Friday, September 25, 2020

The Sixtieth Birthday of Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Today, Her Highness Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Princess of the Wends, Schwerin and Ratzeburg, Countess of Schwerin, Lady of the lands Rostock and Stargard, etc. celebrates her sixtieth birthday.

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The engagement of Edwina’s parents Duke Christian Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Princess Barbara of Prussia was announced on 1 May 1954. Christian Ludwig had been held as a prisoner-of-war for eight years before being released by the Russians in 1953. The couple’s engament was celebrated at Marienburg Castle. Queen Frederica of Greece was one of the family members on hand to toast Christian Ludwig and Barbara's engagement. Duke Christian Ludwig and Princess Barbara married in July 1954. The 11 July religious wedding took place at Glücksburg Castle, and was attended by 130 representatives of Germany's royal and noble families, amongst them was Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. Christian Ludwig and Barbara welcomed their first child, Duchess Donata, in 1956. Four years later, Duchess Edwina arrived on 25 September 1960 at Kiel.

The religious wedding of Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Konrad von Posern.

In 1995, Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin wed Konrad von Posern (b.24 July 1964). The couple have three sons: Ludwig von Posern (b.27 February 1996), Paul Friedrich von Posern (b.14 June 1997), and Ferdinand von Posern (b.19 June 1999). The family lives at Hirschfeld in Saxony.

Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Edwina and her sister Donata are the only two remaining members of the Grand Ducal House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Princess Eugenie Is Expecting First Child!

Earlier today, the British Royal Family released the following statement which let it be known that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child:
Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.  
The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.

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This will be the first grandchild for the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York. Eugenie and Jack live at Ivy Cottage, a house on the grounds of Kensington Palace. The princess and her husband were married on 12 October 2018. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Seventieth Death Anniversary of Victoria Milford Haven – September 24, 1950


Victoria Marchioness of Milford Haven

Surrounded by her children, Victoria Milford Haven passed away at her apartment in Kensington Palace on September 24, 1950!

From the New York Times Obituary...

The autobiography of the former Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863-1950), who in 1884 married her cousin Prince Louise of Battenberg, distinguished British Naval Admiral. IN 1917, King George V changed their last name to Mountbatten, Louis this becoming eventually the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven. On her memoirs, Victoria Milford Haven left a personal take on major events that she witnessed up to 1914. It is good news, then, with careful and even multiple readings, the woman behind the severe paragon comes across well in these “Recollections,” which on first glance seem hardly revelatory or even illuminating. She was at once youthful, exuberant, tomboyish and yet, dignified, intellectual, endlessly curious and extremely cultivated. Her tastes were myriad and catholic, and she never discriminated in her selection of books that would range from philosophy, archeology, history or biography to Agatha Christie.5 In addition, she was completely plain speaking and honest. She never dissembled or prevaricated and was the one to whom others applied when there were seemingly insurmountable tragedies and problems. She most often came up with the most levelheaded solutions. Her sense of humor and the absurd shines through and she saw the ridiculous as well as the sublime in so many situations. She was wry and sometimes mildly sarcastic, but never mean-spirited. Arturo E. Beéche and Ilana D. Miller have annotated, illustrated, and added a Foreword and Epilogue, as well as family trees. The book is handsomely illustrated with 400+ magnificent photos!

Eurohistory will publish her memoirs titled RECOLLECTIONS in November 2020!

When the book is published in November, buyers can purchase copies here:

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

NEW BOOK: Recollections by Victoria Marchioness of Milford Haven close to being released to printer!


As we release this news, we are hoping our newest book, The Grand Ducal House of Hesse, was to your liking. The Grand Ducal House of Hesse is available on AMAZON, AMAZON.CO.UK, at Hoogstraten English Bookstore (The Hague, The Netherlands), and Librairie Galignani. 

Furthermore, The Grand Ducal House of Hesse is also now available at our website:


I'm July 2020, Eurohistory received permission to publish a unique personal memoir written by Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven. In cooperation with the Hessian State Archive, we have acquired a larger number of photographs with which to illustrate

Born Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine in 1863, Victoria was the eldest child of the future Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and his wife, the former Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Queen Victoria's extremely talented second daughter.

Princess Victoria of Hesse was very close to her English grandmother, both maintaining a voluminous multi-year correspondence. Excerpts of this correspondence were published in book form several years ago.

In 1884 at Darmstadt, the grand ducal capital, Victoria married her first cousin once-removed, Prince Louis of Battenberg. The couple had four children: Alice, Princess Andreas of Greece; Louise, Queen of Sweden); George, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven; and Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Having lost her mother at an early age, Victoria of Hesse became the sail and keel of her extended family. She traveled across Europe with great frequency to visit her siblings and other relations. One month she would be at Hemmelmark visiting her sister Princess Irene of Prussia, then she would return to Darmstadt to stay with her brother Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig. When in Russia, Victoria would visit her sisters: Elisabeth Feodorovna in St Petersburg, Moscow, or Illinskoe; and Alexandra, consort of Tsar Nicholas II.

Victoria became the keeper of family secrets, solver of family drama, and advice-giver to them all.

It is amazing for us to be able to bring to our readers Victoria's RECOLLECTIONS. This remarkable first-hand recount of the lives of most in her circle of family and the "Royal Mob," as Queen Victoria called the extended family, is a fascinating read. It will become a must-have for those of us interested in royalty as well as a useful research tool.

RECOLLECTIONS will include extended annotations, an in-depth introduction, and a new chapter bringing Victoria's memoirs to a close. Her memoirs begin in the 1860s and run up to 1914, when the outbreak of war caught her while visiting Russia. Adding great value to this important royal autobiography, there will be a plethora of photos depicting the vast cast of characters who play a role in the life story of Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven.

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding the publication date of this unique work!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Impending Royal Births and Imperial Pregnancies

Nicholas and Alina-Maria of Romania on 18 September 2020.
Alina-Maria of Romania (b.1988; née Binder) and her husband Nicholas (b.1985) are soon to welcome their first child. In June, the couple, who married civilly in 2017 and religiously in 2018, announced that they were expecting. The due date for Baby Romania is November 2020; however, judging by pictures, it appears Nicholas and Alina-Maria might be welcoming their new addition a bit sooner.

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Archduchess Kathleen of Austria (b.1986; née Walker) and her husband Archduke Imre (b.1985) are expecting their fourth child. The couple wed in 2012. Imre and Kathleen have three daughters: Archduchess Maria-Stella (b.2013), Archduchess Magdalena (b.2016), and Archduchess Juliane (b.2018).

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Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (b.1989; née Drapé-Frisch) and her husband Archduke Christophe (b.1988) are expecting their third child. The couple have been married since 2012. Christophe and Adélaïde have two daughters: Archduchess Katarina (b.2014) and Archduchess Sophie (b.2017).

Joseph de Bourbon de Parme and Anna Louise Bøgeløv Budd on their wedding day.
Anna Louise de Bourbon de Parme (née Budd) and her husband Joseph (b.1989) are expecting their first child. The couple married in 2018. The Bourbon-Parma baby is due in December 2020.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The 80th Birthday of Prince Volkwin zu Waldeck und Pyrmont

Today, HSH Prince Volkwin zu Waldeck und Pyrmont celebrates his eightieth birthday.

Princess Helene and her brother Prince Georg Wilhelm zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
Prince Volkwin Georg Ludwig zu Waldeck und Pyrmont was born at Braunschweig on 20 September 1940. The prince was the fourth child and third son of Prince Georg Wilhelm zu Waldeck und Pyrmont (1902-1971) and his wife, the former Countess Ingeborg von Platen Hallermund (1902-1991). Volkwin had four siblings: Prince Josias (b.1935), Prince Georg-Friedrich (1936-2020), Princess Rixa (b.1939), and Prince Christian-Peter (b.1945).

Prince Volkwin (second from left) at the wedding of his son Nikolaus to Princess Katharina zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.
Prince Volkwin served in the Germany military. He was firstly married in a civil ceremony at Bad Pyrmont on 1 December 1967 to Baroness Orlinda Frn von Gablenz (b.1938); the couple's religious union was held at Bad Driburg on 2 March 1968. Volkwin and Orlinda had two sons, Prince Anton-Ulrich (b.1969; married Baroness Elisabeth von Hammerstein-Equord) and Prince Nikolaus (b.1970; married Princess Katharina zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg), before divorcing in 1980.

Prince Ludwig zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
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In 1980, Prince Volkwin remarried Baroness Friederike von Humboldt-Dachroeden (b.1955). Volkwin and Friederike had two children, Prince Ludwig (b.1983; married Sara Hansen) and Princess Felicitas (b.1984; married Philippe Sauzier de la Villetheart). [Friederike is a second cousin of Baroness Maria Anna von Humboldt-Dachroeden (1916-2003), who was married to Prince Hubertus of Prussia from 1941-1943; in December 1943, Maria Anna gave birth to a son, Christian Ernst von Humboldt-Dachroeden, whose father was Prince Ernst August of Hannover (1914-1987).] Volkwin and Friederike divorced in 1991.

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Prince Volkwin zu Waldeck und Pyrmont is a first cousin of Fürst Wittekind, the Head of House Waldeck. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Baptism of Prince Charles of Luxembourg, Future Grand Duke

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg on the occasion of the the Baptism of Prince Charles.
Photograph (c) Cour Grand-Ducale

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On Saturday, 19 September, Prince Charles of Luxembourg was baptised at the Abbey Saint Maurice in Clervaux. The prince is the only child of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. Charles was born on Sunday, 10 May.

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The godparents of Prince Charles are his paternal uncle Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his maternal aunt Countess Gaëlle de Lannoy. The baptism was attended only by members of the Luxembourg and Lannoy families. The prince's grandparents, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, headed up the Luxembourg contingent.