Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Silver Anniversary

Studentersamfundet i TrondhjemIt was twenty-five years ago today I made my debut at the lectern in the Student Society in Trondhjem.

I have spoken in public – and otherwise been politically active – before and, of course, since.

However, this was the first time in an open public forum. I was quite active at the Saturday debates of the Student Society in Trondhjem for about four years.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Vienna a Hundred Years Ago

A century ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away – ending a reign eleven days short of 68 years.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy as Emperor-King, with his eldest son, Archduke Otto as Crown Prince.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Archduke Otto 104

Today marks the 104rd birthday of the late Archduke Otto of Austria – the sixth after his passing.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Happy Monaco National Day!

The Principality of Monaco, one of two monarchies in Europe where the monarch can actually in any meaningful way be said to still be ruling, celebrates her National Day.

Congratulations! Especially to the Princely Family and the people and residents of Monaco!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christian August Selmer Born

Two centuries ago today, Christian August Selmer, Norwegian Prime Minister of King Oscar II, who fought with His Majesty against the usurping Parliament during the “constitutional crisis” of the 1880s, was born.

Prime Minister Selmer met with King Oscar at Sofiero Palace to discuss how to handle the “constitutional crisis.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Brazilian Interregnum 127

Five quarters of a century and two years ago today, Emperor Pedro II was deposed.

127 years of interregnum is far more than enough!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Lansdowne in Opposition

The Crest of the Marquess of LansdowneA century ago today, Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, former Governor General of Canada and Viceroy of India, expressed disagreement with the Allied war effort.

Lord Lansdowne's memorandum is quoted in full in the memoirs of David Lloyd George.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sun Yat-sen 150

A century and a half ago today, Sun Yat-sen, leader of the Chinese revolt against the monarchy, was born.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The End

Two years short of a century ago today, the guns of the Great War fell silent.

This also marks the end of German-speaking monarchy, save Liechtenstein.

Achtundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Monday, November 7, 2016