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The Grandchildren Who Died Before Their Grandmama Victoria

  June 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm by

Britain’s Queen Victoria was a grandmother of 42, with a number of them going on to sit on the thrones of Europe. However, of those 42, there were nine that were outlived by the 81-year-old monarch. Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of the first of those grandchildren to die, Prince Sigismund of Prussia. As a mark of this anniversary, we’ve compiled a list and short biography of the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Sweden’s Catholic Queen Josefina

  June 7, 2016 at 10:00 am by

140 years ago, Queen Josefina of Sweden passed away at the age of 69. She is most well-known for her deeply held Catholic faith, as well as for the magnificent jewels that she brought to the Bernadotte family. After marrying Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden in 1823, Josefina – who was born in March 1807 to the first Duke of Leuchtenberg and his wife Princess Augusta of Bavaria – made a triumphant … Continue reading

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On This Day: Emperor Wilhelm II Dies In Exile

  June 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm by

On this day in 1941, emperor Wilhelm II of Germany died in Huis Doorn, The Netherlands, from pulmonary embolism. The Kaiser had been living in exile in The Netherlands after his abdication in 1918, where he was mainly occupied with cutting wood. When the Germans invaded The Netherlands in May 1940, the former emperor refused to accept an asylum offer from the United Kingdom as he did not want to … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Queen Louise of Denmark

  May 20, 2016 at 5:59 am by

Exactly 90 years ago, on this day in 1926, Queen Louise of Denmark died in Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. The Queen was born Princess Lovisa Josefina Eugenia of Sweden, daughter of King Carl XV of Sweden and Norway and Princess Louise of The Netherlands. Louise was the only surviving child from her parents marriage and would inherit a fortune from her Dutch grandfather Prince Frederik of The Netherlands. Her father … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Luitpold of Liechtenstein

  May 18, 2016 at 7:30 am by

Prince Luitpold of Liechtenstein has died in Judenburg in the Steiermark, Austria on May 11th at the age of 77. His funeral will be held at the parish church of Saint Nicholas in Judenburg on May the 21st. The prince was born in 1940 in Würzburg to Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and his wife countess Hertha Maria Wolfskeen von Reichenberg. In 1969 he married countess Ursula of Habsburg, granddaughter of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Mehmed VI, Last Ottoman Sultan

  May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am by

90 years ago, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire – Mehmed VI – died while living in exile in Italy. He lost his throne in November 1922 when the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was given sovereignty over (what was left of) his empire. This came about thanks to the Ottomans joining World War One on the side of the Central Powers, which ended up costing them a large … Continue reading

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Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia Has Passed Away

  May 12, 2016 at 10:54 am by

It has been announced that Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, a cousin of the current head of the House of Karađorđević, died early this morning at his home in Paris, aged 91. The Prince was born in 1924 in England, the eldest son of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (making him a first cousin of the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael). He married … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Princess Friedrich Karl of Prussia

  May 12, 2016 at 8:33 am by

On this day in 1906 Princess Friedrich-Karl of Prussia -mother of the Duchess of Connaught- died of a stroke at Friederoda in Germany. The princess was born as Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau in 1837. She was the daughter of Duke Leopold IV of Anhalt and Princess Frederica Wilhelmina of Prussia. In 1854 she married her second cousin, Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, son of Prince Karl of Prussia and … Continue reading

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Death of Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell

  May 9, 2016 at 9:05 am by

Albrecht Friedrich Karl, 3rd Fürst of Castell-Castell, has died at the age of 90 yesterday. He was born on August 13th 1925 at Schloss Castell as the second son of the 2nd Fürst and Princess Anna-Agnes of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich. He succeeded as head of the family in 1945 after both his elder brother as his father had died in action during WWII. In 1951 he married Princess Marie-Louise of Waldeck-Pyrmont, eldest … Continue reading

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On This Day: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Passes Away

  April 24, 2016 at 10:00 am by

Thirty years ago today, the Duchess of Windsor passed away aged 89 at her home in France after years of bad health. She was buried on April 29 at the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore at Windsor Castle next to her late husband, the former Edward VIII, after a funeral service at St George’s Chapel that was attended by members of the royal family. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in 1975 Wallis, born in … Continue reading

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Portuguese And Brazilian Royals Remember Queen Maria I

  April 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

Two weeks ago Portuguese and Brazilian royals gathered in Lisbon to remember Queen Maria I of Portugal, Brazil and The Algarves. On March 20th it was 200 years ago that the monarch died. The queen is known as Maria the Pious in Portugal and as Maria the Mad in Brazil. The latter being a reference to her mental detoriation. The Queen married her uncle prince Pedro of Portugal. After his … Continue reading

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Four Exhibitions Mark Centenary Of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Death

  April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am by

The long reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I will receive special attention this year to mark the fact that the emperor died 100 years ago on November 21st 1916. The exhibitions will mainly focus on the private face of the Habsburg monarch and will be centered around Vienna. The organisation tried to show a balanced picture of the emperor’s life, which is still shaped by many mysteries and chichés. Schönbrunn … Continue reading

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Death of Dowager Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg

  March 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

Her Royal Highness Duchess Ameli of Oldenburg, née Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, passed away at Eutin on 26 March 2016, aged 93. She was born on 4 March 1923 as the eldest child of Fürst Udo zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and of his wife, née Countess Margarete zu Castell-Castell. She married in 1951 Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg, Head of the Grand Ducal Family from 1970 to 2014. The couple married in a … Continue reading

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Prince Johann Georg von Hohenzollern Has Died

  March 2, 2016 at 9:42 am by

The Swedish Royal Court announced a short time ago that Prince Johann Georg von Hohenzollern, the husband of Princess Birgitta, passed away aged 83 today in a Munich hospital. “I and my family have received with great sadness the news that Princess Birgitta’s husband, Prince Johan Georg von Hohenzollern, has died. Our thoughts are with Princess Birgitta and her family,” a statement from King Carl XVI Gustaf, the Princess’s brother, … Continue reading

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Death of the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

  March 1, 2016 at 8:28 am by

The 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Michael Fergus Bowes-Lyon, died on Saturday in London at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. He was a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth, his father Fergus was one of the Queen Mother’s nephews (Michael served as one of the Queen Mother’s Pages during the 1970s). Michael was born in 1957 and studied at Eton College and the … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Spanish King Alfonso XIII

  February 28, 2016 at 6:02 am by

75 years ago, King Alfonso XIII of Spain died at Rome’s Grand Hotel, aged 54. The former King, who went into exile in 1931 upon the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic, had suffered a series of heart attacks in the week leading up to his death. Alfonso’s estranged wife, Victoria Eugenia, and three of the couple’s children, Don Juan, Don Jaime and Infanta Beatriz, were by his bedside when … Continue reading

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Today in 1587: Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

  February 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm by

Today it is 429 years ago that the unfortunate Mary, Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. Mary was the only daughter of King James V of Scotland and Marie de Guise. When her father learnt of her birth, he exclaimed, “The devil go with it! It came with a lass, it will pass with a lass!” He believed the birth of a girl marked the end of the … Continue reading

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Death Certificate for Lord Lucan Granted; Son Inherits Earldom

  February 4, 2016 at 1:30 am by

There is now a new Earl of Lucan, 42 years after the 7th Earl disappeared following the gruesome murder of the family nanny. George Bingham became the 8th Earl after a High Court judge yesterday approved a death certificate for his father, John Bingham – more commonly known as Lord Lucan. The Earl has not been seen since November 1974, when he disappeared after allegedly beating nanny Sandra Rivett to … Continue reading

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Fürstin Eilika of Leiningen Dies A Few Days Before Her 88th Birthday

  January 28, 2016 at 7:45 am by

Local press reports that Dowager Fürstin Eilika of Leiningen has died this tuesday in Amorbach, aged 87. The princess died a few days before her 88th birthday on February 2nd. Fürstin Eilika was born HH Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg in 1922. She was the fourth child of Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont. Both her parents were first cousins of Queen Juliana of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

  January 15, 2016 at 8:00 am by

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho, the country’s first monarch. Moshoeshoe was born in May 1938, the eldest son of Seeiso, the paramount chief of Basutoland, as Lesotho was known as prior to achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. He was educated in his home country and in England. Embed from Getty Images King Moshoeshoe II as a young man … Continue reading

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