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Tenth Anniversary of Prince Claus’s Death

  October 6, 2012 at 8:30 am by

October 6th, 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands’ passing. He was the husband of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the father of His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, from pneumonia, with his immediate family by his side. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since 1991, and had also beaten prostate cancer. The … Continue reading

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Juan Urdangarín Turns 13

  September 30, 2012 at 6:41 am by

His Excellency Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón, Grande de España turned 13 on September 29. Don Juan Urdangarín is the eldest son of Infanta Cristina of Spain and Don Iñaki Urdangarin, Duke Consort of Palma de Mallorca. His Excellency is the second eldest grandson of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, and is currently eighth in the line of Succession to the Spanish Throne. Don Juan has 2 younger … Continue reading

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Day in History: Coronation of George III and Queen Charlotte

  September 23, 2012 at 10:49 am by

When George II died on 25 October 1760, his grandson succeeded him as George III at the age of 22. The new King was very popular; as Dr Johnson said, he enjoyed “the great advantage of not being his grandfather”. Unlike his two predecessors of the House of Hanover, George III was raised in England and spoke English as his first language, which furthered endeared him to people. George III … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Louise of Savoy

  September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am by

On September 22nd, 1531 Louise of Savoy, the formidable mother of King François I, died at Grez-sur-Loing, outside Paris. During the first 15 years of the reign of her son, Louise was the most powerful woman in the Kingdom of France. Though Louise was born a Princess and was never Queen of France, she was Queen Mother in all but name. Maternal, politically active and shrewd, Louise acted as Regent … Continue reading

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The Princess of Asturias Turns 40

  September 16, 2012 at 7:00 am by

September 15th, 2012 Her Royal Highness Doña Letizia, Princess of Asturias celebrated her 40th Birthday yesterday. The future Queen Consort of Spain was born on September 15th, 1972 in Oviedo, Asturias. Prior to her marriage to Prince Felipe in 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano worked as a journalist. The news of her engagement to the Prince was announced in November 2003 and caught many royal watchers by complete surprise. The couple … Continue reading

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Royal Anniversary: Death of Philip II of Spain

  September 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm by

On September 13th, 1598, King Philip II of Spain died at the Monasterio de El Escorial outside Madrid after a lengthy reign. Philip II held many titles: he was King of Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Majorca, Portugal, Sardinia and Naples, Duke of Milan, Burgundy, Lothier, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg and Lord of the Netherlands. Philip was born on May 21st, 1527, the only son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and his … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

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Doña Victoria Federica Celebrates 12th Birthday

  September 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm by

September 9th, 2012 Her Excellency Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón celebrated her 12th birthday yesterday. Doña Victoria is the only daughter of HRH Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo and Don Jaime de Marichalar. The eldest granddaughter of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, she is currently sixth in the line of succession to the Spanish Throne. Doña Victoria Federica has an … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 39th Birthday

  August 19, 2012 at 6:11 am by

Today, Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrates her 39th birthday. She was born on August 19th, 1973 in Kristiansand as the youngest of the four children of Marit Tjessem and Sven O. Høiby. She met Crown Prince Haakon at the Quart Festival in 1999. At that time, she already had a two year old son, Marius Borg Høiby, from a previous relationship. On December 1st, the engagement between Crown Prince Haakon and … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal Celebrates 62nd Birthday

  August 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm by

Princess Anne was born on 15 August 1950 at Clarence House, as the only daughter and second child of then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third in the Line of Succession, after her mother and elder brother. She was baptised at the Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of York two months after her birth. The Princess’s Godparents were: Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Queen Sirikit Celebrates 80th Birthday

  August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Queen Sirikit of Thailand, née Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, celebrates her 80th birthday today, 12 August. The Queen was born as the oldest daughter and third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, Prince of Chanthaburi, and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her siblings are the late Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara and Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara. On 28 April 1950, the Queen married King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Celebrates 60th Birthday

  July 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand celebrates his 60th birthday today, 28 July 2012. The Crown Prince is the second child and only son of the King and Queen of Thailand. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has an older sister, Princess Ubolratana rajakanya, and 2 younger sisters, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak. HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand married first HRH Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara of Thailand. They have 1 … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Haakon’s 39th Birthday

  July 20, 2012 at 3:58 am by

Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 39th birthday. He was born on July 20th, 1973 and has an elder sister, Princess Märtha Louise. Due to male precedence, he became Crown Prince of Norway when his father ascended to the throne in 1991. In 1990, the Norwegian constitution was altered, granting the eldest child, regardless of gender, to precede in the line of succession. This was not, however, done retroactively, meaning … Continue reading

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Don Felipe de Marichalar Turns 14

  July 17, 2012 at 9:17 am by

His Excellency Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón celebrates his fourteenth 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 … Continue reading

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Queen Sonja’s 75th Birthday

  July 4, 2012 at 12:00 am by

Today, Queen Sonja celebrates her 75th birthday. She was born as Sonja Haraldsen on July 4th, 1937. She grew up in the district of Vinderen in Oslo as the youngest child of Karl August and Dagny Haraldsen. She met Crown Prince Harald in 1959. The couple had to wait 9 years until King Olav had given his consent for the Crown Prince to marry a commoner, after the Crown Prince … Continue reading

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Celebrates 30th Birthday

  June 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm by

The boy who is destined to become King was born at 9.03am on June 21, 1982 at St Mary’s Hospital in London to the Prince and Princess of Wales. At birth, he weighted 7lbs 5oz. Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was Christened on August 4, 1982 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with King Constantine of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Mrs Ogilvy, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Lord … Continue reading

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Day in History: Birth of James I and VI of England and Scotland

  June 19, 2012 at 10:22 am by

With so much focus on contemporary royals, historical ones are often forgotten. These blog entries will focus on British royals of the past on days that bear particular importance in relation to them. Today’s Royal is not in any imminent danger of fading into background; the reign of James VI and I was one of the pivotal moments in English, Scottish, and eventually, British histories – the Union of Crowns. … Continue reading

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Princess Madeleine Hits the Big 3-0

  June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am by

Princess Madeleine of Sweden yesterday celebrated her thirtieth birthday. There were no official celebrations to mark the milestone; the Princess chose to celebrate in private with her family and closest friends. On Thursday June 8th, a luncheon took place at Villa Källhagen at Djurgården to celebrate the joint thirtieth birthdays of Princess Madeleine and her best friend, Louise Gottlieb (the two women have previously shared 18th and 25th birthday parties … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

  June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este yesterday celebrated her fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion, the Belgian Royal Court released a series of portraits of Princess Astrid and her husband, Prince Lorenz. A birthday party was also held on Saturday June 2nd at the Royal Palace of Laeken, which was attended by Princess Astrid’s children, parents, and her younger brother with his family. During the luncheon, the Princess was … Continue reading

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Doña Irene Urdangarín turns 7

  June 6, 2012 at 3:11 am by

Her Excellency Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón celebrates her 7th birthday today. She is the only daughter of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma and Don Inaki Urdangarín the Duke Consort of Palma. Doña Irene was born on June 5th, 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. At one month old, Her Excellency was baptized on the 14th of July, 2005 in the garden of the Palacio de la Zarzuela. Her Excellency was named … Continue reading

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