Category Archives: Mexican Royals

On This Day: Execution of Mexican Emperor Maximilian

  June 19, 2017 at 4:00 am by

150 years ago, the Second Mexican Empire’s only ruler – Maximilian I – was executed by firing squad at the Cerro de las Campanas in Querétaro City. He had reigned for just over three years. The 34-year-old Emperor had been captured by Republican forces, led by President Benito Juárez, who took the City on May 15 after several months of civil war between the two sides. Maximilian’s reign from the beginning had not received support … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Chapultepec Castle

  April 2, 2017 at 6:00 am by

The Castle from the Chapultepec Park Location: Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, United Mexican States Built: 1785-1787 Architect: Francisco Bambitelli and Manuel Agustín Mascaró (original construction); Carl Gangolf Kayser and Julius Hofmann (renovations) Commissioned By: Bernardo Vicente de Gálvez y Madrid, Viceroy of New Spain Style: Neoclassical On The Palace Grounds: Chapultepec Park Current Owner: The Mexican State Current Use: Museo Nacional de Historia Fun Fact: The Palace is the only North American palace to be home to reigning sovereigns – … 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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