Category Archives: Today in Royal History

April 30: Today in Royal History

Princess Mary, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom at age 80, on right, with Queen Victoria, Princess Alice and the Prince of Wales (future Edward VII); Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 30, 1245 – Birth of King Philip III of France in Poissy, France
Wikipedia: King Philip III of France

April 30, 1290 – Wedding of Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I of England, and Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester and 7th Earl of Hertford, at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Joan of Acre
Wikipedia: Gilbert de Clare, 8th Earl of Gloucester and 7th Earl of Hertford

April 30, 1553 – Birth of Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, wife of King Henri III of France, in Nomeny, France
Wikipedia: Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, Queen of France

April 30, 1632 – Death of King Sigismund III Vasa of Sweden at Warsaw, Poland; buried at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanisław and Vaclav in Warsaw, Poland
Wikipedia: King Sigismund III Vasa of Sweden

April 30, 1662 – Birth of Queen Mary II of England at St. James’ Palace in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary II of England

April 30, 1857 – Death of Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Gloucester House in Piccadilly, London, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Mary was a great favorite with all the members of the royal family particularly with her niece Queen Victoria.  Mary died at age 81, the last survivor of her parents’ 15 children.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester

April 30, 1882 – Death of Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of King William II of Württemberg, in Stuttgart, Württemberg (Germany); buried at the Old Cemetery in Ludwigsburg, Württemberg (Germany)
Wikipedia: Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, Princess of Württemberg

April 30, 1909 – Birth of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, at The Hague, Netherlands
April 30, 1980 – Abdication of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands; her daughter Beatrix becomes queen
Full name: Juliana Emma Louise Wilhelmina
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

April 30, 1939 – Birth of Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, in Schiedam, Netherlands
Wikipedia: Pieter van Vollenhoven

April 30, 1946 – Birth of King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden at Haga Palace in Solna, Sweden
Full name: Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus
Unofficial Royalty: King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden

April 30, 1991 – Death of Ghislaine Marie Francoise Dommanget, wife of Prince Louis II of Monaco; buried at the Cimetiere de Passy in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Ghislaine Marie Francoise Dommanget, Princess of Monaco

April 30, 2013 – Abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; her son Willem-Alexander becomes King
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

April 29: Today in Royal History

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

April 29, 1818 – Birth of Tsar Alexander II of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Tsar Alexander II of Russia

April 29, 1901 – Birth of Emperor Hirohito of Japan in the Aoyama Palace in Tokyo, Japan
Wikipedia: Emperor Hirohito of Japan

April 29, 1944 – Birth of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, daughter of King Frederik IX of Denmark, sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Benedikte Astrid Ingeborg Ingrid
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Benedikte of Denmark

April 29, 1964 – Wedding of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma at the Borghese Chapel at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy
The couple divorced in 1981.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Wikipedia: Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma

April 29, 2003 – Birth of Maud Angelica Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Maud Angelica Behn (scroll down)

April 29, 2007 – Birth of Infanta Sofia of Spain, daughter of King Felipe VI of Spain, at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, Spain
Full name: Sofía de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Ortiz
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Sofia of Spain

April 29, 2011 – Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Unofficial Royalty: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

April 28: Today in Royal History

King Edward IV of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 28, 1442 – Birth of King Edward IV of England in Rouen, France
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward IV of England

April 28, 1950 – Wedding of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Sirikit Kitiyakara at Srapathum Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
Unofficial Royalty: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
Unofficial Royalty: Sirikit Kitiyakara, Queen of Thailand
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Sirikit Kitiyakara

April 28, 1964 – Birth of Lady Helen Windsor, daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent, at Coppins, a country house in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
Full name: Helen Marina Lucy
Wikipedia: Lady Helen Windsor

April 27: Today in Royal History

Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel, wife of King Christian V of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 27, 1404 – Death of Philip II (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy
Wikipedia: Philip II (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy

April 27, 1650 – Birth of Princess Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, wife of King Christian V of Denmark, in Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Wikipedia: Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel. Queen of Denmark

April 27, 1806 – Birth of Princess Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, fourth wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, in Le Havre, France
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain

April 27, 1848 – Birth of King Otto I of Bavaria at The Residence in Munich, Bavaria (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: King Otto I of Bavaria

April 27, 1882 – Wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria, and Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont, Duchess of Albany
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Leopold and Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont

April 27, 1931 – Death of Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, grandson of Queen Victoria, in Primkenau, Germany (now in Poland)
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein

April 27, 1967 – Birth of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Full name: Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

April 26: Today in Royal History

Marie de’ Medici, second wife of King Henri IV of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 26, 1575 – Birth of Marie de’ Medici, second wife of King Henri IV of France, at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Marie de’ Medici, Queen of France

April 26, 1648 – Birth of King Pedro II of Portugal at Ribeira Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Pedro II of Portugal

April 26, 1721 – Birth of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II of Great Britain, at Leicester House in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

April 26, 1782 – Birth of Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies, wife of Louis-Philippe, King of the French, at Caserta Palace in Caserta, Naples, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies, Queen of the French

April 26, 1898 – Wedding of King Christian X of Denmark and Princess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Cannes, France
Unofficial Royalty: King Christian X of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen of Denmark

April 26, 1923 – Wedding of King George VI of the United Kingdom and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Unofficial Royalty: King George VI of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

April 25: Today in Royal History

Princess Mary, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 25, 1214 – Birth of King Louis IX of France in Poissy, France
Wikipedia: King Louis IX of France

April 25, 1284 – Birth of King Edward II of England at Caernarvon Castle in Wales
Edward was the first English Prince of Wales.
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward II of England

April 25, 1775 – Birth of Charlotte of Spain, wife of King João VI of Portugal, at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Spain
Wikipedia: Charlotte of Spain, Queen of Portugal

April 25, 1776 – Birth of Princess Mary, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester

April 25, 1843 – Birth of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Alice Maud Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine

April 25, 1867 – Wedding of Philippe, Count of Flanders and Marie Luise of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Unofficial Royalty: Philippe, Count of Flanders
Wikipedia: Marie Luise of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

April 25, 1897 – Birth of Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King George V of the United Kingdom, at Marlborough House in London, England
Full name: Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood

April 25, 1941 – Birth of Antoinette Avril Gardiner, second wife of King Hussein of Jordan and mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, in Chelmondiston, Suffolk, England
Name after marriage: Princess Muna al-Hussein
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Muna al-Hussein

April 24: Today in Royal History

William I of Orange-Nassau (the Silent), Prince of Orange; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 24, 1533 – Birth of William I of Orange-Nassau (the Silent), Prince of Orange, at the Castle of Dillenburg in the Holy Roman Empire, now Nassau, Germany
Wikipedia: William I, Prince of Orange

April 24, 1558 – Wedding of Mary, Queen of Scots (first wedding) and King François II of France, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Mary, Queen of Scots
Wikipedia: King François  II of France

April 24, 1583 – Wedding of William the Silent, Prince of Orange and Louise de Coligny
Wikipedia: William the Silent, Prince of Orange
Wikipedia: Louise de Coligny

April 24, 1678 – Death of Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

April 24, 1852 – Death of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Baden (Germany)
Wikipedia: Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden

April 24, 1865 – Death of Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia
Wikipedia: Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarevich of Russia

April 24, 1963 – Wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and The Honorable Angus Ogilvy, son of the 12th Earl of Airlie, at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Kent
Unofficial Royalty: The Right Honorable Sir Angus Ogilvy

April 24, 1983 – Birth of Princess Iman of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan
Wikipedia: Princess Iman

April 24, 1986 – Death of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor at Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

April 24, 2004 – Wedding of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau and Mabel Wisse Smit  in Delft, the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau

April 23: Today in Royal History

Æthelred II (the Unready); Credit – Wikipedia

April 23, 1014 – Death of Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig (Brian Boru), High King of Ireland, at the Battle of Clontarf; said to be buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland
Wikipedia: Brian Boru, High King of Ireland

April 23, 1016 – Death of Æthelred II (the Unready), King of the English, at London, England; buried at (old) St. Paul’s Cathedral (destroyed in the Great Fire of London)
Unofficial Royalty: Æthelred II, King of the English

April 23, 1124 – Death of King Alexander I of Scotland at Stirling Castle in Stirling, Scotland; buried at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: King Alexander I of Scotland

April 23, 1151 – Death of Adeliza of Louvain, second wife of King Henry I of England, at Afflighem in Flanders, Belgium; buried at the Abbey of Afflighem in Afflighem, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Adeliza of Louvain, Queen of England

April 23, 1185 – Death of King Afonso II of Portugal in Coimbra, Portugal; buried at Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Afonso II of Portugal

April 23, 1224 – Wedding of Eleanor of England, daughter of King John of England, and William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke
Eleanor was the third daughter and fifth and youngest child of King John and his wife Isabella of Angouleme.  She first married William Marshall, 2nd Earl of Pembroke at age 9 and was widowed at age 16.
Unofficial Royalty: Eleanor of England
Wikipedia: William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

April 23, 1307 – Death of Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I of England, at Clare Castle in Clare, Suffolk, England; buried at Clare Priory in Clare, Suffolk, England
Joan was the eighth child of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castile and was born in Acre, Palestine while her parents were taking part in the Crusades.
Wikipedia: Joan of Acre

April 23, 1348 – Order of the Garter is founded
Wikipedia: Order of the Garter
British Monarchy: Order of the Garter

April 23, 1445 – Wedding of King Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou at Titchfield Abbey in Titchfield, Hampshire, England
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VI of England
Unofficial Royalty: Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England

April 23, 1625 – Death of Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange, at The Hague, the Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, the Netherlands
Wikipedia: Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange

April 23, 1661 – Coronation of King Charles II of England
Charles’ wife Catherine of Braganza was never crowned because she was Roman Catholic.
Unofficial Royalty: King Charles II of England

April 23, 1676 – Birth of King Fredrik I of Sweden at Kassel, Hesse-Kassel (Germany)
Wikipedia: King Fredrik I of Sweden

April 23, 1685 – Coronation of King James II of England
James’ second wife Mary of Modena was crowned with him.
Unofficial Royalty: King James II of England

April 23, 1702 – Coronation of Queen Anne of Great Britain
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Anne of Great Britain

April 23, 1751 – Death of Prince Jacques I of Monaco at Hôtel Matignon in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Prince Jacques I of Monaco

April 23, 1851 – Wedding of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg and Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, in Dessau, Germany
This was Adolphe’s second marriage. His first wife, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia, had died in childbirth in 1845.
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

April 23, 1922 – Death of Lord Leopold Mountbatten, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at the Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore near Windsor Castle
Leopold was the son of Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria, and Prince Henry of Battenberg.  His mother was a hemophilia carrier and he inherited the disease from her.  Leopold never married and died following emergency surgery.
Unofficial Royalty: Lord Leopold Mountbatten

April 23, 1923 – Death of Princess Louise of Prussia, daughter of Wilhelm I, German Emperor, wife of Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Baden

April 23, 1968 – Birth of Princess Aisha and Princess Zein of Jordan, twin daughters of King Hussein of Jordan and his second wife Princess Muna al-Hussein, in Amman, Jordan
Wikipedia: Princess Aisha
Wikipedia: Princess Zein

April 23, 1981 – Birth of Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, England
Full name: Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia
Wikipedia: Lady Gabriella Windsor

April 23, 2003 – Birth of Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria, daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium, in Brussels, Belgium
Full Name: Laetitia Maria Nora Anna Joachim Zita
Wikipedia: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium

April 23, 2004 – Wedding of Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Rym Brahimi
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Ali of Jordan
Wikipedia: Rym Brahimi

April 22: Today in Royal History

Queen Isabella of Castile and Leon; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 22, 1355 – Death of Eleanor of Woodstock, daughter of King Edward II of England, at Deventer Abbey in Gueldres, now in the Netherlands; buried at Deventer Abbey
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Woodstock, Countess of Guelders

April 22, 1433 – Wedding of John, Duke of Bedford, son of King Henry IV of England, and Jacquetta of Luxembourg at Bishop’s Palace in Thérouenne, France
Jacquetta’s second husband was Richard Woodville and their daughter Elizabeth married Edward IV making Jacquetta the grandmother of Elizabeth of York and the Little Princes in the Tower and the great-grandmother of Henry VIII.
Unofficial Royalty: John, Duke of Bedford
Wikipedia: Jacquetta of Luxembourg

April 22, 1451 –  Birth of Queen Isabella of Castile and Leon at Madrigal de las Altas Torres in Avila, Spain
Isabella was the wife of King Ferdinand of Aragon and the mother of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England.  Her great grandfather was John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III of England.
Wikipedia: Queen Isabella of Castile

April 22, 1852 – Birth of Grand Duke Guillaume IV of Luxembourg in Biebrich Palace in Wiesbaden, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg

April 22, 1872 – Birth of Princess Margaret of Prussia, daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor, at Neues Palais in Potsdam, Prussia, Germany
Full name: Margarete Beatrice Feodora
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landgravine of Hesse

April 22, 1906 – Birth of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, Duke of Västerbotten, eldest son of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, father of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden
Gustaf Adolf predeceased his father. He died in an airplane crash at age 40.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden

April 22, 1957 – Birth of Daniel Chatto, husband of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom
Full name: Daniel Chatto St. George Sproule
Wikipedia: Daniel Chatto

April 21: Today in Royal History

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

April 21, 1509 – Death of King Henry VII of England at Richmond Palace in Richmond, Surrey, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VII of England

April 21, 1767 – Birth of Elisabeth of Württemberg, first wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria, in Treptow, Brandenburg (Germany)
Elisabeth died in childbirth at age 23.
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria

April 21, 1843 – Death of Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Augustus, Duke of Sussex

April 21, 1868 – Wedding of Umberto I, King of Italy and Margherita of Savoy
Unofficial Royalty: Umberto I, King of Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Margherita of Savoy

April 21, 1892 – Death of Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Wikipedia: Alexandrine of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 21, 1926 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at 17 Bruton Street in London, England
Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

April 21, 1947 – Wedding of Princess Katherine of Greece and Major Richard Brandram
Princess Katherine was a daughter of King Constantine I of Greece and Princess Sophie of Prussia
Wikipedia: Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark, Lady Katherine Brandham

April 21, 2007 – Birth of Princess Isabella of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, at Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Isabella of Denmark