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Sophie of Württemberg

Princesses of Orange – Sophie of Württemberg

Sophie of Württemberg was born in Stuttgart on 17 June 1818 as the daughter of King William I of Württemburg and his second wife Catherine Pavlovna of Russia. Her mother died just seven months after her birth. She never grew close to her father’s third wife and new stepmother Pauline of Württemberg. She was very [read more]

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Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Princesses of Orange – Anna Pavlovna of Russia

Anna Pavlovna was born on 18 January 1795 as the daughter of Paul I of Russia and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, who was known as Maria Feodorovna after marriage. She was their eighth child. Anna was just six years old when her father was assassinated, and he was succeeded by her 23-year-old brother Alexander I. [read more]

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The Princesses of Orange Series

Princesses of Orange – Wilhelmina of Prussia (2)

Wilhelmina of Prussia was born on 18 November 1774 as the daughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia and Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt. Not much is known about her early life. She received an education in several languages, needlepoint and painting. She married her first cousin William, then Prince of Orange, on 1 October [read more]

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Book Reviews

Book News May 2019

The Young Victoria Hardcover – 14 May 2019 (UK) & 7 May 2019 (US) This beautiful, extensively researched volume investigates the birth and early life of one of the most familiar British monarchs, Queen Victoria (1819–1901). A wealth of material, including many unexamined sources and unpublished images, sheds new light on Victoria’s youth. Included here are [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News April 2019

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe Paperback – 16 April 2019 (UK & US) As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria’s grandchildren numbered over thirty, and to maintain and increase British royal power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe. [read more]