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The lost prince whose death tipped England towards civil war

William Adelin was the only legitimate son and heir of King Henry I of England. His early death by drowning in an event known as the “White Ship Tragedy” would leave his father without a male heir and eventually lead to a period of civil war known as “The Anarchy”. William was born on 5 August 1103 in the old Anglo-Saxon capital of Winchester. He was the son of King…
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Twenty Years of Rule: Henri and his heir

The year 2020 hasn’t been a year of celebration for much of the world. However, the tiny European Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has had two reasons to celebrate. Reigning Grand Duke Henri celebrated 20 years on the throne, and his heir, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and…
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Who was Leopold III of Belgium?

Leopold III was the fourth King of the Belgians (the Belgian King is known as the King of the Belgians rather than King of Belgium). In the early years of his reign, he was a popular figure; however, he became a divisive figure after he surrendered the Belgian army to the invading German forces in 1940 without consulting his government. After the end of the war, he would eventually agree to…
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Granny Knows Best: The grandparents of Harald V

King Harald V is the third king of modern Norway. He is the only son of King Olav V and Crown Princess Märtha (born a Princess of Sweden). This is the story of his four grandparents. They consist of the first king of modern Norway, an English princess, a Swedish prince and a Danish princess. His paternal grandfather and his maternal grandmother were brother and sister. Haakon VII, King of…
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Iraq's Boy King - A Life Cut Short

We are all familiar with the recent history of Iraq, the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and the war and violence during and after his rule. However less known is the fact that for years Iraq was a Kingdom. This is the story of Iraq’s third and last King &#8211…
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Who is King Juan Carlos - Spain's exiled emeritus monarch?

Juan Carlos I of Spain ruled his country for almost four decades, its first king in over forty years. He was once the most popular monarch in Europe but his later years have been mired in scandal. Juan Carlos Alfonso Victor Maria was born in Rome, Italy where his family were living in exile. He was the son of Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. His father was…
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