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On This Day: Princess of Wales Was Born

  July 1, 2013 at 5:36 am by

Lady Diana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961. Diana was born into one of the oldest families in the UK and was the fourth child of five. Princess Diana was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. The couple married on July 29, 1981 and the wedding was watched by over 700 million people worldwide. Princess Diana had two sons with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. … Continue reading

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Spanish Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for Don Juan

  June 23, 2013 at 11:24 am by

Madrid – June 20th, 2013 King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia presided over a solemn anniversary mass at the magnificent Capilla Real de Madrid to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the King’s late father, Infante Don Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona. Also attending the mass were the entire extended Spanish Royal Family: the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Infantas Elena and Cristina, Don Felipe Juan de … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Gloucester Turns 67

  June 22, 2013 at 7:48 am by

The Duchess of Gloucester turned 67 on June 20th. Though a less well known member of the extended British Royal Family, the Duchess was born Birgitte Eva Henriksen in Odense, Denmark on June 20th, 1946. Later Birgitte moved to the UK and worked in the Danish Embassy in London. On the 8th of July 1972, she married Prince Richard of Gloucester at St Andrew’s Church, Barnwell in Northamptonshire. Following the … Continue reading

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Prince William turns 31

  June 21, 2013 at 11:25 am by

London – June 21st, 2013 Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, turned 31 on June 21st. The future King was born at St Mary’s Hospital, London as the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales in 1982. He was baptized William Arthur Philip Louis by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, on August 4th, 1982.His godparents included King Constantine II of Greece … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola Turns 85

  June 13, 2013 at 6:19 am by

Her Majesty Queen Fabiola of Belgium celebrated her 85th birthday on June 11th. The Spanish-born widow of the late beloved King Baudouin of Belgium was born in Madrid in 1928. Queen Fabiola was the fourth daughter of the Count and Countess of Mora and her godmother was none other than Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. In December 1960, Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón married King Baudouin of Belgium at … Continue reading

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Prince Henrik of Denmark Turns 79

  June 11, 2013 at 11:30 am by

June 11th, 2013 His Royal Highness Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark was born on June 11th, 1934 in Talence, Gironde, France. The son of Count André de Laborde de Monpezat and Renée Doursenot, he spent part of his childhood in the then French Indochina and later joined the French Foreign Affairs Ministry in London. This is where he met Princess Margrethe of Denmark, eldest daughter of King Frederick IX. The … Continue reading

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Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse Has Died

  May 24, 2013 at 4:34 am by

The Head of the House of Hesse, Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, has passed away at the age of eighty-six. The Landgrave passed away in the afternoon of May 23rd, following a long-term lung illness. The news was confirmed by Mark Miller, the Director of the Hessian House Foundation. Landgrave Moritz was born on August 6th, 1926 at the Castle of Racconigi in Cuneo, Italy, as the eldest child of Philipp, … Continue reading

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Count Christian of Rosenborg Has Died

  May 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm by

Count Christian of Rosenborg, a first cousin of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, died in his sleep in the late hours of May 21st. The 70-year-old Count, who was born a Prince of Denmark as the youngest son of Hereditary Prince Knud, passed away just before midnight at the Gentofte Hospital with his family by his side. He had suffered from throat cancer for several years. Prince Christian of Denmark … Continue reading

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Royal of the Month: Blanche of Artois

  May 3, 2013 at 5:10 am by

Blanche of Artois is an important but long-forgotten historical figure. Born a Princess of France in 1248, Blanche was the daughter of Robert of France, Count of Artois and Matilda of Brabant. Her paternal grandparents were Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, while her uncle was King Louis IX of France. Her father was killed in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade in 1250 and her younger brother, Robert, … Continue reading

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Princess Iman bin Al Hussein Celebrates her 30th Birthday

  April 24, 2013 at 2:46 am by

Princess Iman bint Al Hussein celebrates today her 30th birthday.  Princess Iman was born on April 24, 1983 at 3.30h in the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman. She is the third children of the late King Hussein I of Jordan and his fourth wife, Queen Noor. Princess Iman has two brothers, Prince Hamzah and Prince Hashim and one sister, Princess Raiyah. Princess Iman received her elementary education in Amman … Continue reading

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Remembering Princess Antoinette of Monaco

  March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm by

On March 18th, 2011 Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy, a colourful and long-lived member of Monaco’s Princely Family, passed away aged 90. The Princess was the elder sister of Prince Rainier III and thus an aunt of the current Prince, Albert II. The Princess was married three times and had three children: Elisabeth-Anne, Christian Louis and Christine-Alix, who sadly died in February 1989. The Princess, having spent may … Continue reading

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Infanta Margarita of Spain Turns 74

  March 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm by

Infanta Margarita of Spain, Duchess of Soria and Hernani celebrates her 74th birthday on March 6th. A younger sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Margarita was born in 1939 in Rome, Italy and has been blind since birth. The youngest child of the late Count and Countess of Barcelona was born during the Royal Family’s exile during the final years of the Spanish Civil War. Margarita has an … Continue reading

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The Fall and Rehabilitation of Princess Thyra

  February 26, 2013 at 3:00 am by

The founder of the present Royal Danish Glücksburg Dynasty, King Christian IX was  dubbed the “father-in-law of Europe”.  He and Queen Louise (of Hesse–Kassel) had six children who all married into other dynasties. Their two eldest daughters rose to illustrious positions; Princess Alexandra was exported to England to become a popular Princess of Wales and eventually, Queen of the United Kingdom and the realms. Her younger sister, Princess Dagmar, was … Continue reading

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King Harald’s 76th Birthday

  February 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm by

Today, King Harald celebrates his 76th birthday. He was born on February 21st, 1937, at his parents’ home Skaugum (near Oslo), where the Crown Princely Family lives today. He is the youngest of three children and only son of then Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha. His eldest sister, Princess Ragnhild, passed away last year on September 16th. Due to male precedence, he became King of Norway after his … Continue reading

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 9th Birthday

  January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm by

Yesterday, Princess Ingrid Alexandra celebrated her 9th birthday. She was born on January 21st, 2004, at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo as eldest child of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She is second in line of succession to the throne after her father Crown Prince Haakon. She has a younger brother, 7-year-old Prince Sverre Magnus, and a half-brother, Marius Borg Høiby, son of Crown Princess Mette-Marit from a … Continue reading

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Thousands Gather for King Zog of Albania’s Re-Burial

  November 19, 2012 at 10:37 am by

Over 3,000 Albanians turned out on Saturday to pay their final respects to the late King Zog I of Albania, whose remains were re-buried with state honours after their repatriation from France. They arrived in the international airport of the Albanian capital, Tirana, where they were greeted by family members and officials, including Prince Leka (the King’s grandson) and his fiancée. The King was interred in a newly built Royal … Continue reading

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Historical Royal of November: Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

  November 16, 2012 at 3:00 am by

November’s spotlighted royal is Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, who became Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna of Russia upon marriage in 1884. Princess Elisabeth was born on November 1st, 1864 in Hesse, the second child of the future Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. She had an older sister, Princess Victoria, with five more siblings … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Anne of France

  November 15, 2012 at 10:16 am by

November 14th, 1522 This month, I’ve chosen Anne of France as my historical royal of the month. This French Princess was born the eldest daughter of Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy in April 1461 and went onto become one of the most powerful European figures in the late 15th century. Anne is also known as Anne de Beaujeu as in November 1473, she married Pierre de Bourbon, Lord of … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

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Day in History: Jadwiga is Crowned King of Poland

  October 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm by

The coronation ceremony that took place in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow on 16 October 1384 was truly a splendid event: Polish nobles spared no expenses and the grandeur of the coronation impressed everyone present. But the historical significance was even greater. For one thing, the young girl who was being crowned (only 11 years old at the time) was to go down in history as one of Poland’s greatest … Continue reading

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