Monday, September 28, 2020

The Sixtieth Birthday of the Duc de Broglie

The Duke of Broglie
Philippe, Duc de Broglie, marks his sixtieth birthday today.

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Prince Jean and Princess Micheline de Broglie.

Born at Paris on 28 September 1960, Prince Philippe-Maurice Albert Victor Amédée César de Broglie was the second son of Prince Jean de Broglie (1921-1976) and his wife Micheline Segard (1925-1997), who married in 1948. Jean and Micheline had three sons: Victor-François, Duc de Broglie (1949-2012); Philippe-Maurice, Duc de Broglie (b.1960); and Prince Louis-Albert (b.1963).

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Philippe's father Jean de Broglie was a French politician and served General Charles de Gaulle. Jean was one of the negotiators of the Évian Accords, which ended the Algerian War, formalised the idea of a cooperative exchange between the two countries, and recognised the full independence of Algeria from France. Jean de Broglie was assassinated on 24 December 1976 while exiting the home of Pierre de Varga, his financial advisor.

Louis, Duc de Broglie, in 1929.


In 1987, Philippe's elder brother Victor-François succeeded as Duc de Broglie following the death of their first cousin twice removed: Louis, Duc de Broglie (1892-1987), the son of Victor, Duc de Broglie (1846-1906) and his wife Pauline de La Forest d'Armaillé (1851-1928). Louis de Broglie was a renowned physicist. In 1929, the Duc de Broglie won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Louis never married, and, thus, upon his death, the ducal title was inherited by Victor-François.

Victor-François, Duc de Broglie
Prince Victor-François de Broglie was twenty-seven when his father Jean was assassinated. A decade later, he became the 8th Duc de Broglie at the age of thirty-seven. Victor-François served as the mayor of Broglie for several years. Although he never married, the duke did have one child, Nicolas de Broglie, in 1987 by Caroline Tirouflet. Victor-François died in February 2012 at the age of sixty-two.

Philippe, duc de Broglie.

Philippe, duc de Broglie, is the owner of the Grand Hôtel de Tours and a lover of Art Deco objects d'art and furniture. Having never married nor had issue, his heir is his younger brother, Prince Louis Albert, who is married, but has no children. Therefore, in time, it is likely that the ducal title will pass to Philippe's first cousin Prince Antoine (b.1951) and his male descendants.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The 77th Birthday of Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Head of the Royal House of Italy

Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta, with her infant son Prince Amedeo in 1943.
On 27 September 1943, Prince Amedeo Umberto Constantino Giorgio Paolo Elena Maria Fiorenzo Zvonimir of Savoy-Aosta was born at Florence. Amedeo was the only child of Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta and erstwhile King of Croatia as Tomislav II, and his wife Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark. At the time of his birth, King Vittorio Emanuele III was the Italian monarch, and little Prince Amedeo was fourth in the line of succession to the Italian throne after the Prince of Piedmont, the Prince of Naples, and his father Aimone.


Imperial Honours for Prince Antônio and Princess Christine of Brazil on Their 39th Anniversary

Dom Antônio and Dona Christine.
Photograph (c) Prò Monarquia.

Yesterday, September 26, Prince Dom Luiz of Orleans and Bragança, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil, granted the additional style of  “Imperial Highness” to his brother, Prince Dom Antônio of Orleans and Braganza. Prince Dom Antônio will now be styled “His Imperial and Royal Highness,” and Princess Dona Christine (born Princess de Ligne) will enjoy the same style as her husband. This upgrade was made to commemorate the 70th birthday this year of Dom Antônio.

Prince Dom Luiz of Orleans and Bragança granted the Grand Cross of the Imperial Order of the Rose to his sister-in-law, Princess Dona Christine. The Imperial Order of the Rose was instituted by Emperor Pedro I of Brazil on 17 October 1829 to commemorate his marriage to Princess Amélie of Leuchtenberg.

The Decree of Prince Dom Luíz granting the Imperial Highness style to Prince Dom Antônio.

After a period of deliberation, the Head of the Imperial House - in agreement with his brother and immediate dynastic heir, the Imperial Prince of Brazil, Dom Bertrand of Orleans and Bragança - decided to bestow these gifts to his brother and sister-in-law, showing not only Prince Dom Luiz’s great appreciation and his brotherly affection, as well as his full confidence in the future of the dynasty under the eventual leadership of Prince Dom Antônio, with the support of Princess Dona Christine.

The Decree of Prince Dom Luíz granting the Imperial Order of the Rose to Princess Dona Christine.

On 26 September, Prince Dom Antônio and Princess Doña Christine celebrated thirty-nine years of marriage. The prince and princess were wed at Beloeil on 26 September 1981.

The Engagement of Prince Konrad of Liechtenstein and Catalina de Biolley


On 22 September, the engagement was announced between HSH Prince Konrad von und zu Liechtenstein and Catalina de Biolley.

Princess Florentine and Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein.
Prince Konrad Emanuel Josef Michael Franziskus Stephan Maria of Liechtenstein was born at Frankfurt on 15 February 1992. Konrad is the son of Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein (b.1961), Liechtenstein's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See and former Ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, and Countess Florentine von Thun und Hohenstein (b.1963), who married in 1988. Konrad's paternal grandparents are Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein (1929-2012) and Princess Josephine zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (b.1937). Konrad's maternal grandparents are Count Romedio von Thun und Hohenstein (1934-1965) and Countess Sophie von Cassis-Faraone (b.1936). Prince Konrad of Liechtenstein has three siblings: Prince Lukas (b.1990), Princess Anna Maria (b.1994), and Princess Rita (b.1999).

Catalina Marie Colette Ivan Ghislaine de Biolley was born at Namur on 16 July 1996. Catalina is the daughter of Vicomte Luc de Biolley (b.1968) and Cecilia-Isabel de Pierpont (b.1972), who married in 1995. Catalina's paternal grandparents are Vicomte Tanguy de Biolley and Colette de Dorlodot. Catalina's maternal grandparents are Ivan de Pierpont and Maria del Pilar Ramos.

Congratulations to Konrad and Catalina!

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
(1863-1950)

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!



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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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

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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. 

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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.
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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. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

And we are LIVE – Eurohistory's New Website is Online!

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Eventually, in the next couple of weeks, all previously available years of EUROHISTORY (The European Royal History Magazine) will be available online, facilitating renewals for our current subscribers as well as new subscriptions for this interested in joining, rejoining, or adding past issues to their collections of our widely-read magazine!

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

+ Count Josef Hubert von Neipperg (1918-2020)


Count Josef Hubert von Neipperg, Head of House, passed away on September 12, 2020. At his death, he was the longest-living male member of a Mediatized Dynasty.


The late Count Josef Hubert von Neipperg.
(1918-2020)

Born in Schwaigern, seat off the family, on July 22, 1918, he was the son second son Count Anton Ernst (1883-1947) and of his wife, the former Countess Anna von Silva-Tarouca (1888-1971). Josef Hubert's paternal grandparents were: Count Reinhard (1856-1919) and his wife, the former Countess Gabrielle von Waldstein. In turn Count Reinhard's parents were Count Erwin (1813-1897) and his wife, the former Countess Henriette von Waldstein. Erwin's parents were Adam Albert (1775-1829), Count von Neipperg, and his first wife Countess Theresia von Pola (1778-1815). Interestingly, Adam Albert's second wife was Empress Marie Louise, second wife of Emperor Napoleon. With her, Adam Albert founded the line of the Princes of Montenuovo.

As his older brother Count Karl Reinhard (1915-1941) died in action in WWII, Josef Hubert succeeded their father as Head of House. Two years after succeeding to the title, Josef Hubert married Countess Maria von Ledeburg-Wicheln (1920-1984). The couple had seven children, including Count Karl Eugen (b. 1951), who in 1977, at Pöcking, married Archduchess Andrea of Austria (b. 1953), eldest daughter of Archduke Otto of Austria and of his wife, the former Princess Rehgina of Saxe-Meiningen. Karl Eugen has now succeeded as Head of House Neipperg.

Having lost his wife in 1984, two years later Josef Hubert married Prtincess Theresa of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfurst (b. 1938). She survives her husband and joins the family in announcing the sad passing of her beloved husband.


A prominent member of the German Gotha described him as, "an extremely educated and humorous man."

His funeral will take place in privacy on September 19, 2020.

May He Rest In Peace...


For further reading on the late Count of Neipperg, visit Eurohistory's report on his 102nd birthday, this past July!





Sunday, September 13, 2020

Funeral of Countess Maria Immaculata zu Toerring-Jettenbach: Exclusive


On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the Törring family gathered in a private funeral to lay to rest Countess Maria Immaculata. Given the danger posed by COVID-19, as well as rising contagion rates across Europe, the family decided this was the most responsible and safest manner to bid farewell to the late Countess.

Funeral Oration by the officiating priest:

"This church was very familiar to your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. On Sundays she usually sat on the left side of the church in the back third, formerly the women's side. During the service she always had a look at the family crest, the jumping dog up in the choir arch. Perhaps it also created an additional bond with this church that many generations of the Törring family prayed here. Today, she is one last time in the little church of Dünzelbach and will find a final resting place very close to this prayer room, her house, and the place where her family lives.


Maria Immaculata was born almost 100 years ago, on July 27, 1921 in eastern Hungary, the region that is today mainly known for its To-kaj wine here in the west. The family of Baron Waldbott von Bassenheim originally came from the Rhineland and made it to Hungary through marriage in the 19th century. Maria Immaculata grew up bilingual on her parents' estate, where she was taught by private tutors for the first few years of school. Then she went to a Sacré Coeur school near Pressburg. After finishing school, she could expect a carefree life on her parents' estate. But as her father writes in his memoirs, his daughter had no desire to just go about social life and wanted to do something more serious. The beginning of the war for Hungary in 1941 provided the opportunity to train as a nurse. She specialized in operations in the surgical department and took part in difficult operations every day for two years. I have even heard from experienced doctors that they can hardly stand this work on the open human body. It shows that the deceased could take a lot. In 1943 she was transferred to the rock hospital in Budapest, where the best medical staff in Hungary were brought together to care for the citizens of the capital, who were seriously wounded after bombing, in vaulted cellars. It was a horrific patchwork, in which the nurse treated countless seriously injured people day and night. At the last minute, before Budapest was occupied by the Russians, they managed to escape to the West, to which the family also fled in stages.


Maria Immaculata first ended up in Austria, where she helped find missing people on radio broadcasts. When the Russians approached Austria, the flight continued to the American zone. In Lower Bavaria, the family initially found accommodation in an inn near Grießbach, later they were able to move to the Arco family. During this post-war period Maria Immaculata worked in Munich for the UN aid organization UNRRA, which took care of war refugees. In 1947, she visited Seefeld Castle, where she met Count Hans Heribert Törring. The engagement took place after just two weeks, and soon after that the wedding took place. As it is said, all participants of the wedding were extremely happy, not only because of the bride and groom, but because everyone could finally eat their fill.


In the following years five children were born. The quiet life took a certain turn when the son Max was born with a disability. The mother did not want to accept the health impairment and sought medical help everywhere so that her son could lead a normal life. But in vain, no one could explain the strange disease. Finally, a specialist in the USA was able to diagnose the disease as muscle wasting. At that time, this disease was practically unknown in Germany and hardly researched. Countess Maria Immaculata then founded the “German Society for Muscle Sickness” in 1965 as a self-help organization with many in-house meetings. Today this society is a large association that supports many people in need, and has also expressed its condolences for the death of the founder in a beautiful way.


The deceased was impressively enterprising. She and her friend Princess Irmingard of Bavaria liked to drive to the Middle East and exotic regions, where they experienced exciting adventures that we would probably not expect as holidays. In the 1950s she bought a house in the south of France that was to serve as a meeting place and holiday residence for the family for two decades. The international milieu of the French Riviera certainly suited her. She made a number of interesting friendships and even looked after the property's small olive plantations.

After her husband's death in 1977, a new stage in life began. She wanted to make it easier for the children to have a life of their own, and perhaps to lead a new one herself. She moved into a large house in Lower Bavaria, which she furnished with a lot of love. Furnishing and designing houses was a passion of hers. She put a lot of effort into the large garden and the rose plantations in particular, and the visitors were impressed by the splendour of the flowers when family and friends were invited, especially when the roses were in bloom. In general, she loved nature and was happy when deer and pheasants visited her property and let her feed them. But she was also a dashing hunter, a passion she might have inherited from her father.

Countess Antonia zu Törring-Jettenbach
At the age of 90 she moved back to Dünzelbach, close to the family. It was quite a sacrifice for her, as she had to leave her beloved rose garden behind. In any case, the small front garden of the forester's house next to the church was always well cared for. With age, her social circles became increasingly smaller. The visits of the children and grandchildren, the Sunday meetings, and meals together were a great pleasure for them. Thanks also to the family for taking the time to visit us. Old people often feel left alone and are grateful for the attention of their loved ones. How important the family was to the deceased could also be seen in her room, where children and grandchildren were present in her pictures. The last few months have been difficult, also for the family. Someone with such a strong will to live does not simply give up before death. I was allowed to bring her the sacraments of death one day before she died. She suffered badly, but was quite there and composed. She knew what was in store for her, and she was prepared for it.

You will allow me to say a few more general words about this brief overview of her life. The way the deceased was described and how I experienced her myself, she radiated a strong presence. She had a strong will, but it was mixed with a lot of kindness and humor and she had a pronounced charm. Whenever she was here in church and came to communion holding her daughter's hand, I always thought to myself, “Respect. A woman with format.” As you can already see from the outline of her life, she was extremely independent and independent in her whole way of thinking, but also helpful, warm-hearted, and open to other people in an unobtrusive way. She could also be strict and precise when the situation called for it, but without wanting to hurt. She was a good listener and gave people the freedom to go their own way. A letter of condolence describes her as an extremely interesting and quick-witted conversation partner who spread the joy of life.


Your mother has come a very long way, from eastern Hungary to here in the small Dünzelbach in Upper Bavaria. She was accompanied by her faith, which was strongly shaped by a piety to Mary. In a sense, Mary stands for the maternal side of God, for care and devotion, the willingness to fully support the children. In Seefeld there is a figure of Mary in the field that your mother regularly visited and decorated with flowers. That is why the beautiful figure of Mary of his own possession can also be seen on the death card and the heartfelt song of Mary "Mary, spread your coat", which invites us to recognize and feel that we are children of God. The last days are also connected with Mary: the day of death was the feast of Mary's birth and today's funeral day is the feast of Mary's name, i.e. the name of the Mother of God, which the deceased herself carried: Maria Immaculata. A rich life has now found its consummation. 

May Maria Immaculata rest in peace...."

Grave of Count Hans Heribert and Countess Maria Immaculata zu Törring-Jettenbach.
Eurohistory wishes to express our sincerest condolences to to Törring family during these sad times!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Marriage of Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma and Archduchess Gabriella of Austria

The Bourbon-Parma/Austria nuptials

HRH Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma and HI&RH Archduchess Gabriella of Austria were married today at Schloß Tratzberg in Jenbach, Austria. Archduchess Gabriella wore the Grand Duchess Adelaide TiaraFather Paul Habsburg (b.1968; né Archduke of Austria; son of Archduke Michael of Austria and Archduchess Christina [née Princess zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenburg]), a cousin of the bride, was one of the officiants. Among the guests were Bourbon-Parmas, Habsburgs, Hohenbergs, Holstein-Ledreborgs, Liechtensteins, and Luxembourgs.

Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma was born at Roskilde, Denmark, on 14 October 1991. Henri is the youngest child and second son of Prince Erik of Bourbon-Parma (b.1953) and Countess Lydia Holstein-Ledreborg (b.1955), who married in 1980 and divorced in 1999. Henri's paternal grandparents are Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (1926-2018) and Princess Yolande of Broglie-Revel (1928-2014). Henri's maternal grandparents are Count Knud Holstein-Ledreborg (1919-2001) and Princess Marie Gabrielle of Luxembourg (b.1925).

Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine-Charlotte of Austria was born at Geneva on 26 March 1994. Gabriella is the youngest child and second daughter of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (b.1954) and Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg (b.1954), who married in 1982. Gabriella's paternal grandparents are Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (1918-2007) and Princess Yolande de Ligne (b.1923). Gabriella's maternal grandparents are Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019) and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium (1927-2005).

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Prince Henri and Archduchess Gabriella became engaged on 22 October 2017 in Switzerland. The pair are second cousins: both are great-grandchildren of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Félix (1893-1970; né Bourbon-Parma). Interestingly, Henri's parents Eric and Lydia are second cousins; Gabriella's parents Carl Christian and Marie Astrid are also second cousins. Henri and Gabriella have a daughter, Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia, who was born on 30 October 2017 at Geneva.

Congratulations to Henri and Gabriella!

The Week in Sales at EUROHISTORY

 It was, thankfully, a very busy week at Eurohistory. We appreciate tremendously the continued support of our clients and value every single sale!

These are the week's top five books....

NUMBER 1: 59% OF TOP-FIVE SALES!    

For a fourth week in a row, THE GRAND DUCAL HOUSE OF HESSE sits comfortably on the top of our top sellers' list!

When Arturo E. Beéche founded Eurohistory in 1997, he envisioned the creation of a library of royal books encompassing all of Europe’s ruling and formerly ruling dynasties. Two decades later, and after more than 30 books and over 120 issues of Eurohistory, the royalty journal he founded in 1997, we bring you The Grand Ducal House of Hesse. This is the third German dynasty that Eurohistory publishes a book about, the first two being the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the Royal House of Bavaria (Volume I). This project is the culmination of more than two decades of research conducted by the authors. Beéche having already cooperated on several books and articles with Ms. Miller, a regular contributor to Eurohistory, pairing for another collaborative project was seamless. The Hesse and by Rhine Dynasty is one which Ms. Miller, better-known for her extensive work on the four daughters of Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse and by Rhine, with particular interest on Victoria Milford Haven, also feels passionately about. The result of years of research in Europe allowed Ms. Miller a unique insight into the lives of these four tragic sisters. The storyline begins in 1567. This was the year when the sons of Landgrave Philip "the Magnanimous” divided his vast lands among them. All branches of the Hessian dynasty stem from this territorial division. The Grand Ducal House of Hesse and by Rhine is among the most important German dynasties. Its members form a kaleidoscope of unique human beings: military and religious leaders, peculiar and heroic figures, talented artists and scientists, patrons of the arts and music, visionary and romantic architects, lucky and tragic people, dilettantes more interested in passing by than making a mark. They simply had it all. Their mark, not only in Darmstadt, but also throughout the Rhineland, is palpable in nearly every aspect of the region’s history, arts, letters, music, and architecture.





NUMBER 2: 9% (EACH) OF TOP FIVE SALES!

It's a tie between two of our best selling books, THE FOUR GRACES: Queen Victoria's Hessian Granddaughters & THE ROYAL HOUSE OF BAVARIA: ROYAL COLLECTIONS III

Eurohistory brings you Ilana Miller's amazing story of Victoria, Elisabeth, Irene and Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, Queen Victoria's Hessian granddaughters, The Four Graces. This excellent book covers the lifespan of these four very tragic sisters. Ms. Miller did extensive research to bring us closer to the four sisters of Hesse. The thrilling narrative is certain to keep the reader grasped as the lives of these women unfold. Handsomely illustrated with unique photos of the Hessian sisters and their descendants, this hardbound book promises to become a "must-read" for anyone interested in European royal history and the Russian Imperial Family. The book also includes several family trees helping the reader place the extensive cast of characters in historical perspective.



The Wittelsbachs ruled over Bavaria and the Rhineland Palatinate for nearly 750 years, this fact made their dynasty one of Europe's longest-ruling families. Theirs is a history of not only sublime exaltation, but also deep and sorrowful loss. They were patrons of the arts and letters, incredible builders, scientists, politicians, visionaries, and maddening personalities. This first volume covers the history of the family from its beginning in the XI century to the life of Crown Prince Rupprecht, who died in 1955. In fact, the book is dedicated to him, "the best king Bavaria never had.”



https://www.amazon.com

/dp/1944207090?ref=myi_title_dp


NUMBER 3: 5% (EACH) OF TOP FIVE SALES!

THIS WAS A TOTAL SURPRISE!

We rarely have seen three books tie for a spot on our best-seller list...particularly when one of them (ROYAL HELLENIC DYNASTY) has been in print since 2007! The other two are THE GRAND DUKES and SISTERS: Daisy of Pleß and Shelagh Duchess of Westminster!

Co-Authored by HRH Prince Michael of Greece, Mrs. Helen Helmis-Markesinis and Arturo E. Beéche, the book contains a magnificent selection of Greek royal photos, all from the collections of Queen Olga, Queen Sophie, Queen Elisabeth, Queen Frederica, as well as other members of this amazing family, such as Princess Nicholas of Greece and Queen Mother Helen of Romania. Under the title of Elleniki Dynazteia, this book was first published in Greek several years. Our English language version changed the order of some of the photos, includes detailed captions and a new and a very detailed family tree. The book is 204 pages long and filled with nearly 200 excellent photos of Greek and related royalty.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/0977196151?ref=myi_title_dp



Arturo E. Beéche, founder and publisher of The European Royal History Journal, thought of the idea for an anthology on Russia's Grand Duchesses in 2004. Consequently, a companion book on the Russian Grand Dukes became imperative. The Grand Dukes: Sons & Grandsons of Russia's Tsars Since Paul I examines the biographies of nearly forty men whose birth gave them the right to one of the world's most prestigious positions. All sons of Russian tsars are covered in Volume I. The sons of collateral grand ducal branches are covered in Volume II. The biography of each of the Grand Dukes of Russia brings to life a deeply gripping human saga. These men were born into what then was one of the world's most powerful ruling dynasties. They were not all saints; they were not all demons - they were men whose birth showered them with untold privilege. Some used their birthright for the common good; some did not. Yet, they all remain amazingly intriguing, complex, complicated and conflicted human beings. At birth they were showered with untold privilege, including a lump sum of money placed in trust for them. By the time these funds were made available to a Grand Duke, the interest alone made them amazingly wealthy. Added to this benefit, they derived salaries from their military appointments, investments, real estate and inheritance. Thus, the Grand Dukes were able to maintain a lifestyle only surpassed by today's oligarchs and yesteryear's robber barons. They were consummate spenders in paintings, art, architecture, jewels, all while acting as sponsors of talented writers, thinkers, poets, ballerinas, among many others. One was a playwright of considerable talent. Another played a role in working toward the liberation of the serfs. One was a leading admiral with a fondness for "fast women and slow ships."



https://www.amazon.com/dp/0977196186?ref=myi_title_dp


Imported from Poland, this is a very interesting dual biography of two sisters (Daisy Pleß and Shelagh Westminster) who were among the top "it" girls in Edwardian England!




NUMBER 4: 2% (EACH) OF TOP FIVE SALES!

This week's other major surprise was four books tying for FOURTH place!

The history of King Christian IX of Denmark, the Father-in-law of Europe, and his descendants. Covering the last 150 years of the royal and imperial houses of: Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, Greece, Romania, Russia, Hanover, Baden, Mecklenburg-Schwerin and many other related dynasties and princely houses. The authors have handsomely documented their writings with nearly 450 exquisite and rare photos of King Christian IX and his wife Louise and their descendants.




The first-ever biography of Portugal's controversial Queen Maria Pia, wife of King Luis, mother of assassinated King Carlos. Using previously unused sources, as well as the famed Queen's correspondence, the author managed to reconstruct the life of a strong woman who had a terribly difficult life in a kingdom where she arrived as a teen bride. A Savoy by birth, Maria Pia dedicated her life to the needs of her adopted country, Portugal.



Included in this unique work, the Second Volume in a two-volume series, are 18 biographies of Russian grand dukes. These were the junior lines of the Russian Imperial Family at the time of the Revolution in 1917: Vladimirovichi, Pavlovichi, Konstantinovichi, Nikolaevichi and Mikhailovichi. The book is illustrated with exquisite and rare photographs of these intriguing men, their families and descendants. It also includes several family trees. The chapters were authored by some of today's most recognized authors and scholars on the Romanov Dynasty.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/0985460393?ref=myi_title_dp


Death of a Romanov Prince - Prince Oleg Konstantinovich’s Promising Life and Early Death “The coffin was lowered into the grave...... Soon there was a burial mound above. It was quickly covered with wreaths, flowers and crowned with a plain wooden cross. Prince Oleg’s promising life was finished.” Death of a Romanov Prince follows the brief life-journey of Prince Oleg Konstantinovich, one of the lesser-known members of the powerful and privileged Russian Imperial family. He was a talented young man of intellectual and artistic genius. Oleg was the gifted son of the talented Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, who wrote under the pseudonym of KR. The Grand Duke was a friend of Tchaikovsky, who set his numerous poems to music, and who established literary circles for his troops, translated Hamlet into Russian, and wrote The King of the Jews, an original play that he and his sons performed. The reader will follow Prince Oleg Konstantinovich, his family, and Imperial cousins, as his life takes him via the luxuries of the family’s four magnificent palaces of Pavlovsk, in Tsarskoye Selo, the Marble Palace in St Petersburg, the Konstantine Palace at Strelna; and the Ostashevo Estate near Moscow; as well as numerous holidays in the Crimea. The young prince enjoyed the most liberal program in literary, scientific, and artistic education. He was the first Romanov to be enrolled in a civilian school and graduated from the Imperial Lyceum in St Petersburg, where in 1913 he won the Pushkin Medal for his academic achievements. At the age of 21, Prince Oleg Konstantinovich was on the crest of a brilliant career and personal greatness when World War I began. Then tragedy struck ... Death of a Romanov Prince brings the reader into the battlefields of World War I’s Eastern Front. Bloody battles fought in northern Poland and Lithuania’s Masurian Lakes. It was while fighting there that Prince Oleg led his troops into heroic cavalry charges against the Germans.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/0994583001?ref=myi_title_dp



NUMBER 5: 1% (EACH) OF TOP FIVE SALES!

In 1913, the Romanovs celebrated three hundred years of seating on the Russian Imperial throne. Great fanfare and hope accompanied the celebrations. A year later, Imperial Russia entered a "war to end all wars," with the hope of "being back home for Christmas." It was not to be. Instead, in February 1917, after years of administrative and military ineptitude and incompetence, the Russian people had enough of its government's inefficacy and corruption. The consequences, as it turned out, changed the world. Tsar Nicholas II was overthrown; members of the Imperial Family faced persecution, arrest, financial instability, uncertainty, and worse. This is the compelling story of how the Romanovs dealt with glory, war, revolution, persecution, imprisonment, and escape!



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1944207104?ref=myi_title_dp



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