I am delighted that the April 2020 edition of Majesty magazine (vol 41 No 4) features my article on Schloss Langenburg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with marvelous illustrations provided by the schloss. Majesty is a prestigious monthly royalty magazine which covers both present-day stories and the history of royalty. Langenburg is the ancient castle of the Hohenlohe princes with a close connection to the British throne and fascinating family memorabilia. I took the photo in this blog on my last visit.
The feature is part of my series on German castles and palaces in the magazine and follows previous articles on Schloss Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Schloss Augustusburg at Brühl in North Rhine-Westphalia, and Schloss Bückeburg in Lower Saxony. Below is a brief extract from the Langenburg article. If you are interested to read more please subscribe to the magazine (see www.majestymagazine.com) and buy my latest book called Schloss in Baden-Württemberg. Berchtesgaden was included in Majesty Vol 39 No 10 (back issues are available) and my book Schloss in Bavaria; Augustusburg in Majesty Vol 40 No 4 and Schloss III, and Bückeburg in majesty Vol 40 no 10 and Schloss II. Here is the extract.
Susan Symons visits Schloss Langenburg in the beautiful Hohenlohe region of southern Germany. The princes of Hohenlohe-Langenburg may have rulers of a small state in the German empire but three marriages into Queen Victoria’s family brought them close to the British throne.
During a tour at Langenburg, another visitor turned to me to translate the German and ask a question. ‘The guide says this is a portrait of Queen Victoria’s sister’ she told me ‘but surely that can’t be right, because wasn’t Queen Victoria an only child?’. Of course, Victoria did have an elder sister (or more correctly half-sister) called Feodora, to whom she was close. She was the first person to greet nineteen-year-old Victoria on the morning of her coronation, and after Albert’s death it was Feodora who Victoria wanted to come and live with her. Feodora married Fürst (reigning prince) Ernst I of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1794-1860) and left home to become chatelaine of Schloss Langenburg when Victoria was just a child of eight. But the sisters wrote affectionate letters to each other for the rest of Feodora’s life.