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How popular are Europe's Monarchies?

<![CDATA[The British Monarchy has enjoyed a very high percentage of support for many decades now almost without interruption, with the latest polls putting support for the Monarchy between 70% and 80% and republicanism never rising above 20%, the British Monarchy is one of the most popular in Europe and indeed the world. In this post, we’ll analyse if the other European monarchies…
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Queen Victoria's Pious Granddaughter

<![CDATA[Of the thousands who pass by the West Door of Westminster Abbey each day, few raise their heads to notice the effigy of a middle-aged nun, and, of those who do, perhaps even fewer are aware that this remarkable woman was once renowned as ‘the most beautiful…
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The Waterloo Ceremony: Duke of Wellington pays his rent

<![CDATA[The Waterloo Ceremony. An elaborate gesture performed annually by the Duke of Wellington, as he pays the rent on his grand stately home in Hampshire to the British Monarch. This symbolic ceremony is held every year on 18th June, the anniversary of the Battle of…
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Box containing Christmas gifts from Royal Family to World War One soldiers discovered

<![CDATA[X Ray images of an unopened cardboard box have revealed a mass of Christmas tins sent to British soldiers on the Western Front 100 years ago. During the First World War the tins made in the thousands and shipped of by the Royal Family to soldiers fighting in the trenches over the first Christmas at war in 1914. A collector, who bought the box at an auction on a hunch, didn't want…
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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…
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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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