Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Wedding of Hereditary Prince Pál-Antal Esterházy von Galántha & Franziska von Reutter

On Saturday, 30 July 2022, Hereditary Prince Pál-Antal Esterházy von Galántha and Franziska von Reutter celebrated their religious marriage. 

Born in 1986, Hereditary Prince Pál-Antal Esterházy von Galántha is the only child of Fürst Anton Esterházy von Galántha (b.1936) and Ursula Koenig (b.1941). Born in 1989, Franziska von Reutter is the daughter of Georg von Reutter (b.1954) and Joanna Doubleday (b.1954). Hereditary Princess Franziska Esterházy von Galántha is a descendant of Archduke Johann of Austria and Anna Maria Josephine Plochl (created Countess von Meran).

Our congratulations to the couple on their special day!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

The Sapphire Wedding of Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg and Archduchess Andrea of Austria

Today, Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg and Archduchess Andrea of Austria celebrate forty-five years of marriage!

The Villa Austria, home of Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina.

On 30 July 1977 at Pöcking, Archduchess Andrea of Austria religiously married Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg. Their civil wedding took place on 9 July. The couple met in 1976 at a ball in Munich. 

Andrea and Karl Eugen.

Born at Schwaigern on 20 October 1951, Count Maria Karl Eugen Johannes Nepomuk Erwin Michael von Neipperg was the eldest child of Count Josef Hubert von Neipperg (1918-2020) and his first wife Countess Maria von Ledebur-Wicheln (1920-1984). Karl Eugen studied at the Economic Institute of Nürtingen. He received his degree as an agricultural engineer. Following his formal education, the count worked on his family's property holdings (agricultural lands and forests). 

Archduchess Andrea kisses the hand of her grandmother Empress Zita.

Born at Würzburg on 30 May 1953, Archduchess Andrea Maria of Austria was the eldest child of Archduke Otto of Austria, Crown Prince of Hungary (1912-2011) and Archduchess Regina (1925-2010; née Princess of Saxe-Meiningen), who wed in 1951. Andrea received her early education at the primary school in Pöcking. The archduchess enrolled at the University of Innsbruck, where she perfected her knowledge of English and Spanish. 

The Austrian (with the exception of Archduke Georg) and Neipperg siblings.
Empress Zita with four of her sons. Archduke Otto sits next to her. Behind them are Archduke Carl Ludwig, Archduke Robert, and Archduke Rudolph.
(left to right) Princess Klara-Maria of Saxe-Meiningen, Archduchess Regina, Archduchess Andrea, Count Karl Eugen, Empress Zita, and Count Degenfeld.
Andrea and Karl Eugen dance the night away.

On 29 July at the Golfhotel Kaiserin Elisabeth in Feldafing, an intimate dinner was hosted by Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina for their daughter and her betrothed as well as one hundred guests. Dancing followed the dinner. 

The religious wedding of Andrea and Karl Eugen.
On her wedding day, Archduchess Andrea wore a white satin dress, created by a Pöcking designer, with a headdress of flowers. On her gown, the archduchess had pinned the Order of the Starry Cross, of which she is a member. Bishop Bruno Wechner of Feldkirk officiated over the religious wedding, assisted by Father Mathias Defregger. After the benediction, the Bishop Wechner read a telegraph addressed to the newlyweds from Pope Paul VI. The witnesses for Archduchess Andrea were Archduke Lorenz of Austria and Count Degenfeld; for Count Karl Eugen, the witnesses were Count Reinhard von Neipperg and Fürst Nicholas Leopold zu Salm-Salm. 

Archduke Otto of Austria and Countess Marie von Neipperg followed by Archduchess Regina of Austria and Count Josef Hubert von Neipperg.
Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg and Fürst Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein followed by Countess Franziska von Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee and Archduke Rudolph of Austria.
Prince Ernst August of Hannover and Fürstin Georgina of Liechtenstein followed by Countess Elisabeth Hunyady and Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. 

Two hundred guests attended the Austrian imperial wedding. Among the attendees were Fürst Franz Joseph and Fürstin Georgina of Liechtenstein, Prince Ernst August of Hannover, Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg, and the Margrave of Meissen.

Our best wishes to Karl Eugen and Andrea on their anniversary!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Golden Wedding of Princess Chantal d'Orléans and François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue

Princess Chantal on her wedding day with her parents, the Count and Countess of Paris.

In 1971, Princess Chantal d'Orléans (b.1946), the youngest daughter of the Count and Countess of Paris, became engaged to François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue (b.1943), a member of a noble family originally from Bologna, Italy. The Sambucy de Sorgues established themselves in Rouergue in the XIV century. The family also had contact with the Orléans as François-Xavier's great-uncle, Father Gaston de Sambucy de Sorgue, was the priest who officiated over the burial ceremony, in the Royal Chapel at St Louis de Dreux, for the Duchess d'Orléans, King Louis-Philippe's mother. François-Xavier and Chantal were married at the Royal Chapel at Dreux on 28 July 1972. She wore a splendid wedding gown designed by renowned couturier Balmain, as well as a diadem by Mellerio, a gift from her in-laws. 

Chantal and François-Xavier with Alexandre and Kildine in 1999.

The couple have three children: Axel (b.1976), Alexandre (b.1978), and Kildine (b.1979).

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Duke Eugen Eberhard of Württemberg (1930-2022)

Duke Alexander, Duchess Sophie, and Duke Eugen attend the wedding of Duchess Fleur, 2003.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse / Sandra Zellner.

Ivaylo Schalafoff, the Executive Director of the King Boris and Queen Giovanna Royal Heritage Fund, has announced that Duke Eugen of Württemberg died this afternoon (26 July), aged ninety-one. Eugen was a first cousin of the late Duke Carl of Württemberg, the Head of the Royal House, as well as first cousin of King Simeon II of Bulgaria.

Eugen's mother Princess Nadejda of Bulgaria, 1916.
The engagement of Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg and Nadejda of Bulgaria is announced in January 1924.
Newlyweds: Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg and Princess Nadejda of Bulgaria.

On 2 November 1930, Duke Eugen Eberhard Albrecht Maria Joseph Ivan Rilsky Robert Ulrich Philipp Odo Carl Hubert of Württemberg was born at Karlsruhe. Eugen was the third child and second son of Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg (1895-1954) and Princess Nadejda of Bulgaria (1899-1958), who married in 1924. Eugen joined two older siblings, and was followed by two younger siblings: Duke Ferdinand (1927-2020), Duchess Margarethe (1928-2017; married to François Luce de Chevigny), Duke Alexander (b.1933), and Duchess Sophie (b.1937; married and divorced Antonio Manuel Rôxo de Ramos-Bandeira). The family became known as the "Black Württembergs" as the children of Albrecht Eugen and Nadejda all had dark hair, which put them in contrast with their first cousins, the children of Albrecht Eugen's brother Philipp.

Duke Albrecht of Württemberg and Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria
Image (c) ALAMY

Eugen's paternal grandparents were Duke Albrecht of Württemberg (1865-1939) and Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria (1870-1902). The duke's maternal grandparents were King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (1861-1948) and Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma (1870-1899). 

Duke Alexander, Duchess Sophie, and Duke Eugen in Coburg, 2001.
Duke Eugen and his brother Duke Alexander at the wedding of Prince Karl Emich zu Leiningen, 2008.

Duke Eugen worked as a banker and he lived in Frankfurt. 

Duchess Sophie, Antonio Manuel Rôxo de Ramos-Bandeira, Duke Ferdinand, Duchess Margarethe, Princess Eudoxia of Bulgaria, Duchess Alexandra and Duke Eugen Eberhard, 1969. 
On 31 August 1962 at Mondsee, Duke Eugen of Württemberg civilly married Archduchess Alexandra of Austria (b.1935), a daughter of Archduke Anton of Austria and Princess Ileana of Romania. The couple's religious wedding followed on 3 September 1962. Eugen and Alexandra did not have children, and the pair's union was dissolved by divorce on 6 April 1972 at Frankfurt. The Holy See annulled their marriage on 7 November 1973.

May the Duke Rest In Peace.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Princess Maria da Gloria, Duchess of Segorbe, Gives Insightful Interview to Serbian Press

Last week, Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans-Bragança, Duchess of Segorbe and former Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, gave an interview to the Serbian paper Kurir. The princess was wrapping up her fourth visit to Serbia: the first was in 2005 for the sixtieth birthday of her ex-husband Crown Prince Alexander, the second was in 2017 for the wedding of her son and daughter-in-law Hereditary Prince Philip and Hereditary Princess Danica, and the third was in 2018 for the baptism of her grandson Prince Stefan of Serbia. 

Maria da Gloria's fourth visit to Serbia was rather unexpected. The princess had been in Venice with her husband, the Duke of Segorbe. During dinner, Maria learned that her son had been admitted to hospital. She immediately caught the first available flight to Belgrade...and, like any caring mom, she showed up unannounced. As Princess Danica was with her husband, Princess Maria da Gloria went ahead and picked up her grandson Prince Stefan from his kindergarten, where he made sure she was introduced to his teachers and classmates. Maria da Gloria then went to the hospital to check on the condition of her son. Fortunately, he was alright. The Duchess of Segorbe remarked: "I came on the first flight as soon as I heard that my son Filip was in the hospital. Thank God it was nothing serious, everything is fine now. I told my ex-husband, the heir to the throne Crown Prince Aleksandar of Serbia, that I was here, that I wanted to go to the court [Royal Palace], but no - he didn't invite me, nor Filip, nor Danica. The attempt to be like a family, for Stefan to be with his grandfather, who practically does not know him, failed. All this hurts me a lot, because family is the most important thing. You can be Karađorđević or whatever, carry important titles, but family is family."

The Duchess of Segorbe commented on the renunciation of her eldest son Prince Peter: "Peter left his rights to the Serbian throne to Filip, and that is an act of patriotism. He himself said that he is not ready to take on that duty. His abdication is perfectly fine with me. First of all, because of Peter's happiness, and then - here, in Serbia, Filip has married a beautiful Serbian woman, who understands all of that. See, Dana even looks like me, like she is my daughter! And my son Alexander also supported this, and he and Peter told me: 'Mom, whatever Filip needs, we will fight for him.'" The princess then added: "The relationship with Crown Prince Alexander is a difficult story." When asked if Crown Princess Katherine was a factor in the schism within the Serbian royal family, Princess Maria da Gloria noted: "You should ask Crown Prince Alexander, not me. He almost never sees his grandson, and Stefan has been in Spain many times, for Christmas and so on... It's very sad. The attempt to be like a family, for Stefan to be with his grandfather, has not worked."

Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans-Bragança recalled when she met her first husband, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia: "Oh, my goodness, it was beautiful. I met Alexander at a dinner at my aunt and uncle's house, the Count and Countess of Paris, in Estoril. He came with the King of Italy, Umberto II, whom we called Uncle Beppo. It was a time of exile, there were many kings and princes were around. Alexander and I became very good friends from the start, and as he was in the British Army, I went to Ireland, where he was stationed, to see him. Then we got engaged and I went back to Brazil to tell my parents. My mother was a strong Catholic, and the first thing she asked me was not what his religion was, but: 'Is he taller than you?'"

The Duchess of Sergorbe noted how proud she was of all of her children. "All my children help each other, they would do anything to save each other. They are brothers and sisters. Basically we are a very happy family. Thank God for that."

A thank you to Lucas Szkopinski for finding the full interview in English! In order to read everything that Princess Maria da Gloria, Duchess of Segorbe, had to say, please visit this link: 

EXCLUSIVE! Princess Maria da Gloria: 'I flew in to see Philip, who was in hospital! Alexander wouldn't see us at court'

Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Marquise de Ganay (1925-2022)

Philippine de Ganay in Venice, 2006.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff.

Earlier this month, Philippine, Marquise de Ganay, died at the age of ninety-seven.

Born on 4 September 1925 at Paris, Philippine Louise Charlotte Marie de Noailles was the second child and first daughter of Henry de Noailles, Duc de Mouchy, Prince-Duc de Poix (1890-1947) and Marie de La Rochefoucauld (1901-1983), who wed in 1920. Philippine had an older brother and a younger sister: Philippe, Duc de Mouchy (1922-2011; married 1st Diane de Castellane; married 2nd Joan Dillon Douglas, widow of Prince Charles of Luxembourg) and Sabine de Noailles (1931-2010; married Nicolas Wyrubov)

Jean-Louis and Philippine in front of the Château de Courances.
Photo (c) Courances.

On 17 July 1946 at Paris, Philippine married Jean-Louis, Marquis de Ganay (1922-2013). The couple had four daughters: Anne-Marie de Ganay (b.1947; married Jean Claude Meyer), Martine de Ganay (1948-1984; married James Filmer-Wilson), Lauraine de Ganay (b.1951; married Serge de Ganay), and Valentine de Ganay (b.1962; married Markus Hansen). Along with her husband, Philippine was heavily involved in the restoration of the Château de Courances; her particular focus was on the castle's Japanese garden. Jean-Louis and Philippine de Ganay, along with their family, were one of the subjects of Robert Lacy's book Aristocrats.

The Marquise de Ganay and Duke Philipp of Württemberg, 2010.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff.

May the Marquise Rest in Peace.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Exclusive: Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern Weds American Partner

We can report that Hereditary Prince Alexander of Hohenzollern married Michelle V. Keith, a US citizen and his girlfriend, last year. Alexander is the only son of Fürst Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern and his first wife Countess Alexandra Schenk von Stauffenberg.

In November 2021, Alexander and Michelle celebrated their religious marriage in a small Roman Catholic church in Sigmaringen. We have not yet learned when the couple’s civil wedding occurred. After his religious wedding, Alexander informed his father Fürst Karl Friedrich of his marriage. It is quite likely that the new Erbprinz will be the Fürst’s next eligible brother.

Alexander and Michelle von Hohenzollern reside in Sigmaringen.

Our best wishes to the couple on their union!

Princess Sofia of Bulgaria Graduates from Swiss University

Princess Sofia with her parents, Prince Konstantin and Princess Maria, with her brother Prince Umberto at the release of her grandfather King Simeon's autobiography, 2016.
Photo (c) Shutterstock.

Princess Sofia of Bulgaria recently graduated with a bachelors from EHL Hospitality Business School at Lausanne, Switzerland. The name of the princess appeared on her diploma as Sofia Sajonia Coburgo Gotha Garcia de la Rasilla. Born on 20 November 1999, Princess Sofia of Bulgaria was born with her twin brother Prince Umberto in Madrid. Sofia and Umberto are the only children of Prince Konstantin-Assen of Bulgaria, Prince of Vidin, and his wife Princess Maria (née Garcia de la Rasilla y Gortazar), who married in 1994.

Our congratulations to Princess Sofia on her graduation!

Thursday, July 21, 2022

A Baby Boy for the Romanovs!

Photo (c) David Nivière.

The Russian Imperial Chancellery released a statement today from Moscow announcing that Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff is expecting a baby boy. The princess is in very good health, and her pregnancy is progressing smoothly. She and her husband, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, thanked everyone who has sent them good wishes as they prepare to welcome their first child in October 2022. Baby Romanov will be the first member of the dynasty born in Russia since that of Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia, who was born at Pavlovsk on 25 July 1915 and that of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia (the baby's great-grandfather), who was born at Porvoo, Finland, on 30 August 1917.

The Funeral of Prince Luiz of Brazil

The coffin of Prince Luiz.
Members of the Brazilian Navy surround the coffin.
Photo (c) Pró Monarquia.

On Monday, 18 July 2022, the funeral of HIH Prince Luiz  of Brazil took place at the Church of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in São Paulo. The burial took place following the funeral at the Consolação Cemetery.

Prince Bertrand, the new Head of the Imperial House, Prince Antonio, and Prince Rafael.
Photo (c) Pró Monarquia.

The coffin of the prince was carried by members of the Brazilian Navy, who did state honours. The Brazilian Republic officially observed a day of mourning following the death of Dom Luiz. Present at the funeral were Prince Bertrand of Brazil, Prince Imperial Antônio of Brazil, and Prince Rafael, Prince of Grão-Pará. Also in attendance were Prince Casimir of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife Princess Maria Cristina (née Savoy-Aosta); their children Prince Luís, Princess Elena and Prince Alessandro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies; Princess Maria Isabella of Savoy-Genoa; and Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein.

For more information:

Death of Prince Luiz (1938-2022), Head of Brazilian Imperial Family

Brazil Government: Official Mourning for Late Head of Imperial House

Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Russian Imperial Couple Prepare to Welcome Their First Child!

The elated expectant parents!
Photo (c) David Nivière.
Courtesy of the Russian Imperial Chancellery.

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff are happily awaiting the arrival of their first child. On May 21st, the Chancellery of the Imperial House of Romanov announced the news that Princess Victoria was pregnant. The baby is expected this autumn!

Princess Victoria and Grand Duke George.
Photo (c) David Nivière.
Courtesy of the Russian Imperial Chancellery.

The couple, who married in a magnificent religious ceremony last year in Saint Petersburg, recently visited members of their family in Rome. They were able to spent time with Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia and his wife Princess Nadia, Grand Duke George's father and stepmother, along with the parents of Princess Victoria, Ambassador Roberto Bettarini and Carla Virginia Cacciatore.

Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria.
Photo (c) David Nivière.
Courtesy of the Russian Imperial Chancellery.

The baby will be the first grandchild of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, Head of the Imperial House, and Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia, who wed in 1976. It will also be the first grandchild of Ambassador Roberto Bettarini and Carla Virginia Cacciatore, who wed in 1977. Both the grand duke and the princess are the only children of their parents.

Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria.
Photo (c) David Nivière.
Courtesy of the Russian Imperial Chancellery.

We continue to wish the imperial couple all of the best while they await the arrival of their first child!

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Brazil Government: Official Mourning for Late Head of Imperial House

The Government of Brazil, in an extra edition of the Official Gazette, has declared official mourning for the death of HIH Prince Luiz of Brazil. The decree, signed yesterday by the President of the Republic, Mr Jair Bolsonaro, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Carlos Alberto Franco, reads:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, in the use of the powers conferred on him by art. 84, caput, items IV and VI, item “a”, of the Constitution, and in view of the provisions of art. 18, caput, item I, of Law No. 5,700, of 1 September 1971,


Art. 1 Official mourning is declared throughout the country, for a period of one day, counted from the date of publication of this Decree, as a sign of sorrow for the death of Dom Luiz Gastão Maria José Pio Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga de Orleans e Bragança, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil.

Art. 2 This Decree enters into force on the date of its publication.

Brasilia, 15 July 2022; 201st of Independence and 134th of the Republic.

Source: Bolsonaro decreta luto oficial pela morte de d. Luiz de Orleans e Bragança

Note: Sincere thanks to my friend Arthur Brum for his translation of this decree.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Death of Prince Luiz (1938-2022), Head of Brazilian Imperial Family

Images of Prince Luiz throughout his life.
Photo (c) Pró Monarquia.

Today, on 15 July 2022 at São Paulo, Prince Luiz of Orleans-Bragança died after a month-long stay in hospital.  He was eighty-four years-old. The prince was the Head of the Imperial House of Brazil for forty-one years.

The wedding of Prince Pedro Henrique of Brazil and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria
A baby Prince Luiz.
Four generations: The Countess of Caserta holding her great-grandson Prince Luiz, her daughter Princess Maria Pia, and her grandson Prince Pedro Henrique.
Pedro Henrique and Maria Elisabeth with their three eldest children: Luiz (1938-2022), Eudes (1939-2020), and Bertrand (b.1941).

Prince Luíz Gastão Maria José Pio of Orleans-Bragança was born on 6 June 1938 at Mandelieu, France. Luiz was the first son and eldest child of Prince Pedro Henrique of Brazil (1909-1981) and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria (1914-2011), who married in 1937. Born during the exile of the Imperial Family, Prince Luiz was registered at the Consulate General of Brazil in Paris as a Brazilian citizen, fulfilling the mandate of the Imperial Constitution, thus guaranteeing his rights to the Throne and the Crown of Brazil. The godparents of Prince Luiz were his uncle, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (1913-2008), and his paternal grandmother, the Dowager Princess Imperial Maria Pia of Brazil (born Princess of the Two Sicilies; 1878-1973).

Princess Maria and Prince Pedro Henrique with their children, 1962.
Photograph (c) Casa Imperial do Brasil.

With the end of the World War II in May 1945, the Brazilian Imperial Family was able to return to their homeland. They lived in Rio de Janeiro and Petrópolis until, in 1951, they moved to the Northern of the State of Paraná, then the great agricultural frontier of Brazil, where they lived at the Fazenda São José, in Jacarezinho, and, from 1957 onwards, at the Fazenda Santa Maria, in Jundiaí do Sul.

Prince Luiz and his father Prince Pedro Henrique in the 1960s.

Prince Luiz studied at the Colégio Coração Eucarístico and Santo Inácio, in Rio de Janeiro, and at Colégio Cristo Rei, in Jacarezinho. The prince then went to Europe, where he studied Political and Social Sciences at the University of Paris and Chemistry and Physics at the University of Munich. Luiz graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He returned to Brazil in 1967, settling in São Paulo and taking over the direction of his father's Secretariat, which at that time was located at Sítio Santa Maria, in Vassouras. 

Prince Pedro Luiz, Princess Amelia, Prince Antonio, the Duchess of Braganza, Prince Luiz, Princess Cristina, the Duke of Braganza, and Prince Bertrand, 2000.
Prince Luiz with Archduchess Christiana of Austria and Prince Alexander of Saxony, Margrave of Meißen, who is married to Luiz's first cousin Princess Gisela of Bavaria.

Prince Luiz was a first cousin of Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria, Head of the Grand Ducal House of Tuscany, and of Princess Gisela of Bavaria, Margravine of Meißen and wife of Prince Alexander, Head of the Royal House of Saxony.
Prince Pedro Henrique and Princess Maria Elisabeth.
Prince Luiz and Princess Maria Elisabeth.

Aged seventy-one, Prince Pedro Henrique of Orleans-Bragança died on 5 July 1981. Prince Luiz, his eldest son and dynastic heir, then became Head of the Imperial House. On 13 May 2011, Princess Maria Elisabeth, aged ninety-six, died. Prince Luiz, who never married, was always strongly attached to the memory of his parents.

Prince Luiz and his nephew Prince Rafael.

One of the prince's hobbies was reading, especially on historical and sociological subjects, in addition to staying up-to-date on everything relevant happening in Brazil and around the world. In his youth, Luiz practiced riding and hunting. In later years, he resumed his passion for photography, revealing himself to be heir to the artistic vein of both sides of his family. Prince Luiz was particularly fond of classical music, with a special predilection for the works of Brazilian composers of the Baroque school.

May the Prince Rest in Peace.