Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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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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On This Day: Henry VIII Marries Third Wife, Jane Seymour

  May 30, 2016 at 9:00 am by

Back in 1536 – the year dubbed that of the ‘Three Queens’ – Henry VIII of England took his third wife, Jane Seymour, in holy matrimony (well, as holy as any marriage of Henry VIII’s could be!). They were married on May 30 in the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer. The private ceremony was held a mere eleven days after the execution of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of Carlos of Portugal and Amélie d’Orléans

  May 22, 2016 at 8:08 am by

On this day in 1886 Crown Prince Carlos of Portugal married Princess Amélie of France, member of the house of Orléans, in a ceremony in Lisbon. Two years earlier Amélie’s aunt played matchmaker for the couple. In 1884 Duchess Clementine of Saxe-Coburg, Amelie’s paternal aunt, visited the royal court in Lisbon, where she praised the qualities of her niece Princess Amelia to Queen Maria Pia of Portugal, and also showed the queen a … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Queen Louise of Denmark

  May 20, 2016 at 5:59 am by

Exactly 90 years ago, on this day in 1926, Queen Louise of Denmark died in Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. The Queen was born Princess Lovisa Josefina Eugenia of Sweden, daughter of King Carl XV of Sweden and Norway and Princess Louise of The Netherlands. Louise was the only surviving child from her parents marriage and would inherit a fortune from her Dutch grandfather Prince Frederik of The Netherlands. Her father … Continue reading

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On This Day: Duke of Spoleto Becomes King Tomislav II of Croatia

  May 18, 2016 at 6:34 am by

On this day in 1941, seventy-five years ago, Prince Aimone of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of Spoleto was named King Tomislav II of Croatia, Prince of Bosnia Herzegovina and Voivode of Dalmatia, Tuzla and Temun. The Croatians had rebelled against the King of Yugoslavia and joined the Axis powers in 1941. As a reward Hitler elevated the puppet state to the status of a kingdom under the leadership of the fascist Ante … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Edward VII’s First Granddaughter, Alexandra Duff

  May 17, 2016 at 10:00 am by

125 years ago today, Britain’s future King Edward VII and his wife Alexandra became grandparents when their eldest daughter gave birth to her own daughter. Lady Alexandra Duff was born at East Sheen Lodge, the primary residence of her parents, Princess Louise and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife. At the time of her birth, Alexandra was fifth in line to the throne after her grandfather, the Prince of Wales, her … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Mehmed VI, Last Ottoman Sultan

  May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am by

90 years ago, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire – Mehmed VI – died while living in exile in Italy. He lost his throne in November 1922 when the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was given sovereignty over (what was left of) his empire. This came about thanks to the Ottomans joining World War One on the side of the Central Powers, which ended up costing them a large … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Ōtsu Incident

  May 11, 2016 at 3:26 am by

On this day 125 years ago in 1891 a failed assassination attempt was made on Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia -the future Tsar Nicholas II- during his visit to Japan. The Russian heir was invited to Japan to improve the relations between Japan and Russia which were under pressure as Russia’s militairy presence in the far East was growing rapidly. During the visit the Tsarevich tried to charm his hosts: … Continue reading

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On This Day: Vittorio Emanuele III Abdicates in Favour of Son

  May 9, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Seventy years ago, the Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III abdicated his throne in favour of his only son, Umberto, in an effort to secure a pro-monarchy outcome in the upcoming referendum. Despite having been greatly popular for the first three and a half decades of his reign, King Vittorio Emanuele suffered a massive drop in support between the years of 1938 and 1946 that stemmed from a number of decisions which did … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: George V’s Silver Jubilee Celebration

  May 6, 2016 at 10:00 am by

May 6, 1935: the British Royal Family gathers in London to celebrate the silver jubilee of King George V. Among the celebrations were a carriage ride through the streets of the capital, a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, and a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. Here are some photographs from the day, including the adorable little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in matching coats and cloche hats.

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Flashback Friday: Grace Kelly In New York To Honour Alfred Hitchcock

  April 29, 2016 at 9:00 am by

April 29, 1974: Princess Grace of Monaco attends the Film Society of Lincoln Centre’s Gala Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock in New York City. Grace worked with the award-winning director on three films during her seven-year acting career: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch A Thief.

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Royal Historical Event: The Death of Strongbow

  April 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm by

On April 20th, 1176 Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke – who is more commonly known by his nickname ‘Strongbow’ – died in Dublin. Strongbow is best remembered for his pivotal role in the Norman Invasion of Ireland. It is believed that Richard de Clare was born around 1130 in Tonbridge, Kent and was the eldest son of Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Beaumont. The de … Continue reading

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Missing Royal Remains, Part 1: Henry I of England

  April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

The recent discovery, identification and reburial of the remains of Richard III of England has given fresh interest in search for the remains of several Kings of England whose remains are currently missing. We will start this series with King Henry I of England, who reigned from 1100 until his death in 1135. Henry was born in 1068 and was a younger son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Passes Away

  April 24, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Thirty years ago today, the Duchess of Windsor passed away aged 89 at her home in France after years of bad health. She was buried on April 29 at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore at Windsor Castle next to her late husband, the former Edward VIII, after a funeral service at St George’s Chapel that was attended by members of the royal family. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in 1975 Wallis, born in … Continue reading

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A Wedding To Remember: Sixty Years Since Prince Rainier Married Grace Kelly

  April 19, 2016 at 9:00 am by

Described as “an incredible affair” that “left such a mark on people” by Monaco’s Prince Albert II, today marks the sixtieth anniversary of the marriage of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly. The elaborate religious wedding ceremony that took place on April 19, 1956 at the Cathédrale de Monaco has gone down as one of the most famous weddings of the 20th century that was watched live … Continue reading

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Four Exhibitions Mark Centenary Of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Death

  April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am by

The long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I will receive special attention this year to mark the fact that the emperor died 100 years ago on November 21st 1916. The exhibitions will mainly focus on the private face of the Habsburg monarch and will be centered around Vienna. The organisation tried to show a balanced picture of the emperor’s life, which is still shaped by many mysteries and chichés. Schönbrunn … Continue reading

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