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98th Birthday of Archduke Otto

  November 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm by

Today marks the 98th birthday of Archduke Otto of Austria, Prince of Hungary and Bohemia, former Head of the Austrian Imperial Family from 1922 to his abdication in 2007, perhaps best known simply as Otto von Habsburg, writer, journalist and European politician. Usually 98th birthdays aren’t regarded as milestones; but the anniversary of such an extraordinary man deserves some celebration, and we want to do by reposting the (updated) biography … Continue reading

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Religious Wedding for Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma and Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel

  November 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm by

Prince Carlos Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, titular Duke of Parma and Piacenza, and Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel got married today in a religious ceremony, which took place in Bruxelles at the Abbey of La Cambre. Carlos and Annemarie, now styled HRH the Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, married in a civil ceremony in Wijk bij Duurstede (The Netherlands) on 12 June; their religious marriage was set to take place on 28 … Continue reading

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Princess Irmingard of Bavaria has Died

  October 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm by

Her Royal Highness Princess Irmingard of Bavaria died at her residence, Schloss Leutstetten, Bavaria, on 23 October 2010. She was 87 years old. Princess Irmingard Maria Josefa of Bavaria was born on 29 May 1923 at Schloss Berchtesgaden, the second child and eldest daughter of former Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and his second wife Princess Antonia, born Princess of Luxembourg; her grandparents were King Ludwig III and Queen Maria … Continue reading

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The Duke of Parma Passed Away

  August 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm by

His Royal Highness Duke Carlos Hugo of Parma and Piacenza, Prince of Bourbon-Parma passed away yesterday morning in Barcelona, aged 80. He was suffering of cancer since February 2008, and early this month was hospitalized after his health condition deteriorated. Prince Hugues Xavier of Bourbon-Parma was born in Paris on 8 April 1930, the second of the six children of Prince Xavier (son of the last reigning Duke Roberto I … Continue reading

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Funeral of Archduke Rudolph

  May 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm by

The funeral of Archduke Rudolph of Austria, dead two weeks ago aged 90, took place yesterday afternoon in Bruxelles, at the Church of Notre-Dame-du-Sablon, at 3.30 pm. The ceremony was attended by the widow of the late Archduke, Archduchess Anna Gabriele, and by his four surviving children: Archduchess Maria Anna with her husband Prince Peter Galitzine, Archduke Carl Peter with his wife Alexandra, née Princess of Wrede, Archduke Simeon with … Continue reading

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Archduke Rudolph to be buried in Muri

  May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am by

More details have been released about the funeral and burial of Archduke Rudolph of Austria, who died last Saturday, 15 May 2010. The funeral will take place on Saturday 29 May 2010, at 15.30, at the Church of Notre-Dame-du-Sablon, in Bruxelles. Archduke Rudolph will then be buried in a private ceremony on Friday 4 June 2010 in the Loretokapelle in Muri; this vault have been built as burial place for … Continue reading

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Archduke Rudolph Passed Away

  May 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm by

His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria passed away yesterday, 15 May 2010, aged 90. He was born on 5 September 1919 in Villa Prangins, near Nyon, Switzerland, where his family was living in exile after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He was the fifth son and sixth child of Emperor Karl I of Austria and Empress Zita. His father died when little Rudolph was 3. During … Continue reading

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Fürstin Marie Turns 70

  April 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm by

HSH Fürstin Marie von und zu Liechtenstein turns 70 years old today. She was born as Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau on 14 April 1940 in Prague (Bohemia, the present Czech Republic), the fourth child of Count Ferdinand and his wife, nee Countess Henriette von Ledebur-Wicheln. At the end of World War II her family was forced to leave Bohemia, so they moved in Germany; there Marie attended … Continue reading

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Hereditary Prince zu Fürstenberg to Marry

  April 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm by

Hereditary Prince Christian zu Fürstenberg is going to marry to his girlfriend, Jeanette Griesel; the marriage will take place next July. Prince Christian, 32, is the eldest son of Fürst Heinrich zu Fürstenberg and his wife Fürstin Milana, nee Princess Maximiliana zu Windisch-Graetz; he has a younger brother, Antonius. Prince Christian studied in the USA, and since 2004 works in his family business; he also is a Knight of the … Continue reading

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Funeral of Prince Edouard Lobkowicz

  April 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm by

The funeral of HSH Prince Edouard von Lobkowicz, who died last Friday in Paris, aged 83, took place this morning at 10am in St. Thomas d’Aquin Church in Paris; the Mass was conducted by Father Jean-Charles Nault, Abbot of St. Wandrille. The ceremony was attended by the immediate family of the late Prince: his wife Princess Françoise, and their two surviving children, Prince Charles-Henri and Princess Marie-Gabrielle, P.S.D.P. Among the … Continue reading

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Romania has a new Prince

  March 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm by

From today, Romania has a new Prince; he is Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills, grandson of former King Michael I and third in the line of succession to the (defunct) Romanian throne. Nicholas turns today 25 years old; therefore, according to his Grandfather’s wishes and to the Statute of the Romanian Royal Family, he takes the title of His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Romania. This decision was taken in 2005 … Continue reading

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Prince Alexis zu Windisch-Graetz Tragically Died

  February 10, 2010 at 6:01 am by

HSH Prince Alexis zu Windisch-Graetz has died yesterday in San Sebastiano Hospital in Caserta, Italy, for the injuries suffered in a car crash he was involved in one week ago. The 18-years-old Prince was driving his car in a street near to Sant’Angelo di Alife, a small town where his family owns a palace, the night of Thursday 4 February; due to the slippery road conditions, the driver of another … Continue reading

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Funeral of Archduchess Regina

  February 10, 2010 at 5:31 am by

The funeral of HI&RH Archduchess Regina of Austria, Princess of Hungary, took place yesterday morning, at 10.30am, at the Parish Church of St. Pius in Pöcking, Bavaria. The Archduchess died last Wednesday in Villa Austria, in Pöcking, the home where she lived since 1954 with her husband, Archduke Otto, the eldest son and heir of Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita of Austria. The ceremony was attended by the seven … Continue reading

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1930-2010: The wedding of Prince Umberto and Princess Maria José

  January 8, 2010 at 10:37 am by

Prince Umberto of Savoy and Princess Maria José of Belgium (later King Umberto II and Queen Maria José of Italy) married in Roma on 8 January 1930, eighty years ago. The celebrations lasted 6 days, and were a glittering show of the state of well-being of Italy and of the power of the fascist government. On 5 January the members of the Belgian Royal Family and their retinue arrived by … Continue reading

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1909-2009 The Accession of King Albert I

  December 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm by

King Leopold II of the Belgians died on 17  December 1909 in Laeken, on the 44th anniversary of his own accession to the Belgian throne in 1865. The untimely deaths of Prince Leopold in 1869 and of Prince Baudouin in 1891, respectively Leopold II’s only son and eldest nephew, made Baudouin’s younger brother, Albert, the successor of the late King. The new King Albert I was only 34 at the … Continue reading

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Funeral of Prince Alexandre

  December 5, 2009 at 8:34 am by

The funeral of Belgium’s Prince Alexandre, who died last Sunday from a pulmonary embolism, took place yesterday morning, at 11am, at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken. The sad ceremony was attended by the widow of the Prince, Léa, her son Renaud Bichara and her daughter and son-in-law, Laetitia and Didier Nagant de Deuxchaisnes. Most of the members of the Belgian Royal Family were present: the King and the … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Alexandre

  November 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm by

Prince Alexandre of Belgium passed away this morning, aged 67, due to an acute pulmonary embolism; the news has been officially confirmed by the Royal Palace. The Prince was born on 18 July 1942 in Laeken; he was the son of King Leopold III of Belgium (1901-1983) and his second wife, Princess Lilian, Princess de Rethy, née Baels (1916-2002). Prince Alexander had two younger sisters, Princess Esmeralda and Princess Marie … Continue reading

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Archduke Otto turns 97

  November 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm by

Archduke Otto of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia, former Head of the Austrian Imperial Family from 1922 until his abdication in 2007, turns 97 years old today. He was born on 20 November 1912 at Villa Wartholtz in Reichenau, the eldest child of Archduke Karl and Archduchess Zita. Archduke Karl (1887-1922) was the eldest son of Archduke Otto (1865-1906, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef) and Archduchess Maria Josepha … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary of the Death of Fürst Franz Josef II

  November 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm by

Fürst Franz Josef II von und zu Liechtenstein died 20 years ago, on 13 November 1989; he has been the Head of State of the small Principality for 51 years, from 1938 to 1989, leading it during its evolution from a poor agricultural Country to one of the richest Nations in the World. Prince Franz Josef was born in Schloss Frauenthal, Austria, on 16 August 1906, the eldest of the … Continue reading

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Archduchess Gabriela appointed as Georgian Ambassador

  October 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm by

Archduchess Gabriela of Austria will be appointed as Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Germany by the Georgian President Mikhael Saakachvili; now her appointment has to be approved by the Georgian Parliament. The Archduchess, who is a Georgian citizen since 2007, will replace the present Ambassador Levan Duchidze. The reasons of the appointment of Archduchess Gabriela have been explained by Akaki Minashvili, Georgian Member of the Parliament and Chairman of Committee … Continue reading

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