British Royals

The Regency Act: who can stand in for King Charles?

The Regency Act of 1937 lays out who stands in for a Monarch in a range of situations where they can’t exercise their functions. It came into force in the first year of the reign of King George VI, when his heir was a ten year old princess called Elizabeth. Now, George VI’s grandson sits on that throne and has already seen the law change once in his short reign. Within months of his…
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European Royals

The queen who fought an assassin with flowers

She was the queen who tried to save her dynasty with nothing more than a bouquet of flowers. Maria Amelia saw her husband and eldest son mortally wounded at close range in an assassination that would hasten the demise of their dynasty. She had done all she could to save the monarchy she married into but it would all come to nothing as she watched another son lose his throne just years after the…
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Denmark

Queen Margrethe becomes award winner

Queen Margrethe has won a prestigious arts award for her work on an acclaimed film. Just weeks after her abdication, Her Majesty was presented with the Robert Award for Costume Designer of the Year for ‘Ehrengard – The Art of Seduction’. The trophy and certificate were given to Queen Margrethe at her home at Amalienborg in Copenhagen. Her Majesty said ”I am deeply…
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Features

The glittering wedding of a doomed king and queen

She was the beautiful princess who had been the subject of endless royal wedding speculation, he was the handsome prince with a crown waiting in his future. When Marie-Jose of Belgium married Umberto, heir to the throne of Italy, in January 1930 their marriage had all the…
European Royals

Marie Jose, the 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 married into when she became its one public dissenting voice against the fascism taking over their country. But…
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