Monday, November 28, 2011

The introduction of Philomena

"Philomena is a very sweet, curious baby who rarely cries, and has the largest brown eyes in the world,"  says her proud papa, Alexander, the Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Princess Philomena was born on July 22, 2011, the second daughter of Prince Alexander and his second wife, Nadja, who told reporters: "The most emotional moment of Philomena's birth is surely the moment when I first cradled her.

The couple's older daughter, Princess Felipa, will celebrate her third birthday on December 1.

The Schaumburger Zeitung's reporter writes that the "little princess has captured the hearts of her parents," and they enjoy every minute with their daughters. 

In the evenings,  Prince Alexander plays the piano before his daughters are put to bed.  He is a passionate musician, and apparently his elder daughter has inherited his talent.  "We suspect she has talent ... if this turns out, she will soon get music lessons."

Alexander and Felipa, who is already in kindergarten, also enjoy playing with Legos and other toys. 

The Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe's only son, Hereditary Prince Heinrich-Donatus, will celebrate his 18th birthday next May.  He is in his final year of high school, and his plans are to study business and economics at a foreign university, although the plans for which school have not been finalized. 

The entire family will be at Schloss Bückeburg for Christmas, but on most days the "blended family" live in separate places.  The Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe, a lawyer, lives in Munich with Felipa and Philomena.  Heinrich attends a boarding school in Switzerland, but spends most breaks with his mother, Princess Lily of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, who lives in Milan with her second husband.

Prince Alexander spends at least three days a week, as a "commuter father," dividing his time between Bückeburg and Munich.   The family released several photos of Philomena to the media, but pointed out that there "will be no further photos of Princess Philomena."

The princess will be baptised according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church on December 11.    She is named for Princess Nadja's great-grandmother.   The Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe is Lutheran, and the Princess is Roman Catholic.  They decided that their daughters would be raised Roman Catholic, and their sons Lutheran.

The baby's full name is Philomena Sylvia Huberta Amelie Juliana Marie-Anna.   Her godparents are Princess Philomena of Orléans, Duchess of Vendome;  Princess Sylvia of Arenberg,  Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Amelie of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg  Countess Julia Sigurta,  Countess Marina Wolff-Metternich and Countess Veronique von der Schulenberg.,382540.html

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