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Royal News: Wednesday 24 January 2018

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January 24: Today in Royal History

Hirohito and Nagako of Japan; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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: Emperor Hirohito of Japan
Wikipedia: Empress Nagako of Japan

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

Jack Brooksbank, fiancé of Princess Eugenie of York

by Susan Flantzer

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York; Photo Credit – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

On January 22, 2018, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank. Princess Eugenie is a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the younger of the two daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. Jack and Eugenie were introduced by mutual friends in 2010 during a skiing holiday in Verbier, Switzerland. The couple dated for seven years before becoming engaged.

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Jack and Princess Eugenie in 2010

Born on May 3, 1986, Jack Brooksbank is the elder of the two sons of George Brooksbank, an accountant and company director, and the former Nicola Newton. He has a younger brother Thomas born in 1988. Jack attended Stowe School, an exclusive independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England.

Jack skipped university and started working in the hospitality trade. He first worked in pubs including the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea, London then got a job at the trendy restaurant, the Markham Inn, also in the Chelsea area of London, which has since closed. Then Jack worked as the manager of the nightclub Mahiki in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals. Currently, he is the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. In 2017, Jack set up a wholesale company for the sale of wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverage called Jack Brooksbank Limited.

Jack and Eugenie are third cousins twice removed via their mutual descent from Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester. Eugenie’s mother Sarah, Duchess of York is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, the daughter of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester who is Jack’s great-great-grandfather.  For more information about Jack Brooksbank’s ancestors see Marlene Koenig’s 2016 article at Royal Musings: Perhaps an engagement…

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Jack and his future mother-in-law Sarah, Duchess of York at the 2017 Royal Ascot

January 23: Today in Royal History

Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 23, 1045 – Wedding of Edward the Confessor and Edith of Wessex, daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex
Wikipedia: Edward the Confessor, King of England
Wikipedia: Edith of Wessex, Queen of England

January 23, 1516 – Death of King Ferdinand II of Aragon in Madrigalejo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain; buried in the Royal Chapel in the Cathedral of Granada
Wikipedia: King Ferdinand II of Aragon

January 23, 1570 – Assassination of James Stewart, Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland, illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland and half-brother of Mary, Queen of Scots; buried at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland
Wikipedia: James Stewart, Earl of Moray

January 23, 1688 – Birth of Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden

January 23, 1820 – Death of Edward, Duke of Kent, son of King George III of Great Britain and father of Queen Victoria, at Sidmouth, Devon, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

January 23, 1874 – Wedding of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, son of Queen Victoria, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Alexandrovna of Russia

January 23, 1896 – Birth of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg at Berg Castle in Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg

January 23, 1957 – Birth of Princess Caroline of Monaco at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco
Full name: Caroline Louise Marguerite
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco

January 23, 1999 – Wedding of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover

January 23, 2015 – Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, buried at the Al Oud Cemetary in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Unofficial Royalty: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Breaking News: Princess Eugenie of York Engaged!

Engagement Photo of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank; Photo Credit – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

Buckingham Palace announced on January 22, 2018: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”

Princess Eugenie of York is the younger of the two daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. The princess had been in a long-term relationship with Jack Brooksbank. He is the former manager of the nightclub Mahiki, in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals and is currently the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman.

Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eugenie of York

January 22: Today in Royal History

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 22, 1260 – Wedding of Beatrice of England, daughter of King Henry III of England, and John of Dreux, Earl of Richmond at the Abbey of St. Denis in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Beatrice of England
Wikipedia: John of Dreux, Earl of Richmond

January 22, 1440 – Birth of Tsar Ivan III the Great of Russia in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Ivan III of Russia

January 22, 1592- Death of Elisabeth of Austria, wife of King Charles IX of France, in Vienna, Austria; buried first in the Clarissine Convent in Vienna, since 1782 in the Ducal Crypt at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna
Wikipedia: Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France

January 22, 1689 – Parliament invites William and Mary to become joint sovereigns of England
Wikipedia Crown and Parliament Recognition Act
Unofficial Royalty: King William III of England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary II of England

January 22, 1797 – Birth of Maria Leopoldina of Austria, wife of Pedro I of Brazil/Pedro IV of Portugal, in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil

January 22, 1831 – Birth of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, husband of Princess Helena of the United Kingdon, at Augustenburg, Denmark
Full name: Frederick Christian Charles Augustus
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein

January 22, 1858 – Death of Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Germany
Ludwig suffered from mental illness and his brother and successor Friedrich served as his Regent.
Unofficial Royalty: Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden

January 22, 1901 – Death of Queen Victoria at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, England; buried at the Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom

January 22, 1954 – Death of Princess Margaret of Prussia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Schönberg, Kronberg, Germany
Princess Margaret, known as Mossy in the family, was the daughter of Victoria, Princess Royal and Kaiser Frederick III of Germany.  She married Landgrave Friedrich Karl of Hesse-Kassel.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse-Kessel

Royal News: Sunday 21 January 2018

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: January 21 – January 27

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14th birthday of Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, daughter of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; born at the Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, Norway on January 21, 2004

Unofficial Royalty: Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

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

61st birthday of Princess Caroline of Monaco; born at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco on January 23, 1957
Full name: Caroline Louise Marguerite
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco

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Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover; Photo Credit – orderofsplendor.blogspot.com

19th wedding anniversary of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover; married civilly at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco on January 23, 1999
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Caroline of Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover

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6th birthday of Princess Athena of Denmark, daughter of Prince Joachim of Denmark; born at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 24, 2012
Full name: Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Athena of Denmark

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

40th birthday of Princess Charlene of Monaco, wife of Prince Albert II of Monaco; born Charlene Lynette Wittstock in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on January 25, 1978
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlene of Monaco

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January 21: Today in Royal History

King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 21, 1338 – Birth of King Charles V of France at the Château de Vincennes outside of Paris, France
Wikipedia: King Charles V of France

January 21, 1542 – Parliament passes bill of attainder against Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s of England’s fifth wife
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine Howard, Queen of England

January 21, 1793 – Execution of King Louis XVI of France at the Place de la Révolution in Paris, France; originally buried in a mass grave near the location of today’s La Madeleine Church in Paris, reburied at the Basilica of St. Denis
Unofficial Royalty: King Louis XVI of France
Eyewitness to History: The Execution of Louis XVI, 1793

January 21, 1829 – Birth of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Oscar II of Sweden

January 21, 2004 – Birth of Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, daughter of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, at the Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Royal News: Saturday 20 January 2018

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