Death of Prince Armin zur Lippe

specials_various_2004_armin_03So sad to read this morning about the death of Dr Armin Prinz zur Lippe, head of the Princely House of Lippe. He died in Detmold on 20 August 2015 after a short, serious illness. He was born on 18 August 1924 as son of the last reigning prince of Lippe, Fürst Leopold IV, and his second wife Princess Anna zu Ysenburg und Büdingen.

A statement by the family said he was the last surviving son of a ruling German Prince, that is someone who actually ruled before the end of the monarchy in November 1918. A friend of mine pointed out that the head of the Ducal Family of Anhalt is also a son of someone who was officially the ruler, but in this case the father wasn’t yet 18 and thus a minor when he was the Duke, and ruled under regency.

Prince Armin’s father died in 1949 and had appointed his youngest son Armin as the heir. Four years later Armin married Traute Becker. The couple had one son, Stephan, who will be the new head of the house. Prince Stephan is married to Countess Maria zu Solms-Laubach and has three sons and two daughters.

Prince Armin studied natural science at the university of Göttingen. He met his wife during that time. She studied biology.

He was very much involved in the life in the old Principality of Lippe and the heritage of the Lippe family. His family also remained in touch with their Dutch relatives, Armin being a full cousin of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Armin was one of the bridal children when in 1937 Bernhard married Princess Juliana of the Netherlands.

Two years ago I wrote a piece on the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of him and his wife. I also attended his 80th birthday reception in 2004.

Paparazzi scare

Looking at myself I become pretty bored when I hear and read too much about one particular royal house. When I started learning about royals most information I could get – mainly from the gossip magazines here in the country – was about the Dutch, British royal family and the princely family of Monaco. Since I have never really been fascinated anymore by Great Britain or Monaco. I personally somehow prefer somewhat lesser known families. But how far can fascination go … and how far are photographers and journalists allowed to go in your opinion in taking pictures and getting information about royals?

Yesterday Kensington Palace, on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, sent a letter to various media organisations trying to make them aware of the way mainly paparazzi photographers work. They also would like to make readers understand what tactics are used to take the pictures these readers enjoy so much. And no, thus is not even about pictures of grown-up royals, who are used to something, but about a little hardly 2-year-old boy, Prince George, who is already being followed everywhere he goes it seems. Clearly the amount of photos taken at public events and family occasions isn’t enough for many people. The Duke and Duchess say they are happily sharing photos of their children and will take them to more public events as they get older. But as George is just two years old, and Charlotte only a few months old, we might have to wait a bit. Remembering how the Duke’s mother, Diana Princess of Wales died 18 years ago it is extra understandable the couple is worrying about the way their children are already harrassed at this age. Is it really that important to see pictures each week, you wonder? And I think William and Catherine are correct when saying: “every child, regardless of their future public role, deserves a safe, happy and private childhood”. That doesn’t only mean their children, but also the children of any other person in the world, famous or not. They wish that George and Charlotte don’t have to grow up behind palace gates and in walled gardens. They should be able to play in public with other children.

Last week the police caught a photographer who had rented a car, parked near a children’s play area where the little Prince George was expected to play, and hid in the boot of his vehicle to shoot photos with a long lens through a small gap. He had enough drinks and food with him to stay there for a while. Tactics that are not only a risk for himself but also for others. Kensington Palace gave a few examples of what happened. The Duchess and Prince George being photographed with long range lenses in private parks, Prince George and his nanny being monitored around London Parks, staff of the Ducal household being monitored, the children of private persons visiting their home being photographed without permission, the use of other children to draw Prince George into view around playgrounds, hiding on private property around Anmer Hall, hiding in sand dunes to be able to take photos of Prince George and his grandmother Carole Middleton on the beach, and even monitoring locations near the house of the Middleton family in Bucklebury. Paparazzi clearly try a lot just to get all these wanted exclusive photos for a number of magazines that don’t mind publishing them. As Kensington Palace says these incidents are becoming more and more frequent and the tactics being used are getting worse. Hence yesterday’s warning.

Just wonder what your opinion is? And do you think other royal houses are doing a better job, or could be taken as an example maybe for the British royals?

To read the full text and see the letter of Kensington Palace go to Prince of Wales’s Wesbite.

Dutch Cycle-King

Shame on me! There is so much to do that I almost forgot to post the one event with royal presence I attended this month. On 7 July I had to wake up early as at 8.30am (!!!) King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands was to come to Assen, which is a 15 minute ride by train from my town. Lucky for the King and many others the weather was pretty good, but not too warm (which it had been the previous week). In “De Bonte Wever” the King registered as a competitor in the 50th “Drentse Fiets4Daagse” (four days cycle tour through the province of Drenthe), as did many others. He followed in the footsteps of his grandmother Queen Juliana who in 1975 was present for the 10th jubilee of the event, and his father Prince Claus who visited in July 1990.

The King also met Liesbeth Ypey, the only person who has taken part in all editions of the event since its start in 1966. There were cycles for the King and his entourage, and then the small group took off.

willemassenIn the meantime the group of journalists and photographes rushed back to their cars and literally speeded to a point halfway to the TT-Circuit in Assen to be able to take a few pictures on the way. Then rushed back in the cars and drove to the TT-Circuit itself. Here the Dutch TT motorcycling event is being held once a year. The King clearly thought it was his chance to drive on a small part of the circuit and crossed with his bike to his own final destination, after about half an hour cycling: the VIP-room of the TT-Circuit. The others members of his group could hardly follow.

willemassen1The King met in the VIP-room with people who had been invited. Then he finally left, this time by car. But not before he had greeted the people who were still waiting for him outside.

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Wedding of Michael and Christina in Salem, Baden

What would you do, if only was known a royal wedding was to take place, not too far from your house early July? Right! My friends Gabi and Stefan just gave it a chance, and on Saturday 4 July 2015 headed to Salem Castle in Salem, Germany, early that day. And they were lucky. And although it was said Prince Michael von Baden and Christina Höhne would get married in family circle, there was a bit of press around, and of course visitors of the castle (which is open to the public) had a look too.

Prince Michael von Baden met Christina Höhne six years ago. He  was born in 1976 as the youngest of the children of Margrave Max von Baden (* 1933) and his wife née Archduchess Valerie of Austria (* 1941). She is the youngest child of Claus Höhne and his wife née Herlinde Geiger, and is reportedly one years younger than the groom. Michael is since 2009 the chief of the “Markgräflich Badischen Verwaltung” and general deputy. She is “Diplom-Ingenieurin für Innenarchitektur” (certificated engineer for interior designer) and worked for an architect office in München, and since a year works in a creative agency near the Bodensee. She grew up near Stuttgart.

baden baden1 baden2 baden3 The couple got married in the Betsaal of Salem Castle in the afternoon. At 3.30pm they showed up in the Novizenhof of the castle. The bride wore a white dress with a lace top.

They had invited about 200 guests for the wedding. Among the guests were Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne von Baden with their son and one of their daughters, Prince El Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria and Daniel Terberger, Count Moritz von Goëss and his wife Fleur née Duchess von Württemberg, Fürst Andreas and Fürstin Alexandra zu Leiningen with Hereditary Prince Ferdinand, Prince Andreas and Princess Luise zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Jean and Tatiana Fruchaud (Greece), Count Karl zu Solms-Laubach, and Archduke Markus Salvator of Austria (Tuscany) with his family.

Stefan’s report and Südkurier pictures

Wedding in Donaueschingen

Johann Stocks married Katharina Bagusat on 20 June 2015 in an oecumenical service at the Stadtkirche St. Johann in Donaueschingen, Germany. The civil wedding had already taken place on 15 May 2015 in Preetz. The couple had first planned to marry in Diessen am Ammersee. But the bride’s uncle invited them to get married at Donaueschingen. The honeymoon will go to Malaysia. The couple lives in München (Munich).

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Both the groom and the bride have noble connections. The groom is a son of Johann Friedrich Stocks and his wife Christine née von Brunn. The bride was born as daughter of Thomas Bagusat and Princess Marie-Antoinette zu Fürstenberg.


The photos are not to be published elsewhere without the permission of the photographer, Gabi.

Spring Weddings

The wedding season has started again. In the past weeks there were several noble weddings, and there are more to follow. At the moment I don’t plan to attend any, but a few friends, most of them living more central in Germany have. At the start of the wedding season there were a few interesting marriages between nobles.


Photo & Copyright: Marianne (Royalty Guide)


Photo & Copyright: Marianne (Royalty Guide)

On 23 May 2015 Prince Felix zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg married Carina Müller von Blumencron at the Wallfahrtskirche in Dieburg, Germany. The reception and soirée took place at the Hofgut Habitzheim.

The groom was born in 1984 as a son of Prince Karl zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and his wife Freiin Maria-Assunta von Weichs zur Wenne. The bride was born in 1989 as daughter of Markus Müller von Blumencron and Christiane von Gontard.

Thus far I have only noticed one small wedding picture in the Bunte.

Mardam’s Royalty Guide


Photo & Copyright: Gabi P.


Photo & Copyright: Gabi P.

Prince Friedrich zu Ysenburg und Büdingen married Marie-Hélène de Garnerin, Countess von Montgelas at the Parish Church St. Georg in Raitenhaslach on 30 May 2015. The groom was born in 1983 as son of Prince Sylvester zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and his wife Countess Hemma-Christiane von Goëss. The bride was born in 1986 as daughter of Albert de Garnerin Count von Montgelas and his wife Ingeborg Dokuopil.

Among the guests were Fürst Wolfgang Ernst and Fürstin Leonille zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and their daughter Felizitas and her husband, Princess Elisabeth zu Ysenburg und Büdingen, the hereditary couple von Isenburg, Fürst Otto zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, Prince Dominik and Princess Olga zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Prince Lukas and Princess Alice von Auersperg, hereditary Prince Ferdinand von Leiningen.

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Belated King’s Day

Just a nice joke of that friend of mine who is crazy about lego. He recently placed a couple in front of the municipality hall of Zuidlaren – he is building the nicest buildings in the village in lego (see They are supposed to be King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visiting Zuidlaren on King’s Day … actually Queen Beatrix once did visit Zuidlaren on Queen’s Day 1982. And guess what … there is a lego-doll with a camera taking pictures of them. And that is supposed to be ME !!! Aren’t we cute :-)

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