Royal News: Monday 26 January 2015

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UK
BBC: Prince Philip receives knighthood from Australia
BBC: The camera that captured readers’ lives
WA Today: Duke worthy recipient of knighthood: PM
Daily Mail: Australia’s knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement
Daily Mail: Australia knights Prince Philip, sparking national outrage
Daily Mail: Frankie Boyle comeback show axed by BBC over sick joke about IRA murder of Lord Mountbatten
Daily Mail: Prince reveals injury to his ear as he attends church for Sunday sermon, while the Queen brings a burst of colour to wintry Norfolk with bright fuchsia coat and matching hat
Daily Mail: On the march again: English Civil War Society bring to life the royalist King’s Army and retrace Charles I’s route to the scaffold
Daily Mail: Abbott defends Philip knighthood
Daily Mail: Australia PM in ‘time warp’ as British royal knighted
Daily Mail: Former Defence Force chief who led the search for missing MH370 named Australia’s newest knight… while Prince Philip is also given the nod
Daily Mail: Who would have thought it? Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark holiday with Jimmy Carr and Jamie and Louise Redknapp in St Barts
Express: Mamma Mia! Zara Phillips passes love of horses to daughter
Express: Princess Beatrice relaxes in St Barts days after Prince Andrew denies sex claims
Express: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge irritate locals by ‘blinging up’ historic weathervane
Getty Images: Zara Phillips Attends Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point
Guardian: The Aristocrats: why knighting Prince Philip is a joke at Australia’s expense
Guardian: Tony Abbott admits colleagues not consulted on Prince Philip knighthood
NY Post: It’s time for Prince Andrew to man-up
Telegraph: Tony Abbott mocked after making Prince Philip a knight of Australia

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Prince Rainier III of Monaco

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Prince Rainier III of Monaco

Prince Rainier III of Monaco was Sovereign Prince from 1949 until his death in 2005. He was born Prince Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi on May 31, 1923 at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. He was the second child, and only son, of Princess Charlotte of Monaco (illegitimate and adopted daughter of Prince Louis II) and Count Pierre de Polignac. Rainier had an older sister, Princess Antoinette (1920-2011).

His parents separated soon after his birth, and Rainier and his sister were caught in the middle of the fights between them. He was sent to school in England, attending Summerfields, in St Leonards-on-Sea, and the Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire. He then attended the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland and went on to graduate from the University of Montpellier, in France, in 1943. He later studied at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

In May 1944, he became the heir-presumptive to his grandfather, Prince Louis II, following his mother’s renunciation of her succession rights in his favor. Later that year, he joined the French Free Army and saw combat in Alsace. He was later awarded the French War Cross and made a member of the French Legion of Honor. On May 9, 1949, Rainier ascended to the throne of Monaco as Prince Rainier III, upon the death of his grandfather.

In January 1956, Rainier announced his engagement to American film star, Grace Kelly. The two had first met at the time of the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, and soon began a relationship. In December of that year, Rainier came to the US to visit Grace and her family, and it was then that he proposed. The couple married on April 18, 1956 in a civil ceremony held in the Throne Room at the Palace. A religious ceremony was held the following day at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Following a honeymoon – seven weeks spent cruising the Mediterranean on Rainier’s yacht – the couple settled at the palace and had three children:

photo: Wikipedia

Upon becoming sovereign Prince, Rainier began working to change the economic landscape of the small nation. Best known for its casino, Monaco’s primary source of revenue – over 95% – was from gambling. And despite that, the country’s coffers were nearly empty. Rainier began promoting Monaco as a tourist attraction, and a place to invest in real estate development, and perhaps most famously, a tax haven. With the casino and majority of resorts owned by the Société des Bains de Mer, a power struggle soon began between Rainier (a majority owner of the Society) and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Onassis had established offices for his shipping firm in Monte Carlo, and soon gained majority control of the Society, planning to turn Monaco into strictly a gambling resort. Fortunately, Rainier was eventually able to take full control of the Society in the 1960s, and his vision was able to proceed.

And proceed it did! Known as the Builder Prince, Rainier oversaw the expansion of Monaco by reclaiming land from the sea. In 1958, 54,000 square meters was reclaimed to expand the Larvotto district, and in 1965, work began on the new Fontvieille ward, this time reclaiming over 220,000 square meters. In 1962, Rainier put forth a new Constitution of Monaco, which reaffirmed Monaco’s sovereignty and independence, and significantly reduced the powers of the Sovereign. A more democratic system of government was established (although Monaco’s Sovereign still retains much more power than most of his contemporaries in Europe).

 

On September 13, 1982, while driving back to Monaco from their home in France, Princess Grace suffered a stroke. She and Princess Stéphanie (who was in the car with her) were transported to the hospital in Monaco. However, Grace’s injuries were very severe, and she passed away the following evening after Prince Rainier had to make the decision to remove her from life support. Rainier was devastated by his wife’s death, and seemed to have aged drastically in just days.

Despite his grief, Rainier continued with his vision for Monaco, as well as maintaining, and honoring, his late wife’s memory. The Princess Grace Rose Garden was opened in 1984 in Fontvieille, and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA was established to continue the works of Princess Grace in the arts. (The USA Foundation is a branch of the original Princess Grace Foundation founded by Rainier and Grace in 1964 in Monaco.)

 

By the turn of the century, Rainier’s health was declining. In January 2005, he made one of his last public appearances, at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo (pictured above). On April 6, 2005, after several weeks in hospital, Prince Rainier III passed away at 81 years old. He was succeeded by his son, Prince Albert II, who had been serving as Regent since the prior week. His funeral was held on April 15 at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, and he was buried beside his late wife, Princess Grace.

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January 26: Today in Royal History

King Charles XIV of Sweden and Norway, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 26, 1763 – Birth of Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, French Marshall, later King Charles XIV of Sweden and Norway, in Pau, France
Wikipedia: Charles XIV of Sweden

January 26, 1876 – Death of Amélia of Leuchtenberg, second wife of Pedro I of Brazil/Pedro IV of Portugal, in Lisbon; buried first in the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, since 1982 in the Ipiranga monument in São Paulo, Brazil
Wikipedia: Amélia of Leuchtenberg

January 26, 1947 – Death of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten, eldest son of King Gustaf VI Adolf and father of King Carl XVI Gustaf, in an airplane crash
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden

Queen Victoria’s Children and Grandchildren

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Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children in 1857; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

QUEEN VICTORIA OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (1819-1901) MARRIED (1840) PRINCE ALBERT OF SAXE-COBURG AND GOTHA (1819-1861)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children and 42 grandchildren. Their grandchildren sat upon the thrones of Germany/Prussia, Greece, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom as monarchs or consorts. Today Victoria and Albert’s descendants include the monarchs of Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The links on the names below are links to an article about that person here at Unofficial Royalty. The links on “married” are links to an article about the wedding of that couple here at Unofficial Royalty. More of these links will be added as additional articles are written about Queen Victoria’s children and grandchildren. The links on “had issue” are links to the listing of the issue from Wikipedia. The “had issue” are, of course, Queen Victoria’s great grandchildren.

1) Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901) married (1858) Frederick, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1831-1888)

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Vicky and Fritz with five of their children; Photo Credit – www.preussen.de

  • Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1859-1941) married (1) (1881) Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1858-1921), had issue, Greek and Spanish Royal Families descend from this marriage;  married (2) (1922) Princess Hermine of Reuss (1887-1947), no issue
  • Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860-1919) married (1878) Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (1851-1928), had issue
  • Prince Henry of Prussia (1862-1929) married (1888) Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (1866-1953), a grandchild of Queen Victoria, had issue
  • Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1864-1866), died young from meningitis
  • Princess Viktoria of Prussia (1866-1929), married (1) (1890) Prince Adolf of Schaumburg-Lippe (1859-1917), no issue; married (2) (1927) Alexander Zoubkoff (1901-1936), no issue
  • Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1868-1879), died young from diphtheria
  • Princess Sophie of Prussia (1870-1932), married (1889) King Constantine I of Greece (1868-1923), had issue, Greek, Romanian and Serbian Royal Families descend from this marriage
  • Princess Margaret of Prussia (1872-1954), (1893) married Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse (1868-1940), had issue

2) King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841-1910) married (1863) Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925)

 

3) Princess Alice (1843-1878) married (1862) Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1837-1892)

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Hesse and by Rhine family in 1876; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

  • Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863-1950), married (1884) Prince Louis of Battenberg (1854-1921) after 1917 Louis Mountbatten 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, had issue, British Royal Family (line of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales) descends from this marriage
  • Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864-1918), married (1885) Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia (1857-1905), no issue
  • Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (1866-1953), married (1888) Prince Henry of Prussia (1862-1929), a grandchild of Queen Victoria, had issue
  • Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1868-1937), married (1) (1894) Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh (1876-1936), a grandchild of Queen Victoria, had issue, divorced 1901; married (2) (1905) Princess Eleanore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1871-1937), had issue
  • Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine (1870-1873), was a hemophiliac, died young from a brain hemorrhage after falling out a window
  • Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (1872-1918), married (1894) Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1918), had issue (all died 1918)
  • Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (1874-1878), died young from diphtheria

4) Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844-1900) married (1874) Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920)

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Duchess of Edinburgh with her children; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

  • Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1874-1899), died unmarried, attempted suicide by shooting himself, later died from the injuries
  • Princess Marie of Edinburgh (1875-1938), married (1893) King Ferdinand of Romania (1865-1927), had issue, Romanian and Serbian Royal Families descend from this marriage
  • Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh (1876-1936), married (1) (1894) Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1862-1937), a grandchild of Queen Victoria, had issue, divorced 1901; married (2) (1905) Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia (1876-1938), had issue
  • Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh (1878-1942), married (1896) Prince Ernest II of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1863-1950); had issue
  • Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh (1884-1966), married (1909) Infante Alfonso of Spain, Duke of Galliera (1886-1975), had issue

5) Princess Helena (1846-1923) married (1866) Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (1831-1917)

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  • Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900), died unmarried of malaria while serving in the Boer War
  • Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (1869-1931), died unmarried, illegitimate issue
  • Princess Helena Victoria (1870-1948), Princess of Schleswig-Holstein 1870-1917, Princess Helena Victoria 1917-1948, died unmarried
  • Princess Marie Louise (1872-1956), Princess of Schleswig-Holstein 1870-1917, Princess Helena Victoria 1917-1956, married (1891) Prince Aribert of Anhalt, no issue, marriage dissolved 1900
  • Prince Harald of Schleswig-Holstein (1876), died in infancy

6) Princess Louise (1848 -1939) married (1871) John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll (1845-1914)

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Princess Louise and her husband at the time of their engagement; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

  • No issue

7) Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) married (1879) Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia (1860-1917)

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Connaught Family in 1893; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

8) Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884) married (1882) Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1861-1922)

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone by Hills & Saunders albumen cabinet card, 1883 NPG Ax5552 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, by Hills & Saunders, albumen cabinet card, 1883. NPG Ax5552 © National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Princess Alice of Albany (1883-1981), married (1904) Prince Alexander of Teck (1874-1957) after 1917 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, had issue
  • Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884-1954), deprived of British titles in 1919, married (1905) Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (1885-1970), had issue, Swedish Royal Family descends from this marriage

9) Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) married (1885) Prince Henry of Battenberg (1858-1896)

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Princess Beatrice with her children in 1900

  • Prince Alexander of Battenberg (1886-1960), after 1917 Alexander Mountbatten, Marquess of Carisbrooke, married (1917) Lady Irene Denison (1890-1956), had issue
  • Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887-1969), married (1906) King Alfonso XIII of Spain (1886-1931), had issue, Spanish Royal Family descends from this marriage
  • Prince Leopold of Battenberg (1889-1922), after 1917 Lord Leopold Mountbatten, died unmarried, hemophiliac, died after an operation
  • Prince Maurice of Battenberg (1891-1914), died unmarried, killed in action during World War I

Royal News: Sunday 25 January 2015

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: January 25 – January 31

Princess Charlene of Monaco; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

37th birthday of Charlene Lynette Wittstock, wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco; born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on January 25, 1978
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlene of Monaco

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King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Photo Credit- www.zimbio.com

65th birthday of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; born in Riffa, Bahrain on January 28, 1950
Unofficial Royalty: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

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Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and Angela Brown; Photo Credit – royalcorrespondent.com

15th wedding anniversary of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and Angela Brown; married civilly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on January 21, 2000 and religiously in New York City at St. Vincent Ferrer Church on January 29, 2000
Unofficial Royaty: Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Angela Brown

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King Abdullah II of Jordan; www.timesofisrael.com

53rd birthday of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on January 30, 1962
Unofficial Royalty: King Abdullah II of Jordan

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King Felipe VI of Spain; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

47th birthday of King Felipe VI of Spain; born in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 1968
Full name: Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia
Unofficial Royalty: King Felipe VI of Spain

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10th birthday of Prince Hashem of Jordan, son of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on January 30, 2005
Wikipedia: Prince Hashem of Jordan

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

77th birthday of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; born at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands on January 31, 1938
Full name: Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
Unofficial Royalty: Beatrix of the Netherlands

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg

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The last surviving great grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Prince Carl Johan Arthur of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna was born on October 31, 1916 at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. At the time of his birth his parents, the future King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught, were the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden. Carl Johan’s mother was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and therefore a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Carl Johan was the youngest of his parents’ five children. He had had three brothers and one sister:

  • Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (April 22, 1906 – January 26, 1947), married Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; had issue including King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (June 7, 1907 – February 4, 2002) later Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg, married three times, had one son
  • Princess Ingrid (March 28, 1910 – November 7, 2000), married King Frederick IX of Denmark, had issue including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  • Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (February 28, 1912 – January 5, 1997), married Lillian Davies, no issue

In 1920, when Carl Johan’s mother was eight months pregnant with her sixth child, she underwent mastoid surgery. An infection developed which killed Crown Princess Margaret, at the age of 38, and her unborn child on May 1, 1920. Three year old Carl Johan and his elder siblings were left motherless. In 1923, Carl Johan’s father married Lady Louise Mountbatten, daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg (1917 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven) and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The couple remained childless and became King and Queen of Sweden in 1950.

In 1935, Carl Johan graduated from the Lundsberg School and then did training in the military. He became a second lieutenant in the Mounted Life Guards Regiment, K 1.  In 1942, he was stationed with an armored regiment and was nicknamed “The Armor Prince.” Carl Johan served in the army reserves from 1945 – 1948. During the same time period, he studied and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as an attaché in Paris.

Carl Johan in army maneuvers in 1938; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

In 1939, Prince Carl Johan met the recently divorced Swedish journalist Kerstin Wijkmark (link translated by Google Translator).  When the couple became engaged, Carl Johan asked his grandfather King Gustaf V for permission to marry and the king strongly refused to give his consent. The couple found it impossible to marry in Sweden. Because of World War II, travel was difficult and the wedding was delayed. The marriage finally took place on February 19, 1946 at the Riverside Church in New York City. Because of the marriage, Carl Johan lost his style and title His Royal Highness Prince of Sweden and subsequently was styled His Excellency Carl Johan Bernadotte. In 1951, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg created him a Count of Wisborg in the Luxembourg nobility.

The couple resided for many years in New York and London. They had no children, but adopted a boy and a girl, who bear the surname Bernadotte, but have no styles or titles:

  • Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (born 5 March 5, 1948, adopted in 1951) married 1976 and divorced in 1997 Count Johan Peder Bonde af Björnö, had issue
  • Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (born December 3, 1949, adopted in 1950) married 1980 Marianne Jenny, had issue

After his marriage, Carl Johan had a career as a businessman. He had executive positions with Anglo-Nordic Tractor, Sundstrand International , Sundstrand Deutschland GmbH, Sundstrand International SA, and OSEC Petroleum AG. Eventually, the relationship between Carl Johan’s wife Kerstin and his father King Gusat VI Adolf improved and Kerstin even wrote a book about her father-in-law in 1967. In 1973, Carl Johan bought a summer home Villa Kungsberga in Bastad, Sweden He also had an apartment in Stockholm and a winter home Villa Varghem at Lund Farm, near Tistad Castle outside Nyköping, Sweden. After a long illness, Kerstin died on September 11, 1987 at the couple’s home in Bastad. She was buried in Bastad and not in the Royal Burial Grounds in Haga.

On September 29, 1988, Carl Johan married Gunnila Bussler, born Countess Gunnila Wachtmeister af Johannishus (link translated by Google Translator), the daughter of Count Nils Wachtmeister af Johannishus and wife Baroness Märta de Geer af Leufsta.

 

Count Carl Johan of Wisborg died on May 5, 2012 at Ängelholm Hospital in Bastad, Sweden at the age of 95. After the funeral service in Bastad, his coffin was taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. A service of thanksgiving was held in the palace’s Royal Chapel the next day, and later that afternoon Carl Johan’s remains were interred at the Royal Burial Grounds in Haga in Solna, Sweden.  The services were attended by members of the Swedish and Danish royal families. Carl Johan was the uncle of both King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

 

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Count Carl Johan of Wisborg

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January 25: Today in Royal History

Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia

January 25, 1308 – Wedding of King Edward II of England and Isabella of France, at Boulogne Cathedral in France
Wikipedia: Edward II of England
Wikipedia: Isabella of France

January 25, 1327 – King Edward II of England is deposed in favor of his son King Edward III of England
Wikipedia: Edward II of England
Wikipedia: Edward III of England

January 25, 1477 – Birth of Anne of Brittany, wife of King Charles VIII of France and second wife of King Louis XII of France, in Nantes, Brittany
Wikipedia: Anne of Brittany

January 25, 1533 – Wedding of King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, at the Palace of Westminster, London
Wikipedia: Henry VIII of England
Wikipedia: Anne Boleyn

January 25, 1559 – Death of King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden at Kalundborg Castle in Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christian II of Denmark

January 25, 1630 – Birth of Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

January 25, 1661 – Birth of Prince Antonio I of Monaco
Wikipedia: Antonio I of Monaco

January 25, 1755 – Birth of Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia, in Prenzlau, Brandenburg, Prussia
Name after marriage: Natalia Alexeievna, died after childbirth at age 21
Wikipedia: Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt

January 25, 1858 – Wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria, and future German Emperor Frederick III at the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace in London, England
The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn became a popular wedding recessional after it was played at the Princess Royal’s wedding.  The music is from a suite of incidental music to Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Queen Victoria loved Medelssohn’s music and he often played for her when he visited Great Britain.
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal and the future Frederick III, German Emperor
Wikipedia: Victoria, Princess Royal
Wikipedia: Frederick III of Germany

January 25, 1978 – Birth of Charlene Lynette Wittstock, wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlene

Johan Martin Ferner, husband of Princess Astrid of Norway, has died

photo: Royal House of Norway

It was announced today, January 24, 2015, that Mr Johan Martin Ferner, the husband of Princess Astrid of Norway, has passed away this morning at 5:25am in Oslo.  He was 87 years old.  He and Princess Astrid were married in 1961 and have five children.

King Harald of Norway released the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we have received the news that Johan Martin Ferner has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Astrid and her family, who have lost a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.”

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Trond Norén Isaksen: At the road’s end: Johan Martin Ferner (1927-2015), businessman and royal husband

Royal News: Saturday 24 January 2015

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