Royal News: Wednesday 24 January 2018

Doing some shopping on Amazon.com? Please remember to use our Amazon link – found at the top of the right-hand column on every page of our site. It costs you nothing, and every purchase made through that link helps to support Unofficial Royalty so that we can continue to bring you the royal news and features every day. Thank you!

Denmark

Jordan

Monaco

Multiple Monarchies

Spain

United Kingdom

Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

by Scott Mehl

Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Princess Alexandrine of Prussia was the wife of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She was born in Berlin on February 23, 1803, the daughter of King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and Princess Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and was given the names Friederike Wilhelmine Alexandrine Marie Helene. She was known as Alexandrine, a name given to her in honor of her godfather, Tsar Alexander I of Russia. Alexandrine had eight siblings:

Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

After rejecting a marriage proposal from the future King Oscar I of Sweden, Alexandrine married the future Grand Duke Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Berlin on May 25, 1822. The couple took up residence at Ludwigslust Palace, and although the marriage was not a happy one, they had three children:

  • Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1823) – married (1) Princess Auguste of Reuss-Köstritz, had issue; (2) Princess Anne of Hesse and by Rhine, had issue; (3) Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, had issue
  • Princess Luise (1824) – married Hugo, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, had issue
  • Prince Wilhelm (1827) – married Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, had issue

The Alexandrine Cottage in Heiligendamm. photo: Von Niteshift – Selbst fotografiert, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10361282

After her husband’s accession in 1837, he moved the court to Schwerin, leaving Ludwigslust to serve as a summer residence. They took up residence at the Altes Palais (link in German) in the center of the city. Just five years later, Paul Friedrich died and was succeeded by the couple’s son, Friedrich Franz II. Now the Dowager Duchess, Alexandrine retained the Altes Palais as her residence in Schwerin, as well as living at the Alexandrine Cottage in Heiligendamm (link in German).

Alexandrine in her later years, c1891

The Dowager Grand Duchess Alexandrine died in Schwerin on April 21, 1892. By that time, she had been widowed for fifty years, lived through the reign of her son, and saw her grandson succeed to the grand ducal throne in 1883. She was also the last living grandchild of King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia, and had seen the Prussian throne held by her father, two brothers, a nephew and a great-nephew. She is buried beside her husband in the Schwerin Cathedral.

Learn more about royalty, past and present here and share your thoughts on our forums.

January 24: Today in Royal History

Hirohito and Nagako of Japan; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 24, 1121 – Wedding of King Henry I of England (2nd marriage) and Adeliza of Louvain
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry I of England
Unofficial Royalty: Adeliza of Louvain, Queen of England

January 24, 1328 – Wedding of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault at York Minster in England
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward III England
Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England

January 24, 1712 – Birth of Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia in Berlin, Prussia (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia

January 24, 1746 – Birth of King Gustav III of Sweden in Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: King Gustav III of Sweden

January 24, 1779 – Birth of Louise of Baden, wife of Tsar Alexander I of Russia, in Karlsruhe, Baden (Germany)
Full name: Louise Maria Auguste, known as Elizabeth Alexeievna after marriage
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Baden, Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna of Russia

January 24, 1924 – Death of former Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg at Hohenburg Castle in Bavaria, Germany; buried at Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Marie-Adélaïde was a nun from the time of her abdication in 1919 until her death.
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg

January 24, 1924 – Wedding of Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Princess Nagako
Wikipedia: Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Wikipedia: Empress Nagako of Japan

January 24, 2012 – Birth of Princess Athena of Denmark, daughter of Prince Joachim of Denmark, at the  Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Athena of Denmark

Royal News: Tuesday 23 January 2018

Doing some shopping on Amazon.com? Please remember to use our Amazon link – found at the top of the right-hand column on every page of our site. It costs you nothing, and every purchase made through that link helps to support Unofficial Royalty, so that we can continue to bring you the royal news and features every day. Thank you!

Bahrain

Japan

Jordan

Kuwait

Monaco

Multiple Monarchies

Netherlands

Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Make sure to get the latest news updates as soon as they’re posted. Register today as a member of Unofficial Royalty. It’s quick and easy, and completely free! Click the ‘Register’ link in the menu to the right.

Jack Brooksbank, fiancé of Princess Eugenie of York

by Susan Flantzer

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York; Photo Credit – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

On January 22, 2018, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank. Princess Eugenie is a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the younger of the two daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. Jack and Eugenie were introduced by mutual friends in 2010 during a skiing holiday in Verbier, Switzerland. The couple dated for seven years before becoming engaged.

Embed from Getty Images
Jack and Princess Eugenie in 2010

Born on May 3, 1986, Jack Brooksbank is the elder of the two sons of George Brooksbank, an accountant and company director, and the former Nicola Newton. He has a younger brother Thomas born in 1988. Jack attended Stowe School, an exclusive independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England.

Jack skipped university and started working in the hospitality trade. He first worked in pubs including the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea, London then got a job at the trendy restaurant, the Markham Inn, also in the Chelsea area of London, which has since closed. Then Jack worked as the manager of the nightclub Mahiki in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals. Currently, he is the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. In 2017, Jack set up a wholesale company for the sale of wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverage called Jack Brooksbank Limited.

Jack and Eugenie are third cousins twice removed via their mutual descent from Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester. Eugenie’s mother Sarah, Duchess of York is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, the daughter of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester who is Jack’s great-great-grandfather.  For more information about Jack Brooksbank’s ancestors see Marlene Koenig’s 2016 article at Royal Musings: Perhaps an engagement…

Embed from Getty Images
Jack and his future mother-in-law Sarah, Duchess of York at the 2017 Royal Ascot

January 23: Today in Royal History

Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 23, 1045 – Wedding of Edward the Confessor and Edith of Wessex, daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex
Wikipedia: Edward the Confessor, King of England
Wikipedia: Edith of Wessex, Queen of England

January 23, 1516 – Death of King Ferdinand II of Aragon in Madrigalejo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain; buried in the Royal Chapel in the Cathedral of Granada
Wikipedia: King Ferdinand II of Aragon

January 23, 1570 – Assassination of James Stewart, Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland, illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland and half-brother of Mary, Queen of Scots; buried at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland
Wikipedia: James Stewart, Earl of Moray

January 23, 1688 – Birth of Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden

January 23, 1820 – Death of Edward, Duke of Kent, son of King George III of Great Britain and father of Queen Victoria, at Sidmouth, Devon, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

January 23, 1874 – Wedding of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, son of Queen Victoria, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Alexandrovna of Russia

January 23, 1896 – Birth of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg at Berg Castle in Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg

January 23, 1957 – Birth of Princess Caroline of Monaco at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco
Full name: Caroline Louise Marguerite
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco

January 23, 1999 – Wedding of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover

January 23, 2015 – Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, buried at the Al Oud Cemetary in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Unofficial Royalty: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Breaking News: Princess Eugenie of York Engaged!

Engagement Photo of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank; Photo Credit – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

Buckingham Palace announced on January 22, 2018: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”

Princess Eugenie of York is the younger of the two daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. The princess had been in a long-term relationship with Jack Brooksbank. He is the former manager of the nightclub Mahiki, in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals and is currently the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman.

Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eugenie of York

Royal News: Monday, 22 January 2018

Doing some shopping on Amazon.com? Please remember to use our Amazon link – found at the top of the right-hand column on every page of our site. It costs you nothing, and every purchase made through that link helps to support Unofficial Royalty so that we can continue to bring you the royal news and features every day. Thank you!

Italy
Getty Images: The 140th Anniversary of Honor Guard at Royal Tombs

Jordan
Daily Mail: America must ‘rebuild trust and confidence’ in the Middle East after Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Jordan’s King Abdullah tells Vice President Pence during meeting alongside Queen Rania

Monaco
Getty Images: 42nd International Circus Festival In Monte-Carlo : Day Four (Part 1)
Getty Images: 42nd International Circus Festival In Monte-Carlo : Day Four (Part 2)

Multiple Monarchies
Getty Images: The Royal Week: January 15 – January 21

UK
Daily Mail: Will THIS be Harry’s flower girl? Daughter of Meghan’s best friend who flew in for a dress fitting is tipped for a big role at the royal wedding
Daily Mail: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle WON’T invite ‘good friend’ Obama to the royal wedding in a bid to avoid a ‘diplomatic row’ over snub to Donald Trump
Daily Mail: Singing in the reign! The Queen shields herself from the snow with an umbrella after attending a Sunday church service in Norfolk with Philip, Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie
Daily Mail: In Pictures: Weather fails to dampen spirits of royals at church service
Daily Mail: IRA ‘plotted to kill Princess Margaret with hitman nicknamed The Jackal after she called the Irish ‘pigs”
Daily Mail: Singing in the reign! The Queen shields herself from the snow with an umbrella after attending a Sunday church service in Norfolk with Philip, Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie
Daily Mail: Tom Parker Bowles and his wife Sara put on a united front as they pick up their children from school just a week after reports of their split
Daily Mail: Windsor homeowners are letting out rooms for up to £15,000 for Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in town where homeless still sleep on streets
Daily Mail: Family portrait that says: Baby’s here! Prince Philip’s godson and his wife announce their first born’s birth with an art work
Daily Mail: Harry and Meghan are hiring! Royals launch search for an ‘exceptional’ candidate to help with garden parties and overseas tours (and they’ll be based in Buckingham Palace)
Express: Prince Harry SECRETLY introduces Meghan Markle to ‘very significant person’ in his life
Express: Revealed: Harry and Meghan Markle will NOT invite ‘good friend’ Obama to Royal Wedding
Express: SNOW FEAR! Queen braves freezing temps for church visit as UK hit by winter weather bomb
Express: Meghan Markle’s hen do: Party plans REVEALED as wedding to Prince Harry edges closer
Express: Fergie: Duchess of York sues for £40m over the sting that ‘destroyed her career’
Express: Queen’s Archive of 450,000 photographs UNEARTHED in new BBC book
Express: Meghan and Harry wedding: Windsor residents letting homes for £15K
Getty Images: Queen Elizabeth II Attends Church Near Sandringham
Guardian: Sarah Ferguson claims £45m in damages from Murdoch’s News Group

Make sure to get the latest news updates as soon as they’re posted. Register today as a member of Unofficial Royalty. It’s quick and easy, and completely free! Click the ‘Register’ link in the menu to the right.

Paul Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

by Scott Mehl

Paul Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Grand Duke Paul Friedrich was born in Ludwigslust on September 15, 1800, the eldest son of Friedrich Ludwig, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his first wife, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia. Paul Friedrich had one younger sister, as well as three half-siblings from his father’s second marriage:

His education began at home before studying in Geneva, Jena and Rostock. However, his studies came to an end when his father died in 1819, making Paul Friedrich heir-apparent to his grandfather. Having been a member of the Mecklenburg military since the age of 10, Paul Friedrich was appointed Major General in 1822. He was also created Major General in the Prussian Army following his marriage two years later. Beginning in 1830, he served as Inspector General of the Mecklenburg-Schwerin forces, and served until his accession in 1837.

Alexandrine with the couple’s two eldest children, 1825.

On May 25, 1822 in Berlin, Paul Friedrich married Princess Alexandrine of Prussia. She was the daughter of King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and Princess Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They had six children:

  • Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1823) – married (1) Princess Augusta of Reuss-Köstritz, had issue; (2) Princess Anna of Hesse and by Rhine, had issue; (3) Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, had issue
  • Luise (1824) – married Hugo, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, had issue
  • Wilhelm (1827) – married Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, had issue
  • Helene (1829) – died in childhood
  • Marie (1831) – died in childhood
  • Pauline (1833) – unmarried

Paul Friedrich also had several children with his mistress, Countess Catarina Hauke. She was the sister of Julia Hauke, later Princess of Battenberg.

Paul Friedrich became Grand Duke upon his grandfather’s death on February 1, 1837. He moved the official Grand Ducal residence from Ludwigslust to Schwerin, and worked to improve the judicial system and the infrastructure of the Grand Duchy. Using his experience with the Prussian military, the Grand Duke made efforts to modernize the Mecklenburg-Schwerin military, basing many of his reforms on the Prussian forces. As his reign continued, he became more reclusive, often shunning his family and spending time quietly with his mistress.

Tomb of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich, in Schwerin Cathedral. photo: by Niteshift – Self-photographed, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3019662

Grand Duke Paul Friedrich died in Schwerin on March 7, 1842. Several weeks earlier, he had contracted a cold while helping to battle a great fire in Schwerin, and never recovered. Following his funeral later that month, he was buried in the Schwerin Cathedral.

Learn more about royalty, past and present here and share your thoughts on our forums.

January 22: Today in Royal History

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 22, 1260 – Wedding of Beatrice of England, daughter of King Henry III of England, and John of Dreux, Earl of Richmond at the Abbey of St. Denis in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Beatrice of England
Wikipedia: John of Dreux, Earl of Richmond

January 22, 1440 – Birth of Tsar Ivan III the Great of Russia in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Ivan III of Russia

January 22, 1592- Death of Elisabeth of Austria, wife of King Charles IX of France, in Vienna, Austria; buried first in the Clarissine Convent in Vienna, since 1782 in the Ducal Crypt at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna
Wikipedia: Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France

January 22, 1689 – Parliament invites William and Mary to become joint sovereigns of England
Wikipedia Crown and Parliament Recognition Act
Unofficial Royalty: King William III of England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary II of England

January 22, 1797 – Birth of Maria Leopoldina of Austria, wife of Pedro I of Brazil/Pedro IV of Portugal, in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil

January 22, 1831 – Birth of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, husband of Princess Helena of the United Kingdon, at Augustenburg, Denmark
Full name: Frederick Christian Charles Augustus
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein

January 22, 1858 – Death of Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Germany
Ludwig suffered from mental illness and his brother and successor Friedrich served as his Regent.
Unofficial Royalty: Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden

January 22, 1901 – Death of Queen Victoria at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, England; buried at the Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom

January 22, 1954 – Death of Princess Margaret of Prussia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Schönberg, Kronberg, Germany
Princess Margaret, known as Mossy in the family, was the daughter of Victoria, Princess Royal and Kaiser Frederick III of Germany.  She married Landgrave Friedrich Karl of Hesse-Kassel.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse-Kessel