Book review : Prince Harry The Inside Story


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Auteur: Duncan Larcombe

336 pages

juni 2017

Prince Henry of Wales has emerged as the unexpected jewel in the crown of the modern British monarchy. Despite his unruly antics, for which he’s made headlines all over the world, Harry’s popularity rivals that of the Queen herself. Heartthrob and loveable rogue, he has won the public’s heart. Duncan Larcombe’s insightful and highly entertaining biography of the rebellious royal recalls Harry’s Eton days, his military career and his tempestuous love life. Despite a string of exploits (not forgetting the notorious Nazi fancy dress incident), Harry has a mysterious gift. With a twinkle in his eye and natural charm in abundance, he can seemingly withstand even the most scandalous of media storms. Since his military career has ended, all eyes are on Harry wondering what life, career and love have in store for the maverick prince. This is the inside story of how the cheeky teenager has grown and matured into a respected soldier, charitable fundraiser and national figurehead who still retains his reputation as the most entertaining resident of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry has always been a person who is respected by The New Royalty World very much. The author Duncan gives us a glimpse into the life of Prince Harry in a pleasant and simple way of writing. It feels like we are there, together with him, experience the adventures etc. Nice to learn more about Harry that we have not known before.

Easy to read, and a story that attracts everyone who wants to know the more of the royal world and for anyone who even wondered what it’s like to be a royal (Harry).

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Boek Review :Prins Harry -Het ware verhaal


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Alles wat je wilt weten over het stoerste en meest rebelse lid van de Britse koninklijke familie, inclusief een hoofdstuk over de relatie tussen prins Harry en actrice Meghan Markle.

Prins Harry haalde wereldwijd de voorpagina’s met zijn rebelse en soms onbesuisde gedrag. Even leek het erop dat zijn rol in het Britse koningshuis zich daardoor in de marges zou afspelen, maar het tegendeel gebeurde. Nu is Harry juist het populairste lid van de koninklijke familie, naast koningin Elizabeth zelf. Hij won de harten van het volk in zijn rol van tegendraadse hartenbreker. Met zijn neiging buiten het koninklijke boekje te treden en door de ondeugende twinkeling in zijn ogen is hij onweerstaanbaar voor vrouwen en meisjes van over de hele wereld.


Duncan Larcombes interessante en vermakelijke biografie vertelt ons over Harry’s studietijd, zijn militaire carrière en zijn stormachtige liefdesgeschiedenissen. Ook schrikt hij er niet voor terug de zaken te benoemen die Harry zelf waarschijnlijk liever zou vergeten.

Prins Harry is altijd een persoon geweest die The New Royalty World zeer respecteert. De auteur Duncan geeft ons op een prettige en eenvoudige manier van schrijven een kijkje in het leven van Prins Harry . Het voelt alsof we er bij zijn, samen met hem, de avonturen etc beleven. Prettig om meer over Harry te leren dat wij niet eerder hebben gekend.

Gemakkelijk te lezen, en een verhaal dat iedereen aantrekt die de meer van de koninklijke wereld wil weten en voor iedereen die zich zelfs afvraagt hoe het is om een royal ( Harry) te zijn.

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Princess Elena of Romania




Princess Elena of Romania (born 15 November 1950) is the second daughter of King Michael I of Romania and his wife Queen Anne. She is currently second in line of succession to the former Romanian throne and headship of the House of Romania after her elder sister Crown Princess Margareta, who has no issue..

Elena was born in exile on 15 November 1950 at the Mont Choisi Clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland as the younger of two daughters of King Michael I and Queen Anne at the time. She was baptised in the Orthodox faith; her godmother was her paternal grandmother Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark who was also her namesake in the Romanian version.

Elena spent her childhood at her family homes in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in the United Kingdom at Ayot House, St Lawrence, Hertfordshire. During holidays she and her sisters spent time with their grandparents, Helen, Queen Mother in Florence, Italy at Villa Sparta and in Denmark with Princess Margaret and Prince Rene. She and her sisters were told “fascinating tales of a homeland they couldn’t visit” by their father.

She received her primary education in Switzerland and her secondary at Effingham House in Little Common, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex; she was fond of sports during her school years, playing as Goal defence in the netball team.

In the mid 1970s Elena taught handicapped children for a short period of time in London and after her leave she began a two-year course in art restoration; following the end of her course she worked in an art restoration firm in London.

In the 1980s Elena along with her first husband Robin Medforth-Mills started a project to train 45 handicapped Ethiopian refugees in printing, bookbinding and leatherwork. In 1982 Elena founded an International school in Gezira, Sudan.
In 1990 along with her first husband, the then-Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Terry Cooney, and Harry Charrington was a founder-member of the North-East Relief Fund for Romania, which helped victims of the Ceausescu regime.
On 26 June 2011 Elena and her second husband Lord Alexander Nixon visited the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, County Durham, England to present awards to students who went to Romania for voluntary work and helping to build and repair housing in Brașov, a project based around the Roma community.
On 3 October 2011 Elena attended the 100th commemorative anniversary of the historic Western travels of `Abdu’l-Bahá in London, as a great granddaughter of Queen Marie who had converted to the Bahá’í Faith, Elena spoke of how her great grandmothers Bahá’í legacy has inspired her to help those of need.
On 25 April 2012, for the Diamond Jubilee festivities of Queen Elizabeth II, Elena and her second husband inaugurated Royal teas: the UK’s only Royal Tea room in Stanhope, County Durham. Following the inauguration, on 19 May Elena along with King Michael I, Crown Princess Margareta, her brother-in-law Prince Radu, her husband Lord Alexander Nixon and her son Prince Nicholas attended a Military parade at Windsor Great Park and a Garden party at Windsor Castle hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Elena also annually attends the banquet of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and the delegation of the Two Sicilian Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George in London.

After 50 years of exile of the Romanian royal family from Romania, in 1990 Elena’s sisters Crown Princess Margareta and Princess Sophie visited Romania for the first time following the Romanian revolution and overthrow of the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu in December 1989; Elena along with the Royal family were involved to help the Romanians.
Elena’s first official appearance in Romania was on 19 April 1992 on Easter Day along with King Michael I, Queen Anne, her first husband Robin Medforth-Mills, and her son Prince Nicholas, where they were met with hundreds of thousands of supporters; Elena and her son Nicholas famously waved the Royal Flag from a balcony in Revolution Square . She came again on Christmas Day of 1997 when the entire Royal family stepped foot in Romania for the first time after 50 years of exile.
Since her first visit Elena occasionally visited Romania for family gatherings and for occasions such as: the 60th birthday celebration of Crown Princess Margareta[ and the 90th birthday celebrations of King Michael I. However, since 2013 Elena has increased her activities in Romania by attending investiture ceremonies, Presenting awards, book launches and Christmas gatherings.
Elena currently spends her time between England with her second husband Alexander and her daughter Elisabeta-Karina at her estate in Easington, County Durham and in Romania living at Elisabeta Palace.

On 20 July 1983, she married Dr. Robin Medforth-Mills (1942–2002) in a civil ceremony at Durham, England. On 24 September 1983 they married in a royal ceremony at a Greek Orthodox church in Lausanne, Switzerland, it was participated by: King Michael I, his cousin former King Constantine II of Greece and his wife Queen Anne-Marie who all served as Koumbaros; bridesmaids included her youngest sister Princess Maria, her second cousins Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark and Princess Mafalda of Savoy; and also Fabiola Fruchaud. Guests at the wedding included the Romanian royal family; her maternal grandmother Princess Margaret of Denmark; her maternal uncles Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma and Prince André; her maternal cousins Prince Phillipe and Princess Lorraine of Bourbon-Parma; Queen Ingrid; Queen Marie José and her daughter Princess Maria Pia of Italy; her fathers cousin Queen Sofía and her daughter Infanta Cristina of Spain; her fathers cousin Prince Amadeo, Duke of Aosta and his children Prince Aimone and Princess Bianca of Savoy; her second cousins Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark; Prince Leopold of Baden, Robin’s family and also close friends of the couple. Elena and Robin had two children.
Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. Geneva, Switzerland 1 April 1985), formerly HRH Prince Nicholas of Romania.
Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 4 January 1989), goddaughter of the novelist Catherine Cookson.
The family lived at Flass Hall, Esh Winning, Durham.
They were divorced on 28 November 1991 after 8 years of marriage.

Elena was remarried on 14 August 1998 in a civil ceremony at Peterlee to Alexander Philips Nixon McAteer (b. 1964), The marriage was simple and was attended by the Romanian royal family, the groom’s mother, McAteer and close friends. The groom was given the style His Excellency Domnul Alexander McAteer. For deeply personal reasons, Alexander changed his surname to Nixon. He is a Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, and holds a number of Romanian decorations. He has consistently refused to take any royal title.

#OTD 11 November 1882 King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden was born


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Gustaf VI Adolf (Oscar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf; 11 November 1882 – 15 September 1973) was King of Sweden from 29 October 1950 until his death. He was the eldest son of King Gustaf V and his wife, Victoria of Baden, and had been Crown Prince of Sweden for the preceding 43 years in the reign of his father.
Gustaf VI Adolf was a lifelong amateur archeologist particularly interested in Ancient Italian cultures.

He was born at the Royal Palace in Stockholm and at birth created Duke of Scania. A patrilineal member of the Bernadotte family, he was also a descendant of the House of Vasa through maternal lines. Through his mother, Victoria, he was a descendant of Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden of the deposed House of Holstein-Gottorp.

Gustaf Adolf became Crown Prince of Sweden on 8 December 1907, on the death of his grandfather, King Oscar II.
In 1938 he was elected an honorary member of the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati.

On 29 October 1950, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf became king at age 67 upon the death of his father, King Gustaf V. He was at the time the world’s oldest heir apparent to a monarchy His personal motto was Plikten framför allt, “Duty before all”.
During Gustaf VI Adolf’s reign, work was underway on a new Instrument of Government to replace the 1809 constitution and produce reforms consistent with the times. Among the reforms sought by some Swedes was the replacement of the monarchy or at least some moderation of the old constitution’s provision that “The King alone shall govern the realm.”
Gustaf VI Adolf’s personal qualities made him popular among the Swedish people and, in turn, this popularity led to strong public opinion in favour of the retention of the monarchy. Gustaf VI Adolf’s expertise and interest in a wide range of fields (architecture and botany being but two) made him respected, as did his informal and modest nature and his purposeful avoidance of pomp. While the monarchy had been de facto subordinate to the Riksdag and ministers since 1917, the king still nominally retained considerable reserve powers. Even these nominal powers were removed when Sweden’s constitutional reform became complete in 1975, thus making Gustaf Adolf the last monarch to wield even nominal political power.
The King died in 1973, ten weeks shy of his 91st birthday, at the old hospital in Helsingborg, Scania, close to his summer residence, Sofiero Castle, after a deterioration in his health that culminated in pneumonia. He was succeeded on the throne by his 27-year-old grandson Carl XVI Gustaf, son of the late Prince Gustaf Adolf. He died the day before the election of 1973, which is suggested to have swayed it in support of the incumbent Social Democratic government. In a break with tradition, he was not buried in Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm, but in the Royal Cemetery in Haga alongside his two deceased wives. He was the last surviving son of Gustaf V.

The King’s reputation as a “professional amateur professor” was widely known; nationally and internationally, and among his relatives. Gustaf VI Adolf was a devoted archaeologist, and was admitted to the British Academy for his work in botany in 1958. Gustaf VI Adolf participated in archaeological expeditions in China, Greece, Korea and Italy, and founded the Swedish Institute in Rome.
Gustaf VI Adolf had an enormous private library consisting of 80 000 volumes and – nearly more impressively – he actually had read the main part of the books. He had an interest in specialist literature on Chinese art and East Asian history. Throughout his life, King Gustaf VI Adolf was particularly interested in the history of civilization, and he participated in several archaeological expeditions. His other great area of interest was botany, concentrating in flowers and gardening. He was considered an expert on the Rhododendron flower. At Sofiero Castle (the king’s summer residence) he created one of the very finest Rhododendron collections.
Like his sons, Prince Gustaf Adolf and Prince Bertil, Gustaf VI Adolf maintained wide, lifelong interests in sports. He enjoyed tennis and golf, and fly fishing for charity. He was president of the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Swedish Sports Confederation from their foundations and until 1933, and these positions were then taken over by his sons in succession, Gustaf Adolf until 1947 and then Bertil until 1997.


Gustaf Adolf married Princess Margaret of Connaught on 15 June 1905 in St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle. Princess Margaret was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom.Gustaf Adolf married Princess Margaret of Connaught on 15 June 1905 in St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle. Princess Margaret was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom.King Gustaf VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden had five children:

Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten -22 April 1906-26 January 1947 (aged 40) -(died in a plane crash at Copenhagen Airport, father of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden)

Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland 7 June 1907-4 February 2002 (aged 94) (later Sigvard Count of Wisborg)

Princess Ingrid 28 March 1910 -7 November 2000 (aged 90) (later Queen of Denmark; wife of Frederick IX of Denmark and mother of the present Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece)

Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland 28 February 1912-5 January 1997 (aged 84) (married Lillian Davies)

Prince Carl Johan, Duke of Dalarna 31 October 1916-5 May 2012 (aged 95) (later Carl Johan Count of Wisborg.)

Crown Princess Margaret died suddenly on 1 May 1920 of an infection following surgery. At the time, she was eight months pregnant and expecting her sixth child.
Gustaf Adolf married Lady Louise Mountbatten, formerly Princess Louise of Battenberg, on 3 November 1923 at St. James’s Palace. She was the sister of Lord Mountbatten and aunt of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It was Lady Louise who became Queen of Sweden. Both Queen Louise and her stepchildren were great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
His second marriage produced only one stillborn daughter on 30 May 1925.
While his first wife visited her native Britain in the early years of their marriage, it was widely rumored in Sweden that Gustaf Adolf had an affair there with operetta star Rosa Grünberg. Swedish vocalist Carl E. Olivebring (1919–2002) in a press interview claimed to be an extramarital son of Gustaf VI Adolf, a claim taken seriously by the king’s biographer Kjell Fridh (1944–1998).

King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden was the grandfather of his direct successor King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and also of former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece..

Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg


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Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (given names: Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie; born 11 November 1981), has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father’s accession in 2000.

Prince Guillaume was born in 11 November 1981 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City and is the eldest child of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife, Cuban-born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. He was named after his father’s youngest brother Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. His godparents are Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. Guillaume has four younger siblings: Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien.
Guillaume’s education includes Lycée Robert-Schumann in Luxembourg; Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and Institut Le Rosey boarding schools in Switzerland; and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, England. He began his higher education studies in the United Kingdom where he studied at University College, Durham and Brunel University, both in England. In 2006 he entered Institut Philanthropos in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he spent a year studying philosophy and anthropology. He later studied letters and political science at the Institut Albert-le-Grand in Angers, receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in 2009. His degree was issued by Université d’Angers, as a result of a partnership agreement between the two schools.

Guillaume has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father’s accession in 2000. If he succeeds to the grand ducal throne, he will reign as the fifth of his name, Guillaume V. He has been honorary chairman of the Board of Economic Development of Luxembourg since 2001. He was formerly active with the Kraizberg Foundation, a charitable institution for the disabled.


At the occasion of his 30th birthday, he gave interviews during which stated that he was in a relationship with a “dear miss” that had been going strong for more than a year but insisted that they need some more time to evaluate their possible future. On 26 April 2012, the court announced the engagement of the Hereditary Grand Duke to the Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. Guillaume and Stéphanie share a common descent from Charles Marie, Prince & 5th Duke d’Arenberg, which means that Guillame’s father and Stéphanie are 7th cousins; thus Guillaume is Stéphanie’s 7th cousin once removed.
The civil wedding took place on Friday, 19 October 2012; the religious wedding took place on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Guillaume is interested in music and sports; he plays piano and enjoys football, swimming and volleyball. He speaks Luxembourgish, French, German, Spanish and English. He regularly represents his parents in many foreign activities.

#OTD 10 November 1668 Louis, Prince of Condé was born


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Louis de Bourbon, (10 November 1668 – 4 March 1710) was a prince du sang as a member of the reigning House of Bourbon at the French court of Louis XIV. Styled as the Duke of Bourbon from birth, he succeeded his father as Prince of Condé in 1709; however, he was still known by the ducal title. He was prince for less than a year.

Louis de Bourbon, duc de Bourbon, duc de Montmorency (1668–1689), duc d’Enghien (1689–1709), 6th Prince of Condé, comte de Sancerre (1709–1710), comte de Charolais (1709), was born at the Hôtel de Condé in Paris on 10 November 1668 and died at the Palace of Versailles on 4 March 1710.
The eldest son of Henri Jules de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien, and Anne Henriette of Bavaria, Louis was the grandson of le Grand Condé.
One of nine children, he was his parents’ eldest surviving son. His sister, Marie Thérèse de Bourbon, married François Louis, Prince of Conti in 1688. Another sister, Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon, would marry Louis Auguste, Duke of Maine, a legitimised son of Louis XIV, in 1692. His youngest sister, Marie Anne de Bourbon, much later married the famous general Louis Joseph de Bourbon.
He was made a Chevalier du Saint-Esprit in 1686, a colonel of the Bourbon-Infanterie Regiment later that same year, a maréchal de camp in 1690, and a lieutenant general in 1692. Upon the death of his father, he inherited all the Condé titles and estates.

In 1685, Louis married Louise Françoise de Bourbon, known at court as Mademoiselle de Nantes, who was the eldest legitimised daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his mistress, Madame de Montespan. In an age where dynastic considerations played a major role, eyebrows at court were raised at a marriage between a full-blooded prince du sang and a royal bastard. The head of the House of Condé, le Grand Condé, however, acquiesced to the socially inferior match in the hope of gaining favour with the bride’s father, Louis XIV.
The seventeen-year-old duc de Bourbon was known at court as Monsieur le Duc. After the marriage, his wife assumed the style of Madame la Duchesse. Like his father, who became Prince of Condé in 1687, Louis de Bourbon led a typical, unremarkable life. At a time when five-and-a-half feet was considered a normal height for a woman, Louis, while not quite a dwarf, was considered a short man. His sisters, in fact, were so tiny that they were referred to as “dolls of the Blood”, or, less flatteringly, as “little black beetles”[citation needed] since many of them were dark in complexion and hunchbacked. While not suffering from this condition himself, Louis was macrocephalic. In addition, his skin tone was said to have a definite yellowish-orange tint to it. On the plus side, while no scholar, Louis was respectably well educated. Similarly, while certainly no fool, he was not burdened with too much intelligence for his time and station in life.

Louis was prince de Condé for a little less than a year, as he died only eleven months after his father. Like his father, Louis was hopelessly insane, having slipped into madness several years before his actual death”making horrible faces”, as one historian noted. Louis died in 1710 at the age of forty-two.

Darling Queen – Dear old Bones




Queen Wilhelmina’s correspondence with her English governess Miss Saxton Winter, 1886-1935
Edited by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes

It is rare that a book on the Dutch Royal House Orange-Nassau is published in English. Now there is a unique book on the subject, Darling Queen – Dear Old Bones presents a remarkable collection of letters, a total of 249 written letters published for the first time in their original form, from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880-1962) and her English governess, Elizabeth Saxton Winter (1855-1936).

During the Second World War, Queen Wilhelmina stayed in London, where Winston Churchill, in response to her strength and determination, described her as ‘the only man among men.’ For this, Wilhelmina owed a great deal to her English governess Miss Elizabeth Saxton Winter who was employed by the Dutch court from 1886 to 1896 and played an important role in the education and upbringing of Wilhelmina.

The earliest letters are those of a child, sent to Miss Winter while she was on holiday in England, but after Wilhelmina’s education was finished in 1896 and she had no more need of a governess, she continued to write to Winter weekly. These long letters cover a wide range of subjects including Wilhelmina’s youth at court, her hobbies: horse riding, skating, drawing and painting, her private primary school education, as well as birthdays, Sinterklaas and Christmas parties.

They offer her perspective on people and events, encounters with famous individuals, kings and emperors, but also sad times and loneliness, her belief in the Almighty, and above all, her development to her role as queen – her inauguration was in 1898 – and the high seriousness with which she regarded her duties. The resulting volume offers unprecedented insight into her life as child of her mother queen-regent Emma, as queen, as wife of prince Hendrik and as mother of princess Juliana.

In addition, there are letters from Wilhelmina to queen-regent Emma, princess Juliana and others, bringing the total up to 320 letters. The collection also includes family trees of the European royal houses with whom they were close with and whose members appear in the letters. The introduction and detailed annotations accompanying the letters are written by Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes.

Emerentia van Heuven-van Nes worked at Paleis Het Loo National Museum, Apeldoorn, for more than thirty years, where she was curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, and head of the educational department. She organised a lot of exhibitions, wrote books and articles, appeared on radio and television, and gave lectures at home and abroad. She is Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

“Darling Queen-Dear Old Bones”,is about the letters Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands wrote to her governess Elizabeth Saxton Winter, until her death in 1935. The letters were all written in English and the book contains a few more than the Dutch version of the book, as some letters were only found more recently.
It is about 250 letters, but also a number of telegrams. ‘New’ in the English edition are sixteen recycled letters from Saxton Winter. Kept by a cousin of the governess of Queen Wilhelmina.
In the younger years of Wilhelmina she was writing her letters to Saxton Winter in phonetic English, it even makes your laughing. In the letters between the two you also feel a little bit of the loneliness of the young Queen. Her best friends were her dolls in that time. Wilhemina treated them if they were like real people.
Wilhelmina called her governess Dear old Bones, probably because she was not walking well. The Queen was called Darling Queen by Saxton Winter.
After the completion of Wilhelmina’s education in 1896, Elizabeth Saxton Winter had to working for the Young Queen., but the bond between the two remained. Every Sunday, Wilhemina wrote a long letter to her former governess, telling her honestly and openly what she was doing and who she met. Because she told everything to Saxton Winter, these letters are important for the Dutch Royal Family Historiography.
After reading this book you realizes that a Queen is also human, with her mood, illnesses, colds, worries, concerns etc.
It really is a book the get to known the person behind the name ” Queen Wilhelmina” .
Highly recommended if you are interested in Dutch history

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Teleborg Castle, Sweden


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Teleborg Castle (Teleborgs slott) is beautifully situated near Lake Trummen, 4–5 km south of the city centre of Växjö, Sweden.

Despite its middle-age style, the castle was built in 1900 by architect firm Lindvall & Boklund. The castle was built as a wedding present from count Fredrik Bonde af Björnö to his wife Anna Koskull. 17 years later the couple had died, and the castle was used as a hotel for young girls and for accommodation in general. In 1964 the city of Växjö bought it and the surrounding park from the Bonde family and it is today mainly used for representation, weddings and conferences.

Princess Dona Isabel De Orleans and Bragança passed away


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Prince Dom Luiz de Orleans and Bragança, Chief of the Imperial House of Brazil, in dismay, communicates, in his own name, as well as that of his brothers, their spouses, children and grandchildren, and on behalf of all the death of his beloved sister,


who on November 5, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, after a fully realized life, at the age of 73, comforted with the sacraments of the Holy Church passed away.

The princess was the daughter of Prince Dom Pedro Henrique de Orleans and Bragança, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil from 1921 to 1981.

The funeral will be held in the city of Vassouras – RJ, November 6. Velório, from 13 o’clock in the Mother Church of Our Lady of the Conception, followed by burial in the tomb of the Imperial Family, in the Cemetery of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Conception, at 3 o’clock.

Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte




Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, Duke of Saxony (born 5 November 1965, Madrid, Spain), known by his civilian name as Kubrat de Sajonia-Coburgo-Gotha y Gómez-Acebo (in Spain) or Kubrat Sakskoburggotski (in Bulgaria), is a Spanish surgeon and member of the former Bulgarian Royal Family. He is the third son of the exiled Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela.

After completing his primary and secondary education at the Lycée Français in Madrid, Kubrat studied between 1984 and 1990 at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, where he obtained a Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery. After his graduation, he worked for five years as a resident physician at Puerta de Hierro Clinic in Madrid, where he made his expertise as a general surgeon. Subsequently he worked for a year at the St. Mark’s Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital and further specialized as a surgeon in proctology. Kubrat worked between 1997 and 2003 as a colorectal surgeon at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid and was in charge of the Ambulatory Surgery Unit. Since September 2003, he became Head of the Colorectal Unit at the San Camillo Hospital in Madrid, where he also acts as Director of the Team Care Management since June 2006. He was director of Shared Medical Systems between 1999 and 2000, and is currently also part of the advisory board of Tokuda Hospital (Sofia, Bulgaria) and a Consultant for Mensor Health Care, S.L in Madrid.

Kubrat married on 2 July 1993 at the Monastery of la Encarnación, Madrid with Doña Carla María de la Soledad Royo-Villanova y Urrestarazu, daughter of Jaime Royo-Villanova y Paya and wife María del Carmen Urrestarazu y Ozueta. Together they have three sons: Mirko (b. 26 April 1995), Lukás (b. 15 July 1997), and Tirso (b. 3 June 2002).
He is the godfather of Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, who is the son of the Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin.