Thursday, April 27, 2017

The baptism of Prince Liam of Nassau

HRH Prince Liam of Nassau, second child of Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg, was baptised at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on April 22, 2017.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prince Christian of Hanover to marry Alessandra de Osma

The German magazine is reporting that Prince Christian of Hannover, 31, younger son of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and his first wife, Chantal Hochuli, is engaged to Peruvian model Alessandra de Osma, 25.

In March, the couple attended the Rose Ball in Monaco.  Christian's stepmother, Princess Caroline of Monaco, is estranged from his father, but Christian and his older brother, Prince Ernst August, remain in contact with Caroline and her family.

Alessandra's father, Felipe, is a senior executive with Hermes, a Peruvian cash management  firm.  In 2015, the Carlyle Group acquired control of Hermes.


 The family descends from Peruvian politician Pedro de Osma y Pardo (1868-1936).

Prince Christian met Alessandra in Peru when she was 14 years old, and she became his tour guide in Lima.  A friendship developed between them, and by 2011, they were a couple as Sassa (Alessandra's nickname) accompanied Christian to the wedding of Countess Matilde Borremeo and Prince Antonius zu Fürstenberg.  Matildes half sister, Beatrice, is now married to Christian's stepbrother,  Pierre Casiraghi.

The couple have lived quietly for several year in Madrid, where Prince Christian has studied business administration.  His father and Queen Sofia are first cousins.

Christian's older brother, Prince Ernst August, is marrying Ekaterina Malysheva in July in Hanover.

Monday, April 24, 2017

What the mailman brought me today

Lovely photo of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall by Arthur Edwards

Sophie de Roumanie - Bucharest exhibit

HRH Princess Sophie of Romania is a talented, nay, a gifted photographer.  She specializes in Breton landscapes, as Brittany is her neighorbhood.

In the photographic world, she is Sophie de Roumanie, an award-winning photographer.

After a successful exhibit (with sales going to charity), Sophie is about to stage her first exhibit in Bucharest.

The show runs in Bucharest from April 26 through May 10, in the lobby of the Bucharest National Theatre.  The show will travel to Isai at the end of May, and will run for another month.

Bucharest is a lovely city to visit, and this is the perfect time to go to see an exhibit of superb photographs.  You won't regret it.

Death notice for Baron Niclas Silfverschiold

Baron Niclas Silfverschiold's funeral will held on May 11th.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Prince Heinrich of Bavaria marries Henriette Gruse

Prince Heinrich of Bavaria married Henrietta Gruse  at Kloster Andechs earlier today.  Heinrich, 31, is the second son of Prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix of Bavaria.

Thanks to Gabi Piesiur for allowing me to use a selection of her photos.  She is the copyright holder.

The two women are the Duchess of Braganza and the Countess Elisabeth of Toerring Jettenbach

Princess Anastasia of Croy with her father, the Duke of Croy.  Prince Heinrich of Croy.

The Prince and Princess of Ligne

Princess Anna and Prine Manuel of Bavaria, Princess Ursula of Bavaria,  Princess Felipa of Bavaria with her husband, Christian Dienst.  Princess Felipa is expecting her third child.

The Duke in Bavaria with his daughter, Duchess Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Terberger

The bride arrives

Brothers-in-law Prince Lukas of Auersperg with his son, Prince Ludwig, and Prince Ferdinand of Lippe-Weissenfeld with his younger son, Prince Carl Philipp.  Their wives, Princesses Alice and Auguste are sisters of the groom.

Duke of Bavaria and Duchess of Braganza

Prince Konstantin of Bavaria and his girlfriend

The Duke of Croy (right)

Prince Ludwig of Bavaria

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just added to my collection

New postcards for my collection

HRH Princess Maria del Pilar Eulalia Antonia Isabella Ludovika Franziska Josepha Rita Euphrasia of Bavaria (March 13-1897-January 29, 1987) was the only daughter of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria and Infanta Maria de la Paz of Spain.

Pilar never married.  She served as President of the German Red Cross for 40 years.  She co-wrote several books including  Every Inch a King, biography of her cousin, King Alfonso XIII.

Princess Ida Reuss (September 4, 1891-March 29, 1977) m Prince Christoph Martin of Stolberg-Rossla on November 7, 1911.  Christoph was the 5th of eight children of Botho, the Prince of Stolberg-Rossla, who was married twice.  His first wife, Countess Marie von Arnim died in March 1880 nearly two weeks after giving birth to a daughter, Marie.  Three years later, Both married Princess Hedwig zu Isenberg.

Christoph was born on April 1, 1888 and died on February 27, 1949.  He was the second son of Botho, who died in 1893, and was succeeded by his first son, Jost Christian, who was killed in action in 1916.

The couple had four children, Caroline Christine (1912-1996), Heinrich Botho (1914-1974),  Johann Martin (1917-1982), who succeeded his father in 1949, and Marie Elisabeth (1921-1975)

Caroline Christine was married twice.  Her first marriage to Hans Albrecht von Boltenstern took place at Rossla in 1935. He was killed in action in 1940.  She married again in 1944 to Baron Wilhard von Eberstein.     She had two daughters, Ruth Ingrid (1937) and Gisela (1938) by her first husband.  Her second marriage was childless.

Johann Martin's marriage to Hildegard Sauerbier was childless.  The male line is now extinct.

Marie Elisabeth married Prince Wilhelm of Schönburg-Waldenburg in 1939. He was killed in action in 1944.  They had two sons: Ulrich (1940) and Wolf (1943).

Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach  (1876-1923) was married twice.. His first marriage (1903) was to Princess Karoline Reuss (1884-1905).  Karoline was Princess Ida's sister.

In 1910, he married Princess Feodore of Saxe-Meiningen ()1890-1972).  They had four children:  Sophie (1911-1888) who married Friedrich Gunther, Prince of Schwarzburg (1901-1971); Carl-August (1912-1988), who married Baroness Elisabeth von Wangenheim-Winterstein (1912-2010); Bernhard (1917-1986) who married Princess Felicitas of Salm-Horstmar, and Georg (1921-2011.)  Georg renounced his rights and titles in 1953, and took the name Jörg Brena.

The present head of the Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach is Carl-August's son,  Michael (146) who has one daughter, Princess Leonie.  The succession will pass to Bernhard's son Wilhelm (1946) and his only son, Georg-Constantin (1977).