18 October 2010
Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 3, 2010
I received the latest issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly (no. 3, 2010) some days ago, but first now have I found time to make a short presentation of its content.
In his "Editor's corner" Ted Rosvall praises the royal wedding in Stockholm earlier this year to the skies: "The wedding of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria to Mr. Daniel Westling became a magnificent manifestation of national unity, a splendid orgy of Pomp and Circumstance, and a happy celebration of love and youth." It is just impossible to disagree with him! I especially liked his opening sentence: "June 19th 2010 was a black day for the republicans of Sweden"!
After the editorial follows a very interesting article by Richard Thornton named Prince Albert's stepfather. His life and descendants. Maximilian Elisäus Alexander von Hanstein, later Count von Pölzig und Beierstein (1804-1884) married in 1826 Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha, mother of Prince Albert, later British Prince Consort. Louise died of cancer already in 1831 and the count married for the second time Marie Therese von Carlowitz in 1833 and had 3 children by her. Included in the article is a useful survey of the descandants of the said couple.
RDQ's historical consultant Charlotte Zeepvat is back again with yet another family album, this time covering The Royal Line of Bavaria. It includes 20 pages with photos (72 in all, if the photos on pp. 12 and 13 are also counted) as well as 3 pages with family tables (Descendants of King Maximilian I of Bavaria). Zeepvat also has another contribution titled Royal Photographers. On Hanns, Franz and Edgar Hanfstaengl - and not forgetting 'Putzi'.
Michael L. Nash reminds the readers that in 2010 it is 100 years since the death of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland with his article A Cosmopolitan Prince.
The historian Trond Norén Isaksen gives a new angle of the broken relationship between the then Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (later King Frederik IX) and Princess Olga of Greece in his article 'A Broken Engagement'. Frederik of Denmark and Olga of Greece, while another familiar name in RDQ, Coryne Hall, has chosen to write about King George's Palace - a Forgotten Royal Home (Bernstorffs Palæ), the residence of among others Hereditary Prince Ferdinand (1792-1863).
The signature CMZ ponders about a photo of Duke and Duchess of Teck and their family. And as usual there are book reviews as well as the news column The World Wide Web of Royalty. Naturally enough the editor, Ted Rosvall, has also included a large ad to remind the readers about his latest genealogical publication, Bernadotteättlingar ("The Bernadotte Descendants"), which hit the market in August 2010. The front cover shows King Maximilian II of Bavaria, his wife Queen Marie, née Princess of Prussia, and their sons Princes Ludwig and Otto.
Royalty Digest Quarterly is published by Roosvall Royal Books, which can be contacted by e-mail royalbooks[at]telia.com.
See also my earlier presentations - RDQ no. 1/2010 and RDQ no. 2/2010.