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Details of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's State Visit to Malta released

The full details of the State Visit to Malta by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been released. Highlights of the three-day visit, from November 26th to November 28th, include a reception for the people of the island and a glittering State Dinner. The visit is being made to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which will take place in Malta in November. The Prince of…
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Insight

Ghosts of Glamis: tales from Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, the historic seat of the Bowes-Lyons family, dates back to 1372 when Robert the Bruce granted the lands as a gift. The initial construction was a Royal Hunting Lodge, which then developed over the centuries. In the 15th century, the Barons of Glamis was…
Insight

Ten unusual royal middle names

On July 17th 1947, a little girl was born at King’s College Hospital, London and given a rather rare first name.  Camilla, first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, would become known around the world by the name her parents gave her in the days after her arrival but the child who grew up to be HRH The Duchess of Cornwall also brought an unusual middle name into the Royal…
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History

Tales of the Tower: Lady Jane Grey

She is more popularly known as the ‘Nine Days Queen’ though is also remembered for her untimely demise within the walls of the Tower of London. Lady Jane Grey short-lived reign began on 10th July 1553 following the death of King Edward VI, who had personally named Lady…
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Why does Britain celebrate Bonfire Night?

Every year on 5th November Britain is lit up with fireworks and bonfires with people partaking in the ceremonial effigy-burning of Guy Fawkes. It is a time for people to gather together to share in food, drink and merriment. “Remember, remember! The fifth of…
British Royals

The Royal Week in Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words and this new feature on Royal Central aims to give you a bit of easy weekend reading as we look back on the royal week in photos. There were plenty of special images from the State Visit this week of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, but the traditional carriage procession on day one was truly spectacular. The Prince of Wales and the…
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History

The common illness that killed a Queen

In the early autumn days of 1537, King Henry VIII was celebrating as his court welcomed a prince. His longed for son and heir, Edward, had been born on October 12th at Hampton Court Palace to widespread rejoicing.  Preparations were in full swing for an elaborate…
Features

Monarchy Rules: a look at Edward VI

Edward VI was born on 12th October 1537 as the son of the reigning King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Edward’s sisters Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth were both fond of their little brother and visited him often. Edward was even fond of his father’s last wife Catherine Parr and called her his “most dear mother”. On 1 July 1543 Henry VIII signed the…
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