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On This Day: Maria Theresia Is Born

  May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am by

300 years ago today, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy was born at Homburg Palace in Vienna. Maria Theresia was the eldest daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. Prior to her birth, Charles had issued a new act of succession to allow any daughters of his to succeed the throne ahead of his two nieces, the daughters of the previous ruler, Joseph I. As Maria Theresia was only … Continue reading

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On This Day: Coronation of George VI of the United Kingdom

  May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Eighty years ago, King George VI of the United Kingdom was crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. He had taken the throne the previous December, upon the abdication of his elder brother, Edward VIII. The date was originally scheduled for the abdicated King’s coronation, but after the abdication was kept for the new King. Little was changed to the centuries-old coronation service, except for the Coronation Oath … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Romanians Make a State Visit to Britain

  May 12, 2017 at 4:00 am by

May 12, 1924: Romania’s King Ferdinand and Queen Marie (born a Princess of Edinburgh)  upon their arrival to the Port of Dover for their state visit to the United Kingdom, as part of a diplomatic tour of Western Europe. They were guests of Marie’s first cousin, King George V.

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Diamond Tiara Stolen From The Badisches Landesmuesum

  May 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm by

A diamond tiara with an estimated value of €1.2million was stolen over a week ago from the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany. It belonged to Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden (1864-1952), born a Princess of Nassau, wife of the last reigning Grand Duke of Baden. The tiara, featuring over 360 diamonds set in gold and platinum, was displayed in the ‘Schloss und Hof’ exhibition of the museum, which is located in the Karlsruhe … Continue reading

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Putin Unveils Monument to Assassinated Grand Duke

  May 5, 2017 at 7:30 am by

A new monument commemorating Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, who was assassinated in a bomb attack by Socialist-Revolutionary Ivan Kalyayev on February 17, 1905, was officially unveiled on Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin and consecrated by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the park near Nikolskaya Tower in the Kremlin. The President said the the memorial was “a symbol of the price we had to pay for hatred, division and hostility, and reminds us that we must … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Baudouin and Fabiola in France

  May 5, 2017 at 4:00 am by

May 5, 1975: During a visit to Nice, the Belgian King Baudouin (1930-1993) and his wife Queen Fabiola (1928-2014) are given a tour of the Chagall Museum.

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Flashback Friday: A Horse Ride For The Birthday Girl

  April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am by

April 21, 1939: On her 13th birthday, Princess Elizabeth is seen going for a horse ride alongside her father, George VI of the United Kingdom, and younger sister Margaret.

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On This Day: A Future Greek Queen Is Born

  April 18, 2017 at 5:00 am by

One century ago, a baby Princess was born in the German town of Blankenburg am Harz to the Duke and Duchess of Brunswick. She was named Frederica, and forty years later, would become the Queen Consort of the Hellenes. Princess Frederica, whose full name was Friederike Luise Thyra Victoria Margarita Sophia Olga Cecilia Isabella Christa, was the only daughter of Ernst August, Duke of Brunswick and Head of the House of Hanover, and his … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Alexandra, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

  April 16, 2017 at 7:00 am by

The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, born Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, died seventy-five years ago on April 16, 1942 at the age of 63. She died in Schwäbisch Hall where the Hohenlohe-Langenburg family has its main residence, Schloss Langenburg. It was here, in the family cemetery, the Princess was laid to rest. Princess Alexandra is one of the lesser-known daughters of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (second son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom) … Continue reading

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On This Day: Queen Victoria Gives Birth To Her Last Child

  April 14, 2017 at 6:00 am by

160 years ago, on April 14, 1857, the ninth and final child – “it is a fine child, and a girl!” [1] – of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born, two weeks overdue, at Buckingham Palace. Princess Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore was the couple’s fifth daughter, and quickly became a favourite of her parents, who were happy to indulge her in … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Afghan-Japanese State Visit

  April 14, 2017 at 3:00 am by

April 14, 1969: The monarchs of Japan and Afghanistan pose for a photo at the Tokyo Imperial Palace during the Afghan King’s state visit. Left to right are Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Queen Humaira and King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, and Empress Nagako of Japan.

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Early Bloomers: Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace Comes To Life

  April 13, 2017 at 7:44 am by

The ‘White Garden’ created by the team of Kensington Palace gardeners to mark the twentieth anniversary of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s death has bloomed early, to the surprise of those in charge. “It’s bloomed somewhat earlier than we were expecting because of the hot weather,” a spokesperson said of the garden, which can be found in the Palace’s Sunken Garden. A sea of white flowers – interspersed by coloured … Continue reading

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Princess Margaret’s Will To Remain Sealed, Judge Rules

  April 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm by

The President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, has ruled that the late Princess Margaret’s will is to remain sealed, quashing an application by an individual claiming to be the Princess’s illegitimate daughter. The judge called Malika Benmusa’s claim “a farrago of delusional nonsense”. His ruling was only four sentences long, which he correctly described as “historically short”. This is the second time this year Sir … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Frederik IX and de Gaulle

  April 7, 2017 at 5:00 am by

April 7, 1965: King Frederik IX of Denmark walks with French President Charles de Gaulle upon his arrival to Paris for an official visit.

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On This Day: The Death of Greece’s War-Time King

  April 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

April 1, 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the death of King George II of the Hellenes at the age of 56. Having only been back in his country for a little over six months following his war-time exile, George was found unconscious in his drawing room at the Royal Palace in Athens by his youngest sister, Princess Katherine, on the afternoon of April 1. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis. When … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Flowers Laid For The Queen Mother

  March 31, 2017 at 7:00 am by

March 31, 2002: Outside the gates of Clarence House, members of the public lay flowers following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother the day before. Floral tributes were also laid outside St James’s Palace. Her Majesty was 101 years old when she died.

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On This Day: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia Abdicates

  March 15, 2017 at 3:00 am by

One century ago, the Tsar of All the Russians abdicated his throne after several days of protests and uprisings in the Russian capital, Petrograd. Tsar Nicholas II was in Mogilev, where the Russian Army’s staff headquarters were during the First World War, on March 10 when he was informed of the growing dissent in Petrograd. For a week, protests had grown rapidly throughout the city – 250,000 were now on strike, bringing Petrograd’s industrial … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Luise Margarete of Prussia

  March 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the only Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. Born on July 15, 1860 at the Marble Palace in Potsdam, Luise Margarete was the youngest daughter of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau. Among her ancestors were Kings of Prussia, Tsars of Russia, Grand Dukes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Landgraves of … Continue reading

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On This Day: 125 Years Since The Death of Hesse’s Ludwig IV

  March 13, 2017 at 3:00 am by

125 years ago, on March 13, 1892, Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse passed away in the early hours of the morning at the age of fifty-four. He had been the Grand Duchy’s ruler since 1877, following the death of his uncle, Ludwig III. Born in September 1837, the Grand Duke was the eldest son of Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine and his Prussian wife, Elisabeth. It was expected that Ludwig … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Anne Hyde, Mother of Two Reigning Queens

  March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Today marks the 380th anniversary of the birth of Anne Hyde, who was the mother of two reigning Queens of England. Born at Cranbourne Lodge, Windsor in March 1637, Anne was the eldest child of Edward Hyde (later 1st Earl of Clarendon) and his second wife, Frances Aylesbury. She was named for her father’s first wife, who died shortly after their marriage in 1629. Edward Hyde was a politician and a member … Continue reading

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