History

The Fifteen Princesses of Orange: Anna of Egmont

Anna of Egmont was born around March 1533 as the daughter of Maximilian van Egmont and Françoise de Lannoy. She would turn out to be their only child and thus heiress to her father’s estates. Her father was an ally of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and he was often away on campaign. Anna grew up in the world that was centered around the Brussels Court of the Regent Mary of Hungary. She…
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British Royals

From Ireland to Australia: How Queen Victoria’s statue travelled the world

Not many statues have travelled such lengths as this statue of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria herself visited Ireland in the year before her death. Ireland was still 16 years away from their independence and Victoria’s visit received mixed reactions. However, 52,000 people turned up to welcome her when she arrived, and she was warmly received everywhere she went. When she died in January…
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Denmark

Prince Henrik of Denmark: why am I not king?

Prince Henrik of Denmark, husband and Prince Consort of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has complained about the fact that he is not King of Denmark, but rather Prince Consort and has claimed that this constitutes sexism, according to an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro. Prince Henrik was born in France, as Henri de Laborde de Monpezat. He married then heiress presumptive, Princess…
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History

Monarchy Rules: a look at James II

James was not born to be a King. He was the third, but second surviving son of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, born on 14 October 1633. Though he was styled as Duke of York from birth, he was not formally created so until 1643. His father was executed on 30 January 1649 but…
Palaces & Buildings

The Virgin Queen’s connections to a West Midlands home

The Manor House in Knowle, Solihull once had Elizabeth I as an overnight guest and the house can now be yours for the small sum of £2,000,000. The “Darnley Portrait” of Elizabeth I of England The house is suited for quite a large family and has on the ground floor a reception hall, drawing room, dining room, billiard room, library, garden room, cloakroom with a toilet…
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