Monday, December 11, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg

Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg was born 11 December 1954 as the first child of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Margheretia of Savoy-Aosta {Source}. She has the following younger siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, nieces and nephews-in-law, and great nieces and great nephews{Source}: 
  1. Archduke Lorenz (1955)
    1. Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este (1962, m. 1983)
      1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
        1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
          1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
      2. Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, 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 Laetia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)
  2. Archduke Gerhard (30 October 1957)
    1.  Iris Jandrasits (1961, m. 2015)
  3. Archduke Martin (1959)
    1. Princess Katharina von Isenburg
      1. Archduke Bartholomaeus of Austria (2006)
      2. Archduke Emmanuel of Austria (2008)
      3. Archduchess Helene of Austria (2009)
    2. Archduke Luigi of Austria (2011)
    3. Archduchess Isabella (1963)
      1. Count Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi
        1. Alvise Czarnocki-Lucheschi (1999)
        2. Carlo Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2000)
        3. Maria Anna Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2002)
        4. Alessandro Czarnocki-Lucheschi (2004)
Archduchess Maria Beatrice married  26 April 1980  Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg in April 1983 {Source}. Together, they have six daughters {Source}:
  1. Countess Anna Theresa von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1981)
  2. Countess Margherita von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1983)
  3. Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1988)
  4. Countess Maximiliana Aimée Maria von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1990)
  5. Countess Marie Gabrielle von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1992)
  6. Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg (1997)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: December 4-10, 2017

Austria

-Archduke Imre celebrated his 32nd birthday on Friday.

-Archduchess Marie-Christine, Countess of Limburg-Stirum & Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirm celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe & Queen Mathilde celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on Monday.

-King Philippe visited with students participating in a special TADA class about a typical day at the Royal Palace on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended a discussion on the agenda for sustainable development in the private sector in Belgium on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday.

Denmark

-Crown Prince Fredrik gave the closing keynote address at the Danish-Chinese Tourism Year 2017 on Tuesday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Mary visited the Cancer Workshop at Rigshospitalet on Tuesday {Photos}. On Wednesday, the future Queen consort attended the 100th anniversary gala honoring Finland's independence{Photos}

-Alexander Johannsmann celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday.

France

-Princess Louise  d'Orléans celebrated her 18th birthday on Wednesday.

- Éléonore Crépy celebrated her 10th birthday on Wednesday.

 Éléonore Crépy and Princess Louise are second cousins through Prince Henri, Count of Paris. Their grandfathers, Prince Michel (Éléonore) and Prince Jacques (Princess Louise) are brothers.

Great Britain

-Queen Elizabeth II, The Prince Charles of Wales, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a diplomatic reception on Tuesday {Photos}

-Queen Elizabeth II & The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal attended the commissioning ceremony of the HMS Queen Elizabeth on Thursday {Source}

-The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York presented awards at the Pitch@Palace event on Friday {Photos}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex officially opened the new Woking Hospice and visited the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre on Tuesday {Video}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended a 'Stepping Out' session at MediaCityUK on Wednesday{Photos}

-Mark Flemming Etherington celebrated his 55th birthday on Sunday.

Japan

-Crown Princess Masako celebrated her 54th birthday on Saturday.

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania arrived in Turkey for an official visit where they were recieved by the President and First Lady on Wednesday {Photos}

-King Abdullah II held an audience with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday {Photos}

-Queen Rania  visited Jordanian and Syrian women who are creating handicrafts as part of a collaboration between the Jordan River Foundation and IKEA on Tuesday {Photos}

-Crown Prince Hussein  held an audience with United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairperson of the Emirates Youth Council  and together they visit to the Crown Prince Foundation on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}

Liechtenstein

-Prince Nikolaus celebrated his 17th birthday on Wednesday.

Luxembourg

-Grand Duke Henri paid a visit to the Luxembourg Science Center on Thursday {Photos}

Monaco

-Princess Charlene. {Hereditary Prince Jacques, Princess Gabriella, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy & Melanie-Antoinette de Massy visited the 2017 Christmas Village on Saturday {Source}

-Hereditary Prince Jacques, Marquis de Baux celebrated his 3rd birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Gabriella, The Countess of Carladès celebrated her 3rd birthday on Sunday.

-Princess Caroline of Hanover hosted a "surrealist dinner" on the theme The Art of the Game, the Game of Art on Saturday {Source}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended the 2017 One Night With The Stars benefit at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander visited Politie Woerden on Tuesday {Photos}

-Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje celebrated her 14th birthday on Thursday.

Norway

-King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony on Sunday {Source}

-Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited a non-smoking waste company on Friday {Source}

Romania

-King Mihai I  died at the age of 96 on Tuesday{Source}.

-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu held an audience with Professor Sorin Cimpeanu, a member of the Chamber of Deputies on Monday{Source}. On Tuesday, the royal duo hosted a reception to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence{Source}.

-Crown Princess Margareta held a meeting with representatives of the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation on Monday {Source}

-Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills announced through his lawyer that he has been granted permission to attend his grandfather's funeral this coming week on Saturday {Source}
the former prince will be in the company of his fiancee Alina-Maria Binder who has also been given permission to stand among the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the deposed king at the event. The reason why he had to seek permission is because he alledgedly assulted some of his grandfather's staff when he attempted to visit his dying grandfather in Switzerlandin  November 2017 and was denied access. I'm not sure exactly what the circumstances are or whom he had to seek permission from (likely his aunt, through his mother and lawyer)

Spain

-King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia presided over the 50th anniversary of the Sports newspaper, AS and the Delivery of the AS Sports Awards 2017 on Tuesday {Photos}

-Don Pablo Nicolás de Urdangarín y de Bórbon celebrated his 17th birthday on Wednesday.

-Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine,Christopher Paul O'Neill, Princess Christina &  Tord Magnuson  attended the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony on Sunday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia attended the award ceremony for the Prince Carl Medal on Monday {Source}.

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended a Information Consulate at the Royal Palace on Monday {Source}. On Tuesday, the current and future monarch attended a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Comittee {Source}. On Wednesday, the royal father and daughter duo attended a presentation of the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held an audience with the President of Georgia (the country, not the state) on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the Swedish monarch held audiences with newly appointed ambassadors from Nigeria, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, and  Slovakia {Source}

-Queen Silvia attended a meeting of the World Childhood Foundation on Monday {Source}

-Prince Carl Philip undertook an official visit to Hong Kong from Tuesday to Thursday {Source}

-Prince Daniel undertook several engagements in Skarpnäck on Wednesday {Source}

-Princess Sofia celebrated her 33rd birthday on Wednesday.

Thailand

-Princess Bhajara Kittiyabha celebrated her 39th birthday on Thursday.

Royal Profile: Hereditary Prince Jacques of Monaco, Marquis de Baux

Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier of Monaco, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis de Baux was born 10 December 2014 as the youngest child of  Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco {Source}. He has two older half siblings and an older twin sister:


He was baptized on 10 May 2015{Photos}. His godparents were chosen by his father, and were {Source}:
  • D. Christopher LeVine III (son of Prince Albert's cousin, who would be Jacques's 2nd cousin on the Kelly side. He's also a III not Jr as his grandfather was also D. Christopher LeVine, and his father.)
  • Diane de Polignac Nigra (She is Prince Pierre's great-niece through her mother Thérèse de Polignac...which if I did the math right, that would make her and Gabriella 4th cousins)

He is named for:

  • Jacques: a common name in both French and South African culture that his parents liked
  • Honoré: Several past rulers of Monaco
  • Rainier: paternal grandfather

Even though he is only three years old, he has had his share of royal appearances. In January 2015, his parents debuted him and his sister on the palace balcony{Photos}. In July 2015, they appeared with palace staff on the balcony during their father's 10 year anniversary celebrations {Photos}. In August 2015, they attended the annual picnic in Princesse Antoinette de Monaco Parc {Photos}. In November 2015, they attended their first National Day celebrations and the 2015 March for Climate {Photos}{Photos}. In 2016, he joined his parents and big sister for a balcony appearance during Monaco's National Day celebrations {Photos}.In 2017, Prince Jacques appeared with his family during Monaco's St. Devote ceremony,  the annual pic-nic at Princesse Antoinette ParcNational Day's balcony appearance and most recently, a  Monaco vs Chalon-Sur-Saône basketball game.

Royal Profile: Princess Gabriella of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès

Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie of Monaco, The Countess of Carladès was born 10 December 2014 as the first legitimate child of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco{Source}. She has two older half siblings and a younger twin brother:



For approximately two minutes of her life, she was her father's heir{Source}. Her younger brother Jacques displaced her upon his birth two minutes after her birth{Source}.


She was baptized on 10 May 2015{Photos}. Her godparents were chosen by her mother, and were {Source}:
  • Garreth Wittstock (maternal uncle)
  • Nerine Pienaar (mother's friend)


Even though she is only two years old, she has had her share of royal appearances. In January 2015, her parents debuted her and her brother on the palace balcony{Photos}. In July 2015, they appeared with palace staff on the balcony during their father's 10 year anniversary celebrations {Photos}. In August 2015, they attended the annual picnic in Princesse Antoinette de Monaco Parc {Photos}. In November 2015, they attended their first National Day celebrations and the 2015 March for Climate {Photos}{Photos}. In 2016, she joined her parents and younger brother for a balcony appearance during Monaco's National Day celebrations {Photos}. In 2017, Princess Gabriella appeared with her family during Monaco's St. Devote ceremony, appeared with her parents during the 2017 Sainte-Devote Rugby tournament aiding the Princess Charlene Foundation, the annual pic-nic at Princesse Antoinette Parc, National Day's balcony appearance and most recently, a  Monaco vs Chalon-Sur-Saône basketball game

At seven months old, Gabriella and her brother were trained by the South African Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy to have water survival skills{Photos}.


She was named{Source}:
  • Gabriella: A name her parents liked and thought was "charming" 
  • Thérèse Marie: For the youngest child of her ancestor Honoré II or it could be for her great-great aunt Thérèse de Polignac and her great grandmother, Marie Juliette Louvett

Royal Profile: Mark Etherington

Mark Flemming Etherington was born 10 December 1962 {Source}. Not much is known about his family or upbringing.

He married The Lady Alexandra Clare Carnegie on 11 May 2001 {Source}. Together, they have one child {Source}:


Amelia Mary Etherington (2001)

Both his wife and daughter are distantly in line for the British throne. It appears they are close with the Wessex family as Lady Alexandra is a godmother of Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Sophie  is Amelia Carnegie Etherington's godmother.

He shares a birthday with the Monégasque twins.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Prince Joachim Karl-Maria Nikolaus Isabelle Marcus d'Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este was born 9 December 1991 as the second son and third child of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este {Source}. He has one older brother and an older sister, as well as an older sister-in-law, and two younger sisters{Source}:

  1. Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (1986)
    1. Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este (1987)
      1. Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (2016)
  2. Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1988)
  3. Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1995)
  4. Princess Laetia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2003)


He began his education at Sint Jan Berchmans College, until at least 2009. From 2009-2010, he attended Malvern College {Source}. Upon graduating from his primary education, he attended a voluntary army training course at the Centre for Basic Training, and then attended The Nautical School in Brugge to become an officer in the Belgian Navy {Source}{Source}. Beginning in September 2011, he began studying at Bocconi University for a Bachelor's degree in International Economics, Management and Finance {Source}

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Masako of Japan

Crown Princess Masako of Japan was born 9 December 1963, the eldest child of of Hisashi Owada, a senior diplomat, and former President of the International Court of Justice. She has two younger sisters, twins named Setsuko and Reiko{Source}.


When she was just two years old, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she completed her early education{Source}. Upon the family's return to Japan, she was enrolled in a private girls' school in Tokyo, Denenchofu Futaba, which she attended until her second year of high school{Source}. She and her family then moved to the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States while her father acted as a Vice Ambassador to the US for Japan and was a guest professor at Harvard{Source}. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1981, where she had been involved with the National Honor Society{Source}. She then enrolled in Radcliffe College{Source}. She obtained a A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard College{Source}. She attended, but never finished a graduate course in International Relations at Balliol College, Oxford University{Source}.She is fluent in several languages, including Japanese, English, and French, as well as conversational German, Russian and Spanish{Source}. Upon obtaining her degrees, the future Crown Princess began her career working for Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she worked alongside her father{Source}.

She is first known to have met the man who would become her future husband while she was studying at the University of Toyko in November 1986, but some sources state that they met while her father was an escort to members of the Imperial Family. The Crown Prince proposed several times to her for her hand in marriage before she final relented on 9 December 1992, and the Imperial House made the announcement on 19 January 1993, and they were wed on 3 June 1993. The Crown Princess' first pregnancy was announced in December 1999, but she miscarried. Two years later, the Crown Princess gave birth to the couple's only child, a daughter, Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi, who was born 1 December 2001.


Together, with her husband she is often in attendance at the Imperial Family's official events, such as New Year Ceremonies, and the annual Garden parties, as well as offiical foreign visitor welcome receptions, Court luncheons and State banquets. In addition, the future emperess and her husband often frequent a variety of ceremonies including: The National Awards Ceremony for the Promotion of Blood Donation, the National Inter-High School Championship, the National Cultural Festival, the National Tree-Care Festival, the National Sports Games for the Disabled, the Protect the Greenery Gathering, and the National Leaders of Agriculture Summit. She has also served as Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross Society since 1994. She has also accompanied her husband on visits to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahraikn, Kuwait, The UAE, Jordan, Belgium (for the wedding of Prince Philipe), New Zealand and Australia.


Since 2002, the future Empress of Japan has remained largely out of the public eye, allegedly due to emotional disorders. In July 2004, she was diagnosed with suffering from adjustment disorder, and has reportedly been seeking treatment. However, in 2016, she has made more frequent appearances including attending an official visit to the Philippines with her husband and in-laws, celebrating the new year,, visited Nagano with her husband and daughter, attended a concert by the Music College Graduates with her husband and in-laws, visited the Botticelli Exhibition with her husband and daughter, and attended a cinema show with her husband and daughter, took part in the annual spring garden party, visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum with her husband, undertook a two-day official visit to Iwate and visited thePompei Exhibition with her husband, she and her family also visited the Renoir Exhibition, underwent a visit to Nara And Kyoto and attended Blood Donation Promotion National Meeting with her husband and met with Japan's Olympic Squad, visited the Suzaki Imperial Villa, atttended Japan's 1st annual Mountain Day, visited Nagano, attended a symposium on Water, visited Shimoda, visited an elderly home with her husband, attended memorial services for Prince Mikasa and events surrounding the official visit from Belgium to Japan and visited Gifu, attended events surrounding the official visit from Singapore, attended the funeral of Prince Mikasa.


She has received orders from Japan, Austria, Norway, Portugal and Spain. She will become empress of Japan once her father-in-law's abdication is official in April 2019 {Source}

Royal Profile: Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg

Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este, Countess of Arco-Zinneberg  was born 11 December 1954 as the first child of Robert, Archduke of ...