Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: May 24-May 30

20th birthday of Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest son Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein; born in Portland Hospital in London, England on May 24, 1995
Full name: Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria
Joseph Wenzel is third in line as Jacobite pretender to the British crown after his grandfather and mother.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn, Photo Credit – www.kongehuset.no

13th wedding anniversary of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn; married at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Ari Behn

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Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier, Photo Credit: www.zimbio.com

7th wedding anniversary of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier; married at Møgeltønder Church near Schackenborg Manor in Denmark on May 24, 2008
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joachim of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie of Denmark

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

49th birthday of Laurentien Brinkhorst, wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands; born in Leiden, The Netherlands on May 25, 1966
Full name: Petra Laurentien
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Photo Credit – http://www.zimbio.com

47th birthday of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; born in Copenhagen on May 26, 1968
Full name: Frederik André Henrik Christian
Unofficial Royalty: Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

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Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau and Marilène van den Broek, Photo Credit – www.vogue.co.uk

17th wedding anniversary of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and Marilène van den Broek; married in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on May 29, 1998
Wikipedia: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
Wikipedia: Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau

May 24: Today in Royal History

Queen Victoria with her mother; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 24, 1141 – Birth of King Malcolm IV of Scotland
Wikipedia Malcolm IV of Scotland

May 24, 1153 – Death of King David I of Scotland at Carlisle, Cumbria; buried at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: David I of Scotland

May 24, 1819 – Birth of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom at Kensington Palace in London, England
Full name: Alexandrina Victoria
Unofficial Royalty: Victoria of the United Kingdom

May 24, 1874 – Birth of Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais in Darmstadt, Germany
Full name: Marie Viktoria Feodore Leopoldine
Known as May, she was the daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.  She died of diphtheria at age four.  Her mother succumbed to the same disease a couple of weeks later.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

May 24, 1904 – Birth of Princess Elisabeth of Greece, at Tatoi, Greece
Princess Elisabeth was the second of three daughters of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
Wikipedia: Princess Elisabeth of Greece

May 24, 1913 – Wedding of Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia
Viktoria Luise was the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor. She and Ernst Augustus are the grandparents of Constantine II of Greece and Sofia, queen consort of Spain.
Wikipedia: Ernst Augustus of Hanover
Wikipedia: Viktoria Luise of Prussia

May 24, 1935 – Wedding of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden at Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Frederik IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Frederik IX of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Ingrid of Sweden

May 24, 1941 – Death of Princess Sophie of Luxembourg in Munich; buried at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Dresden.
Sophie was the youngest sister of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg. She married Ernst Heinrich of Saxony and had three sons.
Wikipedia: Sophie of Luxembourg

May 24, 1995 – Birth of Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest son of Hereditary Prince Alois, in London, England
Full name: Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

May 24, 2002 – Wedding of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Ari Behn

May 24, 2008 – Wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier at Møgeltønder Church near Schackenborg Castle in Møgeltønder, Southern Jutland, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joachim of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Cavallier

Royal News: Saturday 23 May 2015

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May 23: Today in Royal History

Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of King William II of Württemberg; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 23, 1052 – Birth of King Philip I (the Amorous) of France in Champagne-et-Fontaine, France
Wikipedia: Philip I of France

May 23, 1482 – Death of Mary of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, at Greenwich Palace in London, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Mary of York

May 23, 1857 – Birth of Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg, in Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont (Germany)
Wikipedia: Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont

May 23, 1947 – Death of Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, husband of Mary, Princess Royal, at Harewood House in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; buried at Harewood House
Unofficial Royalty: Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood

May 23, 1923 – Birth of Palden Thondup Namgyal, 12th Chogyal of Sikkim
Palden was the last king of Sikkim, a Himalayan country that is now part of India. His second wife was Hope Cooke, an American socialite.
Wikipedia: Palden Thondup Namgyal, 12th Chogyal of Sikkim

May 23, 2010 – Death of Princess Leonida Bagration-Moukhransky, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirilovich, pretender to the Russian throne, in Madrid, Spain; buried at the Grand Ducal Burial Vault at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Princess Leonida Bagration-Moukhransky
YouTube: Funeral of Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess of Russia

Royal News: Friday 22 May 2015

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Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

source: Wikipedia

Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Prince Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Alfred Alexander William Ernest Albert), was the eldest child and only son of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha – second son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom – and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia – only daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Known within the family as ‘Young Affie’, he was born on October 15, 1874 at Buckingham Palace. At the time of his birth, he was styled HRH Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, as his father had not yet become Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

His christening was held November 27, 1874 in the Lower Bow Room at Buckingham Palace, with the following godparents:

Affie with his mother and sisters. source: Wikipedia

As it was expected he would one day inherit the ducal throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, young Affie was raised primarily in Germany. Separated from his family, he received a strict German education, and later served as a Lieutenant in the Prussian 1st Foot Guards in Potsdam. But, unlike many of his relatives, he did not enjoy the military life at all. It is believed that during this time he first contracted syphilis, which would later be a likely factor in his death.

In August 1893, his father succeeded to the ducal throne of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and young Alfred became the Hereditary Prince. Less than two years later, it was announced that Alfred was engaged to Duchess Elsa of Württemberg, but this marriage never took place.

In January 1899, he was noticeably absent from the celebrations for his parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. The details surrounding his death were never formally given, and vary from source to source. Some say he was suffering from a breakdown, others a tumor, others consumption. More than likely, he was suffering serious effects of the syphilis he had contracted some years earlier. It iis generally accepted that Prince Alfred shot himself while the rest of the family was gathered for the anniversary celebrations. Having survived the gunshot, he was cared for at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha for several days, before being moved – against the doctors’ recommendation – to the Martinnsbrunn Sanatorium in Gratsch, near Meran, Austria (now Merano, Italy). This was apparently done at the direction of his mother who was both angry and embarrassed that this all happened while the whole family was gathered together.

Prince Alfred died at the sanatorium on February 6, 1899. He was just 24 years old. His remains were returned to Coburg, and buried in the Ducal Mausoleum at the Glockenburg Cemetery.

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May 22: Today in Royal History

Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 22, 1127 – Wedding of Empress Maud, daughter of King Henry I of England, and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, at  Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans in France
Maud and Geoffrey were the parents of King Henry II of England.
Wikipedia: Empress Maud
Wikipedia: Geoffrey V of Anjou

May 22, 1409 – Death of Blanche of England, daughter of King Henry IV of England, in Haguenau (now in France) buried at the Church of St Mary, Neustadt, Alsace (now in Germany)
Wikipedia: Blanche of England

May 22, 1455 – King Henry VI of England is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the First Battle of St. Albans
Wikipedia: First Battle of St. Albans

May 22, 1667 – Death of Charles, Duke of Kendal, son of King James II of England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Charles was the third son and fifth child of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde.  He died at St. James’ Palace at age ten months.
Wikipedia: Charles, Duke of Kendal

May 22, 1770 – Birth of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Elizabeth was the third daughter and seventh child of George III and his wife Charlotte.  She married late in life at age 48 to Hereditary Prince Friedrich of Hesse-Homburg.  Her husband succeeded his father as Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg in 1820.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom

May 22, 1782 – Death of Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Hanover (Germany)
Friederike died in childbirth along with her 10th child.
Wikipedia: Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt

May 22, 1815 – Wedding of King Christian VIII of Denmark (second marriage) and Caroline Amelia of Schleswig-Holstein
Wikipedia: Christian VIII of Denmark
Wikipedia: Caroline Amelia of Schleswig-Holstein

May 22, 1823 – Wedding of King Oscar I of Sweden and Joséphine of Leuchtenberg at Leuchtenberg Palace in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: King Oscar I of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Joséphine of Leuchtenberg

May 22, 2004 – Wedding of King Felipe VI of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain
BBC: Wedding bells for Spain’s royals
Unofficial Royalty: King Felipe VI of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen of Spain

Royal News: Thursday 21 May 2015

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May 21: Today in Royal History

Traditional site of King Henry VI of England’s murder in the Tower of London; Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer, August 2005

May 21, 1471 – Murder of King Henry VI in the Tower of London; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Henry VI of England

May 21, 1481 – Death of King Christian I of Denmark at Copenhagen Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christian I of Denmark

May 21, 1527 – Birth of King Philip II of Spain in Valladolid, Spain
Wikipedia: Philip II of Spain

May 21, 1662 – Wedding of King Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza at St Thomas à Becket Church in Portsmouth, England
Wikipedia: Charles II of England
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine of Braganza

May 21, 1801 – Birth of Sophie of Sweden, wife of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Sophie of Sweden

May 21, 1806 – Death of Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, first wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily

May 21, 1864 – Birth of Stéphanie of Belgium, wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, at the Royal Palace of Laeken in Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Stéphanie of Belgium

May 21, 1889 – Birth of Prince Leopold of Battenberg, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle
Full name: Leopold Arthur Louis
Leopold was the son of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom and Prince Henry of Battenberg.  His mother was a hemophilia carrier and he inherited the disease from her.  Leopold never married and died following emergency surgery.
Unofficial Royalty: Lord Leopold Mountbatten

May 21, 1924 – Birth of Princess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte
Full name: Marie-Adélaïde Louise Thérèse Wilhelmine
Wikipedia: Princess Marie Adelaide of Luxembourg

May 21, 2013 – Death of Count Christian of Rosenborg
Full name: Christian Frederik Franz Knud Harald Carl Oluf Gustav Georg Erik
Christian was born Prince Christian of Denmark, younger son of Hereditary Prince Knud. He lost his royal title and style upon marriage to a commoner in 1971.
Unofficial Royalty: Count Christian of Rosenborg

Royal News: Wednesday 20 May 2015

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