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Daughter for Duke and DUchess of Kent

Dec 26, 1936 The Glasgow Herald reports that the Duchess of Kent had given birth to a daughter at her home, 8 Belgrave Square, London, yesterday morning.

The following bulletin was issued from No. 3 Belgrave Square:

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent was safely, delivered of a daughter at 11.20 o'clock this morning.
Her Royal Highness and the infant Princess are doing excellently.
A. E. GOW, M.D., F.R.C.P.
This is the first birth of a Prince or Princess in the British family to occur on Christmas Day for many years. Christmas Day is the birthday of the Duchess of Gloucester.

The Home Secretaru (Sir John Simon), who was at Walton Heath, was summoned to No. 3 Belgrave Square shortly before 10 o'clock yesterday morning. Constitutionally, the Home Secretary must be present at a royal birth.

Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece, the Duchess of Kent's father and mother, were present. The princess had spent the n…

George VI proclaimed

London, Dec. 12, 1936 (AP)-George VI is proclaimed king today, while Edward VIII sought solace in the foreign land of love that cost him the throne. 
As golden-uniformed heralds moved through foggy London streets in medieval pageantry which twice within the year heralded a new sovereign, the crisis of Edward's abdication passed into history.
With unruffled calm, the British people accepted the melodramatic change of sovereigns and turned from the prince-king they loved so well to his tall, family-loving brother George--but with deep sympathy and a Godspeed to him who found the burden of kingdom too heavy without "the woman I love."
Before the musty battlement of St. James' Palace, proud heralds hailed the new king. Trumpets shrilled as throngs watched the pageantry of centuries ago reenacted. 
Sir George Wollaston, the Garter principal King of Arms, proclaimed:
"Our only lawful and rightful liege lord, George the Sixth, by the grace of God, King of Great Britai…

Edward VIII Abdicates

London, Dec. 10, 1936 (AP)--King Edward VIII abdicated his ancient, mighty throne today. He will marry Wallis Warfield Simpson as a man, not as the monarch. Albert Frederick Arthur George, the tall, 40-year-old Duke of York will rule over the 495-million subjects on the greatest empire on earth.

Queen Alexandra celebrates birthday

London, Dec. 1, 1903-- The New York Times reports that festivities surrounding Queen Alexandra's 59th birthday were dashed by intermittent snowfalls. Alternating sunshine and snowfalls marked the celebration at Sandringham. In the morning, the Queen was preoccupied receiving and replying greetings to and from well-wishers. In the afternoon, all the children on the royal estate were entertained at tea, the Queen personally supervising the needs of her guests.

Princess Victoria of Great Britain dies

London, Dec. 3, 1935 (AP). The Princess Victoria, 67, sister of King George V, died today, causing cancellation of the state ceremonies at the opening of Parliament.  Black crepe, draping the colors of Great Britain's red-coated guardsmen marching before Buckingham Palace, gave evidence to London residents that the royal family was in mourning. There was widespread sorrow throughout the United Kingdom.

Duchess of Cambridge is Pregnant

Great Britain is one with the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family in rejoicing the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge. The excitement was however mixed with anxiety as the 30-year-old Duchess had to be rushed to the hospital due to acute morning sickness, prompting the couple to reveal the real cause of the Duchess' condition. Kate is expected to remain in King Edward VII Hospital for quite a few days, until after her morning sickness subsides. The Duchess was given drops to restore fluid and nutrients in her body.

Princess Alexandra of Kent engaged

November 30, 1962 - The engagement of Princess Alexandra of Kent, first cousin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy was announced yesterday in a Court Circular from Kensington Palace in London. The Princess will be 26 Christmas Day. Her 34-year old fiance is the second son of the Earl and Countess of Airlie. The Princess is 12th in line of succession to the throne, while Angus is the second son of the Earl of Airlie.

England welcomes Princess Marina

London, Nov. 21, 1934 (AP) - Princess Marina-chic and lovely in fur coat, beige ensemble and lat little sailor hat came to London yesterday in her trousseau shopping done to be welcomed by the Royal family.

Princess Mary engaged to wed Lord Lascelles

November 23, 1921 - In a special cable from London, the New York Times reports "the greatest pleasure of the King and Queen [to] announved the bethrothal of their beloved daughter, princess Mary to Viscount Lascelles, D.S., eldest son of the Earl of Harewood."  It is believed the engagement will prove very popular. Throughout the Lascelles family's Yorkshire estate and on the Yorkshire moors there will be many a tyke who will think Princess Mary has got a great catch in the heir to the title and broad acres of Harewood.

Princess Takamado recalls husband

In an interview with The Daily Yomiuri, Princess Takamado reveals that she felt her husband, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 47 in 2002, is merely away from home and will return shortly.
Prince Takamado was extremely popular in his role as intermediary between the Imperial family and the people. Nov. 21 marks the 10th anniversary of his death. The prince was the third son of Prince Mikasa, Emperor Showa's brother, and Princess Mikasa. After graduating from Gakushuin University and studying in Canada, he worked as a nonregular staff member at the Tokyo-based Japan Foundation.

King Bhumibol grants audience to President Obama

Patthaya Mail reports that King Bhumibol Adulyadej granted audience to U.S. President Barack Obama, November 18. The US president paid a courtesy call on the world's longest reigning sovereign, at Siriraj Hospital, where he has been staying since 2009 to regain his strength after suffering from fever, fatigue and a lung inflammation.

Prince and Princess Michael receives knee-bending curtsies from writer

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent receive a floor-skimming curtsey, a sign of respect to royals, from author Leonie Frieda, reports The Daily Mail. Frieda attended a launch party held in her honor by the royal couple for her new book, The Deadly Sisterhood, in Kensington Palace. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are friends with Frieda.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene lead Monaco in celebrating National Day

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco lead the principality in celebrating the annual Fete National, November 19. Originally held on varying dates, the 'sovereign's celebration', from this time, has been held on 19 November, the day of the anniversary of the ceremony of the accession to the throne of Prince Rainier III on 19 November 1949, and also the day chosen to celebrate the blessed Rainier d'Arezzo (edict of 27 October 1951).

Prince Johan Friso shows signs of slight improvement

An official statement from the Dutch Royal Family reveals that Prince Johan Friso has already showed signed of slight recovery after showing "minimal signs of consciousness," reports The Daily Mail. The Prince, second son of Queen Beatrix, has been in coma after being buried in an avalanche while skiing in Lech, Austria, in March this year. The prince is still under treatment at a hospital in London.

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

On November 20, 1947, then-Princess Elizabeth walked the aisle and exchanged vows with Lt. Philip Mountbatten (formerly Prince of Greece and Denmark). hat day heralded the beginning of a long and happy union for the Queen and Prince Philip, who together have led the Royal Family through good times and bad, embarked upon countless trips to far flung places, and raised four children, writes The Daily Mail. The marriage was blessed with four children and thousands of memorable moments that the couple continues to share, both as husband-and-wife and respected and highly revered public figures.  

Buckingham Palace on Fire

Around 200 people turned out to watch the replica of the Buckingham Palace as it went down with the flames after Edward Heath, 63, set it on fire. A report made by The Daily Mail said Heath had written to the Queen to ask for her permission to burn down the effigy of Buckingham, which took him five months--and 1,000 wooden pallets--to build. The replica stood 96 ft tall and took an hour and a half to burn down. Aside from Buckingham Palace replica, Heath had also designed, built, and burned replicas of Wembley Stadium and White House to raise money for charity. So far, his ventures has already realised more than £80,000.

King Albert attends tribute to the unknown soldiers

King Albert II of Belgium attended a tribute to the unknown soldier in Brussels. The event was in commemoration of those who perished while fighting since World War II while protecting Belgium, as well as fighting for the Allied cause. During the event, the King laid flowers on the graves, as well as met with the war veterans.

British Royal Family commemorates memorial Sunday

The Queen, with the rest of the British Royal Family, was one with the country during Memorial Sunday, held at Cenotaph on Whitehall, reports The Daily Mail. Queen Elizabeth II was the first to lay the wreath to commemorate the death of the members of the Armed Forces who passed away as heroes, fighting for the noble cause since World War I. The day went well and the autumn sunshine brought cheer to the rather solemn moment of the event.

AP: Queen Beatrix swears in new government

Queen Beatrix swore in a new centrist Dutch government under Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday, even as the conservative leader faced harsh criticism from members of his own party over a plan to hike health care premiums. Eight of the 13 Cabinet ministers swore an oath of office to the monarch in the ornately painted Orange Hall of the 17th Century Huis ten Bosch palace in a forest outside The Hague.

BBC: Saudi Arabia's king appoints new interior minister

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as minister of the interior, reports BBC. Prince Mohammed, who is in his early 50s, replaces his uncle, Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, less than five months after he took up the post. A decree said Prince Ahmed - one of the king's half-brothers - was relieved of his position "at his own request". Prince Mohammed has for years been responsible for counter-terrorism activities at the interior ministry. He  seen by Western powers as having effectively led the crackdown on Islamist militants in the Gulf state since 11 September 2001.  In 2009, the prince was targeted by a suicide bomber from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, but escaped with only minor injuries.

Bangkok Post: Millions bid farewell as Cambodian monarch makes final journey

Bangkok Post reports that Half of the country's population is expected to make the pilgrimage to Phnom Penh to pay their respects to King Father Norodom Sihanouk, demonstrating their reverence for him as well as their unease about what his absence will mean for the country's future.For wee ks, Cambodians have filed into the capital, ending a pilgrimage which for most is a once in a lifetime event. The streets along the riverside are jammed with traffic while in the parks outside the Royal Palace children dressed in white with black ribbons play and pray with their parents.

Message From The Queen: US independence revoked!

Dear friends, I am reposting this hilarious article fromRoyal Musings. We intend to do no harm here. I just want to put a little light on the rather stressful situation that the US politics is in right now. ENJOY!

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Indonesian president

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the President of Indonesia as he kicked off his three-day state visit to the kingdom. With Her Majesty was Prince Philip and Prime Minister David Cameron who greeted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 59, and First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono during the Horse Guards Parade. The Queen was wearing a tweed cream coat dress accentuated by black feathers and white gloves. She was holding a black handbag which matched her black shoes. Her pearl earrings and necklace all rounded up her elegant look.

Saudi king urges UN action against religious insults

Saudi king urges UN action against religious insults (via AFP)
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on Saturday demanded a UN resolution condemning insults on monotheistic religions after a low-budget film produced in the US sparked deadly protests last month. "I demand a UN resolution that condemns any country or group that insults religions and prophets," he said…

See the official engagement portraits of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill

Here are the official portraits of the recently engaged Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill, courtesy of the Swedish Royal Family’s official website.

Swedish Royal Family's Official Website: Interview with Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill

In an interview with newly engaged Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill, the couple talks about their unexplainable joy, excitement and wedding plans. The couple who was official engaged October 25, are set to marry summer next year.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden is engaged to Christopher O’Neill

We can expect more wedding bells ringing. A little less than a week after the fairy tale wedding of Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, the Royal Court in Sweden had officially announced the engagement of Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill. The couple are expected to tie the knot in the summer of 2013.

Grand Duke Guillaume, Grand Duchess Stephanie celebrate wedding

After the civil ceremony and the gala dinner that welcomed some of the world’s most glittering royalties, the church ceremony today finally highlighted the two-day festivities of the wedding of Grand Duke Guillaume and the former Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg.

Grand Duchess Stephanie glitters at the gala dinner

Elegant in the green Elie Saab gown plus fresh from the wedding, Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg was definitely the center of limelight at the gala dinner hosted by his father-in-law Grand Duke Henri in honor of the new wedded-couple.

Grand Duke Guillaume weds Countess Stephanie de Lannoy at civil ceremony

The entire Luxembourg is beaming with joy as the country’s heir apparent Grand Duke Guillaume, Europe’s last bachelor heir, ties the knot with Belgian aristocrat Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The entire Luxembourg royal family was with the grand duke, 30, as he exchanged his vows with Countess Sophie, 28.

King Norodom Sihanouk’s body now in Cambodia, to be laid in state for 3 months

While half the world is celebrating the marriage of Grand Duke Guillaume and newly-proclaimed Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, Cambodia and her neighboring countries are still mourning the death of King Norodom Sihanouk. The country’s Father-King, who was highly-revered for his unwavering dedication to the Cambodians and to his duties as king and leader, was finally taken back to Cambodia, October 19.

Royal wedding puts Luxembourg in the spotlight

The wedding of Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Sophie de Lannoy, dubbed as the wedding of the year, puts Luxembourg in the spotlight. The world’s only Grand Duchy, and one of the smallest country’s in the world, rarely enjoys this media frenzy, let alone a gathering of some of the world’s most glamorous personalities, heads of states, dignitaries.

Prince Charles’ private letters will not be published

Prince Charles’ private letters to Labour ministers between 2004 and 2005 will not—and should not—be published, ordered Attorney-General Dominic Grieve, reports Daily Mail. Until recently, a court rule ordered that the heir to the throne’s “black spider” letters should be revealed for the sake of public interest. However, Grieve said that the letters must be kept secret because once revealed, they will cast a doubt on the future king’s political neutrality.

The Story of Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise—Part 9: Marie Louise Chases Freedom

When Marie Louise finally arrived in Windsor, she was informed the reasons for the urgency of her coming back. Prince Aribert had written a letter, saying that her wife had deserted her marital duties, so he was demanding that the marriage be proclaimed null and void, as if it had never been contracted.  According to the message, her husband found life with her “intolerable.” Marie Louise was horrified while she was listening to the list of ‘obscene’ charges that her husband charged against her.

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk dies

King Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia’s highly revered king and one of the most iconic figures in the world, passed away October 15. He was King of the formerly French-occupied kingdom from 1941 until 1955 and again from 1993 until his abdication in 2004, after which he was accorded the title Father-King of Cambodia. King Norodom Sihanouk is the son of King Norodom Suramarit and Queen Sisowath Kossama.

Royal guests to converge at the Luxembourg royal wedding

Dubbed as the wedding of year, the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lanoy is expected to welcome some of the biggest names in the royal circuit. The Luxembourg Royal Court has released the official guest lists on the Oct. 20 wedding.

Sweden’s King and Queen visit Minneapolis

Sweden’s King Carl and Queen Sonja embarked on an official visit to Minneapolis from Oct. 4-6. Here’s the itinerary of their trip:

The Wealth of the Windsors: A Special Report on the Wealth of the British Royal Family

The wealth of the Windsors remains a deep mystery that we could only speculate. A lot of reports surfaced that the Queen and the British Royal Family are worth billions, although clarifications have been made that much of the privileges enjoyed by Her Majesty, including living on palaces and castles such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, using the Crown Jewels and hundreds of priceless paintings are held in trust for the state. She could use them but she could never sell them. But with or without these, Queen Elizabeth II is a very wealthy woman. In this article, we will take a deeper look at the fortune of one of the world’s richest families, based on different articles which we have gathered.

The Story of Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise—Part 8: Marriage on the Rocks

As we continue on our journey in the lives of Princesses Helena Victoria and Marie Louise, let us take a look at the misery that Marie Louise had to endured during her married life: a husband who did not really love, a court that's stiff and unwelcoming, and a sad, lonely life away from home.

Royalty in a Glance

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations placed the Monarchy’s popularity at an all-time high. But not for too long. Since staying tuned at the Diamond celebrations, I haven’t stayed that much hooked up, reeling behind a busy schedule that kept me further away from keeping this blog running.

How Queen Victoria drove King Edward VII to debauchery

It’s been a known fact that King Edward VII was known for his womanizing and carefree lifestyle while he was Prince of Wales. But he was not completely to blame.

Naomi Watts to portray Princess Diana in new biopic

Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts is set to star on a new biopic about Diana, the late Princess of Wales. 

Queen Elizabeth II holds Balmoral Castle garden tea party

Queen Elizabeth II rounded up the Diamond Jubilee festivities with the first-ever garden party at Balmoral Castle in the Royal Deeside since the Golden Jubilee.

Mswati III holds public forum

Swaziland’s King Mswati III Tuesday headed a three-day public forum, so-called “People’s Parliament” to give his subjects the chance to air their opinions in hopes of ending the teachers’ strike. However, activists slammed the move because it really won’t do anything to solve their problem.

Royal Finances: The Queen is more value-for-money than republican presidents

The issue about royal finances has been the subject of never-ending arguments. Republicans and royalophobes have pointed out many times over that The British Royal Family is a complete set of trash and should be abolished. They're expensive and doesn't cost a cent to the British people. They're impractical and so they should be phased out.

Queen Elizabeth II jumps off the parachute, makes her acting debut as a Bond Girl

What better way to start the London Olympic than launch The Queen as an actress and in a rather breathtaking manner: jumping off a parachute.

The Story of Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise—Part 7: Marie Louise and the Kaiser

Princess Marie Louise nurtured a close relationship to her cousin, the Kaiser. In fact, he held a keen affection to the Christians. Amidst the ravages of World War I, the Kaiser had never forgotten to send a congratulatory note to her aunt during their 50th wedding anniversary. The telegram reached England via Sweden through his cousin, Crown Princess Margaret. As for Marie Louise, she referred to her cousin as sympathetic, cheerful, and warm.
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