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9 Facts About Linderhof Palace

1. Linderhof is the smallest of the three palaces King Ludwig II built, the other two being Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein.
2. On the exact location where Linderhof stands once existed the so-called Königshäuschen, which Ludwig II inherited from his father when he ascended to the throne in 1864. He started expanding the building five years later, and tore it down in 1874 to make a new one. The new rococo style building had an added staircase and three new rooms, and the original wooden exterior was replaced with stone façades. Also, three different kinds of marble were used all throughout Linderhof.
3. An astounding sum of 8, 460, 937 marks was spent in creating the palace.

4. Linderhof was loosely patterned from Versailles, the palace of King Ludwig II’s idol, Louis the Great. The former’s staircase, for one, is the smaller version of the latter’s infamous Ambassador’s Staircase.
5. The sun symbols found in some parts of the palace such as the vestibule’s ceiling is a representation o…
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11 Facts About Peterhof Palace, the Russian Versailles

Peterhof Palace is one of the grandest and most visited palace complexes in the world, hailed as the Russian version of France's Versailles and renowned for its fountains. The Palace was built in 1703 upon the orders of Czar Peter the Great to celebrate his victory against Sweden and since then, it was improved by succeeding members of the Imperial Family. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that welcomes millions of visitors from around the world. Here are fun facts about Peterhof Palace.
1. This wondrous group of gardens and palaces in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia has been dubbed as the “Russian Versailles”, though many tourists claim Peterhof Palace is incomparable to and is way more majestic than the original Château de Versailles in France.
2. Peter the Great built Peterhof—which translates to “Peter’s Courtyard”—out of his desire to modernize the whole of Russia. His homeland had been known as a primitive and backwards nation for centuries, thus he wanted to cons…

11 Facts about Queen Astrid of Belgium, Sweden's Snow Princess

1. Astrid Sofia Lovisa Thyra was born on November 17, 1905 to Prince Carl of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland, and his wife, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark.She was a princess of Sweden’s House of Bernadotte by birth.
2. As a child, Astrid studied ballet, piano, sewing, childcare, as well as French.
3. An eligible princess that she was, a number of eligible princes tried to win her heart, suitors who included the future Olav V of Norway and the future Edward VIII of England. In the end, however, she chose Prince Leopold of Belgium, Duke of Brabant.
4. Astrid’s and Leopold’s engagement was announced on September of 1926, with King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium inviting the press to the Royal Palace of Brussels to declare the young couple’s impending marriage. “We are convinced that the princess will bring joy and happiness to our son… Theirs is a true union among people with the same inclinations," said the king. The queen seconded her husband’s statements, saying, "It is a …

The Death of Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria

On August 28, 1943, Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria died of apparent heart failure. 13 days after his stressful meeting with Adolf Hitler. His passing was sudden and shocked everyone in the country.His death was marred by suspicion as it was believed that the Tsar was poisoned by the Nazis for his firm refusal to extradite the Jewish Bulgarians and to declare war against Soviet Union.

Many Bulgarians never doubted this claim, because it would placed their dead tsar at a better light and strengthen Bulgaria 's image as a victim of the Nazi's cruelty.
But the Nazis were not the only suspects. A year before, Bulgarian Communist leaders, Generals Loukov, Pantev, and Yanev, were assassinated and it was only natural attribute the king's death to the Communists.
Writing on his diary, Colonel von Schoenebeck, a German attaché in Sofia, claimed that two German doctors who attended the King – Sajitz and Hans Eppinger – both believed that he had died from the same poison that Dr. Epping…

Boris III, Bulgaria’s King of Mercy

At the height of Nazi regime, Adolph Hitler wanted the annihilation of the Jews. In Bulgaria, the Prime Minister Bogdan Filov and Interior Minister Petur Gabrovski, who were staunch Nazi supporters, worked hard to pass the law that curbed Jewish rights, imposed new taxes, and limited the Jews’ professional opportunities. This was signed into law by Tsar Boris III in January 1941. In return for this allegiance to Hitler, the country's territories that Bulgaria had lost after World War I were restored, earning Boris the moniker as the "The Unifier" king. However, this was the only full support that Boris gave to the Nazis as he played the cat-at-mouse game with Hitler. He refused to send Bulgarian troops to fight against Soviet Russia and further refused the dispatch of unofficial volunteers to the Eastern Front.
News of the imminent deportations of Bulgarian Jews to Poland and Germany met strong protests throughout Bulgaria Boris quietly worked to rescue her Jewish subj…

9 Facts About Neuschwanstein Castle [Plus 11 Lovely Pictures]

Neuschwanstein Castle is perhaps the poster image of what a romantic castle should look like. Perched on top of a hill and overlooking stunning views, it’s hard to miss this castle when you’re visiting Bavaria! Here are some facts about this lavish, fairy tale castle.
1. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the construction of the castle in 1869 to serve as his retreat house and to pay homage to his great friend, German composer and conductor Richard Wagner, whose operas Lohengrin and Tannhäuser left a lasting impression on the king. Ludwig wanted to build “a worthy temple for the divine friend who has brought salvation and true blessing to the world,” he wrote in an 1868 letter to Wagner.
2.Other stories reveal that King Ludwig built the castle in order to reaffirm his royal status after losing his sovereign power to the Prussian Empire just two years into his regime, leaving Bavaria without any choice but to accept a defensive and offensive alliance.
3. The king never got to see th…

The Duchess of Sussex and Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara

One of the many highlights of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was the surprise appearance of Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara. From a distance, it doesn't look as eye popping as other tiaras in Her Majesty's collection, but a closer look will reveal that it is actually a stunner!
Meghan Markle selected this little-known piece to wear on her wedding day. It features a brilliant floral-shaped suspended brooch in the center made of a large round diamond surrounded by nine smaller circular diamonds.
The tiara was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1932 to fit the detachable brooch, which was given to her in 1893 as a gift by Lincoln County. According to the Order of Sartorial Splendor, this English-made jewel was “crafted from large and small brilliant diamonds pavé-set in platinum, in a design pierced with interlaced ovals. There are 11 different sections to the structure, giving the bandeau flexibility.” There are also clusters of seven larger diamonds to each side…
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