Armgard von Cramm

Princess Armgard of Lippe-Biesterfeld and Castle Warmelo

Armgard von Cramm was born on 18 December 1883 as the daughter of Baron Aschwin von Sierstorpff-Cramm and Baroness Hedwig von Sierstorpff-Driburg. Her first marriage was on 24 October 1905 to Count Bodo von Oeynhausen, but they remained childless and divorced in 1908. On 4 March 1909, she remarried to Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, which was considered [read more]


Oud-Amelisweerd – A Home for a King

Oud-Amelisweerd in the Netherlands doesn’t really look like it has much of a royal connection. It was built in the 13th century, but it was destroyed by French troops in 1672. It wasn’t rebuilt until 1770. It passed through noble hands before being sold to King Louis Napoleon of Holland in 1808. He held the [read more]

Elisabeth in Bavaria

Royal Bags Exhibition

Who knew there was even such a thing as a bag and purse museum? I certainly didn’t! This particular one even has a special exhibition on royal bags, which even includes some historical women such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queens Wilhelmina and Juliana. The exhibition itself is rather small, but the museum itself [read more]

Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Anna Pavlovna, a Colourful Queen – Exhibition

Last week I went to the opening of the “Anna Pavlovna, a Colourful Queen”-exhibition, though for the Loo Palace most of the attention was focused on Queen Máxima, who came to open the exhibition. The actual exhibition appeared to be rather an afterthought and I found myself wandering around as we waited for a photo [read more]