History - On This Day in 1648 - Magdalena Sibylle of Saxe-Weissenfels

Magdalena Sibylle of Saxe-Weissenfels was born on September 2nd. 1648.
Her parents had been August, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels and his wife
Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Source picture: Wikipedia

On November 14th. 1669 she married Frederick I, Duke of
Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. They would have 8 children.

These children would marry into very important German Families like:
Mecklenburg Strelitz.

Magdalena Sibylle of Saxe-Weissenfels died on January 7th. 1681 and
she was buried in Friedenstein Castle.

Today in History - September 1st. 1821 -- Leopold III, Prince of Lippe

September 1st. 1821 marks the birth of Leopold III of Lippe.
This event took place in Detmold (Germany).

Source picture: wikipedia

His parents were Leopold II of Lippe and his wife,
Emilie of Schwarzburg Sonderhausen.

In 1843/1844 he traveled to Italy and Constantinople as a study trip.
In Constantinople, Leopold III was received by Sultan Abdülmecid I.

On January 1st. 1851 he succeeded his father as Prince of Lippe.
On April 17th. 1852 he married Princess Elisabeth of Schwarzburg-

It is nice to know that Johannes Brahms, the famous composer, was
a member of his household as music teacher of Leopold III's sister

Leopold III of Lippe died on December 8th. 1875 without heirs.
Woldemar, his brother, succeeded him as Prince of Lippe.

Today in History - August 31st. 1863 - Princess Isabella of Bavaria

Princess Isabella Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria was born on August 31st. 1863
as a daughter of Prince Adalbert of Bavaria and his wife Infanta Amelia
Philippina of Spain.

Source picture: wikipedia

Family ties

Prince Adalbert of Bavaria was the fourth son of King Ludwig I of Bavaria
and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

Infanta Amelia was a daughter of Infante Francisco de Paula of Spain, a
younger brother of Ferdinand VII of Spain.

Love & Marriage

In 1883 @ Nymphenburg Palace in Bavaria, Princess Isabella married
Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa. He was the only son of
Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa and his wife
Princess Elisabeth of Saxony.

The wedding was described as remarkable for good taste and simplicity.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Isabella's cousin) did not attend, he rarely
went to public events.

One attendee observed that:

the absence of the King meant that the wedding guests could 
enjoy themselves in an atmosphere
of conviviality which is rarely found in Court festivities.

The couple would have 6 children. They also attended many
important events on behalves of their families.


On February 26th. 1924 Isabella died of bronchial pneumonia in Rome.
She had been ill for several days.

My Weekend picture - Astrid Chapel in Küssnacht, Switzerland

Exactly 80 years ago, on August 29th. 1935, Astrid of Sweden,
Queen Consort of Belgium, died in a car accident in Küssnacht, Switzerland.

A memorial chapel was built at the accident scene. I could visit this place full
of tragic history in 2010 during a visit to Switzerland.

Küssnacht is situated at the north shore of the lake Lucerne and it is really a
nice and quiet municipality. The Astrid Chapel was for me the main reason
to visit this beautiful place.

Me near the Astrid Chapel on a rainy day in Küssnacht

Another view of the chapel

There are a lot of traces which refer to the Belgian Royal Family.

And of course there is a memorial plate too.

Today King Philippe of the Belgians, grandson of Queen Astrid, 
 will attend a service in this Astrid Chapel, to remember her tragic 
death 80 years ago.

If you want to know more about this Swedish Princess, who became 
Queen of the Belgians, read my Today in History of two years ago
on my blog or on this link.