Sunday, April 21, 2019

BREAKING NEWS Grand Duke Jean in Critical condition

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg's condition has deteriorated, according to the latest bulletin from the Grand Ducal Court.
"The state of health of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean has significantly deteriorated since last night.

The whole Grand Ducal family is gathered at the bedside of Grand Duke Jean."

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 Grand Duke Jean, 98, has been in the hospital with a pulmonary infection.  He is the father of the present Grand Duke Henri and reigned from 1964, when his mother Grand Duchess Charlotte abdicated, until 2000, when he abdicated in favor of his eldest son.

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Queen celebrates her birthday on Easter

Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence 
Duke of Sussex with Peter and Autumn Phillips

Zara & Mike Tindall and Duke of York and Princess Beatrice of York

The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

The Duke of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Thank you to my friend Katrina Warne for allowing me to publish the photos she took earlier today at Windsor. She is the copyright holder.

Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929)

HRH Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia was born on August 14, 1862, at Berlin, the third child of Friedrich III, German Emperor, and his British wife, Victoria, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

Heinrich was the only surviving brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

On May 24, 1888, at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin,  he married his first cousin, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, the third daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and By Rhine and his wife, Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria.

They had three sons: Prince Waldemar (1889-1945), Prince Sigismund (1896-1978) and Prince Heinrich (1900-1904).  Prince Waldemar and Prince Heinrich were hemophiliacs.

Heinrich rose to the rank of Grand Admiral in the German Navy.  After the fall of the German monarchy,  the prince and his family retired to Hemmelmark, their estate in Schleswig-Holstein.  It was at Hemmelmark where Prince Heinrich died on April 20, 1929.  He was 66 years old.  The cause of death of throat cancer.

This link will tell you more about Princess Karl of Isenburg, who was the recipient of the postcard of Prince and Princess Heinrich and their family

The Cumberland Princesses

Several of these photos were used in my recent article, The Cumberland Princesses, which was published by Royalty Digest, earlier this year.

Marie, Alexandra, and Olga were the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland.  The Duke of Cumberland was the son of King Georg V of Hanover, who lost his throne in 1878.   Marie married Prince Max of Baden.  Alexandra married Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.  Olga did not marry. 

The three sisters and their three brothers,  Georg Wilhelm, Christian, and Ernst August, were first cousins of King George V of the United Kingdom as their mother, Princess Thyra of Denmark, was Queen Alexandra's youngest sister.

All of the photos are from my collection.

Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg with Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein and Grand Duchess Alexandra,  Thyra was Alexandra's unmarried daughter.

Crown Princess Cecilie with her two sisters-in-law, Princess Olga of Hannover and Grand Duchess Alexandra (mid-1950s)

70th birthday of Grand Duchess Alexandra , September 29, 1953 at Glücksburg
Back row: Hereditary Grand Duchess Karin, Duchess Thyra and Princess Anastasia
middle row: Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz, Grand Duchess Alexandra, Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein (husband of Anastasia)
Front row: Princesses Elisabeth, Irene and Margarethe of Schleswig-Holstein

Back row:  Duke Christian Ludwig of Mecklenburg, Duchess Barbara, Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz and his wife, Karin
Middle Row:  Duchess Thyra of Mecklenburg, Princess Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein, Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin,  Princess Irene of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Anastasia of Schleswig-Holstein (nee Mecklenburg-Schwerin),   Front row,  Duchesses Donata and Edwina of Mecklenburg, Princess Sibylla of Schleswig-Holstein and Prince Friedrich Franz of Schleswig Holstein  (1963)

Queen Frederika with her two Aunts, Alexandra and Olga

Sisters-in-law.  Viktoria-Luise married Prince Ernst August, youngest but only surviving son of the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland.