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Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Queen Wilhelmina – Her first speech from the throne

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands’ first official act after all the inauguration celebrations was her speech from the throne on Prinsjesdag (Literal translation: Little Prince’s Day) on 20 September 1898. During Queen Wilhelmina’s minority, her mother had handled the speech from the throne. Queen Wilhelmina had attended the 1897 speech from the throne with her [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News October 2020

Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV’s France  Hardcover – 22 October 2020 (US & UK) The rise to power of Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719), a queen in all but name, was nothing short of extraordinary. Born into poverty and ignominy, she used her intellect, charisma, and connections to [read more]

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Anne Neville

Isabel Neville – The forgotten Duchess

Isabel Neville was born on 5 September 1451 at Warwick Castle as the elder daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker), and Anne de Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick in her own right. She was joined in the nursery by a younger sister named Anne (later Queen as the wife of King [read more]