Anna Pavlovna of Russia

The Tsar Peter House

This little wooden house hardly inspires visions of Peter the Great but he stayed here several times. The house was built in 1632 for a labourer. It became famous in 1697 when Peter the Great came to visit to learn about Dutch shipbuilding. He insisted on staying with blacksmith and craftsman Gerrit Kist whom he [read more]

friedenskirche
Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria

The Church of Peace in Potsdam

The Church of Peace (Friedenskirche) is located on the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. It was built on the orders of King Frederick William IV of Prussia. He and his wife Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria are buried in the church itself while a mausoleum to the side houses the remains of Emperor Frederick [read more]

windsor castle
Alice of Albany

Windsor Castle – A phoenix from the ashes

Windsor Castle is a royal residence – one of Queen Elizabeth II’s three official residences –  and the original castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It has been added to over the centuries and was the scene of some historical events. Some keys events concerning royal women Births: Matilda of [read more]

Anna of Buren

Princesses of Orange – Anna of Buren

Anna of Buren was born around March 1533 as the daughter of Maximilian van Egmond and Françoise de Lannoy. She would be their only child, and she was thus the heiress to her father’s estates. Her father was an ally of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and as such he was often away on campaign. [read more]