NOTES: Died while living at Buckingham Palace. The Book of Royal Lists by
Brown & Cunliffe list the year of her death as: 1969. 1967 is used by
Debrett's Book of Royal Children by Kidd and Montague-Smith. Henry Rasof in
"Charles and Diana" lists her death at: 1960.
NOTES: Louis of Battenberg, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. British naval
officer educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Royal Navy colleges and at Christ's
College, University of Cambridge. Because of anti-German sentiment, his father
anglicized the family name to Mountbatten in 1917. Mountbatten served as British
viceroy of India from March to August 1947, and governor-general of the new
dominion of India from August 1947 to June 1948. Mountbatten was killed when a
bomb, planted by terrorists of the Irish Republican Army blew up his fishing boat in
Donegal Bay, near his home.
NOTES: The Hon. Mrs. Angus Ogilvy. Christened: Alexandra Helen Elizabeth
Olga Christabel. Princess Alexandra and her husband, Angus Ogilvy, live at
Thatched House Lodge, which is leased from the Crown Estates. This early
eighteenth-century house is the only one within the royal parkof Richmond still
in private hands. It has three acres of grounds and is surrounded by tall bushes
to keep the deer (and the public) at bay. There two children were born there.
Princess Alexandra has always shouldered a large burden of royal public duties and
is a particularly popular figure. She is 6 feet tall. She has made something of a
speciality of representing the Queen at the weddings of distantly-related European
NOTES: Prince Michael relinquished his place in the line of succession
because of his marriage to a divorced Catholic, but Buckingham Palace
subsequently announced that his children would still be eligible to succeed to
the throne. Christened: Michael George Charles Franklin. -- The last name was in
honor of President Roosevelt, who was a close friend of the Duke, and one of the
baby's godfathers, although at the height of the war he was unable to attend the
christening. His father was killed in a flying accident only seven weeks after
Prince Michael's birth. He is a director of Standard Telephones and Cables and three
other City companies.
NOTES: Prince William of Wales; Prince William Arthur Philip Louis; Born
at 9:03 pm; Weighed 7 lbs 1 1/2 oz at birth. Called, "Wills" or "Wombat" by
the family. Prince Charles likes to call him "Willie Wombat," but many people
have pointed out that it is an unsuitably slothful name for so active a child.
3 NOV 1923, Chapel Royal, St. James Palace, England
NOTES: Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden later became King Gustaf VI Adolf of
Sweden. When married to Princess Margaret of Canaught, he was Crown Prince.
Reign: 1950-1973. Hew was Crown Prince for forty-three years before ascending
the throne. When Gustav died in 1973 the crown passed to his grandson, his
eldest son having been killed in a plane crash in 1947 and his second son being as
yet unmarried and thus unlikely to produce and heir. King Carl XVI ascended the
throne of the Swedes, the Goths and the Wends amid much speculation that he would
prove to be the last of Sweden's monarchs. Carl has 4 lively and glamorous sisters:
Princesses Margaretha, Birgitta, Desiree and Christine.
NOTES: George III of Great Britain and Ireland, King of Hanover, Duke of
Brunswick-Luneburg (r. 1760-1820), who presided over the loss of Britain's
American colonies. He was also elector of Hanover (1760-1815) and by decision
of the Congress of Vienna, King of Hanover (1815-20). After the dismissal of
several ministers who did not satisfy him, the king found a firm supporter in
Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford, Prime Minister from 1770 to 1782. Lord North
executed the royal policies that provoked the American Revolution. The unsuccessful
conclusion of that protracted conflict forced North to resign, and during the
government crisis that followed when three cabinets came and went in less than two
years. The King himself was almost induced to abdicate. In 1809 the king became blind.
As early as 1765 he had suffered an apparent dementia, and in 1788 his derangement
recurred to such a degree that a regency bill was passed, but the king recovered the
following year. In 1811 he succumbed hopelessly to this dementia and his son, later
George IV, acted as a regent for the rest of his reign.
NOTES: (Sophia) Charlotte, fifth and youngest dau. of Duke Charles Louis
Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Elizabeth Albertin of
Saxe-Hildburghausen. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Duchess of
Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Appears to be "monkey-faced" in many of her portraits.