Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia

From my book, Queen Victoria's Descendants:

"Following his divorce from Princess Christina, Prince Andrej married Princess Kira of Leiningen, the third child of the 6th Prince of Leiningen and Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, and yet another descendant of Queen Victoria.
Kira and Andrej were married in September 1963, but the announcement of their marriage was not made until after the birth of their first son, Karl Wladimir, the following March. A second son, Prince Dimitri, was born a year later. A few months after Dimitri's birth, Prince Andrej and Princess Kira adopted a four-year-old girl, Lavinia Maria, who was, in fact, Kira and Andrej's natural daughter, born in 1961 when Andrej was still married to Princess Christina. The adoption was a formality to give the little girl a new surname. Crown Prince Alexander, as Head of the Family, has recognized Lavinia as a Princess of Yugoslavia.
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and from one of the footnotes:
Lavinia Maria Lane was born at 12 Avenue Road, St. John's Wood, London. No father's name appears on her original birth certificate; her mother's name is given as Kira Lane. She is the natural daughter of Princess Kira of Leiningen and Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia and acknowledged as Prince Andrej's daughter. After the couple's marriage, Lavinia was adopted by her natural parents to avoid a scandal within the family. The adoption became official on November 15, 1965. Kira Karageorgevich, late Lane, formerly Leiningen is the name listed on Prince Dimitri's birth certificate. Both Dimitri and Lavinia were born at l2 Avenue Road, while Prince Karl Wladimir was born at the Royal Northern Hospital, Islington. HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, as Head of the Family, has confirmed that Lavinia Marie (the middle name was changed from Maria to Marie in the adoption because of a misprint on the original certificate) is entitled to the style and title of HRH Princess of Yugoslavia.

Thus, Lavinia is recognized as a member of the Serbian royal family as HRH Princess Lavinia.

6 comments:

Bea said...

Marlene, I know you have much better knowledge of this than me but I have read that she is the daughter of a relationship Kira had with a doctor. Her son Karl Wladimir said his mother worked as a nurse so I assumed that this was right. I only have seen a very small picture of her online and didn't see a resemblance. Did someone in the family confirm her actual heritage? Bea

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Bea

Lavinia is Andrej's daughter. Yes, Prncess Kira confirmed to me (as did Lavinia) about Andrej being the father. He was having an affair with Kira at the time he was charging his first wife with adultry.
Kira did work as a nurse, but being a nurse does not mean you sleep with the doctors. I was the first to clarify Lavinia's situation as I obtained her original birth certificate, plus extensive correspondence with the family, including Kira.

Bea said...

Thank you for clarifying, there are many inaccuracies on these subjects. I do think it is funny as you pointed out Andrej accused his first wife of adultery.

Ralf Felsing said...

Hello Bea,
I am Ralf and I know the royal family Karageorgevich quite well because I grew up in Portugal in 1970-1977 and I went in Cascais (Portugal) with HRH Karl Wladimir also called Wladi, and Prince Dimitri also called Mito in an English kindergarten and I was often invited to birthday and fancy dress party. HRH Princess Lavinia Maria Lane was called Bina.
They lived in Torre and later in London, near Finchley road. There they had a flat which was bought from her family from Amorbach. But unfortunately the family lived there from social office. Waldi always tried to help the family. I know he once worked in a travelagency. In Portugal he always played on a swing and said he wanted to become Pilot.
As my mother knew that the social background in London was not so easy for the family, my mother invited Wladi and Mito to Düsseldorf (Germany) to spend summer holiday with me at our place. We had swimming pool and big garden.
For a long time now I didn't know about their whereabouts and how they are until I suddenly met Wladi at Düsseldorf Airport and later I heard that Princess Kira of Leiningen died in 2005.
Unfortunately I couldn't find out where she is was set to rest in peace.
I like to tribute my respect.
Perhaps you can help.
If you like to know more, you are welcome to reply,
many thank's Ralf

Ralf Felsing said...

Hello Bea,
I would like to know if you could tell me where I can find the final rest of Princess Kira of Leiningen?
I knew her and the family quite well when they lived in Portugal and London.
I would like to give my respect to Princess Kira.
I know HRH Karl Wladimir also called as Wladi and Prince Dimitri called as Mito and HRH Princess Lavinia Marie Lane called as Bina.
Would be great if you could help,
many greetings, best Regards
Ralf from Germany, Düsseldorf.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Bea is a reader of the blog, not the writer. I am friends with wladi and his wife. Princess Kira is buried in the chapel of Schloss Waldleiningen.