Royal News: Tuesday 9 February 2016

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February 9: Today in Royal History

Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, fourth wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 9, 1671 – Birth of Catherine Stuart, daughter of King James II of England, at Whitehall Palace in London, England
Catherine was the fourth daughter and eighth child of James II and his first wife Anne Hyde.  Catherine’s mother died of breast cancer when the infant was only 7 weeks old.  Little Catherine died at 10 months at St. James’ Palace and was buried in Westminster Abbey without ceremony.
Hull Royal Genealogy Database: Catherine Stuart

February 9, 1763 – Birth of Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Germany
Wikipedia: Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden

February 9, 1873 – Death of Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, fourth wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Caroline Augusta of Bavaria

February 9, 1977 – Death of Alia Baha ad-Din Touqan, third wife of King Hussein of Jordan, in a helicopter crash in Amman, Jordan
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Alia al-Hussein

February 9, 1986 – Birth of Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan
Wikipedia: Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan

February 9, 2002 – Death of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom, daughter of King George VI of the United Kingdom, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, at King Edward VII Hospital in London, England; cremated, ashes buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom

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Princess Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria

source: Wikipedia

Princess Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria

Princess Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz (Eleonore Caroline Gasparine Louise) was the second wife of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. She was born on August 22, 1860 in Trebschen, a village in the Province of Brandenburg (now part of Poland), to Prince Henrich IV Reuss of Köstritz and Priness Luise Caroline Reuss of Greiz.

From an early age, Eleonore was involved in helping others. In 1905, she traveled to the Far East to work as a nurse during the Russo-Japanese War. Two years later, following a bit of match-making by Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Eleonore became engaged to Ferdinand of Bulgaria in December 1907.

source: Wikipedia

Following extensive negotiations, due primarily to their different religious, Eleonore and Ferdinand were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. Augustine’s Church in Coburg on February 28, 1908. The following day, a Protestant ceremony was held at Schloss Osterstein in Gera. At the time, Ferdinand was the reigning Prince (Knyaz) and Eleonore become Princess of Bulgaria. Later that year, Eleonore would become the first Tsaritsa of Bulgaria after Ferdinand declared the country a kingdom.

With very little attention or affection from her husband, Eleonore focused on raising her stepchildren and becoming involved in the welfare of the Bulgarian people. She quickly became involved with the Bulgarian Red Cross, and later set up the Queen Eleonore Fund in 1910 to raise funds to build institutes for children who were blind and deaf. She also founded an orphanage for Jewish children, which still exists today as The Queen Eleonore Orphanage.

Eleonore also took a great interest in the medieval Boyana Church, on the outskirts of Sofia. The small church dating as far back as the 10th century was too small to accommodate the needs of the village and it was planned to tear it down and build a new church. However, Eleonore dreaded the loss of such a historic building, and purchased a plot of land for a new church, allowing the original building to remain and restored.

Eleonore as a nurse with the Red Cross during the Balkan Wars. source: Wikipedia

During the Balkan Wars and World War I, Eleonore worked tirelessly as a nurse on the front lines. Sadly, after a serious illness, the Tsaritsa died on September 12, 1917 at Euxinograd Palace. Per her wishes, she was buried in a very modest grave next to the medieval Boyana church which she had helped save.

grave of Tsaritsa Eleonore. source: Wikipedia, photo by Elena Chochkova

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February 8: Today in Royal History

Tomb of Peter the Great of Russia at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia; Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer, August of 2011

February 8, 1291 – Birth of King Afonso IV of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Afonso IV of Portugal

February 8, 1587 – Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringay Castle; buried first at Peterborough Cathedral, moved to Westminster Abbey by her son King James I of England
Wikipedia: Mary, Queen of Scots

February 8, 1687 – Death of Mary, daughter of Queen Anne of the United Kingdom
Mary was one of the five of Queen Anne’s 18 children who were born alive and one of the three who lived longer than a day.  At the age of 21 months she died of smallpox.  Her sister Anne Sophia, aged nine months, died of smallpox six days earlier.  Both children were buried at Westminster Abbey.
Hull Royal Genealogy Database: Mary Oldenburg

February 8, 1696 – Death of Tsar Ivan V of Russia in Moscow; buried at the Cathedral of the Archangel in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Ivan V of Russia

February 8, 1725 – Death of Peter I “the Great”, Tsar of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia; buried at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Peter the Great

February 8, 1772 – Death of Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales and mother of King George III of Great Britain at Carlton House in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales

February 8, 1792 – Birth of Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, fourth wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria, at Mannheim, Germany
Wikipedia: Caroline Augusta of Bavaria

February 8, 1952 – Death of Hilda of Luxembourg, wife of Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden, at Badenweiler, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Wikipedia: Hilda of Luxembourg

February 8, 1952 – Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom proclaimed Queen
BBC: On This Day – 1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: February 7 – February 13

Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan; Photo Credit – newshopper.sulekha.com

30th birthday of Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife Queen Noor; born in Amman, Jordan on February 9, 1986
Wikipedia: Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan

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Princess Astrid of Norway; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

84th birthday of Princess Astrid of Norway, daughter of King Olav V of Norway and sister of King Harald V of Norway; born at Villa Solbakken in Oslo, Norway on February 12, 1932
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Astrid of Norway

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Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan; Photo Credit – www.smh.com.au

60th birthday of Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his first wife Princess Dina Al Hussein; born in Jordan on February 13, 1956
Wikipedia: Princess Alia bint Al Hussein

February 7: Today in Royal History

Empress Matilda (Maud); Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 7, 1102 – Birth of Matilda of England (Maud), daughter of King Henry I of England, mother of King Henry II of England, probably in Winchester, England
Wikipedia: Empress Matilda

February 7, 1301 – Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) becomes the first English Prince of Wales
Wikipedia: King Edward II of England

February 7, 1542 – Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII of England’s fifth wife, is condemned to death
Wikipedia: Catherine Howard

February 7, 1596 – Death of George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, in Kassel, Germany
Wikipedia: George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

February 7, 1613 – Mikhail Romanov becomes the first Romanov Tsar in Russia
Wikipedia: Michael I of Russia

February 7, 1693 – Birth of Empress Anna of Russia in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Empress Anna of Russia

February 7, 1837 – Death of King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden in St. Gallen, Switzerland; buried in Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden

February 7, 1901 – Wedding of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin at The Hague, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hendrik

February 7, 1999 – Death of King Hussein of Jordan in Amman, Jordan; buried at the Royal Cemetery at Raghadan Palace in Amman, Jordan
Unofficial Royalty: King Hussein of Jordan

Breaking News: Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan gives birth to a son

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema in January 2016; Photo Credit – https://www.facebook.com/KingJigmeKhesar/?fref=ts

His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan announced on his Facebook page that his wife Queen Jetsun Pema gave birth to their first child, a son, on February 5, 2016.  The Facebook post read: “Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016. Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema, was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. His Majesty was at Her Majesty’s side during the time of the delivery. Following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness are both in perfect health.”

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