April 2007: Babies, babies, babies

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Nov 26, 2003

Spring is here. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer and warmer - and we can finally think towards being outside without heavy jackets, mittens and a scarf.

In the spring the stork migrates home - and in Denmark people and newspapers keep a lookout for the first stork of the year. In Western culture the stork has become a symbol of babies - and the topic of this spring newsletter is the babies that either have made an appearance this year, or the babies we're waiting for.

Two years ago - we also covered babies in our newsletter. Then it was a slightly bigger scope to it - http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f52/royal-babies-5444.html

We hope you enjoy the spring, or for those of you in the Southern hemisphere, autumn.

Happy reading,

Avalon, Norwegianne and Zonk
Newsletter editors
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As before - there have been some changes in the moderating team this past month. Elspeth - one of TRF's administrator decided to step down from the administrative team. She will be sorely missed by administrators and moderators alike - both for her in-depth knowledge of the royals and for her personality. At the same time - purple_platinum decided to take some time to focus on her persona life and her schooling, and also stepped down from the team. The two of them leave a gap in the team that will be hard to fill, and we'd like to thank them both for the hard work they've contributed in making TRF what it is today.

On a more positive note - martha-louise has decided to join the moderating team. She will be working with Empress and Marengo in the Belgian forum. We're thrilled to have her with us.

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There was a subforum reorganization in the beginning of March - where a lot of new sub-forums were added. This was done as an effort to make it easier to find the relevant threads, and open up to more conversation about royals that previously got a bit lost in the main forums. We have already heard back from some about the change, but we're always open for more feedback.
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What happened in March?

March 1 - Timothy Laurence (Husband of Princess Royal)
March 4 – Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
March 10 – The Earl of Wessex
March 12 - Gabriel de Nassau
March 13 – Grand Duke Georgiy Mikhailovich
March 14 – Prince Albert of Monaco
March 15 - Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein
March 21 – Count Claus Casimir van Oranje-Nassau
March 22 – Grand Duchess Marie Teresa of Luxembourg
March 23 – Princess Eugenie of York
March 25 - Philipp von Lattorf
March 26 – Crown Prince Leka of Albania
March 26 – Princess Margarita of Romania
March 26 – Countess Luana van Oranje-Nassau

Weddings/Wedding Anniversaries
3-3 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/alexandra-countess-frederiksborg-martin-jorgensen-march-3-2007-a-12011.html
3-10 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/crown-princess-beatrix-prince-claus-1966-a-3885.html
3-10 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/jaime-de-borbon-patricia-garcia-de-la-mata-march-10th-2007-a-12236.html
3-18 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/infanta-elena-spain-don-jaime-de-marichalar-1995-a-43.html
3-20 www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/princess-margaretha-luxembourg-prince-nikolaus-von-und-zu-liechtenstein-1982-a-3985.html
3-25 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/prince-laurent-belgium-claire-coombs-2003-a-260.html

State Visits

Other events of note
March 30, 2002 - Death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f23/queen-elizabeth-queen-mother-555.html)
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What will happen in April?

April 1 - Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand
April 5 - Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand
April 7 - Don Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, Duke of Lugo
April 8 - Prince Carlos Hugo de Bourbon Parma (1930)
April 8 - Leah Isadora Behn
April 9 - Princess Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman
April 10 - Tatjana von Lattorff, Princess of Liechtenstein
April 10 - Prince Floris (1975)
April 14 - Fürstin Marie of Liechtenstein (1940)
April 15 - HRH Crown Prince Filip of Belgium (1960)
April 15 - Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (2001)
April 16 - Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
April 16 - Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
April 17 - Prince Maurits
April 18 - Princess Annette
April 21 - Queen Elisabeth II
April 23 - Princess Laeticia-Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
April 25 - Prince Louis-Alphonso de Bourbon,Duke 'd Anjou (1974)
April 26 - Prince Philippos (1986)
April 27 - The Prince of Orange (1967)
April 29 - Princess Benedikte of Denmark
April 29 - Maud Angelica Behn
April 30 - Don Miguel Urdangarin de Borbon
April 30 - King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
April 30 - Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven.

Weddings/Wedding Anniversaries
4-9 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/wedding-jean-josephine-charlotte-2001.html
4-10 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/prince-akihito-michiko-shoda-5185.html
4-10 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/princess-haya-jordan-sheikh-mohamad-bin-rashad-al-maktoum-dubai-2004-a-1990.html
4-19 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/king-hussein-dina-bint-abdul-hamid-5868.html
4-19 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/prince-rainier-grace-kelly-19-april-1956-a-5.html
4-24 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/princess-alexandra-kent-honourable-angus-ogilvy-april-24th-1963-a-4480.html
4-24 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/prince-johan-friso-orange-nassau-mabel-wisse-smit-2004-a-1965.html
4-26 http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f31/prince-albert-duke-york-lady-elizabeth-bowes-lyon-1923-a-4430.html

State Visits

Other Events of Note
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What a year! It’s only April, and we have already 7 babies! And to think there are still 8 months ahead…

16 January – Christian Kraft von Hohenlohe-Oehringen
Hereditary Prince Kraft von Hohenlohe-Oehringen and his wife Caroline welcomed their first child, a son, named Christian.

28 January – Gustav von Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Prince Philipp von Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife Saskia welcomed their second child, a son named Gustav. The couple already has a son, Max Leopold, born in 2005.

February 28 - Lalla Khadija of Morocco
King Mohammed V and Lalla Salma or Morocco welcomed their second child, Princess Lalla Khadija on March
As usual for the Moroccan Royal Family, there has been no official confirmation that the Princess was pregnant but our members have long been guessing names for the baby,
King Mohammed and Lalla Salma already have an elder son, Moulay Hassan.
Baby girl for King Mohamed and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
A forname for the baby

6 March – Eugenia de Bourbon
Luis Alfonse de Bourbon and Margarita de Vargas Santaella welcomed their bundle of joy, a baby girl named Eugenia.
Baby girl for Luis Alfonso and Margarita

14 March – Simeon of Bulgaria
Princess Kalina of Bulgaria and her husband Kitin Muñoz welcomed their first child, a son, named Simeon after his grandfather, former King Simeon of Bulgaria.
King Simeon has greeted the news enthusiastically and has hinted that there will be a few surprise celebrations, concerning the birth of his grandson.
Baby boy for Princess Kalina of Bulgaria

17 March – Prince Abdul Muntaqim ofBrunei
Crown Prince Billah and Crown Princess Sarah of
Brunei welcomed their first child, Prince on 17 March, 2007.
The baby received quite a grand name - Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda'Abdul Muntaqim Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah.
Though there was no official announcement about the Crown Princess’s pregnancy, recent pictures showed quite obviously that
Brunei would soon have a cause of celebrations.
Baby boy for Crown Prince Billah and Princess Sarah
Princess Sarah is pregnant

March 19 - Prince Abdullah of Jordan
Prince Ali and Princess Rym of
Jordan welcomed their second baby, a boy named Abdullah, on March 19, 2007.
This Royal birth was a complete surprise for many Royal watchers. There has been no announcement about Princess Rym’s pregnancy and as the Princess made fairly few appearances lately, not even the most devoted Royal watchers could have suspected anything.
The couple already have a one-and-a-half years old daughter, Princess Jalilah.
Baby boy for Prince Ali & Princess Rym
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With so many babies already born, we have yet more to come!
Here is the list of proud parents-to-be.

April - Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands are expecting their third baby. Whether a boy or girl, the baby will be 4th in the Line of the Succession, after his/her father and elder sisters.
The new addition to the Dutch Royal Family is expected very soon, in the second half of the April.
Meanwhile we all are trying to guess whether it will be a baby boy or baby girl and thinking of all possible names for the new bundle of joy.
The couple already has two daughters, Amalia and Alexia.
Princess Máxima is pregnant for the 3rd time!
Names for Willem-Alexander and Maxima's 3rd child
Guess the sex of Willem-Alexander and Maxima's 3rd baby!

May - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are expecting their second child. The baby, who is expected to be born in May, will be third in the line of the succession, after his/her father and brother.
While waiting forward to the happy news of the safe delivery of the Queen's new grandchild we are doing loads of guesswork, trying to figure out whether it will be a boy or a girl and what will be the baby’s name.
Though any child of the Crown Princely couple will be greeted with the equal enthusiasm, many are hoping for a baby girl, something the Danish Royal Family is anticipating for a long time. Both Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik’s younger brother Prince Joachim have only boys.
The Crown Prince and Princess already have an elder son, Christian.
Crown Princess Mary is pregnant!
Guess the sex of Princess Mary's baby!
Possible Names for Frederik and Mary's 2nd child

May - Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain (a girl)

The Prince and Princess of Asturias are going to be happy parents of a new Infanta, who expected in May. The baby will be third in the line of the succession, after her father and elder sister Leonor.
In a surprising move, the Princes of Asturias announced the sex of their baby. This was done, most probably, to avoid imminent debate on the reform of the Constitution. If the baby were a boy, he would replace his elder sister Leonor in the Line of the Succession. As we now know the sex of the baby, we are happily guessing possible names for the Infanta.
The couple already has an elder daughter, Infanta Leonor.
Princess Letizia is pregnant with the secondnd girl!!!
Guess the sex of Princess Letizia's second girl!!
Names for Felipe and Letizia's second girl!
Debate on the reform of the constitution

Spring - Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor of Jordan

Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor of
Jordan are expecting their first child. As the custom dictates, the pregnancy was not officially announced.
While waiting for the baby to be born, we are trying to think of the names for the baby.
The baby will be the first child for the couple.
Names for Prince Hamzah & Princess Noor's first baby

Spring - Earl and Countess of Ulster

The Earl and Countess of Ulster, the son and daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Glouster, are expecting their baby this Spring.
This will be the first child for the couple.
Countess of Ulster is expecting her 1st child

September - Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor

Newly married Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor announced their are expecting a baby, who's expected in September.
This will be the first child for the Lord and Lady Nicholas.
Lady Nicholas Windsor is expecting her 1st baby

October - Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of the Netherlands
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of the Netherlands announced that they are expecting a child, which will come to this world some time in October.
The baby will be the first one for Prince Floris and Princess Aimée.
Prince Floris and Princess Aimée were the last childless couple of the van Vollenhoven Family.
Princess Aimee expecting 1st child

September - Tom Parker Bowles and Sara Buys

Not exactly Royalty but Tom Parker Bowles, the stepson and godson of the Prince of Wales and the only son of the Duchess of Cornwall , is expecting his first child in Spetember.
The baby Tom and his wife Sara Buys are exoecting will be the first grandson for both the Duchess of
Cornwall & the Prince of Wales, as well as Andrew & Rosmary Parker Bowles.
This certainly came as very happy news for the Duchess of Cornwall, who had undergone a serious operation recently. The Duchess was said to be 'absolutely over the moon.'
First child for Tom and Sara
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