New official photos of several Dutch royals

After the New Year’s reception on 14 January 2020 the Dutch royals posed for official photos inside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. Photographer Martijn Beekman took pictures of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. If you wonder why there is no picture of Princess […]

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A new Empress, a new Queen and a concubine in 2019

2019 saw a new Empress in Japan, unexpectedly a new Queen in Thailand and in the same country also for a short while a royal concubine. Who are these three women? Empress Masako of Japan Born: Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, on 9 December 1963 as the eldest daughter of Hisashi Owada and Yumiko Egashira. Siblings: […]

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The guestlist for the inthronisation of Emperor Naruhito

Some time ago I posted the royal guestlist for the inthronisation of Emperor Akihito of Japan in 1990. Who came to Japan for the inthronisation of his son Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on 22 October 2019? And which family members attended? The list might not be complete, additions are welcome. Members of the Japanese imperial […]

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An imperial wedding in the city of love

In the Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris on Saturday 19 October 2019 at 11am two imperial families joined in matrimony. His Royal Highness Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon Bonaparte, Prince Napoléon, heir to the imperial family of France, married Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg already civilly at the townhall of Neuilly-sur-Seine on 17 October. The […]

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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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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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