Friday, September 25, 2015

HSH The Duchess of Croy (1960-2015)

HSH The Duchess of Croy died on September 23, 2015 in a hospital at Essen after a long illness.  She was 55 years old.

All photos courtesy of HSH The Duchess of Croy

Alexandra Serafimova von Miloradovich was born at Sünching, Bavaria, on July 7, 1960, daughter of Serafim Nikolayevich von Miloradovich, a member of a Russian noble family, and Baroness Agnes Gabrielle Maria Jaroslava Johanna von Nepomuk Pia Georgine Desideria Theresia vom Kinde Jesu Kordula von Hoenning O'Carroll.  Baroness Agnes's mother was Princess Margrit von Lobkowicz,, who died in 1946.  Following her death, Agnes' father, Baron Zdenko, married HRH Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria, daughter of Prince Franz of Bavaria and Princess Isabella of Croy.

She married HSH Hereditary Prince Rudolf Carl Rupprecht of Croy, eldest son of HSH Carl, 14th Duke of Croy (1914-2011) and HRH Princess Gabrielle of Bavaria. The civil wedding took place at Sünching on October 23, 1987.  The religious wedding took place a day later at Schloss Sünching, her mother's family home.

The Duchess was active in numerous charities in Dülmen, as well as religious charities, including the Sovereign Order of Malta.  She received a Ph.D from the University of Sorbonne in 2004.  Her thesis was titled Les dissidents soviétiques en Allemagne.

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The Duchess of Croy is survived by her husband and six children, Hereditary Prince Carl-Philipp-Emanuel, Princess Xenia--Maria-Alexandra,  Prince Marc-Emanuel,  Prince Heinrich-Carl-Rudolph, Prince Alexander and Princess Anastasia-Maria-Irina, and her three sisters, Marina Miloradovich, Dr. Tatiana Miloradovich and Larissa Dickinson.

The funeral will take place at St. Jakobus Kirche, near Dülmen, on October 3.

Duchess of Croy at wedding of Archduke Imre of Austria and Kathleen Walker.  Both photos @Marlene A Eilers Koenig

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