December 14: Today in Royal History

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

December 14, 1136 – Death of King Harald IV of Norway in Bergen, Norway
Wikipedia: King Harald IV of Norway

December 14, 1542 – Death of King James V of Scotland at Falkland Palace in Fife, Scotland; buried at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland; his six-day-old daughter Mary becomes Queen of Scots
Unofficial Royalty: King James V of Scotland

December 14, 1784 – Birth of Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, first wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, at the Caserta Palace in Caserta, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias

December 14, 1787 – Birth of Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, third wife of Emperor Francis I of Austria, in Monza, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria

December 14, 1788 – Death of King Carlos III of Spain at the Royal Alcazar of Madrid; buried at the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain
Wikipedia: King Carlos III of Spain

December 14, 1861 – Death of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England; buried at the Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Unofficial Royalty: December 14 – Queen Victoria’s Dire Day

December 14, 1873 – Death of Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, wife of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, in Dresden (Germany); buried at Friedenskirche in Potsdam (Germany)
Wikipedia: Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Queen of Prussia

December 14, 1878 – Death of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, wife of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais in Darmstadt, (Germany); buried at the Mausoleum of Rosenhöhe in Hessen-Darmstadt (Germany)
Alice died of diphtheria on the same date her father had died 17 years earlier.  Alice’s youngest daughter May had died of diphtheria a few weeks earlier.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine

December 14, 1895 – Birth of King George VI of the United Kingdom at York Cottage at Sandringham in Norfolk, England
Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George was born on the anniversary of the death in 1861 of his great-grandfather Prince Albert and of his great-aunt Princess Alice in 1878.  Queen Victoria received the news with mixed feelings. Her son, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) wrote to his son, the new baby’s father: “Grandmama was rather distressed that this happy event should have taken place on a darkly sad anniversary for us, but I think – as well as most of us in the family here – that it will break the spell of this unlucky date.”
Unofficial Royalty: King George VI of the United Kingdom

December 14, 1901 – Birth of King Paul I of Greece in Athens, Greece
Like King George VI of the United Kingdom, Paul was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria born on the anniversary of Prince Albert’s death.
Unofficial Royalty: King Paul I of Greece