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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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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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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 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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The Prince of Liechtenstein Turns Seventy

  February 14, 2015 at 6:00 am by

The Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, today celebrates his seventieth birthday. He was born in 1945 as the eldest child of Prince Franz Joseph II and his wife Georgina. Hans-Adam spent his childhood in Vaduz, the capital of the small principality, residing in Vaduz Castle with his parents and siblings. He went to a local primary school, before attending high school in Vienna at the Schottengymnasium. His secondary education was completed … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Nicholas Romanovich, Claimant to Russian Throne

  September 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm by

One of the claimants to the defunct Russian throne, Prince Nicholas Romanovich, passed away today in Italy, at the age of 91. The Prince was the elder son of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia, a second cousin of the last Tsar, Nicholas II. Nicholas Romanovich was a great-great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas I. As such, following the death of Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich in 1992, Nicholas considered himself the Head of the … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar’s 78th Birthday

  July 31, 2014 at 6:44 am by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 78 years old on July 30. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain, and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita. She is thus a paternal aunt of the current Spanish King, Felipe VI. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France in 1936 during the exile of the Spanish … 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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On This Day: Birth of José I of Portugal

  June 6, 2014 at 6:30 am by

Today is the 300th anniversary of the birth of King José I of Portugal. He was born in 1714, as the third child of King João V of Portugal and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria. The future King was titled Infante José for the first four and a half months of his life, as his older brother, Pedro, was the heir to the throne. Upon Pedro’s death on October 29, Infante José … Continue reading

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The Last of the Valois

  May 18, 2014 at 6:48 am by

Marguerite de Valois, Princess of France was born at the Royal Chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye on May 14, 1553, the youngest surviving daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Médici. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s devoted sister, Marguerite de France, Duchess de Berry. The young Marguerite – who was known simply as Margot by her family – was raised at the sophisticated French Valois court. Marguerite had three older and … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Turns 43

  May 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm by

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands celebrates her 43rd birthday on May 17th. Born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1971, her father is a retired Argentine politician, Jorge Zorreguieta, and her mother is María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. Máxima has two brothers and a sister, as well as three half-sisters from her father’s first marriage. Prior to her marriage, Máxima worked as an investment banker having obtained … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Élisabeth of France

  May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm by

For the month of May, I have chosen Princess Élisabeth of France as my featured royal. Also known as Madame Élisabeth, she was the youngest sister of Louis XVI of France. The Princess followed her brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine in 1794 during the Terror. Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France was born early on the morning of May 3rd, 1764 at the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Princess was the youngest daughter … Continue reading

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Princess Haya Turns 40

  May 3, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan celebrates today her 40th birthday. Princess Haya was born on May 3, 1974 in Amman. She is the daughter of the late King Hussein I (1935-1999) and his third wife, the late Queen Alia (1948-1977). She was named after King Hussein’s aunt.  Princess Haya has one brother, Prince Ali, and one sister, Abir Muhaisen, who was adopted when she was one year old. … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Brian Boru

  April 27, 2014 at 1:02 am by

For April’s Royal of the Month, I have chosen Ireland’s most famous High King – or in Irish, Ard Rí – Brian Boru, who was slain 1,000 years ago on April 23rd, 1014. The exact date of Brian’s birth has been debated over the centuries, but its believed he was born c.941 in Kincora, Killaloe County Clare. His father, Cennétig mac Lorcáin, was the King of Munster and his mother, Bé Binn, was … Continue reading

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Margrethe II of Denmark Turns 74

  April 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm by

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 74th birthday today. The ever-popular Danish Monarch was born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1940, the eldest child of then-Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark. The infant Princess was baptised at the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen on May 14, 1940 with the names Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid. Among her godparents were her paternal grandfather, King Christian X of Denmark, her father’s brother, … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Alba Turns 88

  April 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm by

Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain turned 88 on March 28th. Doña Cayetana was born in 1926 at the Palacio de Liria in Madrid, the only child of Don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba and Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba. The Alba family were very close to the … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Honours the Duke of Suárez

  March 27, 2014 at 7:43 am by

On Sunday March 23rd, Adolfo Suárez, 1st Duke of Suárez and Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister passed away aged 81. Born on September 25th, 1932 in Cebreros, Spain he went onto hold several political posts in the last years of the Franco Regime. In July 1976, King Juan Carlos appointed  Suárez as President of the Government of Spain (Prime Minister), a post he held until 1981. Together with King Juan … Continue reading

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