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Queen Victoria's daughter in Italy

In the spring of 1873, Princess Alice of Hesse, second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, set out from Darmstadt to visit Italy. It was the fulfilment of a life’s dream. Certainly, it was a totally new experience of travel for her, in marked contrast to the type of holidays that she had made up until this point in her life. Due to the financial constraints of her family and the…
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Vienna to Versailles: inside the bridal procession of Marie Antoinette

Earlier this week, Elizabeth Jane Timms took Royal Central readers into the heart of the story of how Marie Antoinette became a royal bride. Now she continues the story of her bridal procession, which took Marie Antoinette from Vienna to Versailles….. The first stop was the great Benedictine baroque abbey of Melk above the Danube. According to Antonia Fraser’s biography of Marie…
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The royal sweet shop

Situated between Abergeldie and Balmoral is a house and little shop which claims a charming association with Queen Victoria’s grandchildren. The shop was originally owned by Mr and Mrs Symon, who were related to Queen Victoria’s devoted Highland servant John Brown and a…
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Ella Taylor and her 'forgotten' drawings at Darmstadt

The unique drawings of the highly accomplished amateur artist Ella Taylor (1827-1914) represent a rich portfolio of royalty in an informal pose. Carefully preserved in the Royal Collection, they are little known but of quite remarkable value. Ella Taylor sketched herself as well as her subjects. She also made drawings of occasions which otherwise are contained within journal entries or menu cards…
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A King's grave and his dogs

Uniquely among the early modern kings, Frederick II – King ‘in’ Prussia until ‘of’ Prussia was finally adopted in 1772, who was already known as ‘the Great’ by an admiring Europe – does not rest in the ancestral vault of the royal house to which he belonged…
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The weddings of Queen Victoria's children

Of the nine children of Queen Victoria’s children, one daughter married in London another on the Isle of Wight and one son in St. Petersburg. The remaining six married at Windsor, five at St. George’s Chapel and one in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The College of St. George was founded in 1348 and is inextricably linked with the Most Noble Order of the Garter, one of the oldest…
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