Merry Christmas & A Royal 2015!

christmascard2014 has been a year full of royal events with as a highlight of course the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain and King Felipe ascending the throne there. Royals were born, got married, died … The most important births were Princess Leonore of Sweden on 20 February, Princess Amalia of Nassau (Luxembourg) on 15 June, Princess Noor bint Hamzah of Jordan on 5 July, Princess Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga on 12 July … and on 10 December the long awaited twins from Monaco were born at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace de Monaco in Monte Carlo. They were named Gabriella Thérèse Marie, countess de Carladès, and Jacques Honoré Rainier, marquis des Baux. The latter one is the heir to the throne, even when he was born two minutes after his sister. And surprise, surprise, announced on Friday, Princess Leonore is having a brother or sister in Summer 2015. Princess Madeleine of Sweden is pregnant again. Also expected is the second child of Andrea Casiraghi (Monaco) and Tatiana Santo Domingo.

Married were amongst others Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Zeina Lubbadeh (his third) on 4 January, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo religiously on 1 February, Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco and Oum Keltoum Boufarès on 15 June and 14 November, Prince Amedeo of Belgium Archduke of Austria-Este and Nobile Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on 5 July. O yes, also the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was married to his sixth wife Zola Zelusiwe kaMafu on 26 July and some time also King Mswati III of Swaziland and Sidiswa Dlamini (his 14th wife). We’re looking forward to the marriage of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist in Stockholm on 13 June 2015. Sadlier Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee have divorced or are to divorce. He already seems to have a mistress he wants to marry to. Srirasmi was stripped of all her titles this month.

The world had to say goodbye to the Japanese Prince Katsura on 8 June, Princess Lalla Fatima Zahra of Morocco on 10 August, Princess Kristine Bernadotte on 4 November and Queen Fabiola of Belgium on 5 December. Also several German heads of royal and noble families died.

Burial of Count Alois von Waldburg-Zeil

On 14 December Count Alois von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg died aged 81. He was born at Zeil Castle on 20 September 1933 as son of Erich August Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg and Monika Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg. He is mourned by his wife Clarissa née Countess von Schönborn-Wiesentheid, three of his five children and his twelve grandchildren. He was a younger brother of Georg Fürst von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg.

He was a politician and longtime member of the “Deutsche Bundestag”, 1980-1998.

The funeral service took place in the Parish Church St. Georg in Ratzenried on 20 December, followed by the burial at the cemetery of Ratzenried.

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The Funeral of the Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

As reported here Johann-Friedrich Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen died on 30 October 2014, only aged 66, after a long fight against cancer. The funeral service took place in the Parish church of St Peter and Paul in Rüdenhausen, Germany, on 8 November 2014. The service in church was led by the Rev. Martin Fromm. About 1000 mourners paid the Fürst their last respect. Half of the mourners had to follow the service in a tent outside the church, where the service was shown on big screens.

Copyright: Gabi P.

Copyright: Gabi P.

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Copyright: Henriëtte E.

After the service the Fürst was buried in the family grave at the cemetery. Hunters carried the coffin out of the church and to the carriage that drove the coffin to the cemetery. An impressive group of mourners walked it. They were led by the widow of the deceased and the new 29-year-old Fürst, Otto. Behind them followed the two daughters, son and son-in-law of the deceased, as well as his brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces. After the funeral hereditary count Otto received the flag of the House of Castell-Rüdenhausen as a token that he is the new Fürst. A reception was held in the park of Rüdenhausen castle.

Copyright: Gabi P. The wreath of Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

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The wreath of Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

Among the mourners were members of the Castell-Rüdenhausen, Castell-Castell, Baden, Hannover, Hohenzollern, Lippe, Oldenburg, Prussia, Reuss, Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Erbach-Fürstenau, Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Isenburg, Leiningen, Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Neipperg, Oettingen, Solms-Laubach, Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee and Ysenburg.

For some more photos see Royalty Guide.

Death of the Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen

castell74Johann-Friedrich Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen died at the Jagdschloss Friedrichsberg in Abtswind, Germany in the afternoon of Thursday 30 October 2014, aged 66. The hunting lodge of the family was the place where the Fürst spent his last weeks. He had been suffering of cancer for a long time.

The Fürst was transported from Friedrichsberg to the castle of the family in Rüdenhausen on Friday 31 October at 3.30pm. He will be taken from there to the evangelical parish church St. Peter and Paul in Rüdenhausen on 7 November at 7pm. The funeral service will take place at the same church on Saturday 8 November at noon. He will afterwards be buried in the princely vault.

Fürst Johann-Friedrich was born in 1948 as the eldest child of Siegfried Fürst zu Castell-Rüdenhausen (1916-2007) and Irene Countess zu Solms-Laubach (1925-2006). He married in 1983 Maria Countess von Schönborn-Wiesentheid (* 1958) and had four children: Otto (* 1985), Olga (* 1987, married to Prince Dominik zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg), Anna Magdalena (* 1989) and Anton (* 1992). He is survived by them, as well as by his siblings Manto (* 1949), Donata Duchess von Oldenburg (* 1950), Rupert (* 1954), Karl (* 1957), Hermann (* 1963) and Matthias (* 1966). His younger brother Christian (* 1952) died in 2010.

The photo was taken by me on 7 June 2014 at the wedding of his nephew Count Roderik zu Castell-Rüdenhausen.

A Finnish noble buried with the Romanoffs

The churchyard of the pittoresque Church of St Mary near Provender House, Norton, Kent, Great Britain, is truly beautiful. It is small but most interesting. Where you’d expect local residents with British sounding names, you’ll find Scots, a Finnish woman and some Romanoffs.

provender9Here you will find the graves of Andrew Alexandervitch Romanoff and his wife Nadine née McDougall, several family members. The stones read:

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“In loving memory of Nadine, eldest daughter of Sylvia and Herbert McDougall, wife of Prince Andrew Alexandervitch. Born at Loyterton June 5th 1908. Died at Provender June 6th 2000. Love goes on forever-even after death.”

“Andrew Alexandervitch, eldest son of H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Xenia and H.I.H. Grand Duke Alexander. Born at the Winter Palace St Petersburg January 25th 1897. Joined the Russian Navy and later Lieutenant in the Chevalier Gardes. Died at Provender May 8th 1981. Love goes on forever-even after death.”

provender10 provender11 provender12Luckily a friend had written down some relatives of Nadine McDougall in female line, so it was easy to spot the graves of some other family members. One of the graves read (I think) “in loving memory of Lieut. Col. Herbert McDougall, who served his country in three wars, 3rd Hussars 9th Scottish Division, Natal Mounted Rifles 1879-1967. R.I.P.” This was Nadine’s father, married to a Finnish woman called Sylvia Borgström, the one who bought Provender House in 1912. The other graves show the names of Dorothy, youngest daughter of James and Margaret McDougall, 24 January 1884-15 May 1958. The grave on the photo in the middle is of Constance Borgström, widow of Emil Borgström of Helsingfors, Finland and daughter of Colonel James Paterson, The Buffs November 24 1846-July 26 1915. I clearly missed a few graves in the heavy rain, or they were nearly unreadable, as also Sylvia, Herbert McDougall’s wife was buried at the churchyard, as well as Emmeline Alice Aline Borgström (1876-1960), widow of Lt Gen George Macdonogh, another daughter of Emil Borgström. Almost unbelievable as the churchyard is really small. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2299308

provender7Most interesting however was the grave next to the two Romanoff ones. This is the grave of Anastasie Mannerheim, the eldest daughter of Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland between 1944 and 1946, and his wife Anastasia Arapova, whom he married in 1892 and divorced in 1919. Their daughter Anatasie was educated in France and moved to England during World War I. She was orthodox, but converted to Catholicism and became a Carmelite nun in England. Her grave reads: “Anastasie Mannerheim. Born at St. Petersburg 23rd April 1893, died at Faversham 19th April 1978. Elder daughter of the Regent of Finland Field-Marshal Baron Mannerheim. Resquiescat in pace.” Interesting maybe for readers in London, a lecture about her will be held by The Anglo-Finnish Society on 15 May 2014.

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.