Sunday, March 29, 2020

Archduke Sigismund, Titular Grand Duke of Tuscany, Gives Statement To Tuscans Urging Solidarity In Uncertain Times

On Friday, 27 March, Archduke Sigismund of Austria, Titular Grand Duke of Tuscany, issued a statement offering good wishes and strength to the Tuscan people during the ongoing public health crisis due to coronavirus. Sigismund (b.1966) is the Head of the Grand Ducal House of Tuscany. He is son of Archduke Leopold Franz (b.1942), who renounced his rights as Head of House to his eldest son in 1993, and Laetitia de Belzunce-d'Arenberg (b.1941).

The grand ducal statement reads as follows:
Dear all, 
In this moment of hard trial, both physical and moral, I wish to make all of you, the Tuscan People, as well as all other Italians, feel the sense of my caring and vigilant attention, as well as my intension solidarity.  
The health authorities do well to warn us against this dangerous and invisible enemy; measures that tend towards the so-called "social distancing" are necessary, but, inevitably, they generate in each of us a sense of tiredness and frustration. 
For this reason, and also in order to live better this strong Lenten time, I invite you to "not lose sight of each other"; if this is physically impossible nowadays, we can still cheer up the day of some old Friend (or brother) of ours by calling him and making him feel our affectionate closeness. 
[May] this Lenten time, so strange and so different from any other time experienced so far, be for all of us a moment of deep reflection and awakening of our consciousness. Prayer then becomes fundamental to create a virtuous circle of good souls who are committed to soliciting and encouraging the healing of the sick, as well as to accelerate the transit to the Lord of those who have not made it. 
Our thoughts go to the inhabitants of the whole world, since this devious and terrible enemy does not seem to spare any country at all.  
For my part, I am close to you with much affection and participation in your anxieties, worries and fears, with the promise to return to you as soon as possible in your beautiful country. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the approaching Holy Easter, first, and hopefully last, of this kind. 
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Sigismund's ancestor: Grand Duke Ferdinando IV of Tuscany

Archduke Sigismund is the great-great grandson of Grand Duke Ferdinand IV of Tuscany, who was the last member of the dynasty to rule. Ferdinand IV (1835-1908) reigned for less than a year, between June 1859 and March 1860, when the grand duke lost his country due to Italian unification under the Savoys of Sardinia.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Princess Marie Of Romania Arrested In New Mexico

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On 12 January 2009, HRH Princess Marie of Romania was booked in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, on the charge of "failure to appear." In the typical terse terms of a police report, it was noted that Marie was 5'8" and 162 lbs with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Although divorced from her husband since 2003, she was booked under the name "Marie Mystkowski." The princess was released the same day on a $200.00 bond.

Marie had moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2004 in order to began what she described as her "wapeni," which is a Native American word meaning "renewal." The princess and her husband Kazimierz Mystkowski, a Polish-born investment technology specialist, had divorced in 2003 after a long separation. During their brief marriage, which took place in 1995 and was attended by the bride's parents King Michael and Queen Anne, the couple lived in New York.

After relocating to New Mexico, Marie, known en famille as Mia, was the defendant in several lawsuits, one of which resulted in her arrest.

In July 2005, the princess was sued by her landlord, a Donald Yates. During this court case, her name was given as "Mia Mystkowski." In October 2005, the court ruled in the landlord's favour, and ordered Marie to pay him $1,732.00. The case was administratively closed by the New Mexico judicial system in October 2019.

In May 2008, GE Money Bank filed suit against the princess, under the name Marie Mystkowski, for "debt and money due." Several months later, a writ of garnishment was issued by the court, forcing Marie to repay what she owed.

The next legal dispute in which the princess became entangled involved her HOA, the Sierra Madre Homeowners Association. On 5 December 2008, the homeowner's association filed a general civil complaint against "Marie de Roumanie"; this was followed the next day by a civil summons being issued to the princess. As she apparently ignored the summons, Marie was arrested - likely by turning herself in - and released in January 2009. Due to a lack of prosecution on the HOA's behalf, the case against Marie was administratively closed in October 2015.

The final legal saga that Princess Marie of Romania weathered was a foreclosure action brought against her by BAC Home Loans Servicing. The princess had borrowed money to purchase a piece of land and subsequently became delinquent in her payments. In this lawsuit, which was filed in July 2009, Marie was joined as a co-defendant by the Sierra Madre Homeowners Association (the HOA that had sued her the year before), the GE Money Bank (a questionable financial institution that had also sued Marie the year before), the Taxation and Revenue Department of the State of New Mexico, and, oddly, "the Unknown Spouse of Marie Mystkowski" (who was dropped from the suit when it became known that Marie was divorced). In 2010, the courts ordered that the land (4557 Camino San Juan, Santa Fe, New Mexico) which Marie had purchased be foreclosed upon and sold at public auction.

After these quandaries, the princess moved from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Marie resided there until 2015, when she was called to Romania to take up duties on behalf of the royal family, which is now headed by her godmother and eldest sister, Margarita. In late 2019, the princess is believed to have made the decision to withdraw from her role, and she has not appeared in a public capacity since that time.

Princess Marie of Romania is currently sixth in line to the succession of the headship of the royal house, per the continuously amended 2007 Fundamental Rules. The princess still serves on the Management Board of the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (Fundatia Regala Margareta a Romaniei).

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DONALD N YATES, Plaintiff(s) v. MIA MYSTKOWSKI, Defendant(s)
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Get Well Soon, Sir: The Condition of Prince Antônio of Orleans and Bragança is Improving!

Prince Dom Antônio of Orleans and Bragança
Photograph (c) Casa Imperial do Brasil

Almost two weeks ago, it was announced that Prince Dom Antônio, second in line to the headship of the Imperial House of Brazil, had contracted the novel coronavirus. Today his family has informed the public that Prince Antônio of Orleans and Bragança's condition is no longer considered serious. The prince, who is still hospitalised, is awaiting a transfer from the ICU to another hospital unit.

Dom Antônio has been progressively improving since the beginning of this week. The prince is considered as part of the Covid-19 at-risk group, not only because he is over sixty-years old, but also due to the fact that he has a pre-existing history of pulmonary complications. Antônio was the only member of the Brazilian Imperial Family to be hospitalised due to the coronavirus.

Also diagnosed with COVID-19, Antônio's brothers, Prince Francisco and Prince Alberto, as well as his sister-in-law, Princess Maritza, were able to be treated at home.

Late on the evening of Friday, 27 March, the Secretariet of the Imperial House released the following statement:
São Paulo, 27 March 2020 
Prince Don Antonio of Orleans and Bragança is still in treatment for the NOVEL coronavirus (Covid-19), assisted by his wife and son, Princess Dona Christine and Prince Dom Rafael. 
His Highness remains in Rio de Janeiro, where he is awaiting a transfer from the intensive care unit (ICU) to another room. 
We thank you for all your prayers to God, our Lord, and to the Blessed Virgin, for the full restoration of his health. 
The other members of the Imperial Family who have contracted the disease have been recovering at home, without the need for hospitalisation. 
More information will be released in due course.

Source: Coronavírus: estado de saúde do Príncipe Dom Antonio já não é mais grave

Friday, March 27, 2020

CATS: Royals & Their Feline Friends

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

In Memory of a Red Princess: The Passing of Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma (1933-2020)

Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma
(28 July 1933 - 26 March 2020)

Prince Xavier and Princess Madeleine of Bourbon-Parma with their six children.

HRH Princess Marie-Thérèse Cécile Zita Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma was born in Paris on 28 July 1933 as the third child and second daughter of Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma (1889-1977) and Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset (1898-1984). Xavier and Madeleine married in 1927 and had six children: Princess Françoise (b.1928; married Prince Eduard von Lobkowicz), Prince Carlos Hugo (1930-2010; married Princess Irene of The Netherlands), Princess Marie-Thérèse, Princess Cécile (b.1935), Princess Marie-des-Neiges (b.1937), and Prince Sixte-Henri (b.1940). Empress Zita of Austria was one of the aunts of Marie-Thérèse; Prince Felix of Luxembourg, husband of Grand Duchess Charlotte, was her uncle; Queen Anne of Romania was among her first cousins.

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Displaying early her independent spirit, Marie-Thérèse quickly became a polyglot, speaking fluent French, English, German, and Spanish. The princess studied philosophy at Oxford University. She then went on to study political science at the Sorbonne in Paris. Marie-Thérèse became a specialist in the legal and political systems in Islamic nations.


Between 1958-1959, it was frequently rumoured that Princess Marie-Thérèse was on the verge of becoming engaged to King Baudouin of the Belgians. Together with his sister Marie-des-Neiges, the princess had attended a ball at hosted by the Belgian monarch in April 1958. Marie-Thérèse was described at the time as "a Spanish-type beauty. She has lovely wide dark eyes and a magnificent figure. She is intellectual but not a bluestocking." Alas, a royal romance had not flourished: Baudouin went on to marry Spanish aristocrat doña Fabiola Mora y Aragón, and Marie-Thérèse was never to marry.

Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma
Photograph circa 1964

In 1964, the princess attended the wedding of her brother Carlos Hugo to the Dutch princess Irene, daughter of Queen Juliana. Irene's conversion to Roman Catholicism and decision to marry a prince as politically active as Carlos Hugo was understandably met with apprehension in the Netherlands. Displaying a strong loyalty to her brother, Marie-Thérèse supported both Carlos Hugo and Irene as they embarked on married life.

Maria Teresa

Two decades after the death of Infante Alfonso Carlos, Duke of San Jaime, Marie-Thérèse's father Xavier assumed the mantle of Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain in the 1950s. Xavier continued to advocate the conservative policies disseminated by the Carlist party. However, as Xavier's health failed, his son Carlos Hugo attempted to turn the tide of the Carlist party towards more liberal and socialist ideals. In this quest, he was supported by his three youngest sisters: Marie-Thérèse, Cécile, and Marie-des-Neiges. Owing to their political views, the royal trio became known by the moniker "the red princesses." In an interview given to El Cuaderno in June 2019, Marie-Thérèse recalled the political evolution that her brother, her sisters, and she set out to effectuate: "We wanted to link the past with modernity, and it seemed to Carlos [Hugo] and all those who accompanied us that what would best translate this historical aspiration today, what our ancestors had wanted, was the concept of self-management. We proposed self-management in three areas: the political, the territorial, and the economic." Marie-Thérèse was not present at the Montejurra massacre in May 1976, when far-right and disaffected members of the Carlist movement opened fire upon a large Carlist gathering. Her brother Carlos Hugo, her sister-in-law Irene, and her sister Marie-des-Neiges were at Montejurra. Marie-Thérèse recalled that her older brother Carlos Hugo had specifically asked her to stay away from this event. The political views of Marie-Thérèse and her brother and two sisters alienated them from her parents and her sister Françoise and brother Sixte-Henri. In May 1981, the princess became a Spanish citizen, and she resided in the country for many years. Eventually, she relocated to France.

The Red Princess and her beloved nieces and nephews.
Left to right: Tjalling ten Cate, Princess Margarita, Prince Carlos Hugo, Prince Jaime, Princess Maria Teresa, Princess Maria Carolina, and Albert Brenninkmeijer in 2014.
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Unconventional and unique, Marie-Thérèse was a popular relative amongst her Gotha relations. The princess remained close to her nephews and nieces, the children of Carlos Hugo and Irene. In 2010 and 2013, respectively, she attended the weddings of her nephews, Princes Carlos and Jaime of Bourbon-Parma. In 2016, Marie-Thérèse participated in the festivities in Tirana surrounding the wedding of Crown Prince Leka of Albania and Elia Zaharia.

The Duke and Duchess of Parma with their aunt Princess Marie-Thérèse in 2016.
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Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma passed away at Paris on 26 March 2020 after suffering complications arising from being diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). The princess was a professor of sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Marie-Thérèse is survived by her sisters Françoise, Cécile, and Marie-des-Neiges, as well as by her brother Sixte-Henri. The princess is also survived by her nephews and nieces as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews. Marie-Thérèse was a devout Roman Catholic.

Requiesce in pace.

COVID-19 Claims First Royal Victim: Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma

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Prince Sixte Henri of Bourbon-Parma has announced that today, Thursday, 26 March 2020, his sister Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma passed away in Paris from the coronavirus. The princess was eighty-six years-old.

Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma was born on 28 July 1933 as the daughter of Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma and his wife Madeleine de Bourbon-Busset.

Marie-Thérèse never married and had no children.

Source: S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón

COVID-19 & The Royals: Archduke Karl Of Austria Has Recovered!

Archduke Karl of Austria
Archduke Karl, the Head of the Imperial House of Austria, has announced that he has recovered from the coronavirus. He was diagnosed earlier in March after testing positive for COVID-19. At that time, he began the required quarantine regimen. Recently, Karl tested negative and is now in the clear, health-wise.

Karl of Austria released the following statement:
I have just received a notification that the quarantine has been lifted after a negative corona test. After being infected with the Covid-19 virus, I am officially healthy again after almost three weeks. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent me wishes for recovery through various channels. Even if this removes the domestic quarantine for me, it is not a return to normal life for me either. My location makes it necessary to stay at home. This is the best way to curb the spread of the virus. 
In all organizations in Austria in which I hold a management function, the events have been canceled for the next two months. Including the VI. Otto von Habsburg symposium, which should have been devoted to the topic of "freedom." 
Now we have to take responsibility in freedom, take care of ourselves and thus our fellow human beings, and stay at home.

Karl's son Archduke Ferdinand is currently serving in the Austrian military. Part of Ferdinand's role is in maintaining the nation's food supply chain.

We hope that all of our readers stay safe and healthy during this time!