British Royals

The controversial planning of the funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales

When a member of the Royal Family dies, a funeral plan is usually ready. In the case of Diana, Princess of Wales, things were much different, especially since she had just finalised her divorce from Prince Charles. The Royal Family had just a week to organise Diana’s funeral. A planning committee was set up, including people from St James’s, Kensington, and Buckingham Palaces…
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Tributes for Diana past and present

Following Diana, Princess of Wales’s untimely death in August 1997, thousands of flowers famously were placed in front of Kensington and Buckingham Palace. At Kensington, 60 million flowers were placed, spanning 30 feet from the gates. While those flowers are no longer…
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The former London hub of the Royal Family - St James's Palace

St James’s Palace is one of London’s most senior royal palaces, but it would never live to be the regular London home of the most senior royal, the monarch. The palace was built by order of King Henry VIII in the 1530s on an isolated hospital dedicated to Saint James the Less, a figure of early Christianity. It would become second in importance to the Palace of Whitehall, the…
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Diana's last summer

Diana, Princess of Wales had just divorced Prince Charles and was ready for a fresh start when her life was cut short in a Paris car crash in August 1997. Her final months were spent advocating for a number of humanitarian issues. As another sombre anniversary passes…
History

How King George VI guided Windsor through some of its toughest times

Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. King George VI would be the monarch to lead the UK through some of the country’s darkest times. During the war, Windsor Castle would become pivotal for the royal family. Embed from Getty Images During the outbreak of the war in 1939, Windsor Castle was readied for war-time conditions, and…
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Inside King Charles' home of Clarence House

When one thinks of the British monarch and their London residence, Buckingham Palace is likely what comes to mind. For King Charles III and Queen Camilla, they are often at Buckingham for work, but it is the 19th-century townhome, Clarence House, that Their Majesties call…
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Why St James's Palace is no longer London's primary royal residence

For more than 300 years, St James’s Palace has been the setting for some of the most important moments in royal history. Serving as the residence for monarchs of England until the reign of Queen Victoria, today it is still the home of several members of the Royal Family but primarily a working palace. Located in Westminster, the palace was built by Henry VIII in 1531. This makes it even…
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