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I came across this lady by chance.

Who was she really ?

She married Prince Alexander of Wurttemberg, who had been a widower for more than 30 years after Pss Marie d'Orléans' death.

She was in her 40s.

At that time, as 2nd wives, princes tended to marry actresses or singers, after having secured the succession with a "proper" 1st wife. Was this the case ?

Relations with her step-son Philip-Alexander and his wife, an austrian archduchess ?

Any pictures of her/them ?

The Wittlesbachs / Two princesses
« on: December 06, 2010, 07:03:48 AM »
Can someone post pictures of Katharina Agatha von Rapposltein (1648-83) and Caroline von Nassau Saarbruck (1704-74) ?

They were married to Christian II and III of Pfalz Birkenfeld.

Thanks in advance

Has anybody got a picture of the wedding between Pss. Gundeline and Count Johan-George of Preysing Lichtnegg Moos ?

Thanks in advance.

The Hohenzollern / The Kaiser and Britain
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:56:12 AM »
On a bio of Wilhelm II there was this passage claiming that when Germany invaded the Netherlands during WW2, Britain offered asylum to the old Kaiser, which he swiftly refused.

On what grounds ? Surely Nazi Germany wouldn't harm the old kaiser (some of his sons had joined the Party, and his 2nd wife was very sympathetic to the cause).

For a country who had refused to the russian IF during WW1 it sounds strange that they would offer asylum to their former enemy.

AFAIK during WW1 british propaganda was aimed to the kaiser, as the source of every evil on face of earth, not to the Tsar

The Wittlesbachs / Wittelsbachs pics.
« on: September 12, 2007, 11:18:13 AM »
I am looking for pictures of early Wittelsbachs:

Christian III (1674-1735) and his wife Caroline of Nassau Sarrbruck

Maria-Anne Camasse, wife of Christian IV
(What0s the story behind her ? I guess she was a huguenot commoner who got the eye of Christian IV.
A most catholic king marring a commoner huguenot ? )

Karl II of Wittelsbach (1746-95) and his sister Maria Amalia, queen of Saxony

Thamks in advance.

Scandanavian Royal Families / Augustus duke of Delacarlia
« on: January 28, 2007, 11:11:57 AM »
Augustus dk of Delacarlia (1831-73) and his wife Teresa Saxe Altenburg (1836-1914)

I know Pr.Augustus was the younger son of king Oscar I and therefore was much out of the limelight, but even so what can be said about him and his wife Pss. Teresa of Saxe Altenburg.

Any photos of the couple ?


Today HRH D.Isabel Inês de Castro Curvello de Herédia, Duchess of Bragança, celebrates her 40th birthday.

The Duchess spent part of her childhood in Angola, but after the revolutuion of 1974 her family had to fled to Brazil.
She studied in São Paulo before returning to Portugal.
She took a degree in Finance and worked for a branch of a major bank in Lisbon as a fortune mamageresse (sp?).

On the 13th May 1995 she married D.Duarte de Bragança, an old acquaintance of the family, at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hyeronimite Monastery) in Lisbon.

The couple has 3 children:

Infante D.Afonso, prince of Beira, b. 25.3.1966,
Infanta D.Maria Francisca, b. 3.3.1997 and
Infante D.Diniz, duke of Porto, b. 25.11.1999.

The Royal family live in a Quinta in Sintra, some 30km from Lisbon.

Many happy returns, Dona Isabel  :)

The Wittlesbachs / Oktoberfest
« on: September 28, 2006, 11:22:34 AM »
Ludwig I of Bavaria married Therese Saxe-Hildgurghausen in October, 12th, 1854.
In honour of this wedding, began the ultra-famous Oktoberfest.
But why is it ... in September ?
Because of the weather ?

Can soneone post photos of Ludwige and Therese ?

Arch Duke Felix, 3rd son of Emperor Karl I, turned 90 yesterday.
He was born in Schönbrunn 31 May 1916.
In 1952 he got married to Pss. Anna-Eugénie von Arenberg who died in San Angel, Mexico 9 Jun 1997 .

They had 7 children:
1) Maria del Pilar , b.Mexico 18 Oct 1953; m 1980 Vollrad-Joachim Georg Günther Rr u.Edler von Poschinger.  They had 5 children.
2) Karl Philipp, b.Mexico 18 Oct 1954; m.1st Munich 4 Sep 1994 (div 1997) Martina Donath (b.Vienna 18 Jun 1955); m.2d Pau 12 May 1998 Annie-Claire Christine Lacrambe (b.Pau 15 Feb 1959)  One son from each marriage and a strange story of kidnapping his own son of 1st marriage from his former's wife custody  :-?.
3) Kinga, b.Schloß Guttenberg 13 Oct 1955; m1985 Wolfgang Hubert Hermann Frhr von Erffa  They have 5 children

4) Raimund, b.Mexico 28 Jan 1958; m.1994 Bettine Götz. They have 3 children.

5) Marie Adelheid (Miriam) b.Mexico 21 Nov 1959; m.Mexico City 1983 Jaime Marcos Pedro Corcuerra Acheson . 4 sons

6) István, b.Mexico 22 Sep 1961; m.Budapest 1993 Paola de Temesváry (b.Budapest 4 Jun 1971) .  3 children
7) Viridis, b.Mexico 23 Sep 1961; m.1990 Karl Harold William Dunning-Gribble (b.Paris 29 May 1961) .  4 children

I would like to know more about him.
I understand he lives in Mexico for a long time. AFAIK he worked there for VW.  
Can someone confirm ?
Please post pictures of the couple, their children and grand-children.

The Windsors / Henry & Alice, Duke & Duchess of Gloucester
« on: April 03, 2006, 09:54:14 AM »
Are there any pictures of him as an adult ?
All the pics I've seen of him show him as a boy, as page in weddings, etc, but after all, he died aged 31.
Was he ever engaged (or rumoured to be ) to someone ?

French Royals / Jeanne de Valois
« on: January 26, 2006, 12:37:49 PM »
Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois, the last of the Valois family. Who was she ?
Saw yesterday a film on the Affair of the Necklace.
The film was based on real facts and figures, according to the producer.
I knew of the participation of Cardinal de Rohan in the affair of Marie-Antoinette's necklace but I found out that Jeanne de Valois masterminded the entire coup and duped the Cardinal.

The film starts with the murder of her father by the king's guard. He was a member of Parliament and a firm opponent of the Ancient Régime.
His name ... de Valois didn't help.
His wife's Jeanne's mother died a short time later with a broken heart, leaving the poor orphan alone.
When she grew up she did all to recover the right to use her name and to regain the family chateau which had been confiscated by the crown.

As her efforts were not successful near the RF nor the PM, together with her lover, count Retaux de Villette and her husband, count Nicolas de la Motte, she approached Cardinal Louis de Rohan, Grand Cardinal of France, to win his favour.
Instead he tried to seduced her.
Knowing that M.Antoinette was Louis de Rohan's declared ennemy, she started a plot to get revenged from the Queen and the Cardinal.

But who was she ?
She must have been a descendant from any illegitimate branch of the Valois, since the last person of the royal Valois-Orléans-Angoulême was Marguerite (La Reine Margot), wife of Henri IV de Bourbon.
Marguerite (b.1553-d.1615) was the sister of François II (husb. of Mary Queen of Scots), Charles IX and Henri III.

Jeanne survived the French Revolution as she escaped to London, where she wrote her Mémoires and told the affair.

French Royals / Duke Louis de Nemours, and his family
« on: January 16, 2006, 04:52:33 PM »

On this site I found that Pr. Louis of Orléans, Duke of Nemours was twice married and fathered a daughter Claes from this 2nd marriage.
I never heard he got married again after the death of Victoria of Saxe Coburg.
Would it be just an affair that he had and the site calls it a marriage ?
Does anyone know anything about this daughter, what happened to her, did she got married, have children , etc ?;i=143286

Iberian Royal Families / Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« on: December 24, 2005, 12:09:11 PM »
 D. Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911)
Her remains will be transferred to Portugal on 2006.
She is the only queen still buried abroad (apart of Auguste Victoria).
After the republican revolution (1910) she left to exile with her younger son D. Afonso, duke of Oporto, in her home country where she was well received by her sister in law Queen Margarita.
Her mind had suffered a lot after the murder of her son King D. Carlos and grandson D. Luis Felipe in 1908.
The death of her sister Clotilde Pss. Napoléon, to whom she was very attached too, only made things worst and she just let herself go.
At the moment of her death she is quoted to have said to her maids/pages to turn her bed in the direction of Portugal.
She was buried in Superga at the Savoy's pantheon.


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