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The Life of Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Princess of Thurn und Taxis

The world knows about the beauty (and sadness) of the story of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. But little did the world know about the life and tale of Helene, Sisi's elder sister, who lived a far happier life as the wife of a German prince. 
Helene, elder daughter of Maximilian von Wittelsbach, Duke in Bavaria, was Germany’s most eligible bride at the beginning of the 1850s. Twenty years old and of impeccable pedigree, she was a match fit for a prince, or even an emperor—and in the summer of 1853 her suitor was young Franz Josef, newly crowned Emperor of Austria.
Born Helene Caroline Therese on April 4, 1834, her qualification had been assessed in advance by the Emperor’s representatives, and her father had given his approval in principle to a marriage. In 1853, together with her Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, and her younger sister Elisabeth, she went to Bad Ischl, with the prospect of becoming a bride to their cousin Franz Josef (Ludovica and Franz Josef’s mother Sofia, were sis…

The Week that was in Royalty

We've been searching the net to look for some of the hottest, must-read articles. Here's our royal round up for today.


Queen Elizabeth II defied terror threat as she leD the nation in memory of the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, Telegraph reports. (Image: CTV News)


Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan. Prince Harry paid an emotional tribute to his fallen "friends" as he returned to Afghanistan to lead a remembrance service. Check Prince Harry's official website for more details of his trip to Afghanistan. (Image: Prince Harry's official website)


Sixteen-week pregnant Duchess of Cambridge met One Direction star Harry Styles at Royal Variety Performance. The Duchess wore a stunning floor length Diane Von Furstenberg gown, and her hair in a simple up-do. Harry Styles said after meeting the Duchess: "I said congratulations on the bump," though he added that she "didn't look bumpy." MailOnline reports. (Image: Matt Frost)


Prince Charles as th…

Visit These 5 Historic Houses in England’s Eastern Counties

Whether you’re a fan of anything grand and stately or you just wish to take a peek of the best from the past, a visit to some of the England’s historic and stately houses, palaces and castles will definitely make you want to fall in love with the years of yore. Here are five of the best historic houses in England’s Eastern Counties now operated by the National Trust. 
Belton House

Meet Princess Viktoria of Prussia: 5 Things You Should Know

Princess Viktoria of Prussia was the second daughter and fifth child of Prince Frederick of Prussia, later Emperor Frederick III, and Victoria, Princess Royal, eldest daughter and child of Queen Victoria. She was born on Apr. 12, 1866. If you don't know that much about Princess Viktoria, here are five facts about here.


Stay at These Five Lovely Castles and Chateaux Turned Inns in Northern France

If you are planning to step back in time and enjoy the regal luxury of how it was to live in the olden years in Northern France, then, staying at chateaux and castles turned inns and bed and breakfasts is a great idea. If you’re in Northern France, here’s a list of homey yet opulent accommodations that you shouldn’t miss on your list.
Chateau d’Agneaux

Yolande of Aragon: Queen of Four Kingdoms

As the early-morning sun reaches the tops of the towers of Saragossa, the time has come for Yolande, only surviving child of the King Aragon, to leave her home, and her country, to marry the French King's cousin, Louis II, Duke of Anjou. By this union, it is hoped her people and his will cease fighting over the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, which both Aragon and Anjou claim as their inheritance. She is nineteen years old and beautiful, they say - but flattery is commonplace in her world and she pays it no mind.
'Juana, dear one, help me dress carefully," she asks her companion - once her nursemaid, then her governess, now her closest confidante. 'I want everyone here to remember me as I look today. Who knows if I will never return?'
Juana fiddled nervously with the ties on Yolande's bodice. Perhaps she, too, doubts that her mistress will return.
'I thank the Lord that you are coming with me to Provence, dear Juana. I will need your dear familiar face in m…

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Life in Power

'I am for hanging the Kaiser,' announced the Labour MP George Barnes, during an election speech at Netherton in November 1918. At the end of the First World War, Wilhelm II was the object of mass hatred. The poster art of Allied wartime propaganda portrayed him as a bestial blood-soaked creature stooped over the corpses of raped Belgian women, or strutting ape-like before burning libraries, rejoicing in the destruction of civilization. Learned treatises bristling with footnotes were published to demonstrate to a more educated public the Kaiser's prime culpability in the horrors that had engulfed Europe since 1914. 'When all is said and done,' one such study announced in 1917, 'the German Emperor...is the responsible author of the misfortunes that afflict the world'; another spoke of his 'complete and direct responsibility' for the catastrophe of 1914-18. Small wonder that so many joined in the call for the execution by hanging of this 'enemy of…

Happy Birthday, Queen Sofia of Spain

The eldest child of King Paul of Greece and Princess Frederica of Hanover, Princess Sofia was born in Psychiko, Athens, Greece on November 2, 1938. Her younger brother is the former King Constantine II. Another sister is Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark. Her marriage to Prince Juan Carlos of Spain, celebrated in 1962, produced three children: Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (born December 20, 1963); Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca (born June 13, 1965); and Felipe, Prince of Asturias (born January 30, 1968), now King of Spain. With Juan Carlos's succession to the Spanish throne in 1975, Sofia was crown Queen of Spain. In celebration of the Queen's dedication to her duty and quiet dignity through the trials that rocked her family, here are 10 of the loveliest photos of Her Majesty. Here's also a must-read article celebrating the life of one of Europe's well-loved queens.


King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain (front right) on an official visit to Den…

Royal Roundup: Royal News Nov. 1, 2014

We've been searching the net to look for some of the hottest, must-read articles. Here's our royal round up for today.


Crown Princess Mary is splendid in the Jayson Brunsdon-designed embellished black and sapphire brocade shirt that she wore the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Denmark's 15th anniversary gala dinner, where she and Crown Prince Frederik were the invited guests of honor. (MailOnline/image: PA)


Prince Charless Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, rounded up their Colombian tour with a visit to the walled city of Cartagena, all donned with Colombian sombreros . (BBC/image: Getty Images)


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was put in his place by royal photographer Cecil Beaton during the Queen’s coronation. Beaton got tired of the prince's fussing and told the him, “Sir, if you’d like to take the photographs, do!” Lady Glenconner, daughter of the 5th Earl og Leicester, and a maid of honor to the queen revealed. (Telegraph/ image: AFP)


Prince Harry me…

Queen Elizabeth II and her Royal Residences

The Queen and the Prince Philip use five different houses throughout the year- Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House. Of these only Balmoral and Sandringham are privately owned and maintained, and passed by will through the generations, although King George VI had to buy out his elder brother Edward VIII on the latter's abdication in 1936. The first two are the official London residence and the official country residence of the monarch, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.


Other palaces and houses- St James's Palace (still the 'senior' palace, the Court of St James's, the official name for the British court, it administered from there), Clarence House, Marlborough House Mews, Kensington Palace, the Royal Mews and Paddocks at Hampton Court and buildings in the Home and Great Parks at Windsor, are used by members of the royal family as houses and as offic…

Best-Selling Royal Books You Shouldn't Miss

Thinking of what books to read this weekend? Here are some of the hottest, best selling royal books that you shouldn't miss!


1. Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Wordsby Andrew Morton

This biography of the Princess of Wales is unique in that the story contained in its pages would never have appeared had it not been for the wholehearted cooperation of Diana, Princess of Wales. The story is based on lengthy, tape recorded interview with Diana, supplemented by the testimony of her family and friends. Like Diana, they spoke with honesty and frankness in spite the fact it meant laying aside the ingrained habits of discretion and loyalty which proximity to royalty invariably engenders.

2. On Duty with the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Officer by Dickie Arbiter with Lynne Barrett-Lee
In this wonderful and honest book, former press secretary to the royal family Dickie Arbiter reveals the inner-workings of everyday life inside Buckingham Palace and what it s really like to be On…

Queen and Prince Philip Visit Poppy Field at Tower of London in Commemoration of World War I Centenary

The First World War broke out 100 years ago and this year, Britain commemorates the centenary of the unforgettable event that changed the course of Europe’s political and economic landscape.



Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppy installation at the Tower of London to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness walked amongst 888,256 poppies - each representing a fallen British and Commonwealth soldier. Image Credit: Press Association/ The British Monarchy


The Duchess of Cornwall's Speech at the Man Booker Prize 2014

Here is the Duchess of Cornwall's speech at the 2014 Man Booker Prize, who is also an avid reader and is keen to promote the importance of supporting literacy through her work as Patron of a number of literacy charities.
Ladies and Gentlemen,I am delighted to be with you again on the most exciting evening of the literary year!  As a passionate reader myself, it is a huge pleasure for me to join this gathering of the great and good from the world of books.  I am sure that all of us here - readers and writers alike - cannot wait to hear who has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.Why is the Man Booker Prize important?  I believe it’s because every year writers and their books hit the headlines.  We are interested in who the judges will be and what books make the long list; we read and judge them for ourselves over the summer.  We argue about the shortlist and who was left out, and wonder why.  The Man Booker Prize puts books and authors at the top of the agenda and reminds us …

Court Circular October 15, 2014

Here's the Court Circular of the British Royal Family for October 15, 2014. Source: British Royal Family's Facebook Page.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE: His Excellency Mr. Victor Emmanuel Smith was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Commission as High Commissioner for the Republic of Ghana in London.

Mrs. Smith was also received by Her Majesty.

His Excellency Mr. Meas Kim Heng was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Court of St. James's.

Mrs. Huot Meardey was also received by Her Majesty.

Mrs. Deborah Bronnert (Chief Operating Officer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) was present.

Mr. Philip Barton was received in audience by The Queen this afternoon upon his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Mrs. Barton was also received by H…

Louis Philippe: Last King of the French

Louis Philip was the eldest son of Louis Philippe Joseph, duke of Orleans (known during the Revolution as Philippe Egalite) and of Louise Marie Adelaide de Bourbon, daughter of the duc de Penthievre. He was born at the Palais Royal in Paris on Oct. 6, 1773. The legend that he was a supposititious child is dealt with elsewhere. The god-parents of the duke of Valois, as he was entitled till 1785, were Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette; his governess was the famous Madame de Genlis, to whose influence he doubtless owed his wide, if superficial knowledge, his orderliness, and perhaps his parsimony. Known since 1785 as the duc de Chartres, he was 16 at the outbreak of the Revolution. In 1790 he joined the Jacobin club and joined the debates in the National Assembly. He thus became a persona grata with the party in power; he was already a colonel of dragoons, and in 1792 he was given a command in the army of the north. As a lieutenant-general, at the age of 18, he was present at Valmy (Se…

Zog I: First King of Independent Albania

King Zog of Albania was born Ahmet Muhtar Bej Zogolli on October 8, 1895 in Burgajet Castle, near Burrel in the Ottoman Empire.  He was the second son of Xhemal Pasha Zogolliwith his second wife Sadijé Toptani.

He was educated at Galatasaray High School (Lycée Impérial de Galatasaray) in Constantinople, which was then the capital of the declining Ottoman Empire, which controlled Albania. With his father’s death in 1911, Zogolli became governor of Mat, superseding his elder brother, Xhelal Bey Zogolli.

As head of the Zogolli, one of the four ruling families of the Mati district, he gained early distinction as a supporter of the Prince of Weid in 1914.

When World War I came, he fought for the Austrians. After the war, he became minister of the interior (Jan. – Nov. 1920), and organized resistance to the Yugoslav incursions during the autumn.

He was commander-in-chief of the national forces under the “Sacred Union” cabinet (Oct. – Dec. 1921), and again distinguished himself against the …

Queen Elizabeth II: A Tribute to a Long Reign

Like Elizabeth I of England’s Golden Age, Elizabeth II came to the throne when she was 26 years old. “A fair and youthful figure,” said Winston Churchill, “princess, wife, and mother, is heir to all our traditions and glories.” The young queen had already won the affection of the British people by her charm and thoughtfulness, her modesty and simple dignity. On her 21st birthday she had broadcast from South Africa: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of the great imperial family to which we belong.”
Elizabeth’s father was Albert, Duke of York, second son of George V, who would later ascend the throne as George VI. Her mother was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the ninth child and youngest daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorn, and Miss Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck.
Princess Elizabeth was born April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, the London home of Lord and Lady S…

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco are Expecting Twins

Three years after the fairy tale wedding that sealed the union of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, the royal couple announced that they are expecting not just a baby but twins!
The 36-year-old Princess is set to give birth before 2014 ends. 
On the other hands, the Royal Family will definitely have a hard time afterwards because it is yet unknown which of the two will inherit the principality.
Palace officials confirmed the Princess’ pregnancy last May. “T.S.H the Prince and the Princess of Monaco are delighted to announce the pregnancy of H.S.H. Princess Charlene.”  However, Monaco’s inheritance laws states that while the first born child should succeed the throne, preference, however, is given to male heirs.
Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, upon seeing that his only son might now marry, quietly revised the constitution to gave his two daughters, Caroline and Stephanie, and their heirs the right the sit on throne.
The old inheritance law states that in the abse…
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