Feb 15, 2017

10 Eternals Moments of Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign

Queen Elizabeth II in Toronto, c2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Reigning for 65 years does not pass without leaving a legacy, more so unforgettable moments that will remain in the annals of history.  Let us relive some of the most unforgettable moments in the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, including some of the most challenging times that served as her defining moment.

Feb 10, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee: Remembering Her Finest Moment 65 Years Ago

On February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II succeeded as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island. On the same day this year, Her Majesty reached a new milestone in her life when she marked the 65th year of her reign. In September 2016, she surpassed Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning British sovereign, but this time, it seemed the Queen achieved another feat that, perhaps, no other future British sovereign could break.

Feb 8, 2017

Royal Profile: Princess Hilda of Nassau, Grand Duchess of Baden

Hilda of Nassau was born on November 5, 1864, the fifth child and fourth daughter of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg and Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau.

Hilda married Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden on September 20, 1885 at Schloss Hohenburg. The marriage, however, was not gifted  by any surviving children. In 1917, Frederick succeeded as Grand 
Duke of Baden and Hilda became his Grand Duchess.

Jan 31, 2017

The Death of Princess Charlotte and Britain’s Succession Crisis

The year 1817 marked a significant year in the history of the House of Hanover for it was a year that would mean the demise or the continuity of the British Royal Family. On November 6,1817, Princess Charlotte, the only legitimate child of George, Prince Regent, passed away. While his younger brothers were not without spring, the problem is all of they lack legitimate heirs to the line of succession.

Jan 27, 2017

These Photos of Schönbrunn Palace are Too Enticing to Resist!

In 1736, Archduchess Maria Theresa, daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI then heiress to the Hapburg domain, married Francis Stephen, Duke of Lorraine. As a wedding gift, her father gave her Schönbrunn, a royal hunting and recreation ground of the Imperial Family. The name Schönbrunn means beautiful spring and originated in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.

In 1740, Maria Theresa inherited the Hapsburg domains from her father, although she had to fight for her rights in an armed conflict known as Seven Years' War. From the 1740s until the 1750s undertook an extensive remodeling and expansion of the palace to become its present form. Her husband, who was elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1745.  Hailed as one of the most popular palaces in Vienna, Schönbrunn is now known for its exquisite interior and exterior, sculpted gardens, and rich history making it all the more interesting to guests and visitors. Indeed, the palace is a showcase of the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

Jan 26, 2017

These Royal Doulton Figurines are Every Collector’s Must-Have!

Royal Doulton is known for their beautifully handcrafted figurines that are considered treasures to keep forever. Every collector today are scrambling for a Royal Doulton not only for the interesting return of investment that they offer but more so for the detail and incredible craftsmanship. Check out the best Royal Doulton royal-inspired souvenirs!

Jan 25, 2017

8 Magnificent Photos of the Palace of Versailles

Louis XIV, who ruled France as the Sun King from 1643 until 1715, left his immortal stamp in the form the Palace of Versailles, the enormous and splendid palace named after the town of the same name. It used to be his father Louis XIII’s hunting lodge but Louis XIV wanted his surroundings to suit the grandeur of his office. And so, he aimed to have a Court so magnificent no other European rulers would ever outdo him! He commissioned the construction of the enormous palace outside Paris, with interminable halls and apartments and a vast garden stretching away behind it. This palace and its outlying buildings, including two or three less gorgeous residences for the king when he occasionally grew tired of the ceremony of Versailles, perhaps cost the nation a huge sum of money. Thousands of peasants and soldiers were toiled to work in this building without pay. The furnishings and decorations were as rich  and costly as the palace was splendid, and still fil the visitor with wonder. For over a century Versailles continued to be the home of the French kings and the seat of the government.

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