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By Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901; Viktoria (Großbritannien, Königin); Gelardi, Julia P.; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901

Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an historic journey de strength that weaves jointly the robust and relocating tales of the 5 royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria. those 5 girls have been all married to reigning ecu monarchs through the early a part of the 20 th century, and it was once their response to the 1st international warfare that formed the destiny of a continent and the way forward for the trendy global.

Here are the tales of Alexandra, whose enduring love tale, arguable religion in Rasputin, and tragic finish became the stuff of legend; Marie, the fancy and kooky queen who battled her manner via a lifetime of intrigues and used to be additionally the mummy of 2 Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, brought hemophilia into her husband's family-with devastating effects for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who used to be self sufficient Norway's reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's a lot maligned sister, daughter of an Emperor and herself the mummy of a minimum of 3 kings and a queen, who ended her days in sour exile.

Born to Rule conjures up a global of luxurious, wealth, and tool in a bygone period, whereas additionally recounting the ordeals suffered via a special crew of royal ladies who from time to time confronted poverty, exile, and loss of life. Praised of their lifetimes for his or her mythical good looks, a lot of those girls have been additionally lauded-and reviled-for their political impression. utilizing by no means ahead of released letters, memoirs, diplomatic files, secondary resources, and interviews with descendents of the topics, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an remarkable and noteworthy paintings of renowned history.

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In no time, the Prussian princes and princess were being raised by their mother with a great love for her native country and things associated with it. Vicky accomplished this most successfully with the youngest in her brood—Sophie, Moretta, and Mossy. Trips to England reinforced this bond. During these visits, the Prussian royal family stayed in many of the homes that had been dear to Vicky, a special favorite being Osborne House. Here, her children immersed themselves in the island’s charms, often collecting shells from the nearby beaches.

In Berlin, the new emperor, weak and dying, was a pitiful sight. Unable to talk, he was reduced to scribbling messages to get himself understood. The dying emperor spent his last days in his beloved Neues Palais. There, Sophie and her family began their vigil. Fritz fought long enough to live to see Sophie turn eighteen. On the morning of her birthday, it was clear that Fritz’s death was imminent. Nevertheless, the emperor found the strength to wish her a happy birthday. In a letter to Queen Victoria, Vicky described the unfolding drama: “With a pleasant smile he asked after her at once and wanted us to do something to amuse her.

At Tsarskoe Selo. Nicholas was the eldest son of the Tsarevitch Alexander (Tsar Alexander III from 1881) and Maria Feodor-ovna, the former Princess Dagmar of Denmark. ). ) he married Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt at St. Petersburg. See Alexandra. Sophie (1870-1932)—Queen Consort of Constantine I of the Hellenes, 1913-17, and again in 1920–22. Born at the Neues Palais, Potsdam, on 14 June 1870 to Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain and Crown Prince Frederick (later Emperor Frederick III of Germany), she was christened Sophia Dorothea Ulrica Alice.

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