Royal News: Wednesday 17 September 2014

Netherlands
Daily Mail: A glamorous crimson-clad Queen Maxima almost disappears into the red carpet as she arrives for Prince’s Day in the Hague
Dutch News: ‘Hatred elsewhere should not spill onto our streets’: Dutch king
Getty Images: Princes Day
Hello: Queen Máxima looks radiant in red as she celebrates Prince’s Day
Royalblog: Queen Máxima opts for Valentino for ceremonial start of Dutch parliamentary year

Norway
The Local: Norway’s Princess of the Paranormal under fire

Spain
Daily Mail: Queen Letizia turns Simpson! Spanish royal is given a makeover courtesy of cheeky cartoonist who also ‘Simpsonised’ the Duchess of Cambridge
Daily Mail: Surprise! Adorable group of schoolchildren get a shock when they arrive for class… only to find Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia waiting for them
Getty Images: Spanish Royals Attend the Opening of the School Courses

United Kingdom
Aberdeen Press and Journal: Prince Philip helps Gordonstoun celebrate 80th birthday
Chester First: When the Countess met the Duchess
Daily Mail: Stunning Cartier tiger jewellery bought by Edward VIII for wife Wallis Simpson, then purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber for his ex-wife Sarah Brightman is expected to fetch £1.5 million at auction
Express: Experts debate the Queen’s possible role in an independent Scotland
Express: The abdication of King Edward VIII and how the Daily Express reported it 78 years ago
Express: New doubt over Scotland’s Royal future
Forbes: As Remainder Of Princess Diana’s Estate Passes To Harry, Troubling Questions Remain
Guardian: Richard III died in battle after losing helmet, new research shows
Guardian: Queen’s Balmoral staff ball moved back until day after referendum vote
Guardian: Kirsty Wark: Why I love Holyrood Palace
Live Science: King Richard III’s Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal
Live Science: The Fatal Wounds of King Richard III (Infographic)
Malta Independent: Prince Harry set to replace Duchess of Cambridge for Malta trip
Mirror: Doomed King Richard III: New research reveals he was stabbed NINE times in the head
Shetland Times: Royal opening for £4.5 million college extension
Washington Post: Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

Younger Children of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands: Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane

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Left to right: Princess Alexia, The Princess of Orange, and Princess Ariane on King’s Day, April 26, 2014; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

Besides Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, who is the heir apparent to the Dutch throne, King Willem-Alexander has two other children who are numbers two and three in the line of succession, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. The Netherlands changed its succession law in 1983 to absolute primogeniture where the succession passes to the eldest child of the sovereign regardless of gender. Males and females have equal succession rights. This means that Catharina-Amalia is the heir apparent and comes first in the line of succession as the eldest child. Following Catharina-Amalia in the line of succession are her two sisters in order of their birth. Even if King Willem-Alexander had a son, born after his three daughters, the succession would remain the same and the brother would follow his three elder sisters in the line of succession.

Princess Alexia was born in Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands on June 26, 2005. She is the second of the three daughters of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima (née Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti). Alexia was christened at the village church in Wassenaar, The Netherlands on November 19, 2005. Her godparents were Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, her paternal uncle; Juan Zorreguieta, her maternal uncle; Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Alexandra Jankovich de Jeszenice, a friend of her father; and Frans Ferdinand de Beaufort, a friend of her father. She was given the names Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien:

Alexia: for her father King Willem-Alexander
Juliana: for her great-grandmother Queen Juliana
Marcela: for the aunt and godmother of her mother Queen Máxima
Laurentien: for Princess Laurentien, the wife of her paternal uncle Prince Constantijn

Doopdienst HKH Prinses Alexia 19-11-2005

Alexia with her family and her godparents; Photo Credit – Photo: RVD / Jeroen van der Meyde

Princess Alexia attends the Bloemcamp School (website translated from Dutch via Google Translator) in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She enjoys hockey, horseback riding, singing, and playing the piano.

Alexia

Princess Alexia in 2013; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Princess Ariane was born in Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands on April 10, 2007. She is the youngest of the three daughters of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima (née Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti). Ariane was baptized in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague, The Netherlands on October 20, 2007. Her godparents were Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg; Baron Tijo Collot d`Escury, a friend of her father; Antoine Frilling, a friend of her father; Valerie Delger, a friend of her mother; and Inés Zorreguieta, her maternal aunt. She was given the names Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Inés:

Ariane: to complete the triple-A rating according to her father, her parents thought it was a pretty name
Wilhelmina: for her great great Queen Wilhelmina
Máxima: for her mother
Inés: for her maternal aunt, one of her godparents

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Ariane’s sisters and cousins at her christening!!! Photo Credit – http://37.media.tumblr.com

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And a more subdued photo of Ariane’s family and her godparents; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com

On May 2, 2007, when she was not even a month old, Princess Ariane was admitted to the Leiden University Medical Centre with a suspected respiratory infection. She was released from the hospital three days later after treatment for a bacterial and viral infection. On October 8, 2009, Princess Ariane was again admitted to a hospital for a one night stay due to another respiratory infection.

Princess Ariane attends the Bloemcamp School (website translated from Dutch via Google Translator) in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She enjoys horseback riding, hockey, drawing, and playing the piano.

Ariane

Princess Ariane in 2013; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

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September 17: Today in Royal History

King Philip IV of Spain; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 17, 1665 – Death of King Philip IV of Spain in Madrid, Spain; buried at El Escorial in Spain
Wikipedia: Philip IV of Spain

September 17, 1688 – Birth of Maria Luisa of Savoy, first wife of King Philip V of Spain, at the Royal Palace of Turin in Savoy (Italy)
Wikipedia: Maria Luisa of Spain

September 17, 1968 – Birth of Marie-Chantal Claire Miller, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, in London, England
Wikipedia: Marie Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

September 17, 2004 – Birth of Prince Odysseas Kimon of Greece, son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, in London, England
Wikipedia: Prince Odysseas Kimon of Greece

Royal News: Tuesday 16 September 2014

Monaco
Daily Beast: Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare
Prince’s Palace: Princely couple attended the Evian golf tournament

Norway
Getty Images: Norway Royals Visit National Centre of Competence in Drammen
Local: Norway’s Princess of the Paranormal under fire
Norway Today: Crown Prince and Princess opened a center for learning in Drammen

Russia
Moscow Times: Oldest Member of Russia’s Romanov Dynasty Dies at 91
Russia Beyond the Headlines: Prince Nikolai Romanov dies in Italy at the age of 91

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt assisted national research projects development through European Commission funds in his seven day visit to Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince and Crown Princess at opening ceremony of the exhibition “Serbia 1914” and exhibition “Young Bosnia and Sarajevo assassination”
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Prince congratulates basketball players on historic success

Spain
Daily Mail: Happy birthday Queen Letizia! As Europe’s most glamorous monarch turns 42, we round up her most show-stopping looks
Express: Queen Letizia celebrates 42nd birthday: Spanish journalist who became a royal trend setter
Getty Images: Isidoro Alvarez Funeral Chapel in Madrid
Getty Images: Queen Letizia of Spain Attends ‘Luis Carandell’ Journalism Awards
Hello: Letizia’s transformation from journalist to queen of Spain

Sweden
Getty Images: Princesses Estelle and Leonore reunited in Sweden for baby cousin time
Hello: Happy birthday Prince Daniel of Sweden: 10 facts about the royal

Thailand
Daily Mail: Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital
Demotix: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves from Siriraj Hospital
Gulf Times: Thailand king leaves Bangkok hospital for coastal palace
NNT: TM the King and Queen return to Klai Kangwon Palace amid warm greetings

United Kingdom
BBC: Birthday boy: Prince Harry marks 30th birthday
BBC: Prince Harry starts huge Mexican wave at Invictus Games
BBC: Farming Today: Scottish Referendum, Princess Anne Opens Equine School, Environmental Scorecard
Daily Mail: Pro-Union MPs hail ‘astute’ Queen for her plea to voters: Her Majesty heralded for her ‘carefully calculated’ appeal for people to exercise caution in referendum
Daily Mail: Jill Biden pays tribute to the troops as Vice-President’s wife helps Prince Harry close Invictus games with star-studded closing ceremony
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: A royal birth for Beatrice’s dog who survived a brutal attack by the Queen’s corgis
Express: New doubt over Scotland’s Royal future
Express: Prince Harry celebrates 30th birthday with a beer with a fellow soldier
Express: Prince William and Kate admit they are Downton Abbey fans
Getty Images: Prince Harry Turns 30
Hello: Prince Harry delivers Queen’s message at Invictus Games’ closing ceremony on eve of his 30th birthday
Hello: Happy 30th birthday Prince Harry: 10 facts about the royal
Hello: Prince Harry birthday: 30 pictures marking his special day
Metro: The Queen makes a surprise appearance on the Antiques Roadshow to discuss family knickknacks
Telegraph: Queen decided on Saturday to step into referendum debate
Telegraph: Palace Guardsman could face prison over dance
Telegraph: 30 things you didn’t know about Prince Harry
Telegraph: The Queen would be happy if UK broke up, says Alex Salmond
Wort: Queen of Scots, but for how long?

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Prince Nicholas Romanov dies at the age of 91

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Photo Credit – www.nashagazeta.ch

Prince Nicholas Romanov, a disputed claimant to the head of the House of Romanov and President of the Romanov Family Association, died on September 15, 2014 at the age of 91 at his home in Tuscany, Italy. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of the Romanov family.  For more information about the claimants to the former Russian throne, see Wikipedia: Line of Succession to the Former Russian Throne.

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Prince Nikolai Romanov dies in Italy at the age of 91
The Moscow Times: Oldest Member of Russia’s Romanov Dynasty Dies at 91

Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Christian Aschman

photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Christian Aschman

Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg is the youngest son of Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla. He was born on April 16, 1992 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg.

Following nursery school in Angelsberg, near the family home at Fischbach Castle, Sébastien began his schooling at St. George’s International School in Luxembourg. He then studied at Summer Fields School and Ampleforth College, both in the United Kingdom, before graduating from the International School of Luxembourg, in Luxembourg City, in 2011. He is currently a student at Franciscan College of Steubenville, in the US, studying marketing and communications.

As well as being a full-time student, Prince Sébastien often participates in official events and functions in Luxembourg, such as National Day, held in June each year.

Prince Sébastien is an avid sportsman, taking a particular interest in rugby. After several years with a private club, he was was named to the Luxembourg National Team, and continues to play on his university’s team. He also serves as patron of the Luxembourg Federation of Swimming and Lifesaving.

Prince Sébastien (left) with Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, 2013 photo: Zimbio

Prince Sébastien (left) with Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, 2013
photo: Zimbio

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September 16: Today in Royal History

King James II of England, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 16, 1380 – Death of King Charles V of France (the Wise) in Beauté-sur-Marne, France; buried at St. Denis Basilica near Paris
Wikipedia: Charles V of France

September 16, 1386 – Birth of King Henry V of England at Monmouth Castle in Wales
Wikipedia: Henry V of England

September 16, 1583 –Death of Catherine Jagiellon, wife of King Johan III of Sweden, in Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden
Wikipedia: Catherine Jagiellon

September 16, 1701 – Death of King James II of England in exile at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris, France; buried at the at the Chapel of Saint Edmund in the Church of the English Benedictines in the Rue St. Jacques in Paris; his tomb and remains were destroyed during the French Revolution
Wikipedia: James II of England

September 16, 1764 – Death of Franz Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Rodach, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Wikipedia: Franz Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

September 16, 1824 – Death of King Louis XVIII of France in Paris, France; buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris
Wikipedia: Louis XVIII of France

September 16, 1837 – Birth of Pedro V of Portugal at the Palace of Necessidades in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro V of Portugal

September 16, 2012 – Death of Princess Ragnhild of Norway in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; buried at Asker Church in Asker, Norway
Wikipedia: Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen
Royal House of Norway: Princess Ragnhild

Royal News: Monday, 15 September 2014

Denmark
Daily Mail: Royal rebel: Princess Mary steps out for dinner in Denmark wearing gold-toned draped gown with daring diagonal neckline and cinched leather belt…without her Prince

Norway
Norway Today: Märthas angels school sold ‘contact with the dead’

Spain
Hello: Celebrity birthdays: Queen Letizia of Spain turns 42

UK
BBC: Invictus Games: Queen ‘deeply moved’
BBC: Scottish independence: Queen urges people to ‘think carefully about future’
BBC: Prince Harry to toast Invictus Games with a birthday beer
Daily Mail: Queen’s stark warning over Scottish independence vote: Monarch finally speaks out as she tells voter to ‘think very carefully about the future’
Daily Mail: Is Salmond planning to ditch the Queen?
Daily Mail: A hug from Harry: Ellie Goulding cosies up to the Prince after scantily-clad performance at the Invictus Games closing ceremony
Daily Mail: Never throw anything out, Your Majesty, it might be worth a mint, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS
Daily Mail: Lady Mary for a day: Debutantes gather for annual coming out ball in castle where hit show is filmed… but there’s no sign of the Lord Gillingham to sweep them off their feet
Daily Mail: Harry celebrates his 30th birthday
Daily Mail: Cressida’s wedding dash to be with Harry
Daily Mail: Harry praises games competitors
Daily Mail: Cressida Bonas attends the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games as Prince Harry celebrates staging the competition
Daily Mail: ‘It’s what we do and damn we do it well’: Prince Harry brings Invictus Games to a close with star-studded concert…and even allows himself a birthday beer
Daily Mail: Prince Harry, Moseley RFC and absinthe… just some of the things to expect as School of Hard Knocks returns for a seventh series
Daily Mail: The day Prince Charles was told to salute the final lowering of the Union Flag from Edinburgh Castle: A brilliant historian imagines the disastrous future which could unfold if Scotland votes ‘yes’ on Thursday
Daily Mail: Kate and Wills to get a nurse for baby No 2: Prince George is so exhausting they want a professional this time
Daily Mail: Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex get in touch with nature as they explore riverside trail in Canada
Express: Happy Birthday Harry: The Prince celebrates his 30th
Express: The Queen breaks silence on Scottish independence and urges votes NOT to break up UK
Getty Images: Invictus Games: Closing Concert
Getty Images: Invictus Games: Day 4
Getty Images: Invictus Games – Day Four – Swimming
Getty Images: Invictus Games – Day Four – Powerlifting
Getty Images: Invictus Games – Day Four – Sitting Volleyball
Getty Images: The Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert
Getty Images: (FILE) Prince Harry Turns 30
Guardian: Queen hopes Scottish independence voters will ‘think carefully about future’
Guardian: Antiques Roadshow; The Real Noah’s Ark: Secret History review – the actual Queen is on the Roadshow!
Guardian: Prince Harry marks 30th birthday with post-Invictus Games beer
Hello: Duchess Kate to decide Malta tour by mid-week
Hello: Prince Harry reveals what’s next for Invictus Games following first year launch
Telegraph: Prince Harry at 30: a complex young man who makes the monarchy relevant
Telegraph: The Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen love affair
Telegraph: Queen tells Scots to ‘think very carefully’ about independence vote
Telegraph: Prince Harry’s happy idea
Telegraph: Invictus Games climax marks Prince Harry’s 30th birthday
Telegraph: Queen’s warning to Scottish voters ends charade of impartiality
Telegraph: Prince Harry ‘over the moon’ at Invictus Games closing ceremony
Telegraph: Prince Harry at 30 in 60 seconds

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Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg

photo: © Grand Ducal Court / Christian Aschman

photo: © Grand Ducal Court / Christian Aschman

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg

Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg was born February 16, 1991 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg. She is the fourth child and only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla.

Following primary school in Angelsberg, near the family’s home at Fischbach Castle, Alexandra attended the Lycée Vauban in Luxembourg City where she graduated with honors in 2009. She is currently attending Franciscan College of Steubenville, in Ohio, studying psychology and social sciences.

Until 2011, Luxembourg followed Semi-Salic law in regards to succession to the throne. This meant that females could only inherit the throne in the absence of any other male descendants. However, Grand Duke Henri issued a decree on June 20, 2011, establishing absolute primogeniture beginning with his descendants, and Alexandra became third in the line of succession. She is currently fourth in line, following the birth of her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau (daughter of Alexandra’s elder brother Félix).

While her primary focus is her studies, Princess Alexandra is often in attendance at important events in Luxembourg, such as National Day, as well as family functions. She is godmother to her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau, and her nephew, Prince Gabriel of Nassau (son of Alexandra’s brother Louis).

Princess Alexandra (far right) at the christening of her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau, July 2014 photo: © Grand Ducal Court / Guy Wolff

Princess Alexandra (far right) at the christening of her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau, July 2014
photo: © Grand Ducal Court / Guy Wolff

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September 15: Today in Royal History

Sophia Dorothea of Celle with her two children, the future King George II and Sophia Dorothea, the future wife of King Frederick William I of Prussia, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 15, 1666 – Birth of Sophia Dorothea of Celle, wife of George, Duke of Brunwick-Lüneburg (later King George I of Great Britain), at Celle Castle, Germany
George dissolved his marriage to Sophia Dorothea and imprisoned her in a castle in Germany for the remainder of her life
Wikipedia: Sophia Dorothea of Celle

September 15, 1864 – Birth of Prince Sigismund of Prussia, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais in Potsdam, Germany
Full name: Franz Friedrich Sigismund
Prince Sigismund was the son of Victoria, Prince Royal and Kaiser Frederick III of Germany.  He died at age two from meningitis.
Wikipedia: Prince Sigismund of Prussia

September 15, 1904 – Birth of King Umberto II of Italy at Castle of Racconigi in Piedmont, Italy
Wikipedia: Umberto II of Italy

September 15, 1972 – Birth of Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, wife of King Felipe VI of Spain, in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Wikipedia: Letizia, Princess of Asturias
Royal House of Spain: HRH The Princess of Asturias

September 15, 1973 – Death of  King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden at Helsingborg Hospital in Helsingborg, Sweden; buried at the royal burial grounds in Haga
Wikipedia: Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden

September 15, 1973 – Birth of Daniel Westling, husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, in Örebro, Sweden
Wikipedia: Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland
Swedish Royal Court: HRH Prince Daniel

September 15, 1984 – Birth of Prince Harry at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England
Full name: Henry Charles Albert David
Wikipedia: Prince Harry
Official Website of Prince Henry of Wales