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]

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Albertine Agnes of Nassau

Tomb of the Frisian Nassau Women

As you may remember I went to Leeuwarden a while back and visited the Jacobijner Church where the family tomb of the Frisian Nassau’s is. Unfortunately, at the time, there was a service going on so I couldn’t go inside. However, the opening of the Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel year actually took place inside this [read more]

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Anne Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

Opening of the Marie Louise Year & Two Exhibtions

On 9 April I attended the opening of the Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel year in Leeuwarden. Marie Louise died on 9 April 1765 and this year is the 250th anniversary of her death. She was regent twice, first for her son who was born two months after his father’s death and second for her grandson [read more]