Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meeting announced for German and Austrian monarchs

July 23, 1884

It was officially announced today in Berlin that German Emperor Wilhelm will meet Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary at Ischl, a "watering place in Upper Austria, on August 8, reports the New York Times. 

The meeting between the two sovereigns will last for two days.   Wilhelm will return to Berlin on the 10th.  

Emperor Franz Josef will meet the German Emperor at Thensee.

Bulletin: Austria ready to invade Serbia

July 23, 1914

The Austro-Hungarian government sent a note tonight to Serbia, which will bear "on the relations between the two countries" and deals directly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne, at Sarajevo on June 28.

The note reviews Austria's relations with Serbia since 1909, and complains that "although the Serbian government promised loyalty" to the Austro-Hungarian government,  it "failed to suppress subversive movements and agitations in the newspapers."  These actions, Austria-Hungary states, has incited the Serbians to "hatred of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and contempt for its institutions."

This hatred culminated in the assassinations of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.   Austria tells Serbia that its involvement in the crime has been proven by "depositions and confession by the perpetrators," who have admitted that the plan was "hatched in Belgrade," and the arms and explosives were supplied by the "connivance of Serbian officers and functionaries."

"The Austro-Hungarian Government is unable longer to pursue an attitude of forbearance, and sees the duty imposed upon it to put an en to the intrigues which form a perpetual menace to the monarchy's tranquility.  It therefore demands from the Serbian government formal assurance that it condemns the dangerous propaganda whose aim is to detach from the monarchy a portion of its territory, and also that the Serbian government shall no longer permit this machinations and this criminal, perverse propaganda."

The Serbian government is also being asked to "publish in its official journal on the front page, condemning the subversive propaganda, deploring its fatal consequences," as well as regretting the actions of the Serbian officers, who have taken part in the propaganda.  The Austro-Hungarian government is also demanding that Serbia repudiate any further "interference with Austro-Hungarian interests."

Here is a link to the full text of the Austro-Hungarian demand:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Germany will continue relationship with Russia despite killing of Tsar

July 22, 1918

The Berlin correspondent for the Danish newspaper, Politiken, tells the New York Times that he "learned from a well informed person" that Germany will continue to maintain "friendly relations with Russia," even after learning of the murder of the former emperor Nicholas II.   

The correspondent states that the no party in Germany "entertained any sympathy" for Nicholas, and his death must be "regarded as purely affecting the Russian people."

Official: Wilhelm of Hohezollern to marry Princess Adelgunde

July 22, 1914

The engagement of the Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria was officially announced earlier today, reports the New York Times.

The 50-year-old Prince Wilhelm arrived at Schloss Leutstetten, near Munich, to visit the Bavarian royal family, shortly before the announcement was made.  Princess Adelgunde, is the eldest daughter of King Ludwig III and Queen Maria Theresia of Bavaria.

This will be the first marriage for Princess Adelgunde, who will celebrate her 44th birthday on October 17.   The Prince of Hohenzollern is a widower.  His first wife, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies died in 1909.   They had three children, Auguste Viktoria, who is married to the exiled King Manoel II of Portugal,  Hereditary Prince Friedrich and his twin brother, Prince Franz Josef. 

The Prince of Hohenzollern is the older brother of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Roumania.

Happy birthday, Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge is one year old today!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Nicholas' property forfeited to Bolsheviks

July 21. 1918

The property of former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, Alexandra, his mother, Marie, and other members of the imperial family have been "forfeited to the Russian Republic," according to a dispatch from Moscow to Amsterdam and reported by the New York Times.

The forfeiture includes deposits "in foreign banks to the credit of members of the imperial family."   The Bolshevik government issued a decree regarding the forfeiture on July 17.

The Moscow Bjedneta, a Bolshevik newspaper, is reporting the death of the former Emperor.  "By order of the Revolutionary Council of the People, the bloody Czar has happily died.  Vive the red terror!"

Prince Alexander talks about Saxony settlement

Prince Alexander of Saxony-Gessaphe, head of the former ruling house of Saxony, was recently interviewed about the final financial compensation from the Saxony government.

"It is a great pleasure for all of us that this unfortunate chapter, which has been with us for nearly 20 years, has finally come to an end. I want to thank everyone involved,"  Prince Alexander said in an interview with German newspaper, Sächsische Zeitung.

He is pleased that financial solution was arranged.  "It is important that the works of art remain in the museums, and we offer the Free State of Saxony the opportunity to purchase them."

There will be no argument about how the money will be divided.  The family will receive nearly 5 million Euros.    Prince Alexander will receive one thirtieth of the compensation, and, according to Alexander, Rüdiger Prinz von Sachsen (son of the late Prince Timo, is "entitled to the lion's share, about one-third of the total amount."

Interview with Princess Marie Louise of Prussia

Princess Marie Louise of Prussia and her husband, Count Rudolf of Schönburg-Glauchau, have lived in Marbella for 40 years.  Count Rudi has played a major leadership role with the Marbella Club.

The Princess, daughter of Prince Wilhelm Viktor of Prussia (1919-1989), devotes most of her time to charity work.  For the past 20 years she has been involved with an AIDS charity, Asociación Antisida Concordia.  She said she believes it is important to give back to the local community as "Marbella has been very good to me."

In a recent interview with a Malaga news organization, Sur,  the princess says she lives a normal life in Marbella, although she acknowledged she does have help in her home.  She goes to the supermarket, goes for walks with her husband and dog.

Princess Marie Louise remains close to her cousin, Queen Sofia of Spain, who is the godmother to the princess' daughter, Countess Sophie of Schönburg-Glauchau.   She did not call the Queen after Juan Carlos announced that he would abdicate. 

"It was a great surprise."  The princess watched the television coverage and spent a lot of time using the Whats app application, as she kept up to date on the events in Spain."

Marie Louise said she would love to have the Queen stay with "us in Marbella.  It is my big dream."

She is said that her cousin is suffering because of Infanta Cristina's legal problems. "No mother wants to see their children have problems.  I am sorry that my cousin has to her daughter involved."

She is convinced that King Felipe and Queen Letizia will do a great job.  Spain is "lucky to have them both," the Princess said.

She added that Letizia can greatly help Felipe.  "The role of a queen is not easy."

The reporter asked Princess Marie Louise if she wished to be queen.  "Not for a million Euros," she said.  "What a life. Every day and every hour is scheduled. If you're sick you get injected to keep you with your best smile.  Thank God, I have a Count, who is very friendly, and that's enough."

QVD wedding: Tatiana Prinzessin von Preussen marries

Tatiana von Preussen, a London architect, married author Philip Womack in June. 

Tatiana is the daughter of Prince and Princess Andrew of Prussia.  Prince Andrew is the second son of the late Prince Friedrich Georg of Prussia, fourth son of the late Crown Prince Wilhelm, and Lady Brigid Guiness, daughter of the Earl of Iveagh.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prince of Wales likes American women

July 18, 1914

The Prince of Wales, 20, has begun to make "regular appearances in general society toward the tail end of the London season," according to the New York Times.  The heir to the British throne apparently shares his grandfather, King Edward VII's "liking for Americans."

Even a "grave commentator" like The Times has admitted that American women in London "possess more liveliness" than their English cousins.  This may have something to do with their democratic upbringing, and they are less likely to "stand in as much awe of royalty."   On the other hand,  the Prince of Wales can "feel uncomfortable" with the obsequiousness of the average English woman.

The Prince of Wales "wants to get as much amusement out of life" and is showing signs of resenting his mother's meddling.

When he goes out into "general society," he seeks out his own companionship.  It is the "prerogative of royalty" to revise lists of invited guests, but so far the Prince has not asked hostesses whose parties he has attended in the last two weeks, but he has sent them "in advance several names of persons whom he wishes to see at their houses.

Lady Essex, Lady Granard, Lady Maidstone and the Duchess of Roxburghe, all American women, have appeared on the Prince of Wales' list.   The Duchess of Roxburghe is said to be a special favorite of Queen Mary.

The presence of "American-born women at Lady Salisbury's dance" has caused some comment because the Marchioness has always "disassociated herself somewhat from the American contingent in London.  At this event, Lady Salisbury was "compelled to observe the wishes" of the Prince of Wales, and to "extend her hospitality to as many Americans as she could induce to accept."

But it is "generally believed" that Queen Mary will "make every effort" to determine the "future entourage" of her eldest son.  If she has  her way, she will make sure the Prince of Wales is surrounded with "the friends and relations of those in her own household."

It will be interesting to see how the Queen will be able to pull this off.  The extent of her influence will be seen "in the names of the persons" on guests lists for future house parties that the Prince of Wales will attend.

There is a rumor making the rounds that the Prince canceled a visit to the country home of a member of the Royal Household because "the list of persons to whom he had asked to be invited to meet him," was revised by his mother.  Queen Mary scratched off three names, two of whom were American women.

Queen Mary is a "woman of strong character,"  and will continue to "retain the upper hand" until her son reaches his majority next June.

Saxony government settles clams with members of former royal family

It has taken 18 years of negotiations, but the government of the Saxony in Germany has come to agreement with members of the former royal house of Saxony.  The family will receive 4.8 million Euros, along with 1312 books, maps, sheet music, correspondence, letters, weapons and 11 pieces of furniture.

The fourth and final settlement was signed by Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe, who the Saxony government recognizes as head the family, and others.

The family plans to sell the newly returned items, and they expect to earn  1.15 million Euros.

The family possession had been expropriated by the German Democratic Republic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Prince Michael of Kent: prostate cancer

Prince Michael of Kent, younger brother of the Duke of Kent, has had a successful treatment for prostate cancer.

Umberto and Marie Jose reunite for money

July 16, 1950

It has taken a $4,000,000 fortune to reunited former King Umberto of Italy and his "lovely half blind wife, Princess Marie Jose of Belgium," reports the Chicago Tribune.

The couple have been separated since 1945.  The entire Italian Royal family are gathering at Chateau de la Croe, which has 17 room and eight bathrooms.  The chateau is at the "swanky Cap d'Antibes," and is owned by Mrs. Barbara Burton, widow of William Burton, a millionaire.    The house has been leased by the Italian royal family for the entire summer.

Joining former King Umberto at the family council are his estranged wife, Marie-Jose, his son, Prince Vittorio Emanuele, 12, his mother, Queen Elena, 77; and two of his sisters, former Queen Giovanna of Bulgaria and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.   Giovanna's son, former King Simeon, is also at the meeting.

Queen Marie Jose left Umberto in 1945 to live near Geneva, Switzerland, with their four children.  She allegedly left him because of his "reported affairs."

After Italians voted for a republic in 1945,  Umberto went to live in Portugal. Marie Jose refused to join him.  She said at the time: "I don't want my son to be brought up as his father was --learning nothing else except how to review troops."

The $4 million fortune was placed by the late King Vittorio Emanuele III in England, and British courts recently awarded the money to his heirs, despite opposition from the Italian government.  The family will also be discussing how to split $100,000,000 worth of "land and property," which the Italian courts returned to members of the former royal family.  Only Umberto's share was confiscated by the government.

Did Prince Luis wed pretty London commoner

July 16, 1914

Prince Luis of Bourbon-Orleans has "quietly married in London" to Miss Beatrice Harrington, a "pretty London girl," according to the New York Times.

The bride is described in the marriage certificate as the daughter of James Harcourt Harrington.  She is 23 years old.

The time and place of the wedding was not announced.  Only a few people attended the ceremony.

Prince Luis Fernando is the second son of Prince Antonio of Bourbon-Orleans, Infante of Spain and Duke of Galliera, and Infanta Eulalia of Spain, an aunt of the present King Alfonso XIII.

Prince Luis Fernando was born on November 5, 1888 at Madrid.  His elder brother, Alfonso, is married to Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

[Editor's note:  the report is inaccurate.  The groom was not Prince Luis Fernando, but  Don Luis de Borbon y Bernaldo de Quiros, Duke of Ansola. who was born at Paris in 1887.  He was the son of Don Luis de Borbon y de Borbon, Duke of Ansola and Maria Ana Bernaldo de Quiros y Munoz, Marquesa de Atarfe.   The groom's paternal grandfather was Infante Sebastian Gabriel of Spain and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain. His younger brother, Don Manfredo was the duke of Hernani, a title inherited by Infanta Margarita of Spain, younger sister of King Juan Carlos.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No Visa for Zog and family

July 15, 1940

King Zog of Albania is "trying to emigrate" to the United States with his half-American wife, Queen Geraldine, their infant son, and his three sisters.  The infant Prince Skandar was born just before Albania was invaded by Italy last year.

Zog is in London, and has made known that he has been trying to arrange an "Atlantic crossing" for his family and "a retinue of about thirty."

But if the exiled king and his family want to make the United States their home, they will have "got an immigrants."  The United States Embassy in London has stopped issuing visitors' visas.

The Albanian royals arrived in London on June 27 from France.