Eleanor of Woodstock

The Marriage of Eleanor – Daughter of Edward II

This article was written by Hannah Pym. Eleanor, the eldest daughter of Edward II, was betrothed to Reginald, Count (later Duke) of Guelders in March of 1332, at the age of thirteen.  By May later that year, she departed England, and her wedding took place at Nijmegen on 22nd May 1332, just before her fourteenth [read more]

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – From Lady to Duchess (Part 1)

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was born on 4 August 1900 as the 9th of 10 children born to Claude Bowes-Lyon, then Lord Glamis and later 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and his wife, Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck. From birth until 1904, she was known as The Honourable Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and after her father became Earl, she was known [read more]

France

The Bonaparte Women – Marie Louise of Austria

Marie Louise of Austria was born on 12 December 1791 as the daughter of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily at the Hofburg in Vienna. As she grew up, she was taught to resent all things French. Her grandmother Maria Carolina was the sister of Marie Antoinette, the French Queen who was guillotined. [read more]

France

Madame de Maintenon – Louis XIV’s secret wife

This article was written by Holly Sennett. Early Life Françoise d’Aubigné was born on the 27th of November 1635 in France. The daughter of an incarcerated Huguenot, Françoise had a relatively modest upbringing. Young Françoise was educated as a Protestant, despite being baptised in her mother’s Catholic faith. Throughout her childhood and formative years, Françoise’s [read more]

Russia

The Romanovs and the War to End All Wars

The start of the First World War also called “The Great War” or “War to End All Wars”, officially began in 1914 with a royal-related event that set the war in motion. The catalyst for World War One began on 28 June 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand (heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne) and his wife were assassinated riding [read more]

Christina of Holstein-Gottorp

Swedish royal regalia stolen from Strängnäs Cathedral

Two royal crowns belonging to King Charles IX of Sweden and his wife Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, as well as a royal orb, have been from Strängnäs Cathedral yesterday afternoon. The two crowns were actually burial crowns and were interred with the King and Queen until they were exhumed and put on display. King Charles IX reigned [read more]