May 17, 1220 – Coronation of King Henry III of England
Henry, age 9, had been crowned at Gloucester Cathedral on October 28, 1216, within days of the death of his father King John. He was re-crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 17, 1220, because the Pope did not consider that the first coronation was carried out in accordance with the rites of the church. Henry’s wife Eleanor of Provence was crowned on January 20, 1236.
Unofficial Royalty: King Henry III of England
May 17, 1536 – Execution of Anne Boleyn’s supposed lovers, George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, and William Brereton
Wikipedia: George Boleyn
Wikipedia: Mark Smeaton
Wikipedia: Henry Norris
Wikipedia: Francis Weston
Wikipedia: William Brereton
May 17, 1727 – Death of Catherine I, Empress of All Russia, at the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, Russia; buried at Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Catherine was the wife of Peter the Great and Empress in her own right.
Unofficial Royalty: Empress Catherine I of Russia
May 17, 1758 – Birth of Prince Honoré IV of Monaco in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Prince Honoré IV of Monaco
May 17, 1768 – Birth of Caroline of Brunswick, Queen of the United Kingdom, wife of King George IV of the United Kingdom, in Brunswick, Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, now in Lower Saxony, Germany
Unofficial Royalty: Caroline of Brunswick, Queen of the United Kingdom
May 17, 1802 – Death of Sophie Antonia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, wife of Ernst Friedrich, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in Coburg, Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, now in Bavaria, Germany
Wikipedia: Sophie Antonia of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
May 17, 1886 – Birth of King Alfonso XIII of Spain in Madrid, Spain
Full Name: Alfonso Leon Fernando Maria Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio
Alfonso is noteworthy because he became the king of Spain at birth. His father died while his mother was pregnant. Alfonso married Victoria Eugenie (Ena) of Battenberg, the daughter of Princess Beatrice who was Queen Victoria’s youngest child.
Unofficial Royalty: King Alfonso XIII of Spain
May 17, 1891 – Birth of Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, Princess Arthur of Connaught at East Sheen Lodge in Richmond, London, England
Full name: Alexandra Victoria Alberta Edwina Louise
Alexandra was the eldest surviving child of Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife and a grandchild of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. She married her first cousin once removed, Prince Arthur of Connaught, the only son of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught.
Unofficial Royalty: Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, Princess Arthur of Connaught
May 17, 1951 – Death of Empress Teimei of Japan, wife of Emperor Taishō of Japan, at Omiya Palace in Tokyo, Japan; buried at the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo, Japan
Unofficial Royalty: Empress Teimei of Japan
May 17, 1971 – Birth of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Unofficial Royalty: Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, Queen of the Netherlands
May 17, 2008 – Wedding of Peter Phillips, son of Anne, Princess Royal, and Autumn Kelly at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, England
Unofficial Royalty: Peter Phillips
Unofficial Royalty: Autumn Kelly