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Offline Maria Sisi

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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #105 on: September 21, 2014, 12:57:03 PM »
It probably is an Austrian uniform since Felix was a lieutenant and captain in the Austrian Dragoons. He resigned in November 1918 and exactly a year later he married Charlotte. From what I understand the marriage wasn't that well received because of Felix's background but I guess they were won over later.

I really don't quite understand, Marie-Adelaide lost her throne because of perceived friendliness with Germans yet Charlotte MARRIES an AUSTRIAN lieutenant/captain, brother of the deposed Austrian Empress, and still gets to rule. I guess Marie-Adelaide lost cause she butted in politics and the German thing was an front excuse from politicians to get rid of her but if I were Marie-Adelaide I would be a bit pissed off.

Also in the last 2 photos I notice a real similarity between Charlotte and Olga Nikolaevna. Pretty amazing considering I don't think there was any close relations since the Catholic monarchies married each other and not others.   
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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #106 on: September 21, 2014, 03:39:12 PM »
According to The Nassaus of Luxembourg, Charlotte and Felix's engagement "...was announced one month before the armistice on October 6, 1918, but proved somewhat controversial.  The Habsburgs had given the Bourbon-Parmas political asylum after their duchy was incorporated into the Savoy-controlled kingdom of Italy, and Felix felt obligated to offer his services to the Austrian empire during the war, though with the understanding that he would not fight on the French front as the Bourbon-Parmas considered themselves first and foremost French princes who just happened to have reigned in Italy (Pollock 66-67)."

The book goes on to say that "In June of 1915, it had been mistakenly reported that the prince had been one of the first of his unit to enter Przemysl, a disputed fortress on the Serbian front, which did not sit well with the overwhelmingly pro-Allied sympathies of the Grand Duchy.  Felix was too proud to plead his own cause, but Marie-Adelaide was quick to defend him to her government. Dear God, now this good boy has to take the blame.  Gentlemen, I can assure you that Prince Felix is such a charming person and in a heartbeat he would win the heart of all the Luxembourgers.. (66)" 

After Marie-Adelaide's abdication, Charlotte's marriage was still the subject of some controversy, but her younger sisters would have been "equally unacceptable" as rulers, so Charlotte was named Marie-Adelaide's sucessor. 

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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #107 on: September 21, 2014, 04:29:35 PM »
From the way you say it, it really sounds like Charlotte lucked out that all of her younger sisters were considered "equally unacceptable" as rulers as well.

Was it possible if one of the younger siblings married a non-German Charlotte would have been forced out as well?

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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #108 on: September 21, 2014, 04:46:50 PM »
From the way you say it, it really sounds like Charlotte lucked out that all of her younger sisters were considered "equally unacceptable" as rulers as well.

Was it possible if one of the younger siblings married a non-German Charlotte would have been forced out as well?

It's possible.  Hilda was considered instead of Charlotte (her engagement to the Duke of Wurttemberg had been broken already), but she refused the job of grand duchess.  Antonia's marriage to the Crown Prince of Bavaria had already been postponed due to anti-German sentiment; Marie-Adelaide then suggested Elisabeth as her successor, but the government rejected this proposal because they did not want another regency under Grand Duchess Maria Anna, and Sophie would have been ineligible for the same reason.

I believe the people of Luxembourg voted to keep the monarchy--less than 20% of the population voted in favor of a republic--so Charlotte was sworn in.  She made it very clear in her accession speech that she would stay out of the political sphere, and her marriage to Felix was allowed because there was really no other option.

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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #109 on: September 22, 2014, 03:08:13 AM »
As I understand it, things worked out in the end. Charlotte had a long and successful reign, and there were no issues about Felix's loyalties in WW2. Their son Grand Duke Jean joined the Irish Guards in WW2 and was attached to the American Army in order to join the troops which liberated Luxembourg (detail from the Luxembourg Military Museum, which I visited last year).

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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #110 on: November 07, 2014, 09:34:18 PM »


Charlotte.
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Re: Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg
« Reply #111 on: December 26, 2014, 06:00:40 PM »


Charlotte with the French President.



Charlotte with Felix.