Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Countly godparents to my great-grandfather!

Schloss Sonnewalde  ... where great-great oma was a maid!
I was doing family history research and discovered that my great-grandfather, Theodor Bernhard Volmar and his twin brother, Carl-Richard, were the godsons of Theodor, Count of Solms-Sonnewalde and his sister, Countess Clementine.

Great-grandfather Theodor and great-uncle Carl-Richard were born in Berlin on May 6, 1868 in Berlin, the children of Gustav Adolph Bernhard Volmar and Marie Caroline Fischwasser, who was a maid at Schloss Sonnewalde.   They married in 1865 at the Gnaden-Invaliden-Kirche, Berlin.  She apparently had an illegitimate son from a previous relationship. 

Marie Caroline was baptized on February 12, 1837 at the Lutheran church in Gossmar, Prussia.  One of her godparents was Voigt in Sonnewalde.

Apparently, there is a book about the Fischwasser family:  Die Chronik der Familie Fischwasser in der Herrschaft Sonnewalde

Marie Caroline must have been a very good maid to the Solms-Sonnewalde family.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Palazzo Papadopoli - Grand Canal

It appears that the newly married Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney (he's a Hollywood star, she's a high profile lawyer) had one of their wedding receptions this past weekend at the Aman Grand Canal hotel in Venice.

The hotel is the Palazzo Papadopoli in the San Polo area of Venice.  The palazzo is owned by Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, who is married to HRH Princess Bianca of Savoy-Aosta, eldest child of HRH Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, and his first wife, HRH Princess Claude of Orleans, a daughter of the late Count and Countess of Paris.

Count Giberto and Princess Bianca and their five children  live on the top floor of the palazzo.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Death of Jane Scrivener, 4th cousin of George VI

From today's Daily Telegraph.

(Mary Alice Olga Sofia Jane), previously Hohler, née Lane, widow of Ronald Scrivener CMG, died 20th September 2014 aged 95. Mother of Olga, Philippa, Frederick and Robert, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 13. Funeral (family flowers only) at St. Etheldreda’s, Fulham on Tuesday 7th October at 2pm]

Jane was the daughter of Olga Mary Adelaide Fitzgeorge (1877-1928) and her second husband, Robert Charlton Lane (1873-1943.)   She was a fourth cousin of the late King George VI.

Olga was the daughter of Sir Adolphus Augustus Frederick Fitzgeorge (1846-1922) and his first wife, Sophia Jane Holden, and thus a granddaughter of HRH Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, who was a first cousin of Queen Victoria.   She was named for her godmother, Queen Olga of the Hellenes. On the occasion of her first marriage in 1897 to Archibald Hamilton, which took place at St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square,  Olga wore a pearl heart that Queen Olga had given to her at her christening.

Sir Adolphus was the second of three sons born to Sarah Fairbrother, and the Duke of Cambridge.  He was born in 1846, a year before the Duke married Sarah.  This marriage was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act, which meant that the three sons (two of whom were born illegitimate) would not have royal titles, succession rights to the throne or to the Cambridge ducal title.  They used the surname Fitzgeorge, the Fitz largely signifying their illegitimate descent.  The Duke of Clarence's illegitimate children by Dorothea Jordan used the surname Fitzclarence.

Jane was born on June 4, 1919 in London at her parents' home on South Eaton Place.  The birth announcement in the Times was brief:   "Lane: on the 4th June at 1 South Eaton Place, the wife of Major R.C. Lane, RAF, a daughter"

Sir Adolphus was a first cousin to Queen Mary as her mother, Mary Adelaide, and the Duke of Cambridge were siblings.

Jane was married twice.  Her first husband was Edward Christopher Hohler. They married at Church of Thomas a Becket on November 14, 1939.  This marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1961.  She married Ronald Stratford Scrivener (1919-2001) in London on May 14, 1962.

Jane and Christopher were the parents of four children: Olga Mary (1940), Philippa Caroline Jane (1942), Frederick Christopher Gerald (1943) and Robert Henry Adolphus (1947)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Little Princess gets ten names!

September 25, 1934

Italy's newest princess was baptized today in a private ceremony in Naples.  The "black haired baby" was born last night to Crown Princess Marie José and Crown Prince Umberto of Italy, reports the Associated Press.

The princess has received ten names: Maria Pia Elena Elisabetta Margherita, Melina Mafalda Ludovika Tecla Gennara.  She will be known as Princess Maria Pia.

Princess Maria Pia is the first child of the Crown Prince and Princess.  Her birth "set all Italy to rejoicing," and her grandfather, King Vittorio Emanuele III was so pleased that he "signed an amnesty releasing Italians prisoned for two years or less, for certain crimes."

The baby was baptized with the water from the River Jordan and from the River Piave, where Italian armies "won their great victory in the World War."

The baptism took place in the room next to the Crown Princess's chamber in the presence of Crown Prince Umberto, Queen Elena of Italy and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, the Crown Princess' mother.

Maria Pia weight 8 and 3/4 lbs.

An interview with Prince Michael of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II,  recently sat down with Country Life for an interview

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Duke Anton-Günther's death notice

Missing from this death notice:  Duke Anton-Gunther's brothers, Duke Peter (and his wife) and Egilmar.
Claudia Reiche is Duchess Helene's partner.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The baptism of Princess Katharina of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Katharina of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was baptized on September 14 at Schloss Callenberg. She is the first born child of Hereditary Prince Hubertus and and his American-born wife, Princess Kelly.

About 60 guests attended the baptism, which was conducted according to the rites of the Lutheran church.  The little princess' godparents are Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover,  Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, Countess Katharina of Faber-Castell and Prince Konstantin of Bulgaria.

Crown Princess Victoria's grandmother, Princess Sybilla was a princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who married Hereditary Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden (both were descendants of Queen Victoria.)   Hubertus'  paternal great-grandmother, Duchess Viktoria Adelheid, the wife of Duke Carl Eduard -- and parents of Princess Sybilla -- was born a princess of Schleswig-Holstein and a first cousin of Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein, who married Prince Ernst August of Hannover, the grandparents of the Hereditary Prince Ernst August.

The death of Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg

Photos courtesy of Art Beeche/

Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg died on September 20 at Gut Güldenstein at  Harmsdorf.  He was 91 years old.   He was the eldest son of Nikolaus, the last Grand Duke of Oldenburg and Princess Helene of Waldeck und Pyrmont.

Anton-Gunther Friedrich August Josiah Duke of Oldenburg was born on January 23, 1923 at Lensahn.  He succeeded as his father as head of the Grand Ducal house in 1970.

On August 7, 1951,  Duke Anton-Gunther married Princess Amelie of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg.  They had two children, Duchess Helene Elisabeth Margarete Bathildis (1953) and Duke Christian (1955).

He is survived by his widow, Duchess Amelie, his daughter, Helene, his son, Christian and his wife, Caroline and their four children, Alexander, Philipp, Anton and Katharina, his brothers, Duke Peter (who was married to Duchess Amelie's younger sister, Gertrud), Duke Egilmar, Duke Friedrich August, Huno, and his sisters,  Eilika, Princess of Leiningen, and Baroness Duchess Altburg, Baroness von Erffa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Duke Christian succeeds his father as head of the Oldenburg grand ducal family.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Report Prince Adalbert dead

September 22, 1914

A dispatch to the London Morning Post to Copenhagen states that Prince Adalbert, son of the German Emperor, has died in Brussels.  The news has "greatly astonished" the German Embassy in Copenhagen as they declare they have not "received any information to this effect."

Prince Adalbert is the third son of Wilhelm II.  He married Princess Adelheid of Saxe-Meiningen on August 3.

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz: 30 years of marriage

Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Walburga Countess Douglas out of Parliament

Trond Noren Isaksen's blog takes note that Walburga Countess Douglas (Archduchess Walburga of Austria) has lost her seat in the Swedish parliament.

Walburga Habsburg Douglas, who also served as vice-president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly, was first elected in 2006.

During a visit to Virginia in November 2012, Walburga suffered a severe stroke and spent several months in a Washington, D.C., hospital.   She has since made a full recovery.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Constantine and Anne Marie celebrate 50 years of marriage

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The 50th wedding anniversary celebrations were held at the Yacht Club in Piraeus, Greece. 

The guest list:

Princess Alexia
Carlos Morales Quintana...
Crown Prince Pavlos
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Prince Nikolaos
Princess Tatiana
Prince Philippos
Princess Theodora

Queen Sofia of Spain
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
Princess Irene of Greece
Queen Margrethe of Denmark
Princess Benedikte of Denmark
Prince Michael of Greece
Princess Marina of Greece
Archduchess Helen of Austria
King Simeon of Bulgaria
Queen Margarita of Bulgaria
Count Ingolf of Rosenborg
Countess Sussie of Rosenborg
Countess Karin of Rosenborg
Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia
Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia
The Margrave of Baden
The Margravine of Baden
Prince Ludwig of Baden
Princess Marianne of Baden
Count Hans-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach
Countess Henriette zu Toerring-Jettenbach
Princess Tatiana, Mrs Fruchaud
Dr John Fruchaud
Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan
Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
Crown Princess Margarita of Romania
Prince Radu of Romania

Prince Ernst August of Hanover

what the 80s bride wore!

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

The marriage on May 31, 1980 between Hereditary Prince Johannes of Thurn und Taxis and Countess Mariae Gloria of Schönburg-Glauchau

Johannes succeeded his father, Karl August, as the 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis on April 26, 1982.

Johannes was 53 years old at the time of his marriage.   He turned 54 on June 5, 1980.   Countess Gloria was 20 years old.

A selection of Romanov photos

All from my collection.

Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duke Michael

Empress Marie Feodorovna with Grand Duke George, Tsarevitch Nicholas, Grand Duchess Xenia, Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duke Michael in 1884

a young Empress Marie (Dagmar of Denmark)

Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia, daughter of Grand Duke George and Princess Marie of Greece

Athens 1882:  Prince Constantine, King George I, Prince George of Wales, Queen Olga, Prince George, Prince Albert Victor, Princess Alexandra, Princess Marie & Prince Nicholas

Grand Duke Paul and Princess Alexandra of Greece

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich

Russian, Greek and Danish royal families, perhaps at Fredensborg

Grand Duchess Marie and Grand Duchess Xenia

Nicholas II

King George I of the Hellenes, Empress Marie, Prince Nicholas, Queen Olga, Crown Prince Constantine, Alexander III, Princess Marie  at Peterhof

Grand Duke Alexis

Anne Marie and Benedikte walking

Although there is not date on this photo in my collection, I would say that it was taken before Anne Marie's marriage.  She is walking with her sister, Princess Benedikte

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection