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The future queen who decided to accept the possibility of a crown over tea at a London hotel

On a summer’s day in 1818, a young German princess walked into one of the most famous hotels in London to meet a man twice her age. Just a year earlier, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen and her suitor, William, Duke of Clarence, would never have considered chatting let alone taking the step that would inevitably follow this brief exchange. But after a short time together, with chaperones, of…
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Interests

A sparkling State Visit and a queen with hedgehogs - the royal week, in photos

All the pomp and pageantry of a State Visit that turned into a huge success, one of the biggest K-Pop bands getting a special honour and a long lost tiara all helped produce a week to remember. Oh, and there’s a queen with a hedgehog. Welcome to the royal week, in photos. State Visit Success Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images King Charles and Queen Camilla welcomed the President and…
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British Royals

The history of the Strathmore Rose tiara which has just been worn for the first time in almost a century

A tiara that began as a wedding present from devoted parents to a daughter about to marry a king’s son has made a surprise appearance after almost nine decades tucked away in the royal vaults. The Princess of Wales chose the Strathmore Rose tiara for the State Banquet given in honour of the President of South Korea at Buckingham Palace at the end of the first day of his State Visit to the…
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European Royals

The first royal Letizia: mother of Napoleon

Queen Letizia has made her mark on the royal scene over the past two decades and her name counts as one of the more unusual among royalty. But the Queen of Spain isn’t the first Letizia on the regal scene. Two hundred years ago, the man who dominated Europe and made…
British Royals

The simple gift Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip gave to the guests at their wedding

It’s 78 years since the royal wedding that built the modern House of Windsor. On November 20th 1947, at Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip in a ceremony that would lead to one of the most successful royal unions in history. And in the run up to their wedding, the papers were filled with tiny details of a ceremony that caught the popular imagination. Publishing…
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