Royal News: Sunday 20 August 2017

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: August 20 – 26

Prince Gabriel of Belgium; Photo Credit – https://www.monarchie.be

14th birthday of Prince Gabriel of Belgium, son of King Philippe of the Belgians; born in Anderlecht, Belgium on August 20, 2003
Full name: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

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King Mohammed V of Morocco; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

54th birthday of King Mohammed VI of Morocco; born in Rabat, Morocco on August 21, 1963
Unofficial Royalty: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

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Queen Noor of Jordan, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

66th birthday of Queen Noor of Jordan, fourth wife of King Hussein of Jordan; born in Washington, DC on August 23, 1951
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Noor of Jordan

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Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, Photo Credit – http://www.royalcourt.no, Tor Richardsen, Scanpix

16th wedding anniversary of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby; married at Oslo Cathedral on August 25, 2001
Unofficial Royalty: Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby (to be published August 25, 2017)

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Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

73rd birthday of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; born at Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire, England on August 26, 1944
Full name: Richard Alexander Walter George
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este on right with her brother Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

29th birthday of Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium; born at the University Clinic St. Luc in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium on August 26, 1988
Full Name: Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard
Wikipedia: Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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August 20: Today in Royal History

Prince Alfred of the United Kingdom; Credit – Wikipedia

August 20, 1752 – Birth of Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Karl II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt

August 20, 1783 – Death of Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle, buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alfred

August 20, 2003 – Birth of Prince Gabriel of Belgium, son of King Philippe of the Belgians, in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

Royal News: Saturday 19 August 2017

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August 19: Today in Royal History

Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 19, 1186 – Death of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, son of King Henry II of England, at Paris, France, buried in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany

August 19, 1274 – Coronation of King Edward I of England
Edward’s wife Eleanor of Castile was crowned with him.
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward I of England

August 19, 1284 – Death of Alfonso, Earl of Chester, son of King Edward I of England, at Windsor Castle, buried at Westminster Abbey
Alfonso was the third son and ninth child of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castile.  His two elder brothers were already dead so he was the heir apparent.  He died at age 10 at Windsor Castle and was buried in Westminster Abbey near the shrine of Edward the Confessor.  England could have had a King Alfonso!
Wikipedia: Alfonso, Earl of Chester

August 19, 1596 – Birth of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I of England, at Falkland Palace in Fife, Scotland
It was through Elizabeth that the Hanovers inherited the British throne.  King George I was her grandson.
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth Stuart, Electress, Palatine, Queen of Bohemia

August 19, 1890 – Birth of Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal, in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany)
Augusta Victoria and Manuel married after he was deposed.
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

August 19, 1946 – Birth of Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Franz Josef II, in Zurich, Switzerland
Full name: Philipp Erasmus Alois Ferdinand Maria Sebaldus
Wikipedia: Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein

August 19, 1973 – Birth of Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, wife of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, in Kristiansand, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Royal News: Friday 18 August 2017

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Maria Ana of Portugal, wife of King Georg of Saxony

source: Wikipedia

Maria Ana of Portugal, wife of King Georg of Saxony

Infanta Maria Ana of Portugal was the wife of Prince Georg, who later became King Georg of Saxony. She was born Infanta Maria Ana Fernanda Leopoldina Micaela Rafaela Gabriela Carlota Antónia Júlia Vitória Praxedes Francisca de Assis Gonzaga in Lisbon, Portugal on August 21, 1843. Maria Ana was the daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She had ten siblings:

Maria Ana, c1856. source: Wikipedia

Maria Ana was just ten years old when her mother died, and her elder brother Pedro became King of Portugal. Despite her young age, she served as the leading lady of the Portuguese court until Pedro married Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in 1858.

The following year, on May 11, 1859, Maria Ana married Prince Georg of Saxony at Belém Palace in Lisbon. He was the son of King Johann of Saxony and Princess Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, and at the time was second in the line to the Saxon throne, behind his older brother, Albert. The couple had eight children:

Prince Georg of Saxony, c1860. source: Wikipedia

Despite their large family, the marriage proved to be an unhappy one. Georg made little effort to support his wife in her new country, and failed to live up to her expectations. Very pious and preferring private life to that of the court, Maria Ana’s primary focus was raising her family, and supporting several religious and social organizations.

Maria Ana died in Dresden on February 5, 1884, after several months of caring for her youngest son, Albert, who had been in very ill health for some time. She is buried in the Wettin Crypt at the Dresden Cathedral, formerly known as the Katholische Hofkirche (Catholic Church of the Royal Court of Saxony). She was survived by six of her children, and her husband who remained unmarried for the rest of his life. Eighteen years after Maria Ana’s death, Georg became King of Saxony, reigning just two years. Her eldest son then became King Friedrich August III, the last King of Saxony.

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August 18: Today in Royal History

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria with his mother Sophie of Bavaria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 18, 1572 – Wedding of King Henri IV of France and Marguerite de Valois
Unofficial Royalty: King Henri IV of France
Unofficial Royalty: Marguerite de Valois

August 18, 1645 – Death of Eudoxia Streshneva, second wife of Tsar Michael I in Moscow, Russia; buried at the Cathedral of the Archangel in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Eudoxia Streshneva

August 18, 1683 – Birth of Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Saalfeld, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Wikipedia: Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

August 18, 1781 – Death of Prince Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein; buried at the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Prince Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein

August 18, 1830 – Birth of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria

Royal News: Thursday 17 August 2017

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August 17: Today in Royal History

Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 17, 1153 – Death of Eustace of Boulogne, son of King Stephen of England, at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England; buried at Faversham Abbey in Kent, England
Eustace was the second but first surviving son of King Stephen and Matilda of Boulogne.  He became the ruler of his mother’s country in 1147 at the age of 21.  Eustace married Constance, the only daughter of King Louis VI of France.  He had a very unpleasant personality and more or less imprisoned his wife in Canterbury Castle.  He died childless “of fever” or “in a fit of madness” and was buried at Faversham Abbey.  At Eustace’s death, young Henry Fitzempress came to England to claim his rights to the English throne through his mother Empress Matilda (or Maud), the only surviving child of Henry I.  Stephen, who was Empress Matilda’s first cousin and Henry reached an agreement with the Treaty of Wallingford which allowed Stephen to rule until his death when the throne would pass to Henry who ruled as Henry II.
Wikipedia: Eustace of Boulogne

August 17, 1153 – Birth of William, Count of Poitiers, son of King Henry II of England, in Normandy, France
William was the first child of Henry and Eleanor of Aquitaine and ironically was born on the day Eustace of Boulogne, King Stephen’s son and heir died. (See his entry above for more information.) William died when he was three.
Wikipedia: William, Count of Poitiers

August 17, 1473 – Birth of Richard, Duke of York, son of King Edward IV of England, at the Dominican Friary in Shrewsbury, England
Wikipedia: Richard, Duke of York

August 17, 1786 – Death of Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia, at the Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany); originally buried at the Garrison Church in Potsdam, re-buried at Sanssouci
Unofficial Royalty: Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia

August 17, 1786 – Birth of Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; mother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Coburg in Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Full name: Marie Luise Viktoria
Unofficial Royalty: Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, Duchess of Kent

August 17, 1820 – Opening of trial of Queen Caroline, estranged wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Caroline of Brunswick
Wikipedia: Pains and Penalties Bill of 1820

August 17, 1887 – Birth of Emperor Karl I of Austria at the Castle of Persenbeug in Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria-Hungary (Austria)
Full name: Karl Franz Josef Ludwig Hubert Georg Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Karl I, Emperor of Austria