Royal News: Wednesday 20 August 2014

Prince’s Palace: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco travels to Nanjing and Beijing
Royalblog: Prince Albert II promoting Monaco in China

Multiple Monarchies
Royalblog: Ice Bucket Challenge for Dutch & Belgian Kings

Royalblog: Princess Beatrix patron of Dutch Windmills

Hello: Princess Ingrid of Norway starts first day at new school on proud mum Mette-Marit’s birthday
Hello: Happy birthday Crown Princess Mette-Marit: 10 facts about the royal
Norway Today: The first day for Princess Ingrid Alexandra at the private school
The Local: Princess Ingrid starts her first day at new school

Royalblog: Parma commemorates its late Duke, Carlo Ugo

Daily Mail: ‘Drunk’ Belgium diplomat specialising in protocol is arrested for tearing full-face veil off a Qatari princess

Guardian: Mausoleum of Augustus stands derelict on anniversary of emperor’s death
Wales Online: On the 2,000th anniversary of his death, Emperor Augustus might have some words of advice for autocrats around the world

Saudi Arabia
Greek Reporter: Saudi Prince Interested in Buying Greek Island Dia

Royal Family of Serbia: HRH Crown Prince Alexander II remarks on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battle of Cer
Royal Family of Serbia: Prof. Predrag Palavestra, member ofthe Crown Council dies

Daily Beast: Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?

Voice of America: Swaziland Media Muzzled in Africa’s Last Absolute Monarchy

United Nations News Centre: Thai law on defaming monarchy has ‘chilling effect’ on free expression – UN rights office

United Kingdom
BBC: Prince Edward to unveil WW1 Liverpool Pals memorial
Daily Mail: New baby joy to cheer Camilla
Express: Prince Philip aide to face trial on historic sex charges
Hello: Duchess Kate lookalike shuns lawyer job and dreams of going professional
Liverpool Echo: Earl of Wessex to officially unveil Liverpool Pals’ memorial
USA Today: What’s the story on Prince Harry’s new gal? Gossips are agog!
Vogue: Why Catherine Isn’t A Fashion Follower

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar

photo: The Qatar Consultancy

photo: The Qatar Consultancy

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned is the wife of Sheikh Hammad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar, and mother of the current Emir, Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Sheikha Mozah was born on August 8, 1959 in Al-Khor, Qatar. Her father, Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned had publicly advocated for fairer distribution of wealth in the small nation of Qatar, which brought about his imprisonment at the hands of the Emir (the father of her future husband). Despite this, while attending Qatar University, she met and became engaged to the Crown Prince of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. (Mozah would eventually earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Qatar University in 1986). She became his second wife in 1977 when the couple married. They have seven children:

Sheikha Mozah with her husband on an official visit to Spain, 2011 photo: Zimbio

Sheikha Mozah with her husband on an official visit to Spain, 2011.  photo: Zimbio

When her husband became Emir in 1995, Sheikha Mozah took a very public and prominent role in the country. Unlike most wives in Middle Eastern monarchies who remain quietly in the background, she has used her profile and position to raise awareness of important issues. With her husband, she established the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and serves as the Chairperson of the Board. She serves as President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Vice-Chairperson of the Supreme Education Council, Chairperson of the Silatech initiative, and Chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation. Since 2003, she has worked with UNESCO as a Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education.

Internationally, Sheikha Mozah often represented her husband at major royal functions, and accompanied him on most state visits. She is considered by many to be one of the most glamorous and fashionable royals in the world, and remains a visible member of Qatar’s royal family, often seen supporting her son, the current Emir.

Sheikha Mozah, with Princess Lalla Samla of Morocco, and Prince Albert of Monaco, 2013 photo: Popsugar

Sheikha Mozah, with Princess Lalla Samla of Morocco and Prince Albert of Monaco, at the investiture of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, 2013.  photo: Popsugar

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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1995-2013)

photo: AFP/Getty Images

photo: AFP/Getty Images

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1995-2013)

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was Emir of Qatar from 1995 until 2013. He was born in 1952 in Doha, the son of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar from 1975-1995.

Following his initial education in Qatar, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, graduating in 1971. Returning to Qatar, he took up several positions in Qatar’s military and government, being named Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense. He was named Crown Prince in 1977, and led Qatar’s Supreme Planning Council.

In 1992, his father handed over much of the day-to-day responsibility to Hamad, while remaining Emir and Head of State. However, while his father was out of the country, Hamad staged a coup in June 1995, overthrowing his father and declaring himself the new Emir of Qatar. During Hamad’s reign, Qatar saw a significant growth in natural gas production and more prominence on the world stage. He was a primary contributor to the establishment of the Al Jazeera news network, and established the Qatar Investment Authority. The QIA holds assets of over US$170billion, with investments in several major corporations – including Royal Dutch Shell, Volkswagen, and the Harrods Group – as well as real estate holdings around the world.

Sheikh Hamad on a state visit to the UK, 2010. photo: Zimbio

Sheikh Hamad on a state visit to the UK, 2010.  photo: Zimbio

Sheikh Hamad traveled extensively, promoting diplomatic ties with countries both within the region and elsewhere. He spent a significant amount of time in the United Kingdom, having several private properties there. He was typically accompanied by his second wife, Sheikha Mozah, who has taken on a much more public role than his other wives who, in keeping with tradition, are seldom seen in public.

On June 25, 2013, after eighteen years as Emir, Sheikh Hamad publically announced his abdication in favor of his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa. Read more about the abdication here.

Sheikh Hamad has three wives and a total of 24 children.

His first wive is Sheikha Mariam bint Muhammad Al Thani, his first cousin. They have eight children:

  • Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikh Sheikh Fahd bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Aisha bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Mashael bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Fatima bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Rawdah bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Hussah bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Sheikha Sara bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

His second wife is Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned. They married in 1977, and have seven children:

His third wife is Sheikha Noora bint Khalid Al-Thani, his first cousin. They have nine children:

Sheikh Hamad and Sheikha Mozah with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, 2010. photo: Zimbio/Bauer Griffin

Sheikh Hamad and Sheikha Mozah with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, 2010. photo: Zimbio/Bauer Griffin

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August 20: Today in Royal History

Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit –

August 20, 1752 – Birth of Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt

August 20, 1783 – Death of Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle, buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
The ninth and youngest son and fourteenth child of George III and his wife Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Alfred was probably a “blue baby” and was always in delicate health.  He died a month before his second birthday and was buried in the royal vault at Westminster Abbey.  He was transferred to the new Royal Tomb House at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor shortly after his father’s burial there in 1820.
Wikipedia: Prince Alfred

August 20, 2003 – Birth of Prince Gabriel of Belgium, son of King Philippe of the Belgians, in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Wikipedia: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Royal News: Tuesday 19 August 2014

King Abdullah: Jordan in strong position, politically and militarily – King

Prince’s Palace: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco travels to Nanjing and Beijing
Prince’s Palace: 70th anniversary of the landing in Provence

Saudi Arabia
ABC News: Robbers Ambush Saudi Prince’s Convoy in Paris
BBC: Saudi prince’s Paris convoy attacked by gunmen
BBC: Saudi prince’s Paris convoy attacked by gunmen (video)
Daily Mail: Robbers ambush Saudi prince’s convoy in Paris
Daily Mail: Kalashnikov-wielding robbers steal £200k in cash and ‘sensitive documents’ from Saudi prince after dramatic raid on his motorcade in Paris
Guardian: Saudi prince’s motorcade held up at gunpoint in Paris
New York Times: Saudi Is Robbed in Paris, Quickly and Efficiently

Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince Alexander congratulates Velimir Stjepanovic Berlin European Championship gold medal
Royal Family of Serbia: Princess Katherine Foundation delivers humanitarian aid in Obrenovac and Zabrezje

United Kingdom
BBC: Richard III: Isotope study reveals king was ‘bottle-a-day’ drinker
Daily Beast: Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
Daily Mail: Fears monarchy could be ditched by independent Scotland with Queen forced to send Australian-style Royal representative instead
Daily Mail: ‘Now I’m searching for my own Prince William’: Solicitor quits her legal career and becomes a professional Kate Middleton lookalike
Daily Mail: Prince Harry’s message prior to women’s rugby team win
Daily Mail: ‘Kate is complimentary about what I wear but she’s got more important things to think about – that’s what makes her endearing’: Camilla’s daughter-in-law on life in the Royal family
Express: Prince Philip aide to face trial on historic sex charges
Express: Solicitor turns back on the law to become full-time ‘Kate Middleton’ – but needs a Wills
Irish Independent: Kate Middleton and Prince William ‘love country life’ in new Norfolk mansion
Telegraph: King Richard III ‘drank a bottle of wine a day’

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands


Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Queen Beatrix was Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in favor of her eldest son in 2013. Her official title since her abdication is Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was born at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands on January 31, 1938. Beatrix was the first child of the four daughters of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands (became Queen in 1948) and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.  At the time of her birth, Beatrix’s grandmother Queen Wilhelmina reigned. In 1948, Queen Wilhelmina abdicated in favor of Beatrix’s mother Juliana.


The infant Beatrix with her parents; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Beatrix has three younger sisters: Princess Irene (born 1939), Princess Margriet (born 1943),  and Princess Christina (born 1947).

Dutch Royal Family Portrait, 1948

Beatrix, on the right, with her family in 1948; Photo Credit – Corbis

During World War II, three days after Germany began its invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch Royal Family left for London, England. One month later, Beatrix along with her mother and her sister Irene went to Ottawa, Canada, where they would be safer. Prince Bernhard, Beatrix’s father, stayed with Queen Wilhelmina in London during the war, although both did make occasional visits to the rest of the family in Canada. Beatrix’s sister Margriet was born while the family was in Canada. While in Canada, Beatrix started her primary education at Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ottawa, Canada. On August 2, 1945, the whole family returned to the Netherlands and Beatrix spent the rest of her childhood at her birthplace, Soestdijk Palace.


Beatrix, on the left, arrives back in the Netherlands, with her parents and sisters, on August 2, 1945; Photo Credit –

Upon returning to the Netherlands, Beatrix resumed her education at De Werkplaats (link translated from Dutch), a progressive school in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. In April 1950, Beatrix began her secondary education at the Incrementum, a separate classroom for Beatrix and small groups of selected peers at the Baarns Lyceum (link translated from Dutch)
She passed her graduation exams in the arts and classics in 1956 and later that same year, Beatrix enrolled at Leiden University where she first studied sociology, jurisprudence, economics, parliamentary history and constitutional law. Later she studied cultures of the Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles (both constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at that time) , the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, international affairs, international law, history and European law. In 1959, Beatrix passed her preliminary examination in law and in 1961 she received a combined degree in law, sociology and economics.

On March 10, 1966, Princess Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg, a member of the German diplomatic corps, in a civil ceremony at the Amsterdam City Hall. Afterwards, a religious ceremony was held at the Westerkerk. The Westerkerk is a block away from the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years and the church’s chiming bells are mentioned in Anne’s diary. On the same day, Claus von Amsberg received the style and title His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands. For more information on the couple and their wedding, see Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Beatrix of the Netherlands and Claus von Amsberg.


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Beatrix and Claus were married until Claus’ death in 2002, four months after the birth of his first grandchild. The couple had three sons:

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Beatrix and Claus with their three sons; Photo Credit –

Like her mother Queen Wilhelmina had done, Queen Juliana also abdicated in favor of her daughter and Beatrix became Queen of the Netherlands on April 30, 1980. On April 30, 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son Willem-Alexander.


Queen Beatrix swearing her oath on April 30, 1980; Photo Credit –

On February 17, 2012, Beatrix’s second son Prince Friso was severely injured in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria with the royal family. He had been buried for about 25 minutes, and the lack of oxygen had caused significant brain damage. He remained in a coma, and in March 2012, he was taken to the Wellington Hospital in London where his wife and children lived. In July 2013, Prince Friso was brought to Huis Ten Bosch, his mother’s residence, in the Hague, the Netherlands as he was no longer deemed to require hospital care and on August 12, 2013, Prince Friso passed away.


The Dutch Royal Family at Prince Friso’s funeral; Beatrix, front right, with Friso’s daughters and his wife; Photo Credit –

After her abdication, Beatrix decided to live at Drakensteyn, a small castle in Baarn, the Netherlands. The castle was bought in 1959 and is the private property of Beatrix.

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Beatrix and her eight grandchildren in 2013; Photo Credit –

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August 19: Today in Royal History

Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 19, 14 – Death of Roman Emperor Augustus at Nola, Italia, Roman Empire; buried at the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, Italy
Wikipedia: Emperor Augustus

August 19, 1186 – Death of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, son of King Henry II of England, at Paris, France, buried in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Geoffrey, Henry II’s second surviving son, was stamped to death by his horse after he fell during a tournament.  After the death of Henry II’s eldest surviving son Richard I, John, the youngest son of Henry II, became king.  Geoffrey had two children, who had claims to the throne.  Geoffrey’s son, Arthur of Brittany, mysteriously disappeared and was probably murdered.  Eleanor, Geoffrey’s daughter, was imprisoned at Corfe Castle until her death in 1241.
Wikipedia: Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany

August 19, 1274 – Coronation of King Edward I of England
Edward’s wife Eleanor of Castile was crowned with him.
Wikipedia: Edward I of England

August 19, 1284 – Death of Alfonso, Earl of Chester, son of King Edward I of England, at Windsor Castle, buried at Westminster Abbey
Alfonso was the third son and ninth child of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castile.  His two elder brothers were already dead so he was the heir apparent.  He died at age 10 at Windsor Castle and was buried in Westminster Abbey near the shrine of Edward the Confessor.  England could have had a King Alfonso!
Wikipedia: Alfonso, Earl of Chester

August 19, 1596 – Birth of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I of England, at Falkland Palace in Fife, Scotland
It was through Elizabeth that the Hanovers inherited the British throne.  King George I was her grandson.
Wikipedia: Elizabeth Stuart

August 19, 1890 – Birth of Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal, in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany)
Augusta Victoria and Manuel married after he was deposed.
Wikipedia: Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

August 19, 1946 – Birth of Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Franz Josef II, in Zurich, Switzerland
Full name: Philipp Erasmus Alois Ferdinand Maria Sebaldus
Wikipedia: Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein

August 19, 1973 – Birth of Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, wife of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, in Kristiansand, Norway
Wikipedia: Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby

Royal News: Monday 18 August 2014

Telegraph: Emperor Augustus stables in Rome to be reburied due to lack of funding
Telegraph: Augustus: from Revolutionary to Emperor by Adrian Goldsworthy, review: ‘a capable guide’

Daily Mail: Diana’s chef accuses Earl Spencer of neglecting her final resting place – and posts pictures of pond full of algae
Daily News: Tests show British king Richard III drank wine to relieve stress of leadership
Express: The reluctant Prince: William is in no rush to become a full-time Royal
Huffington Post: Bone Study Reveals Richard III Ate Like A King, Drank Like A Fish
Telegraph: Princess Diana’s memorial ‘neglected’, former royal chef claims

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg


Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg on his 93rd birthday; Photo Credit –

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was the reigning Grand Duke from 1964 until 2000, when he abdicated in favor of his eldest son. Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d’Aviano was born on January 5, 1921 at Berg Castle in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg. He was the eldest of six children of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma.  Jean had one younger brother and four younger sisters:

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Jean (left, back row) with his parents and siblings; Photo Credit –

Jean received his primary education and started his secondary education In Luxembourg. He completed his secondary education at Ampleforth College, a Roman Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire, England. When Jean reached the age of 18, he was styled styled Hereditary Grand Duke, recognizing his status the heir apparent.

The day before Germany invaded Luxembourg in May 1940, the Grand Ducal family left for Paris, France where they stayed for several weeks. They then went to the United States, where they rented an estate on Long Island in Brookville, New York.  Later they lived in Canada, and the United Kingdom. During this time period, Jean studied law and political science at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada.

In October 1942, Prince Félix and Hereditary Grand Duke Jean left Canada for the United Kingdom to join the British Army. Jean joined the Irish Guards on the advice of King George VI of the United Kingdom. After some preliminary training, Jean completed his military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and later was promoted to lieutenant.  Jean landed near Bayeux, Normandy on June 11, 1944, five days after D-Day. He took part in the Battle for Caen and the liberation of Brussels. On September 10, 1944, he took part in the liberation of Luxembourg before participating in the invasion of Germany.

For his military service, Jean received the following military decorations:

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom appointed Jean Colonel of the Regiment of the Irish Guards 1n 1984 and Honorary General of the British Army in 1995.


Jean with his father, Prince Félix, at the liberation of Luxembourg City; Photo Credit –

On April 9, 1953 Jean married Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium (1927–2005), daughter of Léopold III, King of the Belgians at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. See Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Jean of Luxembourg and Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium for more details on the wedding.


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Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte had a happy 52 year marriage which ended with Joséphine-Charlotte’s death in 2005.  The couple had five children:


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On November 12, 1964, Jean’s mother Grand Duchess Charlotte abdicated and he became Grand Duke.  Grand Duke Jean then reigned until October 7, 2000 when he abdicated in favor of his eldest son Henri.

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Grand Duke Jean with his son Grand Duke Henri and his grandson Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume; Photo Credit –

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August 18: Today in Royal History

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria with his mother Sophie of Bavaria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 18, 1572 – Wedding of King Henri III of Navarre (King Henri IV of France) and Marguerite de Valois
Wikipedia: Henri IV of France
Wikipedia: Marguerite de Valois

August 18, 1645 – Death of Eudoxia Streshneva, second wife of Tsar Michael I in Moscow, Russia; buried at the Cathedral of the Archangel in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Eudoxia Streshneva

August 18, 1683 – Birth of Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Saalfeld, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Wikipedia: Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

August 18, 1781 – Death of Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein; buried at the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein

August 18, 1830 – Birth of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Franz Joseph I of Austria