King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today. Although – celebrate? Maybe that’s not the correct word to use right now. In any case, the couple got married exactly 50 years ago, on 14 May 1962.
The Queen Mother was such a well-known member of the royal family for so much of her daughter’s reign that it’s hard to believe it’s already the tenth anniversary of her death. It seems only yesterday that she was appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony or at a royal engagement, dressed in pale blue with one of her enormous hats, and happily occupying the limelight.
In the early morning of 6 February 1952 George VI died in his sleep at the age of only 56 after several years of poor health, and his elder daughter Elizabeth, in Kenya en route to Australia and New Zealand, became queen. She had to abandon the Commonwealth tour that had just started and return home to Britain to face a lifetime of duty and service to her country. Today marks the 60th anniversary of her accession.
On 28 January 1457 Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) was born at Pembroke Castle in Wales, the obscure son of an obscure Welshman; 90 years later on 28 January 1547 his son Henry VIII died in the Palace of Whitehall, a powerful and wealthy king.
Today it is exactly 50 years since King Baudouin gave his Belgians a most wonderful Queen: on 15 December 1960, he married doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón. It was a cold December day, but that didn’t stop thousands from lining the streets to see a glimpse of the happy couple. Time to take a moment to consider the wedding of this iconic royal couple of the 20th century.
On 7 October 2000, Grand Duke Jean of Luxemburg abdicated in favour of his son, then 45-year old Hereditary Grand Duke Henri. Today Luxembourg celebrates 10 years of Henri’s reign, which already had some major ups and downs.
Prince Henri was born on 16 April 1955 as eldest son and second child of then Hereditary Grand Duke Jean and Hereditary Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte, née Princess of Belgium. Barely nine years later, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg abdicated in favour of her son, making Henri first in line to the throne. The Hereditary Grand Duke was educated in Luxembourg and France. He studied Political Sciences in Geneva and took military training at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the UK.