Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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40th Wedding Anniversary of King Hussein and Queen Alia

  December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am by

Today marks the 40th anniversary of King Hussein of Jordan’s wedding to Alia Toukan. The wedding was a surprise to the people, because the Royal Court didn’t make an official announcement of the engagement. In addition to that, King Hussein had only gotten divorced from his second wife, the English born Princess Muna, a few weeks earlier. Alia Toukan was the daughter of a Jordanian diplomat, Baha Uddin Toukan, and … Continue reading

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Letters Written by Nicholas II Sell For a Record Price

  December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am by

Letters by the last Russian Tsar written during World War I sold for a record $130,000 at a Swiss auction house. They were initially estimated to fetch in the region of $15,000 but a private Russian collector paid nearly ten times the price to acquire the historical documents. The letters were sold by Prince Nicholas Romanov, a second cousin of the late Tsar and one of the claimants of the … Continue reading

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Thousands Gather for King Zog of Albania’s Re-Burial

  November 19, 2012 at 10:37 am by

Over 3,000 Albanians turned out on Saturday to pay their final respects to the late King Zog I of Albania, whose remains were re-buried with state honours after their repatriation from France. They arrived in the international airport of the Albanian capital, Tirana, where they were greeted by family members and officials, including Prince Leka (the King’s grandson) and his fiancée. The King was interred in a newly built Royal … Continue reading

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Historical Royal of November: Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

  November 16, 2012 at 3:00 am by

November’s spotlighted royal is Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, who became Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna of Russia upon marriage in 1884. Princess Elisabeth was born on November 1st, 1864 in Hesse, the second child of the future Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. She had an older sister, Princess Victoria, with five more siblings … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Anne of France

  November 15, 2012 at 10:16 am by

November 14th, 1522 This month, I’ve chosen Anne of France as my historical royal of the month. This French Princess was born the eldest daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy in April 1461 and went onto become one of the most powerful European figures in the late 15th century. Anne is also known as Anne de Beaujeu as in November 1473, she married Pierre de Bourbon, Lord of … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Birth of Princess Grace of Monaco

  November 12, 2012 at 9:57 am by

November 12th, 1929 The iconic Grace Kelly was born on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia. Her father was the Irish-American John B. Kelly, Sr, who was also known as ‘Jack’, and her mother Margaret Katherine Majer, who was of German decent. The young Grace Kelly had a strict Roman Catholic upbringing with her siblings – Margaret, John and Lizanne. Prior to her marriage into the Princely Family of Monaco, Grace … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother’s Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

As first pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall at Skyfall première emerged, a lot of people (at least, lot of jewellery watchers) wondered about the amethyst necklace she was wearing. It was certainly not one she had ever worn before, and not an easily recognizable piece from British Royal Jewellery collection. My first thought was that the necklace was brand new, and had it not been for a more careful … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

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Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

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Day in History: Jadwiga is Crowned King of Poland

  October 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm by

The coronation ceremony that took place in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow on 16 October 1384 was truly a splendid event: Polish nobles spared no expenses and the grandeur of the coronation impressed everyone present. But the historical significance was even greater. For one thing, the young girl who was being crowned (only 11 years old at the time) was to go down in history as one of Poland’s greatest … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Execution of Marie Antoinette

  October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am by

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. On October 16th, 1793, Marie Antoinette of Austria, former Queen of France, left her prison cell at the Conciergerie in Paris, where she had been imprisoned since August of that year, for the last time. Having been found guilty of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal on October 14th, Marie Antoinette was condemned to death, her trial having been a complete farce. King … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Hastings

  October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm by

On October 14th one of the most important battles in British history was fought – Battle of Hastings. Not only did it signify the end of Anglo-Saxon era and the beginning of the Norman one, it was also the very last successful invasion of England. Since then, for nearly 1,000 years, no one succeeded to repeat the feat of William the Conqueror, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Charlotte and Felix

  October 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm by

To mark the marriage of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy this coming Friday and Saturday, the TRF blog will be stepping back in time and looking at past royal weddings in Luxembourg. We begin this series with the marriage of Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and His Royal Highness Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix were married … Continue reading

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Day in History: King John Loses Crown Jewels

  October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am by

The period between 1214-1216 was a particularly difficult one for King John: most of his country was occupied by the French King, Louis VIII The Lion (who had been declared King in London), even his most ardent supporters were deserting John’s side, the Barons forced him to sign Magna Carta, the Pope issued a proclamation whereby anyone who tried to seize the Crown from John would be entitled to do … Continue reading

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Day in History: Assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

  October 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm by

On October 9, 1934 His Majesty King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in Marseille during a state visit to France, along with the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. Alexander I was the first King of Yugoslavia, and the last King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His assassination was one of the first assassinations captured on film: the shooting occurred right in front of the cameraman. Alexander … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Stamford Bridge

  September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm by

1066 is nowadays remembered as the year of the Norman Invasion of England, but it could have as easily been the Norwegian invasion. The death of the childless Edward the Confessor triggered a succession crisis as there was no clear-cut heir to the Throne. At some point, it was believed he would be succeeded by Edmund Ironside’s son, Edward Aetheling. And indeed, the King ensured the young heir returned to … Continue reading

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Day in History: Coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte

  September 23, 2012 at 10:49 am by

When George II died on 25 October 1760, his grandson succeeded him as George III at the age of 22. The new King was very popular; as Dr Johnson said, he enjoyed “the great advantage of not being his grandfather”. Unlike his two predecessors of the House of Hanover, George III was raised in England and spoke English as his first language, which furthered endeared him to people. George III … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Louise of Savoy

  September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am by

On September 22nd, 1531 Louise of Savoy, the formidable mother of King François I, died at Grez-sur-Loing, outside Paris. During the first 15 years of the reign of her son, Louise was the most powerful woman in the Kingdom of France. Though Louise was born a Princess and was never Queen of France, she was Queen Mother in all but name. Maternal, politically active and shrewd, Louise acted as Regent … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Philip II of Spain

  September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

On September 13th, 1598, King Philip II of Spain died at the Monasterio de El Escorial outside Madrid after a lengthy reign. Philip II held many titles: he was King of Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Majorca, Portugal, Sardinia and Naples, Duke of Milan, Burgundy, Lothier, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg and Lord of the Netherlands. Philip was born on May 21st, 1527, the only son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

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