Monday, October 23, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the eldest child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino & Kiko, Princess Akishino{Source}. She has two younger siblings{Source}:

She is the eldest granddaughter of the current Emperor and Empress of Japan.

She spent her educational years in Japan, Ireland and Scotland. She attended to her primary education at Gakushuin School. In August 2006, she spent two weeks in Austria during a school-sponsored homestay program during her summer holidays {Source}. In 2010, she attended University College Dublin, studying English {Source}. In 2012, she moved to Scotland, where she studied at the University of Edinburgh {Source}. In March 2014, she graduated with a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage from the International Christian University {Source}. She returned to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Leicester to obtain a graduate degree in museology in September 2014{Source}.

Like her mother, she can communicate in Japanese, English and Japanese Sign Language{Source}.

She began appearing at official functions in 2006. She first appeared with her father at a religious ceremony at the Ise of Shrine {Source}. In 2011, when she became of age in Japan, she was given the honor of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown{Source}.

She is due to be married to Kei Komuro in 2018, and by law, will be required to give up her title Princess of Akishino and leave the Imperial Family of Japan{Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Olga Margarita of Leiningen

Princess Olga Margarita Valerie Elisabeth Stephanie Alexandra of Leiningen was born 23 October 1984 as the only daughter of Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen & Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Princess of Leiningen{Source}. She has two brothers, as well as a sister-in-law{Source}:

  1. Prince Ferdinand Heinrich, Hereditary Prince of Lieningen (1982)
    1. Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, Hereditary Princess of Lieningen (1982, m. 2017)
  2. Prince Herman of Leiningen (1986)
She shares a birthday with Princess Mako of Akishino.

She is a maternal niece of Prince Ernest August of Hanover.

She likely leads a normal life in Germany, and is distantly in succession for the British throne after her father.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: Oct 16-22, 2017


-Archduke Georg von Habsburg & Duchess Eilika von Oldenburg von Habsburg celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.


-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde attended the 2017 Paleisconcert for young talent on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited  the Royal School for Officers Campus Saffron Mountain on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended the 65th Anniversary celebrations of the Spermalie Hotel and Tourism School on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, she held a roundtable discussion with young people active in youth associations and in the social, academic and syndicum sector on Sustainable Development Counts (SDGs) of the United Nations{Photos}On Friday, the first Belgian-born Queen Consort attended the Day of the United Nations Closing Session{Photos}

-Prince Laurent celebrated his 54th birthday on Thursday.


-Queen Margrethe II received new ambassadors from Finland, India, Burkina Faso, turkey and Germany on Friday {Photos}


-Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday.


-Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two Scilies, The Duke of Calabria celebrated his 49th birthday on Monday.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II  attended The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA) 70th Anniversary Parade on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Charles of Wales  visited Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to meet members of the community affected by the flooding in August 2017 on Friday {Photos}

-Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Women of the Year Lunch on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the future Princess Consort launched a new campaign with the Royal Voluntary Service and presented the 2017 Man Booker Prize {Photos}. On Wednesday, she officially opened the new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College, University of Oxford {Photos}.

-Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Walesb met with children about to board a trip of a lifetime on a British Pullman and met cast and crew from the upcoming film Paddington 2 who were joining the children on their journey through the English countryside on Monday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the royal trio attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge announced the due month (April) of baby Cambridge #3 on Tuesday {Source}
The new baby will be titles HRH Prince/ss of Cambridge and be 5th in succession for the British throne.

-Prince Harry of Wales attended the annual WellChild Awards where he presented the 'The Most Inspirational Child Award' on Monday {Photos}

-David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday.


-Tigran Mirzayantz celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday.


-Emperess Michiko celebrated her 83rd birthday on Friday.


-King Abdullah II met with delegates attending the Association of European and Mediterranean Gendarmeries and Police Forces with Military Status’ senior council meeting and visited the General Directorate of the Gendarmerie’s Special Police Operations on Monday {Photos}{Photos}. On Sunday, he met with Palestine's President and with the Prime Minister of Iran {Photos} {Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein visited the Anti-Narcotics Department on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, the future King of Jordan attended the signing of an agreement between the Crown Prince Foundation and Airbus to train Jordanian university students {Photos}

-Prince Omar bin Al-Faisal celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday.


-Princess Marie Caroline celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday.


-Grand Duke Henri visited Mansfeld Park and visited the Study Center for Roman Murals on Tuesday {Source}{Source}. On Wednesday the Grand Duke of Luxembourg held an audiencewith the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia {Source}. On Thursday, he held audiences with newly appointed ambassadors to Yemen, Malaysia, Guatemala, Kuwait and Estonia {Source}

-Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the opening of the exhibition "A new humanity without misery will be born ..." , organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the World Day of the Refusal of Misery, as well as the 25th anniversary of the recognition by the This day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Tuesday {Source}

-Prince Guliaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke & Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess attended the XXIIIe Prix Marquis de Villalobar Award Ceremony on Tuedsday {Source} On Wednesday, the royal pair  paid a visit to the Carlos de Amberes Foundation{Source}. On Thursday, the future Grand Duke and his wife celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.


-Prince Albert II & Louis Robert Paul Ducruet attended  the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AS Monaco and Besiktas on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Albert II participated in the final day of the 9th Forum and 5th Assembly of European Athletes on Friday {Source}

-Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi attended the 'Societe des Amis du Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris' Dinner on Tuesday {Photos}

-Andrea Knecht de Massy celebrated her 9th birthday on Wednesday.

The Netherlands

-Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

-Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven celebrated her 40th birthday on Wednesday.

-Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, The Countess of Barceto
celebrated her 4th birthday on Tuesday.


-Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Mette Marit & Prince Sevrre Magnus attended the unveiling of  two new statues by and for children in Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Sculpture Park on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of a new logistics building on Thursday {Source}

-Princess Ingrid Alexandra unveiled two new statues by and for children in Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Sculpture Park on Thursday {Source}


-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia attended the 2017 Princess of Austrias Awards Ceremony on Friday and Saturday {Photos}{Photos}

-Queen Sofia attended the first concert of the  winner of the xxxiv Queen Sofía Award for musical composition on Thursday {Photos}


-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia & Crown Princess Victoria attended a multidisciplinary symposium on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended the 100th anniversary celebrations of  the King's College on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended a meeting with Sweden's cabinet of ministers on Monday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf awarded the 2017 Polhem Prize on Thursday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel participated in the Pep Forum at Karolinska Institutet on Friday {Source}

-Crown Princess Victoria attended Sweden's Riksdag's acknowledgement of Finland's 100th anniversary as an independent state on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Swedish monarch held an audience with the President and First Lady of New Zealand and held a meeting with the Secretary General of the National Association of Rare Dianoses and Malin Grände from the National Association of Rare Diagnoses on Thursday {Source}{Source}


-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu attended the launch of the book, Margareta a României. O principesă în serviciul țării regăsite on Thursday {Source}{Source}.

-Crown Princess Margareta was given an audience with Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church on Wednesday {Source}. On Friday, the eldest daughter of the current king held a board meeting of the Princess Margareta Foundation {Source}

-Prince Radu held an audience with the Ambassdor to Morocco on Thursday

-Princess Maria visited the Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering on Tuesday {Source}. On Sunday, the youngest daughter of the desposed King headed for a private visit to Switzerland to see her father for his upcoming 96th birthday on Wednesday {Source}


-Crown Prince Alexander & Crown Princess Katherine celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on Friday.

Royal Profile: Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan

Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan was born 22 October 1993 as the son of Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and Princess Alia Tabba {Source}. He has two younger sisters, twins, and an older sister as well as two younger half-brothers, a brother-in-law and a niece from his father's third marriage{Source}:
  1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
      1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
  2. Princess Sara (1997)
  3. Princess Aisha (1997)
  4. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal (2016)
  5. Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (2017)
Unlike his sisters, he is not barred from the throne and is presently 4th in succession. He is the nephew of King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Royal Profile: Marie Marguerite, The Duchess of Anjou

Marie Marguerite, Duchess of Anjou was born Maria Margarita Vargas Santaella on 21 October 1983 as the daughter of  Víctor José Vargas Irausquín and Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería{Source}.

She has two siblings, a sibling-in-law:
  1. Maria Victoria d'Agostino Casado
    1. Francisco Javier d'Agostino Casado
  2. Victor José Vargas Santaella
She spent her early life in Venezuela.   She studied at the Colegio Merici de las Madres Ursulinas in Caracas and did her degree on pedagogy at the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas.

She married Prince Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, Duke of Anjou in a civil ceremony on 5 November 2004 and in a religious ceremony the following day at La Romana, Dominican Republic. Together, they have three children{Source}:

Royal Profile: David Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood

David Henry George Lascelles, The 8th Earl of Harewood was born 21 October 1950 as the eldest son of George Lascelles, The 7th Earl of Harewood and Marion Stein{Source}. He has two younger brothers, and a younger half brother, several sisters-in-law (both current and former), several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. The Hon. James Lascelles (1953) 
    1. Fredericka Duhrrson(m. 1973-1985, div)
      1. Sophie Amber Lascelles (1973)
      2. Rowan Nash Lascelles (1977)
    2. Lori S. Lee (m. 1985-1996, div) 
      1. Tanit Lascelles (1981)
      2. Tewa Ziyane Robert George Lascelles (1985)
    3.  Joy Elias-Rilwan (m.1999)
  2. The Honourable Jeremy Lascelles 1955)
    1. Julie Bayliss(1957, m. 1981, div) 
      1. Thomas Robert Lascelles (1982)
      2. Ellen Mary Lascelles (1984)
      3. Amy Rose Lascelles (1986)
    2. Catherine Bell (m. 1999)
      1. Tallulah Grace Lascelles (2005)
  3. The Hon. Mark Hubert Lascelles (1964)
    1. Andrea Kershaw (1992-1995, div)
      1. Charlotte Patricia Lascelles (1996)
      2. Imogen Mary Lascelles (1998)
      3. Miranda Rose Lascelles (2000)

He was baptized at All Saints Church, with the following as his godparents:

  1. Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh (1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. Queen Mary (his great grandmother)
  3. The Viscountess Boyne
  4. Benkamin Britten
  5. Gerald David Lascelles (paternal uncle)

On 12 February 1979 at St. Mary's Church, Paddington, London, he married Margaret Rosalind Messenger,  they were divorced in 1989{Source}. On 11 March 1990, he married Diane Jane Howse {Source}. His children, children-in-law, and grandchildren are{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. The Hon. Benjarmin Lascelles (1978)
    1. Carolina Valez Robledo (2009){Source}
      1. Mateo Lascelles (2013)
  3. Alexander Edgar Lascelles, Viscount Lascelles (1980)
    1. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008, Alexander did not marry Leo's mother)
  4. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Royal Profile: Empress Michiko of Japan

Empress Michiko of Japan was born Michiko Shoda on 20 October 1934 as the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shoda {Source}.

She attended Futaba Elementary School {Source}. In her senior year, she was elected, upon nomination by her classmates, president of the student government{Source}. Many of her classmates recall that, though very reserved, she won full cooperation from her fellow students and helped to introduce a harmonious spirit into University life{Source}. She graduated with a degree in Foreign languages and literature from University of the Sacred Heart in 1957, where she was valedvictorian {Source}.

She is honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society {Source}.

She was engaged to then-Crown Prince Akihito in 1958. Her marriage was approved by Imperial House Council on 27 November 1958 {Source}. Her engagement ceremony took place on 14 January 1959 {Source}. Her wedding took place on 10 April 1959 {Source}.
Her children, grandchildren and children-in-law are {Source}:
  1. Crown Prince Naruhito (1960) 
    1. Crown Princess Masako (m. 1993)
      1. Princess Aiko (2001) 
  2. Prince Akishino(Fumihito) (1965) 
    1. Princess Kiko of Akishino (1966)
      1. Princess Mako of Akishino(1991) 
      2. Princess Kako  of Akishino (1994) 
      3. Prince Hisahito of Akishino(2006) 
  3. Princess Sayako, Mrs. Yoshiki Kuroda (1969)
    1. Yoshiki Kuroda (m. 2005)

Empress Michiko has an extensive interest in art, and is particularly well-read in Japanese classical literature {Source}. She has constantly kept up her interest in children's literature and has done work in that field herself {Source}. Hajimete no Yamanobori (My First Mountain), a picture book for which the Empress wrote the story, was published in 1991 {Source}. She also published a book of poems by Michio Mado, selected, translated and arranged by Empress Michiko and entitled Dobutsu-tachi(THE ANIMALS) in 1992, among other works{Source}.

She plays the piano, and is a good accompanist to the Emperor who plays the cello and to Crown Prince Naruhito who plays the viola and violin {Source}. In her spare time, she enjoys morning walks with her husband, playing tennis and being a mother and grandmother {Source}.

Royal Profile: Princess Mako of Akishino

Princess Mako of Akishino was born 23 October 1991 as the eldest child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino & Kiko, Princess Akishino { Source ...