Royal News: Sunday 25 January 2015

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: January 25 – January 31

Princess Charlene of Monaco; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

37th birthday of Charlene Lynette Wittstock, wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco; born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on January 25, 1978
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlene of Monaco

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King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Photo Credit- www.zimbio.com

65th birthday of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; born in Riffa, Bahrain on January 28, 1950
Unofficial Royalty: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

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Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and Angela Brown; Photo Credit – royalcorrespondent.com

15th wedding anniversary of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and Angela Brown; married civilly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on January 21, 2000 and religiously in New York City at St. Vincent Ferrer Church on January 29, 2000
Unofficial Royaty: Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Angela Brown

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King Abdullah II of Jordan; www.timesofisrael.com

53rd birthday of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on January 30, 1962
Unofficial Royalty: King Abdullah II of Jordan

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King Felipe VI of Spain; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

47th birthday of King Felipe VI of Spain; born in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 1968
Full name: Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia
Unofficial Royalty: King Felipe VI of Spain

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10th birthday of Prince Hashem of Jordan, son of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on January 30, 2005
Wikipedia: Prince Hashem of Jordan

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

77th birthday of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; born at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands on January 31, 1938
Full name: Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
Unofficial Royalty: Beatrix of the Netherlands

Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg

Photo Credit – “Carl Johan Bernadotte 2010″ by Atlantic Chef – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carl_Johan_Bernadotte_2010.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Carl_Johan_Bernadotte_2010.jpg

The last surviving great grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Prince Carl Johan Arthur of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna was born on October 31, 1916 at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. At the time of his birth his parents, the future King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught, were the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden. Carl Johan’s mother was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and therefore a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Carl Johan was the youngest of his parents’ five children. He had had three brothers and one sister:

  • Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (April 22, 1906 – January 26, 1947), married Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; had issue including King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (June 7, 1907 – February 4, 2002) later Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg, married three times, had one son
  • Princess Ingrid (March 28, 1910 – November 7, 2000), married King Frederick IX of Denmark, had issue including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  • Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (February 28, 1912 – January 5, 1997), married Lillian Davies, no issue

In 1920, when Carl Johan’s mother was eight months pregnant with her sixth child, she underwent mastoid surgery. An infection developed which killed Crown Princess Margaret, at the age of 38, and her unborn child on May 1, 1920. Three year old Carl Johan and his elder siblings were left motherless. In 1923, Carl Johan’s father married Lady Louise Mountbatten, daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg (1917 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven) and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The couple remained childless and became King and Queen of Sweden in 1950.

In 1935, Carl Johan graduated from the Lundsberg School and then did training in the military. He became a second lieutenant in the Mounted Life Guards Regiment, K 1.  In 1942, he was stationed with an armored regiment and was nicknamed “The Armor Prince.” Carl Johan served in the army reserves from 1945 – 1948. During the same time period, he studied and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as an attaché in Paris.

Carl Johan in army maneuvers in 1938; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

In 1939, Prince Carl Johan met the recently divorced Swedish journalist Kerstin Wijkmark (link translated by Google Translator).  When the couple became engaged, Carl Johan asked his grandfather King Gustaf V for permission to marry and the king strongly refused to give his consent. The couple found it impossible to marry in Sweden. Because of World War II, travel was difficult and the wedding was delayed. The marriage finally took place on February 19, 1946 at the Riverside Church in New York City. Because of the marriage, Carl Johan lost his style and title His Royal Highness Prince of Sweden and subsequently was styled His Excellency Carl Johan Bernadotte. In 1951, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg created him a Count of Wisborg in the Luxembourg nobility.

The couple resided for many years in New York and London. They had no children, but adopted a boy and a girl, who bear the surname Bernadotte, but have no styles or titles:

  • Monica Kristina Margaretha Bernadotte (born 5 March 5, 1948, adopted in 1951) married 1976 and divorced in 1997 Count Johan Peder Bonde af Björnö, had issue
  • Christian Carl Henning Bernadotte (born December 3, 1949, adopted in 1950) married 1980 Marianne Jenny, had issue

After his marriage, Carl Johan had a career as a businessman. He had executive positions with Anglo-Nordic Tractor, Sundstrand International , Sundstrand Deutschland GmbH, Sundstrand International SA, and OSEC Petroleum AG. Eventually, the relationship between Carl Johan’s wife Kerstin and his father King Gusat VI Adolf improved and Kerstin even wrote a book about her father-in-law in 1967. In 1973, Carl Johan bought a summer home Villa Kungsberga in Bastad, Sweden He also had an apartment in Stockholm and a winter home Villa Varghem at Lund Farm, near Tistad Castle outside Nyköping, Sweden. After a long illness, Kerstin died on September 11, 1987 at the couple’s home in Bastad. She was buried in Bastad and not in the Royal Burial Grounds in Haga.

On September 29, 1988, Carl Johan married Gunnila Bussler, born Countess Gunnila Wachtmeister af Johannishus (link translated by Google Translator), the daughter of Count Nils Wachtmeister af Johannishus and wife Baroness Märta de Geer af Leufsta.

 

Count Carl Johan of Wisborg died on May 5, 2012 at Ängelholm Hospital in Bastad, Sweden at the age of 95. After the funeral service in Bastad, his coffin was taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. A service of thanksgiving was held in the palace’s Royal Chapel the next day, and later that afternoon Carl Johan’s remains were interred at the Royal Burial Grounds in Haga in Solna, Sweden.  The services were attended by members of the Swedish and Danish royal families. Carl Johan was the uncle of both King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

 

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Count Carl Johan of Wisborg

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January 25: Today in Royal History

Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia

January 25, 1308 – Wedding of King Edward II of England and Isabella of France, at Boulogne Cathedral in France
Wikipedia: Edward II of England
Wikipedia: Isabella of France

January 25, 1327 – King Edward II of England is deposed in favor of his son King Edward III of England
Wikipedia: Edward II of England
Wikipedia: Edward III of England

January 25, 1477 – Birth of Anne of Brittany, wife of King Charles VIII of France and second wife of King Louis XII of France, in Nantes, Brittany
Wikipedia: Anne of Brittany

January 25, 1533 – Wedding of King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, at the Palace of Westminster, London
Wikipedia: Henry VIII of England
Wikipedia: Anne Boleyn

January 25, 1559 – Death of King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden at Kalundborg Castle in Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christian II of Denmark

January 25, 1630 – Birth of Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Wikipedia: Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

January 25, 1661 – Birth of Prince Antonio I of Monaco
Wikipedia: Antonio I of Monaco

January 25, 1755 – Birth of Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia, in Prenzlau, Brandenburg, Prussia
Name after marriage: Natalia Alexeievna, died after childbirth at age 21
Wikipedia: Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt

January 25, 1858 – Wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria, and future German Emperor Frederick III at the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace in London, England
The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn became a popular wedding recessional after it was played at the Princess Royal’s wedding.  The music is from a suite of incidental music to Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Queen Victoria loved Medelssohn’s music and he often played for her when he visited Great Britain.
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal and the future Frederick III, German Emperor
Wikipedia: Victoria, Princess Royal
Wikipedia: Frederick III of Germany

January 25, 1978 – Birth of Charlene Lynette Wittstock, wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlene

Johan Martin Ferner, husband of Princess Astrid of Norway, has died

photo: Royal House of Norway

It was announced today, January 24, 2015, that Mr Johan Martin Ferner, the husband of Princess Astrid of Norway, has passed away this morning at 5:25am in Oslo.  He was 87 years old.  He and Princess Astrid were married in 1961 and have five children.

King Harald of Norway released the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we have received the news that Johan Martin Ferner has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Astrid and her family, who have lost a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.”

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Trond Norén Isaksen: At the road’s end: Johan Martin Ferner (1927-2015), businessman and royal husband

Royal News: Saturday 24 January 2015

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Prince Bertil of Sweden, Duke of Halland

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Prince Bertil of Sweden was born on February 28, 1912 at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. His full name was Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén. Except for his first name, which was a new name for the Swedish royals, he was named after the four sons of King Oscar II of Sweden in order of their birth. At the time of his birth his parents, the future King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught, were the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden. Bertil’s mother was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and therefore a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Bertil was the fourth of her parents’ five children. He had three brothers and one sister:

  • Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten (April 22, 1906 – January 26, 1947), married Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; had issue including King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (June 7, 1907 – February 4, 2002) later Count Sigvard Bernadotte af Wisborg, married three times, had one son
  • Princess Ingrid (March 28, 1910 – November 7, 2000) married King Frederick IX of Denmark, had issue including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna (October 31,1916 – May 5, 2012) later Count Carl Johan, Bernadotte af Wisborg, married two times, no issue, was the last surviving great grandchild of Queen Victoria

The infant Bertil with his older siblings and parents; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

In 1920, when Bertil’s mother was eight months pregnant with her sixth child, she underwent mastoid surgery. An infection developed which killed Crown Princess Margaret, at the age of 38, and her unborn child on May 1, 1920. Eight year old Bertil and four siblings ranging in age from three to fourteen years old were left motherless. In 1923, Bertil’s father married Lady Louise Mountbatten, daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg (1917 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven) and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The couple remained childless and became King and Queen of Sweden in 1950.

Bertil served as an active naval officer. He had trained aboard the torpedo cruiser Eagle in 1928 and the destroyer Nordenskjold in 1929, and then enrolled at the Royal Naval College in 1931. Bertil trained as an officer aboard several ships and was commissioned as an officer in 1934. From 1935-1937, Bertil was an assistant naval attaché in Paris. During World War II, Bertil served as torpedo officer aboard several ships. From 1942 to 1945, he served as assistant naval attaché in London.

In 1943, when Bertil worked as a naval attaché in London, he met Welsh-born Lilian Craig (born May Lillian Davies) who was married to Scottish actor Ivan Craig. Bertil and Lilian soon became a couple, but their relationship remained a secret to the public for a long time. Craig was serving in World War II and when he returned home in 1945, the couple had an amicable divorce. In 1947, Bertil’s elder brother Prince Gustaf Adolf, who was second in the line of succession, died in a plane crash. Prince Gustaf Adolf’s son Carl Gustaf was less than a year old and now was number two in the line of succession. It seemed likely that Bertil might need to serve as Regent as all the other princes had given up their place in the succession because of unacceptable marriages. For this reason, Bertil decided not to marry Lilian. Instead, they discreetly lived together for more than 30 years. Bertil never did become Regent and his nephew Carl Gustaf succeeded his 90 year old grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973. King Carl XVI Gustaf, who had married a commoner himself, approved the marriage of Bertil and Lilian. The couple married on December 7, 1976 at the Drottningholm Palace chapel in the presence of the king and the queen. Bertil and Lilian had no children.

 

The 1980 Act of Succession stated that only the descendants of King Carl XVI Gustaf may inherit the throne. However, a special case was made for Bertil and he became third (and, after the birth of Princess Madeleine in 1982, fourth) in line to the throne.

Prince Bertil, aged 84, died on January 5, 1997 at his home, Villa Solbacken in Djurgården, Sweden, after several years of declining health. He was buried at the Royal Cemetery at Haga Park in Solna, Sweden. Princess Lilian survived her husband for 16 years, dying on May 10, 2013 at the age of 97.

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Wikipedia: Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland

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January 24: Today in Royal History

Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Princess Nagako; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 24, 1121 – Wedding of King Henry I of England (2nd marriage) and Adeliza of Louvain
Wikipedia: Henry I of England
Unofficial Royalty: Adeliza of Louvain

January 24, 1328 – Wedding of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault at York Minster in England
Wikipedia: Edward III England
Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Hainault

January 24, 1712 – Birth of Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia in Berlin, Prussia (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

January 24, 1746 – Birth of King Gustav III of Sweden in Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Gustav III of Sweden

January 24, 1779 – Birth of Louise of Baden, wife of Tsar Alexander I of Russia, in Karlsruhe, Baden (Germany)
Full name: Louise Maria Auguste, known as Elizabeth Alexeievna after marriage
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Baden

January 24, 1924 – Death of former Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg at Hohenburg Castle in Bavaria, Germany; buried at Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Marie-Adélaïde was a nun from the time of her abdication in 1919 until her death.
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg

January 24, 1924 – Wedding of Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Princess Nagako
Wikipedia: Hirohito
Wikipedia: Princess Nagako

January 24, 2012 – Birth of Princess Athena of Denmark, daughter of Prince Joachim of Denmark, at the  Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Athena of Denmark

Royal News: Friday 23 January 2015

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UPDATE: Funeral of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in January of 2014; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

King Abdullah’s funeral will be according to Islamic tradition.  His body will be washed and dressed in the last robe he wore, and then taken to the main mosque in Riyadh, the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque. Funeral prayers will be held at that mosque and mosques throughout Saudi Arabia. The body will then taken to the Al Oud Cemetery in Riyadh for burial on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 3:15 p.m. local time.