Royal News: Friday 19 December 2014

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Japan
Japan Times: Palau President Remengesau seeks visit by Emperor, Empress in 2015

Multiple Monarchies
Swedish Royal Court: The King and Queen attend Queen Fabiola’s funeral

Norway
Hello!: Norwegian royals get in the festive spirit with Christmas photoshoot
Norway Today: Crown Prince lighted candles Peshawar victims
Norway Today: Got the dinner served by Crown Prince and Princess

Romania
Romania Insider: Monarchy vs republic: what do Romanians prefer?

Spain
Getty: Spanish Royals Christmas Cards 2014
Hello!: Spanish Royals release Christmas card featuring coronation images

Sweden
Swedish Royal Court: The King and Queen hold a meeting with representatives from the Royal Palace Music Festival
Swedish Royal Court: The King holds farewell audiences with ambassadors from Ireland, Algeria and Portugal
Swedish Royal Court: The King attends a seminar on the forest industry materials research of the future
Swedish Royal Court: The Queen receives an award at a German charity gala

Thailand
Hello!: Thailand’s Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Srirasmi to divorce

United Kingdom
BBC: George III ‘eccentric’ drawing uncovered at British Library
BBC: Why the Queen won’t abdicate (probably)
Daily Mail: Ready for Christmas, Ma’am? The Queen arrives at Sandringham by train (but where’s the Duke of Edinburgh?)
Daily Mail: The mad nest of George III: King revealed as a HOARDER who clung on to everything from court papers to bakery flyers and even his own scribbled plans for an impossible palace
Daily Mail: Portrait of a very modern Prince: Harry cuddles up to a group of orphans (and tries his hand at photography) during Lesotho visit
Evening Standard: Santa Harry snapped on both sides of the camera on Christmas trip to visit Lesotho orphans
Getty: The Queen arrives at King’s Lynn Station For Her Christmas Break At Sandringham
Getty: The Duchess of Cornwall Visits The London International Horse Show
Hello!: Cheerful Queen is in the Christmas spirit as she arrives in Norfolk for holidays
Hello!: Prince Harry shares personal photos from trip to Lesotho
Telegraph: Oblivious passenger nearly bumps into the Queen as she takes train to Sandringham

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Tales from the Royal Bedroom on PBS December 21

Unofficial Royalty has received a press release from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States regarding a one hour show shown on the BBC, TALES FROM THE ROYAL BEDCHAMBER, which premieres Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Check your local PBS listings and set your DVRs.

From the press release:

In TALES FROM THE ROYAL BEDCHAMBER, host Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber (watch a clip here).  From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held, royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.

The eventual creation of private chambers evolved as a reaction to the overwhelmingly public nature of royal bedrooms, and affairs of state eventually were relegated to offices and the Houses of Parliament. But TALES FROM THE ROYAL BEDCHAMBER gives viewers access to the regal pomp and detailed work of these inner chambers – detailing the lavish designs of royal state beds and “pulling back the covers” on the political intrigue that occurred behind closed doors.

December 19: Today in Royal History

King Phillip V of Spain; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 19, 1154 – Coronation of King Henry II of England at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Henry II of England

December 19, 1554 – Birth of Philip William, Prince of Orange in Buren, Guelders, Seventeen Provinces, The Netherlands
Wikipedia: Philip William, Prince of Orange

December 19, 1683 – Birth of King Phillip V, first Bourbon king of Spain, at the Palace of Versailles, France
Wikipedia: Philip V of Spain

December 19, 1751 – Death of Princess Louise of Great Britain, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, wife of King Frederik V of Denmark, at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Louisa died at age 27 after undergoing painful surgery for a rupture, similar to the surgery that had killed her mother Caroline of Ansbach.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark

December 19, 1778 – Birth of Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France, daughter of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, at the Palace of Versailles, France
Wikipedia: Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France

 

Royal News: Thursday 18 December 2014

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December 18: Today in Royal History

Prince William of Gloucester, Photo Credit – http://www.nga.gov.au/

December 18, 1290 – Death of King Magnus III of Sweden; buried in Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Magnus III of Sweden

December 18, 1626 – Birth of Queen Christina of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Queen Christina of Sweden

December 18, 1818 – Birth of Prince Charles III of Monaco in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Prince Charles III of Monaco

December 18, 1863 – Birth of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination in 1914 sparked World War I, in Graz, Austria
Wikipedia: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

December 18, 1941 – Birth of Prince William of Gloucester, son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England
Full name: William Henry Andrew Frederick
Wikipedia: Prince William of Gloucester

December 18, 2004 – Death of Princess Takamatsu of Japan, wife of Prince Takamatsu, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan; buried at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan
Princess Takamatsu was married to a brother of Emperor Hirohito.  After the birth of Princess Aiko, only child of Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife, 90 year old Princess Takamatsu, issued a statement saying Japan should allow an empress to succeed to the throne.
Wikipedia: Princess Takamatsu of Japan

Royal News: Wednesday 17 December 2014

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Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Princess Victoria was born on July 6, 1868 at Marlborough House, near Buckingham Palace, in London, England, the second daughter and the fourth of the six children of King Edward VII and his wife Alexandra of Denmark. Her full name was Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary and she was known as Toria in the family. At the time of her birth, she was styled Princess Victoria of Wales, as her father was Prince of Wales. When her father became king, she was then styled Her Royal Highness The Princess Victoria.

When Toria was christened on August 6, 1868, she had a large and an impressive group of godparents, most of whom had a proxy standing in for them: Queen Victoria, Tsar Alexander II of Russia; Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (the future Tsar Alexander III); Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse-Darmstadt; Prince George of Hesse-Kassel; Queen Olga of Greece; Caroline Amalie, Dowager Queen of Denmark; Marie, Dowager Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck; and Princess Frederick of Anhalt.

Toria had five siblings:

  • Prince Albert Victor (Eddy), Duke of Clarence and Avondale (January 8, 1864 – January 14, 1892), engaged to Princess Mary of Teck, died of pneumonia at age 28
  • King George V (June 3, 1865 – January 20, 1936), married Princess Mary of Teck; had issue
  • Princess Louise, Princess Royal (February, 20 1867 – January 4, 1931), married Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife; had issue
  • Princess Maud (November 26, 1869 – November 20, 1938), married King Haakon VII of Norway; had issue
  • Prince Alexander John (April 6, 1871 – April 7, 1871)

 

Toria was brought up with her elder sister Louise and her younger sister Maud. None of the sisters had inherited the good looks of their mother and as a result, the three sisters were very shy. Their mother Alexandra was extremely possessive, demanded complete devotion from her children, and insisted that they call her Motherdear. Louise and Maud escaped into marriage, leaving Toria at home as her mother’s constant companion. Toria had several suitors including Prince Adolphus of Teck, Sir Arthur Davidson who was one of her father’s equerries, and Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Lord Rosebery was a former Prime Minister who had been widowed, and both he and Toria would have liked to have married. However, Toria’s mother actively discouraged her from marrying anyone. Instead, Toria remained a companion to her mother, Queen Alexandra, whom she lived with until the Queen’s death in 1925. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrova, Toria’s first cousin, described her as little more than “a glorified maid.”

 

When her mother died, Toria was 57 and was able to live her own life at last. She purchased a country home, Coppins, in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England. Toria became active in the village life of Iver and was honorary president of the Iver Horticultural Society. When she died, she left Coppins to her nephew Prince George, Duke of Kent and it was sold by his elder son in 1972.

Toria’s last years were plagued with health issues and she suffered from neuralgia, migraines, indigestion, depression, colds, and influenza. Princess Victoria died at her home Coppins on December 3, 1935. Initially interred at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, she was buried on January 8, 1936 at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore near Windsor Castle. Her brother King George V, who was very close to his sister, wrote in his diary, “No one ever had a sister like her.” Her brother did not survive her long. He died on January 20, 1936.

Wikipedia: Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom

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December 17: Today in Royal History

Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 17, 942 – Death of William I Longsword, Duke of Normandy; buried in Rouen Cathedral (France)
Wikipedia: William I of Normandy

December 17, 1600 – Wedding of King Henri IV of France and Marie de’ Medici
Wikipedia: Henri IV of France
Wikipedia: Marie de’ Medici

December 17, 1619 – Birth of Prince Rupert of the Rhine, commander in the English Civil War, in Prague (Czech Republic)
Rupert was a nephew of King Charles I England, who created him Duke of Cumberland and Earl of Holderness.
Wikipeida: Rupert of the Rhine

December 17, 1734 – Birth of Queen Maria I of Portugal at Ribeira Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Maria I of Portugal

December 17, 1847 – Death of Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoléon Bonaparte, at Parma, Italy; buried at the Imperial Crypt in the Kapuzinerkirche in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Marie Louise of Austria

December 17, 1860 – Death of Désirée Clary, wife of King Charles XIV of Sweden, in Stockholm; buried at Riddarholm Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Désirée Clary

December 17, 1909 – Death of King Leopold II of the Belgians at Laeken, Belgium; buried at Royal Vault at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Leopold II of the Belgians

December 17, 2007 – Birth of James, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, England
Full name: James Alexander Philip Theo
Unofficial Royalty: The Children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Royal News: Tuesday 16 December 2014

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December 16: Today in Royal History

King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 16, 1485 – Birth of Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, first wife of King Henry VIII of England, mother of Queen Mary I of England, at Alcala de Henares, Spain
Wikipedia: Catherine of Aragon

December 16, 1522 – Birth of Honoré I, Lord of Monaco
Wikipedia: Honoré I, Lord of Monaco

December 16, 1732 – Death of Prince Josef Johann Adam of Liechtenstein; buried at the Liechtenstein Crypt in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Josef Johann Adam of Liechtenstein

December 16, 1790 – Birth of King Leopold I of the Belgians at Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Birth name: Prince Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld
King Leopold I was the uncle of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Wikipedia: Leopold I of the Belgians

December 16, 1888 – Birth of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in Cetinje, Principality of Montenegro
Wikipedia: Alexander I of Yugoslavia

December 16, 1909 – Death of Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, wife of King Miguel of Portugal (after he was deposed); at Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Unofficial Royalty: Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg