City Palace Ostend – The Death of the Queen

Ostend in Belgium seems like an unlikely place for a palace. From 1834, the palace in Ostend was made available as a summer residence for King Leopold I and his second wife, Louise of Orléans. The house is perhaps best remembered as the place where Louise died of tuberculosis. She was often in ill-health and [read more]

Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria

Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria & Stolzenfels Castle

The original Stolzenfels castle in Koblenz in Germany was built in the 13th century but it was destroyed by the French in 1689. The ruins of the castle were gifted to the future Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1823 and he had it rebuilt in the current gothic style. Inauguration of the Gothic chapel occurred [read more]