From the Royal Genealogy threads – Summer 2016

  September 7, 2016 at 6:17 am by

Here we go with the updates from our Royal Genealogy Threads. This post covers the news from June, July and August 2016.


Thrice the royal stork has visited the French Royal Family. On 2 June Prince Jean and Princess Philomena of France, Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, welcomed their fourth child and second son, Prince Joseph d’Orléans.

Two days later, Prince Jean’s cousin Kildine Stevenson (née de Sambucy de Sorgue, daughter of Princess Chantal of France) gave birth once again. In fact, on 4 June she and her husband Antoine Stevenson became parents of Salome, who is their fifth daughter and seventh child.
Later on, on 14 July, Princess Chantal became grandmother of one more grandson, Wladimir. He is the second child of the Princess’ eldest son, Baron Axel de Sambucy de Sorgue, and of his wife, née Charlotte Paul-Reynaud.
In Spain, the Infanta Pilar became grandmother twice. On 5 June her youngest son Fernando Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón and his second wife Nadia Halamandari welcomed little Nicolas, who is their first child. On 17 July, the Infanta’s third son Luis Beltran Gómez-Acebo y de Borbón became father of his third child (the first by his current wife, Andrea Pascual), a boy named Juan.
Moving south, on 17 June a new Prince was born in Morocco. Prince Moulay Rachid and his wife Princess Lalla Oum Kalthum welcomed their first child, Prince Moulay Ahmed of Morocco.


As for pregnancies, the Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced on 4 July that Prince Félix and Princess Claire are expecting their second child sometime in autumn.
A few days later, Prince Rudolf and Princess Tilsin von und zu Liechtenstein announced that they are expecting twins. They also had another daughter, Aliénor, who was born in 2014 and who sadly passed away last December.
Last but not least, on 18 June it became known to the public that Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum and his wife, née Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, are soon expecting their third child.


On 2 June Lopeti Aleamotu’a married the Hon. Lupeolo Halaevalu Tuita at the Wesleyan Church in Fasi-moe-Afi ‘a Tungi, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The bride is the daughter of Siosa’ia Ma’ulupekotofa Tuita and of his wife Princess Royal Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu of Tonga and thus a niece of the current King of Tonga.
Two weeks later, on 18 June, Count Guillaume de Dampierre married to Princess Alix de Ligne at the Church de Saint-Pierre-de-Beloeil, in Beloeil, Belgium.

Later on, Hereditary Prince Franz-Albrecht zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg and Baroness Cleopatra Adelsheim von Ernest tied the know in Oettingen, Germany, on 9 July 2016.
Beyond the English Channel, and more precisely at Romsey Abbey, on 25 June Thomas Hooper married to the Hon. Alexandra Knatchbull. The bride is the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne, as well as the granddaughter of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Three weeks later, on 16 July, the Earl of Arundel and Surrey tied the knot at Arundel to Cecilia Colaciocchi. The groom, whose name is Henry Fitzalan-Howard, is the eldest son and heir to the Duke of Norfolk.
On 30 July Prince Alexander von Croÿ married religiously to Katja Schulz, four months after their civil wedding. Alexander is the son of Prince Philippe and Princess Margarete, née Duchess of Oldenburg.
One week later Prince Maximilian zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Franziska Balzer were married religiously in Bad Laasphe; their civil wedding took place last December.
Lastly, on 18 August Stefan Dedek married to Diana Bernadotte, Countess of Wisborg. in a civil ceremony; the religious ceremony is set to be celebrated next year. The bride is the youngest child of the late Lennart Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (who was born Prince Lennart of Sweden), and of his second wife Sonja.


On 7 July the engagement was announced between Count Amaury de Lannoy and Astrid d’Harcourt. He is the fifth child of Count Philippe de Lannoy and of his late wife – as well as a brother of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg; Astrid is the daughter of Count and Countess Jean-Charles d’Harcourt.
Later that month it became known that Joseph, the youngest son of Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Parma and of his wife, née Annette Smith, became engaged to Anna Louise Bogelov Budd.
On 8 August Prince Ernst August of Hannover jr announced his engagement to Russian-born Ekaterina Malysheva; they plan to marry in Summer 2015 in Lower Saxony, Germany.
On 19 August, the engagement was announced between Humphrey Walter Voelcker and Sophie Brandram. The bride-to-be is the eldest daughter of Paul Brandram, himself the son of Richard Bradram and of his wife, née Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark.
A few days later, on 24 August, Lord Ronald Graham announced his engagement to Florence Mary Arbuthnott. Lord Ronald is the younger son of the Duke of Montrose.


Summer 2016 was marked by the death, on 1 August, of Queen Anne of Romania, at the age of 92. Born as Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in 1923, she has been since 1948 the wife of former King Michael of Romania.

On 09 August, Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, suddenly passed away aged 64.
Later on, on 19 August Prince Marco zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 19th Duke of Medinaceli, died aged 54 in Seville, after a long illness.
It is also worth mentioning the death on 18 June, aged 87, of Don Leandro Alfonso de Borbón y Ruiz-Moragas. He was the illegitimate son of King Alfonso XIII of Spain by Carmen Ruiz y Moragas, as well as the only illegitimate child of the Spanish King who managed (in 2003) to be legally acknowledged as his son and to be authorized to use the surname “de Borbón”.

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2 Responses to From the Royal Genealogy threads – Summer 2016

  1. E.E. Beck says:

    Wladimir de Sambucy de Sorgue is the first son and second child of baron Axel de Sambucy de Sorgue
    He has an older sister Augustine, born on January 26th 2015

  2. MAfan says:

    Mistake corrected, thank for signaling it!

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