Friday, June 26, 2015

UK: Obituary of His Grace the Duke of Fife

His Grace the Third Duke of Fife, James Alexander Bannerman Carnegie, passed away at the age of 85 years.

He inherited the title from his aunt Alexandra, widow of Prince Arthur of Connaught. She was the eldest daughter of Princess Louise, the Princess Royal, and wife of the First Duke of Fife.

As Princess Alexandra's only son, Alastair, died without issue, her heir was her sister Maud and then Maud's only son James. Princess Maud of Fife had Charles Carnegie, later 11th Earl of Southesk.

The Third Duke of Fife died on June 22, 2015.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Issue CIV – April 2015 Mailing!

We are delighted to let our subscribers know that Issue CIV, Volume 18.2 – April 2015 arrived at our office this afternoon and began mailing immediately!

We expect to complete mailing the magazine by Saturday, thus most subscribers in the USA will have the magazine in their hands by week's end!

Inside this issue, readers will find articles authored by Ilana D. Miller, Coryne Hall, Janet Ashton, Marlene Eilers Koenig and Roberto Cortez Gonzáles. Their contributions deal with: the Battenbergs in 1895, Apapa – King Christian IX of Denmark and his family, Italy's role in entering the Great War, Princess Frederica of Hanover and the Nassaus of Luxembourg. Other sections include book reviews and royal news!

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Issue CV, Volume 18.3 – June 2015 is already in preparation and ought to reach us in about six weeks!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sweden: Official Wedding Photos

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Sweden: A New Baby for Madeleine...

HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden was delivered of a healthy baby boy this afternoon at 145pm (Swedish time).

The Royal Court has released a communiqué letting the public know that both baby and mother are doing well!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


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Sweden: Further Images of the Royal Wedding

Here is a potpourri of images from the royal wedding in Sweden today...

Royal guests (according to the Royal Court) included, besides the King's four sisters and their living spouses: HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium; H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, T.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, T.R.H. Prince Joachim and Princess Marie; HRH Prince Nikolaos and HRH Princess Tatiana of Greece; HIH Princess Takamado of Japan; HM Queen Máxima of the Netherlands; H.M. Queen Sonja of Norway, T.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Mr. Ari Behn; T.R.H. The Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex; TRH Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria, T.R.H. Prince Manuel and Princess Anna of Bavaria; HH Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Mrs Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach and Mr Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach; HSH Prince Hubertus von Hohenzollern and HSH Princess Ute Maria von Hohenzollern.

Sweden: Biography of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

Prince Carl Philip's biography

HRH Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Mattias Edwall/
HRH Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Mattias Edwall/
Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden and Duke of Värmland, was born on 13 May 1979 at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. He was christened in the Royal Chapel on 31 August 1979, and was named Carl Philip Edmund Bertil.
His godparents were Price Bertil, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Princess Birgitta and Prince Leopold of Bayern.
Prince Carl Philip is The King and Queen's second oldest child. In accordance with the 1979 Act of Succession, which took effect on 1 January 1980, Prince Carl Philip is third in line to the throne after Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle.
The King and Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Claes Lewenhaupt.
The King and Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Claes Lewenhaupt.


Prince Carl Philip began preschool in Västerled in 1984. In autumn 1986, he started primary school at Smedslätt School in Bromma.
He completed his intermediate level education at Ålsten School in Bromma, and began his lower secondary education at Enskilda Upper Secondary School in Stockholm in autumn 1992.
In autumn 1994, The Prince began two years at Kent School, a private school in Connecticut, USA. The Prince studied the upper secondary level science programme at Lundsberg School, graduating in spring 1999.
The Prince ahead of his 18th birthday, 13 May 1997, at Drottningholm Palace. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT
The Prince ahead of his 18th birthday, 13 May 1997, at Drottningholm Palace. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Reservist in the Swedish Navy

The Prince completed his military service at the Amf 1 Amphibious Regiment in Vaxholm. He trained as a coxswain (Combat Boat 90). In 2001 and 2002, The Prince carried out his officer's training in the Swedish Navy.
During his training, he completed a voyage with the mine layer HMS Carlskrona. Prince Carl Philip graduated as a Second Lieutenant in December 2002. The Prince was appointed Captain in Stockholm in December 2007, and was appointed Major on 1 October 2014.

Forestry and agriculture

Prince Carl Philip studied agriculture and forestry in autumn 2008, and carried out work experience at Stenhammar Estate. The Prince studied at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp from 2009 until January 2012, when he completed his degree in agriculture.


The Prince is patron of organisations including the Lilla Barnets Fond children's fund, which supports medical research and the development of care for new-born babies in Sweden, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Swedish Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies.

Engagement and marriage

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist's engagement was announced on 27 June 2014. The wedding will take place on 13 June 2015 in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Sweden: Wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Ms Sophia

Stockholm served as witness today to the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Ms Sofia Heldqwist, who is now HRH Princess Sofia of Sweden.

The Aftonbaldet link below has several videos of the wedding proceedings:

The Royal Court's links:

UK: Trooping the Colour

HM The Queen's official birthday celebration took place today in London. Known as "Trooping the Colour," the ceremony always ends with the bulk of the royal family waving to the crowds gathered below the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

To everyone's delight, this was Prince George of Cambridge's first appearance on the balcony and the crowd responded to his wave with clear joy!

Four generations of English royals, from the left: The Prince of Wales, Prince George of Cambridge on the arms of his father the Duke of Cambridge and HM The Queen.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Saxony: The Margrave of Meißen Received by the Pope

Here are two more reports on the audience granted by His Holiness Pope Francis to HRH The Margrave of Meißen, who was accompanied by several members of his family!

New Book: "I Did It My Way," Memoirs of HH Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

I have been hard at work on various projects, books and magazines, that we expect to publish in the second half of 2015.

Presently, I an cooperating with HH Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha on his memoirs, which will be launched at our yearly ROYAL GATHERINGS in The Hague Conference on November 7-8, 2015!

This event will be followed by an official book presentation in Coburg!

Spain: The Deed is Done – No More Dukes of Palma de Mallorca!

It is official!

HM King don Felipe VI of Spain has stripped his sister the Infanta doña Cristina of the title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, which was granted to her at the time of her marriage (1997) to Iñaki Urdangarín. The wedding was celebrated with incredible pomp and circumstance in Barcelona, a city that has always had an important place in the beleaguered Infanta's heart!

This situation, which I am sure is extremely difficult for all involved, was brought about by the legal problems faced by Mr Urdangarín, who is accused of "exploiting his royal connections to win contracts and embezzle millions in public funds along with a former business partner." Doña Cristina, who was a member of the board of directors of the NOOS Foundation, is being accused of "two counts of being an accomplice to tax fraud."

On the one hand one must accept that all are equal under the law and the King cannot possibly cover for his brother-in-law's missteps. Doing so would be extremely detrimental to the image and integrity of the Crown for the institution above all must survive.

One hopes that these charges will eventually be proven false, although matters do  not seem to be going that way, which is terribly sad for the Infanta, her husband and their children. Surely, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía must be equally upset and concerned by the entire fiasco!

King Felipe Vi and his sister Infanta Cristina.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spain: King Felipe VI Revokes Sister's Ducal Title

Newspaper in Spain are announcing the news that apparently came from Zarzuela Palace – HRH the Infanta doña Cristina can no longer use the title of "Duchess of Palma de Mallorca." This also prevents her husband Iñaki Urdangarín from using the courtesy title of "Duke of Palma de Mallorca."

This is yet another low point for the couple, whose financial affairs have raised much criticism in Spain and landed them in court accused of abuse of power, influence peddling and misappropriation of funds.

This is serious business that can end by sending both Iñaki and Cristina to jail ... I find the entire mess simply heartbreaking and wish that the judicial process cleans their names. I cannot possibly imagine why someone in their position would do such a thing...

Sweden: A New Princess

Town and Country has done an interesting spread about Sofia Hellqwist, soon-wife-to-be of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hannover: Two Deaths in Quick Succession

It is with sadness that the Royal Family of Hannover announced the deaths the dynasty's two oldest members.

On June 1 HRH Princess Alexandra of Hannover (née Ysenburg-Büdingen) passed away. She was the widow of Prince Welf Heinrich of Hannover, an uncle of the current Head of House, Prince Ernst August.

She was born in Frankfurt in 1937, the only daughter of Fürst Otto zu Ysenburg-Büdingen (1904-1990) and of his wife Princess Felizitas Reuß (1914-1989). Alexandra had four brothers, all married with descendants.

Princess Alexandra and Prince Welf-Heinrich were childless.

Princess Alexandra and Prince Welf-Heinrich on their wedding day.

Then, three days later HRH Princess Monika of Hannover (née Solms-Laubach), stepmother of the current Head of House, Prince Ernst August, passed away.

Princess Monika, second wife of Prince Ernst August's father, also another Ernst August (1914-1987), was childless as well. She was born in Laubach in 1929 and married in 1981.

Princess Monika's parents were Count Georg Friedrich zu Solms-Laubach and his wife Princess Johanna of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich. She was the fourth of the couple's seven children, who included: Irene, wife of Fürst Siegfried of Castell-Rüdenhausen; and Otto, who married Princess Madeleine of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (a sister-in-law of Princess Benedikte of Denmark). One of Princess Monika's brothers, Karl, was killed in action in early 1945.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

UK: Photos of George and Charlotte of Cambridge Released!

Adorable pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge were released by Kensington Palace.

The images were taken by the proud mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Monday, June 1, 2015

EUROHISTORY: Issue CV (June 2015) in Preparation!

Today we received confirmation from our printer that finished copies of Issue CIV (April 2015) will be dispatched to our office in 2-3 weeks!

We will begin mailing those copies on the same day that they are delivered!

Meanwhile, we have started preparing Issue CV (June 2015) so we can send it to print in Mid-June and have the printer send it to us by Mid-July!

Inside Issue CV subscribers will read articles on:

1. Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, by Coryne Hall

2. Frederica of Hanover (Part 2), by Marlene Eilers Koenig

3. Who Is in the Photograph: A Gathering of Hessian Cousins, by Ilana D. Miller

4. Princess Catherine Radziwill, by Greg King and Janet Ashton

5. Royal News

6. Book Reviews

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