Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31

May 31

The Feast of the Visitation [Catholic & Anglican]

The Feast of the Queenship of Mary [traditional Catholic]


Baron Nils-August Silfverschiold   {1934} [husband of Princess Desiree of Sweden (sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden)]

Helene Vestur, former Countess of Nassau   {1958} [ex-wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg (son of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg & brother of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg)]

Felicia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven   {2005} [daughter of Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau (nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)]


King Alfonso XIII of Spain & Princess Victoria Eugenie "Ena" of Battenberg   {1906}


1279 BC   Ramses II "the Great"  (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
1578   King Henri III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge in Paris.

1859   The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.

1941   Anglo-Iraqi War:  The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns Abd-al-llah to power as regent for Faisal II.


1443   Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond & Derby, mother of King Henry VII of England (d.1509)

1469   King Manuel I "the Fortunate" of Portugal & the Algarves (d.1521)

1557   Tsar Feodor I "the Bellringer" or "the Blessed" of Russia (d.1598)
1613   Johann Georg II, Elector of Saxony (d.1680)

1857   Pope Pius XI (d.1939)

1923   Prince Rainier III of Monaco (d.2005)


1162   King Geza II of Hungary, Croatia & Dalmatia
1246   Countess Isabella of Angouleme, Queen consort of England
1410   King Martin I "the Elder, the Humane, the Ecclesiastic" of Aragon, Valencia, Sardinia, Corsica & Sicily (as Martin II), Count of Barcelona
1495   Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, mother of King Edward IV of England & King Richard III of England.
1740   King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, Elector-Prince of Brandenburg (as Friedrich Wilhelm II)

Memorial Day

May 30

Memorial Day in the USA

Spring Bank Holiday in Great Britain & Northern Ireland


Lyla Gilman   {2010} [daughter of Lady Rose Gilman (daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester {1st cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland})]


Princess Birgitta of Sweden & Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern   {1961} [religious]

Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau & Marie-Helene "Marilene" van den Broek   {1998} [religious]


1536   King Henry VIII of England marries Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.
1574   Henri III becomes King of France.
1814   Napoleonic Wars:  War of the Sixth Coalition - the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.  Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled to Elba.
1842   John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives from Constitution Hill, London with Prince Albert.
1859   Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London.

1876   Ottoman Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
1917   Alexander I becomes King of Greece.


1010   Emperor Renzong of China (d.1063)

1653   Archduchess Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, Queen consort of Germany, Queen consort of Hungary & Bohemia (d.1676)

1713   Princess Caroline Elizabeth of Great Britain (d.1757)

1845   King Amadeo I of Spain, Duke of Aosta (d.1890)


1159   Wladyslaw II The Exile of Poland, High Duke of Poland, Duke of Silesia

1292   King Saint Ferdinand III of Castile

1574   King Charles IX of France

1941   King Prajadhipok of Siam (Thailand)

May 29

May 29

Indianapolis "Indy" 500 race at Indiananpolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, USA


Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn & Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld   {1818} (parents of Queen Victoria)

Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau & Marie-Helene "Marilene" van den Broek   {1998} [civil]


1328   Philippe VI is crowned King of France.
1660   English Restoration:  Charles II is restored to the throne of Great Britain.
1864   Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico arrives in Mexico for the first time.
1867   The Austro-Hungarian agreement known as Ausgleich ("the Compromise") is born through Act 12, which establishes the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
1868   The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade.
1982   Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.


1627   Mademoiselle Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, Duchess of Montpensier, petite-fille de France ("Granddaughter of France") (d.1693)

1630   King Charles II of England (d.1685) (OS May 29; NS June 8)

1773   Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester (d.1844)


1259   King Christoffer I of Denmark
1379   King Enrique/Henrique II of Castile
1425   Emperor Hongxi of China

1453   Constantine XI Palaiologos, last Byzantine Emperor
1628   King Anaukpetlun of Burma
1814   Josephine de Beauharnais, former Empress-consort of the French & Queen consort of Italy, Duchess of Navarre

1868   Prince Michael (Mihailo) Obrenovich III of Serbia (May 29, old style.  June 10, new style)

1873   Prince Friedrich "Frittie" of Hesse and by Rhine (b.1870) (grandson of Queen Victoria)

May 28

May 28


Prince Louis/Luis of Bourbon, Duke of Burgundy   {2010} [twin] (son of Prince Louis Alphonse/Luis Alfonso of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou)

Prince Alphonse/Alfonso of Bourbon, Duke of Berry   {2010} [twin] (son of Prince Louis Alphonse/Luis Alfonso of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou)
(the twins are pictured here with their parents & older sister)


1503   King James IV of Scotland & Princess Margaret Tudor of England are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI.  A Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland & England signed on that occasion results in a peace that lasts 10 years.
1533   The Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declares the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
2008   The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.


1371   Jean II "the Fearless", Duke of Burgundy (d.1419)
1524   Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (d.1574)

1660   King George I of Great Britain & Ireland, Prince-Elector of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick (d.1727)


1357   King Afonso IV of Portugal

1509   Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forli

1750   Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan

1940   Prince Friedrich Karl of Hesse, Landgrave of Hesse

1972   The Duke of Windsor, former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland, Emperor of India

1989   Kazuko Takatsukasa, former Princess Taka of Japan (sister of Emperor Akihito of Japan)
(pictured here with her husband on her wedding day in 1950)