Doune Castle – The Dower House

February 14, 2018 Moniek 1

Doune Castle is in the village of Doune, near Stirling in Scotland. It was originally built in the 13th century and was most likely damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence. It was then rebuilt in the current form by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. It was passed into the hands of the crowns in [read more]

Linlithgow Palace – The Birth of a Queen

February 7, 2018 Moniek 0

Linlithgow Palace began its life as a fortification known as “the Peel”, which had been built in the 14th century by occupying English forces. In 1424, the entire town of Linlithgow was partially destroyed by fire and the rebuilding of the palace was begun by King James I. The following century additions were made by [read more]

Stirling Castle – Crowning Glory

January 31, 2018 Moniek 0

Stirling Castle is one of the largest castles in Scotland and sits atop Castle Hill in Stirling, about an hour away from Edinburgh. It was one of the most uses Scottish royal residences and several Kings and Queens have been crowned there, including Mary, Queen of Scots. The first record dates from 1110 when King [read more]

Edinburgh Castle – The Maidens’ Castle

January 24, 2018 Moniek 0

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from the Castle Rock. A royal castle has stood on this site since at least the 12th century. It has been alternatively known as the Maidens’ Castle until the 16th century. Due to its strategic location, it was involved in quite a few conflicts. The oldest building on [read more]

Schloss Pyrmont – A famous meeting

January 3, 2018 Moniek 0

This Baroque castle was the scene of one the most famous lines in Dutch royal history. King William III of the Netherlands arrived here on 28 July 1878 to court Pauline of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Pauline rejected the elderly King but her sister Emma supposed exclaimed, “We cannot just let the poor man go home [read more]

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