Last modified: 11 January 1999
Archived royal news from my old website for the year 1998.
Born in New York the son of Prince Pavlos and Princess Maria of Greece. His name is Constantine Alexios.
In the cathedral of Monaco Charles Prince of Bourbon-Sicilies, Duke of Calabria, married Camilla Crociani (born Rome, Italy, April 5th 1971). The witnesses were the sisters of the groom, Beatrice and Anne, Albert Prince of Monaco and Laurent Prince of Belgium. They gave a big party for about 600 guests (amongst others royals and society people).
In Vaduz the Princely Family of Liechtenstein announced the engagement of Prince Constantin, the youngest son of the reigning Prince Hans Adam II, with Marie Gabriele Franciska, Countess Kálnoky (born Graz, Austria, July 16th 1975).
In the cathedral of Palermo, Italy, some Italian and German scientists opened the grave of Friedrich II of Hohenstaufen (December 26, 1194-December 13, 1250), Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (since 1220), King of Germany (since 1212), Italy, Sicily (since 1197) and Jerusalem, last week. They hope to find out if he was poisoned or not. Further they will research the two bodies that are buried next to him. Unfortunately the remains are in a bad state. Also the crown of the Emperor has disappeared. They are trying to find out if this crown was still there when the grave was opened for the first time in 1781.
A documentary on the 50th birthday of The Prince of Wales states that he wants his mother Queen Elizabeth II to abdicate. The court gave their common statement that this is not true. However the makers of the documentary say that they got the information from someone very close to the family.
The Prince of Wales returned from a royal visit to the Balkan-countries. In Bulgaria he sang the Beatles’s song All you need is love in public. The visit was overshadowed by rumours in his own country that he wants his mother to abdicate.
The Duke of Edinburgh was the most senior Royal to visit the Republic of Ireland since its independence in 1921. He was in Dublin for 3 hours. It is seen as a step forward to a visit of the Queen herself.
The Prince of Wales opened his own home page. Within the first 24 hours after the opening 1.750.000 people have visited it!!!
The German TV-transmitter ARD is going to broadcast a series on the high nobility of Germany, starting on December 25th with the Royal family of Prussia (last Emperors of Germany). In the next twelve transmissions amongst others the following families are playing the leading part: Schaumburg-Lippe, Sachsen, Hohenzollern and Bismarck. They will show the family members in their daily life and at official visits. It might be very interesting if you can get the ARD (like me). I’ll try to keep you informed!
Belgium, France and Great Britain commemorated the 80th anniversary of World War I (1914-11.11.1918). King Albert II of Belgium went to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels in the morning, at the same time Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, followed by the French president Jacques Chirac. Later this last two unveiled a statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Paris. In the afternoon Queen Elizabeth II, King Albert, his wife Queen Paola and the Irish president Mary McAleese inaugurated the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium (made after an idea of a protestant and a catholic Irishman). Afterwards Queen Elizabeth II, King Albert and Queen Paola went to the remembrance service in Ypres, Belgium.
Queen Elizabeth II invited the unknown teenage rock band Al!ve to play at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales’s 50th birthday party on Friday. The four boys, 16 and 17 years old, sent a tape with their music to the palace. They have told the Queen that they are nice boys who don’t use drugs or sing inflammatory songs …
Yesterday The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles attended a banquet at the Hampton Court Palace. The guest list included ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. Today the prince visited a number of projects in Sheffield linked to the Prince’s Trust. Before he was guest of honour at the film locations of The Full Monty there. According to the BBC he showed there his dancing prowess by quickly mastering the steps in a recreation of the film. But from what I saw on TV he tried something and stopped very quickly. He said that he had seen the film twice, because he liked it very much. At night there was a big reception at Buckingham Palace with about 850 guests (family, politicians, actors). It seems it was great. “Mummy” congratulated her son officially and Charles thanked her with a very amusing speech. Camilla wasn’t there.
Great news! At his birthday King Hussein of Jordan spoke to the state television. He said that the treatment for cancer of the lymph glands at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been successful. After five rounds of chemotherapy there’s no remaining sign of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The King will have one more session before he returns to Jordan next month.
The birthday festivities of the Prince of Wales ended with a party for 250 guests at Highgrove, organized and hosted by Camilla Parker Bowles. Guests included the princes William and Harry, princess Margaret, and the royal pairs of the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Spain; Rowan Atkinson and Stephen fry were the first to arrive hours before the party started. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decided not to come.
One more newsflash of the birthday party of the Prince of Wales. The princes William and Harry did a striptease act at the Highgrove party. They danced and stripped at the Hot Chocolate’s song You sexy thing like in The Full Monty. Well-informed sources say they kept on at least one article of dress. What a pity! But who wouldn’t have liked to see it with his own eyes!!!
King Hussein of Jordan is to undergo a bone marrow transplant by the end of the month in a bid to stop the recurrence of lymphatic cancer.
Together Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Juan Carlos I of Spain opened the exhibition Splendour of Spain 1598-1648 in the New Church in Amsterdam. The exhibition shows about 300 pieces of art from the Spanish Golden Age, which belongs to Spanish museums and monasteries. The exhibition is there until March 8th 1999.
A treasure-digger found a box with silver, belonging to the royal family of Saxony, in the woods near the Moritzburg Castle in Dresden (Germany). The treasure was buried there during the last World War. About two years ago the same person also found another piece of this Saxony treasure: a box of gold (worth millions of dollars).
Princess Alexia of Greece and Carlos Morales Quintana celebrated their engagement in London on October 24th(?). The wedding should take place in the Greek Orthodox Church in London next summer (July).
The Danish Crown Prince Frederik wants to be a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Dane who sits in there now steps back in 2002. The royal house let know that he will abandon his ambitions when there are more candidates (one for the moment). Just go and fight for it I should say!!! But (December 3rd) I read that he has withdrawn, the coward!
Today a new museum was opened at the St. Emmeram Castle in Regensburg, Germany, belonging to the Princely family von Thurn und Taxis. It shows about 2200 items (weapons, pieces of gold and silver, porcelain), Princess Gloria gave to the government to pay her debts in 1993. The museum is part of the National Museum of Bavaria.
Queen Paola of Belgium is trying to improve her knowledge of the Dutch language by following a course in Spa, Belgium. She is Italian herself and the members of the court mostly speak French. Nevertheless is Dutch one of the three official languages in Belgium next to French and German.
At the opening of Parliament Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has signalled the end of 900 years of tradition by unveiling plans to reform the House of Lords. A Bill will be introduced to remove the right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in there. About 2/3 of the members inherited the position. The last word on this subject is not spoken yet, as many members don’t agree with the plans.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has prolonged her study at Yale University for another semester. It is still not clear when she will return to Sweden.
The state visit of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Claus to Russia that was supposed to start today, has been cancelled last Monday because of the pneumonia of the Russian president Boris Jeltsin. On Saturday the Prince of Oranje Willem-Alexander will go to St.Petersburg to reopen the restored Rembrandtroom in the Hermitage museum instead of his mother.
Some days ago the count of Paris, heir to the French throne, announced the engagement of his grandson prince Eudes, duke of Angoulême, with Marie-Liesse de Rohan-Chabot (29), a scion of an old French noble family. They met at university. The marriage will take place in Bretagne in July 1999. Interesting detail: her grandfather, the duke of Bauffremont, is one of the leading persons of the legitimists who don’t recognize the count of Paris as the legitimate heir to the French throne, but prince Louis (XX) Alphonse de Bourbon. But love gains the victory.
Some German magazines say Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is planning a four-month trip to Greenland together with friends. They will only see snow and ice, which sounds quite interesting. But what about girls!
I was just zapping on my TV last Friday when I discovered that Prince Albert of Monaco had given a live interview to Larry King on CNN for one hour. I found out just before a relay, so I watched. Except for an irritating constantly interrupting Larry King (so that more interesting answers were cut off) and standard answers from Prince Albert’s side it was good, although Albert never seemed very comfortable. The interview was surrounded by film and photo material. Prince Albert said he is keen to end his bachelor days and settle down to start a family now he is 40. He is getting in that time zone where the clock is ticking and he would like to have kids and a family. Life in the public spotlight has often frightened possible brides away. There were some, but they didn’t like the Monaco lifestyle. But it will happen once that he find someone. Before he was also not ready yet, busy and enjoying being a bachelor. As far as he could see his parents had a good marriage. There were intimate family moments, like breakfast. When Princess Grace died it was a shock and there was disbelieve the first days especially. They don’t talk about it a lot anymore. Prince Albert also told he is not going to shy away from his duties, but he and his father have nothing planned yet on succession. They like to work together. He is close with his sisters. They are wonderful mothers with great kids he loves a lot. The worst thing in his life as a prince is the fact that press always surrounds him. It is also difficult to cope with all those different situations and people. The best part is that you meet up with many interesting people and get entrance into important things. He has a lot of opportunities to do well for his country and for organizations. His goal is to lead his country as well as he can and to do good things.
Samuel Chatto is going to have a baby brother or baby sister this springtime. His parents Lady Sarah (Armstrong-Jones), and Daniel Chatto are also looking forward to it.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has struck the first Dutch Euro-coin. The Euro will be the official European coin after 2000, but each country strikes its own Euro-coins.
Princess Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium (42) gave birth to a little daughter some weeks ago. The baby’s name is Alexandra Leopoldine. Marie-Esmeralda married Salvador Moncada last April.
Yesterday Prince Claus of the Netherlands, husband of Queen Beatrix, gave money from his own foundation to people who stimulate working together with and integration of world cultures. About $200.000 went to some African designers to consolidate their own identity. In the presence of Queen Beatrix he then excommunicated the tie. After that no men in the Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam wore a tie anymore. Must have been a funny view.
Felipe Prince of Asturia will go to work for the European Community in Brussels, Belgium, for at least five weeks.
The court of justice of Hanover, Germany, has condemned Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, to pay smart-money (about $8000) to Karsten Thürnau. On January 10th of this year the Prince attacked the photographer with an umbrella. Afterwards Thürnau was taken to hospital with several injuries. Thürnau wanted to make a photo of the Prince and Princess Caroline of Monaco when they came home after a benefit-gala.
Members of the royal family of the Netherlands and members of the Dutch cabinet got a surprise yesterday. In the mailbox they found a Christmas card from the Willem Alexander and Emily Society (yes that exists) of Johan Vlemmix. On it Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Emily Bremers as bride and groom, and the wish: Merry Christmas and a Good and Happy New Year. It’s the society’s last attempt to bring the two together again. If this fails the society will be liquidated.
The Point de Vue announced the royal November baby boy boom. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 3th Prince Charles-Louis d’Orléans and his wife Ileana got a son called Philippe. On November 6th his cousin Bruno Count de Limburg Stirum (son of Hélène Princess of France) and his wife Christine got a son called Felix (they already had a son: Melchior). Finally Johannes, son of Simeon Archduke of Habsburg and his wife Maria, got a brother on November 16th: his name is Ludwig.
The court of justice in Germany rejected the claim of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, who wanted recognition of his rights of succession. His father, Louis Ferdinand, who died in 1994, didn’t appoint him as his successor, as he didn’t marry according to the rules of the royal family of Prussia. The judge argued that the concerning clause in the family’s agreement didn’t contradict the freedom to marry the person one prefers.
Catharina Archduchess of Habsburg will marry Maximilian Count Seeco di Aragona on January 9th 1999 in Antwerp, Belgium.
On a loft in Scotland there are found love letters from Queen Victoria of Great Britain to her gamekeeper John Brown. A Canadian descendant of John Brown drew the attention of a film crew to the existence of the letters. The film crew was shooting the film “Mrs. Brown” (1997). Unfortunately they will not publish the letters.
I must say the series on ARD on German noble houses was a little bit disappointed for me. The five deliveries they showed around Christmas were on the families of Prussia (I didn’t watch), Schaumburg-Lippe, Saxony, Bismarck and Hohenzollern (didn’t watch this one either). There were some historical parts (too long) and interviews (not too much depth), and what they showed on family life was interesting, but a little bit more family history and some more family members (they only showed the chiefs with family) would have been nice. It was interesting to see so much of the social life of the Bismarcks, but do they do more than partying and celebrating holidays all the time? I must say it was interesting to find out some more on the succession in the royal house of Saxony and to see some of the normal life of Alexander and Lilly of Schaumburg-Lippe (I have never known that his father is not able to reign his house anymore most of the time), but the image of this series looked a little untidied.
King Sihanouk of Cambodge doesn’t give amnesty to the arrested Red Khmer leaders Khieu Sampan and Nuon Chea. He wants a process for an international court of justice.
An inquiry of the Historical Newspaper names Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962) as the most important woman of the 20th century in the Netherlands. A British inquiry of The Times gives the honour of the most remarkable woman of the 20th century to Mother Teresa, in second place Princess Diana, on the seventh and the eight place Queen Elizabeth II and Queen-Mum Elizabeth of Great Britain.