Wedding of Prince Nikolaos #6 Thursday, Aug 26 2010 

And hopefully the last batch of pictures and then we can talk about some stuff…later tonight because I really need to get some work done around here.

Do you remember the terrible chequered jacket with the gold buttons Carl Philip wore for Victoriadagen this year? It’s back ;_;

Madde and CP
Really CP, you could have carried your sister’s purse like a good big brother.

These are slightly blurry but I really like the group dynamics here. You can clearly see that this is really more a family gathering than anything else.
Group on boat
Group2
Group3

Hm, my two favourite Scandinavian princes… Hello there, boys.
Haakon+CP Haakon+CP2

And really, this must be the picture of the pre-wedding bash. Theodora, CP and…wine. (Ignore Mary.) My, my… CP and Theodora are third cousins, that would be a totally acceptable match and the Swedes would get a fully trained, super efficient blonde princess. Now CP, how about that? I’m sure she’s a splendid conversationalist… I just fear she could drink him under the table *g*

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Wedding of Prince Pavlos #4 Wednesday, Aug 25 2010 

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow, most likely, I have a bunch of tabs open on my laptop.

Anyway…Theodora, if you manage to catch yourself a Swedish prince? I’ll ♥ you even more than I already do. And I do.

I know some of you don’t agree with me there (we had that discussion in the hattery live post) but I still think the others were extremely cool towards Mary. There’s a bunch of pictures from last night and everyone was looking pointedly in a different direction and today the same. Plus, there was an awful lot of space between everyone else and Mary. I don’t know what to think of this exactly, but there’s something wrong.

We also discussed the invisible bump… The pictures from last night, where she’s bending over, you could think there is a bump but the way the dress gathers around her, she has three breasts, too.

I dunno, this is getting weirder and weirder.

Princes and Princesses
Mary, do everyone a favour and get some sun, you look like a the belly of a dead fish.

CP’s still not convinced of the dress
CP and Madde, again CP and Madde, later

Letitzia had the most beautiful dress I have seen on her this year, I’m very happy!
Letitzia

Theodora and her little brother again. For me, Theodora is the epitome of the Valkyrie. Gosh, that woman. Curvy as all get out. Unfortunately, that’s gonna ruin her acting career for her, which is a sad, sad thing.
Theodora and Philippos

More tomorrow. Among others, Theodora trying to cuddle up to CP, with a bottle of wine as incentive ;-)

Pre Greek Wedding Tuesday, Aug 24 2010 

Haakon as well as Willem-Alexander and Máxima also showed, yay.

Funnily enough, still no Brits. This is not going to reflect well on that relationship there.


Who allowed him to go out dressed like that? And Vikkan looks more pregnant than Mary Oo


Haakon got to accompany cousin Mary. Where’s the bump?


Swinging *g* I like those two.


Look at the shoes. Mind you, the man is the groom. Tatiana meanwhile, nice. Really nice, looks like an ancient Greek here. Very pretty.


Looking there, the King and Queen of Greece (for their sake let’s call them that) and their two youngest children. Hello there, Theodora. Normally I’d say there’s not enough fabric to that dress but whoy. As for Philippos, man he’s going to be so hunky. Although he definitely will look like Nikolaos in a few years.

Search Queries CW 33 Sunday, Aug 22 2010 

Aaaand another round.

Need a better structure though so we’ll go by country this time.

Belgium

What’s it with the interest in the House of Austria-Este? Luisa Maria is still in school, I doubt you’ll find much of her anyway, safe for a few shots with her family. Joachim is just out to school and will either start studying in the fall or be enrolled in the royal military academy of Belgium. Maria Laura is studying and probably currently in Asia. Amedeo is still working for Deloitte in New York City; I don’t know which branch or what his job description is. I don’t really have that kind of stalker tendencies. Laetitzia is too young to make an appearance on this blog, save for shots with her family. Astrid is doing the working royal thing, Lorenz shows up when it’s required and elsewise he’s doing his own thing, he has an actual job (probably not 9 to 5 though).

Lorenz, Amedeo and Maria Laura were given titles as princes/princess of Belgium by royal decree in 1991, while, or shortly before, Astrid was pregnant with Joachim. Until then, they were only archdukes and archduchess, which means Lorenz and Amedeo are theoretically in the succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne (and pretty high up, too will likely go up further due to deaths and some fighting within the family about proper marriages). For Maria Laura the title would have had no consequences, as no one can need an archduchess as bride these days anymore (lucky for her, she can do what she wants). While I have read the decree itself, I can only speculate on the reason for it. Philippe was still unmarried and didn’t look like he would marry any time soon, the succession was running through the male line and that seemed wrong for a modern country… I wouldn’t know. Speculation and more input on this are welcome.

Okay… Dear Amedeo, if you want to send me a message, just do it. I’m not the rabid fangirl type; actually, I probably have less respect for your status and your title than even your colleagues. But please no placing cryptic search queries that aren’t search queries by a long shot. Seriously.

Denmark

I have absolutely no idea if Prince Joachim and Prince Frederik are on good terms. The fact that Fred told Joachim only at a very recent photo shoot that his wife is pregnant seems to suggest otherweise, but I really couldn’t tell.

Prince Joachim very very likely speaks fluent French. His father is originally French (and his Danish is horrible say the Danish people so I would guess he speaks French with his children) and his wife is French. The assumption that he does speak French is reasonable. As for Fred, I know he does because I’ve seen footage of him and Guillaume chatting about some sports event or other – in French.

It is still being denied that Princess Mary had fertility treatment, but with her advanced age and her somewhat too thin figure, I wouldn’t be surprised. While I don’t think it was ivf or icsi, I suppose she might at least have been on ovulation stimulating drugs.

Uhm as for Mary and her…reputation as a golddigger, well. My opinion? When the young royals were in Sydney for the Olympics, she checked out who was available, first had a little tryst with Nikolaos (I’m not at all sure if this is just rumours of what actually happened but as I’ve heard it from several sides so far, let’s treat it as a fact), before figuring out Fred was the bigger number. As she’s been flaunting ‘her’ money for the past few years, clothes and jewels, and she’s not at all interested in doing any actual work, I suppose it’s safe to say I consider her a gold digger, yes. Being a princess is not all dresses and tiaras, it’s actually pretty damn hard work.

Greece

Seems like more people are noticing Prince Philippos now. He’s a bit young for me (currently, give it ten years and he’ll be perfectly acceptable *g*), but I can already see he’s gonna be hunky. No idea on the girlfriend bit, sorry. As for photos, hope for the wedding. With any luck, we’ll get a few good shots of him and Theodora both.

Luxembourg

I’d ask who Princess Catherine is, but I would only do that because I’m too lazy to get the family tree out now. As she’s not of the current generation, she must be historical, or potentially nonexistent. Either way, I have nothing on her.

Still no girlfriend for HGD Guillaume, nor is it known of he’s gay or bi or straight. We he could be gay, he has enough brothers left to take care of succession issues at the very least ^^; (yeah I’m pragmatic, sue me :-P). He’s not engaged though, that much I’m sure of (at least not officially, what he does in private, who knows).

Okay so by “Crown prince Guillaume bathing” I hope you mean swimming in the sea, and not in the bathtub with a small yellow plastic duck. Seriously, that would be wrong. Anyway, there are pictures of Guillaume swimming trunks and playing volleyball in the sea from a couple of years ago, I don’t have them though (and I’m not going hunting for them). So I assure you can can relax…which doesn’t mean he gets to it often. Félix and Henri at one those pictures too, btw. If you find them shoot me a line ;-).

Monaco

I’m serious: Charlotte Casiraghi is not pregnant. Gosh, if Charlotte’s had known what she’s doing she might not have shown up with that baby bump at the shower. Neither is Tatiana Santo Domingo, btw.

Andrea has made himself somewhat rare the past few weeks, but he’s still in Paris, doing his internship at the embassy of Qatar. So I suppose there’s no reason to show up, at the moment he should see to get his training finished so they can use him, sooner rather than later.

People, when you google for “prince of monaco naked” I do hope you mean the Casiraghi brothers and not Albert.

Which brings us to something that also was a query and thank you for that: Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre do not hold princely titles. They are descended from the Grimaldi dynasty through their mother, and the title of prince and princess was, at the time of their births, only hereditary by the male line, rather than the female. Prince Rainier could have given them princely titles, but all sources agree that Caroline didn’t want that. for good reason, too, because growing up a prince or princess puts way too many obstacles in your way, especially in a small country like Monaco. Further, they would have been members of the princely family of Monaco (which they are currently not, no matter if Andrea is heir to Caroline or not), which might have brought complication in terms of later inheritance from their father. Caroline and Stefano must have agreed on this pretty early on. As for Alexandra, she is a princess, but she’s a royal highness, rather than a serene highness, and she got the title from her father, rather than her mother. Prince Ernst August of Hanover is a royal highness as the heir to the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Now, dynastically speaking (I know, annoying, blabla), the Monegasques should put Alexandra on the throne and let the line run through her, in another generation or two the houses won’t care that much that they were originally only princes. Won’t happen, but could be interesting.

As for Andrea’s status as heir to his mother, should it come to pass that he will be Prince of Monaco, he will adopt the name Grimaldi and be made that. Easy as that, really. Has lots to do with constitution and house law.

Sweden

Someone else has noticed, I’m delighted! Yes, Carl Philip has put on a lot of muscle since spring. Not so much that it would be unnatural, but enough to make a difference. He looked pretty bad back in April, enough that I was a bit worried about his health, but since then he’s on a steady increase. I first really noticed a couple of weeks ago, when King Carl Gustaf was at the races with Per Gessle. CP had his arms over the rails in one picture and I was a bit woah. Good though, suits him well.

I refuse to talk about Sofia again, I think I’ve everything that needed to be said on Wednesday.

General stuff / Undefinable

Royals who wear sashes over their chest wear orders. When abroad, a royal will either wear the highest order of his own country that he had been presented with (by the sovereign) or the highest order of the country he is visited, that he has been presented with (by the sovereign). HGD Guillaume was wearing a Luxembourgian order at Princess Victoria’s wedding, while his father was wearing a Swedish one.
Orders are usually presented at state’s visits or the like (or upon marriage, see Prince Daniel) and consist usually of two parts: The sash and attached batch and a star to be pinned to the chest. When someone possess more than one order, they wear the sash of the highest one of the country of origin or the visited country (depending on what they have) and only the stars of the others. How the sash is worn (left to right or right to left) and where the star is pinned (most often left chest) depends on the specifications of the order.
Not only royals can have orders, but usually foreign politicians visiting are presented with the, too. Not only monarchies do have orders but most republics do, as well.

Fred and Princess Victoria are not only cousins but you can be sure that they have a sibling-relationship to each other. Vikkan has a younger brother in Carl Philip, but you can be sure she has older brothers in Frederik, Haakon and Willem-Alexander at the very least. Hurt her and you have three crown princes on your doorstep wanting to beat you within an inch of your life (that said, Daniel is a very very brave man).

And uh…jacobite leather waistcoat? Anyone want to enlighten me? (I’ve talked about Sophia’s theoretical Jacobite claim to the throne of Britain, but where does the waist coat come from? Several times, too Oo)

Happy happy Friday, Aug 20 2010 

Princess Ingrid Alexandra had her first day of school yesterday (you all will know this, it went through the media aplenty) and man, she’s cute.

But what I found almost more adorable than her was this picture:

Lovely :-) It’s great to see them so happy and still so much, well, in love.

*happy sigh*

(Can you imagine that pose with a certain British prince and his gf?)

Search Queries #1 Monday, Aug 2 2010 

Those of you who have their own experiences with WordPress know that you can look at the Search Engine Terms used to find the blog.

While a good many of those I get are what you would expect, there also are a few rather outrageous ones, or such based on misunderstanding, or simply quite amusing ones. I’ll see if I can answer a few here, although of course, I never guarantee for the accuracy of my information.

Neither Charlotte Casiraghi nor Tatiana Santo Domingo are pregnant to the best of my knowledge. While it would, theoretically, not be a problem of succession or legitimacy for either for them (Charlotte is far back in the succession, behind Pierre as Monaco acts on male-preference primogeniture and even if Tatiana had a child by Andrea that child would be legitimate if Andrea married her eventually, even after it was born), there has not been any media echo to suggest such. Yes this picture exists but both these baby bellies are fake. If you went along those lines, Pierre would be pregnant, too and warrant a far greater press response than either his sister, or his brother’s girlfriend.

That said, I’m not opposed to Tatiana and Andrea having children, I think they’re well matched and it might strengthen Andrea’s claim (more on that in another post). And considering we’re talking about them anyway, there has been no reports about Andrea breaking up with Tatiana; and frankly, he’d be pretty stupid to do so. For several reasons, not the least because she’s managed his antics for six years already, finding someone else who’d do that would be pretty hard. Especially during his walking-dead-body time towards the end of 2008, beginning of 2009.

I do not have pictures of Prince Haakon in the nude, sorry. I could probably offer a few shots in swimming trunks, if anyone was really interested, but unlike the the Casiraghi boys (or Freddles, dear god, or even the Wales brothers), Haakon tends to stay properly dressed. Which is a shame, I know, but what can you do?

I am not in possession of Prince Carl Philip’s email address, I am sad to say. If I did, do you really think I’d still be sitting here? *g* I don’t have any other means of contacting him personally either. If you think there’s a reason why Sweden’s only prince should talk to you, send a request for communication to the Royal Palace in Stockholm or to the press office in Drottningholm Palace. I can probably get you addresses for those, if I dig around a little.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume does not have a girlfriend as far as I’m aware or is officially known. If he is in any relationship romantic in nature (be it straight or gay :-P), it is kept low profile, so low that the press hasn’t picked up on it and the press office of the Luxembourgian court has not seen the necessity to inform the public of it. That isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of girls (and probably boys) who wouldn’t want to be with him…and hey, you can hope! (As long as you fulfil the requirements.) Don’t come crying to me though, when you find out that it’s a lot less glamorous and a lot more hard work than you bargained for.

In the same vein, I have no frelling idea if Prince Félix of Luxembourg has a girlfriend, sorry. No official communication to that regard from the court, and he’s still in Italy most of the time (should be until later this fall at the very least). Considering Félix is conveyed to be the playboy prince though (well, not too hard compared to his big brother I guess), it stands to reason that he’s got someone in Italy. A lot of nice, Catholic countesses with proper breeding down there at least.

Yes, I like Diego Forlán’s pecs, too *licks him*. ;-) Guess someone stumbled over the blog due to the lookalike post. Man, I could tell you things about that man by now…rawr. Never mind, just thought it would be nice to mention *cough*.

I can’t tell you if Prince Rainier ever met Charlene Wittstock prior to his death. Considering she and Albert first met eight or ten (accounts differ) years ago, it stands to reason he might have met her. I can’t be sure though, so don’t take my word on that *shrug*. Maybe someone else can make a comment on that?

Enough for now, more comments on search queries later. By the by, once I’m through the ones I already collected, I might make it a semi-regular thing in the future. Might be worth it.

Princess Victoria’s wedding – Nuggets 3 Saturday, Jun 19 2010 

Still at dinner, although currently trying to eat myself.

Still looking for Félix at the side tables, spotted pretty much every else who was of immediate interest to me.

Carl Philip got Daniel’s sister to entertain (and woah, boy, if I didn’t know she was married I’d say you’re flirting!) directly next to the bridal table (where Daniel’s mama Eva is seated between King Carl XVI Gustaf and King Harald of Norway, woah). Madeleine is across from him, entertaining the Bulgarians (or one of them, anyway).

They seated GD Henri two seats away from her, GD María Teresa next to Prince Albert, with Queen Rania of Jordania on his other side (love that woman).

Princess Mette-Marit was seated next to HGD Guillaume, who in turn is sitting next to Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein. Those three are having the time of their life, it seems. Like woah. I’ve seen Guillaume talk to a bunch of people yet but never relaxed and casual like this with anyone. If I was truly cynical, I’d say the beard reminds her of her husband *g*. (Yep, Guillaume is unshaven despite full dress uniform, but so are Prince Haakon and Prince Philippe and while Haakon and Guillaume manage to look groomed well enough, the look does tend to come across a bit scruffy with Philippe… Hm. Mathilde, make you husband shave.)

Anyway, this bit is interesting, as MM especially is known to have made gay rights a personal agenda (she’s written the foreword for that book, Skapsprengerne, that was actually true what I wrote in “To Move Earth and Heaven”). Coincidence? Probably. Still think it’s funny.

Oh and Carl Philip looks dashing today, doesn’t he? He didn’t even fall into the hair gel bottle today ♥. Wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers right now. Yum.

Princess Victoria’s Wedding -1d Friday, Jun 18 2010 

The pre-wedding celebrations have been going on since yesterday, but yesterday there only was a private dinner with friends of Victoria’s, Daniel’s and Madeleine’s and heirs to the thrones of Europe. (Mette-Marit was wearing a stunning dress while I wasn’t so fond of Mary of Denmark…)

Today was a full program already, there was a semi-private lunch, a dinner and this evening there is a theatre gala performance (watching that one right now, highly entertaining just for the red carpet).

After Carl Philip almost made his sister fall (and almost got her naked in front of all the world to see as well) at Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday, there was another round of long dresses today. He didn’t get another chance though, as Daniel was escorting his fiancée today.


Daniel bringing the train of the dress back in order so she can walk up the steps properly. I’m not that fond of the dress (looks like a flokati rug…), but it’s the gesture that counts, right?


I’ve got to say, she’s trained him really well. Actually, if he pulled through yesterday and today, I don’t think she’d ever have to worry about the fact that he’ll get cold feet.

And Carl Philip, who I may remind you has been born a prince and has been his sisters’ escort for the past 30 years…


Look at where his feet are. (Not that fond of Madde’s dress either, but she can wear it.)

(In his defence, he’s a good younger brother, too, look here:
)

So as I said, I’m watching the gala performance right now (a concert more than theatre), and I’ve seen some of the red carpet of the previous functions today and some of the dinner.

Prince Félix of Luxembourg is wearing his hair longer again, about as long as two or three years ago, which I think suits him better than the buzz cut he had last time anyone got to see him. He almost nodded off in the middle of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s speech, which was somehwta amusing. He sat at one table with Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Charlene Wittstock (Prince Albert’s girlfriend). He also kept slurping his coffee during the speech *slap*. I guess they seated him together with all the people they didn’t know what to do about.

I didn’t see HGD Guillaume until they seated everyone at the theatre (or I might have seen him on a picture from this noon but I’m not exactly sure) and we already thought he was missing. But never fear, he’s there! Sitting next to Princess Mathilde of Belgium, actually, joking around with her. Which is quite reassuring and lovely, as those two better get along (Philippe too, of course).

That said, I have no idea why the Grand Ducal couple brought Felix as well. Not that I mind! I love seeing Félix but… Well it’s weird. Unless Guillaume decides he’s either not taking the throne or there’s too much work going around for three people, he doesn’t really have a reason to attend official events. Now, of course, Luxembourg is a small country but Henri, MT and Guillaume are pulling quite a lot of work by themselves so that’s entirely possible. Guillaume not succeeding? Unlikely.

The seating at the theatre is quite interesting too, especially if you can watch the icy looks Mary of Denmark (who looks naked, almost) and Letitzia of Spain (who is way hot in red) are shooting back and forth (they’re sitting next to one another), while there’s a merry round with the Crown Princely couple of the Netherlands and Norway as well as Prince Albert (of Monaco) and Charlene Wittstock.

Princess Madeleine has her seat behind her parents, next to King Konstantin II of Greece, who just might be trying to sell Philippos to her (even though he really is too young for her), judging by her amused expression. Prince Carl Philip is next to her, behind Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik.

I don’t know where Grand Duke Henri, María Teresa and Félix ended up but they have to be somewhere.

It seems the King and Queens are all grouped together (well, I haven’t seen Henri but I suppose he has to be around somewhere as well), which is quite nice, considering they all get along pretty well.

Edward and Sophie of Wessex *sigh* I guess they both know they shouldn’t be there (I’ve seen Harry and William at the England game btw, as I’m currently splitting my attention between football, the gala performance and this post *g*), and they’re looking not too happy to be stuck where they are. I wish there would have been some other arrangement, as pretty much everyone else is there. The only ones truly missing are some of the Islamic countries, I’d have loved to see Mohammed and Lalla Salma here but well, gotta take Abdullah and Ranie, they’re there.

As is Naruhito of Japan, who is looking somewhat lost at times but gets adopted in turn by the other royal couples, which is quite adorable (especially as Naruhito is about a head smaller than even most of the ladies in attendance…maybe they could put him next to Carl Philip sometime, he’s bound to feel tall at least XD).

Oh they just tried to sell Frederik of Denmark to Vikkan last minute *g*. And Mary is Not Amused. Even lass so as she was called a didgeridoo in front of the whole audience.

Life is good, my dears.

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at the wedding on Swedish and German tv and well as watching footie. I already have my media centre set up for that ^^ Look forward to it.