Royal News: Sunday 21 September 2014

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

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

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 –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: September 21 – 27

Mark Phillips with his daughter Zara, Photo Credit –

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


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


Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este, Photo Credit –

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


Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller, Photo Credit –

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


Princess Salma of Jordan on the right with her family, Photo Credit –

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


Princess Iman of Jordan, Photo Credit –

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

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

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

Wort: Royal couple visit Steinfort

Norway Today: Märtha Louise opened the epilepsy conference

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

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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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).


Sofía with her parents on her christening day; Photo Credit –

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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September 20: Today in Royal History

Arthur, Prince of Wales, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 20, 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England, at St. Swithin’s Priory in Winchester, England
Wikipedia: Arthur, Prince of Wales

September 20, 1853 – Birth of Chulalongkorn the Great, King of Siam (Rama V) at the Grand Palace in Phra Nakhon, Siam (now Thailand)
Wikipedia: Chulalongkorn

September 20, 1925 – Birth of Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (Rama VIII) in Heidelberg, Germany
Anada Mahidol, the brother of his successor and the current King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was found dead after he was shot in his bedroom.
Wikipedia: Ananda Mahidol

Royal News: Friday 19 September 2014

Getty: Crown Prince Frederik And Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark Official Visit To Canada – Day 2
Daily Mail: Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Frederik pay their respects at National War Memorial during Canadian royal tour

Getty: Golden Wedding Anniversary of Konstantin II and Annemarie of Greece

Getty: Queen Letizia of Spain Attends ‘V De Vida’ Award in San Sebastian
Daily Mail: Queen Letizia stops to greet a wheelchair bound fan despite being battered by the wind and rain at award ceremony

Swedish Royal Court: Diplomatic reception at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Swedish Royal Court: Meeting of the Veteran Reserve Foundation
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess Couple visit Umeå2014

The Netherlands
Royal Blog: Dutch King moving into mobile cabin in backyard
Royal Blog: Queen Máxima meets with young job seekers
Royal Blog: Princess Mabel after visit with Archbishop Tutu to Zambia: Number of child brides is staggering
The Economist: The peace and safety of our throne

Daily Mail: Prince William’s friend is third Briton to appear in ISIS propaganda video as it’s revealed captured photographer joined Royal on 2008 charity motorbike tour
Daily Mail: Harry and Cressie back together: How the bohemian actress sexed up her look to show him what he is missing…as the pair are pictured on night out together
Daily Mail: The Queen is watching referendum results ‘closely’ and is poised to issue a statement to heal the wounds of the campaign
Daily Record: Scottish independence referendum: Calls for Commons inquiry into Queen’s ‘underhand’ intervention into campaign
Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge pulls out of Malta visit over acute morning sickness
Evening Standard: Prince Harry and ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas spotted on cinema date in Kensington
Hello!: Prince Harry cheers up young girl with a dance at Invictus Games
Hello!: Prince Harry rings in 30th birthday at Clarence House
Hello!: Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas reunite for cinema date
Mirror: Scottish independence referendum: Calls for Commons inquiry into Queen’s ‘underhand’ intervention into campaign
Mirror: Harry becomes Prince Charming as he sweeps little girl off her feet
Guardian: Duchess of Cambridge withdraws from solo Malta trip on advice of doctors
Guardian: Scottish referendum: David Cameron and the Queen seek to ease tensions
BBC: Prince Charles and actors join Dylan Thomas marathon
Huffington Post: Prince Harry Gets Massive World Cup Honour
Manchester Evening News: Princess Anne visits Manchester for string of engagements

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Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise


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Ari Behn, whose birth name is Ari Mikael Bjørshol, was born in Århus, Denmark on September 30, 1972. He is the eldest child of Olav Bjørshol (born 1952) and Marianne Solberg Behn (born 1953), both teachers of the Waldorf School philosophy. Ari has two younger siblings, Anja Sabrina Bjørshol and Espen Bjørshol Solberg, a film director. In 1996, Ari changed his name to Ari Behn when he took his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.

When Ari was young, his family moved to Plymouth, England for five years where his father trained and worked as a photographer. The family then moved to Norway in 1977. Ari attended the Waldorf School and Kirkeparken Videregående Skole (secondary school) in Moss, Norway.  He then received a Bachelor degree in history and religion from the University of Oslo.  Ari spent several years traveling in Africa, Asia, and the United States.

Before he had success as an author, Ari worked as a truck driver, bartender, and in a preschool. He had his literary breakthrough in 1999 with his collection of short stories, titled Trist som faen (Sad as Hell) which sold over 100,000 copies. He subsequently published two more books and in 2011 made his debut as a playwright with Treningstimen (Training Hour) which was staged at Rogaland Teater.  His books have been translated into six languages​​: Swedish, Danish, German, French, Hungarian, and Icelandic.

In addition to his writing, Ari also has had other artistic and creative projects. Along with Baron von Bulldog, a fashion design company in Oslo, he launched a collection in 2004.  In 2007, he launched a very successful collection of glasses and dishes called “Peacock” for Magnor Glassworks.  In addition, he has made ​​documentaries for television, and worked as a writer for various publications including Dagbladet and Aftenposten.

On December 13, 2001, Ari became engaged to Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, the daughter of King Harald V. The couple were married in Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002. For more information about the wedding see: The Royal House of Norway: The wedding of Princess Märtha Louise.

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Ari Behn and Princess Märtha Louise have three daughters: Maud Angelica (born in 2003), Leah Isadora (born in 2005), and Emma Tallulah (born in 2008). For more information about them, see Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

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Ari Behn with his family in 2009; Photo Credit –


Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in 2013; Photo Credit –

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September 19: Today in Royal History

King Henri III of France, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 19, 1551 – Birth of King Henri III of France at the Château de Fontainebleau in France
Wikipedia: Henry III of France

September 19, 1803 – Birth of Maria Anna of Savoy, wife of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, at the Palazzo Colonna in Rome, Italy
Wikipedia; Maria Anna of Savoy

September 19, 1902 – Death of Marie Henriette of Austria, wife of King Leopold II of the Belgians, at the Hôtel du Midi in Spa, Belgium; buried at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken in Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Marie Henriette of Austria