Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Picture and More Guests

© Cour Grand Ducale / Christian Aschman

Meanwhile, I can happily report that I have found pictures of many members of the extended grand ducal family. If you go to Roland Miny Pressphoto and then to the end of the photo stream, you will find a couple of pictures of cousins and other close relatives of the Hereditary Grand Duke.

On the pictures I can spot the children of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria - Archduchess Marie-Christine and husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum, Archduke Imre and wife Archduchess Kathleen, Archduke Christoph and his fiancée Adelaide Drape-Frisch, Archduke Alexander looking dapper in his Sandhurst uniform and the youngest, Archduchess Gabriella - as well as the children of Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein - Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Marie-Astrid and Prince Josef.

I could also spot the sons of Prince Jean: Prince Constantin, Prince Wenceslas, who was also rocking his uniform, and Prince Carl. I could not see Princess Marie-Gabrielle, Jean's oldest daughter, but I am pretty sure that she was actually hiding, probably not on purpose unless she was unhappy with her dress choice, behind one of her cousins in the pictures. Additionally, there were all of the maternal cousins of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. Also, Helene Vestur, first wife of Prince Jean, was in attendance.

I was also pleasant to catch a quick look at Prince Robert, a nephew of Grand Duke Jean, and his wife Princess Julie, as well as Princess Charlotte, Robert's sister who I hadn't seen in years, and her husband Marc Cunningham.

Other familiar faces I spotted was Michel, the 14th Prince of Ligne and his wife Eleonore and their daughter Princess Alix, who was named after her grandmother, née Princess Alix of Luxembourg, sister of Grand Duke Jean and seated with him today.

Another granddaughter of Princess Alix to attend was Baroness Elisabeth de Pelichy and her husband Baron Baudouin. I think I also saw Elisabeth's father Prince Wauthier and his wife.

Princess Alix's daughter Princess Christine and her husband Prince Antonio de Orléans e Bragança were also in attendance.

Also among the guests were a few Habsbourgs. I saw Archduchess Maria Beatrice, daughter of Archduke Robert and sister of Prince Lorenz of Belgium. She was accompanied by some of her daughters, they are countesses of Arco-Zinnerberg. Lorenz's brother Archduke Martin and his wife née Princess Katharina of Isenburg were also among the guests.

Additionally, there were at least two siblings of Archduke Carl-Christian, husband of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, and his mother, née Princess Yolande de Ligne. His brother Archduke Rudolf was accompanied by his wife Helene and his cousin Archduchess Maria Anna by her husband Prince Piotr Galitzine. Maria Anna and Piotr's daughter Princess Xenia Galitzine and her husband Albert Matta Mayo were also among the guests.

I could also spot Archduchess Sophie, Princess of Windisch-Graetz.

Which brings me to Claire Lademacher. The girlfriend of Prince Félix was also among the guests and it seems that the next grand ducal wedding is lurking just around the corner.

Have you spotted more familiar faces that aren't mentioned here or on the guest list? Please let us know!

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