Saturday, October 19, 2019

Henryane de Chaponay (1924-2019): Death of a Descendant of the French and Belgian Royal Houses

Madame Henryane de Chaponay

Henryane de Chaponay-Morance died at Paris on 9 October 2019 at the age of ninety-five. She was the only daughter of Marquis Antoine de Chaponay (1893-1956) and Princess Geneviève d'Orléans (1901-1983), the daughter of Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme (1872-1931; son of Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, and Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria) and Princess Henriette of Belgium (1870-1948; daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern).

Antoine de Chaponay and Princess Geneviève d'Orléans were married at Neuilly-sur-Seine on 2 July 1923. The Chaponays had two children: a son, Pierre (1925-1943), and a daughter, Henryane. Henryane was the first of the Chaponay offspring; she was born at Cannes on 8 May 1924. Through her mother's father, Henryane de Chaponay was a great-great-great granddaughter of King Louis Philippe of the French and his wife Queen Marie Amélie (née Bourbon-Two Sicilies). Through her mother's mother, Henryane de Chaponay was a great-great granddaughter of King Léopold I of the Belgians and his wife Queen Louise-Marie (née Orléans; a daughter of King Louis Philippe of the French). 

Pierre and Henryane de Chaponay

During their early years, Henryane and her brother Pierre were raised in Morocco. In 1941, due to the increasing threat of the war in Europe, Henryane and her brother Pierre were sent to live with their aunt Princess Marie Louise d'Orléans (1896-1973; ex-wife of Prince Filippo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies) and her second husband Mr Walter Kingsland (1888-1961) in Reading, Pennsylvania. Pierre de Chaponay soon joined the Allied forces, and he died in the Gulf of Mexico on 2 October 1943 while serving as a member of the French Naval Reserve with the Allied Forces. 

Pope Francis with Henryane de Chaponay (2018)

Henryane de Chaponay never married. She became the founder of the Centre d’Étude du développement en Amérique latine (CEDAL). Henryane was a strong advocate of preserving the biodiversity of our planet; she was very in tune with the problems posed by climate change. In April 2018, Mme de Chaponay was received by His Holiness. The Holy Father delivered the following speech upon meeting Henryane:
Madame, dear friends, 
I am glad to welcome you this morning, to greet you and to pay homage to your effort in the service of peace, the defence of human rights, the protection of our earth and support for the growth of a more human and fraternal society. 
Madame, I appreciate your mission as the founder of the Centre d’Étude du développement en Amérique latine (CEDAL). Your tireless creativity has borne fruit through the “Dialogues en humanité”, whose meetings are intended to refocus politics on humanity, to construct a citizenship that cares for the “common home”. It is good to inspire an art of living together in simplicity, benevolence, fraternity, as well as to educate in the culture of respect and encounter, the only one capable of building a future that rises up to the ideal of man. 
With the encyclical Laudato si’, with various messages, convoking the next Synod of Bishops on Amazonia, my hope is that our human history may become a flowering of liberation, growth, salvation and love (cf. Encyclical Laudato si’, 79). As I express to you all my appreciation for your generosity and your dedication, I assure you of my prayer and I bless you from the heart.

A mass for the repose of the soul of Madame Henryane de Chaponay will be held on 28 October at the Église Saint-Merri in Paris. She donated her body to the Surgical School in Paris. In four months, her remains will be interred with those of her grandparents, the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, at the Royal Chapel of Dreux.

Audience with Mme. Henryane de Chaponay, 06.04.2018
Henryane de Chaponay, figure historique du CCFD-Terre Solidaire, nous a quitté

Friday, October 18, 2019

Queen Mother Helen of Romania is Brought to Curtea de Argeş to be Reunited with King Michael

The remains of Queen Mother Helen of Romania (1896-1982; née Princess of Greece and Denmark) were repatriated from Switzerland to Romania on Friday, 18 October. After her death in 1982, Her Majesty was buried at the Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery in Lausanne. During his lifetime, her only child King Michael had expressed the wish that he and his mother be buried near one another; the king died in 2017, and was buried at the New Royal Mausoleum of Curtea de Argeş alongside his wife, Queen Anne. This weekend, this desire of His Majesty to be near his mother will be fulfilled.

Queen Mother Helen's coffin was transported from Switzerland to Otopeni Airport, Bucharest, aboard a plane from the fleet of the Romanian Air Force. The plane was met by three granddaughters of the Queen Mother: Crown Princess Margarita, Princess Sophie, and Princess Marie. Numerous religious and political figures were also present for the religious ceremony at the airport.

From there, Her Majesty the Queen Mother's remains were taken to Elisabeta Palace, and they were then brought to Curtea de Argeş. There an intimate family circle convened to remember the Queen Mother and to prepare for her reburial in the New Royal Mausoleum on Saturday. Those present were Crown Princess Margarita and her husband Prince Radu, Princess Sophie, Princess Marie, Prince Nicholas and his wife Princess Alina Maria.

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Royal Gatherings in the Hague: November 9-10, 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Hague the weekend of 9-10 November 2019.

Presentations are to include various royal topics, among them:

  • Royal Funerals in England – By Robert Golden
  • The Grand Ducal House of Hesse and by Rhine – By Arturo Beéche 
  • The Royal House of Bavaria – The descendants of Prince Franz and Princess Isabella – By Seth B. Leonard
  • Castles and Palaces in Württemberg  – By Susan Symons
  • The Theft of the Hessian Jewels – By Katie Tice
  • An Imperial Wedding in Paris – By Seth B. Leonard
  • The Emirs of Bokhara – By Alex Borg
  • Meanderings of a Royal Auctioneer: Fabergé and Romanov Objects – By Edgar Clin
  • The Duc de Penthièvre – France's richest and most pious prince, great-grandfather of Catholic Royal Europe – By Arturo Beéche 
  • A Royal and Imperial Wedding – Franz Wilhelm of Prussia and Maria Wladimirovna of Russia – By Seth B. Leonard

If interested in joining the weekend, please email us at: or

Space is limited, so don't delay contacting us!

See you in The Hague!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Civil Marriage for Prince Jean-Christophe and Princess Olympia Napoléon

According to French journalist Frédéric de Natal, Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon and Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg were civilly married yesterday (17 October 2019) at the town hall in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The Prince and Princess Napoléon will celebrate their religious marriage on Saturday, 19 October, at 11:00am in the Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris.

Six hundred guests are expected to attend.

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Princess of Baden, A Great-Niece of Duke of Edinburgh, Marries German Financier

According to the recent edition of the German magazine BUNTE, Princess Aglaë of Baden has recently married Wolf von Trotha at Amorbach.

Princess Aglaë of Baden
Photo Source: Garten Design

Princess Aglaë Margarete Tatiana Mary of Baden was born at Heidelberg on 3 March 1981. She is the second daughter, and third and youngest child, of Prince Ludwig of Baden (b.1937) and Princess Marianne von Auersperg-Breunner (b.1943). Aglaë's older siblings are Princess Sophie (b.1975) and Prince Berthold of Baden (b.1976). Princess Aglaë is a granddaughter of Margrave Berthold of Baden (1906-1963) and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (1906-1969); Aglaë is thus a great-niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Princess Aglaë works as a furniture designer.

Wolf von Trotha
Photo Source: Crunchbase

Wolf-Georg Heinrich von Trotha was born in 1974 as the son of Thilo Wolf-Heinrich von Trotha (b.1940) and Baroness Sophie Spies von Büllesheim (b.1940). Wolf von Trotha works as Head of Capital Market/Sales of Norddeutsche Landesbank Luxembourg S.A. He has served as a Venture Partner at Motu Ventures Management GmbH. Wolf previously worked as a consultant at Roland Berger.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Celebrating 300 Years Of Statehood For The Principality Of Liechtenstein

Seth B. Leonard in Vaduz (October 2019)

This year, the Principality of Liechtenstein is celebrating three hundred years of statehood. Holy Roman Emperor Karl VI created the Fürstentum Liechtenstein in 1719 for Prince Anton Florian von und zu Liechtenstein (1656-1721), whose family had acquired the domains of the County of Schellenberg and the County of Vaduz, which make up the territories of the modern principality. Therefore, in 1719, tiny Liechtenstein became a sovereign entity within the Holy Roman Empire - and the small Alpine principality has proven itself the ultimate survivor by remaining independent and retaining its monarchy through the tumultuous three centuries since its formation. Indeed, it is the only entity of the Holy Roman Empire which still is in existence.

The principality has been celebrating this special birthday all year, as it notes on the website specifically created for the occasion:
In 2019, Liechtenstein will be celebrating its 300th anniversary throughout the year with a range of events – and warmly invites visitors to discover and explore its history and stunning natural scenery in person. 
The jubilee is not just an occasion for the inhabitants of Liechtenstein to reflect upon their own history, but is also attracting the attention of many tourists and visitors. Liechtenstein acquires its name from the reigning Princely Family, and is closely linked to Austria and European history through the Princely House with its over 7 centuries of history. 
In the year 1719, the diminutive Alpine monarchy was elevated to the status of an imperial principality, since when it has remained an established part of the European map. While it was still part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation at the time of its foundation, in 1806 it achieved sovereignty when the Confederation of the Rhine was founded. Having abolished its own army in 1868, the Principality of Liechtenstein survived the turmoil of both World Wars and is today one of only five debt-free states around the globe. In 2019, Liechtenstein will be celebrating its anniversary throughout the year with a range of events – and warmly invites visitors to discover and explore its history and stunning natural scenery in person.

Liechtenstein is a most charming destination. In Vaduz, one can visit the Liechtensteinisches Landes Museum (Liechtenstein National Museum), which hosts a number of exhibits every year, and which also has on display the Liechtenstein crown jewels - well, one should write, a replica of the crown jewel (singular). There is also the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts): this foundation houses a sizeable collection of contemporary and modern art. Also, while driving into Liechtenstein from Switzerland, or while walking along the Städtle in Vaduz, one can catch a glimpse of the Princely Schloß - as it is the private home of the Liechtenstein dynasty, it is naturally closed to the public. 

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If you happen to find yourself in Vaduz on 15 August, you can join the principality's 30,000-something citizens in marking the country's National Day. According to Liechtenstein's website: "the National Day begins with the State Act held on the lawn in front of Vaduz Castle, including speeches by the Prince and the president of the parliament. The people are then invited to a reception with drinks in the gardens of the castle. National Day is the only day of the year when the gardens are open to the general public. The Princely Family is also present at this reception and enjoys chatting with those present."

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The Art Of Princess Chantal d'Orléans: An Upcoming Exhibit In China

Like so many in her family, Princess Chantal d'Orléans (b.1946), the sixth daughter and tenth child of the late Count (1909-1999) and Countess of Paris (1911-2003), is a distinguished artist. She has recently released the details of an upcoming exhibition of her works in China.

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A strong creative gene undeniably runs through the French royal family, especially the descendants of Henri and Isabelle, Count and Countess of Paris. Of the eleven children of Monseigneur and Madame, five have proven themselves to be talented artists, through various mediums: Prince Henri, Count of Paris (1933-2019), was a keen painter; Princess Anne, Dowager Duchess of Calabria (b.1938), is also an avid painter; Princess Diane, Duchess of Württemberg (b.1940), has taken to both painting, clothing design, and sculpting to express her inclinations; Princess Claude, former Duchess of Aosta (b.1943), has a deep love of photography; and, finally, Princess Chantal, Baroness François Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue, has for some time pursued her love of watercolours.

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Princess Chantal graduated as a book binder from the Estienne School and the school of the rue Beethoven in Paris. She then went on to work with Tiffany and Co. in New York City on the reproduction of a dinner set from King Louis-Philippe of the French, Chantal's ancestor. More recently, the princess has studied at the art studios of Guy de Malherbe and Chantal Zeller. Princess Chantal d'Orléans is an Honorary Member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Moscow.

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The following press release was put out on the website of Princess Chantal concerning her upcoming exhibit in Chengdu, China:
On the occasion of the 2019 European Culture Season, H.R.H. Chantal d'Orléans is invited by the city of Chengdu, China, to present her works in the famous Chengyan Gallery from 16 to 30 November. 
She makes this second trip to the Middle Kingdom, so very rich in culture and so dynamic in the modern world, with great interest, curiosity and joy as she comes to share and exchange with the people of Chengdu and all other people wishing to partake in this exhibit. 
This is a moment that promises to be rich in emotions, with an exhibition of the latest works of the princess made with a knife in her Parisian and Provencal workshops.

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