November 18: Today in Royal History

Wilhelmine of Prussia, wife of King Willem I of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 18, 1661 – Birth of Elisabeth Henriëtte of Hesse-Kassel, wife of King Friedrich I of Prussia, in Kassel (Germany)
Wikipedia: Elisabeth Henriëtte of Hesse-Kassel

November 18, 1774 – Wilhelmine of Prussia, wife of King Willem I of the Netherlands, in Potsdam (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands

November 18, 1851 – Death of King Ernest Augustus I of Hanover, son of King George III of Great Britain, at Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany; buried at the Chapel of Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover
Ernest became king of Hanover upon the death of his brother William IV.  Hanover had the Salic Law which forbids female succession.  So while Victoria succeeded her uncle William on the British throne, she could not succeed to the Hanover throne.  William’s next brother, Ernest did.  The current Prince Ernst of Hanover is the senior direct male-line descendant of George III.
Unofficial Royalty: King Ernest Augustus I of Hanover

November 18, 1905 – Prince Carl of Denmark elected King of Norway, reigned as King Haakon VII
Carl was the son of King Frederick VIII of Denmark and was the nephew of King George I of Greece, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.  Carl married his first cousin, Princess Maud, daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom.
Unofficial Royalty: King Haakon VII of Norway

November 18, 1940 – Birth of Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman in Salalah, Oman
Unofficial Royalty: Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman

November 18, 1995 – Wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra Manley at the Frederiksborg Palace Church
The couple divorced in April 2005.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joachim of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandra Manley, Countess of Frederiksborg

Royal News: Friday, 17 November 2017

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Saudi Arabia
Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son after prince rounded up Saudi royals in corruption arrests and had them sleep on bare mattresses in a luxury hotel
Guardian: Saudi offer in corruption crackdown: ‘cough up the cash and go home’

Sweden
Daily Mail: Ta-dah! Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden gives a twirl as she shows off a coveted Erdem X H&M blouse during reception at Stockholm’s Royal Palace

The Netherlands
Daily Mail: She means business! Queen Máxima of the Netherlands jets to Singapore to speak at a financial conference (and impresses on stage with her VERY chic style)

UK
BBC: Cyberbullying: Mum’s story of loss inspires prince to act
BBC: Online safety: Prince William launches anti-cyberbullying plan
Daily Mail: Meghan Markle prepares to move her beloved DOGS to UK in clearest sign yet she’s moving in with Prince Harry
Daily Mail: How Diana’s marital misery and Hollywood-style glamour sparked an angry rift between Philip and the Queen
Daily Mail: Welcome ma’am! An animated Queen is greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic well-wishers as she arrives in Hull to mark its tenure as UK City of Culture
Daily Mail: Queen jokes with student nurse during visit to university´s new medical building
Daily Mail: Duke of Windsor’s will to be unsealed at last… but only so The Crown’s writers can get their facts straight
Daily Mail: Earl’s family fury as his young widow leaves stately home with treasures: Relatives tell of ‘concerns’ that inheritance is being ‘chopped about’ by his second wife
Daily Mail: ‘I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get to this point’: Prince William apologizes to victims who’ve suffered abuse on Facebook and Snapchat as he launches cyberbullying campaign
Daily Mail: Original Strictly Come Dancing victor Natasha Kaplinsky cuts a chic figure in stylish ensemble as she receives an OBE from Prince Charles
Express: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle news update: Did actress attend Serena Williams’ wedding?
Express: Meghan Markle preparing to move dogs to London ready for ‘ROYAL FUTURE’ with Prince Harry
Express: Prince Philip reconciliation attempts ‘ignored’ by Diana who ‘aired royal dirty linen’
Express: Prince George on TV? Future King to feature in Fireman Sam’s royal-themed episode
Express: Prince George to feature in special royal-themed episode of his favourite show Fireman Sam
Express: Prince William arrives at Google HQ to launch groundbreaking anti-cyberbullying crusade
Express: Cheery Queen dazzles Hull crowds with smile just days before ‘quiet’ wedding anniversary
Express: The cruel rumors of Prince Philip’s affairs which threatened to derail Queen’s marriage
Getty Images: The Queen Visits Kingston Upon Hull (Part 1)
Getty Images: The Queen Visits Kingston Upon Hull (Part 2)
Getty Images: The Duke Of Cambridge Visits Google & YouTube To Launch National Action Plan To Tackle Cyberbullying

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Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

by Scott Mehl

source: Wikipedia

Karl August was the first Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, reigning from 1815 until 1828. He wa born in Weimar on September 3, 1757, the eldest son of Ernst August II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. He had one younger sibling:

When his father died in May 1758, Karl August became Duke of Saxe-Weimar and Duke of Saxe-Eisenach at just nine months old. His mother served as regent, and is recognized for having built up the resources and strength of the duchies during her son’s youth. Meanwhile, Karl August was educated privately by several tutors, and then made a grand tour of Europe along with his younger brother. It was on this trip that he met Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who would become a close friend, confidante and advisor.

Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt. source: Wikipedia

Shortly after reaching his majority and taking control of the government of the two duchies, Karl August married Luise of Hesse-Darmstadt in Karlsruhe on October 3, 1775. Luise was the daughter of Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Caroline of Zweibrücken. They had seven children:

Karl August’s surviving children – Bernhard, Karoline Luise and Karl Friedrich. source: Wikipedia

One of his first official acts was appointing Goethe to his privy council. It is perhaps through Goethe’s influence and support that Karl August worked to promote education and the arts. He established the Weimar Princely Free Drawing School in 1776, and was instrumental in reforming the education system and promoting the University of Jena.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. source: Wikipedia

A firm supporter of a unified Germany, Karl August was one of the leading forces behind the establishment of the League of Princes in 1785. Two years later, he was offered the Hungarian crown, but refused. He took up service with the Prussian Army, serving as major-general and leading his regiment into several battles in 1792. After the disastrous Battle of Jena in 1806, Karl August was forced to join Napoleon’s Confederation of the Rhine, to avoid losing his territories.

In 1809, the two duchies were united as one, and Karl August became Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Six years later, following the Congress of Vienna, Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was elevated to a Grand Duchy with Karl August as its first Grand Duke. Much more liberal than many of his contemporaries, Karl August was the first German prince to grant a liberal constitution, and promoted the freedom of the press.

Grand Duke Karl August died in Graditz, Saxony on June 14, 1828, and is buried in the Weimarer Fürstengruft in the Historical Cemetery in Weimar.

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November 17: Today in Royal History

Catherine the Great; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 17, 1534 – Parliament passes the Act of Supremacy making Henry VIII the Supreme Head of the Church of England
Wikipedia: Act of Supremacy 1534

November 17, 1558 – Death of Queen Mary I of England at St. James Palace; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary I of England

November 17, 1592 – Death of King Johan III of Sweden at Stockholm Castle; buried at Uppsala Cathedral
Wikipedia: King Johan III of Sweden

November 17, 1755 – Birth of King Louis XVIII of France and Navarre at the Palace of Versailles, France
Unofficial Royalty: King Louis XVIII of France

November 17, 1796 – Death of Empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia at St. Petersburg; buried at the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia

November 17, 1818 – Death of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Kew Palace, Surrey; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

November 17, 1887 – Birth of Ernest Augustus of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick
Wikipedia: Ernest Augustus of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick

November 17, 1905 – Birth of Astrid of Sweden, first wife of King Leopold III of the Belgians, in Stockholm, Sweden
Full name: Astrid Sofia Lovisa Thyra
Unofficial Royalty: Astrid of Sweden, Queen of Begium

November 17, 1905 – Death of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg; buried at Schlosskirche (“Castle Church”) in Weilburg, Germany since 1953
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg

November 17, 1919 – Wedding of Alexander I, King of the Hellenes and Aspasia Manos
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander I, King of the Hellenes
Unofficial Royalty: Aspasia Manos

November 17, 1945 – Death of Friederich Franz IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Wikipedia: Friederich Franz IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Royal News: Thursday 16 November 2017

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November 16: Today in Royal History

Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, granddaughter of Queen Victoria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 16, 1093 – Death of Saint Margaret of Scotland, wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland; buried at Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Saint Margaret of Scotland

November 16, 1272 – Death of King Henry III of England at the Palace of Westminster; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry III of England

November 16, 1797 – Death of Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia at Potsdam, Germany; buried at Berlin Cathedral
Wikipedia: King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia

November 16, 1831 – Death of Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf, wife of Franz Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in Coburg (Germany)
Augusta was the grandmother of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf

November 16, 1878 – Death of Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais, Darmstadt, Germany; buried at Mausoleum of Rosenhöhe, Hessen-Darmstadt
Princess May was the daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Grand Duke Louis of Hesse and by Rhine.  She died of diphtheria at age four.  Her mother succumbed to the same disease a few of weeks later.
Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

November 16, 1937 – Deaths of the Hessian Grand Ducal Family
Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus, his mother Eleonore, Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilie (the former Cecilie of Greece, sister of the Duke of Edinburgh), and their sons Ludwig and Alexander died in a plane crash near Ostend, Belgium. Georg Donatus and Cecilie’s daughter Johanna had stayed behind in Germany, however, she died of meningitis in 1939.
Unofficial Royalty: Deaths of the Grand Ducal Family of Hesse and by Rhine
Unofficial Royalty: Cecilie of Greece, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Georg Donatus of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine

Royal News: Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Mathilde Karoline of Bavaria, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine

by Scott Mehl

source: Wikipedia

Mathilde Caroline of Bavaria was Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, through her marriage to Grand Duke Ludwig III. She was born in Augsburg on August 30, 1813, the eldest daughter of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxe-Hildburgausen. Mathilde Karoline had eight siblings:

Ludwig III. source: Wikipedia

On December 26, 1833, Mathilde Karoline married the future Grand Duke Ludwig II of Hesse and by Rhine. They had no children. She became Grand Duchess upon her husband’s accession in 1848.

Grand Duchess Mathilde Karoline died in Darmstadt on May 25, 1862. Because she had remained Catholic after her marriage into the grand ducal family who were Lutheran, she is buried at St. Ludwig’s Catholic Church (link in German) in Darmstadt. One other member of the grand ducal family, her husband’s uncle, Prince Friedrich, was also Catholic and is buried at St. Ludwig’s as well.

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November 15: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 15, 1498 – Birth of Eleanor of Austria, wife of King Manuel I of Portugal and second wife of King Francis I of France
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal

November 15, 1527 – Death of Catherine of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, at Tiverton Castle in Devon, England; buried at Tiverton Church in Devon, England
Wikipedia: Catherine of York

November 15, 1669 – Death of Henrietta Stuart, 11-month-old daughter of the future King James II of England, at St. James Palace in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey in London, England
Genealogics: Henriette, Princess of England and Scotland

November 15, 1853 – Death of Queen Maria II of Portugal in childbirth at Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Maria II of Portugal

November 15, 1895 – Birth of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, at Tsarskoe Selo, Russia
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

November 15, 1977 – Birth of Peter Phillips, son of Anne, Princess Royal, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, England
Full name: Peter Mark Andrew
Unofficial Royalty: Peter Phillips

November 15, 2005 – Wedding of Princess Sayako of Japan, daughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan, and Kuroda Yoshiki at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan
Princess Sayako lost her imperial status upon her marriage.
BBC: Japanese princess weds commoner
Unofficial Royalty: Sayako Kuroda

Royal News: Tuesday 14 November 2017

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