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Anne of Austria was then twenty-six or twenty-seven years of age; that is to say, she was in the full splendor of her beauty. (…) her eyes, which cast the brilliancy of emeralds, were perfectly beautiful, and yet were at the same time full of sweetness and majesty. Her mouth was small and rosy; and although her underlip, like that of all princes of the House of Austria, protruded slightly beyond the other, it was eminently lovely in its smile, but as profoundly disdainful in its contempt. Her skin was admired for its velvety softness; her hands and arms were of surpassing beauty, all the poets of the time singing them as incomparable. Lastly, her hair, which, from being light in her youth, had become chestnut, and which she wore curled very plainly, and with much powder, admirably set off her face.
At the beginning of June 2017, Prince Dimitri Galitzine married Ms Alexandra Pollitt at the Russian Orthodox Church in Brussels. The wedding reception was held at Chateau de Terblock, in the Sonian Forest, at the south-eastern edge of Brussels, Belgium.
Prince Dimitri is the son of Prince Peter Galitzin (a descendant of Tsarina Eudoxia Feodorovna Lopukhina, first wife of Peter I of Russia) and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (daughter of Archduke Rodolf of Austria, who is the last son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Empress Zita, née HRH Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma).
Images: Point de vou - Courtesy of Violaine Le Hardÿ de Beaulieu
11 Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este with Archduke and Archduchess Simeon of Austria 12 Archduchess Rodolf of Austria with Princesses Tatiana, Alexandra, Maria and Xenia Galitzine 13
Archduke and Archduchess Simeon of Austria
14 Prince and Princess Dimitri Galitzine 15 Countess Maximiliana d’Arco-Zinneberg and Prince Joachim of Belgium 16 Prince Ioann Galitzine and Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg 17 Prince Joseph of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Antonia of Austria 18 Countess Diane of Nassau and his husband Prince Jean of Luxembourg 19 Prince Nicolas of Liechtenstein with Prince and Princesse of Ligne
Crown Prince Rudolf, the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, was born on 21 August 1858. In 1889, he died in a alleged suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera at the Mayerling hunting lodge. His death had a devastating effect on the already compromised marriage of the Imperial couple and interrupted the security inherent in the immediate line of Habsburg dynastic succession. As Rudolf had no sons, his cousin Archduke Franz Ferdinand eventually became the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand lead to Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia, starting World War I.
On 17 December 1778, Carlo Tito had died at the age of 3. Unfortuantely another tragedy was to hit Maria Carolina’s family. On 21 February 1780, she found herself saying goodbye to little Marianna. Since the Queen was pregnant again, she wanted to be convinced that the vital spirit of her daughter had relocated itself into Gennaro, born shortly afterwards on 12 April. She felt she had to live with resignation, like many other women, the inevitable alteration of life and death.
Pregnant again, on 18 June, 1781, the Queen gave birth to Prince Giuseppe, and, on 26 April the following year, Princess Amalia was born in Caserta.
The Diary of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, 1781-1785: New Evidence of Queenship at Court - Cinzia Recca