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Princess Ka‘iulani of Hawai‘i: Part 2

Continue the story of Princess Ka‘iulani of Hawai‘i as she leaves her country to go to school in England. How do you learn to be a queen? And what do you do when your destiny seems out of reach, over 7,000 miles away?

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Not All Vanity: Source Report

Quotes and stories from Agnes de Stoeckl’s memoir show up everywhere if you study the British and Russian royal families. Let’s see what she has to say for herself, shall we?

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Irina Yusupova vs. MGM

What does it cost to blur the line between truth and fiction? A lot, as MGM found out. This is the story of a movie and a libel lawsuit – maybe the only one ever won with a murder confession. Its star? Princess Irina Yusupova. Find out what this quiet, soft-spoken woman did that had her lawyer later calling her “an advocate’s dream.”

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Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Tiara: Part 2

A putsch, a Reich, a war – and the family drama that went on in spite of and because of it. Find out what happened to Alix and her family when they came home without a job or a position after World War I. (Here’s a hint: It wasn’t smooth sailing.)

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Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Tiara: Part 1

This is part one of the story of Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s tiara. It was supposed to be a simple story about a tiara – a pretty hat made of diamonds. I didn’t expect it to take me to the darkest places of the 20th century. From war and betrayal to the Third Reich, Soviet prisons, and nuclear war, this story has it all – including a happy ending.

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Secrets of the Gotha: Source Report

A book that promises to give us secrets of the European royal families? I’m in! Find out what juicy tidbits I found…as well as what you won’t find, which surprised me a little. Read more in this post, available exclusively for Patreon supporters.