Schloss Fasanerie is Hesse's self-proclaimed "most beautiful Baroque palace" - and while it has plenty of Baroque splendour and is undoubtedly beautiful, not knowing a terrible lot about its history in advance, I was slightly surprised by all the Classicist elements to be found inside the palace still owned by the Landgraves of Hesse. Upon learning more, however, this mixture of styles is simply a reflection of the Schloss's varied history that began with the Prince Abbots of Fulda (though I thus do wonder whether I would really describe it as Hesse's most beautiful Baroque palace considering the other architectural elements).
As you can see, it was a rainy day when I visited Fulda a few weeks ago, so please excuse the somewhat hastily taken images. The main challenge of the day was holding the umbrella while taking pictures and not getting the lens full of drops - or simply a Castleholic's triathlon. Luckily, I am a rain-experienced Castleholic and I did man…
The death of Richard Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg earlier this week saw a surge in interest in my take on the (in)famous will of inheritance looming over the family. One point about the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg inheritance that many seem to find especially curious is the fact that the late Prince Richard never actually owned his family's fortune but that it was instead passed from his father - who went missing during World War 2 - to a yet unborn grandson - who was born in 1969 - (or anyone else, really, who would inherit after Prince Richard). The German nobility, however, isn't short of interesting inheritance constructions - case in point: The Thurn und Taxis inheritance.
The Thurn und Taxis family isn't just famous for their fabulous wealth, estimated at around $ 2.5 billion today - even though Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis says it less than a billion - but also for their lifestyle to go along with it. In fact, Princess Gloria of Thurn und Taxis may si…
Today in Hanover, Hereditary Prince Ernst-August of Hanover married Ekaterina Malysheva. Here are some of the guests, in no particular order...
Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden, née Archduchess Valerie of Austria, with their son Prince Michael and his wife Princess Christina of Baden.
Count Friedrich of Ortenburg and his wife Countess Christine, née Baroness of Wangenheim, with their sons Max and Albert, who were two of the page boys.
Count Karl of Solms-Laubach and I presume one of his daughters.
Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo.
Another picture of Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo.
Prince Georg-Friedrich of Prussia and his wife Princess Sophie, née Princess of Isenburg.
Another picture of the couple.
Prince Heinrich of Hanover, uncle of the groom, his wife Princess Thyra, née von Westernhagen, and their sons Prince Albert and Prince Julius.
Another picture of Prince Heinrich and Princess Thyra of Hanover.
Prince Andreas and Princess Alexandra of Leiningen. She is a bo…