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Anne Princess Royal

The seven Princesses Royal

The title of Princess Royal is usually granted by the British monarch to their eldest daughter. It was Henrietta Maria of France, consort of King Charles I, who wanted to have a title similar to the “Madame Royale” title in France. It was their daughter Mary, who became the first Princess Royal in 1642. However, [read more]

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The Year of Queen Victoria (2019)

Queen Victoria & Baroness Lehzen

Johanna Clara Louise Lehzen was born on 3 October 1784, and she is most remembered as the governess and companion of Queen Victoria. Louise Lehzen was born in Hanover as the daughter of Joachim Friedrich Lehzen who was a Lutheran pastor and his wife, Melusine Palm. Louise was the youngest of the couple’s nine children, [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News December 2017

Four Queens and a Countess: Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick: The Struggle for the Crown Hardcover – 1 May 2018 (US) & 15 December 2017 (UK) When Mary Stuart was forced off the Scottish throne she fled to England, a move that made her cousin Queen [read more]

Anne of Demark

November 2017 Book News

Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria: Virgins, Witches, and Catholic Queens (Queenship and Power) Hardcover – 24 November 2017 (UK) & 13 October 2017 (US) This book examines how early Stuart queens navigated their roles as political players and artistic patrons in a culture deeply conflicted about the legitimacy of female authority. Anna of Denmark and [read more]