Monday, September 30, 2019

Royal Profile: The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor

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

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

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

In 2019, she attended the Animal Ball, and her cousin Gabriella's wedding.

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

She, like her siblings, attended Oxford University.

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

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

  1. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium (1927-2005, half-sister)
    1. Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019)
      1. Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg (1954)
        1. Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (1954, m. 1982)
          1. Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, The Countess of Limburg-Stirum (1983)
            1. Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum (1979, m. 2008)
              1. Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum (2011)
              2. Count Constantin of Limburg-Stirum (2013)
              3. Count Gabriel of Limburg-Stirum (2016)
          2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
            1. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (1986, m. 2012)
              1. Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria (2013)
              2. Archduchess Magdalena of Austria (2016)
              3. Archduchess Juliana of Austria (2018)
          3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
            1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1988, m. 2012)
              1. Archduchess Katarina of Austria (2014)
              2. Archduchess Sophia of Austria (2017)
          4. Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
          5. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
            1. Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (engaged, October 2017)
              1. Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia de Bourbon-Parma (illegitimate, born prior to her parents marriage, 2017)
      2. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (1955)
        1. Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg (1956, m. 1981)
          1. Prince Guillaume. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1981)
            1. Princess Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1984)
          2. Prince Félix of Luxembourg (1984)
            1. Princess Claire Margaretha of Luxembourg (1985, m. 2013)
              1. Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa de Nassau (2014)
              2. Prince Liam Henri Hartmut de Nassau (2016)
          3. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (1986)
            1. Tessy Antony de Nassau (1985)
              1. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2006)
              2. Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)
          4. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (1991)
          5. Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg (1992)
      3. Prince Jean of Luxembourg (1957)
        1. Hélène Vestur (1958, m. 1987-2008?)
          1. Princess Marie-Gabrielle de Nassau (1986)
            1. Antonius Willms (m. 2017)
              1. Zeno Philippe Leopold Marcus d'Aviano Willms (2018)
          2. Prince Constantin de Nassau (1988)
            1. Katy Melchie (girlfriend)
              1. Felix de Nassau (2018)
          3. Prince Wenceslas de Nassau (1990)
          4. Prince Carl-Johan de Nassau (1992)
        2. Diane De Guerre (m. 2009)
      4. Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, Princess of Liechtenstein (1957)
        1. Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (1947)
          1. Prince Leopold of Liechtenstein (1984-1984)
          2. Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein (1985)
          3. Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (1987)
          4. Prince Josef-Emanuel of Liechtenstein (1989)
      5. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (1963)
        1. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg (1968, m. 1994)
          1. Prince Paul Louis de Nassau (1998)
          2. Prince Léopold de Nassau (2000)
          3. Princess Charlotte de Nassau (2000)
          4. Prince Jean de Nassau (2004)
  2. King Baudin I of Belgium (1930-1993, half brother)
    1. Queen Fabiola of Belgium (d. 2013)
  3. King Albert II of Belgium (1932-, half brother)
    1. Queen Paola of Belgium (1937, m. 1959)
      1. King Philippe of the Belgians (1960)
        1. Queen Mathilde of Belgium (1973, m. 1999)
          1. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant (2001)
          2. Prince Gabriel of Belgium (2003)
          3. Prince Emmanuel of Belgium (2005)
          4. Princess Eléonore of Belgium (2008)
      2. Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este (1962)
        1. Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
          1. Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
            1. Archduchess Elisabetta 'Lili' Maria of Austria-Este (1987, m.2014)
              1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
              2. Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este (2019)
          2. Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
          3. Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1991)
          4. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
          5. Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
      3. Prince Laurent of Belgium
        1. Princess Claire of Belgium (1974, m. 2003)
          1. Princess Louise of Belgium (2004)
          2. Prince Aymeric of Belgium (2005)
          3. Prince Nicholas of Belgium (2005)
      4. Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942-2009, full brother)
        1. Princess Lea of Belgium (1951, m. 1991)
      5. Princess Marie-Christine of Belgium (1951-, full sister) 

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

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

She married Salvador Moncada on 4 April 1998 in London {Source}. Together, they have two children {Source}:

  1. Alexandra Léopoldine Moncada (1998)
  2. Leopoldo Daniel Moncada (2001)

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

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

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

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 23-29, 2019


-Countess Anna Therese Marie von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, Mrs. Colin McKenzie & Mr. Colin McKenzie celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Archduke Alexander celebrated his 29th birthday on Thursday.


-King Philippe attended the 75th anniversary of the Liberation at the Polish Military Cemetery {Speech} {Photos}

-Princess Marie-Christine & Jean-Paul Gourges celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Saturday.


-Queen Margrethe II attended the 100th anniversary of the Society of Danish Memorials on Monday {Source}

-Princess Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg participated in the opening of the exhibition The Second Golden Age on Tuesday {Source}
Great Britain

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York & Sarah, Duchess of York announced the engagement of their eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice of York to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Thursday {Photos}
Like her sister before her, since she is not one of the first six in succession (Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Louis, Harry are the first six) she does not need the Queen's approval for her marriage. A 2020 wedding is expected. Details will be released as time goes on. Upon marriage, Princess Beatrice will become Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the naming of the new research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex,Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex & Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor began an official tour of South Africa, Botswana and Angola from Tuesday to Saturday {Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Photos}{Source}
The Duchess of Sussex and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor only joined The Duke of Sussex for the South Africa part of the tour.

-Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester & Birigitte, The Duchess of Gloucester visited St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London to reopen The Princess Alice Garden after a recent redesign on Tuesday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex & Forfar visited Musgrove Park Hospital to celebrate the official opening a new MRI suite on Tuesday {Photos}. On Thursday, the younger of the two daughters-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II visited the UCI Road World Championships, joined a British Cycling Go Ride coaching session with children being treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital,heered on competitors at finish line during the first lap of the Men’s Junior Road Race at the UCI Road World Championship, visited Henshaws Specialist College to meet with students and staff, and learn more their further education programmes for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities and paid a visit to the “We Can Dance” program showcase at The Forrest School {Photos}

-Princess Beatrice of York became engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Thursday {Photos}


-Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma celebrated her 85th birthday on Tuesday.


-Princess Iman celebrated her 23rd birthday on Friday.

-Princess Salma celebrated her 19th birthday on Thursday.


-Prince Guillaume & Princess Sibilla celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.


-Prince Albert II attended the "Climate Action Summit 2019" at the United Nations on Monday {Photos}. On Saturday, Monaco's reigning monarch visited San Remo, Italy for a friendly visit with historical character {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi announced her ambassadorship of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation's 100 Million Campaign on Wednesday {Source}

The Netherlands

-King Willem-Alexander attended the 65th National Tattoo in Rotterdam Ahoy on Saturday {Source}

-Queen Sonja attended an Oslo Philharmonic's anniversary concert on Friday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended UN High Levels meetings on Climate Change this week {Source}

-Emma Tallulah Behn celebrated her 11th birthday on Sunday


-Don Juan 
de Urdangarín y de Bórbon celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday.

-Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia visited Lessebo to participate in the celebration of the paper mill's 300th anniversary on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel  participated in a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the loss of M / S Estonia on Saturday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf attended the Nordic Association's 100th anniversary on Wednesday {Source}

-Queen Silvia attended the May Flower Diploma Ceremony on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended the naming of the new research vessel new research vessel R / V Svea, and visited SLU's sea fish laboratory on Wednesday {Source}

-Prince Daniel visited Haga School, received a brief information on the activities of the Vallentuna Cultural School and visited Sports Club Vallentuna on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Prince Consort visited Södertälje with representatives from Prince Daniel's Fellowship on Entrepreneurship  {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip visited the eRoadArlanda project where the Swedish Transport Administration tests and develops electric roads on Thursday {Source}

-Kristina Louise Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold celebrated her 53rd birthday on Sunday.

Royal Profile: Emma Behn

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

Her godparents were:
  • Marianne Solberg Behn (paternal grandmother)
  • The Crown Princess of Norway (maternal aunt)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (likely a friend of her mother's)
  • Christian Udnæss (paternal uncle)
  • Carl Christian Christensen (friend of her parents)
  • Anbjørg Sætre Håtun (friend of her parents)
  • Sigvart Dagsland (friend of her parents)

She was named after American actress Tallulah Bankhead.

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

Royal Profile: Don Juan Urdangarín y de Bórbon

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

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

He grew up in Spain, until his family moved to Washington, DC for his dad's job in 2009{Source}. He and his family moved to Switzerland in 2012{Source}. Just like any other 16 year old, Juan enjoys riding his bike, going to handball games and to Palma de Mallorca for the much-celebrated Spanish Regatta season. He and his brothers are avid fans of FC Barcelona.

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

Royal Profile: Baroness Kristina-Louisa Silfverschiöld

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

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

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

She is likely named for:

  1. Kristina-Louisa: no idea. Possibly just a name her parents liked.
  2. Ewa: not really sure here....
  3. Madeleine: her paternal grandmother, Madeleine Bennich

She shares a birthday with
  • Don Juan Urdangarín y Bórbon (1999)
  • Miss Emma Tallulah Behn (2008)

She is not in succession for the Swedish throne due to it being restricted to the descendants of King Carl XVI Gustaf. However, she is in distant succession for the British throne.

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Royal Profile: Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Iman bint Abdullah of Jordan was born 27 September 1996, the second child and elder of  the two daughters of King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania of Jordan {Source}. She has an older brother and a younger brother and sister {Source}:
Little is known about her, but it is possible she attended International Academy Amman with her sister, Princess Salma who is 4 years and a day younger. Princess Iman was known to be a keen athlete at the school. Like her brother, she is attending Georgetown University{Source}.

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Royal Profile: Princess Salma bint Abdullah of Jordan

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

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

Royal Profile: Archduke Alexander of Austria

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

  1. Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
    1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979)
      1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
      2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
      3. Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)
  2. Archduke Imre of Austria (1985)
    1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986)
      1. Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
      2. Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
      3. Archduchess Juliana Marie Christine Wilhelmina Margaret Astrid of Austria (2018)
  3. Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988)
    1. Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (1989)
      1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
      2. Archduchess Sophia of Austria (2017)
  4. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
    1. Prince Henri de Bourbon-Parma (engaged October 2017)
      1. Miss Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia de Bourbon-Parma (illegitimate, born prior to her parents marriage, 2017)

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Royal Profile: Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma

Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Bourbon-Parma was born Princess Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita Milena Mafalda Ludovica Tecla Gennara of Savoy on 24 September 1934 as the first child of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium{Source}.She was the eldest of four children {Source}:
  1. Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937)
    1. Marina, Princess of Naples (1935, m. 1971)
      1. Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice (1972)
        1. Clotilde, Princess of Venice (1972)
          1. Princess Vittoria of Savoy (2003)
          2. Princess Luisa of Savoy (2006)
          3. two adopted sons
  2. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940)
    1. Robert Zellinger de Balkany (1931-2015, m. 1969, div 1990)
      1. Marie Elizabeth Zellinger de Balkany Jassens (1972)
        1. Olivier Janssens (1964, m. 2002)
          1. Gabriella Luise Maria Janssens (2004)
          2. Tommaso Janssens (2005)
          3. Paul-Louis Janssens (2009)
          4. Victor Janssens (2014)
  3. Princess Maria Beatrice Caroline of Savoy (1943)
    1. Luis Rafael Reyna-Corvalán y Dillon(1939-1999, m. 1970)
      1. Rafael Humberto Lupo Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1970-1994)
        1. Margaret Beatty Tyler (1966, engaged, never married)
          1. Uriel Tyler (1994)
      2. Patrizio Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1971–1971)
      3. Azaea Beatrice Corvalán-Reyna y de Saboya (1973)
        1. Arturo Pando y Mundet (1973, m. 1996, div)
          1. Marie José Pando y Corvalán-Reyna (1996)

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

  1. Prince Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria of Yugoslavia (1958)
  2. Prince Michael Nicolas Paul George Maria of Yugoslavia (1958)
  3. Prince Sergius Wladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Sophia de Toledo (m. 1985-1986, div)
    2. Eleonora Rajneri (m. 2004-2017?)
    3. Christiane Galeotti (2017-present?)
      1. Umberto Emmanuel Dimitri Karageorgevitch (2018)
  4. Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (1963)
    1. Thierry Alexandre Gaubert (m. 1987-1997/8?)
      1. Milena Maria Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (1988)
      2. Nastasia Marie José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (1991)
      3. Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (1997)
    2. Stanislas Fougeron (m. post 1997)
She and Prince Alexander divorced in 1967 {Source}. Princess Maria-Pia would remarry Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma in 2003{Source}.Upon her re-marriage, she became stepmother to{Source}:

  1. Princess Inès Marie Josephe Marguerite Yolande Tatiana of Bourbon-Parma (1952-1981)
    1. Miss Marie Mélodie de Bourbon (1977, adopted 1982, by her grandfather Prince Michael of Bourbon-Parma)
  2. Prince Erik Marie Joseph René Michael Pierre of Bourbon-Parma (1953)
    1. Countess Lydia af Holstein-Ledreborg (div. 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)
        1. Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994, engaged 2017)
          1. Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia de Bourbon de Parme (2017)
  3. Princess Sybil Marie Josephine Anne Victorie of Bourbon-Parma (1954)
    1. Craig Richards (m. 1997)
  4. Princess Victoire Maria Pia Josephe Philippe Isaure of Bourbon-Parma (1957-2001)
    1. Baron Ernst von Gecmen-Waldek (1974-1988, div)
    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 (m.1991)
      1. Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (1991)
      2. rincess 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-Parma (1999)
  6. Ms. Amélie de Bourbon de Parme (1977)
    1. Igor Bogdanoff (m. 2009)
      1. Master Alexandre Bogdanoff (2011)

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

Monday, September 23, 2019

Royal Profile: Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo

Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo was born 23 September 1991, as the eldest grandchild of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre{Source}. His parents are Doña Simoneta Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón {Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:
  1. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
  2. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
As he is not technically or is technically a minor member of the Spanish Royal Family (pending on if you see his grandmother's abdication prior to the adaption of the constitution and define "descendants of King Juan Carlos I" as his sisters and their descendants as well), little is known about him nor does he perform public duties, one can assume he lives a fairly normal life of a 27 year old.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 16-22, 2019


-Princess Astrid, The Archduchess of Austria-Este & Prince Lorentz, The Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday.


-Crown Princess Mary attended the 2019 Nordic Women Against Violence Conference on Friday {Photos}{Text of her speech}


-Prince Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales attended the 75th anniversary of Airborne Airborne and Commemoration on Saturday {Source}

-The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles celebrated his 41st birthday on Thursday.

-Angelica Margherita Edwina Hicks celebrated her 27th birthday on Monday. 

-Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor  celebrated his 12th birthday on Sunday.


-King Constantine & Queen Anne-Marie celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Princess of Denmark celebrated her 51st birthday on Tuesday.

-Prince Odysseus-Kimon, Prince of Denmark celebrated his 15th birthday on Tuesday.


-Prince Felix & Princess Claire celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

-Grand Duke Henri attended the inauguration of the third round of the court of justice of the European Union on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Noah de Nassau celebrated his 12th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Albert II Monaco's reigning monarch participated in the 2019 World Clean Up Day in Monaco and participated in an informal gathering of Monaco's Olympic Athletes {Photos}{Photos}

-Alexia de Massy celebrated her 18th birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-King Wilem Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien attended Prinsjesdag 2019 on Tuesday {Source}

-King Wilem Alexander & Queen Maxima visited the Dutch region of  Southwest Drenthe on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Margriet & Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven attended the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem on Friday {Source}
-Princess Beatrix attended the 75th anniversary of Airborne Airborne and Commemoration on Saturday {Source}

-Julián Jorge Guillermo celebrated his 8th birthday on Saturday.


-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Skjåk and Lom on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future monarch and his consort visited Glittersjå {Source}

-Princess Märtha Louise celebrated her 48th birthday on Sunday.


-Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón celebrated her 44th birthday on Monday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel attended a dinner in honor of representatives from culture, business, education, sports and associations from Sweden's 21 counties as well as the country's governors on Friday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia inaugurated the new Folke Bernadotte Bridge that crosses Djurgårdsbrunnsviken in Stockholm on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal pair attended the 100th anniversary of Sweden's democracy on Wednesday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel participated in an official visit to Denmark with Swedish delegates on Tuesday and Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf On Wednesday,  Sweden's monarch visited the Customs Administration in Malmö for information on the operation {Source}. On Thursday, Sweden's Monarch held an audiences with newly appointed ambassadors from Angola, Argentina, UAE, and Germany and with members of Norway's Parliament {Source}{Source}.

-Queen Silvia attended a ground breaking ceremony for Ersta's new hospital and a seminar on future care on Tuesday {Source}. On Wednesday, the Swedish consort attended a seminar on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Foundation Queen Silvia's Jubilee Fund for Research on Children and Disabilities on Wednesday {Source}

-Hélène Ingeborg Sibylla Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold celebrated her 51st birthday on Friday.

-Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng celebrated his 15th birthday on Monday.

Royal Profile: Albert Windsor

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

He has the following brothers:

He is the 8th grandchild of The Duke and Duchess of Kent.

He is named:

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

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

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

Royal Profile: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway was born 22 September 1971 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital and is the elder of two children of the present King and Queen of Norway{Source}. She has one brother, a sister-in-law, a step-nephew and a niece and nephew{Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Haakon (1973)
    1. Crown Princess Mette-Marit (1973, m. 2001)
      1. Mr. Marius Borg Høiby (1997, Haakon's stepson)
      2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (2004)
      3. Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (2005)
She was named for her grandmother, Crown Princess Märtha and her great-grandmother, Queen Louise {Source}. Prior to 1990, the young princess could not inherit the throne due to there being a rule for males only, however, in 1990 a constitutional amendment was adopted establishing female rights to the throne as well as rights to the first born child{Source}.. However, these new rules took place only for those born after the amendment was established (thus why her brother remains heir apparent, and her niece is his heir-apparent, and not she and her eldest daughter being the heir apparent and heir's heir){Source}.

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

On 13 December 2001, her father announced her engagement to author Ari Behn {Source}. On 24 May 2002, they were married {Source}. Together, they have three daughters{Source}:

  1. Maud Angelica Behn (2003)
  2. Leah Isadora Behn (2005)
  3. Emma Taullah Behn (2008)

In August 2016, She and Behn filed for divorce and they will share joint custody of their daughters {Source}.

In September 2012, after several years of living in Norway, the family moved to London {Source}.
Princess Märtha Louise undertakes numerous royal duties on behalf of the Royal Family throughout the year {Source}. Many of her official engagements focus on people with disabilities {Source} and representing Norway in London. The Princess is an active patron of several organizations, including{Source}{Source}:
  1. Princess Märtha Louise's Fund (Chair)
  2. The Norwegian Sports Organisation for the Disabled
  3. The Norwegian Association of the Deaf
  4. Norway Muscular Dystrophy Association
  5. The Norwegian Epilepsy Association
  6. The Norwegian Rheumatism Association
  7. The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Princess Märtha Louise is also an avid business woman, often engaging in cultural work and spreading the traditions of Norwegian fairy tails to a wider audience{Source}. She has taken part of a storytelling series on Norwegian television, authored several books and audiobooks, and participated in other television programs for children {Source}. She also has acted as an independent Rosen therapist since 2002, and due to that, is subject to Norweigan tax laws {Source}. In 2007, she partnered with Elisabeth Nordeng to establish Astarte Education {Source}.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Royal Profile: Prince Noah de Nassau

Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau was born 21 September 2007 as the younger son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony-de Nassau {Source}. He has an older brother{Source}:

Prince Gabriel (2006)

His godparents are:

  • Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
  • Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)

Prior to his parents marriage, his father renounced his title for himself and his descendants, so Prince Noah is not in line for the Luxembourg throne {Source}. However, on Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Grand Duke Henri issued a Grand-Ducal decree granting his mother the title of Princess of Luxembourg with the style Her Royal Highness{Source}. . The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .

He resided in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. He continues to reside in England and lead a fairly normal lifestyle.

He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.

Royal Profile: Julián Guillermo

Julián Jorge Guillermo was born 21 September 2011 as the son of Bernardo Guillermo and his wife Eva Prinz {Source}. He has one sister{Source}:

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

  1. Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001) (Monaco)
  2. Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

He is the grandson of Princess Christina of The Netherlands {Source}.

Royal Profile: Alexia Knecht de Massy

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

She has three sisters, one older and two younger{Source}:

She is a great-granddaughter of Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness of Massy, but is not a member of the Princely Family.

She attended the private catholic school, L'Institut François d’Assise Nicolas Barré, along with her sisters and second cousins once removed (I think. Alexia's grandmother was a cousin of Camille and Alexandra's mothers) Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Camille Gottlieb until 2010 or 2011 when the family moved to South Africa. She have graduated from  American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) in South Africa last year and moved on to either a gap year or university.

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

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

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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Royal Profile: Baroness Hélène Silfverschiöld, Baroness Silfverschiöld

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

  1. Baron Carl Otto Edmund Silfverschiöld (1965)
    1. Maria Fredriksson (1965, m. 2005)
      1. Anna Margareta Sybilla Desiree Silfverschiöld (2006)
  2. Baroness Kristina-Louisa Ewa Madeleine Silfverschiöld (1966)
    1. Baron Hans de Geer af Finspång (1963, m. 1999)
      1. Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng (2000)
      2. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
      3. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
Baroness Hélène is likely named for:
  • Hélène: greek, for "shining light"
  • Ingeborg: is a Scandinavian feminine given name, derived from Old Norse Ingiborg, Ingibjǫrg, combining the theonym Ing with the element borg "stronghold, protection".
  • Sibylla: her maternal grandmother, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Not much is known about her. She occasionally attends family events like funerals and weddings. She is currently distantly in succession for the British throne as a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Royal Profile: The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles

The Hon. Benjamin George Lascelles was born 19 September 1978 as the son of David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood and Margaret Rosalind Messenger {Source}. He has one older sister,and two younger brothers, as well as a brother-in-law, two nephews, and a niece {Source}:

  1. Lady Emily Tsering Lascelles ( 1975)
    1. Matthew Shard (m. 2009)
      1. Isaac Shard (2009, twin)
      2. Ida Shard (2009, twin)
      3. Otis Shard (2011)
  2. Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (1980)
    1. Laleh Yeganegy (born 1980, never married)
      1. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008)
    2. Annika Reed (1984, m. 2017)
      1. The Hon. Ivy Lascelles (2018)
  3. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)
    1. Sophie Cartlidge (m. 2015?)
The Hon. Benjamin Lascelles works as a conservationist. He is Lord Harewood's eldest son, but in unable to inherit the title or be in succession for the British throne due to his parents not marrying until February 1979, approximately 5 months after his birth. His sister Emily is not in succession for this very reason as well. He obtained royal consent to marry from the PRivy Council in Februrary 2009, and wed Carolina Valez Robledo on 18 April 2009{Source}. Together, they have one child{Source}:
  1. Mateo Lascelles (2013)
His paternal grandmother was The Princess Mary, The Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King George V and Queen Mary {Source}, thus making him a 1st cousin 1x removed from Queen Elizabeth II via George V.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Royal Profile: Prince Odysseas-Kimon of Greece & Denmark

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

  1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark (1996)
  2. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece & Denmark (1998)
  3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark (2000)
  4. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece & Denmark (2008)

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

His christening took place in Greece the following summer after his birth {Source}. His godparents consisted of{Source}:

  1. Prince Philippos of Greece (paternal uncle)
  2. Princess Olga of Greece, Princess of Savoy-Aosta, Duchess of Apulia (paternal 2nd cousin 1x removed)
  3. Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  4. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  5. Nassos Thanopolous (Greek businessman based in England, likely a friend of his parents)
  6. Arki Busson
  7. Chris Thomsen

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

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark was born as Marie-Chantal Claire Miller on 17 September 1968 as first daughter of Ecuadorian born María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra) and Robert Warren Miller{Source}.
She has two sisters{Source}:
  1. Pia-Christina Getty (1966)
    1. Christopher Getty (m. 1992-2005, div)
      1. Isabelle Getty(1993)
      2. Robert Maximilian Getty (1996)
      3. Conrad Getty (1998)
      4. Maximus Getty (2002)
  2. Alexandra-Natasha von Furstenberg Miller (1972)
    1. Alexandre Egon von Fürstenberg (m. 1995-2002, div)'
      1. Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg (1999)
      2. Tassillo Egon Maximilian von Fürstenberg (2001)
    1. Dax Miller (m. 2015)
She grew up as an American citizen, but spent much of her younger years globe trotting{Source}.
The future Crown Princess of Greece was born in England, and spent her early childhood years in Hong Kong, Switzerland and France{Source}. She graduated from high school and attended University in the US (in NYC){Source}.

She began dating Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in the early 1990s, he proposed during a skiing holiday in 1993{Source}. They wed in 1994. Together, they have four sons and a daughter {Source}:
She shares a birthday with her fourth child, Prince Odysseas-Kimon.

Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000{Source}. She has also written and illustrated The Frog Prince, the first in a planned series of fairy-tales{Source}.
She serves on several committees and boards, including:
School of American Ballet
Animal Medical Centre.
Venetian Heritage  (Co-Founder)
World in Harmony (Co-chair){Source}.

She speaks English, French and Italian. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal took some Greek lessons prior to her wedding, but did not pursue it further.
She retained her American citizenship until 2011. She has Ecuadorian, English, Canadian, French, and Scottish ancestry. She and her husband own homes in NYC, California, The Bahamas, and London.

Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

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

It is likely he will lead a normal life.

Royal Profile: Angelica Hicks

Angelica Margherita Edwina Hicks was born on 16 September 1992 as the eldest daughter of Ashley Louis David Hicks and Allegra Marina Tondato {Source}. She has a younger sister and two paternal younger half-brothers {Source}:
  1. Ambrosia Maria Elizabeth Hicks (1997)
  2. Caspian William Donald Sebastian Hicks (2018)
  3. Horatio Valentine Hicks (2019)
Like most teens and 20-somethings, Angelica is active on social media (don't waste your time asking).

Angelica is currently 600+ in succession for the British throne as a granddaughter of The Lady Pamela Hicks.

She mostly leads a very private lifestyle.

Royal Profile: Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón

Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón was born on 16 September 1975 as the daughter of Infanta Margarita of Spain, The Duchess of Sorina, The 2nd Duchess of Hernani {Source}. She has one older brother {Source}:

  • Don Alfonso Juan Carlos Zurita y de Borbón (1973)

She is presumably named for:

  • Maria: for her maternal grandmother, Princess Maria Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and paternal grandmother, María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella
  • Sofia: her maternal aunt Queen Sofia of Spain
  • Emilia: no idea, but it is a Spanish form of Emily or Amelia
  • Carmen: for her paternal grandmother, María del Carmen Delgado y Fernández de Santaella

Not much is known about her. Her cousin, King Felipe VI of Spain, is the king of Spain. She would  be extremely distantly in succession for the British throne through her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Beatrice of The United Kingdom if she were not Catholic.

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria

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