Monday, November 24, 2014

Prince Paul, Prince Regent of Yugoslavia

A German postcard commemorating the visit of Prince and Princess Paul to Berlin in 1939.

Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein

The postcard refers to her first two names  Viktoria Irene, but  Princess Viktoria-Irene Adelheid Auguste Alberta Feodora Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was known as Princess Karoline Mathilde (1894-1972).  She was the sixth child of Duke Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and Princess Karoline Mathilde of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg.

On May 27, 1920 at Schloss Glücksburg,  Princess Karoline Mathilde  married Count Hans of Solms-Baruth, third son of Friedrich II, Prince of Solms-Baruth and Countess Luise of Hochberg.

Hans's older brother, Hereditary Prince Friedrich was married to Karoline Mathilde's elder sister, Princess Adelheid.

Karoline Mathilde and Hans were the parents of three children:

Countess Viktoria Luise (1021-2003), Count Friedrich (1923-2006) and Count Hubertus (1934-1991).

Countess Viktoria Luise married her first cousin, Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, whose mother, Viktoria Adelheid was Karoline Mathilde's sister.

Karoline Mathilde's other sisters, Alexandra Viktoria and Helena, were married to Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia and Prince Harald of Denmark, respectively.  Their only brother, Duke Friedrich, married Princess Marie Melita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

So who is releasing the Jessica -Ludwig photos

Who is behind the twitter account @ geathea563?   I had to block the account because the person was so annoying, badgering  me with constant tweets.  Is this person connected to Jessica Iskandar, the Indonesian celebrity? 

There has to be a connection between Jessisca and this account because at least three photos of Jessica and Hereditary Count Ludwig von Waldburg und Wolfeeg und Waldsee have been tweeted around the world.

Due to copyright restrictions, as I have no idea who the photographer is,  I am providing a link. I won't post the photos here.  One of the photos shows Ludwig wearing an I love Jessica Iskandar T-shirt.

Could the tweeter be a front for Jessica, who appears to be the queen of Indonesian media manipulation? 

And  why have a baby in the United States? Jessica is not famous here, and certainly is not going to make in Hollywood.  She has no ties to the United States. 

Ludwig's family have made no attempt to welcome her into the family.  No marriage in Germany.  No showing off the new scion of the house of Waldburg von Wolfegg und Waldsee. 

Jessica was recently shopping with her sister at a local mall, when she was snapped by a photographer.  She was carrying baby El Barack, but covered his face, when she saw the photographer.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Preparations for the Monagesque twins

On the occasion of the upcoming princely births, the Palace wishes to inform the people of Monaco and residents of the Principality of the following arrangements:
- in celebration of the joyous arrival of these two children, and without distinction, forty-two cannon shots (twenty-one for each child) shall be fired from the Fort Antoine,
- church bells shall ring for fifteen minutes, followed by boat horns,
- a proclamation signed by HSH Prince Albert II will be displayed at the entrance outside the "Petits Quartiers" of the Princely Palace,
- registries shall be open for signatures at the “Petits Quartiers” of the Princely Palace,
- the people of Monaco are invited to put up bunting and flags, under the same provisions as on National Day, from the day of the births to the day on which the Princely Couple will present Their children at the Place du Palais. The date of the official introduction will be communicated at a later date,
- the people of Monaco, residents and workers of the Principality as well as any individuals who wish to do so, are invited to attend the Princely Couple's presentation of Their children at the Place du Palais, in order to pay tribute to Them, on a date and under conditions that shall be specified at a later date,
- that day will be declared public holiday for all individuals working in Monaco in celebration of this time of great joy.
In addition, TT.SS.HH. the Prince and Princess of Monaco wishes to encourage donations to charity rather than gifts. The sums collected shall be redistributed to the charities and associations of Their choosing. Full information on donation payment methods shall be provided at a later stage.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Marina welcomed in London

November 21, 1934

Thousands "cheered" as Princess Marina of Greece arrived in London earlier today.  Her special train arrived "exactly on scheduled time at Victoria Station," although regular train service has been paralyzed by fog, reports the New York Times.

Princess Marina alighted from the train and was greeted by the King and Queen and other members of the Royal Family.  She was accompanied by her fiancé, the Duke of Kent, who had met her in Dover. 

The princess responded with affectionate kisses for the King and Queen.  The royal party drove "through wildly cheering crowds to Buckingham Palace."  Shortly after their arrival, the glass doors to the palace's balcony were opened and the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina stepped out to "acknowledge" the cheers from the crowd.

This afternoon, the couple slipped out of the palace, unrecognized, and were driven to St. James's Palace for tea with the Prince of Wales.  This was followed by a quiet evening at the palace where the couple were the guests of honor at an "informal dinner party."

The wedding will take place on November 29 at Westminster Abbey.  Tomorrow is expected to be a quiet day for the Princess and her family.  She is expected to spend some time shopping and see a "few intimate friends."

Princess Marina has become a fashion trend setter. Today, she "introduced a new hat fashion."  Instead of the "little pillbox already made famous,"  the princess wore a "shallow sailor hat of beige velvet with tiny beige ostrich feathers curling over the brim."  Her coat, also beige, had a "big fox fur collar," with a matching dress.

One of the bridesmaids, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, was "held up for five hours by the fog in the Thames," before she could land at Gravesend.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marina finds marriage details have led to a weight loss

November 20, 1934

In just nine days, Princess Marina of Greece will marry Prince George, the Duke of Kent, the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary.   The Princess will leave France tomorrow to travel to London, where she will marry on November 29th.  According to a Los Angeles Times article, the Princess has "lost so much weight from preparing for the wedding," that last minute alterations have been made to her trousseau.

Most of her days and nights have been filled with social obligations including shopping and visiting with friends that she has lacked the time "to eat and sleep properly," said one friend.

The Dowager Queen Marie of Romania is sending "my beautiful Marina," a solid silver embossed bowl as a wedding gift.  Princess Paul of Yugoslavia will be bringing the gift to London.

"When you receive this bowl, put into it the finest English roses you can produce, and may you and George feel their fragrance represents the sweet, tender friendship and love I have for both of you," Queen Marie wrote.

Marie, the widow of King Ferdinand, who died in 1927, is a first cousin of King George.

One London newspaper offered the dowager queen "a large sum of money" to write a "special article on Marina" for publication on the wedding day, but Marie declined the offer, as she is in mourning for her son-in-law, King Alexander of Yugoslavia, who was assassinated in Marseille in October.

Princess Marina and her parents, Prince and Princess Nicholas will be staying at Buckingham Palace until the wedding.

Grand Duke Kirill in Rome

November 20, 1904

Grand Duke Kirill of Russia has arrived in Rome and will "complete his convalescence in Italy, reports the New York Times.  After his arrival, the eldest son of Grand Duke Vladimir said that he "predicted the tide would soon turn" in the Far East, and Russia has nearly completed "her preparations to strike a decisive blow" in the war against Japan.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

President-elect Klaus Johannis visits King Michael

Earlier today Romanian President-elect Klaus Johannis paid a courtesy call at the Elisabetha Palace, where he met King Michael, Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu.   Johannis is an ethnic German and a Lutheran.  He defeated Prime Minister Victor Ponta is a run-off election on Sunday.

all three photos:  @ Daniel Angelescu, Romanian Royal House

Albert doesn't know sex of twins

The Prince and Princess of Monaco appeared on the palace balcony earlier today to take part in the National Day celebrations.   The Princess, who is in the final weeks of pregnancy, did not accompany her husband to the Cathedral for the Thanksgiving service.

Prince Albert sat down recently with a reporter from the Monaco Matin.  He says he looking forward to the impending birth of his children, but said: "I prefer not to know the sex of the babies before they are born."

(So much for the reports of Charlene telling reporters she was having two boys.)

He also said that Princess Charlene does know the sex of the two babies.   The due date is just before Christmas, he added.

There will be several events to celebrate the birth of the heir and spare.  These will take place after the Princess is released from the hospital.

There will also be the traditional gun shot salute, but Prince Albert promises it won't be the usual 101 for a boy or 21 for a girl.  "It will be neither," he said.  "It will be a surprise."

As for the succession itself, Prince Albert stated that if Charlene gives birth to two sons, the first born will be the Hereditary Prince.  If the first born is a girl, and the second a boy, the boy is the heir apparent.   Twins girls:  first born.

The full interview does not appear to be published on the newspaper's website.

Oooh a photo of Jessica and Ludwig

Stop the presses!  We have a photo of Indonesian celebrity Jessica Iskander and Hereditary Count Ludwig von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.  I have no idea who took the photo.  Copyright belongs to the photographer.   I provide only the link.  The tweeter writes: "why Ludwig as a father is vague and responsible?" 

The legal papers make no reference to the baby.  It is possible that Ludwig is providing for the child.  We don't know this. 

Jessica has avoided discussing the situation, apart from saying that when she feels bad, she sings.  Cue "Whistle a Happy Tune!!%20Ini%20Dia%20Foto%20Kebersamaan%20Ludwig%20dan%20Jessica%20Iskandar?991104topnews

The photo was tweeted to me and retweeted and retweeted by the legions of Jessica's fans.  It is claimed that this proves they have a relationship.  No one has ever said they did not know each other.  We all have photos with people with know.

I have no idea who Jessica is (and I doubt she has the talent to make it in Hollywood), and the only reason I am interested in the story (and the only Westerner writing about it apparently because my blog is about royalty.  The German media have largely ignored the story because Ludwig is not known there.  Most Indonesians have not been able to grasp the fact that Ludwig is not really a hereditary count.  Titles were abolished in 1919, and became one's surname.   Thus, Ludwig is actually Mr. Ludwig Erbgraf von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.  Titles are used socially in Germany, but are not legal titles.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constantine & Sophie's Silver wedding celebrations put on hold

November 18, 1914

Due to the "widespread crisis in connection with the present international conflagration,"  all of the festivities organized to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of King Constantine and Queen Sophie of the Hellenes, were called off, reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.

The anniversary was "quietly observed" in Athens last month, but none of the "foreign sovereigns and royal personages" were present.  Greece is "on the eve of the war," and is siding with the allies.

Kaiser Wilhelm II has been aware of Greece's leanings, and this is most evident in his decision to sell his palace of Achilleion at Corfu to a "Swiss syndicate" for use as a hotel or sanitarium, or even a gambling establishment.  The estate was once the home of the late Empress Elisabeth of Austria.   Wilhelm realizes that if Greece does enter the war on the side of the allies, one of the first things it will do is to seize Achilleion "as property belong to the enemy."

It does not matter that the Kaiser is the elder brother of Queen Sophie. All communication between the two was broken off in early August, when the Queen, returning from England to Greece, via Germany, "declined" Wilhelm's request to "take charge of letters from him" to her husband, King Constantine and for the German ambassador in Athens.

Queen Sophie and the Kaiser first argued in 1891 when she abandoned her Lutheran faith and joined the Greek Orthodox church.  Wilhelm was furious with her because she did not seek his approval for this action.  For the next few years,  there was no real communication between the siblings, and, although a reconciliation was eventually arranged, neither Sophie nor her husband ever forgot their treatment by her brother.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Extra protection for George and Marina's wedding

November 17, 1934

Scotland Yard will take "extreme precautions" from today to "prevent any act of violence marring" the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Duke of Kent, reports the Associated Press.

The couple will be married on November 29 at Westminster Abbey.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Although we do not anticipate any trouble, steps are being taken officially to deal with the situation."

No details were being released as officials were hesitant to discuss the security arrangements, but it is understood that officers have already started to "make certain that no undesirables will be included in the throngs looking out the windows" along the wedding route.

The names of spectators who have rented space from businesses along the route have been handed over the Scotland Yard, and an effort is being made to check every name.

Scotland Yard is also checking the "whereabouts of certain unnamed undesirables."

Princess Marina will receive protection from the moment of her arrival in England.  More than 8000 uniformed police will be on duty during the wedding, as well as 6000 special constables.

Scotland Yard officials pointed out that the "extreme precautions" were not unusual, and no different than other recent royal occasions.  Princess Marina is from a "foreign nation," which is one reason  "for adopting steps to secure safety."

A large number of foreign royal guests have been invited to the wedding.  The King and Queen of Denmark, the King and Queen of Norway, Prince Valdemar of Denmark, Prince George of Greece, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Kirill of Russia, and Princess Marina's two sisters, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, and the Countess von Toerring-Jettenbach and her husband will all be protected by Scotland Yard.

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia will not be able to attend the wedding, as he has "new duties," as a member of the regency for the young King Peter, who succeeded his father after the assassination of King Alexander last month.

The foreign royals will have day and night guards, and plainclothes policemen "familiar with the identity of extremists" will be "close at hand when the Kings and princes move about the city."

Duchess of Vendome visits American Hospital

November 17, 1914

The Duchess Vendome, sister of King Albert of the Belgians, visited the American Hospital at Neuilly earlier today, reports the New York Times.  The Duchess was escorted by the American Ambassador Herrick and General Fevrier. 

They toured the "wards, and inspected the corps motors which fetch the wounded from the distributing centres outside of Paris.

She "expressed the highest gratification" after seeing the hospital's equipment and organization.

Princess Henriette of Belgium married Prince Emmanuel of Orleans, Duke of Vendome in 1896.  They have four children, Princesses Marie Louise, Sophie, Genevieve and Prince Charles Philippe.

Talk about nonsense ...

This article in the Australian magazine, Woman's Day, ranks as one of the worst pieces of "journalism,"  in some time.!/

According to this piece of merde,  the royals are going to crown the Duchess of Cambridge as Queen "sooner or later."

This is based on the reports of threats against the Queen on Remembrance Day.  Queen Elizabeth came to this "momentous decision" to crown her grandson, William, and his wife as the next King and Queen.

A well-placed palace source has apparently told Woman's Day that the Queen will tell the world about her plans when she gives her Christmas speech.

According to these sources (drunk corgis), the Queen will step down.  She apparently had "lengthy meetings" with Charles, who has agreed that William and Catherine's "youth and enthusiasm" is what the British monarchy needs.  

The comments come from someone named Bill Coles, who is described as a "respected royal journalist."   As someone who has been writing about British and European royalty,  I have never heard of Bill Coles.

A few facts here:

The Queen doesn't do the crowning.  Nor does she get to decide who succeeds her.    Succession to the British throne is defined by legislation, which is called the Act of Settlement (1701). 

From then then Princess Elizabeth's 21st birthday speech:  

"To accomplish that we must give nothing less than the whole of ourselves. There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors - a noble motto, "I serve". Those words were an inspiration to many bygone heirs to the Throne when they made their knightly dedication as they came to manhood. I cannot do quite as they did.
But through the inventions of science I can do what was not possible for any of them. I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening. I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple.

I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.

But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it."

William and Catherine do not carry out a full schedule of royal engagements.  The Queen has not asked them to step up the schedule.  When she feels she needs more support, she will ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to take on more duties.  

The couple are not invited to state dinners.  In time, they will be included in more state functions.  They are not shirking duties. William is second in line to the throne, not the heir.  He does not have a constitutional role.

Queen Elizabeth II is unlikely to announce an abdication during her Christmas speech.  Can you imagine the reaction of millions &  millions of people watching around the world, many of whom are wearing their paper crowns from their Christmas crackers if she made such a statement:  On Christmas Day?  Really, Woman's Day, really? 

Obviously, the low-level, poorly educated people who work for this "magazine" know little about their monarchy or their Royal family.  Shame on them for publishing such tripe. 

The Queen cannot abdicate without an act of Parliament.   Edward VIII was able to abdicate only after Parliament passed an act of abdication, which he signed.

May I recommend to the editors of Woman's Day that they read Vernon Bognador's Monarchy and the Constitution, and then purchase a copy for Bill Coles, too.

So what will the editors do on Christmas Day, when they watch the Queen's speech. and she talks about peace and love and Christmas, and not about handing the throne to William.

Will they offer a public retraction of their misinformation.  Will they offer an apology to their readers?  They probably won't  because they do not have the cojones to be professional.

If this were a master class in drivel, I would give them an A+.  As for journalism, they are deep in the gutter. 

If you live in Australia or New Zealand (and there must be a few other places), do not buy this magazine.  Do not give any satisfaction to them but filling their coffers.   This article is the written form of three pieces of silver.

Will Infanta Cristina renounce her rights?

The Spanish newspaper, ABC, is reporting that Infanta Cristina of Spain, youngest sister of King Felipe V, may be on the verge of renouncing her rights to the Spanish throne.

Earlier this year,  ABC had sent a letter to the Spanish Prime Minister Ramon Perez-Maura, calling for a renunciation of Cristina's rights in view of her legal problems.  She will face trial for tax fraud charges.

According to the ABC article,  Cristina will not lose her HRH or the title Infanta of Spain.  She is also the Duchess of Palma de Malloraca, which she received from her father, King Juan Carlos, on the occasion of her marriage to Iñaki Urdangarin.   Residents of Mallorca have called for the Infanta to lose this title.  (The ducal title is not hereditary, and will revert to the crown when Infanta dies.)

ABC also states that the dynastic rights of Infanta Cristina's children will not be affected if Cristina choses or is forced to renounce her rights.

I am not sure how the legal system works in Spain, but she remains innocent until found guilty.  Infanta Cristina should not renounce her right to the throne unless she is found guilty.