Prince of Monaco visits The Netherlands

Some weeks ago it was announced that Reigning Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlène were pay an official visit to the Netherlands on 3 June. While Albert was going to speak with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the presidents of the first and second Chamber, Charlène was to visit the Ronald McDonald Centre and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and to see something of Amsterdam during lunch on a canal boat. Queen Máxima was to accompany her. Late in the afternoon of 30 May however the Princely Court of Monaco announced that Charlène is pregnant. Lovely news for the couple of course, but the next day it turned out that she therefore had to cancel her visit to the Netherlands. And thus also Máxima was unfortunately no longer part of most of the programme.  gracekelly3gracekelly1Thus Albert arrived all alone in the Netherlands. He spoke with politicians and business people from Monaco and the Netherlands, and was to visit a few Dutch companies on 4 June also. In the afternoon he travelled to Apeldoorn, together with King Willem-Alexander, for the opening of the exhibition “Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon” at Palace Het Loo. They arrived shortly before 4.30pm, waved to the public, chatted a bit with each other. A member of the public had some presents for him, already for the baby, but it took a while before they understood. But then Albert, all smiles, walked to the public to accept the present. Soon afterwards they disappeared into the side wing of the palace, where Albert opened the exhibition. King and Prince left around 6pm.

gracekelly6 gracekelly7In the evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, in a gorgeous green dress, were the first to arrive for dinner at the palace. They were accompanied by Princess Beatrix. Lovely evening dresses and glittering jewels. Around 8pm also Prince Albert arrived. He was greeted by the royal couple. After giving her a hug and kisses, Albert gave Máxima a handkiss also. Among the guests were also Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf by the way.


Bourbon de Parme Baby

photo & copyright: Netty Leistra

photo & copyright: Netty Leistra

Princess Irene of the Netherlands became the proud grandmother of a sixth granddaughter last week.

The Bourbon de Parme family announced on Friday that Albert Brenninkmeijer and his wife Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme had their first child and first daughter, Alaïa-Maria Irene Cécile Brenninkmeijer in Switzerland (reportedly in Zürich), on 20 May. The baby’s first name is an Arab name, also used in Basque language. The name means joyful, happy. Irene and Cécile are the names of the baby’s grandmothers.

Carolina and Albert married in Florence, Italy, in 2012.

Carolina’s eldest brother Carlos has two daughters, her elder sister Margarita also, and her brother Jaime has one daughter. Carlos has a son, Hugo, born out of wedlock.

Where the Queen was born

Photos and copyright: Netty Leistra

I just spent some days in and around London. On Monday evening a friend and I were walking through the city, when I suddenly saw a street called Bruton Street. The name sounded familiar to me, so I said, wasn’t the Queen born there? I didn’t remember the number, but wondered if there was any plaque to commemorate the event. We had a quick look in the street, and found the place within minutes. 17 Bruton Street it is! The actual house doesn’t exist anymore, as it was bombed in World War II, the security guy at the door said, but there is a plaque, or actually even two.

queen1The one on top says “This plaque was dedicated in the Silver Jubilee Year of Her Reign – 1977 – to Her Majesty The Queen who was born here on April 21st 1926″.

queen2The one by the City of Westminster below the first one says, as you can probably read “In commemoration of her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year 2002. On this site at 17 Bruton Street stood the townhouse of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne where Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, later to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was born on 21 April 1926″.

What happened in the past weeks?

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.

Monaco news

Something’s going on in the princely family of Monaco.

Nothing yet confirmed, but it is more than clear from pictures by now that Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, and her boyfriend Gad Elmaleh are expecting their first child this year.

Charlotte’s elder brother Andrea Casiraghi and his fiancée Tatiana Santo Domingo are going to get married in the princely palace in Monaco on 31 August. It is rumoured a party and/or religious wedding will be held at Gstaad, Switzerland, in January 2014. The couple had a son earlier this year. Anyway anyone who is expecting something grand with lots of pictures will be disappointed. As far as I have heard only a few pictures will be released after the marriage.

A girl for Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor

Just three weeks after the birth of Prince George the British royal family was extended once again. Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor became the proud parents of a little girl. Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor was born at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, USA, around noon on 15 August 2013. She weighed 7lb. Of course Lord Frederick Windsor was present at the birth. The grandparents are delighted with the news.

Lord Frederick Windsor is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. His wife is actress Sophie Winkleman. They got married in September 2009. The couple lives in Los Angeles, where he is working as a financial analyst.

A birth in the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg family

A wonderful message reached me yesterday. Pieter Haitsma Mulier and his wife Princess Vanessa zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg with great joy and pleasure announce the birth of their first son Louis-Gaspard Otto George Haitsma Mulier on 14 August 2013. Little Louis was born at 9.43am and weighed 3440 gramms. Both mother and son are doing fine. Louis is a name that is in use on both sides of the family. The other names are the ones of his paternal and maternal grandfather, and his paternal step-grandfather.

The civil marriage of Pieter Haitsma Mulier and his wife Princess Vanessa zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg took place at Chelsea Registry office in London on 25 November 2006. The religious marriage took place at the ev. Stadtkirche at Bad Berleburg on 8 September 2007. Their first daughter Selina Isabella Annette Marie was born on 23 April 2007 in London. A second daughter, Felicia Catharina Anna Antonia, was born on 28 May 2010. And I can imagine not only the parents, but also his two sisters are over the moon with their little brother and playmate.

It is a boy! And they called him George …

Just come to the conclusion that Baby Cambridge is already eight days old, and I still haven’t written anything about it. Not that there hasn’t been enough news about it thus far. Guess never there has been written so much about one little newborn baby than about this one.

We only heard the news four hours after the birth took place as the parents had wanted to spend some time with their child in private, without anybody knowing about it being born yet. Only the close family was of course informed as soon as possible. But after quite a few hours of waiting it was announced at exactly 8.30pm, that the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a SON at 4.24pm. The little boy, whose name wasn’t announced immediately, weighed 8lbs 6oz (or 3799 gramms). Mother and son were both doing well, but were said to remain in hospital overnight. The Duke of Cambridge was present at birth and also spent the night in St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

The new grandfather, The Prince of Wales, already announced in the evening of the birth of his grandson, that he and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall “are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild”.  He furthermore said to be “enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we aer eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.” Also the great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh said to be “delighted”.

The medical staff present were Mr Marcus Setchell, Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Obstetrician, and Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist. On 23 July the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement thanking “the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received”.

In the afternoon of 23 July the baby’s maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton visited their first grandchild. When they left Carole Middleton said that the baby was “absolutely beautiful”. In the late afternoon also the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall came to the hospital. The Prince of Wales said that his new grandson is “marvellous”. In the evening once again everybody was watching live stream on the Internet or television, when at 7pm the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left hospital with their son. See the report and photos, and more photos. They shortly spoke to the press before leaving by car to Kensington Palace.

Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for the names to be announced. In the early evening of 24 July it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son “George Alexander Louis”, to be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. His real title however will be Prince .. of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, even when this title will not be used too often I suppose. The little boy is third in line to the British throne, behind his grandfather and father, but before his uncle Prince Harry.

Anyway little George only spent one night at the palace thus far, and met a few more family members, including great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. On 24 July his parents took the car and drove with baby George to Bucklebury, where the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents live. And there they still are … unless I missed something.

Royal Baby Today?

For who hasn’t heard yet … the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital early this morning at around 6am. Still no news …

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in the early stages of labour

Published on 22nd July 2013

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour.

The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.