Royal News: Monday 28 July 2014

Petra: Queen Rania and UNRWA Commissioner Discuss Support for Gaza

Saudi Arabia
Arab News: King Abdullah meets with Palestinian president

Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince Alexander congratulates Eid al-Fitr to the Islamic community

United Kingdom
BBC: Queen’s trees book missing for 35 years put on display
Daily Mail: Three Royal cheers! Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is joined by Prince Edward and Lady Louise to celebrate England’s score against Malaysia during Commonwealth Games
Daily Record: Queen forced to spend summer elsewhere as tourists trump royalty at her Balmoral retreat
Express: Clegg in royal row after saying Prince Charles living a ‘nightmare’ waiting to be King

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Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein

Duchess Sophie Elizabeth Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria, Princess of Bavaria, was born on October 28, 1967 in Munich. She is the eldest of five daughters of Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, and Countess Elizabeth Douglas. She was raised on the family’s estate, Wildbad Kreuth, about 65 kilometers south of Munich, where she began her primary schooling. She then attended the Girls’ Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstadt, followed by the Girls’ Secondary Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggries. In 1984, she enrolled in the Adolf Weber High School in Munich, graduating in 1988.

Following several months in London where she attended the Inchbald School of Interior Design, Sophie began studying history and English language and literature at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in 1989.

photo: Corbis

photo: Corbis

On July 3, 1993, Sophie married Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein at the Vaduz Cathedral. He is the eldest son of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau. They had met some seven years earlier at a party hosted by a mutual friend.  The couple have four children:

- Prince Joseph Wenzel (1995)
- Princess Marie-Caroline (1996)
- Prince Georg (1999)
- Prince Nikolaus (2000)

The family initially lived in London, but returned to Liechtenstein in 1996, where her husband began working for The Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation, which oversees and manages the various assets of the Princely Family.

The Hereditary Princess often accompanies her husband on foreign visits, as well as many events within Liechtenstein itself. She serves as patron for many organizations and events, often relating to children, education and the arts. It has also been announced that she will be taking over as President of the Liechtenstein Red Cross from her mother-in-law at the end of 2014.

In 2006, she founded the Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child. “The goal of the foundation is to given women, who unintentionally become pregnant, a more positive life perspective for themselves and their child.” (source: The Princely Family of Liechtenstein). The Foundation is funded by the Princely Family and by private donations, and the Hereditary Princess serves as President.

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Read more about the Princely Family of Liechtenstein here!

July 28: Today in Royal History

King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Lovisa of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 28, 1540 – Execution of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to King Henry VIII of England, at Tower Hill in London, England
Wikipedia: Thomas Cromwell

July 28, 1540 – Wedding of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, England
Catherine Howard was a first cousin of Anne Boleyn.
Wikipedia: Catherine Howard
Wikipedia: Henry VIII of England

July 28, 1683 – Wedding of Queen Anne of the United Kingdom and Prince George of Denmark, son of King Frederik III of Denmark, at the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace in London, England
Wikipedia: Prince George of Denmark
Wikipedia: Queen Anne of the United Kingdom

July 28, 1684 – Death of Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Maria FitzRoy, illegitimate daughter of King Charles II of England and Elizabeth Killigrew; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Charlotte FitzRoy

July 28, 1844 – Death of Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, King of Naples and Sicily, King of Spain and the Indies, Comte de Survilliers in Florence, Italy; buried at Les Invalides in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Joseph Bonaparte

July 28, 1869 – Wedding of King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Lovisa of Sweden at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Frederik VIII of Denmark
Wikipedia: Lovisa of Sweden

July 28, 1996 – Birth of Samuel Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and grandson of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom
Full name: Samuel David Benedict
Wikipedia: Samuel Chatto

Royal News: Sunday 27 July 2014

Daily Mail: Royal match: French prince marries German aristocrat in a traditional summer wedding
Getty Images: Wedding Of Prince Francois von Orleans And Theresa von Einsiedel

Daily Mail: Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain make royal pilgrimage to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to pay tribute to 79 victims of train derailment one year on from tragedy

United Kingdom
BBC: Leicester’s Richard III visitor centre: Crowds at opening
Daily Mail: ‘Find a reason to go to war with Germany’: Shocking letter documents how King George V urged his foreign secretary to justify conflict two days before outbreak of First World War
Daily Mail: Diana’s Mini Metro brings the exceptional to the unexceptional: ‘Courting car’ of teenage Princess of Wales steals motor show
Daily Mail: Harry’s red-hot Mexican madhouse: A hidden entrance, £5k tequila that arrives by toy train and VERY dirty dancing… no wonder the Prince is there three times a week!
Daily Mail: Grand job! Eugenie passes her NY test
Express: Time for a beer: Prince Harry jokes with Marines ahead of final stage of epic challenge
Getty Images: King George Day Meet At Ascot Races
Guardian: Look at the Queen pretending to be one of us. Don’t be fooled
Mirror: Hats off to Prince Harry as he celebrates with pint at summer’s poshest festival
Mirror: Prince George enjoys a birthday splash in the Buckingham Palace pool
Telegraph: Revealed: how King George V demanded Britain enter the First World War
Telegraph: Royal Childhood exhibition: from Princess Margaret’s rocking horse to Prince Charles’ caravan in pictures
Telegraph: Behind the scenes at the Royal Childhood exhibition

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Crown Princess Masako of Japan

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Crown Princess Masako of Japan

Masako Owada was born in Tokyo on December 9, 1963, the eldest daughter of Hisashi Owada and Yumiko Egashira. Her father, Hisashi Owada, is a former Japanese diplomat, and served as Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations. He is now a member of the International Court of Justice, located in the Netherlands.

Due to her father’s diplomatic posts, Masako began her schooling first in Moscow, and then in New York City, before the family returned to Japan in 1971. She attended Futaba Gakuen, a private Roman Catholic girls’ school in Tokyo. In 1979, the family returned to the US, settling in Belmont, Massachusetts while her father was a visiting professor at Harvard University. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1981, and enrolled at Radcliffe College, part of Harvard University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics in 1985, after which she returned to Japan and attended the University of Tokyo, studying law for several months while preparing to sit for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs‘ entrance exam. After two years working for the Foreign Ministry, she enrolled at Balliol College, Oxford University, pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

photo: Imperial Household Agency

photo: Imperial Household Agency

In 1986, Masako met her future husband, Prince Naruhito of Japan, at a tea held in honor of Infanta Elena of Spain. Despite disapproval from the Imperial Household Agency (as Masako was a commoner), and Masako leaving Japan for several years to study abroad, the two continued their relationship. The Prince proposed several times, however Masako turned him down each time. Agreeing to marry the future Japanese Emperor would mean giving up her career in diplomacy and her independence, as well as having to conform to the strict guidelines of the Imperial Household. Finally, he convinced her that her diplomatic skills could be used in a different way – as his wife, and future Empress – and she accepted his third proposal in December 1992. Their engagement was announced in January 1993, and the formal engagement ceremony held that April. Finally, On June 9, 1993, Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako were married in a traditional ceremony at the Imperial Shinto Hall in Tokyo. Following the ceremony, and a change into more contemporary attire, the newly married couple processed through the streets of Tokyo. They reside at the Tōgū Palace, on the Akasana Estate, and they have one daughter:

- Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001)

In the early years of their marriage, the Crown Princess often accompanied her husband on foreign visits, as well as participating in most official functions at the Imperial Palace. However, by 2003, she was rarely seen in public at all. The following year, it was announced that she was suffering from Adjustment Disorder, although many speculate that she is dealing with clinical depression, brought on by the pressures and constraints placed upon her by the strict Imperial Household Agency. It would be many years before she would return, albeit just occasionally, to the public eye. Aside from a private visit to the Netherlands, at the personal invitation of Queen Beatrix, she has not made any foreign trips since 2002.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess at the Dutch investiture, 2013.  Photo: Zimbio

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess at the Dutch investiture, 2013. Photo: Zimbio

In a statement released for her 49th birthday in 2012, the Crown Princess thanked the Japanese people for their “warm continued support”, and that she continues to make progress with the help of her doctors and those around her. She also began to appear more often at official events at the Imperial Palace and around Japan, always at the side of her husband. Perhaps because of the kindness previously extended by the Dutch Queen, and the fact that her parents are based in The Hague, Crown Princess Masako accompanied her husband to the investiture of the new King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2013.

Photo: Japan Times

Photo: Imperial Household

Read more about the Japanese Imperial Family here!



Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: July 27 – August 2

Lady Sarah Chatto attends Goodwood Races

Samuel Chatto, left, with his brother Arthur; Photo Credit – Getty Images

18th birthday of Samuel Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and grandson of Princess Margaret; born in London, England on July 28, 1996
Full name: Samuel David Benedict
Wikipedia: Lady Sarah Chatto: Marriage and Issue


Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Photo Credit –

78th birthday of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain; born in Cannes, France on July 30, 1936
Wikipedia: Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz


James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson, Photo Credit –

26th wedding anniversary of James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Julia Rawlinson; married at St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England on July 30, 1988
Wikipedia: James Ogilvy
Wikipedia: Julia Ogilvy


Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, Photo Credit –

3rd wedding anniversary of Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, and Mike Tindall; married at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 30, 2011
Wikipedia: Zara Phillips
Wikipedia: Mike Tindall


Marina Ogilvy, Photo Credit –

48th birthday of Marina Ogilvy, daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent; born at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond upon Thames, London, England on July 31, 1966
Full name: Marina Victoria Alexandra
Wikipedia: Princess Alexandra: Marriage and Personal Life


Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis, Photo Credit –

10th wedding anniversary of Lady Davina Windsor, daughter of the Duke of Gloucester, and Gary Lewis; married at Kensington Palace in London, England on July 31, 2004
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis
Wikipedia: Lady Davina Lewis


Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg and her husband, Photo Credit – Lux-arazzi

89th birthday of Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg; born at Berg Castle in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg on August 2, 1925
Wikipedia: Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg

July 27: Today in Royal History

Louise, Princess Royal and her husband Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 27, 1365 – Wedding of Isabella of England, daughter of King Edward III of England, and Enguerrand VII de Courcy, Earl of Bedford, at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Isabella of England
Wikipedia: Enguerrand VII de Courcy

July 27, 1626 – Death of Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

July 27, 1889 – Wedding of Princess Louise, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, at the Private Chapel in Buckingham Palace
Wikipedia: Louise, Princess Royal
Wikipedia: Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife

July 27, 1980 – Death of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran, in Cairo, Egypt, buried at the Al Rifa’i Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
Wikipedia: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Royal News: Saturday 26 July 2014

PRI: A Bavarian prince opens up his castle for a jousting tournament

Daily Mail: Royal garden party: Princess Mary and Prince Frederik dazzle in the sunshine as the Danish royal family retires to the stunning surrounds of their summer palace
Daily Telegraph: Princess Mary captured fussing over Princess Josephine’s dress at annual royal photo call in Denmark
Getty Images: Members of The Danish Royal Family Watch The Guard Change
The Local: IN PICTURES: Danish royals’ family photo
The Local: Danish royals meet the press for family photo

Japan The Future of Japan’s Dwindling Imperial Family

Multiple Monarchies
BBC: The most important battle you’ve probably never heard of
Hello: The Queen, Queen Letizia, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark: Gallery of the week’s best royal style
USA Today: Another reason why Queen Letizia is like Duchess Kate

Royal Family of Serbia: Memorial service 197th Anniversary of death of Supreme leader Karadjordje

Fashion and Style: Queen Letizia Of Spain Rewears Pink Felipe Varela Dress She First Wore To Prince William And Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding!
Getty Images: Spanish Royals Visit Santiago de Compostela on the Anniversary of the Train Accident
The Local: Spain’s new royals spend big on airplane food

Pattaya Mail: Princess Srirasm monitors the progress of royal breastfeeding promotion project

United Kingdom
BBC: Secrets of royal childhoods revealed in new exhibition
BBC: Princess Anne unveils statue to Skye Terriers
British Monarchy: Royal Family at Commonwealth Games Blog
Daily Beast: New exhibition at Buckingham Palace reveals the life of the royal child
Daily Mail: Royal playtime: Enchanting and intimate home-movie pictures show the Windsors really DO know how to have fun
Daily Mail: Rocking horse to a silver breakfast set: Just some of Prince George’s gifts now on display at Buckingham Palace in showcase of royal childhood treasures
Daily Mail: The little girl the Queen chose to be her best friend: How ‘Lilibet’ found a lifelong kindred spirit during a chance encounter with a four-year-old in the garden behind her home
Daily Mail: King Richard III is 3D PRINTED: Computer generated plastic replica of monarch’s skeleton goes on display
Daily Mail: Buckingham pool ace! Prince George is learning to swim thanks to weekly splash-abouts at the Palace
Daily Mail: Happy birthday George, love Uncle Sam: Obamas sent baby prince a hand-made rocking horse and polo mallet carved from ancient White House tree
Daily Mail: Anne’s husband, a new £500,000 yacht and a business deal raising eyebrows at Westminster
Express: Gorgeous George: Is this what young prince will look like at 18?
Express: Diplomatic dining: What the Queen, Presidents and Prime Minister eat
Express: Even the Queen doesn’t get the best seat at the Games
Express: WATCH: Queen and Princess Margaret play as kids as royals’ childhood secrets revealed
Getty Images: Royal Family & Celebrities At The 20th Commonwealth Games – Day 1
Getty Images: Royal Family & Celebrities At The Commonwealth Games
Getty Images: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Visits MYB Lace Factory
Guardian: 250 years of royal childhood at Buckingham Palace – in pictures
Guardian: Toys are we: 250 years of royal childhood at Buckingham Palace
Hello: Details of Barack Obama’s thoughtful present to Prince George revealed
Hello: Queen photobombs Australian hockey players’ selfie
Mirror: Watch unseen Royal Family home movies which show them dancing, swimming – and pillow fighting
Telegraph: From schoolbooks to Aston Martin pedal cars: royal childhood through the ages
Telegraph: A touch of lipstick in public shows the Queen is one of us
Telegraph: By George they’ve done it! The retailers riding high on the Prince George effect
Telegraph: New exhibition gives a rare glimpse of the royal family’s more playful side

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

photo: Wikipedia

photo: Wikipedia

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born February 5, 1972 in Hobart, Australia. She is the youngest of four children of Professor John Donaldson and the late Henrietta Horne. Her mother passed away in 1997, and her father was remarried to British novelist Susan Horwood (aka Susan Moody).

Mary began her education in Houston, Texas, where the family was living at the time. They returned to Tasmania and she continued her schooling there. Following the completion of her secondary education, she enrolled in the University of Tasmania, receiving a degree in Commerce and Law. She also received graduate certifications in Advertising and Marketing and worked in those fields in Australia and Scotland. As her relationship with Frederik became more serious, she left Australia, first working in Paris as an English tutor before moving to Denmark and working for Microsoft.

photo: AFP/Getty Images

photo: AFP/Getty Images

In September 2000, during the Olympic Games in Sydney, Mary met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on an evening out with some mutual friends. The two quickly began a relationship, with Frederik making several private trips to Australia before Mary eventually relocated to Denmark. Their engagement was announced in October 2003, after Queen Margrethe had given her formal consent to the marriage. Frederik and Mary married on May 14, 2004 at the Copenhagen Cathedral. (Read more about the wedding here!) They now reside at Amalienborg Palace (Frederik VIII’s Palace), and the Chancellery House at Fredensborg Palace, with their four children:

- Prince Christian (2005)
- Princess Isabella (2007)
- Prince Vincent (2011)
- Princess Josephine (2011)

Along with what must surely be a busy family life, the Crown Princess serves as Patron to a large number of Danish organizations. While these cover a large number of areas, many have to do with health and social care issues. Internationally, she works with the World Health Organization and is currently serving as Patron of the United Nations Population Fund. In addition, she is very active in her own foundation.

The Crown Princess founded The Mary Foundation in 2007. Initially funded with money raised and given to the couple as a wedding gift, it has grown to now maintain capital assets of over 130 million DK (roughly $23.5 million US), which provides a significant amount of income annually. The mission of The Mary Foundation is to combat social isolation, focusing on the areas of bullying and well-being, domestic violence and loneliness. A wonderful organization, you can read more about The Mary Foundation here.

photo: Danish Monarchy

photo: Danish Monarchy

Read more about the Danish Royal Family here!

July 26: Today in Royal History

King Otto of Greece; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 26, 1469 – Lancastrian victory at the Battle of Edgecote Moor
Wikipedia: Battle of Edgecote Moor

July 26, 1533 – Murder of Atahualpa, the last Incan King, on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro
Wikipedia: Atahualpa

July 26, 1867 – Death of former King Otto of Greece, born Prince Otto of Bavaria, at Neue Residenz in Bamberg, Bavaria (Germany); buried at Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan in Munich, Bavaria (Germany)
Wikipedia: Otto of Greece

July 26, 1944 – Death of Reza Shah Pahlavi, former Shah of Iran and father of the last Shah, in exile in Johannesburg, South Africa; buried at Reza Shah’s Mausoleum in Ray, Tehran, Iran which was later destroyed during the 1979 Iranian Revolution
Wikipedia: Reza Shah Pahlavi

July 26, 1958 – Debutantes presented at the British royal court for the last time
Historic Royal Palaces: The Last Debutantes
Wikipedia: Debutantes – United Kingdom