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Balkan Royal Families / Re: Queen Maria of Romania, Part 3
« on: September 26, 2021, 11:08:19 PM »
Queen Marie Sits For Her Daughter

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: June 11, 2021, 11:21:09 PM »
A very old edition of the correspondence of Archduchess Maria Christina with her brother, Emperor Leopold II, in the years 1781-1792 is available online:

Balkan Royal Families / Re: Queen Maria of Romania, Part 3
« on: February 28, 2021, 09:12:35 PM »
In case this hasn't been mentioned, the letters of Queen Marie of Romania to her mother between the years 1901 and 1920 were published a few years ago. These are the details of the publication:

"Queen Marie of Romania. Letters to Her Mother", edited by Sorin Cristescu, 2 vols., Bucharest, Tritonic, 2016. [Vol. I: 1901-1906, Vol. II: 1907-1920]

Sorin Cristescu has also published other editions of correspondence of the Romanian royal family.

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: October 24, 2020, 09:48:58 PM »
In case this hasn't been mentioned, there's a very old edition of letters from empress Maria Theresa and emperor Joseph II to the marquise d'Herzelles, who was archduchess Maria Elisabeth's chief lady-in-waiting and afterwards governess of Joseph's daughter, archduchess Maria Theresa. It also includes a few letters from archduchess Maria Elisabeth to the marquise.

Joseph Marie Bruno Constantin, baron Kervyn de Lettenhove (ed.), Lettres inédites de Marie-Thérèse et de Joseph II (Mémoires de l'Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique, collection in -8 °, 20), Bruxelles, Hayez, 1868.

French Royals / Re: King Louis Philippe and his family
« on: August 06, 2020, 12:34:41 AM »
In case anyone is interested, among the documentation preserved in the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family archive, which is preserved in the Austrian State Archives in Vienna, there's the correspondence of Clementine d'Orleans, daughter of King Louis Philippe and mother of King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria. She kept correspondence with several royals around Europe, including members of the Brazilian, French, Belgian, Portuguese, British and Bulgarian royal families.

Among the royals who regularly wrote to Clementine, there were Queen Maria II of Portugal, Queen Marie Amelie of Portugal, Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium, Crown Princess Stephanie of Austria, Princess Louise of Belgium, Alexandrine of Baden (Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha), Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, his first wife Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, etc.

There is a huge amount of letters from Queen Victoria to Clementine preserved in this archive. It seems that they were good friends since they wrote to each other during half a century.

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:58:54 PM »
I don't know if this has been mentioned in this thread, but there's an old Italian book about Empress Maria Theresa's advice to her daughters:

Arsenio Frugoni (ed.), Maria Teresa d'Austria. Consigli matrimoniali alle figlie sovrane, Firenze, Le Monnier, 1947.

This book had more editions in 1989 and 2000.

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Empress Catherine II
« on: April 01, 2020, 05:25:52 PM »
The 2015 Russian tv series on the life of Catherine the Great is available on Youtube (with English subtitles):

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: March 20, 2020, 01:45:43 PM »
In 2017 there was an Austrian-Czech TV series on the life of Empress Maria Theresa. You can watch the first episode (with English subtitles) here:

The Habsburgs / Re: Empress Maria Theresa and her large family
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:48:44 PM »
An article on the journey of archduchesses Maria Carolina and Maria Amalia to their new home was recently published in German. You can read the details of the book here:

The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Leopold I , his wives and family
« on: March 17, 2020, 06:49:46 PM »
An online article about some letters of Empress Claudia Felicitas:

A few years ago a book about the years of exile in France of the first Carlist pretender, infante Carlos Maria Isidro, and his second wife, the Portuguese infanta Maria Teresa of Braganza, was published in French.

These are the details:

Alain Pauquet, "L'exil français de Don Carlos, Infant d'Espagne (1839- 1846)", París: L'Harmattan, 2015.

The author also wrote an article in French on the same subject that you can read online:

The Windsors / Re: Change of name to Windsor in 1917
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:48:46 AM »
It seems the new king of Spain is named ''of Spain AND Greece''!?

Spanish people have two surnames: the father's surname (which always comes first) and the mother's surname. The new King of Spain is called Felipe de Borbón y Grecia. 'Borbón' is his first surname and 'Grecia' is his second surname. This has nothing to do with Felipe having rights to the Greek throne or having a Greek royal title - he doesn't. 'Grecia' is just his second surname, nothing else.

By the way, during an interview, Queen Sofia explained that her surname is not 'Glucksburg', but 'Greece'. According to what she said, when King George I ascended the Greek throne, he took the surname '[of] Greece' and that's the surname the Greek royal family has always had (although people wrongly call them Glucksburgs). The surname 'Greece' in Spanish translates as 'Grecia', and that's why Felipe has that second surname.

Iberian Royal Families / Re: Spanish Bourbon Infantas
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:00:30 PM »
I am interested in Infanta Maria Luisa of whom I know basically nothing .

Did she play any significant role on the austrian court or did she limited to the usual role of breeding children to her husband and emperor ?

Did she have any special gifts ?

You can read something about Maria Luisa (or Maria Ludovica) here:

Since I don't speak Spanish, does anyone know if the El Mundo article was supposed to be a historical article as opposed to a fictionalization ala the Ena book. There was no further discussion on the message board so I don't know anyone else's reaction to it nor can I read the article quoted.

I read the article. It's a piece of gossipy trash.

Really ? It seem to indicate that it is only a "historical novel". If that is the case, then it should be seen as the likes of "The Other Boleyn Girl".

The cover of Pilar Eyre's book clearly states that it is a novel.

As far as ascertaining the truth or otherwise of this suggestion, the starting point must be whether Elizabeth and Alfonso actually met in 1913.

If they did not, the story is likely to be baseless.

According to Ana de Sagrera's book "Ena y Bee", which is a reliable source, Elisabeta did visit the Spanish court and met Alfonso XIII. The book states that he was charmed by her, but it doesn't state that they had an affair.

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