Belgium

Who is Queen Mathilde of the Belgians?

Mathilde Marie Christiane Ghislaine d’Udekem d’Acoz was born on 20 January 1973. She is the oldest child of Jonkheer Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz and his wife, Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. Through her mother’s paternal family, Mathilde has Polish noble ancestry, as well as Polish–Lithuanian Princely ancestry through her mother’s maternal family. Her maternal grandmother was a Princess…
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FeaturesMonaco

Grace's children: Who is Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess of Hanover?

Princess Caroline Louise Margueritewas born in the Princes Palace in Monte Carlo, the capital of the small sun-kissed principality of Monaco, on 23 January 1957. The eldest child of Their Serene Highnesses, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and Grace, Princess of Monaco, she bore the title of Hereditary Princess of Monaco from the time of her birth until the birth of her younger brother, Prince…
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The Sussexes

A look back at the Duke of Sussex's life so far on his birthday

During the fall of 1984, Diana, Princess of Wales gave birth to her second son, a boy affectionately known as Harry. They revealed his full name would be Henry Charles Albert David, a perfect name for someone third in line to the throne. Harry is now sixth-in-line to the throne after his father Charles, brother William, and William’s three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince…
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Belgium

Who is Queen Paola of Belgium?

Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria was born on 11 September 1937 at Villa Claudia in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, as the seventh and youngest child of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli, a…
History

On this day 40 years ago: Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA bomb

On 27th August 1979 Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin, LordMountbatten, was tragically killed by an IRA bomb blast whilst on his boat in Ireland. It wasn’t just Mountbatten who perished in the boat; one of his twin grandson’s, Nicholas, and a local boat boy, Paul Maxwell, also died as a result of the bomb explosion. Another passenger on the boat, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, died the…
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