All About Royal Families - new topics on blog

There are new topics on this blog, inter alia:

* Excellent Royal Museums
* Exhibitions

Ostend King Belgium Exhibition
Exhibition in Ostend

The intention is to mention interesting exhibitions and museums in Europe 
and around the World,which are linked to Royal Families.

The topics can be very different: 



So, If you have interesting tips or ideas, please let me know.
Only the useful comments will be checked! 

Ps.: You can find the links at the bottom in the right hand column 
of this blog

Meanwhile I'd like to wish you a happy sunny royal weekend!
Thank you for the resharings, the likes on Google+ and on
Twitter as well!!

Today in History / On This Day - October 1st. 1794 - Leopold IV, Duke of Anhalt

In Dessau, on October 1st. 1794 a noble boy was born.
He received the names: Leopold Frederick.

His parents were Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Anhalt-Dessau
and Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Homburg.

On August 9th. 1817 Leopold Frederick succeeded his grandfather, Leopold III,
Duke of Anhalt-Dessau.

On April 18th.1918 he married Princess Frederica Wilhelmina of Prussia.
They would have 6 children (2 of them died shortly after their birth).

On November 27th. 1847 he inherited the Duchy Anhalt Köthen. This merged
later as the Duchy's Anhalt Köthen Dessau. In 1863 Leopold received Bernburg.
He used the title Duke of Anhalt.

On October 29th. 1848 Duke Leopold was forced to make a constitution.
In 1859 there already came a new version of it.

Leopold Frederick, Duke of Anhalt, died on May 22nd. 1871. He was
succeeded by his son Frederick.

House of Anhalt

The House of Anhalt (also known as Ascania) was founded in 1036 and
dissolved in 1918. Its members ruled inter alia in Germany, Russia,
Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus and more countries.

The capital of Anhalt was Dessau (north east Germany).

Source pictures: Wikipedia

Today in History / On This Day - September 30th. 1938 - The Munich Agreement

On September 30th. 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed between
France, United Kingdom, Italy and Nazi Germany. However the document
dated September 29th. 1938.

This agreement was made during a conference in Munich. It allowed
Nazi Germany the annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia then called

The Sudetenland was a part of Czechoslovakia where the majority of
the people was German.

Besides the Sudetenland, Nazi Germany annexed Austria too in 1938.
It was called the Anschluss.

The Munich Agreement had to guarantee the peace.
Even Premier Chamberlain of the United Kingdom claimed during a speech
about the agreement: 'Peace for our time'.

However Winston Churchill foresaw some troubles. He called the
agreement "a total unmitigated defeat".

He also quoted:

"And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of
the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup
which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery 
of moral health and martial vigour, we rise again and take our stand for
freedom. "

One year later, in 1939, Nazi Germany annexed Poland, which led to
World War II.

Stamp source: Wikipedia

Today in History / On This Day - September 29th. 1567 - Duke of Alba arrested Egmont and Horn

During the diner on September 29th. 1567, the Duke of Alba,
arrested the Counts of Egmont and Horn for treason.

Source picture: Wikipedia

Despite the warning of William of Orange the Counts of Egmont and 
Horn wanted to stay in in Brussels, while the William the Silent
fled out of the country.

They were taken captive in Ghent and on June 4th. 1568 condemned to death.
On June 5th. 1568 they were beheaded before the Town Hall at the 
Grand Place in Brussels.

I think, I'm going to have a different view 
of the Town Hall at the Grand Place
in Brussels, now I know more about its history  

Their deaths led to huge protests in The Netherlands and contributed the
resistance against the Spanish ruler.

On a previous post I wrote about the Egmont Palace, which you can read on
this link


Did you know that even Goethe mentioned Egmont in a play?
This play was completed in 1788.