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The Savage Saint: 12 Facts About Olga of Kiev

Olga of Kiev was born as early as AD 890 and as late as June 5 925 in Pskov, Russia. She was iconic for obliterating the Drevlians, a tribe that murdered her husband Igor of Kiev. Her efforts to spread Christianity through the Rus’ earned Olga veneration as the first Russian saint of the Orthodox Church, is the patron of widows and converts. Here are some facts about Olga of Kiev.

1. Her ancestry remains unclear—she is either of Bulgarian descent or the daughter of Oleg Veshchy, founder of the state of Kievan Rus.

2. She was born into a family of Varyags (Norsemen and Vikings).

3. Olga married the eventual Igor of Kiev as early as 901. Igor was the son of Novgorod Prince Rurik, founder of the Rurik Dynasty of the Russian tsars.

4. Igor was killed in 945 by Drevlians, a tribe of the Early East Slavs, over money dispute. Following her husband’s death, Olga, having full support of the Rus army, became regent of Kievan Rus in behalf of their then three-year-old son, Svyatoslav.

5. The Dr…
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13 Facts About Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, The Amiable Princess

Irene Luise Marie Anne, Princess of Hesse and by Rhine, was born on July 11, 1866 at Das Neues Palais in Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse in western Germany. The third child and third daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and his wife, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, she married her first cousin, Prince Heinrich of Prussia. Although relatively overshadowed in fame and beauty by her two sisters, Elizabeth (Grand Duchess of Russia) and Alix (Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, she nevertheless had a happy marital life and she was well-loved by her family and relations. Here are some facts about Princess Irene of Hesse, Princess Heinrich of Prussia. 

1. Her first name was derived from the Greek word “eirene”, which means “peace”, as she was born at the conclusion of the Austro-Prussian War.

2. Her mother thought she was “not pretty” as evidenced by the letter she wrote to Irene’s sister, Victoria.
3. She had always been overshadowed by her sisters Elisabeth and Alix for s…

70 Facts About Charles, Prince of Wales

He’s been the country’s longest-serving heir apparent, but that doesn’t mean he sits idly and wait until the day he becomes king. Prince Charles makes his presence felt, especially on issues and advocacy close to his heart. Despite the many controversies he had steadfastly surmounted, the Prince of Wales remains one of the most well-loved members of the British Royal Family.

1. Born on  November 14, 1948, his full name is Charles Philip Arthur George.

2. Having held the title since 1958, he is the longest-serving Prince of Wales, surpassing the record held by Edward VII on September 9, 2017.

3. He is also the longest-serving Duke of Rothesay and Duke of Cornwall.

4. Prince George is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.

5. He was the first heir apparent to attend school rather than have a private tutor.

6. Prince Charles attended two of his father’s former schools—Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire, England, and the co-educational Gordonstoun School in S…

8 Facts About Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria was born on August 31, 1880 at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. She was the only child of King Willem III and his second wife, Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. While her reign was the decline of the Netherlands as a major colonial power, she is remembered today as an inspiration to the Dutch resistance at the height of World War II. Here are interesting facts about Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.

She was not expected to inherit the throne 

Wilhelmina was third in the line of succession at the time of her birth, and at the age of four, became the heir presumptive following the death of her half brother, Alexander, and her great uncle, Prince Frederick of the Netherlands.

She was only 10 when she became queen

After King Willem III’s death on November 23, 1890, Wilhelmina, who was just ten years old at that time, became Queen of the Netherlands, her mother serving as the regent until she was 18 years old.

She gave birth to an only d…

9 Facts about Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Spain's Fairy Queen

Princess Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena of Battenberg was born on October 24, 1887 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was the second child and the youngest daughter of Prince Henry of Battenberg and his wife, and Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. During her prime, she was one of the most beautiful and most eligible princesses of Europe, sought after by princes from different kingdoms. She eventually married King Alfonso XIII of Spain, changing her name to Victoria Eugenia, where she was popular for dedicating herself to the service of the poor. Here are some facts about Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain

1. She grew up in Queen Victoria's household.

Victoria Eugenie and her brothers were brought up in the household of Queen Victoria as their mother was only allowed to marry by the British monarch in the condition that she would remain as her companion and personal secretary.

2. She suffered an accident when she was a child. 

 She ended up …

11 Facts About Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born on August 8, 1988. She is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York. She is the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Here are some fun facts about Princess Beatrice of York.

1. She is a "Royal Highness"

 As the male-line granddaughter of the sovereign, Beatrice and her younger sister Eugenie are the only granddaughters of Her Majesty, The Queen to have their names preceded by the title “Her Royal Highness”.

2. She was diagnosed as dyslexic

A seven-year-old Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia, which eventually caused her to delay taking her GCSE examinations for one year. She is currently a patron of The Helen Arkyll Dyslexia, a charity that helped her survive her own academic challenges. Once while addressing dyslexic children, she said, “You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by i…

Queen Margherita and the Pizza Named in her Honor

Queen Margherita of Italy is legendary for her impressive jewelry collection. She particularly amassed a sizable collection of pearls, which she donned lavishly, as many of the photos and paintings you would see today feature her in all her pearly glory.

Ever the popular consort, Queen Margherita was praised for being a great asset of the House of Savoy, effectively awakening public enthusiasm wherever she went. She extensively toured Italy, wearing local folk costumes and demonstrating appreciation for local customs, traditions and culture. All these made her so popular that she she eclipsed her husband’s own.

In one of her trips to Naples with King Umberto I, she was served Italian gourmet cuisine, but tired of the usual fares commonly fed to royals across Europe, she called upon the best pizza maker in the whole of Naples, Rafaelle Esposito, and asked him to create three different kinds of pizzas. Though the queen did not like the first two varieties—pizza Napoli (anchovy) and piz…
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