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Marking the 479th anniversary of Catherine Howard's execution

On 13 February in 1542, Catherine Howard met her tragic end. The youngest of Henry VIII’s consorts, Howard and her short tenure, is often forgotten for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. However, her execution was nothing like that of her cousin Boleyn.  The daughter of Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper, Howard was born sometime around 1523. After her mother died and her father…
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Famous romantic fiction based on real-life royals

Last week, Sarah, Duchess of York announced that she would be co-authoring a Mills and Boon romance novel about her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Royal romances are a popular topic both in books and on the screen. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in The Young Victoria, Victoria Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s relationship is a popular subject for the…
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Royalty and St. Lucia's Day

The 13th of December is St. Lucia’s Day and traditionally was celebrated in the holiday season. While it is a less popular holiday in the United Kingdom and North America, it is still widely celebrated in Scandinavia and Northern Italy. Like many other Scandinavian…
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Looking back at the life of Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret, younger sister to Queen Elizabeth II, passed away in 2002, shortly before their mother. The later years of her life were quiet and difficult, due to strokes, surgeries, and accidents. However, she was a popular royal and led a busy life as sister to The Queen.  Princess Margaret Rose was born to the Duke and Duchess of York on 21 August 1930, at Glamis Castle. The younger…
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The Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most tragic figures in royal history. She inherited her crown at only six-days-old and spent her childhood and adolescence in France. After the death of her first husband, King Francis II died in 1560, she returned to a turbulent and…
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King George VI's Winnipeg Speech

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth undertook a month-long tour of Canada in May and June of 1939, visiting every province, the Dominion of Newfoundland, and they also spent a few days in the United States. The tour was more ambitious than any of the previous Canadian tours. But the King’s speech on May 24th, 1939 from Government House in Winnipeg was a historic occasion. The King and…
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