Aliya bint Ali

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Iraq

The Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq was founded on 23 August 1921 following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Mesopotamian campaign of the First World War. Its first King was Faisal I who was also King of the Arab Kingdoms of Syria or Greater Syria in 1920. He had been married to Huzaima bint Nasser since 1904. She was thus the first [read more]

Book Reviews

Darling Queen, Dear Old Bones (edited) by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes Book Review

This book presents a remarkable collection of letters from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880–1962) and her governess, Elizabeth Saxton Winter (1855–1936), an Englishwoman. The earliest letters are those of a child, sent to Miss Winter when she was on holiday in England, but after Wilhelmina’s education was finished in 1896 and she had no [read more]