Saturday, December 9, 2023

More photos from Together at Christmas

all photos @Ken Stone

The Duchess of Edinburgh

Lady Rose and George Gilman

Prince Michael of Kent and Lady Gabriella Kingston

Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice

Lady Frederick Windsor with Maud Windsor


Thank you to Ken Stone, who owns the luckiest camera in the world -- 

Friday, December 8, 2023

Together at Christmas

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Members of the Royal Family attended the Together at Christmas at Westminster Abbey.  The concert was spearheaded by the Princess of Wales and is supported by the Royal Foundation.

The Carol Service will be shown on ITV on December 24, 2023, at 7:45 p.m.  UK only.

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 The members of the Royal Family who attended were the Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, the Duchess of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester with Lady Rose Gilman and George Gilman, Princess Beatrice with her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and his son, Christopher Woolf, Princess Eugenie, Peter Phillips and his two daughters, Savannah and Isla, Zara Tindall, the Duke of Kent and Lady Helen Taylor, Prince Michael of Kent and Lady Gabriella Kingston, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor with their two daughters, Maud and Isabella Windsor, Lady Sarah and David Chatto with their son, Samuel Chatto.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

HSH Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein (1972-2023)

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 HSH Prince Constantin  Ferdinand Maria of Liechtenstein died unexpectedly yesterday.  He was 51 years old.  

The Prince was the third of four children of HSH Hans Adam, Prince of Liechtenstein, and the late Countess Marie Aglae of Kinsky von Wchinitz u.Tettau.  He was born on March 15, 1972, in St. Gallen, Switzerland.  In 1999, he married Countess Marie Kálnoky de Köröspatak.

He was the general director and chairman of the board of the  Stiftung Fürst Liechtenstein.  

Prince Constantin is survived by his wife, Princess Marie, their three children, Prince Moritz, Princess Georgina, and Prince Benedikt, his father, Prince Hans Adam, his two brothers,  Hereditary Prince Alois and Prince Maximilian, his sister, Princess Tatjana, Frau von Lattorf, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Liechtenstein Parliament held a moment of silence for the late prince, who was seventh in line to the throne.

Archduchess Elisabeth shoots actress

December 6, 1903

The Chicago Daily Tribune reports today on the "latest royal scandal," involving Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria and her husband, Prince Otto of Windisch-Graetz, and a French actress.

Archduchess Elisabeth, the only child of the late Crown Prince Rudolf and Princess Stephanie of Belgium, married Prince Otto last year.

According to the story,  Prince Otto was "entertaining the actress" in his apartment, where he "was discovered" by his wife, who "shot and seriously wounded" the actress.

The archduchess was about to shoot her husband, but "lost her courage just as at the critical moment."

Prince Otto is said to be "quite a young man, with an "immensely wealthy" wife."

The shooting took place at the palace in Prague, which belongs to Prince Otto's family.  He had been "secretly paying assiduous attention" to the actress, who is well known to "half the gilded youth of Prague."

The 20-year-old archduchess learned of her husband's perfidy when she was informed that he was "entertaining the actress" in his rooms.  She reached for a "small gold-mounted revolver," which Prince Otto had given to her for "her own protection at an hour of possible peril."

She made her way to her husband's rooms, only to find his devoted valet standing guard outside the door.  He remained obstinate to her entreaties to open the door.   When he refused to budge, the archduchess pulled out her revolver and began firing "wildly" at the valet, who then fled the ante-chamber.

Elisabeth opened the door, and stood before the couple, "revolver in hand."   Prince Otto moved toward his wife, who cried "beast," and shot the actress "in the breast."

The woman fell to the floor as Otto "seized his wife" and struggled for the gun.  She broke down and was left crying from the room.

The actress was treated by a doctor.  Her wound is serious, but not "mortal. She was taken to her apartment in Prague.

"Strenuous efforts" were made to keep the news of the shooting out of the newspapers, but this proved to be impossible.   Archduchess Elisabeth was "generally commended by the more straight-laced members of high society."

She will not face any legal charges for her "punishment of the actress."

Archduchess Elisabeth is said to be Emperor Franz Josef's favorite granddaughter, was determined to marry the now 30-year-old Prince Otto.   They met at a "grand ball," and fell in love.   The prince is a member of a very wealthy mediatized princely family, but at the time of their meeting, he was a "simple lieutenant in the First Regiment of Uhlans."

Franz Josef was opposed to the marriage, but the very "determined" Elisabeth told him that she would marry the "man she loved" or she would go to a convent and become a nun.

The Emperor gave it, and the wedding was "celebrated in a magnificent way" after Archduchess Elisabeth renounced her right to the throne.

Franz Josef gave the bride "securities valued at $1,000,000, a yearly allowance of $250,000, jewels worth $1,000,000, a golden dinner service, and several residences."

Elisabeth was only 6 years old when her father, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his mistress, Marie Vetsera, were found dead at the imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling. 

She was considered one of the "most desirable catches" among Europe's eligible young women.  She was once reported engaged to the young king of Spain, but she told her grandfather that she would not "marry into any reigning house."

Prince Otto is "unanimously detested" now that his wickedness toward his wife" is public knowledge.   Everyone believes that Elisabeth's love for him "will triumph," and they will reconcile.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Diplomatic Reception


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An official photo of the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales at The Diplomatic Reception in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace was released tonight.

Still no new Family Order for the female members of the Royal Family.

Monday, December 4, 2023





Belgrade, 4 December 2023 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, and H.E. Mr. Lee Jaewoong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Serbia, officially delivered a donation worth more than USD 162,000, which the Government of the Republic of Korea gave for 4 health institutions and the Crown Princess’ Foundation. The official delivery took place today in the Royal Palace, Belgrade, in the presence and with the support of the Ministry of Health of Serbia, represented by State Secretary Mr. Alexander Milosevic.

The donation includes 2 vans, 6 incubators, and 2 patient monitors. In addition to the Crown Princess Katherine’s Foundation, which received one Hyundai van to support its humanitarian work and future deliveries of aid, the recipients are also General Hospitals from the cities of Paraćin, which received 2 incubators, Kikinda which received 2 incubators and 2 patient monitors, and Gornji Milanovac also 2 incubators, as well as the Topola Health Center which received a Citroen van.

As the Government of Korea was so generous to support the work of Crown Princess Katherine and her Foundation and previously donated 1 vehicle in support of their efforts, Her Royal Highness addressed them once again for their aid. As the grant provided was substantial, the Crown Princess decided to ask our Korean friends to provide their support to Serbian health institutions as well.

The delivery and press conference were together with Their Royal Highnesses and Their Excellencies the Ambassador and the State Secretary, also attended by the directors of all the mentioned institutions, recipients of the donation – Dr. Saša Bacić, Paraćin, Dr. Vesna Tomin, Кikinda, Dr. Valentina Pajić, Topola, and Dr. Predrag Šutić, from Gornji Milanovac.

”I am very grateful to the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Embassy in Belgrade for their great generosity. With your support, we are continuing our humanitarian efforts for the good of the people of Serbia, our orphanages, homes for the elderly, hospitals, and all other institutions that my Foundation and I help. My Foundation always strives to be a bridge that will bring together people of goodwill around the world and for those who need help.

Thank you for supporting our hospitals, and the precious work of our doctors and medical workers. They are the heroes of our times and deserve every possible support for their most noble efforts to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Seeing all the incubators that the hospitals are receiving today brings special joy to my heart. Children are the most valuable treasure we have, and we must cherish them, and provide every possible support to them, at the beginning of their lives, as well as through the entire path of growing up. My husband, Crown Prince Alexander, my Foundation, and I will do our best to provide our assistance as much as possible in the future as well”, said Crown Princess Katherine.

H.E. Ambassador Jaewoong expressed the Government of Korea’s pleasure that they were able to assist the people of Serbia, but also the humanitarian efforts of Crown Princess Katherine and her Foundation. “I immediately decided to try everything I could to realize Their Highnesses’ wish because I was truly moved by their sincerity and eagerness. Frankly speaking, it was not without any difficulties to get the approval for the donation to the Crown Foundation, given the strict regulation of my government to provide the ODA (Official Development Assistance) only to Governmental or official institutions in principle. 

What is better, it is not just one but two vans and not just vans but also six incubators and two patient monitors both for the Foundation and the health institutions. It became possible thanks to my government’s commitment to providing more assistance to other countries and increasing its budget for that cause. These medical equipments as well as vans will be in good hands of experts to save precious lives of new-born babies and their mothers, and to respond more effectively to the medical emergencies of citizens.” Emphasizing the good relations between our two countries and people, His Excellency added that the Embassy will do its utmost to extend and deepen the bilateral relationship between Korea and Serbia and that it is always open for constructive suggestions, and recommendations, and ready to work together with friends, for the benefit of the people of two countries.

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine are very grateful to the companies: Hyundai Serbia ltd., Dräger Tehnika ltd, Papastolou Healthcare Technologies Belgrade, and Autopromet ltd. Belgrade, for their support and good cooperation.   


Friday, December 1, 2023

Prince Sverre Magnus turns 18

Front: HM the King, HM the Queen and Marit Tjessem. Behind fv: HRH the Crown Princess, HRH the Crown Prince, Prince Sverre Magnus and HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

 Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway will celebrate his 18th birthday on December 3.   His family held a lunch in his honor on December 1

"President of the Storting
Representatives of the government and the Supreme Court

First of all – Dear Magnus, congratulations on your 18th birthday!

Welcome everyone, to this lunch to celebrate our handsome prince, Sverre Magnus.

Magnus, - for grandfather and me, it is a great pleasure to be able to mark your coming-of-age day together with the family, and together with people who in various ways represent Norway here today.

I must say it is a pleasure to see you in your new Aust-Telemark bunad. It has been exciting to be with you in this process and observe the choices you have made. Both colors, fabric and patterns are your choices. The bunad has become completely unique, and it bears your distinctive character. It is you.

And as you know, it also holds a little secret: I have embroidered bags for the bunad for the other grandchildren. But bags do not belong in men's clothing. What do I do then? Then you, Marius, came to my rescue. Because he says: Can't you embroider something I can wear on the inside of my jacket?

As said, as done - you now have an embroidered pocket on the inside of the jacket that can perhaps be used for a bit of everything. I'm happy with the solution - and I hope the bunad, and especially the embroidered little pocket, will always be a small reminder of grandma's toil.

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Prince Sverre Magnus received a bunad as a birthday gift from the Royal couple, and today he is wearing it for the first time. The undercoat model is a gray jersey undercoat from Aust-Telemark from approx. 1870.

It actually warms my heart to see that there are so many people wearing bunad here today, almost everyone... A bunad is a reminder of roots and your roots, dear Magnus. About the legacy and ballast you carry with you through your extended family. You have roots in many places: From your father and grandfather you have roots in Oslo, Asker, Sweden, Denmark and England. Through your mother and grandmother, you have a part of Southern Norway and Rogaland with you. And from my side, you have  -  demonstrably through the bunad - roots from Telemark. You are a part of all this, Magnus.

Through your roots, you have acquired family stories, values, characteristics and common stories that are part of the fine young man you already are, and which is constantly developing.

You have a good and solid life foundation, dear Magnus. Everything is in place so that you can make good choices for your own future. It will be exciting to see. You are technically gifted, and you have developed an eye for photography, which makes me very happy.

Indeed, you have not already become a court photographer, when you took lovely pictures of your dear mother for her 50th birthday this summer. And not least, you are interested in hunting, much to grandfather's delight.

You are positive and interested in being involved when we invite you to experiences together as a family. We appreciate that immensely. And you are a real "water lion".

We all hold our breath when you fearlessly jump from the Kongeskipet - or jump onto the trampoline from the second floor at Skaugum. But amazingly, you come out of it all unscathed - time and time again.

I often think that young people today are exposed to unreasonable pressure. There is so much to decide on. So much that draws attention away from what really matters. So many expectations – both from society, school, friends and family. And then it becomes easy to expect a little too much of yourself.

But Magnus, I want to say something important to you and to the other 18-year-olds in our country today: It is good enough to be who you are. The most important thing is to be sure of yourself and listen to your own voice. The ability to empathize with other people's situations and being a good friend is much more important than being "good" at things. I hope you will also contribute to giving other young people around you security when it comes to this topic. We all have a job to do here.

Dear Magnus! You are blessed with a large family who are very happy for you and who only want you well.

Congratulations on your 18th birthday - we hope and wish you all the best in the future!

And once again we welcome you to the Castle on the occasion of this important family event - and raise a toast to our dear Prince Sverre Magnus.  Good luck, Magnus!"

Prince Sverre Magnus 2023 Photo: Dusan Reljin, The Royal Court

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel are in the UK


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Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived in the United Kingdom for an official visit.  Today, they were welcomed to Windsor Castle by the Prince and Princess of Wales.  Tonight, Victoria and Daniel will join the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Royal Variety Performance.

Unfortunately, Getty does not have any photos from Windsor Castle, but here are few images from yesterday's events.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

A new QVD: Aria Knatchbull Cooke

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Kelly Louise Doreen Knatchbull and her husband, Alexander Leon Geldard Cooke, are the parents of a daughter, Aria Evelyn Knatchbull Cooke.    They were married on August 25, 2022.   

Kelly, 35, is the daughter of Hon. Michael-John Knatchbull, the second child of the late Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and the late John, 7th Baron Brabourne, and his first wife, Melissa Owens.  

A native of Leeds, Alexander, 39, is a partner with Hamilton Hodell, a talent agency.  Kelly is also a talent agent and an actress.  She was named in honor of the HMS Kelly, a British warship whose captain was her great-grandfather, Louis, the 1st Mountbatten of Burma. One of Kelly's godparents is HRH The Princess Royal.

Michael-John, a film producer, and King Charles III are second cousins.

Victoria - Alice - Victoria - Louis - Patricia - Michael-John - Kelly - Aria

Saturday, November 25, 2023

The Princess of Hohenlohe-Oehringen


HSH The Princess of Hohenlohe-Oehringen died in Neuenstein on November 15, 2023.  She was 84 years old.

Katharina von Siemens was born on Christmas Eve, 1938 in Berlin.  She was the daughter of Peter von Siemens and Julia Lienau.   On June 14, 1959, at Geiselgasteig, near Munich. Katharina married HSH Hereditary Prince Kraft Hans Konrad of Hohenlohe-Oehringen.  

Prince Kraft succeeded his father, Prince August, as the 8th Prince of Hohenlohe-Oehringen and 5th Duke of Ujest.

The Princess of Hohenlohe-Oehringen is survived by her husband, Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Oehringen, two children, HSH Princess Christina, Frau Schultze, and HSH Kraft, Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe--Oehringen.   Her eldest child, HSH Princess Margarita, Hereditary Princess of Leiningen, was killed in an auto accident in February 1989.

Eight grandchildren also survive her: HSH Princess Theresa of Leiningen, Constantin, Nicolaus, and Philipp Schultze and TSH Prince Christian-Kraft, Prince Ferdinand, Prince Tassilo, and Princess Philippa of Hohenlohe-Oehringen.

Friday, November 24, 2023

A message from Harper and Fleur about Holiday shopping

Harper would like a few words with you

Fleur is a great thinker.  She knows using Amazon is easy & there are so many things you can purchase on Amazon


Dear Mommy's readers,

It is Holiday shopping time, and we know many of our mom's readers use and to purchase books and everything else under the sun .. yes, even cat food and cat toys!!!

You know you want to shop on Amazon or

Our mom does not earn money from Royal Musings and Royal Book News except for Amazon purchases when you click on a book link and purchase the book or use that link to shop on Amazon or  

Mom loves writing blog articles because she knows - and I as well -- that Royal Musings and Royal Book News reach people interested in royal history, past and present.

At the end of this post, you will find links for two books: for the US and the UK.  You do not have to buy these books.  Just click on the links, and then use the search box for what you want to purchase -- it can be anything from books to curtains and everything in between.  

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Mom loves vanilla lattes

You love to shop on Amazon?  Awesome. Me, too!

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This cat bed is not available on Amazon.   Mom bought it at Buckingham Palace more than 10 years ago!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Princess Marija makes her debut


Both photos courtesy of HRH Hereditary Prince Philip of Serbia. The woman in the right is Philip’s mom, HRH Princess Maria da Gloria, Duchess of Segorbe.

Hereditary Prince Philip and Hereditary Princess Danica with Prince Stefan and newborn Princess Marija