“In this documentary art historian, Mr. Dan Cruickshank, explores the rich aesthetic of Ludwig II – from the mock-medievalism of Neuschwanstein the iconic fairytale castle, which became the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, to the rich Baroque splendor of Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig’s answer to Versailles. Dan argues that Ludwig’s castles are more than flamboyant kitsch and are, in fact, the key to unravelling the eternal enigma of Ludwig II.”
On July 18, 2013, His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia visited the Kaiser Wilhelm I monument just outside of Porta Westfalica, Germany.
The prince accompanied by the German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Steffen Kampeter, Dr. Wolfgang Kirsch and some other dude were at the monument to voice their support for the much-needed restoration of the area surrounding Kaiser Wilhelm I monument.
His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia Witnesses the Signing of a Cooperation Agreement.
On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the German high-tech company, Tridelity AG, and Blue Ocean Technology from China, at Schloss Hohenzollern in Germany.
Tridelity AG manufactures:
“…glasses-free auto-stereoscopic 3-D screens. The company has been pioneering the development of this cutting-edge technology for years, offering the highest quality 3-D solutions. In addition to related technologies and services, Tridelity AG also provides an extensive hardware range of solutions for single-viewer and multi-viewer purposes, with unprecedented viewing comfort, exceptional 3-D depth and the highest resolution in the industry.”
Blue Ocean Technology is a supplier of “…well-known manufacturer display screen components.”
Anyway, according to various sources, the two companies came together thanks in part to Prince Georg Friedrich, and the purpose of the signing of the cooperation agreement is to “…introduce, develop and distribute Tridelity AG’s products into the Chinese market.”
On the afternoon of June 12, 2013, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia attended the ceremony of the laying of the foundation for the rebuilding of the Stadtschloss (aka the Berliner Schloss).
The schloss, located in what was East Berlin, was destroyed in the 1950s by the East German communist government. After the demolition a bland and boring government office building was constructed on the site of the old schloss. After the reunification of Germany in 1990 the government, in 2006, demolished the ratty old communist government building and laid plans to rebuild a replica facade (with modern interior) of the magnificent schloss. So how much will all this cost? Oh, only a few million Euros. 590 to be exact. Chump change.
Anyway, when a journalist from Bild Magazine asked how Prince Georg Friedrich felt about today’s foundation laying ceremony — or what ever you want to call it — he replied, “This is a very special day. The more I think about it, the less I can believe that it is now to start.”
Awesome! Yay Germany!
Click here for more information about Wednesday’s event.
Earlier this month Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses had a chance to view plans as well as model of the new Stadtschloss with Stiftung im Kronprinzenpalais board member, Mr. Manfred Rettig.
The Stadtschloss circa 1900
Images of what the new Stadtschloss will look like inside an out.
Photos courtesy of SBSHumboldtForum
HI&RH Prince Georg Friedrich von Preußen Meets With the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Hilarion Alfeyev.
After a nice lunch Metropolitan Hilarion visited Sanssouci Palace and the tomb of the late King Frederick the Great according to the official website for Prince Georg Friedrich.
For more information, in German, as well as to view a photo please click here.
If you are unfamiliar with Prince Andreas, well, he’s the father of His Highness Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the father-in-law of Her Highness Hereditary Princess Kelly.
Anyway, here is what Prince Andreas had to say to the journalist from Neue Presse Coburg (a rough translation. Probably one of the worst ever so please don’t yell at me. Danke):
” ‘The older you get, the more people are interested in their roots,’ says Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In addition to the examination of his own family history, it is therefore also the care of the many family connections to many major European royal houses that are of particular concern.
Only with the House of Windsor will it not work out so well. The British royal family, who were known until the First World War as the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, shows little interest in having contact with their relatives, the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family. This is a great regret by Prince Andreas the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a man who holds both German and a British passports.
‘Tradition, home, family, honesty, loyalty – these are the values that I am committed to’. The prince dislikes the ‘dance around the golden calf’ and he insists, because today obviously counting only, ‘what pays’. The peerage he says, who spent his youth in the United States, is not a privilege. ‘We are citizens… people just like everyone else,’ he explains. Prince Andreas also says that he does not have many noble friends. An obligation, he says, the needle was quite ‘We (my family and I) are more focused than others, but we need pay attention to do our job well, to fulfill our responsibilities.’
Prince Andreas Michael Friedrich Hans Armin Siegfried Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on 21 March 1943 in Lower Lusatia (Brandenburg), the estate of the grandparents. He is the firstborn son of Prince Friedrich Josias (1918 – 1998) and his first wife, Princess Viktoria Luise, née Countess zu Solms-Baruth (1921-2003). The grandfather of Prince Andreas was Charles Edward, the last reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
After his parents divorced in 1949 Prince Andreas moved with his mother and her second husband, an American officer from the United States, to New Orléans, Louisiana. Here is where he spent his childhood. Since he was 16 years old the prince would regularly travel to Germany to prepare for his future role. In 1965 he finally returned to his old home permanently. From 1966 to 1968 he did his military service in the Armored Reconnaissance Battalion 6 in Schleswig-Holstein Eutin, then he trained as a timber merchant in Hamburg. In 1971 he married Karin Dabelstein and had three children: Stephanie (1972), Hubertus (1975) and Alexander (1977).
Since his father’s death in 1998, Prince Andreas has been the successor and the head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The family has two Schloss (castles) Callenberg and Greinburg. Last year, Prince Andreas retired from the family business and his eldest son, Hereditary Prince Hubertus, who had previously worked as an investment banker in New York, took over.
Today, in honor of his 70th birthday Prince Andreas will host a reception at Schloss Callenberg. During the reception a new painting of the family, by Dresden artist, Mr. Christoph Wetzel, will be unveiled.”
Well, this is interesting. It seems that Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein finally decided to speak to the press regarding the infamous Botswana Affair and the Instituto Nóos scandal (her name was mentioned in several private emails. Mr. Undangarin’s former Instituto Nóos partner, Mr. Diego Torres, decided it was a brilliant idea to expose the emails to the press).
Any way, speaking from her home in lovely old Monaco the princess noted “…I want to talk now because I have to defend myself as my silence was misinterpreting.”
Please click the links below to read her interview as well as to view new glamour shots of the princess from the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo (in Spanish):
And, finally, if you understand Spanish here is a roundtable discussion regarding Princess Corinna and an article that was published in the New York Times about her and King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia Welcome Twin Boys!
Per the official website for Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia:
“With great joy and gratitude, the head of the House has announced the birth of his sons, Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand, arrived in Bremen on 20 January 2013. Princess Sophie and the twins are doing well.”
Congrats to the couple!
Supermacht Preußen. A documentary in German.
Der Deutsche Adel – Von Fürsten, Schlössern und Manieren with Fürstin Gloria von Thurn und Taxis. (in German)
And, if you missed the documentary about Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preußen you can watch it in the video above. (in German)
Frederic, Prince von Anhalt Crashes the Première of the Film, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two. Plus, Other News. (VIDEOS)
On November 12, 2012, the infamous Frederic, Faux Prince von Anhalt, crashed the première of the film, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Somehow the faux prince managed to sneak onto the red carpet and photobomb Nikki Reed, Robert Pattinson and others as they posed for photographers.
The faux prince also signed autographs for Twilight fans. Sadly, those who received his princely signature had no idea who the hell he was. Any way, during his time on the red carpet the German television network, RTL, asked him for an interview as well as my local Los Angeles television station, KABC. Naturally, the faux prince obliged, I mean, he would never turn down an interview or photo-op. He loves the camera.
On November 1, 2012, the Frederic attended the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. Guests in attendance included international superstar, Barry Manilow, bankrupt R&B singer, Toni Braxton, and “… singing sensation Chris Mann.”
Yeah, I have no idea who he is.
Any who, the gala event benefited the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
And, finally, if you have six minutes to burn and want to watch a funny video with the faux prince and Alexander, Prince von Anhalt mindlessly wandering and driving in L.A. watch the video below. By the way, if you are wondering, “Who in the heck in Alexander, Prince von Anhalt?” well, he’s a faux prince like Frederic. And, a total douchebag.
He’s back! Yup, your favorite faux prince from Germany, now living a cheesy yet slightly luxurious life at Château du Bel Air in California, is talking to the press… again.
Anyway, Frederic recently spoke to the newspaper, NY Post, about his wife, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, and her leg which was amputated over a year and a half ago. Apparently, the poor dear had no idea that it was gone… until recently:
“She found out about it when she told me to sit her up, and she saw it. She couldn’t feel it because [one] hand is paralyzed and [one] hand was too short to go on it…
Later she said, ‘There is something missing.’ I also didn’t tell [Zsa Zsa] that her dear friend Phyllis Diller died last month… I don’t want to give bad news to my wife.”
And, finally, the faux prince recently sat down with the German television network, ZDF, for an interview/lifestyle segment thingy. Click here to watch.