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Duchess of Gloucester officially opens new hospice in Peterborough

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester officially opened a new hospice at Thorpe Hall last Tuesday. Money for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice, which cost £6 million to build, was collected through the fund raising efforts of residents from Peterborough and Stamford. The Duchess of Gloucester on a previous engagement. The Duchess of Gloucester was the Patron of the Thorpe Hall Capital…
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History

The other side of the story - Our shortest reigning Monarchs

In just a short while, The Queen will overtake the record set by Queen Victoria and go on to become the longest reigning Monarch in British history. But while Her Majesty has been blessed with a long reign, filled with prosperity and happiness, there are others who have not…
Princess Anne and Family

A royal tribute to Britain's worst rail disaster is destroyed by vandals

It was a sad day for the community of Gretna Green last weekend. Vandals destroyed a tree that was planted by the Princess Royal earlier this year to honour those who perished in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster. On May 22, The Princess Royal planted a tree near the railway tracks adjacent to the Quintinshill Bridge to mark the centenary of Britain’s worst rail disaster. Hundreds of residents…
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FeaturesHistory

The stories of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters: Princess Alix of Hesse, the last Tsarina


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Before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 the Russian Empire was a Monarchy ruled over by the Tsar and his Consort. The last of these consorts was the wife of Tsar Nicholas II, Alexandra Feodorovna or, as she was known as a child, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine. Born on…
Insight

Just why is Queen Mary I known as 'Bloody Mary'?

While King Henry VIII lived, his greatest fear was dying without a male heir to the throne. As it turns out, he needn’t have worried, for when he died in 1547, King Henry was succeeded by his son Edward VI. But the new King Edward was very frail and sickly boy of nine, and in just six short years he succumbed to his illness, bringing his reign to an end and leaving the throne unoccupied once…
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History

A Window into War: The Battle of Falkirk

For centuries prior to the Union of England and Scotland in 1603, there was a bitter rivalry between the two countries. King Edward, I of England in particular, despised the Scots and sought to rule over them, earning himself the nickname ‘Hammer of the Scots’.
FeaturesHistory

A Window into War: Battles fought by British Kings

Her Majesty The Queen is the epitome of grandeur and magnificence. She lives in the lap of luxury, and is always impeccably dressed, and surrounded by splendour. Which makes it hard to believe that there was a time when her ancestors, Kings of England themselves, spent…
International royalsRomania

Romanian King Ferdinand honoured on 150th anniversary of his birth

The National Bank of Romania has issued three new coins to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Romania’s greatest Kings, Ferdinand I. King Ferdinand is best remembered for his role in expanding Romanian territories during the First World War A statue of King Ferdinand I. He was King of Romania for 13 years. Prince Ferdinand was born on August 24, 1865, the son of Leopold, Prince of…
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