Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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Today in 1587: Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

  February 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm by

Today it is 429 years ago that the unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. Mary was the only daughter of King James V of Scotland and Marie de Guise. When her father learnt of her birth, he exclaimed, “The devil go with it! It came with a lass, it will pass with a lass!” He believed the birth of a girl marked the end of the … Continue reading

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Marriage Certificate of Napoleon and Joséphine Up For Auction

  January 26, 2016 at 6:15 am by

French auction house Osenat has announced that a lot in one of their upcoming auctions is the religious marriage certificate of Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. The certificate, demanded by Pope Pius VII in order for him to attend the coronation of Napoleon in December 1804 (until then the couple had only had a civil service, not a Catholic marriage ceremony), is part of the collection of American billionaire Christopher … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

  January 15, 2016 at 8:00 am by

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho, the country’s first monarch. Moshoeshoe was born in May 1938, the eldest son of Seeiso, the paramount chief of Basutoland, as Lesotho was known as prior to achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. He was educated in his home country and in England. Embed from Getty Images King Moshoeshoe II as a young man … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of “Motherdear”, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom

  November 20, 2015 at 8:00 am by

Today marks the ninetieth anniversary of the death of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, born a Princess of Denmark. Less than two weeks before her 81st birthday, the-then Queen Mother suffered a heart attack on November 19 at her home, Sandringham House. Her family was summoned to her bedside, as the news made it to London that she was in a critical condition. She died at 5:25pm on Friday … Continue reading

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Marie of Romania’s Heart Returned to Pelişor Castle

  November 4, 2015 at 10:49 am by

The late Queen Marie of Romania’s heart was returned to her place of death yesterday, in a ceremony attended by her great-granddaughter Crown Princess Margarita, as well as her descendants in the Austria-Tuscany line. Beginning at the National Museum of Romanian History, the silver casket containing the British-born Queen’s heart was given a military farewell in front of a crowded street before it was placed into a car and driven to … Continue reading

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Heart of Marie of Romania to Rest at Pelişor Castle

  September 25, 2015 at 2:53 am by

It has been announced that the heart of Queen Marie of Romania, the grandmother of the current head of the Royal Family of Romania, will be moved to Pelişor Castle in Sinaia, which has been selected as the heart’s final resting place. The Queen, who was born a Princess of Edinburgh in 1875 and was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, died in July 1938 at the Castle, and had requested that … Continue reading

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Remains of Last Russian Tsar Exhumed For Further Testing

  September 24, 2015 at 5:50 am by

The remains of Russian’s last tsar, Nicholas II, and his wife Alexandra have been exhumed by Russian authorities for further testing, which is hoped will confirm the identities of the remains found in 2007 that are believed to be that of two of the couple’s children, Grand Duchess Maria and heir Tsarevich Alexei. The Investigative Committee took samples from the Tsar and Tsarina as the Russian Orthodox Church wanted further … Continue reading

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On This Day: Queen Astrid Killed In Car Accident

  August 29, 2015 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the death of the popular Queen Astrid of the Belgians. She was killed on August 29 in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland following a car accident. Astrid and her husband, King Leopold III, were holidaying at their villa, Haslihorn, on the shore of Lake Lucerne with their two eldest children, Joséphine-Charlotte and Baudouin. Bad weather saw the couple send the children home to Brussels on August 28, intending … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Stéphanie of Belgium, Would-Be Empress

  August 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

August 23 marks the anniversary of the death of Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, the woman who, had events not occurred how they did, would likely have become the Empress of Austria. Born in May 1864, she was the second daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians and his Austrian Archduchess wife, Marie Henriette. An unhappy childhood was a symptom of her parents’ unhappy marriage; their three daughters were left … Continue reading

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Giving By Degrees – Gifting in the British Royal Family: Article by David McClure

  August 5, 2015 at 11:02 am by

Following the three-part series on the wealth of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom we brought to you back in April, royal author David McClure has shared with us another article – this time focusing on the manner in which members of the British Royal Family have distributed their wealth in the form of gifts – based on his book, Royal Legacy: How the Royal Family have made, spent and … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of the Future George II of Greece

  July 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the future King of the Hellenes, George II, in 1890. His birth took place on July 19 at Tatoi, the Royal Family’s palace just outside Athens, the first of six children born to the-then Crown Prince Constantine of Greece (future Constantine I) and his wife, Sophie of Prussia. Prince George’s grandparents were George I of Greece (born Prince Wilhelm of Denmark) and Olga … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Charlotte

  July 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

Thirty years ago, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, who reigned the small European nation for 45 years, passed away at the age of 89. “A great lady has entered history, after preserving, leading, strengthening and inspiring our country for so long. She has taken a definitive place in our hearts and memories,” the then Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, said in a statement after the Grand Duchess’s death, which occurred in the … Continue reading

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Swedish Royal Wedding: A Profile of the Last Duchess of Värmland

  June 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by

When she marries Prince Carl Philip on Saturday, Sofia Hellqivst will become the Duchess of Värmland. In the lead-up to the wedding, the TRF Blog has profiled the last woman who held that title, Victoria of Baden. Born on August 7, 1862 in Karlsruhe, Princess Victoria was the only daughter of Friedrich I, Grand Duke of Baden and Princess Louise of Prussia. She had two brothers, Friedrich II and Prince Ludwig. … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Empress Carlota of Mexico

  June 7, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Princess Charlotte of Belgium, the woman who would become the only Empress of the Second Mexican Empire, was born 175 years ago. She was born at the Royal Palace of Laeken as the only daughter of Leopold I of the Belgians and his second wife, Louise of Orléans, on June 7, 1840. She was baptised Marie Charlotte Amélie Augustine Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine, with Charlotte designated as the name she would be known as, … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Swedish Prince Wilhelm

  June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Sweden’s Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland died fifty years ago today. He was born on June 17, 1884 at Tullgarn Palace to the future King of Sweden, Gustaf V, and his wife, Victoria of Baden. Wilhelm was the second of three sons born to the couple – Prince Gustaf Adolf was older, Prince Erik younger. Wilhelm served in the Swedish Navy, and in 1907, represented his grandfather, King Oscar II, at … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of George V of the United Kingdom

  June 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm by

June 3, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of King George V of the United Kingdom. George Frederick Ernest Albert was born at Marlborough House in London as the second son of the then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, and his wife Alexandra of Denmark. He had five siblings: Prince Albert Victor, Princess Louise, Princess Victoria, Princess Maud and Prince Alexander John. The Prince was educated with his elder brother, … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of the First King of Modern Greece

  June 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm by

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first King of Modern Greece, the Bavarian Prince Otto. His Royal Highness Prince Otto Friedrich Ludwig of Bavaria was born on June 1, 1815 at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg; his parents were the future King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1832, following Greece gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and Russia) … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

  May 26, 2015 at 6:00 am by

On May 26, 1940 Prince Wilhelm of Prussia died in Nivelles, Belgium. He had been involved in the German invasion of France, and was fatally injured. The Prince was born at the Marble Palace near Potsdam during the reign of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm II, on July 4, 1906. He was the first child and eldest son of Wilhelm, German Crown Prince and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and as such was second … Continue reading

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On This Day: Frederik of Denmark Marries Ingrid of Sweden

  May 24, 2015 at 9:30 am by

80 years ago today, Sweden’s Princess Ingrid became the Crown Princess of Denmark when she married the heir to the Danish throne, Frederik, in a splendid ceremony in Stockholm. Taking place at the Storkyrkan, Stockholm’s St Nicholas Cathedral, Frederik and Ingrid were married by Archbishop Erling Eidem in front of a large number of Europe’s royal families – most of whom were related in one way or another to the bridal couple. Princess … Continue reading

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Drama on Queen Victoria’s Early Life To Be Produced By ITV

  May 19, 2015 at 10:57 am by

British television network ITV has announced it will be producing an eight-hour drama series based on the early life of Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest reigning monarch to date. Novelist Daisy Goodwin will be making her screenwriting debut in penning the script for Victoria. “I’ve been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She’s a woman whose personality leaps off the page – a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight … Continue reading

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