Category Archives: Today in Royal History

December 11: Today in Royal History

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King Edward VIII’s abdication speech; Photo Credit – www.bbc.co.uk

December 11, 1282 – Ambush and killing of Llewellyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, the last native Prince of Wales
Wikipedia: Llewellyn ap Gruffydd

December 11, 1472 – Death of Margaret of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England; buried at Westminster Abbey in London, England
Wikipedia: Margaret of York

December 11, 1709 – Birth of Louise-Élisabeth of Orléans, wife of King Louis I of Spain, at the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France
Wikipedia: Louise-Élisabeth of Orléans, Queen of Spain

December 11, 1743 – Wedding of Princess Louise of Great Britain, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, and King Frederik V of Denmark in Altona, Hamburg (Germany)
Wikipedia: King Frederik V of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark

December 11, 1752 – Death of Adolf Friedrick, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Neustrelitz (Germany)
Wikipedia: Adolf Friedrich III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

December 11, 1780 – Death of Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, wife of Franz Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in Römhild, Germany
Wikipedia: Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

December 11, 1826 – Death of Maria Leopoldina of Austria, first wife of Pedro I of Brazil/Pedro IV of Portugal, in childbirth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; buried first in the Ajuda Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, since 1954 in the Ipiranga monument in São Paulo, Brazil
Wikipedia: Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil

December 11, 1829 – Wedding of King Ferdinand VII of Spain (4th marriage) and Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Unofficial Royalty: King Ferdinand VII of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain

December 11, 1830 – Birth of King Kamehameha V of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
December 11, 1872 – Death of King Kamehameha V of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii; buried at Mauna ʻAla Royal Mausoleum in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Wikipedia: King Kamehameha V of Hawaii

December 11, 1850 – Birth of Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton, first wife of Prince Albert I of Monaco, at Hamilton Palace in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
The couple divorced after 11 years of marriage.
Unofficial Royalty: Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton, Princess of Monaco

December 11, 1936 – Abdication of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom; his brother becomes King George VI of the United Kingdom
Wikipedia: Abdication Crisis of Edward VIII
Unofficial Royalty: Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII

December 10: Today in Royal History

King Leopold I of the Belgians, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 10, 1394 – Birth of King James I of Scotland at Dunfermline Palace in Fife, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: King James I of Scotland

December 10, 1820 – Birth of Princess Elizabeth of Clarence, daughter of King William IV of the United Kingdom, at St. James Palace in London, England
Full name: Elizabeth Georgiana Adelaide
Elizabeth seemed to be in good health, but she developed a fever, had convulsions, and died on March 1, 1821.  During her short life, she was third in line to the throne and would have been queen instead of her cousin Victoria if she had lived.
Wikipedia: Princess Elizabeth of Clarence

December 10, 1865 – Death of King Leopold I of the Belgians at Laeken, Brussels, Belgium; buried at Royal Vault at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Born Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, King Leopold was the uncle of both Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert.
Unofficial Royalty: King Leopold I of the Belgians

December 10, 1936 – King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom signs the Instrument of Abdication
Wikipedia: Abdication Crisis of Edward VIII
Unofficial Royalty: Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII

December 10, 2014 – Birth of Princess Gabriella of Monaco, Countess of Carladès and Hereditary Prince Jacques of Monaco, Marquis of Baux at the Princess Grace Hospital Center in Monaco
Full names: Gabriella Thérèse Marie and Jacques Honoré Rainier
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Gabriella of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco

December 9: Today in Royal History

King Gustavus II Adolf of Sweden, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 9, 1165 – Death of King Malcolm IV of Scotland at Jedburgh Castle; buried at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: King Malcolm IV of Scotland

December 9, 1594 – Birth of King Gustavus II Adolf of Sweden at Castle Tre Kronor in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: King Gustavus II Adolf of Sweden

December 9, 1706 – Death of King Pedro II of Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Pedro II of Portugal

December 9, 1751 – Birth of Maria Louisa of Parma, wife King Carlos IV of Spain, in Parma (Italy)
Wikipedia: Maria Louisa of Parma, Queen of Spain

December 9, 1806 – Death of Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Coburg (Germany)
Franz  was the grandfather of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Unofficial Royalty: Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

December 9, 1810 – Birth of Auguste de Beauharnais, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg, first husband of Queen Maria II of Portugal, in Milan, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Auguste de Beauharnais, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg

December 9, 1963 – Birth of Masako Owada, wife of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Princess Masako of Japan

December 9, 1991 – Birth of Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, son of Princess Astrid of Belgium, at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Woluwe-St-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Belgium
Full Name: Joachim Karl-Maria Nikolaus Isabelle Marcus d’Aviano
Wikipedia: Prince Joachim of Belgium

December 9, 1992 – Separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales announced by British Prime Minister John Major
Guardian: Charles and Diana to separate
John Major.co: Mr Major’s Commons Statement on the Separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales

December 8: Today in Royal History

King Oscar II of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 8, 1521 – Death of Christina of Saxony, wife of King Hans of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden; buried first in Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: Christina of Saxony

December 8, 1542 – Birth of Mary, Queen of Scots at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Mary, Queen of Scots

December 8, 1625 – Death of Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, second wife of King Karl IX of Sweden, at Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Södermanland, Sweden; buried at Strängnäs Cathedral in Strängnäs, Sweden
Wikipedia: Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden

December 8, 1818 – Birth of Charles III, Prince of Monaco in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Charles III, Prince of Monaco

December 8, 1818 – Death of Karl, Grand Duke of Baden in Rastatt, Grand Duchy of Baden (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Karl, Grand Duke of Baden

December 8, 1907 – Death of King Oscar II of Sweden at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Oscar II of Sweden

December 8, 1956 – Death of Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, daughter of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at 10 Fitzmaurice Place, Berkeley Square, London, England; buried at Frogmore in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein

December 7: Today in Royal History

Henry, Lord Darnley, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 7, 1545 – Birth of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, son of Matthew Stuart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Margaret Douglas (daughter of Margaret Tudor), at Temple Newsham in Yorkshire, England
Lord Darnley was the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots and the father of King James VI of Scotland/James I of England.
Unofficial Royalty: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King Consort of Scotland

December 7, 1724 – Birth of Princess Louise of Great Britain, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, at Leicester House in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Great Britain, Queen of Denmark

December 7, 1803 – Birth of Maria Josepha of Saxony, third wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, in Dresden (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen of Spain

December 7, 1807 – Birth of Feodora of Leiningen, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in Amorbach, Bavaria (Germany)
Feodora was the maternal half-sister of Queen Victoria.
Wikipedia: Feodora of Leiningen, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

December 7, 2003 – Birth of Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands
Full name: Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria
Unofficial Royalty: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

December 6: Today in Royal History

Princess Sofia of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 6, 1185 – Death of King Afonso I of Portugal in Coimbra, Portugal; buried at Santa Cruz Monastery in Coimbra, Portugal
Wikipedia: Alfonso I, King of Portugal

December 6, 1421 – Birth of King Henry VI of England at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VI of England

December 6, 1792 – Birth of King Willem II of the Netherlands at The Hague, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem II of the Netherlands

December 6, 1820 – Birth of Alexandrine of Baden, wife of Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in Karlsruhe (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Alexandrine of Baden, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

December 6, 1925 – Birth of Princess Teru of Japan, daughter of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan
Wikipedia: Princess Teru of Japan

December 6, 1984 – Birth of Sofia Hellqvist, wife of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in Täby, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Sofia of Sweden

December 6, 2000 – Birth of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, son of Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Full name: Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria

December 5: Today in Royal History

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (center) with his mother and siblings, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 5, 1560 – Death of King François II of France, first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Orléans, France; buried at the Basilica of St. Denis in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: King François Francis II of France

December 5, 1671 – Death of Catherine Stuart, daughter of the future King James II of England, at St. James Palace in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey in London, England
Little Catherine was the fourth daughter of James and his first wife Lady Anne Hyde.  Their two surviving daughters grew up to be Queen Mary II and Queen Anne.  Catherine died at the age of 10 months and was buried in Westminster Abbey without ceremony.  Her mother had died when Catherine was only seven weeks old.

December 5, 1695 – Wedding of King Frederik IV of Denmark and Louise of Mecklenburg-Guströw
Wikipedia: King Frederik IV of Denmark
Wikipedia: Louise of Mecklenburg-Guströw

December 5, 1891 – Death of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil in Paris, France; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Emperor Pedro II of Brazil

December 5, 1916 – Death of Augusta of Cambridge, wife of Friedrich Wilhelm, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Germany)
Augusta was a granddaughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, first cousin of Queen Victoria, and aunt of Queen Mary, wife of King George V
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta of Cambridge, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

December 5, 1927 – Birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Unofficial Royalty: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

December 5, 1969 – Death of Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother of Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace; first buried in the Royal Crypt at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, reburied in 1988 at the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (near her aunt Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna)
Unofficial Royalty: Alice of Battenberg, Princess Andreas of Greece

December 5, 2014 – Death of Queen Fabiola of Belgium (born Fabiola de Mora y Aragón), wife of King Baudouin of the Belgians, at Stuyvenberg Castle in Laeken, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Fabiola of Belgium

December 5, 2017 – Death of King Michael (Mihai) of Romania at his home in Switzerland
Unofficial Royalty: King Michael (Mihai) of Romania

December 4: Today in Royal History

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 4, 1214 – Death of King William I “the Lion” of Scotland at Stirling, Scotland; buried at Arbroath Abbey, in Arbroath, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: King William I of Scotland

December 4, 1711 – Birth of Bárbara of Portugal, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain, in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Bárbara of Portugal, Queen of Spain

December 4, 1878 – Birth of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, son of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, at Anichkov Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia

December 4, 1999 – Wedding of King Philippe of the Belgians and Mathilde d’Udekem d’ Acoz, civilly at the Brussels City Hall and religiously at the Cathedral of Saint Michel and Saint Gudula in Brussels, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Philippe of the Belgians and Mathilde d’Udekem d’ Acoz
Unofficial Royalty: King Philippe of the Belgians
Unofficial Royalty: Mathilde d’Udekem d’ Acoz

December 3: Today in Royal History

Princess Louise of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Argyll; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 3, 1368 – Birth of King Charles VI of France in Paris, France
Wikipedia: King Charles VI of France

December 3, 1764 – Birth of Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, first wife of King Friedrich I of Württemberg, in Brunswick (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

December 3, 1838 – Birth of Louise of Prussia, wife of Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden, in Berlin (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Baden

December 3, 1839 – Death of King Frederik VI of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik VI of Denmark

December 3, 1935 – Death of Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, at Coppins in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England; buried at Frogmore in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom

December 3, 1939 – Death of Princess Louise of the United Kingdom, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Kensington Palace in London, England; cremated and ashes buried at Frogmore in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll

December 3, 2005 – Birth of Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, son of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, at the Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway

December 2: Today in Royal History

Napoleon crowns his wife Josephine; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 2, 1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of the French at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

December 2, 1825 – Birth of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil at the Palace of São Cristóvão in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wikipedia: Emperor Pedro II of Brazil

December 2, 1849 – Death of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of King William IV of the United Kingdom, at Bentley Priory in Stanmore, Middlesex, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen of the United Kingdom

December 2, 1915 – Birth of Prince Mikasa of Japan at the Tokyo Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan
Wikipedia: Prince Mikasa of Japan