Catherine the Great

Empresses of All Russia – Catherine II

The future Empress Catherine II of Russia was born as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg as the daughter of Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst and Princess Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp on 2 May 1729. She arrived in Russia in 1744 as the prospective bride of the future Peter III of Russia. At the time Russia [read more]

Mary I of England

Queen Mary I – Wyatt’s Rebellion

The question of Mary’s marriage arose before she was even in London. Mary would have been happy to remain single, and a virgin, but she wished to secure the succession with a Catholic heir. She did consider several English contenders, but in the end, she could not marry a subject. She would marry Philip of [read more]

Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha – Duchess of Västerbotten

Sibylla Calma Marie Alice Bathildis Feodora was born on 18 January 1908 in Gotha, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (now Germany) at Friedenstein Castle. Her parents were Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. Sibylla had one older brother, Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; two younger brothers, Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Friedrich Josias, Prince of [read more]

Maria Nikolaevna of Russia

Patriarch Kirill says that examination into the relics of Nicholas II’s children Alexei and Maria will soon be completed

The examination of the relics (or bones) of Emperor Nicholas II’s children Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Marie will soon be over, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said. “We came to agreement with the state authorities that we will make all examinations one more time as from our point of view the expertise [read more]