Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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Queen Victoria’s Private Journals Go Online

  May 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm by

Queen Elizabeth officially launched the Queen Victoria Journals Online Project on May 24. Previously, Queen Victoria’s journals were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle; now, however, everyone can enjoy the historical documents. To make it possible, Queen Victoria’s handwritten pages were scanned, and all the entries – from political encounters to personal affairs – deciphered. The monumental project has taken staff of the Oxford’s Bodleian … Continue reading

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Remembering Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain

  April 19, 2012 at 6:25 am by

On the 15th of April 1969, HM Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain passed away, aged 81 at Lausanne, Switzerland. A granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was born at Balmoral in October 1887. In May 1906, she became the Queen Consort of Spain following her marriage to King Alfonso XIII. This union was an unhappy one, but the couple did have seven children, six of whom survived infancy. Queen Ena, as … Continue reading

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Death Anniversary of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona

  April 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm by

On April 1st, 1993, the father of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I passed away at the University Hospital of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The Count of Barcelona had battled cancer for many years. Infante Juan was born on 20 June 1913, the third surviving son of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia. In 1933, he became heir to the Spanish Throne following the renunciations of his two older … Continue reading

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Princess Charlène Opens Grace Kelly Exhibition

  March 11, 2012 at 9:28 am by

Princess Charlène of Monaco has been in Australia this week, to officially open the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria. Arriving in Melbourne earlier this week, the Princess spent some down-time out of the public eye which included a private dinner with the Lady Mayoress of Melbourne at the Melbourne Town Hall on March 9th. The same day, Princess Charlène paid a visit to … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Death of Luis Gómez-Acebo

  March 9, 2012 at 7:53 am by

March 9th marks the anniversary of the death of Don Luis Gómez-Acebo, Viscount de la Torre who was the late husband of HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain and a brother-in-law to His Majesty The King. Don Luis died aged 56 in Madrid on March 9th, 1991 having battled cancer for many years. The couple married were married in May 1967 in Lisbon, Portugal and had five children together. Don Luis … Continue reading

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February 9, 1977: Death of Queen Alia of Jordan

  February 9, 2012 at 7:17 am by

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha Uddin Toukan, was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 25th, 1948 where her father was the Ambassador of Jordan. She spent her childhood in Egypt, Turkey, United States, London and Rome. She attended the Church School in London and the Rome Center of Liberal Arts of Loyola. She graduated with … Continue reading

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80th Anniversary of Queen Sophie’s Death

  January 13, 2012 at 12:00 am by

Her Majesty Queen Sophie of the Hellenes passed away eighty years ago today, on January 13th, 1932. Born on June 14th, 1870 in Potsdam, as Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie Dorothea Ulrika Alice of Prussia, she was the second youngest child of Their Majesties Emperor Frederick III and Empress Victoria of Germany. Sophie had seven siblings: Prince Wilhelm (later His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II), Princess Charlotte (later Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen), … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Albert, the Prince Consort

  December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am by

December 14th, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Albert, the Prince Consort’s death at the age of 42 in 1861. Born His Serene Highness Prince Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield, Duke of Saxony on August 26th, 1819 at the Schloss Rosenau in Coburg, he was the second son of the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield, Ernest I, and his first wife, Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg-Altenburg. … Continue reading

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110th Anniversary of King Paul I of Greece’s Birth

  December 14, 2011 at 12:00 am by

December 14th marks the 110th anniversary of His Majesty King Paul I of the Hellenes’ birth in 1901. Born His Royal Highness Prince Paul of Greece in Athens as the third son of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Constantine and Crown Princess Sophia, Paul was never meant to be King. He joined older siblings George, Alexander and Helen. Two younger sisters, Irene and Katherine, joined the family in the coming … Continue reading

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The 1936 Abdication Crisis

  December 11, 2011 at 12:00 am by

The day is December 11th, 1936. Great Britain begins its day with an Edward VIII, and ends the day with a George VI.  His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 had passed through parliament. Sparking what was dubbed ‘The Abdication Crisis’, His Majesty King Edward VIII’s request to marry his lover, Mrs Wallis Simpson, was debated by parliamentarians, religious leaders, the press and the public during the month leading up … Continue reading

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Both Sides to October 5th in Portuguese History

  October 7, 2011 at 7:35 am by

The fifth of October is a national holiday in Portugal, for most people it’s the day that in 1910 King Manuel II was deposed and the Portuguese republic was proclaimed. But for Portuguese Monarchists, October fifth is a holiday because it is the day that in 1143, Portugal was officially recognized as an independent country with the treaty of Zamora. On that day at the Cathedral of Zamora, King Alfonso … Continue reading

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British Royal Wedding Look-Back: Edward VIII and Wallis

  April 25, 2011 at 6:00 am by

Welcome to part four of our ‘British Royal Wedding Look-Back’. Parts one through three looked at the weddings of Edward VII and Alexandra, George V and Mary, and George VI and Elizabeth. This edition takes you to post-abdication 1937, and the marrige of His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor and Ms Wallis Warfield. The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on June 3, 1937 couldn’t have been … Continue reading

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British Royal Wedding Look-Back: George VI and Elizabeth

  April 24, 2011 at 6:00 am by

Here is the third instalment of the TRF Blog’s ‘British Royal Wedding Look-Back’ – focusing on the wedding of His Royal Highness the Duke of York and The Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The first two instalments looked at the weddings of Edward VII and Alexandra, and George V and Mary. Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth had known each other since they were children; Albert, known within the family as “Bertie”, was … Continue reading

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British Royal Wedding Look-Back: George V and Mary

  April 23, 2011 at 6:00 am by

Following our first instalment of ‘British Royal Wedding Look-Backs’ – Edward VII and Alexandra – yesterday, the TRF Blog would like to present our readers with the second instalment, looking at the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince George, the Duke of York and Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria May of Teck. On July 6th, 1893, the wedding of Prince George of Wales and Princess May of Teck took place … Continue reading

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British Royal Wedding Look-Back: Edward VII and Alexandra

  April 22, 2011 at 6:00 am by

As part of The Royal Forums’ lead up to the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton on Friday April 29th, the TRF Blog will be taking a journey through time, giving our readers a look at past British royal weddings. We begin in 1863, when His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales married Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The couple first met in 1861, … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary of Helena, Duchess of Albany’s Birth

  February 17, 2011 at 12:00 am by

February 17th marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversay of Helena, Duchess of Albany’s birth. Born Helena Frederica Augusta in 1861 in the capital of Waldeck, Arolsen; Princess Helena was the fifth child and daughter of the reigning Prince of Waldeck-Pyrmont, George Victor, and his wife, Princess Helena (nee, Princess of Nassau). The Princess had seven siblings, six from her parents’ marriage and one from her father’s second marriage to … Continue reading

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Death of the “Father-in-Law of Europe”

  January 29, 2011 at 4:39 am by

January 29th, 2011 marks the one hundred and fifteenth anniversary of His Majesty King Christian IX of Denmark’s death at Amalienborg Palace in 1906. Born His Serene Highness Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck on April 8th, 1818 in Gottorp, Duchy of Schleswig; Prince Christian was the sixth child and fourth son of HSH Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck and his wife, Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (a granddaughter of King Frederik V … Continue reading

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20 Years Ago: Death of King Olav V

  January 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm by

20 years ago, on January 17th 1991, King Olav V of Norway passed away. Alexander Edward Christian Frederik was born in Norfolk (England) on July 2nd 1903 as the only son of Prince Carl of Denmark and Princess Maud of Wales, who later became King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Noway. When his father became King of Norway in 1905 his son was given the name Olav. The Crown … Continue reading

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Lovingly Remembered after 20 Years: Stefano Casiraghi (1960-1990)

  October 8, 2010 at 8:42 am by

On October 3rd, the Como village Fino Mornasco commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the death of one of its sons. He was born and educated there, at its Collegio Gallio, and at the age of 23, his marriage to Princess Caroline of Monaco made him famous far beyond the shores of Italy. But Stefano Casiraghi was beloved by his family and friends, as well as the community of Fino Mornasco, … Continue reading

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Princess Michael and the Duchess of Orléans Commemorate Diane of Poitiers

  June 17, 2010 at 11:05 am by

On May 29th the remains of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II of France, was reinterred at the Chateau d’Anet. The ceremony was attended by the Duchess of France, sister-in-law to the pretender of the French throne, and by princess Michael of Kent. Princess Michael wrote the book ‘The Serpent and the Moon’ about the rivalry between Henri II’s wife Catherine de Medici and his mistress Diane of … Continue reading

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