City Palace Ostend – The Death of the Queen

Ostend in Belgium seems like an unlikely place for a palace. From 1834, the palace in Ostend was made available as a summer residence for King Leopold I and his second wife, Louise of Orléans. The house is perhaps best remembered as the place where Louise died of tuberculosis. She was often in ill-health and [read more]


Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna – Temporary Russian regent of Greece

Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia was born on 3 September 1851 to Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaevich of Russia and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg in Pavlovsk Palace close to St Petersburg, Russia. She was their second child and elder daughter; she was also the granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I. After a visit by 17-year-old King George I of Greece (son of King [read more]


Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Montenegro

The Kingdom of Montenegro was proclaimed on 28 August 1910 by Prince Nicholas of Montenegro, who had ruled the Principality of Montenegro since 1860. Thus he became King Nicholas I of Montenegro. He had been married to Milena Vukotić since 1860 and she became the first and last Queen consort of Montenegro. Montenegro joined the First [read more]