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Who is Princess Beatrice of York?

Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born on 8 August 1988, as the first child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his wife, Sarah, Duchess of York. Beatrice has a younger sister, Eugenie, who was born in 1990. Princess Beatrice was named after Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, and her middle names come from her grandmothers. After Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s birth in 2015, she…
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History

Royal Burials: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey has been entwined with royalty since its foundation. All but two coronations have taken place there, as have 16 royal weddings (beginning with that of King Henry I of England to Matilda of Scotland, and most recently that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011). There is a long and storied history of the monarchs who rest at Westminster Abbey, stretching from the 1060s to…
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The Queen

Queen Elizabeth makes the best dressed list

Add “fashionista” to the already crowded list of accolades Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has received in her 90th year. She has been placed on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List in a category of her own. In a “Special Citation,” the Queen is honoured…
British Royals

David Emanuel reveals details about designing Diana, Princess of Wales’ wedding dress

David Emanuel became world famous in 1981 after Lady Diana Spencer emerged from a glass coach on 29 July wearing a wedding dress designed by his and his then-wife’s label. Emanuel noted that there was no “pomp or ceremony” to Diana’s dress fittings, and that only he, his wife, and Diana knew what the dress looked like prior to the wedding. “The highlight was being asked in the first…
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History

#OnThisDay in 1972: the former King Edward VIII died in Paris of cancer

A controversial figure in the 1930s, this King caused a scandal when he became the first royal to abdicate the throne – and he did it for love. Born on 23 June 1894 as David, he was the first son of the future George V and his wife, Mary of Teck. Edward VIII became King on 20 January 1936 but by the end of the year would relinquish his title to his younger brother, Prince Albert, who became…
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