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New Swedish Baby: Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia expecting second child.

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and Prince Alexander. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their second child in September 2017.  The Swedish Royal Court’s announcement quoted the couple:  “We are happy to announce that we are expecting a child, a sibling to Prince Alexander. We are looking forward to welcoming a new little member to our family.” Their first child Prince Alexander was born April 19, 2016.  Prince Carl Philip, the second of the three children of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, married the former Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015 at the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

 

Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, has died

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, head of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, died at his home, Berleburg Castle, in Bad Berleburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany late on March 13, 2017 at the age of 82. Princess Benedikte is the elder of the two younger sisters of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Prince Richard underwent surgery for treatment of prostate cancer in 2003 and previously, had undergone treatment for skin cancer.

The announcement from the Danish Royal House via Tommy Paulsen, Private Secretary of Princess Benedikte, gave no cause of death: “It is with great sadness that I, on behalf of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte, have to announce that His Highness Prince Richard has died. His Highness died suddenly at the castle in Berleburg last night, Monday, March 13. Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte, after a short stay in Denmark, returned home to Berleburg Tuesday morning.”
Kongehuset: Pressemeddelelse: Hans Højhed Prins Richard er afgået ved døden

At the wedding of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1966, Prince Richard met his future wife, the second of the three daughters of King Frederik IX of Denmark. The couple married at the Fredensborg Palace Church in Denmark on February 3, 1968. Richard and Benedikte had one son and two daughters. Because their three children were not raised in Denmark, they are not in the line of succession to the Danish throne.

Prince Richard was active in a number of conservation programs including a project to reintroduce European bison on his 30,000-acre estate. See NPR: German Prince Plans To Put Bison Back In The Wild.

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