The Sussexes

A look back at the Duke of Sussex's life so far on his birthday

During the fall of 1984, Diana, Princess of Wales gave birth to her second son, a boy affectionately known as Harry. They revealed his full name would be Henry Charles Albert David, a perfect name for someone third in line to the throne. Harry is now sixth-in-line to the throne after his father Charles, brother William, and William’s three children (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince…
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Who is Queen Paola of Belgium?

Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria was born on 11 September 1937 at Villa Claudia in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, as the seventh and youngest child of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli, a…

On this day 40 years ago: Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA bomb

On 27th August 1979 Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin, LordMountbatten, was tragically killed by an IRA bomb blast whilst on his boat in Ireland. It wasn’t just Mountbatten who perished in the boat; one of his twin grandson’s, Nicholas, and a local boat boy, Paul Maxwell, also died as a result of the bomb explosion. Another passenger on the boat, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, died the…
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The Gloucesters

Who is the Duke of Gloucester?

The Queen’s cousin celebrates his 75th birthday Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester was born on the 26 August 1944; the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary, and the younger of two brothers born to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and his wife…

Could The Queen be made Empress of Great Britain?

On1 May 1876, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress Of India after discussion with Prime Minister of the day, Benjamin Disraeli led to Queen Victoria wanting a title boost after her daughter became Empress Of Germany. From 1876 until the Empire Of India was disbanded…

A King's last journey

Frederick II, accorded the epithet ‘the Great’ already during his own lifetime, had in fact, a whole other life after death, aside from his legacy. The great King’s legend stalks the eighteenth century like a gigantic historic shadow, much as the oversize silhouette of him prowls the terrace at his beloved refuge of Sanssouci, the palace he built for himself at Potsdam, as portrayed by the…
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Music for a Queen: Mozart and Queen Charlotte

The first and only time that the boy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited London occurred between 1764-5, at about the half-way point of the Mozart family’s monumental European Grand Tour, which was to prove pivotal in Wolfgang’s developmental process as a composer, the beginning proper of those childhood travels he would make on his path towards musical maturity. Over the fifteen months that…
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