Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was born on 25 November 1876 as the daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. She was thus a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She was born in the San Antonio Palace on Malta, which was her parents’ official winter residence. [read more]
On the square of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alapaevsk a monument to Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (born Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine) was unveiled. The Grand Duchess is a martyr and as such the monument was also consecrated by Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. Read more about the Grand Duchess here.
A reliquary with the right hand of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna will be brought to St. Petersburg from 5 May to 11 May. It is being brought over to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which eventually led to Elizabeth’s death a year later. It will remain at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of [read more]
Sculptor Alexander Kokoteev has presented his 3,5-metre statue of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (née Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine). It is made from clay and is set to be completed and revealed as a full monument at the end of June 2017. She was born in 1864 as the daughter of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of [read more]
Elizabeth of Hesse and by Rhine was born on 1 November 1864 as the second child of Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and Alice of the United Kingdom. She was known as Ella in her family. Tragedy struck for the first time in 1878 when diphtheria killed Elizabeth’s youngest sister Marie on 16 November [read more]
Many royal women sought a religious life, especially after the deaths of their husbands or even from their early childhood. I have compiled a list, probably incomplete, of many of those female saints. Adelaide of Italy Adelaide was born around 931 and she was respectively Queen of Italy as the wife of Lothair II of [read more]