Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marina finds marriage details have led to a weight loss

November 20, 1934

In just nine days, Princess Marina of Greece will marry Prince George, the Duke of Kent, the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary.   The Princess will leave France tomorrow to travel to London, where she will marry on November 29th.  According to a Los Angeles Times article, the Princess has "lost so much weight from preparing for the wedding," that last minute alterations have been made to her trousseau.

Most of her days and nights have been filled with social obligations including shopping and visiting with friends that she has lacked the time "to eat and sleep properly," said one friend.

The Dowager Queen Marie of Romania is sending "my beautiful Marina," a solid silver embossed bowl as a wedding gift.  Princess Paul of Yugoslavia will be bringing the gift to London.

"When you receive this bowl, put into it the finest English roses you can produce, and may you and George feel their fragrance represents the sweet, tender friendship and love I have for both of you," Queen Marie wrote.

Marie, the widow of King Ferdinand, who died in 1927, is a first cousin of King George.

One London newspaper offered the dowager queen "a large sum of money" to write a "special article on Marina" for publication on the wedding day, but Marie declined the offer, as she is in mourning for her son-in-law, King Alexander of Yugoslavia, who was assassinated in Marseille in October.

Princess Marina and her parents, Prince and Princess Nicholas will be staying at Buckingham Palace until the wedding.

Grand Duke Kirill in Rome

November 20, 1904

Grand Duke Kirill of Russia has arrived in Rome and will "complete his convalescence in Italy, reports the New York Times.  After his arrival, the eldest son of Grand Duke Vladimir said that he "predicted the tide would soon turn" in the Far East, and Russia has nearly completed "her preparations to strike a decisive blow" in the war against Japan.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

President-elect Klaus Johannis visits King Michael

Earlier today Romanian President-elect Klaus Johannis paid a courtesy call at the Elisabetha Palace, where he met King Michael, Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu.   Johannis is an ethnic German and a Lutheran.  He defeated Prime Minister Victor Ponta is a run-off election on Sunday.

all three photos:  @ Daniel Angelescu, Romanian Royal House

Albert doesn't know sex of twins

The Prince and Princess of Monaco appeared on the palace balcony earlier today to take part in the National Day celebrations.   The Princess, who is in the final weeks of pregnancy, did not accompany her husband to the Cathedral for the Thanksgiving service.

Prince Albert sat down recently with a reporter from the Monaco Matin.  He says he looking forward to the impending birth of his children, but said: "I prefer not to know the sex of the babies before they are born."

(So much for the reports of Charlene telling reporters she was having two boys.)

He also said that Princess Charlene does know the sex of the two babies.   The due date is just before Christmas, he added.

There will be several events to celebrate the birth of the heir and spare.  These will take place after the Princess is released from the hospital.

There will also be the traditional gun shot salute, but Prince Albert promises it won't be the usual 101 for a boy or 21 for a girl.  "It will be neither," he said.  "It will be a surprise."

As for the succession itself, Prince Albert stated that if Charlene gives birth to two sons, the first born will be the Hereditary Prince.  If the first born is a girl, and the second a boy, the boy is the heir apparent.   Twins girls:  first born.

The full interview does not appear to be published on the newspaper's website.

Oooh a photo of Jessica and Ludwig

Stop the presses!  We have a photo of Indonesian celebrity Jessica Iskander and Hereditary Count Ludwig von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.  I have no idea who took the photo.  Copyright belongs to the photographer.   I provide only the link.  The tweeter writes: "why Ludwig as a father is vague and responsible?" 

The legal papers make no reference to the baby.  It is possible that Ludwig is providing for the child.  We don't know this. 

Jessica has avoided discussing the situation, apart from saying that when she feels bad, she sings.  Cue "Whistle a Happy Tune!!%20Ini%20Dia%20Foto%20Kebersamaan%20Ludwig%20dan%20Jessica%20Iskandar?991104topnews

The photo was tweeted to me and retweeted and retweeted by the legions of Jessica's fans.  It is claimed that this proves they have a relationship.  No one has ever said they did not know each other.  We all have photos with people with know.

I have no idea who Jessica is (and I doubt she has the talent to make it in Hollywood), and the only reason I am interested in the story (and the only Westerner writing about it apparently because my blog is about royalty.  The German media have largely ignored the story because Ludwig is not known there.  Most Indonesians have not been able to grasp the fact that Ludwig is not really a hereditary count.  Titles were abolished in 1919, and became one's surname.   Thus, Ludwig is actually Mr. Ludwig Erbgraf von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.  Titles are used socially in Germany, but are not legal titles.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constantine & Sophie's Silver wedding celebrations put on hold

November 18, 1914

Due to the "widespread crisis in connection with the present international conflagration,"  all of the festivities organized to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of King Constantine and Queen Sophie of the Hellenes, were called off, reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.

The anniversary was "quietly observed" in Athens last month, but none of the "foreign sovereigns and royal personages" were present.  Greece is "on the eve of the war," and is siding with the allies.

Kaiser Wilhelm II has been aware of Greece's leanings, and this is most evident in his decision to sell his palace of Achilleion at Corfu to a "Swiss syndicate" for use as a hotel or sanitarium, or even a gambling establishment.  The estate was once the home of the late Empress Elisabeth of Austria.   Wilhelm realizes that if Greece does enter the war on the side of the allies, one of the first things it will do is to seize Achilleion "as property belong to the enemy."

It does not matter that the Kaiser is the elder brother of Queen Sophie. All communication between the two was broken off in early August, when the Queen, returning from England to Greece, via Germany, "declined" Wilhelm's request to "take charge of letters from him" to her husband, King Constantine and for the German ambassador in Athens.

Queen Sophie and the Kaiser first argued in 1891 when she abandoned her Lutheran faith and joined the Greek Orthodox church.  Wilhelm was furious with her because she did not seek his approval for this action.  For the next few years,  there was no real communication between the siblings, and, although a reconciliation was eventually arranged, neither Sophie nor her husband ever forgot their treatment by her brother.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Extra protection for George and Marina's wedding

November 17, 1934

Scotland Yard will take "extreme precautions" from today to "prevent any act of violence marring" the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Duke of Kent, reports the Associated Press.

The couple will be married on November 29 at Westminster Abbey.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Although we do not anticipate any trouble, steps are being taken officially to deal with the situation."

No details were being released as officials were hesitant to discuss the security arrangements, but it is understood that officers have already started to "make certain that no undesirables will be included in the throngs looking out the windows" along the wedding route.

The names of spectators who have rented space from businesses along the route have been handed over the Scotland Yard, and an effort is being made to check every name.

Scotland Yard is also checking the "whereabouts of certain unnamed undesirables."

Princess Marina will receive protection from the moment of her arrival in England.  More than 8000 uniformed police will be on duty during the wedding, as well as 6000 special constables.

Scotland Yard officials pointed out that the "extreme precautions" were not unusual, and no different than other recent royal occasions.  Princess Marina is from a "foreign nation," which is one reason  "for adopting steps to secure safety."

A large number of foreign royal guests have been invited to the wedding.  The King and Queen of Denmark, the King and Queen of Norway, Prince Valdemar of Denmark, Prince George of Greece, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Kirill of Russia, and Princess Marina's two sisters, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, and the Countess von Toerring-Jettenbach and her husband will all be protected by Scotland Yard.

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia will not be able to attend the wedding, as he has "new duties," as a member of the regency for the young King Peter, who succeeded his father after the assassination of King Alexander last month.

The foreign royals will have day and night guards, and plainclothes policemen "familiar with the identity of extremists" will be "close at hand when the Kings and princes move about the city."

Duchess of Vendome visits American Hospital

November 17, 1914

The Duchess Vendome, sister of King Albert of the Belgians, visited the American Hospital at Neuilly earlier today, reports the New York Times.  The Duchess was escorted by the American Ambassador Herrick and General Fevrier. 

They toured the "wards, and inspected the corps motors which fetch the wounded from the distributing centres outside of Paris.

She "expressed the highest gratification" after seeing the hospital's equipment and organization.

Princess Henriette of Belgium married Prince Emmanuel of Orleans, Duke of Vendome in 1896.  They have four children, Princesses Marie Louise, Sophie, Genevieve and Prince Charles Philippe.

Talk about nonsense ...

This article in the Australian magazine, Woman's Day, ranks as one of the worst pieces of "journalism,"  in some time.!/

According to this piece of merde,  the royals are going to crown the Duchess of Cambridge as Queen "sooner or later."

This is based on the reports of threats against the Queen on Remembrance Day.  Queen Elizabeth came to this "momentous decision" to crown her grandson, William, and his wife as the next King and Queen.

A well-placed palace source has apparently told Woman's Day that the Queen will tell the world about her plans when she gives her Christmas speech.

According to these sources (drunk corgis), the Queen will step down.  She apparently had "lengthy meetings" with Charles, who has agreed that William and Catherine's "youth and enthusiasm" is what the British monarchy needs.  

The comments come from someone named Bill Coles, who is described as a "respected royal journalist."   As someone who has been writing about British and European royalty,  I have never heard of Bill Coles.

A few facts here:

The Queen doesn't do the crowning.  Nor does she get to decide who succeeds her.    Succession to the British throne is defined by legislation, which is called the Act of Settlement (1701). 

From then then Princess Elizabeth's 21st birthday speech:  

"To accomplish that we must give nothing less than the whole of ourselves. There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors - a noble motto, "I serve". Those words were an inspiration to many bygone heirs to the Throne when they made their knightly dedication as they came to manhood. I cannot do quite as they did.
But through the inventions of science I can do what was not possible for any of them. I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening. I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple.

I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.

But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it."

William and Catherine do not carry out a full schedule of royal engagements.  The Queen has not asked them to step up the schedule.  When she feels she needs more support, she will ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to take on more duties.  

The couple are not invited to state dinners.  In time, they will be included in more state functions.  They are not shirking duties. William is second in line to the throne, not the heir.  He does not have a constitutional role.

Queen Elizabeth II is unlikely to announce an abdication during her Christmas speech.  Can you imagine the reaction of millions &  millions of people watching around the world, many of whom are wearing their paper crowns from their Christmas crackers if she made such a statement:  On Christmas Day?  Really, Woman's Day, really? 

Obviously, the low-level, poorly educated people who work for this "magazine" know little about their monarchy or their Royal family.  Shame on them for publishing such tripe. 

The Queen cannot abdicate without an act of Parliament.   Edward VIII was able to abdicate only after Parliament passed an act of abdication, which he signed.

May I recommend to the editors of Woman's Day that they read Vernon Bognador's Monarchy and the Constitution, and then purchase a copy for Bill Coles, too.

So what will the editors do on Christmas Day, when they watch the Queen's speech. and she talks about peace and love and Christmas, and not about handing the throne to William.

Will they offer a public retraction of their misinformation.  Will they offer an apology to their readers?  They probably won't  because they do not have the cojones to be professional.

If this were a master class in drivel, I would give them an A+.  As for journalism, they are deep in the gutter. 

If you live in Australia or New Zealand (and there must be a few other places), do not buy this magazine.  Do not give any satisfaction to them but filling their coffers.   This article is the written form of three pieces of silver.

Will Infanta Cristina renounce her rights?

The Spanish newspaper, ABC, is reporting that Infanta Cristina of Spain, youngest sister of King Felipe V, may be on the verge of renouncing her rights to the Spanish throne.

Earlier this year,  ABC had sent a letter to the Spanish Prime Minister Ramon Perez-Maura, calling for a renunciation of Cristina's rights in view of her legal problems.  She will face trial for tax fraud charges.

According to the ABC article,  Cristina will not lose her HRH or the title Infanta of Spain.  She is also the Duchess of Palma de Malloraca, which she received from her father, King Juan Carlos, on the occasion of her marriage to Iñaki Urdangarin.   Residents of Mallorca have called for the Infanta to lose this title.  (The ducal title is not hereditary, and will revert to the crown when Infanta dies.)

ABC also states that the dynastic rights of Infanta Cristina's children will not be affected if Cristina choses or is forced to renounce her rights.

I am not sure how the legal system works in Spain, but she remains innocent until found guilty.  Infanta Cristina should not renounce her right to the throne unless she is found guilty.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Probably no referendum on Romanian monarchy

If he won the presidential election, Victor Ponta said he would have a referendum on the Romanian monarchy.  Looks like the referendum will be put on hold as Ponta lost the election today to an ethnic German, Klaus Iohannis, the mayor of Sibiu in Transylvania.

Ponta will remain Romania's prime minister.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jessica Iskandar to show photo of baby for $$$$$

Everything has a price.  According to following article,  Indonesian celebrity Jessica Iskandar is about to reveal a photo of her baby on television.  She will be paid 500 million Rupiah (Indonesian currency), which is about $40,000.

 The Born-in-the-USA allegedly named El Barack Alexander is said to the son of Jessica and her alleged husband, Hereditary Count Ludwig von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee. 

Ludwig recently filed suit in an Indonesian court, stating that his marriage never took place, and he wants all records expunged.  He has never mentioned fathering a son.

The photo is supposed to be shown on an Indonesian TV show.

Hmmm .. is someone a little hungry for more publicity?

According to this article,  Ludwig's lawyer told reporters that the lawsuit makes no mention of Baby El.  Nor does the lawyer know what Ludwig's feelings are concerning the baby ...

and we don't know if Ludwig is the baby daddy!

Ludwig is currently not in Jakarta.

Nick Knatchbull still engaged to Raz

Daily Mail columnist, Sebastian Shakespeare, has a piece today about the Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull, son of Lord and Lady Brabourne.

He gets a few things wrong.  Nicholas is NOT Lord Romsey.  He is the Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull.  Baron Romey is the secondary title with the Mountbatten earldom.  It is used by the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom, who is Nicholas' father, Norton.

Norton, however, is the 8th Baron Brabourne in his own right, having succeeded his father in 2005. The heir apparent to his title is his son, Nicholas. Lord Brabourne remains Lord Romsey, but as he is a peer in his own right, he is no longer styled by the courtesy title. It does not move down a notch to the next generation. Nicholas is not the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom.

Lord Brabourne is not legally bound to leave the estate to his son. Broadlands is not entailed. Lord Brabourne can leave the estate to his daughter, the Hon. Alexandra Knatchbull or to one of his brothers. If Nicholas does not marry and have a son, the title will pass to Norton's next brother, the Hon. Michael-John, who has only daughters. The two younger brothers, the Hon. Philip and the Hon. Timothy have sons. The last in line for the Mountbatten earldom is Ashley Hicks, the only son of Lady Pamela Hicks. He has only daughters.

When Lord Brabourne succeeds his mother, he will be styled as the Earl Mounbatten of Burma, rather than Lord Brabourne, as it is a higher ranked peerage.Nicholas would be styled as Lord Romsey, as the heir apparent to the Mountbatten earldom. But there is a possibility (but unlikely due to Nicholas's lifestyle and lack of interest in his heritage), that Nicholas would be styled as Lord Brabourne (but not as a peer.) There is a precedence for this.

 The present Duke of Fife is also the Earl of Southesk. The Duke, who is the son of HH Princess Maud and Charles Carnegie, the 11th Earl of Southesk. ;He inherited the dukedom in 1959 from his maternal aunt, HRH Princess Arthur of Connaught, who was Duchess of Fife in her own right. Her only son, Alistair Arthur, Duke of Connaught, died unmarried in 1943. Princess Arthur's sister, the Countess of Southesk (Maud) died two years, which meant that Maud's only son, James, who was styled as Lord Carnegie, the courtesy for the Southesk earldom, became the heir presumptive to the Fife dukedom.

 The Duke of Fife has one son, David, who was styled as the Earl of Macduff (the courtesy title for the Fife dukedom) until 1992, when his grandfather died, and his father, succeeded to the earldom.  Not long afterward, the Duke announced that his son would be styled as the Earl of Southesk by courtesy only, and his eldest son, Charles, would be styled as Lord Carnegie.  Lord Southesk remains the Earl of Macduff, by courtesy, but is not styled as such.  Succession to the Fife dukedom is limited to the male line descendants of Princess Arthur of Connaught and the Countess of Southesk (Maud). The former line is extinct. The present Duke of Fife has one son and three grandsons, who are in line for the dukedom. Should this line become extinct, the Southesk earldom would pass to another branch of the Carnegie family.

 There are male line heirs to Brabourne barony after the Hon. Timothy Knatchbull and his sons.

The Cambridges are heading to New York City

Yes, Noo Yawk City ....

(and the Duke of Cambridge will be spending part of December 8 in Washington, D.C.)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the United States of America

Published on 14th November 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the USA between 7th and 9th December 2014. 
Their Royal Highnesses will travel to New York for a programme of engagements which will also see The Duke visit Washington DC for a day, while The Duchess remains in New York.
The Duke and Duchess will attend events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated, and also on behalf of HM Government.
The charitable themes will include promoting sustainable conservation issues with a particular focus on collaborative working to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, and also supporting organisations which reflect Their Royal Highnesses' interest in young people's mental health and the importance supporting disadvantaged young people from an early age. As Patron of the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign, The Duke accompanied by The Duchess will also attend the University's 600th Anniversary Gala Dinner in New York.
In support of UK Government initiatives, The Duke and Duchess will attend events that celebrate the successful partnerships between the UK and USA in the technology and creative industries sectors. This follows events in support of these sectors that Their Royal Highnesses attended in 2011 in California, and reflects The Royal Family's ongoing support for the creative and technology sectors.
During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will also visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center to pay their respects to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks of 26th February 1993 and 11th September 2001. Their Royal Highnesses will learn how the site, which includes the recently-opened One World Trade Center, has been redeveloped and the plans for its future.
The Duke and Duchess will arrive in New York on Sunday 7th December and will attend a private engagement on behalf of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation that evening.
On Monday 8th December, The Duke will travel to Washington DC, while The Duchess remains in New York. His Royal Highness will attend an anti-corruption conference at the World Bank to discuss a zero tolerance approach to the transportation across borders of illegal wildlife parts. This is a key area of work for the United For Wildlife consortium, of which The Duke is President. The Duke will also attend a working lunch at the World Bank at which a number of programmes in support of the fight against the illegal trade in ivory will be discussed.
On his return to New York, His Royal Highness will attend a reception organised by the Royal Foundation, in recognition of the conservation work carried out by Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners: Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.
The Duchess of Cambridge will carry out two engagements in New York while The Duke visits Washington. Her Royal Highness will be accompanied by The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, on a visit to a local child development centre. They will learn about how this organisation fosters the healthy development of children and families by providing high-quality mental health and educational services, which is an issue strongly supported by The First Lady. Her Royal Highness will also attend a lunch, hosted by the British Consul General in New York, to celebrate the achievements of a successful British community in New York from the culture, arts, hospitality and business sectors.
On Monday evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an NBA Basketball game to help launch a new collaboration between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.
On Tuesday 9th December The Duke and Duchess will visit a youth organisation to see the work they carry out in partnership with an inner city youth development foundation. Both organisations focus on programmes and projects that promote positive youth development and social learning. During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will learn about the wide-ranging support services on offer to young people to help them reach their potential, particularly through an arts-in-education model that supports the artistic and intellectual development of the participants.
The Duke and Duchess will then attend an event celebrating the wealth of British talent in the creative industries based in New York. The reception will be in association with the UK Government's GREAT campaign. The Duke will also attend a technology themed event, hosted by a New York-headquartered technology company, which will bring together entrepreneurs from both the UK and the US.
The final engagement of the visit will be the University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The evening event will support scholarships and bursaries for students from under-privileged communities, new student sports facilities in St Andrews, investment in the university's medical and science faculties and a lectureship in American Literature at St. Andrews.
Notes to Editors
This is the first visit by either of Their Royal Highnesses to both New York City and Washington, D.C. in any capacity.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's last official visit to the USA was to California in 2011.
Throughout their visit, The Duke and Duchess will be joined by both the British Ambassador to the United States of America, Sir Peter Westmacott and the British Consul General to New York, Mr. Danny Lopez.
The Duke and Duchess are formally linked to a number of organisations which support similar charitable initiatives in the conservation, youth development and creative industries sectors, including:
  • United for Wildlife (The Duke of Cambridge, President)
  • Tusk Trust (The Duke of Cambridge, Patron)
  • Centrepoint (The Duke of Cambridge, Patron)
  • Place2Be (The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron)
  • The Art Room (The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron)
  • BAFTA (The Duke of Cambridge, President)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Count of Paris, wounded and under arrest

November 13, 1944

The Count of Paris, pretender to the French throne, was arrested earlier today in Perpignan near the Spanish border, reports the New York Times.  He is said to have been "wounded in the shoulder by a pistol shot in the course of his arrest."

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice released a joint communiqué: "According to information that seems reliable, the pretender arrived in France recently and his detention has been ordered."

Under a law passed in 1886, heads of the dynasties that once ruled France "are forbidden entry into the country." A more recent law, passed in 1940, "penalizes their illegal crossing of the frontier."

The Count of Paris violated both laws.  He succeeded his father, the Duke of Guise, as head of the house. He and his family have lived in Brussels or on his estate in Spanish Morocco.

Using an assume name, the count enlisted as a private in the Foreign Legion, but was soon released from the service, when he was recognized.  After there were reports that he was in Algiers, General Charles de Gaulle's "police sought him fruitlessly."  He said he would consider himself as the "pretender" regardless of what regime was established in France."