March 18: Today in Royal History

Maria Caterina Brignole, Princess of Monaco. Photo credit: Wikipedia

March 18, 979 – Death of Edward the Martyr, King of England at Corfe Castle in Dorset, England; buried at Wareham Abbey in Dorset, England
Wikipedia: Edward the Martyr

March 18, 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII of England, at Richmond Palace in Surrey, England
Unofficial Royalty: Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Duchess of Suffolk

March 18, 1603 – Birth of King João IV of Portugal at the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, in Vila Viçosa, Portugal
Wikipedia: King João IV of Portugal

March 18, 1609 – Birth of King Frederik III of Denmark and Norway at Haderslevhus Castle in Haderslev, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Frederik III of Denmark

March 18, 1830 – Death of Maria Caterina Brignole, wife of Honoré III, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Maria Caterina Brignole, Princess of Monaco

March 18, 1848 – Birth of Princess Louise of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Louise Caroline Alberta
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Louise of the United Kingdom

March 18, 1913 – Assassination of King George I of Greece in Thessaloniki, Greece, buried at the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi, Greece
King George I of Greece was born Prince William of Denmark.  He was the brother of King Frederik VIII of Denmark, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.  George’s son Andrew was the father of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Unofficial Royalty: King George I of Greece

March 18, 1920 – Wedding of Princess Charlotte of Monaco and Count Pierre de Polignac, parents of Prince Rainier III of Monaco
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Charlotte of Monaco
Wikipedia: Pierre de Polignac

March 18, 1965 – Death of King Farouk of Egypt in exile in Rome, Italy; buried at the Al-Rifa’i Mosque in Cairo, Egypt
Wikipedia: King Farouk of Egypt

March 18, 1983 – Death of King Umberto II of Italy in Geneva, Switzerland; buried at Hautecombe Abbey in France
Unofficial Royalty: King Umberto II of Italy

March 18, 1986 – Engagement of Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom to Sarah Ferguson announced by Buckingham Palace
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Andrew
Unofficial Royalty: Sarah, Duchess of York
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

March 18, 1995 – Wedding of Infanta Elena of Spain and Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada at in Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain
On January 21, 2010, the couple’s divorce was registered at the Civil Registry of the Spanish Royal Family.
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Elena of Spain
Wikipedia: Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada

March 18, 2009 – Wedding of Prince Jean of Luxembourg (2nd marriage)  and Diane De Guerre at the city hall in Roermond, The Netherlands
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Jean of Luxembourg

March 18, 2012 – Death of King George Tupou V of Tonga at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong; buried at Malaʻekula, the royal burial grounds, in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Wikipedia: King George Tupou V of Tonga