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The Royal Women

Royal Women at the Olympics

Women were first allowed to take part in the 1900 Paris Olympics Games, and since 1991 all new sports wanting to be included must include a women’s event. The first royal woman I found to have joined the Olympics was Queen Sofia of Spain, then still a Princess of Greece and Denmark. She took part [read more]

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Maria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya

The Rape of Tsarevna Xenia Borisovna of Russia

Tsarevna Xenia Borisovna was born in 1582 as the daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov and Maria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya. Her younger brother became Tsar Feodor II of Russia upon the death of their father in 1605. She had several suitors for her hand. Prince Gustav of Sweden arrived in Moscow in 1600, but the engagement was reportedly [read more]