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The death has been announced of Constantine II, former King of the Hellenes, on 10 January. He was 82.

King Constantine, godfather of the Prince of Wales, was doubly descended from Queen Victoria, and a second cousin and close friend of King Charles III.

He was born in Rome on 2 June 1940 as second of three children and only son son of King Paul (1901-1964) & his wife Princess Frederica of Hanover (1917-1981). Both his parents were descendants of Queen Victoria.

He succeeded to the throne of the Hellenes on the sudden death of his father, King Paul, on 6 March 1964, and reigned until the abolition of the Greek monarchy, on 1 June, 1973. A referendum of 8 December 1974 confirmed the abolition of the monarchy.

King Constantine married at Athens on 18 September 1964 Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark (born 30 August 1946) [the youngest of three daughters of King Frederik IX of Denmark (1899-1972) & his wife Princess Ingrid of Sweden (1910-2000) by whom he had three sons, Crown Prince Pavlos (b.1967), Prince Nikolaos (b.1970), and Prince Philippos (b.1987), and two daughters, Princess Alexia (b.1965) and Princess Theodora (b.1983).

The eldest son, Crown Prince Pavlos (born 20 May 1967), is now claimant to the throne of the Hellenes. He married on 1 July 1995, Marie-Chantal Miller (b 17 September 1968), and has four sons and one daughter.

Also Princess Alexia & her husband Carlos Morales y Quintana (b.1970) have one son and three daughters.


King Constantine's sister, Sophie, is the wife of King Juan Carlos I, King of Spain 1975-2014.

Queen Victoria > Victoria, Princess Royal > Sophie of Prussia > King Paul > King Constantine

Queen Victoria > Victoria, Princess Royal > Wilhelm II German Emperor > Viktoria-Luise of Prussia > Frederica of Hanover > King Constantine.

Source: Peerage News.
 
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Baroness Ladislaja Mayr von Melnhof died this year at this age of 102.

She was born on Dec 23, 1920 as the second of nine children of Friedrich, Baron Mayr von Melnhof (1892-1959) and Countess Maria-Anna von Meran (1897-1983). In 1942 she married Prince Konrad of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfurst (1919-1943). He died the following year and they did not have children.

In 1946 she married her second husband, Count Jakob von und zu Eltz gennant Faust von Straumberg (1921-2006). They had nine children together: Lidvine (*1947), Karl (*1948), Michael (1949-2014), Maria Assunta (*1950), Christiane (*1951), Johanna (*1954), Georg (*1956), Johannes (*1957), and Benedikta (*1960). In addition to her surviving children, she had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Source: Descendants of Archduke Johann of Austria
 
Rohays Butter, by marriage Princess Galitzine, died on Jan 7 at the age of 70.

Rohays Georgina Butter was born in 1952 to Sir David Butter (1920-2010) and Myra Wernher (1925-2022). Through her mother (who was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth) she was descended from the Russian imperial family and other noble houses. In 1988 she married Prince Alexander Galitzine (*1945), son of Prince George Galitzine (1916-1992) and Baroness Anne Marie von Slatin (1916-2007). They had two daughters, Sasha (*1989) and Nadezhda (*1990).

In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her siblings Sandra (*1948), Marilyn (*1950), Georgina (*1956), and Charles (*1960) and their families.

Source: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2023/01/rohays-georgina-galitzine-1952-2023.html
Descendants of Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg
Descendants of Duke Wilhelm of Nassau
 
Prince Ernst of Hohenberg died this year at the age of 78.

He was born on March 1, 1944 in Vienna to Prince Ernst of Hohenberg (1904-1954), son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863-1914) and his wife Countess Sophie Chotek, later Duchess of Hohenberg (1868-1914), and Marie-Therese Wood (1910-1985).

He was married to Patricia Caesar (*1950) from 1973 until their divorce in 1999. They had one daughter together, Eva (*1974). In 2007, he married Margareta Anna Ndisi (*1952). He is survived by his wife, daughter, and Eva's fiancee Peter Meier.

Source: Descendants of Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/austria.html
 
Princess Nelly von Auersperg, born Baroness Gutmann von Gelse und Belišće died on 15 January at the age of 94.

Nelly was born on 13 December 1928 in Vienna as the first child and only daughter of Viktor Gutmann Freiherr von Gelse und Belišće (1891-1946), youngest son of Alfred Gutmann Freiherr von Gelse und Belišće (1857-1919) and his wife, Ottilie Pollak von Rudin (1864-1921). Her mother was Luise Bloch-Bauer (1907-1998), sister of Maria Altmann and niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a patron and close friend of Gustav Klimt.

In 1955, she married Prince Johannes Weikhardt von Auersperg (1930-2017), second son and fifth child of Prince Eduard von Auersperg (1893-1948) and his wife, Countess Sophie von Clamm und Gallas (1900-1980).

https://eurohistoryjournal.blogspot.com/2023/01/dr-nelly-auersperg-1928-2023-cancer.html
 
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Prince Alexander Galitzine died on Jan 29 at the age of 65.

He was born on Feb 6, 1957 in Montreal to Prince Nikolai Galitzine (1913-1999), a descendant of the imperial Russian family, the dukes of Mecklenburg, and other noble families, and his second wife Anita Frisch (*1933).

He married Kelly Dempers (*1965) in 1983; they had one child, Sarah (*1987) before divorcing in 1990. In 1992 he married his second wife, Kelly Davis (*1965), and had three more children, Natasha (*1994), Stephanie (*1997), and Lukas (*1999).

Source: Descendants of Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/galitzine.html
 
H.R.H. Princess Marie Gabrielle of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg, died on 10 February 2023, aged 97.

She was the last surviving child of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxebourg. She was the widow of danish Count Knud of Holstein-Ledreborg (1919-2001), by whom she had seven daughters (one of whom predeceased her mother in 2010).


https://monarchie.lu/fr/actualites/deces-de-la-princesse-marie-gabrielle-de-luxembourg
 
Count Didier of Oultremont died in Thisnes (Belgium) on 27 February.

He was born in Marcinelle (Belgium) on 2 August 1937 as sixth of eight children of Count Hervé of Oultremont (1901-1972) & his wife Countess Charlotte of Ursel (1903-1971).
He married in Liège civilly on 8 January and religiously on 14 January 1966 Hélène [of the Counts] de Hemptinne (b.1940) with whom he had five sons: Alain (b.1966), Vincent (b.1968), Geoffroy (b.1970), Arnaud (b.1972) & Hervé (b.1976) and fifteen grandchildren.

Sources: http://www.carnetmondain.be/
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/oultremont.html
 
Robert Alexander Lindsay, 29:th Earl of Crawford, 12:th Earl of Balcarres and Chief of the clan Lindsay, KT, GCVO, PC, DL, passed away on 18:th March at his family home Balcarres House. He was 96 years old.

A member of Parliament between 1955 - 1974, and then a member of the House of Lords until 2019, he was a minister of state in Sir Edward Heath’s cabinet. First as Minister of State for Defense between 1970-1972 and then as Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs between 1972-1974.

Between 1980-1985 he was First Crown Estate Commissioner, and then between 1992-2002 he was Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

He is succeeded in his titles by his elder son Anthony as the 30:th Earl of Crawford and 13:th Earl of Balcarres.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lindsay,_29th_Earl_of_Crawford

http://www.clanlindsaysociety.co.uk/lindsay-news/
 
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Princess Virginia of Furstenberg died on May 10 at the age of 48.

She was born in Genoa on Oct 5, 1974 as the only child of Prince Sebastian of Furstenberg (*1950) and his wife Elisabetta Guarnati (*1951). She was married three times: in 1992 (div 2003) to Alessandro Csillaghy de Pacser (*1967), in 2004 (div) to Paco Polenghi (*1969), and in 2017 (div 2020) to Giovanni Gawronski (*1960). Virginia had five children, Miklos (*1992) and Ginevra (*1995) Csillaghy de Pacser, Clara Bacco Dondi dall'Orologio (*2002) from a relationship with Giovanni Bacco, and Otto Leone (*2006) and Santiago Polenghi.

In addition to her parents and children, she is survived by two grandchildren, Verde (*2018) and Noah (*2019) Jasimi, and her half-brother Ernesto Furstenberg Fassio (*1981).

Source: Descendants of Giovanni Agnelli and Clara Boselli
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/furstenberg.html
 
A very tragic and sudden occurrence for her family. May she rest in peace.
 
Mikhail (Michael) Mogilevsky died on Feb 24 at the age of 93 in Lake Oswego, Oregon (US).

Michael was born on September 24, 1929. He was the only child of Duchess Nadezhda von Leuchtenberg (1898-1962), a descendant of the Russian royal family, and her husband Alexander Mogilevsky (1885-1953).

In 1953 he married Joan Russell (*1931). They had three children: Michelle (*1956), Anton (*1960), and Andre (*1962). He is survived by his wife and children as well as four grandchildren: Michelle's children Russell (*1986) and Benjamin (*1989) Harrison, and Andre's children Natalya (*2000) and Etienne (*2003).

Source: Descendants of King Maximilian I Josef of Bavaria
https://obituaries.neptunesociety.com/obituaries/happy-valley-or/michael-mogilevsky-11180354
 
Elisabeth von Bismarck, widow of Ferdinand von Bismarck, has died aged 84 in the night between June 3 and June 4, 2023. She died of old age at a hospital near Hamburg.

Born as Countess Elisabeth Lippens in Belgium in 1939, she married Ferdinand von Bismarck (1930 - 2019) in August 1960. The couple had 4 children together: Carl-Eduard (1961), Gottfried (1962–2007), Gregor (1964) und Vanessa (1971). source
 
Susan, Duchess of Richmond & Gordon, widow of Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the 10th Duke, and for many years chatelaine of Glorious Goodwood, died. on 13 June

She was born Susan Monica Grenville-Grey in 1932, as a daughter of Colonel Cecil Everard Montague Grenville-Grey, CBE (1899-1973) & his wife, Louisa Monica, nee Morrison-Bell (1903-2003), scion of the Morrison-Bell baronets.
She married on 26 May 1951, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, then styled Earl of March and Kinrara (born 19 September 1929) [son and heir of Frederick Charles Gordon-Lennox, the 9th Duke of Richmond & Gordon (1904-1989) & his wife, Elizabeth Grace, nee Hudson (1900-1992).
Her husband succeeded his father on 2 November 1989, as 10th Duke of Richmond (Peerage of England), Duke of Lennox in the Peerage of Scotland, Duke de Aubigny (in France), 7th Duke of Gordon (Peerage of the UK), Earl of March (Peerage of England), Earl of Darnley (Peerage of Scotland), Earl of Kinrara (in the Peerage of the UK), Baron Settrington, of Settrington in the County of York (Peerage of England), Lord Torbolton (in Scotland), and Hereditary Constable of Inverness Castle, &c.

The 10th Duke, who was Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, 1990-94, died on 1 September 2017.

The duchess leaves issue, a son, Charles, the 11th Duke (born 8 January 1955), and daughters: Ellinor (b.28 July 1952), Maria (b.1959), Naomi (b.1962), & Louisa (b.1967) as well as eleven grandchildren.
Maria and Naomi were adopted; then Earl and Countess of March, attracted press attention when they adopted two girls of mixed race during a time of anti-immigrant sentiment and when interracial marriage was frowned upon; Both girls were born in England to white mothers, with a Ghanaian and a black South African father respectively. Adopted children of peers were not allowed to use styles, titles and courtesy titles until a Royal Warrant issued in April 2004 meant that Maria and Naomi were elevated as Ladies, as daughters of a duke of the realm; Naomi is an actress.

Sources: https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/richmond.html
https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2023/06/susan-duchess-of-richmond-gordon-1932.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gordon-Lennox,_10th_Duke_of_Richmond
 
Captain David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy, 13th and 8th Earl of Airlie, KT GCVO PC JP has died on 28 June 2023.

He was the eldest son of David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke. His younger brother was Sir Angus Ogilvy, the husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent. He served as a page to his father at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey on 12 May 1937. With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, as of 8 September 2022, he was the last surviving participant of the Coronation of George VI and Elizabeth in 1937.

Airlie subsequently took up merchant banking, joining J. Henry Schroder in 1953. He was appointed a director of the company in 1961 and chairman of Henry Schroder Wagg & Co in 1973, and then of Schroders plc from 1977.In 1984, Lord Airlie resigned from Schroder to take up the position of Lord Chamberlain,when he was also sworn of the Privy Council and appointed GCVO. He remained in the post until 1997, the same year he was awarded the Royal Victorian Chain.

Lord Airlie also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland and as the Captain General of The Royal Company of Archers and Gold Stick for Scotland. He was also the founding Chancellor of the University of Abertay Dundee (1994–2009).

The Earl leaves his widow, Virginia Fortune Ryan, who was Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II as well as six children and eleven grandchildren.

The new Earl is David John Ogilvy, eldest of three sons of the late Earl.

Source: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/angus-mearns/4515094/lord-airlie-cortachy/
 
Jane Birkin, the English-French singer and actress, who has died aged 76, attained international fame and notability for her decade-long musical and romantic partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. She also had a prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema.

In 1969, Gainsbourg and she released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you ... me neither"). Gainsbourg originally had written the song for Brigitte Bardot. Birkin has said it was “jealousy” that drove her to sing the song. The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness, and was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

She was a scion of the Birkin baronets and a descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. She was a first cousin once removed of Freda Dudley Ward (nee Birkin) (1894-1983), for several decades the mistress of the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor).

She was born Jane Mallory Birkin, 14 December, 1946, the elder daughter of Lieutenant-Commander David Leslie Birkin, RN, DSC (1914-1991), and his actress wife, the former Judy Mary Gamble (1916-2004) (known as Judy Campbell). Judy's roles include Joanna in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, and Ethel in his The Happy Breed. The song 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', was written for her.

Jane Birkin married 16 October, 1965 (div 1968), the composer John Barry Prendergast (aka John Barry), OBE (1933-2011), by whom she had a daughter, Kate Barry (1967-2013).

Jane Birkin had a romantic and creative relationship with French musician Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. They were together for 12 years but never married, despite rumours and misreporting to the contrary. They had a daughter, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (born 1971). On 4 September 1982, she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with director Jacques Doillon.

Jane Birkin's studio albums include: Je t'aime... moi non plus (1969, with Serge Gainsbourg), Di doo dah (1973), Lolita Go Home (1975), Ex fan des sixties (1978), Baby Alone in Babylone (1983), Lost Song (1987), Amours des feintes (1990), Versions Jane (1996), À la légère (1999), Rendez-vous (2004), Fictions (2006), Enfants d'Hiver (2008), Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique (2017), Oh! Pardon tu dormais… (2020).

She was appointed OBE in 2001.

Descent from the Dukes of Bedford-

The 6th Duke of Bedford > Lord Charles James Fox Russell > Rev Henry Charles Russell > Olive Russell > David Leslie Birkin > Jane Birkin

Source: Peerage News
 
Jane Birkin, the English-French singer and actress, who has died aged 76, attained international fame and notability for her decade-long musical and romantic partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. She also had a prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema.

In 1969, Gainsbourg and she released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you ... me neither"). Gainsbourg originally had written the song for Brigitte Bardot. Birkin has said it was “jealousy” that drove her to sing the song. The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness, and was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

She was a scion of the Birkin baronets and a descendant of the Dukes of Bedford. She was a first cousin once removed of Freda Dudley Ward (nee Birkin) (1894-1983), for several decades the mistress of the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor).

She was born Jane Mallory Birkin, 14 December, 1946, the elder daughter of Lieutenant-Commander David Leslie Birkin, RN, DSC (1914-1991), and his actress wife, the former Judy Mary Gamble (1916-2004) (known as Judy Campbell). Judy's roles include Joanna in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, and Ethel in his The Happy Breed. The song 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', was written for her.

Jane Birkin married 16 October, 1965 (div 1968), the composer John Barry Prendergast (aka John Barry), OBE (1933-2011), by whom she had a daughter, Kate Barry (1967-2013).

Jane Birkin had a romantic and creative relationship with French musician Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. They were together for 12 years but never married, despite rumours and misreporting to the contrary. They had a daughter, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (born 1971). On 4 September 1982, she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with director Jacques Doillon.

Jane Birkin's studio albums include: Je t'aime... moi non plus (1969, with Serge Gainsbourg), Di doo dah (1973), Lolita Go Home (1975), Ex fan des sixties (1978), Baby Alone in Babylone (1983), Lost Song (1987), Amours des feintes (1990), Versions Jane (1996), À la légère (1999), Rendez-vous (2004), Fictions (2006), Enfants d'Hiver (2008), Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique (2017), Oh! Pardon tu dormais… (2020).

She was appointed OBE in 2001.

Descent from the Dukes of Bedford-

The 6th Duke of Bedford > Lord Charles James Fox Russell > Rev Henry Charles Russell > Olive Russell > David Leslie Birkin > Jane Birkin

Source: Peerage News
Some of the "Russells" are actually descended from the artist Landseer. So, I don't know what Jane Birkin's ancestry really was.
 
May Tony Bennett rest in peace. He was such a nice man and sung sweet as well.
 
Our beloved Princesse de Chimay née Elisabeth Manset ,passed away on 2 August . She was born in Bordeaux on March 1926.
She was Lady in Waiting and Friend of King Baudouin and a great friend of Queen Fabiola. They did lot of travels to gether
She and her husband did all for their Castle , and when she was a Widow the castle had money problems the Princess guided her castle herself until she was 85 years old. I visited the castle often , attended concerts in its lovely theater I baught the Princess Book about about Mme Tallien ( Notre Dame de Thermidor who married the Prince of Chimay) and she wrote a note inside my book.

She had 3 Children , Philippe the Heir , Gilone who married and divorced the Count de la Poêze d' Harambure and Alexandra non married.

And the miracle arrived by Prince Philippe third Wedding with Françoise Bautier , the Heiresss of Interbrew.
The whole Castle was restaured inside and outside .

She was so loved by her Chimaciens that her coffin lays in the Castle chapel during 3 days and 3 hours visit on each day.
Her Funerals will take place on monday 7 August. A Member of the Belgian Royal faily is expected to attend.
 
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It is not known yet which Royal will attend the funerals to morow.
Prince Laurent was at the third Wedding of Prince Philippe de Chimay, Prince de Caraman.
 
It is not known yet which Royal will attend the funerals to morow.
Prince Laurent was at the third Wedding of Prince Philippe de Chimay, Prince de Caraman.
I’m sure Prince Laurent will go
 
Princess Marie Adelheid of Bentheim and Steinfurt, by marriage Beliczey de Baicza died on 26 July at the age of 88.

She was born on 14 April 1935 in Münster as the third child of Viktor Adolf, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt (1883-1961) and his wife Princess Rosa of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1901-1963). On 10 December 1963 she married the hungarian nobleman Istvan Beliczey de Baicza. They had three children: Katharina (b. 1966), Nikolaus (b. 1968) and Juliane (b. 1970). Istvan died in 2021.

After her death, her sister Charlotte (b. 1936), who is married with Wolfgang Winkhaus, is the last living child of her parents.


Source: https://www.vrm-trauer.de/traueranzeige/marie-adelheid-beliczey-de-baicza
 
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Princess Marie Adelheid of Bentheim and Steinfurt, by marriage Beliczey de Baicza died on 26 July at the age of 88.

She was born on 14 April 1935 in Münster as the third child of Viktor Adolf, Prince of Bentheim and Steinfurt (1883-1961) and his wife Princess Rosa of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1901-1963). On 10 December 1963 she married the hungarian nobleman Istvan Beliczey de Baicza. They had three children: Katharina (b. 1966), Nikolaus (b. 1968) and Juliane (b. 1970). Istvan died in 2021.

After her death, her sister Charlotte (b. 1936), who is married with Wolfgang Winkhaus, is the last living child of her parents.

Is Princess Marie Adelheid's older half-brother Christian, Furst zu Bentheim und Steinfurt (born 2023) still alive?
 
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Is Princess Marie Adelheid's older half-brother Christian, Furst zu Bentheim und Steinfurt (born 2023) still alive?

According to Person peerage he seems to still be alive. He will be 100 in December.
 
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