Royal Deaths Announcements 2014

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What a remarkable story and what an eventful life. The House Esterházy was lucky to have had a Fürstin with so much dedication, zest, commitment and loyalty. Rest in Peace, Fürstin Melinda Esterházy von Galantha.

H.R.H. Princess Yolande of Bourbon-Parma, née Princess de Broglie-Revel, passed away on 2 September 2014. She was 86.

Born as Princess Yolande Marie Gonzague Thérèse de Broglie-Revel, she was the daughter of Prince Joseph de Broglie-Revel and of his wife, née Marie Marguerite de la Cour de Balleroy.She was married from 1951 till they divorced in 1966 to HRH Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma (born in 1926, son of Prince René and of Princess Margrethe, née Princess of Denmark). They became parents of two sons and three daughters (of whom two predeceased their parents).
She is survived by her former husband, her sons Eric and Charles-Emmanuel, her daughter Sybil, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as by her brother Prince Amaury de Broglie-Revel and his family.

Prince Nicholas Romanovich passed away on 15 September 2014. He was 92 years old.

He was born on 26 September 1922 in Antibes, France. He was the eldest son of Prince Roman Petrovich and his wife, Princess Praskovia Dmitrievena, née Countess Sheremeteva. Prince Nicholas had a younger brother, Prince Dimitri. Prince Nicholas was brought up in France and his family still used the Julian Calendar. He spoke Russian and French.

He is survived by his wife, Countess Sveva della Gherardesca, and their three children; Princesses Natalia, Elisaveta and Tatiana.

Sources: Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prince Philipp August of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha, only child of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (1901-1985) [himself the son of Prince August Leopold and Archduchess Karoline of Austria] and his wife Sarah Aurelia Halasz, died this year, age 70.

He is survived by his second wife, Rosemarie Jäger, and his four children: Isabelle, Maximilian, Alexander, and Christina as well as four grandchildren.

Source: Descendants of King Louis Philippe I of the French
Death of the Head of the Grand Ducal House of Oldenburg


HH Duke Anton Günther, Duke of Oldenburg
Head of the Grand Ducal House of Oldenburg


HH Duke Anton Günther, Head of the Grand Ducal House of Oldenburg, passed away on September 20, age 91.

He was born in 1923, the son of Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg (1897-1970) and Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1899-1948).
He succeeded to the Headship on his father's death in 1970.

He is survived by his wife, née Princess Ameli of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, their children Duchess Helene and Duke Christian
(who now succeeds his father as Head of the Grand Ducal House), his four grandchildren, and his younger siblings and their families.

Source: Royal Musings: The death of Duke Anton Günther of Oldenburg
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First Nicholas, now Anton-Gunther... this is not turning out to be a good month for Pretenders...
Prince David Chavchavadse died this year.

He was born 1924 as the only son of Princess Nina of Russia (1901-1974) {herself daughter of Grand Duke George of Russia (1863-1919) & his wife, Princess Marie of Greece and Denmark (1876-1940)} & her husband, Prince Paul Chavchavadse (1899-1971).
He was married three times: firstly, from 1952 to 1959, to Helen Husted (b.1933); secondly, from 1959 to 1970, to Judith Clippinger (1932-1997); thirdly, from 1979, to Eugenie de Smitt (b.1939).
By his first wife he had two daughters: Maria (b.1953) and Alexandra (b.1954) as well as three grandchildren: Yelena (b.1990) [daughter of Maria & her husband Alexander Rasic (b.1955)], Alexander (b.1991) & Caroline (b.1994) [children of Alexandra & her husband Puthukuty Krishnan Ramani (b.1956)].
By his second wife he had another daughter Catherine (b.1960) and a son Michael (b.1966) as well as two more granddaughters: Sophia (b.1996) & Nina (b.1998) [daughters of Catherine & her husband John Alan Redpath (b.1963)]

Source:Descendants of King Christian IX of Denmark
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HSH Princess Amelie zu Fürstenberg passed away in Villingen, Germany, on 26 October 2014, aged 66, after undergoing surgery. The Princess has been in poor health for some years.

Born on 03 April 1948, she was the eldest daughter of the late Fürst Joachim Egon zu Fürstenberg and of his wife, née Countess Paola zu Königsegg-Aulendorf. She was unmarried, and she is survived by her mother and her siblings Marie-Antoinette, Heinrich, Karl-Egon, Johannes and Anna.

Royal Musings: Princess Amelie of Fürstenberg
Princess Kristine Bernadotte, née Rivelsrud, passed away at her homs in Benalmáden, Spain, on 4 November 2014. She was 82.

Kristine Rivelsrud was born at Eidsfoss, Norway, on 22 April 1932.
During the 1960s she became employed as a secretary by Prince Carl Bernadotte, formerly Prince Carl of Sweden, Duke of Östergötlan. He was the only son of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, Duke and Duchess of Västergötland, as well as the brother of Princess Margaretha of Denmark, Crown Princess Märtha of Norway and of Queen Astrid of the Belgians. Carl and Kristine eventually got married in Rabat, Morocco, on 8 June 1978; she was his third wife.
They remained married until the Prince's death in 2003.
Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria passed away sometime in 2014, aged 86/87.

She was born on 13 March 1927 in Vienna, the third child and daughter of Archduke Leo Karl of Austria and of his wife, née Maria Klotilde von Thuillières, Countess von Montjoye-Vaufrey.
Her father was a son of Archduke Karl Stefan (of the branch of the Dukes of Teschen; he was a brother of Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen) and of his wife Archduchess Maria Theresia (of the branch of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany).
Archduchess Elisabeth, unlike her siblings, never married. She is survived by her brother Leo-Stefan and by the families of her siblings.

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