Category Archives: Today in Royal History

June 27: Today in Royal History

King Louis XII of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 27, 1462 – Birth of King Louis XII of France at Château de Blois in Blois, France
Wikipedia: King Louis XII of France

June 27, 1550 – Birth of King Charles IX of France in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Wikipedia: King Charles IX of France

June 27, 1743 – King George II, the last British monarch to lead troops in battle, commanded part of his army in the Battle of Dettingen in the War of Austrian Succession
Wikipedia: Battle of Dettingen

June 27, 1880 – Birth of Natalia Sergeyevna Sheremetyevskaya, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Natalia Sergeyevna Sheremetyevskaya

June 27, 1889 – Wedding of Princess Louise, Princess Royal, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, and Alexander Duff, 6th Earl Fife, at the Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace
Queen Victoria created Duff 1st Duke of Fife two days after the wedding.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise, Princess Royal
Unofficial Royalty: Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife

June 26: Today in Royal History

Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 26, 1575 – Birth of Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, first wife of King Christian IV of Denmark, in Halle upon Saale (Germany)
Wikipedia: Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, Queen of Denmark

June 26, 1760 – Birth of Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Prince Johann I Josef of Liechtenstein

June 26, 1830 – Death of King George IV of the United Kingdom at Windsor Castle; buried at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: King George IV of the United Kingdom

June 26, 1878 – Death of Mercedes d’Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain, at the Palacio Real de Madrid; originally buried at El Escorial, reburied at the Cathedral of la Almudena in Madrid, Spain in 2000
Unofficial Royalty: Mercedes d’Orléans, Queen of Spain

June 26, 1899 – Birth of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, at Peterhof near St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia

June 26, 1922 – Death of Prince Albert I of Monaco in Paris, France; buried at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert I of Monaco

June 26, 1962 – Birth of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews, son of Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent
Full name: George Philip Nicholas
Wikipedia: George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews

June 26, 2005 – Birth of Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, daughter of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague, The Netherlands
Full name: Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentian
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

June 25: Today in Royal History

Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England and her husband Charles Brandon; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 25, 1242 – Birth of Beatrice of England, daughter of King Henry III of England in Bordeaux, Gascony, France
Wikipedia: Beatrice of England

June 25, 1483 – King Edward V of England declared illegitimate by Parliament
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward V of England

June 25, 1533 – Death of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, sister of King Henry VIII of England and wife of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, at Westhorpe Hall in Suffolk, England; originally buried in the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds, reburied at St. Mary’s Church in Bury St. Edmunds
From Susan: Several years ago, after some questions on our forum about Mary’s reburial, I emailed St. Mary’s Church in Bury St. Edmunds and got this response: “In reply to your query, yes, Mary Tudor daughter of Henry VII and sister of Henry VIII was originally buried in the Abbey at Bury St. Edmunds.  Her coffin was brought here at the Dissolution of the Monasteries and is now in the crypt.  The original grave slab survives and is in the sanctuary near the altar, there is also a later inscription and insignia on the wall and a marble kerb given by Edward VII.  In the Lady Chapel there is a stained glass window given by Queen Victoria which depicts Mary’ life.  St. Mary’s church was part of the Abbey complex and is still the town church; it occupies a corner of the Great Churchyard and so is close to the Abbey ruins.”
Unofficial Royalty: Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Duchess of Suffolk

June 25, 1755 – Birth of Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, first wife of the future Tsar Paul I of Russia in Prenzlau, Brandenburg, Prussia (Germany)
Name after marriage: Natalia Alexeievna
Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeievna died in childbirth along with her child at the age of 20.
Wikipedia: Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt

June 25, 1864 – Death of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg at Schloss Rosenstein in Stuttgart, Germany; buried at the Württemberg Mausoleum in Stuttgart
Unofficial Royalty: King Wilhelm I of Württemberg

June 25, 1870 – Abdication of Queen Isabella II of Spain in favor of her 12-year-old son, King Alfonso XII of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Isabella II of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: King Alfonso XII of Spain

June 25, 1900 – Birth of Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Earl Mountbatten), great-grandson of Queen Victoria, uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Frogmore House in Windsor, England
Full name: Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas
Unofficial Royalty: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

June 24: Today in Royal History

Mercedes of Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 24, 1291 – Death of Eleanor of Provence, wife of King Henry III of England, at Amesbury, England; buried at the Abbey of St Mary and St Melor in Amesbury, England
Unofficial Royalty: Eleanor of Provence, Queen of England

June 24, 1293 – Birth of Joan of Burgundy, first wife of King Philip VI of France
Wikipedia: Joan of Burgundy, Queen of France

June 24, 1311 – Birth of Philippa of Hainault, wife of King Edward III of England, at Valenciennes, Flanders (now in France)
Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England

June 24, 1314 – King Robert I of Scotland (the Bruce) defeats the English in the Battle of Bannockburn
Unofficial Royalty: Robert I, King of Scots (the Bruce)
Wikipedia: Battle of Bannockburn

June 24, 1348 – Birth of William of Windsor, son of King Edward III of England, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England
William was the sixth son and eleventh child of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault.  He lived only until September of 1348 and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
Genealogics: William of Windsor

June 24, 1509 – Coronation of King Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon was crowned with him. His second wife Anne Boleyn was crowned on June 1, 1533. Henry’s four other wives were never crowned.
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VIII of England

June 24, 1768 – Death of Maria Leszczynska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France at the Palace of Versailles; buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Leszczynska of Poland, Queen of France

June 24, 1860 – Birth of Mercedes of Orléans, first wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain at the Palacio Real in Madrid, Spain
Full name: Maria de las Mercedes
Unofficial Royalty: Mercedes of Orléans, Queen of Spain

June 23: Today in Royal History

Maria Leszczyńska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 23, 1703 – Birth of Maria Leszczyńska of Poland, wife of King Louis XV of France in Trzebnica, Lower Silesia (now in Poland)
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Leszczyńska of Poland, Queen of France

June 23, 1763 – Birth of Marie Josèphe Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, better known as Empress Joséphine, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, on Martinique in the West Indies
Unofficial Royalty: Joséphine de Beauharnais, Empress of the French

June 23, 1894 – Birth of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom at White Lodge in Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Full name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor

June 22: Today in Royal History

King George V of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 22, 1000 – Birth of Robert I the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy in Normandy (France)
Robert was the father of William the Conqueror.
Wikipedia: Robert I the Magnificent

June 22, 1658 – Birth of Ludwig VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Ludwig VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

June 22, 1911 – Coronation of King George V of the United Kingdom
George’s wife Mary of Teck was crowned with him.
Unofficial Royalty: Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary
Unofficial Royalty: King George V of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Coronation of King George V

June 22, 1961 – Death of Maria of Romania, Queen of Yugoslavia
Unofficial Royalty: Maria of Romania, Queen of Yugoslavia

June 21: Today in Royal History

King Edward III of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 21, 1221 – Wedding of Joan of England, daughter of King John of England, to King Alexander II of Scotland, at York Minster in York, England
Unofficial Royalty: Joan of England, Queen of Scotland
Wikipedia: King Alexander II of Scotland

June 21, 1377 – Death of King Edward III of England at Sheen Palace, Surrey; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward III of England

June 21, 1646 – Birth of Marie Françoise of Nemours, wife of King Afonso VI of Portugal and his brother King Pedro II of Portugal, at the Hôtel de Nemours in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Marie Françoise of Nemours, Queen of Portugal

June 21, 1713 – Birth of Princess Caroline Elizabeth of Great Britain, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover (Germany)
Wikipedia: Princess Caroline Elizabeth of Great Britain

June 21, 1806 – Wedding of King Christian VIII of Denmark (first marriage) and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
The couple divorced in 1810.
Wikipedia: King Christian VIII of Denmark
Wikipedia: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

June 21, 1818 – Birth of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg (Germany)
Full name:  Ernst August Karl Johann Leopold Alexander Eduard
Ernst was the brother of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.
Unofficial Royalty: Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

June 21, 1982 – Birth of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England
Full name: William Arthur Philip Louis
Unofficial Royalty: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

June 20: Today in Royal History

Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, wife of King Charles XIII of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 20, 840 – Death of King Louis I of France (the Pious) in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany; buried at the Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains in Metz, France
Wikipedia: King Louis I of France

June 20, 1235 – Wedding of Isabella of England, daughter of King John of England and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, at Wurms Cathedral in Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Isabella of England, Holy Roman Empress
Wikipedia: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor

June 20, 1389 – Birth of John, Duke of Bedford, son of King Henry IV of England
Unofficial Royalty: John, Duke of Bedford

June 20, 1566 – Birth of Sigismund III Vasa, King of Sweden and Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania
Wikipedia: Sigismund III Vasa, King of Sweden and Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania

June 20, 1605 – Death of Tsar Feodor II of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia; buried at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiyev Posad, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Feodor II of Russia

June 20, 1667 – Death of James, Duke of Cambridge, son of King James II of England, at Richmond Palace; buried at Westminster Abbey
James, the second son of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde was born on July 11, 1663.  Little James fell ill in April of 1667 and died on June 20, 1667.
Wikipedia: James, Duke of Cambridge

June 20, 1818 – Death of Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, wife of King Charles XIII of Sweden; buried at Riddarholm Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden

June 20, 1837 – Death of King William IV of the United Kingdom at Windsor Castle; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: King William IV of the United Kingdom

June 20, 1856 – Death of Prince Florestan I of Monaco; buried at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Florestan I of Monaco

June 20, 1913 – Birth of Juan, Count of Barcelona at the Palace of San Ildefonso in Spain
Juan was the third surviving son of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenburg. He was the father of Juan Carlos, former King of Spain.
Full name: Juan Carlos Teresa Silverio Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg
Unofficial Royalty: Juan, Count of Barcelona

June 20, 1946 – Birth of Birgitte Eva van Deurs, wife of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in Odense, Isle of Funen, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

June 19: Today in Royal History

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 19, 1294 – Birth of King Charles IV of France in Clermont, Oise, France
Wikipedia: King Charles IV of France

June 19, 1282 – Death in childbirth of Eleanor de Montfort, wife of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, granddaughter of King John of England, in Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, Wales; buried at the Franciscan Friary of Llanfaes, Anglesey, Wales
Eleanor’s parents were Simon de Montfort and Eleanor of England, King John’s daughter. Her husband was the last Prince of an independent Wales and was killed in battle trying to save Wales in December 1281. The baby girl born the day her mother died was named Gwenllian of Wales and her uncle Prince Dafydd ap Gruffudd became her guardian after her parents died. In June of 1283, Dafydd ap Gruffudd was captured by Edward I’s armies and hanged, drawn and quartered. Dafydd ap Gruffudd’s two sons were imprisoned in Bristol Castle for the rest of their lives and his daughter and niece Gwenllian were confined in convents.
Wikipedia: Eleanor de Montfort
Wikipedia: Gwenllian ferch Llywelyn

June 19, 1500 – Death of Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset, son of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York; buried at Westminster Abbey
Little Edmund was 1 1/2 when he died.
Wikipedia: Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset

June 19, 1566 – Birth of King James VI of Scotland (later King James I of England), son of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Full name: Charles James
Unofficial Royalty: King James I of England

June 19, 1787 – Death of Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France, daughter of King Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, at the Palace of Versailles; buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris, France
Wikipedia: Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France

June 19, 1850 – Wedding of King Carl XV of Sweden (Carl IV of Norway) and Louise of the Netherlands in the Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Carl XV of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Louise of the Netherlands, Queen of Sweden

June 19, 1867 – Execution of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico by firing squad in Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Mexico; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria
Maximilian was born an Austrian Archduke and was the brother of Emperor Franz Josef.
Wikipedia: Emperor Maximilian of Mexico

June 19, 1896 – Birth of Bessiewallis Warfield at Square Cottage at Monterey Inn, a resort hotel in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
Unofficial Royalty: Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

June 19, 1902 – Death of Albert, King of Saxony in Sibyllenort (now Szczodre, Poland); buried at Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, Germany
Wikipedia: Albert, King of Saxony

June 19, 1976 – Wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Silvia Sommerlath at the Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Silvia Sommerlath
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath

June 19, 1999 – Wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys Jones at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys Jones
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Unofficial Royalty: Sophie Rhys Jones

June 19, 2010 – Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling at the Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Daniel Westling

June 18: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia, wife of King George I of Greece; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

June 18, 1269 – Birth of Eleanor of England, daughter of King Edward I of England, at Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Eleanor of England

June 18, 1318 – Birth of Eleanor of Woodstock, daughter of King Edward II of England, at Woodstock Palace in Oxfordshire, England
Wikipedia: Eleanor of Woodstock

June 18, 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of King Henry VIII of England, at St. James’ Palace in London, England; buried at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Framlingham, Suffolk, England
Unofficial Royalty: Henry Fitzroy

June 18, 1662 – Birth of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Cleveland, illegitimate son of King Charles II of England by Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland
Wikipedia: Charles FitzRoy

June 18, 1815 – Napoleon is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo
Wikipedia: Battle of Waterloo

June 18, 1866 – Death of Prince Sigismund of Prussia at the Neues Palais in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany); buried at Friedenskirche in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany)
Prince Sigismund was the son of Victoria, Princess Royal and Kaiser Frederick III of Germany, and a grandson of Queen Victoria. He died at age two from meningitis.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Sigismund of Prussia

June 18, 1901 – Birth of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, at Peterhof near St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

June 18, 1926 – Death of Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia, wife of King George I of Greece, in Pau, Béarn, France; first buried in Italy, reburied at Tatoi Royal Cemetery in Greece
Olga is the paternal grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Unofficial Royalty: Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen of Greece

June 18, 1975 – Beheading of Prince Faisal bin Musad of Saudi Arabia for the assassination of his uncle King Faisal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Wikipedia: Faisal bin Musad of Saudi Arabia

June 18, 2006 – Birth of Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau, daughter of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau
Full name: Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou
Wikipedia: Zaria of Orange-Nassau