From the Royal Genealogy threads – May 2016

  June 6, 2016 at 11:23 am by

Here we go with the updates from our Royal Genealogy Threads, with the news from May 2016.


The month started with the birth, on 2 May, of Raiyah al Halawani, the first child and daughter of Mohammed al Halawani and his wife Princess Ayah bint Feisal of Jordan (a niece of King Abdullah II of Jordan). Raiyah was born short before her parents’ second wedding anniversary and is the first grandchild for Prince Feisal and his former wife, Princess Alia Tabba.

One week later, on 9 May, Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma, wife of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma, gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Princess Gloria Irene. Jaime and Viktória married in 2013 and one year later became parents of their first daughter, Princess Zita.

On 17 May Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este was born in Bruxelles. She is the first child of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, and of his wife, née Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein. Archduchess Anna Astrid is also the first grandchild for Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, as well as the first great-grandchild for their parents, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium and Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este.

Engagements & marriages:

On 7 May Prince Johannes von Auersperg-Trautson married to Countess Maria-Fátima Czernin von und zu Chudenitz; he is the eldest son of Prince and Princess Gobert von Auersperg-Trautson, while the bride is the fifth child of Count and Countess Karl Eugen Czernin von und zu Chudenitz. On the same day the marriage was also celebrated between Baron Pierre van der Branden de Reeth and Countess Marie-Laurence de Lannoy.

Later on, Alexander Spencer-Churchill (son of Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill and scion of the Dukes of Marlborough) married to Scarlett Strutt on 14 May at St. Peter’s Church in Stutton, Suffolk, and on 21 May Guillaume Coppee married to Countess Alice d’Ursel.

The following saturday, on 28 May, at the presence of King Juan Carlos of Spain and of the Duchess of Cornwall, Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila married to the Lady Charlotte Wellesley at the Church of Incarnation in Illora, near Granada, Spain. The bride is a daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington (née Princess Antonia of Prussia); the groom is the son of the late Julio Mario Santo Domingo and of his second wife Beatrice Dávila.

It should also been mentioned that on 9 May the engagement was announced between the Honourable Charles Astor, son and heir of the 3rd Baron Astor of Hever, and Princess Eliane de Merode, the youngest daughter of Prince and Princess Léonel de Merode.


Sadly also some deaths occurred in the past month of May. The most notable were the deaths of the Fürst zu Castell-Castell and of Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia.

Fürst Albrecht zu Castell-Castell, who passed away on 9 May  aged 90, was since 1945 the Head of the senior line of the German House of Castell. He has been married for nearly 65 years to Princess Marie Luise zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, with whom he had eight children; his son Ferdinand succeeds him as the new Fürst.

Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, whose death occurred in Paris on 12 May at the age of 91, was the eldest son of Prince Paul (Regent from 1934 to 1941) and Princess Olga (née Princess of Greece and Denmark). He has been married from 1955 to 1967 to Princess Maria Pia of Savoy and later, since 1973, to Princess Barbara von und zu Liechtenstein.

More notable deaths were those of Prince Luitpold von und zu Liechtenstein, who passed away on 11 May aged 76, of Fürstin Antonia von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (on 7 may), of Prince Giovanni Del Drago, Prince of Antuni and of Mazzano (on 29 May) and of Count Jost Heinrich zu Solms-Rödelheim und Assenheim, who died on 30 May aged 87.

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One Response to From the Royal Genealogy threads – May 2016

  1. Very nice photos for all the new engagements and marriages in time!A very special bridal – dress.

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