Wednesday, April 24, 2019

HRH the Dowager Duchess of Croy (1927-2019)

HRH Gabrielle Adelgunde Maria Theresia Antonia, Princess of Bavaria, Dowager Duchess of Croy,  died on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.  She was 91 years old.     Gabrielle was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who died on April 23.

Princess Gabrielle was born at Berchtesgaden on May 10, 1927, the fifth child of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.    She married HSH Carl  Emanuel Ludwig Petrus Eleonore Alexander Rudolf Engelbert Benno, 14th Duke of Croy.   Duke Carl's mother was Nancy Leishman, the daughter of John Leishman, the American ambassador to Germany.

The religious wedding took place at Nymphenburg on June 16, 1953.  The couple lived at Schloss Merfeld in Dülmen.    Duke Carl died on June 14, 2011.

Gabrielle and her father, Crown Prince Rupprecht 1951

Beatrice (wife of Stephan)  Charlie (Carl), Gabrielle , Stephan and Marie Therese.  

Gabrielle and Carl with her brother Heinrich and his wife.

Heinrich, Editha Irmingard, Gabrielle & Sophie with their father


Vincent Perdiguez said...

So blessed people.

SL said...

Marlene - Great selection of postcard pictures!