The Netherlands

Dutch Princess Mabel brings her child bride crusade to New York

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau’s marriage to Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau was the stuff of fairy tales. He gave up his right to the throne and was no longer considered a member of the royal family. Hence, he was known as ‘of Orange-Nassau’ and not as ‘of The Netherlands’. He was second in line after his elder brother Willem-Alexander at the time of his marriage in…
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British Royals

Royal Connections: Cambridge

The Duke of Gloucester has a busy day ahead of him Thursday in Cambridge. He will open the Royal Library Exhibition at Cambridge University and also a newly restored 18th-century Watermill at Mill House. The last engagement of the day leads him to Hinchingbrooke School…
History

Queen Victoria’s grandaughter’s heart to be laid to rest after seven decades

Marie of Romania in 1936, by Philip de László Queen Marie of Romania’s heart has been in the Natural Museum of Romanian History since 1971 in a silver box. Now, it’s finally going home to Pelisor Castle which she loved and where she lived and died on 18 July 1938 at 5.38 PM, 8 minutes after lapsing into a coma. The silver casket will be placed on a plinth behind the couch on which…
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HistoryInsight

Monarchy Rules: a look at George IV

The future George IV was born at St. James’s Palace on 12 August 1762 to George III and his Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Upon the birth, he automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, but he was also created Prince of Wales and Earl of…
Palaces & Buildings

Westminster Abbey building work unearths Medieval burial site

Westminster Abbey has been the site of many weddings, coronations and of course funerals. Over 3,300 people are buried in Westminster from royalty to nobility to scientists, and now we can add to that number. Westminster Abbey has been demolishing a 1950s lavatory block to make room for a new tower, which will be used to bring visitors to the attics of the building. Westminster Abbey Underneath…
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History

The Battle of Lincoln and The Short Rule of the Empress Matilda

Henry I saw his worst nightmare come true on 25 November 1120. His only son and heir to the Kingdom of England drowned in the White Ship disaster. Without a son, he turned to his only surviving legitimate child, Matilda. Young Matilda had been married to the Holy Roman Emperor since 1114, but when he died in 1125 and Henry’s second marriage to Adeliza of Louvain produced no surviving…
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