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#OnThisDay in 1833 Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, mother of Queen Mary, was born

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge was born on 27 November 1833 in Hanover, Germany. She was a granddaughter of King George III and great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II. Her parents were Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, the youngest surviving son of George III, and Princess Augusta of Hesse-Cassel. She was the youngest of the couple’s three children. She was christened Mary Adelaide…
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British Royals

New Documents shed light on George III's loss of the American Colonies

Poor George III. As British monarchs go, he’s perhaps one who has had a lot of calamities placed upon his lap. Much of his reign was marked by periods of insanity, most likely caused by porphyria and aggravated by the chemicals found in powdered wigs at the time, which rendered him utterly incapable of knowing where he even sat at the time. The end of his reign saw Britain plunged into a…
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Palaces & Buildings

You may not ever live in Buckingham Palace, but this is a close second

If you have given up your hopes of spending a night or two at Buckingham Palace, there is no reason to despair. You can now own something not too dissimilar. Hinwick House; the 300-year-old house that is modeled on the Queen’s official residence is now up for sale at £14,500,000 only. It is a snatch considering that the owners’ justification for selling is because the house is too far…
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Royal Burials: Basilica of St Denis

The west facade of the Basilica (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons). The Basilica of St Denis, the burial site of the Kings of France, is located in northern Paris, in the suburb of Saint-Denis. Saint Denis is a Christian martyr and patron saint of France and served as the…

Why the notion of The Queen abdicating is ridiculous

This year, the Emperor of Japan has declared his wish to abdicate. Inevitably, this has led to great discussion in the United Kingdom over whether or not Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II could stand down also. Not only is this suggestion inherently incorrect, it is also deeply offensive and disrespectful to a diligent monarch who has steadfastly served her realms without complaint. First, let us…
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