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Iberian Royal Families / Re: Maria II of Portugal and her family
« on: June 24, 2005, 03:16:23 PM »
Maria's first husband was Augustus Charles Eugene Napoleon de Beauharnais (1810-1835). He was the eldest son of Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg (adopted and step-son of Napoleon), and Princess Augusta Amalia of Bavaria.  Augustus sister, Amelie Auguste, was the stepmother of Maria, having married Maria's father, Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil, in 1829. I remember reading somewhere that Augustus got sick either on his way to Portugal or shortly after arriving there. His death was a cruel blow to Maria, as I believe she was very much in love with him. His death was also a bitter disappointment to the de Beauharnais clan.

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: The Curse of Hesse
« on: June 19, 2005, 05:18:30 PM »
And Ernie's and Ducky's difficult marriage, divorce, and stillborn son.

Yes, Victoria Milford Haven is one of my favorite royals as well.  She seemed always to be able to hold things together and was unaffected by her status. I don't think she cared anything about a title and didn't she once say something to the effect of royalty was an outdated institution?

From what I've read, she was a loving and caring mother and grandmother, taking special care with Alice's children (after her institutionalization), just as QV did with herself and her siblings at the death of their mother. (Another way her life came full circle).

She was intelligent and dignified and lived her life pretty much on her own terms.

Is there a good comprehensive biography on her?

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: The Curse of Hesse
« on: June 19, 2005, 11:34:50 AM »
Was Lina Hahn related to Kurt Hahn, who founded the famous school at Salem?

I agree. I think she was one of the most beautiful princesses ever.

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: The Curse of Hesse
« on: June 19, 2005, 08:33:50 AM »
I have read that it went even further back than this.
Who were the two friends who died with the Hesse Grand Ducal family in 1937?

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / The Curse of Hesse
« on: June 18, 2005, 04:16:41 PM »
I have read that there was an ancient curse on the Hesse family.

Does anyone know the origin of this legend?

And could we list the various events contributed to the curse?

Prince Christopher Ivanovich

Italian Royal Families / Re: Daughters of King Vittorio Emmanuele III
« on: June 18, 2005, 03:28:12 PM »
Was Mafalda working against Hitler? Any evidence?

Thank you, Grandduchessella, you always seem to be able to fill in the gaps!

Prince Christopher Ivanovich

Thank you both.

It slipped my mind that William III would have been the next heir.

French Royals / Re: NAPOLEON II, Duke of Reichstadt
« on: June 13, 2005, 08:41:21 PM »
Napoleon Francis Joseph Charles, b. 1811, was the only child of Napoleon and his second wife, Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, who was the daughter of Emperor Francis II of Austria.  When his was born, he was given the titles King of Rome and Prince Imperial (of France).  The title King of Rome was meant to be reserved for the heir to the throne, like Prince of Wales.

After Napoleon's defeat in 1815, Marie Louise fled to Austria and the safety of her father, taking Napoleon II with her.

In Austria, he was kept close to his grandfather and was given the title of Duke of Reichstadt.  His mother went on to marry and have another family and the duke himself spent his time participating in minor Austrian military pursuits.

He was sickly and died a young man, age 21, at Schonbrunn Palace. I believe he had TB.

Early in WWII, Hitler gave the Duke's remains to France as a gift, and they were reburied there.

Prince Christopher Ivanovich

I have never been able to find much information about Princess Dagmar of Denmark (1890-1961), youngest child of King Frederick VIII of Denmark.  She would have been a niece of Alexandra-Marie/Dagmar-Thyra.

She married a commoner, Jurgen Castenkiold, in 1922.  Did she have children and why did she marry a commoner? Who was this commoner she married?

Thank you,
Prince Christopher Ivanovich

The Stuarts of Scotland / William III and Prince George of Denmark
« on: June 13, 2005, 07:58:20 PM »
Maybe someone here can help me. I've looked but can't seem to find an answer.

When James II's daughters, Mary and Anne, ruled, Mary's husband William of Orange, her first cousin, was made a joint monarch.  They ruled together as William III and Mary II.  When Mary died and then William, Mary's sister Anne succeeded.  Why was her husband, Prince George of Denmark, not also made a joint-monarch, instead of just a prince consort?

Mediatized Noble Families / Re: Hohenlohe-Langenburg
« on: June 13, 2005, 05:35:38 PM »
Princess Xenia was born in 1972 and is the daughter of Prince Kraft of HL and his ex-wife Princess Charlotte of Croy. I believe Kraft died last year. Prince Kraft was the son of Prince Philip's sister Princess Margarita of Greece and her husband Prince Gottfried of HL. Xenia has an  older brother, Philip, and an older sister, Cecilie.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Splendor In Exile
« on: June 08, 2005, 10:08:23 PM »
Let me know if you need me to look something up out of it.  I would be more than glad to do so.

Prince Christopher Ivanovich

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