Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

Braunfels Castle – Birthplace of a Princess

Braunfels Castle was first mentioned in 1246 as a fortress of Counts of Solms. Since 1384, they have used it is as their main residence. Perhaps the most famous woman to reside there was Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, who was born there in 1602. It was converted into the baroque style in the 18th century. Prince Georg [read more]


Biebrich Palace – A ducal residence

Construction of Biebrich was begun by Count, later Prince, Georg August Samuel of Nassau-Idstein and the palace was completed in 1702. After his death, the palace passed to the Nassau-Usingen line and eventually into the hands of William, Duke of Nassau, whose son would become the first Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen, William’s [read more]

Albertine Agnes of Nassau

Schloss Oranienstein – Traces of Nassau princesses

Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau moved with her six unmarried daughters – one daughter had married 1708 – to Diez, where she had Schloss Oranienstein renovated. The Schloss had been built by her mother-in-law, Albertine Agnes of Nassau on the ruins of Dierstein Abbey. Albertine Agnes was born in The Hague on 9 April 1634 as [read more]

Caroline Reuss of Greiz

Schloss Bückeburg – A most unhappy marriage

While doing research for my next book, I stumbled upon a wedding that took place at Schloss Bückeburg, between Princess Caroline Reuss of Greiz and Wilhelm Ernst, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Their wedding took place there as the young woman’s parents had passed and she was under the guardianship of her maternal uncle, Georg, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, who happened [read more]


Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl

I went to Cologne two weeks ago and near Cologne is the city of Brühl. Brühl is the home of Augustusburg and the hunting lodge Falkenlust. Though they have no specific connection to a royal woman, they house some amazing paintings of relations of their first owner Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria. He [read more]