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Old 01-08-2020, 09:01 AM
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First death of 2020:

Count Michel Didisheim died in Forest on 6 January; he was the private secretary and chief of the Royal household (1962–1986) of Albert, Prince of Liège, later to become king Albert II of Belgium. He was also the CEO and president of the King Baudouin Foundation (1976–2001).

He was born in Wimbledon on 18 April 1930 as a son of baron René Didisheim (1907–1994) & his wife Claire Maigret, nee de Priches (1906–1983). He had a sister, Francine Didisheim, (2 March 1933-7 September 2011) married to doctor Bernard de La Gorce.
He married in Vienna 8 February 1956 Countess Monika Eugenie Therese of Trautmannsdorff-Weinsberg (b. 27 June 1933) [daughter of Count Josef Hieronymus of Trautmannsdorff-Weinsberg (1894-murdered at St.Pölten 13 Apr 1945) & his wife Helene, nee Freiin Economo von San Serff (1908-murdered at St.Pölten 13 Apr 1945)]
They have five children: Johannes-Christophe (1956), Frédéric (1958), François (1960), Nathalie (1962) & Florence (1965) and ten grandchildren.

Sources: http://www.carnetmondain.be/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Didisheim

Pilar de Borbón y Borbón, Infanta of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre, elder sister of King Juan Carlos and aunt of King Felipe, died at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid on 8 January, after a one-year battle with cancer.

She was born in Cannes on 30 Jul 1936 as the eldest of four children of Juan, Count of Barcelona (1913-1993) {himself son of Alfonso XIII, King of Spain (1886-1941) & his wife Princess Victoria Eugenie von Battenberg (1887-1969)} & his wife Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon (1910-2000).
She married in at Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon on 6 May 1967 Luís Gomez-Acebo y de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain (1934-1991); they had five children:Simonetta (b.1968), Juan Filiberto, current Viscount de La Torre (b.1969), Bruno (b.1971), Beltran (b.1973) & Fernando (b.1974).

Apart from them she is survived by her eleven grandchildren, her brother the former King Juan Carlos, her sister Infanta Margarita, Duchess of Soria with their respective spouses as well as two nephews (King Felipe VI and Alfonso Zurita y de Borbón] and three nieces [Infantas Elena and Cristina of Spain and María Zurita y de Borbón]
Her youngest brother, Infant Alfonso of Spain was killed by an accidental gunshot in 1956 aged 15.

Sources: https://www.abc.es/estilo/gente/abci...5_noticia.html (Thanks, lula!)
http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/spain.html
http://heinbruins.nl/Alfonso.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant...ess_of_Badajoz
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Old 01-08-2020, 09:13 AM
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First death of 2020:

Count Michel Didisheim died in Forest on 6 January; he was the private secretary and chief of the Royal household (1962–1986) of Albert, Prince of Liège, later to become king Albert II of Belgium. He was also the CEO and president of the King Baudouin Foundation (1976–2001).

He was born in Wimbledon on 18 April 1930 as a son of baron René Didisheim (1907–1994) & his wife Claire Maigret, nee de Priches (1906–1983). He had a sister, Francine Didisheim, (2 March 1933-7 September 2011) married to doctor Bernard de La Gorce.
He married in Vienna 8 February 1956 Countess Monika Eugenie Therese of Trautmannsdorff-Weinsberg (b. 27 June 1933) [daughter of Count Josef Hieronymus of Trautmannsdorff-Weinsberg (1894-murdered at St.Pölten 13 Apr 1945) & his wife Helene, nee Freiin Economo von San Serff (1908-murdered at St.Pölten 13 Apr 1945)]
They have five children: Johannes-Christophe (1956), Frédéric (1958), François (1960), Nathalie (1962) & Florence (1965) and ten grandchildren.

Sources: http://www.carnetmondain.be/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Didisheim
The Count and Countess von Trauttmansdorff weren't murdered but executed by the Nazis for helping to organise a local resistance cell of several hundred members towards the regime. Unfortunately they were discovered and executed only a few days before the arrival of the Red army.
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Jacques, Duc de Bauffremont passed away on January 9 in Versailles, Paris aged 98.

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Old 01-12-2020, 08:56 PM
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Countess Gaëtan d'Oultremont, nee Nadine de Meeûs d'Argenteuil died in Brussels on 7 January.

She was born in Lillois-Witterzée on 11 July 1926 and married there civilly on 28 August and religiously on 31 August 1948 Countess Gaëtan d'Oultremont (1921-1995) [fourth of eight children and third of six sons of Count Albert d'Oultremont (1887-1946) & his wife Marguerite, nee van de Werve d'Immerseel (1891-1992)] by whom she had a son Albert (b.1956) and six daughters: Christine (b.1949), Marie (b.1951), Cécile (b.1952), Charlotte (b.1953), Anne-Françoise (b.1954) & Pascale (b.1962).

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Catherine Mary Adele Stopford died on 17 January

She was born on 20 March 1965 as the youngest of four children and only daughter of Captain the Honourable Terence Victor Stopford, RN (1918-1998) [himself youngest of seven children of James Richard Neville Stopford, 7th Earl of Courtown (1877-1957) & his wife Cicely Mary, nee Birch (1885-1973)] & his wife Sheila Adele, nee Page (died 1994).
She left three brothers: Henry Philip Terence (b.1953), Robert Edward James (b.1958) & James Richard Hugh (b.1961) as well as seven nieces and two nephews.
She was apparently unmarried and childless.

Sources: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/202...1965-2020.html
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:01 AM
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Count Władysław Juliusz Tarnowski died in Paris on 23 January.

He was born in Sucha Beskidzka (Poland) on 1 August 1931 as firstborn son of Count Juliusz Tarnowski (1901-1989) & his wife Countess Róża Zamoyska (1907-1998).
He was married twice: firstly he married in Paris on 11 February 1956 Jacqueline Codet de Casaubon (b.1932) [daughter of Henri Codet & his wife Suzanne de Lavedan de Casaubon] by whom he had two daughters: Sophie Caroline (b.1956) & Aniela Rose (b.1960); they divorced in 1980.
He married secondly in Paris on 8 August 2002 Małgorzata Maria Sobańska (b.1944) [daughter of Count Feliks Sobański (1890-1965) & his wife Countess Anna Rostworowska (1914-1952)].
Apart from his wife and daughters he left also six grandchildren: Stanisław (b.1983), Piotr (b.1985) & Eleonora (b.1988) de Margerie [children of Sophie Caroline & her husband Gilles Jacquin de Margerie (b.1955)] and Jean-ROdolphe (b.1988), Donatella (b.1990) & Alexandra (b.1993) Vilgrain [children of Aniela Rose & her husband Stanislas Vilgrain (b.1959)]; his other grandson Cyril Vilgrain died 28 March 1992 a day after turning 3 months.
He is second sibling who passes away; his brother Rafał Zdzisław died in 2018 aged nearly 81.
Other siblings are: Anna Maria Teresa Jadwiga (b.1934), Mrs Michel Veuthey (b.1931) - they have two children and four grandchildren.Adam Zygmunt Pawel (b.1937; twin brother of late Rafał Zdzisław), divorced from Hélène Jeanne Marie Hervé-Gruyer (b.1940) - they have three children.
Róza-Maria Henryka (b.1940), widow of John Francis Punch (1929-2006) - she has five children and four grandchildren
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Stefan Pawel Henryk (b.1946), widower of Véronique de Boysson (1946-1996) - he has three children and three grandchildren.
Late Rafał Zdzisław had one daughter.

Sources: https://www.sejm-wielki.pl/b/cz.I003766
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Baroness Baudoin d'Ursel, nee Baroness Anne de Villenfagne de Sorinnes died in Namur on 11 February.

She was born in Polleur on 25 May 1938. She reportedly had one brother (current Baron de Villenfagne de Sorinnes)and three sisters.
She married in Sorinnes civilly on 25 May and religiously on 26 May 1962 Count Baudoin d'Ursel (1934-1999)[sixth of seven children and youngest son of Count Antoine d'Ursel (1896-killed in action 1943) & third child of four by his second wife Marguerite, nee de La Barre d'Erquelinnes (1895-1988).
She leaves a son Eric, a daughter, Baroness Serge de Moffats d'Houchenne (with their respective spouses) and reportedly seven grandchildren (inluding three married).

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Death of Cristina de Borbon y Hardenberg

Cristina de Borbon y Hardenberg, second child of the Duke of Seville and Countess Beatrix von Hardenberg, died today at the age of 44

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The Lady Anne Wake-Walker, who has died in February, was a scion of the Earls Spencer and an aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales.

She was born the Honourable Anne Spencer on 4 August 1920 as a daughter of Albert Edward John Spencer, then styled Viscount Althorp (1892-1975) & his wife Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton (1897-1972), OBE, DCVO, scion of the Dukes of Abercorn. Anne's father succeeded his father as 7th Earl Spencer on 26 September 1922 and died on 9 June 1975 aged 83. She became Lady Anne on her father's succession.

Her younger brother Edward John [Johnny] was the 8th Earl Spencer (1924-1992) and a father of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Lady Anne served as an officer in the WRENS in the Second World War.

Lady Anne married on 10 February 1944 Captain Christopher Baldwin Hughes Wake-Walker, RN (1920-1998) of East Bergholt, co Suffolk, scion of the Walker baronets [son of Admiral Sir William Frederic Wake-Walker, KCB (1888-1945) & his wife Muriel Elsie Hughes (died 1963), scion of the Hughes baronets]; the then Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret attended the Wake-Walker's wedding reception at Admiralty House.

Lady Anne was widowed on 5 April 1998. She leaves issue, three sons David (b. 1947), Richard (b. 1951) & Major Michael, of the Coldstream Guards (born 1958) and two daughters, Elizabeth Sarah Duckworth-Chad (b. 1944, for whom Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother stood sponsor) & Diana Mary Macfarlane (b. 1958, twin with her brother Michael).

Sources: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/202...1920-2020.html
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Count Felix von Orsini und Rosenberg died on February 15 at age 90.

He was born in 1929 as the only child of Count Felix von Orsini und Rosenberg (1886-1962) and Countess Marianne von Funfkirchen (1902-1999). In 1960, he married Brigitte Wurtz (*1937). They had four children: Markus (*1961), Anna (*1964), Maria (*1966), and Johanna (*1968). He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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Prince Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis died on 5 March.

He was born in Schloss Bullachberg on 7 September 1935 as an only child of Prince Raphael von Thurn und Taxis (1906-1993) & his wife and second cousin Princess Margarete von Thurn undTaxis (1913-1997).
He married firstly in Schwangau civilly on 20 May and religiously on 22 May1969 Countess Anna Maria von Pocci (1944-2008); this marriage was childless and annulled in 1972.
He married secondly civilly in Schwangau on 14 March and religiously in Bullachberg on 15 March 1973 Christa Heinle (b.1941) by whom he had two sons: Hubertus (b.1973) & Philipp (b.1973).
Apart from his wife and sons he left two daughters-in-law: Marion, nee Fischer (b.1971, Hubertus' wife) & Alessandra, nee Caspari (b.1984, Philipp's wife) as well as an only grandson David (b.2011, son of Hubertus and Marion).

Sources: https://twitter.com/sethbleonard/sta...96227323113472 (Thanks, eya!)
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Old 03-14-2020, 08:07 AM
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Countess Beatrix Wilhelmine Paula von Hardenberg, former Duchess of Seville, died in Hospital Quirón in Marbella (Spain) on 14 March.

She was born on 28 June 1947 in Donaueschingen (Germany) as a daughter of daughter of Count Günther von Hardenberg (1918-1985) & his wife, Princess Maria Josepha of Fürstenberg (1922-2008).
She married in Baden-Baden on 7 July 1973 Francisco de Paula Enrique de Borbón y Escasany, 5th Duke of Seville (b.1943) [son of Francisco Enrique de Borbón y Borbón, Grandee of Spain (1912–1995) {himself son of Francisco de Borbón y de la Torre (1882–1952) & his wife and cousin, Enriqueta de Borbón y Parade, 4th Duchess of Seville (1885-1967)} & his wife, Enriqueta Escasany y Miguel (1925-1962) {herself daughter of Ignacio Escasany y Ancell and Enriqueta de Miguel, Marquesa de la Pobla de Claramunt}]
They had three children: Olivia (b. 6 April 1974), Christina (b.2 September 1975-13 February 2020) & Francisco (b.21 January 1979).
They divorced on divorced on 30 June 1989. She didn't remarry.
Her former husband married twice since divorce.

Apart from her daughter and son she leaves two grandchildren: Flavia María Josepha (30-11-2016) & Francisco Enrique (14-8-2018) - children of Olivia & her husband Julián Porras Toledano (b. 3 October 1982).

Sources: https://www.vanitatis.elconfidencial...uerte_2498099/ (Thanks, Blog Real!)
http://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/furstenberg.htm
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Hello, Alexander Gordon, 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair died at Fromantine House on 12th March 2020. His eldest son becomes the 8th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair


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Hello, Dona Maria del Catmen Zornoza y Ponce de Leon (b.1942) , former wife Prince Georgi Bagration
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Hello. Don Marescotti Ruspoli dei Principi del Poggio Suasa (1934) died at Brussels on March 15th 2020.

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Baron Patrick Nothomb died on 17 March of a cardiac arrest due to Coronavirus (according to the comments):

Décès du baron Patrick Nothomb (1936-2020) – Noblesse & Royautés
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Patrice de Vogüe died of cancer at the age of 91:

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Countess Annette Zamoyski died on 6 February.

She was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada,on 27 May 1960 as (reportedly) only child of Count Adam Marcin Zamoyski (1926-1998) & his wife Margot, nee Hombeck (1928-2001).
She was unmarried and childless.

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María de las Mercedes de Zornoza y Ponce de León, former Princess George Bagration-Moukhransky died at Madrid on 17 March.

She was born at Madrid on 2 August 1942 as the daughter of don José de Zornoza and his wife, María de los Dolores Ponce de León y Puicercus (d.2008).
She married in Nice (France) on 11 March 1968 Prince George (Jorge) Bagration-Mukhransky (1944-2008) [son of Prince Irakly Bagration-Mukhransky (1909-1977) & his wife Nobile Maria Antonietta Pasquini dei Conti di Costafiorita (1911-1944).

George's aunt Leonida married Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia; George's first cousin is Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, Head of the Imperial House of Romanov.

George and María had three children: Maria Antonieta (b.1969), Irakly (b.1972) & David (b.1976). The couple eventually divorced, and María never remarried; her former husband married in 1982Nuria Llopis Oliart (b.1953)and had another son Gourami (b.1985) by her.

María remained a close friend of her former sister-in-law, Princess Mariam Bagration-Mukhransky, who never really forgave her brother for divorcing his first wife.

María is survived by her three children and two grandsons: Jaime Gaixas y Bagration (b.1995) [son ofMaria Antonieta & her husband Jaime Gaixas] and Prince Giorgi Bagration-Bagration (b.2011) [son of Prince David and his former wife, Princess Anna Bagration-Gruzinsky (b.1976)].

The marriage of María's son David and the heiress of the Bagration-Gruzinsky branch of the Georgian royal families led to a brief rapprochement between the two leading lines of the Bagrationi royal house.


Sources: Eurohistory: Death of the Mother of the Head of the House of Bagrationi-Mukransky
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_...ukhrani#Family


Update: Countess Annette Zamoyski died in Napanee (Ontario, Canada):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...92221197666654
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