Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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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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The Tsarist Easter Eggs

  March 27, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Today is Easter Sunday, and if we were either Empress Alexandra or the Dowager Empress Maria of Russia back in the early 20th century, we would be receiving an elaborate jewelled Easter egg from our husband or son, Tsar Nicholas II, to mark the holiday. The House of Fabergé was first commissioned to make an egg – the Hen Egg – in 1885 for Tsar Alexander III, who gave it to his wife Maria … Continue reading

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On This Day: Princess Patricia of Connaught is Born

  March 17, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Princess Patricia of Connaught, one of Queen Victoria’s numerous granddaughters. Having been born on St Patrick’s Day in 1886, Patricia – or Patsy as she was known by her family – was the youngest of three children born to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Luise Margaret of Prussia and was one of the few British royals of the era to … Continue reading

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Dom Duarte Honours Rowdy History of Royal Town

  February 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm by

Dom Duarte, Duke of Bragança and head of the Portuguese Royal Family, visited the town of Salvaterra de Magos, near Santarém, north of Lisbon. The duke went to the village to open an exposition about the royal history of the village on saturday. This history dates back to April 1383, when the marriage contract between Princess Beatrice of Porugal and King John I of Castile and Léon was signed in … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Spanish King Alfonso XIII

  February 28, 2016 at 6:02 am by

75 years ago, King Alfonso XIII of Spain died at Rome’s Grand Hotel, aged 54. The former King, who went into exile in 1931 upon the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, had suffered a series of heart attacks in the week leading up to his death. Alfonso’s estranged wife, Victoria Eugenia, and three of the couple’s children, Don Juan, Don Jaime and Infanta Beatriz, were by his bedside when … Continue reading

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Under The Hammer II: Napoleontic Collection of US Billionaire

  February 26, 2016 at 5:10 am by

US billionaire Christopher Forbes, Vice President of Forbes publishing company, has been an avid collector of art and items related to Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie and the Second Empire. It all started when Forbes’ father gave him a portrait of Napoleon III when he was in his teens. On 5 and 6 March 2016 Mr. Forbes will sell the collection which took him years to acquire. Forbes decided to … Continue reading

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Under The Hammer: Photographs of the Duke of Windsor in Nazi Germany

  February 26, 2016 at 4:48 am by

Auction house Duke’s of Dorchester has announced they will be auctioning a photo album containing over 60 photographs of the Duke of Windsor during his visit to Nazi Germany in 1937. It comes from the collection of Sir Dudley Forwood, the Duke’s equerry after his abdication, who accompanied Edward and Wallis on the trip, where their host was Dr Robert Ley, head of the German Labour Front. The couple also met … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of England’s Mary I in 1516

  February 18, 2016 at 8:18 am by

500 years ago today, the Princess who became England’s first female monarch, Mary I, was born. As the only surviving child of Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, she was cherished by her parents. When Mary was 9, her father gave her a separate court, as well as many powers and privileges, normally only given to Prince of Wales. Her childhood was also marked by matrimonial plans – … Continue reading

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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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