Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau

Weilburg Palace – The Princes’ Residence

Weilburg Palace was constructed by Philip III, Count of Nassau-Weilburg from circa 1530. The Orangerie was added 200 years later. The Princes of Nassau-Weilburg used it as their main residence until Charles August, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg moved to Kirchheimbolanden, while the seat of government remained in Weilburg. Princess Therese of Nassau-Weilburg, daughter of William, Duke [read more]

Germany

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]

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]