31 August 2015

Altenburg Toerring-Jettenbach marriage at Andechs

On Saturday 29.08.2015 the religious marriage of Prince Franz Clemens of Altenbrug and Countess Eleonore zu Toerring-Jettenbach took place at Andechs. The groom is a descendant of Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Eliabeth of Austria through their youngest daughter Archduchess Marie Valerie. The bride who is the youngest daughter of Count Hans caspar zu Toerring-Jettenbach and through her maternal grandmother she is a descendant of the last bavarian King Ludwig III.  After the Wedding Service a reception took place on the lawn opposide the Chruch. 

There where quiet a number of noble guests there among the Duke Franz of Bavaria, Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in bavaria with daughter Helene, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza with their son Afonso and daughter Maria Francisca., Prince Francois and Princess Theesa of orleans and many more.
As i was unfortuntately not able to attend the Wedding a friend of me who was there has me allowed to post a few of her photos her
Copyright all phots Gabi P.

Duke Duarte and Duchess Isabel of Braganza
with heir children Infante Afonso, Prince of Beira
and Infanta Maria Francisca

Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden

Duke Franz of Bavaria

Prince Francois and Princess Theresa of Orléans

Prince Ludwig of Bavaria

Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria

29 August 2015

civil Wedding in the House of Saxe-Weimar.-Eisenach

The designated head of the House of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach Prince Georg-Constantin married in Weimar. Mayor Stefan Wolf married Prince Georg Constantin  of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and the Englishwoman Olivia Rachelle Page on Saturday  29.08. in th Interim e town hall at the Herderplatz. Because the bride still does not speak German, Wolf held the speeches in English. He was  assisted at the ceremony by  the registrar Andrea Pfeifer.
Born in Munich in 1977 the bridegroom is the nephew of the incumbent head of the House, Prince Michael NBenecict of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Duke of Saxony. Because in the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, only men are entitled to inherit, Georg-Constantin will follow as the next male relative to Michael Benedikt at the top.
Georg-Constantin had said before the ceremony that he had felt since his first visit in 1986 in Weimar very at home. Since it was his desire at least to get married in a civil ceremony in Weimar. The church wedding will take place next year in England. He lives with his wife, who was born in 1979 in London. Both work in the financial industry, he is specialized in renewable energy projects. As Wolf said in his Traurede, both have met in the "Last Night of the Proms", the final concert of a traditional summer concert series in London.
The current head of the family Michael Benedict had renounced 2004 to the return immensely valuable cultural assets in favor of the Free State of Thuringia. Among them were stocks of the residence castle and the Goethe and Schiller Archive.

Article from the MDR (click on Bilder to open a Picture-Gallery)

21 August 2015

† Prince Armin zur Lippe

Mourning for Dr. Armin, Prince zur Lippe

Detmold. Dr. Armin, Prince of Lippe, head of the noble house of the same name from Detmold, died on 20 August  at the age of 91 years. He had been the head of the family, whose origins can be traced back to the 12th century, about 65 years.
Armin Leopold Ernst Heinrich Bruno Willa August Prinz zur Lippe, so his full name, was born on 18 August 1924 as a single child of Fürst Leopold IV., and his second wife Anna, a born Princess of Ysenburg and Büdingen, in Detmold.
 After graduation and military service in the Air Force he takes on a science degree at the University of Göttingen, and graduated with a doctorate. When his father dies, Prince Armin 1950 is determined by testament to the head of the house, a task to which he has devoted himself to the very end with devotion - always supported by his wife Dr. Traute Princess of Lippe. The couple had met while studying.
Prince Armin is related about his cousin Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, in 2004 deceased grandfather of the reigning Dutch king Willem-Alexander, the European aristocracy. In addition to managing the family heritage, he always found time for volunteer activities. So the dead is one of the founders of the Society for Art Lippische. At times he also took over the patronage of a mother-child project at Detmold Hospital.
The successor of Prince Armin will be his only son Stephan Prinz zur Lippe, who supported his father for many years in the management of the house. Nationally known this was recently through its commitment to the establishment of a national park in the district of Lippe.
Here you can read the official announcement
In deep sadness we announce the death of Dr. Armin, Prince of Lippe known, who died after a short, serious illness on 20 August 2015 aged 91 years in Detmold in the circle of his family. Dr. Armin, Prince zur Lippe, born in 1924, was the last surviving son of a German ruling prince.
He was a modern man and yet deeply rooted in history. After graduating from the Leopoldinum in Detmold 1941, he was a soldier, but declined aware to be under Hitler officer. After the death of his father Fürst Leopold IV. zur Lippe in 1949 Prince Armin became  at the age of 25 years the head of the house, whose fortunes he has directed since. A doctorate in biology managed the after the revolution in 1918, after Nazi expropriations 1938 remaining assets tradition of the house and led it into the modern age.
His special attention was paid until recently to the preservation and conservation practice care of the ancestral castle in Detmold, which since the 16th century serves as the residence of the family and he has lived here  almost all his life. Dr. Armin, Prince zur Lippe became involved in numerous honorary posts. Among other things, he was co-founder and honorary chairman of the "Lippe Society for Art" and for decades on the board of the association working for the Landestheater Detmold. He opened the ancestral hall of the palace for concerts and maintained a cordial relationship to the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. A particular concern was him the support of the breeding efforts of the old Lippe horse breed, the Senner horses which is the oldest horse race in Germany.
For his citizenship Prince Armin in 1999 was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class. For 62 years he was married with his wife, Princess Traute, née BEcker . His son, Stephan Prinz zur Lippe  succeedes him as head of the family.

Background of the noble family Lippe The origins of the noble family of Lippe go far back. In 1123 the present name is first mentioned by Bernhard de Lippia. The noble Lord Bernhard II. (To 1140-1224) started the country lip territorial ascent.
Among the most important personalities of the noble house include the Renaissance prince Count Simon VI. (1554-1613), who introduced the reformed faith in Lippe and its library forms the basis of today's National Library and the wife of Prince Leopold I, Princess Pauline (1769-1820), who founded the first kindergarten in Germany and its Foundation today children and young people and old people cared.
With the end of the monarchy ended in 1918 and the princely rule claim the house lip. Until his accession in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1947, the country continued to exist as Free State Lippe in the circle of countries Germany. Today's federal state NRW belongs to the former country is now a circular Lippe. The Lippe rose in Landeswappen of NRW is reminiscent of the great history of this small country.


16 August 2015

National Day in Liechtenstein 2015

This year i finally decided to make a Visit to Liechtenstein on the occasion of their national Day. Therefore i travelled already a day earlier to the austrian town Feldkirch which is very close to Liechtenstein. There i meet with some friends. Early on the next day we made the short trip to Vaduz and then walked up to the Castle. At hat time there where not many people there and the 2 tents on the Castle lawn where still prepared for the Act of State. But soon busses with people arrived and lots of people came up the hill. Despite this not many of them where standing at the short street from the Castle to the Castle lawn. At around 11h20 finally the procession came out of the Castle. First a Musicchapel followed by woman in the Liechtenstein National Dress. Afterwards the people from the government of Liechtenstein and finally the Princely Family. Unfortunately there where not many of them present like in previous. years. Attending where Fürst Hans Adam II., Fürst Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie, Prince Joseph Wenzel, Prinz Georg, Prince Nikolaus and the Fürst's brother Prince Nikolaus. Later we also spotted Prince Michael but he was not with the Princely Family in the procession. After the family had arrived the official Act started which speeches by Hereditary Prince Alois and the President of the Parlliemanet. After about an half hour the ceremony was over and the Procession made their way back to the Castle. Afterwars everyone there was invited to an Aperitic in the Rosengarden of the Castle. There drinks, sandwiches and vegetables where offered to everyone. There one could also spot the members of the princely Family talking with the people. Unfortunately at some point it started to rain havenly. We left the then and made our way to hte little town of Vaduz where we visited among others the Catehdral. As the rain did not seem to stop we decided to go back to Feldkirch and not to remain for the fireworks as we had planned. 


Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie

in front Prince Joseph Wenzel, Prince Georg and Prince Nikolaus
behind them their parents Hereditary Prince Alois and
Hereditary Princess Sophie

Fürst Hans Adam II. and Fürstin Marie

Prince Georg and Prince Nikolaus

Prince Joseph Wenzel

12 August 2015

Fürst Albrecht zu Castell-Castell celebrates 90th birthday

Big birthday celebration at Castell castle 

Fürst Albrecht celebrates on Thursday with 400 guests a very special birthday.
Because even say a, the "blue bloods" are not of this world: Every evening Fürst Albrecht zu Castell-Castell and his wife Marie-Louise sit opposite each other in the drawing room of her small castle, enjoy a game of Rummikub. With Losing deal, enjoy the victory - both part of the numbers-laying game from Israel. Part of the ritual that revives the relationship, such as the Prince has found. "You have to concentrate, we do something together: That's wonderful."
Who secretly wondering why the man with 400 guests celebrating his 90th birthday on Thursday, is so fit, able to think as clearly: The daily game is a mosaic, climbing the stairs, another ("I avoid elevators"). Most important, however, is the birthday boy "is the active participation in the life in the near home and in the world. Lounging One must not get into the habit. "

Rege correspondence 

Two daily newspapers three weekly newspapers, books, technical papers: Not a day goes by that the prince does not read extensively, he also maintains active correspondence. "I write my letters by hand. For the new media, for Skype with far-flung family, my wife is in charge. "

Without asking God for assistance, the Protestant would not start a day. "Before breakfast is my first reading the slogan for the day of God's Word. And when the morning at seven clock ringing the bells in Castell, I pray the Lord's Prayer. Whether I'm in the bathroom, on my way during breakfast or. In the Our Father all comes off what is important to me. "

32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren

This is now, 25 years after the handover of all shops to his son Ferdinand, especially the family. All six children are married, to the celebtration in Castell 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren are expected. "The last one was just born, three are expected. And the best thing is: all are healthy and happy to come to us. "
Fürst Albrecht of Castell-Castell would be that no unfinished tasks await him, letting go and dispensing have become the defining ideas of his existence. Last step in this direction was to allow for the opening of the forest experience center in Handthal there no longer choose to council. "I am very pleased that I now show that the center of my whole family, you can share with. And can explain the reasons for my commitment on the spot. "

Gerolzhöfer Reiter friends

On the guest list are people from areas for which the prince has long made the commitments, but a personal relationship exists. "So I can continue to experience the relationships." Fürst Albrecht cites the example of the riding club Gerolzhofen, coming from the two men who were with him in 1950 in the foundation case. Expected the rider friends Kurt Mergler from Sulzheim, Olympian in eventing, and Erich Gehring from maid city. "The two are age-closest with me."
While riding through woods and meadows formerly was one of the favorite pastimes of Prince Albrecht, he indulges in 2006 the relatively more mundane football game. "Since the World Cup then I enjoy watching good games on, preferably from FC Bayern. I was even once in the Allianz Arena to experience the atmosphere live. "
About the Würzburger Kickers the honoree know as an attentive reader of this newspaper, although the communication, but cheer is not his thing. "The idea with the stadium in Dettelbach like it. This dovetails nicely Markus Söders initiative of decentralization. In Würzburg so much is needed, the city could cope well. "
In a question the prince has to fit: a favorite joke he can not tell, "I can not remember jokes. And it has happened a few times that I've spanks the Pointe, so I prefer to leave it. "No joke, which is why the prince occasionally already looking forward to the autumn. "Then there is finally the farmer duck, my favorite meat."
On Thursday after having breakfast together the royal family at eleven clock the official hard launch with a thanksgiving service in the Casteller Dean Church. This is followed by a reception at the castle before the guests are asked to eat at the fairground. In the evening the citizens of Castellammare and the districts Greuth and desert Rheinfelden are particularly invited: from 19 clock every Prince can, which likes to personally congratulate on his 90th birthday. Good wishes it could not possibly be enough at his age, he says, smiling. Prince Albrecht is looking forward to the evening, "and eating there is something," he adds.

No losers

Certainly: The Rummikub game with his wife Marie-Louise has to turn out on Thursday evening, August 13, will lose none. For the crowd of well-wishers can Albrecht Fürst zu Castell-Castell So put on his brightest smile - a champion he is with his 90 years and in this Constitution anyway.

01 August 2015

† Fürst Philipp-Reinhard zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich

Fürst Philipp-Reinhard zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich died on Tuesday 28.07.2015 at the age of 80 in Lich. He was born on 27.11.1934 as oldest son of Hereditary Prince Hermann zu Solms-Hohensholms-Lich and his wife Gertrude, née Beroness of Werthern. Because his father died already in 1940 he succeeded his grandfather Fürst Reinhard as 8. Fürst zun Solms-Hohensolms-Lich in 1951. In 1970 he married the swedish Marie Fouche d'Otrante. Together the had 4 children. 
Caroline married to per-Fredrik Lilienyvist, Carl-Christein who succeede now as 9. Füst zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, he is married to Countess Christina Douglas, Louis who is married to Countess Antonia of Kielmansegg and Sebastian.
The funeral of Fürst Phiipp-Reinhard will tkae place on 07.08.2015 at the Marienstigfstkirche at Lich afterwards he will be buried at the Familie burial ground.