25 October 2017

Previously at the Palace: Princesses, Babies & Soldiers

In this series, we capture the biographical and major news posts from this date in previous years so that you can "catch up" on your favorites or reflect on some topics you might have missed. One paragraph is included here; click the title to see the full post.

Photo by Ernest Brooks/Bain News Service
via Wikimedia Commons
2009: The Teenaged Princess & The Soldier
"Princess Mary was only 17 when the war started. Naturally shy, her isolation became complete with the declaration of war. Raised entirely at home, never having attended a school of any sort, Mary’s only friends were her brothers and her maid. But, her older brothers (the future Kings Edward VIII and George VI) were away in the military and her younger brothers were away at school. She worried desperately about all of them, particularly Bertie (later George VI)—on the first night of the war, she had a nightmare that he was killed in a naval battle. With both of her parents overwhelmingly busy, Mary had only her maid, Else Korsukawitz, to confide her fears. Then, Else was sent away. As a German national, she was given the choice of returning to Germany or entering an internment camp—she chose Germany. A heartbroken Mary was alone and had nothing to occupy her." READ MORE

The Swedish Royal Family at Solliden Castle, July 2017
Photo credit: 
Jonas Ekströmer, The Royal Court, Sweden
"Last week, the Swedish Court announced the pregnancy of Princess Sofia. The birth of her child in April will mark the fourth royal baby for the Swedish royal family in just over two years: Princess Madeleine's daughter Leonore was born in February 2014 and her son Nicolas in June 2015; meanwhile, Crown Princess Victoria is expecting her second child in March 2016. Of course, this is not the first royal baby boom in history. Back when royal families were larger and more plentiful, they were fairly common.READ MORE  [10/25/17 Princess Sofia recently delivered her second child, while her sister-in-law Princess Madeleine is expecting her third.]

Beatrice and Eugenie of York
By Carfax2 via Wikimedia Commons
"In the last two decades, there has been ongoing debate about who should be officially royal and who should carry out official royal duties on behalf the monarch. In all of this time, nothing has been resolved. According to recent reports, the central tension in the discussion is between a desire for a smaller monarchy (favored by the future king, The Prince of Wales) and the rights due to the York princesses (championed by their father, the future king's younger brother, The Duke of York). So, who is right? Other royal houses have handled this very modern question in different ways. READ MORE 

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