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What is so special about a Swedish Royal Christening?

It is a question that I have wondered since 2012 when we witnessed the christening of Princess Estelle in May. In 2013 came princess Leonore, and in 2015 Prince Nicolas. Recently it was Prince Oscar’s turn to receive his first holy sacrament, and the feeling remains. What makes the christenings of this royal house so appreciated by royal watchers throughout the world? The Swedish Royal…
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An Open Letter to John Oliver: Get Real About Monarchy

John, let me begin by saying how much I enjoy your show, Last Week Tonight. Your political satire is absolutely hilarious. You are one of the best satirists in the business, and with that comes a lot of power to influence the discourse in the United States and abroad. We agree on many things, such as how utterly asinine pennies have become (and nickels for that matter). From Puerto Rican…
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Review: Our Queen at 90

I never watch royal documentaries, ever! In fact, the last documentary I watched which focused on The Royal Family was on the occasion of The Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday back in 2011, so it seems fitting my next watch would celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The build up to the programme was immense. All major news publications, both national and international, talked about the…
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Will Prince Harry fade from the headlines?

Growing up in the shadow of a future monarch must be hard. Firstly, while raised as a prince/princess, it is a job that you may never fully fulfil. The chances of one day being sovereign are very slim and society expects you to find a career path to match their expectations…
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Ten reasons Katherine Parr is a Queen worth remembering

On July 12th 1543, a rather low key royal wedding took place. The groom was Henry VIII and his sixth wife was Katherine Parr, a relatively unknown minor noblewoman who had risen from daughter of a knight to Queen of England in thirty years. The woman who became a royal bride on that Julyday at Hampton Court was also one of her country’s most interesting…
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