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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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Farah Pahlavi Celebrates 75th Birthday

  October 14, 2013 at 12:00 am by

The former Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi, celebrates today her 75th birthday. Born as Farah Diba, she was born on October 14th, 1938 in Tehran (Iran). Farah was the only child of Captain Sohrab Diba and his wife, Farideh Ghotbi. She received her elementary education at Tehran’s Italian School and French Jeanne d’Arc School. Upon finishing her studies at the Lycee Razi, she pursued an interest in architecture at the … Continue reading

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Prince Faisal of Jordan Turns 50

  October 13, 2013 at 12:00 am by

On October 11th, Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan celebrated his 50th birthday. The Prince is the son of the late King Hussein I and his second wife, Princess Muna. His Highness was born on October 11th, 1963 in Amman. He has one brother, King Abdullah II, and two sisters, Princesses Aisha and Zain, and five half-sisters and three half-brothers. Prince Faisal began his education in 1965 at the … Continue reading

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The Death of the Duchess of Medinaceli

  August 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm by

Doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli died on August 18th at her Seville residence aged 96. Regarded by many as Spain’s last great noble, the Duchess was born in 1917 at the Palacio de los Duques de Medinaceli in Madrid. Her father, Don Luis Jesús Fernández de Córdoba, was the 17th Duke of Medinaceli, and her mother was Doña Ana Maria Fernandez de Henestrosa. The future … Continue reading

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Prince Friso Has Passed Away

  August 12, 2013 at 9:42 am by

The Dutch Royal Court has just announced that Prince Friso, the second son of Princess Beatrix, has passed away from complications in his health. He was 44. The Prince has been in a coma for over a year following a skiing accident in Austria in February 2012. He was recently transferred to the Netherlands from London, where he had been receiving treatment. It has been reported that King Willem-Alexander and … Continue reading

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Historical Royal of August: Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein

  August 12, 2013 at 6:00 am by

August 12th, 1872. Queen Victoria is marking the birth of another grandchild, her thirteenth granddaughter. Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the Queen’s fifth child, had given birth to her fourth child. Princess Franziska Josepha Louise Augusta Marie Christina Helena, to be known as Marie Louise – Louie to her family, has been born at Cumberland Lodge. The infant Princess had two elder brothers – Princes Christian Victor and Albert – and … Continue reading

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Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson Turns 70

  August 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm by

Swedish Princess Christina celebrates her 70th birthday on August 3rd. The Princess is a sister of the current Swedish monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf, and was born at the Haga Palace near Stockholm on August 3rd, 1943. Her parents were Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In June 1974, she married Swedish commoner Tord Magnuson and as a result lost her … Continue reading

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Charlotte Casiraghi Turns 27

  August 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm by

Charlotte Casiraghi turns 27 years old today, August 3rd. The eldest daughter of Princess Caroline and the late Stefano Casiraghi was born in Monaco in 1986 and was christened Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi. In 1990, her father was tragically killed in a powerboat racing accident. Charlotte has an older brother, Andrea, and a younger brother, Pierre, and also a younger half sister, Princess Alexandra from her mother’s 1999 marriage to … Continue reading

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Infanta Pilar Turns 77

  July 31, 2013 at 6:52 am by

Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Viscountess de la Torre turned 77 on July 30th. The Infanta is the elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain and also has a younger sister, Infanta Margarita of Spain. Infanta Pilar was born in Cannes, France on July 30th, 1936 during the exile of the Spanish Royal Family. Her full name is María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert II

  July 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm by

Ahead of his abdication tomorrow, let’s take a look at the life of King Albert II of the Belgians. Born on June 6th, 1934, Prince Albert was the youngest child of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden. Upon his birth, which took place at the Stuyvenberg Castle, the same place his elder brother, Baudouin, was born, Albert was given the additional title, Prince of Liège. He … Continue reading

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Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar Turns 15

  July 20, 2013 at 9:34 am by

Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated his 15th birthday on July 17th. The eldest son of Infanta Elena of Spain and Don Jaime de Marichalar, he is currently fifth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Felipe Juan was named in honour of his uncle Prince Felipe and great-grandfather, Infante Juan the Count of Barcelona, but he is often referred to by his Saints name … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Baudouin

  July 20, 2013 at 6:30 am by

Our penultimate profile in the lead up to tomorrow’s abdication in Belgium shines the spotlight on the current King’s elder brother, Baudouin. The second child and eldest son of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden, Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave was born on September 7th, 1930 at Stuyvenberg Castle near Laeken. He had an elder sister, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte (born in 1927), and a … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold III

  July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am by

Our fourth profile on the Monarchs of the Belgians will focus on the reign and life of King Leopold III of the Belgians. Leopold was born in Brussels on November 3rd, 1901, the eldest son of King Albert I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. Leopold had a younger brother, Charles, Count of Flanders, and a sister, Marie José of Belgium (later the last Queen of Italy). At the age of 14, … Continue reading

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The British Infanta

  July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am by

On July 13th, 1966 a largely forgotten member of the Spanish Royal Family died at Sanlúcar de Barrameda in southern Spain. The royal lady in question was Beatrice, Duchess of Galliera, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Born Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh on April 20th, 1884 in Kent, her father was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and her mother was Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia. Prior to her … Continue reading

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