Friday, October 30, 2020

Princess Hélène of France, Countess de Limburg Stirum

Princess Hélène of France and Count Evrard de Limburg Stirum.

Just as stunning as her mother, Princess Hélène of France married Count Evrard de Limburg Stirum at the Chapel Royal St Louis de Dreux, France, on January 17, 1957!

Hélène was born in Brussels in 1934, the third child of his parents. She was preceded by Isabelle and Henri. She was followed by: François, Anne, Diane, Jacques, Michel, Claude, Chantal, and Thibaut.

Count Evrard was the son of Count Thierry de Limburg Stirum and his wife the former Princess Marie-Immaculé of Croÿ. He was born at the Château d'Huldenberg, his family's ancient home, on October 31, 1927.

Thierry and Hélène had four children: Catherine (b. 1957), Thierry (b. 1959), Louis (b. 1962), and Bruno (b. 1966). They have given their parents a total of ten grandchildren!

Princess Hélène became a widow in 2001. She continues residing at Huldenberg surrounded by many of her descendants.

Count Evrard and Princess Hélène, with the Count de Clermont and the Prince of Asturias (later King Juan Carlos I of Spain).

Princess Hélène of France.

You can learn more about this very interesting royal personage by subscribing to Eurohistory and reading a detailed article in Issue CXXVIII – Winter 2020 about Princess Hélène and Count Evrard.

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Lovely Photos of Princess Geraldine of Albania with Her Crown Princely Parents


Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of the Albanians have released several wonderful photographs of the new parents with their daughter Princess Geraldine. Enjoy! 


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EUROHISTORY: Issue CXXVIII, Volume 23.4 – Winter 2020

Nothing like being busy!

As our Fall Issue (CXXVII – Volume 23.4) is printing, we decided that it would be best to get busy with EUROHISTORY WINTER 2020 – Issue CXXVIII, Volume 23.4

Inside the last Issue of 2020 subscribers will find the following articles:

1. Victoria Milford Haven ... upon the Seventieth Anniversary of Death, by Ilana D. Miller

2. A Very Autocratic Grand Duchess: Marie Alexandrovna, by Coryne Hall

3. Obituary: Countess Maria Immaculata zu Toerring-Jettenbach (1925-2020), by Arturo E. Beéche

4. The Puppet King: Alexander of the Hellenes, by Coryne Hall

5. Who Is In the Photograph: Four Generations of the Swedish Royal Family, by Alexander Borg

6. Peggy Watson: Princess Marguerite d'Orléans...The Story of the Only American Woman To Marry into the French Royal Family, by Seth B. Leonard

7. The Wedding of Princess Hélène d'Orléans and Count Evrard de Limburg Stirum – January 17, 1957, Royal Chapel St Louis de Dreux, by Arturo E. Beéche

8. Book Reviews

9. Royal News

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

All In The Family: King Albert and Queen Paola Meet Princess Delphine

On Sunday afternoon, King Albert of Belgium and his wife Queen Paola met with his daughter Princess Delphine at the couple's Belvédère residence.

This is the first time that King Albert has seen his daughter in at least thirty years, and it is the first occasion when Queen Paola has ever met Princess Delphine.

The following statement was released by the king, queen, and princess after the meeting.
This Sunday, October 25, a new chapter opened, filled with emotion, appeasement, understanding and, also, hope.

Our meeting took place at the Château du Belvédère, a meeting during which each of us was able to express, calmly and with empathy, our feelings and our experiences.

After the turmoil, the wounds and the suffering, comes the time for forgiveness, healing and reconciliation. This is the path, patient and at times difficult, that we have decided to take resolutely together.

These first steps open the way which it is now up to us to pursue peacefully.

Delphine, Paola and Albert


Monday, October 26, 2020

The Grand Ducal House of Hesse – Authoritative review!

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The Grand Ducal House of Hesse is among the most important of all the German dynasties, providing links to just about every other ruling family in Europe. There are particularly strong ties with Imperial Russia and the Royal family of Britain, which makes for an engrossing read.

The story begins in 1567 when the sons of Landgrave Philipp “the Magnificent” divided his vast lands among themselves. From this territorial division stem all the branches of the Hesse family. The Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt became an independent Duchy that same year. 

The early years are a succession of reshuffling of territories, as lands were traded, exchanged or inherited when branches of the family died out. Not until Ludwig IV (died 1626) was primogeniture established. 

Darmstadt was also in the front line during various wars. The sons of the house were soldiers and patrons of the arts. Landgrave Ernest Ludwig built Wolfsgarten in the 1720s, which became beloved by later generations.

In 1806 Landgrave Ludwig X became Grand Duke Ludwig I, courtesy of Napoleon and the Confederation of the Rhine. At this time the Old Palace was built.

Schloss Heiligenberg came into the family in the time of Ludwig II. It later became the scene of many family gatherings between the Hesse and Romanov families. Ludwig’s wife Wilhelmine had a second family, believed to be fathered by August Senarclens de Grancy but officially recognised by the Grand Duke as his own. One of these children, Marie, married Alexander II of Russia; the other, Alexander, made a morganatic union with Countess Julie von Hauke and became the ancestor of the Battenberg family.

Ludwig II was succeeded by the childless Ludwig III and it was the latter’s nephew the future Ludwig IV who brought in the British connection when in 1862 he married Princess Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria.  Their daughter Victoria married Alexander and Julie’s son Prince Louis of Battenberg and became the mother of Princess Alice (wife of Prince Andrew of Greece), Queen Louise of Sweden, George the Marquess of Milford Haven and Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Princess Alice of Greece was the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The family of Alice and Ludwig IV suffered tragedy after tragedy. Two daughters, Alix (wife of Nicholas II) and Ella (wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich) met their deaths in 1918 at the hands of the Bolsheviks. Ernest Ludwig died just a month before his son George Donatus, his wife Cecile of Greece and their two sons were wiped out in an air crash in thick fog on their way to the wedding of George’s brother Ludwig and Margaret Geddes. Their third child died shortly afterwards from Meningitis. Despite all this Ludwig and Margaret (or Lu and Peg as they were known) devoted themselves to the welfare of the people of Darmstadt, becoming humanitarians and patrons of the arts. Unfortunately, their marriage remained childless and marked the end of the line. The royal turn-out for Peg’s funeral in 1997 shows how popular she was among her adopted family.

The final chapter looks at the women of the Hesse-Darmstadt family (who vastly outnumbered the males). The often-neglected female line provides the ancestors of just about every Royal family in Europe, the daughters of Landgrave Louis IX being particularly active in his respect.

The authors had the advantage of interviews with many members of the extended Hesse family, including the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Prince Alfred of Prussia, who provided some fascinating insights into the life of his father Prince Sigismund in Costa Rica. Prince Alfred attended a Eurohistory Conference in California in 2000 (I never forgot the sight of his queuing with the rest of us in a fast food chain). 

As usual with Eurohistory, the book is packed with magnificent photos, many of them previously unpublished. They show that there was a lot of mingling between the various branches of the family, something that has often been played down more recently because of the German links The Duke of Edinburgh’s sisters all married Germans and there are some wonderful pictures of Prince Philip with his German relations, which in the U.K. we don’t often see. I found it particularly interesting to see photos of buildings in Darmstadt destroyed in the Second World War and I also spotted a rare image of a smiling Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia among a group on page 135.

The text is authoritative, well researched and easy to read. This work is a “must” for all devotees of European royal history.  A fascinating read, highly recommended.

By Coryne Hall


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

RECOLLECTIONS – The Memoirs of Victoria Milford Haven off to the printer!

It is with much anticipation and a great sense of accomplishment that we at EUROHISTORY announce the release to the printer of our latest book, in fact our 33rd book!

RECOLLECTIONS – The Memoirs of Victoria Milford Haven, Formerly Princess Louis of Battenberg promises to be yet another must-have in the long line of books published by our small publishing house.

Expanded and annotated by Ilana D. Miller and Arturo E. Beéche the book contains the memoirs of one of the most intriguing and exceptional granddaughters of Queen Victoria: Victoria, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven. 

Born Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine in 1863, she became one of her English grandmother's most frequent correspondents, as well as a surrogate mother to her younger siblings after the untimely death in 1878 of their mother, Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse. Married in 1884 to her father's first cousin, Prince Louis of Battenberg, Victoria soon became a witness to some of the most momentous historical episodes of her lifetime. Her thoughts (open, frank, no-nonsense, clear) are to be found inside the 280-page book containing her memoirs, her "recollections." The book has been handsomely illustrated with nearly 400 exquisite images sourced from various archives, family collections, as well as the incomparably vast EUROHISTORY Royal Photographic Archive.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

EUROHISTORY, Issue CXXVII – Fall 2020, Volume 23.3 off to print this coming week!

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As we await the arrival from our printer of Issue CXXVI (Summer 2020), we are about to send to them Issue CXXVII  (Fall 2020), Volume 23.3!

You will be happy to know that as we are in-between book projects, we decided too get all the magazines for 2020 finished, Fall and Winter will be ahead of schedule!

Inside EUROHISTORY – Fall 2020, Issue CXXVII subscribers will find the following articles:

1. Aunt Miechen – Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna Sr., by Coryne Hall.

2. The Diamond Duke – Duke Karl II of Brunswick and Lüneburg, by Gert-Juergen Frisch.

3. Who Is In the Photograph: The 80th Birthday of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, by Ilana D. Miller.

4. Crown Prince Carol in Ceylon, India, and Burma, by Alexander Borg.

5. The Tenuta Reale (Part 2): A Grand Villa in Tuscany for Two Remarkable Infantas of Spain, by Ricardo Mateos Saínz de Medrano.

6. The 60th Wedding Anniversary of Duke Carl and Duchess Diane of Württemberg, by Arturo E. Beéche, Publisher

7. Obituary: "The Red Princes" – Princess Marie-Thérèse of Bourbon-Parma (1933-2020), by Seth B. Leonard.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Birth of Princess Geraldine of Albania


HRH Princess Geraldine of Albania was born at 09:30 on Thursday, 22 October, at the Queen Geraldine Maternity Hospital in Tirana. The princess is the first child of Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of the Albanians. Both mother and child are doing well.

Princess Geraldine is named for her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Geraldine of Albania (1915-2002; née Countess Apponyi de Nagy-Appony), the wife of King Zog I of Albania. Indeed, Princess Geraldine was born exactly eighteen years after the death of Queen Geraldine, who passed away at Tirana on 22 October 2002.

The princess is the first member of the royal family to be born in Albania since the birth of her grandfather, King Leka I of the Albanians, in 1939.

Congratulations to the Crown Princely Couple! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia's 1938 Essay About Her Wedding Gown

Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia
Photograph (c) Royal Collection Trust

by Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia

1938, Potsdam, Germany

My wedding dress is a family heirloom. It belonged to my grandmother, the Duchess of Edinburgh, and later Duchess of Coburg, who was an only daughter of Emperor Alexander II.

It came from her own country, from Russia, where it was made for her and where she wore it as a Russian grand duchess.

It is an old court dress of heavy silver brocade richly embroidered, cut low off the shoulders, very slim at the waist; the long sleeves slit open so that the arms are free.

The heavy train hangs from the waist and is three meters long.

The gorgeous embroidery was made by nuns in a convent famous for its exquisite needlework.

This dress, perhaps (and I think surely) the only example of its kind left, is now nearly 100 years old.

It lay for many years without coming to the light of day. The first time it was worn again after the war and revolution was 12 years ago when my sister, Grand Duchess Marie, Princess of Leiningen, was married in it. Now it is to be worn once more; hardly any alterations or touches were necessary to make it fit.

The Russian national headdress, the famous kokoshnik, goes with it, or a diadem, and a long lace veil and silver low heeled shoes. 

No modern dress could equal this one in beauty of style or material. It is something unique, belonging to golden days of the past, the past of a great and rich country which supplied the world with so many things of beauty. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Prince Charles and Princess Catherine: The Napoléon Twins Turn Seventy

Prince Louis and Princess Alix Napoléon with the twins.

On 19 October 1950, Prince Charles Marie Jérôme Victor Napoléon and Princess Catherine Elisabeth Albérique Marie Napoléon were born at Boulogne-sur-Seine. 

The first twins in the Bonaparte dynasty.

The twins were the children of Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997), son of Prince Victor Napoléon and Princess Clémentine of Belgium, and Princess Alix (b.1926; née de Foresta), who married in 1949. Charles and Catherine were the first, and so far only, set of twins born into the French Imperial House. 

The baptism of the Bonaparte twins at Les Invalides.

The prince and princess were baptised at the Invalides. Monsignor Roncalli, later Pope John XXIII, officiated over the ceremony. Prince Charles Napoléon wore the baptismal robe of the King of Rome while Princess Catherine Napoléon wore the baptismal robe of the Prince Imperial. The godfather  of Prince Charles Napoléon was Prince Charles of Belgium, Count of Flanders. The godparents of Princess Catherine Napoléon were Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians and Count Alberic de Foresta.

The Prince and Princess Napoléon with their children in 1962.

Charles and Catherine were eventually joined by two siblings: Princess Laure (b.1952) and Prince Jérôme (b.1957). 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Eurohistory, Issue CXXVI – Summer 2020, Volume 23.2

Greetings subscribers and EUROHISTORY readers,

We are delighted to announce that Issue CXXVI – Summer 2020, Volume 23.2 is going to the printer!

Inside the magazine, subscribers will find a varied number of expertly researched articles. These include the following:

1. Who Is In the Photograph: The Battenberg Family, (c. 1895) – by Ilana D. Miller

2. The Viking's Bride – Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, by Coryne Hall

3. Agnes – The First American Princess, by Shelby Morrison

4. "Don't think of coming back... Empress Eugénie and the Demise of the Second Empire," by Arturo E. Beéche, Publisher

5. The Tenuta Reale – A Grand Villa in Tuscany for Two Remarkable Infantas of Spain, by Ricardo Mateos Saínz de Medrano

6. Book Reviews

7. Royal News


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King Albert II Reacts to Meeting Between King Philippe and Princess Delphine

Today, HM King Albert II issued a communiqué on the topic of the meeting between two of his children, HM The King of the Belgians and HRH Princess Delphine of Belgium. Last Friday, brother and sister met at Laeken Castle and connected over the course of a three-hour lunch. More meetings are planned in the future, which will likely include the Queen and James O’Hare, as well as the children of both couples.

Message from His Majesty King Albert II:

I fully endorse the press release by the King and Princess Delphine and agree with the rationale behind this message. My wife and I are delighted with the initiative of the King, the start of better times for all of us and in particular for Delphine.

The news of the meeting between Philippe and Delphine was made public yesterday. Later on Thursday, when reached for comment, Prince Laurent told Belgian royal reporter Wim Dehandschutter that “Delphine can count on me.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

King Philippe of the Belgians Meets His Sister Princess Delphine

His Majesty the King and his sister Princess Delphine
📷 Koninklijk Paleis / Palais Royal

Some heartening news from the Royal Court in Brussels: King Philippe and his half-sister Princess Delphine met one another for the first time over a three-hour lunch last Friday at Laeken Castle.

Joint communication of the King and Princess Delphine:

On Friday, 9 October, we met each other for the first time at the Castle of Laeken. It was a warm encounter. This long and rich discussion gave us the opportunity to learn to know each other. We talked about our respective lives and areas of shared interest. This bond will further develop within the family setting.

Philippe & Delphine

Sunday, October 11, 2020

OTD: Sixty Years Since the Death of Prince François d'Orleans During Military Service in Algeria

Press coverage of the death of Prince François d'Orléans.

On Tuesday, 11 October 1960, Prince François d'Orléans was killed in action at the Kabilye Mountains by members of the Algerian National Front. The prince, twenty-five and a second lieutenant in the Chasseurs Alpins, had returned from a leave in France just three weeks earlier. Upon learning of his death, the Count and Countess of Paris immediately flew to Algiers to claim the body of their son. Prince Henri, Count of Paris, received a telegram from Charles de Gaulle, President of France, which read: "The sacrifice of the young Prince François, who died gloriously for France, is another example of the services that his family has rendered to this country and which are the fabric of our history. May God have him in his keeping now. My wife and I ask you and the Countess of Paris to accept our respectful and sorrowful sympathy.

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The funeral of Prince François d'Orléans took place at Dreux on 17 October 1960. This event was attended by all of the family of François: his parents, his siblings, and his siblings-in-law. The prince was posthumously granted the title Duc d'Orléans and received the Légion d'honneur.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The 80th Birthday of Princess Elisabeth of Hesse, Countess von Oppersdorff

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse, Countess von Oppersdorff, at the funeral of her brother Landgrave Moritz of Hesse in 2013.
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Princess Elisabeth of Hesse, Countess von Oppersdorff, marks her eightieth birthday today.

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On 8 October 1940, Princess Elisabeth Margarethe Elena Johanna Maria Jolanda Polyxene of Hesse was born at Rome as the fourth and final child (as well as the only daughter) of Landgrave Philipp of Hesse (1896-1980) and his wife Mafalda (1902-1944; born Princess of Savoy), who married in 1925. Elisabeth's paternal grandparents were Landgrave Friedrich Karl of Hesse (1868-1940) and his wife Princess Margarethe of Prussia (1872-1954). Elisabeth's maternal grandparents were King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy (1869-1947) and Princess Elena of Montenegro (1873-1952).

A young Count Friedrich Carl von Oppersdorff.

In February 1962, Elisabeth of Hesse married Count Friedrich Carl von Oppersdorff (1925-1985), the fourth son of Count Wilhelm von Oppersdorff (1896-1989) and Princess Marie Luise von Isenburg (1897-1970). Elisabeth and Friedrich Carl had two sons: Count Friedrich (b.1 December 1962), and Count Alexander (b.3 August 1965).
Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and the Earl of Snowdon at the wedding of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of the Belgians, 1960.

Princess Elisabeth lives in Neu-Isenburg, Germany.

Many happy returns of the day to Princess Elisabeth!

Monday, October 5, 2020

An Albanian Royal Baby: Leka and Elia of Albania Expecting First Child

TRH Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of the Albanians were recently photographed while going for a stroll in Tirana. Crown Princess Elia appears to be pregnant; however, the Albanian Royal Court has not confirmed whether the princess is with child.

Crown Prince Leka of the Albanians and Crown Princess Elia (née Zaharia) married on 8 October 2016.


OTD: The Marriage of Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia and Princess Henriette von Schönaich-Carolath

The civil wedding of Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia and Princess Henriette von Schönaich-Carolath.
Karl Franz Josef and Henriette.

On 6 August 1940 at his residence at Doorn, German Emperor Wilhelm II officially announced the engagement of his grandson Prince Karl Franz Joseph to his stepdaughter, Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath. Ever since his remarriage, the Kaiser had generally stayed out of his stepchildren's affairs, with the exception of Henriette, Kaiserin Hermine’s youngest child, who was born on 25 November 1918 at Berlin. Wilhelm possessed a genuine affection for Henriette. She came to be known as “the general.” Of all Hermine’s children, only Henriette had come to live at Haus Doorn, where she “performed the role of resident grandchild, passing the sugar when coffee was served” at the Kaiser’s table.

The marriage certificate of Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia and Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath.
Document courtesy of Jan Dirk van der Niet.

On 1 October 1940, Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia and Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath were civilly married at Huis Doorn, The Netherlands. The ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Doorn. The family photograph taken on this occasion shows that the couple were joined by the groom's grandfather, German Emperor Wilhelm II, and the bride's mother, German Empress Hermine. The groom's grandfather Wilhelm had married the bride's mother Hermine in 1922.

The religious wedding of Prince Karl Franz Josef and Princess Henriette on 5 October 1940.
Photograph courtesy of Jan Dirk van der Niet. 

The religious ceremony followed on 5 October 1940 in Berlin. Empress Hermine and Princess Marie-Auguste, the mothers of the bride and groom, respectively, both appeared in the official wedding photographs with the young couple. The groom’s grandfather and the bride’s stepfather died shortly after their wedding: Wilhelm II passed away at Haus Doorn on 4 June 1941. 

Princess Henriette, Prince Karl Franz Josef, and their son Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia.
German Empress Hermine with her grandson Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia.
Prince Karl Franz Joseph and Princess Henriette had three children: Franz Wilhelm, Friedrich Christian, and Franz Friedrich (b.17 October 1944). Princes Franz Wilhelm and Friedrich Christian were twins, both being born at Schloß Saabor on 3 September 1943. Sadly, only Franz Wilhelm survived, as Friedrich Christian died several weeks after birth on 26 September 1943. The union of their parents did not last; Karl Franz Joseph and Henriette’s marriage was dissolved by divorce on 5 September 1946.

Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia.
Prince Karl Franz Josef, Princess Eva Maria, and Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia.
Prince Karl Franz Joseph went on to marry twice more. The prince contracted a morganatic marriage with his second wife, Luise Dora Hartmann (1909—1961), on 9 November 1946 in Hamburg. This marriage ended in divorce in 1959. Karl Franz Joseph remarried in Lima, Peru, on 20 July 1959 to Doña Eva Maria Herrera y Valdeavellano (1922—1987), with whom he had two daughters, Princesses Alexandra (b.1960) and Désirée (b.1961). Prince Karl Franz Joseph, a grandson of the last German Kaiser and a descendant of Queen Victoria, died in Arica, Chile, on 23 January 1975. He was fifty-eight. The prince was eventually buried at Furstenfriedhof Maria-Zell, Hechingen, on 1 June 1981. 
Empress Hermine, Emperor Wilhelm II, and Princess Henriette.
Princess Henriette.

Sometime after her divorce, Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath had another son, Udo (b.1956), although she never remarried. The princess died in Neuendettelsau, West Germany, on 16 March 1972. Henriette was fifty-three years-old; she was buried at Haseldorf bei Pinneberg, Holstein. 

Henriette and Karl Franz Josef with his mother and his grandfather.