Wednesday, 19 January 2000

Spain Royal Family Tree

List in order of birth, not line of succession.
  • HM King Juan Carlos (Reign: 1975 - 2014) married to HM Queen Sofia
    • HRH Infanta Elena (3rd) divorced from Don Jaime 
      • HE Don Felipe (4th)
      • HE Doña Victoria (5th)
    • HRH Infanta Cristina (6th) married to HE Don Iñaki
      • HE Don Juan Valentín (7th)
      • HE Don Pablo Nicolas (8th)
      • HE Don Miguel (9th)
      • HE Doña Irene (10th)
    • HM King Felipe VI (Reign: 2014 - Present) married to HM Queen Letizia 
      • HRH Princess Leonor of Asturias (1st in line to the throne)
      • HRH Infanta Sofía (2nd)

Luxembourg Royal Family Tree

For the sake of brevity, we have at times summarized, "Children not in line to the Throne," instead of listing all the children.

Children are in order of birth, not order of succession.
  • HRH Grand Duke Jean (Reigned: 1964 - 2000) married to HRH Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (died 2005)
    • HI&RH Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria married to HI&RH Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
      • Children not in line to the Throne
    • HRH Grand Duke Henri (Reigned: 2000 - Present) married to HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
      • HRH Hereditary Grand Duke, Prince Guillaume (1st in line to the Throne) married to HRH Hereditary Grand Duchess, Princess Stéphanie
      • HRH Prince Felix (2nd) married to HRH Princess Claire
        • HRH Princess Amalia (3rd)
        • HRH Prince Liam (4th)
      • HRH Prince Louis separated from HRH Princess Tessy
        • HRH Prince Gabriel
        • HRH Prince Noah
      • HRH Princess Alexandra (5th)
      • HRH Prince Sebastien (6th)
    • HRH Prince Jean seperated from Hélène Vestur, currently married to Countess Diane
      • Children with Hélène Vestur not in line to the throne
    • HRH Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein married to HSH Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein
      • Children not in line to the Luxembourg Throne, although they are in line to the Liechtenstein Throne. 
    • HRH Prince Guillaume (7th) married to HRH Princess Sibilla 
      • HRH Prince Paul Louis (8th)
      • HRH Prince Léopold  (9th)
      • HRH Prince Jean André (10th)
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Belgium Royal Family Tree


  • HM King Albert II married to HM Queen Paola   (Reigned: 1993-2013)
    • HM King Philippe married to HM Queen Mathilde   (Reigned: 2013 - Present )
      • HRH Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant (1st in Line to the Throne)
      • HRH Prince Gabriel (2nd)
      • HRH Prince Emmanuel  (3rd)
      • HRH Princess Eléonore (4th)
    • HI&RH Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este (5th) married to HI&RH Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
      • HI&RH Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (6th) married to HI&RH Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este
        • HI&RH Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este (7th)
      • HI&RH Princess Maria Laura, Archduchess of Austria-Este (8th)
      • HI&RH Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (9th)
      • HI&RH Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (10th)
      • HI&RH Princess Laetitia Maria Archduchess of Austria-Este (11th)
    • HRH Prince Laurent (12th) married to HRH Princess Claire
      • HRH Princess Louise (13th)
      • HRH Prince Nicolas (14th)
      • HRH Prince Aymeric (15th)
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Tuesday, 18 January 2000

Olympic Royals


Royals by country who have competed in the Olympics, with sport and year of participation.  Not a complete list.
United Kingdom 
  • Princess Anne
    • Equestrian 1976
  • Zara Philips (Tindall)
    • Equestrian 2012
      • Silver 2012
Spain
  • King Felipe
    • Sailing 1992
  • Queen Sofia
    • For Greece Sailing 1960
  • King Juan Carlos
    • Sailing 1972
  • Infanta Cristina
    • Sailing 1988
    • Married Iñaki Urdangarin 
      •  Handball 1992, 1996, and 2000
      • 2 medals, bronze in both the 1996 and 2000 Games.
  • King Harald 
    • Yachting 1964, 1968 and 1972
Monaco
  • Prince Albert II
    • Bobsleding 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002
  • Princess Charlene 
    • Swimming  2000

Saturday, 8 January 2000

Sophie's Official Patronages - Business


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Business related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Women in Business/ Women's Network Forum 
Chair ()

Craft Guild of Chefs
Patron ()

Thursday, 6 January 2000

Sophie's Official Patronages - Sport


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Sport related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Foundation of Light

Patron  (2003)

Association of Sail Training Organizations 
Patron (Pre-2010)

Association of Sail Training Organizations is a UK charity comprises of over 30 sailing organizations. The Charity promotes sail training, it's benefits as well as safe, and also organizes sail training events. 
Combined Services Winter Sports Association
Royal Patron (2012? 2013?)

Combined Services Winter Sport Association is a UK based organization that promotes Winter Sports in the Armed Forces. Sporting opportunities help those in the armed forces develop self-discipline, courage and physical fitness. The organization received no public funding. 


British Wheelchair Basketball
Patron  (July 2013)

England Hockey
Patron  ()

Sophie's Official Patronages - History

In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's History related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Rochester Cathedral Trust
Patron ()

Friends of Southwark Cathedral

Sophie's Official Patronages - Healthcare


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Healthcare related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


Meningitis Now
Patron (2003)

Meningitis Now is a charity to fight meningitis. They provide support to people with meningitis and their families, funds research and raises awareness. 

Brain Wave 
President ()


Breast Cancer Haven
President ()

Prince Charles is Patron. 

Shooting Star Chase
Royal Patron (?)

Shooting Star Chase is a Charity that provides hospice care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions. They currently have two hospices: Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford.


Wessex Heartbeat
Patron ()

Leeds Children's Hospital
Patron ()

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 

Sophie's Official Patronages - Elderly


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Elderly related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Brendoncare Foundation
Patron (2002)

Brendoncare Foundation is a charity in the South of England dedicated to improving the quality of older persons lives. They run 10 care homes across the south of England, and provide a wide range of care: from end of life care, rehabilitation, residential care, respite care, etc. The foundation provides support for those who are financially unable and guarantees support for any of their residences who become financially unable to meet the cost of continued care.

The charity also runs a number of clubs for older people to allow them opportunities to socialize and get out of the house.

The Queen Mum was previously patron (1984-2002).

Morden College
Patron (2014?)

Morden College is retirement home for the elderly, in Blackheath, London. They provide provide a wide range of care for independent living, assisted living and residential care.


Sophie's Official Patronages - Education/ Literacy


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Education/ Literacy  related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

The Talking Trust
Patron ()

Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate
Patron ()

Moor House School
Patron ()

The Queen Mum was previously Patron.

MENCAP
Patron ()

London College of Fashion
Patron ()

Dyslexia Action
Patron ()




Sophie's Official Patronages - Conservation/Agriculture


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Conservation/Agriculture  related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.


London Children's Flower Society
Patron (2004)

The London Children's Flower Society is a London based charity. They works to help children develop a skill in gardening.  They teach children how to grow and tend plants. The charity hosts a annual spring and summer gardening competitions for primary and special needs schools

The charity relies solely on grants and private donations.

The Queen Mum was previously Patron (?-2002).

President (2006-2007) Honorary Trustee (2007?- Current)

Queen is Patron (?-Present)

The Society has a number of royal as Honorary Trustees and President.

Prince Philip  President (1999-2000), Honorary Trustee (1999- current)
Prince Charles Honorary Trustee (2006? - current)
Prince Edward Honorary Trustee (2007?-)
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester President (2003 - current)
Prince Andrew President (?1998-1999?)

Royal Bath and West of England Society
President (Nov 2009-Nov 2011) Vice Patron (Nov 2011-)

The Royal Bath and West of England Society is a charity formed in 1777 to promote and improve agriculture and related activities around the West Country of England. They organize a number of annual events each year, with their main event being Royal Bath and West Show. Sophie was president of their 2010 and 2011 Royal Bath and West Show.

Queen is currently the charities Patron (?- present).

The society has a number of Royals as President. They presidency usually runs for one year, and they are president of that years show.

Duchess Camilla - President (Nov 2013 - Nov 2014)
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester  - President (Nov 2002- Nov 2003)
Princess Anne - President (Nov 1986- Nov 1987)
Prince Philip - President ( Nov 1981- Nov 1982)
Prince Charles - President (Nov 1977- Nov 1998)


Patron (2012/2013)

New Forest Agricultural Show Society
President (2016)

New Forest Agricultural Show Society is a organization that runs the annual the New Forest & Hampshire County Show.  The three day agricultural show is held at the end of July. The show features agriculture, forestry, equestrianism, horticulture and livestock.

Sophie is President of their 2016 show.

Devon County Show
Presiden elect (2016) President (2017)

Sophie is President of their 2017 show.

Sophie's Official Patronages - Community


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Community related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Tomorrow's People
Patron (February 2003)

Tomorrow's People is a UK Based charity that works with young people and adults to help them get and keep jobs. The Charity offers one-on-one support, programs, eduction/training.

National Autistic Society
Patron (August 2003)

Princess Anne was previously patron (?1997-2003).

Greater London Fund for the Blind
Royal Patron (2003?)


Patron (2003?)

Transform Housing and Support (Surrey Community Development Trust)
Patron (2006)

100 Women in Hedge Funds' Next Generation Initiative 
Patron (2015)

Ubunye Foundation
Patron ()
Patron ()

Lions Clubs International, Multiple District 105, British Isles and Ireland
Patron ()

Sophie's Official Patronages - Children & Young People


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Children & Young People related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here


Wessex Youth Trust
Co-Founder (1999)

The Wessex Youth Trust was set up in 1999 shortly before Edward and Sophie's wedding. The Trust gives grants to charitable organizations that help, support and advance children and young people.

Formerly called The Earl and Countess of Wessex Charitable Trust.

Girlguiding
President (2003)

Girlguiding is a UK Charity for girls and young women in the UK. The charity is similar to  youth scouting organizations. The charity encourages girls and young women in personal and social development. Their areas of focus are 
  • Health, 
  • Global Awareness,
  • Cultural diversity,
  • Life skills, 
  • Social Skills and 
  • Discovery.
Princess Margaret was previously President. At the time it was called the Guide Association.

ChildLine
Patron (April 2005)

ChildLine is a free, private and confidential help line for children, up to 18 years old in the UK. The line is run by the NSPCC (which Sophie is president of, see below). Their trained counsellor offer support 24 hours a day, on any issue.

The charity also runs message boards, and online chats.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC )
President (2012)

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a UK charity that works to protect children and young people mainly from abuse. The charity provides support and information for parents, children, schools, communities, etc.

They also campaign for laws relating to child abuse, and fund research.

The Queen is Royal Patron. The Queen was previously President (1944 -?). Queen Victoria was the charities first Royal Patron (1895-?).

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award 
Global Ambassador (2013)




Sophie's Official Patronages - Arts


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Arts related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Halle Concerts Society
Patron (2003?)

Central School of Ballet
Patron (2003)

Wallace Collection
Patron (2006)

Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust
Royal Patron (2007)

Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust is a charity for the youth choir at Wells Cathedral in Wells, England. The trust allows boys and girls the chance to receive a first rate music education at Wells Cathedral School regardless of their families financial capabilities.

Previously called the "Wells Cathedral Girl Chorister Trust". Choirs like this were traditionally only made up of only boys. With the acceptance of girls, this Trust was set up to allow and encourage girls to join the choir and receive the same music education. In 2011, the trust was renamed and now provided financial support to both girls and boys.

Two Moors Festival
Patron (2007?)


Sophie's Official Patronages - Armed Services/ Veterans


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Armed Services/ Veterans  related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here

Stoll
President (2006?)

Stoll is UK housing association and charity for Veterans. The charity provide homes for injured WWI service men and women and their families in London area. The charity provides care and support services to help them live independently.

The charity also provides welfare and clinical care for these veterans, as well as month drop-in counseling, outreach services, and substance misuse programs.

Stoll was previously called the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation. Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester, was previously Patron (?1994-1999?).

Java Far East Prisoners of War Club 1942
Patron (? at least 2011)

Java FEPOW Club 1942 is a club for Allied Forces personnel who were captured at Java and held prisoner by the Japanese during WWII.

Java FEPOW Club 1942 is the only remaining UK Nationwide FEPOW Club. Since many similar club have closed due to dwindling membership, Java FEPOW Club 1942 has opened it club up to all FEPOW, not just those who were taken prisoner at Java.

The club provides commodity and support. They hold reunion weekends annually. The club also provides welfare grants to all FEPOWs, Wives (including long term partners) and Widows.

Defence Medical Welfare Service
Royal Patron (June 2016)

St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service provides practical and emotional support to the Armed Forces Community who are receiving medical treatment, either in-patient and out-patient.

Sophie's Official Patronages - Animals


In a effort to kept things organized this section features only Countess Sofia's Animals related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary
Patron (2013)

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary is a charity in Essex that provides help and care for horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep,  cows and cats, who have been victims of physical and mental abuse.

Sophie's Official Patronages

**This is a Work in Progress**

The Countess of Wessex is Patron of over 60 Charities and Organizations.

Patronages are not for a life time, but a set amount of time (for a appeal, 3 years, 5 years, etc). Patronages are usually reviewed after every 5 years, and possibly renewed.

In a effort to keep the list of patronages manageable we have broken down into categories, each linked below:
Many Patronages will fall under multiple categories, we listed them in the one category where we felt they best fit. 

Wednesday, 5 January 2000

Christmas and New Years Speeches - Main Pages

Most of European Monarchs give a speech sometime during the holiday season for either Christmas or New Years. 

State Opening of Parliament Speeches (2016)

Liechtenstein (January)
United Kingdom (May, June, July)
Sweden (September)
Netherlands (September 20th)
Norway (October 3rd)
Denmark (October 4th)
  • Queen Margrethe does not give a speech
Jordan (November 7th)