A 2017’s Retrospective


We sincerely hope that you’re having very pleasant holidays with your family and friends.

It’s time to remember what has happened in 2017 and plan for the new year.

We had many achievements in 2017, here are some highlights. More details and photos, please, follow the links:

* In February, a top Maronite scholar in Lebanon has validated the historical chronicles about the Ghassanid Royal Family https://royalblog.org/2017/02/02/top-maronite-historian-validates-chronicles-about-el-chemorgharios-family/

TIRH, Sheikh Camil. Sheikh Dr. Elie, Prof. Schirrmacher, HE General Michel Aoun the President of Lebanon, HIRH Prince Gharios, Sheikh Dr. Naji and HIRH Prince Cheikh Selim

* In May, invited by the Lebanese Government, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has traveled to Lebanon and was received officially by the President of the Lebanese Republic with other members of the Royal Family. President Gen. Michel Aoun also accepted the Order of Saint Michael https://royalblog.org/2017/05/11/royal-house-of-ghassan-is-received-by-lebanese-president-in-private-audience/

Prince Gharios was also interviewed by Lebanese TV https://royalblog.org/2017/05/11/prince-gharios-el-chemor-is-interviewed-by-otv-lebanese-tv/

And also featured at the AlHurra Arab TV https://royalblog.org/2017/06/27/royal-house-of-ghassan-featured-at-alhurra-arab-tv/


* In June, Prince Gharios and the Royal Family were received by His Excellency the President of Albania at the Presidential Palace in Tirana. He also has received the Order of Saint Michael https://royalblog.org/2017/06/15/royal-family-officially-received-by-albanian-president/

fullsizeoutput_c237* During the trip to Albania, the Royal Family was also officially received by HRH Crown Prince Leka II of the Albanians. HRH also received the Order of Saint Michael  https://royalblog.org/2017/06/15/prince-gharios-el-chemor-and-royal-delegation-received-by-crown-prince-leka-ii-of-the-albanians/

DSC05154* In Tirana, the Royal family was also officially received by the Orthodox Patriarch https://royalblog.org/2017/07/25/royal-family-visits-orthodox-patriarch-of-albania/

DSC05803* The Grand Mufti (Sunni Muslim highest authority) https://royalblog.org/2017/07/31/prince-gharios-royal-family-received-by-the-grand-mufti-of-albania/

DSC05021* The world leader of the Bektashi Order (Sufi Islam) https://royalblog.org/2017/07/29/ghassanid-royal-family-visits-sufi-world-leader/

pgstiftung* The Prince Gharios Foundation in Germany has sponsored the construction of a church for refugees https://royalblog.org/2017/07/07/prince-gharios-foundation-in-germany-supports-construction-of-a-church-for-christian-refugees/

* In August, Prince Gharios El Chemor has visited His Eminence Cardinal Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity in Rome https://royalblog.org/2017/08/26/royal-couple-visits-cardinal-koch-in-rome/

SOSMA Karcher* And Monsignor Karcher, the Pontifical Secretary of Protocol at the Vatican Secretariat of State. He has received the Order of Saint Michael https://royalblog.org/2017/08/25/pontifical-secretary-of-protocol-receives-the-order-of-saint-michael/

Valentino* Prince Gharios also met the fashion legend Valentino in Capri, Italy https://royalblog.org/2017/08/24/prince-gharios-el-chemor-meets-fashion-legend-valentino/

* In September, Prince Gharios was invited by the Lebanese Government to an official event in Las Vegas https://royalblog.org/2017/09/26/prince-gharios-el-chemor-participates-in-official-event-invited-by-lebanese-government/

princebishopnayrouz2017* In October, Prince Gharios El Chemor was invited to the Neyrouz service of the Coptic Orthodox Church at Westminster’s in London, UK  https://royalblog.org/2017/10/21/prince-gharios-el-chemor-attends-coptic-orthodox-service-in-london/

IMG_0417* The Coptic Archbishop of London Anba Angaelous has received the Order of Saint Michael https://royalblog.org/2017/10/24/coptic-bishop-angaelos-receives-the-order-of-saint-michael-archangel-in-london/

archbishop boutros Mattar maruni* In November, Prince Gharios was invited to participate at the commemoration of the 74th Lebanese Independent Day in Beverly Hills https://royalblog.org/2017/11/21/prince-gharios-el-chemor-participates-of-the-74th-lebanese-independence-day-in-los-angeles/

DRgl7cQX4AIHM9k* In December, the Royal House of Ghassan had a Christmas Charity event in Lebanon https://royalblog.org/2017/12/21/royal-house-of-ghassan-has-christmas-charity-event-in-lebanon/

Also, during the year, Prince Gharios El Chemor has received many honors and awards, amongst them:

Medal from the Dragomanov University (Ukrainian Ministry of Education) https://royalblog.org/2017/06/15/prince-gharios-el-chemor-receives-medal-from-the-ukrainian-ministry-of-education/

Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Arkansas (USA) https://royalblog.org/2017/07/28/prince-gharios-el-chemor-honored-by-the-state-of-arkansas/

US Congressional Special Recognition https://royalblog.org/2017/08/25/prince-gharios-el-chemor-receives-u-s-special-congressional-recognition/

We also invite you to learn more about the history of the Ghassanid Royal Family and ancestors:

The El Chemor/Gharios family Vis-à-vis with the International Law https://royalblog.org/2017/06/23/the-el-chemorgharios-family-vis-a-vis-with-the-international-law/

Father Ignatios El Khoury, one of the most acclaimed Maronite historians of the 20th century https://royalblog.org/2017/08/04/father-ignatios-el-khoury-one-of-the-most-acclaimed-maronite-historians-of-the-20th-century/

The Middle Eastern Laws of Succession https://royalblog.org/2017/09/07/the-middle-eastern-laws-of-succession/

HIRH Prince Cheikh Antonios El Chemor The Honorary Founder of the modern Royal House of Ghassan https://royalblog.org/2017/10/12/hirh-prince-cheikh-antonios-el-chemor-the-honorary-founder-of-the-modern-royal-house-of-ghassan/

Understanding the Royal Ghassanid family tree https://royalblog.org/2017/11/19/understanding-the-royal-ghassanid-family-tree/

The Sheikhs El Chemor: a legal study of titles https://royalblog.org/2017/12/26/the-sheikhs-el-chemor-a-legal-study-of-titles/  

We wish you and yours a Blessed 2018, full of health, wealth and peace!    

Christmas Charity Concert at the Vatican produced by Prince Gharios Foundation

Last Friday (December 3rd) the Prinz Gharios Stiftung (Prince Gharios Foundation) organized a Christmas Charity Concert at the Vatican (Campo Santo Teutonico) starring the talented Eliyo (Sarah Ego). She performed beautiful songs in Aramaic (language spoken by Jesus) and beautiful Christmas traditional songs in English and German. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness to the situation of Christians in the Middle East ad the imminent risk of total extinction in less than two decades. The event was produced by the President of the Foundation Dr. hc Michael Hesemann.

Click here for an interview to Rossoporpora.org (in Italian)

Click here for more about Eliyo (Sarah Ego)

Click here for report from Vatican Radio (in German)

Coptic Bishop gives Prince Gharios a very special gift

The honor guest of the first official event of the Prinz Gharios Stiftung (the Prince Gharios Foundation headquartered in Germany) celebrating HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor‘s 43rd birthday was His Eminence Bishop Anba Damian head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Germany and representative of His Holiness Coptic Pope Tawadros II. His Eminence was also the protagonist of one of the event’s highlights when he gifted Prince Gharios with his personal Blessing cross.

The Hand Cross, also Blessing Cross, is used in the Orthodox Church by a priest or bishop to give a blessing or benediction. The hand cross is kept on the Holy Table in the Altar and used at certain moments during the liturgy, most noticeably when he holds it in his right hand as he gives the final blessing at the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy. In many traditions, usually Slavic, after the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy all of the faithful come forward to kiss the cross.


The Bishop was invested in the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Archangel, which concomitantly to the event was recognized being canonically erected by the Catholic church in a holy thanksgiving mass in Brazil.

Prince Gharios El Chemor attends another event at the German Parliament

Prince Gharios El Chemor watching the speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

For the second time in 2016, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII was invited to an event organized by the German Parliament. The 2nd Parliamentarians’ Conference: An Embattled Right: Protecting and Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief that was held in the German Parliament building and at the auditorium of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin (12-14 September).

With members of the Lebanese Parliament Ghassan Moukheiber (left) and Dr Basem Shabb (right)
With former President of the European Parliament and current President of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Dr Hans-Gert Pottering

Present more than 100 parliamentarians from 60 countries and other leaders of important organizations like the United Nations, the CDU/CSU (German ruling party), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, major human rights NGO’s, etc

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was representing the Royal House of Ghassan that recently has received the Special Consultative Status from the United Nations. The prince briefly met German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Prince Gharios El Chemor speaking to the Vice-President of the German Parliament Peter Hintze and with Prof Dr Thomas Schirrmacher
Prince Gharios speaking at one of the sessions

Speaking of the challenge ahead, David Anderson, a Member of Parliament from Canada and a member of the IPPFoRB (International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief) Steering Group said:



With Dr Ahmed Shaeed the UN Special rapporteur for Freedom of Religion

“Make no mistake, with 74% of the world’s population living in countries with high or very high restrictions or hostilities, freedom of religion or belief is an embattled right and the defining issue of our time. Freedom to believe is what shapes our common humanity and, if we are not careful, we risk losing it.”   Learn more about the IPPFoRB by clicking HERE

With Brazilian Congressman Leonardo Quintao

Prince Gharios El Chemor receives award from Aramaic Christian Organization

wearechristiansawardDuring the dinner promoted by the Prinz Gharios Stiftung (Prince Gharios Foundation in Germany) celebrating Prince Gharios‘ 43rd birthday, the Aramaic organization headquartered in Germany called “We are Christians” honored Prince Gharios with a commendation certificate. The Prince was already proudly an Honorary Member of the Aramaic organization since 2015. The honor was given by Mr Josef Gabriel, the Chairman of  “We are Christians”.

To learn more about “We are Christians” please click HERE

To learn more about the Prince Gharios Foundation in Germany please click HERE


The Prince Gharios Foundation launches German website


The Prince Gharios Foundation (Prinz Gharios Stiftung) is an organization founded and headquartered in Germany under the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan, which recently was recognized and accredited by the United Nations with the Special Consultative Status.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII serves as the Chairman and Dr. Michael Hesemann, famous German author, is the President.

The organization’s main scope is the protection of all the Christians in the Middle East.

Today, the Foundation has launched its new website in the German language.

To visit the new website:

www.prinzghariosstiftung.org/   or   www.princeghariosfoundation.org/