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The Queen marks 67 years since her accession

The Queen ascended the throne 67 years ago today. She will mark the day, which is also the anniversary of her father’s death, privately at Sandringham in Norfolk. Elizabeth II’s reign began at some point in the early hours of February 6th 1952 when King George VI passed away in his sleep. His death was discovered that morning when his valet went to wake him. The news that she was now…
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A Calendar of Queens: February

Royal history is so rich that the year is peppered with anniversaries and milestones. From births to deaths, coronations to weddings, each month brings the memory of another landmark moment. Britain’s queens, past and present, have written themselves into the history…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

While a royal wedding dress might grab all the headlines with the almost obligatory tiara coming a close second, no set of regal nuptials would be complete without a bridal bouquet. We might not get round to admiring it until after our fourth discussion about the wedding gown itself but the flowers have their own part in every big royal wedding. That was no different on February 2nd 2002 when…
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A Calendar of Kings: February

Our royal history is filled with major moments and those attached to the monarchs and consorts whose names are all too familiar take on a significance all of their own. Each month, at Royal Central, we’re taking a look at the monarchical milestones that pepper the past and…
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Royal Pictures from History: the final farewell of a king

Royalty has always been the subject of imagery but some moments stick in the mind and take on an historical resonance all of their own. In this occasional series, Royal Central takes a look at some of the most famous images in royal history, beginning with a poignant picture taken on this day almost seven decades ago. The Image – King George VI, London Airport, January 31st 1952 Embed from…
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