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Here's Part 3.

(I merged the previous Parts with the threads on Princess Irene, Henry's wife, as the discussion was not only on her).

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010, 09:43:55 AM »
I dont know if someone mentioned before this anecdote

"On March 3, 1902, Prince Heinrich of Prussia visited the high-end brothel, Everleigh Club, while in the United States to pick up a ship built for his brother, German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Although the city had sponsored numerous events for Heinrich, his main interest was a visit to the club.

The sisters planned a bacchanalia for the visiting prince, including dancing, dining and a recreation of the dismemberment of Zeusís son. During one of the dances, a prostituteís slipper came off and spilled champagne. When one of the princeís entourage drank the champagne, he started the trend of drinking champagne from a womanís shoe."[/img]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everleigh_Club#cite_note-Asbury-3

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 10:46:06 AM »
It was discussed in one of the prior threads. Sin in the Second City goes into more detail about the incident since it's about the sisters who owned the Everleigh Club. Quite an interesting book, actually. They planned quite the elaborate presentation for the Prince.
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 10:54:44 AM »
Thanks!! yes i read that but i didnt understand what does it meant "the dismemberment of Zeusís son".

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 11:18:50 AM »
This was simply a play act from Greek mythology where Zeus' infant son, Dionysus, for whom gave up his throne, is murdered by the Titans and they chop up the child's body up. Zeus in turn destroys the Titans with a thunder bolt.
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 11:21:15 AM »
Thanks for the explanation!!

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2010, 01:32:53 PM »
Doesn't sound very entertaining...being chopped off and destroyed by lightening... ???

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2010, 09:16:18 AM »
I'm a bit surprised that Heinrich visited a brothel, however high-class and erudite the entertainment. Did Irene ever find out?

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2010, 10:25:19 AM »
 if she did ever found out or not..im sure she were not happy about it!

i think he ddint told it to her.. i think if she knew it..than he would loose his head ^^ im a little bit shocked about it...If you hear about such a person like henry, who was always lovly, nice gentelman, a good husband and father...than you dont think that he visit a brothel.

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2010, 10:26:36 AM »
I think Irene took it all in her stride marrying a seaman like Heinrich is like VMH marrying Louis Battenberg...

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2010, 10:31:32 AM »


if she did ever found out or not..im sure she were not happy about it!

i think he ddint told it to her.. i think if she knew it..than he would loose his head ^^ im a little bit shocked about it...If you hear about such a person like henry, who was always lovly, nice gentelman, a good husband and father...than you dont think that he visit a brothel.

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The Everleigh Club was not your average run of the mill brothel. An evening would cost the equivalent of $5,000.+ in today's dollars, which means only the very righ and elite could afford such luxury. Dinner alone was over $500. The appointments and decorations were lavish and the establishment was world renowned.

So, it is no wonder Henry was interested in seeing the place and enjoying a great meal. Monarchs and lower nobility were well known to have mistresses galore, so simply visiting a famous brothel that was more lavish than many of their own palaces comes as no surprise. I doubt Irene had any objections. In fact, I'll bet she couldn't wait to hear what it was like.
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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2010, 10:34:18 AM »
Don't know if the Church going strict-laced Irene would approve...most likely Dona would be horrified...

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2010, 11:42:48 AM »
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I think you are probably right. I can see Heinrich enjoying a great meal and lively entertainment and the novelty of notorious surroundings, but sleeping alone.

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2010, 11:51:03 AM »
Yes...I don't think Heinrich was tempted. Both his sons had happy married lives too.

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Re: Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia, his family and descendants , Part 3
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2010, 07:12:34 PM »
Excerpt from Sin in the Second City (about the Everleigh sisters & their Club):

"Debate raged in the Second City, meanwhile, over an approrpriate itinerary for Prince Henry..[including] an elaborate banquet at the Auditorium Hotel. There he would dine with 165 'representative men' of Chicago...The visit, all told, would cost teh city $75,000. But the committee nixed a tour of the gory Unnion Stock Yards...and remained ambivalent on whether visiting royalty should enjoy 'the old feudal privilege' of kissing Chicago's debutantes...If Prince Henry did kiss the debutantes, he never told. The sight Prince Henry most desired to see, however, was neither discussed...nor detailed in the press. Such discretion benefited the Everleigh sisters...who were in the midst of frenzied planning. None of the Everleigh butterflies [girls who worked in the Club] had heard of Prince Henry of Prussia...so the sisters prepared lessons--not about the German royal family (who cared?) but about how to entertain them properly. Minna stood in front of her thirty courtesans, arms waving...and told them how it would be done. Prince Henry...was the sort of man who knew exactly what he wanted. So as Everleigh girls their job was go give him something he'd never even considered. They would enact a mythological celebration centered around Dionysus...She'd contacted an old friend from her threater days and ordered real fawnskin outfits for them to wear, with nothing--that's right, nothing--underneath. No petticoats, no stockings, no corsets. Not even shoes--at least not right away....The ritual was complex, commemorating the dismemberment of Zeus's infant son at the hands of the Titans. There would be a cloth bull and some raw meat involved."

"Around midnight on March 3, Prince Henry and his party rang the Club's bell. A tall man, the prince had...skin like a cracked egg. High, shiny black boots hugged his legs...The members of his entourage wore sweeping capes and frowns that stretched to their necks. Expressions improved markedly once Minna greeted her boys and escorted them to the Pullman Buffet for dinner. At 1:30 am, Minna came to round everyone up, telling the girls the show was about to start...and don't forget they weren't to wear shoes. The harlots yanked pins from their hair and shook it out, slicing strands with their fingers, the messier the better. They rushed down the spiral staircase and into the parlor, where they found Prince Henry and his entourage at at a long table. The girls whooped and swirled in circles, kicking, backs arching like drawn bows. The decisive clang of cymbals punctuated every move. One girl thrashed her way across the room, heading directly for Prince Henry, and just as she reached him, she leapt, turned a half circle in midair, and landed on his lap, latching on to his neck. The others followed suit, and soon every man at the table was grappling with an Everleigh butterfly."
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