Royal News: Wednesday 16 April 2014

Belgium
Hello: King Philippe of Belgium’s birthday: 10 facts about the royal

Saudi Arabia
Associated Press: Saudi king replaces intelligence chief Bandar

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Princess Katherine attends “Tradition with a mission – Serbian timeless creations” Fashion Evening
Royal Family of Serbia: Princess Katherine at the IWC Easter egg auction
Royal Family of Serbia: Easter receptions for children at the White Palace
Royal Family of Serbia: Prince Philip runs in London Marathon for Children with Cancer

Spain
Fox News Latino: Spain’s King Juan Carlos visits Kuwait
Kuwait News Agency: Spanish king arrives in Kuwait

United Kingdom
Daily Beast: Royal Party Moves On To Australia Tomorrow
Daily Mail: Historic past of Buckingham Palace celebrated in unique set of first class stamps by Royal Mail
Daily Mail: Rushdie’s vanity and why Prince Charles was RIGHT not to support him during the fatwa
Express: Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding gown goes on show at V&A bridal exhibition
Express: Queen gives stamp of approval to postal images of Buckingham Palace
Guardian: Martin Amis describes arguing with Prince Charles over Rushdie fatwa
Hello: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s puppy love in New Zealand
Hello: Prince William hints at high-flying career plans
Hello: Angela Lansbury’s ‘proud day’ as she is made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth
Hello: Zara Phillips makes horseriding comeback following baby Mia’s birth
Hello: Prince George crowned most influential baby of his time
Hello: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s puppy love in New Zealand
Hello: All of Kate’s New Zealand tour outfits
Mirror: Royal Tour 2014: William and Kate given toy dog and t-shirt for Prince George during police college visit
Mirror: Royal Tour 2014: William and Kate visit police college in Wellington as they prepare to fly to Australia
Mirror: Prince Harry put at risk after Taliban raid on British Army camp

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April 16: Today in Royal History

Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 16, 1319 – Birth of King John II of France in Le Mans, France
Wikipedia: John II of France

April 16, 1496 – Death of Charles II, Duke of Savoy
Wikipedia: Charles II, Duke of Savoy

April 16, 1693 – Birth of Anne Sophie Reventlow, second wife of King Frederik IV of Denmark and Norway, at Clausholm Castle in Jutland, Denmark
Wikipedia: Anne Sophie Reventlow

April 16, 1746 – Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Young Pretender, is defeated at the Battle of Culloden
Wikipedia: Battle of Culloden
Wikipedia: Charles Edward Stuart

April 16, 1764 – Death of Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France, in Paris, France; buried at the at the Couvent des Capucines in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Madame de Pompadour

April 16, 1841 – Wedding of Alexander II of Russia & Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Alexander II of Russia
Wikipedia: Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

April 16, 1883 – Death of Charles II, Duke of Parma
Wikipedia: Charles II, Duke of Parma

April 16, 1940 – Birth of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid
Wikipedia: Margrethe II of Denmark

April 16, 1942 – Death of Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Schwäbisch-Hall in Württemburg, Germany
Princess Alexandra was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.  She married Prince Ernest of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Wikipedia: Alexandra of Edinburgh

April 16, 1955 – Birth of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at Betzdorf Castle, Luxembourg
Full name: Henri Albert Gabriel Felix Marie Guillaume
Wikipedia: Henri of Luxembourg

April 16, 1992 – Birth of Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

April 16, 2008 – Birth of Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians, in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie
Wikipedia: Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Royal News: Tuesday 15 April 2014

Netherlands
Getty Images: Queen Maxima Of The Netherlands Visits A School At Almere

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Rehabilitation of the rehabilitated – Crown Prince Alexander’ statement
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Princess Katherine attends Wisteria Maiden by Andonis Foniadakis World Premiere at Madlenianum

Spain
Daily Mail: Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit
Fox News: Spain’s King Juan Carlos promotes economic links with U.A.E.

Sweden
Swedish Royal Court: The King holds an audience for Lithuania’s President
Swedish Royal Court: “The growing city” – The King visits the City of Stockholm, day 2
Swedish Royal Court: The King opens Forest Industry Week
Swedish Royal Court: The Queen is awarded the Der Friedenstein prize

United Kingdom
BBC: Royals remember New Zealand earthquake victims
BBC: Duke and Duchess on tour in New Zealand
BBC: In pictures: Royal tour of New Zealand
Coventry Telegraph: Letter from Queen Elizabeth which sent Mary Queen of Scots to Coventry under the hammer
Daily Mail: Is William itching for a return to the skies? Duke of Cambridge expresses his longing to get back in the cockpit and obtain his commercial pilot’s licence
Daily Mail: Kate and William are officially welcomed to Christchurch NZ
Daily Mail: The Royal Couple tour Christchurch and play cricket
Daily Mail: William and Kate bowl each other over with a game of cricket
Daily Mail: The royal re-modelling of Miss Middleton: The red suit may be exactly the same but a host of subtle differences show just how much Kate has changed in just three years
Daily Mail: Has that made you broody Kate, or put you off? Duchess of Cambridge meets adorable sets of twins on her visit to Christchurch in NZ
Daily Mail: The Royal trip: Duchess of Cambridge narrowly avoids disaster after her trusty wedges let her down in New Zealand vineyard
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: Royal Visit New Zealand: Day Five
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: New Zealand Royal Visit: Day Six
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: Royal Visit New Zealand: Day Seven
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: New Zealand Royal Visit: Day Eight
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: Day eight: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Christchurch
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: A speech by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge: A speech by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Wigram Air Force Museum
Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge almost bowled over by Prince William in impromptu cricket match
Express: Queen gives stamp of approval to postal images of Buckingham Palace
Express: Kate Middleton’s favourite dress? The Duchess wears £1,200 Emilia Wickstead gown AGAIN
Express: Howzat! William and Kate go head-to-head on cricket pitch during royal tour
Express: Prince William reveals he is training for commercial pilot’s licence
Express: Get Kate Middleton’s Luisa Spagnoli look for less: Red suit is recycled in Christchurch
Express: Duchess of Cambridge silences pregnancy rumours with wine tasting
Guardian: William, Kate and baby George to be greeted in Sydney by nostalgic public
News Letter: Cool unionist response to claims Prince Charles in line for Easter Rising event
North Devon Gazette: Princess Anne to visit North Devon
Prince of Wales: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Canada
Telegraph: Royal sporting rivalry moves to the cricket pitch
Telegraph: Maori elder urges Duke and Duchess to have more children

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April 15, 1974 – Death of Irene of Greece, Duchess of Aosta

Irene of Greece (left), with her sister Helen. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery

Wikipedia: Irene of Greece, Duchess of Aosta

Born in Athens in February 1904, Irene was the fifth child and second daughter of the future Constantine I of Greece and Sophie of Prussia. Irene may have been named as such due to the so-called Macedonian Struggle, a period of violent skirmishes, guerilla warfare, and political assassinations in the Balkans that began the year of her birth. Irene’s siblings included three Greek kings (George II, Alexander, and Paul) and Helen, a future Romanian queen. Irene remained the youngest child in her family for over nine years until the birth of her younger sister Katherine in 1913. Irene was very close to Helen throughout their lives.

The Greek royal family spent a significant amount of time in exile during Irene’s childhood. After her father’s death in 1922, Irene moved with her mother and younger sister permanently to Italy. Irene lived in Florence with her mother and younger sister in a somewhat ordinary villa. During Irene’s time in Florence, she trained as a nurse in a local hospital. She was also seen out at local dance halls and cafes, and generally living the life of a typical young adult of the time. She was fond of the Scottish Highlands, regularly taking trips there with Helen. In late 1926, Irene and Katherine simultaneously came down with appendicitis, but both made quick recoveries.

Irene was linked for some time to Boris III of Bulgaria. Following her sister Helen’s disastrous experience as the wife of Carol II of Romania, Irene was said to have declared that she would not marry a Balkan royal. Irene was engaged to Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe, her distant cousin, in October 1927. The engagement was broken off reportedly due to Irene’s dislike of Germany.

Irene and her sister Katherine served as bridesmaids for their cousin Marina when she married George, Duke of Kent in 1934. As royal weddings tend to encourage gossip about other possible couples, talk of a future husband for Irene began to simmer again. She was mentioned as being linked to Nicholas of Romania, a family with whom her own already had two links (her sister Helen and brother George both married into the Romanian royal family). In the late 1930s, Irene was named as a possible bride to the widowed Leopold III of Belgium. Neither of these prospective marriages progressed beyond talks.

Irene was also instrumental in encouraging “Green Week” in Athens, a time when a large amount of trees were planted on the streets of the city to encourage natural beauty and shade. Her brother George II liked the idea and appealed to ambassadors of several different countries for donations of trees.

Irene again became engaged in May 1939 to Aimone, Duke of Spoleto (later Apulia). Aimone was the son of Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta and Hélène of Orléans, once a bridal candidate for both Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Nicholas II of Russia. Aimone was descended from Ferdinand VII of Spain, Louis-Philippe of France, and Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, and was at one time thought to marry Infanta Beatriz of Spain. The engagement between Irene and Aimone was considered to be “a love match without political significance,” although there was some speculation that the marriage was arranged to ease tension over Italian troops being stationed near the Greek border. The two had known one another for some time, as the Greeks in exile in Italy had become close with the Savoy family.

The couple married in Florence at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore on July 1, 1939, in the company of numerous other royals. The ceremony was said to have been gorgeous, with the streets filled with flowers and scores of spectators. Aimone’s and Irene’s wedding was one of the last royal weddings before the outbreak of World War II in Europe.

Aimone was named King of Croatia in 1941; Croatia had been established as a puppet monarchy in control of Italy and Greece. He intended to rule under the name Tomislav II, but Aimone accepted the throne mostly out of duty. The region was unstable due to border disputes and the war in Europe; the theoretical monarch of Croatia also held little power as the Ustaše fascist organization controlled the country.

At the beginning of World War II, Irene began serving with the International Red Cross in the Soviet Union. She ended her tenure there when she became pregnant.
The couple’s only child, Amadeo, was born in September 1943 in Florence. Amadeo’s birth occurred shortly after Italy’s armistice with the Allied powers during World War II and his father’s abdication of the Croatian throne. As a result of Aimone’s ties to Croatia, Amadeo received the Croat name of Zvonimir as one of his given names.

Early in 1944, Irene and several other Italian royals were arrested and sent to concentration camps. This was done Irene and Amadeo were dispatched first to Sartirana, near Pavía, and then later to Austria, Germany, and Poland. The two were liberated in May 1945 at the end of the war in Europe.

After the fall of the Italian monarchy in 1946, Irene and Amadeo escaped to Switzerland while Aimone fled to Argentina. The couple was effectively separated after this time, having spent little time together during the preceding years. Aimone died in Buenos Aires in 1948.

Following her husband’s death, Irene established herself in Villa Domenico (Fiesole), near her sister Helena, who lived in Villa Sparta. Irene died on April 15, 1974, at her home in Fiesole, Italy. She is buried at the Basilica of Superga in Turin.

April 15: Today in Royal History

King Henry IV of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 15, 1282 – Birth of Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine
Wikipedia: Frederick IV, Duke of Lorraine

April 15, 1367 – Birth of King Henry IV of England at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire, England
Henry’s birth date seems to be different in various resources.  I’ve seen April 3, April 4, April 15, and May 30 and the years 1366 and 1367.  Historian Ian Mortimer wrote an article about this topic.  I’m not able to access the whole article, but the abstract http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2281.2006.00403.x/abstract says, “The date of Henry IV’s birth has proved problematic for two key reasons. The failure of any contemporary chronicler to note the date is one. Another is the assumption that medieval people assigned their birthdays to a specific calendar date. This note argues that Henry IV was born on a moveable feast – Maundy Thursday 1367 – and celebrated his birthday accordingly. In addition, it suggests that the origin of the custom of the sovereign’s age-related donations, on Maundy Thursday, lies in Henry’s own attempt to draw attention to the fact that he, like Richard II, was born on a religious feast day.”  In 1367, Maundy Thursday was April 15, so I am going with that date.
Wikipedia: Henry IV of England

April 15, 1393 – Death of Elizabeth of Pomerania
Wikipedia: Elizabeth of Pomerania

April 15, 1646 – Birth of King Christian V of Denmark in Duborg Castle, Flensburg now in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein
Wikipedia: Christian V of Denmark

April 15, 1684 – Birth of Empress Catherine I of Russia
Born Martha Skavronskaya, Catherine was the daughter of Samuil Skavronski, a Lithuanian peasant.  She was the second wife of Peter the Great and became Empress in her own right after his death.
Wikipedia: Catherine I of Russia

April 15, 1776 – Death of Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt in childbirth, first wife of the future Tsar Paul I of Russia, in St. Petersburg, Russia
Born Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt, she acquired the Russian name Natalia Alexeievna in 1773 when she married Paul at age 21.  She died three years later in childbirth along with her child.
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt

April 15, 1719 – Death of Françoise d’Aubigné Scarron, morganatic second wife of King Louis XIV of France, at Saint-Cyr-l’École, France; buried in the choir at St-Cyr
Wikipedia: Françoise d’Aubigné Scarron

April 15, 1844 – Wedding of Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria & Auguste Ferdinande of Tuscany
Wikipedia: Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria
Wikipedia: Auguste Ferdinande of Tuscany

April 15, 1883 – Death of Friederich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
The Peerage: Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 15, 1946 – Death of Infanta Adelgundes of Portugal, Duchess of Guimarães & Countess of Bardi
Wikipedia: Infanta Adelgundes of Portugal, Duchess of Guimarães & Countess of Bardi

April 15, 1960 – Birth of King Philippe of the Belgians, at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Full name: Philippe Léopold Louis Marie
Wikipedia: Philippe of the Belgians

April 15, 1969 – Death of Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, wife of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, at Lausanne, Switzerland; originally buried at the Church of Sacré Coeur in Lausanne, France, reinterred in the Royal Vault in the Escorial near Madrid, Spain
Victoria Eugenie, known as Queen Ena, was the daughter of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom and Prince Henry of Battenberg.  She is the grandmother of Spain’s current king, Juan Carlos.
Wikipedia: Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg

April 15, 1974 – Death of Irene of Greece, Duchess of Aosta
Wikipedia: Irene of Greece, Duchess of Aosta

Royal News: Monday, 14 April 2014

UK
BBC: Prince William triumphs over wife in New Zealand rugby match
BBC: In pictures: Royal tour of New Zealand
Daily Mail: Almost bowled over! The Duchess of Cambridge narrowly avoids getting hit in the head by a ball as she plays cricket in heels and a suit during game against husband Prince William
Daily Mail: No second baby yet! Duchess of Cambridge crushes pregnancy rumours sparked by William’s joke during Royal tour as she rides on a jet boat and even takes part in wine tasting
Daily Mail: Wills steals a victory from competitive Kate: Duke of Cambridge’s children’s team triumphs at rugby… leaving Royal couple with one win each on New Zealand tour
Daily Mail: Sombre Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lay roses at Air Force memorial wall as they pay tribute to the Kiwi spirit after the Christchurch earthquake which claimed 185 lives
Express: No sibling for Prince George yet! Kate’s white knuckle ride knocks pregnancy rumours
Express: Pippa Middleton’s tennis sessions with Tim Henman
Express: Royal Baby No.2 on the way: William drops HUGE hint at plans with Kate
Express: No sibling for Prince George yet! Kate’s white knuckle ride knocks pregnancy rumours
Express: Kate and William’s romantic £12k-a-night getaway from baby Prince George
Getty Images: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand – Day 7
Getty Images: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand – Day 8
Getty Images: Royal Visit To Latimer Square In Countdown To Cricket World Cup
Guardian: William beats Kate at rugby in New Zealand
Hello: Kate shows no signs of pregnancy as she enjoys wine tasting with Prince William
Hello: Adventure for Prince William and Kate as they face white water rafting
Hello: Kate Middleton pays poignant tribute to people of Christchurch as she joins Prince William for official visit
Hello: Prince William and Kate charm crowds in Christchurch
Hello: Kate Middleton proves a natural as she shows off her cricket skills in Christchurch
Hello: London Marathon 2014: Prince Harry’s speech and celebrities who took part
London Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge ends second baby gossip as she drinks wine at vineyard on New Zealand trip
MSN UK: Duchess enjoys wine following birth
National Post: With Kate and Prince George, the Queen can see the future of the royalty is in safe hands
Telegraph: Royal tour: Duke of Cambridge tastes victory on the rugby pitch
Telegraph: Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge urged to have more children
Telegraph: Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take their sporting rivalry to the cricket pitch
Telegraph: No brother or sister for Prince George – yet
Telegraph: Prince Charles on his Highgrove garden
Telegraph: Prince of Wales tells how Highgrove has made him ‘prematurely decrepit’
Telegraph: Royal tour: Motherhood isn’t such fun that we rush to repeat it
Telegraph: Royal tour 2014: Duchess of Cambridge style watch

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April 14: Today in Royal History

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 14, 1204 – Birth of Henry I of Castile
Wikipedia: Henry I of Castile

April 14, 1471 – The Yorkists under King Edward IV defeats the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; Warwick is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne
Wikipedia: Edward IV of England
Wikipedia: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
Wikipedia: Battle of Barnet

April 14, 1578 – Birth of King Philip III of Spain in Madrid, Spain
Wikipedia: Philip III of Spain

April 14, 1765 – Birth of Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt

April 14, 1818 – Birth of Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of King George V of Hanover, in Hildburghausen, Germany
Wikipedia: Marie of Saxe-Altenburg

April 14, 1857 – Birth of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Beatrice Mary Victoria
Wikipedia: Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

April 14, 1867 – Birth of Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle
Full name: Christian Victor Albert Ludwig Ernst Anton
Prince Christian was the son of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein.  He died of enteric fever at Pretoria, South Africa while serving with the British Army during the Boer War.
Wikipedia: Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein

April 14, 1940 – Birth of Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, wife of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, in Prague now in the Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau

Royal News: Sunday 13 April 2014

Bahrain
Bahrain News Agency: HM the King receives Duke of York and expats representatives

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: Royal Couple Open Traditional Easter Women Refugee Bazaar
Royal Family of Serbia: Crown Princess Katherine hosts children and young Serbian artists to paint Easter eggs at the White Palace
Royal Family of Serbia: Royal couple attend funeral of academician Svetlana Velmar – Jankovic

Spain
Getty Images: Queen Sofia of Spain Attends ‘Requiem’ by Verdi at Toledo Cathedral

United Kingdom
BBC: Duchess of Cambridge hears of child’s cancer pain
BBC: Duchess of Cambridge visits New Zealand hospice
Daily Beast: William’s New Baby Hint
Daily Mail: So, William, are you firing the starting gun on baby number two? Prince drops biggest hint yet telling woman who made George’s shawl: ‘You might have to make another!’
Daily Mail: Tutu cute! Kate rubs noses in traditional greeting with a little New Zealand girl…  who then gives her a huge hug
Daily Mail: Now where have we seen that regal look before, Kate? Duchess adopts the Queen’s style for New Zealand tour
Daily Mail: Gorgeous George… The baby fashion icon: How Prince’s outfits have sparked a rush to the shops from ambitious parents
Daily Mail: A big gift for a little prince! Baby George is given a bike as mum and dad officially open the National Cycling Centre
Daily Mail: He can’t walk… but he’s passed his driving test! Duchess of Cambridge giggles as she reveals Prince George’s pretend drivers license during tour of New Zealand (but one baby is so unimpressed he falls asleep!)
Daily Mail: ‘She made me feel like a princess!’ The Duchess of Cambridge made little girl’s dream come true during visit to New Zealand hospice
Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge consoles girl whose mother has terminal cancer at hospice
Express: ‘It’s a bit bright’ Duchess Kate dazzles in green but a bit too brightly for William
Express: Kate made me feel like a princess, says girl on Duchess of Cambridge’s hospice visit
Express: WATCH: BBC presenter accidentally tells viewers Prince William has ‘left the IRA’
Express: The Kate effect! Duchess’ £48 nautical top sells out and sailing jacket website crashes
Express: Queen of smiles: Her Majesty chuckles as she says farewell to the Irish president
Getty Images: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand – Day 7
Getty Images: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand – Day 6
Guardian: Prince William continues royal tradition with baby Prince George – working the ‘this is women’s work’ look
Hello: Kate hugs delighted fan as she and Prince William arrive in Dunedin
Hello: Duke and Duchess William and Kate don their trainers for the Rippa Rugby Tournament
Hello: Prince William sparks rumours Kate’s pregnant with unusual comment to royal fan
Hello: Prince George isn’t keen on vegetables reveals mum Kate Middleton
Hello: Prince William and Kate Middleton receive bicycle for Prince George
Hello: Prince William and Kate Middleton pay their respects at Cambridge war memorial
Hello: Kate Middleton is a natural with children on New Zealand hospice visit
Hello: Prince William tours Pacific Aerospace in Hamilton
Mirror: Kate Middleton wears aquamarine Emilia Wickstead dress as she brightens up dull day in Dunedin
Mirror: Prince William keeps stiff upper lip as host greets him wearing Sex Pistols image of his grandmother’s HEAD
Mirror: Kate fashion verdict: Duchess of Cambridge sparkles in emerald green
Mirror: Is Kate expecting? Prince William drops hint that Prince George could soon have a brother or sister
Mirror: Royal tour 2014 recap: Kate Middleton and Prince William meet Olympic athletes and open new velodrome in Hamilton
Mirror: Kate Middleton makes moving visit to Hamilton children’s hospice on first solo engagement of New Zealand tour
Mirror: Pictured: Kate Middleton and Prince William visit war memorial and velodrome in Hamilton, New Zealand
Mirror: Kate Middleton dazzles in green coat dress – but Prince William thinks it’s too bright
Mirror: Kate Middleton wears green Erdem coat and Suzannah dress to visit Hamilton children’s hospice and war memorial
New Zealand Herald: Royal visit: Kate’s Diana moment crowns her new Queen of Hearts
Prince of Wales: New Zealand Royal Visit: Day Six
Telegraph: Has William let slip a very big secret?
Telegraph: Duke and Duchess arrive in Dunedin
Telegraph: Prince won’t eat his greens
Telegraph: Kate’s first solo engagement in New Zealand
Telegraph: Duchess dazzles in colourful dress
The Age: Royal visit of William and Kate recalls Diana’s Eureka moment

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April 13: Today in Royal History

Tsar Boris Godunov of Russia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 13, 862 – Death of King Donald I of Scotland; buried at Iona, Scotland
Wikipedia: Donald I of Scotland

April 13, 1138 – Death of Simon I, Duke of Lorraine
Wikipedia: Simon I, Duke of Lorraine

April 13, 1229 – Birth of Louis II, Duke of Bavaria
Wikipedia: Louis II, Duke of Bavaria

April 13, 1275 – Death of Eleanor of England, daughter of King John of England, at Montargis Abbey, France; buried at Montargis Abbey
Eleanor was the third daughter and fifth and youngest child of King John and his wife Isabella of Angouleme.  She first married William Marshall, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and was widowed at age 16.  Seven years later, Eleanor secretly married Simon de Montfort.  Montfort was a famous statesman and soldier and was killed at the Battle of Evesham. He is considered to be the father of Parliament.  After her husband’s death, Eleanor became a nun at the Abbey of Montargis in France and is buried there.
Wikipedia: Eleanor of England

April 13, 1350 – Birth of Margaret III, Countess of Flanders
Wikipedia: Margaret III, Countess of Flanders

April 13, 1519 – Birth of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II of France in Florence, Italy
Wikipedia: Catherine de Medici

April 13, 1573 – Birth of Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, wife of King Charles IX of Sweden, in Kiel, Germany
Wikipedia: Christina of Holstein-Gottorp

April 13, 1605 – Death of Tsar Boris Godunov of Russia at Moscow; buried at Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiyev Posad, Russia
Wikipedia: Boris Godunov

April 13, 1643 – Death of Margherita Farnese of Parma
Wikipedia: Margherita Farnese of Parma

April 13, 1759 – Birth of Maximilian, Crown Prince of Saxony
Wikipedia: Maximilian, Crown Prince of Saxony

April 13, 1807 – Death of Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, second wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria; at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria
Maria Theresa died soon after giving birth to her twelfth child, who also died.
Wikipedia: Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily

Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: April 13 – April 19

Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

74th birthday of Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz und Tettau, wife of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein; born in Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) on April 14, 1940
Wikipedia: Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein

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King Philippe of the Belgians; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

54th birthday of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium on April 15, 1960
Full name: Philippe Léopold Louis Marie
Wikipedia: Philippe of the Belgians

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

74th birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 16, 1940
Full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid
Wikipedia: Margrethe II of Denmark

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

59th birthday of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; born at Betzdorf Castle in Betzdorf, Luxembourg on April 16, 1955
Full name: Henri Albert Gabriel Felix Marie Guillaume
Wikipedia: Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

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Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg with his sister Princess Alexandra, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

22nd birthday of Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri; born at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on April 16, 1992
Full name: Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume
Wikipedia: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

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Princess Eléonore of Belgium with her mother; Photo Credit – metro.co.uk

6th birthday of Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium on April 16, 2008
Full name: Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie
Wikipedia: Princess Eléonore of Belgium

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Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, Photo Credit: Wikipedia

46th birthday of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands; born in Utrecht, The Netherlands on April 17, 1968
Full name: Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik
Wikipedia: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau

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Sayako Kuroda, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

45th birthday of Princess Sayako of Japan, daughter of Emperor Akihito; born in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 1969
At the time of Princess Sayako’s marriage in 2005, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband as required by Imperial Household Law.
Wikipedia: Sayako Kuroda

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Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, Photo Credit – http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/

42nd birthday of Annette Sekrève, wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau; born in The Hague, The Netherlands on April 18, 1972
Wikipedia: Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven-Sekrève

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King Mswati III of Swaziland, Photo Credit – www.guardian.co.uk

46th birthday of King Mswati III of Swaziland; born at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland on April 19, 1968
Wikipedia: Mswati III of Swaziland