Category Archives: Today in Royal History

March 23: Today in Royal History

Margaret of Anjou; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

March 23, 1429 – Birth of Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England, at Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France
Unofficial Royalty: Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England

March 23, 1801 – Murder of Tsar Paul I of Russia at the Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg, Russia; buried at the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Paul I of Russia

March 23, 1990 – Birth of Princess Eugenie of York at Portland Hospital in London, England
Full name: Eugenie Victoria Helena
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Eugenie of York

March 22: Today in Royal History

Marie Sophie of Hesse-Cassel, Queen of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

March 22, 1421 – Death of Thomas, Duke of Clarence, son of King Henry IV of England, at the Battle of Baugé in France; buried at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, England
Wikipedia: Thomas, Duke of Clarence

March 22, 1759– Birth of Hedvig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, wife of King Charles XIII of Sweden, in Eutin (Germany)
Wikipedia: Hedvig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden

March 22, 1797 – Birth of Wilhelm I, German Emperor, King of Prussia at the Crown Prince’s Palace in Berlin, Prussia (Germany)
Full name: Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig
Unofficial Royalty: Wilhelm I, German Emperor, King of Prussia

March 22, 1852 – Death of Marie Sophie of Hesse-Cassel, wife of King Frederik VI of Denmark and Norway, at Frederiksberg Palace in Frederiksberg, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: Marie Sophie of Hesse-Cassel, Queen of Denmark

March 22, 1956 – Birth of Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista, wife of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, in Havana, Cuba
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

March 21: Today in Royal History

King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden; Photo Credit – orderofsplendor.blogspot.com

March 21, 1795 – Death of Prince Honoré III of Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Honoré III of Monaco

March 21, 1871 – Wedding of Princess Louise of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, and John Campbell, Lord Lorne later Duke of Argyll, at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Louise broke with tradition and married a non-royal. Her husband served the crown as Governor General of Canada for 5 years. Louise accompanied him to Canada and Canadians were honored to have their monarch’s daughter living in their country.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll
Unofficial Royalty: John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll

March 21, 1929 – Wedding King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden at Oslo Cathedral in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: King Olav V of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha of Sweden, Crown Princess of Norway

 March 21, 1985 – Claire Margareta Lademacher, wife of Prince Félix of Luxembourg, was born in Filderstadt, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Claire of Luxembourg

March 21, 2002 – Wedding of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Salma Bennani at the Dar al-Makhzin in Rabat, Morocco
Unofficial Royalty: King Mohammed VI of Morocco
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

March 21, 2004 – Birth of Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, son of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Full name: Claus-Casimir Bernhard Marius Max
Wikipedia: Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau

March 20: Today in Royal History

Tomb of King Henry IV of England; Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer, March 2008

March 20, 1413 – Death of King Henry IV of England in the Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey; buried at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, England
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry IV of England

March 20, 1469 – Birth of Cecily of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, at the Palace of Westminster in London, England
Wikipedia: Cecily of York

March 20, 1736 – Birth of Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, Rama I of Thailand in Ayutthaya, Kingdom of Ayutthaya
Wikipedia: Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke

March 20, 1811 – Birth of Napoleon II (Francois-Charles-Joseph Bonaparte), son of Emperor Napoleon I of France and his second wife Marie-Louise of Austria, at the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Napoleon II

March 20, 1816 – Death of Queen Maria I of Portugal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; buried first in the Ajuda Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; since 1821 in the Basílica da Estrela in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Queen Maria I of Portugal

March 20, 1926 – Death of Lovisa of Sweden, wife of King Frederik VIII of Denmark, at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Lovisa of Sweden, Queen of Denmark

March 20, 1934 – Death of Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, wife of King Willem III of the Netherlands, at the Palace Lange Voorhout in The Hague, Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands

March 20, 1944 – Wedding of Peter II of Yugoslavia and Alexandra of Greece
Unofficial Royalty: King Peter II of Yugoslavia
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandra of Greece

March 20, 1963 – Wedding of Palden Thondup Namgyal, Crown Prince of Sikkim and Hope Cooke
Unofficial Royalty: Palden Thondup Namgyal, Crown Prince of Sikkim
Wikipedia: Hope Cooke

March 20, 1974 – Kidnap attempt is made on Princess Anne in The Mall near Buckingham Palace in London, England
BBC: On This Date – March 20
The Age: Kidnap the Princess? Not bloody likely!

March 20, 1982 – Wedding of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein and Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg at Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg

March 20, 2004 – Death of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, formerly Queen Juliana, at the Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, The Netherlands; buried at the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

March 19: Today in Royal History

Princess Louisa Anne of Wales; Credit – Wikipedia

March 19, 1286 – Death of King Alexander III of Scotland in Kinghorne, Fife, Scotland; buried at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: King Alexander III of Scotland

March 19, 1749 – Birth of Princess Louisa Anne of Wales, daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales and sister of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Leicester House in London, England
Wikipedia: Princess Louisa Anne of Wales

March 19, 1851 – Birth of Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Wikipedia: Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

March 19, 1889 – Birth King Manuel II of Portugal at the Palace of Belém in Lisbon, Portugal
Unofficial Royalty: King Manuel II of Portugal

March 19, 1976 – Separation of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret
Unofficial Royalty: Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon

March 19, 1992 – Separation of the Duke and Duchess of York announced by Buckingham Palace
BBC: On This Day – March 19

March 18: Today in Royal History

Maria Caterina Brignole, Princess of Monaco. Photo credit: Wikipedia

March 18, 979 – Death of Edward the Martyr, King of England at Corfe Castle in Dorset, England; buried at Wareham Abbey in Dorset, England
Wikipedia: Edward the Martyr

March 18, 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England, at Richmond Palace in Surrey, England
Unofficial Royalty: Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Duchess of Suffolk

March 18, 1603 – Birth of King João IV of Portugal at the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, in Vila Viçosa, Portugal
Wikipedia: King João IV of Portugal

March 18, 1609 – Birth of King Frederik III of Denmark and Norway at Haderslevhus Castle in Haderslev, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik III of Denmark

March 18, 1830 – Death of Maria Caterina Brignole, wife of Honoré III, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Maria Caterina Brignole, Princess of Monaco

March 18, 1848 – Birth of Princess Louise of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Louise Caroline Alberta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise of the United Kingdom

March 18, 1913 – Assassination of King George I of Greece in Thessaloniki, Greece, buried at the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi, Greece
King George I of Greece was born Prince William of Denmark.  He was the brother of King Frederik VIII of Denmark, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.  George’s son Andrew was the father of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Unofficial Royalty: King George I of Greece

March 18, 1920 – Wedding of Princess Charlotte of Monaco and Count Pierre de Polignac, parents of Prince Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlotte of Monaco
Wikipedia: Pierre de Polignac

March 18, 1965 – Death of King Farouk of Egypt in exile in Rome, Italy; buried at the Al-Rifa’i Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
Wikipedia: King Farouk of Egypt

March 18, 1983 – Death of King Umberto II of Italy in Geneva, Switzerland; buried at Hautecombe Abbey in France
Unofficial Royalty: King Umberto II of Italy

March 18, 1986 – Engagement of Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom to Sarah Ferguson announced by Buckingham Palace
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Andrew
Unofficial Royalty: Sarah, Duchess of York
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

March 18, 1995 – Wedding of Infanta Elena of Spain and Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada at in Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain
On January 21, 2010, the couple’s divorce was registered at the Civil Registry of the Spanish Royal Family.
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Elena of Spain
Wikipedia: Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada

March 18, 2009 – Wedding of Prince Jean of Luxembourg (2nd marriage)  and Diane De Guerre at the city hall in Roermond, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Jean of Luxembourg

March 18, 2012 – Death of King George Tupou V of Tonga at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong; buried at Malaʻekula, the royal burial grounds, in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Wikipedia: King George Tupou V of Tonga

March 17: Today in Royal History

James IV, King of Scotland. Photo credit: Wikipedia

March 17, 1040 – Death of King Harold I (Harefoot) of England at Oxford, England; buried at St. Clement Danes Church in London, England
Wikipedia: King Harold I of England

March 17, 1058 – Death of King Lulach of Scotland at Essie, Strathbogie, Scotland; buried on the Isle of Iona, Scotland
Wikipedia: Lulach, King of Scotland

March 17, 1473 – Birth of James IV, King of Scotland, at Stirling Castle in Scotland
Wikipedia: James IV, King of Scotland

March 17, 1605 – Birth of George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

March 17, 1802 – Death of Sophia Antonia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, wife of Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in Coburg (Germany)
Wikipedia: Sophia Antonia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

March 17, 1849 – Death of King Willem II of the Netherlands in Tilburg, the Netherlands; buried at the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem II of the Netherlands

March 17, 1886 – Birth of Princess Patricia of Connaught, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth
Known as Patsy in the family, she was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia.  Upon her marriage to Sir Alexander Ramsay, she voluntarily relinquished the style of Royal Highness and the title of Princess of Great Britain and Ireland and assumed the style of Lady Patricia Ramsay.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Patricia of Connaught

March 16: Today in Royal History

Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

March 16, 1485 – Death of Anne Neville, wife of King Richard III of England, at Palace of Westminster; buried at Westminster Abbey
Anne died of tuberculosis eleven months after the death of her only child, Edward, Prince of Wales.   Her husband was killed at the Battle of Bosworth five months after her death.
Unofficial Royalty: Anne Neville, Queen of England

March 16, 1792 – King Gustavus III of Sweden is shot by Count Ankarstrom at a masked ball at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden; he dies two weeks later
Verdi’s opera Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) is based on the final days of Gustavus.
Wikipedia: King Gustavus III of Sweden

March 16, 1856 – Birth of Napoléon Eugène, Prince Imperial, only child of Emperor Napoleon III of France, in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Napoléon Eugène, Prince Imperial

March 16, 1861 – Death of Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Frogmore House in Windsor, England; buried at the Duchess of Kent’s Mausoleum at Frogmore, Windsor
Her mother’s death was the first of the two major deaths Queen Victoria had to endure in 1861.  Her husband Prince Albert died in December.
Unofficial Royalty: Victoria, Duchess of Kent

March 16, 1955 – Death of Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein
Aloys was the father of Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein. He renounced his rights to succeed in Liechtenstein in favor of his son.
Wikipedia: Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein

March 15: Today in Royal History

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia at Tsarskoe Selo after his abdication; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

March 15, 1275 – Birth of Margaret of England, daughter of King Edward I of England, at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Margaret of England

March 15, 1721 – Death of Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, first wife of King Frederick IV of Denmark, in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow

March 15, 1917 – Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

March 15, 1972 – Birth of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Hans-Adam II, in St. Gallen, Switzerland
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein

March 14: Today in Royal History

josephineofleuchtenberg

Josephine of Leuchtenberg wearing the Cameo Tiara; Credit – Wikipedia

March 14, 1647 – Death of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange
Wikipedia: Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange

March 14, 1807 – Birth of Josephine of Leuchtenberg, wife of King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway, in Milan, Italy
Full Name: Joséphine Maximiliane Eugénie Napoléonne, known as Josefina after her marriage
Josephine was the granddaughter of Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s first wife, and Alexandre de Beauharnais.  It was Josephine who brought her grandmother’s Cameo Tiara into the Swedish Royal Family.  This is the same tiara Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore at her wedding.
Unofficial Royalty: Joséphine of Leuchtenberg

March 14, 1820 – Birth of Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia and Italy at the Palazzo Carignano in Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
Unofficial Royalty: Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy

March 14, 1844 – Birth of King Umberto I of Italy in Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
Unofficial Royalty: Umberto I, King of Italy

March 14, 1917 – Death of Louise Margaret of Prussia, wife of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, at Clarence House in London, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Louise Margaret of Prussia, Duchess of Connaught

March 14, 1958 – Birth of Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco
Full name: Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre
BBC: On This Day – March 14
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert II of Monaco

March 14, 1989 – Death of Zita of Bourbon-Parma, wife of Karl I, last Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, in Zizers, Switzerland; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria; her heart is with Emperor Karl’s heart in the Monastery of Muri, Switzerland
Unofficial Royalty: Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria