Happy Weekend Picture - Inside the Loo Palace at Apeldoorn in The Netherlands

My Happy Weekend Picture was taken in June 2014 inside the Loo Palace
at Apeldoorn in The Netherlands.

own picture - Het Loo Palace

Nowadays The Loo Palace is a museum and gives you an idea how several
members of the Dutch Royal family have lived.
There also were some temporary exhibitions.

The Loo Palace is among the Top 100 of the Dutch heritage Site of

In 2013 around 400 000 people visited the palace, so it was one of the 8th. 
most visited museums in The Netherlands.

With this I'll end my post and I'd like to wish you a very happy Weekend!

Today in History - December 19th. 1671 - Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth

On December 19th.1671, a girl was born with the name:
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.

source picture: wikipedia

She was the firstborn child of Christian Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-
Bayreuth and his wife, Sophie Louise of Württemberg. 
Christiane Eberhardine had five younger siblings, only two of them,
survived childhood but she remained close to her relatives throughout her

On January 20th. 1693, at the age of 21, she married Frederick Augustus,
Duke of Saxony. This marriage was political and became highly unhappy.
Augustus found her boring and she was shocked and hurt by his infidelity.

In 1694 Christiane Eberhardine became electress when Augustus succeeded
his brother as elector. According to some stories there was a kind of carnival
procession in which Augustus celebrated his evelation. Members of his court
drove through Dresden dressed as gods and goddnesses.Even his mistress,
Maria Aurora von Königsmarck, participated in the procession.

On October 17th. 1696 their son Frederick Augustus was born in Dresden.
This was the only child during their 34 years of marriage. He was brought
up by his paternal grandmother, Anna Sophie of Denmark, but Christiane
Eberhardine and her mother-in-law got on well, so she could visited her son

In 1697 Christiane Eberhardine 's husband coverted to catholicism and he 
was elected as King of Poland, something what he didn't discuss with her.
His conversion caused a scandal in Saxony. Christiane Eberhardine refused
to attend the coronation and to convert her to catholicism. She and
her mother-in-law enjoyed immense popularity in Saxony as a symbol of
protestant faith. Christiane Eberhardine was nicknamed the 'Pillar of Saxony'.

On September 4th. 1727 Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
died at the age of 55 and she was buried on September 6th. in the parish 
church of Pretzsch (now located in Germany). 

Neither her husband nor her son were present at her funeral! 

Today in History - December 18th. 1718 - Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna of Russia

December 18th. 1718 marks the birth of Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna
of Russia. This took place in Rostock (northern Germany).

Grand Duchess Anna Leopoldovna - Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were Catherine Ivanovna of Russia and Charles Leopold,
Duke of Mecklenburg.

In 1722 Anna arrived in Russia after her mother escaped and separated
from her father. 

In 1733 Anna converted to Orthodox religion. Then she took the name
Anna Leopoldovna, which made her an acceptable heir to the throne.

In 1739 she married Anthony Ulrich, son of Ferdinand Albert, 
Duke of Brünswick - Wolfenbüttel. He was already since 1733
in Russia. This gave Anna the opportunity to know him.

On October 5th. 1740 Anna proclaimed her new born son, Ivan,
as heir to the throne. Five days later the empress died. 
Anna Leopoldovna became regent.

However in 1741 there was a coup from Elisabeth, daughter of 
Peter the Great and she became Empress of Russia.

First Anna and a lot of members of her family were taken
captive, later a few of them, could exile. Anna had to move to
Kholmogory. There she died on March 19th. 1746. 
Anna Leopoldovna only became 27 years old.

Today in History - December 17th. 1638 - Anna Sophia II, Princess Abdess of Quedlinburg

On December 17th. 1638 Landgravine Anna Sophia of Hesse-Darmstadt was born
as the daughter of George II, Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt and Duchess
Sophia Leonore of Saxony.

Anna Sophia - Source picture: Wikipedia

At the age of 17 ,in 1655, Anna Sophia entered the Quedlinburg Abbey. 
This was located in Saxony - Anhalt. 

In 1658 she published a book of spiritual meditations with the title 
Der True Seelenfreund Christus Jesus. In this book she defended her 
choice to remain unmarried.

At first Lutheran theologians regarded her book as suspect.
They argued that the book equalized women with men! They later
changed their minds. It became a standard in the 17th. century.

In 1681, she was elected to succeed Anna Sophia I, Princess-Abbess
of Quedlinburg under the name Anna Sophia II.

There Anna Sophia died on December 13th. 1683 (after she reigned 
only for two years).