Prince Laurent of Belgium

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Prince Laurent of Belgium (Laurent Benoît Baudouin Marie) was born on October 16, 1963 at the Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium. He is the youngest of the three children of King Albert II of the Belgians, who abdicated in favor of his son Philippe in 2013, and his wife Queen Paola (born Paola Ruffo di Calabria). Laurent has an older brother, King Philippe of the Belgians, and an older sister, Princess Astrid of Belgium.

Princess Paola of Belgium, Prince Philippe and Prince Laurent

Prince Laurent, in the middle, with his brother and mother; Photo Credit – www.gettyimages.com

Prince Laurent began his education at Collège Saint-Michel d’Etterbeek (link translated from French) in Brussels where he was educated in French and then attended school in Loppem where he was educated in Dutch. In 1977, he began his studies at the Pius X Instituut (link translated from Dutch) in Antwerp and completed his studies there in 1980. Laurent then studied at the Royal Cadet School in Laeken, Brussels. He then proceeded to the Royal Military Academy where he was educated as an officer of the armed forces. Upon completion, Laurent joined the Belgian Navy as a naval trainee on a mine hunter. He trained to become a diver and helicopter pilot and his highest naval rank was Captain.

On December 19, 2002, the engagement of Prince Laurent and British-born, but Belgian-raised Claire Coombs was announced. The couple met at a mutual friend’s dinner party in 2000. Laurent was helping wash the dishes when Claire came in to lend a hand. The two barely talked and didn’t see each other again for two months. After their second meeting, Claire was impressed with Laurent’s generosity and sensitivity and Laurent knew Claire was right for him because of her honesty, spontaneity, and love for children.

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Claire Coombs and Prince Laurent at the time of their engagement; Photo Credit – http://www.hellomagazine.com

Laurent and Claire married on April 12, 2003 at the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula in Brussels, Belgium.

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The couple have three children:

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Prince Laurent with his family; Photo Credit – www.hellomagazine.com

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September 30: Today in Royal History

Princess Charlotte of Monaco; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 30, 954 – Birth of King Louis IV of France
Wikipedia: Louis IV of France

September 30, 1399 – King Richard II of England abdicates; Henry IV becomes King of England
Wikipedia: Richard II of England
Wikipedia: Henry IV of England

September 30, 1785 – Wedding of King Maximilian I of Bavaria and Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Maximilian I of Bavaria
Wikipedia: Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt

September 30, 1811 – Birth of Augusta of Saxe-Weimar and Eisenach, wife of Wilhelm I, German Emperor, in Weimar (Germany)
Wikipedia: Augusta of Saxe-Weimar

September 30, 1898 – Birth of Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, daughter of Prince Louis II of Monaco and mother of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, in Constantine, French Algeria (Algeria)
Full name: Charlotte Louise Juliette
Wikipedia: Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois

September 30, 1972 – Birth of Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, in Århus, Denmark
Full name: Ari Mikael
Wikipedia: Ari Behn

September 30, 1992 – Birth of Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, daughter of the Earl of St. Andrews and granddaughter of HRH The Duke of Kent, at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge
Full name: Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen
Wikipedia: Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor

Royal News: Tuesday 30 September 2014

Luxembourg
Wort: Guillaume & Stéphanie help with the harvest

Netherlands
Dutch News: Tassle thief apology accepted but the king would like it back

Spain
Getty Images: Rafel Catala is New Minister of Justice

Sweden
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess visits Blekinge
Swedish Royal Court: Prince Daniel visits Solna and Stockholm with Prince Daniel’s Fellowship
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess receives the Chairman of the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess Couple visit Östra Göinge
Swedish Royal Court: Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Swedish Royal Court: The King and Queen attend the Opening of the General Synod
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess is patron of the Pink Ribbon campaign

United Kingdom
BBC: Royal opening for Dorchester council offices
Daily Mail: After 150 years as the royal grocer, Fortnum & Mason is ditched by the Queen and forced to apologise over Windsor meat scandal
Daily Mail: ‘Here I am left at home with the women… it is breaking my heart’: Astonishing letters from future kings Edward and George bemoan their terrible misfortune at having to sit out WWI
Daily Mail: Keeping up with the Windsors: New research shows almost half of parents have been influenced by Prince George when buying items for their own baby
Express: The Queen to rent out Balmoral home of former scandalous servant
Express: EXCLUSIVE: Queen faces million pound palace tax under Labour’s plan
Express: The Queen’s Houses: Alan Titchmarsh’s exclusive guide to Britain’s Royal Palaces
Express: Prince Andrew goes to war: How the Daily Express reported it 32 years ago
Express: Germaine Greer urges Duchess to stop having kids
Hello: Duchess Kate to resume royal duties as early as next month
Prince of Wales: The Prince of Wales attends the National Police Memorial Day

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Royal News: Monday, 29 September 2014

UK
BBC: Cameron ‘embarrassed’ by Queen ‘purred’ comment
BBC: Prince Charles praises bravery of police in Northern Ireland
Daily Mail: After 150 years as the royal grocer, Fortnum & Mason is ditched by the Queen and forced to apologise over Windsor meat scandal
Daily Mail: Royals rent out cottage of man who entranced the Queen: Abdul Karim’s former Balmoral Estate retreat to be hired out for up to £1,080 per week
Daily Mail: Cameron to make MORE apologies to the Queen for claiming she ‘purred’ about Scotland result as he reveals he would have quit over a Yes vote
Daily Mail: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge is too thin!’ Controversial feminist Germaine Greer launches scathing attack on pregnant Kate and says royal family have crushed her personality
Daily Mail: Could Kate’s second baby be named after Diana, Princess of Wales? Royal author says couple are planning Elizabeth Diana Windsor if they have daughter
Daily Mail: One is not amused: Queen faces £1million bill every year if proposed Labour ‘mansion tax’ comes into force
Express: Duchess of Cambridge will return to royal duties after recovering from morning sickness
Guardian: David Cameron ‘embarrassed and sorry’ for saying Queen purred
Guardian: Duchess of Cambridge is too thin and has a ‘bastard of a job’, Germaine Greer says
Irish Independent: Prince Charles to visit Belfast today for National Police Memorial
Irish Times: Prince Charles in Belfast for memorial service for police officers
MSN: Charles tribute to ‘noble’ policing
Telegraph: Penny Junor: ‘The Army was the making of Prince Harry’
Telegraph: Queen’s grandson puts horse racing in China under starter’s orders

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Princess Astrid of Belgium

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Princess Astrid of Belgium was born on June 5, 1962 at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium. She is the second of the three children of King Albert II of the Belgians, who abdicated in favor of his son Philippe in 2013, and his wife Queen Paola (born Paola Ruffo di Calabria). Her full name is Astrid Joséphine-Charlotte Fabrizia Elisabeth Paola Maria and she is named for her paternal grandmother Astrid of Sweden, wife of King Leopold III of the Belgians, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 29. Her godparents were her maternal uncle Fabrizio, Prince Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau and her paternal aunt Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.  Princess Astrid has an older brother, King Philippe of the Belgians, and a younger brother, Prince Laurent.

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Princess Astrid with her parents and brothers; Photo Credit – royalwatcher.tumblr.com

After completing her primary and secondary education in Brussels, Astrid studied art history for a year at Leiden University in the Netherlands and before continuing her art history studies at the Institute of European Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States.

On May 13, 1984, the engagement of Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este was announced. Lorenz is the eldest son of Archduke Robert of Austria-Este, the second son of Karl I, the last Emperor of Austria and has been Head of the House of Austria-Este since 1996.

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Engagement photo of Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz; Photo Credit – http://img451.imageshack.us

The couple were married on September 22, 1984 at the Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Brussels, Belgium.

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The couple have five children, who all have the styles Imperial and Royal Highness and titles Prince/Princess of Belgium and Archduke/Archduchess of Austria-Este:

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Princess Astrid with her family; Photo Credit – www.monarchie.be

Princess Astrid gives her services to a number of organizations including:

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Princess Astrid and her husband; www.zimbio.com

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September 29: Today in Royal History

Charlotte, Princess Royal, Queen of Württemberg/Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 29, 1240 – Birth of Margaret of England, daughter of King Henry III of England at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Margaret of England

September 29, 1276 – Birth of King Christopher II of Denmark
Wikipedia: Christopher II of Denmark

September 29, 1328 – Birth of Joan of Kent, wife of Edward the Black Prince, mother of King Richard II of England
Wikipedia: Joan of Kent

September 29, 1360 – Death of Joanna of Auvergne, wife of King John II of France, at Chateau d’Argilly in France; buried at Saint Denis Basilica near Paris
Wikipedia: Joanna of Auvergne

September 29, 1388 – Birth of Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of King Henry IV of England
Wikipedia: Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence

September 29, 1560 – Death of King Gustav I of Sweden at Stockholm Palace; buried at Uppsala Cathedral
Wikipedia: Gustav I of Sweden

September 29, 1766 – Birth of Charlotte, Princess Royal, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Charlotte Augusta Matilda
Wikipedia: Charlotte, Princess Royal

September 29, 1773 – Wedding of Tsar Paul I of Russia and Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Paul I of Russia
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt

September 29, 1833 – Death of King Ferdinand VII of Spain in Madrid, Spain; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Ferdinand VII of Spain

September 29, 1853 – Birth of Princess Thyra of Denmark, daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark at the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wikipedia: Princess Thyra of Denmark

September 29, 1898 – Death of Louise of Hesse-Kassel, wife of King Christian IX of Denmark, at Bernstorff Castle in Gentofte, Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral
Wikipedia: Louise of Hesse-Kassel

September 29, 1999 – Birth of Juan Urdangarín, son of Infanta Cristina of Spain, in Barcelona, Spain
Full name: Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón
Wikipedia: Juan Urdangarín

September 29, 2006 – Wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony at the parish church in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

September 29, 2008 – Emma Tallulah Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, at the family home in Lommedalen, Norway
Wikipedia: Emma Tallulah Behn

Royal News: Sunday 28 September 2014

Denmark
Fashion & Style: Crown Princess Mary Has A Fashionable And Busy Week In Denmark, USA And Canada

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince Alexander on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the coronation of King Peter I

Thailand
Bangkok Post: Infected cells in princess’s stomach
NNT: Princess Chulabhorn remains hospitalised to treat infections in stomach

United Kingdom
BBC: Prince Charles to attend National Police Memorial Day service
Country Life: Interview: Prince Michael of Kent
Daily Mail: Party Prince William gets tooth knocked out at society wedding
Daily Mail: Don’t worry about curtsying for the Queen – she’s ‘very relaxed’ about it, says her former senior courtier
Daily Mail: Kate set to return to Royal duties as she recovers from her acute morning sickness: Royal aides say Duchess is planning to resume engagements
Daily Mail: The Glossy Posse are back together! Wills and Harry team up with old pals Skippy and Guy Pelly for family wedding – but there’s no sign of pregnant Kate
Express: Royal wedding! Prince William and Harry attend marriage of childhood friend
Express: Did Queen Victoria secretly marry servant John Brown?
Express: EXCLUSIVE: Queen faces million pound palace tax under Labour’s plan
Guardian: Hyperemesis gravidarum: ‘Kate Middleton’s ongoing condition is much worse than just morning sickness’
Independent: A purr-fectly excruciating audience with the Queen awaits for David Cameron
ITV: Queen was ‘right’ to stay at Balmoral with princes after Princess Diana’s death
Telegraph: ‘I’ll wash,’ said the Queen. ‘You dry’
Wells Journal: Photos of the Countess of Wessex’s visit to Wells

Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand

photo: Universiti Brunei Darussalam

photo: Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand

Princess Chulabhorn Walailak of Thailand is the youngest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Sirikit Kitiyakara. She was born on July 4, 1957 in Bangkok.

Like her elder siblings, she attended the Chitralada School in the Dusit Palace complex. Following her secondary education, she attended Kasetart University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry in 1979. She continued her studies in organic chemistry at Mahidol University, receiving her doctorate in 1985.

In 1982, Princess Chulabhorn married Virayudh Tishyasarin, an Air Vice Marshal in the Royal Thai Air Force. By special compensation from her father, she retained her royal title and style. The marriage ended in divorce two years later. They have two daughters:
- Princess Siribhachudhabhorn – known as Princess Ribha (1982)
- Princess Adityadhornkitikhun – known as Princess Dita (1984)

In 1987, she established the Chulabhorn Research Institute where she serves as president. A recipient of the UNESCO Einstein Award in 1986, she is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. In addition to her scientific and education work, the princess is a classically trained musician.

photo: Chulabhorn Hospital

photo: Chulabhorn Hospital

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: September 28-October 4

Juan Urdangarín, Photo Credit – www.bekia.es

15th birthday of Juan Urdangarín, son of Infanta Cristina of Spain; born in Barcelona, Spain on September 29, 1999
Full name: Juan Valentín de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón
Wikipedia: Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón

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Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony, Photo Credit – orderofsplendor.blogspot.com

8th wedding anniversary of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony; married at the parish church in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg on September 29, 2006
Wikipedia: Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

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Emma Behn; Photo Credit – www.filmweb.pl

6th birthday of Emma Tallulah Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway; born at the family home in Lommedalen, Norway on September 29, 2008
Wikipedia: Princess Märtha Louise/Marriage and Family

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Ari Behn, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

42nd birthday of Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway; born in Århus, Denmark on September 30, 1972
Full name: Ari Mikael
Wikipedia: Ari Behn

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Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

22nd birthday of Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, daughter of the Earl of St. Andrews; born at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge, England on September 30, 1992
Full name: Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen
Wikipedia: Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor

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Prince Nikolaos of Greece; Photo Credit – specials.msn.com

45th birthday of Prince Nikolaos of Greece, son of King Constantine II of Greece; born in Rome, Italy on October 1, 1969
Wikipedia: Prince Nikolaos of Greece

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Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín, Photo Credit – www.corbisimages.com

17th wedding anniversary of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert; married at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia in Barcelona, Spain on October 4, 1997
Wikipedia: Infanta Cristina of Spain
Wikipedia: Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert

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Prince Emmanuel of Belgium, Photo Credit – goddesssaintnoblewomannun.blogspot.com

9th birthday of Prince Emmanuel of Belgium, son of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium on October 4, 2005
Full name: Emmanuel Leopold Guillaume François Marie
Wikipedia: Prince Emmanuel of Belgium

September 28: Today in Royal History

King Carlos I of Portugal, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 28, 1663 – Birth of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, illegitimate son of King Charles II of England by Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland
Wikipedia: Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton

September 28, 1745 – “God Save the King” sung for the first time at the Drury Lane Theatre, London
Wikipedia: God Save the King

September 28, 1828 – Birth of Antoinette de Mérode-Westerloo, wife of Prince Charles III of Monaco, in Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Antoinette de Mérode-Westerloo

September 28, 1863 – Birth of King Carlos I of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Carlos I of Portugal

September 28, 1865 – Birth of Amélie of Orléans, wife of King Carlos I of Portugal, in Twickenham, United Kingdom
Wikipedia: Amélie of Orléans

September 28, 1893 – Birth of Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, husband of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, in Schwarzau am Steinfeld, Austria-Hungary
Wikipedia: Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma

September 28, 1907 – Death of Friedrich I, Grand Duke of Baden at his summer residence at the island of Mainau, Germany
Wikipedia: Friedrich I, Grand Duke of Baden