Saturday, April 29, 2017

The civil marriage of Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia

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Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia and Hereditary Prince Ferdinand zu Leiningen

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Princess Ehrengard of Prussia,  Princess Viktoria Luise & Hereditary Prince Ferdinand, and the Princess and Prince of Leiningen

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The bride and groom with their witnesses and Mayor Peter Schmitt

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The bride's older  brother, Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and his wife, Princess Anna Catharina.  They came to the civil wedding with their young daughter. 

Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia were united in marriage today at the Amorbach Refektorium.  This was the civil ceremony, which is required by German law.  It is the legal marriage.

Princess Viktoria Luise Kira Ehrengard of Prussia is the second of three children of the late Prince Friedrich Wilhem of Prusia and his second wife, Ehrengard von Reden.

The couple were married by Amorbach's mayor Peter Schmitt.

Blue was the color of the day.  The Hereditary Prince wore a dark blue suit with an orange handkerchief in the top pocket of the jacket.  Princess Victoria Luise chose a sky-blue jacquard dress, which was complemented by silver pumps.  She carried a small bouquet that included pink roses,  peonies and lily-of-the valley.

The couple were joined by their parents, the Prince and Princess of Leiningen and Princess Ehrengard of Prussia, along with siblings and friends.  A reception at the Rectory was held after the wedding.

The religious wedding will take place in Amorbach on September 16.

This was the first marriage between two descendants of Queen Victoria since 1981 when Prince Andreas zu Leiningen (now the Prince of Leiningen) married Princess Alexandra of Hanover.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

King Willem-Alexander celebrates his 50th birthday today

all photos  © RVD / Frank van Beek

The baptism of Prince Liam of Nassau

HRH Prince Liam of Nassau, second child of Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg, was baptised at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on April 22, 2017.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prince Christian of Hanover to marry Alessandra de Osma

The German magazine is reporting that Prince Christian of Hannover, 31, younger son of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his first wife, Chantal Hochuli, is engaged to Peruvian model Alessandra de Osma, 25.

In March, the couple attended the Rose Ball in Monaco.  Christian's stepmother, Princess Caroline of Monaco, is estranged from his father, but Christian and his older brother, Prince Ernst August, remain in contact with Caroline and her family.

Alessandra's father, Felipe, is a senior executive with Hermes, a Peruvian cash management  firm.  In 2015, the Carlyle Group acquired control of Hermes.


 The family descends from Peruvian politician Pedro de Osma y Pardo (1868-1936).

Prince Christian met Alessandra in Peru when she was 14 years old, and she became his tour guide in Lima.  A friendship developed between them, and by 2011, they were a couple as Sassa (Alessandra's nickname) accompanied Christian to the wedding of Countess Matilde Borremeo and Prince Antonius zu Fürstenberg.  Matildes half sister, Beatrice, is now married to Christian's stepbrother,  Pierre Casiraghi.

The couple have lived quietly for several year in Madrid, where Prince Christian has studied business administration.  His father and Queen Sofia are first cousins.

Christian's older brother, Prince Ernst August, is marrying Ekaterina Malysheva in July in Hanover.

Monday, April 24, 2017

What the mailman brought me today

Lovely photo of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall by Arthur Edwards

Sophie de Roumanie - Bucharest exhibit

HRH Princess Sophie of Romania is a talented, nay, a gifted photographer.  She specializes in Breton landscapes, as Brittany is her neighorbhood.

In the photographic world, she is Sophie de Roumanie, an award-winning photographer.

After a successful exhibit (with sales going to charity), Sophie is about to stage her first exhibit in Bucharest.

The show runs in Bucharest from April 26 through May 10, in the lobby of the Bucharest National Theatre.  The show will travel to Isai at the end of May, and will run for another month.

Bucharest is a lovely city to visit, and this is the perfect time to go to see an exhibit of superb photographs.  You won't regret it.

Death notice for Baron Niclas Silfverschiold

Baron Niclas Silfverschiold's funeral will held on May 11th.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Prince Heinrich of Bavaria marries Henriette Gruse

Prince Heinrich of Bavaria married Henrietta Gruse  at Kloster Andechs earlier today.  Heinrich, 31, is the second son of Prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix of Bavaria.

Thanks to Gabi Piesiur for allowing me to use a selection of her photos.  She is the copyright holder.

The two women are the Duchess of Braganza and the Countess Elisabeth of Toerring Jettenbach

Princess Anastasia of Croy with her father, the Duke of Croy.  Prince Heinrich of Croy.

The Prince and Princess of Ligne

Princess Anna and Prine Manuel of Bavaria, Princess Ursula of Bavaria,  Princess Felipa of Bavaria with her husband, Christian Dienst.  Princess Felipa is expecting her third child.

The Duke in Bavaria with his daughter, Duchess Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Terberger

The bride arrives

Brothers-in-law Prince Lukas of Auersperg with his son, Prince Ludwig, and Prince Ferdinand of Lippe-Weissenfeld with his younger son, Prince Carl Philipp.  Their wives, Princesses Alice and Auguste are sisters of the groom.

Duke of Bavaria and Duchess of Braganza

Prince Konstantin of Bavaria and his girlfriend

The Duke of Croy (right)

Prince Ludwig of Bavaria