Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Will Manoel's wife be a duchess or a queen
The New York Times reports today on the controversy regarding the future title of King Manoel II's fiancee, Princess Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern. Will she be called Queen, as some think, although some "German experts on Court questions declare that she will rank only as a Duchess, with the title of Royal Highness." But others believe she will be styled as Queen as Manoel "has not recognized his deposition from the throne of Portugal" and continues to be styled as King and Your Majesty.
Very little is known about the bride-to-be as her entire life has been spent in southern Germany. It is "understood that she will bring to Manoel a plump dowry," as her family is very rich.
The couple met last year when King Manoel was visiting his aunt, Duchess Karl Theodor of Bavaria. He went to Sigmaringen last week to again visit the family, and the couple's betrothal was announced three days later.