Sunday, May 30, 2021

The 90th Birthday of Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria, Dowager Fürstin von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg

Fürstin Marie Gabrielle and Fürst Georg von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg, 2008.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.

Today, Dowager Fürstin Marie Gabrielle von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg celebrates her ninetieth birthday!

Countess Maria Draskovich von Trakostjan and Duke Albrecht of Bavaria.

Born on 30 May 1931 at Munich, Princess Marie Gabrielle Antonia José of Bavaria was a twin daughter of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria (1905-1996) and his first wife Countess Marita Draskovich von Trakostjan (1904-1969), who wed in 1930. Marie Gabrielle had three siblings: her twin sister Princess Marie Charlotte (1931-2018; married Fürst Paul von Quadt zu Wykradt und Isny), her brother Duke Franz (b.1933), and her youngest brother Duke Max (b.1937; married Countess Elizabeth Douglas). 

The Bavarian twins: Princess Marie Charlotte and Princess Marie Gabrielle.

In 1957, Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria married Fürst Georg von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg (1928-2015). The couple had six children: Countess Maria Walburga (b.1958; married Baron Carl von Lerchenfeld), Countess Maria Gabriele (b.1959; married Count Bernard de Monseignat), Countess Maria Monika (b.1961; married Count Christoph Schenk von Stauffenberg), Fürst Erich (b.1962; married Duchess Mathilde of Württemberg), Countess Maria Adelheid (b.1964; married Count Max Emanuel von Rechberg und Rothenlöwen zu Hohenrechberg), and Countess Maria Elisabeth (b.1966; married Prince Engelbert von Croÿ).

Georg and Marie Gabrielle at the wedding of their daughter Maria Gabriele, 2004.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.

Princess Marie Gabrielle of Bavaria was widowed in 2015 when her husband Georg died at the age of eighty-seven. 

Princess Marie Gabrielle, Fürst Georg, Duchess Mathilde, and Hereditary Count Erich, 1997.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.

Many happy returns of the day to Princess Marie Gabrielle!

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