Recently, Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha attended the opening of the exhibition entitled, Sternstunden des Sport und Bogenschießens, at the Deutsche Schützenmuseum in Coburg.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha hosted a fantastic Christmas gathering and reading at Schloss Callenberg in Coburg, Germany.
A rough translation — sorry about that 🙂 — regarding Sunday’s event per Infranken:
“There is something special about being read a story by a Princess. Originally from the United States of America Hereditary Princess Kelly, wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, had opted for “The Night Before Christmas” – a story that was read to her by her mother at Christmas time. ‘In America we celebrate Christmas that is only on the morning of December 25 …’ she told the children who listened spellbound throughout the reading.
But, it was on this Sunday afternoon at Schloss Callenberg yes especially to the mood and atmosphere. And, that was in the first edition of “Christmas Magic” that was magnificent. Hereditary Prince Hubertus had invited many families to the schloss for the reading. The guests also brought their sleighs to ride down the adjacent slope. The prince and princess also sang Christmas carols with the visitors, made stars out of construction paper and decorated the big Christmas tree on the main floor.
In the Red Salon at the schloss there were cookies and tea, coffee and cake. The children played numerous games that were available to them. Of course, the opportunity was also used to get a closer look around the fascinating schloss.
The main attraction was then the reading of Christmas stories. Hereditary Prince Hubertus also read about the history of Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer. Then, he surprised the children and their families with an appearance by Santa Claus.
Really beautiful and a real change was a significant spread of peace and quiet on the first floor of the schloss. Christmas is the time but more often marked by hectic rush and bustle of the greatest, so managed the prince and princess with the event, which was aimed primarily at families, a real counter-proposal. Instead of consumer and commercial Christmas spirit and Christmas anticipation was the focus. The visitors enjoyed the time and the atmosphere at the beautiful schloss was clear. Even though the heavy snow and the correspondingly difficult road conditions on Sunday afternoon certainly deterred some visitors from coming to schloss Prince Hubertus showed in the end, very pleased with the première. The prince also happily announced that the “Magic of Christmas” at Schloss Callenberg will be repeated every year.
All proceeds from the Christmas event will benefit the Sterntaler Coburg which supports disadvantaged children in the region.”
Click here to watch a video (in English).
So, yeah, on May 30, 2013, the prince will host a gala dinner for those attending the Harley Davidson meeting at Schloss Callenberg in Coburg.
In Friday’s edition of the German newspaper, Coburger Tageblatt, there is an article regarding Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha). Recently, the couple moved from New York City to the prince’s home in Coburg, Germany (rough translation):
Change of leadership for Prince Hubertus of Saxe -Coburg and Gotha has moved with his wife Kelly from New York City to Coburg. As of 1 January, the 36-year-old has taken over from his father, the head of the ducal administration Foundation.
The contrast could hardly be greater between the mega-metropolis of New York City and the more contemplative Coburg. But, Prince Hubertus of Saxe – Coburg and Gotha acts not only as if he is quite happy to return to his hometown, ‘This return is indeed not for any job,’ says the 36-year-old. No, he was allowed to first January 2012 to take from his father, Prince Andreas, the head of the Foundation, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha family. ‘This is now the place for me at the right time,’ said Hubert, who has spent five years in New York City where he met his wife Kelly, whom he married in 2009.
‘The move for my wife was easy,” says Prince Hubertus. He adds that Kelly likes the city very much, ‘She loves Coburg!’ For as “fascinating” New York so is Coburg which is incredibly charming.
It had always been Kelly’s request, as Hubert says, to one day live in Europe, in a non-English speaking country. So now it’s become Germany, and indeed Coburg. But in the event that the city-pair normal times in the fortress city of the ceiling falling on their heads, they have also rented an apartment in Munich. ‘We have many friends there…’ said Prince Hubertus, ‘and we do not always sleep in the hotel when we visit them.’
Munich is also near Austria, and there the foundation also owns land for which is now Prince Hubertus is responsible for. ‘I know all of our territories…’ he says, yet he will go the same next week to Grein. So to speak, for a courtesy visit in his new role. The following week is comprised of the former ducal forest enterprises in Thüringen.
In total, the area in which the Duke of Coburg House operates forestry, around 19 000 hectares, 15 000 hectares are forested. ‘I am glad that our core business is forestry..’ says Hubertus. As a plant forests are very well liked , “…because wood is a very solid and sustainable product!’
Photo courtesy of Zimbio
A week or so ago I posted an article about Miss Carina Axelsson, the 40-something American woman residing at beautiful Schloss Berleburg, who is not actually a real princess, but the permanent partner of His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Since then I have received a couple of emails wondering if there were any American women who have married into royal or princely houses.
So to answer the curious question: Yes. Yes, there is. Recently, in fact.
In May 2009, Miss Kelly Rondestvedt married one of the most eligible bachelor’s in the world. His name: His Highness Prince Hubertus, The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha. Now, you may have heard of the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha before; however, if you have not here are several important facts you should know.
First, Her Majesty Queen Victoria of Great Britain married His Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha. They produced a lot of children. As a result, many of them married into all the important royal as well as princely houses in Europe. Second, during World War I there was an immense despise for everything German and the British royal family is, after-all, completely German bloodline-wise. As a result, Lord Stamfordom convinced His Majesty King George V of Great Britain (Queen Victoria’s son) to change the family name from the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha to the House of Windsor. If Lord Stamfordom had not recommended this change to the King the British royal family’s name, today, would be the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha.
Other royal houses tied to the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha include the Belgian and Bulgarian royal families and the House of Braganza (Portugal). His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden is also related to the house via his mother, Her Highness Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha who became Queen of Sweden when she married HRH Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden.
Overall, the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha is extremely important… historically.
Now, back to the American Princess.
Miss Kelly Rondestvedt hails from San Diego, CA and by all accounts she is an incredibly intelligent woman who obtained her Bachelor of Arts as well as an MBA from UCLA. In 2002, she moved to New York City where she took up a job as an investment banker. In the Fall of 2008, Kelly and Prince Hubertus spoke with iTV Coburg months before their wedding. During the interview, Miss Rondestvedt explained how she met the handsome German Prince, “I was at a restaurant with my girlfriends, and I saw Hubertus from across the room and thought he was so handsome…” Sparks flew and eventually the couple began to date.
A year (or so) later His Highness Prince Hubertus proposed to Kelly at his family’s palace, Schloss Callenberg, in Coburg, Germany.
The couple first had a civil ceremony on May 21, 2009. Days later on May 23, 2009 the couple had their religious ceremony at the St. Moritz Church in Coburg, Germany. It was a beautiful day, as seen by the photos as well as video, and many princely families from Germany attended. Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium also attended the ceremony.
Today, Their Highnesses live in New York City where His Highness Prince Hubertus works for a German bank and Her Highness Princess Kelly still works as an investment banker. However, the couple mentioned that they would eventually move back to Schloss Callenberg in Coburg, Germany in the future.
On June 19, 2010, Their Highnesses attended the royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden to Mr. Daniel Westling. It was during this occasion that we finally had a chance to see the princess in the Saxe-Coburg und Gotha HH Victoria Adelheid’s Button Tiara (which hasn’t seen the light of day since… I don’t know… forever.) Also, there may be a chance that we will see the couple at the upcoming wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton this April 29, 2011.
Hopefully, there will be more news about the couple in the future. So stay tuned. 🙂
To watch the engagement interview with Their Highnesses Prince Hubertus and Princess Kelly with iTV Coburg please click here.
To watch part of their wedding on iTV Coburg please click this link: Video