Royal News: Tuesday 28 July 2015

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July 28: Today in Royal History

King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Lovisa of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 28, 1540 – Execution of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to King Henry VIII of England, at Tower Hill in London, England
Wikipedia: Thomas Cromwell

July 28, 1540 – Wedding of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, England
Catherine Howard was a first cousin of Anne Boleyn.
Wikipedia: Catherine Howard
Wikipedia: Henry VIII of England

July 28, 1683 – Wedding of Queen Anne of the United Kingdom and Prince George of Denmark, son of King Frederik III of Denmark, at the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace in London, England
Wikipedia: Prince George of Denmark
Wikipedia: Queen Anne of the United Kingdom

July 28, 1684 – Death of Charlotte Jemima Henrietta Maria FitzRoy, illegitimate daughter of King Charles II of England and Elizabeth Killigrew; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Charlotte FitzRoy

July 28, 1844 – Death of Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte, King of Naples and Sicily, King of Spain and the Indies, Comte de Survilliers in Florence, Italy; buried at Les Invalides in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Joseph Bonaparte

July 28, 1869 – Wedding of King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Lovisa of Sweden at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Frederik VIII of Denmark
Wikipedia: Lovisa of Sweden

July 28, 1996 – Birth of Samuel Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and grandson of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom
Full name: Samuel David Benedict
Wikipedia: Samuel Chatto

Royal News: Monday, 27 July 2015

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Denmark
Daily Mail: Say cheese! Crown Princess Mary steals the spotlight during royal family portrait – and gives photographers a flash of leg as the breeze catches her skirt
Daily Mail: A royal romance in the making: First look at actors playing Mary and Frederik during secret Sydney dates on the set of TV movie
Japan
Getty Images: Princess Kako of Akishino Attends All Japan High School Equestrian Championships Opening Ceremony

Monaco
Daily Mail: Belle of the ball! Princess Charlene sizzles in scarlet jumpsuit with Prince Albert at glittering Red Cross Gala in Monaco
Daily Mail: Blushing bride! Heiress Beatrice Borromeo celebrates wedding to Grace Kelly’s grandson Pierre Casiraghi with two Valentino dresses (and one is PINK)
Hello: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert share the look of love at Red Cross Ball
Hello: Beatrice Borromeo marries Pierre Casiraghi in pale pink Valentino gown

UK
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Why Princess Pushy never forgets her fan
Daily Mail: Don’t rain on Kate’s parade: Duchess dons virtual reality headset to ‘sail’ with Sir Ben Ainslie and pulls silly faces to cheer up tearful toddlers after bad weather cancels America’s Cup race
Daily Mail: ROBERT HARDMAN: Sailor’s goggles give Kate the giggles (…but William isn’t quite so sure) as royal couple attend America’s Cup in matching his ‘n’ hers team fleeces
Express: Prince William security alert as it emerges TERRORISTS could ‘track’ helicopter using app
Express: Double vision: Kate and William don matching Royal fleeces to cheer on Sir Ben Ainslie
Getty Images: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend The America’s Cup World Series
Hello: Prince William and Kate in high spirits despite cancelled sailing engagement
Irish Independent: No role for royals: 1916 events to be strictly ‘Irish only’ affair
Stuff NZ: Prince William helicopter trackable by inexpensive app, posing terror risk
Telegraph: America’s Cup 2015, in pictures
Telegraph: Vintage wines worth £1.4m stolen from Queen’s supplier
Telegraph: Britain’s oldest hospice gets Royal seal of approval
Telegraph: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s day at America’s Cup in Portsmouth blown off course
Telegraph: Germany spent €35,000 on flags and red carpets during Queen’s visit

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The Royal Palace of Laeken

by Scott Mehl

source: Wikipedia

The Royal Palace of Laeken

The Royal Palace of Laeken is the official residence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Since Belgian independence in 1831, the palace has been the primary residence of the Belgian sovereigns, with the exception of King Albert II and Queen Paola, who chose to remain at the nearby Chateau Belvédère after his accession. The Palace is owned by the Belgian State (along with the Royal Palace of Brussels) and is placed at the disposal of the Sovereign.

At the time part of the Austrian Netherlands, the palace was built between 1782-1784 as a summer residence for the Governors of the Austrian Netherlands, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and her husband Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen. After the area came under French rule in 1794, the palace was left abandoned for some time, and was near demolition. In 1804, it was purchased for 5 million francs by Napoleon Bonaparte, who went on to restore the palace to its former glory. He stayed there several times with his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, and later gave the property to her following their divorce.

In 1815, the Kingdom of the Netherlands was created, and the palace was acquired by King Willem I who also made renovations, adding an orangery and a theater. Following Belgian independence, the Palace of Laeken became the official residence of the newly elected King Leopold I in 1831.

It was King Leopold II (1865-1909) who made the most significant changes to the palace and the surrounding park. In 1874, he began building the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, a project which would take over 20 years to complete. A fire in the palace on January 1, 1890 destroyed the dome and much of the north wing, which were soon rebuilt with the addition of two small pavilions on either side of the main palace block. Beginning 1902, King Leopold II had two large wings built to flank the palace. The right wing was to be the private apartments, while the left wing was to be for guests. The work was not finished until after his death in 1909.

His successor, King Albert I, finished much of the remaining work. He also had an art studio built in the grounds for his wife, Queen Elisabeth (born Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria). King Albert I was succeeded by his son, King Leopold III in 1934. Within the year, Leopold’s wife Queen Astrid died tragically, and he and his children moved to the Palace of Laeken. From 1940-1944, Leopold III and his family were held under house arrest at the palace before being sent from the country. During his absence, his brother Charles, Count of Flanders, served as Regent and lived in the palace until Leopold’s return, and subsequent abdication, in 1951. Leopold was succeeded by his elder son, King Baudouin. Despite having abdicated, King Leopold III continued to live at the palace along with the new King, until Baudouin’s marriage in 1960.

After Baudouin’s death in 1993, Laeken remained the residence of his widow, Queen Fabiola. (King Albert II chose to remain at Château Belvédère instead of moving to the larger palace.) Queen Fabiola lived there until 1998 when she moved to the smaller Château Stuyvenberg just across the park. The Palace of Laeken then became the home of the Duke of Brabant (now King Philippe) in 1999 upon his marriage to Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz. Since Philippe’s accession to the throne in 2013, the Royal Palace of Laeken has once again become the home of the reigning Belgian monarch.

Along with the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Palace of Laeken is often used to host official functions including State dinners. In addition, prior to his accession, King Philippe often hosted foreign guests at the palace. The photo above shows The Prince of Wales visiting with the then-Duke and Duchess of Brabant in 2008.

The palace is situated in The Royal Domain of Laeken – a large park (the size of Monaco!) which also includes several other royal residences, the royal Stables, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, the Japanese Pagoda and the Chinese Pavilion (which are part of the Museums of the Far East), as well as a lake and golf course. The other royal residences are the Château Belvédère, the home of King Albert II and Queen Paola; Château Stuyvenberg, the former home of the late Queen Fabiola; and Villa Schonenberg, the home of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz and their family.

The Royal Greenhouses. source: Wikipedia

The Royal Greenhouses were built by King Leopold II for the purpose of housing his vast collection of exotic and rare flowers and trees, many of which found their origins in the Congo. The buildings – particularly the large domed Winter Garden – have often been used for formal functions. The Greenhouses are open to the public for several weeks each spring.

At this link from VirtualTourist.com, you can see many photos from the Greenhouses and other buildings which are open to the public for several weeks each year.

Learn more about the other Belgian Royal Residences here!

July 27: Today in Royal History

Louise, Princess Royal and her husband Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 27, 1365 – Wedding of Isabella of England, daughter of King Edward III of England, and Enguerrand VII de Courcy, Earl of Bedford, at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Isabella of England
Wikipedia: Enguerrand VII de Courcy

July 27, 1626 – Death of Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

July 27, 1889 – Wedding of Princess Louise, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, at the Private Chapel in Buckingham Palace
Unofficial Royalty: Louise, Princess Royal
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife

July 27, 1980 – Death of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran, in Cairo, Egypt, buried at the Al Rifa’i Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
Wikipedia: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Royal News: Sunday 26 July 2015

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: July 26 – August 1

 

19th birthday of Samuel Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and grandson of Princess Margaret; born in London, England on July 28, 1996
Full name: Samuel David Benedict
Wikipedia: Lady Sarah Chatto: Marriage and Issue

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Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

79th birthday of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain; born in Cannes, France on July 30, 1936
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

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James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson, Photo Credit – www.dailymail.co.uk

27th wedding anniversary of James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Julia Rawlinson; married at St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England on July 30, 1988
Wikipedia: James Ogilvy
Wikipedia: Julia Ogilvy

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4th wedding anniversary of Zara Phillips, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and Mike Tindall; married at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 30, 2011
Unofficial Royalty: Zara Phillips
Unofficial Royalty: Mike Tindall

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Marina Ogilvy, Photo Credit – www.thesun.co.uk

49th birthday of Marina Ogilvy, daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent; born at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond upon Thames, London, England on July 31, 1966
Full name: Marina Victoria Alexandra
Wikipedia: Princess Alexandra: Marriage and Personal Life

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Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis, Photo Credit – www.vogue.co.uk

11th wedding anniversary of Lady Davina Windsor, daughter of the Duke of Gloucester, and Gary Lewis; married at Kensington Palace in London, England on July 31, 2004
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis
Wikipedia: Lady Davina Lewis

July 26: Today in Royal History

King Otto of Greece; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 26, 1469 – Lancastrian victory at the Battle of Edgecote Moor
Wikipedia: Battle of Edgecote Moor

July 26, 1867 – Death of former King Otto of Greece, born Prince Otto of Bavaria, at Neue Residenz in Bamberg, Bavaria (Germany); buried at Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan in Munich, Bavaria (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Otto of Greece

July 26, 1944 – Death of Reza Shah Pahlavi, former Shah of Iran and father of the last Shah, in exile in Johannesburg, South Africa; buried at Reza Shah’s Mausoleum in Ray, Tehran, Iran which was later destroyed during the 1979 Iranian Revolution
Wikipedia: Reza Shah Pahlavi

July 26, 1958 – Debutantes presented at the British royal court for the last time
Historic Royal Palaces: The Last Debutantes
Wikipedia: Debutantes – United Kingdom

Royal News: Saturday 25 July 2015

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July 25: Today in Royal History

Elisabeth of Bavaria, wife of King Albert I of the Belgians; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

July 25, 1137 – Wedding of Louis VII, King of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine
Wikipedia: Louis VII, King of France
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Aquitaine

July 25, 1554 – Wedding of Queen Mary I of England and King Philip II of Spain at Winchester Cathedral in England
Wikipedia: Philip II of Spain
Wikipedia: Mary I of England

July 25, 1603 – Coronation of King James I of England
James’ wife Anne of Denmark was crowned with him.
Wikipedia: James I of England

July 25, 1642 – Birth of Louis I, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Louis I, Prince of Monaco

July 25, 1797 – Birth of Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, at Rumpenheim Castle in Kassel (Germany)
Augusta is the grandmother of Queen Mary, wife of King George V of the United Kingdom.
Wikipedia: Augusta of Hesse-Kassel

July 25, 1860 – Birth of Louise Margaret of Prussia, wife of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, at Marmorpalais in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany)
Full name: Luise Margarete Alexandra Victoria Agnes
Unofficial Royalty: Louise Margaret of Prussia

July 25, 1876 – Birth of Elisabeth of Bavaria, wife of King Albert I of the Belgians, at Possenhofen Castle in Bavaria (Germany)
Full name: Elisabeth Gabriele Valérie Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Bavaria

July 25, 1938 – Death of Prince Franz I of Liechtenstein at Valtice, now in the Czech Republic; buried at the Liechtenstein Crypt in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Franz I of Liechtenstein

July 25, 1970 – Birth of Lord Nicholas Windsor, son of HRH The Duke of Kent, at University College Hospital in London, England
Full name: Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan
Wikipedia: Lord Nicholas Windsor