Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp

Gossip at court – The diary of Hedvig Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp

This article was written by Sophie Strid. Hedvig Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp was born 22 March 1759 in Eutin, Germany. The youngest child of the Duke of Holstein-Oldenburg and Princess Ulrike Friederike Wilhelmine of Hesse-Kassel, Hedvig Elisabeth was Queen of Sweden from 1809 until 1818, as well as Queen of Norway from 1814. At the age of [read more]

Louise of the Netherlands

Royal heartbreak – Louise of the Netherlands

This article was written by Sophie Strid. Louise of the Netherlands was born 5 August 1828 in The Hague to Prince Frederick of the Netherlands and Princess Louise of Prussia. She received a good education early on from her Belgian governess Victoire Wauthier and studied German, Russian, English, French, and piano. At the age of 20, Louise [read more]

Désirée Clary

Diary of a Princess – Joséphine of Leuchtenberg

This article was written by Sophie Strid. Joséphine of Leuchtenberg was born Joséphine Maximilienne Eugénie Napoléone on 14 March 1807 in Milan, Italy. Her parents were French general Eugène de Beauharnais and Princess Augusta of Bavaria. The oldest of seven children, Joséphine spent the first years of her childhood in Milan, where the family lived [read more]


Sofia of Nassau – The Blue Duchess

This article was written by Sophie Strid. Sophia Wilhelmina Mariana Henrietta was born on 9 July 1836, at Biebrich Castle in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her parents were William, Duke of Nassau, and Princess Pauline of Württemberg. Rumours had it that the Duke terrorised the family with his moody personality, which was altered by a drinking problem. [read more]