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Medieval past of quaint County Durham village set to be revealed

If you’ve always wanted to be an archaeologist, or maybe just for one day, you can now join a 12-day excavation by the Northern Archaeological Associates at the medieval remains of Brignall. Brignall is located near Greta Bridge in the County of Durham. The project is in need of volunteers, and you do not even need experience, as a full training will be provided. The project is set the begin…
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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…
Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles: ‘The Pride of Britain awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the people who make us proud to be British’

The Prince of Wales is just one of the significant figures lending his support to this year’s Pride of Britain awards. The Pride of Britain Awards honours British people who ‘have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations’. The first Pride of Britain Awards were held in May of 1999 at the Dorchester Hotel before moved to The London Studios and later to Grosvenor…
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History

The Victory of the White Rose at The Battle of Tewkesbury

The White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster had been in battle for the throne of England for quite some time. At the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury the Yorkists were being led by Edward of York, or Edward IV and the Lancastrians were being led by Margaret of Anjou, in name of her husband Henry VI and her son, Edward of Westminster. The conflict began when Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV)…
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History

Isabella of Valois, The Child Bride of Richard II

In medieval times royal brides were often quite young when they married, though consummation was usually forbidden until a more appropriate age was reached. A certain young bridge might ring a bell as the founder of the Tudor Dynasty. Lady Margaret Beaufort was first married…
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Marching down The Mall: Changing the Guard

Henry VII not only founded the Tudor Dynasty in 1485, he also founded the concept of the Royal Body Guard, and for the last 520 years elite soldiers have guarded the King or Queen. He probably never envisaged the spectacle that now draws the tourists to London. The ceremony of Changing the Guard originally took place at the Palace of Whitehall as that was the official London residence for the…
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