Friday, August 23, 2019


The birth of another Princess – Beatrix had prefered a brother

On Tuesday 18 February 1947 at 2.24am a little princess was born at the Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, The Netherlands. Later that day her father Prince Bernhard told in a radio progarmme that Princess Juliana was doing fine. Apparently both grandmothers – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Princess Armgard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld – were present. […]

Princess Christina of the Netherlands (1947-2019)

On Friday morning 16 August 2019 the Government Information Service (RVD) in name of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix announced the death of Princess Christina of the Netherlands that morning at the complex of Palace Noordeinde (not in the palace itself, but in her apartment above the stables) in The Hague. She had […]

Media & Co.

Book review: Queen Victoria – The companion to the TV-series

Recentelijk ontving ik de Nederlandse versie van een boek, dat oorspronkelijk in het Engels werd gepubliceerd door HarperCollins Publishers Ltd in 2016 als “The Victoria Letters: The Official Companion to the ITV Victoria Series“, geschreven door Helen Rappaport, met een voorwoord door Daisy Goodwin. De Nederlandse versie “Het boek bij de tv-serie. Victoria de jonge […]

Book review – Ira. The Life and Times of a Princess

Years ago, when neither the Duchess of Sussex, nor the Duchess of Cambridge were dominating the royal world, and even their mother-in-law Princess Diana was still to be born, a very young European Princess caught the attention of the media worldwide. Younger royalty watchers might not know the name anymore of Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, […]


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