Saturday, September 25, 2021

The wedding of HRH The Duke of Noto and the Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune

 

HRH Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and The Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune were married today a Monreale Cathedral.    The Duke is the heir apparent to HRH Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia.

Lady Charlotte is the daughter of James Randolph Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay and Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald.

The couple will continue to live in London.

The wedding was conducted in four languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, and English. The wedding vows were in English  The celebrant was Cardinal Müller, Grand Prior of the Constantinian Order & Cardinal Mamberto, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Segnatura. Cardinal Mamberto represented the Pope and read a message from him to the couple.

The new Duchess of Noto converted to Catholicism last year in a ceremony at the Vatican.   

The reception was held at the royal palace in Palermo, which will be followed by a ball tonight.


These photos were taken by a dear friend, Guy Stair Sainty. He is the copyright holder. 











































the cake I am told was "incredible"

Friday, September 24, 2021

Grand Duke George and Victoria Romanovna: We did it!!

 

@David Nivière 


Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini celebrated their civil wedding today at the Khamovnichesky registry office in  Moscow.

The couple was joined by Victoria (nee Rebecca Virginia) Bettarini's parents,  Italian Ambassador Roberto Bettarini, and his wife Carla.

Grand Duke George proposed to Victoria in August 2020 after living together for more than six years.  George had planned to propose over dinner in Brussels, but Victoria "actually spoiled his plans by inviting a friend to join him," according to an interview with Victoria earlier this year.  

“Then the next day we were catching a flight to Madrid, and he wanted the proposal to be in Brussels because it’s where we were dating and lived together,” she said.

So George proposed at the airport, where Victoria of course said yes.

She converted to Orthodoxy in July 2020, where she took the name Victoria Romanovna.  The official engagement was announced this past January.

Victoria is now HSH Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanov, a title that was bestowed on her by Grand Duchess Maria Vladmirovna.  

The couple's Orthodox wedding will take place at St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on October 1.

The couple will continue to live in Moscow, where they hope to raise a family.


For all of David's photos, please visit this blog https://histoiresroyales.fr/photos-mariage-civil-grand-duc-georges-mikhailovitch-russie-victoria-romanovna-moscou/

For details about the wedding  dresses:

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2021/09/victorai-romanovnas-dresses-for-her.html

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/grand-duke-of-russia-proposed-to-girlfriend-at-airport-2021-1

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-superb-interview-wth-grand-duke-george.html

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2021/01/more-on-grand-duke-georges-bride.html


I cannot thank David Nivière enough for allowing me to choose one photo to use here on Royal Musings.   Thank you so much.  Merci!!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Mafalda & Philipp marry

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September 23, 1925

It was a "ceremony of medieval overtones, gorgeous in the splendour of its setting," but "simple in the brief plainness of the ritual," according to the New York Times' coverage of the marriage between Princess Mafalda of Italy, 22, and Prince Philipp of Hesse.

The couple was married in the chapel at the castle of Racconigi.
The small chapel was dimly lit "by ancient artistic chandeliers, decorated with white flowers and green festoons." In front of the altar, which was "lit by hundreds of candles," Mafalda and Philipp knelt, side by side "on the cushions of crimson silk edged with gold."

Members of the Italian royal family were on the right side of the altar, kneeling at prie-dieu "prepared for their use." On the left side, "a brilliant group of royal princes representing European reigning houses."

Princess Mafalda, the second daughter of King Victor Emanuel and Queen Elena, was "attired all in white. She wore a "richly embroidered silk dress," which had a long train carried by "two pretty golden-hair little girls and two small boys, who were "dressed as medieval pages." Her veil was of "ancient hand-made lace, festooned with sprigs of orange blossoms.. Mafalda's fair hair -- she is the only light-skinned sibling --"was fastened in large coils at the back of her head."
The Princess' two younger sisters, Giovanna and Maria, were the bridesmaids. Giovanna wore a rose-colored dress and Maria was dressed in white.
The only jewelry that she wore was a strand of 300 pearls, a gift from her brother, the Crown Prince.

Prince Philipp, "broad-shouldered, fair, of athletic build," wore the uniform of a Lieutenant of Prussian Dragoons.

The blessing was performed by the Court Chaplain, who raised his hands over the couple.


Mafalda "looked radiantly happy," and her "apparent feelings were repeated in the expression" of Philipp's face.

The religious wedding was preceded by a civil ceremony, which was performed by Premier Mussolini in the castle's large hall. The Premier is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and was acting in the capacity of the Crown Notary.
The Princess is "an accomplished linguist" and speaks most of the "European languages fluently." She adores Puccini, "whose airs she loves to render on the piano, violin, and harp." Mafalda is also a "keen sportswoman, and enjoys horseback, tennis, yachting and driving a car. She also enjoys riding a bicycle. Her new husband is of "medium height and very fair and stalwart," and is considered "a typical open-air man." His friends describe him as "full of fun." He is an accomplished architect "with an enviable record of beautiful buildings erected in his home city and elsewhere."

The couple left for their honeymoon by motor car. They expect to reach Friedrichshof "in easy stages," and after stopping there for a few days, they will return to Rome to live in a small villa on the grounds of the King's country residence. The villa was designed by Prince Philipp.

Mafalda, "who is a keen lover and student of the fine arts," met Prince Philipp, now 29,  at an exhibit of paintings in Rome. They met several more times at the Quirinal Palace, "where the fond friendship founded on similar interests soon budded into love."

At first, there was some opposition to the marriage because the Princess is Roman Catholic and Prince Philipp is a Lutheran. They were worried that the Vatican might not give its consent. But when the Vatican received a written declaration from Philipp "that he would renounce all claims to the throne and would make no effort to convert his wife," the dispensation for the mixed marriage was granted.

Prince Philipp is a nephew of the former Kaiser Wilhelm II. Members of nine royal families were present for the wedding: Italy, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Roumania, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Austria, and Montenegro. Crown Prince Umberto of Italy and Crown Prince Carol of Roumania served as witnesses for the civil ceremony, and the two witnesses for the religious service were the bride's brother-in-law, Count Calvi di Bergolo and Prince Christopher of Greece.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

KIng George II arrives in London

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  September 22, 1941

King George II of the Hellenes arrived today in London "five months to the day since he left his stricken country," reports the New York Times.   The King was accompanied by his brother, Crown Prince Paul, and "high officials" from the Greek government.

The King and his party "alighted from a special train at Euston Station."  Their "long journey" began in Egypt and South Africa before landing in England and traveling to London by train.

They were welcomed by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as Prime Minister Churchill and other officials.

The Greek king's party also included his niece, Princess Alexandra, and her mother, Princess Aspasia, and other Greek officials.

George II joins the Kings of Norway, Yugoslavia, Albania, the Queen of the Netherlands, and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg in seeking refuge from his German-occupied nation.

It is expected that the King's officials will set up a government in exile.


https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2008/08/joyce-brittain-jones-kings-companion.html

Luxembourg royals commemorate Grand Duke Jean's centenary

 The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grand Duke Jean (January 5, 1921-April 23, 2019) On September 20th, with several events including a concert.


© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

Front row  S.A.R. le Prince Liam de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Victoria de Bourbon Parme ; S.A.R. la Princesse Amalia de Nassau ; Comte Léopold de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Constantin de Limburg-Stirum.

1st row : S.A.R. la Princesse Alexandra de Luxembourg, S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Grand-Duchesse héritière ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc héritier avec S.A.R. le Prince Charles de Luxembourg.

2nd row : S.A.R. le Prince Noah de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Gabriel de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Margaretha de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Astrid d’Autriche ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Christian d’Autriche ; S.A.R. la Princesse Sibilla ; S.A.R. le Prince Guillaume de Luxembourg.

3rd row: S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Christine d’Autriche ; le Comte Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. le Prince Sébastien de Luxembourg ; S.A.S. la Princesse Anunciata de Liechtenstein ; Mademoiselle Scarlett Lauren-Sirgue ; S.A.R. le Prince Louis de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Henri de Bourbon-Parme ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Gabriella d’Autriche avec S.A.R. la Princesse Anastasia de Bourbon-Parme.

4th row : S.A.R. la Princesse Kathryn de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; S.A.S. le Prince Josef de Liechtenstein ; Mademoiselle Maria Claudia Echavarria ; S.A.R. la Princesse Charlotte de Nassau ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Alexander d’Autriche.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

Front row: Comte Constantin de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. la Princesse Amalia de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Liam de Nassau ; Comte Léopold de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. la Princesse Victoria de Bourbon Parme.

1st row: S.A.R. le Prince Noah de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Margaretha de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse héritière avec S.A.R. le Prince Charles de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc héritier ; S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Astrid d’Autriche ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Christiand’Autriche ; S.A.R. la Princesse Sibilla de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Guillaume de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Gabriel de Nassau.

2nd row : S.A.R. le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Kathryn de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Sébastien de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Princesse Alexandra de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Luxembourg ; Mademoiselle Scarlett Lauren-Sirgue ; S.A.R. le Prince Louis ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Christine d’Autriche ; le Comte Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum.

4th row: S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Gabriella d’Autriche ; S.A.R. le Prince Henri de Bourbon-Parme avec S.A.R. la Princesse Anastasia de Bourbon-Parme ; S.A.R. la Princesse Charlotte de Nassau ; S.A.S. la Princesse Anunciata de Liechtenstein ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Alexander d’Autriche ; Mademoiselle Maria-Claudia Echavarria ; S.A.S. le Prince Josef de Liechtenstein.



© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

LL.AA.RR. le Prince Gabriel, le Prince Noah, le Prince Louis, Madame Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, le Prince Félix, la Grande-Duchesse, le Grand-Duc, le Princesse héritière, le Prince héritier, la Princesse Alexandra, le Prince Sébastien


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy 25th anniversary

 to HM Margarita, Custodian of the Crown & HRH Prince Radu of Romania who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary today.  They were married on September 21, 1996, in Lausanne.   

Her Majesty is the eldest of five daughters of the late King Michael and the late Queen Anne of Romania.

In 1990, then Princess Margarita paid her first visit to Romania.  Today she and Prince Radu have official roles within Romania and divide their time between the Elisabetha Palace in Bucharest and Săvârșin Castle.   

Săvârșin was restored in 2000 to King Michael.  


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Monday, September 20, 2021

Beatrice von Preussen to marry Edmund Jenner: will it be Guinness or Harvey's at the wedding reception?


 Beatrice's fiance, Edmund Jenner, is the son of Miles Anthony Jenner, Head Brewer and joint Managing Director at Harvey's Brewery in Sussex, and Sally Abbott. The Jenner family has been involved with the brewery since the 1930s.  Ed's grandfather, Anthony, was the first non-descendant of John Harvey, who founded the brewery, to serve as Chairman.

I am sure the wedding reception will feature both Guinness and Harvey's beers.

Although the title Princess is used socially,  Beatrice's legal name is Beatrice von Preussen, as she was born in the United Kingdom and is a UK citizen.  Her parents' marriage was considered unequal by the then head of the house of Prussia,  HI & RH Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, so if Beatrice lived in Germany, she would have the surname Prinzessin von Preussen.

Her paternal grandfather, HRH Prince Friedrich of Prussia (1911-1966) was the fourth son of HI & RH Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and his wife,  HRH Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenberg-Schwerin.  

Prince Friedrich, who was using the name Count Lingen, was studying in Cambridge in September 1939 when the second world war began.  As he was a German national, Friedrich was taken into custody and sent to an internment camp near Quebec City. He also spent time in another internment in Farnham, Quebec, before returning to England, where he met his future wife, Lady Brigid Guinness (1920-1995), the youngest daughter of Rupert, 2nd Earl of Iveagh.

Their marriage took place at Little Hadham on July 30, 1945.    Two years later, Prince Friedrich was acknowledged as a British citizen using the requirements of the Sophia Naturalization Act (1705), which gave British citizenship to the Protestant heirs of her body in perpetuity.  This law was superseded by the British Nationality Act (1948).  Prince Friedrich became Friedrich von Preussen.

His marriage to Lady Brigid was deemed equal, so the couple's five children: Nicholas (1945), Andrew (1947), Victoria (1952), and twins, Rupert and Antonia (1955).    All three sons married non-dynastically.  Antonia is the wife of the Duke of Wellington.

Beatrice was born on February 10, 1981, the eldest of 5 children.  She has two younger sisters, Florence (the Hon Mrs. James Tollemache) and Augusta (Mrs. Caspar Helmore) and a younger Frederick whose married to Mathilda Johnson took place earlier this year. 

She is a gifted artist whose most recent exhibit, An Exhibition of Illustration and Printmaking from the Arctic and Antarctic, was held in 2019.

https://beatricevonpreussen.blog/

 Edmund Henry Jenner was born on September 30, 1984.  He is currently Head of Technical Services at the Harvey's Brewery in Sussex.  His father, Anthony became Harvey's head brewer after selling the family brewery, which was known as "the Theatre Brewers" as "Jenner's beer was in every theatre bar in the West End.

In an interview with the Morning Advertiser in 2010,  Miles said he named his son Edmund "after Bury St. Edmund," where Miles trained as a brewer at Greene King in Suffolk.

Miles and Edmund Jenner  @Harvey's Brewery




https://greenandstone.com/beatrice-von-preussen/

https://breadcakesandale.com/2014/06/04/a-tour-of-my-local-brewery-the-famed-historical-harveys-of-lewes/

https://www.harveys.org.uk/


Beatrice is a descendant of Queen Victoria:

Victoria - Victoria - Wilhelm II - Wilhelm - Friedrich - Nicholas - Beatrice

Princess Beatrice has a daughter