Jerusalem

Queens Regnant – Sibylla of Jerusalem

Sibylla was born circa 1160 as the daughter of Agnes of Courtenay and Amalric I of Jerusalem. She was raised by her great-aunt Ivota of Bethany, who was the sister of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem. By 1174 she was the subject of marriage negotiations. Sibylla had two siblings, a younger brother Baldwin who was sickly [read more]

Elena of Montenegro

Queens in White – Privilège du blanc

The Privilège du Blanc is the honour of wearing a white dress and matching mantilla in the presence of the Pope. This honour is only accorded to certain Catholic monarchs. Normally women are required to wear a long black dress with a high collar and long sleeves, with a black mantilla during an audience with [read more]

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Mary I of England

The King’s Window

On a cold and dreary day, I travelled to Gouda, near The Hague in the Netherlands to look at a church with some very impressive windows. I can hear you thinking, why are these windows so special? Well, they’ve survived for almost 500 years, and that’s quite impressive. Most of the church’s stained glass windows [read more]

Christina of Sweden

The Girl King (2015) Movie Review

Christina of Sweden was famously portrayed by Greta Garbo in the 1933 movie Queen Christina, which was not historically correct, but is still a favourite movie of mine. Last year Sweden took another stab at Queen Christina, whose life and decision to abdicate the throne still fascinates us today. In the 2015 movie The Girl [read more]

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Isabella II of Spain

Queens Regnant – Isabella II of Spain

Isabella was born in Madrid on 10 October 1830 as the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand VII of Spain and his fourth wife, who was also his niece, Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Her father had been married three times before, but he had only had two short-lived children with his second wife. His first [read more]