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April 19: Today in Royal History

Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 19, 1320 – Birth of Pedro I, King of Portugal
Wikipedia: Pedro I, King of Portugal

April 19, 1390 – Death of Robert II, King of Scots at Dundonald Castle; buried at Scone Abbey in Scone, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Robert II, King of Scots

April 19, 1658 – Death of Kirsten Munk, morganatic second wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, at Boller Castle in Horsens, Denmark; buried at Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Kirsten Munk, Countess of Schleswig-Holstein

April 19, 1689 – Death of Queen Christina of Sweden in Rome, Italy; buried at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy
Queen Christina secretly converted to Catholicism and eventually abdicated to practice her religion openly. She moved to Rome and is one of four women buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Wikipedia: Queen Christina of Sweden

April 19, 1793 – Birth of Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria

April 19, 1876 – Birth of Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, husband of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany)
Full name: Heinrich Wladimir Albrecht Ernst
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prince of the Netherlands

April 19, 1956 – Wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
Unofficial Royalty: Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

April 19, 1968 – Birth of King Mswati III of Swaziland at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland
Unofficial Royalty: King Mswati III of Swaziland

April 19, 2016 – Birth of Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, son of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
Full name: Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland

Royal News: Wednesday 17 April 2018

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April 18: Today in Royal History

King Hussein I of Jordan and Dina bint Abdul-Hamid; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 18, 1865 – Birth of Johanna Loisinger, morganatic wife of Prince Alexander of Battenberg, former Prince of Bulgaria, in Preßburg, Hungary (now Bratislava, Slovakia) Unofficial Royalty: Johanna Loisinger, Countess von Hartenau

April 18, 1917 – Birth of Princess Frederica of Hanover, wife of King Paul I of Greece, in Blankenburg am Harz, Prussia, Germany
Full name: Frederica Louise Thyra Victoria Margaret Sophie Olga Cecily Isabelle Christina
Unofficial Royalty: Frederica of Hanover, Queen of Greece

April 18, 1955 – Wedding (first) of King Hussein I of Jordan and Dina bint Abdul-Hamid
The couple divorced in 1957.
Unofficial Royalty: King Hussein I of Jordan
Unofficial Royalty: Dina bint Abdul-Hamid, Queen of Jordan

April 18, 1969 – Birth of Sayako Kuroda, born Princess Nori of Japan at the Aoyama Detached Palace in Tokyo, Japan
Sayako Kuroda is the daughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan.  At the time of her marriage in 2005, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband as required by Imperial Household Law.
Unofficial Royalty: Sayako Kuroda, formerly Princess Nori of Japan

April 18, 1972 – Birth of Annette Sekrève, wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, in The Hague, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau

April 18, 2007 – Birth of Prince Lerotholi Seeiso of Lesotho, heir and son of King Letsie III of Lesotho, in Maseru, Lesotho
Wikipedia: Prince Lerotholi Seeiso of Lesotho

April 17: Today in Royal History

Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein; Credit – Wikipedia

April 17, 1080 – Death of King Harald III of Denmark; buried at Holy Cross Priory in Dalby, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Harald III of Denmark

April 17, 1656 – Birth of Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein
Wikipedia: Prince Hans-Adam I of Liechtenstein

April 17, 1902 – Death of Francisco, Duke of Cadiz, King Consort of Queen Isabella II of Spain; at the Château of Épinay-sur-Seine in France; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Francisco, Duke of Cadiz, King Consort of Spain

April 17, 1968 – Birth of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Full name: Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik
Wikipedia: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau

April 16: Today in Royal History

Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France; Credit – Wikipedia

April 16, 1319 – Birth of King John II of France in Le Mans, France
Wikipedia: King John II of France

April 16, 1693 – Birth of Anne Sophie Reventlow, second wife of King Frederik IV of Denmark and Norway, at Clausholm Castle in Jutland, Denmark
Wikipedia: Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark

April 16, 1746 – Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Young Pretender, is defeated at the Battle of Culloden
Wikipedia: Battle of Culloden
Unofficial Royalty: Charles Edward Stuart, The Young Pretender

April 16, 1764 – Death of Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France, in Paris, France; buried at the at the Couvent des Capucines in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Madame de Pompadour

April 16, 1841 – Wedding of Alexander II, Emperor of All Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander II, Emperor of All Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia

April 16, 1940 – Birth of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

April 16, 1942 – Death of Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Schwäbisch-Hall in Württemburg, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

April 16, 1955 – Birth of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at Betzdorf Castle, Luxembourg
Full name: Henri Albert Gabriel Felix Marie Guillaume
Unofficial Royalty: Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

April 16, 1992 – Birth of Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, born at the at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

April 16, 2008 – Birth of Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians, born at in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eléonore of Belgium

Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: April 15 – April 21

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58th birthday of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium on April 15, 1960
Full name: Philippe Léopold Louis Marie
Unofficial Royalty: King Philippe of the Belgians

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

78th birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; born at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 16, 1940
Full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

63rd birthday of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; born at Betzdorf Castle in Betzdorf, Luxembourg on April 16, 1955
Full name: Henri Albert Gabriel Felix Marie Guillaume
Unofficial Royalty: Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

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Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg with his sister Princess Alexandra, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

26th birthday of Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; born at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on April 16, 1992
Full name: Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg

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10th birthday of Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Philippe of the Belgians; born at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium on April 16, 2008
Full name: Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eléonore of Belgium

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Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, Photo Credit: Wikipedia

50th birthday of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands; born in Utrecht, The Netherlands on April 17, 1968
Full name: Maurits Willem Pieter Hendrik
Wikipedia: Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau

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Sayako Kuroda, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

49th birthday of Sayako Kuroda, daughter of Emperor Akihito; born Princess Sayako of Japan in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 1969
At the time of Princess Sayako’s marriage in 2005, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband as required by Imperial Household Law.
Unofficial Royalty: Sayako Kuroda

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46th birthday of Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau, wife of Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau; born  Annette Sekrève in The Hague, The Netherlands on April 18, 1972
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau

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King Mswati of Swaziland; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

50th birthday of King Mswati III of Swaziland; born at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Manzini, Swaziland on April 19, 1968
Unofficial Royalty: King Mswati III of Swaziland

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Prince Alexander of Sweden (being held by his father) with his parents at the christening of his brother Prince Gabriel

2nd birthday of Prince Alexander of Sweden, son of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; born at Danderyd Hospital in Danderyd, Sweden on April 19, 2016
Full name: Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alexander of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland

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Queen Elizabeth II; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; born at 17 Bruton Street, London W1, England on April 21, 1926
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

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11th birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik; born at Copenhagen University Hospital on April 21, 2007
Full name: Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Isabella of Denmark

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Royal News: Sunday 15 April 2018

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April 15: Today in Royal History

King Henry IV of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 15, 1367 – Birth of King Henry IV of England at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire, England
Henry’s birth date seems to be different in various resources.  I’ve seen April 3, April 4, April 15, and May 30 and the years 1366 and 1367.  Historian Ian Mortimer wrote an article about this topic.  I’m not able to access the whole article, but the abstract http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2281.2006.00403.x/abstract says, “The date of Henry IV’s birth has proved problematic for two key reasons. The failure of any contemporary chronicler to note the date is one. Another is the assumption that medieval people assigned their birthdays to a specific calendar date. This note argues that Henry IV was born on a moveable feast – Maundy Thursday 1367 – and celebrated his birthday accordingly. In addition, it suggests that the origin of the custom of the sovereign’s age-related donations, on Maundy Thursday, lies in Henry’s own attempt to draw attention to the fact that he, like Richard II, was born on a religious feast day.”  In 1367, Maundy Thursday was April 15, so I am going with that date.
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry IV of England

April 15, 1646 – Birth of King Christian V of Denmark in Duborg Castle, Flensburg now in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein
Wikipedia: King Christian V of Denmark

April 15, 1684 – Birth of Catherine I, Empress of All Russia
Born Martha Skavronskaya, Catherine was the daughter of Samuil Skavronski, a Lithuanian peasant.  She was the second wife of Peter the Great and became Empress in her own right after his death.
Wikipedia: Empress Catherine I of Russia

April 15, 1776 – Death of Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeievna of Russia in childbirth, first wife of the future Paul I, Emperor of All Russia, in St. Petersburg, Russia
Born Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt, she acquired the Russian name Natalia Alexeievna in 1773 when she married Paul at age 21.  She died three years later in childbirth along with her child.
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeievna of Russia

April 15, 1719 – Death of Françoise d’Aubigné Scarron, Marquise de Maintenon,  morganatic second wife of King Louis XIV of France, at Saint-Cyr-l’École, France; buried in the choir at St-Cyr
Wikipedia: Françoise d’Aubigné Scarron, Marquise de Maintenon

April 15, 1883 – Death of Friederich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Unofficial Royalty: Friedrich Franz II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 15, 1960 – Birth of King Philippe of the Belgians, at Château de Belvédère in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Full name: Philippe Léopold Louis Marie
Unofficial Royalty: King Philippe of the Belgians

April 15, 1969 – Death of  Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (Ena), wife of King Alfonso XIII of Spain, born Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, at Lausanne, Switzerland; originally buried at the Church of Sacré Coeur in Lausanne, France, reinterred in the Royal Vault in the Escorial near Madrid, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain

Royal News: Saturday 14 April 2018

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April 14: Today in Royal History

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 14, 1471 – The Yorkists under King Edward IV defeats the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; Warwick is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward IV of England
Wikipedia: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
Wikipedia: Battle of Barnet

April 14, 1578 – Birth of King Philip III of Spain in Madrid, Spain
Wikipedia: King Philip III of Spain

April 14, 1818 – Birth of Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of King George V of Hanover, in Hildburghausen, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Queen of Hanover

April 14, 1857 – Birth of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Beatrice Mary Victoria
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

April 14, 1867 – Birth of Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle
Full name: Christian Victor Albert Ludwig Ernst Anton
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein

April 14, 1940 – Birth of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, wife of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, born Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau in Prague now in the Czech Republic
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie of Liechtenstein