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Royal Wedding Rewind: George VI and Elizabeth

It was a wedding that changed the course of royal history. When Albert, Duke of York married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on April 26th 1923 at Westminster Abbey, a partnership that would prove vital to the very survival of the British Monarchy was cemented. The couple, and those watching as they wed, had no idea of just how significant the day would prove to be. For this turned out to be a…
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The royal duchess who went from mistress to matriarch

It was a famous royal love story that shocked as much as it thrilled. John of Gaunt was the ultra-ambitious prince whose desire to be a king almost cost him his life, Katherine Swynford was the mysterious commoner who supplanted a queen in his affections. Their relationship…
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Edward II and the kiss that crushed his queen

In February 1308, England welcomed its new queen to her realm for the first time. Isabella, consort to King Edward II, arrived with her husband at Dover after an elaborate wedding in her home country. Isabella expected adulation and respect. Instead, she watched as Edward…
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Prince William plays the fool on a Big Night In

The Duke of Cambridge has joined in a national fundraising effort with a surprise appearance in a comedy sketch. Prince William starred opposite Stephen Fry in a spoof that saw the second in line to the throne confess he’d lost his trousers – all in a good cause. The pair came together for the BBC’s Big Night In, a three hour special programme which raised funds for vulnerable…
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The Order of the Garter Service cancelled

The Order of the Garter ceremony won’t go ahead this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace has just announced that the annual service, held at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, has been cancelled. The decision to put off this ancient…
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The Queen spends her 94th birthday with Prince Philip in isolation at Windsor Castle

The Queen’s 94th birthday is proving to be very different from others. Her Majesty is spending the day in isolation at the ancient royal seat of Windsor with only her husband of 72 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, for company. The Queen has been isolating at Windsor with Prince Philip since the middle of March because of coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that the Royal Family will…
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A Calendar of Queens: April

April brings spring, brighter weather, a flurry of flowers and an array of anniversaries. The fourth month of the year has been the backdrop for some milestone events involving England’s queens, both regnant and consort. Here’s our Calendar of Queens for…
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge put fresh focus on mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have raised concerns over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown on mental health. And the couple are urging everyone in Britain to focus on their emotional wellbeing as the pandemic continues. Their comments came as they front a new initiative focused on helping people with their mental health. The Duke and Duchess have narrated a campaign for…
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