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The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:58:54 PM »
I don't know if this has been mentioned in this thread, but there's an old Italian book about Empress Maria Theresa's advice to her daughters:

Arsenio Frugoni (ed.), Maria Teresa d'Austria. Consigli matrimoniali alle figlie sovrane, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1947.

This book had more editions in 1989 and 2000.

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Empress Catherine II
« on: April 01, 2020, 05:25:52 PM »
The 2015 Russian tv series on the life of Catherine the Great is available on Youtube (with English subtitles):

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: March 20, 2020, 01:45:43 PM »
In 2017 there was an Austrian-Czech TV series on the life of Empress Maria Theresa. You can watch the first episode (with English subtitles) here:

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:48:44 PM »
An article on the journey of archduchesses Maria Carolina and Maria Amalia to their new home was recently published in German. You can read the details of the book here:

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Leopold I , his wives and family
« on: March 17, 2020, 06:49:46 PM »
An online article about some letters of Empress Claudia Felicitas:

A few years ago a book about the years of exile in France of the first Carlist pretender, infante Carlos Maria Isidro, and his second wife, the Portuguese infanta Maria Teresa of Braganza, was published in French.

These are the details:

Alain Pauquet, "L'exil français de Don Carlos, Infant d'Espagne (1839- 1846)", París: L'Harmattan, 2015.

The author also wrote an article in French on the same subject that you can read online:

The Windsors / Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:48:46 AM »
It seems the new king of Spain is named ''of Spain AND Greece''!?

Spanish people have two surnames: the father's surname (which always comes first) and the mother's surname. The new King of Spain is called Felipe de Borbón y Grecia. 'Borbón' is his first surname and 'Grecia' is his second surname. This has nothing to do with Felipe having rights to the Greek throne or having a Greek royal title - he doesn't. 'Grecia' is just his second surname, nothing else.

By the way, during an interview, Queen Sofia explained that her surname is not 'Glucksburg', but 'Greece'. According to what she said, when King George I ascended the Greek throne, he took the surname '[of] Greece' and that's the surname the Greek royal family has always had (although people wrongly call them Glucksburgs). The surname 'Greece' in Spanish translates as 'Grecia', and that's why Felipe has that second surname.

Iberian Royal Families / Re: Spanish Bourbon Infantas
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:00:30 PM »
I am interested in Infanta Maria Luisa of whom I know basically nothing .

Did she play any significant role on the austrian court or did she limited to the usual role of breeding children to her husband and emperor ?

Did she have any special gifts ?

You can read something about Maria Luisa (or Maria Ludovica) here:

Since I don't speak Spanish, does anyone know if the El Mundo article was supposed to be a historical article as opposed to a fictionalization ala the Ena book. There was no further discussion on the message board so I don't know anyone else's reaction to it nor can I read the article quoted.

I read the article. It's a piece of gossipy trash.

Really ? It seem to indicate that it is only a "historical novel". If that is the case, then it should be seen as the likes of "The Other Boleyn Girl".

The cover of Pilar Eyre's book clearly states that it is a novel.

As far as ascertaining the truth or otherwise of this suggestion, the starting point must be whether Elizabeth and Alfonso actually met in 1913.

If they did not, the story is likely to be baseless.

According to Ana de Sagrera's book "Ena y Bee", which is a reliable source, Elisabeta did visit the Spanish court and met Alfonso XIII. The book states that he was charmed by her, but it doesn't state that they had an affair.

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Princess Irene of Greece (1904-1974)
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:37:34 PM »
Yes, if the name was Sophia or Sofia, it would be the Greek version. My remark was made to the effect that if any of the princesses were named Sophie instead, it would seem to indicate being named after the Queen.

When I went and looked, it seems that the later Greek princesses (Alice's daughter and King Paul's daughter) were named Sofia/Sophia according to the Online Gotha.

King Paul's daughter, Queen Sofia of Spain, was named after her grandmother, Queen Sophie of Greece. The queen said this during an interview several years ago.

In any case, Queen Sophie was known in Greece as Sofia/Sophia, the Greek version of her name, not Sophie.

What I want to highlight is that yes, the Spanish Borbons have been involved in Foundations promoting literature and the Arts but their involvement with social causes has never been apparent.  This may be an indictment of Spanish society as a whole, but the family certainly haven´t made it their mission to highlight or promote the aleviation of social ills.

The Spanish royals have also been involved with social causes. Throughout the years, the King, the Queen, Felipe, Letizia and the infantas have attended and presided countless events related to the alleviation of social ills. They have visited and inaugurated hospitals, homes for elderly people, centers for disabled people, etc. For instance, the Fundación Reina Sofía currently has a project to fight Alzheimer's disease and the Queen has been involved in various activities related to this project, including several visits to hospitals.

While all very altruistic it really doesn´t say or mean a great deal to a nation with 6 million unemployed, a third of which are by now ineligible for state subsidies. 

My point was that, since the beginning of Juan Carlos' reign, the Spanish royals have been involved in all kind of activities related to their official duties, not just holidays (as it was suggested).

On the other hand, what you're saying is related to the current economic conditions, not to Juan Carlos' whole reign.

If I read Darius's latest message correctly, there are not  as many charities in Spain as in Britain, but royalty could still involve themselves with, say, education or promoting the arts.

Throughout the years the Spanish royal family has been involved with education and promotion of the arts. For instance, since 1981 Prince Felipe presides the annual ceremony of the Príncipe de Asturias Awards, which are granted to individuals with outstanding achievements in the Arts, Literature, etc. He's also the President of the Foundation. Throughout their reign, the King and Queen have presided countless events about education, human rights, scholarships, etc. For instance, since 1976 Juan Carlos presides the annual ceremony of the Miguel de Cervantes Awards, which are granted to outstanding achievements in Spanish literature. Since 1977 Queen Sofia is the president of the Fundación Reina Sofía, which promotes education, cultural activities, etc.

Of course, these kind of news are not sensational so most people don't pay attention to that, unlike the private lives of royalty.

So I disagree that the Spanish royal family only appears in pictures while on holiday. There are countless photos and videos of the Spanish royals doing their official activities.

To expand a little on my previous post, the Spanish have no real historic collective memory of Monarchy.

I think many Spaniards (not all, of course) are fond of the history of their Monarchy. The history of Spanish monarchs since the Middle Ages up to the 20th century has been the focus of much research in Spain, both academic and amateur. Personally I know many persons in Spain who are fascinated by it. However, the present royal family is not popular, but they are not seen as "history" or part of that "history of the Monarchy". They belong to the present, which is not so "romantic" (especially with the difficult economic situation Spain is facing). For instance, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was very unpopular during her reign, and two centuries later a lot of people are fascinated with her. Perhaps people will be fascinated with Juan Carlos two centuries from now.

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