Sunday, October 23, 2016

Royal wedding in Serbia



Church ceremony in Oplenac and reception at White Palace
Belgrade, 23 October 2016 –

 His Royal Highness Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic and Miss Ljubica Ljubisavljevic were united in holy matrimony in the Church of Saint George in Oplenac, which was followed by a reception given by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, for invited guests at the White Palace. The religious ceremony was officiated by Their Graces Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America and Bishop Pahomije of Vranje and Father Petar Lukic, Dean of Saborna crkva in Belgrade.

The wedding of Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic, the youngest son of the late HRH Prince Tomislav and HRH Princess Linda, and Ljubica Ljubisavljevic, was attended by over 300 guests – members and friends of the Royal Family Karadjordjevic, as well as by numerous distinguished guests from public life in Serbia and abroad. The wedding was attended by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine with their children Prince Philip and Alison, Princess Linda Karadjordjevic (mother of Prince Mihajlo), Prince Djordje Karadjordjevic (brother of the bridegroom), Princess Fallon Rayman (wife of Djordje Karadjordjevic), Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic, Speaker of the National Parliament Maja Gojkovic, Minister of Education of Serbia, Science and Technological Development Mladen Sarcevic, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Serbia Mr. Denis Keefe, and many others.

Following the wedding at the reception at the White Palace, Crown Prince Alexander wished the newlyweds the bride and bridegroom a long and happy life together.
"It is my duty and privilege to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Ljubica in our home, and to greet the bride’s and groom’s parents, wishing and hoping that good fortune, health, and family blessings follow the new couple and be in our homes, through them and in them", Crown Prince Alexander said in his speech.

The newlyweds respected Serbian wedding customs, but they were also innovative, so beside the Serbian traditional music, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a cello concert by two young ladies, the winners of a National Contest. The food was based on Serbian tradition. Companies which donated the food are Hyatt, Metropol, Nuzy Bakery, Nada Butcher Shop, Pekara 30, wine was from the Royal Winery Oplenac and Aleksandrovic winery, cake and sweets were a gift by Anci Kolaci Company from Pancevo, and the company “Bean and Leaf” took care of the coffee and tea.

Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic was born 15 December, 1985 in London. He grew up in a rural area, where he had a lot of time to learn about nature. He organized a number of humanitarian events, and in an effort to engage in the issues of his country he continues to lobby for Serbian interests in the world. Princess Ljubica was born and raised in Belgrade, where she completed her master studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade. She is engaged in marketing and writes columns on health and skin care.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sophie Charlotte divorces husband

October 22, 1926

Princess Eitel Friedrich Prussia, wife of the second son of former Kaiser Wilhelm II. has been granted a divorce, reports the Associated Press.

The princess -- Duchess Sophie Charlotte of Oldenburg by birth - was granted a divorce on the "grounds of ill treatment, neglect and incompatibility of temperament."

The couple were married in 1906.  They had no children.

Both the prince and princess are expected to remarry.  The princess' future husband is said to be Harald von Hedemann, who is eight years her junior. He served in the royal dragoons, and is now a Potsdam police lieutenant.

Prince Eitel is said to be planning a marriage to the Countess Mellin,  a member of the Baltic nobility, who now lives in Potsdam.

The most recent royal wedding in Serbia was in 1995

@HRH Princess Barbara of Yugoslavia

The last royal wedding to take place in Serbia was on October 28, 1995 when HRH Prince Alexander and his wife, Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein were able to celebrate their religious wedding, which took place 22 years after their civil wedding at Paris.

Their Orthodox marriage took place at St. George's at Oplenac in Topola, thus the first royal wedding in Serbia since 1922 when King Alexander I married Princess Marie of Romania.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Queen Marie wears diadem to State Dinner

October 19, 1926

Queen Marie of Romania and President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge "exchanged official visits this afternoon with the utmost rigidity of ceremony and the utmost pomp of gold lace and clanking sabres possible in the American Republic, reports the New York Times.

This was the "first such ceremony" in the United States and Queen Marie is the first Queen to be so "received by the President on American soil."

The official welcome preceded the State Dinner, where Queen Marie wore a "diadem of diamonds and pearls to the White House.  She was the guest of honor at the White House dinner, which was the "first such function ever held in the United States."   The planning "presented delicate problems  in etiquette and precedence which were not disposed of until almost the minute."

It was a day of "extraordinary activity" for Queen Marie, the consort of King Ferdinand.  At times, it seemed that she was on a "split-second" schedule.   She arrived at "precisely" 3:59 p.m., at the White House to call on President Coolidge.    She had spent the earlier part of her day with her son, Prince Nicholas and daughter, Princess Ileana, seeing the sights, which included a trip to Mount Vernon, George Washington's home.

Before heading to the White House, the Queen  stopped at Arlington National Cemetery, where she laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At Arlington, she seemed "deeply impressed by the beauty of the setting of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier."

 She also laid a wreath on Washington's tomb at Mount Vernon.   Lunch was served in the banquet hall where General Lafayette was once a guest.  She was also appreciative of Mount Vernon.  "It's too lovely. Washington must have loved God very much to have chosen beautiful surroundings.  I love the velvety color of these trees.  They speak of God, don't they.  The love of God is a beautiful thing."

The Queen described Washington as "bigger and lovelier" than she expected.   After a brief return to the Romanian Legation to change their clothes, the Queen and her children were driven to the White House and were welcomed at the great portico on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the Executive Mansion.

Queen Marie was dressed in a brown brocaded cloth coat "enriched with gold threads, flaring at the bottom and trimmed with a heavy mink border, collar and cuffs.   She wore a "brown velvet crushed turban, brown leather shoes and taupe stockings."    Princess Ileana  was dressed in a"navy blue velvet coat suit with a knee-length  skirt and close-fitting hat," while her brother, Prince Nicholas, wore the dress uniform of a Lieutenant in the Romanian Navy.

The royal party were escorted to the Green Room, where they awaited the President and Mrs. Coolidge, who were waiting in their private apartment until it was time to go to the Blue Room, where the formal introduction would take place.

After the formal introductions, the Queen and her party left the White House, and returned to their hotel, to prepare for the state dinner.  The British-born queen, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was robed in a "creation by Patou, a straight-lined gown of white georgette crepe embroidered  in sequins."   The back of the gown was deeply pointed and the "neck was cut round in front."  This was complimented by a wing train that hung from the "right shoulder to the floor."  The Queen wore silver stockings and silver slippers."

Her tiara, worn as a diadem, "was the outstanding feature of her toilette."  It was made of "pearls and diamonds in pear shaped clusters."  She had inherited the tiara from her mother, Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.    The Queen also wore the blue ribbon of the Romania's highest order.   She arrived at the White House "wearing a cloak of white messaline with gold brocade and trimmed with sable."

Princess Ileana's gown was far less elaborate.  She wore a blue crepe de chine gown embroidered with sequins.

Queen Marie was seated at the President's right.

The seven course dinner began with anchovy canapé, followed by consomme.  The fish course was lobster in cream, and the main course was filet mignon. Then menu also featured salad, ice cream, fruit and coffee.

After the dinner, the men went to the President's study for "their cigars and cigarettes." while the ladies "retired to the Blue Room.  The Queen left the White House at 9:45 p.m.

The  Queen and her children are expected to remain in the United States and Canada for two months, and return to Romania in December.   She is expected to open the Maryhill Museum in Washington State on November 3.  The Queen has brought 50 cases of Romanian art which go on display in the museum's Romanian room.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

King and Queen to attend Patricia's wedding

October 17, 1946

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth will among the guests at the wedding of the Hon. Patricia Mountbatten to Lord Brabourne at Romsey Abbey on October 26.  Miss Mountbatten is the elder daughter of Admiral Viscount and Viscountess Mountbatten of Burma.

Princesses Elizabeth, Margaret and Alexandra are expected to be bridesmaids at the wedding.

The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Two hundred guests, nearly all "members of the family or close personal friends," have been invited.

Lady May will have several bridemaids

October 18, 1931

Lady May Cambridge Queen Mary's niece and Captain Henry Abel Smith will marry at Balcombe on October 24, but a "little golden-haired bridesmaid with impish blue eyes is likely to steal the show," reports the Washington Post.

The little girl in question is 5-year-old Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York,  and "possibly some day queen of the British empire."

Two other princesses will be among the bridesmaids:  Princess Ingrid of Sweden and Princess Sybilla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who is a first cousin of the bride.  There is a chance that Princess Juliana of the Netherlands will also attend.

The bride's mother, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands are first cousins.

Lady May will wear the same veil that Queen Mary wore at her wedding 38 years ago.  It is a "piece of priceless Honiton lace, one of the most treasured family possessions of the queen."   The veil was also worn by Princess Alice when she married Prince Alexander of Teck (now the Earl of Athlone) in 1904.

The bride will wear a "perfectly plain pearl-colored satin antique cut on tight, modern lines, to suit the bride's slim, girlish figure."  The veil will be held by a wreath of orange blossoms.     Her bouquet will feature lilies of the valley, tied with a silver ribbon.

The adult bridesmaids will be wearing frocks made with "long, full, slightly trained skirts which fit neatly around the hips and flare at the hem," while their bodices are "draped in front and the long tight sleeves puffed at each shoulder."

The four child bridesmaids will be dressed in "soft powder-blue dresses," in the empire style and ankle length.  They will carry bouquets of anemones and all will wear pearl necklaces, a gift from the bridegroom.

All the bridesmaids' headdresses are "bandeaux of folded blue velvet " and all will wear silver shoes.

Lady May met her fiance when he served as her father's aide.  He is wealthy and comes from an old London banking family.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Netherlands

A Dutch friend of mine, Arjan Brouwer, got a good spot for the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the Mauritshuis Museum at The Hague, the Netherlands.

He was thrilled to have met the Duchess as she walked over to chat to people behind the barriers.   Arjan is on Twitter (@houseoflemon).  The copyright for these photos belong to Arjan Brouwer.
 Thank you for letting me publish the photos.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The wedding of Prince Leka and Princess Elia of Albania

TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

The bride and groom with Grand Duke George and Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

Prince Nikola of Montenegro

all photos copyright Roger Lundgren
TRH Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine

HIH Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

HI & RH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia & TRH The Duke and Duchess of Braganza

TRH The Duke and Duchess of  Castro

HRH Lalla Meriem of Morocco

Her Imperial Majesty  Empress Farah of Iran

TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  The Princess' mother, Countess Maria Anna Szapary was one of Queen Geraldine's bridesmaids

HM Queen Sofia of Spain and HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

The bride and groom with their attendants.  Looks like HIH Grand Duke George of Russia was a groomsman.

HI & RH Prince Georg Friedrich and Roger Lundgren

HSH Gloria, Princess of Thurn und Taxis

Thanks to Roger Lundgren and Seth Leonard for sharing their photos with me.

The couple were married in a civil ceremonty at the New Royal Palace, the residence of the President of Albania.  The 15-minute ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Tirana.    The bride and groom received benedictions from the five different religious groups in Albania (Muslin, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protesant and Orthodox), symbolizing religious tolerance in Albania.

The wedding luncheon was held the Royal Residence, the home of the Prince and Princess.   This was followed by a formal dinner for all the guests at the New Royal Palace.

HRH Prince Nikola of Montenegro and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Serbia with the newlyweds

HRH Prince Nikola of Montenegro with Crown Princess Katherine and Crown Prince Alexander

HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and the Serbian Ambassador to Albania