Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hubertus Stephan husband of Princess Tatiana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

HSH Princess Tatiana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Hubertus Stephan

Hubertus Stephan, the husband of Princess Tatiana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, was killed in an accident in his off-road vehicle.  His two young sons, Wolf, 4 and Carl, 6, witnessed the accident, according to several German news reports.
Mr. Stephan was 47 years old.

The accident took place "on a steep slope," in Aurach near Kitzbühel, Austria at about 5 p.m., on May 10.  Mr. Stephan had seen the danger of the off-road tour in advance and got his sons out of the car in time.  He then drove his Mercedes down a wet meadow down a hill, where he lost control of his car.  The car overturned several times and crashed into a tree.

Mr. Stephan suffered fatal injuries in the crash.  His two sons were cared for by a crisis intervention team until their mother arrived.

Princess Tatiana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 43, is one of two daughters of Prince Andreas and Princess Luise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.  Prince Andreas's mother, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's eldest sister.    The Prince of Wales and Princess Tatjana are second cousins.

Princess Tatiana and Hubertus Stephan were married in Munich on October 9, 2010.

Mr. Stephan was the son of Thomas Friedrich Christian Stephan and Maria Johanna Denk.  He was born at Gräfelfing on November 21, 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Princess Tatjana, and their two sons Carl Casper Stephan,(January 22, 2012, at Munich) and  Wolf Thomas Dres Stephan (October 5, 2013, at Graefelfing)

Duke Friedrich of Württemberg

The death notice for HRH Duke Friedrich of Württemberg

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cousins join Charles and Camilla in Athens

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Earlier today, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were the guests of honor at the British Embassy at a reception hosted by British Ambassador Kate Smith, CMG, where the guests included Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and his Greek-born wife, Crown Princess Katherine.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess traveled from their home in Belgrade to attend the reception.  A godson of Queen Elizabeth II,  the Crown Prince has his own Greek ties.   His mother was born Princess Alexandra of Greece, the daughter of King Alexander I and Aspasia Manos.   Alexandra was born posthumously,  five months after the death of her father.

Earlier in the day,  the British Ambassador hosted a private meeting with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, two of their sons, Crown Prince Pavlos and Prince Nikolaos, who was accompanied by his wife, Princess Tatiana.

King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie returned to live in Greece in 2013.  They live in a villa in Porto Heli.  Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana live in Athens.

The private meeting lasted for about an hour and included tea.

King Constantine II and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia (Crown Prince Alexander's mother) were first cousins.   Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was born at Mon Repos on Corfu, in June 1921, is a first cousin to Constantine II's father, King Paul, whose father, King Constantine I, was an elder brother of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.

King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie, the youngest sister of Queen Margrethe II, are close to their British cousins.  They lived in London for many years.  Their two eldest children, Princess Alexia and Crown Prince Pavlos, held their weddings in London.  Both weddings were attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal family.

The King's 60th birthday party was hosted by the Prince of Wales at Highgrove.   The Queen is one of the godmothers of Constantine II's younger daughter, Princess Theodora, while the Prince of Wales is a godfather to Crown Prince Pavlos.   The late Diana, Princess of Wales was a godmother of the King's youngest child, Prince Philippos.

King Constantine is one of the Duke of Cambridge's godparents.  The Duke is a godfather to Crown Prince Pavlos's second child and eldest son, Prince Konstantine-Alexios, now a student at Georgetown University.

The Greek monarchy ended with a plebiscite in 1974, although Constantine II and his family went into exile in December 1967, following a failed counter-coup against the military junta that had seized control in April of that year.

Crown Prince Alexander's godmother is Queen Elizabeth II.    The Queen's father, King George VI, served as a witness at the wedding of Alexander's grandparents, King Alexander I and Princess Marie of Romania and was also King Peter's godfather.

Although the Prince of Wales has made several private visits to Greece, this was his first official visit to Greece.

Update on the death of Duke Friedrich - no Airbag

Duke Friedrich of Württemberg was heading home to Schloss Friedrichshafen after visiting his parents, Duke Carl, 83, and Duchess Diane, 78, at their home, Schloss Altshausen.

According to several German newspapers, including Das Bild, it was a sunny, lovely day, in the mid-70s (F).  Duke Friedrich thought it was a good day to drive his dark green vintage Porsche 356 convertible.     He decided to travel by shortest route (19.5 miles), which lead "over narrow, winding country roads," rather than the main highway.

After passing Ebenweiler, four miles from Altshausen,  Duke Friedrich decided to pass a truck in front of him, but according to a policeman,  he did not see a car coming in the opposite direction.

 Duke Friedrich, who was 56 years old, was killed instantly.  The Porsche was not equipped with an airbag.

Duke Friedrich always focused on the people behind the tasks and projects when performing his activities: "He was turned towards people and always had an open ear for his employees,"  according to the Hofkammer.

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The funeral will be held at the end of May.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Duke Friedrich of Württemberg killed in car crash

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HRH Duke Friedrich of Württemberg was killed in a car accident today on a road between Ebenwiler and Fronhofen, Germany.  He was 56 years old.

The original police report did not identify the dead man.  However, the House of Württemberg announced in a press release earlier this evening that the victim was Duke Friedrich, the eldest son of TRH Duke Carl and Duchess Diane of Württemberg.


Duke Friedrich was head of the administration of the family's estate.

Duke Friedrich was driving when he collided head-on while trying to overtake a trailer in front of him.  He was heading toward Fronhofen at about 3:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.  He collided with a car coming in the opposite direction.

He sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  The 30-year-old driver of the other car and his two passengers all suffered minor injuries.

All four victims were taken to the local hospital.

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Duke Friedrich Philipp Carl Franz Maria of Württemberg was born June 1, 1961, at Friedrichshafen.  He married Princess Marie of Wied, on November 13, 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Duchess Marie, their three children, Duke Wilhelm, 23,  Duchess Marie-Amélie, 22 and Duchess Sophie-Dorothee, 21, his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Württemberg, and his sisters and brothers,  Duchess Mathilde (Princess of Waldburg zu Zeil), Duke Eberhard, Duke Philipp, Duke Michael and Duchess Fleur (Countess von Göess), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Here is a translation of the press release

"Due to a tragic traffic accident on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Friedrich Herzog von Württemberg died at the age of 56 years in a fatal accident. He leaves his wife, Marie Duchess of Württemberg born. Princess zu Wied and three grown children, Duke Wilhelm (23), Duchess Marie-Amélie (22) and Duchess Sophie-Dorothée (20).

Friedrich Duke of Württemberg headed the Hofkammer of the House of Württemberg, the private administration of the House of Württemberg.

Through his extensive commitment, he was in many social and cultural institutions in the state of Baden-Württemberg, for example, the Olgäle Foundation Stuttgart, the Association of Friends of the University of Tübingen e.V. Stuttgart, the Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg, and many others, very connected.

The ducal family and the entire house of Württemberg are deeply shaken."

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a prayer for Prince Harry and Meghan

From the Church of England, a prayer for Harry and Meghan

Little Carlos Zurita y Borbon transferred to another hospital

Doña Maria Zurita y de Borbon's infant son Carlos Alfonso Juan, has been transferred from he  Nuestra Señora del Rosario clinic in Madrid, where he was born prematurely on April 28, has been transferred to the La Paz hospital, also in Madrid,.

The premature birth was due to the detachment of the placenta.

Carlos remains in an incubator.  He said to be doing well.  Maria visits her son every day.  The 42-year-old new mom gave birth via Caesarean

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The Prince of Isenburg (1943-2018)

HSH The Prince of Isenburg died on May 5 after a long illness. He was 74 years old.

He was born Prince Franz Alexander Karl Friedrich Christian Hubert Georg Gabriel Maria, the third child and only son of Joseph Franz Ferdinand Maria Karl Hermann Alexius Vincenz von Paula and Countess Irina Tolstoy, was born at Birstein on July 22, 1943.  He married Countess Christine von Saurma in January 14, 1968.

The Prince and Princess and the Hereditary Prince and Prince of Isenburg @Fürstenhaus Isenburg)

The Prince is survived by his wife, Christine, his four children, Alexander, who succeeds as the Prince of Isenburg),  Katharina, the wife of Archduke Martin of Austria,  Isabelle, Princess of Wied, Sophie, the wife of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Prince Viktor, and fourteen grandchildren:  Princesses Alix and Zita of Isenburg, Archdukes Bartholomeus, Emanuel and Luigi, Archduchess Helena,  Princes Carl Friedrich, Louis Ferdinand and Heinrich of Prussia, Princess Emma of Prussia and Princess Amala of Isenburg.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Baby News

all photos @Christendom college

Archduchess Kathleen of Austria is expecting at third baby in the fall.  This was confirmed by her husband, Archduke Imre of Austria.

The couple, who now live near Geneva, Switzerland, have two daughters, Archduchess Maria Stella, 4, and Archduchess Magdalena, who celebrated her second birthday in February.

He recently gave a lecture, 100 Years Later: Quo Vadis Europa?,  at Christendom College, where he divulged the happy news.

A baby boy for Prince Constantin of Nassau and Katy Melchie

Prince Constantin of Nassau, the second child and eldest son of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his first wife, Helene Vestsur, recently became the father of a son, Felix, who was born sometime in April, according to the mother's Instagram page.

The mother is Kathryn "Katy" Mechie.  They have been good friends for many years, having first met at Ampleforth College, a private Roman Catholic boarding school.

They also both attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Katy is the daughter of Stewart Campbell Mechie, who practices veterinary medicine in North Yorkshire, and Kaye MacEwan.

Miss Melchie is the Regional PR & Communications Manager, iflix Africa.

Prince Constantin is a partner in Spallian Africa, a computer software firm based in Paris.  He was born at Paris on July 22, 1988.  His parents' marriage was originally morganatic and he and his siblings had the surname Nassau.  Prince Jean's father, Grand Duke Jean, raised Helene and her children to the rank of Countess and Countess of Nassau.   In 2004, Grand Duke Henri,  Prince Jean's elder brother, issued a decree elevating Jean's four children to Prince and Princess of Nassau with the qualification of royal highness.  Prince Constantin and his siblings do not have succession rights.

A noble engagement: von Starhemberg & von und zu Trauttsmandorff

Hereditary Count Constantin Franz-Josef Ernst Gundacker Maria of Starhemberg is engaged to marry Countess Elena Katharina von und zu Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg.

The Hereditary Count is the third of four children of HSH Georg Adam, Prince von Starhemberg and Countess Nadejda von Abensperg und Traun.  He was born at Vienna on September 17, 1992.

Countess Elena is the third of five children of Count Johannes Markus Karl Klemens Antonius Maria Judas Thaddäus von und zu Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg and Countess Natalie von Hartig.  She was born at Munich on June 28, 1993.

Constantine is a teaching assistant at the ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona, Spain.  He has a BS in Politics from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and a Master's degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy from the University of York.

The date and place of the wedding has not yet been announced.

Friday, May 4, 2018

New wedding details from Kensington Palace

Just two weeks and one day left ...

We are now just over two weeks away from the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle. As they have travelled around the UK in the months since their engagement last November, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have been incredibly grateful for the support they have received from members of the public.

The crowds that have turned out in Nottingham, Cardiff, Brixton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Bath and elsewhere have given Ms. Markle a welcome to the United Kingdom marked by warmth, enthusiasm, and a real sense of fun.

We said from the outset that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle were keen to make sure that members of the public would have the opportunity to feel part of the celebrations on their wedding day. This is their way of expressing their gratitude for the messages of support they have received from around the UK, the Commonwealth, Ms. Markle's home country of the United States, and right around the world. In today's briefing I want to share more details of what people can expect to see in the day's leading up to the wedding, and on the day itself, and explain what the public can expect in Windsor.

The first thing I would like to share is that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to welcoming Ms. Markle's parents to Windsor for the wedding. Mr. Thomas Markle and Ms. Doria Ragland will be arriving in the UK in the week of the wedding, allowing time for Prince Harry's family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend time with them before the big day.

Both of the bride's parents will have important roles in the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, Ms. Ragland will travel with Ms. Markle by car to Windsor Castle. Mr. Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle of St George's Chapel. Ms. Markle is delighted to have her parents by her side on this important and happy occasion.

In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother's family in his wedding. All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.

As we said back in November, this wedding will be guided by tradition, allowing everyone to celebrate what makes Royal Weddings so special, but also one which reflects the personalities of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle. We have been announcing details over the last couple of months and in the final week ahead of the wedding you can expect to hear more about the arrangements, including:

The Instrument of Consent;
Details of the Bridesmaids and Page Boys;
The work of florist Philippa Craddock and the Crown Estate gardeners who have been growing and preparing the flowers that will fill the church;
An update from Claire Ptak, the baker who will make the wedding cake, and the chefs who have been working in the Palace kitchens to make the final preparations and;
We will publish the full Order of Service on the website on Saturday morning so members of the public can follow the service at home.

I will now take you through the high level outline of what you can expect to see from the evening of Friday 18th May. The key moment for the day before will be the arrival of the bride at her accommodation. We expect this to happen early evening.

On the day itself we expect Windsor to be very busy. The council has worked with partners including Thames Valley Police to plan what will be a fantastic day of celebrations.

As the Royal Borough of Windsor has said, work is well underway to ensure the occasion is a memorable and joyous one for all involved and they are working closely with a wide range of partners.

Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be park and walk and park and float services to help people get into town. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and book all travel arrangements early so they can make the most of their trip. I would very much appreciate the media's assistance in spreading the message that visitors to Windsor will have a chance to be part of a very special day, but those who will be heading to the town really do need to plan their journeys carefully.

The Royal Borough has confirmed that preparations include:

A 6,000 space pre-booked car parking area at the Review Ground, just off the Long Walk;
Food stalls and facilities, including big screens showing live footage of the wedding and Procession, on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens;
Viewing areas along the whole Procession Route (Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and the Long Walk);
A team of 140 Royal Borough Ambassadors have volunteered to help steward the event and assist visitors throughout the day;
The town centre will be decorated with bunting and ceremonial banners along parts of the Procession Route and;
Live entertainment from local groups throughout the town centre.

In order to make sure everyone can get through expected traffic, the members of the public who have been invited to be inside the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding will be arriving from around 0900hrs. As a reminder, 1,200 people have been nominated by Lord Lieutenants from across the country for their work supporting their communities. Many of these people are sharing their stories with their local media and supporters – the couple are very pleased that their wedding has provided a platform to celebrate the inspiring work of community and youth leaders from around the UK.

The first thing these people gathered will see on the morning of the wedding will be the arrival of guests between 0930hrs and 1100hrs. Guests will be arriving at the Round Tower by coach and will be seen walking to the South Door of St George's Chapel.

Members of The Royal Family will begin to arrive from 1120hrs, and enter St George's Chapel via the Galilee Porch. Some will be on foot, and others will arrive by car.

Prince Harry and his brother The Duke of Cambridge will arrive at St George's Chapel most likely by foot and will enter via the West Steps. This will allow Their Royal Highnesses to acknowledge all of the people gathered in the Castle precincts, including the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.

Also around the time Royal Family arrivals begin, a pooled media facility will cover Ms. Markle and Ms. Ragland's departure from the bride's overnight location. We expect the journey into the Castle to take them along part of the Long Walk, allowing members of the public gathered there to see the car as it passes. There will also be a brief stop at the Castle where Ms. Ragland will head onto the Chapel and Ms. Markle will be joined by some of the Bridesmaids and Page Boys before she continues her journey to the church, where she will enter via the West Steps.

The Service will take around an hour, and we look forward to announcing more details of this in the weeks ahead.

After the Service has concluded, the newly married couple will process out of the church and acknowledge the 200 representatives of Prince Harry's charities gathered in the Cloister. The couple are delighted that these people who will be such an important part of their official work in the years to come will be the first people they see after their wedding.

As the couple step into their Carriage, close family members will gather on the West Steps to wave them off on their Procession. As a reminder, we expect the Carriage Procession to take just under 25 minutes. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to this part of the day. It will be their chance to express their gratitude for the goodwill and warm wishes they have received from all quarters in the months since their engagement.

Members of the congregation will file out of the church onto the grass to see the start of the Procession before walking to the reception at St George's Hall. All guests will be attending the reception.

The public elements of the event will be over at this stage. The final thing you can expect to see is the Bride and Groom departing Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House.

In the days that follow, we will facilitate interviews with some of those who have been involved in the wedding, as happened in 2011, for example with the hairdresser and dressmaker.

The formal photographs, which will be taken by Alexi Lubomirski, will be released during the week.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Princess Eleonore says thank you

A thank you from HRH Princess Eléonore of Belgium