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The Queen's National Addresses: Moments of History

The Queen is set to address the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on Sunday evening as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions of lives around the world. When she speaks on Sunday evening, it will be only the fifth time that Her Majesty has made a televised address outside of her annual Christmas message. While three were messages in times of conflict and mourning, one was…
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Elizabeth, Last Empress of India

For many people, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother represented the very heart of Britain. Her steadfastness and dedication to Britain during the Second World War largely defines her legacy. However, she was also the Last Empress of India. Early Life Lady…
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#OTD 1785: Louis XVII of France is born

On this day, March 27, in 1785, His Majesty King Louis XVII was borne in France. He was born prince of France and Duke of Normandy and was the son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. When his older brother, Louis Joseph, died in June 1789, he became the heir to the French throne. Some have suggested that the Swedish noble man Axel von Fersen, who was romantically linked with Marie…
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Zita, Last Empress of Austria

She became an empress in the most difficult of circumstances and her short reign ended in exile and a lifetime of supporting her royal heritage from afar. Zita, Empress of Austria found herself with an imperial crown as a result of an assassination which sent the world to war. When conflict consumed the globe again, she once more had to flee. In the latest of our ‘Last Consorts&#8217…
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Giovanna, Last Tsarina of Bulgaria

Early Life Giovanna Elisabetta Antonia Romana Maria was born on 13th November 1907; her parents were King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Queen Elena. Giovanna was born in Rome into the house of Savoy, as the fourth child of the couple; she had two older sisters Yolanda…
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The problem with Elizabeth II’s regnal number

In my article on numbering the Kings and Queens of Britain, I mentioned that this practice was not always accurate and, I’d like to add, not without its controversy. On February 6 1952, came the death of King George VI of the United Kingdom. It occurred during the night and the new sovereign didn’t know she was now Queen for she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were thousands of…
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