NOTES: Edward was the first heir apparent in English history to be
proclaimed, Prince of Wales. He was a Plantagenet King of England (the House of
Anjou) whose incompetence and distaste for government finally led to his
deposition and murder. In January 1327, Parliament forced Edward to resign and
proclaimed the Prince of Wales king as Edward III. On September 21 of that year
Edward II was murdered by his captors at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire.
NOTES: He divorced his first wife, Angela in 1978 and now lives with his
second wife near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Almost his only connection with
royalty was to buy, in 1956, Fort Belvedere, the one-time home of Edward VIII
before his abdication. Gerald sold the pile, on the edge of Windsor Great Park,
to an Arab businessman in 1976.
NOTES: James became an accomplished rock musician and played for some time
in a group called Global Village Trucking Company. He lives with his wife and
children in New Mexico, where James pursues his musical career.
NOTES: Ferdinand, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1914-1927 King of
Romania) Because King Carol had no male heirs, he named Ferdinand (1889) heir
presumptive to the Romanian throne. After WWI his reign was marked by
unsuccessful attempts at land reforms and by a problem of royal succession
because of the relations of his son (later King Carol II) with a commoner.
NOTES: An Australian divorcée whose brother, Barry Tuckwell is one of the
world's outstanding French horn virtuosi. George Lascelles and "Bambi", as she
is familiarly known, had their son out of wedlock. Because of this the son has no
claim on the British throne.
NOTES: Princess Michael is a Roman Catholic and had previously been married
to Mr. Thomas Troubridge. Her father, it turns out, had been a member of
Hitler's SS (his precise role, however, remains unclear). Her parents were
divorced, and her mother went to Australia to marry a Polish count. The
Princess's maternal grandfather was the last Austro-Hungarian ambassador to
Tsarist Russia, and her great-great-grandfather was Prime Minister of
Austria-Hungary in the 1880s. The Princess is strikingly beautiful. Prince Michael
of Kent's marriage to the Austrian Roman Catholic divorcee Marie Christine von
Riebnitz was the most controversial royal wedding for many years. Barred from either
an Anglican or Catholic church wedding, and even from an English register office, they
were married at a civil ceremony in Vienna town hall. She is 6' tall, blonde with
classic features. Her nickname is MC (for Marie Christine).
NOTES: Some sources give Nov. 10, 1683 as his birthdate. Like his father,
George II was more interested in Hanover than in Great Britain, and during his
many absences from London, Caroline frequently acted as regent.
NOTES: Dau. of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and
Eleonore Erdmuthe Louise of Saxe-Eisenach. a.k.a.: Caroline Wilhelmina Dorothea;
Quenn consort of Great Britain and Ireland (1727-37) as wife of King George II.
In London, Caroline made her home the meeting place of noted literary figures.
She acted as regent on several occasions during absences of her husband from
England and aided the career of the British statesman Robert Walpole.