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The children of the last Tsar of Russia

Caught forever in a moment of time, they are the tragic family whose terrible end in World War One still appals and fascinates today. The children of the last Tsar of Russia died alongside their parents in Yekaterinburg one hundred years ago this summer. And yet Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei had lived most of their lives in imperial splendour. They had been born to Nicholas II, Tsar…
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Five royal brides who didn't wear tiaras

Royal weddings bring all kinds of expectations and among them is one filled with sparkle and glitter. For we all assume a royal bride will arrive for her marriage wearing a tiara and when the wedding will result in them becoming a consort or consort in waiting, the…
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Royal Heritage: author Matthew Lewis on Northampton's Eleanor's Cross

The Eleanor’s Cross at Hardingstone in Northampton is a monument to medieval love. It’s one of a dozen crosses built on the orders of King Edward I in memory of his first wife, Eleanor of Castile. Constructed between 1291 and 1294 at the places her coffin had rested on the way to her funeral in London in 1290, the crosses are famous across the world but just three originals now survive…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: Tiara trouble for The Queen

A royal wedding just wouldn’t be a royal wedding without a tiara or three. But when the then Princess Elizabeth married the Duke of Edinburgh on November 20th 1947, she almost missed out on wearing the diadem on which she’d set her heart. For just before the bride was set to leave for Westminster Abbey, her tiara snapped in two. The diamond disaster happened as the future Queen was…
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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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Royal Wedding Dresses: Queen Mary

On July 6th 1893, London woke to a blazing hot morning after two days of rain. The streets were decked with flowers and large crowds were already settled on the pavements and lampposts as dawn broke. They had come for the royal wedding of George, Duke of York, second in line to the throne but what many really wanted to see was the bride. And Princess Mary of Teck was ready to step into the…
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