Royal News: Sunday 22 April 2018

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: April 22 – April 28

Daniel Chatto with his wife Lady Sarah Chatto, Photo Credit – www.foxtrotfilms.com

62nd birthday of Daniel Chatto, husband of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (daughter of Princess Margaret); born at Princess Beatrice Hospital in London on April 22, 1957
Full name: Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule
Unofficial Royalty: Daniel Chatto

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 Princess Zein in the striped shawl and Princess Aisha in blue

50th birthday of Princess Aisha and Princess Zein of Jordan, twin daughters of King Hussein and his second wife Princess Muna al-Hussein; born in Amman, Jordan on April 23, 1968
Wikipedia: Princess Aisha
Wikipedia: Princess Zein

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

37th birthday of Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent; born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London on April 23, 1981
Full name: Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia
Wikipedia: Lady Gabriella Windsor
Ella Windsor

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15th birthday of Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria, daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium; born at Clinique Saint Jean in Brussels, Belgium on April 23, 2003
Full Name: Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita
Wikipedia: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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Iman bint Hussein

Princess Iman bint Hussein with her husband; Photo Credit – www.arabiaweddings.com

35th birthday of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan on April 24, 1983
Wikipedia: Princess Iman bint al Hussein

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Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

77th birthday of Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan, second wife of King Hussein I of Jordan and mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born Antoinette Avril Gardiner in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England on April 25, 1941
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Muna al-Hussein

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32nd birthday of Prince Philippos of Greece, son of King Constantine II; born in London, England on April 26, 1986
Official Website of the Greek Royal Family

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

51st birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; born in the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands on April 27, 1967
Full name: Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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Lady Helen Taylor, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

54th birthday of Lady Helen Taylor, daughter of the HRH The Duke of Kent; born Lady Helen Windsor at Coppins, a country house in Iver, Buckinghamshire on April 28, 1964
Full name: Helen Marina Lucy
Wikipedia: Lady Helen Taylor

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April 22: Today in Royal History

Queen Isabella of Castile and Leon; Credit – Wikipedia

April 22, 1355 – Death of Eleanor of Woodstock, daughter of King Edward II of England, at Deventer Abbey in Gueldres, now in the Netherlands; buried at Deventer Abbey
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Woodstock, Countess of Guelders

April 22, 1433 – Wedding of John, Duke of Bedford, son of King Henry IV of England, and Jacquetta of Luxembourg at Bishop’s Palace in Thérouenne, France
Jacquetta’s second husband was Richard Woodville and their daughter Elizabeth married Edward IV making Jacquetta the grandmother of Elizabeth of York and the Little Princes in the Tower and the great-grandmother of Henry VIII.
Unofficial Royalty: John, Duke of Bedford
Wikipedia: Jacquetta of Luxembourg

April 22, 1451 –  Birth of Queen Isabella of Castile and Leon at Madrigal de las Altas Torres in Avila, Spain
Isabella was the wife of King Ferdinand of Aragon and the mother of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England.  Her great-grandfather was John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III of England.
Wikipedia: Queen Isabella of Castile

April 22, 1852 – Birth of Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg in Biebrich Palace in Wiesbaden, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

April 22, 1868 – Wedding of Umberto I, King of Italy and Margherita of Savoy at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Savoy (Italy)
Unofficial Royalty: Umberto I, King of Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Margherita of Savoy

April 22, 1868 – Birth of Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, in Ofen (Buda), Hungary
Wikipedia: Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria

April 22, 1872 – Birth of Princess Margaret of Prussia, daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais in Potsdam, Prussia, Germany
Full name: Margarete Beatrice Feodora
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse

April 22, 1906 – Birth of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten, eldest son of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, father of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Gustaf Adolf predeceased his father. He died in an airplane crash at age 40.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten

April 22, 1957 – Birth of Daniel Chatto, husband of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom
Full name: Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule
Wikipedia: Daniel Chatto

Royal News: Saturday 21 April 2018

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April 21: Today in Royal History

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 21, 1509 – Death of King Henry VII of England at Richmond Palace in Richmond, Surrey, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VII of England

April 21, 1767 – Birth of Elisabeth of Württemberg, first wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria, in Treptow, Brandenburg (Germany)
Elisabeth died in childbirth at age 23.
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria

April 21, 1815 – Birth of Louise Rasmussen, Countess Danner, former mistress and third morganatic wife of King Frederik VII of Denmark, in Copenhagen, Denmark
Louise was not queen consort and was officially styled Countess Danner.
Wikipedia: Louise Rasmussen, Countess Danner

April 21, 1843 – Death of Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex

April 21, 1892 – Death of Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 21, 1926 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at 17 Bruton Street in London, England
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

April 21, 1947 – Wedding of Princess Katherine of Greece and Major Richard Brandram in Anglican and Greek Orthodox ceremonies at the Royal Palace of Athens, Greece
Princess Katherine was a daughter of King Constantine I of Greece and Princess Sophie of Prussia. After her wedding, King George VI granted her the status of a duke’s daughter in the British order of precedence and she became known as Lady Katherine Brandam.
Wikipedia: Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark, Lady Katherine Brandham

April 21, 2007 – Birth of Princess Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, at Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Royal News: Friday 20 April 2018

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Leopold IV Friedrich, Duke of Anhalt

by Scott Mehl

Leopold IV Friedrich, Duke of Anhalt

Leopold IV Friedrich was the first Duke of Anhalt, reigning from 1863 until 1871. He wa born Prince Leopold Friedrich of Anhalt-Dessau on October 1, 1794 in Dessau, the eldest son of Friedrich, Hereditary Prince of Anhalt-Dessau and Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Homburg. Leopold Friedrich had six siblings:

At the time of his birth, his grandfather was the reigning Duke of Anhalt-Dessau. Leopold Friedrich became heir-apparent upon his father’s death in 1814, and became the reigning Duke of Anhalt-Dessau upon his grandfather’s death three years later, on August 9, 1817.

Friederike Wilhelmine of Prussia

The following year, on April 18, 1818, Leopold Friedrich married Princess Friederike of Prussia. She was the daughter of Prince Friedrich Ludwig Karl of Prussia and Duchess Friederike of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Leopold Friedrich and Friederike had been engaged since May 17, 1816, when their engagement was arranged by the Prussian court. The couple had four children:

On November 27, 1847, Leopold IV Friedrich inherited the Duchy of Anhalt-Köthen upon the death of a distant cousin. After nearly six years as the reigning Duke of two separate duchies, they were united in May 1853 as the Duchy of Anhalt-Dessau-Köthen. Ten years later, he also inherited the Duchy of Anhalt-Bernburg from another distant cousin. Now, with all of the Anhalt duchies back under one ruler, they were united as the Duchy of Anhalt on August 30, 1863.

The Marienkirche, before World War II. photo: Von Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R98992 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5368827

Leopold IV Friedrich, Duke of Anhalt, died in Dessau on May 22, 1871, and was buried in the Marienkirche (link in German) in Dessau. When the church was destroyed by bombing during World War II, the Duke’s remains were moved to the Berenhorst crypt in the Historical Cemetery in Dessau.

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April 20: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 20, 1808 – Birth of Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon III of France, in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Napoleon III, Emperor of France

April 20, 1836 – Death of Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein

April 20, 1839 – Birth of King Carol I of Romania in Sigmaringen, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: King Carol I of Romania

April 20, 1884 – Birth of Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Eastwell Park in Kent, England
Full name: Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh

April 20, 1893 – Wedding of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria and Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma at Villa Pianore, the Duke of Parma’s residence in Lucca, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma, Princess of Bulgaria

April 20, 1896 – Wedding of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Edinburgh and Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Alexandra was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Edinburgh
Unofficial Royalty: Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

April 20, 1929 – Death of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, son of Friedrich III, German Emperor, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Herrenhaus Hemmelmark in Eckernförde, Germany
Full name: Albert Wilhelm Heinrich
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Heinrich of Prussia

April 20, 1947 – Death of King Christian X of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: King Christian X of Denmark

April 20, 1960 – Death of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Alexander III, Emperor of All Russia, in London, England; buried in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia

April 20, 1999 – Birth of Prince Georg Antonius of Liechtenstein, son of Hereditary Prince Alois, in Grabs, Switzerland
Full name: Georg Antonius Constantin Maria
Wikipedia: Family of Hereditary Prince Alois

Royal News: Thursday 19 April 2018

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April 19: Today in Royal History

Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 19, 1320 – Birth of Pedro I, King of Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro I, King of Portugal

April 19, 1390 – Death of Robert II, King of Scots at Dundonald Castle; buried at Scone Abbey in Scone, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Robert II, King of Scots

April 19, 1658 – Death of Kirsten Munk, morganatic second wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, at Boller Castle in Horsens, Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Kirsten Munk, Countess of Schleswig-Holstein

April 19, 1689 – Death of Queen Christina of Sweden in Rome, Italy; buried at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
Queen Christina secretly converted to Catholicism and eventually abdicated to practice her religion openly. She moved to Rome and is one of four women buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Wikipedia: Queen Christina of Sweden

April 19, 1793 – Birth of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria

April 19, 1876 – Birth of Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany)
Full name: Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince of the Netherlands

April 19, 1956 – Wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
Unofficial Royalty: Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

April 19, 1968 – Birth of King Mswati III of Swaziland at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland
Unofficial Royalty: King Mswati III of Swaziland

April 19, 2016 – Birth of Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, son of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
Full name: Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland