Delightful news out of Berleburg, Germany! Princess Nathalie, last child and second daughter of Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, gave birth to a boy yesterday at a local clinic. Nathalie and her husband Alexander Johannsmann were married on May 27, at the chapel on the family estate in Berleburg, where they live. No name has been announced. This is the third grandchild for Benedikte after Princess Alexandra's two children. Son Gustav (b. 1969) and his live-in lover US-born Carina Axelsson (b. 1968) are not married. (They have been quoted in Billed Bladet #32 (7 August 2008) as saying that they leave the possibility of children "in God's hands". Or to a strange williness to subordinate themselves to a will that doesn't actually prevent them from marrying or starting a family.) The young chap's name is reported in a German paper to be Konstantin, after his great uncle by marriage. This sets up Greek royals as godparents. The child will not have a royal or other title except for "Mister"; he will be known in life as Hr. Konstantin Johannsmann.
The birth announcement on the Danish royal website.
Last week, a good friend of Daisy, Countess Irene Wedell, lost her battle with cancer. Irene was the widow of the largest private landowner in Denmark, and control of the two family estates and businesses continues in the hands of her son Bendt Wedell-Wedellsborg and his wife Pernille. The couple have two young sons. Daisy attended the funeral of Irene on Friday, July 23. Neither Frederik nor Mary accompanied Daisy and Henrik despite the fact that the crown princely couple is good friends - at least according to the media - with Count Bendt and his wife.
Today came the news that Countess Ruth of Rosenborg died today in Denmark. She was 85. Countess Ruth was the widow of Count Flemming of Rosenborg, né Prins af Denmark. Count Flemming lost his royal title and status when he married Danish commoner Ruth Nielsen. The couple were fixtures on the Danish and later Norwegian royal scenes, becoming very close to King Harald and present for the weddings and christenings of His Majesty's children and grandchildren.
Ruth had four children and several grandchildren. Earlier this year Ruth's son Axel celebrated his 60th birthday with a birthday party that included Daisy, Mary's first Lady-in-Waiting and her husband, and was featured in Billed Bladet #4 (28 January 2010).
Side note on Countess Ruth: she is the grandmother of THIS beauty, who should marry Derf after the divorce, if Katja doesn't want him. I mean, c'mon! Danish, gorgeous, classy, sophisticated but not high maintenance. Noice! Hester, open the vault, we may need the Photoshop rubies for this missy!