Category Archives: Today in Royal History

February 18: Today in Royal History

Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria; Credit – Wikipedia

February 18, 1478 – Execution of George, Duke of Clarence, who opposed his brother King Edward IV of England, in the Tower of London; buried at Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucester, England
Wikipedia: George, 1st Duke of Clarence

February 18, 1516 – Birth of Queen Mary I of England at Greenwich Palace, England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary I of England

February 18, 1790 – Death of Elisabeth of Württemberg, first wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Elisabeth died in childbirth at age 22.
Unofficial Royalty: Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria

February 18, 1861 – Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes the first king of a united Italy
Unofficial Royalty: King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy

February 18, 1932 – Death of Friedrich August III, last King of Saxony
Unofficial Royalty: Friedrich August III, King of Saxony

February 18, 1947 – Birth of Princess Christina of the Netherlands, daughter of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, at Soestdijk Palace in the Netherlands
Full Name: Maria Christina
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Christina of the Netherlands

February 18, 1984 – Birth of Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, born Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in Ronse, Flanders, Belgium, wife of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

February 18, 2000 – Wedding of Letsie III, King of Lesotho and Karabo Motsoeneng
Unofficial Royalty: Letsie III, King of Lesotho
Wikipedia: Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho

February 17: Today in Royal History

King Albert I of the Belgians; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 17, 1461 – 2nd Battle of St. Albans, the Lancastrians defeat the Yorkist Earl of Warwick who leaves his hostage, King Henry VI of England, under a tree
Wikipedia: Second Battle of St. Albans

February 17, 1718 – Death of Lady Charlotte FitzRoy, illegitimate daughter of Charles II by Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland  (aka Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine)
Wikipedia: Lady Charlotte FitzRoy

February 17, 1718 – Death of Prince George William of Wales, son of King George II of England, at Kensington Palace; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Prince George William of Wales

February 17, 1729 – Death of Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld at Saafeld, Germany
Wikipedia: Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

February 17, 1861 – Birth of Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, wife of Prince Leopold of the United Kingdom, Duke of Albany, at Arolsen, Waldeck, Germany
Full name: Helena Frederica Augusta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont

February 17, 1934 – Death of King Albert I of the Belgians in a mountain climbing accident at Marche-les-Dames in Ardennes, Belgium; buried in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: King Albert I of the Belgians

February 17, 1954 – Birth of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg at Castle Betzdorf in Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, sister of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and wife of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
Full name: Marie-Astrid Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Elisabeth Anna Alberta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg

February 17, 1974 – Birth of Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei, son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Wikipedia: Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei

February 16: Today in Royal History

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg; Photo Credit – http://www.monarchie.lu

February 16, 1279 – Death of King Afonso III of Portugal at Alcobaça, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of Alcobaça
Wikipedia: King Afonso III of Portugal

February 16, 1337 – Birth of William of Hatfield, son of King Edward III of England, at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England
Hull Royal Genealogy Database: William of Hatfield

February 16, 1786 – Birth of Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Maria Pavlovna was the daughter of Tsar Paul of Russia and mother of Augusta, consort of German Emperor Wilhelm I.
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

February 16, 1819 – Death of Prince Honoré IV of Monaco; buried at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Prince Honoré IV of Monaco

February 16, 1991 – Birth of Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Full name: Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg

February 15: Today in Royal History

Princess Catherine Dolgorukova, morganatic second wife of Alexander II, Emperor of All Russia; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 15, 1710 – Birth of King Louis XV of France at the Palace of Versailles
Unofficial Royalty: King Louis XV of France

February 15, 1922 – Death of Catherine Dolgorukova, Princess Yurievskaya, morganatic second wife of Alexander II, Emperor of All Russia, in Nice, France; buried at in the Cimetière Russe de Caucade in Nice, France
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine Dolgorukova, Princess Yurievskaya

February 15, 1952 – Funeral of King George VI of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: King George VI of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: The State Funeral
BBC: 1952: King George VI is laid to rest
Royal Windsor: Funeral of King George VI

February 14: Today in Royal History

Maria Pia of Savoy, wife of King Luís I of Portugal; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 14, 1317 – Death of Margaret of France, second wife of King Edward I of England, at Marlborough Castle in Wiltshire, England; buried at Grey Friars Church in Newgate, London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Margaret of France, Queen of England

February 14, 1400 – Murder of deposed King Richard II of England at Pontefract Castle in Wakefield, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: King Richard II of England

February 14, 1613 – Wedding of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King James I of England, and Frederick V, Elector of the Palatinate at Chapel Royal, Whitehall Palace, London
Elizabeth and Frederick are ancestors of the current British Royal Family through their daughter Sophia, Electress of Hanover who was named the heir to the British throne in the 1701 Act of Settlement.  However, it was Elizabeth’s grandson George who became the first British Hanover king.
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth Stuart, Electress of the Palatinate
Wikipedia: Frederick V of the Palatinate

February 14, 1714 – Death of Maria Luisa of Savoy, first wife of King Philip V of Spain, at the Royal Alcázar in Madrid; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen of Spain

February 14, 1847 – Birth of Maria Pia of Savoy, wife of King Luís I of Portugal, at the Royal Palace in Turin, Sardinia (Italy)
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal

February 14, 1945 – Birth of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein in Zurich, Switzerland
Full name: Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’Aviano Pius
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

February 14, 1981 – Wedding of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

February 13: Today in Royal History

Mary, Duchess of Burgundy; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 13, 858 – Death of King Kenneth I of Scotland (Kenneth MacAlpin) at Forteviot, Perthshire, Scotland; buried at Isle of Iona in Scotland
Wikipedia: Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scotland

February 13, 1177 – Wedding of Joan of England, daughter of King Henry II of England, and William II the Good, King of Sicily at Palermo, Sicily
Unofficial Royalty: Joan of England
Wikipedia: King William II of Sicily

February 13, 1457 – Birth of Mary, Duchess of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, at the Castle of Coudenberg in Brussels (Belgium)
Wikipedia: Mary, Duchess of Burgundy

February 13, 1542 – Execution of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII of England, at the Tower of London; buried at St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine Howard, Queen of England

February 13, 1660 – Death King Karl X Gustav of Sweden at Gothenburg, Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: King Karl X Gustav of Sweden

February 13, 1662 – Death of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King James I of England, wife of Elector Frederick V of Palatinate, at Leicester House in London, England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth Stuart, Electress Palatine

February 13, 1689 – King William III of England and Queen Mary II of England become co-rulers
Unofficial Royalty: King William III of England
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Mary II of England

February 13, 1956 – Birth of Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his first wife Princess Dina Al Hussein
Wikipedia: Princess Alia bint Al Hussein

February 13, 2018 – Death of Prince Henrik of Denmark, born Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, at Fredensborg Palace in Denmark; remains were cremated with half of his ashes spread over Danish seas, and other half interred in the private garden at Fredensborg Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Henrik of Denmark

February 12: Today in Royal History

Marie Louise of Orléans, Queen of Spain. source: Wikipedia

February 12, 1554 – Execution of Lady Jane Grey at the Tower of London; buried at St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
Unofficial Royalty: Lady Jane Grey

February 12, 1627 – Death of Prince Karl I of Liechtenstein, buried at the Liechtenstein Crypt in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Prince Karl I of Liechtenstein

February 12, 1689 – Death of Marie Louise of Orléans, first wife of King Charles II of Spain, at the Royal Alcázar in Madrid, Spain; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Marie Louise of Orléans, Queen of Spain

February 12, 1768 – Birth of Franz I, the last Holy Roman Emperor, first Emperor of Austria, in Florence, Tuscany
Franz was the grandson of Empress Maria Theresa and the nephew of Marie Antoinette.
Unofficial Royalty: Emperor Franz I of Austria

February 12, 1771 – Death of King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden at Stockholm Palace in Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden

February 12, 1912 – Abdication of the last emperor of China, Hsuan Tung (Pu Yi)
Wikipedia: Pu Yi

February 12, 1932 – Birth of Princess Astrid of Norway, daughter of King Olav V of Norway and sister of King Harald V of Norway, at Villa Solbakken in Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Astrid of Norway

February 11: Today in Royal History

Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry VII of England; Credit – Wikipedia

February 11, 1466 – Birth of Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, wife of King Henry VII of England, mother of King Henry VIII of England at Westminster Palace
February 11, 1503 – Death of Elizabeth of York at the Tower of London; buried at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Elizabeth of York, Queen Of England

February 11, 1929 – Death of Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein in Valtice, in the current Czech Republic, buried at Liechtenstein Crypt in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic
Wikipedia: Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein

February 11, 1948 – Birth of Prince Katsura of Japan in Tokyo, Japan
Prince Katsura, the second son of Prince Mikasa, is a first cousin to Emperor Akihito.  He was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering from a stroke in 1988 and died in 2014.
Wikipedia: Prince Katsura of Japan

February 10: Today in Royal History

Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 10, 1134 – Death of Robert III Curthose, Duke of Normandy, eldest son of William the Conqueror, at Cardiff Castle in Wales; buried at Gloucester Cathedral in England
Unofficial Royalty: Robert III Curthose, Duke of Normandy

February 10, 1567 – Death of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, when his house in Edinburgh, Scotland blows up; buried at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland
Unofficial Royalty: Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, King Consort of Scotland

February 10, 1598 – Death of Anna of Austria, first wife of King Sigismund III Vasa of Sweden and Poland, in Warsaw, Poland; buried at Wawel Cathedral in Kraków, Poland
Wikipedia: Anna of Austria, Queen of Sweden and Poland

February 10, 1772 – Death of Prince Josef Wenzel Karl of Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria
Wikipedia: Prince Josef Wenzel Karl of Liechtenstein

February 10, 1840 – Wedding of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace in London, England
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

February 10, 1858 – Birth of Alice Heine, American-born second wife of Prince Albert I of Monaco, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Unofficial Royalty: Alice Heine, Princess of Monaco

February 10, 1864 – Death of Antoinette de Mérode-Westerloo, wife of Prince Charles III of Monaco, in Paris France; buried at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Antoinette de Mérode-Westerloo, Princess of Monaco

February 10, 1868 – Birth of Prince Waldemar of Prussia, grandson of Queen Victoria, at the Crown Prince’s Palace in Berlin, Germany
Full name: Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar
Prince Waldemar was the son of Victoria, Princess Royal and Kaiser Frederick III of Germany.  He died of diphtheria at age 11, three months after his aunt Princess Alice and her daughter Princess May died from the same disease.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Waldemar of Prussia

February 10, 2005 – Engagement of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles announced
BBC News: Prince Charles to marry Camilla
Unofficial Royalty: Charles, Prince of Wales
Unofficial Royalty: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

February 9: Today in Royal History

Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, fourth wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 9, 1671 – Birth of Catherine Stuart, daughter of King James II of England, at Whitehall Palace in London, England
Catherine was the fourth daughter and eighth child of James II and his first wife Anne Hyde.  Catherine’s mother died of breast cancer when the infant was only 7 weeks old.  Little Catherine died at 10 months at St. James’ Palace and was buried in Westminster Abbey without ceremony.
Hull Royal Genealogy Database: Catherine Stuart

February 9, 1763 – Birth of Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden, in Karlsruhe, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden

February 9, 1873 – Death of Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, fourth wife of Emperor Franz I of Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria
Unofficial Royalty: Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Empress of Austria

February 9, 1977 – Death of Alia Baha ad-Din Touqan, third wife of King Hussein of Jordan, in a helicopter crash in Amman, Jordan
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Alia al-Hussein

February 9, 1986 – Birth of Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his fourth wife Queen Noor, in Amman, Jordan
Wikipedia: Princess Raiyah Bint Al-Hussein of Jordan

February 9, 2002 – Death of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom, daughter of King George VI of the United Kingdom, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, at King Edward VII Hospital in London, England; cremated, ashes buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom