Saturday, June 22, 2024

Countess Leonie von Waldburg-Zeil marries Count Caspar von Matuschka


@Stadt Hohenems

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were among the guests at the wedding of Countess Leonie von Walburg-Zeil-Hohenems and Count Caspar von Matuschka.    The king is one of Leonie's godparents.

The couple was married in St Karl Borromäus church in Hohenems, Austria.   

Her father, Count Franz Clemens von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems escorted the bride to the church.  They followed a "particularly cute procession of children who walked ahead in matching outfits in red and white."     The bridal children were members from both families"  Countesses Clarissa, Josephine, Louise and Philippa von Waldburg zu Zeil (daughters of the bride's uncle, Count Maximilian), Princes Leo, Antonius and Maximilian von der Leyen, Count Christoph Douglas,  Tatiana von Weiler, Mathilda von Bechtolsheim and Masha Gerson

The bride and groom's witnesses were Countess Sophie von Waldburg zu Zeil-Hohenems (the bride's sister), Helena von Grolman,  Count Constantin zu Königsegg-Aulendorff, Count Vincent von Matuschka Count Albrecht and Count Johannes von Bernstoff and Bendict Selkirk, a university friend of the groom. 

the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein

Countess Leonie's tiara was originally a necklace that was given by Emperor Franz Josef as a wedding gift to his granddaughter, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska when she married Count Georg von Waldburg zu Zeil Hohenems in 1912.  Leonie is Elisabeth's great-granddaughter.

In 2021, Viennese jeweler A.E. Kochert converted the necklace into a tiara for Countess Tatjana when she married Philipp Eisl.

Other wedding guests included the Princess of Orange, the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein, and their daughter, Princess Marie Caroline,  Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein, the Duke of Württemberg, Duchess Marie of Württemberg, Princess Elisabeth of Bavaria and Daniel Terberger, The Princess of Waldburg zu Zeil, Princess Alexandra of Hohenzollern, the Prince and Princess of Quadt, Count Clemens and Countess Georgina of Waldburg zu Zeil, Count Josef and Countess Benedicta of Waldburg zu Zeil, the Prince and Princess of Waldburg-zu Wolfegg und Waldsee, the Princess of Löwenstein-Werththeim-Freudenberg and the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, the Prince and Princess of Reuss, the Prince and Princess of Bentheim-Tecklenburg, the Prince and Princess of Windisch-Graetz, the Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, Duchess Katharina of Oldenburg and Count Clemen Moy de Sons, Count Vincent von Matuschka and Countess Hemma von Khevenhueller Metsch, Archduke Georg of Austria, Count Stefan and Countess Sigweis of Neipperg, and Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria of Austria, who is the bride's godmother. 

The couple announced their engagement in February 1923.

The reception was held at the bride's family home, Schloss Hohenems.   

The Princess of Waldburg zu Zeil and one of her daughters

the Duke of Württemberg and his mother, Duchess Marie

The Prince and Princess of Bentheim-Tecklenburg

The Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg

Duchess Katharina of Oldenburg and Count Clemens Moy de Sons

Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria and Daniel Terberger

the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and the Count of Koenigsegg-Aulendorf

The Princess of Orange and the King and Queen of the Netherlands.

Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria of Austria

Count Franz Clemens is reportedly at odds with other Waldburg zu Zeil family members as he wants to be included as a separate line in Gothaisches Genealogisches Handbuch.  He wants the title of Count Waldburg zu Zeil-Lustenau-Hohenems to be recognized by the editors of Gothaisches Genealogisches Handbuch, as he wants to pass his title to his eldest daughter, Countess Tatjana, who is married to Philipp Eisl. His request was denied.  He has been pushing his claim since 2011, according to a source.

His actions have caused dissonance among members of the Waldburg zu Zeil family, his brother, Count Stefan-Georg, and the present head of the house, Erich, Prince of Waldburg zu Zeil, who is married to Duchess Mathilde of Württemberg.

According to sources who were at the wedding,  the Prince of Waldburg zu Zeil declined to attend the wedding and the Prince of Waldburg zu Wolfegg-Waldsee skipped the reception although both wives were at the ceremony and reception. 

There is no historical basis for Franz Clemens' claims. He no longer considers his family as a branch of the Waldburg-Zeil princely family but as a separate former ruling house.

Franz Clemens' brother Count Stephan and his wife declined to attend the wedding, although their children were present.

He describes himself as a "Princely Count" which is incorrect.   The count's fabrication of his family history appears on the Palast Hohenems website.

Further research shows how Franz Clemens has tried on numerous times to change his Wikipedia entry.  He uses the name Clemens Waldburg when he has attempted to change his profile since 2011.

After the First World War, titles were abolished in Germany and Austria. The new German law allowed for the former titles to become surnames.  In Austria, this was not allowed, not even the use of von  In Austria, Franz Clemens has the surname Waldburg.

In this 2014 interview with Der Standard, Count Franz Clemens continued the embellishment of his family history.  It is in this interview where he described himself as Princely Count.

His grandfather, Count Georg, an impoverished nobleman, was employed as the tutor to Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska's brothers.,den%20Bund%20der%20Ehe%20geschlossen.

thank you to a dear friend who took all but one of the photos in this article.   

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