Royal News: Thursday 18 April 2018

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April 19: Today in Royal History

Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 19, 1320 – Birth of Pedro I, King of Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro I, King of Portugal

April 19, 1390 – Death of Robert II, King of Scots at Dundonald Castle; buried at Scone Abbey in Scone, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Robert II, King of Scots

April 19, 1658 – Death of Kirsten Munk, morganatic second wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, at Boller Castle in Horsens, Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Kirsten Munk, Countess of Schleswig-Holstein

April 19, 1689 – Death of Queen Christina of Sweden in Rome, Italy; buried at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
Queen Christina secretly converted to Catholicism and eventually abdicated to practice her religion openly. She moved to Rome and is one of four women buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Wikipedia: Queen Christina of Sweden

April 19, 1793 – Birth of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria

April 19, 1876 – Birth of Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany)
Full name: Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince of the Netherlands

April 19, 1956 – Wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
Unofficial Royalty: Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

April 19, 1968 – Birth of King Mswati III of Swaziland at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland
Unofficial Royalty: King Mswati III of Swaziland

April 19, 2016 – Birth of Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, son of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
Full name: Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland

Royal News: Wednesday 17 April 2018

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Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

by Scott Mehl

Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the last Grand Duchess of Oldenburg through her marriage to Grand Duke Friedrich August II. She was born in Schwerin on August 10, 1869, the daughter of Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his third wife, Princess Marie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Through her father’s three marriages, she had ten siblings and half-siblings:

Friedrich August II of Oldenburg

On October 24, 1896, Elisabeth Alexandrine married Friedrich August, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg, as his second wife. He was the son of Peter II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg and Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. Elisabeth Alexandrine and Friedrich August had five children:

After her husband was forced to abdicate on November 11, 1918 when the German Empire fell, the couple took up residence at Rastede Castle. Elisabeth Alexandrine remained close to her large family, often spending time with her brother, Heinrich, in the Netherlands. Friedrich August died in 1931, and Elisabeth Alexandrine survived him by 24 years.

Schloss Schaumburg. photo: By Johannes Robalotoff – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7536575

She died on September 3, 1955 at Schloss Schaumburg, the home of her daughter Altburg. The last Grand Duchess of Oldenburg is buried in the Ducal Mausoleum in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Oldenburg.

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April 18: Today in Royal History

King Hussein I of Jordan and Dina bint Abdul-Hamid; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 18, 1865 – Birth of Johanna Loisinger, morganatic wife of Prince Alexander of Battenberg, former Prince of Bulgaria, in Preßburg, Hungary (now Bratislava, Slovakia) Unofficial Royalty: Johanna Loisinger, Countess von Hartenau

April 18, 1917 – Birth of Princess Frederica of Hanover, wife of King Paul I of Greece, in Blankenburg am Harz, Prussia, Germany
Full name: Frederica Louise Thyra Victoria Margaret Sophie Olga Cecily Isabelle Christina
Unofficial Royalty: Frederica of Hanover, Queen of Greece

April 18, 1955 – Wedding (first) of King Hussein I of Jordan and Dina bint Abdul-Hamid
The couple divorced in 1957.
Unofficial Royalty: King Hussein I of Jordan
Unofficial Royalty: Dina bint Abdul-Hamid, Queen of Jordan

April 18, 1969 – Birth of Sayako Kuroda, born Princess Nori of Japan at the Aoyama Detached Palace in Tokyo, Japan
Sayako Kuroda is the daughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan.  At the time of her marriage in 2005, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband as required by Imperial Household Law.
Unofficial Royalty: Sayako Kuroda, formerly Princess Nori of Japan

April 18, 1972 – Birth of Annette Sekrève, wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, in The Hague, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau

April 18, 2007 – Birth of Prince Lerotholi Seeiso of Lesotho, heir and son of King Letsie III of Lesotho, in Maseru, Lesotho
Wikipedia: Prince Lerotholi Seeiso of Lesotho

Royal News: Tuesday 17 April 2018

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April 17: Today in Royal History

Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein; Credit – Wikipedia

April 17, 1080 – Death of King Harald III of Denmark; buried at Holy Cross Priory in Dalby, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Harald III of Denmark

April 17, 1656 – Birth of Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein

April 17, 1902 – Death of Francisco, Duke of Cadiz, King Consort of Queen Isabella II of Spain; at the Château of Épinay-sur-Seine in France; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Francisco, Duke of Cadiz, King Consort of Spain

April 17, 1968 – Birth of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Full name: Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik
Wikipedia: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau

Royal News: Monday, 16 April 2018

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France
Telegraph: Queen’s ‘heart of gold’ stolen from French museum

Monaco
Daily Mail: Good hair day! Princess Charlene swaps her signature swept back style for a chic center parting as she joins her brother for a charity dinner in Monaco

Saudi Arabia
Daily Mail: Saudi king announces $150 million for East Jerusalem
Daily Mail: Saudi king slams Iran, US Jerusalem move at Arab summit

UK
Daily Mail: Prince Harry is handed major role by the Queen as a Commonwealth youth ambassador
Daily Mail: Queen appoints Prince Harry as Commonwealth youth ambassador
Daily Mail: Buckingham Palace illuminated by rainforest projection
Daily Mail: The etiquette queen who turns Meghans into Middletons: Expert, who was schooled by a member of the Royal household, reveals how YOU too can acquire the manners of a princess
Daily Mail: Mass grave of Highlanders massacred after the Battle of Culloden may have been found by ground-penetrating radar more than 270 years on
Daily Mail: Prince Charles should NOT be the next head of the Commonwealth, insists Corbyn as he demands Britain apologizes for ‘immoral’ colonial past
Daily Mail: ‘I think she’ll bolt. She bolted before’: Outspoken feminist icon Germaine Greer predicts doom for Meghan and Harry’s marriage as she slams the royal family
Daily Mail: Building royal palace could boost Welsh economy
Daily Mail: Pictured with the family who are STILL in the dark! Cousin of Meghan Markle claims her father has no idea if he’ll walk her down the aisle and relatives are ‘hurt’ they’re not had invites to the royal wedding
Daily Mail: Sarah Ferguson, 58, looks elegant in a teal colored dress as she leads Royal turnout for gala dinner in Rome
Daily Mail: No fur, avoid The Dorchester and its ‘sexist’ owner and ditch the German beer tankards: Close friend reveals Meghan Markle’s VERY strict mantras
Daily Mail: Cancer survivor, nine, and his charity founder mother receive an invite to the royal wedding – and the schoolboy’s determined to snap a selfie with Meghan 
Daily Mail: A desert escape with stunning views, a beachside safari and a $19,000-a-night hotel: The ultra-luxurious and discreet locations that could tempt Meghan and Harry Down Under for their honeymoon
Daily Mail: GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Diana and Dodi statue finally leaves Harrods to stand in Mohamed Al Fayed’s Surrey garden
Express: Royal wedding: Meghan Markle’s NEPHEW goes to POT for a wedding gift
Express: ‘She will BOLT’ Germaine Greer says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘will NOT last’
Express: Royal wedding: Will Pippa Middleton go to Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
Express: Bizarre secret of Camilla’s YOUTHFUL skin revealed (clue – it involves bee stings)
Getty Images: The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Projection (Part 1)
Getty Images: The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Projection (Part 2)
Telegraph: Prince Charles should not automatically succeed the Queen as the Head of the Commonwealth, says Corbyn
Telegraph: How will the Duchess of Cambridge decorate her nursery? Forget pink and blue and bring in the Scandi chic

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Elisabeth Anna of Prussia, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

by Scott Mehl

Elisabeth Anna of Prussia, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Oldenburg

Princess Elisabeth Anna of Prussia was the first wife of the future Friedrich August II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg. She was born in Potsdam on February 8, 1857, the daughter of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau, and had four siblings:

Friedrich August II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg

On February 18, 1878 in Berlin, Elisabeth Anne married Friedrich August, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg. He was the son of Peter II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg and Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. The couple were married in a double wedding, along with Princess Charlotte of Prussia and Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Meiningen. Elisabeth Anne and Friedrich had two daughters:

Hereditary Grand Duchess Elisabeth Anna died in Fulda, Hesse, on August 28, 1895, nearly five years before her husband became the last reigning Grand Duke of Oldenburg. She is buried in the Ducal Mausoleum in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Oldenburg.

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April 16: Today in Royal History

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

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

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, Queen of Denmark

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
Unofficial Royalty: Charles Edward Stuart, The Young Pretender

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, Emperor of All Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander II, Emperor of All Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia

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

April 16, 1942 – Death of Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Schwäbisch-Hall in Württemburg, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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

April 16, 1992 – Birth of Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, born at the at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

April 16, 2008 – Birth of Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians, born at in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eléonore of Belgium