17 January 2017

Grave of musician Bjarne Hansen, Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway (Tombstone Tuesday)

© 2017 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth  
The grave of musician Bjarne Halvard Hansen (1910–1962) and Rakel Debora Hansen (1914–2010) at Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, grave no. In the death announcement in Aftenposten 14 April 1962 No. 177, p. 17, his wife Elsa as well as five children were listed. According to the funeral notice in Aftenposten on 21 April 1962 No. 185 p. 16, Hansen worked as an orchestra conductor.

According to the 1910 census, Bjarne was the son of carpenter Anton Julius Hansen and Maren Helene Hansen, née Olsen.

© 2017 Dag Trygsland Hoelseth 

Østre gravlund (Eastern Cemetery), Oslo, Norway, January 2017.

10 January 2017

Royalty Digest Quarterly no. 4, 2016

The latest issue of Royalty Digest Quarterly – no. 4, 2016 – arrived just in time for Christmas.  According to the editor, Ted Rosvall, the issue had to be reprinted «because of a sloppy job done at the printing-works'». I have no idea what went wrong, but more important is that the new version was in perfect condition and well timed for the Christmas weekend.

I would have loved to witness the royal wedding in Tirana, Albania on 8 October 2016, but the wedding day collided with a family trip to Spain (no, I am not really complaining). Fortunately Netty Leistra was able to go, and her visit has resulted in the article An Albanian Royal Wedding ... with many royal guests in the RDQ as well as an article in her own blog. Her coverage of the wedding of Prince Leka and Elia Zaharia certainly made the icing on the cake this time. This is not meant to be disrespectful of the other articles, far from it – they are all well-written and interesting – but I have always had a fascination for the history of the former Balkan monarchies, so articles about their past & present tend to appeal to me particularly. I hope to visit Tirana one day. So far «I have only made it» to Shkodër in Northern Albania, so I would love to combine a visit to Tirana with the beaches of Sarandë and the ancient city of Butrint. One of these days ...

In his Editor's Corner Ted Rosvall points how Prince Leka through the Anhalt-Dessau ancestry of his Hungarian grandmother Queen Geraldine, née Countess Apponyi de Nagy-Appony (1915–2002) is related to most, if not all, the royal dynasties of Europe.

The photo on the front cover shows the then Prince Edward (VIII) of Wales together with George (V), Prince of Wales; Princess Maud; Princess Albert of Wales (George VI); Louise, Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife; Princess Mary of Wales and Princess Alexandra at Abergeldie, around 1905. This means that the British royal house is yet again the topic for Charlotte Zeepvat's traditional Family Album. The fourth and last (?) part, titled The Royal House of Great Britian and Ireland. A Family Album – House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Wundsor [sic!] brings the readers up to the present Queen Elizabeth II. Besides a short introduction the readers can enjoy 100 photos and 2 pages containing genealogical surveys of the family.

There were several big anniversaries in 2016. Michael L. Nash reminds us that in 2016 it was 200 years since the wedding of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (formerly -Saalfeld) in his article «England's Star of Promise». A Very Coburg Marriage, 2nd May 1816.

The house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is also touched upon in the next article, Three Cousins by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig. The article deals with the 1896 weddings of Princess Maud of Wales to Prince Carl of Denmark, Princess Louise of Denmark to Prince Friedrich of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Hereditary Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Have you ever been to Frogmore House? It is one of the royalty-related «musts» in the Windsor area. It is only open to the public parts of the year, in 2017 in August only (in addition to the Charity Open Days), so I not sure when I will be able to visit it. Anyway, located on the estate of Frogmore above the lake one can also find the mausoleum of Queen Victoria's Mother, the Duchess of Kent. The mausoleum has never been open to the public, but at least Elizabeth Jane Timms has written a rather nice presentation of it in the RDQ.

David Horbury then returns with his series Half a Century of Royal Letters; 1899-1946. Collected by John Wimbles from the Romanian National Archives and other sources. We can only be so lucky that not all royals command their correspondence to be burnt after their death. The letters of the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Marie, née Grand Princess of Russia) are a thrill to read. And how horribly critical she is of her relatives and in-laws! Just read her description of the then Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) in 1914: «... I was horribly shocked, even grieved, at the appearance of the nice little Prince of Wales, whom I find looking very ill. [...] Imagine he looks like a miserable boy of 15, his face and neck are so thin that they rather belong to an old woman than a young man of 20 which he was yesterday. He eats nothing and looks as if he were wasting away».

The final main article, Courting Disaster – The Russian Prince and the Regent's Park Country Club, is written by Coryne Hall, and deals with Prince Andrew of Russia and his wife Elizabeta, née Ruffo di Sant Antimo, who in 1923 founded the Regent's Park country club which ended in bankruptcy, quite a scandal in those days.

Finally the readers are treated with genealogical news in the traditional column The World Wide Web of Royalty. The following royal and princely and/or mediatized houses are covered: Albania, Bentheim and Steinfurt, Carolath-Beuthen, Luxembourg, Oldenburg, Prussia and Serbia (Yugoslavia).

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

5 January 2017

Slektshistoriewiki articles, 2016

I have mentioned a few times in my blog that I am one of the administrators of Slektshistoriewiki, the Norwegian genealogy wiki, which is administered by Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening (the Norwegian Genealogical Society). Besides administration work I have contributed with many articles over the years.

Here are some (but far from all) of the articles I written (both initiated and written most, if not all, of the updates) during 2016:

Book presentations
In addition I have of course updated many, many more articles, including the Ferner family article, published originally on 20 September 2015.

Updated on Friday 6 January 2017 at 08.35 (minor correction).

Death of Austin Prichard-Levy, husband of Princess Lavinia of Yugoslavia (Serbia)

The Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia announced today the death of Austin Prichard-Levy, second husband of Princess Lavinia, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia by his second wife Kira, née Princess of Leiningen.

Austin died of a heart attack on 2 January 2017 in London. His death is the first royalty-related death to be registered in 2017 so far.

The press release in full:
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander is very sad to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Lavinia’s (first cousin of HRH Crown Prince Alexander) beloved husband Austin Prichard-Levy died suddenly in London Monday 2nd January 2017 at home of a heart attack.

Crown Prince Alexander and family extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Princess Lavinia.

Austin Prichard-Levy was born 20 January, 1953 in Roma, Queensland, Australia. He married Princess Lavinia in London 4 October 1998 and they had a son Luca Orlando Christopher born in London 14 February, 2000 whose Godmother is Crown Princess Katherine. He was also loving stepfather to Nadya-Marie and Andrej Sidiropulous.

Princess Lavinia is the daughter of the late Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia (brother of King Peter II of Yugoslavia) and the late Princess Kira of Leiningen.

8 December 2016

No Her og Nå Royal Yearbook in 2016

The Norwegian weekly magazine Her og Nå has from 2012 published a yearbook called Året rundt med Kongefamilien («The Year with the Royal Family»), which with many photos and short texts have presented the main events of the Norwegian royal family throughout the year. I made a presentation of the first issue in 2012.

The yearbook was also published in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but I haven't found it in the newspaper kiosks this year. The publisher Egmont Hjemmet Mortensen confirmed to me today that the «special magazine» has not been published in 2016. I guess it hasn't sold well enough. So far I haven't come across any royal yearbooks by other publishers either.

6 December 2016

HRH Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau

The Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg announced today that the son of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg has been given the names Liam Henri Hartmut. In accordance with the decree of 21 September 1995, the child has received the title Prince of Nassau and the style of Royal Highness.

The press release in English translation:
The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess are pleased to announce, together with Prince Félix and Princess Claire, that the name of their grandson is His Royal Highness Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau.
Prince Liam, who was born in Geneva on 28 November 2016, is the second child of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg. It is easy to guess that the second name Henri is after Liam's grandfather Grand Duke Henri, and the third name Hartmut after Princess Claire's father Hartmut Lademacher.

Liam is an Irish short form of Uilliam, a derivative of William, Wilhelm (Willahelm) and Guillaume. As both Prince Liam's uncle and grand uncle have the name Guilluame, I guess Liam is a sensible way of not creating too much confusion. I suppose that the name in French is pronounced differently than in English.

1 December 2016

Longest reigns page updated

After King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand died on 13 October 2016, the proclamation of the designated heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, was put on hold as the crown prince needed some time to mourn with the people.

Today, 1 December 2016, Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed king, and I have therefore updated the Longest reign (current monarchs) page. As I wrote on 29 October, the page will be updated again later in December after the new King of Malaysia has been installed.