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.

6 November 2014

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Serbia

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway made an official visit to Serbia today (6 November 2014), where he among others opened a new functionality for Telenor's mobile bank and meet participants of the Telenor Youth Forum as well as Norwegian language students at the Institute of Scandinavian Languages at the University of Belgrade.

According to the Norwegian Royal Court's website, Crown Prince Haakon later met up with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić, followed by an official luncheon.

The Crown Prince also attended the opening of Human Rights House Belgrade, which will be home to various Serbian human rights organisations, before he moved on to the Zemun district where he attended the re-opening of the Roman Catholic chapel of St. Rocco, which during the last few years has undergone extensive renovation works. He also visited the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Archangel Gabriel nearby.

In Zemun Crown Prince Haakon had the pleasure of meeting his distant royal relative, Crown Prince Alexander, head of the former royal family of Yugoslavia (Royal House of Karadjordjevic), and his wife Crown Princess Katherine. The Norwegian Royal Court doesn't mention this encounter, but fortunately Crown Prince Alexander's office has released the following information:
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Hakon Magnusson [sic!] of Norway, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine visited Zemun today to attend a ceremony at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Rocco, following that they visited the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Archangel Gabriel. This ceremony was also attended by State Secretary Dilek Ayhan of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, HE Mr Nils Ragnar Kamswag, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, and great number of members of the diplomatic corps and religious representatives.

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Rocco was built in 1836, on the foundations of an older chapel, and the architect was Joseph Felber, who also built the Zemun Church of Holy Trinity. The church suffered in 1990’s, but recently it was renovated thanks to the Norwegian Government and its former glory has again been fully restored.

Crown Prince Alexander expressed his delight that HRH Crown Prince Haakon is in Serbia and that they met on such wonderful occasion. “Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is the first member of the Norwegian Royal Family to visit Serbia for 40 years. I hope meetings like this will happen more often and that each future meeting will further deepen the friendship between our two countries to the benefit of both our nations.”

Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine also visited the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Archangel Gabriel in Zemun and talked to the priests who told Their Royal Highnesses about its long history.
Crown Prince Alexander's office has also published a few photos from the visit. Later in the evening the Norwegian Crown Prince attended an official dinner hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador in Belgrade, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg. According to the Norwegian Royal Court, the "guest list reflects the extensive cooperation between Norway and Serbia in various spheres of society". Not sure if the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Serbia were invited, but I really hope so.

The Crown Prince of Norway's given names are Haakon Magnus, but only the first name Haakon is in daily use, which was confirmed after the extraordinary council of state on 23 July 1973, three days after his birth.

5 November 2014

Prince Michael of Greece's new website

A corredondent has made me aware of the author Prince Michael of Greece's new website, http://www.princemichaelofgreece.com/. Besides a biography and a list of his published works, you will also find many nice and interesting photos.

Prince Michael, b. 1939, is the son of Prince Christopher of Greece and his second wife Françoise, née Princess d'Orleans. Prince Michael was married to Marina Karella in 1965 and has two daughters, Alexandra and Olga, as well as 5 grandchildren. Prince Michael is a first cousin to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as well as a first cousin once removed to the head of the Greek royal family, the former King Constantine II of the Hellenes.