Thursday, October 31, 2013


The Royal Gatherings lecture to be hosted at Hoogstraten English Bookstore in The Hague is sold out!

Next year, we will jointly host a Royal Gatherings Weekend on November 8-9. Announcements for the 2014 gathering will come sooner rather than later...stay tuned!

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Gotha: Bicentennial of the Battle of Leipzig

On 19 October, members of the Gotha gathered in Saxony to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Leipzig.

Among them were: The Margrave and Margravine of Meißen, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, Prince Michael Benedict and Princess Dagmar of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Archduke Georg of Austria and his wife, Prince Heinrich of Hannover and his wife, Fürst Heinrich XIV and Fürstin Johanna Reuß, Fürst Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Fürst Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Duke Rudolf and Duchess Alexandra of Croÿ. Also descendants of other military leaders who participate din the battle were present, among them Blüchers and Beauharnais.

(Courtesy of HRH The Margrave of Meißen)

Friday, October 25, 2013

EUROHISTORY: A Royal Gathering at Hoogstraten Booksellers

Eurohistory and Hoogstraten Booksellers (from The Hague) have joined forces to bring the first of what we expect will be many "royal gatherings."

On November 3, Hoogstraten Booksellers will welcome clients to a lecture series, the first of what will become a yearly gathering for their clients and those of Eurohistory who wish to join us there.

The royalty conference series, titled "A ROYAL GATHERING," will invite some of the year's best biographers and authors of royal books to lecture about their areas of research.

This year's event is schedule to begin at 1:30pm – Following is our agenda:

13.00 – Shop opens
13.30 – Welcome
13.45 – Galina Korneva: "Russia & Europe
14.30 – Tea
14.45 – Arturo Beéche: "The Coburgs of Europe"
15.30 – Tea
15.45 – Galina Korneva: "Aunt Miechen" – Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia

16.30 – End

Both authors will be available for book signing after the lectures end.

Next year, the lecture series will move to a hotel near Hoogstraten Booksellers and will expand to two days. The date chosen is November 8-9, 2014. In due course we will make an official announcement so everyone wishing to join us can has a space!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UK: Four Generations Photo

From the BBC:

The Queen has been pictured with three future kings - the first such image of royal succession for nearly 120 years.
The monarch is shown with her son, the Prince of Wales, grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, and great-grandson, Prince George, to mark the royal christening.
It echoes a 1894 image from the future Edward VIII's christening, showing him with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother - George V, Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
The pictures were taken by Jason Bell.

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©Jason Bell

UK: Prince Charles' Profile in TIME

The gardens sport a coronet of dew under a rare Scottish sun, but Prince Charles remains indoors, doing what the heir to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Jamaica and 12 other Commonwealth realms has always done — his duty. He's a champion at enduring windy speeches, toes scrunched in his shoes to keep awake. But this particular duty lies closer to his soul: he's teaching his firstborn to wield a sword. Prince William needs to master the key move of granting knighthoods, laying a blade on the shoulders of recipients, ideally without inflicting injury. So on Sept. 26, Charles interrupts a family visit at his Scottish residence Birkhall with his son, wife Camilla, daughter-in-law Kate and the youngest Windsor, baby George, to stage a dress rehearsal.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

UK: Prince George of Cambridge's Baptism (3)

Video of the arrival ...

UK: Prince George of Cambridge's baptism (2)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son, Prince George.
The Hymns are Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.
The lessons are from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, read by Miss Pippa Middleton and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry.
The anthems are Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter).
Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand was written for Prince William’s baptism on 4th August 1982.
The anthems will be performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.
The Processional Organ Music will be J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in G (BWV 572).
The Recessional Organ Music will be C. M. Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No 5.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will baptise Prince George. He will be supported by The Dean of The Chapel Royal (The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres) and The Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal (The Reverend Prebendary William Scott).
Notes to Editors
The Chapel Royal Choir
The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal comprises six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers, and ten Children of the Chapel Royal, boy choristers who hold the Sovereign's choral scholarships at the City of London School, and wear Gold and Scarlet State Coats, still tailored to the Royal Warrant of 1661.
At St James's Palace, the Chapel Royal choir sings on Sundays weekly in the Chapel Royal or The Queen's Chapel facing Marlborough Road, and at other events elsewhere as commanded by The Queen. These include the annual Royal Maundy service, the Remembrance Sunday Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and, in recent years, the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, in addition to the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Services at St Paul's Cathedral.
Choirs of other Chapels Royal under the authority of The Dean of the Chapel Royal, whose Ordinary is The Queen, continue to operate simultaneously at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
The Queen’s Guard
The St James’s Palace detachment of The Queen’s Guard has turned out today in Colour Court for The Queen’s arrival. The Queen will be received with the Royal Salute.

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UK: Prince George of Cambridge's Baptism

From the BBC...

The names of Prince George's seven godparents have been announced ahead of his christening later.
They are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.
Zara Tindall, wife of former England rugby international Mike Tindall, is Prince William's cousin.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will christen the three-month-old prince at St James's Palace in central London.
The private service will take place at 15:00 BST and last about 45 minutes.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Book: The Coburgs of Europe

We are uploading the order form for our newest publication, Arturo Beéche's The Coburgs of Europe – The Rise and Fall of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's European Family.

The book will start mailing at the beginning of November 2013!

Inside the book, readers will find the fascinating story of all the branches of the Coburg Dynasty, including the Coburgs of Vienna, the Coburgs of Lisbon, the Coburgs of Brussels, the Coburgs of London and the Ducal Coburgs.

Special attention was paid by the author to a group of Coburg women whose marriages brought them positions of great power and influence!

Inside the 376 glossy pages, readers will also find a healthy number of family trees, as well as more than 500 images of the Coburgs, many of these photographs are quite rare, for they were either taken by the author or provided by the various Coburgs who aided in the project.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EUROHISTORY: 2013 Royalty Conference!

As we prepare to gather in the San Francisco Bay Area for yet another installment of the yearly Eurohistory Conference, here is the list of lectures to be presented by our speakers!

By Rick Hutto:

Imperial Splendor: American Wives of Russian Princes and Grand Dukes

The King’s Reader: King Charles of Württemberg’s Beloved American

The Kaiser's Lady: The American Princess Who Helped Set Germany on the Path to War

By Arturo Beéche:

The Memoirs of Countess Viktoria Luise of Solms-Baruth (moth rod Andreas of Saxe-Coburg)

A Round-about way to Coburg

By Ilana Miller:

A Royal Gathering in Coburg

By Galina Korneva:

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia

Russia and Europe – Dynastic Ties

By Charles Stewart:

"10 Popular Myths about Royalty"

This presentation identifies 10 of the most commonly-heard myths, rumors or misconceptions about royalty, the historical background of these notions, who tends to believe them, what impact they have, the reality behind the assumptions and who tends to believe what. Typical myths to be examined include: ""The Banal, the Boring & the Bourgeois", "Cinderella & Charming", "Decadent Lifestyles", "The Homely, the Frumpy and the Graceless", "Idle Parasites on the People",  "Inbred Idiocy", "Obsolescence and Irrelevance",   and "Tories, Toffs and Prigs", among others. We conclude with an open discussion and specific suggestions for the most effective way to refute or correct inaccurate perceptions about both modern and historical dynasties.

The Saturday, October 19 session will take place at the SHERATON FOUR POINTS HOTEL at 1603 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA. It starts at 930am!

The Sunday, October 20 session will take place two blocks away at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA.

If interested in attending, contact us ASAP at: 510-236-1730

Regards and see you there!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UK: Royal Christening

The christening of HRH Prince George of Cambridge will take place on 23 October 2013 at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace.

Here is a scoop on the grandparents!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Coburgs of Europe: dust jacket Preview!

Today I received copy of the dust jacket to be used for my newest book, THE COBURGS OF EUROPE: The Rise and Fall of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's European Family.''

Always, the arrival of a new book is like witnessing the birth of a project, the completing of the circle that began with an idea, continued with research, proceeded to writing and ended with publication!

Very, very excited about this new book!

Several of the subjects in the book have already asked to buy copies and invited me to come visit while in Europe this November!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

EUROHISTORY: Issue XCIV, Volume 16.4 in Production

Since THE COBURGS OF EUROPE was released to the printer on Monday, now I am focused on getting ready the latest issue of EUROHISTORY ready for publication.

I will reveal contents tomorrow, once I find out how many articles will fit.

The issue will go to print on Monday and begin mailing at the end of the next week!

Issue XCV (October 2013) will follow soon after since I will be away to give a lecture at Hoogstraten Booksellers in the Hague on November 3, followed by a visit to Hemmelmark, Schwerin, Coburg, Munich and Vienna.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Parma: Wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma

Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parme married Viktória Cservenyák on 5 October 2013 at the kerk van Onze Lieve Vrouwe ten Hemelopneming in Apeldoorn. Prince Jaime several years ago received the parmesan title of Count di Bardi from his late father. 

Interestingly, The Spanish Carlists, through which Duke Carlos Xavier claims to be the "rightful" King of Spain (dear sweet Jesus!), announced the wedding and listed the bride as having a Carlist title all her own, Countess of Montizón. The last Carlist to bear the title of Count of Montizón was Juan (1822-1887). He was married to Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este, a Modenese Habsburg, by whom he had two sons: the Duke of Madrid and the Duke of San Jaime. Madrid married Princess margherita of Bourbon-Parma in 1867 and it is through this connection that the Bourbon-Parma became associated with Carlism. Two of Margherita's nephews, Sixtus and Xavier, later laid claim to the Carlist movement once the male branch of descendants from the Infante don Carlos (father of Montizón) died out. Unfathomable that a movement that claimed not to recognize the succession of Queen Isabel II, a first cousin of the Count of Montizón, is now led by a Bourbon branch whose closest contact to the Spanish Royal Family is through a female line. Yet another unexplainable fact of royal trivia.

The Bride was born in Budapest on 25 May 1982. She spent her youth in Hungary and Switzerland, and moved at the age of 8 to the Netherlands and grew up in Apeldoorn. Viktória studied law in Utrecht. She later obtained a Master's Degree in Business at Nyenrode and the University of Amsterdam. She currently works as a lawyer for the Dutch bank Radobank.

Prince Jaime is the second son of the late Duke Carlos Hugo of Parma and of his former wife Princess Irene of the Netherlands. Jaime has a twin, Princess Margarita, who is married to a Dutchman by the name of Tjalling Siebe ten Cate. Jaime also has an older brother and a younger sister. His brother is Duke Carlos Xavier, who succeeded as Head of House upon the death of their father in 2010. The sister is Princess Maria Caroline, Marchesa di Sala, who is married to Dutchman Albert Brenninkmeijer.

The Groom is a first cousin of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, who was present at the wedding with his wife Queen Máxima and their three daughters. Also present were: Princess Irene of Lippe-Biesterfeld (the Groom's mother), Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet with her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven, and Princess Christina. Other family members included Prince Constantijn and his wife, Princess Mabel (widow of Prince Friso), as well as most of Princess Margriet and Princess Christina' descendants. Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma attended the wedding tolend her support to her nephew. Also there were Prince Charles-Henri de Lobkowicz (a first cousin of the Groom), Prince Lelio Orsini and Count Alexander of Stolberg-Stolberg and his wife, Princess Isabel d'Orléans-Braganza.

The wedding was followed by a reception at the Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn.

Eurohistory exclusive photographer, Marianne van Dam, who resides in Apeldoorn, documented the wedding for our readers. The photos here shared, as well as those that will accompany the corresponding report inside the pages of EUROHISTORY are her copyright.

 Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma and his mother Princess Irene of Lippe-Biesterfeld.

 Count Alexander of Stolberg-Stolberg and his wife, Princess Isabel d'Orléans-Braganza.

Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel. 

 Prince Charles-Henri de Lobkowicz.

From right: Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, Tjalling Siebe ten Cate, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, Albert Brennnkmeijer and Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma.

Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma. 

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima with their three dauhters. 

Above and Below: The Groom and Bride.

The couple's monogram.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

NEW Book: The Coburgs of Europe (AMAZON page ready!)

Very Exciting news!!

Amazon has our newest book, THE COBURGS OF EUROPE, listed now.

The book's cover is representative of its content. The upper half is green, the lower half is white. These were the colors of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha.

The photo chosen for the cover features the nine monarchs present at King Edward VII's funeral in 1910. Among them are four male-line Coburgs: King George V of Great Britain, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manoel II of Portugal and King Albert I of Belgium. Of the other five featured: King Alfonso XIII of Spain and King Haakon VII of Norway married granddaughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; Kaiser Wilhelm II was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, while his wife was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria's half-sister, Fürstin Feodora of Leiningen; George I of the Hellenes and Frederik VIII of Denmark, were brothers-in-law of the late Edward VII, while several of their descendants eventually married Coburgs.

Illustrating the dynasty's power, are the coats of arms of the five thrones occupied by Coburg men in 1910: Belgium, Portugal, Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, Great Britain and Bulgaria.

The book is a large coffee-table style production. It has 376 pages in glossy paper finish and includes well over 500 unique images of the various branches of the Coburg family. Many of these images have not been published in books before! starts selling it October 30, 2013!

It will also be available through at a later date!

Friday, October 4, 2013

New Book: The Coburgs of Europe – Table of Contents

Prologue                      ii

Chapter I – The Beginning – “You, Handsome Coburg, Marry”      4

Chapter II – Enter Russia: A Fateful Journey             11

Chapter III – Enter Gotha: Power Expanded             16

Chapter IV – Enter Kohary: Untold Riches             25

Chapter V – Enter Great Britain: A Failed Attempt            30

Chapter VI – Princesses for Export & Alexandrina Victoria of Kent    37

Chapter VII – Enter Belgium: The Uncle of Europe    44

Chapter VIII – Enter Portugal: The Unlucky PromisingBrood    53

Chapter IX – Enter Great Britain Again: Victoria & Albert    62

Chapter X – Return to Coburg & Gotha: A Duke from Britain and
A Troubled Succession            73

Chapter XI – The Kohary Line: Wealth, Position & A New Throne    88

Chapter XII – Enter Bulgaria: Alas, A Crown at Last    99

Chapter XIII – Duke Carl Eduard: Fortune and Position Withered    114

Chapter XIV – The Coburgs of Windsor: A Dynasty’s Name Changed    143

Chapter XV – The Coburgs of Brussels: Despised & Beloved    170

Chapter XVI – The Coburgs of Vienna: Debacle & Ruin    193

Chapter XVII – The Coburgs of Lisbon: An Unsurprising End    224

Chapter XVIII – King Albert I’s Descendants: Tragedy, War & Redemption   255

Chapter XIX – The Coburgs of Sofia: “Tantamount to an Invitation”     276

Chapter XX – The Women of Coburg: A Most Interesting Club     297

Chapter XXI – A Return to Coburg: “... and I Smiled”     332

Epilogue – A Roundabout Way to Coburg     347

Family Tree                     356

Coburg Ancestries                     358

Bibliography                      361

Index              364

Acknowledgments                      369

Copyright & Company Information              370

Thursday, October 3, 2013

NEW BOOK: The Coburgs of Europe Finished!


Today...I finished the layout of THE COBURGS of EUROPE – The Rise and Fall of Queen Victoria's European Family.

The book has 376 pages (same format as Russia and Europe, but 56 pages longer)!

The Coburgs has more than 500 amazing photos comprising the family's various branches!

I expect the book to be in our hands, ready to ship to buyers by November 1!