Thursday, February 22, 2024

Duchess said to be prostrated by husband's death

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The Duchess of Oporto is said to be "prostrated by her husband's death on Saturday," according to a special cable to the New York Times.

The American-born duchess, who was born Nevada Stoody in 1870, has been by her husband's bedside at their home, the Palazzo Reale, in Naples, ever since her husband suffered a stroke three months ago. His "paralysis was so great that he was unable to follow what was going on around him," but the Duchess refused to believe that his illness "meant a fatal ending."

Infante Afonso, Duke of Oporto, died in Naples Italy, on February 21.  He was 54 years old.   The Duke was the younger son of the late King Luis I of Portugal and Princess Maria Pia of Savoy.

The Duke of Oporto's nephew, the exiled king Manoel, has been staying on the Riviera for the last three weeks, and has not "shown a great deal of sympathy with his uncle," and he has not made any inquiries "as to his health."

The Duke, a younger brother of the late King Carlos, who was assassinated in 1908, was a very popular member of the Portuguese royal family. Many believe that if the Duke had succeeded to the throne in 1908, the revolution "which came in 1910 would have been averted."

Before the Duke's illness became acute, he and his wife had planned to visit America. It was also understood "that it has been her earnest wish to make her reception into the Roman Catholic church widely known." She converted to Catholicism in a formal ceremony in Rome, shortly after her marriage. 

 The Braganzas are one of "the most prominent Catholic families in Europe."  

The Duke was Nevada's fourth husband.  Her first marriage to Lee Albert Agnew took place in 1897 and ended in divorce in 1905.  She and Agnew, the father of her only child, Lee Albert Agnew, Jr.,  have remained friends.  The day after she was divorced from Agnew, she married 71-year-old William Hayes Chapman.  He died in 1907 and left her more than $8 million dollars.

In 1909, she married Philip Henry Van Volkenburgh, Jr.  This marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1914.   Nevada van Volkenburgh met the Duke of Oporto during a visit to Rome, where they were married in a civil ceremony on November 23, 1917.  Dom Afonso's marriage to the thrice-married Nevada was treated as morganatic and other members of the Portuguese royal family including the exiled King Manoel II do not consider Afonso's widow as a member of the royal family.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

A QVD marriage: Ellen Lascelles marries Channtel McPherson

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This past weekend in the Byron Bay (Australia) Hinterland, Ellen Lascelles married Channtel McPherson in a "fun-filled ceremony," according to the Daily Mail.    

The couple announced their engagement in January 2023.

The 40-year-old Ellen is the elder daughter of the Hon. Jeremy Lascelles and his first wife, Julie Baylis.  Jeremy, a music executive who does not use the Hon. is the third and youngest son of the late George, 7th Earl of Harewood, and his first wife, Marion Stein.  

She has two children Jack Marley Hermans (March 21, 2016) and Penny Moon Hermans (March 1, 2018) from a previous relationship with Australian Michael Hermans.    Channtel is the mother of one daughter, Raff.

Ellen said she and Channtel "surrounded ourselves with almost all of our favorite people in the world and the funniest, hottest most-loved filled day I could ever imagine."   

Penny and Raff "were just a couple of little dream girls dressed in white."

Ellen is a great-granddaughter of Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

The Daily Mail says the "Royal family celebrated its first lesbian wedding."   Ellen Lascelles is a descendant of George V in the female.  She is not a member of the Royal Family.  Her father is not a member of the Royal Family.  Her Uncle David, the 8th Earl of Harewood, was not invited to the Coronation.  Lord Harewood is the grandson of the late Princess Royal, who died in 1965.

Note to the Daily Mail.  There is no such thing as a lesbian wedding.  The couple was married in a civil ceremony, according to Australian law.  Marriage is between two people, whether the same sex or male and female.  No difference.  Marriage is marriage.  Love is Love.

The present Earl and his brothers are second cousins to King Charles III but do not have a close relationship with the King and other members of the Royal Family.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Princess Ira von Fürstenberg (1940-2024)

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 HSH Princess Ira von Fürstenberg died in Rome on February 19. She was 83 years old.   The princess was "endowed with great charm" and "one of the noble sexy icons of the 60s," according to Il Messaggero's obituary.  

The Princess was married twice, first to HSH Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1924-2003), and after their divorce, she wed a Brazilian industrialist Francisco "Baby" Pignatelli (1916-1977).  Both marriages were dissolved by divorce.

Princess Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina von Fürtstenberg was born in Rome on April 17, 1940, one of three children and the only daughter of Prince Tassilo von Fürstenberg and Clara Agnell, the daughter of Edoardo Agnelli, whose father Giovanni founded Fiat, the Italian auto company.

Her paternal grandparents were Prince Karl Emil von Fürstenberg and Countess Mária Matild Georgina Festetics von Tolna, the daughter of Prince Tassilo Festetics von Tolna and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas Hamilton, the daughter of William, 11th Duke of Hamilton, and Princess Marie Amelie of Baden.   Lady Mary's first husband, was Albert I, Prince of Monaco.  Their great-great-grandson is the present Prince of Monaco, Albert II.

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 At the age of 15, Princess Ira was married to 31-year-old HSH Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, a member of the Spanish Catholic branch of the German princely house.  Alfonso was one of the founders of the Marbella Club.

Their wedding took place in Venice on September 15, 1955, and was a Life Magazine cover story.

 They had two sons, Prince Christoph "Kiko"  Victorio Egon Humberto (1956-2006) and Prince Hubertus "Hubi" Rudolph (1959) before the marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1960 and annulled nine years later.

The reason for the divorce was the princess' affair with Francisco Pignatari, who was known as Baby due to a reputation for being a playboy. They married on January 12, 1961, in Reno, Nevada.   Three years later, in January 1964, the couple were granted a Las Vegas divorce.    

Ira had met the "legendary playboy" in Cortina, Italy in December 1959.  When he learned about his wife's infidelity, he filed a charge for adultery and custody of the couple's two young sons.  In 1960, adultery was a criminal offense for the "adulteress and for the accomplice."  The punishment was prison.  

Prince Alfonso dropped the adultery charge in exchange for custody of Prince Christian and Prince Hubertus. 

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Princess Ira was only 25 years old when her second marriage ended.  Thanks to the Italian producer, Dino de Laurentis, she began a new career as a B actress in Italian films.  All told, she made 28 movies.

In 1987, Prince Rainier III of Monaco's office issued a statement denying rumors that he and Princess Ira were about to marry.  "For the past few days, the media has announced the remarriage of Prince Rainier of Monaco."This information is completely false and without foundation."   The Monagesque sovereign and Princess Ira were second cousins.

In June 2023, Princess Ira "talks taste" in an interview with the Financial Times.   She spoke about style and taste.  "For me, style is about wearing the right thing at the right moment, which can be difficult.  Many people overdress or dress down.  It's difficult to find that middle way."

She said the best gift she received "is probably an apartment in Rome that was given to me by a lover."

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Princess Ira is survived by her younger son, Prince Hubertus, a skier who has represented Mexico in the Winter Olympics, and her younger brother, Prince Sebastian. (1950.   Her elder son, Kiko, died in a Bangkok jail after "allegedly altering his expired visa" to return to his home in Hawaii.  The prince had been visiting a Thai weight loss spa.   

Her brother, Prince Egon, a designer, died in 2004.  His first wife was Diane Halfin, better known as the designer Diane von Fürstenberg.   Princess Ira was a first cousin of the late Prince Karl of Schwarzenberg.  His mother was her maternal aunt, Princess Antonie of Fürstenberg.

Last week Diane von Fürstenberg spoke with her former sister-in-law.  She told WWD: "When I first met Egon, she was the famous sister. She had gotten married in Venice and was a movie star. She was the big sister and the aunt to my children,  She was part of Italy's jet set.  She was very gregarious.  She was a lot of fun and loved to laugh.  She never complained:"

The princess also had American ancestry.  Her maternal grandmother, Donna Virginia Bourbon del Monte dei principi di San Faustino, was the daughter of Carlo Bourbon del Monte, Prince di San Faustino, and Jane Allen Campbell, the Montclair, New Jersey-born daughter of George W. Campbell and Virginia Watson.   George Campbell's father, Ludlow, made his fortune as a linseed oil trader.

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 In 2019, Nicholas Foulkes authored a biography of the princess: Princess Ira: The Life and Times of a Princess.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

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HRH The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg is 40 today

 HRH The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg celebrates her 40th birthday today.    The former Countess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine de Lannoy was born on February 18, 1984, in Ronse, East Flanders.  She is the youngest of eight children of Count Philippe Marie Ernest Albert de Lannoy (1922-2019) and Alix della Faille de Leverghem (1941-2012).

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Stéphanie married Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012, in Luxembourg.  They have two sons, Prince Charles (2020) and Prince Francois (2023.)


Saturday, February 17, 2024

Is the Duchess of Brabant dating a fellow student?

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Today's Het Laatste Nieuws, a Dutch-language Belgian newspaper, features an exclusive by their royal correspondent Wim Dehandschutter.    Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, the heir to the throne, is "said to be in love for the first time," according to Dehanschutter.   The young man is Rochford-born Nicholas Alexander Dodd.    The 20-year-old Briton is a student at Lincoln College, Oxford, where Princess Elisabeth also studies.

Princess Elisabeth is the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.  

The couple first met in 2021 at Matriculation Day, the start of Oxford's Academic year.   Elisabeth, 22, studies history and politics, and Nicholas is "enrolled in the history program."  They joined the same study group, and, according to Dehanschutter, "there was an immediate connection.  

Nicholas and Elisabeth have also written essays together, and are often in each other's company.  Wim Dehandshutter's source says the relationship between the couple "transcends friendship."

Nicholas graduated from Rochdale Sixth Form College where he wrote about applying to Oxford University.  He said: "I applied to Oxford because I wanted the opportunity to study at a world-class university."

In 2019, Nicholas, a former head boy at Beech House School in Rochdale,  was nominated for the ISA Whitbread Prize.  At the time, the school's principal said, "Nicholas was nominated for his involvement in – and service to – wider aspects of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results."

[ISA stands for Independent Schools Association.]

Nicholas's family, however, has thrown cold water on this story.  The Manchester Evening News is reporting that his family has "shut down rumors" of a romance with Princess Elisabeth.  The newspaper's reporter visited Dodd's home in Whitworth and spoke to a family member who chose to remain anonymous.  The reporter asked if Nicholas was dating Princess Elisabeth.   

The family member said "No, that's false.  They just go to the same college and study together.  Just like all his other friends, I can't comment further."

There will be no comment from the Belgian Royal Palace, which does not discuss Princess Elisabeth's private life.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

A girl for Prince Christian and Princess Alessandra of Hanover

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February 15, 2023

Spanish magazine Vanitas reports HRH Princess Alessandra of Hanover gave birth today to a daughter.  She is the wife of HRH Prince Christian of Hannover, and the younger son of HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover.  Another Spanish magazine, Hola, also has an article about the baby.

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 The Prince and Princess live in Madrid.  

The 35-year-old Princess was born in Peru, as Alessandra de Osma.  She married Prince Christian in 2018.  They are the parents of twins, Prince Nicolas and Princess Sofia, who were born July 7, 2020, at Quirón Clinic in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid.

This post will be updated when information about the sex and the name of the baby is made public.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma -100th birthday

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Patricia was the elder of two daughters of Lord Louis Mountbatten, 4th and youngest child of  Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (ne Prince Louis of Battenberg), and Princess Victoria of Hesse and By Rhine.  Until 1917, Lord Louis was styled as HSH Prince Louis of Battenberg.

On July 18, 1922, Lord Louis married the Hon.  Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley, daughter of Wilfred William Ashley, later 1st Baron Mount Temple, and Maude Cassel.    [Edwina was Miss Edwina Ashley when she married.  Her father was created Baron Mount Temple in 1932.]

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Patricia's younger sister, Pamela Carmen Louise, was born on April 19, 1929.

Patricia and Pamela were styled as the Hon Patricia and the Hon Pamela Mountbatten after their father was created Viscount Mountbatten of Burma on August 27, 1946.  A year later on October 18, 1947, Louis was created Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Baron Romsey. The Letters Patent for this peerage allowed for female succession in the absence of no male heirs.  

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She married John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne (1924-2005).  After the assassination of her father in August 1979,  Patricia succeeded as the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.  She and her husband each held a peerage in their own right.   

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 The couple had eight children: 

Norton Knatchbull, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1947), Hon. Michael-John Knatchbull (1950). Hon. Anthony Knatchbull (b & d 1952), Lady Joanna Knatchbull (1955), Lady Amanda Ellingworth (1957), Hon. Philip Knatchbull (1961), Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull (1964-1979) and Hon. Timothy Knatchbull (1964). 

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Lady Mountbatten was one of King Charles III's godparents.  She and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were first cousins.
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The Countess Mountbatten of Burma died at her home in Mersham, Kent on June 13, 2017.  She was 93 years old. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Will Princess Theodora and Matthew Kumar ever get married?

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 King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of Greece announced the engagement of their younger daughter, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark to Matthew Jeremiah Kumar, a Los Angeles lawyer, on November 16, 2018.

The wedding was originally scheduled to take place in Greece in late May 2020.  The Covid pandemic changed the couple's plans.  

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On May 25, 2020,  Princess Theodora posted a photo of herself and her fiance with these words: "On what should have been our wedding weekend - the love and support from friends and family have been so appreciated. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you in Greece once it’s safe."

In December 2022, the princess' family revealed that the "wedding will take place in early summer 2023 in Porto Heli, Greece.  A month later, on January 10, 2023, King Constantine II died in Athens at 82.

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It was noted that Theodora's wedding would again be postponed.  It has been 13 months since the death of the King.  Theodora's most recent Instagram post was on March 10, 2023.  Understandably, the Princess would want to grieve for her adored father who could not escort her down the aisle. Princess Theodora will celebrate her 41st birthday in June.

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Perhaps there is another reason for a further delay.   On June 29, 2023,  the Supreme Court of California "issued an order suspending attorney Matthew J. Kumar from the practice of law for one year, with the execution of suspension stayed."  Kumar was placed on probation for one year.

The case "In the matter of Matthew J. Kumar" was brought by the California State Bar.  Kumar was found guilty "of multiple violations related to his handling of client trust (CTA) account funds."   He "allegedly commingled personal and law funds in the CTA," using the funds "to pay personal expenses."

Kumar also failed to "respond to the State Bar's inquiries regarding the disciplinary investigation."

He must comply with the California Supreme Court order with "conditions recommended by the State Bar Court on March 27, 2023.  These conditions include "providing proof of passing Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.  If Kumar complies with the order, the "suspension stay and probation" will terminate after one year.

Matthew Kumar owns the FarMar Law Group, which specializes in debt collection.

However, today a Greek news site states that the wedding will take place in Athens in the fall of 2024.

From Google translate: "The wait for the couple is coming to an end, as within 2024 they will be able to unite with the sacred bonds of marriage."

There has been no confirmation from the Princess or her family.

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Recommended discipline imposed

The court orders that MATTHEW J. KUMAR (Respondent), State Bar Number 283521, is suspended from the practice of law in California for one year, execution of that period of suspension is stayed, and Respondent is placed on probation for one year subject to the following conditions:

1. Respondent must comply with the other conditions of probation recommended by the Hearing Department of the State Bar Court in its Order Approving Stipulation filed on March 27, 2023; and

2. At the expiration of the period of probation, if Respondent has complied with the terms of probation, the period of stayed suspension will be satisfied and that suspension will be terminated.

Respondent must provide to the State Bar's Office of Probation proof of taking and passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as recommended by the Hearing Department in its Order Approving Stipulation filed on March 27, 2023. Failure to do so may result in suspension. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.10(b).)

Costs are awarded to the State Bar in accordance with Business and Professions Code section 6086.10 and are enforceable both as provided in Business and Professions Code section 6140.7 and as a money judgment, and may be collected by the State Bar through any means permitted by law.

A royal engagement: Princess Charlotte of Nassau to marry


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On February 11, 2024, on top of a mountain in Gstaad, Switzerland,  Princess Charlotte of Nassau said yes to her boyfriend, Mansour Shakarchi.  They have been friends for more than 12 years. It was in October 2019 when Charlotte said she came out of "the friend zone" and realized she was in love with Mansour -- and he with her.

HRH Princess Charlotte-Katherine-Justine-Marie of Nassau is HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg's only daughter and eldest child.   She was born on March 20, 1995, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.     

Prince Robert of Luxembourg is the second child and only son of the late Prince Charles of Luxembourg (1927-1977) and Joan Douglas Dillon.   He is a grandson of the late Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and is a first cousin of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.    Joan Douglas Dillon (1935) has been described as "a larger-than-life lady, with an indefinable, cultured, mid-Atlantic accent."  She is the daughter of the late C. Douglas Dillon (1909-2003), who served as Ambassador to France and Secretary of the Treasury, during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Clarence Dillon's paternal grandfather, Samuel Lapowski, a Jew, emigrated from Poland to Texas, where he established a dry goods business. He married Bertha Stenbock, the daughter of a Swedish immigrant.  The family became naturalized citizens.  Their children were raised in their mother's Lutheran faith.  In 1901, Samuel changed the family's surname to Dillon, based on his French maternal grandmother, Paulina, whose maiden name was Dylion.  C. Douglas Dillon was Samuel's grandson.

Three years after the death of Prince Charles,  Princess Joan married Philippe, 8th Duke of Mouchy (1922-2011).  She is now known as the Dowager Duchess of Mouchy.  

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Prince Robert married Julie Ongaro in January 1994 in Boston.  This marriage was non-dynastic.  Julie was known as Julie de Nassau and their three children were styled as Countess Charlotte, Count Alexandre, and Count Frederik of Nassau until November 27, 2004, when Grand Duke Henri issued a decree that elevated Julie to HRH Princess Julie of Nassau. The three children were granted the style and title of HRH Princess or Prince of Nassau.

Although Robert retains his right of succession, his children are not in the line of succession Luxembourg throne.  Prince Robert and his sister, Princess Charlotte, who lives in London, are invited to major Luxembourg royal events, such as a wedding, but neither carry out official duties.   

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Prince Robert is the president of Domaine Clarence Dillon,  the family organization founded his his great-grandfather, Clarence Dillon, in 1935.

Princess Charlotte also has American ancestry through her mother, Julie, whose father, Theodore is a urologist in Massachusetts.   Julie's mother, Katherine, is an artist who "creates exquisite porcelain masterpieces."

The late C. Douglas Dillon and his wife, Anne, built a summer home on Isleboro island in Maine, which remains in the family.  Prince Robert and his older sister, Charlotte, and their families spend the summers in Isleboro.   In 2019, Charlotte, who was named after her aunt and her great-grandmother, graduated from Tufts University with a  BA in International Literacy and Visual Studies.

Since 2020, the princess has worked for Chanel in London.  She is currently the Communication & E-Business executive for Fashion Marketing.   She is the first cousin of Louis Cunningham, who played Louis XVI in the recent mini-series, Marie Antoinette.

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The son of Marwan Mahmoud Shakarchi and Tatiana Frick, Mansour Nicolas Frederic Shakarchi was born in 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland.   Marwan has been the CEO  of MKS PAMP since 1983.   He attended the Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Multinational Enterprises.  MKS PAMP is a "financial & physical trading service and operates a state-of-the-art precious metals refinery."

The firm was founded in Geneva in 1975 by Marwan's father, Mahmoud Kassem Shakarchi, who left Lebanon after the civil war.   Marwan married Tatiana (Tania) Flick, whose father, Hans-Wolfgang Flick was a Swiss financier.  Her grandparents, Hans Flick and Esther de Mülinen bought Domaine de Riencourt (Domaine A Villars), a Swiss winery, now run by Tania's brother, Philibert Frick.

Tania's other brother, Lancelot is the founder of Frick Capital, which started on Wall Street in 1999 and is now headquartered in Switzerland.

Mansour Shakarchi graduated from Harvard University in 2019.  He works in the mining and metals industry.

The date of the wedding has not been announced but one thing is for sure,  the bride will not have to worry about the wine pairings.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Crown The State The People: a documentary about Crown Prince Alexander

Wolf Entertainment has released the teaser trailer for “The Crown, The State and The People,” the highly anticipated documentary series from Mr. Lazar Vukovic, uncovering the life story of HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia. 

Set to premiere this autumn, “The Crown, The State and The People” uncovers the complex history, and exciting but true story, of how the Royal family of Serbia, situated at the crossroads between Eastern and Western influences strived to save the crown while serving the people and the homeland, to the extent that HRH Crown Prince Alexander was born in a London hotel room, which was declared Yugoslav soil for 24 hours so that the heir to the throne is born in his country. The docuseries also follow intriguing cases, such as the “looted gold”, which has been speculated for many years, family heirlooms that have been locked in a safe deposit box for several decades, and the confiscation of the entire private property of the Royal family.

The teaser is available to be watched on

Directed by filmmaker Lazar Vukovic, “The Crown, The State and The People” uncovers Royal family secrets that haven’t been public knowledge until now. “For the first time, HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia shares his life story publicly. From being born in exile in London, then the godmother at his christening the late Queen Elizabeth II, being made an enemy of the state at 2 years old would seem like a prologue to a best-selling fiction book. 

This docuseries is going to be available in all languages using the power of an advanced AI technology that we’ve developed in-house, which is going to be a world-first”, said Mr. Vukovic.

“As I was very happy to begin the filming in the very place where my life journey started, in Claridge’s hotel in London in March last year, I am now even more thrilled to see this trailer. The series will be interesting for the broader public, and I am grateful to so many other people, who already have and who will take part and join me in telling my life story. You have seen only part of them in the trailer, so expect much more”, said HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

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Alice of Albany marries Prince Alexander of Teck

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February 10, 1904

Princess Alice of Albany married Prince Alexander of Teck this afternoon at St. George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, reports the New York Times.

The Princess is the daughter of the late Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and his wife, Princess Helen, of Waldeck und Pyrmont.   Prince Alexander is the youngest of four children of the late Duke of Teck and the late Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.   The Princess of Wales is Alexander's older sister.

The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated at the wedding ceremony and Princess Alice's uncle, King Edward VII, gave away the bride.   Alice's brother, the Duke of Albany (and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, walked her down the aisle.

The ceremony was "very elaborate and brilliant," with four processions to the chapel: the Queen of Württemberg, Queen Emma of the Netherlands, King Edward and Queen Alexandra, and, lastly, the bride.

The wedding was a "brilliant assemblage of members of royal families, foreign princes" and other "distinguished personages."  The men wore Court dress, while the women were attired in evening wear.    The "display of jewels was magnificent." 

Princess Alice's wedding gown was made from a "new material, satin charmeuse, which is of the richness of satin and ivory whiteness. Her train, according to the Times, is "over a yard and a half long on the ground," and it is embroidered in a design of fine chenille fringe with raised roses in white chiffon, caught at intervals with bows of white velvet ribbon, and studded with brilliant."  

The bride was attended by five bridesmaids,  Princess Mary of Wales, Princess Mary of Teck,  Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess Patricia of Connaught, and Princess Helene of Waldeck-Pyrmont, who wore "dresses of pale blue crepe de chine, with insertions and flouncings of lace.  The two older Connaught Princesses' gowns included "broad waistbelts of silver."   The three younger princesses carried Princess Alice's train.   All five wore "wreaths of forget-me-nots in their hair, with a spray of heather.

After the wedding, a luncheon was held in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle.

The Duchess of Albany is a sister of Queen Emma of the Netherlands.

The guests included Queen Emma of the Netherlands, the Queen of Württemberg, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife, and the Duke of Fife,  Princess Victoria, Prince Carl of Denmark, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duchess of Albany, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the Prince and Princess of Waldeck und Pyrmont, the Prince and Princess of Bentheim and Steinfurt, Princess Alexandra of Schaumburg-Lippe, Princess Luise of Wied, Prince Arthur, Princess Margaret and Princess Patricia of Connaught, Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, the Duke of Argyll and Prince Francis of Teck.  Count Albert von Mensdorff and the Countesses Feodora, Valda, and Helena Gleichen were also present at the wedding.

After leaving the reception, the new Princess Alexander of Teck was dressed in a dress made from white cloth, "trimmed with stone marten fur."  Her coat and hat matched her going-away dress.

The Duchess of Albany and the Princess of Wales took an "active interest" in Alice's wedding dresses.

Prince and Princess Alexander of Teck left Windsor Castle in the afternoon and are now at Brocket Hall, near Hatfield, where they will spend the first part of their honeymoon.  The newlyweds will then travel to Cannes to stay at Villa Nevada, the Duchess of Albany's residence.  

In the evening, King Edward VII hosted a grand banquet at Windsor Castle in the couple's honor.

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Prince Vittorio Emanuele's funeral

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 The funeral of the late Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, the only son of King Umberto II, was held today in the Dome of Turin.

Members of the Italian royal family who were present for the funeral include the Princess of Naples (widow), The Prince and Princess of Piedmont and their two daughters, Princess Vittoria and Princess Luisa, Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma (the late prince's elder sister) and two of her sons only daughter, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Prince Serge with his wife. Princess Eleonora of Yugoslavia and  Princess Hélène of Yugoslavia and her husband, Stanislas Fougeron, Marie Elisabeth  Janssens (daughter of Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy),  Azaea Reyna-Corvalán y de Saboya (daughter of Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy, and the Duke and Duchess of Aosta. 

As a sign of reconciliation between the two branches of the Savoy family, the royal flag was placed on Vittorio Emanuele's coffin by four Knights of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation: Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta,  Count Agostino Guarienti of Brenzone, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and  Prince Serge of Yugoslavia.

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 The late prince's two younger sisters, Princesses Maria Gabriella and Maria Beatrice were unable to travel due to health reasons.  Princess Maria Gabriella is in a Swiss hospital and Maria Gabriella lives in Mexico. 

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Members of other royal families who were also present included:  Queen Sofia of Spain, the Prince of Monaco, King Fouad II of Egypt,   Prince Leka of Albania, Archduke Martin of Austria, Prince Jean of Luxembourg,  Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff, the Duke and Duchess of Chartres, Prince Charles of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his daughter, Princess Maria Carolina, Prince Boris of  Bulgaria, Prince Charles and Princess Naomi of Orléans, and the Prince of Windisch-Graetz.

After the funeral,  Prince Vittorio Emanuele's remains were cremated.  His ashes will be interred in the Basilica of Superga in Turin.

"For a long time, he wanted to be buried in Superga. My father was born in Naples and will be buried in Turin: this is the unity of Italy, this is our Italy, this is the house of Savoy," Prince Emanuele Filiberto told journalists after the funeral service.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Mourning for Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy

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Family members of the late Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, Prince were at Turin's Sant'uberto Chapel as people came to pay their respects.  The funeral will take place tomorrow at the Dome in Turin.

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 The man sitting with the Prince of Venice is his first cousin, Prince Serge of Yugoslavia.

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The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports some of the guests who will attend the funeral.  These guests include Queen Sofia of Spain (said to be representing King Felipe VI), the Prince of Monaco, Princess Astrid of Belgium and her husband, Prince Lorenz (Archduke Lorenz of Austria), Archduke Martin of Austria, Prince Leka of Albania, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza and their son-in-law, Duarte de Sousa Araújo Martins, Grand Duke George of Russia, and a son of the King of Saudi Arabia, Princes of Serbia (presumably Princes Dimitri, Michael and Serge, the sons of Princess Maria Pia), Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of  Bourbon Two Sicilies,  Prince Jean Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte,  and the Count of Paris.

The late Prince's sister, Princess Maria Pia, and the Duke and Duchess of Aosta are the only other members of the Savoy royal family who will be at the funeral.