European Royals

The princess who left her home for a throne that didn't yet exist

As Queen Sofía of Spain marks her 85th birthday, we take a look at her life, from the Kingdom of Greece to the Kingdom of Spain. The person who we now know as Queen Sofía of Spain was born on 2 November 1938 in Athens, Greece, as Princess Sophia Margarita Victoria Frederika of Greece and Denmark. Her parents were the then Prince Paul of Greece and Princess Frederica, a daughter of Ernest…
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The Kents

Why is Princess Michael of Kent not called Princess Marie Christine?

Marie Christine von Reibnitz has been a member of the British Royal Family for over 40 years, and even though she doesn’t carry out official royal engagements, she is a well-known figure, not least because of some of her highly publicised controversial actions in the past. Marie Christine is better known as Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. She is married to Prince Michael of Kent…
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A Swedish royal mystery

The date of 7 October 2020 marked one year since the Royal Court of Sweden announced King Carl XVI Gustaf’s decision to remove the style of Royal Highness from five of his grandchildren. This decision affected the children from his two youngest children, Prince Carl…

All the royals who have lived in Kensington Palace's Apartment 1

Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace remains vacant a year after the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester moved out of the 21-room residence. The apartment, which is adjoined to the Cambridge family’s living quarters, was occupied by the Gloucesters from 1972 until September 2019. In this article Royal Central takes a look at the previous occupants of the now empty property which is rich in royal…
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The Edinburghs

Before they were royal: The life of the Countess of Wessex

Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was born on 20 January 1965 as the youngest child and only daughter of Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones and the late Mary O’Sullivan at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. She has an elder brother, David. One of her godparents was the late actor Thane Bettany, who was her father’s stepbrother. Stephen Lock/i-Images Sophie grew up in Kent, to where her family moved…
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