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Alexandría, Last Queen of Iceland

On Christmas Eve 1879, a daughter named Alexandrine was born to Frederick III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia. This little girl was the first child of the couple who had married at the start of the year; her parents went on to have two more children – Cecilie who became the German Crown Princess and Frederick Francis who became the next…
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Take a look at the most insulting royal nicknames

The use of nicknames or epithets to describe a royal or a local ruler was quite common until recent times. Before pictures were easily accessed, or in places where the first name was repeatedly used for consecutive rulers, a nickname was a useful way to distinguish one…
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Giovanna, Last Tsarina of Bulgaria

Early Life Giovanna Elisabetta Antonia Romana Maria was born on 13th November 1907; her parents were King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Queen Elena. Giovanna was born in Rome into the house of Savoy, as the fourth child of the couple; she had two older sisters Yolanda…
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New Marie Antoinette exhibition in Paris celebrates her life

Marie Antoinette died on the guillotine at the hands of French Revolutionaries on 16th October 1793. Upon her death, the de-throned Queen was the most hated woman in France and was used a scapegoat for all that was failing in the country at the time following her husband’s reign. Now 226 years after her execution, a new exhibition Marie-Antoinette: the Metamorphosis of an Image, is opening in…
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The Illegitimate Royals: The Beaufort Children

John of Gaunt, born in 1340, was the third son of King Edward III. Through advantageous marriages and land grants, John became exceedingly wealthy and influential at his father’s court. John’s influence increased when his brother Edward – who was the heir to the…
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The Illegitimate Royals: The many children of Henry I

Henry I of England was the son of William the Conqueror and reigned from 1100 to 1135. Henry had two legitimate children with his first wife Matilda of Scotland: Matilda and William. Sadly Henry’s heir William died at sea leaving Matilda as Henry’s chosen heir. This…
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Who is Prince Joachim of Denmark?

Today is the birthday of Prince Joachim of Denmark, and to mark the celebration, we are taking a look at his life so far.  Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian was born on 7 June 1969 in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet as the younger son of the current Queen Margrethe II and her late husband, Prince Henrik. The Prince is sixth in line to the throne after his older brother, Crown Prince…
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Who is Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands?

Today, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands turns 81-years-old. So we are going to have a little look at who she is and what has happened in her life so far. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was born in 1938 in Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, the Netherlands as the eldest child of…
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Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Sussex have private chat

On Monday this week, former US First Lady Michelle Obama held a speech at the Royal Albert Hall. Michelle was in London to promote her new autobiography which is called Becoming. In the audience listening to the sell-out speech was the Duchess of Sussex who had slipped in quietly with just a few security staff to listen to Michelle’s words without drawing attention to herself. Photo: Royal…
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