Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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Russia has more pressing issues than to spare money for the reburial

  July 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm by

Members of the Romanov Family Association announced that they don’t think the time is right for the reburial of the remains of Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. The representative of the Association, Ivan Artzishevski, made the statement during the official press conference on July 28, 2009. Said Artzishevski: “Today is perhaps not the time when money can be spared for a fitting reburial ceremony. Russia has more pressing and … Continue reading

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Will Secret British Royal Wills Be Unsealed?

  July 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm by

The BBC reports that the question of the legality of sealing of royal wills, which has been raised several times over recent years, is being considered by a panel of judges. The privilege is unique to the royals — normally British wills are a matter of public record. The practice of sealing the wills was brought to public attention by Robert Brown (pictured at right), a man who claims that … Continue reading

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Ninety Years Ago: Murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family

  July 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm by

On July 25, 1918 The White forces entered Yekaterinburg and immediately headed to free the Emperor but found the Ipatyev house (where the Imperial Family was kept) empty. Gripped with grim predictions, they started searching for clues to what could have happened: the house looked as though it was left in a hurry and although they didn’t find any clothing or jewellery, a lot of personal belongings of the family … Continue reading

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The Origins of the Tongan Monarchy

  July 21, 2009 at 2:22 am by

The Tongan monarchy is reported to have held the most power in the 13th century. By the next century, there were three royal lines in Tonga. This arose when the King retained his spiritual authority, but delegated all other power to his brother; this happened again later with the second royal line, creating the third. Day-to-day ruling was carried out by Tu’i Ha’atakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu lines; it was the … Continue reading

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Bastille Day

  July 14, 2009 at 4:14 am by

Even though the city of New York has already celebrated the French national day two days ahead, it’s officially on July 14th that you can crack open the champagne. Every year in France it’s the same schedule: from 8 AM to 12 PM, you get to see the military parade on TV (or for real if you happen to be on the Champs-Elysées in Paris). This défilé du 14 juillet … Continue reading

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Leopold II Wanted To Invade The Netherlands

  June 24, 2009 at 8:50 am by

New reports have revealed that King Leopold II of the Belgians (1835-1909) had plans to invade The Netherlands. These plans were found in the royal archives in Brussels by the Flemish journalist and historian Kris Clerckx. The king sent an espionage missions to get information about the strength of the Dutch army, made plans for the invasion and sent a high diplomat to France to get the support of emperor … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

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Memories of Marina and Wimbledon

  June 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm by

With the 2009 Wimbledon Championship starting on Monday, all eyes are firmly focussed on Andy Murray but Royal watchers will be surveying the scene for the odd Prince and Princess (and let’s face it there’s quite a few odd ones about these days). Years ago, there was no question of a Royal-less Wimbledon as the long-time President of Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club did her duty by … Continue reading

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Unlucky 13 (Plus 100): The Coronation of the Last Russian Tsar

  May 29, 2009 at 9:31 am by

The last Tsar of Russia, His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II The Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russians, was official crowned in an elaborate coronation which took place 113 years ago this past Tuesday in Moscow. After a suitable period of mourning for his father, the Late Tsar Alexander III (who died in 1894), the festivities celebrating the new Tsar could begin. And begin they did. The coronation celebration lasted … Continue reading

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A Reminder of John Brown

  May 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm by

Few royal friendships have spawned controversy and even a movie a century later, but Queen Victoria’s attachment to her ghillie, John Brown, was exceptional. There were even rumors in their time that the depressed widow had married her wild Scotsman, earning her the nickname Mrs. Brown. In 1997 Dame Judi Dench and Billie Connolly reenacted the relationship in the movie Mrs. Brown. The Queen mourned when Brown, who had advanced … Continue reading

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Te Puea Hèrangi, A Māori Princess

  May 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm by

Te Puea Hèrangi was born the granddaughter of the second Māori King, Tawhiao, in 1883. Te Puea is recognised as having been a famous and influential leader for Māori, with many great achievements throughout her life. One of the most notable occasions where she was a rallying point for Māori people was during World War I, when she objected to conscription. Te Puea made her farm available to those escaping … Continue reading

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New Article at The Royal Articles – Princess Louise of Belgium: ‘Eve after the Fall of Man’

  May 22, 2009 at 3:10 am by

A new article on Princess Louise of Belgium has been published on The Royal Articles. A short description of the article is as follows: “After an unhappy childhood in the court of her father King Leopold II, Princess Louise Marie of Belgium gained some freedom in her marriage to Prince Philip of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. However, the couple drifted apart, and Louise finally found happiness with Count Geza Mattachich. Her life with … Continue reading

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Monaco’s Princess Charlotte adopted in May 1911

  May 16, 2009 at 3:38 am by

Although Princess Charlotte of Monaco never ruled the tiny Principality, she became the transition branch of the family in a journey that began on this day in 1911. In 1911, Monaco’s Hereditary Prince remained heirless and the crown was poised to be passed to a distant German relative (Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach who later became King of Lithuania). In a surprise announcement, Prince Louis’ father, Prince Albert I announced … Continue reading

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History of the Māori Kings of New Zealand

  May 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm by

New Zealand was first settled by the Māori, and they were later followed (in the early 1800s) by European whalers and sealers, before gradually missionaries and traders arrived. On February 6 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed; in the Treaty Māori ceded ‘sovereignty’ or ‘guardianship’ to HM The Queen of England, and in return they were granted the status of her citizens. Later, problems began to arise as it … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales To Discuss Battenberg Grandmother in a Film

  April 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

The Prince of Wales is set to recall his other, often-overlooked, grandmother, the late Princess Andrew of Greece, born Princess Alice of Battenberg. In royal photographs Princess Andrew is the mysterious lady seen wearing a somber nun’s habit, as she did at the coronation of her daughter-in-law in 1953. The Prince will appear in a film, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust, that will tell the stories of 12 people … Continue reading

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Did Anne Boleyn Cheat on Her Husband? Judge for Yourself

  April 30, 2009 at 9:33 am by

The National Archives has digitized and created an online exhibition of parchments from the reign of Henry VIII. A collection of “top secret” documents, part of the “Bag of Secrets”, tells the story of the beginning of Anne Boleyn’s trial in 1536. Anne had been accused, with her brother George Boleyn, of high treason and incest. Among the allegations against the Boleyns was that they had French kissed each other, … Continue reading

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David Starkey Attacks “A Snotty-Nosed Punk”

  April 29, 2009 at 8:06 am by

A couple living in Richmond-upon-Thames for 40 years have incurred the wrath of Dr. David Starkey, Tudor historian. Planners at Richmond Council have approved the couple’s plans to build a solar powered, triple-glazed, two-story house near the former site of Richmond Palace, which was built by Henry VII. Starkey finds it a slap in the face to the founding Tudor’s son: “To give it planning permission almost to the day … Continue reading

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Are Female Historians Destroying the Tudors?

  April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am by

Dr. David Starkey has been making, in my opinion, some rather strange comments about the biases of female historians. He criticizes some for zeroing in on the ‘soap opera’ of key figures’ love lives rather than their achievements or failures. The TV show “The Tudors” seems to have inspired these comments. Although Starkey is correct to criticize the TV show for its inaccuracies and its prurient emphasis (what Starkey describes … Continue reading

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Who Stole Marie Antoinette’s Watch? And Then Brought It Back?

  April 29, 2009 at 5:17 am by

It was a crime worthy of a 007 spy or a Pink Panther villain. On Friday, April 15 1983, the LA Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Israel, closed early for the Sabbath. It was scheduled to open the next day. The guards on duty locked the building and settled in for a long night. The next morning they discovered that a gallery containing a collection of antique watches … Continue reading

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Was Emperor Hirohito Born Out of Wedlock?

  April 29, 2009 at 12:56 am by

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Yoshihito (who was to become Emperor Taisho afterwards) and Princess Sadako were married in a small ceremony at eight o’clock in the morning on May 10, 1900; at the Imperial Shrine on the palace grounds in Tokyo. Only members of their immediate families attended the rites, and on April 29, 1901; nearly one year after the wedding, their first son, Hirohito, was born. … Continue reading

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