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Post by Susan » Sat April 24th, 2010, 11:17 pm

April 25 in royal history:

Three British princesses were born today and shared some names.

April 25, 1284 - Birth of Edward II at Caernarvon Castle in Wales

April 25, 1464 – Yorkists win the Battle of Hedgeley Moor

April 25, 1775 – Birth of Charlotte of Spain, wife of João VI of Portugal

April 25, 1776 - Birth of Princess Mary, daughter of George III, at Buckingham Palace

April 25, 1843 - Birth of Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Alice Maud Mary

April 25, 1897 - Birth of Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of George V, at Marlborough House, London
Full name: Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary
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Post by Jemidar » Sun April 25th, 2010, 12:31 am

[quote=""annis""]Down Under, today is Anzac Day, the day we set aside to remember and honour those who've died in war.

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As we've recently been discussing the work of Henry Treece, I think it appropriate to add his poem,"Conquerors", which aptly illustrates that war is a no-win situation for both winners and losers.

By sundown we came to a hidden village
Where all the air was still
And no sound met our tired ears, save
For the sorry drip of rain from blackened trees
And the melancholy song of swinging gates.
Then through a broken pane some of us saw
A dead bird in a rusting cage, still
Pressing his thin tattered breast against the bars,
His beak wide open. And
As we hurried through the weed-grown street,
A gaunt dog started up from some dark place
And shambled off on legs as thin as sticks
Into the wood, to die at least in peace.
No one had told us victory was like this;
Not one amongst us would have eaten bread
Before he'd filled the mouth of the gray child
That sprawled, stiff as stone, before the shattered door.
There was not one who did not think of home.
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Lest we forget.
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Post by Susan » Tue April 27th, 2010, 1:00 am

April 26 in royal history:

April 26, 121 - Birth of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

April 26, 1575 – Birth of Marie de' Medici, second wife of Henri IV of France

April 26, 1648 – Birth of Pedro II of Portugal

April 26, 1721 - Birth of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, son of George II, at Leicester House, London

April 26, 1776 – Death of Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt in childbirth, first wife of the future Tsar Paul I of Russia
Born Wilhelmina of Hesse-Darmstadt, she acquired the Russian name Natalia Alexeievna in 1773 when she married Paul at age 21. She died three years later in childbirth along with her child.

April 26, 1782 – Birth of Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies, wife of Louis-Philippe of the French

April 26, 1898 – Wedding of Christian X of Denmark and Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

April 26, 1923 - Wedding of Albert, Duke of York, the future George VI, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey

April 26, 1986 - Birth of Prince Philippos of Greece, son of King Constantine II
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Post by Susan » Tue April 27th, 2010, 1:01 am

April 27 in royal history:

April 27, 1650 – Birth of Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Cassel, wife of Christian V of Denmark

April 27, 1806 – Birth of Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, fourth wife of Ferdinand VII of Spain

April 27, 1848 – Birth of Otto I of Bavaria

April 27, 1882 - Wedding of Prince Leopold, son of Queen Victoria, to Princess Helena of Waldeck at St. George's Chapel, Windsor

April 27, 1931 – Death of Prince Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, at Berlin, Germany
Prince Albert was the son of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, and the grandson of Queen Victoria. He never married but succeeded his childless first cousin, Ernst Günther, as titular Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg. Shortly before his death, he acknowledged an illegitimate daughter.

April 27, 1967 - Birth of Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange
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Post by Susan » Tue April 27th, 2010, 9:50 pm

April 28 in royal history:

April 28, 1442 - Birth of Edward IV at Rouen, France

April 28, 1841 – Wedding of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
After her marriage, Marie took the name Maria Alexandrovna.

April 28, 1950 - Wedding of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Sirikit Somdech Pharaborom Rajininath

April 28, 1964 - Birth of Lady Helen Windsor, daughter of the Duke of Kent
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Post by Susan » Thu April 29th, 2010, 12:28 am

April 29 in royal history:

April 29, 1818 – Birth of Tsar Alexander II of Russia

April 29, 1901 - Birth of Emperor Hirohito of Japan

April 29, 1944 - Birth of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, daughter of Frederik IX, sister of Margrethe II

April 29, 1964 – Wedding of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo de Bourbon Parma
No member of the Dutch Royal Family attended the wedding. (See Irene's Wikipedia article for details.) The couple divorced in 1981.

April 29, 2003 - Birth of Maud Angelica Behn, daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway

April 29, 2007 – Birth of Infanta Sofia of Spain, daughter of Felipe, Prince of Asturias
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Post by Susan » Fri April 30th, 2010, 1:44 am

April 30 in royal history:
(April is already over? Where did the time go?)

April 30, 1290 - Wedding of Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I, and Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester at Westminster Abbey
Joan was the eighth child of Edward I and his first wife Eleanor of Castile and was born in Acre, Palestine while her parents were taking part in the Crusades. She married Gilbert de Clare, 3rd Earl of Gloucester and 7th Earl of Hereford and the couple had one son and three daughters. Gilbert died after five years of marriage.

April 30, 1553 – Birth of Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, wife of Henri III of France

April 30, 1632 – Death of Sigismund III Vasa of Sweden at Warsaw, Poland; buried at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Stanisław and Vaclav, Warsaw

April 30, 1662 - Birth of Mary II at St. James' Palace

April 30, 1857 - Death of Princess Mary, daughter of George III, at Gloucester House, Piccadilly, London; buried at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Mary was the fourth daughter and eleventh child of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was 40 when she married her first cousin, William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester who was three months older. Their marriage was childless but was extremely happy and William Frederick died after 18 years of marriage. Mary was a great favorite with all the members of the royal family particularly with her niece Queen Victoria. She was renowned for her charm and kindness. Mary died at age 81, the last survivor of her parents' 15 children in 1857.

April 30, 1882 – Death of Marie of Waldeck-Pyrmont, wife of William II of Württemberg, in Stuttgart; buried at the Old Cemetery in Ludwigsburg

April 30, 1909 - Birth of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, formerly Queen Juliana

April 30, 1980 - Abdication of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands; her daughter Beatrix becomes queen

April 30, 1939 – Birth of Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

April 30, 1946 - Birth of Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden

April 30, 1991 – Death of Ghislaine Marie Francoise Dommanget, wife of Prince Louis II of Monaco; buried at the Cimetiere de Passy
Paris, France

April 30, 2002 - Birth of Miguel de Todos los Santos Urdangarín y de Borbón, third child of Infanta Cristina of Spain
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Post by Susan » Sat May 1st, 2010, 2:02 am

May 1 in royal history:

May 1, 1118 – Death of Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I, at the Palace of Westminster; buried at Westminster Abbey

May 1, 1464 - Wedding of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville at Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire

May 1, 1539 – Death of Isabel of Portugal, wife of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in Toldeo; buried at the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in El Escorial

May 1, 1707 – Kingdom of England & Kingdom of Scotland form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

May 1, 1850 - Birth of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, at Buckingham Palace

May 1, 1920 - Death of Princess Margaret of Connaught, wife of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, at Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden; buried at Royal Burial Ground in Haga north of Stockholm
Margaret (known as Daisy in her family), daughter of Arthur, Duke of Connaught and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, son of King Gustav V. While she was pregnant with her sixth child, Margaret died from an infection following a mastoid operation. Her death was completely unexpected and greatly mourned by the Swedish people. Among Margaret's surviving children was Princess Ingrid who married King Frederik IX of Denmark and was the mother of Denmark's present queen, Margrethe, and Anne-Marie, the wife of the former King Constantine of Greece. After her death, Margaret's husband married Lady Louise Mountbatten, the sister of Lord Mountbatten and the aunt of Prince Philip. Gustaf Adolf succeeded to the Swedish throne as King Gustav VI Adolf and was succeeded by his grandson, Carl XVI Gustaf, the current king.

May 1, 1963 - Birth of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg

May 1, 1964 - Birth of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret
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Post by Susan » Sun May 2nd, 2010, 1:12 am

May 2 in royal history:

May 2, 1700 – Birth of Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg, wife of Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

May 2, 1729 - Birth of Empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia, born Princess Sophie Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst

May 2, 1816 – Wedding of Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld at Carlton House, London

May 2, 1831 - Wedding of Prince Augustus, son of George III, and Cecilia Underwood at Great Cumberland Place, London
This marriage was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act and was considered void. It was the second such marriage Augustus made.

May 2, 1870 – Death of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich, son of Tsar Alexander III of Russia
The little Grand Duke died of meningitis at the age of 11 months.

May 2, 1896 – Birth of Princess Helen of Greece, wife of King Carol II of Romania

May 2, 1914 - Death of John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, husband of Princess Louise, at Kent House, Cowes, Isle of Wight; buried at Kilmun Collegiate Church in Kilmun, Scotland

May 2, 1935 - Birth of King Hussein ibn Talal of Jordan
May 2, 1953 - King Hussein of Jordan assumes full constitutional rule
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Post by Susan » Sun May 2nd, 2010, 11:28 pm

May 3 in royal history:

May 3, 1152 - Death of Matilda of Boulogne, wife of King Stephen, at Hedingham Castle, Essex, England; buried at Faversham Abbey, Kent

May 3, 1257 - Death of Katherine, daughter of Henry III, at Windsor Castle; buried at Westminster Abbey
Katherine was the third and youngest daughter of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence. Deaf from birth, Katherine died at age 3 1/2. She was buried at Westminster Abbey near the entrance to St. Edmund's Chapel.

May 3, 1459 – Death Eric of Pomerania, King of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway at Rügenwalde Castle in Pomerania; buried at Rügenwalde Castle

May 3, 1514 – Death of Anna of Brandenburg, first wife of Frederick I of Denmark and Norway; buried at the Convent Church in Bornesholm

May 3, 1783 - Death of Prince Octavius, son of George III, at Kew Palace, Surrey; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Prince Octavius was the eighth son and thirteenth child of George III. He was a beautiful child and his father's favorite. Octavius was originally buried in Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster Abbey but was later moved to the new Royal Tomb House at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. After Octavius died, George III said, "There will be no heaven for me if Octavius is not there."

May 3, 1826 – Birth of Carl XV of Sweden (Carl IV Norway)

May 3, 1870 – Birth of Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Frogmore House, Windsor
Known as Thora in the family, she was the daughter of Princess Helena and Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein. She never married.

May 3, 1974 – Birth of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, daughter of King Hussein and his third wife Queen Alia al-Hussein
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