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Old 06-21-2007, 10:07 AM
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July 2007 Newsletter: Sailing Royals

The days of big family summers at Fredensborg Palace are over. The Danish royal family these days is not as big as it used to be. But this July the Palace will once again be the centre of things, as Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary christen their daughter there.

The gathering of family continues a few days later, when Queen Sonja of Norway celebrates her 70th birthday with a cruise along the southern coast of Norway.

Another big birthday celebration in July is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who turns 30. Speculations have been running rampant in the Swedish forum as to when an engagement will be announced, but for now, we might have to settle for birthday celebrations.

Have a nice July,
Avalon, Norwegianne & Zonk
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Some of our members like to wish Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to royals, and as a result the current-events threads can become overwhelmed by these posts, making them rather difficult to read. Therefore, as explained in this thread in the Announcement section, we're adding a "Birthday and Anniversary Wishes" thread to each of the forums. The thread will be in the main forum, so you'll need to go there to post birthday wishes for all the royals whether they're discussed in the main forum or in a subforum. The thread isn't a sticky, so you may need to search on "birthday" or scroll down a page or two in order to find it. Now that these threads are available, birthday and anniversary wishes will be deleted from current-events threads and other threads if people post them there. In the Other Reigning Houses and Nonreigning Houses forums, we have birthday and anniversary wishes threads for the subforums where they seem to be needed. They can be added to other subforums if required.
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01.06 - Birthday of Prince Christian of Hanover (1985)
02.06 - Birthday of Ex-King Constantine of Greece (1940)
02.06 - Birthday of Princess Desiree of Sweden (1938)
03.06 - Birthday of Prince Tirso of Bulgaria (2002)
03.06 - Birthday of Leonore, Countess van Orange-Nassau (2006)
03.06 - Birthday of Prince Felix of Luxembourg (1984)
04.06 - Birthday of Shaikh Khalifa of Brunei (1977)
05.06 - Bithday of Doña Irene Urdangarin (2005)
05.06 - Birthday of Princess Astrid of Belgium (1962)
06.06 - Birthday of King Albert II of Belgium (1934)
07.06 - Birthday of Prince Joachim of Denmark (1969)
07.06 - Birthday of Count Sigvard Bernadotte (1907)
08.06 - Birthday of Andrea Casiraghi (1984)
08.06 - Birthday of Eloise, Countess van Orange-Nassau (2002)
09.06 - Birthday of Princess Theodora of Greece (1983)
09.06 - Birthday of Prince Timotheus of Prussia (2005)
09.06 - Birthday of Princess Ragnhild of Norway, Mrs. Lorentzen (1930)
10.06 - Birthday of Prince Hashim of Jordan (1981)
10.06 - Birthday of Princess Madeline of Sweden (1982)
10.06 - Birthday of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921)
11.06 - Birthday of Prince Henrik of Denmark (1934)
11.06 - Birthday of Queen Fabiola of Belgium (1928)
11.06 - Birthday of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein (1968)
12.06 - Birthday of Princess Sibilla of Luxembourgh (1968)
13.06 - Birthday of Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
16.06 - Birthday of Former King Simeon of Bulgaria (1937)
18.06 - Birthday of Countess Zaria van Orange-Nassau (2006)
20.06 - Birthday of Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester (1946)
21.06 - Birthday of Prince William of Wales (1982)
22.06 - Birthday of Queen Soraya Esandiary (1932)
22.06 - Birthday of Prince Emanuele Filiberto (1972)
23.06 - Birthday of Maria Carolina de Bourbon-Parma (1974)
26.06 - Birthday of Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (1987)
26.06 - Birthday of Yasmine Pahlavi (1968)
26.06 - Birthday of Princess Alexia of the Netherlands (2005)
28.06 - Birthday of Prince Hussein of Jordan (1994)
29.06 - Birthday of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911)
30.06 - Birthday of Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg (1964)
30.06 - Birthday of Shaikh Abdullah of Bahrain (1975)

07.06 - Death Anniversary of Princess Lilian of Belgium
10.06 - Death Anniversary of Princess Leila Pahlavi
16.06 - Death Anniversary of Empress Kojun of Japan

Weddings and Anniversaries
03.06.1937 - Wedding Anniversary of The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson
04.06.2005 - Wedding Anniversary of Hugh Van Cutsem & Rose Astor
05.06.1964 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Désirée and Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
05.06.1999 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Edward and Sophie-Rhys Jones
05.06.1999 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Tatjana and Philipp von Lattorf
06.06.1988 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & Count Jefferson von Pfeil
08.06.1961 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine Worsley
08.06.1972 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte van Deurs
09.06.1993 - Wedding Anniversary of Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada
10.06.1993 - Wedding Anniversary of King Abdullah and Rania Yassine
10.06.2006 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Philipp von Hessen and Laetitia Bechtolf
10.06.1967 - Wedding Anniversary of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik
15.06.1974 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson
19.06.1976 - Wedding Anniversary of King Carl Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath
19.06.1999 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Edward and Sophie-Rhys Jones
24.06.2005 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Badiya and Khalid Blair
29.06.1990 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Akishino and Kiko Kawashima
29.06.1978 - Wedding Anniversary of Princess Caroline and Phillipe Junot
30.06.1978 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz

State Visits/Official Visits
Spanish State Visit to China
Infanta Cristina visits Jordan
Chinese State Visit to Sweden
Norwegian State Visit to Finland
Spanish Official visit to Kazakhstan
Official visit of King Abdulá of Saudi Arabia to Spain

Special Events
Order of the Garter
Trooping the Colour
Sweden's National Day
The Royal Ascot Thread
12th Games of the Small States of Europe
International Jumping de Monte-Carlo - June 2007
Coronation Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II of the UK
Enthronement Ceremony Anniversary of King Harald V of Norway

Other Events of Note
Engagement and Wedding of Princess Majeedah, June 2007
Photoshoot with ocassion of Alexia's second birthday: 26 June 2007
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01.07 - Birthday of Charles Armstrong-Jones (1999)
03.07 - Birthday of Prince Maximilian, Margrave of Baden (1933)
03.07 - Birthday of Princess Marie Louise of Baden (1969)
04.07 - Birthday of Prince Michael of Kent (1942)
04.07 - Birthday of Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand (1957)
04.07 - Birthday of Queen Sonja of Norway (1937)
07.07 - Birthday of Prince Nicholas of Montenegro (1944)
09.07 - Birthday of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
11.07 - Birthday of Prince Kyrill, Prince of Preslay (1964)
11.07 - Birthday of Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon (1986)
12.07 - Birthday of Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1967)
14.07 - Birthday of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (1977)
15.07 - Birthday of Camille Gottlieb (1998)
15.07 - Birthday of Prince Lukas of Bulgaria (1997)
15.07 - Birthday of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei (1946)
16.07 - Birthday of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1975)
17.07 - Birthday of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
17.07 - Birthday of Crown Prince Alexander Kara?or?evi? (1945)
17.07 - Birthday of Felipe Juan Froilan de Marichilar y Borbon (1998)
18.07 - Birthday of Muna Juma of Jordan (1996)
18.07 - Birthday of Prince Alexander of Belgium (1942)
19.07 - Birthday of Prince Ernst-August Jr. of Hannover (1983)
20.07 - Birthday of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (1973)
20.07 - Birthday of Princess Alexandra of Hannover (1999)
22.07 - Birthday of Prince Felix of Denmark (2002)
23.07 - Birthday of Princess Georgina Maximiliane Tatjana Maria of Liechtenstein (2005)
24.07 - Birthday of Princess Sarvath of Jordan (1947)
25.07 - Birthday of Lord Nicholas Windsor (1970)
25.07 - Birthday of Princess Maria Olympia of Greece and Denmark (1996)
27.07 - Birthday of Archduke Bartholomeus of Austria (2006)
27.07 - Birthday of Princess Mafalda-Ceceilia of Bulgaria (1994)
28.07 - Birthday of Crown Prinxe Vajiralongkorn of Thailand (1952)
28.07 - Birthday of Samuel Chatto (1996)
30.07 - Birthday of Young Crown Prince Hridayendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal (2002)
30.07 - Birthday of Infanta Maria del Pilar (1936)
30.07 - Birthday of Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
31.07 - Birthday of Marina Ogilvy (1966)
31.07 - Birthday of Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (1932)

27.07 - Death Anniversary of Shahanshah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (1980)
31.07 - Death Anniversary of King Baudouin of Belgium (1993)

Weddings and Anniversaries
21.07.1960 - Wedding Anniversary of Prince Carl, Duke of Wurtemberg and Princess Diane of Orleans
01.07.1995 – Wedding Anniversary of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie Chantal Miller
02.07.2005 – Wedding Anniversary of Archduke Maximilian of Austria and Maya Askari
02.07.1959 – Wedding Anniversary of King Albert II of Belgium and Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria
03.07.1993 – Wedding Anniversary of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and Duchess Sophie of Bavaria
04.07.1999 – Wedding Anniversary of Countess Clarissa zu Toerring-Jettenbach and Prince Tassilo von Ratibor-Corvey
08.07.2000 – Wedding Anniversary of Prince Bernhard van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven & Annette Sekreve
09.07.2005 – Wedding Anniversary of Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Count Stefano Hunyady von Kethily
09.07.1999 – Wedding Anniversary of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark & Carlos Morales Quintana
12.07.2002 - Wedding Anniversary of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Salma Bennani
17.07.1999 – Wedding Anniversary of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein and Countess Marie Kalnoky
30.07.1967 - Wedding Anniversary of Reigning Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein and Countess Marie Kinsky

State Visits/Official Visits
12.07 - Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to visit Belgium

Special Events
01.07 - Concert For Diana - Preparations for the 10th Anniversary Concert and Memorial Service
04.07 - 70th Birthday Celebrations of Queen Sonja
14.07 - Crown Princess Victoria turns 30
27.07 - Red Cross Ball - July 27th, 2007

Other Events of Note
01.07 - Christening of Little Princess of Denmark
15.07 - Christening of Infanta Sofía of Spain
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Sailing is a big thing in the Spanish royal family, and a few sailing competitions, the Copa del Rey, the H.M King Juan Carlos Trophy and Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia have been named for the royal family. King Juan Carlos is an avid sailor, and participated in the 1972 Olympics in München, Germany. The King participated in the dragon class.

His wife, Queen Sofia, is less competitive these days when it comes to sailing, but she too took part in the Olympics. She was a member of the Greek substitute crew for the 1960 Olympics.

Their children enjoy sailing and two of them have, like their parents, participated at the Olympics.

Their son, the Prince of Asturias, participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Here he competed in the soling class of the sailing competition – and came 6th.

His sister, Infanta Cristina, competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Cristina was, like her younger brother would be 4 years later, the standard bearer for the Spanish delegation at the opening ceremony.

The Spanish royal family spend time every year on Palma de Mallorca, where sailing is one of the main pursuits they indulge in. The oone of the main yearly competition that takes place while the family is enjoying their Summer vacations in Palma is the Breitling Regatta, in which the King, the Prince of Asturias and Infanta Cristina take part almost every year, aboard of the Bribón, the Aifos and the Azur de Puig respectively.

The remaining members of the family, including the children, watch the regata aboard the boat 'Somni', that was first used in 2003 or the yatch 'Fortuna'.

The Vikings were known for their voyages of the sea, and one thing the heir to the Norwegian throne did – was to learn to sail. King Olav V, was an eager sailor for most of his life. He started competing as a 15 year old, in 1918 – with the boat “Teddy”. One of the biggest achievements of his sailing career was the gold he won in the 6m mixed sailing competition at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. In addition to being an avid sailor, he also fronted the organizational side of it, by being Chairman of Kongelig Norsk Seilforening (Royal Norwegian Yacht Club) and member of the board, as well as honorary chairman, of associations like International Yacht Racing Union.

A participant at Copa del Rey is King Harald of Norway. He has been sailing since a young age, and participated in several Olympics. Crown Prince Harald was the standard bearer for Norway at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. In 1972 he and his crew came tenth in the Soling class. In 1966 he further followed in his father’s footsteps when he took over the chairman position in the Kongelig Norsk Seilforening. In 1987 he and his crew became world champions with the boat “Fram X” and in 2005 they won the European Championship with the boat “Fram XV”. Today the King sails “Fram XVI”.

The first time Queen Sonja of Norway met her future husband was at a camp for young sailors, where he pulled her scarf. Sonja sailed as a young girl, and a while into her marriage. She also sailed in competitions. She mentioned that her most eager competitor as a sailor was her brother-in-law, Erling Lorentzen, as they sailed in the same class. Today, she prefers to leave the competing to her husband.

Their children, Märtha Louise and Haakon Magnus, received training in sailing, but it never caught on like it did with their parents. Märtha Louise mentioned on a radio show that she was terrified the first time that she was supposed to sail a boat on her own.

Before their wedding Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and, then, Mary Donaldson participated in a sail regatta against each other (and Denmark vs. Australia) in Copenhagen. Upon visiting Australia in 2005, the two repeated the experience. Mary and her boat won both times. Frederik is an avid sailor, and he is a member of ISAF's (International Sailing Federation) Events Committee and honorary member of Gråsten Sejlklub, The Royal Danish Yacht Club and The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. His wife is also a honorary member of The Royal Danish Yacht Club and The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Frederik of Denmark has, similar to his Norwegian relatives, Olav and Harald, engaged himself in the organization of the sport of sailing. Danish Royal Watchers: Frederik at ISAF conference in Helsinki

Queen Sofia’s brother, and Frederik's uncle, Constantine of Greece was an Olympic sailing champion (Dragon class) at the Games of the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

The Dutch royals also enjoy their sailing, but they use it as a leisurely way to spend the time, and not competing in big international tournaments. The Prince of Orange received a small open sailboat as a wedding present from friends, and his mother, Beatrix of the Netherlands received a sailboat from the nation for her 18th birthday, De Groene Draeck. It was named for Piet Hein's ship of the same name. The Dutch royals had a photoshoot aboard the ship in 2006 -

Prince Albert II of Monaco also counts sailing amongst the many sport activites he enjoys.

Henri of Luxembourg reportedly also enjoys the sport - as do his children.
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