Queen Sofia: Queen Sofia speaks about her ailing brother Constantine

News about the royals in the GALA ticker: Queen Sofia talks about her brother +++ fuss about Princess Leonor +++ Princess Victoria & Co.: an expert explains the hard work behind the glamorous facade.

Royal News 2022 in the GALA ticker

August 5, 2022

Queen Sofia speaks about her ailing brother Konstantin

Queen Sofia of Spain, 83, enjoys her traditional summer vacation at the Marivent Palace on the Balearic island of Mallorca. She attended the reception for the authorities and civil society on Thursday evening, August 4, 2022, together with son King Felipe, 54, and his wife Queen Letizia, 49. Sofia also spoke briefly to the media representatives present – a real rarity!

“I like everything. The coast and the interior. Seeing the sea from here is a picture that relaxes me a lot,” said the 83-year-old to the news portal “Vanitatis” about her love for Mallorca. She was also asked about her brother, ex-King Constantine II of Greece, 82. “He’s in a wheelchair. It’s a shame because he was a very active man,” Queen Sofia replied sadly. She herself is now 83 years old and will be 84 in November. “I feel very good,” she emphasized.

Princess Leonor was the victim of a “deepfake”

A TikTok video is currently causing a stir in Spain. The reason: the girl who dances in the clip to the song “Medina” by Filipino rapper Andrew Ford looks surprisingly similar to Spanish Princess Leonor, 16, at first glance. The video with the news that the heir to the throne would dance on TikTok spread rapidly on August 4, 2022 on the Internet.

But it quickly became clear that the young woman was not Princess Leonor. Instead, Leonor has fallen victim to a “deepfake” – a technique in which realistic-looking media content is modified and distorted by artificial intelligence techniques. The Spanish media report unanimously. “In the video in question, the face of the heir to the throne is superimposed on that of the dancing person and thanks to this technique it seems as if we are sitting in front of Princess Leonor, although that is not really the case. A very realistic video, but it is really fictional.” , writes, among other things, “Lecturas”.

August 4, 2022

Princess Victoria & Co.: Is life as a princess really that glamorous?

What little girl doesn’t dream of becoming a princess one day? What makes Princess Victoria, 45, Princess Madeleine, 40, and Princess Sofia, 37, look so simple and glamorous is “hard work,” explains historian and court expert Herman Lindqvist in an interview with the Swedish magazine “Svensk Damtidning”.

Behind the fairytale facade is a demanding full-time job that demands a lot from you both physically and mentally. The princesses’ calendars are packed with important appointments that they attend on behalf of the royal family. You often have to prepare for an event for hours – sometimes even several times a week. Speeches would be rehearsed on a wide variety of subjects to be delivered at initiations or other appointments. This requires precise planning. According to Lindqvist, there is little time for sports, with the children or just to take a deep breath. Allowing yourself to yawn or have a drink at a public appearance is out of the question.

Princess Madeleine’s heart project gets a damper

After Queen Silvia, 78, founded the World Childhood Organization in 1999 to protect children from violence and abuse, the organization is active in many countries. Silvia’s daughter Princess Madeleine, 40, has also been involved with Childhood for years, and she was recently even appointed Honorary Vice President. A heart project for mother and daughter.

It is all the sadder that a boat trip that was planned for August 14, 2022 to raise funds has now been cancelled. The tour should start in Stockholm from Strandvägen and, according to Swedish media, cost around 7000 Swedish kronor (equivalent to around 673 euros). The event was to take place under the motto “Sensommarkväll med Childhood” (Eng.: Late summer evening with Childhood), Princess Madeleine, who is currently in Sweden, would certainly have liked to have been there. After all, her children’s school in Florida doesn’t start until August 17th.

“The event ‘Sensommarkväll med Childhood’, which was planned for August 14 in aid of the World Childhood Foundation, has been postponed to next year. After careful consideration, it was decided to postpone the event to next year, as many people are not this year were able to participate”, the information department of the Swedish court explains the cancellation to “Svensk Damtidning”. A decision that Madeleine and Silvia must have found extremely difficult.

August 3, 2022

Nina Flohr is cuddly with her husband Prince Philippos

Nina Flohr, 35, and her lover, Prince Philippos of Greece, 36, are having a really good time. On Instagram, Nina shares a picture of herself and her husband lying in their arms and admiring the vastness of the sea. “We are a family,” she comments on the magical holiday snapshot, which also shows her dog.

Last year, the wedding bells rang for Nina and Prince Philippos for the second time. After they got married in a civil ceremony in 2020, the church wedding in Athens followed in 2021.

Paul-Anton Esterházy from Galántha celebrates his dream wedding in Klagenfurt

Paul-Anton Esterházy von Galántha, 36, married his girlfriend Franziska von Reutter, 33, nicknamed Sissi. In the Maria Saal Basilica in Klagenfurt, the couple celebrated their dream wedding last weekend with around 300 guests, and the first photos have been circulating on Twitter since then. The bride wore a simple dress with a veil, and a delicate tiara from her husband’s family was enthroned on her head.

Paul-Anton is the only child of Anton Rudolf Marie Georg Christoph Hubertus Johannes Karl Aglaë, the 13th Prince Esterházy von Galántha and his first wife Ursula Koenig. The family was once considered the richest in Austria and Hungary.

August 2, 2022

Dutch historian dismisses Princess Amalia’s choice of studies as “superficial”.

In September, Princess Amalia, 18, will begin a new phase of life: the heir to the Dutch throne will move to Amsterdam to begin her bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) at the University of Amsterdam. The palace announced this on the official Instagram account in May this year. The historian Maarten van Rossem, 78, has no kind words for this career path, which the princess has carefully considered.

In the Dutch quiz show “De Slimste Mens” he recently criticized Amalia’s decision and even thinks it’s wrong. “Of course you have to do something, but this is a first-class fun package,” says van Rossem, according to the news portal “Metronieuws”. The reason? The historian stamps the princess’ choice of subjects as superficial: “It’s a piñata of superficiality. It has nothing to do with academic studies” – which he is very surprised about, because: “She is a very intelligent girl, it seems. ” It is a bitter reckoning with which Maarten van Rossem is likely to draw the anger of many a Dutchman. Because the admissions process at the university is considered demanding, only a few participants get one of the coveted places. According to the study website, only 215 people were admitted in September 2020.

August 1, 2022

Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett cause irritation online

Princess Märtha Louise, 50, and her fiancé Durek Verrett, 47, are currently causing a stir on social media. The shaman posts a video he took with his sweetheart and actor Jake Hunter. The clip first shows Märtha sitting on a bench with her durek and eating a salad. “I need a napkin,” says the Norwegian princess. “I’ll get you one,” her partner replies, storms towards Jake Hunter, who’s playing a passerby, and rips his shirt off.

“What’s that for?” Hunter asks, to which Durek replies, “It’s for the princess.” A confused-looking Märtha Louise accepts the torn shirt and thanks him hesitantly. What is this ominous video all about? This is not what the couple’s everyday life looks like, with this recording the princess and the shaman are just following a TikTok trend. For several weeks, countless videos have been circulating on the social media platform in which a person’s top is used as a napkin. Fans seem to appreciate the couple’s humor, because under the post there are a number of laughing emojis and enthusiastic comments.

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Sources used: instagram.com, metronieuws.nl, uva.nl, twitter.com, dailymail.co.uk, Dana Press, Svensk Damtidning, youtube.com, lecturas.com

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