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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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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A Royal Christening in Sweden this Sunday


Spain’s Princess Cristina to stand trial for tax fraud in January

The date has been set for Spain’s Princess Cristina. She is due to stand trial on charges of tax fraud on 11 January 2016. Cristina is the elder sister of the current King Felipe VI, and she’s currently sixth in line of succession to the Spanish throne, behind her brother’s two daughters, her sister Elena and her children. Princess Cristina in 2009 Princess Cristina was…
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State & Ceremonial

All The Queen’s men: The Welsh Guards

The Welsh Guards have been around for exactly 100 years this year. They were founded by King George V on 26 February 1915 by Royal Warrant to include Wales in the national component to the Foot Guards. They were the last Guards to be created, and they began their first…
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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