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The Year of Queen Victoria (2019)

Queen Victoria & Baroness Lehzen

Johanna Clara Louise Lehzen was born on 3 October 1784, and she is most remembered as the governess and companion of Queen Victoria. Louise Lehzen was born in Hanover as the daughter of Joachim Friedrich Lehzen who was a Lutheran pastor and his wife, Melusine Palm. Louise was the youngest of the couple’s nine children, [read more]

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz – The obedient wife

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was born on 19 May 1744 as the daughter of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and his wife Princess Elizabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen. She came from a poor and tiny German duchy, which was ruled by her uncle at the time of her birth and later by her brother.  Due to her low prospects, she [read more]

Amelia of Great Britain

“A parcel of old maids” – The daughters of George III

This article was written by Eleanor. George III is, perhaps, one of England’s most well-known of monarchs – the famously “Mad King George” who lost America. However, less well-known are the intricacies of his family life, particularly with regards to his six daughters. King George’s feuds with and dislike of his sons, particularly his heir [read more]

Book Reviews

April Book News

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia Hardcover –  April 4, 2016 (US) & May 13, 2016 (UK) Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder.  The Empress [read more]

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Caroline Mathilde of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda’s exile in Celle

Caroline Matilda was born a British princess, as the posthumous daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales on 11 July 1751. She married her cousin Christian VII of Denmark at the age of 15. They married at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen in 1766. Nobody had told her that the bridegroom was mentally ill. She had a [read more]