Fredensborg Palace – Denmark’s Versailles

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark spends her corona-quarantine, including her birthday this week, at the Fredensborg Palace. She spends about three months in the spring and three months in the autumn at this residence, that has also been the setting for important events of the Danish royal family, like wedding receptions and birthday parties. Usually […]

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Soestdijk Palace – A last visit to Queen Juliana’s former residence

For the elder generations of Dutch people Palace Soestdijk is remembered best because of the Queen’s Day celebrations during the reign of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Between 1949 and 1979 the Queen and her ever growing family stood on the steps on the palace, while Dutch people passed them in a long procession that […]

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Lallybroch – How a forgotten castle turned into a tourist attraction

Once upon a time there was a small forgotten castle, which was first refered to as Medhope in the year 1458. Built in the 15th century the five storey tower house called Midhope Castle is part of the Hopetoun estate. Regularly altered over the centuries it was among others in the possession of the families […]

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Rosenau, the birth place of Prince Albert – 26 August 1819

Just a few kilometres northeast of the town of Coburg, in the town of Rödental, one can find the Rosenau Castle. While there are bigger castles of the Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha family nearby, this home has become famous for being the place of birth of Prince Albert, the husband of the British Queen Victoria. Albert […]

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