Wednesday, September 22, 2021

KIng George II arrives in London

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  September 22, 1941

King George II of the Hellenes arrived today in London "five months to the day since he left his stricken country," reports the New York Times.   The King was accompanied by his brother, Crown Prince Paul, and "high officials" from the Greek government.

The King and his party "alighted from a special train at Euston Station."  Their "long journey" began in Egypt and South Africa before landing in England and traveling to London by train.

They were welcomed by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Kent as well as Prime Minister Churchill and other officials.

The Greek king's party also included his niece, Princess Alexandra, and her mother, Princess Aspasia, and other Greek officials.

George II joins the Kings of Norway, Yugoslavia, Albania, the Queen of the Netherlands, and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg in seeking refuge from his German-occupied nation.

It is expected that the King's officials will set up a government in exile.


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Luxembourg royals commemorate Grand Duke Jean's centenary

 The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grand Duke Jean (January 5, 1921-April 23, 2019) On September 20th, with several events including a concert.


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Front row  S.A.R. le Prince Liam de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Victoria de Bourbon Parme ; S.A.R. la Princesse Amalia de Nassau ; Comte Léopold de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Constantin de Limburg-Stirum.

1st row : S.A.R. la Princesse Alexandra de Luxembourg, S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Grand-Duchesse héritière ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc héritier avec S.A.R. le Prince Charles de Luxembourg.

2nd row : S.A.R. le Prince Noah de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Gabriel de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Margaretha de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Astrid d’Autriche ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Christian d’Autriche ; S.A.R. la Princesse Sibilla ; S.A.R. le Prince Guillaume de Luxembourg.

3rd row: S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Christine d’Autriche ; le Comte Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. le Prince Sébastien de Luxembourg ; S.A.S. la Princesse Anunciata de Liechtenstein ; Mademoiselle Scarlett Lauren-Sirgue ; S.A.R. le Prince Louis de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Henri de Bourbon-Parme ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Gabriella d’Autriche avec S.A.R. la Princesse Anastasia de Bourbon-Parme.

4th row : S.A.R. la Princesse Kathryn de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; S.A.S. le Prince Josef de Liechtenstein ; Mademoiselle Maria Claudia Echavarria ; S.A.R. la Princesse Charlotte de Nassau ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Alexander d’Autriche.

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Front row: Comte Constantin de Limburg-Stirum ; Comte Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. la Princesse Amalia de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Liam de Nassau ; Comte Léopold de Limburg-Stirum ; S.A.R. la Princesse Victoria de Bourbon Parme.

1st row: S.A.R. le Prince Noah de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Margaretha de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse héritière avec S.A.R. le Prince Charles de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc héritier ; S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Astrid d’Autriche ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Christiand’Autriche ; S.A.R. la Princesse Sibilla de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Guillaume de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Gabriel de Nassau.

2nd row : S.A.R. le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; S.A.R. la Princesse Kathryn de Nassau ; S.A.R. le Prince Sébastien de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. la Princesse Alexandra de Luxembourg ; S.A.R. le Prince Félix de Luxembourg ; Mademoiselle Scarlett Lauren-Sirgue ; S.A.R. le Prince Louis ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Marie-Christine d’Autriche ; le Comte Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum.

4th row: S.A.I.R. l’Archiduchesse Gabriella d’Autriche ; S.A.R. le Prince Henri de Bourbon-Parme avec S.A.R. la Princesse Anastasia de Bourbon-Parme ; S.A.R. la Princesse Charlotte de Nassau ; S.A.S. la Princesse Anunciata de Liechtenstein ; S.A.I.R. l’Archiduc Alexander d’Autriche ; Mademoiselle Maria-Claudia Echavarria ; S.A.S. le Prince Josef de Liechtenstein.



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LL.AA.RR. le Prince Gabriel, le Prince Noah, le Prince Louis, Madame Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, le Prince Félix, la Grande-Duchesse, le Grand-Duc, le Princesse héritière, le Prince héritier, la Princesse Alexandra, le Prince Sébastien


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy 25th anniversary

 to HM Margarita, Custodian of the Crown & HRH Prince Radu of Romania who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary today.  They were married on September 21, 1996, in Lausanne.   

Her Majesty is the eldest of five daughters of the late King Michael and the late Queen Anne of Romania.

In 1990, then Princess Margarita paid her first visit to Romania.  Today she and Prince Radu have official roles within Romania and divide their time between the Elisabetha Palace in Bucharest and Săvârșin Castle.   

Săvârșin was restored in 2000 to King Michael.  


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Monday, September 20, 2021

Beatrice von Preussen to marry Edmund Jenner: will it be Guinness or Harvey's at the wedding reception?


 Beatrice's fiance, Edmund Jenner, is the son of Miles Anthony Jenner, Head Brewer and joint Managing Director at Harvey's Brewery in Sussex, and Sally Abbott. The Jenner family has been involved with the brewery since the 1930s.  Ed's grandfather, Anthony, was the first non-descendant of John Harvey, who founded the brewery, to serve as Chairman.

I am sure the wedding reception will feature both Guinness and Harvey's beers.

Although the title Princess is used socially,  Beatrice's legal name is Beatrice von Preussen, as she was born in the United Kingdom and is a UK citizen.  Her parents' marriage was considered unequal by the then head of the house of Prussia,  HI & RH Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, so if Beatrice lived in Germany, she would have the surname Prinzessin von Preussen.

Her paternal grandfather, HRH Prince Friedrich of Prussia (1911-1966) was the fourth son of HI & RH Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and his wife,  HRH Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenberg-Schwerin.  

Prince Friedrich, who was using the name Count Lingen, was studying in Cambridge in September 1939 when the second world war began.  As he was a German national, Friedrich was taken into custody and sent to an internment camp near Quebec City. He also spent time in another internment in Farnham, Quebec, before returning to England, where he met his future wife, Lady Brigid Guinness (1920-1995), the youngest daughter of Rupert, 2nd Earl of Iveagh.

Their marriage took place at Little Hadham on July 30, 1945.    Two years later, Prince Friedrich was acknowledged as a British citizen using the requirements of the Sophia Naturalization Act (1705), which gave British citizenship to the Protestant heirs of her body in perpetuity.  This law was superseded by the British Nationality Act (1948).  Prince Friedrich became Friedrich von Preussen.

His marriage to Lady Brigid was deemed equal, so the couple's five children: Nicholas (1945), Andrew (1947), Victoria (1952), and twins, Rupert and Antonia (1955).    All three sons married non-dynastically.  Antonia is the wife of the Duke of Wellington.

Beatrice was born on February 10, 1981, the eldest of 5 children.  She has two younger sisters, Florence (the Hon Mrs. James Tollemache) and Augusta (Mrs. Caspar Helmore) and a younger Frederick whose married to Mathilda Johnson took place earlier this year. 

She is a gifted artist whose most recent exhibit, An Exhibition of Illustration and Printmaking from the Arctic and Antarctic, was held in 2019.

https://beatricevonpreussen.blog/

 Edmund Henry Jenner was born on September 30, 1984.  He is currently Head of Technical Services at the Harvey's Brewery in Sussex.  His father, Anthony became Harvey's head brewer after selling the family brewery, which was known as "the Theatre Brewers" as "Jenner's beer was in every theatre bar in the West End.

In an interview with the Morning Advertiser in 2010,  Miles said he named his son Edmund "after Bury St. Edmund," where Miles trained as a brewer at Greene King in Suffolk.

Miles and Edmund Jenner  @Harvey's Brewery




https://greenandstone.com/beatrice-von-preussen/

https://breadcakesandale.com/2014/06/04/a-tour-of-my-local-brewery-the-famed-historical-harveys-of-lewes/

https://www.harveys.org.uk/


Beatrice is a descendant of Queen Victoria:

Victoria - Victoria - Wilhelm II - Wilhelm - Friedrich - Nicholas - Beatrice

Princess Beatrice has a daughter

 


Monday, September 13, 2021

Victoria Romanovna's dresses for her upcoming wedding

 



THE DRESSES FOR THE ROMANOFF WEDDING 


The first wedding of a Grand Duke of Russia to be held in Russia after the Revolution, and the first Romanov wedding to be held in Saint Isaac’s Cathedral after over 300 years, required a few dresses, and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini wanted to make sure that each of them paid homage to Russian traditions as well as Italian fashion. An international collaboration was therefore initiated, to create unique looks for each event. 


THE WEDDING CEREMONY DRESS 


 Reem Acra, Elina Samarina for Sergio Marcone Moscow and Torzhok embroideries. 

The bride chose a design from the internationally renowned designer Reem Acra, whose creations are a favourite red carpet choice of Hollywood stars. The dress has impeccable lines. 

“Reem Acra has exquisite taste and her gowns are designed holistically as if they were a masterwork of architecture,” notes the bride. “I had only two requirements: a refined and modern dress made of Italian Silk Mikado, in the classic Italian wedding gowns of the 1960s. To create lightness and volume in a skirt made of such a rigid and heavy material, it requires an expert touch and Mrs. Acra was the right person to design such a complex and sophisticated gown.” 


The dress is a classic that is made to give a nod to the purity of the symbolism of marriage. Made of European fabric and designed in New York, and worn in Russia it’s a combination of 3 worlds and a tribute to our common roots.-  REEM ACRA

 The result is an elegant and classic, yet modern gown. It has long sleeves, a crew neckline and a 6-meter long train with a paneled cape created by Russian born designer Elina Samarina. 

“It was important for me that the dress would pull together different cultural motifs in a sort of cultural exchange."

 Elina Samarina, founder of the Sergio Marcone brand in Moscow was essential in creating something unique which would showcase the best of Russian artistry.

 Elina masterfully reinterprets Russian styles. That’s why she immediately had ideas on how to incorporate patterns of Russian style and embroidery into the ensemble of the wedding dress. There is a very long and rich tradition of embroidery in Russia, which continues to our own day, with patterns and designs that vary from region to region.  They are small masterpieces! 

It was an honour for me to take part in this project and I am proud as a Russian that I get the chance to showcase our Russian style and craftsmanship to the world.  ELINA SAMARINA 

The embroidery of the veil is done in the traditional Torzhok style embroidered into the tulle veil, instead of velvet, and which took five weeks of intense work to complete. 

“The wedding gown has a lot of symbolism,” according to the bride. 



 “It pays a joint tribute to the Italian and Russian culture. It showcases a blend of Russian craftsmanship and Italian elegance. It connects with symbols and motifs every Russian can identify with. It expresses continuity between the present and the past, and it’s issued of a high skilled collaboration between our countries.”

 “Although it was very difficult to work on this wedding dress during the pandemic, I am extremely pleased with the results. I wanted this dress to be the perfect synthesis of our cultures. The idea of having two companies involved in the process on two different continents certainly created some logistical problems, but everyone worked with enthusiasm and professionalism to create this dress as I had imagined it.” 

THE GALA DINNER GOWN 

Reem Acra and Elina Samarina for Sergio Marcone Moscow and Torzhok embroideries. 

The bride chose a hand-embroidered tulle gown made of the fabric that Mrs. Acra describes “dreams are made of”. 


Elina Samarina added a Russian touch by creating a white cape made of silk Mikado, inspired by traditional designs and embroidered in a Torzhok style. 

According to fashion designer Elina Samarina, “the Romanoffs have always fascinated and inspired people's imaginations through their unique interpretation of Russian traditions in fashion. They were ambassadors of Russian culture, opulence, and traditions abroad, this is why for such a special occasion I wanted to revive Russian unique manufacturing traditions. It is a privilege for me to have been able to work on this extraordinary project.

 “It doesn't often happen to have clients asking me to do historical research on Russian fashion. As a Russian, I am very happy that the bride decided to pay homage to the traditions of our country “ Elina Samarina 

 THE CIVIL WEDDING DRESS 


The dress for the civil ceremony is embroidered with Kokhloma designs

The dress for the Civil Ceremony was made by the designer Chiara Boni in an ice-blue color, embroidered with gold thread inspired by the traditional folkloric designs of Khokhloma. Ice-blue is also the color of the Imperial Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called which is the most important dynastic order of the Russian Imperial House. It was founded by Peter the Great in 1698. The light blue ribbon of the order of Saint Andrews served as an inspiration for the shade of the dress of the civil marriage.


 KOKHLOMA FOLKLORIC PATTERNS





THE COCKTAIL EVENING DRESS 


For the first event, the bride chose a black velvet and tulle gown embroidered with golden appliqué by Lebanese designer Gatti Nolli by Marwan. The dress is black and gold, the house colours of the Romanoff Dynasty, and combines a velvet bustier with a diaphanous tulle skirt. 


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Friday, September 10, 2021

After 26 years together, India said I do


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 After  26 years and 5 children, India Hicks and David Flint Wood were married today at the St. Bartholomew's Church in Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire. 

 A reception at the Nelson Pub in  Brightwell Baldwin was held after the service.

India, 54, is the youngest child of the late interior designer, David Hicks, and his wife, Lady Pamela Mountbatten, the younger daughter of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the Hon, Edwina Ashley.  She and David have been together for 26 years and have four children, Felix, 24, Amory, 22, Conrad, 18, and Domino, 13.  They also have an adopted son, Wesley whose mother died some years ago from cancer.  All five children were at the wedding as was India's mother, Lady Pamela.

Felix escorted his mother down the aisle.

The Daily Mail has a largely good article about the wedding,  but the writer, Bridie Pearson-Jones refers to the bride as Lady India Hicks.    India is not the daughter of a duke, marquess, or an earl.   Her mother is Lady Pamela as she is the daughter of an earl.

Ashley Hicks pushes his mother's Lady Pamela Hicks' wheelchair






In July 1981, young India was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her godfather, the Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Charles' parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947.  Prince Philip is Lady Pamela's first cousin.

No members of the Royal Family were present for today's wedding.









The guest list included India's older sister and brother, Edwina, and Ashley, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, Martina Mondadori, and his two daughters, Angelica and Ambrosia from his first marriage, the Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven,   The Hon Philip, and the Hon. Timothy Knatchbull, the bride's first cousins, served as ushers.

The Hon. Mr. & Mrs Timothy Knatchbull





The Marquess & Marchioness of Milford Haven

All the photos were taken by Ken Stone.  


India, a designer in her own right, and David divide their time between homes in the Bahamas and Oxfordshire.  He owns and runs Hibiscus Hill on Harbour Island.

The photos may not be reproduced without the permission of the photographer, Ken Stone.  He is the copyright holder.  I am grateful to his kindness for allowing me to use these photos.

https://www.hibiscushillharbourisland.com/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9978067/Lady-India-Hicks-54-marries-partner-26-years-David-Flint-Wood.html


https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2020/11/india-hicks-and-david-flint-wood-are.html

https://www.indiahicks.com/

https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-nice-profile-of-india-hicks.html

Flora Ogilvy and Tim Vesterberg 's marriage blessing service


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Flora Ogilvy, the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, and Swedish-born Tim Vesterberg had a service of blessing today at St. James's,  Picadilly in London.  

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions last fall, the couple had a private wedding on September 26, 2020, at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace with a small number of guests.

Today's service including members of the bride and groom's families and friends,  members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Kent (bride's great-uncle), Prince and Princess Michael (the bride's great uncle and great aunt), and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.   Flora and Prince Edward are second cousins once removed.

The Princess of Windisch-Graetz (Archduchess Sophia of Austria) also attended the wedding.  Her mother, Archduchess Helen (nee Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach), and Princess Alexandra are first cousins.

Flora is the daughter of James and Julia Ogilvy.

The bride's something borrowed was the Ogilvy pearl tiara and diamond and pearl earrings, both lent by her grandmother, HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy.


https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2020/10/another-royal-wedding.html

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Prince Albert speaks to People" Charlene "didn't leave in a huff!

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For Immediate Release 

September 8, 2021 at 10:00am ET

PEOPLE Exclusive: Prince Albert 'Appalled' at Princess Charlene Rumors: 'She Didn't Leave in a Huff, She Didn't Go into Exile'

Prince Albert of Monaco tells PEOPLE about rumors of a rift in his marriage to Princess Charlene: "Of course it affects her, of course, it affects me"

NEW YORK - As Prince Albert awaits the return of his wife Princess Charlene to Monaco, His Serene Highness wants to set the record straight on rumors that have bubbled up in the midst of the Princess's extended stay in her native South Africa.

"She didn't leave Monaco in a huff!" Albert, 63, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "She didn't leave because she was mad at me or at anybody else. She was going down to South Africa to reassess her Foundation's work down there and to take a little time off with her brother and some friends." 

He continues, "It was only supposed to be a weeklong, 10-day maximum stay, and [she is still there now] because she had this infection all these medical complications arose."

https://people.com/royals/prince-albert-appalled-at-princess-charlene-rumors/



 




Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The wedding of HSH Princess Maria Annunciata and Emanuele Musini

 



The religious marriage of HSH Princess Maria Annunciata of Liechtenstein and Emanuele Musini took place at the Schottenkirche in Vienna on September 4.   The 36-year-old bride is the eldest child of HRH Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, the younger brother of Hans Adam, the Prince of Liechtenstein, and HRH Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg.


Musini, 42, was born in London and is the son of the late Nicolò Musini and Monica Traglio.  He is the Co-Founder and CEO of  Phillo Health, which is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Phillo Health was recently acquired by Stanley Black & Decker.

https://yourstory.com/people/emanuele-musini?origin=awards

My thanks to Gabi for allowing me to use her photos.  She is the copyright holder.


Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma  and Archduchess Gabriella and their second child, Princess Anastasia

HI&RH Archduke Michael and Archduchess Christina of Austria

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan

Prince Lorenz of Belgium and his daughter, Laetitia-Maria

Princess Elisabeth of Thurn und Taxis and her brother Albert, Prine of Thurn und Taxis

Prince Guillaume, Prince  Jean, Countess Diane of Nassau, and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

On the right, Archduchess Marie Astrid and Archduke Christian talking with Prince Jean, Countess Diane, and Princess Sibilla

Prince Sebastian of Luxembourg

Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue and Prince Louis of Luxembourg

Prince Alexander Fugger von Babenhausen and Gabriela Stoudemir

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

HRH Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her brother Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

HRH Hereditary Prince  Ernst August of Hannover

The Bride and her dad

Wearing the Habsburg Fringe Tiara

Maria Annuciata's gown designed by Valentino




the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Hannover

Prince Christian and Princess Alessandra of Hannover


Marie Astrid and Christian of Austria


The bride and groom are 12th cousins, sharing descent from Lorenzo Strozzi (1595-1671)

& Maria Simona Machiavelli, a grand niece of Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince 


The reception was held in the Liechtenstein City Palace in Vienna.  The palace is owned by the Prince of Liechtenstein.