The Royal Women

The baptism of the future Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, or Princess Alexandrina Victoria as she was to be known before taking the throne, was baptised into the Church of England in the Cupola Room of Kensington Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Manners-Sutton. The private affair, ordered by the Prince Regent (George III’s son, the Prince of Wales and later King [read more]

The Year of Queen Victoria (2019)

Victoria’s first morning as Queen

Kensington Palace shared this video about a fascinating document now on display as part of Victoria: A Royal Childhood, and Victoria’s first morning as Queen from experts Claudia Williams and Victoria Iglikowski. The document is on loan from The National Archives.

The Royal Women

Queen Victoria’s devotion to the Munshi

On 23 June 1887, two Indians served Queen Victoria breakfast in Frogmore House at Windsor. Queen Victoria was enchanted by the younger of the two – Abdul Karim. He would go on to serve her for over a decade. Abdul Karim was born in 1863 to Haji Mohammed Waziruddin, and he was just 13 years [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News July 2019

Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly’s Royal Wedding Hardcover –23 July 2019 (US & UK) Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique [read more]

Dutch Republic 1581 - 1795

Princesses of Orange – Éléonore de Bourbon

Éléonore de Bourbon was born on 30 April 1587 as the daughter of Henri I de Bourbon and his second wife, Charlotte Catherine de la Tremoille. Her father was a first cousin of King Henry IV of France, and thus she was closely connected to the French court. She had a half-sister from her father’s [read more]