Thursday, August 27, 2015

Queen Paola ordered to take a total rest

Following a recent medical examination, Queen Paola, consort of Albert II, and mother of the current Belgian sovereign, King Philippe, has been ordered to take a complete rest. 

All of her engagements have been canceled.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

HSH Dr Prince Armin zur Lippe's death notice

HSH Armin Prince of Lippe (1924-2015)

2014 Christmas card photo
HSH Prince Armin Leopold Ernst Bruno Heinrich Willa August, Prince of Lippe, died on August 20, 2015 at Detmold.  He was 91 years old and he died after a short illness.

Prince Armin succeeded his father, Leopold IV, on December 30, 1949, even though he had two older half brothers,  Hereditary Prince Ernst Leopold (1902-1987) and Prince Chlodwig (1909-2000), both of whom had married commoners during their father's lifetime.  

In Jnauary 1937, Prince Armin was one of the pages at the wedding of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe.

The two older half-brothers were the children of Prince Leopold and his first wife, Princess Bertha of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld, who died in 1919.  Five years later, Leopold married Princess Anna of Ysenburg und Büdingen in Büdingen.   Arnim was their only child.

60th wedding anniversary

In March 1953,  Armin married Traute Becker.  They had one son, Prince Stephan Leopold Justus Richard, who was born on May 24, 1959.  He married Countess Maria of Solms-Laubach  in 1994.

Prince Armin is survived by his devoted wife, Princess Traute,  their son, Prince Stephan, who succeeds as head of the Lippe family, and five grandchildren: Prince Bernhard, Prince Heinrich, Prince Wilhelm, Princess Luise and Princess Mathilde.
all photos: Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collection

Friday, August 21, 2015

A girl for Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn und Taxis

Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn und Taxis gave birth to a daughter this morning in London.  This is the first child for the princess and her British husband, artist Hugo Wilson.

The baby has been named Mafalda, who is the first grandchild for Gloria, Princess of Thurn und Taxis.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Someone in Seattle ...

For the last few days, I have notice a pattern ... someone in Seattle using Google Chrome is a habitual visitor to Royal Musings ... thanks for coming ... and coming ... and coming ...   all day long .. every day!

And Someone in Seattle has just read this post  ... 

Love in the air for Lady Gabriella Windsor?

Could Lady Gabriella Windsor, only daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, be headed to the altar .. or at least and engagement.  Or mere speculation of my part. 

   Lady Gabriella and Mr Kingston recently attended the Zoological Society Gala at Regent's Park .!/18709/image/3

    Lady Gabriella recently attended the wedding in Prague of Countess Giada Dobrzensky and Marcantonio del Drago

Tom is no stranger to royal or royal-related circles as in November 2011, he was seen with Pippa Middleton at the ATP Tennis finals at the O2 Center in London.  He previously dated Natalie Hicks, said to be a former girlfriend of Prince William.  (Pippa and Tom, described as close friends, were seen together having drinks on June 25, 2014.)

More about Tom:

Lady Gabriella is 34 years old. In 2004, she received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University.  Eight years later, she earned a master's in philosophy in Social Anthropology from Linacre College (Oxford University).

Mr. Kingston is in his late 30s, and is a graduate of the University of Bristol.   He is the managing director of Voltan  Capital.

Thanks, KS.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Royal photos - New York City - 1989

These photos are from 1989, again in NYC. I took the photos. My copyright. If you wish to wish to use a photo, please contact me.

Queen Silvia

Duke of Edinburgh and Mariette Hartley at the Globe Theatre fundraising dinner

Prince Philip with a trophy wife and some guy with hair .. don't want to mention his name

Mother Alexandra (Princess Ileana of Romania) at an Orthodox church in Brooklyn, NY

Queen arrives in Lexington, Kentucky May 1989

Royal Photos - 1988-1989

More of my photos from 1988-1989, when I covered royal visits to the USA for Berkswell's The Royal Year.   I am the copyright holder.  Please do not copy, use, post without asking me first.

All of these photos were taken in New York City

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven at the Peter Stuyvesant Ball, November 1989

Prince Bernhard

at Cooper Hewitt

Immaculata de Habsburg-Lothringen at the Spanish Gala

Duke of Badajoz

Gerarda  Orleans-Borbon

Gerarda with her son, Marc Saint

Viscount Linley at a desk he designed

David Hicks at Linley exhibition/reception

Diana in NYC Feb 1989

Countess Mountbatten of Burma

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh