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The Royal Women

Queen Wilhelmina – The loss of Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had been a province of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since its foundation in 1815 before becoming independent but remaining in personal union with the Kingdom following the Treaty of London of 1839. It consisted of the territory of the duchy of Luxembourg, which had been a state of the [read more]

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Adelheid Marie of Anhalt-Dessau – The first Grand Duchess of an independent Luxembourg

Princess Adelheid Marie of Anhalt-Dessau was born on 25 December 1833 as the daughter of Prince Frederick Augustus of Anhalt-Dessau and Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel. Adelheid was the eldest of three daughters. Her parents were dismissed by Queen Victoria as “very foolish and frivolous people”, but they also happened to be well-connected. Adelheid’s [read more]

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Weilburg Palace – The Princes’ Residence

Weilburg Palace was constructed by Philip III, Count of Nassau-Weilburg from circa 1530. The Orangerie was added 200 years later. The Princes of Nassau-Weilburg used it as their main residence until Charles August, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg moved to Kirchheimbolanden, while the seat of government remained in Weilburg. Princess Therese of Nassau-Weilburg, daughter of William, Duke [read more]