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Duchess Woizlawa Feodora of Mecklenburg, Princess Reuss Europe’s Centenarian Royal

December 20, 2018 was a bright and sunny day and charming Gera, one of Thuringia's most historic cities, beamed even more knowing one of her beloved daughters just turned 100. A crowd of locals and the press gathered outside the Gera Theatre, a cultural institution that benefitted from the support of the former ruling house of Reuss. Avehicle arrived and out came the celebrator, Duchess Woizlawa Feodora of Mecklenburg, Princess of Reuss. The children rushed forward to greet her with a bouquet of roses. Cannon shots were fired in her honor and when she entered the theatre, family and friends stood and gave her a fete.
Birth and Childhood
Woizlawa Feodora was born on December 17, 1918, in Rostock, the daughter of Duke Adolf Friedrich, a son of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II, and his first wife Princess Viktoria Feodora Reuss (Younger Line), the daughter of Heinrich XXVII, the last reigning Prince Reuss Younger Line. Alas, the babe’s mother died shortly after giving birth due to com…

Inveraray Castle, Scotland’s Iconic Attraction

Inveraray Castle or Caisteal Inbhir Aora (Scottish Gaelic) is a country house in the town of Inveraray in the county of Argyll in Scotland, United Kingdom. It sits on the shore of Scotland’s longest sea loch, Loch Fyne. Classified as an A-listed building, Inveraray Castle is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture.
A Rich History
The site of Inveraray Castle was previously occupied by a small medieval castle that was built in the mid-15th century after the head of Clan Campbell, Sir Duncan Campbell, decided to move the family seat from Loch Awe to Loch Fyne. Being on Loch Awe made the Campbells important throughout Argyll, but transferring to Loch Fyne meant access to the sea and the Firth of Clyde, and it also allowed them to be one of the most important families in Scotland for centuries.
There was once an old stronghold—a four-storey tower with a garret, and bartizans with conical roofs—near Inveraray Castle. However, nothing of which remains today.
Inveraray C…
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