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Royal Events this Week - August 18-24

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August 19 - Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein turns 67. He is the second son of Prince Franz Joseph II and younger brother of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein.

August 19 - Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway turns 40.

August 20 - Prince Gabriel of Belgium turns 10. He is the first son and second child of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

August 21 - King Mohammed VI of Morocco celebrates his 50th birthday. He became king in 1999 upon the death of his father King Hassan II.

August 23 - Queen Noor of Jordan celebrates her 62nd birthday. Born Lisa Najeeb Halaby, Queen Noor was the fourth wife of King Hussein and his queen consort from 1978 until 1999.

Prince Johan Friso Laid to Rest

Prince Johan Friso has been finally laid to rest. Based on the information provided by the Netherlands Government Information Service (RVD), the funeral took place in the afternoon of Friday, August 16, in Lage Vuursche, in the municipality of Baarn. The event was a private ceremony. After a service in the Stulpkerk in Lage Vuursche, the Prince was buried in the adjacent cemetery.

The service was officiated by Reverend C.A. ter Linden.

A memorial service for Prince Friso will be held later in the year. Image: Het Koninklijk Huis

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent Become Grandparents

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are celebrating becoming grandparents for the first time following the birth of a baby girl to their son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman, August, 16.

Lord Frederick Windsor was at his wife's side during the birth of their daughter who they've named Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina.

She was born at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles and weighed 7 lbs.

A Royal Wedding, a Royal Funeral, a Royal Come Back, Royal Milestones and More Royal Updates!

Prince Johan Friso’s funeral set this Friday. [Expatica]
Let us relish King Carl XVI Gustav’s 40 years on the throne. [Kungahuset]
Princess Isabella of Denmark is now a grown up girl. Check out how thrilled she was as she makes her way to school. [Hello
Monaco readies for the wedding of Prince Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo. []
Prince Philip is back! The Duke of Edinburgh makes his first public appearance two months after his stomach operation. [MailOnline]
Government and Prince Frederik speak out against Russia’s anti-gay law [CPHPost]
Norway celebrates Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 40th birthday [Norway Today]
Princess Irina of Romania and her husband John Wesley Walker were arrested after due to charges of operating an illegal cockfighting arena in Oregon. Princess Irina is the third daughter of King Michael of Romania. [USA Today]

Royal Obituary: Prince Johan Friso Dies after 18 Months in Comatose

Prince Johan Friso, Queen Beatrix’s second son who has been under comatose for over 18 months, has passed away August 12. 
The Prince was born Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg on Sept. 25, 1968 to then Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus.
He finished his secondary education at Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague in 1986 before spending two years (1986-88) at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied mechanical engineering. He transferred to Delft University of Technology in 1988 where he graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1994. He then moved to Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he finished his master’s degree in economics. At that time, Prince Johan Friso was second in line to the throne, so in anticipation of a possible succession to the throne, he studied Dutch law and parliamentary history.

Royal Events this Week - August 11-17

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August 11 - Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau celebrates her 45th birthday. She is the wife of Prince Johan Friso, who has been in coma since Feb. 2012.

August 12 - Queen Sirikit of Thailand celebrates her 81st birthday. She is the consort of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

August 12 - Prince Achileas Andreas of Greece celebrates his 13th birthday. He is the son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Duty Free heiress Marie-Chantal Miller.

 August 13 - Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia celebrates his 89th birthday. He is the son of Prince Paul, who served as Regent of Yugoslavia and of Princess Olga of Greece.

 August 15 - Anne, Princess Royal, celebrates her 63rd birthday. She is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duchess of Cambridge is a Princess of the United Kingdom

The issue on how to properly address the Duchess of Cambridge has once again earned the coverage of media after Prince George of Cambridge’s  birth certificate went live online. Yes, it’s true that Catherine’s is a Princess of United Kingdom, however, she acquired this right by marriage and she is not however allowed to style herself as Princess Catherine. Even if she has been born a Princess of another realm, she would have to suffice herself by using the feminine form of her husband’s title.

Marlene Eilers Koenig, a leading expert in the field of royal history, has written a comprehensive article on this issue.

I have also written an article about how to properly address members of the royal family who were not born into royalty.

Take the case of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Princess Marina was married to Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. On their wedding day, she became a British princess by marriage and she took the feminine form of her husband’s title. While in Gr…

Royal History: Duchess of York Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

London, Aug. 8, 1988 - The Duchess of York has given birth to a healthy baby girl, Associated Press reports. This is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.

The child is currently the fifth in line to the British throne. She weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces. A statement from Buckingham Palace revealed that the baby and the mother are both in good condition.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York and second son of Queen Elizabeth II, was with his wife when she was ''safely delivered of a daughter at 8:18 P.M. today,'' according to Palace source.

In a statement last May, the couple wished to name their baby girl Annabel.

Royal History: Prince Arthur Inherits Mother's Fortune

London, August 3, 2013

The will of the Duchess of Connaught, who died last March, revealed that she disposed a property worth L125,615 ($628,655), reports The New York Times. Princess Margaret, Crown Princess of Sweden, receives L25,000, while Princess Patricia is bequaethed L50,000. The residue goes to her only son, Prince Arthur of Connaught.

Royal History: The Coronation Procession of Edward VII

London, Aug. 9, 1902

The New York Times reports the sequence of the Coronation Procession of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

The first section of the coronation procession to Westminster Abbey will start at Buckingham Palace at 10:30 am consisting of dress carriages with pairs. It will be headed by trumpeters, the Royal Horse Guards' Band, First Life Guards, and Royal Horse Guards.

Then comes the carriages occupied by members of the Royal Family:

First - The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Frederick.

Second - Princes Andrew and George of Greece and Princesses Victoria and Louise of Battenberg.

Third - Princes Maurice, Leopold and Alexander and Princess Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg and Princess Henry of Battenberg.

Fourth - The Duchess of Albany, the Duchess of Argyll, the Crown Prince and Princess of Roumania.

Fifth - Prince and Princess Christian and their daughters, Princesses Marie Louise and Helena Victoria.

Royal History: A Quiet Funeral for the Empress Frederick

Cronberg, August 6, 1901

After a long conference with Count Bulow regarding the funeral of the Dowager Empress Frederick, Emperor Wilhelm II left Homburg and proceeded to Schloss Friedrichshof, after which an official announcement has been made:

"On Thursday the royal family will attend a funeral service in the castle, at which the Bishop of Ripon, who was summoned by the Empress, will officiate. Only the immediate family will be present.

"On Saturday evening the coffin will be escorted from Friedrichshof to the Protestant church in Cronberg by a torchlight procession, followed by the Royal Family on foot.

"On Sunday a funeral service will be held in the presence of the family of the Empress, the household, and a few of her friends and other privileged persons. It is expected that King Edward VII will be present.

"The Royal Family will go to Potsdam in the mausoleum at Friedenskirche, Potsdam, will be held on Tuesday. As it was the Empress' wish that there sho…

Royal History: The Empress Frederick - An Obituary

This is a condensed version of an obituary published by The New York Times on Aug. 6, 1901, on the death of the Dowager Empress Frederick of Germany. 

The life story of the elderly lady who died at Cronberg is calculated to dispel the illusion, if still entertained, that happiness is the portion of royalty. It is doubtful if many women of her time had a less satisfactory life than the Empress Frederick.

It is a long time ago that, as the first born of the reigning Queen, the Princess Royal occupied a unique place in the affections of the sentimental British people. And the marriage of the Queen's first-born to the heir presumptive to the throne of Prussia was the occasion of a better popular feeling as well as a "dynastic alliance."

So far as it is known, the marriage was a suitable one, but it could not have been quite happy for the reason that the princess was distinctly unpopular with the Prussian people and could not overcome the strong prejudice with which she was r…

Royal Birthdays, Pregnancy Rumors, a Royal Comeback, a Prince Takes a Day-off and More Royal Updates!

Despite pregnancy rumors, Charlotte Casiraghi is celebrating her 27th birthday with a bang! [Hello]

Prince William takes a day off from parental duty to play in a charity polo match. [BBC]

After six weeks, Prince Philip is set to resume his round of public duties. On August 12, he'll pay a visit to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. [BBC]

Happy 27th birthday, Prince Louis of Luxembourg! []

Royal Events This Week - August 4-10

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August 5 - Princess Irene of the Netherlands turns 74. She is the second child of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfield.
August 8 – Princess Beatrice of York turns 25. She is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Book of the Week: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (2012) by Sally Bedell Smith is hailed for its "great reporting and insightful writing." The book details the life and reign of a monarch who spearheaded a country that's reeling the behind the devastation of World War II and slowly transitioning as one of the key players in global politics. Smith explicates the Queen's role and how she manages to perform it which seemed to defy rational explanation: a hereditary position consecrated by God, embodying a multicultural and multifaith nation far different from the homogeneous land ruled by her predecessors spanning a thousand-year history. Smith yearly set the pieces that date from the reign of Queen Victoria, highlighting on Elizabeth II, a singular and internationally famous figures who is today the Western world's longest-serving leader--seemingly as familiar, predictable and unchanging as she is dutiful.

Throughout her reign, Her Majesty managed to stay above pol…

The Indian Princess Who Became an Instant Billionaire, Another Royal Wedding, a Joke from Prince Harry, Letters from a Young Princess Elizabeth and More Royal Updates!

Meet Princess Amrit Kaur, 80, the Indian princess and eldest daughter of late Maharajah of Faridkot, who became a billionaire overnight after the court ruled that she is the rightfuly heir of her father's vast fortune. Ask what she'll do with it, she answered: "I haven't decided what I'll spend on it." [MailOnline]

Another royal wedding is coming. Prince Muhammad Ali of Egypt and Princess Noal Zaher, granddaughter of King Zaher Shah of Afghanistan, are gearing for their impending royal wedding. [Hello]

Queen Sofia takes a day off from a hectic schedule as she spends quality time with her grand kids. [MailOnline]

Meanwhile, Prince Charles wants Baby Prince George to call him Granpa. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, revealed that her grandkids call her GaGa. [MailOnline]

"I have just met a devastatingly attractive young giant who caused my heart to flutter a bit," revealed a 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth after a series of items, including Royal letters…

Royal History: Empress Frederick Dies

Cronberg, August 5, 1901 - A dispatch to the New York Times reports the passing of Dowager Empress Frederick at 6:15 pm. Her death came as a surprise. At 4 pm, a medical bulletin from her doctors revealed that there was "no change in the patient's condition."

Kaiser Wilhelm II and his siblings, except for Prince Henry, were with her in the sick room. Empress Augusta Victoria was also around. The Emperor arrived at Homburg at 3 in the morning. He was accompanied by the Empress, and Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm to Schloss Friedrichshof, where  they arrived 5 am.

The Empress Dowager's English chaplain, Dr. Waller, was summoned to her bedside. Members of her family were with her when the Empress "passed away quietly," together with Profs. Renvers and Spielhagen.

The Empress' death it was told was caused by dropsy and the breast cancer that had so stricken her since 1899. However, the Empress was hailed for her "remarkable vitality," retaining h…

Royal History: The Duchess of Kent and Family Go on Vacation

On Aug. 4, 1950 the Duchess of Kent and her three children, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Princess Michael, left London Airport for Jersey, where they are spending their summer holiday this year. The Duke of Kent, who will be fifteen on Oct. 9, is at Eton, where the summer half ended on August 2.

Prince George of Cambridge's Birth Certificate

Here is the birth certificate of Prince George of Cambridge. Take note, he doesn't have a surname and the occupation of his parents are Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom, respectively.

Queen Elizabeth II's World War III Speech

This 1983 message to the nation written for Queen Elizabeth II was prepared for the event of a World War III outbreak but has never been delivered.

When I spoke to you less than three months ago we were all enjoying the warmth and fellowship of a family Christmas. Our thoughts were concentrated on the strong links that bind each generation to the ones that came before and those that will follow. The horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth.

Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.

I have never forgotten the sorrow and pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.

We all know that the dangers facing us…

BBC Says Sorry to Prince William, the Queen's World War 3 Speech and More Royal Updates!

BBC apologizes to Prince William after showing a promo image with penis drawn on it. The blunder happened on BBC Breakfast when BBC1 show broadcast clip of promo video for comedy quartet Barbershopera. [Guardian]

A speech prepared in 1983 for the Queen to deliver at the outbreak of World War III was finally revealed! "Our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds," says the Queen, denouncing "deadly power abuse of technology." [MailOnline]

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal loses court battle, Scandal-hit Infanta Cristina moves to Switzerland and More Royal Updates!

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal loses court case against woman he owes £6.5 million to after giving 'confusing and unreliable' evidence. The prince says he now plans to appeal against the judge's ruling [MailOnline]
Scandal-hit Infanta Cristina of Spain decides to move with her children to work in Switzerland two months after a court named her in a corruption case against her husband. [Telegraph]

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is set to move out of hospital for the first time in four years. [ABC]

Nigeria's traditional Monarchs may have been stripped of their powers half a century ago, but they appear to have lost little of their regal pomp and splendour as this fascinating series of portraits shows. [MailOnline]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now ready to move into their new home, Anmer Hall, in the Queen’s Sandringham estate. [Telegraph]
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