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Sunday, 20 June 2021

Supporting the Queen: The Duchess of Gloucester at 75

The current Duchess of Gloucester was born Birgitte Eva van Deurs Henriksen as the daughter of Asger Henriksen, a lawyer, and Vivian van Deurs, on 20 June 1946 in Odense, Denmark. She was educated in Odense and also attended school in Lausanne and Cambridge. She took on her mother’s name of van Deurs in January [read more] The post Supporting the Queen: The Duchess of Gloucester at 75 appeared first on History of Royal Women.
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The Wedding of Prince Heinrich of Croÿ and Joana de Sotto-Mayor

Princess Joana and Prince Heinrich of Croÿ. Photograph (c) Jornal de Mafra. The couple during the religious ceremony at the Palácio de Mafra. Photograph (c) Jornal de Mafra. On Saturday, 19 June 2021, Prince Heinrich of Croÿ and Maria Joana de Spínola Moreira de Sotto-Mayor were married at Basilica at the Palace of Mafra in Portugal. The groom is the son of Duke Rudolf of Croÿ and the late Duchess Alexandra of Croÿ (née Miloradovich). The bride is the daughter of José Alberto da Fonseca de Sotto-Mayor and Dalila Alexandra de Spínola Moreira. Front row (left to right): Prince Marc-Emanuel and Princess Delia of Croy, Guy delle Piane and Princess Xenia of Croÿ, Hereditary Prince Carl Philipp of Croÿ, and the Duke of Croÿ. Second row (left to right): Princess Beatrix and Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, Princess Anastasia of Croÿ, and Prince Alexander of Croÿ. Photograph (c) Jornal de Mafra. The Prince of Beira and the Duchess and Duke of Braganza. Photograph (c) Journal de Mafra. Aside from the families of the happy couple, the following were among the guests: Prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix of Bavaria, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza and their eldest son Afonso, Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (née Orléans), Fürst Heinrich XIV Reuß, and Fürst Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe and his son Hereditary Prince Donatus of Schaumburg-Lippe.  The engagement photo of Prince Heinrich and Princess Joana. Prince Heinrich and Princess Joana of Croÿ got engaged on 10 September 2019, while they were on holiday in Norway. Joana's engagement ring was a beautiful creation consisting of a vibrant ruby in the centre surrounded by diamonds on all sides. Our congratulations to Prince Heinrich and Princess Joana!
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The 85th Birthday of Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen

The Fürst zu Ysenburg u.Büdingen, 1999. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.  Today Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday! Fürst Otto-Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and Princess Felizitas Reuß on their wedding day, 1935.  Fürst Otto Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen with his wife Fürstin Felizitas, 1971.Photo (c) United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo. Born on 20 June 1936 at Frankfurt, Prince Wolfgang-Ernst Ferdinand Heinrich Franz Karl Georg Wilhelm zu Ysenburg und Büdingen was the eldest child and first son of Fürst Otto Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen (1904-1990) and Princess Felizitas Reuss (1914-1989), who wed in 1935. Wolfgang-Ernst was joined by four younger siblings: Princess Alexandra (1937-2015; married Prince Welf Heinrich of Hannover), Prince Ferdinand (1940-1989; married Princess Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein), Prince Christian (1943-2003; married Baroness Monika von Plessen), and Prince Johann (b.1949; married Countess Hemma-Christiane von Goëß). Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Isenburg und Büdingen. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse. Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Ysenburg und Büdingen with their three children: Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander, Prince Maximilian, and Princess Felizitas. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse. Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Isenburg und Büdingen. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse. In January 1967, Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Princess Leonille zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b.Hamburg 6 Jul 1941). Leonille was the only daughter of Prince Casimir-Johannes zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1917-2010) and his first wife Ingrid Alsen (1915-1966), who wed in 1939 and divorced in 1949. Wolfgang-Ernst and Leonille have three children: Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander (b.1967), Prince Maximilian (b.1969), and Princess Felizitas (b.1980).  In 2003, Prince Maximilian zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Sophie De Bois (b.1970), the daughter of Francis De Bois (1926-2014) and Diane de Woot de Trixhe de Jannée (b.1943; later married Jacques Boël); the couple have two children: Princess Madeleine (b.2004) and Prince Tassilo-Alexander (b.2006). In 2010, Hereditary Prince Casimir-Alexander zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Countess Alexandra von Bernstorff (b.1977), the daughter of Count Nikolas von Bernstorff (b.1940) and his former wife Barbara Kückens (b.1944); Casimir-Alexander and Alexandra have one son, Prince Tristan Alexander (b.2014). In 2014, Princess Felizitas zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Michael Max Senfft von Pilsach. Archduke Rudolph of Austria and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse. Count Hans Veit zu Törring-Jettenbach and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse. Fürstin Leonille, Princess Felizitas, and Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen attending the 2006 wedding of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Photo (c) Seeger-Presse/Albert Nieboer. Many happy returns of the day to Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst!
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La dispute à propos de Meghan qui a tout changé entre Harry et William

L’historien Robert Lacey, consultant pour la série à succès «The Crown» sur Netflix, publie un livre sur la relation compliquée entre William ...
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Silvia Sommerlath, superbe mariée en Dior il y a 45 ans, en 14 photos

Il y a très exactement 45 ans, le roi Carl XVI Gustaf de Suède et l’Allemande Silvia Sommerlath unissaient leur destin. Retour en 14 photos sur ce...
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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Sonja et Harald V étaient en tournée sur la côte ouest à bord de Norge

Le roi Harald V et la reine Sonja de Norvège ont pu reprendre en cette mi-juin leurs visites dans le royaume, interrompues depuis un an et demi en ra...
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Book News July 2021

The Imperial Women of Rome: Power, Gender, Context Hardcover – 1 June 2021 (US) & 22 July 2021 (UK) The Imperial Women of Rome explores the constraints and activities of the women who were part of Rome’s imperial families from 35 BCE to 235 CE, the Roman principate. Boatwright uses coins, inscriptions, papyri, material culture, [read more] The post Book News July 2021 appeared first on History of Royal Women.
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The Year of the Duchess of Windsor – The early years

“Mine is a simple story – or so I like to think.” On 19 June 1896, the future Duchess of Windsor was born Bessie Wallis Warfield as the daughter of Teackle Wallis Warfield and Alice Montague. Her parents had settled in Blue Ridge Summit for the summer, and she probably arrived a little earlier than [read more] The post The Year of the Duchess of Windsor – The early years appeared first on History of Royal Women.
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Brazilian Royals Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Prince Rafael. Photograph (c) Pró Monarquia. On Wednesday, 16 June, Prince Rafael of Orleans and Bragança received his first dose of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The prince got his jab in London, where he lives and works. His parents, Prince Antônio and Princess Christine, are scheduled to get their second dose of the vaccine in Brazil next month. Along with other family members, Dom Antônio survived a bout with Covid-19 last year. Rafael's uncles, Prince Luiz and Prince Bertrand, have been fully vaccinated since April.  Princess Maria Cristina. Princess Maria Cristina of Orleans and Bragança, the daughter of Prince João Henrique, has also received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Brazil. The princess, who was born with Down's Syndrome, is the author of several books.
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Frederica of Hanover: A Passionate & Obstinate Princess

ICYMI: King Georg Vm Queen Marie, Crown Prince Ernst August,  Princess Friederike, and Princess Mary The messenger arrived in London on the night of January 13, 1848,  having traveled four days from Hanover to bring word to Queen Victoria that the wife of her first cousin, the Crown Prince of Hanover, had given birth to her second child, a daughter.   The new princess, born on January 9,  was named Friederike Sophia Maria Henrietta Amelia Theresa, in honor of her paternal grandmother, Queen Friederike. She is better known by the English spelling of her name – Frederica – as she spent most of her life as a British, rather than a Hanoverian, princess.    In 1714,  Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, succeeded his kinswoman, Queen Anne, as King of Great Britain.  The two countries were joined in a personal union (Hanover became a kingdom in 1814), with one sovereign on both thrones, but the two countries were never united.  This changed in 1837 when William IV died.   His niece, Victoria, succeeded to the British throne, but due to Salic law (males only) in Hanover, William’s brother, Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, became King Ernst August of  Hanover.    Ernst August, the fifth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, accompanied by his wife, Frederica, and their only son, George, newly styled as  Crown Prince Georg, moved to Hanover.   Victoria’s accession to the British throne changed the dynamics of the succession, and the Hanoverians became a collateral branch in the line of succession.   In an attempt to keep the two thrones in the same line, Ernst August had hoped that his son would marry Queen Victoria.  It was not meant to be as she loved another first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and they were wed in February 1840.   Three years later Georg married Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, eldest daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Altenburg.  Their first child, Ernst August, was born in September 1845, followed by Frederica, in 1848, and Marie, who was born in December 1849. King Ernst August died on November 18, 1851, and his only son succeeded to the throne as   King Georg V of Hanover.  He also succeeded to his father’s British titles: Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale and Earl of Armagh.   King George and his family returned to England for the baptism of Victoria and Albert's eighth child Prince Leopold, which took place on June 29, 1853, as the king was one of the young prince's godparents.   The King and Queen and their three young children arrived on the evening of June 17 at the Royal Dockyard at Woolwich from Ostend, Belgium.   It must have been exciting for the five-year-old Princess Frederica to travel by carriage to Ostend, where she and her family boarded a ship for the Channel crossing to England. King Georg V Queen Marie The royal guests were welcomed at the dock by the king’s first cousin, the Duke of Cambridge.  Frederica and her older brother, Crown Prince Ernst August, got into the second carriage behind their parents and younger sister, Marie.    En route to London, the carriage procession stopped in Greenwich, where the royal party was met by the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Princess Augusta of Cambridge.)    The carriage procession arrived at Hanover Legation at Grosvenor Place at 7:00 p.m.   King Georg and Queen Marie “retired for a few moments” before getting into another carriage to visit the Queen and Prince Albert.  The British sovereign and her husband had already received word of the Hanoverians’ arrival, and were already on the road toward the Legation, “hastening to their illustrious relatives.” Victoria and Albert spent about thirty minutes with the king and queen at the Legation.  The Times does not record if King Georg introduced his three children to Victoria.   It was already late in the evening, and the three young royal children were more likely having baths and being put to bed. Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, then only 19, wrote  in her diary of the various meetings with the “Hanoverians.”  On June 24, Princess Mary Adelaide accompanied Queen Marie and her children to the Zoological Gardens.  The following day a special dinner and entertainment were held at Gloucester House in honor of the Hanoverian children, whose playmates included several of Victoria’s children and Hereditary Prince Adolphus of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the son of Princess Augusta of Cambridge, who was six months younger than Princess Frederica.      On June 25, the king and queen and their children visited the Parliament and Westminster Abbey before returning to the Legation, where the King received the Duke of Nemours and the Duke of Cambridge The baptism took place on June 28 at the chapel in Buckingham Palace.  When the Archbishop of Canterbury asked for the names of the infant prince, King Georg announced in a “clear, sonorous voice,” Leopold George Duncan Albert.  The other godparents were Princess Mary Adelaide, the Princess of Prussia, and Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.   The Hanover children were not present at the baptism, but they and their British and Mecklenburg cousins, “appeared before the banquet” and were presented to the guests. After all the celebrations for the baptism and for dinners and balls in their honor, the King and Queen of Hanover and their children left for Hanover on July 4, returning to Woolwich to board a ship for Ostend.   More than twenty years would pass before Princess Frederica, determined to take control of her life, made the decision to move to England. As the elder daughter of the King of Hanover, Frederica was not without suitors.  In April 1862, Queen Victoria wrote to her eldest daughter, Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia that she thought "the Hanoverian" would be a good match for her second son, Affie, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.  When the possibility of such a marriage was broached again two years later, Victoria had changed her opinion of Princess Frederica.  In a letter to her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia, the queen wrote:   "Affie's sudden predilection for the Princess of H has startled me!  That I would fear to be a doubtful thing." Vicky concurred:  "It was quite a surprise to see that Affie seemed struck with the elder Princess of Hanover - which he certainly did. Whether or not she would do for him I cannot presume to give an opinion upon.  She is said to be grown into a fine girl and to be very good-natured -but I have never heard more.  I should not think the impression could be very deep - the visit lasted so short a time, but he certainly seemed pleased with her." Queen Victoria was concerned with “Affie’s affairs,” but “Hanover is out of the question on the score of health alone – and good Sir James has positively declared this.  Three generations of blindness and double relationships which, if you will reflect on, you will see there are – viz. the late Queen was a first cousin to the late King of H. and the present Queen is her great-niece – and Fritz of Strelitz (also blind) is the first cousin of George of H. I have said to Affie positively it cannot be.” Embed from Getty Images [The late Queen was Princess Friederike (Frederica) of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a  niece of Queen Charlotte, consort of George III.  Frederica had married as her third husband, Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, and they had one son, Prince George of Cumberland, born three days after his first cousin, Victoria.  He lost sight in one eye in 1828, following an accident, and became totally blind in 1833.   Fritz was Grand Duke Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  He was the nephew of Queen Frederica and married to Princess Augusta of Cambridge, a first cousin to King Georg of Hanover and Queen Victoria.   Fritz and Augusta were also first cousins, as their mothers were sisters.    Georg’s wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte, was the sister of Queen Frederica.   Queen Victoria wanted Prince Alfred to marry another Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, whose father, Duke Georg, was Queen Marie of Hanover’s first cousin.  There is also a hint of irony here when one considers that one of Victoria’s sons was a hemophiliac, and two of her daughters carried the hemophiliac gene.  Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.] Thus,  Frederica was “struck off the list” of candidates to marry Prince Alfred, although the Queen wrote to her daughter in June 1864: “He is still (I am sorry to say) leaning to Hanover.  However, I think reason will put it out of his head.” In January 1866, Count Platen-Hallermund, representing Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck, arrived in Hanover to discuss a marriage between Princess Frederica and Prince Albrecht of Prussia.  But the marriage negotiations collapsed as the relationship between the Hanover Royal family and their Prussian cousins disintegrated rapidly after Prussia annexed Hanover, and King Georg V and his families were forced into exile.    In August 1874, a German newspaper, the Magdeburg Gazette reported on a rumor that the Duke of Brunswick would marry Princess Frederica.   This seemed an unlikely arrangement as Duke Wilhelm, a grandson of Princess Augusta, sister of George III, who married the Duke of Brunswick, was in his late 60s.  He had never shown interest in marriage, although he was the father of several illegitimate children.    The Duke of Brunswick’s relationship with Prussia was strained as Prussia refused to recognize Frederica’s brother, Ernst August, as the Duke’s heir because of his claim to the Hanover throne.   There was also talk of a Danish marriage, but nothing came of this rumor or the report that the Prince of Orange, the heir to the Dutch throne, wanted to marry Frederica.  (Alexander had also been linked to Frederica's future sister-in-law, Princess Thyra of Denmark. He died unmarried in 1884.)   Known as Lily to her family, Frederica was said to be  “passionate and outspoken,” especially after her father lost his throne, as she defended her family’s honor, and then sought emancipation from her family.  King Georg  (and the majority of other German sovereigns) sided with Austria in its war against Prussia in 1866.  Prussia was victorious,  and King Wilhelm I of Prussia and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck exacted revenge on the King by annexing Hanover as a part of Prussia.  King Georg V was now without a throne. He and his son, Crown Prince Ernst August, headed for their home in Austria, while Queen Marie and the two princesses remained in Hanover for another year.  Frederica saw her father once during that period when they met at her maternal grandfather’s palace in Altenburg. The Prussians put immense pressure on the distaff members of the Hanover royal family to leave Schloss Marienburg, and in the summer of 1867, they joined Georg and Ernst August in Austria.   Frederica’s “experiences of defeat and exile” would shape her political views and her immense distrust of Prussia and von Bismarck.    She also found her voice, making it clear that she would not succumb to a “potential political marriage” with Prince Umberto of Italy.   The Hanoverian royal family settled in Austria as King Georg purchased homes at Gmunden, near Lake Traunsee, and Penzing, near Vienna.  The family also owned a home in Paris.   But there would be financial issues for the king and queen and their three children, as Prussia had sequestered the Guelph Fund, which was the family’s largest part of their income.   He had also moved some of his to England before the war. Queen Victoria’s relationship with her Hanoverian cousins was fraught with tension, especially after Georg lost his throne.   The Duke of Cambridge wrote to Victoria about providing assistance to their Hanoverian cousins, and Victoria “claimed she would do anything in her power” to save her dynasty, but she did not want the king to be “allowed to come to England,” even for a visit, and there was no question that the exiled king and his family would be permitted to live in England. In the spring of 1876, the elderly Duchess of Cambridge invited King Georg and his family to visit her in England.  Queen Victoria was furious with her aunt for extending the invitation without asking her first.  But the Duchess was not the first member of the British royal family to show compassion for the Hanoverians.   In March, Prince Leopold, Victoria's youngest son, sought a warmer climate by traveling  to Cannes, stopping  in Paris for a few days to visit his godfather, King Georg V.  The Hanoverian royal family was happy to welcome the young British prince, and Leopold enjoyed meeting the king's two daughters, especially the younger Princess Marie, "who reminded him of his sister, Louise."  The question of marriage was not discussed, although one can assume that the king would have been delighted to see one of his daughters marry Queen Victoria's youngest son. King Georg and his family arrived in London on May 16, and shortly after their arrival, they called upon the Duchess of Cambridge at her residence at St. James’s Palace. They stayed at Claridge’s Hotel, spending time in London’s cultural sights, visiting family in London and in the country.  The Duke of Connaught invited them for tea at Buckingham Palace, and they had dinner at Marlborough House with the Prince and Princess of Wales.  Several of Queen Victoria’s children called upon King and Queen at Claridge’s, but the Queen herself was at Balmoral, thus avoiding meeting her cousin.    Queen Marie, accompanied by her son and her youngest daughter, left England on June 5.  Georg and Frederica remained in England for several more weeks.  This was a time where Frederica could attend social events,  become more acquainted with her British cousins, and, perhaps, finally find a husband.  They were invited to the Dowager Duchess of Cleveland’s garden party at Osterley Park, near Brentford, and left Claridge’s in an open carriage.  There was also a shopping excursion for the 28-year-old princess, attended by Countess Bremer, in London.  One evening, Georg and Frederica were invited to dine with Lady Poulett at her Hanover Square home, where a “select company” was invited to meet the king and his daughter.    Princess Frederica accepted an invitation to join the Prince and Princess of Wales at Ascot. On their final day (June 17) in London, the king and his daughter hosted a luncheon at Claridge's, where the guests included the Duke of Connaught, the Duke of Cambridge, Princess Mary Adelaide, and the Duke of Teck.  After the luncheon, the King and Princess Frederica said their goodbyes to Mr. and Mrs. Claridge and were driven to Victoria Station in one of the Queen's carriages to start their journey back to Paris.    One of the king’s attendants was his secretary, the Coburg-born  Baron Alfons von Pawel-Rammingen. The young princess enjoyed her visit to England as she got to know better her Cambridge cousins and her aunt (who described Frederica as her favorite niece), and she was included in numerous invitations with the British royal family.   She was also keeping a secret from her family as she was in love with her father’s secretary. Prince Leopold was visiting Italy and France when the Hanoverians came to England.   He, too, was harboring a secret.  He had fallen in love with the "tall woman, stately, rather than beautiful" Princess Frederica.   It did not matter to Leopold that Frederica was five years his senior.   He confided his feelings about Lily to his sister, Alice, the Grand Duchess of Hesse and By Rhine.  Leopold wanted to marry her, but Frederica asserted that she had more pressing concerns that included the political and financial issues facing her family.   Although Victoria had sided with Hanover and not with Prussia, she didn’t approve of “Georg V’s political efforts to restore the king of Hanover by insurrectionary means.” Financial arrangements for the Hanover royal family were included in the peace treaty between Hanover and Prussia.  It was seen as a generous offer on the part of the Prussians, as Georg would receive the interest on his income on the condition that he left the “administration of the funds and the total of his remaining property to the Prussian state.”  The King accepted this offer, but he made a fatal mistake when he used some of the  money to “finance separatist opposition to Bismarck’s confederation.”   A very angry Bismarck chose to freeze all of Georg’s assets in Hanover, and he used the money to fight insurrection in Hanover until the royal family renounced their rights to the kingdom. Their financial security was again shaken when King Georg V died suddenly at his home on the Rue de Presbourg in Paris on June 12, 1878.  He was buried in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Georg’s son, Ernst August, did not take the title king of Hanover, choosing instead to be styled by his British ducal title, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale.  He did not renounce his claims to the Hanover throne, which was made clear in a letter he sent to the other European sovereigns announcing his father’s death.    Queen Victoria referred to Ernst August’s letter as “injudicious.”  She knew that Ernst August would not make a formal renunciation of his rights to the Hanover throne, and she believed that if he chose not to interfere with Prussian influence in Hanover, his fortune would be restored.   But the “ill-advised” (according to Queen Victoria) Duke of Cumberland did not hold back with his vitriolic statement about Prussia.    In March, the Prince of Wales asked his elder sister, Victoria, and her husband, Crown Prince Friedrich of Prussia, to visit Frederica, who wanted to broach the matter of her family’s money.   Although Queen Marie and her younger daughter were content with their lives at Gmunden, Princess Frederica was determined to live her own life.   Her brother pressured her to accept the Prussian annuity, as he felt she should also contribute to the family’s finances.  Frederica was defiant, standing up to the Prussians in defense of her family.  Disappointed by her brother and mother, Frederica felt too confined by life in exile in Austria, especially after her brother’s marriage to Princess Thyra of Denmark in December 1878.  Princess Thyra was the youngest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, and whose sisters, Alexandra and Dagmar were married respectively, to the heirs of the British and Russian thrones.   Suffice to say that the Duke of Cumberland and Queen Marie were overbearing in their treatment of Frederica.  Princess Marie may have been content to remain at her mother’s beck and call, as she had no suitors.  Still keeping her love for Alfons close to her heart, Frederica began to consider her options to leave Gmunden.  She also had to face the wrath of the Prussians as she would not agree to new financial terms proposed by the Prussians. 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Friday, 18 June 2021

Romanov Weddings: Prince Vsevolod of Russia and Valli Knust in 1961

Prince Vsevolod of Russia and Valli Knust on their wedding day, 1961. On 8 June 1961 at London, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich of Russia (1914-1973) married Valli Elisabeth Knust (1930-2012). Vsevolod was the only son of Prince Ivan Konstantinovich of Russia (1886-1918) and Princess Elena Petrovna of Serbia (1884-1962). Valli was the daughter of Cyril Alexander Eugene Knust (1897-1935) and Dorothy Love (1893-1983), who married in 1929; she was named after her paternal aunt actress Valli Valli (1882-1927; née Knust). Prince Vsevolod had been married twice before. In 1939, he married Lady Mary Lygon (1910-1982); the couple divorced in 1956. In 1956, he married Countess Emilia Berchtold (1914-1993; née de Gosztonyi); the couple divorced in 1961. Prince Vsevolod of Russia had no children from any of his marriages. After the death of her first husband, Princess Valli Romanovsky-Knust married Patrick F. Spencer Moore in 1987.
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Frederica of Hanover: A Passionate & Obstinate Princess

King Georg Vm Queen Marie, Crown Prince Ernst August,  Princess Friederike, and Princess Mary The messenger arrived in London on the night of January 13, 1848,  having traveled four days from Hanover to bring word to Queen Victoria that the wife of her first cousin, the Crown Prince of Hanover, had given birth to her second child, a daughter.   The new princess, born on January 9,  was named Friederike Sophia Maria Henrietta Amelia Theresa, in honor of her paternal grandmother, Queen Friederike. She is better known by the English spelling of her name – Frederica – as she spent most of her life as a British, rather than a Hanoverian, princess.    In 1714,  Georg Ludwig, Elector of Hanover, succeeded his kinswoman, Queen Anne, as King of Great Britain.  The two countries were joined in a personal union (Hanover became a kingdom in 1814), with one sovereign on both thrones, but the two countries were never united.  This changed in 1837 when William IV died.   His niece, Victoria, succeeded to the British throne, but due to Salic law (males only) in Hanover, William’s brother, Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, became King Ernst August of  Hanover.    Ernst August, the fifth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, accompanied by his wife, Frederica, and their only son, George, newly styled as  Crown Prince Georg, moved to Hanover.   Victoria’s accession to the British throne changed the dynamics of the succession, and the Hanoverians became a collateral branch in the line of succession.   In an attempt to keep the two thrones in the same line, Ernst August had hoped that his son would marry Queen Victoria.  It was not meant to be as she loved another first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and they were wed in February 1840.   Three years later Georg married Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, eldest daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Altenburg.  Their first child, Ernst August, was born in September 1845, followed by Frederica, in 1848, and Marie, who was born in December 1849. King Ernst August died on November 18, 1851, and his only son succeeded to the throne as   King Georg V of Hanover.  He also succeeded to his father’s British titles: Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale and Earl of Armagh.   King George and his family returned to England for the baptism of Victoria and Albert's eighth child Prince Leopold, which took place on June 29, 1853, as the king was one of the young prince's godparents.   The King and Queen and their three young children arrived on the evening of June 17 at the Royal Dockyard at Woolwich from Ostend, Belgium.   It must have been exciting for the five-year-old Princess Frederica to travel by carriage to Ostend, where she and her family boarded a ship for the Channel crossing to England. King Georg V Queen Marie The royal guests were welcomed at the dock by the king’s first cousin, the Duke of Cambridge.  Frederica and her older brother, Crown Prince Ernst August, got into the second carriage behind their parents and younger sister, Marie.    En route to London, the carriage procession stopped in Greenwich, where the royal party was met by the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Princess Augusta of Cambridge.)    The carriage procession arrived at Hanover Legation at Grosvenor Place at 7:00 p.m.   King Georg and Queen Marie “retired for a few moments” before getting into another carriage to visit the Queen and Prince Albert.  The British sovereign and her husband had already received word of the Hanoverians’ arrival, and were already on the road toward the Legation, “hastening to their illustrious relatives.” Victoria and Albert spent about thirty minutes with the king and queen at the Legation.  The Times does not record if King Georg introduced his three children to Victoria.   It was already late in the evening, and the three young royal children were more likely having baths and being put to bed. Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, then only 19, wrote  in her diary of the various meetings with the “Hanoverians.”  On June 24, Princess Mary Adelaide accompanied Queen Marie and her children to the Zoological Gardens.  The following day a special dinner and entertainment were held at Gloucester House in honor of the Hanoverian children, whose playmates included several of Victoria’s children and Hereditary Prince Adolphus of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the son of Princess Augusta of Cambridge, who was six months younger than Princess Frederica.      On June 25, the king and queen and their children visited the Parliament and Westminster Abbey before returning to the Legation, where the King received the Duke of Nemours and the Duke of Cambridge The baptism took place on June 28 at the chapel in Buckingham Palace.  When the Archbishop of Canterbury asked for the names of the infant prince, King Georg announced in a “clear, sonorous voice,” Leopold George Duncan Albert.  The other godparents were Princess Mary Adelaide, the Princess of Prussia, and Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.   The Hanover children were not present at the baptism, but they and their British and Mecklenburg cousins, “appeared before the banquet” and were presented to the guests. After all the celebrations for the baptism and for dinners and balls in their honor, the King and Queen of Hanover and their children left for Hanover on July 4, returning to Woolwich to board a ship for Ostend.   More than twenty years would pass before Princess Frederica, determined to take control of her life, made the decision to move to England. As the elder daughter of the King of Hanover, Frederica was not without suitors.  In April 1862, Queen Victoria wrote to her eldest daughter, Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia that she thought "the Hanoverian" would be a good match for her second son, Affie, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.  When the possibility of such a marriage was broached again two years later, Victoria had changed her opinion of Princess Frederica.  In a letter to her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia, the queen wrote:   "Affie's sudden predilection for the Princess of H has startled me!  That I would fear to be a doubtful thing." Vicky concurred:  "It was quite a surprise to see that Affie seemed struck with the elder Princess of Hanover - which he certainly did. Whether or not she would do for him I cannot presume to give an opinion upon.  She is said to be grown into a fine girl and to be very good-natured -but I have never heard more.  I should not think the impression could be very deep - the visit lasted so short a time, but he certainly seemed pleased with her." Queen Victoria was concerned with “Affie’s affairs,” but “Hanover is out of the question on the score of health alone – and good Sir James has positively declared this.  Three generations of blindness and double relationships which, if you will reflect on, you will see there are – viz. the late Queen was a first cousin to the late King of H. and the present Queen is her great-niece – and Fritz of Strelitz (also blind) is the first cousin of George of H. I have said to Affie positively it cannot be.” Embed from Getty Images [The late Queen was Princess Friederike (Frederica) of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a  niece of Queen Charlotte, consort of George III.  Frederica had married as her third husband, Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, and they had one son, Prince George of Cumberland, born three days after his first cousin, Victoria.  He lost sight in one eye in 1828, following an accident, and became totally blind in 1833.   Fritz was Grand Duke Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  He was the nephew of Queen Frederica and married to Princess Augusta of Cambridge, a first cousin to King Georg of Hanover and Queen Victoria.   Fritz and Augusta were also first cousins, as their mothers were sisters.    Georg’s wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte, was the sister of Queen Frederica.   Queen Victoria wanted Prince Alfred to marry another Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, whose father, Duke Georg, was Queen Marie of Hanover’s first cousin.  There is also a hint of irony here when one considers that one of Victoria’s sons was a hemophiliac, and two of her daughters carried the hemophiliac gene.  Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.] Thus,  Frederica was “struck off the list” of candidates to marry Prince Alfred, although the Queen wrote to her daughter in June 1864: “He is still (I am sorry to say) leaning to Hanover.  However, I think reason will put it out of his head.” In January 1866, Count Platen-Hallermund, representing Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck, arrived in Hanover to discuss a marriage between Princess Frederica and Prince Albrecht of Prussia.  But the marriage negotiations collapsed as the relationship between the Hanover Royal family and their Prussian cousins disintegrated rapidly after Prussia annexed Hanover, and King Georg V and his families were forced into exile.    In August 1874, a German newspaper, the Magdeburg Gazette reported on a rumor that the Duke of Brunswick would marry Princess Frederica.   This seemed an unlikely arrangement as Duke Wilhelm, a grandson of Princess Augusta, sister of George III, who married the Duke of Brunswick, was in his late 60s.  He had never shown interest in marriage, although he was the father of several illegitimate children.    The Duke of Brunswick’s relationship with Prussia was strained as Prussia refused to recognize Frederica’s brother, Ernst August, as the Duke’s heir because of his claim to the Hanover throne.   There was also talk of a Danish marriage, but nothing came of this rumor or the report that the Prince of Orange, the heir to the Dutch throne, wanted to marry Frederica.  (Alexander had also been linked to Frederica's future sister-in-law, Princess Thyra of Denmark. He died unmarried in 1884.)   Known as Lily to her family, Frederica was said to be  “passionate and outspoken,” especially after her father lost his throne, as she defended her family’s honor, and then sought emancipation from her family.  King Georg  (and the majority of other German sovereigns) sided with Austria in its war against Prussia in 1866.  Prussia was victorious,  and King Wilhelm I of Prussia and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck exacted revenge on the King by annexing Hanover as a part of Prussia.  King Georg V was now without a throne. He and his son, Crown Prince Ernst August, headed for their home in Austria, while Queen Marie and the two princesses remained in Hanover for another year.  Frederica saw her father once during that period when they met at her maternal grandfather’s palace in Altenburg. The Prussians put immense pressure on the distaff members of the Hanover royal family to leave Schloss Marienburg, and in the summer of 1867, they joined Georg and Ernst August in Austria.   Frederica’s “experiences of defeat and exile” would shape her political views and her immense distrust of Prussia and von Bismarck.    She also found her voice, making it clear that she would not succumb to a “potential political marriage” with Prince Umberto of Italy.   The Hanoverian royal family settled in Austria as King Georg purchased homes at Gmunden, near Lake Traunsee, and Penzing, near Vienna.  The family also owned a home in Paris.   But there would be financial issues for the king and queen and their three children, as Prussia had sequestered the Guelph Fund, which was the family’s largest part of their income.   He had also moved some of his to England before the war. Queen Victoria’s relationship with her Hanoverian cousins was fraught with tension, especially after Georg lost his throne.   The Duke of Cambridge wrote to Victoria about providing assistance to their Hanoverian cousins, and Victoria “claimed she would do anything in her power” to save her dynasty, but she did not want the king to be “allowed to come to England,” even for a visit, and there was no question that the exiled king and his family would be permitted to live in England. In the spring of 1876, the elderly Duchess of Cambridge invited King Georg and his family to visit her in England.  Queen Victoria was furious with her aunt for extending the invitation without asking her first.  But the Duchess was not the first member of the British royal family to show compassion for the Hanoverians.   In March, Prince Leopold, Victoria's youngest son, sought a warmer climate by traveling  to Cannes, stopping  in Paris for a few days to visit his godfather, King Georg V.  The Hanoverian royal family was happy to welcome the young British prince, and Leopold enjoyed meeting the king's two daughters, especially the younger Princess Marie, "who reminded him of his sister, Louise."  The question of marriage was not discussed, although one can assume that the king would have been delighted to see one of his daughters marry Queen Victoria's youngest son. King Georg and his family arrived in London on May 16, and shortly after their arrival, they called upon the Duchess of Cambridge at her residence at St. James’s Palace. They stayed at Claridge’s Hotel, spending time in London’s cultural sights, visiting family in London and in the country.  The Duke of Connaught invited them for tea at Buckingham Palace, and they had dinner at Marlborough House with the Prince and Princess of Wales.  Several of Queen Victoria’s children called upon King and Queen at Claridge’s, but the Queen herself was at Balmoral, thus avoiding meeting her cousin.    Queen Marie, accompanied by her son and her youngest daughter, left England on June 5.  Georg and Frederica remained in England for several more weeks.  This was a time where Frederica could attend social events,  become more acquainted with her British cousins, and, perhaps, finally find a husband.  They were invited to the Dowager Duchess of Cleveland’s garden party at Osterley Park, near Brentford, and left Claridge’s in an open carriage.  There was also a shopping excursion for the 28-year-old princess, attended by Countess Bremer, in London.  One evening, Georg and Frederica were invited to dine with Lady Poulett at her Hanover Square home, where a “select company” was invited to meet the king and his daughter.    Princess Frederica accepted an invitation to join the Prince and Princess of Wales at Ascot. On their final day (June 17) in London, the king and his daughter hosted a luncheon at Claridge's, where the guests included the Duke of Connaught, the Duke of Cambridge, Princess Mary Adelaide, and the Duke of Teck.  After the luncheon, the King and Princess Frederica said their goodbyes to Mr. and Mrs. Claridge and were driven to Victoria Station in one of the Queen's carriages to start their journey back to Paris.    One of the king’s attendants was his secretary, the Coburg-born  Baron Alfons von Pawel-Rammingen. The young princess enjoyed her visit to England as she got to know better her Cambridge cousins and her aunt (who described Frederica as her favorite niece), and she was included in numerous invitations with the British royal family.   She was also keeping a secret from her family as she was in love with her father’s secretary. Prince Leopold was visiting Italy and France when the Hanoverians came to England.   He, too, was harboring a secret.  He had fallen in love with the "tall woman, stately, rather than beautiful" Princess Frederica.   It did not matter to Leopold that Frederica was five years his senior.   He confided his feelings about Lily to his sister, Alice, the Grand Duchess of Hesse and By Rhine.  Leopold wanted to marry her, but Frederica asserted that she had more pressing concerns that included the political and financial issues facing her family.   Although Victoria had sided with Hanover and not with Prussia, she didn’t approve of “Georg V’s political efforts to restore the king of Hanover by insurrectionary means.” Financial arrangements for the Hanover royal family were included in the peace treaty between Hanover and Prussia.  It was seen as a generous offer on the part of the Prussians, as Georg would receive the interest on his income on the condition that he left the “administration of the funds and the total of his remaining property to the Prussian state.”  The King accepted this offer, but he made a fatal mistake when he used some of the  money to “finance separatist opposition to Bismarck’s confederation.”   A very angry Bismarck chose to freeze all of Georg’s assets in Hanover, and he used the money to fight insurrection in Hanover until the royal family renounced their rights to the kingdom. Their financial security was again shaken when King Georg V died suddenly at his home on the Rue de Presbourg in Paris on June 12, 1878.  He was buried in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Georg’s son, Ernst August, did not take the title king of Hanover, choosing instead to be styled by his British ducal title, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale.  He did not renounce his claims to the Hanover throne, which was made clear in a letter he sent to the other European sovereigns announcing his father’s death.    Queen Victoria referred to Ernst August’s letter as “injudicious.”  She knew that Ernst August would not make a formal renunciation of his rights to the Hanover throne, and she believed that if he chose not to interfere with Prussian influence in Hanover, his fortune would be restored.   But the “ill-advised” (according to Queen Victoria) Duke of Cumberland did not hold back with his vitriolic statement about Prussia.    In March, the Prince of Wales asked his elder sister, Victoria, and her husband, Crown Prince Friedrich of Prussia, to visit Frederica, who wanted to broach the matter of her family’s money.   Although Queen Marie and her younger daughter were content with their lives at Gmunden, Princess Frederica was determined to live her own life.   Her brother pressured her to accept the Prussian annuity, as he felt she should also contribute to the family’s finances.  Frederica was defiant, standing up to the Prussians in defense of her family.  Disappointed by her brother and mother, Frederica felt too confined by life in exile in Austria, especially after her brother’s marriage to Princess Thyra of Denmark in December 1878.  Princess Thyra was the youngest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, and whose sisters, Alexandra and Dagmar were married respectively, to the heirs of the British and Russian thrones.   Suffice to say that the Duke of Cumberland and Queen Marie were overbearing in their treatment of Frederica.  Princess Marie may have been content to remain at her mother’s beck and call, as she had no suitors.  Still keeping her love for Alfons close to her heart, Frederica began to consider her options to leave Gmunden.  She also had to face the wrath of the Prussians as she would not agree to new financial terms proposed by the Prussians. 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The newest QVD August Rhodes Robert Reynolds

ICYMI:   @Tatiana Reynolds HSH Princess Tatiana zu Leiningen and Clayton Reynolds are new parents. Tatiana gave birth to her first child, a son August Rhodes Robert Reynolds on June 14, 2021, at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario. August was born on my birthday. @Tatiana Reynolds Victoria - Alfred  - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August. Tatiana is the eldest of three daughters of HSH Prince Hermann zu Leiningen and his wife, Deborah Culley   This is their grandchildren. August is also the first great-grandchild of Hermann's mother, HRH Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria, daughter of the late King  Boris III of Bulgaria, and HRH Princess Giovanna of Italy.    The Bulgarian line also provides another Saxe Coburg and Gotha line of descent. Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld - Ernst I Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - Albert - Alfred - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld -Ferdinand - August - Ferdinand (King of Bulgaria) - Boris - Marie Louise - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire - Victoria - Alfred - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August  Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire -Carl, Prince of Leiningen - Ernst -Emich  - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire - Feodora -Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg - Feodore -Karl, Prince of Leiningen - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August  Thank you to Tatiana for allowing me to use these photos.
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Today in Royal History | June 17

ICYMI: Wedding The Wedding of Celia McCorquodale in 2018 Royal Events OTD The Funeral of Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy in 2020 The Order of the Garter Service in 2019 Trooping the Colour in 2017 Order of the Garter Service in 2002 The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Dinner at Windsor Castle in 2002 The Swedish State Visit to France … Continue reading Today in Royal History | June 17
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Paxman on The Queen’s Children

ICYMI: Jeremy Paxman examines the lives and roles of the Queen’s children – the Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward– looking at their changing relationship with the British public over the past 60 years and shaped the modern Monarchy. 95 Facts about the Queen | 100 Facts about the Duke of Edinburgh … Continue reading Paxman on The Queen’s Children
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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Paxman on The Queen’s Children

Jeremy Paxman examines the lives and roles of the Queen’s children – the Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward– looking at their changing relationship with the British public over the past 60 years and shaped the modern Monarchy. 95 Facts about the Queen | 100 Facts about the Duke of Edinburgh … Continue reading Paxman on The Queen’s Children
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Today in Royal History | June 17

Wedding The Wedding of Celia McCorquodale in 2018 Royal Events OTD The Funeral of Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy in 2020 The Order of the Garter Service in 2019 Trooping the Colour in 2017 Order of the Garter Service in 2002 The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Dinner at Windsor Castle in 2002 The Swedish State Visit to France … Continue reading Today in Royal History | June 17
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Glimpses from Two Recent German Noble Weddings

The Croÿ newlyweds. On 22 May 2021, Prince Marc of Croÿ and Countess Delia de Cossé-Brissac celebrated their religious marriage at the Chateau de Brissac. One of the priests who presided over the couple's ceremony was Father Paul Habsburg. Among the guests were the Dowager Duchess de Brissac, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza, Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his fiancée Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, and Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. Prince Marc and Princess Delia of Croÿ were civilly married on 19 December 2020 at Dülmen. Prince Marc Emanuel of Croÿ (b.1992) is the son of Duke Rudolf of Croÿ (b.1955) and his late wife Alexandra Miloradovich (1960-2015). Délia de Cossé-Brissac (b.1998) is the daughter of Charles-André, Duc de Brissac (b.1962), and his wife Countess Larissa Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsövidek (b.1967). The Hohenberg newlyweds. On 12 June 2021, Fürst Karl von Hohenberg and Baroness Assunta von Loë were religiously married at Schweinheim. Fürst Karl von Hohenberg (b.1991) is the son of Duke Nikolaus von Hohenberg (b.1961) and his wife Countess Elisabeth von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg (b.1963). Baroness Assunta von Loë (b.1996) is the daughter of Baron Philipp von Loë (b.1961) and his wife Countess Marie-Therese Ségur-Cabanac (b.1962). Karl and Assunta announced their engagement in October 2020. 
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Romanov Weddings: Nicholas Romanoff and Sveva della Gherardesca in 1952

On 21 January 1952, Nicholas Romanovich Romanoff (1922-2014) married Countess Sveva della Gherardesca (b.1930) at the Russian Cathedral in Cannes. Nicholas was the eldest son of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia (1896-1978) and his wife Countess Prascovia Dmitrievna Cheremeteva (1901-1980), who wed in 1921. Sveva was the daughter of Count Walfredo della Gherardesca (1894-1953) and Countess Nicoletta di Piccolellis. Nicholas and Sveva had three daughters: Natalia (b.1952), Elizabeth (b.1956), and Tatiana (b.1961).
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The newest QVD August Rhodes Robert Reynolds

  @Tatiana Reynolds HSH Princess Tatiana zu Leiningen and Clayton Reynolds are new parents. Tatiana gave birth to her first child, a son August Rhodes Robert Reynolds on June 14, 2021, at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario. August was born on my birthday. @Tatiana Reynolds Victoria - Alfred  - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August. Tatiana is the eldest of three daughters of HSH Prince Hermann zu Leiningen and his wife, Deborah Culley   This is their grandchildren. August is also the first great-grandchild of Hermann's mother, HRH Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria, daughter of the late King  Boris III of Bulgaria, and HRH Princess Giovanna of Italy.    The Bulgarian line also provides another Saxe Coburg and Gotha line of descent. Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld - Ernst I Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - Albert - Alfred - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld -Ferdinand - August - Ferdinand (King of Bulgaria) - Boris - Marie Louise - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire - Victoria - Alfred - Victoria Melita - Maria - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August  Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire -Carl, Prince of Leiningen - Ernst -Emich  - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld  - Victoire - Feodora -Hermann, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg - Feodore -Karl, Prince of Leiningen - Karl - Hermann - Tatiana - August  Thank you to Tatiana for allowing me to use these photos.
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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Felipe VI avec Letizia à Séville pour recevoir une médaille, mais seul à l’Euro

La reine Letizia était, ce lundi à Séville, aux côtés de son époux le roi Felipe VI d’Espagne lorsqu’il a reçu la première médaille d’h...
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Deux collections audio pour faire découvrir le château de Versailles aux enfants

L’histoire et le patrimoine du château de Versailles et de ses jardins se racontent désormais aux enfants grâce à deux nouvelles collections de ...
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Bianca Maria Sforza – The unloved Empress

Bianca Maria Sforza was born on 5 April 1472 as the third child but the eldest (legitimate) daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Bona of Savoy. She had two older brothers, Gian and Hermes, who were three and two at the time of her birth. Her last full sibling, Anna, was born [read more] The post Bianca Maria Sforza – The unloved Empress appeared first on History of Royal Women.
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Romanov Weddings: Prince Andrei of Russia and Nadine McDougall in 1942

Prince Andrei of Russia and Nadine McDougall on their wedding day, 1942. On 21 September 1942, Prince Andrei (Andrew) Alexandrovich of Russia (1897-1981) married Nadine Sylvia Ada McDougall (1908-2000) at Norton Church in Kent. The groom was the son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia (1866-1933) and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia (1875-1960). The bride was the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert McDougall (1879-1967) and Sylvia Borgström (1870-1962). This was the second marriage of Prince Andrei: in 1918, he married Donna Elisabetha Ruffo (1886-1940). Andrei Alexandrovich and Nadine had one daughter: Olga Andreevna Romanov (b.1950). The couple lived at Provender House, the property of Nadine's family. 
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Recibimiento Oficial del Pte. de la República de Corea, Sr. Moon Jae-In y Sra. Kim Jung-Sook


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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Rama X : Ubu roi à Bangkok

Tapis rouge pour transport peu commun : même dans le métro, les plus hauts dignitaires doivent rester à genoux en sa présence. Et attendre qu’...
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Le prince Christian a assuré son premier engagement officiel avec sa grand-mère

Le prince Christian de Danemark a pris part, ce dimanche, à un engagement officiel avec sa grand-mère la reine Margrethe II et son père le prince h...
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Don Andrea Torlonia dei duchi di Poli e Guadagnolo (1961-2021)

Andrea Torlonia and his wife Sania Imperiali in Rome, 1992. Photograph (c) Marcellino Radogna. Aged just fifty-nine, Don Andrea Torlonia dei duchi di Poli e Guadagnolo died in June 2021. He is survived by his mother Donna Ines, his brother Don Guido, his wife of over thirty years, Donna Sania Imperiali dei Principi di Francavilla, and their four children: Don Giovanni, Don Manuele, Donna Flavia, and Donna Vera. Andrea was a first cousin of Don Giulio Torlonia, Duca di Poli e di Guadagnolo; Andrea was a third cousin of Don Giovanni Torlonia, Principe di Civitelli Cesi. Ines Theodoli and Giovanni Torlonia at the 1960 Ballo dei Re, Naples. Source: Corriere del Mezzogiorno. Born at Rome on 6 September 1961, Andrea Torlonia was the first child of Don Giovanni Torlonia dei duchi di Poli e Guadagnolo (1931-1981), a doctor, and Agnese "Ines" Theodoli dei Marchesi di San Vito e Pisoniano (b.1941), who wed in 1960. Andrea was followed by a younger brother, Don Guido Torlonia (b.1963).  May Andrea Rest in Peace.
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Romanov Weddings: Princess Catherine of Russia and Ruggero Farace in 1937

Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia on her wedding day, 1937. On 15 September 1937 at Rome, Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia (1915-2007) married Marchese Ruggero Farace di Villaforesta (1909-1970). Catherine was the only daughter of Prince Ivan Konstantinovich of Russia (1886-1918) and Princess Elena Petrovna of Serbia (1884-1962). Ruggero was the son of Marchese Alfredo Farace di Villaforesta (1860-1949) and Caterina Fachiri (1882-1968). Princess Catherine and Marchese Ruggero had three children: Nobile Nicoletta Farace (b.1938), Nobile Fiammetta Farace (b.1942), and Marchese Giovanni Farace di Villaforesta (b.1943). The couple separated in 1945 but never divorced.
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Recibimiento Oficial del Pte. de la República de Corea, Sr. Moon Jae-In y Sra. Kim Jung-Sook


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Monday, 14 June 2021

Royal Style - Letizia, une reine en blanc, en rose et en vert cette semaine

Cinq rendez-vous, quatre robes. Retrouvez ce dimanche les looks arborés par la reine Letizia d’Espagne lors de cette semaine qui s’achève.
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Romanov Weddings: Prince Feodor of Russia and Princess Irina Paley in 1923

Prince Feodor of Russia and Princess Irina Paley on their wedding day, 1923. On 31 May 1923, Prince Feodor (Theodore) Alexandrovich of Russia (1898-1968) civilly married Princess Irina Pavlovna Paley (1903-1990) in Paris. The couple celebrated their religious marriage on 3 June 1923. Feodor was the son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia (1866-1933) and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia (1875-1960). Irina was the daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia (1860-1919) and his second wife Olga Karnovitch (1866-1929). Two children were born during Feodor and Irina's marriage: Michael (1924-2008) and Irene (b.1934). Prince Feodor and Princess Irina divorced in 1936. 
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Historic Newspapers – William and Kate: A Royal Ten Years Review

*review copy* Can you believe it has been ten years since Prince William married Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey? It seems like only yesterday that we watched the fairytale wedding on TV! Historic Newspapers have now released a special edition William and Kate book to commemorate their anniversary. It includes newspaper coverage from their wedding [read more] The post Historic Newspapers – William and Kate: A Royal Ten Years Review appeared first on History of Royal Women.
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Gemma Arterton to bring to life Jackie Kennedy's frisson with Lord Harlech

The two travelled to Cambodia together on a diplomatic mission in 1967, staying with Prince Sihanouk
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Duchess Sophie of Württemberg and Count Maximilien of Andigné announce pregnancy

The beautiful couple were wed in 2018
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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Maxima, une semaine entre rencontres joyeuses et rendez-vous virtuels

La semaine de la reine Maxima des Pays-Bas a été riche en rendez-vous. Entre rencontres joyeuses et sérieuses visioconférences ponctuées de la r...
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Elizabeth II accueille Jill et Joe Biden à Windsor pour le thé

La reine a reçu ce dimanche, en fin d'après-midi, le président américain Joe Biden et son épouse Jill autour d'un thé au château de Windsor.
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Des accessoires des enfants de la reine Victoria et des robes de Fergie aux enchères

La maison de vente londonienne Kerry Taylor Auctions met aux enchères, ce mardi, une rare collection d’accessoires qu’ont portés certains des ne...
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New Pictures of Duke Franz of Bavaria

Dr. Thomas Greinwald and Duke Franz of Bavaria with their dachshund. Photo credit: Erwin Olaf. We are happy to share two pictures of Duke Franz of Bavaria, Head of the Royal House. In the first photograph, Duke Franz is shown with his longtime partner Dr. Thomas Greinwald and their daschund. In the second photograph, we see Duke Franz of Bavaria in front of two Joseph Karl Stieler portraits of his ancestors, Queen Therese of Bavaria and King Ludwig I of Bavaria.  The duke and his dachshund. Photo credit: Erwin Olaf.
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Mail Call

ICYMI: Rainy day today. Envelopes in the mailbox brought a few smiles. A thank you for the 1st birthday wishes for  HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg, second in line to the throne  
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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Côté Cours - Elizabeth II, victime de la Cancel Culture

Des étudiants d'Oxford ont voté en faveur du retrait du portrait de la reine Elizabeth II du mur d'une salle commune. Chaque semaine, Stéphane Bern...
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Elizabeth II, Camilla et Kate, trio complice en marge du G7

La reine était accompagnée vendredi en début de soirée de la duchesse de Cornouailles et de la duchesse de Cambridge pour prendre part à un évé...
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Elizabeth II, reine du G7 en Cornouailles

La reine Elizabeth II a accueilli, ce vendredi soir, les chefs d’Etat réunis en Cornouailles pour le G7, en compagnie de ses deux héritiers les pr...
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Catharina-Amalia renonce, pour l’instant, à son allocation de 1,6 million d’euros

La princesse Catharina-Amalia des Pays-Bas a fait savoir au Premier ministre Mark Rutte qu’elle renonce, le temps de ses études supérieures, à l...
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Mail Call

Rainy day today. Envelopes in the mailbox brought a few smiles. A thank you for the 1st birthday wishes for  HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg, second in line to the throne  
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Friday, 11 June 2021

Les photos de la parade Trooping the Colour au fil des ans

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, la parade Trooping the Colour, qui célèbre l'anniversaire de la reine, n'aura pas lieu dans sa forme traditio...
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Dans les archives de Match - En 1984, la naissance du royal baby Harry

Le prince Harry et son épouse Meghan sont à nouveau parents. À l'occasion de cet heureux événement, retour sur la naissance du cadet de Charles e...
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Catharina-Amalia a réussi ses examens de fin d’études et l’annonce à tout La Haye

La princesse héritière Catharina-Amalia des Pays-Bas a obtenu avec succès son diplôme de fin d’études d’enseignement secondaire et a choisi d...
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Princesse Madeleine, la Cour de Suède célèbre ses 39 ans

La princesse Madeleine de Suède fête, ce jeudi, son 39e anniversaire. Pour l’occasion, le Palais a publié sur les réseaux sociaux un portrait de...
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The Mysterious Origins of the Duc de Royan

An image believed to be of Jérôme Trimouille. Since 2019, there is a French citizen named Jérôme Trimouille who now presents himself as the "Duc de Royan," owing to his apparent descent from the noble La Trémoille family. As Duc de Royan, Jérôme Trimouille has created an official website (created in late 2020), a verified Facebook page (created in January 2020), a verified Twitter account (created in December 2019), and a verified Instagram account (in addition to Snapchat and Tik Tok accounts). The Duc de Royan mostly communicates about events in reigning European royal families and sometimes weighs in on current events in France. According to an online genealogy of the La Trémoille family, Jérôme Trimouille was born on 2 January 1972 as the eldest son of Jean Claude Arthur Andre Trimouille (Boynes 5 November 1947-Corbeil-Essonnes 17 February 2015) and Martine Deniau (b.1955). Jérôme's paternal grandparents were Andre Georges Arthur Trimouille (Boynes 5 February 1917-Gironville-sur-Essonne 9 April 1983) and Lucienne Amiard (d.2014). Jérôme Trimouille is married to Sandra Leblanc (b.1976). The couple have two sons. As one can see by referring the above genealogy, the members of the current Trimouille family appear to hold numerous noble titles. Going on the information presented online, Jérôme himself is apparently the holder of the following titles: "Prince de Talmont & de Tarente, duc de Royan, seigneur de Hanches, duc de La Trémoïlle." On his website, Jérôme Trimouille includes this information about how to address a member of his family: How do you address a member of the ducal family? The custom and the traditions are that to address a man, a member of the ducal family, it is necessary either to use Monseigneur or Your Highness and for a woman, a member of the ducal family, Madame or Your Highness. Source: À propos According to his website, Jérôme Trimouille has appointed ambassadors to Armenia, Belgium, Bolivia, India, Italy and the Vatican, Mexico, and Spain. There is no information whatsoever on the role of these ambassadors or whether they have any accreditation to the governments of the countries where they apparently have a diplomatic mission. A ducal secretariat also exists: the apparent Duc de Royan has a cultural affairs advisor, an economic advisor, and a political advisor.  Jérôme Trimouille first appeared in the French press in May 2019. He was interviewed by La Nouvelle République on 2 May 2019 for an article concerning the château de Thouars. Although he had never visited the château, Jérôme stated that he was in favour of it being opened to the public. In the article, entitled Jérôme Trimouille: "Je me sens Thouarsais de coeur", he was presented as "a descendant of the Dukes de La Trémoille and holders of their titles." When asked by the author of the article as the whether the succession of the Trimouille family was secure, Jérôme replied: "Absolutely. This unique link between the city of Thouars and my family is not about to break since my sons Kévin (born in 1997) hereditary prince de La Trémoille and Marvin (born in 2001) prince of Naples, already ensure the future of the House de La Trémoille." In an earlier brief snippet from La Nouvelle République on 1 May 2019, it was written of Jérôme that: "Descendant de la branche cadette, dite des « marquis de Royan et comte d’Olonne », Jérôme Trimouille est donc aujourd’hui titulaire des titres de prince de Talmont et Tarente, duc de La Trémoïlle, de Thouars, de Noirmoutier et de Taillebourg, marquis de Royan et d’Espinay, baron de Sully, comte de Laval, de Guînes et de Montfort, ainsi que prétendant au trône du royaume de Naples." On 6 May 2019, the Société d'Histoire, d'Archéologie & des Arts du Pays Thouarsais (Shaapt) issued the following statement after becoming aware of Jérome Trimouille's interview on 2 May:Last week, the local Thouars press published an interview with Monsieur Jérôme Trimouille, a seventh generation descendant of the La Trémoïlle family. Monsieur Trimouille, evoking the future of the château de Thouars, declared himself in these articles to be the Duc de Thouars, bearer of the titles attributed to his ancestors as well as the style of royal highness. Without in any way questioning the descent of Monsieur Trimouille from the family of the lords of Thouars, to a distant degree, the SHAAPT recalls, first of all, that, according to the rules of the French nobility, titles can only be transmitted from father to son. This is how many ducal families have died out over time, due to a lack of descent: families from Montmorency, Richelieu, Aumont, etc. Thus, Louis Jean-Marie de la Trémoïlle, who died in 1933, without posterity at the age of 23 in a fire in England, remains the last Duke de la Trémoïlle. In 1910, the young duke's sister, Charlotte, married a Belgian aristocrat, Henri Florent de Ligne. In 1934, the King of the Belgians, Leopold III, authorized their son, Jean Charles Lamoral, Prince de Ligne, to take the name of his late uncle by appending it to his own surname and thus to perpetuate the name of La Trémoille. But the members of the de Ligne de La Trémoïlle family will never be able to bear the titles of their French ancestors, despite being the direct descendants of the last Duke of Trémoïlle. As for the royal highness predicate, it can only be worn by members of royal families. While noble titles no longer have legal status in France, they are however governed by a specific code and, to be regular, must be confirmed by the Seal of the Ministry of Justice. No one can therefore afford to appropriate them illegitimately.Source: Société d'Histoire, d'Archéologie & des Arts du Pays Thouarsais - Shaapt "First Ranking Duke of France Perishes as Mansion Blazes," The Wichita Eagle, 10 December 1933. The last Duc de La Trémoille, Louis-Jean-Marie de La Trémoille, was tragically killed during a fire at a country house in Whitchurch, Hampshire, England, on 9 December 1933. Louis was twenty-three years-old. With his death, according to most published sources, the La Trémoille family became extinct in the male line. After the passing of the last duke, the descendants of his sister Charlotte de La Trémoille (1892-1971) and her husband Prince Henri de Ligne (1881-1967) were authorised by the King of Belgium to bear the title Prince(ss) de Ligne de La Trémoille. Furthermore, successive issues of the Almanach de Gotha make no mention of a junior branch of the La Trémoille family.  The 1934 Almanach de Gotha entry on the La Trémoïle family.
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Thursday, 10 June 2021

Duchess Sophie of Württemberg Expecting First Child

Duchess Sophie of Württemberg and Maximilien d'Andigné on their wedding day. Photograph (c) David Nivière/Getty Images. According to Noblesse et Royautés, Duchess Sophie of Württemberg and Maximilien d’Andigné are expecting their first child. The couple married in 2018. Sophie is the daughter of Duke Philipp of Württemberg and Duchess Marie-Caroline in Bavaria. Maximilien is the son of Hervé d'Andigné and Marie-Adélaïde de La Barre de Nanteuil. This will be the first great-grandchild for Duke Carl and Duchess Diane of Württemberg as well as for Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria.
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Kroonprins Frederik verlaat IOC

ICYMI: Kroonprins Frederik verlaat het Internationaal Olympisch Comité. Dat heeft het Deense hof in de aanloop naar de Olympische Spelen in Tokio en het voorafgaande congres van het IOC laten weten....
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Wist de Queen van vernoeming Lilibet?

ICYMI: De geboorte van Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor heeft in de Britse media weer een stroom aan berichten losgemaakt. Het ging daarbij amper over de komst van het tweede kind van Harry...
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Koning beëdigt 'bekende' ambassadeurs

ICYMI: Koning Willem-Alexander had woensdagmorgen bij de beëdiging van nieuwe ambassadeurs twee heel bekende gezichten voor zich. Op Paleis Noordeinde - hun huidige werkplek - beëdigde hij namelijk ook twee binnenkort...
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