Monday, September 26, 2022

A Princely Engagement: Prince Johann Wenzel of Liechtenstein and Countess Felicitas von Hartig

Feli and Wenzel.
Photo (c) Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein.
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Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein and Countess Felicitas von Hartig are engaged! The kind couple shared the details of their engagement with royal reporters and writers, including me. This was very sweet of them.

The happy couple!
Photo (c) Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein.
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From Prince Wenzel: "We are happy to announce that we got engaged on 25th of August 2022 during wonderful holidays in Sicily."

Photo (c) Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein.
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Countess Felicitas von Hartig, born on 10 April 1994, studied law in Vienna, Austria (Magistra Iuris). Now the countess is working for the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and is finishing her Art History degree on the side. She is the daughter of Count Lukas von Hartig (b.1964) and Countess Claudia von Hartig (b.1965; née Edle von Toperczer), who wed in 1993.

Photo (c) Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein.
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Prince Johann-Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein, born 16 March 1993, studied Politics and Economy in Montreal, Canada followed by one year at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom, and two additional years with the Coldstream Guards. He finished his Masters in Agribusiness Management. Now the prince works with his father in Austria for the family business „Liechtenstein’sche Forst- und Gutsverwaltung“. Johann-Wenzel is the son of Prince Gundakar von und zu Liechtenstein (b.1949) and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein (b.1959; née Princess d'Orléans), who wed in 1989. Prince Johann Wenzel is a great-grandson of the late Prince Henri and Princess Isabelle, Count and Countess of Paris.

Photo (c) Prince Johann Wenzel von und zu Liechtenstein.
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Johann Wenzel and Felicitas met at a party in 2012. The couple met again after many years in 2017 in London while Countess Felicitas was completing an internship at Sotheby’s and Prince Johann-Wenzel was fulfilling his service with the Coldstream Guards. After both having lived in Paris and Lisbon, the couple now live in Vienna.

The wedding is planned for summer 2023.

Our congratulations to Johann Wenzel and Felicitas on their engagement!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Thank You, Ma'am.


"Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty, and Most Excellent Monarch, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter."

- The Garter King of Arms

Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Late Queen's Royal Grandchildren Pay Tribute to Their Grandmother

HM The Queen.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, her children and grandchildren have shared poignant memories of their grandmother, who also happened to be the Monarch. The homages given by Her Majesty's royal grandchildren (HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Sussex, HRH Princess Beatrice, and HRH Princess Beatrice) have been publicly released and are provided below.

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The Tribute of HRH The Prince of Wales

The now Prince of Wales with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Max Mumby / Indigo.

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The Tribute of HRH The Duke of Sussex

Queen Elizabeth and her grandson the Duke of Sussex.
Photo (c) Getty Images / WPA Pool.


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The Tribute of TRH Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

The Queen with her granddaughter Princess Beatrice.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Chris Radburn / PA Images.
The Queen with her granddaughter Princess Eugenie.

Friday, September 16, 2022

The Familial Ties of King Charles III to the Crowned Heads of Europe

A portrait of King Charles III as Prince of Wales by artist Susan Crawford.
Copyright of the Royal Collection Trust.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom is a cousin to all of the other nine European hereditary monarchs.

Philippe and Charles.
Photo (c) Getty Images / John Thys.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and King Philippe of Belgium (b.1960) are third cousins once removed. Both are descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906) and Queen Louise (1817-1898; née Hesse-Kassel). 

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King George I of Greece -> Prince Andrew of Greece -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King Frederik VIII of Denmark -> Princess Ingeborg of Denmark -> Princess Astrid of Sweden -> King Albert II of Belgium -> King Philippe of Belgium

Charles and Margrethe.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b.1940) are third cousins. Both are descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906) and Queen Louise (1817-1898; née Hesse-Kassel). 

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King George I of Greece -> Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King Frederik VIII of Denmark -> King Christian X of Denmark -> King Frederik IX of Denmark -> Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Hans Adam, Marie Aglae, Diana, and Charles.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein (b.1945) are fifth cousins. Both are descendants of Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden (1755-1801) and Hereditary Princess Amalie Friederike (1754-1832; née Hessen-Darmstadt). 

Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden -> Princess Wilhemine of Baden -> Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine -> Prince Louis of Battenberg -> Princess Alice of Battenberg -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden -> Princess Karoline of Baden -> Princess Sophie of Bavaria -> Archduke Karl Ludwig of Bavaria -> Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria -> Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein -> Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein 

Camilla, Charles, and Henri.
Photo (c) AGE Fotostock.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (b.1960) are third cousins once removed. Both are descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906) and Queen Louise (1817-1898; née Hesse-Kassel). 

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King George I of Greece -> Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King Christian IX of Denmark -> King Frederik VIII of Denmark -> Princess Ingeborg of Denmark -> Princess Astrid of Sweden -> Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium -> Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Charles and Albert.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and Prince Albert II of Monaco (b.1958) are fifth cousins once removed. Both are descendants of Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden (1755-1801) and Hereditary Princess Amalie Friederike (1754-1832; née Hessen-Darmstadt). 

Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden -> Princess Wilhemine of Baden -> Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine -> Prince Louis of Battenberg -> Princess Alice of Battenberg -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden -> Grand Duke Karl Ludwig of Baden -> Princess Marie Elisabeth of Baden -> Lady Mary Douglas-Hamilton -> Prince Louis II of Monaco -> Princess Charlotte of Monaco -> Prince Rainier III of Monaco -> Prince Albert II of Monaco

Charles and Willem-Alexander with Máxima.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (b.1968) are fifth cousins. Both are descendants of Emperor Paul of Russia (1751-1804) and Empress Maria (1759-1828; née Württemberg). 

Emperor Paul of Russia -> Emperor Nicholas I of Russia -> Grand Duke Konstantin of Russia -> Grand Duchess Olga of Russia -> Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

Emperor Paul of Russia -> Grand Duchess Anna of Russia -> King Willem III of the Netherlands -> Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands -> Queen Juliana of the Netherlands -> Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands -> King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Charles and Harald.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and King Harald V of Norway (b.1937) are second cousins once removed. Both are descendants of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841-1910) and Queen Alexandra (1844-1925; née Denmark). 

King Edward VII of the United Kingdom -> King George V -> King George VI -> Queen Elizabeth II -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King Edward VII of the United Kingdom -> Princess Maud  -> King Olav V of Norway -> King Harald V of Norway

Charles and Felipe.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and King Felipe VI of Spain (b.1968) are second cousins once removed. Both are descendants of King George I of Greece (1845-1913) and Queen Olga (1851-1926; née Russia). 

King George I of Greece -> Prince Andrew of Greece -> Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

King George I of Greece -> King Constantine I of Greece -> King Paul of Greece -> Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark -> King Felipe VI of Spain

Carl Gustaf and Charles.

King Charles III of the United Kingdom (b.1948) and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (b.1946) are third cousins once removed, three times over. Both are descendants of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (1819-1901) and Prince Consort Albert (1819-1861; née Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). One of their lines of descent is as follows:

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom -> King Edward VII -> King George V -> King George VI -> Queen Elizabeth II -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom -> Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught -> Princess Margaret of Connaught -> Hereditary Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden -> King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Prince of Prussia Sends Condolences to British Royal Family on Passing of The Queen

HI&RH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia with HM The late Queen.
In a letter of condolence to the British King Charles III, the head of the House of Hohenzollern, Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, expressed his family's deep sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The thoughts and prayers of the members of the House of Hohenzollern are with King Charles, Queen Camilla and the entire British royal family, the prince said.

With her unique personality, her cordiality and her strong sense of duty, which always put the common good above individual interests, Her Majesty was a role model for him personally, according to Prince Georg Friedrich. His grandfather, Prince Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994), always related to him with the greatest respect his conversations with Queen Elizabeth, who, like few others, campaigned for Anglo-German reconciliation after World War II. He himself is deeply grateful to have been able to meet Her Majesty in person, as the head of the House of Hohenzollern. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie last met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during their state visit to Germany in June 2015.

As a sign of respect from his family, Prince Georg Friedrich has ordered that on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, the British flag be flown at half-mast from the flag tower of Hohenzollern Castle, the family's ancestral seat. It is the first time the family has honored a foreign head of state in this way.

Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia (b.1976), as well as Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) and her husband, Prince Philip (1921-2021, is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The German Empress Victoria (1840-1901), mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

Source: https://www.preussen.de

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Royal Relations Pay Tribute to HM The Late Queen Elizabeth II

The Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish monarchs have all sent their messages of condolence to King Charles III on the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The Pope has also sent his condolences. Messages have also been sent from the royal houses of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania, as well as from the imperial houses of Brazil, Iran, and Russia.

The message from King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium:

The message from Queen Margarethe II of Denmark:

The message from Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg:

The message from King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands:

The message from King Harald V of Norway:

The message from King Felipe VI of Spain:

The message from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden:

The message from Pope Francis:

The message from Prince Bertrand of Brazil:

The message from King Simeon II of Bulgaria:

The message from Crown Prince Reza of Iran:

The message from Custodian of the Crown Margareta of Romania:

The message from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia:


The message from Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia: 


Saturday, September 10, 2022

The 60th Birthday of Princess Blanche d'Orléans

Princess Blanche with her mother Princess Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Montpensier.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Pool Van der Putten/Croy.

Today, Princess Blanche d'Orléans celebrates her sixtieth birthday!

The Count and Countess of Clermont with their four eldest children, 1965.
From left to right: Princess Marie, Princess Blanche, the Countess of Clermont holding Prince Jean, the Count of Clermont, and Prince François.

Born on 10 September 1962 at Ravensburg, Princess Blanche Elisabeth Rose Marie d'Orléans was the third child and second daughter of the then-Count and Countess of Clermont. Blanche's parents, Prince Henri d'Orléans (1933-2019; later Count of Paris) and Duchess Marie-Thérèse of Württemberg (b.1934; later Duchess of Montpensier), had married in 1957. Princess Blanche joined two older siblings, Princess Marie (b.1959; married Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein) and Prince François (1961-2017), and was followed by two younger siblings, Prince Jean (b.1965; married Philomena de Tornos) and Prince Eudes (b.1968; married Marie-Liesse de Rohan-Chabot).

The Countess of Clermont and her children with their maternal grandmother Duchess Rosa of Württemberg, Christmas 1981.
The Duchess of Montpensier with her five children, 1984.

Both Blanche and her older brother François were born with mental and physical handicaps which only became apparent as the children grew up. Their mother had unknowingly developed toxoplasmosis during these two pregnancies. In 1977, Marie-Thérèse told Point de Vue: "François, whom you saw with us, and Blanche form the center of our family, through their exquisite kindness, the purity of their souls and the deep joy they engender in our hearts." In 1981, the Countess of Clermont commented when asked about these two special children: "You ask me for news of François and Blanche. It touches me and I thank you for it. Although their health forever prohibits them from exercising responsibility - I am their legal guardian - they are nonetheless the radiant center of our family life. Their gentleness and peace have certainly helped to deepen all of our lives. This does not prevent many practical problems from having to be solved. Thanks be to God, we have always succeeded.

We wish the Princess a very happy birthday!

Sunday, September 4, 2022

The 80th Birthday of Princess Marion d'Orléans, Dowager Countess of La Marche

Thibaut, Marion, and Robert.
Photo (c) Micheline PELLETIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Today, Princess Marion d'Orléans, Dowager Countess of La Marche, celebrates her eightieth birthday.

Born on 4 September 1942 at Santiago, Chile, Marion Mercedes Gordon-Orr was the only daughter of James Gordon-Orr (1894-1973), an engineer, and Gertrude Mercedes Devia Hermosilla (1914-2003). Marion's paternal grandparents were Alexander Orr (1838-1919) and Clara Eliza Gordon (1858-1947). 

Thibaut and Marion shortly before their marriage, 1972.

In 1968, Marion first met Prince Thibaut d'Orléans, the youngest child of Prince Henri and Princess Isabelle, Count and Countess of Paris. At the time, Marion was working as an interpreter in Paris for an American firm. 

Thibaut and Marion.
The newlyweds.

On 23 September 1972 at Edinburgh, Marion Gordon-Orr, aged thirty, married Prince Thibaut, aged twenty-four. The royal couple celebrated their religious marriage at the private chapel of Cardinal Gray, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. At the time, their union was not pleasing to the groom's father, and the Count of Paris forbade all family members from attending the wedding. Thibaut's sister Princess Claude, then still Duchess of Aosta, was his only sibling to go against the wishes of the Orléans patriarch, and she was present to celebrate Thibaut and Marion's nuptials. 

During their marriage, Thibaut and Marion travelled widely. They visited Peru, Colombia, and Chile, where Marion was born. In Marion, Thibaut found a soul who shared his love of the discovery of lesser-known peoples and their cultures. Between 1973 and 1974, the couple wrote six books in the Les Princes du sang series; these books detailed the fate of a fictional German princely family. The first of these books was published in English under the title A Castle in Bavaria

Marion, Thibaut, and their eldest son Robert.

Prince Thibaut and Princess Marion had two children, both sons and both born while Thibaut and Marion were staying with her mother in Edinburgh. Prince Robert d'Orléans arrived on 6 September 1976; Robert's godparents are Viscount Paul de La Panouse, one of his parents' dearest friends, as well as his aunt Princess Claude, Duchess of Aosta. Robert's birth led to a reconciliation between his father Thibaut and his grandfather Henri. Three years later, the family was completed by the birth of Louis-Philippe on 18 April 1979; his godparents were Count Charles of Bourbon-Busset and the infant's grandmother Madame the Countess of Paris. Tragically, eight-month-old Louis-Philippe died on 2 January 1980 from sepsis. The sudden and unexpected loss of Louis-Philippe, coupled with the brutally insensitive decision of his grandfather the Count of Paris that the young child could not be buried in the Chapel Royal of Dreux as he was not a dynast, was a blow to Thibaut and Marion. 

The Count and Countess de La Marche, 28 June 1981.
Photo (c) AKSARAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
In the months following his son's funeral, Thibaut d'Orléans was imprisoned for eighteen months for complicity in the theft of works of art. The case caused a stir and the problems of the Count and Countess of La Marche made the way to the front page of many French newspapers. Thibaut was tied with an attempt to steal works of art by Suzanne Courty.

Marion with her son Robert at the funeral of her husband Thibaut, 1983.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Alain Mingam.

After his release from prison, the Count of la Marche left France to organise safaris for tourists in the Central African Republic. Marion and their son Robert remained in France. On 23 March 1983, Prince Thibaut died at hospital in Bangui, in circumstances that have been considered by some to be mysterious. The prince was thirty-five years-old when he died. Thibaut's funeral was attended by most of the Royal Family of France; even the separated Count and Countess of Clermont and divorced Princess Claude and Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, came together to support Marion and her son Robert. 

Marion and Thibaut in Paris, 1977.
Photo (c) AGIP / Bridgeman Images.
After the death of her husband, Princess Marion focused on the upbringing of their only surviving son, Robert. In 1999, after her brother-in-law Prince Henri succeeded as Head of the Royal House of France, Henri retroactively recognised Thibaut and Marion's marriage and, in doing so, Henri declared that their son Robert is a dynastic member of the royal house. Princess Marion lives discretely and quietly; however, on occasion, one can still spot her attending Orléans family functions. 

May Princess Marion be blessed with a very happy birthday!