Mary Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

Princesses of Orange – Mary, Princess Royal

Mary was the daughter of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France, and she was also the first bearer of the title, ‘Princess Royal’. The title was created by Henrietta Maria who wished to imitate the French ‘Madame Royale’ style. Mary was born on 4 November 1631 at St. James’s Palace as the eldest [read more]

The Netherlands before 1581

The unknown Countess Othilde

Dirk V, Count of Holland was driven from his lands with his mother around 1070 but just a few years later, the lands would be restored to him with the help of his stepfather. He could now finally take up his rightful place as Count of Holland. He probably tried to find a wife in [read more]

England

The coronation of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria’s coronation took place on Thursday, 28 June 1838 in Westminster Abbey; she had become monarch at the age of 18 on 20 June 1837 upon the death of her uncle King William IV. Following tradition, the coronation ceremony was in London’s Westminster Abbey and took place after Queen Victoria left Buckingham Palace in the [read more]

Louise de Coligny

Princesses of Orange – Louise de Coligny

Louise de Coligny was the fourth and final wife of William, Prince of Orange. Louise was born on 23 September 1555 at Castle Châtillon-sur-Long as the second child, and first daughter of Gaspard de Coligny and Charlotte de Laval. She had four brothers and a half-sister. She was only two years old when her father, [read more]

Flanders

Gertrude of Saxony – Twice a Countess

Gertrude of Saxony was born circa 1030 as the daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and Eilika of Schweinfurt. Gertrude married Floris I, Count of Holland around 1050 and they had at least six children together. Their children were Dirk (later Count of Holland), Bernhard (died young), Eilika (died young), Othilde (died young), Bertha and [read more]