Monthly Archives: August 2011

QUEEN ANNE-MARIE OF GREECE TURNS 65 YEARS OLD

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).

Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark at her confirmation in the Danish Church, with her parents, King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, and sisters, Princess Benedikte and Princess Margrethe, 1961 (photo: Bettman Corbis)

Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark with her sisters, Princess Benedikte (center) and Princess Margrethe (the current Queen Margrethe II of Denmark), 1964 (photo: Bettman/Corbis)

A photograph taken by the famed society photographer, Patrick Lichfield (the Earl of Lichfield), of Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964 (photo: Lichfield/Getty Images)

A closeup of the eighteen-year-old Anne-Marie, Queen of the Hellenes, on her wedding day in Athens, Greece, September1964

The Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony of Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark and King Constantine II of Greece, September 1964 (photo: Getty Images)

The christening of Queen Anne-Marie's eldest child, Princess Alexia of Greece in Athens, 1965. From left to right: King Constantine II of Greece, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, Queen Frederica of Greece and KIng Frederick IX of Denmark (photo: Bettman Corbis)

A photo from 2005 of Queen Anne-Marie with her family (photo: Milos Bicanski/Life/Getty Images)

Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine II at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, June 2010 (photo: Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis)

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece at the christening of the twin children of her nephew, Crown Prince Frederik, in April 2011 (photo: Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis)

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PRINCE GEORG FRIEDRICH OF PRUSSIA MARRIES PRINCESS SOPHIE OF ISENBURG

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.

Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie after exchanging wedding vows at the Church of Peace, Potsdam, Germany (photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

A cheerful smile from the radiant bride and happy groom (photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

The happy couple on their wedding day, Potsdam, Germany (photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia with his mother, Donata, Duchess of Oldenburg, and his sister, Princess Cornelie-Cecilie (photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Among the guests were Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor and their sons, Albert and Leopold, August 27, 2011 (photo: Andres Rentz/Getty Images)

George Friedrich and Sophie on their wedding day, August 27, 2011 (photo: Pool/Getty Images)

The Church of Peace, the site of the wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg (photo: Wikicommons)

The SansSouci Park in Potsdam, Germany (photo: Wikicommons)

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PRINCESS MARIE OF DENMARK EXPECTING SECOND CHILD IN JANUARY 2012

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.

Princess Marie with her husband, Prine Joachim, and her stepsons, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix at the christening of the twins of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, April 2011 (photo: Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)

Princess Marie with her son, Prince Henrik, April 2011 (photo: Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)

Princess Marie of Denmark and her son, Prince Henrik (b. 2009) in a photo taken in August 2011 (photo: Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

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TENTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF CROWN PRINCE HAAKON & CROWN PRINCESS METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY

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).

Mette-Marit and Haakon take their vows, August 25, 2001 (photo: All Over Press/Getty Images)

The Norwegian royal couple on their wedding day (photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Mette-Marit and Haakon, Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, August 25, 2001

Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, on her wedding day, August 25, 2001

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CROWN PRINCE FREDERIK & CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK EMBARK ON SUMMER CRUISE

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.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik with Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine at Skagen, Jutland, Denmark (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Mary and Frederik with their twins, Vincent and Josephine on board the royal yacht, Dannebrog, August 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Frederik and Mary disembark from the royal yacht, August 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, Skagen, Denmark (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Skagen, Jutland, Denmark, AUgust 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

The Danish royal yacht, Dannebrog (photo: Bauer Griffin)

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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.”

The King and Queen of Spain attended the final Mass of World Youth Day in Madrid along with 1.5 million young people (photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia at the Cuatro Vientos airfield, Madrid, for the final Mass of World Youth Day 2011, officiated by Pope Benedict XVI, August 21, 2011 (photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

At Madrid's Barajas Airport for a final farewell: the Pope and the King and Queen of Spain, August 21, 2011 (photo: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

The King and Queen of Spain bid an official goodbye to Pope Benedict XVI, Madrid, August 21, 2011 (photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia, King Carlos I and Pope Benedict XVI at the official farewell ceremony, August 21, 2011 (photo: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

King Juan Carlos I of Spain pays his respects to Pope Benedict XVI, Barajas Airport, Madrid (photo: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

Flanked by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, Pope Benedict XVI waves farewell, Madrid, August 21, 2011 (photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at Madrid's Barajas Airport (photo: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

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THE PRINCE & PRINCESS OF ASTURIAS ATTEND PRAYER VIGIL LED BY POPE BENEDICT XVI IN MADRID

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.

Prince Felipe points something out to his wife, Letizia, during the prayer vigil at Cuatro Vientos air base, Madrid, August 20, 2011 (photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Felipe and Letizia applaud during the prayer vigil, Madrid, Spain, August 20, 2011 (photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Felipe and Letizia at the prayer vigil presided by Pope Benedict XVI, August 20, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

The Prince and Princess of Asturias greet Pope Benedict XVI at the Cuatro Vientos air base, Madrid, August 20, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

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