Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HRH the Dowager Duchess of Croy (1927-2019)

HRH Gabrielle Adelgunde Maria Theresia Antonia, Princess of Bavaria, Dowager Duchess of Croy,  died on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.  She was 91 years old.     Gabrielle was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who died on April 23.

Princess Gabrielle was born at Berchtesgaden on May 10, 1927, the fifth child of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.    She married HSH Carl  Emanuel Ludwig Petrus Eleonore Alexander Rudolf Engelbert Benno, 14th Duke of Croy.   Duke Carl's mother was Nancy Leishman, the daughter of John Leishman, the American ambassador to Germany.

The religious wedding took place at Nymphenburg on June 16, 1953.  The couple lived at Schloss Merfeld in Dülmen.    Duke Carl died on June 14, 2011.

Gabrielle and her father, Crown Prince Rupprecht 1951

Beatrice (wife of Stephan)  Charlie (Carl), Gabrielle , Stephan and Marie Therese.  

Gabrielle and Carl with her brother Heinrich and his wife.

Heinrich, Editha Irmingard, Gabrielle & Sophie with their father

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A look at the life of Grand Duke Jean

In the run-up to the funeral of the late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who died earlier today, I will be featuring postcards and photos from my collection.

This post focuses on the young Jean's life, as the Hereditary Grand Duke.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019)

Cour grand-ducale / Jochen Herling

"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my beloved father, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, who has passed away in peace, surrounded by the affection of his family."

Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano of Luxembourg, eldest son of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma was born on January 5, 1921, at Colmar-Berg.  On April 9.1953, he married Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium.

They had five children:  Princess Marie Astrid (1954), Grand Duke Henri (1955), Prince Jean and Princess Margaretha (1957) and Prince Guillaume (1963).

Jean succeeded his mother, following her abdication on November 12, 1964, as Grad Duke Jean.  He abdicated in favor of his eldest son, Grand Duke Henri on October 7,2000.  Grand Duchess Josephine died in 2005.

Grand Duke Jean was 98 years old.  He is survived by five children, twenty-two grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The late Grand Duke, as Hereditary Grand Duke, served in the Irish Guards during the second world war and took part in the liberation of German-occupied Luxembourg.

He received the Order of Garter in 1972.  His banner will be removed later today from St. George's Chapel.

The funeral will take place at Luxembourg's Cathedral on May 4.

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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.