Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Royal Profile: Isabella Windsor

Isabella Alexandra May Windsor  was born 16 January 2016 as the younger of two daughters of  Lord Fredrik Windsor and Sophie Winkleman {Source}. She has one older sister {Source}:

  • Miss Maud Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
She is the paternal granddaughter of Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent {Source}. If she had been born a day earlier, she would've shared a birth date with her grandmother.
Through her paternal grandfather, she is distantly in succession for the British throne, as of January 2018, she is 45+ in succession {Source}. Her elder sister began attending classes at Thomas's Battersea this fall, like their cousin Prince George of Cambridge and it's possible that Isabella will follow in a couple of years {Source}.

One of her godparents is Jamie Oliver {Source}

Monday, January 15, 2018

Royal Profile: Antoine de Massy

Antoine de Massy was born 15 January 1997, as the only biological son of Christian Louis de Massy with his fourth wife, Cecile de Massy{Source}.
He has two older half siblings, a brother-in-law, two stepnieces, and a niece and nephew{Source}:
  1. Jonkvrouw Leticia de Massy (1971)
    1. Jonkheer Thomas de Brouwer (1973, brother-in-law)
      1. Jonkvrouw Lillah de Brouwer (stepniece, 2001)
      2. Jonkvrouw Hermine de Brouwer (stepniece, 2003)
      3. Jonkvrouw Rose de Brouwer (2008)
      4. Jonkheer Sylvestre de Brouwer (2008)
  2. Brice Souleyman Gelabale-de Massy (1987, adopted 1997 by Christian Louis de Massy, I believe he is also his mother's biological child, but am not certain)

Like his grandfather, Alexandre “Aleco” Noghes, Antoine is a tennis champion which he had his eyes on the Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil{Source}.
He has been playing the sport since he was a toddler, when his father would toss him a tennis ball in their living room{Source}. When he was four years old, his father began teaching him the sport, which he remained under his father's tutelage until he was five years old{Source}.When he turned five, he began to practice with various coaches at the Monte Carlo Country Club, where he caught the eye of Bob Brett, Boris Becker’s and Goran Ivanisevic’s world renowned coach who gave him a few lessons{Source}.In September 2008, he moved to the United States where he attended Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, until June of 2009{Source}.He returned to Monaco that summer where he trained with Heinz Gunthardt, that fall, he returned to the United States where he attended Nick Saviano’s Tennis academy{Source}. That summer (2010), he returned to Monaco where he won the U-14 international tournament of Beaulieu, France{Source}. 

Although technically not a member of the Princely Family, he has attended a few official events over the years. He attended his grandmother's funeral with his parents, aunt and cousin in March 2011{Photo}. On 29 June 2011, he was assaulted by five young adults, where his wallet and mobile phone were stolen. He was more shaken up then hurt in the incident {Source}. A few days later, he attended (Pictured here sitting behind Garreth Wittstock) the Royal Wedding of his father's cousin and the reigning Prince of Monaco. In March 2012, he took part in an interview with Vouge Italia. In Vouge Italia, he again stated that he wanted to go to Rio 2016, wanted to be the #1 Tennis player in the world, and bring home Monaco's 1st gold medal at an Olympics. (he did not end up going-perhaps a bid for 2020 is in order??)He attended the 2014 Monaco National Day celebrations {Photo (right behind Andrea Casiraghi)}, and the reveal of the Monégasque Twins in 2014. Other than these rare public appearances and representing the principality in Tennis, he lives a relatively normal life.

Royal Profile: Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia was born 15 January 1982 as the youngest son of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia and his wife Princess Maria da Gloria, Duchess of Segorbe {Source}.  He has an older brother and a fraternal twin{Source}:
  • Hereditary Prince Philip (1980)
  • Prince Peter (1982, twin)
His godparents are {Source}:
  • Queen Sofia of Spain (his father's cousin)
  • King Constantine of Greece  (his father's cousin)
  • The Duchess of Calabria
He was educated in Spain, England and the United States.  He first attended kindergarten in Spain, before attending one of London's top prep schools {Source}. In 2000, he graduated from King’s School Canterbury{Source}.He obtained three “A” levels in Spanish, French, Government and Politics, and ten GCSE’s (General Certificate of Secondary Education){Source}. He went to the University of San Francisco (USF), graduated with a Communication Studies Degree with Emphasis on Public Relations and Journalism in 2004{Source}.  Prince Alexander attended a graduate school at an American university completing a Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA) in Advertising (Art Direction){Source}. Currently he is working in the internet electronic publishing area in California.

Prince Alexander enjoys Art, Photography, Music, French Cinema, Current Affairs, Surfing, Snowboarding, Scuba Diving, Museums, Cuisine, Literature, Tennis, Basketball and Football{Source}. He speaks English, Spanish and French and is continuing his Serbian studies{Source}.

When he was 19 years old, his family took up residence at the Royal Palace of Belgrade{Source}. He is in line for the throne of Yugoslavia and as a greatx4 grandson of Queen Victoria, he is distantly in line for the British Throne as well.
He shares a birthday with:
  • Princess Michael of Kent (1945)
  • Don Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert (Spain) (1968)
  • Prince Philip of Yugoslavia (1982)Master Antoine de Massy (Monaco) (1997)

Royal Profile: Prince Philip of Yugoslavia

Prince Philip of Yugoslavia was born 15 January 1982 as the son of Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans Bragança {Source}. He has two brothers{Source}:
  • Hereditary Prince Peter (1980)
  • Prince Alexander (1982, twin)
His godparents are{Source}:
  • King Constantine II of Greece (his father's cousin)
  • Queen of Spain (his father's cousin)
  • The Duchess of Calabria
He grew up in the United States, and Europe. He attended kindergarten in Spain, before moving to England{Source}. In June 2000, Prince Philip graduated from The King’s School Canterbury in England having obtained three “A” levels in Spanish, Politics, and Geography, and ten GCSE’s (General Certificate of Secondary Education) {Source}. Prince Philip graduated from University College London (UCL) with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Humanities {Source}.  After graduation, he worked for Landsbanki and Teather & Greenwood in London, before attending École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Switzerland {Source}.  After graduation from EHL Switzerland, he began working for IKOS in Cyprus, before moving on to work as a global asset manager in London {Source}. Prince Philip speaks English, Spanish and French, and is continuing his Serbian studies{Source}.

Prince Philip enjoys surfing, scuba diving and snowboarding{Source}. He completed the Athens Marathon in 2010 and the Belgrade Half-Marathon in 2011{Source}. Prince Philip is also interested in fine arts, financial markets, music and meteorology{Source}.
He has traveled throughout Europe, the United States, and has visited the Middle East, Asia, South East Asia, Africa, Central and South America {Source}.Before the 5 October 2000 revolution, he traveled to Serbia in 1991 {Source}. He also visited Bosnia in 2000{Source}. On 17 July 2001, Prince Philip and The Royal Family took up residence in The Royal Palace in Belgrade{Source}.

Prince Philip married Danica Marinković on 7 October 2017 in Serbia {Source}. They are currently expecting their first child.

Royal Profile: Don Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert

Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert was born 15 January 1968, and is the husband of Infanta Cristian of Spain. His parents were Juan María Urdangarín Berriochoa (1932-2012) & Claire Françoise Liebaert Courtain (1935-), and his is of Spanish Basque & Belgian descent. His paternal grandparents were minor Basque nobility.

Urdangarín y Liebaert grew up primarily in Barcelona with his older brother, and five sisters.

In 1986, he became a professional handball player for FC Barcelona, where he continued to play until he retired from the sport in 2000. He also participated in numerous Olympics as part of the Spainish handball team, he participated in the Summer Olympics in 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta, and in the 2000 Sydney Olympics(where he served as captain). The Spanish handball team won bronze medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Also during his handball career, he studied at Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE), where he earned a master's degree in business administration.

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he met Infanta Cristina, the daughter of King Juan Carlos. They married on 4 October 1997. Upon their marriage, her father granted them the titles Duke Consort & Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. Together, they have four children, including:

  • Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (1999)
  • Don Pablo Nicolás Sebastián de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
  • Don Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
  • Doña Irene de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)

The family lived in Barcelona until 2009, when Iñaki's career brought the family to Washington, DC. The family returned to Spain in 2012. However, they moved yet again in 2015 to Switzerland for Infanta Cristina's job.

Urdangarín y Liebaert is a member of the Spanish Olympic Committe, and has served as its deputy chairmain since 2004. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Spanish Royal Order of the Sports Merit (The Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo) in 2001.

In November 2011, he was accused of diverting public funds for his own profit throng the Nóos institute in the 'Palma Arena case. In December of that same year, the Anticorruption Bureau confirmed that the Duke had been sending important sums of public money to tax havens in Belize and the United Kingdom and the Spainish Royal Court annonced that the Duke Consort would no longer participate in any official Royal Family activities as a result of the scandal. In 2012, he made several court appearances over the allegations. Since these allegations, he has been barred from attending royal events. In 2015, his brother-in-law renounced his and his wife's Dukedom.

Royal Profile: Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent was born Baroness Marie-Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz on 15 January 1945 as the younger child of Baron Gunther von Reibnitz & Marianne, Countess Szapary, Baronenss von Reibnitz {Source}. She has an older paternal half-sister and full brother, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Baroness Margarita von Reibnitz (1924-2012)
    1. Charles Jacques Francisco
      1. Christopher Francisco
      2. Fritz Alexander Francisco
      3. Charles Francisco
  2. Baron Friedrich Johannes László Diprand Alfred Maria von Reibnitz (1942)

She has been married twice, firstly to English banker Thomas Troubridge, in the early 1970s. That marriage did not last. They were separated in 1973, and divorced by 1977, and the marriage was annulled by the Catholic church in 1978. A month after the annulment took place, she wed in a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria to Prince Michael of Kent, who was the youngest son of Prince George, Duke of Kent. Upon marriage, she assumed the style and title of HRH Princess Michael of Kent, the female equivalent to her husband's title; because she was not born a princess, she is not entitled to be styled Princess Marie Christine. After receiving Pope John Paul II's permission, the couple later married in a Roman Catholic ceremony on 29 June 1983, at the Archbishop's House, London.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have two children, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters:

  1. Lord Frederick Windsor(1979)
    1. Sophie Winkleman aka Lady Frederick Windsor (1980)
      1. Miss Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (2013)
      2. Miss Isabella Alexandra May Windsor (2016)
  2. Lady Gabriella Windsor (1981)

She and her husband never received any money from the government to fund their public duties. Nevertheless, Prince and Princess Michael represented the Queen at the independence celebrations in Belize and at the coronation of King Mswati III of Swaziland. Her husband also supports a large number of different charities and organisations, and she supports him in this work. The Kent Family have had the use of a 5 bed, 5 reception room at Kensington Palace for many years. Prince Michael's cousin Queen Elizabeth, had been paying their £120,000 rent annually from her own private funds with the couple paying the nominal amount of £70 per week. However, in 2008, it was announced Prince and Princess Michael would be required to begin paying rent of £120,000 a year.

Princess Michael of Kent has attended several Catholic related events over the years, including Pope Benedict XVI’s state visit to the UK in 2010, where she was personally involved in the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman during the Pope’s visit.

Princess Michael's primary royal duty is to support her husband when he is called upon by his cousin to perform duties. However, on the occasion she represents the Firm on her own. She represented her 1st cousin in law, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh during the launching ceremony of theGreen Pilgrimage Networkthat was organized by Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) in Italy in 2011.

Over the years she has led a variety of careers ranging from interior designer to author. The Princess is an accomplished author, having penned three books, Crowned in a Far Country: Eight Royal Brides, and Cupid and the King – Five Royal Paramours and The Serpent and The Moon.

Prior to her Royal Marriage, she was an interior decorator. In a report from The Observer’s Pendennis column in 2007, she began decorating again with her own company SZAPAR DESIGNS. She also served as President of Partridge Fine Art for a few years. In 2008, she became a consultant for the Swiss art gallery, Galerie Gmurzynska.

Like most royals, she has not led a life without controversies. She has made claims against her cousin in law, stating to an American fashion magazine that she had "more royal blood in her veins than any person to marry into the royal family since Prince Philip". She is also reported to have said she was "probably the first tall person to marry into the clan" (also true if males are discounted; Princess Michael stands about six feet (1.83 m) tall). The Queen reportedly has referred to her as "Our Val", a reference to the warrior-like Valkyries, and – sarcastically – as "a bit too grand for" the rest of the royal family. In 2004, she was in New York, NY USA, in a restaurant where she allegedly told a group of black diners to "get back to the colonies" when complaining about their noise. This was an accusation she denied, though it made headlines around the world. Her account of the story was that she remarked to one of her fellow dinner guests that she would be glad to go back to the colonies in order to escape her noisy neighbors. She later described her accusers as a "group of rappers". This was untrue; the group consisted of an investment banker, a music mogul, a reporter, a television fashion correspondent, and a lawyer. In 2005, she gave a series of interviews to promote her book, in one interview where she claimed that the British media were "excited" by Prince Harry's decision to wear a swastika for a fancy dress party because "of the ownership structure" of the British press. She claimed that the press would not have been so concerned had he worn a hammer and sickle, which "stands for Stalin and gulag and pogrom and devastation". In 2005, she was taken by News of the World after their reporter, Mazher Mahmood gained her confidence and claimed that she made numerous self-indulgent remarks, including referring to her 1st cousin 1x removed’s former wife as “bitter” and “nasty”. She also created a controversy when she heard of the research of Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth that seemed to indicate that rank among female baboons is hereditary, the Princess said, "I always knew that when people who aren’t like us claim that hereditary rank is not part of human nature, they must be wrong. Now you’ve given me evolutionary proof!" In 2017, she again raised eyebrows wearing a racially offensive broach that is a piece of blackamoor jewlery which has images depicting slavery on her coat at arrival to her husband's cousin's annual Christmas luncheon to meet her husband's distant cousin Prince Harry's biracial fiancee Meghan Markle {Source}.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: January 8-14, 2018


-Archduchess Zsofia celebrated her 17th birthday on Friday.


-king Philippe & Queen Mathilde hosted a New Year's reception for representatives of the European institutions, NATO and SHAPE on Thursday {Photos}

-King Philippe attended the Opening of the 96th edition of the Auto / Moto Salon on Thursday {Photos}


-Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck celebrated her 38th birthday on Wednesday.


-Princess Maria Luisa celebrated her 85th birthday on Saturday.


-Crown Princess Mary attended the Home Guard's Music Corps Copenhagen New Year's Concert on Tuesday {Photos}. On Friday, the future Queen Consort officially opened the 5th annual julemærkehjem {Video}

-Princess Marie visited the United States to attend meetings of the world resource institute on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince Vincent celebrated his 7th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Josephine celebrated her 7th birthday on Monday.

-Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg celebrated his 49th birthday on Friday.


-Sheikha Marym bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum celebrated her 26th birthday on Thursday.


-Kelly, The Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Duchess of Saxony celebrated her 43rd birthday on Wednesday.

Great Britain

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal spent a day in Cornwall, visiting the Cornish Cheese Company, visited Truro Cathedral, and the Save the Children Charity shop on Friday {Source}

-Prince Harry of Wales & Meghan Markle visited the Reprezent FM studios at POP Brixton on Tuesday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation and took part in a discussion hosted by men's mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), as they launch their new mental health initiative the #BestManProject on Wednesday {Photos}

-Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 36th birthday on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the future Queen consort visited Reach Academy {Source}

-Princess Charlotte of Cambridge marked the occassion of begining classes at  Willcocks Nursery School by her parents releasing two photos on Monday {Photos}

-George Windsor, The Earl of St. Andrews & Sylvana Palama Windsor celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.


-Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako. Fumihito, Prince Akishino, Kiko, Princess Akishino & Princess Mako of Akishino attended the 2018 "Kosho hajime no gi" ceremony on Wednesday {Source}


-King Abdullah II met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the heads of House committees of the Jordanian government on Monday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein visited the Public Security Directorate & inspects the Command & Control Centre on Thursday {Photos}


-Prince Albert II & Princess Charlene undertook their first official visit of 2018 to Burkina Faso in West Africa from Wednesday to Friday {Source}{Photos}.

-Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy celebrated her 71st birthday on Saturday.

The Netherlands

-Queen Maxima met with representatives from TijdVoorActie on Thursday {Photos}. On Friday the Dutch Queen consort officially re-opened the Arnhemse ‘huis voor muziek’ {Photos}

-Prince Constantijn attended the opening the Holland Startup Pavillion at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 on Tuesday {Source}

-Princess Margriet Francisca & Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Wednesday.


-King Harald V officially opened the RS Noatun on Monday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon attended the 2018 NHO Annual Conference on Tuesday {Source}.

-Princess Märtha Louise held audiences with representatives from several of her partonages including The Association for Muscular Disease, Hørselshemmedes Landsforbund, Norway's Blind Association, Norges Døveforbund, VIVIL games, Norwegian Epilepsy Association, Norwegian Revolutionary Association, and Ridderrennet on Monday {Source}


-Princess Sirivannavari Naritatana celebrated her 31st birthday on Monday.


-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia visited the Security Police headquarters on Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel visited STIGA Sports on Friday {Source}

Royal Profile: Isabella Windsor

Isabella Alexandra May Windsor   was born 16 January 2016 as the younger of two daughters of  Lord Fredrik Windsor and Sophie Winkleman { So...