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This is the most famous lady in the history of centuries-old castle Ksiaz, unusual in terms of grace and beauty, but also the merits of the castle and the surrounding area, including special relation to the Poles.

 Her name is Duchess Maria Teresa Olivia Hochberg von Pless, born June 28, 1873 year, known as Daisy - English aristocrat connected with the palace in Pszczyna and castle in Książ, eldest daughter of Colonel William Cornwallis-West, the owner of the castle Ruthin and estate Newlands and Mary Adelaide from the home of Fitz-Patrick. She spent all her happy childhood in the Ruthin Castle in North Wales and in manor house in Newlands. She was closely associated with the court of King Edward VII and George V, relative to the major aristocratic houses of Great Britain. Her brother George was the stepfather of Winston Churchill. Was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world of aristocratic those times. Her fate with the house of Hochberg intertwined during the masked ball issued by the Prince of Wales, when she met her future, eleven years older husband, Hans Heinrich XV, Prince of Pless.

8th of December 1891, (after one year from the first meeting) eighteen year old Daisy married wealthy Prince Hans Heinrich XV Pless Hochberg. Wedding took place at London's Westminster Abbey, and the witness was Edward, Prince of Wales. The wedding was very impressive (Hochberg Family was the third richest family in Germany and the seventh richest in Europe), echoed in the wide world with the political and aristocratic guests from all parts of Europe. After the wedding ceremony Daisy and her husband went on our honeymoon around the world. After that she came to the Ksiaz, when she felt at this point like a princess from a fairy tale: she had her own castle, own service, beautiful costumes, rich husband and... Terribly far from her native home in England. Young Hochbergs welcomed in Książ richest of the world. Benefited from their hospitality e.g. Tsar Nicholas I and his wife, Emperor Franz Joseph, Archduke Francis Charles, Greek Queen Margaret, and Polish dignitaries - Prince Anthony Radziwill with his wife Eliza and daughters, Princess Isabella Czartoryska, Roman Potocki and also late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. With time, however; travel and gifts ran out. The Duchess had to return to Pszczyna, another Hochberg's estate, and prince took up the affairs of the state and devoted less and less time to her. Daisy was not feeling well in the Pszczyna, embarrassed with ubiquitous service. During the marriage of Daisy and Duke four children were born: daughter, who died as an infant and three sons: John, Alexander (converted to Catholicism, received Polish citizenship, and during World War II he was an officer at the side of General Sikorski in the Anders Army) and Konrad, called Bolek. Unfortunately, the happiness did not last long. In the period of the First World War, Pszczyna was the headquarters of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and John Henry was his personal adjutant. Meanwhile, Princess and her sons, for security reasons, were living in Berlin. Newspaper accused Daisy of spying for England, and her husband did not put in for his English wife. However; During the First World War worked as a Red Cross sister in the hospital trains on the fronts of the Serbian, French and Austrian, and in the hospital. After World War I in 1923, Daisy finally divorced her husband. She was then 50 years old. Prince John Henry married a young Spanish aristocrat Clothilde Candanamo Silva y, and he emigrated to France. The similarity of beauty, views and fate made that people often compare Daisy to Princess Diana. In 1938, John Henry XV dies. One year later, the cruel period of World War II starts. The outbreak of war found Princess Daisy in the castle Książ. She was probably suffered from multiple sclerosis. Duchess after coming to power of the Nazis and Hitler did not give up to praise his policy. Along with his sons opposed totalitarianism of Hitler, which resulted in tragic consequences for them. Among other things, Princess Daisy has lost one of his sons as a result of cruel interrogation. At the end of the war, she tried to help prisoners of the Gross Rosen concentration camp, providing them with food parcels. In 1941, the authorities of the Third Reich decided to confiscate the property, which was under a huge debt. The Duchess had to leave the castle.

Expelled from the castle by the Nazis, died June 29, 1943 year in a villa near the palace Czetritzów in Wałbrzych. Cause of death was probably cardiac arrest. The most famous lady in the history of Ksiaz Castle passed away at the age of 70.

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