18 October 2015

Second marriage of Duchess Anna in Bavaria

16 October 2015

Hunting Castle Kranichstein

During my recent Visit to Darmstadt i also made a Visit to the small Hunting Castle Kranichstein in the north of Darmstadt. The let the three-winged Renaissance buolding was built between  1578 and 1580  builder Jakob boiler Huth for Landgrave Georg I. of Hesse-Darmstadt. The hunting enthusiastic Landgrave Ernst Ludwig  and Ludwig VIII. ogf Hesse-Darmstadt organized there hunting festivals in the form of hunts and the "set hunting". Given the then expedient construction was adapted to Baroque notions of representation, elegance and luxury.In the surrounding forest was allowed to beat star-shaped clearings for hunting. Ludwig VIII is allowed. The baroque hunting palace Dianaburg in 1765, located as part of the overall system of the castle Kranichstein and about two and a half kilometers north of this. Over 350 years, the Estate was used by the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt  and later Grand Dukes of Hesse and by Rhine for hunting. Museum it was only when the last Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig had to gather in 1917 all hunting equipment and related accessories from all its palaces and hunting lodges here. Hofmarschall Kuno Graf von Hardenberg established the Hunting  Museum.The Hessischer Jägerhof Foundation acquired the plant after the Second World War and finally opened in 1952, the museum again with a focus on Baroque period.From 1988 to 1996 the castle was extensively renovated by the Land Hesse, the city of Darmstadt and the Hessischer Jägerhof Foundation. The faithful Renaissance version was restored on the ground floor.


03 October 2015

Rosenhöhe Darmstadt


During my Stay in Darmstadt in June this year i also made a Visit to the Rosenhöhe and of course to that part of it where the members of the Grand Ducal Family are buried. 

When one comes to this park of the Park the first Grave on sees is that one of Princess Johanna (1936-1939) , the daughter of Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus and his wife Cecilie

A bit further cames the place where the most members of the Family are buried including those whioe lost their life at a flying accident a Steen nr Oostende in 1937.

In a row are the graves of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig (1868-1937), Grand Duchess Eleonore, n´+ee Princess zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1871-1937), Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus (1906-1939), Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilia, née Princess of Greece and Denmark (1911-1937) and their 2 sons Prince Ludwig (1931-1937) and Prince Alexander (1933-1937). 

Grave of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig (1868-1937)
Grave of Grand Duchess Eleonore, née Princess zu
Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1871-1937)

Grave of Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus
Grave of Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilia, née Princess
of Greece and Denmark (1911-1937)

Grave of Prince Ludwig (1931-1937)
Grave of Prince Alexander (1933-1837)

Before this graves is the joint grave of Prince Ludwig (1908-1968) and his wife Margaret, née Geddes (1913-1997)

A bit further down the way then comes the grave of Pricness Elisabeth (1895-1903) the only child of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and his first wife Victoria Melita.

Close to it is the New Mausoleum situated. It was build in 1903 by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig for his parents. Professor Karl Hofmann from Frankfurt was planning the mausoleum in the style of the tomb of the empress Galla Placidia in Ravenna cruciform ground plan. In 1910 the building was completed. In it are buried Grand Duke Ludwig IV. (1837-1893, Grand Duchess Alice, née Princess of Great Britain (1843-1878) and 23 of their children, Prince Friedrich (1870-1873) and Princess Marie (1874-1878). 


Behind it is the Old Mausoleum.It built in 1826, designed by court architect Georg Moller in the classical style. The tomb was built for Princess Elisabeth (1821-1826)

The building is a three-part, symmetrical layout. The central building was constructed in the form of a simple cemetery chapel with triangular pediment and portico. The mausoleum is in the interior of a circular vestibule and a square chancel.
In the years 1869/70 the Old mausoleum has been extended to a design by Professor Heinrich Wagner. The mutually attached, symmetrical wings were together with the two lateral grave chapels, which are connected by colonnades to the middle part, adapted style architecture at Moller.
In the Old Mausouleum are among others the Grand Dukes Ludwig I. and Ludwig II. and their spouses buried, also Grand Duke Ludwig III., Prince Karl and Princess Elisabeth the parents of Grand Duke LÖudwigh IV. and several other Family members. 

01 October 2015

† Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia

Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia died on 29.09. at the Age of 76 in BErlin. His funeral will take place on 09. October in the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche in Berlin.
Prince frierich Wilhelm was born on 10.02.1939 as the oldest son of prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and his wife Kira, née Grand Duchess of Russia. In August 12967 he married the commoner Waltraud Freydag. As thi wife was a commoner the marriage was considedes as morgantic and Friedrich Wilhelm has the ro rennounce his rigts as oldest son and Heir of his father on 18.09.1967. From the marriage he had one son Philipp, who is now a lutheran Pastor. After the amrriage ended in divorce Friedrichj Wuilhelm married in 1976 Ehrengard von Reden. Aslo this marriage was morganatic. Together the couple had three children: Friedrich Wilhelm, Joachim Albtrecht and Viktoria Luise. After this marriage also ended in a divorce Friedrich Wilhelm´married in 2004 Sibylle Kretschmer.
In the early 1970's Prince Friedrich Wilhelm became wellnknown  ecause he cheated on his first doctoral thesis and returned to the doctorateIn 1981 he received his doctorate and re-focused on the family history of the Hohenzollern.
After the death of his father in 1994 Friedrichn Wilhelm togehter with his late brother Michael he started several law suits against his nephew Prince Georg Friedrich who was named the heir by the late Prince Louis Ferdinand.