Friday, September 19, 2014

Saxe-Coburg & Gotha: Genealogical Information for Prince Philipp August's Descendants

Prince Philipp August left behind four children and four grandchildren...

1. Isabelle (b. 12/4/1969), m. Vienna, Austria on 27/4/2000 Michael Traimer, b. 26/2/1958.
Divorced: June 2012.


Johannes Traimer b. 11/10/2000
Jakob Traimer b. 27/7/2003

Katharina Bettina Traimer b.14/9/2005

2. Maximilian (b. 20/7/1972), m. Pogier, Austria on 12/8/2005, Christina Schnell, b. 12/6/1969.


Franziska Marie Princesessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, b. 10/5/2009 in Vienna, Austria

3. Alexander, b. 30/6/1978

4. Christina, b. 30/9/1995

Saxe-Coburg & Gotha: Prince Philipp August (1944-2014)+

Prince Philipp August of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha has died.

Born in Vienna in 1944, Philipp August was the only son of Prince Philipp Josias (1901-1985) and of his then girlfriend Sarah Hálasz (1914-1994). The couple were married four months after the birth of their son, an act that legitimized the baby.

Prince Philipp Josias was the fifth of eight children born to Prince August Leopold and to his wife, Archduchess Karoline of Austria-Tuscany. August Leopold was the second son of Prince Ludwig August (an older brother of King Ferdinand of Bulgaria) and his wife Princess Leopoldine of Brazil, herself the youngest daughter of Emperor Pedro II.

Philipp Josias inherited various family properties in Austria and Hungary, while also being one of the main beneficiaries of the Ferdinand von Coburg and Kohary Fideikomiss, two holding entities that were butchered by Czechoslovakia after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Among the properties Philipp Josias managed to retain were estates in Walterskirchen and the vast Coburg Palais in Vienna.

Eventually, the  once vast holdings of the Vienna Coburgs were reduced by war, family lawsuits and expropriation. Prince Philipp August spent his life farming what estates he had inherited from his father, as well as some inherited from his Uncle Ernst of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha.

Prince Philipp August married twice. His first wife was Bettina von Pfretschner (1944-1989), by whom he fathered three children: Isabella, Maximilian and Alexander. Bettina died of cancer in 1989. Two years later Philipp August remarried, his second wife being Rosemarie Jäger, by whom he had a daughter, Christina. Philipp August and Rosemarie were in the process of divorcing.

I first met Prince Philipp August in Vienna in the late 1990s. We had several conversations over the years and I encouraged him to visit Coburg and meet with his cousin Prince Andreas. They had never met until then. Philipp August eventually paid a visit to the crib of his dynasty and through the years remained in contact with Prince Andreas. This Spring, when Prince Andreas and I toured Coburg possessions in Austria, we intended to visit Philipp August. However, by then the brain tumor afflicting the poor man was too advanced and the visit had to be cancelled. In my last conversation with Prince Philipp August, he congratulated my efforts on behalf of the Coburg dynasty, "we owe you a great debt of gratitude," he said, "you have done for the Coburgs that which we ourselves failed to do, force us to stay in touch."

Prince Philipp August died on September 19, 2014. He is survived by his second wife (I believe the divorce had not been finalized), as well as by his four children and four grandchildren. Prince Alexander and Princess Christina remain unmarried, while Princess Isabella is divorced from Michael Traimer. Prince Maximilian and his wife have one daughter.

May He Rest in Peace...

Prince Philipp August of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

Monday, September 15, 2014

Romanov: + Prince Nicholas Romanovich Romanov (1922-2014)

Prince Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, President of the non-dynastic Romanov Family Association, has died. The prince had celebrated his ninety-second birthday the day before his death.

News of his passing came from his brother Prince Dmitri Romanovich, who resides in Denmark.

Nicholas was the eldest of two sons of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia (1896-1978) and his wife, the former Prascovia Cheremetev, member of a leading Russian aristocratic family. Prince Roman was the only son among four children of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (1864-1931) and of his wife Grand Duchess Militza, née Princess of Montenegro.

Roman Petrovich and his parents, as well as his Uncle Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, among others, was onboard the HMS Marlborough, the vessel tasked with transporting the Dowager Empress and several of her family members and retinue out of Russia.

Once in exile, the family settled in Cap d'Antibes, France, while frequently visiting Italy, where Militza's sister Elena, was the consort of King Vittorio Emanuele III. It was at Cap d'Antibes in fact, that Roman Petrovich married his wife Prascovia on 16 November 1921. Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, by then Head of the Imperial House did not extend recognition to the alliance and thus any children born to the couple lacked succession rights to the Imperial throne.

Nicholas Romanovich was born at Cap d'Antibes on September 13, 1922.

The family eventually moved to Italy, where Nicholas Romanovich attended school. It is said that in 1942, Fascists asked Nicholas Romanovich to accept the crown of occupied Montenegro, the kingdom once ruled by his great-grandfather, and namesake, Nicholas Petrovich. The young man rejected the invitation and instead in 1944 actively participated in actions against Italy's Nazi occupation forces.

When the Italian monarchy fell in 1946, the family of Prince Roman Petrovich followed their Italian royal cousins into exile, landing in Egypt, where they resided for some time. It was while there that Grand Duchess Militza died in 1951. Later that year, Nicholas Romanovich married Countess Sveva della Gherardesca, a member of an old Italian aristocratic family.

Nicholas Romanovich and Sveva were to become the parents of three daughters: Natalia, Elisabeth and Tatiana. They spent the year between homes in Switzerland and Tuscany.

In 1979, Nicholas Romanovich, who did not get on with Grand Duke Wladimir Kirillovich, was among the morganatic Romanov signatories at the creation of the Romanov Family Association (RAF). Ten years later, after the death of Prince Vassili Alexandrovich of Russia, he became the President of the Association, a role he served until his death. The RFA plays a role in charitable endeavors and projects in Russia.

In 1998, at the reburial of Tsar Nicholas II and some of his family members, Nicholas Romanovich played the leading role.

I interviewed Nicholas Romanovich several times. He was among the early supporters of my own endeavors to publish the European Royal History Journal (EUROHISTORY). He was always extremely kind and quite approachable, as has been his brother Dmitri Romanovich. Prince Nicholas knew that I was a fervent supporter of Wladimir Kirillovich and of his daughter, and heir, Grand Duke Maria Wladimirovna. We had many a spirited telephone conversation about the topic, but always remained cordial to the other and respectful of one's position on this cantankerous issue.

Nicholas Romanovich rests in peace now...he had a productive life!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UK: The Prince of Wales's Reaction to Become a Grandfather, AGAIN!

Interesting to read that Prince Charles expressed his own opinion in spite of palace forces cautioning him not.

Good for him...I personally would replace most of the officers inside BP, mummies with little touch with reality!

Friday, September 5, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Mailing The Nassaus of Luxembourg!

EUROHISTORY: Mailing of The Nassaus of Luxembourg!

The bulk of copies printed of this great book arrived yesterday afternoon!

Mailing began in earnest this morning...

With 400+ photos and a great narrative, this promises to become THE book on the Luxembourgs!

Mailing, mailing, mailing!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


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EUROHISTORY: New Book on Sale at AMAZON – The Nassaus of Luxembourg

We are tremendously pleased to announce that our latest production, Kassandra and Sabrina Pollock's THE NASSAUS OF LUXEMBOURG, is now on sale at AMAZON!

Sales of this much-anticipated book began early today and already some copies have sold this morning!

We hope that you will enjoy this volume, the 18th book published by EUROHISTORY, the Pollocks's first. Both sisters are currently working on new projects to be published by EUROHISTORY: Queen Maria Pia of Portugal and the Royal House of Savoy!

Kassandra and Sabrina Pollock are also regular contributors to our bi-monthly magazine, The European Royal History Journal (ERHJ – EUROHISTORY). They have been lecturers several times at our yearly royalty conference in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As always...Enjoy the reading!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Designing "Marie Pavlovna"

After receiving approval of our edits to "Marie Pavlovna," the excellent book by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova, we started this morning laying out the text!

The EUROHISTORY version of the book will be 40 pages longer than the Russian version published by St. Petersburg's renowned publishing house, Liki Rossii.

The "Western" version of the biography of the indomitable Grand Duchess Vladimir will also be hardbound and glossy-paged.

Stay tuned...more news to come as we work on getting the book to print!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Cover of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna

The cover of our upcoming biography of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, authored by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova, is now ready!

The book will have 200 glossy pages containing more than 300 images of the Grand Duchess, her family, world and residences.

This book promises to be, easily, one of our best productions yet!