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The engagement was announced 9 January, 2021, between Nicholas Jasper Lowe [born 1994], son of Jeremy Gilson L]owe [born 1956], and his wife the former Theodora Margaret [Thea] Hardy [born 18 February, 1953], & Shenin Anowar, daughter of Asmina Afroz.

Nicholas Lowe is descended from the Spencer Barons Churchill, who in turn descend from the 4th Duke of Marlborough.

4th Duke of Marlborough [1738/9-1817]-->1st Baron Churchill [1779-1845]-->George Spencer [1804-77]-->John Munro-Spencer [1849-1916]-->Almeric Munro-Spencer [1885-1960]-->Synolda Munro-Spencer [1914-2005]-->Thea Hardy [1953- ]-->Nicholas Lowe [1994- ]

Source: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/loweanowar-engagement.html
 
The engagement was announced between Theyazin bin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Crown Prince of Oman (b.21 August 1990) [son of Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Reigning Sultan of Oman (b.1955) & his wife Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al Busaidiyah] & his double first cousin, Meyyan Bint Shihab Al Said [daughter of Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al Said (brother of the Sultan) & his wife Sayyida Rawdah Bint Abdullah Al Busaidi (sister of Sultan's wife)] on 16 January.

Source: Oman’s Crown Prince, Theyazin Bin Haitham is engaged - Arabian Royal Agency (Thanks, eya!)
 
Is it normal for the family to marry first cousins? And in this case even double first cousins? Genetically not a very smart decision...
 
Is it normal for the family to marry first cousins? And in this case even double first cousins? Genetically not a very smart decision...

Double first cousins share 25% of the same DNA. First cousins share 12.5% of the same DNA. I hope they have proper genetic testing to calculate the coefficient of relationship to determine if they share the full 25%
 
Is it normal for the family to marry first cousins? And in this case even double first cousins? Genetically not a very smart decision...

Not sure about Oman specifically, but it still is common enough in other Muslim monarchies. The Dubai royal family is a good example of that. Not only are Mo and Hind cousins, but Hamdan married his first cousin as well who is related to him on both sides (his wife's father is Hind's brother which makes him also Mo's cousin). His brothers also married cousins at the same time (though I believe not as close, second cousins).

Yes one would hope some genetic testing is done before hand. Even if traditional, one can hope some concern for future children is taken.


Big week for the prince as he was named the Crown Prince only a few days ago.
 
Today HIH GD Georgi of Russia became engaged to Nob, Virginia Rebecca Bettarini. The wedding will be in the Autumn of this year. Congratulation to the couple and a long and happy life together.
 
The engagement was announced between Prince Badr Bin Saud Bin Saad Al Saud [Grandson of Saudi Late King Abdullah] & the daughter of Prince Bander Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kaber on 23 January.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKXIMHXBIHB/
 
And the daughter doesn't have a name? Her only identity is being the daughter of a prince and in the future the wife of another prince?
 
Her given name is not revealed to the public.
 
The engagement was announced between Lady India Harriet Windsor-Clive (b.3 September, 1988) [third of four children and only daughter of Ivor Edward Other Windsor-Clive, 4th Earl of Plymouth (b. 1951) & his wife Caroline Anne, nee Nettlefold (b.1954), scion of the Nettlefold landed gentry family, and a descendant maternally of the Curzon Viscounts Scarsdale] & Sam P. Cooper (b.1978) [only son of Michael Cooper and the late Maria J.L. Cordell-Lavarack] on 25 January.

Sam Cooper is the former husband of the singer songwriter Lily Allen [b. 2 May 1985), by whom he has two daughters, Ethel Mary (b.2011) and Marnie Rose (born 2013). Sam is a half-brother of producer Milo Cordell, and the late musician, Tarka Cordell (1966-2008).

Sam's mother, known as Mia, was the first wife of late Irish-born record producer Denny Cordell (1943-1995). They assumed the surname Cordell-Lavarack. Denny Cordell-Lavarack was producer for the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, The Cranberries &c. Denny Cordell's third wife was Marina Guinness (b. 1957), scion of the Barons Moyne, daughter of the Honourable Desmond Guinness (1932-2020) & his wife, Princess Marie Gabrielle von Urach (1932-1989); they had a son Finbar Cordell-Lavarack (b.1992).

India is the third one of her siblings who marries;
Her eldest brother, Robert Other Ivor, Viscount Windsor (b.15 March 1981) is married to ALice Llewellyn (b.1980) since 28 Fenruary 2015; they have three children: Grace Bell (b.25 January 2016; Happy Birthday!), Olive Mary (b.25 March 2017) & Edward Other Ivor Llewellyn (b.26 April 2019)
Her second elder brother, Frederick John Richard (b.21 April 1983) is married to Elizabeth Watson since 1 November 2014); they have a daughter Florence Anne (b.22 April 2017).
Her only unmarried brother is the youngest one, Edward James Archer (b.18 July 1994).

Source: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/sam-cooper-former-husband-of-singer.html
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/plymouth_powis.html
https://www.thepeerage.com/p57276.htm#i572758
https://www.thepeerage.com/p68027.htm#i680270
https://www.thepeerage.com/p50006.htm#i500051

The engagement was announced between Florence Fitzalan Howard (b.13 January 1993) [scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, second of three children and elder daughter of Lord Gerald Bernard Fitzalan Howard (b.1962) {himself youngest of five children of Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan Howard, 4th Lord Howard of Glossop, who succeded 1975 as 17th Duke of Norfolk, etc (1915-2002) & his wife Anne Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell (1927-2013)} of Carlton Towers, Goole, Yorkshire, & his wife Emma Georgina, nee Egerton Roberts] & Charlie Pickard [younger son of Edward and Mimi Pickard, of West Sussex] on 26 January.

Florence Fitzalan Howard is a niece of Edward William Fitzalan Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk (b.1956), Premier Duke in the Peerage of England and Earl Marshal.

Florence is the first child who marries; her siblings are Arthur (b.23 October 1991) & Grace (b.31 December 1994)

Sources: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/pickardfitzalan-howard-engagement.html
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/norfolk.html
 
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The engagement was announced between Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, the 11th Duke of Roxburghe (b. 18 February 1981), of Floors Castle, Kelso [elder son of late Guy Innes-Ker, the 10th Duke of Roxburghe (1954-2019) & his first wife Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor (b.1953)] and Miss Annabel Green [daughter of the late Mr Ian Green and Mrs Patrick Quirk] on 30 January.

Annabel Green will become chatelaine of the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. The castle was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.

One of Britain's most eligible bachelors, the duke is a close Army friend of the Duke of Sussex. He inherited his father's title and £100m estate in 2019. The duke, when still Marquis of Bowmont, was also once fined for riding the Tyne and Wear Metro without a £1 ticket, but chose to pay the £10 fine rather than end up on 'loser posters' put up around the city.

Charles Roxburghe attended Eton College before following in his father's footsteps by going to Sandhurst after which he served during the Iraq War. Rather than sitting around 'like a hawk' however, Charles runs his own chauffeur business, Capstar, which retrains wounded former servicemen and women, according to the Evening Standard.

It will be the second marriage for the Duke of Roxburghe. He married firstly, on 22 July 2011 Honourable Charlotte Susanna Aitken (b. 15 February 1982) [daughter of Maxwell Aitken, the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook (b.1951) & his wife, Susan Angela More O'Ferrall]. This childless marriage ended in divorce in 2013, and Charlotte is now Mrs Francesco Bellasi and has a son by her current husband.

In 2015 he had a daughter with fashion designer Morvarid Sahafi.

The Duke of Roxburghe succeeded to the title on his father's death on 29 August 2019. The 10th duke died from cancer aged 64. The Duke is also Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Earl of Roxburghe, Earl of Kelso, Earl Innes, Viscount Broxmouth, Lord Roxburghe, Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun, Lord Ker of Cessford and Overton, and is the premier Baronet of Nova Scotia, and Chief of the Clan Innes.

Charles Roxburghe's mother, Lady Jane, is a daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert George Grosvenor, the 5th Duke of Westminster (1910-1979) & his wife, Honourable Viole Lyttelton (1912-1987), and is now the wife of Edward William Dawnay (b.1950), scion of the Viscounts Downe.

The Duke of Roxburghe has a brother, and current heir presumptive, Lord Edward Innes-Ker (b.2 February 1984), who is married to Celia Brook since 2017, and a sister Rosanagh (b. 16 January 1979), who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of HRH The Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson in 1986 (it was at a Floors Castle house party where Prince Andrew is said to have proposed to Sarah). Rosanagh is Viscountess Grimston, wife of James Walter Grimston, Viscount Grimston (b.6 January 1978) [eldest son and Heir of John Grimston,7th Earl of Verulam (b.1951) & his wife Dione, nee Smith (b.1954) they have two sons: John Innes Archie (b.10 August 2010) & Guy Robert (b.21 December 2011) and a daughter Violet Mary (8 October 2014).

The duke also has two half-siblings, Lady Isabella Innes-Ker (b.7 September 1994), and Lord George Innes-Ker (b.20 November 1996), from his father's second marriage to Virginia Wynn-Williams.

Sources: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/01/duke-of-roxburghe-engaged.html
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/roxburghe.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Innes-Ker,_10th_Duke_of_Roxburghe#Personal_life
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell_Aitken,_3rd_Baron_Beaverbrook
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Innes-Ker,_11th_Duke_of_Roxburghe#Personal_life
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Grosvenor,_Duchess_of_Westminster
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Grosvenor,_5th_Duke_of_Westminster
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Grimston,_7th_Earl_of_Verulam#Personal_life
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dione_Grimston,_Countess_of_Verulam
 
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I like that they included that he was once fined for not buying a ticket on the Newcastle Metro.

IIRC he and his previous girlfriend have a daughter together, although that wasn't mentioned anywhere.

Nothing much about his bride to be.
 
Philip Rindom (b.1990) [youngest of three children of Countess Désirée of Rosenborg (b1955) {herself youngest of four children and only daughter of Prince Flemming of Denmark, who became Count Flemming of Rosenborg in 1949 (1922-2002) {{himself second of five children of Prince Axel of Denmark (1888-1964) & his wife Princess Margaretha of Sweden (1899-1977)}} & his wife Ruth, nee Nielsen (1924-2010)} & second by her current husband Peter Rindom (b.1955)] got engaged to Anne Hald this year.

His older brother Thomas Rindom (b.1988) is married to Sarah Frederikke Fabricius.
His older half-sister Dana of Rosenborg Smith (b.1981) [only child together of Countess Desiree & her former husband Fergus Smith (b.1949)] is reportedly single.

Source: Descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark
 
Lord Frederick Wellesley (*1992), youngest of five children of Princess Antonia of Prussia (*1955) and Charles Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (*1945), got engaged to Katherine Lambert.

Both are in the army; he is a Captain in the Blues and Royals, and she is a Captain in the Royal Engineers.

Frederick is the fourth of his siblings to marry. Older brother Arthur is married to Jemima Kidd with three children. Sisters Honor and Charlotte are married to Hon. Orlando Montagu and Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila, respectively, and each have two children. His sister Mary is unmarried.

Source: Capt F.C. Wellesley and Capt K.E. Lambert - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements
Descendants of German Emperor Wilhelm I
 
Charlotte's husband is the half-uncle of Tatiana Casiraghi. He is the much younger half-brother of her father Julio (there is 19 years between the two half-brothers). Alejandro is much closer in age to his niece (5 years older). Her husband has a net worth of about 9 billion dollars.

Honor's husband Orlando is the second son of the Earl of Sandwich. His elder brother has two sons so he would be 4th in line for his father's title.

His sister in law Jemma Kidd is the maternal granddaughter of Sir John Rowland Hodge, 2nd Baronet. And paternal great-granddaughter of Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook who founded The Daily Express.
 
Lord Frederick Wellesley (*1992), youngest of five children of Princess Antonia of Prussia (*1955) and Charles Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (*1945), got engaged to Katherine Lambert.

Both are in the army; he is a Captain in the Blues and Royals, and she is a Captain in the Royal Engineers.

Frederick is the fourth of his siblings to marry. Older brother Arthur is married to Jemima Kidd with three children. Sisters Honor and Charlotte are married to Hon. Orlando Montagu and Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila, respectively, and each have two children. His sister Mary is unmarried.

Source: Capt F.C. Wellesley and Capt K.E. Lambert - Engagements Announcements - Telegraph Announcements
Descendants of German Emperor Wilhelm I

Arthur and Jemma are getting a divorce, separated last year. https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2021/02/lord-frederick-wellesley-to-marry.html
 
The engagement was announced between Prince Vincenz of Furstenberg (b.15 March 1985) [eldest of three sons of Prince and Landgraf Johannes of Furstenberg (b.1958) and only son by his first wife Veronika Paul (b.1948)] & Georgina Melville, an opera singer (coloratura soprano) fron Staattheater Cottbus, on 3 March.

The groom-to-be has two half-brothers: Ludwig (b.28 December 1997) & Johann-Christian (b.30 April 1999) by his father & his current wife Stephanie, nee Heiden (b.1961)

Source: https://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2021/03/prince-vincenz-of-furstenberg-to-marry.html

Update:
The wedding of Grand Duke George of Russia & Rebecca "Victoria Romanovna" Bettarini will take place in Sankt Petersburg on 1 October.

Sources: future bride's Instagram account.
https://eurohistoryjournal.blogspot.com/2021/03/russian-imperial-wedding-in-october.html
 
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Count Martin Lombard de Buffières de Rambuteau (*1988), middle son of Count Count Emmanuel Lombard de Buffières de Rambuteau (*1954) and his wife Valérie-Charlotte Dolbois (*1958), got engaged to Théodora Pâris de Bollardière (*1987) this year.

Martin's older brother Paul (*1985) married Aude Colas des Francs in 2016, while his younger brother Joachim (*1991) is unmarried.

Source: Descendants of King Louis Philippe I of the French
 
The engagement was announced 11 March, 2021, between Richard Christian Beaumont [born 27 May, 1989], scion of the Viscounts Allendale, second son of the Hon Hubert Wentworth Beaumont -[born 13 Apr, 1956], of County Kildare, Ireland, and Katherine Emma [Kate] Beaumont [nee Abel Smith, born 11 March, 1961], of Nottinghamshire, and Elizabeth Louise Holland [b 1990], daughter of Michael G. Holland, of Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, and his wife the former Margaret H. Osborne.

Richard Beaumont, a grandson of the late life peer the Baron Beaumont of Whitley [1928-2008] is also a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria [1819-1901] > Prince Leopold [1853-84] > Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone [1883-1981] > Lady May Abel Smith [1906-94] > Richard Abel Smith [1933-2004] > Kate Abel Smith [b 1961] > Richard Beaumont [b 1989]

Source: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/03/beaumontholland-engagement.html
 
Prince Johann-Wenzel of Liechtenstein (b.16 March 1993) [son of Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein (b.1949) & his wife, Princess Marie of France (b.1959)] got engaged to Countess Felicitas von Hartig (b.10 April 1994) [daughter of Count Lukas von Hartig (b.1964) & his wife Claudia, nee Toperczer (b.1965)] this year.

Johann-Wenzel is third of five children, elder son and first one who marries.

Sources: Descendants of King Louis Philippe I of the French
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/liechtenstein.html
 
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Prince Johann-Wenzel of Liechtenstein (b.16 March 1993) [son of Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein (b.1949) & his wife, Princess Marie of France (b.1959)] got engaged to Countess Felicitas von Hartig (b.10 April 1994) [daughter of Count Lukas von Hartig (b.1964) & his wife Claudia, nee Toperczer (b.1965)] this year.

Johann-Wenzel is third of five children, elder son and first one who marries.

Sources: Descendants of King Louis Philippe I of the French
https://www.angelfire.com/realm/gotha/gotha/liechtenstein.html



Having heard from one of the two people concerned, they are NOT engaged.
 
Elizabeth Katharine Wemyss (b.1985) [daughter of Charles Michael Wemyss (b.1952) {himself son of David Erskine-Wemyss (1920-2005) {{himself son of Lady Victoria Cavendish-Bentinck (1890-1994) {{{herself daughter of William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland (1857-1943) & his wife Winifred Dallas-Yorke (1863-1954)}}}& her husband Michael John Erskine-Wemyss of Wemyss (1888-1982)}} & his wife Lady Jean Bruce (b.1923)} & his wife Fiona Elizabeth, nee Penn (b.1956)] got engaged to her longtime partner James Gary MacKean (b.1989) this year; they have two children.

Source: Descendants of Willem Bentinck and Charlotte Sophie of Aldenburg
 
The engagement was announced between Prince Louis of Luxemburg (b. 3 August 1986) [third of five children of Grand Duke Henri of Luxemburg (b.1955) & his wife Maria Teresa, nee Mestre y Batista (b.1956)] & Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue (b.8 August 1991) [second of three children of Pierre Sirgue & his wife Scarlett, nee Berrebi] on 6 April.

For Prince Louis it will be second marriage; he was previously married (from 2006 to 2019) to Tessy Antony (b.28 October 1985) [third of four living children of François Antony & his wife Régine Anne, nee Heidemann] by whom he has two sons Gabriel (b.12 March 2006) & Noah (b. 27 September 2007).
His former wife is currently engaged to Frank Floessel (also a divorced man, father of one daughter) and is currently expecting his child.

Source: https://monarchie.lu/fr/actualites/...ouis-avec-mademoiselle-scarlett-lauren-sirgue
 
Princess Shirin bint Mired (born 19 May 1993) [daughter of Prince Mired bin Ra'ad of Jordan (b.1965) & his wife Dina Mohammad Khalifeh (b.1965)] got engaged to Jafar Nabelsi recently.

Shirin is the eldest of three children, only daughter and first one who marries.
Her brothers Rakan (b.20 November 1995) & Jafar (b.4 November 2002) are single.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNc18RNhX-D/
 
The engagement was announced 10 April, 2021, between Capt James Oliver Stirling Home Drummond-Moray [born 1992], Scots Guards, scion of that landed family, of Abercairny, son of Capt David Maurice Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray [born 6 March, 1945], late the Scots Guards, of Crieff, Perthshire, and his wife the former Iona Barber, & Annabel Flora Edwards [born 1993], daughter of Nicholas Edwards, of Hawkhurst, Kent, and his wife [nee Macleod].

Capt James Drummond-Moray is a descendant of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry:-

6th Duke of Buccleuch [1831-1914] > Lord George Montagu Douglas Scott [1866-1947] > Jeanetta Montagu Douglas Scott [1906-97] > David Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1945] > James Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1992].

Source: https://peeragenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/stirling-home-drummond-morayedwards.html
 
Jonkvrouw Idalie de Hemptinne (*1993) of the Counts de Hemptinne, older daughter of Jonkheer Frédéric de Hemptinne (*1963) (who is the son of Princess Maria of Sapieha-Kodenska and her husband Jonkheer Maximilien de Hemptinne) and his wife Jonkvrouw Muriel de Failly (*1970), is engaged to Amaury Botton, they will marry in 2022.

Source: Descendants of Prince Ladislaw Sapieha-Kodenski
 
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