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Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Queen Emma’s regency law

After the death of Alexander, Prince of Orange, it became clear that it would be Wilhelmina who would succeed her father, and she would probably be a minor too. A regent would be required, and the Dutch Constitution demanded that a situation like that should be dealt with in a new law. The last time [read more]

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Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont

The death of Queen Emma of the Netherlands

Queen Emma, born Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, was born on 2 August 1858 and was just 20 years old when she married the 61-year-old King William III of the Netherlands. Their only daughter and the future Queen of the Netherlands was born on 31 August 1880. When William died on 23 November 1890, Emma [read more]

Helena of Rascia

Helena of Serbia – The executioner

For the most part, very few medieval Hungarian queens played a role in politics.  One exception is Helena of Serbia, also known as Helena of Rascia. Helena was born around 1109, to Uros I, Grand Prince of Serbia, and Anna Diogenissa. Between 1127 and 1130, she married Bela of Hungary. Of the Eastern Orthodox faith [read more]