Category Archives: Historical Royals

Royals who have been deceased for a minimum of twenty years

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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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Princess Grace of Monaco Honored in Exhibits

  April 23, 2009 at 1:43 am by

This year marks what would have been Princess Grace of Monaco’s 80th birthday. Princess Grace, born Grace Patricia Kelly, an American Academy Award winning actress, married His Serene Highness Prince Rainier of Monaco and is the mother of Monaco’s current Sovereign, Prince Albert II. Although she died in 1982, she remains a popular figure in both American and European culture and it shows in the current headlines. In keeping with … Continue reading

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Want a Piece of Royal Wedding Cake?

  April 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm by

For readers with a sweet tooth, a piece of Princess Louise’s 1871 wedding cake went up for auction at the Antiques for Everyone Fair in Birmingham, England this past week. The piece of cake is believed to be the only remaining portion of the wedding cake. Bids were set to begin at $215 (145 pounds). John Shepard, the antique dealer, purchased the piece from a descendant of a noble family … Continue reading

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Was Henry VIII a Glorious Leader or the Saddam of His Generation?

  April 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm by

With the upcoming 500th anniversary of his accession, Henry VIII continues to garner headlines in Britain. Marvin Gayford, the chief art critic for Bloomberg News, compares the English king to more recent tyrants like Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Glorious Leader, Kim Jung Il. Gayford thinks that Henry may have been one of the most influential people in world history. Had Henry successfully fathered a son with Catherine of Aragon, … Continue reading

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On the Trail of Henry VIII

  April 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

Dr. David Starkey says that we can learn much about the life of Henry VIII by visiting his residences, the most well-known of which is Hampton Court. Dr. Starkey is amazed by the Tudor royal’s “prodigious accumulation.” He is describing a neglected aspect of Henry’s reign: the number of houses and palaces he owned. When Henry became king in 1509, he had a mere 12 or 13 palaces and castles … Continue reading

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“Becoming Queen” by Kate Williams

  March 23, 2009 at 9:19 pm by

Picture this. The Prince and Princess of Wales are feuding, much to their families’ dismay. It is quite clear that the marriage has ended, although, thank goodness, the succession is secure. They have produced an heir. But then tragedy strikes in a “King Ralph” moment and the heir is dead. What’s a royal family to do? I’m not talking about the misadventures of Charles and Diana, but about the tragedy … Continue reading

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80 years since Olav’s and Märtha’s Wedding

  March 22, 2009 at 11:02 am by

Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha, a Swedish Princess, were married 80 years ago, on March 21st 1929. Prince Olav and Princess Märtha met during the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. They took some time to explore the city together and get to know each other. By the time they returned to their respective homes, they were secretly engaged. The engagement was announced publicly in Stockholm a few … Continue reading

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Death Anniversaries of Queen Juliana And Queen Emma

  March 20, 2009 at 6:35 am by

Five years ago, on 20 March 2004, queen Juliana of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 94 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The queen reigned The Netherlands for nearly 32 years, from 1948 until her abdication in favor of her eldest daughter Beatrix in 1980. Juliana married in 1936 to prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Together they got four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. During her reign the … Continue reading

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New Books about Royals and Their Relatives

  March 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm by

When I made my last visit to the library, I grabbed a copy of Book Page, “America’s Book Review.” And there’s a few new books that might be of interest to members of the Royal Forums. I haven’t read them and must rely on BP’s reviews, but three might be of interest to you. If you’re in the mood for humor and would like to broaden your knowledge of royal … Continue reading

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A New Look at the Psychology of Henry VIII

  March 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm by

According to Dr. David Starkey in the Sunday Times, Henry VIII was a real mama’s boy. Looking at handwriting comparisons (that of Henry, his mother, Elizabeth of York, and his younger sister Mary), Starkey draws the conclusion that he was emotionally dependent on women because of the close similarity of the samples. An exhibition opening in April at the British Museum will display the samples. The Times quoted Starkey as … Continue reading

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Austria’s Last Empress Died 20 Years Ago

  March 14, 2009 at 10:35 am by

On 14 March 1989 Austria’s last empress died in Ziziers, Switzerland. She was born on 9 May 1892 in Pianore, Italy as Princess Zita Maria della Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese of Bourbon-Parma, one of the 24 children of Roberto I, the last reigning Duke of Parma by his second wife Princess Antonia of Portugal. In 1911 she married Archduke Charles (Karl) of Austria, heir to … Continue reading

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The King’s Grace? Or Disgrace?

  March 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm by

In her newest novel on the British Royals of the past, Anne Easter Smith chooses to delve into the theoretical existence of a bastard child of Edward IV, Grace, whom she chooses to tell the story of Perkin Warbeck, yet another theoretical child of Edward IV. Perkin Warbeck claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury and was recognized as such by Margaret of Burgundy, sister to Edward IV, one of the … Continue reading

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Royals Attend Princess Michael’s Book Presentation in Portugal

  March 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm by

Princess Michael of Kent’s new book, The Serpent and the Moon, has had a presentation ceremony earlier this week in Portugal. The book was presented on March 3rd at the beautiful Palace of Fronteira, in Lisbon, and is now being published in Portugal by Civilização. It is a novel about the most famous love triangle in the French Court of the Renaissance, that of Henri II, Catherine de Medici and … Continue reading

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Tiaras Designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria

  March 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm by

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha loved to design jewellery for his wife, Queen Victoria. Throughout their marriage he designed a number of key pieces which naturally became some of the most treasured possessions of Victoria. Of these jewels, Albert designed at least four tiaras for Victoria to wear – two of these were the diamond and emerald tiara and the sapphire and diamond tiara. Victoria gifted many of jewels … Continue reading

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