Count Nikolai: from prince to influencer? He surprises with his Instagram debut

News about the royals in the GALA ticker: Count Nikolai has made his Instagram account public +++ Stéphanie von Monaco receives sweet birthday greetings from daughter Pauline +++ Prince Joachim represents Queen Margrethe and Prince Frederik.

Royal News 2023 in the GALA ticker

February 1, 2023

Graf Nikolai has made his Instagram account public

Since January 1st, the children of Prince Joachim, 53, are no longer allowed to use their prince and princess titles. Queen Margrethe, 82, announced her decision to withdraw her title in September last year. Joachim’s eldest son, Count Nikolai, 23, explained just a few weeks ago how much his grandmother’s decision had hurt him. But now the former prince is drawing attention to himself with something completely different: his Instagram account.

Because this is no longer private, but public. Is the 23-year-old aiming for a career as an influencer? Possible. After all, within a few hours he was able to win over 3,400 followers. Nikolai has been a model for years, so his first post is a photo of him on the catwalk. “Five years ago. My first runway for @burberry,” he wrote. One thing is for sure: his girlfriend Benedikte Thoustrup, who of course follows him, is happy about Nikolai’s Instagram debut. She leaves a like on his post and links it to a picture from their skiing holiday together in her Instagram story.


Stéphanie of Monaco receives sweet birthday greetings from daughter Pauline

Stéphanie of Monaco celebrates her 58th birthday on February 1st. Prince Albert’s sister, 64, is probably spending her day of honor privately with her family. Daughter Pauline Ducruet, 28, insists on publicly congratulating her mother.

On her official Instagram account, she shares a golden snapshot of herself and Stéphanie, in which the now 58-year-old gives her second child a loving kiss on the cheek. “Happy Birthday Mom I love you,” Pauline writes, adding a heart emoji. The birthday boy was certainly happy about that.

Graf Nikolai: Will the former prince now become an influencer?


Prince Joachim represents Queen Margrethe and Prince Frederik

As the second-born, Prince Joachim, 53, will always stand behind his heir brother, Prince Frederik, 54. The eternal second had expressed his dissatisfaction with this “neither written nor spoken” royal role in 2021 in an interview with “Point de Vue”. Then his children were also deprived of the titles of prince and princess. A painful experience that could soon be alleviated somewhat, because: Joachim gets the opportunity to shine in the center.

From February 7 to February 13 inclusive, the prince is entered in the official royal calendar as Reichsvorste (Riksföreståndare). The reason: Both Queen Margrethe, 82, and the crown prince couple are staying outside of Denmark during this period. The palace has confirmed to “BT” that Frederik and Princess Mary, 50, will go on vacation. But where to is a private matter.

According to the Danish newspaper, the monarch will visit friends in Norway. This means that Prince Joachim will step in as a holiday replacement and travel from Paris to Denmark. It is not known if Princess Marie, 46, who celebrates her birthday on February 6, will accompany her husband. Their school-age children, Countess Athena, 11, and Count Henrik, 13, will certainly remain in France.

January 31, 2023

Princess Leonor surprises her father for his birthday

Papa must have been happy: Princess Leonor, 17, surprised her father, King Felipe, 55, with a visit for his birthday. The Spanish monarch, who turned 55 on January 30, celebrated his day of honor on Sunday, January 29 with his wife Queen Letizia, 50, and his younger daughter Princess Sofía, 15, and other family members. According to the “Vanitatis” portal, Leonor, his eldest daughter and heir to the throne, also came to be there. The Spanish Crown Princess is currently studying in Wales.

According to information from “Vanitatis”, on Friday, January 27, shortly after finishing her classes at UWC Atlantic College, Leonor took a plane bound for Madrid to go to her father. The trip was allegedly organized without the monarch’s knowledge in order to surprise him. She landed in Madrid on Friday evening so that King Felipe could enjoy the next day with his two daughters. Since Monday was a working day, the royal family had brought forward the birthday celebration in a small private circle to Sunday.

Princess Charlène’s foundation is supported by a confidant

Wonderful news from Monaco! Princess Charlènes, 45, Foundation “Fondation Princesse Charlène” receives prominent support from former swimmer Franziska van Almsick, 44. The organization announces this on its official Instagram account: “Franziska van Almsick is one of the most popular and well-known sports personalities in Germany and one world famous swimming legend. […] It is very important to her that every child in Germany should be able to swim at least one lane with good technique by the end of primary school. Almost 500 people drown in Germany every year, half of them children. She would like to pass on this commitment and knowledge as an ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.”

Franziska van Almsick says of her new role: “I am honored and excited to support the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, especially because we both share the same values ​​and goals to help children around the world help. Since 2010 I have my own foundation in Germany that supports children to learn the importance of swimming and to teach them how to swim.” Then the 44-year-old addresses the princess in personal words: “Dear Charlene, I am happy to work in your foundation and to support your ambitious goals of helping other people. Sport has always connected us, and now we can use our common interests and values ​​to do good for others.”

Charlène and Franziska have known each other for years, before the big wedding in Monaco, van Almsick even spoke about their friendship in the GALA interview and emphasized: “Your [Charlène] I’m fine. I think you can see that too. I saw her before the wedding, she was very calm, but also very tense. All this hype before and during the wedding – incredibly exhausting! I think she looks insanely good now. And I think they are a very harmonious couple. You seem happier. And I think they are, too.”

January 30, 2023

King Carl Gustaf relies on separate bathrooms

King Carl Gustaf, 76, has been happily married to Queen Silvia, 79, for over 47 years, and wild rumors about the monarch in the 90s could not destroy their relationship. But what is her secret of happiness? The father of Crown Princess Victoria, 45, now reveals this in the documentary “Kungen” by Karin af Klintberg on the occasion of his 50th anniversary of the throne.

When the film’s director asked the king for his marriage advice, Carl Gustaf reportedly told her that “separate bathrooms” were the “very practical” answer to a successful marriage, according to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Karin af Klintberg describes the monarch’s reaction as “pretty good relationship advice”, but notes: “I also thought I would ask another, maybe more psychological question, but the king seems to be very practical about things and language. “

Queen Rania: Magical birthday message for the man of her life

They’ve been married for thirty years this year – and the love hasn’t diminished, it seems. On the contrary, Queen Rania, 30, surprised her husband on his 61st birthday with a moving message this Monday: “There is no greater blessing than going through life by your side. I am grateful for you every day,” turns she addressed King Abdullah in a touching Instagram greeting.

The accompanying photo speaks volumes: Rania put her hand on her heart man’s back. Both turn to each other with a smile. An image of pure familiarity. The royal couple tied the knot on June 10, 1993. Four children crown their happiness: Prince Hussein, 28, Princess Iman, 26, Princess Salma, 22, and Prince Hashem, 18. Their two eldest will marry soon and one can safely assume that the two only want one thing for their marriage: become as happy as their parents.

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