Why is the Royal Family Completely Obsessed with Polo?

It would appear that every single male in the Windsor family loves polo. Prince George has his very own mallet already and this was gifted to him by the former President of America, Barack Obama. He’s just gone five and he is already being groomed to partake in the sport. This begs the big question, why does every single member of the Royal Family choose to play polo? And why are sites such as…
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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…
State & Ceremonial

Just what is it like to be a Lord or Lady?

For centuries, hereditary titles were dispensed to close allies of the Sovereign as a mark of the Monarch’s patronage, nowadays hereditary titles are no longer dispensed and having an existing hereditary title no longer permits one to sit in the House of Lords. Instead what are known as ‘life peerages’ are awarded which permit the holder to bear a title and sit in the House of Lords. On…
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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…
Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne - a short biography of her life

The Princess Royal is often said to be the ‘hardest working’ member of the British Royal Family and has a reputation for being a formidable and forthright personality. Seen widely as very much her father’s daughter, Her Royal Highness is a popular character and a tenacious supporter of charitable causes. Birth On the 15th August 1950, just before midday, HRH Princess Elizabeth, Duchess…
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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…

The Tsarina's letters to William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon

In the British Library five letters from Princess Alix of Hesse, later Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (1872-1918) are preserved. Initially, I thought there were seven letters of hers at the British Library, but further research has enabled me to establish that these are instead, two postcards in Russian, to her only son, Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918). These letters are…
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