January 2: Today in Royal History

Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

January 2, 1784 – Birth of Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Coburg
Ernst was the father of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, and also the Queen’s uncle.
Unofficial Royalty: Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

January 2, 1819- Death of Maria Louisa of Parma, wife of King Carlos IV of Spain, at Barberini Palace, Rome, Italy; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial, Spain
Wikipedia: Maria Louisa of Parma, Queen of Spain

January 2, 1836 – Birth of Emma Kalanikaumakaamano Kaleleonālani Naʻea Rooke, wife of King Kamehameha IV of Hawaii, in Kawaihae, Hawaii
Wikipedia: Queen Emma of Hawaii

January 2, 1861 – Death of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, at Potsdam, Germany; buried at Friedenskirche in Potsdam
Wikipedia: King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia

January 2, 2000 – Death of Maria Mercedes Borbón-Two Sicilies, mother of King Juan Carlos of Spain, at La Mareta, Lanzarote, Spain; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Mercedes Borbón-Two Sicilies, Countess of Barcelona