Friday, February 12, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Tatiana Galitzine marriage annulled!!

The marriage of Princess Tatiana Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra, which took place at Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga, California, on November 28, 2015, (and registered in Texas, where the license was issued) has been annulled.

UPDATED: February 13, 2016,  The couple may still be engaged.

The annulment was granted on February 10, 2016 in Harris County, Texas.  The county seat is Houston.   Sierra filed for the annulment on February 2.


This will explain the process for a civil annulment in Texas.

Perhaps it was love at first  sight ... as  Princess Tatiana Galitzine, the daughter of Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, married Mexican-born Guillermo Sierra on November 28, 2015, only six weeks after they first met.  They announced their engagement on November 12.

The marriage took place on November 28, 2015 at the Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga,  Napa County, California . It appears that the wedding was religious (Protestant) as Rev. Timothy Boeve was the officiant.  Rev. Boeve is a Pastor with the Reformed Church.The license was returned and the marriage registered with Harris County on January 27, 2016. 

The couple - Tatiana Petrovna Galitzine and Guillermo Sierra applied for a marriage license on November 16, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  This information is freely and publicly available as Texas vital records are open to the public.
Countess Anna Theresa of Arco-Zinneberg, Prince Ioann and Princess Tatiana Galitzine at Archduke Imre's wedding  (Photo by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig)

Tatiana's family is well connected, genealogically.   Her mother is the eldest child of the late Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1919-2010), 6th child of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita (nee Princess of Bourbon-Parma), while her father, Prince Peter, is a member of the Russian princely family that fled Russia after the Revolution. 

photo by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig
Tatiana, who was named for her father's older sister, was born at Santa Clara, California, the second of six children.  She is multi-lingual, and well-educated, having studied at the Technische Universität in Munich, where she studied architecture.  After several internships with architectural firms in Munich, Singapore and Chicago, she is now working as an Architectural Designer at Gensler, a architecture  firm headquartered in San Francisco.

Prince Peter is the  Chairman and CEO of TMK IPISCO, a Russian-owned gas and pipe-making company that moved its U.S., headquarters from the Chicago area to Houston in 2013.  During their sojourn in Chicago, Prince Peter and his family lived in the 4,000-square-foot apartment in the Drake Hotel.  They are now renting a home in the tony River Oaks area of Houston.

Since her return to Houston,  Princess Tatiana has been involved in numerous social events

Sierra, who works for Credit Suisse, was  previously married to Emily Lindsey Hilton, and they have one child, a son,  Sebastian, who was born in 2012.
Sierra married Emily Hilton, an Arizona native, on August 10, 2006.  They separated on July 18, 2014.   The divorce was granted on May 12, 2015.


Unknown said...

Why do people get married after 6 weeks and then go "oopsie?" Come on..make sure it's actually love and not lust first. What were their grounds for annulment? Fraud, duress..?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

This is a strange story. The couple's marriage was annulled, but they engaged to be married, still together. No idea what the grounds were ...

Unknown said...

They wanted to elope, parents didnt like they annulled to have a traditional wedding with family and friends invited, slated for Spring 2017.