Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day one in Sweden

 I arrived in Sweden on Sunday July  after a 5.5 hour layover in London.   Thank goodness I was in Terminal 5 with good eats and shopping.  I arrived in Stockholm just after 3 p.m..  I was picked up by my publisher and good friend Ted Rosvall.  I  stayed with Ted and his wife at their summer home on Djurö,  a part of the archipelago near Stockholm  (about an hour by bus).  I can see the Baltic sea from the kitchen window -- and yes, I have gone swimming.

We headed straight for Haga Park, near Stockholm.  Crown Princess Victoria and her family live at Haga.  The house and its grounds are private. There are cameras and discreet security, but no Jersey barriers.

The park itself is open to the public.   The family cemetery is at Haga,  Crown Princess Margareta was the first to be buried at Haga.  The cemetery is open on Thursdays for several hours.

Gustav III's Pavilion

the white building is Haga Palace, the home of the Crown Princess and her family

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Hanover Royal Wedding July 8, 2017

Thank you to Arjan Brouwer for allowing me the use of his photographs.  The wedding between Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina Malysheva took place on July 8th as I was getting ready to leave for Sweden.
Arjan is the copyright holder

the Hereditary Prince of Leiningen, a first cousin of the groom

Prince of Schaumburg Lippe

Prince Heinrich of Hanover and his daughter.  Heinrich is the groom's uncle

The Prince and Princess of Leiningen.  The Princess is the groom's aunt (HRH Princess Alexandra of Hanover)

Prince Heinrich of Hanover and family

The Margrave and Margravine of Baden.  The Margrave's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Marie Louise of Hanover

A pregnant Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn und Taxis

Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia

Pierre and Beatrice Casiraghi.  He is the groom's steprother

Andrea Casiraghi, the groom's step brother

arrival of the groom's mother, Chantal

The newlyweds

HRH Princess Alexandra of Hanover, the groom's younger half sister

Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie Chantal and their younger sons.  The Crown Prince's paternal grandmother was Princess Frederika of Hanover

Prince Christian of Hanover, the groom's younger brother