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The royal bride whose romantic tribute made her prince cry on their wedding day

When the news broke that Prince Carl Philip of Sweden was dating former reality show participant and model Sofia Hellqvist, a flood of criticism followed. Many doubted that this most unlikely romance would be sealed by marriage. Today, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia celebrate nine years of marriage. A hidden romance In the summer of 2009, Prince Carl Philip met Sofia Hellqvist through…
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All the details of the wedding dress of the year: the Duchess of Westminster

The Prince of Wales has attended one of the biggest society weddings of the year as he watched his friend, the Duke of Westminster, marry Olivia Henson. The new Duchess of Westminster wore a classic gown for the Chester Cathedral ceremony.  Embed from Getty Images Henson turned to designer Emma Victoria Payne for her elegant gown. The ivory silk crepe satin and ivory silk organza piece…
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Romantic wedding gifts that became one royal family's most famous tiaras

he birthstone of June is the pearl and it’s been a favourite gem in royal collections for centuries. It stars in some of the best known pieces used by European ruling dynasties and in Spain it has a central part in some very famous jewels. Asturias Fleur-de-Lys Tiara Embed from Getty Images Queen Letizia is reported to have received this tiara as a fifth anniversary present from…
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A rainbow of royal wedding bouquets

We’re used to seeing royal brides with white flowers. Many a regal wedding has featured a posy of pretty cream flowers, dotted with hints of green and matching the dress to perfection. Bright bouquets are a rarity but they make their mark. Here’s a rainbow of…
History

The king who created the House of Windsor

King George V led the Royal Family through the First World War, oversaw the transition to the House of Windsor, and recognised the British Empire’s Dominions as independent nations. However, his birth in 1865 was that of a spare rather than an heir.  Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert was born on 3 June 1864 to the then Prince and Princess of Wales. Princess Alexandra, wife of Albert…
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