Photos}

-Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, Louis Robert Paul Ducuret & Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the second leg game between AS Monaco FC and Manchester City FC in the UEFA Champions Leauge on Satruday {Photos}{Photos}
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-King Harald V appointed  Stein A. Evensen to the Order of St. Olav on Monday {Source}. On Saturday, the Norwegian King attended an event at the Vikersund jump center {Source}. On Sunday, he attended the consecration of Bishop Ivar Braut in Stavanger Cathedral {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the People First! Conference and attended the World Cup Combined on Wednesday {Source}{Source}

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 5 year celebrations of the Stella Women's Centre on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Märtha Louise was present at the commemoration of the National revmatikerdagen at the Thief  on Wednesday {Source}


-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu met with the general manager of the International Festival "George Enescu on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal pair met with the newly appointed German Ambassador to Romania  {Source}.

-Crown Princess Margareta met with representatives of the "The Duke of Edinbourgh Award" Romania on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, she held a meeting with the former Romanian Minister of Education {Source}

-Prince Radu held an audience with the Romanian Minister of National Defense and visited rector of the Polytechnic University on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, he held an audience with the President and CEO of the Society of Financial Investment Services Dorinvest   {Source}.


-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Carl Philip attended a a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of Finland Finland Park with the President of Finland on Monday {Source}

-Freiin Madeleine von Dincklage celebrated her 18th birthday on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein

Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein was born 15 March 1972 as the third son and second to youngest child of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}. He has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews:
  1. Hereditary Prince Alois (1968)
    1. Princess Sophie in Bravia (married 1993)
      1. Prince Joesph Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1995)
      2. Princess Marie-Caroline of Liechtenstein (1996)
      3. Prince Georg-Antonius of Liechtenstein (1999)
      4. Prince Nikolaus Sebastian of Liechtenstein (2000)
  2. Prince Maximillian (1969)
    1. Princess Angela (Married 2000)
      1. Prince Alfons (2001)
  3. Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein (1973)
    1. Philipp Baron von Lattorff (married in 1999)
      1. Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
      2. Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (2002)
      3. Marie Teresa von Lattorff (2004)
      4. Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorff (2005)
      5. Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
      6. Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
      7. Maximilian Maria von Lattorff (2011)

On 14 May 1999, he married Countess Maria von Köröspatak and together, they have three children {Source}:
  • Prince Moritz Emauel Maria of Liechtenstein (2003)
  • Princess Georgina Maximilinan Tatiana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
  • Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hurbertus Maria of Liechtenstein (2008)

He is currently 7th in line for the throne of Liechtenstien after two older brothers and four nephews. Like most of the Princely family of Liechtenstein, he leads a very private lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Freiin Madeleine von Dincklage

Freiin Madeleine Charlotte Margaretha von Dincklage was born on 15 March 1999 as the daughter of Henning Freiherr von Dincklage and Sybilla Louise Ambler{Source}. Madeleine has a younger brother{Source}:

  • Sebastian Eric Henning Freiherr von Dincklage (2000)
Her maternal grand parents are Princess Margaretha of Sweden and John Ambler{Source}. Thus, she is not only related to King Carl XVI Gustaf as his great-niece, but also to Queen Margarethe II of Denmark-Queen Margrethe II is her grandmother's first cousin.

Madeleine does not hold any formal duties, but as the goddaughter of her first cousin 1x removed, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, she acted as a bridesmaid in her 2010 wedding {Photos}.

She is not in succession for the Swedish throne, however is distantly in line for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria

Royal Profile: Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza

Princess Amélia of Orléans-Braganza  was born 15 March 1984 as the daughter of  Prince Antonio of Orléans-Braganza & Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza, Princess de Ligne {Source:Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser (Limburg an der Lahn: C.A. Starke, 1991): Band XIV, 34}. She has one older brother and two younger siblings {Source:Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser (Limburg an der Lahn: C.A. Starke, 1991): Band XIV, 34}:

  • Prince Pedro Luiz Maria José Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga of Orléans-Braganza (1983-2009)
  • Prince Rafael Antonio Maria José Francisco Miguel Gabriel Gonzaga of Orléans-Braganza (1986)
  • Princess Maria Gabriela Josefa Fernanda Iolanda Miguela Rafaela Gonzaga of Orléans-Braganza (1989)
She married Alexander James Spearman on 16 August 2014.

They have one son:
  • Alexander Joaquim Pedro Spearman (2016)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Albert II of Monaco

Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco was born on 14 March 1958 as the only son of
Prince Rainier and Princess Grace {Source}. He has two sisters, a brother-in-law. two step-nephews, three nephews, four nieces, two great nephews and a niece-in-law{Source}:

  1. Princess Caroline of Hanover, Princess by birth of Monaco (1957)
    1. Philippe Junot (1978-1980, div)
    2. Stefano Casiraghi (1983-1990, his death)
      1. Andrea Albert Pierre Casiraghi (1984)
      2. Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi (1986)
        1. Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)
      3. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
        1. Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi (1985, m 2015)
          1. Master Stefano Ercole Carlo Borromeo-Casiraghi(2017)
    3. Prince Ernest August V of Hanover (1954, m 1999, technically still married, but haven't been seen publicly together since 2009)
      1. Prince Ernest August of Hanover (1983)
        1. Ekaterina Malysheva (engaged 2016, married July 2017)
      2. Prince Christian of Hanover (1985, stepson)
      3. Princess Alexandra of Hanover (1999)
  2. Princess Stephanie of Monaco, The Countess of Polignac (1965)
    1. Daniel Ducruet (1964, m 1994-1995, div)
      1. Louis Robert Paul Ducuret (1992)
      2. Pauline Grace Maguy Ducuret (1994)
    2. Jean-Raymond Gottlieb (technically, never married, but were together sometime from 1996/7-1999)
      1. Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb (1998)
    3. Adans Peres (m 2004-2005)

He has studied various topics in various capacities over the years. He attended to his primary education in Monaco, receiving his French baccalauréat with honors from Lycée Albert 1er in Monaco in 1976 {Source}. After a year of gaining familiarity with the affairs of the government in Monaco, he headed off to university in the United States, attending UMASS Amerherst, where he studied topics ranging from political science, economics, psychology, English Literature, Art History, sciences, German and music{Source}.During his time at UMASS Amherst, he was a participant in the universitiy's Glee Club, with whom he toured Europe and the Middle East with{Source}. He received a degree in political science from UMASS Amherst in 1981{Source}.

After graduating university, he returned to Europe, where he made a brief stint in the French Navy. The future leader of Monaco trained on board the French Navy's helicopter-carrier "Jeanne d'Arc", with the rank of Ship-of-the-Line Ensign (2nd class){Source}. Presently, he serves as a reserve Lieutenant Commander{Source}.

From January 1983 to late 1985, the young prince took part in training courses with various international groups in the United States and Europe in the fields of communication, financial management and marketing{Source}.

The Prince has also had many honors and awards bestowed upon him over the years. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Pontifical University of Maynooth in Ireland{Source}. In 2000, he became an Honorary Professor of International Studies at Tarrant County College, Forth Worth, Texas, United States{Source}. In 2009, he received the distinction of Commander of the Order of the Academic Palms{Source}. He also was awarded The Teddy Roosevelt Medal at the United States Congress, the « Roger Revelle » prize at the University of California in San Diego and The Docteur Honoris Causa Insignia of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis University{Source}. In 2010, he was made an Honorary Member of the Geographical Society of Russia, an Honorary Member of the Ligurian Academy of Science and Letters and of the Italian Geographical society, was elevated to the rank of Grand Cross of the National Order of the Lion by the President of the Replublic of Senegal{Source}. In 2011, he was awarded The Docteur Honoris Causa Insignia at The Portalis Law and Political Science Institute of Aix en Provence{Source}.Monaco's Soverign Prince has traveled to many countries, as well as received many international awards and credentials {Source}.'

Since 28th May 1993, the Prince has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations{Source}. Since the opening of the 48th Session in September 1993 in New York, he has regularly taken the floor on behalf of the Principality of Monaco{Source}. Since September 2001, he has chaired the Commission for the Plenary Assembly of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) {Source}.

In April 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo 120 kilometres away{Source}. In June 2006, H.S.H. the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment{Source}. In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a three week scientific journey in the Antarctic{Source}. During his visit, he visited a large number of scientific stations and rejoined the South Pole in the company of the explorer Mike Horn{Source}. They made a film of this journey "Antarctique 2009, Terre en Alerte" [Antarctic 2009, Earth on Alert] which was presented to the Principality's inhabitants in April 2009{Source}.

In Monaco, as sovereign, he has been committed to the economic growth, development of ethics and transparency, is committed to a policy of developing facilities and conducting major works, the creation of community facilities (hotel school, new secondary school) on "abandoned" railway tracks and the launch of many operations, accommodating social housing and offices{Source}.Various initiatives have been conducted with a view to promoting economic activity and making company operations more transparent while maintaining a high level of ethics{Source}:

  • creation of the legal status of Limited Liability Company,
  • introduction of the offence of tax fraud into Monegasque criminal law,
  • introduction of the general principle of the criminal liability of people,
  • adoption of systems to combat money laundering, organised crime and corruption.
  • Prince Albert is committed to carrying out an exemplary policy in his country in terms of the environment, by favoring the development of public transport, ecological vehicles, renewable energies and high environmental quality buildings{Source}.

The Prince is committed to human rights, and has inacted several legislative modifications, in particular{Source}:

  • the introduction and regulation of custody, the establishment of a judicial system for telephone taps, the restructuring and rationalisation of temporary detention procedures and the reorganisation of the in absentia procedure,
  • the strengthening of the judicial protection of individuals, their personal data and their private life, as part of the exponential growth in new technologies,
  • the reaffirmation of the principle of freedom of expression for the media and the organisation of a system of responsibility within the respect of basic human rights and public order,
  • the modernisation of the law on education (integration of handicapped children) and the increased protection of child rights,
  • the introduction of the principle of freedom of association and different laws on the transfer of nationality aimed at perfect equality between men and women.

Prince Albert II has been an active sportsman for most of his life. The Prince has participated in five winter Olympics,as a member of Monaco's bobsleigh team{Source}. He participated in the 1988, 1992, 1994,1998 and 2002 Olympics{Source}. He has been a member of the International Olympic Comittee since 1985, and has been President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee{Source}. He is Honorary President of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon and the International Athletics Foundation and a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee{Source}.

He is the godfather of two of his nephews, one of his nieces, one of his 1st cousins 1x removed and a great-nephew:

  • Baron Jean-Leonard Taubert-Natta de Massy (1974)
  • Mr. Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi (1987)
  • Mr. Louis Robert Paul Ducruet (1992)
  • Miss Pauline Grace Maguy Ducruet (1994)
  • Master Raphael Casiraghi Elmaleh (2013)

Like many other royals, Prince Albert has had his share of scandals. Robert Eringer, Albert II’s intelligence adviser from 2002 to 2008, alleges the prince, as president of Monaco's Olympic Committee, accepted expensive gifts from Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, and Sergei Pugachev, a Russian banker, in return for voting for Russia to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. He would have received a dacha, a Polar trip, a fishing trip and a state dinner. In 1986, he was accused of fathering a son with Bea Fiedler, an accusation that was proven false after a blood test was performed. He has confessed to fathering two children with two different women, neither of whom he married. His two known illegitimate children are:

  • Jazmin Grace Grimaldi (1992, with former waitress turned real estate agent tuned model Tamara Jean Rotolo of Palm Desert, California, USA)
  • Alexandre Eric Stephane Coste Grimaldi (2003,with Togolese-French former Air France flight attendant Nicole Coste)
With his wife, Princess Charlene of Monaco, he became a father to legitimate children on 10 December 2014:
  • Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès (twin, older by two minutes)
  • Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis de Baux (younger by 2 minutes, but by Monegasque laws, he is heir)
Just prior to his July 2011 wedding to long-time girlfriend Charlene, there was a rumor that he had fathered another illegitimate child from another woman while dating Wittstock. The Palace Princier extensively denied that rumor and there has been no news of the incident since his marriage to Wittstock.

BREAKING: Royal Profile: Richard , 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born 29 October 1934 as the eldest child of Gustav, Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Margareta Fouché {Source}. He had the following siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1936)
    1. Otto Graf zu Solms-Laubach
      1. Tatiana Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1958)
        1. Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz
      2. Benjamin Graf von Hochberg (1978-)
        1. Robin Patrick Graf von Saurma Baron von und zu Jeltz (1989)
        2. Nicolaus-Marianus Graf von Saurma (1991)
      3. Ariane Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1958-)
      4. Anna Margareta Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1960)
      5. Christina Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1962)
      6. Karl Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1963)
      7. Gustav Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1965)
      8. Elisabeth Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach (1968)
      9. Maria Gräfin zu Solms-Laubach(1968)
        1. Stephan Leopold Justus Richard Prinz zur Lippe
          1. Bernhard Leopold Baptist Ernst George Ludwig Prinz zur Lippe (1995)
          2. Heinrich Otto Gustav-Adolf Michael Wico Prinz zur Lippe (1997)
          3. Wilhelm Prinz zur Lippe (1999)
          4. Luise Prinzessin zur Lippe (2001)
          5. Mathilde Prinzessin zur Lippe (2003)
      10. Franz Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971)
      11. Ferdinand Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1971-1971)
  2. Prince Robin Alexander of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg (1938)
    1. Marie-Christine Heftler-Louiche
      1. Sebastion Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1971)
      2. Natascha Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1973)
      3. Marie Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1980)
  3. Tatiana Louise Ursula Therese Elsa Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1940)
    1. Moritz Friedrich Karl Emanuel Humbert Landgrafvon Hessen-Kassel
      1. Mafalda Margarethe Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (1965)
        1. Ferdinando dei Conti Brachetti-Peretti
          1. Tatiana Maria Galdo (1992)
          2. Polissena Galdo (1993)
          3. Cosmo Maria Tebaldo Maurizo Enrico Brachetti-Peretti (2000)
          4. Briano Maria Tebaldo Brachetti-Peretti (2002)
  4. Heinrich Donatus Philipp Umberto Prinz von Hessen-Kassel(1966-2000)
  5. Elena Elisabeth Madeleine Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel(1967)
    1. Massimo Caiazzo
      1. Madeleine Immacolata Tatiana Theresa Caiazzo (1999)
  6. Philipp Robin Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (1970)
    1. Laetitia Johanna Bechtoif
      1. Elena Margherita Prinzessin von Hessen-Kassel (2006)
      2. Tito Friedrich Hans Andreas Alnwick Prinz von Hessen-Kassel (2008)
  7. Pia Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1942)
He studied forest science at the University of Göttingen and at Munich University{Source}. Prince Richard obtained his forestry diploma at Hann.-Münden {Source}.He also took his post- graduate training as Forstreferendar in North Rhine Westphalia{Source}. He obtained a degree as Assessor des Forstdienstes after passing the second forestry examination taken by the North Rhine Westphalian State Forestry Service{Source}.

He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on 3 February 1968{Source}. When he and his wife married, his new father-in-law decreed that in order for their children to obtain succession rights they must be raised in Denmark...they were raised in Germany (however, his daughters have both obtained Danish citizenship over the years) They reside in Germany, at Berleburg Castle. Together, they have three children, and four grandchildren {Source}:

  1. Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1969) 
    1. Carina Axelsson (not married)
  2. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    1. Count Jefferson von von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth 
      1. Count Fredrich von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999) 
      2. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003) 
  3. Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg (1975) 
    1. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann
      1. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010) 
      2. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
Prince Richard died suddenly on 13 March 2017 in Germany {Source}. No funeral details have been announced yet. I suspect that many, if not most of, the Danish and Greek royal families will be in attendance. The 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittengenstein-Berleburg was 82 years old.

UPDATE: 3-16-2017

Prince Richard's funeral will take place on 21 March 2017 at 14H00 at Evangelische Stadtkirche  in Bad Berleburg, Germany {Source}. 

It remains to be seen who will attend from the Danish Royal Family. According to the calendar, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim both have conflicting events that day.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: March 6-12, 2017


-King Philippe, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel & Princess Eléonore visited Train World as part of 2017 Museum Night Fever Brussel on Saturday {Photos}

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended  a reception for the winners of the Women of Peace award from 2012, 2014 and 2016 on Wednesday {Source}

-King Philippe was presented with the newly appointed ambassadors and their credentials from Peru, Spain, Chad, Qatar and Korea on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde presented the Womed Award on Wednesday {Source}


-Sophie, Princess of Prussia, Princess von Isenburg celebrated her 39th birthday on Tuesday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, The Countess of WessexThe Princess Anne, The Princess Royal,  , Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge,  Prince Harry of Wales attended the unveiled the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens on Thursday {Photos}{Photos}

-Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh attended the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust on Wednesday {Photos}

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall announced they will undergo an official tour to Romania, Italy, The Holy See, and Austria at the end of March into early April 2017 on Tuesday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales met with doctors, nurses and healthcare staff at St. Thomas' Hospital to mark the 70th anniversary of The British Geriatrics Society on Monday {Photos}.

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York attended the presentation of the Peter Jones Foundation the Tycoon In Schools #TiS2016 Prize Giving ceremony on Monday {Photos}

-The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex celebrated his 53rd birthday on Friday.

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal & Prince Harry of Wales attended  the RBS Six Nations England vs Scotland match at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday {Source}

-Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden celebrated his 10th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta celebrated his 7th birthday on Tuesday


-Grand Duke Henri & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a dinner offered by the Foundation at the Latin American House on Friday {Photos}

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a meeting of the  Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation on Saturday {Photos}

-Prince Gabriel de Nassau celebrated his 11th birthday on Sunday.


-Prince Albert II & Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the 200th anniversary concert of Carabiniers du Prince. on Saturday {Photos}

-Princess Stephanie & Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the opening of an exhibit by HIV+ persons' original art work on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II inaugurated the new Embassy of Monaco alongside Henrique de Polignac Mascarenhas de Barros & was invited to lunch at the Belém Palace by the President of the Republic of Portugal on Tuesday{Photos}. On Thursday, he held an audience with thePrime Minister of Montenegro{Photos}. On Friday, he took part in an Economic Forum with the Montenegro delegation {Photos}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended Paris Fashion Week Women;s Wear Collection Fall/Winter 2017/2017's Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli shows on Monday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Beatrix & Princess Laurentien took part in 2017 NLdoet of the Orange Fund on Friday and Saturday {Source}{Source}{Photos}

-Queen Máxima visited a meeting of the foundation SingleSuperMom on Wednesday {Photos}

-Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven celebrated his 9th birthday on Sunday.


-King Harald V, Crown Prince Haakom, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise, Princess Ingird Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Maud Angelica Behn, Emma Tallulah Behn & Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner attended the opening ceremony of the 2017 Holmenkollen ski festival on Satuday {Source}

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, & Prince Sverre Magnus attended the 2017 World Cup Skiing Compettion on Sunday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited a retreat - a provision for people who need help for drug addiction, imprisonment, mental illness or other life challenges on Monday {Source}. On Wednesday, the king and queen in waiting awarded the 2017 Female Entrepreneur Prize at the 2017 Technology Fair and visited Sister to Sister Refugee Shelter {Source} {Source}

-Queen Sonja attended the opening of the new gallery Olivier Debré at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Thursday {Source}.

-Crown Prince Haakon participated in a two-day Exercise Joint Viking with the Norweigan Military on Friday and Saturday {Source}.

-Crown Princess Mette-Marit met with Norwegian, female entrepreneurs who supply solar lamps, highly absorbent feed sheets and other solutions to the United Nations work in crisis areas on Tuesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future queen consort officially opened the gallery Normisjon CLOTHING Pilestredet 41 {Source}

Saudi Arabia

-Al Wakleen Bin Talal celebrated his 62nd birthday on Tuesday


-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the Retreat Foundation on Monday {Source}

-Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria, 2nd Duchess of Hernani celebrated her 78th birthday on Monday.


-Crown Princess Victoria attended the inauguration of the 2017 Baltic Sea Future congress held at the Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre on Monday {Source}

-Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson began a stem-cell treatment for her chronic leukemia this week {Source}


-Princess Helene celebrated her 54th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Sergius celebrated his 54th birthday on Sunday.

Royal Profile: Benjamin van Vollenhoven

Benjamin Pieter Floris van Vollenhoven was born 12 March 2008 as the second son and youngest child of Prince Berhard of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Annette of Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven {Source}. He has the following siblings{Source}:
  1. Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven (2002)
  2. Samuel Bernhard Louis van Vollenhoven (2004)

His grandmother, Princess Margriet of The Netherlands is in succession for the Dutch throne, however, due to the succession rules, he and his family are not in succession. It is likely due to this he lives a fairly normal lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden

Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden was born 12 March 2007 as the son of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster and Dr. Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster{Source}. He has one younger sister, Lady Cosima (2010){Source}.

With the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015, he will be 26th in line for the throne {Source}

As his parents do not perform public duties or receive any public funding, and maintain private careers (his mother is a doctor and lecturer, his father is a Director of Transnational Crisis Project), little is known about him. He does not perform any public duties either.

Lord Culloden is currently 2nd in line for the Dukedom of Gloucester, after his father. Once his father succeeds the dukedom, he will receive the title Earl of Ulster.

Royal Profile: Prince Gabriel de Nassau

Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau was born 12 March 2006, as the elder of two sons of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy de Nassau at a private hospital in Switzerland {Source}. He was the first grandchild of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

His godparents were his paternal aunt, Princess Alexandra and maternal uncle Ronny.

He was named:
  • Gabriel: Likely a name his parents liked
  • Michael: likely for his maternal uncle Michael Antony
  • Louis: For his father
  • Ronny: For his maternal uncle and godfather 

On Luxembourg National Day 2009 (23 June), his grandfather issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Bourbon-Parma with the style Her Royal Highness, and gave he and his younger brother (and that of any potential future children) the title Prince of Nassau and the style His/Her Royal Highness {Source}.

His parents divorced in 2017.

Royal Profile: Prince Sergius of Yugoslavia

Prince Sergius Vladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia was born 12 March 1963 as the youngest son of Prince Alexander of Yugoslaiva and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy {Source}. He has four brothers and a sister, one of who is his twin and a younger brother who is his half-brother {Source}:

  1. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (1958)
  2. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958)
  3. Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Thierry Gaubert (m 1988)
      1. Milena Maria-Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
      2. Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
      3. Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)
  4. Prince Dushan Paul of Yugoslavia (1977)

On his mother's side, he has the following stepsiblings:

  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 (1955, 1980-1999)
      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 (1943)
    2. Baroness Tatiana von Gecmen-Waldek (1974)
      1. Michael Berger-Sandhofer (m. 1995)
    3. Baron Vincent Nicholas von Gecmen-Waldek (1981)
  5. Prince Charles-Emmanuel Marie Joseph Jacques Hely of Bourbon-Parma (1961)
    1. Constance de Ravinel (1971)
      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 (1949, m 2009) 
      1. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)

He married Sophia de Toledo on 6 November 1985, and they were divorced the following year without issue {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Helene of Yugoslavia

Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia was born 12 March 1963 as the only daughter of Prince Alexander of Yugoslaiva and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy {Source}. She has four brothers, one of who is her twin and a younger brother who is her half-brother as well as several nieces and nephews:

  1. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (1958)
  2. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia (1958)
  3. Prince Sergius Wladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Sophia de Toledo (m. 1985-1986, div)
  4. Prince Dushan Paul of Yugoslavia (1977, half brother)

On her mother's side, she has the following stepsiblings and stepnieces and nephews:

  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 afHolstein-Ledreborg (1955, 1980-1999)
      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 (1943)
      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 (1971)
      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 (1949, m 2009) 
      1. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)

She married Thierry Gaubert on 12 January 1988 and together, they have the following children{Source}:

  • Milena Maria-Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
  • Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
  • Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Royal Profile: The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, The Earl of Wessex was born on 10 March 1964 as the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II & The Duke of Edinburgh{Source}. He has the following siblings, nieces, nephews, nieces in law. nephew in law, and great nieces and nephews:

  1. The Prince Charles of Wales (1948)
    1. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961, m 1981. div 1996, died 1997)
      1. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge (1982)
        1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982, m. 2011)
          1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
          2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
        2. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales (1984)
      2. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947, m 2005)
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (1950)
    1. Mr. Mark Philips (m. 1977, div. 1992)
      1. Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (1977)
        1. Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips (1978, m. 2008)
          1. Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips (2010)
          2. Isla Elizabeth Phillips (2012) 
      2. Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips Tindall (1981)
        1. Michael James Tindall (1978, m. 2011)
          1. Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
    2. Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence (1955, m 1992) 
  3. The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (1960)
    1. Sarah, Duchess of York (m. 1986, div 1996)
      1. Princess Beatrice of York (1988)
      2. Princess Eugenie of York (1990)
His godparents were {Source}:

  • The Duke of Gloucester (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine (paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • The Earl of Snowdon (maternal uncle)
  • The Duchess of Kent (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed by marriage)
  • Princess George William of Hanover (paternal aunt, Princess Sophie of Greece & Denmark)
He is the 2nd of four British Royal Babies born in 1964. The others are{Source}:

  • Mr. James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (29 February, his maternal 2nd cousin via George V and paternal 2nd cousins 1x removed via George I of Greece. Ogilvy and Lady Helen are 1st cousins)
  • The Lady Helen Mariana Lucy Windsor (28 April, his maternal 2nd cousin though George V, and paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed via George I of Greece and his godmother's daughter)
  • The Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (1 May, his maternal first cousin and his godfather's daughter)
Prince Edward's first public appearance was after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 1964 when The Queen, carrying him in her arms, stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and showed her youngest son to the crowd outside{Source}.

He began his education with a private governess at Buckingham Palace, where he remained until the age of 7{Source}. He attended The Gibbs School, Kensington{Source}. In September 1972, he began attending Heatherdown Preparory School, Ascot{Source}. At the age of 13, he began attending Gordonstoun School{Source} He is the only one of his siblings to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme{Source. During his schooling, he participated in rugby, squash, took gliding lessons, skiing, and was an avid sailor{Source}. In his final year at Gordonstoun, he was elected Guardian (Head Boy) for his final term{Source}. In 1982, he obtained A-Levels in History, English Literature, and Economics & Political Studies{Source}. During his GAP year, he spent time as a house tour at the Collegiate School in Wanganui, New Zealand, where he taught English and history, as well as supervised student activities such as Drama and The Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions{Source}.

He obtained his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 1986 by{Source}. His Expedition component involved planning and executing, with a group, a 60-mile, four-day trek from Blair Atholl to Tomintoul through the Cairngorms. Like all DofE expeditions, it was supervised but unaccompanied. He completed his Volunteering and Skills sections at school. For his Volunteering, he helped run the Air Training Corps Squadron of which he was a member. For the Skills component, he was part of team trying to build a sailing hydrofoil to challenge a speed record.The Earl of Wessex was able to fulfil the requirements of the Residential element by undertaking a flying course with the Air Training Corps at RAF Cranwell, during which he achieved his private pilot's licence. He completed the Physical section when he took up real tennis at university.In the summer of 1986 His Royal Highness received his Gold DofE from The Duke of Edinburgh at a St James's Palace presentation along with some 350 fellow achievers.

Upon returning to England, he attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1986{Source}. During his university years, he enjoyed taking part in theatrial productions and learned to play Real/Royal Tennis{Source}. Prince Edward spent three years in the Royal Marines as a University Cadet but, after graduating from Cambridge, left to pursue a career in theatrical production{Source}. He worked for two theatrical production companies, notably Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company{Source}.Here he looked after Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express and Cats, as well as being involved with the production ofAspects of Love{Source}. Prince Edward wrote and narrated two films about The Duke of Edinburgh’s’ Award shown on BBC television in 1987{Source}.In 1993, Prince Edward formed Ardent Productions, an independent television production company. Programmes produced in the United Kingdom included ‘Edward on Edward’, thirty half-hour programmes of ‘Crown and Country’; the ‘Cater Street Hangman’; and a programme on the restoration of Windsor Castle after the fire in 1993{Source}. In March 2002 The Earl of Wessex announced that both he and The Countess of Wessex would withdraw from their respective companies, Ardent Productions and R-JH Public Relations, in order to focus on supporting The Queen during the Golden Jubilee and beyond, and to support and promote many organisations, charities, individuals and companies who deserve to be recognised for their efforts, initiative and entrepreneurship{Source}.

Prince Edward and Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones announced their engagement on 6 January 1999{Source}. They were married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on 19 June 1999{Source}. In keeping with the tradition of using Welsh gold for Royal wedding rings, the gold for the wedding rings of they came from The Prince Edward mine in Trawnsfynydd, Gwynedd, North Wales{Source}.
The bridesmaids and pageboys at his wedding consisted of{Source}:

  • Miss Camilla Hadden , age 8 (his goddaughter){Photo}
  • Miss Olivia Taylor, age 8 (daughter of longtime friends of his bride) 
  • Master Felix Sowerbutts, age 7 (son of one of the Prince's aides)
  • Master Harry Warburton, age 6 (son of a friend of his brides)

The Earl and Countess have two children{Source}:

  • The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
  • James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn(2007)

The couple decided, with The Queen's agreement, that their children would use the courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an Earl rather than the style Prince or Princess, eventhough technically, they are entitled to use the title Prince/ss of Wessex as male-line grandchildren of the monarch like their cousins William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie{Source}. On the occasion of their marriage, he and his bride founded The Wessex Youth Trust, a grant making organization to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people{Source}. The Earl of Wessex carries out a busy schedule of official and working engagements in the UK and overseas both in support of The Queen and the large number of charities and organisations with which he is involved{Source}. He is passionate about organisations that provide opportunities for young people{Source}. He has been deeply committed to the work of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme ever since he achieved his Gold Award in 1986{Source}.

His duties as a United Kingdom and International Trustee mean that he travels widely in Britain and overseas promoting and supporting the Award. He also presents Gold Awards to achievers across the globe{Source}.

The Earl also has a strong personal interest in the Arts and is Patron of a number of organisations within this area, some of which include {Source}:

  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
  • London Mozart Players
  • Windsor Festival
  • Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society
  • Northern Ballet
  • National Youth Theatre of Great Britain
  • National Youth Orchestras of Scotland 
  • The Orpheus Centre Trust
As well as these patronages, The Earl is associated with a number of sporting bodies, which include{Source}:
  • Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation 
  • Patron of Paralympics GB
  • Patron of BadmintonScotland
  • Patron of The Tennis and Rackets Association 
  • Patron of The International Real Tennis Professionals Association
  • President of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
  • He is also involved with a number of City Livery Companies including{Source}:
  • The Worshipful Company of Fuellers
  • The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
  • Coopers of Glasgow
  • Coopers of London 
  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

The Earl of Wessex supports the work of the Armed Forces both in the United Kingdom and abroad{Source}. He holds a total of eight Military appointments{Source}. In 2007, The Earl of Wessex became Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion The Rifles following the reorganization of the Infantry{Source}. He regularly visits the Battalion at their base in Northern Ireland and has visited them on several occasions while on operational duties, including in Afghanistan{Source}.

The Prince Edward is Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry and The London Regiment and meets servicemen and their families whenever possible{Source}.In 2006, The Earl was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in 2008, Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Waddington{Source}.The Earl has an active role in his position as Colonel-in-Chief of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, Prince Edward Island Regiment and the Saskatchewan Dragoons, all of which are based in Canada{Source}.

In 1987, he convinced his older brother and sister, as well as his sister-in-law to take part in a charity television event, titled It's a Royal Knockout. View it on Youtube here.
He is godfather to several children including:
  • The Lady Rose Victoria Brigitte Louise (Windsor) Gilman (1980) (his godfather's daughter, who is also is his 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  • Miss Camilla Hadden (1991) 
  • Mr. Harry Warburton (1993)
  • Miss Jessica Kate Mary Margaret Roche (1995)
  • Miss Ella Louise Georgina Mountbatten (1996)
  • Prince Nikolai of Denmark (1999)

In November 2013, it was announced that he has been appointed as Lord High Comissioner to to General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2014{Source}

He and his family take annual holidays to Switzerland for skiing{Source} It has been said among royal watching circles that he will gain the title The Duke of Edinburgh upon the death of both his parents (if whomeever is monarch at that time sees fit to give it to him, whether it be Charles, William or George...who knows). He shares a birthday with American actress Katharine Houghton (best known as Johanna Drayton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and as Katharine Hepburn's niece and closest relative)