Royal News: Wednesday 24 May 2017

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Charlotte of Schaumburg-Lippe, Queen of Württemberg

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Charlotte of Schaumburg-Lippe, Queen of Württemberg

Princess Charlotte Marie Luise Ida Hermine Mathilde of Schaumburg-Lippe was the second wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg, and the country’s last Queen. She was born on September 10, 1864 at Schloss Ratiborschitz in Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), to Prince Wilhelm of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau, and had seven younger siblings:

Charlotte was raised primarily at Schloss Náchod, the family’s estate in Náchod (now in the Czech Republic), and showed a great interest in sports and hunting, in addition to the more traditional music and art.

King Wilhelm II of Württemberg. source: Wikipedia

At 22 years old, Charlotte married the then-Crown Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg on April 8, 1886. Wilhelm had been widowed four years earlier and had a young daughter. Despite hoping that this new marriage might produce a male heir, Charlotte and Wilhelm had no children of their own.

In October 1891, Charlotte became Queen of Württemberg when her husband succeeded to the throne. The couple took up residence at the Wilhelmspalais in Stuttgart. As Queen, Charlotte didn’t enjoy the same popularity that her husband did. Much of this is her unwillingness to carry out her public role in the way that was expected of her by the people of Württemberg. She much preferred more private events, and after some time, stopped accompanying her husband on many official events.

source: Wikipedia

Despite this, Charlotte took on the charity work which was expected of her, assuming the role in several organizations vacated by her predecessor. Causes of most interest to her involved the health and welfare of women, and she was most willing to use her royal position to bring support and attention to them.

When the monarchy came to an end in 1918, King Wilhelm II negotiated with the new German state to ensure that he and his wife would receive an annual income, as well as a residence for life – Schloss Bebenhausen. The two retired to Bebenhausen, where Wilhelm died in 1921. Queen Charlotte remained there, going by the title Duchess of Württemberg, for another 25 years.

Having suffered a stroke which confined her to a wheelchair two years earlier, Queen Charlotte died at Schloss Bebenhausen on July 16, 1946. With little pomp or ceremony, she was quietly buried beside her husband in the Old Cemetery on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Palace.

In addition to having been the last Queen of Württemberg, Charlotte held the distinction of being the last living Queen from any of the German states.

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May 24: Today in Royal History

Queen Victoria with her mother; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 24, 1141 – Birth of King Malcolm IV of Scotland
Wikipedia: King Malcolm IV of Scotland

May 24, 1153 – Death of King David I of Scotland at Carlisle, Cumbria; buried at Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: King David I of Scotland

May 24, 1819 – Birth of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom at Kensington Palace in London, England
Full name: Alexandrina Victoria
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom

May 24, 1874 – Birth of Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais in Darmstadt, Germany
Full name: Marie Viktoria Feodore Leopoldine
Known as May, she was the daughter of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine.  She died of diphtheria at age four.  Her mother succumbed to the same disease a couple of weeks later.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine

May 24, 1913 – Wedding of Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia
Viktoria Luise was the only daughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor. She and Ernst Augustus are the grandparents of King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Sofia of Spain.
Wikipedia: Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover
Wikipedia: Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia

May 24, 1935 – Wedding of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden at Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of King Frederik IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: King Frederik IX of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Ingrid of Sweden

May 24, 1995 – Birth of Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest son of Hereditary Prince Alois, in London, England
Full name: Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

May 24, 2002 – Wedding of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway
The couple has separated and will be divorced.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Unofficial Royalty: Ari Behn

May 24, 2008 – Wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier at Møgeltønder Church near Schackenborg Castle in Møgeltønder, Southern Jutland, Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joachim of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Marie Cavallier, Princess of Denmark

Royal News: Tuesday 23 May 2017

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May 23: Today in Royal History

Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of King William II of Württemberg; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 23, 1052 – Birth of King Philip I (the Amorous) of France in Champagne-et-Fontaine, France
Wikipedia: King Philip I of France

May 23, 1482 – Death of Mary of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England, at Greenwich Palace in London, England; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Mary of York

May 23, 1857 – Birth of Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg, in Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont (Germany)
Unofficial Royalty: Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont

May 23, 1947 – Death of Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, husband of Mary, Princess Royal, at Harewood House in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; buried at Harewood House
Unofficial Royalty: Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood

May 23, 1923 – Birth of Palden Thondup Namgyal, 12th Chogyal of Sikkim
Palden was the last king of Sikkim, a Himalayan country that is now part of India. His second wife was Hope Cooke, an American socialite.
Wikipedia: Palden Thondup Namgyal, 12th Chogyal of Sikkim

May 23, 2010 – Death of Princess Leonida Bagration-Moukhransky, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirilovich, pretender to the Russian throne, in Madrid, Spain; buried at the Grand Ducal Burial Vault at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Princess Leonida Bagration-Moukhransky
YouTube: Funeral of Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess of Russia

Royal News: Monday, 22 May 2017

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Marie of Waldeck and Pyrmont, first wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg

source: Wikipedia

Marie of Waldeck and Pyrmont, first wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg

Princess Marie of Waldeck and Pyrmont was the first wife of Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg, who later reigned as King Wilhelm II. She was born Georgine Henriette Marie on May 23, 1857 in Arolsen, the third daughter of Georg Viktor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau. Marie had six siblings:

Wilhelm of Württemberg. source: Wikipedia

On February 15, 1877 in Arolsen, Marie married Prince Wilhelm of Württemberg, the son of Prince Friedrich of Württemberg and Princess Katherina of Württemberg (a daughter of King Wilhelm I). They had two children:

Princess Marie’s grave at the Old Cemetery, Ludwigsburg Palace. photo: Von peter schmelzle – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18585848

On April 24, 1882, Marie gave birth to a stillborn daughter and suffered serious complications from childbirth. She died six days later, on April 30, 1882. She is buried in the Old Cemetery on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Palace.

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May 22: Today in Royal History

Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

May 22, 1127 – Wedding of Empress Maud, daughter of King Henry I of England, and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, at  Cathedral of Saint Julian of Le Mans in France
Maud and Geoffrey were the parents of King Henry II of England.
Unofficial Royalty: Empress Matilda, Lady of the English
Wikipedia: Geoffrey V of Anjou

May 22, 1409 – Death of Blanche of England, daughter of King Henry IV of England, in Haguenau (now in France) buried at the Church of St Mary, Neustadt, Alsace (now in Germany)
Wikipedia: Blanche of England

May 22, 1455 – King Henry VI of England is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the First Battle of St. Albans
Wikipedia: First Battle of St. Albans

May 22, 1667 – Death of Charles, Duke of Kendal, son of King James II of England; buried at Westminster Abbey
Charles was the third son and fifth child of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife Anne Hyde.  He died at St. James’ Palace at age ten months.
Wikipedia: Charles, Duke of Kendal

May 22, 1770 – Birth of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George III of the United Kingdom, at Buckingham Palace
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg

May 22, 1782 – Death of Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Hanover (Germany)
Friederike died in childbirth along with her 10th child.
Wikipedia: Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt

May 22, 1815 – Wedding of King Christian VIII of Denmark (second marriage) and Caroline Amelia of Schleswig-Holstein
Wikipedia: King Christian VIII of Denmark
Wikipedia: Caroline Amelia of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen of Denmark

May 22, 1823 – Wedding of King Oscar I of Sweden and Joséphine of Leuchtenberg at Leuchtenberg Palace in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: King Oscar I of Sweden
Unofficial Royalty: Joséphine of Leuchtenberg, Queen of Sweden

May 22, 2004 – Wedding of King Felipe VI of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain
Unofficial Royalty: King Felipe VI of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen of Spain

Royal News: Sunday 21 May 2017

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: May 21-May 27

Felipe, Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Photo Credit – www.hellomagazine.com

13th wedding anniversary of King Felipe VI of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano; married at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain on May 22, 2004
Unofficial Royalty: King Felipe VI of Spain
Unofficial Royalty: Queen Letizia

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Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein; Photo Credit – lux-arazzi.blogspot.com, Photo: IKR

22nd birthday of Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest son Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein; born in Portland Hospital in London, England on May 24, 1995
Full name: Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria
Joseph Wenzel is third in line as Jacobite pretender to the British crown after his grandfather and mother.
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

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Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier, Photo Credit: www.zimbio.com

9th wedding anniversary of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier; married at Møgeltønder Church near Schackenborg Manor in Denmark on May 24, 2008
Unofficial Royalty: Prince Joachim of Denmark
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Marie of Denmark

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

51st birthday of Laurentien Brinkhorst, wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands; born in Leiden, The Netherlands on May 25, 1966
Full name: Petra Laurentien
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Photo Credit – http://www.zimbio.com

49th birthday of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; born in Copenhagen on May 26, 1968
Full name: Frederik André Henrik Christian
Unofficial Royalty: Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

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