24 January 2015

Johan Martin Ferner (1927-2015)

Johan Martin Ferner, husbhand of Princess Astrid Mrs. Ferner and brother-in-law of King Harald V of Norway, died early in the morning today, 24 January 2015, at Rikshospitalet (the National Hospital), Oslo, the Royal Court has announced. The time of death was stated as 05.25. Ferner was last seen in public at his youngest son's wedding in October 2014, and looked rather frail.

In his condolences King Harald says that "It is with deep sadness that we have received the news that Johan Martin Ferner has passed away. Our thoughts go to Princess Astrid and her family, who have lost a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather".

Johan Martin was born at the Red Cross Clinic at Frogner in Oslo on 22 July 1927 as the youngest son and child of clothes shopkeeper Ferner Jacobsen (1885-1964), from Nøtterøy outside Tønsberg, and Ragnhild Ferner Jacobsen, née Olsen (1889-1966), who came from Tromøy, which today is a part of Arendal municipality. According to the midwife's birth report to the Oslo Health Council, Johan Martin was born at 9.30 in the evening with Ragna Huser as midwife. Johan Martin's siblings were Inger (1913-1972) and Finn-Christian Ferner (1920-2001).

By the Ministry of Justice and Police's grant of 21 November 1927 Johan Martin Ferner and his siblings were given the right to adopt their father's given name Ferner as their surname. The grant published in Norsk Kundgjørelsestidende said:
Ved Justisdepartementets bevilling av 21. november 1927 er kjøpmann Ferner Jacobsen og hustru Ragnhild Jacobsens barn Inger, Finn Christian Ferner og Johan Martin Ferner, Oslo meddelt tillatelse til å anta navnet Ferner som slektsnavn.
("By the Ministry of Justice's grant of 21 November 1927 are shopkeeper Ferner Jacobsen and wife Ragnhild Jacobsen's children Inger, Finn Christian Ferner and Johan Martin Ferner, Oslo, was given permission to adopt Ferner as surname.")

 The grant published in Norsk Kundgjørelsestidende 25 November 1927 No. 395, p. 1.

One could get the impression that the sons already had the name Ferner as their third given name, but only the names Johan Martin were registered at birth.

After graduation from the private Vestheim (high) school at Frogner, Oslo in 1947, Ferner followed a course at Oslo Handelsgymnasium (Oslo Business College) before heading on to business studies at the London Polytechnic Institute, Bradford Technical College and the University of Lyon. He then worked at Harrods in London before returning to Oslo to work for his father's company clothers shop Ferner Jacobsen AS in Stortingsgata (Parliament Street). He worked his way up in the company before taking over the ranks together with his brother Finn-Christian in 1964. Johan Martin's youngest son Carl-Christian (b. 1972) is today the executive chairman of the board.

Johan Martin Ferner was for many years an active yachtman and took a silver medal (Six Metre Class) in sailing at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.

In 1953 Johan Martin Ferner married Ingeborg Hesselberg-Meyer (1931-1997). The marriage ended in divorce in December 1956. Ferner and Princess Astrid had been part of the same social sircle since the early 1950s and after his divorce their friendship gradually developed into a relationship. King Olav finally gave in and gave consent to marriage and their engagement was announced on 13 November 1960. The wedding took place in Asker Church on 12 January 1961 (the mariage banns at Oslo domkirke (Oslo Cathedral) can be read here (no. 75)). The couple had 5 children: Cathrine, b. 1962, Benedikte, b. 1963, Alexander, b. 1965, Elisabeth, b. 1969 and Carl-Christian, b. 1972, and 5 grandchildren.

The court has so far not informed about the funeral arrangements and where Johan Martin Ferner's last resting place will be. The Ferner family grave is at Vestre gravlund (Western Cemetery) in Oslo, but I would not be surprised if Ferner was interred at Ris Churchyard instead. Johan Martin Ferner and Princess Astrid have for many years lived at Gråkammen in Oslo in the parish of Ris (their former home at Vindern was also in the same parish). Princess Astrid's sister Princess Ragnhild is buried at  Asker Cemetery.

The Ferner family grave at Vestre gravlund (Western cemetery) in Oslo.

Updated on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 9 p.m. (last article was modified), last time on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 9.10 p.m. (my translation of condolences replaced with the court's own version, link added).

16 January 2015

UK: Twitter account for the Cambridges and Prince Harry

Kensington Palace opened earlier this week a Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry if Wales, meant to cover their activities as well as updates on their Royal Foundation.

The link to their Twitter account is https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal. Buckingham Palace's Twitter account can be found at https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy, while the activities of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are covered by https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse.

The Duke of York is also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDukeOfYork. Tweets sent by HRH himself is signed - AY. I doubt that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will tweet themselves, though.

13 December 2014

Monaco: Ordinances conferring titles on the princely twins

The Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Charléne became parents to the twins Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques on Wednesday 10 December 2014. In the press bulletin it was informed that Hereditary Prince Jacques was to receive the title of Marquis of Baux, while Princess Gabriella was to receive the title of Countess of Carladès.

The ordinances conferring the said titles were published in the Monegasque Official Gazette, Journal de Monaco. Bulletin Officiel de la Principauté on Friday 12 December 2014:

10 December 2014

Norway: The King and Princess Astrid Mrs. Ferner to attend the funeral of Queen Fabiola of the Belgians

The Norwegian Royal Court (Official engagement section) confirmed today that King Harald and his sister Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner will attend the funeral service for Queen Fabiola of the Belgians at the Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule in Brussels on Friday 12 December 2014.

Queen Fabiola, née Mora y Aragón, b. Madrid 11 Jun 1928, who married King Baudouin of the Belgians (1930-1993) in 1960, died in Brussels on Friday 5 December 2014. An obituary was published at Telegraph.co.uk later the same evening.

King Harald and Princess Astrid were first cousins to King Baudouin. His nephew Philippe succeeded the Belgian throne in 2013 following the abdication of Baudouin's younger brother Albert.

Monaco: Twins born

Princess Charlène of Monaco, wife of Prince Albert II, gave birth to twins at the Maternity of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco today (10 December 20114). The following press bulletin was issued:
LL.AA.SS. le Prince et la Princesse de Monaco ont l’immense bonheur d’annoncer la naissance de Leurs enfants prénommés :
  • Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie (née à 17h04)
  • Jacques, Honoré, Rainier (né à 17h06)
Ces naissances ont eu lieu, le 10 décembre 2014 à la maternité du Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace de Monaco.
La Princesse et les Enfants se portent bien.
Le Prince Jacques, Honoré, Rainier, a la qualité de Prince Héréditaire. Selon l’usage historique établi par le traité de Péronne (1641), Il reçoit le titre de Marquis des Baux (en Provence).
La Princesse Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie, deuxième enfant dans la ligne de succession, reçoit le titre de Comtesse de Carladès (en Auvergne). 
It is with immense joy that TT.SS.HH the Prince and Princess of Monaco have the great pleasure to announce the birth of Their children named: 
  • Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie (born at 17h04)
  • Jacques, Honoré, Rainier (born at 17h06)
The births took place on 10th December 2014 at the Maternity of the Princess Grace Hospital Monaco.
The Princess and the Children are doing well.
The Prince Jacques, Honoré, Rainier is the Crown Prince. In accordance with the historic custom established by the treaty of Péronne (1641), He shall receive the title of Marquis of Baux (in Provence).
The Princess Gabriella, Thérèse, Marie, second child in the line of succession, shall receive the title of Countess of Carladès (in Auvergne).
Princess Charlène's pregnancy was announced on 30 May this year. On 9 October it was finally confirmed that she was carrying twins.

Although Princess Gabriella was born first, Prince Jacques is first in line of succession in accordance with the Constitution Article 10:
The succession to the throne, opened by death or abdication, takes place direct and legitimate issue of the reigning prince, by order of primogeniture with priority given to males within the same degree of kinship. 
 The updated line of succession to the Monegasque throne is as follows:
  1. HSH Hereditary Prince Jacques, Marquis of Baux (b. 2014)
  2. HSH Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès (b. 2014)
  3. HRH The Princess of Hannover (Princess Caroline) (b. 1957)
  4. Andrea Casiraghi (b. 1984)
  5. Alexandre "Sasha" Casiraghi (b. 2013)*
  6. Pierre Casiraghi (b. 1987)
  7. Charlotte Casiraghi (b. 1986)
  8. HRH Princess Alexandra of Hannover (b. 1999)
  9. HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco (b. 1965)
  10. Louis Ducruet (b. 1992)*
  11. Pauline Ducruet (b. 1994)*
Prince Albert has two children from earlier relationships - Alexandre Coste (b. 24 August 2003) and Jazmin Grimaldi (b. 4 March 1992), who are not in the line of succession.

* Sasha, Louis and Pauline were born out of wedlock, but legitimized by their parents' marriage, cf. the the Monegasque Civil Code Article 227, and are thus in the line of succession unlike Louis' and Pauline's half-sister Camille Grimaldi (Gottlieb), b. 1998. 

13 November 2014

Memorial service for Princess Kristine Bernadotte to take place on 15 November

The memorial service for Princess Kristine Bernadotte, née Rivelsrud, who died on 4 November 2014, will take place at Drottningholm Palace Chapel outside Stockholm on Saturday 15 November 2014. Afterwards she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Prince Carl Bernadotte (1911-2003), at the Royal Cemetery at Haga.

According to the official program published at the Norwegian Royal Court's website, King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn will attend the memorial service as well as the funeral.

The Swedish Royal House will be represented by King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, cf. the Swedish Royal Court's website.

Updated on 14 November 2014 at 08:55 (name mix-up corrected).

9 November 2014

Princess Kristine Bernadotte (1932-2014), ancestry

Princess Kristine Bernadotte, née Rivelsrud, b. Eidsfoss, Hof on 22 April 1932, died in her home at Benalmadena, Spain on Tuesday 4 November 2014, cf. the death announcement in Aftenposten 8 November 2014.

Kristine, who was the oldest child of Johan Rivelsrud (1907-1986) and Elna Rivelsrud (1908-1992), was married to Prince Carl Bernadotte, youngest son of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, in 1978. Several newspapers mentioned Kristine's death yesterday and today, and Trond Norén Isaksen has written an obituary at his blog.

A memorial service for Princess Kristine took place at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in Calahonda yesterday, while the funeral service will take place at Drottningholm Palace Church, date yet not known. The death announcement can be viewed at Aftenposten's website (search for Bernadotte if you read this after the announcement has disappeared from the front page).

This weekend I have attended the Norwegian Genealogical Society's LAN party for genealogists (research non-stop from Saturday 10 a.m. until Sunday 2 p.m.!) in Oslo, and I have spent most of the time researching Princess Kristine's ancestry for Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki. The ancestry article can be viewed here (in Norwegian, but the genealogical details should be easy to figure out nevertheless).

It should of course be regarded as a prosject "under work", as with all wiki articles. I believe I have (with some help from other researchers) contributed to many new (not yet published) details about Princess Kristine's ancestry, including information about her Swedish ancestry. I hope to get more done later on.