Royal News: Monday 1 September 2014

Denmark
BBC: Orlando Bloom poses for selfies, shops and dines in Donaghadee
Daily Mail: Dream wedding! Princess Mary wakes her husband Crown Prince Frederik up with a quick nudge in the ribs after he nods off during A-list nuptials

Jordan
Hello: Happy birthday Queen Rania of Jordan: 15 facts about the royal

Norway
Norway Today: King visited the Seamen’s Church’s 150th anniversary

UK
BBC: Pals memorial unveiled by Prince Edward
Daily Mail: Just like ordinary train passengers: Wills and Kate – and their cocker spaniel Lupo – look relaxed as they return to London from break in Norfolk (but where’s George?)
Daily Mail: Off for a trotabout? The Queen goes for a ride near her Balmoral estate
Daily Mail: Prince Harry to inherit £10million share of Diana’s fortune when he turns 30 next month (which is more than his brother William thanks to interest)
Daily Mail: Rio? Grand! Zara books 2016 Olympic berth after perfect round at world championship
Daily Mail: Wills and Kate plan Chinese charm offensive to repair damage of Charles’s ‘appalling old waxworks’ jibe
Daily Mail: Zara back in saddle for world games
Express: Diana’s touring bridal gown to come home at last as Harry turns 30
Express: Touching bouquet memorials left in memory of Princess Diana
Hello: Prince William takes Kate on romantic countryside dinner date
Hello: Prince Harry birthday: 30 pictures marking his special day

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September 1914: Royalty and World War I

by Susan Flantzer

House of Ligne
Timeline: September 1, 1914 – September 30, 1914
A Note About German Titles
September 1914 – Royals Who Died In Action


House of Ligne

Ligne coat of arms

Coat of Arms of the House of Ligne; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

In both August 1914 and September 1914, a member of the House of Ligne was killed in action fighting with the Belgian army: Georges Alexandre Lamoral, Prince de Ligne who was a grandson of Eugène, 8th Prince of Ligne and Henri Baudouin Lamoral, Prince de Ligne who was the son of Ernest,10th Prince de Ligne. The House of Ligne is one of the oldest Belgian
noble families. It dates back to the 11th century and the name Ligne comes from a village that is now part of Ath, Belgium.  In 1601, Lamoral, Count of Ligne received the hereditary title of Prince de Ligne from Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor.  Since then there have been 14 Princes de Ligne.  The present Prince de Ligne, Prince Michel, is a first cousin of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.  Château de Belœil in Belœil, Hainaut, Belgium has been the residence of the Prince de Ligne since 1394.

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Château de Belœil ; Photo Credit – Wikipedia


Timeline: September 1, 1914 – September 30, 1914

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A Note About German Titles

Most of the royals who died in action during World War I were German. The German Empire consisted of 27 constituent states, most of them ruled by royal families. Scroll down to German Empire here to see what constituent states made up the German Empire.  The constituent states retained their own governments, but had limited sovereignty. Some had their own armies, but the military forces of the smaller ones were put under Prussian control. In wartime, armies of all the constituent states would be controlled by the Prussian Army and the combined forces were known as the Imperial German Army. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_German_Army German titles may be used in Royals Who Died In Action below. Refer to our Glossary of German Noble and Royal Titles.

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September 1914 – Royals Who Died In Action

The list is in chronological order and does contain some who would be considered noble instead of royal. The links in the last bullet for each person is that person’s genealogical information from Leo’s Genealogics Website.  If a person has a Wikipedia page, their name will be linked to that page.

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Henri Baudouin Lamoral, Prince de Ligne; Photo Credit – www.noblesseetroyautes.com

Henri Baudouin Lamoral, Prince de Ligne

Werner, Freiherr von Reibnitz

  • son of Karl, Freiherr von Reibnitz and Anna von der Hagen
  • born August 6, 1892 in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony (Germany)
  • 1914, married Theodora Quilling, had issue
  • killed in action at Klein-Beynuhnen, East Prussia (Germany) at the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes on September 11, 1914, age 22
  • http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00181244&tree=LEO

Friedrich, Freiherr Senfft von Pilsach

Hermann, Graf von Bocholtz-Asseburg

  • son of Hermann Konstantin Hubert, Graf von Bocholtz-Asseburg and Antonie, Gräfin Droste zu Vischering von Nesselrode-Reichenstein
  • born March 1, 1880 in Wallhausen, Kingdom of Württemberg (Germany)
  • 1908, married Gräfin Maria Franziska Huberta Apollonia Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht, had issue
  • killed in action near Chivy, France of September 26, 1914, age 34
  • http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00067415&tree=LEO

Pius Maria Alfred, Graf von Hompesch-Bollheim

 

Younger Children of King Philippe of the Belgians: Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore

Belgian royal children

King Philippe’s children in 2013, left to right: Prince Gabriel: Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant; Princess Eléonore; Prince Emmanuel; Photo Credit – www.hellomagazine.com

Besides Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, who is the heir apparent to the Belgian throne, King Philippe has three other children who are numbers two thru four in the line of succession. Belgium changed its succession law in 1991 to absolute primogeniture where the succession passes to the eldest child of the sovereign regardless of gender. Males and females have equal succession rights. This means that Elisabeth is the heir apparent and comes first in the line of succession as the eldest child. Following Elisabeth in the line of succession are her three siblings in order of their birth.

Prince Gabriel was born on August 20, 2003 in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium. He is the second of four children of King Philippe of the Belgians and his wife Queen Mathilde (née Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz). Gabriel was christened at Ciergnon Castle in Ciergnon, Belgium on October 25, 2003. His godparents were Baroness Maria Christina von Freyberg, second cousin of his father, and Count Charles-Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz, his maternal uncle. He was given the names Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie:

  • Gabriel: continued the tradition of El-/-el names of King Philippe’s children
  • Baudouin: for his great-uncle, King Baudouin of Belgium
  • Charles: for his maternal uncle and godfather, Count Charles-Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz
  • Marie: for the Virgin Mary, traditional with Catholic royalty
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Gabriel’s mother holding him during his christening; Photo Credit – http://www.hellomagazine.com

Prince Gabriel is currently a student at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege, where the instruction is in Dutch, in the Marolles district of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Gabriel’s two sisters Elisabeth and Eléonore, also attend Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege. Gabriel loves sports especially football (soccer) and hockey.

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Prince Gabriel with his father wishing the Belgian national soccer team good luck before they traveled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup; Photo Credit – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Prince Emmanuel was born on October 4, 2005 in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium. He is the third of four children of King Philippe of the Belgians and his wife Queen Mathilde (née Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz). Emmanuel was christened at Ciergnon Castle in Ciergnon, Belgium on December 10, 2005 . His godparents were Countess Elisabeth d’Udekem d’Acoz, his maternal aunt, and Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg. He was given the names Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie:

  • Emmanuel: continued the tradition of El-/-el names of King Philippe’s children
  • Léopold: for his great-grandfather, King Leopold III of Belgium
  • Guillaume: for his godfather Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • François: for Saint Francis of Assisi because Gabriel was born on his feast day
  • Marie: for the Virgin Mary, traditional with Catholic royalty
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Emmanuel with his parents and godparents at his christening; Photo Credit – http://www.corbisimages.com

Prince Emmanuel is a student at Eureka School Kessel-Lo (translated from Dutch via Google Translator), a school for students with learning disabilities, near Leuven, Belgium.

Belgium's Prince Emmanuel kicks the ball during a training session for Belgium's national soccer team ahead of the 2014 World Cup, in Brussels

Prince Emmanuel kicks the ball during a training session for Belgium’s national soccer team ahead of the 2014 World Cup; Photo Credit – worldcup.el-balad.com

Princess Eléonore was born on April 16, 2008 in Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht, Belgium. She is the youngest of four children of King Philippe of the Belgians and his wife Queen Mathilde (née Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz). Eléonore was christened at Ciergnon Castle in Ciergnon, Belgium on June 14, 2008. His godparents were Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Claire of Belgium, and Count Sébastien von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg. She was given the names Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie :

  • Eléonore: continued the tradition of El-/-el names of King Philippe’s children
  • Fabiola: for her great-aunt, Queen Fabiola of Belgium
  • Victoria: for her godmother, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • Anne: for her maternal grandmother, Countess Anna d’Udekem d’Acoz
  • Marie: for the Virgin Mary, traditional with Catholic royalty, also the second name of her maternal grandmother
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Eléonore, held by her mother, with her father and godparents; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

Princess Eléonore is currently a student at Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege, where the instruction is in Dutch, in the Marolles district of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Two of Eléonore ‘s siblings, Elisabeth and Gabriel, also attend Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege.

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Eléonore with her older sister Elisabeth in 2014; Photo Credit – www.gettyimages.com

Visit the official website of the Belgian Royal Family here.
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September 1: Today in Royal History

Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

September 1, 1651 – Birth of Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina, second wife of Tsar Alexei of Russia and the mother of Tsar Peter I “the Great”
Wikipedia: Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina

September 1, 1711 – Birth of William IV, Prince of Orange born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Wikipedia: William IV, Prince of Orange

September 1, 1715 – Death of King Louis XIV of France at the Palace of Versailles; buried at the Basilica of Saint Denis near Paris
Wikipedia: Louis XIV of France

September 1, 1878 – Birth of Alexandra of Edinburgh, daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, at Edinburgh Palace in Coburg, Germany
Full name: Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria
Wikipedia: Alexandra of Edinburgh

September 1, 1922 – Death of Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont, wife of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, at Hinterris, Tyrol, Austria; buried near the Chapel at Hinterriss
Wikipedia: Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont

September 1, 1928 – Ahmet Zogu declares Albania a monarchy and proclaims himself King Zog I of Albania
Wikipedia: Zog I of Albania

Royal News: Sunday 31 August 2014

Denmark
Sydney Morning Herald: Ten years and no scandal for Princess Mary

Multiple Monarchies
Getty Images: 200 Years Of The Kingdom Of The Netherlands In Maastricht
Wort: Luxembourg Royals attend Dutch anniversary celebration

Saudi Arabia
CBS News: Amid ISIS violence, Saudi king warns of threat to U.S.
Daily Mail: West will be next ISIS target unless there is ‘rapid’ action, Saudi King warns, as jihadists now behead a Lebanese soldier
Daily Mail: Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

Sweden
Getty Images: Swedish Royals Attend Celebrations To Mark the 1,000th Anniversary of Skara Diocese

United Kingdom
BBC: Charles and Diana wedding cake slice sold for £828
Daily Mail: A £40k property bargain…from Prince Charles: Duchy of Cornwall estate sells 45 acres of countryside complete with coastal views and even a waterfall
Daily Mail: GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Prince Harry’s latest goal-friend – it’s Camilla No2: Rumoured royal fling revealed to be sporty Scottish pageant winner
Daily Mail: A royal bestseller: Duke and Duchess’s dog Lupo immortalised in new book series by former actress who was inspired to write following death of her husband
Daily Mail: Home at last: Diana’s iconic bridal gown returns to Harry and Wills after worldwide tour – 17 years to the day since their mother’s tragic death
Express: EXCLUSIVE: Zara Phillips fights for Olympic place at World Equestrian Games
Express: EXCLUSIVE: William and Kate flirt on romantic countryside date
Express: EXCLUSIVE: Pushy Princess Michael of Kent is gagged by royals
Mirror: Prince William and Kate Middleton make escape dash through crowds at KING’S CROSS Station
Telegraph: ‘Bland’ Prince Charles spices up dinner time
Telegraph: Slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake sells for $1,375

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: August 31 – September 6

Queen Rania of Jordan, Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

44th birthday of Rania Al-Yasin, wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan, in Kuwait City, Kuwait on August 31, 1970
Wikipedia: Queen Rania of Jordan

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Pierre Casiraghi, Photo Credit – www.thetimes.co.uk

27th birthday of Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco; born at Princess Grace Hospital in La Colle, Monaco on September 5, 1987
Full name: Pierre Rainier Stefano
Wikipedia: Pierre Casiraghi

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Prince Hisahito of Japan, Photo Credit – ajw.asahi.com

8th birthday of Prince Hisahito of Japan, son of Prince Akishino of Japan; born at Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo, Japan on September 6, 2006
Wikipedia: Prince Hisahito of Japan
BBC: Japan princess gives birth to boy

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Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

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Photo Credit – www.rsroyalfamily.net

Katherine is the second wife of Alexander, Crown Prince of Serbia, the last heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and current pretender to the defunct throne of Serbia.

Katherine Clairy Batis was born in Athens, Greece on November 13, 1943, the daughter of Robert Batis (1916-2011) and Anna Dosti (died in 2010). She received her primary and secondary education in Athens, Greece and Lausanne, Switzerland. Katherine studied business at the University of Denver in Colorado and the University of Dallas in Texas, and then worked in business for a several years in the United States. She was previously married and has two children from that marriage, David and Alison.

In 1984, Katherine met Crown Prince Alexander in Washington, DC. They were married in a civil ceremony on September 20, 1985, and in a religious ceremony on September 21, 1985 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in London, England. King Constantine of Greece was the best man and Prince Tomislav, the paternal uncle of Crown Prince Alexander, was the witness. Alexander has three sons from a previous marriage, but he and Katherine have no children.

Katherine_Serbia_wedding

Photo Credit – orderofsplendor.blogspot.com

Crown Princess Katherine spends much time working with charitable organizations. In 2001, she founded the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation whose mission is, “We work for the benefit of all those in need, regardless of ethnicity or religion since we believe that there are no borders in suffering.”

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Crown Princess Katherine on the right visiting a child in the hospital; Photo Credit – http://www.lifelineaid.org

Since 2001, Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine and Alexander’s three sons: Hereditary Prince PeterPrince Philip and Prince Alexander have lived in the Royal Palace in Belgrade, Serbia.

Serbian RF

Photo Credit – http://www.royalfamily.org/

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August 31: Today in Royal History

Diana, Princess of Wales; Photo Credit – http://www.npg.org.uk/

August 31, 12 A.D. – Birth of Roman Emperor Caligula in Antium, Italy
Full name: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Wikipedia: Caligula

August 31, 1422 – Death of King Henry V of England at Bois-de-Vincennes, France, buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Henry V of England

August 31, 1678 – Death of Louis VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt in Gotha (Germany)
Wikipedia: Louis VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

August 31, 1724 – Death of Louis I of Spain in Madrid; buried at Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real in Spain
Wikipedia: Louis I of Spain

August 31, 1880 – Birth of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in The Hague, The Netherlands
Full name: Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Marie
Wikipedia: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

August 31, 1970 – Birth of Rania Al-Yasin, wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan, in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Wikipedia: Rania Al-Yasin

August 31, 1989 – Anne, Princess Royal separates from her first husband Mark Phillips
BBC: On This Day 1989: Royal couple to separate
Wikipedia: Mark Phillips
Wikipedia: Anne, Princess Royal

August 31, 1997 – Death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris, France; buried at Althorp in Northamptonshire, England
Wikipedia: Diana, Princess of Wales

Royal News: Saturday 30 August 2014

France
St. Louis Review: Prince, princess are just ‘good people’

India
The Hindu: An uncommon prince

Monaco
Fashion and Style: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco To Present Prince Rainier III Award to Dick Van Dyke

Multiple Monarchies
Royalblog: Special bond between Dutch King and Queen and Japan’s Imperial Family
Royalblog: Royal celebration with Kings of Belgium & Netherlands and Grand-Duke of Luxembourg

Netherlands
Dutch Royal House: State visit to Republic of Korea and Japan
Royalblog: Dutch State Visits to Japan and Korea confirmed; Emperor and Emperor will host State Banquet

Saudi Arabia
Al Arabiya: Saudi king warns of terror threat to the world

Swaziland
Guardian: Swaziland king’s Facebook exposure of party lifestyle could lose him friends

Sweden
Daily Mail: Swedish royal family announce they boycotted music award ceremony for Chuck Berry because of his convictions relating to sex with a 14-year-old
Getty Images: Crown Princess Victoria Of Sweden Attends Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s Export Hermes Award
Hello: Princess Madeleine sparkles as Swedish royal family attend Stockholm’s prestigious music awards ceremony

United Kingdom
Chester Chronicle: Chester royal visit: Charles and Camilla to visit Lache
Daily Beast: The Perils of a Playboy Prince
Daily Mail: Slice of history! Piece of Princess Diana’s 33-year-old wedding cake goes for $1,375
Daily Mail: Now Kate’s mum cashes in on Harry’s paralympics
Daily Mail: Meet the man who really knows the Royal family
Daily Mail: Princess Diana had a ‘DIY security team’ which led to ‘tragic outcome’ on the night of her death, says French policeman who guarded her body
Daily Post: Prince Charles to visit Airbus in Broughton to mark 75th anniversary
Express: Nightclub reveller to Royal favourite: Prince Harry at 30
Express: Policeman who spoke to dying Princess Diana blasts ‘DIY’ security who failed to stop crash
Express: Zara Phillips to take to the court with cousin Prince Harry for the Invictus Games
Guardian: The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians – review
Bedford Today: Duke of Gloucester presents new colours to Royal Anglian Regiment
New York Times: A Queen’s Forbidden Love
Scotsman: Mary, Queen of Scots signed manuscript up for sale
Telegraph: Prince Harry to play wheelchair basketball exhibition match

Prince Radu of Romania

Radu_Romania

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

Radu Duda is the husband of Princess Margareta of Romania, the eldest of the five daughters of former King Michael I of Romania who abdicated in 1947 when Romania ceased to be a monarchy. King Michael has named his eldest daughter as the heir to the throne with the title of Crown Princess of Romania with the caveat that if the monarchy is ever restored in Romania, the Salic Law forbidding female succession be abolished. King Michael has bestowed upon his eldest daughter’s husband the style and title His Royal Highness Prince of Romania. Radu was born on June 7, 1960 in Iaşi, Romania to Rene Duda and Gabriela Duda née Constandache. He graduated from the University of Drama and Film in Bucharest, Romania in 1984.

Radu worked with abandoned children in a orphanage using art therapy and it was there, in 1994, that he met Princess Margareta who was visiting the orphanage because the art therapy program was supported by the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.  On September 21, 1996 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Radu married Princess Margareta. The couple do not have any children.

Crown Princess and Prince Radu of Romania wedding 1996 (5)

Photo Credit – http://proalba.ro

Prince Radu has helped organize and plan official tours undertaken by King Michael, played a role in integrating Romania into NATO, and is a special representative of the Romanian government for integration, co-operation and sustainable development. He has written several books on the culture and history of Romania. Radu lectures and speaks on Romania’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures, defense, security, geopolitics, diplomacy, culture, economics, and education. He is particularly interested in the issue of ethnic minorities, especially the Romani (or Romany) minority known to English-speaking people as “Gypsies” (or Gipsies)

Princess Margareta and Prince Radu live at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, Romania and undertake public engagements in Romania and in other countries that help contribute to the successful modernization of Romania, reconcile with the past, and link Romania to other countries.

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Princess Margareta and Prince Radu; Photo Credit – www.agerpres.ro

Visit the official website of the Romanian Royal Family here.  (Translated via Google Translator.)
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