Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Princess Victoria confirmed as 20th Duchess of Medinaceli

HSH Princess Victoria Elisabeth zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg has been confirmed as her father's successor to the Spanish duke of Medinaceli and Grandee of Spain.   She is the 20th Duchess of Medinaceli.

HSH Prince Marco zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg died last August 19 at the age of 54.

In Spain,  Victoria has the surname  zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Schmidt-Polex.   She celebrated her 20th birthday on March 20.   The young duchess is also the 10th Countess Ofalia, a title she inherited from her paternal grandmother,  Doña Ana de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba.   This was confirmed in May 2016.
A month after Victoria's succession as Countess of Ofalia, her younger brother,  Alexander, was confirmed as the Marqués de Navahermosa, which he inherited from Doña Ana.

Victoria's German-born mother, Sandra, raised her and her younger brother, Alexander, after she and Prince Marco were divorced.   Victoria was named for her great grandmother, Doña Victoria Eugenia, the 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, who died in 2013.

Prince Marco succeeded his maternal grandmother, as his mother died in 2012.

The new Duchess of Medinaceli now lives in Spain.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Prince Peter of Greece as an official greeter

While putting away the Crown Prince Pavlos photos in the Greek album, I noticed these two photos of Prince Peter of Greece (1908-1990.)   He was the elder child and only son of Prince George of Greece and Princess Marie Bonaparte.  His father was the second son of King George I of the Hellenes.

Prince Peter with King Hussein of Jordan

Prince Peter with Prince Rainier III of Monaco

In September 1939, he married Irina Aleksandrovna Ovtchinnikova, a Russian divorcee.  The marriage was considered a mesalliance, and Peter lost his dynastic rights.  Although he kept in touch with his mother, Marie, and his sister, Princess Eugenie,  his father, Prince George disowned him.

Peter and Irina were remarried in a Greek Orthodox ceremony in 1941.  He introduced Irina as a Princess, but his first cousin, King George II of the Hellenes, made it clear that the marriage was not dynastic, and Irina was not entitled to be styled as a Princess.

King George II's brother, Paul, succeeded him as king in April 1947.  Prince Peter hoped that Paul would look kindly on his marriage, and restore his dynastic rights.  Paul would not budge.

Peter also had issues with Paul's son, King Constantine II, and he chafed at the loss of his succession rights.  He also refused to accept a change to the Constitution, allowing for female succession.  He did not accept that Constantine II's younger sister, Princess Irene, was the heiress presumptive until the birth of Constantine's first child, Alexia, in 1965.   Princess Alexia was the heiress presumptive until the birth of Crown Prince Pavlos in May 1967.


Crown Prince Pavlos celebrates the Big 5-0

Yes a few days late with this post ...

Crown Prince Pavlos, the second child of King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes, was born at Tatoi on May 20, 1967.   He was nearly seven months old when his father's counter coup against the military junta (which had taken power in the spring of 1967) failed.  The royal family left the country, first to Rome, and then to London where they lived for several decades.  A plebiscite in 1973 ended the Greek monarchy.

On July 1, 1995 at the Saint Sophia Cathedral in London, Pavlos married duty-free heiress Marie Chantal Miller.   They have five children, and are now in the process of moving from London back to New York City.   He is the co founder with Peter DeSorcy of Ortelius, an alternative investment group specializing in hedge funds and private equity.

These photos are from my private collection.  A friend of mine was the late George Tantzos, who worked as an aide to King Constantine II.  George founded the publishing company, Atlantic International.  His first book, The Inheritors of Alexander the Great,  was published in a limited edition in 1987.
George died in the early 1990s.  I inherited his Greek photo collection.  Most of the photos had been used in The Inheritors of Alexander the Great.

Grand Duchess Charlotte arrives on Clipper

May 22, 1942

Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg has arrived in New York City by transatlantic clipper, reports the New York Times.  The Grand Duchess is accompanied by her husband, Prince Felix, and her Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Bech.   They will travel to Washington. D.C., to meet with President Roosevelt tomorrow, and then will rejoin Luxembourg's Government-in-Exile and the Grand Ducal children in Montreal for an "indefinite period."

They arrived at La Guardia Field and were met by the Premier of the Government in exile, as well as two members of the family, Prince Rene of Bourbon-Parma, a brother of Prince Felix, and the Prince of Schwarzenberg, who is married to the Grand Duchess' sister, Princess Hilda.

In a brief interview, Grand Duchess Charlotte said: "We are all in the same war, against the same enemy."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A girl for the Toerring-Jettenbachs

May 20, 1937

The Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach gave birth to a daughter today at Winhöring.  This is the second child for the Count and Countess.  They have a son, Count Hans-Veit Kaspar Nikolaus was born on January 11, 1935.    The Countess was born Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Denmark, the second of three daughters of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Helen Vladirmovna of Russia.

The infant Countess would be named Helene Marina Elisabeth.   The second name was for Elisabeth's younger sister, Princess Marina, the wife of Prince George, the Duke of Kent.  The eldest sister, Princess Olga, was married to Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.

Helene was 18 years old when she became engaged to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, 37, a nephew of the late Emperor Karl.  The couple were married in a civil ceremony in Munich on April 6.  The Roman Catholic wedding took place at the chapel of Schloss Seefeld in Bavaria five days later.

The chapel only good fit 72 of the more than 200 guests invited to the wedding.   The bride's aunt, the Duchess of Kent, and two of her children, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent, were among the guests.  Other guests included King Umberto of Italy,  Prince Paul of Yugoslavia,  Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia,  Archduke Otto of Austria (the groom's first cousin) and the Count of Paris.

The new archduchess wore a gown made in the Munich dress shop owned by Archduke Ferdinand's mother.

The couple had three children:  Archduchess Elisabeth (1957-1983), who was married to Australian James Litchfield,  Archduchess Sophie (1959), the wife of the Prince of Windisch-Graetz, and Archduke Maximilian (1961).

Archduke Ferdinand, who died in 2004, and Archduchess Helen, maintained a London (20 Friston Street) for many years.

70th birthday

80th birthday

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A royal divorce

"HRH Princess Benedikte announces that HH Princess Alexandra (of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg)  and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellgurth has decided to divorce after 18 years of marriage.

The couple first met when they went to boarding school in northern Germany. They were married in 1998 at Gråsten Palace. The Princess and Count Jefferson lived in London and Paris, and they had two children, Count Richard, born Sept. 14, 1999, and Countess Ingrid, born on August 16 2003. The last three years the family lived in Germany.

Princess Alexandra says:
"It's an incredibly difficult decision. We have known each other for 30 years, but has come to a point where we must recognize that we have grown apart. We end the marriage, but remain together in parenthood. The whole family, but of course, most kids are - now even after my father's death - in a very vulnerable situation and we therefore ask for calm and respect about the process we go through. "

The couple have not yet taken a final decision on where in the future they will settle, but the children will continue at their school in Schleswig-Holstein."

Alexandra and Jefferson and their two children moved to Heidesheim, Germany, in 2010, after he lost his job with as Managing Director of the Swiss Bank Sal. Oppenheim in Paris.   He is now an independent financial services professional.

The princess worked for 18 years as a program specialist for UNESCO.  She lost her job in 2013.

The couple met when they were both students at the Louisenlund school in Schleswig-Holstein.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Latest additions - the Hannovers

I love adding postcards of the Hanover Royal Family to my collection.  These two are the latest.

Rama Dama Ding Dong

Eyes on shoes!

King Vajiralongkorn  (Rama X) of Thailand has a fill in the blank sense for casual dressing.

I will say his lack of style is ghastly, shameful, disgusting, poor taste, tacky, tacky, tacky and awful. He wears a uniform when he makes an appearance in Thailand.  The uniform weighed down with all those medals, and must be soooooo uncomfortable for a senior citizen who prefers to borrow his chickie's Zumba clothes.  Why would a king, let alone a responsible older person deign to dress like a  .. go ahead, fill in the blank.



A nearly 65 year old man with way too many tattoos is seen walking through a German shopping mall with his bimbo (girlfriend),  licking ice cream cones.   Someone captures this scene on video ... then of course shares with the world.  Due to Thailand's draconic lèse-majesté laws, the video or images cannot be shown in Thailand.

Dear Thai people, you need to see that your king is not acting his age.  No decorum or respect for his own position.  How can you respect this man who has shown no respect for you or for Thailand.

This is how he has acted for years.  The king has four sons, now living in America.  The eldest should be the Crown Prince.  Their mother raised them well without the support of the sperm that fathered them.


Vajiralongkorn succeeded his revered father, King Bhumibol The difference between the two kings is striking, but one wonders about the parenting skills of the late King and his widow, Queen Sirkit?  They apparently raised a self-indulgent spoiled brat, who, if not for the Thai law,  would be the butt of a lot jokes ... does Thailand have their own version of Saturday Night Live?


Monday, May 15, 2017

Royal Windsor Horse Show

Briton Ken Stone, who is rarely without his Canon camera, has the great fortune to photograph British and European royals .. nearly every day .. not nearly every day, but he is nearly always there for the annual royal events in Britain .. from the Trooping  and the Garter to Ascot and the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which was held this past weekend.  Ken has kindly shared with Royal Musings several photos from the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

HM must use a great moisturizer!!  @Ken Stone

TGDH Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne of Baden.   Prince Ludwig is the younger son of the late HRH  Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark and HRH Prince Berthold of Baden, amd is a nephew of Prince Philip. @Ken Stone

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Thank you, Ken, for allowing me to use the photos ...

King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway's 80th birthday celebrations

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Briton Ken Stone traveled to Oslo to be in the crowd on Wednesday, May 10th, for the Balcony appearance of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, their children and grandchildren, and their Royal Guests.

Ken Stone is the copyright holder of these photos.  Thank you for allowing me to use them.

Royal (civil) Princess Marie Gabrielle of Nassau & Antonius Willms

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HRH Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau, only daughter of HRH Prince Jean of Luxembourg and Madame Helene Vestsur, was married today to Antonius Willms, son of Hayo Willms and his wife, Countess Maria Theresia von Goess, in a civil ceremony in Luxembourg.

The civil wedding was conducted by Luxembourg ville's mayor Lydie Polfer, and was attended by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, Prince Louis and Princess Alexandra.

The  bride and groom's parents and siblings were also present for the ceremony.

HRH Prince Constantin of Nassau and Mr. Johannes Wilms were the witnesses for the marriage.

The religious wedding is scheduled for this summer in Spain.

Today is the 60th birthday of the bride's father, HRH Prince Jean and his twin sister, HRH Princess Margaretha.

1st row
Son Altesse Royale le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Marie Gabrielle de Nassau ; Monsieur Antonius Willms et Monsieur Johannes Willms.
2nd row
Madame Hélène Vestur ; Son Altesse Royale le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; Son Altesse Royale la Grande-Duchesse ; Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc ; Monsieur Hayo Willms et son épouse la Comtesse Maria Theresia von Goëss.
3rd row
Son Altesse Royale le Prince Louis de Luxembourg ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Margaretha de Liechtenstein ; Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc Héritier; Son Altesse Royale la Grande-Duchesse Héritière ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Alexandra et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Wenceslas de Nassau.
4th row

Son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse Maria-Annunciata de Liechtenstein ;Mademoiselle Anna Willms ; Monsieur Alejandro Gamazo Hohenlohe et son épouse Madame Marie-Caroline Gamazo Hohenlohe ; Son Altesse Sérénissime le Prince Joseph-Emmanuel de Liechtenstein et Son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse Marie-Astrid de Liechtenstein.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Coronation of George VI

Eighty years ago today,  HM King George VI was crowned as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (and other places),  5 and half months after after he succeed to the throne, following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.

Perhaps there are only four people still alive who attended the Coronation:  HM Queen Elizabeth II (Princess Elizabeth), King Michael of Romania (Crown Prince Michael),  the Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Miss Patricia Mounbatten) and Lady Ursula Manners, daughter of the 5th Duke of Rutland.   Lady Ursula is 99 years old and will celebrate her centenary birthday on November 8, 1918.  She is married to Robert d'Abo.  Their son, John, is married to Tatiana Schoeller, a half-sister of Christopher O'Neill, the husband of Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Lady Ursula was one of Queen Elizabeth's train bearers at the 1937 Coronation.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A girl for Frederika and Paul

May 11, 1942

Crown Princess Frederika of Greece, wife of Crown Prince Paul, gave birth to a daughter, in Cape Town, South Africa,

This is the third child for the couple.  Their first child, Princess Sophie, is three years old, and their son, Prince Constantine, will celebrate his second birthday on June 2.

Along with other members of the Greek Royal Family, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess have been living in Cape Town since fleeing Greece after the German invasion.

Crown Prince Paul is the younger brother of King George II.

[Princess Irene lives in Madrid near her sister,  Queen Sofia.  The two are very close.   The princess has never married, but was said to have had a happy relationship with a married man, Michael Aranoutis, King Constantine's private secretary and long time friend.]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Gloucesters present their son Wllliam

May 10, 1942

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester pose with their infant son, Prince William Henry Andrew Frederick, who was born last December.  This is the first official photo of the infant prince, who is in a cradle "used by the Duke when he was a baby," reports the New York Times.

The infant Prince is fourth in line to the British throne after the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose and the Duke of Gloucester.

The photo passed the British censor.

Joy and Sorrow in Bavaria

May 10, 1927

Former Bavarian Crown Prince Rupprecht experienced joy and sorrow today.   As his younger brother, Prince Karl, died from appendicitis in Schwabing Hospital,  Rupprecht's wife,  Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, gave birth to her fifth child, a daughter, at Schloss Berchtesgaden.

Crown Prince Rupprecht, thirty years his wife's senior, married Princess Antonia, a younger sister of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, on April 7, 1921,  The couple now have one son and four daughters.

Prince Karl was the second son of King Ludwig III and Archduchess Maria Theresia of Austria.  He was 53 years old and unmarried.