Elizabeth Feodorovna
Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

The murder of Elizabeth Feodorovna

Elizabeth of Hesse and by Rhine was born on 1 November 1864 as the second child of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and Alice of the United Kingdom. She was known as Ella in her family. Tragedy struck for the first time in 1878 when diphtheria killed Elizabeth’s youngest sister Marie on 16 November [read more]

Sophie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

Princess Sophie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach’s suicide

Sophie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach was born as the only daughter of Prince William of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and Princess Gerta of Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach on 25 July 1888. Her parents weren’t very wealthy, and the family lived in Heidelberg, where they mainly lived off funds from the Weimar court. Sophie was quite popular in the city, [read more]

breda
Anna of Lorraine

The Grote Kerk of Breda

This is the Church of Our Lady at Breda, The Netherlands. It’s perhaps better known simply as the Great or Grote Kerk / Church because it’s now a protestant church.  There was actually a wedding happening here later in the day, so it was a bit decorated on the inside. It’s a seriously beautiful church, and entrance [read more]

marble palace
Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schloss Cecilienhof & The Marble Palace

Schloss Cecilienhof is now perhaps best known as the place of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Before that, it was the home of Crown Princess Cecilie and Crown Prince William. Construction began in 1914 after the Marble Palace proved inadequate for them. The two palaces are about 1 kilometre apart. Crown Princess Cecilie As you [read more]