Over the years I have written several articles for magazines, mainly magazines specializing in royalty and history.

In this portfolio you can have a quick glance at examples of articles I have written. They mainly deal with royal weddings, but I also have written a few somewhat more historical articles.



Royalty Digest Quarterly, 4/2016, pagina 1-4

An Albanian Royal Wedding ... with many Royal Guests
Albania? What are you going to do in Albania? This was the often heard question I got in the weeks before leaving for the wedding of Crown Prince Leka II of the Albanians and Elia Zaharia. Do they really have a royal house there? Were they ever a monarchy? Yes, they were! The monarchic tradition of Albania is very ancient [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 16.5, Issue XCV, October 2013, pages 18-21

A Day Full of Joy for the Dutch Royal Family. The Wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma and Viktória Cservenyák
The announcement of the wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma and Viktória Cservenyák on 12 August 2013 came at an unfortunate moment, as within hours after the happy announcement the Dutch Royal Family announced the death of his cousin Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau. But the engagement itself came somewhat of a surprise [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 15.6, Issue XC, December 2012, pages 19-22

A Royal Wedding in Sunny Luxembourg. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Marries Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy
It is hard to believe, but with the marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, we have seen the last "immediate heir" to a European throne marry. In the past years we have been spoiled with big royal weddings within the reigning royal houses in Europe. The Prince of Wales married lady Diana Spencer in 1981. The Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein married in 1993, "ebenbürtigly" even, with Duchess Sophie in Bavaria [...]


European Royal History Journal, Volume 15.5, Issue LXXXIX, October 2012, pages 10-11

A Romantic Wedding to a Dutchman for Duchess Rixa of Oldenburg
Duchess Rixa of Oldenburg married Dutchman Stephan Sanders on 13 October 2012 at the romantic Nienstedtener Church in Hamburg, Germany. The weather forecast wasn't very good, but luckily for the bridal couple in the end there was no rain, and although it was not very warm, the sun kept on shining almost the entire day. The church was decorated with white and pink flowers [...]



Royalty Digest Quarterly, 4/2011, pages 55-57

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (1911-2004). A long and interesting life
"Why did you have the idiot idea to marry me?", Queen Juliana asked her husband Prince Bernhard in a television interview on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1987. Indeed, Bernhard wasn't the most obvious choice for the Dutch heiress to the throne. Prince Bernhard Leopold Friedrich Eberhard Julius Kurt Karl Gottfried Peter zur Lippe-Biesterfeld was born somewhat more than 100 years ago - at Jena, Germany, on 29 June 1911 - the son of Prince Bernhard zur Lippe (1872-1934) and his wife Baroness Armgard von Sierstorpff-Cramm (1883-1971) [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 13.5, Issue LXXVII, October 2010, pages 19-22

Wedding Bells in Brussels. The Duke of Parma Weds Ms. Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel
The wedding of Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma, and Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel was supposed to have been a late summer event, but in the end became a sunny wedding in the late autumn. The period between the civil wedding at Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands, on 12 June 2010, and the religious wedding at the Abbaye de la Cambre in Brussels-Elsene, Belgium, on 20 November 2010 was one of great sadness [...]



Royalty Digest Quarterly, 3/2009, page 63

Book Review: Het Koninklijk Fotoalbum. Oranje in beeld in de twintigste eeuw
"Het Koninklijk Fotoalbum. Oranje in beeld in de twintigste eeuw" (The Royal Photograph Album. Orange in images in the twentieth century) by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes is the long awaited book following ten years of great picture exhibitions in the stables at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. The series of exhibitions started in 2000, covering the years 1900, 1910 to 1990. The last one will last until early 2010, and covers the years 1909, 1919 ... to 1999. Each exhibition showed lots of known and unknown pictures of the Dutch royal family [...]


European Royal History Journal, Volume 12.3, Issue LXIX, June 2009, pages 18-23

The Royal "Traumhochzeit in Coburg
Sunny weather, a beautiful bridal couple, almost five hundred cheerful guests, a carriage with horses, salutes and thousands of onlookers formed the ingredients for the royal wedding of the century in Coburg. It was a real "Traumhochzeit" (dream-wedding) as the Germans say, and Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Kelly Rondestvedt certainly enjoyed the best day of their lives [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 11.6, Issue LXVI, December 2008, pages 19-23

The Wedding of Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria & Count Roldophe de Limburg Stirum
(together with Arturo E. Beéche and Eric Van de Vloet)
News of the engagement of Marie-Christine, eldest daughter of Archduke Carl Christian and his wife, the former Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, herself the eldest child of Grand Duke Jean and his wife, Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium, brought much joy, not only to family members, but also to royal watchers worldwide [...]


Royalty Digest Quarterly, 4/2008, pages 7-11

The Unusual Life of Princess Marianne of the Netherlands
On 9 May 1810 a little daughter was born at the Niederländisches Palais in Berlin to the Prince of Orange and his wife, born Princess Wilhelmina "Mimi" of Prussia. She received the names Wilhelmina Frederica Louise Charlotte Marianne, Marianne being the name by which she was known. She was named after her maternal aunt Princess Marianne of Prussia, born a Princess von Hessen-Homburg. The day after her birth Marianne's father wrote to his eldest son Willem, who had lived in England since 1809: "Our wishes are fulfilled, my dear Willem, Maman has happily given birth yesterday [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 10.4, Issue LVIII, August 2007, pages 38-39

A Sunny Fairytale Wedding in Burgsteinfurt
According to the local newspapers the last big princely fairytale wedding in Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt took place on 7 August 1950 when the present Fürst Christian zu Bentheim und Steinfurt married Countess Sylvia von Pückler. The small town in the west of Germany near the Dutch border had to wait almost 57 years for the next big princely fairytale wedding, the wedding of Hereditary Prince Carl Ferdinand zu Bentheim und Steinfurt and Elna-Margret Rinn [...]


European Royal History Journal, Volume 10.3, Issue LVII, June 2007, pages 34-37

"It Is Easier To Build a Castle, Than To Be Married" - The Wedding of Fürst Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe & Ms Nadja Anna Szoeks
For the second time in fourteen years the small town of Bückeburg - not far from Hanover, Germany - saw a big princely wedding. In an interview with Radio Bremen Fürst Alexander zu Schaumburg-Lippe said that although it was his second marriage and he could have married in a small ceremony, his fiancée Dr. Nadja Anna Zsoeks was marrying for the first time and deserved to have her fairytale wedding. Besides, he wanted the wedding to be for everyone. The people of Bückeburg were delighted with this decision [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 9.3, Issue LI, June 2006, pages 3-5

A Sunny Fairy-Tale Wedding. Prince Philipp of Hesse Marries Ms. Laetitia Bechtolf. Schloß Panker, Holstein, 10 June 2006
Not far from the town of Kiel in the north of Germany, there lies the quiet and picturesque village of Gut Panker, which is situated only a few kilometers from the East Sea. The village has only a few streets and some shops, however, there is a very good hotel-restaurant named Ole Liese, named after the favourite horse of Prince Wilhelm von Hessenstein, an illegitimate son of Landgrave Friedrich of Hesse-Kassel [also King Frederik I of Sweden]. The village is still in the possession of the Landgraves of Hesse. The family regularly resides at the castle of Panker but doesn't live there permanently [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 8.4, Issue XLVI, August 2005, page 19

The Wet Fairy Tale Wedding of H.R.H. Prince Manuel of Bavaria & H.S.H. Princess Anna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
On August 6, a quite rare wedding - one between two royals - took place in Stigtomta, a small village near Nyköping, Södermanland, Sweden. The 32- year-old groom, Prince Manuel of Bavaria, son of Prince Leopold of Bavaria and his wife, the former Ursula Möhlenkamp, married 27-year-old Princess Anna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, daughter of Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Countess Yvonne Wachtmeister af Johannishus. The couple fell in love three years ago during a hunting party given by Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis and became engaged in March 2004 [...]



European Royal History Journal, Volume 7.4, Issue XL, August 2004, pages 18-19

The Wedding of Countess Feodora Rosenborg and Mr. Eric Patte
It was a sunny wedding in Copenhagen! The wedding of Countess Feodora af Rosenborg - daughter of Count Christian af Rosenborg (son of Prince Knud and Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark) and Anne Dorte Maltoft-Nielsen - and Eric Patte, which took place in Copenhagen on July 31, attracted much less attention of both public and press than the wedding of the bride's third cousin Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark to Mary Donaldson last May [...]


European Royal History Journal, Volume 7.2, Issue XXXVIII, April 2004, pages 3-8

The Death of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands
Princess Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Princess van Oranje-Nassau, Duchess of Mecklenburg was born at 6:50 in the morning at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague on April 30, 1909. The little princess was named after her ancestor Countess Juliana zu Stolberg (1506- 1580), mother of Prince Willem of Orange. Juliana was the only child of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and the former Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg- Schwerin, who called her their "Princess Sunshine" [...]



European Royal History Journal, Issue XXXV, October 2003, pages 21-24

Finland: Imperial and Royal Surprise
Finland, land of a thousand lakes as it is sometimes called, was once a part of the Kingdom of Sweden, and after 1809 part of the Russian Empire. It was not until December 6th 1917 that Finland, in the chaos of the Russian revolution, managed to become an independent state, and eventually chose to become a republic. On October 9th 1918, however, after endless parliamentary discussions, the monarchist elements unanimously elected Prince Friedrich Karl of Hesse, a brother-in-law of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the only serious candidate, as their King [...]


European Royal History Journal, Issue XXXIII, June 2003, pages 16-18

A Royal Wedding in Kronberg
I decided to travel to Kronberg im Taunus for the religious wedding of Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus von Hesse and Countess Floria-Franziska von Faber-Castell only one week before the event. Hereditary Prince Heinrich Donatus of Hesse is the eldest son of Landgrave Moritz of Hesse and his former wife, Princess Tatiana zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Donatus, as the prince is called by the family, was born in Kiel, Germany, on October 17, 1966 [...]


Between August 2001 and August 2003 I wrote monthly articles for an online royal magazine called "Royal Watch", a magazine for royal watchers by royal watchers. Some of these are no longer available.

Royal Watch, August 2001
Royal Watch, September 2001
Royal Watch, October 2001
Royal Watch, November 2001
Royal Watch, March 2002
Royal Watch, April 2002
Royal Watch, May 2002
Royal Watch, July 2002
Royal Watch, August 2002
Royal Watch, September 2002
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The Netherlands

Vorsten Royale, April 2001, pages 14-18

Ze zijn er nog, de ongehuwde prinsessen
Prinsen trouwen tegenwoordig meestal met een burgeres. Ergens kun je het hen moeilijk kwalijk nemen. Ze hebben veel meer keus, er zijn geen dynastieke bezwaren (vroeger verloren prinsen hun opvolgingsrecht wanneer ze beneden hun stand trouwden), en er zijn voldoende voorbeelden van succesvolle 'gemengde' huwelijken (Zweden, Noorwegen, Luxemburg). Maar er zijn nog wel degelijk huwbare prinsessen op de wereld. Vorsten voert u mee langs de hoven [...]

The Netherlands

Vorsten Royale, February 2001, pages 34-35

De Koninklijke digitale snelweg
De Europese Vorstenhuizen hebben de afgelopen jaren de voordelen van het Internet ingezien en zijn één voor één 'on-line' gegaan. Vorsten heeft de koninklijke internetsites voor u op een rijtje gezet en met elkaar vergeleken [...]


From June 2000 to June 2001 I wrote a monthly column in the Dutch royal magazine "Vorsten Royale". I wrote about my royal hobby, royal travelling and of course themes that were interesting at the time.


The Netherlands

Vorsten Royale, September 2000, pages 36-38

De creatie van een nieuwe koningin
In België sloeg het nieuws op vrijdag 10 september 1999 in als een bom: prins Filip verloofd! Al twee dagen eerder berichtte de Gazet van Antwerpen dat prins Filip zich zou gaan verloven met Mathilde, de oudste dochter van de heer Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz en gravin Anne Komorowski. [...]

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