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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaspar Hauser and the Grand Dukes of Baden
« on: October 05, 2007, 07:08:45 AM »
The theory that he was imprisoned at Schloss Pilsach does seem very plausible. This is the 'dungeon' that was discovered there in the 1920's:

The foundling spoke of having had a wooden toy horse as his plaything (indeed, as his only companion) during his imprisonment, and this old toy horse was found at the castle:

Of course it cannot be proved that this was the same horse. But there is another piece of evidence. The ironwork in the window of the dungeon is of this peculiar shape:

And this bears a remarkable similarity to this pattern in an early drawing by the foundling:

If the child was hidden away in this manner (somewhere if not there; hardly anyone nowadays thinks he was a fraud), someone wealthy and powerful must have some very good reason for doing so. The eminent jurist Anselm Feuerbach, who knew the child and examined the case very carefullly, certainly believed that he had been born as a son of Grand Duke Carl of Baden.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick
« on: October 05, 2007, 04:27:42 AM »
Glad you liked them! How about one or two of her as a little girl?

The Hohenzollern / Re: Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick
« on: October 04, 2007, 01:51:03 PM »
They seem to have been easy-going about the use of c's and k's in names in Germany before the First World War. On postcards Viktoria's name is spelt as often with a c as with a k, as is Oskar's. But she is never called Louise on German postcards as far as I know.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick
« on: October 04, 2007, 04:55:56 AM »
Yes, I'd agree with you about her looks, though her father perhaps addded something of value to the mix! Of all their children, only she and Adalbert are exceptionally good-looking in my view.

How delicately built Friederike does seem in that engagement photo. Funnily enough, that is is not nearly as evident at her confirmation in the summer of 1933:

The Hohenzollern / Re: Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick
« on: October 03, 2007, 03:03:50 PM »
Of the Queen of Spain? Then here is where the connection started, a picture of her with Friederike at the time of her daughter's engagement to Prince Paul of Greece; it is dated on the back to September 1937.

With her daughter slightly earlier, in 1934. Later, of course, they quarreled rather badly.

This is my favourite picture of Viktoria Luise from this period of her life. She was not exactly pretty, but she was very handsome and stylish.

A relatively unfamiliar picture of her from somewhat earlier:

I've enjoyed looking through all these pictures, so may I add one or two of Ernst Ludwig with his second family?

With his little heir:

This I like very much (he always comes over so well with young children, and not only with little Elisabeth):

Here is a slightly better image of an attractive picture of the princess shown above:

The photograph was probably taken at the same time as this one (a favourite of mine), which shows her wearing the same dress:

Italian Royal Families / Re: Daughters of King Vittorio Emmanuele III
« on: October 02, 2007, 01:39:09 PM »
A few pictures of Princess Jolanda as a child:

Not long after the premature death of Marie Gabrielle, an attractive little memorial volume was published containing a great many photographs (P. Engelbert Huber, Marie Gabrielle Prinzessin von Bayern, Diessen, 1914). Some had been previously published on postacards, others not. I have put about 50 of these online in a webshots album, and will add more in due course:
She was quite exceptionally beautiful I think.

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