Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Postcards for my collection

Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria

The eldest two children of Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia. 

Prince Adolf  II (1883-1936)  Last ruler of Schaumburg Lippe

Prince Wilhelm and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, eldest sons of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia.  The woman behind the two boys may be their nanny, Lillian Brimble,  She appears to be holding the hand of the third son, Hubertus

Viktoria Luise with her two sons and daughter, Friederike

Monica of Saxony,  daughter of Friedrich August III of Saxony and Archduchess Louisa of Austria

Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hannover, son of Ernst August and Thyra (Duke and Duchess of Cumberland)

King Boris seeks wife

December 18, 1924

King Boris III of Bulgaria will leave Sofia in early January for a "tour in search of a wife," reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.  The "youthful bachelor sovereign" will start his search in Belgrade, then travel to Bucharest, Rome, Paris, and ending in London.

Bulgarian diplomats are "hopeful" that the king will find a bride among the "princesses of the Little Entente powers or Greece or Italy."

Queen Marie of Romania has one daughter, Princess Ileana,  left, and she is eager to place her on "a Balkan throne."

A new king for Belgium?

December 18, 1914

The Germans are "doing their utmost to force upon the Belgians the conviction" that their country is conquered, and will soon become a German state, according to a dispatch from the London Daily News, and reported by the New York Times.

Authorities are hinting that the future ruler will be Prince Otto of Windisch-Graetz, who is married to Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria, daughter of the late Archduke Rudolf, only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, and Princess Stephanie of Belgium, daughter of the late King Leopold II.

An interview with Lady Helen Taylor

Lady Helen talks about family, Christmas and shopping

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crown Prince Alexander not invited to battle anniversary

DANAS – Royal Family not invited to the Battle of Kolubara Anniversary

17 December 2014

Author: Jelena Tasic


Royal Family not invited to the Battle of Kolubara anniversary

Karadjordjevics  ignored Belgrade
 – Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, the grandson of the supreme commander of the Serbian army in the First World War, was not invited to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kolubara, nor the official protocol included laying his wreath in honour of the fallen soldiers in this battle – confirmed the Royal Palace PR to “Danas”.

At the Palace, they consider it was a “malicious failure not to invite Crown Prince Alexander, not only to the celebration of the Battle of Kolubara, but also the Battle of Cer, as well as to the other public celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, because the descendants of Serbian Voivodas Stepa Stepanovic and Zivojin Misic were invited”.

They also point out that Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in his speech did not mention King Peter I and King Alexander.

Yesterday it was not possible to get an answer from the Government of Serbia who determines the protocol in such situations. The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Affairs and Veterans told “Danas” they were not responsible for the guests and it is in the competence of the Ministry of Culture’s Committee for marking 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. The Ministry of Culture, however, claims they have nothing to do with it, and that it is the job of the special Committee for preserving the tradition of the liberation wars at the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Affairs and Veterans.

Prince Alexander, however, did attend the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kolubara last week in Lazarevac, as the guest of Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, and, as announced by the Royal Palace, “laid a wreath and paid tribute to the memory of the Serbian warriors who gave their lives for king and country”.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Newest QVD

Am sure I tweeted this ... I think.

The Countess of Mornington, the wife of the Earl of Mornington, gave birth to a son, on December 10.  The couple are the parents of twins, Lady Mae Wellesley and Viscount Wellesley (Arthur) who will celebrate their 5th birthday in January.

The 40-year-old Lady Mornington  is the former Jemima Kidd.  Lord Mornington is the eldest son of the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro.  Lady Douro was born HRH Princess Antonia of Prussia.  Lord Douro is the heir apparent to the Duke of Wellington.

Interview with Hans Adam and Alois of Liechtenstein

Johannes Kaiser interviewed the Prince of Liechtenstein and his eldest son, Hereditary Prince Alois

Princess Charlene: "today I am blessed"

Earlier today, Princess Charlene of Monaco spoke by phone from the Princess Grace Hospital, with a reporter from the Nice Matin.

She expressed her intense joy at the births of the twins.  "I feel happy, relieved, proud and very excited.  I have always wanted to start a family.  It took time, but today I am blessed."

The Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella were born 15 days early, and continue to require daily care at the hospital.  Princess Charlene and her infants should be back at the palace in time for Christmas.

"It is my wish to spend Christmas at home with my children and my husband."

She also said why she and Prince Albert chose Jacques and Gabriella as the first names for their children.  "I've always loved Jacques, a French name, but also common in South Africa."   The name Gabriella is not as well known, but "the Prince and I found it charming."

The entire interview will be published in Wednesday's Nice-Matin and Monaco-Matin.

The Princess also spoke with Paris Match

Monday, December 15, 2014

Grand Duchess Victoria ready to return home

December 15, 1924

Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia is spending her last day in New York City. She sails for Coburg tomorrow.

In the Presidential Suite at the Waldorf-Astoria earlier this evening, the Grand Duchess spoke to the New York Times and other members of the press.  Standing on a Persian rug, the Grand Duchess, "graciously beaming as she surveyed the visitors."  She was dressed in a "silvery gown" with the "lustre of a necklace of exceptionally large pearls." She wore a peach cloche, which "concealed her blonde hair."

"I leave tomorrow, and  am sorry to be off.  Americans everywhere have been so kind to me. It is with the greatest regret that I am leaving and it is with a feeling of real friendship for all Americans I have met.  I have loved every moment I have met.  I have loved every moment of my stay here -- everybody has been so kind."

In response to the differences between American and European society, Victoria Feodorovna said: "I found you so extraordinarily well informed.  I have learned a lot since I have been here -- much more than you know."

Another reporter asked "How did you find sentiment here for the old regime in Russia?"

"I have found a very friendly sentiment for all the troubles they have been through."

"Did you find a sentiment against the Soviets?"

"I don't think people here appreciate that regime," responded the Grand Duchess, a British princess by birth.

But when she was asked about a possible restoration of the monarchy, the Grand Duchess, whose husband, Kirill, is the proclaimed head of the family, backed off, saying political questions were not allowed.

This trip "had been social only," was the response. 

One of her ladies-in-waiting came into the room, and reminded the Grand Duchess that she had another engagement, and after murmuring her regrets, Grand Duchess Victoria hurried off.

Tonight she will attended the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of "Andrea Chenier."  Afterward, she and her guests will go to Sherry's, where the Monday Opera Supper Club, will give the Grand Duchess a "farewell reception.   It was under their auspices that she came to the United States.

Tomorrow, she will sail to Paris on the SS France. She will spend some time in Paris before traveling to her home in Coburg, Germany.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Updated: British representatives at Foreign Royal events

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 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
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


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


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 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


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
1972 Crown Prince Alexander wedding: Princess Anne

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ludwig denies email account

Hereditary Count Ludwig zu Waldburg has denied a recently created LudwigEbgraf twitter account, which has been released details and photographs about the alleged marriage with Indonesian celebrity Jessica Iskandar.  The denial was made by the German aristocrat's Indonesian lawyer.

Private photos, including one purporting to be a wedding photo, appears to have been created by someone close to Miss Iskandar. (I suspect the account holder is very close to Iskandar, and was created with the full blessing of the celebrity.)

Jessica has a devoted fan base, many of whom are gullible and believe that the twitter account is Ludwig's personal account.  Others are smart enough to realize that the name is incorrect, and writes English in the style of a young Indonesian. 

Seems more like a publicity stunt to garner sympathy for Iskandar.

Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco

HSH Princess Gabriella Therese Marie of Monaco, Countess of Carlades was born at 5:04 p.m.  For two  minutes she was the Hereditary Princess of Monaco.  At 5:06.  the second twin was delivered:  HSH Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier was born ... so he is the Hereditary Prince of Monaco and the Marquise de Baux.

Albert II's message in French and then in English

Official announcement -- the twins are ...

announcement very imminent ... but it is safe to say the Princess of Monaco has given birth to a Hereditary Prince and a Princess.

BULLETIN The twins have arrived

Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth nearly 2 hours ago at the Princess Grace Hospital

Prince Albert has returned to the palace and an official announcement is imminent. 

Sexes will be announced.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Russian bride for the Prince of Wales

December 9, 1934

Russian monarchist circles in Paris are "bubbling with excitement over the rumors" that Grand Duchess Kira, younger daughter of Grand Duke Kirill and Grand Duchess Victoria of Russia, has become "extremely chummy with the Prince of Wales," reports the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Russians who attended the recent wedding of Princess Marina of Greece to the Duke of Kent,  the Prince of Wales "showed such mark attentiveness" to Grand Duchess Kira, who was one of Marina's bridesmaids.

Kira, 25, and the Duchess of Kent are first cousins.  She was "received with "exceptional cordiality" by King George V and Queen Mary at an "intimate family tea."

It is also understood that Grand Duke Kirill and Grand Duchess Victoria have invited the heir to the British throne to their "modest villa," at St. Briac in Brittany.  It is not known if the Prince of Wales has accepted the invitation.

Sources close to Grand Duke Kirill "declare flatly" that the announcement of Kira's engagement to the "incorrigible bachelor" Prince of Wales "may be expected any day."

Others are more skeptical.  The marriage would have to be a "real love match" as Kira's parents are about "the poorest crownless crown heads in Europe."

The family also has no real "political importance."  Former King Alfonso XIII of Spain did not consider Kira as "promising enough" for his eldest son, the Prince of Asturias,  who later renounced his rights to marry a Cuban commoner.

Grand Duchess Kira was said to be "madly in love" with a Bourbon prince.  She previously "turned down" an offer of marriage from King Boris of Bulgaria, who married Princess Giovanna of Italy in 1930.

She is described as "essentially a home girl, of the old fashioned model."  But it is unlikely that she will become engaged to the Prince of Wales.  The family is closely related as Grand Duchess Victoria and King George V are first cousins.