Friday, August 21, 2020

Broken Royal Engagements of Yore: Max of Baden and Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

"Royal Cousins End Engagement."
The Gazette of Montreal, Quebec (9 Sep. 1961).
Max of Baden and Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
On 7 September 1961, Fürst Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg announced that his sister, Princess Beatrix, and her fiancé, Prince Max of Baden, had broken off their engagement by mutual consent. The cause for the end of the couple was given as personal reasons. It was noted that the prince and princess were the nephew and niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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First cousins through their mutual descent from Prince Andreas of Greece and his wife Princess Alice of Battenberg, Max of Baden was twenty-eight at the time while Beatrix zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg was twenty-five. Beatrix was the daughter of Andreas and Alice's eldest daughter Princess Margarita and her husband Fürst Gottfried zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Max was the son of the couple's next daughter Princess Theodora and her husband Margrave Berthold of Baden.

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Prince Maximilian "Max" Andreas Friedrich Gustav Ernst August Bernhard of Badenwas born at Salem on 3 July 1933. He was the second child and eldest son of Margrave Berthold of Baden and Margravine Theodora (née Greece), who married in 1931. In September 1966, Max of Baden married Archduchess Valerie of Austria-Tuscany (b.1941), the daughter of Archduke Hubert Salvator  of Austria-Tuscany and Princess Rosemary zu Salm-Salm. Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden have four children: Princess Marie Louise (b.1969), Hereditary Prince Bernhard (b.1970), Prince Leopold (b.1971), and Prince Michael (b.1976).

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Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg was born at Schwäbisch-Hall on 10 July 1936. She was the second child and only daughter of Fürst Gottfried zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Fürstin Margarita (née Greece), who married in 1931. Beatrix never married. For many years, she functioned as a secretary and companion to Princess Margaret "Peg" of Hesse at Wolfsgarten. Aged sixty-one, Princess Beatrix died on 15 November 1997 at Schwäbisch-Hall.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Legacy of Antoine XIV, 14th Duke of Gramont: An Aristocrat Gone Before His Time

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On 26 April 1951, Antoine de Gramont was born at Boulogne-sur-Seine as the only child of Henri de Gramont (1907-1995), eventual 13th Duke de Gramont, and Odile Sublet d'Heudincourt de Lénoncourt (1914- 1994), who had married in 1949.

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The young Antoine's paternal grandparents were Armand de Gramont (1879-1962), 12th Duke de Gramont, and Countess Elaine Greffulhe (1882-1958). His maternal grandparents were Gérard Sublet d'Heudicourt (1884-?), Marquis d'Heudicourt de Lenoncourt, and Thérèse Gautier-Vignal (1886-1941).

Death notice for Lydwine's father Alfred, Duc de La Roche-Guyon
During the 1970s, Antoine, then Duke de Guiche, became engaged to Lydwine de La Rochefoucauld (b.3 November 1953), daughter Alfred de La Rochefoucauld (1928-2013), Duke de La Roche-Guyon, and Lydie de Jacobé de Haut-de-Sigy (b.1932), who had married in 1952.

On the evening of Friday, 5 September 1975, Antoine and Lydwine were at the beach on Mustang Island, Texas, with the couple they were visiting, Mr and Mrs Paul Davis. At 9:30pm, the group were standing next to their car when they were hit by a vehicle going between 50 and 60 miles per hour and commandeered by fifteen-year old Richard Oakes, who did not have a driver's license and had been drinking. Lydwine died at a local hospital at 10:15pm, both of Antoine's legs were broken and the Davises also sustained injuries. Lydwine had been in Texas as a foreign exchange student; the French consulate in Houston assisted her family with funeral arrangements.

The following week, a lawsuit for $628,000 was filed in a Texas district court against Oakes and Mr and Mrs Roger Wear, who owned the vehicle, on behalf of Alfred and Lydie de La Rouchefoucauld (who sought $128,000 in damages), Antoine de Gramont ($200,000) and Mr and Mr Davis ($150,000 each).

In November 1975, Richard Oakes pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of twenty-one year-old Lydwine.

According to the school friend, Antoine remained immensely affected, both physically and psychologically, by the tragic passing of his fiancée.

Antoine and Catherine, Duke and Duchess de Gramont
On 20 September 2003 at Saint-Hélier, Jersey, Antoine de Gramont civilly married Catherine Françoise Elisabeth Forget (b.17 March 1956). The couple celebrated their religious union at Paris on 11 October 2003. Catherine is the daughter of Jacques Forget and Madeleine Coulon (1925-2011).

The Duchess de Gramont, 2011.
On 22 March 2008, the Duke and Duchess of Gramont welcomed the birth of their first child. Antoine de Gramont, Duke of Guiche, was born in the United States. The Duke of Guiche was christened at Saint Germain-l'Auxerrois on 6 September 2008. The godparents of little Antoine were Jacques de Crussol (b.1957), 17th Duc d'Uzès, and Countess Yolaine de La Rochefoucauld (b.1961; née Leclerc de Hauteclocque), the wife of Count Guy-Antoine de La Rochefoucauld (b.1958; now Duke de La Roche-Guyon), who was the brother of little Antoine's father's late fiancée Lydwine.


On the evening of Monday, 17 February 2014, Houston police were called to the Inwood Manor high-rise complex after neighbours heard loud arguing between the Duke and Duchess de Gramont. Catherine de Gramont told authorities that she had left the couple's twelfth-floor apartment during the argument, but heard a gunshot as she walked out the front door. She returned to the apartment and found that her husband was dead from the self-inflicted wound. The shooting/suicide occurred at about 9:00pm. The five year-old son of the couple was sleeping in the apartment while the episode took place. The Duke de Gramont was sixty-two years-old when he passed away.

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The funeral of Antoine, 14th Duke of Gramont, took place at the Église de la Madeleine at Paris on 6 March 2014. In addition to the duke's widow and young son, the funeral was attended by Prince Jean d'Orléans, then Duke of Vendôme.

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In 2018, the Duchess of Gramont was chosen as a godmother for Princess Jacinthe d'Orléans (b.9 October 2018). Princess Jacinthe is the youngest child of Prince Jean and Princess Philomena d'Orléans, the Count and Countess of Paris. 

A Noble British Beau for a Royal Greek Princess: Peregrine Pearson and Olympia of Greece

Olympia of Greece and Perry Pearson

In a happy piece of royal news, Princess Olympia of Greece and the Hon. Perry Pearson are in a relationship, according to information gleaned from media reports and the princess' own social media. The couple visited Olympia's grandparents King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes in Greece earlier this week.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born on 25 July 1996 at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, NY. The princess is the eldest child of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his wife Crown Princess Marie-Chantal (née Miller). Olympia is the paternal granddaughter of King Constantine II of the Hellenes (b.1940) and his wife Queen Anne-Marie (b.1946; née Denmark). Olympia is the maternal granddaughter of Robert Warren Miller (b.1933) and María Clara "Chantal" Pesantes Becerra (b.1940). In May 2019, Olympia of Greece graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

The Hon. Peregrine Pearson
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The Honourable Peregrine "Perry" John Dickinson Pearson was born on 27 October 1994. He is the eldest son and fourth child of Michael Pearson (b.17 June 1944), 4th Viscount Cowdray, and his second wife Marina Rose Cordle (b.6 May 1960). Perry is the paternal grandson of John Pearson (1910-1995), 3rd Viscount Cowdray, and Lady Anne Bridgeman (1913-2009). Perry is the maternal grandson of Conservative MP John Howard Cordle (1912-2004) and Venetia Caroline Maynard (b.1936). Perry Pearson is the director of a property development company in London.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Grand Ducal House of Hesse copies on their way...

 To their new homes off they go!

After a delivery delay that nearly drove us crazy, the bulk of the printed copies of The Grand Ducal House of Hesse were delivered yesterday at 630pm,!

Immediately, we got to work unloading the massive pallets containing 3000lbs worth of books!

Once the truck was unloaded, Arturo Beéche got busy signing all pressed and Amazon-sold copies ... and then wrapping and packing each one to ready their departure to their new homes today. And as we ship in the USA only via Priority Mail, it will be just a few days before buyers will obtain their copies!

The book is 336 pages, contains over 400 beautiful photographs, and has six [ages of family trees. It promises to become the definitive English language work on the Grand Dukes of Hesse!


You can purchase the book on AMAZON:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1944207082?ref=myi_title_dp

Or by direct order at:

Eurohistory & Kensington House Books

6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights, CA 94805
USA
Email: eurohistory@comcast.net or aebeeche@mac.com
Phone: 510.236.1730





Monday, August 17, 2020

Shipping begins of Eurohistory's Grand Ducal House of Hesse

Today, we received the first shipment of copies of Arturo Beéche and Ilana Miller's newest collaboration, THE GRAND DUCAL HOUSE OF HESSE!

The book is 336 pages, contains over 400 beautiful photographs, and has six [ages of family trees. It promises to become the definitive English language work on the Grand Dukes of Hesse!

You can purchase the book on AMAZON:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1944207082?ref=myi_title_dp

Or by direct order at:

Eurohistory & Kensington House Books

6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights, CA 94805
USA
Email: eurohistory@comcast.net or aebeeche@mac.com
Phone: 510.236.1730


Arturo Beéche holding the first copy of the book!

The Grand Ducal House of Hesse's Coat of Arms

Hereditary Princess Amalie of Baden (née Hesse-Darmstadt)

Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus and his family...Georg Donatus holding Alexander, Cecilie holding Johanna, Ludwig (1936). Four of the five in this image would perish tragically in an air crash in Steen, Belgium, November 1937.

Prince Ludwig and Princess Margaret with their niece Princess Johanna. Sadly, the little princess died in 1939 of meningitis.

Ludwig and Margaret were married for over thirty years, but were childless. He died in 1968, there last Hesse and by Rhine; Peg, as his wife was called, died in 1997.


Sunday, August 16, 2020

EUROHISTORY's THE GRAND DUCAL HOUSE OF HESSE



When EUROHISTORY began printing books back in 2001, our founder envisioned a major work dedicated to each of Europe's ruling and non-ruling royal houses. This, needless to say, was an ambitious and grand plan that would require decades of research, investigations, interviews, and dedication.
In the meantime, EUROHISTORY also published myriad books about the Russian Imperial Family, which remains among the most popular historical dynasties for our readers. These books included three volumes of a quartet on the Romanovs (The Grand Duchesses, The Grand Dukes, and The Other Grand Dukes...and upcoming The Other Grand Duchesses, which is in writing stages at the moment); biographic works such as Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna Sr.; Russian Riddle: Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich; Ella: Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna; Prince Oleg Konstantinovich; and A Poet Among the Romanovs: Prince Vladimir Paley. The study of the first stages of the reign of Tsar Nicholas II produced A Life for the Tsar, a detailed, comprehensive, and expertly researched analysis of all aspects of the Coronation of Nicholas II (1896).



Another magnificent book, Russia and Europe: Dynastic Ties, authored by noted Russian historians Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova, studied the intricate dynastic relations established by the Romanovs with other European dynasties.
Mr. Beéche's ties to the descendants of historically important royal figures also allowed him to publish books on the Greek Royal Family: Royal Hellenic Dynasty (co-authored with Prince Michael of Greece), My Fifty Years (by Prince Nicholas of Greece), and Dear Ellen (the photographic collection of Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna).
For nearly twenty-five years, Mr. Beéche has been a close friend of Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. This friendship has allowed them to cooperate on exhibitions held in Coburg, as well as on various publications: The Coburgs of Europe, I did it my way (Prince Andreas' memoirs), and From Tyranny to Freedom (the memoirs of Countess Viktoria Luise zu Solms-Baruth, mother of Prince Andreas).


A unique cooperation with notable royal historian Bobby Golden led to the publication of ALBANY: The Descendants of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.


Cooperation with noted royal biographer Coryne Hall produced several co-authored books: APAPA: The Descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark; Royal Collections I: Great Britain; Royal Collections II: The Romanovs; and Royal Collections III: The Royal House of Bavaria, Volume I.




Other EUROHISTORY books have included dynastic studies of The Nassaus of Luxembourg, as well as a rare and exquisitely researched biography of a little-known Portuguese queen consort: Queen Maria Pia of Portugal. With royal historian David McIntosh, Mr. Beéche coauthored Royal Exiles in Cannes: The Bourbon-Two Sicilies of the Villa Marie Thérèse. Another rare biography, King Michael I of Romania, was published in 2001 to coincide with His Late Majesty's 80th birthday.




Over the years, Mr. Beéche formed an important writing co-team with Professor Ilana D. Miller, a noted specialist on the Hesse and by Rhine family. This cooperation began with the publication of myriad articles inside the pages of EUROHISTORY (The European Royal History Journal), which Mr. Beéche has published since 1997. In due course, the company published Ms. Miller's excellent biography of Queen Victoria's hessian granddaughters, The Four Graces. Since then, Ms. Miller and Mr. Beéche have collaborated on a series of photo albums titled: Who is in the Photograph: Volume I and Volume II. The third installment on this unique concept is in writing stage.



This finally brings us to the latest Miller & Beéche collaboration, Royal Collections IV: The Grand Ducal House of Hesse. The book begins in 1567, when upon the death of Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous of Hesse, his vast landholdings were divided by his sons, Hesse-Darmstadt being one of the new sovereign states that emanated from that territorial and political division.



The Landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt settled in the Rhineland city of Darmstadt, from where they ruled their conglomerate of estates near and far. through several generations, members of this branch of the Hessian dynasty established important dynastic connections with most of Europe's principal ruling families. By the 19th-century, Hesse-Darmstadt had become a place where Romanovs found brides. Tsar Paul I's first wife was a princess from this house, for example. A second Hessian princess to marry into the Russian Imperial Family was Marie, daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig II. She was the long-suffering wife of Tsar Alexander II, and this mother of Alexander II and grandmother of Nicholas II. This sad alliance, was not to be the last one between Romanov and Hesse as both a son and a grandson of Alexander II and Marie found their wives in Darmstadt: Sergei Alexandrovich married Princess Elisabeth, while her sister Alix (Alexandra Feodorovna) married Tsar Nicholas II.

The narrative followed by the authors does not end there. In fact, they painstakingly continue the storyline through the other siblings of Elisabeth and Alix: Victoria, Irene, and Ernst Ludwig. Their stories and those of their descendants are gripping, tragic, sad, and jubilant, including a harrowing airplane accident, an assassination, and the end of a long line of Hessians.

Readers of The Grand Ducal House of Hesse will not be disappointed as this latest collaboration between Ms. Miller and Mr. Beéche. The publication promises to deliver expectations built around the book and its subject matter. We anticipate that this book will sell out, as did many of Mr. Beéche's previous books. Do not delay...you will not be disappointed!

You can easily order a copy of the book by clicking on the link below:


Or by contacting us at:

Eurohistory & Kensington House Books

6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights, CA 94805
USA
Email: eurohistory@comcast.net or aebeeche@mac.com
Phone: 510.236.1730


Friday, August 14, 2020

The Grand Ducal House of Hesse Selling on AMAZON and Through Eurohistory!

Today AMAZON informed us that our latest book, The Grand Ducal House of Hesse, is is now ready to start selling and shipping.

The book was authored by royal experts Arturo E. Beéche and Ilana D.Miller...their latest collaboration!

With some 400 beautiful photos and extensive and detailed family trees, enhancing a gripping drama, and a tragic story, this book will surely become a must-have!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1944207082?ref=myi_title_dp




The Grand Ducal House of Hesse is 336-pages long and is illustrated with well over 400 unique images that help bring the story of the grand ducal family alive!

If you order directly from Eurohistory, the book is priced at $48.95 plus shipping ($9.00 in the USA; $39.00 overseas). All our shipping is done through US Priority Mail and is insured!

To order the book directly, you can reach us at:

Eurohistory & Kensington House Books

6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights, CA 94805
USA
Email: eurohistory@comcast.net or aebeeche@mac.com
Phone: 510.236.1730