Thursday, May 28, 2015

The newest QVD

Congratulations to Louise (nee Nicholson) and Charles Morshead on the birth of their first child, Rory, who was born May 27th at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Louise is the eldest child of  Captain Mark and Hon. Katharine Nicholson.

The Hon Katharine Nicholson, heir presumptive to her mother, Lady Saltoun, and is a descendant of Queen Victoria through her late father, Alexander Ramsay of Mar, only child of Princess Patricia of Connaught and the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.

Mr. Morshead is the director of Dance Floor Ltd., in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Complete set of Var Kungafamilj up for sale on Ebay

I am weeding my book collection - and putting up for sale on Ebay  35 volumes of Var Kungafamilj, the Swedish annual yearbook (1976-2009) from the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf to Crown Princess Victoria's engagement.  USA only.

Frederik returns to Denmark with his bride

May 26, 1935

More than one hundred thousand Danes and Swedes welcomed the newly married Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark, when they arrived on board the Danish royal yacht, Dannebrog, this afternoon, reported the New York Times.

There were "four salutes of twenty-one guns" as the couple "rowed ashore to drive through cheering crowds to the Amalienborg Castle in an open carriage."

After arriving at the castle, the  Crown Prince and Crown Princess appeared on the balcony, and waved to the "immense crowd in the square within the castle walls."

This reception far exceeds anything I expected," Frederik told the crowd.  "I am ever so grateful to everyone. Let my first act, after having carried my bride home, be to toast our country.

The crowd sang the Danish and Swedish national anthems.  King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine joined the young couple on the balcony.

Fireworks appeared in the sky throughout the city.  This evening, the foreign diplomatic corps attended a dinner given by the king and queen in honor of the newlyweds.

Crown Prince Frederik married Princess Ingrid of Sweden on May 24th in Stockholm. 

Archduchess Blanca wants son buried in Vienna

May 26, 1930

Archduchess Blanca of Austria has requested the Austrian government to permit her son, Archduke Rainer, who died yesterday, to be "buried in the traditional resting place of the Habsburgs, the crypt of the Capuchin monks of Vienna," reports the New York Times,.

This is the "first request for a Habsburg burial" since the fall of the monarchy in November 1918.  It raises "several interesting points" as there is "practically no room" left in the section of the vault "reserved for the late Emperor Franz Josef and his family.

If the Austrian government denies the Archduchess's request, she will have her son buried in Spain.

Archduke Rainer was the eldest son of Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria, Prince of Tuscany, and Infanta Blanca of Spain, daughter of the Carlist pretender, Carlos, the Duke of Madrid.

Rainer, who was unmarried, remained in Vienna after the fall of monarchy.  He eschewed the use of his title, and found work as a taxi driver.  He eventually opened a garage, and began a motorcycle messenger service, transporting film reels from one cinema to another.

He died yesterday at the Wiedner Hospital in Vienna as the result of blood poisoning.  Archduke Rainer was 34 years old.

Madeleine and Chris to move to London

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her family will be moving to London later this year, according to the Swedish Court.   Her husband, Anglo-American Chris O'Neill, is already listed as a resident of the United Kingdom. 

Madeleine is expected to give birth to the couple's second child in June.  Their first child, Princess Leonor, celebrated her first birthday in February.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Royal Gatherings II date has been set

Join the Second Royal Gatherings in London Conference, a cooperation between EUROHISTORY and Ian Shapiro, with the support of Hoogstraten English Bookstore.

ROYAL GATHERINGS in London convenes this Spring 2015, where we also plan to launch the new book Royal Gatherings III: 1939-1972 by Ilana D. Miller and Arturo E. Beéche, while discussing various royal topics of great interest.  The conference will have lectures over a two-day weekend!

The list of speakers will be released in a few months, once all requests have been answered!

Where:   SPINK – 69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET

Cost: £85.00 (in Sterling Cheque) mail to

Ms. Katrina Warne
12 Lockswood, Brookwood
Woking, Surrey GU24 0HL
or £90.00 (or $150) via US check or credit card.

To pay via PAYPAL:

Credit card or US$ check payments mail to:

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For further information please contact us at either:

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Embassy tour: Part Deux

Switched to the red shuttle. Planned to go first to the Belgian Embassy.  One of the EU volunteers said there was an hour wait to get into the Belgian embassy:  yup, that would happen when you are offering Waffles, Beer and Chocolate. 

I got off at Whitehaven and Massachusetts and walked up the street.  Winston Churchill still hailing the cab. Extra security at British Embassy. Lots of things to do and see.  Sorry, German Ambassador, but your residence, which is very nice, has nothing on the Sir Edwin Lutyens' designed stately home for the British Ambassador.

The British also had the Shakespeare Theatre (the one in DC) perform.  WETA UK (the only 24 hour 7 day a week all British programming PBS station) had a booth,  British food for sale and so on.  A tour of the ambassador's residence.  My camera (not me) got a close up view of a few interesting photos in one of the reception



It was getting near to 4 p.m., when everything closed.  Hurried to the Danish embassy at the end of Whitehaven, next to Rock Creek Park. Saw a Viking and had few Danish butter cookies ... the ones in the blue cans.  Across the street from the Danish embassy is a lovely house with Secret Service Protection.

Next year: the first stop will be the Belgian embassy!