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'To dear Miss Robson': Cards to a Royal Governess

The name of Miss M. Hope Robson belongs to that both visible and invisible host of British royal nannies and governesses which appeared at the royal courts of Europe in the nineteenth century, known to their charges but in some cases, almost forgotten to biography. Correspondence sent to them in burgeoning childish scrawl and later in a mature script, chart the chronology in pen or pencil of the…
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Tea and Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is for many, synonymous with the notion of afternoon tea, probably because the social ceremony became properly established during the later years of her reign. The Queen’s evident love of tea, however, reaches back much further than this elegant ritual.
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The History of the Dukedom of Sussex

It’s been used once before and yet we’ve all been talking about it for months as if it were a royal regular. After a gap of almost two centuries, we have a new Duke of Sussex. The Queen has granted that title to Prince Harry who becomes just the second man to hold the dukedom while his bride, Meghan Markle, is the first ever Duchess of Sussex. As we celebrate the Royal Wedding and this royal…
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Inside Archie's birth certificate

And so we finally have it, the most talked about piece of paper in the land. Since the moment his birth was announced, the registration of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has got everyone very excited indeed. Much of that eagerness to see the record has come from the fact that the location of his birth hadn’t been formally announced. But the place (the Portland Hospital in London) is…
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Royal Presents at Osborne: New Exhibition to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

English Heritage celebrates the bicentenary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a new exhibition, Royal Presents at Osborne, focusing on the unique stories behind seven gifts exchanged by the royal couple. Osborne itself was, of course, the Queen and Prince Consort’s supreme present as a private retreat, for themselves and the royal children. Its situation was ideal…
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