History

Royal Births - The Attendance of Politicians

Royal births in modern times now take place with a great degree of privacy for both the parents and newborn, but this compares drastically with royal births throughout history. One of the most significant changes is that they do not now require the attendance of a politician, or any other specified observer, to confirm the legitimacy of birth. The tradition for a politician to attend a royal birth…
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History

10 Question and Answers on Princess Vicky

QUESTION 1: WHO WAS PRINCESS VICTORIA? Princess Victoria was eldest child and daughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. ‘Vicky’ as she was known to family was born on 21 November 1840 at Buckingham Palace. Princess Vicky was an HRH from birth and as only child…
History

The Windsor Titles - Earl of Wessex and Earl of Forfar

When Prince Edward, the youngest child of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, married Sophie Rhys-Jones in June 1999, it was expected that he would be bestowed with a dukedom, as is customary for the son of a monarch on the occasion of marriage. It was instead announced that the Prince would become the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn, and his new bride would be known as HRH the Countess of…
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History

The Windsor Titles - Duke of Cambridge

When HM The Queen bestowed the title of Duke of Cambridge on her grandson, Prince William, on his wedding day in April 2011, it marked the recreation of a title that first originated in the time of King Charles II. A dukedom is the highest title in the British peerage system…
History

The Windsor Titles - Duke of Sussex

Dukedoms have been bestowed on royal males for hundreds of years, and each title carries with it a history of some description. The most recent dukedom to be bestowed by HM Queen Elizabeth was that of the Duke of Sussex – a title given to Prince Harry on the occasion of his marriage to Meghan Markle, in May 2018. Prince Harry is only the second royal male to hold the title, and Meghan is the…
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Insight

Could The Queen become Empress of Great Britain?

On 1 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 in…
Features

What ever happened to the 1969 film 'Royal Family'?

It has been 50 years since the famous documentary ‘Royal Family’ was shown on British TV screens for the first time, at the time this documentary really was the most talked about thing; not necessarily because of its content, but the plain fact that such a documentary was broadcast. The chances are, unless you’re a really attentive royalist, you’ve never even heard of the documentary, and…
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