Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Crown Prince goes a woo-ing

March 4, 1905

All of Germany is "watching with intense interest" in the courtship of Crown Prince Wilhelm.  According to the Chicago Daily Tribune,  the prospective marriage of the heir to the German throne is far more interesting than the "revolution in Russia" or the quarrel between the agrarians and the socialists."   There is more "absorbing interest" in the "lovemaking" of the Crown Prince and the "fair Duchess Cecilia."

The Crown Prince, who will one day be the German Emperor, "makes love in an open manner."  His marriage will not be a political or dynastic arrangement.  He has "chosen a girl for his wife who is of his own people."  Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin is German and "has always lived in Germany."

Crown Prince Wilhelm "writes a love letter every day" to his betrothed.  The letters are sent by "smart orderly rides" by train or automobile, and are delivered to "the young girl who some day will be the empress."   The messenger waits for the reply, and then delivers the response to the crown prince.

These letters are sent even if the Crown Prince and the Duchess are in the same city.  A daily love letter is sent and delivered.  If the Duchess is at the same palace, the letter is "written and slipped into the hand of the happy girl," only a few minutes before she meets her beloved in the palace's drawing room.

He keeps his love letters in a big "japanned dispatch box," and each week's letters are kept separately "with colored ribbons."

Everyone in Germany "know of the daily exchange of love letters," and they are proud of the Crown Prince's "lovemaking."

Crown Prince Wilhelm is just out of college.  He is not a "frivolous youth," but he does enjoy sports.   In spite of his "youthfulness," all of Germany knows "he became a man" on the day of his engagement to Duchess Cecilia, sister of the reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.   

A  court official recently said: "His Royal Highness looks even younger, but behaves ten years older than before he was engaged."   

Crown Prince Wilhelm is not afraid to walk "the streets of Berlin alone/"  He rides the streetcars alone, too.  He does not have an "enemy in the city."    Berliners are delighted that the prince has chosen a German bride and that he "loves her in the German way."

He makes no pretense about his lovemaking.  A few weeks ago, Crown Prince Wilhelm went to a local jewelry store and purchased a pearl necklace for his bride.  Word traveled fast, and within an hour, "half of Berlin knew what the Duchess Cecilia was to receive on her birthday." 

Wilhelm also bought for his "sweetheart a little gold ring with two plain hearts engraved on its surface," similar to what "humbler" men by for their fiancées.

Wilhelm and Duchess Cecilie are getting to know each other at country palaces where "they are free of court constraints and palace life."  Dress is more casual.  They go for long walks. "take long rides, shoot, play tennis, fish and have picnic with their intimate friends."

The Crown Prince is enjoying the courtship, and does not "conceal his enjoyment."  He knows that the day will come when he, too, "must take up the burden of ruling an empire."

He may not be "as versatile as his father," Kaiser Wilhelm II.  But he is said to a "steady, clear headed youth," living only in the shadow of the "empire's burden".  He is in love, and he is delighted to share his love for Cecilie with his future subjects.

No paternity test for Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos has received good news. He won't be required to take a paternity test, thus ending Ingrid Sartiau's claims that the king and her mother were once lovers, and she is the resolve that that relationship.

Sartiau, a Belgian national, was unable to produce any tangible evidence of a relationship between the former Spanish monarch and her mother. No letters, no photographs, nothing that even provided a hint of proof of a relationship.

She also gave a different version of events to the court that did not match the account she gave during a television interview in Spain.

Jessica Iskandar marriage trial continues

Court hearings continue in Jakarta, Indonesia, regarding the validity of the marriage of Indonesian celebrity Jessica Iskandar and Hereditary Count Ludwig von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.

The trial is moving into the verification stage.  Documents have already been entered in as evidence, including the purported marriage record from the New Jesus Church.  Officials from that church state that the wedding did not take place in their church, thus offering further evidence of possible fraud.

Iskandar's brother, Henry, is expected to be called in as a witness for his sister.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Prince of Wales will recover from malaria

March 3, 1930

The following bulletin has been issued from Government House in Nairobi, Kenya:

"The Prince of Wales is better and there is every indication that he will be up in a few days and ready to resume his hunting expedition.  The condition of the Prince of Wales continues to improve.  No complications have occurred and his complete recovery is expected at an early date."

This official announcement, reports the New York Times, indicates that heir to the British throne is "making normal progress, common to mild attacks of malaria."

His temperature has gone down, and was "cheerful during the day today." It is believed that he contracted malaria in the "Vol area of the hinterland, where he was stalking animals with a camera.

The "bracing, cool air of Nairobi" will be restorative, as malaria, "like a feverish cold, requires several days to pass away."

The Associated Press reports that the Prince of Wales is being treated by doctors and nurses, who specialize in this "curse of equatorial Africa."  It is their care and the Prince's "own strong constitution and optimistic temperament," that is helping his recovery. 

His physicians believe that there is no "danger of complications," or a relapse.

After he first became ill, the Prince of Wales endured a 24-hour train ride back to Nairobi.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Another QVD due in April

Princess Sophie of Prussia, wife of Prince Georg Friedrich, head of the imperial house of Germany, is expecting her third child in April, according to Bunte.

Sophie, who celebrates her 37th birthday on March, was born Princess Sophie of Isenburg, one of five children of the Prince and Princess of Isenburg.   She married Prince Georg Friedrich, only son of the late Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, and Countess Donata zu Castell-Rüdenhausen in August 2011.

On January 20, 2013,  Princess Sophie gave birth to twin sons, Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Romanian post office honors King Michael

The Romanian post office honors King Michael and Queen Anne with a stamped postcard

Prince Hermann of Leiningen - A Canadian in line to the British throne

Prince Hermann is the elder son of the late Prince Karl of Leiningen and Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria.  He is a descendant of Queen Victoria through his father, who was the son of Grand Duchess Marie of Russia and the Prince of Leiningen.  Grand Duchess Marie was the eldest child of Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and Grand Duke Kirill of Russia.   Princess Victoria Melita was the third child of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.

The Duke of Edinburgh was the fourth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Princess Isabelle of Bourbon-Parma

HRH Princess Isabelle of Bourbon-Parma, Countess Roger de La Rochefoucauld died on February 26,  2015.  She was  92 years old. 

She is survived  by her children, Count and Countess  Sixte de La Rochefoucauld, Count Hugues de La Rochefoucauld, Count and Countess Charles de La Rochefoucauld, Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, Mrs Elisabeth Gouvernal; her grandchildren Antoine-Sixte and Silvia Murgia (with Alaïa), Sosthène, Eléonore, Hortense, Louise, Thomas, Arthur.

Princess Isabelle was the only child  of Prince Sixte of Bourbon-Parma and Hedwige de la Rochefoucauld.  She was born at Paris on March 14, 1922.

Her funeral will take place on February 28 at the church in Bonnétable, Sarthe, in France.

A year ago, French newspapers included a death notice for the Princess, but it turned she was still alive.

Le Comte et la Comtesse
Sixte de La Rochefoucauld,
le Comte
Hugues de La Rochefoucauld,
le Comte et la Comtesse
Charles de La Rochefoucauld,
le Comte
Robert de La Rochefoucauld,
Mme Elisabeth Gouvernal,
ses enfants;
Antoine-Sixte, Silvia Murguia,
et leur fille, Alaïa,
Sosthène, Eléonore, Hortense,
Louise, Thomas, Arthur,
ses petits-enfants,
ont la douleur de vous faire part du rappel à Dieu de
SAR la Princesse Isabelle
Comtesse Roger
survenu le 26 février 2015, à l'âge de 92 ans.
La cérémonie religieuse sera célébrée samedi 28 février 2015, à 10 heures, en l'église de Bonnétable (72).
Cet avis tient lieu de faire-part.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Succession to the Crown law ... edging its way to final assent

One step closer to the new Succession law becoming official .. on 2-24, the two houses of the Western Parliament passed the law, sending it to the Australian Parliament for assent. Western Australia was the last of the state parliaments to pass the law (it took them a year). When this happens, then (I think) there will be a privy council meeting with the Queen to make it official. The changes will include: succession of the first born regardless of sex. Those who married Roman Catholics will be restored to the succession (Prince Michael and Lord St Andrews, King Michael of Romania, among others.) Roman Catholics will remain out of succession. The Royal Marriages Act will be confined to the dustbin of history, as permission for marriage will be limited to the first six in line. The gender equal affects only those persons born after October 28, 2011. So, in other words, the Princess Royal and her line will not be moving ahead of the Duke of York. No major shuffling. The Act of Settlement (1701) remains the basis for the succession. The law covers succession and marriage, and not with titles.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A girl for the Battenbergs

February 25, 1885

Princess Victoria, the wife of Prince Louis of Battenberg, was "safely delivered of a daughter at Windsor Castle," earlier today. reports the New York Times.

The mother and her infant daughter are said to be "doing well."

Princess Victoria is the eldest child of the late Princess Alice, third child of Queen Victoria, and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine.  She married Prince Louis, her father's first cousin, at Darmstadt, on April 30, 1884.

Princess Patricia of Connaight to marry Crown Prince of Sweden's eldest son.

February 25, 1905

The betrothal is "official," according to the New York Times.  Princess Patricia of Connaught is going to marry Prince Oscar, eldest son of the Crown Prince of Sweden and Norway.  

The engagement has the "entire sanction and approval" of the Princess's uncle, King Edward VII.

[This is what happens when one does not check all their facts.  The bride-to-be was Patricia's older sister, Princess Margaret of Connaught, and the Crown Prince's eldest son was named Gustaf Adolf, although Oscar was one of his middle names.]

Oh, yes, the photo has been published before!

The British press, especially Hello!,  Daily Mail,  and The Times, have gone a bit crazy over recently found photo albums that once belonged to the Duke of Windsor.

The Mail claims that the photograph of the Duke of Windsor, dressed in his Garter robe, posing for a photograph in his garden, has never been published.

I say Bull Merdé!    The photo was one of a series taken in 1953 by James Gunn.  This particular photo was included in Philip Ziegler's official biography, King Edward VIII,  published in 1990.
from Hugo Vicker's book, The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

From Philip Ziegler's  King Edward VIII

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Margaret sings in the bath

February 24, 1955

Princess Margaret, who is now en route to Bahamas after an official visit to Jamaica,
sings in her bath," reports the Associated Press.

Jamaican Governor Hugh Foot said today that he learned of the Princess' singing when she stayed his residence in Kingston.

Mrs. Foot. "hearing a sudden burst of song," ordered it "hushed," in order to not disturb the 25-year-old princess.  "Let's turn that radio off," she said, but the did not come from the radio.  Rather, it was Princess Margaret who was "warbling in her bath."

France not concerned with Victor Napoleon's marriage

February 24, 1905

The French government has "coldly indicated" to King Leopold II of the Belgians that the marriage of his daughter, Princess Clementine to Prince Victor Napoleon will "in no way interfere with the excellent relations" between France and Belgium, reports the New York Times.

Prince Victor Napoleon, the official Bonapartist pretender, is "politically speaking a negligible quantity," as he has no real interest in taking an "active part in the Bonapartist propaganda."

He has quarreled with his father, Prince Jerome, and has contributed to "spoil" his father's "own dynastic outlook" by proposing a different form of Bonapartism that relies more on the "plebiscitary appeal of the people," and less on the "claims of legitimate descent."

Father and son remained estranged until Jerome's death.   Victor Napoleon is now the head of the family, but has only visited Paris twice, in disguise.   The French government knew he was there, but made no attempt to arrest him -- pretenders to the French throne are barred from entering the country -- because Prince Victor Napoleon has had no intention of provoking "any breach of the public peace."

He prefers his time in Brussels, where his "comfort and happiness were studiously looked after by a devoted companion," the mother of his three sons.

This comfortable family life will end if Prince Victor Napoleon marries Princess Clementine.  His relationship with the mother of his sons was never sanctioned by marriage or religion, but many feel that the Prince, now in his middle age, has turned his back on a situation that was always the "excuse" for his "political inactivity."

It is being said in Bonapartist circles that Prince Victor Napoleon would rather give up his claim to his brother, Prince Louis, then not marry Princess Clementine, a "great heiress."

Prince Louis is more popular than his older brother. He will also inherit the fortune of Empress Eugenie, as he is her favorite nephew.

The forthcoming marriage has also led to a complete rupture of relations between Princess Clementine and her father, Leopold.  The Princess will have her own way and marry Prince Victor.  The King is already estranged from his other daughters.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Snow Princess turns 3

all four photos Foto Kate Gabor, / Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden
HRH Princess Estelle of Sweden, only child of HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HRH Prince Daniel, celebrates her third birthday today (February 23)