Royal News: Sunday 19 February 2017

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: February 19 – February 25

Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

57th birth of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, son of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; born at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 1960
Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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3rd birthday of Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland; born at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City on February 20, 2014
Full name: Leonore Lilian Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Leonore of Sweden

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King Harald V of Norway; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

80th birthday of King Harald V of Norway; born at the Crown Prince Residence at Skaugum, Asker, Norway on February 21, 1937
Unofficial Royalty: King Harald V of Norway

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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Dragon King of Bhutan; Photo Credit – www.indiatimes.com

37th birthday of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Dragon King of Bhutan; born at Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan on February 21, 1980
Unofficial Royalty: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

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Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este; Photo Credit – www.businessinsider.com

31st birthday of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, son of Princess Astrid of Belgium; born at the University Clinic St. Luc in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium on February 21, 1986
Full name: Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d’Aviano
Wikipedia: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

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Katharine, Duchess of Kent; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

84th birthday of Katharine Worsley, wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; born at Hovingham Hall in Yorkshire, England on February 22, 1933
Full name: Katharine Lucy Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Katharine, Duchess of Kent

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Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

57th birthday of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan; born at Togu Palace in Tokyo, Japan on February 23, 1960
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

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5th birthday of Princess Estelle of Sweden, daughter of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; born at the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden on February 23, 2012
Full name: Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Estelle of Sweden

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February 19: Today in Royal History

Henry, Prince of Wales, son of King James I of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 19, 1594 – Birth of Henry, Prince of Wales, son of King James I of England, at Stirling Castle, Scotland
Full name: Henry Frederick
Henry died of typhoid fever at the age of 18 and predeceased his father, so his brother, the future King Charles I, became heir.
Unofficial Royalty: Henry, Prince of Wales

February 19, 1670 – Death of King Frederik III of Denmark and Norway in Copenhagen; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik III of Denmark

February 19, 1817 – Birth of King Willem III of the Netherlands in Brussels (Belgium)
Full name: Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem III of the Netherlands

February 19, 1960 – Birth of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace in London, England
Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Royal News: Saturday 18 February 2017

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February 18: Today in Royal History

Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria; Credit – Wikipedia

February 18, 1478 – Execution of George, Duke of Clarence, who opposed his brother King Edward IV of England, in the Tower of London; buried at Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucester, England
Wikipedia: George, 1st Duke of Clarence

February 18, 1516 – Birth of Queen Mary I of England at Greenwich Palace, England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary I of England

February 18, 1790 – Death of Elisabeth of Württemberg, first wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Elisabeth died in childbirth at age 22.
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria

February 18, 1861 – Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes the first king of a united Italy
Unofficial Royalty: King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy

February 18, 1932 – Death of Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony
Wikipedia: Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxony

February 18, 1947 – Birth of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, daughter of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, at Soestdijk Palace in the Netherlands
Full Name: Maria Christina
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Christina of the Netherlands

February 18, 1984 – Birth of Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, wife of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, in Ronse, Flanders, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

February 18, 2000 – Wedding of Letsie III, King of Lesotho and Karabo Motsoeneng
Unofficial Royalty: Letsie III, King of Lesotho
Wikipedia: Karabo Motsoeneng

Breaking News: Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg granted a divorce

Photo Credit –  © Cour grand-ducale de Luxembourg

The divorce of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg was granted today in a London court.  A decree nisi was issued, citing “unreasonable behavior” as the reason for the divorce.  In England, it is a minimum of six weeks before the decree absolute is granted, formally ending the marriage.  At this point, there has been no formal statement from the Grand Ducal Court regarding Princess Tessy’s royal style or titles.

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg had announced on January 18, 2017 that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg were planning to divorce. The press release from the Grand Ducal Court said, “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess regret to announce that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy have decided to divorce. In these painful circumstances, they rely on the understanding of all and ask to respect the privacy of the couple and their children.”

Prince Louis is the third son of the four sons and the third of the five children of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.  Prince Louis and Tessy Antony had a son Gabriel in March 2006 and were married six months later on September 26, 2006. At the time of the wedding, Prince Louis relinquished the rights of succession for himself as well for any of his descendants. He retained his royal style and title, but his wife simply took on the surname ‘de Nassau’. A second son Noah was born in September 2007.  In 2009, Tessy was created HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma, and their sons were made HRH Prince Gabriel of Nassau and HRH Prince Noah of Nassau.

Breaking News: Infanta Cristina of Spain Acquitted, Her Husband Found Guilty

Infanta Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI of Spain, and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, outside a court in Mallorca, Spain in June 2016. Photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

On February 17, 2017, Infanta Cristina of Spain was acquitted of tax fraud and money laundering and her husband Iñaki Urdangarín was found guilty of embezzling about 6 million euros in public funds for sporting events through his nonprofit foundation and of political corruption by using his former title of Duke of Palma de Mallorca as the husband of the Infanta Cristina. Urdangarín was sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

Infanta Cristina is the second daughter and the second of the three children of former King Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Queen Sofia.  King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son King Felipe VI of Spain.  In 1997, Infanta Cristina married Iñaki Urdangarín, a professional team handball player, a member of the Spanish Olympic Handball Team in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, winning bronze in 1996 and 2000, and serving as team captain in 2000.  The couple has three sons and one daughter.

In early 2011, allegations were made against Urdangarín regarding misappropriation of public funds through his Nóos Institute. He took a leave of absence from his position with Telefónica in Washington, DC, and the family returned to Spain in 2012. After it was discovered that large sums of money were transferred to several foreign accounts, it was announced that he would no longer take part in any official functions of the Spanish royal family. In early 2012, he began testifying before the courts in response to the allegations. He, along with several others, were investigated and were charged with embezzlement, fraud, breach of trust, forgery, and money laundering.  Infanta Cristina was also charged with tax fraud and money laundering in mid-2014. The trial began in January 2016.

In June 2015, King Felipe VI of Spain formally stripped his sister, Infanta Cristina, of her title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. Neither the Infanta, nor her husband are permitted to use the title any further.

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Isabella of England, Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Sicily

by Susan Flantzer

Credit – Wikipedia

Born in 1214, Isabella was the second daughter of the three daughters and the fourth of the five children of King John of England and Isabella of Angoulême.

Isabella had four siblings:

13th-century depiction of King John and his legitimate children, (l to r) Henry, Richard, Isabella, Eleanor, and Joan; Credit – Wikipedia

On October 18, 1216, when Isabella was only two years old, her father King John died leaving his elder son Henry, a nine year old, to inherit his throne in the midst of the First Barons’ War (1215–17), in which a group of rebellious barons supported by a French army, made war on King John because of his refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta. In July of 1217, Isabella’s mother Isabella of Angoulême left England and returned to France to assume control of her inheritance the County of Angoulême, basically abandoning her children by King John. In 1220, she married Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche with whom she had nine children, who were Isabella’s half-siblings. Two-year-old Isabella was left in charge of her nurse Margaret Bisset.

Around 1225, Isabella’s brother King Henry III held negotiations for two possible marriages for Isabella, with Heinrich who was the eldest son of Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor and with King Louis IX of France. However, both marriage projects failed. By 1228, Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Sicily had been widowed twice. In 1234, Friedrich met with Pope Gregory IX who suggested that he marry Isabella. Pope Gregory IX hoped such an alliance would promote a new English-German Crusade. Friedrich wished for more legitimate sons and also saw the marriage as a step towards promoting peace in Europe.

Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor; Credit – Wikipedia

In November 1234, Friedrich sent a delegation to England to negotiate a marriage contract. Friedrich agreed to give Isabella land in Sicily and Italy in return for a dowry of 30,000 silver marks. Count Heinrich II of Virneburg, Archbishop of Cologne and Henri I, Duke of Brabant arrived in London at Easter 1325 to escort Isabella to her groom. William Briwere, Bishop of Exeter headed up the English contingent escorting Isabella. On May 11, 1235, Isabella tearfully said goodbye to her brother King Henry III and embarked for Antwerp where she arrived four days later. Isabella was met at Antwerp by numerous armed nobles who escorted her to Cologne, fearful of an abduction of the bride by order of King Louis IX of France. Isabella spent about six weeks in Cologne.

In the beginning of July, escorted by the Archbishop of Cologne and the Bishop of Exeter, Isabella started her week-long journey to the city of Worms to meet her groom. 40-year-old Friedrich was immediately charmed by his 21-year-old bride. On July 15, 1235, in Worms Cathedral in the presence of clergy, nobility, dukes and kings, Isabella of England married Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Isabella was crowned Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Germany and Sicily.

Marriage of Friedrich II, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of England; Credit – Wikipedia

After four days of wedding festivities, Isabella and Friedrich left for their honeymoon at the Imperial Palace in Haguenau, Alsace (now in France). It was at this point that Isabella had to say her farewells to the English contingent. Only two of her ladies were allowed to remain, her nurse Margaret Bisset and her servant Katherine. Isabella rarely appeared in public and had no political influence. She lived in seclusion mostly at the castle in Noventa Padovana, near Venice and Padua in present-day Italy.

There is controversy over how many children Isabella and Friedrich had, but they had at least four children:

Isabella died in Foggia, Apulia, Italy at the age of 27 on December 1, 1241, after giving birth to her last child. She was buried at Andria Cathedral in Andria, Apulia, Italy next to her husband’s second wife Queen Isabella II of Jerusalem (Yolande of Brienne), who also died after childbirth.

Crypt of Andria Cathedral where Isabella is buried; Photo Credit – Von Linx – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15921842

Wikipedia: Isabella of England, Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Sicily

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February 17: Today in Royal History

King Albert I of the Belgians; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 17, 1461 – 2nd Battle of St. Albans, the Lancastrians defeat the Yorkist Earl of Warwick who leaves his hostage, King Henry VI of England, under a tree
Wikipedia: Second Battle of St. Albans

February 17, 1598 – Boris Godunov is elected Tsar of Russia
Wikipedia: Boris Godunov

February 17, 1718 – Death of Lady Charlotte FitzRoy, illegitimate daughter of Charles II by Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland  (aka Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine)
Wikipedia: Lady Charlotte FitzRoy

February 17, 1718 – Death of Prince George William of Wales, son of King George II of England, at Kensington Palace; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Prince George William of Wales

February 17, 1729 – Death of Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld at Saafeld, Germany
Wikipedia: Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

February 17, 1861 – Birth of Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, wife of Prince Leopold of the United Kingdom, Duke of Albany, at Arolsen, Waldeck, Germany
Full name: Helena Frederica Augusta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont

February 17, 1934 – Death of King Albert I of the Belgians in a mountain climbing accident at Marche-les-Dames in Ardennes, Belgium; buried in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: King Albert I of the Belgians

February 17, 1954 – Birth of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg at Castle Betzdorf in Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, sister of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and wife of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
Full name: Marie-Astrid Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Elisabeth Anna Alberta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg