Category Archives: Today in Royal History

January 20: Today in Royal History

King Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 20, 1382 – Wedding of King Richard II of England (first marriage) and Anne of Bohemia at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Richard II of England
Unofficial Royalty: Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England

January 20, 1554 – Birth of King Sebastian of Portugal at the Palace of Ribeira in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Sebastian of Portugal

January 20, 1649 – King Charles I of England brought to trial in Westminster Hall
Unofficial Royalty: King Charles I of England

January 20, 1666 – Death of Anne of Austria, wife of King Louis XIII of France, at the convent of Val-de-Grâce in Paris, France; buried at Saint Denis Basilica near Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Anne of Austria, Queen of France

January 20, 1716 – Birth of King Carlos III of Spain at the Royal Palace of Madrid in Spain
Wikipedia: King Carlos III of Spain

January 20, 1731 – Death of Prince Antonio I of Monaco, buried at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Antonio I of Monaco

January 20, 1819 – Death of King Carlos IV of Spain, in exile, at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, Italy; buried at San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain
Wikipedia: King Carlos IV of Spain

January 20, 1848 – Death of King Christian VIII of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Christian VIII of Denmark

January 20, 1896 – Death of Prince Henry of Battenberg, husband of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, at sea from malaria caught in Africa during the Ashanti War; buried at St. Mildred’s Church in Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Henry of Battenberg

January 20, 1936 – Death of King George V of the United Kingdom at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: King George V of the United Kingdom

January 20, 1965 – Birth of Sophie Rhys-Jones, wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England
Full name: Sophie Helen
Unofficial Royalty: Sophie, Countess of Wessex

January 20, 1973 – Birth of Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz, wife of King Philippe of the Belgians, in Uccle, Belgium
Full name: Mathilde Marie Christine Ghislaine
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

January 19: Today in Royal History

Isabella of Austria, wife of King Christian II of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 19, 1526 – Death of Isabella of Austria, wife of King Christian II of Denmark, in Ghent in present-day Belgium; buried first at St Peter Church in Ghent, then in Saint Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Isabella was the daughter of Queen Juana of Castile and the granddaughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile.  It is said that Danish Crown Prince Frederik’s elder daughter is named after her.
Wikipedia: Isabella of Austria

January 19, 1544 – Birth of King  François II of France at the Château de Fontainebleau in France
François was the first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Wikipedia: King François II of France

January 19, 1757 – Birth of Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, wife of Franz Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in Saalburg-Ebersdorf, Germany
Augusta was the grandmother of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf

January 19, 1793 – King Louis XVI of France is sentenced to death
Unofficial Royalty: King Louis XVI of France
Wikipedia: Trial of Louis XVI

January 19, 1927 – Death of Charlotte of Belgium, wife of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, at the Castle of Bouchout in Meise, Belgium; buried at the Royal Crypt in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Charlotte was a first cousin of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  Her father was their Uncle Leopold, the first King of the Belgians.  She married Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, the Habsburg Archduke, who was executed.
Wikipedia: Charlotte of Belgium

January 19, 1937 – Birth of Princess Birgitta of Sweden
Birgitta is the elder sister of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Birgitta of Sweden

January 19, 1943 – Birth of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, daughter of Queen Juliana, in Ottawa, Canada
Full name: Margriet Francisca
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

January 18: Today in Royal History

Anna Pavlovna of Russia, wife of King Willem II of the Netherlands; Credit – Wikipedia

January 18, 1367 – Death of King Pedro I of Portugal in Estremoz, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of Alcobaça in Alcobaça, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Pedro I of Portugal

January 18, 1486 – Wedding of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VII of England
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth of York, Queen of England

January 18, 1701 – Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg, becomes King of Prussia
Wikipedia: Friedrich I, King of Prussia

January 18, 1795 – Birth of Anna Pavlovna of Russia, wife of King Willem II of the Netherlands, in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Unofficial Royalty: Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Queen of the Netherlands

January 18, 1890 – Death of King Amadeo I of Spain in Turin, Italy; buried at the Basilica of Superga in Turin, Italy
Wikipedia: King Amadeo I of Spain

January 18, 1908 – Birth of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Västerbotten, wife of Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and mother of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, in Gotha, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Västerbotten

January 18, 1919 – Death of Prince John of the United Kingdom, son of King George V of the United Kingdom, at Wood Farm in Wolferton, Norfolk, England; buried at Sandringham Church in Norfolk, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince John of the United Kingdom

January 18, 1974 – Birth of Claire Louise Coombs, wife of Prince Laurent of Belgium, in Bath, England
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Claire of Belgium

January 17: Today in Royal History

Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 17, 1598 – Death of Tsar Fyodor I of Russia in Moscow, Russia; buried at Archangel Cathedral in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Fyodor I of Russia

January 17, 1746 – Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, defeats British forces at the Battle of Falkirk in Scotland
Wikipedia: Battle of Falkirk

January 17, 1870 – Birth of Maria Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, first wife Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, in Rome, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Luisa of Bourbon-Parma

January 17, 1893 – Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii is forced to abdicate by a group of businessmen and sugar planters
Wikipedia: Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii

January 17, 1991 – Death of King Olav V of Norway at the Royal Lodge, Kongsseteren in Norway; buried at the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: King Olav V of Norway

January 16: Today in Royal History

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 16, 1245 – Birth of Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster and Leicester, son of King Henry III of England, at London, England
Wikipedia: Edmund Crouchback

January 16, 1942 – Death of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, at Bagshot Park in Surrey, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Arthur died at age 91.  Two of his great grandchildren are current monarchs: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught

January 16, 1979 – Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
BBC: 1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile
Wikipedia: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

January 15: Today in Royal History

Queen Elizabeth I of England in her coronation robes; Credit – Wikipedia

January 15, 1432 – Birth of King Afonso V of Portugal at Sintra National Palace in Sintra, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Afonso V of Portugal

January 15, 1478 – Wedding of Richard, Duke of York, son of King Edward IV of England, and Lady Anne Mowbray at St. Stephen’s Chapel, Palace of Westminster in London, England
Richard was one of the “Little Princes in the Tower.”  Anne Mowbray was the only daughter and heiress of John Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk.  Richard was 5 when he married and Anne was 6.  Anne predeceased Richard, dying in 1481, two years before Richard disappeared.
Wikipedia: Richard, Duke of York
Wikipedia: Lady Anne Mowbray

January 15, 1535 – King Henry VIII of England assumes the title of Supreme Head of the Church of England
Wikipedia: Act of Supremacy

January 15, 1559 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I of England
Elizabeth was crowned by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle. The position of Archbishop of Canterbury was vacant at that time and the Archbishop of York refused to do the service.
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Elizabeth I of England

January 15, 1781 – Death of Mariana Victoria of Spain, wife of King José I of Portugal at Barraca Real of Ajuda, Portugal; buried at the Church of São Francisco de Paula, Lisbon
Wikipedia: Mariana Victoria of Spain

January 15, 1882 – Birth of Princess Margaret of Connaught, daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Bagshot Park in Surrey, England
Full name: Margaret Victoria Augusta Charlotte Norah
Unofficial Royalty:  Princess Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden

January 15, 1945 – Birth of Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, wife of Prince Michael of Kent, at Karlsbad, now Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic
Full name: Marie-Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Michael of Kent

January 15, 1968 – Birth of Inaki Urdangarin y Liebaert in Zumarraga, Basque Country, Spain, husband of Infanta Cristina of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Inaki Urdangarin

January 14: Today in Royal History

Princess Mary of Great Britain, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel; Credit – Wikipedia

January 14, 1131 – Birth of King Valdemar I of Denmark
Wikipedia: King Valdemar I of Denmark

January 14, 1236 – Wedding of King Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence at Canterbury Cathedral
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry III of England
Unofficial Royalty: Eleanor of Provence

January 14, 1772 – Death of Princess Mary of Great Britain, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, at Hanau, Germany; buried at the Reformed Church in Hanau
Wikipedia: Princess Mary of Great Britain

January 14, 1872 – Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia goes on a buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer
Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich, son of Tsar Alexander II, took a three-month tour of the United States from November 1871 – February 1872.  The buffalo hunting expedition took place on the Grand Duke’s 22nd birthday.
Frontiers: Grand Duke Alexei’s Trip to America
Wikipedia: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia

January 14, 1892 – Death of Prince Albert Victor (Eddy), eldest son of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom at Sandringham House, Norfolk; buried in the Albert Memorial Chapel at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert Victor

January 14, 1919 – Abdication of Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde of Luxembourg

January 14, 1972 – Death of King Frederik IX of Denmark at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: King Frederik IX of Denmark

January 14, 1994 – Duchess of Kent converts to Catholicism
BBC: 1994: Duchess of Kent joins Catholic church
Unofficial Royalty: Katharine, Duchess of Kent

January 13: Today in Royal History

Sophie of Prussia, wife of King Constantine I of Greece; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 13, 858 – Death of King Aethelwulf of Wessex at Stamridge, Wessex; first buried at Steyning Church, then the Old Minster, Winchester, remains now at Winchester Cathedral
Wikipedia: King Aethelwulf of Wessex

January 13, 1669 – Birth of Henrietta Stuart, daughter of King James II of England, at Whitehall Palace in London, England
Henrietta was the third daughter and seventh child of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde.  She was named after her grandmother Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.  Henrietta died at age 10 months and was buried in the royal vault in Henry VII’s Chapel at Westminster Abbey.
Royal Genealogy Database: Henrietta Stuart

January 13, 1766 – Death of King Frederik V of Denmark and Norway at Christiansborg Palace; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik V of Denmark

January 13, 1797 – Death of Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern at Stadtschloss, Berlin, Prussia, wife of King Frederick II of Prussia; buried at the Berlin Protestant Cathedral
Wikipedia: Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern

January 13, 1883 – Birth of Prince Arthur of Connaught, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle
Full name: Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert
Prince Arthur was the son of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Marguerite of Prussia.  He married his first cousin once removed Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Arthur of Connaught

January 13, 1932 – Death of Sophie of Prussia, wife of King Constantine I of Greece and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; buried at the Tatoi Royal Cemetery, Greece
Sophie was the daughter of Victoria, Princess Royal and Frederick III, German Emperor. She married King Constantine I of Greece and is the grandmother of former King Constantine II of Greece and his sister Queen Sofia, wife of King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Unofficial Royalty: Sophie of Prussia, Queen of Greece

January 12: Today in Royal History

Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 12, 1321 – Death of Maria of Brabant, wife of King Philippe III of France at the monastery at Les Mureaux, near Meulan, France; buried at Cordeliers Convent in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Maria of Brabant

January 12, 1759 – Death of Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of King George II of Great Britain and wife of Prince William IV of Orange-Nassau, at The Hague, Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerke in Delft, Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

January 12, 1902 – Birth of King Saud Ibn Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia in Kuwait City
Wikipedia: King Saud of Saudi Arabia

January 12, 1912 – Death of Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife, husband of Louise, Princess Royal, in Aswan, Egypt; buried at the Mar Lodge Chapel in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
While sailing to Egypt, the Duke and his family were shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco. The family all survived but the Duke developed pleurisy, which may have been a result of the shipwreck, and died.
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife

January 12, 1974 – Death of Princess Patricia of Connaught, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Ribsden Holt in Windlesham, Surrey, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Princess Patricia, known as Patsy in the family, 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