Thursday, June 21, 2018


All The Castles I Have Visited

There are always new things to discover online. Sophie of All Things Royal recently posted a Google map with castles she had visited and wants to visit. How many palaces, castles, ruins, towers, bigger and smaller estates, etc. did I actually visit in my whole life? I really wouldn’t know. Quite a lot I’d say. […]


Poor Otto! A Tragic Accident in 1894

In the second half of the 19th century a “Grand Tour” was no longer fashionable. Young upper-class European men who had come of age and had enough money, in the 17th and 18th century and even in the early 19th century loved to undertake a “Grand Tour” in search for art and culture and some […]

A Wedding Report – Long live the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!

It is already three weeks after the wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle – now The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – but I am certain nobody minds another short report with some photos. My Finnish friend Kaija – who collects everything about royal weddings – and her daughter Satu travelled to […]


Amerongen Castle – Help the Kaiser is coming!

On 11 November 1918 the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France. Two days earlier Margrave Max von Baden, who was the Chancellor, announced the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who fled the country He officially only abdicated on 28 November 2018 at Amerongen Castle. The monarchy and the German Empire […]

Books & Media

Harry & Meghan: Royal Wedding Souvenirs

Work and health were two of the reasons why I didn’t travel to Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle. But a week ago I got this lovely package from my Finnish friend Kaija, who went herself. I was absolutely thrilled to receive it. I had so much fun opening […]

New Royal and Noble Books – November 2018

For more new books about royalty see: History of Royal Women Royal Book News The World of Royalty Van Hoogstraten Online   AUSTRIA Author: James Longo. Title: Hitler and the Habsburgs. The Fuhrer’s vendetta against the Austrian royals. Published: 6 November 2018 by Diversion Books. Language: English. EGYPT Author: Kara Cooney. Title: When women ruled […]


Protocol, Etiquette, Dress Code – What is it Exactly?

Lately the British online media is full of articles claiming to know all about royal protocol, rules (I’d prefer to call it guidelines though), etiquette and dress code. When reading these articles you really wonder what these journalists know about the subject and whether they are correct. Not that I am an expert, but I […]


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