Wednesday, May 22, 2019

King Albert will do a DNA test

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"His Majesty the King will accept the blood test, now that he is compelled to do so, stated Guy Hiernaux,  who is King Albert II's lawyer."  He added that the king will comply with the order "on the condition that the results are kept secret until Belgium's highest court rules on the appeal against the order."

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Shortly after he abdicated,  Delphine Boel, who says that she is the daughter of Albert and Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, who had an extra-marital affair.

Miss Boel was born in 1968.  According to her lawyers,  Albert "privately recognized her as his daughter" and provided financial support.  But after he succeeded his brother, King Baudouin, in 1993, he allegedly telephone Delphine and told her "now we cut ties."

Princess Margaretha of Sweden marries Prince Axel of Denmark

May 22, 1919

Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Prince Axel of Denmark were married today at the Storkyrkan in Stockholm.

The princess, who is the eldest daughter of Prince Carl of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, was born on June 25, 1899. She was named  Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg.

Prince Axel Christian Georg of Denmark  is the second son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans.    He was born on August 12, 1888.

Both images:  Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collectiom

He and his new mother-in-law are first cousins.   Prince Axel is also a first cousin of King Christian X of Denmark,  King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway,  Prince Ernst August of Hannover (the former Duke of Cumberland), King Constantine I of the Hellenes and the late Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. Queen Alexandra and the Dowager Empress of Russia are his aunt.

After the Lutheran wedding, which was officiated by the Swedish Archbishop, a  reception was held at the royal palace following the wedding.  King Gustav V gave a speech.

The couple will live at  Bernstorffshøj, a villa located near Bernstorff Palace in Gentofte, which they received as a wedding president.  Prince Valdemar lives at Bernstoff.  Princess Marie died in 1909.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grand Duke Jean's funeral

Arjan Brouwer drove several hours from his home in the Netherlands to Luxembourg to witness the arrivals and departures of guests and members of the Grand Ducal Royal family on May 4 at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg-ville.

Arjan is the copyright holder of the photos. He gave me permission to crop the photos.

My thanks to Arjan for allowing me to use the photos.  You can follow him on Twitter.  @RoyalArjan

Helene Vestsur, the first wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg

Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon, and Countess Olympia Arco

Archduchess Anne Gabriele, widow of Archduke Rudolf,  and Archduke Istvan, son of the late Archduke Felix.  Felix and Rudolf were first cousins of the late Grand Duke Jean.

Prince Georg Fredrich of Prussia

Crown Prince Leka of Albania

Archduke Karl of Austria, head of the former ruling house. His father, Archduke Otto, was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean.

The Duke and Duchess of Parma.  His father Carlos Hugo was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean

The Duke and Duchess of Braganza

Infante Dinis, Duke of Porto, younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Braganza

Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and Prince Radu

Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy and Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco.

Prince Hassan of Jordan

The Princess Royal

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

Queen Sofia of Spain

Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians with her parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium with King Albert II and Queen Paola

Princess Lea, widow of Prince Alexandre, younger half-brother of King Albert, and Prince Laurent

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway and the King's sister, Princess Astrid

Members of the Grand Ducal family

Princess Claire and Prince Felix and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume

Archduchess Kathleen, Archduke Imre, Archduchess Marie Christine and her husband Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum

Archduke Christoph and his wife Archduchess Adelaide and Archduke Imre and his wife Archduchess Kathleen

Antonius Wilms (the husband of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau), Princess Marie Astrid, Prince Josef-Emanuel, Princess Maria-Annunciata of Liechtenstein, Archduke Alexander, Archduke Christoph, Archduchess Gabriella

Princess Marie Gabrielle of Nassau and her husband, Antonius Wilms

Prince jean, Prince Leopold, Prince Constantin, Prince Carl-Johan and Prince Wenceslas of Nassau

Grand Ducal Palace

After the service the Grand Ducal family

Archduchess Marie Christine with her son, Count Leopold of Limburg-Stirum and her cousin, Prince Sebastien

Prince Leopold and Princess Charlotte of Nassau

Queen Margrethe II

King Carl XVI of Sweden

King and Queen of Norway with his sister Princess Astrid

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth  and Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Hereditary Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein

Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos

Princess Beatrix

the Princess Royal

the duke and duchess of Gloucester

Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath.  He is the younger brother of the late King Hussein

Queen Anne Marie and Crown Prince Pavlos of the Hellenes

Margareta and Radu of Romania, followed by Crown Princess Miriam of Bulgaria, widow of Crown Prince Kardam, and Archduke Karl of Austria

Princess Sophie de Ligne and Prince Robert of Luxembourg,  first cousins.  Sophie is the daughter of the late Princess de Ligne (nee Princess Alix of Luxembourg, younger sister of Grand Duke Jean)

Duke and Duchess of Parma

Crown Prince of Leka

Crown Prince Leka of Albania and Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia

in the midde of the Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg


Prince Robert and the Duke and Duchess of Parma

the Count of Paris

Duke Franz of Bavaria on the left

Prince Georg Friedrich talks with Princess Anastasia and Prince Aloys-Konstantin.  Georg Friedrich's father and Anastasia were first cousins

the Prince and Princess of Ligne, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis,  the Count and Countess of Waldburg-Zeil (Countess has white hair)

Duchess of Castro on the right,  two rows behind her Prince Jean Christphe Napoleon and Countess Olympia Arco-Zinneberg.

Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden

Archduchess Anna Gabriele and Archduchess Catharina

Don de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú and Prince Charles-Louis Lobkowicz

Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria with her son-in-law Duke Philipp and his wife, Duchess Marie-Caroline

Princess Anne de Ligne and her husband Charles de Fabribeckers 

Prince Serge of Yugoslavia

Ivana Jarmin, Helene Vestsur and Kathyrn Mechie.  The two women are the girlfriends of Prince Carl-Johann and Prince Constantin)

Hereditary Prince Carl-Philipp of Croy, whose grandmother, Gabrielle, died a few days before Grand Duke Jean and the Prince of Beira and Duke of Porto, sons of the Duke of Braganza

Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, Archduchess Marie Astrid and Archduke Christian,  Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus

Prince Jean and his wife, Diane.