Friday, December 23, 2011

double engagment in the House Habsburg

2 sons of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife Marie Astird, née Princess of Luxemburg announced their engagement on 22.12.2011 in Brussels.
Theor odlest sonm Archduke Imre is engaged to Kathleen Walker and his younger brother Archduke Christophe is engaged to Adélaide Drape-Friché.

† Countess Agathe zu Ortenburg

Countess Agathe zu Ortenburg, née Countess of Schaeberg passed away on Coburg on 20.12.2011. She was born on 14.03.1925 as youngest daugher of Count Joseph of Schaeberg and his wife Ghislaine, née Comtesse de Berlaymont. On 21.10.1954 she married count Alram zu Ortenburg, who died in 2007. Together the couple had 4 children.

Friday, November 25, 2011

First pics of Princess Philomena zu Schaumburg-Lippe

Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna zu Schamuburg-Lippe recently presented their daughter Philomena who was borin  on 10. July. The presentation took recently place in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich. 
The Princess will soon be christened at Bückeburg Castel on her full name: Philomena Sylvia Huberta Amelie Juliane Vera Marie-Anna. As the Couple decied at their Wedding that sons would be chrstened evalelic and daughters catholic she will be christened in a catholic Ceremony. The godpartents will be Princess Philomena of France, Duchess of Vendome, Princess and Duchess Sylvia of Arenberg, Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Amelie zu Löwenstein, Countess Julia Ruiz-Berdejo y Sigurtà née Oetker, Countess Marina Wolff Metternich and Countess Veronique von der Schulenberg

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

† Prince Franz-Karl zu Salm-Salm

Prince Franz-Karl zu Salm-Salm passed away on Saturday 19. November 2011 at the age of 94 at Wallhausen. He was born in 1917 as son of prince Franz zu Salm-Salm and his wife Maria Anna, née Baroness of Dalberg. Until 1944 he leaded the administration of the Family Posessions in Moravia. After he reutned from the War and prison in Russia he took build up the Salm-Dalbergsche administration at Wallhausen as Winegardener and forester. He was also as member of the CDU for sveral Elctions periodes a member of the regional Parliament. 
In 1951 he married Baroness maria of Boeselager. The couple celebrated their diamond Wedding only a few weeks ago. Togetter the Couple had 8 children, 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Already in 2001 the Copuple got from the State Rhineland-Palatinate the big Silver Medal for their Social Work.

† Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg

Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg, Pée princess of Lxuemburg passed away on Tuesday 22. November2011 at the ageof 88. She was born on 22. December 1921 as the second childa nd oldest daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg and her husbamd Pricne Felix, née Prince of Bourbon of Parma. In 1955 she married Duke Franz Ferdinand of Hohenberg,a grandson of Archduke Franz Feerdinand of Austria and his morgantaic wife Countess Sophie Chotek who was createdDuchess of Hohenberg. The coupke was killed in 1914 at Sarajevo.
Duke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Elisabeth had 2 daughtersFürstin Anitaand Fürstin Sophie. After the death of her husband in 1977 the Duchess took her residence in her homecountry Luxemburg.
She will be buried at the Family Crypt at Artstetten Castle and later there will be also an memorial Service in the St. Michales Church in Luxemburg. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Castle Church Stuttgart


The Castle Church in Stuttgart was build from 1558-1562 by Alberlin Tretsch and was the first protestant Church in Württemberg. It lies in one Wing of the Alte Schloß and the entrance is in the Couirt of Arcades of the Castle.  According to protestant unterstanding the Altar and the  puilbit should be seen from all places and where placed as equal objects of Art. They where designed by Sem Schlör. After the catholic  line had come to Power in Württemberg they room wasn't used as Church anymore. From 12810 it ws used first as Library and later as the Court Pharmacy. In 1865 the Church was renovated in the newgothic stlye according to plans of the Architect Alexander Tritchler. There was also a Vault errected which is below the Church. The Church was reopend on 26.11.1854. In this Vault are buried King Karl I. and Queen Olga, née Grrand Duchess of Russia, their adopted daughter Duchess Vera, née Grand Duchess of Russia and her husband Duke Wilhelm Eugen and their little son, Duke Karl Eugen. 
Today the Church is used as preaching place of the protesant Stiftschurch parish. She is often used for Weddings. 

The Altar

The sarcophags of Duke Wilhelm Eugen and Duchess Vera

The sarcophags of King Karl I. and Queen Olga

Monday, October 24, 2011

Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg - Castell-Rüdenhausen engagement

According to Marlene König the engagement was confirmed between Prince Dominik zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberbg and Countess Olga zu CastellRüdenhausen. Prince Dominik is the youngest son of Fürst Alois Konstantin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and Fürstin Anastasia, née Pricness of Prussia and Coutness Olga is the oldest daughter of Fürst Johann Friedrich zu Castell-Rüdenhausen and Fürstin Maria, née Coutness of Schönborn-Wiesentheid. Countess Oklga is also a cousin ofPprince Georg Friedrich of Prussia as her faterh is one of the brothers of Gergo Friedrich's mother Donata.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

90 years ago: death of württembergs last King

Today it is exactly 90 years ago that the last King of Württemberg, King Wilhelm II. passed away at Bebenhausen Castle. 
Prince Wilhelm was born on 25. February 1848 in the Prinzenbau at Stuttgart as the only child of Prince Friedrich and his wife Princess Katharina, one of the daughters of the reigning King Wilhelm I. of Württemberg. As it became in the 1850's clear that the Crown Princely Couple Karl and Olga, née Grand Duchess of Russia would remain childless he was educated as heir to the Throne as he was at place 3 in the line of succession at that time after Crown Prince Karl and his father, Prince Friedrich. In Tübingen and Göttingen he studied law and Staats-/finacial science and joined the Corps Suevia Tübingen and Göttingen Bremensia. Later he joined in Potsdam the prussian Militär. 
On 15. February 1877 he made a true Lovematch when he married at Arolsen Princess Marie zu Waldeck and Pyrmont. Soon in December of the same year the first child, Princess Pauline was born. In July 1880 the heir, Prince Ulrich was born. But unfortunately the young Prince died already 5 months later. In April 1882 the Princess gave birth to a stillborn daughter. The Princss died 3 days later. On 8. April 1886 Prince Wilhelm married again this time Princess Charlotte zu Schaumbrug-Lippe, from the so called Nachold-line of the Princely Family. But unfotunately this marriage remained childless.
On 6. Ocotober 1891 King Karl I. died and Wilhelm now became his successor as King Wilhelm II. Many of the  sovereign rights had fallen to the German Emperor. King Willhelm used a rather large middle-class lifestyle and lived also aftrer his accession to the throne at the Wilhelmspalais at Stuttgart and the Neue Schloß was only used for official Events. Without guard or escort, he went to walk in the last days of his government in Stuttgart. Men from the bourgeoisie, he invited them to "Mr. evenings" in his residence in the Wilhelmspalais. For domestic servants and agricultural workers, he introduced a health insurance. And taxes were first levied in Württemberg after the actual income of citizens.
Under his patronage the Socialist Congress was held in Stuttgart, at the court theater plays were performed, which were banned in other countries, for example, by Frank Wedekind, at whose performances the Royal Couple together was present.
The outbreak of World War II  shocked King Willhelm  II. with tears in his eyes, he  discharged  the troops in Stuttgart. 
Since the end of October 1918 there where more and more demonstrations and protests against the existing social order. Also in the elimination of the Württemberg monarchy was demanded. At a meeting of the demonstrators with the Mionister of the Intereieur Köhler on 04. November 1918 the protesters agreed that King Wilhelm II - highly appreciated by his subjects - have an exemplary act constitutionally, one of the leaders who demanded the abdication. The spartacisr Seebacher formulated as follows, however „s'isch aber wegen dem Sischtem“ ("however, it is because of the system ")  At the 9.  November 1918, a revolutionary crowd was penetrated with foreign leaders in part to the Wilhelmsplais, King Wilhelm II. eventually left the evening in Stuttgart Bebenhausen direction. That assisted him in this situation, no one, he never relatives. On 30 November 1918, he renounced the crown and assumed the title of Duke of Württemberg. The provisional government assured him on 29 November 1918 very obligingly, that he would retain in addition to an annual pension of 200,000 marks and a lifetime residency rights in the hunting lodge Bebenhausen the unrestricted right to dispose of his private property.  
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The last years where spent in Bebenhausen and more at Friedrichshafen. King Wilhelm II. died in the morning of the 2. October 1921 at Bebenhausen Castle. He was lying in State at Bebenhausen and on 7. Ocotober the coffin was brought to Marienwahl his House at Ludwigsburg according to his own wishes the coffin was not carried through Stuttgart but around it. From Marienwahl the coffin was brought to the Old burial ground at Ludwigsbrug where he was buried next to his first wife and son.

After his death the headship of the Royal House passed to the so called catholic line of the House of Würtztemberg and the present Head of the House is Duke Carl. Since 1993 there is again a connection to King Wilhelm II. as Duke Friedrich, the oldest son and heir of duke Carl, married in 1993 Princess Marie zu Wied who is a great-great-granddaughter of King Wilhelm II. through his daughter Princess Pauline who was marrid to Fürst Friedrich zu Wied. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wedding in the House Faber-Castell

Count Charles of Faber-Castell married on Friday 30. September 2011 in a  Melisa Eleyesil. The civil Ceremony took place at the townhall of Stein nr. Nürnberg. A religious Wedding is planned for Spring 2012. Coount Charles is the oldest child and only son of Count Anton-Wolfgang of Faber-Castell and works since 2009 for an internation mamagement consulting Firm in Munich.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A new Prince zu Fürstenberg

The first child of Prince Antonius zu Fürtenberg and his wife Matilda, née Countess Barromeo was born in the afternoon of Thursday 22. September at Turin. The happy coupolke married in June at the Isola Bella  The little boy was named Karl Anton and has a round head and dark hair. The happy new was announced yesterday at Donauscheschingen during the procession of the Riding-Festival in the presence of the happy grandmother, Fürstin Maximiliane.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

† Prince Rasso of Bavaria


Prince Rasso of Bavaria passed way at his home at Tutzing near Lake Starberg on 12.09.2011 at the age of 85.  He was born in 1926 as youngest child of Prince Franz of Bavaria and his wife Isabella, nee Princess of Croy and a grandson of the last bavarian King Ludwig III. In the late 1930's his parents and Family lived in Hungary and only returned to Germany after 1945. In 1955 Prince Rasso married Archduchess Therese of Austria, Princess of Tuscany and had 7 children with her. 
In his private life he breeded dachshunds.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Georg Friedrich and Sophie - Wedding Day

In the morning of the Wedding Day i meet very early with Gabi and Anuschka as wehad no Press-Accredition unlike Stig, netty and Sofia. So we soon went to the church and secured us a place just outside the Entrance Gate which to  the the part of the Park sorrounding the Church. There we meet another Royal Watcher, Ingrid which we know already from other Events. Around 10h00 the first guests started to arrive among them the bride older brother, hereditary prince Alexander of Isenburg. We asked him for a pic which we good and he said"there will a come a lot more important guests". And soon the guests arrvied. Luckily for us most of the guests walked along the "Allee nach Sanssoucci" the street whch goes to the Gate. As there were also some Press-people next to us we had the luck that someof the guests also posed for us. Only some guests arrived with Cars but they had to go out of the Car before the gates. Short before 12h00 the Families arrived first the birdes mother, Fürstin Chrstine of Isenburg together with the grooms stepfatehr, Duke Friedrich August of Oldenbrug, followed by the birdes sisters Archduchess Katharina of Austria-Este with her husband Archduke Martine and Fürstin isabelle zu Wied with her husband Fürst Carl.  and some of theri children. Soon after the beaming groom arrive together with his mother, Duchess Donata of Oldenbrug and his sister, Pricness Cornelie-Cécile. And not much later a silvers Roll-Royce which belongs to a friend of the groom arrived with the birde and her father. They where the only one who drove through the gates. The bidewore a bridal gown designed by Wolfgang Joop and a heirloom Veil from the Isenbrug Family from around 1830 together with a floral tiara from the posession of the Isenbrug Family. Both tiara and Veil had also be worn by theirs sisters on their Wedding Days and are traditional worn by the Pricncesses of the Isenburg-Family on their Wedding days. Short later the Wedding Service started. As the bride is catholic and the groom protestant it was a ecumenical Service officiated by PastorJürgen Wohlrab from the "Kaiserin-Auguste Viktoria Stiftung" whiich is located at the Ölberg at jerusalem and the retitred about Coutn Joseph Henckel of Donnersmarck.  I decided not to wait until the Service had ended and together with Gabi and Ingrid  went to the Neue Kammern next to Sanssoucci Castle where the Reception after the Wedding took place. Just when we arrived there we could see the carriage which the bridal Couple would take after the Wedding Service leaving to the Church. We then secured us a good spot to watch the arrival of the bridal Couple there but unfortunately just when the Carriage arrvied some photographers took their place just before us so we hadn't a very good sight. As they carriage had arrived the Couple posed for a short moment for the photographers and then went inside. And soon after the guests started to arrive. Somea arrived in buses and Cars and others had walked through the Park. As the recpetuion would not last for to long i decided there to stay and wait until the birdal Coupkle wouldleave. Unfortunately at some point it startet to rain though not to strong. As there are 2 entrances we didn't know which one the couple would use as they had entered through the other entrance then most of the guests. We then asked the security people there and they siad "It is planed they will leave here"- Just some mintues later we some going on at the other entrance and it was the Couiple leaving. We run up and where there just in time to see the Couple driving back to their Hotels. They same did we no also and later we meet up with Anuschka, Sofia, Netty and Stig to have dinner. We originall had planned to go to the Orangerie in the evening to see the guests arrive there for the Dinner Dansart but as already in the afternoon roads where closed there we deciced not to go and stay at the Luisenplatz where some of the Hotely are in which the guests stayed. And we could see quiet a few there. The first one was Duke Franz of Bavaria, and we also saw the Fürst and Fürstin zu Castell-Castellm the Fürst and Fürstin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and a few more. We could also stand opposide the street when the birdal Couple and their families left their Hotel and could see the birde wearing the gorgeous prussian meander tiara.

Prince Eduard and Princess Corinna of Anhalt
Archduke Georg and Archduchess Eilike of Austria
Archduchess Gabriela of Austria
Margrave Max and Margavine Valerie of Baden
Hereditary Prince Bernhard and Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden
Prince Leopold and Prince Michael of Baden
Prince Ludwig and Pricness Marianne of Baden
Prince Berthold, Pricness Sophioe and Princess Agalë of Baden
Duke Franz of Bavaria
Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria
Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria and Daniel Terberger
Prince Ludwig of Bavaria
Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria
Prince Laurent of Belgium
Duke Duarte and Duchess Isabel of Bragnza
Princess Monika of Hannover
Landgrave Moritz of Hesse
Fürst Karl Friedrich and Fürstin Katharina of Hohenzollern
Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern
Prince Ferdinand and Princess Ilona of Hohenzollern
Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan
Prince Stephan and Princess Florentine of Liechtenstein
Princess Maria Annunziatra and Princess Marie Astrid of Liechtenstein
Prince Armin and Princess Traute zurLippe
Prince Stephan and Princess Maria zur Lippe
Prince Georg amd Princess Alexandra zur Lippe-Weissenfeld
Prine Ferdinand and Princess Augsute zur Lippe-Weissenfeld
Princess Sibilla of Luxemburg 
Duchess Donata of Mecklenbrug and husband Alexander von Solodkoff
Duke Crhistian and Duchess Caroline of Oldenburg
Duke Huno and Duchess Fenita of Oldenburg with their daughters and son-in-laws
Duke Johann and Duchess Ilka of Oldenburg
Duke Konstantin of Oldenburg
Prince Jaime and Pricness Maria Carolina of Bourbon of Parma
Princess Ehrengard of Prussia 
Pricne Freidrich Wilhelm jr. and Pricness Anna Catharina of Prussia
Prince Joachim Albrecht and Pricness Viktoria Luise of Prussia
Prince Christian Ludwig and Princess Irina of Prussia
Pricness Christa of Prusssia
Prince Adalbert and Princess Eva Maria of Prussia with their 3 sons
Prince Franz Wihlelm of Prussia
Prince Franz Friedrich and Princess Susann of Prussia
Hereditary Pricne Heinrich and Hereditary Princess Johannetta Reuß
Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania
Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duke Georgi of Russia
Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditery Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Prince Alexander and Princess Stephanie of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Pricne Konrad of Saxe.Meiningen
Prince Alexander and Pricness Gisela of Saxe-Gessaphe
Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Fürstin Benita zu Schaumbrug.Lippe
Prince Carlos and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke and Duchess of Castro
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with sons
Duke Philipp and Duchess Marie Caroline of Württemberg

and lots of memersof mediatized Houses like: Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Schönburg-Glauchau. Leininignem, Ysenburg and Büdingen, Castell--Castell, CAstell-Rüdenhausen, solms-Laubach,. Eltz, Schönborn,.Schönborn-Wiesentheid, Wied, Erbach-Fürstenau

see my pics here

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Georg Friedrich and Sophie - pre Wedding Concert

On the occasion of the Wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenbrug i made some vacation in Potsdam and later also Berlin. I arrived there on Wednesday a few ddays before the Wedding. After the arrival i meet with some Anuschka and Sofia who had also arrived on this morning.  We visited as first the Friedenskirche the location for the upcoming Wedding as this was the first days it was open to the  public. As we had seen allof it we walked back and at the Luisenplatz we spotted the bridal Coupletalking to some other people. We waited until they where ready then we asked if we could take a pic of them. 
We later continued with sightseeing on this dayand visited first Cecilienhof Castle where Crown prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie with their family lived until 1945. Afterwards we went to the Marblepalace.

One the next day we and 2 other friends wo had arrived later on Wedneday contnued with sightseeing. In the morning we walked pas the Church again where preparations for the Wedding where in full forche with flowers delivered and technical equpment beeing installed for the Live-Broadcast. After we where joined by 2 more friends we visited among others the Neue Kammern where the reception after the Wedding Service ws to take plac and the Orangerie the site for the Gala-Dinner in the eveing. After we had vistied Sanssoucci Castle we walked across the street behind it. suddenly a car stopped for ashortmoment and 2 eople waved out and Said "Hello how are you" and then drove away. We only then realized that it had been the bridal Couple.

On thext day Friday we all together drove in the morning to Berlin where we visited Charlottenburg Castle and it's Gardens. After having somerest we made our Way to the Gendarmenmarkt to secure the best places there. Ast there wasno official Press-Accredition for this Event we could stand in the first row just a few metres opposde the stairs leading to the Concerthouse. There annual Benefit Concert for the "Princess Kira of Prussia foundation" tookplace. This Event takes usually place every Septemberg at Hohenzollern Castle. But in this year it was decided that on the occasion of the WEdding this should tkae place as a pre-Wedding Event in Berlin.The first guests arrived at around 18h00 local time. On of the first to arrive was the bridal Couple who posed on the staris for the gathered Press  Short later Sophie's parents Fürst Franz Alexander and Fürstin Christine arrived together with their younger son Prince Victor. Most of the around 1000 guests arrived with busses and had to walk to the Concert Hall. 
More pics of the guests here:

Wedding at Schleiz

On Saturday 03.09.2011 the Bergkirche at Schleiz saw a noble Wedding when Princess Benigna Reuß married there the spanish noble Oscar de Ascou y Planes. Although both the bridal couple is catholic it was their wish to marry at the Berkirche at Schleiz which is a protestant Chruch as it has many connections to the Family of the  bride. After the Wedding Service which lasted for around 2 hours a reception took place at the Summer Plaace at Greiz.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wedding in the House of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein

The civil Wedding of Princess Alice zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein and Prince Christian zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg took place on 26.08.2011 at Schrizberg. prince Alice is the oldst daughter of Fürst Ferdinand zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein and his wife Franziska, née Princess zu Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg. The groom is a son of Prince Peter zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his wife Judith, née Mártonffy-Dudutz. The religious Wedding as planned for 27. August but had to be postponed because the mother of the bride has becomen seriously ill.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Louis & Philippa - Rohrbach 20.08.2011

On Saturday 20.08.2011 the religious Wedding of Prince Louis zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Countess Philippa Spannocchi took place at the St. Jacobus Church at Rohrbach in Upper Austria. The Family of the brides lives at the Sprinzesntein Castle nearby. The couple had already married in a civil Ceremony on 20.05.2011 at Sayn Castle.
The ceremony started at 11h00. The groom arrived around 1 hours before the Service started accompanied by his brothers Hereditary Prince Heinrich and Prince Peter. The 2 had the lists with the guests and showed the guests their places. Soon also the guests arrvied among them Count Vincenz and Countess Katharina of Schönborn-Buchheim and of course the family of the groom and bride. Also the grooms graadmother Fürstin Marianne (Manni) arrvied at the arm of her youngest son, Prince Peter and the groms parents Fürst Alexander and Fürstin  Gabriela. Soon before the servie stated the Family came in a Cortege around the church headed by Fürstin Gabriela with the groom, followed by Fürst Alexander with the brides mother, Countess Verena 'Spannocchi and then the siblings of the groom and bride. Around 5 mintues later the bride and her father Count Hieronymus Spannocchi arrived in an Mercedes Cabriolet. They where driven direct to the entrance of the Church. The bride wore a family tiara and a beautiful old lace Veil. As she had left the Car the bride greeted first the flower chidlren (Philippa Karamt, Coutness Elisabeth Hunyadi, Coutness Anna-maria of Schönborn-Wiesentheid, Counts Clemens and Philipp of Schönborn-Buchheim and Prince Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn). The bride and her father hjd to wait a bit before entering the Church as some late guests arrived. Then the procession in the church started and the Service begun. During the Service the church doors remained open so that everyone couuld stand in the back of the Chruch to follow the Serive. The Service lasted for around 1,5 hours. The the birdal Couple left the Church to the sound of the Orgel Toccata of Charles Marie Widor. Outside the where greeted by the local people who had gathered there to see their Countess marry. The bridal Couple posed then for the photographers alone and also together with the flower children. Then they went into another corner of the place around the Church to recevive the congratulation of their parents. Also the grooms grandmother and wellknown photographer Fürstin Marianne took some pictures of the bridal couple. Then everyone could gratulate the birdal Couple. After sometime the went to the Cabriolet the grok helped to get the train in the car. Then they drove away to Sprinzenstein Castle where a reception took place.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Diamond Wedding in the House of Oldenburg

On Sunday 07. August 2011 Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg and his wife Ameli, née Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg celebrated their Diamond Wedding in the garden of their Castle Güldenstein. They had married exactly 60 years ago at Kreuzwertheim am Main in a double Wedding. Also the brother of Duke Anton Günther, Duke Peter got then married to Ameli's sister Princess Gertrud zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg. Duchess Gertrud died in February this years otherwise it would have been a double diamond Wedding.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Duke Carl of Württemberg turned 75

On Monday 01. August Duke Carl of Württemberg celebrated his 75th birthday. Although the birthday was celebrated only with the Family there where some official congratulations. In the morning the "Trachtenkapelle" from Hinterstoder and the Musi Chapel of Altshausen. In the afternoon officials from the town Altshausen and the local organisations came to congratulate

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wedding at Moritzburg

Prince Daniel of Saxony married on Saturday 30. July 2011 at Moritzburg his longtime girlfriend Sandra Scherer.
First the civil Wedding took place at the Fasanery Castle followed by the religious Wedding in the Chapel of Morizburg Castle. It was the first time that in the catholic CastleChurch a protestant Wedding took place. Later they couple and their guets celebrated at Albrechtsbergl Castle in Dresden.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Georg Friedrich and Sophie Wedding News

Some News about the upcoming Wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg which will take place at the Friedenkirche at Potsdam in 5 weeks on 27.08.2011. Recntly the Couple attended the Wedding of reigning Prince Albert II. of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock and the funeral of Archduke Otto of Austria. The Wedding will be live bvroadcasted by RBB the local Channel for Brandenburg. It will be commented by the Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert. The bride will be driven in a silver-coloured Roll-Royce to the Church. She will wear an historic Veil and tiara from the Isenburg-Family. The dresscode fot he guests is Cutaway for the men and dress with hats for the ladies. After the oecumenical Service the Couple will leave in an open carriage and drive via Luisenplatz, Schopenhauerstraße with Obelisk and Sansoucci to the Neuen Kammern. There the reception will take place. Later there will be a Dinner Dansant for 350 guests at the Pflanzenhalle of the Orangerie of Sansoucci.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Crown Jewels of Württemberg

The Crown Jewels of the former Kingdom of Württemberg are since 1971 displayed in the the württembrigian Ladesmuseum at the Alte Schloß in Stuttgart. In a contract from the year 1927 this peaces where given to the Country Württemberg now a part of Baden-Württemberg,


The King's Crown was made for King Friedrich I. probalby very soon after he became the first King of Württembergon 01.01.1806. The Crown consists of Gold, Diamonds, Pearls and Emeralds. The stones and many of the pecaes who decorate the Crown where taken from the old ducal House Jewels, also the big emeralds and the "Caroliniian Jewels" who had belonged to Duke Carl Alexander who sammled many Jewels. It's not known which Jeweler has made the Crown.  The Crown and Orb where never worn they where displayed at the Lying in States and funerals of the Kings and Queens. Soon after he became King in 1816 King Wilhelm I. let made some smaller changes at the Crown.

King Wilhelm ordered for his third wife Queen Pauline a dimaond Parure of 4 peaces which was made by Heinrich August Kuhn in 1824. One of the reasons for this was the widow of King Friedrich I., Queen Charlotte Mathilde still lived and that the many Jewels of the late Queen Katharina was intheritd by her 2 daughters, so that there where almost no Jewels for the Consort of the reigning King. The Parure consists of the so called riche Diadem, a  daimond necklace with five hanging diamonds, 2 bracelets and  earrings.

The newest peace of the Crown Jewels is the Roccoc-Dideam of Queen Charlotte was made in 1893 and consists of diamonds which are

Monday, July 18, 2011

† Princess Katrin of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Katrin of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, née Bremme died on 13. July 2011 at Grein after  long illness. She was the Widow of the late Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and stepmother of the present Head of the House Prince Andreas.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A second daugther for the Schaumburg-Lippe's

Fürst Alexander zu Schamburg-Lippe and his second wife Nadja, née Zsoeks have becomeparents for the second time. Ther second daughter was born on 10. July at the Hospital Dritter Orden at Munich. She weighted at birth 3750 gramms and will be named Philomena. It's the second daughter for the couple after Princess Filippa who was born in late 2008.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

first Reqium for the late Archduke Otto

Yesterday on Saturday 08.07.2011 the first of 5 Reqiuems for the late Archduke Otto took place at Pöcking where he died. In the morning his coffin was brought in a procession from the St. Ulrich Church where he was lying in State to the Church of St. Pius where on 14h00 CEST a Reqium took place. 
At the procession all 7 children of the deceased and 2 of his sons-iin-law, Count Archiblad Douglas, and Hereditary Count Karl Eugen of Neipperg took part. Thje Reqium was also attened by several royal guest: Archduke Joseph with one of his sons, Archduke Michael and Archducess Christiane, Archduke Gerhard, Ptrince Rasso and Princess Therese of Bavaria wit their daughterMaria Theresa and her husband Count Tamas Kornis, Prince Christoph and Princess Gudila of Bavaria, Fürstin Gloria of Thurn and Taxis, the sports Reporter Fritz von Thurn and Taxis,. the actor Count Friedrich of Thun and Hohenstein, Archduess Maria Anna with her husband Prince Pjotr Galitzine. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

† Archduke Otto of Austria

Archduke Otto of Austria, foerm CrownPrince of Austria.Hungary passed away at the age of 98 in the morning of  Monday 05. July 2011 in his home Villa Austria at Pöcking. all his 7 children whee at his side. 
He was born as Archduke Franz Joseph Otto, eldest son of Archduke Karl and his wife Zita, née Princess of Bourbon of Param, on 20.11.1912 at Villa Wartholz nr Reichenau.  When he as 2 years old his great-uncle Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered at Sarajevo and his fathe became the new heir. Only 2 years later in November1916 his father became Emperor of Austria, after the death of Emperor Franz Joseph I. In 1918 after the end of the First Wolrd War his father had to rennouce and later to leave the Country. He died on 01.04.1922 at Funchal, Madeiara and otto became the new head of the House. 
In 1951 he married Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen and had 7 children with her. In 1961 Ottorenounced his rights to be ableto enter Austria again. In 2007 renounced his position as Head of the Imperial House in favour of his oldest son Karl.
In honor of the late Archduek there will be several Reqiums.
From 05.07. - 08.07.2011his coffin will be on dsplay at the Church st. Ulrich at Pöcking
On 09.07.2011 at the Church St.Anton at Pöcking
on 11.07.2011 at the Theatinerchurch at Munich, afterwards there will by a farewell by the Schützenjäger at the St. Odeons Place in Munich
on 12.07.2011his coffin will be reunited with the coffin of his late wife Archduchess Regina (who passed away in Fevruary 2010 and was tremporäry buried at Veste Heldburg) and both coffins will be on display at Basilica at Mariazell
on 13.07.2011 there will be a Reqiuem at the Basilica at Mariazell
on 16.07.2011 there will be the official Reqiuem at the Stephans Dom at Vienna, with afterwars a funeral procession through the inner City to the Crypt of the Capuines where the funeral will take place
on 17.07.2011 the heart of hte late Archduke will be buried at Pannholama, Hungary

Obituary by the Daily Telegraph

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wedding at Bad Berleburg

On Saturday 18.06.2011 the little town of Bad Berleburg saw royal and noble guests from near and far for the religious Wedding of Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Alexander Johannsmann. The couple had already married in a civil Ceremony on 27.05.2010 and has a son Konstantin, born on 24.07.2010. 
The festivities startedon the evenning of Friday 17.06. with a casual Barbecue for 230 guests. It tookplace in the Castle Parfty before the Orangerie. One of the cooks who prepared the Menue ws the cookof the danish Royal House Lisbeth Bager-Bertelsen. I was there with some other Royal Watchers and first one could see Princess Nathalie, Princess Benedikte and Prince Gustav in the Castle court walking around and discussing somethings. Also little Konstantin was driven around in his pram. Later also Prince Richard arrived in his Landrover. Atsomepoint Prince Richard, Princess Benedikte and Prince Gustav drove away to greet  Queen Margrethe who arrived short afterwards in an helicopter on a lawan a little bit outsde. Soon litter the drove back to the Castle. Later most of the guests arrived some drove in their Cars into the Castle Court others arrived in buses and had to walk a little bit.
On Saturday i and some other Royal Watchers who got Press Accredition completted our Accredtion and then went fast to the Church to reserve a good place there. From time to time it rained a little bit but luckily only very short and not too heavy. The first guests at the Church arrived around 15h30 and with short before the bride the danish and greek Royals. And then the brides mother Princess Benedikte together with her son Prince Gzstav (who had earlier also accompanied his partner Carina Axelsson and his cousin Princess Alexia of Greece to the  church), Finally the bride Princess Nathalie arrived together with her fater Prince Richard. The biride whore a gown of heavy ivory satin designed by the danish Designer Henrik Hviid with a lace top. Towards the End of the three meter long and two meter broad train the monogram of the bridalcouple was embroidedin pearl and crystals. She wore an Veil of irish lace from1 1905 who was a Wedding gift to her great-grandmother Crown Princess Margaretha of Sweden, née Princess of Connaught. It was later worn by her grandmother Queen Ingrid of Denmark, née Pricness of Sweden, Queen Margrethe II. of Denmark, Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Princess Benedikte, Princess Alexia opfGreeeces, Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Mary Donaldson. Also the tiara from Cartier was a gift to Crown Princess Margarethe of Sweden by the Khedive of Egypt in 1905. It was worn as bridal tiara by Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Queen Margrethe II. of Denmark, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berlebrug and Princess Alexia of Greece and is now in the posession of Queen Anne-Marie.
The bride and her father walked over soaking wet red carpet the bride carrying her train and Veil over the Arm. Only at the Church Door the train and Veil where laid down and arranged. Now suddenly the bride realized that she had left her flower bouquet back in the Castle. Now soon someone was send back to the Castle and after around 10 min. waiting finally the her assistant came with the flowers. Now the bride and her father could make her way up the aisle. Short before the End of the Serive which lasted for around 50 mins. it started again to rain a little bit. The the bridal couple left the Church an kised short when outside of the church. Soon the made their way up to their waiting Car a Rolls Royce from 1954. They where followed by their parents and then Queen Margrethe Ii. and Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana. Aftermost of the guest had left the church i soon went to the Castle where a reception was sheduled to take place soon. When i arrived at the Castle the bridal Couple and the danish and greek guests had already arrived there. Suddenly a sturm began it rained heavenly, hail was coming down and also ligthening and thunder. The sturmwent on around 30 mins. Most of the guests had to wait in busses before the entrance in the Castle Court. Some of them like Princess Christina of Sweden and her husband waited until the hail had stopped then the walked up to the Castle where the reception had been moved inside. 
After some time the bridal Couple and some of the guests came out for the planned musical perfomance of the Schützenverein (tradtitional shooting club) who could take place after all with a bit dely. During the perfomance the grandmother of the groom came out on the balcony of the Castle and Queen margrethe II. was spotted in one of the windwos. In one of the other windows Queen Anne-Marie was spotted with some of her children and Prince Nikolaos took pics from the scenery in the court. 
Later in the evening the Wedding banquet for 230 guests  took place in a tent in the Castle Garden. After the dinner the bridal Couple opened the Ballw with the danish bridal Waltz which is danced at all danish royal Weddings. 

HSH Prince Richard zu Sayn Wittgenstein-Berleburg and HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark
HSHHereditary Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Mrs Carina Axeslsson
HSH Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg with Count Richard and Countess
Ingrid of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth
HM Queen Margrethe II. of Denmark
TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
HM Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
TRH Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
HRH Princess Alexia of Greece
TRH Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece
Graf Christian und Gräfin Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
Graf Preben und Gräfin Brita Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
HH Count Michael Bernadotte
Mr Dieter and Mrs Ariane Brinksm née Countess  zu Solms-Laubach
Mr Albert and Mrs Edda Darboven, née Princessof Anhalt
Mr Hans and Mrs Madeleine Dyhlén,[née Fourche d’Otrante
HRH Landgrave Moritz of Hesse
HRH Princess Tatiana of Hesse
TRH Hereditary Prince Donatus and Hereditary Princess Floria of Hesse
HH Princess Mafalda of Hesse
TH  Prince Philipp and Princess Laetitia of Hesse
HH Princess Elena of Hesse
TSH  Hereditary Prince Kraft and Hereditary Princess Carolin zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen
Baron Niels and Baroness Molise Iuel-Brockdorff
Baron Christoph and Baroness Julia von Jenisch
Baron Markus and Baroness Isabel von Jenisch
HH Countess Christine of Kageneck
Mr Marc and Mrs Anna Laudien, née Coutness zu Solms-Laubach
TSH Prince Stephan and Princess Maria zur Lippe
Mr Tord Magnuson and Princess Christina of Sweden, Mrs Magnuson
Baron Philip and Baroness Alexa von Malsen-Plessen
TSH Fürst Albrecht and Fürstin Angela zu Oettingen-Spielberg
HH Mr Kilian and HIlH Mrs Christina von Pezold, née Countess zu Solms-Laubach
TH Count Patrick and Countess Tatiana von Saurma-Jeltsch, née Countess zu Solms-Laubach
TSH Prince Christian-Peter and Princess Judith zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
HSH Prince Hubertus zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
HSH Princess Marie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Mr Olivier LeMaire
HSH Prinzessin Natascha zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
TSH Prince Otto-Ludwig and Princess Annette zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
TSG Prince Robin and Princess Marie-Christine zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
HSH Fürst Bernhart zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein and Mrs Katharina von Alvensleben
HSH Princess Elisabeth zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein
TSH Prince Georg and Princess Benedikta zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein
TSH Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Gabriela zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Mr Dr. Ludwig and Mrs Elisabeth Schmucker, née Countess zu Solms-Laubach
TSH Fürst Philipp and Fürstin Marie zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
HIlH Count Franz zu Solms-Laubach and Mrs Viktoria Unterreiner
HIlH Count Gustav-Albrecht zu Solms-Laubach
HIlH Count Karl-Georg zu Solms-Laubach
HSH Gräfin Madeleine zu Solms-Laubach
HSH Fürstin Maria zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
HIlH Count Hans-Veit and HSH Countess Henriette zu Toerring-Jettenbach
Graf Peder und Gräfin Liane Wachtmeister
TSH Fürst Wittekind and Fürstin Cecilia zu Waldeck und Pyrmont

my pics from the barbecue

my pics from the Wedding Day

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

† Duke Carl of Croy

Carl, 14. Duke of Croy passed away on Tuesday 14, June at the age of 96. He was born on 11.08.1914 in Düsseldorf  as oldest son of Carl Rduolf, 13. Duke of Croy and his first wife the american Nancy Leishman. He spend his early childhood during the german Empire and later in the Republic of Weimar. He later also served as Soldier in the second World War and later studierd Jura in Switzerland. 
On 18.06.1953 he married at Nymphenburg Castle Princess Gabriele of Bavaria, one of the daughters of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife Antonia, née Princess of Luxemburg. Together they moved into House Merfeld near Dülmen where the Duke lived until his death. Together the had 3 children among them the new Duke Rudolf who ws born in 1955.
The funeral of Duke Carl will take place on 22.06.2011. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Memorial Mass for King Ludwig II.

A memorial mass took place on Monday 13.06.2011 in honor of the famous King Ludwig II. of Bavaria who died exactly 125 years ago a mysterious death. The Mass took place at the shore of Lake Starnberg.
The mass was also attended by members of the Wittelbach Family among them: Duke Franz of Bavaria, Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria, prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix, Prince Rasso and Princess Therese, Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula, Prince Ludwig, Prince Manuel and Princess Anna and Duchess Helene in Bavaria.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tullgarns Slott

                                                                     Tullgarn Palaceis situated near Trösa south of Stockholm. Originally there was a Renaissance Palace standing at this placedating from the 16th Century.  In 1719 the then owner, Count Magnus Julius De La Gardie decided to demolish the old Palace and to build a  new one. The new Castle was build by architect Joseph Gabriel Destain. It has a open courtyard to the sea which got it's present Look in 1820. It was modelled after the Logarden and it's stairs at the Royal Palace at Stockholm.
In 1772 the Castle was bought by the Crown and soon became a royal residence. The first inhabitant of it was Prince Fredrik Adolf, Duke of Östergötland, the youngest brother of King Gustaf III. He modernized the Castlein the neo classical style but he died before the Wokrs where completted. In 1807 Fredrik Adolf,'s sister Princess Sophie Albertine took over the Castle and used it as Summer Residence until her death in 1829.  
Now Crown Prince Oscar, the future King Oscar I. and his wife Joséphine, née Princessof Leuchtenberg took over the Castle and after the death of the King in 1859 it became the her residence as Widow. Until her death in 1876 she spend the summers at Tullgarn. The old coat of Arms of the Bernadotte Dynasty (who until 1905 included Norway) and Leuchtenberg are represented on the gable at the Garden side of the Palace. 

In 1881 Crown Prince Gustaf the future King Gustaf V. took over the Castle. In the same year he married Princess Victoria of Baden. The main building was decorated in the style of a modern functional summerhouse then as a Castle. The breakfeastroom was decorated in the style of a southgerman "Bierstube" reflecting the fact that Victoria came from Souuh Germany.  Until 1950 Tullgarn served as a Summer Residence.Victoria and Gustav are represented through a flower arrangement in the lawn before te Garden entrance. The flowers form 2 Coat of Arms under a Crown representing Sweden and Baden. 
Since the 1950's the Main-Rooms of the Castle are open to the public during the summer months. 

See all my pics here in this Flickr Album

Saturday, May 21, 2011

civil Wedding in the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

The civil Wedding of Prince Ludwig (Louis)zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Countess Philippa Spannocchi took place on 20. May 2011 in the Gobelin Hall at Sayn Castle. The groom is the third son of Fürst Alxander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and his wife Gabriela, née Countess of Schönborn-Wiesentheid the bride one of the daughters of Count Hieronymus Spannocchi and his wife Verena, née Countess of Schönborn-Buchheim.
The couple meet 3 years ago at a hunt host by the brides father. "It was love on first sight  " said the beaming bride after the ceremony. The ceremony took place exactly 3 years and 1 weeks after the first meeting.
The religious Wedding will takle place on 20. August in Austria where the Couple will live. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

† Princess Maria Elisabeth of Orleans and Bragança, née Princess of Bavaria

Princess Maria Elisabeth of Orleans and Bragança, née Princess of Bavaria passed away at her appartement at the Jardim Botânico at Rio de Janeiro. She was 96 years and 8 months old and the last member of the bavrian Royal Family born when Bavaria was still a Kingdom. She was born on 09.09.1914 at Nymphenburg Castle as daughter of Prince Franz of Bavaria and his wife Isabella, née Princess of Croy and was a granddaughter of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III. On 19.08.1937 she married at Nymphenburg Prince PedroHnerique of Orleans and Bragança, the head of Imperial Family of Brazil. The couple had together 12 children 8 sons and 4 daughter. Her husband died on 05.07.1981 and was succeeded as headof the Family be their oldest son Prince Luiz Gastão. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Golden Wedding in the House Fugger of Glött

On 10. May Count Albert Fugger of Glött and his wife Elisabeth, nee Baroness of Hertling celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The celebrated at home together with their 3 children. A Service of Thanksgiving will take placeon 14. may at the church of St. Peter and Paul at Kirchheim.
Count albert was born as son of count Ferdinand Arco of Zinnenberg and his wife Maria, née Countess Fugger of Glött.  In 1962 he was adopted by his childless uncle Joseph Ernst, 2. Fürst Fugger von Glött.