Schönberg Castle plays a part in our story, not only because it was for many decades the residence of Princess Marie of Erbach-Schönberg, whose three-volume memoirs have been quoted so often in the book “Coburg Darmstadt Windsor”, but also because Queen Victoria visited Schönberg Castle on 29th April 1885, when she spent several days in… Read more Historic places: Schönberg
As the wife of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha Queen Victoria was naturally a frequent visitor to Coburg. She and Albert had married on 10th February 1840, but they had to wait over five years before they found an opportunity to travel together to Coburg This first journey took place in August 1845. On… Read more Queen Victoria in Coburg
When Princess Alice, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, arrived in Darmstadt on 13th July 1862 as the newly-wed wife of Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine, there was no suitable residence available for the young couple. After a temporary solution in the “Fürstenlager” (Princes’ Camp) at… Read more Historic Places: Kranichstein Hunting Lodge
In the book “Coburg Darmstadt Windsor” the chapter about Louis Battenberg and Victoria of Hesse also mentions the story of the very short marriage between the Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and bei Rhine and Alexandrine de Kolemine is told. In brief the story was as follows (the story is related in more detail… Read more Who was Ary Ecilaw?
Sadly people seem hardly aware of how often Queen Victoria visited Darmstadt. In the course of her long life she spent a total of 49 days in Darmstadt. Especially after the far too early death of her daughter Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine Queen Victoria took on the task of replacing the… Read more Queen Victoria in Darmstadt