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.

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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.