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The Windsors / "Highnesses" in British nobility
« on: August 09, 2015, 02:14:25 AM »
This question came up in a recent conversation.

Outside of the Windsor family, are there currently any spouses of UK nobility who were born with foreign royal titles? Thank you.

The Windsors / Re: Andrew, Duke of York
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:28:53 AM »
Oh, why not? Their's was never the worst marriage in the Royal Family.

There are more than a few couples who bond because (to be honest) no one else could put up with them. And, to everyone else's astonishment, they're very good to eachother. Over time, they outlast most of the "great love" couples of their social circle. Most of us know at least one couple who fits that bill, eh? The Duke & Duchess of York seem to be just such a couple.

In that pose and that photo style, she strongly resembles Isabella Rossellini.

It was a title from Luxembourg. Grand Duke Adolph granted the title to Sophia after her marriage.

Does anybody know why the new king chose to reign under the name of Willem Alexander, and not Willem IV?

Isn't it traditional for crowned monarchs NOT to attend each other's coronations/installations? I seem to recall reading that it's more usual for some other member of a royal family to represent their sovereign on such occasions.

When I was younger, the murders affected me on a more emotional level. Now, the forensics is more fascinating. Reading the testimony of the killers, the DNA evidence, etc, is intriguing. It's one of history's great murder mysteries. Perhaps watching too many CSI shows did that. <chuckle>

The fates of Ivan VI and the French Dauphin disgust me more deeply. The deliberate psychological torture of those boys were, to me, the greater atrocities. Ivan VI & the Dauphin were emotionally destroyed by inches long before death finally freed them. The IF were locked up and deprived, but they suffered comparatively less abuse. Their deaths came mercifully fast.

The Tudors / Re: Richard III remains found & identified
« on: February 13, 2013, 07:38:08 PM »
 Is this the writer who suggested that their marriage was incestuous because of the Clarence/Isobel marriage?
I have never read anywhere else that brothers are forbidden to marry sisters. I had thought that kinship was conferred by marriage from one person to their in-laws but not further to include their siblings as relations of their in-laws (so, to put it more clearly, had Anne stayed single and married Clarence after Isobel's death, this would have been incestuous, but there was no bar on her marrying Clarence's brother at any point). Am I wrong here?

Doubtful, in the incest department. There are too many instances of brothers from one family marrying sisters from another family for this to have been the case.

The Windsors / Re: Government starts effort to change succession law
« on: January 01, 2013, 07:15:18 AM »
'Princess Consort' reeks of morganatic marriage- a decidedly archaic institution.  A British king's wife should be a Queen Consort.

And yes: delightful though Diana was, she's gone. The Diana mob needs to move on. Charles/ Diana/ Camilla were basically three decent people who were caught up in a sad situation. Camilla doesn't deserve to be punished or publicly degraded for it.

Twins would be quite an event. That's happened among the Royals' German cousins, but does anyone recall any twins in the actual British royal line?

French Royals / Re: The Grimaldi's of Monaco
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:37:37 PM »
I still believe that she was a "unique" American, who made a successful transition and fully accepted into the exclusive club of European royalty.

Well said, Eric, and right on target! Princess Grace was, indeed 'one of a kind'. We won't see another like her in our lifetime.

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: Grand Duke Ludwig IV
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:47:01 AM »
Also: she and her sister Victoria would've been spared the strained family blow-back resulting from the Seven Weeks War.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Eugenie of York
« on: July 14, 2012, 05:25:05 PM »
Happy to hear some royal good news.  :)

Has she talked about career plans?

Princess Eugénie officially graduated from Newcastle University.

They probably had fewer problems w/ "bombardment" than we suspect. The Duke of Windsor once said that, before modern media, it was possible for even 'first line' royals to walk about in public w/ only a detective in tow. Most people didn't really recognise them very often. Television and photo-based tabloids were still about a century away from the Hesse siblings.

The Tudors / Re: The Stewarts are descended from the Tudors
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:08:24 PM »
Here's a simplified connection between the Romanovs & Mary, Queen of Scots:

Mary I, Queen of Scots (1544-1587) = Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (1545-1567)

James VI & I (1566-1625) = Anna of Denmark (1574-1619)

Elisabeth of Scotland (1596-1662) = Frederick V, Elector Palatine (1596-1632)

Sophia of the Palatinate (1630-1714) = Ernst Augustus, Elector of Hanover (1629-1698)

King George I of Great Britain (1660-1727) = Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726)

Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (1687-1757) = King Frederick William I of Prussia (1688-1740)
Note: Charlotte of Prussia, wife of Czar Nicholas I, also descends from this marriage

Sophia Dorothea of Prussia (1719-1765) = Frederick Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt (1700-1771)

Sophia Dorothea of Brandenburg-Schwedt (1736-1798) = Duke Frederick Eugene II of Wurttemberg (1732-1797)

Sophia Dorothea of Wurttemberg (1759-1828) = Czar Paul of Russia (1754-1801)

The Romanovs

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