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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2005, 05:18:26 PM »
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I was wondering why Georg had the last name of Donatus?



No sorry, I don't know the answer to your question but
perhaps he was named Donatus simply because it means 'gift' - like a gift to Ernie after the sad loss of his daughter??

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2005, 08:16:42 PM »
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I was wondering why Georg had the last name of Donatus?"


Donatus was not Georg's last name.  He was christened
Georg Donatus Wilhelm Nikolaus, and was known as Don.
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2005, 08:17:40 PM »
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I was wondering why Georg had the last name of Donatus?"


Donatus was not Georg's last name.  He was christened
Georg Donatus Wilhelm Nikolaus, and was known as Don.


Actually, Georg Donatus Wilhelm Eduard Heinrich Karl
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2005, 10:53:16 PM »
Thank you Blue Toria and Marlene.

I didn't know that Donatus means "gift", which is interesting. I always wondered how it came to be, because it doesn't show up in any Hesse family tree records until Georg...so then it's more of a middle name.

Have either of you traced the genealogy past Mainier?

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2005, 07:04:33 AM »
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Actually, Georg Donatus Wilhelm Eduard Heinrich Karl


Marlene,

Is Donatus (German) = Donald (English)?

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2005, 06:32:25 AM »
I don't know if this ahs been mentioned before in this post but Princess Cecilie, the Duke of Edinburgh's prettiest and most elegants ister, was pregnant at the time of her death in the plane crash. Can anyone forward any more details on this tragic incident, such as newspaper articles of the time it happened, photos of the site etc? Does anyone have any comments or quotes the Duke of Edinburgh said relating to his sister's death etc, such as how he remembers it all etc? It must have been quite a sad episode since she was related to so many royal houses ans happened fairly recently (historically speaking), so I suppose many may still remember it. On a curious note, in Charlotte Yeepvat's book "Queen Victoria's family" there's a photo of the funeral procession through Darmstadt. Ms. Zeepvat doesn't comment on it, but it's interesting to note that the citizens gathered in the streets all salute in the Nazi way, since it all happened in 1937 and it was the official salute in Germany...

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2005, 06:36:19 AM »
All I know about her is that she didn't go with her family to England for her uncle's wedding because she was too young (perhaps her brothers were to be the pages at the wedding?), so she stayed with her Baden cousins. She did not survive her family for long though she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, who were nonetheless childless themselves. On board the plane she lost her mother, her father, her paternal grandmother and her two brothers. Her mother was pregnant at the time of her death.

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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2005, 07:43:53 AM »
Probably the  best place to find Philip's reactions are in one of the many bios of him but I don't have any.  :(

There's a mention in Hugo Vicker's bio on his mother Alice:
'Philip was told of the tragedy at school and never forgot 'the profound shock' with which he heard the news.'

As regards Alice everyone was worried about how she'd take the news in her fragile mental condition. Queen Mary wrote to Alice's mother Victoria worrying about how Alice would deal with the loss of her 'lovely Cecile'. Alice surprised everyone though--this shocking loss seemed to rouse her out of the fog she'd been living in and she began to improve.
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2005, 08:03:42 AM »
From Vickers:

'After some months in Greece, Alice returned to England to see her mother and Philip. Unbeknown to her, Cecile's two-year-old daughter, Johanna, then living with Lu and Peg at Darmstadt had suffered a relapse in her meningitis after flu, which left her so weak that she could not lift her head when lying down. Alice had reached Paris from Marseilles on 6 June when her sister-in-law Marie, met her with a frantic message that Johanna was gravely ill. Alice rushed to Frankfurt where Margarita and Friedel Hohenlohe met her and brought her to the Neue Palais. Johanna was being cared for in the Alice Hospital adn though generally weak, had a strong heart. They knew she could not recover, but only in the last twenty-four hours did she fall unconscious. Alice was part of the family vigil, which she later described to Philip: 'As she never had a very high fever, she had not fits or restlessness from the inflammation of the brain which is rare, but a godsend to us all. For we had such a sweet picture before our eyes of a lovely sleeping child with golden curls, looking for me so very like Cecile at that age that it was like losing my child a second time and I was thankful that Papa wa away travelling and did not see that, for Papa adored Cecile when she was small and could never bear to be parted from her.' The coffin was taken to the Byzantine mausoleum where Ernie had lain and the funeral was private. Johanna was buried next to her parents and brothers, who had died so tragically less than two years before. '
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2005, 01:44:30 PM »
Oh how sad.  What a little cutie, too.  She was absolutely adorable!

The Hesse family seems to have had more than its fair share of tragedy.

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2005, 03:07:57 PM »
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Can I ask where you read this? It touches on 3 of my favorite topics--royal jewels, Queen Ena and Ella! Many thanks.



I think he is referring to the new book in Spanish (came out last year) about Spanish royal jewels.  I've got a copy- but cannot remember the title at present.
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2005, 03:24:32 PM »
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Georg Donatus, Cecilia, Ludwig and Alexander of Hesse in 1934:



In this picture with her husband and two children, Cecelia reminds me of very much of her cousin, Princess Alexandra of Greece (King Alexander's daughter), those cheeks!
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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2005, 04:11:23 AM »
I think George Donatus looks like Errol Flynn; and Ludwig looks very like his father. (His own father - not Errol Flynn's father!)


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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #43 on: June 26, 2005, 02:09:35 PM »
 Is Donatus (German) = Donald (English)?

No, it isn't. Donatus is latin and means "present of god". Donald is celtic and means "ruler of the world".

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Re: Georg Donatus of Hesse, and his family
« Reply #44 on: August 09, 2005, 09:36:27 AM »
He married Princess Cecile of Greece and Denmark, sister of the Duke of Edinburgh. They had three children, Louis, Alexander and Joanna. Georg, Cecile, Louis, Alexander and Georg's mother Eleanore were killed in a plane crash in 1937. Joanna was adopted by Georg's brother Louis and his wife Margaret Geddes, but she died in 1939.
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