Thursday, July 31, 2014

A girl for Jean and Philomena

@HRH The Duke of Vendome
It is a princess for the Duke and Duchess of Vendome.  The Duchess gave birth on July 30 at Poissy to Princess Louise-Marguerite Eléonore Marie.

This is the third child for the Duke and Duchess.  Prince Gaston was born on November 19, 2009 in Paris and Princess Antoinette was born on January 28, 2012 in Vienna.

The announcement was made by the baby's proud papa, Prince Jean, on his website.

Charles buys water pistol

July 31, 1958

The  Prince of Wales was in King's Lynn earlier today, where he bought a "water pistol on a surprise shopping tour," reports Reuters.  The 9-year-old heir to the British throne came into the coastal town with his younger sister, Princess Anne.  The Royal children and their parents have been staying at Queen Elizabeth's country home, Sandringham.

A report on the death of Nicholas II

July 31, 1918

More reports on the recent execution of Nicholas II are being published,  Today, an op-editorial in the New York Times notes that Nicholas "was so poor a figure of a Czar, fickle. self-satisfied, ignorant, weak, henpecked, usually a dupe, brought up to believe himself a sort of Grand Lama and god on earth."  The writer added that his "panegyrists have had to dwell on his domestic virtues," as he was "habitually led by the nose."

He was described as a "good son," and the "too obedient husband of a German wife."

Nicholas might have been a "happy father, a happy bourgeois, a happy snow shoveler," but was "cast for the wrong part."  He played it "awkwardly and stupidly," but one hopes that he made his "final exist" with grace and courage.

In a recent story published in the Berlin Lokal-Anzeiger, which published an account of his final hours told to the paper by an unnamed "high Russian personage."

According to this report, Nicholas was "roused" at 5:00 a.m., "made to dress, lugged to a room where he was told of the decision of the Soviet," that his execution will take place in two hours. He "hears the sentenced with perfect calmness."   He is returned to his bedroom where he collapses, perhaps from hunger, and "cannot stand up when the escort comes for him."

He fell down the stairs, so they have to "prop him against a post, log against log, to shoot him."

Nicholas' courage was questioned when he was the heir to the throne.  At his best, he was a "neurotic quarter-wit, on the road to madness."  But in his final hour, courage, the "elementary first virtue of Kings, should not have failed him."

His execution was murder.  We can "hope that Nicholas Romanoff died like a man."  Just like Louis XVI and Charles I.

Kaiser makes war speech

July 31, 1914

Germany is in a state of war, reports the New York Times.  An "imperial decree" was issued today "proclaiming the empire in a state of war."

The Kaiser will issue a proclamation ordering the "mobilization of the entire army and navy after he returns to Berlin from Potsdam.

The decision to go to war was forced by an act of "unpardonable disloyalty" by Russia.   Although Wilhelm II continued to communicate with Emperor Nicholas II, it came to Germany's knowledge that the Russian navy and army had already mobilization.

Germany could not ignore this action by Russia, despite attempts to "negotiate on the basis of Sir Edward Grey's proposal."

The Kaiser's second youngest son, Prince Oskar, was married today in what is being called "nuptials of war."  He married Countess Ina von Bassewitz, a former lady-in-waiting.

Engagement: Habsburg-Fairfax

Alexander Fairfax has popped the question to Archduchess Elmerice of Austria, and she said yes.  The couple were among the guests last weekend at the wedding of Prince Francois of Orléans and Theresa von Einsiedel, so one presumes that Alexander's proposal took place not long afterward.

Elmerice Karoline Sidonie Elisabeth von Habsburg-Lothingen is the fifth and youngest child of Archduke Christoph of Austria and Ebba von Mohrenschildt.  Elmerice, who will celebrate her 30th birthday on September 6, is the only daughter.  She has four older brothers: Dominik, Maximilian, Constantin and Ferdinand.

This branch of the family descends from Archduke Heinrich (1878-1969) whose marriage to Karolina Ludescher, was morganatic.   Until the mid-1990s, the morganatic Habsburgs had the surname Habsburg-Lothringen, but were upgraded to counts and countesses of Habsburg-Lothringen by Archduke Otto.  (This was allegedly done because his elder son, Archduke Karl, was dating Camilla von Habsburg-Lothringen, and as a countess, she would be seen as equal.  Since then the marriage rules have been loosened.  The only requirement now is for the bride to be Christian.  According to several reports, Karl has extended the archducal titles to all the former morganauts.)

Heinrich was the 6th son of Ferdinando IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and was the issue of Ferdinando's second marriage to Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Parma.

The bride-to-be is an independent art consultant based in London.

In January 2003,  Elmerice was made her debut at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 

Alexander Thomas Digby Fairfax was born in 1986 and is the eldest child of the Hon. Hugh Fairfax and Victoria Neave.  Hugh is a younger brother of Nicholas, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.  I live on land once owned by his ancestors.

A specialist in mobile marketing communications, Alexander Fairfax is also based in London.

New title for Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans

Prince Francois of Orléans was created Count of Dreux by his uncle, the Count of Paris, on the morning of his wedding to Theresa von Einsiedel.

Although no official announcement was made by the Count of Paris' office,  the news appeared in the new issue of Point de Vue, which has TEN pages of wedding coverage. 

The newlyweds will be styled TRH The Count and Countess of Dreux.

This second link has 75 photographs from the wedding.  Two interesting couples in the photographs.   Duchess Olga of Mecklenburg arm in arm with Prince Wilhelm Karl of Urach, the 23-year-old son, of Prince Karl Anselm and his former wife, Saskia Wüstof.
Prince Karl Anselm succeeded his uncle Prince Karl Gero, as Duke of Urach in 1981, as his father, Prince Eberhard, married to Princess Iniga of Thurn und Taxis, had died in 1969.  Following his marriage to a commoner,  Karl Anselm renounced his rights in favor of his younger brother, Wilhelm, who succeeded as Duke of Urach

The other photo shows Alexander Fairfax and Archduchess Elmerice of Austria, who have just announced their engagement.

Prince Wilhelm Karl and his younger brother, Prince Maximilan do not have dynastic rights.  Duchess Olga, who was born in 1988, is the eldest child of Duke Borwin of Mecklenburg and Alice Wagner.

Another gleaned tidbit from the wedding.  The bride's younger sister, Felicitas, is in a serious relationship with Alexander von Kempis, who was born November 14, 1992.  He is the son of Andreas Eberhard von Kempis and  New Mexican-born Beatrix von Thaden.  Andreas' mother, Countess Johanna von Mensdorff-Pouilly, is a descendant of Count Emanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly and Princess Sophie of Saxe-Coburg and Saafeld.

A sure sign an announcement is coming?

photo by Ulrike Bartsch

There have been reports for several years now about a relationship between these two young people.

The US-educated and raised Countess Olympia is the third of six daughters of Count Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg and Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria, daughter of Archduke Robert of Austria and Princess Margherita of Savoy.

Prince Jean-Christophe, head of the house of Napoléon, worked for many years in New York City's financial sector, is now based in London.

The couple have attended several royal weddings, including Archduke Imre of Austria's marriage to Kathleen Walker in Washington, D.C., in September 2012, but have always arrived and left separately.  On this occasion, last Saturday, they arrived arm in arm at the wedding of Prince Francois d'Orléans and Theresa von Einsiedel.

They were also photographed together at an event in New York City, where the Countess wore the same skirt that she wore to the wedding.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Franz Josef and heir are cheered

July 30, 1914

From a dispatch sent by the Vienna Correspondent of the Daily Mail and sent by special cable to the New York Times.

"Standing at the entrance to the Palace Thursday I witnesses the most solemn and touching spectacle of my life.

"Emperor Francis Joseph, who is aged 83, and his heir, the young Archduke Charles Francis Joseph, returned from Ischl to Vienna at noon today.  All Vienna welcomed them.  The crowd waved the national black and yellow flags and shouted till their throats were hoarse in enthusiasm for their monarch, who is going to war in his old age.

"The streets were lined with aged veterans bearing banners, while deputations from the city and other corporations stood awaiting the open carriage which swept up the open drive to the palace.

"The Emperor, although a little bent with his years, looked very well. The young Archduke at his side returned the greeting of the crowd, who remarked how closely he resembled his [great] uncle."

There were "great throngs" as the Emperor and his great-nephew returned to Schönnbrun Castle.  Cafes and restaurants are all deserted this evening as the "main streets are filled with singing and cheering processions."

Crowds also greeted the Emperor and the archduke as they left Ischl for Vienna earlier today. 

In Linz, the Emperor addressed officers of the local garrison who were waiting on the railway platform.

"I only have time to give you a few words of greeting in this grave hour.  These are that I trust in the good spirit, the endurance, and the valor of my army.  It was my wish to maintain peace."

Bulletin: Kaiser tells Russia to stop; Grand Duke of Hesse in Russia

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 July 30, 1914

In what many see as a "last extreme move on behalf of peace"  Kaiser Wilhelm II's  government "launched a peremptory demand" on Russia to explain the "menacing mobilization" on the German and Austrian borders, reports the New York Times.

There is little hope that Germany's demands will be met.  Germany has not stated that it will "declare war" if Russia does not cancel its "military preparations."  There is only a threat to retaliate with a "counter demonstration," but this would be seen as "tantamount to war."

This "momentous decision" was made late last night at the New Palace in Potsdam, at a council of war, led by Wilhelm II as the Supreme War Lord.  His brother, Admiral Prince Henry of Prussia, just returned from England, was also present, as was Crown Prince Wilhelm, who "in accordance with Prussian traditions, will lead one of the German Armies."

The Grand Duke of Hesse and By Rhine, who is the brother of Empress Alexandra, consort of Nicholas II, is in St. Petersburg.  He was sent to Russia by the Kaiser in a "last endeavor to arrange for peace."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monarchists want Grand Duke Nicholas on the throne

July 29, 1918

Russian monarchists recently met in Kiev, and they have "resolved to form centres throughout Russia for the re-establishment" of the monarchy "on the lines of that in power prior to March 1917, according to a New York Times dispatch from Amsterdam.

The aim is reunite the "Ukraine and Great Russia" with Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholavitch" as Emperor, according to reports from the Monarchist congress.

When confirmation of the death of the former emperor Nicholas II was made public in Kiev, many Russian officers wrapped crepe around their Crosses of St. George.  Only a short time before, officials were denying the reports of his execution in a "crowded thanksgiving service" in Kiev's cathedral. 

The congregation sang "God Protect the Czar."   During the celebration, the archpriest declared:  "The church stands outside politics, but it is befitting all true believing Russians to pray for Nicholas, the servant of God, who has suffered much."  He also spoke of the re-establishment of the monarch and the Romanov dynasty: "The temple which was destroyed shall rise again."

Fighting continues in Kiev's streets between monarchists and Bolsheviks.

Franz Josef communicates with Nicholas

July 29, 1914

The New York Times is reporting that a St. Petersburg newspaper, Novoe Vremya is stating that the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef has sent a "personal letter" to Nicholas II, which is likely to have "an important influence on the crisis."

The text of this letter has not been made public.

Flurry of telegrams between Nicholas and Wilhelm

July 30, 1914

Earlier this evening Kaiser Wilhelm II held a "naval council of war," which was attended by Admiral von Tirpitz, Minister of Marine; Prince Henry of Prussia, Admiral Commanding in Chief; Admiral von Pohl, Chief of the Admiralty Staff, and Vice Admiral von Mueller, Chief of the Imperial Naval Cabinet, according to the New York  Times.

This meeting was followed by a "council of the Cabinet," which lasted for several hours.

No information about what occurred at either meeting has been announced.

Crown Prince Wilhelm was in "conference" with the Kaiser earlier today, and their meeting "lasted three hours."

It was also learned tonight that there has been an "exchange of telegrams regarding the international situation" between Wilhelm II and Nicholas II.

The Russian Emperor dispatched a telegram to Wilhelm II, which "crossed a message" that Wilhelm had just sent to Nicholas. 

The details of the communication between the two sovereigns have not been disclosed, but the fact that they are in communication with each other has "created an unmistakably favorable impression."

There is anxiety in Germany about Russian troop movements.  On Berlin newspaper,  Lokal Anzeiger published the following:  "The pretended conciliatory aspect of the Russian policy is a grave contrast to the restless, comprehensive military dispositions of the Czar's army on the German frontier.  As long as these continue there can hardly be any question of the relaxation of the political tension.  It can only be hoped that the Czar will also give some tangible proof of his peaceable inclinations by ordering the immediate cessation of the conspicuous concentration of troops in the western regions of the empire."

A princely bump

@ Palais Princier de Monaco

Yup, there is a bump.  Not sure, though, who is more pregnant?  The Princess or Prince of Monaco.  He certainly has the sympathy pose down!   

The Palace has not confirmed when the Princess is due, although the due date is believed to be sometime at the end of the year (A Christmas baby?)

Monday, July 28, 2014


July 28, 1914

It is war in Europe.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the conflict "may or may not spread, but at best it threatens to be a grave and sanguinary affair."

Earlier today at Bad Ischl, Austrian Emperor Franz Josef signed a declaration of war against Serbia. He rejected Serbia's "conciliatory reply" to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, is "the cause of the war."   The crime was committed on "Austrian soil, and by very humble and insignificant persons."   

Austria, however, "believes and asserts" that Serbia is "mortally responsible" for the deaths of the couple.  The country has charged that Serbian officials and military officers instigated the assassination and provide the weapons that were used to kill the archduke and his wife.

Serbia has pleased innocent to Austria's charges.   But the country's "method of investigating the plot and its ramifications" have left little to be desired "in the eyes of impartial observers.

Many feel this situation will only get worse.  The Associated Press is reporting that a German official has declared that Germany will issue immediate mobilization orders if Russia declares war on Austria.  Russia has already stated its support of Serbia.

The wedding of Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans

Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria, who is a first cousin of the groom

Duke of Anjou

The Countess of Evreux and the Duke of Anjou and Princess Adelaide (mother and siblings of grooms)

The Countess of Evreux with two of her grandchildren

Prince Inigo of Urach

Count of Evreux, father of the groom

Princess Clotilde with her husband, Edouard Crepy & two of their children, Eleonore and Augustin

Duke and Duchess of Urach and their children (the duke is the bride's uncle)

Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Marie  is a first cousin of the groom. The newly weds met at a ball hosted by Prince and Princess Gundakar

Duke of Urach with his son and a nephew

Princess Helene, Countess of Limburg-Stirum   Aunt of groom

Duchess of Cadaval, wife of Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou, brother of groom

It is suffice to say that I am thrilled to bits with this marriage.  As some of you know, I am at work on a book on the descendants of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg, which will be similar to Queen Victoria's Descendants.  A genealogy, a text with biographical information and photos.

The bride is a descendant of Adolphe through her mom, Countess Amelie of Urach, whose mother, Princess Iniga of Thurn und Taxis, was the daughter of Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg.

The civil wedding took place in morning at Sünching on Friday, July 25.  The bride and groom were accompanied only by close family members.  That evening a flamenco dance and reception was held at Schloss Niederaichbach. Prince Francois was born and raised in Spain.

After the religious wedding, the newlyweds and their guests returned to Schloss Niederaicbach for a luncheon, and a grand ball in the evening, where the dress code was cocktail dresses for the ladies and the tuxedos for the men.

Details about the wedding were provided to the press.  Princess Theresa wore a white silk gown designed by Brian Rennie for Basler.  The embroidery included a discreet fleur-dy-lys in honor of the French royal house.   The bride wore one of her mother's tiaras.

The Roman Catholic service was officiated by Father Jaroslav Lobkowicz.  

Two of Prince Francois' nephews, Gaspard Crepy and Diego Dailly, served as altar boys.  The witnesses were Viktoria von Einsiedel, Count Johann Friedrich von der Schulenberg, Franziska Praxl, Prince Henri de Merode, Sol  Medina y Orleans-Braganca and Count Alexander Strassoldo.

The young bridesmaids and pages were Magdalena von Eichborn, a niece of the bride, and Augustin Crepy, Eleonore Crepy, Almudena Dailly, Gaetano Dailly and HRH Princess Isabelle of Orleans, who are the nephews and nieces of the groom.

Augustin and Eleonore are the children of Florida-based Princess Clothilde and her husband, Edouard Crepy, a banker, and Almundena and Gaetano are the children of Princess Adelaide and her husband

Although I was surprised to not see the Count and Countess of Paris and the Duke and Duchess of Vendome at the wedding,  the groom's family was well-represented.  Two of his aunts,  Princess Isabelle, Countess of Schönburg-Buchheim, and Princess Helene, Countess of Limburg-Stirum, and their families were in attendance, as was Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria of Austria.  A princess of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies by birth, Maria is a paternal first cousin of the groom.

The Duke of Anjou and his daughter, Princess Isabelle
Other guests included Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein,  the Duke and Duchess of Urach and family,  Prince and Princes Inigo of Urach and their children,  Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon and Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Grand Duke George of Russia and Rebecca Bettarini, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis, Hereditary Prince Carl Philipp of Croy, Princess Anunciata of Liechtenstein and Princess Benigna Reuss and her husband, Don Oscar de Ascoz y Planes.

The newlyweds will live in Paris, where Prince Francois owns a landscaping company.

Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon and Countess Olimpia have been an item for several years, but this is the first time I have seen them arrive together, arm in arm, at a royal wedding.  Could this mean an engagement announcement in the not-to-distant future?

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the parents of the bride and groom

Countess Olympia Arco  and Princess Maria Laura of Belgium

Princess Helene of France and her family

Grand Duke George of Russia

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Theresa von Einsiedel marries Prince Francois d'Orleans

The wedding of TRH Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans earlier today St the Basilica of St. Jakob in Straubing.  

New patronage for Prince Alexander

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HRH Prince Alexander patron of American football club "Royal Crowns" from Kraljevo, Belgrade

July 26, 2014 - His Royal Highness Prince Alexander is pleased to announce that as of today, American football club "Royal Crowns" from Kraljevo will be under his patronage.

In his letter to Mr. Srdjan Cosic, the chairman of the club, Prince Alexander said: "I was very glad to receive the request to be the patron of the American football club 'Royal Crowns'. It is with great pleasure that I accept the patronage of this outstanding club, which cherishes the traditional friendship between Serbian and American people. Please accept my best regards and convey them to all members of the American Football Club "Royal Crowns", as well as wishes for success in your work".

A group of enthusiasts and fans of American football founded the club on October 7, 2004 in Kraljevo. Since then, the club has grown into one of the most respected clubs in Serbia and the region, achieving impressive results in sports, excellent cooperation at international level and a strong commitment to the field of humanitarian and community service in the local community. This sports club proudly bears the name of "Royal Crowns" from its founding to the present, and this name was chosen in an effort to preserve and promote the tradition of the Serbian people, and promotion of constitutional monarchy as the form of government, as well as of the Serbian Royal Family Karadjordjevic.

His Royal Highness Prince Alexander was born in Fairfax Virginia 15 January 1982. He is the fraternal twin of Prince Philip and he is third in line to the Throne after his elder brothers Hereditary Prince Peter and Prince Philip. He is the son of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and HIRH Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans Bragança. Prince Alexander is the grandson of the HM King Peter II and HM Queen Alexandra His Godparents are HM the Queen of Spain, HM King Constantine of the Hellenes, and HRH the Duchess of Calabria.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wrath at Urach's acceptance of Crown

July 24, 1918

Pan-Germans are angry that the selection of the "throne-seeking Duke of Urach" as King of Lithuania.   According to the New York Times, the Duke has accepted the offer.

The acceptance may be true, according to reports in Berlin, but there will be the "usual official denial," as "true Prussians are obviously pained" that the Lithuanian National Council, made up of a "packed body of loyal German Barons," should ignore the Kaiser and prefer a southern German prince and independence to joining Prussia.

The Germans would prefer for Lithuania to be annexed, "preferably to Prussia."

The Duke of Urach wants "dearly to obtain a place in the indecently hurried race of German princelings for new thrones."   He serves as a Württemberg general, and heads the non-ruling line in the Württemberg family.  He has ties to the Bavarian royal family and was an "unsuccessful candidate for the Albanian throne."

Wilhelm is the 2nd Duke of Urach.  He is the elder son of the late Duke Wilhelm and his second wife, Princess Florestine of Monaco, daughter of the late Prince Florestan I.   Most of his childhood was spent in Monaco, where his mother often acted as Regent for the minor Prince Albert.    He was seen as a possible heir to the Monegasque throne, but in 1911,  Prince Albert legitimized his son, Prince Louis's illegitimate daughter, Charlotte.

In 1892, he married Duchess Amalie in Bavaria.  She died in 1912 following the birth of her ninth child, Princess Mechtilde.

Should the Duke become king of Lithuania, he will be known as King Mindaugus II.

British court in mourning for Nicholas

July 24, 1918

King George V as ordered the British court to go "into mourning for four weeks" for the former Russian Emperor Nicholas II, whose was executed last week, reports the New York Times.

Reports Tsarevitch also dead.

July 24, 1918

Alexis Romanov, former heir to the Russian throne, died "from exposure a few days after his father," according to a dispatch from Moscow to the Berlin Lokal-Anzeiger, and transmitted to the New York Times from Amsterdam.  

Alexis was 13 years old.  He was born August 14, 1904, and was the youngest of the five children of Nicholas and Alexandra, the former emperor and empress of Russia.  Nicholas was reported to have been executed on July 17.

War in Europe?

July 24, 1914

Authoritative sources in London tell the New York Times that "developments are pending the Austro-Serbian crisis, which are likely to lead, if not to a great European war at least to a protracted period of international unrest."  This unrest would include the "outbreak of war in the Balkans."

All of this can be averted if there is a "complete back down" one or the other of the two triple alliances "into which the European powers are divided."

So far only Germany and Russia have been drawn into the Austro-Serbian quarrel.  The New York Times understands that Great Britain has "clearly and unmistakably taken a line of policy" that shows her "entente with France and Russia will be an essential factor in the balance between peace and war."

Germany will not get involved in the Austro-Serbian quarrel unless another nation prevents Austria from "obtaining satisfaction" for the murders of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.    If another power interfered -- namely Russia -- Germany "would do her duty by her Austrian ally."

Russia has taken "up the challenge.  From St. Petersburg, a notice that Russia has decided to "intervene" in the crisis.  The Russian government will ask Austria to extend the time allowed for Serbia's response to Austria's ultimatum in order to allow European diplomacy to take action.

Britain and France have made it clear that they will support Russia if Germany "carries out her intention" of "resenting intervention by Russia."

The current situation in Europe is dire.  Austria cannot "recede from the position" she has taken with Serbia, while Russia is unlikely to abandon her support for Serbia.

All members of the British Cabinet have canceled their weekend plans.

There is little information on how Belgrade has reacted to Austria's ultimatum, as Austria-Hungary has put "obstacles" on "rapid telegraphic communication" with Serbia.    In the last 24 hours, the messages from Belgrade have been "few and insignificant."

Archduke Otto ill

July 24, 1904

Archduke Otto of Austria, the younger brother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne, is "exceedingly ill," reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.

The archduke is second in line to the throne due to his brother's morganatic marriage.   About three months ago, Otto suffered a "paralytic seizure," which left him "powerless to move."  He had been confined to his palace in Vienna, but now he is recuperating at Rosenburg, where the "change of air and scene" may help in his recovery.

He is said to be "entirely helpless," while reclining in his "daily airing.  

The Marquise says she called attention to this story because of the "certain amount of mystery" in connection with Archduke Otto's health.  No official announcement was made about his health, even after the reports of his wife, Archduchess Maria Josefa appearing at court events without him. 

There are no foundations for these rumors.  Otto is the father of 17-year-old Archduke Karl, on "whom all hopes of the house of Habsburg and the Austrian nation are centered."    Karl is being brought up "entirely under the supervision" of Emperor Franz Josef, who is "devoted to him.  Karl will one day become the ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Danish royal family's summer photo call at Graasten

The Danish royal family's annual photo call at Graasten

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meeting announced for German and Austrian monarchs

July 23, 1884

It was officially announced today in Berlin that German Emperor Wilhelm will meet Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary at Ischl, a "watering place in Upper Austria, on August 8, reports the New York Times. 

The meeting between the two sovereigns will last for two days.   Wilhelm will return to Berlin on the 10th.  

Emperor Franz Josef will meet the German Emperor at Thensee.

Bulletin: Austria ready to invade Serbia

July 23, 1914

The Austro-Hungarian government sent a note tonight to Serbia, which will bear "on the relations between the two countries" and deals directly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne, at Sarajevo on June 28.

The note reviews Austria's relations with Serbia since 1909, and complains that "although the Serbian government promised loyalty" to the Austro-Hungarian government,  it "failed to suppress subversive movements and agitations in the newspapers."  These actions, Austria-Hungary states, has incited the Serbians to "hatred of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and contempt for its institutions."

This hatred culminated in the assassinations of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.   Austria tells Serbia that its involvement in the crime has been proven by "depositions and confession by the perpetrators," who have admitted that the plan was "hatched in Belgrade," and the arms and explosives were supplied by the "connivance of Serbian officers and functionaries."

"The Austro-Hungarian Government is unable longer to pursue an attitude of forbearance, and sees the duty imposed upon it to put an en to the intrigues which form a perpetual menace to the monarchy's tranquility.  It therefore demands from the Serbian government formal assurance that it condemns the dangerous propaganda whose aim is to detach from the monarchy a portion of its territory, and also that the Serbian government shall no longer permit this machinations and this criminal, perverse propaganda."

The Serbian government is also being asked to "publish in its official journal on the front page, condemning the subversive propaganda, deploring its fatal consequences," as well as regretting the actions of the Serbian officers, who have taken part in the propaganda.  The Austro-Hungarian government is also demanding that Serbia repudiate any further "interference with Austro-Hungarian interests."

Here is a link to the full text of the Austro-Hungarian demand:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Germany will continue relationship with Russia despite killing of Tsar

July 22, 1918

The Berlin correspondent for the Danish newspaper, Politiken, tells the New York Times that he "learned from a well informed person" that Germany will continue to maintain "friendly relations with Russia," even after learning of the murder of the former emperor Nicholas II.   

The correspondent states that the no party in Germany "entertained any sympathy" for Nicholas, and his death must be "regarded as purely affecting the Russian people."

Official: Wilhelm of Hohezollern to marry Princess Adelgunde

July 22, 1914

The engagement of the Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria was officially announced earlier today, reports the New York Times.

The 50-year-old Prince Wilhelm arrived at Schloss Leutstetten, near Munich, to visit the Bavarian royal family, shortly before the announcement was made.  Princess Adelgunde, is the eldest daughter of King Ludwig III and Queen Maria Theresia of Bavaria.

This will be the first marriage for Princess Adelgunde, who will celebrate her 44th birthday on October 17.   The Prince of Hohenzollern is a widower.  His first wife, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies died in 1909.   They had three children, Auguste Viktoria, who is married to the exiled King Manoel II of Portugal,  Hereditary Prince Friedrich and his twin brother, Prince Franz Josef. 

The Prince of Hohenzollern is the older brother of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Roumania.

Happy birthday, Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge is one year old today!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Nicholas' property forfeited to Bolsheviks

July 21. 1918

The property of former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, Alexandra, his mother, Marie, and other members of the imperial family have been "forfeited to the Russian Republic," according to a dispatch from Moscow to Amsterdam and reported by the New York Times.

The forfeiture includes deposits "in foreign banks to the credit of members of the imperial family."   The Bolshevik government issued a decree regarding the forfeiture on July 17.

The Moscow Bjedneta, a Bolshevik newspaper, is reporting the death of the former Emperor.  "By order of the Revolutionary Council of the People, the bloody Czar has happily died.  Vive the red terror!"

Prince Alexander talks about Saxony settlement

Prince Alexander of Saxony-Gessaphe, head of the former ruling house of Saxony, was recently interviewed about the final financial compensation from the Saxony government.

"It is a great pleasure for all of us that this unfortunate chapter, which has been with us for nearly 20 years, has finally come to an end. I want to thank everyone involved,"  Prince Alexander said in an interview with German newspaper, Sächsische Zeitung.

He is pleased that financial solution was arranged.  "It is important that the works of art remain in the museums, and we offer the Free State of Saxony the opportunity to purchase them."

There will be no argument about how the money will be divided.  The family will receive nearly 5 million Euros.    Prince Alexander will receive one thirtieth of the compensation, and, according to Alexander, Rüdiger Prinz von Sachsen (son of the late Prince Timo, is "entitled to the lion's share, about one-third of the total amount."

Interview with Princess Marie Louise of Prussia

Princess Marie Louise of Prussia and her husband, Count Rudolf of Schönburg-Glauchau, have lived in Marbella for 40 years.  Count Rudi has played a major leadership role with the Marbella Club.

The Princess, daughter of Prince Wilhelm Viktor of Prussia (1919-1989), devotes most of her time to charity work.  For the past 20 years she has been involved with an AIDS charity, Asociación Antisida Concordia.  She said she believes it is important to give back to the local community as "Marbella has been very good to me."

In a recent interview with a Malaga news organization, Sur,  the princess says she lives a normal life in Marbella, although she acknowledged she does have help in her home.  She goes to the supermarket, goes for walks with her husband and dog.

Princess Marie Louise remains close to her cousin, Queen Sofia of Spain, who is the godmother to the princess' daughter, Countess Sophie of Schönburg-Glauchau.   She did not call the Queen after Juan Carlos announced that he would abdicate. 

"It was a great surprise."  The princess watched the television coverage and spent a lot of time using the Whats app application, as she kept up to date on the events in Spain."

Marie Louise said she would love to have the Queen stay with "us in Marbella.  It is my big dream."

She is said that her cousin is suffering because of Infanta Cristina's legal problems. "No mother wants to see their children have problems.  I am sorry that my cousin has to her daughter involved."

She is convinced that King Felipe and Queen Letizia will do a great job.  Spain is "lucky to have them both," the Princess said.

She added that Letizia can greatly help Felipe.  "The role of a queen is not easy."

The reporter asked Princess Marie Louise if she wished to be queen.  "Not for a million Euros," she said.  "What a life. Every day and every hour is scheduled. If you're sick you get injected to keep you with your best smile.  Thank God, I have a Count, who is very friendly, and that's enough."

QVD wedding: Tatiana Prinzessin von Preussen marries

Tatiana von Preussen, a London architect, married author Philip Womack in June. 

Tatiana is the daughter of Prince and Princess Andrew of Prussia.  Prince Andrew is the second son of the late Prince Friedrich Georg of Prussia, fourth son of the late Crown Prince Wilhelm, and Lady Brigid Guiness, daughter of the Earl of Iveagh.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Prince of Wales likes American women

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July 18, 1914

The Prince of Wales, 20, has begun to make "regular appearances in general society toward the tail end of the London season," according to the New York Times.  The heir to the British throne apparently shares his grandfather, King Edward VII's "liking for Americans."

Even a "grave commentator" like The Times has admitted that American women in London "possess more liveliness" than their English cousins.  This may have something to do with their democratic upbringing, and they are less likely to "stand in as much awe of royalty."   On the other hand,  the Prince of Wales can "feel uncomfortable" with the obsequiousness of the average English woman.

The Prince of Wales "wants to get as much amusement out of life" and is showing signs of resenting his mother's meddling.

When he goes out into "general society," he seeks out his own companionship.  It is the "prerogative of royalty" to revise lists of invited guests, but so far the Prince has not asked hostesses whose parties he has attended in the last two weeks, but he has sent them "in advance several names of persons whom he wishes to see at their houses.

Lady Essex, Lady Granard, Lady Maidston,e and the Duchess of Roxburghe, all American women, have appeared on the Prince of Wales' list.   The Duchess of Roxburghe is said to be a special favorite of Queen Mary.

The presence of "American-born women at Lady Salisbury's dance" has caused some comment because the Marchioness has always "disassociated herself somewhat from the American contingent in London.  At this event, Lady Salisbury was "compelled to observe the wishes" of the Prince of Wales, and to "extend her hospitality to as many Americans as she could induce to accept."

But it is "generally believed" that Queen Mary will "make every effort" to determine the "future entourage" of her eldest son.  If she has  her way, she will make sure the Prince of Wales is surrounded with "the friends and relations of those in her own household."

It will be interesting to see how the Queen will be able to pull this off.  The extent of her influence will be seen "in the names of the persons" on guest lists for future house parties that the Prince of Wales will attend.

There is a rumor making the rounds that the Prince canceled a visit to the country home of a member of the Royal Household because "the list of persons to whom he had asked to be invited to meet him," was revised by his mother.  Queen Mary scratched off three names, two of whom were American women.

Queen Mary is a "woman of strong character,"  and will continue to "retain the upper hand" until her son reaches his majority next June.

Saxony government settles clams with members of former royal family

It has taken 18 years of negotiations, but the government of the Saxony in Germany has come to agreement with members of the former royal house of Saxony.  The family will receive 4.8 million Euros, along with 1312 books, maps, sheet music, correspondence, letters, weapons and 11 pieces of furniture.

The fourth and final settlement was signed by Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe, who the Saxony government recognizes as head the family, and others.

The family plans to sell the newly returned items, and they expect to earn  1.15 million Euros.

The family possession had been expropriated by the German Democratic Republic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Prince Michael of Kent: prostate cancer

Prince Michael of Kent, younger brother of the Duke of Kent, has had a successful treatment for prostate cancer.

Umberto and Marie Jose reunite for money

July 16, 1950

It has taken a $4,000,000 fortune to reunited former King Umberto of Italy and his "lovely half blind wife, Princess Marie Jose of Belgium," reports the Chicago Tribune.

The couple have been separated since 1945.  The entire Italian Royal family are gathering at Chateau de la Croe, which has 17 room and eight bathrooms.  The chateau is at the "swanky Cap d'Antibes," and is owned by Mrs. Barbara Burton, widow of William Burton, a millionaire.    The house has been leased by the Italian royal family for the entire summer.

Joining former King Umberto at the family council are his estranged wife, Marie-Jose, his son, Prince Vittorio Emanuele, 12, his mother, Queen Elena, 77; and two of his sisters, former Queen Giovanna of Bulgaria and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.   Giovanna's son, former King Simeon, is also at the meeting.

Queen Marie Jose left Umberto in 1945 to live near Geneva, Switzerland, with their four children.  She allegedly left him because of his "reported affairs."

After Italians voted for a republic in 1945,  Umberto went to live in Portugal. Marie Jose refused to join him.  She said at the time: "I don't want my son to be brought up as his father was --learning nothing else except how to review troops."

The $4 million fortune was placed by the late King Vittorio Emanuele III in England, and British courts recently awarded the money to his heirs, despite opposition from the Italian government.  The family will also be discussing how to split $100,000,000 worth of "land and property," which the Italian courts returned to members of the former royal family.  Only Umberto's share was confiscated by the government.

Did Prince Luis wed pretty London commoner

July 16, 1914

Prince Luis of Bourbon-Orleans has "quietly married in London" to Miss Beatrice Harrington, a "pretty London girl," according to the New York Times.

The bride is described in the marriage certificate as the daughter of James Harcourt Harrington.  She is 23 years old.

The time and place of the wedding was not announced.  Only a few people attended the ceremony.

Prince Luis Fernando is the second son of Prince Antonio of Bourbon-Orleans, Infante of Spain and Duke of Galliera, and Infanta Eulalia of Spain, an aunt of the present King Alfonso XIII.

Prince Luis Fernando was born on November 5, 1888 at Madrid.  His elder brother, Alfonso, is married to Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

[Editor's note:  the report is inaccurate.  The groom was not Prince Luis Fernando, but  Don Luis de Borbon y Bernaldo de Quiros, Duke of Ansola. who was born at Paris in 1887.  He was the son of Don Luis de Borbon y de Borbon, Duke of Ansola and Maria Ana Bernaldo de Quiros y Munoz, Marquesa de Atarfe.   The groom's paternal grandfather was Infante Sebastian Gabriel of Spain and Infanta Maria Cristina of Spain. His younger brother, Don Manfredo was the duke of Hernani, a title inherited by Infanta Margarita of Spain, younger sister of King Juan Carlos.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No Visa for Zog and family

July 15, 1940

King Zog of Albania is "trying to emigrate" to the United States with his half-American wife, Queen Geraldine, their infant son, and his three sisters.  The infant Prince Skandar was born just before Albania was invaded by Italy last year.

Zog is in London, and has made known that he has been trying to arrange an "Atlantic crossing" for his family and "a retinue of about thirty."

But if the exiled king and his family want to make the United States their home, they will have "got an immigrants."  The United States Embassy in London has stopped issuing visitors' visas.

The Albanian royals arrived in London on June 27 from France.

Luxembourg royals on way to US

July 16, 1940

The State Department has confirmed that seven members of the royal family of Luxembourg are on their way to the United States on board the cruiser, Trenton. according to an Associated Press dispatch.

Grand Duchess Charlotte, the ruler of the tiny Grand Duchy, now under German occupation, is not on board the ship, which left Lisbon earlier today.  The royal party includes Prince Felix, the consort of Grand Duchess, their six children and members of their staff.

They were granted permission to travel on the Trenton as a "mark of international courtesy" to the head of state of a country which the United States has always had "friendly relations."

The six children are: Prince Jean, 19; Prince Charles, 13; and the Princesses Elisabeth, 18,; Marie-Adelaide, 16; Marie-Gabrielle, 15, and Alix, 11.

Grand Duchess Charlotte will remain in Lisbon for the time being, and will join her family later.

Queen Marie on her way to Sinaia

July 15, 1938

Dowager Queen Marie of Roumania's health is said to be "much improved," and has left Dresden for her summer home at Sinaia, reports the Associated Press.

Her physician, Dr. Richard Stoermer, who specializes in liver diseases, stated that the dowager queen has "recuperated remarkably."

Windsors have lunch with Princess Maria

July 15, 1938

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor had an "impromptu luncheon" earlier today with Princess Maria of Italy, reports the Associated Press.

The princess is the youngest daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elena of Italy.

Princess Maria was en route to Rome when she stopped in Florence, having spent some time at San Rossore, where the Italian royal family spends their summers

The Duke and Duchess have been on a yacht cruise, and were sightseeing in Florence, when they learned Princess Maria was also in the city.  Arrangements were made for a luncheon at a local restaurant.

Palace to be razed

July 15, 1904

The Belgrade palace where King Alexander and Queen Draga were murdered a year ago will be "razed to the ground," reports the Los Angeles Times.   The building is said to be "haunted and accursed" by rich and poor.   The furniture and possessions of the late King were "valued by experts," and then burned.  The items have been estimated and the money will be given to Alexander's mother, Queen Natalie.  Recently, she presented to the National Museum in Belgrade all of her late husband and son's arms, many of which are of great value.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Duke of Aosta very ill

July 14, 1914

The Duke of Aosta  has typhoid fever, reports the New York Times by special cable.   He appeared to be convalescing well, but has "suddenly relapsed" and is now in grave condition at his palace in Naples.

The Duchess of Aosta, a sister of the Duke of Orleans, has returned from Morocco to nurse her husband.  She remains at his bedside, though she is herself "in delicate health."

It is "popularly believed" that the Duke's opposition play a major role in his brother, the Duke of the Abrruzzi, breaking his engagement to American Katherine Elkins.

The Duke, who was once heir presumptive to the Italian throne, is a cousin of King Vittorio Emanuele.

The wedding of Princess Theresia of Oettingen-Oettingen weds Carl Christian Oetker

On Saturday, Princess Theresa of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg, 30, married Carl-Christian Oetker, a scion of the German baking products dynasty.

More than 150 guests attended the religious wedding, which took place at the local parish church, St. Jakob.  A stork circled the church, a sign of good luck and fecundity for the couple.

The couple were married in an ecumenical wedding as the bride is Roman Catholic and the groom Lutheran. 

The newlyweds and their guests celebrated the wedding with a reception in the wedding hall and courtyard of Schloss Oettingen, the family home.  The princess is the second child and eldest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg.

The couple were married in a civil ceremony a week earlier in Oettingen.  The family released few details in advance of the wedding.  This was largely due to the fact that the groom's father, Richard, was kidnapped and held for ransom in December 1976.

Richard Oetker was 25 years old when he was kidnapped and held for 48 hours, and confined to a four by two foot box "attached to a bizarre electrical device rigged to an alarm clock that would have set off the electric shock," according to the Associated Press report.

Oetker suffered "fractures of both hip joints and two vertebrae when he involuntarily set off the device himself."  He was also treated for irregular heart rhythm. 

He was freed after his brother handed over a ransom of $8.3 million several hours earlier.  It took early 20 years for the case to be solved.   Oetker cooperated with the making of a film, Dance with the Devil, regarding the case.

Richard is one of eight children of Rudolf August Oetker, grandson of August Oetker, who founded the baking firm in 1891. 

The Oetker is one of the richest families in Germany.

Princess Theresa and Carl-Christian, who is known as Charly, met in London when they were at university where they were earning master's degrees.  Theresa studied political science and now works in the film industry.  Charly, 32, has a degee in business administration and works in finance.

The palace and catering staff had to hand in their cell phones and sign confidentiality agreements.