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Granny Knows Best: the grandparents of King Willem-Alexander

Willem-Alexander is the current King of the Netherlands. When he came to the throne in 2013, he was the first king in 123 years after three generations of queens. He is from the House of Orange which has reigned over the Netherlands for over 400 years, firstly as a republic and since 1815 as a kingdom. His grandparents consist of two minor members of the German nobility – who lived many…
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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…
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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 – Faisal II. The modern nation of Iraq was founded in 1921 by the British out of the ruins of the defeated Ottoman Empire.
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The tragic tale of Madeleine of Valois - the 'Summer Queen of Scots'

Madeleine of Valois was a French Princess who married James V King of Scots (The Scottish King had the title King of Scots rather than King of Scotland). The marriage was part of the Treaty of Rouen between Scotland and France. As part of that Treaty, James was promised the hand in marriage of a French Princess. Initially, James was contracted to marry another member of the French Royal Family.
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