Monday, July 6, 2015

Divorce for Greek sovereigns

July 6, 1935

Queen Elisabeth of Greece "abandoned all hope of restoration to the throne of Greece," today, when she obtained a divorce from former King George II, reports the Associated Press.

The divorce was granted by a Bucharest court. 

There are rumors in the Romanian capital that Elisabeth has plans to marry her secretary and "run a model farm."

Elisabeth, the eldest sister of King Carol II of Romania, and Alexander Scavani, a "tall, handsome, 40 year old Greek," who served in the "czarist army" during the world war, have been "on excellent terms for some time."  He was recently appointed as her court chamberlain and personal secretary.

She has reportedly bought an estate near Timisoara for about $3,500,000.  Friends say the former queen wants to turn the estate into an "experimental farm on the American model," and manage it with Scavani. 

Elisabeth now lives in a "palatial residence" in Bucharest.   She "expressed no surprise" when she was informed that she had won her divorce.  The proceedings were a mere formality and were held in secret.  The court took 16 minutes to "return the verdict."

King George II, who now lives in London, "paid no attention to the trial."  He was not represented by a lawyer, and has five days to appeal, but he is not expected to do son.

The former queen will resume use of her pre-marital title: Princess Elisabetha of Roumania.  She instituted divorce proceedings after her Romanian citizenship was restored.  Under Romanian law, a wife takes her husband's citizenship.  The restoration of her citizenship was seen as the equivalent to a "legal separation."

The couple were married in 1921.

New post for Duke of Teck

July 6, 1915

The Duke of Teck, brother of Queen Mary, has been appointed Temporary Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office, reports the New York Times.

More scandal for the Coburgs

July 6, 1905

Medical authorities "appointed to examine the mental condition" of Princess Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha have definitely "decided that she is perfectly sane," writes the Marquise de Fontenoy in her latest column.   There is also no evidence to show that she "has been demented in the past," and that her "incarceration in lunatic hospital" was unwarranted.

Her estranged husband, the "utterly disreputable,"  Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha,  has stopped her allowance (which he paid until recently) and has filed for divorce.  He now "takes the ground" that if his wife has been "sane all along," then she is responsible for "two sensational elopements with former Captain Geza Mattachich.

Princess Philipp  (Princess Louise of Belgium) may have "considerable difficulty" with the accusations made by her estranged husband, but she "may be relied upon to defend herself" by offering "equally grievous" charges against Prince Philipp.  She proposes tp prove him guilty of "cruelty, neglect, infidelity," as well as drunkenness.  She will also sue him for "conspiracy and perjury" for having her incarcerated in a mental institution even though she was sane.

This new scandal appears to be as "unsavory as any that have gone before in connection with the Coburgs."

It also seems that Prince Philipp has lost the support of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, who on previous occasions, threatened to banish Philipp unless he provided financial assistance to his wife.

The estranged couple are Roman Catholic.  They will not be able to remarry after their divorce, "unless they change their religion."   Princess Philipp most probably will renounce her Catholic faith, in order to "legalize after a fashion, though tardily, her association" with Matttachich.

Neither the princess nor her lover have any financial resources.  Her father, King Leopold II of the Belgian, is not in communication with her, nor is she on good terms with her sister, Princess Stephanie, Countess Lonyay.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Updated: British royal representatives

For those who like to keep track of such things, here is a list of European royal events (Marriages, funerals) with the British representation.

The final decision on who is sent depends on several factors,  including whether the event is a state occasion or a nation event. The final  decision is made on the advisement of the Foreign office.   It is not always the Sovereign's decision. 


1909 King Leopold II funeral Duke of Connaught
1927 Crown Prince Leopold wedding: Prince Henry
1934 King Albert I funeral: The Prince of Wales
1935 Queen Astrid funeral: Duke of York
1953 Princess Josephine Charlotte wedding: Princess Margaret (but due to Queen Mary's death, was unable to attend. Geoffrey Allchin, the British Minister attended instead.)
1959 Prince Albert wedding: none
1960 King Baudouin wedding: Princess Margaret and Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones
1965 Queen Elisabeth funeral:  Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
1983 King Leopold III funeral: the British Ambassador
1984 Princess Astrid wedding:  Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
1993 King Baudouin funeral: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
1999 Crown Prince Philippe wedding: the Prince of Wales
2014 Queen Fabiola funeral: the British Ambassador


1878 Princess Thyra wedding to Duke of Cumberland: Sir Charles represented Queen Victoria, Lord Colville represented the Prince of Wales, Colonel Teesdale represented the Princess of Wales, & Captain Mildmay represented the Duke of Cambridge. (The Royal Family was in mourning for Princess Alice, who died a week earlier.)
1898 Queen Louise Funeral: the Princess of Wales (her daughter)
1906 Christian IX Funeral: Queen Alexandra
1912 Frederik VIII Funeral: Queen Alexandra (sister) and Prince Arthur of Connaught
1926 Queen Louise Funeral: Prince Arthur of Connaught
1935 Crown Prince Frederik Wedding: Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught and Lady Patricia Ramsay. Prince Arthur was the official representative. He was the bride's uncle.
1947 Christian X Funeral: Duke of Beaufort
1950 Queen Alexandrine funeral: no one (Alexandrine's request was for a very simple funeral)
1967 Crown Princess Margrethe wedding: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
1968 Princess Benedikte wedding: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (godmother)
1972 Frederik IX funeral: Duke of Edinburgh
1984 Prince Henrik's 50th birthday: Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
1990 Queen Margrethe II's 50th birthday: Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
1992 Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik's Silver Wedding: Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
1995  Prince Joachim wedding:  Prince Edward.
2000 Queen Ingrid funeral: Prince of Wales.  The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and Lady Saltoun attended privately
2004 Crown Prince Frederik wedding: The Earl and Countess of Wessex
2010  Queen Margrethe II's 70th birthday: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (who had to cancel due to the volcanic ash from Iceland.
2015:  Queen Margrethe II's 75th birthday: as only Sovereigns and spouses were invited, no one attended.


1878 Princess Charlotte wedding: Duke of Connaught
1881 Crown Prince Wilhelm wedding: The Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh
1892 Princess Margarete wedding: Duke of York; Duke and Duchess of Connaught
1905 Crown Prince Wilhelm wedding: Prince Arthur of Connaught. Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein attended
1913 Wedding of Princess Victoria Luise King George V and Queen Mary


1889 King Constantine I wedding: Prince of Wales (with Princess and 4 children)
1912 Funeral of George I Prince Alexander of Teck
1938 Wedding of Prince Paul: Duke and Duchess of Kent
1947 Funeral of George II: Duke of Beaufort
1964 Funeral of King Paul: Duke of Edinburgh, who represented the Queen, and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
1964 Marriage of King Constantine. Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince of Wales and Prince Michael of Kent were two of the crown bearers. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent also attended, as did Princess Anne.
1981 Funeral of Queen Frederika:  Duke of Edinburgh


1900 Princess Marie Wedding to Max of Baden: Sir Horace Rumbold, British Ambassador in Vienna represented Queen Victoria
1904 Princess Alexandra wedding: Duke and Duchess of Teck
1923 Duke of Cumberland funeral: no one
1933 Duchess of Cumberland funeral: Sir Eric Phipps, British Ambassador in Vienna
1987 Prince Ernst August funeral: Prince Edward

Hesse and By Rhine

1878 Princess Alice funeral: The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Prince Leopold & Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
1884 Princess Victoria wedding: Queen Victoria, Prince & Princess of Wales
1892 Grand Duke Ludwig IV funeral: Duke of Edinburgh
1894 Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig IV wedding to Victoria Melita of Edinburgh.  Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught


1930 Crown Prince Umberto wedding: the Duke of York


1967 Prince Hans Adam wedding: Duke of Edinburgh declined due to a previously scheduled polo match
1989 Princess Gina funeral: Prince Edward
1989 Prince Franz Josef funeral: Princess of Wales


1981 Hereditary Grand Duke Henri wedding: The Duke of Edinburgh
1982 Princess Marie Astrid's wedding: Prince Andrew, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
1985 Grand Duchess Charlotte funeral: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester
2005 Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte's funeral Prince Andrew, Duke of York
2012 Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume's wedding: the Earl and Countess of Wessex


1956 Prince Rainier wedding: none
1982 Princess Grace Funeral: The Princess of Wales
2005 Prince Rainier funeral: Duke of York
2011 Prince Albert wedding: the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent also attended but did not represent the Queen.


1890 Willem III Funeral: Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar, representing Victoria
1934 Queen Emma funeral: no official representation, although Lady May Abel Smith attended.
1934 Prince Hendrik Funeral: British Ambassador
1937 Princess Juliana wedding: Duke of Kent and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
1948:  Queen Juliana's installation:  Princess Margaret, accompanied by the Earl of Athlone and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.
1962 Queen Juliana and Prince Bernard's Silver wedding:  Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh (visit was described as semi-private). Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra of Kent also attended.
1962 Princess Wilhelmina funeral: Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone
1966 Crown Princess Beatrix's wedding: Princess Alexandra (a witness). Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent also attended
1980: Queen Beatrix installation:  the Prince of Wales
2002 Crown Prince Willem-Alexander wedding: Prince of Wales and the Earl and Countess of Wessex
2002 Prince Claus funeral: the Prince of Wales
2004 Princess Juliana funeral: Duke of Edinburgh
2004 Prince Bernhard funeral: Duke of Edinburgh
2013  King Willem-Alexander's installation: the Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall.


1929 Crown Prince Olav wedding: Duke (best man) and Duchess of York
1938 Queen Maud Funeral: Duke of Kent
1953 Princess Ragnhild wedding: Princess Margaret
1954 Crown Princess Martha funeral: the Duke of Gloucester
1957 King Haakon VII funeral: The Duke of Gloucester
1961 Princess Astrid: Princess Margaret
1968 Crown Prince Harald wedding: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (but did not attend  due to Princess Marina's funeral)
1991 King Olav funeral: The Prince of Wales
2001 Crown Prince Haakon wedding: The Prince of Wales, The Earl and Countess of Wessex


1908 King Carlos & Crown Prince Luiz funeral: Prince Arthur of Connaught
1913 King Manoel wedding: the Prince of Wales


1921 Prince Carol and Princess Helen wedding: None
1921 Princess Elisabeth and King George of the Hellenes wedding: None
1922: Coronation of Ferdinand and Marie:  the Duke of York
1927 King Ferdinand: None although the Duke of York represented the King at the Memorial Service at the Greek Cathedral of St. Sophia in London, which was held on the same day as the funeral.
1938 Queen Marie Funeral: Duke of Kent
1948 King Michael Wedding in Athens: None


1866 Tsarevitch Alexander to Dagmar of Denmark: Prince of Wales (brother-in-law of bride)
1884 Grand Duke Serge wedding to Elisabeth of Hesse: Duchess of Edinburgh
1894 Alexander III funeral: The Prince of Wales
1894 Nicholas II & Alix of Hesse: The Prince of Wales (with the Princess)
1928 Empress Marie funeral: Duke of York


1902 King Alfonso XIII Proclamation: Duke of Connaught
1906 King Alfonso XIII wedding: the Prince and Princess of Wales
1962 Juan Carlos and Sophia of Greece wedding: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, Princess Alexandra (bridesmaid) and Prince Michael of Kent, and Lord Mountbatten
1969 Queen Victoria Eugenia funeral: the Duke of Kent (for the Queen)and Lord Mountbatten (for the Queen Mother)
1975 King Juan Carlos I Accession ceremonies: Duke of Edinburgh
1993 Count of Barcelona funeral: Prince of Wales
1995 Infanta Elena wedding: Prince of Wales
1997 Infanta Cristina wedding: Prince Edward
2000 Countess of Barcelona funeral: Prince of Wales
2004 Wedding of the Prince of Asturias: Prince of Wales


1907 King Oscar II Funeral: none
1920 Crown Princess Margaret funeral: the Earl of Onslow (most members of the Royal, including the king and Queen and Prince Albert and Princess Mary, attended a memorial service at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace on the same day.)
1932  Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf wedding:  the earl of Athlone
1950 King Gustav V Funeral: Duke of Gloucester
1965 Queen Louise Funeral: Princess Royal, representing the Queen and Lady Pamela Hicks, representing Lord Mountbatten. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was Louise's nephew, was on an official trip and did not return for her funeral
1973 King Gustaf VI Adolf funeral: The Duke of Edinburgh. He was joined by Lord Mountbatten and the Princess of Hesse. Lord Windlesham represented Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.
1976 King Carl XVI Gustaf wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
2010 Crown Princess Victoria wedding: the Earl and Countess of Wessex
2013 Princess Madeleine wedding: the Earl and Countess of Wessex
2015  Prince Carl Philip's wedding:  the Earl and Countess of Wessex

1922 King Alexander and Princess Marie of Roumania wedding: The Duke and Duchess of York
1934 King Alexander funeral the Duke of Kent
1944 King Peter II wedding: King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Gloucester, and Duchess of Kent
1956: Prince Andrej & Princess Christina of Hesse: the Duke of Edinburgh (represented by the Margrave of Baden)
1957 Prince Tomislav & Princess Margarita of Baden:  Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Alexandra and the Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma
1972 Crown Prince Alexander wedding: Princess Anne

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Princess Eugenie's new job

Princess Eugenie of York is about to start a new job as Associate Director at Hauser & Wirth, a "top-tier" London art gallery.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Official announcement for the Death of the Duke of Fife

The 3rd Duke, aged 85, died peacefully at Kinnaird Castle on 22nd June. Beloved father of Alexandra and David and adored grandpa to Charlie, George, Hugh and Amelia. Funeral service on Monday 6th July at Noon, St. Andrew’s Church, Argyll Street, Brechin, DD9 6JL. All friends welcome. No flowers please. Donations,if desired, to

Ahhhh German censorship!

A year or so ago, Theodora Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg got into legal trouble in Scotland.  She pleaded not guilty.  She was fined £1000 in July 2014.

You won't find this case mentioned in the German media because of "privacy" laws.  But there are plenty of stories -- and some really nasty ones too.  All I did was report the facts of the case, nothing salacious.   Theodora's lawyers (most likely funded by Daddy) tried to get me to remove stories last year. I pointed out a US law that protects me. I also sent links to really nasty articles, and added that the Daily Mail gets a lot more readers than I do ... and I bet the lawyers would not go after them.  Got the following email today. 

The story is still on my blog, but no longer accessible if you go through  The EU passed a law several years ago about the right to "forgotten."  Several German newspapers, covering the Germanwings crash, would not publish the name of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who committed mass murder.

This is censorship at the highest level.  One assumes a cover up to hide the fact that  an adult woman, with some anger issues, and a big, potty mouth.  She made racist statements, and got fined.  There should be no expunging of such bad behavior.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Remembering the late Duke of Fife

All three photos: Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Duke of Fife dead at 85

The Duke of Fife died today at his home at Kinnaird Castle in Scotland. He was 85 years old.

James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie was born on September 23, 1929.  He was the only son of the 11th Earl of Southesk (1893-1992) and his first wife, Princess Maud (1893-1945), younger daughter of Princess Louise, Princess Royal. and the 1st Duke of Fife.  He was a maternal descendant of King William IV and Dorothea Jordan.

It was on February 26, 1959, when the then styled Lord Carnegie succeeded his maternal aunt, Princess Arthur of Connaught, Duchess of Fife (in her own right) as 3rd Duke of Fife.  He succeeded his father as Earl of Southesk and chief of Clan Carnegie on February 16, 1992.

He married the Hon. Caroline Dewar, elder daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot, on September 11, 1956.

They had three children: a stillborn son (April 4, 1958),  Lady Alexandra Carnegie (June 20, 1959) and David Charles Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (March 3, 1961).

The Duke and Duchess of Fife were divorced in 1966.

Lord Southesk succeeds his father as the 4th Duke of Fife.  He is married to Caroline Bunting.   They have three sons. Charles (1989), George (1992) and Hugh (1993.)

The eldest son, Charles, will most likely be styled as the Earl of Southesk, while the two younger brothers will be styled as Lord George and Lord Hugh Carnegie, as younger sons of a duke.  They are currently styled as Honourables, as younger sons of an earl.

@Allan Warren  1984

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Princess Eugenie moves back to London for new job

Princess Eugenie to start a new job in London with Hauser & Wirth gallery, head hunted from Paddle8 in NYC, first reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Now that Eugenie is back in the UK, I don't expect Princess Beatrice to be move to New York City.

Friday, June 19, 2015

European royals flee to Spain

June 19, 1940

An "impressive caravan of automobiles and trucks" streamed across the international bridge at Irun, Spain, just across the border from France, "with persons seeking refuge in Spain," reports United Press.

Former Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary was among the first to cross the border.  She was accompanied by two siblings, Prince Xavier and Princess Isabella of Bourbon-Parma.  They were "traveling incognito," but were recognized when they were "exempted at passport control."

Other European aristocrats also crossing the border from France into Spain include Elisabeth, Philippine and Eugenio de Rothschild, and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, who was accompanied by a "large party."

Due to the "increasing number of refugees," the Spanish government will keep the bridge open throughout the night.

Mafalda to wed Philipp of Hesse

June 19, 1925
The engagement of Princess Mafalda,  second daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele of Italy, to Prince Philipp of Hesse was confirmed today by the Tribuna, a Roman newspaper, reports the Associated Press.   The engagement was made public yesterday at a garden party given by Princess Mafalda's family.

The marriage will take place at Racconigi in late August or early September.  The engagement has been "known in Berlin since April," but Italian newspapers chose not to report it until Princess Mafalda has informed her friends yesterday.

Prince Philipp, 29, is a nephew of the former Kaiser Wilhelm II, as his mother, Margarete, is the Kaiser's youngest sister.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waterloo - 200th anniversary

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Waterloo, Belgium, joining the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.   The Duchess of Wellington was born HRH Princess Antonia of Prussia, and, like the Prince of Wales, is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Meanwhile, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a reception for Waterloo descendants, including the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Lord Frederick Wellesley,  Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon.  the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau, Prince Blücher and his family.

The new prince's name is

HRH Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of Sweden, Duke of Angermanland.