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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Amalia of Solms-Braunfels

Amalia of Solms-Braunfels probably never expected she would make such a grand marriage, but she did when she went from lady in waiting to Princess consort of Orange. It seems like a fairytale. She was born the daughter of John Albert I, Count of Solms-Braunfels and Countess Agnes of Sayn-Wittgenstein on 31 August 1602. She grew up at the Palatine Court at Heidelberg and when Frederick V and…
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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Éléonore de Bourbon

Éléanore de Bourbon was born on 30 April 1587 to Henri I de Bourbon and his second wife Charlotte Catherine de la Tremoille. She was closely related to the French royal family as her father was a first cousin of King Henry IV of France. She had a half-sister from her…
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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Louise de Coligny

Louise de Coligny, fourth wife of William the Silent. Louise de Coligny was the fourth and last wife of William the Silent. She was born on 23 September 1555 at Castle Châtillon-sur-Long as the second child, but first daughter of Gaspard de Coligny and Charlotte de Laval. We don’t really know where she grew up, but she had four brothers and a half-sister. She was just two-years-old when her…
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Royal Ties: Spencer House

Spencer House Tomorrow, on 11 November The Duke of Gloucester will attend a dinner as patron of the Heritage of London Trust in quite a special building, Spencer House. Spencer House was built between 1756 and 1766 by John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer. He initially employed architect John Vardy, who was responsible for the external elevations and the design of the ground floor rooms. He was succeeded…
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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Charlotte of Bourbon

Charlotte of Bourbon The third Princess of Orange was Charlotte of Bourbon. She was born in 1546 or 1547 as the daughter of Louis, Duke of Montpensier and Jacqueline de Longwy, Countess of Bar-Sur-Seine. She was their fourth daughter and fifth child. Supposedly her father…
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The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Anna of Saxony

The second Princess of Orange, and also William the Silent’s second wife, is probably the most scandalous of them all. She was born on 23 December 1544 in Dresden as the daughter of Maurice, Elector of Saxony and Agnes of Hesse. She would be their only surviving child and she grew up in the court of the Saxony Electors. She was just nine when her father died and continued her education at…
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