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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…
Queen Elizabeth II is a stickler for order, and so routine is a part
of Her Majesty’s day-to-day life. She rises at around 8.30 am and would be
greeted by a piper who plays at 9am on the terrace beneath her apartment at
Buckingham Palace. When longtime attendant and confidante Margaret MacDonald
was still in service, Don Coolican noted that
Bobo, as The Queen affectionately called MacDonald, would awaken her, “bringing
in a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits handed over by the footman.” The Queen’s
corgis are the first creatures to grace The Queen , who would also beg to be
given biscuits, Coolican writes.
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.