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Royal Wedding Rewind: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

It was the last major royal wedding of the 20th century and it began a new chapter in a royal story that would lead to a throne. On December 4th 1999, the then heir to the Belgian throne, Philippe, married Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz before a host of regal guests. The couple became King and Queen of the Belgians in 2013. On the twentieth anniversary of their marriage, Royal Central…
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December's calendar of historic royal moments

1 December 1135: On this day in 1135, King Henry I died in Normandy, France. The fourth son of William the Conqueror was married to Matilda of Scotland, with whom he had three children, and to Adeliza of Louvain, after Matilda’s death. He also had at least twenty-four…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece

It was a wedding featuring two very popular royals and two ceremonies and it led to one of the most influential unions of the 20th century. The marriage of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece, on November 29th 1934, was a day that changed the House of Windsor forever. The couple matched each other in popularity and royal suitability. The groom was the dashing fourth son of…
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Hermine: An Exiled Empress

Hermine Reuss of Greiz was born on 17 December 1887 as the fifth child and fourth daughter of Heinrich XXII, Prince Reuss of Greiz, and Princess Ida Mathilde Adelheid of Schaumburg-Lippe. Her elder brother had been injured during a childhood surgery, leaving him mentally and…

The much maligned mistress who helped create one of Britain's most popular kings

I’ve always felt rather sorry for the mistress known as Mrs Jordan. For two decades, she lived alongside the third son of King George III. Her partner is known to history as King William IV but for their duration of their relationship he was the somewhat dodgy Duke of Clarence who had champagne taste and no money, having spent most of it. Dorothea Jordan was the main breadwinner for much of…
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How did Queen Mary become known as ‘Bloody Mary’?

While King Henry VIII lived, his greatest fear was dying without a male heir to the throne. As it turns out, he needn’t have worried, for when he died in 1547, King Henry was succeeded by his son Edward VI. But the new King Edward was very frail and sickly boy of nine, and…

REVEALED: Here is why we will never see ‘Princess Catherine’

Many people assume that because the Duchess of Cambridge is a member of the Royal Family (and married to a prince), she automatically takes the title of ‘Princess Catherine’. In this post, we will explain why this isn’t the case and why, to the disappointment of many fans, she will – as things stand – never hold the title ofPrincess Kate. The drama began with the declaration on…
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