History - On This Day - 22 August 1787 - Christian Friedrich, Baron Stockmar

On August 22nd. 1787, Christian Friedrich Stockmar was born in Coburg.


He became the personal physician of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
in 1816. That year the German Prince married Princess Charlotte of the
United Kingdom, the only child of King George IV. Princess Charlotte died,
when she gave birth to a stillborn son about a year later.

Stockmar stayed in service of Prince Leopold as a private secretary,
comptroller of the household and political adviser.

King Leopold I of Belgium - painting in the Royal Palace of Brussels
own picture

In 1828, one of his cousins, Caroline "Lina" Bauer, an actress, became the
mistress of his master. She was brought to England together with her mother
but the affair ended and she returned to Germany to the theater. Later she
claimed that she had a morganatic marriage with Leopold but there was never
an evidence for such a marriage.

In 1831, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha became King of the Belgians.
From then up, Stockmar took up residence in Coburg. He continued to be the
adviser of King Leopold.

In 1837 he was sent by the King of Belgium to England to serve as adviser to
Queen Victoria. When she married Leopold's nephew Prince Albert, Stockmar
became their adviser. He intervened in several crises and was responsible for
the education of the future King Edward VII.

In 1848 he was made ambassador of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the
parliament of the German confederation.

He was raised to the rank of baron by the King of Saxony.


Stockmar died at Coburg on 9 July 1863.

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History - On This Day - 21 August 1862 - Opening City Park in Vienna, Austria

On 21 August 1862, the opening of the Wiener Stadtpark took place.

Some Royal History

In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph issued a decree to order the demolition of the
old city walls and moats. He also ordered to make a brand new Boulevard in
Vienna, with new buildings and parks. This new area would be a showcase for
the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire.

The City Park of Vienna, called the Wiener Stadtpark in German, is a large
public park that extends from the Ring Road in the Innere Stadt up the the
Heumarkt (Hay Market) . The Park had a area of 65,000 square meters and
there are a lot of statues of famous Viennese artists and composers like inter alia:
Johann Strauss II, Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner.

The park was designed in the style of English gardens and it became the first
public park in Vienna.

It also has a Kursalon, a spa pavilion in which mineral water with healing
properties was served. The current Kursalon was built between 1865 and

During World War II, the building was heavily damaged. After the reconstruction
it now serves as restaurant. It is also used for balls, concerts, nightclub events and

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