Saturday, May 20, 2017

A girl for the Toerring-Jettenbachs

May 20, 1937

The Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach gave birth to a daughter today at Winhöring.  This is the second child for the Count and Countess.  They have a son, Count Hans-Veit Kaspar Nikolaus was born on January 11, 1935.    The Countess was born Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Denmark, the second of three daughters of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia.

The infant Countess would be named Helene Marina Elisabeth.   The second name was for Elisabeth's younger sister, Princess Marina, the wife of Prince George, the Duke of Kent.  The eldest sister, Princess Olga, was married to Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.

Helene was 18 years old when she became engaged to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, 37, a nephew of the late Emperor Karl.  The couple were married in a civil ceremony in Munich on April 6.  The Roman Catholic wedding took place at the chapel of Schloss Seefeld in Bavaria five days later.

The chapel only good fit 72 of the more than 200 guests invited to the wedding.   The bride's aunt, the Duchess of Kent, and two of her children, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent, were among the guests.  Other guests included King Umberto of Italy,  Prince Paul of Yugoslavia,  Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia,  Archduke Otto of Austria (the groom's first cousin) and the Count of Paris.

The new archduchess wore a gown made in the Munich dress shop owned by Archduke Ferdinand's mother.

The couple had three children:  Archduchess Elisabeth (1957-1983), who was married to Australian James Litchfield,  Archduchess Sophie (1959), the wife of the Prince of Windisch-Graetz, and Archduke Maximilian (1961).

Archduke Ferdinand, who died in 2004, and Archduchess Helen maintained a London home (20 Friston Street) for many years.

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philippe said...

Savez-bous où a eu lieu le mariage civil à Munich?


Bill Durning said...

Nice follow up to the news story about Queen Elizabeth attending Archduchess Helen's birthday party this week.