Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A glimpse from my collection

Duchess Cecilie and Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

This was an image published at the time of Cecilie's engagement to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia


Grand Duchess Anastasia Milkhailovna of Russia, widow of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz III

Grand Duchess Marie, third wife of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II

A few images of members of the Grand Ducal House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Oh no, another Mrs. Simpson?

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 September 17. 1949

Former Washington, D.C., native,  Romaine Simpson is reported to be engaged to David, the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, reports the Associated Press.

Lord Milford Haven, a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, is a first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh, and served as Philip's best man at his wedding to Princess Elizabeth, nearly two years ago.

The 30-year-old Marquess has been one of Princess Margaret's "favorite dates," during the last year.  He is an enthusiast of night clubs in London and in the United States, and has also dated in London and in the United States, Sharman Douglas, the daughter of the American Ambassador Lewis Douglas.

Romaine Simpson, 27, is the daughter of the late Vinton Dahlgren Pierce of Washington, D.C..  Her first marriage to William Simpson of Locust Valley, New York, ended in divorce in 1946 in Reno,  Nevada.

King Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936 to marry the woman he loved, Mrs  Wallis Warfield Simpson, from Baltimore, Maryland.

The Church of England "frowns" on remarriages of divorced persons.   The Daily Mail contacted Lord Milford Haven "before he pulled the shutter down on the press."  The London newspaper said the marquess would neither decline or affirm that he and Mrs. Simpson are engaged although he did acknowledge that they had their picture taken together by society photographer Baron Nairum.

Nairum's secretary refused to provide the photographs, stating that the images will be released when the engagement is official.

Mrs. Simpson, a "curvesome and smartly dressed brunette," moved to London from Paris a few days ago.

Her mother, Mrs. Clark McIlwaine, who lives on Connecticut Avenue, NW, told reporters  she had "no comments" about the purported engagement.

Mrs. Simpson is staying at the "fashionable" Claridge's Hotel, where it was learned that she is "out" to callers.  A servant at Lord Milford Haven's home at Kensington Palace stated that "his lordship is away."

For the past year, Lord Milford Haven has been "commuting" between England and the United States as a "salesman for a British oil heater firm."

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Lord Milford Haven is the second of two children of the late George, the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven and Countess Nada Torby.  He succeeded his father in 1938.   His grandmother, Victoria, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, lives in an apartment at Kensington Palace.

Countess Szechenyi returns home

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 September 17, 1919

Countess Szechenyi returned to  the United States today after spending five years in Hungary.  She and her four children were among the passengers who traveled from Genoa on the Italian liner Pesaro, reports the New York Times.

The former Gladys Vanderbilt and her children, Cornelius,10; Alice, 8; Claudia, 6 and 10-month old Sylvia, were met at the pier by her brother, Reginald Vanderbilt, her sister, Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, "who embraced her affectionalty," and Mrs. Spencer Aldrich.

The Countess, who was "dressed in a dark blue tailor made costume with a black hat,"  was delighted to be back in "the land of her birth," but was reluctant to talk about the war.

"I do not wish to speak about what has happened to me during the five years that I have been in Hungary or anything connected with the war.  All I care to say is that I am glad to be back in the United States and to greet my relatives on this side of the Atlantic."

She added that her husband, Count Laszlo, is currently in Lucerne, Switzerland.  After having lunch with her brother, Reginald  Vanderbilt at the Ritz-Carlton, she and her children would be leaving for Newport.

Gladys married the Hungarian count in January 1908.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mail call from Belgium

The mailman brought this thank you card today -- cannot believe Prince Gabriel is sweet sixteen.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mail call from Luxembourg

I received this thank you from Grand Duke Henri, but put it in a pile as my scanner was not working ...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mail call

A thank you card from the Prince and Princess of Isenburg.  On August 8, the Princess gave birth to a son, Hereditary Prince Franz Salvator Ferdinand Bonifatius Wilhem Maria. 

Franz Salvator has two older sisters, Princess  Alix Imagina Blanca Irmingard Maria (2015) and Princess  Zita Maria Immaculata Elisabeth Irina  (2017).

The family live at Schloss Birstein.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Archduchess Elisabeth marries Heinrich Karl of Liechtenstein

September 12, 1949

Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria married Prince Heinrich Karl of Liechtenstein ceremonies today, reports the Associated Press.

The 27-year-old Archduchess is eighth and youngest child of the late Austrian Emperor Karl and his wife, Empress Zita.  Elisabeth was born nearly two months after the death of her father on April 1, 1922 from pneumonia.  Prince Heinrich, 33 is the son of Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein and Princess Theresa of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein

The couple had three separate ceremonies.  The first ceremony took place last night at the Chateau Lignieres. This was the family statue ceremony that members of the Austrian imperial family take part in to show that their marriage is "within their rank.

Before the fall of Hapsburg empire, the ceremony was directed by the Grand Marshal at the palace in Vienna.  Last night's ceremony was performed by Count Karl Esterhazy, who acted as the grand marshal.  The bride's oldest brother, Archduke Otto, who is the head of the imperial family, signed for the Habsburgs, and Prince Josef, the sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein, signed on behalf of Liechtenstein.

The mayor of Lignieres, who is also the town's pharmacist,  presided at the civil ceremony which would place this morning.

The Roman Catholic service was held at the church  at the  Château de Lignières, The religious ceremony "revived for the moment the formal protocol and glory of the ancient court of the Habsburgs.

The Château de Lignières is owned by the bride's maternal uncle, Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma.

For most of the second world war,  Elisabeth and her family lived for a few months  in New York State before settling in Quebec.  She was born at El Pardo in Madrid after King Alfonso XIII invited the newly widowed Zita and her children to live in Spain.

The newlyweds will live at Schloss Waldstein in Steiermark.

and we have a name

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Prince Amedeo and Princess Elisabetta's new son has been named Maximilian.

I expect he will receive at least one more name at his baptism.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mail Call

In the mail today ...  a thank you from King Albert II and Queen Paola for their 60th wedding anniversary - a lovely family photo showing the retired king and queen with their children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Anna Astrid.  Princess Elisabetta was pregnant with her second child, who was born a few days ago.

The second card is a thank you card from Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, who were married on May 18.  Alexandra is the niece of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.


Prince Heinrich of Croy to marry Joana de Sotto-Mayor

HSH Prince Heinrich of Croy is engaged to marry Joana de Sotto-Mayor.  The engagement took place at Kjerag, Norway, while the couple were on vacation.

Prince  Heinrich Carl Rupprecht Rudolph Zdenko Seraphim Maria of Croy is the fourth of six children of  HSH Rudolf Carl Rupprecht, Duke von Croy and his late wife,  Alexandra Miloradovich.

He has a master's degrees  in Rural Estate Manage from the Royal Agricultural University in Circencester  and International Marketing from the Hult International Business School and a BA in Business Studies from Vesalius College.

Maria Joana de Sotto-Mayor is an atelier and artist.  Miss de Sotto-Mayor  has masters of Art in History of Art and Art-World Practice from Christie's and Glasgow University.  She is fluent in five languages.  Portuguese is her mother tongue.



Heinrich's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Gabriele of Bavaria, fifth child of HRH Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and HRH Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.  One paternal great-grandmother -- the mother of Heinrich's grandfather,  HSH Carl, the Duke of Croy - was American.  Nancy Leishman, daughter of John Leishman and Julia Crawford.  Leishman served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1911-1913).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Duke to meet Miss Elkins in Paris

September 10, 1909

The Duke of the Abruzzi is expected to meet with Miss Katherine Elkins in Paris tomorrow, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Miss Elkins, the daughter of West Virginia Senator Stephen Elkins, has already arrived in Paris with members of her family, including her mother, and her brother Stephen Elkins, Jr., who arrived earlier today from Biarritz.

Mr. Elkins is staying at the Ritz while his sister is across the street at the Hotel du Rhin with her mother.  She is "denying herself to all callers."

The Duke is said to be en route from Naples to Marseilles although "great secrecy attends his movements."  Italian embassy officials are denying all knowledge of the Duke's presence or his plans.  There is an attempt to "make light of the romance between the American girl and the cousin of Italy's King."

Miss Elkins has been in Europe with her mother for the entire summer.  It has been largely assumed that she has been waiting for the Duke to return to Europe from his expeditions to the Himalayas.

There re rumors that the couple will marry secretly in Paris at the American or Italian embassy.   These reports are being denied, but it is understood that the "love-crossed couple" will meet in secret after the Duke arrives in Paris.

It is also believed that the Duke may have found  a way to overcome King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Margherita's opposition to the marriage.

Prince Luigi Amedeo of Italy, Duke of the Abruzzi, is the third son of Prince Amedeo of Italy, Duke Aosta, and his first wife, Maria Vittorio dal Pozzo.  Amedeo briefly reigned as King of Spain (1870-1873).  Prince Luigi, a noted noted expolorer, is the younger brother of Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, who is married to Princess Helene of Orléans.

King Umberto I bestowed the Abruzzi dukedom on Prince Luigi in 1890.






A new video from the singer Mafalda (HRH Princess Mafalda of Bulgaria)

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The singer Mafalda has released the video to her new song, Daisy Chain.

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I normally do not promote singers.  Mafalda is a princess.  HRH Princess Mafalda of Bulgaria, the daughter of HRH Prince Kyril of Bulgaria and Rosario Nadal.   She is a granddaughter of King Simeon and Queen Margarita.


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HRH Princess Andrew of Prussia (1947-2019)

Alexandra Blahova  was born at Brno, Czechoslovakia  on December 28 December, 1947, daughter of Frantisek Blaha and Vlasta Dokoupilova.  Her first marriage to Tom Alsbett ended in divorce in 1979.

After her divorce , Alexandra married  HRH Prince William Andrew of Prussia, the second son of HRH Prince Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Christoph of Prussia  and Lady Brigid Katherine Rachel Guinness, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Iveagh.  The wedding took place quietly on January 2, 1979 in London.

The Princess is survived by her husband, Prince Andrew, their two children,  Tatiana, an architect, who is married to the writer Philip Womack, and Alexander and one grandchild, Arthur Womack.

She lived with her husband at Thorpe Hall at Horham, Suffolk.

[The male line descendants of the late Prince Friedrich of Prussia are British citizens and use the surname von Preussen. ]

Monday, September 9, 2019

A selection of Swedish postcards

 These images come from my personal royal postcard collection.

King Gustav V (1858-1950) m Princess Victoria of Baden (1862-1930) in 1881.  Three sons, King Gustav VI, Prince Wilhelm and Prince Erik

Prince Wilhelm,Duke of Södermanland (1884-1965) m Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1890-1958) in 1908. They divorced in 1914.  One son, Lennart (1909-2004)

Prince Oscar of Sweden (1859-1953), second son of Oscar II, married in 1888 to Ebba Munck af Fulkila (1858-1948).  This marriage was without the king's consent.  Ebba had served as Victoria's lady-in-waiting.  Oscar was created Prince Bernadotte by his uncle, Grand Duke Adolph of Luxembourg in 1892.

Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (1889-1918), the youngest son of King Gustav V and Queen Victoria.  He suffered from epilepsy and learning disabilities.  

Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke (1865-1947) was the youngest of four sons of King Oscar II.  He never married,  Prince Eugen was a gifted artist.

Prince Eugen's home, Waldemarsudde, is now a museum and open to the public.


Scroll down to see photos of my visit to Waldemarsudde in 2017.


Victoria said to be in good health

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 September 9, 1899

Queen Victoria is said to be in good health as she "making an assiduous round of her old retainers" at Balmoral, according to a special cable to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

The The 80-year-old queen's health is said to be "admirable."  Her advice has been sought for the a new book, The Life of Lord Beaconsfield, a study of the late "great statesman," which is nearly finished.  Boxes of  correspondence have been brought to the Queen, which has had each "document read aloud to her."

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 The Princess of Wales and Princess Victoria have arrived Bernstoff, ear Copenhagen, with the Princess' of Wales' father, KIng Christian IX of Denmark.  The King;'s second daughter, the Dowager Empress of Russia and all of her family, with the exception of her elder son, Nicholas, have already arrived at Bernstoff.

The Princess of Wales is expected to stay in Denmark for about two months. She will return to England in late October and will travel to Sandringham, where she will remain for the winter.

There will be a revolt if Charlotte dies

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 September 9, 1929

United Press is reporting that the "sudden illness of the beautiful young Princess Charlotte", the daughter of Prince Louis II of Monaco, has caused "suspension of the negotiations which she was conducting in behalf of her father with the dissatisfied citizens " of the small principality.

The Princess, who is the heiress apparent to the throne, is seriously ill and may die.   Her death could lead to a "revolt which has been smoldering against the Prince" for more than a year and would "blaze up immediately."

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Monaco's citizens are demanding a new Constitution and a committee of "themselves with power to supervise" the expenditure and income of the casino.

Prince Louis II is opposed to this demand because it would mean that his subjects would have "supervision over a considerable part of his income."

After his most recent refusal of their demands, Monegasques "delivered an ultimatum" that they would "seek influence" with French groups to annul the Franco-Monaco treaty, which allows Monaco's casino to offer roulette, which is not permitted in France's casinos.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

A son for Amedeo and Elisabetta

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Princess Elisabetta of Belgium gave birth to her second child, a son, who was born Friday evening (September 6) at 9:05 p.m., at the UMC Sint-Pieter Hospital in Brussels.

The princess is the wife of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, the eldest child of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium.

Prince Amadeo married Italian-born Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein on July 5, 2014.  Their first child, a daughter, Archduchess Anna Astrid, was born on May 17, 2016 at UMC-Sint-Pieter Hospital.

The name of the new baby, the second grandchild for Princess Astrid, has not been announced, but due to a 2015 decree from King Philippe, Amedeo's children will not have Belgian titles. The decree limits the HRH and title of Prince or Princess of Belgium to the children of the sovereign and the children of the heir or heiress apparent.

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Amedeo's father was born Archduke Lorentz of Austria.  On November 19, 1995, King Albert II issued a decree that extended the HRH and title of Prince or Princess of Belgium to Princess Astrid's children.  The new gender equal succession law  (1991), which superseded the Salic law (males only) allowed for Princess  Astrid and her children to be inserted in the line of succession after her elder brother, Philippe, and before her younger brother, Prince Laurent.  As Philippe was not married in 1995,  it seemed possible that he would not marry and the succession would eventually devolve on Princess Astrid.

King Philippe married Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz in December 1999.  They have four children.

The new archduke is eight in the line of succession to Belgian throne.  He is the second great-grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mail Call from the Duchess of Sussex

Found this in my mail box today ... a thank you from the Duchess of Sussex for my birthday card!!

Charlotte of Monaco "moves to avert republic"

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 September 6, 1929

Princess Charlotte of Monaco has intervened between her father, Prince Louis, "and his subjects who are threatening to revolt and proclaim a republic next month," reports the New York Times.

The Princess is in Monaco "not as an emissary bit in an independent effort to bring about a settlement."  She listened to the complains and "amid cheers of the population," she left Monte Carlo with a promise to "secure redress for the grievances of the little principality."

She conferred for several hours with Monte Carlo's mayor and other government officials.  The mayor, Eugene Marquet, made it clear to the princess that the citizens of Monaco "were serious in their intent to revolt if their claims were not satisfied with another month."

The mayor was adamant that Monaco would become a republic under a French protectorate and the "princely authority" would be ended by a vote in Parliament.

The primary issue centers on the management of the Casino in Monte Carlo and its revenues.   Monaco's citizens are demanding that the Casino's management board be exclusively to the country's residents.   They are also demanding full transparency from the government to the Casino's earnings.

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    They also want the government to "immediately install public water, gas and electricity services" throughout the city.  At this time, the public services are limited to a small area that includes hotels and the shops.

    Princess Charlotte made it clear that she was not "authorized to make a promise," but she insisted that a "satisfactory agreement" would be reached.  After she left the palace, where a small crowd had gathered to cheer as she left for the station.  She left for Marseilles and was expected to meet with Prince Louis to further discuss the situation.

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    The Princess, who will celebrate her 31st birthday on September 30, is the heiress to the Monegasque throne.  She is the natural daughter of Prince Louis and Marie Juliette Louvet, a singer.  Prince Louis has no legitimate issue.  In order to avoid a possible succession crisis as the next legitimate heir, Prince Wilhelm, 2nd Duke of Urach, was German.  The Duke, the son of Princess Florestine of Monaco, was born and raised in the principality, but was a German citizen. 

    Charlotte was recognized as Louis's daughter on May 15, 1911 and recognized as as a dynast.   Seven year later, on October 30, 1918,  Charlotte was adopted into the family, as the 1911 law was considered invalid under the family statues (1882.)

    Prince Louis officially adopted Charlotte on May 16, 1919. She became a Grimaldi and she received the title, Duchess of Valentinois, which acknowledged her position as second in line to the throne.  Prince Louis succeeded his father, Prince Albert in 1922, thus moving Charlotte into the position as Hereditary Princess.

    In 1920,  Prince Louis arranged for Charlotte to marry Count Pierre de Polignac.  Prince Albert issued an ordinance allowing for the Count to have the surname Grimaldi and the title Prince of Monaco.    The couple have two young children: Princess Antoinette, 8, and six-year-old Prince Rainier.

    A must read about the royal reporters ..

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    This is fascinating reading.  Marie Claire's profile of royal reporters


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    Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Ernst August of Hanover to take son to court

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     Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 65, will be taking his elder son, Prince Ernst of Hanover to court in two to four weeks, reported FAZ on August 30.

    Prince Ernst August wants to regain his German properties that were legally turned over to his son in 2004..  He is not happy with the younger Ernst August's agreement with the government of Lower Saxony regarding Schloss Marienburg.

    At the beginning of 2020,  the younger Prince Ernst August will transfer the Schloss to a charitable foundation for one Euro.     The Lower Saxony government had previously dropped out of a plan to purchase the Schloss.   Papa had been opposed to this plan.

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    Now he is also against the new foundation plan which Culture Minister Björn Thümler had negotiated after the first plan had failed.

    Hereditary Prince Ernst August told FAZ that his father does not have a right to a reversal of the donation.  "That's done.  The topic is finished for me."

    The state considers the senior Prince Ernst August to be irrelevant.  To ensure the legal transfer of Schloss Marienburg to a charitable foundation, an evaluation report was drawn up a few months ago.  Despite being a tourist site, Schloss Marienburg is considered worthless in its present state.

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    Prince Ernst August wants to prevent Schloss Marienburg's transfer to the foundation. He has complained that his son  nor the government have not informed him about the plans for Schloss Marienburg.

    The Lower Saxony government, however, does not consider the senior Ernst August to be a reliable person.

    The office for the Welfen properties is in Gmunden, Austria.  In 2012, Papa was forced out from the administration of the family estates.


    Princess Royal and Queen of Portugal working together to unite children

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    September 4, 1909

    The Princess Royal and Queen Amelia of Portugal are said to be "moving heaven and earth" to unite their children, Princess Alexandra of Fife and King Manoel of Portugal of marriage, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    A report in a Portuguese newspaper a few weeks ago that announced an engagement between the young king and King Edward VII's eldest granddaughter was "officially denied" by Buckingham Palace.  The announcement may have been a premature, but it is understood that the two royal mothers area determined to bring about an engagement.  It may even be possible to "overcome the objections" of Alexandra's Protestant traditions.  Portugal is "intensely  devoted to the Roman Catholic faith.

    Portugal's ambassador to the United Kingdom is a close friend of King Manoel's.  He thinks that the king is a "fine fellow, who, even if he has a shaky throne, can be trusted to make the best of any situation in which he may be placed, and to make the Portuguese monarchy secure and popular if anyone can."

    King Manoel is said to be fond of Princess Alexandra.  But he knows that there are difficulties with such a marriage, and he does not want to give "any offense" to his subjects.

    King Edward has invited the king to come to England, where the marriage will be discussed.  Although the exact date for the visit has not been determined, it is understood that King Manoel has accepted the invitation.

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    This visit will allow the "young people" to meet and get to know each other other better.  It is hoped that they will "add personal inclination to the other forces that are at work to unite them."

    Alexandra's father, the Duke of Fife is a very wealthy man, who would "no doubt make a generous provision to enable his daughter to  maintain the position she would be called to."  King Manoel  is described as poor. Earlier this year, he chose to forgo apart of his state allowance until "all of the money illegally withdrawn by his father is repaid."

    It s also understood that the engagement will not be announced until Manoel is "satisfied from a report from his own court physician" that Princess Alexandra is "fitted to become the mother of princes."

    She is said to be a "buxom, hearty girl," so there should be little concern about her ability to bear children.

    If this "difficulties are overcome," Alexandra will find that she will have as "good a husband as a royal bride can expect."  King Manoel, who will celebrate his 20th birthday in November,  succeeded to the throne on February 1, 1908, after the assassinations of his father King Carlos I, and his older brother Prince Luis Filipe.

    Princess Alexandra is eighteen years old.

    If this marriage can be arranged,  it will bring to end the possibility of an American queen in Portugal.   Anita Rhinelander Stewart recently became engaged to Prince Miguel, a pretender to the Portuguese throne.  But if King Manoel marries an English princess,  it is unlikely that there will be challengers to his throne.

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    Charlotte's first day of school

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    It was bound to happen ... HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge's first day of school.  The four-year-old, who is the second of three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, joined her older brother, Prince George, 6, at Thomas'  Battersea.

    Princess Charlotte is in the Reception Class.

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    Wednesday, September 4, 2019


    @HRH Crown Prince Alexander

    If you happen to be in the Belgrade area, you might want to snare a ticket to this exhibit.  I wish I could pop over to see the exhibition.

    "Belgrade, 2 September 2019 - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, in presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine and Their Royal Highnesses’ daughter Alison today officially opened “His Majesty King Peter II - The Making of the King” exhibition at the Royal Palace in Dedinje on the occasion of His Majesty King Peter’s birthday on 6 September.

    Among rarely seen photographs of His Majesty King Peter II between 1923 – 1941, His Majesty King Peter II first sabre is displayed in Belgrade for the first time. After his baptism on 21 October 1923, the young Crown Prince received his first sabre from the Russian Cossack Atamans. On its steel blade there is an inscription: “To the Heir to the Throne of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes on the day of His Baptism 21 October 1923”, and on the other side of the blade: “From the Don, Cuban and Teran military Atamans and Cossacks.
    A portrait of His Majesty King Peter II by Paja Jovanovic, which is kept at Oplenac in the House of His Majesty King Peter I is one of the exhibits at this unique exhibition.

    In his opening speech, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to see many rarely seen photos of His Majesty King Peter II from 1923 until 1941 as well as his first sabre that was never publicly displayed until now. The photographs show him in his official duties as the Crown Prince and the King – during visits to towns and cities, institutions, army, humanitarian activities, patronages and giving aid to various associations. Also, there are photographs of his everyday life activities – studying or doing his hobbies – acting, sports, or dancing. As a young man, my father had different interests that people today know very little about. I hope this exhibition will bring him closer to today’s generations of young people”.

    The authors of the exhibition are Mr. Andrija Sosic, Mr. Uros Parezanovic and Mr. Vidak Orlović.

    The opening of the exhibition was attended by Their Royal Highnesses’ guests from abroad  – The Fothergill family, the authors of the exhibition, members of the advisory bodies of the Crown, representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as by many guests from the cultural and artistic world of Serbia.

    The exhibition “His Majesty King Peter II - The Making of the King” at the Royal Palace will be open for visitors on working days until 16 September, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, with prior announcement to the Office of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander at 011/306-4000 or via e-mail kancelarija@dvor.rs"

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Queen Helen to be reburied in Romania

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     It was the late King Michael's greatest wish to have his mother's remains brought back to Romania for reburial.

    The Romanian royal family has been working with official in the Vaud canton to for the return of Queen Helen's remains.

    Queen Helen died at Lausanne, Switzerland, on November 28, 1982.  She was buried at the Bois-de-Vaux cemetery in Lausanne.

    A national funeral will take place on October 19 at the Cathedral at the Curtea des Arges, where she will be reburied.

    According to a release from the royal house,  the remains of Queen Helen will arrive at  Henri Coanda-Otopeni International Airport on October 18.

    Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark was born at Athens on May 2, 1896, the third of six children, and eldest daughter of King Constantine I and Queen Sophie of the Hellenes.

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    She met Crown Prince Carol, the eldest son of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie, in Switzerland, where she and her family were living in exile.   Queen Marie and Queen Sophie were first cousins, granddaughters of Queen Victoria.

    King Constantine gave his assent to the engagement only after Carol's first marriage to Romanian commoner Zizi Lambrino was annulled.  The engagement was announced in November 1920.

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    The marriage took place in Athens on March 10, 1921.  Helen was the first princess to marry in Greece.

    Helen gave birth to her only child, Michael, less than eight months after the wedding.

    Within three years of the marriage, Carol had abandoned his wife for another woman, Elena Lupescu.  This had not been the first time that Carol had been unfaithful to Helen, but this time, the relationship was serious and Carol was determined to live with Elena.  On December 28, 1925, he renounced his position as Crown Prince and his right to the throne.

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    The marriage was dissolved on June 21, 1928, nearly a year after King Ferdinand died and five-year-old Michael succeeded to the throne.   In 1930, Carol returned to Romania and claimed his throne.  Michael was demoted to Crown Prince. 

    The relationship between Carol and Helen was divisive and difficult, fraught with tension for Helen, who was determined to maintain contact with her son. It was only after Carol was forced to leave Romania in September 1940 and Michael, now 18, back as king that Helen returned to Romania.

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    Romania's fascist dictator Ion Antonescu  bestowed the title Queen Mother of Romania.   By 1944, Romanian communists, aided by the Soviet Union, were making inroads into Romania's political system.  Michael had single highhandedly  overthrown the Antonescu regime, throwing the country's support with the Allied Nations.  Unfortunately, this mean that Soviets could make their move to add Romania to their list of countries that they would control after the war.

    It was on December 30, 1947 at the Elisabetha Palace in Bucharest that King Michael, at gunpoint, was forced to abdicate.  The Romanian Peoples' Republic was established within hours of the announcement of Michael's abdication .  He and Queen Helen left Romania on January 3 and settled in Switzerland.

    After her son's marriage to Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in June 1948, Queen Helen left Switzerland and settled in Villa Sparta in Fiesole, Italy, a house that belonged to her mother, which Helen bought after her death in 1932.

    Queen Helen remained at Villa Sparta until 1979, when she moved back to Switzerland, living first in an apartment in Lausanne, and then, in 1981, moving in with her son and his family at their home in Verosix.

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    The plan to rebury Queen Helen has been in the works since January 2018, when the Romanian royal family announced that the remains of King Carol II would be moved to Curtea des Arges as well as the remains of Queen Helen, would be moved to the new Archdiocesan and Royal Cathedral.