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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: September 24-September 30

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller, Photo Credit – your-indulgence.blogspot.com

23rd wedding anniversary of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller; married at St. Louis Cathedral in Versailles, France on September 24, 1994
The civil service was held on September 8, 1994 and the church service was held on September 24, 1994.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

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17th birthday of Princess Salma of Jordan, daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on September 26, 2000
Wikipedia: Princess Salma of Jordan

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21st birthday of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Abdullah II of Jordan; born in Amman, Jordan on September 27, 1996
Wikipedia: Princess Iman bint Al Abdullah

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9th birthday of Emma Tallulah Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway; born at the family home in Lommedalen, Norway on September 29, 2008
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (scroll down for children)

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Ari Behn, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

45th birthday of Ari Behn, husband of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway; born in Århus, Denmark on September 30, 1972  (The couple separated in August 2016 and plan to divorce.)
Full name: Ari Mikael
Unofficial Royalty: Ari Behn

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September 24: Today in Royal History

Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Marchioness of Milford Haven, Photo Credit – theesotericredux.blogspot.com

September 24, 1435 – Death of Isabeau of Bavaria, wife of King Charles VI of France, in Paris, France; buried at Saint Denis Basilica near Paris
Isabeau was the mother of two Queens of England: Isabella, the second wife of King Richard II and Catherine, the wife of King Henry V (and the wife of Owen Tudor).
Wikipedia: Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France

September 24, 1513 – Birth of Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, first wife of King Gustav I of Sweden, in Ratzeburg (Germany)
Wikipedia: Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg

September 24, 1562 – Birth of Hercule, Lord of Monaco
Wikipedia: Hercule, Lord of Monaco

September 24, 1577 – Birth of Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

September 24, 1834 – Death of King Pedro IV of Portugal/Emperor Pedro I of Brazil at Queluz Palacein Lisbon, Portugal; first buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon; re-buried in 1972 at the Museu do Ipiranga in São Paulo, Brazil
Wikipedia: Emperor Pedro I of Brazil

September 24, 1950 – Death of Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Marchioness of Milford Haven, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Kensington Palace in London; buried at St. Mildred’s Church Cemetery, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight, England
Victoria was the daughter of Princess Alice and Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine.  She married Prince Louis of Battenberg and is the maternal grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Marchioness of Milford Haven

September 24, 1994 – Wedding of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Sibilla Weiller at the St. Louis Cathedral in Versailles, France
The civil service was held on September 8, 1994 and the church service was held on September 24, 1994.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

Royal News: Saturday 23 September 2017

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September 23: Today in Royal History

King Ferdinand VI of Spain, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 23, 1158 – Birth of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, son of King Henry II of England
Unofficial Royalty: Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany

September 23, 1459 – Yorkists win the Battle of Blore Heath
Wikipedia: Battle of Blore Heath

September 23, 1535 – Death of Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, first wife of King Gustav I of Sweden, in Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Uppsala Cathedral in Uppsala, Sweden
Wikipedia: Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg

September 23, 1713 – Birth of King Ferdinand VI of Spain at the Real Alcázar de Madrid in Madrid, Spain
Wikipedia: King Ferdinand VI of Spain

September 23, 1932 – Unification of Hejaz and Nejid into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal Al Saud becomes the first monarch
Wikipedia: House of Saud
Wikipedia: Ibn Saud

Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Countess of Carladès

by Susan Flantzer

Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès is the elder of the twin children of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene (born Charlene Wittstock). Gabriella was born on December 10, 2014, two minutes before her twin brother Hereditary Prince Jacques of Monaco, Marquis of Baux at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monaco. Gabriella is second in the line of succession to the throne of Monaco. Because the succession to the throne is male-preference cognatic primogeniture, Gabriella’s brother Jacques is ahead of her in the line of succession even though she was born first.

 

Gabriella has an elder half-sister and an elder half brother from Prince Albert’s previous relationships. Prince Albert said his two children born out of wedlock would not be in line to the Monegasque throne, but that they would be taken care of financially.

 

Gabriella was baptized along with her twin brother Jacques at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco by Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco on May 10, 2015. She was given the names Gabriella Thérèse Marie:

Gabriella’s godparents were Gareth Wittstock, her maternal uncle, and Nerine Pienaar, the wife of retired South African rugby player Francois Pienaar, a longtime friend of Princess Charlene. Gabriella and Jacques wore Baby Dior cotton christening gowns embellished with Calais lace, floral embroidery, pleated detailing, and each baby’s own monogram.

 

Wikipedia: Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès

Works Cited

  • Beauty, H., Film, T., Kate, W. and Beauty, H. (2017). Princess Charlene and Prince Albert’s twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques are baptised. [online] HOLA. Available at: http://us.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2015051025113/princess-charlene-prince-albert-twins-baptism/ [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Gabriella,_Countess_of_Carlad%C3%A8s [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • Fr.wikipedia.org. (2017). Gabriella de Monaco. [online] Available at: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriella_de_Monaco [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • Orderofsplendor.blogspot.com. (2017). Royal Fashion Awards: Monaco’s Twin Christening. [online] Available at: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2015/05/royal-fashion-awards-monacos-twin.html [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].

September 22: Today in Royal History

Anne of Austria with her children, the future King Louis XIV of France and Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 22, 1601 – Birth of Anne of Austria, wife of King Louis XIII of France, at Benavente Palace in Valladolid, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Anne of Austria, Queen of France

September 22, 1761 – Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom
George’s wife Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was crowned with him.
Unofficial Royalty: King George III of the United Kingdom

September 22, 1780 – Birth of Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alfred of Great Britain

September 22, 1840 – Death of Princess Augusta, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Clarence House in London, buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom

September 22, 1948 – Birth of Mark Phillips, first husband of Anne, Princess Royal in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
Full name: Mark Anthony Peter
Unofficial Royalty: Mark Phillips

September 22, 1971 – Birth of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V, at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

September 22, 1984 – Wedding of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este at the Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Brussels, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

September 21: Today in Royal History

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 21, 1327 – Death of King Edward II of England at Berkeley Castle in England, buried at Gloucester Cathedral in England
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward II of England

September 21, 1371 – Wedding of John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III of England, and Constance of Castile
Wikipedia: Constance of Castile
Unofficial Royalty: John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster

September 21, 1411 – Birth of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne, father of King Edward IV of England and King Richard III of England
Wikipedia: Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York

September 21, 1558 – Death of King Charles I of Spain (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor) at the Monastery of Yuste, near Cuacos de Yuste in Spain; originally buried at the Monastery of Yuste, reburied at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in Spain
Wikipedia: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

September 21, 1788 – Birth of Wilhelmine of Baden, wife of Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine
Wikipedia: Wilhelmine of Baden

September 21, 1869 – Wedding of Albert I, Prince of Monaco and Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert I of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton

September 21, 1957 – Death of King Haakon VII of Norway at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway; buried at the Royal Mausoleum at Akershus Fortress in Norway
Unofficial Royalty: King Haakon VII of Norway

September 21, 1996 – Wedding of Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Radu Duda
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Princess Margareta of Romania
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Radu of Romania

September 21, 2007 – Birth of Prince Noah of Nassau, son of Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Prince Noah of Nassau

Royal News: Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy

by Susan Flantzer

Photo Credit – AFP

Born on December 28, 1920 in Paris, France, Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne), was the eldest of the two children of Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois and Count Pierre de Polignac.  Antoinette had one younger brother:

 

Antoinette’s mother Charlotte was the illegitimate daughter of the future Prince Louis II of Monaco and his mistress Marie Juliette Louvet. Her parents had met the previous year in Paris, where Marie was working as a hostess in a nightclub. Because Louis was unmarried and without an heir, the Monegasque throne was likely to pass to a distant cousin, the German Duke of Urach. In order to avoid this, Louis’ father, Prince Albert I, had a law passed recognizing Charlotte as Louis’ heir and part of the princely family. Her grandfather created her HSH Princess Charlotte of Monaco and Duchess of Valentinois. Upon Louis’ accession in 1922, Charlotte became Hereditary Princess of Monaco. Charlotte and her husband Pierre divorced in 1933. Having been born illegitimate, and now divorced, Charlotte knew that she would never be fully accepted by the very Catholic Monaco, so she renounced her rights to the Monegasque throne in May 1944 in favor of her son Rainer.

Antoinette married three times:

(1) Princess Antoinette had a long-term affair with Alexandre-Athenase Noghès, a tennis player. The couple had three illegitimate children who were later legitimized when their parents married in 1951. The marriage lasted only three years. In 1951, Antoinette was created Baroness de Massy. Her children’s original surname was Grimaldi, the surname of the Princely Family of Monaco. The children changed their surname to de Massy and began to use the titles Baron and Baroness although not entitled to do so. After they were legitimized, Antoinette’s children were in the line of succession to the throne of Monaco until the death of Prince Rainier II in 2005.

(2) Princess Antoinette married Dr. Jean-Charles Rey, President of the Conseil National, Monaco’s legislature, in 1961. Before they married, Antoinette and Rey had a long-term affair. During the 1950s, Antoinette and Rey sought to obtain the throne of Monaco for Antoinette’s son Christian. They spread malicious rumors that Prince Rainier’s fiancée, actress Gisèle Pascal, was unable to have children. This resulted in the cancellation of Rainier and Gisèle’s engagement and Antoinette’s estrangement from the princely family for years.  She did not fully reconcile with her family until after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. Antoinette and Rey had no children and divorced in 1974.

(3) In 1983, Princess Antoinette married a former British ballet dancer John Gilpin. Gilpin died from a heart attack six weeks after marrying Antoinette.

After her estrangement with her family, Antoinette lived in her villa Le Bout de Monde in Èze-sur-Mer on the French Riviera with her many dogs and cats. She was the president of Monaco’s Society for the Protection of Animals.

 

Princess Antoinette died at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre on March 18, 2011, at age 90. She was buried at the Chapelle de la Paix in Monaco beside her parents, her daughter Christine who died in 1989, and her last husband, John Gilpin. Stefano Casiraghi, second husband of her niece Princess Caroline, who died in a boating accident in 1990 is also buried at the Chapelle de la Paix.
YouTube: Funeral of Princess Antoinette
Structurae: Chapelle de la Paix (in French)

 

Wikipedia: Princess Antoinette, Baroness de Massy

Works Cited

  • De.wikipedia.org. (2017). Antoinette Grimaldi. [online] Available at: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoinette_Grimaldi [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Antoinette,_Baroness_of_Massy [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • Fr.wikipedia.org. (2017). Antoinette de Monaco. [online] Available at: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoinette_de_Monaco [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].
  • Unofficial Royalty. (2017). Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois. [online] Available at: http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/september-30-1898-birth-of-princess-charlotte-of-monaco-duchess-of-valentinois/ [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].

September 20: Today in Royal History

Arthur, Prince of Wales, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 20, 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England, at St. Swithin’s Priory in Winchester, England
Unofficial Royalty: Arthur, Prince of Wales

September 20, 1853 – Birth of Chulalongkorn the Great, King of Siam (Rama V) at the Grand Palace in Phra Nakhon, Siam (now Thailand)
Wikipedia: Chulalongkorn, King of Siam

September 20, 1925 – Birth of Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (Rama VIII) in Heidelberg, Germany
Anada Mahidol, the brother of his successor King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, was found dead after he was shot in his bedroom.
Wikipedia: Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand