The birth of another Princess – Beatrix had prefered a brother

On Tuesday 18 February 1947 at 2.24am a little princess was born at the Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, The Netherlands. Later that day her father Prince Bernhard told in a radio progarmme that Princess Juliana was doing fine. Apparently both grandmothers – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Princess Armgard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld – were present. […]

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Princess Christina of the Netherlands (1947-2019)

On Friday morning 16 August 2019 the Government Information Service (RVD) in name of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix announced the death of Princess Christina of the Netherlands that morning at the complex of Palace Noordeinde (not in the palace itself, but in her apartment above the stables) in The Hague. She had […]

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Fürst Otto brings his bride home to Rüdenhausen

A very nice and old noble tradition was preserved in one of the German princely houses on 3 August 2019. Fürst Otto zu Castell-Rüdenhausen officially introduced his bride into his household. In German this is called a “Heimführung” and surely not every family seems to do it (anymore), so it is something very special. The […]

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Looking back – Dutch photo session in the sun

Today the yearly photosession of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands took place again. Exactly six years ago I was there when they posted in the gardens of their then residence. As they moved into Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague early this year, this year’s […]

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The private christenings of the British royals

In contrast to some other monarchies the christenings of the British royals are rather private occasions. They often taken place in royal chapels or even in the palaces and are small, intimate ceremonies with few guests. When possible photographers like to take pictures of the arrival and departure of the parents with their child and […]

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Princess Feodora Reuss – Farewell to a Mecklenburg Duchess

Through a common friend a sad message reached me on Monday 3 June 2019: in the morning of that day Princess Woizlawa Feodora Reuss, Herzogin zu Mecklenburg-Schwerin had died in Strittmatt at the aged of 100. When she celebrated her 100th birthday on 17 December 2018, she did that quietly at home in Strittmatt(-Görwihl), Baden-Württemberg. […]

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Happiness at a Castell-Rüdenhausen wedding in Austria

After the civil wedding at the town hall of Rüdenhausen, Germany, on 29 December 2018, Fürst Otto zu Castell-Rüdenhausen and Sophia Mautner von Markhof celebrated their religious wedding at the former Augustinian Abbey Church in Waldhausen im Strudengau, Upper Austria. The bride wore an ivory silk dress trimmed with lace and an old lace veil, […]

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Casimir & Alana – A German-American Wedding in Sayn (3)

On Saturday 1 June 2019 Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Alana Bunte married religiously at the Abbey of Bendorf-Sayn, Germany. See here for the wedding report and the guestlist. In the evening there was a private party. Most guests parked in the car park and walked. The bridal couple however went by car to the […]

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Casimir & Alana – A German-American Wedding in Sayn (2)

For the wedding of Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Alana Bunte on 1 June 2019 at the Abbey of Bendorf-Sayn, Germany, about 400 guests from all over the world had come to celebrate the couple. After the civil wedding on Friday afternoon 31 May 2019 at the Roter Salon of Sayn Castle, there was a […]

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Casimir & Alana – A German-American Wedding in Sayn (1)

The wedding season really has begun. On Saturday 1 June 2019 Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Alana Bunte married religiously at the Abbey of Bendorf-Sayn, Germany. The couple announced their engagement already on 22 June 2017. Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn was born at Koblenz, Germany, on 4 May 1976 as third of seven children of […]

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The Bridal Party of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard

82 years ago Princess Juliana of the Netherlands married Prince Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld. The wedding was being held on 7 January 1937 in the Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (Great, or St. James Church) in The Hague, The Netherlands. When some years ago I tried to find out who they were, it turned out that wasn’t that […]

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