Monday, December 9, 2019

70th Birthday of Prince Georg of Hannover; Nephew of Duke of Edinburgh & Cousin of Prince of Wales

Prince Georg of Hannover and his mother Princess Sophie in 1996
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Today, 9 December, Prince Georg of Hannover marks his seventieth birthday. Through his father Georg Wilhelm, Georg of Hannover is a nephew of Prince Ernst August of Hannover (1914-1987), Queen Frederica of Greece (1917-1981; wife of King Paul of the Hellenes), Prince Christian of Hannover (1919-1981), and Prince Welf of Hannover (1923-1997). Through his mother Sophie, George of Hannover is a nephew of Princess Margarita (1905-1981; wife of Fürst Gottfried zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg), Princess Theodora (1906-1969; wife of Margrave Berthold of Baden), Princess Cecilie (1911-1937; wife of Hereditary Grand Duke Donatus of Hesse and by Rhine), and Prince Philip (b.1921; husband of Queen Elizabeth II; Duke of Edinburgh).

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Prince Georg Wilhelm and Princess Sophie of Hannover
Ernst August of Hannover and Viktoria Luise (née Prussia) with their grandsons Welf and Georg in 1953

Prince Georg Paul Christian of Hannover was born at Salem on 9 December 1949 as the second son and child of Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hannover (1915-2006), son of Prince Ernst August of Hannover, Duke of Brunswick (1887-1953), and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia (1892-1980), and his wife Princess Sophie (1914-2001; née Greece and Denmark; formerly Hesse), who had married in 1946. Sophie was the daughter of Prince Andreas of Greece and Denmark (1882-1944) and his wife Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885-1969). Georg was preceded by an elder brother, Prince Welf (1947-1981), and followed by a younger sister, Princess Friederike (b.1954).

Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark with her first husband Prince Christoph of Hesse
Photograph (c) Mary Evans Picture Library/Charlotte Zeepvat

Civil wedding of Princess Christina of Hesse and Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia

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From his mother's first marriage to Prince Christoph of Hesse (1901-1943), Georg has five half-siblings: Princess Christina (1933-2011; former wife of Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia, and then of Robert van Eyck), Princess Dorothea (b.1934; wife of Prince Friedrich zu Windisch-Graetz), Prince Karl (b.1937; husband of Countess Yvonne Szápáry de Muraszombath, Széchysziget et Szapár), Prince Rainer (b.1939), and Princess Clarissa (b.1944).

Prince Georg of Hannover and Victoria Bee on their wedding day in 1973.
Also pictured is Georg's paternal grandmother Viktoria Luise, daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Countess Eleonore Fugger von Babenhausen, mother of Princess Victoria of Hannover
Prince Burchard and Princess Eleonore of Prussia, mother and stepfather of Victoria of Hannover (née Bee)
In 1973, Georg of Hannover married Victoria Ann Bee (b.1951), the daughter of Robert Bee (1920-1994) and Countess Eleonore Fugger von Babenhausen (1925-1992), who married in 1946 and divorced in 1959. In 1961, Victoria's mother Eleonore took as her second husband Prince Burchard of Prussia (1917-1988), son of Prince Oskar of Prussia (1888-1958) and his wife Countess Ina Marie von Bassewitz (1888-1973; created Countess von Ruppin in 1914; recognised as Princess of Prussia in 1920). Victoria of Hannover's mother Eleonore was thus married to the first cousin (Prince Burchard of Prussia) of Victoria's father-in-law Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hannover.

Princess Sophie of Hannover, the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip), and the Landgrave of Hesse (Prince Moritz)
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse
Princess Sophie, mother of Prince Georg of Hannover, sister of the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Georg of Hannover, Princess Marianne and Prince Ludwig of Baden, Margrave Moritz of Hesse, and Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hannover (1997)
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse

Prince Georg and Princess Victoria of Hannover have two daughters: Princess Vera Alice (b.1976) and Princess Nora Sophie (b.1979). In 2006, Princess Vera married Manuel Dmoch (b.1977), with whom she has two children. Princess Nora is married to Christian Falk (b.1972), with whom she has two children.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

100 Years of MAMARAZZA: The 100th Birthday of Fürstin Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

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Today, 9 December, Fürstin Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, one of the most fabulous photographers of the Gotha and other milieus (actors and actresses, titans of industry, etc.), celebrates her 100th birthday.

Baron Friedrich Mayr von Melnhof, the father of Marianne
Marianne's Habsburg ancestor: Archduke Johann of Austria
Marianne's Habsburg ancestress: Anna Plöchl, Countess of Meran
Baroness Maria Anna (Marianne) Mayr von Melnhof was born on 9 December 1919 at Salzburg as the daughter of Baron Friedrich Mayr von Melnhof (1892-1956) and his wife Maria Anna (1897-1983; née Countess of Meran). Through her mother, Marianne is a descendant of Archduke Johann of Austria (1782-1859) and his wife Anna Plöchl, Gräfin von Meran (1804-1885).

Prince Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Baroness Marianne Mayr von Melnhof on their wedding day
Fürst Ludwig and Fürstin Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
In March 1942, Marianne married Prince Ludwig zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1915-1962), the son of Prince Ludwig (1880-1953) and Princess Walburga (1885-1969; née Baroness von Friesen). Marianne's husband succeeded his uncle Stanislaus as Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn upon the death of Stanislaus in 1958.

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Together, Fürst Ludwig and Fürstin Marianne had five children: Princess Yvonne (b.1942), Fürst Alexander (b.1943), Princess Elisabeth (1948-1997), Princess Teresa (b.1952), and Prince Peter (b.1954). In 1962, when her husband Ludwig was hit by a drunk driver in Sayn on the sidewalk in front of their house and was killed, Marianne took over the administration in Sayn until her son Alexander came of age. She then began a career as a professional photographer. Fürstin Marianne is the author of several books: Private Gartenkunst in Deutschland (1986), Mamarazza: Gesellschaftsfotografie von 1950 – 2000 (1999), Sayner Zeit (2005), Sayn-Wittgenstein Collection (2006), and ManniFeste: Fuschler Mittagessen 1974–2009 (2010).

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We wish MAMARAZZA many happy returns of the day!

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You Can Now Watch the New Film "Queen Marie of Romania" Online with Subtitles


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If you are interested, you can rent online the film Queen Marie of Romania (Maria - Inima Romaniei), produced by Abis Studio. It is available with subtitles in English, French, and Romanian. Alexis Sweet Cahill directed the movie, which focuses on the pivotal role that the Queen, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Tsar Alexander II, played in lobbying for her nation's interests after World War I:
Devastated by the First World War and plunged into political controversy, Romania's every hope accompanies its Queen on her mission to Paris, to lobby for its great unification's international recognition at the 1919 Peace Talks.
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Queen Marie of Romania was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his wife Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna. Marie married the eventual King Ferdinand of Romania; during their marriage, she had six children: King Carol II of Romania (1893-1953); Queen Elisabeta of Greece (1894-1956; ex-wife of King George II of the Hellenes), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia (1900-1961; wife of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia), Prince Nicholas (1903-1978), Princess Ileana (1909-1991; ex-wife of Archduke Anton of Austria-Tuscany; Orthodox nun under the name Mother Alexandra), and Prince Mircea (1913-1916).


The film has been presented extensively in Romania at various film festivals and showings. A number of these have been attended by Queen Marie's great-great-grandson, Prince Nicholas of Romania (the grandson of Marie's grandson King Michael), together with his wife Princess Alina-Maria.

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Prince Nicholas and Princess Alina-Maria of Romania at a screening of Queen Marie of Romania at the Ateneul Roman
(6 November 2019)
Principele Nicolae & Principesa Alina-Maria al Romaniei at a viewing of Maria - Inima Romaniei in Timişoara
(3 December 2019)
The film may also be viewed at its website: Queen Marie of Romania

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Grand Duke George of Russia Adopts King, a Rescue Dog

Grand Duke George of Russia and his pup King Romanoff
Photograph (c) Grand Duke George of Russia
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia has shared a couple of pictures of his new dog, King, whom the grand duke adopted. King is eight years-old, and was abandoned by his previous owner. George posted a touching message about his canine best friend on his social media:
This is King. King is 8 years old and he is a rescue dog I have decided to adopt a year ago, after his previous owner decided to abandon him. Many were scared that he might attack people, as he lived most of his life in a cage, but King has proven everyone wrong, being always affectionate and playful to all of us. Do not abandon dogs, do not mistreat animals: they would never lock their owners in a cage nor abandon them.
King - the newest member of the Russian imperial family!
Photograph (c) Grand Duke George of Russia

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New Photos of the Duke and Duchess of Parma with Their Children

Photograph © PPE/Jeroen van der Meyde 
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Prince Carlos Xavier and Princess Annemarie, Duke and Duchess of Parma, were recently photographed with their family at The Hague. The Duke is the son of the late Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma (1930-2010) and his former wife Princess Irene of the Netherlands (b.1939).

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Carlos and Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma were married in 2010. The couple has three children: Princess Luisa (b.2012), Princess Cecilia (b.2013), and Hereditary Prince Carlos (b.2016).

Photograph © PPE/Jeroen van der Meyde 
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The Duke of Parma is a maternal first cousin of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Princess Beatrice of York and Fiancé Attend Fundraising Event for Northwood African Education Foundation

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On Tuesday, 3 December, Princess Beatrice of York and Count Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi attended the annual Carols by Candlelight at St. Luke's Church. This yearly occasion seeks to garner funds for the Northwood African Education Foundation (NAEF), of which Princess Beatrice is Patron.

Photograph (c) NAEF
This year, £14,500 was raised for NAEF. The proceeds will go to help in the operation of St. George's School in Ethiopia. St. George's is an independent co-educational school that focuses its efforts on orphans and the most vulnerable children in Ethiopia.

Photograph (c) NAEF

To learn more about the Northwood African Education Foundation, please visit their website: NAEF


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The Sixteenth Birthday of Amalia, The Princess of Orange

Amalia, Princess of Orange, future Queen of the Netherlands
Photograph (c) RVD - Z.M. de Koning
Today, 7 December, the Princess of Orange celebrates her sixteenth birthday. A new photograph of the princess was released by the Dutch Royal House. The image of Princess Amalia was taken by her father, King Willem-Alexander, at Den Haag (The Hague).

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Princess Catharina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria of the Netherlands was born on 7 December 2003 at Den Haag. She is the eldest child of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (b.1967) and Queen Máxima (b.1971; née Zorreguieta Cerruti), who were married in 2002. The princess was followed by two younger sisters: Princess Alexia (b.2005) and Princess Ariane (b.2007).

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Princess Amalia lives with her parents and sister at the Paleis Huis ten Bosch in Den Haag. She attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet. Her hobbies include hockey, riding horses, and singing. 

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The Princess of Orange is the granddaughter of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (b.1938) and the late Prince Claus (1926-2002; né van Amsberg). Amalia's maternal grandparents are Jorge Zorreguieta Stefanini (1928-2017) and María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart (b.1944). The godparents of the Princess of Orange are her paternal uncle Prince Constantijn, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the (then) vice-president of the Council of State of the Netherlands Herman Tjeenk Willink, Samantha Deane, her maternal uncle Martín Zorreguieta, and Marc ter Haar.

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When she succeeds to the Dutch throne, Amalia will follow in the footsteps of three of her ancestresses. Her great-great grandmother Wilhelmina (1880-1962) was Queen of the Netherlands from 1890 until 1948. Catherina-Amalia's great-grandmother Juliana (1909-2004) was Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until 1980. Most recently, her grandmother Beatrix was Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until 2013. Amalia will be the fourth queen regnant of the Netherlands in five generations of the Dutch Royal Family. 

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