25 September 2015

† Duchess Alexandra of Croy

At the age of 55 years Duchess  Alexandra of Croy died after a long illness on Wednesday 23.September. The wife of Duke Rudolph of Croy, with whom she has six children together, has used charitable in many ways.
This had always been situated close to her heart, says Rudolph Duke of Croy. She was active as a Maltese lady and member of the board of Bishop Heinrich Tenhumberg Foundation. In addition, she held the patronage of Dülmener multi-generational house.

Together with Myriam Baroness von Korff and the fashion designer Siggi Spiegelburg, she is also initiating a first-class Kleiderbörse. This took place this spring for the twelfth time held at Schloss Harkotten. The proceeds of this exchange is intended for charitable purposes. The Requiem for Duchess Alexandra of Croy takes place on 03.October  at 11 clock in the St.-Jakobus- Church Karthaus.

11 September 2015

† Duchess Donata of Oldenburg

On Saturday 05.09.2015 Duchess Donata of Oldenburg, née Countess zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, widowed Pricness of prussia died after a long seroius Illness at Inzell.
Then Countess Donata was born in June 1950, as the only daughter of Fürst Siegfried and Fürstin Irene zu Castell-Rudenhausen in Rüdenhausen Castle.  where, as she said herself, spent a very happy childhood and carefree youth together with her seven brothers. Just this time the ones who founded her special relationship with Rüdenhausen and its inhabitants was.
With their first participation at the Castle Dance at the dog houses Kirchweih they broke with the former tradition that members of the Princely House were not allowed to move with the dancers at the fair Saturday.
For the inauguration of the new fire station and simultaneous Fahnenweihe of FFW in 1972 of the then Countess Donata was appointed to the post of flags bride and today demonstrates the endowed by their honor band at the flag of the Fire Department of this event. Years later named the Volunteer Fire Rüdenhausen Duchess Donata to "honor flags Bride", a position which she herself filled with great pride.
After school and training as a nurse married Duchess Donata in May 1975 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Peter and Paul  at Rüdenhausen Prince Louis Ferdinand  of Prussia, a grandson of the last German emperor, who was then, as successor to his father, as a future boss of the house Prussia was provided. Not only older males houses remind today like the celebrations of this wedding, this Rüdenhausen brought but at least for a short time in the headlines in the media and increased awareness of males Stockhausen in an extraordinary way.
After her marriage left Duchess Donata Rüdenhausen, their home community was always very close and missed no opportunity to consolidate and expand the connection to Rüdenhausen and its inhabitants. The accidental death of the Prince of Prussia in 1977 changed her life in an unforeseeable way.
Also re-married in Rudenhausen Donata then in 1991 Friedrich August Duke of Oldenburg.
Her love for and thus their interest in Rüdenhausen coined their entire lives. Their almost proverbial hospitality were the males Houses repeatedly experience both in Fischerhude and in Sievershagen citizens and associations, and enjoy. Each dog houses appreciated their friendliness, their restraint and their modesty. Yet in the last few days was their interest to changes in local events and the current beautification measures of their home town, however, already in full awareness of being able to see their home church ever again.
The market town  Rüdenhausen lost with Duchess Donata von Oldenburg lost a great benefactor and "ambassador" for males Stockhausen's awareness at a general public, but especially an extremely popular girlfriend to their particular town and its inhabitants. Especially her family deserve our great sympathy and solidarity.

02 September 2015

Hohenheim Castle

Previously on the premises were the manor house of the Lords of Hohenheim to their gender as well as the Paracelsus became known Humanist belonged Theophrastus von Hohenheim bombast. In 1100 Hohenheim was first mentioned in documents as Hohenach than Egilolf of Hohenach the Kloster Hirsau donated land. Over the centuries, the estate had several times changed hands before it fell in 1768 to Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg. From 1772 tDuke CArl Eugen first converted the Estate  into a small moated castle, which was in 1776 proclaimed the summer residence. In the same year began the plans for a "Full English village" which finally 60 miniaturized building in rococo style included. Until today received them remained in the range of Landesarboretums - Exotic Garden - the so-called Roman tavern, the pillars of thundering Jupiter and the play house (now a museum on the history of University of Hohenheim). The also to the  "village" belonging neogothic chapel was added in the early 19th century on a lake island of Ludwigsburg Palace Monrepos where it was in 1944 heavily damaged by an incendiary bomb; on the island closed to the public, are the ruins today.In  1778 the Duke plantied in Hohenheim rare exotics, which can still be seen today partly in the  exotic garden. Since 1782, Carl Eugen build an extensive residential palace on the site, which was never completed. The death of Duke Carl Eugen in 1793  ended the construction work.
Only  20 years later the castle regained a greater significance: The Württemberg King Wilhelm I and his wife Katharina founded the Agricultural Educational test and model institution, which was housed in a separate building on the Estate . The Paracelsus School was housed in the east wing much later.
During World War II single wing of the castle were destroyed, but (at least outwardly) were rebuilt later. In the 1970s, the castle has been modernized and the rococo stucco removed. Only in the 1990s, this stucco has been reconstructed and adorns today
the lock again. Today big parts of the Castle are used by the University of Hohenheim. Therfore the inside of it it can not be visted . 

In the Castle Park there is a memorial for Queen Katharina of Württemberg, née Grand Duchess of Russia, the second wife of King Wilhelm I. 

In the Botanic Garden there is another memorial for Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg and his second wife Franziska, née Baroness of Leutrum, who was created imperial Countess of Hohenheim by Emperor Joseph II. Only in 1790 she was recognized as Duchess of Württemberg. 

01 September 2015

funeral of Prince Armin zur Lippe

Farewell to Prince Armin

Approximately 700 guests come to Detmold

700 guests have attended to the funeak Service for Prince Armin zur Lippe in the  in the Christ Church at Detmold.   They have paid their last respects to the Head of the House of Lippe who died to the week before at the Age of 91.
Rangers hold the end of the solemn celebration during the blessing ceremony, the last guard of honor. Fold the great Lippe flag together that covers the coffin, and pass Prince Armin son, Stephan Prinz zur Lippe. Then the coffin is slowly lowered below the Altar . Prince Armin now rests in the family vault - where last 1980 his mother Anna was buried.
That there are six Rangers who keep guard of honor at the coffin by Bundeswehr soldiers and a delegation of the Shooting Society, closes the circle to the words of former Prime Minister Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers. He had previously spoken in his eulogy of how much the dead nature and creation have at heart - "he has always been committed to get them to the children." The flower arrangement under the windows, in the sanctuary and in the nave of the church - mostly there are white roses - remember the great love of the deceased.
So it may have been in his sense that the path from the street was lined to Pauline Church of wreaths and bouquets, provided with regards to the last great family, by municipalities, associations, institutions of all kinds.
Before full church and the 200 outdoors follow the service, it is possible Rüttgers, Dr. Armin, Prince of Lippe adequately appreciate. "We bow in gratitude to a great man," he says. A man who had been able to change just by his presence, the atmosphere of a room: "It was a lot friendlier, he joined."
Prince Armin was a Lipper under slippers, humorous, modest - and at the same time a successful entrepreneur, one who knew to preserve the assets of his house, and to multiply. Jürgen Rüttgers also recalls the commitment to the arts and culture, to use in many initiatives. "He was the center and role model of the country lip. You rejoiced when you met him. "
The service is graceful. Under the musical overall management Burkhard Gewekes the choir of Christ Church sings, it music Jens Schirpke on bass, John Pöld at the organ and students of the Academy of Music. Superintendent Dietmar Arends recites Psalm 91: "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." And the congregation sings: "Everything thing but their day, God's great love forever."
Pastor Burkhard Krebber reminiscent of the deceased as an "attentive, criticism enabled sermon listener", which the Bible was a lifelong companion, the ecumenism was important, which "always critically, but without fear" have used for the common good. "The fact that he was buried here beneath the pulpit, which symbolizes: the life-giving Word of God extends beyond this world."
After the service, the family invites you into her garden at the Castle. It forms a long line of people; Dr. Traute Princess of Lippe, her son Stephan and his wife Maria have at this sad for them and hard, hot day for each of the Kondolierenden a word. The conversations revolve in friendly relationship to the deceased. A set can be heard again and again: You rejoiced when you saw Dr. Armin Prinz zur Lippe.