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What's in store for the Royal Family in 2014?

There’s no doubt that 2013 has been another amazing year for the Royal Family. With the birth of Prince George in July and the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation, it’s been another year of milestones. But 2014 will, I’m sure, have its own share of surprises and historic events. In January, Mike and Zara Tindall are expected to welcome their first child, who will be…
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Titles on Downton Abbey explained

Downton Abbey is, without doubt, one of the most consistently popular TV shows produced in recent times. The show, which gives a look at the life of the Crawleys, a fictional aristocratic family who run and own the Downton estate. Set in the early 1900s, the show gives a…
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A guide to the Order of the British Empire

Two times a year (at The Queen’s Official Birthday and on New Year’s Day), lists of those set to receive honours from The Queen are published by the Government. The most common order which those being honoured are admitted to is the Order of the British Empire…
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Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth: An extraordinary relationship

As the world marks Nelson Mandela’s passing, we take a moment to reflect on the extraordinary relationship the former South African President and Her Majesty The Queen shared. “It began at the 1991 heads of government meeting in Harare,” recalled Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a former Commonwealth Secretary General. “Mandela had been invited to Salisbury by Robert Mugabe with my…
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Getting to know Timothy Laurence

One of the lesser known members of the British Royal Family is the Princess Royal’s husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.  Generally referred to as Tim, he is her second husband. He is very often overlooked, but is an interesting royal nevertheless. This post…
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Prince Harry's South Pole trek: meet the challengers

Prince Harry’s patronage of Walking With the Wounded is not your typical royal patronage. After joining them for part of their 2011 trek to the North Pole, he set a new bar for himself. As far as WWTW goes, it’s not enough for Prince Harry to speak at black tie galas, he has to get his hands dirty. And how could he not? The men and women Walking With the Wounded supports are soldiers just like…
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Old portrait of an aging Queen Elizabeth I gets a second look

Old portrait of an aging Queen Elizabeth I gets a second look. A rare portrait from 1593 of Queen Elizabeth I is on display at The Museum of the Albemarle in North Carolina. This overlooked gem hung without notice for over 50 years in the Elizabethan Gardens Gatehouse on Roanoke Island at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Many walked past the portrait without giving it a second thought. Professor…
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