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Monarchy Monday: Investitures

The dream of attending an Investiture is something that makes up my dreams. An Investiture is where a person who is awarded an honour receives that award in person from The Queen, The Prince of Wales and sometimes The Princess Royal or Prince William. View image | gettyimages.com Anyone can nominate any person they see fit to receive an honour, following the guidelines of “achievement…
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Princess Charlotte's christening: a royal setting

It is better known as the back drop to royal Christmas celebrations but a little church in Norfolk is about to write another chapter in its long regal history.  St Mary Magadalene on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday…
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Marching down The Mall: Changing the Guard

Henry VII not only founded the Tudor Dynasty in 1485, he also founded the concept of the Royal Body Guard, and for the last 520 years elite soldiers have guarded the King or Queen. He probably never envisaged the spectacle that now draws the tourists to London. The ceremony of Changing the Guard originally took place at the Palace of Whitehall as that was the official London residence for the…
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Monarchy Monday: Presentation of Debutantes

The presentation of debutantes to the sovereign at court once marked the start of the social season. View image | gettyimages.com From the time of Edward VII’s reign, court presentations of young women from aristocratic families took place to the monarch. The event…
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When fire devastates England’s treasures

Some of the greatest insights of our history are embedded in the stately homes that lay across the country, full of stories that would put the saying “if these walls could talk” to shame. Unfortunately, with older homes fire safety doesn’t match that of modern day dwellings. Most recently Clandon Park House, an estate home in Surrey, is nothing more than a burned out shell after…
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Introducing the Town Crier Tony Appleton

As the birth of the new Royal Princess was announced, the unofficial town crier of England, in full pomp and splendour, made an appearance on the steps of the Lindo Wing. On the steps he cried: “Oyez, Oyez! On this day the 2nd of May in the year 2015, we welcome with…
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Getting to know our Neighbours: The Swedish Royal Family

One of the more well known and oldest Royal Families in Europe comes from Sweden. The current Swedish Royal Family is made up of King Carl XVI Gustaf (b.1946), Queen Silvia (1943), Crown Princess Victoria (1977), Prince Daniel (1973), Princess Estelle (2012), Prince Carl Philip (1979), and Princess Madeleine (1982) who is married to Mr Christopher O’Neill (1974), and their daughter Princess…
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