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Royal History: Prince Arthur of Connaught to Marry Russian Princess
Prince Arthur of Connaught. Image: Wikimedia
September 13, 1911 - A dispatch from London to the New York Times can reveal that Prince Arthur of Connaught, son of the Duke of Connaught, who has just been appointed governor-general of Canada, is about to ask for the hands of Princess Irene Alexandrovna, daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhaelovitch and the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the Czar's sister. Their bethroathal will be formally announced shortly before the Connaughts leave for Canada.
(An official statement denied rumors of the bethrothal)
Princess Margaret Rose was one of the most popular, albeit controversial, royals during her lifetime. She was a rather sad figure, a victim of love at an early age and a person who constantly sought affection and attention as she went on to looked for the real meaning of her life. Might as well want to learn about the colorful life of Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister? Here are 10 interesting facts about her.
1. Born on August 30, 1930, in Glamis, the family seat of her mother's family, Princess Margaret was the first member of the British Royal Family to be born in Scotland for over 300 years.
2. Her parents, the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) wanted to call her Anne, but her grandfather, King George V, vetoed, so they named her Margaret Rose, instead.
3. In 1936, the princess' relatively peaceful life was altered considerably when his uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the woman he loved, the two-time American divorce…
King Edward VIII leaped into financial uncertainty the moment he signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936. That same day, Edward, now known as Duke of Windsor, entered into an agreement with his younger brother and successor, King George VI, that secured him £25,000 annually for the rest of his life. However, the King later renounced this agreement and instead offered him a smaller amount which would cease upon the King's death. The condition is that Edward should never step into British soil unless invited by government.
Let’s check out the privately-owned or leased residences
of the members of the British Royal Family. The list does not include the
state-owned residences, like Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, as well as
those owned by the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster. This list, however, includes properties leased
by members of the Royal Family for the purpose of having their own private
residence. Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle is the private residence of Queen
Elizabeth II in Royal Deeside in Scotland. Purchased by Prince Albert in 1852, the
property reminded him of his homeland, Thuringia, Germany. Prince Albert and
Queen Victoria originally leased the property until the deal was sealed to
purchase the estate for £32,000. The couple expanded the rather small house to
fit in the growing family of the royal couple. Ownership of the property passed
on to the eldest son (usually the sovereign). King Edward VIII retained
ownership of Balmoral after his abdication. A financial settlement was …