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Mistress who cast doubt on a royal marriage returns to Buckingham Palace

Her king called her his ”wife of heart and soul” even though their actual, secret union was declared invalid. Now the woman who cast a shadow over the reign of George IV and even the succession to his throne has returned to Buckingham Palace. A portrait of Maria Fitzherbert, who wed the future George IV after they fell hopelessly in love, is now displayed at the Queen’s home as part of an…
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Belgium

King Philippe reveals details of his special birthday celebrations

The King of the Belgians turns 60 in April and to mark this big birthday, he’s hosting a very special party. Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, will throw open the doors of Laeken Castle to one hundred people born on the same day as the monarch. Their guests will be treated to an afternoon of celebrations at the famous Belgian royal residence. To be invited, you have to be Belgian and…
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Belgium

King Albert in first public appearance since admitting illegitimate daughter

Belgium’s King Albert II accompanied his wife to church on Monday, the first time he’s been seen on an official royal duty since his statement confirming he has fathered a child outside their marriage. King Albert and Queen Paola joined other Belgian royals at the service held in Brussels every year in memory of family members who have passed away. Albert, who ruled Belgium between…
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Marie Jose, Last Queen of Italy

She was the ‘May Queen’ whose reign lasted little more than a month but left its mark in royal history. Marie-Jose was always a bit of a maverick who had her own views and no fear of sharing them. Those opinions would become a saving grace for the dynasty she…
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Latest Royal News: a round up of this Spring's planned State Visits

Spring means the first round of State Visits for the new year and the royal diary is already beginning to fill up with planned tours. The trips are always designed to further co-operation between the countries involved although they also provide an opportunity for plenty of pomp and ceremony. Royal Central will keep you updated with all the planned trips over the coming months. Here’s a…
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