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Alice of the United Kingdom

A Palace fit for a Queen – Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is perhaps one of the most recognizable landmarks. The building dates from 1703 when it was named Buckingham House. It was owned by the Duke of Buckingham until King George III purchased it for his growing family with Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Most of their children were born there, including Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth of [read more]

Isabella Clare Eugenia of Spain

The remains of Coudenberg Palace

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [read more]

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Astrid of Sweden

Scenes from the Royal Palace of Brussels

A few weeks ago I was in Brussels for the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, but while I was walking towards the station, I remembered that the Royal Palace is also open during the summer months. It’s pretty close to Brussels Central station, and I walked there. It’s quite an imposing palace, and [read more]

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Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schloss Cecilienhof & The Marble Palace

Schloss Cecilienhof is now perhaps best known as the place of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Before that, it was the home of Crown Princess Cecilie and Crown Prince William. Construction began in 1914 after the Marble Palace proved inadequate for them. The two palaces are about 1 kilometre apart. Crown Princess Cecilie As you [read more]