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.

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.    

Today in History - August 28th. 1691 - Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

The eldest daughter of Louis Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and
Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen was born on August 28th. 1691.
The girl was called Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel - Source picture: Wikipedia

At the age of 13! she became engaged to the future Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor,
after a lot of negotiations between her grandfather and Charles's sister-in-law, Empress
Wilhelmina. Initially she refused to marry a catholic Prince but finally she agreed
under pressure of her family. The wedding took place on May 1st. 1707 .

In 1711 her husband took possession of the Imperial Crown in Vienna and she became
Empress, but during that time Elisabeth Christine was appointed by her husband as
General Governor of Catalonia, which she wisely ruled until 1713. Then the Empress
joined her husband in Austria. 

Elisabeth Christine was described as accomplished in music, discrete, modest, 
intelligent and self-sufficient. She established political connections among the ministers,
But the pressure to produce a male hare became very hard. The couple had 4 children
1 son (who died young) and 3 daughters. 
One of her daughters was Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

In 1740 Charles VI died and she became a widow. Elisabeth died 10 years later 
on December 21st. 1750 in Vienna. 

Today in History - August 27th. 1968 - Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark

December 13th. 1906 marked the birth of a young royal girl in Athens (Greece).
The name of the young girl was: Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

Princess Marina and her sisters - Source picture: Wikipedia

Her parents were Prince Nicolas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess
Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II).

Near the end of 1906 Princess Marina was baptised and she received a lot of
godparents inter alia:

- King of Greece (her paternal grandfather);
- King of the United Kingdom (her great uncle);
- Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (father of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh);
- Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia (her maternal uncle)....

In 1932 Princess Marina met her future husband Prince George, Duke of Kent.
On November 29th. 1934 the two married at Westminster Abbey in London.
That wedding was followed by a Greek ceremony in the private chapel at
Buckingham Palace. Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark became the
Duchess of Kent.

Princess Marina on her Wedding Day - Source picture: Wikipedia

The couple had 3 children. Unfortunately on August 25th. 1942 the Duke of Kent
was killed by an Airplane Crash (while he was on duty with the Royal Air Force).

After the death of her husband the Duchess of Kent continued to fulfill her 
Royal Duties. 

On August 27th. 1968, the Duchess of Kent died at Kensington Palace. She was
buried in the Royal Burial Ground in Frogmore. 

Treetuesday picture: Nymphenburg Palace Park in Munich (Germany)

My Tree tuesday picture of this week was taken at Nymphenburg Palace Park
in Munich (Germany).

own picture taken during our Holiday in May/June 2014

As you can see on the picture the Nymphenburg Palace Park is large
(200 hectares) and offers a lot of hidden gems.

Originally the Park was designed as an Italian Garden. Later it was enlarged
and rearranged in a French style and finally finished in an English manner in
the 19th. century.

I hope you'll enjoy the picture and I wish you all a great week!