Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mail call

A thank you card from the Prince and Princess of Isenburg.  On August 8, the Princess gave birth to a son, Hereditary Prince Franz Salvator Ferdinand Bonifatius Wilhem Maria. 

Franz Salvator has two older sisters, Princess  Alix Imagina Blanca Irmingard Maria (2015) and Princess  Zita Maria Immaculata Elisabeth Irina  (2017).

The family live at Schloss Birstein.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Archduchess Elisabeth marries Heinrich Karl of Liechtenstein

September 12, 1949

Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria married Prince Heinrich Karl of Liechtenstein ceremonies today, reports the Associated Press.

The 27-year-old Archduchess is eighth and youngest child of the late Austrian Emperor Karl and his wife, Empress Zita.  Elisabeth was born nearly two months after the death of her father on April 1, 1922 from pneumonia.  Prince Heinrich, 33 is the son of Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein and Princess Theresa of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein

The couple had three separate ceremonies.  The first ceremony took place last night at the Chateau Lignieres. This was the family statue ceremony that members of the Austrian imperial family take part in to show that their marriage is "within their rank.

Before the fall of Hapsburg empire, the ceremony was directed by the Grand Marshal at the palace in Vienna.  Last night's ceremony was performed by Count Karl Esterhazy, who acted as the grand marshal.  The bride's oldest brother, Archduke Otto, who is the head of the imperial family, signed for the Habsburgs, and Prince Josef, the sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein, signed on behalf of Liechtenstein.

The mayor of Lignieres, who is also the town's pharmacist,  presided at the civil ceremony which would place this morning.

The Roman Catholic service was held at the church  at the  Château de Lignières, The religious ceremony "revived for the moment the formal protocol and glory of the ancient court of the Habsburgs.

The Château de Lignières is owned by the bride's maternal uncle, Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma.

For most of the second world war,  Elisabeth and her family lived for a few months  in New York State before settling in Quebec.  She was born at El Pardo in Madrid after King Alfonso XIII invited the newly widowed Zita and her children to live in Spain.

The newlyweds will live at Schloss Waldstein in Steiermark.

and we have a name

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Prince Amedeo and Princess Elisabetta's new son has been named Maximilian.

I expect he will receive at least one more name at his baptism.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mail Call

In the mail today ...  a thank you from King Albert II and Queen Paola for their 60th wedding anniversary - a lovely family photo showing the retired king and queen with their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Anna Astrid.  Princess Elisabetta was pregnant with her second child, who was born a few days ago.

The second card is a thank you card from Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, who were married on May 18.  Alexandra is the niece of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Prince Heinrich of Croy to marry Joana de Sotto-Mayor

HSH Prince Heinrich of Croy is engaged to marry Joana de Sotto-Mayor.  The engagement took place at Kjerag, Norway, while the couple were on vacation.

Prince  Heinrich Carl Rupprecht Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria of Croy is the fourth of six children of  HSH Rudolf Carl Rupprecht, Duke von Croy and his late wife,  Alexandra Miloradovich.

He has a master's degrees  in Rural Estate Manage from the Royal Agricultural University in Circencester  and International Marketing from the Hult International Business School and a BA in Business Studies from Vesalius College.

Maria Joana de Sotto-Mayor is an atelier and artist.  Miss de Sotto-Mayor  has masters of Art in History of Art and Art-World Practice from Christie's and Glasgow University.  She is fluent in five languages.  Portuguese is her mother tongue.

Heinrich's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Gabriele of Bavaria, fifth child of HRH Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and HRH Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.  One paternal great-grandmother -- the mother of Heinrich's grandfather,  HSH Carl, the Duke of Croy - was American.  Nancy Leishman, daughter of John Leishman and Julia Crawford.  Leishman served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1911-1913).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Duke to meet Miss Elkins in Paris

September 10, 1909

The Duke of the Abruzzi is expected to meet with Miss Katherine Elkins in Paris tomorrow, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Miss Elkins, the daughter of West Virginia Senator Stephen Elkins, has already arrived in Paris with members of her family, including her mother, and her brother Stephen Elkins, Jr., who arrived earlier today from Biarritz.

Mr. Elkins is staying at the Ritz while his sister is across the street at the Hotel du Rhin with her mother.  She is "denying herself to all callers."

The Duke is said to be en route from Naples to Marseilles although "great secrecy attends his movements."  Italian embassy officials are denying all knowledge of the Duke's presence or his plans.  There is an attempt to "make light of the romance between the American girl and the cousin of Italy's King."

Miss Elkins has been in Europe with her mother for the entire summer.  It has been largely assumed that she has been waiting for the Duke to return to Europe from his expeditions to the Himalayas.

There re rumors that the couple will marry secretly in Paris at the American or Italian embassy.   These reports are being denied, but it is understood that the "love-crossed couple" will meet in secret after the Duke arrives in Paris.

It is also believed that the Duke may have found  a way to overcome King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Margherita's opposition to the marriage.

Prince Luigi Amedeo of Italy, Duke of the Abruzzi, is the third son of Prince Amedeo of Italy, Duke Aosta, and his first wife, Maria Vittorio dal Pozzo.  Amedeo briefly reigned as King of Spain (1870-1873).  Prince Luigi, a noted noted expolorer, is the younger brother of Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, who is married to Princess Helene of Orléans.

King Umberto I bestowed the Abruzzi dukedom on Prince Luigi in 1890.

A new video from the singer Mafalda (HRH Princess Mafalda of Bulgaria)

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The singer Mafalda has released the video to her new song, Daisy Chain.

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I normally do not promote singers.  Mafalda is a princess.  HRH Princess Mafalda of Bulgaria, the daughter of HRH Prince Kyril of Bulgaria and Rosario Nadal.   She is a granddaughter of King Simeon and Queen Margarita.

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HRH Princess Andrew of Prussia (1947-2019)

Alexandra Blahova  was born at Brno, Czechoslovakia  on December 28 December, 1947, daughter of Frantisek Blaha and Vlasta Dokoupilova.  Her first marriage to Tom Alsbett ended in divorce in 1979.

After her divorce , Alexandra married  HRH Prince William Andrew of Prussia, the second son of HRH Prince Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Christoph of Prussia  and Lady Brigid Katherine Rachel Guinness, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Iveagh.  The wedding took place quietly on January 2, 1979 in London.

The Princess is survived by her husband, Prince Andrew, their two children,  Tatiana, an architect, who is married to the writer Philip Womack, and Alexander and one grandchild, Arthur Womack.

She lived with her husband at Thorpe Hall at Horham, Suffolk.

[The male line descendants of the late Prince Friedrich of Prussia are British citizens and use the surname von Preussen. ]

Monday, September 9, 2019

A selection of Swedish postcards

 These images come from my personal royal postcard collection.

King Gustav V (1858-1950) m Princess Victoria of Baden (1862-1930) in 1881.  Three sons, King Gustav VI, Prince Wilhelm and Prince Erik

Prince Wilhelm,Duke of Södermanland (1884-1965) m Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1890-1958) in 1908. They divorced in 1914.  One son, Lennart (1909-2004)

Prince Oscar of Sweden (1859-1953), second son of Oscar II, married in 1888 to Ebba Munck af Fulkila (1858-1948).  This marriage was without the king's consent.  Ebba had served as Victoria's lady-in-waiting.  Oscar was created Prince Bernadotte by his uncle, Grand Duke Adolph of Luxembourg in 1892.

Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (1889-1918), the youngest son of King Gustav V and Queen Victoria.  He suffered from epilepsy and learning disabilities.  

Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke (1865-1947) was the youngest of four sons of King Oscar II.  He never married,  Prince Eugen was a gifted artist.

Prince Eugen's home, Waldemarsudde, is now a museum and open to the public.

Scroll down to see photos of my visit to Waldemarsudde in 2017.

Victoria said to be in good health

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 September 9, 1899

Queen Victoria is said to be in good health as she "making an assiduous round of her old retainers" at Balmoral, according to a special cable to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The The 80-year-old queen's health is said to be "admirable."  Her advice has been sought for the a new book, The Life of Lord Beaconsfield, a study of the late "great statesman," which is nearly finished.  Boxes of  correspondence have been brought to the Queen, which has had each "document read aloud to her."

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 The Princess of Wales and Princess Victoria have arrived Bernstoff, ear Copenhagen, with the Princess' of Wales' father, KIng Christian IX of Denmark.  The King;'s second daughter, the Dowager Empress of Russia and all of her family, with the exception of her elder son, Nicholas, have already arrived at Bernstoff.

The Princess of Wales is expected to stay in Denmark for about two months. She will return to England in late October and will travel to Sandringham, where she will remain for the winter.

There will be a revolt if Charlotte dies

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 September 9, 1929

United Press is reporting that the "sudden illness of the beautiful young Princess Charlotte", the daughter of Prince Louis II of Monaco, has caused "suspension of the negotiations which she was conducting in behalf of her father with the dissatisfied citizens " of the small principality.

The Princess, who is the heiress apparent to the throne, is seriously ill and may die.   Her death could lead to a "revolt which has been smoldering against the Prince" for more than a year and would "blaze up immediately."

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Monaco's citizens are demanding a new Constitution and a committee of "themselves with power to supervise" the expenditure and income of the casino.

Prince Louis II is opposed to this demand because it would mean that his subjects would have "supervision over a considerable part of his income."

After his most recent refusal of their demands, Monegasques "delivered an ultimatum" that they would "seek influence" with French groups to annul the Franco-Monaco treaty, which allows Monaco's casino to offer roulette, which is not permitted in France's casinos.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

A son for Amedeo and Elisabetta

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Princess Elisabetta of Belgium gave birth to her second child, a son, who was born Friday evening (September 6) at 9:05 p.m., at the UMC Sint-Pieter Hospital in Brussels.

The princess is the wife of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, the eldest child of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium.

Prince Amadeo married Italian-born Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein on July 5, 2014.  Their first child, a daughter, Archduchess Anna Astrid, was born on May 17, 2016 at UMC-Sint-Pieter Hospital.

The name of the new baby, the second grandchild for Princess Astrid, has not been announced, but due to a 2015 decree from King Philippe, Amedeo's children will not have Belgian titles. The decree limits the HRH and title of Prince or Princess of Belgium to the children of the sovereign and the children of the heir or heiress apparent.

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Amedeo's father was born Archduke Lorentz of Austria.  On November 19, 1995, King Albert II issued a decree that extended the HRH and title of Prince or Princess of Belgium to Princess Astrid's children.  The new gender equal succession law  (1991), which superseded the Salic law (males only) allowed for Princess  Astrid and her children to be inserted in the line of succession after her elder brother, Philippe, and before her younger brother, Prince Laurent.  As Philippe was not married in 1995,  it seemed possible that he would not marry and the succession would eventually devolve on Princess Astrid.

King Philippe married Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz in December 1999.  They have four children.

The new archduke is eight in the line of succession to Belgian throne.  He is the second great-grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mail Call from the Duchess of Sussex

Found this in my mail box today ... a thank you from the Duchess of Sussex for my birthday card!!

Charlotte of Monaco "moves to avert republic"

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 September 6, 1929

Princess Charlotte of Monaco has intervened between her father, Prince Louis, "and his subjects who are threatening to revolt and proclaim a republic next month," reports the New York Times.

The Princess is in Monaco "not as an emissary bit in an independent effort to bring about a settlement."  She listened to the complains and "amid cheers of the population," she left Monte Carlo with a promise to "secure redress for the grievances of the little principality."

She conferred for several hours with Monte Carlo's mayor and other government officials.  The mayor, Eugene Marquet, made it clear to the princess that the citizens of Monaco "were serious in their intent to revolt if their claims were not satisfied with another month."

The mayor was adamant that Monaco would become a republic under a French protectorate and the "princely authority" would be ended by a vote in Parliament.

The primary issue centers on the management of the Casino in Monte Carlo and its revenues.   Monaco's citizens are demanding that the Casino's management board be exclusively to the country's residents.   They are also demanding full transparency from the government to the Casino's earnings.

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    They also want the government to "immediately install public water, gas and electricity services" throughout the city.  At this time, the public services are limited to a small area that includes hotels and the shops.

    Princess Charlotte made it clear that she was not "authorized to make a promise," but she insisted that a "satisfactory agreement" would be reached.  After she left the palace, where a small crowd had gathered to cheer as she left for the station.  She left for Marseilles and was expected to meet with Prince Louis to further discuss the situation.

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    The Princess, who will celebrate her 31st birthday on September 30, is the heiress to the Monegasque throne.  She is the natural daughter of Prince Louis and Marie Juliette Louvet, a singer.  Prince Louis has no legitimate issue.  In order to avoid a possible succession crisis as the next legitimate heir, Prince Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach, was German.  The Duke, the son of Princess Florestine of Monaco, was born and raised in the principality, but was a German citizen. 

    Charlotte was recognized as Louis's daughter on May 15, 1911 and recognized as as a dynast.   Seven year later, on October 30, 1918,  Charlotte was adopted into the family, as the 1911 law was considered invalid under the family statues (1882.)

    Prince Louis officially adopted Charlotte on May 16, 1919. She became a Grimaldi and she received the title, Duchess of Valentinois, which acknowledged her position as second in line to the throne.  Prince Louis succeeded his father, Prince Albert in 1922, thus moving Charlotte into the position as Hereditary Princess.

    In 1920,  Prince Louis arranged for Charlotte to marry Count Pierre de Polignac.  Prince Albert issued an ordinance allowing for the Count to have the surname Grimaldi and the title Prince of Monaco.    The couple have two young children: Princess Antoinette, 8, and six-year-old Prince Rainier.

    A must read about the royal reporters ..

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    This is fascinating reading.  Marie Claire's profile of royal reporters

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