Monday, September 15, 2008
Duke Paul of Oldenburg in Chicago
The Institute of Christ the King announces that HH Duke Paul of Oldenburg (b. 1969) will be in Chicago as the guest of honor at a September 27 recital by tenor Trevor Mitchell to benefit the Institute's restoration of its church there, the Shrine of Christ the King. Duke Paul, the son of Duke Friedrich of Oldenburg and Princess Marie Cecilie of Prussia (herself a great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II and great-great-granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II), is a convert to Catholicism and a supporter of the Latin mass. He and his wife, the former Maria del Pilar Mendez de Vigo y Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (whose father is descended from the secret second marriage of Queen Maria Cristina of Spain) have four young children, whose ancestry I've posted here. This looks like a very special event; it's not too often that royalty, classical music, and traditional Catholicism converge in the United States. I encourage any monarchists in the Chicago area to attend.