Your Excellencies,

I am extremely saddened to announce that our Grand Master’s mother, H.E. Beatrice von Hardenberg, Countess Von Hardenberg and Princess Zu Furstenberg, passed away this morning in Marbella (Spain).

She was born on 28 June 1947 and raised with her two brothers at Donaueschingen Castle in the Black Forest (Germany). The daughter of Count Eberhard Kurt Wilhelm von Hardenberg and Princess Maria Josepha Egona Sofia Wilhelmine Joachima Maximiliane Friederike zu Furstenberg.

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The Governance Working Committee of the Order communicates with great sorrow and pain the passing away of Her Excellency Mrs. Cristina Elena de Borbón von Hardenberg, Dame Grand Cross of Justice of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, sister of the L Grand Master and daughter of the Grand Master Emeritus, His Excellency the Duke of Seville.

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ARMISTICE DAY or REMEMBRANCE DAY (traditionally the 11th day of the 11 month in commemoration of the official cessation of hostilities in World War One) is a day when people around the world pause for a moment to remember those who have fallen in armed conflict.

In South Africa, the City of Cape Town annually hosts a large public parade and multi-faith service to commemorate those people of all nationalities who have paid the supreme sacrifice. This is not only members of armed forces, but also for those civilians who have lost their lives in times of war and insurrection.

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Saturday September 29, 2019 was a special day for the Order and for Italy as the newest Jurisdiction of the Order was inaugurated in Monreale.  The Ecclesiastical Grand Prior, Archbishop Mgr. Michele Pennisi, presided and the Grand Master Emeritus, HRH the Duke of Seville, installed the new Grand Bailiff,  HE Chev. Pino Zingale. 

The ceremony was preceded by a Vigil the previous evening for the 30 postulants joining the Order.

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