Royal News: Friday 29 August 2014

Royal Blog: Crypt open on anniversary of death Queen Astrid

Yahoo! News: ‘SwaziLeaks’ looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

Getty: Princess Victoria Of Sweden Attends Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s Export Hermes Award
The Local: Swedish royals boycott Chuck Berry’s ceremony

Daily Mail: Princess Diana had a ‘DIY security team’ which led to ‘tragic outcome’ on the night of her death, says French policeman who guarded her body
Daily Mail: Zara Phillips battles the elements as she competes in the prestigious World Equestrian Games, but still manages a smile for the crowds
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Now Kate’s mum cashes in on Harry’s paralympics
Daily Mail: Meet the man who really knows the Royal family
Guardian: The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians – review
Scotsman: Mary, Queen of Scots signed manuscript up for sale
Waikato Times: The Queen nearly missed out on hotel room
Vanity Fair: Report: Prince Harry Has a New Girlfriend, and He’s Already Taken Her to St. Tropez
Huffington Post: Prince Harry Is Officially Off The Market, But Here Are 9 Ways To Win Him Back
The Daily Courier: Lucky few get to see Prince Edward and wife Sophie
Telegraph: ‘Amateurish’ security led to death of Princess Diana, says French policeman who watched over her in final moments

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Marie-Chantal is the wife of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, the eldest son of King Constantine II of Greece who was deposed in 1973. Marie-Chantal Claire Miller was born on September 17, 1968 in London, England. Her parents are Robert Miller, billionaire entrepreneur and co-founder of Duty Free Shops and María Clara Pesantes Becerra. Her father was born American, but is now a British citizen, and her mother was born in Educador. Marie-Chantal was an American citizen, but renounced her American citizenship in 2011.

Marie-Chantal has an older and a younger sister and the trio was often referred to as “The Miller Sisters” in the newspaper society pages.


Marie-Chantal on the left with her sisters; Photo Credit –

Marie-Chantal grew up in Hong Kong, the location of the corporate headquarters of her father’s business. In Hong King, she attended the Peak School, an English language international primary school.  When she was nine years old, Marie-Chantal went to the Institut Le Rosey, an exclusive boarding school in Rolle, Switzerland. In 1982, she began to attend Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris, France where she continued until her senior year. Marie-Chantal then attended The Masters School, a private, coeducational boarding school in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She began to attend New York University in New York City in 1993, but dropped out a year later when Crown Prince Pavlos proposed marriage.

Marie-Chantal and Pavlos met on a blind date arranged by a friend in 1992. The marriage proposal occurred on a ski lift in Gstaad, Switzerland over the Christmas holiday in 1994. Prior to the wedding, Marie-Chantal converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy. The couple were married on July 1, 1995 at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in London, England. The wedding celebrations were extravagant and expensive. The wedding ceremony, receptions, and celebrations combined reportedly cost the Miller family 8 million dollars. The wedding dress alone reportedly cost $225,000. More royalty attended at than at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.


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The couple have five children:

  • Princess Maria-Olympia (born 1996 in New York City)
  • Prince Constantine Alexios (born 1998 in New York City)
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas born (2000 in New York City)
  • Prince Odysseas-Kimon (born 2004 in London)
  • Prince Aristides-Stavros (born 2008 in Los Angeles)

Marie-Chantal with her family; Photo Credit –

Marie-Chantal and Pavlos have lived in New York City and London, where Pavlos has worked as an investment consultant. Marie-Chantal has her own business, Marie-Chantal, an international children’s wear brand.


March 6, 2014: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal on the right attending services commemorating the 50th anniversary of King Paul I of Greece’s death, with her husband Crown Prince Pavlos and his aunt Queen Sofia of Spain; Photo Credit

Visit the official website of the Greek Royal Family here.
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August 29: Today in Royal History

Astrid of Sweden, wife of King Leopold III of Belgium; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 29, 1189 – Wedding of King John of England and Isabel of Gloucester, at Marlborough Castle in Wiltshire, England
This marriage was annulled in 1199.
Wikipedia: John of England
Wikipedia: Isabel of Gloucester

August 29, 1790 – Birth of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe (Germany)
Wikipedia: Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden

August 29, 1815 – Wedding of Prince Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, and Frederica of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, at Carlton House, London
Ernest became King of Hanover in 1837 when his niece Victoria acceded to the British throne because Hanover did not allow female succession.
Wikipedia: Ernest, Duke of Cumberland
Wikipedia: Frederica of Mecklenberg-Strelitz

August 29, 1935 – Death of Astrid of Sweden, wife of King Leopold III of Belgium, in a car accident near their villa at Küssnacht am Rigi in Schwyz, Switzerland; buried at the Church of Our Lady in Brussels, Laeken, Belgium
Tragically, Queen Astrid and her unborn child died in a car accident when the car, driven by her husband, plunged down a ravine. Astrid was the mother of the two Belgian kings, Baudouin and Albert II, and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.
Wikipedia: Astrid of Sweden

August 29, 1966 – Death of Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal, in Münchhöf, Baden, Germany
Manuel II was deposed in 1910 and died in 1932. In 1939, Augusta Victoria married Swedish Count Robert Douglas.
Wikipedia: Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

August 29, 1968 – Wedding of King Harald V of Norway and Sonja Haraldsen at Olso Cathedral in Norway
Wikipedia: Sonja Haraldsen
Wikipedia: Harald V of Norway

Princess Estelle of Sweden starts preschool


Princess Estelle arriving at Äventyret Preschool with her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel; Photo Credit – Swedish Royal Court: Anders Wiklund/TT

Press release from the Swedish Royal Court:

“On Monday 25 August, Princess Estelle started preschool at Äventyret Preschool in Danderyd Municipality, Stockholm. Äventyret Preschool was founded in 1992 and uses the Ur & Skur outdoor teaching methods to teach children about nature and to convey a sense of the natural world.”

Royal News: Thursday 28 August 2014

The Local: Royals get a raise in new budget proposal

New York Post: Crown Prince Moulay of Morocco turn heads in Manhattan

Norway Today: Crown Princess opened Bjørnsonfestivalen

Star Tribune: Aug. 19, 1920: Baseball’s intricacies too much for Romanian prince

Saudi Arabia
Arab News: Prince Khaled honored with Makkah excellence award

Bernews: Serbia’s Royal Couple “In Love” With Bermuda
Global Newswire: Serbian Royal Couple Vacation in Bermuda

Gulf Times: Actress who claimed to be princess is exposed by royal

Getty Images: Princess Victoria of Sweden Attends Baltic Sea Seminar in Stockholm
Lucire: Crown Princess Victoria visits Team SCA, the all-women team in the Volvo Yacht Race

United Kingdom
CNBC: Royal tweets: Why this Duke took to Twitter
Daily Beast: A Royal Staycation for William and Kate
Daily Mail: Crunch time for Zara! Royal raises a smile as she prepares to battle it out for place in Rio Olympic team
Daily Mail: Now luckless Earl is hit by a £3million dry rot bill
Daily Mail: The paper that built the City: Contract signed by Henry VIII for £637 loan that helped found the London Stock Exchange goes on sale
Daily Mail: Breathe easy, Zara: Mike’s club clinch girl is hitched
E! Online: Prince Harry and New Girlfriend Camilla Thurlow Enjoy Romantic Vacation in St. Tropez
Glasgow Evening Times: Make your bid for the ‘royal throne’ as chair sat on by the Queen at the Games is up for auction
International Business Times: Ice Bucket Challenge: Royal Watchers Looking Forward To See Prince Harry Accept Viral ALS Challenge With Four Nominations Received
ITV: Prince Andrew: It would be illogical not to remain friends with Fergie
Marie Claire: Meet Prince Harry’s Lovely New Girlfriend
Mirror: Prince William and brother Prince Harry want Friends reunion
The Province: Earl and Countess of Wessex coming to British Columbia in September
Yahoo News: On This Day: Prince William of Gloucester dies at 30 after crashing his plane

Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia

photo: © Royal Family of Serbia

Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia

Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia is the son of King Peter II of Yugoslavia and Princess Alexandra of Greece, and is the current pretender to the former Serbian throne. He was born on July 17, 1945 in Suite 212 of Claridge’s Hotel in London where his parents were living in exile. Under the orders of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the British government ceded sovereignty of the suite to Yugoslavia for the day, so the new Crown Prince could be born on Yugoslav soil. He was baptised at Westminster Abbey, and his godparents were King George VI and then-Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (now Queen Elizabeth II).

Just four months after his birth, Yugoslavia was declared a republic, his father deposed and the family stripped of their citizenship and properties. They settled various places, including France, Switzerland and eventually the United States. Alexander’s parents’ marriage was increasingly strained, with constant struggles to find sources of income, King Peter’s numerous affairs, as well as his mother’s fragile health. Because of this, Alexander was raised predominantly by his maternal grandmother, Aspasia Manos (widow of King Alexander of Greece).

He attended the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, Culver Military Academy in the United States, Gordonstoun in Scotland, and Millfield in England. He then attended the Mons Officer Cadet School in England, earning his commission in the British Army in 1966. He served in the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers, with tours in West Germany, Italy, the Middle East and Northern Ireland before leaving the military in 1972 to pursue a career in International Business.

Prince Alexander, Prince Philip and Hereditary Prince Peter photo: © Royal Family of Serbia

Prince Alexander, Prince Philip and Hereditary Prince Peter.  photo: © Royal Family of Serbia

Crown Prince Alexander was married to Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans Bragança from July 1, 1972 until they divorced on February 19, 1985. They have three sons:

The Crown Prince remarried to Katherine Clairy Batis in a civil ceremony held September 20, 1985, with a religious ceremony the following day at St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in London. The new Crown Princess has two children from a previous marriage.

Alexander and his family visited Yugoslavia for the first time in 1991, and returned for several more visits in the next decade. Following the uprisings in 2000, they took up permanent residence in the country, still called Yugoslavia at the time. In February 2001, the government granted the family Yugoslavian citizenship (which had been stripped from them in 1947), and the following month returned use of many of the royal family’s former properties. Alexander and his family took up residence at the Royal Palace, part of the Royal Compound in the Dedinje area of Belgrade.

Although the country (known as Serbia since 2003) is still a republic, Crown Prince Alexander remains an advocate for the restoration of the monarchy. While keeping out of the political arena, the Crown Prince focuses his time and efforts on humanitarian issues and encouraging peace amongst the various political factions in the country. He travels extensively throughout the world, and is often in attendance at major royal functions in Europe. Through his descent from Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, King Christian IX of Denmark and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, he is related to many of Europe’s other royal families.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 2012. photo: Zimbio

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 2012. photo: Zimbio

Read more about the Serbian Royal Family here!


August 28: Today in Royal History

Prince William of Gloucester; Photo Credit –

August 28, 933 – Birth of Richard I, Duke of Normandy in Fécamp, Normandy (France)
Wikipedia: Richard I, Duke of Normandy

August 28, 1027 – Death of Richard II, Duke of Normandy in Normandy (France)
Wikipedia: Richard II, Duke of Normandy

August 28, 1481 – Death of King Afonso V of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal; buried at the Batalha Monastery in Leiria, Portugal
Wikipedia: Afonso V of Portugal

August 28, 1667 – Birth of Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, first wife of King Frederick IV of Denmark, in Güstrow (Germany)
Wikipedia: Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow

August 28, 1789 – Birth of Stéphanie de Beauharnais, wife of Karl, Grand Duke of Baden, at the Palace of Versailles
Wikipedia: Stéphanie de Beauharnais

August 28, 1853 – Birth of Prince Franz I of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Franz I of Liechtenstein

August 28, 1943 – Death of Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria at Sofia, Bulgaria; originally buried at Rila Monastery, re-buried in the courtyard of the Vrana Palace during the Communist regime, at a later date the coffin was removed to an unknown location
Wikipedia: Boris III of Bulgaria

August 28, 1972 – Death of Prince William of Gloucester in an airplane accident at an air show at Halfpenny Green, near Wolverhampton, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Prince William was a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and brother of the current Duke of Gloucester.  William would have been Duke of Gloucester had he lived.
BBC: On This Day – 1972 – 1972: Prince William killed in plane crash
Wikipedia: Prince William of Gloucester

August 28, 1996 – Divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales
CNN: Text of Charles and Diana’s divorce decree

August 28, 1999 – Birth of Prince Nikolai of Denmark, son of Prince Joachim of Denmark, at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Nikolai William Alexander Frederik
Wikipedia: Prince Nikolai of Denmark

Royal News: Wednesday 27 August 2014

Daily Mail: Hitting the right note! Princess Mary of Denmark is resplendent in royal blue ensemble and matching suede shoes for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra tour
Herald Sun: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra serenades Princess Mary

Huffington Post: Cécile zu Hohenlohe: The Princess and her Traveling Jewels

Middle East Monitor: Constitution amended to protect Jordanian monarchy from military coups

Daily Mail: Spain forced to apologise to the King of Morocco after police tried to board his yacht when they mistook him for a drug smuggler

Daily Mail: Swedish Princess Estelle is all smiles on her first day at school (video)
Getty Images: Swedish Royals Attend Polar Music Prize at Stockholm Concert Hall
Hello: Princess Estelle of Sweden shines on first day of nursery
Royalblog: Swedish royals enjoy Polar Music Prize ceremony
Swedish Royal Court: Princess Estelle starts preschool
The Local: Princess Estelle – through the years

United Kingdom
Daily Mail: Dropping his guard! Rare moment tourist captures Queen’s beefeater sticking his tongue out and pulling faces for the camera
Guardian: Diary: Is China really bad-mouthing Charles and Camilla?
Hello: Prince William and Kate’s joint engagement at Oxford University revealed
Hello: Is Chelsy Davy about to announce her engagement?
Hello: Duchess Kate as a Simpsons character: see the sketches
Mirror: Kate Middleton ‘Simpsonised’: Artist gives Duchess of Cambridge a cartoon make over

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania

photo: Wikipedia

photo: Wikipedia

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania is the eldest daughter of King Mihai I of Romania and Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma. She was born on March 26, 1949 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where her father was living in exile. She has four younger sisters – Elena, Irena, Sophie and Maria. Her parents had met in London at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, and married the following year. The Duke of Edinburgh is one of Margareta’s godparents.

Following her primary and secondary education in Switzerland, Margareta had planned to attend the Ecole des Beaux-Artes in Paris. However, she was persuaded to first spend a year in Florence with her grandmother, Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, during which she decided to pursue a more academic education. She attended and graduated from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. While a student at Edinburgh, she was romantically involved with the future British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

Following university, she worked with several universities, specializing in public health policy and medical sociology. She then worked with the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development.  In 1989, she returned to Switzerland to work with her father and causes relating to Romania. In 1990, she established The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation to foster and support civil society in Romania.

photo: Order of Sartorial Splendour

photo: Order of Sartorial Splendour

It was through the Foundation that Margareta met her future husband, Radu Duda, in 1994. He was the director of an art therapy program for orphans, a program which was supported by Margareta’s foundation. They were married on September 21, 1996 in Lausanne. The couple have no children, and reside at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest.

During the time of the Romanian monarchy, succession to the throne was limited to males and therefore Margareta and her sisters were not eligible to succeed. However, in December 2007, King Mihai made changes to the house laws to ensure the succession of the current family. He established the Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania, in which he changed the line of succession to allow his daughters to succeed, and named Princess Margareta as Crown Princess and Custodian of the Romanian Crown, and his heir as Head of the Royal House of Romania. He has also publicly stated his request that should the monarchy ever be restored, that equal-primogeniture be used.

Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu at the Luxembourg royal wedding, 2012. Photo: Zimbio

Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu at the Luxembourg royal wedding, 2012. Photo: Zimbio

Read more about the Romanian Royal Family here!

August 27: Today in Royal History

Bárbara of Portugal, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 27, 1487 – Birth of Anna of Brandenburg, first wife of the future King Frederick I of Denmark, in Berlin (Germany)
Wikipedia: Anna of Brandenburg

August 27, 1758 – Death of Bárbara of Portugal, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain, at Palacio Real de Aranjuez; buried at Salesas Reales Church (Santa Barbara) in Madrid, Spain
Wikipedia: Bárbara of Portugal

August 27, 1968 – Death of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Princess Marina was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia. She was the last foreign princess to marry into the British royal family.
Wikipedia: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

August 27, 1975 – Death of deposed Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; buried at Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Wikipedia: Haile Selassie

August 27, 1979 – Assassination of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Prince Philip’s uncle and a great-grandson of Queen Victoria, at Mullaghmore, County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland; buried at Romsey Abbey in England
Wikipedia: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
BBC: On The Day – 1979: IRA bomb kills Lord Mountbatten