Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A First Baby for the Duke and Duchess d'Anjou

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess d'Anjou announced on his website that they are expecting their first child. The birth is anticipated for February 2012.

Prince Charles Philippe d'Orléans is the eldest son of Prince Michel of France, Count d'Evreux, and of the former Beatrice Pasquier de Franclieu. Prince Michel is one of the eleven children of the late Count and Countess of Paris. He has a twin brother, Prince Jacques, Duke d'Orléans.

The father-to-be has two older sisters: Clotilde (b. 1968) married since 1993 to Edouard Crépy (b. 1969), and Adelaïde (b. 1971) married since 2002 to Pierre-Louis Dailly. The Duke d'Anjou also has a younger brother, Prince François, well-known in Madrid and Paris.

Charles-Philippe (b. 1973) married at Evora, Portugal on 21 Jun 2008 Diana Alvares Pereira de Melo, Duquesa de Cadaval (b. 1978). The couple is very active in myriad Catholic charities and maintains a busy social life to boot.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Royalty on the Cheap

Sure, Kate wears Zara. And buys Frosted Flakes. But are she and the rest of the royal gang really "just like us"?

More and more so everyday, says "The Today Show." Between grocery shopping at the local supermarket and repeating an outfit (or twenty), the Duchess of Cambridge has demonstrated her thrifty side since ascending to royalty.

It's all part of a royal-wide trend towards frugality and a down-to-earth lifestyle.
Will and Kate flew home from cousin Zara Phillips' wedding to Mike Tindall this past weekend on a budget airline, sitting among the common folk in coach and spending a mere $62 on each ticket, reported AOL Travel.

Prince Harry also roughed it on a cheap flight, flying on the most low-budget of the budget airlines, EasyJet (a harrowing experience if there ever was one -- we've done it). The cost of his ticket? $80.

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The Huffingtonpost Report – Potsdam

Interestingly enough, the Potsdam Royal Wedding of this past weekend even made it into the HuffingtonPost...

More Photos from Potsdam's Royal Wedding


 Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia

 Duchess  Elizabeth in Bavaria, Duchess Marie Caroline and Duke Philipp of Württemberg

 Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia

 Prince and Princess Karl Emich of Leiningen

 Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania 

 Count Rudolf Schönburg-Glauchau, Princess Marie Louise of Prussia and their children, Count Friedrich and Countess Sophie

Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

 Archduchess Eilika, Archduke Georg and Archduchess Gabriella of Austria

 Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria

 Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden

 The Duke and Duchess of Calabria

 The Duke and Duchess of Bragança

 Prince Jaime and Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma

 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Grand Duke George Michaelovich of Russia

 Princess Sophie of Prussia

 Duchess Donata of Oldenburg,with her children Prtince Georg Friedrich and Princess Cornelie-Cecilie of Prussia

 Prince Laurent of Belgium

 The Fürst and Fürstin of Scahumburg-Lippe

 Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with their sons

 Princess Sybilla of Luxembourg with the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden

Duke Eduard and Duchess Corinna of Ahalt

Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria and her husband Mr. Daniel Terberger

 The Hereditary Prince and Princess of Lippe

The bride's sisters and their families: The Fürst and Fürstin of Wied with their children; Archduke Martin and Archduchess Katharina of Austria with their sons

 Prince Alexander and Princess Gisela of Saxony

 Camila, Duchess of Calabria

 Count Björn Bernadotte and wife

 Prince Franz Wilhelm and Princess Susann of Prussia

 Duke Franz of Bavaria

 Landgraf Moritz of Hesse

The Fürst and Fürstin of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Alois -Konstantin and his wife the former Princess Anastasia of Prussia

The Newlyweds

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg/Hohenlohe-Bartenstein Wedding Postponed

The other "royal"wedding scheduled for today, that of Prince Christian zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Princess Alice zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, was postponed due to a serious illness the bride's mother is facing.

Fürstin zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein's condition is the source if much anguish and worry to her family and friends!

Schloss Bartenstein

TIRH Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia

Wedding photo of TIRH Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia.

Potsdam Wedding

RBB Televisison had a lived feed of the wedding of HIRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and of HSH Princess Sophie of Isenburg.

The wedding ceremony took placed earlier today at Potsdam's famed Friedenkirche, and was attended by a large number of royalties and aristocrats from among the Gotha: Anhalt, Austria, Baden, Bavaria, Belgium, Castell-Castell, Castell-Rüdenhausen, Great Britain, Hannover, Hesse, Hohenzollern, Isenburg, Jordan, Leiningen, Lippe, Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Luxembourg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Oldenburg, Parma, Portugal, Prussia, Reuß, Romania, Russia, Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, Saxony, Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Schaumburg-Lippe, Solms-Laubach, Stolberg, Two Sicilies, Wied, Württemberg.

The ERHJ will contain a full report of this grand royal wedding, most likely inside Issue LXXXII (August 2011).

Friday, August 26, 2011

Civil Wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg

The Civil Wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg took place on 25 August 2011.

Now married - civilly! Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg got married on Thursday afternoon. It was done quietly in Potsdam. The 35-year-old and his bride two years younger, gave their YES at the Potsdam City Hall of the Brandenburg state capital. Thus the bride has now actually become HIRH Princess Sophie of Prussia. Their religious wedding will take place on 27 August at Potsdam!

RBB, the Berlin Brandenburg TV station, will have live coverage starting at 200am PACIFIC time.

To watch the event, access this website:

RBB has also opened a website exclusively dedicated to the wedding festivities and all related events:

The Wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia

POTSDAM, Germany—On Saturday, Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and Sophie Johanna Maria Princess of Isenburg will step out of a church on the grounds of a former royal palace here and ride in a carriage drawn by six horses through the city streets as heirs to a 1,000-year history of German emperors and empresses.

A few weeks later, they will go back to their office jobs. Both studied business. Mr. Prince of Prussia, 35, works as a consultant to academics seeking to market their discoveries. Ms. Princess of Isenburg, 33, is a consultant to nonprofits. Their spokeswoman said they weren't available for interviews.

"I think there's a certain part of both of them that is getting involved in this—the dramatic aspects of it—reluctantly," said a friend of the couple, Todd Fletcher, an American composer living in Berlin.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ERHJ Issue LXXX Off to the Printers!

Dear Readers,

It is with much relief that I can share with you the news of ERHJ Issue LXXX (April 2011) being sent to print.

In This Issue:


    3.    The Cambridge Title in History, by Charlotte Zeepvat.

    8.    What’s In a Photo: A Royal Gathering in Denmark, by Coryne Hall.

    15.    Book Reviews, by Coryne Hall.

    19.    An Elegant Affair in London: The Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales & Ms. Catherine
, by Arturo E. Beéche & Katie Tice.

    23.    St Petersburg – The Latest Palace Restorations, by Katrina Warne.

    31.    Grace Kelly and Rainier III –  A Fairytale Wedding?,  by Lucas Szkopinski.

    36.    Dear Ellen – A Photographic Journey Through the Courts of Europe, by Arturo E. Beéche.

    39.    Royal News

As many of you know, I have had a tough year, healthwise. However, there is much light at the end of my long tunnel and the latest scare was resolved with exercise, improved diet and medicine. Beware of high cholesterol, it can be deadly!

I also began putting ERHJ LXXXI together this afternoon!

Enjoy and as always, deeply thankful for your patience and concern...truly humbled!

Arturo Beéche

Prince Joachim of Denmark's wife expecting

The Danish Royal Court announced that Princess Marie of Denmark, second wife of Prince Joachim, himself the second son of Queen Margrethe II and of her husband Prince Henrik, is expecting the couple's second child.

Prince Joachim has two other sons from his first marriage to the former Alexandra Manley.

This will be the eighth grandchild of the Danish Queen.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

DVD: Archduke Otto of Austria

Austrian television has produced a DVD about the life and funeral of the late Archduke Otoo of Austria.

I have yet to receive the copy I ordered...but it seems to be a rather nice production!