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On This Day: Execution of Mexican Emperor Maximilian

  June 19, 2017 at 4:00 am by

150 years ago, the Second Mexican Empire’s only ruler – Maximilian I – was executed by firing squad at the Cerro de las Campanas in Querétaro City. He had reigned for just over three years. The 34-year-old Emperor had been captured by Republican forces, led by President Benito Juárez, who took the City on May 15 after several months of civil war between the two sides. Maximilian’s reign from the beginning had not received support … Continue reading

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Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma Dies Aged 93

  June 14, 2017 at 9:44 am by

It was announced on Wednesday that Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma passed away on June 13 at the age of 93 surrounded by her family at her home in Mersham, Kent. A family spokesperson said that “arrangements for a funeral in London followed by the burial service in Mersham will be announced in due course”. Patricia was the elder daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and … Continue reading

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Death of Duchess Margarethe of Württemberg

  June 14, 2017 at 4:11 am by

Duchess Margarethe of Württemberg, a first cousin of the former King Simeon of Bulgaria, passed away on June 10. The Duchess was the eldest daughter of Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg and Princess Nadezhda of Bulgaria, herself the daughter of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. Margarethe was born in November 1928. She married the Viscount François Luce Bailly de Chevigny in 1970. She had a son in 1962 with Robin Grinnell-Milne de la Lanne-Mirrlees. Her funeral … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy

  June 7, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy, second wife of Belgium’s King Leopold III. She died at the age of 85 at the home she had shared with her husband, Domaine d’Argenteuil, in Waterloo. Her funeral a week later was held at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, after which the Princess was interred – against her wishes – into the Royal Crypt there, beside King … Continue reading

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Prince Reza Pahlavi Announces Death of Uncle

  May 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm by

The Head of the House of Pahlavi, Prince Reza Pahlavi, on Sunday announced the death of his uncle, Prince Gholamreza Pahlavi. “We are sad to announce the death of my dear uncle, Prince Gholamreza Pahlavi…Our uncle always loved Iran, spoke lovingly of our nation, and was always anxiously awaiting the day he could return to our beloved homeland,” the Prince’s announcement read on his Facebook page. Prince Gholamreza died at the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Alexandra, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

  April 16, 2017 at 7:00 am by

The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, born Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, died seventy-five years ago on April 16, 1942 at the age of 63. She died in Schwäbisch Hall where the Hohenlohe-Langenburg family has its main residence, Schloss Langenburg. It was here, in the family cemetery, the Princess was laid to rest. Princess Alexandra is one of the lesser-known daughters of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (second son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom) … Continue reading

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Early Bloomers: Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace Comes To Life

  April 13, 2017 at 7:44 am by

The ‘White Garden’ created by the team of Kensington Palace gardeners to mark the twentieth anniversary of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s death has bloomed early, to the surprise of those in charge. “It’s bloomed somewhat earlier than we were expecting because of the hot weather,” a spokesperson said of the garden, which can be found in the Palace’s Sunken Garden. A sea of white flowers – interspersed by coloured … Continue reading

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Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld Has Died, Age 82

  April 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm by

The Swedish Royal Court announced on Tuesday evening the death of Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, the husband of Princess Désirée, at the age of 82, on April 11. “My family and I have with great sadness received the news that Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Désirée and their family,” a statement from King Carl XVI Gustaf said of his brother-in-law’s death. The Baron was born in May … Continue reading

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Memorial Service for First Earl of Snowdon Held At St Margaret’s Church

  April 7, 2017 at 10:18 am by

Members of the British Royal Family this morning attended a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon who passed away on January 13. The service took place at the Church of St Margaret, Westminster Abbey. The Earl and Countess of Snowdon, with their two children Charles and Margarita, and Lady Sarah and David Chatto, with their sons Samuel and Arthur, were joined by Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Death of Greece’s War-Time King

  April 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

April 1, 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the death of King George II of the Hellenes at the age of 56. Having only been back in his country for a little over six months following his war-time exile, George was found unconscious in his drawing room at the Royal Palace in Athens by his youngest sister, Princess Katherine, on the afternoon of April 1. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis. When … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Flowers Laid For The Queen Mother

  March 31, 2017 at 7:00 am by

March 31, 2002: Outside the gates of Clarence House, members of the public lay flowers following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother the day before. Floral tributes were also laid outside St James’s Palace. Her Majesty was 101 years old when she died.

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Death of Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria

  March 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm by

The Dowager Duchess of Calabria, born a Princess of Bourbon-Parma in 1917, died on March 28 in Madrid. She was 99 years old. Infanta Alicia was the wife of the Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, whom she married in 1936. The couple had three children: Princess Teresa María, Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, and Princess Inés María. The Infanta outlived her husband by 53 years, and her only son by 17 months. … Continue reading

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Funeral of Prince Richard Scheduled For March 21 in Bad Berleburg

  March 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm by

The funeral of Richard, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg will take place on Tuesday March 21, it has been confirmed by his family. It will be held at the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Bad Berleburg, the Prince’s hometown.  The service will be led by the Church’s pastor, Claudia Latzel-Binder. Prince Richard’s son-in-law, Alexander Johannsmann, husband of Princess Nathalie, confirmed to Billed-Bladet that the funeral will begin at 2pm. The Prince, who died at the age of 82 … Continue reading

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Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittenstein-Berleburg Has Died, Aged 82

  March 14, 2017 at 5:30 am by

The Danish Royal Court has announced the sudden death of His Highness Richard, 6th Prince zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg overnight at his home in Bad Berleburg. “It is with great sadness that I, on behalf of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte, have to announce that His Highness Prince Richard has died. His Highness died suddenly at the castle in Berleburg last night, Monday March 13,” the statement issued by the Princess’s private … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Luise Margarete of Prussia

  March 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the only Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. Born on July 15, 1860 at the Marble Palace in Potsdam, Luise Margarete was the youngest daughter of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau. Among her ancestors were Kings of Prussia, Tsars of Russia, Grand Dukes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the first Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Landgraves of … Continue reading

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On This Day: 125 Years Since The Death of Hesse’s Ludwig IV

  March 13, 2017 at 3:00 am by

125 years ago, on March 13, 1892, Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse passed away in the early hours of the morning at the age of fifty-four. He had been the Grand Duchy’s ruler since 1877, following the death of his uncle, Ludwig III. Born in September 1837, the Grand Duke was the eldest son of Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine and his Prussian wife, Elisabeth. It was expected that Ludwig … Continue reading

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Tongan Queen Mother’s Body Arrives Back In Homeland

  February 28, 2017 at 7:52 am by

The body of Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga has arrived back in the country aboard a Royal New Zealand Airforce Hercules aircraft today, greeted at the Fuaʻamotu International Airport by members of the Royal Family led by her grandson, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala. Her casket was then taken to the Royal Palace via car, passing by hundreds of local school children who lined the streets of the capital to pay their respects to … Continue reading

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Tonga’s Queen Mother Dies

  February 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm by

Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, the Queen Mother of Tonga has died today, Sunday 19th February in a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 90. According to local reports, Queen Halaevalue Mata’aho – who was the widow of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV – was flown to New Zealand last week with “minor health issues”. Her grandaughter, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Mata’aho, was said to have been with her … Continue reading

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Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra Dies Aged 67

  February 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm by

The youngest brother of the head of the House of Bragança, Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra has passed away on February 14 at the age of 67. Infante Henrique had suffered from cancer for some time. According to the Portuguese media, he had also taken a fall last month which left him with traumatic brain injury. The Infante – whose parents were Duarte Nuno, Duke of Bragança and Princess Maria Francisca of Orléans-Braganza – … Continue reading

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On This Day: Queen Alia of Jordan Passes Away

  February 9, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Forty years ago today, Her Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein was killed in a helicopter crash. She was returning from an inspection trip to Tafileh Hospital in southern Jordan when the helicopter she was travelling in crashed. Among the casualties of the accident were: the Minister of Health, the pilot Badreddin Zaza, a friend of King Hussein, and the military doctor. Despite the bad weather and warnings from King Hussein not to … Continue reading

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