Pocket Profiles · Tonga

Pocket Profile – King George Tupou V of Tonga

"The Sovereign of the only Polynesian kingdom ... is voluntarily surrendering his powers to meet the democratic aspirations of many of his people ... [The people] favour a more representative, elected Parliament The king agrees with them."Fielakepa, the spokesman for the royal palace in 2010 King George Tupou V of Tonga was a grandson of Sālote… Continue reading Pocket Profile – King George Tupou V of Tonga

Greece · Pocket Profiles · Spain

Pocket Profile – Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

Thank you to our Baguette Iselen for breathing life into a royal who is often seen in the background. We think you'll find it as fascinating as we do! Princess Irene could well be described as the wandering royal, for she has lived on several continents and in various countries. She was born in 1942… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

China

Pocket Profile – The East and West Empress Dowagers

Conniving, coups, and two women who survived to rule one enormous male-dominated country. Intrigued? Xianfeng Era In early 1850, Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing dynasty in China came to the throne. It was customary that the young Emperor would maintain a harem of wives. He would also need a primary consort, as his previous consort… Continue reading Pocket Profile – The East and West Empress Dowagers

Norway · Pocket Profiles

Pocket Profile – Princess Astrid of Norway

Note: A big thank you to Elizabeth Davies for this Pocket Profile, done to commemorate the Classic Princess of Norway dropping out of the top 100 in line for the British throne. Astrid at 80 I’m sure the lady herself is totally unconcerned, but with the birth of the Sussexes little girl Lil Mountbatten-Windsor, “Auntie… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Princess Astrid of Norway

Pocket Profiles · Spain

Pocket Profile Infantas Edition – Pilar and Margarita of Bourbon

There's much more to the Infantas than their marriages and children, but as a quick introduction to them, it's a good place to start. Thank you to our all-things-Spanish Baguette Iselen for this post! Infanta Pilar and Infanta Margarita of Bourbon were the daughters of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of… Continue reading Pocket Profile Infantas Edition – Pilar and Margarita of Bourbon