Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Of course Elizabeth knew Philip

I just read a comment on a royal forum that had me shaking my head in disbelief:  Elizabeth barely knew Philip when they were children.  Whaaaaaaaat?

The future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark have known each other for nearly their entire lives.

The Duchess of York gave birth to a daughter on April 21, 1926.  On that day,  the Crown Princess of Sweden, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven and Princess Andrew of Greece visited King George V and Queen Mary at Windsor Castle and they stayed for lunch.  I have no doubt that the king and queen and their guests toasted the health of the newborn infant princess.  It seemed unlikely that the king and queen or their guests would have considered that  Princess Andrew's young son, Philip, would marry the princess who was born on the day that his mother and grandmother had lunch with the infant princess' paternal grandparents. 



Two years later,  Princess Andrew's son, Prince Philip, then seven years old, was sent to London to attend Cheam School.  He lived with his maternal grandmother, Victoria, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven and with his maternal uncle, George, the 2nd Marquess of Milford of Haven.  Uncle George was named as Philip's guardian, but Philip probably spent more time with Sir Harold and Lady Zia at their country home.

Lady Zia's younger sister, Nada, was married to George Milford Haven.  They were the daughters of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia whose morganatic marriage to Countess Sophie von Merenberg, sent him into exile and saved his life.  The Grand Duke and his wife were mainstays of London society and lived for many years at Kenwood House in Regent's Park.   The Russian Revolution led to the loss of Michael's massive income from his own estates and he and Sophie were forced to downsized.  King George V was one of several family members who helped out financially.

The Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg, who was Sophie's uncle, created her as Countess Torby after her marriage.  This title was also used by her three children: Michael, Anastasia (Zia) and Nadejda (Nada).

It was imperative that the young Countesses Zia and Nada marry well.  Zia certainly did that when on July 20, 1917, she wed Major General Harold Wernher, son of the German-born financier, Sir Julius Werhner, Bt whose fortune was made in the South African diamond minds.  Two months after the wedding, King George V accorded Zia the style and precedence of a daughter of an earl.  This was done by Royal Warrant.   In 1948,  Harold succeeded his brother, Derrick as the third Baronet.

The Milford Havens had two children, Lady Tatiana (1917-1988), who was mentally disabled, and David, then styled Earl of Medina (1919-1970)

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The 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven was a career officer in the Royal Navy.  UIn 1916, he received the KVCO and in 1932 received the GCVO (Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.  He was also an accomplished mathematician.   Queen Elizabeth II once said of her cousin that "he was one of the most intelligent and brilliant of people."      He died in 1937 in bone cancer.

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Sir Harald and Lady Zia were the parents of three children: Alex (1918-1942), Georgina (1919-2011)  and Myra (1925)

Lord Milford-Haven's younger brother, Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife the Hon. Edwina Ashley,  were the parents of two daughters,  Patricia (1924-2017) and Pamela (1929).

The cousins were part of a childhood social circle that also included Prince Philip, who of course, was a first cousin to Lady Tatiana,  Lord Medina and Patricia and Pamela Mountbatten.

This social circle also included TRH Princesses Elizabeth (1926) and Margaret Rose (1930-2002) of York.

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Alex Wernher was very much a mentor and an older brother to Prince Philip.

The future Queen was very fond of Lady Zia as both shared a great love for racing. 

The parents all moved in the same social and court circles.  At Ascot, for example, in 1924,  the Duke and Duchess of  York were in the Royal Box, along with Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught, Lord Carnegie and Lady Maud Carnegie, Princess Andrew of Greece with her two eldest daughters,  Princess Margarita and Theodora, the Marchioness of Cambridge, Lady Helena Gibbs, the Marquess and Marchioness of Worcester, Lady Zia  Wernher and her father, Grand Michael and King Manoel and Queen Augusta Victoria of Portugal.

Gina Wernher was a lifelong friend of the Queen and Prince Philip.  She married twice, first to Harold "Bunny" Phillips,  Lady Louis Mountbatten's discarded lover, and after his death, she wed Sir George Kennard, Bt.   Lady Kennard was one of Prince Andrew's godparents.   Two of her daughters,  Sasha and Natalia, married the Dukes of Abercorn and Westminster, respectively.  Tally Westminster is the godmother of Prince William and her son, Hugh, the current duke, is Prince George's godmother.

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were among the guests at the wedding in November 1946 when Myra married David Butter at St. Margaret's, Westminster.  Their son, Charles,  is a lifelong friend of the Duke of York.

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In 1933,  Prince Philip's family -- he was raised by committee, it seems -- decided to send him to the Salem School, which was owned by the Margrave of Baden, who was married to Philip's sister, Theodora.  The decision to send Philip to Salem was due to economic reasons. No worries about school fees when your uncle owns the school.   But after only two terms at Salem,  Philip was back in the United Kingdom.  He was sent to Gordonstoun in Scotland, which was run by Kurt Hahn, the former headmaster at Salem, who had fled Germany as he was Jewish.

Yes, Philip would continue to visit his family in Germany.  In September 1937, joined his grandmother, Victoria, at Schloss Wolfsgarten, near Darmstadt, where he spent time with his sister, Cecilie,  her husband, Georg Donatus "Don", the Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and their three young children, Ludwig, Alexander, and Johanna. 

Victoria had spent most of the summer at Wolfsgarten caring for her younger brother, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, who was looking forward to traveling to London in mid-October for the wedding of his younger son, Prince Ludwig, to Margaret Geddes, the daughter of a British diplomat and former Ambassador to the United States.   The wedding was slated for mid-October, but following Ernie's death on October 9th,  the wedding date was moved to November 20, 1937.

Back at school in Scotland,  Philip received a letter from his grandmother, writing from Kensington Palace,  telling him that he was expected to attend the wedding that Saturday. 

Early afternoon on November 16, 1937,  Don, Cecilie, Ludwig and Alexander, Eleonore, the Dowager Grand Duchess, and several other people, boarded a plane bound for Brussels, then London.   Due to heavy fog,  the pilot was advised to land at Ostend.   The experience pilot, who often flew planes for the King the Belgians, should have gone straight to London.  As he approached Ostend, also engulfed in fog, he was only able to see one one of the flares, as the other two failed, as he tried to approach the airport.   One of wings of the plane clipped a chimney.  The plane crashed to the ground and burst into flame.  It took hours before it was safe enough to approach the wreckage. Everyone on board had been killed instantly.   There would be one more victim: the body of a newborn infant.   Cecilie was due to give birth shortly before Christmas.

Gordonstoun's headmaster broke the news to the 16 year old Prince Philip.   The wedding of Prince Ludwig and Margaret Geddes took place privately on November 17th.  The newlyweds spent their honeymoon identifying the remains, preparing for a funeral and adopting their niece, Johanna Marina, who died in 1939 from meningitis.

Prince Andrew came to London to accompany his son to the funeral in Darmstadt.  It was the first time Alice and Andrew had seen each other in several years.

Thus,  Philip and Elizabeth certainly met as children at parties and other events at Lynden Manor or Luton Hoo.  It is no coincidence that for many years the Queen and Prince Philip spent their wedding anniversary at Luton Hoo.

They began corresponding in 1939 after Princess Elizabeth, along with Margaret, accompanied their parents on an official visit to Dartmouth, where Prince Philip, a student, was asked to give the young princesses a tour.

In 1941, Sir Henry Channon, known as Chips, was in Athens, where he met a member of the Greek royal family at cocktail party, where the conversation turned to Prince Philip. "He is extraordinarily handsome, and I recalled my afternoon's conversation with Princess Nicholas. He is to be our Prince Consort, and that is why he is serving in our Navy."

Princess Nicholas -- Grand Duchess Helen of Russia -- was the mother of the Duchess of Kent.

Another connection between Philip and the Queen took place in November 1934 when Philip's first cousin, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, married Elizabeth's uncle, Prince George, the Duke of Kent.  Philip attended the wedding and Princess Elizabeth was one of the bridesmaids.  (Marina's older sister, Olga, was married to Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, one of the regents for the young King Peter II, whose father, King Alexander I, had been assassinated in late October.  In England,  Paul moved in the same social circles at the Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and he was thought to be one of her suitors.]


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So, yes, Philip and Elizabeth knew each other from childhood, but their romantic relationship did not develop until the mid 1940s.  Their childhood friends (who were also cousins) --the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Lady Pamela Hicks, Lady Kennard and Lady Butter remained (and remain for Lady Pamela and Lady Butter) close friends of the Queen and Philip.   Alex Wernher was killed in the second world war.   David, the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven served as Philip's bestman, soon his blotted his copybook and fell out of favor with his first cousin.  He died in 1970, suffering a heart attack at Liverpool Street Station.

The focus tends to be on George VI and Elizabeth and their daughters and their family, but do not realize that there were was as wider circle of friends and family.  Philip's grandmother, Victoria, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had a grace and favor apartment at Kensington Palace, given to her by George V after the death of her husband in 1921, until her death in 1950.


One of the best sources for the Wernher family  is the book, Grand Dukes and Diamonds.




Tim Heald and Philip Eade's biographies of Prince Philip provide more information about his early life.  My article on Alex Wernher A Close Friend of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Eurohistory, the European Royal History Journal.  A forthcoming issue will feature another article - Hessian Endings -November 16 - which includes coverage of the crash.


http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2011/05/georgina-lady-kennard.html

UPDATED: funeral program for King Michael

December 12, 2017
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household


Program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania


The Press Office of the Romanian Royal Household has been authorised to transmit the following updates regarding the program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania for Saturday, December 16, 2017 and the journey with the Royal Train:

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Otopeni Airport, whence it will be conveyed by hearse to Pelesh Castle. The event will take place in the presence of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and the members of the Romanian Royal Family, representatives of the Romanian Government and of the Orthodox Church and members of the Royal Household. The press will have access to the ceremony. Members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour at Pelesh Castle. During this interval, the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family will be in Sinaia. The timetable for officials visiting Pelesh Castle to convey their condolences is as follows:

- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Presidential Institutions of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Parliament of Romania and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Representatives of institutions of the Romanian State (National Bank, city and town halls, schools and universities, central and local institutions).
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the European Union, N.A.T.O., and international organisations.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Representatives of the Romanian Academy and the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and other religious institutions.

Access to Pelesh Castle will be on the basis of the lists communicated in advance to the Royal Protocol by the aforementioned institutions by e-mail at ofiter.protocol@palatulelisabeta.ro.

Members of the public will not have access to the Hall of Honour while the coffin lies in state at Pelesh Castle. The press will have limited access to the Hall of Honour.

Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 6.00 p.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken from Pelesh Castle and from 8.30 p.m. will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony of the arrival of the coffin in the Throne Room will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access.

All those who wish to lay flowers and to say a prayer at the catafalque of His Late Majesty King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, between 9.00 p.m. and midnight, Thursday, December 14, 2017, between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and Friday, December 15, 2017, between 08.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Entry will be free for everybody. The press will also have access.

Those coming to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are asked to abide by the following rules:

They should be dressed appropriately, in dark colours.
They should not be carrying shopping bags, other kinds of bags, or bulky luggage of any kind.
They should not be accompanied by children below the age of seven or by wheeling pushchairs.
They should not use cameras or mobile telephones or any other electronic devices. Out of respect for the solemnity of the occasion, it will be forbidden to film or take photographs.
They should have their identity cards with them.
Members of the public will not be allowed to lay flowers at the catafalque personally. Flowers shall be laid in the garden in front of the Royal Palace or on the pavement in front of the Palace railings. The staff of the Royal Household will be on hand to advise the public.
Those coming to the catafalque are asked not to bring books, letters, postcards, stamps, documents or photographs with them. These may be sent by post to the Elisabeta Palace after the event.
It is strictly forbidden to smoke or to use mobile telephones within the precincts of the Royal Palace.
They should cooperate with the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs during the security checks that will be carried out in the garden and inside the Royal Palace.
Running in the perimeter is strictly forbidden.
They should respect the program of activities and the travel route set by the organizers and the instructions of the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


A first-aid post will be in service during the period of access to the Royal Palace.

At 10.25 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.

At 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square, in front of the Palace. A military and religious ceremony will be held. The public will have free access to Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. The press will also have free access.

At 11.10 a.m., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. The funeral cortege will include, a part from the Royal Family, servicemen and women from the Ministry of National Defense and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

Between 11.30 a.m. and 12.45 p.m., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

Between 12.50 p.m. and 2.00 p.m., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. The press and members of the public will not have access.

At 2.00 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucureşti – Ploieşti Av.

At 2.40 p.m., His Majesty’s coffin will be transported in the Royal Train to Curtea de Argeș.

In the Royal Train will travel the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family of Romania. The press and public will have access in front of Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

The Royal Train will travel at low speed through the following cities: Chitila (2.51 p.m.) – Titu (3.41 p.m.) – Pitești (4.46 p.m.). All those who want to pay their respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are welcomed in the railway station of their city. 

The Royal Train will arrive at Curtea de Argeş Railway Station, at 5.30 p.m. The funeral cortege will travel from the railway station to Curtea de Arges Cathedral. The press and public will have access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

At 5.50 p.m., His Late Majesty’s burial service will take place in Curtea de Argeș Cathedral. At 6.20 p.m. His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken to the New New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral in a procession. The burial will end at 6.40 p.m. 

The ceremony will be attended only by the Custodian of the Crown, the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign Royal Families. The public will not be allowed past the front gates of the Park of the Curtea de Argeș Monastery.


The press will not be allowed inside the New Cathedral, either before or during the burial ceremony. The New Cathedral will be closed to visitors during the seven days following the funeral.

The Royal Family announces heavy mourning for 40 days and mourning for the first three months after the day of His Late Majesty’s passing.

For further details, please contact the Royal Secretariat and the Press Office by e-mail at secretariat-regal@palatulelisabeta.ro and by phone at +40 21 319 09 72.

Books of condolence are open at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei), and Elisabeta Palace. The public will be able to sign the books of condolence for forty days after the date of the decease.

Messages of condolence may also be left online, at the following address: http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/ 

Confirmed guests for King Michael's funeral




As of Tuesday morning, the confirmed royal guests for King Michael's funeral are:

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HRH The Prince of Wales

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 TM King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Monday, December 11, 2017

The funeral of King Michael - details

Funeral of King Michael I of Romania 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Saturday, December 16, 2017

I have edited the press accreditation email that I received earlier today with details about the funeral. 

The Romanian National Television (TVR) is the official broadcaster of the funeral.

Henri Coanda International Airport – Bucharest, Official Lounge
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11 A.M.

At 11 A.M., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport (Official Lounge) where a short religious service will be held.

Pelesh Castle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 P.M. – 6 P.M.
From 2 P.M. to 6 P.M., the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour of Pelesh Castle.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live from Pelesh Castle. Only the photographers will have access inside the Castle.

Royal Palace, Throne Hall
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 9 P.M. – 12 A.M.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 and Friday, December 15, 2017 – 7.00 A.M – 10 P.M.

At 8.30 P.M., His Late Majesty’s coffin will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access during the ceremony. Access will be granted afterward, from 9 P.M. to 12 A.M.
Also, all those who wish to lay flowers and say a prayer at the catafalque of King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M.


Royal Palace, Throne Hall and Royal Palace Square
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10.25 A.M. – 11.30 A.M.

At 10.25 A.M., a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.
At 10.55 A.M., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square. A military and religious ceremony will be held. 
At 11.20 A.M., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. At 11.30 A.M., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Throne Hall. 
The press will have free access only in the Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. 

Patriarchal Cathedral
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12.45 P.M. – 2 P.M.

From 12.45 P.M. to 2 P.M., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania.
From 2 P.M, the funeral cortege will travel to Baneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucuresti – Ploiesti Av.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Cathedral. 

Baneasa Royal Railway Station 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 
2.40 P.M. – The Royal Train departure to Curtea de Arges

The press will have free access in front of Baneasa Royal Railway Station.

Curtea de Arges Railway Station 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 
5.30 P.M. – The Royal Train arrival to Curtea de Arges

The press will have free access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

Curtea de Arges Cathedral
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 5.45 P.M. – 6.40 P.M.


5.45 P.M. – The Funeral Cortege arrives in front of Curtea de Arges Cathedral. King’s Michael coffin will be laid on a catafalque in the Cathedral.
5.50 P.M. to 6.20 P.M. – Short religious service inside the Cathedral.
6.20 P.M. to 6.30 P.M. – Funeral procession from the Cathedral to the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral. 
6.30 P.M. to 6.40 P.M. – Burial of His Late Majesty King Michael. The burial will be private. No media access. 

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Cathedral. 

Speech of Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown at the Solemn Session of the Romanian Parliament, 11 December 2017



Speech of Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown at the Solemn Session of the Romanian Parliament, 11 December 2017


Mr President of Romania,
Chairmen of the Senate and the Chamber,
Mr Prime Minister,
Your Beatitude, Your Eminence,
Ladies and gentlemen senators and deputies,
Your Excellencies,


The solemnity we participate in is organized to pay tribute to our King, so loved by the Romanian people and admired by the whole world. But the meaning of today’s distinguished assembly has deep roots in 150 years of modern history, full of tragic, as well as uplifting pages.

I lost, as it had the entire nation, a parent. In these difficult moments, we are united in our suffering.

The goodness and forgiveness of my father defeated all the evils of the last century. His wisdom assured the continuity of our country in moments of tragedy and unbearable suffering last century. Even when our King was far away from his country, Romanians saw him as a beacon. For almost a century, King Michael was part of the Romanian state fabric.

A new time starts for the Royal House. With the same values and principles as my father, I will continue to serve the fundamental interests of Romania. Like King Michael, I will devote my work to the Romanians from all over the world.

The Crown will continue to do everything possible, alongside the fundamental institutions of the State, for the country’s progress, in the European Union and NATO. The King has always believed it is our duty to be an integral part of such efforts.

Besides our activities for strengthening Romanian communities, and our charitable projects, my Family and I will continue, along the state institutions, to promote Romania’s true image and her interests globally.

The countries of the world need to know better what Romania achieved in 150 years, as a modern state, what we managed to build in the century that passed from the Great Union and what we accomplished after the fall of communism. Looking back, we can be proud of the progress of our nation.

In my parents’ heart there has always been a “tomorrow”. With the thought of that “tomorrow,” I am grateful to you for today.

So help us God!



Margareta,
Custodian of the Romanian Crown

https://youtu.be/sbs4NG1ud8g

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Updated: King Michael's funeral program

December 9, 2017
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household


Program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania


The Press Office of the Romanian Royal Household has been authorised to transmit the following updates regarding the program of the funeral of
King Michael I of Romania:


On Saturday, December 16, 2017, after the military and religious service in the Royal Palace Square, His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and will travel to the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

After the funeral mass that will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania, His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be placed inside the hearse and the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be transported from Bucharest to Curtea de Argeş in the Royal Train.

Please find below the updated program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania.

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Otopeni Airport, whence it will be conveyed by hearse to Pelesh Castle. The event will take place in the presence of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and the members of the Romanian Royal Family, representatives of the Romanian Government and of the Orthodox Church and members of the Royal Household. The press will have access to the ceremony. Members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour at Pelesh Castle. During this interval, the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family will be in Sinaia. The timetable for officials visiting Pelesh Castle to convey their condolences is as follows:

- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Presidential Institutions of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Parliament of Romania and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Representatives of institutions of the Romanian State (National Bank, city and town halls, schools and universities, central and local institutions).
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the European Union, N.A.T.O., and international organisations.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Representatives of the Romanian Academy and the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and other religious institutions.

Access to Pelesh Castle will be on the basis of the lists communicated in advance to the Royal Protocol by the aforementioned institutions by e-mail at ofiter.protocol@palatulelisabeta.ro.

Members of the public will not have access to the Hall of Honour while the coffin lies in state at Pelesh Castle. The press will have limited access to the Hall of Honour.

Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 6.00 p.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken from Pelesh Castle and from 8.30 p.m. will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony of the arrival of the coffin in the Throne Room will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access.

All those who wish to lay flowers and to say a prayer at the catafalque of His Late Majesty King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, between 9.00 p.m. and midnight, Thursday, December 14, 2017, between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and Friday, December 15, 2017, between 08.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Entry will be free for everybody. The press will also have access.

Those coming to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are asked to abide by the following rules:

Ø They should be dressed appropriately, in dark colours.
Ø They should not be carrying shopping bags, other kinds of bags, or bulky luggage of any kind.
Ø They should not be accompanied by children below the age of seven or by wheeling pushchairs.
Ø They should not use cameras or mobile telephones or any other electronic devices. Out of respect for the solemnity of the occasion, it will be forbidden to film or take photographs.
Ø They should have their identity cards with them.
Ø Members of the public will not be allowed to lay flowers at the catafalque personally. Flowers shall be laid in the garden in front of the Royal Palace or on the pavement in front of the Palace railings. The staff of the Royal Household will be on hand to advise the public.
Ø Those coming to the catafalque are asked not to bring books, letters, postcards, stamps, documents or photographs with them. These may be sent by post to the Elisabeta Palace after the event.
Ø It is strictly forbidden to smoke or to use mobile telephones within the precincts of the Royal Palace.

A first-aid post will be in service during the period of access to the Royal Palace.

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.

At 10.55 a.m. His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square, in front of the Palace. A military and religious ceremony will be held. The public will have free access to Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. The press will also have free access.

At 11.15 a.m., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. The funeral cortege will include, a part from the Royal Family, servicemen and women from the Ministry of National Defense and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

Between 11.25 a.m. and 12.15 p.m., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

Between 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. The press and members of the public will not have access.

At 2.00 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucureşti – Ploieşti Av.

In the Royal Train will travel the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family of Romania. The press and public will have access in front of Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

The Royal Train will arrive at Curtea de Argeş Railway Station, at a time that will be made public soon. The funeral cortege will travel form the railway station to the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral. The press and public will have access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

His Late Majesty’s burial service will take place in the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral in Curtea de Arges  at a time that will be announced shortly. The ceremony will be attended only by the Custodian of the Crown, the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign Royal Families. The public will not be allowed past the front gates of the Park of the Curtea de Arge  Monastery.

The press will not be allowed inside the New Cathedral, either before or during the burial ceremony. The New Cathedral will be closed to visitors during the seven days following the funeral.

The Royal Family announces heavy mourning for 40 days and mourning for the first three months after the day of His Late Majesty’s passing.

For further details, please contact the Royal Secretariat and the Press Office by e-mail at secretariat-regal@palatulelisabeta.ro and by phone at +40 21 319 09 72.

Books of condolence are open from today at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei), and Elisabeta Palace. The public will be able to sign the books of condolence for forty days after the date of the decease.

Messages of condolence may also be left online, at the following address: http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nicholas Medforth-Mills will attend King Michael's funeral

@ Monarhia salvează România


Earlier this week, Nicholas Medforth-Mills, the estranged grandson of the late King Michael of Romania. will be attending the state funeral, his lawyer has confirmed.

Earlier this week,  Nicholas sent a letter to the Royal house requesting that he be able to attend the funeral as a family member.  His lawyer, Radu Enache, said that Nicholas had not received a response as of Thursday.  The lack of response led to Nicholas stating that he would attend the funeral as a private citizen.

Earlier today, Traian Sirca, an official of the Royal House, sent a response to Mr. Enache.     Mr. Medforth-Mills  will have an official place at the funeral. He will be accompanied by his fiancee, Alina-Maria Binder. 

Mr. Sirca will be the intermediary between the Royal House and Nicholas Medforth-Mills, who will remain in the country and will participate in the funeral events.


https://www.libertatea.ro/stiri/principele-nicolae-cerut-casei-regale-sa-fie-primit-la-funeraliile-regelui-mihai-2069250

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Margarita arrives in Aubonne



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 Crown Princess Margarita of Romania arrived on Wednesday at the late King Michael's private residence in Aubonne, Switzerland.  She has been joined by three of her sisters,. Princess Helen and her husband, Alexander Nixon,  Princess Sophie,  and Princess Marie, who was with her father when he died.

The four sisters are expected to attend several ceremonies that will be organized to commemorate the life of King Michael.

The late king's third daughter, Irina Walker, who lives in Oregon, will be traveling to Bucharest at the weekend.

Romanian news sources are reporting that the late King's grandson, Nicholas,  will not be banned from attending the funeral, but it is not known at this time if he will be allowed to join the family.

Orthodox prayers will be said nightly at the Aubonne residence until December 10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=td2F_cWFhBI


https://www.historia.ro/sectiune/actualitate/articol/principelui-nicolae-nu-i-se-va-interzice-participarea-la-funeraliile-regelui-mihai

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

King Michael and Prince Philip as children

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

Looking through several of my photo albums (for another photo) and I found this image.

This photo was taken circa 1927 when Philip and his two eldest sisters, Margarita and Theodora, went to Romania to stay with Queen Helen and young King Michael.

During this visit, Philip and his sisters spent time at the "dilapidated Cotroceni palace" in Bucharest, before "repairing in the heat of high summer" either to Peles Castle in Sinaia, high in the Carpathian Mountains or to "the newly built Mamaia Palace at the mouth of the Danube on the Black Sea," according to Philip Eade's excellent biography Prince Philip.  

Michael was not even six years old when he succeeded his grandfather, King Ferdinand, in 1927.   This photo may have been taken at Mamaia in the summer of 1927.  Michael's "new status" as king made no real difference to the children's play, although, according to another of their playmates, their cousin, Princess Alexandra of Greece, the only child of the late King Alexander,  who was Queen Helen's brother, who noticed that "there were always more people about."

In 1927,  Prince Philip started at the Elms, a "progressive American kindergarten," in Paris, where his classmates included his cousins, Prince Jacques and Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma.  Their mother was Princess Margarethe of Denmark.     In June 1948,  Princess Anne married King Michael of Romania.

In December 1936,  Philip spent a part of his Christmas holiday with Michael, who had become the Crown Prince, after his wayward father, Carol, took the throne in 1930, and Helen at her home, Villa Sparta in Florence.



http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2017/12/books-about-king-michael.html

Proclamation to the Nation by the Custodian of the Crown of Romania

Proclamation to the Nation by the Custodian of the Crown of Romania



Called to succeed the good King Michael, who bequeathed to me the sacred legacy of his faith in and love of Romania, I shall continue his work and abide by his covenant.

In the effort to develop and consolidate the country, I shall have for a model the example set by our father and his belief in the destiny of the Romanian people.

I express my deep gratitude to the four previous generations of my family, who created the bond between nation and Royal House. One and a half centuries have brought Romania modern institutions, development, consolidation, and openness to the rest of the world.

During his long life, the fourth king of Romania found succour in faith, hope, and patience. In every circumstance, he responded with justice and, where possible, with forgiveness.

I am certain that in future Romanians will continue to love the Crown and to be united in mind and deed, for the sake of national advancement in the context of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

With deep feeling and honour, with a sense of duty, as a good Romanian and Custodian of the crown, I dedicate my life and work to our nation and to Romanians all over the world.

So help us God!


Margareta,
Custodian of the Crown of Romania

Funeral details for the late King Michael



Program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania


On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Otopeni Airport, whence it will be conveyed by hearse to Pelesh Castle. The event will take place in the presence of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and the members of the Romanian Royal Family, representatives of the Romanian Government and of the Orthodox Church and members of the Royal Household. The press will have access to the ceremony. Members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour at Pelesh Castle. During this interval, the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family will be in Sinaia. The timetable for officials visiting Pelesh Castle to convey their condolences is as follows:

- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Presidential Institutions of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Parliament of Romania and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Representatives of institutions of the Romanian State (National Bank, city and town halls, schools and universities, central and local institutions).
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the European Union, N.A.T.O., and international organisations.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Representatives of the Romanian Academy and the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and other religious institutions.

Access to Pelesh Castle will be on the basis of the lists communicated in advance to the Royal Protocol by the aforementioned institutions by e-mail at ofiter.protocol@palatulelisabeta.ro.

Members of the public will not have access to the Hall of Honour while the coffin lies in state at Pelesh Castle. The press will have limited access to the Hall of Honour.

Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 6.00 p.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken from Pelesh Castle and from 8.30 p.m. will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony of the arrival of the coffin in the Throne Room will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access.

All those who wish to lay flowers and to say a prayer at the catafalque of His Late Majesty King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, between 9.00 p.m. and midnight, Thursday, December 14, 2017, between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and Friday, December 15, 2017, between 08.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Entry will be free for everybody. The press will also have access.

Those coming to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are asked to abide by the following rules:

* They should be dressed appropriately, in dark colours.
* They should not be carrying shopping bags, other kinds of bags, or bulky luggage of any kind.
* They should not be accompanied by children below the age of seven or by wheeling pushchairs.
* They should not use cameras or mobile telephones or any other electronic devices. Out of respect for the solemnity of the occasion, it will be forbidden to film or take photographs.
* They should have their identity cards with them.
* Members of the public will not be allowed to lay flowers at the catafalque personally. Flowers shall be laid in the garden in front of the Royal Palace or on the pavement in front of the Palace railings. The staff of the Royal Household will be on hand to advise the public.
* Those coming to the catafalque are asked not to bring books, letters, postcards, stamps, documents or photographs with them. These may be sent by post to the Elisabeta Palace after the event.
* It is strictly forbidden to smoke or to use mobile telephones within the precincts of the Royal Palace.

A first-aid post will be in service during the period of access to the Royal Palace.

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.

At 10.55 a.m. His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square, in front of the Palace. A military and religious ceremony will be held. The public will have free access to Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. The press will also have free access.

At 11.15 a.m., the coffin will be placed inside the hearse.

Between 11.25 a.m. and 12.15 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel at low speed along the following route: Royal Palace Square – Calea Victoriei – Unirii Square –Patriarchal Cathedral.

Between 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. The press and members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.20 p.m. the funeral cortege will travel taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Mogo oaia – Buftea – Titu – Găe ti – Topoloveni – Pite ti – Curtea de Arge . The cortege will not make any stops during this journey but will slow down when passing through towns and villages.

At 6.45 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, His Late Majesty’s burial service will be officiated in the New Royal and Episcopal Cathedral in Curtea de Arge . The ceremony will be attended only by the Custodian of the Crown, the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign royal families. The public will not be allowed past the front gates of the Park of the Curtea de Arge  Monastery. 

The press will not be allowed inside the New Cathedral, either before or during the burial ceremony. The New Cathedral will be closed to visitors during the seven days following the funeral.

The Royal Family announces heavy mourning for 40 days and mourning for the first three months after the day of His Late Majesty’s passing.

For further details, please contact the Royal Secretariat and the Press Office by e-mail at secretariat-regal@palatulelisabeta.ro and by phone at +40 21 319 09 72.

Books of condolence are open from today at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei), and Elisabeta Palace. The public will be able to sign the books of condolence for forty days after the date of the decease.

Messages of condolence may also be left online, at the following address: http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Photos from King Michael's 90th birthday

I was one of the guests at the 90th birthday celebrations for Michael's birthday at the Elisabeta Palace in October 2011.

I had to borrow a camera from a friend as mine was at the repair shop and would not be ready in time for my trip.


King Michael and Queen Anne


Princess Anne deLigne 

Talking with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg


HRH Princess Marie with her father

Simeon of Bulgaria, Michael, Maria and George of Russia


Queen Anne, Queen Sofia, Princess Marie, King Michael and King Simeon

Michael and his youngest daughter, Princess Marie



Queen Anne, Queen Sofia, Marlene Koenig and King Michael

talking with Prince Nikola of Montenegro

Prince Nikola of Montenegro

Archduke Dominic of Austria

Christmas cards from King Michael and Queen Anne













King Michael - a statement from Karl Iohannis, President of Romania : State Funeral




Condolence message sent by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis
The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, gladly received the news of the death of His Majesty King Michael I.

"The remarkable personality of contemporary Romania, serving its country with much commitment and responsibility, presumably reigning over the most troubled period of the twentieth century, the King always knew to be a model of behavior and attitude. By the way he acted as head of our state, through the courage and dedication he showed, Michael transformed the phrase "King and the Homeland" into one that defined his whole life.

With faith and confidence in his mission, Michael I reigned over times when democracy was put to the test and where respect for human rights was a difficult task. However, its role in the vicinity of European values ​​is fully known today. He strongly opposed extremism in trying to save his country and people, and that is why he deserves our respect and homage.

The last head of state of a belligerent power during the Second World War and the Marshal of the Romanian Army, Mihai I, contributed decisively to the shortening of the war and the saving of hundreds of thousands of human lives. The King defended all his powers and prerogatives statehood in the most difficult times of the reign.

A historic injustice removed him from the throne and banished him from the country, but this sad event did not prevent him from exalting the Exile bitterly to the authentic values ​​and the unswerving faith that Romania would return to the natural status of a democratic European state.

After 1989, kept away from his country and his people, the King continued to militate for the advancement of Romania. The diplomatic tours and missions for Romania's accession to NATO and the European Union show us the devotion that remained unconditionally faithful to his Nation. His inspiring model proves that for Mihai I to be in the service of the country was a profession of faith.
Through all that he has done, King Mihai put his entire life at the service of the Romanian nation and served with denial, dignity and responsibility the country in which he was born.

For these merits, the Government will organize the state funeral for Mihai I, according to his rank and merits. Thus, we will show that we are respecting our history and that we know to honor a great state man.

I also express my hope that the Romanian society and its political representatives will not let Mihai I's inheritance be lost. We still need in our public life the continuity of the actions of the Royal Family, which has proven so many times the utility and sense of duty as well as the loyalty to the fundamental interests of the Romanian state.

I send my condolences to the Royal Family.
God rest in peace! "

At the same time, the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, sent a letter of condolences to His Royal Highness Princess Margareta.
Source: The Presidency of Romania

Declaration from the new head of the House of Romania: Crown Princess Margareta

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Declaration of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania


Romanians,

Our country lost King Michael I. For over nine decades, he dedicated to Romania all the strenghts that God bestowed onto him. And death alone could put an end to his tireless and patient work.

We have all suffered an immense loss. A personal loss as well as a loss for our entire Nation. We mourn together, knowing that we are united in our sorrow. Praying to God will give us strengh, in this terrible moment.

An example of unwavering devotion to his people, with a high sense of duty and strong principles, he wrote the most valuable page in the contemporary history of our nation.

His kindness and compasion defeated all villainy of the past century, and his wisdom ensured the constancy of our identity, in times of serious deviation from the natural path of our State and Nation. The King was part of the fabric of our people and we are all very proud of him.

By his work, King Michael continued the ties that bind the Royal Family to the Romanian Nation. For our tomorrow, he gave us his today.

A new time starts for my Family and for the Royal House of Romania. Inspired by the same sentiments as my father, I will continue his work, for the fulfillment of our mission towards the Romanian people.

So God help us!


Margareta
Custodian of the Crown of Romania

  5 December 2017


Statement from Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills



A statement from Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills on the death of his grandfather, King Michael:




Today, Romania lost its king and one of the greatest leaders of the century Europe, a symbol of debt to his country. My grandfather was the leader who loved his country and her people!
Today I lost my best friend, my grandfather, but I consider myself a lucky man because I had the privilege to be raised and formed by him, with my duty to the country and the promise that I will always try to make him proud Me.

Grandpa, I'll miss you and I won't forget you taught me about real values, immortal in time.
Rest in peace!

Crown Prince Alexander sends condolences on death of King Michael

Photo - courtesy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander



CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER SENDS CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF ROMANIAN KING MICHAEL

Belgrade, 5 December 2017 – The Royal Family of Serbia announces with great sorrow that His Majesty King Michael of Romania passed away at the age of 96. King Michael was the son of Her Majesty Queen Maria’s brother (Carol II) and Queen Helen who was a sister of Greek King Alexander I, grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

The Royal Family sent condolences and deepest sympathy to Crown Princess Margarita and the entire Romanian Royal Family.

King Michael, a great-great-grandson of Britain's Queen Victoria, first acceded to the Romanian throne in 1927 when he was six, ruling for three years after his father Carol II renounced his rights to the throne. He became king again in 1940 after Carol abdicated again. King Michael reigned until communists forced him to abdicate on the last day of 1947.

King Michael of Romania has died Official announcement


Bucharest 2011  @Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

His Majesty King Michael of Romania died earlier today at home in Aubonne, Switzerland. He was 96 years old.

Royal Musings will be updating this article throughout the day.

Here are several good obituaries for you to read.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/michael-i-last-king-of-romania-and-a-cold-war-exile-dies-at-96/2017/12/05/6549aec8-d9b2-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.694725dbb024

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/05/michael-1-of-romania

https://www.romania-insider.com/officials-react-king-michael-death/


https://www.romania-insider.com/officials-react-king-michael-death/
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household
December 5, 2017

The Press Office His Majesty the King is authorized to issue the following communiqué:

His Majesty King Michael I of Romania died today, the 5th of December 2017 in Switzerland, at 12 p.m. (Geneva time).

Her Royal Highness Princess Marie was at the King’s bedside.

Tonight, at 7 p.m., the Custodian of the Crown of Romania will address the nation.

A detailed program of the funeral will be made public tomorrow.

The King will lie in state in the Hall of Honour of Pelesh Castle, then for two days in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Bucharest. The funeral mass will take place at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. The burial will take place in the New Royal and Episcopal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges.

According to the decision of the Custodian of the Crown, King Michael I’s funeral will respect the tradition of His Late Majesty’s predecessors.

Tomorrow, books of condolence will be opened at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace and Elisabeta Palace. They will be available to the public for the next 40 days. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/

All those who wish to bring flowers or lay wreaths are invited to do so at the Royal Palace in Calea Victoriei, in front of the main entrance.



http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2017/12/books-about-king-michael.html

Monday, December 4, 2017

Leopold III back in London - a romance perhaps

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 December 4, 1937


King Leopold III of the Belgians is back in England just three weeks after his state visit to the country, reports the Chicago Tribune.    His "unexpected appearance" has set tongues wagging that the widower King has "come to woo" Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, the granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Portland.

The King has been accompanied by his mother, Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians, and they are "strictly incognito" as private guests of the Duke and Duchess at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

The Belgian royal family are long time friends with the Portland, but this is the first time that Queen Elisabeth has visited them since the death of King Albert in 1934.

Despite "denials in Brussels and London" that King Leopold wants to marry Lady Anne, who lives with her father, the Marquess of Titchfield, the heir to the dukedom," London's gossips believe that a "romance is afoot."

The King's Lord Chamberlain said that "the king and his mother are paying a purely private visit to England, and we denied the marriage rumors before leaving Brussels."

There have been reports that Leopold was seeking a "mother for his children" since not long after the death of his wife, Queen Astrid, in a car accident in August 1935.

The king has three young children, Princess Josephine, 10, Crown Prince Baudouin,7, and three-year-old, Prince Albert.

King Leopold is 36 years old and Lady Anne is 21.  Their marriage would link the Belgian royal house with a "great Anglo-Dutch family."   Lady Anne is said to be "tall and attractive:" and a keen huntswoman.   She is expected to meet with the King tomorrow.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2008/12/lady-anne-cavendish-bentinck.html

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lady Frederick Windsor seriously injured in car crash


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Several British news organizations, including the Daily Mail are reporting that British actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, has been seriously injured in a car crash in Essex.

Sophie, who is styled officially as the Lady Frederick Windsor, is now recovering at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, having been initially treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.  The accident happened ten days ago.

Lady Frederick, who uses her maiden name for her acting career,  was being driven back to her home after filming an American television series near Saffron Waldon, in Essex.  The 37-year-old actress was involved in a head-on collision that has left her, reportedly, with a "suspected broken back and broken foot."

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She was sitting in the back seat in the chauffeur-driven car when another car, trying to avoid hitting a deer, swerved straight into Lady Frederick's car.   Both drivers were also injured.

According to the Daily Mail report,  there were fears that Lady Frederick was "more gravely injured" due to the "horrifically mangled wreckage."

One source told the Mail that "It will be a long road for her, but we're all so thankful that she's been told there won't be any long-term problems."

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Lady Frederick was en route home after filming Trust, a new American TV series, directed by Danny Boyle, that is scheduled to premiere on FX in January 2018.  The 10-episode series will focus on the Getty family.  The first season is set in 1973 and focuses on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The marriage between Lord Frederick Windsor, now 38, and Miss Winkleman took place at the chapel at Hampton Court on September 12, 2009.   Lord Frederick is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  Prince Michael, a first cousin of the Queen, is the younger son of the late Prince George Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

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Lord and Lady Frederick are the parents of two daughters,  4-year-old Maud, who is in the same class as Prince George of Cambridge, at Thomas's, Battersea, and Isabella, who will celebrate her second birthday in January.



Lord Frederick is a Vice President with J.P. Morgan Private Bank.