Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wrath at Urach's acceptance of Crown

July 24, 1918

Pan-Germans are angry that the selection of the "throne-seeking Duke of Urach" as King of Lithuania.   According to the New York Times, the Duke has accepted the offer.

The acceptance may be true, according to reports in Berlin, but there will be the "usual official denial," as "true Prussians are obviously pained" that the Lithuanian National Council, made up of a "packed body of loyal German Barons," should ignore the Kaiser and prefer a southern German prince and independence to joining Prussia.

The Germans would prefer for Lithuania to be annexed, "preferably to Prussia."

The Duke of Urach wants "dearly to obtain a place in the indecently hurried race of German princelings for new thrones."   He serves as a Württemberg general, and heads the non-ruling line in the Württemberg family.  He has ties to the Bavarian royal family and was an "unsuccessful candidate for the Albanian throne."

Wilhelm is the 2nd Duke of Urach.  He is the elder son of the late Duke Wilhelm and his second wife, Princess Florestine of Monaco, daughter of the late Prince Florestan I.   Most of his childhood was spent in Monaco, where his mother often acted as Regent for the minor Prince Albert.    He was seen as a possible heir to the Monegasque throne, but in 1911,  Prince Albert legitimized his son, Prince Louis's illegitimate daughter, Charlotte.

In 1892, he married Duchess Amalie in Bavaria.  She died in 1912 following the birth of her ninth child, Princess Mechtilde.

Should the Duke become king of Lithuania, he will be known as King Mindaugus II.

British court in mourning for Nicholas

July 24, 1918

King George V as ordered the British court to go "into mourning for four weeks" for the former Russian Emperor Nicholas II, whose was executed last week, reports the New York Times.

Reports Tsarevitch also dead.

July 24, 1918

Alexis Romanov, former heir to the Russian throne, died "from exposure a few days after his father," according to a dispatch from Moscow to the Berlin Lokal-Anzeiger, and transmitted to the New York Times from Amsterdam.  

Alexis was 13 years old.  He was born August 14, 1904, and was the youngest of the five children of Nicholas and Alexandra, the former emperor and empress of Russia.  Nicholas was reported to have been executed on July 17.

War in Europe?

July 24, 1914

Authoritative sources in London tell the New York Times that "developments are pending the Austro-Serbian crisis, which are likely to lead, if not to a great European war at least to a protracted period of international unrest."  This unrest would include the "outbreak of war in the Balkans."

All of this can be averted if there is a "complete back down" one or the other of the two triple alliances "into which the European powers are divided."

So far only Germany and Russia have been drawn into the Austro-Serbian quarrel.  The New York Times understands that Great Britain has "clearly and unmistakably taken a line of policy" that shows her "entente with France and Russia will be an essential factor in the balance between peace and war."

Germany will not get involved in the Austro-Serbian quarrel unless another nation prevents Austria from "obtaining satisfaction" for the murders of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.    If another power interfered -- namely Russia -- Germany "would do her duty by her Austrian ally."

Russia has taken "up the challenge.  From St. Petersburg, a notice that Russia has decided to "intervene" in the crisis.  The Russian government will ask Austria to extend the time allowed for Serbia's response to Austria's ultimatum in order to allow European diplomacy to take action.

Britain and France have made it clear that they will support Russia if Germany "carries out her intention" of "resenting intervention by Russia."

The current situation in Europe is dire.  Austria cannot "recede from the position" she has taken with Serbia, while Russia is unlikely to abandon her support for Serbia.

All members of the British Cabinet have canceled their weekend plans.

There is little information on how Belgrade has reacted to Austria's ultimatum, as Austria-Hungary has put "obstacles" on "rapid telegraphic communication" with Serbia.    In the last 24 hours, the messages from Belgrade have been "few and insignificant."

Archduke Otto ill

July 24, 1904

Archduke Otto of Austria, the younger brother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the throne, is "exceedingly ill," reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.

The archduke is second in line to the throne due to his brother's morganatic marriage.   About three months ago, Otto suffered a "paralytic seizure," which left him "powerless to move."  He had been confined to his palace in Vienna, but now he is recuperating at Rosenburg, where the "change of air and scene" may help in his recovery.

He is said to be "entirely helpless," while reclining in his "daily airing.  

The Marquise says she called attention to this story because of the "certain amount of mystery" in connection with Archduke Otto's health.  No official announcement was made about his health, even after the reports of his wife, Archduchess Maria Josefa appearing at court events without him. 

There are no foundations for these rumors.  Otto is the father of 17-year-old Archduke Karl, on "whom all hopes of the house of Habsburg and the Austrian nation are centered."    Karl is being brought up "entirely under the supervision" of Emperor Franz Josef, who is "devoted to him.  Karl will one day become the ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Danish royal family's summer photo call at Graasten

The Danish royal family's annual photo call at Graasten

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meeting announced for German and Austrian monarchs

July 23, 1884

It was officially announced today in Berlin that German Emperor Wilhelm will meet Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary at Ischl, a "watering place in Upper Austria, on August 8, reports the New York Times. 

The meeting between the two sovereigns will last for two days.   Wilhelm will return to Berlin on the 10th.  

Emperor Franz Josef will meet the German Emperor at Thensee.

Bulletin: Austria ready to invade Serbia

July 23, 1914

The Austro-Hungarian government sent a note tonight to Serbia, which will bear "on the relations between the two countries" and deals directly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne, at Sarajevo on June 28.

The note reviews Austria's relations with Serbia since 1909, and complains that "although the Serbian government promised loyalty" to the Austro-Hungarian government,  it "failed to suppress subversive movements and agitations in the newspapers."  These actions, Austria-Hungary states, has incited the Serbians to "hatred of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and contempt for its institutions."

This hatred culminated in the assassinations of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.   Austria tells Serbia that its involvement in the crime has been proven by "depositions and confession by the perpetrators," who have admitted that the plan was "hatched in Belgrade," and the arms and explosives were supplied by the "connivance of Serbian officers and functionaries."

"The Austro-Hungarian Government is unable longer to pursue an attitude of forbearance, and sees the duty imposed upon it to put an en to the intrigues which form a perpetual menace to the monarchy's tranquility.  It therefore demands from the Serbian government formal assurance that it condemns the dangerous propaganda whose aim is to detach from the monarchy a portion of its territory, and also that the Serbian government shall no longer permit this machinations and this criminal, perverse propaganda."

The Serbian government is also being asked to "publish in its official journal on the front page, condemning the subversive propaganda, deploring its fatal consequences," as well as regretting the actions of the Serbian officers, who have taken part in the propaganda.  The Austro-Hungarian government is also demanding that Serbia repudiate any further "interference with Austro-Hungarian interests."

Here is a link to the full text of the Austro-Hungarian demand:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Germany will continue relationship with Russia despite killing of Tsar

July 22, 1918

The Berlin correspondent for the Danish newspaper, Politiken, tells the New York Times that he "learned from a well informed person" that Germany will continue to maintain "friendly relations with Russia," even after learning of the murder of the former emperor Nicholas II.   

The correspondent states that the no party in Germany "entertained any sympathy" for Nicholas, and his death must be "regarded as purely affecting the Russian people."

Official: Wilhelm of Hohezollern to marry Princess Adelgunde

July 22, 1914

The engagement of the Prince of Hohenzollern and Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria was officially announced earlier today, reports the New York Times.

The 50-year-old Prince Wilhelm arrived at Schloss Leutstetten, near Munich, to visit the Bavarian royal family, shortly before the announcement was made.  Princess Adelgunde, is the eldest daughter of King Ludwig III and Queen Maria Theresia of Bavaria.

This will be the first marriage for Princess Adelgunde, who will celebrate her 44th birthday on October 17.   The Prince of Hohenzollern is a widower.  His first wife, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies died in 1909.   They had three children, Auguste Viktoria, who is married to the exiled King Manoel II of Portugal,  Hereditary Prince Friedrich and his twin brother, Prince Franz Josef. 

The Prince of Hohenzollern is the older brother of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Roumania.

Happy birthday, Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge is one year old today!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Nicholas' property forfeited to Bolsheviks

July 21. 1918

The property of former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, Alexandra, his mother, Marie, and other members of the imperial family have been "forfeited to the Russian Republic," according to a dispatch from Moscow to Amsterdam and reported by the New York Times.

The forfeiture includes deposits "in foreign banks to the credit of members of the imperial family."   The Bolshevik government issued a decree regarding the forfeiture on July 17.

The Moscow Bjedneta, a Bolshevik newspaper, is reporting the death of the former Emperor.  "By order of the Revolutionary Council of the People, the bloody Czar has happily died.  Vive the red terror!"

Prince Alexander talks about Saxony settlement

Prince Alexander of Saxony-Gessaphe, head of the former ruling house of Saxony, was recently interviewed about the final financial compensation from the Saxony government.

"It is a great pleasure for all of us that this unfortunate chapter, which has been with us for nearly 20 years, has finally come to an end. I want to thank everyone involved,"  Prince Alexander said in an interview with German newspaper, Sächsische Zeitung.

He is pleased that financial solution was arranged.  "It is important that the works of art remain in the museums, and we offer the Free State of Saxony the opportunity to purchase them."

There will be no argument about how the money will be divided.  The family will receive nearly 5 million Euros.    Prince Alexander will receive one thirtieth of the compensation, and, according to Alexander, Rüdiger Prinz von Sachsen (son of the late Prince Timo, is "entitled to the lion's share, about one-third of the total amount."

Interview with Princess Marie Louise of Prussia

Princess Marie Louise of Prussia and her husband, Count Rudolf of Schönburg-Glauchau, have lived in Marbella for 40 years.  Count Rudi has played a major leadership role with the Marbella Club.

The Princess, daughter of Prince Wilhelm Viktor of Prussia (1919-1989), devotes most of her time to charity work.  For the past 20 years she has been involved with an AIDS charity, Asociación Antisida Concordia.  She said she believes it is important to give back to the local community as "Marbella has been very good to me."

In a recent interview with a Malaga news organization, Sur,  the princess says she lives a normal life in Marbella, although she acknowledged she does have help in her home.  She goes to the supermarket, goes for walks with her husband and dog.

Princess Marie Louise remains close to her cousin, Queen Sofia of Spain, who is the godmother to the princess' daughter, Countess Sophie of Schönburg-Glauchau.   She did not call the Queen after Juan Carlos announced that he would abdicate. 

"It was a great surprise."  The princess watched the television coverage and spent a lot of time using the Whats app application, as she kept up to date on the events in Spain."

Marie Louise said she would love to have the Queen stay with "us in Marbella.  It is my big dream."

She is said that her cousin is suffering because of Infanta Cristina's legal problems. "No mother wants to see their children have problems.  I am sorry that my cousin has to her daughter involved."

She is convinced that King Felipe and Queen Letizia will do a great job.  Spain is "lucky to have them both," the Princess said.

She added that Letizia can greatly help Felipe.  "The role of a queen is not easy."

The reporter asked Princess Marie Louise if she wished to be queen.  "Not for a million Euros," she said.  "What a life. Every day and every hour is scheduled. If you're sick you get injected to keep you with your best smile.  Thank God, I have a Count, who is very friendly, and that's enough."

QVD wedding: Tatiana Prinzessin von Preussen marries

Tatiana von Preussen, a London architect, married author Philip Womack in June. 

Tatiana is the daughter of Prince and Princess Andrew of Prussia.  Prince Andrew is the second son of the late Prince Friedrich Georg of Prussia, fourth son of the late Crown Prince Wilhelm, and Lady Brigid Guiness, daughter of the Earl of Iveagh.