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The tragedy of the last Stuart Monarch – Queen Anne’s 18 pregnancies

Queen Anne quite frankly had a tremendous reign becoming the first Monarch of a united single sovereign state, known as Great Britain in 1707 as well as showing her worth as a Queen Regnant in a male dominated society. Though tragedy was never far away from the last of the Stuarts as not many people will be aware that Queen Anne became pregnant an astonishing 18 times, though not one of her…
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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…
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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…
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The lost prince whose death tipped England towards civil war

William Adelin was the only legitimate son and heir of King Henry I of England. His early death by drowning in an event known as the “White Ship Tragedy” would leave his father without a male heir and eventually lead to a period of civil war known as “The Anarchy”. William was born on 5 August 1103 in the old Anglo-Saxon capital of Winchester. He was the son of King…
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Why does the 20th of November have good and bad memories for the Queen?

Many dates in royal history will churn up positive and negative memories for members of the Royal Family. Perhaps this is most true for the Queen herself, who has been the head of the House of Windsor for almost sixty-nine years. Several key anniversaries define Her Majesty’s reign. Most prominent is likely February 6, the date of her accession to the throne which also marks the tragic death…
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Diana's early brushes with the media

Diana, Princess of Wales was perhaps one of the most photographed women in the world. Born into the aristocratic Spencer family, Diana grew up in close proximity to the Royal Family, often playing with Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. While she grew up close to them, it wasn’t until her relationship with Prince Charles unfolded that Diana would gain worldwide attention. In fact, the year…
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