Queen Anne-Marie of Greece turned 65 years old on August 30, 2011. The Queen was born at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen and is the third child and youngest daughter of King Frederick IX of Denmark and his wife, Queen Ingrid (nee, Princess Ingrid of Sweden). Through her mother, Queen Anne-Marie is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria through Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Arthur. Queen Anne-Marie’s sisters are the reigning Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. In September 1964 in Athens, eighteen-year-old Anne-Marie married King Constantine II of Denmark. In 1967 the Greek royal family fled Greece after a failed counter coup. The Greek monarchy was abolished in 1974. Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine currently reside in London and have periodically returned to Greece. The King and Queen are the parents of five children: Princess Alexia (b. 1965, married, 4 children); Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (b. 1967, 5 children); Prince Nicholas (b. 1969, married, no children); Princess Theodora (b. 1983, unmarried); Prince Philippos (b. 1986, unmarried).
Monthly Archives: August 2011
Germany’s own royal wedding took place on August 27, 2011 when Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia (b. 1976) married Princess Sophie of Isenburg (b. 1978) at the Church of Peace in Potsdam, Germany. The couple has known each other since childhood and as the bride is Catholic and the groom is Protestant, the wedding service was an ecumenical one. Georg Friedrich and Sophie exchanged vows before some 650 guests. Prince Georg Friedrich of the House of Hohenzollern, is the great-great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The bride arrived at the church in a Rolls Royce. Princess Sophie wore a bridal gown designed by Wolfgang Joop and a diamond tiara belonging to her family. Prince Georg Friedrich wore tails and a top hat. The event was broadcast live on local television and some one hundred journalists covered the wedding. After the couple’s marriage service ended at the church, they took a carriage ride through Potsdam’s Sanssouci Park, a favorite retreat of Frederick the Great.
It was officially announced that Princess Marie, wife of Denmark’s Prince Joachim (second son of Queen Margrethe II), is expecting her second child in January 2012. Princess Marie, nee Marie Cavallier, married Prince Joachim in May 2008. He had been previously married to the former Alexandra Manley. Joachim and Alexandra are the parents of eleven-year-old Prince Nikolai and nine-year-old Prince Felix. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are the parents of Prince Henrik, born in 2009.
It has been ten years since Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby on August 25, 2001. There were some concerns about Mette-Marit becoming the wife of the Crown Prince because she was a single mother but in the decade since she has been Crown Princess, Mette-Marit has proven herself to be a valuable member of Norway’s royal family. Haakon and Mette-Marit were married at Olso Cathedral. Among the guests present were members of Europe’s royal families. The bride wore a gown in silk crepe, its design stood out for its elegant simplicity. The couple have two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra (b. 2003) and Prince Sverre Magnus (b. 2005).
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have embarked on a summer cruise on the Danish royal yacht, Dannebrog, for their Skagen summer tour. Skagen is in the northern most part of Jutland in Denmark. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were photographed with their twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, who were born in January 2011.
IN MADRID KING JUAN CARLOS & QUEEN SOFIA BID POPE BENEDICT XVI FAREWELL AT THE END OF WORLD YOUTH DAY
Pope Benedict XVI has ended his four-day visit to Madrid and celebration of World Youth Day with a Mass on August 21, 2011 before 1.5 million young people at the Cuatro Vientos airfield. Also in attendance were King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. The Pope urged the faithful to “…not keep Christ to yourselves! Share with others the joy of your faith.” It was also announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013. An official farewell ceremony was then held at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia officially bid Pope Benedict farewell at the airport. In his closing remarks, said before the King and Queen and other officials, the Pope said that “Spain is a great nation whose soundly open, pluralistic and respectful society is capable of moving forward without surrendering its profoundly religious and Catholic soul.”
Felipe and Letizia, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, attended a prayer vigil on August 20, 2011, officiated by Pope Benedict XVI as part of the World Youth Day events held in Madrid. The prayer vigil took place at the Cuatro Vientos air base in Madrid. Some 1 million young people were present and spent the night on a vast esplanade the size of forty-eight football fields.