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Interview: New portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge gets Royal seal of approval

<![CDATA[Whilst in Scotland on Thursday, The Earl and Countess of Strathearn were shown a portrait of Catherine from a local artist, Tom Sutton-Smith; I have been fortunate enough to talk with Glenys Andrews, who presented the portrait to the Royal couple as Mr Sutton-Smith was in Paris, as well as the artist himself. “The event organisers asked Perthshire Open Studios to curate an art…
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Her Majesty's prime ministers

<![CDATA[In the second of this blog series, we will be taking a look at Queen Elizabeth II's second prime minister. He was prime minister from 6th April 1955 until 10th January 1957, and his name was Anthony Eden. Robert Anthony Eden was born on 12th June 1897 at…

Why did Henry VIII seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon?

<![CDATA[One of the most talked about issues in royal history, and British history in general, is the relationship of Henry VIII and his six wives. In 1525, after 18 years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, daughter to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille, the Spanish king and queen, Henry VIII began to seek an annulment of his marriage. This was not unheard of. In fact, the Pope…
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Victoria Arbiter: Living at Kensington Palace

<![CDATA[People often ask me what it was like living at Kensington Palace and, in the past, I’ve responded in a somewhat blasé fashion. However, the passage of time has given me the opportunity to appreciate what a truly unique experience it was. Much as the…

Kings, Queens and Olympic dreams

<![CDATA[The Sochi Winter Olympics gave us plenty of glimpses of royal spectators but no royal competitors.  But past Games, both winter and summer, have seen their fair share of kings and queens going for gold with some achieving it.  Being royal at the Olympics doesn't mean you have to stay in the stands. Plenty of Europe’s royals have attempted to scale the heights at the…
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Commonwealth eases ban on Fiji

<![CDATA[The Fijian flag that still includes the Union Jack is once again flying at the Commonwealth Secretariat gardens in London following an announcement from the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which decided to ease but not lift the current ban on Fiji's…

Top 10 bizarre traditions of the British Monarchy

<![CDATA[Tradition is key to both the Monarchy and the country it is present in. It offers continuity, spectacle and a chance for structured national reflection – it is also the source of some of the most fascinating facts and as you'll see in this article, Military Ravens The Tower of London is one of the most famous places in the United Kingdom. It is also home to some of the most…
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