Royal News: Monday, 22 September 2014

Belgium
Getty Images: King Philippe Of Belgium And Queen Mathilde Of Belgium Attend The Car Free Day In Brussels

Denmark
Daily Mail: Is this British grandmother the real Queen of Denmark? Woman claims to be the secret great grandchild of ‘childless’ Frederik VII and his ballerina wife

Germany
Telegraph: Gloria von Thurn und Taxis: whatever became of the ‘punk princess’?

Greece
BBC: Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis

Monaco
Hello: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene to make first joint official overseas trip since announcing pregnancy

Nepal
Daily Mail: Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

UK
BBC: Prince William marks Malta’s independence anniversary
Daily Mail: ‘You’ve let the cat out of the bag… Why don’t you just go and get drunk?’ Diana and Charles’s ex-press chief reveals the advice he gave her on morning explosive kiss-and-tell was published
Daily Mail: Queen back at the helm with a visit to Malta: Historic family trip planned for next November with her three heirs
Daily Mail: Throne goal: Prince William plays table football with teenagers during a lunch-time match….and scores the winning shot
Daily Mail: A royal salute for the Battle of Britain heroes: A glamorous Camilla joins Prince Charles and brave veterans for anniversary celebrations at Westminster Abbey
Daily Mail: Is that a latte-dah Anne? A cheerful Princess Royal enjoys a caffeine fix as she mingles with the crowds at Gatcombe Park
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Harry runs into trouble over Invictus ambitions
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Allsopp’s man picks up shiner
Express: Elegant Duchess of Cornwall joins Prince Charles to honour heroes of Battle of Britain
Express: Revealed: The ‘truth’ behind moment Princess Diana snubbed kiss from Charles
Express: Prince William lets his inner child out playing Xbox and table football in Malta
Getty ImagesThe Duke Of Cambridge Visits Malta – Day
Getty Images: The Prince Of Wales & Duchess Of Cornwall Attend Battle Of Britain Fighter Association Service Of Thanksgiving & Rededication
Hello: Prince William jokes: ‘Malta may not survive Prince George’
Hello: Prince William bids farewell to Malta and says he will return with Kate and George
Telegraph: Duke the substitute nets the winner in Malta
Telegraph: People diary: Why Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas are ‘better together’
Telegraph: Prince Charles: climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity

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Princess Leonore of Sweden

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Photo Credit – http://www.kungahuset.se

Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland was born on February 20, 2014 at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York in the United States. She is the first child of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill. Before her birth, the Swedish Royal Court announced that Princess Madeleine’s children would have the style Royal Highness and the title Prince/Princess and be in the line of succession to the throne. To be eligible to ascend the throne, Princess Madeleine’s children must be brought up in Sweden and be members of the Church of Sweden (Lutheran).  The infant princess was name Leonore Lilian Maria:

In mid-April 2014, Princess Estelle of Sweden met her new cousin Princess Leonore during a trip to the United States with her mother Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

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Princess Leonore and Princess Estelle; Photo Credit – Crown Princess Victoria, http://www.kungahuset.se

Princess Leonore was christened on June 8, 2014, her parent’s first wedding anniversary. The Church of Sweden (Lutheran) christening was held at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm. Her godparents were:

  • Crown Princess Victoria, her maternal aunt
  • Tatjana d’Abo, her paternal aunt
  • Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, her paternal uncle by marriage
  • Patrick Sommerlath, her maternal first cousin once removed
  • Alice Bamford, friend of her parents
  • Louise Gottlieb, friend of her parents
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Photo Credit – http://www.hellomagazine.com

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Princess Leonore with her parents and godparents; Photo Credit – http://www.kungahuset.se

At her christening, Princess Leonore received the Royal Order of the Seraphim from her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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Princess Leonore after her christening wearing the badge and the sash of the Royal Order of the Seraphim; Photo Credit – http://www.svt.se

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

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Photo Credit – Brigitte Grenfeldt/Kungahuset.se

Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland was born on June 10, 1982 at Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm, Sweden. She is the youngest of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia (née Silvia Sommerlath). Madeleine has an older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and an older brother, Prince Carl Philip.

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Princess Madeleine making cookies in 1984; Photo Credit – http://svspb.net

Princess Madeleine was christened at the Palace Church at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on August 31, 1982. She was given the names Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine. Her fourth name, Josephine, is in honor of her ancestor, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, the wife of King Oscar I of Sweden and the daughter of Empress Josephine (Napoleon’s first wife) and her first husband Eugène de Beauharnais. Madeleine’s godparents were:

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Princess Madeleine’s christening; Photo Credit – http://hd.se

Princess Madeleine attended Västerled Parish Preschool in Stockholm, Sweden from 1985-1989. Beginning in 1989, she attended Smedslättsskolan (link translated from Swedish), a municipal elementary school in the district Smedslätten in Bromma, Stockholm, where he completed his junior level .  In 1989 she continued on to intermediate level at Carlssons School (link translated from Swedish) in Stockholm. In autumn 1998, Princess Madeleine began her senior level studies at Enskilda Gymnasiet, a prestigious independent secondary school in Tegnérlunden, in central Stockholm and graduated in 2001.

Princess Madeleine lived in London during 2011 where she studied English, and returned to Sweden in 2002 to study Swedish law and computer literacy. In 2003, she enrolled at Stockholm University where she studied art history and ethnology. Madeleine completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in January 2006 and continued her studies with postgraduate courses in organization and leadership (international humanitarian work) and child psychology.

In 2006, Madeleine began a work experience at the headquarters of UNICEF in New York. She focused on children in institutional care, children in areas of conflict and vulnerability, and sexually exploited children. This prepared her for the work she continues to do at the World Childhood Foundation, which was founded by Madeleine’s mother, Queen Silvia of Sweden, in 1999 in an effort to reach and support children at risk around the world. Madeleine started working in the Stockholm office of the World Childhood Foundation in 2007. Since 2010, Princess Madeline has been working in the New York office of the World Childhood Foundation.

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Princess Madeleine visiting a project, supported by the World Childhood Foundation, to keep teenage mothers in school in Ohio; Photo Credit – www.kungahuset.se

Princess Madeleine is the patron of Min Stora Dag, (link translated from Swedish) My Big Day, the Swedish equivalent of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization’s goal is to make dreams come true for children in long-term hospital care.

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Princess Madeleine attends a music show with Ena, whose dream was to spend a day with Madeleine and be photographed with her; Photo Credit – http://www.kungahuset.se

On August 11, 2009, Princess Madeleine announced her engagement to lawyer Jonas Bergström, her boyfriend since 2002. After many rumors in the media, it was announced on April 24, 2010 that the engagement had been called off. It was at this time, that Madeleine moved to New York to begin work at the New York office of the World Childhood Foundation. While in New York, Madeleine met Christophe O’Neill, a British-American businessman. The couple was first seen in public in January 2011. Their engagement was announced by the Swedish Royal Court on October 25, 2012.

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Engagement Photo; Photo Credit – http://www.kungahuset.se

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were married on June 8, 2013 at the Palace Church at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. For more details about the wedding, see Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill.  Madeline and Christopher reside in New York City where their daughter Princess Leonore was born on February 20, 2014.

The Wedding Of Princess Madeleine & Christopher O'Neill

Photo Credit – http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com

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September 22: Today in Royal History

Anne of Austria with her children, the future King Louis XIV of France and Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 22, 1601 – Birth of Anne of Austria, wife of King Louis XIII of France, at Benavente Palace in Valladolid, Spain
Wikipedia: Anne of Austria

September 22, 1761 – Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom
George’s wife Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was crowned with him.
Wikipedia: George III of the United Kingdom

September 22, 1780 – Birth of Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Prince Alfred of Great Britain

September 22, 1840 – Death of Princess Augusta, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Clarence House in London, buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Wikipedia: Princess Augusta Sophia of Great Britain

September 22, 1828 – Murder of Shaka, African ruler and founder of the Zulu kingdom, by his half-brother Dingan
Wikipedia: Shaka Zulu

September 22, 1948 – Birth of Mark Phillips, first husband of Anne, Princess Royal in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
Full name: Mark Anthony Peter
Wikipedia: Mark Phillips

September 22, 1971 – Birth of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V, at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway
Wikipedia: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

September 22, 1984 – Wedding of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este at the Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Wikipedia: Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Royal News: Sunday 21 September 2014

Denmark
Daily Mail: Forget the outfit! Princess Mary of Denmark breaks with tradition and steps out in racy $1,400 Louboutin snakeskin heels with Prince Frederik on Canadian royal tour

Luxembourg
Wort: Guillaume and Stéphanie show solidarity with 2 walks

Multiple Monarchies
Hello: Queen Rania, Princess Mary and Charlotte Casiraghi: Gallery of the week’s best royal style

Saudi Arabia
The Local: Spanish cops extort Saudi Prince in Ibiza

Spain
Getty Images: Queen Sofia of Spain Attends ‘Requiem’ By Mozart at Toledo’s Cathedral

United Kingdom
BBC: Prince William replaces Kate on Malta trip
BBC: Prince William starts Malta trip without pregnant Kate
BBC: Prince William steps in for Katherine on Malta trip
BBC: Prince William visits Malta in place of pregnant Kate
BBC: Farming Today: HRH The Princess Royal at Gatcombe Horse Trials
BBC: Malta’s president ‘would prefer to see Prince with wife and son’
Daily Mail: Sorry it’s only me!: William apologies to Malta as Kate forced to stay at home
Daily Mail: Prince William wows the crowds as he stands in for Kate in Malta
Daily Mail: ‘I’m sorry you’ve got me instead of Catherine’: Prince William apologises to crowd in Malta as he stands in for Duchess of Cambridge on Royal visit… and tells well-wisher his pregnant wife is feeling ‘so-so’
Daily Mail: Police quiz Royal gamekeepers as rare bird of prey vanishes from Sandringham Estate
Daily Mail: The night that Edward confronted Wallis over her gay lover: After 60 years, secret notes reveal truth about playboy pal
Daily Star: Prince Harry takes a spin around Kensington in new £70K Audi
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: Royal Visit Malta – Day One
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: A speech by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Independence Day celebrations in Malta
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: #RoyalVisitMalta – 50th anniversary of independence
Express: Queen’s grandson in Scottish ‘subsidy’ storm
Express: Young Royals fail to follow Queen’s lead on Scotland
Express: EXCLUSIVE: Prince William fills in for ‘up and down’ Kate on trip to Malta
Express: Prince William in Malta after Kate forced to cancel visit due to morning sickness
Express: Pippa Middleton is pretty in pink as she joins Prince Harry at wedding in Italy
Express: The 21st century Duchesses: Kate leads the way for the modern aristocrats
Getty Images: The Duke Of Cambridge Visits Malta – Day 1
Hello: Prince William steps in for pregnant Kate on Malta tour
Independent: Prince William stands in for Kate at Maltese 50th anniversary of independence
Telegraph: Malta would not survive Prince George, jokes William
Telegraph: You dumped Prince Harry once, Cressy. Don’t let him go again

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

Carl Philip

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland was born at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on May 13, 1979. He is the only son and the second of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his wife Queen Silvia (née Silvia Sommerlath). Carl Philip has an older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and a younger sister, Princess Madeleine.

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Carl Philip and his family, Christmas 1982; Photo Credit – http://sverigesradio.se

In 1979, the Riksdag, the Swedish legislature, introduced an Act of Succession that changed the succession to absolute primogeniture, meaning that the eldest child of the monarch, regardless of gender, is first in the line of succession. This Act of Succession became law on January 1, 1980, making Sweden the first country to adopt absolute primogeniture. The previous 1810 Act of Succession allowed for only males to inherit the throne. Carl Philip had been born Crown Prince and retained his title and first place in the succession for seven months until January 1, 1980, when his elder sister Victoria became Crown Princess and heir apparent.

Prince Carl Philip was christened at the Palace Church at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on August 31, 1979. He was given the names Carl Philip Edmund Bertil and his godparents were:

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Prince Carl Philip’s christening; Photo Credit – sunnygirl2.blogspot.com

Prince Carl Philip attended Västerled Parish Preschool in Stockholm, Sweden from 1984-86. He then attended Smedslättsskolan (link translated from Swedish),  a municipal elementary school in the district Smedslätten in Bromma, Stockholm, where he completed his junior level . Next, Carl Philip attended Ålstenskolan (link translated from Swedish), a municipal elementary school in the district Ålsten in Bromma, Stockholm, completed her intermediate level.

The prince then attended Enskilda Gymnasiet , a prestigious independent secondary school in Tegnérlunden, in central Stockholm.  In 1994, Carl Philip moved to the United States for two years to attend Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, USA. Upon returning to Sweden, he followed a science program at Lundbergs Upper Secondary School in Värmland, Sweden, graduating in 1999.

Prince Carl Philip completed a two year course in Graphic Design at Forsbergs School of Graphic Design in Stockholm in May 2006. He continued his studies with an internship at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., USA, during the autumn of 2006. Carl Philip then studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, USA where he participated in a competition to create the best logo for Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Massachusetts. He won the competition in the spring of 2008 with a proposal that he submitted under a pseudonym.

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Prince Carl Philip’s award winning logo; Photo Credit – http://www.resume.se

In 2009, Carl Philip began his studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp, Sweden and graduated in 2012 with a diploma in Agricultural and Rural Management.

Prince Carl Philip completed his military service in the Swedish Navy with the Amphibious Battalion of Vaxholm’s Coast Artillery Regiment and is trained as a combat boat commander. In 2001-2002, he completed a naval officer training course and was promoted to midshipman and then was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant in 2004. In 2007 and 2008 he went to the Swedish National Defense College and was promoted the rank of captain in the Swedish Navy.

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Carl Philip in naval uniform; Photo Credit – Swedish Royal Court

In April 2010, Prince Carl Philip was linked in the press with model Sofia Hellqvist, and in August 2010, the Swedish Royal Court confirmed the relationship. On June 27, 2014, the couple’s engagement was announced and the wedding will take place in the summer of 2015.

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Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist; Photo Credit – www.swedishconsulate.org

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: September 21 – 27

Mark Phillips with his daughter Zara, Photo Credit – www.telegraph.co.uk

66th birthday of Mark Phillips, first husband of Anne, Princess Royal; born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England on September 22, 1948
Full name: Mark Anthony Peter
Wikipedia: Mark Phillips

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

43rd birthday of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V of Norway; born at the Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway on September 22, 1971
Wikipedia: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

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Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este, Photo Credit – myroyalty.skyrock.com

30th wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este; married at the Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Brussels, Belgium on September 22, 1984
Wikipedia: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Wikipedia: Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

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Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller, Photo Credit – your-indulgence.blogspot.com

20th wedding anniversary of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller; married at St. Louis Cathedral in Versailles, France on September 24, 1994
The civil service was held on September 8, 1994 and the church service was held on September 24, 1994.
Wikipedia: Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

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Princess Salma of Jordan on the right with her family, Photo Credit – royaltyonline.blogspot.com

14th birthday of Princess Salma of Jordan, daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on September 26, 2000
Wikipedia: Princess Salma bint al-Abdullah

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Princess Iman of Jordan, Photo Credit – newshopper.sulekha.com

18th birthday of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on September 27, 1996
Wikipedia: Princess Iman bint Al Abdullah

 

September 21: Today in Royal History

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 21, 1327 – Death of King Edward II of England at Berkeley Castle in England, buried at Gloucester Cathedral in England
Wikipedia: Edward II of England

September 21, 1371 – Wedding of John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III of England, and Constance of Castile
Wikipedia: Constance of Castile
Wikipedia: John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster

September 21, 1411 – Birth of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne, father of King Edward IV of England and King Richard III of England
Wikipedia: Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York

September 21, 1558 – Death of King Charles I of Spain (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor) at the Monastery of Yuste, near Cuacos de Yuste in Spain; originally buried at the Monastery of Yuste, re-buried at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in Spain
Wikipedia: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

September 21, 1788 – Birth of Wilhelmine of Baden, wife of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Wilhelmine of Baden

September 21, 1869 – Wedding of Albert I, Prince of Monaco and Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton
Wikipedia: Albert I of Monaco
Wikipedia: Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton

September 21, 1957 – Death of King Haakon VII of Norway at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway; buried at the Royal Mausoleum at Akershus Fortress in Norway
Wikipedia: Haakon VII of Norway

September 21, 1996 – Wedding of Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Radu Duda
Wikipedia: Princess Margareta of Romania
Wikipedia: Prince Radu of Romania

September 21, 2007 – Birth of Prince Noah of Nassau, son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Prince Noah

Royal News: Saturday 20 September 2014

Belgium
Expatica: Belgian claiming to be king’s daughter passes DNA test hurdle

Denmark
Australian Women’s Weekly: Princess Mary surprises schoolkids in Canada
Getty Images: Crown Prince Frederik And Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark Official Visit To Canada – Day 3

Luxembourg
Wort: Royal couple visit Steinfort

Norway
Norway Today: Märtha Louise opened the epilepsy conference

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Royal Couple at 50th anniversary of the marriage of King Constantine of the Hellenes and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark

Thailand
Bangkok Post: Princess ready to lead Thailand equestrian team

United Kingdom
BBC: Scottish referendum: Queen urges referendum ‘respect’
BBC: Mary, Queen of Scots letter auction sells for £17,472
BBC: Prince Charles and actors join Dylan Thomas marathon
British Monarchy: The Queen’s message following Scotland’s referendum
Bromsgrove Standard: Duchess gives seal of approval in Bromsgrove
Daily Mail: VIP GUESTS: Royals including Prince Harry, and Princess Eugenie join Pippa Middleton for the wedding of her former flame in stunning Puglia, Italy
Daily Mail: ‘A result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect’: The Queen responds to Scottish referendum decision
Daily Mail: The real story behind the photos that laid bare Diana’s despair: For 12 years he guarded the most intimate secrets of Charles, Diana (and Camilla). Now, their former press officer reveals all
Express: ‘An enduring love of Scotland’ Queen hails referendum result as kingdom kept intact
Express: Prince Harry and former girlfriend Cressida Bonas have REKINDLED romance, say sources
Guardian: Queen says UK will respect result of Scottish independence referendum
Hello: Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton arrive in Italy to see Charlie Gilkes tie the knot
Hello: Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie join Pippa Middleton at friend’s society wedding
Hello: Queen Elizabeth: ‘My family and I will do all we can to help’ following referendum
Malta Today: Prince William’s visit: official programme is out
National Post: Royal visit to remote Ontario reserve was ‘moving, enlightening and uplifting,’ Countess says
On the Wight: The Duke of Kent at Carisbrooke
Plymouth Herald: Prince writes to residents in Cornwall telling them he can mine under their homes
Telegraph: Enduring love of Scotland will unite us, says Queen
Telegraph: Sarah, Duchess of York hopes events prove lucrative

Infanta Sofía of Spain

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Photo Credit – www.vogue.es

Infanta Sofía was born on April 29, 2007 at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, Spain. She is the younger of the two daughters of King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia (born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano).

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Sofía with her parents on her christening day; Photo Credit – http://media2.onsugar.com

Infanta Sofía was baptized on July 15, 2007 in the gardens of Zarzuela Palace. She was named after her paternal grandmother Queen Sofía, and also was given the additional name of de Todos los Santos (of All the Saints), a Bourbon tradition. Her godparents were her maternal grandmother Paloma Rocasolano and Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, the fourth son of former Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria.

Infanta Sofía has one older sibling, Infanta Leonor, Princess of Asturias (born 2005). Sofía’s sister Leonor is the heir presumptive to the Spanish throne and Sofía follows her in the line of succession. Currently, Spain’s succession law is male-preference cognatic primogeniture. This means that Leonor, as the elder of King Felipe’s two daughters, is first in line to inherit the throne, and she is the heir presumptive. However, if her parents have a son, he would be the heir apparent, Leonor would forfeit the title of Princess of Asturias and other titles to her brother, and both Leonor and Sofía would each move down a step in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. There have been discussions of changing the succession law to absolute primogeniture, where the eldest child, regardless of gender, inherits the throne, but no legislation has been forthcoming.

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Sofía, in the pink dress, with her family during their vacation in Majorca in August 2014; Photo Credit – ceruleanchronicle.com

On September 15, 2010, Sofía began her formal schooling at Santa María de los Rosales School (link in Spanish) in Madrid, Spain, where her father attended until he was 16 and where her sister also attends.

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Sofía gets a hug from her mother on her first day of school; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

On June 2, 2014, King Juan Carlos, Infanta Sofía’s grandfather, announced his intention to abdicate the throne in favor of his son. On June 18, 2014, King Juan Carlos signed the formal instrument of abdication and Sofía’s father Felipe ascended the throne at midnight. King Felipe VI was sworn in and proclaimed as king on June 19, 2014 in a ceremony in the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish legislature.

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Sofía, on the right, claps during her father’s proclamation ceremony along with her sister Leonor, on the left; Photo Credit – www.lavanguardia.com

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