Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A daughter for Archduchess Gabriella of Austria and Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma

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HI & RH Archduchess Gabriella of Austria, younger daughter of  Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, shared family news this morning.  She is a new mother.

Gabriella is the niece of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

She's engaged to be married to HRH Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma.  He popped the question on October 22  before Gabriella gave birth to their daughter,   Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid-Lydia, on October 30 in Geneva.

Archduchess Gabriella is 23 years old and her future husband is 27.   They are second cousins as they share common great-grandparents:  Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.

Gabriella descends from Charlotte's eldest child, Grand Duke Jean, who married Princess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg.  Princess Marie Astrid is Jean's eldest child.

Henri is a descendant of  Grand Duchess Charlotte through her 4th child, Princess Marie Gabrielle who married a Danish nobleman,  Knud , 7th Count of Holstein-Ledreborg.   They were the parents of seven daughters, the second of whom, Countess Lydia, married as her first husband, Prince Eric of Bourbon Parma, the eldest son of Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma and his first wife, Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel.

Countess Lydia and Prince Eric were married in 1980 and divorced in 1999.  Henri, who was born at Roskilde, Denmark, on October 14, 1991, is the youngest of five children.

Another Bourbon-Parma connection is through Duke Roberto I (1848-1902) and his second wife,  Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal (1862-1959)

Roberto I - Zita - Carl Ludwig - Carl Christian - Gabriella
Roberto I - Felix - Jean - Marie-Astrid  -Gabriella
Roberto I - Felix - Marie Gabrielle - Lydia - Henri
Roberto I - Rene - Michel -Erik -Henri

Gabriella and Henri also are descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark.

Christian IX- Frederik VIII - Ingeborg (married Carl of Sweden) - Astrid - Josephine Charlotte - Marie Astrid - Gabriella

Christian IX - Valdemar - Margrethe (married Rene of Bourbon-Parma) - Michel - Eric - Henri

There are also multiple lines of descent from Miguel I of Portugal

Miguel - Maria José - Elisabeth - Leopold III (Belgium) - Josephine Charlotte - Marie Astrid - Gabriella

Miguel -  Maria Ana - Charlotte  - Jean - Marie Astrid - Gabriella
Miguel - Maria Ana-   Charlotte - Marie Gabrielle -Lydia- Henri
Miguel - Maria Antonia - Zita - Carl Ludwig - Carl Christian - Gabriella

Miguel - Maria Antonia - Felix - Jean - Marie Astrid - Gabriella

Miguel - Maria Antonia - Rene - Michel - Erik - Henri

Prince Rene and Princess Margarethe were the parents of four children: Jacques, Anne (consort of King Michael of Romania, Michel, and Andre.   Prince Jacques was married to Countess Brigitte of Holstein-Ledreborg, younger sister of Count Knud, who married Princess Marie Gabrielle of Luxembourg.  Thus,  Henri's parents,  Prince Erik, and Countess Lydia are first cousins of  Prince Jacques' son, Prince Philipp of Bourbon-Parma.

At this time, the couple is living apart as Henri is currently studying for a master's degree in corporate law at the University of Copenhagen.  He received a Bachelor's degree in International Sales & Marketing from the Copenhagen Business Academy and has worked as Key Account Manager at the GodBank in Copenhagen and interned in Sales Marketing at the Schloss Kaltenberg Brewery, which is owned by Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, whose maternal grandmother was Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, a younger sister of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

 Gabriella and Victoria are living in Geneva with Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie Astrid.   At this time, Gabriella is focusing on motherhood but hopes to resume her education next year.

A date for the wedding has not been announced.

Having a child before the wedding (or being pregnant on the wedding day) is nothing new in the Luxembourg or Bourbon-Parma royal families.

Joan Dillon was three months pregnant when she married Prince Charles of Luxembourg, younger brother of Grand Duke Jean, in March 1967.

Prince Jean of Luxembourg's first child, Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau was born nearly nine months before Jean, the middle son of Grand Duke Jean, married the mother, Helene Vestur.

Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his girlfriend, Tessy Antony, became the parents of a son,  Gabriel, in March 2006.  The couple married in September 2006 and are now in the process of finalizing their divorce.

Henri's grandfather, Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma.  He has five children by his first wife, Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel,  twins by his  second wife, Princess Maria Pia of Italy (who was still married to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia when she began her relationship with Michel).  Michel also has a daughter,  Amelie de Bourbon-de Parma (1977) by Laure le Bourgeois.

Henri's paternal aunt, Princess Ines (1952-1981) gave birth to a daughter, Marie Melodie, in 1977.   Prince Michel adopted his granddaughter in 1982.

Two of Henri's sisters, Marie Gabrielle and Alexia, had children out of wedlock.  In 2003, Marie Gabriella gave birth to a son, Mark. She has not married the father.  A year later, Alexia's first daughter, Rebecca, was born.  Three years later, she married Rebecca's father, Fabian Davis.

One of Henri's first cousins, Tatiana Munro, elder daughter of Countess Silvia of Holstein-Ledreborg, gave birth to a son, Marcus, in 2009.  Two years later, she married the baby's father, Martin Skaarup Munro-Thers.


The Blessed Virgin said...

Princess Ines (1952-1981) gave birth to a daughter, Marie Melodie. Wasn't Princess Ines child's father a British Aristocrat ?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Ines briefly engaged in early 1981 to Philip Harvey. He was not the father of Marie Melody. One article refers to the father as a married American.