19 November 2013

25 years ago: Württemberg - Waldburg-Zeil Wedding at Altshausen

25 years ago the Little town Altshausen in Upper Swabia experiecned a big royal Wedding when Duchess Mathuilde of Württemberg married Hereditary Count Erich of Waldburg zu Zeil and Trauchburg. Duhcess Mathilde is the oldest daughter of Duke Carl of Württemberg, the head of the Royal Family of Württemberg and his wife Duchess Diane, née Princess of France. Her groom Hreditary Count Erich is the only son of Georg. 7. Fürst of Waldburg zu Zeil of Trauchburg and his wife Fürstin Marie Gabriele, née Princess of Bavaria a daughter of the late Duke Albrecht of Bavaria.
The Wedding festivites which lasted for 3 days started in the morning of Thursday the 17. Novemberg with the civil Wedding Ceremony which took place at Altshausen Castle and was officiated by the Altshausen Mayor Kurt König. In the evening the big Soiree took place at Altshausen Castle. On Friday then Schools of Altshausen honoured the Young Copuple the Musik Capelle of Altshausen and the vigilante of Saulgau played and danced. Later that day Duke Carl and Duchess Diane hosted a reception.
The highpoint of the festivites was the religious Wedding Ceremony on Saturday the 19. November at the Castle Church. The Wedding Service was conducted by the Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart Bernhard Rieger. After the Wedding Ceremony a reception took place at Altshausen Castle. The bride wore a gown of white silk which had been designed by the Parisian designer Catherine Puget
together with Duchess Mathilde.
Among the guest at the Wedding where:
Archduchess Regina of Austria
Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, maternal grandfather of the groom
Prince Philippe of Belgium
Princess Isabelle of France, Countess of Paris, the maternal grandmother of the bride
Fürst Franz Joseph II. and Fürstin Gina of Liechtenstein
Hereditary Prince Hans Adam and Hereditary Princess Marie of Liechtenstein
Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg
Hereditary Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
Prince Willem Alexander of teh Netherlands, Prince of Orange
Prince Friso of the Netherlands
Prince Constantin of the Netherlands

After the Wedding Herditary Count Erich and the new Hereditaray Countess Mathilde moved to Rimpach Castle near Leutkirch where they stille life. They have became the parents of five daughters. Countess Marie-Thérèse (1989), Countess Elisabeth (1990), Countess Charlotte (1992), Countess Hélène (1993) and Countess Gabrielle (1996).

18 November 2013

† Fürstin Sylvia zu Bentheim and Steinfurt

Fürstin Sylvia zu Bentheim and Steinfurt died at the age of 83 in the night to Saturday 16. November 2013. Since over 60 years she was married to Fürst Christian zu Bentheim and Steinfurt. Three years ago the couple celebrated their Diamond Wedding
On 16 May 1930 she was born as Countes Sylvia of Pückler, Baroness of Groditz at  Burkersdorf in Silesia . The family lived at Gröditzberg Castle  . When World War II began , the father was transferred to Berlin. The family moved to a city apartment. When was the Berlin house destroyed by bombs in 1943 , they went back to the Silesian homeland. And here the in the beginning of 1945 , Russian troops were advancing , the family fled with their four children . Only about one escaped during the train journey to the bombing of Dresden .The Pücklers came under at Arolsen Castle by distant relatives of Fürst Christian's grandmother  After finishing school Countess Sylvia traveled to Sweden with two aunts . She then worked for one year as an au pair girl in an English household . On the way back they stopped off in Steinfurt . Her future husband has picked them up at the train station in Rheine . That was 1949.In August 1950, a fairytale wedding was celebrated on the Steinfurter castle . Their apartment got the young couple on the first Bentheim Castle . Only in 1961 , after the death of Fürst Victor Adolf , the  moved to Burgsteinfurt. With the education of her two adopted daughters , Caroline and Alexa as well as the ceremonial duties of the everyday life of the Fürstin was completed . Sporty woman as she also loved a long time to ride , the sport of tennis and skiing in winter .The funeral service for Fürstin Sylvia zu Bentheim and Steinfurt will  take place on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at 11h00 clock in the Great Church. Afterwards the burial in the family cemetery in Bagno .

16 November 2013

Two deaths in the House of Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee

Recently 2 members of the Princely House of Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee have passed away. On 08. November Count Hubertus died at the age of 56. He was born in 1956 as son of Count Heinrich and his wife Maria Antonia, née Princess of Hohenzollern. Count Hubert was unmarried.
And on 14. November Count _Gebhard passed away after a short illness at a Hospital in Munich. hew was born in 1927 as one of the sons of Fürst Freanz Ludwig of Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee and his wife Adelheid, née Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau. In 1968 he married Birgit Riedesel, Baroness of Eisenbach. Together the had 2 children. Caroline who was first married to Fürswt Philipp zu Stoblerg-Wernigerode and is now married in second with Baron Constantin of Dalwigk zu Lichtenfels and Count Mortiz who is married to Isbabel, nee Baroness of Herman.
Because of his  broad commitment Count Gebhard was deeply rooted in the social life of Bad Waldsee - he carries the title of honor among other guild master of Narrenzunft Waldsee, which was in his heart for a lifetime. He was also honorary chairman of the ADAC Württemberg.

Article in the Schwäbische Zeitung