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A Royal Wedding Anniversary: the marriage 85 years ago of the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece was memorable in many ways, writes Jane Dismore

‘Marina is pretty & charming & I think Georgie is very lucky to have found such a delightful bride.’ These happy words in September 1934 from Queen Mary, mother of Prince George, to Lady Desborough barely disguised the relief she and George V felt as they approached the marriage of their youngest son to the granddaughter of the late King George I of Greece.  Their eldest son…
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Fit for a King: Prince Charles's christening sponsors, 15 December 1948

Born just three-and-a-half years after VE Day 1945, HRH Prince Charles Philip Arthur George of Edinburgh was very much a post-war baby.  Even his christening, on 15 December 1948,  was a reminder of the impact of the war. It could not take place in the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace, where his mother had been baptised, because it had not yet recovered from wartime bombing. The beautiful…
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The Cambridges in Canada: Following Princess Louise, Its First Royal Lady

In September 2016 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Canada for the second time since they married in 2011, this time taking their children with them. It will be the first official overseas visit for Princess Charlotte and the second for Prince George. During his parents’ tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, the toddling future King melted hearts and was dubbed ‘the Republican…
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The Duchess of Marlborough and the Aylesford Affair

<![CDATA[The 11th Duke of Marlborough, who recently died on October 16th, left a widow, Lily. Now the Dowager Duchess, over thirty years the Duke’s junior, she married him in 2008 and became his fourth wife and second duchess. It was she who was instrumental in reconciling the Duke with his son, Jamie, now the 12th Duke – for historically it seems that relationships have rarely run…
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