29 January 2011

Hohenzollern Castle


Hohenzollern Castle is located on top of the mountain Hohenzollern near Hechingen. a city on the Swabian Alb. It is the ancestral seat ofthe Family of  Hohenzollern.  The first Castle was constructed in the first half of the 11th Century.
Later the  Family split into two branches, but the Castle remained the property of the Swabian branch, which was dynastically senior to the Franconian/Brandenburg branch which eventually became Kings of Prussia. 
In 1423 the Castle was completly destroyed in a 10m-month siege by the imperial Cities of Swaba.  From 1454-1561  a second bigger Castle was build and served as refugee for the cathloic swabian branch of the Family during wartime including the 30-years War. By the end of the 18th century, however, the Castle was thought to have lost its strategic importance and gradually fell into disrepair, leading to the demolition of several dilapidated buildings. Today, only the chapel remains from the medieval castle.
The third and present version of the Castle was constructed for King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. of Prussia between 1846 and 1867, under the direction of Friedrich August Stüler, who based his design on English Neo-Gothic style as well as the castles in Loire. Because the Castle was built as a family memorial, no member of the Hohenzollern family took residence in this third castle until 1945. Only then it became home to the last prussian-german Crown Prince Wilhelm who lived her until his death. Both he and his wife Crown Princess Cecilie as well as other Family members are buried on a small Cemetery on   the St. Michaels Bastion.
Now the Castle is a popular Tourist attraction and among the items who are siplayed are the Crown of the prussian Kings and some personal Items of King Friedrich II. (The Great) of Prussia. 
The Castle is now co-owned by both Parts of the Family. The Royal Family of Prussia owns 2/3  and the Princely Family owns 1/3 of the Castle.


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The Eagle Gate

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The garden Bastion
with Bustus of the prussian Kings 

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Friedrich Wilhelm Elector (Der große Kurfürst) of Brandenburg
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Friedrich Wilhelm I., King in Prussia

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Friedrich I., King in Prussia


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Friedrich II. (Der Große) King of Prussia

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Friedrich Wilhelm II. King of Prussia
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Friedrich Wilhelm III., King of Prussia















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Friedrich Wilhelm IV., King of Prussia

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Wilhelm I., German Emperor and King of Prussia















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The Christ Chapel


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The place where from 1952-1991 the coffin with the mortial 
remains of King Friedrich II. (Der Große) of Prussia was placed
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The place where from 1952-1991 the coffin with the mortial 
remains of King Friedrich Wilhelm I. in Prussia was placed

 The St. Michaels Chapel

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Memorial Placque for Queen Stephanie of Portugal,
née Princess of Hohenzollern and her brother Prince Anton
of Hohenzollern in the St. Michaels Chapel

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Bust of Wilhelm II., German Emperor and King of Prussia



Some Buildings in the Inner Courtyard
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The entrance and stairs in the Princes Trakt  (Fürstentrakt)

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The Keep




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22 January 2011

Engagement in the House of Prussia

Hi & RH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia,, the Head of the Royal Family has announced his engagemnt to HSH Princess Sophie of Isenburg on 21.01.2011 as announced on the official Website of the prussian Royal House. No Wedding Date was mentioned but it was said that the Wedding will take place later this year and most likely in Potsdam.
Princess Sophie is the third and youngest daughter of Fürst Franz Alexander of Isenburg and his wife Christine, née Countess Saurma, Freiin von und zu der Jeltsch. She has 2 older sisters Katharina married to Archduke Martin of Austria-Este and Isabelle married to Fürst CArl zu Wied and 2 brothers Alexander and Viktor.
http://www.preussen.de/de/heute/aktuell/verlobung_im_haus_hohenzollern.html

18 January 2011

Memorial Service for Countess Celia of Bismarck

A memorial Service for the late Countess Celia of Bismarck took place on 17.01.2011 at the Temple de Saint Gervais in Geneva. Among the 400 guest who attended the Service where her former husband hereditary Count Carl Eduard of Bismarck, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Archduchess Francesca of Austria and Rolf Sachs.

New Years reception at Altshausen

The annual New Year reception of the House of Württembergtook place on 16.01.2011 at Altshausen. But not as in previous years in the Castle. This year the Event was hosted for the first time in the former Remise of the Castle which has been renovated and opened as Gallery for the artworks of Duchess Diane on her 70th birthday. The members of the Royal Family who where present where Duke Carl and Duchess Diane, Duke Friedrich and Duchess Marie, Duke Michael and Duchess Julia.
In his speech Duke Carl spoke about other things about the taks around the project "Stuttgart 21".
http://www.suedkurier.de/region/bodenseekreis-oberschwaben/bodenseekreis/Kunst-der-Herzogin-begleitet-Empfang;art410936,4677495

The Fürstin zu Schaumburg-Lippe is pregnant

Fürstin Nadja zu Schaumburg-Lippe, née Zsoeks is expecting her second child. This was confirmed by her husband Fürst Alexander when he attended the annual Bückeburger New Yerrs Concert. He said hie wife was not able to attend for the happiest occasion who could  be. The couple is very happy. It is theri second child together. They have already a daughter Princess Felipa born in 2008. And Fürst Alexander has a son Herediary Prince Heinrich Donatus (born 1994) from his divorced marriage with Princess Marie Louise (Lily) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Engagement in the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn

As became only now known Prince Ludwig (Louis) zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn gotengaged to Countess Philippa Spannocchi on 26.12.2010. Prince Ludwig is the third son of Fürst Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and his wife Gabriela, née Countess of Schönborn-Wiesentheid. Countess Phuilippa is a daughter of Count Hieronymus Spannocchi and his wife Verena, née Coutness of Schönborn-Buchheim  who live at Sprinzenstein Castle in Austria.

13 January 2011

† Duchess Ilona zu Mecklenburg

HI & RH Duchess Ilona zu Mecklenburg, née Archduchess of Austria passed away in the morning of 12. Janaury 2010 at Bad Krouingen. She was born on 20.04.1927 as second daughter of Archduke Joseph Franz of Austria (from the hungarian line) and his wife Anna, née Princess of Saxony.  In 1045 she married at Sigmaringen Duke Georg Alexander of Mecklenburg, from the Strelitz line, who was the only son of Duke Georg. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974. The couple had four children: Duchess Elisabeth Crhstine (*1947), Duchess Maria katharine (*1949), Duchess Irene (*1054) and Duke Borwin (* 1956).

http://www.mecklenburg-strelitz.org/news.html