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Princess Robijn 12-23-2011 05:29 AM

Double-engagement in the House of Habsburg: Christoph & Adelaide; Imre & Kathleen
2 sons of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife née Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, officially celebrated their respective engagements on 22 December. Archduke Christoph got engaged to Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch and Archduke Imre got engaged to Kathleen Walker.

Source: Netty at Nobiliana
Original Source: Tageblatt Online - Verliebt, verlobt, verlobt - People

Stefanie 12-23-2011 06:53 AM

Finally the "mysterious" Adelaide is known now, after rumours about an engagement circled through the board for about a year. Very surprised that both Imre and Christoph got engaged:
I find Christoph very young for an engagement but maybe he waits with the wedding for another year or so. Is Adelaide noble? She looks a little bit older than Christoph IMO. (No wonder, he´s still very young...)
Both young ladies look very nice IMO. Hopefully we´ll get to see some nice family photos like they published when Marie-Christine got engaged to Rudolphe Limburg-Stirum.

maria-olivia 12-23-2011 07:18 AM

I saw Archduke Imre in Brussels in a Brussels’ Church for the future Blessed Empress Zita. I may saw that he received a perfect Education and greeted the Older Archduchesses who were there with *" perfect baise-main*».
Congratulations to the Habsbourg and Luxembourg Royal Families

stephanievl 12-23-2011 12:58 PM

Do we have more information about these girls?
Are both couples living in brussels?

sugarbaby318 12-23-2011 01:08 PM

Congrats to both couples! Very exciting.

I know that Imre & Kathleen live in the US. I'm not sure about Christoph & Adelaide.

Kataryn 12-23-2011 01:22 PM

Alas, no new Sternkreuzordens-Archduchesses for the House of Habsburg-Lothringen, as those ladies need to have 16 noble ancestors.... Seems modern times even come to the more "noble" branches of the family as well as they came to Otto and his ilk.

principessa 12-23-2011 01:28 PM

At the pictures of the Tageblatt-Online report the ladies are wearing a similar ring. Maybe the Archdukes have the same "taste" in jewellery!

MAfan 12-23-2011 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by stephanievl (Post 1349703)
Do we have more information about these girls?
Are both couples living in brussels?

Katie is American, born in Cincinnati; she is the eldest of seven siblings. She studied journalism and political science in Kentucky and works as communications director for Arlington diocesan Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities

Adelaide is the daughter of a French diplomat, Philippe Drapé-Frisch, who is currently an advisor (or sort of, in French it is "Deuxième Conseiller") at the French Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Ceallach 12-23-2011 11:40 PM

More info - seems Katie has a blog and blogged last year about how he was going to be at an event and how she must meet him. She achieved that and more.

Royal Musings: Two royal engagements

Ceallach 12-24-2011 12:10 AM

She is a prominant pro-lifer and all over the internet

Katie Walker

Celebrate Life Magazine

Katie Walker: Young, Committed, Articulate, Professional and Pro-Life |

Johanna DaSteel and Katie Walker at the 2009 Life Awards - YouTube

LifeNet: American Life League communications director Katie Walker appears again on MSNBC

Katie Walker of American Life League at Values Voters Summit 2010 - YouTube

Katie Walker - Our society is "failing miserably" - YouTube

Ceallach 12-24-2011 12:14 AM


Originally Posted by principessa (Post 1349720)
At the pictures of the Tageblatt-Online report the ladies are wearing a similar ring. Maybe the Archdukes have the same "taste" in jewellery!

They both based the rings on their mother's engagement ring.

EmpressRouge 12-24-2011 12:15 AM

I actually know people who graduated from Northern Kentucky University. HI&H Archduchess Kathleen (nee Walker): sounds like something out of an Edith Wharton novel.

Shikha Pal 12-24-2011 01:14 AM

Wow!, a double surprise!!!, Congratulations to both the Couples!!!

Are the wedding dates announced yet?

Stefanie 12-24-2011 03:40 AM

How old are Adelaide and Kathleen (birthdate known?)

MAfan 12-24-2011 04:10 AM

Adelaide is 22 and Kathleen is about 25.

Dierna23 12-24-2011 04:22 AM


Originally Posted by Ceallach (Post 1349938)

Oh well... :wacko:

Congratulations to both couples! :flowers:

Marc23 12-24-2011 06:31 AM

Does Adelaide have any noble background or ancestors?

Ceallach 12-25-2011 02:36 AM

More on Katie

Snapshots of the New Normal : The Integrated Catholic Life

Katie Walker : The Integrated Catholic Life

The Ambassador from Fairyland : The Integrated Catholic Life

claypoint2 12-25-2011 04:46 PM

When Archduchess Marie-Christine (Imre and Christoph's older sister) became engaged to Count Rodolphe of Limburg Stirum, several photographs were released of the couple with the bride's parents and with her grandmother Archduchess Yolande (née princess of Ligne). There don't seem to be any family photographs to document the current two engagements... or at least none have been released for publication. Of course, Marie-Christine was marrying into an ancient and noble Belgian family, whereas both Archdukes Imre and Christoph are marrying commoners.... I wonder if their parents aren't exactly thrilled by these matches. :whistling:

Ceallach 12-25-2011 05:17 PM

It is more likely that because Imre and Katie live in the Arlington/DC area, his family is Belgium, and her parents are in Cincinati. If he took her to Belgium for Christmas, they may add pictures later.

Same for Christophe - she at least is in Serbia and her father is a French diplomat in the Middle East. However, Adelaide was with his family at Otto's funeral and does seem thus to be quite accepted. But hardly an occassion to take engagement pictures. They seem to have been engaged for about a year and it probably took this long to announce due to their families not wanting them to rush into marriage being so young.

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