Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Earlier today, someone sent me a link to a new blog that apparently has been designed to publish nasty information about royal writers, including me.  

Nearly 37 years ago, in April 1984 I wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Daily News apparently about an article on Hispanics.  I don't remember writing this because it was 37 years ago.  However, I will make no excuses for not remembering it.   It was wrong and I admit it.

I regret my comments including the statement "that Hispanics do not want to join the mainstream of American life."  It was wrong and I admit it, wholeheartedly.  The person I was 37 years ago is not who I am now.

My views have changed considerably.  How and why is easy to explain.  Like many Americans, I grew up in a bubble.  I voted Republican (which I regret deeply), but as I got older, worked for organizations with a diversified workforce, meeting people outside my bubble, traveling more, talking more, and learning and observing more about injustices in this country and abroad, my views greatly changed.

I deeply regret writing the letter. It happened, and I cannot wish it away.  It says more about the person who used a nom de plume to publish anonymously.

The post ends with  "It is not known if Marlene Eilers Koenig has ever made amends or apologised for her racist remarks!"

I have to say I apologized many times, not always in words, but in deeds and actions.  I must add that my faith guided me away from bigoted thinking to understanding and embracing differences, understanding that we are all one people.  

I wish I could sit down with those who responded to the letter with their thoughts, talk with them, and say I apologize.  

Now, of course, there will be people who say a leopard never changes its spots."  While that might be true for leopards, it is not true for people.  

Unfortunately, there are far too many people still in bubbles unwilling to learn or accept that we cannot all be the same, but in the end, we are all the same -- people created by God, we all have gifts to give and embrace the fact that it is important not to take away the chairs at a table but to build a bigger table.

I am deeply sorry and I regret my words.  The 29-year-old Marlene no longer exists.  This Marlene is nearly 67, a lot wiser, tolerant, and with a mind wide-open. 

Some of my readers may wonder why I chose to post this on Royal Musings.  I cannot respond to the post on the blog.  I expect it is being circulated.  I have no intention of covering it up or making excuses.  There can be no excuses for my comments. 

I hope people will forgive me for those comments.    

Thank you.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Archduke Otto weds in France

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 May 10, 1951

Archduke Otto of Austria, the titular Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire, married Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen today in Nancy, France.

The Associated Press reported that the ceremony was in the "lavish pomp of old."

The archduke, 38, is barred from returning to Austria.  He and 25-year-old Princess Regina were married in civil and religious ceremonies in Nancy, once the capital of Archduke Otto's  French ancestors, the Dukes of Lorraine.

The civil ceremony took place in the town's City Hall, where the Duchy of Lorraine's flag was flown from the balcony.  The Roman Catholic service took place in the Cathedral of the Ropemakers, where many of Otto's Lorraine ancestors are buried.

More than 400 guests attended the wedding, including David K.E. Bruce, the American ambassador to France, and Perle Mesta, the US Minister to Luxembourg.  Otto's brothers, Archduke Robert and Archduke Felix were the witnesses at the religious service.

Otto was accompanied by his mother, Empress Zita.   He succeeded his father, Emperor Karl, as the head of the House of Habsburg, in 1922, follow Karl's death from pneumonia.

Princess Regina wore a diamond tiara on her head.  Her gown was made from "oyster satin."  She was escorted down the aisle by her first cousin, Grand Duke Karl Augustus of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.   The new archduchess is the daughter of the late Prince Georg of Saxe-Meiningen, who died in 1946 in a Russian POW camp, and Countess Klara Marie von Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock.

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The couple knelt on yellow cushions made by the women of Vienna and Linz for this wedding.  The cushions were sprinkled with dirt so it could be said that the marriage took place on Austrian soil. 

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Pope Pius XII's Apostolic Blessing to the newlyweds was read at the religious service.  "To our dear son, Prince Otto of Habsburg-Lorraine.  The awaited day will soon shine on the ceremony in which your Imperial and Royal Highness the Princess Regina of Saxony-Meiningen.  We do not wish this happy event to pass without giving to your souls the joy of our good wishes and our fatherly blessings."

Last 2 photos: Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

After the couple left for their honeymoon,  Mrs. Mesta told a reporter: "They are a charming couple.  Regina is a wonderful person  and I've known Otto for years."

No appearance for Helen at parade

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 May 11, 1931

Queen Helen of Romania was not present today for the "great military parade" in Bucharest, despite reports to the contrary.

An Associated Press dispatch states that King Carol II was alone when he took the salute.

Although Helen had returned to Bucharest in a "gay mood," her non-appearance at the parade has caused confusion and "great disappointment" as her brother-in-law, King Alexander of Serbia, had recently met with Carol with the hope of a reconciliation between the estranged couple.

Her ladies-in-waiting were waiting for Helen's return from Belgrade.  She told them that her position had not changed although she remained in a "gay and more animated" mood.

The parade commemorated Romania's 50th anniversary of independence.   Many had hoped that Helen's appearance at the parade with King Carol would have meant that they had achieved "some terms of peace" that would lead to a reconciliation.

Charles of Luxembourg celebrates his 1st birthday !

  HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg celebrates his first birthday today.   He is the only child of TRH The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.   All the photos are copyrighted  © Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

HRH Helene Markgräfin Pallavicini (1929-2021)


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Grand Duke George & Victoria Romanovna celebrate Orthodox Easter

 Rebecca (Victoria Romanovna) Bettarini kindly shared these photos with me as she and Grand Duke George of Russia celebrated their first Easter together as an engaged couple

The Preparations

Easter Service

Enjoying an Easter dinner with traditional dishes, yummy looking cakes  and the perfect table decorations.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Don't drop it, Your Majesty!

@Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

I took this photo in the mid-80s in New York City when King Carl XVI Gustaf visited Orrefors, the Swedish crystal company.

A Prince for Sweden

 April 30, 1946

Hereditary Princess Sibylla of Sweden gave birth to a son today at Haga Palace, in Solna, Sweden, reports the Associated Press.

King Gustav V "rejoiced" at the news of the birth of his great-grandson, the first direct male heir to be born in 40 years.

An 84 naval guns salute announced the birth of a prince, who is third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Crown Prince Gustav Adolf, and his father, Hereditary Prince Gustav Adolf.

King Gustav. recently recovered from influenza, made his first appearance since Easter as he was driven in the rain to Haga Palace to see his new great-grandson.

The new prince's names and ducal title were announced in a brief session of the King's Cabinet Council:  Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, Duke of Jämtland.

The New York Times reports "the whole of Sweden received the news with extreme joy" as the new prince assures the Bernadotte succession.  The Swedish succession is males only, which means the Hereditary Prince and his wife have four daughters,  Princess Margaretha, Princess Birgitta, Princess Desiree, and Princess Christina cannot succeed to the throne.

All but one of the Hereditary Prince's brothers lost their rights to the throne when they married commoners.  Prince Bertil remains unmarried.

The current line of succession in Sweden is as follows:  Crown Prince Gustav Adolf, 63, Hereditary Gustav Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, 40,  Prince Carl Gustav, Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland 34, Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland, 61 (younger son of the King),  Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, 85 (younger brother of the King),  and Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke, 80, (the youngest brother of the King.

Prince Eugen, a gifted artist, is unmarried.  Lennart and Carl, the only sons of Prince Wilhelm and Prince Carl ceased to have dynastic rights when they married commoners.

All images  Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collection