Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s godparents

george and charlotte

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  • The Hon. Laura Fellowes, daughter of Lady Jane Spencer and Robert, Baron Fellowes and therefore Prince William’s first cousin
  • Adam Middleton, Kate’s first cousin
  • James Meade, friend of Prince William, delivered a joint best man’s speech at William and Kate’s wedding
  • Thomas van Straubenzee, friend of Prince William, delivered a joint best man’s speech at William and Kate’s wedding
  • Sophie Carter, an ex-girlfriend of Thomas van Straubenzee, friend of William and Kate

Prince of Wales: The Christening of Princess Charlotte – Guests and Godparents
Prince of Wales: Media information pack for the christening of Princess Charlotte

Royal News: Sunday 5 July 2015

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: July 5 -11

See list below for those in the photo, Photo Credit – orderofsplendor.blogspot.com

Seated: Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (daughter of Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria’s youngest son); Duchess of Gloucester; Queen Mother; member of Birgitte’s family
Standing: Prince Michael of Kent; Princess Margaret; Prince of Wales; Prince Richard of Gloucester; Birgitte van Deurs; Prince William of Gloucester; members of Birgitte’s family
The groom’s father was still alive, but was too ill to attend the wedding.

43rd wedding anniversary of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte van Deurs; married at St. Andrew Church in Barnwell, Northampton, England on July 8, 1972
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Unofficial Royalty: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

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16th wedding anniversary of Princess Alexia of Greece and Carlos Morales Quintana; married at St. Sophia Cathedral in London, England on July 9, 1999
Wikipedia: Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
Wikipedia: Carlos Morales Quintana

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Princess Takamodo of Japan, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

62nd birthday of Hisako Tottori, widow of Prince Takamado of Japan; born in Tokyo, Japan on July 10, 1953
Wikipedia: Princess Takamodo

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Princess Alexia of Greece; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

50th birthday of Princess Alexia of Greece, daughter of King Constantine II of Greece; born at Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece on July 10, 1965
Wikipedia: Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark

July 5: Today in Royal History

Maria Pia of Savoy, wife of King Luís I of Portugal; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 5, 1321 – Birth of Joan of the Tower, daughter of King Edward II of England, at the Tower of London
Wikipedia: Joan of the Tower

July 5, 1717 – Birth of King Pedro III of Portugal
The younger son of King João V of Portugal, Pedro co-reigned with his wife and niece Queen Maria I.
Wikipedia: Pedro III of Portugal

July 5, 1866 – Wedding of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein at the Private Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Helena of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein

July 5, 1911 – Death of Maria Pia of Savoy, wife of King Luís I of Portugal, in Turin, Italy; buried at the Basilica of Superga near Turin, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Pia of Savoy

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July to those in the USA! Three current royals were born on the Fourth of July: Queen Sonja of Norway, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand.  Prince Michael of Kent has a very special godfather because of his birth on Independence Day. Read about it at Unofficial Royalty: Born on the Fourth of July.

Royal News: Saturday 4 July 2015

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July 4: Today in Royal History

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June/July 4, 1394 – Death of Mary de Bohun, first wife of King Henry IV of England, at Peterborough Castle; buried at St Mary of the Annunciation in The Newarke which was destroyed under the Dissolution of the Chantries Act of Edward VI
Mary died while delivering her daughter Philippa, the second daughter and seventh and youngest child of Henry IV and his first wife Mary de Bohun.
Wikipedia: Mary de Bohn

Note from Susan: There is much confusion about the date of Mary’s death and the place of her burial. Many sources say she was buried at St Mary de Castro in Leicester. I emailed Virginia Wright, the Historical and Heritage Adviser at St Mary de Castro and here is what she said:

“Mary de Bohun was buried at St Mary of the Annunciation in The Newarke, not at St Mary de Castro.  St Mary of the Annunciation was a Collegiate church, built as part of the religious enclave of The Newarke by the Earls and Dukes of Lancaster and was destroyed in the mid 16th century under the Dissolution of the Chantries Act of Edward VI. Parish registers were not compulsory until the late 16th century and no ‘day books’ or similar survive.  St Mary de Castro was built as the chapel for Leicester Castle and later a parish church was added as a south aisle; today it is one combined church. There is a lot of confusion about the two churches. There is also a lot of confusion about what happened to the tomb of Mary de Bohun.”

I asked historical fiction writer Susan Higginbotham to check a source and here is what she said: “According to Ian Mortimer in “The Fears of Henry IV,” the death date is disputed. He thinks that June 4 is more probable than July 4, given the evidence that Mary was buried on July 6. He concludes that all that is certain is that she died in June or very early July 1394.”

July 4, 1394 – Birth of Philippa of England, daughter of King Henry IV of England, at Peterborough Castle in England
Philippa was the second daughter and seventh and youngest child of Henry IV and his first wife Mary de Bohun who died giving birth to Philippa.  She married King Eric VII of Denmark at age 12.  Twenty-three years later, Philippa delivered a stillborn child and never fully recovered her health.  She retired to a convent and died shortly thereafter.
Wikipedia: Philippa of England

July 4, 1666 – Birth of Charles, Duke of Kendal, son of King James II of England, at St. James Palace in London, England
Charles was the third son and fifth child of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde.  He died at St. James’ Palace at age ten months and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
Wikipedia: Charles, Duke of Kendal

July 4, 1799 – Birth of King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway in Paris, France
Born Joseph Francois Oscar Bernadotte
Unofficial Royalty: Oscar I of Sweden

July 4, 1918 – Birth of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga at the Royal Palace in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
The king died in 2006 and was succeeded by his son George Tupou V who died in 2012.
Wikipedia: Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga

July 4, 1937 – Birth of Sonja Haraldsen, wife of King Harald V of Norway in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Sonja Haraldsen

July 4, 1942 – Birth of Prince Michael of Kent at Coppins in Iver, Buckinghamsire, England
Full name: Michael George Charles Franklin
Michael was born 6 weeks before the death of his father on active duty during World War II. Since he was born on American Independence Day, President Franklin Roosevelt was one of his godparents.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Michael of Kent

July 4, 1957 – Birth of Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand
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The Royal Palace of Stockholm

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source: Wikipedia

The Royal Palace of Stockholm

Located on the island of Stadsholmen in Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla stan), The Royal Palace of Stockholm is the senior palace of the Swedish monarchy. It houses the offices of the Royal Court, as well as several museums, and serves as the setting for many official functions. It has not been used as an actual residence since 1981, although King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia still retain private apartments there. Instead, they use Drottningholm Palace as their primary residence. The Royal Palace is owned by the Swedish state, and maintained by the National Property Board. Within the Royal Court, the Governor of the Royal Palaces is responsible for the daily operation of the palace, including public tours. His formal, and ceremonial role, is to protect the King’s royal right to use of the palace.

Tre Kroner Castle, as painted by Govert Camphuysen, 1661.  source: Wikipedia

The current palace was built on the site of the former Tre Kroner Castle, built in the 13th century. Nearly all of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1697, other than the Northern wing which had just recently been altered. Plans were immediately drawn up to rebuild the palace, with the expectation of taking 5 years. Needless to say, it was nearly 60 years before the Palace was completed and the royal family could take up residence. In 1754, King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Louisa Ulrika and their family moved into the newly finished palace, taking up residence in what is now known as The Bernadotte Apartments in the Northern wing.

The Palace is constructed with four main wings surrounding an inner courtyard. There are also two wings which protrude off the eastern side, and one off the western side. In addition, two rounded wings next to the western side form the outer courtyard.

The Northern Wing

Northern Wing. source: Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard

The Northern wing, which faces the buildings of the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), contains the Bernadotte Apartments on the first floor, and the State Apartments on the second floor. It also features the Tre Kroner Museum (in the basement of both the Northern and Western wings).

The Bernadotte Apartments were the apartments of the Sovereign from 1754 until 1907. At that time, the new King Gustav V chose not to use the Bernadotte apartments upon his accession, instead taking rooms on the second floor of the Eastern wing, now known as Prince Bertil’s Apartments. The Bernadotte Apartments are now used occasionally for State functions as well as private affairs.

"Pelarsalen 800p 2011" by Holger.Ellgaard - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pelarsalen_800p_2011.jpg#/media/File:Pelarsalen_800p_2011.jpg

The Pillar Hall, The Bernadotte Apartments. source: Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard

Included in the Bernadotte Apartments are:

  • The Pillar Hall — this was originally King Adolf Fredrik’s dining room, situated on the northeast corner of the apartments. Its name comes from the pillars which flank all four walls of the room.
  • The Victoria Salon — named for the statue of Victoria, goddess of victory, which previously stood in the room
  • The East and West Octagonal Cabinets — often used for ambassadors presenting their credentials to The King and other official presentations
  • The Bernadotte Gallery — contains portraits of many of the Bernadotte rulers of Sweden, and their families
  • The Carl XVI Gustaf Jubilee Room — recently redone in honor of the King’s 40th Jubilee
  • Queen Louisa Ulrika’s Audience Room
  • Queen Louisa Ulrika’s Dining Room
Karl XI Gallery. photo: © Susan Flantzer

Karl XI Gallery, The State Apartments. photo: © Susan Flantzer

The State Apartments, on the second floor of the Northern wing, were originally designed to be the residence of the Sovereign. However, upon taking up residence in the newly rebuilt palace, King Adolf Fredrik chose instead to use the rooms on the floor below (now known as the Bernadotte Apartments). Comprised of about 10 rooms, these rooms are now used for State functions and private events, including the recent wedding banquet for Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist in June 2015.

Vita Havet (White Sea Ballroom), photo: © Susan Flantzer

Vita Havet (White Sea Ballroom), photo: © Susan Flantzer

Included in the State Apartments are:

  • The Cabinet Room — used for the Sovereign’s meetings with the Prime Minister and other members of the government
  • The Audience Room — traditionally used by the King to receive foreign ambassadors, although since 2000 this usually takes place in one of the octagonal cabinets in the Bernadotte Apartments
  • Gustav III’s State Bedchamber
  • Karl XI’s Gallery
  • Sofia Magdalena’s State Bedchamber
  • The Don Quixote Salon — gets its name from the woven wallpaper depicting the story of Don Quixote. This was given to King Gustav III in 1784 by King Louis XVI of France
  • Vita Havet (White Sea Ballroom) — this is the palace’s ballroom and is used for larger functions. The wedding banquet for Prince Carl Philip was held here in 2015, and it was used for dancing following the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

Tre Kroner Museum. source: Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard

The Tre Kroner Museum is located in the basement in the Northern and Western wings. Part of the museum is housed in the original palace kitchens, some of the only rooms which survived the fire in 1697. Here you find information about the original palace, with 3D models and various artifacts.

The Eastern Wing

Eastern wing. source: Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard

The Eastern wing, facing the water, includes Princess Sibylla’s Apartments on the first floor, and Prince Bertil’s Apartments on the second floor. The Royal Armory is located in the basement.

Princess Sibylla’s Apartments, named for the current King’s mother, had previously been the private apartments of Queen Victoria, wife of King Gustaf V. From their marriage until Gustav’s accession, the couple shared this apartment. Following his accession, the King took the rooms directly above while Victoria remained here until her death in 1930.

In 1950, upon the accession of her father-in-law, King Gustaf VI Adolf, Princess Sibylla and her five children moved from their home at Haga Palace, and took up residence in this suite of rooms, remaining there until her death in 1972. The rooms then became the primary residence of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia from their marriage until moving to Drottningholm Palace in 1981. Today, these rooms remain the private apartments of the King and Queen and are used as everyday reception rooms.

One of the rooms often seen is the Blue Salon. It was here in 1976 that the engagement of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath was announced, and again in 2009 for Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

A meeting behind held in Prince Bertil's Apartments.  source: Swedish Royal Court

A meeting behind held in Prince Bertil’s Apartments. source: Swedish Royal Court

Prince Bertil’s Apartments are on the second floor of the Eastern wing, and are named for the King’s uncle, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. These rooms have typically been used as a royal residence, most recently for Prince Bertil until his death in 1997. They are now used primarily for meetings and seminars, and occasionally to house visitors in conjunction with State or official visits.

The Royal Armory. source: Wikipedia Commons, Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armory)/Göran Schmidt

The Royal Armory is housed primarily in the basement of the Eastern wing. It contains countless artifacts including a large collection of armor, as well as clothing, jewelry and artwork.  Also on display are several carriages used by the Royal Family in the past.  

The Northeastern wing, source: Wikipedia

There are also two smaller wings which extend off the Eastern wing. The Northeast wing contain the Bernadotte Library on the ground floor, and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities in the basement.  The Southeast wing contains part of the Royal Armory.

The Bernadotte Library. source: Swedish Royal Court

The Bernadotte Library. source: Swedish Royal Court

The Bernadotte Library is the private research library of the Bernadotte sovereigns.  Containing over 100,000 books, over 1 million photographs and a large collection of sheet music.  The library is occasionally used for events, such as small concerts and exhibitions, and can be visited by appointment for purposes of research.  The space was originally used, in 1796, to house the Swedish National Library, which moved to a larger space in 1877.  After several years used by the Royal Armory, the King’s Library was established in the space following the death of King Oscar II in 1907.  The name was later changed to The Bernadotte Library.

Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, source: Swedish Royal Court

Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, source: Swedish Royal Court

Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities is the oldest public museum in Sweden, having first been opened (in its present location) in 1794 to display a vast collection of antique sculptures which had been collected by King Gustav III.  Through the years, the museum was moved several times, but returned to the Northeast wing in 1958.

The Southern Wing

The Southern wing. source: Wikipedia

The Southern wing is perhaps the one most often seen in connection with special occasions, both official and private. The wing contains the Hall of State and the Royal Chapel spanning three floors, and the Treasury which is found in the basement.

King Oscar II opening Parliament, 1898, in the Hall of State. source: Wikipedia

The Hall of State was originally used for the Opening of Parliament each year, beginning in 1755. This continued until 1975 when the event was moved to the neighboring Parliament building.  Today, the Hall is used for official and ceremonial functions.  This was the site of the wedding banquet in 2010 for Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

The Hall of State. photo: ©Susan Flantzer

The Hall of State. photo: ©Susan Flantzer

At the far end sits a silver throne, given to Queen Cristina for her coronation in 1650.   

The Royal Chapel (seen above at the 2013 funeral of Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland) has been in use since the Palace was built in 1754.  It is the third chapel, the first going back to the late 1200s.  The second was in the northern wing of the Tre Kroner Palace which was destroyed by fire in 1697.  Many of the fittings, including some of the benches, were saved from the fire and are in use today.  The chapel is used as a parish church for members of the Royal Court and their families, and is also open to the public.  It has also been used for many weddings, christenings and funerals, the most recent being the June 2015 wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist.    

The Treasury. source: Swedish Royal Court

The Treasury. source: Swedish Royal Court

The Treasury, located below the Hall of State, in the basement of the Southern wing, contains the Swedish Regalia and Crown Jewels. Included are Gustaf Vasa’s Sword of State, Eric XIV’s crown, sceptre and orb, and Louisa Ulrika’s crown, as well as the silver baptismal font made in 1696 and still in use for royal baptisms today.

The Western Wing

The Western wing. source: Wikipedia, Holger.Ellgaard

The Western wing includes the Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry on the first floor, and the Guest Apartments on the second floor.

The Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry consist of four rooms, each dedicated to one of the Orders of Chivalry: the Order of the Seraphim, the Order of the Sword, the Order of the Polar Star, and the Order of Vasa. Originally these rooms were used by the Privy Council, and from 1789 until 1949, housed the Swedish Supreme Court.

The Empire Salon, The Guest Apartments. source: Wikipedia

The Guest Apartments, on the second floor, are used for visiting Heads of State in conjunction with State visits to Sweden. Included is the Margareta Room, named for Crown Princess Margareta (born Princess Margaret of Connaught), and features several of her paintings.

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Western wing and Outer Courtyard. source: Wikipedia

Off the Western wing is an extension built onto the northern side of the outer courtyard. This is known as the Chancery Wing. (upper left in the photo above)

Originally intended for use by the Royal chancery, the northwest wing was used as a guardhouse, and housed offices and the Swedish National Archives. In 1780 it was converted into a royal apartment for the future King Gustav IV Adolf. It was later the apartments of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf (Gustaf VI Adolf) from 1905, and he continued to live there until his death in 1973.  Today it houses the palace archives.

Flanking the outer courtyard are two curved buildings, which house the Royal Guard and the Royal Gift Shop.  The Royal Guard have been stationed at the palace, and its predecessor, since 1523, and are charged with guarding the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace, as well as providing a Guard of Honor for The King.  Each day, the changing of the guard takes place in the outer courtyard of the Palace.  In the summer months, this includes a parade through Stockholm with a military band.

Learn more about the other Swedish Royal Residences here!

 

July 3: Today in Royal History

King Louis XI of France (the Spider King); Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 3, 987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian Dynasty Wikipedia: Hugh Capet

July 3, 1035 – Death of Robert I the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, in Nicaea (now in Turkey) on the return trip from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Robert was the father of William the Conqueror.
Wikipedia: Robert I the Magnificent

July 3, 1423 – Birth of King Louis XI of France (the Spider King) in Bourges, Cher, France
Wikipedia: Louis XI of France

July 3, 1642 – Death of Marie de Medici, second wife of King Henri IV of France, at Cologne, Germany; heart is buried at Cologne Cathedral, other remains are buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris, France
Wikipedia: Marie de Medici

July 3, 1743 – Birth of Sofia Magdalena of Denmark and Norway, wife of King Gustav III of Sweden, at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wikipedia: Sofia Magdalena of Denmark

July 3, 1934 – Death of Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, at the Hague in the Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

July 3, 1993 – Wedding of Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and Duchess Sophie of Bavaria at Cathedral of St. Florin in Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Unofficial Royalty: Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein
Unofficial Royalty: Duchess Sophie of Bavaria