Alexandra of Denmark

Early life at home for Danish sisters Alix and Minnie before becoming Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie Feodorovna (Part two)

*contains affiliate links* This is a guest post by James-Charles Noonan. Read part one here. Alix and Minnie’s father was born Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and in royal circles, he was known simply as Glucksburg. As a minor prince, he was penniless and totally without prospects, but his family had origins in the two coveted [read more]

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Royal News

The wedding of Grand Duke George of Russia and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini

Russia got a taste of its former Imperial splendour this week as the only son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, head of the House of Romanov (disputed), Grand Duke George Mikhailovich married his long-time girlfriend, Rebecca Bettarini. She took the name Victoria Romanovna upon her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy. George is the great-great-great-grandson [read more]

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great – The coup that made her Empress in her own right (Part three)

Read part two here. As Empress Elizabeth’s health deteriorated, Catherine found herself pregnant with Gregory Orlov’s child, and she began to seclude herself. Peter was already talking of repudiating her and Catherine did not want to fuel the fire by appearing in public while pregnant. On 3 January 1762, Empress Elizabeth suffered a massive stroke, [read more]