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51 Facts about Princess Michael of Kent

1. She was born on January 15th, 1945 in Karlsbad, Sudetenland (now Karlovy Vary), Czech Republic.

2. Her full name is Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz.
3. She is the daughter of Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz and Countess Maria Anna Carolina Franziska Walburga Bernadette.
4. She is of Hungarian and German descent.
5. She was born shortly before World War II ended in Europe.
6. She has two half-siblings (from his father’s first marriage)-- Friedrich von Reibnitz and Margarita von Reibnitz.
7. Her father served as Sturmbannführer (equivalent to major) for the Nazi paramilitary organization, Schutzstaffel.
8. Her parents divorced not too long after her birth.
9. After her parents’ split, she, her brother, and her mother then moved to Australia, where the countess put up a beauty salon.
10. She also resided at her father’s farm in Mozambique and Austria for some time.
11. She took History of Fine and Decorative Art at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where she…
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17 Inspiring Quotes from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

1. On taking the first step…
“The challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help.”
2. On the importance of child’s mental well-being…
“A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.”
3. On how helping just one child could impact the whole humanity…
“Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved—we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation.”
4. On addiction and its serious repercussions…
“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease, and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.”
5. On the essence of speaking out…
“We have heard time and time again in the course of our work how talking can help heal the hidden challenges we can't deal with alone.”
6. On what her parents instilled in …

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara: From St. Petersburg to London

This is the second of a two-part article about Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna and her famous tiara that now belongs to the British Royal Family. You can read the first part here.

Pictured above are Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, the original owner  of the famous Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara; Queen Mary, who purchased the tiara in 1953; and Queen Elizabeth II, who inherited the piece from from her grand mother in 1953.

It was 1917. World War I was nearing its end, and so the Romanov dynasty, which had ruled over Russia for over three centuries. Before the year came to a close, Nicholas II was overthrown from power and the Czar, his families and several of his relatives were murdered. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, famous as St. Petersburg’s society queen and known for her fascinating jewelry collection refused to believe that the world around her was crumbling apart.
She was told she had to evacuate her own palace or risk her own life. With no time left, she tucked her famous tiar…

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and the Vladimir Tiara

This is the first of a two-part article about Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna and her famous tiara that now belongs to the British Royal Family. You can read the second part here
On March 28, 1874, twenty-year-old Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin tied the knot with Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovitch of Russia, the imposing and bear-like third son of Czar Alexander II. The princess was transformed into an elegant Russian grandduchess who took the name Maria Pavlovna, a tribute to her Russian heritage (her great-grandmother was Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia).
She was born to the Grand Ducal House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, a small German state ruled by her father Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II. Her mother, the grand duke’s first wife, was Princess Augusta Reuss of Kostritz. Duchess Marie was already engaged to George Albert, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt when she met Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovitch. Perhaps, she thought she’d be better off as a Russian grand duke’s wife rather t…

The Truth about “Princess Qajar,” the Royal Lady with the Mustache

A Persian Princess viral news websites baptized as Princess Qajar has lately become a stuff of legends. She was presented as a royal lady with a facial hair that made her so attracted that 13 men claimed their own lives because she couldn’t love them. The truth is, there is no “Princess Qajar,” but there is a the Qajar dynasty of Persia that ruled over Persian for more than a century.

The only fact about this historical meme is that at that time, it was fashionable for Persian women to wear mustache. “Many Persian-language sources, as well as photographs, from the nineteenth century confirm that Qajar women sported a thin mustache, or more accurately a soft down, as a sign of beauty,” explained Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi.
The memes and fake stories circulating online refer not to a single princess, but actually to two female dynasts: Princess Fatemah Khanum"'Esmat al-Dowleh" and her half-sister, Princess Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh. Their father, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, …

43 Facts about Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Wallis , Duchess of Windsor, remains to this day as a controversial figure, notorious as the woman who caused King Edward VIII to abdicate who ended up a victim of her own desires. Here are 43 facts about Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the woman who would not be queen.
1. She was the only child of Teackle Wallis Warfield and Alice Montague.
2. She was born Bessie Wallis Warfield, in honor of her father and her mother’s elder sister, Bessie. Her first name, however, was dropped some time during her youth.
3. She attended the most expensive girls’ school in Maryland, Oldfields School, between 1912 and 1914, a stint paid for by his wealthy uncle, Solomon Davies Warfield. It was where she made friends with Kirk Silverware scion Mary Kirk, and Renee du Pont, whose family has been one of the richest clans in America since the 19th century.
4. She was a top student. "She was bright, brighter than all of us. She made up her mind to go to the head of the class, and she did," re…

7 Facts About Llwynywermod, the Welsh Home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

Llwynywermod is the charming Welsh home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.It seems modest by royal standards, but the Prince of Wales is perfectly alright with that. With its well-preserved landscape and beautiful gardens, this lovely retreat is definitely fit for a prince!
1. Its history can be traced back to the 13th centuries, when it was owned by William Williams, a relative of Anne Boleyn.
2. The 192-acre property was originally called “Llwynywormwood”, which translates to Wormwood Grove. The name is said to have links to the Physicians of Myddfai, some of the earliest European healers who thrived during the 14th and 19th centuries. It is believed that the estate previously abounded in wormwood plant, which was then used as poison antidote.
3. One of Llwynywermod’s most famous owners was Sir Erasmus Griffies-Williams, who was then a St. David’s Cathedral chancellor. However, he suddenly died in 1870 just as when he was about to become bishop and while crafting a Wel…
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