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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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On This Day: Death of Juliana of the Netherlands

  March 20, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Queen Juliana of the Netherland’s death at the age of 94. She had reigned the Netherlands for almost thirty-two years between 1948 and 1980. Born in April 1909, Juliana was the only child of then Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her husband, Duke Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. As her mother had no surviving siblings, Juliana became the only member of the line of succession … Continue reading

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Archduchess Marie-Astrid Turns Sixty

  February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria today marks her sixtieth birthday. The Archduchess was born a Princess of Luxembourg in 1954. The eldest child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and his wife, Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Élisabeth Anne Alberte was born at Betzdorf Castle in east Luxembourg, her parents’ residence. Her four siblings – Henri, Jean, Margaretha and Guillaume – were also born at the … Continue reading

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15th Anniversary of King Hussein’s Death

  February 7, 2014 at 6:43 am by

This Friday marks the 15th death anniversary of the late King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, who passed away on February 7th, 1999. The late Jordanian monarch was born in Amman on November 14th, 1935 as the eldest child of Crown Prince Talal bin Abdullah and Princess Zein Al Sharaf of Jordan (later the King and Queen). He inherited the throne at the age of 16 after the abdication of … Continue reading

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Maria Cristina of Savoy’s Beatification

  January 27, 2014 at 2:35 am by

Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen Consort of the Two-Sicilies was beatified at the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Naples, Italy on 25 January. Queen Maria Cristina was declared a Servant of God in 1872 and in 1937, she was declared a Venerable Servant of God. In 2013, Pope Francis authorised a decree recognising a miracle due to her intercession. A dinner (which was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Catherine de’ Medici

  January 22, 2014 at 10:00 am by

Catherine de’ Medici was born in Florence on April 13, 1519; her father was the Florentine Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and her French mother was Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. Tragically, her mother died ten days after giving birth to Catherine, whilst her father died on May 4, leaving Catherine a sole orphan and heiress to a great fortune. The infant Catherine was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Margaret of Prussia

  January 22, 2014 at 9:07 am by

Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of the Dowager Landgravine of Hesse, Margaret of Prussia. Born in April 1872 at the New Palace in Potsdam, Princess Margaret was the youngest child of Frederick III, German Emperor and Victoria, Princess Royal. Her siblings were the future Wilhelm II, Charlotte of Saxe-Meiningen, Prince Heinrich, Prince Sigismund, Viktoria of Schaumburg-Lippe, Prince Waldemar and Sophie of Greece. Her godparents were Emperor Pedro … Continue reading

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Infanta Elena Turns 50

  December 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm by

Infanta Elena of Spain celebrates her 50th birthday on December 20th. The eldest child and daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia was born in Madrid in 1963. Her baptism took place at the Zarzuela Palace Chapel on December 27th; her godparents being her late grandmother, Princess Maria de las Mercedes de Borbón-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona and her cousin, Infante Alfonso de Orleans y Borbón, Duke of Galliera. … Continue reading

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Two Birthdays In The British Royal Family

  November 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm by

On November 14 and 15, the Prince of Wales and his nephew Peter Philips celebrated their birthdays. Charles turned 65 whilst Peter turned 36. Prince Charles celebrated his 65 birthday in Sri Lanka, where he received a birthday cake with an iced “Happy 65th Birthday” message. He also had a group of Sri Lankan school children sing happy birthday to him. The Duchess of Cornwall was interviewed on the occasion … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Anjou Celebrates Her 30th Birthday

  October 26, 2013 at 12:45 am by

The Duchess of Anjou turned 30 on October 21st. She celebrated her birthday with her family in Madrid, where she and her husband and children are currently residing. Before her marriage to the Duke, the Duchess was previously known as María Margarita Vargas Santaella. She is the daughter of Víctor José Vargas Irausquín and Carmen Leonor Santaella Tellería, a well-known lawyer who is the owner of Banco BOD, also known … Continue reading

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