Tree Tuesday picture - Salzburg - Austria

My tree Tuesday picture of this week is taken in Salzburg (Austria) during our holiday
in 2012.


Own picture


On the picture you see trees and a statue of people who play music.
That's the link with one of the most notable man who was born in Salzburg in
1756. 

Of course, I talk about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 
On next link you can listen to one of his most famous works:
The magic flute.

So far my Treetuesdaypost, I wish you all a very nice and Sunny day!

Today in History - September 1st. 1878 - Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

On September 1st. 1878 a young girl was born in Rosenau Castle in Coburg (Germany).
She received the long name:
Princess Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.


Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha- Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 
(second eldest son of Queen Victoria) and 
Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (daughter of
Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine).

Princess Alexandra was nicknamed Sandra in her family. She spent her childhood
first in England and Malta where her father served in the Royal Navy.

Throughout her life, Princess Alexandra was overshadowed by her two eldest sisters 
(Marie and Victoria) and her mother who wanted that her daughters married 
very young, which Queen Victoria complained.

She married on April 20th. 1896 Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. 
They had 5 children. 

Princess Alexandra spent the rest of her life in Germany. In 1900 her husband
was appointed as regent for Coburg during the minority of the new duke.
Unfortunately she became a supporter of the Nazi party with she joined in
1937.

She died on April 16th. 1942 in Schwäbisch Hall in Germany. 

A Happy Sunday Picture - Railway station in front of the harbour in Ostend - Belgium


Own picture - taken in november 2013


On the picture, you can see the Railway station and the harbour of Ostend.
Those places had much importance in Belgian history.

1838: first opening of the Ostend Railway station during the reign of 
King Leopold I of Belgium

1913: re-opening during the reign of King Albert I of Belgium

It was constructed in the classical style : King Louis XVI style.


Own picture - taken in 2012

Anyway, so far the history, I wish you all a very happy Sunday!

Today in History - August 30th. 1842 - Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia

In Saint Petersburg a noble girl was born on August 30th. 1842.
She was called: Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia.


Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia - Source picture: wikipedia

Her parents Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Marie of Hesse and by Rhine  
were happy with her birth and nicknamed her tenderly 'Lina' or 'Sashenka'.
Even Alexandra's father wanted her company during his study.   

When, on July 10th. 1849, Grand Duchess Alexandra died at the age of 6,
from infant meningitis, her parents were devastated.
Her father placed a dried flower from the funeral mass in his diary and
marked the page in black. Her mother cried if people mentioned
Grand Duchess Alexandra.

In the late 19th. century the name Alexandra was considered to be unlucky.
None of the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II (Alexandra's brother) was called
in her honor although their mother had the name Alexandra, but that's another
story.

Today in History - August 29th. 1728 - Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony

In Dresden a girl was born on August 29th. 1728.
Her very long name, Maria Anna Sophia Sabina Angela Franciska Xaveria betrayed her
noble descent.


Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony - Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were King Augustus III of Poland and Maria Josepha of Austria.
The Princess had siblings like: 
Queen Maria Amalia of Spain,
Maria Josepha of France.

In 1747 Princess Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony married Maximilian III Joseph,
Bavarian elector. Unfortunately they had no children together. This caused a lot
of trouble after the death of her husband (who was a son of Emperor Charles VII)

The new elector Charles Theodore didn't like Bavaria at all, he wanted to exchange
Bavaria against the Austrian Netherlands. Princess Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony
asked Frederick II of Prussia for help. The Prussian King wanted to help her
and the Holy Roman Emperor (then Jospeph II) had to store his plans.

Charles II August, Duke of Zweibrücken and  King Maximilian I of Bavaria 
became the new heirs to the Bavarian throne. 

Princess Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony could spend the rest of her life 
in Fürstenried Palace. There she died on February 17th. 1797.