I am sure this sounds pretty familiar to lots of other collectors with just limited space in their house. Once in a while I look around in my house and think it is really time to clean up the mess. That moment came again this week. Piles of magazines and other stuff collected in the past two years or so covered part of my bedroom. I try to keep all issues of Vorsten Royale, Royalty, Majesty, European Royal History Journal and Royalty Digest Quarterly. But of course most of the articles in other magazines are not even interesting enough to keep. I just need to cut out all interesting articles from the other magazines and then throw away the rest of the magazines. It is however not something I do regularly. So yes, it was really time to start again. Of course I haven’t finished yet, but at least something is gone already.
But what to do with all the articles and pictures I keep. To be honest, I have put it all in boxes and at least most of it is selected. However I never seem to find the time to really do something with it. I used to make scrapbooks, but it becomes harder and harder to find nice scrapbooks, and due to new regulations glue is too wet nowadays so articles don’t look good anymore in scrapbooks. So for the moment I have given up. And what should I keep and what should I not keep. Surely I am not interested in bad quality paparazzi pictures, neither in pictures of royals in swimwear (or even without it). But it is so hard to decide what is great, nice or just not interesting enough to keep? Even if you have decided you like family photos, jubilees, state visits, births, christenings, weddings and funerals most, there is always something else that looks just too great. And the problem is, I love all kind of royal families, and am not just interested in one of them.
I know people who just scan in everything and keep it on their computers. Not me. I am just too afraid it will get lost somehow. And now I am not even yet talking about overloaded bookshelves
So I’d love to know how other people manage their collections, and what kind of solutions they found …
The year 2014 has only just started and the past twelve days have already proven to be highly interesting in a genealogical way. As well as did late 2013.
Of course already in December there were a few interesting births. Charlotte Casiraghi (Monaco) and her boyfriend Gad Elmaleh had a son, Raphaël, in Monaco on 17 December. And Hereditary Prince Christian zu Fürstenberg and his wife Jeanette had their first child, a son called Tassilo Heinrich Christian, in the morning of 24 December. Queen Mathilde of Belgium became an aunt again. Her sister Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz and her husband Baron Nicolas Janssen had a son, Alistair, on 19 December, a brother for Cordelia. On 14 December Maria-Stella, daughter of Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, was christened at Fischbach, Luxembourg. She had been born on 11 November. More babies to come in 2014. The hereditary princely couple of Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha expects their first child in Spring, Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme their first child already in February, and of course the baby of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips (Great Britain) seems to be due any minute. Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill can’t wait for their baby girl to arrive late February. She is to be born in New York City the couple has decided.
A few marriages to look forward to in 2014. In December the engagement was reported of Count Roderick zu Castell-Rüdenhausen and his longtime girlfriend Liesbeth Lotgering. On the last day of the year the engagement was officially announced between the Hon James Tollemache (* 1980), son of the 5th Baron Tollemache of Helmingham, and Florence (Princess) von Preussen. Online the engagement of Baron Axel de Sambucy de Sorgue (son of Princess Chantal of France) and Charlotte Paul-Reynaud was announced. Point de Vue last week reported the engagement of Prince François d’Orléans (France) and Theresa von Einsiedel, whose mother is Princess Amélie von Urach (Württemberg). Another Prussian engagement was announced on 11 January between Philip Womack (* 1981) and Tatiana (Princess) von Preussen. Apparently Countess Francesca “Fanny” von Khevenhüller-Metsch has become engaged to Count Damiano Minozzi some time ago. Anyway also recently divorced Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan on 4 January became engaged/got married (contract was signed) to Zeina Lubbadeh. It will be his third marriage.
Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco) and Tatiana Santo Domingo already tied the knots civilly, and plan to get married religiously on 1 February at the Church St. Nicholas of Myra in Gstaad, at least according to a Columbian jetset page. Prince François d’Orléans (France) and Theresa von Einsiedel are said to have no exact wedding date yet, but they might get married at Niederaichbach Castle, Germany, in the Summer. His cousin Count Melchior von Schönborn-Buchheim will marry Bernadette von Mentzingen on 24 May. Other cousin Axel de Sambucy de Sorgue and Charlotte Paul-Reynaud are to get married at the end of the Summer at Morocco. In August Alexander Spearman will marry Amélia de Orléans e Bragança at the Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé in Rio de Janeiro.
Two Indian royal deaths. The titular Maharaja Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar of Mysore died on 10 December in a private hospital in Bangalore after a heart attack, and the titular Maharaja of Travancore died on 16 December. The new year thus far has been pretty deathly. On 1 January Count Higashifushimi Kunihide, maternal uncle of the Emperor of Japan, died at an impressive age of 103. He was a former member of the Japanese imperial family. Countess Dorothea Razumovsky née Princess zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich died pretty suddenly on 2 January, aged 78. Also on 2 January Countess Anne Dorte af Rosenborg née Maltoft-Nielsen died at Gentofte Hospital, aged 66. The funeral in presence of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, took place at Kongens Lyngby on 9 January. Her husband Count Christian had died in 2013. On 3 January Countess Agnes Miloradovich née Baroness von Hoenning O’Carroll died at Dülmen, Germany aged 77. Her daughter Alexandra married the present Duke of Croÿ, while her own mother was Princess Margarete Lobkowicz. Prince Martin Lobkowicz has died on 4 January, aged 85, likely at Dover, Massachusetts, USA.
Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme married 31-year-old Viktória Cservenyák on 5 October 2013 (1pm) at the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Apeldoorn. The civil wedding took place in Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands, in the late afternoon of 3 October 2013.
The bride arrived at church accompanied by her mother and stepfather. However she had to walk down the whole blue carpet alone, followed by two bridesmaids. The bride had chosen these two friends, Mary DeLuca and Wendel Janssen, as her witnesses in church. The groom’s witnesses were his friends Cas Abbink and Dennis Dolmans.
Among the guests were many members of the Dutch royal family, as well as Princess Marie-Thérèse de Bourbon de Parme, Prince Charles-Henri Lobkowicz, Count Alexander and Countess Isabel zu Stolberg-Stolberg, Don Raimundo Prince Orsini and Donna Kethevane Princess Orsini and their son Don Lelio Prince Orsini.
The groom was born on 13 October 1972 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as son of the Duke of Parma and Princess Irene of the Netherlands. He has three siblings: Carlos (* 1970), Margarita (twin, * 1972) and Carolina (* 1974). Jaime was the last of the siblings to marry.
Viktória Cservenyák was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 25 May 1982 as daughter of Tibor Cservenyá and Dorotya Bartos. She spent her youth in Hungary and Switzerland. After the divorce of her parents she and her mother moved to the Netherlands. Her mother remarried Tristan Ter Riet, and the family lived in Apeldoorn. Viktória studied law in Utrecht, and Master in Business at Nyenrode and the University of Amsterdam. She was a lawyer at Allen & Overy, and is nowadays business lawyer at the Dutch Rabobank. She has been given the title of Countess of Montizón by her brother-in-law before the marriage took place.
For lots of my pictures see here.
Photos and copyright: Gabi (not to be published elsewhere without permission)
As I promised I would have a few pictures of the civil wedding of Prince Félix of Luxemburg and Claire Lademacher on 17 September at Königstein im Taunus, Germany. The couple had chosen to get married at the Villa Rothschild Kempinsky by the mayor of Königstein Leonhard Helm. Claire grew up in Usingen. Both Usingen and Königstein were at some point part of the Duchy of Nassau, where the family of Félix ruled for hundreds of years. Thus it was the perfect place to get married. As Félix pointed out in a pre-wedding interview it is tradition to get married in the home country of the bride.
The happy bride and groom arrived around 12.30pm. Outside the press and a few royaltywatchers were waiting. Their parents, brothers, sister, sisters-in-law and nephews arrived shortly afterwards. The wedding ceremony was just a short one. Despite of the rainy weather bride and groom with their families went back outside after the ceremony for a short photo session. Prince Félix and Princess Claire of course kissed, for the first time as husband and wife. The reception after the wedding was a bit longer than expected.
The bride by the way wore a white peplum dress designed by the Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau. The bridal bouquet was made by “Blumen Maiglöckchen” from Königstein, and existed of “roses platinium” and white hydrangea.
Photos and copyright: Gabi (not to be published elsewhere without permission)
Not only Prince Felix of Luxemburg and Claire Lademacher married on Saturday. Also Prince Heinrich XXIV Reuss and Countess Dorothea zu Castell-Castell tied the knot in a catholic ceremony at St Veit Church in Iphofen, Germany, on 21 September. The groom was born in 1984 as son of Prince Heinrich X Reuss and his first wife Baroness Elisabeth Åkerhielm af Margrethelund. The bride was born in 1985 as daughter of Count Alexander zu Castell-Castell and his first wife Marion Stepp.
A pre-wedding gala dinner took place at Castell Castle on 20 September. The next day the family gathered at Castell and from there travelled to Iphofen, to return to Castell Castle after the wedding. The bride arrived at church with her father. She wore a nice simple dress, well chosen with the gorgeous embroidered antique train and veil, as well as the old diadem, probably all from the Castell-Castell family The train was held by the brides three young halfbrothers, the Counts Gustav (10), Johann (8) and Albrecht (6) zu Castell-Castell. The catholic service was officiated by Monseigneur Gereon Rehberg. The witnesses were Indra Kinkel, Philippa Rotenhan, Nina Zech, Manuel Nieder, Jan Preisz and Friedrich Schlott.
Among the guests were the surviving grandparents of bride and groom Princess Woizlawa-Feodora Reuss and Fürst and Fürstin zu Castell-Castell. Among the guests were also the groom’s sister Princess Benigna Reuss and her husband and son, Prince Maximilian and Princess Alina Lobkowicz, Count Dominik von Neipperg and his wife, Count Clemens and Countess Antonia von Mirbach-Harff.
Probably you’re all waiting for news about the wedding of Prince Félix of Luxemburg and Claire Lademacher on Saturday of course. But unfortunately I have no pictures of the religious wedding. I will have a few from the civil wedding on Wednesday later this week I hope. My friend who was there has only returned late on Saturday, so she hasn’t been able to send all pictures yet.
But lots of photos of the religious wedding can be found online. See for example Royal Portraits or Royal Press Europe. For more news and pictures of the wedding visit Luxemburger Wort, Luxarazzi or Noblesse & Royautés or have a look at the website of the Luxemburg Grand-Ducal family.