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Is this queen England's greatest ever consort?

On a hot summer day in 1543, a young widow married an ageing and much wed king in a ceremony that took many by surprise. By the time Katherine Parr said ‘I do’ to Henry VIII in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace on July 12th1543, his five previous unions and attitude towards marital harmony were such that continental contenders to be consort of England were all but running in…
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The princess who gave up being HRH - for love

Many of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s grandchildren married into various royal families across Europe. Not all did, though. Princess Patricia of Connaught was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Princess Margaret Louise of Prussia, and…
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A royal rarity - an emerald engagement ring

It’s rare to see a royal engagement ring featuring an emerald. The striking stone features in very few of these most romantic pieces of jewellery but it has a starring role in the ring worn by a princess who will walk down the aisle at this summer’s biggest royal wedding. Princess Martha Louise of Norway’s emerald engagement sparkler is a rare thing indeed. Queen…
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The symbolism of the first photos of King Charles with his Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer

They are pictures for the history books and ones that speak volumes. As King Charles III appointed a new Prime Minister there were, of course, official images of the moment. And they told their own story. The King held an audience with Sir Keir Starmer just after noon on July 5th 2024, hours after Labour had won a landslide victory in the general election. As was expected, King Charles asked…
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The King of Appleton House

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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