Royal Destinations: Toy shop Hamleys in London

Say never it's just a Toy Shop to Hamleys. This amazing store is located on
Regent Street, London, United Kingdom.

Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, Prince of Wales and Prince William in Lego


* The shop was founded in 1760 in London and named after William Hamley.
* In 1881 the store moved to Regent Street.
* In 1938, Hamleys received a Royal Warrant from Queen Mary, the wife of
   King George V.
* Queen Elizabeth II also granted a Royal Warrant to Hamleys.
* In 2003 Hamleys was bought by the Baugur Group.

Royal Toy Horses


Nowadays there are shops in inter alia:

Mubai (India);
Moscow (Russia);
Kuala Lumpur;
Abu Dhabi;
Mexico City.

Big Ben in Hamleys

I visited Hamleys in April 2016. I was impressed by the size of the shop and
the beautiful things they sell. I also found the staff extremely friendly and

To know more

Check the company's site on this link.

History - OnThisDay - August 16th. 1573 - Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland

Anne of Austria was born on August 16th. 1573 in Graz, Austria


Her parents were Charles II, Archduke of Austria and
Maria Anna of Bavaria. By birth, Anne of Austria was a member
of the House of Habsburg.

Love and Marriage

On May 31st. 1592, Anne of Austria became the first wife of
King Sigismund of Poland. They would have five children.
Only one child: Wladyslaw survived childhood.


In May 1592, Anne was crowned Queen of Poland by
Primas Karnkowski.

On February 19th. 1594, Anne was crowned Queen of Sweden
too. In Sweden, she had a conflict with the Dowager Queen,
Gunilla Bielke about religious reasons. Anne also accused the
Dowager Queen for taking valuable things from the palace.
Anne didn't like to show herself to the Swedish people, in her
eyes, they were rebels. She left Sweden in July 1594.


On February 10th. 1598, Anne of Austria died in Warsaw,
Poland. She was buried at the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków, Poland.

Source Picture: Wikipedia

History - OnThisDay - August 11th. 1874 - Princess Louise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg

August 11th. 1874 marks the birth of Princess Louise Charlotte of
Saxe-Altenburg. This happy event took place in Altenburg, now
located in Germany.


Her parents were Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg and
Princess Augusta of Saxe-Meiningen.

She was a member of the noble House of Wettin.

Love and Marriage

On February 6th. 1895, Princess Louise Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg
married Prince Eduard of Anhalt. The two would have 6 children.

On January 26th. 1918, the couple divorced.


On April 14th. 1953, at the age of 78, Princess Louise Charlotte of
Saxe-Altenburg died.

Source picture: Wikipedia