Friday, October 17, 2014

A lovely day for a picnic

private collection


A friend sent me this lovely image from his collection.  Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia with her daughters, Marie and Kira, at a picnic.  The woman sitting behind her resembles Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia.

Alexander's condition has worsened

October 17, 1894

The Lokal Anzeiger, a Berlin newspaper, is "directly informed" by one of the assistants of Alexander III's physicians that Alexander III's condition has "grown much worse," reports the New York Times.

It is understood that the "entire Greek court" will receive the Russian Emperor when he arrives in Athens en route to Corfu.  But he will not leave the Crimea until his Grand Marshal, Count Bendendorff, completes the preparations at Corfu.

The ailing Russian emperor is expected to stay at Chateau Mon Repos, which King George of the Hellenes has placed at the Emperor's disposal.  He will have a "delightful view of the sea and mountains."  

Mon Repos is rather small, and most of the Emperor's suite "will be obliged to lodge elsewhere."

Bulletin: Princess of Asturias dead

October 17, 1904


The Princess of Asturias died today in Madrid, a day after giving birth to a daughter.   The Princess, the eldest sister of King Alfonso XIII, was born Infanta
María de las Mercedes Isabel Teresa Cristina Alfonsa of Spain on September 11, 1880. She was 24 years old.

She married Don Prince Carlos of Borbon-Two Sicilies on Valentine's Day in 1901.

The Princess was heiress presumptive to the Spanish throne.  She is survived by her husband, Don Carlos. her two sons Infante Alfonso, who will celebrate his third birthday next month, 20-month old Infante Fernando and the newborn Infanta.

Her elder son, Infante Alfonso, is now the heir presumptive to the Spanish throne, as King Alfonso XIII is unmarried.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The death of the 11th Duke of Marlborough



The 11th Duke of Marlborough's heir apparent is his eldest son,  Charles James"Jamie", the Marquess of Blandford.  It is not customary to refer to the new peer by his title until after the funeral of his predecessor.  

His Grace was 88 years old.

Less than a month His Grace hosted the wedding of his younger brother, Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill and Sarah Goodbody.

The Duke was a grandson of the American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11167007/Duke-of-Marlborough-dies-aged-88.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/duke-of-marlborough-dies-peacefully-aged-88-9799028.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/16/duke-of-marlborough-dies-at-88

http://www.blenheimpalace.com/

The King and Queen of Spain visit the King and Queen of the Netherlands









 
 
All photos are the copyright of Arjan Brower.  Thanks Arjan for letting me use the photos.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Czar has cancer

October 15, 1894

There are conflicting reports concerning the health of Emperor Alexander III of Russia.  One doctor has "admitted" that the Czar is "afflicted with cancer is correct," according to a New York Times dispatch from St. Petersburg.

But another dispatch from St. Petersburg to The Times (London) states that Alexander is "better."  Yet another report, from the Vienna correspondent of The Times hears that his "condition is extremely unfavorable."

Infanta Pilar makes her debut

October 15, 1954

Infanta Pilar of Spain made her debut tonight at the Parque Hotel in Estoril, Portugal, reports the New York Times.

The eighteen-year-old infanta is the eldest child of the Count of Barcelona, pretender to the Spanish throne.  The Don Juan and his family entered the "thronged ballroom,"  hundreds of "discreetly jeweled women swept deep curtseys."

There were about 1600 Spaniards, including a third of the grandees and their families, who "mingled with more humble monarchists."

All contributed $8.00 each to the event, and traveled to Portugal to attend the gala event.  Many of the guests believed that this would be one of the last social appearances by Don Juan before his "expected abdication" in favor of his elder son, Infante Don Juan Carlos.

The gala also included 350 Portuguese and foreign "socialists, including thirty members of European royal families.  Former King Umberto of Italy was one of the guests.

Alexander's sister is unwell

October 15, 1934

Princess Helen of Russia, sister of the late King Alexander of Yugoslavia, is said to be "seriously ill" in Paris, reports the New York Times.

The widow of Prince Ioann of Russia, who was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918, came to France to attend the "welcoming ceremonies" for her brother.

King Alexander was assassinated in Marseille last week.

Count of Paris' daughter baptised

October 15, 1934

The infant daughter of the Count and Countess of Paris was baptized this morning in an "elaborate service at the Manoir d'Anjou" in Belgium, reports the Associated Press.

The princess was named Helene Astrid Leopoldine.  Her godparents are King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians.   Members of the French nobility were present for the ceremony, including a delegation of French Legitimists, as the Count of Paris the pretender to the French throne.

The baptism required "elaborate police precautions."   Prince and Princess Pierre of Orleans-Braganza, parents of the Countess of Paris, stood on the right side of the altar, the Count and Countess of Paris; Princes Pierre and Jean, brothers of the Countess of Paris; her two sisters, the Princesses Marie Francoise and Therese and the Prince and Princess Murat.

Bolsheviks tell Pope they don't know where Alexandra and children are

October 15, 1918

On behalf of Pope Benedict, the Austrian Consul in Moscow has made "inquiries" to the Bolshevik authorities concerning former Empress Alexandra and her children.  Recent reports state that Alexandra and her daughters perished in a house "to which a Bolshevist mob set fire."

The Consul was informed that the whereabouts of the former Empress and her daughters is "unknown."  As these "affirmations are doubted, reliable persons" are undertaking a commission to further investigate the Pope's request.

British royals have left London

October 15, 1914

Nearly all the members of the British royal family departed London earlier today for Sandringham, reports the New York Times.

The duration of their stay was not announced.  

Queen Alexandra and her daughter, Princess Victoria, left this morning on a special train, which was "shortly followed by another train" carrying King George V, Queen Mary, Princess Mary, and Princes Albert and John.

A "great crowd" gathered at the station and greeted the King and Queen "enthusiastically."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alexander III could live for years

October 14, 1894

A Vienna physician, said "to be in the confidence" of Emperor Alexander III's doctors, says "their diagnosis wavers between cancer of the kidneys and inflammation of the kidneys," reports the New York Times from Berlin.

All the doctors agree that the Emperor's "decline will be neither sudden nor rapid."

Correspondence from Livadia agree with the "semi-official statement" from Vienna that Alexander III's "condition is more hopeful."   One specialist believes that the Emperor "may recover, or at least live an invalid's life for many years."  His former physician  was summoned from Meran to Livadia.  While in Vienna, he told a reporter that Alexander's "illness was not hopeless as long as a change in climate was possible.  Dr. Hirsch said he would accompany the Emperor to Corfu.

A Berlin newspaper, Tageblatt, reports that Alexander's cancer of the kidneys is in his family history, as Empress Alexandra, wife of Emperor Nicholas, died of a "cancerous disease," as have other members of the imperial family.

It was announced from St. Petersburg today that the imperial family, with the exception of Grand Duke George, will leave for Corfu on the 22nd.  They will travel by ship and pass through the Bosporus aboard "a vessel of the volunteer fleet, flying the mercantile flag."

Duke of Kent flies to Paris

October 14, 1934


The Duke of Kent flew from Hendon airfield in a plane owned by his brother, the Prince of Wales, to Paris, reports the Associated Press.    The Duke will join his fiancée, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, and they will travel together to Belgrade to attend King Alexander's funeral.

Princess Marina's older sister, Princess Olga, is the wife of Prince Paul, one of the three Regents for the minor King Peter II.

EUROHISTORY: San Francisco Royalty Conference October 18-19, 2014

EUROHISTORY: San Francisco Royalty Conference 2014
 

The Doubletree has the rooms under each one of you who chose to stay there.

On Friday night, Dave and I are hosting a dinner at our home. We will fetch you from the DOUBLETREE at 630-645pm.

Upon check-in, give the hotel your name. The rooming bill will be due upon check-out. You are paying the hotel directly for your room expenses (nights, restaurants, etc...)


Hotel Information:

Doubletree Hotel Berkeley Marina
200 Marina Blvd
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phon: 510-548-7920



The Doubletreee told me that the hotel has a shuttle every hour from the NORTH BERKELEY BART Station!

On Saturday (October 18) we will get together in the conference room at: 915am

We will hear lectures on:

Fat Mary: Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck
A Royal Gathering in 1892
Prince Oddone of Savoy
The Coronation of Nicholas II
The American Curtis Sisters and the Bourbon Succession


On Sunday (October 19) we will get together at: 10:00am

We will hear lectures on:

Infanta Eulalia: Unlucky Number Twelve
Coldness in the Palace: Queen Maria Pia and Queen Amelie of Portugal
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
The Coburgs Cursed
A Right Royal Mess: The Disputed Saxon Succession



Sunday night, we will be glad to have you come to our home and we can do what traditionally we have done, order Chinese food!

See you here...if anyone is interested in joining us, call Eurohistory!

Arturo Beéche, Publisher
The EuroHistory Journal
Kensington House Books
6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights CA 94805-1618
Phone: 510-236-1730

EUROHISTORY: Royal Gatherings, The Hague, November 8-9, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Royal Gatherings, The Hague, November 8-9, 2014

Our second royalty conference, ROYAL GATHERINGS, will take place on November 8-9, 2014, in The Hague's elegant Park Hotel, with views of the royals gardens of Noordeinde Palace!

Eurohistory and Hoogstraten English Bookstore, joined by Rosvall Royal Books, present to guests the following schedule and lectures:

Saturday, November 8

 9:15-10:00am – Opening and introductions

10:00-10:45am – APAPA: King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Anna of Hannover, by Bearn Bilker

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm– Queen Wilhelmina and Her British Governess, by Renny van Heuven

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – Notabilities: Royalty and Celebrities in the late 19th Century, by Ted Rosvall

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna: Aunt Miechen, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.

Sunday, November 9

9:15-10:00am – Opening words, coffee

10:00-10:45am – The Royal House of Bavaria, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Royal Jewels, by Bjarne Steen Jensen

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm – Schloß: The Fascinating Royal History of 25 German Castles, by Susan Symons

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – The Lesser-known Coburgs, by Arturo E. Beéche

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – The Vladimir Villa in Tsarskoe Selo, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.


Space is limited. We have 6 remaining spots. If interested, do not hesitate to contact us. Also, you can print the form attached and send it to us at: books@eurohistory.com or aebeeche@mac.com