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Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips

Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips

Mike Tindall is the husband of Zara Phillips, daughter of The Princess Royal. He was born Michael James Tindall on October 18, 1978 in Otley, West Yorkshire, to Phil and Linda Tindall.

Mike was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield. After graduating, he joined Bath Rugby and played with them until 2005. During this time, he was also a member of the England Rugby team, playing with them from 2000-2011. In 2003, England won the Rugby World Cup, played in Australia. Along with his teammates, he was created a Member of the British Empire (MBE) after the win.

Along with the national team, he continued playing local rugby. In 2005, he left Bath and began playing for Gloucester Rugby for the next seven years. He also played, in 2012 and 2013, for Barbarians FC, an invitational team based in England.

On July 15, 2014, Mike announced his retirement from professional rugby. However, he has recently registered with Minchinhampton RFC, a local club near his home.

Having met in Australia in 2003, during the Rugby World Cup, Mike became engaged to Zara Phillips, daughter of The Princess Royal, and eldest granddaughter of The Queen. The engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace in December 2010. They married on July 30, 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. They have one daughter – Mia Grace Tindall – born on January 17, 2014.

He serves as a brand ambassador for UFXMarkets, and charity ambassador for The Midlands Air Ambulance. In addition, he is Patron of Rugby for Heroes, and is a regular participant in many charity sporting events. He and his wife are typically in attendance at major family events, as well as the occasional formal function such as the Trooping the Colour.

Mike with his daughter Mia, May 2014. photo: Gloucestershire Echo

Mike with his daughter Mia, May 2014. photo: Gloucestershire Echo

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November 1914: Royalty and World War I

by Susan Flantzer

Radziwill Family
Timeline: November 1, 1914 – November 30, 1914
A Note About German Titles
November 1914 – Royals Who Died In Action


Radziwill Family

Trąby Coat of Arms used by the Radziwill Princely Family; Credit – Wikipedia

In November of 1914, a member of the Radziwill family died in action during World War I. Some of us will recall that the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Lee Bouvier, married Prince Stanislaw Radziwill.  The Radziwill family was an important Polish–Lithuanian princely family that played a significant role in Polish–Lithuanian history. In 1518, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I created Mikołaj II Radziwill, an important statesman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Reichsfürst (Imperial Prince) of Goniądz and Meteliai Mikołaj. In 1547, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V created three other Radziwill family members Reichsfürst. Only four other families from the Polish nobility received the title of Reichsfürst from a Holy Roman Emperor.

Notable members of the Radziwill family include:

See Wikipedia: Radziwill Family for more information.

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Timeline: November 1, 1914 – November 30, 1914

  • November 1 – Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire; Battle of Coronel off the coast of central Chile near the city of Coronel, German cruiser squadron defeats a British Royal Navy squadron
  • November 2 – United Kingdom begins the naval blockade of Germany
  • November 2-November 16Bergmann Offensive, first military engagement in the Caucuses in Erzurum Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (now in Turkey)
  • November 3 – Montenegro declares war on the Ottoman Empire; Battle of Kilimanjaro in German East Africa (today Burundi, Rwanda, and the mainland part of present Tanzania)
  • November 3–November 5 – German colonial forces defeat the British at the Battle of Tanga in German East Africa (today Burundi, Rwanda, and the mainland part of present Tanzania)
  • November 5 – France and the United Kingdom declare war on the Ottoman Empire
  • November 6Fao Landing, British and Indian Army besiege the fortress at Fao, Ottoman Empire (today in Iraq)
  • November 9Battle of Cocos in the northeast Indian Ocean near the Cocos Islands, a territory of Australia
  • November 11 – Sultan Mehmed V of the Ottoman Empire declares Jihad on the Allies
  • November 11-November 21Battle of Basra in the Ottoman Empire (today in Iraq)
  • November 11–December 6Battle of Łódź in Łódź, Russian Empire (today in Poland)
  • November 16-December 15Battle of Kolubara at the Kolubara River in Serbia, decisive Serbian victory forces the Austro-Hungarians to leave Serbia

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A Note About German Titles

Most of the royals who died in action during World War I were German. The German Empire consisted of 27 constituent states, most of them ruled by royal families. Scroll down to German Empire here to see what constituent states made up the German Empire.  The constituent states retained their own governments, but had limited sovereignty. Some had their own armies, but the military forces of the smaller ones were put under Prussian control. In wartime, armies of all the constituent states would be controlled by the Prussian Army and the combined forces were known as the Imperial German Army.  German titles may be used in Royals Who Died In Action below. Refer to Unofficial Royalty: Glossary of German Noble and Royal Titles.

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November 1914 – Royals Who Died In Action

The list is in chronological order and does contain some who would be considered noble instead of royal. The links in the last bullet for each person is that person’s genealogical information from Leo’s Genealogics Website.  If a person has a Wikipedia page, their name will be linked to that page.

Arthur, Freiherr von Kettler

Friedrich, Graf von Merveldt

  • son of Graf Friedericus von Merveldt, Freiherr zu Lembeck and Luise, Freiin von Landsberg-Velen
  • born October 26, 1878 in Freckenhorst, Prussia (now Germany)
  • 1910 married Maria Elisabeth, Freiin von Fürstenberg, had issue
  • killed in action at Oporow, Poland on November 16, 1914, age 36
  • http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00122733&tree=LEO

Prince Nicholas Radziwill

  • son of Prince Wilhelm Radziwill and Catherine Rzewuska
  • born July 4, 1880
  • 1906 married Countess Madeleine Zawiska-Kieygajlo
  • killed in action at Mallwischken, Prussia (now in the Russian Federation) on November 30, 1914, age 34
  • http://www.thepeerage.com/p6808.htm#i68071

November 1: Today in Royal History

Tomb of Tsar Alexander III of Russia; Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer, August of 2011

November 1, 1254 – Wedding of King Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile at the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Castile (Spain)
Wikipedia: Edward I of England
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Castile

November 1, 1526 – Death of Catherine Jagiellon, wife of King Johan III of Sweden, at Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden
Wikipedia: Catherine Jagiellon

November 1, 1549 – Birth of Anna of Austria, fourth wife of King Philip II of Spain, in Cigales, Spain
Wikipedia: Anna of Austria

November 1, 1700 – Death of King Carlos II of Spain at Madrid; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Carlos II of Spain

November 1, 1778 – Birth of King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden at Stockholm Palace, Sweden
Wikipedia: Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden

November 1, 1864 – Birth of Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, wife of Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovitch of Russia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Bessungen, Darmstadt, Germany
Full name: Elisabeth Alexandra Luise Alice
Wikipedia: Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

November 1, 1894 – Death of Tsar Alexander III of Russia at Livadia Palace in the Crimea; buried at the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Petersburg
Wikipedia: Alexander III of Russia

Royal News: Friday 31 October 2014

Egypt
U-T San Diego: Tut’s tomb recreated at Natural History Museum

Multiple Monarchies
Getty: King Willem-Alexander Of The Netherlands Visits Japan – Day 2
Hello!: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands enjoy lavish state dinner in Japan: see photos
Hello!: Splendid welcome for Queen Maxima in Japan as Princess Masako attends first state banquet in 11 years

Spain
Getty: Spanish Royals Host a Reception For President of Chile
Getty: King Felipe VI of Spain Attends The 50th Anniversary of CESEDEN

Sweden
Swedish Royal Court: The Crown Princess Couple attend the formal gathering of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Swedish Royal Court: Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Swedish Royal Court: Prince Daniel attends the Swedish Transplantation Society’s anniversary celebrations
The Local: Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

United Kingdom
Hamilton Spectator: Prince Charles makes substantial donation to Cirillo, Vincent family fund
BBC: Prince Harry shows his support for the London Poppy Day Appeal
Daily Mail: What a Harry on! Prince hops on to an old London bus with actress Barbara Windsor to promote Poppy Day Appeal at Buckingham Palace
Daily Mail: Does the Queen buy a TV licence? We’ll never know as BBC is told it CAN keep palace details secret
Daily Mail: Prince Charles issues passionate plea for peace after telling of ‘anguish’ following the death of Lord Mountbatten
Evening Standard: London Poppy Day: Prince Harry joins Royal British Legion appeal
Getty: The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Visit Wolverhampton
Getty: London Poppy Day Aim To Raise More Than 1 Million In One Day
Getty: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales And Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Colombia – Day 3
Hello!: Princess Beatrice turns trader for the day to support mother’s charity
Hello!: Prince Harry and stars hop aboard London bus for national Poppy Day
Express: ‘It is an immense tragedy': Prince Charles evokes anguish of Lord Mountbatten’s death
Express: Royal stamp of approval! Queen all smiles after first visit to Wolverhampton in 20 years
Express: Princess Eugenie flies the family flag with patriotic scarf in New York
Ottawa Citizen: Prince Charles donates to families of slain Canadian soldiers
Daily Star: Wales on the bus! Prince Harry joins stars in London to raise £1m for Poppy Appeal
Belfast Telegraph: Charles larks about on river bank
National Post: Prince Charles makes substantial donation to families of Canadian soldiers killed in attacks last week
Leicester Mercury: When laying King Richard III to rest: Don’t forget Lord William Hastings [LETTER]

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Zara Phillips Tindall, daughter of The Princess Royal

Zara Phillips Tindall

Zara Phillips Tindall is the daughter of The Princess Royal, and granddaughter of The Queen. Like her brother, she holds no royal titles or styles, but is still a member of the British Royal Family. She is formally styled as Mrs. Michael Tindall MBE, however she uses her maiden name professionally.

Zara and her brother Peter, 1984. photo: NY Daily News

Zara and her brother Peter, 1984. photo: NY Daily News

Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips was born on May 15, 1981 at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. She is the younger child of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and Captain Mark Phillips. She is the second grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.

She was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on July 27, 1981, by The Dean of Windsor. Her godparents are:

Zara was educated at the Beaudesert Park School in Gloucestershire, the Port Regis School in Dorset, and Gordonstoun School in Scotland. She later attended the University of Exeter, qualifying as a physiotherapist, specializing in equine physiotherapy.

An accomplished equestrian from a young age, Zara participated in the 2005 European Eventing Championships, earning both team and individual gold medals. The following year she won team silver, and individual gold, at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. Having won gold, she was the reigning Eventing World Champion until 2010. In 2007, she again won team gold at the European Eventing Championships.

Zara receiving her Olympic medal from The Princess Royal, 2012. photo: Rex Features

Zara receiving her Olympic medal from The Princess Royal, 2012. photo: Rex Features

In 2006, she was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and in 2007, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to Equestrianism. Having been unable to compete in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games due to injuries to her horse, Zara was named a member of the 2012 British Equestrian Team for the London Olympics. She was part of the Silver medal winning team event, receiving her medal from her mother, The Princess Royal, herself a participant in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

On December 21, 2010, Buckingham Palace announced her engagement to English rugby player, Mike Tindall. The couple first met in 2003 during the Rugby World Cup in Australia. Zara and Mike were married on July 30, 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. A reception followed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her grandmother’s official residence in Scotland.

Nearly two years later, on July 8, 2013, it was announced that the couple were expecting a child. On January 17, 2014, Zara gave birth to a daughter, Mia Grace Tindall, at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

In addition to her equestrian pursuits, Zara is often seen at major royal events in the UK, such as The Trooping of the Colour. She is one of the godparents of Prince George of Cambridge, son of her cousin, Prince William.

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October 31: Today in Royal History

Lovisa of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 31, 1214 – Death of Eleanor, daughter of King Henry II of England and wife of King Alfonso VIII of Castile, at the Abbey of Las Huelgas in Burgos, Castile (Spain); buried at the Abbey of Las Huelgas
Wikipedia: Eleanor of England

October 31, 1345 – Birth of King Fernando I of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Fernando I of Portugal

October 31, 1391 – Birth of King Duarte of Portugal in Viseu, Portugal
Wikipedia: Duarte of Portugal

October 31, 1396 – Wedding of King Richard II of England (2nd marriage) and Isabella of Valois, who was six years old, at St. Nicholas’ Church in Calais, France
Wikipedia: Richard II of England
Wikipedia: Isabella of Valois

October 31, 1613 – Birth of Luisa de Guzmán, wife of King João IV of Portugal, in Sanlúcar, Spain
Wikipedia: Luisa de Guzmán

October 31, 1765 – Death of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II of Great Britain, at Upper Grosvenor Street in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

October 31, 1786 – Death of Princess Amelia Sophia, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, at Cavendish Square in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Amelia Sophia of Great Britain

October 31, 1838 – Birth of King Luís I of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Luis I of Portugal

October 31, 1851 – Birth of Princess Lovisa of Sweden, wife of King Frederik VIII of Denmark, at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Lovisa of Sweden

October 31, 1916 – Birth of Carl Johan of Sweden, Count of Wisborg
The youngest surviving child of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and Margaret of Connaught, Carl Johan was the last of Queen Victoria’s great-grandchildren at the time of his death in 2012.
Wikipedia: Carl Johan of Sweden, Count of Wisborg

October 31, 1922 – Birth of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wikipedia: Norodom Sihanouk

October 31, 1934 – Birth of Princess Margaretha of Sweden
Margaretha is the elder sister of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden.
Wikipedia: Margaretha of Sweden

October 31, 1950 – Birth of Princess Nora of Liechtenstein, daughter of Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein
Full name: Norberta Elisabeth Maria Assunta Josefine Georgine et omnes sancti
Wikipedia: Princess Nora of Liechtenstein

October 31, 1955 – Princess Margaret announces she won’t marry Peter Townsend
BBC: On This Day: 1955: Princess Margaret cancels wedding
Wikipedia: Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom

October 31, 1960 – Birth of Reza Pahlavi, the son and heir of the last Shah of Iran, in Tehran, Iran
Wikipedia: Reza Pahlavi

October 31, 2005 – Birth of Infanta Leonor, Princess of Asturias, daughter of King Felipe VI of Spain, at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, Spain
Full name: Leonor de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz
Wikipedia: Infanta Leonor of Spain

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Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Autumn Phillips

Autumn Phillips is the wife of Peter Phillips, son of The Princess Royal, and eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. She was born Autumn Patricia Kelly in Montreal, Quebec, on May 3, 1978, to Brian Kelly and Katherine “Kitty” McCarthy. She has a twin brother, Christopher, an elder brother, Kevin, and two younger half-siblings, Jessica and Patrick.

Raised in the suburbs of Montreal, she attended a Roman Catholic primary school, and then St Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire. She then attended McGill University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in East Asian studies. Following university, she began working as a management consultant.

In 2003, she met her future husband at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Soon after, she reloacted to the UK, working for an American computer firm in England. She and Peter lived together at his apartment in Kensington, and a cotttage on his mother’s Gatcombe Park estate. Autumn later worked as a personal assistant to Sir Michael Parkinson.

The couple’s engagement was announced in July 2007. Autumn converted from Roman Catholicism to The Church of England, thereby avoiding her husband losing his place in the line of succession to the British throne. The wedding took place on May 17, 2008 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with a reception held at Frogmore House. The couple lived in Hong Kong for several years, but returned to England in 2010, just before the birth of their first child.

Autumn and Peter have two daughters, both born at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. They are the eldest great-grandchildren of The Queen.

Savannah Ann Kathleen Phillips (2010)
Isla Elizabeth Phillips (2012)

photo: Getty Images

photo: Getty Images

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October 30: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Queen of Württemberg, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 30, 1485 – Coronation of King Henry VII of England
Henry’s wife Elizabeth of York was crowned on November 24, 1487.
Wikipedia: Henry VII of England

October 30, 1611 – Death of King Charles IX of Sweden at Nyköping Castle in Sweden; buried at Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden
Wikipedia: Charles IX of Sweden

October 30, 1668 – Birth of Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, wife of King Frederick I of Prussia, at Schloss Iburg in Osnabrück, Hanover (Germany)
Wikipedia: Sophia Charlotte of Hanover

October 30, 1724 – Death of Marie of Lorraine, wife of Prince Antonio I of Monaco, at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco; buried at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Marie of Lorraine, Princess of Monaco

October 30, 1816 – Death of King Frederick I of Württemberg; buried at the Palace Chapel in Ludwigsburg Palace in Stuttgart (Germany)
Wikipedia: Frederick I of Württemberg

October 30, 1889 – Wedding of Albert I, Prince of Monaco and Alice Heine in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Albert I, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Alice Heine

October 30, 1892 – Death of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, wife of King Charles I of Württemberg, at Friedrichshafen, Württemberg; buried at the Old Castle in Stuttgart (Germany)
Wikipedia: Olga Nikolaevna of Russia