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Breaking News: Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg granted a divorce

Photo Credit –  © Cour grand-ducale de Luxembourg

The divorce of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg was granted today in a London court.  A decree nisi was issued, citing “unreasonable behavior” as the reason for the divorce.  In England, it is a minimum of six weeks before the decree absolute is granted, formally ending the marriage.  At this point, there has been no formal statement from the Grand Ducal Court regarding Princess Tessy’s royal style or titles.

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg had announced on January 18, 2017 that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg were planning to divorce. The press release from the Grand Ducal Court said, “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess regret to announce that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy have decided to divorce. In these painful circumstances, they rely on the understanding of all and ask to respect the privacy of the couple and their children.”

Prince Louis is the third son of the four sons and the third of the five children of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.  Prince Louis and Tessy Antony had a son Gabriel in March 2006 and were married six months later on September 26, 2006. At the time of the wedding, Prince Louis relinquished the rights of succession for himself as well for any of his descendants. He retained his royal style and title, but his wife simply took on the surname ‘de Nassau’. A second son Noah was born in September 2007.  In 2009, Tessy was created HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma, and their sons were made HRH Prince Gabriel of Nassau and HRH Prince Noah of Nassau.

Breaking News: Infanta Cristina of Spain Acquitted, Her Husband Found Guilty

Infanta Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI of Spain, and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, outside a court in Mallorca, Spain in June 2016. Photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

On February 17, 2017, Infanta Cristina of Spain was acquitted of tax fraud and money laundering and her husband Iñaki Urdangarín was found guilty of embezzling about 6 million euros in public funds for sporting events through his nonprofit foundation and of political corruption by using his former title of Duke of Palma de Mallorca as the husband of the Infanta Cristina. Urdangarín was sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

Infanta Cristina is the second daughter and the second of the three children of former King Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia.  King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son King Felipe VI of Spain.  In 1997, Infanta Cristina married Iñaki Urdangarín, a professional team handball player, a member of the Spanish Olympic Handball Team in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, winning bronze in 1996 and 2000, and serving as team captain in 2000.  The couple has three sons and one daughter.

In early 2011, allegations were made against Urdangarín regarding misappropriation of public funds through his Nóos Institute. He took a leave of absence from his position with Telefónica in Washington, DC, and the family returned to Spain in 2012. After it was discovered that large sums of money were transferred to several foreign accounts, it was announced that he would no longer take part in any official functions of the Spanish royal family. In early 2012, he began testifying before the courts in response to the allegations. He, along with several others, were investigated and were charged with embezzlement, fraud, breach of trust, forgery, and money laundering.  Infanta Cristina was also charged with tax fraud and money laundering in mid-2014. The trial began in January 2016.

In June 2015, King Felipe VI of Spain formally stripped his sister, Infanta Cristina, of her title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. Neither the Infanta, nor her husband are permitted to use the title any further.

Breaking News: Lord Snowdon, former husband of the late Princess Margaret, has died

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon with Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the White House in 1965; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, the husband of the late Princess Margaret, the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully at his home on January 13, 2017 at the age of 86.  Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret married on May 6, 1960 and divorced in 1978.  The couple had two children, David Armstrong-Jones, who will succeed his father as 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and Lady Sarah Chatto.  In 1978, Lord Snowdon married Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg and they had one daughter, Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones.  His second marriage ended in divorce in 2000.

Breaking News: Zara Phillips Tindall, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, loses her baby

Zara and Mike Tindall; By Land Rover MENA – The All-New Range Rover | Global Reveal, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32378011

Zara Phillips Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall have lost their baby.  The pregnancy was announced on November 30, 2016.  The baby was due in late spring of 2017 and would have been Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild. The couple’s spokesperson said, “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.”   The couple has one child, Mia Grace Tindall, born January 17, 2014.  Zara Phillips Tindall is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her first husband Mark Phillips.
BBC: Zara and Mike Tindall lose their baby

Breaking News: Queen Silvia of Sweden hospitalized on her birthday

Queen Silvia of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

On her 73rd birthday, Queen Silvia of Sweden, the wife of King Carl XVI Gustaf, was admitted to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden.  The Swedish Royal Court said, “The Queen has been taken to the hospital late last night. The Queen has had a cold for a time and during Friday evening became dizzy. The Queen is still in the hospital for observation and tests and feels well considering the circumstances.”  Queen Silvia fell ill at Drottningholm Palace where the Swedish Royal Family had gathered for Christmas.  Apparently, Queen Silvia became ill during the Drottningholm Palace Theatre’s concert in the Drottningholm Palace Church.  Her daughter Princess Madeleine accompanied her mother to the hospital and stayed with her during the night.  At the present, there is no more information about Queen Silvia’s condition or how long she will be hospitalized.  
Expressen: Drottning Silvia har förts till sjukhus

Update 12/25/16: Queen Silvia was released from the hospital on Christmas morning. The Swedish Court also confirmed that Queen Silvia was admitted to Danderyd Hospital and not Karolinska Hospital.
Expressen: Drottning Silvia är hemma från sjukhuset

Another baby for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

photo: David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock, source: The Daily Mail

photo: David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock, source: The Daily Mail

It’s been announced today that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are expecting a second child in the late spring of 2017. The baby will be the 6th great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and the 4th grandchild for The Princess Royal and her former husband, Mark Phillips.  Zara and Mike already have one daughter, Mia Grace, born in January 2014.

Telegraph: Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and husband Mike ‘thrilled’ to be expecting second child

Daily Mail: Another royal baby! Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall announce they are expecting their second child

BREAKING NEWS: Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg have a new son

The new parents on their wedding day; photo © 2013 Cour grand-ducale/Guy Wolff

Princess Claire of Luxembourg (born Claire Margareta Lademacher) gave birth to a son on November 28, 2016 at the Clinique générale Beaulieu in Geneva, Switzerland. Her husband Prince Felix is the second son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. This is the second child for the couple. Their first child, Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa of Nassau, was born on June 15, 2014. The infant prince will be fourth in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg after his uncle Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, his father Prince Félix of Luxembourg and his sister Princess Amalia of Nassau.

Buckingham Palace to be Refurbished

source: The British Monarchy

source: The British Monarchy

It has been announced today that Buckingham Palace will undergo a 10-year ‘reservicing’ – a complete overhaul of the building’s infrastructure, including the electrical, heating and plumbing systems.

While the work is set to begin in April 2017, Buckingham Palace will remain occupied and fully operational during the process. The project will begin with the East Wing – overlooking the Mall – and then move from wing to wing. The West Wing and State rooms will be done several rooms at a time, so that the Palace tours can still take place during the summer.

Following a meeting of the Royal Trustees of the Sovereign Grant (comprised of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Keeper of the Privy Purse), it was decided that the cost – expected to be £369 million – will be funded by a temporary increase to the Sovereign Grant. Since it’s inception, the Sovereign Grant has been set at 15% of the proceeds of the Crown Estate. For ten years, this will temporarily rise to 25% to cover the costs of the work at Buckingham Palace.

You can read more about the plans here:
British Monarchy: Reservicing Buckingham Palace
BBC: Buckingham Palace to get £369m refurbishment

Prince Harry issues statement about press harassment of Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle, who is referred to in the statement as Prince Harry’s girlfriend, and her family.

Wikipedia: Meghan Markle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Harry of Wales

The statement reads in full:

Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.“He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication on fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication on fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markel, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper, the racial undertones of comment pieces, and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry into her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by reporters to ex-boyfriends; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into the relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say “this is the price he has to pay” and that “this is all part of the game”. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it’s her life and his.

“He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.”

Breaking News: Prince Mikasa of Japan dies at age 100

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Mikasa of Japan,  uncle of the current Emperor Akihito, brother of Emperor Hirohito and son of  Emperor Taishō, died of cardiac arrest on October 27, 2016 in a hospital in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 100. His death leaves only four people in the Japanese line of succession.

The current order of succession is:
1. HIH Prince Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan (1960) – eldest son of HIM Emperor Akihito
2. HIH Prince Akishino (Fumihito) (1965) – second son of HIM Emperor Akihito
3. HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino (2006) – son of Prince Akishino
4. HIH Prince Hitachi (Masahito) (1935) – younger brother of HIM Emperor Akihito

Japan Times: Prince Mikasa, brother of Emperor Hirohito and a voice for peace, dies at 100

Learn more about the Japanese Imperial Family: Unofficial Royalty – Japanese Imperial Family