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