Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

Inside Noordeinde Palace

The history of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands begins with a medieval farmhouse in 1533. This was converted into a spacious residence, which was bought for Louise de Coligny, the widow of William of Orange, in 1595. It was her son who enlarged the house even more and it was then known as [read more]

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Juliana of the Netherlands

Queens Regnant – Juliana of the Netherlands

Juliana was born in The Hague on 30 April 1909 as the only surviving child of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Prince Henry, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Her mother had suffered several miscarriages, and one stillbirth and the relief at the birth of a healthy baby was great. She spent most of her childhood at [read more]

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The Netherlands

Queens Regnant – Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

The future Queen Wilhelmina was born on 31 August 1880 in The Hague as the daughter of King William III and his second wife Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. William had previously been married to Sophie of Württemburg, the two had three sons but were as unmatched as possibly could be. Sophie had died in [read more]

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

The longest-reigning female monarchs

The longest-reigning monarch in the world was Sobhuza II of Swaziland, who ruled for 82 years and 254 days. It sounds nearly impossible, but Sobhuza was only six months old at the time of his accession. The longest-reigning female monarch was the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine who ruled over the Duchy of Aquitaine in her [read more]