Monday, July 13, 2020

2 new QVDS Twins for Christian and Alessandra of Hanover


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HRH Princess Alessandra of Hanover gave birth to twins,  Nikolaus and Sophie, who were born in a Madrid hospital on July 7, 2020.   These are the first children for Alessandra  (nee de Osma) and her husband, HRH Prince Christian of Hanover, the younger son of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his first wife, Chantal Hochuli.

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 The family lives in Madrid so it is not surprising that the Spanish media are using Spanish names,  Nicolas and Sofia.  However, is not confirmed that the twins have been given Spanish first names.   Until this is confirmed by the family, I will use the German names as HRH Prince Nikolaus and HRH Princess Sophie of Hanover.

Sophie/Sofia could be in honor of Queen Sofia of Spain, whose mother, Friederike, was born a Princess of Hanover.  Queen Sofia and Prince Christian's father are first cousins.  [King Felipe VI is one of the godparents of Christian's older brother, Ernst August.]

Christian's older brother, Hereditary Prince Ernst August and his wife, Ekaterina, have two children,  Elisabeth and Welf August.

Prince Christian and Alessandra de Osma were married in Lima on March 16, 2018.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

First grandchild for MP Ian Liddell-Grainger




Conservative MP Ian Liddell Grainger (Bridgewater & West Somerset) and his wife Jill became grandparents for the first time on June 9 when their youngest child, May Alexandra, gave birth to a son, Leopold.   May, a makeup artist, lives in London with her 30-year-old partner, Christopher Burns. 

I normally do not write about Members of Parliament, but Ian Liddell-Grainger, 61, is a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. He is the first descendant of Queen Victoria to be elected to the House of Commons.

Ian is a descendant of Victoria's eighth child, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884), and his wife Princess Helene of Waldeck und Pyrmont.  Leopold, who suffered from hemophilia, was named for his great-uncle, King Leopold I of the Belgians (Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Saafeld.  The Duchess of Albany was pregnant with her second child, Charles Edward when Prince Leopold died after a fall in Cannes.    Charles Edward was born four months after the death of his father.



The line of descent is through the Duke of Albany's daughter, Princess Alice (1883-1981), who in 1904 married HSH Prince Alexander of Teck (1874-1957), the youngest son of HRH Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a first cousin of Queen Victoria, and HH Prince Franz, Duke of Teck.  



Alice and Alexander -- who in 1917 renounced his German titles and was created Earl of Athlone and Viscount Trematon -- had three children: Lady May (1906-1994),  Rupert, Viscount Trematon (1907-1928) and Prince Maurice (who was only three months old when he died in September 1910). 




Lady May Cambridge married Sir Henry Abel Smith (1900-1993) and they were the parents of three children: Anne Mary Sibylla (1932), Richard Francis (1933-2004), and Elizabeth (1936).   Five-year-old Princess Elizabeth was one thirteen bridesmaids at Lady May's wedding in October 1931.   Among the other bridesmaids were the bride's first cousin, Princess Sybilla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, whose late mother, Princess Margaret of Connaught was a first cousin of Princess Alice and Lady Alice Montagu-Douglass-Scott.   In 1935, Lady Alice married May's first cousin, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.   


It was at Lady May's wedding where Princess Sibylla met her husband, Hereditary Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden.  They were introduced by Gustav Adolf's sister, Princess Ingrid.

Anne married David Liddell-Grainger (1930-2007) at St. George's Chapel in 1957. Her bridesmaids included Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, and Princess Alice were first cousins), and Princess Christina of Sweden, the youngest daughter of Princess Sybilla.

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Ian is the eldest of five children.  He married Jill Nesbitt in 1985.  May has two older siblings:  Peter (1987) married Elizabeth Wilks in May and  Sophie (1988), now the wife of James Boardman.  Their marriage took place in August 2019.

Lady May was a bridesmaid to Princess Patricia of Connaught, Princess Mary, who married the future Earl of Harewood,  and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married the Duke of York (George VI).   Lady May, Princess Mary, and the Duke of York were first cousins.   Princess Patricia and Lady May's mother were first cousins. Princess Alice and King George V were first cousins.


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Princess Xenia of Croy to marry an Italian nobleman


HSH Princess Xenia of Croy and Nobile Guy delle Piane became engaged in early June at Guy's family's summer home on the Mediterranean island of Elba.

Xenia Maria Alexandra Agnes Gabrielle Camilla who was born at Münster on December 26. 1990, is the second of six children of HSH Rudolf, Duke of Croy and his late wife, Alexandra  Miloradovich.   Guy is the eldest son of Giuseppe delle Piane, Nobile di Polcevara and his late wife  Donna Stefania dei Marchesi d'Afflitto.

 Guy  was born at Genoa on July 23, 1985.  Several sources state 1983 as the year of birth.

The delle Piane family is an ancient Italian noble house that goes back to the 13th century.

The princess' paternal grandmother, Princess Gabrielle of Bavaria, who died in April 2019, was the fifth of six children of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria (1869-1955)  and his second wife, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg(1899-1954),  fourth daughter of Grand Duke Wilhelm IV of Luxembourg and Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal.

Princess Xenia and Guy live in London.   The groom-to-be has a Master's in International Management, Finance from the Management Development Institute, and a second Master's degree in European Business at ESCP Europe.  He also spent a semester at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He currently is a Principal with Snowball Holdings, a private investment holding company.

Princess Xenia has diversified and international education experience, including exchange semesters at the Sorbonne in Paris and Richmond, the American University of London.    She received a Bachelor's in International Affairs from Vesalius College, an English language college in Belgium, and Master's degrees in Management and International management form the IE Business School.   She is the European Community Manager for The ImPact.

https://www.london-wealth.com/ms-xenia-von-croy/

The princess also has American ancestry through her American great-great-grandmother, Nancy Leishman (1894-1983),  the daughter of John George Alexander Leishman and Julia Crawford.   John Leishman was an American diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Turkey (1901-1909), Italy (1909-1911), and Germany(1911-1913).   Nancy and Prince KarlRudolf (13th Duke of Croy) were married in October 1913, despite the opposition from members of his family, including his aunt, Isabella, the wife of Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, and Kaiser Wilhelm II.  Ambassador Leishman left his position due to the Kaiser's position on the marriage. 

A special thanks to the kind person who alerted me to the news of this engagement.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2013/04/will-miss-leishman-be-duchess-germans.html

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2011/06/hsh-carl-14th-duke-of-croy.html

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2015/09/hsh-duchess-of-croy-1960-2015.html

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2019/09/prince-heinrich-of-croy-to-marry-joana.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A princely engagement: Gisela of Liechtenstein & Victor Bergmann

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HSH Princess Gisela of Liechtenstein and Mr. Victor Bergmann are engaged to be married.  The engagement announcement took place on Sunday.  The wedding is scheduled to take place in 2021.

HSH Princess Gisela Maria of Liechtenstein was born at Feldkirch, Austria on June 26, 1990. the younger of two daughters of HSH Prince Michael Karl Alfred Maria Felix Moritz et omnes Sancti of Liechtenstein and his wife, Hildegard Berta Peters.  The princess has an older sister, Princess Theresa Maria, whose engagement to Count Cajetan of Toerring-Jettenbach was announced last October.

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-noble-engagement-liechtenstein.html


Prince Michael is the second of five children of HSH Prince Heinrich Karl Vincenz Maria Benediktus Justinius of Liechtenstein and HI & RH Archduchess Elisabeth  Charlotte Alphinsa Christina Theresia Antonia Josepha Roberta Ottonia Franziska Isabella Pia Marcus d'Aviano et omnes Sancti, the youngest child of Emperor Karl and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma.  Elisabeth was born posthumously nearly two months after the death of Emperor Karl.

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 Thus,  Princess Gisela is a great-granddaughter of Emperor Karl I of Austria.

She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in  Zürich.   Since April 2020, the princess has been a member of the Management Board of the Vaduz-based Industrie und Finanzkontor, a firm whose "roots lie in the Princely House of Liechtenstein, which has remained steadfast for more than 900 years."

https://www.gisreportsonline.com/gisela-von-liechtenstein,125,expert.html

Prince Michael is the executive chairman of the firm and a member of the Board of Directors.  Princess Theresa is also a member of the board.

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Victor Bergmann is based in Zurich, Switzerland, where he is a Strategic Partner Manager at Google Pay.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2010 from the University of Mannheim and a Master of Science in Strategic Marketing from the Imperial College in London in 2012. He is the son of Arnfin Bergmann and Countess Cécile du Moulin-Eckart.   Victor was born on June 21, 1987.

https://www.iuf.li/en/industrie-und-finanzkontor/our-team.html


http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2019/09/archduchess-elisabeth-marries-karl-of.html

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy 25th anniversary to Crown Prince Paul and Crown Princess Marie Chantal

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Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Miss Marie Chantal Miller were married on July 1, 1995, at St. Sophia's Cathedral in Bayswater, London.  A reception at Hampton Court followed.   

The couple met three years earlier at "a party of friends held in New Orleans. " Crown Prince Pavlos said:  "We were seated next to each other at dinner and spent the whole evening together talking and dancing.  I guess you could call it love at first sight."   This comment was made in a Background sheet that was released to the media before the wedding.  It was in response to questions that the couple had been asked in the weeks prior to the wedding.

Marie Chantal's response:  "I was completely enchanted with Pavlos. It was obvious from the beginning that we had many of the same interests."

It was while the couple was on their honeymoon when they were informed that the Greek Orthodox wedding was not a legal ceremony as it was not conducted in English.    After they returned to London,  Pavlos and Marie Chantal were married in a civil ceremony on August 2 at the Kensington & Chelsea Register office.  King Constantine II was the witness.    

The groom's name on the certificate is HRH Crown Prince Pavlos.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

just a few images from my collection

Vicky & Fritz

Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, with children, grandchildren & other family members on the occasion of his 75th birthday


Prince Heinrich XXX Reuss and Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen

Vicky 

Fritz

Crown Princess Cecilie

Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz and his wife Karin.  His mother was Princess Alexandra of Cumberland (Hanover)


Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Hesse, eldest son of Princess Margarete of Prussia, killed in action in 1916

Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark (Princess Christoph of Hesse) c 1932

Princess Feodora, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, half-sister of Queen Victoria

1955  Princess Christa of Prussia, Prince Moritz of Hesse,  Margarita, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg,  Princess Dorothea of Hesse and Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg,  leaving for the wedding of Princess Maria Pia of Italy and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

Mafalda, Princess of Hesse (Nee Italy) with three sons (1937)  Moritz, Otto and Heinrich

Wedding group Grand Duchess Kira of Russia and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia

Wedding of Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark and Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus of Hesse and by Rhine

Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1821-1913), second son of Princess Feodora & Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg







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Monday, June 22, 2020

Prince Charles of Luxembourg

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The Grand Ducal Family has released new photos of HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg, the first child of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

A lovely Father's day portrait



Clarence House released this photo earlier today of TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.  The photo was taken in December 2019.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mail Call


In today's mail, the Mass card for HRH Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz








Friday, June 19, 2020

Happy 21st anniversary

Today, on June 21, 1999, two royal couples were married. 

At St. George's Chapel. Windsor,  Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, married his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Rhys-Jones, in the presence of the Royal Family, including several European family members.  One guest was Edward's uncle, HRH Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover, whose wife, Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, was one of Edward's godparents.  She was unable to attend the wedding. 

Princess Sophie was the youngest of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh's four older sisters.

Today, the Earl and Countess of Wessex live at Bagshot Park with their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.  The royal couple are full time working royals.




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Onkel Georg Wilhelm's presence at the British royal wedding meant that he could not attend his nephew, HRH Prince Heinrich of Hanover's wedding to Thyra von Westernhagen at St. Andreas-Kirche in Teistungen.

Prince and Prince Heinrich of Hannover live in Göttingen, Germany, where the Prince runs a successful publishing company. Matrix Media.  The new releases include several books about the Hanover royal family.

They have three children: Prince Albert, Princess Eugenia, and Prince Julius. Prince Heinrich is also the father of a son, Oskar Nick, with German cabaret artist, Desiree Nick.  



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Happy 10th anniversary to to Victoria and Daniel

Today is the 10th wedding anniversary of HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden.  Their wedding, a true love match, remains my favorite wedding.  The music, the Lutheran service, the bride's obvious emotion (and not afraid to be tactile), the reception, the first dance  ... the overall joy of such a wonderful day.



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Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden

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Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden
Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden

Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden
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Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden

Elisabeth Toll, Kungl. Hovstaterna / Elisabeth Toll, The Royal Court of Sweden

Linda Broström Kungl. Hovstaterna / Linda Broström, The Royal Court of Sweden

Linda Broström Kungl. Hovstaterna / Linda Broström, The Royal Court of Sweden

Linda Broström Kungl. Hovstaterna / Linda Broström, The Royal Court of Sweden