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The Story of the Peerage: Significant Lords and Ladies

<![CDATA[In history, Lords and Ladies have occupied a place in the history of this country as great military leaders, famous politicians and even as infamous traitors. In this the penultimate part of our Story of the Peerage series, we explore the most famous lords and ladies in British history as well as some well known and lesser known famous Lords and Ladies in modern times. The Duke of…
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The Story of the Peerage: Peers and Parliament

<![CDATA[In 1999, history was made when an bill was passed through Parliament which abolished the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords and contribute to the law making process. Almost 15 years on and whilst there is still a push to completely reform the…
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Why isn't Prince Philip King?

<![CDATA[A lot of comments we receive on Royal Central raise the question of why Prince Philip isn't king, despite the wife of a king being a queen. On the face of it, it seems bizarre, almost sexist, though in this post I'll explain exactly why Prince Philip…
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The Story of the Peerage: How does it all work?

<![CDATA[Anyone who knows will tell you that the British Peerage is a complicated and diverse institution – and in this article (Part 2 of the Story of the Peerage series), I will explain everything you need to know about the Lords and Ladies of the United Kingdom. As discussed in Part 1, there are 5 ranks in the peerage. They are, in descending order, Duke (Duchess); Marquess…
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The Story of the Peerage: Feudal Beginnings

<![CDATA[ The origins of the peerage are not as obscure as one may think at first thought. In fact, documents dating back over a thousand years have helped historian piece together exactly how we have managed to get to where we are today with the nobility. Earls were one…
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Can Prince Charles be skipped in the line of succession?

<![CDATA[Recent polls have shown that support for the Prince of Wales becoming king is constantly on the increase and at the moment is riding higher than support for the Duke of Cambridge succeeding after Her Majesty. It is an interesting point of discussion for…
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Scotland and the Act of Union: Over 300 years on

<![CDATA[On January 16, 1707 the Act of Union was passed under Queen Anne. This historic document, and one of the few important legislative pieces to be passed under her reign, brought together the thrones and Parliaments of England and Scotland, formally creating the United Kingdom. It was a long time coming, almost a century had passed since James VI & I took over control of the English…
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The wisdom of Princess Michael of Kent

<![CDATA[Today is the 69th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. Over the years, Princess Michael (whose real name is Marie-Christine) has become the subject of fascination to many for some of the most baffling, intriguing and humorous quotes from a…
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Why does The Queen love Sandringham?

<![CDATA[It is at this time of the year that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh stay at Sandringham, but why does The Queen likes it so much? The story of the royal connection begins in 1862. Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, was looking for a country home…
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5 things you probably didn't know about Prince George

<![CDATA[As Prince George passes the first major numerical milestone in his life, Royal Central takes a look at some of the royal and constitutional duties and customs the young prince faces in the future! Prince George has no official place in the Order of Precedence Yes, since there is no defined place for a great-grandchild of the Sovereign in the Order of Precedence, Prince George…
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