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Elena Vladimirovna of Russia

Elena Vladimirovna of Russia – A Grande Dame (Part one)

Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia was born on 17 January 1882 as the only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She would have three surviving older brothers; Kirill, Boris and Andrei. She grew up surrounded by immense luxury and was therefore quite conscious of her exalted position [read more]

Book Reviews

Tsarina – Q&A with author Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten is a novel of the story of Catherine I of Russia, born a peasant named Marta Helena Skowrońska, who became the mistress and later wife of Peter the Great. After his death, she became the first Empress of Russia in her own right. History of Royal Women got to ask Ellen [read more]


Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg – Mother of Tsars

Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, or Maria Feodorovna as she would be known as Grand Duchess and later Empress of Russia, was born on 25 October 1759 as the fourth of twelve children of Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg and Princess Frederica of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Her elder brother would later become the first King of Württemberg. [read more]

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Helen of Serbia

Helen of Serbia – A determined Princess

Helen of Serbia was born on 4 November 1884 (O.S. 23 October) in Cetinje, Montenegro as the daughter of King Peter I of Yugoslavia and his wife Princess Zorka of Montenegro. Her mother would tragically die in childbirth six years later, and her father did not remarry. She spent most of her childhood under the [read more]