Christmas in the Castle with Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.


On December 3, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg spoke with his local newspaper about the exhibition, Weihnachten im Schloss (Christmas in the Castle), that he along with his longtime partner, Miss Carina Axelsson, developed together at Schloss Berleburg in Berleburg, Germany.

Established in 2010 the exhibition — which displays nine beautifully decorated Christmas trees each with their own name such as the Candy Tree, Tinsel Tree and of course the popular Dog Tree — proved to be incredibly successful the public that the prince and his partner have decided to keep the tradition alive each year.

Anyway, the Weihnachten im Schloss exhibition, which includes a personal tour of the historic schloss, will be open to the public beginning on December 23-31, 2015 at Schloss Berleburg.


News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.


On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the company, AppMachine, in Heerenveen.  Established in 2011 the online software company allows individuals to create their own mobile apps for iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Android.

AppMachine_HMK-6576 (1)During today’s visit Her Majesty met with the CEO of AppMachine, Mr. Siebrand Dijkstra, as well as with company employees.  Her Majesty was also given a “…demonstration of AppMachine’s app building software and then made an app herself for the Oranje Fonds with Instant Ap…” according to a press release.

Photos courtesy of AppMachine

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News Regarding Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.

PrincessbenedikteOn the morning of September 15, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedike of Denmark met with various youth from Greenland and Gentofte commune at Christian VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg, in Copenhagen.

Click here to view photos.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

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Her Highness Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Expecting Her Second Child.

berleburgAccording to the Danish magazine, BT — via Billed Bladet — Her Highness Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her husband, Mr. Alexander Johannsmann, are expecting their second child together. The baby is due sometime in February 2015.

Congrats to the couple!


His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Participates in the Wisent Welt Wittgenstein Press Conference.

gswbOn Monday, May 5, 2014, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg accompanied by the Mayor of Bad Berleburg, Mr. Bernd Fuhrmann, and the coordinator of the European Bison Project, Ms. Coralie Herbst, participated in a press conference at Schloss Berleburg to announce the results of the Bison project, Wisent Welt Wittgenstein.

According to AFP News, the Wisent Welt Wittgenstein is a:
“…government-funded initiative which last year released the herd in an effort to restock the bison in the wild. European bison were once plentiful across Europe and Russia, though their numbers were decimated to near extinction by hunting and habitat encroachment.”

Please click here and here to view photos.


Her Royal Highness Princess Benedike of Denmark Celebrates Her 70th Birthday.

PrincessbenedikteOn April 29, 2014, Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark celebrated her 70th birthday with friends and family including Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, His Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, His Royal Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Alexandra and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie of Greece at a private reception, hosted by His Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, at beautiful Schloss Berleburg in Bad Berleburg, Germany.

Anyway, the German newspaper, Der Westen, recently had the chance to interview the princess about her life, work, and family.

Click here to view new photos of the princess and her family.

Photo courtesy of Kongehuset

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His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Has Emergency Surgery.

prince-richard-of-swbIt was announced by the Danish royal court that His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg — husband of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark — had an operation this morning for “…an aorta aneurysm…”  

The emergency surgery took place at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and was performed by Dr. Ulf Helgstrand.  At this time Prince Richard is recovering and will remain in the hospital for the next few days.


Miss Carina Axelsson Unveils Her New Book Cover.

CarinaMarySRWOn Monday, November 11, 2013, Miss Carina Axelsson, longtime partner of His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, unveiled the cover for her highly anticipated new novel, Model Undercover: A Crime of Fashion.  

Miss Axelsson also reveals that her publisher, Usborne Books, has released the first chapter of the upcoming novel, and quite frankly it wasn’t bad.

Please click here to view the cover as well as to get the direct link to the first chapter of Model Undercover: A Crime of Fashion.


An Interview With Her Serene Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. (VIDEOS)

Here is a brief interview with Her Serene Highness Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

And, finally a video of the princess during her and beloved champion horse, Digby, farewell performance together last August during the 2013 European Championships Dressage in Herning, Denmark.


Carina Axelsson Announces the Release Date of Her Long Awaited Novel.

CarinaRecently, Miss Carina Axelsson — longtime partner of His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg — attended the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

Anyway, on her blog Miss Axelsson finally announced the UK and US release dates for her highly anticipated new novel, Model Under Cover: A Crime Of Fashion.  

For further information about the novel and the release dates please click here and here.

Photo courtesy of Zimbio


An Interview With His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

prince-richard-of-swbHere is an article about His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his son, HSH Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, published by the American media news organization, National Public Radio (NPR).

Please click here to read the interview as well as to view a new photo of the princes.


Who the Heck is Miss Carina Axelsson “The American Not Exactly a Princess but Close Enough” Who Lives at Schloss Berleburg?

ca1As of late there seems to be a tremendous amount of interest in Miss Carina Axelsson, the 40-something American woman who is, not exactly a princess but close enough, living at Schloss Berleburg in Germany with her permanent boyfriend, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Why there is so much interest in Miss Axelsson is truly beyond me.  With that being said, I thought I would provide my loyal readers with a “semi-fact list” about this mysterious woman who has overtaken Schloss Berleburg.  Furthermore, the woman who is lucky enough to wear a tiara at many royal engagements (even though many royal watchers believe her latest tiara is filled with fake diamonds).

So, let’s start shall we?   🙂

CAAccording to my “favorite” Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, Miss Carina Axelsson was born and raised in northern California, specifically Los Gatos just east of Santa Cruz, a place known for alternative living, aging hippies, and marijuana loving surfers (Santa Cruz that is).

Miss Axelsson was apparently a model which began in San Francisco, CA in the late eighties.  Then she was shipped off to New York City, and finally she landed in Paris, France.  Rumors abound that she was on the cover of Marie Claire (France), Vogue (France), and editorials in many European magazines.  However, at this time evidence states otherwise.  Not one royal watcher has been able to track down evidence to support this claim which leaves many of them doubting her stint as a model.

For some reason she enrolled in night school — École Boulle to be exact — in Paris whereupon she earned her AA degree as an illustrator. Anyway, some time later she published a book called Nigel of Hyde Park.  Now, I never heard of this book so I’m going to assume that it didn’t sell as many copies as the Harry Potter series. Apparently, there is a second Nigel book  — hence part deux — but again royal watchers have yet to find the book nor information about it. Perhaps they are not trying that hard.

surpriseswbSo, after fourteen years in lovely old Paris she met His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg at some random schwingding dinner party in Germany. According to Prince Gustav, in an interview with Billed Bladet:

I had accepted an invitation to dinner by some friends in Germany. A couple of friends, one knew Carina and one knew me. It was a set-up. I had come to meet Carina and that second her mobile phone rang. All the mobile phones kept ringing throughout the dinner. After the dinner finished, Carina had turned on her phone again. I took her number and called her up from another part of the room and love began.

schlossberleburgHis Serene Highness Prince Gustav began dating Miss Axelsson soon after.  Then in June 2006, she made her first official appearance with the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg family at the princely wedding of Prince Phillip of Hesse and Miss Laetitia Bechtolf in Germany.   Thereafter, Miss Axelsson, according to Billed Bladet, moved into Schloss Berleburg.

As the years passed, Miss Axelsson made her presence known around the castle.  She took it upon herself to restore the schloss to the alleged horror of His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Prince Gustav’s super awesome Dad) who allegedly found her to be somewhat of an annoyance, yet he tolerated her behavior according to a recent Svensk Damtidning article.  Even the local Bad Berleburgers began to refer to her as Frau Axelsson: The Lady of the Schloss.


With her badass self Miss Axelsson uncovered valuable treasures in the basement of the schloss. Eventually she decided — allegedly — to use the items and turn them into an exhibit at Schloss Berleburg.  It was her idea — allegedly — to open up a museum where tourists could gaze upon beautiful artifacts that had been buried for over 100 years at Schloss Berleburg.  Rumor has it that Miss Axelsson thought it would be a brilliant idea to open up a coffeehouse within the castle.  Yeah — if true — it is tacky. But, I suppose if the schloss is hard up for money why not charge thirsty tourists $8.00 per a cup of cappuccino, right?

CarinaMarySRWWhile all this was going on, Carina and Prince Gustav continued to make appearances at various royal events with the Danish royal family (Prince Gustav’s Mom is the younger sister of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark).  Soon, Miss Axelsson became BFFs with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Then Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Miss Tatiana Blatnik (now Her Royal Highness Princess Tatiana of Greece), and  His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.  Whew.

swedenYou are probably wondering by now why Miss Axelsson and Prince Gustav have not married, right?  Well, um, there is a bit of a problem.  You see Prince Gustav’s grandfather, Prince Gustav Albrecht, was kind of a Nazi-loving jackass (he was heir to the house which he deliberately passed to Prince Gustav not Prince Richard).  According to Professor Jonathan Petropulos, European historian at the prestigious Claremont McKenna College and author of the book, Royals and the Reich, Prince Gustav Albrecht is on the official list of German princes and high nobility who were registered within the Nazi Party (if you have the book, Royals and the Reich, the published list begins on page 380. Shocking to say the least).

So, at the beginning of WWII Prince Gustav Albrecht drafted up a Will which stated that his heir, a son which years later was Prince Gustav, had to marry a Protestant Aryan woman of noble descent.  Miss Carina Axelsson is neither. She is part Latina (Mexican-American via her mother) and Swedish (via her father). And, clearly, Miss Axelsson is no where being close to being a noble.  That is why she and Prince Gustav haven’t taken the plunge.

carina-axelssonHowever, many royal watchers believe the two are secretly married.  Why do they believe this? Miss Axelsson’s massive ruby and diamond ring on her married ring finger.  She tends to show it off every time there is a camera around. I, mean, wouldn’t you with that giant rock on your finger?  Thought so.

Today, the couple continue to live at Schloss Berleburg in Germany and Miss Axelsson continues to make her mark around town.  In the past, she established the Nigel Awards, restored the interior of the Schloss to pristine condition (which allegedly irritated Prince Richard), allegedly established a capitalistic coffeehouse, started a museum at the schloss, illustrated an Advent calendar for the local museum whereupon proceeds were donated to the local library, held an exhibition of her illustrations at the Bad Berleburg Museum, co-hosted several charity events with Princess Benedikte at Schloss Berleburg, decorated a billion Christmas trees within schloss and showed them off to Denmark’s biggest royal kiss-ass magazine Billed Bladet as well as with various German newspapers, and continues to flaunt her fabulous new tiara at various royal events.

carinaNow, you may be wondering, “What is this chica’s beef with Miss Carina Axelsson?” Well, actually, there isn’t one.  Sure, I believe she is living in lalaland… pretending that she’s a princess.  She did say, after all, that “I never imagined that I would become a real life princess…”

However, I will say that I admire her for restoring the aging schloss and for promoting it in the Danish media.  Afterall, it does bring in the moola to Schloss Berleburg in these crappy economic times. So who can fault her?  Not I.   🙂

UPDATE! Twenty years later…   🙂

I was recently notified by a reader that the infamous coffeehouse is not owned nor was opened by Miss Axelsson, but by some dude named, Christoph.