Sunday, September 27, 2015

New book for sale – ROYAL EXILES IN CANNES: The Bourbons of the Two Sicilies of the Villa Marie Therese!

Finally here and available for immediate delivery!

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERHJ Issue CVI Nearly Ready!

Dear ERHJ Subscribers and ERHJ Blog visitors,

As we prepare to meet here for our 18th Royal Gatherings in San Francisco Royal Conference, I am delighted to share with you news about EUROHISTORY!

Issue CV (June 2015) was finally delivered this afternoon!

We begin mailing the magazine on Monday!

Also, we are nearly finished with Issue CVI (August 2015), which we will mail to the printer on Tuesday!

Inside EUROHISTORY CVI, Volume 18.4 (August 2015), we have included the following articles:

1. The Longest-reigning British Monarch  – HM The Queen, by Katrina Warne.

2. The Best King Bavaria Never Had – Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria (Part II), by Coryne Hall.

3. Who Is In the Photograph – The Kents, by Ilana D. Miller.

4. Beatriz, Jaime and Juan – Spanish Royal Marriages in 1935, by Marlene Eilers Koenig.

5. Perfect Liar – The Extraordinary Life of Princess Catherine Radziwill, by Greg King and Janet Ashton.

6. Obituary – HRH the Prince of Tirnovo, by Arturo E. Beéche.

7. Book Reviews, by Coryne Hall.

8. Royal News.

If you wish to subscribe, you can do so at AMAZON:

EUROHISTORY is also available at Hoogstraten English Bookstore in The Hague:

And at Librairie Galignani in Paris:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

+ Alexandra, Duchess of Croÿ (1960-2015)

It is with the deepest sadness that I personally communicate to all our readers the untimely death of a dear friend, Alexandra, Duchess of Croÿ.

She was born at Schloß Sünching on July 7, 1960, the daughter of Serafim Miloradovich and of his wife Baroness Agnes von Hoenning O'Carroll. Alexandra's maternal grandfather was Baron Zdenko Hoenning O'Carroll, whose second wife was Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria (1917-2004). Due to this connection, Alexandra and her sisters were raised in close contact with members of the Royal Family of Bavaria. Hence, it came as no surprise that she eventually caught the eye of Hereditary Prince Rudolf of Croÿ, eldest son of Duke Carl and of his wife, Princess Gabriele of Bavaria, one of the many daughters of Crown prince Rupprecht and of his second wife, the former Princess Antonia of Luxembourg. Alexandra's mother-in-law and step-grandmother were first cousins!

Rudolf and Alexandra were married at Schloß Sünching in October 1987. Two years later she gave birth to their first child, Carl-Philipp. Eventually, five other children came along: Xenia, Marc, Heinrich, Alexander and Anastasia. The family lived at Merfeld, near Düllmen. There they built a happy and loving environment in which their children thrived. Alexandra, who was very gregarious, loved having a house full of guests, and in so doing she proved to be an amazing hostess. From the wines she served to the food regaled on us her guests, not to mention the enjoyable repertoire before, during and after dinner, visiting the couple will remain one of my most cherished memories.

I first met Alexandra many years ago at her mother-in-law's home, just a stone's throw from the main house at Merfeld. Princess Gabriele had sent me an invitation to join her and Duke Carl for dinner during an upcoming trip to Europe. We were four at lunch on the day I visited: the Dukes of Croÿ, Hereditary Princess Alexandra and me. During lunch, Alexandra was very interested in my work. Once we finished lunch, she invited me to her home, where we spent hours talking away. From then on, we remained frequent correspondents and I eventually became a guest a her home. One time she even sent to me a paper that one of her sons had written for school. "Please, Arturo, can you double check it, I want to make sure that it is all correct," she said. The paper was excellent and I believe we even published it in the magazine!

My last visit was last year and I never expected that it would be the last time I saw her.

Earlier this year, Alexandra and I talked and she asked when I was going to come visit them next. I promised to come stay right after the Third Royal Gatherings in The Hague (

 I was shocked when I read that she had died yesterday. I am still in quite a bit of a shock, besides terribly saddened at the loss of such an amazingly joyful friend. Her zest for life was unmatched!

Earlier today, I heard from two of her sons. The funeral will be on October 3 at St. Jakobus Church near Düllmen.

Although I will likely be unable to join them, I want to render testimony to the life of a wonderful woman ... I will miss her very, very much. I hope God provides her dear husband and lovely children with the solace and comfort they need as they experience this terrible loss.

My heart and soul are with them...May She Rest in Peace!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EUROHISTORY: New Book: I did it my way ... Memoirs of Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

The long-awaited reminiscences of the Head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha went to the printer yesterday!

I did it my way ... Memoirs of Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha promises to become one of those books that one "must" have in one's royalty collection. Candid, insightful and filled with family detail, the book is simply fantastic!

The book is 248 pages and has more than 300 photos, countless of them from the private collections of Prince Andreas!

We expect to present the book at our yearly conference in The Netherlands, Royal Gatherings in The Hague, hosted by EUROHISTORY and Hoogstraten English Bookstore. The conference is on November 7-8, 2015 and we expect to count with Prince Andreas' participation!

EUROHISTORY: Royal Gatherings in The Hague

Join us at the 3rd Royal Gatherings in The Hague Conference!

We will gather at the Park Hotel, in The Hague, November 7-8, where nine lectures and a book presentation will take place.

Joining us will be HH Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Arturo Beéche (who helped His Highness in the writing of his memoirs).

I did it my way .... The Memoirs of HH Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha will be presented at the gathering and Prince Andreas and Mr. Beéche will be present to autograph copies!

Join us ... space is limited ... don't delay!



We sent the magazine's PDF file to the printer in early July. They were expected to send the magazines to us by early August!

Apparently, they had some major press malfunction and they got ridiculously backed up. Not just with Issue 3-2015, but also with the next book, ROYAL EXILES IN CANNES. It has been quite frustrating, but it is what it is!

Issue CV (3-2015) finally shipped to us yesterday. We expect it here by Friday and will begin mailing it immediately!

ROYAL EXILES IN CANNES is expected to ship on September 29 and arrive here some time the week of October 5, a full two months late!

We are busy with the next book, "I did it my way ... " – THE MEMOIRS OF PRINCE ANDREAS OF SAXE-COBURG AND GOTHA, which we released to the printer yesterday and also with Issue CVI (August 2015), which is releasing to the printer in a week!

Never a lazy moment here!