Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Queen Victoria in her Journal – 28 March 1884

Queen Victoria in her Journal – 28 March 1884 Another awful blow has fallen upon me and all of us today. My beloved Leopold, that bright, clever son, who had so many times recovered from such fearful illnesses, and from various small accidents, has been taken from us. To lose another dear child, far from me, [read more]

Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont – The young widow

This article was written by Holly Sennett. Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont was born on 17 February 1861 as the daughter of George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont and Princess Helena of Nassau. Both of Helena’s parents could trace their descent back to the eldest daughter of King George II – Anne, Princess [read more]

Alice of Albany

Kensington Palace – A grand royal residence

The magnificent Kensington Palace was once a two-story mansion built by Sir George Coppin in 1605. It was purchased by Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham in 1619 and it then became known as Nottingham House. Joint monarch William and Mary began to search for a new residence, and they purchased Nottingham House from the [read more]