Category Archives: Today in Royal History

August 23: Today in Royal History

King Louis XVI of France; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 23, 1740 – Birth Tsar Ivan VI of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Ivan VI of Russia

August 23, 1754 – Birth of King Louis XVI of France at the Palace of Versailles
Unofficial Royalty: King Louis XVI of France

August 23, 1836 – Birth of Marie Henriette of Austria, wife of King Leopold II of the Belgians, at Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of the Belgians

August 23, 1951- Birth of Lisa Najeeb Halaby, Queen Noor of Jordan, fourth wife of King Hussein I of Jordan, in Washington, DC
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Noor of Jordan

August 22: Today in Royal History

King Leopold II of Belgium and Marie Henriette of Austria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 22, 1350 – Death of King Philip VI of France at Nogent-le-Roi in Eure-et-Loir, France; buried at St. Denis Basilica near Paris
Wikipedia: King Philip VI of France

August 22, 1358 – Death of Isabella of France, wife of King Edward II of England, at Castle Rising in Norfolk, England, buried at Grey Friars Church in Newgate, London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Isabella of France, Queen of England

August 22, 1485 – Death of King Richard III of England at the Battle of Bosworth Field; Henry Tudor becomes King Henry VII of England
Unofficial Royalty: Richard III: Lost and Found
Unofficial Royalty: King Richard III of England
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry VII of England

August 22, 1642 – English Civil War begins when King Charles I of England calls Parliament and its soldiers traitors and raises his standard against the Parliamentarian Army in Nottingham
Wikipedia: English Civil War

August 22, 1658 – Birth of Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Gotha, Saxe-Gotha (Germany)
Wikipedia: Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

August 22, 1705 – Wedding of King George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: King George II of Great Britain
Unofficial Royalty: Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of Great Britain

August 22, 1853 – Wedding of King Leopold II of the Belgians and Marie Henriette of Austria
Unofficial Royalty: King Leopold II of the Belgians
Unofficial Royalty: Marie-Henriette of Austria

August 22, 1860 – Birth of Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz, second wife of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, in Trebschen, Prussia (Poland)
Full name: Eleonore Caroline Gasparine Louise
Unofficial Royalty: Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz

August 22, 1878 – Death of Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, fourth wife of Ferdinand VII of Spain, at Le Havre, France; buried at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain

August 22, 1893 – Death of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at Reinhardsbrunn Castle in Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Germany); buried at Moritzkirche in Coburg (Germany)
Ernest was the brother of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.
Unofficial Royalty: Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

August 21: Today in Royal History

King William IV of the United Kingdom; Credit – Wikipedia

August 21, 1643 – Birth of King Afonso VI of Portugal at Ribeira Palace in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: King Afonso VI of Portugal

August 21, 1745 – Wedding of Tsar Peter III of Russia and Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst (Empress Catherine II “the Great”) in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Tsar Peter III of Russia
Wikipedia: Empress Catherine II “the Great”

August 21, 1765 – Birth of King William IV of the United Kingdom at Buckingham House in London, England
Full name: William Henry
Unofficial Royalty: King William IV of the United Kingdom

August 21, 1813 – Death of Sofia Magdalena of Denmark and Norway, wife of King Gustav III of Sweden, at Ulriksdal Palace in Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Sofia Magdalena of Denmark and Norway, Queen of Sweden

August 21, 1858 – Birth of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, son of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, at Schloss Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria

August 21, 1930 – Birth of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom, daughter of King George VI of the United Kingdom, at Glamis Castle in Glamis, Angus, Scotland
Full name: Margaret Rose
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom

August 21, 1963 – Birth of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Rabat, Morocco
Unofficial Royalty: King Mohammed VI of Morocco

August 20: Today in Royal History

Prince Alfred of the United Kingdom; Credit – Wikipedia

August 20, 1752 – Birth of Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Karl II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Darmstadt (Germany)
Wikipedia: Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt

August 20, 1783 – Death of Prince Alfred, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle, buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Alfred

August 20, 2003 – Birth of Prince Gabriel of Belgium, son of King Philippe of the Belgians, in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium
Full name: Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Gabriel of Belgium

August 19: Today in Royal History

Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 19, 1186 – Death of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, son of King Henry II of England, at Paris, France, buried in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany

August 19, 1274 – Coronation of King Edward I of England
Edward’s wife Eleanor of Castile was crowned with him.
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward I of England

August 19, 1284 – Death of Alfonso, Earl of Chester, son of King Edward I of England, at Windsor Castle, buried at Westminster Abbey
Alfonso was the third son and ninth child of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castile.  His two elder brothers were already dead so he was the heir apparent.  He died at age 10 at Windsor Castle and was buried in Westminster Abbey near the shrine of Edward the Confessor.  England could have had a King Alfonso!
Wikipedia: Alfonso, Earl of Chester

August 19, 1596 – Birth of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of King James I of England, at Falkland Palace in Fife, Scotland
It was through Elizabeth that the Hanovers inherited the British throne.  King George I was her grandson.
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth Stuart, Electress, Palatine, Queen of Bohemia

August 19, 1890 – Birth of Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, wife of King Manuel II of Portugal, in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany)
Augusta Victoria and Manuel married after he was deposed.
Unofficial Royalty: Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

August 19, 1946 – Birth of Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein, son of Prince Franz Josef II, in Zurich, Switzerland
Full name: Philipp Erasmus Alois Ferdinand Maria Sebaldus
Wikipedia: Prince Philipp Erasmus of Liechtenstein

August 19, 1973 – Birth of Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, wife of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, in Kristiansand, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

August 18: Today in Royal History

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria with his mother Sophie of Bavaria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 18, 1572 – Wedding of King Henri IV of France and Marguerite de Valois
Unofficial Royalty: King Henri IV of France
Unofficial Royalty: Marguerite de Valois

August 18, 1645 – Death of Eudoxia Streshneva, second wife of Tsar Michael I in Moscow, Russia; buried at the Cathedral of the Archangel in Moscow, Russia
Wikipedia: Eudoxia Streshneva

August 18, 1683 – Birth of Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in Saalfeld, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Wikipedia: Christian Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

August 18, 1781 – Death of Prince Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein; buried at the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Prince Franz Josef I of Liechtenstein

August 18, 1830 – Birth of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria

August 17: Today in Royal History

Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 17, 1153 – Death of Eustace of Boulogne, son of King Stephen of England, at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England; buried at Faversham Abbey in Kent, England
Eustace was the second but first surviving son of King Stephen and Matilda of Boulogne.  He became the ruler of his mother’s country in 1147 at the age of 21.  Eustace married Constance, the only daughter of King Louis VI of France.  He had a very unpleasant personality and more or less imprisoned his wife in Canterbury Castle.  He died childless “of fever” or “in a fit of madness” and was buried at Faversham Abbey.  At Eustace’s death, young Henry Fitzempress came to England to claim his rights to the English throne through his mother Empress Matilda (or Maud), the only surviving child of Henry I.  Stephen, who was Empress Matilda’s first cousin and Henry reached an agreement with the Treaty of Wallingford which allowed Stephen to rule until his death when the throne would pass to Henry who ruled as Henry II.
Wikipedia: Eustace of Boulogne

August 17, 1153 – Birth of William, Count of Poitiers, son of King Henry II of England, in Normandy, France
William was the first child of Henry and Eleanor of Aquitaine and ironically was born on the day Eustace of Boulogne, King Stephen’s son and heir died. (See his entry above for more information.) William died when he was three.
Wikipedia: William, Count of Poitiers

August 17, 1473 – Birth of Richard, Duke of York, son of King Edward IV of England, at the Dominican Friary in Shrewsbury, England
Wikipedia: Richard, Duke of York

August 17, 1786 – Death of Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia, at the Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam, Prussia (Germany); originally buried at the Garrison Church in Potsdam, re-buried at Sanssouci
Unofficial Royalty: Friedrich II (the Great), King of Prussia

August 17, 1786 – Birth of Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; mother of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Coburg in Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Germany)
Full name: Marie Luise Viktoria
Unofficial Royalty: Viktoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, Duchess of Kent

August 17, 1820 – Opening of trial of Queen Caroline, estranged wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Caroline of Brunswick
Wikipedia: Pains and Penalties Bill of 1820

August 17, 1887 – Birth of Emperor Karl I of Austria at the Castle of Persenbeug in Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria-Hungary (Austria)
Full name: Karl Franz Josef Ludwig Hubert Georg Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Karl I, Emperor of Austria

August 16: Today in Royal History

Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 16, 1445 – Death of Margaret of Scotland, first wife of the future King Louis XI of France, at Châlons-sur-Marne, France; buried at St Laon Abbey in Thouars, Deux-Sevres, France
Wikipedia: Margaret of Scotland

August 16, 1573 – Birth of Anna of Austria, first wife of King Sigismund III Vasa of Sweden and Poland, in Graz, Austria
Wikipedia: Anna of Austria

August 16, 1763 – Birth of Frederick, Duke of York, son of King George III of the United Kingdom, at St. James Palace in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Frederick, Duke of York

August 16, 1906 – Birth of Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein in Styria, Austria
Full name: Franz Joseph Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein

 

August 15: Today in Royal History

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 15, 1057 – Death of Macbeth, King of Scots at Scone, Scotland; buried on the Isle of Iona, Scotland
Wikipedia: Macbeth, King of Scots

August 15, 1316 – Birth of John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall, son of King Edward II of England, at Eltham Palace in London, England
Wikipedia: John of Eltham

August 15, 1369 – Death of Philippa of Hainault, wife of King Edward III of England, at Windsor Castle, buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England

August 15, 1769 – Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, in Corsica, France
Unofficial Royalty: Napoleon Bonaparte

August 15, 1824 – Birth of Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden in Karlsruhe (Germany)
Ludwig suffered from mental illness and his brother and successor Friedrich served as his Regent.
Wikipedia: Ludwig II, Grand Duke of Baden

August 15, 1950 – Birth of Princess Anne, Princess Royal at Clarence House in London, England
Full name: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise
Unofficial Royalty: Anne, Princess Royal

August 14: Today in Royal History

Prince Heinrich of Prussia with his wife Irene of Hesse and by Rhine; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

August 14, 1040 – Death of King Duncan I of Scotland at Pitgaveny near Elgin, Scotland; buried on the Isle of Iona, Scotland
Wikipedia: King Duncan I of Scotland

August 14, 1433 – Death of King João I of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal; buried at Batalha Monastery in Batalha, Portugal
Wikipedia: King João I of Portugal

August 14, 1479 – Birth of Catherine of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, at Eltham Palace in London, England
Wikipedia: Catherine of York

August 14, 1688 – Birth of Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, in Berlin, Prussia (Germany)
Wikipedia: Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia

August 14, 1754 – Death of Maria Anna of Austria, wife of King João V of Portugal, in Lisbon, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, Portugal
Wikipedia: Maria Anna of Austria

August 14, 1862 – Birth of Prince Heinrich of Prussia, son of Friedrich III, German Emperor, at Neues Palais in Potsdam, Germany
Full name: Albert Wilhelm Heinrich
Prince Heinrich was the son of Victoria, Princess Royal and Kaiser Friedrich III and a grandson of Queen Victoria. He married his first cousin Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Princess Alice.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Heinrich of Prussia