Category Archives: Today in Royal History

February 21: Today in Royal History

King James I of Scotland; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 21, 1437 – Assassination of King James I of Scotland at the Monastery of the Friars Preachers in Perth, Scotland; buried at the Carthusian Monastery in Perth, Scotland
Wikipedia: King James I of Scotland

February 21, 1462 – Birth of Joanna of Castile, Queen of Portugal
Wikipedia: Joanna of Castile, Queen of Portugal

February 21, 1499 – Birth of Edmund, Duke of Somerset, son of King Henry VII of England, at Greenwich Palace in London, England
Prince Edmund died in June, 1500.
Wikipedia: Edmund Tudor

February 21, 1584 – Wedding of King Johan III of Sweden (2nd marriage) and Gunilla Bielke
Wikipedia: King Johan III of Sweden
Wikipedia: Gunilla Bielke

February 21, 1728 – Birth of Tsar Peter III of Russia in Kiel, in the Duchy of Holstein-Gottorp
Born: Karl Peter Ulrich of Holstein-Gottorp, grandson of Peter the Great via his eldest daughter Anna Petrovna
Peter married Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst (the future Catherine the Great) and succeeded to the Russian throne upon the death of his aunt Empress Elizabeth.  He reigned for six months, was overthrown by his wife, and subsequently killed.  If Tsar Paul was not his son, but rather the son of Catherine’s lover Sergei Saltykov, Peter may have been the last true Romanov to sit upon the throne.
Wikipedia: Tsar Peter III of Russia

February 21, 1816 – Wedding of King Willem II of the Netherlands and Anna Pavlovna of Russia
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem II of the Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Anna Pavlovna of Russia

February 21, 1937 – Birth of King Harald V of Norway at the Crown Prince Residence at Skaugum, Asker, near Oslo, Norway
Unofficial Royalty: King Harald V of Norway

February 21, 1980 – Birth of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Dragon King of Bhutan, at Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan
Unofficial Royalty: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan

February 20: Today in Royal History

Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, wife of King Frederick III of Denmark; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 20, 1513 – Death of King Hans of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden at Aalborghus Castle in Denmark; buried first at the Franciscan Church in Odense, Denmark, later his remains were translated to St. Canute’s Cathedral in Odense, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Hans of Denmark

February 20, 1547 – Coronation of King Edward VI of England at Westminster Abbey
Edward became king when he was 9 years old.  He was crowned a month later.
Unofficial Royalty: King Edward VI of England

February 20, 1685 – Death of Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, wife of King Frederick III of Denmark, in Copenhagen; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark
Wikipedia: Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg

February 20, 1867 – Birth of Louise, Princess Royal, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, at Marlborough House in London, England
Full name: Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar
Unofficial Royalty: Louise, Princess Royal

February 20, 2014 – Birth of Princess Leonore of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City
Full name: Leonore Lilian Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Leonore of Sweden

February 19: Today in Royal History

Henry, Prince of Wales, son of King James I of England; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

February 19, 1594 – Birth of Henry, Prince of Wales, son of King James I of England, at Stirling Castle, Scotland
Full name: Henry Frederick
Henry died of typhoid fever at the age of 18 and predeceased his father, so his brother, the future King Charles I, became heir.
Unofficial Royalty: Henry, Prince of Wales

February 19, 1670 – Death of King Frederik III of Denmark and Norway in Copenhagen; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik III of Denmark

February 19, 1817 – Birth of King Willem III of the Netherlands in Brussels (Belgium)
Full name: Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk
Unofficial Royalty: King Willem III of the Netherlands

February 19, 1960 – Birth of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace in London, England
Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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 Frederick Augustus III, last King of Saxony
Wikipedia: Frederick Augustus 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 Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, wife of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, in Ronse, Flanders, Belgium
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: Karabo Motsoeneng

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, 1598 – Boris Godunov is elected Tsar of Russia
Wikipedia: Boris Godunov

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 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 Hertsfordshire, England
Hull Royal Genealogy Database: William of Hatfield

February 16, 1786 – Birth of Maria Pavlovna, 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.
Wikipedia: Maria Pavlovna, 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

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 Princess Catherine Dolgorukova, morganatic second wife of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, in Nice, France; buried at in the Cimetière Russe de Caucade in Nice, France
Unofficial Royalty: Catherine Dolgorukova

February 15, 1952 – Funeral of King George VI of the United Kingdom
Unofficial Royalty: King George VI of the United Kingdom
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 of 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 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

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
Henri became Grand Duke when his father Jean abdicated in his favor in 2000.
Unofficial Royalty: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista

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

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

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 12: Today in Royal History

Marie Louise of Orléans, Queen of Spain; Credit – 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

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
Wikipedia: 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