Amélie of Leuchtenberg

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Portugal

The Kingdom of Portugal began its life in 1139 when Afonso Henriques, Count of Portugal, was acclaimed King of the Portuguese. House of Burgundy His wife was Matilda or Mafalda of Savoy, who was thus the first Queen of Portugal. They had seven children together, including his successor the future King Sancho I of Portugal. Sancho succeeded his [read more]

Catherine of Austria

Queens Regent – Catherine of Austria

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Catherine of Austria was born on 14 January 1507 as the daughter of Joanna of Castile and Philip I of Castile, who had sadly passed away in September 1506. Joanna was forced into confinement by her [read more]

Marie de' Medici
Joanna of Austria

Queens Regent – Marie de’ Medici

A regent is “a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated.” Marie was born on 26 April 1575 as the daughter of Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Joanna of Austria. She married Henry IV of France in 1600 after Henry’s marriage to [read more]

louvre
Anne of Austria 1549 - 1580

The Louvre & Place de la Concorde

The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum. The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the [read more]