Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fourth Royal Gatherings in The Hague 2016!

EUROHISTIORY & Hoogstraten English Bookstore
November 5-6, 2016
The Park Hotel

Royal Gatherings in The Hague – Order of Presentations

As has become customary for royalty watchers and enthusiasts, EUROHISTORY in cooperation with Hoogstraten English Bookstore are looking forward to gathering in The Hague for the FOURTH Royal Gatherings in The Hague!

The Park Hotel will, once again, serve as our base in The Hague on November  5 and 6, 2016.

This year we have carefully prepared an extensive list of presentations, including:

1. A Life for the Tsar, Triumph and Tragedy at the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, by  Janet Ashton

2. Schloß, Volume III, by Susan Symons

3. The Memoirs of Countess Viktoria-Luise of Solms-Baruth, by Arturo Beéche

4. The Athlones, by Robert Golden

5. The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the Third Reich, by Hubertus Büschel

6. The Palaces of St Petersburg, by Katrina Warne

7. Arabella Stuart, by Marian Bette

8. Fürstin Anna Louise zu Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, by Bearn Bilker

9. King Michael of Romania in Exile, by Diana Mandache

10. Quest for a Tsar, by Klaus Jörg-Meyet Cabri

11. The Royal House of Romania, by Diana Mandache

This year your fee (€160.00) for the conference will also include a group dinner Saturday evening!

If interested in attending, let us know ASAP by emailing/contacting us at:

Arturo Beeche at: aebeeche@mac.com


Annet Bakker at:

For those arriving early, we are looking at organizing a visit to the Hermitage Museum on Friday, November 4, 2016.

EUROHISTORY has arranged for a set of rooms for those attending the conference. Let us know if you would like one of these lower-priced sleeping rooms. Availability is limited!

We look forward to seeing you again in beautiful The Hague!

Friday, August 19, 2016

+ 19th Duke of Medinaceli (1962-2016)

Earlier today, news reached me of the sad passing of a good friend, Marco de Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Medina, 19th Duke of Medinaceli, Head of the Premier Noble House of Spain.

Marco was born in Madrid on March 8, 1962. He was the firstborn of Prince Maximilian of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and of his wife doña Ana de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, IX Countess of Ofalia and XIII Marchioness of Navahermosa. Doña Ana happened to be t eh eldest of four children of doña Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, XVIII Duchess of Medinaceli. In due course, doña Ana gave birth to two further children, Pablo and Flavia, both of whom survive their brother.

Marco, who was divorced from Sandra Schmidt-Polex with whom he fathered two children (Victoria and Alex), succeeded his grandmother as Duke of Medinaceli in 2013, his mother having predeceased her mother.

Since his succession to the famed dukedom, Marco settled at the magnificent Casa de Pilatos, the palace in Seville that the Medinacelis have called home for centuries. Just a few months ago, I emailed Marco some XIX century photos that I purchased at auction of the Casa de Pilatos. He was thrilled with them for being head of the Medinaceli Foundation was a position in which he took immense pride.

Marco was diagnosed with cancer some time ago. This illness sent him to the hospital throughout the last year. Every time he valiantly recovered, he was back at home as soon as possible and reinitiated his daily routine of going out to breakfast, talking with local friends and reading the newspaper. He seemed quite content. Unfortunately, treatment failed to save Marco and in the end he was unable to conquer this challenge as he had defeated so many others in his at times difficult and tragic life.

I will miss our weekly emails and Facebook chats, as well as his postings from beautiful Sevilla, where he was so very happy. Marco had enormous potential and his early death is a sad event in the history of his dynasty, as well as to those who loved and knew him.

Victoria Eugenia de Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Schmidt-Polex will succeed her father as XX Duchess of Medinaceli once she requests recognition as legitimate heir to the titles and countless others in her family's possession.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

ERHJ Issue CX – Summer 2016 off to print!

This morning we released to our printer the latest issue of our magazine, EUROHISTORY (ERHJ).

In it readers will find very interesting articles on: Claremont, the famed royal residence that has witnessed an undue share of royal tragedies; Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia; Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern; the three daughters of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia; Crown of Tears: Marie Antoinette of France and Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia; Queen Marie of Romania; Countess Viktoria-Luis elf Solms-Baruth; as well as our usual sections: Royal Book Reviews and Royal News.

We should be mailing the magazine by month's end since the printer requires at least a month to print and ship!

If interested in joining our ever-growing pool of subscribers, you can do so by emailing us at: books@eurohistory.com or aebeeche@mac.com

Subscription rates:

USA:           $50.00
UK:             £50.00
Europe:       $75.00
Rest of the World: $75.00

Or by sending your subscription payable to:

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Ph: 510.236.1730

UK Subscribers have the option of paying in Sterling by sending a cheque payable to Ms Katrina Warne:

Ms. Katrina Warne
c/o Eurohistory
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Brookwood, Woking
Surrey GU24 0HL
United Kingdom

Monday, August 1, 2016

Obituary: Queen Anne of Romania (1923-2016)

Anne of Romania, the loyal and modest wife of Romania’s last monarch, King Michael, has died, Romania’s royal house said. She was 92.
Anne died Monday afternoon at a hospital in Morges, Switzerland, surrounded by family including four of her daughters, a statement said.
Michael, 94, who is suffering from cancer, visited her every day, and she received the last rites on Sunday, the statement said.
Born Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, she met Michael in November 1947 when they had both come for the wedding of the future Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten in London.
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Queen Anne of Romania in San Francisco, October 2000.
(©Arturo Beéche)

King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania on their wedding day, Athens, 1948.
(©Eurohistory royal Photographic Archive)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Life for the Tsar: Triumph and Tragedy at the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II (a peek inside)

This excellent volume by the very talented Janet Ashton and Greg King brings to life the last coronation of Imperial Russia!

We began shipping copies to buyers last week and the book thus far is being very well received!

When asked, recently, how much the events of the Coronation changed history, Ms Ashton replied:

Indeed, and Greg and I discuss this fact in the book (as you'd expect! :-) ). We think, though, that he could have had a successful reign despite Khodynka if he had handled the tragedy differently. Other reigns also got off to rocky starts, but the way Tsars reacted determined the outcome. Khodynka became pivotal to everything that happened for the next twenty years.
At the beginning of the book we "look at people looking at Nicholas" and discuss the different expectation they had of this young man and his wife, who was generally considered to be British and liberal, standing together at the verge if the twentieth century. Not everyone had positive expectations of him, but a lot did (it's interesting to compare who expected what), and that's what makes it all such an important moment in Russian history after the entrenchment of Alexander III's reign. There was so much hanging on the question of what sort of Tsar Nicholas would turn out to be.

We thought that perhaps those interested in the book might like to get a quick peek inside!

The book is listed on AMAZON.com and AMAZON.co.uk – while for YOUR convenience it is also sold at the following site of choice for royal enthusiasts and Romanovphiles:

Hoogstraten English Bookstore!