Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Prince Karl of Hesse (1937-2022)


Prince Karl Adolf Andreas of Hesse, the third of five children of the late Prince Christoph of Hesse and Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark died on March 23 at his home in Munich, Germany.   He was 84 years old.

The prince was born in Berlin on March 26, 1937. His civil marriage to Countess Yvonne Margit Valerie Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapáry took place in The Hague on 26 March 1966.

The couple had two children, Prince Christoph (1969) and Princess Irina (1971) who in 1999 married Count Alexander von Schönburg-Glauchau.   The children were baptized in the Lutheran church.  Irina, however, joined the Roman Catholic church when she married Count Alexander.

Prince Karl was a nephew of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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 He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, and their two children, Princess Irina and Prince Christoph, three grandchildren, Countess Maria-Letitia Jolanta (2001), Count Maximus Carolus Joachim Maria (2003), and Count Valentin Polykarp Josef Maria (2005), his brother and two sisters, Prince Rainer, and Princess Dorothea (Princess Friedrich Karl of Windisch-Graetz), Princess Clarissa and a half-brother and half-sister, Prince Georg of Hannover and Princess Frederika of Hannover Mrs. Cyr, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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In 1967, Prince Karl joined the Duke of Edinburgh and King Constantine of the Hellenes for a hunting expedition in Alexandroupolis, Greece, where they hunted duck and wild boar.  He also attended British royal events including Princess Margaret's wedding in 1960. He and his wife attended the funeral of his grandmother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark in December 1969.

Prince Karl's godchildren include his niece, Helen Sophia van Eyck, who was baptized on November 6, 1963, in the King's College Hospital, Chapel.  Helen is the daughter of Karl's eldest sister, the late Princess Christina of Hesse.

He is a double descendant of Queen Victoria

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Service of Thanksgiving for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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 A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. 

The Queen was joined by members of the Royal Family,  Prince Philip's family, and European and Middle Eastern Royals.

The British royal family included the Queen, the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Princess Royal and Timothy Lawrence, the Duke of York,  the Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn,  Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzo,  Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank,  Peter Phillips with Savannah and Isla Phillips,  Zara and Mike Tindall with Mia Tindall, the Earl of Snowdon with Viscount Linley and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Sarah and Daniel Chatto with Samuel and Arthur Chatto, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Earl of Ulster, Lady Rose and Georg Gilman,, the Duke of Kent, the Earl & Countess of St. Andrews, Lord Downpatrick, Lady Amelia Windsor, Lady Helen Taylor and Cassius Taylor, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor,  Lady Gabriella and Tom Kingston, James and Julia Ogilvy,  Flora & Timothy Vesterburg, Zenouska Mowatt,  Lady Alexandra Etherington and the Duke of Fife.

The European and Middle-Eastern royals:  Queen Margrethe II of Denmark,  King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands,  King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, Queen Anne of the Hellenes, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece,  Margareta, Custodian of the Crown and Prince Radu of Romania, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan and the Crown Prince Bahrain.

 The Duke of Edinburgh's family:  the Marquess and Marchioness of Milford Haven, Lord Ivar Mountbatten and James Coyle, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Thomas and Lady Alexandra Hooper, Ashley Hicks, India Hicks and David FlintWood, Philip Knatchbull, Timothy and Isabella Knatchbull,  the Prince and Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Hereditary Prince Max-Leopold of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the Dowager Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Cecile of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and her husband, Ajoy Mani,  Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Tatjana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg,  Princess Katharina of Waldeck-Pyrmont, the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden, Prince Leopold of Baden, Prince Michael and Princess Christina of Baden, Prince Berthold and Princess Nina of Baden, the  Landgrave and Landgravine of Hesse, Prince Nikola of Serbia, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, Victoria da Silva and Jean-Paul Cyr.

Prince Philip died on April 9, 2021, in Windsor Castle. He was 99 years old.

 I did not spot Lady Davina Windsor, Lady Marina Windsor, the Countess of Ulster, Lady Nicholas Windsor, or Timothy Taylor.   Princess Alexandra did not attend as she is in the Bahamas on vacation.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

A noble engagement: Waldburg-Zeil & Pachta-Reyhofen

Countess Tiziana von Prachta-Reyhofen (Linkedin)

 Count Constantin von Waldburg-zu Zeil and Countess Tiziana Pachta von Reyhofen recently became engaged in Argentina where they were on holiday.  

Their wedding will take place on July 1, 1923, in Vienna.

Countess Tiziana Gea Katharina Alice  Prachta von Reyhofen is the eldest of five children of Count Erasmus Alfons Wilfried Pachta von Reyhofen and Marie-Therese Lippert.  She was born on November 26, 1994, at Vienna Austria.

She attended the Gymnasium der Dominikanerinnen school in Vienna, where she graduated in 2013. During the 2010-2011 school year, Tiziana was a student at the  Northern International School in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she earned her International Baccalaureate.

After graduation, Tiziana spent a year at St. Joseph's University in Beirut where she studied history, culture, mid-east politics, and religion.  

After returning from Lebanon, she was a student at Schule für Logopädie in Munich, Germany, training to be a speech pathologist.   This was a three-year program that ended in 2017.     The countess received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology in 2021 from the University for Continuing Education in Krems, Austria.

During her time in Lebanon, the countess was a part of the Order of Malta Caravan, where volunteers combine learning a new culture and language and working with disabled people

Her father, Count Erasmus, known as Rasso, is the president of the Order of Malta.

Tiziana currently works as a speech pathologist in Munich, Germany.

Her aunt,  Alice Lippert, married Count Bernhard of Stolberg-Stolberg in 1998.

Count Constantin  Maria-Carl Christoph Raimund Teresianus Antonius Willibald  is the fourth of five children of Count Clemens  Franz Erich Thomas Wunibald von Waldburg zu Zeil and  Princess Georgina Maria Agnes Philippine Elisabeth Ignatia of Liechtenstein.  His older brother, Count Maximilian, is the future head of the house of Waldburg zu Zeil, as the present Prince of Waldburg zu Zeil, Erich, is the father of five daughters.  He was born on August 7, 1994 in Berlin.

He has a BA in Business Administration  (201from the University of St. Gallen.

Constantin's father, Count Clemens is the head of the German Red Cross.  His mother is a first cousin of Duchess Mathilde of Württemberg, who is married to Erich,  Prince of Waldburg zu Zeil.

The newly engaged couple shared several common ancestors.

As always, thank you to my source.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Prince Josef Emanuel of Liechtenstein marries Colombian heiress



Prince Josef-Emanuel of Liechtenstein and  Maria Claudia Echavarria were married on March 25 at the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia.

The prince is the youngest child and only son of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein and Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg.  He is a grandson of the late Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein and the late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

Josef-Emanuel attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.  After he passed out, he joined the Irish Guards.  His grandfather, Grand Duke Jean, served in the Irish Guards during the second world war.   At the Trooping the Colour in 2010,  Prince Josef-Emanuel, 21, presented the regiment flag to the queen.

The new princess, who is known as Cloco,  is one of two children of the late Felipe Echavarria Rocha and Evelia Suarez.  

They announced their engagement on July 17. 2021 at the reception following the wedding of Princess Therese of Liechtenstein and  Count Catejan of Toerring-Jettenbach at Waldstein, Austria.

The bride was described by the Daily Mail as "an ethereal figure in a lace, off-shoulder gown." She carried a bouquet of white flowers.

The church was filled with family and friends from the bride and groom's families.   The groom's guests included his parents, Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha, his sisters, Princesses Astrid and Annunciata and their husbands, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium and her fiance, William Isvy, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Princess Nora of Liechtenstein and her daughter, Teresa Sartorious,  Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg, Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Archduke Christian and Archduchess Marie Astrid of Astrid, Archduke Alexander of Austria,  Prince Henri and Princess Gabriella of Bourbon-Parma, Prince Jean of Luxembourg with his daughter, Marie Gabrielle and her husband, Antonius Willms,  Prince Guillaume and his son, Prince Paul-Louis, Princess Mafalda of Hesse and Rolf Sachs,  the  Prince and Princess Napoleon, Countess Maximiliana of Arco-Zinneberg and her boyfriend, Byron Houdayer and the newly married, Countess Margherita of Arco-Zinneburg and Charles Green.

Count Nikolaus of Fugger-Babenhausen with his girlfriend,  Marsha Marie Abegg and Countess Anastasia of Fugger-Babenhausen,  Countess Margherita of Arco-Zinneberg and her new husband, Charles Green, in the back  @private

A private dinner celebration followed the wedding ceremony.   The bride and groom hosted a party for their guests earlier today in Cartagena.

\The couple live in London where the prince works as an architect.  The new Princess Claudia of Liechtenstein is the co-founder of the Si Collective, which focuses on Latin American fashion and design.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Honor for Romanian royal historian Diana Mandache


HM Margareta, Custodian of the Crown,  honored Romanian royal biographer and historian Diana Mandache as a Dame of the Order of the Romanian Crown.  

Diana was one of 16 people who were honored at the ceremony earlier today.  Every year, on the eve of Her Majesty's birthday,  institutions, organizations, and personalities from Romania, the Republic of Moldova, and abroad are honored in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Bucharest.

Diana's most recent book is a Romanian-language biography on Princess Ileana, Ileana, Principesa României.  

Later this year Ted Rosvall will publish My Dear Mama, the second volume of letters between Queen Marie and her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Coburg

Many congratulations to Diana on her honor!

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

HM Margareta: the most important woman in Romania


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On March 23, 2022, HM Margareta, Custodian of the Throne, received the "most important woman in Romania" award the Forbes Women Gala, which is organized by Forbes Romania magazine.   This is the 11th year of the award.

The Forbes Woman Gala encourages the most valuable female personalities in various fields, to serve as a model in the entire Romanian society. The gala celebrates and rewards the strongest and most influential women in Romania, whether they are active in business, politics, philanthropy, public relations, education, or sports.

In connection with the gala, a new edition of Forbes Woman Summit 2022 took place on Wednesday morning

Her Majesty Margaret was awarded the title of “most influential woman in Romania” by Forbes Romania in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2014, Her Majesty ranked first in the Top 50 Most Influential Women from Romania. 

In the years 2020 and 2021, Her Majesty was awarded, outside the competition, the title of "the most important female personality in Romania".

Her Majesty's Thank you note was released in Romanian.



@HRH Crown Prince Alexander

" On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the beginning of NATO aggression on Yugoslavia in 1999, HRH Crown Prince Alexander sent his message, that the innocent victims of this madness must never be forgotten, and that the consequences of this terrible aggression are still hurting. 

“Twenty-three years have passed, and our people, our country, are still not fully recovered from the terrible aggression that occurred during those tragic 78 days in 1999. The suffering of innocent people, so many lives lost and destroyed, from the terror that was imposed upon all our citizens, keeps wounds hurting and the memory of this tragedy fresh.

This was an unprecedented event of total aggression in Europe since World War Two, that was not authorized by the United Nations. Once again, regrettably, it is confirmed that violence only produces more violence and pain. And innocent people are those who always suffer the most.

The memory of this aggression needs to remain alive and fresh; we must never forget all those that tragically fell as victims of this madness. They always must be in our minds, our hearts, and our prayers. We owe it to them, but also us, so that tragedy like this can never happen again”, said HRH Crown Prince Alexander in his message."


Monday, March 21, 2022

the wedding of Countess Margherita of Arco-Zinneburg and Charles Green

Countess Margherita of Arco-Zinneburg married Charles Douglas Green on March 19 at the Asam Basilica of St Margaretha in Altenmarkt, near Deggendorf, Bavaria.

Royal Musings broke the news of their engagement in December.

The Roman Catholic service was officiated by Father Alessandro Prince of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies, and St. Margaretha's priest, Father Emanuel Hartmann.

Father Alessandro, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, is the son of Prince Casimir of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and a first cousin of the bride's mother, Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria.   The bride's father, Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneburg died last August.

Due to Covid concerns, the guest list was limited to about 70 people, including the bride's uncle, Prince  Lorenz of Belgium and his wife, Princess Astrid, younger sister of King Philippe of the Belgians,  Prince Napoleon, who is married to the bride's sister, Countess Olympia. Princess Adelheid of Liechtenstein and the Hereditary Princess of Leiningen.

The PNP newspaper, which reported on the wedding also wrote that members of the British nobility attended the wedding.  One can presume that these guests included two of the groom's half-sisters, the Duchess of Roxeburghe and Alice Fermor-Hesketh.

The wedding reception was held at Schloss Moos.

The couple's civil marriage took place on March 17 at the town hall in Moos.  The mayor, Alexander Sacher, officiated at this wedding.

Countess Margherita and Mr. Green, a contemporary of the Duke of Cambridge at Eton, will live in London, where they both work.

The PNP, a local German newspaper, published an article today about the wedding, with one photograph.  I have been told that the German weekly magazine, Bunte, will have a report in the next issue.

Grand Duke George in hospital for surgery

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HIH Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Rusia underwent abdominal hernia surgery yesterday in Moscow.  According to the press release from the Imperial Chancellery, the Grand Duke's surgery was a success.  

His Imperial Highness is expected to be discharged from the hospital in a few days and will continue his recovery at home where he lives with his wife, Princess Victoria Romanovna.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Prince Henry heading home

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 March 17, 1902

Prince Henry of Prussia and his entourage arrived in Cherbourg, France, at 6:30 p.m. from Plymouth, England, reports the Washington Post.

The prince was seen on the Deutschland's bridge when it entered Plymouth Harbor.  He "waved a cheerful greeting" to the German naval attache, Capt. Koeper and other friends went out to "the steamship on the company's tender."

The voyage was "pleasant and uneventful," although Prince Henry was "tired out" during the first few days of the trip across the Atlantic.  He spent little time with other passengers," but during the latter part of the journey, the prince appeared often on the promenade deck and he was seen often in pleasant communication with other passengers.

After the ship docked in Cherbourg, the German consul delivered to Prince Henry "a number of telegrams and letters, including a message of welcome." from the prince's older brother, Kaiser Wilhelm II.

The Kaiser has made arrangements for a reception at Cuxhaven when Prince Henry arrives.  He said he was "greatly pleased" with the messages from the Emperor as it shows an "expression of his majesty's complete satisfaction" of Henry's visit to the United States. 

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Prince Henry told reporters that when he "finally boarded the Deutschland in New York," he went to his cabinet and "slept almost continuously for forty-eight hours."  He did, however, appear for his meals," and take short walks on the bridge.  

He said he had never "worked so hard in his life" when he was in the United States.  He noted that he had to change his uniform several times a day, or "faced a succession of situations requiring such alertness and a certain initiative on his part."

When asked what impressed him the most, Prince Henry responded that the "great, orderly and cheerful crowds had been the most continuous impression."  

Prince Henry will also be reunited with his wife, Princess Irene, and their three sons, Prince Waldemar, who turns 13 on March 20,  Prince Sigismund5,  and 2-year-old Prince Henry.   

The family live in Hemmelmark, near Eckernförde in Schleswig-Holstein.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St. Patrick's day celebration

 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' St. Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Will Alice become a German Empress?


March 14, 1902

 Princess Alice of Albany is en route to Potsdam, according to a New York Times report.   

If the latest rumors are to be believed, the 19-year-old princess, a niece of King Edward VII, is en route to Potsdam for her betrothal to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, who is the eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Should these rumors prove true,  Alice would become the Crown Princess of Germany and Prussia and the future German Empress and Queen of Prussia.

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Crown Prince Wilhelm will celebrate his 20th birthday on May 6.

Princess Alice is the elder of two children of the late Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and Princess Helen of Waldeck und Pyrmont.  Her younger brother, Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany, is also the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  As he is a minor, Car Eduard, as he is known in Germany, reigns under a regency headed by the Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who is married to Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, third daughter of the late Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who died in 1900, a year after his only son, Hereditary Prince Alfred.  In a family agreement, he was succeeded by his young nephew, Prince Charles Edward, who with his mother, the Duchess of Albany, moved to Germany, where he could be raised as a German sovereign.

Princess Alice, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg are first cousins, all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

A royal baby on the way

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 March 14, 1942

The Duchess of Kent will not be "undertaking any further engagements for the next few months," according to an official announcement today.

According to the Associated Press, such announcements indicate that "a new  heir is expected in the royal family."

The Duke and Duchess of Kent have two children. Prince Edward, 6, and Princess Alexandra, 5.

The Duchess was born Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark,  one of three daughters of the late Prince Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Helen of Russia.   She married Prince George, Duke of Kent in Westminister Abbey in November 1934.

The Duke of Kent is the youngest brother of King George VI 

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 The new royal baby is believed to be due sometime in mid-summer.  The new prince or princess will be the eighth grandchild of Queen Mary.   A new prince will be 7th in line to the throne moving ahead of Princess Alexandra, but a princess will be 8th in line, following Alexandra.

The current line of succession:  Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince William of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Guards for the honeymooners

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March 11, 1922

Italian authorities are "taking extraordinary precautions" to make sure that the newly married Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles are not "unduly annoyed by the curious when they reach Italy," reports the Associated Press.

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 The honeymooners are expected to arrive by train tomorrow afternoon in Fiesole, which is three miles northeast of Florence.   But their "desire for secrecy is so great" that they  may drive from Fiesole to Pisa to avoid any crowds as they "desire to remain incognito."

Italian police will guard the Villa Medici, where the couple will stay for two weeks.  

The Princess and her husband are not expected to have any visitors but "members of the British colony  have received permission to "decorate the villa with flowers and to replenish them at intervals during the visit."

Victoria Luise jilted by prince

 March 10, 1912

Kaiser Wilhelm II's only daughter, Princess Victoria Luise, is suffering from bronchitis and having a long rest in Switzerland, according to German court officials.  But the Los Angeles Times reports, based on German military sources," that the princess's absence from Berlin is "due to an affair of the heart."

The German Emperor was very supportive of a marriage between his 19-year-old daughter and Hereditary Grand Duke Adolf of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the 29-year-old son of  Grand Adolf Friedrich Vof Mecklenburgh-Strelitz and Princess Elisabeth of Anhalt.    He is the third of four children and the only surviving son.   

The Hereditary Grand Duke has two older sisters, Duchess Marie, who is divorced from Count George Jametel, and Crown Princess Jutta of Montenegro.  His younger brother, Duke Karl Borwin was killed in a duel with his brother-in-law Count George in 1908.

An engagement was expected to be announced during the current social season.   Victoria Luise and the Hereditary Grand Duke were seen together  until "the last court ball."

Duke Adolf left Berlin before attending the "Ceremonial chapter of the Order of the Black Eagle."  A few days later, Princess Victoria Luise traveled to Celerina, Switzerland, to join her brother, Crown Prince Wilhelm.

She did not return to Berlin with her brother.  It is understood that the Princess was "entirely satisfied" with this arranged match, but it was Adolf  who not only "hesitated," but then made it clear that he "had no desire to marry anyone at present."

Victoria Luise is understandably devasted by the snub and her father is said to be furious.  Duke Adolf is the heir to an independent grand duchy, and can't be forced to wed the Kaiser's daughter.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Future peer to marry a German countess


Edward Charles Rolle Fane Trefusis is second in line to the Barony of Clinton, the seventh oldest barony in the peerage of England.  He is the elder son of the Hon. Charles Patrick Rolle Trefusis and Rosanna (Rosy) Izat.

 Charles is the heir apparent to the Clinton barony as he is the only son of the 22nd Lord Clinton, Gerard Neville Mark Fane, later Fane Trefusis after changing his surname by Deed Poll in 1959. The name change took place two years after the death of his great-grandfather, Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 21st Lord Clinton.  That same year,  Gerard married  Nicola Harriet Purdon Coote.  

Edward was born on February 16, 1994.

When the 21st Lord Clinton died on July 5, 1957, the barony went into abeyance as he had only two daughters,  the Hon. Harriet Fane (1887-1958) and the Hon. Fenella Fane(1889-1966).  

Harriet married in 1910 to Major Henry Neville Fane.  They were the parents of seven children, including Charles Neville Fane (1911-1940).  He was killed in action, leaving behind a widow, Gladys Lowther, a young son, Gerald (1934), and two daughters, Carol and Fiona.    

It was Gerard's Aunt Fenella, who played a role in making sure her nephew inherited the peerage. In 1914, she married the Hon. John Bowes-Lyon, 2nd son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.  John (1886-1930) was an older brother of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.  

It was on March 18, 1965, that Gerard received the Writ "summoning him to the House of Lords," which had been "passed under the Great Seal."  He told The Times that his Aunt Fenella had  "had let it go to me," the new Lord Clinton.  "I shall take my seat in the House of Lords as soon as it is practicable."  

The new Lord Clinton was the senior male descendant through the female line of the 21st Lord Clinton.

Fenella and John were the parents of five daughters, including Anne Bowes-Lyon who married twice, first to Viscount Anson, and following their divorce, she married Prince Georg of Denmark.

A genetic defect in the Clinton family was in the family's DNA and affected male and female descendants.  The children of Harriet and Fenella were the most affected.  Three of Harriet's daughters, Idonea (1912-2002), Rosemary (1914-1972), and Ethelreda (1922-1996), and two of Fenella's daughters, Nerissa (1919-1986) and Katherine (1926-2014) were all born with severe mental disabilities.  Rosemary's twin brother, Edmund lived for only 11 months.   Fenella's first-born daughter, Patricia, was also 11 months old when she died in June 1917.

In the 1930s  Lord Clinton arranged for his five granddaughters to be placed in the Royal Earlswood Hospital in Redhill, Surrey, where the family believed the young girls would receive proper care.  

H Ill H Countess Caroline Anna Amalia zu Solms-Sonnewalde is the second of three daughters of the late H Ill H Count Alfred Otto Friedrich zu Solms-Sonnewalde (1932-1922) and Christine Hüsmert (1964)   She was born in Weldam in the Netherlands on August 13, 1994.

The marriage of Count Alfred zu Solms-Sonnewalde and Christine Hüsmert, MD

Count Alfred died on February 11, 2022, at Schloss Wurschen in Weissenburg, Germany, where he and his wife and three daughters lived after the fall of communism.   He was able to reacquire the family home in 1997 and spent ten years restoring the Schloss.  They lived in an apartment on two floors.  Other rooms including the ballroom are available for rent.

The late Count's estate was divided between his three daughters.  The eldest daughter, Countess Charlotte has taken over the Dutch estate, including  Schloss Weldam, while the youngest sister, Countess Isabelle, inherited Schloss Wurschen and other German properties.

Countess Caroline is the heir to her father's properties in Scotland.   

Count Alfred was the last male in the Solms-Sonnewalde line, which means this title is extinct.

Edward will eventually inherit the family seat at Heanton Satchville in Okehampton, Devon.  He has a BS in Agricultural Management and an MBA in Advanced Farm Management from the Royal Agricultural University.  He currently works as a trader at ADM Agriculture Ltd in London.

His grandfather is the largest private landowner in Devon.

The wedding will take place on May 23, 2023