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Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma To Marry Dutch Journalist

  October 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm by

Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma, the eldest son of the Duke of Parma and Princess Irene of The Netherlands, will get married. The family announced today that the prince will marry Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel next year. Prince Carlos Javier Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, Prince of Piacenza, was born in Nijmegen on 27 January 1970. He studied Economy, History and Political Sciences at the Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Demographics and Philosophy … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria – The Longest-Reigning Monarch in British History

  September 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm by

On September 25, 1896, Queen Victoria became the longest-reigning Monarch in British History, surpassing George III’s reign, who was King for 59 years. Victoria also left behind the longest-reigning English and Scottish Monarchs, Henry III and James VI, who had reigned for 56 and 57 years respectively. She was a Queen for 63 years and 216 days. Grand commemorative events were planned for the occasion; however the Queen requested all … Continue reading

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Ertuğrul Osman, Head of the Imperial House of Osman, dies at 97

  September 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm by

Ertuğrul Osman Osmanoğlu, the oldest member of the Ottoman dynasty, died in Istanbul at the age of 97. Osmanoğlu had been hospitalized with renal and respiratory failure and died of kidney failure on Wednesday evening. The Prince’s wife, Her Imperial Highness Zeynep Tarzi Hanım Efendi, said: “He died at around 8:30 PM. His family was by his bedside all the time.” Although no decision has yet been made concerning the … Continue reading

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95th Birthday of Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess of Russia

  September 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm by

Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Leonida Georgievna, the widow of Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich, was born on September 23, 1914. Grand Duke Vladimir was Pretender to the Russian Throne and titular Emperor of Russia; as such, Leonida Georgievna is titular Dowager Empress of Russia. She is the mother of the current (disputed) head of the House of Romanov, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna. Leonida Georgievna was born in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), … Continue reading

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20th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Kyrill and Rosario Nadal

  September 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

Kyrill, Prince of Preslav married Doña Maria del Rosario Nadal in Palma de Mallorca on September 15, 1989. The wedding took place in Almudania’s Saint Anne Chapel: some 400 guests were invited to the wedding but only 125 could be present during the religious ceremony because of the Chapel’s small size. The guests included the entire Bulgarian Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, Infantas Elena and Cristina, the … Continue reading

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince Dom Pedro Henrique

  September 12, 2009 at 11:14 am by

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the birth of HIH Prince Dom Pedro Henrique d’Orleans-Bragança, the late Head of the Brazilian Imperial Family and titular Emperor of Brazil between 1921 and 1981. An Holy Mass in memoriam will be celebrated in the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo da antiga Sé (the Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro) at 11. The Holy Mass is part of the “XX … Continue reading

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95th birthday of Princess Dona Maria d’Orleans-Bragança

  September 9, 2009 at 11:53 am by

Today is the 95th birthday of Her Imperial Highness Princess Dona Maria d’Orleans-Bragança, the widow of Prince Dom Pedro Henrique d’Orleans-Bragança, Head of the Brazilian Imperial Family and Pretender to the Brazilian Throne between 1921 and 1981. She was born in Nymphenburg Castle, in Munich, Bavaria, on 9th September 1914, the second of the six child and first daughter of Prince Franz of Bavaria and his wife Princess Isabella, born … Continue reading

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Archduke Rudolph turns 90

  September 5, 2009 at 3:39 am by

His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria turns 90 years old today. He was born in Nyon, in Switzerland, where his family was living in exile after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, on 5th September 1919, the sixth child and fifth son of Emperor Karl I of Austria and his wife Empress Zita, born Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Archduke Rudolph married firstly in 1953 in New York Countess … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma

  September 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm by

Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Parma died yesterday in Wien, aged 84. She was born in Wien on 7 June 1925, the eighth and youngest daughter of Prince Elias of Bourbon-Parma and his wife Maria Anna, née Archduchess of Austria. Her paternal grandparents were Roberto I, the last Duke of Parma, and his first wife Maria Pia, a daughter of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies; her … Continue reading

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On August 12, 1904 Tsarevich Alexei was born

  August 13, 2009 at 9:08 am by

Exactly 105 years ago, in 1904, the only son of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra was born. The Emperor wrote in his diary: “An unforgettable great day for us, during which we were clearly visited by the grace of God. At 1.15 during the day Alix gave birth to a son, whom in prayer we have named Alexei.” The great joy he brought into the lives of his family members … Continue reading

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Princess Irene at 70: “I Struggled with my Royal Status”

  August 6, 2009 at 1:04 am by

In an exclusive interview to celebrate her 70th birthday, HRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands has spoken of her struggle to accept her royal status. During the interview/documentary which was aired on Tuesday night in Holland on Nederland 2, Irene told how she couldn’t cope with the separation between herself and the people her royal title and family brought. “I always wanted to be a normal human being,” the Princess … Continue reading

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Death of Princess Felicitas von Preussen

  August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm by

Princess Felicitas, the eldest great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, passed away on Saturday (01.08.09), at the age of 75. Her family made the announcement of her death yesterday, on the Royal Family’s website, but did not reveal the cause of death.   Princess Felicitas was fifth in an unbroken line of first-born children starting with Victoria, Princess Royal (Queen Victoria’s eldest child). The line continues with her own eldest daughter, … Continue reading

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TV Movie about Queen Sofia to be Made

  July 20, 2009 at 8:06 am by

Spanish production company Sagrera Audiovisual and television channel Antena 3 will shortly begin filming a miniseries about the lesser-known life moments of Queen Sofia of Spain. According to El Mundo newspaper, the casting to choose the actors will take place next month and it is still unknown the name of the actress that will play the role of Queen Sofia. It’s also been reported that the filming will begin in … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Golden Couple – King and Queen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

  July 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Today, July 2nd, marks the fiftieth wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. The couple met at the inauguration of Pope John XXIII in the Vatican, in 1958. Albert, then Prince of Liège, was representing the Belgian Royal Family; while Paola, a Princess Ruffo di Calabria, was a member of the Italian nobility. When at last he returned to Belgium, Prince Albert had made up … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Turns Eighty-Eight

  June 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm by

Happy birthday to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 88 years old today! Prince Philip was born HRH Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. His entrance into the world was rather unusual for a royal prince: he was born on a kitchen table at the Mon-Repos Palace. Not long after his birth, his family fled from Greece … Continue reading

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Fighting for a Dream to Come True – 16th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

  June 9, 2009 at 12:07 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met his future bride Masako Owada first on October 18, 1986. A party had been arranged to celebrate the visit of Princess Elena of Spain; but it was also a way of enabling the heir to the throne to meet a selection of forty eligible young women, among them Masako. The prince was immediately smitten: Masako, a charming, attractive and intelligent Harvard-graduate, had only recently … Continue reading

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King Albert of Belgium is 75

  June 6, 2009 at 12:22 am by

Today, June 6, King Albert II of Belgium celebrates his 75th birthday. The King was born in 1934, only months after his illustrious grandfather, King Albert I of Belgium, died in Marche-Les-Dames. Albert was the second son of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid. The new King and Queen of Belgium already had two children: Princess Josephine-Charlotte, later Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Prince Baudouin, later King Baudouin I of … Continue reading

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Te Puea Hèrangi, A Māori Princess

  May 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm by

Te Puea Hèrangi was born the granddaughter of the second Māori King, Tawhiao, in 1883. Te Puea is recognised as having been a famous and influential leader for Māori, with many great achievements throughout her life. One of the most notable occasions where she was a rallying point for Māori people was during World War I, when she objected to conscription. Te Puea made her farm available to those escaping … Continue reading

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Monaco’s Princess Charlotte adopted in May 1911

  May 16, 2009 at 3:38 am by

Although Princess Charlotte of Monaco never ruled the tiny Principality, she became the transition branch of the family in a journey that began on this day in 1911. In 1911, Monaco’s Hereditary Prince remained heirless and the crown was poised to be passed to a distant German relative (Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach who later became King of Lithuania). In a surprise announcement, Prince Louis’ father, Prince Albert I announced … Continue reading

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