Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Say Hello to Harper




Harper is named for Bryce Harper.  He is about 3 years old, perhaps younger.  Adopted him from King Street Cats in Alexandria.  Sienna a bit hissy right now but knowing her personality, she will soon be fond of her little brother. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

An interview with Prince Michael of Greece

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alain-elkann/prince-michael-greece-power_b_7886422.html

Princess Beatrice suffers fall

August 3, 1930

Princess Beatrice, aunt of King George V, is "recovering satisfactorily from shock" following a fall during a recent walk, reports the Associated Press. 

The 73-year-old princess is the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.  She lives at Carisbrooke Castle.

The death of the Prince of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

King Simeon's Amazing Life

From CNN.  I concur with Christiane Amanpour. 


I have met King Simeon on several occasions.  A truly kind and generous man, who has survived numerous traumas in his life - from the death of his father, thus becoming king at age 6 to a brutal Communist takeover of Bulgaria (his uncle Prince Kyril, one of his regents, was forced to dig his own grave) to exile, and more recently, the death of his beloved eldest son, Crown Prince Kardam,


http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/07/24/intv-amanpour-bulgaria-king-b.cnn/video/playlists/amanpour/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A profile of Jazmim Grace Grimaldi

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi,  Albert II's natural daughter, has given an interview to Harper's Bazaar

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a11468/jazmin-grace-grimaldi-grace-kelly-granddaughter-0815/

Edison James Kittycat Koenig (1997-2015)

Edison lived the life of luxury. A relaxing massage from younger sister, Sienna.
My darling Edison James Kittycat Koenig died in my arms this morning.  He was 17 years old.  He died peacefully.  He was ready to go to heaven.

It was in late October 1998 when my husband, Bill, and I walked from our home to Edison High School to purchase a Halloween pumpkin.  We noticed a cat jumping in an out of a storm drain. He was underweight and hungry.  To make a long story short, I went home and got a can of food.  We came every day for two weeks to try and catch the cat.  I brought a crowbar and opened the drain. (There had been a drought so no real water in the drain.) 

All of this was being done less than two months after having a hysterectomy!   It took us about two weeks to finally catch the cat.  We took him home, and kept him overnight in one of the bathrooms in case he was ill.  The next day, we took him to our vet, and said, if he said serious issues, it might be best to euthanize.   Later that day, the vet called back to say he had no serious issues, and we had a little marshmallow.    My husband and I looked at each other, and said to the vet: snip him.
true kitty love. November 2014 with his sister, Sienna Rose.

In other words, Edison -- what else would we name him -- was welcomed into the family, albeit reluctantly by Louis and Buddy.   Especially Buddy.  (Eventually, they learned to get along in order to gang up on their sister, Ella, who joined the family a year or so after Lord Louis went to cat heaven in 2001.)

Edison James Kittycat was about 18 months when he moved into his forever home.  He was given the birth date of June 1, 1997.  

One of his first party pieces was to climb the Christmas tree, and sleep in middle branches.  He did this without breaking ornaments or taking down the tree.  He also loved his treats, and knew where they were kept  -- in the drawer by my bed.

Ella died in February 2013, followed by Buddy in August 2013.

Edison is survived by his mom, Marlene, and his loving younger sister, Sienna Rose, 10.


 
A friend gave me this book after Louis died in 2001.  Will read it again later this day. 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Sun is not a newspaper. Toilet paper has more value

Repeat after me:  The Sun is not a newspaper.  It is a rag.  Coverage of real news is an anathema to editor Stig Abel and his not-so-merry band of pseudo-journalists.  The daily rag is owned by Rupert Murdoch.  This alone should tell you that there is no interest in reporting real news. 

On Thursday's the Sun's cover story was about film footage of the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII), the Duchess of York and her two daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.   The footage shows the Duchess of York and Princess Elizabeth, then about 7 years old allegedly making the Nazi salute. 

It is believed that the Duke of York (George VI) was behind the camera, and the filming took place at Birkhall in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power.

It can only be assumed that the Duchess and her daughter were mimicking the Nazi salute, and they certainly were not alone in doing so during the 1930s and 1940s.  (Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator comes to mind.)  What was the purpose by publishing these photos and film?  Did Murdoch and his crème-de-la-scum editorial team really think that this image would bring down the monarchy?

Really, Mr. Abell?  Did you think the United Kingdom would rally around you and call for the end of the monarchy?   Please, what was the purpose for this release?  

Stig Abell is not a journalist.  He does not have a clue about ethics in journalism.  He knows nothing about who, what, where, how or why: the important ingredients for a news story.    I sincerely doubt that the none of the Sun's writers could ever handle a real breaking news story or understand true investigative journalism.

There is no question of the Royal Family's loyalty to the United Kingdom, and their hatred of Adolf Hitler and Fascism.  Hitler once described Queen Elizabeth as the most "dangerous woman in Europe."

The late Queen Mother's views were largely influenced by her close friend, D'Arcy Osborne (12th Duke of Leeds), who was based at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1930s.   Osborne was "appalled" by Nazism.  He wrote to the then Duchess of York in early 1934, describing Nazism as a "nauseating and ridiculous affair [with] its spurious Aryanism and its German theology."

The Queen Mother's official biographer, William Shawcross. noted that Osborne shared "the Duchess's misgivings about Germany."  In 1940,  Queen Elizabeth wrote to the American First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt: "When we think of our gallant young men being sacrificed to the terrible machine that Germany has created."

Nor did the Queen Mother care for Sir Oswald Mosley, Bt, a distant cousin, who founded the British Union of Fascists.   She wrote to D'Arcy Osborne in January 1938:  "We don't want Mosleys, perhaps something will turn up."

I hope the Palace orders an investigation into how this film was acquired by the Sun, especially, if the original film was kept in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/11748985/Hunt-for-source-of-leaked-royal-Nazi-salute-film-footage.html

There is nothing newsworthy about this story.  I would not be surprised if there were other occasions when members of the Royal Family made fun of Hitler and his goose-stepping cronies in the mid-1930s before his real intentions were made known. 

Mr. Abell needs to be held accountable for his unethical journalistic practices.  He should take a leave of absence and apply to the Columbia Journalism School (Columbia University) where he will "learn how to think critically and be both ethical and street smart."   Critical thinking and ethics:  not required to be the managing editor of Sun.  Shame on Stig Abell for once again taking the low road.





Gala dinner in Belgrade


Crown Prince Alexander with Victoria da Silva and her father Sir Desmond


The Prince of Monaco visits Serbia for the first time



 




Crown Prince Alexander and the Prince of Montenegro

 
 
 
From the official press release:
 
"To celebrate the 70th birthday of His Royal Crown Prince Alexander a Gala Dinner took place this evening at the Royal Palace hosted by Crown Princess Katherine and their children Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Prince Alexander, David and Alison; and grandchildren Amanda and Michael for dignitaries from around the world, representatives of political, public and cultural life of our country, members of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown, friends and admirers of the Royal Family.
The birthday celebration was graced by the presence of: Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden (His Majesty is the head of state of Sweden), His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco (head of state of Monaco) in his first visit to Serbia, Her Majesty Queen Mother Sofia of Spain, Their Majesties Czar Simeon II and Czarina Margarita of the Bulgarians, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola Petrovic Njegos of Montenegro, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Raad Bin Zaed and Princess Majda Bin Zaed of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianna of Baden, His Highness Prince Aga Khan Amin, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola (the son of HRH Prince Tomislav), Her Highness Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, His Royal Highness Prince Serge (the son of HRH Prince Alexander), Their Highnesses Prince Pierre and Princess Sylvia d’Arenberg,  Ms. Victoria De Silva (the granddaughter of HRH Prince Tomislav), Sir Desmond de Silva Q.C, P.C.

Their Royal Highnesses welcomed the guests in the Blue Salon of the Royal Palace, and then followed a cocktail on the lower terrace of the Royal Palace and the premiere screening of a short documentary film about the Crown Prince. The birthday celebration was enhanced by Sanja Ilic and “Balkanika” with their program “Balkan concept”, which was followed by a gala dinner on the upper terrace of the Royal Palace.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander addressed the guests and numerous media representatives.
We are forwarding the Crown Prince’s speech as a whole.
After the speech the Crown Prince cut his birthday cake.

 SPEECH BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER
JULY 18, 2015
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Serene Highnesses, Your Excellences, Your Holiness, Reverend fathers, imams and effendis, Your Lordships, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for coming to my birthday. I am so happy to see you all here this evening in the home of my ancestors.  In the country that was created by my ancestors and the ancestors of my compatriots. In the city that became our capital six centuries ago.
Now, that I am seventy, it is a good moment to review the past decades.
For someone who, by a twist of fate and history, was born in exile, who was declared an enemy of the state as a two-year-old. The fact that I am celebrating my seventieth birthday finally rehabilitated in my homeland, in my home, with my family, people and my friends from around the world, is an emotional moment, is something I have wished for all my life. I am grateful to God for that, but I also owe a lot to those who are here tonight to grace this celebration. To those who unfortunately are no longer with us, but whose spirit will never leave us, as well as to those who are with us in their thoughts tonight, with their many good wishes and hopes that we have a future that we are worthy of.
We have fought together for justice, democracy, human rights, freedom, respect for everyone’s religion, ethnic origin, for a country of equal citizens, which is equal to and respected by other countries, for the community of peace, harmony and progress.
Tonight, surrounded by my immediate and wider family, I thank my wife and our children for their love and support. I thank my relatives and friends from many royal families that have given me the honour of their presence and for their good wishes. I warmly thank our prime minster Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and all the top Serbian state officials, the representatives of churches and religious communities, diplomatic corps and to all of you Who are making this evening unforgettable, and – above all – to our people who make me happy to belong to them.
From Karadjordje to me there is a continuity in serving the people and the country. As long as there is the house of Karadjordje, the honour of serving the people and the country is an undeniable a duty, obligation and responsibility, because we come from the people, and that fact fatefully obliges us.
I owe so much to my wife for all her love, effort and daily commitment, and for this special birthday.
I thank my staff and all those who worked so hard to make this great gathering and every other one, possible.
Thank you, God bless you and may love unite you all"


All photos courtesy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

Friday night celebration of Crown Prince Alexander's 70th birthday celebration








all photos courtesy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander

Friday, July 17, 2015

Crown Prince Alexander celebrates his 70th birthday

Crown Prince Alexander’s 70th birthday celebration begins with a dinner for international guests at the White Palace

Belgrade, July 17, 2015 – The celebration of the 70th birthday of Crown Prince Alexander began this evening at the White Palace with a reception and dinner hosted by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine and their children Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Prince Alexander, David and Alison; and grandchildren Amanda and Michael for guests who arrived from abroad.

Tonight’s reception and dinner at The White Palace was attended by Their Majesties King Carl Gustav XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Raad Bin Zaed and Princess Maida Bin Zaid of Jodan, His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianna of Baden, His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Her Highness Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola (the oldest son of HRH Prince Tomislav) and Lord and Lady Goldsmith. 

Guests were greeted by the Royal Couple in the Black and White salon of the White Palace. Guests arrival was accompanied by music performed by the “Royal Strings of St. George”, whose patron is His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

The guests then enjoyed a short artistic programme on the White Palace terrace, opened by the children's choir “Magic”, and after that there was a short presentation of the Serbian tradition through traditional Serbian folk dances performed by the Academic Cultural Society “Lola”. The event was followed by great number of media representatives.

Tomorrow the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will  take Their Majesties King Carl Gustav XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco,  Prince Raad Bin Zaed of Jordan and Princess Majda Bin Zaid, His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig of Baden, His Highness Prince Amyn Aga Khan , Her Highness Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola Petrovic Njegos, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola (the son of HRH Prince Tomislav) and guests for a cruise on the Belgrade rivers. 

In the evening there will be a gala dinner at the Royal Palace. Their Majesties King Simeon and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians and Her Majesty Queen Sofia, Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece (sister of Queen Sofia) and Their Serene Highnesses Prince Pierre and Princess Sylvia d'Arenberg will join foreign guests, members of the Serbian government, religious dignitaries and the most representatives of the Serbian cultural and public scene.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jerrine Habsburg-Lothringen

Jerrine Habsburg-Lothringen


June 19, 1931 - July 14, 2015


Jerrine Habsburg-Lothringen, 84, of Commerce Township and formally of Farmington Hills, MI died peacefully at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren on the evening of July 14, 2015.
Born Mary Jerrine Soper in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Charles B. Soper and Agnes M. McNeil; sister of late Carol Soper and John C. Soper (m. Judy Brenneke). She grew up in Boston MA and attended the Massachusetts School of Art, where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Art (1952), and the Art Students League of New York (1952-54). She studied under painter, Robert Wilbert from 1965-1975.
She married Stefan Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria in 1954 and raised five children in Farmington Hills Michigan, Christopher Habsburg (m. Teresa Murray), Ileana Habsburg-Snyder (m. David Snyder); Peter Habsburg (m. Lauren Klaus), Tantzi Habsburg and Anton Habsburg (m. Ashley Carrell). She is the beloved grandmother of Saygan Habsburg, Stefan Habsburg, Virginia Nastase, Marie Habsburg, Alexandra Tillard (Snyder), Nicholas Snyder, Constantza Snyder, Oksana Habsburg, Sasha Habsburg, Tatiana Habsburg; and beloved great grandmother of five, Aaron and Oliver Tillard, Wulfric Schultes and Arya Cavill.
Jerrine was a professional still life, landscape and portrait painter. She taught painting classes at Oakland Community College, Visual Arts Association of Livonia and the Bloomfield Birmingham Art Association. She was a member of the Michigan Water Color Society, Bloomfield Birmingham Art Association, Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, and Farmington Artist Club. She earned many merit and Best-in-Show awards and exhibited at many Detroit and Leelanau Peninsula area galleries.
Jerrine’s greatest joy was her husband and family. She loved spending time at her cottage on Lake Michigan and traveling to visit family in Europe. Jerrine’s deep faith was evident in her regular worship and prayer life. She was passionate about the study of art as well as painting and teaching art. She loved politics, reading, discussing world events and attending the symphony. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed fine wine…and a daily martini.
Memorial visitation, Sunday from 12pm to 4pm with a memorial service at 2:30pm at McCabe Funeral Home, Farmington Hills, MI. Memorials may be made to the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, 321 Monastery Lane, Ellwood City, PA 16177, a monastery set up by Jerrine’s late mother-in-law.
“…believe in the name of Jesus, Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

This obituary is from the McCabe Funeral Home in Farmington Hills, Michigan

http://www.freep.com/story/news/obituary/2015/07/17/obit-commerce-township-woman-royalty/30318467/

Princess Juliana on her way home

July 16, 1945


Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and her three daughters, Princesses Beatrix, Irene and Margriet, left Ottawa day by train for New York, "where they will sail home on the Queen Mary," according to the New York Times.

In her farewell messages to the "Canadian government and people" Princess Juliana promised to return to Canada where she and her family were "received with such friendship and courtesy as refugees form their invaded country."

During her time in Canada, Princess Juliana, heir to the Dutch throne, "did much effective war work."  She donated blood, and "lived without ceremony in a small villa."  Her youngest daughter, Margriet, was born in an Ottawa hospital, but by special decree," the war where Margriet was born "was proclaimed Netherland sterritory" to make sure that if the princess became heir to the throne, there would be no question about her nationality.

Princess Juliana and her children will rejoin Prince Bernhard at their palace in the Netherlands.

Infante Juan's wedding date set

July 16, 1935


The wedding between Infante Juan of Spain, son of former King Alfonso, to his cousin, Princess Maria de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, will take place on October 12 in Rome, reports the Associated Press.

Infante Juan, 22, recently completed "four years of training" in the Royal Navy. He is now studying law at university in Florence.  Princess Maria de las Mercedes is the daughter of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and his second wife, Princess Louise of Orleans.   She was named for Carlos' first wife, Infanta Mercedes of Spain, eldest sister of King Alfonso XIII, who died shortly after giving birth prematurely to a daughter, Isabel Alfonsa, in 1904.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's a boy for the Coburgs




Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha gave birth to a son, Philipp Hubertus Andreas Christian, earlier today in Munich.   This is the second child for the American-born wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Their first child,  Princess Katharina Victoria Elizabeth Cheryl, was born at Munich on April 30, 2014. 

http://www.infranken.de/regional/coburg/Kleiner-Prinz-in-Coburg-geboren;art214,1119245