Gunilla Bielke

Gunilla Bielke – A controversial Queen

This article was written by Sophie Strid. Gunilla Bielke was born Gunilla Johansdotter Bielke of Åkerö on 25 June 1568. The daughter of a former governor, Gunilla was orphaned at an early age and raised at the royal court. She spent her days playing with the King of Sweden’s daughter and would eventually become maid-of-honor [read more]

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Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein

Doorn House – A home for an exiled Emperor and Empress

After Emperor Wilhelm II’s abdication in 1918, he and his wife, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, went into exile in the Netherlands where he finally settled in this manor house in Doorn, called Huis Doorn. Wilhelm was married to Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein until her death in 1921. She was the daughter of Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Adelheid of [read more]

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The Stone in Antwerp

The Stone is a medieval fortress which was built in the early middle ages. At that time it was known as the Antwerpen Burcht (fortress). When Charles V rebuilt it in 1520 it was known as ‘s Heerens Steen (The King’s Stone) and it later became just The Stone. The Stone is located on the [read more]