Thursday, July 2, 2015

Princess Eugenie's new job

Princess Eugenie of York is about to start a new job as Associate Director at Hauser & Wirth, a "top-tier" London art gallery.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Official announcement for the Death of the Duke of Fife

The 3rd Duke, aged 85, died peacefully at Kinnaird Castle on 22nd June. Beloved father of Alexandra and David and adored grandpa to Charlie, George, Hugh and Amelia. Funeral service on Monday 6th July at Noon, St. Andrew’s Church, Argyll Street, Brechin, DD9 6JL. All friends welcome. No flowers please. Donations,if desired, to

Ahhhh German censorship!

A year or so ago, Theodora Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg got into legal trouble in Scotland.  She pleaded not guilty.  She was fined £1000 in July 2014.

You won't find this case mentioned in the German media because of "privacy" laws.  But there are plenty of stories -- and some really nasty ones too.  All I did was report the facts of the case, nothing salacious.   Theodora's lawyers (most likely funded by Daddy) tried to get me to remove stories last year. I pointed out a US law that protects me. I also sent links to really nasty articles, and added that the Daily Mail gets a lot more readers than I do ... and I bet the lawyers would not go after them.  Got the following email today. 

The story is still on my blog, but no longer accessible if you go through  The EU passed a law several years ago about the right to "forgotten."  Several German newspapers, covering the Germanwings crash, would not publish the name of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who committed mass murder.

This is censorship at the highest level.  One assumes a cover up to hide the fact that  an adult woman, with some anger issues, and a big, potty mouth.  She made racist statements, and got fined.  There should be no expunging of such bad behavior.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Remembering the late Duke of Fife

All three photos: Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Duke of Fife dead at 85

The Duke of Fife died today at his home at Kinnaird Castle in Scotland. He was 85 years old.

James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie was born on September 23, 1929.  He was the only son of the 11th Earl of Southesk (1893-1992) and his first wife, Princess Maud (1893-1945), younger daughter of Princess Louise, Princess Royal. and the 1st Duke of Fife.  He was a maternal descendant of King William IV and Dorothea Jordan.

It was on February 26, 1959, when the then styled Lord Carnegie succeeded his maternal aunt, Princess Arthur of Connaught, Duchess of Fife (in her own right) as 3rd Duke of Fife.  He succeeded his father as Earl of Southesk and chief of Clan Carnegie on February 16, 1992.

He married the Hon. Caroline Dewar, elder daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot, on September 11, 1956.

They had three children: a stillborn son (April 4, 1958),  Lady Alexandra Carnegie (June 20, 1959) and David Charles Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (March 3, 1961).

The Duke and Duchess of Fife were divorced in 1966.

Lord Southesk succeeds his father as the 4th Duke of Fife.  He is married to Caroline Bunting.   They have three sons. Charles (1989), George (1992) and Hugh (1993.)

The eldest son, Charles, will most likely be styled as the Earl of Southesk, while the two younger brothers will be styled as Lord George and Lord Hugh Carnegie, as younger sons of a duke.  They are currently styled as Honourables, as younger sons of an earl.

@Allan Warren  1984

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Princess Eugenie moves back to London for new job

Princess Eugenie to start a new job in London with Hauser & Wirth gallery, head hunted from Paddle8 in NYC, first reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Now that Eugenie is back in the UK, I don't expect Princess Beatrice to be move to New York City.

Friday, June 19, 2015

European royals flee to Spain

June 19, 1940

An "impressive caravan of automobiles and trucks" streamed across the international bridge at Irun, Spain, just across the border from France, "with persons seeking refuge in Spain," reports United Press.

Former Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary was among the first to cross the border.  She was accompanied by two siblings, Prince Xavier and Princess Isabella of Bourbon-Parma.  They were "traveling incognito," but were recognized when they were "exempted at passport control."

Other European aristocrats also crossing the border from France into Spain include Elisabeth, Philippine and Eugenio de Rothschild, and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, who was accompanied by a "large party."

Due to the "increasing number of refugees," the Spanish government will keep the bridge open throughout the night.

Mafalda to wed Philipp of Hesse

June 19, 1925
The engagement of Princess Mafalda,  second daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, to Prince Philipp of Hesse was confirmed today by the Tribuna, a Roman newspaper, reports the Associated Press.   The engagement was made public yesterday at a garden party given by Princess Mafalda's family.

The marriage will take place at Racconigi in late August or early September.  The engagement has been "known in Berlin since April," but Italian newspapers chose not to report it until Princess Mafalda has informed her friends yesterday.

Prince Philipp, 29, is a nephew of the former Kaiser Wilhelm II, as his mother, Margarete, is the Kaiser's youngest sister.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waterloo - 200th anniversary

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Waterloo, Belgium, joining the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.   The Duchess of Wellington was born HRH Princess Antonia of Prussia, and, like the Prince of Wales, is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Meanwhile, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a reception for Waterloo descendants, including the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Lord Frederick Wellesley,  Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon.  the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, Prince Blücher and his family.

The new prince's name is

HRH Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, Duke of Angermanland.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ashley Hicks popped the question & Kata said yes!

A sharped eyed twitter friend of mine noticed the Cobra ring and comments on Ashley Hicks' Instagram page and alerted me to the news that Ashley Hicks, 51, has popped the question to Katalina Sharkey de Solis (Kata de Solis).   The engagement took place six days ago.  So far, no official announcement of the engagement has been made.

Kata's name is a bit pretentious.   She was born  Kathryn Anne Sharkey on December 31, 1981 in Texas, daughter of William Thomas Sharkey and Rosalie Solis.  Her parents live in Houston, Texas.

The ring:

Hicks is second of three children (and only son) of Lady Pamela Hicks, younger daughter of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and the late designer, David Hicks.

Kata, recently director of digital at Chanel, is now Managing Director at the ad agency Moving Image and Content, She is 33 years old and lives in the East Village.  She may be a native of Texas.

Ashley married Allegra Tondato in 1990, divorcing in 2010. They have two daughters, Angelica (1992) and Ambrosia (1997.)   He is a godson of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a first cousin of Lady Pamela Hicks.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The wedding of Countess Marie-Helene von Montgelas & Prince Friedrich-Leopold zu Ysenburg

The wedding took place on May 30th at  Pfarrkirche St. Georg in Raitenhaslach.

All the photos were taken by Ulrike Bartsch, and she is the copyright holder.  Thanks Ulrike for letting me use the photos!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Scandinavian princesses return home

June 9, 1960

King Frederik IX, Queen Ingrid and Princess Benedikte of Denmark were at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport, when a jet plane carrying "three Scandinavian princesses" returned home from the United States, reports the Associated Press.

The King and Queen and their second daughter, along with Premier Viggo Kampmann, to greet their eldest daughter, Princess Margrethe and her cousins, Princess Astrid of Norway and Princess Margaretha of Sweden.

The Danish royal family returned to Amalienborg castle, while Princess Astrid and Princess Margaretha changed planes for flights to Oslo and Stockholm, respectively.