Saturday, February 28, 2015

Romanian post office honors King Michael

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Princess Isabelle of Bourbon-Parma

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A girl for the Battenbergs

February 25, 1885

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

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

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

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

February 25, 1905

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

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

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

Oh, yes, the photo has been published before!

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

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

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

From Philip Ziegler's  King Edward VIII

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Margaret sings in the bath

February 24, 1955

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

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

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

France not concerned with Victor Napoleon's marriage

February 24, 1905

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Snow Princess turns 3

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

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bulletin: Kaiser to attend funeral

February 20, 1895

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany will attend the funeral of Archduke Albrecht of Austria, according to a Berlin dispatch from Central News to the New York Times.

Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, died at Arco on February 18.  He was 77 years  old.  

The late Habsburg military general will receive a state funeral.

Albrecht married Princess Hildegard of Bavaria in 1844.  She died in 1864, at the age of 38, after becoming ill with pleurisy while she was in Munich to attend the funeral of her brother, King Maximilian II.  They had three children: Archduchess Maria Theresia (1845) who is married to Duke Philipp of Württemberg, Archduke Karl (1847-1848), and Archduchess Mathilde (1849-1867).

He is survived by his daughter, Maria Theresia, four grandchildren (Duke Albrecht, Duchess Maria Isabella (wife of Prince Johann Georg of Saxony), and Dukes Robert and Ulrich,  and two great-grandsons, Duke Philipp Albrecht and Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg.

Archduke Albrecht's nephew, Archduke Friedrich, succeeds to the Teschen title, and also inherits his uncle's massive fortune.

Rumors of a royal wedding in Saxony

February 20, 1905

Kaiser Wilhelm II greatly "desires" that King Friedrich August III of Saxony to marry again, now he is divorced from his wife, Louise, reports the New York Times from Berlin.

Wilhelm II would like the bride to be a German princess.   It is believed that 30-year-old Princess Feodora of Schleswig-Holstein, youngest sister of Empress Auguste Viktoria, is most "likely to be chosen" to be King Friedrich August's second wife.

Carl Eduard to marry Holstein princess

February 20, 1905

In her latest column, the Marquise de Fontenoy considers the recently announced engagement of the young Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Viktoria Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg as "satisfactory match" that will strengthen Duke Carl Eduard's position in Germany.

The match was no doubt engineered by the Duke's first cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm II, as the bride-to-be is the niece of Empress Auguste Viktoria.

Duke Carl Eduard was born in England, as a "prince of the reigning house of Great Britain," as the posthumous son of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, who died several months before his birth.   His early education took place in England.  He was a pupil at Eton, when he became the heir to the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha duchy, which meant that his entire life was uprooted to Germany.    

Marrying a German princess, especially one with close ties to the German Kaiser, can only help Duke Carl Eduard, who will celebrate his 21st birthday, and reach his  majority in July.  When that time comes,  the Duke will "assume the reigns of government of the grand duchies," which have been administered by the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, whose wife, Princess Alexandra, was the third daughter of the late Duke Alfred of Saxe-Coburg Gotha,  who died in 1900.

The Duke was also the Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who became the heir to Coburg duchies, succeeding his childless paternal uncle, Duke Ernst II.  After the tragic death of his only son, Hereditary Prince Alfred in 1899,  the succession devolved on his nephew, the young Duke of Albany, the only son of Duke Alfred's youngest brother, Leopold.  

Queen Victoria's fourth son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, and his only son, Prince Arthur of Connaught, renounced their rights in favor of Prince Charles Edward, now known as Carl Eduard.

Since leaving Eton,  Carl Eduard has been educated in Germany, under the supervision of his cousin, the Kaiser, along with the latter's second son, Prince Eitel Friedrich, who has become one of Carl Eduard's closest "chums."

The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha's marriage will "coincide" with the celebration of his majority.  An early marriage may be a good thing, as the "companionship of a lovely bride" will go far to keep Carl Eduard from "following the example of nearly all his predecessors," most of whom were "unenviably famed for their profligacy, their drunkenness and their eccentricities."

The future Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is a firm favorite of her aunt, the Empress Auguste Viktoria as she is the child of her favorite sister, Caroline Mathilde, who is married to Duke Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein.    They don't spent a lot of time at the court of Berlin or Potsdam, preferring to make their home in the "picturesque and beautiful castle of Glücksburg" in Holstein.

Empress Auguste Viktoria makes "long visits" to her sister each year. 

The young Duke of Saxe-Coburg is by all accounts "a nice young fellow," and there is good reason to believe that Princess Viktoria Adelheid's future will be a happy one.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Queen Victoria holds first levee

February 19, 1840

Queen Victoria held her first levee of the season today at St. James's Palace, reports the Court Circular.

The Queen and Prince Albert traveled from Buckingham Palace, and were attended by their suite.  They were escorted by a "party of Life Guards."    The Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge were present, as were the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his elder son, the Hereditary Prince.

The levee took place in the Throne Room.  Prince Albert took his place by the Queen's side.  Several hundred people were presented to the Queen from diplomats and ambassadors to military personnel and members of the peerage.

President Roosevelt sends message to Nicholas II

February 19, 1905

President Theodore Roosevelt has sent a message of condolence through Ambassador McCormick to Russian Emperor Nicholas II, reports the New York Times.'

The message contains a "strong expression of the abhorrence with which the American Government and people" view the recent assassination of the Emperor's uncle, Grand Duke Serge.

The Grand Duke was killed when a bomb was thrown at his carriage as he left his palace in Moscow on February 17.