British RoyalsThe Queen

Why is The Queen also The Duke (not Duchess) of Lancaster?

Last week’s announcement by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back as senior royals has caused a renewed interest in royal finances. A significant amount of media attention has been given to the Sovereign Grant and the income given to the Prince of Wales from the Duchy of Cornwall. That income, which was created in 1337 by King Edward III, has funded 95% of the office of the Duke and…
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Who was Empress Dowager Cixi - one of the most powerful women in China's history?

The Qing dynasty was the last imperial dynasty to rule China, collapsing in 1912 amid rising social and political instability. Ruling for almost three hundred years, the Qing dynasty was one of the largest empires in the world, trebling the amount of land under China’s control. After its fall, modern-day China was established by Sun Yat-sen. While Sun Yat-sen gets all of the credit for being…
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