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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BULLETIN: King Albert to hand over a DNA sample

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UPDATED:  King Albert has provided a saliva sample to the court, according to Deutsche Welle.  A "comparative analysis with the DNA of Boel and her mother."

 King Albert will provide a DNA sample to the court, according to his lawyer earlier today.   The result of the DNA test will remain secret until the Court of Cessation makes its final ruling later this year.

Delphine Boel has spent the last six years fighting a legal battle to be recognized as Albert's daughter.  Her mother Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps had an affair with the then Prince Albert, during her marriage to industrialist Jacques Boel.  Prince Albert, then styled as the Prince of Liege, was the heir presumptive to the throne as his brother, King Baudouin's marriage was childless.

Albert and his wife, Paola. an Italian aristocrat, were largely estranged during the late 1960s.

Delphine Michèle Anne Marie Ghislaine Boel was born February 22, 1968.  She has two children, Josephine (2003) and Oscar (2008) bu her Irish-American partner James O'Hare.

An an earlier court decision ruled that Boel was Delphine's legal father even though a DNA test proved that he was not her biological father.   Last October, the Court of Appeals overturned the decision.

At that time, the Court demanded that all the parties involved, including Delphine and the king, provide DNA samples to prove Delphine's claim.

More recently, the s\Court issued a penalty of 5,000 Euros per day that must be paid until Albert complied with the DNA request.

King Albert challenged the ruling with a request before the Court of Cessation.  This court ruled against the king and stated that the daily fine must begin.

Delphine Boel's lawyer, Yves-Henri Leleu, issued a statement on behalf of his client.  "This is good news.  The evidence is secured and we asked for nothing more or less than that.  It is also the end of a long legal story. The result has been achieved."

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Mr. Leleu added that "it is logical that the result of the DNA test will remain secret for the time being until the Court of Cessation makes its final  decision."

Monday, May 27, 2019

King Juan Carlos to retire from public life

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 The Spanish court announced today that King Juan Carlos will retire from official duties on June 2.  He abdicated in favor of his son, Felipe, on June 19, 2014.

He sent a letter to his son, King Felipe V.

"Majesty, dear Felipe:

Throughout these last years, since my abdication from the Spanish Crown on June 2, 2014, I have been developing institutional activities with the same zeal for service to Spain and the Crown that inspired my reign. Now, when almost five years have passed since that date, I believe that the time has come to pass a new page in my life and to complete my withdrawal from public life.

Since last year, when I celebrated my 80th birthday, I have been maturing this idea, which was reaffirmed on the occasion of the unforgettable commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of our Constitution in the Cortes Generales. A solemn act, full of emotion for me, that made me evoke, with pride and admiration, the memory of so many people who contributed to make possible the political Transition and renew my feeling of permanent gratitude towards the Spanish people, true architect and main protagonist of that transcendental stage of our recent history.

With a firm and thoughtful conviction, today I express my desire and desire to take this step and stop developing institutional activities, starting next June 2. I take this decision from the great affection and pride of a father that for you I feel, with my loyalty always.

A huge hug from your father. "

(Google translation)

According to the officials, Juan Carlos is not retiring due to health reasons.

Queen Sofia will continue to carry out official duties.

Breaking news -- Nicholas de Roumanie acknowledges he is the father of Iris Anna

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 Nicholas de Roumanie (formerly Prince Nicholas of Romania) has acknowledged that he is the father of Iria Anna Cirjan, the daughter of Nicoleta Cirjan.

Iris Anna was born on February 9, 2016.  She is the first grandchild for Princess Helen of Romania.

He made the acknowledgment on his Facebook page:

"As a result of my insistence on the test of establishing the paternity of my alleged child, Ms. Nicoleta Cîrjan accepted the realization. The result was positive, thinking I was her child's father. Given the context in which this child came to the world, the fact that I did not have a relationship with my mother, I assumed legal responsibility for it. For reasons of protecting the best interests of the child, I consider that any aspect of her life is of a strictly private nature. From the express desire to protect the child and not subject it to any media risk or bullying, I decided to stop any further comments on this subject."

(This is a Google translation of Nicholas' remarks.)

Nicholas took a DNA test, which proved that he is Iris Anna's natural father.

The Cumberlands have a son

Three days after the Duchess of Kent gave birth to a daughter,  the Duchess of Cumberland joined the succession race with the birth of a healthy son in Berlin.  

This was the 14th child for the 41-year-old Duchess, who was born Princess Friederike of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  She had three children by her first husband, Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia, who died in 1796.  

Friederike was the niece of Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.  After Friedrich Ludwig's death,  Friederike's first cousin, Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, proposed marriage.  His father consented but suggested postponing the marriage until the war with France ended.  

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It appears that Friederike was not willing to wait.  Queen Charlotte was right in her belief that Friederike jilted her son for another man.   She was having an affair with Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Solms-Braunfels and by the summer of 1798, she realized she was pregnant.  Prince Friedrich Wilhelm proposed as he knew he was the father.  They were married in December 1799.  Two months later, she gave birth to a daughter who lived for only eight months.

The marriage was not a success as the Prince was an alcoholic and preferred a self-indulgent lifestyle.   After the birth of their seventh child in 1812, the couple lived largely separated lives.  Friederike's family advised that she obtain a divorce.  In May 1813, she met her first cousin, the Duke of Cumberland, and they fell in love.    Seeing the advantage of a marriage with a member of the British royal family, Friederike's father, Duke Karl, supported the divorce, as did the King of Prussia and the Prince of Solms-Braunfels. 

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Prince Friedrich Wilhelm died on April 13, 1814, ending Friederike's need for a divorce.  Some believed that Friederike poisoned her husband to be free to marry the Duke of Cumberland.

The couple became engaged in August 1814.  The marriage had the assent of Ernest August's brother, the Prince Regent.  Their mother, Queen Charlotte never approved of the relationship, perhaps due to Friederike's jilting of Adolphus or her own immoral behavior by getting pregnant before marriage or even the rumors about the convenient death of her second husband... or even a combination of all three.

Queen Charlotte who died in 1818 never welcomed her niece into the family.  The couple were married in Neustrelitz in May 1815 and then traveled to England for a second marriage ceremony at Carlton House in London, in August 1815.

This marriage produced three children: a stillborn daughter, Frederica, on January 27, 1817, followed by an unnamed stillborn daughter in April 1818, and then a son and heir. HRH George Frederick Alexander Charles Ernest Augustus of Cumberland.

The infant was baptized on July 8, 1819, in Berlin, by the Rev. Henry Thomas Austen, the brother of Jane Austen.   His godparents were the Prince Regent (represented by the Duke of Cumberland), King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia,  Emperor Alexander I of Russia,  Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, Prince Friedrich Ludwig of Prussia, Prince Heinrich of Prussia,  Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Duke Carl of Mecklenburg, the Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, the Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Augusta Sophia, the Hereditary Princess of Hesse-Homburg, the Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, Princess Sophia, Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, the Electoral Princess of Hesse-Kassel, the Duchess of Anhalt-Dessau, Princess Wilhelm of Prussia, Princess Ferdinand of Prussia, Princess Luise of Prussia and Princess Radziwill.

The King of Prussia "was pleased to hold the infant over the baptismal font."

The baptism took place in a hotel in Berlin, where the Duke and Duchess lived.

The new prince of Cumberland was born seventh in line to the throne. 

 The Duke of Cumberland had hoped that his son and his niece, Victoria, would marry and keep the throne British and Hanover's thrones united as in 1837 when Victoria succeeded to the British throne, the crown of Hanover passed to the Duke of Cumberland, who reigned as King Ernst August V.   Succession to Hanover was limited to males only (Salic law).

King Ernst August died in 1851.  George succeeded to the throne as King Georg V.  He also succeeded to his father's British peerages: Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale and Earl of Armagh.   

Georg married in 1843 to Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenberg.    They had three children, Hereditary Prince Ernst August (1845-1923),  Princess Friederike (1848-1926), and Princess Marie (1849-1904).   

The King lost his throne in 1866 when he sided with Austria during the Austro-Prussian war.  The penalty was the loss of Hanover's independence.  The country was absorbed into Prussia and the royal family was forced into exile.  They settled in Gmunden, Austria.

King Georg V was only 59 when he died in Paris on June 24, 1878.   He is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

The Hanover royal family descends from King Georg's only son, Ernst August, who chose to be styled as Duke of Cumberland after his father's death. He never renounced his rights to the throne.  

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Prince Dushan weds at Oplenac

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Oplenac, Topola, 25 May 2019 - His Royal Highness Prince Dushan and Ms. Valerie De Muzio were united in holy matrimony in the church of Saint George in Oplenac, Serbia. The religious ceremony was officiated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija and His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America. The bridegroom's best man was his best friend Mr. Alexander Sehnaoui.

The wedding of Prince Dushan Karadjordjevic, the grandson of the late TRH Prince Paul and Princess Olga, son of TRH Prince Alexander and Princess Barbara, and Ms. Valerie De Muzio, was attended by many members and friends of the Royal Family Karadjordjevic from Serbia and abroad. The wedding was attended by Prince Dushan's mother HRH Princess Barbara, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, TRH Prince Philip and Princess Danica, Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, Princess Barbara's brother Prince Eugen of Liechtenstein with his spouse and children Marie, Anna and Johannes, Helen von Habsburg, Count Ignaz Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach with his spouse Robinia, Prince Tassilo Ferdinand Metternich-Sándor, Alexander and Rodolphe Liechtenstein and Countess Elisabeth Kaindl-Schonborn.

Following the wedding and dinner at the White Palace, HRH Crown Prince Alexander wished the newlyweds good health, a long and happy life together.

With Serbian and Liechtenstein origins, and having been in English boarding schools for eleven years, Prince Dusan pursued his studies at McGill University in Montreal,  obtaining a bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations. He decided thereafter to spend a year in Belgrade where he studied the language and travelled all around Serbia to reconnect with his heritage and roots. Prince Dusan's first internship was at  UNESCO, and then he worked within L'Oréal's Travel-Retail division and Eurosport in marketing and communications. Following he joined an entrepreneurial project in the air cargo sector, where he worked on creating a cargo hub in South America. Prince Dusan spent nine years working in one of the world's leading creative advertising boutique network (FRED & FARID) in Paris and New York, which specializes in social, content, technical solutions for brands, working on various international brands, and collaborated with leading figures in digital art, music, fashion, photography, politics and sport.

With Italian origins from her father's side, and Hungarian origins from her mother, Ms. Valerie De Muzio grew up in New Jersey and spent the last 25 years in New York City. After attending New York Fashion Institute for Technology, she has many years of diverse experience working at the intersection of fashion advertising, editorial and public relations: Gucci Public Relations Manager, Harper's Bazaar Fashion Market Editor, W Magazine Fashion Market Director, Management + Artists Director of Style Division, Kids Creative Agency Executive Art Buyer / New Business Development.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

It is a Princess

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May 24, 1819 

 "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent was safely delivered of a Princess this morning at a quarter past four o'clock.  Her Royal Highness and the Princess are doing well."

Although Doctor David Daniel Davis was in attendance on the Duchess of Kent,  the princess was delivered by a woman, Dr. Charlotte von Siebold.  It is understood that he did not take an active role in the delivery of the princess.

The infant Princess born today at Kensington Palace is 5th in line to the throne after HRH The Prince Regent (Prince of Wales),  the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of Kent, who is the father of the newborn.

The newborn girl was said to be a "pretty little princess as plump as a partridge."

The Duke of Kent remained at his wife's side throughout her labor, which lasted six and a quarter hours.  The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Wellington and other members of the Privy Council "waited in an adjoining room."  

On March 27,  the Duchess of Clarence gave birth to a daughter,  Charlotte Augusta Louise,  in Hanover. The infant princess died several hours after her birth and baptism.  It is expected that the Duchess of Clarence will have more children, and these princes & princesses will remain ahead of the infant Kent princess in the line of succession.  

A younger brother or brothers will push the infant princess further down the line of succession.  

Charlotte von Siebold has arrived at Kensington Palace

May 23, 1819

One is hearing whispers that the Duchess of Kent is preparing for her confinement.  The "celebrated female accoucheir" Dr. Charlotte von Siebold is at Kensington Palace, where she will help deliver the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Fraulein von Siebold, a qualified doctor, had accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Kent on their trip from Amorbach to England in case, the Duchess went into premature labor.

The royal party arrived in England on April 23, St. George's Day.

The infant prince or princess will be 5th in line to the throne after the Prince Regent, the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of Kent.

Marian Theodore Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold was born at Heiligenstadt on September 12, 1788.  She is the daughter of Damian and Regina von Siebold, both of whom are physicians.  Miss Siebold received a degree in obstetrics from Gòttingen University in 1815.

She is expected to be in Coburg in the late summer as the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld, who will give to her second child in late August.

The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg is married to Duke Ernst I, the older brother of the Duchess of Kent.

David Daniel Davis, the physician accoucher at the Queen Charlotte Lying-In Hospital, is expected to be the attending physician when the Duchess of Kent gives birth.  He was born in Wales and studied at the University of Glasgow, where he received his medical degree in 1801.

Crown Prince Haakon talks about sister's title

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For the first time since Princess Martha Louise of Norway announced that she was involved in a relationship with American Durek (Derek) Verrett, who is a Shaman, her brother has spoken to the media about the growing controversy about her title.

 Crown Prince Haakon spoke to a reporter today about the numerous articles and editorials about Martha's use of her title to promote her business.

"We follow what is said and written.  What we want is to have a conversation with my sister, especially about what goes on with the title and her business activity," he told NRK, a Norwegian broadcaster.

His statement was seen as "honest and concrete," according to Vebjorn Selbekk, editor of  TV2  He believes that the situation in the royal house has become more serious as Haakon has confirmed that they will talk to Martha Louise about the use of her title.

Selbekk is a monarchist and does not want to see the princess lose her title.  "I don't know what the significance would if she loses it.  A solution could be that she tones down the commercial use of the title, and does not link it to making money.

"I hope that in the long run she should not give up her title, but I do not rule out that she might lose her title.  The Shaman's past does not help make her case better."

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He also notes that the Crown Prince is acknowledging that, as the future King, he must take responsibility to "ensure that the monarchy is not damaged" by this situation.

Kjell Arne Totland, TV2's noted and respected royal expert, agrees with Selbekk.

"Crown Prince Haakon has always defended his sister.  But now the shape and tone are slightly different.  Haakon has deliberately used "wants a dialog," thus expressing a "little more formality and seriousness, but at the same time showing respect for Martha's role and position."

King Albert's lawyer clarifies statements regarding DNA test

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 King Albert II's lawyer, Guy Hiernaux, has clarified a statement that he made to the New York Times concerning Albert's decision to undergo DNA testing.

"I said I thought he would agree to submit to the DNA test insofar as he obtained that the test will remain secret the Court of Cessation makes a final decision," he told the Belga news agency.

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He said that the king was "undermined" by the legal process.  "He is suffering a lot from this procedure.   Hiernaux states that the New York Times misunderstood what he said and he believes that king will submit to the DNA, proving or denying Delphine Boel's claim that she is his daughter. 

"There is no reason why he refuses.  But at the moment I do not know what he has decided."

The King "suffers enormously from this process, and for five years he has been persecuted by returning to this 50-year-old story. and his health is far from good."

The Court of Appeals has ordered the king to to submit to a mandatory DNA test as a part of Miss Boel's paternity request.  Her mother, Baroness Sybille de Sélys Longchamps, had an affair with Albert, then the heir presumptive to the throne, in the 1960s.   The Baroness was at the time married to Jacques Boel.  DNA testing has proved that he is not Delphine's biological father.

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The Court of Appeals has ruled that the DNA testing would remain secret until a final decision from the Court of Cassation.

Here are a few other articles I have written on this case.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The wedding of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Albania

A very dear friend of mine was visiting the Crown Prince and Princess in Tirana and was able to get this wedding photo for me, signed by the couple.  I am chuffed.    Thank you, Roger. 

No Church wedding for Princess Stephanie

Princess Stephanie of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and her husband, Jan Stahl have canceled their plans for a church wedding.

The couple were married in July 2018 at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha.   It was announced at that time that the couple's religious wedding would take place in July 2019 at the Moritzkirche in Coburg, which a reception to follow at Schloss Ehrenburg.

The Polterabend, a pre-wedding dinner and torch dance, was scheduled to take place at Coburg's Güterbahnhof, the former freight yard now facility for wedding and other events.

A carriage ride through Coburg was also on the agenda.  The Neue Press, Coburg's local newspaper, was unable to read the princess and her husband for comment.;art662625,6727837

King Albert will do a DNA test

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"His Majesty the King will accept the blood test, now that he is compelled to do so, stated Guy Hiernaux,  who is King Albert II's lawyer."  He added that the king will comply with the order "on the condition that the results are kept secret until Belgium's highest court rules on the appeal against the order."

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Shortly after he abdicated,  Delphine Boel, who says that she is the daughter of Albert and Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, who had an extra-marital affair.

Miss Boel was born in 1968.  According to her lawyers,  Albert "privately recognized her as his daughter" and provided financial support.  But after he succeeded his brother, King Baudouin, in 1993, he allegedly telephone Delphine and told her "now we cut ties."

Princess Margaretha of Sweden marries Prince Axel of Denmark

May 22, 1919

Princess Margaretha of Sweden and Prince Axel of Denmark were married today at the Storkyrkan in Stockholm.

The princess, who is the eldest daughter of Prince Carl of Sweden and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, was born on June 25, 1899. She was named  Margaretha Sofia Lovisa Ingeborg.

Prince Axel Christian Georg of Denmark  is the second son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans.    He was born on August 12, 1888.

Both images:  Marlene A. Eilers Koenig collectiom

He and his new mother-in-law are first cousins.   Prince Axel is also a first cousin of King Christian X of Denmark,  King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway,  Prince Ernst August of Hannover (the former Duke of Cumberland), King Constantine I of the Hellenes and the late Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. Queen Alexandra and the Dowager Empress of Russia are his aunt.

After the Lutheran wedding, which was officiated by the Swedish Archbishop, a  reception was held at the royal palace following the wedding.  King Gustav V gave a speech.

The couple will live at  Bernstorffshøj, a villa located near Bernstorff Palace in Gentofte, which they received as a wedding president.  Prince Valdemar lives at Bernstoff.  Princess Marie died in 1909.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grand Duke Jean's funeral

Arjan Brouwer drove several hours from his home in the Netherlands to Luxembourg to witness the arrivals and departures of guests and members of the Grand Ducal Royal family on May 4 at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg-ville.

Arjan is the copyright holder of the photos. He gave me permission to crop the photos.

My thanks to Arjan for allowing me to use the photos.  You can follow him on Twitter.  @RoyalArjan

Helene Vestsur, the first wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg

Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon, and Countess Olympia Arco

Archduchess Anne Gabriele, widow of Archduke Rudolf,  and Archduke Istvan, son of the late Archduke Felix.  Felix and Rudolf were first cousins of the late Grand Duke Jean.

Prince Georg Fredrich of Prussia

Crown Prince Leka of Albania

Archduke Karl of Austria, head of the former ruling house. His father, Archduke Otto, was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean.

The Duke and Duchess of Parma.  His father Carlos Hugo was a first cousin of Grand Duke Jean

The Duke and Duchess of Braganza

Infante Dinis, Duke of Porto, younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Braganza

Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania and Prince Radu

Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy and Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco.

Prince Hassan of Jordan

The Princess Royal

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

Queen Sofia of Spain

Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Princess Elisabeth of the Belgians with her parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium with King Albert II and Queen Paola

Princess Lea, widow of Prince Alexandre, younger half-brother of King Albert, and Prince Laurent

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway and the King's sister, Princess Astrid

Members of the Grand Ducal family

Princess Claire and Prince Felix and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume

Archduchess Kathleen, Archduke Imre, Archduchess Marie Christine and her husband Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum

Archduke Christoph and his wife Archduchess Adelaide and Archduke Imre and his wife Archduchess Kathleen

Antonius Wilms (the husband of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau), Princess Marie Astrid, Prince Josef-Emanuel, Princess Maria-Annunciata of Liechtenstein, Archduke Alexander, Archduke Christoph, Archduchess Gabriella

Princess Marie Gabrielle of Nassau and her husband, Antonius Wilms

Prince jean, Prince Leopold, Prince Constantin, Prince Carl-Johan and Prince Wenceslas of Nassau

Grand Ducal Palace

After the service the Grand Ducal family

Archduchess Marie Christine with her son, Count Leopold of Limburg-Stirum and her cousin, Prince Sebastien

Prince Leopold and Princess Charlotte of Nassau

Queen Margrethe II

King Carl XVI of Sweden

King and Queen of Norway with his sister Princess Astrid

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth  and Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Hereditary Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein

Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos

Princess Beatrix

the Princess Royal

the duke and duchess of Gloucester

Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath.  He is the younger brother of the late King Hussein

Queen Anne Marie and Crown Prince Pavlos of the Hellenes

Margareta and Radu of Romania, followed by Crown Princess Miriam of Bulgaria, widow of Crown Prince Kardam, and Archduke Karl of Austria

Princess Sophie de Ligne and Prince Robert of Luxembourg,  first cousins.  Sophie is the daughter of the late Princess de Ligne (nee Princess Alix of Luxembourg, younger sister of Grand Duke Jean)

Duke and Duchess of Parma

Crown Prince of Leka

Crown Prince Leka of Albania and Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia

in the midde of the Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg


Prince Robert and the Duke and Duchess of Parma

the Count of Paris

Duke Franz of Bavaria on the left

Prince Georg Friedrich talks with Princess Anastasia and Prince Aloys-Konstantin.  Georg Friedrich's father and Anastasia were first cousins

the Prince and Princess of Ligne, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis,  the Count and Countess of Waldburg-Zeil (Countess has white hair)

Duchess of Castro on the right,  two rows behind her Prince Jean Christphe Napoleon and Countess Olympia Arco-Zinneberg.

Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden

Archduchess Anna Gabriele and Archduchess Catharina

Don de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú and Prince Charles-Louis Lobkowicz

Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria with her son-in-law Duke Philipp and his wife, Duchess Marie-Caroline

Princess Anne de Ligne and her husband Charles de Fabribeckers 

Prince Serge of Yugoslavia

Ivana Jarmin, Helene Vestsur and Kathyrn Mechie.  The two women are the girlfriends of Prince Carl-Johann and Prince Constantin)

Hereditary Prince Carl-Philipp of Croy, whose grandmother, Gabrielle, died a few days before Grand Duke Jean and the Prince of Beira and Duke of Porto, sons of the Duke of Braganza

Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, Archduchess Marie Astrid and Archduke Christian,  Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus

Prince Jean and his wife, Diane.