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On This Day: Death of Stéphanie of Belgium, Would-Be Empress

  August 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

August 23 marks the anniversary of the death of Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, the woman who, had events not occurred how they did, would likely have become the Empress of Austria. Born in May 1864, she was the second daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians and his Austrian Archduchess wife, Marie Henriette. An unhappy childhood was a symptom of her parents’ unhappy marriage; their three daughters were left … Continue reading

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Giving By Degrees – Gifting in the British Royal Family: Article by David McClure

  August 5, 2015 at 11:02 am by

Following the three-part series on the wealth of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom we brought to you back in April, royal author David McClure has shared with us another article – this time focusing on the manner in which members of the British Royal Family have distributed their wealth in the form of gifts – based on his book, Royal Legacy: How the Royal Family have made, spent and … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of the Future George II of Greece

  July 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the future King of the Hellenes, George II, in 1890. His birth took place on July 19 at Tatoi, the Royal Family’s palace just outside Athens, the first of six children born to the-then Crown Prince Constantine of Greece (future Constantine I) and his wife, Sophie of Prussia. Prince George’s grandparents were George I of Greece (born Prince Wilhelm of Denmark) and Olga … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Charlotte

  July 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

Thirty years ago, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, who reigned the small European nation for 45 years, passed away at the age of 89. “A great lady has entered history, after preserving, leading, strengthening and inspiring our country for so long. She has taken a definitive place in our hearts and memories,” the then Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, said in a statement after the Grand Duchess’s death, which occurred in the … Continue reading

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Swedish Royal Wedding: A Profile of the Last Duchess of Värmland

  June 8, 2015 at 9:00 am by

When she marries Prince Carl Philip on Saturday, Sofia Hellqivst will become the Duchess of Värmland. In the lead-up to the wedding, the TRF Blog has profiled the last woman who held that title, Victoria of Baden. Born on August 7, 1862 in Karlsruhe, Princess Victoria was the only daughter of Friedrich I, Grand Duke of Baden and Princess Louise of Prussia. She had two brothers, Friedrich II and Prince Ludwig. … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Empress Carlota of Mexico

  June 7, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Princess Charlotte of Belgium, the woman who would become the only Empress of the Second Mexican Empire, was born 175 years ago. She was born at the Royal Palace of Laeken as the only daughter of Leopold I of the Belgians and his second wife, Louise of Orléans, on June 7, 1840. She was baptised Marie Charlotte Amélie Augustine Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine, with Charlotte designated as the name she would be known as, … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Swedish Prince Wilhelm

  June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Sweden’s Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland died fifty years ago today. He was born on June 17, 1884 at Tullgarn Palace to the future King of Sweden, Gustaf V, and his wife, Victoria of Baden. Wilhelm was the second of three sons born to the couple – Prince Gustaf Adolf was older, Prince Erik younger. Wilhelm served in the Swedish Navy, and in 1907, represented his grandfather, King Oscar II, at … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of George V of the United Kingdom

  June 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm by

June 3, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of King George V of the United Kingdom. George Frederick Ernest Albert was born at Marlborough House in London as the second son of the then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, and his wife Alexandra of Denmark. He had five siblings: Prince Albert Victor, Princess Louise, Princess Victoria, Princess Maud and Prince Alexander John. The Prince was educated with his elder brother, … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of the First King of Modern Greece

  June 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm by

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the first King of Modern Greece, the Bavarian Prince Otto. His Royal Highness Prince Otto Friedrich Ludwig of Bavaria was born on June 1, 1815 at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg; his parents were the future King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1832, following Greece gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and Russia) … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia

  May 26, 2015 at 6:00 am by

On May 26, 1940 Prince Wilhelm of Prussia died in Nivelles, Belgium. He had been involved in the German invasion of France, and was fatally injured. The Prince was born at the Marble Palace near Potsdam during the reign of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm II, on July 4, 1906. He was the first child and eldest son of Wilhelm, German Crown Prince and Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and as such was second … Continue reading

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On This Day: Frederik of Denmark Marries Ingrid of Sweden

  May 24, 2015 at 9:30 am by

80 years ago today, Sweden’s Princess Ingrid became the Crown Princess of Denmark when she married the heir to the Danish throne, Frederik, in a splendid ceremony in Stockholm. Taking place at the Storkyrkan, Stockholm’s St Nicholas Cathedral, Frederik and Ingrid were married by Archbishop Erling Eidem in front of a large number of Europe’s royal families – most of whom were related in one way or another to the bridal couple. Princess … Continue reading

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Drama on Queen Victoria’s Early Life To Be Produced By ITV

  May 19, 2015 at 10:57 am by

British television network ITV has announced it will be producing an eight-hour drama series based on the early life of Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest reigning monarch to date. Novelist Daisy Goodwin will be making her screenwriting debut in penning the script for Victoria. “I’ve been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She’s a woman whose personality leaps off the page – a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight … Continue reading

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Richard III’s Remains Reburied at Leicester Cathedral

  March 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm by

The remains of King Richard III have been reburied today during a ceremony at Leicester Cathedral attended by the Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, led the service accompanied by several members of the clergy including the Bishop of Leicester. The ceremony was more a memorial remembering the last Plantagenet King than a sober funeral – “a reinterment” the … Continue reading

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Remains of Richard III Arrive at Leicester Cathedral

  March 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm by

The remains of the last Plantagenet and York King have arrived at Leicester Cathedral, where they will be buried in a ceremony on Thursday. A ceremony took place at the University of Leicester before the coffin was taken through the Leicester and a several places in the area which were important to the final days of Richard III’s life. People who had worked to find and identify the King’s remains, … Continue reading

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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Duke of Windsor Published

  February 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm by

New photographs of the Duke of Windsor have been published in this week’s edition of Hello! magazine. The photos, which have never been published before, come from three private photo albums of the former King, and show the Duke and his wife Wallis Simpson along the stages of their relationship. The first album is full of photos from when Edward was still Prince of Wales, the second during his brief period … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wedding of George and Marina

  November 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

80 years ago, a British Prince married a Greek Princess in a glittering winter ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Prince George, the second youngest son of King George V of the United Kingdom and Princess Mary of Teck, had announced his engagement to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, in August 1934. Their wedding was … Continue reading

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Final Home of Russian Grand Duchess Up For Sale

  November 26, 2014 at 9:02 am by

The last home of the youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II has gone on the market in Canada. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, daughter of Tsar Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna, lived out her final days on the second floor of a semi-detached unit in East Toronto. The unit, which was a beauty salon when the Grand Duchess lived there at the behest of Russian friends, is now a travel … Continue reading

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On This Day: Interment of the Assassinated Archduke

  July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

The assassinated heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were interred into the crypt at Artstetten Castle on July 4, 1914. Following their deaths in Sarajevo on June 28, the Austrian Imperial Court arranged for the couple’s bodies to be transported by the battleship SMS Viribus Unitis to Trieste, Italy on June 30, before their final journey to Vienna was undertaken by train. Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading

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On This Day: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  June 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an assassination that changed the course of world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Political, ethnic and religious differences emanating out of a diverse Empire led to boiling tensions which came to a head in mid-1914. The Archduke was scheduled by Emperor Franz Joseph to visit military manoeuvres in Bosnia in June 1914, and Franz Ferdinand decided to … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Jeanne III of Navarre

  June 27, 2014 at 8:34 am by

For the month of June, I have chosen Jeanne d’Albret as my feature royal. Though largely a forgotten historical figure, Jeanne III of Navarre was a major power player during the dying days of the French Valois Dynasty. Jeanne d’Albret was born at the Chateau de Pau on January 7, 1528, the daughter of Marguerite d’Angoulême and Henri II of Navarre. Her mother was the only sister of King François I of … Continue reading

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