Rescued Thai football boys pray at Buddhist temple as they begin first day back home

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 13:23)

Israel passes divisive law declaring only Jews have right to 'national self-determination'

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 13:14)

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket company launches booster and capsule higher than they ever have before

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 13:08)

Burberry sets fire to £28million of its products to stop 'wrong people' wearing their clothes, sources claim

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 13:01)

Emmanuel Macron aide under investigation after being filmed 'beating' protester

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 12:39)

US couple wins damages from Florida mayor threatening to seize home painted in style of Van Gogh

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 12:25)

South Korea’s equality minister 'should prepare for legal action' after accusing folk tale hero of raping fairy

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 12:20)

Trump questions if US should defend 'aggressive' Montenegro in blow to key Nato principle

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 10:13)

North Korea has most modern-day slaves in the world, report reveals, as rights abuses laid bare

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 07:00)

Royal News: Thursday 19 July 2018

(Unofficial Royalty - 19.07.2018, 04:13) Disclaimer: Please be advised that any media article titles or content that appear in the Royal News below which identify members of royal families with their maiden names, nicknames incorrect style or title, etc., come directly from the media source and not from Unofficial Royalty. We encourage you to contact the media sources to express […]

Two children suffer bites in possible shark attacks off New York's Fire Island

(Daily Telegraph - Royal Family News - 19.07.2018, 02:48)

January 28, 1919 – Execution of Four Russian Grand Dukes

(Unofficial Royalty - 19.07.2018, 01:35) by Susan Flantzer Russian Titles and Patronymics On January 28, 1919, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich (58 years old), Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich (58 years old), and two brothers, Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich (59 years old) and Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (55 years old) were taken to the courtyard of the Fortress of Peter and Paul […]

July 19: Today in Royal History

(Unofficial Royalty - 19.07.2018, 01:30) July 19, 1415 – Death of Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt, wife of King João I of Portugal, in Sacavem, Portugal; buried at Batalha Monastery in Leiria, Portugal Philippa died of the plague. Unofficial Royalty: Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal July 19, 1810 – Death of Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of […]

House of Windsor Christenings

(Unofficial Royalty - 18.07.2018, 21:56) by Susan Flantzer Children of the British Royal Family are christened following the Holy Baptism rite of the Church of England of which the monarch is the Supreme Governor. Royal christenings are small, private affairs usually attended by the immediate family, the godparents and their spouses. Only the christening of Princess Eugenie of York, the […]

BREAKING: Details of Princess Eugenie’s wedding are released

(Royal Central - 18.07.2018, 12:47) Details of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October have been released by Buckingham Palace. Following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Eugenie and Jack are inviting 1,200 people from across the United Kingdom to the grounds of Windsor Castle to share the experience of their special day. A palace spokesperson […]

Prince Philip’s role in the murder mystery of the Romanovs

(Royal Central - 18.07.2018, 09:00) 75 years after the brutal execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, Prince Philip helped solve the murder-mystery and identify the bodies of the Russian Imperial Family. The Tsar, Tsarina Alexandra, their five children, and three servants were murdered by the Bolsheviks in a painful and botched execution in 1918. Their bodies were secretly […]

King of Sweden releases statement as wildfires rage across country

(Royal Central - 18.07.2018, 08:00) As 59 locations in Sweden are currently on fire, King Carl XVI Gustaf has released a statement regarding the forest fires. He praised the work of emergency services working to bring the blazes under control, as well as expressed support for those who have been directly impacted. In a statement released by the Royal Court […]

Royal News: Wednesday 18 July 2018

(Unofficial Royalty - 18.07.2018, 04:48) Disclaimer: Please be advised that any media article titles or content that appear in the Royal News below which identify members of royal families with their maiden names, nicknames incorrect style or title, etc., come directly from the media source and not from Unofficial Royalty. We encourage you to contact the media sources to express your […]

July 18, 1918 – Execution of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna and Five Other Romanovs

(Unofficial Royalty - 18.07.2018, 01:35) by Susan Flantzer Russian Titles and Patronymics On July 18, 1918, the day after the execution of Nicholas II, Emperor of All Russia and his family, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (age 53) and five other Romanovs, Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich (age 59), Prince Ioann Konstantinovich (age 32), Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich (age 28), Prince Igor Konstantinovich […]

July 18: Today in Royal History

(Unofficial Royalty - 18.07.2018, 01:30) July 18, 1137 – Death of Eric II, King of Denmark Wikipedia: Eric II, King of Denmark July 18, 1501 – Birth of Isabella of Austria, wife of King Christian II of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, in Brussels (Belgium) Isabella was the daughter of Queen Juana of Castile (the daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon II […]

Vladimir Putin presents the mantle of the World Cup to the Emir of Qatar ready for 2022

(Royal Central - 18.07.2018, 00:29) The meeting between President Trump was not the only meeting with a world leader Vladimir Putin had this week. After presiding over the FIFA World Cup in Russia, which I think was a lot more successful than some had feared beforehand, President Putin met with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to […]

King Felipe inaugurates 5th edition of World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

(Royal Central - 18.07.2018, 00:14) King Felipe of Spain this week attended the opening ceremonies for the fifth meeting of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies 2018 (WOCMES). Organised by the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation, the conference is taking place from 16 to 20 July in Seville and provides a forum for presentation, debate and sharing of […]

Investigative Committee confirms remains found near Yekaterinburg belong to the Imperial Family

(Royal Central - 17.07.2018, 19:12) Russian Investigate Committee official Svetlana Petrenko confirmed that the remains found in Yekaterinburg in 1991 and 2007 are those of the Imperial Family, Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters and their son. “Comprehensive commission molecular and genetic tests have now confirmed that the remains belong to former Emperor Nicholas II, his family […]

Duke and Duchess of Sussex praised by Nelson Mandela’s goddaughter

(Royal Central - 17.07.2018, 19:07) While visiting the Nelson Mandela exhibition in Southbank, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a firsthand look at the display that charted his extraordinary life. Out of the 300 guests invited, one was Tanya von Ahlefeldt, Mandela’s goddaughter. Speaking to The Telegraph, she said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “beautifully elegant.” As for the […]

Olivia Colman takes on role of Queen Elizabeth in popular Netflix series ‘The Crown’

(Royal Central - 17.07.2018, 18:28) She is one of Britain’s most popular on-screen stars, and now Olivia Colman has the honour of portraying Queen Elizabeth in the third season of The Crown. With Netflix unveiling their first look at Colman in character, the series is set to be as popular as the previous two. And as Olivia Colman leads a […]

Before they were royal: The life of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

(Royal Central - 17.07.2018, 13:00) She is Denmark’s future Queen, but today we take a look at the life of Crown Princess Mary before her marriage to Crown Prince Frederik. Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born on 5 February 1972 in Hobart, Australia, as the third daughter and youngest child of John Donaldson and the late Henrietta Horne. Mary’s parents were both […]

Prince William hopes his children take up tennis

(Royal Central - 17.07.2018, 10:00) Famously athletic and competitive, it’s no surprise that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been introducing their young children to the world of sport. Now at the age where they’re picking up their own hobbies, there are two sports in particular that the Duke of Cambridge has said he hopes Prince George and Princess […]

Royal News: Tuesday 17 July 2018

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100 Years Ago – Execution of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia and His Family

(Unofficial Royalty - 17.07.2018, 01:30) by Emily McMahon and Susan Flantzer The Execution Nicholas II, Emperor of All Russia, his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their five children, along with three of their most loyal servants and the court doctor, were shot to death by firing squad on July 17, 1918. Unofficial Royalty: Nicholas II, Emperor of All Russia Unofficial Royalty: […]

July 17: Today in Royal History

(Unofficial Royalty - 17.07.2018, 01:30) July 17, 924 – Death of Edward the Elder, King of Wessex Wikipedia: Edward the Elder, King of Wessex July 17, 1328 – Wedding of Joan of the Tower, daughter of King Edward II of England, and King David II of Scotland, in Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, England Unofficial Royalty: Joan of the Tower, Queen of Scots […]

See Prince Louis’ adorable christening photos

(The Crown Chronicles - 16.07.2018, 01:33) The official photos for Prince Louis’ christening last week have been released, showing proud parents William and Kate with their youngest son, and extended family. The portraits were taken at Clarence House’s Morning Room following the christening at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, by […] The post See Prince Louis’ adorable christening photos appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Donald Trump meets The Queen at Windsor Castle for tea – criticisms of lack of respect for Monarch

(The Crown Chronicles - 13.07.2018, 19:29) Earlier this afternoon, The Queen welcomed President Donald Trump to Windsor Castle, ending his working visit to the UK. Flying in to the grounds of the 900-year-old residence on Marine One, Mr Trump came to Windsor after his press conference at Chequers with the Prime […] The post Donald Trump meets The Queen at Windsor Castle for tea – criticisms of lack of respect for Monarch appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

George III’s Great Pagoda at Kew reopens with its ‘lost’ dragons

(The Crown Chronicles - 12.07.2018, 14:59) The Great Pagoda within the botanic gardens at Kew is once more to open to the public, restored to its Georgian glory that first caused suspicion in the British public so unfamiliar with Chinese-style architecture – and dragons! The Great Pagoda was built in 1762 […] The post George III’s Great Pagoda at Kew reopens with its ‘lost’ dragons appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Cute baby alert! Prince Louis is christened at St James’s Palace surrounded by his family

(The Crown Chronicles - 09.07.2018, 20:27) Today, the youngest member of the Cambridge family was christened today at St James’s Palace; Prince Louis, who appeared to be sleeping soundly as the family entered the chapel, was surrounded by his family and godparents on his big day. Members of the Royal Family […] The post Cute baby alert! Prince Louis is christened at St James’s Palace surrounded by his family appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Duke of Cambridge treads diplomatic tightrope in Israel and is asked to take ‘message of peace’ to Palestine

(The Crown Chronicles - 27.06.2018, 11:20) The Duke of Cambridge’s first full day of his visit to Israel demonstrated what a diplomatic tightrope he must tread on this most politically sensitive of royal trips. The day began at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, followed by a meeting with the Israeli Prime […] The post Duke of Cambridge treads diplomatic tightrope in Israel and is asked to take ‘message of peace’ to Palestine appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

The Duke of Cambridge follows in Catherine’s footsteps as he ends his two-day trip to Jordan

(The Crown Chronicles - 26.06.2018, 13:22) Yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge carried out his second day of engagements in Jordan, bringing an end to his two-day visit to the Arab nation. The Duke began his day with a visit to the Jerash archaelogical site, which is a 1st Century Roman Site […] The post The Duke of Cambridge follows in Catherine’s footsteps as he ends his two-day trip to Jordan appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Prince William enjoys England match with Crown Prince of Jordan on day one of Middle East tour.

(The Crown Chronicles - 25.06.2018, 22:53) Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge kicked off his five-day tour to the Middle East yesterday with a visit to Jordan. The second-in-line to the throne visited the Kingdom to meet with its Crown Prince before jetting off to Israel and Palestine later in the […] The post Prince William enjoys England match with Crown Prince of Jordan on day one of Middle East tour. appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

The Duchess of Cornwall pays tribute to her late brother as she kicks off the Concours d’éléphant

(The Crown Chronicles - 22.06.2018, 10:42) Yesterday, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Garden Museum to view an exhibiton designed in collaboration with New Covent Flower Market to mark British Flowers Week. The exhibition at Lambeth Palace features six floral installations and showcases the unique seasonal quality of British flowers, plants […] The post The Duchess of Cornwall pays tribute to her late brother as she kicks off the Concours d’éléphant appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

The Duke of Cambridge opens James’ Place suicide crisis centre in Liverpool

(The Crown Chronicles - 21.06.2018, 20:13) The Duke of Cambridge spent the day in Liverpool on Tuesday, where he met with the mother of a young man who took his own life as he opened a new suicide crisis centre. James’ Place is the UK’s first centre outside of a clinic […] The post The Duke of Cambridge opens James’ Place suicide crisis centre in Liverpool appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Changes

(Royal World - 19.06.2018, 18:28) Sometimes I come across old internet posts and comments of mine. I haven't changed much. That's why it can be hard when online acquaintances go through various ideological and/or religious phases. Sometimes it means they don't want to be "Friends" anymore. This is usually guys, usually considerably younger, though I can think of one female former friend about my age to whom it applies. I think sometimes young men get interested in Monarchy--why not, it's awesome--but then when they learn that the modern world...

The Crown Chronicles survey – win a copy of Ingrid Seward’s ‘My Husband & I’

(The Crown Chronicles - 19.06.2018, 12:30) The Crown Chronicles wants to hear from you, to understand what you think about us and what you want from us, too. To thank you for your time – and because we like to treat you now and then for your support – by answering […] The post The Crown Chronicles survey – win a copy of Ingrid Seward’s ‘My Husband & I’ appeared first on The Crown Chronicles.

Royal Encounters in Mexico

(Royal World - 15.06.2018, 05:55) Last week I visited my brother William in Mexico, where he has been serving as concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico City. We did a lot of fairly typical Mexican sightseeing (including Chapultepec Castle where Emperor Maximilian and Empress Carlota lived) and eating, mostly beyond the scope of this blog post, but the evening of June 6 was far from typical: a performance for HI&RH Archduke Carlos Felipe, a grandson of Emperor Bl Karl of Austria-Hungary and great-great-grandnephew...

Habsburg Twitter and Me

(Royal World - 01.06.2018, 22:01) Yesterday, much to my delight, I had a light-hearted exchange with not one but two Habsburgs on Twitter. You can read about it at my friend Jovan's blog here.

History

(Royal World - 22.04.2018, 07:38) It has been fashionable lately to bemoan Americans', especially young Americans', ignorance of the Holocaust. But there's so much ignorance of history in general that I don't see these statistics as particularly surprising. I daresay that Americans, even millennials, still know more about the Holocaust than they do about many other historical topics, about which they know nothing at all. In fact as a classical musician and as one who loves the authentic Germany of many centuries before 1918, I resent it that...

Poulenc and the Real France

(Royal World - 18.04.2018, 06:13) I would like to quote, in French and then in English, a stanza from "Litanies à la Vierge noire" by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), sung beautifully tonight in Dallas by the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral. My friend Charles A. Coulombe has written about the difference between the "Pays Legal" and the "Pays Reel." I was powerfully struck by how this text reflects the real France, which still lives, barely, in spite of 225+ years of madness. Reine du sanctuaire, que consacra Saint Martial, et où il célébra...

1909

(Royal World - 11.04.2018, 07:47) The owner of these wonderful images of flags and heads of state in the world in 1909 kindly gave me permission to use them on a page at my website, so here it is, for all your Edwardian nostalgia needs. I realized while making it that this series of cards can be quite precisely dated: to between March 4, when William Howard Taft became President, and April 27, when Sultan Abdul Hamid II was deposed. I didn't feel like adding all the other republics (mostly in Latin America). Maybe I'll look up their presidents...

Monarchy and Selflessness

(Royal World - 03.04.2018, 03:40) I don't want to give specific examples, as criticising particular monarchs is hard for me and should only be done with the greatest caution. But I think most regular readers of this blog will be aware that when discussing monarchical history in modern times, monarchists will sometimes praise certain monarchs (usually their countries' last ones to date) who allowed their monarchies to fall rather than risk bloodshed, as an illustration of how much more altruistic they were than politicians tend to be. I understand...

Sayonara for now

(The Mad Monarchist - 29.03.2018, 06:56) Yes, I am packing it in and taking down the shingle. The point was reached a couple days ago but I wanted to finish up the mini-reviews of the kings of Portugal just in case anyone was interested and then do one last post to let everyone know what is happening so as not to just go silent. There are some issues that I have to deal with, some problems that need sorting out and trying to do so online clearly has not been helpful. Likewise, for some time, there are some who have been urging me to direct my energies...

MM Mini View: Kings of Portugal (Part IV)

(The Mad Monarchist - 28.03.2018, 07:40) The House of BraganzaKing João IV: Known as “the Restorer” led the war for independence from Spain which started when the upper and middle classes united against the Spanish monarch in Portugal. With support from some other powers, the Portuguese were able to defeat the Spanish and João IV secured the Braganza dynasty on the throne. Once done, he set about on another war to recover the Portuguese territories overseas lost during the Habsburg reign. Not everything was recovered but it was remarkable, given...

MM Mini View: Kings of Portugal (Part III)

(The Mad Monarchist - 26.03.2018, 01:24) The House of HabsburgKing Felipe I: Felipe II of Spain claimed the throne as grandson of King Manuel I at the death of Henrique though it took a little longer (and an armed invasion) for the Portuguese government to accept him. He appointed a viceroy and let the Portuguese keep their own laws but the country was obliged to subordinate its own interests to those of Spain. A large part of the famous “Spanish Armada” that attacked England was Portuguese, for example. The worst part, however, was that the enemies...

MM Mini View: Kings of Portugal (Part II)

(The Mad Monarchist - 24.03.2018, 08:34) The House of AvizKing João I: The illegitimate son of Pedro I, his seizure of power prevented Portugal being annexed by Castile in the wake of the chaos following the death of Fernando, the last of the original line of Portuguese kings. Grand Master of the Order of Aviz, he became King of Portugal and took the name of the Knights of Aviz for his own royal line. When French and Castilian troops invaded, King João and his English allies sent them packing. The Spanish withdrew and Portuguese independence was...

MM Mini View: Kings of Portugal (Part I)

(The Mad Monarchist - 22.03.2018, 05:20) The House of BurgundyKing Afonso I Henriques: Known as “the Conqueror” or “the Founder” or simply King Afonso the Great, this Portuguese born son of Henry of Burgundy, Count of Portugal, came up as a vassal of the Spanish King of Leon during the war to liberate the Iberian peninsula from the Moorish Islamic invaders. Afonso proved to be a great warrior and a formidable military leader. After the smashing victory at Ourique he was proclaimed the first King of Portugal in 1139. He married a daughter of...

The British Submarine Campaign of World War II

(The Mad Monarchist - 19.03.2018, 09:33) It is inevitable that the great deeds of British submariners in the Second World War would be overlooked by most. Their fight was not as critical as that of the German u-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic nor as single-handedly successful as the American submarine campaign in the Pacific, however, it would be wrong to ignore it. The submarines of the Royal Navy played, if not a decisive factor, certainly an extremely significant one in the ultimate victory over the Axis powers, particularly Germany and Italy....

France, Jews and the Monarchy

(The Mad Monarchist - 16.03.2018, 23:25) In the recent history of monarchism in France, one of the major problems was the persistent accusation of anti-Semitism. Once upon a time, such an accusation did not mean much as no one expected anyone in France to be pro-Semitic, only pro-French and so the accusation of being anti-Semitic would have been met with as much of a yawn as that of being anti-Anglo or anti-Teutonic. However, as anti-Semitism came to be seen as uniquely despicable, the accusation became much more problematic and it has been consistently...