Day in History – March 24: James VI of Scotland Ascends to the English Throne

March 24 was a pivotal day in English and British monarchical history. Exactly 410 years ago, in 1603, Elizabeth I died and James VI of Scotland ascended to the English Throne as James I, creating Personal Union of Crowns of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. A century later, on 1 May 1707, the Acts of Union were signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain. The question of James VI’s accession will be discussed in this article, while the Act of Union – in a separate one to be published on May 1.

James VI and I of Scotland and England

James VI and I of Scotland and England

Elizabeth I’s death in 1603 marked the end of the House of Tudor which had ruled the Kingdom of England and its realms for 118 years, since Henry Tudor (Henry VII) defeated Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Elizabeth was childless and the last of Henry VIII’s legitimate children, so the line ended with her. She named as her successor her closest surviving male relative, James VI of Scotland. James VI was her second cousin once removed as both were descendants of Henry VII Tudor: Elizabeth was Henry VII’s granddaughter (Henry VII -> Henry VIII -> Elizabeth I), while James was his great-great-grandson through two lines (Henry VII -> Margaret Tudor -> James V of Scotland -> Mary, Queen of Scots -> James VI, and Henry VII -> Margaret Tudor -> Margaret Douglas -> Lord Darnley – James VI). James VI’s accession to the English Throne as James I met virtually no resistance, yet the interesting thins is the fact he wasn’t legally an Heir to the English Throne at all.

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The Duchess of Cornwall to accompany the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, May 8. In a somewhat surprise announcement from the Buckingham Palace, it emerged they will be accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. While Prince Charles has attended the ceremony several times before, this will be Camilla’s first-ever State Opening of Parliament.

The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall during the Diamond Jubilee Concert

The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall during the Diamond Jubilee Concert

Camilla’s invitation can perhaps be seen as a sign of growing confidence in her role, as well as a gradual transition of responsibilities from Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Just a year ago, Queen Elizabeth appointed her daughter-in-law Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order – one of the highest honours that remain the personal gift of the Monarch.

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Inaki Urdangarin Scandal: New evidence suggests Infanta Cristina might have known of illegal activities

The lawyers of Diego Torres, Inaki Urdangarin’s former partner and co-defendant in fraud case, have provided thirty new messages as evidence, some of which seem to suggest that Infanta Cristina was at the very least briefed on her husband’s activities.

One of the messages from Don Inaki to his wife alludes to “two versions” of reports and asks for her opinion. The Duke of Palma asks for Infanta Cristina’s opinion on various business-related issues in some of the other messages as well.

The Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

The Duke and Duchess of Palma de Mallorca

Cristina was a board member of Noos and part-owner of Aizoon both of which are involved in the corruption case. Although the judge presiding over the case has so far found no evidence of her involvement in anything illegal, it is highly unlikely she was completely unaware of her husband’s activities.

Other messages show the communication between the Duke of Palma and Carlos Garcia Revenga – the private secretary and confidant of the Infantas Elena and Cristina who was the treasurer of the Noos Foundation.

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Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo Welcome a Boy

Andrea Casiraghi and his fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo are now parents to a baby boy.

Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo

Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo

The Monegasque Princely Palace announced the couple welcomed their first-born child yesterday, on March 21. According to the press release, both the mother and the baby are doing well. No further details have been released at the moment although it is expected we will get more information, including the baby’s name, in upcoming days.

Andrea is the eldest son of Princess Caroline, Hereditary Princess of Monaco and Princess of Hanover, and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi. Since Prince Albert doesn’t have a legitimate issue as of yet, his eldest sister Caroline is his Heiress Presumptive. Andrea is Caroline’s heir.  (more…)

The Duke of Kent hospitalised after a mild stroke

The Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that the Duke of Kent had suffered a mild stroke. The 77-year-old royal was taken to a London hospital in the early hours of Monday, where his condition was assessed by doctors.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Although the Queen’s cousin is still believed to be under the supervision of doctors, his condition has improved and the Duke if “looking forward to resuming official engagements as soon as possible”.

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The Duke of Cambridge appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Queen

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge has been appointed personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

The Court Circular stated that the Queen “has been pleased to appoint The Duke of Cambridge as a personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty” with immediate effect. His Royal Highness wore the insignia of an aide-de-camp for the first time at the St Patrick’s Day parade for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Hampshire.

The Duke of Cambridge wearing his aide-de-camp insignia

The Duke of Cambridge wearing his aide-de-camp insignia

A Personal Aide-de-Camp is a senior officer of the military of a Commonwealth Realm who is appointed to act as the honorary military attendant to the Monarch and/or her viceroys.

Prince William is the seventh member of the Royal Family who currently holds the appointment, the others being The Duke of Kent (Field Marshal), the Prince of Wales (Admiral of the Fleet), Mark Phillips (Captain, Retired), The Duke of York (Rear-Admiral), The Earl of Wessex (Second Lieutenant), and Sir Timothy Laurence (Vice Admiral).

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Falklands Referendum: Overwhelming Majority Wants to Remain UK Overseas Territory

In a very clear expression of self-determination and loyalty to the Crown, the people of the Falkland Islands have voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a UK overseas territory.

The referendum had asked a simple question: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?” Over 90% of the island’s population eligible to vote took part in the referendum, and of 1,517 votes cast 1,513 were in favour, with only three people voting against.

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Death of Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland

The Swedish Court today announced some very sad news: Princess Lilian passed away on Sunday, March 10, at the age of 97.

She died peacefully in her home on Djurgarden in Stockholm. The Swedish Royal has been suffering from ill health for some time, and in 2010 it was announced she also had Alzheimer’s disease. Because of it, she was unable to attend the wedding of her niece, Crown Princess Victoria.

Princess Lilian, Duchess of halland

Princess Lilian, Duchess of halland

 

Following the Princess’s death, His Majesty the King released the following statement: “It is with great sorrow that I and our family announce that Princess Lilian passed away on Sunday, March 10th. Princess was much loved by our family and we all remember her as a happy, funny and witty person. She was a true joy spreader and had the ability to always create a good and warm atmosphere around her. The youngsters of our family always appreciated Princess’ happy antics and humorous manners… She was always loyal and stood up wholeheartedly for the Royal Family and for Sweden. A very dear and beloved member of the family is now gone.”

Since the Duchess of Halland was member of the Royal Family, a Royal Highness and a Princess of Sweden, she will be accorded appropriate funerals. As per established protocol, her coffin will lie in state at the Royal Chapel, followed by a funeral ceremony that is likely to be attended by representatives of foreign royal families. A procession will then progress through the city to the cemetery at Haga, where the late Princess will find her final resting place alongside her late husband, Prince Bertil.

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Queen Elizabeth II Leaves Hospital

Her Majesty had everyone worried with her hospitalisation yesterday but it looks like there was nothing serious for she has already left hospital.

Her Majesty thanks the nurses

Her Majesty thanks the nurses

In the morning, she had a visit from her personal physician, Professor John Cunningham, who asserted the Queen was well enough to be discharged. Apart from being the Queen’s personal physician, Professor Cunningham also occupies the position of the Head of the Medical Household to Her Majesty.

The Queen left King Edward VII Hospital shortly before 3pm. Before being driven away, she made sure to thank the doctors and nurses for their excellent care and flashed her charming smile to the waiting photographers. The Queen was driven back to Buckingham Palace where she will stay tonight – as apparent by the royal standard flying over the Palace (which is done only when the Monarch is in the residence).

Meanwhile, other members of the Royal Family are stepping in to cover for Her Majesty while she is recuperating; the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Edinburgh will now attend a reception hosted for Members of the British and European Parliaments.

Queen Elizabeth Hospitalised

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen was admitted to King Edward VII hospital on Sunday to be treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Her Majesty’s condition was initially treated by her personal physicians. However, at some point they advised the best course of action would be a hospitalisation It is possible the Queen suffers from dehydration, a common symptom of gastroenteritis, which may require giving her fluids intravenously.

No information is given on how long Queen Elizabeth will stay in hospital, although according to doctors, it would normally take about two days for her condition to be stabilised. All of the Queen’s engagements for the upcoming week, including a high-profile official visit to Rome – were cancelled.

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