Isabella Clare Eugenia of Spain

The remains of Coudenberg Palace

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [read more]

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Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schloss Cecilienhof & The Marble Palace

Schloss Cecilienhof is now perhaps best known as the place of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Before that, it was the home of Crown Princess Cecilie and Crown Prince William. Construction began in 1914 after the Marble Palace proved inadequate for them. The two palaces are about 1 kilometre apart. Crown Princess Cecilie As you [read more]

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Castles

The Old Loo Palace & Sisi Exhibition

I’ve visited the ‘new’ Loo Palace last year during the Grace Kelly exhibition. This year I went back as this time Loo palace was the host of the largest Sisi exhibition outside of Vienna. If you want to know what Loo Palace looks like on the inside, I’d like to direct you to this post [read more]

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Anne of Austria 1549 - 1580

The Louvre & Place de la Concorde

The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum. The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the [read more]

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Elisabeth of Valois

Marie-Antoinette & The Conciergerie

Marie-Antoinette’s life is one of great controversy. Her death was shocking and left her children at the mercy of revolutionaries. Her son, the titular King, would suffer abuse and an undignified death in captivity nearly two years after his mother. Her daughter, Marie-Therese would be the only survivor of the immediate family. Marie-Antoinette was originally [read more]