Royal News: Friday 28 November 2014

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Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson

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Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson

Princess Christina Louise Helena of Sweden was born at Haga Palace on August 3, 1943. She is the youngest of four daughters – known as The Haga Princesses – of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Her younger brother is King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Christina is the only one of her siblings who pursued higher education. Following her early education privately at home, she attended the École Française, in Stockholm, graduating in 1963. She then attended Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, and Stockholm University.

Princess Christina married Tord Magnuson on June 15, 1974 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Like her sisters Margaretha and Désirée, she lost her royal style and title, becoming Her Excellency Princess Christina, Mrs Magnuson. (The style of ‘Her Excellency’ comes from having been created a Knight of the Danish Order of the Elephant in 1973). The couple have three sons:

  • Gustaf Magnuson (1975)
  • Oscar Magnuson (1977)
  • Victor Magnuson (1980)

In the early years of her brother’s reign (before his marriage to Queen Silvia), Christina often served as ‘first lady’ as she was the only one of the Swedish princesses living in Sweden. She is one of the godparents of her niece, Princess Madeleine.

Princess Christina has remained the most visible of the King’s sisters, typically attending the Nobel Prize ceremonies each year, and occasionally undertaking official engagements. She served as Chairperson of the Swedish Red Cross from 1993-2002.

In late 2010, Princess Christina revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year, and had undergone several operations along with radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

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November 28: Today in Royal History

Lilian Baels, Princess de Réthy, second wife of King Leopold III of the Belgians; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 28, 1170 – Death of Owain Gwynedd, Prince of Gwynedd, probably in Gwynedd, Wales; buried at Bangor Cathedral (Wales)
Wikipedia: Owain Gwynedd

November 28, 1290 – Death of Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I of England, at Harby, Nottinghamshire, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Eleanor of Castile

November 28, 1489 – Birth of Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, at the Palace of Westminster in London
Wikipedia: Margaret Tudor

November 28, 1700 – Birth of Sophia Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, wife of King Christian VI of Denmark and Norway, at Castle Schonberg in Germany
Wikipedia: Sophia Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach

November 28, 1706 – Wedding of Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, daughter of King George I of Great Britain, and King Frederick William I of Prussia in Berlin, Prussia
Wikipedia: Frederick William I of Prussia
Unofficial Royalty: Sophia Dorothea of Hanover

November 28, 1811 – Birth of King Maximilian II of Bavaria in Munich, Bavaria (Germany)
Wikipedia: Maximilian II of Bavaria

November 28, 1857 – Birth of King Alfonso XII of Spain in Madrid, Spain
Wikipedia: Alfonso XII of Spain

November 28, 1916 – Birth of Mary Lilian Baels, second wife of King Leopold III of the Belgians, in London, United Kingdom
Full name: Mary Lilian Henriette Lucie Josephine Ghislaine
Wikipedia: Lilian Baels

November 28, 1935 – Birth of Prince Hitachi of Japan, son of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, at the Tokyo Imperial Palace
Wikipedia: Prince Hitachi

November 28, 1952 – Death of Elena of Montenegro, wife of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, at Montpellier, France; buried at Saint-Lazare Cemetery in Montpellier, France
Wikipedia: Elena of Montenegro

November 28, 1962 – Death of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands at Het Loo near Apeldoorn, The Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk, in Delft, The Netherlands
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

November 28, 1982 – Death of Helen of Greece, wife of King Carol II of Romania, at Lausanne, Switzerland; buried at the Greek Orthodox Church in Lausanne, Switzerland
Wikipedia: Helen of Greece

Royal News: Thursday 27 November 2014

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess of Hohenzollern

Princess Birgitta Ingeborg Alice of Sweden was born January 19, 1937, the second daughter of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She is one of the elder sisters of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Like her sisters, she was educated privately at Haga Palace, where her family lived until moving to the Royal Palace in 1950.

After supposedly having turned down a marriage proposal from the Shah of Iran (citing religious differences as the reason), Princess Birgitta met her future husband, Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern, at a cocktail party in Germany in 1959. Their engagement was announced in December 1960.

The couple were married in a civil ceremony in Stockholm on May 25, 1961. A religious ceremony followed on May 30, at the parish church of St John The Evangelist at Sigmaringen Castle. Princess Birgitta converted to Catholicism at the time of her marriage. Because she married a man of princely status, Birgitta retained her royal style and title as Princess of Sweden, and is the only one of her sisters to remain an official member of the Swedish Royal House. Princess Birgitta and Prince Johann Georg have three children:

The couple separated in 1990, but remain married. Prince Johann Georg lives in Munich, while Princess Birgitta lives on the island of Majorca, in Spain. They are occasionally seen together at family functions, such as the 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria.  Princess Birgitta is one of the godparents of her nephew, Prince Carl Philip.

An avid golfer, Birgitta is Honorary Board Member of the Royal Swedish Golf Society, and since 1991, has hosted her own golf tournament, The Princess Birgitta Trophy, at the Santa Ponsa Golf Club on Majorca.

 

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November 27: Today in Royal History

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 27, 1635 – Birth of Françoise d’Aubigné, morganatic second wife of King Louis XIV of France, in Niort, France
Wikipedia: Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon

November 27, 1640 – Birth of Barbara Villiers (later Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland), mistress of King Charles II of England, in the parish of St. Margaret’s, Westminster, London
Among King Charles II’s and Barbara’s descendants are Diana, Princess of Wales; Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister from 1955-1957; and Serena Stanhope, wife of Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley.
Wikipedia: Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland

November 27, 1833 – Birth of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge in Hanover, Germany
Full name: Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth
Mary Adelaide was the mother of Queen Mary, wife of King George V of the United Kingdom and the first cousin of Queen Victoria.
Wikipedia: Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge

Royal News: Wednesday 26 November 2014

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Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler

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Princess Margaretha, Mrs Ambler

Princess Margaretha, Mrs Ambler is the eldest sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She was born Princess Margaretha Désirée Victoria of Sweden on October 31, 1934, at Haga Palace, the eldest child of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In addition to her younger brother, she has three younger sisters – Princess Birgitta, Princess Désirée and Princess Christina. Through both of her parents, she is a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

Princess Margaretha was educated privately at Haga Palace, where she lived with her mother and siblings. Her father had died in a plane crash in Denmark in 1947. She later attended Märthaskolan (Martha School), a dressmaking school in Stockholm. In 1950, her great-grandfather, King Gustaf V, died and her grandfather became King Gustaf VI Adolf. The family moved from Haga Palace to the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

For many years, Margaretha and her three sisters, known as “The Haga Princesses”, were very prominent in Swedish society. All quite beautiful and sought after, they were often seen in photos at various events. Following a romance with Robert Douglas-Home, a Scottish diplomat (and later paramour of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom), Princess Margaretha met British businessman John Ambler at a dinner party in England. Their engagement was announced in February 1964.

On June 30, 1964, Princess Margaretha and John Ambler were married at the Gärdslösa Church, on the island of Öland. Upon marriage, she lost her royal style, and was styled Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler. The couple settled in England, and had three children:

  • Sibylla, Baroness von Dincklage (1965)
  • Charles Ambler (1966)
  • James Ambler (1967)

They later separated, in the mid-1990s, but never divorced. Mr. Ambler passed away on May 31, 2008.

Princess Margaretha, who just recently celebrated her 80th birthday, does not take part in any official functions in Sweden, but is typically seen at family events such as the recent weddings of her two nieces. She lives a rather quiet life in England, and for many years opened the Swedish Church Christmas Bazaar in London.

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November 26: Today in Royal History

Princess Dagmar of Denmark, wife of Tsar Alexander III of Russia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 26, 1252 – Death of Blanche of Castile, wife of King Louis VIII of France, in Paris, France; buried at Maubuisson Abbey in Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône near Paris, France
Blanche was a granddaughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Wikipedia: Blanche of Castile

November 26, 1504 – Death of Queen Isabella I of Castile, wife of King Ferdinand of Aragon, mother of Catherine of Aragon, at Medina del Campo, Spain; buried at the Capilla Real in Granada
Wikipedia: Isabella of Castile

November 26, 1847 – Birth of Princess Dagmar of Denmark, wife of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, mother of Tsar Nicholas II, at the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar
Wikipedia: Dagmar of Denmark

November 26, 1869 – Birth of Princess Maud, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, wife of King Haakon VII of Norway, at Marlborough House, London
Full name: Maud Charlotte Mary
Wikipedia: Maud of Wales

November 26, 1894 – Wedding of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Alix of Hesse and by Rhine in the Grand Church of the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg
Wikipedia: Nicholas II
Wikipedia: Alix of Hesse

November 26, 1992 – Birth of Louis Ducruet, son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Wikipedia: Louis Ducruet

November 26, 1992 – British government announces that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income
Official Website of the British Monarchy: Taxation

Royal News: Tuesday 25 November 2014

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