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A Very Dutch Christmas

In the Netherlands, Christmas is very much the same, but earlier in the month, they also celebrate on December 5 with Sinterklaas (the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas) bringing presents. There is a large public event when Sinterklaas arrives, which the Dutch Royal Family has taken part in . Arriving from Spain (no chilly North Pole weather for Sinterklaas!) on a steamboat with his white horse, the…
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Monarchy Rules: A Look At Stephen

King Stephen of England was born in Blois in France in either 1092 or 1096. It’s quite unusual that we do not have a birth date for a future king of England, but by the time of his birth it was no expected that he would ever be king. His parents were Stephen-Henry…
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Five of Prince Charles's Eco-friendly endeavours

As today is Prince Charles’ 67th birthday, I have decided to take a look at just some of the work that goes to prove that the first-in-line to the throne will make a remarkable King one day. Charles has done a wonderful job at not only caring for his people but also the world we live in. The eco-friendly prince has many, many projects past and present to help sustain the planet, let us take…
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Looking at the birth of Marie Antoinette

Born as the last of the children of Empress Maria Theresia and the Holy Roman Emperor, Francis Stephen, the future Queen of France Marie Antoinette, was also the imperial couple’s fifteenth child and eleventh daughter. She was born on November 2 1755, the Feast of the Dead…
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A Royal Christmas at Osborne

Queen Victoria’s beloved residence at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, is to open its doors to the public again this winter, so that visitors can experience a truly Victorian Christmas, in what was formerly a private royal and very family, home. Built in the style of an…
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Ghosts of Glamis: tales from Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, the historic seat of the Bowes-Lyons family, dates back to 1372 when Robert the Bruce granted the lands as a gift. The initial construction was a Royal Hunting Lodge, which then developed over the centuries. In the 15th century, the Barons of Glamis was created, with the 9th Lord Glamis created 1st Earl of Kinghorne in 1606. A second title, that of Strathmore was established in 1676…
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Ten unusual royal middle names

On July 17th 1947, a little girl was born at King’s College Hospital, London and given a rather rare first name.  Camilla, first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, would become known around the world by the name her parents gave her in the days after…
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Why does Britain celebrate Bonfire Night?

Every year on 5th November Britain is lit up with fireworks and bonfires with people partaking in the ceremonial effigy-burning of Guy Fawkes. It is a time for people to gather together to share in food, drink and merriment. “Remember, remember! The fifth of…
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The Widow of Windsor – A Queen in Mourning

Some people may argue that Queen Victoria is our greatest example of a dutiful monarch. There could, however, have been an entirely different outcome for Victoria’s legacy and the catalyst for this was the death of her beloved consort Prince Albert. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha married on 10th February 1840, nobody could ever imagine that Queen Victoria would be…
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