Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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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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Richard III’s Remains Reburied at Leicester Cathedral

  March 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm by

The remains of King Richard III have been reburied today during a ceremony at Leicester Cathedral attended by the Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, led the service accompanied by several members of the clergy including the Bishop of Leicester. The ceremony was more a memorial remembering the last Plantagenet King than a sober funeral – “a reinterment” the … Continue reading

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Remains of Richard III Arrive at Leicester Cathedral

  March 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm by

The remains of the last Plantagenet and York King have arrived at Leicester Cathedral, where they will be buried in a ceremony on Thursday. A ceremony took place at the University of Leicester before the coffin was taken through the Leicester and a several places in the area which were important to the final days of Richard III’s life. People who had worked to find and identify the King’s remains, … Continue reading

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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Duke of Windsor Published

  February 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm by

New photographs of the Duke of Windsor have been published in this week’s edition of Hello! magazine. The photos, which have never been published before, come from three private photo albums of the former King, and show the Duke and his wife Wallis Simpson along the stages of their relationship. The first album is full of photos from when Edward was still Prince of Wales, the second during his brief period … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of George and Marina

  November 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

80 years ago, a British Prince married a Greek Princess in a glittering winter ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Prince George, the second youngest son of King George V of the United Kingdom and Princess Mary of Teck, had announced his engagement to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, in August 1934. Their wedding was … Continue reading

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Final Home of Russian Grand Duchess Up For Sale

  November 26, 2014 at 9:02 am by

The last home of the youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II has gone on the market in Canada. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, daughter of Tsar Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna, lived out her final days on the second floor of a semi-detached unit in East Toronto. The unit, which was a beauty salon when the Grand Duchess lived there at the behest of Russian friends, is now a travel … Continue reading

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On This Day: Interment of the Assassinated Archduke

  July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

The assassinated heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were interred into the crypt at Artstetten Castle on July 4, 1914. Following their deaths in Sarajevo on June 28, the Austrian Imperial Court arranged for the couple’s bodies to be transported by the battleship SMS Viribus Unitis to Trieste, Italy on June 30, before their final journey to Vienna was undertaken by train. Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading

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On This Day: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  June 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an assassination that changed the course of world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Political, ethnic and religious differences emanating out of a diverse Empire led to boiling tensions which came to a head in mid-1914. The Archduke was scheduled by Emperor Franz Joseph to visit military manoeuvres in Bosnia in June 1914, and Franz Ferdinand decided to … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Jeanne III of Navarre

  June 27, 2014 at 8:34 am by

For the month of June, I have chosen Jeanne d’Albret as my feature royal. Though largely a forgotten historical figure, Jeanne III of Navarre was a major power player during the dying days of the French Valois Dynasty. Jeanne d’Albret was born at the Chateau de Pau on January 7, 1528, the daughter of Marguerite d’Angoulême and Henri II of Navarre. Her mother was the only sister of King François I of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of José I of Portugal

  June 6, 2014 at 6:30 am by

Today is the 300th anniversary of the birth of King José I of Portugal. He was born in 1714, as the third child of King João V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. The future King was titled Infante José for the first four and a half months of his life, as his older brother, Pedro, was the heir to the throne. Upon Pedro’s death on October 29, Infante José … Continue reading

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Élisabeth of France

  May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

For the month of May, I have chosen Princess Élisabeth of France as my featured royal. Also known as Madame Élisabeth, she was the youngest sister of Louis XVI of France. The Princess followed her brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine in 1794 during the Terror. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born early on the morning of May 3rd, 1764 at the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Princess was the youngest daughter … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Brian Boru

  April 27, 2014 at 1:02 am by

For April’s Royal of the Month, I have chosen Ireland’s most famous High King – or in Irish, Ard Rí – Brian Boru, who was slain 1,000 years ago on April 23rd, 1014. The exact date of Brian’s birth has been debated over the centuries, but its believed he was born c.941 in Kincora, Killaloe County Clare. His father, Cennétig mac Lorcáin, was the King of Munster and his mother, Bé Binn, was … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany

  March 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

130 years ago today, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany passed away in Cannes from a cerebral haemorrhage. He was thirty-one years of age. The Prince had been in Cannes since February on the orders of his medical team, who insisted that the warmer climate in southern France would benefit the Prince’s joint pain brought on by his haemophilia. During his stay at the Villa Nevada, on March 27, Leopold accidentally fell … Continue reading

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Maria Cristina of Savoy’s Beatification

  January 27, 2014 at 2:35 am by

Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen Consort of the Two-Sicilies was beatified at the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Naples, Italy on 25 January. Queen Maria Cristina was declared a Servant of God in 1872 and in 1937, she was declared a Venerable Servant of God. In 2013, Pope Francis authorised a decree recognising a miracle due to her intercession. A dinner (which was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Catherine de’ Medici

  January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Florence on April 13, 1519; her father was the Florentine Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and her French mother was Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. Tragically, her mother died ten days after giving birth to Catherine, whilst her father died on May 4, leaving Catherine a sole orphan and heiress to a great fortune. The infant Catherine was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Margaret of Prussia

  January 22, 2014 at 9:07 am by

Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of the Dowager Landgravine of Hesse, Margaret of Prussia. Born in April 1872 at the New Palace in Potsdam, Princess Margaret was the youngest child of Frederick III, German Emperor and Victoria, Princess Royal. Her siblings were the future Wilhelm II, Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen, Prince Heinrich, Prince Sigismund, Viktoria of Schaumburg-Lippe, Prince Waldemar and Sophie of Greece. Her godparents were Emperor Pedro … Continue reading

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The Marriage of Aoife and Strongbow

  August 29, 2013 at 6:00 am by

August 29th marks a long forgotten royal anniversary and possibly the blog’s first entry on an Irish Royal. The Princess in question was Aoife (Eva) MacMurrough {Aoife of Leinster}, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, and Queen Mór O’Toole. Aoife was born around 1145, her father had been the King of Leinster since the death of his older brother in 1126. Leinster was one of the largest of the … Continue reading

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