Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Joyous News from the House of Baden: A Marriage and A Baby!

We have recently learned of the religious marriage of Prince Berthold of Baden and Nina Schröder on 28 August 2021; the couple civilly married in 2020. In addition to this delightful news, it has been ascertained that the couple has welcomed a daughter, Princess Hilda, in February 2021. Princess Hilda is the first and only grandchild of Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne of Baden.

Prince Berthold of Baden in 2003 at the marriage of his cousin Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne of Baden with their children at the wedding of Duchess Fleur of Württemberg in 2003.
Photo (c) Seeger-Presse.
Born on 8 October 1976, Prince Berthold Ernst-August Emich Rainer of Baden is the only son of Prince Ludwig of Baden (b.1937) and his wife Princess Marianne (b.1943; née Auersperg-Breunner). Berthold has two sisters: Princess Sophie (b.1975) and Princess Agläe (b.1981; married Wolf von Trotha). 

Although we cannot know for certain, it is possible that Prince Berthold and Princess Nina of Baden decided to name their baby daughter Princess Hilda after Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden (1864-1952; née Nassau), who was the wife of Grand Duke Friedrich II of Baden.

For more about the marriage of Prince Berthold and Princess Nina of Baden, please do read this lovely report from royal researcher and genealogist Netty Liestra: A Romantic Wedding in Amorbach

Monday, September 20, 2021

An Engagement in the British Branch of House Prussia

Today, the engagement of Princess Beatrice of Prussia and Edmund Jenner was announced. 

Beatrice Prinzessin von Preußen.
Nicholas Prinz von Preußen and Victoria Prinzessin von Preußen.

Princess Beatrice Victoria of Prussia (b.1981) is the eldest child of Prince Frederick Nicholas of Prussia (b.1946) and his wife Princess Victoria (b.1952; née Mancroft). Beatrice is an printmaker. She is a second cousin of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, Head of the Royal House. Beatrice's paternal grandparents are Prince Friedrich of Prussia (1911-1966) and Lady Brigid Guinness (1920-1995). Beatrice's maternal grandparents are Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft (1914-1987), and Diana Lloyd.

Edmund Jenner.
HM The Queen with Miles Jenner.

Edmund Henry Jenner (b.1984) is the son of Miles Jenner and his wife Sally (née Abbott). The Jenner family works in the brewery industry.

Our congratulations to Beatrice and Edmund on their engagement!

Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece to Wed Religiously Next Month!


In delightful news from the Greek royal family, many reports indicate that Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark and his wife Princess Nina (née Flohr) will celebrate their religious wedding in October 2021. The couple were civilly married at St Moritz, Switzerland, on 12 December 2020. It is believed that the prince and princess might hold their religious wedding at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. The last couple wedding to occur in the cathedral was that of Philippos's parents, King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie, who wed in 1964. Construction of the Cathedral began on Christmas Day 1842 with the laying of the cornerstone by King Otto I of Greece (né Bavaria) and Queen Amalia.

December 2020: Prince Philippos of Greece and Nina Flohr Wed in Switzerland

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Princess Caroline of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1960-2021)

On 11 September 2021, Princess Caroline of Waldeck and Pyrmont died at the age of sixty-one. Born on 8 January 1960, Princess Caroline Gustava Adelheid of Waldeck and Pyrmont was the eldest of the three daughters of Prince Friedrich-Carl of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1933-2018) and his wife Princess Ingeborg (1932-2018; née von Biela). Caroline had two younger sisters: Princess Donata and Princess Juliane. In 1985, Princess Caroline married Cord-Georg Hasselmann; the couple had two daughters and one son.

May the Princess Rest in Peace. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Newlyweds: Meet the Duke of Roxburghe and the New Duchess!

The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe.
Photo (c) Floors Castle.
Last week, the social media accounts of Floors Castle provided the following announcement:
We're delighted to announce that The Duke of Roxburghe and Miss Annabel Green were married this weekend at Floors Castle. We wish the happy couple all the happiness for their future together.

It is likely that the couple were married on Saturday, 11 September.  

The engagement announcement.
The Telegraph of 30 January 2021.
The Duke announced their engagement via a notice in The Telegraph on 30 January 2021:
The engagement was announced between the Duke of Roxburghe, eldest son of the late Duke of Roxburghe and of Lady Jane Dawnay, and Annabel, daughter of the late Mr Ian Green and of Mrs Patrick Quirk.

Charles Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, and the Hon. Charlotte Aitken.
Photograph (c) Ikon Pictures/REX/Shutterstock.

This is the second marriage for the duke. In 2011, when he was still Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Charles Innes-Kerr married his long-time girlfriend the Hon. Charlotte Susanna Aitken, daughter of Lord Beaverbrook. The wedding announcement placed in The Telegraph by the bride's father read as follows:

The marriage took place on Friday, July 22, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London, between Charles, eldest son of the Duke of Roxburghe and Lady Jane Dawnay, and Charlotte, elder daughter of Lord and Lady Beaverbrook. Dom Edward Corbould officiated, assisted by the Rev Anthony Hogg.

The bride was attended by Isabel Sanderson, Iris Goldsmith, Emilia Methven, Frankie Goldsmith, Milo Methven and Ben Way. Mr Freddy Galliers-Pratt was best man.
Alas, the marriage ended in divorce a year later in 2012. 

Charles Innes-Ker and Morvarid Sahafi.
Photograph (c) Dominic O'Neill.
After a relationship of several years, in April 2016, Charles welcomed the birth of a daughter, Eugenie, with his partner Morvarid Sahafi, a fashion designer. Alas, the couple parted ways in 2019, which was the same year that Charles succeeded as 11th Duke of Roxburghe upon the death of his father Guy, who had been battling cancer.

The newlyweds beneath a portrait of the Duke's father.
Photo (c) Floors Castle.
The Duchess of Roxburghe.
Photo (c) Floors Castle.

Our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe on their wedding!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Grand Duke George of Russia and Victoria Bettarini Meet With Russian Patriarch Kirill

2021-09-12 The Tsesarevich George of Russia and his fiancée Miss Victoria Romanovna Bettarini visit St. Petersburg

On September 12, 2021, H.I.H. The Tsesarevich and Grand Duke George of Russia and his fiancée Miss Victoria Romanovna Bettarini arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia’s northern capital, on the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Varsonofii of St. Petersburg and Ladoga to take part in church services marking the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Alexander Nevsky and the feast day of the translation of his holy relics from the city of Vladimir to St. Petersburg in 1724. The Grand Duke and his fiancée were accompanied by Kirill Kirillovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, the head of the Office for Relations with Governmental and Civil organizations in the Chancellery of the Imperial House of Russia.

The Grand Duke and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini attended the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, which was officiated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Concelebrating with His Holiness were Their Eminences Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldova, Metropolitan Vikentii of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, Metropolitan Varsonofii of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, Metropolitan Pavel of Krutitsky and Kolomna, Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk, Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavsk, Metropolitan Dionisii of Voskresensk, Metropolitan Feodor of Volgograd and Kamyshin, Metropolitan Aleksei of Cheliabinsk and Miass, Archbishop Nikanor of South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, the abbot of the Lavra His Grace Bishop Nazarii of Kronstadt and the monastic brethren, Their Graces Bishop Ignatii of Vyborg and Priozersk, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin and Lodeinoe Pole, Bishop Mitrofan of Gatchina and Luga, Bishop Silouan of Lyskovo and Lukoyanov, Bishop Silouan of Peterhof, and also Archpriests Bogdan Soiko, Sergei Kuksevich, Vladimir Sorokin, Gennadii Bartov, Alexander Budnikov, Gennadii Zverev, Evgenii Shogenov, and Alexander Rumiantsev, Archimandrite Aleksei (Ganzhin), Hegumen Filaret (Priashnikov), and other clergy from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Among the laity attending the service were the Chair of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko; the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Northwest Federal District, Alexander Gutsan; the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov; the Governor of the Leningrad Region, Alexander Drozdenko; the First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Sergei Obryvalin; the Chair of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, Vyacheslav Makarov; and the Mayor of Belgrade (Serbia), Zoran Radojičić.

The Grand Duke and his bride received the Holy Mysteries of Christ and, after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, took part in the Patriarchal Procession of the Cross, during which the chest with the relics of the Holy Right-Believing Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky was brought into the square in front of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. An intercessory prayer service, or moleben, followed.

In the afternoon, the Tsesarevich George of Russia and Miss Victoria Romanovna Bettarini attended a reception at the residence of the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, where the Grand Duke and his fiancée had the opportunity to chat with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

His Imperial Highness congratulated the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church on this important anniversary and feast day, and took the opportunity formally to introduce his fiancée to His Holiness. The Patriarch congratulated the Grand Duke and Victoria Romanovna on their upcoming marriage ceremony, and offered them his blessing and best wishes.

Later the Tsesarevich and Victoria Romanovna went to the St. Nicholas-Holy Epiphany Naval Cathedral of St. Petersburg, where they took part in the ceremony of the translation to this cathedral of a fragment of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia, which came to Russia from Bari through the efforts of the famous philanthropist Prince V. N. Svirsky-Zhimirov. After a moleben, the Grand Duke and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini venerated the chest with the relics and thanked Prince V. N. Svirsky-Zhimirov for his service to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Throughout the day, Grand Duke George met and spoke with many of his countrymen who had traveled to St. Petersburg from all over Russia to attend these celebrations. They warmly expressed their sincerest best wishes on the upcoming wedding and recalled their meetings and conversations with the Grand Duke’s mother, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, during her many trips to different regions of our homeland.

That evening, after attending a working meeting, the Grand Duke George of Russia and Miss Victoria Bettarini returned to Moscow.

The above article was previously published online here (in Russian): http://www.dobrieludi.com/articles/2454/.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Portrait of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Sells at Auction

Yesterday, a portrait of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, sold for for £1,200 at action house Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet. The creator of this work was artist Richard Stone. The painter recalled that this portrait of Princess Alice, the longest lived of Queen Elizabeth II's aunts, was the result of several sittings at Barnwell Manor, the home of the Gloucesters. 

Source: Invaluable