The Cambridges

Royal baby girl 'won't inherit Duchy of Cornwall'

For centuries the Dukedom and Duchy of Cornwall has been the title and source of income for the eldest son of the Monarch. And now, even after succession laws have changed to allow females equal rights to become Monarch, the Duchy will not be inherited by the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if the child is a girl. Prince Charles as eldest son of the Monarch is the current Duke of…
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King Henry VIII is Crowned

King Henry VIII was crowned King of England on 24th June 1509. Five hundred and four years ago today, Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England in a ceremony of pomp and splendour at Westminster Abbey.   The coronation ceremony was performed by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury. Despite having six wives only Queen Katherine of Aragon and Queen Anne Boleyn…
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Who is the White Queen?

If you enjoy historical fiction as much as me, I am sure that you will be looking forward to the BBC’s new programme ‘The White Queen’, starting tonight at 9pm, as much as I am. Based on Philippa Gregory’s popular ‘cousin’ books this…

Coronation Admiration

As somebody who was not around at the time of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, in fact somebody who was born nearly 40 years after her accession, it was amazing to watch today the whole thing from start to finish. From the procession to Westminster Abbey, to…

60 Fascinating Facts About The Queen's Coronation

Vivid colour photograph of inside the Abbey during The Queen’s coronation service. 60 years ago tomorrow, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in front of over 7,000 people inside the Abbey and for the first time, millions on television. Here…
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Beatrix, Queen of Heartbreak

When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially abdicates on April 30, she will end a 33-year reign that is viewed as one of the most successful in Dutch history. But it is also marred with personal tragedy. In 2002, Beatrix lost her companion and consort, Prince Claus, whom she had married 38 years earlier. Claus had been battling Parkinson’s Disease and had previously dealt with cancer and…
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