Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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1929-2009 Engagement of Prince Umberto and Princess Marie José

  October 24, 2009 at 4:35 am by

80 years ago the engagement was announced between HRH Prince Umberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont, and HRH Princess Maria José of Belgium. The union between the 25-years-old son and heir of King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena of Italy and the 23-years-old daughter of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians was planned since the two Princes were only children – probably during the First World … Continue reading

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150th Birth Anniversary of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria

  October 22, 2009 at 10:28 am by

Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria was born 150 years ago, on 22 October 1859, in the Royal Palace in Madrid. He was the eldest son of Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1828-1875) and his wife Princess Amalia, née Infanta of Spain (1834-1905); his paternal grandparents were King Ludwig I and Queen Therese of Bavaria, while his maternal grandparents were Infante Francisco de Paula and Infanta Luisa Carlotta of Spain; among his … Continue reading

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20th Death Anniversary of Fürstin Gina vuz Liechtenstein

  October 18, 2009 at 9:19 am by

20 years ago, on the 18th of October 1989, Her Serene Highness Fürstin Gina von und zu Liechtenstein died in Grabs, Switzerland, aged 67. She had been for 46 years the wife of Fürst Franz Josef II, and therefore the mother of the present Fürst Hans Adam II. Countess Georgine “Gina” Norberte Johanna Franziska Antonie Marie Raphaela von Wilczek was born on 24 October 1921 in Graz, the only daughter … Continue reading

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Sound of the Dynasty: music written by Romanovs to be performed for the first time

  October 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

Music written by members of the Romanov dynasty is to be performed for the first time on October 20, during the concert that will take place in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Among the pieces to be performed are polkas, songs, marches, ballads and romances written by Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich, second son of Nicholas I), … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s descendants suffered from ‘Christmas Disease’

  October 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm by

“Science” journal published results of a study which found that some of Queen Victoria’s male descendants suffered from a severe form of blood clotting disorder Haemophilia B, also known as the Christmas Disease. Although it has already been known that the British Queen’s descendants were affected by Haemophilia, this is the first time the exact form of the disease was identified. The scientists examined DNA samples extracted from the remains … Continue reading

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Throne of Qianlong Emperor Breaks Auction Records

  October 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm by

The Throne of a Chinese Emperor from Qing Dynasty’s Qianlong period was sold at Sotheby’s for record-braking $11 million – the highest price for any Chinese piece of furniture ever sold. The frenzied bidding lasted 10 minutes, with 36 bids from all over the world. The winning bid by an unnamed Shanghai businessman considerably exceeded the highest estimate of $4 million. Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s International Head of Chinese Ceramics and … Continue reading

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Nero’s Rotating Dining Room and mini-Colosseum Uncovered

  October 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

Revolving restaurants may seem to be decidedly modern invention; however it looks like they have existed for quite some time. For over 2000 years, in fact. Archaeologists have uncovered what they think are the remains of Nero’s extravagant rotating banquet hall. The ‘coenatio rotunda’ is thought to be the one described by Suetonius: “The chief banqueting room was circular and revolved perpetually night and day in imitation of the motion … Continue reading

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The Battle of Salamis

  September 30, 2009 at 10:19 am by

The Battle of Salamis took place in September of 480 BC: the exact date is unknown (although presumed to be some time between September 20-30) but the great implications it had are easy to trace. The Battle was fought between the Persian Empire and the Alliance of Greek cities. It followed the Battles of Thermopylae (the Battle of 300 Spartans) and the Battle of Artemisium, where the Persian side was … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria – The Longest-Reigning Monarch in British History

  September 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm by

On September 25, 1896, Queen Victoria became the longest-reigning Monarch in British History, surpassing George III’s reign, who was King for 59 years. Victoria also left behind the longest-reigning English and Scottish Monarchs, Henry III and James VI, who had reigned for 56 and 57 years respectively. She was a Queen for 63 years and 216 days. Grand commemorative events were planned for the occasion; however the Queen requested all … Continue reading

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September 1859, the Failed Plot in Naples Court

  September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm by

150 years ago, the Italian peninsula was divided in several States; one of them, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, was ruling over all the south of Italy and the Sicily; another one, the Kingdom of Sardinia, was beginning to expand itself and to conquer several other Italian regions. On 22 May 1859, King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies died in Caserta. His very reactionary politic, fully supported by … Continue reading

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Earl Mountbatten’s Grandson Speaks About the Murder of His Family Members

  September 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm by

On the 27th of August 1979, Louis Mountbatten, the Earl Mountbatten was murdered along with his 14 year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, 15 year-old Paul Maxwell, and Baroness Brabourne, the 83 year-old mother in law of the Earl’s daughter. They were enjoying a leisurely holiday outing in the family’s boat on the waters off of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, Ireland, when a bomb placed on the boat was detonated by a … Continue reading

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Romanov Jewels worth 2 Million Euros found in Sweden

  August 28, 2009 at 9:45 am by

Swedish news agencies report that a collection of jewels have surfaced in the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s storage rooms. The jewels are worth over 2 million Euros and belonged to the Russian Imperial Family. A confidant of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna handed the valuable items to the Swedish Embassy in St. Petersburg for safekeeping after the 1917 revolution. The Grand Duchess died in France, apparently without telling her family about the … Continue reading

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These days in History – August 11-14

  August 15, 2009 at 12:57 am by

Many interesting historical events happened on August 11 – 14: legendary battles, death of the most famous woman in history, first and last days for a number of Monarchs… If you want to learn what important things happened in (royal) History on these August days, read on.   August 11, 2492 BC – The defeat of Bel by Hayk and founding of the Armenian nation The legend of Hayk, as … Continue reading

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The Battle of Britain Begins

  August 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm by

The Battle of Britain (the “Eagle Day”) began on August 13, 1940 with the Luftwaffe launching a series of attacks on British fighter bases and radar installations. Shortly before the Battle was to commence, Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous morale-boosting speeches (during the Battle of France) where he braced the nation for the war, saying: “…that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs: Saving the Royal Jewels

  August 13, 2009 at 10:38 am by

William Clarke has written a book (due to be published in England in September), where he tells the story of how some of the Romanov Jewels were saved. William Clarke is by no means a novice when it comes to researching the history of Russian Imperial Jewels. Former financial editor of the London Times, Clarke has already explored a similar theme in his book “The Lost Fortune of the Tsars”, … Continue reading

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On August 12, 1904 Tsarevich Alexei was born

  August 13, 2009 at 9:08 am by

Exactly 105 years ago, in 1904, the only son of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra was born. The Emperor wrote in his diary: “An unforgettable great day for us, during which we were clearly visited by the grace of God. At 1.15 during the day Alix gave birth to a son, whom in prayer we have named Alexei.” The great joy he brought into the lives of his family members … Continue reading

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Head of Decapitated King Returned to Ghana

  August 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm by

After nearly two centuries in the Netherlands, the head of King Nana Badu Bonsu II has been returned to Ghana. In the 1830s, the Ahanta King allegedly ambushed and killed the Dutch colonial soldiers who occupied the region, during an exchange of hostilities, according to the Ghana News Agency. The attack on the Dutch soldiers was a grave offense to the Dutch, who colonized the area that is now known … Continue reading

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This Day in History – August 4

  August 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm by

August 4 is marked by all sorts of events, starting from the world’s first public smoking ban and the end of the Age of Chivalry in England, to the birth of ‘most dangerous woman in Europe’. If you want to learn what important things happened in the (Royal) History on August 4, read on. Edward I August 4, 1265 – The Battle of Evesham, one of the two most important … Continue reading

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100th Anniversary of the Historical Meeting of Nicholas II and Edward VII

  August 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

Today is the 100th anniversary of the historical meeting between Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The meeting significantly improved the relationships between the two countries. The Russian Emperor, accompanied by his wife and all 5 children, arrived at the Isle of Wight on the Imperial Yacht Standart, which was escorted by Russian Cruisers and Destroyers. King Edward VII prepared a no-less impressive … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola attends memorial mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2009 at 8:33 am by

On 31 July, Queen Fabiola attended the memorial mass for her late husband, King Baudouin I of Belgium. The mass is always organised at the special request of Queen Fabiola, on the anniversary of the King’s death, at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken. Queen Fabiola was accompanied by Prince Nicolas of Liechtenstein, the husband of her niece, Princess Margaretha. The Queen attended the mass in a wheelchair, and … Continue reading

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