Thursday, July 24, 2008

Noble Wedding at Andechs

On 31.05.2008 a novble Wedding took place at Kloster Andechs when Countess Antonia zu Toerring-Jettenbach married Count Felix von Spiegel zum Diesenberg-Hansxleden. The brides father, Count Hans Caspar is a Cousin of the Head of the Family of Toerring-Jettenbach, Count Hans Veit. Her mother is a born Countess of Waldburg zu Zeil and Trauchburg, daughter of the late Count Konstantin and his wife Eleonore, nee Princess of Bavaria.
After the Wedding-Sevice a reception took place near the Cjurch. A friend of me had found out that the Wedding should take palce at Andechs and she has given my permission to use some of her photos.

Among the many Ryoal and Noble Guests
Duke Duarte and Duchess Isabel of Braganza
Duke Max in Bavaria with his daughters Helene, Elisabeth and Anna and sons-in-law Daniel Terberger and Klaus Runow
Duke Philipp and Duchess Marie Caroline of Württemberg
Margrave Max and Prince Michael of Baden
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
Prince Rasso and Princess Therese of Bavaria with daughter Maria Theresia and son-in-law, Count Thomas Kornis
Fürst Georg and Fürstin Marie Gabriele Waldburg zu Zeil and Trauchburg with son Erich and daughter-in-law Mathilde
Hereditary Count Alexander and Hereditary Countess Martina of Quadt
Count Franz Josef and Countess Priscilla of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems
Count Hans Veit and Countess Henriette zu Toerring-Jettenbach with sons Ignatz and Karl Theodor and high-pregnant daughter-in-law Robina
Princess Clarissa of Ratibor and Corvey
Archduchess Helen of Austria
Prince Maximilian of Ysenburg and Büdingen

Arrival of the bride and her father

Duke Duarte and Duchess Isabel of Braganza

Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria
and Daniel Terberger

Duchess Anna in Bavaria
and Klaus Runow

Duke Max in Bavaria

Archduchess Helen of Austria

Duchess Tatiana of Oldenburg

Duke Philipp and Duchess
Marie Caroline of Württemberg

Prince Rasso of Bavaria

Countess Henriette zu Toerring
Jettenbach and daughter, Princess
Clarissa of Ratibor and Corvey

Duke Max in Bavaria, behind the
Duke of Braganza, the Margrave of
Baden and Prince Rasso of Bavaria

Fürst Georg and Fürstin Marie
Gabriele of Waldburg zu Zeil
and Trauchburg

Duchess Helene in Bavaria

Count Franz Josef and Countess
Priscilla of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems

Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein

Duchess Marie Caroline of Württemberg,
behind Count Karl Theodor of Toerring-
Jettenbach and Prince Michael of Baden

Hereditary Count Erich and Hereditary
Countess Mathilde of Waldbug zu Zeil
and Trauchburg

Prince Michael of Baden and
Hereditary Count Ignatz zu

In the wheelchair the brides grandmother,
Countess Eleonore of Waldburg zu Zeil and
Trauchburg, née Princess of Bavaria

All photos and Copyright Gabi P.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Neues Schloss Stuttgart

Last week i visited a place which i have already seen often from outside but have never been inside. The Neue Schloss (new Castle) in Stuttgart. It is not open to the public and the only way to see it from inside is to make a special guided tour which one has to book in advance. This was what i made last week.

Reason for the building of the Castle was that Duke Carl Eugen came to back Württemberg after his education on other Courts and took started to reign. As he didn't wanted to live at the Alte Schloß (Old Castle) it was decided to build a new Castle for him in Stuttgart so that the Stuttgart would again become the Residence. It was started in 746 after the plans of Leopold Reti and after his death Philippe de la Guêpière. In 1762 the Garden Wing burned down and the buildings where stopped. Only in 1775 when Carl Eugen's niece Grand Duchess maria feodrovna of Russia (née Princess Sophjie Dorothea of Württemberg) and her husband the future Tsar Paul I. visited Stuttgart parts of the Castle where renovated. The Castle was finally finsied inside and outside until 1807 but the rooms where redecorated a few times until 1918. The last royal Couple to live in it where King Karl I. and Queen Olga, née Grand Duchess of Russia as King Wilhelm II. and Queen Charlotte preferred the Wilhelms Palais which he inherited from his aunt, Princess Marie, Countess of Neipperg. From 1918 until 1939 there where Museums in the Castle. The Castle was heavily destroyed through bombs in 1944. when it burned a few days. After long debattes in 1954 it was finally deciced to rebuild the oustide from the Castle but only parts from the Inside where rebuild. Today there are in the Gardenwing the Offices of the Minstrery of Finances and in the Citywing the Offices of the Minstery of Education. In the Central Wing are some rooms who are used by the Prime Minster of Baden-Württemberg for official Events.

The Jubilee Pilar errected for the Silver Jubilee of King Wilhelm I.

Statue of Duke Christoph

The Entrance Hall

The staircase

The Garde Hall

The Marble Hall

One of the Silver candelabres
in the Marble Hall

Portraits of Duke Carl Eugen and Duke
Friedrich Eugen in the Marble Hall

2 rooms who are used by the Prime Minister for the when he receives Guests They where not decorated as the looked before 1945. We where told that the have been redocareted the last time for Queen Olga before she moved in after the acession of her husband in 1864.

The Banquet Hall

The Red Cabinett

In this room there hangs an very important painting.Iit shows the Württemberg (or Rotenberg) how it looked before 1819 when there was the old Castle of the Family on it. It was demolited on Order of King Wilhelm I. and he build there a Burial Chapel for his beloved wife, Queen Katharina, née Grand Duchess of Russia