3 October 2021

Heir to the Imperial throne of Russia marries

The religious wedding of the Tsesarevich of Russia, Grand Duke George, and the former Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, who took the name Victoria Romanovna following her conversion to the Orthodox faith in July 2020, took place in the St. Isaac Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia on 1 October 2021. The civil wedding took place on 24 September 2021 in the Moscow City Hall. 

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich is the only son of the head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her former husband Prince Franz Wilhelm of Russia. Victoria Romanovna, b. Rome 18 May 1982, is the daughter of Roberto Bettarini and Carla Virginia Bettarini, née Cacciatore. The wedding was announced on 21 january 2021. As far as I understand it the head of the Russian Imperial House has declared the union not to be dynastic.

The wedding was attended by about 1500 people, while 500 attended the gala dinner afterwards. The wedding progran can be viewed at the website of the Russian Legitimist. Please see the blogs Netty Royal and Royal Musings for more details.

UK: Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice of York announced on her Twitter account on Friday 1 October 2021 that her daughter, who was born in London on 18 September 2021, has been named Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.

While we have to wait for the parents – Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi  to explain the name choice, most observers believe Sienna is a nod to Edoardo's Italian background. According to Wikipedia, the «original usage of the name is derived from the Italian city [Siena] and may also refer to the orange-red colour of its clay rooftops burnt orange». The baby girl Sienna's second name surely is a nod to her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

20 September 2021

UK: Princess Beatrice of York has given birth to a girl


Buckingham Palace as well as Princess Beatrice herself announced today the birth of a girl, born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Saturday 18 September 2021 at 23.42:

Announcement of the birth of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's baby

Published 20 September 2021

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

The baby weighs 6 pounds and 2 ounces.

The new baby’s grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well, and the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf.

The name of the baby girl, who is 11th in line of succession to the British throne, has yet to be announced. The unnamed baby is Princess Beatrice's first child, while her husband also has a son, Christopher Woolf, b. 2016, from an earlier relationship. The baby is the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York's second grandchild and the 12th great grand-child of Queen Elizabeth II.

25 August 2021

Genealogen nr. 1, 2021


Årets første utgave av Genealogen, medlemsbladet til Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, kom ut mens jeg var på sommerferie. Nå er det på tide å gi en kort presentasjon av innholdet. 

Utgaven har en god blanding av genealogiske artikler, kildeavskrift, informasjon om genealogiske programmer og medlemsstoff:

  • Bjarne Hollund. Benkestoffer i Hordaland – Del 2, s. 4–14
  • Bjørn J. Rosenberger. Tordenstjerne nok en gang, s. 15–19.
  • Bjørn J. Rosenberger. Hustru Ingeborg Torsteinsdatter Tordenstjerne, s. 20–24.
  • Lars Ove Wangensteen. Jon Simensson Kattevøl. Valdres svar på «Don Juan», s. 25–27. Inkluderer en avskrift av Ukeblad for Lovlydighed IV. 1864–1965, s. 255.
  • Rune Nedrud. Lensregnskaper Akershus len 1597–1600, s. 28–34.
  • Lars Biberg Kristensen. WikiTree – noe for deg?, s. 35–38.
  • [Rune Nedrud.] Gramps – arbeidsgruppe starter opp i høst på Lørenskog, s. 39.
  • Lars Ove Wangensteen. Passprotokoller som kilde i slektsforskningen, s. 40–41.
  • Dag Trygsland Hoelseth. Praktverk om Heftye-slekten, s. 42–43.
  • Are S. Gustavsen. Bygdebokforfatter Terje Østro (1949–2020) – ved det endelige punktum, s. 44–47.
Foreningsstoff:
  • Årsberetning for Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening, s. 48–49.
  • Innstillinger og forslag til årsmøtet, s. 49–50.
  • Årsregnskap 2020, s. 51.
  • Revisjonsberetning, s. 52.
  • David Widerberg Howden. Hva skjer med foreningens hjemmeside?, s. 53–56.
  • Donerte bøker til NSFs bibliotek april 2019–mai 2020.
  • Slektsforskerkonferansen 2021. 15.–17. oktober på Gardermoen, s. 62–63, inkl. program s. 63.
  • Frivillige ønskes til NSF!, s. 64.
Jeg stod for korrekturen, så det er lite nytt stoff for min del. Ser at jeg har oversett en apostrof i artikkelen om Valdres' svar på «Don Juan» ... Man kan jo ikke få med seg alt, men denne burde jeg ha sett.

Mitt bidrag denne gangen var bokanmeldelsen av Rolf Erik Heftyes slektshefte Kapitalsterke innvandrere. Christianiaslekten Heftye fra 1769, utgitt privat i 2020. All ære til forfatter og medhjelpere som står bak praktverket. Dette var tredje utgave av slektsheftet. Jeg er blitt fortalt at utgaven ble tidlig utsolgt, slik at det kom ut en fjerde utgave i 2021. Bare smårusk var endret sammenlignet med den tredje utgaven. Mer informasjon om slektsheftet finner man på nettsiden heftyeslekten.no.

Jeg kommer ikke til å gå så detaljert inn på de genealogiske artiklene denne gangen, men må si at jeg ser frem til tredje del av Bjarne Hollunds artikkel om Benkestokkene. Og jeg håper at så mange som mulig kjenner sin besøkelsestid og melder seg på Slektskonferansen i oktober. Dette tror jeg blir en spennende og hyggelig helg både faglig og sosialt.

Selv om jeg kun er korrekturansvarlig for heftet og ikke har noen innflytelse på innholdet ellers, foruten mitt eget bidrag, så føler jeg det ikke som passende å kritisere arbeidet som utføres i særlig grad så lenge man er en del av redaksjonen. Men jeg drister meg likevel til å påpeke at det er vel mye luft i avslutningen av enkelte artikler, og da tenker jeg spesielt på sidene 24, 47, 61 og kanskje også side 56. Det burde vel være mulig å fylle ut sidene med smånotiser, genealogiske nyheter fra inn- og utland osv. Jeg forstår jo at redaktøren til tider sliter med stofftilgang, og noen må jo også bidra med å skrive slike smånotiser, men det hadde gitt utgaven et løft. 

Short English summary: The article covers the latest issue of Genealogen, the bi-annual newsletter of the Norwegian Genealogical Society. 

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 2, 2021

I received my copy of Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 2, 2021 back in July, but I left on vacation just after and then I was occupied with work and therefore have not had the time to write a few lines before now. 

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 april this year, turns up in several articles in the present issue. In Ted Rosvall's Editor's Corner Philip's death is mentioned, before the editor moves on to the topic of royal centenarians. As you well know Prince Philip died just two months before he would have reached the grand age of 100, but Rosvall gives examples of other royals who did. Born royals, that is.

Then Marlene A. Eilers Koenig follows up with the article Four Sisters, Four Weddings, and yes, it is Prince Philip's sisters Margarita (1905–1981), Theodora (1906–1969), Princess Cecilé (1911–1937) and Sophie (1914–2001) she is focusing on. And of course, towards the end of the magazine, Prince Philip's death is listed in the column The World Wide Web of Royalty. Births, marriages, deaths and other events in the Royal Families of Europe. The column also covers the birth of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as well as news from Greece, Italy, Sweden and Württemberg.

The cover photo is from the silver wedding of Prince Heinrich XXVII Reuss j.L. (Reuss-Schleiz) (1858–1928) and his wife Elise (1864–1929) at Schloss Osterstein in Gera in 1909. This means that The House Reuss zu Schleiz (Younger Line) is the chosen topic for this issue's Family Album. This time, however, is the introduction not written by Charlotte Zeepvat as usual, but by the editor himself, Ted Rosvall, with contributions from Bearn Bilker. The album contains 50 illustrations this time (of various members as well as of  palaces besides a map, the coat of arms and various coins) and one page with genealogical tables.

Those who are interested in articles about royal graves will be delighted to know that Lucas Szkopinski has made the contribution The Bourbon Crypt at the Kostanjevica Monastery (Nova Gorica), while Ove Mogensen has returned with part IV of Tombs, Graves and Monuments in Thuringia, which deals with Saxe-Coburg and Gotha this time.

It is not very often that the magazine contains articles about non-European topics, but I appreciate it when it does. This time Stephen Bunford treats us with the article Our Hawaiian Friends. Royal connections between Britain and Hawaii. As the title suggests, it is a combination article, where Queen Victoria (1819–1901) is the main figure on the British side.

The historian and author Trond Norén Isaksen has written an insightful article titled Henri from Navarre. Prince Henrik of Denmark and the Kings Consort of Navarre. He has touched upon the subject of kings consort also earlier, and wrote a debate article on the subject in Aftenposten 10 August 2021.

If this was not enough, there are three more articles in the magazine! Charlotte Zeepvat was not behind the family album this time, but she has made great contribution with her article 'Tante Mossy'. Quen of Finland, which is about Landgravine Margarethe of Hesse-Kassel (1872–1954), née Princess of Prussia and a sister of Emperor Wilhelm II. The article title is formally correct, as Margarethe's husband, then Prince Friedrich Karl (1868–1940) was elected King of Finland by a rump parliament in 1918, but still somewhat misleading, as Friedrich Karl never accepted the offer, as he could predict the outcome of the war and that his relationship to Emperor Wilhelm would be a problem for the great powers. Friedrich Karl never set foot in Finland, but his son Wolfgang (1896-1989) did during WW2.

Not mentioned in the index, but there is a book review this time, written by Ted Rosvall. He comments on the sixth volume of Susan Symons' series of German castles and palaces, titled Schloss in Thuringia. I only own the three first volumes, so obviously I have get hold of the newer ones.

Little-known Royals? Coryne Hall this time presents Prince Nicholas of Romania (1903–1978), the fourth child of King Ferdinand of Romania (1865–1927) and his wife Queen Marie (1875–1938), née Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1893). Yes, I agree, Prince Nicholas certainly belongs to the group of little-known royals. 

Information about Royalty Digest Quarterly can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page.

Funeral service for Princess Marie of Liechtenstein to take place on 28 August 2021

The Office of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein has announced that the funeral service for Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, who died last Saturday, 21 August 2021, 81 years old, will take place in St. Florin Cathedral in Vaduz on Saturday 28 August 2021 at 2 p.m.

Funeral of H.S.H. Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein

The funeral service for HSH Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein on Saturday, 28 August at 2 p.m. is reserved for invited guests due to lack of space. However, the service will be broadcast on the national channel (TV) and www.landeskanal.li (via live stream). 

Princess Marie's coffin will according to the newspaper Liechtensteiner Vaterland be transported from Grabs in Switzerland, where she died, to the chapel at Vaduz Castle on Wednesday. On Thursday 26 August the coffin will be taken to the St. Florin Cathedral, where the late princess will lie in state. The public will be able to file past the coffin on Thursday evening from 7 until 9 and on Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public also has the possibility to sign the condolence protocol.

Memorial services will also take place on Sunday 5 September 2021 and Sunday 3 October 2021 which the public can attend.

The princess will eventually be buried in the Princely Crypt (Die Fürstengruft) close to the cathedral.


© 2005 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

Updated on Tuesday 31 August 2021 at 09:55 (language error corrected).

22 August 2021

Norway: Princess Ingrid Alexandra has tested positive for corona

The Norwegian Royal Court announced today that Princess Ingrid Alexandra, daughter of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, has tested positive for corona and is isolated at home at the Skaugum estate in Asker. The other members of the family have also been tested, but fortunately with negative results.

Crown Prince Haakon has cancelled his planned visit to UngInvest in Modum on Monday, and the Crown Prince couple have postponed the event on Wednesday at Skaugum where the 20th anniversary of the Crown Prince Couple's Fund was to be marked. The Crown Prince has also called off his presence at the disembarkation of the royal yacht Norge on Monday, which means that the king will act alone with the presence of Queen Sonja.

Death of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1940–2021)


The Office of the Prince of Liechtenstein announced yesterday the death of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, wife of Prince Hans-Adam II. The princess died at Grabs Hospital (Spital Grabs) in Switzerland on Saturday 21 August 2021 at 4.43 p.m.:

Announcement of the Princely House

Her Serene Highness Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein died on 21 August 2021 at 4:43 pm in the hospital in Grabs. After her health steadily deteriorated following a stroke on 18 August 2021, she passed away today in the presence of her family and after receiving the Holy Sacraments of the Last Supper, peacefully and with great trust in God.

In honour of the late princess church bells all over the principality rang at 8.15 Saturday night. The government of Liechtenstein declared today a national mourning of 7 days. Details of the funeral service will be disclosed in due time.

Princess Marie was born in Prague 14 April 1940 as the second daughter and fourth child (of seven) of Count Ferdinand Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (1907–1969) and Countess Henriette Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, née Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln (19102002). Her full name was Marie Aglaë Bonaventura Maria Theresia.

In 1945 following the end of WW2 Marie and her family had to escape from Czechoslovakia to Gemany. From 1946 to 1949 she attended primary school in Ering am Inn in Bavaria before continuing her education at the Lioba Sisters boarding school (Internat der Lioba Schwestern) in Kloster Wald in Württemberg and where she graduated from Realgymnasium.

Following a stay in England in 1957 to improve her English, she studied 3 years at the Akademie für Gebrauchsgraphik (Academy of Commecial art) at the University of Munich. After a short language stay in Paris she worked as a graphic designer/printmaker at a printing company before getting engaged to the then Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam in 1966. The couple was married in Vaduz on 30 July 1967. During her time as first lady she was for many years head of the Liechtenstein Red Cross. She also had a great interest in art and culture.

Princess Marie leaves behind her husband of 54 years, the Prince of Liechtenstein, four children – Hereditary Prince Alois, Prince Maximilian, Prince Constantin and Princess Tatjana – and 15 grandchildren. Her grandchildren Prince Joseph Wenzel (b. 1995), Marie-Caroline (b. 1996), Georg  (b. 1999) and Nikolaus (b. 2000) are through thjeir mother Hereditary Princess Sophie a descendant of the Norwegian family Vogt.

Updated on 27 August 2021 at 20.35 (number of grandchildren corrected from 14 to 15).

14 August 2021

Sweden: Christening of Prince Julian, Duke of Halland

The christening of Prince Julian of Sweden, Duke of Halland, who was born on 26 March 2021 as the third son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, took place at Drottningholm Palace Church today, 14 August 2021.

Sponsors were Johan Andersson, Stina Andersson, Jacob Högfeldt, Patrick Sommerlath and Frida Vesterberg, who, with the exception of Patrick Sommerlath, who is a first cousin of Prince Carl Philip on his mother's side, all are friends of Prince Julian's parents.

The ceremony was officiated by Bishop and Chief Court Chaplain Johan Dalman and Court Chaplain and Rector of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen.

The Swedish Royal Court has released the guest list, which includes King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel, Princess Madeleine, Christopher O'Neill, Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas, Princess Adrienne, Patrick Sommerlath, Anaïs Sommerlath and Chloë Sommerlath (children of Patrick Sommerlath), Erik Hellqvist and Marie Hellqvist (parents of Princess Sofia), Lina Hellqvist and Mattias Wikström (sister of Princess Sofia and her partner), Sara Hellqvist (sister of Princess Sofia), Britt Rotman (grandmother of Princess Sofia), speaker of Riksdagen (the Swedish Parliament) Dr. Andreas Norlén and his wife Helena Norlén, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson, members of the court and many friends of the family.

After the ceremony the guests attended a lunch at Drottningholm Palace.

Prince Julian's christening was not televised, a first for the grandchildren of King Carl Gustaf, but a summary will be broadcast on SVT on Sunday 15 August.


3 July 2021

Gjallarhorn nr. 68, juni 2021

Jeg mottok siste utgave av Gjallarhorn (nr. 68, juni 2021), som er felles medlemsblad for Vestfold Slektshistorielag og Buskerud Slektshistorielag, tidligere denne uken. Og takk og lov for det! Når så mange aktiviteter er blitt lagt på is i så lang tid på grunn av pandemien er det godt at vi kan kose oss med medlemsblader og masse godt lesestoff. Gjallarhorn skuffer ikke denne gangen heller. Her er det lagt ned mye arbeid for å presentere spennende slekter for medlemmene. Fra innholdsfortegnelsen:

  • Steen-Karlsen, Torbjørn. Gjedde, Makrell, Ørret, Laks og Sild i byen. Gjedde – Giedde – Gedde, s. 4–10.
  • Steen-Karlsen, Torbjørn. Slektsforbindelser Lier  – Eiker – Sande – Ramnes. Del 3: Berg og Tuft i Ramnes, Krokstad på Eiker, Våle, Nøtterøy, Larvik, Tønsberg, Vivestad, Andebu, Høyjord, s. 11–25.
  • Helleberg, Odd Arne. Sandsværs første kjente bergmann, s. 26.
  • Steen-Karlsen, Torbjørn. Hammersmedmester Jakob Pedersen Tives slekt, s. 27–31.
  • Fagerli, Torkel. Anthonsen-slekten ved Jarlsberg Verk i Skoger. En gren av Skott-slekten fra Røros, s. 32–35.
  • Davidsen, Svein. DNA og DNA-testing – en oppdatering, s. 36-42.
  • Redalen, Torgrim. Bobrødrene fra Gulsvik - med støtte av DNA-testing i slektsforskning, s. 43–50.
  • Ulriksen, Eli. Årsmøte 2021 Vestfold Slektshistorielag Protokoll, s. 51.
  • Wærhaug-Mathisen, Svein-Åge. Årsrapport 2020 Vestfold Slektshistorielag, s. 52–53. (regnskap, s. 54).
  • Gustavsen, Are S. Bygdebokforfatter Terje Østro (1949–2020) – ved det endelig punktum, s. 55–57 (artikkelen kommer også på trykk i Norsk Slektshistorisk Forenings Genealogen nr. 1, 2021).
  • Møteoversikt høsten 2021, s. 58 (for både Vestfold og Buskerud).
Nok en gang står slektsforskeren Torbjørn Steen-Karlsen for brorparten av artiklene, som han også har gjort i tidligere utgaver. Man må la seg imponere både av produktiviteten og kvaliteten over forskningen. Her er det lagt ned mange timers arbeid. Jeg håper det er flere enn meg som verdsetter dette. 

Det er mange Gjedde-slekter i Skandinavia. Jeg har laget en liten, men langt fra endelig, oversikt i Slektshistoriewiki, den norske wikien for slekter og slektsforskning generelt. Nå er også herværende slekt, som etter alt å dømme stammer fra «Vigsiden» (Bohuslen), lagt inn i oversikten. Muligens jeg lager et kort sammendrag av slekten senere. 3 sønner av en Peder Gjedde – Anders (ca. 1689–1750), Ole (ca. 1691–1741) og Gjøde (ca. 1693–1733) slo seg ned i Tønsberg og omegn i første halvdel av 1700-tallet. Steen-Karlsen hadde et innlegg om disse 3 brødrene i Digitalarkivets brukerforum i 2018. I tillegg har Steen-Karlsen i artikkelen lagt inn referanser til andre Gjedder, samt til slekter med tilnavnet Machrel (Makrell, Makreel), Ørret, Laks og Sild (!). Torbjørn har da humoristisk sans også.

Del 3 av artikkelen «Slektsforbindelser Lier – Eiker – Sande – Ramnes» er omfattende. Den er som tittelen antyder av interesse for nedslagsfeltet til begge slektsforeningene, og mange interessante slektsnavn/tilnavn berøres.

Artikkelen «Hammersmedmester Jakob Pedersen Tives slekt» inneholder egentlig flere Tive-slekter, så tittelen er kanskje litt misvisende, uten at man trenger å gjøre for mye ut av det. Steen-Karlsen starter med en presentasjon av generasjon 1, Jakob Pedersen Tive (født i Sverige ca. 1667, d. 1740 i Hof). Han hadde minst fire barn. Jakobs forlover i andre ekteskap var hammersmedmester Lars Jakobsen Tive (ca. 1676–1744), som ganske sikkert er i slekt, uten at det blir forklart nærmere. Muligens en nevø? Lars hadde i hvert fall minst 4 barn med første hustru Elen Christensdatter Scheen (ca. 1700–1732) og 6 barn med andre hustru Marthe Dorthe Jørgensdatter Fyhn (ingen datoer nevnt). Artikkelen inkluderer også «En Tiveslekt i Østfold – Sverige og Saltverket i Slagen», der det innledningsvis fortelles om soldaten Jakob Jakobsen Tive som 11. september 1723 i Østre Fredrikstad gifter seg med Elin Iversdatter (d. 1738) og andre gang i 1738 med Helena Maria Christensdatter Rask. Familien flytter til Strömstad og senere til Glemmen og etter alt å dømme til Strömstad igjen, men det er etterkommere her som havnet i Slagen. Man kan jo gruble over mulige slektsforbindelser til hammersmedmesterne nevnt over, men når Steen-Karlsen ikke nevner det selv, så betyr det vel at ingen forbindelse (foreløbig) er påvist.

Torkel Fagerlis artikkel «Anthonsen-slekten ved Jarlsberg Verk i Skoger. En gren av Skott-slekten fra Røros» er fin. Den innledes med omtale av tre søsken som i andre halvdel av 1700-tallet levde ved Jarlsberg Verk på Konnerud. De var barn av en ukjent Anthon. Takket være Astrid Ryens enorme arbeid med Røros-slekter har det lykkes i å koble søskenflokken til Skott-slekten på Røros. Med dette som utgangspunkt har Fagerli laget en fin oversikt over søsknenes etterkommere i Skoger. Jeg stammer selv fra Skoger (Lars Leivsen (1838-1899)), men det er liten grunn til å tro at min Skoger-slekt har koblinger til Skott-slekten, Men det vet man jo ikke sikkert før jeg ev. arbeider mer med anene til min tipptippoldefar Lars.

Jeg stanser presentasjonen min her. Men vil gjerne oppfordre alle med interesse for slektsforskning og med røtter i de gamle fylkene Vestfold og Buskerud til å melde seg inn i en av de to slektsforeningene. Da får dere et fremragende medlemsblad med mange gode slektsartikler. Og finner du ikke din slekt der, så oppfordres du herved til å skrive en artikkel selv. Ja, oppfordringen går også til meg selv ... Oversikt over tidligere utgaver av Gjallarhorn finnes på foreningens nettside. Tidligere utgaver kan for øvrig kjøpes fra foreningens butikk.

Short English summary: My article is about the latest issue of Gjallarhorn, the newsletter of Vestfold Slektshistorielag and Buskerud Slektshistorielag (genealogical societies in the current counties of Vestfold and Telemark and of Viken).

Oppdatert lørdag 3. juli 2021 kl. 18.20 (kom i skade for å skrive «Genealogen» i stedet for «Gjallarhorn» innledningsvis).

6 June 2021

UK: Second child for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex became parents to their second child on Friday 4 June 2021 at 11.40 a.m. when their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, USA. According to the press statement the baby girl will be called "Lili". The statement in full:


Statement from the press secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling at home.

Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.

As a daughter of a duke, the now 2-days-old girl is entitled to be styled Lady Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, but as when her brother was born, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have expressed their wish that their children should not use courtesy titles.

Lili was born as no. 8 in the line of succession to the British throne. She is the Prince of Wales' fifth grandchild and the 11th great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.

19 May 2021

UK: Princess Beatrice is pregnant

Buckingham Palace announced today that Princess Beatrice and her husband Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi are going to have their first child together in the autumn of 2021:

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year.

The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.

Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of the Duke of York (Prince Andrew) and Sarah, Duchess of York, née Ferguson, married Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi, son of Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nicola Williams-Ellis, née Burrows, at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Royal Lodge, Windsor, on 17 July 2020.

The baby will enter the world as no. 11 in the line of succession to the British throne. Princess Beatrice is currently no, 9, but will step one place down the ladder when the Duke and Duchess  of Sussex have their second child in the early summer. 

Eduardo has a son, Christopher Woolf, b. 2016, from an earlier relationship.

2 May 2021

Stalsberghagen gravlund og krematorium, Lillestrøm, Norway

Stalsberghagen gravlund og krematorium (Stalsberghagen Cemetery and Crematorium) is situated in Lillestrøm municipality (earlier Skedsmo municipality) at the boarder of Rælingen municipality east of Oslo. The cemetery was opened for burials in 1901.

1. The main gate to the cemetery (old part).

2. The Little Chapel and the Large Chapel and Crematorium at Stalsberghagen.

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4. The Little Chapel.

5. The Large Chapel.

6. View of a part of the cemetery.

7. Grave of Colonel Kaare Bolstad (1921–1980) and his wife.

8. Wittenberg grave.

9. Memorial for unnamed graves.

10. Memorial for stillborn children who were buried in unknown graves before 1997. Many stillborn children have their last resting place at Stalsberghagen Cemetery. The practice was earlier that the small coffins were interred by chance in graves of adults buried at the same time. This practice  meant that the bereaved were not informed where their children were buried and many feel great sorrow from this experience. The memorial gives the bereaved a place to go with their sorrowful memories. The memorial was raised in 2010.

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12. In memory of song and musicians.

13. Arnesen family grave.

14. Segelcke family grave. Martha Segelcke (1862–1912), Christien A. Segelcke (1858–1946) and Maria Segelcke (1862–1950).

15. Bergersen grave.

16. Wessel family grave: Sawmill manager Engebret Wessel (1844–1913) and his wife Helga Wessel, née Fonahn (1859–1949). At the bottom of the headstone one can find the inscription of their daughter Alfhild Øvergaard, née Wessel (1882–1907), who died in Finland.

17. Family grave of blacksmith Marius Halvorsen (1873–1945) and his family, including his son Oscar (1910–1992), who was also a blacksmith.

18. Næss family grave. Includes the name of the trade union chairman and Labour politician Nic. Næss (Nicolai Næss) (1891–1942), who died in exile in Stockholm, Sweden during the war.
 
19. Holmsen family grave. The name Stalsberg is inscribed at the top of the headstone. I would have to do more research to find out the connection.*

20. Risto family grave.

21. Mauritz family grave.

22. Garder family grave.

23. Grave of hotel owner Johan Alfred Tosterud (1891–1948) and his wife.

24. Kristiansen Stübner grave.

All 24 photos: © 2021 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

I visited the cemetery Thursday this week to take photos of two graves to be used in articles at Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki (these photos are not included in the blog article). But I after fulfilling my mission I walked around for a while and took photos of some of the graves which I found interesting. Some attractive or old headstones and some family names that caught my attention. The cemetery is divided by Øvre Rælingsveg into two parts. The old part, where all the photos above are taken and where the chapels are, and the new part, made available for burials in the 1960s. The new part also includes a section for Muslims.

The Large Chapel (I haven't decided if it would be most correct to translate Store kapell into «The Great Chapel» or «The Large Chapel» and Lille kapell into «The Small Chapel» or «The Little Chapel») and crematorium was inaugurated in 1958 and the original chapel was torn down. The Large Chapel has 200 seats, while The Little Chapel, which was built in 1990 at the same place where the old chapel was once standing, has 50 seats. You can see a photo of the old chapel at Lokalhistoriewiki. For photos of the interior, go here (The Large Chapel) and here (The Little Chapel).

* Postscript 3 May 2021 at 18:45: The answer to my question about the Stalsberg inscription on top of the Holmsen family grave was easy to work out. Johan Andreas Holmsen (1843–1921) was farming at Stalsberg nordre (Northern Stalsberg) at Strømmen in Skedsmo (now Lillestrøm municipality). He even found his wife from Stalsberg søndre (Southern Stalsberg)! See among others Slegten Holmsen, 1934, p. 91, by Gudrun Jølsen.

Updated last time on Monday 3 May 2021 at 18.45 (postscript added).

24 April 2021

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 1, 2021

Yes another issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly (no. 1, 2021) has arrived in the mailbox and I am happy to continue my reviews again after a little break. I didn't comment on the third and fourth issues of last year mainly due to my work and a genealogy project which took most of the fall as well as this spring. So my last RDQ article was published in June 2020. I could of course have written the articles now, but I find it to be less newsworthy. I should add that I write these presentations/reviews on my own initiative, it is not something «I have to do», but I enjoy writing them when I have the opportunity.

Liechtenstein on the front cover! The photo is of Prince Franz Joseph II of Liechtenstein (1906–1989), his wife Princess Georgine (Gina) of Liechtenstein, née Countess von Wilczek (1921–1989) and their two eldest sons, Prince Hans-Adam and Prince Philip. I am not sure when the photo is taken, maybe late 1946 or early 1947. The choice of front cover photo reveals that Charlotte Zeepvat this time has chosen the Princely House of Liechtenstein for her her traditional Family Album. Besides a 2 pages long introduction to the family history, the readers are treated with 72 illustrations of various family members and of the castle. The princely house is so large that the article also contain 5 pages with genealogical tables.

© 2005 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

I would love to visit Liechtenstein again one day. My only visit took place in 2005 when the Schloss Vaduz was under renovation. With a better camera I hope to take better photos and also see other parts of the principality.

Charlotte Zeepvat, who is an historical consultant to the magazine, has also written the first article of the present issue, An Extraordinary Life. The Story of Cyril von Sellheim. It is not proven, but in my opinion very likely that Cyril Albert Robert von Sellheim (1897–1983), who was adopted by Peter Alexander von Sellheim (1830–1913) and Philomena Maria (Mary) de Cock (1844–1915), was the son of Princess Marie of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1878–1948), eldest daughter of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich V (1848–1914) and Grand Duchess Elisabeth, née Princess of Anhalt (1857–1933). It is a well-written and interesting article to read, and it also has a page with short genealogies of the Sellheim and Mecklenburg-Strelitz families.

A Guiness for Monaco? Stephen Bunford asks. He tells the story of the Grimaldis and who the current head of state could have been if Prince Louis II of Monaco (1870–1949) had not adopted and legitimated his natural daughter Charlotte (1898–1977) in 1919.

I really enjoyed Bearn Bilker's article Clothilde von Merenberg – the last Nassau. He has both met and interviewed the countess and gives a good outline of the history of the Nassau and Merenberg family. Clothilde von Rintelen, née Countess of Merenberg, b. 1941, is the great-great-granddaughter of Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau (1832–1905), who is 1868 married Natalia Alexandrovna Pushkina (1836–1913). The Merenberg title was granted by Nikolaus' brother-in-law Prince Georg Viktor of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1831–1893). The countess is related to most royal families of Europe, including the Norwegian, as Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm was a brother of Princess Sophia (1836–1913), who in 1857 married Prince Oscar of Sweden (1829–1907), from 1872 King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway. This means that Clothilde and Crown Prince Haakon are fourth cousins. There are other connections as well, but I will leave it at that.

Ove Mogensen from Denmark has traveled the whole world to take photos of royal graves. This time he presents the Saxe-Altenburgs as no. III in his series Tombs, Graves and Monuments in Thuringia.

In the series of Little-known Royals Coryne Hall has this time decided to present Princess Gundelinde of Bavaria (1891–1983), the youngest and 13th child of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (1845–1921), from 1913 King Ludwig III, and Princess Maria Theresa of Bavaria, née Archduchess of Austria-Este. Princess Gundelinde married in 1919 Count Johann Georg von Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos (1887–1924). The article reminded me of the somewhat unusual names (at least to me) of some of Gundelinde's siblings, including Helmtrud, Notburga and Dietlinde.

The columns The World Wide Web of Royalty gives us genealogical news from the Imperial, Royal or Princely houses of Austria, Bourbon-Parme, Hohenberg, Leiningen, Norway (Erling Lorentzen), Sweden and Thurn and Taxis.

Really newsworthy are the book titles Royal Books have «in the pipeline», among them the third edition of Bernadotteättlingar (Bernadotte Descendants), which is expected in the summer of 2021, and Genealogie des Fürstlichen Hauses Kinsky, which will come out in the winter of 2021/2022. Really something to look forward to!

Information about Royalty Digest Quarterly can be found at its editor's website Royalbooks.se. See earlier presentations of RDQ here. See also its Facebook page.

17 April 2021

UK: The Royal Family took farewell with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The funeral service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April 2021, 99 years old, took place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor today, 17 April 2021.

The funeral procession, which started at 2.50 p.m. local time, took place from the State Entrance to the chapel. The coffin of the duke was carried by a customised Land Rover. Behind it walked members of the royal family – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, the Duke of Sussex, Tim Laurence and the Earl of Snowdon – while other members had driven to the chapel by car in advance. More details can be read at the official website.

Due to the pandemic and Covid-19 protocol, only 30 people were allowed to attend the funeral service. These were:

  • HM The Queen (Queen Elizabeth II)
  • HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)
  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla)
  • HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William)
  • HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine) 
  • HRH The Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry)
  • HRH The Duke of York
  • HRH Princess Beatrice of York
  • Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (husband of the former)
  • HRH Princess Eugenie of York
  • Jack Brooksbank (husband of the former)
  • HRH The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward)
  • HRH The Countess of Wessex (Sophie)
  • Lady Louise Windsor
  • James, Viscount Severn
  • HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne)
  • Tim Laurence
  • Peter Phillips
  • Zara Tindall
  • Mike Tindall
  • The Earl of Snowdon (David Armstrong-Jones, son of the late Princess Margaret)
  • Lady Sarah Chatto (daughter of the late Princess Margaret)
  • Daniel Chatto
  • HRH The Duke of Gloucester (cousin of the Queen)
  • HRH The Duke of Kent (cousin of the Queen)
  • HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
  • HGDH The Hereditary Prince of Baden (Hereditary Prince Bernhard)
  • HRH The Landgrave of Hesse (Landgrave Donatus)
  • HRH The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Prince Philipp)
  • Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Penelope Knatchbull)
In other words – besides the widow the serivice were for the most part attended by children, children-in-law, grandchildren and their children – as well as a few other relatives. The Duchess of Sussex decided to remain in Los Angeles on advice of her doctor. The Hereditary Prince of Baden, the Landgrave of Hesse and the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg represented the sisters of Prince Philip, while the Countess Mountbatten of Burma was a good friend and married to Norton Knatchbull, the 3rd Eaarl Mountbatten of Burma, a relative on his mother's side.

The funeral was a so-called «Ceremonial Royal Funeral», the same as that of the Queen Mother in 2002. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, conducted the service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, pronounced the blessing. The full Order of Service can be viewed here.

The congregation wore masks for the service and the members of the royal family wore day dress or morning coat with medals.

As described by the official website, due to the public health guidelines, some of the funeral plan had been modified, «although the day was still be very much in line with His Royal Highness’s wishes». He had himself decided on the hymns and other music and that there should be no sermon. All in all it was a simple and beautiful service. What I will remember first of all is the sight of the queen, sitting all by herself in the choir , due to the health guidelines no-one could sit close to her and comfort her ...

The coffin was lowered into the royal vault at the end of the service. After the archbishop had pronounced the blessings and the national anthem was sung by the choir, the members of the royal family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh's family left the chapel via Galilee Porch.  

The funeral was televised. The broadcast started already two hours before the service here in Norway. The historian Trond Norén Isaksen was one of the commentators on TV2.

11 April 2021

UK: Record of Prince Philip's birth at Corfu

The Mail on Sunday has taken the trouble of locating the church book in which the then Prince Philip of Greece's birth and christening was recorded. [External link]

Prince Philip was born at the royal estate of Mon Repos on 10 June 1921 (28 May in the old Julian calendar) and baptized in the Church of Our Christ the Saviour,

The record is dated 24 October 1921 (i.e. 14 November 1921, Gregorian calendar).

UK: Prince Philip's funeral set to Saturday 17 April 2021

Yesterday, just as I had finished writing a piece about Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April 2021, 99 years old, Buckingham Palace released details about the funeral service:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth. 

It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.

See the link above for more details. The funeral will, as the current Covid-19 protocol stipulates, be attended by only 30 members of the royal family. This includes the Duke of Sussex, who will be flying over from Los Angeles, while his pregnant wife will remain, allegedly on advice by her doctor. The funeral service will be televised.

10 April 2021

UK: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921–2021)

Buckingham Palace announced on Friday 9 April 2021 the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II:

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.  

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.   

Prince Philip (Filippos), who died two months short of his 100th birthday, was born on at Corfu in Greece on 10 June 1921 as the fifth and youngest child and only son of Prince Andreas of Greece (1882–1944) and Princess Alice, née Princess of Battenberg (1885–1969). In 1922 the family was forced into excile and Prince Philip grew up in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. After leaving Gordonstoun School in Scotland in 1939 he joined the British Royakl Navy and served in the British forces during WW2. In 1947 Prince Philip was naturalized as a British subject, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles (there is till a question mark on how this was made legal in Greece and Denmark) and took the surname Mountbatten (an Anglization of his mother's Battenberg family name). On 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey, London he married Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. from 1952 Queen Elizabeth II, eldest daughter of King George VII (1895–1952) and Queen Elizabeth, née Bowes-Lyon (1900–2002). He received the style Royal Highness and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. In 1957 he was created Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Prince Philip left behind his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, his four children Charles (the Prince of Wales), Anne (the Princess Royal), Andrew (the Duke of York) and Edward (the Earl of Wessex), 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. His titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich were upon his death inherited by the Prince of Wales in accordance with the Letters Patent of 1947). See my blog article of 10 March 2019 for details of the title Duke of Edinburgh, which in due time will be bestowed on the Earl of Wessex.

Prince Philip's death didn't come as a big surprise, as he looked very frail when he left hospital last month. But I kind of expected that he would at least say on and have his big day on 10 June when he was to turn 100. But unfortunately we lost him yesterday. It is almost impossible to write a blog article which gives justice to such a grand man, who was the longest-serving consort of a British monarch. He dedicated his life to the British Crown and people. When he decided to retire from public life in 2017, we learnt that he had carried out 22,191 solo engagements since 1952. The number speaks volumes. He will perhaps first of all be remembered for his supporting role to Queen Elizabeth. As the Queen said herself during the celebrations of the couple's golden anniversary in 1997: «He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and manybother countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.»

We will remember his smile and sparkle in the eye and all his witty remarks. Yes, he crossed the line a few times, he was far from perfect, but he was first of all a funny and generous man who will be sadly missed by his family and by everyone who cares about the British royal family and monarchy.

Salute

Gun salutes have been fired across the United Kingdom and in Gibraltar at noon today marking the death of Prince Philip. The British always do it proplerly, as described in The Telegraph: «Saluting batteries began firing 41 rounds at one round every minute from midday on Saturday in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well from Royal Navy warships.»

Tributes

Current and former heads of state, other diginitaries and politicians all over the world have expressed their condolences following the news of Prince Philip's death. The statement at the website of the Norwegian Royal Family said yesterday:

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Family has received the news that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away with great sorrow.

“Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people,” said His Majesty King Harald.

His Majesty has decided that a flag will be flown at half-mast from the Palace balcony today and on the day of the funeral.

Sweden: 
Following the death of HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh HM The King has made a statement:

The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued.

His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.

We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.

CARL GUSTAF

The Queen of Denmark has also sent her condolences to Queen Elizabeth. The head of the Serbian Royal Family, Crown Prince Alexander, has paid the following tributes:

Their Royal Highnesses saddened by the passing of Prince Philip

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and the entire Royal Family received with great sadness the news that HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, godmother of the Crown Prince, passed away today.

The whole life of Prince Philip was dedicated to the service of the British Crown and the people. He is survived by his wife, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Prince Philip was the son of the Greek and Danish Prince Andrew, the brother of the Greek King Constantine, the maternal great-grandfather of the Crown Prince Alexander.

Crown Prince Alexander and the Royal Family had a good cousin, a sincere friend in the late Duke, whose memory will live forever. His departure will create a great void in the hearts of all who knew him.
The British Prime minister, Boris Johnson, gave a televised statement which can be read here. He said among others that «Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.» 

The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, expressed among others: «A man of great service to others – first as a decorated naval officer and later as a dedicated leader in the areas of community engagement and philanthropy – the Duke always sought out the best in people and challenged them to strive for greater heights.» 

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said: «Your Majesty, here in Australia, and indeed across the world, your Commonwealth family joins in your sorrow and your mourning and that of your family. But also, we give thanks for the life of who you described as your strength and your stay. Your Prince, Prince Philip. Husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The Duke's life was one of duty and of service, of loyalty and of honour. Memories of him will of course tell stories of his candour, and a unique and forceful and authentic personality. But above all, he was a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen.»

President Joe Biden gave the following statement:
On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.

Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.
Every living former US presidents have also expressed their condolences, as summed up on the website of BBC News.

Selected obituaries
Funeral

Details of Prince Philip's funeral have yet to be published. According to his own wishes, it will be a relatively low-key service at the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Covid-19 restrictions will also hae an impact on the service and the number of people attending will be smaller than originally planned. The prince will first be interred in the royal family vault beneath the chapel, and then later be transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel following the death of the queen.

Updated on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 20:15 (more precise details concerning Prince Philip's interment added).

Norway: King Harald resumes his constitutional duties

The Norwegian Royal Court announced today that King Harald will resume his constitutional duties on Monday 12 April 2021 following the expiration of his sick leave.

The king was operated for a torn tendon above his knee on 30 January 2021 and has been on sick leave ever since. Crown Prince Haakon has served as Regent in the meantime.

6 April 2021

Luxembourg: Prince Louis engaged to marry Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue

The Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today the engagement between Prince Louis, b. 1986, the third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue, b. 1991, the second child of Pierre Sirgue and Scarlett Berrebi.

Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue was born in Bordaux, France on 8 August 1991. She has lived in Cap Ferret, Bordaux, Switzerland, London and Paris and today works as a lawyer in the family law firm, which has offices in both Bordaux and Paris, and specializes in labour law, family law and personal injury law. Ms. Sirgue was admitted to the Paris Bar 23 years old and took the oath when she was 25. Prince Louis works for the same company. Ms. Sirgue has two siblings – Elisabeth Defforey, who is 34 years old, and Archibald Sirgue, who is 27.

Prince Louis was previously married (from 2006 to 2019, separated in 2017) to Tessy Antony (now Tessy Antony-De Nassau) and has two children by her, Prince Gabriel of Nassau, b. 2006, and Prince Noah of Nassau, b. 2007. Tessy's engagement to the Swizz businessman Frank Floessel was announced in December 2020. In February 2021 it was revealed that the couple is expecting their first baby together.

Lorentzen grave, Asker kirkegård, Norway


© 2021 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth.

Yesterday on my way home from Easter vacation at Blefjell I made a short stop at Asker kirkegård (Asker Cemetery) in order to take new photos of the Lorentzen grave after the burial of Erling Lorentzen on 22 March. Erling Lorentzen, the widower of Princess Ragnhild, died on 9 March 2021 and was buried next to his wife.

I hadn't visited this cemetery since the summer of 2013 when I among others took photographs of Princess Ragnhild Mrs. Lorentzen's grave following her death and burial the previous year.

Back in 2013 I promised to return with a blog article on other graves in the cemetery, and one of these days I hope to fulfill the promise ... 

28 March 2021

Sweden: Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland

The Marshal of the Realm announced earlier today that the King in the Council of State held at the Royal Palace in Stockholm had announced the name and ducal title of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's third son, who was born on Friday 26 March:

Prince Julian Herbert Folke, Duke of Halland

The call name will be Julian. I was not too surprised that Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia didn't land on a more traditional royal name. When you get so far down in the line of succession you obviously have more freedom. Personally I think the name goes well Julian with Alexander and Gabriel. It is not among the most popular names in Sweden. Julian was no. 77 in the list of male names chosen for babies born in 2020, down from no. 74 in 2019. Folke was no. 83, while Herbert was not in the top 100 list at all.

All in all, as of 31 December 2020 there are 4444 men who have the name Julian in Sweden, while 3060 of them have Julian as their call name, i.e. the name in daily use. Julian is also a female name - in 2020 there were 22 of them, while 17 had Julian as their call name. And there are 6 people who has Julian as their surname. What about Herbert and Folke? The numbers are 5484 (623) named Herbert and 17388 (3809) named Folke with the call name in parentesis.

The genealogist and author Ted Rosvall has in a message in the Facebook group Royalty Digest Quarterly pointed out that Herbert is the second name of Princess Sofia's maternal grandfather Janne Herbert Ribbe Rotman (1934–1996), so that could be an explanation for the name. See my previous blog article on Princess Sofia's ancestry for more details. 

The third name Folke is easier to explain, as it is the third name of Prince Julian's grandfather King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus. The king was named after the diplomat Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg (1895–1948).

Prince Carl Philip's great uncle Prince Bertil (1912–1997) was Duke of Halland, and as Prince Carl Philip and his family are now residing in Prince Bertil's old home at Djurgården in Stockholm, Halland is a good choice.

Prince Julian was the first member of the family to be born after the King in 2019 decided to «downsize» the Swedish Royal House, meaning that Prince Julian is not a member of the Swedish Royal House, only a member of the Royal Family. 

The now 2-days-old prince was born as no. 7 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. The complete line is now as follows:

  1. HRH Crown Princess Victoria (b. 1977)
  2. HRH Princess Estelle (b. 2012)
  3. HRH Prince Oscar (b. 2016)
  4. HRH Prince Carl Philip (b. 1979)
  5. Prince Alexander (b. 2016)
  6. Prince Gabriel (b. 2017)
  7. Prince Julian (b. 2021)
  8. HRH Princess Madeleine (b. 1982)
  9. Princess Leonore (b. 2014)
  10. Prince Nicolas (b. 2015)
  11. Princess Adrienne (b. 2018)

27 March 2021

A royal birth in Sweden ... and a birth in England too!

The Marshal of the Realm announced on Friday 26 March 2021 the birth of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden's third child, a boy:

The Office of The Marshal of the Realm is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia gave birth to a healthy boy on Friday the 26th March 2021 at 11.19 a.m. at Danderyd Hospital.

Both mother and child are in good health.

Fredrik Wersäll

Marshal of the Realm

The pregnancy was announced on 11 December 2020. The little prince, who is the 8th grandchild of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, entered the world as no. 7 in the line of succession to the Swedish throne. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's other  childen are Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017. The royal birth was marked by a salute with 21 shots at noon today.

The King's decision in 2019 to «downsize» the Swedish Royal House means that the newborn boy will not be styled Royal Highness. A Council of State will be held at The Royal Palace in Stockholm on Sunday 28 March 2021 in which the name and ducal title will be revealed. One the same day there will also be a church service – a Te Deum – in connection with Princess Sofia's delivery.

Zara Tindall, wife of Mike Tindall and daughter of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne of the United Kingdom), gave birth to her third child, a boy, on Sunday 21 March 2021. The boy arrived so quickly that he was deliveded at home on the bathroom floor. The Tindall family's home is at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, England. The boy, who is no. 22 in the line of succession to the British throne, has received the name Lucas Philip Tindall. The second name Philip was obviously chosen in honour of Mike's father and Zara's grandfather. Zara and Mike Tindall's other children are Mia, born in 2014, and Lena, born in 2018. The baby is Princesse Anne's fifth grandchild and Queen Elizabeth's 10th great-grandchild.

I had intended to write about the birth in England earlier, but I am just too busy at work these days due to the pandemic. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to follow up with a blog article after the Council of State in Sweden.