“Please forgive me… I could not resist love” – The Mayerling Incident

The tragic love story of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lovely young mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, is once again in the headlines, over 126 years after the deaths of the young lovers!

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Longest Reigning European Monarchs

Who are the Top 6 longest reigning European monarchs? Where does Queen Elizabeth II rank, and how far is she from being the longest reigning European monarch ever?

Queen Victoria’s Half-Sister & Half-Brother

Queen Victoria was born as “Alexandrina Victoria” on May 24, 1819.   Her mother was 32 year old Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; her father was 51 year old Prince Edward Augustus, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn. Prince Edward (1767-1820) was the fourth son and fifth child of King George III of the UK.  Before his marriage, he…

Mathilde’s Laurel Wreath Tiara – Belgium

London Jewelers Hennel & Sons created this convertible laurel wreath tiara in 1912.  “Convertible” meaning it can be worn on the head as a tiara or around the neck as a necklace.   It has 631 diamonds in a leaves and berries design.   When Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz married Belgian Crown Prince Philippe in 1999, the laurel wreath…

The British Royal Family – when they were young

The British Royal Family recently released new pictures of Princess Charlotte.  Let’s look back at other members of the British Royal Family when they were young.   Queen Elizabeth II (born April 21, 1926) You might not recognize her, but here’s a young Queen Elizabeth II, back when she was still a Princess.   She’s…

Sweden’s Royal Dogs

Sweden’s Royal Family is known for their love of dogs. Brandy Brandy is King Carl XVI Gustaf’s dog, and he takes her everywhere he can.  Here, Princess Estelle is having fun with Brandy.   SIRI In May 2014, Siri the dog was adopted by Prince Carl Philip and his wife, Princess Sofia.  Siri is a female border…

The Swedish Royal Family

The Bernadotte Family Tree. Their Majesties  The Bernadotte Family is the Royal Family of Sweden. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are the reigning monarchs.  They have three grown children:  Victoria, Carl Philip, and Madeleine. Crown Princess Victoria Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Vastergotland, is the eldest, and is heir presumptive, first in line,…