|The marriage of Duke Carl of Württemberg and Princess Diane d'Orléans|
Today, 21 July, Duke Carl and Duchess Diane of Württemberg celebrate their Diamond wedding anniversary. The couple were religiously married sixty years ago at Altshausen. Their civil wedding had been held three days prior on 18 July 1960.
Duke Carl of Württemberg was born on 1 August 1936 at Friedrichshafen. He was the second son of Duke Philipp of Württemberg (1893-1975) and his second wife Duchess Rosa (1906-1983; née Austria). Carl has five full siblings: Duchess Helene (b.1929; married Marchese Federico Pallavicini), Duke Ludwig (1930-2019; married morganatically twice), Duchess Elisabeth (b.1933; married Prince Antonio of Bourbon-Two Sicilies), Duchess Marie-Thérèse (b.1934; married Prince Henri d'Orléans, Count of Clermont), and Duchess Antoinette (1937-2004). From his father's first marriage to Archduchess Helena of Austria (1903-1924; sister of Duke Philipp's second wife Rosa), Carl has one half-sister: Duchess Christine (b.1924; married Prince Georg of Liechtenstein).
Princess Diane d'Orléans was born on 24 March 1940 at Petrópolis. She was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Prince Henri d'Orléans, Count of Paris, and his wife Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Bragança. Diane has ten siblings: Princess Isabelle (b.1932; married Count Friedrich Karl von Schönborn-Buchheim), Prince Henri (1933-2019; eventual Count of Paris; married Duchess Marie-Thérèse of Württemberg and then Micaela Cousiño), Princess Hélène (b.1934; married Count Evrard von Limburg-Stirum), Prince François (1935-1960), Princess Anne (b.1938; married Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies), Prince Michel (b.1941; married Béatrice Pasquier de Franclieu and then Bárbara de Posch-Pastor), Prince Jacques (b.1941; married Gersende de Sabran-Pontevès), Princess Claude (b.1943; married Prince Amedeo of Savoy Aosta, then Arnaldo La Cagnina, and finally Enrico Gandolfi), Princess Chantal (b.1946; married François Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue), and Prince Thibaut (1948-1983; married Marion Gordon-Orr).
Duke Carl and Duchess Diane have six children: Friedrich, Mathilde, Eberhard, Philipp, Michael, and Fleur. The duke and duchess have sixteen grandchildren.
Duke Friedrich of Württemberg was born in 1961. In 1993, Friedrich married Princess Marie zu Wied (b.1973). The couple have three children: Duke Wilhelm (b.1994), Duchess Marie-Amélie (b.1996), and Duchess Sophie-Dorothee (b.1997). Friedrich was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2018, at the age of fifty-six.
Duchess Mathilde of Württemberg was born in 1962. In 1988, Mathilde married Fürst Erich von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (b.1962). The couple have five daughters: Countess Marie Therese (b.1989), Countess Elisabeth (b.1990), Countess Maria Charlotte (b.1992), Countess Maria Helene (b.1993), and Countess Maria Gabrielle (b.1996).
Duke Philipp of Württemberg was born in 1964. In 1991, Philipp married Duchess Marie Caroline in Bavaria (b.1969). The couple have four children: Duchess Sophie (b.1994; married Maximilien d’Andigné), Duchess Pauline (b.1997), Duke Carl Theodor (b.1999), and Duchess Anna (b.2007).
Duke Michael of Württemberg was born in 1965. In 2006, Michael married Julia Ricarda Storz (b.1965).
Duchess Fleur of Württemberg was born in 1977. In 2003, Fleur married Count Moritz Louis von Goëß (b.1967). The couple have three children: Count Zeno (b.2004), Countess Flaminia (b.2006), and Countess Livia (b.2010).
Many happy returns to Duke Carl and Duchess Diane!