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Rebel Princess: 8 Facts About Infanta Eulalia of Spain

María Eulalia Francisca de Asís Margarita Roberta Isabel Francisca de Paula Cristina María de la Piedad was born in Madrid, Spain on February 12, 1864, the youngest of the five children of Queen Isabella II of Spain and Francis de Assisi de Borbón, Duke of Cadiz.

She spent her childhood in exile

The Glorious Revolution of 1868, which caused the deposition of Queen Isabella II, forced Eulalia’s family to leave Spain, thus, spending most of her childhood in exile. Her family transferred to and settled in Paris, France, where she received her education. Eulalia’s family was only able to return to their homeland after his brother was restored to the throne in 1874 as King Alfonso XII.

She grew weary of her royal rank

The sudden shift of events, however, did not impress Eulalia at all. Her memoirs state that her reinstitution as a Spanish royalty, which meant bidding goodbye to her convent school back in Paris to name one, made her cynical about her family’s exalted rank.

She begrudgingly ma…

13 Facts About Barbara Villiers, England's Uncrowned Queen

Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Duchess of Cleveland, holds the distinction for being King Charles II’s most notorious mistress. She holds considerable clout in the king’s court that she was hailed as "The Uncrowned Queen" of England. Diarist John Evelyn, nevertheless, considered her as “the curse of the nation” due to her extravagance, bad temper, and adultery with the king. The only child of William Villiers, 2nd Viscount Grandison, and Mary Bayning, her father was a half-nephew of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, while her mother was the co-heiress of Paul Bayning, 1st Viscount Bayning. Here are interesting facts about Barbara Villiers:

She endured an impoverished childhood

 She and her mother became impoverished after the family’s patriarch died during the First English Civil War while leading a Cavaliers brigade. William Villiers spent some huge fortune on horses and ammunition for a self-raise regiment, leaving her widow and her daughter with almo…

8 Facts About Elizabeth Stuart, The Winter Queen Bohemia

Elizabeth Stuart may be easily forgotten in the annals of royal history. A queen for only one winter, her claim to fame were her descendants who eventually populated the thrones of Europe.  She was born on August 19, 1596 at the Dunfermline Palace in Fife. Elizabeth was the second child and the eldest and only surviving daughter of James VI and I, King of Scotland, Engalnd, and Ireland, and his queen consort, Anne of Denmark. Here are facts about Elizabeth Stuart, Electress Palatine and Queen of Bohemia.

She spent her childhood in Scotland

Elizabeth, until the age of seven, stayed in “one of the grandest of Scotland’s royal residences”, the Linlithgow Palace, where she was placed under the guardianship of Alexander Livingstone, 1st Earl of Linlithgow, and his wife, Helenor Hay, Countess of Linlithgow.

A plot almost made her a reigning queen

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 aimed to assassinate King James and eradicate the Protestant monarchy, and to kidnap the then nine-year-old Elizabeth and …

10 Facts About Nancy Leeds, American Heiress Turned Greek Royalty

Nonie May Stewart was born on January 20, 1878 in Zanesville, Ohio, United States, the daughter of a wealthy merchant named William Charles Stewart and his wife Mary Holden Stewart. Not long after the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, Nonie’s mother passed away. His father eventually remarried. Homeschooled until she was 17 years old, Nonie attended Miss Porter’s School, a private college preparatory school for young ladies in Farmington, Connecticut. She eventually got her way to high society through her marriage to wealthy gentlemen. But her claim to fame was her entrance into Greek royalty, thanks to her fortune. Here are some facts about Nancy Leeds, the American heiress who later became known as Princess Anastacia of Greece and Denmark.

1. She worked as a stenographer.

As a stenographer, Nancy later caught the attention of America's tin plate millionaire, William Bateman Leeds.

2. She had two prior marriages before marrying into royalty.

She married her first husband, George…

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…

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…
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