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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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May Jewels: Queen Mary's Deal with a Duchess

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is one of the most impressive pieces in The Queen’s tiara collection. It is one of her favourite tiaras and is frequently worn for different events. It is notable, not only for its sheer size and brilliance but for the fact that it can be worn with either 15 pearls or 15 emeralds hanging from the diamond circles. But how did it end up in the British Royal…
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Royal History Mystery: The Warming Pan Scandal

There are a number of events in English royal history that seem extraordinary and unbelievable, but the warming pan scandal has to be at the top of the list. The son of James II and Mary of Modena had a very interesting start to life and would be questioned for decades. James II was not an overly popular monarch; he was Roman Catholic (and was married to a Roman Catholic), attempted to…
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