Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In Profile, By Rachael Sigee: Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis And Her Work At Sotheby's

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Last month, journalist Rachael Sigee wrote a fascinating profile on Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis. Elisabeth (b.1982) is one of the children of Fürstin Gloria of Thurn and Taxis (née Schönburg-Glauchau) and the late Fürst Johannes. Sigee's piece focuses on the work that Elisabeth is engaged in at Sotheby's, where the princess is currently curating lots for the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction to be held at Geneva on this Wednesday, 13 November.

This wonderful video, taken by T.J. Wilcox for the Sotheby's article, shows Fürstin Gloria and her daughter guiding the viewer through their home, Schloß St. Emmeram:

The most amusing part of the video (for me) is when Fürstin Gloria, with a grin, quips: "I have my eye on everything. I see everything."

To read the profile of Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis by Rachael Sigee, please visit this link: Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis on Making Her Own Way as a Modern Princess

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Eventual Head of the Princely House of Auersperg Has Married

Note: Many thanks to Hein Bruins of Hein's Royal Genealogy Page, who kindly informed us of this princely marriage!

Coat of Arms of the Princes of Auersperg
This weekend (either on 9 or 10 November 2019), Prince Alejandro "Alejo" of Auersperg married Soledad "Sole" Decombe Machao. The wedding took place in Uruguay. In time, Alejandro will eventually become the Head of the Princely House of Auersperg.

Alejandro was born in 1993 at Paysandú, Uruguay, as the only son and third/last child of Prince Alexander of Auersperg (b.1963) and María Graciela Leyba (b.1964), who were married in 1986. Prince Alejandro has two older sisters: Princess Ximena (b.1987), and Princess María Magdalena (b.1990). Prince Alexander of Auersperg is the second son of Fürst Adolf of Auersperg: Alexander has an elder brother, Hereditary Prince Carl Adolf (b.1962; who only has one daughter from his marriage) as well as two younger sisters, Princesses Margarita (b.1966) and Mercedes (b.1968), and a younger brother, Prince Andreas (b.1980).

Fürst Karl Adolf of Auersperg and Countess Margit Batthyány von Német-Ujvár (1937)
Prince Alejandro's paternal grandfather, Fürst Adolf of Auersperg (b.1937), has been the head of the family since the death of Adolf's father and Alejandro's great-grandfather Fürst Karl Adolf in 2006. Fürst Karl Adolf of Auersperg (1915-2006) was married from 1937 until 1959 to Countess Margit Batthyány von Német-Ujvár (1914-1959).

We extend our best wishes to Prince Alejandro and Princess Soledad of Auersperg!

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Princess Flaminia of Hohenzollern to Marry Hungarian Baron in 2020

Flaminia and Károly
Photograph (c) The Princely House of Hohenzollern
The Fürst of Hohenzollern has announced that his daughter Princess Flaminia will marry her fiancé Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova on 4 July 2020 at St. Johann Church in Sigmaringen Castle.

Countess Alexandra Schenk von Stauffenberg weds Hereditary Prince Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern
Princess Flaminia of Hohenzollern was born at Munich on 9 January 1992 as the third child and second daughter of the then-Hereditary Prince Karl Friedrich of Hohenzollern (b.1952) and his first wife Countess Alexandra Schenk von Stauffenberg (b.1960). Karl Friedrich and Alexandra had married in 1985; the couple had four children: current Hereditary Prince Alexander (b.1987), Princess Philippa (b.1988), Princess Flaminia (b.1992), and Princess Antonia (b.1995). Flaminia's parents divorced in 2010.

Princess Flaminia of Hohenzollern
Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova was born in 1990 as the second son of Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova (b.1959) and his wife Elisabeth Lohne (b.1960). Princess Flaminia and Baron Károly are very distant cousins as both are descendants of Ferenc Thurzó (d.1576). Károly and Flaminia's engagement was announced in December 2018.

Source: https://www.schwaebische.de/landkreis/landkreis-sigmaringen/sigmaringen_artikel,-prinzessin-flaminia-heiratet-unterm-schloss-in-sigmaringen-_arid,11139548.html

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Engagement of the Earl of Southesk, Future Duke of Fife

Yesterday The Times carried the announcement of the engagement of Charles "Charlie" Carnegie, Earl of Southesk, to Camille Ascoli. A further announcement appeared today in The Telegraph.

Camille Ascoli was born at Paris on 6 March 1990 as the daughter of Roberto Ascoli and Valérie Ledoux.

Charles Duff Carnegie, Earl of Southesk, was born on 8 October 1989 at Edinburgh. Charles is the eldest of the three sons of David, 4th Duke of Fife, and his wife Caroline (née Bunting). The Earl of Southesk is the great-grandson of Princess Maud of Fife (1893-1945), who herself was the daughter of Princess Louise (1867-1931), who was herself one of the daughters of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra (née Denmark).

Many congratulations to the Earl of Southesk and Miss Ascoli!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Francisco de Borbón, Only Son of the Duke of Seville, Linked To Former Qatari Sheikha

According to ¡Hola!, Don Francisco de Borbón, only son of the Duke of Seville, has reportedly become engaged to Kasia Al-Thani.

Kasia Al-Thani (b.1976) was the third wife of Sheikh Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani (b.1948), whom she married in 2004 at Paris. Abdelaziz, first son of Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar (who ruled the country from 1972-1995), and Kasia had three daughters: Sheikhas Malak and Yasmine (b.2005; twins), and Sheikha Reem (b.2006). The pair subsequently divorced.

Francisco de Borbón (b.1979) is the youngest child of Don Francisco de Borbón (b.1943), Duke of Seville, and his first wife Countess Beatrice of Hardenberg (b.1947). Francisco has two older sisters: doña Olivia (b.1974) and doña Cristina (b.1975).

A number of photos of the couple have been shared around social media showing them at a gala event in Spain.

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Royal Gatherings in The Hague: November 9-10, 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Park Hotel in the Hague the weekend of 9-10 November 2019.

Presentations are to include various royal topics, among them:

  • Royal Funerals in England – By Robert Golden
  • Mary Tudor: Daughter, Sister, Wife and Queen – Marian Bette
  • "Kingsday: a Royal Birthday Celebration – by Oscar Meijer
  • The Royal House of Bavaria – The descendants of Prince Franz and Princess Isabella – By Seth B. Leonard
  • Castles and Palaces in Württemberg  – By Susan Symons
  • The Theft of the Hessian Jewels – By Katie Tice
  • Imperial Weddings – By Seth B. Leonard
  • The Emirs of Bokhara – By Alex Borg
  • Meanderings of a Royal Auctioneer: Fabergé and Romanov Objects – By Edgar Clin
  • The Duc de Penthièvre – France's richest and most pious prince, great-grandfather of Catholic Royal Europe – By Arturo Beéche 

If interested in joining the weekend, please email us at: aebeeche@mac.com or sales@hoogstraten.nl

Space is limited, so don't delay contacting us!

See you in The Hague!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

India Oxenberg, Granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Is Engaged to Patrick D’Ignazio

India Oxenberg and Patrick D'Ignazio
Wonderful news from a descendant of the Serbian royal family! India Oxenberg (b.1991) has recently become engaged to Patrick D’Ignazio, a chef at the Double Zero restaurant in New York City. India is the daughter of Catherine Oxenberg (b.1961) and William Weitz Shaffer (b.1946); she is the granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (b.1936) and Howard Oxenberg (1919-2010). India is the great-granddaughter of Prince Regent Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. India Oxenberg and Patrick D'Ignazio have been dating for over a year now.

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 We wish the happy couple all the best!

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