April 27: Today in Royal History

Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel, wife of King Christian V of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 27, 1404 – Death of Philip II (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy
Wikipedia: Philip II (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy

April 27, 1650 – Birth of Princess Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel, wife of King Christian V of Denmark, in Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Wikipedia: Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel

April 27, 1806 – Birth of Princess Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, fourth wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, in Le Havre, France
Wikipedia: Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies

April 27, 1848 – Birth of King Otto I of Bavaria at The Residence in Munich, Bavaria (Germany)
Wikipedia: Otto I of Bavaria

April 27, 1882 – Wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria, and Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Leopold and Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont

April 27, 1931 – Death of Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, grandson of Queen Victoria, in Primkenau, Germany (now in Poland)
Prince Albert was the son of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. He never married, but succeeded his childless first cousin, Ernst Günther, as titular Duke of Schleswig-Holstein.  Shortly before his death, he acknowledged an illegitimate daughter.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein

April 27, 1967 – Birth of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Full name: Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Royal News: Sunday 26 April 2015

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29th birthday of Prince Philippos of Greece, son of King Constantine II; born in London, England on April 26, 1986
Official Website of the Greek Royal Family

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

48th birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands; born in the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands on April 27, 1967
Full name: Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Sirikit Kitiyakara, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

65th wedding anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Sirikit Kitiyakara; married at Srapathum Palace, Bangkok on April 28, 1950
Unofficial Royalty: King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Unofficial Royalty: Sirikit Kitiyakara
Unofficial Royalty Wedding of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Sirikit Kitiyakara

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Lady Helen Taylor, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

51st birthday of Lady Helen Windsor, daughter of the HRH The Duke of Kent; born at Coppins, a country house in Iver, Buckinghamshire on April 28, 1964
Full name: Helen Marina Lucy
Wikipedia: Lady Helen Taylor

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

71st birthday of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, daughter of King Frederik IX, sister of Queen Margrethe II; born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 29, 1944
Full name: Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Benedikte

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Maud Angelica Behn with her mother, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

12th birthday of Maud Angelica Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway; born at the Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway on April 29, 2003
Unofficial Royalty: Maud Angelica Behn (scroll down)

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8th birthday of Infanta Sofia of Spain, daughter of King Felipe VI of Spain; born at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid on April 29, 2007
Full name: Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Sofia of Spain

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Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

4th wedding anniversary of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton; married at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Unofficial Royalty: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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Pieter van Vollenhoven, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

76th birthday of Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands; born in Schiedam, the Netherlands on April 30, 1939
Wikipedia: Pieter van Vollenhoven

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King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

69th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden; born at Haga Palace, Sweden on April 30, 1946
Full name: Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus
Unofficial Royalty: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

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Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg with his wife, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

52nd birthday of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Jean; born at Betzdorf Castle on May 1, 1963
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg

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Lady Sarah Chatto, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

51st birthday of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret; born at Kensington Palace in London on May 1, 1964
Full name: Sarah Frances Elizabeth
Unofficial Royalty: Lady Sarah Chatto

The Honorable Sir Alexander Ramsay

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

The Honorable Alexander Ramsay (Alexander Robert Maule), husband of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Patricia of Connaught, was born in London, England on May 29, 1881. He was the third of the five sons of John William Maule Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie and his wife Lady Ida Bennet, daughter of Charles Bennet, 6th Earl of Tankerville.

Ramsay had a long career in the Royal Navy. He began his career in 1894 as a cadet on the cadet training ship HMS Britannia.  After serving on several ships, Ramsay became the naval aide-de-camp to the Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught in his early years (1911-1913) as Governor General of Canada. In 1913, Ramsay served as the gunnery officer on the battle cruiser Indefatigable in the Mediterranean.

During World War I, Ramsay took part in several important naval operations including the bombardment of the Dardanelles forts and naval operations at Gallipoli. He attained the rank of Commander in 1914 and became Flag Commander of the Second Squadron in 1916. From 1919-1922, Ramsay was the naval attaché in Paris, France. In 1928, Ramsay assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMS Furious in the Atlantic Fleet. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1933 and commanded the aircraft carriers in the Atlantic Fleet for the next five years.

Ramsay served as Commander in Chief of the East Indies Station from 1936 to 1938. Thereafter, he became Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Services, posts he held until the outbreak of World War II. He was promoted to Admiral in 1939 and retired from the Royal Navy in 1942.

While serving as naval aide-de-camp to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught in his early years as Governor General of Canada, Ramsay became acquainted with his youngest child, Princess Patricia of Connaught. The couple became engaged at the fishing lodge of J. K. L. Ross, a Canadian businessman, sportsman, thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder, and philanthropist, on St. Anns Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The wedding was held at Westminster Abbey on February 27, 1919. This was the first major royal event after World War I and the first royal wedding at Westminster Abbey since the 1382 wedding of King Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. The bridal party consisted of eight bridesmaids and two train-bearers:

Photo Credit – Bain News Service – Library of Congress

You Tube: Wedding Of Princess Patricia To Sir A. Ramsay, 1919

Upon her marriage Princess Patricia, voluntarily relinquished the style of Royal Highness and the title of Princess of Great Britain and Ireland and assumed the style of Lady Patricia Ramsay. However, Lady Patricia remained a member of the British Royal Family, remained in the line of succession, and attended all major royal events including weddings, funerals, and the coronations, along with her husband.

The couple had one child:

Lady Patricia and her son; Photo Credit – Wikipedia, Bain News Service – Library of Congress

At the age of 91, Alexander Ramsay died at his home Ribsden Holt in Windlesham, Surrey, England on October 8, 1972 and was buried in the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore, Windsor.

The Honorable Sir Alexander Ramsay in his later years; Photo Credit – www.findagrave.com

Fourteen months later, on January 12, 1974, Lady Patricia died at Ribsden Holt at the age of 87 and was buried alongside her husband.

Lady Patricia’s grave is 2nd from the left and her husband’s is on the left; Photo Credit – www.findagrave.com

Wikipedia: Alexander Ramsay

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April 26: Today in Royal History

Marie de’ Medici, second wife of King Henri IV of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 26, 1575 – Birth of Marie de’ Medici, second wife of King Henri IV of France, at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Wikipedia: Marie de’ Medici

April 26, 1648 – Birth of King Pedro II of Portugal at Ribeira Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro II of Portugal

April 26, 1721 – Birth of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II of Great Britain, at Leicester House in London, England
Wikipedia: Prince William Augustus

April 26, 1782 – Birth of Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies, wife of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Caserta Palace in Caserta, Naples, Italy
Wikipedia: Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies

April 26, 1898 – Wedding of King Christian X of Denmark and Princess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Cannes, France
Unofficial Royalty: Christian X of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 26, 1923 – Wedding of King George VI of the United Kingdom and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Unofficial Royalty: King George VI of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

April 26, 1986 – Birth of Prince Philippos of Greece, son of King Constantine II of Greece, in London, England
Wikipedia: Children of King Constantine II of Greece

Royal News: Saturday 25 April 2015

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April 25: Today in Royal History

Princess Mary, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 25, 1214 – Birth of King Louis IX of France in Poissy, France
Wikipedia: Louis IX of France

April 25, 1284 – Birth of King Edward II of England at Caernarvon Castle in Wales
Edward was the first English Prince of Wales.
Wikipedia: Edward II of England

April 25, 1775 – Birth of Charlotte of Spain, wife of King João VI of Portugal, at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Spain
Wikipedia: Charlotte of Spain

April 25, 1776 – Birth of Princess Mary, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Mary was the fourth daughter and eleventh child of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  She was 40 when she married her first cousin, William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester who was three months older.  Their marriage was childless but was extremely happy and William Frederick died after 18 years of marriage.  Mary was a great favorite with all the members of the royal family particularly with her niece Queen Victoria.  She was renowned for her charm and kindness.  In 1857, Mary died at age 81, the last survivor of her parents’ 15 children and was buried in the Gloucester vault at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Mary

April 25, 1843 – Birth of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Alice Maud Mary
Alice was the mother of the last Romanov empress, Alexandra Feodorovna and is also the great grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alice of the United Kingdom

April 25, 1867 – Wedding of Philippe, Count of Flanders and Marie Luise of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Unofficial Royalty: Philippe, Count of Flanders
Wikipedia: Marie Luise of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

April 25, 1897 – Birth of Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King George V of the United Kingdom, at Marlborough House in London, England
Full name: Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Mary, Princess Royal

April 25, 1941 – Birth of Antoinette Avril Gardiner, second wife of King Hussein of Jordan and mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England
Name after marriage: Princess Muna al-Hussein
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Muna al-Hussein

Royal News: Friday 24 April 2015

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April 24: Today in Royal History

William I of Orange-Nassau (the Silent), Prince of Orange; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 24, 1533 – Birth of William I of Orange-Nassau (the Silent), Prince of Orange, at the Castle of Dillenburg in the Holy Roman Empire, now Nassau, Germany
Wikipedia: William I, Prince of Orange

April 24, 1558 – Wedding of Mary, Queen of Scots (first wedding) and King Francis II of France, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Mary, Queen of Scots
Wikipedia: Francis II of France

April 24, 1583 – Wedding of William the Silent, Prince of Orange and Louise de Coligny
Wikipedia: William the Silent, Prince of Orange
Wikipedia: Louise de Coligny

April 24, 1678 – Death of Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

April 24, 1852 – Death of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Baden (Germany)
Wikipedia: Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden

April 24, 1865 – Death of Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
Wikipedia: Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia

April 24, 1963 – Wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and The Honorable Angus Ogilvy, son of the 12th Earl of Airlie, at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Kent
Wikipedia: Angus Ogilvy

April 24, 1983 – Birth of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan
Wikipedia: Princess Iman

April 24, 1986 – Death of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor at Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

April 24, 2004 – Wedding of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau and Mabel Wisse Smit  in Delft, the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Friso
Unofficial Royalty: Mabel Wisse Smit

Prince Arthur of Connaught

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Arthur of Connaught was the only son and the second of the three children of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. He was born at Windsor Castle on January 13, 1883, and was christened Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert on February 16, 1883 at the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle. His godparents were:

NPG x128290; Prince Arthur of Connaught by Alexander Bassano

Prince Arthur of Connaught by Alexander Bassano, albumen cabinet card, 1885, NPG x128290 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Arthur had two sisters:

Prince Arthur with his parents and his sisters, 1893; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Arthur began his education at home with governesses and tutors. He was the first British prince to attend Eton College. After finishing Eton College, Arthur received his military education at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars on May 8, 1901. Like his father, Arthur had a military career. He was on active duty during the Second Boer War. During World War I, Prince Arthur served as aide-de-camp to General Sir John French and General Sir Douglas Haig.

He held the following ranks in the British Army:

  • Lieutenant, 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars (1903)
  • Captain, 2nd Dragoons (The Royal Scots Greys) (1907)
  • Brevet Major (1913)
  • Major, 2nd Dragoons (The Royal Scots Greys) (1915)
  • Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel (1919)
  • Retired from active service (December 31, 1919)
  • Honorary Major-General (1920)

When his first cousin King George V succeeded to the British throne in 1910, Prince Arthur and his father The Duke of Connaught were the most senior male members of the British Royal Family over the age of 18 who were living in the United Kingdom. Therefore, Prince Arthur undertook a wide variety of royal duties on behalf of King George V and acted as a Counsellor of State when King George V was out of the United Kingdom.

On October 15, 1913 at the Chapel Royal of St. James’ Palace in London, Arthur married her first cousin once removed, Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife. Alexandra was the eldest surviving child of Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife and a grandchild of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.  In 1900, when it became apparent that the Duke and Duchess of Fife were unlikely to have a son to inherit the title, Queen Victoria issued the Duke of Fife a new Letters Patent as Duke of Fife and Earl of Macduff in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This Letters Patent gave the second dukedom of Fife a special remainder that allowed the dukedom to pass to the daughters of the 1st Duke of Fife, if he had no son, and then to the male heirs of his daughters. Therefore, Alexandra became heir to her father’s dukedom.

Alexandra’s mother was the eldest daughter of King Edward VII and was created Princess Royal during her father’s reign, in 1905.  At the same time, Alexandra and her sister Maud, were granted the title of Princess with the style of “Highness” and received precedence immediately after all members of the royal family bearing the style of “Royal Highness.” This act was unprecedented and when the College of Arms told King Edward VII it could not be done, the king simply said, “Do it!”  Alexandra and Maud’s maternal uncle, the future King George V, was greatly disturbed by this act.

Because Alexandra’s father had died the year before her wedding, her uncle King George V, gave her away. After her marriage, Alexandra was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Arthur of Connaught, Duchess of Fife.

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Arthur and Alexandra had one son Alastair Arthur, born on August 9, 1914 at his parents’ home at 54 Mount Street, in Mayfair, London, England. As a great grandchild of Queen Victoria through the male line, Alastair was styled His Highness Prince Alastair of Connaught until he was three years old.  At that time King George V restricted the titles of Prince/Princess and the style of Royal Highness to the children of the sovereign, the children of the sovereign’s sons, and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. Alastair was then styled with the courtesy title Earl of Macduff, his mother’s secondary title.

Alexandra with her son Alastair, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Arthur was Governor-General of South Africa from 1920 – 1923. After his return to the United Kingdom, he supported several charitable organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex Hospital. Like his father, Arthur was an active Freemason, and served as Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire in 1924.

NPG x70586; Prince Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)

Prince Arthur of Connaught by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), whole-plate nitrate negative, 30 July 1930, NPG x70586 © National Portrait Gallery, London

On September 12, 1938, Prince Arthur died of stomach cancer at the age of 55. He was buried at the Royal Burial Ground in Frogmore, Windsor, England. As Prince Arthur predeceased his father The Duke of Connaught, Arthur’s son Alastair became heir to the dukedom.

Arthur_Louise Margaret grave

Prince Arthur is buried near his parents; Photo Credit – Connie Nissinger, www.findagrave.com

In 1942, upon the death of his paternal grandfather Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Alastair succeeded him as the 2nd Duke of Connaught. On April 26, 1943, while on active duty with the British Army in Ottawa, Canada, the 28 year old Alastair fell asleep or passed out in front of an open window, fell out the window, and died of hypothermia during the night. On his death, his titles became extinct.

Alexandra survived her husband Prince Arthur for nearly 21 years, dying at her home in London on February 26, 1959 at the age of 67. She was buried at the private chapel in the mausoleum of Mar Lodge in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland where her parents are buried.

Wikipedia: Prince Arthur of Connaught

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