Grand Ducal House of Baden (Zahringen)

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This is sad news. I knew they were in trouble and had been selling off some assets for some time, so I guess it was inevitable.

Max and Valerie are lovely people and they were wonderful hosts to us when we stayed at the Schloss years ago.

I wish them all the best.
Not the most flattering photo of her. Unfortunately the camera caught her at a time when she looked to be sneering
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Markgraf and Markgraefin wearing unknown tiara at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco:

Prince Bernhard and Princess Stephanie wearing Star Tiara at the same wedding:

Some more of Max and Valerie:

and a close up of Valerie:
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On it's 900th Anniversary the House Baden as well other royal houses come out to celebrate.

Princess Caroline of Hanover, Prince Ernst August Jr.; Prince Bernhard von Baden with his wife Princess Stephanie; Count Max von Baden with his wife countess Valerie.
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Does anyone have informations about the tiara valerie is wearing at the wedding of charlene and albert?
basic info: diamond and ruby laurel leaf tiara; appears to be set in gold.

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The tiara has been in the Baden family for at least two generation. It originally belonged to the Margravine's mother-in-law, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (the Duke of Edinburgh's elder sister).
Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita of Baden passed away on 15 January 2013, aged 80.

She was born on 14 July 1932, the eldest child and daughter of Margrave Berthold of Baden and of his wife, née Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark.
She was married from 1957 until their divorce in 1981 to HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, the second son of King Alexander I and Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. Together they became parents of two children, Prince Nikolas and Princess Katerina of Yugoslavia.
She is survived by her two children and their families, as well as her two brothers HRH the Margrave of Baden and HRH Prince Ludwig of Baden.

Royal Musings: In Memorium: Princess Margarita of Baden (1932-2013)
Princess Margarita of Baden had been ill for sometime I believe,had no idea she was residing in England.

May she rest in Peace.
I came across the following obituary in the Times today. I am writing it out in full as access to the Times is restricted.

von Baden HRH Princess Margarita, passed away on the 15th January 2013, at her home in Farnham, Surrey, following a courageous battle with ill health over many years. She was the niece of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and the former wife of Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia. She leaves two children, a son, HRH Prince Nicholas, and a daughter, HRH Princess Katarina, Lady de Silva. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on the 24th January at the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava, 89 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QQ. No flowers. Donations, if desired, may be made payable to the Church.

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Obituary from The Telegraph.
HRH Princess Margarita of Baden

HRH Princess Margarita of Baden, who has died aged 80, was a niece of the Duke of Edinburgh and was well known in Britain, having trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in the 1950s and made England her home after her marriage to Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia.

Her Grand Ducal Highness (as she was then styled) Princess Margarita Alice Thyra Viktoria Marie Louise Scholastica was born at Salem, Germany, on July 14 1932, the eldest of three children of Prince Berthold, Margrave of Baden, and his wife, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, a sister of Prince Philip. Margarita’s father was head of the grand ducal House of Baden and the son of Max of Baden, who was himself briefly imperial chancellor in 1918. A descendant of the Duke of Cumberland , he had links with the British Royal family.

Read the entire article here.
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Pictures of guests attending the funeral service for princess Margarita in London:

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Pictured are the duke of Edinburgh, the earl of St Andrews, crown prince Alexander and crown princess Katherine of Serbia, Princess Sarvath of Jordan & two daughters, Queen Anne-Marie.
Princess Margarita of Baden was today buried at the Family burial ground at Salem Stefansfeld where also her parents and grandparents are buried.

Among the guests where Duke Friedrich and Duke Ferdinand of Württemberg, Prince Rainer of Hesse, Prince Albrecht of Hohenzollern and Pricne Andreas and Princess Luise zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Article with pictures:

Salem: Trauerfeier für Prinzessin Margarita von Baden | SÜDKURIER Online
The Hereditary Grand Ducal couple visiting Bucharest invited by HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania: Principele

The Hereditary Grand Ducal couple during the visit to Romania: FPMR
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Feast at Salem Castle for the 80th anniversary of the Head of the House:

HRH Margrave Max von Baden celebrated his 80th birthday on 3 July 2013.
His birthday was celebrated the following day with a garden party held at Schloss Salem, attended by about 400 guests (but no royal guests attended it, as far as I have understood).

Some articles about the party (they are all in German):
Salem: Ein badisches Fest zum 80. für Markgraf Max | SÜDKURIER Online
Max Markgraf von Baden feiert 80. Geburtstag - Nachrichten Salem -
Gartenparty von Max Markgraf von Baden zum 80. Geburtstag - Auch in Baden-Baden weiter aktiv als Ehrenpräsident des Comité
And here a photogallery:
SALEM - Gartenparty zum 80. Geburtstag von Max Markgraf von Baden (2) | SÜDKURIER Online
...a garden party held at Schloss Salem, attended by about 400 guests (but no royal guests attended it, as far as I have understood).
According to Prince Radu's blog (link posted by Cory above), the plan was for a garden party on Friday, a formal dinner on Saturday evening, and a reception on Sunday morning.
The formal dinner is likely to be the event attended by royal guests.

ETA.. one of the links states...
"On 3 July he celebrated with the staff of the House of Baden; on 4 July with school friends; yesterday [the garden party] with representatives from government, business, church, and country gentry; on the weekend with the family and kinship."
The Fürst and Fürstin von Hohenzollern also attended the garden party.
The birthday cake was decorated with the Margrave's coat of arms.
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On October 4, 1817, as neither Grand Duke Charles (Karl) nor the other sons from his grandfather's first marriage had surviving male descendants, Charles proceeded to confirm the succession rights of his morganatic half-uncles.
Charles elevated each uncle to the title Prince and Margrave of Baden.
And in fact the current House of Baden descends from the eldest of these half uncles, Leopold, who in 1830 became Grand Duke of Baden. He was the husband of Princess Sophie of Sweden; they are the great-great-grandparents of the current Margrave of Baden, Max.
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