Today in History - On This Day - February 7th. 1317 - Robert, Count of Clermont

Robert, Count of Clermont was born in 1256 as the son of
King Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence.



In 1272 Robert married Beatrice of Burgundy, the Heiress of
Bourbon. They would have 6 children.

In 1279 Robert suffered head injuries, which made him invalid
for the remainder of his life.

Robert & Beatrice were considered as founders of the
House of Bourbon. Their eldest son Louis became the first
Duke of Bourbon.

The House of Bourbon had links with:

* Kings of Navarre;
* Kings of France;
* Kings of the Two Sicilies;
* Dukes of Parma
* Grand Dukes of Luxembourg;
* Kings of Spain.

Robert, Count of Clermont died on February 7th. 1317.

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Royal Destinations - Elisenbrunnen in Aachen - Germany

One of the most beautiful buildings in Aachen, Germany is the Elisenbrunnen,



About the building

The Elisenbrunnen were built  after the plans of architects:
Johann Peter Cremer and Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Its style is Neoclassicism.

About the name & Royal Link

The Elisenbrunnen were called after Elisabeth Ludovika, Princess of Bavaria,
who married the future King Frederick William IV of Prussia.




About its history

Since long Aachen was famous for its Spa. A lot of famous (royal) guests
came therefore to Aachen inter alia:

King Frederick the Great of Prussia;
Czar Peter the Great of Russia.

In 1819, the council of the city decided to build a "Brunnenhall".

The first stone was placed on November 16th. 1822.

On May 2nd. 1827 the Elisenbrunnen were opened, although the
official inauguration took place in 1828.

Inside marble panels remember the famous guests of Aachen.

During World War II the Elisenbrunnen was destroyed by bombs,
however, the building was renovated later.

On the picture you can see that the Elisenbrunnen isn't changed a lot 
since then. 


Elisenbrunnen Aachen Germany


Royal Books - A King's Story - The Story of the Duke of Windsor

Reading books about Royal History is very interesting, especially
when a former King told his own story.



About the Duke of Windsor




Edward was born on June 23rd. 1894 during the reign of his
great-grandmother Queen Victoria. He was the eldest son of the
later King George V and Queen Mary.

On July 13th. 1911 Edward was invested as the Prince of Wales
during a ceremony at Caernarvon Castle.

In 1914 World War I broke out and Prince Edward joined the
Grenadier Guards.

In the 1920"s Prince Edward represented his father, King George V,
at home and abroad for many occasions.

On January 20th. 1936 King George V of England died and
Prince Edward became King.

In October 1936 it became clear that King Edward VII wanted to marry
Wallis Simpson.

Wallis Simpson was twice divorced. On December 11th. 1936
King Edward VII abdicated so that he could marry his big love.

On March 8th. 1937 the title Duke of Windsor was created for the
former King Edward VII.

On June 3rd. 1937 the Duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson.
No member of Edward 's family attended the wedding.

On May 28th. 1972 the Duke of Windsor died.





About the publisher




G.P. Putnam's Sons is a publisher based in New York (United States).
Since 1996 G.P. Putnam's Sons became a part of the Penguin Group.


The Dutch version of the King's Story
issued by Elsevier and printed Meijer, Amsterdam

Today in History - On This Day - February 1st. 1912 - Liechtenstein issued its first stamps

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a very small state in Central Europe bordered
by Switzerland and Austria.

Some facts & figures:

It has 11 municipalities and its capital is Vaduz.
The main language of Liechtenstein is German.

Liechtenstein has a constitutional monarchy founded by Karl I, Prince of
Liechtenstein.



First stamps

On February 1st. 1912 this beautiful country issued its own stamps.





However Austrian stamps were valid in Liechtenstein till January 31st. 1921.

Famous objects for the stamps

As everywhere the Royal Family of Liechtenstein was a famous object for its
stamps.


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