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Prince William, Polish?

Historian Jerzy Łapo from the Museum of Folk Culture in Węgorzewo in Masuria, northern Poland, claims that Prince William, who was made the Duke of Cambridge after his wedding a few days ago, has roots in a family which lived in Masuria for centuries.

Having studied the family tree of the Lehndorff family, who thought of themselves as Prussian and who are related to the British royal family, historian Dr. Łapo has established that Maria Eleonora von Lehndorff, born 1723 in Steinort (Sztynort), near Węgorzewo, was among the ancestors of Prince William.

Her grandson, the King of Denmark Christian IX, was the Prince William’s great, great grandfather.

The collection at the museum in Węgorzewo includes a 17th-century tombstone with the likeness of Meinhard von Lehndorff, a local dignitary who served in the army of the Polish King Sigismund the Third Vasa. He was Prince William’s grandfather with the preceding word ‘great’ repeated as many as nine times.

According to Dr. Łapo, Meinhard von Lehndorff’s face had a resemblance to the new Duke of Cambridge.

The Sztynort Palace, which was the family’s property until the end of World War Two, is now owned by the Polish-German Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Sites. There are plans to bring the palace to its former splendour.

The management of the Museum of Folk Culture in Węgorzewo hopes to bring the history of the Lehndorff family to the attention of the newly-weds and boost tourism to the region.

May 3, 2011 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prince Charles looking for a Royal wedding present ???

KRAKOW TOURS – There have been reports this week that Prince Charles is about to add another palace to his already large list of properties after taking a fancy to a 16th century gothic castle in rural Silesia.

According to both Polska Times and Gazeta Wroclawska, after purchasing Bozkow Palace, the Prince intends to use it as a holiday retreat and let it out for the remaining part of the year.

However, Clarence House have so far denied the news, despite reports from Polska Times that his attention was first drawn to the building whilst on an official visit to Poland last March.

The estate currently belongs to Poland’s Ministry of Education, which is desperate to be rid of the dilapidated buildings and horrendous maintenance bills.

According to historian Wojciech Wagner, the Prince came across the castle through one of his official reports. “After hearing he wanted to get involved in rescuing declining properties, we decided to prepare a report in English for him to read.” We decided to do as much as possible to draw his interest to our region, so that is how he came across Bozkow Palace.”

But according to Elizabeth von Kuster, the head of the Foundation for the Preservation of Silesian Culture, “it’s not only hoards of birds and wild animals that will need to be removed from the buildings’ ruins. There are currently nine families living in the remains of this mansion. In order to restore this place to its former glory we need to vacate the whole palace and that means finding them new accommodation,”

She says.

“But we are confident we can do this and are already working with the Agricultural Property Agency and local authorities.”

November 29, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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