Royal News: Sunday 26 June 2016

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Royal Birthdays and Anniversaries: June 26 – July 2

Earl of St. Andrews, Photo Credit – www.ncfpeace.org

54th birthday of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews, son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; born in London, England on June 26, 1962
Full name: George Philip Nicholas
Wikipedia: George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews

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11th birthday of Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; born at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, Netherlands on June 26, 2005
Full name: Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentian
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

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Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

22nd birthday of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan, son of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on June 28, 1994
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Prince Hussein

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Prince Akishino of Japan and Kiko Kawashima; Photo Credit – goddesssaintnoblewomannun.blogspot.com

26th wedding anniversary of Prince Akishino of Japan and Kiko Kawashima; married at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on June 29, 1990
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Akishino
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Akishino

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Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, Photo Credit – www.examiner.com

52nd birthday of Alexandra Christina Manley, first wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark; born in Hong Kong on June 30, 1964
Queen Margrethe of Denmark gave her former daughter-in-law the personal title, Countess of Frederiksborg.
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg

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38th wedding anniversary of Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz; married at the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria on June 30, 1978
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Michael of Kent
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Michael of Kent

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17th birthday of Charles Armstrong-Jones, son of Viscount Linley and grandson of Princess Margaret; born in London, England on July 1, 1999
Full name: Charles Patrick Inigo
Wikipedia: Charles Armstrong-Jones

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, Photo Credit – www.telegraph.co.uk

5th anniversary of the civil marriage of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock; civilly married in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace on July 1, 2011
Unofficial Royalty: Civil Ceremony of Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock

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King Albert II of the Belgians and Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Photo Credit – www.examiner.com

57th wedding anniversary of King Albert II of the Belgians and Paola Ruffo di Calabria; married at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, Belgium on July 2, 1959
Unofficial Royalty: King Albert II
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Paola

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

5th anniversary of the religious wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock; religiously married in the Main Courtyard of the Prince’s Palace on July 2, 2011
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock
Unofficial Royalty: Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Charlene, Princess of Monaco

 

June 26: Today in Royal History

Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 26, 1575 – Birth of Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, first wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, in Halle upon Saale (Germany)
Wikipedia: Anne Catherine of Brandenburg

June 26, 1760 – Birth of Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein

June 26, 1830 – Death of King George IV of the United Kingdom at Windsor Castle; buried at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: King George IV of the United Kingdom

June 26, 1878 – Death of Mercedes d’Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain, at the Palacio Real de Madrid; originally buried at El Escorial, reburied at the Cathedral of la Almudena in Madrid, Spain in 2000
Unofficial Royalty: Mercedes d’Orléans

June 26, 1899 – Birth of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, at Peterhof near St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia

June 26, 1922 – Death of Prince Albert I of Monaco in Paris, France; buried at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Albert I of Monaco

June 26, 1962 – Birth of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews, son of Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent
Full name: George Philip Nicholas
Wikipedia: George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews

June 26, 2005 – Birth of Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands
Full name: Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentian
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

Royal News: Saturday 25 June 2016

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June 25: Today in Royal History

Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England and her husband Charles Brandon; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 25, 1242 – Birth of Beatrice of England, daughter of King Henry III of England in Bordeaux, Gascony, France
Wikipedia: Beatrice of England

June 25, 1483 – King Edward V of England declared illegitimate by Parliament
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward V of England

June 25, 1533 – Death of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, sister of King Henry VIII of England and wife of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, at Westhorpe Hall in Suffolk, England; originally buried in the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds, reburied at St. Mary’s Church in Bury St. Edmunds
From Susan: Several years ago, after some questions on our forum about Mary’s reburial, I emailed St. Mary’s Church in Bury St. Edmunds and got this response: “In reply to your query, yes, Mary Tudor daughter of Henry VII and sister of Henry VIII was originally buried in the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds.  Her coffin was brought here at the Dissolution of the Monasteries and is now in the crypt.  The original grave slab survives and is in the sanctuary near the altar, there is also a later inscription and insignia on the wall and a marble kerb given by Edward VII.  In the Lady Chapel there is a stained glass window given by Queen Victoria which depicts Mary’ life.  St. Mary’s church was part of the Abbey complex and is still the town church; it occupies a corner of the Great Churchyard and so is close to the Abbey ruins.”
Wikipedia: Mary Tudor

June 25, 1755 – Birth of Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of the future Tsar Paul I of Russia in Prenzlau, Brandenburg, Prussia (Germany)
Name after marriage: Natalia Alexeievna
Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeievna died in childbirth along with her child at the age of 20.
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt

June 25, 1864 – Death of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg at Schloss Rosenstein in Stuttgart, Germany; buried at the Württemberg Mausoleum in Stuttgart
Wikipedia: King Wilhelm I of Württemberg

June 25, 1870 – Abdication of Queen Isabella II of Spain in favor of her 12 year old son, King Alfonso XII of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Isabella II of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: King Alfonso XII of Spain

June 25, 1900 – Birth of Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Earl Mountbatten), great grandson of Queen Victoria, uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Frogmore House in Windsor, England
Full name: Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas
Louis was the son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. In 1917, when the British Royal Family stopped using German titles, his father Prince Louis of Battenberg became the Marquess of Milford-Haven and the family name became Mountbatten. Louis then used the courtesy title Lord Louis Mountbatten. He was subsequently created Viscount Mountbatten of Burma and then Earl Mountbatten of Burma. He was killed by the IRA along with other family members in 1979.
Wikipedia: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Royal News: Friday 24 June 2016

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Daily Record: Prince Charles gives our bagpipes a blast in Dumfries after revealing he gave up on them as child
Getty: Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony
Guardian: Richard III retains top spot in History Hot 100 poll
NBC: David Beckham, Queen Elizabeth II Have Royal Reunion at Buckingham Palace
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Lady Helen’s still a strappy dresser at 51: Duke of Kent’s daughter goes for Velcro platform at V&A summer party
IB Times: Prince Harry, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry honour 60 winners at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards
IB Times: Princess Charlotte And Prince George Effect: Early Days Installing New Bespoke Production Line In July
CBC: Woman who first met royal family in 1939 meets Prince Edward, wife Sophie
CBC: The Royals help the Globe Theatre in Regina celebrate 50 years
Express: Prince Harry and David Beckham join the Queen to fete young leaders
Express: ‘Vote Remain and we’ll accept 1966 win and stop mocking Prince Charles’ ears’ says Germany
BBC: Queen, Prince Harry and David Beckham thank Queen’s Young Leaders for being ‘an inspiration’
Belfast Telegraph: Harry hails inspirational young leaders at Palace awards ceremony
Telegraph: Prince William: ‘Kate’s bad cooking is the reason I’m in good shape’
People: Prince Harry and David Beckham Team Up to Honor the Queen – and We’ve Never Seen Her Smile So Big!
People: Princess Kate ‘Clearly Very Moved’ by Children’s Hospice Choir at Charity Dinner
Female First: Queen Elizabeth to honour young people
Female First: Prince William’s football glee
Vogue: Kate Middleton Can’t Cook—And Why Should She?
CTV: Prince Edward amuses award recipients and their families at ceremony in Regina
Macleans: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, to visit Fort McMurray
Western Star: Princess Anne to unveil latest war memorial in Corner Brook next week
Independent: Our next referendum should be on the future of the monarchy

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Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Queen of Bavaria

Queen Therese, painting by Joseph Stieler, 1825. source: Wikipedia

Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Queen of Bavaria

Princess Therese Charlotte Luise Friederike Amalie of Saxe-Hildburghausen was the wife of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. She was born on July 8, 1792 at Jagdschloss Seidingstadt, the summer residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Hildburghausen, to Friedrich, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen (later Duke of Saxe-Altenburg) and Duchess Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was the sixth of eleven children, and her siblings included:

Therese was raised primarily at Schloss Hildburghausen, where the family’s finances were often strained. Her mother, who was very intelligent and artistic, often brought musicians and artists to the court to teach the children, along with various prominent scholars. Therese proved to be a very good student, mastering several languages at a young age, and excelling in the arts.

source: Wikipedia

In 1809, Therese was included on a list of prospective brides for the French emperor Napoleon who was looking to marry into one of the old royal houses of Europe. However, it was the future King Ludwig I of Bavaria who would become her husband. Ludwig was the son of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt. The couple met in December 1809 when Ludwig visited Hildburghausen, and the couple became engaged on February 12, 1810. After prolonged negotiations, primarily due to Therese’s unwillingness to convert to Catholicism, she and her family traveled to Munich for the marriage.

Therese and Ludwig married on October 12, 1810, and celebrations were held for several days following at the Theresienwiese, a large outdoor space named in her honor. Theresienwiese is the site of Oktoberfest, held each year to commemorate the wedding. (You can read more about Oktoberfest and its royal connection HERE.) Ludwig and Therese had nine children:

Seemingly always pregnant, Therese still managed to participate in charitable events and organizations. While living in Salzburg, she organized meals for the poor and was patron of the Salzburg Women’s Association. In October 1825, Ludwig and Therese became King and Queen of Bavaria following the death of King Maximilian I Joseph. Therese soon began a more public role, devoting much of her time to providing assistance for the poor, widows, orphans and the sick. She became Patron of several organizations, including the Women’s Association for Infant Care Institutions. In 1827, she established The Order of Therese which still exists to this day.

Queen Therese with her family, c1830. source: Wikipedia

Queen Therese maintained a great interest in the affairs of state and was very aware of the politics of the day. She often deputized for the King while he was out of the country, and kept him fully informed of what was happening at home. Sadly, however, her marriage was not always a very happy one. King Ludwig had a constant stream of mistresses, few of which were kept very private. Therese often left the country in defiance of her husband’s actions, and maintained a massive amount of sympathy and support from the Bavarian people. When Ludwig’s relationship with Lola Montez began in 1846, however, Queen Therese refused to back down. She publicly chastised the King and refused his request to grant Montez the Order of Therese.

Queen Therese, painting by Julie von Egloffstein, c1836. source: Wikipedia

In March 1848, refusing to reign as a constitutional monarch, and having lost the support of his family and his ministers, King Ludwig I abdicated. Following the abdication, Queen Therese enjoyed a more private life with her growing family. She died on October 26, 1854 in Munich, and was initially buried in the royal crypt at the Theatinerkirche in Munich. Three years later, her husband had her remains moved to St. Boniface’s Abbey, where he was also buried after his death in 1868. As she was not Catholic, her heart was not interred at the Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting with the other Bavarian Kings and their consorts. Instead, it is interred at St. Boniface’s Abbey.

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June 24: Today in Royal History

Mercedes of Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 24, 1291 – Death of Eleanor of Provence, wife of King Henry III of England, at Amesbury, England; buried at the Abbey of St Mary and St Melor in Amesbury, England
Unofficial Royalty: Eleanor of Provence

June 24, 1293 – Birth of Joan of Burgundy, first wife of King Philip VI of France
Wikipedia: Joan of Burgundy

June 24, 1311 – Birth of Philippa of Hainault, wife of King Edward III of England, at Valenciennes, Flanders (now in France)
Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Hainault

June 24, 1314 – King Robert I of Scotland (the Bruce) defeats the English in the Battle of Bannockburn
Wikipedia: Robert I of Scotland
Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn

June 24, 1348 – Birth of William of Windsor, son of King Edward III of England, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England
William was the sixth son and eleventh child of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault.  He lived only until September of 1348 and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
Genealogics: William of Windsor

June 24, 1509 – Coronation of King Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon was crowned with him. His second wife Anne Boleyn was crowned on June 1, 1533. Henry’s four other wives were never crowned.
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VIII of England

June 24, 1768 – Death of Maria Leszczynska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France at the Palace of Versailles; buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris, France
Wikipedia: Maria Leszczynska of Poland

June 24, 1860 – Birth of Mercedes of Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain at the Palacio Real in Madrid, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Mercedes of Orléans

Royal News: Thursday 23 June 2016

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June 23: Today in Royal History

Maria Leszczyńska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 23, 1703 – Birth of Maria Leszczyńska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France in Trzebnica, Lower Silesia (now in Poland)
Wikipedia: Maria Leszczyńska of Poland

June 23, 1763 – Birth of Marie Josèphe Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, better known as Empress Joséphine, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, on Martinique in the West Indies
Wikipedia: Joséphine de Beauharnais

June 23, 1894 – Birth of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom at White Lodge in Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Full name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor