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Monday, November 24, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Issue CI – Volume 17.5 – October 2014

We are about to send to print the next issue of EUROHISTORY!

Issue CI (Volume 17.5) will include the following articles:

1. George and Marina – A True Love Match, by Coryne Hall

2. A Royal Gathering in Denmark, by Ilana D. Miller

3. Hannover and Great Britain – The Personal Union: 1714-1837, by Katrina Warne

4. Aunt Gloucester – The Life of Queen Victoria's Aunt, Princess Mary, by Colin Parrish

5. Book Reviews

6. Royal News


We expect the magazine to be delivered at our office on December 1, mailing to begin that same afternoon.

Issue CII (Volume 17.6) will begin preparation in earnest as well since we wish to mail it to all subscribers before Christmas!

Our next book, QUEEN MARIA PIA OF PORTUGAL, will follow the publication of Issue CII...stay tuned!

Enjoy!




Thursday, November 20, 2014

ARISTOCRACY: + The Duchess of Alba (1926-2014)

Doña María del rosario (Cayetana) Fitz-Jamas Stuaert y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba, has died earlier today.

Born in Madrid's splendid Palacio de Liria in 1926, Cayetana was the only child of don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó (1878-1953), 17th Duke of Alba, and of his wife, doña María del Rosario Falcó y Guturbay, Marquesa de San Vicente del Barco (1900-1934), herself the only daughter and heir of the Duke and Duchess of Hijar.

Jacobo, Jimmy to his friends, was a great-nephew of the Empress Eugenie, widow of Emperoe Napoléon III. As such, Jimmy Alba was the recipient of a sizable portion of his great-aunt's vast wealth, which simply came to  further enrich the monumental legacy owned by the Dukes of Alba. All of these inherited fortunes and titles eventually came to rest on the shoulders of Cayetana, who in 1953 succeeded her father in all his titles.

Raised in close proximity to the court of King Alfonso XIII, both in Madrid and in exile, Cayetana vigorously retained her links to the Bourbon dynasty, counting former King Juan Carlos as one of her trusted friends.

In 1947, Cayetana married don Luis Martínez de Irujo, one of the sons of the Duke of Sotomayor, thus combining in the bloodline of their offspring some of Spain's most prestigious and ancient lineages. Don Luis and Doña Cayetana were to become the parents of six children: Carlos, Duke of Huéscar, who will petition to succeed bis mother as 19th Duke of Alba; Alfonso, Duke of Aliaga, once married to Princess María of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Jacobo, Count of Siruela; Fernando, Marqués de San Vicente del Barco; Cayetano, Count of Salvatierra; and Eugenia, Duchess of Montoro. Together, Cayetana and Luis' children provided them with nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Luis, however, did not live long enought to witness the family's growth. He died of cancer in 1972.

A few years later doña Cayetana remarried, her choice raising more than a few eyebrows among her aristocratic friends. Her second husband, don Jesús Aguirre, was a former Jesuit priest with a deep interest in theology. In spite of much criticism, the couple were married in 1978 and remained devoted to the other until his death in 2001. In spite of being born from an illegitimate liaison, a fact many in Spain criticized, Jesús was a great companion to his wife and very effectively contributed to the management of her vast business interests.

Seven years after her second husband's death, Cayetana, by then famous for her deep disregard of conventional manners and customs, married a third time. In 2011 Cayetana and Alfonso Diez married in Seville. Prior to the marriage he had renounced to any claim to her fortune and title if Cayetana, 24 years his senior, was to predecease him. Signing of this agreement put an end to her children's opposition to the marriage, a task for which they also relied on the assistance of King Juan Carlos.

Besides being one of Europe's mort titled aristocrats, Cayetana Alba was also the proprietor of a vast fortune that has been estimated to be between €600 million and €3.5 billion, This wealth is composed by real estate, investments and a historical legacy of incalculable worth, among them letters from Christopher Columbus, one of my ancestors. In fact, in 2007 when I was a guest at the Palacio de Liria, her son Fernando kindly showed me portions of the Colón (Columbus) collection. That evening spent at the Palacio de Liria admiring priceless works of art remains one of the most vivid memories stored in my mind.

MY condolences go to Fernando, Marqués de San Vicente del Barco, and to his siblings, Spain has lost one of her national treasures.

May Cayetana Alba rest in peace, but her legacy live forever!


Doña Cayetana with King Alfonso XIII during his Italian exile.

Doña Cayetana in typical Spanish mantilla.

Doña Cayetana and don Luis on their wedding day, 1947. The New York Times called their wedding "the most expensive" ever organized.

The  Dukes of Alba and their six children.

Doña Caytena dancing Flamenco, one of her passions.

The Duchess of Alba posing in front of Goya's famous painting of a previous Duchess of Alba.

The Duchess of Alba greets her English cousins, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, while King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcome her at the royal palace.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna Selling!

Amazon began selling the latest EUROHISTORY book, Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, this morning!


Authored by Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova, using rare archival information obtained from various Russian sources, as well as sources in Europe and the United States, renowned Russian authors Galina Korneva and Tatiana Cheboksarova have pieced together the first biography of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, the indomitable "Aunt Miechen." Daughter-in-law, sister-in-law and amiable aunt of Russia's last three stars, Marie Pavlovna enjoyed an enviable position in the highest echelons of pre-Revolutionary Russian society and cultural life. A patron of the greatest jewelers and designers of her time, Marie Pavlovna also spent considerable efforts on endless charities. Her energy was legendary, as was her raveling, spending and meddling in the highest affairs of the empire.This is a spell-binding biography. Illustrated with more than 400 photos, many donated by her descendants, this biography promises to be unequaled!

Don;t miss out on what promises to be one of the best books ever written on the indomitable "Aunt Miechen,": Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0985460369


Monday, October 27, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Second Royal Gatherings Conference, The Hague, November 8-9, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Royal Gatherings, The Hague, November 8-9, 2014

Our second royalty conference, ROYAL GATHERINGS, will take place on November 8-9, 2014, in The Hague's elegant Park Hotel, with views of the royals gardens of Noordeinde Palace!

Eurohistory and Hoogstraten English Bookstore, joined by Rosvall Royal Books, present to guests the following schedule and lectures:

Saturday, November 8

 9:15-10:00am – Opening and introductions

10:00-10:45am – APAPA: King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Anna of Hannover, by Bearn Bilker

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm– Queen Wilhelmina and Her British Governess, by Renny van Heuven

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – Notabilities: Royalty and Celebrities in the late 19th Century, by Ted Rosvall

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna: Aunt Miechen, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.


Sunday, November 9

9:15-10:00am – Opening words, coffee

10:00-10:45am – The Royal House of Bavaria, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Royal Jewels, by Bjarne Steen Jensen

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm – Schloß: The Fascinating Royal History of 25 German Castles, by Susan Symons

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – The Lesser-known Coburgs, by Arturo E. Beéche

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – The Vladimir Villa in Tsarskoe Selo, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.


Space is limited. We have 6 remaining spots. If interested, do not hesitate to contact us. Also, you can print the form attached and send it to us at: books@eurohistory.com or aebeeche@mac.com


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EUROHISTORY: San Francisco Royalty Conference 2014

I am posting this for all to read. It is the same message sent to those attending the conference...

The Doubletree has the rooms under each one of you who chose to stay there.

On Friday night, Dave and I are hosting you all to dinner at our home. We will fetch you from the DOUBLETREE at 630-645pm.

Upon check-in, give the hotel your name. The rooming bill will be due upon check-out. You are paying the hotel directly for your room expenses (nights, restaurants, etc...)


Hotel Information:

Doubletree Hotel Berkeley Marina
200 Marina Blvd
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phon: 510-548-7920



The Doubletreee told me that the hotel has a shuttle every hour from the NORTH BERKELEY BART Station!

On Saturday (October 18) we will get together in the conference room at: 915am

We will hear lectures on:

Fat Mary: Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck
A Royal Gathering in 1892
Prince Oddone of Savoy
The Coronation of Nicholas II
The American Curtis Sisters and the Bourbon Succession


On Sunday (October 19) we will get together at: 10:00am

We will hear lectures on:

Infanta Eulalia: Unlucky Number Twelve
Coldness in the Palace: Queen Maria Pia and Queen Amelie of Portugal
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
The Coburgs Cursed
A Right Royal Mess: The Disputed Saxon Succession



Sunday night, we will be glad to have you come to our home and we can do what traditionally we have done, order Chinese food!

See you here...if anyone is interested in joining us, call Eurohistory!

Arturo Beéche, Publisher
The EuroHistory Journal
Kensington House Books
6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights CA 94805-1618
Phone: 510-236-1730



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eurohistory: Link to Our Growing List of Royal Books

Here is the AMAZON link to our always growing list of royal books!

http://erhj.blogspot.com/2013/07/eurohistory-link-to-our-books-selling.html

Soon, readers will find the link for our newest production, GRAND DUCHESS MARIE PAVLOVNA, which AMAZON will begin selling at the end of October.

We are also working on a link that allows readers to purchase subscriptions to EUROHISTORY, our magazine, from AMAZON.

Stay tuned...





Saturday, October 11, 2014

EUROHISTORY: Royal Gatherings, The Hague, November 8-9, 2014

Our second royalty conference, ROYAL GATHERINGS, will take place on November 8-9, 2014, in The Hague's elegant Park Hotel, with views of the royals gardens of Noordeinde Palace!

Eurohistory and Hoogstraten English Bookstore, joined by Rosvall Royal Books, present to guests the following schedule and lectures:

Saturday, November 8

 9:15-10:00am – Opening and introductions

10:00-10:45am – APAPA: King Christian IX of Denmark and His Descendants, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Anna of Hannover, by Bearn Bilker

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm– Queen Wilhelmina and Her British Governess, by Renny van Heuven

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – Notabilities: Royalty and Celebrities in the late 19th Century, by Ted Rosvall

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna: Aunt Miechen, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.


Sunday, November 9

9:15-10:00am – Opening words, coffee

10:00-10:45am – The Royal House of Bavaria, by Coryne Hall

10:45-11:00am – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

11:00-11:45am – Royal Jewels, by Bjarne Steen Jensen

11:45-12:00 – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

12:00-2:00pm – LUNCH (The area around the hotel is filled with unique restaurants and the shop at Hoogstraten English Bookstore will be open for attendees to peruse and find books for their personal libraries)

2:00-2:45pm – Schloß: The Fascinating Royal History of 25 German Castles, by Susan Symons

2:45-3:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

3:00-3:45pm – The Lesser-known Coburgs, by Arturo E. Beéche

3:45-4:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

4:00-4:45pm – The Vladimir Villa in Tsarskoe Selo, by Galina Korneva

4:45-5:00pm – Question and Answer (coffee and tea available at the back of the conference room)

5:00-5:30pm – Authors Coryne Hall, Galina Korneva, Tatiana Cheboksarova, Bjarne Steen Jensen, Ted Rosvall, Susan Symons and Arturo E. Beéche will be available for signing your books.


Space is limited. We have 6 remaining spots. If interested, do not hesitate to contact us. Also, you can print the form attached and send it to us at: books@eurohistory.com or aebeeche@mac.com






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SERBIA: Eightieth Anniversary of the Assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia

Crown Prince marks the eightieth anniversary of the tragic assassination of his grandfather,
HM King Alexander
 I

Belgrade, October 8, 2014 - On the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the tragic assassination of HM King Alexander I, King of Yugoslavia and Louis Barthou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, tomorrow, Thursday, the 9th of October, 2014, a commemorative ceremony will be held in Marseilles. Beside Crown Prince Alexander II, who will lay a wreath at the monument to his grandfather King Alexander I and Louis Barthou, at the ceremony in Marseilles at 11:00, the commemoration will be attended by the French Minister Harlem Désir, as well as by the official delegation of Serbia.
On the same day, at 18:00, Crown Prince Aleksandar II will lay a wreath at the grave of his grandfather in the Royal Family mausoleum church of St. George in Oplenac, after which at the Royal Palace at 19:00 the exhibition dedicated to the eightieth anniversary of the tragic assassination of the Knights of King Unifier will be opened.
Schedule:
11:00 – The commemorative ceremony in Marseilles
11:35 – Laying flowers at the memorial plaque located exactly at the spot where King Alexander I and Minister Louis Barthou were assassinated
18:00 – Crown Prince lays a wreath at the tomb of King Alexander I, in a Royal Family mausoleum church of St. George in Oplenac
Media representatives are invited to the official opening of the exhibition dedicated to the 80 anniversary of the assassination of King Alexander I, which will be opened by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II at the Royal Palace at 19:00.
We are kindly asking media representatives to follow this important event.


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