Saturday, April 21, 2018

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second child of Crown Prince Fredrik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark {Source}. She has one older brother and two younger siblings:

She was christened at Fredensborg Palace Chapel on 1 July 2007, with the following as her godparents{Source}:
  • Princess Mathilde, The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde, a family friend)
  • Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (her father's 1st cousin, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Dr. Nadine Johnston (friend of her mother's)
  • Mr. Christian Buchwald (friend of her father's)
  • Mr. Peter Heering (friend of her father's)
  • Mrs. Marie Louise Skeel (friend of her mother's)

Her name was announced as:
  • Isabella: for the Danish Queen-Consort, Isabella of Austria
  • Henrietta: for her maternal grandmother (who died in 1997)
  • Ingrid: for her paternal great-grandmother
  • Margrethe: for her paternal grandmother
As previously done with her brother, Denmark's Minister of Foreign Affiairs formally wrote and signed a hand-written document confirming her position as third in line for the Danish throne, a document which contained her full name, birth and christening dates, and the names of her Royal Godparents, in accordance dictated by Royal Law of 1799.

She began to slowly attend school in the 2008-2009 school year, where she would visit Queen Louise's Children's House, the same day nursery her older brother Prince Christian attended to become accustomed to it before attending it as an actual pupil {Source}. In January 2011, she began attending Garrison Parish Ward Kindergarten as it was more convenient for her parents (the school is a five minute walk from their home).On 13 August 2013, Princess Isabella started school at Tranegårdsskolen in Gentofte, the same public school as her older brother {Source}.

At 11 years old, she has had already done her share of royal tours and duties, mostly in the company of her family. Barely 6 months old, she accompanied her parents to promote Denmark's "Creative Nation" initiative in September 2007 {Source}. In 2009, her grandmother started her medal collection to commemorate her grandfather's 75th Birthday. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Commemorative medal to mark her grandmother's Ruby Jubilee. She has attended the family's annual photo shoots since birth (2007,2008,2011,2012,2013, 2014). She's also accompanied her parents to a visit to Australia, before visiting her mother's native Tasmania. In 2011, she attended the christening of her newest siblings, Prince Vincent & Princess Josephine {Photos}. In 2012, she attended the christening of her newest cousin, Princess Athena {Photos}, and numerous events at the London 2012 Olympics {Photos}{Photos}. On the morning of her 10th birthday, new portraits of the young princess were released and she received her own monogram {Photos}

Royal Profile: Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York on born 21 April 1926, as the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York {Source}. She had a younger sister, former brother-in-law, a nephew, a niece, three great nephews and a great niece{Source}:
  1. The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon (1930-2002)
    1. Antony Armstrong-Jones, The 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017, m. 1960-1978, div)
      1. David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (1961)
        1. The Hon. Serena, The Countess of Snowdon (m. 1993)
          1. Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (1999)
          2. The Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (2002)
      2. Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (1964) 
        1. Mr. Daniel St. George Chatto (m. 1994)
          1. Mr. Samuel David Benedict Chatto (1996)
          2. Mr. Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto (1999)

 The young princess was third in line for the British throne at the time of her birth, after her paternal uncle and father, and was not expected to take the crown{Source}.

She was christened as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary for her mother, paternal great-grandmother and paternal grandmother{Source}. Her godparents consisted of{Source}:

  • King George V (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Mary (paternal grandmother)
  • Princess Mary [Viscountess Lascelles] (aunt)
  • The Duke of Connaught (great-great-uncle)
  • The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (maternal grandfather)
  • Lady Elphinstone

Her earliest years were spent between her parents' private residence in London and White Lodge in Richmond Park, as well as her grandparents' country homes{Source}. When she turned six years old, her parents took over the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park as their own country home{Source}.

Her relatively normal upbringing and quiet family life came to an abrupt end in January 1936, with the death of her paternal grandfather {Source}. As her uncle was without a family of his own, Princess Elizabeth was now second in line for the British throne{Source}. However, by the end of that year, in December, her uncle would abdicate the throne, leaving her father to become King Geogre VI{Source} and ten year old Princess Elizabeth as first in line for the British throne{Source}.

The young Princess and her sister began their education at home, supervised by governesses {Source}. Upon her uncle's abdication and her father's asccendance to the throne, ten year old Princess Elizabeth began to study constitutional history and law, to prepare her for her future role as Queen {Source}. She studied French with her Belgian and French governesses,studied art and music, religion, horseback ridding, swimming {Source}.

She also was part of several extra-curricular activities. In 1939, Princess Elizabeth participated in and won the Children's Challenge Shield at London's Bath Club {Source}. She was enrolled in Girl Guides at the age of eleven, and became a Sea Ranger {Source}.

During WWII, the young Princess and her sister were moved to the safety of Windsor Castle {Source}. During the Christmas times in the 1940s, the young princess and her sister would put on pantomimes with the children of members of staff for the enjoyment of her family and employees of the Royal Household{Source}. At the age of 14 in 1940, Princess Elizabeth participated in a live radio broadcast during the BBC Children's programme to the children of Britian and the Commonwealth, especially those whom had been evacuated {Source}. In 1942, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards, and she would perform her first solo public engagement when she inspected the regiment in April of that same year{Source}. A year later, in April 1943, she spent the day with her reigiment in Southern Command{Source}. From then onwards, Princess Elizabeth was actively involved in the roles of the monarchy, much of which involved organizations connected to youth{Source}. She was president of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children (closed in 1998) and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children{Source}. In March 1944, she began to accompany her parents on tours of Great Britain{Source}.

 A month prior to her 18th birthday in 1944, she was appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's absence on a tour of the Italian battlefields, and for the first time carried out duties of the Head of State{Source}. In August 1944, with Queen Elizabeth, the Princess received an address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne{Source}. In September, she carried out her first official tour of Scotland with her parents, a tour which included her opening ceremony in October, when she opened the recently reconstructed Aberdeen Sailors' Home{Source}. Her first flight by air was on a tour of Northern Ireland with her parents {Source}. In early 1945 the Princess was made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS){Source}. By the end of the war she had reached the rank of Junior Commander, having completed her course at No. 1 Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS and passed out as a fully qualified driver{Source}.

She was married to Sir Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 {Source}. Upon their marriage, her father granted his new son-in-law the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich {Source}. This made the young Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth and Baroness Greenwich {Source}. Together, they have four children, eight grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and a grandson-in-law, two granddaughters-in-law, and five great-grandchildren, with two soon-to-be great grandchildren and granddaughter-in-law and a grandson-in-law to add into the mix by the end of 2018{Source}:
  1. The Prince Charles of Wales (1948)
    1. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997, m. 1981-1996, div)
      1. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge (1982)
        1. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
          1. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (2013)
          2. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge (2015)
          3. Prince/ss of Cambridge (2018...ANY TIME NOW)
      2. Prince Henry of Wales (1984)
        1. Ms. R. Meghan Markle (1981, m. 2018)
    2. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947, m. 2005)
  2. The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (1950)
    1. Sir Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
      1. Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Philips (1977)
        1. Mrs. Autumn Kelly Philips
          1. Miss Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
          2. Miss Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
      2. Mrs. Zara Anne Elizabeth Philips Tindall
        1. Mr. Michael Tindall (1978)
          1. Miss Mia Grace Tindall (2014)
          2. Miss/Master Tindall (summer 2018)
  3. The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (1960)
    1. Sarah, Duchess of York (1959, m. 1986-1996, div)
      1. Princess Beatrice of York (1988)
      2. Princess Eugenie of York (1990)
        1. Mr. Jack Brooksbank (1986, m. 2018)
  4. The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (1964)
    1. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (1964)
      1. The Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (2003)
      2. James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Sevrn (2007)

She is one of the few surviving great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The  five eldest living great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria are:
  1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921)
  2. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1926)
  3. The Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks (1929)
  4. Princess Astrid Maud Ingeborg of Norway (1932)
  5. Mrs. Anne Mary Sibylla Liddell-Grainger (1932)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Georg of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg was born 20 April 1999 as the second son of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg and Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg{Source}. He has two older siblings, and a younger brother {Source}:
  • Prince Joesph Wenzel (1995)
  • Princess Marie-Caroline (1996)
  • Prince Nikolaus (2000)
He is the grandchild of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein{Source}, thus is 3rd in line for the throne after his father and elder brother.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Alexander of Sweden, The Duke of Södermanland

Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland was born 19 April 2016 as  the first child of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden {Source}. The little prince is a big brother {Source}{Source}:

  • Prince Gabriel Carl Walther of Sweden, The Duke of Dalarna (2017)

He was baptized in September 2016, with the following as his godparents {Source}:
  • Crown Princess Victoria (paternal aunt)
  • Mrs Lina Frejd (maternal aunt)
  • Mr Victor Magnuson (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Mr Jan-Åke Hansson (friend of his father)
  • Miss Cajsa Larsson (friend of his mother)
Prince Alexander is currently in 6th place for the Swedish throne, as well as distantly for the British throne as a greatx4 grandson of Queen Victoria through her sons Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (Prince Alexander's paternal great grandparents were 2nd cousins).

He is named:

  • Alexander: A name his parents liked
  • Erik: for his maternal grandfather
  • Hubertus: for his paternal grandfather, Carl Gustaf Folke
  • Bertil: for his paternal greatx2 uncle, and his father's godfather, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland

Royal Profile: Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum

Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum was born 19 April 2011 as the first child of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria, Countess de Limburg-Stirum and Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum {Source}. He has two younger brothers {Source}:
  • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  • Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (2016)

He is the first grandchild of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria & Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess of Luxembourg. He is cousins with{Source}:

  • Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
  • Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
  • Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
  • Archduchess Sophia of Austria (2017)
  • Miss Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia de Bourbon-Parma (2017)

As he is only 6 years old, it is likely that he either has not started school yet or is in the very early stages of his education.

Through his grandmother, he is related to the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, the Royal Family of Belgium and the Princely family of Liechtenstein.

Royal Profile: Prince Philipp von Thurn und Taxis

Prince Philipp Gabriel Franz Josef Magnus Maria Lamoral von Thurn und Taxis was born 19 April 1975, the younger of the two sons of Christa Ingeburg Heinle & Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis{Source}.

Because his parents marriage was unequal, he and his brother Prince Hubertus, have no claim to the throne, a position in which his cousin Albert is presently the Head of House {Source}.

Because he is such a minor royal, little is known about him.

Royal Profile: The Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks

The Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks was born 19 April 1929 as the daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and The Hon. Edwina Ashley{Source}. She has one older sister, a brother-in-law, several nieces and newphews and their families {Source}

  1. Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017)
    1. John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne (1924-2005)
    2. Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1947
      1. Penelope Eastwood (1953, m. 1979)
        1. Nicholas Louis Charles Norton Knatchbull, Lord Brabourne, Lord Romsey (1981) 
        2. Lady Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull (1982)
          1. Thomas Hooper (2016)
        3. The Hon. Leonora Louise Marie Elizabeth Knatchbull (1986-1991, cancer)
    3. The Hon. Anthony Knatchbull (1952-1952)
    4. Lady Joanna Edwina Doreen Knatchbull (1955) 
      1. Baron Hubert Pernot du Breuil (1956 -2004, m. 1984-1995, div) 
        1. Baroness Eleuthera Roselyne Patricia Pernot du Breuil (1986
      2. Azriel Zuckerman (1943, m. 1995) 
      3. Alexander Azriel John David Zuckerman (2002)
  2. Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Knatchbull (1957)
    1. Charles Vincent Ellingworth (1957, m. 1987)
      1. Luke John William Ellingworth (1991)
      2. Joseph William Vincent Ellingworth (1992)
      3. Louis Charles Nicholas Ellingworth (1995)
  3. The Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull (1961)
    1.  Atalanta Cowan (1962, m. 1991-1999) 
      1. Daisy Isadora Louise Knatchbull (1992)
      2. Phoebe Knatchbull (1995)
    2. Wendy Amanda Leach (1966, m. 2002)
      1. Frederick Michael Hubert Knatchbull ( 2003)
      2. John Robin Rocky Knatchbull (2004)
  4. The Hon. Nicholas Timothy Charles Knatchbull (1964-1979, killed by an IRA Bomb
  5. The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull (1964)
    1.  Isabella Julia Norman (1971, m. 1998)
      1. Amber Diana Patricia Knatchbull (2000)
      2. Milo Columbus John Knatchbull (2001)
      3. Ludovic David Nicholas Knatchbull (2003)
      4. Isla Selina Edwina Knatchbull (2005)
      5. Wilhelmina "Willa" Victoria Agatha Knatchbull (2008)
Lady Pamela married David Hicks on 13 January 1960 {Source}. Together, they have three children{Source}:
  1. Edwina Victoria Louise Hicks (1961)
    1. Jeremy Alexander Rothwell Brudenell (m. 1984)
      1. Maddison May Brudenell (1994)
      2. Jordon Anne Brudenell (1995)
      3. Rowan Michael David Brudenell (2001)
  2. Ashley Louis David Hicks (1963)
    1. Allegra Marina Tondato (1960, m. 1983, div)
      1. Angelica Margherita Edwina Hicks (1992)
      1. Ambrosia Maria Elizabeth Hicks(1997)
    2. Katalina Sharkey de Solis (1981, m. 2015)
      1. Caspian William Donald Sebastian Hicks (2018)
  3. India Amanda Caroline Hicks (1967)
    1. David Flint Wood (not married)
      1. Felix Austin Flint Wood (1997)
      2. Amory John Flint Wood (1999)
      3. Conrad Lorenzo Flint Wood (2003)
      4. Domino Carmen Flint Wood (2007)
She held the office of Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Elizabeth in 1952{Source} She held the office of Lady-in-Waiting to HM Queen Elizabeth II between 1953 and 1954.

She is one of the eldest surviving five great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The "new" five eldest living great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria are:
  1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921)
  2. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1926)
  3. The Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks (1929)
  4. Princess Astrid Maud Ingeborg of Norway (1932)
  5. Mrs. Anne Mary Sibylla Liddell-Grainger (1932)

Royal Profile: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat was born on 21 April 2007 as the eldest daughter and second c...