Thursday, September 21, 2017

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Noah de Nassau

  1. Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau was born 21 September 2007{Source}
  2. He is the younger son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and then Princess Tessy of Luxembourg{Source}. 
  3. He has an older brother{Source}:
    1. Prince Gabriel (2006)
  4. His godparents are:
    1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his paternal uncle)
    2. Patty Antony (his maternal aunt)
  5. 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}. 
  6. 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}.
  7.  The same proclamation gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to him and his elder brother and possible future children{Source}. .
  8. He resided in London with his parents and elder brother, where he likely began school in 2010{Source}. 
  9. He is not in line for the Luxembourg throne, therefore he only makes rare appearances on Luxembourg's behalf with his parents{Source}.
  10. His parents divorced in January 2017 {Source}.

Royal Profile: Julián Guillermo

Julián Jorge Guillermo was born 21 September 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 bithday with: 

  • Alexia Knecht de Massy (2001) (Monaco)
  • Prince Noah de Nassau (2007)

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 should be in the Première year (equal to 11th grade in the US system) at Ecole Francaise du Cap Francois le Vaillant in South Africa.

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 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.).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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. Leo Cyrus Anthony Lascelles (2008, Alexander did not marry Leo's mother)
  3. The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (1982)
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}:

  • 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. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Royal Recap of the Royals You Love: September 11-17, 2017

Austria

-Archduchess Michaela celebrated her 63rd birthday on Wednesday.

-Archduchess Monika, The Duchess of Santangelo celebrated her 63rd birthday on Wednesday.

Belgium

-King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmauel & Princess Eléonore took part in A Day without a Car on Sunday {Photos}

-King Philippe visited the morning market in Brussels (Mabru) and meet with young merchants on Wednesday {Photos}. On Friday, the Belgian monarch attended the opening ceremony and the first singles meeting of the Davis Cup semi-final {Source}{Photos}

-Queen Mathilde attended ErurFleurs 2017 on Friday {Source}{Photos}

-King Albert II & Queen Paola became honorary citizens of Santa Marina Salina on Monday {Source}

-Queen Paola celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday.

-Princess Claire, Princess Louise, Prince Aymeric & Prince Nicholas attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Prince Laurent Foundation on Saturday {Source}

-Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este attended the religious ceremony of  Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen on Saturday {Source}

Denmark

-Queen Margrethe II held an investutre ceremony on Monday {Source}. On Friday, she officially opened   the National Museum's special exhibition Behind the Governor's Mirrors {Photos}

-Crown Prince Fredrik attended the IOC Session in Peru from Monday to Saturday {Source}

-Crown Princess Mary attended the opening of the 67th Regional Committee for Europe and took part in a series of meetings as part of the WHO on Monday {Photos}{Photos}. On Wednesday, the future Danish Queen attended the official opening of the Hempel College at the Technical University of Denmark {Source}. On Sunday, she traveled to NYC to participate in the UN General Assemby and opened Claus Meyer Food School {Source}{Source}.

-Princess Marie participated in the AIDS Foundation's Generation without HIV event on Thursday{Photos}

-Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday.

France

-Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans celebrated her 46th birthday on Monday.

Germany

-Hubertus, The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday.

-Prince Ernest-August of Hanover,Princess Ernest-August of Hanover & Prince Christian of Hanover attended the religious ceremony of Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen on Saturday {Source}
Prince Ernest August & Prince Christian are first cousins with Hereditary Prince Ferdinand, his father and Ferdinand's mother are brother and sister. Princess Ernest-August o f Hanover is his wife, Ekatria Malysheva. The trio was joined by Prince Christian's fiancee Alessandra de Osma.

-Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia  & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen  married  in a religious ceremony on Saturday {Source}
The groom is a nephew of Prince Ernest-August of Hanover & son of Andreas, 8th Prince of Leiningen. The bride is a greatx2 granddaughter of the last German emperor, Emperor Wilhelm II. Both are distantly related to Queen Victoria and in succession for the British throne, their eventual children will be behind their father in succession as their father is higher in line {Source}. Ferdinand is currently 124th, and  Viktoria Luise is currently 154th. The bride and bridegroom are 5th cousins through Queen Victoria's daughter Victoria, Princess Royal.

Great Britain

-The Prince Charles of Wales & Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday {Photos}

-The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal visited Peru for the IOC Session Lima, visited the International Potato Centre and attended a recepton for the Amazon Hope Medical Project this week {Source}

-Sophie, The Countess of Wessex took to the trading floor as part of the BGC Charity Day on Monday {Photos}

-Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge opened the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital and spoke to patients in the Frailty Assessment Unit, visited Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust's Life Rooms, visited the Guinea Gap Leisure Centre and watched an English Schools Swimming Association water polo session on Thursday {Photos}

-Prince Harry of Wales visited The Chatham Green Project on Thursday {Photos}.On Friday, he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

-Princess Eugenie of York & Sarah, Duchess of York visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital's Teenage Cancer Trust Ward on Wednesday {Source}

-Lord Fredrick Windsor & Lady Fredrick (Sophie) Windsor celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Greece

-Crown Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her 49th birthday on Sunday.

-Prince Odysseus-Kimon  celebrated his 13th birthday on Sunday.

Japan

-Princess Kiko of Akishino celebrated her 51st birthday on Monday.

-Princess Kako of Akishino boarded a flight from Japan to England to begin her studies at the University of Leeds next week on Tuesday {Source}

Jordan

-King Abdullah II & Queen Rania attended the opening of the King Hussein Cancer Center’s new expansion on Wednesday {Photos}{Photos}

-King Abdullah II held an audience with the Russian Foreign Minister on Monday {Photos}. On Sunday, he met with the President of the European Council and began a working visit to NYC to take part in the 2017 UN General Assembly{Photos} {Photos}

-Queen Rania undertook several engagements in Al Hallabat area of Jordan on Monday {Photos}. On Tuesday, she visited the Jordan River Foundation's annual handicrafts exhibition {Photos}

-Talal Al-Saleh celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday.

Monaco

-Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb attended the Chicken Show Dance Association benefit for Fight Aids Monaco on Saturday {Photos}

-Jazmin Grace Grimaldi attended Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet fashion show and the Barragan fashion show on Tuesday {Photos} {Photos}On Thursday, the eldest child of Monaco's sovereign prince attended the premiere of Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards hosted by Manolo Blahnik with The Cinema Society at The Frick Collection {Photos}

The Netherlands

-King Williem-Alexander visited the devestation of the islands of Saba, St Eustatius and Sint Maarten on Tuesday {Photos}{Photos}. On Thursday, the Dutch King attended the celebration of the 50th anniversary ofKoppert NL and opens the experience centre {Photos}. On Saturday, he attended the celebration of the centennial anniversary of Reddingsbrigade Netherlands {Source}

-Queen Maxima attended the LOEY Awards 2017 on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, the Dutch consort attended the season opener of Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest and visited the Royal Institute of Linguistics, Landscape and Ethnology (KITLV) in Leiden on Thursday {Photos} {Source}

Romania

-Crown Princess Margareta & Prince Radu attended a memorial service for Prince Radu's mother on Wednesday {Photos}. On Thursday, they attended the funeral service for Prince Radu's mother {Photos}
Prince Radu's mother died on September 10, 2017 {Source}

-Princess Maria attended the opening of the new school year at the "Ferdinand I" Gymnasium School on Monday {Source}. On Thursday, she visited the St. Irina Palliative Care Center {Source}

Spain

-Queen Letizia celebrated her 45th birthday on Friday.

-Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón celebrated his 43rd birthday on Thursday.

-Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.

-Doña María Sofía Emilia Carmen Zurita y de Borbón celebrated her 42nd birthday on Saturday.

Sweden

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria,Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip & Princess Madeleine attended the 2017 opening of Riksdag on Tuesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel held an audience with Sweden's Foreign Minister on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Crown Princess Victoria attended the Stockholm Security Conference on Thursday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf & Prince Carl Philip visited the Aurora 17 Defense Force on Wednesday {Source}

-King Carl XVI Gustaf held a farewell audiences with outgoing ambassadors to Dominican Republic,Slovakia, Ethiopia and Turkey on Wednesday {Source}.

-Queen Silvia attended the International Medical Congress on Thursday {Photos}

-Crown Princess Victoria held an audience with the Minister of Rural Affairs on Wednesday {Source}. On Thursday, the future Swedish monarch attended the autumn performance at the Finnish National Opera {Photo}

-Prince Daniel celebrated his 44th birthday on Friday.

-Princess Madeleine attended the My Great Day seminar When life does not follow manuscript on Wednesday {Source}

-Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday.
Estelle is a great-niece of King Carl XVI Gustaf

-Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday.
Fred is a great-nephew of King Carl XVI Gustaf

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, all of who carry the title and style HRH Prince/ss of Greece. They are:




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

Royal Profile: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal Claire 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 the 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)
      1. Isabelle Getty(1993)
      2. Robert Maximilian Getty (1996)
      3. Conrad Getty (1998)
      4. Maximus Getty (2002)
  2. Alexandra-Natasha von Fürstenberg (1972)
    1. Alexandre Egon von Fürstenberg (m. 1995-2002)
      1. Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg (1999)
      2. Tassillo Egon Maximilian von Fürstenberg (2001)
She grew up as an American citizen, but spent much of her younger years globe trotting{Source}. She 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 a daughter and four sons, all of who bear the title HRH Prince(ss) of Greece{Source}:



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}.

Marie-Chantal serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and the Animal Medical Centre. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage and the co-chair of World in Harmony{Source}.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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: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 is extemely distantly in succession for the British throne through her greatx2 grandmother, Princess Beatrice of The United Kingdom.

Royal Profile: Prince Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Duke of Saxony

Prince Hubertus Michael, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, Duke of Saxony was born 16 September 1975 as the first son of Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and of his wife, Carin Dabelstein{Source}{Source}. He has two siblings{Source}:
  • Princess Stephanie of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (1972)
  • Prince Alexander of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (1977)
He was educated in Germany, and England. He studied Law at the University of Würzburg from 1997-1999{Source}. He attended the London School of Economics from 1999-2000 and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 2000-2003{Source}.Upon his University graduation, he worked as a lawyer for a bank in NYC, specializing in wealth management {Source}. Prince Hubertus worked as a lawyer for a bank in New York specialising in wealth management{Source}.



At the beginning of 2012 he moved back from New York to Coburg where he is on the board of the family Foundation - the Stiftung der Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha'schen Familie {Source}.He married Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on 21 May 2009 (Civil) and 23 May 2009 (religious) {Source}.
Together, they have the following children{Source}:


Although, he holds no official role, he does attend certain royal family events, such as the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Through his greatx2 grandfather, he is a descendant of Queen Victoria. (Allow me to save you some googling: His greatx2 grandfather was Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany via his father and grandfather)
Yes, this means he is in line for the British throne-distantly.
He was also related to Queen Victoria via her mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. He was Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld's greatx3 grandchild (I *think*).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Royal Profile: Prince Harry of Wales

Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales was born as the younger of two sons of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales on 15 September 1984{Source}. He has one older brother, a sister-in-law and a niece and nephew, as well as a pending niece or nephew in 2018:

  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)



Through his father's second marriage to The Duchess of Cornwall, he has two stepsiblings, two stepsiblings-in-law, two step-nieces, and four step-nephews:

  1. Mr. Thomas Parker-Bowels (1974)
    1. Mrs. Sara (Buys) Parker-Bowels
      1. Miss Lola Parker-Bowels (2007)
      2. Master Freddy Parker-Bowels (2010)
  2. Mrs. Laura (Parker-Bowels) Lopes (1978)
    1. Mr. Harry Lopes
      1. Miss Eliza Lopes (2008)
      2. Master Gus Lopes (2009)
      3. Master Louis Lopes (2009)
At his birth, he was 3rd in line for the throne after his father and brother, but with the births of his niece and nephew, he is presently 5th in succession. With the birth of yet another niece or nephew in 2018, he will drop down to sixth place.

On 21st December 1984, Prince Henry Charles Albert David was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. His godparents were {Source}:

He was educated mostly in England. For two years, from 1986-1989, he attended Mrs. Mynors School{Source}. From 1989-1992, he attended Wetherby School {Source}. In September 1992, he joined Prince William at Ludgrove School {Source}. In September 1998, he began attending Eton College, where he undertook both his GCSE's and A-Levels {Source}.


After completing his A Levels, Prince Harry took a gap year during which he visited Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho{Source}. In May 2005, he returned to the UK, where he began a course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst{Source} .

He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals){Source}.During this period, Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho{Source}.
In February 2008, Prince Harry completed more than two months service with the British Army in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a ‘Forward Air Controller’ for NATO forces{Source} .On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant.In January 2009, he began a two-and-a-half year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He remains an officer in the Household Cavalry during the training period{Source}.

Prince Harry’s principal residences are at Clarence House in London and Highgrove in Gloucestershire.A Household Office was set up at St James’s Palace, London, for Prince Harry and for his brother, Prince William, in January 2009 to reflect their growing public lives.

The Prince is currently Patron of a number of charities and organisations (including Sentebale) and he holds two honorary military appointments (in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force){Source}.The Prince focuses much of his charitable activity around the Princes’ Charities Forum, a grouping of organisations with which he and his brother have close links and which assists in promoting ideas and joint initiatives to the benefit of all the members {Source}.

He is godfather of two boys:
  • Frederick "Fred" Pettifer (2001) (son of his former nanny, Alexandra Shân "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke)
  • Jasper Dyer (2012) (son of close friend and former former royal equerry Mark Dyer)

Royal Profile: Prince Daniel of Sweden, The Duke of Västergötland

Prince Daniel of Sweden, The Duke of Västergötland was born  as Olof Daniel Westling  on 15 September 1973 as the son of Ewa Westling and Olle Gunnar Westling{Source}. He has a sister, a former brother-in-law, a brother-in-law, and two nieces{Source}:
  1. Anna Westling Söderström
    1. Blom
      1. Hedvig Blom
      2. Vera Blom
    2. Mikael Söderström 
The future Prince Consort attended schools in Sweden, including Rabo Primary School, Perslunda School and Hammargymnasiet upper secondary school {Source}. He graduated upper secondary school in 1991 {Source}.

During his summers, he would work at a home for the elderly{Source}. Prince Daniel was also a member of the Swedish military group 114 in Gävle {Source}. After completing his military service, he worked at a centre for children with special needs {Source}. In 1994, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden to study at the Gymnastics Federation's Folk High School {Source}.During his time at Gymnastics Federation's Folk High School, he studied the youth recreation leader programme {Source}.While studying there, he worked for a fitness company, and after completing his education, he continued to work for the company full time{Source}.

In 1997, he created his own fitness consulting company {Source}. He opened his own fracise gim Master Training shortly thereafter {Source}. The future Consort started up the company Balance in 2006 {Source}. Since becoming the heir's consort, he has given up his business practices as required by law {Source}.

Prince Daniel partakes in many activities in his spare time, many of which are sports related. He is an avid skiier and golfer{Source}. Some of his passions and favorite activities include: social issues, health, sport and entrepreneurship, and enjoys going to the theatre {Source}.

Prince Daniel met his would-be bride in 2001, when he was hired as her personal trainer{Source}. Reportedly, in the beginning, King Carl XVI Gustaf was against his heir's budding romance with her trainer, however, eventually he warmed up to the relationship {Source}. After his engagement was annouced to the future Queen of Sweden, he began tutoring sessions in several languages including English, French and German, Swedish history and political science {Source}. Upon their engagement, royal watchers and the Swedish people began to speculate what-if any-title he would receive upon marriage. It was decided by the Swedish courts that he would receive the male equalivent of Crown Princess Victoria's titles-making his official title His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland{Source}. On 19 June 2010, he became the first future male consort in Swedish history{Source}.
Over the years, Prince Daniel has "collected" many national and international honors. Upon marrying into the Swedish Royal Family, he was granted the honor of knight of the order of the Seraphim {Source}. Prince Daniel holds numerous honors, both domestically and abroad {Source}{Source}{Photo}. In addition to Sweden, he holds orders from Estonia, and Finland {Source}{Photo}

On 17 August 2011, his life changed once again, when he and his wife announced that they were expecting their first child {Source}. In August 2015, it was announced that he and his wife are expecting their second child in 2016 {Source}. Their two children are{Source}{Source}:


The Swedish National Archives published an account of Westling's ancestors, most of whom were farmers in the province of Hälsingland {Source}.In June 2010, genealogist Björn Engström published Daniel's ancestors as far back as to the 14th century, and showed that Daniel shares some ancestors in the region of Stora Kopparberget with noble families living today, among these Svinhufvud{Source}.His paternal grandfather Anders Andersson (1900–1980) adopted the surname of Westling from his mother{Source}.

He is the 2nd commoner to marry into the royal family, breaking traditions of royals marrying royals. His mother-in-law was the first.

Since becoming a prince, he has undertaken many patronages, some of which includes International Society of Nephrology, World Transplant Games 2011, UEFA Women's EURO 2013, patron of the initiative 'Make A Healthy Heart Your Goal' campaign partnership for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 {Source}{Source}{Source}{Source}.

The future Swedish consort has visited Russia, The USA on solo official capacity visits {Source}{Source}{Source}. He shares a birthday with Queen Letizia of Spain & Prince Harry of Wales.

Royal Profile: 45 Facts about Queen Letizia of Spain

  1. Queen Letizia of Spain was born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on 15 September 1972 {Source}.
  2. She is the daughter of Don Jesús Ortiz Álvarez and Dona Paloma Rocasolano Rodriguez{Source}. 
  3. The current Spanish consort has two sisters{Source}: 
    1. Telma Ortiz Rocasolano (1973) 
    2. Érika Ortiz Rocasolano (1975-2007, suicide)
  4. She has one former-brother-in-law:
    1. Antonio Vigo (div, Erika)
  5. She has one niece:
    1. Carla Vigo Rocasolano (2000)
  6. She began his studies in Oviedo, in the public school La Gesta and later at the Institute Alfonso II{Source}. 
  7. At age 14, she moved with her parents and sisters to Madrid, where she completed her school at Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu{Source}. 
  8. She received a degree in Information Sciences, Journalism industry, Complutense University of Madrid{Source}. 
  9. She holds a Master of Audiovisual Journalism from the Institute of Journalism Media Studies{Source}. 
  10. During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE{Source}. 
  11. She was awarded the Larra Prize by the Madrid Press Association to the year's most outstanding journalist under 30{Source}.
  12. She got engaged to Alonso Guerro Pérez after a 10-year courtship, they were civilly married in 1999, and divorced in 2000 {Source}. 
  13. Her engagement to HRH The Prince of Asturias was announced on November 1, 2003{Source}..
  14. The religious ceremony was held on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena in Madrid{Source}. 
  15. It was the first royal wedding in this cathedral, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993{Source}. 
  16. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos{Source}. 
  17. After the wedding, she moved with her new husband to his residence, a 3,150 square metres (33,900 sq ft) palace built within the Zarzuela Palace grounds{Source}. 
  18. With the King of Spain, she has two daughters{Source}:
    1. Leonor, The Princess of Austrias (2005) 
    2. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  19. Her primary duties are to raise her daughters and support the institutional work of the King Felipe VI.
  20. Therefore, she personally cares for her daughters' wellbeings and balances her duties as a mother and her work alongside King Felipe at certain official events. 
  21. Since 2007 she has her own agenda, which takes place in the framework of the official activities of the Royal Household of His Majesty The King.
  22. Her main areas of work are children and youth, and, most especially, areas related to their education and health. 
  23. The world of disability is another of the Queen's interests. 
  24. Throughout these years, she has provided institutional support for different groups within Spanish society, ranging from visually impaired people to those affected by hearing impairments or by autism spectrum disorders, to name only a few.
  25. In September 2010, the Princess assumed the Honorary Presidency of the Spanish Association Against Cancer and of its Scientific Foundation
  26. She has maintained contact with the military by attending Armed Forces Day, presenting Combat Flags to certain Units, and presiding over a Flag Oath ceremony of the Royal Guard. 
  27. The Spanish Queen supports Spanish designers, from couturiers such as Felipe Varela and Lorenzo Caprile to Zara and Mango.
  28. In 2006, Letizia received some unfortunate attention over a 'wardrobe malfunction' (a gust of wind blew her skirt up while greeting a crowd atop the Juan Luis Galiardo Theater).
  29. Her interests include: the cinema, the theatre, literature and sports such as ski, sailing (since her wedding to the Prince) and hunting. 
  30. She hold honors from Spain, Argentina, Chile, France, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal and Romania.
  31. Other Honors she holds are:
    1. Favorite Daughter of Oviedo (Hija Predilecta de Oviedo, 2007)
    2. Adoptive Daughter of Ribadesella (Hija Adoptiva de Ribadesella, 2004)
    3. 'Lazo de Dama' of the Royal Masterhood of Cavalry of Seville, 2008
  32. Together, they also represented Spain in other countries: Queen Letizia has traveled along with the King Felipe to Jordan, Mexico, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the United States of America, Serbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, China and Portugal. 
  33. She also greeted, along with other members of the royal family, international dignitaries. Such as when the Pope visited Spain for World Youth Day 2011
  34. Letizia also attended foreign royalty gatherings in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, for the silver wedding anniversary of The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, as well as the 40th birthday celebrations of The Prince of Orange.
  35. She is the daughter-in-law of King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia of Spain.
  36. She is a niece-in-law of King Constantine II & Queen Anne-Marie of Greece through her mother-in-law.
  37. Through her father-in-law, she is the niece in law of Infanta Pilar and Infanta Margarita
  38. She is the sister-in-law of:
    1. Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo
    2. Infanta Cristina of Spain
  39. Through her marriage, she has the following nephews:
    1. Don Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarin y de Bourbon (1998)
    2. Don Felipe de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
    3. Don Pablo Nicholas Urdangarin y de Bourbon (2000)
    4. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Bórbon (2002)
  40. Through her marriage, she has the following nieces:
    1. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
    2. Doña Irene Urdangarín y Bórbon (2005)
  41. She shares a birthday with Prince Harry of Wales.
  42. She shares a birthday with Prince Daniel of Sweden, The Duke of Västergötland.
  43. Her astrological sign is Virgo.
  44. She speaks Spanish.
  45. When she began dating the future King of Spain, she started learning English.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Royal Profile: Estelle Louise Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng

Estelle Louise Désirée Gerard, Friherinna de Greer af Finspäng was born 14 September 2000 as the only daughter of Hans Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng & Kristina Silfverschiold, Baroness Silfverschiold {Source}. She has two brothers {Source}:
  1. Ian Carl Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2002)
  2. Fred Louis Gerard, Friherre de Greer af Finspäng (2004)
As a granddaughter of Princess Désirée of Sweden, Baroness Silfverschiöld & Baron Nils-August Otto Carl Niclas Silfverschiöld, she is a great niece of King Carl XVI Gustaf , but is not in succession for the Swedish throne. However, due to being a descendant of Queen Victoria, she is in succession for the British throne.

It is likely she will lead a normal life.

Royal Profile: Count Friedrich Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth was born 14 September 1999, the first child of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth & Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth {Source}. He has one younger sister{Source}:



Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)



He is one of four grandchildren of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Richard, the 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg{Source}


His christening took place in Germany in December 1999 and the following were named as his godparents{Source}:


  • Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (maternal uncle)
  • Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (maternal 3rd cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Philipp of Hesse (his mother's cousin)
  • Countess Andrea of Pfeil-Haag (his father's cousin)
  • Nadine Kettaneh-Farah (a family friend)




He was named for{Source}:

  • Friedrich: possibly for his mother's cousin, Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark, only in the German spelling?
  • Richard: His maternal grandfather
  • Oscar: no idea
  • Jefferson: his father


During his younger years, the family resided in Paris, France making frequent trips to Germany and Denmark to visit family. In 2013, the family moved to Germany{Source}.He is not a member of the Danish Royal Family, does not perform any official duties nor is in line for the throne due to his mother not being raised in Denmark per her great-grandfather's requirements. However, he is distantly in line for the British throne and related to most of Europe's present monarchs. He likely speaks French, Danish and German. He does participate in the annual family photo calls (Summer 2013, he is the one in the blue shirt) and official family events (such as the christening of his 2nd cousin Prince Henrik and wedding of his maternal aunt), but other than that he does not perform any official duties or functions for the Danish monarchy and little is known about him.

Royal Profile: Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar

Fernando Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 15th Duke of Huéscar  was born 14 September 1999 as the eldest son of Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 19th Duke of Alba and Matilde de Solis {Source}

He has one younger brother{Source}:
  • Carlos Fitz-James Stuart de Solís, 22nd Count of Osorno, Grandee of Spain (1991)
He was the paternal grandson of The Duchess of Alba, and his father is the current titleholder of The Dukedom of Alba. Fernando is the heir apparent to the title.


Not much is known about him and he likely leads a fairly normal lifestyle.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Royal Profile: Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón

Don Fernando Humberto Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón was born 13 September 1974 as the youngest child of Infanta Pilar and Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, ?th Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain {Source}.He has the following siblings and nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Doña María de Fátima Simoneta Luisa Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1968)
    1. Don José Miguel Fernández-Sastrón (1959, m. 1990-2012, div)
      1. Luis Juan Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1991)
      2. Pablo Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (1995)
      3. María de las Mercedes Fernández-Sastrón y Gómez-Acebo (2000)
  2. Don Juan Filiberto Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón, The Viscount de la Torre (1969)
    1. Winston Holmes Carney (m. 2014) 
      1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Carney (2013)
  3. Don Bruno Alejandro Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1971)
    1. Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza (m. 2002)
      1. Alejandro Juan Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2004)
      2. Guillermo Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2005)
      3. Álvaro Gómez-Acebo y Cano (2011)
  4. Don Luis Beltrán Ataúlfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón (1973)
    1. Laura Ponte y Martinez (m. 2004, div. 2011)
      1. Luis Felipe Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2005)
      2. Laura Gómez-Acebo y Ponte (2006)
    2. Andrea Pascual Vicens (m. 2016)
      1. Juan Gómez-Acebo y Pascual (2016) {Source}
He married Mónica Martín Luque on 27 November 2004, and they divorced in January 2013 without issue. On 31 May 2016, Fernando married Nadia Halamandari. They have a son:

  1. Nicolás Gómez-Acebo y Halamandari (2016)
He separated from Nadia in October 2016, and a divorce is currently pending{Source}

Royal Profile: Archduchess Monika of Austria, The Duchess of Santangelo

Archduchess Monika Maria Roberta Antonia Raphaela von Habsburg, The Duchess of Santangelo was born 13 September 1954 as the daughter of Otto von Habsburg & Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen{Source}. She had the following siblings, siblings in law and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews{Source}:


  1. Archduchess Andrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg (1953)
    1. Karl Eugen, Hereditary Count of Neipperg
      1. Count Maria Philipp Karl Friedrich Hubert Magnus of Neipperg (1978)
        1. Paula Wolff (1981)
          1. Countess Johanna of Neipperg (2009)
          2. Count Stephan of Neipperg (2010)
          3. Count Emanuel of Neipperg (2014)
          4. Countess Alexandra of Neipperg (2015)
      2. Count Maria Benedikt Reinhard Michael Alois Leo of Neipperg (1980)
      3. Count Maria Dominik Georg Christoph Johannes Pantaleon of Neipperg (1981)
        1. Princess Marie-Anna of Salm-Salm (1986)
          1. Countess Florentina of Neipperg (2015)
      4. Countess Maria Hemma Nathalie Sophie Franziska Georgine of Neipperg(1983)
        1. Roman Keno Specht (m. 2012)
          1. Annunziata Specht (2013)
          2. Olympia Specht(2016)
      5. Countess Maria Katharina Franziska Monika Elisabeth of Neipperg (1986)
        1. Prince Wenzel von Lobkowicz (1986, m. 2012)
          1. Prince Valerian of Lobkowicz (2014)
  2. Archduchess Michaela, he Countess of Kageneck (1954, twin)
      1. Count Hubertus von Kageneck (m. 1994-1998, div)
        1. Marc Joan Teran d'Antin (1984)
          1. Tricia Johnston
        2. Carla Regina Teran d'Antin (1987)
        3. Justin Christopher Teran d'Antin (1989)
  3. Archduchess Gabriella (1956)
    1. Christian Meister (m. 1978-1997, divorced)
      1. Severin Meister (1981)
      2. Lioba Meister (1983)
        1. Alistair Hayward (m. 2013)
      3. Alene Meister (1986)
  4. Archduchess Walburga (1958)
    1. Counte Archibald Douglas (m. 1992)
      1. Count Moritz Otto Wenzel Douglas (1994)
  5. Archduke Karl (1961)
    1. Archduchess Eleonore Jelena Maria del Pilar Iona von Habsburg (1994)
    2. Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michal Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von Habsburg (1997)
    3. Archduchess Gloria Maria Bogdana Paloma Regina Fiona Gabriela von Habsburg (1999)
  6. Archduke Georg von Habsburg (1964)
    1. Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary
      1. Archduchess Zsófia Mária Tatjana Monika Erzsébet Katalin von Hasburg (Sophie Maria Tatiana Monica Elisabeth Catherine) (2001)
      2. Archduchess Ildikó Mária Walburga (Hilda Maria Walburga) von Hasburg (2002)
      3. Archduke Károly-Konstantin Mihály István Mária (Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria) von Hasburg (2004)


Archduchess Monika married Luis María Gonzaga de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, Duke of Santangelo on 21 June 1980. They have the following children:

  • Baltasar Carlos de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena, Marquess of Elche (1981)
  • Gabriel Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena, (1983)
  • Rafael Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (1986)
  • Santiago de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (1993)

Royal Profile: Archduchess Michaela von Habsburg, Countess of Kageneck

Archduchess Michaela Maria Madeleine Kiliana von Habsburg, Countess of Kageneck was born 13 September 1954 as the daughter of Otto von Habsburg & Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen{Source}. She had the following siblings, siblings in law and nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews{Source}:

  1. Archduchess Andrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg (1953)
    1. Karl Eugen, Hereditary Count of Neipperg
      1. Count Maria Philipp Karl Friedrich Hubert Magnus of Neipperg (1978)
        1. Paula Wolff (1981)
          1. Countess Johanna of Neipperg (2009)
          2. Count Stephan of Neipperg (2010)
          3. Count Emanuel of Neipperg (2014)
          4. Countess Alexandra of Neipperg (2015)
      2. Count Maria Benedikt Reinhard Michael Alois Leo of Neipperg (1980)
      3. Count Maria Dominik Georg Christoph Johannes Pantaleon of Neipperg (1981)
        1. Princess Marie-Anna of Salm-Salm (1986)
          1. Countess Florentina of Neipperg (2015)
      4. Countess Maria Hemma Nathalie Sophie Franziska Georgine of Neipperg(1983)
        1. Roman Keno Specht (m. 2012)
          1. Annunziata Specht (2013)
          2. Olympia Specht(2016)
      5. Countess Maria Katharina Franziska Monika Elisabeth of Neipperg (1986)
        1. Prince Wenzel von Lobkowicz (1986, m. 2012)
          1. Prince Valerian of Lobkowicz (2014)
  2. Archduchess Monika, The Duchess of Santangelo (1954, twin)
    1. Luis Gonzaga de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, Duke de Santangelo, Marqis de Elche, Count de Lodosa and Grandee of Spain
      1. Baltasar Carlos de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena, Marquess of Elche (1981)
      2. Gabriel Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (1983)
      3. Rafael Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (1986)
      4. Santiago de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (1993)
  3. Archduchess Gabriella (1956)
    1. Christian Meister (m. 1978-1997, divorced)
      1. Severin Meister (1981)
      2. Lioba Meister (1983)
        1. Alistair Hayward (m. 2013)
      3. Alene Meister (1986)
  4. Archduchess Walburga (1958)
    1. Counte Archibald Douglas (m. 1992)
      1. Count Moritz Otto Wenzel Douglas (1994)
  5. Archduke Karl (1961)
    1. Archduchess Eleonore Jelena Maria del Pilar Iona von Habsburg (1994)
      1. Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir Maria Balthus Keith Michal Otto Antal Bahnam Leonhard von Habsburg (1997)
      2. Archduchess Gloria Maria Bogdana Paloma Regina Fiona Gabriela von Habsburg (1999)
  6. Archduke Georg von Habsburg (1964)
    1. Archduchess Eilika of Austria, Princess of Austria and Hungary
      1. Archduchess Zsófia Mária Tatjana Monika Erzsébet Katalin von Hasburg (Sophie Maria Tatiana Monica Elisabeth Catherine) (2001)
      2. Archduchess Ildikó Mária Walburga (Hilda Maria Walburga) von Hasburg (2002)
      3. Archduke Károly-Konstantin Mihály István Mária (Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria) von Hasburg (2004)

She married Eric Alba Teran d'Antin (1920–2004) on 14 January 1984 in Antón, Panama. They divorced in 1994. After her divorce she married Count Hubertus von Kageneck on 22 October 1994. They divorced in 1998 {Source}.

She had three children with Eric Teran d'Antin {Source}:

  • Marc Joan Teran d'Antin (1984)
    • Tricia Johnston.
  • Carla Regina Teran d'Antin (1987)
  • Justin Christopher Teran d'Antin (1989)
Among her six siblings, she was the rebellious one. She moved to New York City at a young age, and became an historian and speaker on her royal history. She claimed once that she was never comfortable around her grandmother Empress Zita, saying she had to make an appointment to see her{Source}.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Royal Profile: Talal Al-Saleh

Talal Al-Saleh was born 12 September 1989 as the son of Princess Alia bint Hussein of Jordan & Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh {Source}. He has one older half-brother and a younger brother:

Not much is known about him. Due to his royal lineage coming from the maternal line, he is not in succession for the Jordanian Throne, but his is a nephew of the current king.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans

Princess Adélaïde Jeanne Marie d'Orléans was born 11 September 1971 as the daughter of Prince Michel Joseph Benoît Marie d'Orléans, comte d'Evreux & Béatrice Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}. She has one older sister, two brothers, three siblings-in-law, five nephews, and two nieces{Source}:
  1. Princess Clotilde Jacqueline Charlotte Marie d'Orléans (1968)
    1. Edouard Yves Corneille Crépy (1969, m. 1993) 
      1. Louis Nicolas Marie François Stephane Corneille Crépy (1995)
      2. Charles Edouard Marie Alvaro Tatiana Corneille Crépy (1996)
      3. Gaspard Marie Leon Canio Corneille Crépy (1999)
      4. Augustin Crépy (2005)
      5. Eléonore Crépy (2007)
  2. Prince Charles-Philippe Marie Louis of Orléans, Duke of Anjou (1973)
    1. Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval (m. 2008) 
      1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans (2012)
  3. Prince François Charles Frédéric Bruno Marie d'Orléans, Count of Dreux (1982)
    1. Theresa Marie Dorothée Gabrielle Cathérine von Einsiedel (1984, m. 2014)
      1. Prince Philippe d'Orléans (2017)

Princess Adélaïde married Pierre-Louis Étienne Marcel Éric Dailly  in 2002. Together, they have three children:

  • Diego Marie Michel Louis Alexis Dailly (2003)
  • Almudena Marie Sarah Béatrice Aline Dailly (2004)
  • Gaetano Dailly (2009)

Royal Profile: Princess Kiko of Japan

Princess Kiko of Japan was born 11 September 1966, the eldest daughter of Kazuyo & Kawashima Tatsuhiko {Source}. She is the wife of Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan{Source}. \

She became the second commoner to marry into the imperial family; her mother-in-law, the Empress, was the first in 1959. She is also known as Princess Kiko, as she was affectionately called "Kiki" by friends and relatives in her childhood{Source}.
She spent her youth traveling the world as her father earned his PhD from University of Pennsylvania and later taught there. She spent her preschool days in the United States when her father received a PhD in Regional Economy from the University of Pennsylvania and later taught there{Source}. Princess Kiko attended elementary and high school in Vienna, Austria, when her father became the chief researcher at The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, where he studied spatial science and NGO activities{Source}. The future princess became fluent in English and German. She participated in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 1987 and continues to be a supporter of the program.She received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Letters of Gakushuin University in 1989. Kiko subsequently began graduate study in psychology at Gakushuin and completed the first part of the doctorate in 1995{Source}. She completed her PhD at Ochanomizu University in 2013.She was chosen as one of the Young Global Leaders for 2007, drawn from a poll of 4000 candidates{Source}.

Prince Akishino first proposed marriage to Kawashima Kiko on 26 June 1986 while they were both undergraduates at Gakushuin{Source}. Three years later, Imperial Household Council announced the engagement{Source}. The wedding took place at an exclusive shrine at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on 29 June 1990{Source}. The Imperial Household Economy Council had previously granted the prince permission to establish a new branch of the imperial family and the Emperor granted him the title Akishino no miya(Prince Akishino) on his wedding day. Upon marriage, his bride became Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino, known informally as Princess Kiko{Source}.Unusual for the time, their engagement and marriage were romantically based, rather than arranged{Source}.

Princess Akishino completed her post-graduate studies in psychology in between her official duties and received her master's degree in psychology in 1995{Source}. She is known for her continuing interest in deaf culture and the Deaf in Japan. She learned Japanese sign language and she is a skilled sign language interpreter. She attends the "Sign Language Speech Contest for High School Students" held every August, and "Praising Mothers Raising Children with Hearing Impairments" every December. In October 2008, she participated in the "38th National Deaf Women's Conference."She also signs in informal Deaf gatherings.
The princess suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis aggravated by child-nursing, a symptom common among middle-aged women, her doctor said on 14 December 2007.
Since 1997, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko and their children have maintained a principal residence on the grounds of the Akasaka Palace in Motoakasaka, Minato, Tokyo.
The couple have two daughters and one son{Source}:
Princess Akishino often accompanies her husband to attend a wide variety of official events within Japan{Source}. These events include the Summer and Winter National Sports Festivals, Arbor Day events and school graduations{Source}.The couple is also called upon to meet with important overseas visitors to improve diplomatic relations{Source}.The Prince and Princess have made numerous official visits to foreign countries{Source}. In June 2002, they became the first members of the Imperial Family to visit Mongolia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In October 2002, they visited the Netherlands to attend the funeral of the Prince Claus of the Netherlands. In September 2003, the Prince and Princess made goodwill visits to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, again, the first time ever members of the Imperial Family had visited these countries. In March 2004, the Prince and Princess returned to the Netherlands for the funeral of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. In January 2005, they visited Luxembourg to attend the funeral of Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte. In January 2006, they visited Indonesia for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Indonesia. 
From October to November 2006, they visited Paraguay to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japanese emigration to that country.

Princess Akishino has also assumed the role of Patroness of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association, succeeding the Late Princess Chichibu in June 1994. She also plays an active role in the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Royal Profile: 10 Facts about Prince Noah de Nassau

Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau  was born 21 September 2007{ Source } He is the younger son of Prince Loui...