25 May 2015

A german-belgian noble Wedding in France

On Saturday 23.06.2015 a german-belgian noble wedding took p,lace in St. Emilionm in the south of ´France. The bride was Countess Caroline of Neipperg, onm of the daughters of Count Stephan of Neipperg and his wife Sigweis, née Baqroness of Stotzingen. Count Stepohan is one of the sons of Count Joseph Hubert of Neipperg the Head of the comital House. He manages the Families wine estate4s in that Area. The groom Count Philippe of Limburg-Stirum is a younbger son of Count Chrfistian of Limbrug-Stirum and his wife Colienne, née Countes d'Oultremont. His older brother, Count Rodolphe is married to Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria a niece of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
The bride wore a sinmple White Dress White a historic golden Train and a small Diamond star tiara. She arrived at the church together with her father. After the ceremony the bridal couple left together in an old style open bus with a Just married sign on it.

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The Crown Jewels of Bavaria

During my recent stay in Munich i also visited the Treasur which is housed in the Residence in Munich. In it there among opthers lots of particularly valuable "hereditary and dynastic jewels" are on display. be united to form an unsaleable treasure. . Since the early 19th Century it housed the  bavarian Crown Jewels.






The King's crown was made in 1806 short after Bavaria had become a Kingdom in Paris by  Martin-Guillaume Biennai. The crown is a golden crown bracket of 20 cm diameter and 25 cm height. The Kronreif bears on the top and bottom beads. On the frost are alternately square diamonds, rubies and gold-rimmed diamantgerahmte emeralds. About the hoop seats a spirally ornamented stripes, which encloses different sized diamonds. From accrue eight large and eight smaller prongs. The small teeth are made of heart-shaped diamonds that are framed by smaller diamonds. The large teeth in the form of a Akanthusblatts, sitting in the middle a big diamantgerahmter Emerald. These tines the eight clasps rise scrolled on, dents slightly before the apex, and then rise again volutenhaft upwards and collar made of light. They thus form the basis for the big globe. The clasps are decorated narrow and in the middle with consecutive rows of acanthus leaves. On it are five diamantgerahmte gems alternating rubies and emeralds. The globe bearing a cross of diamonds and its surface is wetted rhomboid. On this ornament sitting small diamonds. A golden band along the equator and in the upper half of the globe contains diamonds and rubies.
The crown was not worn, but placed at the enthronement of the Bavarian kings and royal funerals on the catafalque. On the front side of the globe, a large blue diamond was originally used. This "Wittelsbach Diamond", nature blue, and 35.56 kt. heavy, after the Hope Diamond one of the world's most famous pieces of this kind, and graced the crown until 1918. The House of Wittelsbach in 1931 tried to sell this stone. Since 1964, then the stone was privately owned and on 10 December 2008 he was in London auctioned again for 16.4 million pounds (the equivalent of approximately 18.7 million euros) at the London jeweler Graff.


The Queen's crown wad also made in 1806 by  Paris by  Martin-Guillaume Biennai.
The crown is made of gold, silver, pearls, emeralds six, two rubies and diamonds. Has produced the frost a diameter of 11 cm and a height of 17 cm.  The golden circlet carries each a row of beads on top and bottom. In between there is a formation of three diamonds, a larger, which is flanked on either side of a smaller one. This formation alternates with diamond rosettes frame emeralds inside, on the front of the crown there are two rubies. About the frost rises a flat band of brilliant occupied, spiraling tendrils. This grow eight large shell-shaped tines which give the crown strap. The mussels carry on its lower half large round or pear-shaped pearls. Of these beads go alternately six bands with beads and five bands with diamonds radiate upwards and away to the side. Sitting between the shells huge Birnperlen on golden pins. The crown strap swing volutenartig upward dents a slightly before another slight turn upwards and meet at the apex, where they are held together by a diamond-set band. Here they bend again as water fountains outside. The strap taper strongly upwards. Enter a number in the middle of pearls, diamonds on the edges are trimmed. About the fountain sits the globe and about the cross, both set with diamonds.Its present appearance the Crown got by the Munich court jeweler Gottfried Merk who  in 1867 slight changes undertook by order of Ludwig II..

There are other cases with Items from several of the Bavarian Orders and a display with Jewels from the bavarian Queens. 

 





A ruby and spinell Parure which had belong toe Queen Therese, née Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen

 
A diamond and pearl tiara (Lovers Knot tiara) which wad made around 1835 by Caspar Rieländer for Queen Therese, née Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen. It weas later inherited by her son otto, the first King of Greece and worn by his wife Queen Amalie, n´ßee Duchess of Oldenburg. In 1918 it was transferred from his ionheritance to the Treasur of the Residence.

22 May 2015

danish Crown Princely Couple visits Munich

When i heard that the danish Crown Princely Couple Frederik and Mary would make a working Visit to Hamburg and Munich i thought that wo9uld be the perfect opportunity to make a Visit to Munich.
After having to Change my travel plan i the laxst minute because ot the Train Strike in Germany i finally arrived via a Fernbus early on Wednesday in Munich. Unfortunately the weather there was a strong rain that day. As there was still time left on my way to the Munich i deceided first to make a Visit to the St. Michaels Church. In it among others the probably most famous of the Bavarian ruler King Ludwig II. is buried. Then i went to the Residence where i arrived a bit more then a hour before the Crown Princely Couple was due to arrive. Thee where not many onlooker there but soon members of the Press started to arrive and interviewed the onlookers. We then could stand at one side of the red Carpet (the Press Stand was on the opposide). Some guest arrived also there amoing them Fürstin Gloria of Thurn and Taxis and Duke Franz of Bavaria with his sister-in-law Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. 

Fürstin Gloria of Thuran and Taxis

Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria

Duke Franz of Bavaria

A Little bit after 13h00 the time the couple was due to arrive the bavarian Prinme Minister Horst Seehofer with his wife Karina and Ilse Aigner, the bavarian Minister of Economy came out of the Castle. Finally with around 30 minutes dely the car with the Crown Princely Couple arrived. After getting out of the Car the where greeted by the Prime Minster and the other officials. Crown Princess Mary soon went to the waiting People and fans an greeted them and shook Hand with most of them. Crown Prine Frederik remained a bit more in the Background. Afterwards the posed fopr the Press and then went in the Castle. 

 








There a Dinner was Held in the Antiquarium where speeches Held by Crown Prince Frederik and the Prime MInister. When i visited the Residence on the next day there was still the table and the chairs standing in the Antiquarium.
I then decided to have something to eat and to warm up a bit, before i went again to the Reisdence to see them leaving. But i went very fast when the came out accompanied by prime Minister Seehofer and other officials


Afterwards i went to my Hotel to warm up and Change clothes.
In the evening the rain had become lesser and it eas only a light rain. therefore i decided to walk again to the Reiosdence to see if there was a Chance to see the Couple arriving ot the Dinner. I know the would arrive on the side to the Hofgarten. When i came on i could see that there was a quiet long red Carpet (much longer then in the morning). There where only a few photographers there and also not much onlooker. As i turned out only the Crown Princely Couple arrived there. Aftter arring Mary went to a few small chidlren with danish flags on the oppside street then they walked along the red Carpet and posing for the photographers before going into the Castle where a Dinner was Held in the Kaisersaal.