European RoyalsFeaturesHistorySpain

A King that dared to hope: how Alfonso XIII's trip changed Las Hurdes forever

The year was 1922 and Spain was under the rule of King Alfonso XIII. Las Hurdes was a small territory in the Extremadura province, that, aside from the name, shared little with the territory it is today. His Majesty decided to explore the area, but was strongly advised against it by many prominent voices at the time, who had conducted studies on the area and were less than…
Read more

Louis Vuitton and the Empress of France

There has long been a close relationship between fashion and royalty. One of the most notable relationships between designer and royal is between Louis Vuitton and Empress Eugénie de Montijo.  Louis Vuitton was born in 1821 in France and ran away from home to escape…
British RoyalsFeaturesHistoryThe Queen

The Queen's Reign in Jewels: The George VI Victorian Suite

The Queen has many impressive suites in her jewellery vaults. The King George VI Victorian Suite is one of the most sentimental sets in her collection and has a short but meaningful history for Her Majesty.  King George VI gave his eldest daughter, the then-Princess Elizabeth, a wedding gift of a Victorian suite that he had purchased. It is thought that it was initially created at some point…
Read more
British RoyalsFeaturesHistory

Novel written by Diana's brother to get on-screen adaptation

Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, continues to be busy in his career. It was announced this week that his seventh book, the 2017 To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape, will be developed for the screen. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, the duo behind The Lost King and Philomena, have bought the rights to the book, but it is still unknown whether or not it will be developed for…
Read more

Is it time for every country to remove controversial royal statues?

In Belgium, a report on decolonisation has recommended that a bronze statue of King Leopold II in Brussels be melted down or removed. This is only the newest in a continual call for controversial statues to be removed, including royal statues. But should these statues be removed and melted down?  In June and July 2021, a statue of Queen Victoria was torn down in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, by…
Read more