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At the height of their power, the Habsburg family ruled nearly two-thirds of the European continent, but their reign came to end nearly a century ago. Although they are not reigning any longer, there are over a hundred people living today entitled to call themselves Archduke of Austria. What has become of them?
He defied an Emperor to be with her. She found the love she had been seeking in his arms. Their passion would ignite the imagination of an Empire.
It sounds like a promotion for the latest romance novel, but this story is no work of fiction.
No royal family has captured the imagination or inspired dreams dripping in diamonds like the Imperial House of Russia, the Romanoffs. For most, their story ended in that damp and musty cellar in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. But that was only the end of one chapter.
So you think you know the story of the Drane family in the United States? Guess again!
Anyone who has researched the Drane/Drain family has probably come across some version of the story of Sir James Anthony Drane, a cousin of Lord Baltimore, who sent his several sons to the new colony of Maryland on the ships, the Ark and the Dove. It is a most noble story of our august forebears who founded a new nation (with a little help from the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, etc.) Such a pity none of it is true.
In the 21st century, most people know the life story of young Prince William who one day will be King. But what about the last King William? King William IV reigned from 1830 – 1837 and came to the Throne with a full family of children. However, none were by his wife. Who was this brood of illegitimate children and what became of them?