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The Dueling Princess: Pauline Metternich

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When I found this video on, I knew had to write a post about this. First of all, it’s about a duel that took place in 1892 between Princess Pauline Metternich and a fellow aristocrat – a countess, in fact. Interesting? Check. Come to find out, they fought the duel topless. This sends the story into WTF territory. The …

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Surprise Romanov Connections from Tiara Tuesday

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In this week’s Tiara Tuesday post, I wrote about Princess Helena Victoria and Princess Marie Louise, two granddaughters of Queen Victoria. Turns out that each of them had surprise Romanov connections. I did not see this coming, you guys. Helena Victoria Romanov connection: Helena Victoria, or “Thora” as she was called, was very close with her cousin, Princess Alix of …

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The Princess in the Concentration Camp

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I came across this story while researching a post for Tiara Tuesday. And now that I know it, I can’t forget it, so I’m going to share it with you. It’s about Mafalda of Savoy, an Italian princess who died in a concentration camp during World War II. Before the Storm When the war broke out, Italy was a monarchy. …