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October 21: Today in Royal History

George, Duke of Clarence, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 21, 1422 – Death of King Charles VI of France in Paris; buried at St. Denis Basilica near Paris
Wikipedia: Charles VI of France

October 21, 1449 – Birth of George, Duke of Clarence, son of Richard, Duke of York, and brother of King Edward IV of England and King Richard III of England, at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland
Wikipedia: George, Duke of Clarence

October 21, 1821 – Alleged birth of Thomas Bowes-Lyon, the Monster of Glamis
The Monster of Glamis was reportedly a deformed member of the Bowes-Lyon family kept in seclusion at Glamis Castle, Scotland.
Wikipedia: Monster of Glamis

October 21, 1911 – Wedding of Emperor Karl I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Wikipedia: Karl I of Austria
Wikipedia: Zita of Bourbon-Parma

Royal News: Monday, 20 October 2014

Egypt
Daily Mail: Revealed: King Tut had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth according to a ‘virtual autopsy’ that showed his parents were brother and sister

Japan
Asia One: Empress dedicated to the Emperor’s welfare
Mainichi: Empress turns 80, hopes for peace to mark 70 years since end of WWII

Norway
News in English: Princess feels persecuted

UK
Daily Mail: Charles orders grey squirrel cull
Daily Mail: Prince Charles orders mass cull of ‘invading’ grey squirrels on his estates in bid to protect trees
Daily Mail: GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Has Cressida Bonas had her teeth tinkered with?
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Michael helps repair Qatari Ascot rift
Daily Mail: Earl of Cardigan was forced to shower in a leisure centre and wash baby daughter in a sink during legal battle for £16million estate
Daily Mail: The Queen puts on a brave face as her horse Estimate finishes last at Ascot
Daily Mail: Disappointing final result for Queen’s dope-scandal hit horse Estimate
Guardian: Prince Charles orders grey squirrel cull on duchy estate
Mirror: Prince Charles’ private chefs are watched by secret service spies amid paranoid POISONING fears
Mirror: Prince Charles has ordered a mass cull of grey squirrels on his estates

 

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

photo: CNN

photo: CNN

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and second in the line of succession to the British throne. He was born Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, at 9:03pm on June 21, 1982, in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. He is the 3rd grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince William was the first future British king to be born in a hospital.

He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace on August 4, 1982. His godparents are:

Unlike previous generations of British royals, William began his public life at a very young age. He accompanied his parents on a tour of Australia and New Zealand at just 9 months old. He began his schooling at Jane Mynors’ nursery school, followed by pre-preparatory schooling at Wetherby School, both in London. From 1990-1995, he attended Ludgrove School in Wokingham, and then studied Geography, Biology and History of Art at Eton College.

Following a gap year during which he visited Belize, Chile, worked on dairy farms in England, and visited Africa, he enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Initially studying Art History, he changed his course to Geography, and graduated in 2005 with honours. Following an internship at HSBC, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst at the beginning of 2006. He graduated in December of the same year, and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant (promoted to Lieutenant a year later). He also trained with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and took an attachment to the Royal Air Force in 2008. Following a two-month attachment to the Royal Navy, he formally transferred his commission to the RAF, with the rank of Flight Lieutenant, and trained as a helicopter pilot with the RAF’s Search and Rescue Force.

photo: The Telegraph/MOD/PA

photo: The Telegraph/MOD/PA

Following his training, he transferred to the Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley, in Angelsey, Wales. Here he trained on the Sea King helicopter, graduating in September 2010. He remained at RAF Valley, assigned to C Flight No. 22 Squadron, until stepping down from active service in September 2013.

At that time, it was announced that the Duke would be undertaking more official duties, while still evaluating his role and future plans. In January 2014, he enrolled in a 10-week course in Agricultural Management at the University of Cambridge. As he will one day take over control of the Duchy of Cornwall, this was intended to help prepare him for that role. Later in 2014, it was announced that he would be taking a full-time position with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

From an early age, Prince William was exposed to the struggles and challenges faced by many people. To this day, he continues to support many of the charities and causes once very dear to his mother, and has developed a strong interest in conservation and protection of our natural resources. This is just a small list of organizations with which he is involved:

  • Patron, Centrepoint
  • Patron, The Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Patron, Mountain Rescue England & Wales
  • Patron, The Tusk Trust
  • President, England Football Association
  • Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union
  • Patron, English Schools Swimming Association
  • President, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

In addition to his many organizations, The Duke of Cambridge is an avid polo player, and along with his brother, often takes part in charity polo matches.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton, 2003. photo: ABCNews

Prince William and Catherine Middleton, 2003. photo: ABCNews

While a student at St Andrews, William met his future wife, Catherine Middleton. First as friends, and then flat-mates along with some other friends, the relationship soon turned romantic. After years of speculation, and intense media scrutiny, the couple became engaged while on a vacation in Kenya. Prince William gave her his mother’s famous engagement ring – a large sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

photo: Daily Mail/Getty Images

photo: Daily Mail/Getty Images

The engagement was formally announced by Clarence House on November 16, 2010. Following the announcement, the couple met the press and photographers at St. James’ Palace, followed by a television interview.

On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Catherine Middleton married at Westminster Abbey. Earlier that morning, The Queen had created him Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. You can read more about their wedding here!

On December 3, 2012, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess were expecting their first child. Legislation had already begun to ensure that their firstborn child, regardless of gender, would become next in line for the throne. This legislation has been approved in the UK, and once approved in all of the other realms, will go into effect. Under the existing Letters Patent regarding titles and styles, a son would become HRH Prince X, but a daughter would simply become Lady X. The Queen issued Letters Patent in December 2013, declaring that all children born to The Duke and Duchess would be Prince and Princess, with the style of Royal Highness. On July 22, 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, at 4:24pm.

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

The following day, the proud parents emerged from the doors of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital the following day, and presented their son to the crowds and media waiting outside. For many, it brought back memories of a similar scene, 31 years earlier, when The Prince and Princess of Wales first emerged from the hospital with the newborn Prince William.

On September 8, 2014, it was announced from Clarence House that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child. Kensington Palace has confirmed that the baby is due in April 2015.

photo: Daily Mail/National News and Pictures

photo: Daily Mail/National News and Pictures

Prince William was made a Knight of the Order of the Garter on April 23, 2008 – as the 1,000th member of the Order. This was the first time a grandchild of the sovereign had been appointed to the order since 1894. He was later, in May 2012, made a Knight of the Order of the Thistle. He was also made Personal Aide-de-Camp To Her Majesty The Queen in March 2013.

Following their marriage, the couple resided in Angelsey, Wales, where Prince William was stationed at RAF Valley. In London, they moved to Nottingham Cottage – a small residence on the grounds of Kensington Palace. It was later announced that they would move to Apartment 1A within Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. After extensive renovations, they took up residence in 2014. In addition, the Queen has given them use of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate as their country home. It is at Anmer Hall where they will be based primarily for the next several years, as this is closer to Prince William’s work at the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

In Australia, April 2014. photo: Daily Mail/James Whatling/Splash News

In Australia, April 2014. photo: Daily Mail/James Whatling/Splash News

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October 20: Today in Royal History

Empress Michiko of Japan as a child, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 20, 1496 – Wedding of Queen Joanna of Castile and Philip the Handsome of Habsburg
Wikipedia: Joanna of Castile
Wikipedia: Philip the Handsome of Habsburg

October 20, 1714 – Coronation of King George I of Great Britain
No queen was crowned.  George had divorced his wife Sophia Dorothea of Celle in 1694 and held her in the Castle of Ahlden in Celle (Germany) until her death 32 years later.
Wikipedia: George I of Great Britain

October 20, 1740 – Death of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary (as Charles III), King of Bohemia and Archduke of Austria, at Palais Augarten in Vienna, Austria; buried at the Kaisergruft in Vienna, Austria
Charles’ surviving children were only daughters and he had provided for a male-line succession failure with the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713.  He was succeeded by his daughter Maria Theresa, but her succession resulted in the War of the Austrian Succession.
Wikipedia: Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor

October 20, 1934 – Birth of Michiko Shôda, wife of Emperor Akihito of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan
Wikipedia: Empress Michiko of Japan

October 20, 2012 – Wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Stephanie de Lannoy; at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Royal News: Sunday 19 October 2014

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: October 19 – 25

Prince Laurent of Belgium, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

51st birthday of Prince Laurent of Belgium, son of King Albert II of Belgium; born at the Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium on October 19, 1963
Full name: Laurent Benoît Baudouin Marie
Wikipedia: Prince Laurent of Belgium
Belgian Monarchy: Prince Laurent

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Empress Michiko of Japan, Photo Credit – www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

80th birthday of Michiko Shôda, wife of Emperor Akihito of Japan; born in Tokyo, Japan on October 20, 1934
Wikipedia: Empress Michiko

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Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Stephanie de Lannoy, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

2nd wedding anniversary of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Stephanie de Lannoy; married at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on October 20, 2012
Wikipedia: Wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy
Wikipedia: Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

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Prince and Princess Mikasa of Japan; Photo Credit – ameblo.jp

73rd wedding anniversary of Prince Mikasa of Japan, son of Emperor Taisho and uncle of Emperor Akihito, and Yoriko Takagi; married in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 1941
Wikipedia: Prince Mikasa
Wikipedia: Princess Mikasa

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Princess Mako of Japan, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

23nd birthday of Princess Mako of Japan, elder daughter of Prince Akishino of Japan; born in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 1991
Wikipedia: Princess Mako

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Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

67th birthday of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein and brother of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein; born in Zurich, Switzerland on October 24, 1947
Full name: Nikolaus Ferdinand Maria Josef Raphael
Wikipedia: Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein

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Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster with his wife and older child Xan, Photo Credit – www.womanandhome.com

40th birthday of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, son of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England on October 24, 1974
Full name: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard
Wikipedia: Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

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King Michael of Romania, Photo Credit – www.telegraph.co.uk

93rd birthday of former King Michael of Romania; born in Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania on October 25, 1921
Wikipedia: Michael I of Romania

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

13th birthday of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at Hôpital Erasme in Anderlecht, Brussels on October 25, 2001
Full name: Elisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène
Wikipedia: Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

October 19: Today in Royal History

Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France, daughter of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 19, 1216 – Death of King John of England at Newark Castle in England; buried at Worcester Cathedral in England
Wikipedia: John of England

October 19, 1658 – Birth of Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Grabow (Germany)
Adolf Frederick was the grandfather of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III of the United Kingdom.
Wikipedia: Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

October 19, 1851 – Death of Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France, daughter of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, at Frohsdorf, Austria; buried at the Franciscan Monastery church of Kostanjevica in Görtz, then in Austria, now the Slovenian city of Nova Gorica
Wikipedia: Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France

October 19, 1889 – Death of King Luís I of Portugal at Cascais, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Luis I of Portugal

October 19, 1932 – Wedding of Gustav Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten and Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the parents of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Wikipedia: Gustav Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten
Wikipedia: Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

October 19, 1963 – Birth of Prince Laurent of Belgium, son of King Albert II of the Belgians, at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Full name: Laurent Benoît Baudouin Marie
Wikipedia: Prince Laurent of Belgium

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Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert, Duke of Palma de Mallorca

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert, Duke of Palma de Mallorca

Iñaki Urdangarín y Liebaert is the husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. He was born on January 15, 1968 in Zumarraga, Spain, one of seven children of Juan Urdangarín Berriochoa and Claire Liebaert Courtain.

photo: Hello

photo: Hello

In 1986, at the age of 18, he became a professional handball player with FC Barcelona, where he remained until his retirement in 2000. During his career, he was a member of the Spanish Olympic Handball Team in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, winning bronze in 1996 and 2000, and serving as team captain in 2000. After his retirement, he served on the Spanish Olympic Committee from 2001-2005.

While participating in the 1996 Olympics, he met Infanta Cristina of Spain. The couple were married on October 4, 1997 in Barcelona. By courtesy, he took on the male form of his wife’s title, and became Duke of Palma de Mallorca. The couple have four children:

  • Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón (1999)
  • Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
  • Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
  • Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)

Having earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Barcelona, and a Masters in Business Administration from ESADE (also in Barcelona), Iñaki worked for several years as Director of Planning and Development at Motorpress Ibérica. In 2003, he was a founding partner of the Nóos Institute, and served as President until 2006. At that time, he became a director at Telefónica International in Barcelona. Along with his family, he moved to Washington DC in 2009 where he was appointed director and president of the Public Affairs Committee for Telefónica Latin America and United States.

In early 2011, allegations were made against him regarding misappropriation of public funds through his Nóos Institute. He took a leave of absence from his position with Telefónica, and the family returned to Spain in 2012. After it was discovered that large sums of money were transferred to several foreign accounts, it was announced that he would no longer take part in any official functions of the Spanish royal family. In early 2012, he began testifying before the courts in response to the allegations. He, along with several others, are being investigated and have been charged with embezzlement, fraud, breach of trust, forgery, and money laundering. At the time of this writing, the charges are still pending. His wife, Infanta Cristina, was also charged with tax fraud and money laundering in mid-2014. An appeal in her case has been filed.

photo: Europa Press/Getty Images

photo: Europa Press/Getty Images

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