Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Château Villandry – A right royal visit

Villandry is perhaps the least royalty related in this series about my trip to France. Before the current château was built there stood a fortress on this site where the Paix de Colombier was signed in 1189. The current château was built in 1536 by Jean le Breton, who was a finance minister under King [read more]

sophia hanover
Anne Queen of Great Britain

Sophia of Hanover – Heiress of Great Britain

Sophia of Hanover was born on 14 October 1630 in The Hague, the Netherlands, where her exiled parents, Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James VI and I and Anne of Denmark and Frederick V, Elector Palatine, lived. She was christened on 30 January 1631 in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague, where only three days earlier her elder sister Princess Charlotte [read more]