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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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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert I

  July 16, 2013 at 3:04 am by

Continuing our series of profiles on the six Belgian monarchs, today we look at the third King, Albert I. Born on April 8th, 1875 in Brussels, Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad was not expected to succeed the throne. He was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders – the third son of King Leopold I – and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Two unexpected deaths pushed Prince Albert up … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Turns 36

  July 15, 2013 at 9:15 am by

The very popular Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 36th birthday on July 14th. The future Queen of Sweden was born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm in 1977 as the eldest child and daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The Princess was christened Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée at the Royal Palace Church on 27 September 1977. The birth of her brother, Prince Carl … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold II

  July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am by

Our second Belgian Royal Profile will be on the second King of the Belgians, Leopold II, a far more controversial figure due to his regime and the widespread abuse in the Congo Free State. Leopold II was born in Brussels on the 9th of April 1835, the eldest son of Leopold I and Louise-Marie d’Orléans. In 1840, Leopold was created Duke of Brabant, which is now the traditional title of … Continue reading

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Princess Ghida Celebrates 50th Birthday

  July 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm by

Princess Ghida Talal of Jordan, born Ghida Hani Salaam on July 11st, 1963 in Beirut to a distinguished Lebanese political family, celebrates today her 50th birthday. Ghida is the daughter of Hani Salaam and Rajaa Arab. She has one sister, Dalia, and two brothers, Mohammed and Yaser. She graduated with the French Baccalaureate degree in Lebanon before traveling to the United States to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold I

  July 6, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Seeing as Belgium was in the news this week with the announcement by King Albert II of his abdication on July 21st, we thought that we would revisit the reigns of the six Belgian monarchs. We will start with the very first King of the Belgians, Leopold I, and work our way through the lives and reign of each of the five other monarchs over the next few weeks. Leopold … Continue reading

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Prince Michael of Kent Turns 71

  July 5, 2013 at 9:20 am by

July 4th, 2013 Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his 71st birthday on July 4th. The Prince, who is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was born at Coppins, Iver in Buckinghamshire in 1942. His father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary, and his mother was Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Sadly his father was killed in a tragic plane … Continue reading

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Princess Fawzia of Egypt Dies

  July 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm by

On July 2nd, 2013 Princess Fawzia bint Fuad of Egypt died at age 91 in Egypt. Princess Fawzia was the eldest daughter of King Fuad I and Queen Nazli. She got married in 1939 with the Crown Prince Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran, with whom she had a daughter: Princess Shahnaz (born in 1940). In 1948, the couple got the divorced and Fawzia married the Egyptian Colonel Ismail Chirine. … Continue reading

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