Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Franz Josef and heir are cheered

July 30, 1914

From a dispatch sent by the Vienna Correspondent of the Daily Mail and sent by special cable to the New York Times.

"Standing at the entrance to the Palace Thursday I witnesses the most solemn and touching spectacle of my life.

"Emperor Francis Joseph, who is aged 83, and his heir, the young Archduke Charles Francis Joseph, returned from Ischl to Vienna at noon today.  All Vienna welcomed them.  The crowd waved the national black and yellow flags and shouted till their throats were hoarse in enthusiasm for their monarch, who is going to war in his old age.

"The streets were lined with aged veterans bearing banners, while deputations from the city and other corporations stood awaiting the open carriage which swept up the open drive to the palace.

"The Emperor, although a little bent with his years, looked very well. The young Archduke at his side returned the greeting of the crowd, who remarked how closely he resembled his [great] uncle."

There were "great throngs" as the Emperor and his great-nephew returned to Schönnbrun Castle.  Cafes and restaurants are all deserted this evening as the "main streets are filled with singing and cheering processions."

Crowds also greeted the Emperor and the archduke as they left Ischl for Vienna earlier today. 

In Linz, the Emperor addressed officers of the local garrison who were waiting on the railway platform.

"I only have time to give you a few words of greeting in this grave hour.  These are that I trust in the good spirit, the endurance, and the valor of my army.  It was my wish to maintain peace."

Bulletin: Kaiser tells Russia to stop; Grand Duke of Hesse in Russia

July 30, 1914

In what many see as a "last extreme move on behalf of peace"  Kaiser Wilhelm II's  government "launched a peremptory demand" on Russia to explain the "menacing mobilization" on the German and Austrian borders, reports the New York Times.

There is little hope that Germany's demands will be met.  Germany has not stated that it will "declare war" if Russia does not cancel its "military preparations."  There is only a threat to retaliate with a "counter demonstration," but this would be seen as "tantamount to war."

This "momentous decision" was made late last night at the New Palace in Potsdam, at a council of war, led by Wilhelm II as the Supreme War Lord.  His brother, Admiral Prince Henry of Prussia, just returned from England, was also present, as was Crown Prince Wilhelm, who "in accordance with Prussian traditions, will lead one of the German Armies."

The Grand Duke of Hesse and By Rhine, who is the brother of Empress Alexandra, consort of Nicholas II, is in St. Petersburg.  He was sent to Russia by the Kaiser in a "last endeavor to arrange for peace."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monarchists want Grand Duke Nicholas on the throne

July 29, 1918

Russian monarchists recently met in Kiev, and they have "resolved to form centres throughout Russia for the re-establishment" of the monarchy "on the lines of that in power prior to March 1917, according to a New York Times dispatch from Amsterdam.

The aim is reunite the "Ukraine and Great Russia" with Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholavitch" as Emperor, according to reports from the Monarchist congress.

When confirmation of the death of the former emperor Nicholas II was made public in Kiev, many Russian officers wrapped crepe around their Crosses of St. George.  Only a short time before, officials were denying the reports of his execution in a "crowded thanksgiving service" in Kiev's cathedral. 

The congregation sang "God Protect the Czar."   During the celebration, the archpriest declared:  "The church stands outside politics, but it is befitting all true believing Russians to pray for Nicholas, the servant of God, who has suffered much."  He also spoke of the re-establishment of the monarch and the Romanov dynasty: "The temple which was destroyed shall rise again."

Fighting continues in Kiev's streets between monarchists and Bolsheviks.

Franz Josef communicates with Nicholas

July 29, 1914

The New York Times is reporting that a St. Petersburg newspaper, Novoe Vremya is stating that the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef has sent a "personal letter" to Nicholas II, which is likely to have "an important influence on the crisis."

The text of this letter has not been made public.

Flurry of telegrams between Nicholas and Wilhelm

July 30, 1914

Earlier this evening Kaiser Wilhelm II held a "naval council of war," which was attended by Admiral von Tirpitz, Minister of Marine; Prince Henry of Prussia, Admiral Commanding in Chief; Admiral von Pohl, Chief of the Admiralty Staff, and Vice Admiral von Mueller, Chief of the Imperial Naval Cabinet, according to the New York  Times.

This meeting was followed by a "council of the Cabinet," which lasted for several hours.

No information about what occurred at either meeting has been announced.

Crown Prince Wilhelm was in "conference" with the Kaiser earlier today, and their meeting "lasted three hours."

It was also learned tonight that there has been an "exchange of telegrams regarding the international situation" between Wilhelm II and Nicholas II.

The Russian Emperor dispatched a telegram to Wilhelm II, which "crossed a message" that Wilhelm had just sent to Nicholas. 

The details of the communication between the two sovereigns have not been disclosed, but the fact that they are in communication with each other has "created an unmistakably favorable impression."

There is anxiety in Germany about Russian troop movements.  On Berlin newspaper,  Lokal Anzeiger published the following:  "The pretended conciliatory aspect of the Russian policy is a grave contrast to the restless, comprehensive military dispositions of the Czar's army on the German frontier.  As long as these continue there can hardly be any question of the relaxation of the political tension.  It can only be hoped that the Czar will also give some tangible proof of his peaceable inclinations by ordering the immediate cessation of the conspicuous concentration of troops in the western regions of the empire."

A princely bump

@ Palais Princier de Monaco

Yup, there is a bump.  Not sure, though, who is more pregnant?  The Princess or Prince of Monaco.  He certainly has the sympathy pose down!   

The Palace has not confirmed when the Princess is due, although the due date is believed to be sometime at the end of the year (A Christmas baby?)

Monday, July 28, 2014


July 28, 1914

It is war in Europe.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the conflict "may or may not spread, but at best it threatens to be a grave and sanguinary affair."

Earlier today at Bad Ischl, Austrian Emperor Franz Josef signed a declaration of war against Serbia. He rejected Serbia's "conciliatory reply" to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, is "the cause of the war."   The crime was committed on "Austrian soil, and by very humble and insignificant persons."   

Austria, however, "believes and asserts" that Serbia is "mortally responsible" for the deaths of the couple.  The country has charged that Serbian officials and military officers instigated the assassination and provide the weapons that were used to kill the archduke and his wife.

Serbia has pleased innocent to Austria's charges.   But the country's "method of investigating the plot and its ramifications" have left little to be desired "in the eyes of impartial observers.

Many feel this situation will only get worse.  The Associated Press is reporting that a German official has declared that Germany will issue immediate mobilization orders if Russia declares war on Austria.  Russia has already stated its support of Serbia.

The wedding of Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans

Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria, who is a first cousin of the groom

Duke of Anjou

The Countess of Evreux and the Duke of Anjou and Princess Adelaide (mother and siblings of grooms)

The Countess of Evreux with two of her grandchildren

Prince Inigo of Urach

Count of Evreux, father of the groom

Princess Clotilde with her husband, Edouard Crepy & two of their children, Eleonore and Augustin

Duke and Duchess of Urach and their children (the duke is the bride's uncle)

Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Marie  is a first cousin of the groom. The newly weds met at a ball hosted by Prince and Princess Gundakar

Duke of Urach with his son and a nephew

Princess Helene, Countess of Limburg-Stirum   Aunt of groom

Duchess of Cadaval, wife of Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou, brother of groom

It is suffice to say that I am thrilled to bits with this marriage.  As some of you know, I am at work on a book on the descendants of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg, which will be similar to Queen Victoria's Descendants.  A genealogy, a text with biographical information and photos.

The bride is a descendant of Adolphe through her mom, Countess Amelie of Urach, whose mother, Princess Iniga of Thurn und Taxis, was the daughter of Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg.

The civil wedding took place in morning at Sünching on Friday, July 25.  The bride and groom were accompanied only by close family members.  That evening a flamenco dance and reception was held at Schloss Niederaichbach. Prince Francois was born and raised in Spain.

After the religious wedding, the newlyweds and their guests returned to Schloss Niederaicbach for a luncheon, and a grand ball in the evening, where the dress code was cocktail dresses for the ladies and the tuxedos for the men.

Details about the wedding were provided to the press.  Princess Theresa wore a white silk gown designed by Brian Rennie for Basler.  The embroidery included a discreet fleur-dy-lys in honor of the French royal house.   The bride wore one of her mother's tiaras.

The Roman Catholic service was officiated by Father Jaroslav Lobkowicz.  

Two of Prince Francois' nephews, Gaspard Crepy and Diego Dailly, served as altar boys.  The witnesses were Viktoria von Einsiedel, Count Johann Friedrich von der Schulenberg, Franziska Praxl, Prince Henri de Merode, Sol  Medina y Orleans-Braganca and Count Alexander Strassoldo.

The young bridesmaids and pages were Magdalena von Eichborn, a niece of the bride, and Augustin Crepy, Eleonore Crepy, Almudena Dailly, Gaetano Dailly and HRH Princess Isabelle of Orleans, who are the nephews and nieces of the groom.

Augustin and Eleonore are the children of Florida-based Princess Clothilde and her husband, Edouard Crepy, a banker, and Almundena and Gaetano are the children of Princess Adelaide and her husband

Although I was surprised to not see the Count and Countess of Paris and the Duke and Duchess of Vendome at the wedding,  the groom's family was well-represented.  Two of his aunts,  Princess Isabelle, Countess of Schönburg-Buchheim, and Princess Helene, Countess of Limburg-Stirum, and their families were in attendance, as was Archduke Simeon and Archduchess Maria of Austria.  A princess of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies by birth, Maria is a paternal first cousin of the groom.

The Duke of Anjou and his daughter, Princess Isabelle
Other guests included Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein,  the Duke and Duchess of Urach and family,  Prince and Princes Inigo of Urach and their children,  Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon and Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Grand Duke George of Russia and Rebecca Bettarini, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis, Hereditary Prince Carl Philipp of Croy, Princess Anunciata of Liechtenstein and Princess Benigna Reuss and her husband, Don Oscar de Ascoz y Planes.

The newlyweds will live in Paris, where Prince Francois owns a landscaping company.

Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon and Countess Olimpia have been an item for several years, but this is the first time I have seen them arrive together, arm in arm, at a royal wedding.  Could this mean an engagement announcement in the not-to-distant future?

These photos are by Ulrike Bartsch.  She is the copyright holder.   Do not copy, store, post, use electronically, share without the permission of Ulrike Bartsch.

the parents of the bride and groom

Countess Olympia Arco  and Princess Maria Laura of Belgium

Princess Helene of France and her family

Grand Duke George of Russia

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Theresa von Einsiedel marries Prince Francois d'Orleans

The wedding of TRH Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans earlier today St the Basilica of St. Jakob in Straubing.  

New patronage for Prince Alexander

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HRH Prince Alexander patron of American football club "Royal Crowns" from Kraljevo, Belgrade

July 26, 2014 - His Royal Highness Prince Alexander is pleased to announce that as of today, American football club "Royal Crowns" from Kraljevo will be under his patronage.

In his letter to Mr. Srdjan Cosic, the chairman of the club, Prince Alexander said: "I was very glad to receive the request to be the patron of the American football club 'Royal Crowns'. It is with great pleasure that I accept the patronage of this outstanding club, which cherishes the traditional friendship between Serbian and American people. Please accept my best regards and convey them to all members of the American Football Club "Royal Crowns", as well as wishes for success in your work".

A group of enthusiasts and fans of American football founded the club on October 7, 2004 in Kraljevo. Since then, the club has grown into one of the most respected clubs in Serbia and the region, achieving impressive results in sports, excellent cooperation at international level and a strong commitment to the field of humanitarian and community service in the local community. This sports club proudly bears the name of "Royal Crowns" from its founding to the present, and this name was chosen in an effort to preserve and promote the tradition of the Serbian people, and promotion of constitutional monarchy as the form of government, as well as of the Serbian Royal Family Karadjordjevic.

His Royal Highness Prince Alexander was born in Fairfax Virginia 15 January 1982. He is the fraternal twin of Prince Philip and he is third in line to the Throne after his elder brothers Hereditary Prince Peter and Prince Philip. He is the son of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and HIRH Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans Bragança. Prince Alexander is the grandson of the HM King Peter II and HM Queen Alexandra His Godparents are HM the Queen of Spain, HM King Constantine of the Hellenes, and HRH the Duchess of Calabria.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wrath at Urach's acceptance of Crown

July 24, 1918

Pan-Germans are angry that the selection of the "throne-seeking Duke of Urach" as King of Lithuania.   According to the New York Times, the Duke has accepted the offer.

The acceptance may be true, according to reports in Berlin, but there will be the "usual official denial," as "true Prussians are obviously pained" that the Lithuanian National Council, made up of a "packed body of loyal German Barons," should ignore the Kaiser and prefer a southern German prince and independence to joining Prussia.

The Germans would prefer for Lithuania to be annexed, "preferably to Prussia."

The Duke of Urach wants "dearly to obtain a place in the indecently hurried race of German princelings for new thrones."   He serves as a Württemberg general, and heads the non-ruling line in the Württemberg family.  He has ties to the Bavarian royal family and was an "unsuccessful candidate for the Albanian throne."

Wilhelm is the 2nd Duke of Urach.  He is the elder son of the late Duke Wilhelm and his second wife, Princess Florestine of Monaco, daughter of the late Prince Florestan I.   Most of his childhood was spent in Monaco, where his mother often acted as Regent for the minor Prince Albert.    He was seen as a possible heir to the Monegasque throne, but in 1911,  Prince Albert legitimized his son, Prince Louis's illegitimate daughter, Charlotte.

In 1892, he married Duchess Amalie in Bavaria.  She died in 1912 following the birth of her ninth child, Princess Mechtilde.

Should the Duke become king of Lithuania, he will be known as King Mindaugus II.

British court in mourning for Nicholas

July 24, 1918

King George V as ordered the British court to go "into mourning for four weeks" for the former Russian Emperor Nicholas II, whose was executed last week, reports the New York Times.

Reports Tsarevitch also dead.

July 24, 1918

Alexis Romanov, former heir to the Russian throne, died "from exposure a few days after his father," according to a dispatch from Moscow to the Berlin Lokal-Anzeiger, and transmitted to the New York Times from Amsterdam.  

Alexis was 13 years old.  He was born August 14, 1904, and was the youngest of the five children of Nicholas and Alexandra, the former emperor and empress of Russia.  Nicholas was reported to have been executed on July 17.

War in Europe?

July 24, 1914

Authoritative sources in London tell the New York Times that "developments are pending the Austro-Serbian crisis, which are likely to lead, if not to a great European war at least to a protracted period of international unrest."  This unrest would include the "outbreak of war in the Balkans."

All of this can be averted if there is a "complete back down" one or the other of the two triple alliances "into which the European powers are divided."

So far only Germany and Russia have been drawn into the Austro-Serbian quarrel.  The New York Times understands that Great Britain has "clearly and unmistakably taken a line of policy" that shows her "entente with France and Russia will be an essential factor in the balance between peace and war."

Germany will not get involved in the Austro-Serbian quarrel unless another nation prevents Austria from "obtaining satisfaction" for the murders of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.    If another power interfered -- namely Russia -- Germany "would do her duty by her Austrian ally."

Russia has taken "up the challenge.  From St. Petersburg, a notice that Russia has decided to "intervene" in the crisis.  The Russian government will ask Austria to extend the time allowed for Serbia's response to Austria's ultimatum in order to allow European diplomacy to take action.

Britain and France have made it clear that they will support Russia if Germany "carries out her intention" of "resenting intervention by Russia."

The current situation in Europe is dire.  Austria cannot "recede from the position" she has taken with Serbia, while Russia is unlikely to abandon her support for Serbia.

All members of the British Cabinet have canceled their weekend plans.

There is little information on how Belgrade has reacted to Austria's ultimatum, as Austria-Hungary has put "obstacles" on "rapid telegraphic communication" with Serbia.    In the last 24 hours, the messages from Belgrade have been "few and insignificant."

Archduke Otto ill

July 24, 1904

Archduke Otto of Austria, the younger brother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne, is "exceedingly ill," reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.

The archduke is second in line to the throne due to his brother's morganatic marriage.   About three months ago, Otto suffered a "paralytic seizure," which left him "powerless to move."  He had been confined to his palace in Vienna, but now he is recuperating at Rosenburg, where the "change of air and scene" may help in his recovery.

He is said to be "entirely helpless," while reclining in his "daily airing.  

The Marquise says she called attention to this story because of the "certain amount of mystery" in connection with Archduke Otto's health.  No official announcement was made about his health, even after the reports of his wife, Archduchess Maria Josefa appearing at court events without him. 

There are no foundations for these rumors.  Otto is the father of 17-year-old Archduke Karl, on "whom all hopes of the house of Habsburg and the Austrian nation are centered."    Karl is being brought up "entirely under the supervision" of Emperor Franz Josef, who is "devoted to him.  Karl will one day become the ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire.