Updated 5 March 2005
Engelbert Graf von Auersperg (b.at Windisch Feistritz, Styria,
on 5 Jan 1914, son of Herward Graf von Auersperg [of a non-princely line
of that house] and of his wife, née Marie Adamovic de Csepin) died
at Uncasville, Connecticut, on 24 January.
[He had married in 1947 Eleonore Gräfin Henckel von Donnersmarck (daughter of Hugo Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck [of a non-princely line of that house] and of his wife, née Anna Gräfin von Auersperg), by whom he had a son and a daughter.] (added 12 Feb 2003)
Wolfgang von Schmieder died on 2 October.
[He was born at Munich on 23 November 1939, son of Max von Schmieder and of his first wife, née Edith Pobell. On 1979 he married Princess Elisabeth von Auersperg (daughter of Prince Karl von Auersperg and of his first wife, née Elisabeth von Gutmannsthal-Benvenuti). They had no children.] (added 17 Oct 2003)
Prince Johann Weikhard von Auersperg (son of Prince Heinrich
von Auersperg and of his wife, Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria) and
his wife, née Maria Philippa Gräfin Calice, had their first
child, Pia Maria. (added 7 Apr 2004)
Hans-Peter von Bredow died at Viechtach on 24 February.
[He was born at Rathenow in 1919, son of Wichard von Bredow (1888-1951) and of his wife, née Alice Baroness von Grotthuß. In 1946 he married Mechthild Maria Gräfin zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Rheda (daughter of Hubert Graf zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Rheda [himself the son of Richard Friedrich Julius Ludwig Moritz Graf zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg- Rheda, a morganatic son of Moritz Kasimir Karl Christian Friedrich Alexander Graf zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg] and of his wife, née Martha von Flotow), whose first husband, Maximilian Freiherr von Schnurbein, had been killed in action in 1941. She died in 1980. They had six sons and two daughters.] (added 7 Jun 2003)
Prince Maximilian zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg (fourth son of Moritz-Casimir
Fürst zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg and of his wife, née Huberta
Gräfin von Hardenberg) and his wife, née Marissa Clara Fortescue,
had their first child, Moritz Friedrich Carl, at Rheda on 27 March.
31 Mar 2003)
Caspar Graf von Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos (son of Johann Christof
Graf von Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos and of his wife, née Lidvine Gfn
von und zu Eltz gt Faust von Stromberg) and his wife, née Marie-Therese
Gräfin zu Castell- Castell (daughter of Carl Graf zu Castell-Castell
and of his wife, née Adelheid Freiin Jordis von Lohausen) had
their third child, Lioba, atthe Portland Hospital, London, on 1 July.
4 Jul 2003)
COLLALTO und SAN SALVATORE
Alberto Falck died in Milan on 3 November.
[He was born at Mandello on 19 June 1938. In 1969 he married Countess Cecilia von Collalto und San Salvatore (daughter of Oktavian Fürst von Collalto und San Salvatore and of his wife, née Princess Maria Camilla zu Windisch-Grätz). They had three children. According to a correspondent, the "...death occurred in a dramatic way while driving his car in the centre of Milano and was hit by a heart stroke, with consequent loss of control over the transportation mean and hit about ten persons."] (added 8 Nov 2003)
Sibilla d'Ottaviano Chiaramonte (daughter of Gregorio d'Ottaviano
Chiaramonte and of his wife, née Maria Cristina Casana [herself
the daughter of Rinaldo dei Baroni Casana and of his wife, née Alexandra
Gräfin von Collalto und San Salvatore (herself the daughter of Oktavian
Fürst von Collalto und San Salvatore and of his wife, née Princess
Maria Camilla zu Windisch-Grätz)]) will marry Comte Gabriel des
Courtils (son of the late Comte Philippe des Courtils and of his wife,
née Flaminia Giusti de Marle). (added 11 May 2003)
Nikodemus Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld (b.1969, son of Franz
Rudolf Maria Graf von Colloredo-Mannsfeld and of his wife, née Princess
Maria Alexandra von Thurn und Taxis) is engaged to marry Valérie
Anne-Marie Paola Taittinger (b.1972, daughter of Pierre-Christian Tatittinger
and of his wife, née Marie-Louise Roux). (added 14
Anne Marie Isabelle, Vicomtesse de Guébriant, died on 11 April.
[She was born at Paris on 4 May 1906, daughter of Armand Stanislas Herbert d'Espagne, Marquis de Venevelles, and of his wife, née Princess Jeanne de Croy. In 1930 she married Alain Budes Vicomte de Guébriant (1905-1944). They had two children: Roland Budes Vicomte de Guébriant, and Aliette Budes de Guébriant, who married Charles Henri Comte de Cossé Brissac.] (added 15 Apr 2003)
I have received the following communication from a correspondent, relating to a horrible accident involving Hermann Freiherr von Rotenhan (husband of Princess Sophie von Croy) and resulting in the death of his brother, Marquard: "Eyring & Ingeborg von Rotenhan's middle son, Marquard, died in a truly hideous automobile accident yesterday morning at 2:30 AM July 20, 2003, Central European Summer Time. His older brother, Hermann, was driving. They were on their way back to their hotel in Bayreuth after attending a party given by Baron & Baroness von Feilitzsch at their castle in Upper Franconia. No other car was involved. Hermann lost control of the car and it turned over several times. When it came to a halt Marquard was crushed underneath it, dead on the spot and mutilated almost beyond recognition. Hermann was at the wheel in a coma when the emergency people got there. The newspaper articles are saying that the accident was caused by Hermann driving much too fast on curvy rural roads at night. Hermann is now in the hospital in Bayreuth suffering from brain injuries and in a coma although he is expected to survive and recover, physically if not psychologically. . A third passenger was also severely injured." Marquard had been married to Elena Odenthal and left a son, Theodor. (updated 1 Sep 2003)
Jean-Valentin de Pierre de Bernis Calvière (son of Comte Bertrand de Pierre de Bernis Calvière [himself the son of Joachim de Pierre de Bernis Calvière and of his wife, Princess Simone Armande de Croy] and of his wife, née Marie-Noële Franques) married Countess Anne Dorothée de Pourtalès (b.Paris 21 Jul 1978, daughter of Comte Charles-Maurice de Pourtalès and of his wife, née Ségolène de Mandat-Grancey) at Favières on 2 August. (added 24 Aug 2003)
Mafalda de Croy de Freitas Branco (daughter of Silvano de Freitas
Branco, Visconde do Porto da Cruz, and of his wife, née Princess
Jacqueline Rose de Croy [herself the daughter of Prnce Léopold de
Croy-Solre and of his wife, née Jacqueline de Lespinay]) married
Taheer Sacoor A. Saiyad at Château d'Azy on 16 August. (added
13 Sep 2003)
Franziska Gräfin Fugger von Babenhausen (daughter of Hubertus
Fürst Fugger von Babenhausen and of his wife, née Princess
Alexandra zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg) is engaged
to marry Gonzalo Cazenave, an Argentine. The wedding is to take place on
December 13, 2003 at the Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento.
24 Oct 2003)
Marc Graf von Andlau-Homburg (b.1973, son of Georg Graf von Andlau-Homburg [himself the son of Marc Graf von Andlau-Homburg and of his wife, Ludwiga Gräfin von und zu Sprinzenstein (herself the daughter of Maximilian Graf von und zu Sprinzenstein and of his wife, Marianne Gräfin von Harrach)]) and his wife, née Fleur de Galard de Béarn (daughter of Comte Arnaud de Galard de Béarn and of his wife, née Patricia Taittinger), had their first child, Darius, on 30 July. (added 31 Aug 2003)
Stephan Friedrich Ferdinand Graf Vitzthum von Eckstädt died
at Aachen on 1 September.
[He was born at Breslau on 6 August 1940, son of Wolfgang Wilhelm Ferdinand Graf Vitzthum von Eckstädt (himself the son of Christoph Johann Friedrich Graf Vitzthum von Eckstädt and of his wife, née Elisabeth Gräfin von Harrach) and of his wife, née Ursula Waetzoldt. In 1973 he married Elisabeth Marchesa Tacoli (daughter of Alfonso Marchese Tacoli and of his wife, née Alexandra Frn von Vittinghof gt Schell zu Schellenberg). They had a son and three daughters.] (added 20 Sep 2003)
The marriage took place at Crichton Church, Dumfries, on 7 June 2003,
between Nicolas Freiherr von Pfetten-Arnbach (only son of Cajetan Freiherr
von Pfetten-Arnbach [himself the son of Maximilian Freiherr von Pfetten-Arnbach
and of his wife, née Marie-Elisabeth Gräfin von Harrach] and
his wife, née Henriette Gräfin Khuen von Belasi) and Kirsten
Rae (daughter of Mr Thomas Rae and his wife, née Morna Armstrong
of Lindrick Grange, Dumfries & Galloway). (added 21 Feb
Hereditary Prince Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (son of Kraft Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and of his first wife, née Princess Charlotte von Croy) married Saskia Binder on 13 September. (updated 13 Sep 2003)
Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg died at Marbella on 21 December.
[He was born at Madrid on 28 May 1924, son of Prince Max Egon zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1897-1968) and of his wife, née Maria de la Piedad Iturbe y Scholtz, Marquesa de Belvis de las Navas (1892-1990). He was married three times: from 1955 to 1960 to Princess Ira zu Fürstenberg; from 1973 to 1985 to Jacqueline Lane; and since 1991 to Marilys Healing (1941-2000). He is survived by four children.] (added 23 Dec 2003)
Prince Pablo zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (son of Prince Max zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
and of his first wife, née Ana de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba,
Marquesa de Navahermosa) and his wife, née Maria del Prado Mugiro,
are expecting their first child later this year. (added
4 Jul 2003)
Thomas William Hope-Cobbold and his wife, Miriana, had their first
child, Isabella, in London on 11 June.
[Tom Hope-Cobbold is the son of Philip William Hope-Cobbold, formerly Hope-Johnstone (son of Maj. William Augustus Ludwig Vernon William Hope-Johnstone [himself the son of George Hope-Johnstone and of his wife, née Princess Luise zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen] and of his wife, née Pamela Maud Cobbold [herself the daughter of Lt-Col Ivan Cobbold and of his wife, née Lady Blanche Cavendish, daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire]). On his paternal side, Tom Hope-Cobbold descends from the Earls of Hopetoun [later Marquesses of Linlithgow] and he is kin of the Earl of Annandale and Hartfell [and in remainder to that peerage].] (added 16 Jun 2003)
Mme Guy de Girard de Charbonnières, née Marianne von
Rumerskirch, died on 22 August.
[She was born at Baden bei Wien on 12 Jul 1913, daughter of Karl Graf von Rumerskirch (1867-1947) and of his wife, née Maria Theresia Gräfin vonKevenhüller-Metsch (herself the daughter of Sigmund Graf von Khevenhüller-Metsch and of his wife, née Maria Anna Gräfin zu Herberstein, and sister of Sigismund Fürst von Khevenhüller-Metsch). In 1935 she married Roger Lalouette, by whom she had two daughters: Florence, wife of Simone Velluti Zati, Duca di San Clemente; and Annick, former wife of Serge Ridoux. She married secondly in 1948 Guy Girard de Charbonnières, by whom she had two more children: Antoine; and Béatrice, wife of Yves Niepce.] (added 30 Aug 2003)
von der LEYEN
Camilla Freiin von Freyberg-Eisenberg (b.1961, daughter of Georg
Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg and of his wife, née Princess Maria
Adelheid von der Leyen und zu Hohengeroldseck [herself the daughter of
Erwein Otto Fürst von der Leyen und zu Hohengeroldseck and of his
wife, née Donna Maria-Nives Ruffo dei Principi della Scaletta])
engaged to marry Emmanuel Marie Joseph Espivent de la Villeboisnet de Catuelan
(b.1957, son of Pierre Espivent de la Villeboisnet de Catuelan and of his
wife, née Odette de Chaumont-Quitry). (added 24 Aug
Grégoire van Zeebroeck and his wife, née Natalia del Vaglio Rosati (daughter of Pietro del Vaglio Rosati and of his wife, née Countess Sybille de Limburg-Stirum [herself the daughter of Count Charles de Limburg-Stirum and of his wife, née Princess Marie Kunigunde von Lobkowicz]) had their first child, Victoria, at Brussels on 29 June. (added 24 Oct 2003)
Albert de Ridder, widower of Princess Ludmilla von Lobkowicz (1922-1952), died in Namur on 17 July. He was born in Biarritz on 13 May 1918 and had remarried with Marie-Jeanne Delhez. (added 25 Jul 2003)
Maria Antonia Gräfin Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz,
née Princess von Lobkowicz, died at Vienna on 18 October.
[She was born at Pruhonitz on 8 August 1914, only child of Prince Joseph Ferdinand von Lobkowicz (1885-1914) and of his wife, née Gisela Helene Gräfin von Silva-Tarouca (1887-1958). In 1937 she married Friedrich Graf Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz (1904-1985). They had three sons and a daughter.] (added 21 Nov 2003)
Maria Paula Gräfin von Brühl (daughter of Alfred Graf von Brühl and of his wife, née Princess Therese vn Lobkowicz) died on 18 November. (added 28 Nov 2003)
The engagement was announced between Lidwine Gräfin von Westerholt
und Gysenberg (daughter of Engelbert Graf von Westerholt und Gysenberg
and of his wife, née Countess Louise de Limburg-Stirum [herself
the daughter of Count Charles de Limburg-Stirum and of his wife, née
Princess Marie Kunigunde von Lobkowicz]) and Charles-Emmanuel Comte
Christyn de Ribaucourt. (added 24 Oct 2003)
Princess Johanna zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (daughter of Prince Felix zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and of his wife, née Elisabeth Gräfin von Meran) married Robert Freiherr Heeremann von Zuydtwyck (son of Johannes Nepomuck Frhr Heeremann von Zuydtwyck and of his wife, née Michaela Freiin von und zu Guttenberg) at the Wallfahrtskirche in Dieburg on 13 July. The civil ceremony was at Meerbusch on 11 July. (added 15 Jul 2003)
Guido von Rohr and his wife, née Princess Christina zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
(daughter of Aloys-Konstantin Fürst zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
and of his wife, née Princess Anastasia of Prussia) had their
first child, Antonius Gisilot Alois Christian Kajetan Maria, in London
on 7 August.
(added 20 Sep 2003)
Hereditary Prince Carl-Eugen zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein
(son of Moritz Fürst zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein
and of his wife, née Princess Lioba zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg)
Anna Otto (divorced of York Otto) at Munich, probably in May or June.
[He had married in 1994 Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, and has a son and a daughter with her. They divorced in 2002.] (added 21 Jun 2003)
ORSINI und ROSENBERG
Georg Freiherr Mayr v.Melnhof (son of Friedrich Frhr Mayr v.Melnhof
[whose mother was Maria Anna Gräfin v.Meran] and of Maria Anna Gräfin
v.Orsini u.Rosenberg [daughter of the late Fürst Johannes v.Orsini
u.Rosenberg and of Henriette Gräfin Larisch v.Moennich]) and his
wife, Andrea, had their first child, Pauli, at the Diakonissenkrankenhaus
in Salzburg, on 22 August. (added 29 Aug 2003)
The engagement was announced between Christoph August Wilhelm Werner
von Breitenbuch (son of Ludwig von Breitenbuch and of his wife, née
Yvonne Gräfin zu Ortenburg) and Verena von Gottberg (daughter
of Josua von Gottberg and of his wife, née Sigrid von Driest). (added
9 Apr 2004)
Hon Mrs Lucie Mackay, née Gräfin von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Revenlow,
died at Ayr on 31 August.
[She was born at Brahetrolleborg on 13 Nov 1911, daughter of Curt Ludwig Graf von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Revenlow (himself the son of Eberhard Graf von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Revenlow and of his wife, née Cathinka Gräfin zu Pappenheim) and of his wife, née Anne-Ermengard Gräfin Reventlow. In 1936 she married John Patrick Douglas-Boswell. They divorced, and in 1955 she married Hon. Alan Mackay, second son of the second Earl of Inchcape.] (added 3 Sep 2003)
Ilse Charlotte Baroness von Brockdorff, née Böcking,
died at Munich on 16 August.
[She was born at Antwerp on 20 July 1911. In 1937 she married Georg Henning Wilhelm Baron von Brockdorff (1893-1960), son of Friedrich Graf von Brockdorff (1849-1906) and of his wife, née Gustave Gräfin vin Platen Hallermund (1865-1937). They had two sons, and she also has a stepson from her husband's first marriage.] (added 1 Sep 2003)
Marie-Louise Freifrau von Stotzingen died at Bad Kreuznach on 5 April.
[She was born at Duisburg on 24 Feb 1907, daughter of Hans Curtius and of his wife, née Ida Schmid. In 1928 she married Alexander Graf von Rehbinder. They divorced in 1932. She married secondly, in 1938, Gebhard Freiherr von Stotzingen (1909-1989), the son of Albrecht Freiherr von Stotzingen (1864-1938) and of his wife, née Elisabeth Gräfin von Rechberg und Rothenlöwen zu Hohenrechberg (1875-1956). They had one daughter, Ursula Elisabeth Christa Maria (b.1942), who is married to Helmut Braemer since 1971.] (added 28 Apr 2003)
Count Christiaan Adolph van Rechteren-Limpurg (second son of
Count Adolph van Rechteren-Limpurg and of his wife, née Elisabeth
Catharina Buis) married Willemijn de Muinck Keizer at Almelo on 20 June.
29 Jun 2003)
Stephen George Campbell Geddes (son of Hon. Alexander Campbell Geddes [himself the son of Auckland Campbell Geddes, 1st Lord Geddes] and of his wife, Marie Anne Altgräfin zu Salm-Reifferscheid-Krautheim u.Dyck [herself the daughter of Franz Josef Fürst und Altgraf zu Salm-Reifferscheid-Krautheim u.Dyck and of his wife, Princess Cäcilie zu Salm-Salm]) and his wife, née Clarissa Gräfin vom Hagen, Freiin von Plettenberg, (daughter of Friedrich Graf vom Hagen, Freiherr von Plettenberg, and of his wife, née Astrid von Graevenitz) had a daughter, Lavinia Alexia Isabella, on 27 January. (added 1 Feb 2003)
The engagement was announced 1 September, 2003, between Mark J. MacDonnell
(twin son of Dr and Mrs Patrick MacDonnell, of Schull, Co Cork) and
Camilla Joanna Isabella Geddes (b.1966, daughter of the late Colonel
the Hon Alexander Campbell Geddes (1910-1972) and of his second wife, Altgräfin
Marie-Anne Helena Emanuela zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Krautheim und Dyck (now
Mrs Otto von Simson, of Chelsea, London). (added 1 Sep 2003)
The engagement was announced between Sophie Altgräfin zu Salm-Reifferscheid-Raitz
(b.Linz 30 Apr 1975, daughter of Niklas Altgraf zu Salm-Reifferscheid-Raitz
and of his wife, née Nathalie Gräfin von Neipperg) and Wladimir
Carlos Maria de los Dolores Graf Ledóchowsky (son of Wladimir
Graf Ledóchowsky and of his wife, née Maria del Carmen Orlandis
y Bragagnolo [herself the daughter of Juan Bautista Orlandis y Habsburgo,
Baron de Pinopar (himself the son of Ramon Orlandis y Villalonga and of
his wife, Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria), and of his wife, néeHildegarda
Bragagnolo y Daiqui Chevalier]). (added 13 Feb 2003)
Jefferson Graf von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and his wife, née Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (daughter of Richard Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and of his wife, Princess Benedikte of Denmark) had their second child, Ingrid, at Central University Hospital, Copenhagen, on 16 August. (updated 19 Aug 2003)
Princess Marie-Louise "Lilly" of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
(daughter of Prince Otto-Ludwig zu Sayn- Wittgenstein-Berleburg and of
his wife, née Annette Freiin v.Cramm) will marry the 35-year-old
designer Lambros Milona. Reportedly a civil marriage will occur in June.
Further reports say that a religious ceremony will take place on the Greek
island of Mykonos on 13 September.
[She had married firstly in 1993 Alexander Erbprinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe. They divorced in 2002.] (updated 20 Jun 2003)
The engagement was announced between Benedikt-Richard Freiherr von
Herman (b.Munich 4 Oct 1972, son of Benedikt-Joachim Freiherr von Herman
[himself the son of Benedikt-Richard Freiherr von Herman (himself the son
of Benedikt Freiherr von Herman (1862-1932) and of his wife, Princess Hildegard
zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1880-1973))] and of his wife, née
Karin Henkel) and Julia Kammer. (added 18 Feb 2003)
Hereditary Prince Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (b.Munich 3 Jan 1971, son of Alexander Fürst zu Sayn- Wittgenstein-Sayn and of his wife, née Gabriela Gräfin von Schönborn-Wiesentheid) married Donna Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (b.Rome 18 Feb 1975, daughter of Don Niccolò Incisa della Rocchetta and of his wife, née Giulia Aloisi) in a civil ceremony at Sayn on 7 June, and a religious ceremony will follow in Bolgheri, Tuscany, on 21 June. (updated 10 Jun 2003)
Sebastian von Ribbentrop and his wife, née Isabelle Freiin
Schuler von Senden (daughter of Hasso Freiherr Schuler von Senden and
of his wife, née Princess Elisabeth zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn [herself
the daughter of Ludwig Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and of his
wife, née Maria Anna Freiin Mayr von Melnhof]), are expecting
their first child. (added 20 Sep 2003)
Nadine Armbruster, née Gräfin von Schaesberg (daughter
of Rudolf Victor Graf von Schaesberg and of his first wife, née
Jan Monica Freiin von Thielmann) died on 15 February.
[She had married Einar Armbruster and had two sons: Carl and Jacob.] (added 24 Feb 2003)
The engagement was announced between Konstantin Graf von Schönborn
(son of Alexander Friedrich Graf von Schönborn and of his wfirst wife,
née Mechtild Gräfin von Zeppelin-Aschhausen) and Alexandra
Freiin von Mauchenheim gt von Bechtolsheim (daughter of Georg Heinrich
Freiherr von Mauchenheim gt von Bechtolsheim [himself the son of Maximilian
Freiherr von Mauchenheim gt von Bechtolsheim and of his wife, née
Helene Gräfin von Harrach] and of his wife, née Denise Lauschmann).
19 Aug 2003)
Damian Erbgraf von Schönborn-Buchheim (son of Friedrich Karl Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim and of his wife, née Princess Isabelle d'Orléans) and his wife, née Deirdre Mary Ascough, their first child, Isabelle, in Ireland on 23 March. (updated 12 Jul 2003)
Vinzenz Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim (son of Friedrich Karl
Graf von Schönborn-Buchheim and of his wife, née Princess Isabelle
d'Orléans) and his wife, née Katharina Graf, are expecting
their first child. (added 4 Aug 2003)
Alexander Graf und Herr von Schönburg[-Glauchau] (head of
that line since the death of his father in 1998, and the renunciation by
his elder brother a few years earlier) and his wife, née Princess
Irina of Hesse (daughter of Prince Karl Adolf Andreas of Hesse and
of his wife, née Countess Yvonne Szapáry) had their second
child, Maximus Carolus Joachim Maria, in Berlin on 25 May. (updated
10 June 2003)
Prince Peter von Schönburg-Hartenstein died, apparently in early
[He was born at Rome in 1915, eighth child of Prince Johannes von Schönburg-Hartenstein and of his wife, née Princess Sophie zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein. He had married firstly in 1945 Lyna Elisa Rodriguez Maldonado. They divorced in 1951. He then married in 1951 Lee Russel Jones. He is survived by her, his three children, and grandchildren.] (added 15 Nov 2003)
Wolff Freiherr von Wolzogen und Neuhaus died at Frankfurt-am-Main
on 7 August.
[He was born at Berlin on 5 June 1910, son of Walter Freiherr von Wolzogen und Neuhaus and of his wife, née Erika Bergmann. In 1944 he married Princess Marie von Schönburg-Waldenburg (b.1922, daughter of Prince Heinrich von Schönburg-Waldenburg and of his second wife, Princess Adelheid zur Lippe-Biesterfeld). He is survived by her, their two sons, and a grandson.] (added 1 Sep 2003)
Anna von Pezold (daughter of Rüdiger von Pezold and of his
wife Elisabeth, née Prinzessin zu Schwarzenberg [only daughter of
the late Prince Heinrich zu Schwarzenberg, Duke von Krummau]) will marry
Plum Webber (son of Jeremy Webber and Kate Simunek) on the 1st of
August 2003 in their castle in Styria/Austria. (added
8 Jul 2003)
Viktoria Whitten, née Gräfin zu Solms-Baruth (b.at
Basel, Niederlausitz on 13 March 1921, daughter of Hans Georg Eduard Graf
zu Solms-Baruth and of his wife, née Princess Caroline-Mathilde
of Schleswig-Holstein) died in Louisiana on 1 March.
[She had married firstly in 1942 Prince Friedrich Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. They divorced in 1946. She married secondly in 1947 Richard Whitten. By the first marriage she had one son: Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, current head of that house; by the second she had a daughter, Victoria Whitten. Both survive her.] (added 4 Mar 2003)
Hans Georg Graf von Oppersdorff-Solms-Braunfels died at Bad Homburg
vor der Höhe on 21 January.
[He was born at Ober-Altwaltersdorf on 27 November 1920, second son of Wilhelm Karl Graf von Oppersdorff (1896-1989) and of his wife, née Princess Marie Louise zu Isenburg (1897-1970). In 1950 he married Princess Marie Gabrielle zu Solms-Braunfels (daughter of Georg Friedrich, last Fürst zu Solms-Braunfels (1890-1970), and of his wife, née Donna Beatrice Contessa Saluzzo (1888-1976)). He is survived by her and by their two children. In 1969 he took the surname "Graf von Oppersdorff-Solms-Braunfels".] (added 2 Feb 2003)
Marie Gabrielle Gräfin von Oppersdorff-Solms-Braunfels, née
Princess zu Solms-Braunfels, died on 13 November.
[She was born at Braunfels on 23 August 1918, younger daughter of Georg Friedrich, last Fürst zu Solms-Braunfels (1890-1970) and of his wife, née Donna Beatrice Contessa Saluzzo (1888-1976). In 1950 she married Hans Georg Graf von Oppersdorff, for whose death see above.] (added 22 Nov 2003)
Princess Caroline zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (daughter of Philipp-Reinhard
Fürst zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich and of his wife, née Marie Fouché
d'Otrante) married Per Frederik Liljenquist at the Marienstiftskirche
in Lich on 31 May. (added 3 Jun 2003)
Ludwig Schmucker and his wife, née Elisabeth Gräfin zu
Solms-Laubach (daughter of Otto Graf zu Solms-Laubach and of his wife,
née Princess Madeleine zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg) had their
third child, Franz Ludwig, at Düsseldorf on 12 March. (added
4 Oct 2003)
Florentine (Flora) Trapp Gräfin von Matsch died at Vienna
on 2 May.
[She was born at Utrecht on 8 Aug 1909, daughter of Frederik Fentener van Vlissingen and of his wife, née Sophia Schout Veltuys. In 1931 she married Leo Graf Cassis-Faraone ((1894-1952, son of Sigmund Franz Pompejus Graf Cassis-Faraone (1854-1914) and of his wife, née Dora von Marckstadt (1863-1939)). There were three daughters from this marriage: Margherita Paola, married to Manfred Mautner Ritter von Markhof; Leontine Letitia, married to Prince Albrecht von Hohenberg; and Sophia Beatrice, married to Romedio Graf von Thun und Hohenstein. In 1966 she married Hans Trapp Graf von Matsch (1897-1983), son of Gotthard Trapp Graf von Matsch (1864-1940) and of his wife, née Julia Gräfin von Lamberg (1876-1954) who was herself the daughter of Hugo Raimund Graf von Lamberg (1833-1884) and of his wife, née Barbara Gräfin zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1845-1924). Thi second marriage was childless, though shortly before his death Hans did adopt his nephew, Johannes Jakob Trapp Graf von Matsch.] (added 12 May 2003)
Carl Franz Josef Georg Petrus Canisius Hubert Martin Maria Graf zu
Stolberg-Stolberg died on 21 May.
[He was born at Reichen, Silesia, on 7 Jun 1925, fourth son and sixth child of Bernhard Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1881-1952) and of his wife, Archduchess Hedwig of Austria (1896-1970). In 1951 he married Edina Winkelbauer (daughter of Adolf Winkelbauer and of his wife, née Eduardine Gräfin von Clam und Gallas). They divorced in 1967. He married secondly in 1967 Ute Sommerlatte, and they divorced in 1968. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, as well as seven grandchildren.] (added 25 May 2003)
Maximilian Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg (b.Neuilly 24 Mar 1976, son of Franz Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg and of his wife, née Jacqueline Florin de Duikinberg) married Cecilia dei Conti Floridi (b.Rome 7 Apr 1974, daughter of Conte Vincenzo-Romano Floridi and of his wife, née Paola dei Conti Cadorna) at the church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola Tiberia, Rome, on 24 May. (added 23 May 2003)
Marie-Bertha Freifrau von Keyserlingk, née Gräfin zu
Stolberg-Stolberg, died at Bordeo, Corsica, on 1 July.
[She was born at Brustawe on 24 July 1907, the daughter of Berhard Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1872-1951) and of his wife, née Antonia Gräfin von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg (1872-1962). In 1939 she married Albrecht Freiherr von Keyserlingk (1900-1997), by whom she had five children.] (added 20 Aug 2003)
Marianne Gräfin von Coreth zu Coredo, ne Hodossy de Hodos, died
at Salzburg on 29 August.
[She was born at Kis-Sáros, Hungary, on 21 June 1909, daughter of Sándor Hodossy de Hodos and of his wife, née Katalin Baronesse Kende de Kölcse. In 1929 she married Botho Alfons Graf von Coreth zu Coredo (1898-1986), son of Botho Theobald Rudolf Graf von Coreth zu Coredo (himself the son of Moritz Graf von Coreth zu Coredo and of his wife, née Emma Gräfin zu Stolberg-Stolberg) and of his wife, née Maria Gräfin von und zu Aichelburg. She is survived by their three children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.] (added 3 Sep 2003)
For the death of Maria Antonia von Gordon, née Gfn zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, see Wied.
Elisabeth-Charlotte Luise Agnes Bertha von Kulmiz (daughter of
Helmuth-Paul von Kulmiz and of his wife, née Marie-Elise Gräfin
zu Stolberg-Wernigerode [herself the daughter of Leonhard Graf zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
and of his wife, née Bertha Gräfin zu Solms-Rödelheim
u.Assenheim]) died on 5 March.
[She was born in 1922, and married in 1943 Horst Mink. They divorced in 1951.] (updated 7 Jun 2003)
Freda Antonie Anna Freiin von Mirbach (daughter of Hanno
Freiherr von Mirbach [himself the son of Emmerich Hanno Ulrich Freiherr
von Mirbach and of his wife, née Antonie Gräfin zu Stolberg-Wernigerode]
and of his wife, née Freda von der Schulenburg) married Sebastian
Kühn at Bad Godesberg on 26 July, with a religious ceremony there
on 25 October. (added 13 Dec 2003)
THURN und TAXIS
Anna Alexandra Gräfin Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz
(daughter of Friedrich Graf Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz
[himself the son of Hugo Graf Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und Camminetz
(himself the son of Friedrich Graf Strachwitz von Groß-Zauche und
Camminetz and of his wife, née Princess Karoline von Thurn und Taxis)
and of his wife, née Anna Maria Gräfin Czernin von Chudenitz
(herself the daughter of Theobald Graf Czernin von Chudenitz, and of his
wife, née Marie Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau)] and
of his wife, née Elisabeth Gräfin Coronini von Cronberg [herself
the daughter of Johann-Franz Graf Coronini von Cronberg (himself the son
of Rudolf Graf Coronini von Cronberg and of his wife, née Marianne
Gräfin von Oppersdorff) and of his wife, née Alexandrine Gräfin
Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (herself the daughter of Rudolf Graf Kinsky
von Wchinitz und Tettau and of his wife, née Pauline Gräfin
Pálffy von Erdöd)]) married Philipp Burghard Claus Freiherr
von Cramm (son of Burghard Herbert Rudolf Freiherr von Cramm and of
his wife, née Sybille Hagemann) at Kremsier on 21 June. (added
14 Jul 2003)
Maria Katharina Gräfin von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg (daughter of Ferdinand Graf von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg and of his first wife, née Marie Frédérique Isabelle Star Busmann) married Ludovic Allès at San Stefano a Campoli, Mercatale, Italy on 5 July. (added 6 Jul 2003)
Johannes Graf von Magnis died on 9 December.
[He was born at Oberhannsdorf in 1930, son of Franz Karl Ferdinand Maria Graf von Magnis and of his wife, née Karoline Gräfin von Oppersdorff (herself the daughter of Johannes Anton Ludwig Graf von Oppersdorff and of his first wife, née Sophie Gräfin von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg [herself the daughter of Ferdinand Fürst von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg and of his wife, Princess Anna von und zu Liechtenstein]). In 1957 he married Bernhardine Freiin von Salmuth (1938-1970). In 1971 he married Margarethe von Knebel Doeberitz. He had seven children.] (added 16 Mar 2004)
WALDBOTT von BASSENHEIM
Gerda Gräfin Waldbott von Bassenheim, née Eimecke, died,
apparently in June.
[She was cremated at the Nordfriedhof, Munich, on 17 June. She married Hugo Franz Graf Waldbott von Bassenheim (1907-1981) as his second wife in 1949. He had succeeded as head of this family on the death of his father in 1926, but in 1928 he renounced his rights in favor of his next brother. She had no children from this marriage] (added 22 Jun 2003)
Richard Graf von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee (son of Ferdinand
Graf von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee and of his wife Emma née
Prinzessin von Croy) married Cynthia Prinzessin zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich
(daughter of Wilhelm Prinz zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich and of his wife Milicent,
née von Boch-Galhau) on 19 July 2003 in Mettlach, Germany.
22 Jul 2003)
Alois Graf von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems (son of Josef Graf von
Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems and of his wife, née Maria Benedikta Freiin
von Redwitz) married Antonella Rossi di Montelera (b.13 May 1970,
fourth and last daughter of Count Ernesto Rossi di Montelera and of his
wife, née Emanuela San Martino d'Agliè dei Marchesi di Fontanetto,
a niece of Queen Paolo of the Belgians) on 27 September.
[Alois was married firstly in 1994 to Maria Christina Gräfin Deym von Stritetz. She was killed in a traffic accident in 2000, along with their second son, Ludwig. Antonella's sisters Lidia et Cristina married respectively Maximilian Graf von Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg and Hans-Ulrich Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg.] (ypdated 11 Oct 2003)
Benedikt Graf Droste zu Vischering (son of Clemens Graf Droste
zu Vischering [himself the son of Georg Graf Droste zu Vischering (himself
the son of Maximilian Graf Droste zu Vischering and of his wife, née
Sophie Gräfin von Waldburg zu Zeil u.Trauchburg) and of his wife,
née Clara-Luise Freiin von Brenken] and of his wife, née
Gloria Gräfin von Haugwitz) married Caroline Henriette Margarethe
Freiin Schenck zu Schweinsberg (daighter of Bernhard Freiherr Schenck
zu Schweinsberg and of his wife, née Annemarie Edle von Rappard)
Ehringshausen on 13 September. (added 13 Dec 2003)
Irmgard von Kienlin, née Gräfin von Moÿ de Sons
(daughter of Maximilian Graf von Moÿ de Sons and of his wife, née
Elisabeth Gräfin von Waldburg-Zeil-Wurzach [herself the daughter of
Eberhard Fürst von Waldburg-Zeil-Wurzach]) died at Schloß
Kirchheim on 28 March.
[She was born at Schloß Obenhausen in 1908 and had married in 1933 Johannes von Kienlin (1907-1940). ] (added 6 Apr 2003)
Maria Antonia von Gordon, née Gräfin zu Stolberg-Wernigerode
and former Erbprinzessin zu Wied, died at Dierdorf on 24 January.
[She was born at Várpalota on 6 February 1909, the third child of Carl Graf zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1876-1934) and of his first wife, née Hilde von Witzleben (1884-1966). In 1930 she married Hermann Erbprinz zu Wied, who died of wounds received in action in 1941. In 1943 she married Edmund von Gordon, who died in 1986. Her eldest son, Friedrich Wilhelm Fürst zu Wied, died in 2000. She is survived by her other four children (Prince Metfried zu Wied, Princess Osterlind zu Wied [Frau von Klitzing], Petronella von Gordon [Frau Dyckerhoff], and Johann von Gordon).] (added 2 Feb 2003)
Albrecht von Harnier and his wife, née Valeska von Klitzing
(daughter of Wilhelm von Klitzing and of his wife, Princess Osterlind zu
Wied) had their second child, Philippa, at Frankfurt on 23 February.
13 Oct 2003)
The engagement was announced, 30 April 2003, of Alexander Otto Blundell-Hollinshead-Blundell (son of Brigadier Dermot Blundell-Hollinshed-Bliundell, of Wichenford, Worcs, and of his former wife, née Princess Stephanie zu Windisch-Grätz, of Brussels [herself the daughter of Prince Franz Josef zu Windisch-Grätz (1904-1981) and of his wife, née Countess Ghislaine d'Arschot Schoonhoven (1912-1997)]), with Ann Charlotte de Chezelles, daughter of Vicomte Charles Le Sellier de Chézelles and of his wife, née Hermine Boulais, of Chelsea, London. (added 30 Apr 2003)
Karoline Gräfin von Kageneck, née Gräfin Henckel
von Donnersmarck, died at Bad Homburg on 26 September.
[She was born at Romolkwitz on 23 July 1923, daughter of Karl Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck (son of Edgar Graf von Henckel-Gaschin [of the non-princely line of that family] and of his wife, née Princess Karoline zu Windisch-Grätz) and of his wife, née Marie Alice Gräfin Henckel von Donnersmarck (daughter of Edwin Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck and of his wife, née Wilhelmine GräfinKinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau). In 1944 she married Klemens Graf von Kageneck (son of Karl Marquard Victor Graf von Kageneck and of his wife, née Maria Freiin von Schorlemer).They had four sons and three daughters, whose marriages included ones into the families of Meran and Sayn-Wittgenstein.] (added 13 Oct 2003)
Johannes Prince zu Windisch-Grätz (son of Otto Ernst Wilhelm Prince zu Windisch-Grätz and of his second wife, née Maria Magdalena Gamper) married Judith Worm, and the couple had their first child, Emilia. (added 7 Apr 2004)
Johannes Graf von Thun u.Hohenstein-Mirbach (son of Michael Graf
von Thun u.Hohenstein-Mirbach [himself the son of Adolf Graf von Thun u.Hohenstein
and of his wife, née Princess Agnes zu Windisch-Grätz] and
of his wife, née Margarete Tetzeli von Rosador) and his wife,
née Caroline Deuticke, had their first child, Amelie Inaya Monika
Christina Caroline Daisy Anna Maria, at Regensburg on 6 June. (added
5 Mar 2005)
Maria Anna Paula Ferdinandine Gräfin von Wurmbrand-Stuppach
died at Monte Carlo on 29 April.
[She was born in Vienna on 3 Feb 1914, daughter of Ferdinand Graf von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (1879-1933) and of his wife, née May Baltazzi (1885-1981). She was married six times: to Clendenin Ryan 1934-5; to Franz de Paula Graf Pálffy 1935-7; to Thomas Graf Esterházy von Galántha 1938-44; to Sigismund Graf Berchtold 1944-9; to William Deering Davis 1949-51; and to Arpád Plesch from 1954. She had one child, Marianne Gräfin Esterházy, formerly married to Hon. Dominic Elliot.] (added 2 May 2003)
Esmond Elliot (son of Hon. Dominic Elliot [himself the son of Victor Gilbert Lakiston Garnet Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 5th Earl of Minto] and of his wife, née Countess Marianne Esterházy von Galántha [herself the daughter of Count Tamás Esterházy von Galántha and of his wife, Maria Gräfin von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (see above)]) and his wife, née Helen Gummer, had their first child, Lara Florence, on 30 April. (added 9 May 2003)
Thérèse Marie van Ogtrop, née Gräfin Pálffy
von Erdöd, died at Huizen on 5 July.
[She was born in 1934, daughter of Karl Graf Pálffy von Erdöd (himself the son of Johann Nepomuck Graf Pálffy von Erdöd and of his wife, née Ferdinandine Gräfin von Wurmbrand-Stuppach) and of his wife, née Helene Gräfin Hoyos-Wenckheim. In 1954 she married Henrik van Ogtrop.] (added 14 Jul 2003)
YSENBURG und BÜDINGEN
Ferdinand-Maximilian Prinz zu Ysenburg und Büdingen (son
of Wolfgang Ernst Fürst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen and of his wife
née Leonille Elisabeth Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg)
Sophie De Bois (daughter of Monsieur Francis De Bois and of Madame
Jacques Boel, née de Woot de Jannée)
on 30 August 2003
in Pessoux, near Château de Jannée, Belgium.
20 Sep 2003)