Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Happy 74th birthday Crown Prince Alexander


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One of my favorite royals. Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, celebrates his 74th birthday today.   I have had the pleasure of knowing the Crown Prince and his family since the 1980s and I have had the honor of being invited to Belgrade for four occasions: the Crown Prince's 60th birthday, his 25th wedding anniversary, the state funerals of King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Marie and Prince Andrej, and Prince Philip's wedding,  Sadly, I had to send my regrets for Philip's marriage.

The Crown Prince's office puts put a year in review video each year on the Crown Prince's birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II is the the Crown Prince's godmother.



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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x8XOFHtIrQ&feature=youtu.be


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Mail call

In this week's mail: thank yous from the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Stefan zur Lippe.






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Princess Stephanie of Windisch Graetz (1939-2019)


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HSH Princess Stéphanie Marie Eva of Windisch-Graetz died on July 12 at St. Pierre Hospital in Brussels.  She was 79 year old.

Stéphanie was born at Brussels on July 17, 1939, the elder of two children of  Prince Franz Josef of Windisch-Graetz (1904-1981) and Countess Ghislaine d'Arschot Schoonhaven (1912-1997).





She was the granddaughter of Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria (1883-1963) and Prince Otto of Windisch-Graetz (1873-1952.)  This marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1948 and Erzi, as she was known to her family, married Austrian  Socialist politician Leopold Petznek shortly after her divorce.  Due to her left wing leanings, Erzi was known as the Red Archduchess.

Thus, Stephanie was a great-granddaughter of Archduke Rudolf and Princess Stephanie of Belgium and a great-great-granddaughter of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and King Leopold II of the Belgians.

Her engagement to Dermot Blundell-Hollinshead-Blundell, a Captain in the Grenadier Guards (1935-2009), was announced on October 3, 1966. They were married in London on February 16, 1967 and were divorced in 1973.

(Dermot married for a second time to Sally Leigh (nee Creer) on March 11, 1976).

Princess Stéphanie is survived by her two sons,  Henry Blundell-Hollinshead-Blundell (and his wife, Lisa Abadjian) and Alexander Windisch-Graetz (and his wife, Ann Charlotte Le Sellier de Chezelles), five grandchildren, Eléonore and Bryan Blundell-Hollinshead-Blundell and Elisabeth-Marie, Otto and Hermine Windisch-Graetz.

In 2011, Alexander  changed his surname to Windisch-Graetz.

Princess Stephanie was a gifted photographer who often shot her portraits using candle light.

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Georg Friedrich seeks right to live in Cecilienhof


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Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the head of the house of Hohenzollern, has filed a claim with Germany, "demanding a permanent right of residency for his family in Cecilienhof, now a museum or one of two other palaces formerly occupied by his family," reports the Irish Times.

Cecilienhof, which was built in 1917, was named for Georg Friedrich's great-grandmother, Crown Princess Cecilie, the wife of Crown Prince Wilhelm, eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who abdicated in November 1918 as the German Empire had collapsed from the weight of its defeat and the changing political tide that was steamrolling through Europe.

The palace was the site where the Allied nations, celebrating their victory over Germany and fascism, held the Potsdam Conference in 1945, where President Harry S. Truman, Prime Minister Clement Atlee and Josef Stalin met to finalize the establishment of a post-World War II, which included the division of Europe and the path toward what would be known as the Cold war.

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 After the conference was over, Soviet troops used Cecilienhof as a clubhouse.  Potsdam was in the eastern sector of Germany, later the German Democratic Republic.

The palace is now open to the public, as a part of the Preussische-Schlösser und Gärten in Berlin-Brandenburg.

Georg Friedrich has been involved in "discreet talks" for five years but "negotiations  have reached an impasse."   He has canceled "long-term loans of family art works in Berlin and Potsdam."  He has also demanded the return of the "family library and 1000 letters" to and from his great-great-grandmother, Empress Auguste Viktoria, the consort of Wilhelm II.

The letters were  found during a "recent renovation" of the Neues Palais, also in Potsdam.

Prince Georg Friedrich, 43, succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. as head of the Imperial House.

http://www.potsdam-park-sanssouci.de/cecilienhof-palace.html

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/the-fall-of-the-house-of-hohenzollern-1.3956448?mode=amp&fbclid=IwAR1DAHQQLzah7WgGYNZctdec-99zat5tZo_uSZqK7nDBxS8_XoPq-J-UiZE

https://www.dw.com/en/german-kaisers-heir-wants-seized-artifacts-back/a-49576011-0

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/15/descendants-german-kaisers-bid-reclaim-artworks-palaces/

https://www.spsg.de/en/palaces-gardens/object/cecilienhof-palace/

Crown Princess Victoria celebrates her 42nd birthday at Solliden

Today- July 14 - Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her 42nd birthday with her annual appearance at Solliden on Oland. The Swedish royal family have their summer residence at Solliden. The Crown Princess was accompanied by her husband, Prince Daniel and their two children, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar and the King and Queen. In the evening, the Crown Princess was the guest of honor the annual birthday concert at Borgholm's Idrottsplats.

 The royal guests arrived by carriages from Solliden.


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I attended the concert and the birthday celebrations in 2017.



Friday, July 12, 2019

Two missing princesses .. in the Vatican

In the last few days,  news organizations, including the the New York Times, have reported on the opening of two tombs in the Vatican City's Teutonic Cemetery.

In June, 1983, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican City employee vanished while walking home in Rome.  There are numerous theories about her death, the most recent being was that she was buried in a tomb in the cemetery.  According to Emanuela's brother, the tomb could be identified by an a statue of an angel pointing to a cemetery.

This led officials to the tomb of Princess Sophie of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, the eldest of seven children of Ludwig Leopold, Prince of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein and Countess Polyxenia of Limburg-Stirum. 

Sophie was born at Schillingsfürst on December 13, 1758.  She died at Rome on January 13, 1836.  She did not marry.

The present head of the Hohenlohe-Bartenstein is descendant of Sophie's younger brother. Karl Joseph.



The tomb of Duchess Charlotte Friederike of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was also opened.  She was the seventh surviving child of  Duke Friedrich Franz I of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Princess Luise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg Friedrich Franz was created Grand Duke in 1815.

Charlotte was born at Ludwigslust on December 4,1784.  She married her first cousin, Prince Christian Frederik of Denmark (1786-1848), the son of  Hereditary Prince Frederik of Denmark and Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Christian was visiting Mecklenburg when he met and fell in love with Charlotte.  They were married two years later at Ludwigslust on June 21, 1806.

 Less than a year after the wedding,  Charlotte gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, Christian Frederik at Schloss Plön  on April 8, 1807.  The infant prince lived for only a few hours.

A second son, Frederik Carl Christian, was born at Copenhagen on October 8, 1808. 

Charlotte and Christian settled into a homes in Amalienborg and Sorgenfri.  IThe marriage was not a happy one.  Within two years of marriage, there were reports that the capricious Charlotte was having an affair with her singing teacher, the Swiss-born Edouard Du Puy.    She was forced to leave the court.  Christian divorced her in 1810 and she was sent to live at Horsens.  She would never see her son again.

Charlotte lived for several years in a palace in Horsens.  She also had a home in Aarhus, where she had an active social life, as well as several affairs with Danish officers.    In 1929, she moved to Karlsbad, Germany, remaining there for a year before settling in Rome.  She was baptized as a Lutheran, but converted to the Roman Catholic faith some years later. 

She died at Rome on July 13, 1840 and was buried in the Teutonic Cemetery, which was the final resting places for persons of Germanic origin.

Christian succeeded to the Danish throne in 1839.  He died in 1848 and he was succeeded by his son Frederik VII.   Christian VIII married for a second time to Caroline Amalie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, whose mother was Princess Louisa Augusta of Denmark.  This marriage was childless.

KIng Frederik VII was the last of the Oldenburg dynasty  He died on November 15, 1863.  His first two marriages to Princess Vilhelmine of Denmark and Duchess Caroline Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, were dissolved by divorce.

His third marriage to a commoner Louise Rasmussen was morganatic.

Frederik did not have children.  The Danish throne passed to a kinsman, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a junior branch of the Oldenburg dynasty. 

The Vatican authorized permission for the two tombs to be open.   Emanuela's remains were not found, but adding to the mystery, officials learned that the remains of Princess Sophie or Duchess Charlotte were not in their respective tombs.

A Vatican spokesman issued a statement several hours after the tombs were opened:   “There were no human remains nor funerary urns.”

Princess Sophie's tomb was "completely empty" and Duchess Charlotte's had "no human remains."

The Vatican has no explanation for the two empty tombs.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/world/europe/italy-vatican-emanuela-orlandi.html?searchResultPosition=3

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Queen in Cambridge & Duchess of Gloucester in London





A special thank you to Ken Stone and his camera for allowing to use his photos from yesterday in Cambridge, where HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, welcomed HM The Queen to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.  The Duchess, who is married to the queen's first cousin, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, is the patron of the hospital.





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In London earlier today, the Duchess was present for the Royal Academy of Music's graduation ceremony.   She is the President of the Royal Academy of Music.  Queen Elizabeth II is the Patron.


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Meanwhile in Norway




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Lovely new family snaps of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway and their two children, Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre Magnus at their country home in Dvergsoya.

I wonder how Crown Princess Mette-Marit's health is faring as there as not been an update in some months.

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/10/crown-princess-mette-marit-of-norway.html


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the Royal Box at Wimbledon

The Duchess of Cornwall was in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today.  She was joined by the Duke of Kent and his daughter, Lady Helen Taylor, and her husband Tim Taylor, the Countess of Wessex and the Prince of Monaco.

Mike and Zara Tindall were at Wimbledon as well,  but they were sitting in Centre Court.

The Countess of Wessex was accompanied by her goddaughter, Amelia Etherington, daughter Mark and Lady Alexandra Etherington.  Lady Alexandra is the daughter of the late 3rd Duke of Fife, a grandson of Princess Louise, daughter of Edward VII, and the elder sister of the 4th Duke.

The Duke of Kent is the President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.


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An overload of cuteness

The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex and their children, George, Charlotte, Louis and Archie, were on hand today at the Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham for The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day.  The two families cheered on the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex as they took part in the polo match.



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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Royal visit to Gotha


King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha today.  The castle, once one of the residences of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, is now a museum.

One of the exhibitions on view is "Marriage as a model for Success: German-English Marriages."    2019 is the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Victoria and Albert were first cousins.  Albert was the younger son of Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whose sister, Victoire, who married the Duke of Kent, was the mother of Queen Victoria.

King Philippe is the great-great-great-grandson of King Leopold I of the Belgians, who was born Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, the younger brother of Duke Ernst I and the Duchess of Kent.

In 1826,  when Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg became extinct, Duke Ernst ( who was the third duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld) had the best claim for Gotha.  He ceded Saafeld to the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen) and became Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Prince Leopold was first marriage to Princess Charlotte of Wales, heiress presumptive to the British throne.  She was the only child of King George IV.  Her death in childbirth in November 1817 led to a race among several of King George III's unmarried sons to find suitable wives and produce legitimate heirs.  The succession race was won by the little Mayflower, Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent, as she succeeded her uncle William IV in 1837.  Three years later, on February 10, 1840,  Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert.

Leopold became the first king of the Belgians in 1830.  Two years later, he married Princess Louise of Orléans.

The King and Queen of the Belgians are in Germany for a state visit.

Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the head of the Ducal house, and his elder son, Hereditary Prince Hubertus and his wife, Kelly,  joined the king and queen for their tour to the castle and exhibitions.

There are photos on Getty, but the images do not have the embedding code, which means bloggers cannot use the photos.

Here is a link to the local Gotha newspaper,Thüringer Allgemeine, which has an article and photographs.


https://www.thueringer-allgemeine.de/regionen/gotha/philippe-und-mathilde-erforschen-in-gotha-ihre-koeniglichen-urspruenge-id226432885.html

Monday, July 8, 2019

Margaret Rutherfurd marries Prince Charles Murat

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Mrs. Margaret Rutherfurd, the former wife of Sir Paul Dukes, was married today to Prince Charles Michael Joachim Napoleon Murat, third son of Joachim Napoleon, 5th Prince Murat and Marie Cecile  Ney d'Elchingen,  reports the New York Times.

The wedding took place at the Church of St. Francois the Saviour in Paris.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. William K.  Vanderbilt and the late Lewis Morris Rutherfurd of New York.  Her witnesses were Alan Rutherfurd, her cousin, and Jacques Balsan, who is married to the former Consuelo Vanderbilt.

The Duc d'Elchingen and the groom's brother, Prince Joachim, "appeared for the bridegroom."

It was a quiet ceremony with only "a few intimate friends" in attendance.

The Prince and Princess' civil marriage took place recently in Paris.

This is the third marriage for the Princess.  Her first marriage took place in September 1911 at the "little chapel" on the estate of her stepfather, the late William K. Vanderbilt at Deauville, Normandie, where she married Ogden Livingston Mills, now the Under Secretary of the Treasury.  The couple were divorce in Paris in 1920.

Two years later, in October 1922, she married Sir Paul Dukes, an English author and lecturer, who had been knighted for "his work as head of the British Secret Service in Russia in the early days of the Soviet."

This marriage took place in Nyack, New York.  Sir Paul and Lady Dukes lived in an apartment at 180 Riverside Drive.

Before her divorce from Sir Paul "there were persistent rumors" that she would marry Prince Charles Murat, "should she win her freedom.   Her divorce was finalized earlier this year.

It was during her second marriage that she dabbled as an actress and ballet dancer and also becoming a devotee "of the cult of Oom the omnipotent." Shortly after her divorce from Mills she became involved with "mystic order of the 'Tantriks of India,' a so-called love cult."  It was at the cult's Nyack center where she met Sir Paul Dukes.  He had come to the States "to recuperate from a nervous breakdown."

Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherfurd was born in 1891, the second child of  Anne Harriman and her second husband, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, the younger brother of Winthrop Rutherfurd, who was briefly engaged to Consuelo Vanderbilt, an engagement broken by her mother, Alva, in order to arrange the marriage with the Duke of Marlborough, which ended in divorce.

Anne's third marriage was to Consuelo's father, William Kissam Vanderbilt, thus making Margaret and Consuelo stepsisters.

This is the first marriage for Prince Charles Murat, who was born in 1892.  He is a great-great grandson of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, and Caroline Bonaparte, a sister of Napoleon I.    Prince Charles has American ancestry as his paternal grandmother, Caroline Georgina Fraser from Charleston, South Carolina, married Prince Napoleon Lucien Charles Murat, 2nd Prince Pontecorvo and 3rd Prince Murat.






Count Tono gets life for three murders

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Count Anton "Tono" Goess. 55, was sentenced on July 5 to life for the murders of his father, stepmother and brother.

He received the maximum sentences for the triple murder at the family home, Schloss Bockfliess in Lower Austria.  The sentence was handed down in the Regional Court at Korneuburg.

The day before, according to news reports, Count Tono was in tears as he tried to reason his actions. "Everything was too much for me," he said in court.

His defense pleaded for manslaughter, which would have brought a ten year sentence as Tono, according to testimony, had suffered for years from a "tyrannical father," until he finally exploded last December. Tono also suffered from a hereditary disease, neurofibromatosis.  In 2017 he had to be revived after an arterial rupture that, according to witnesses, had left him "infocused and irritable."

The count confessed to the manslaughter of his family, but he did not believe he murdered him


https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-reason-for-murder-dumb-waiter.html


https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/12/count-anton-von-goess-arrested-in-three.html

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Archie's baptism


Both photos: @Chris Allerton/Sussex Royal

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was baptized today in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.  The officiant was Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Only 25 guests attended the ceremony in the small chapel (which seats 30).  Neither a guest list nor the names of the godparents were released.


The Church of England requires at least three godparents, two of whom must be the same sex as the infant who is being baptized.   Godparents must also be baptized in the Trinity and should also be confirmed.

This means Meghan's friends,  Jessica Mulroney and Serena Williams, cannot serve as godparents.  Jessica is Jewish and Serena is a Jehovah's Witness, a faith that does not recognize the Holy Trinity.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the baptism, as well as Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, and Harry's two maternal aunts, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

The first photo was taken in the Green Drawing room at Windsor Castle.

One guest spotted arriving by car at Windsor was Alexandra "Tiggy" Pettifer (nee Legge-Bourke) who served as William and Harry's nanny, companion and as a personal assistant to the Prince of Wales.

Tiggy is the daughter of William Legge-Bourke and the Hon. Shan Bailey, daughter of the 3rd Baron Glanusk, who became the Princess Royal's Lady-in-Waiting in 1987.

It is possible that Tiggy is one of Archie's godmothers.  William and Harry are godfathers of Tiggy's two sons, respectively.

The Sunday Times is reporting that Charlie van Straubenzee is one of Archie's godfathers.   Charlies and the Duke of Sussex have been friends in school and, at Harry's wedding, Charlie gave one of speeches at the reception.

The christening service was described as "intimate."



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Details about Archie's baptism


Archie will be baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

The names of the godparents will not be made public. 



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Monday, July 1, 2019

The reason for the murder -- a dumbwaiter?


The trial of Count Anton "Tono" Goess begins Thursday in Austria  The 55-year-old nobleman is accused of killing his 92-year-old father, Count Johannes Ulrich, his stepmother, Margherita, 87, and his brother, Count Ernst, 52.

The alleged murders took place on December 19 at Schloss Bockfliess near Mistelbach.

It was largely assumed that a financial dispute was the reason for the murders, but it now appears that Count Tono allegedly killed his family due to a family fight about a dumb waiter.

Count Ulrich had installed a dumbwaiter nearly two years earlier in the castle, but there were legal issues concerning the installation as the castle is a protected monument.  Tono  and his brother, Ernst, wrote a joint letter to the local authorities on December 18.  The next afternoon, they presented the letter to their elderly father over cake and coffee in the fireplace room.

The count was not pleased with the letter, screaming "Everything is wrong.  Please do not send it.  I do not approve," he wrote on the letter, thus, according to one Austrian newspaper, signing "the death sentence for his family."

Count Tono got up and went downstairs to the hunting room and came back with a shotgun, and shot his father, stepmother and younger brother.

He was arrested later that day.

In his defense, Count Tono claimed that he suffers occasional delusions and severe headaches due to Neurofibromatosis, but several experts will testify that he is sane.

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/12/count-anton-von-goess-arrested-in-three.html

https://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/chronik/niederoesterreich/Tragoedie-im-Schloss-3-fach-Mord-wegen-Aerger-mit-Behoerden/386674790?fbclid=IwAR3w-4f45BhFbpqgr8Gty6im49GSpYds4vvPYAXHT1V-A66hKVYy_l_7h3o

50th anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales

from the New York Times


I was 15 years old on July 1, 1969.  My mom and I were up early to watch the live coverage of  the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, which was televised on all three networks.  CBS News also had highlights program at 10 p.m., which we also watched.

The Investiture of the Prince of Wales is not an ancient tradition.  According to Philip Ziegler's official biography, King Edward VIII,  "there had been no formal investiture of a Prince of Wales for more than 300 years, but Empress Frederick had suggested that ceremony should be revived."   Empress Frederick (the Princess Royal, eldest child of Queen Victoria) died in August 1901, nearly 7 months after the death of Victoria, so she certainly did not have a role her great-nephew David's investiture in 1911.   

David Lloyd George, then the Chancellor of the Exchequer, saw the investiture as a "chance to gratify Welsh national pride and win political support."

Frances Donaldson's biography,  Edward VIII, pointed out that "legends tell of the investiture at Caernarvon Castle of Prince Charles  (afterwards King Charles I) in 1616, there existed no authentic record of an English prince having been formally invested in Wales."  Previous investitures had taken place at Westminster and in "various English towns."

It was Lloyd George, "the famous enemy of inherited privilege, who conceived the idea of transforming the ceremony into a Welsh pageant."



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November 1969 National Geographic


Saturday, June 29, 2019

The marriage of Prince Joachim of Prussia and Countess Angelina of Solms-Laubach


Prince Joachim of  Prussia and Countess Angelina of Solms-Laubach were married today at the Monte-Sion Church in Mallorca.

Getty does not have an images so I am providing several links to photographers who were at the wedding.  I cannot use these photos due to copyright and costs.  Only Getty allows bloggers to use a selection of their collection for free.

The guests included members of the bride and groom's families, including  Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia,  Grand Duchess Maria of Russia with her son, Grand Duke Georg and his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca Bettarini.

The bride was given away by her father, Count Friedrich-Ernst  zu Solms-Laubach.

The flower children were Angelina von Arnim, Emilia von Arnim, Oscar Collan
Caspar Keane, Elmira grafin zu Solms-Laubach and Fidelia grafin zu Solms-Laubach.

The couple's daughter, Georgina, was carried by her grandmother,  Countess Sylvia zu Solms-Laubach.


Countess Angelina Sylvia Anneliese Margot of Solms-Laubach is the second of five children of Count Friedrich Ernst of Solms-Laubach and Baroness Sylvia von Podewils.

https://www.ppe-agency.com/  has 83 photographs from the wedding.

https://www.bunte.de/royals/royals-weltweit/deutscher-adel/joachim-von-preussen-tiefer-rueckenausschnitt-xl-schleier-diesem-traumkleid-sagte-seine-angelina-ja.html

Baseball and royals

Everyone knows I am a huge baseball fan.  I love my Nats ... and this blog is about royalty.

Earlier today in London at the inaugural MLB Series in London, the Duke and Duchess met with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.  The Duke is the Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which was the official charity of the two-game series.

This was the first time that a major league baseball game has been played in the United Kingdom.

The Duke of Sussex was scheduled to be at the game today - but surprise, he was accompanied by his wife, Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess visited both locker rooms where they were photographed with the teams.  The New York Yankees presented the couple with a tiny pinstripe Yankees shirt with Archie 19 on the back.  The Boston Red Sox's gift was a Red Sox onesie.

The Yankees defeated the Sox 17-13. 


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Mail Call




A lovely thank you for TSH Prince and Princess Casimir of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, who were married on June 1.

the Sussexes' African tour announced




The Duchess will accompany the Duke  to South Africa, but he will be traveling alone to Angola, Malawi and Botswana. 

It is expected that the couple's infant son, Archie, will accompany his parents to South Africa.


The dates of the tour will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Queen & Eisenhower dedicate new Seaway


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June 26, 1959


Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower today dedicated the new St.. Lawrence Seaway.

The president and the queen "pledged that the great waterway will be the instrument for even closer friendship between two old friends, the United States and Canada," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tens of thousands French-speaking Canadians were in the audience and both the president and the queen "gave parts of their dedication remarks in French.

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Elizabeth's "royal upbringing gave her an edge over the President" gave "nearly one-third of her 1,000 word address" in French.

"....this new water route will facilitate the meeting of thousands of citizens from the New and Old World, helping in this way to dissipate misunderstandings and to strengthen agreement and peace between nations."

She concluded her dedication with "It is a magnificent monument to the enduring friendship of our two nations and to their partnership in the development of North America.  That partnership is most agreeably symbolized, Mr. President, in the act that you and I have joined together to perform this ceremony today."

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When the ceremonies were over and the President and the Queen were ready to leave,  Elizabeth said: "It's been quite a day."   President Eisenhower replied: "Yes, but an enjoyable one."


George VI's nephew a German captive


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June 26, 1944

Berlin Radio said tonight that Viscount Lascelles has been captured in Italy, according to the Associated Press.

George Henry Hubert Lascelles. 21, is the elder of two sons of the Princess Royal, younger sister of King George VI, and her husband, the the Earl of Harewood.

Shortly before the announcement in Berlin,  an official announcement was released from Harewood House in Leeds.

"Lord Harewood has had official intimation that Lt. Viscount Lascelles is reported wounded and missing and believed to be a prisoner of war.

Lord Lascelles joined the Grenadier Guards two years ago as a private.  He is the heir to his father's earldom.

A Toronto dispatch citing the Canadian Broadcasting company said  Lord Lascelles "was wounded so severely that he could not be moved except by jeep." Another Grenadier Guard volunteered to get a jeep but when he returned Lord Lascelles and his men were missing."