Saturday, February 6, 2016

New to my collection

Prince Adalbert of Bavaria (1886-1970) married Countess Auguste von Seefried auf Buttenheim (1899-1978), the daughter of Count Otto Seefried auf Buttenheim and Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria.  They had two sons, Konstantin and Adalbert.   Prince Adalbert was the younger son of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria who married Infanta Maria de la Paz of Spain

Princess Augusta of Bavaria (1875-1964) was the second of four children of Prince Leopold of Bavaria and Archduchess Gisela of Austria.  She married in 1893 to  Archduke Josef of Austria (1872-1962), who was the fourth child and eldest son of Archduke Josef Karl, Palatine of Hungary, and Princess Clotilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha,  This image is from 1915. and shows the Archduchess with her four children, Josef Franz (1895-1957) who married Princess Anna of Saxony; Sophie (1899-1978), Ladislaus (1901-1946) and Magdalena (1909-2000).  

The children of Grand Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg (1852-1931). He was married twice, first to Princess Elisabeth of Prussia (1857-1895) and then to Duchess Elisabeth of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1869-1955)  He was had one surviving child, Duchess Sophie Charlotte (1879-1964), by his first marriage and three surviving children by his second marriage: Grand Duke Nikolaus (1897-1970) whose first wife, Princess Helene was the sister of  Duchess Altburg's husband;  Duchess Ingeborg Alix (1901-1996) and Duchess Alburg (1903-2001).   Ingeborg married Prince Stephan zu Schaumburg-Lippe and Altburg was the wife of Josias, Prince of Waldeck und Pyrmont.

This image is from 1912 and shows Archduke Karl Stephan of Austria (1860-1933) and his wife Archduchess Maria Theresia of Austria (1862-1933).  Karl Stephan was the fourth child of Archduke Karl Ferdinand and Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria.  Their primary estate was in Poland.  They had six children, but this photograph includes only five as the eldest daughter, Archduchess Renata was already married.   Back row; Archduke Wilhelm (1895-1948 as a Russian POW);  Archduke Karl Albrecht (1888-1951), Archduke Karl Stephan, Archduke Leo Karl (1893-1939) Archduchess Eleonora (1886-1974).  Sitting in the front; Archduchess Mechtilidis (1891-1966) and Archduchess Maria Theresia.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Remembering the late Duke of Calabria

Prince Henry's body has arrived in England

February 3, 1896

The British warship HMS Blenheim, with the remains of Prince Henry of Battenberg, arrived today in Plymouth, reports the New York Times.

It was announced earlier today that the German Emperor Wilhelm II will send Prince Albert of Prussia "with a detachment of the Garde du Corps," to attend Prince Henry's funeral.

The original intention was for the warship HMS Blonde, on which Prince Henry died, was to bring his body back to England.  The plans were changed and the Blenheim was sent to Funchal, where the Bonde, having sailed from Sierra Leone, was waiting.  Prince Henry's body was transferred to the Blenheim for the final trip to England.

The 37-year-old prince, husband of Princess Beatrice, died of malaria, which he contracted  while serving as a military secretary in the Ashanti War.  

Half of Germany's Princes are Idle

February 3, 1936

A new report in the Adelsblatt, a weekly newspaper published by the Association of German Nobility, notes how German nobles have fared since the fall of the German empire in 1918,  according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Princess Helene von Isenburg has "investigated the lives of 22,000 German noblemen," comparing their professions before the war "with the occupations they now hold.

Approximately one-half of German princes in post-war Germany are listed as "jobless."   At least two-thirds of counts and barons are unemployed.  

The princess has found that "new professions unknown to the high aristocracy" are now found on her list.  Members of princely and noble families have found careers as businessmen, theater managers, sculptors,  bank clerks, and musicians.  Several barons have found works as chauffeurs and (gasp!) gigolos.

The number of noblemen holding commissions in the German military has "greatly decreased."  Only 1.17 percent of the princes and 2.8-3.9 percent of counts and barons are currently serving in the military, although the Princess acknowledges that her statistics were issued before the rapidly increasing rearmament in Germany.  Numerous noblemen are now finding employment in Germany's army, navy and air force.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ena is in Rome

February 2, 1936

Former Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain has arrived in Rome, reports the Associated Press.  But sources close to her estranged husband, King Alfonso XIII are making light of reports that the royal couple will reconcile.

Spanish Royalists in Paris had stated that the queen had "agreed to talk" to Alfonso, when she went to Rome.  The King now resides in the Italian capital.

It is believed that Alfonso would like to effect a reconciliation in order to "strengthen his position" with Spanish monarchists.

Queen Ena is said to be saying at Villa Savoia in Rome.  She is expected to visit her elder daughter, Infanta Beatriz, who is expecting a child very soon.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Alfonso and Ena to reconcile?

February 1, 1936

According to an Associated Press report, Spanish royalist believe that former King Alfonso XIII and his estranged wife, Queen Victoria Eugenia will "soon be reunited" because of the impending birth of a grandchild.

For some time now, Queen Ena has refused to see her husband, but now has "consented to talk with him" when she goes to Rome to be with their daughter, Infanta Beatriz, who is expecting her first child.

Infanta Beatriz married Don Alessandro Torlonia, Prince of Civitella-Cesi in January 1935.

Crown Prince sees his father for first time in two years

February 1, 1926

Former Crown Prince Wilhelm of German  arrived in Doorn today to visit  his father, the former Emperor Wilhelm II, who has lived in the Netherlands since the end of of 1918.

This was the first time in two years that father and son have seen each other, and the meeting, according to the Associated Press report, was described as "touching."  Due to the abolition of the visa requirement between the Netherlands and Germany,   Wilhelm  arrived in Doorn this morning "and passed through the village unobserved to his father's chateau."

The former Kaiser "embraced his son," and was unable to control his emotion.  The younger Wilhelm "displayed his usual gayety."

The reconciliation between father and son was "greatly facilitated by Empress Hermine, Wilhelm II's second wife.  She has visited Crown Prince Wilhelm several times at his home in Oels.  Until recently,  the visit seemed impossible due to Prince Wilhelm's attitude "in militaristic and monarchist quarters."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tatiana Galitzine weds Guillermo Sierra

Perhaps it was love at first  sight ... as  Princess Tatiana Galitzine, the daughter of Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, married Mexican-born Guillermo Sierra on November 28, 2015, only six weeks after they first met.  They announced their engagement on November 12.

The marriage took place at the Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga,  Napa County, California. It appears that the wedding was religious (not Roman Catholic) as Rev. Timothy Boeve was the officiant.  Rev. Boeve is a Pastor with the Reformed Church.The license was returned and the marriage registered with Harris County on January 27, 2016. 

Tatiana's Instagram account shows a photo dated November 28 at Calistoga Ranch.

Sierra may have proposed during a visit to New York City's Central Park, and Alexandra has told her Instagram followers that the wedding would take  place in New York City.   This was an interesting comment because on November 16, 2015, Tatiana Petrovna Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra applied  for a marriage license in Harris County, Texas.  Houston is the county seat for Harris County.

 The couple had an "engagement" party on January 24, where the guests included Tatiana's younger sister, Maria, and her boyfriend, Gabriel Florentino.  It certainly is possible that Tatiana's family were not informed about the wedding. 
Countess Anna Theresa of Arco-Zinneberg, Prince Ioann and Princess Tatiana Galitzine at Archduke Imre's wedding  (Photo by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig)

Tatiana's family is well connected, genealogically.   Her mother is the eldest child of the late Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1919-2010), 6th child of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita (nee Princess of Bourbon-Parma), while her father, Prince Peter, is a member of the Russian princely family that fled Russia after the Revolution. 

Tatiana, who was named for her father's older sister, was born at Santa Clara, California, the second of six children.  She is multi-lingual, and well-educated, having studied at the Technische Universität in Munich, where she studied architecture.  After several internships with architectural firms in Munich, Singapore and Chicago, she is now working as an Architectural Designer at Gensler, a architecture  firm headquartered in San Francisco.

Prince Peter is the  Chairman and CEO of TMK IPISCO, a Russian-owned gas and pipe-making company that moved its U.S., headquarters from the Chicago area to Houston in 2013.  During their sojourn in Chicago, Prince Peter and his family lived in the 4,000-square-foot apartment in the Drake Hotel.  They are now renting a home in the tony River Oaks area of Houston.

Since her return to Houston,  Princess Tatiana has been involved in numerous social events

Only weeks before Tatiana was introduced to Guillermo Sierra on October 22nd, she had reunited with an American friend, whose wealthy family moved in the same social circles as Tatiana's parents.  The two families knew each other, and Tatiana's young man, well-connected, rich and well-educated, would have past muster with most socially prominent American families.   But -- allegedly -- Tatiana's father did not approve of the growing friendship, and -- allegedly -- ordered his daughter to end the relationship.  This alleged action may have led Tatiana to fall into the arms of the next man she met: the divorced and father of one,  Guillermo Sierra.

Tatiana's parents are traditional and conservative.  Her mother, Archduchess Maria Anna, is a devout Roman Catholic.  One can only allegedly assume that Tatiana's parents are not happy about this relationship.  Prince Peter and Archduchess Maria Anna met in a New York City bar, an unusual meeting place for European royals.

Although Tatiana and Guillermo have commented about their engagement on Facebook and Instagram,  the Princess' parents did not make an official announcement in the appropriate social pages.

Sierra was  previously married to Emily Lindsey Hilton, and they have one child, a son,  Sebastian. They lived on Piney Point Road in Houston. The house was bought in 2013 by Guillermo and Emily Sierra.  It  was sold in July 2015, two months after the divorce was granted in a Harris County family court.

Shortly after the divorce,  USD Partners LP, Sierra's former employer, filed a change with the SEC.  [It should be noted that all of the information provided in this article was obtained from freely available public records.]

"On June 12, 2015, our Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A, Guillermo Sierra announced his intention to immediately leave the Company to pursue other interests and opportunities in the industry. In connection with Mr. Sierra’s departure, Dan Borgen, our Chairman, President and CEO said: “Guillermo has been a critical leader in the development of our expanding vision as well as in the execution of our initial public offering and our partnership with Energy Capital Partners.” “We look forward to working with Guillermo in the future through any other endeavors that he will pursue and we wish him the best,” said our Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Brad Sanders."

Interesting, to state that Mr. Sierra had left the firm "immediately," as opposed to giving two weeks notice.   He is now a Director with Credit Suisse in Houston.

 Although a part of the the Sierra divorce records are sealed, most of the records are open to the public.

Sierra's former wife, Emily, needed to obtain a temporary restraining order against him.  The official order was in "the interest of Sebastian Sierra, a child," and issued on December 30, 2014.  The refers to requests that Sierra not communicate in vulgar or profane language, make threats against Mrs. Sierra in person or by telephone or in writing.  There were also orders to not damage or destroy "tangible property," falsify records, change passwords, hide or secret the child from the mother.  All told, the temporary restraining order included 36 restraints against Mr. Sierra.  One of the most interesting was the order to not allow their son to be in the same residence where the "party has an intimate or dating relationship to remain in the same residence as the child between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M."

In other words,  Mr Sierra was allegedly living with or involved with another woman at this time, less than a year while still married (separated) and before meeting Tatiana.

Sierra married Emily Hilton, an Arizona native, on August 10, 2006.  They separated on July 18, 2014.  The divorce petition states that there was no "reasonable expectation of reconciliation."   Their son was born in 2012.  Mr. Sierra pays $1700 per month in child support.   The divorce was granted on May 12, 2015.

Tatiana's sister, Alexandra was engaged to marry Belgian Thibaut Lancksweert in 2012.  Their marriage, scheduled for September 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas, never took place, as the couple had ended their engagement some time earlier.   The eldest child, Princess Xenia, is married to the Madrid-born Alberto Matta Maya.  They were married in 2007 in Moscow, and have two children, Lida and Damian.   Alberto's father, Alberto Matta Fahsen, is a Guatemalan diplomat.  He is at present Guatemala's ambassador the Holy See, and was previously served as Guatemala's ambassador the United Kingdom (2008-2010) and the Netherlands (2003-2006.)   Xenia's husband is a Senior Account Manager at TMK IPSCO in Houston. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Eilika, Dowager Princess of Leiningen

The Prince and Princess of Leiningen - late 1960s

HH Eilika, the Dowager Princess of Leiningen, died at Amorbach on January 26 at at the age of 87.  She was the widow of HSH Emich, Prince zu Leiningen.

HH Duchess Eilika Stephanie Elisabeth Thekla Juliana of Oldenburg was the fourth of nine children of HRH Nikoklaus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg and his first wife. HSH Princess Helene of Waldeck und Pyrmont.

She married HSH Emich Kirill Ferdinand Hermann, Prince of Leiningen, on August 10, 1950.  Emich died on October 30, 1991.

The Princess is survived by her four children, Princess Melita,  Prince Karl Emich,  Andreas, the Prince of Leiningen, and Princess Stephanie, and six grandchildren: HSH Princess Cäclie of Leiningen, Theresa Prinzessin zu Leiningen, HSH Prince Emich zu Leiningen,  HSH Hereditary Prince Ferdinand zu Leiningen, HSH Princess Olga zu Leiningen and HSH Prince Hermann zu Leiningen.

The late Princess was a goddaughter of the late Queen Juliana, and was one of the flower girls at Juliana's wedding to Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.,3966142