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 throne – became unwell and died leaving his young son to succeed as King Richard II. At this time, John of Gaunt took…
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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…

Who is Prince Joachim of Denmark?

Today is the fiftieth 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…

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 the future Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Princess Beatrix was soon…
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Prince Charles sips gin at winter market in Ely

Yesterday, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall spent the day carrying out a number of royal visits. The location for the day’s excursions was the historic Cathedral City Ely in Cambridgeshire; their first stop was a lovely winter market which was filled with artisan food stalls. Prince Charles and Camilla ventured out in the cold weather yesterday to sample the delights of the…
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10,000 pieces of art to be moved during Buckingham Palace refurb

Next April the whole of the east wing of Buckingham Palace, where the balcony is situated, will be closed off and emptied. This massive undertaking will be part of the planned £369m worth of much-needed refurbishments which will be carried out at the palace over a span of ten years. The works will see an overhaul of the plumbing and electrics in much of the building which have not been changed…
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