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The Crown Prince who committed a murder-suicide?

Throughout history, many royals have died in brutal and bizarre ways. Royals have been killed in attacks, by illnesses and by accidents. In 1889, a tragic incident happened that ended up with not one, but two dead royals. Still to this day, the event has not been clarified, and there are still questions about what really happened. Apparently, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria killed his lover…
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Queen Victoria and the number fourteen?

For Queen Victoria, the number fourteen held a terrible power. This date, the ‘14th’, could seem to haunt the Queen like the shadow of death. Much as she later tried to reclaim it as a sacred date, she beheld it with an almost mystical sense of dark fascination and dread. Her feelings for this day of the month were well founded and can be traced back to the date of the death of her beloved…
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Taking a look at Zarzuela Palace

Today we’re looking at the history of the Palace of Zarzuela, which is the home of King Felipe, his wife, Queen Letizia, and their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía; as well as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía. Construction began on Zarzuela Palace back in the 1600s, though the then-King Felipe IV meant for it to function as a hunting lodge or country palace instead of an…
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Two Empresses: Two Widows

In 1888, a year whose numbering Queen Victoria thought odd (‘Never can it be written again!’), her daughter, the Princess Royal and Crown Princess of Prussia, had become German Empress, prompting the proud words from her mother: ‘My OWN dear Empress Victoria… may God…
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A King's last journey

Frederick II, accorded the epithet ‘the Great’ already during his own lifetime, had in fact, a whole other life after death, aside from his legacy. The great King’s legend stalks the eighteenth century like a gigantic historic shadow, much as the oversize silhouette of…
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Tombs of two Princesses found empty in search for missing girl

Emanuela Orlandi – the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican clerk – went missing in 1983 when she failed to return home after a music lesson in Rome. The search for her continues to this day and her family recently received an anonymous letter saying that her body could be buried in the Teutonic cemetery, which is a burial ground just inside the Vatican’s walls. The two tombs that…
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