Monday, September 29, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Issue C ... Our centennial issue ... In Preparation!

Dear Subscribers,

It is with great pleasure, and no small sense of awe, and yes even accomplishment, that we bring you news about our 100th issue!

EUROHISTORY began with an issue first published in September 1997.

Through many growing pains, sweat and even tears, we have remained in publication. Economic collapse affecting our country, Europe, the world economy even, did not stop us. The illness a few years ago of our founder simply served to make his determination to continue work on royal studies even stronger.

Today, as we begin the final push to complete Issue C, our Centennial Issue, we must thank you all for the undivided support we have received from you through good and bad times. Your sponsorship of EUROHISTORY makes it all possible!

Inside our Centennial Issue readers will find the second half of articles dedicated to the start of the the First World War:

1. A Russian Summer, Part II – by Greg King.

2. Belgium and the start of the Great War – by Coryne Hall.

3. Who's in the Photograph: A Grouping Deeply Affected by the Great War – by Ilana Miller.

4. What Will the "Fox" Do – By Arturo E. Beéche.

5. The World's Peace Torn to Shreds: Romania and Greece – By Marlene Eilers Koenig.

6. “Some damn silly thing in the Balkans:” Montenegro, Serbia and Italy, and the Outbreak of War in 1914 – By Janet Ashton.

The magazine will head to the printer a week from today. US subscribers may have their copies by October 11, as long as the printer suffers no delays.

Enjoy...and once again, many thanks for making our dreams possible!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna ... an inside peek ...

As the latest Eurohistory - Liki Rossii production is off to the printer, we thought you would be interested in peeking inside this magnificently illustrated and meticulously researched book by renowned Russian authors Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova.


PS: The book will be sold at, AMAZON, MAJESTY Magazine, Hoogstraten English Bookstore, Rosvall Royal Books, Librairie Galignani and the Hillwood Museum.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna Off to Printer's!

Delighted to inform our readers that the latest collaboration between Liki Rossii and EUROHISTORY, Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna (co-authored by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova), is off to our printer!

The book has 248 pages and more than 300 images illustrating various aspects of the indomitable Marie Pavlovna. These unique photographs, many from Russian archives, document her life, work, jewels, palaces, children and grandchildren, in-laws, family, travels, etc...

This is simply our most beautiful book yet...

Marie Pavlovna will go on sale in about one month!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

France: A Sad and Neverending Family Quarrel

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After a brief lull ending twelve years of legal proceedings, the battle begins again around the movable property of the late Count of Paris, who died in 1999. While his nine children won their lawsuit against the Fondation St. Louis one year ago, nothing has been returned to them: Not a bowl, not a chair, not a single painting was recovered by the Orléans siblings after the neverending legal fight.
Even though the judgment in favor of the Orléans children has not been appealed, transfer of these heirlooms could have already taken place. The last wishes of the late Count of Paris (1908-1999), who apparently had deep seeded hatred for his children, had transferred invaluable assets to the foundation he had previously Some argued that Henri made the transfer to protect the cultural integrity of the family's legacy; while others blamed his dislike of many of his children as the main reason behind his actions. However, the donation was canceled in September 2013, due to ill-conceived motives, according to the judges.
But, like a bad dream, when the royal children - and also a grandson, Robert d'Orléans - were finally able to get their hands on the legacy, calculated to be worth tens of millions of euros, they were prevented ... by one of their own. Reportedly, His Royal Highness Prince Jean d'Orléans, a grandson of the late the Count of Paris, opposes this ruling.
This sudden rebuff is not linked to the desire of this descendant to preserve the last wishes of his grandfather. Those involve din the case argue that the legal actions of Jean d'Orléans are worn, more simply, by material considerations. He also wants to take advantage of the family's large inheritance. While the judgment was handed down in September 2013, he now claims a share of the cake that his aunts and uncles, as well as his father, Henri d'Orléans, would share without him.
So, last spring, he filed a court summons to them. Quarrels from father to son "therefore continue under the roof of the royal family: Henri of Orléans, who had argued with his father, is TODAY attacked by his son ... To believe that the words of the Count of Paris, before his death, are like a spell that would take effect: "I will only leave you hatred," he shouted at one his daughters.
Moreover, when the lawsuit filed by Prince Jean d'Orléans became known, it had the effect of a cold shower on the Orléans siblings, who were certainly stunned, but are determined to defend themselves. Beloved by his grandfather and grandmother, who had bequeathed him a quarter of her estate, this assertive prince has nothing,  they argue, to claim. In May 2004, Prince Jean d'Orléans had indeed signed a deal in which he agreed not question any of the inheritance if the course of justice turned in favor of the heirs. In exchange, he received 300,000 euros.
But the financial appetite is now awakened! The press has estimated that the equivalent of tens of millions of euros may be falling into the family purse. "He asks today the implementation of the will of his grandmother. Today he is aggrieved by this transaction, "said his lawyer, Jacques Trémolet de Villers, who still hopes that a settlement would be reached.
But defending an uncle and an aunt of Jean d'Orléans, Mr. Olivier Baratelli is furious: "Their nephew, who has already received about 2 million euros, is guided only by greed. It is far from the royal virtues and republican principles we tried to inculcate in the family!," he growls.
Given this new imbroglio, movable assets that the heirs of the Count of Paris should have been restored will remain, for now, in the hands of the St. Louis Foundation. Fragile, unique, priceless, they are sleeping in the coffers of Munigarde, a service of the Crédit Municipal de Paris, specializing in the conservation of works of art. The institution retains the portraits of Louis XIII and Louis XIV child by Philippe de Champaigne, sketchbook Louis XIV realized at the age of 7 years. Another treasures include: the portrait of the Duchess of Orléans, the manuscript of the statutes of the order of St. Michael dating from the late fifteenth century ... However, not considering itself the owner of the Orléans treasures,. because of last year's judgment,  the foundation claims the heirs must pay reimbursement for the safekeeping of the artwork that it continues to keep until a final decision ... "A bill of more than € 18,000 has already been sent to us," thundered Mr. Baratelli, who cares about the wallet to his customers. 

This new standoff could again take years.
The Duke and Duchess de Vendôme

The Count and Countess of Paris

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oldenburg: Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg (1923-2014)+


H.R.H. Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg (1923-2014).  Succeeded his father on April 3, 1970.  He is the son of Hereditary Grand Duke Nicholas (1897-1970) and his wife Princess Helene of Waldeck und Pyrmont ((1899-1948).  He married at Kreuzwertheim am Main, Germany, on August 7, 1951, Princess Ameli of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg (b. 1923), daughter of Fürst Udo (1896-1980) and his wife Countess Margarete of Castell-Castell (1899-1969).  Duke Anton-Günther and Duchess Ameli ha two children: Duchess Helene (1953) and Duke Christian (1955), who is married to Countess Caroline von Rantzau, by whom he has four children: Alexander (b. 1990), Philipp (b. 1991), Anton (b. 1993) and Katharina (b. 1997).

The Head of House Oldenburg was very active in several spheres. for besides being in charge for decades of the family properties and their successful administration, he supported music festival and equine events in Lenshan and around Northern Germany.

Duke Anton-Günther passed away in Hamsdorf, Germany, on September 20, 2014. He was head of House Oldenburg for over forty-four years and his marriage lasted sixty-three years!

His funeral will take place in Oldenburg's Lambertikirche on October 4, 2014. His remains will be laid to rest in the family mausoleum in Oldenburg.

Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg.

Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg.

Grand Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg and his family.
From left: Duchess Elisabeth holding Princess Altburg (who married Fürst Josias of Waldeck und Pyrmont), Princess Ingeborg (who married Prince Stephan of Schaumburg-Lippe), Grand Duke Friedrich August, Princess Sophie Charlotte (who firstly married Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia) and Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus, father of the late Duke Anton-Günther.

The family of Hereditary Grand Duke Nikolaus of Oldenburg.
From left: Princess Eilika (who married Fürst Emich zu Leiningen); Hereditary Grand Duchess Helene holding Duke Friedrich August (who firstly married Princess Marie-Cecile of Prussia, and secondly Countess Donata zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, widow of her the brother of her second husband's first wife); Duke Peter (who married Princess gertrud zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg) holding Duke Egilmar (unmarried); Princess Rixa (who died after a fall from a horse three years after this image was taken) and Duke Anton-Günther. Hereditary Grand Duchess Helene gave birth to three more children, before dying in 1948: Altburg (b. 1938), who married Baron Rüdiger von Erffa; Huno (b. 1940), who married Countess Felicitas-Anita von Schwerin von Krosigk; and Johann (b. 1940), his brother's twin, and he married Countess Ilka von Ortenburg.  Duke Johann's eldest child, Duchess Eilika, is married to Archduke Georg of Austria, the youngest son of the late Archduke Otto of Austria.

 Duke Anton-Günther of Oldenburg.

Eurohistory press communiqué!

SAXE-COBURG & GOTHA: Mass and Funeral of Prince Philipp August

The children of Prince Philipp August, who passed away in Ebenthal (on September 18, 2014), after a long illness have provided us the information attached to this notice. "After enduring with exemplary patience and strength his illness, he has returned home...provided with the holy sacraments," reads the death announcement released by the family.

Prince Philipp, who was recently divorced from his second wife, will be remembered on September 29, 2014, at the Feuerhalle Wien.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at the parish church in Walterskirchen, Austria, on October 10, 2014.

May He Rest in Peace...

Prince Philipp August of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

Schloß Walterskirchen
©Maximilian Sachsen-Coburg & Gotha

Death Notice
©Maximilian Sachsen-Coburg & Gotha

Friday, September 19, 2014

EUROHISTORY: The Coburgs of Europe

As of today, two months after THE COBURGS OF EUROPE was published, we have sold 77% of the print run...just AMAZING!

Thanks go out to all our readers and resellers for making this success a reality!

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 18, 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