Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Prince Philipp Josias settles legacy dispute

December 9, 1929

After a "long-drawn dispute" over the property of the late Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the case has finally come to settlement. This is due, according to the New York Times, to the "best efforts" of King Ferdinand and his son, King Boris, of Bulgaria. The two kings wanted to settle "without scandal," but the case has cost the litigants "thousands of dollars."

The case has been settled due to King Ferdinand's insistence. Prince Philipp Josias, who inherited Prince Philipp's entailed estate, has now agreed to pay Princess Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein and Prince Cyril of Bulgaria, $280,000 and $140,000 respectively.

This agreement does not completely settle the case, which also includes the jewels of the late Empress Carlotta of Mexico, the former Princess Charlotte of Belgium who married Archduke Maximilian of Austria. Also still in dispute is "Austrian allied property," mostly valuable paintings in the Coburg palace in Vienna, "the strictly private property of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family."
For more information, see this Royal Musings entry:

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