Lady in Waiting
The ladies of the court, royal or feudal, attending on a queen, a princess, or a high-ranking noblewoman. Imagine the stories these ladies could tell...
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Roksandra Skarlatovna Edling (1786-1844), was a Russian courtier. She served as lady in waiting to empress Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden). She was married to Sergej Nikolayevich Saltykov and a lover of Ioannis Kapodistrias. She is the author of memoirs regarded as an interesting historical witness of the era.
Yekaterina Saltykov (1791-1863), was a Russian courtier. She served as lady in waiting to empress Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden). She was married to Sergei Nikolayevich Saltykov. She was served as chief lady in waiting of the court of the crown prince in 1840-55 and the emperor 1855-63, during which she exerted a considerable influence at the court.
Maria A. Neidgardt (1831-1904), was a Russian noble and courtier. She was a noted philanthropist of her time, decorated and officially recognized for her work: she was the chairperson of the royal women's charitable society from 1876 onward, and the founder of the Moscow Mariinsky School for Girls (1851).
Giulia Carafa Cantelmo Stuart, duchess di Cassano (1755-1841) was an Italian courtier. She was born to prince Gennaro I de Roccella and Teresa Carafa di Forli, and married duke Luigi Serra di Cassano. She served as lady-in-waiting to queen Maria Carolina of Austria was at one point courted by king Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, though she reportedly refused him
Douglas Howard was at court by about 1559, probably as a maid of honour. In 1560 she married a rich peer, John Sheffield, 2nd Baron Sheffield. They had a son and a daughter: Edmund Sheffield, 1st Earl of Mulgrave, who was born in 1565, and Elizabeth Sheffield, who later married Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde, and died in November 1600.
Maria Nesselrode (1786-1803), was a Russian courtier. She served as lady in waiting to empress Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden). She was married to Karl Nesselrode. Sh was a leading socialite in St Petersburg society and court life, hosted an influential salon, had high positions within philanthropy, and was described as politically active through her spouse.
Jane Hope-Vere was born on 3 December 1821.She married John Henry Loftus, 3rd Marquess of Ely, on 29 October 1844.3 She died on 11 June 1890 at age 68.3 As a result of her marriage, Jane Hope-Vere was styled as Marchioness of Ely on 26 September 1845. She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamb
Anne Caulfeild (or Caulfield), Lady Charlemont (1780–1876) In 1802 she married the Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont (1775–1863) (formerly 5th Viscount Charlemont), who was notoriously unfaithful to her. She was the first Lady of the Bedchamber appointed by Queen Victoria on her accession, serving in that capacity from 1837–54
Beatriz de Bobadilla (1440-1511), was a Spanish noble and courtier. She is known as the personal friend, confidant and adviser of queen Isabella I of Castile. She was the childhood friend of Isabella and remained at her court as her adviser throughout her reign, once being subjected to an assassination attempt when mistaken for the queen.
Marie Festetics (1839-1923), was an Austrian courtier and diarist. She served as lady-in-waiting to Empress Elisabeth of Austria from 1870, and became one of the favorites and confidantes of Elisabeth. Her diaries are regarded as an important source of the Imperial Austrian court.