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Before they were royal: The life of Princess Charlene of Monaco

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco stepped into the shoes of one of the most legendary women in history, bearing her title and serving Monaco as their first lady just as she did. Nearly six years following the succession of Prince Albert II to his father’s throne, Charlene Lynette Wittstock married and became royalty. Thirty-three years before her wedding day…
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A look at Princess Birgitta on her 85th birthday

Princess Birgitta of Sweden was born on 19 January 1937 as the second child of Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Her elder sister is Princess Margaretha (born 1934), and her younger siblings are Princess Désirée (born…
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Will Platinum Jubilee year produce a new generation of Elizabeths?

It was one of the most used baby names of the 20th century but fell from favour as a new millennium dawned. However, interest in the Platinum Jubilee has led to claims that a whole new generation of Elizabeths are about to make their dedbuts. New research from a leading parenting website indicates that 2022 could see a rise in the number of parents choosing the name, or one of its many…
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A little house and one of the 20th century's most popular royals

It was a quiet country house, described by several who knew it as ‘’little’’ and a ‘’pied a terre’, given as a wedding present to a royal couple who were expected to linger on the fringes of regal life. Yet on July 2nd 1903, it became the birthplace of one of the most popular and celebrated monarchs of the 20th century. For it was at Appleton House, on the Sandringham Estate, that…
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Four bad lads and a wicked Queen

Sometimes we gloss over the men and women who were in the background, making decisions and participating in some rather wicked behaviour. The following are just a few who made the cut of those who behaved poorly in English history. Queen Isabella of France and Roger…
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Who is Queen Margrethe II of Denmark?

Today, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates 50 years on the Danish throne. Let’s take a look back at the life of Denmark’s colourful queen. Born Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid on 16 April 1940, Margrethe was the first child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid – later King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid. She was followed by two sisters: Princess Benedikte in…
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