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The Princess who was gassed by the Nazis

After the First World War, several of Europe’s monarchies fell, and among them were the German and Austrian-Hungarian Empires. While many of the royalty in these countries fled to other countries to live their lives in exile, others chose to remain in their country of birth. Many of these had no idea of what was to come – that they would suffer greatly under Nazism, which would affect…
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Exploring Royal Scotland: Edinburgh Castle

Perched atop Castle Rock, the ancient volcanic plug that towers above the city of Edinburgh, sits the most besieged place in Britain. Edinburgh Castle has served as a military fortress, royal residence, and prison of war, but today it stakes its claim as the most-visited…
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Europe's most popular royal palaces

They have been home to generations of royals who have carved their names in the history books and in 2019, their power to fascinate continues. A new survey has taken a look at the most popular regal residences in Europe and those belonging to the British royals take four of the top five spots. Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace dominate the head of the…
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A 'lost' letter from Ella?

In the Western manuscripts collection held at the British Library are what are known as the Boyd Carpenter papers, Vol. V, Add MS 46721: 1884-1917. This remarkable collection of documents contain letters written in English from or on behalf of various crowned heads of Europe…
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Taking a look at the use of King Harald's monogram

Most royalty have some kind of monogram. Most royals also have a personal and a family coat of arms. The monograms are for more personal use than the coat of arms, and therefore, we do not see them so often. In Norway, the case is that the King’s monogram is used by the King personally and in several instances which are closely related to His Majesty. In this article, we will look at King…
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Royal Brides: Princess Mary of Teck

Picked as a royal bride by Queen Victoria herself, Princess Mary of Teck would find her way to the altar in the most unusual circumstances. For Mary ended up saying ‘I do’ to the second king in waiting selected as a husband for her. But her marriage proved to be a happy one as well as a royal success story. On the anniversary of the marriage of King George V and Queen Mary, Royal…
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