Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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On This Day: Two British Royal Deaths

  January 16, 2017 at 10:00 am by

Today, January 16, marks the death anniversaries of two members of the British Royal Family – Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone. In 1942, Prince Arthur – the third son of Queen Victoria – passed away at his country home, Bagshot Park, at the age of 91. Born in May 1850, Arthur spent four decades serving in the British Army. He trained in the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Prince Albert Victor Dies

  January 14, 2017 at 9:00 am by

125 years ago, the second in line to the British throne – Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale – passed away at Sandringham House at the age of 28. He had contracted influenza, which developed in pneumonia. His family were devastated by his unexpected death, none more so than his mother, the Princess of Wales, who said after Prince Albert Victor’s funeral on January 20, she had “buried my angel … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Duke of Kent Inspects Bombing Damage

  January 6, 2017 at 6:00 am by

January 6, 1941: Prince George, Duke of Kent is seen during a visit to Cheapside, London’s financial centre, to inspect damage caused during the air raids by German forces several days prior as they attacked the City of London during The Blitz.

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On This Day: Death of Sweden’s Prince Bertil

  January 5, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland – the beloved uncle of the Swedish Royal Family – passed away twenty years ago on January 5, 1997 at Villa Solbacken. He was 84. Born in February 1912, the Prince was the fourth child of Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught. His siblings were Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten; Sigvard Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg; Ingrid, Queen of Denmark; and Carl Johan … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: King and Queen Mark Armistice Day in Belgrade

  November 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by

November 11, 1930: Yugoslav King Alexander I and his wife, Queen Maria (nee Princess of Romania), are present at an Armistice Day ceremony where they unveiled a sculpture dedicated as a tribute to France.

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On This Day: Birth of Landgrave Philipp of Hesse

  November 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm by

One hundred twenty years ago today, Prince Philipp of Hesse was born in Schloss Rumpenheim in Offenbach. The prince was the third son of Prince Friedrich Karl of Hesse and Princes Margaret of Prussia, sister of Emperor Wilhelm II and grand daughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria. The prince had a younger twin-brother, Prince Wolfgang. During his childhood the prince went to schools in England and Germany. At the beginning of … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Exiled King Remembers Attack That Took His Country To War

  October 28, 2016 at 7:00 am by

October 28, 1942: King George II of the Hellenes, in exile in London due to the Second World War, lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on the second anniversary of the Italian attack on his country that began the Balkans Campaign and brought Greece into the war.

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Flashback Friday: Royal Princesses In Uniform

  October 7, 2016 at 8:00 am by

Two and half months after war was declared in July 1914, German Crown Princess Cecilie and her sister-in-law Princess Viktoria Luise pose with their horses wearing military uniforms. The Crown Princess is wearing a Dragoons uniform, as the regimental commander of the Dragoon Regiment ‘König Friedrich III’ (2nd Silesian) Nr 8. Princess Viktoria Luise is in the Death’s Head Hussar uniform, as the regimental commander of the 2nd Hussars Regiment ‘Königin Viktoria … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death Of A Greek-Born Russian Grand Duchess

  September 24, 2016 at 8:00 am by

125 years ago, the 21-year-old Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia passed away at the Ilyinskoe Estate, six days after giving birth to her second child, son Dmitri. The Grand Duchess – who was born a Princess of Greece and Denmark as the eldest daughter of George I of the Hellenes and his wife Olga Constantinovna of Russia – had fallen while climbing into a boat docked on the Moskva River, … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Hesse-Savoy Royal Wedding

  September 23, 2016 at 8:30 am by

September 23, 1925: A royal wedding takes place at the Royal Castle of Racconigi in north-western Italy, when Princess Mafalda of Savoy – second eldest daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy – marries Prince Philipp of Hesse-Kassel, the future Landgrave. The couple had four children – Moritz, Heinrich, Otto and Elisabeth – before the Second World War tore the family apart: while Philipp was a member of Nazi party and … Continue reading

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£1,500 For A Slice Of Wedding Cake? Only If It’s From 1840!

  September 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm by

Would you spend £1,500 on a slice of wedding cake, that you would be advised not to even contemplate eating? Most wouldn’t, but one punter has, purchasing a slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake at auction. The cake, made in 1840 for the marriage of Queen Victoria to her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, comes with its presentation box inscribed on the top with a crown and the … Continue reading

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Thessaloniki Receives New Statue of Queen Olga To Mark Greek-Russian Friendship

  September 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm by

A new statue of Greece’s former Queen Olga was unveiled today in the city of Thessaloniki, on the Vassilissis Olgas II Avenue. It is a gift to mark the friendship between Greece and Russia, the former Queen’s birth country, from the Pan-Russian Military-Historic Union. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and the Mayor of Thessaloniki were present for the unveiling. Queen Olga was born a Grand Duchess of Russia in 1851 as … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Queens In The Highlands

  September 9, 2016 at 10:00 am by

September 9, 1923: Queen Mary of the United Kingdom poses for photo with her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) during the royal family’s summer vacation at Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands.

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Coronet Belonging To Queen Victoria May Find New Home Outside UK

  August 28, 2016 at 8:25 am by

A historically significant diamond and sapphire coronet belonging to Queen Victoria has had a temporary export ban placed on it by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to prevent it from being sold to an overseas buyer who purchased the coronet for £5million. The Culture Minister, Matt Hancock, described the piece as “one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period in our history”. The export ban was … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Teenage Caroline and Albert Enjoy A Night Karting

  August 26, 2016 at 8:00 am by

August 26, 1971: 14-year-old Princess Caroline and 13-year-old Prince Albert of Monaco spend the evening karting at the Siesta track in Antibes on the French Riviera. They were joined by their parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace.

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Flashback Friday: A Summer Holiday in Sweden With Grandmama

  August 19, 2016 at 8:00 am by

August 19, 1937: Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, born a Princess of Denmark, helps her three Belgian grandchildren – Prince Baudouin, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte and Prince Albert – climb a mound of dirt and rocks in the garden of her home in Sweden in preparation for a photograph. The three children – who would eventually become Kings of Belgium and a Grand Duchess of Luxembourg – were Ingeborg’s grandchildren through her third daughter, … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Princess Marina Presents Wimbledon Trophy

  July 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm by

July 8, 1963: As President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent presents Australia’s Margaret Smith (later Court) with the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship trophy following her defeat of American Billie Jean Moffitt (later King) in the final. Marina’s son, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is the current President of the All England Club. This year’s women’s final will take place tomorrow.

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The Grandchildren Who Died Before Their Grandmama Victoria

  June 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm by

Britain’s Queen Victoria was a grandmother of 42, with a number of them going on to sit on the thrones of Europe. However, of those 42, there were nine that were outlived by the 81-year-old monarch. Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of the first of those grandchildren to die, Prince Sigismund of Prussia. As a mark of this anniversary, we’ve compiled a list and short biography of the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Sweden’s Catholic Queen Josefina

  June 7, 2016 at 10:00 am by

140 years ago, Queen Josefina of Sweden passed away at the age of 69. She is most well-known for her deeply held Catholic faith, as well as for the magnificent jewels that she brought to the Bernadotte family. After marrying Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden in 1823, Josefina – who was born in March 1807 to the first Duke of Leuchtenberg and his wife Princess Augusta of Bavaria – made a triumphant … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Simple Prussian Wedding in Bonn

  June 3, 2016 at 9:00 am by

June 3, 1933: Prince Wilhlem of Prussia, eldest son of Wilhem, German Crown Prince and heir to the headship of the House of Hohenzollern, married his love Dorothea von Salviati in a simple church ceremony in Bonn. Wilhelm and Dorothea (front row, centre) with family members at the bride’s family home after their wedding ceremony The couple had met and fallen in love while attending the University of Bonn, but Wilhelm’s grandfather, the former … Continue reading

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