Royal News: Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy

by Susan Flantzer

Photo Credit – AFP

Born on December 28, 1920 in Paris, France, Princess Antoinette of Monaco, Baroness de Massy (Antoinette Louise Alberte Suzanne), was the eldest of the two children of Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois and Count Pierre de Polignac.  Antoinette had one younger brother:

 

Antoinette’s mother Charlotte was the illegitimate daughter of the future Prince Louis II of Monaco and his mistress Marie Juliette Louvet. Her parents had met the previous year in Paris, where Marie was working as a hostess in a nightclub. Because Louis was unmarried and without an heir, the Monegasque throne was likely to pass to a distant cousin, the German Duke of Urach. In order to avoid this, Louis’ father, Prince Albert I, had a law passed recognizing Charlotte as Louis’ heir and part of the princely family. Her grandfather created her HSH Princess Charlotte of Monaco and Duchess of Valentinois. Upon Louis’ accession in 1922, Charlotte became Hereditary Princess of Monaco. Charlotte and her husband Pierre divorced in 1933. Having been born illegitimate, and now divorced, Charlotte knew that she would never be fully accepted by the very Catholic Monaco, so she renounced her rights to the Monegasque throne in May 1944 in favor of her son Rainer.

Antoinette married three times:

(1) Princess Antoinette had a long-term affair with Alexandre-Athenase Noghès, a tennis player. The couple had three illegitimate children who were later legitimized when their parents married in 1951. The marriage lasted only three years. In 1951, Antoinette was created Baroness de Massy. Her children’s original surname was Grimaldi, the surname of the Princely Family of Monaco. The children changed their surname to de Massy and began to use the titles Baron and Baroness although not entitled to do so. After they were legitimized, Antoinette’s children were in the line of succession to the throne of Monaco until the death of Prince Rainier II in 2005.

(2) Princess Antoinette married Dr. Jean-Charles Rey, President of the Conseil National, Monaco’s legislature, in 1961. Before they married, Antoinette and Rey had a long-term affair. During the 1950s, Antoinette and Rey sought to obtain the throne of Monaco for Antoinette’s son Christian. They spread malicious rumors that Prince Rainier’s fiancée, actress Gisèle Pascal, was unable to have children. This resulted in the cancellation of Rainier and Gisèle’s engagement and Antoinette’s estrangement from the princely family for years.  She did not fully reconcile with her family until after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. Antoinette and Rey had no children and divorced in 1974.

(3) In 1983, Princess Antoinette married a former British ballet dancer John Gilpin. Gilpin died from a heart attack six weeks after marrying Antoinette.

After her estrangement with her family, Antoinette lived in her villa Le Bout de Monde in Èze-sur-Mer on the French Riviera with her many dogs and cats. She was the president of Monaco’s Society for the Protection of Animals.

 

Princess Antoinette died at The Princess Grace Hospital Centre on March 18, 2011, at age 90. She was buried at the Chapelle de la Paix in Monaco beside her parents, her daughter Christine who died in 1989, and her last husband, John Gilpin. Stefano Casiraghi, second husband of her niece Princess Caroline, who died in a boating accident in 1990 is also buried at the Chapelle de la Paix.
YouTube: Funeral of Princess Antoinette
Structurae: Chapelle de la Paix (in French)

 

Wikipedia: Princess Antoinette, Baroness de Massy

Works Cited

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  • Unofficial Royalty. (2017). Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois. [online] Available at: http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/september-30-1898-birth-of-princess-charlotte-of-monaco-duchess-of-valentinois/ [Accessed 27 Jul. 2017].

September 20: Today in Royal History

Arthur, Prince of Wales, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 20, 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England, at St. Swithin’s Priory in Winchester, England
Unofficial Royalty: Arthur, Prince of Wales

September 20, 1853 – Birth of Chulalongkorn the Great, King of Siam (Rama V) at the Grand Palace in Phra Nakhon, Siam (now Thailand)
Wikipedia: Chulalongkorn, King of Siam

September 20, 1925 – Birth of Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (Rama VIII) in Heidelberg, Germany
Anada Mahidol, the brother of his successor King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, was found dead after he was shot in his bedroom.
Wikipedia: Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand

Royal News: Tuesday 19 September 2017

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September 19: Today in Royal History

King Henri III of France, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 19, 1551 – Birth of King Henri III of France at the Château de Fontainebleau in France
Wikipedia: King Henri III of France

September 19, 1803 – Birth of Maria Anna of Savoy, wife of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, at the Palazzo Colonna in Rome, Italy
Unofficial Royalty: Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria

September 19, 1902 – Death of Marie Henriette of Austria, wife of King Leopold II of the Belgians, at the Hôtel du Midi in Spa, Belgium; buried at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken in Brussels, Belgium
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of Belgium

Royal News: Monday 18 September 2017

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Queen Zein of Jordan

by Susan Flantzer

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

The wife of King Talal and the mother of King Hussein I, Zein al-Sharaf Bint Jamal was born on August 2, 1916, in Alexandria, Egypt. She was the eldest of the two children of Sharif Jamal bin Nasser, Governor of Hauran and Wijdan Hanim. Her father was the nephew of Sharif Hussein bin Ali of Mecca  (the father of King Abdullah I of Jordan) and her mother was the daughter of Shakir Pasha, Governor of Cyprus. Zein had one brother and one sister:

  • Sharif Nasser bin Jamal (1927 – 1979), Commander-in-Chief of the Jordanian Armed Forces
  • Sharifa Nafea bint Jamal

On November 27, 1934, Zein married her first cousin Prince Talal bin Abdullah, the eldest son of the future King Abdullah I of Jordan. The couple had six children:

Zein’s four surviving children: Hassan, Hussein, Basma, and Muhammad; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

On July 20, 1951, Talal’s father, King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated as he entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, probably because of his moderate attitude towards Israel. The assassin was Mustapha Shukri Usho, a 21-year-old tailor from Jerusalem who belonged to a group that wanted to prevent a permanent division of Palestine by Jordan and Israel. King Abdullah had been accompanied by Zein’s 15-year-old eldest son, the future King Hussein I of Jordan.  Hussein was at his grandfather’s side and was hit too, but a medal that had been pinned to Hussein’s chest at his grandfather’s insistence deflected the bullet and saved his life.

At the time of his father’s death, Talal was in a sanatorium in Switzerland being treated for a nervous breakdown. At first, it was unsure whether Talal would succeed his father due to his mental condition, but on September 5, 1951, he was proclaimed King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Zein became Queen Zein al-Sharaf Talal. On June 4, 1952, the Jordanian Cabinet announced that it was necessary to form a Regency Council because Talal’s condition had worsened despite the treatment he was receiving in Switzerland. The Jordanian Parliament declared Talal mentally unfit on August 11, 1952, and proclaimed his eldest son Hussein as king.

 

Queen Zein played a major role in the formation of the Jordanian state. In 1944, Zein founded the first women’s association in Jordan. She established the women’s branch of the Jordanian Red Crescent (affiliated with the Red Cross) in 1948 and organized assistance to Palestinian refugees during the Arab-Israeli war in 1949. She participated in the writing of the Jordan Constitution in 1952, which guaranteed women’s rights. After the assassination of King Abdullah I in 1951, Zein held the power while the newly proclaimed King Talal was treated outside the country. She again took the reins of power in August 1952, when her son Hussein was proclaimed king, until May 1953, when he turned eighteen and assumed full constitutional duties. During the reign of her son, King Hussein I, Zein was an influential figure behind the scenes.

Queen Zein died on April 26, 1994, at the age of 86 in a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland where she was being treated for a heart ailment. She was buried the next day at the Royal Cemetery, near Raghadan Palace within the Royal Compound (Al-Maquar).

Princess Basma, Queen Zein’s daughter, visits her mother’s tomb on the anniversary of her death; Photo Credit – http://www.jordantimes.com

Wikipedia: Zein al-Sharaf Talal

Works Cited:

  • Ar.wikipedia.org. (2017). زين الشرف بنت جميل. [online] Available at: https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%B2%D9%8A%D9%86_%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%81_%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%AA_%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%84 [Accessed 26 Jul. 2017].
  • En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Zein Al-Sharaf Talal. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zein_Al-Sharaf_Talal [Accessed 26 Jul. 2017].
  • PACE, E. (2017). Mother of King Of Jordan Is Dead at 86. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/27/obituaries/mother-of-king-of-jordan-is-dead-at-86.html [Accessed 26 Jul. 2017].
  • Ru.wikipedia.org. (2017). Зейн аш-Шараф Талал. [online] Available at: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B5%D0%B9%D0%BD_%D0%B0%D1%88-%D0%A8%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84_%D0%A2%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%BB [Accessed 26 Jul. 2017].
  • Unofficial Royalty. (2017). King Talal of Jordan. [online] Available at: http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/king-talal-of-jordan/ [Accessed 26 Jul. 2017].

September 18: Today in Royal History

King Charles XV of Sweden; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 18, 1180 – Death of King Louis VII of France at the Abbey of Saint-Pont in Allier, France; originally buried at Cistercian Abbey of Barbeaux, re-buried at the Basilica of St. Denis near Paris
Wikipedia: King Louis VII of France

September 18, 1786 – Birth of King Christian VIII of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wikipedia: King Christian VIII of Denmark

September 18, 1872 – Death of King Carl XV of Sweden/Carl IV of Norway in Malmö, Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Carl XV of Sweden

September 18, 1923 – Birth of Anne of Bourbon-Parma, wife of King Michael I of Romania, in Paris, France
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Anne of Romania

September 18, 1964 – Wedding of King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation in Athens, Greece
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: King Constantine II of Greece
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Royal News: Sunday 17 September 2017

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: September 17 – 23

 

49th birthday of Marie-Chantal Claire Miller, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece; born in London, England on September 17, 1968
Unofficial Royalty: Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

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53rd wedding anniversary of King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark; married at the Metropolis Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Athens in Athens, Greece on September 18, 1964
Unofficial Royalty: King Constantine II of Greece
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Constantine II of Greece and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark

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69th birthday of Mark Phillips, first husband of Anne, Princess Royal; born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England on September 22, 1948
Full name: Mark Anthony Peter
Unofficial Royalty: Mark Phillips

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

46th birthday of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V of Norway; born at the Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway on September 22, 1971
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

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Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este, Photo Credit – myroyalty.skyrock.com

33rd wedding anniversary of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Habsburg-Este; married at the Church of Notre-Dame au Sablon in Brussels, Belgium on September 22, 1984
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

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